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Oh So Pretty Calla Lily Wedding Arrangements

Posted by Kim on Nov 19, 2014

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Calla lilies are a popular wedding flower for fall and winter weddings, and for good reason. These flowers come in a variety of colors (including deep, almost-black burgundy, orange, lavender, and – our favorite – cream with a purple center), and create a chic and elegant look. From bouquets to centerpieces to boutonnieres, calla lilies can be used in a variety of arrangements throughout your wedding day. Check out these 20 pretty designs featuring calla lilies in our gallery here.

Sweet Shabby Chic Summer Garden Wedding in Arizona

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 18, 2014

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Jennifer and Ryan were married at L’Auberge de Sedona in Sedona, Ariz. on August 31. “We wanted a beautiful outdoor setting and that’s exactly what L’Auberge de sedona gave us,” Jennifer said. “The entire resort has stunning views. Our wedding was creekside . . . Nature was all around us.” The bride wore a strapless sweetheart ball gown with a tiered, ruffled skirt, accessorized with a pearl statement necklace, ivory sash and Swarvoski studded flats, while the groom wore a three-piece light gray suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long gray chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and dusty millers. “I loved the entire day, but I really cherished the time we all got to spend before the wedding laughing together and taking pictures with all of our friends,” she said. “We had so much fun, especially my bridesmaids and I.” Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. Guests were greeted with a fruit-infused water station to beat the heat. Thankfully, there were plenty of trees for shade for the reception too! Tables were decorated with white linens, birch bark centerpieces, antique silver numbers, and engagement session pictures. In addition to cake, there was also a candy buffet. “I enjoyed picking out all the candies and designing it with the help of my mom,” Jennifer said. Everyone was encouraged to take some home in chevron “Love is Sweet” baggies. The newlyweds’ best advice? “I would tell them that if they have a vision of what they want for any aspect of their wedding day make sure they communicate that in great detail to their vendors, otherwise they may get something they were not expecting,” she said. “There will always be surprises, but not all surprises are good surprises.”

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Photography: Renee Clancy Photography | Venue/Caterer/Cake: L’Auberge de Sedona | Dress Designer: Paloma Blanca from Schaffer’s Bridal | Shoes: TOMS | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Hair and Makeup Artist: Sedona Beauty Team | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Officiant: Rev. Andrew Murphy of Heart of Sedona Weddings | Invitations: Paper Source | Floral Designer: Bliss Extraordinary Floral

The WeddingWire Gift Guide Is Here!

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 18, 2014

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Whether it’s for your new home or your best man, shopping for the perfect item is no easy undertaking. WeddingWire’s shiny new Gift Guide is here to help! Flip through for budget-friendly gifts for everyone on your list, including bridesmaids, in-laws, and so much more. More in the mood to shop for yourself? The special Registry Style section for must-have products to include on yours. Also inside: a special gift just for you! Turn to page 78 for a chance to win 11 amazing prizes.  Happy shopping!

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Classic Black-Tie Summer Ballroom Wedding in Minnesota

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 17, 2014

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Megan and Dan were married at the Saint Paul Hotel in Saint Paul, Minn. on June 29. “We knew we wanted a hotel, so we could do everything in one place,” Megan said. “The Saint Paul Hotel was classic and beautiful and didn’t require much additional decoration. It was perfect!” The bride wore a strapless sweetheart satin fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorised with her hair half-up/half-down in braided loose curls, a lace capelet, and a pair of Badgley Mischka rhinestone peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a polka dot tie. Bridesmaids wore long black chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of garden roses, ranunculuses, hydrangeas, and astilbes. Before the ceremony, the coupe opted for a first look and decided to take portraits in front of a mural with music celebrity stars like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Edward Sharpe & The Magnet Zeros, The Ramones, and Tracy Chapman. “I think about Dan and I sitting at the reception and looking around the room,” she said. “We were so overwhelmed and overjoyed that all these people had come from near and far to celebrate us. It was a very surreal moment.” Tables were decorated with striped linens, tall hurricane vase centerpieces dripping with crystals, and votive candles. Dinner and dessert was one of the most important aspects. After all, it was at a private cooking class where Dan proposed. “Food is one thing that really brought us together and cemented our relationship,” Megan said. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Getting a planner for the day-of if you can,” she said. “Our planner from Premier Planning was fantastic and she really eased our stress and was beyond helpful in helping us plan and execute our day.”

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Vendors:

Photography: Erin Johnson Photography | Venue: Saint Paul Hotel | Event Planner: Jennifer Orton | Dress Store: Venus | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Jewelry: Treasures Unlimited | Hair and Makeup Artist: Creative Beaute Agency | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Hugo Boss | Officiant: Joey Alvarez | Invitations: Mimosa Digital | Floral Designer: A Day in Provence | Rentals: Avant Decor | Cake:: Buttercream Cakes & Desserts | DJ: Nat Morse 

28 Sleek And Sexy Short Hair Wedding Styles

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 17, 2014

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Brides, don’t be afraid to show off your cute chin-length cut! Even though it can be quite the dicey dilemma (it’s too short to wear up, and not long enough to wear down), that doesn’t mean you can’t accessorize with a few of your favorite things to wow the crowd. See more sleek and sexy ‘dos here.

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