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Whimsical Bird-Themed Summer Wedding in New York

Posted by Kim on Mar 07, 2013

Marsha & Michael

August 18

Newburgh, New York

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Q & A with the Bride:

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

We wanted an outdoor wedding ceremony to capture our “love bird” theme and we thought The Powelton Club would be the perfect place. Also, the place is extra special to us because my in-laws had their wedding reception there in 1975.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Cake: This is where it all started. I saw a picture of a cake online that had a “love birds” topper and that gave me the idea of having a “love bird” theme. I wanted a replica of the cake and I sure got it!

2. Floral arrangements and decor: Our florist did an amazing job incorporating all the elements and transforming our venue into a magical place.

3. Wedding dress: I exchanged my dress not once, but twice. It is true, the third time’s a charm! I fell in love with the third dress instantly. It felt like my dress was the piece to pull off our “love bird” theme.

Give us the one moment from your wedding day that you can’t stop thinking about

The outdoor ceremony. It was picture perfect! We saw some tears from our families and friends (not to mention my own) when we recited our vows to each other, and we know those were tears of joy.

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Romantic Summer Garden Wedding in Tennessee

Posted by Kim on Mar 01, 2013

Lauren & Charles

September 16

Franklin, Tennessee

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Q & A with the Bride:

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

We live in Southern Alabama and our families are from Illinois. We knew we wanted to get married in the Nashville area because it is a good halfway point and my dad lives near Nashville. CJ’s  Off The Square was perfect because it is a stunning location and it is all-inclusive, which means they took my vision and then took care of everything from the decor, to the food, to the music.  Planning from so far away with such a helpful staff made everything a breeze.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

My table numbers were hand crafted signs with pictures of the groom and me at the age of the table number. It was fun for my mother and the mother of the groom to put together because they got to pull out old pictures, and it made a great conversation piece for each table

CJ’s set up a hot dog bar as part of our meal. I am a hot dog fanatic, and anyone who knows me knows how much I LOVE hot dogs. This wasn’t even an option in their catering package but they were happy to make it work. This was a fun personal touch and yummy too!

My bouquet was wrapped in lace pieces from my mom’s wedding dress and mother-in-laws’ wedding hat. I also had a very special and sentimental broach from my grandmother, and Charlies’ grandmother attached to the bouquet, along with my sorority pin.

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

It was really important to me that we write our own vows. My husband is one of the strongest US soldiers you will ever meet, but he was extremely emotional and choked back tears throughout the recital of his vows. There wasn’t a single dry eye in the venue. I kept the ceremony decor very plain and simple in order to stick to our budget, but it didn’t matter because the ceremony was beautiful by itself.

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Gorgeous Fall Garden Wedding in Washington

Posted by Caitlin on Feb 19, 2013

Jo & Bobby

September 15

Mt. Vernon, Washington

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Q & A with the Bride: 

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

My parents live in North Carolina and Bobby is from Texas – we both loved the Southern charm and feel of The Grand Willow. The venue was gorgeous with a large beautiful willow tree in the front yard, lights surrounding the greenery and hanging over the courtyard, French doors, grand staircase – it was perfect. There were several areas for guests to spread out both indoors and out and we hadn’t found that classic, romantic feel at any other venue. It was truly unique.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

I’m sure like any bride, I just adored my dress – especially the pockets. I wore a piece of lace from my mother’s wedding dress sewn onto the flower sash. My something old was a necklace pendant I’ve owned for years and wear nearly every day – I put on my bracelet; My something new were my dress and fabulous glittering shoes; My something borrowed and blue was a handkerchief with blue flowers from Bobby’s mom’s wedding that I kept in my pocket. It felt wonderful to have those pieces from two amazing women incorporated in my dress.

In lieu of a traditional guest book, we had a personalized map made with pins in the places we’ve been and love. There was a quote at the bottom that read “The greatest gifts we can give ourselves are roots and wings,” and the guest book next to it invited guests to share with us the places they have fallen in love with. We wanted to hear the adventures and stories from our friends and thought if we visited those places we could send them a picture thanking them for the idea.

The dessert table and DIY projects. The favors, seating chart, programs and other details were definitely a labor of love. Instead of a bridal shower my bridesmaids, girlfriends and I got together and spent a whole day working on these little details. It was much more meaningful than receiving a bunch of gifts – not that there’s anything wrong with that – and turned out beautifully! The dessert table was like something out of a magazine. It’s one of my favorite pictures. With the crates and lights, it was rustic and elegant at the same time. We had four different kinds of cupcakes and two kinds of cookies.

3. Give us the one moment from your wedding you can’t stop thinking about.

One of the best moments was when we played the shoe game. Many of our family members are spread out across the country, and it was a fun way to let them learn a little about us and laugh at some unexpected answers. We picked personal questions and played just before our first dance. It was great having our (amazing) MC/DJ ask, who was the reigning champ of our fantasy football league and hearing our guests laugh loudly when I shot my shoe up proudly, and Bobby slowly raised mine in shame. Or clap and laugh harder when Bobby’s shoe was raised to the question “Who takes the longest to choose what to wear.” Of course, they liked it when we disagreed on a question. It was memorable and a lot of our family members had never seen something like that before. Our MC made it light, fun and people are still talking about how hilarious he was throughout the night. It was a really fun time.

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Eco-Friendly Outdoor Fall Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 16, 2013

Lindsey & John

September 22

Petaluma, California

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Q & A with the Bride:

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

We loved the meandering paths through the beautiful terraced gardens. It was very romantic, and we could envision all of our guests having the chance to explore the grounds.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

The bridal party Mendhi (henna party) was definitely a highlight. We sat around drinking chai and chatting. The henna was so beautiful and unique, and it was a lasting reminder of our awesome weekend of wedding fun! Another highlight was the bridal party dance that we performed to set off the dance party. I choreographed a super fun booty-shaking dance to a medley of three songs. Every time all the bridesmaids were together leading up to the wedding, we would practice, laughing the whole time. It was so much fun to perform, and the crowd loved it! We designed our wedding altar and had it built by our friends at Heritage Salvage with all salvaged materials. It was gorgeous, rustic and tied in my Chinese heritage. The design was inspired by Chinese arches, and we hung a gong in the center that we used ceremonially.

3. Give us the one moment from your wedding that you cannot stop thinking about.

It’s hard to choose just one, but it would probably be when we were eating dinner. I just kept looking around at all our friends and family enjoying each other’s company and felt so incredibly happy to be in that moment surrounded by so much love.

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Wedding Venues 101

Posted by Kim on Jan 15, 2013

Looking for a wedding venue that fits your needs can be one of the trickiest (and unfortunately, stressful) parts of wedding planning. Happily, once you’ve booked your venue, the rest of the planning process will fall into place easily (we promise!). But how do you even start searching for a wedding site? First, you’ll need to pick what venue “style” most suits your personality. Here’s a mini-glossary of wedding venue types to help you get started. And don’t forget to check out our Vendor Reviews to find the perfect wedding locale near you.

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Ballroom: Want a wedding that’s grand, elegant, and formal? There’s nothing like a richly appointed ballroom. Ideal for black-tie weddings with a big guest list, ballrooms (either in hotels or other historic sites), often have in-house catering and rentals to make the planning process a snap. But it’s important to note: When choosing a color scheme for a ballroom wedding, you’ll have to take the room’s permanent fixtures into account – from the carpeting to the chandeliers to the wall color. You wouldn’t want your flowers and other decor to clash with what’s already there.

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