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Dessert Display Decorating Do’s and Don’ts

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 30, 2014

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For a fall wedding, there’s no better way to satisfy your guests than with a dessert display. You can offer everything from pies and caramel applies, to cookies and cupcakes. It’s a great alternative to the traditional slice of cake. However, there are a few tips and tricks you should know about when creating such an array of sweets. WeddingWire’s FallBook 2014 laid out the do’s and don’ts of dessert displays so you know exactly how to create yours. Eat up!



20 Amazing Vineyard Venues

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 24, 2014

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 Tying the knot in the fall means countless options for gorgeous venues. Vineyards are especially beautiful during these months. Their acres of vines and beautiful trees create the perfect wedding backdrop. Lucky for you, WeddingWire’s FallBook 2014 has compiled a list of 20 Amazing Vineyard Wedding Venues from across the country. While some are sprawling, others are more appropriate for a quiet and intimate affair. Check out the list now to find the perfect one!

Orange and Purple Fall Golf Club Wedding in Canada

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 23, 2014

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Stephanie and Stephanie were married at Golf Saint-Raphaël  in L’Île-Bizard, Quebec, Canada on October 5. Both brides wore a-line gowns. One bride went for a strapless dress with ruching on the skirt, while the other opted for a gown with a lace, sleeveless bodice.  Their ‘maids donned a mixture of deep purple and bright orange one-shoulder dresses, while the male in the wedding party looked dapper in a gray three-piece suit with an orange tie. The ladies carried bouquets of orange and purple calla lilies and roses. Stephanie and Stephanie tied the knot outside with the beautiful fall foliage as the backdrop. An adorable ring bearer carried a suitcase with the wedding bands down a petal-strewn aisle. “Looking at each other at the top of the aisle, with everyone turning around to see us before walking down to be wed,” Stephanie recalled. “It was a very emotionally intense moment.  Anticipation, excitement, happiness, love, and so much more.”  The guests threw colorful paper planes at the couple as they recessed down the aisle. How creative! After the ceremony the 150 guests moved to a covered and heated patio for a cocktail hour. “Being able to hold both our ceremony and reception in the same venue was ideal for us,” Stephanie said. The reception took place inside the golf club and featured floral centerpieces that matched the bouquets, as well as decorated wine bottles. As a favor, everyone received a personalized wine bottle with both the brides’ names on it. They danced to a live band following dinner, and later indulged in a multi-tiered, rainbow-colored cake.  Stephanie’s best advice for soon-to-be newlyweds? “Don’t sweat the small stuff…you’re the only ones who will notice the little things. Guest are there to be part of your day and to party it up!” We love this advice!

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Photography: Stef & Stef Photographie | Lace Bridal Gown: Château de la mariée Nadia | Strapless Bridal Gown: Boutique J’Adore | Shoes: Nine West Enzo Angiolini and Converse | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alliance Bridal | Hair: Perfecto Coiffure & Donald Joseph Stylist | Makeup: Samantha Chevalier & Jodi Jarvis | Venue: Golf Saint-Raphaël | Officiant: Michel Boulanger | Ceremony Musicians: The Showmen | Flowers: Fleur Benjamina | Cake: Pâtisserie Mercier

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Julia and Paul were married in a traditional church ceremony at Corpus Christi Catholic-Christian Faith Community followed by a reception at Dove Canyon Courtyard in Dove Canyon, Calif. on October 26. “When we first drove up to it, I said no way because it is in the back of a strip mall and didn’t look appealing,” Julia said. “My fiance said we were already there, so we had to go in. As soon as we walked into the courtyard, I knew it was the place! It just felt so magical with all the twinkle lights everywhere. Truly like a dream.” The bride wore a custom-made lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a pair of sparkly peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Bridesmaids wore long navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of hydrangeas, cala lillies, and roses. “I wish I could wear my dress everyday,” she said. “Walking down the aisle and seeing my soon-to-be husband for the first time [was most memorable]. We didn’t do a first look, so it was the first time that day that we saw each other. I have never been filled with so much joy in my life. It was an incredible feeling.” Cocktail hour began with an assortment of libations, including a signature Lychee martini. Tables were decorated with white linens, yellow napkins, and a CD at each place setting, which also served double-duty as favors. In lieu of cake, there was lots and lots of cupcakes. Yum! The newlywed’s best advice? “Take some time to do things together during the planning process that have nothing to do with the wedding,” Julia said. “It can become very stressful and overwhelming at times. You need to take some time to breathe and remember what it is really all about. Don’t get too caught up in all the minor details that you lose sight of that.”

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Photography: Jason Burns Photography | Videography: Alumiq Productions | Ceremony Venue: Corpus Christi Catholic-Christian Faith Community Church | Reception Venue: Dove Canyon Courtyard | Dress Store: Mon Amie Bridal Salon | Shoes: Steve Madden | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jim Hjelm Occasions from Park Avenue Bridals | Hair Stylist: Jill Guin | Makeup Artist: Rebecka Nguyen | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Allure Men by Jean Yves | Invitations: Sakura Paper Co. | Floral Designer: Jenny B. Floral Design | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Caterer: Divine Decadence Catering | DJ: Jerry Perchac

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Laura and Kingston were married at the Woodlawn Manor in Sandy Spring, Md. on October 13. “Kingston and I met as I was interviewing for a promotion at work, one that would require me to move 500 miles away from my home in Maryland to Knoxville, Tenn.,” Laura said. “I found out I got the job a few short weeks after we had begun dating, and I decided to take it, knowing that if it was meant to be, our relationship would continue to grow even over the long distance.” It sure did! “We were engaged after a year and a half of seeing each other every other weekend,” she said. “We felt genuinely lucky to find each other and to represent this we created a ‘Lucky in Love’ theme, which was carried throughout the day via the horseshoes.” The bride wore a strapless fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil and jeweled sash, while the groom wore a three-piece dark gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short satin green dresses and carried bouquets of hydrangeas and seeded eucalyptus. Notice their matching faux fur jackets and cowboy boots? “We also wrote our own ceremony, so that we were able to honor and respect his Jewish family as well as my traditional Methodist family,” Laura said. Following the outdoor nuptials underneath the pavilion, guests were escorted to their seats inside the frame tent. Tables were decorated with white linens, burlap-wrapped centerpieces, mercury glass votive candles, and favor bags at each place setting. “We wanted to offered Southern fare during dinner as homage to our Southern roots,” she said. In addition to cake, there was also an assortment of pumpkin spice pies.

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Photography: Sarah Bradshaw Photography | Venue: Woodlawn Manor | Event Planner: Bright Occasions | Dress Designer: Judd Waddell from Fabulous Faces of Alexandria | Hair Stylist: Nival Salon and Spa | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo<,/span> | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Floral Designer: Gail Lee Flowers | Officiant: Bob Snyder | Ceremony Musicians: Da Vinci Strings | Invitations: Foglio Press | Caterer: Festive Foods Catering, Inc. | DJ: Bialek’s Music

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