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Elegant Black-Tie Fall Inn Wedding in South Carolina

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 10, 2014

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Jordan and Will were married at the Beaufort Inn in Beaufort, S.C. on October 12. The bride wore a cap-sleeved satin a-line wedding gown with an illusion neckline, accessorized with a pair of sparkly peep-toe pumps, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long periwinkle one-shoulder chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, hydrangeas, and dusty millers. Notice each one was gifted a pair of Kate Spade “putting on the ritz” studs? Guests were greeted at the ceremony with scenic views of Broomfield Creek just as the sun was setting. Bonus: There was also a performance from the First African Baptist Church choir! It was official soon after the vows were read and repeated one after another. The reception began with of course, tons of congratulations at the historic bed and breakfast. A chalkbaord sign displayed the quote, “Here’s to love, laughter, and happily ever after as Jordan and Will start their new life. Let’s all toast to the new husband and wife!” Tables were decorated with neutral linens, glass hurricane centerpieces filled to the brim with greenery, mercury glass votive candles, and surrounded by cross-back chairs. Not to mention the entire frame tent was draped with fabric and lit with crystal chandeliers. And the mirror panel bar for cocktails! Dinner included traditional Southern fare such as shrimp and grits, mini angus hamburgers, pineapple glazed chicken sliders, and slow roasted prime rib with butter lettuce salad. In case someone needed to take a break from dancing, there was also a comfy lounge with a sofa and two love seats. Dessert was a plenty — pecan tarts and chocolate cupcakes. That was in addition to cake! At the end of the night, the newlyweds exited amongst a sea of sparklers and were off to their honeymoon.

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Photography: Kelli Boyd Photography | Ceremony Venue: Private Residence | Reception Venue: Beaufort Inn | Event Planner: WED – Wedding Event Design | Dress Designer: Lela Rose from Kelly’s Closet | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Floral Designer: WED – Wedding Event Design | Caterer: Cru Catering 

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Sometimes, being a bridesmaid, is like having another job on the side. There are many responsibilities that come before the big day — searching for vendors, planning the bridal shower and bachelorette party, and crafting any last-minute handmade details — whew, that’s a lot! And even though the wedding is absolutely a time to celebrate, it’s also definitely a time to help. Read what those 10 things you need to do for your bride-to-be are here.

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Mandy and Matt were married at The Hamilton Hotel in Milwaukee, Wis. on October 18. The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a birdcage veil, faux fur coat, and jeweled sash, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a pinstriped button-up shirt and pink bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short silk taffeta navy blue dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and eucalyptus. Even though the rain threatened to challenge the couple’s first look plans, they still managed to surprise each other downtown overlooking the city skyline. The venue served double-duty for the ceremony and reception. Imagine an old cream-colored brick building featuring vaulted ceilings and crystal chandeliers! Fun fact: It used to be a “hotel” for cars. Notice the ribbon backdrop? Totally handmade. Tables were decorated with lace runners, vintage vases and vessels centerpieces, glitter numbers, and family heirloom plates and tea cups at each place setting too. Guests were given favor bags filled with personalized M & M’S and tied with a handwritten thank-you note. For dessert, a mini two-tiered cake and cupcakes. Yum!

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Photography: Aliza Rae Photography | Venue: The Hamilton | Floral Designer: Mandy Munsch | Cake: Eat Cake

16 Festive Fall Wedding Guest Dresses Under $150

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 09, 2014

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Photos (from left to right): It Takes Two to Tranquil Dress, $95 at ModCloth and Posh at the Part Dress, $135 at ModCloth

Still have a few weddings left in this year’s circuit? Our Fashion Editor knows you do, so that’s why she’s officially telling you to swap out those breezy dresses for something a little more substanial. Check out the round-up of affordable (under $150) frocks full of playful patterns in deep hues perfect for any upcoming fall nuptials.

Rustic Countryside Summer Barn Wedding in Maryland

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 08, 2014

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Liesl and Scott were married at the Union Mills Homestead in Westminster, Md. on September 7. The one thing about the venue that made them know it was the one — “the GORGEOUS barn and stream,” Liesl said. The bride wore a strapless sweetheart satin a-line wedding gown with a sash, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a tan vest and pans with a white button-up shirt and tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short dresses in neutral colors and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, baby’s breath, and stephanotis. Guests were greeted with a sign that said, “You may sit on either side. We’re all family when the knot is tied” and ceremony programs that also served double-duty as fans.  The outdoor ceremony began with the processional, of course, but there was the cutest ringer bearer ever, who rode in a little wagon down the aisle. The couple even wrote their own vows! Cocktails, dinner, and dancing followed inside the barn. Tables were decorated with wine bottle centerpieces, wooden numbers, and cork place cards. Paper lanters and twinkling string lights hung from above. “There was the most EPIC Irish flash mob with my sisters, mom, cousins, and grandmom in the middle of the dance floor,” she said. “It was such a great memory for my family and I.” A three-tiered cake topped with two little birdies was served as dessert, and homemade apple butter jars were passed out as favors-to-go. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Even in the most stressful moments, don’t lose sight that the wedding is about the two of you as a couple getting married and becoming your own,” Liesl said. “In the end, all the details and planning will work itself out (and even if they don’t, oh well!). Just focus on each other and creating a beautiful foundation for your marriage and new life together.”

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Photography: Frozen in Time Photography by Angie | Videography: William Doreschoer | Venue: Union Mills Homestead | Dress Store: Renaissance Bridal | Floral Designer: Mary-Ruth Chapin | Caterer: Kountry Kafe and Katering | Cake: SugarBakers Cakes | DJ: Adam Fabiano | Signs: Sweet Carolina Collective 

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