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Fun Times at WeddingWire Social Charlotte

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 16, 2015

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Couples in the Charlotte, North Carolina area were treated to a fun night of food, drink, shopping, and helpful wedding talk this week at our WeddingWire Social! Attendees perused Stella & Dot jewelry and accessories, swapped tips with other couples planning weddings in the area, and got an exclusive sneak peek at the 50 Fresh Ideas story featured in WeddingWire’s just-released WinterBook. They were also able to have their planning questions answered by WeddingWire editor Sarah Zlotnick and Charlotte event planner Heather Bryson of Carolina Event Design.  Scroll down for pictures from the event.

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With a versatile main room and beautiful outdoor courtyard, Byron’s South End is a great place for a wedding or rehearsal dinner.

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Split Second Sound provided music for the evening, and Heather Bryson of Carolina Event Design was on hand to answer couple’s questions about wedding planning.

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Byron’s South End also set out delicious appetizers and drinks for attendees.

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Guests posed with props in the ShutterBooth Charlotte photo booth; The night’s gorgeous florals were provided by Flowers by Lingky.

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Engaged couples and their friends turned out for the event! If you’re close to the Richmond, Virginia area and interested in attending a WeddingWire Social, you’re in luck! We’ll be hosting a Social at the Hardywood Park Craft Brewery on Tuesday, January 27th. Head to wed.li/wwsocialrichmond for all the details.

Special thanks to Love Shutter Photography for documenting the event! 

Finding Your Dream Dress

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 16, 2015

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You have the ring, you have the date, and most likely- the venue too. Next up? Finding your dream dress. Wedding dress shopping can be tricky since you’ve likely never worn anything this before. It’s not as easy as walking into a store and walking out the same day with a gown. Finding the one takes time! In our just-released WinterBook, we help you navigate the shopping process and figure out what works best for you. From designer insight to helpful fabric suggestions, our dress guide is here to help you find the perfect gown.

 

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Sarah and Corey were married at The Humphreys Estate in Temecula, Calif. on June 21. The bride wore a strapless straight across-neckline ball gown with a lace bodice and ruffled skirt, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, floor-length veil, satin sash, and a pair of flats, while the groom wore a black tuxedo, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long neutral chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and hydrangeas. Guests were greeted with plenty of chalkboard signs that said, “So this is the miracle that we’ve been dreaming of. So this is love,” “Once in a while, in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale,” and “As two families become one, choose a seat not a side.” Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. Fun fact: Corey was blindfolded! It took place in the garden in front of a raised gazebo. A tent was placed overhead for shade. To symbolize their unity, they even chose to combine sand. Once the license was signed, sealed, and delivered to the officiant, it was bona fide. Cocktail hour began around the pool followed by the reception. Tables were decorated with pink rosette linens, mercury glass votives and vases, gold charger plates, and picture numbers from throughout their entire relationship. In lieu of a traditional guest book, everyone was asked to share a message next to a typewriter. The first one was from the newlyweds, “It means the world to us that you are here today. Please sign our guestbook so we can treasure the memories we made here!” After dinner, the three-tiered square cake was cut and candy bar opened for grabs. It featured yogurt-covered pretzels, licorice, sour patch kids, gummy bears, lollipops, and more. At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers and were off to their honeymoon.

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Photography: Carri Roman Photography | Venue: The Humphreys Estate | Event Planner and Floral Designer: Soiree Design and Events | Cake: Elegance on Display | DJ: DJ Pros 

Pattern Play

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 15, 2015

 

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Looking for a great way to add dimension and interest to your wedding decor? A pretty floral print or a pop of polka dot will do the trick! Adding a fun pattern to the mix will instantly breathe life into your decor scheme. Don’t miss the Pattern Play feature in our WinterBook 2015 for tons of shoppable goodies and inspiring eye candy featuring chevrons, stripes, florals, and dots!

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Nicole and Chris were married at The Marquee Events & Catering in Hartford, Conn. on February 15 — the day after Valentine’s Day! “It was completely different than any other venue we looked at,” Nicole said. “We were immediately drawn to the venue’s uniqueness and charm and knew right away it was where we were going to have our wedding.” The bride wore a strapless sweetheart lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, fingertip-length veil, and a pair of Kate Spade peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short black chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of red roses. “It snowed a lot on our wedding day, which, although, intially was not something I wanted, I love that it gave our wedding a winter wonderland feel,” she said. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look on a grand spiral staircase at Hartford City Hall. The form of transporation to get there was a yellow school bus! “Reciting our vows that we wrote to one another in front of our family and friends,” Nicole said. “It was surreal and meaningful, and it’s a feeling I will never forget. Plus, it was all officiated by an aunt! “It made it extremely special,” she said. “We were able to really personalize the ceremony, and it ended up being exactly how we wanted.” The reception took place inside the Gershon Fox ballroom. Tables were decorated with white linens, tall hurricane vase centerpieces, and a cootie catcher at each place setting. In lieu of favors, a donation was made to the Alzheimer’s Society too. The newlyweds’ best advice? “The last thing you should be worried about is the weather,” Nicole said. “Photographers have gotten so creative with incorporating not so good weather in wedding photos, creating some pretty amazing pictures. My pictures would never have come out so beautiful had we not had such a beautiful snowy backdrop.”

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Photography: Carrie Draghi Photography | Videography: Kevin Lee Studios | Venue/Caterer: Marquee Events & Catering | Dress Designer: Justin Alexander from Marie’s Bridal Shop | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Invitations: Ever Ready Press | Floral Designer: Azalea Floral Design | Cake: Modern Pastry Shop | Ceremony Musician/DJ: Party Pro DJ 

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