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9 Things No One Tells You About Wedding Dress Shopping

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 24, 2014

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Photo: Keepsake Memories Photography 

In case you didn’t already know, Caitlin, one of our very own on WeddingWire’s editorial team, is engaged! Throughout her entire planning process, she’ll be giving you insight on her experiences until September 20, 2014. First up: wedding dress shopping — and 9 things no one ever told her!

Purple Winter Wedding in North Carolina

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 10, 2013

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Kelly and Andrew were married during a cold, winter day in Swansboro, N.C. on January 5. To keep warm, the bride accessorized with a fur stole on top of her fit ‘n’ flare ruffled wedding gown. Bridesmaids wore purple dresses whereas groomsmen wore gray suits with polka dot bow ties. Bouquets featured an array of blooms such as garden roses, hydrangeas, and calla lilies. Following the traditional church ceremony, the reception was held at the town’s civic center, which was decorated with lace, lanterns, and wine bottles. “When we walked into the room, we were completely blown away,” Kelly said. “The room looked magical! Even though we had picked out the details, we were still shocked when we saw how beautifully it came together.” Even the ceiling was draped with fabric and chandelier! Their favorite moment? The father of the bride’s speech. “We still laugh at the things he said,” she said. Instead of a sparkler send off, guests held handwritten signs that said, “Faith,” “Bliss,” “Fun,” “Love,” and “Hope.” A cute do-it-yourself touch.

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Photography: Keepsake Memories Photography | Ceremony Venue: St. Mildred’s Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Swansboro Rotary Club | Decor: Crystal Coast Tents & Event Rentals | Floral Designer: Coastal Petals | Caterer: Kathryn’s Bistro and Martini Bar | Band: Snack Bar Jones

Bright Spring Beach Wedding in North Carolina

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 18, 2013

Megan & Jack

May 26 

Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

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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?

The venue had beach access, and the reception room had a gorgeous ocean view.

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

1. Beach

2. Colorful flowers

3. Handmade table numbers 

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

The beautiful weather during our ceremony! 

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Summer Color Scheme: Purple + Orange

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 08, 2013

Our fourth favorite summer color scheme — purple and orange! This inspiration board is fit for an eclectic bride who wants a tropical destination wedding. Walk down the aisle on “island time” with a lisianthus, ranunculus, and hypericum berries bouquet and stand next to your bridesmaids wearing flowing v-neck dresses. Enjoy a lavender martini in your lounge area or take a break from dancing to the authentic steel drum music and cozy up next to your man. Give each guest a wish lantern at the end of the night to send off in the sky. With so many warm wishes from your family and friends overhead, you will know love is in the air. Unforgettable.

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Photos (clockwise from top left): Angelica Glass, RSVP Events Floral Studio, Gideon Photography, Caroline Ghetes Photography, The Cake Zone, Jillian Mitchell, Thayer Allyson Gowdy, and Keepsake Memories Photography

What was your color scheme? Let us know in the comments below!

Ashley & Scott

April 6

Andrews, North Carolina 

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Q & A with the Bride & Groom:

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

It offered a unique, weekend-long destination for our friends and family where we could relax in a beautiful mountainside location and celebrate our big day.  It allowed us to devote cherished time with each guest and that was the most important thing we wanted to accomplish.

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

1. The lovely bunting my sister made for us.  My sister, Olivia, lives abroad and spent hours sewing lace and burlap together for yards and yards of gorgeous bunting.  It was so beautiful around our reception site!

2. The homemade cookies our mothers baked, including personalized stamps.  My mother made shortbread dough at home and transported it all the way to North Carolina.  She and my little sister then baked, stamped and packaged all of the delicious cookies in their cabin on-site.  They were stamped with one of my husband’s favorite things, a robot, as well as our names and our wedding date.  Michelle and Carl with Keepsake Memories Photography took one of my favorite pictures with our rings on the cookies.  Scott’s mom is also known among friends and family for her chocolate chip cookies.  Sharon was nice enough to take the time to bake these delectable treats for our dessert table.

3. The wedding ceremony was officiated by Scott’s father, who worked closely with us to personalize every aspect of the service.  As someone who knew us and our guests so well, he made an otherwise intimate moment between a bride and groom much more meaningful for all of our attendees.

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

Scott: Seeing Ashley walking down the long path toward me with her father as the ceremony began.  It had been a whirlwind of a day working out last minute details and making sure everything was perfect for her, but to see her in her wedding dress for the first time with such a gorgeous smile on her face was a moment I’ll remember forever.   Either that or the food.

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