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Wishes for the happy couple

31 reasons to LOVE being married! Keep your guests dancing

issue 3 fall 2011

*getting* *organized*

A farmers market wedding

in this issue... features

keep your guests dancing


songs that will keep your dance floor full

31 reasons to LOVE being married


of course there are many more reasons, but this will get you started!

wishes for the happy couple


wishing wells

in every issue made u look photography page 107

letter from the editor........................6 wedding day countdown..................8 q & a..............................................10 the hotlist.......................................10 date night.......................................13 great color combos........................66 d.i.y. spotlight...............................118 professional spotlight...................120 great giveaway.............................124 seven things to love.....................126


Style & Beauty eyeshadow 18 playful dare to be a little different on your big day at Nordstrom’s 20 dressing finding the perfect dress old, something borrowed, something blue 26 something boudoir style Stationery & Favors thank you notes 42 adorable your guests will love them favors 44 diy 4 items and 8 different favors Forgotten Details flowers, & sand 46 fire, unity ceremonies

Venues to sea 56 out Spirit of Philadelphia - philadelphia, pa Food & Pastry your cake style? 62 what’s cupcakes, traditional, or different - take our quiz

made u look photography page 98

Wedding Related Parties shower basics 52 bridal things you just need to know about


Reception & Ceremony your wedding represent you both as a couple 69 let pink, flowers, travel, beer, sports, and good food 76 a farmers market wedding

it’s a one stop shop at your local farmers market

Planning your loved ones who have passed on 89 remembering nice ways to remember them you choose a wedding date yet? 92 did there are many things to consider before you set the date 94 getting organized

don’t let your wedding papers pile up

Real Weddings & Engagements 97 real weddings and engagements

editor’s note Welcome to our third issue! We are excited to welcome our beauty contributor, Stefanie Savino, and our style contributor, Jeannine Comito! Summer has come to an end, but we can’t wait for all the colors of fall! We have so many exciting things to come and wonderful events to attend. Keep checking out our website for updates. Issue three has been so much fun putting together. So many great vendors we had the chance to work with. There is something for everyone in this issue. Remember, if you have suggestions, questions, or just want to say hi contact us. it’s about details exists for you and because of you. Hearts Always, Jason and Heather

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Heather Kimble

Executive Editor/Art Director

Jason Kimble


Food & Pastry Contributor Nicholas Clare

Wedding Planning Contributor Amanda Walls

Style Contributor

Jeannine Comito

Beauty Contributor

Stefanie Savino

To Contribute

Real Wedding & Engagement Submissions

Job Inquiries

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Your wedding day countdown! *Decide on your wedding budget and who’s contributing.

12 Months

*Appraise and insure your engagement ring. *Decide your wedding style and colors. *Choose your wedding date and time. *Interview and hire a wedding planner/coordinator. *Start envisioning your wedding dress

Choose your bridal party, ring bearer, flower girl, ceremony reader, etc. *

9-11 Months

*Interview and hire a caterer. Begin planning your reception menu. *Finalize guest list. *Decide on your wedding officiant. *Look into any family customs or cultural traditions. *Research centerpieces, flowers, décor, etc. *Start your gift registry.

*Choose and order bridesmaids’ dresses.

*Choose and order your wedding dress and veil. *Research and book vendors, eg. florist, baker, DJ, photographer etc. *Set aside blocks of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests. *Order and send out save-the-dates. *Research and buy wedding insurance. *Order your wedding invitations and wedding announcements.

6-8 Months

*Choose and order groomsmen attire. *Choose and order grooms attire. *Research and choose a rehearsal dinner site. *Choose and reserve all tables, chairs, and any other wedding rentals. *Make all your honeymoon reservations-airfare, hotel for your wedding night. *Put together hotel and city information for out-of-town guests.

*Purchase your accessories-jewelry, tiara, garter etc. *Purchase wedding bands. *Decide on your favors-edible, DIY, custom made etc. *Purchase all your under the dress essentials, shoes etc. and take them to your dress fittings. *Decide on special ceremony songs and readings. *Book wedding day transportation.

4-5 Months

2-3 Months

*Send out wedding invitations *Order ceremony programs and decide on your wedding vows. *Submit your newspaper wedding announcement. *Research local marriage license requirements. *Schedule hair and makeup trial appointments. *Purchase entire bridal party, parent etc. gifts. *Purchase and send out rehearsal dinner invitations.

6 Weeks

3-4 Weeks

*Purchase ceremony accessories. *Confirm honeymoon reservations. *Pick up marriage license and your wedding dress. *Meet with your officiant & musicians and/or DJ to go over details. *Create a wedding day schedule. *Have your bridal portraits and/or boudoir photography session. *Schedule wedding day hair and make-up appointments.

*Call guests who have not RSVP’d and make seating arrangements. *Confirm all details with your reception site. *Give guest count & confirm all details with your caterer and baker *Determine your receiving line. *Confirm all details with vendors etc. *Pack for your wedding night and honeymoon. *Put final payments and tips for vendors in marked envelopes.

1-2 Weeks

*Designate someone to mail out your wedding announcements on the wedding day. *Pull together your wedding dress, all accessories, and emergency kit. *Designate someone to drop off items to ceremony and reception sites *Get manicure and pedicure. *Enjoy your rehearsal and rehearsal dinner! *Set your alarm!

Day Before

*Tell your parents how much you love them and thank them. *Set aside time after your ceremony to have a private moment together.

Your *Enjoy your Wedding Day! Wedding Day!

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A &

Q- Is it ok not to allow single guests to bring a date? We really don’t have room in our budget. A- It’s always nice to allow single wedding guests to bring a date. However, you are not required to allow dates. If you have guests that have been in long-term committed relationships (engaged, living together) then allow them to bring their partner. For your other single guests don’t allow them to bring a date. If anyone asks, just explain your situation.

Fall in love with the colors of fall!

“Brunt oranges and browns are great colors for the fall. Be comfortable with a knit dress, high brown boots, and a great clutch. Stylish and simple!”

-Heather Kimble Editor in Chief


Fit & Flare Double Knit Dress


Bugle Beaded Clutch

Q- My mother passed away and my father never remarried. He’s paying for our wedding. How do I word the invitation?


A-So sorry for the loss of your mother. This invitation should read:


Gone with the Wind Inspired Cake


Strappy Slouch Boot

Mr. (your fathers full name) requests the honour of your presence at the marriage of his daughter (your full name) to Mr. (fiance’s full name)

If you would like to have your questions answered, please send them to

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Self-Standing Paper Goodie Bag

the hotlist 2 1


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date night

A weekend getaway at the beach!

One alternative to having a date night is to put some time aside for a little beach time getaway. It can be a weekend, or an overnight during the week, it can even be a night in the off season, or a day trip. Going somewhere with a fun boardwalk is a great way to spend a day with your special someone. Boardwalks are often full of fun attractions, great food, and fun games. Sometimes it can be fun to let your inner child shine through. issue 3 - it’s about details 13

Play boardwalk games, eat funnel cake and cotton candy, or enjoy the rides.

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Whatever you do, enjoy yourself and make the most of it!

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style & beauty

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Playful eye shadow

by Stefanie Savino of Bella Rococo Hair & Makeup Artistry

As a professional makeup artist, I have the honor and pleasure working with numerous brides and bridal parties. My number one rule for the overall look for the bride is to keep it timeless! The makeup and hair should never take over the bride, but enhance her natural beauty. So, when you look at your wedding album years later you will never know what year you got married based on your hair and makeup! So many brides say, “Oh I can’t have a smokey eye on

my wedding day!” or “I can’t wear that color eyeshadow!’’ and today is the day to throw out those

misconceptions and rule book right out the window! Bridal makeup doesn’t have to be matte and neutral colors anymore. You can incorporate color in a new and modern way, while still keeping the look timeless and flawless! There are countless ways of applying a smokey eye. Matte grays and dark browns are perfect and won’t look as harsh as black eye shadow sometimes does. Remember less is more. This is your wedding day not your bachelorette party. You can add the drama of a smokey eye to your look by adding the matte gray or brown in the crease of your eye and lining underneath your lash line. This will still keep the look elegant, but glamorous. Nars Coconut Grove is a gorgeous matte deep brown color or MAC Contrast which is a pretty gray.

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Chocolate browns with amber and gold accents are a beautiful combination. Especially for fall brides! Rather than keeping the eye plain with a nude or white lid, you can incorporate a splash of color and shine with accent color on the lid in ambers, light copper and gold. This will really make your eyes stand out and will really bring out the eye color for brown eyed and blue eyed brides. MAC makes a beautiful shade in Amber lights and Nars in Half Baked and X. You could also incorporate a highlight brow color and on the inner corner of your eyes with a champagne/ silver or gold shimmer to complete this look! There are so many different tones in the purple family. You will definitely find one that compliments your eye color and skin tone. I often do an eye application with mauve, taupe, and soft baby pinks to give the bride a different take on bridal makeup and they love it! The mauve and taupe are good in either a matte or shimmer shadow, just remember you will want a matte shade for your crease area. Some favorites include Laura Mercier Plum Smoke and Rose and MAC Satin Taupe. Olive green is a gorgeous color. It is often a color that is overlooked for eye shadow, but when applied, it brings out your eye color and makes your eyes pop! You can use this color all year round and it looks amazing on most skin tones. You can use this color as a crease color or incorporate as a liner. This color always looks pretty with a light gold shimmer or nude/gold highlight brow color. A really pretty olive green eye shadow color is MAC Juxt or Greensmoke. Gone are the days of basic makeup applications for brides! Today’s bride has a variety of products to choose from that will enhance her beauty and make her look breathtaking! When booking your bridal makeup trial think about the way you want to look and talk to your makeup artist about different color options that will highlight your features and enhance them. Don’t be afraid to try something new, because with one swipe of a makeup remover wipe you can change the look and start all over again!

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“Offer the customer the best possible service, selection, quality and value”

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dressing at

Sue Wong, Nicole Miller, T adashi Shoji and BCB G are some of the big bridal n ames you The gowns range will find. in price from $200 - $2,000; you are bound to find what you by Jeannine Comito are looking for.



ffer the customer the best possible service, selection, quality and value”, that was the philosophy back in 1901 when the first Nordstrom’s was opened by John W. Nordstrom. It was, however, not called Nordstrom’s at that time, the store went by Wallin & Nordstrom and was a small, independent shoe store owned and operated by John W. Nordstrom and Carl Wallin. Over a hundred years later, the store has been passed down generation to generation, has enhanced the selection (for the whole family) of offerings but still demonstrates the same philosophy. This year, the well known department store opened a boutique within the walls of their store.

The Wedding Suite was created to “offer the customer the best possible service, selection, quality and value” for the wedding day. These boutiques are only offered at select Nordstrom’s across the country, you can call 1.888.300.1295 or log onto to find a location near you.

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Having the opportunity to visit the location in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, I had a wonderful experience. From the moment I walked through the door, I was shown great service. First, I was greeted by one of the stylist that works in the boutique (this particular shop had 3 and a manager) and then I was welcomed into the back where the bridal suites are. The bridal suites are the dressing rooms for the brides and bridal party; however this room was not your typical dressing room. It was decorated with accessories, pictures, a sofa, coffee table and a great three tier mirror. There were three dressing rooms, one for each stylist to use for their clients. The sofa, I think, is a great add for a warm feel for anyone accompanying the bride. This suite is truly a one stop shop for a bride, bridesmaid or mother of the bride.

The well-educated (on bridal fashion) stylist will assist the customer with all of their wedding needs.

If you cannot find what you need within the boutique (but it’s offered at Nordstrom’s) they will go and locate it for you.

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In what would be considered the store front, the boutique has the all of the gowns and accessories on display. Each angle of the room was decorated with such detail and gave off character. All of the gowns they offer are on display (one dress per style, size). The dresses are bought off the rack; they have back stock so that each client is taking home a new gown. Sue Wong, Nicole Miller, Tadashi Shoji and BCBG are some of the big bridal names you will find. The gowns range in price from $200 - $2,000; you are bound to find what you are looking for.

When at the boutique, I had the opportunity to meet with a bride and her future mother in law. Jenny, the future bride, had a wonderful story to tell. She was just recently engaged to Brian and planning to have three weddings! Her first was taking place on August 6, 2011. She needed her entire wedding ensemble and she needed it fast. She and Lynn, her future mother in law began their day at 12:30pm in the mall, with the last stop being Nordstrom’s New Wedding Suites. According to Lynn, they had,

“extraordinary service” from the time they walked in. Jenny was first looking at short gowns for her first wedding, but then decided she felt more like a bride in a long one; which was her final choice.

Being from China, Jenny was not aware of some of the American bridal traditions such as the groom not seeing the gown before the wedding. Thinking this was funny, Jenny was not going to honor the tradition, until she put the gown on and felt different, she looked at Lynn and said,

“He’s not seeing me in this until the wedding” Jenny picked her gown out on a Saturday, was coming back to pick it up on the next Wednesday and then getting married on Saturday, now that is full service.

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Brian & Jenny Shevory

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August 6th, 2011

and Best Wishes!

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Boudoir Style G

photography by Becki B Photography

etting closer to the wedding day and still haven’t picked out a gift for your groom? Looking for something that is unique and intimate that only you can give your husband-to-be? Here is an idea that is quickly becoming all the rage. Boudoir photo shoots are a great gift that can be fun for both the bride and groom. When done with the right photographer and in the right setting, you can make this day less of a chore and more of a relaxing time. Another thing that can make this even more unique is to “theme” your shoot after something you both like. Here are a few ideas.

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Sometimes it’s best not to mess with tradition. Classic lingerie and poses are still more than enough to make this gift the intimate surprise you are hoping to achieve.

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One of the more famous images in the world is that of the pin up girl from the 1940’s and 1950’s. This fun and sexy look can be easily duplicated.

Photography by: Becki B Photography

Models: Julie Kauffman Emily Coombes Alina Gidjilova

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photography by Becki B Photography

Sometimes there is nothing more exciting to a man then seeing his future wife wearing one of his shirts, tie, and hat. It’s playful, fun, and sexy all rolled up into one.

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Music to keep

Upbeat & Fun

“U can’t touch this” - MC Hammer “Good Time” - Alan Jackson “Beautiful” - Akon “Just Dance” - Lady GaGa “Down” - Jay Sean “The Time” - Black Eyed Peas “Love Shack” - B-52’s “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” - Michael Jackson “I’m Coming Out” - Diana Ross “Waiting For Tonight”- Jennifer Lopez “Don’t Stop Believin” - Journey “Crazy” - Gnarls Barkley “Livin’ On A Prayer” - Bon Jovi

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your guests dancing Romantic & Classic “Marry Me” - Train “Can’t Help Falling in Love” - Elvis Presley “When A Man Loves A Woman” - Percy Sledge “The Way You Look Tonight” - Frank Sinatra “Grow Old With Me” - John Lennon or Mary Chapin Carpenter “What A Wonderful World” - Louis Armstrong “Have I Told You Lately” - Van Morrison “Make You Feel My Love” - Adele “Truly Madly Deeply” - Savage Garden “At Last” - Etta James

Cheesy & Still Loved

“YMCA” - Village People “Chicken Dance” - Sorta Crackers Band “Macarena” - Los Del Rio “We Are Family” - Sister Sledge “It’s Raining Men” - Weather Girls “Electric Boogie (Electric Slide)” - Marcia Griffiths “Shout” - Isley Brothers “Celebrations” - kool and the gang “Cha Cha Slide” - DJ Casper “Wild Thing” - The Troggs

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Want to see more? Extra pictures from photo shoots, videos, behind the scenes, and articles? Visit our website!

You’ll find all this and more!

31 reasons to


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1. Never worry about the “dating scene” again! 2. Changing your Facebook relationship status to “Married”! 3. Always having someone to wake up to! 4. Always having a dance partner! 5. Life long companionship!

Chang your F ing relatio acebook nship s t “Marri atus to ed”!

6. Having a 24/7 best friend! 7. Your husband/wife knows everything about you and loves you anyway! 8. You don’t need to worry about how you look when you wake up in the moring! 9. Being a “WE” and “US”! 10. Married make up sex! 11. Tax breaks! 12. Living longer!

Marrie make u d p sex!

13. Emotional support! 14. Occasional “pig outs” count as fun dates! 15. Having someone to come home to! 16. Holding hands – it’s different, trust us!

Growing old together!

17. Someone to take care of you when you’re sick! 18. No more condoms! 19. Growing old together! 20. You always have a date! 21. Someone to help fix things! 22. Someone there to vent to!

Being a bl to say m e y husban d/wife!

23. Chinese take-out and a movie at home counts as a romantic date! 24. More satisfying sex life!

Lots of snuggle time!

25. Being able to say my wife/husband! 26. Lots of snuggle time! 27. Presents! – That shouldn’t be why you marry, but it’s a nice benefit! 28. Awesome vacation aka HONEYMOON! 29. Always have a Valentine! 30. Beautiful rings you get to wear everyday! 31. Inside jokes!

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wishes for the happy couple

Unique Perfect Pair Wedding Jar Guestbook

Have your guests write a wish and place it in this great pair jar. After the wedding use it as a cookie jar!

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Modern Decorative Birdcage with Birds in Flight

Have your guests write a wish and place it in this beautiful bridcage. It will also double as beautiful ceremony and reception decor.

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Wooden Memory Note Box

Have your guests write a wish and tuck it away in this goreous wooden box. Keep this wooden box out in your home after the wedding and read the wishes your guests wrote throughout your many years of marriage.

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stationery & favors

Adorable Heart Strings from

Heart Filigree from

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Thank You Notes Romantic Butterfly from

Love Bird from

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diy favors

"Swish" Cup and Saucer Sets

Mini Linen Drawstring Pouch with English Tea Rose Decorative Trim 44 it’s about details - issue 3

find these diy favors and more at

Miniature Funky Felt Gift Bags

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forgotten details

Unity Ceremonies A

Red Rose Ceremony The rose ceremony involves the combining of two small vases of roses into a larger vase showing the symbolic joining of the two families. The roses are taken from the smaller vases by the bride and groom as a symbol of each of the families. Red roses may be used to symbolize the love that the two families are sharing. 46 it’s about details - issue 3

wedding day is a symbolic of the joining of two families and becoming one. It marks the beginning of a journey that the couple and their families will be taking part of going forward. During the ceremony, there are a variety of ways to hallmark this special event. Here are just a few ways that you can do that.

Unity Candle Ceremony The unity candle is the most common way to symbolize the joining of families. It starts with two candles placed on either side of a larger unlit candle. Traditionally, the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom go forward during the ceremony and light the two smaller candles. On some cases, the candles are lit prior to the ceremony. This becomes a personal preference. Once the smaller candles are lit, the bride and groom take the smaller candles and together light the large candle to symbolize the joining of two families.

And the two become one.

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Unity Sand Ceremony The sand ceremony is another variation of the theme of the joining of families. For this ceremony, all you need is the two small jars or vases with sand and one larger empty vase. The idea here is that the bride and groom pour the sand into the larger vase showing the combining of two families into one. One variation of this is to use two different colored sands to make the mixing more obvious.

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wedding related events

Bridal Shower Basics

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When should the bridal shower be?

It shouldn’t be held to early. Allow the couple time to figure out what they need and after they have hammered out a lot of their wedding plans. About 12-4 weeks before the wedding day is ideal. The bridal shower can be held Sunday through Saturday, which ever day is most convenient for the bride.

Who can host it?

It’s always nice to have small favors for bridal showers guests.

Have a pen a paper for a bridesmaid (usually the MOH) to keep track of what presents each guests gave.

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Just about anyone can host the bridal shower! Close friends, the brides mother, bridesmaids, family, and the brides future in-laws. The only people who should not host the bridal shower are the bride or the groom.

Should the bridal shower be formal? Casual?

It should really reflect the bride’s personality and what she enjoys. Have it at a nice restaurant, at a park, a museum, or keep it nice and low key at someone’s home. The possibilities are basically endless!

What foods should be served?

The food should coordinate with the type of bridal shower you are having. If it will be held at someone’s home serve salad, finger sandwiches, fruits, and simple desserts. If it’s at a restaurant or hall discuss menu options with their onsite event coordinator.

What kind of entertainment should there be?

It’s all about having fun, eating, and opening presents. Have music playing in the background, play some games, and socialize. If there are games make sure there are prizes too!

Who gets invited?

Close friends, bridesmaids, flower girls, and family members. Try to keep the bridal shower more on the intimate side. Ask the bride for a guest list or if it’s a surprise talk to her mom, sister, or the groom. Anyone who is invited to the bridal shower should be invited to the wedding! But you are not required to invite everyone to the bridal shower who is invited to the wedding.

What type of invitations should be sent?

The invitations should match the overall style and theme of the bridal shower. Mail the invitations about 4-6 weeks prior to the bridal shower. Make sure to include a name and number for guests to RSVP to. Don’t forget to include the couples registry informoation!

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venue spotlight


OF PHILADELPHIA Philadelphia, Pa

“The Spirit of Philadelphia is a fun and unique venue on the Delaware River that is sure to wow your guests!”

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f you are looking for a unique venue, the Spirit of Philadelphia just might be the answer. This boat serves as a fully functional restaurant has been operating dinner cruises from its port of the Delaware River in Philadelphia for the last 25 years. Not only is it a “floating” restaurant, it’s also available for private events such as weddings. With three full interior decks, the Spirit of Philadelphia can accommodate a variety of party sizes. Each deck features 360 degree panoramic views of the waterfront. There are also two dance floors with full scale lighting to keep the party hopping. The Spirit of Philadelphia also has a beautiful observation deck ceremony space overlooking the Delaware River that is converted into a lounge immediately following the ceremony. The best part is you don’t have to be from the Philly region to experience the fun and excitement of the Spirit of Philadelphia for yourself. The Spirit of Philadelphia is an Entertainment Cruises Company which owns and operates dinner cruises in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, National Harbor MD, New Jersey, New York, Norfolk, and Washington DC. All of the ships are unique and have a product to go along with it – you can have an elegant sit down dinner with a jazz band aboard the Odyssey Chicago or a fun and festive party aboard the Spirit of Boston. There are tons of options for a bride in any of our cities!

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food & pastry

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have YOUR cake! by Nicholas Clare of N Clare


s a pastry chef, I am often asked by brides-to-be “Chef, what kind of cake should I get for my wedding?”. Personally, the answer should always be “whatever kind of cake YOU want”, but obviously people like to be guided in the right direction. Now, with the media throwing so many ideas our way with royal weddings, cupcake battles, and cake masters all over the television many people are overwhelmed with designs. We have created a simple quiz for you to take and evaluate your situation to help guide you in the right direction. Obviously, these results may not always apply. You should always follow your heart on what you want. But, if you are going for an overall match on your theme and personalities, this is a good guide to get you started. Good luck!

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What Type of Cake are You?! What style wedding are you having?

Traditional (5 pts) Modern (3 pts) Off the wall crazy (1 pt)

Who has the final say in the design of the cake?

The parents/the bride (5 pts) The Bride and Groom (3 pts) The Groom (1 pt)

What kind of dinner are you having?

Sit down with service (5 pts) Buffet Style (3 pts) Picnic (1 pt)

Is there a Groom’s cake also?

Yes (5pts) No (3 pts) Not Sure (1 pt)

How many people are invited to the reception?

200 + (5pts) 100-200 (3 pts) <100 (1 pt)

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backround cake by


Custom designed crazy cake! You are most likely planning a laid back, fun, non-traditional wedding. Why not have a cake to match the personalities! Show all your friends and family how much fun you like to have! People will be talking about this reception for years to come.


11-18 pts

19-25 pts Traditional style wedding cake! You have decided to have the classiest wedding and reception of the year. You are a prince and princess for the day, so have a cake to match. Classic white with silver decoration and fine piped decoration will surely wow all of your guests. You will feel like royalty when you make that first cut.

You clearly like to have fun, but want to keep some elegance and style to your reception. What a better way than doing a nice cupcake tower? Both the bride and groom can design fun styled cupcakes while keeping it with a traditional feel.

Cupcakes or other desserts!

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ceremony & reception

great color combos Chocolate and Deep Sky Blue are fun and youthful colors. Great for a laid back and nature inspired wedding Chocolate Deep Sky Blue

Eggplant and Cerise are beautiful nontradional colors for a fall or winter wedding. Eggplant Cerise

Pumpkin and Fern Green are perfect for a wedding around Halloween or Thnaksgiving. Pumpkin

Fern Green

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let your wedding represent you both as a couple she likes:

he likes:

flowers (but sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s allergic)

sports (especially the Phillies)

the color pink

great food

traveling around the world



wedding is the joining of two people. It is the coming together of two families and two backgrounds to form one. The same can be said for the wedding day itself. Combining the likes and hobbies of the bride and the groom can sometimes be a challenge.

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Venue: Riverstone Cafe Photography by: Frozen Moments Portraits Hair & Maekup by: Olivia Vidal Models: Emily Coombes Jason Kimble Bouquet & Boutonniere: Designed by Stephanie Stationery: Memorable Celebrations

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Allergic to flowers, but love them? Paper flowers are a great and beautiful option. And they will last forver! Use the brideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite color in the details of the wedding. issue 3 - itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about details 71

The groom LOVES food, like most grooms do. Find a restaurant that has delicious food options and style for the wedding reception.

Use his favorite teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s colors in the wedding cake or cupcakes.

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The bride’s love of travel can be used throughout the invitations and other stationery.

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A farmers market wedding

ot every wedding has to be over-the-top glam or Hollywood style. An alternative for those with a simpler taste is the idea of a farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s market inspired wedding. Taking the best parts of the simple country styles and the fresh produce/products at a farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s market and making your event still come across with the air of sophistication that comes with a wedding is all part of the fun.

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Venue: Hibernia Park Photography by: Becki B Photography Models: Julie Kauffman Dennis Martin

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Instead of a fancy full ball gown or a tux, this type of event is a little more laid back. A simple short dress for the bride or a pair of khakiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and a button down on the groom is just the right amount of casual meets refined to make your wedding look great.

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Taking in the feeling of a farmers market can seem like a daunting and unreal task. Farmers markets may not seem like the most ideal setting for a wedding. Farmers markets are filled with a diverse amount of products and clientele. However, there are lots of fun things that one can find in the farmers market. Fresh baked goods, fresh produce, lemonade, honey, and much more can all be put together to make a great dessert bar or drink bar. The best part about doing a wedding like this is that most places throughout the country have some kind of farmer’s market to get all the things you need. To pull the whole style together, it’s best to have your wedding outside in an open park with a nice backdrop. Instead of a fancy table set up with linens or things that are all the glam, you can have a more basic set up on a picnic bench. Use nature to help put together your centerpiece and to help “decorate” your “venue.” The beauty of nature at its finest is sometimes better than anything that can be manufactured. Take advantage of your natural world and have a beautiful and amazing day.

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Fresh b aked goods, fresh produc e, lemo nade, honey, and mu more! ch

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Remembering your loved ones who have passed on

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ne of the things that can be hard for a couple when they get married is dealing with the fact that loved ones who have passed on before are unable to be a part of the ceremony. Whether it be an aunt or uncle, a grandparent, or maybe even a parent who has been lost, it can be hard for the couple. Many times at the wedding, the bride and groom want to memorialize the passing of loved ones who could not be present. This can help make the day even more special.

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There are a variety of ways that the couple can memorialize the lost love ones. Many couples like to use floral displays, a single candle, a poem, or single rose to mark the lost love one. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a nice touch to add the loved one to the program. Another touching tribute can be a photo collage showing the lost loved one, especially pictures that feature the bride and groom with the loved one. No matter what method the bride and groom choose, it is more about the sentiment. Sharing the memory of a lost loved one can be both therapeutic and heartwarming not only for the married couple, but for the guests as well. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to make the memories last and keep them close to your heart.

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Did you choose a wedding


ometimes choosing a wedding date can seem complicated. If you take it step by step, choosing your date may become less stressful. The first step in to choose a season. There are pros and cons to each season. Spring: Spring is dubbed the wedding season by wedding professionals. Spring colors are bright and cheery. Many flowers are in full bloom and you have the most options to choose from. The down side to spring weddings is that they are the most popular. Vendors book their dates quickly so you have to start planning early.

Summer: Summer is a popular season for weddings, especially

destination and beach weddings. You have the option of having your entire wedding inside or outside. You should just be careful that it doesn’t get too hot. If you have an outdoor ceremony, consider giving your guests water bottles or fans to help them cool off.

Fall: The colors of the leaves are changing and it makes a beautiful

backdrop for a wedding ceremony. The weather is cooler, especially when the sun sets, so many couples decide to have the reception indoors.

Winter: Weddings during the winter season can be unpredictable

but they can be really fun! It is impossible to predict the weather as you are planning. It can be freezing cold and have a couple of feet of snow on the roads. Many flowers are going to be more expensive because they will be out of season. On the other hand, you can really dress up the “winter” or “holiday” theme and have an absolutely beautiful wedding! You could use white, silver, and blue color theme with snowflakes, white branches, and ice crystals.

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date yet? by Amanda Walls of Cherishable Weddings & Events

After you determined which season you want to have your wedding, look at dates to rule out! Make a list of people that must be at your wedding. This includes people such as you, your fiancé, your parents and your siblings. Check your calendars for any dates that are already planned such as vacations and events.

Culture or Superstitions.

Are there any dates that are bad luck to you or your fiancés cultures? Are you superstitious and believe that some dates are unlucky? Well, rule them out! Some of these dates include Friday the 13th, the ides of March (March 15th), September 11, April fool’s day. Some religions discourage against some days. For example, if you are Jewish, it is unlucky to marry on Friday evenings or Saturdays before sunset.

Holidays. Some people may think it is convenient to have a wedding on a holiday such as Memorial Day because a lot of your guests will already be off of work. The problem is that many families take this time to go on vacation, hotels are more expensive, and traffic volume increases tremendously. These holidays include Christmas, New Years, Martin Luther King Day, Thanksgiving, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Chinese New Year, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Easter, Hanukah, and Kwanzaa. This is not a complete list so make sure that you check with your family’s religions and holiday schedules. Sporting Events. Avoiding major sporting events

if you can. Your guests probably will not skip your wedding to be at a game, but they may have their phone out during the entire reception in order to get updates. These events could also be in your city so there will be a lot of traffic back-ups. These dates include the Super Bowl, World Series, March Madness Final Four, the Olympics and the World Cup.

Local events and parades. Does your

community have any parades, festivals, or any other event that is extremely popular and will cause major traffic congestions? Make sure you keep all of these in mind when planning your wedding. You don’t want to have a ceremony that overlooks a carnival Ferris Wheel (unless your wedding is carnival themed!) You also don’t want your guests to be late because many of the roads were closed due to a parade.

Getting organized! by Amanda Walls of Cherishable Weddings & Events


ou go to a bridal show and get tons of business cards and brochures, so you throw them in a pile to look at later. You search the internet and write down notes about who you want to call and throw those notes into another pile to look at later. You finally call someone to make an appointment, sign a contract, and throw that contract into another pile! You see a gorgeous wedding in a magazine and so you tear out the page and throw in another pile. Does this sound familiar? Needless to say, this is a never ending cycle and those piles will never be looked at again! You have tons of paper work, notes, contracts, and lists and don’t know what to do with it all! Does this sound familiar? If you want to hire a wedding planner, do that first! Many planners will have fabulous tips on how to get organized. They already know many vendors in your area, so you won’t have to do as much research. Less research means fewer piles to look at! Some of them will keep and compile all of your information and give you a customized timeline. If you are going to plan the wedding yourself, make a filing system. If you like to write everything out by hand, purchase either an accordion file or a binder. If you like to keep everything online, set up a folder dedicated to your wedding planning. No matter what system you decide is best for you, make subcategories.

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Vendor category (caterer, photographer, videographer, baker, venue, hair stylist, makeup artist, attire, ect) This is where you will keep your contracts and notes about each vendor.

Budget tracking This is where you will keep all of your receipts, payment due dates, and a spreadsheet that summarizes all of your purchases.

Inspirations and notes This is where you will put any magazine clippings, fabric swatches, and any other miscellaneous inspirations.

Guest list and accommodations Keep one folder for your guest list and contact information, RSVPs, gifts received, and any guest accommodations for out of town guests.

After you have this system set up, create a timeline and use this timeline as a guideline not as a deadline! Do not stress out if you should have a venue by 11 months before your wedding date and you don’t have one until 10 months before the date.

#1 You cannot look at them all There will always be another photographer and another caterer to look at.

When you go to interview vendors, don’t meet with too many. If you find a vendor that you like and that is within your budget, stop looking at other vendors. I say this for a couple of reasons.

#2 They can get booked by someone else

You also do not want to wait too long to sign a contract with vendors that you like because you do not wait that date to be booked by another couple. Vendors will not hold a date unless they have a signed contract from you. After each meeting, write down some key points and notes and put them in your filing system. Do not wait until later, because it probably won’t get done. When you sign a contract, put them in the folder or scan them into After meeting with a dozen photographers, you will start the computer.

#3 It will be confusing and you will have too much information

to get them all confused and they will all start to blend together. Every vendor will also have different systems, packages, styles, prices, and personalities. At first you may think that it would be easy to keep track of them all, but if you meet with just vendors from 6 different vendor categories, that is 24 meetings! That is a lot of information to keep organized.

If you put all of your paperwork and contracts in your system as soon as you get them throughout the whole planning process, you are sure to clean up all of those messy “I’ll get to them later” piles. issue 3 - it’s about details 95

real weddings & engagements

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Heidi & Nathan

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“I’ll never forget that day, it was the craziest/silliest day ever, we laughed the whole night.”

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eidi and Nathan met in Tehachapi. They hung out with the same friends at different times and never really talked to each other. Heidi had liked Nathan for a long time and he never even knew she existed. They both ended up going to a high school “pimp and hoe” party and everyone was dressed up except for them. Heidi and Nathan eventually started talking about music, movies, and hung out the entire night. They didn’t see each other for about 3 weeks and finally met up at a local music show. After that, Heidi and Nathan were inseparable. He would surprise her at work by coming to the window where she made pizza. He would smile, blow kisses, and it made her so nervous and embarrassed. Nathan called Heidi his, “Pretty pepperoni” because when she got off work she always smelled like pizza. Their first real date was at a tiny burrito stand. Heidi was so nervous she couldn’t even eat. They used to ditch class and watch movies together. Dec 27 was a normal day just like any other. Heidi and Nathan both got home from work and Nathan said, “Let’s go to Bill Lees” (their favorite Chinese spot, best vegetarian menu ever!). After dinner, Nathan started acting weird. He wanted to do something; he wasn’t ready to go home. He told Heidi, “Let’s go to the park” and Heidi’s response was, “seriously? It’s the end of December and 9 at night.” Nathan responded, “oh yeah, you’re right. We can go bowling? Take a walk?” Nathan just kept throwing out random ideas. They ended up at fresh and easy, bought a bottle of wine, a tub of frozen yogurt, and headed home to watch a movie.

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When they got home Nathan put in the movie Elizabethtown. Heidi looked at him and said, “What the heck? You hate this movie.” Nathan tried to act like he didn't hate it and then he told Heidi that he needed to tell her something. Heidi got nervous, “What? What happened? Am I going to be mad?” Nathan just kept laughing. Nathan then got on his knee and asked Heidi to marry him. It was the most happiest and awkward moment ever. The DVD menu from Elizabethtown kept replaying itself in the background so the theme song from the show OC kept coming on. It was like they had just met for the first time. They laughed and cried. He also left his keys in the door he was so nervous. Afterwards, he said he had no idea how he was going to propose that's why it took him so long and why he kept throwing out ideas to do something after dinner. He finally decided he wanted it to be at home with just the two of them and their cat. Heidi said, “I'll never forget that day, it was the craziest/silliest day ever, we laughed the whole night.” Heidi and Nathan never ended up watching Elizabeth town. Nathan finally admitted to just putting the movie in for Heidi, because he knew she liked it.

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John & Kelly


ack in June 2010, Kelly was in a terrible car accident and unable to leave the house due to her injury. She decided to try out Plenty Of Fish to meet a few people, not looking for anything more than something platonic. Not even a day after first signing up, John contacted Kelly. They sent each other a few back and forth messages on Facebook and eventually exchanged phone numbers. Nervous to meet someone new, Kelly didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t agree to a real date with him until nearly a month later. That date was the beginning of the rest of their lives; they were inseparable. John stuck by Kelly when she needed him most to attend doctors appointments and other personal errands, as she was unable to drive due to the accident.

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While at the shore one day, Kelly received the terrible news that her grandma had passed. Although John had never met her family, he offered to be there for her at the funeral. That day reminds bittersweet to Kelly; it was one of the worst days of her life because she lost someone so important to her but at the same time she felt as though she had gained someone amazing, too. After three months of dating, John proposed. They were outside of the mall, still in his truck. It was nothing fancy but Kelly didn’t care – she loved him. The wedding is set to be in June 2012.

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jamie & miguel Gutierrez October 30th, 2010 Serenity Oaks, California made u look photography

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John & Amanda Salinas June 4th, 2011 - Annville, PA

Frozen Moments Portraits

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t all started in a magical place. No, really… it did.”In November 2008, Amanda and her friend Robin were off to meet a friend of theirs as well as a few other people they hadn’t yet met, at Buzz Lightyear. Of course, they had some difficulty finding the small group considering the large crowds at Disney World but the group eventually met up and stood together as they watched Wishes. The group spent the rest of the week hanging out and lost touch after the magical week in Disney ended. It wasn’t until a few months later that John and Amanda met back up, oddly enough in New Jersey.

The Proposal-

Fast forwarding, John, Amanda, and her parents were enjoying a week-long stay at Disney (yup, they ended up back in Disney). Just minutes before Illuminations was to begin at World Showcase Lagoon, John convinced Amanda to give up her amazing spot and leave with him to go to Japan. Earlier that day, Amanda had seen the gorgeous pearls but had chosen not to get one. Knowing how much she loved it, John brought her back and told her to choose her pearl – not taking “no” for an answer. Once the ring setting was chosen, they headed back to Illuminations, waiting for the ring to be ready. After the show was over, they headed back over to pick up the newly set ring. John was advised not to use the ring right away to keep the ring safe, but he didn’t care. There, right in the middle of the park, he got down on one knee and proposed.

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Laughter filled the church, thanks to Father John and his vibrant personality. After the ceremony, Amanda planned on taking the bridal party over to the local garden for pictures. Just as we were about to step outside, raindrops starting to fall. Although disappointed, she kept her smile and was fine with having pictures taken only in the church. John and Amanda were totally laid back from the very beginning of their planning, all the way through the reception. Any time something went wrong during the wedding, they both shrugged it off, saying that it was more important to enjoy the day and not waste if by being mad about the little things. As a DJ himself (and owner of Trifecta), John couldn’t help but take over a bit during his own reception. Everyone couldn’t help but get up and dance – even grandma joined in for a while! Although the day is now a memory, each guest still continues to talk about the awesome and memorable night.


Ceremony – St. Paul’s Church Annville, PA Venue – NCO Club Gap, PA Florist – Flower Garden Cake – Specialty cakes by Bob Miller Limo – Distinctive Limosine Services

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Dress – David’s Bridal Tux – Men’s Wearhouse Video – Trifecta Entertainment DJ – Trifecta Entertainment

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d.i.y spotlight

mason jar escort cards

Here’s what you’ll need: Scissors Mason jars Ribbon (colors of your choice) Card stock (colors of your choice) Single hole punch Sharpie (colors of your shoice)

Step 1: Purchase, wash, and dry all of your mason jars. Step 2: Take the card stock and cut out tags in your desired shape. Step 3: Take the single hole punch and punch a hole at the end of each tag. Step 4: Take the sharpie and write down your guests names and the table number that they are assigned to. Step 5: Tie a piece of ribbon on each tag, through the punch hole, and tie it around the mason jar. Step 6: Fill the mason jars with your desired drink a few days before your wedding day. (Make sure you put the lids on!) Guests will love, and be surpirsed by, these untraditional escort cards! 118 it’s about details - issue 3

professional spotlight

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it’s about details: What made you want to become a photographer? Frozen Moments Growing up, I was constantly told that I needed to decide what I career path I wanted to take. After hearing it so often from so many people, I started to become incredibly Portraits: frustrating as I tried to make the ‘right’ decision. To help myself de-stress, I picked up a camera and shot anything and everything. For those moments, I forgot everything and focused just what I saw through my viewfinder. One day, I literally woke up and realized that this entire time I knew what my career was supposed to be. It was the same thing I ran to so often…photography.

it’s about details: Frozen Moments Portraits:

How long have you been a photographer? I started photographing professionally about 3.5 years ago at a family studio. Soon after, I decided to dip my toes into weddings. Ironically, I had never attended a wedding before so it was entirely new territory. I began by seeking experienced photographers and absorbing any knowledge they were kind enough to offer me. After second shooting a few weddings, I was ready to move forward on my own.

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When did you start your business?

Frozen Moments Portraits:

Officially, in 2009.

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Why did you start your business?

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I started out working for another company. Their studio was too much like an assembly line. Everyone’s pictures looked the same; there was just no personality in it. I wanted to be able to deliver my vision of what photography should be.

What do you love most about your business? I love the relationships! Communication is a huge factor with me. I don’t ever want one of my brides wondering where I am or if I’ve disappeared, so I’m always sending an email here and there to see how the planning is going. I have a few brides now that have been sending me pictures as they purchase things for the wedding. I just love how excited they are to tell me these things. I keep in touch with most of my past clients. We chat now and then. I wouldn’t trade these relationships for anything.

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What are all the services you offer? Wedding photography and engagement sessions.

Tell us anything else you would like us and our readers to know about your business. While the bride and groom are the main focus of the day, there is so much more to it than that. There are the details and the guests that add to the experience and truly make the day memorable. I live to capture the emotion; nervousness, laughter, tears. I don’t want to be a stranger with a camera in your face. I want to get to know your personality, get to know each other. If you aren’t comfortable, it’s definitely going to show in the pictures. To truly capture ambiance of the day, I am what you could refer to as a camouflage photographer. That meaning, I do whatever it takes to photograph every moment without being seen. It is incredible to see the reaction the couple has when they view images that they didn’t even know were taken.

You can find more information about Frozen Moments Portraits at or you can call 570-872-6401.

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Personalized Memorial Pillar Candle As a special remembrance of those who could not be with you on your special day, light this Personalized Memorial candle in there honor. Candle is available in white or ivory, print is black only.

Crystalline Quartz Sand Use extra fine decorative sand with our Unity Sand Ceremony or our Family Sand Ceremony vases. This sand is also suitable for other decorating projects such as table centerpieces with candles, favors with a beach theme such as “message in a bottle” or anything else that needs a little “flourish of sand”. 100% Pashmina Scarf Worn over the shoulders with a dress or with your favorite t-shirt and jeans, this fine-quality Pashmina scarf is a chic fashion accessory and a great addition to any gal’s closet. Add an embroidered initial in an intricate vine motif to create the perfect Bridesmaid gift that can be enjoyed again and again. Single ply, with tasseled ends. Hand wash in cold water. issue 3 - it’s about details 125

car wheel holder and pen desk set - great for groomsmen or for that special man in your life

7 things to love

100% pashmina - warm and stylish!

just married license plate - perfect for your getaway car!

candy corn!! A fall favorite!

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