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Julia and Paul were married in a traditional church ceremony at Corpus Christi Catholic-Christian Faith Community followed by a reception at Dove Canyon Courtyard in Dove Canyon, Calif. on October 26. “When we first drove up to it, I said no way because it is in the back of a strip mall and didn’t look appealing,” Julia said. “My fiance said we were already there, so we had to go in. As soon as we walked into the courtyard, I knew it was the place! It just felt so magical with all the twinkle lights everywhere. Truly like a dream.” The bride wore a custom-made lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a pair of sparkly peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Bridesmaids wore long navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of hydrangeas, cala lillies, and roses. “I wish I could wear my dress everyday,” she said. “Walking down the aisle and seeing my soon-to-be husband for the first time [was most memorable]. We didn’t do a first look, so it was the first time that day that we saw each other. I have never been filled with so much joy in my life. It was an incredible feeling.” Cocktail hour began with an assortment of libations, including a signature Lychee martini. Tables were decorated with white linens, yellow napkins, and a CD at each place setting, which also served double-duty as favors. In lieu of cake, there was lots and lots of cupcakes. Yum! The newlywed’s best advice? “Take some time to do things together during the planning process that have nothing to do with the wedding,” Julia said. “It can become very stressful and overwhelming at times. You need to take some time to breathe and remember what it is really all about. Don’t get too caught up in all the minor details that you lose sight of that.”

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Photography: Jason Burns Photography | Videography: Alumiq Productions | Ceremony Venue: Corpus Christi Catholic-Christian Faith Community Church | Reception Venue: Dove Canyon Courtyard | Dress Store: Mon Amie Bridal Salon | Shoes: Steve Madden | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jim Hjelm Occasions from Park Avenue Bridals | Hair Stylist: Jill Guin | Makeup Artist: Rebecka Nguyen | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Allure Men by Jean Yves | Invitations: Sakura Paper Co. | Floral Designer: Jenny B. Floral Design | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Caterer: Divine Decadence Catering | DJ: Jerry Perchac

How To Create A Fabulous Fall Dessert Display

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 16, 2014

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Photo: Amanda Dumouchelle Photography

Our favorite part of this crisp-aired, colorful season? The desserts! Certain sweets just work best between late-September and mid-December, and WeddingWire’s FallBook 2014 has a complete list of what to include in your display such as favor bags and to-go boxes, bite-sized treats that aren’t cake, pretty plates, trays, and stands, and sizzling signature cocktails. Need a few extra tips and tricks? Don’t worry — cake bakers from around the country weighed in with their best decorating dos and donts and exactly how much is too much to provide for guests.

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Laura and Kingston were married at the Woodlawn Manor in Sandy Spring, Md. on October 13. “Kingston and I met as I was interviewing for a promotion at work, one that would require me to move 500 miles away from my home in Maryland to Knoxville, Tenn.,” Laura said. “I found out I got the job a few short weeks after we had begun dating, and I decided to take it, knowing that if it was meant to be, our relationship would continue to grow even over the long distance.” It sure did! “We were engaged after a year and a half of seeing each other every other weekend,” she said. “We felt genuinely lucky to find each other and to represent this we created a ‘Lucky in Love’ theme, which was carried throughout the day via the horseshoes.” The bride wore a strapless fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil and jeweled sash, while the groom wore a three-piece dark gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short satin green dresses and carried bouquets of hydrangeas and seeded eucalyptus. Notice their matching faux fur jackets and cowboy boots? “We also wrote our own ceremony, so that we were able to honor and respect his Jewish family as well as my traditional Methodist family,” Laura said. Following the outdoor nuptials underneath the pavilion, guests were escorted to their seats inside the frame tent. Tables were decorated with white linens, burlap-wrapped centerpieces, mercury glass votive candles, and favor bags at each place setting. “We wanted to offered Southern fare during dinner as homage to our Southern roots,” she said. In addition to cake, there was also an assortment of pumpkin spice pies.

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Photography: Sarah Bradshaw Photography | Venue: Woodlawn Manor | Event Planner: Bright Occasions | Dress Designer: Judd Waddell from Fabulous Faces of Alexandria | Hair Stylist: Nival Salon and Spa | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo<,/span> | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Floral Designer: Gail Lee Flowers | Officiant: Bob Snyder | Ceremony Musicians: Da Vinci Strings | Invitations: Foglio Press | Caterer: Festive Foods Catering, Inc. | DJ: Bialek’s Music

ICYMI: Simon G. Instagram Takeover

Posted by Kim on Sep 15, 2014

Post sponsored by Simon G. Jewelry

Simon G. is known for its gorgeous jewelry, so we were absolutely swooning over their recent takeover of WeddingWire’s Instagram. They posted some pretty stunning images, and we wanted to make sure to share them with you! Check out this recap of Simon G.’s Instagram takeover:

It’s @simongjewelry & we’re taking over @Weddingwire’s Instagram this week! We are launching our new campaign in September & couldn’t wait to give you a little sneak peek! #WeddingWire #SimonG #Reclaim

It’s day 2 of the #WeddingWire #SimonGTakeover! We at @SimonGJewelry are quite obsessed with Paraiba at the moment. This mesmerizing Brazilian beauty is one of the most rare gemstones known on earth.

@SimonGJewelry here with a little bridal bling for your special day! Do you prefer wearing statement making jewelry on your wedding day or more subtle pieces? #WeddingWednesday #SimonG #Reclaim #SimonGTakeoverFollow 

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Be sure to follow WeddingWire and Simon G. on Instagram for even more wedding inspiration!

Casual Heart-Themed Summer Farm Wedding in New York

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 12, 2014

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Ali and Liam were married at Bluefield Farm in Blauvelt, N.Y. on July 19. The bride wore a short lace wedding gown with an illusion neckline, accessorized with a curly updo and fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a tie. Her bouquet featured roses, dahlias, and thistles. Guests were greeted at the ceremony with the most colorful, handmade garland backdrop.”One of my best friends sang La Vie en Rose as I walked down the aisle, and it was gorgeous,” Ali said. “Another good friend from Argentina was supposed to do a reading (about friendship) during the ceremony, but when she came up to do it, she was so overcome with emotion that she literally wasn’t able to do it. After trying to read the first line a few times and not being able to stop crying, she just hugged us both and went back to her seat. It was incredibly touching.” Following the outdoor nuptials, lawn games such as cornhole, bocce ball, croquet, and ladder toss. The reception took place inside the barn. Tables were decorated with burlap runners, milk glass jar centerpieces, heart-stamped kraft paper placemats, and s’mores favor bags at each place setting. “The pulled pork from Dinousar BBQ, who catered the wedding, was delicious,” she said. The newlyweds’ best advice? “It’s worth the effort to personalize your wedding and make it your own,” Ali said. “It’s A LOT more work, but it makes the whole event more meaningful.

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Photography: Lillie Fortino Photography | Venue/Floral Designer: Bluefield Farm | Event Planner: Sage Newkirk of Hudson Valley Ceremonies | Dress Designer: Watters by Encore from April Rose | Hair Stylist: Pink Entourage | Makeup Artist:  Lorna Made Me Blush Artistry | Rentals: Alperson Party Rentals | Caterer: Dinousar BBQ | Band: Astrograss

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