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Katie and Will were married at the Southport Community Building in Southport, N.C. on March 29. The bride wore a strapless sweetheart fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a ruched bodice, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, fingertip-length veil, and a pair of Badgley Mischka peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Bridesmaids wore long one-shoulder navy blue satin dresses and carried bouquets of hydrangeas, ranunculuses, and berries. The ceremony took place at half past 5 o’clock inside the main hall with scenic views overlooking the banks of the Cape Fear River. Only close family and friends sat in folding padded chairs, aisles lined with lanterns and an altar draped with garland, to witness the exchanging of vows. Once it was sealed with a kiss, it was official! Cocktail hour began outside on the porch with signature sweet teas, spritzed with lemon and lime slices, followed by the reception shortly thereafter. Tables were decorated with white linens, chevron runners, glass centerpieces, and lots of monograms, even on napkins. Next to the traditonal guest book, where everyone was encouraged to write a message, there was pictures framed of the couple throughout their entire relationship. The favors? Coral wine bottle stoppers! An assortment of desserts were served concluding dinner — bite-sized pieces of cheesecake and choclated-covered strawberries. At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers.

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Photography: KMI Photography | Venue: Southport Community Building | Event Planner: BAO Events | Floral Designer: Fiore Fine Flowers | Caterer: Bon Appetit | Lighting: Wilmington Uplighting

Inside the Wedding Invitation

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 29, 2015

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Your wedding invitation acts as a first impression of the celebration to come, and a lot goes into putting together this perfectly pretty piece of snail mail. In our 2015 WinterBook, we break down the invitation suite and bring you everything you need to know, from major etiquette guidelines all the way down to the lovely little trimmings.

Handmade Rustic Purple Spring Park Wedding in Ohio

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 28, 2015

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Joy and Matthew were married at Brush Creek in West Milton, Ohio on June 14. “We wanted a peaceful, outdoor setting that gave us the option to have our wedding festivities inside in case of inclement weather,” Joy said. “We adored the greenery surrounding the ceremony and reception site as well as the sight and sound of the creek in the background.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls and fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a three-piece tan suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore long chiffon dresses and carried bouquets roses and baby’s breath. “I was thrilled with the attire of the wedding party,” she said. “I am so happy with my decision to alternate purples for the bridesmaid dresses and my husband’s decision to have the groomsmen were suspenders.” Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. Guests were greeted with a wooden arrow sign that directed them. Aisles were lined with quote from 1 Corinthians 13, mason jar markers, and a burlap bow at the entrance. One the vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, with ribbon wands being waved in the air! The reception took place shortly after. Tables were decorated with purple linens and napkins, wine bottle centerpieces atop lace doilies, and picture frame numbers, surrouned by folding padded chairs. Paper lanterns were hung overhead. “I cannot stop thinking about dancing for hours with my family and friends underneath the stars,” Joy said. “It was an absolute joy!” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Enjoy the planning process,” she said. “It can be extremely stressful at times if you let the little things get to you. Your engagement is a very special part of you and your fiance’s lives. Don’t let wedding planning consume you, make a conscious effort to do and discuss non-wedding related things with each other too.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Mexico.

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Photography: Maxim Photo Studio | Venue: Brush Creek | Dress Designer: David’s Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Ceremony Musician/DJ: Phonics DJ | Floral Designer: The Flowerman | Rentals: Prime Time Party Rental | Caterer: Mr. B’s Catering | Cake: Ele Cake Co. 

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The music you choose for your wedding really sets the tone for the day. An expert DJ or band can assist you in creating a playlist that suits your style, but it really depends on your personal musical taste, and that of your spouse and guests. In our new WinterBook, we compiled a list of tips for creating your playlist, and also asked several music pros to provide some unique playlist ideas.

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Katie and Dante were married in a traditional courthouse ceremony followed by a reception at the University Club of Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, Calif. on August 9. “It was beautiful and low-key,” Katie said. “We love that combination.” The bride wore a BHLDN strapless a-line wedding dress with a tiered tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair in an updo and a pair of wedges, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a navy blue checkered button-up and tie. She carried a bouquet of carnations, calla lilies, proteas, succulents, scabiosa pods, and ferns. Guests were greeted inside the courthouse’s mural room with floor-to-ceiling hand-painted walls and two wrought-iron chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. Fun fact: It dates back to 1850. “Walking down the aisle [with both parents was my favorite moment],” she said. Almost 80 sat in pews to witness the exchanging of vows. Once it was sealed with a kiss, it was official! The reception took place next door inside the historic mansion. Tables were decorated with white linens, mason jar centerpieces,  wooden numbers, and favor bags,”wishing riches for the new Mr. and Mrs.,” filled with lottery tickets at each place setting, surrounded by upholstered chairs. After dinner, a mini cake was cut and served for dessert. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Relax and enjoy,” Katie said. “As long as you have the people that are important to you in your life with you, you are all set.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers.

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Photography: Antonio and Paula Crutchley Photography | Venue/Caterer: University Club of Santa Barbara | Event Planner: Breanna Quam | Dress Designer: BHLDN | Hair and Makeup Artist: Shanna Spencer Style | Officiant: Julia Hamilton | Ceremony Musician: Jason Sulkin | Floral Designer: Padaro Floral | Cake: Crushcakes

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