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24 Fall Wedding Stationery Ideas

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 28, 2014

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Photo Courtesy of: Sleepy Hedgehog Press 

Fall is in full swing, which means weekend trips to the cabin, hiking excursions in the woods, hay rides through the corn fields, and apple and pumpkin picking — obviously! Show off these stationery designs at your cooler-weather celebration featuring rustic themes, leaf motifs, furry, four-legged friends (like foxes, squirrels, and deer), and red/orange/yellow/purple color schemes.

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Crystal and Jay were married at Walker’s Overlook in Walkersville, Md. on April 19. “The entire grounds were amazing — from the ceremony view to the reception tent and the farmhouse — however, I was enamored with the bridal suite,” Crystal said. “It had plush chairs, a grand full-length mirror, and a huge walk-in spa shower. The thought of my girls and I pampering ourselves in peace there was the icing on the cake!” The bride wore an organza a-line wedding gown with capped sleeves and a single box pleat at the waist, accessorized with fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a seersucker suit, accessorized with a plaid tie. Bridesmaids wore short satin blush dresses and carried bouquets of gerbera daisies. “My mom helped me with my dress and veil,” she said. “She rarely cries, so it was sweet to see her get so emotional. I had to hold back the tears too.” After being announced husband and wife, the couple signed their marriage license inside. “The weather was perfect,” Crystal said. “Sunny and just warm enough.” Meanwhile, guests gathered at tables decorated with white linens, navy blue napkins, vintage vase and vessel centerpieces, picture frame numbers accented with hearts, and personalized stemless wine glasses, which served double-duty as favors, at each place setting. Chalkboards displayed the dinner and drink menus. “They were created by my good friend Niki,” she said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better result.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “We were thrilled that we were able to save up and not put any of our wedding expenses on credit,” she said. “It took lots of sacrifices on the front end, especially because I was still in grad school up, but the peace of mind we had afterwards was worth it. Plan within your means and get creative! #teamnodebt.”

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Photography: By Asa Photography | Videography: Event Media Production | Venue: Walker’s Overlook | Event Planner/Floral Designer: Statuesque Events by Feyisola | Dress Designer: BHLDN | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung from Le Salon Couture | Hair Stylist: Moyin Natural Hair Concepts | Makeup Artist: Shades by Shayo | Groom’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Groosmen Attire: Offingo House of Fashion | Officiant: Jumaine Jones | Invitations: Alexandria Lindo | Caterer: Queensway Restaurant | Cake: Cinful Cuisine | DJ: Tribal Son 

7 Bridesmaid Dress Trends to Make Your Gals Swoon

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 27, 2014

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Dress Designers (from left to right): Alfred Angelo and Dessy; Photos (from left to right): Dan Lecca 

Fall Bridal Fashion Week was not only about wedding dresses but also bridesmaid dresses too! Our Fashion Editor gets it: you’re not just looking for any ol’ option. You want your gorgeous gals to feel comfortable in whatever they may choose. From high halters and open backs to barely-there colors and two-toned styles, check out the latest trends here.

Classic Al Fresco Summer Loft Wedding in Georgia

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 24, 2014

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Courtney and Cody were married in a traditional church ceremony at Cathedral of Christ the King followed by a reception at Summerour Studio in Atlanta, Ga. on August 31. “The one thing about our venue that told us it was the one was that it felt like stepping into a different world,” Courtney said. “The Summerour architecture firm transformed the studio from a printing company into a breathtaking space with an al fresco courtyard reminscent of a Tuscan villa all in the heart of industrial West Midtown.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a pair of Kate Spade peep toe high heels with bows, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a matching tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore long navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, hydrangeas, and greenery. “There were so many elements of my family that accompanied me as I walked down the aisle,” she said. “From my grandmother’s wedding gown lace wrapped around my bouquet to charm-sized photos of my father and grandfather that had passed away two years before. And, of course, having my brother give me away made the moment all the more special too.” Flower girls even handed out stemmed white roses to guests during the processional and recessional. Following cocktail hour, dinner and dancing began. “After grappling between two songs,  [our first dance] was a Jason Mraz song, but later in the evening, an Adele song played, and we were able to share another more intimate, private dance,” Courtney said. Farm tables were decorated with pink runners, tall centerpieces along with trailing antique vases and vessels, wine bottle numbers, and peach cake pops, which served double-duty as favors, at each place setting. “The one piece of advice that resonated with me before my wedding, and that I continue to pass on, is that things will not go wrong on your wedding day; they will go differently,” she said. “This helped put changes in details and plans into perspective, and allowed me to not be too deeply invested in any one element of the day. A couple puts so much thought, time, money and emotion into planning a wedding, and no single erroneous detail should eclipse that.”

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Vendors:

Photography: Blume Photography | Ceremony Venue: Cathedral of Christ the King | Reception Venue: Summerour Studio | Event Planner: Kate and Campbell Creative Weddings and Events | Dress Designer: Anna Maier/Ulla-Maija from Joan Pillow Bridal | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jasmine Bridal from Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique | Hair Stylist: Van Michael’s Highlands | Makeup Artist: The Moore Agency | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Officiant: Frank McNamee | Ceremony Musicians: Tim Wissler and Wanda Yang Temko | Invitations: Bella Figura from Paces Paper by Jackie, Inc. | Floral Designer: Unique Floral Expressions | Caterer: Bold American Catering | Cake: For Goodness Cakes | DJ: EEP Events 

Selfies at Weddings: When Is It Okay To Take Them?

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 24, 2014

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Photo: Katelyn James Photography

Remember when Ellen DeGeneres took an infamous, single selfie with star-filled celebs like Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawerence, and Meryl Streep at the 86th Academy Awards? While that may have been the ideal situation to snap one with her IPhone, there are times at weddings when it totally is NOT okay — 11 to be exact. Answer in the poll below!

Is it okay to take selfies at weddings?

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