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Cristina and Jeff were married at Lord Thompson Manor in Thompson, Conn. on June 28. Only 16 months after the proposal in the Italian Alps. “It was one of those vacations where you wonder how life could possibly get any better at that particular moment,” Cristina said. “The third day in, we were skiing . . . the sun was shining and the sky was the bluest blue. Jeff asked if I wanted to take a photo at the highest point of the mountain. So, we walked over to the edge and no sooner could I turn around for the camera, he was down on one knee. It was unexpected, but I had been hoping for months that it would happen at the same time.” The bride wore a strapless beaded a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a sash and a pair of Jimmy Choo glitter peep-toe platform pumps, while the groom wore a black tuxedo, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long pink chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses. The outdoor ceremony took place on the 40-acre estate’s grounds underneath the towering trees. “Our venue was incredibly classic and romantic,” she said. Toasts along with flutes of champagne were given to guests immediately afterwards. Cheers to the Mr. and Mrs! “We had a choreographed dance, which we totally nailed, as our introduction into the reception,” Cristina said. “I was in all my glory! And the photos show it.” Tables were decorated with white sequin linens, mercury glass centerpieces and candelabras, charger plates with rimmed edges, pearl-studded menu cards, and pashmina shawls wrapped around chiavari chairs. Glass orbs hung from the ceilings lit with candles. Fun fact: dinner was prepared by one of the famous James Beard Foundation celebrity chefs. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Stick to a consistent theme,” she said. “Once you do that, the look will all fall into place.” At the end of the night, sparklers were lit for the send-off.

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Photography:  Thompson Photography Group | Videography: C&W Productions | Venue/Floral Designer/Caterer: Lord Thompson Manor | Dress Designer: Stephen Yearick from Kleinfeld Bridal | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Jewelry: Anastasia’s Treasures | Hair Stylist: Melissa Camerino | Makeup Artist: Michelle Nishanian | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Bonardi’s Tuxedo | Officiant: Bryan Leone | Ceremony Musicians: Fensgate Chamber Players | Invitations: Embellished Paperie | Cake: Something Sweet by Michelle | Band: Al Scatt’s Stolen Moments 

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Happy Halloween! We celebrated yesterday at WeddingWire headquarters with an array of creative costumes from Hungry, Hungry Hippos to Pigs in a Blanket and Cards Against Humanity to Michael Jackson and Robin Williams (R.I.P.). Scary, right? Only if it’s an engaged couple whose planning has turned into a nightmare. Before you unwrap any candy bars to soothe your sorrows, learn how to deal with these 10 tricky (and treaty) situations here.

Intimate Retro Summer Loft Wedding in Illinois

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 30, 2014

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Allie and Bryan were married at Kitchen Chicago in Chicago, Ill. on August 2. “It was the only place we actually saw in person,” Allie said. “It had the vibe we wanted and a price that fit! And all the vendors were who we wanted, which helps when on a budget.” The bride wore a strapless chiffon a-line wedding gown with a notch neckline, accessorized with a jeweled sash and a pair of comfy TOMS slip-ons, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short dresses and carried bouquets of roses, stock, craspedia balls, and succulents. “We chose neutrals with a touch of teal blue,” she said. “So, the venue could stand on it’s own.” The ceremony took place inside the shared-use space with exposed brick walls as the backdrop. “The music playing, watching my bridesmaids walk down the aisle to my favorite ‘Sleeping at Last’ song, and seeing my smiling future husband,” Allie said referring to the moment she can’t stop thinking about. After the vows were sealed with a kiss (or two), cocktail hour began with an assortment of local beers and wines from Trader Joe’s. Guests found their seats via escort cards hanging from clothespins. “There were lots of do-it-yourself projects,” she said. “Hand-pressing all the save-the-dates and invitations, and our polaroid guest book was a huge success.” Even the Instagram hashtag #fleminweddin too. Farm tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, vintage vases, vessels, mason jars, and wine bottles, and votive candles. Dinner was catered by Chipotle! Imagine eating all the burritos, chips, guacamole, and pico de gallo you wanted. Ole! Dancing began with the choreographed first dance and ended with a sparkler send-off. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Plan every detail with meaning,” Allie said. “If it’s for the sake of tradition, and has no meaning to you and your future spouse, it’s not needed. Be wise with your spending, it adds up so quickly.”

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Photography: Studio Starling | Venue: Kitchen Chicago | Event Planner: Brittany Cheves of Midwestern Bride | Dress Designer: J.Crew | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Indochino | Floral Designer: The Flower Studio | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Caterer: Chipotle | DJ: Katie Anderson of Go2Guys DJ Service, LLC

14 Things Every Wedding Guest Should Know

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 30, 2014

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So, an invitation came in the mail. Mark the date on the calendar because you are going to a WEDDING in a little over or under a year! First time? Don’t fret. Our Advice Editor will tell you everything you need to know: 1. Check the wedding website before picking up the phone. 2. Book travel as far in advance as possible. 3. Consider the dress code. 4. Be on time for the shuttle bus. 5. Pay attention to announcements. Read the rest of her helpful tips here.

Preppy Yellow Summer Hotel Wedding in New Jersey

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 29, 2014

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Jessica and Charles were married in a traditional ceremony at United Methodist Chruch at New Brunswick followed by an indoor reception at The Heldrich in New Brunswick, N.J. on August 17. The bride wore a strapless fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with floral cutouts, accessorized with an ivory sash and pair of sparkly-studded Benjamin Adams peep-toe platform pumps, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessoried with a Vineyard Vines crab tie. Bridesmaids wore short satin dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, mums, berries, and dusty miller. Even the three little flower girls held pomanders! Guests were welcomed to their hotel rooms with a bag full of hometown treats. Notice it’s Mr. and Mrs. Natty Boh on the front? Cocktail hour began shortly thereafter the nuptials with dinner and dancing following in the 14-foot ceiling ballroom lit with chandliers. Tables were decorated with white linens, yellow napkins, tall floral centerpieces in hurricane vases, and a note that said, “in lieu of favors, we have made donations to two causes that hold a speacial place in our hearts: restore the shore and push america.” Food stations such as a carving meats, pastas, and potatoes were offered along with a slice of cake for dessert. A “travel bucket list” was created for the newlyweds too. The National Geographic’s “Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips” book was used for sharing stories, pieces of advice, or simply just signing names.

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Photography: Jenifer Rutherford Photography | Ceremony Venue: United Methodist Church at New Brunswick | Reception Venue: The Heldrich 

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