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Courtney and Charles were married at The Island House in Charleston, S.C. on October 14. “The peaceful beautyof the location made us know that it was the perfect place for us to get married,” Courtney said. “The entire grounds were made available only to our wedding party and guests, so our event was private and intimate. The surroundings were stunning with the colorful flower fields, tall trees, white house with stately columns, and the picturesque view of the water. We could not have found a place that encompassed everything we were looking for.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long gold satin dreses and carried bouquets of hydrangea, stock, and seeded eucalyptus. “I was obsessed with the boxes that lined our aisles during the ceremony,” she said. “They were transportated to our tables during the reception too. They brought an overgrown fairytale garden feeeling that we were hoping for.” Fun fact: Once the couple was announced husband and wife, the song “This Magic Moment” by Lou Reed was played. “It made the moment even more exciting,” Courtney said. Dinner was vegetarian and gluten-free! “It was important to me that our guests enjoyed the food, but I could still eat,” she said. Guests also enjoyed playing lawn games such as giant Jenga. “Our first dance was absolutely my favorite,” Courtney said. “Everything leading up to it was special leading up, but in those few minutes, it was just my husband and I holding each other and talking as if no one else was around.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “I took on a lot of the planning and preparation leading up to the weding and gave myself an awful lot of responsibility during our weekend as well,” she said. “I absolutely loved the whole process, and it was so important to me that all of our guests had a great experience after traveling so far. In the end, I tried to take too much onto my plate, and I had to come to the realization that my family and friends wanted a chance to help and be involved. It made them feel good to know that they had contributed something. My advice is to accept help! It makes the experience more full when the people that love you are there by your side.” In lieu of a traditional sparkler send off, they rode off on a red moped.

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Photography: City Light Studio | Venue: The Island House | Dress Designer: Marisa Bridals from Brides Against Breast Cancer | Shoes: The Dessy Group | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo | Hair Stylist: Karen Seymour | Makeup Artist: Nicole Reynolds | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Officiant: Michael Seymour | Floral Designer: Local Roots Florist | Caterer: Mosiac Catering | Cake: Wildflour Bakery | DJ: Drew Crisp

reasons to have social media at your wedding, ideas and trends etiquette advice

Photos (from left to right): Katelyn James Photography

In our tech-obsessed society, it’s hard to imagine any kind of major life event happening without our gadgets in hand. Some couples have started asking guests to leave their smart phones at home and be in the moment as they celebrate. While we love the idea of being unplugged, there are plenty of other opportunities for that (like your honeymoon). From paparazzi candids to your own wedding hashtag, there are many reasons to keep them handy all night long. See the complete list here.

Intimate Retro Chic Winter Hotel Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 28, 2014

tory and kyle, real weddings ideas and trends

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Tory and Kyle were married at Movie Colony Hotel in Palm Springs, California on February 22. “It had such an intimate setting,” Tory said. “We hoped our guests would gather the whole wedding weekend (and they did, we booked the entire hotel!).” The bride wore a strapless taupe wedding dress with soutache flowers over the bodice and skirt, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt, dark gray vest and pants, accessorized with a patterned bow tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short dresses and carried bouquets of cala lillies, succulents, craspedia balls, green tricks, berries, and dusty millers. “We stuck with neutral greens and 0ff-white with pops of retro teal and orange,” she said. The ceremony took place against a fabric ribbon backdrop where both said their own vows. “It was more special than we could have ever imagined,” Tory said. “What seemed like a formality and a small part of the whole planning process was definitely my favorite part of the day.” The reception took place surrounding the pool lit with bistro bulbs. Tables werer decorated with lace runners, burlap napkins, and music-themed names. “Personal touches included our guitar guest book and our favorite burger spot catering,” she said. Guests were even encouraged to upload their pictures to Instagram as long as they used the hashtag #blacksmithe222. The newlyweds best advice? “Only surround yourself with people who make this a fun experience for you and your groom,” Tory said. “It’s the one day it can be your way or the highway. You want to look back and have only positive feelings about the day. Protect the process and enjoy the ride by making sure you love your vendors!”

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Photography: Mariela Campbell Photography | Venue: Movie Colony Hotel | Event Planner: In Love Events | Dress Designer: Adrianna Papell from Nordstrom | Shoes: Marc Fisher | Jewelry: Dave Schneider Fine Jewelry | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss | Officiant: Houston Robinson | Stationery: Lentini Design & Marketing | Floral Designer: Rancho Mirage Florist | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Caterer: Greek Islands and Umami Burger | Dj: California DJs

23 Welcome Bags Your Guests Will Adore

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 28, 2014

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Photo: Natalie Franke Photography

Booking that block of hotel rooms for out-of-town wedding guests may be the most challenging task during the entire planning process. But it’s the discounted rates they will appreciate! Upon arrival, be sure to provide them with a bag filled with hometown memorabilia. The example, pictured above, is from Maryland. It includes: Utz crab chips, Fisher’s popcorn, Candy Kitchen taffy, Bergers cookies, visitor guides and maps. Get more inspiration here.

abby and chris, real weddings ideas and trends

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Abby and Chris were married at the Crane Arts Building in Philadelphia, Pa. on September 7. The bride wore a vintage tea-length wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt and black pants, accessorized with a bow tie and suspenders. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short purple and gray chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of hydrangeas, Queen Anne’s lace, and kale. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look at one of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s rail stations, in particular the Market-Frankford line. “We did it on the subway platform by our house,” Abby said. “Walking down the aisle and seeing all of our family and friends was an out-of-body experience that I’ll never forget too.” Fun fact: She created all of the stationery! Just look at that wedding day timeline. “We wanted to do a food truck dinner, and the venue had a courtyard in the back that is perfect for good ones.” Imagine having to choose between Taco Mundo, Street Food Philly, and Spot Burger for dinner and then Sweet Box for dessert. “And having open seating made the guests much more mobile,” she said. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Triple your budget,” Abby said.

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Photography: Carley K Photography | Venue: Crane Arts Building | Officiant: Elana Chase | Ceremony Musicians: Tim Bigelow and Matthew Venable | DJ: Larry Matteo

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