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Aly and Josh were married at Ravenswood Event Center in Chicago, Ill. on May 26. “The atrium where we had our ceremony was absolutely amazing,” Aly said. “There were floor-to-ceiling windows, arched wood ceilings, and exposed brick and pipings. We wanted a very neutral color scheme, so we chose all warm tones like blushes and creams.” The bride wore a custom-made strapless a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled sash and chapel-length veil, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a solid tie and Converse tennis shoes. Bridesmaids wore short black chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of peonies, garden roses, and dusty millers. The newlyweds’ favorite moment? “Our introduction into the reception ballroom,” she said. “It was breathtaking to see everything set up and see the finished product of what we worked so hard to plan. It was also great to see all of our family and friends there to celebrate with us.” Tables were decorated with white linens, sage green napkins, antique mix ‘n’ matched vases and vessels with single stems, and menu cards at each place setting. “While it’s easy to get caught up in all of the expensive details the fact of the matter is, it’s only one day,” Aly said. “It was fun to add a little do-it-yourself details to help save.”

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Photography: Megan Saul Photography | Venue: Ravenswood Event Center | Dress Store: Reddington Bridal | Makeup Artist: Mario Tricocci Hair Salon & Day Spa | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Macy’s | Stationery: Paper Source | Floral Designer: Anna Held Florist | Cake: Molly’s Cupcakes

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Erinn and Brian were married in a traditional church ceremony at Willard Memorial followed by a reception at Inns of Aurora in Auburn, N.Y. on June 7. “There are two things we loved — the beautiful setting and the food!” Erinn said. “We wanted an outdoor wedding and having the tent right on one of the Finger Lakes was just perfect. We grew up in the area and love being on the lake, so the setting just felt like ‘us.’ Also, we are huge foodies, and Aurora Inn had one of the best ratings in the region. They definitely didn’t disappoint because everything was absolutely delicious.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with a pair of pink satin bow pumps, while the groom wore a three-piece black suit, accessorized with a solid tie and bulldog cufflinks. “All the personal touches from my family made the day extra special,” she said. “My mom gave me a locket on the morning of the wedding that included various objects such as a piece of her veil, piece of my great great grandma’s dress, and my late grandma’s earrings. I pinned it to my bouquet, and when I walked down the aisle, I knew I had these women with me in spirit.” Bridesmaids wore long coral chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, peonies, and olive leaves. “I couldn’t stop staring and smelling at them,” she said. “Saying our vows to each other was the most memorable part of the day, and obviously meant the most.” Tables were decorated with white linens, picture frames with descriptions of special places, and “hubby” and “wifey” chair signs in honor of the newlyweds. Cookies served as favors. “We wrapped them and on each tag wrote, ‘Something sweet for your tooth, and something sweet for your soul,” Erinn said. “Below that, there was 10 different quotes. For example, one from Maya Angelou and Brian’s favorite show Friday Night Lights.”

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Photography: The Story Photography | Videography: Zach Culler Studios | Ceremony Venue: Willard Memorial Chapel | Reception Venue: Inns of Aurora | Event Planner: Heather Davidson | Dress Designer: Jim Hjelm from Kleinfeld Bridal | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff from Spybaby Bridal | Hair & Makeup Artist: Andrea Scalisi Makeup Artistry | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Floral Designer: In Bloom | Officiant: Father O’Brien | Ceremony Musicians: Clinton String Quartet | Stationery: Celebrations in Ink | Cake: Carlo’s Bakery | DJ: Celebrations D.J. Service | Favors: Dorie’s Bakery

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Pascale and Maurice were married at Adobe Mission Church followed by a reception at The Clayton on the Park in Scottsdale, Ariz. on May 3. “It was a blank slate — a contemporary white space that we could dress any which way to make our own,” Pascale said. “A lover of color, I really didn’t want to limit ourselves to a simple color scheme, so I didn’t. We drew from vibrant ones (orange, yellow, pink, and turquoise) of the festive Mexican culture as well as the sunset shades of the Southwest.” The bride wore a sweetheart peplum ballgown with a silk ruched bodice, accessorized with a mantilla chapel-length veil, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a striped tie. “Maurice surprised me with a message on the bottom of my shoes, ‘I fell in love with your feet, now I get to marry them. I love you!’” she said. “There were so many handcrafted elements like the the mini rosary beads that my mom and aunt strung, so that each guest would receive one during the ceremony.” Even an “Amor” sign above the church! Following the nuptials, the newlyweds drove off in a vintage Chevrolet El Camino with “Novio” and “Novia” written in hearts on the back. Cocktail hour included signature margaritas and a street taco and hot sauce bar. Yum! A favorite moment? “Our reception entrance!” Pascale said. “Before everyone could head upstairs for dinner, Maurice and his sombrero-wearing, maraca-shaking groomsmen walked in with the mariachi band as they played a song called ‘El Rey.’ The boys then picked up ‘derbakes’ (Arabic hand drums), surprising the crowd with a Middle Eastern acoustic jam session as the bridesmaids entered wearing belly dancing skirts, shaking their hips to the oriental beats. I finally made my way in with my dad, as Maurice free-styled along to a Latin trumpet tune.” Rustic wooden farm tables were decorated with black and white sequin chevron runners, native desert plants, and playful pops of tulips. “We were having so much fun that we almost forgot to cut our cake,” she said. “Our dessert spread featured churros and dipping sauces, petite s’mores, cookies, milk shooters, popsicles, and candies complete with stuff-your-own pinata bags.”

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Photography/Videography: Jeff + Amber | Day-Of Coordinator/Floral Designer: J. Barry Design | Ceremony Venue: Old Adobe Mission Church | Reception Venue/Caterer: The Clayton on the Park | Dress Designer: Reem Acra from Schaffer’s Bridal | Jewelry: BCBG | Hair and Makeup Artist: Patrick Ta | Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier and Dalia MacPhee | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Hugo Boss and Jos. A. Bank | Stationery: Idieh Design | Ceremony Musicians: Mariachi Pasion | Linens: La Tavola | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Cake: Let Them Eat Cake | Other: Paletas Betty and Haul ‘N’ Ass Productions | DJ: Anthony Raad | Entertainment: Ameera Paone (belly dancer)

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Traci and Andrew were married at Stone Manor Country Club in Middletown, Md. on April 12. “Everything about Traci and Andrew’s tree-themed wedding fit their personalities and interests perfectly,” said Susie and Becky, the photographers. “Sometimes, brides want a natural look to the day, but Traci managed to create a natural feel also.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace a-line wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with a pair of ballet slippers, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie. The do-it-yourself bouquet was something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. Notice all the family heirloom brooches? “Every guest received a stone upon arriving to the ceremony,” they said. “As the couple said their vows, they were asked to hold the stones and make wishes.” Rather than a traditional unity candle, they even planted and watered a tree to symbolize their marriage’s growing strength! “At the end, guests left the stones in the righthand compartment of the box, so the newlyweds could take home.” The reception followed underneath a framed tent. Tables were decorated with sage green linens, tall curly willow branch centerpieces accented with delphiniums, orchids, and heathers, and named after none other than different types of trees like Sycamore, Popular, and Birch. As the sun was setting, extra portraits were taken, and “Traci offered to kick off her shoes to walk through a stream,” Susie and Becky said.

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Photography: Inspired Photography by Susie & Becky | Venue: Stone Manor Country Club | Dress Store: David’s Bridal | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hair & Makeup Artist: Le Mariee | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Floral Designer: Ory Custom Florals | Caterer: Carriage House Catering | DJ: Shew-sical Entertainment Services

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Galyn and Martin were married at The Grand Concourse in Pittsburg, Pa. on May 10. “The Grand Concourse has an absolutely stunning interior, incredible food, and convenience of the area to accommodate traveling guests,” Galyn said. “We went with a color scheme of shades of white with a splash of dove gray and silver accents — think lots of mirrors and mercury glass!” The bride wore an embroidered a-line wedding gown with an capped sleeves and an illusion back, accessorized with a jeweled sash, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short gray chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of daisies, tulips, and mums. “My amazing husband designed ALL of the paper goods (and website) for the event,” she said. “From the 28 page invitation booklet that arrived in a custom printed linen bag to the equally beautiful programs and ‘doggie bags’ featuring a photo of our dog, Kosta, that could be filled with goodies at the dessert table to take home with them.” Following the ceremony, which took place inside the restored Lake Erie Railroad Station, a finger snapping, foot tapping, jazz band began performing ‘The Charleston,’ complete with professional swing dancers. “We emerged onto one of the balconies overlooking the dining room, and everyone roared with delight dressed to the nines in their black-tie garb, fun fedoras, feathered headbands, and long gloves,” Galyn said. “The glamour of it all looked PERFECT, It was truly a vision that we will hold dear to us for the rest of our lives.”

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Photography: Kristen Wynn Photography | Venue: The Grand Concourse | Event Planner: Katy Simovski | Dress Designer: Reem Acra from Kleinfeld Bridal | Shoes: Sophia Webster | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo from BHLDN | Hair Stylist: MCN Salon | Makeup Artist: Kiss and Makeup | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Hugo Boss | Floral Designer: Lilli-Maeg Floral Specialties | Cake: Bethel Bakery | Band: Boilermaker Jazz Band | Ceremony Musician: Steven Vance Strolling Violin & DJ Package

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