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MODERN BRIDES PUT UNIQUE SLANT ON ‘SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW’ Something old, something new, something borrowed, something — very unique. To make a wedding both fun and sophisticated, modern brides give the old wedding adage a playful twist. If you’re planning your wedding, or helping someone special plan her own, here are some modern variations on the tradition. Courtesy ARA Content SOMETHING BORROWED: To inherit luck, tradition says SOMETHING OLD:

that something borrowed

Something old

should be from a person who

represents the bride’s

has a happy marriage.

past. Personalize this

may mean that your

rating a small

something borrowed isn’t an

memento from you

actual item. Perhaps you want

and your fiancé’s

to honor your grandparents

past together. Did you

on your wedding and “borrow”

keep something from

parts of the vows they said so

one of your favorite dates? Maybe you still have the ticket stub

many years ago. Or maybe

from the first concert you attended together, or the wine cork

your best friend has a

from your first date.

marriage philosophy you

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Thinking outside the box

tradition by incorpo-

bring them good luck. At a special moment during the evening,

admire that you can print on the dessert napkins for all

you can reveal the keepsake to your husband and remember

guests to enjoy. Feeling musical? Ask your parents what song played

just how far you’ve come as a couple.

during their first dance and surprise them by borrowing it for your own.

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SOMETHING BLUE:

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n a recent Thursday, 18 couples walked through the door of the Beverly Hills Municipal Courthouse on a mission to marry. They presented their marriage licenses and, upon paying a service fee of $25, made their way to a small archway where a deputy commissioner of marriage would oversee affairs. After partaking in a brief legal ceremony, these 18 couples joined the ranks of many thousands of people throughout Los Angeles County who opt for civil ceremonies over church weddings or other flashy affairs. Los Angeles County residents who seek civil ceremonies can choose from among seven locations that offer regular ceremonies. Six of those are satellite offices, which perform civil nuptials one day a week by appointment. The seventh, the Los Angeles RegistrarRecorder/County Clerk headquarters in the city of Norwalk, takes appointments Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. “It’s the best deal in town,” said Robert Ringler, who has presided over civil courthouse weddings for

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nity to be wed by Ringler, who does his best to bring lightness and heart to even the basic civil ceremonies. Since he started his business in 1982, Ringler has officiated thousands of public and private wedding ceremonies. His first ceremony took place on a cliff face at Mt. Baldy, and since then he’s made an effort to bring an added element of humanity to the civil ceremonies he officiates. Most of Ringler’s courthouse couples have foregone elaborate wedding rituals in favor of the economic practicality of a somewhat bare exchanging of vows. Some want to marry so they are eligible for faculty housing, while some couples have other reasons of a legal nature or are planning to have a bigger ceremony later but need to get married now.

Many come with their own children, and some grooms or brides have walked down the aisle at least once before. On occasion, Ringler reaches into his own bag of tricks — a file of copyrighted vows he’s penned over the years to cover a wide range of situations and scenarios that may apply — in order to make the ceremony more personalized. He often strays from the template to include details that are relevant to a specific couple. After a while, it becomes a bit of an art form. “When you come into a setting like that, I don’t think your expectation is very high,” Ringler said, describing himself as a “passionate officiate.” “I’m just making whatever’s on the page come to life and have feeling,” he added. ✺ YOUR ROYAL WEDDING | 11


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n a recent Thursday, 18 couples walked through the door of the Beverly Hills Municipal Courthouse on a mission to marry. They presented their marriage licenses and, upon paying a service fee of $25, made their way to a small archway where a deputy commissioner of marriage would oversee affairs. After partaking in a brief legal ceremony, these 18 couples joined the ranks of many thousands of people throughout Los Angeles County who opt for civil ceremonies over church weddings or other flashy affairs. Los Angeles County residents who seek civil ceremonies can choose from among seven locations that offer regular ceremonies. Six of those are satellite offices, which perform civil nuptials one day a week by appointment. The seventh, the Los Angeles RegistrarRecorder/County Clerk headquarters in the city of Norwalk, takes appointments Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. “It’s the best deal in town,” said Robert Ringler, who has presided over civil courthouse weddings for

the past 10 years on a volunteer basis as a deputy commissioner of marriage. “You never know who’s going to come through the door. I’ve seen everything under the sun.” When Ringler isn’t officiating at civil ceremonies, he operates his own ceremony consulting business, BelAir Wedding Ceremonies, which handles the licensing process and helps couples create truly personal vows and wedding experiences. Though most weddings are handled privately, 11,321 civil ceremonies were registered through the county office last year alone, according to Division Manager Portia Sanders. As of April 1 of this year, 3,028 couples have taken the plunge in a municipal setting. Traditionally, civil ceremonies were so named because they contained no religious elements and catered to cross-cultural couples and those who didn’t want to get married in a church. They carry the same legal weight no matter where they’re held, however. “A marriage ceremony is a marriage ceremony, whether you have it at a church or here with us,” Sanders said. Among those couples who sought civil ceremonies in Beverly Hills last Thursday, several had the opportu-

“IT’S THE BEST DEAL IN TOWN. YOU NEVER KNOW WHO’S GOING TO COME THROUGH THE DOOR. I’VE SEEN EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN.” –ROBERT RINGLER

nity to be wed by Ringler, who does his best to bring lightness and heart to even the basic civil ceremonies. Since he started his business in 1982, Ringler has officiated thousands of public and private wedding ceremonies. His first ceremony took place on a cliff face at Mt. Baldy, and since then he’s made an effort to bring an added element of humanity to the civil ceremonies he officiates. Most of Ringler’s courthouse couples have foregone elaborate wedding rituals in favor of the economic practicality of a somewhat bare exchanging of vows. Some want to marry so they are eligible for faculty housing, while some couples have other reasons of a legal nature or are planning to have a bigger ceremony later but need to get married now.

Many come with their own children, and some grooms or brides have walked down the aisle at least once before. On occasion, Ringler reaches into his own bag of tricks — a file of copyrighted vows he’s penned over the years to cover a wide range of situations and scenarios that may apply — in order to make the ceremony more personalized. He often strays from the template to include details that are relevant to a specific couple. After a while, it becomes a bit of an art form. “When you come into a setting like that, I don’t think your expectation is very high,” Ringler said, describing himself as a “passionate officiate.” “I’m just making whatever’s on the page come to life and have feeling,” he added. ✺ YOUR ROYAL WEDDING | 11


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THE COLOR OF LOVE CUSTOMIZING YOUR WEDDING WITH COLOR

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hite will probably never lose its place in a wedding, but a growing number of brides are turning to color to help personalize their special day. From a pop of color on a white or ivory wedding gown to entire themes that carry throughout the flowers, decor, favors and accessories, you can use color to set the mood for guests or make a statement about your personal style. “Brides are embracing color as another way to customize their weddings,” says Ray Miller of My Wedding Reception Ideas.com, a leading online resource for brides seeking unique wedding favors, wedding decorations and wedding supplies. “Customizing with color offers brides such a range of creativity. They can choose colors that honor their heritage, evoke the atmosphere of a specific place, or celebrate a memory or experience that is special to the wedding couple.” If you’ll be saying your “I do’s” in 2011, Miller offers some advice for using color to help create the wedding of your dreams. TIPS FOR CHOOSING A COLOR

“When it comes to choosing colors for your wedding — whether it’s for accessories, table linens, bridesmaid gowns or even a wedding gown accent — the only unbreakable rule should be that you must love the colors you choose,” Miller says. Keep in mind, however, that different colors will create different moods and not all colors will feel like a good fit for your wedding, depending upon where and when you have it. For example, if your goal is to create a wedding that captures the fresh, innocent aura of spring, vibrant red table linens and ice-blue bridesmaids’ gowns will be in conflict with that atmosphere. “Certain colors are traditionally associated with each season,” Miller notes. “If you’re –continued on page 14

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Once you’ve chosen your wedding colors, you’ll need to think about how you’ll use them — in both the ceremony and reception. Your creativity will serve you well here. Your wedding colors can be used in virtually every aspect of your big day, from the bridal bouquet and decor in the ceremony location to table linens and accessories for the reception. Accessory collections are an easy way to carry your chosen color throughout the wedding. For example, at My Wedding Reception Ideas.com, you’ll find accessory collections cataloged by color. These collections allow you to continue your color theme — whether it’s a traditional shell pink, a rich royal purple or even camouflage — with color-specific accessories such as

flower girl baskets, ring bearer pillows, guestbooks and garters. What’s more, you can customize table linens and even guest favors using your chosen colors. WEDDING GOWNS AND COLOR

For decades in America, white and ivory have reigned when it comes to wedding gowns. However, the color trend that began last year with pops of color appearing on bridal fashion runways has continued in 2011. This year, brides have more options than ever if they’re looking to use color to make a personal statement with their wedding gown. From gowns that feature beading and crystals in sparkling hues to floral accents that capture a season’s signature colors, and even bodices or skirts in contrasting colors, bridal gowns in 2011 are going colorful. If you’ve already chosen a traditional white or ivory gown, you can still dress it up with your wedding color. A simple sash or floral accent that matches your color theme will look great against the pure, fresh background of white. And if you haven’t yet chosen a gown, you may just discover one with a touch of color that can become the color theme for your entire wedding. ✺ Courtesy ARA Content


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WHEN THE I DO’S HAVE BEEN EXCHANGED AND THE BIRD SEED HAS BEEN THROWN, MOST WEDDING PARTIES HAVE ONE THING ON THEIR COLLECTIVE MINDS — THE RECEPTION.

Traditionally, the wedding reception is a celebration of the newly married couple and the place where everyone who was involved in the arduous wedding preparations can take off their heels and bowties and just let loose. Big or small, intimate or raucous, a good reception reflects the tastes of both the bride and groom and considers the enjoyment of the company invited to share in the day’s festivities. But what happens when a bride and groom can’t seem to agree on one single atmosphere that will magically please everyone, from great aunts and uncles to that cadre of old buddies who have one eye trained on the complimentary bar? Discovering a style, theme or event that pleases guests on many different levels can be tricky, so if you know you want something more

than a backyard family-style barbeque or picnic reception, you may want to think about enlisting the help of an event or wedding planner. These professionals often have years of experience making complicated events come together, but more than that they can help you identify a mood or style that feels authentic to you and make sure the whole thing goes off without a hitch. A lifelong event planner, Peggy Kelley founded her own Pasadena business, Timeless Celebrations, in 2006 after her own wedding left her longing for meaningful guidance throughout the process. In the five years that have followed, Kelley has planned and designed a number of events, including weddings and receptions (timelesscelebrations.com). When she sits with –continued on page 20

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clients for a free, first-time “discovery meeting,” Kelley learns more about the bride and groomto-be and their own story, so she can design a unique and fun reception that speaks to their own lives and their love for each other. “The key is that everybody gets heard,” she said. “By understanding how a couple loves each other and by understanding their own personal dynamic, you’ll see [a vision] unfold as a reflection of the relationship.” Today, Kelley said, it’s more common for men to get involved in the plan and design of their receptions, though they tend to be more interested in the entertainment and technology elements of the event, while women may concentrate more on the overall esthetic and the venue itself, she 20 | YOUR ROYAL WEDDING

said. Though priorities and approaches are disparate, most couples want the same thing. “At the end of the day, the bride and groom want their guests to have an amazing time,” Kelley said. This is something to which Southern California wedding planner Lindsay Longacre can attest. Longacre owns LVL Weddings & Events, an Orange County business that offers clients a personal and fresh approach to their wedding receptions and events. The LVL team maintains a blog that discusses wedding trends and dedicates a portion of its Web site, lvlevents.com, to “I Do How-Tos.” “Brides are becoming more savvy and DIY (do-it-yourself ),” Longacre said. “They are beginning to think outside the box and put their own spin on their wedding.”

This can be a benefit, because an informed bride and/or groom will be able to clearly communicate their wants and needs. But sometimes, Kelley said, a couple may actually get more out of the planning process if they keep their minds open and ask where they are willing to negotiate. Part of a planner’s responsibility is to help a couple prioritize elements of a reception, such as venue, food and flowers, so they can keep their own spending plan in mind. In addition to thinking of cost, a couple should make sure their preferences are equally represented in the rehearsal, ceremony and reception. If a groom wins on the venue, then the size of the guest list and food could be up to the bride, Kelley suggested. Another way to find common ground is

to look for clever ways both can parties can get what they want, Longacre said recounting a past experience. “A bride wants an elegant garden wedding and the groom wants an ice cream cart, and the two don’t necessarily go together,” she recalled. “I was able to find an ice cream cart that has a vintage look and offer ice cream that incorporated lavender and basil, which ties into the garden feel — voila!” The key to maintaining postnuptial bliss at the reception is often learning to compromise, both planners agree. Not only will it help ensure the health of the marriage in the long run, but it will help both a bride and groom remember the real reason they gathered here today — the love that brought them together in the first place. ✺

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enjoy lavish amenities. If you want to mark the occasion but can’t afford anything grand, there are still plenty of good choices. The average American newlywed couple spends about $3,500 on their trip, including food and travel costs, according to the Honeymooner’s Review Guide, a family-owned Web site that hooks honeymooners up with planning tips and travel deals (honeymoonersreviewguide.com). Despite the trend toward online booking, about three-quarters of all couples still make their plans through some kind of travel agency, the review guide reports. When it comes to destinations, beaches really corner the market. Hawaii’s islands have hosted generations of newlyweds and the state is still the most sought out spot for honeymoons. Just behind it on the list are Mexico and the

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Caribbean nations Jamaica and St. Lucia. Beaches are a good bet, because they accommodate a variety of tastes and can be as relaxed or as rugged and adventurous as a couple wants to be. Creating a romantic experience is essential to a good honeymoon, regardless of a couple’s individual interests. A particular destination can lend itself to romance, but many prefer to book their way to bliss by seeking out hotels that offer special honeymoon packages or travel agencies specially dedicated to honeymooners. Look for hotels with honeymoon suites, but be aware that this is just a name and that the room itself may not come any extra perks, like champagne and roses, unless they are paid for or requested beforehand. Ask if there are any special honeymoon packages or deals through a particular hotel; these can include not just Jacuzzis and chocolate-covered strawberries, but spa packages with his and hers massages, or romantic dinners for two will help you load up on carbs between bouts of passionate lovemaking. Travel agencies that specialize in honeymoons may be hard to find locally, so do some research and

YOU’VE FOUND THE RIGHT PERSON, WHICH MEANS MORE THAN HALF THE BATTLE HAS ALREADY BEEN WON, SO WHEREVER YOU GO YOU KNOW YOU’LL BE MAKING MEMORIES TO LAST A LIFETIME. don’t be afraid to ask if an agency has someone with an expertise in these types of trips. Online, the Honeymooner’s Review Guide offers agencies that it has vetted itself and lets visitors select by destination. One of those sites, askabouthoneymoons.com, will hook you up with lists of deals and packages as well as articles offering tips for planning a hot honeymoon whether you go abroad or stay right here in California. Whatever your budget or personal preference, there is a honeymoon out there for you. You’ve found the right person, which means more than half the battle has already been won, so wherever you go you know you’ll be making memories to last a lifetime. ✺

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UNITY CHURCH OF PASADENA Since 1987, the Unity Church of Pasadena has been serving the non-denominational and inter-denomination faith communities. We specialize in intimate ceremonies for 50 to 100 guests. Contact Officiates Marilyn Roth and Brent Fletcher. Unity Church of Pasadena, 2025 E. Del Mar Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 577-4208 or visit unitychurchofpasadena.org. VROMAN’S FINE WRITING, GIFTS & STATIONERY Vroman’s is the go-to store when you’re looking for everything from that special gift for that very special event to a quick something for the hostess. Behold the enchanting array of fine writing instruments, stationery and invitations. Our quaint, cozy wedding salon offers all the accoutrements for your wedding day — from guest books to bridesmaid gifts to invitations. Step into the salon and let us take some of the stress and guess work out of selecting your invitations — shower, bachelorette party and wedding, too! Vroman’s Fine Writing, Gifts & Stationery, 667 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Visit vromansbookstore.com or call (626) 744-1834 WHITE DOVE RELEASE White Dove Release evolved when Pastor Luthor Nelson and his wife, Susie, began serving members of their congregation by releasing white doves at weddings, funeral services and other special events. Our doves have appeared on “Good Morning America,” “My Fair Wedding,”“Battle of the Wedding Designers” and “Semi-Homemade Wedding,” to name a few shows. Our doves have the ability to return from anywhere in Los Angeles and Orange County, as well as parts of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. To view our different packages, visit whitedoverelease.com. YUMMY CUPCAKES Serving cupcakes at weddings is a natural choice, says Executive Chef Tiffany Soforenko. Serving cupcakes in place of a cake allows guests to have something special in taste and decorations. With more than 180 flavor combinations, Vegan options and custom designs, the possibilities are endless. Visit yummycupcakes.com ZOEY VAN JONES BROW STUDIO Voted Pasadena’s Best Brow Studio two years in a row, we love helping brides and grooms get their brows model-perfect for their big day. To achieve perfect brows, we recommend booking your appointment two to three months before the big day. We also specialize in bridal makeup, and don’t forget your bikini wax. We’ll walk you through your first Brazilian, and we’ll also groom the groom! Zoey Van Jones Brow Studio, 45 E. Union St. (enter on Kendall Alley), Pasadena. Call (626) 683-3308 or visit zoeyvanjones.com.


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