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WeddingWire’s Real Weddings of 2012

Posted by Kim on Dec 31, 2012

It’s been an exciting year here at WeddingWire – for more reasons than one! Several of our talented team members got married in 2012, and we shared some of their weddings right here on the blog! Check out a recap of the year in weddings at WeddingWire:

molly and george january 28, real weddings ideas and trends Molly and George, married January 28 in Massachusetts
Photo: The Feds Studio

helena and cj june 9, real weddings ideas and trends Helena and CJ, married June 9 in Maryland
Photo: CINEMATICbyDavidM

melanie and travis august 11, real weddings ideas and trends Melanie and Travis, married August 11 in Maryland
Photo: Jordan Marsh

blair and jon september 15, real weddings ideas and trends Blair and Jon, married September 15 in Massachusetts
Photo: Person & Killian

lee and lynn 1st anniversary september 24, real weddings ideas and trends And a happy 1st anniversary to our COO Lee Wang, who married Lynn last September in Washington, DC.
Photo: Steve Canning Photography

And we can’t forget the other staffers who got married in 2012 – congratulations are in order for Eileen, Persephone, Victoria, Jeanette, Stephanie, and Kate. We’ve also had a bunch of engagements, so watch this space for more WeddingWire weddings in 2013 and beyond!

Favorite Real Wedding Details of 2012, Part 1

Posted by Kim on Dec 27, 2012

This year, we published over 200 real weddings on this blog – from glamorous affairs to laid-back celebrations, we’ve truly seen it all. But some weddings and details really stood out, and we wanted to share them with you.

Modern and Cheeky Wedding Stationery

The wedding of two graphic designers in Palm Springs, California featured some of the coolest details we’ve ever seen. In particular, we loved the paper goods – from the aisle markers to the menus, the contemporary design and informal language really sets the tone for a totally relaxed affair and showcases the couple’s sense of humor. See more of Tiffany and Mark’s completely creative wedding here.

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Preppy Blue and Pink Farm Wedding in Massachusetts

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 26, 2012

Amy & Brett

September 10

Lenox, Massachusetts

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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?

Growing up, I spent summers in Lenox at camp and have always loved the Berkshires. My husband and I enjoyed a number of weekend getaways in Lenox and celebrated a joint family Thanksgiving there in 2009 not long before we got engaged. I had read about Stonover Farm in a few magazines and wanted to stay there. In January 2010, we were on our way up to Deerfield and decided to spend a night at Stonover Farm. Even though it was the middle of winter, we fell in love with it. When we got engaged, we didn’t consider any other venues. We knew that Stonover Farm would be absolutely perfect. It offered everything that we were looking for – a beautiful setting that was relaxed and sophisticated at that same time. We loved the idea of having multiple and distinct events (ceremony on the lawn, cocktails by the pond, dinner under a tent and dancing/dessert in the barn) at the same venue. Not to mention the fact that the blue trim of the buildings perfectly matched our colors of navy, light blue and pink!

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

1. The locket pin on my bouquet – my grandmother died of cancer about a year before we got engaged. Attending our wedding would have meant so much to her, and it broke my heart that she was not able to live to be there in person. I found an antique fleur de lys locket on Etsy, put her photo inside of it and attached it to the ribbon on my bouquet. It meant a lot to me to have her with me while walking down the aisle and throughout the day. After the wedding, I gave the locket to my grandfather.

2. The food – my husband and I love good food and having a caterer that could deliver delicious food for a large number of people was really important to us. Our florist recommended Savory Harvest and Michael was incredible. He really listened to our guidance and came up with menus for both the rehearsal dinner and the wedding that were delicious and reflected our tastes. Lastly, my friend from childhood, Katzie Guy-Hamilton, who is a pastry chef in NYC (and a former contestant on Top Chef Just Desserts), made homemade pies (neither my husband nor I like cake that much) that added a personal touch and were incredible.

3. Drawings – My husband’s dad is a talented artist, so we added his handiwork to the day in the form of the design on the welcome bags, a hand drawn map of Lenox, and cards (included in the welcome bags) featuring his pen and ink drawings of the barn at Stonover Farm and other local landmarks.

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

Our ceremony! Although it was over in record time (less than 20 minutes!), when Amanda asked me and Brett to pick our favorite photo from our wedding for a blog post, we each picked a photo from the ceremony. A friend of ours, Jim, was able to officiate our wedding thanks to Massachusetts’ “one day pass” system. Having a friend perform our ceremony made it so much more personal and special. There were touching moments and quite a bit of laughter. Standing up there with Brett, Jim and our closest friends and looking out at everyone, who came to celebrate with us, is one of my favorite memories of the day.

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Jillian & Ryan

June 1

Topsfield, Massachusetts

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Our Q&A with the Bride:

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

We were immediately swept away by the breathtaking garden at the Willowdale Estate. We always knew we wanted an outdoor wedding, and the concept of getting married in a lush garden surrounded by tall pines, butterflies, and hummingbirds took our breath away. The estate’s interior was also perfectly renovated. Despite being a historic venue, it is very polished and sophisticated with carved wood details, gorgeous dressing suites, and a full service kitchen. The staff of the Willowdale was top notch from the moment we first toured the grounds through the day of our wedding.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

Hand painted cake toppers (done by myself!) in the likeness of my husband and I were a perfect touch to our cake. My husband and I are musicians, so we loved our sheet music guest book that we purchased through Etsy. Also, I became obsessed with my floral/feather/crystal  fascinator; also purchased through Etsy.

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

Focus your efforts on three key things that matter most to you on the big day. For us, it was a great music, gorgeous flowers, and an open bar. The other elements will fall into place – so have fun with them, be flexible, don’t sweat the small stuff, and enjoy the planning process!

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

I’ll never forget the moment that Ryan saw me for the first time during our first look. The Willowdale has a dreamy boardwalk that wraps around a small lake, and that’s where he was waiting for me facing the water. The walk down the hill to where he was standing was so tranquil and romantic – all I could hear were the birds singing and the rustling of the trees. When he finally turned to me, the look on his face was so touching – the kind of look that only comes once in a lifetime. We’re so happy to have found one another, and lucky to have the wonderful family and friends that shared in our magical day.

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Classic, Preppy Late Summer Wedding on Cape Cod

Posted by Kim on Aug 02, 2012

Christy & Doug

September 17

Brewster, Massachusetts

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Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. After our rehearsal dinner, we invited everyone to a casual bonfire on the beach.  It was a great night because we were able to relax and catch up with people we haven’t seen in years!
  2. Our ceremony was held on the front lawn under a large oak tree that was beautiful but the best detail was that I was able to get ready in a room overlooking the front lawn.  We were able to see everyone arriving at the wedding and the guys walking in while we waited.
  3. We spent 6 months making and bottling homemade limoncello to give as favors and everyone loved them!

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

Christy: Don’t rush the planning because everything will fall into place and don’t stress the small things on your wedding day because no one will notice they were missing at the end of the night.

Doug:  Enjoy the planning because the actual day goes by so fast and looking back I enjoyed it even more because I stayed involved in the planning.

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

 We decided not to see each other before the ceremony which made seeing each other for the first time during our ceremony such a special moment.  We will both remember that moment forever!

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