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36 Signs You’re Ready to Get Engaged

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 20, 2014

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You spend so much time together you’ve essentially morphed into the same person, you know each other so well it’s scary, you can’t picture your future without the other – sound familiar?! It’s probably about time to put a ring on it. Here are 36 signs you should just get engaged already!

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Tiffany and Andrew were married in a traditional church ceremony at University of Virginia’s historic chapel followed by an outdoor reception at the Colonnade Club’s garden in Charlottesville, Va. on June 15. The bride wore a strapless sweetheart lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, an ivory sash, and a pair of nude peep-toe platform pumps, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a matching vest and tie. Bridesmaids wore long navy blue chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of peonies, roses, dahlias, and greenery. “The most memorable moment was right before our ceremony,” Andrew said. “We had decided not to do a first look, but we had worked with our photographer to take photos right before it started without either of us seeing each other. The whole process worked out so well that it really heightened the sense of anticipation for the both of us. When we both saw each other as Tiffany walked down the aisle, we were both struck with emotions.” Guests were directed through campus to the reception via chalkboard arrows. Tables were decorated with tan linens, lace runners, mason jar centerpieces, and mini blueberry pies at each place setting, which also served double-duty as favors. Signature drinks were old-fashioned Coca-Cola bottles! By evening, the trees were glowing with string lights as everyone, young and old, danced in the grass. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Don’t feel that you have to do it yourself,” he said. “Accept from family and friends, especially as you get closer to the day of your wedding.”

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Photography: Meredith Sledge Photography | Ceremony Venue: University of Virginia Chapel | Reception Venue: University of Virginia Colonnade Club | Event Planners: Wes Fugate and Courtney Hildebrand | Dress Designer: Oleg Cassini from David’s Bridal | Shoes: Alfred Angelo | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Jewelry: Jared Galleria of Jewelry | Hair and Makeup Artist: On Location Bridal by Judy Hayward | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Officiant: Gay Lee Einstein | Ceremony Musicians: String Theory Quartet | Floral Designer: Secret Gardens by Betty Jo Dominick | Caterer: The Local Restaurant and Catering| Cake: Sweet Haus | DJ: Bradley Veach 

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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