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Whimsical Rustic Spring Wedding in Florida

Posted by Alexandra on May 31, 2013

Allie & Matt

May 18

Tallahassee, Florida


Q & A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We knew about this place first, and loved it but wanted to find something more wild. After searching all over Tallahassee we were just drawn back to Lichgate and its sweet cabin and huge live oak. It just looked like a fairytale.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

We loved the handmade bananagrams tiles laser cut by Matt’s brother and my best friend, Michael Taylor; the individually bought tea sets that we turned into candles (which were our favors), and the white lights strung over the reception, particularly over the dance floor and under the big tree.

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

People say it all of the time, but seriously, get someone to run the wedding the day of. My best friend/MOH planned the entire wedding, but her and her boyfriend tag-teamed running the actual wedding that night. She had a schedule for everyone and everything. If she wasn’t there that day nothing would have run nearly as smoothly as it did. 

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

We keep randomly bursting out with, “It was so perfect, It was so beautiful!.” But the funniest part is, after all of the planning, we forgot to rent cups! So everyone drank out of champagne flutes!


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Dresses by (left to right): Berta, photo by Robert Mitra; Maggie Sottero, photo by Dan Lecca

The hottest trend at Spring 2014 Bridal Market thus far? In a word: Gatsby. Designers are riffing on vintage, 1920s inspired style, showcasing dresses with Art Deco beading, slinky silhouettes, and glamorous details. Check out some of our favorite Great Gatsby-inspired wedding dresses here, and be sure to keep following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest to see the latest wedding dresses all weekend long!

Bathsheba & Wilson

July 7

Powhatan, Virginia


Q & A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

I knew that I wanted my wedding ceremony to be outdoors in a beautiful historical, private setting and I wanted something different than the traditional ballroom.  The stone ruins of the old mill were so majestic, absolutely stunning.  It really was like stepping into a fairytale when I first visited the grounds and I knew without a doubt it was the perfect place for my romantic vintage-styled wedding.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. One of my favorite details from my wedding was the canopy at the ceremony.  It was ornately decorated with several clusters of white, ivory, and soft pink flowers and draped with crystals and pearls from top to bottom, so beautiful.
  2. I loved the feather details of our wedding.  The bridesmaids and I had ostrich feather fans, the flower girl wore feather angel wings, and there were accent feathers in my veil, the centerpieces, my bouquet, and the boutonnieres.  The bridesmaids and I even wore feather boas into the reception. They were such an elegant and fun 1920s vintage detail.
  3. The miniature wooden bride and groom that were used as our cake topper.  They were custom made and painted to look just like Wilson’s tuxedo and my dress.  The bride even had a miniature veil to match mine.  They were so adorable!

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

 The most memorable moment for me was walking down the aisle with my parents and seeing Wilson for the first time.  The natural greenery of the ruins of the old mill, the open sky above, and the simple elegance of the ceremony space took my breath away.  It was such a surreal feeling that we were actually getting married after our nearly ten year courtship.  We started dating when I was 16 years old and he was almost 19 years old.  I just smiled and tried taking everything in as I walked down the aisle.  The whole design of the ceremony space and the music played by the harpist was so enchanting and dreamy.  It was such a beautiful moment and one of my favorite wedding memories.

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Each chapter is an integral part of this non-profit organization dedicated to providing weddings and vow renewals for individuals facing life-threatening illnesses and other serious circumstances. There are 22 chapters across the country that have granted a total of 47 wishes through partnerships with generous wedding professionals and fundraising efforts supported by community members and local engaged couples.

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Barely There

Posted by Bridal Market on Oct 16, 2012

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Strapless is still the most popular neckline but coming in at a close second is the illusion neckline. Brides who want something revealing but don’t want to worry about pulling the bodice of their dress up throughout the night will love the creative ways designers are using lace and embellishing tulle to add modesty or glamour to a wedding dress.

The three examples shown here are all sleeveless gowns, but an illusion neckline can lead into off-the-shoulder, capped or even long sleeves, usually made of the same see-through fabric: lace, tulle, or net.

Here are three examples of how an illusion neckline can be blinged out or understated:

Jenny Packham, known for her vintage-inspired looks, and dressing Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, placed crystals over sheer netting to create the illusion that the bride is wearing three necklaces with her wedding gown.

Ines Di Santo appliqued a delicate lace with fabric flowers dotted with crystals, continuing the floral embellishment theme on this blush colored ball gown.

For a simple and elegant look, Christos placed lace along the shoulder and crew neckline made of tulle.


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Anne Chertoff | Wedding Blogger

Anne Chertoff has earned her reputation as a wedding authority over the course of her 10 years in the bridal industry. WeddingWire and Chertoff have partnered to provide comprehensive Fall 2012 Bridal Market coverage from New York City.

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