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-B~rdwalk with her cherished nieces and boyfriend, The girls were having caricatures drawn; Brian and Channing decided to get one as welt The artist revealed his work; he had drawn a large ring on Channing's finger. "AB I turned to ask Brian if he liked the picture, I saw him down on one knee," she says, AB soon as she accepted his proposal, family members appeared, nieces cheered, and strangers high-fived, Brian Morvant pulled off the perfect engagement The whole day by the water was a setup; the nieces were bait Her family was in on the gig, watching from behind the bushes and her sister was there with the trusty video camera to capture the entire proposal,

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CH.Al\l1VING'S J\!E SSAG'E

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The icing on the cake, the Bridal Extravaganza Show selected Channing to be the Billboard Bride. Like a few lucky brides before her, her portrait will be on giant billboards all over the greater Houston area. Hundreds of thousands of motorists will see her beautiful smile during their daily commutes.

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Channing's message to future brides: "resist pressures created by mainstream and social media.Forget about crazy,

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romantic weddings shots and definitely

myself despite having a wonderful life. Looking back, I realize how foolish this was; however, it was a real struggle."

house, have kids ... That's someone's life, it may even be a good life, but don't

Many brides can have unrealistic

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wanting gowns, decor and more based on what they see on Facebook,

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Pinterest and reality TV. "I've been to a ton ofweddings and none of them look

Channing threw away a chance at the "normal life" and waited to find the right man."I felt like I had nothing

expectations for their weddings too,

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With more than 15 years of experience decorating cakes, Jessie has developed and mastered the techniques required to create lifetime memories with our exquisite and unique sugar creations. Our cakes have the perfect combination of flavor, freshness and moist taste wrapped on custom decoration.


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In this plugged in world, we're into instant access; instant results, We use our phones to monitor stock portfolios, watch sporting events and check the status of our friends, At a wedding, can we put the phone away? This season I've heard a lot of talk about unplugged weddings, Unplugging goes beyond making sure guests pay attention, It prevents people from whipping out the phone and leaning into the aisle to snap a shot of the bride, The wedding album is the longest lasting memory, and many brides don't want pictures of their friends and family standing up taking pictures during her -walk down the aisle, They've spent a lot of money for a ,v-t

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Add a Litde Bling Shopping for bridal jewelry just got easier. Vi colo Mio is a new online jewelry shop offering beautiful collections at affordable prices- with a bridal showcase including earrings, statement necklaces and other pieces,

Gift Box Man try is the leading Food-of-the-Month club for men in N orth America, The perfect gift for groomsmen, th is box delivers remarkable products, stories and food experiences tod ay's man can appreciate, enjoy and sh are, Mantrycom

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Time for your Groom to Smile Luxury Swiss watch manufacturer Breitling has created a registry experience to assist brides while watch shopping, The registry is available at the flagship New York Boutique, The groom registers for several watch es and the bride selects a style she knows he really w ants, Breitling. com

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As wedding season approaches, who doesn't want their body to look better? It's important to know the right product can also do wonders for firming and toning any remaining problem areas, BioElixia's BodyShaper products are perfect to help you loo k great and feel confident through all wedding season festivities, Bioelixia,com

Elegant and detailed gold craftsmanship astonishes and captivates with pieces crafted in yellow, white, or rose gold, and adorn ed with a delicate pave of diamonds, Carrera y Carrera pours all its imagination and love into the design of jewels for such an inti mate and special occasion as the union of two people, Carreraycarrera, com

Spray on Tan Kiss My Face Mineral Sun Spray Lotion is the perfect way to get honeymoon ready This 100% natural mineral sunscreen lotion nourishes and protects skin, Available at Whole Foods,

Stay Healthy Let someone else research the latest and greatest health and nutrition products; while you tackle your never-ending w edding day to-do list Bulu Box is a health, nutrition and weight loss discovery subscription box d esigned to help you feel your best, E ach month, you'll get a custom box containing an array of products such as protein formulas, energy an d cleansing supplements , weight l oss, sports nutrition, vit am ins, suppl eme nts and much more, Bulubox,com

The Sweet Smell of Jewelry What a fun gift for your ladies! Burn the candle and enjoy th e lovely fragrance, Then, watch for a secret pouch to be revealed, Here you'll discover a chic and collectible charm bracelet or necklace, A very few contain a $10,0 00 charm! Bellaj,com

Wedding Day Survival From makeup mishaps to cake on his tux, to tripping on the tail end of your dress, something unexpect ed is sure to happen, W et-N ap wipes are a multi-purpose must-have for your wedding day survival kit, These easy to pack wipes fit right into a small wristlet, W etnap,com

Bless Your Bridesmaids Looking for a bridesmaids gift with meaning? These h andcrafted bracelets are made with love by local women in the small pilgrimage town ofMedjugorje, Each offers elements of Faith, Hope and Purpose through their blessings, Mysaintmyhero,com

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RACHEAI;S RAVES

Wedding on Water

Paper Floral Artistry by Balushka

A Perspex built floor creates the illusion of walking on water, A lovely idea by wedding planner and stylist Diane Khoury: WeddingsByDianeKhoury,com

Custom paper floral artistry by Balushka, A unique twist to your event, Can be used as a backdrop, decor, or cake embellishments, balushka,com

Video Booth

An adorable accent to the big day Very inexpensive and easy to apply to your wedding shoes,

Rhinestone Wedding Shoe Appliques A great way to capture memories and an opportunity for guests to speak kind words from the heart!

Ice Sculpture Paperless Post E-Cards Bridal showers are very important in the planning process, This is an innovative and creative way to invite your guests to your event, Paperless Post E-Cards are electronic cards and invitations with various designs to choose from, Featured Designers include Kate Spade New York, Crane & Co,, Oscar De La Renta, and many more! You can also download the app at iTunes.paperlesspost,com,

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A classic touch to your wedding day Ice Sculpture displays come in various shapes and designs that can express your individual style,

Crystal Centerpieces Crystal Centerpieces are a must have to add to your wedding decor, They bring an degant and classy touch to the entire setting,


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Couples are now getting creative and hiring chefs to make all kinds of creations to feed their hungry guests, This grilled cheese station was a huge success, I wish I was a guest!

Picture Perfect Tie the Knot Give your bridesmaids this Kate Spade bow bangle as a way of saying "Thanks for helping me tie the knot," It is a takeaway from the wedding that they can wear forever,

Save the dates are getting more extravagant by the second! Christy Gentile's etsy account www.mini-ps.com will blow all the other save the dates out of the water, These polaroid magnets will get your guests excited about your wedding many months before yuu say "I do,"

Sugar Rush Bridal showers are very important in the process of planning your wedding, These "Engaged & In Love" cookies by Sweet Kiera will be a huge hit! They are not only amazing to look at, but they taste delicious too! sweetkiera,com

Say CHEESE! One of my favorite meals in the whole wide world is a classic american grilled cheese sandwich,

2 in 1 Programs These floral wedding programs double as fans to keep guests comfortable at outside ceremonies,

Break the Ice We all know weddings bring many people from all walks of life together, With these coasters you can get to know the guests around you so there is never a dull moment


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Fun and Games

Add a personalized candy bar to your wedding, Choose the colors and the type of candy you like, It is a great alternative for a groom's cake!

If you are having an outdoor wedding, entertain your guests by setting out games, Bring out a game ofJenga, You will find your guests laughing and interacting with each other all night long,

Picture This Add a picture of you and your groom to each table, It can be an engagement picture or a picture from when you were dating, Guests will enjoy taking them home as a mom en to of your special day.

Let There Be Light An elegant outdoor setting is possible, Hang small electric chandeliers from trees or wrap the trees in Christmas lights, Not only will this add elegance to your wedding, it will also help light up your night

Engravable Keepsakes Make your wedding special by choosing a unique guest signature frame, Don't worry about the ink smearing or leaking all over the table, An engravable guest book will make it easy for everybody to sign, At the end of the day your frame is ready to hang,

Flower Power Turn a simple cake to a fabulous cake by adding flowers, You don't have to worry about picking an elaborate design, Fresh flowers will add distinction to a large cake or a small one,


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A picture with the Mother and the Bride is always a special picture that some brides forget to take, Take a moment to capture your special day with your mom!

DIY Bride? Try this idea! Get an older shelf you do not use anymore and decorate it using pictures and artifacts that are important to you and your groom!

Sweet Treats Pretty in Pink Delicate pink roses make for a sweet and simple bridal bouquet, Remember to keep it simple, You want your guests to look at you, not your flowers,

Want to display some of your family's best dishes? Have them bring some of your favorite sweets and set aside a table for all of your guests to enjoy!

Creative Cakery Stem Gems Try out this Cute wedding stem ware for the new couple to toast at the reception, and keep forever, Check out Pretty Little Vinys on Etsy for more fun, personalized wedding decor! etsycom/shop/PrettyLittle Vinyls

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Beach Wedding Cake

Vivid colored Daisies, Baby's Breath, and burlap can make the utmost difference when joined this way: The combination is perfect for a summer wedding! With just a few tweaks, mason jars can make great centerpieces,

This cake represents a simple and elegant beach wedding, The ombre is eye catching and the remarkable detail on the coral flowers bring the cake to life!

Memory Lane Here's a nontraditional yet neat way to display the aisles of your wedding, Instead of usual flowers, place childhood photos of the bride and groom for everyone to see and reminisce over, It will be a memorable way to set the tone for your guests before the ceremony even begins!

Daddy's Litde Girl: Remember when you and dad used to dance this way? This keychain is by far the best simple gift to give dad on your wedding day: It will surely be a reminder that you'll always be his little girL

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Blue Orchid Bouquet The delicate and exotic orchid represents love,luxury, beauty and strengtth, The most highly desired of decorative plants, this blue orchid bouquet will amaze absolutely everyone,

Photographed Messages Set up a photo area and provide a chalkboard, Have guests write messages and take a picture of them, Then make an album out of the treasured images!

Passport Invitation: The customized passport and ticket invitations are a distinctive way to get everyone twice as excited for your wedding! The details are splendid and ideal for your destination wedding and will impress your guests,


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Kim woke in the early morning hours to â&#x20AC;˘vatch the sunrise; she had no idea it would be such a special day. From the time Dan and Kim met, they made lists of romantic,fun and never done events to experience together, There we re quite a few items they wanted to accomplish in 20 13, but Dan had a secret, special task. He wanted to watch the sunrise with Kim and ask for her hand in marriage, And he did just that on the morning of May 26,2013 in Galveston, TX. An ancestor of the bride,John Henry Dillard, died in the Battle of the Alamo, His remains are interred with those of Davy Crockett,

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William B. Travis, Jim Bowie and other soldiers in a burial tomb located in the south entrance of San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, TX. Kim walked down the aisle of San Fernando Cathedral in an exquisite rich satin ivory ball gown with a sweetheart neckline and .flattering ruching by Allure Bridals, After the ceremony, they enjoyed a private riverboat champagne cruise from the cathedral to their reception at the Lonesome Dove Room and Grotto, Guests were also shuttled to the reception by boat, "Our boat ride was a big hit, Instead of spending money on little gifts or monogramed trinkets, we chose to give our guests a fun experience," says Kim, The five-tier white and chocolate cake had raspberry and strawberry fillings and chocolate and white icing, Instead of a groom's cake, one of the five tiers was the "groom's layer;" lemon "With a lemon icing center, Their first dance was on a Riverwalk bridge while a string quartet played, "A Thousand Years" by Christina PerrL Dan took Kim on a surprise honeymoon to Bora Bora, They stayed a week at The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort and then a week in the Presidential Suite at The Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa, -Melanie McGinness

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Jessica and Adam met at church when they were in High SchooL They dated for 7lh years before he asked for her hand, on stage, while leading the church youth group, It made sense for Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church to play host to their wedding mass and reception, Jessica worked extensively with Darryl & Co and LG Entertainment to get the perfect look for the venue; her mother cried with joy when she saw the transformation of the giant church cafeteria, A familyfriend, Stephanie Ferguson, handled day of details

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On June 22, 2013, Luke and Lynsey exchanged their vows at Rock Creek Ranch in M cKinney, TX The rustic, country setting with expansive views was the perfect place for them to say, "I do," Luke and Lynsey were excited about their wedding day, but even more excited about their wedding cakes.The groom's cake was a Texas Rangers Jersey made out of chocolate with peanut butter filling. The bride's cake was white with white chocolate icing. Lynsey walked down the aisle in a sweetheart, ivory, slight mermaid style gown from Blushing Bride Boutique in Frisco, TX Luke and Lynsey honeymooned in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. - Patricia Rivera

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Houston, Their spirits were further dampened when they lost several close relatives, Determined not to be down, Katie made her way to the Bridal Extravaganza and found their venue- Butler's Courtyard, "Having our wedding at Butler's Courtyard was the best decision I made in the whole wedding process, With so much going on with our families and my parents not living here to

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Christie and Jimmy loved the natural light in the University of Houston ChapeL Her mother-in-law made her gown from organza and fabric imported from California, Featuring a sweetheart neckline and full bottom, it was completed the day before the wedding and final alterations were done that night Christie says, "It's awesome to be able to say that my wedding gown is one of a kind," Her reception dress was from Vera His diamond ring topped red velvet cupcake masked

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Angeles, CA to pick up the setting, then spent hours practicing his proposaL His efforts paid off with an enthusiastic, "yes,"

food and beautiful water," she says, - Carolina Hernandez

Chrirti/~ Ad'l ice If you don't have a wedding planner, plan your day by 15-minute intervals and create an itinerary for the bridal party, vendors, and family to follow. This itinerary should have important phone numbers and addresses of specific locations, One designated person needs to be completely familiar with the day's schedule and should hold on to the groom and bride's phone to answer any calls or texts that come through,

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As the night progressed, Chioma and Emeka, both from Nigeria, changed into traditional Nigerian attire. Their guests "WOre elegant lace fabrics and traditional headties,giving a cultural essence to the event. The night was full of music, dancing, and the spraying of money, a Nigerian custom during special occasions symbolizing showering the couple with good fortune. - Racheal Payne

with two of our closest friends, and he was going to propose during dessert," In her mind, the plan was set Emeka was one step ahead of her. On the day of the proposal he surprised her before dinner. His apartment was filled with candles, rose petals, and soft music. Emeka dropped to one knee and asked the love of his life, Chi om a, to marry him. The beautiful couple got married on March 1, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church, Westchase in H ouston, TX The reception followed at The Petroleum Club of Houston where guests enjoyed the lovely view of downtown, C hioma impressed in her BLUE by Enzoani gown, World Catering & Bakery made the unique, asymmetrical cake.


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closely and completely, because your wedding should, and probably will look the same," he says,

photographers have their own style and

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without researching the photographer. "Don't choose based off a recommendation from friends or vendors, What might have been a great fit for your friends might not be the same for you," There are lots of important decisions made when planning a wedding, Choosing the right person to capture and preserve your memories is the decision that will be reviewed every time someone looks at your album, Do the research and pick the best fit for your wedding, they are as a person and understand their personality. Wineinger cautions, "You will be in close proximity to your photographer for seven or more hours on your wedding day! You need someone who will be a stress reliever, while still motivating you and your wedding party to get the shots needed," Many brides make the mistake of choosing their photographer from a website, then are disappointed with the quality of their pictures, Pifer says websites and photo albums showcase a small sampling of the photographer's best work, "A typical wedding is usually around 1000 images so always ask to see all the images form a recent wedding! Then you will really know the quality of the photographer and what you are paying for." He says another mistake brides make is accepting referrals

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TW: How do you stay on top of wedding trends for your clients?

should be aware offor 2015?

DT: Wedding trends typically tend to follow fashion and pop culture

wedding trend, we'll also be seeing more full ball gowns and lots of beautiful, detailed beading. The Great Gatsby has been a big bridal fashion influencer recently, but brides will take smaller details from this trend, such as an abundance of pearls and unique

trends, but about a year behind. By paying close attention to other industries and how they're changing or what the newest thing is, and by learning to ahvays innovate and evolve, I'm able to continue to create unique and never-before-seen designs

embellishments, and translate them into a more traditional bridal feeling Shorter, more vintage feeling veils will stick around as opposed to longer styles, pairing in a new way with these princess style gowns.

for each of my clients. lW;What are the hottest wedding trends for 2015?

DT: I think 2015 will see a big shift back to more traditional, princess inspired weddings! Things have been a little more natural and DIY-centric for the past few years, and brides will be looking to stand out in a big way The twist here will be bringing the look into modern day by mixing a slew of different regal textures and prints and adding in gilded elements to incorporate more personality 1W:Any big floral trends you see coming up?

DT: Brides are seeking out new and interesting blooms rather than the tried and true roses and hydrangeas we've been seeing. Arrangements are staying low and lush to give off a fuller and more romantic effect and hues more closely match the wedding colors, rather than sticking with neutrals, for a more modern and monotone look. Crystal and metal candelabras with tall tapers, draped with blooms, are the lighting element of choice for both indoor and outdoor events.

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detailed budget, right down to the garter belt and vendor tips, and stick to it! If you have your eye on an expensive pair of heels to wear on your big day, budget for them, but make sure to keep another category, such as your cake, lower to make up for it And remember: DIY is your friend! Elements such as printed materials, favors,

! and even ft. oral arrangements can be done yourself for •• way less than hiring someone to do it for you. This also !• gives you the opportunity to add an extra element of : personalization to your wedding!

TW~ "Why have you branched out

into other

markets such as gowns, shoes, and jewelry? We are very interested to watch your career blossom.

DT: It's been very important to me to continue to expand my brand into as many categories as I can reach. Not every fan of mine, brides and nonbrides, can have the opportunity to work with me on their event But if I'm able to offer them a touch of my design eye, through things like my

DAYIDTUTERA HASTRULYMADEA NAME FOR HIMSELF IN THE WEDDINGINDUSTRY HEIS AMONGTilETOP CELEBRlTYWEDDlNG PLANNERS IN THE COUNTRYHEISALSOA BRIDAL FASHION DESIGNER, AUTHOR, TV HOST AND PROFESSIONAL SPEAKER. DAVID'S CELEBRlTYCUENr USTINCLUDESJENNIFER LOPEZ, MATIHEW MCCONAUGHEY, BARBARA WALTERS,] EWEL,AND MANY MORE.

wedding gown line, DavidTutera for Mon Cheri, craft products in my Down the Aisle in Style collection available at Joann's, My Embellish jewelry collection, or custom printed materials from Invitations by Dawn, at least they can have me be a part of their big day in a small way I'm also continuing to expand my brand into more home products for athome entertaining and everyday use to really get that David Tutera touch 365 days a year. -Madison Spears

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wedding is trending, We rarely do sit down dinners; I think that's passe, Trends are constantly changing and we are constantly staying

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RANDI LESNICK WITH 17YEARS1NTHE EVENTlNDUSTRY, RAND! LESNICK 1~ KNOWN AS THE PARTYPLANNFRTO THE STARS. SHE AND HER TE/I..M PLAN VARIOUS EVENTS FOR THE MUSIC INDUSTRY, CORPORATE PARTIES AND WIDDINGS RANDI'S CELEBRlTY CLIENTLIS'rlNCWDES~ TIMMCGRAW,TAYWRSWlF'I;THE

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TW: Do you think technology has changed the wedding industry

NYC come to mind. How do you make thisindusttyworkin

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Nashville?

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Rl: So much of the business is here in Nashville, I specialize in the music and film industries; so many premieres come to Nashville and all the record labels for the country music artists are here, A lot of

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RL:VVe are used to seeing creams and whites and now colors are transitioning to blues, Doing reception style faux seating for a

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of the wonderful opportunity technology allows, Clients can get carried away with their vision and not necessarily have the budget to make it come to fruition, VVe have a plethora of things available to us that we didn't have before through technology, Social Media is the greatest thing in the world because e~ryone is tweeting and face booking and doing all these things at weddings, It is great for us business wise, it is great for brides personally, I think it's great TW: Brides are now doing unplugged weddings where the guests are asked to put away their phones. VVhat are your thoughts on unplugged weddings?

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TW: \'Vhat is the craziest request you ha''e gotten from a client? SS: To do a wedding in nine days, TW: What are the hottest trends? SS: What I am seeing is destination, destination, destination! I have been seeing that as well as brides and grooms are celebrating not just one night but a weekend of time to be with their family and friends, Whether it's dodgeball on Friday night or bowling and a fun dinner, then Saturday the wedding day, and then Sunday it could be golf or bocce ball and a great brunch, TW~ How big of a role do you think social media

plays at weddings? SS: I think Pinterest is an incredible gift to all of us, It allows our brides and grooms to take a journey through other people's architectural worlds and be able to grab color, style and design in a manner that they could have never done before, It's a great inspiration,

1WWhat changes ha~ you seen in weddings o~r time?

SHARON SACKS SHARON SACKS IS ASOUGHT AFTER EVENT PLANNER BASED IN LOS ANGELES. SHE HAS TRAY FLED ALLOVER THE WORLD PLANNING VARIOUS EVENTS SUCH AS WEDDINGS, ENTERTAINMENT EVENTS AND PRIVATE PARTIE& SHARON'S CELEBRITY CUENT UST INCLUDES KIM KARDASHlAN AND KANYE WEST, VANESSA MlNNILLOANDNICKLACHEY,JENNIFERLOPEZ, MICHAEL JORDAN, THE OLSEN TWINS, MADONNA, AND MANY MORE. Photo courtesy ~lahi Wedding

SS: Our brides and grooms are planning them together, Where maybe ten years ago we saw families involved in the planning

TW: Any tips for low-budget brides with extravagant tastes?

stages, and now our brides and grooms have a very strong voice,

'IW: Ha~ you done any unplugged weddings where the guests were asked to put away their phones? How did you implement it? SS: I think when you have your phone in your hand, you detach and you remove yourself We ask our guests to not bring their cell phones "With them, We do cell check as well,

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TW: What are some gown tTends for 2015? RF: Look for strapless, sleeves, and beautiful backs. I have also noticed shorter trains. I think girls getting married today are little more mature and they realize they are going to be at the altar for maybe an hour at most and they "Will be at the reception for maybe six hours and don't want a big train to bustle up and carry around all night

TW: Any tTends "rith veils? RF: Veils "Will not be as poofy as in the past. 'They are going lower and longer instead of the big princess veiL I think that is because brides are more mature and savvy. Today's brides are women, they are business women, they have careers and want to look like a woman on their wedding day.

'fW: What are your thoughts on having multiple dresses throughout the evening? RF: I am not a fan. I feel that while you are away, you are taking time away from your guests. You are really missing out on the day you have waited your whole life for. It is not a fashion show, it's a wedding! - Madison Spears

RANDY FENOLI RANDY FENOU HAS MADE IT HIS MISSION TO EMPOWER BRIDES TOCHOOSETHEMOSTIMPORTANTDRESSINTHElRUFEAND RE.AUZE 111EIR TRUE BEAUTY KNOWN FOR BEING THE FASHION DIRECTOR Kf NEW YORK'S KLEINFELD BRIDAL SALON HE DREW IN CROWDS FROM ALL OVER AMERICA. TODAY AS THE STAR OF TLC'S~SAYYES TO THE DRESS' AND "RANDY KNOWS BEST; RANDY IS SEEN BYMlLUONS OF VIEWERS EACH WEEK. RANDY HAS ALSO RELEASED ABOOK IT'S ALL ABOUT THE DRESS TO HELP EVERY TYPE OF BRIDE FIND HER PERFECT GOWN.


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Bally.fin is a little over an hour from Dublin's airport During the first part of the drive,

The estate dates back to the 1600s, A very

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views of the Irish countryside, However,

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the schooL The school did not have enough funds to keep up with maintenance and the estate fell into a state of disarray,

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swell, flats become hills and hills grow into

years, When Ireland won her independence,

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foothills, You and your wedding guests start

the Cootes sold the manor and moved

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and hillsides covered with the bright yellow flowers of oilseed rape, one oflreland's cash crops, Rock walls start replacing the hedges, mountains loom in the distance and the bright sunshine adds sparkle to the Emerald Isle, A tall rock wall surrounds the estate; access is gained by calling the house via intercom, The windy, single paved lane leading to the majestic manor is lined with tall beech trees,


electricity, running water, heat and ale, etc.) has been accomplished using a recovered set of floor plans, photos and drawings. They traveled through Europe tracking down furniture and artwork the Cootes took when they left Ireland. Many pieces are back in the house. The goal is to run Ballyfin as it was run in the early 1800s. Gardeners toil in the rock-walled gardens and orchards to harvest enough crops to sustain guests and staff for the entire year. Maids and maintenance crew work behind the scenes ensuring everything is in tiptop shape. Butlers fuss about opening doors, bringing coffee and generally spoiling the family Your wedding party is the family, the modern day

horseback, golf cart or horse and carriage),

Cootes; expect leisure and bliss.

bird watching and picnicking are part of

Sir Coote originally built the house as a showplace

the daily norm. There are plenty more

and his desire to impress has been recaptured in

activities on the property to keep your

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of the grounds. Built to look like 16th

Ballyfin is flexible on party size, but their sweet

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spot is 20-30 people. With that size group, brides

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can have the entire property, everyone can stay on-

it's a popular picnic spot and has been host to several wedding proposals. The easy hike up to the tower goes through tunnels and by waterfalls. Historians believe it was built to entertain guests; nearly 200 years later it is still entertaining. Climbing to the top is a little more taxing, but the reward is sweeping 360-degree views. Feelings of heartfelt bliss fill the dining room at virtually every meal. The chef site and the kitchen staff can create unforgettable

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meals. Spot on preparations, tantalizing

be arranged. There is a ballroom for crowds up to

Courtesy photos- Ballyfin.corn

sauces and some interesting foams are

100. Outdoor ceremonies are risky Irish weather

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service for excellent dining.

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Want rehearsal dinner options? Marco Island Marriott has nine outstanding restaurants. From steak at Kurrents to pasta at 400 Pazzi's and sushi at Korals, you are bound to find something your pickiest eater will enjoy You don't want to miss Qyinn's on the Beach Sunset Celebration. Performers juggle fire and blow a ceremonial conch shell during the authentic Polynesian dance.

Excurstons You have to get in the water! Relax on catamarans as you slide across the Gulf on a Sailing and Shelling adventure. Want a little more action? You can book parasailing and Wave runner excursions. Professionally trained guides lead your expeditions pointing out dolphins, manatees, sea turtles and other wildlife.

[Jestuzation Weddinj!.) With their white sandy beaches and sunset ceremonies, Marco Island has become a popular destination wedding resort. They offer honeymoon suites, groomsmen's golf outings, bridal party spa packages and even an online gift registry.

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Hilton Head Island has long been celebrated as an excellent place for golf geta"~oVays; they even have a PGA event, the RBC Heritage. During the summer their Atlantic Ocean beaches are packed with happy families enjoying the sun,fun and sand. Retirees flock there for the golf, pine trees and climate. N ow, they want brides and grooms to tie the knot at this traditional, southern locale.

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The extensive refresher seems to have touched every part of the resort: beds, decor, pools, restaurants, landscaping and meeting space, Everything is first rate, the comfiest beds and linens, the latest technology in rooms and event spaces and the most relaxing treatments in the spa, Then there are the ceremony settings, Beaches, outdoor pavilions, gardens and pool decks are all popular wedding spots, The Atlantic Ocean can be the backdrop for most of the settings. Just in case, every wedding has an indoor backup plan if Mother Nature tries to be a spoiler, Many brides plan to have the wedding in the Gazebo Room, with its big floor to ceiling windows, so they don't need to worry about weather,

Entertaining guests is easy here; Hilton Head Island is an activity haven, You have the best of land, sea and shopping adventures, Golf is a given, but zip lining, bike riding on the beach and tennis are close by You can get a little wet on kayak eco tours, off shore and inshore fishing and stand up paddle boarding, Harbor Town, with its big lighthouse, red rocking chairs, local shops and eateries is a great place to spend a sunny afternoon, It's kind of like The Westin made a $30 million dollar investment in your ceremony You've just got to get there, United flies nonstop to Savannah, Ga. Hilton Head Island is about 45 minutes north,

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The top-notch Caribou kitchen serves modern American cuisine, Baked Oysters Poblano, Roast Duck and Steamed Shrimp Buns are standouts, All desserts are house made, The Vanilla Bean and Apricot Cake is super moist and super tasty; serve as dessert or wedding cake, Perfect for intimate weddings, welcome parties, receptions and rehearsal dinners; you can reserve the entire club or just a secluded nook, Whatever you chose, a trip to Aspen is not complete without a stop at the famous Caribou Club, Your guests will thank you,

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John Denver Sanctuary and Rio Grande Park, Theatre Aspen enjoys 360-degree scenic views of breathtaking natural beauty: From June to October, your family and friends will be right at home in the theatre's indoor/outdoor permanent tent. Let the wildflowers and teak benches set the stage for your perfect natural Aspen event Applause! Applause!


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Part of the Aspen Historical Society, this museum is

as their favorite ceremony location. In the winter

located in a Qyeen Anne-style Victorian home in the

this facility is only accessible via horse drawn

historic West End neighborhood. The vast grounds

carriage, snowshoes or cross-country skis; that's

take up an entire city block offering plenty of space

how remote this romantic location is. Located in a

for tents, chef stations, photo booths, bars and a dance

valley of towering mountains, Chef Chris Keating

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Located near the base of the world famous Maroon

at the base of Colorado's legendary Aspen Mountain and one block from the

Bells Mountains, the Deane family has been hosting

Gondola Plaza. Whether you are looking for fine food and wine, great service

family and friends at the T-Lazy-7 Ranch for over

or adventure,you'llfind all that, and more, here. The Chefs Club by Food &

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Wine features recipes from award winning chefs. The ballroom has recently

experience, host your ceremony in the outdoor

been redone in champagne and brown and can hold up to 500. Sconces light the

"Meadow" and enjoy its raw beauty: The view is

fabric-paneled walls while six chandeliers create an enchanted setting. Outdoor

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ceremonies in the open-air courtyard are stunning with the mountain backdrop.

reception within a few steps or you can choose to host

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ostriches, camels and other nonthreatening, freerange zoo animals, Instead, I'm picked up from


Two bald eagles on the ground in Jackson's National Elk Refuge make my guide suspicious, We dim b back in the van and drive to a different vantage point The fresh dead elk carcass is in the shallows of a small pond, a third eagle on top of it,

As we watch a herd of big horn sheep work their way down a cliff and across the road right in front

just beginning the recycling process, There are no

of the van, the guide receives a text from one of his coworkers, Wolves on a moose a few miles away!

visible wounds and no wolves; it appears this beast died of natural causes, Coyotes hunting less than

The action's hundreds of yards from the road, but

100 yards away are not even aware an easy meal is nearby

crystal clear through the spotting scopes, Tracks in the snow preserve the story The moose had come off the mountain, out of the trees and into the fiats, That's where the wolves attacked, The moose was brought down as he tried to get back in the woods; his blood staining the snow at the tree line and leaving a trail as the predators pulled him down to a fiat spot It takes 24-hours for a carcass to be devoured; this one was killed about 18 hours ago, The wolves have eaten their fill and moved on; we watch as half a dozen coyotes pull and chew on the remains, Ravens and magpies are swooping in and out trying to get their share,

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roads looking for animals, The first moose sighting happens within five-minutes, the first mule deer in 10, Soon we're up to our elbows in elk and scoping

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Bright green jitney busses run all over AC. Hop in one and head to the boardwalk for a casual meal at Jimmy Buffett's Landshark Bar & Grill After lunch, get ready to party!

A Miami Beach type scene heats up every weekend at the Revel hotel's HQBeach Club. lt'sthe type of party you see on television; over the top beach party meets private VIP nightclub. HQspans 45,000 square feet of Oceanside real estate; you can swim in the pool, lounge in a sleeper, or have private bottle service in the VIP area. Madness ensues as celebrity DJs bring raucous crowds to new heights of emotion. We've seen DJs toss sheet cakes onto bikini clad women, who were thrilled to be covered with sugar and crowd surfers make their way to the stage in a paddleboat. Others sip on $900 bottles of Belvedere! Next, Nero's Chophouse and Sushi Bar, in Caesars Atlantic City, impresses you and the girls with charcuterie boards, foie gras, fresh sushi and lobster brie tater tots amid an Oceanside, old word setting. After dinner, stroll over to Boardwalk H all. You'll need to check their calendar for upcoming events; don't hate us, we saw Lady Gaga.

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Celebrate Sunday at Atlantic City's best brunch. Capriccio, at Resorts Casino, offers

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an abundant array of food and an ocean view. Shrimp, oysters, crab legs and sushi are just the beginning. Leave room for the omelet, prime rib, waffles and crispy pepper-bacon.

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Lounge & Restaurant, the only non-casino of beach clubs in Miami, Greece, Ibiza and Spain with white couches, palm trees, exotic mixed drinks and .flavorful hookahs. Pop by the Tropicana for dinner at FIN where you'll be amazed by the seafood towers, steak, lobster, salmon and more. Then, party all night! Early morning flights to Texas will get you back in time for work on Monday morning.


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close dolphin experiences, No Clearwater Beach trip is complete without a drink at the Palm Pavilion, the historic beachside grill and bar, Sand pearl's Caretta on the Gulf is a top-of-theline dining experience and Clearwater Beach's only AAA Four-Diamond Restaurant, The seasonally inspired cuisine can

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The Tate Island Grill is nestled on the beach serving casual cuisine, exotic cocktails and live music, Tate Island also has a perfect view of the sunset[ The Sand pearl Spa is a place of ultimate relaxation with over 50 types of spa treatments, Their signature Essence of Sand pearl Spa package offers 6-hours of luxurious pampering including the Pearl Body Iridescence, Pearl Iridescence Facial, and Signature Manicure and Pedicure, If you want to get your heart pumping, the fitness center has state-of-the-art fitness equipment, personal and group training sessions, The Sand pearl is an ideal wedding and reception location, With over 25,000 square feet of elegant event space, they have sites that match any theme or style; intimate beach weddings to

with welcoming mimosas and champagne. Rooms have Roman bathtubs and Resort is an eco-friendly

breathtaking balcony views of

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delicious, rich chocolate; onsite activities include sunrise

and sunset yoga on the beach,

black-tie receptions, The inhouse wedding coordinator can

Exploring Florida's ecosystems

help with the planning,

is a favorite pastime, Guests also whisk through town on Segway sand visit Pier 60 to enjoy the sunset and street entertainers, Clearwater Beach Aquarium leads behind the scenes tours of the rescue hospital and up

Clearwater Beach and the Sand pearl Resort combine modern day luxury and service with beach town relaxation and fun; so many things to do and places to go,

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5,000 indigenous plants from around the

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region; AMResort's Dreams Tulum is

to upscale surroundings combining fun

Just five minutes from the Mayan Ruins

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Dau Dining selections abound. Chose from six a la carte restaurants, cafe, grill, and buffet venue. The best part, no reservations needed! Enjoy Portofino's trilogy of shrimp, salmon, and lamb chop main course, dine at Seaside Grill, o r visit Coco Cafe for coffee or tea. W ith seven bars located th roughout the resort, top-shelf spirits are hard to miss around the pool and beach area. Live entertainment, yoga on the beach and dee p-sea fishing are just some of the many activities available daily.

Special occasions are a big deal here. N ewlyweds and anniversary couples enjoy a bottle of sparkling wine ,fruit basket, and different dessert treat every night, delivered to their room. Event planners make sure everything you need is provided with immaculate care and personalized attention. Catholic wedding ceremonies with 20-

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wedding), the terrace of the convention

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center (perfect if the bride and groom want

terraces. Rooms can be combined into

a more private ceremony without sand on

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want to stay together. Furnished patios/

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receptions are available. Mariachis provide

balconies with hammocks, daily refreshed

t reatments indoors or under Palapas

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It's hard to cook like a chef. Most have advantages the rest of us don't: training, skills, talent and passion. They usually have access to better ingredients. Chef Gonzalo Mendoza of the Hacienda de San Antonio in Colima, Mexico, exploits all his advantages to create fresh, flavorful culinary masterpieces. The Cordon Bleu-trained Mendoza delivers finished products from the Hacienda de San Antonio team. Crops are grown using biodynamic farming techniques, livestock is raised free-range and fish are taken straight from the sea. They harvest just enough produce, meat, eggs and dairy products to supply the small, posh resort. Dinner is made from the current harvest. The Chef's kitchen has pots slowly bubbling with fresh soups and sauces as I look around the large room. He's agreed to share some culinary secrets and give me some insight on how he parlays the great ingredients into world-class cuisine. The meal plan below is representative of what the Chef taught. When recreating the dishes, I had to bridge some gaps, make some assumptions and use ingredients from local stores. I hope I stayed true to the soul of his recipes. H

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• Make the dressing: Whisk the oil and vinegar and season with salt and pepper. 2. Make the salad: Slice the fennel

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Cover with a layer of blanched zucchini, followed by spinach, cheese, cream, salt and pepper. S. Next layer the chayote squash, followed by kale, cheese, cream, salt and pepper. Red peppers are next, followed by spinach, cream, cheese, salt and pepper. Do a second layer of potatoes, a second layer of kale, followed by a second layer of zucchini and salt and pepper. Add layers of spinach, cheese, cream, salt and pepper. Finally, top with seared eggplant and spray with cooking spray. Cover with nonstick aluminum foil and bake for 60-70 minutes. Let rest for 1 hour before serving. Make the potatoes: Slice the potatoes into shoestrings; use a mandolin to make Y,o-inch slabs, then slice the slabs in to shoestrings with a knife. Drop them into cold water. Heat the oil over medium heat, and cook the potatoes in batches until golden brown; season with salt and pepper.

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fORK CHOPS Wrnt HER8 MARIN All I chose pork chops because the owner of Hacienda de San Antonio likes the organic, freerange pork raised there better than anything else produced on the farm. This recipe works with other cuts of pork as well as veal, steaks and lamb. Just adjust the cooking time to achieve the desired internal temperature. Chef Mendoza's go-to ingredient is a mixture of herbs and olive oil. He uses whatever herbs are ready to be picked, staying a little leery of rosemary because it can overpower very quickly. During my stay at the Hacienda, he used this blend, which varies slightly according to the herbs used, on beef, fish and chicken. My version uses leaves from basil, sage, thyme and marjoram.

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1. Make the marinade: Mix the ingredients in a glass bowl, cover and let sit overnight at room temperature. 2:.. Make the pork chops: Wipe the chops with a paper towel, then season with salt and pepper. Spread a layer of the marinade on a baking sheet. Place the chops on the marinade and spoon another layer of marinade over the top. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 1-2 hours.

3. Preheat the oven to 400°F Heat a heavy, oven-proof skillet over high heat. Add the chops and sear for 2-3 minutes, until golden brown. Flip and put the pan with the chops into the oven. 4. Bake until the center meat temperature is 150°F, about 12 minutes. (Cooking time varies based on thickness of meat.) Remove from the pan and let rest for 5 minutes.

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