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Abby and Chris were married at the Crane Arts Building in Philadelphia, Pa. on September 7. The bride wore a vintage tea-length wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt and black pants, accessorized with a bow tie and suspenders. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short purple and gray chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of hydrangeas, Queen Anne’s lace, and kale. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look at one of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s rail stations, in particular the Market-Frankford line. “We did it on the subway platform by our house,” Abby said. “Walking down the aisle and seeing all of our family and friends was an out-of-body experience that I’ll never forget too.” Fun fact: She created all of the stationery! Just look at that wedding day timeline. “We wanted to do a food truck dinner, and the venue had a courtyard in the back that is perfect for good ones.” Imagine having to choose between Taco Mundo, Street Food Philly, and Spot Burger for dinner and then Sweet Box for dessert. “And having open seating made the guests much more mobile,” she said. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Triple your budget,” Abby said.

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Photography: Carley K Photography | Venue: Crane Arts Building | Officiant: Elana Chase | Ceremony Musicians: Tim Bigelow and Matthew Venable | DJ: Larry Matteo

jennifer and michael, real weddings ideas and trends

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Jennifer and Michael were married at Pebble Hill Plantation in Thomasville, Ga. on June 2. “We knew we wanted to get married outside and have a tented reception,” Jennifer said. “Our location, Pebble Hill Plantation, had so many beautiful ceremony spots that, at first, it was hard to choose. During our tour of the plantation, I described wanting a ‘secret garden’ feeling. We stopped at an old tennis court covered in grass with beautiful ivy-clad brick walls. It fit perfectly with our vision.” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with illusion straps, accessorized with an ivory sash, while the groom wore a khaki suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore long black chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of peonies, hydrangeas, and succulents. “We had an amazing moment before the ceremony,” she said. “We had both finished getting ready and were just waiting for the ceremony, so Michael came to find me just as I was starting to get nervous. He walked up to a window with his back turned and his eyes closed. We just talked for a minute. I felt much better afterwards. Before he left, he gave me a kiss, and the next time I saw him, he was standing at the altar.” Fun fact: the groom’s father was the officiant! “It was nice to have him be such an important part of the ceremony,” Jennifer said. “He immediately reminded us of the love from our family and friends that supported us.” Following the nuptials, guests were escorted to their seats inside the pole tent. Tables were decorated with burlap linens, birdcage centerpieces, and Full Moon farm’s famous honey jars at each place setting. Instead of a DJ, there was a bluegrass band! The newlyweds’ best advice? “Many couples, often mostly the bride, have an exact vision of the things they want for their wedding day,” she said. “They struggle to let go of details they’ve been dreaming over for years. I would say to couples planning their wedding that the most important thing to keep in mind is the reason behind the celebration, the love that you and your partner have for each other. If you keep this at the forefront of planning, it will help to relieve some of the stress you might feel when things aren’t lining up exactly.”

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Photography: Elizabeth Davis Photography | Venue: Pebble Hill Plantation | Event Planner: Pink Bee Events | Dress Designer: Enzoani from Vocelle’s Bridal Shoppe | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo from Vocelle’s Bridal Shoppe | Jewelry: The Gem Collection | Hair Stylist: Dream State Salon | Makeup Artist: Randi Buchanan | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank| Officiant: Richard Jenks | Stationery: Lisa Samartino Design | Floral Designer: Missy Gunnels | Rentals: Andrew Tent Company | Caterer: The Black Fig | Cake: The Cake Shop | Band: Stranger Still

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Regina and Undra were married at King Plow Art Center in Atlanta, Ga. on October 5. “The one thing about our venue that made us know it was the one was that it was rustic chic,” Regina said. “We wanted a place that we didn’t have to do too much decorating to.” The bride wore a strapless fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a beaded bodice, while the groom wore a gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a paisley patterned tie. Bridesmaids wore long purple chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of carnations, stock, and agonis. The ceremony and reception took place in the same location — the renovated warehouse featuring exposed brick walls, steel beams, and concrete floors. Guests sat in chiavari chairs as they watched the couple say their vows underneath a draped fabric backdrop. Not a dry eye could be found! Tables were decorated with an array of glass stem votive candle holders and tall centerpieces atop cone-shaped wire frames. They was even glass orbs hanging from the ceiling! “The moment I can’t stop thinking about is our first dance,” she said. “I was so excited to be Mrs. Collins that the dance was serene.” Plus, the traditional Southern fare menu wasn’t complete without fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, green beans, and thick-cut french toast with assorted syrups, sausage and fried eggs. The four-tiered cake took the splotlight then so did Undra’s surprise Los Angeles cake. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Make sure to budget in a videographer,” Regina said. “The day goes by so fast, and you’re doing so muhc that day that it feels like you missed the whole day.”

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Photography: MyLife Photography | Venue: King Plow Art Center | Event Planner: Lauren Lambert of My Simply Perfect Weddings & Events | Dress Designer: Casablanca Bridal | Shoes: Nina | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jasmine from Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique | Jewelry: David Tutera | Hair Stylist: Kim Evans from Silk Salon | Makeup Artist: Nyema Bennett | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Allure Men by Jean Yves | Officiant: Craig L. OIiver, Sr. | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Floral Designer: Michelle Leyden | Caterer/Rentals: Bold American Events | Cake: Frosted Pumpkin | DJ: DJ E-Klazz

julie and jonah, real weddings ideas and trends

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Julie and Jonah were married at Aspen Lakes Golf Course in Sisters, Ore. on May 16. “It had amazing views of the [Cascade] mountains,” Julie said.  Fun fact: Thanks to the inspiration from the chilly proposal. “Jonah had planned a little outing to hike after one of the first snowfalls before the mountain opened for the season,” she said. “When we got there, a worker driving a snowcat just ‘happened’ to go by and ‘randomly’ asked if we wanted a ride to the top, so we could ski down. When we got to the top, Jonah had already jumped off to ‘grab our gear.’ I turned around to face him, and he had gotten down on one knee! I was so excited that I didn’t want to put my glove back on.” The bride wore a strapless fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a beaded bodice, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls and a fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a striped yellow tie and succulent boutonniere. Notice the matching Keds canvas sneakers? Bridesmaids wore short pink chiffon dresses and carried cascading bouquets of garden roses, hydrangeas, and greenery wrapped in ribbons. Before the ceremony, the couple exchanged gifts from each other with notes that said, “See you at the altar @6p.m.! Don’t be late!” No one was, of course. The reception followed inside the clubhouse lodge. Tables were decorated with white linens, tall baby’s breath centerpieces, and votive candles, and a dessert display featured a mini ruffled buttercream-frosted cake and cupcakes. The newlyweds’ favorite moment was when the live band was performing their first dance. “It was amazingly awkward,” she said. “But remember to relax and fully enjoy each other during the engagement and wedding planning process too. It all always comes together.” If that wasn’t enough entertainment, the photo booth sure was. Guests enjoyed posing with silly props in return for a keepsake snapshot memory. They even received coffee bean favor bags at the end of the night. Then, it was time to jett off to Mexico for the international honeymoon. Ole!

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Photography: Tony Gambino Photography | Venue/Caterer: Aspen Lakes Golf Course | Dress Store: Bella Brides | Shoes: Nordstrom | Jewelry: Saxon’s Fine Jewelers | Hair Stylist: Ambiance Salon | Makeup Artist: Tangerine Salon | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Officiant: Mike Alexander | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Floral Designer: Nicole Bolling | Cake: Ida’s Cupcakes | Band: Precious Byrd

caitlin and zach, real weddings ideas and trends

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Caitlin and Zach were married at The Oxford Hotel in Denver, Colo. on May 17. “It’s hard to limit to just one thing!” Caitlin said. “We just loved the feel of The Oxford Hotel, and it’s one of the oldest hotels in Denver, surrounded by a lot of new buildings, in a fun and high-energy location.” The bride wore a strapless satin ball gown with a pleated bodice and beading at empire waistline, accessorized with a pair of mint green leather high heels, while the groom wore a dark gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore short coral dresses and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, peonies, hydrangeas, and lilacs. “We worked around a palette of lavender, mint, light blue, and orange, but didn’t limit ourselves to only that palette,” she said. “We wanted to bring in lots of cheerful colors for our spring wedding.” Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. “Zach and I were both super nervous leading up to the ceremony, but we felt so much better after we saw each other for the first time,” Caitlin said. “It just took a lot of pressure off, so we could just feel happy, excited, and ready to get married.” How cool to do it in the city’s new Union Station terminal? The reception took place in the same room they said their vows! Tables were decorated with vintage vases and vessels, mercury glass votive candles, and scalloped numbers. In addition to a mini cake, there was also cupcakes — maple bacon- and mai tai fruit-flavored. The newlyweds’ best advice? Try not to procrastinate,” she said. “Your life will be so much easier if you take care of tasks early on rather than putting them off until the last minute.”

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Photography: Urban Safari Photography | Venue: The Oxford Hotel | Dress Designer: Paloma Blanca from Bea’s Bridal Nook | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Shoes: Ted Baker from Nordstrom | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Jewelry: Shane Co. | Hair and Makeup Artist: Oxford Club Salon & Spa | Officiant: Robin A. Miller | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Floral Designer: Bella Calla | Caterer: McCormick’s Catering | Cake: Sugar Bean Bakery | DJ: Jammin’ DJs

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