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Caitlin and Zach were married at The Oxford Hotel in Denver, Colo. on May 17. “It’s hard to limit to just one thing!” Caitlin said. “We just loved the feel of The Oxford Hotel, and it’s one of the oldest hotels in Denver, surrounded by a lot of new buildings, in a fun and high-energy location.” The bride wore a strapless satin ball gown with a pleated bodice and beading at empire waistline, accessorized with a pair of mint green leather high heels, while the groom wore a dark gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore short coral dresses and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, peonies, hydrangeas, and lilacs. “We worked around a palette of lavender, mint, light blue, and orange, but didn’t limit ourselves to only that palette,” she said. “We wanted to bring in lots of cheerful colors for our spring wedding.” Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. “Zach and I were both super nervous leading up to the ceremony, but we felt so much better after we saw each other for the first time,” Caitlin said. “It just took a lot of pressure off, so we could just feel happy, excited, and ready to get married.” How cool to do it in the city’s new Union Station terminal? The reception took place in the same room they said their vows! Tables were decorated with vintage vases and vessels, mercury glass votive candles, and scalloped numbers. In addition to a mini cake, there was also cupcakes — maple bacon- and mai tai fruit-flavored. The newlyweds’ best advice? Try not to procrastinate,” she said. “Your life will be so much easier if you take care of tasks early on rather than putting them off until the last minute.”

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Photography: Urban Safari Photography | Venue: The Oxford Hotel | Dress Designer: Paloma Blanca from Bea’s Bridal Nook | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Shoes: Ted Baker from Nordstrom | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Jewelry: Shane Co. | Hair and Makeup Artist: Oxford Club Salon & Spa | Officiant: Robin A. Miller | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Floral Designer: Bella Calla | Caterer: McCormick’s Catering | Cake: Sugar Bean Bakery | DJ: Jammin’ DJs

9 Last Dance Wedding Songs From The Experts

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 21, 2014

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Between the first dance, father-daughter dance, mother-son dance, toasts, bouquet and garter toss, and cake cutting, there is ONLY one aspect of the reception that guests will want to remember the most! ”We like to do two last dance songs – a slow one so all the older folks feel comfortable dancing to one more meaningful song, followed by a really upbeat fun song. We encourage our clients to pick songs that they love for these two last dance songs,” Joel Giorgio of Greenbelt DJ Productions in Austin, Texas said. Think: “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey, “Take Me Home Tonight” by Eddie Money, or “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison.

Bright Wildflower Summer Barn Wedding in Virginia

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 20, 2014

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Taylor and Daniel were married at Riverside on the Potomac in Leesburg, Va. on August 3. “We knew we wanted to get married on a farm and have the receptioin in a barn,” Taylor said. “The fact that when we pulled up and saw not only the beautiful river, horses running in the fields, and the barn was still being used as a barn, filled with hay, more horses, absolutely not ready for a wedding (we were the first ones to find the place), we knew it was the one. It was ‘untouched’ and smelled like a barn, couldn’t get more real then that! Most would have turned away immediately, but we knew we had found something special.” The bride wore a custom-designed lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a low back, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with patterened tie. Bridesmaids wore short satin yellow dresses and carried wildflower bouquets of sunflowers, dahlias, roses, and craspedia balls. Even though the day started off rainy, it cleared up just in time when guests arrived. Taylor’s favorite moment? “Turning the corner of the aisle and seeing each other’s faces for the first time all day, both grinning from ear-t0-ear,” she said. After all, forever was about to begin with Trooper, their pup. Following the not-a-dry-eye ceremony, the newlyweds took a few moments to themselves. “Just look around,” Taylor said. “Notice and take in all the people, who love you both and came to see you start your lives together. Just 3 minutes will make you appreciate the day that much more.” The reception kicked off  with a chalkboard sign that said, “Here’s your glass for the night. Fill it to the rim with whatever tastes right.” It served double-duty as favors in addition to seed bulbs. Tables were decorated with mason jar centerpieces, lace doilies, and surrouned by mix ‘n’ matched chiavari and cross back chairs. “We even surprised my grandparents with their own weding cake with their topper from their 60th anniversary /vow renewal and a dance to the song they actually danced to at their wedding,” Taylor said. “Because it was their 67th anniversary, one of the main reasons why we picked our date.”

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Photography: Paired Images | Videography: SGD Editing | Venue: Riverside on the Potomac | Event Planner: Roberts and Company Events | Dress Store: Ellie’s Bridal Boutique | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Hair and Makeup Artist: Allison Harper and Co. | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: David’s Bridal | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Floral Designer: B Floral and Event Design by Shelly Bagdasian | Caterer: Spilled Milk | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Cakes | Rentals: DC Rental | DJ: Digital Solutions

You Asked, We Answered: Inviting Your Boss

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 20, 2014

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Photo: J&J Photography

Over the next few weeks, our very own WeddingWire editors will be providing answers to those tough etiquette questions that Facebook followers might not know how to address. First up, Katie asks: “Do I need to invite my bosses to my wedding if the only relationship we have is all work-related?” Find out the answer here.

nicki and chance, real weddings ideas and trends

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Nicki and Chance were married at Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks, N.C. on June 7. “When we were looking for a venue, we wanted a place that would be sentimental to both of us and would give a Southern charm to our wedding,” Nicki said. “The Bentonville Battlefields was the perfect place because it is a reminder that love can be found in the smallest, most unexpected places. We loved that it was so close to home and had so many memories for us and our community too.” The bride wore a spaghetti strap mermaid wedding gown with a lace bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls. while the groom wore a khaki three-piece suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Bridesmaids wore short netural dresses and carried bouquets of dahlias, tulips, and berries. “Once the bridesmaids and I were dressed and ready to go to the ceremony, my mom surprised me with a gift,” she said. “It was a beautiful necklace with my new initials on it. We both cried when I opened it and shared a special moment just before the wedding. It was a reminder of how much my mom loves us and supports our marriage. I loved having that assurance in my heart as I walked down the aisle.” During the ceremony, a unity candle was lit. Plus, in lieu of a traditional guest book, a Bible was signed. “Once all guests were seated, it was placed at the front,” Nicki said. “The preacher, Chance, and I also signed the Bible as a reminder that our love is a gift from God. It is a great keepsake!” The reception followed underneath a frame tent. “My favorite details were the table decorations that we used,” she said. “My mother and I decorated each table by hand. Every table was different, but they all had an antique style to them. We spent months searching stores, thrift shops, and old barns around our family farm for items that we could add. We had decorations ranging from old cigar boxes and Coke bottles to tea pots.” The dessert display had endless sweets — rainbow sprinkle cupcakes, pecan pies, and rice krispie treats. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Choose a few things to splurge on and decide on a few things that you can cut back on,” Nicki said. “It will help with your budget! As soon as we got engaged, I knew that my splurges would be my dress and my photographer. I was heppy to cut back on other details that were not as important to me. Of course, every bride’s splurges will be different but make sure you choose those up front before you get too far along in the planning process.”

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Photography: J&J Photography | Venue: Bentonville Battlefield | Event Planner: Lisa Tart | Dress Designer: Lazaro from Victorian Rose Bridals | Hair Stylist: LeeAnn Wilson and Andrea Baggett | Makeup Artist: Brittani Hines | Officiant: Scott Peterson | Floral Designer: Dutch Irish Florals | Rentals: Table Toppers | Caterer: McCalls Bar-B-Q & Seafood | Cake: Jamie and Stacy Edwards | DJ: Joey Warren

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