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Top Color Picks for Spring Bridesmaid Dresses

Posted by Kim on Mar 21, 2013

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When you’re shopping for bridesmaid dresses, it’s important to not only consider styles that will look great on your gals, but also dresses that will fit your wedding season. And since springtime is about blooming blossoms and (we hope!) blue skies, heavy fabrics and dark colors simply don’t look right at spring weddings. Check out our top hues for spring bridesmaids:

Pale Coral: Coral is absolutely the hot color for bridesmaids this year. While we typically think of it as a summer, beachy hue, we think a paler coral would look just right at a spring garden wedding.

Mint: We know, we know – isn’t emerald the hot green of the moment? Well, yes, but it’s a little too deep and dark for springtime. Featuring a pale mint is a great way to include green in your wedding palette.

Floral: We’re aware that technically floral is not a color, but this pattern is never more appropriate than in in the springtime.

Sky Blue: This color looks great on most skin tones and looks beautiful at both formal and casual occasions.

What color are your bridesmaids wearing?

St. Patrick’s Day Wedding in Florida

Posted by Kim on Mar 15, 2013

Cori & Charles

March 17

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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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?

The stunning view! It’s one of the only venues in South Florida that has a pool terrace right on the ocean. We had the entire pool deck reserved all night.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

Hands down it was our photography, the green and white flowers including hand cut shamrocks, and our Celtic hand tying ribbon ceremony.  I spent a lot of time on the details and it really paid off.

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

I will never forget the moment that Charles saw me for the first time at our “first look”.  The moment was so special and intimate I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

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Modern Green and Blue Summer Hotel Wedding in DC

Posted by Kim on Feb 21, 2013

Rachel & Adam

July 14

Washington, DC

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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 knew we wanted to have a city wedding but didn’t want a traditional, formal hotel.  The Hotel Monaco in downtown DC was exactly what we were looking for in a reception venue:  fun, colorful, and modern yet full of history as the former General Post Office of DC.  The hotel maintains so many original details like marble columns and stairways, and the ballroom is in the old  library.

We were lucky to find the historic Sixth & I synagogue right down the street for the ceremony.  More than 100 years old, it was absolutely stunning with a beautiful domed ceiling and an intimate atmosphere.  It was perfect.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

Green Flowers: I wanted bright lime and green flowers to contrast with the teal bridesmaids’ dresses and teal ties for the groomsmen.  My florist used green roses, hydrangeas, orchids, berries, and more.  I loved how it all came together, and it matched my lime green peep-toe heels.

Our Cocktail: Adam and I love spicy cocktails, so we opted for a special drink to kick off the evening.  Chili and horseradish vodka, grapefruit, fresh basil, and seltzer.  Did everyone love it?  Probably not – but we did – and that’s all that matters!

Mom’s Toffee Favors: My mom’s homemade chocolate toffee candy is a favorite treat, and we wanted to share it as parting gift to all of our friends and family.  We gave Adam’s mom and aunt the recipe, and they starting baking and packaging it up weeks in advance.

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

Outsource!  Hire a planner and enjoy the ride.  The last thing you and your family want to do on wedding day is worry about details. 

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

Strolling through the streets of DC, our photographer in tow, following the big reveal.  Even though there were crowds of people around, it felt like we had the city to ourselves.  I couldn’t take my eyes off of Adam, and I couldn’t stop smiling.  

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Tracy & Ryan

August 17

Riverhead, 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 love all of the charm that the North Fork of Long Island has to offer – the old barns, farmland, and of course the wineries! So we knew we wanted our wedding guests to experience all of that.  We looked at a few different wineries on the North Fork, but what made Martha Clara so perfect and unique was their big old barn where we had our reception.

Which details from your wedding were your favorites?

We had our ceremony and cocktail hour outdoors at Martha Clara, and since it was a beautiful day, the horses were hanging out in the field.  One of them actually came right up to the fence looking for food! It was so cool to have them as part of our “backdrop.”

Our florist, Becky Jens from Moments in Time Floral Design hung these really cool paper lanterns inside the barn above the dance floor.  When the sun went down, it really helped to get the party started!

Instead of handing out wedding programs, we made a large chalkboard with the details of the wedding party written on it, and propped it against a fence so guests can read it as they entered the ceremony space.  Not only did we save paper, but I think it added a unique touch and a rustic feel to our event.

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

We had about 20 months to plan and organize our wedding, and we felt that this gave us an opportunity to just enjoy being engaged and take our time with planning the wedding.  We were able to focus on all the little details that we felt made our event unique.

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Lively Summer Food Truck Wedding in Maryland

Posted by Kim on Jan 15, 2013

Elizabeth & Matt

August 4

Sandy Spring, Maryland

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Q & A with the Bride:

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. My husband, who is not an overly romantic man, suggested that it might be neat to create maps of the exact location of the stars for certain significant moments of our relationship and use these as table markers.  He made these beautiful star maps for the day we met, the day we bought our house, the day we got engaged, etc.  I saved them and framed them, and now they hang in our bedroom.  One caught fire during the wedding after it fell onto a candle, and I was the first who noticed.  I ran over, grabbed it off the table, and started stepping on it in an attempt to put the fire out – nearly igniting my wedding dress in the process.  Later, we realized the one that caught fire was the map immortalizing our disastrous first date.   I love that the framed version shows off the scorch marks.

It drove me nuts when people told me that my wedding day would be “perfect” and “the best day of my life.”  Our wedding reflected who we are, the reality of our life together, which is pretty great but definitely not perfect.  Those little scorch marks are a nice reminder that it’s important to keep a sense of reality and proportion in life.

2. We walked down the aisle together, instead of meeting at the altar.  For me, this was an important symbol that we were entering into this together, as partners and equals.  We’re a bit older, and we’ve lived together for years, so I didn’t want to be “given away.” 

3. On the whole, our wedding was done on a budget.  But I splurged and flew in a special musician from Boston for the day without telling Matt.  He has this weird love for an obscure Irish instrument call the uilleann pipes, but no one in the area plays them.  I found a guy who agreed to fly down just for the ceremony, and I will never forget the look on Matt’s face, just before we started down the altar, when he heard the haunting notes of the pipes coming from the garden.  Totally worth it!

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

Is it wrong to say my favorite part was actually the rehearsal dinner?  The night before, we threw a big BBQ at our house for all the guests, not just family.  We ordered in Bosnian food, because that’s where we met, and hung up a piñata and showed off our snazzy new house to all the family and friends who had flown in.  The best part was when we lit our “unity volcano.”  On one of our first dates, I showed up at Matt’s place with the makings of a homemade volcano, because I’d never made one as a kid and wanted to remedy that.  He loved how nerdy and random that was.  We built an epic volcano for the wedding, complete with a Lego bride and groom and tons of lava.  Lighting up that bad boy was the ultimate way to initiate our guests into our wonderful and weird world.

I also enjoyed the very end of the evening at our wedding, after the dinner and the toasts and the dancing.  We put out a box of cigars and a couple bottles of scotch, and we all dragged chairs into the lawn under the stars.  I finally got to do what I had really wanted to do all day – sit down, enjoy my guests, and hang out. 

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