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Chelsea and Joey were married at The Grace Maralyn Estate and Gardens in Atascadero, Calif. on July 26. “The Grace Maralyn was the perfect venue for us because it felt like we were having the wedding in our own backyard, but the amenities and the details made it a much better version,” Joey said. The bride wore a strapless lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, jeweled headpiece, floor-length veil, and a pair of t-strap peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a dark gray tweet vest and pants, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short mint dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, scabiosa pods, and seeded eucalyptus wrapped in ribbons. Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “Find a seat, not a side. Today, we’re family!” and encouraged them to grab a paper cone filled with lavender for the toss. “The moment we first saw each other while Chelsea was walking down the aisle,” he said. “The anticipation of the entire day and everything leading up to that, seeing her in her dress, looking as beautiful as ever, and having Florence and The Machine playing in the background, it felt like a scene from a movie. We both lost it a little bit.” During the ceremony, a unity candle was lit.  Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official! Cocktail hour began with signature Mr. and Mrs. cocktails — my dear watson and the howdy stella. The reception took place shortly thereafter in the lawn. Tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, gold vase centerpieces, wooden numbers, picture frames, votive candles, and homemade jars of jelly, which served double-duty as favors, at each place setting, surrounded by folding padded chairs. “We loved having everything happen at one location,” Joey said. “The ceremony and the reception flowed together seamlessly because we didn’t have to worry about moving 100+ people to another location. It definitely kept the party going.” Dinner included a greek salad, Santa Maria tri-tip steak and chicken breast with salsa and roasted vegetables, roasted potatoes, and garlic bread. Dancing took place in the barn. A three-tiered fondant cake was cut and served for dessert in addition to caramel apples and fruit tarts. “It might sound silly, but having a photo booth was a really fun extra,” he said. “We were able to look at all the photos afterwards and see our family and friends having a great time througout the night. It was nice to know how much people were enjoying themselves.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Give yourself plenty of time to plan things out and be as thorough as possible, but be okay with the outcome regardless,” Joey said.

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Photography: Ballad’s Photography | Videography: Randy Price | Venue: The Grace Maralyn Estate & Gardens | Dress Designer: Lucy Acosta Designs | Shoes: San Marina | Jewelry: Bo and Luca | Hair Stylist: Jamie Feliz and Tanja Gawera | Makeup Artist: Pantea Mohammedi | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: ASOS and Topman | Officiant: Chuck Buller | Invitations: Chelsea Rotella | Floral Designer: April Flowers | Caterer: Splash Cafe Gourmet Catering | Cake: Renee Alcorn | DJ: Kevin Alexander of AMS Entertainment | Favors: Kristi Pearce 

The Only Wedding Planning Timeline You’ll Need

Posted by Caitlin on Feb 03, 2015


Not sure when you should be checking off all those wedding planning To Do’s? Not a problem! If you don’t know what should come first (securing your venues) and what can be done closer to the wedding date (favors and wedding bands), click through to our handy wedding planning timeline, which details a month-by-month breakdown of when you should be booking your vendors. There’s also several pieces of extremely useful advice embedded in there, so don’t forget to click on the light blue copy you see!

Fun Times at WeddingWire Social Charlotte

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 16, 2015

Stella & Dot WeddingWire Social Charlotte

Couples in the Charlotte, North Carolina area were treated to a fun night of food, drink, shopping, and helpful wedding talk this week at our WeddingWire Social! Attendees perused Stella & Dot jewelry and accessories, swapped tips with other couples planning weddings in the area, and got an exclusive sneak peek at the 50 Fresh Ideas story featured in WeddingWire’s just-released WinterBook. They were also able to have their planning questions answered by WeddingWire editor Sarah Zlotnick and Charlotte event planner Heather Bryson of Carolina Event Design.  Scroll down for pictures from the event.

Byrons South End WeddingWire Social

With a versatile main room and beautiful outdoor courtyard, Byron’s South End is a great place for a wedding or rehearsal dinner.

WeddingWire Social Heather Bryson

Split Second Sound provided music for the evening, and Heather Bryson of Carolina Event Design was on hand to answer couple’s questions about wedding planning.

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Byron’s South End also set out delicious appetizers and drinks for attendees.

flowers photobooth weddingwire social charlotte

Guests posed with props in the ShutterBooth Charlotte photo booth; The night’s gorgeous florals were provided by Flowers by Lingky.

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Engaged couples and their friends turned out for the event! If you’re close to the Richmond, Virginia area and interested in attending a WeddingWire Social, you’re in luck! We’ll be hosting a Social at the Hardywood Park Craft Brewery on Tuesday, January 27th. Head to for all the details.

Special thanks to Love Shutter Photography for documenting the event! 

20 Wedding Corsage Ideas For The Entire Clan

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 08, 2014


Photos Courtesy of (from left to right): Victory Blooms

Who traditionally gets corsages at a wedding? Our Flowers Editor is glad you asked, because she answered: your mother, stepmother, and grandmother. But now it is even acceptable for bridesmaids too! Whether a pin-on, wristlet, or clutch, see all the beautiful blooming ideas here.

WeddingWire Gift Guide Giveaways

Finding the perfect presents for your nearest and dearest is tough work! Take the edge off (or treat yourself to something special) by heading over to our Gift Guide and entering to win gifts, gift cards, and other giveaways from some of our favorite brands on the market right now. Here are some of the prizes you can win:

$200 to spend on boho headbands, belts and accessories by Jolie
$200 to spend on preppy monogram presents for bridesmaids by Fornash
Custom stationery by Rifle Paper Co.
A garment bag and matching dopp kit from Hudson Sutler
Groomsmen socks by Nice Laundry
$200 to spend on colorful travel essentials and home accessories from Macbeth Collection
$200 to spend on custom framing from Framebridge
A matching set of scalloped leather bags by Matine
$200 to spend on indulgent bath products from Soap & Paper Factory
$200 to spend on fun, free-spirited jewelry by Vylet Collections
2 smart watches from Pebble


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