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carrie and stephen, real weddings ideas and trends

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Carrie and Stephen were married at Capilano Golf & Country Club in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on August 17. The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled headband in her loose curls, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a black tie. Bridesmaids wore short chiffon dresses with illusion floral backs and carried bouquet of roses and hydrangeas. Inside the wedding gown, there was “something blue,” which was the wedding date stitched on. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look on the North Shore’s cliffs overlooking the Strait of Georgia. “They had a beautiful turquoise and white details throughtout their venue, which included lots of personal touches too,” Lauren Pursell, the photographer, said. “They included their French bulldog in the outdoor ceremony as well as a butterfly release to symbolize their new life together. Their outdoor reception included long banquet tables fitted with real candlelight all the way down. It seated all of the guests with amazing views of the downtown. Fun fact: Carrie’s parents were also married at the same exact venue, and they even re-created some photos, such as the flower toss.” In lieu of a traditional guest book, there was a photo booth complete with props. Everyone was asked to leave one and keep one. Can you imagine all the silly poses they may have received?

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Photography: Will Pursell Photography | Venue: Capilano Golf & Country Club | Event Planner: Modern Mint Events

25 Beautiful Bunting and Banner Signs

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 05, 2014

25 bunting and banner signs, ideas and trends decor

Photo: Jacque Lynn Photography 

In case you want to take a break from checking off items on your late-night wedding to-do list, consider getting crafty! You can create customizable bunting or banner signs for various parts of your reception decor. Imagine hanging them from the ceiling of your venue, from the front of your sweetheart table or dessert display, or posing with them for thank-you cards to be sent post-honeymoon. See more photos here.

jiae and john, real weddings ideas and trends

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Jiae and John were married in a traditional church ceremony at First Assembly followed by a reception at Oxon Hill Manor in Oxon Hill, Md. on November 2. “We fell in love with the historic beauty of our venue,” Jiae said. “Each room was truly unique with its own distinct personality, providing the perfect backdrop for creating an intimate feel that we wanted.” The bride wore a strapless satin trumpet wedding dress with a bow on the back, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil and sparkly, platform peep-toe pumps, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore short black chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and hosta leaves wrapped in ribbon. “We were so honored to have John’s uncle, Peter, officiate our wedding ceremony,” she said. “This meant a lot to us, and we were truly blessed to have him bring his warmth and humor to our wedding. Participating in paeback, a Korean wedding custom, was a beautiful way to include our families. We had so much fun while doing it, and we were so happy to have shared this experience with all of our guests too.” The reception was separated into two rooms — the gold and black. Signature cocktails were served such as gin and tonic and pickle backs, and tables were decorated with tall crystal draped centerpieces surrounded by chiavari chairs. “That would have to be the moment when I felt liberated,” Jiae said. When the details disappeared, and the nerves faded, and I could truly join in!” Dinner was food stations complete with sushi, cheeses, and meats, and dessert was an entire table of sweets complete with to-go boxes. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Wedding planning is notorious for being stressful, so picking the right team was extremely important to us, especially for having such a short engagement period,” she said. “As much as we wanted our wedding to be an intimate affair with family and friends, we also wanted to feel a connection with our vendors. By trusting in their talent, exertise and passion, we were able to focus our energy on each other and enjoy the wedding planning. We felt our vendors truly cared about our vision and not only saved us time and money, but also gave us the encouragement and support we needed.”

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Photography: Stephanie Dee Photography | Ceremony Venue: First Assembly Church | Reception Venue: Oxon Hill Manor | Event Planner: Wedding Story | Dress Designer: Nicole Miller from Lovely Bride | Shoes: Jean-Michel Cazabat | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Hair Stylist: Jackie Yu | Makeup Artist: Suhreal Makeup | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Hugo Boss | Officiant: Peter Kim | Ceremony Musicians: Joseph Kim and Jasen Chung | Caterer: Eat & Smile | DJ: Kyo Jo

25 photos that will make you want to start wedding planning asap, wedding planning ideas and trends

Photo: Cambria Grace Photography

Whether you are merely taking note for the near future (there’s nothing wrong with giving your groom hints), newly engaged, or knee-deep in the wedding planning process, every bride needs a little inspiration to get started or finished as soon as possible. Check out our Advice Editor’s slideshow full of details and moments you’ll certainly want to capture, including personalized Mr. and Mrs. sunglass shades, bridesmaids’ reaction to seeing you in your wedding dress for the first time ever, and yes, a pup in a black tuxedo.

erin and robert, real weddings ideas and trends

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Erin and Robert were married in a traditional church ceremony at Yosemite Chapel followed by a reception at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls in Yosemite Valley, Calif. on September 21. The bride wore a strapless satin a-line wedding dress, accessorized with a collared, capped-sleeved bolero, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a white vest and tie. Notice the pine cone boutonniere? Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched long neutral chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of mums wrapped in ribbon. Following the intimate nuptials, portraits were taken around the park just before Mother Nature let down rain, thunder, and lightning, but the skies were oh-so dramatic! The reception followed inside the Moutain Room Restaurant and Lounge, decorated with cylinder vases filled with pillar candles and evergreens atop wood slices. Guests found their seats via a handwritten chalkboard sign, devoured an organic and sustainable, buffet dinner, and sweetened up with a three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake. The newlyweds danced the night away and then jetted off to their honeymoon for two weeks afterwards.

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Photography: Lisa Mallory Photography | Ceremony Venue: Yosemite Chapel | Reception Venue: Yosemite Lodge | Hair and Makeup Artist: Bellissimo Brides | Floral Designer: Addy Rose | Cake: Sweet Dreams

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