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Intimate Surprise Spring Backyard Wedding in Florida

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 15, 2014

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Maria and Jason were married at their own home in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. on June 14. “Our engagement party was actually a surprise wedding to all of our guests,” Jason said. “For the first hour and a half of the event, we were dressed casual. We made an announcement over the microphone thanking everyone for coming to share in our special day. We then dropped the bomb that no one was supposed to leave because the party was really our ‘surprise wedding!’ We said were going upstairs to change, and we were to be married in 30 minutes. And that is exactly what happened. People’s faces were in complete shock, and one person even yelled out, ‘Are they for real?’ Once reality settled in, everyone started clapping and congratulating us.” The bride wore a strapless lace wedding gown, accessorized with a her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls with a jeweled headband, while the groom wore a khaki vest and pants, accessorized with a pale blue tie and pair of Vans slip-ons. Her bouquet featured cymbidium orchids. The very important extra was Piglet, the flower pup. Following the outdoor ceremony, dinner and dancing began underneath a tent. To beat the heat, refreshing drinks in beverage dispensers, such as pink lemonande, were served. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Not everything is going to come out perfect,” he said. “Just roll with the punches and enjoy your day.” Almost everything was handmade! Tables included burlap runners, mason jar centerpieces, lanterns, and lots of candles. “They were full throttle on making something beautiful from scratch,” Stephanie Rawcliffe, the photographer, said. “What an amazing job she did!”

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Photography: Stephanie Rawcliffe Photography | Dress Designer: David’s Bridal | Jewelry: Beverly’s Jewelers | Hair Stylist: Desire Roeser | Makeup Artist: Fernanda Vingren | Groom’s Attire: JC Penney | Officiant: Kristin Semple | Floral Designer: Hearts and Flowers Florist | Rentals: Kolors Party Rentals

Real California Proposal Story: Jocelyn + William

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 15, 2014

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Photo: Abbey Lunt Photography

Can you guess where these two lovebirds got engaged? After browsing through the farm’s gift store for a few short (but long) minutes, William rushed Jocelyn outside toward the largest Christmas tree on the property. “Umm, I don’t think the little ones are going to be in with the big ones,” she said. “What do you think of this one?” as he pointed to a smaller Christmas tree in return. On it was a tag that said, “JAM, look at me!” Fun fact: JAM is the nickname he gave her. It will be the new initials once they’re officially married. As he got down on one knee, “I felt like I was a deer in headlights,” Jocelyn said. Following the proposal, there was also surprise fireworks too! Read more here if you want to find out what the enagement ring looks like.

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Candace and Iain were married in a traditional church ceremony at The Old Brick Church followed by a reception at Limestone Bay Trading Co. in Moorseville, Ala. on June 28. “The vintage detail of it all,” Candace said. “Dee was wonderful and provided us with all of our decorations. Think: mason jars and lace tablecloths, and the beautiful mismatched china plates we ate dinner on. It all fit our personality perfectly from the tent outback decked out with strng lights to the detailed organic flower arrangements.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled sash and a pair of “something blue” strappy high heels, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a striped yellow bow tie. Fun fact: “I put my old and new monograms on the soles of my shoes, so I could start off my new life on the right foot and remember what I left behind,” she said. Bridesmaids wore short navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look and exchanging of gifts. “My husband’s vows, I cried, of course, but they were tailored to our relationship,” Candace said. “He even promised we could have pizza every night if I wanted to. (It is my all-time favorite food.) Also after finishing up, he tried putting the ring on the wrong finger, which definitely lightened the tears and made it an unforgettable moment.” The reception went off without a hitch underneath the summer sky. “Food came in a close second knowing it was for us,” she said. “BBQ pork on corn cakes with mac ‘n’ cheese, green beans, baked beans, broccoli salad, and fruit skewers! Topped off with our delicious red velvet cake! We’re getting hungry just thinking about it.” After a few dances, dips, and twirls, the newlyweds were worn out. Plus, it was almost time for their honeymoon roadtrip across California.

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Photography: Caught You on Camera | Ceremony Venue: The Old Brick Church | Reception Venue/Caterer: Limestone Bay Trading Co. | Dress Designer: Mori Lee from Patina | Shoes: Alex Marie | Bridesmaid Dresses: Tevolio from Target | Hair and Makeup Artist: Ulta | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Officiant: Scott Peterson | Ceremony Musician: Lois Graff | DJ: Tyler King

15 Ultra-Feminine Bridesmaid Gifts Under $50

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 14, 2014

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Photos (from left to right): What I Love About You Journal, $12 on ModCloth and Victorinox Swiss Army Tomo Knife, $15 on Amazon 

Just like the groomsmen, bridesmaids need gifts too! Whether it’s your little sister (and maid of honor) or best friend forever from elementary school, now is the time to show them how much they mean to you. Assuming that they have purchased that expensive fashion designer dress, hosted a themed bridal shower, and prepared an emergency kit for those oops, give them something other than the predictable. Check out our Advice Editor’s can’t miss gifts under $50.

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Ashlyn and Brandon were married at Cathedral Oaks Event Center in Belton, Texas on April 19. “They met a few years ago while working in the nursing department at Scott and White,”  Jennifer Lucia, the photographer, said. “The two have been inseparable ever since. I had the pleasure of photographing their engagement session a year ago and that’s where I got to witness firsthand the pure love these two have for one another. The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with off-the-shoulder capped sleeves, accessorized with a birdcage veil, while the groom wore a tan three-piece suit, accessorized with a solid tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore long mix ‘n’ matched muted pastel chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and baby’s breath. Guests were greeted with a “Choose a seat, not a side . . .we’re all family once the knot is tied” chalkboard sign and given programs that doubled as fans to beat the heat. The ceremony took place nestled in between six-acres of oak trees. Notice the hanging crystal chandeliers and picture frames? Plus, the aisle markers boasted verses from 1 Corinthians 13. “This wedding was a mixture of fun and elegance,” she said. “Ashlyn put the decor together herself. She loved the country vintage theme.” Inside the great hall, tables were decorated with mason jar centerpieces and candles atop burlap runners and lace overlays atop chiavari chairs. The newlyweds sat at their own designated sweetheart spot. “The dance floor was active the entire evening, with both families cheering loudly in joy and joining together to celebrate this couple’s unity,” Jennifer Lucia, the photographer, said. The yummiest part? The candy bar! Complete with all-you-can-eat treats.

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Photography: Jenna Leigh Photography | Venue: Cathedral Oaks Event Center | Floral Designer: HEB | DJ: Make it Kount

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