Apple Brides Magazine Issue 1- Fall '16/Spring '17

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ISSUE no. 1 | Fall 2016-spring 2017

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From The Editor To our readers,


pple Brides has always been dedicated to bringing the best of the Inland Northwest wedding community to brides looking to get married in Washington and Idaho— and beyond. When the idea of expanding into print began to form, I knew it was a venture we had to explore. Print magazines are near and dear to my heart, and I remember how exciting and fun it was to explore wedding resources both online and off when I was engaged. I want to thank you all for your support and love of the Staff Credits:

Cheers to you! Jessica

Front Cover Katheryn Moran Photography

Back Cover J.M Hunter Photography

Photo by Matt Shumate

Editor in Chief: Jessica English Sales Manager: Melissa Persling Production Assistant: Patrice Sutton Design & Layout: Julia Derosier

Apple Brides family— you are why we do what we do, and we love every second. I also want to thank the vendors that support us, and the team of people that made this possible, and of course, my wonderful husband for always supporting whatever whim comes into my head. I am so lucky to be surrounded by talented, inspiration, hard working people every day. I truly hope you enmjoy this labor of love, and stay tuned for more to come!

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Recently Engaged? Start Here! Label your sections R ecently engaged and overwhelmed? First off, congratulations! We’re so happy you’re sharing the journey with Apple Brides. Second, let’s work on that overwhelmed part. Here’s where you should start in order to make your wedding planning journey a positive one, instead of a ton of work!

Start Pinning! If you haven’t already, start a Pinterest board! Pin everything that inspires you. As you gather more and more pins, start to cull things that aren’t cohesive. You’ll notice that a theme or aesthetic starts to naturally come through!

Get Organized Make a wedding planning binder! Keeping all your important documents and notes in one place will help simply the process. Check out how we started our own binders!

Supplies for Your Binder: A 1-inch binder 4 5-count packs of dividers

-Important -Budget -Guests -Wedding Party -Ceremony -Reception -Attire

-Photographer -Florist -DJ -Rehearsal -Transportation -Registry -Honeymoon

Include your free printables! Check out the Apple Brides shop online and the back of this magazine for free printables to include in your wedding binder!

Set your budget Of course this is easier said than done, but setting a budget, and determining who is going to pay for what will help you have a starting point for planning.

1 50-count pack of sheet protectors 1 pack of college-ruled paper

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We labeled ours as the following, but you can adjust based on your needs and what works for you.

Check the Apple Brides vendor directory, and deals page! Kick off your vendor search right, by perusing the best of the best!

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Becca + Zack’s Romantic Church Wedding Yakima, WA

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he dramatic color palette and lush, gorgeous florals are only the beginning of this breathtaking real wedding from Yakima and Cle Elum. Neutral-yet-bold mix and matched bridesmaids and a beautiful bride in a flower crown balance out the richly traditional ceremony and set the stage for one gorgeous, crisp fall gathering. Not to mention a bridal bouquet that completely knocks it out of the park!

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Vendors Wedding Dress - Bellevue Bridal

Flowers – Keira Grech at Ellensburg Floral Photographer – Samantha McFarlen Videographer – Jobe Layton

Ceremony Venue - Holy Cross Orthodox Church

Yakima, WA Reception Venue - The Cattle Barn Cle Elum, WA

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10 Tips to Make Your Guests Feel Welcome


hile a wedding is about you and your partner, it is so important to also consider your guests! You want those traveling near and far to support you to remember your wedding for years to come. A few special touches throughout your engagement and wedding will make the experience welcoming and memorable for everyone!





guests will be thankful you considered their little ones.


Offering lawn games or a photo booth during a summer reception or a hot chocolate bar during a winter one gives your guests a chance to take a break from dancing while still doing something fun!

You’ve heard it before, but we’ll say it Be sure to make the rounds to see all again. Having a day-of coordinator to of your guests sometime during the handle the little details will help your most important guests (aka your parents and your wedding. They are there to see you after all! wedding party) remain stress free! Not to Providing convenient extras at your mention you get to enjoy your wedding day reception such as flip flops for tired feet like you should. Offering a suggested hotel or two will or pashminas for when it cools off at night help put your wedding guests at ease is a thoughtful bonus for your guests. Some Think about your wedding from a and make travel plans easy. Bonus for you – brides even include a basket in the restrooms potential guests perspective— are oftentimes, hotels will offer a discount if you there enough bathrooms? Is the bar close to filled with essentials such as hair ties, clothes reserve a block of rooms! pins, and breath mints. the dance floor? Is there enough signage for When out of town guests arrive at the direction? Are pathways lighted? Thinking Planning to party into the wee hours? about the layout and flow of your big day from hotel, offer a welcome bag filled with Consider a late night snack— think area goodies, a list of things to do, and places an attendee perspective helps you consider pizza or sliders, something quick, easy and a to eat. It’ll add that extra special touch that the little details that make a big impact. people pleaser. Everyone will be grateful you really lets your guests know you’re thinking did! Include something special for kids about them, and want them to have a great attending your wedding, like a experience all weekend, not just at your scavenger hunt or coloring pages. It will keep Bonus tip- Have the numbers of some local wedding! them from being restless and you might even cab companies on display in the bathrooms, especially if you have a hard partying crowd. see a few grown-ups join in the fun! Your Setting up a customized wedding website complete with details about you and your partner, your registry, your wedding party, how you got engaged and other fun stories will help everyone feel involved and informed.


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Intimate & Minimalistic Prairie Elopement Walla Walla, WA

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e love elopements— the special, quiet moments that revolve entirely around the two of you are what fill the entire day, and looking at pictures feels like a peek into a special secret only the couple shares. This styled elopement is set in the fields outside of Walla Walla and remind us just how stunning the central Washington landscapes can be. As if we could forget! We love the idea of running off into the sunset together to promise forever, which is exactly what this shoot inspires.

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Vendors Photography - J.M.Hunter Photography Floral - Gather Design Company

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Hair - Connie Couture Makeup - Keri Meraz Rentals - Fleurissant Stationery - Carousel Atelier

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DIY Dos and Don’ts W

hen it comes wedding DIY’s, there are plenty of projects to occupy your weekend free time and add those personal touches to your big day. In some cases, they can save you a ton of money and they can be fun to put together. On the other hand, however, there are a few things you should really leave to the professions (trust us!) So put away those Pinterest tutorials, and read on— here are our top DIY do’s and don’ts! DO- Favors Favors are probably our favorite DIY-DO. They are easy to do months ahead of time, and your guests will probably enjoy them a lot more if they came from the heart. Something edible is always your best bet, because who doesn’t love food?

DON’T- Flowers It is way harder to DIY your wedding flowers than it looks, y’all. Working with a florist will not only ensure that you get the highest quality flowers that will last all day, it will leave you to enjoy your wedding day instead of running around creating bouquets!

DO- Centerpieces While we recommend leaving the florals up to the pros, you can easily DIY the other elements of your centerpieces! We recommend scouring your local yard sales, vintage markets, and thrift stores for interesting elements to add such as candles, vases, lanterns, and even books! (Pinterest may come in handy here with providing tons of inspiration!)

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DON’T- Day-ofCoordination We cannot stress this enough – hiring a planner or day-ofcoordinator will eliminate SO MUCH STRESS for you (or your family/friend/acquaintance who said they could help.) A wedding coordinator will ensure that everything runs smoothly so you can simply sit back, relax, and be married!

DO- Guest Books Guest books these days go way beyond the typical book. We love when couples get creative by featuring something they will always want to display in their home; whether that’s a globe, a giant framed photo, or a watercolor family tree.

DON’T- Makeup From the research we did, DIY wedding makeup is a controversial topic, but hear us out. Even if you want to go for simple makeup similar to your every day look, a professional makeup artist can do this while taking it to the next level to ensure that your gorgeous look translates well on camera. Think of them as your all day Snapchat beauty filter (you know the one that makes you look stunning no matter what?) Besides, you paid good money for that amazing photographer, why wouldn’t you want to look your best for the photos?

DO- Bridal Party Gifts You don’t have to spend a ton of money to show your bridesmaids how much you love and appreciate them! In fact, DIY gifts can often be much more personal and meaningful. There are so many cute “ask boxes” ideas you see all over Instagram, why not fill them with some tasteful DIY items? Framed photos, a little journal

or a piece of handmade jewelry major bonus, and the key to can all be beautiful ways to thank successfully DIY-ing elements of your squad for helping you say your wedding. ‘I Do’.

DON’T- Photography

DON’T- Music Even though it might seem like an easy and affordable option to just hook up a laptop or have a friend DJ via your Spotify account, you WILL miss out on the presence of a DJ. They help provide transitions, have a wide variety of music on hand, and they are trained to read the crowd.

DO- Place cards This is another DIY that gets an assist from Pinterest. There are SO MANY cute and clever seating card ideas out there! From wine corks to polaroid photos, you can handwrite them or get them professionally printed. And again, it can be done months in advance –

We all have that friend or relative that dabbles in photography and offers to do your wedding photos for an oh-so-tempting price. Do not be swayed! When it comes to preserving one of the happiest days of your life, it’s important to go with someone who is experienced in shooting weddings. They will have all the equipment, know all of the poses, and have the gut instinct to give you the best photos of this special day. This is one area you definitely do not want to mess with!

Want to follow more planning and budgeting tips? Check out Apple Brides online!



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Lush Fall Harvest Styled Shoot Bellingham, WA

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hen this gorgeous, quintessentially fall shoot came across our desks, we could hardly resist the nod to our namesake— Washington apples. After all, what’s more fall than a bushel of apples?! Paired with a stunning redhead, a dramatic color palette and one heck of a ring, we could hardly keep from drooling. We love the idea that fall doesn’t have to mean muted tones— pops of red bring the drama in a warm, welcoming way and the lush harvest bounties across the table remind us that the coming together of loved ones is what it’s really all about.

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Photographer - Katheryn Moran Photography Flowers - Pozie by Natalie Event Rentals - Rustic Events Rentals Stationery - Noteworthy Ink Venue - Anderson Acres Dessert - Slice of Heaven Custom Baked Goodies Dress - Belle Bridal Makeup - Elizabeth Marie Makeup Crochet Bunting - Crochet by Chrisdee Ring - The Silvery Moon Apples - Bellewood Acres

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Roni + Lauren’s Sunny Idaho Barn Wedding Priest Lake, ID

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hen you have two ins-anely stylish brides, you know it’s going to be a good event! This beautiful barn wedding is a downhome farm wedding at it’s best. We believe that the love between two people is so beautiful, and should always be celebrated— no matter what. You can truly see how special of a bond these two share, and when that relationship is celebrated against stunning, golden light-filled backdrops, it’s too good to miss.

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Vendors Bride’s Suit - Nordstrom Bride’s Dress - Cameo Bridal Food - Aj’s Cafe Flowers - Floral Traditions Rentals - Premier party rentals DJ - Amp’d Entertainment Venue - Circle N Ranch Priest Lake, ID

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Wedding Colors O

nce you’ve selected a date, it’s time to start thinking about wedding colors, decor and aesthetic. If you have a favorite color you KNOW you want to incorporate, you’re already off to a good start, but if you’re not sure what you love, or find yourself going back and forth, read on. We’re breaking down how to pick your colors by season!

SPRING: When considering colors for spring, pastel shades are aways popular, especially pale pinks, lemon yellows, and mint greens. These colors can look very elegant and timeless when done in a simplistic and modern way. However, unless you are going for an 80’s themed wedding, try not to take these shades too far in terms of complex decor because it may go over the top very quickly. Use outdoor greenery or even some great succulents to add some natural touches within this color scheme. Don’t forget to think beyond pastels and consider adding a pop with a metallic accent! Think lavender and gold, or sage green and rose gold!

SUMMER: There are a lot of color trends that have been popular in the summer months, after all, it is prime wedding season! The options for these warm months are limitless. Some of our favorite shade combinations for summer are tangerine and bright green, bold pink and navy blue, or grey and yellow. Anything that plays off the beautiful natural foliage and floral that you can incorporate will look beautiful!

FALL: For fall it can be great to use the changing scenery to tie in with your decor by utilizing reds, oranges, and yellows, especially if your ceremony or reception is taking place outdoors. There’s so much more to fall though! Add an accent color by integrating deep grays, mocha latte shades, a smokey baby blue or even a sage green. Leaves and natural outdoor elements make wonderful centerpieces or even look great as aisle runner alternative up to the alter. Fall holds the potential for gorgeous deep tones, with beautiful warm accents.

WINTER: While the winter months can definitely be dreary, there is no reason that your wedding colors can’t be filled with excitement and rich beauty. Although deep reds and icy blues are quite popular during weddings this time of year, light browns and taupes, greys and navy blue can also look amazing. Don’t forget metallics! Sparkly snow and grey skies were made for reflecting off bright metallics of any shade. Or mix them and go for a grown up take on sparkly! Integrating creams and white can also be very striking and dramatic.



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Melissa + Charlie’s Classically Sweet Wedding Spokane, WA

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here’s something to be said for a classic church wedding, and this purple soiree has regality in spades. From the ivy covered walls, to the stunning, sweeping views, to the rose gold wedding band (a current favorite of ours!), we’re loving the thoughtfully crafted details in this real wedding. A handsome groom in uniform never hurts, either!

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Vendors Photographer: Amber Glanville Photography Videographer: Coelho Video Production Dress: Marcella’s Bridal Veil: Marcella’s Bridal8 Venue: Arbor Crest Winery Flowers: Rose & Blossom Cake: Sweet Frostings Makeup: Evelyn Mauro Hair: Katie Paull & Jenny Coelho Rentals: Event Rents DJ/Band: Free Rain Band

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Your Wedding Budget T here’s no easy way around it — if you’re having a wedding, it can get expensive. Setting a budget is a great way to keep things within reasonable parameters, so you know what to expect. Once you’ve set an overall budget, though, how do you know how much to spend on what?The most important thing to know when discussing money is to decide what’s most important to YOU. It’s about deciding priorities and adjusting from there. This breakdown gives you an idea of what categories typically take up in a budget. It is a starting point, and will give you an idea of how things break down, though. So, we’re working out how much of your overall budget should go to each category. Then, just take your total budget and break it down! Reception (40-45%) By far your largest expense. The reception includes food and beverages, equipment rentals, the venue fee (which may be coupled with your ceremony fee if you’re getting married in the same place), and non-floral decor. The exact cost will vary based on what kind of food you serve, if you have a buffet or plated meal, and your bar options. If you’re looking to cut costs in this category, consider going with simple decor. Or having only beer and wine options at the bar. Getting married during ‘offseason’ (not May-September) can also often save some green!

Ceremony (5-10%) The ceremony typically includes a venue fee, officiant fee, rentals and decor. If you’re looking to cut costs in this category, consider having your ceremony and reception all in one location. That way, you’re only paying one venue fee instead of two! You can also consider using in-house linens, skipping the fancy chairs, or repurposing seating from the ceremony to reception to save additional costs.

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Photographer/Videographer (1015%) This will vary depending on whether you want a videographer in addition to your photographer. This isn’t a category we’d recommend skimping on, since photos capture the memories you’ll be cherishing 30 years down the road. We’ve seen too many brides devastated by an amateur photographer missing important moments. However, if you’re really looking to cut costs here, consider forgoing an engagement session or, if an engagement session is part of a package, ask the photographer if you can skip it and apply the credit toward your overall cost.

Flowers (5-10%) Depending on decor for your ceremony and reception, this may go up or down. Some people choose to decorate solely with flowers, which means you could borrow from the reception and ceremony categories a little. Others only want a bouquet, in which case this expense would go way down. If you’re looking to cut costs in this category, ask your florist what flowers are in season when you’re getting married. Sunflowers in August are a lot cheaper than in January!

Coordinator/Planner (5-10%) Hiring a professional to run your day is very worthwhile. You wouldn’t hire Aunt Agatha to replace your carpets, so why hire her to run your wedding day? Most importantly, planners usually save you money in the long run! If you are looking to save, consider hiring a day-of planner instead of a full coordination package.

Attire/Rings (5-10%) Again, depending on what you want, this category will vary. Some brides prefer to spend less on a dress they’ll wear once, others want to splurge or even buy multiple dresses. It’s all up to you, but if you’re looking to save, consider buying an off the rack dress and having alterations done rather than ordering a custom gown.

Cake (5%) Whether you decide to go with a traditional tiered cake or a custom dessert bar with lots of options, you have lots of ways to cut costs here. Consider ordering a small cutting cake and having sheet cakes made to serve guests — they cut it in a backroom and your guests never know! Alternatively, consider cupcakes or pies instead if you’re less traditional. There are lots of yummy options that don’t have to be outrageously expensive.

Miscellaneous (5-10%) Finally, make sure you’re putting aside a portion of your budget for miscellaneous and unexpected costs — everything from invitations to favors, marriage license fees, and unexpected things that pop up. A word to the wise if you’re looking to save a little more change — skip the cheesy wedding favors! They’re expensive, unnecessary, and usually left behind.

Music (5-10%) A good DJ will really get the party started — and isn’t that the whole point?! Getting married in one location is a good way to save some costs in this category as well. This often cuts down on a separate set-up cost with your DJ.

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Blackberry Fields Forever Spokane, WA

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e LOVE the idea of a colored dress, and this secret gardenesque shoot hits the nail right on the head! The foraged straight from the blackberry fields vibes this shoot is giving off has us day dreaming all the ways a garden party wedding or engagement party would be just exquisite.

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Vendors Photography - Romancing Belle Photography Styling - Romancing the Stone Styling Floral’s - Garden of Eden Floral Design Make-Up - Canvas By Marianne Hair - All Tressed Up

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Calligraphy - Chalk Board Art By Millie Vintage Ring - Etsy Gowns - Shop Gossamer The Hidden Room Ribbons on Bouquet - Silk & Willow

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Rules For Tricky Family Situations


ivorce is really no ones favorite topic when you’re planning a wedding, but one of the top bride questions we get is about wedding planning with a divorced family. Whether it’s your parents, your partner’s parents or close relatives, you will probably have some sort of tricky family situation that you need to handle with care. Here’s our best advice for the most common tricky family dynamic wedding planning issues. How Do I Word My Invitations If My Parents Are Divorced?  Generally, the invitation wording is determined by who is hosting (or help paying). If both of your divorced parents are helping (and have been remarried): Mr. and Mrs. Jim Offelt Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Pram request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter…. If only one of the bride’s parents is helping, you just include their name. If you have multiple divorces in both you and your partner’s families, you might just be better off saying: Together with their parents Mary Bennett and Jeff Harper request the pleasure of your company at their marriage If only one of the bride’s parents is helping, you just include their name. This is a good option no matter what tricky family dynamic you have. If you have multiple divorces in both you and your partner’s families, you might just be better off saying: Together with their parents Mary Bennett and Jeff Harper request the pleasure of your company at their marriage If both you and your partner’s parents are hosting and are remarried: Mr. and Mrs. Jim Offelt Mr. John Olsen Mr. and Mrs. John Browne Mr. Jeremy Rice request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their children…

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How Shoulf I Seat My Divorced are friends of your parents an opportunity to sit with and mingle Parents at Ceremony?  Almost always, the bride’s mother is always the last person to be seated before the ceremony, and the first to be ushered out. Ushered seating can always follow the traditional order, which is: groom’s grandparents, bride’s grandparents, groom’s mother and father, bride’s mother. The bride’s stepfather would accompany the bride’s mother, unless he will be the one escorting the bride down the aisle.   If the bride is not close to a stepparent, they may not be formally ushered in, but be seated early in the pew reserved for his or her spouse. In extreme cases where a parent’s companion would cause a great deal of tension, they can be seated with the other guests.

with them!

What About Family Pictures?   Make sure you inform your photographer of any delicate situations ahead of time, and plan accordingly. Make a list of the types of family pictures you’d like taken and depending on how sensitive the situation is, you might want to avoid any large family photos. You could also discuss the subject with each parent before the wedding so you know what they will be comfortable with. Your photographer will likely be well versed in dealing with tricky dynamics, so make sure you loop them in as soon as you can and discuss individual situations with them.

Two of My Family Members Hate Each Other. I am Worried They Will Have a Fight at the Wedding! What Should I do?  Separation is probably your best bet in this case. As much as you can, make sure the two problem family members are as far apart as possible for the entire wedding. Avoiding a blow out at your wedding is worth the extra effort to think through every scenario and try to keep the peace. You can also consider doing a seating plan, which will go a long way in avoiding any unwanted tension. You should also have a heart to heart with each person before the wedding. Try and get them to understand how important the day is to you and that it would mean the world if they could put aside their issues for that one day.

What If I Don’t Want My Dad to Walk Me Down the Aisle?   The decision about who walks you down the aisle is totally yours to make. The role of walking you down the aisle is a big honor, you should choose the person you think deserves it and just because traditionally it’s the bride’s father doesn’t mean that’s the best option in your case. If you’d rather have your stepdad, brother, grandfather or even mother, it’s completely fine. Remember, your wedding, your rules!

How Should I Handle Reception Seating?   Even if your parents are on pretty good terms, it’s generally a good idea to seat them at separate tables, especially if there are stepparents involved. Divide up the most important guests (close friends and family) among the two tables so each parent still feels like they are sitting at a head table. This also gives guests that

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Vibrant Berry Styled Winery Wedding Spokane, WA

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all is one of the prettiest times of the year in the Inland Northwest. After a summer of weddings filled with the warm color palettes, it’s exciting to work with fall tones and create a romantic wedding that leaves your guests in awe. Ali, from Beacon Hill Catering & Events, was one of the coordinators of this gorgeous shoot. She’s sharing some of her favorite tips for creating a gorgeous and memorable fall wedding that stands out from all the others!

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Create a unique palette that makes your guests swoon! For fall weddings, so many brides go with the obvious colors of the season; warm yellow, burgundy and burnt orange. Although one could swoon over these analogous color palettes for hours, it does not always highlight the colors of fall. So think outside the box! By adding complimentary blue tones to your palette, this creates contrast that allows the fall colors to shine. Tastefully mixing complimentary colors can make for some of the most captivating images.

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Who says your dress can’t be your “Something Blue?”

Try a muted light blue gown or element of your attire to accentuate your look against the warm fall tones. This bride wore a romantic blue, tulle skirt with an ornate lace top. It’s a fun way to honor your “Something Blue” and have a little fun with your wedding day style! A dress that isn’t white is always a beautiful way to make a statement on your big day.

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Use the bounty of fall, but don’t overdo it. It is so tempting in fall to use the seasonal bounty in every corner of your wedding day, but intentionally using fall harvests can be most impactful. For example, gilded pears and fall branches in your floral create a timeless design that honors the season. Opting to showcase local items in your catering or wedding cake is a favorite way to highlight the abundance of fall. From cheese boards with fresh and dried local fruits to butternut squash ravioli, your menu can also take inspiration from the season!

Spend a little extra on your head table! Who says your head table must look the same as the rest of your tables? It can (and should!) stand out a little more than the rest. Create a head table that you would love to have had home and purchase these items. Don’t you want to keep that copper flatware and recycled glass goblets forever? Yes please! Use these cherished items for your wedding day head table and again throughout your marriage for future family gatherings and holiday celebrations. The head table design in our shoot features many locally purchased items to create a look that will be loved throughout a lifetime.

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Incorporate a fun, signature cocktail! Champagne cocktails offer a lighter version to kick off the evening. It’s a great way to celebrate your day, your style and your good taste!

Blackberry Thyme Champagne Spritzer INGREDIENTS:

1 small bouquet of Thyme extra for garnish ½ cup blackberries, extra for garnish ½ cup sugar ½ cup water Cranberry juice Dry champagne or Prosecco Powdered sugar, for garnish DIRECTIONS: Add bouquet of thyme, blackberries, sugar and water into a sauce pan and simmer on medium heat for 10 – 15 minutes or until syrup has formed. Strain out thyme and berries and let cool. Add 1.5 tablespoon of simple syrup into a champagne flute and a splash of cranberry juice. Top with dry champagne or Prosecco and garnish with a blackberry rolled in powered sugar and thyme sprig.

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Cooler temperatures offer a great excuse to accessorize! Simple bridesmaid’s dresses are complimented by scarves, sweaters, shawls, gloves, fun booties and jewelry. Opting for a simple bridesmaid dress design helps keep cost low and increases the probability that the dress be worn again. The scarf and dress option showcased here offers an option for less than $45.00!

Vendors Photography - Urban Rose

Make-up - Make Up by

Evelyn Mauro Bridal Top - Anthropologie


Venue, Catering, Cocktails and Farm Tables - Beacon Hill Catering and Events Floral - Rose and Blossom

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Bridal Skirt - Lauren Conrad Bridesmaid’s Dresses - H&M Scarves - H & M

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trezzi farm E S TAT E W I N E R Y & V I N E YA R D S - G R E E N B L U F F, W A -

modern. rustic. italian. unique. . photo credits: ifong chen photography & britton photography

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Julie + Oliver’s Vintage Farm Wedding Sandpoint, ID

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hickens and butterflies and stunning vintage elements, oh my! That may not be how the saying goes, but this subtly nostalgic-for-a-simpler-time event is so special. We love this duo’s style, and how genuinely they crafted a special day that reflects who they are as a couple. This intimate, real wedding is so sweetly put together that we’ll be dreaming of getting married in farm fields for months to come.

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Vendors Hair- Katey Bramsen at Stylebar Beauty Bar Makeup - Katey Bramsen at Stylebar Beauty Bar Catering - Two Lakes Catering Music - Steven King - Spokane, WA Flowers - Petal Talk Photography - Zaria Studios Venue - Talus Rock Retreat Sandpoint, ID

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Why You Should Take Engagement Photos Photos by Lisa Wise Photography


ur Production Assistant, Patrice, is recently engaged and sharing her planning journey with Apple Brides readers. Originally unsure if she’d have engagement photos taken, she ended up changing her mind and shares why she strongly thinks all brides-to-be should do the same!

People have a lot of different opinions about engagement photos, leaving many couples to ponder, to do or not to do? I always knew I wanted to do an engagement session, although I couldn’t really say why. Probably because it was “the thing to do.” However, on the tails of our own engagement session, I am here to tell you that you should DEFINITELY do engagement photos, and for some actual great reasons.


It helps you get more comfortable in front of the camera prior to the big day.

Most people have either never had professional photos taken, or maybe only a handful of times in a much more relaxed setting; senior photos, family photos, etc. My fiancée and I had never done anything like this and I can tell you we were completely out of our comfort zone at first! Our photographer was so great about customizing the process to us. During our initial meeting she got to know us as a couple and our experience in front of a camera. Because we had no experience, she was able to give us a lot of direction and made the whole session feel fun and comfortable. Now as we think about our wedding day, we have one less thing to worry about! Not only do we feel so comfortable with our photographer, we know which poses work best for us and we’ll easily be able to fall right back into our most photogenic selves.


It’s a great opportunity to get to know your photographer.

There are few people that you will spend more time with on your wedding day than your photographer. An engagement session is the perfect opportunity to get to know each other! During our shoot with Lisa Wise Photography, we were able to chat and get really comfortable. We are now looking forward to our wedding day even more knowing we’ll have a great photographer by our side!

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It brings you closer to your spouse-to-

There aren’t very many instances where you are posed face to face with your sweetie in front of a nearstranger. A great photographer is going to know exactly which poses are going to best highlight the love you have for each other – and let me tell you – it definitely reminds YOU of the love you have for each other too! When we left our engagement session, we felt so much closer and even re-kindled some of those “falling in love butterflies.”


It captures this incredibly special and hectic season of your life. Engagements are such a whirlwind, it can be easy to forget the actual reason for all the hustle and bustle! Our engagement session allowed us to slow down, be present in the moment, and remember why we wanted to marry each other in the first place. Haven’t found your photographer yet? Be sure to check out Apple Brides online for a full listing of area vendors!

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