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Enjoy the romance of the Chesapeake Bay in our elegantly restored c. 1905 bank building. With stained glass windows, marble accents, exquisite chandeliers, hardwood flooring and all the charm of a historic building, La Banque de Fleuve is both unique and enchanting for any wedding or event. Situated in the heart of Havre de Grace, La Banque is an ideal destination wedding venue.

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Dear Bride To Be: Congratulations on your engagement. Premier Bride is excited to be a part of your planning process. Our Featured Weddings are a great way for brides to share their beautiful day with brides throughout the Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia and Delmarva area. We welcome you to contact us regarding having your wedding story Featured in one of our upcoming issues or we can work with your vendors to have it submitted. Feel free to email or call 410-666-1294 for more information. Much happiness, Tula

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What you need to know before booking your reception site You’ve been pronounced “husband and wife,” so now it’s time to kick off those heels and celebrate! This is a time for you and your brand new husband to relax, mingle, dance, chat and thoroughly enjoy the company of your friends and loved ones. While finding the ideal reception location is one of the biggest and most important wedding-related tasks, have no fear... we’re here to help. Below are three simple steps to finding the right reception site for your perfect day. 7

Receptions Step 1: What to do first The biggest question regarding the reception is “where?” Before you can work on this question, however, you’ll need to know a couple of things: what style of wedding do you envision, and how big? Obviously, a casual, relaxed summer afternoon reception would require a completely different reception site than a formal, elegant winter evening reception – so clarify the type of wedding (and the time of year) you both desire first. Once that’s been established, determine the rough guest list, including all interested parties: you and your groom, and each set of parents. Of course, you’ll also need to consider your budget as well, as this will have great influence on the number of guests you can afford to have. Once you’ve made these critical decisions, it’s time to start looking for the ideal reception site. As with anything, the more time you have, the better – some choice reception sites get booked one to two years in advance, particularly for prime dates.

Step 2: Start the search Local bridal publications, the Internet, wedding shows, married friends and the yellow pages are all good sources of potential reception sites. If you have no idea where to hold your reception, try hotels, banquet halls, restaurants, community centers and country clubs. Other less obvious options are country inns, historic homes or mansions, city parks, college or university facilities, art galleries, museums and boats. Each location offers its own unique style and ambiance. There are two basic types of reception facilities: on-site and off-site. Most on-site locations provide the majority of services you will need for your reception: catering, beverages, tables, chairs, tableware, linens and serving staff, making this a very convenient option. The facilities normally charge on a per person basis, and have a minimum guest requirement. Such 8

locations include hotels, private clubs and restaurants. Off-site locations offer the use of the facility only, providing no other services. You supply nearly everything yourself, paying a flat fee for the use of the site. The nice thing about off-site locations is the freedom to do everything your own way, and more choices – although this can also mean more work! Narrow down your search by focusing on those sites that seem to best meet your needs, depending on your style, season and estimated guest count. Once you’ve selected some possibilities, it’s time to go on a road trip with your fiancé, maid of honor and/or Mom and check out the sites in person.

Step 3: Evaluating reception sites Now the real work begins. Every site offers advantages and disadvantages, and your job is to sift through all of the features of each site, to find the best one for your wedding – all while keeping your budget in mind. Here are some factors to consider: Location. The reception site should be no more than a 30-minute drive away from the ceremony location. A longer drive than that is really asking too much of your guests! If the location is difficult to find, or will offer special challenges to get there (say, located near a football stadium that has a home game on your wedding day) you should consider providing transportation for your guests from the ceremony site, and back to their cars after the reception. Size and layout. Will everything happen in one big room, or in separate rooms for continued on page 11

Set the mood.

For a sensuous pause before a high energy party, have a small jazz quartet set the tone with a wine and micro-beer tasting, served with cheese selections.

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Romantic resort setting in the Maryland Mountains. The Rocky Gap Resort experience brings an unforgettable AAA 4-Diamond touch to a dramatic natural mountain setting. Rocky Gap Resort is conveniently located directly in the middle between Washington, Baltimore and Pittsburgh, two hours drive from all three on I-68 near Cumberland, MD.

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P erfecting the d etails I s W hat W e D o B est. Begin your new life together in style at the most romantic wedding venue on the Chesapeake Bay. Silver Swan Bayside weddings are extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime events. Be confident that your wedding will be just the way you imagined it...magical.

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Receptions the cocktail hour, dinner, dancing? Will it comfortably hold the number of tables you’ll need, and will everyone dine in the same room? Is there room for a band or DJ, and for cocktail hour musicians, if you’re having them? Privacy. If your venue does multiple events, find out if there are other bookings at the same time or on the same day as yours. If so, ensure that there will be adequate privacy and separation for your celebration. There should also be ample time in between events to allow your caterer or other service people to set up or break down your party. Parking. Make sure there is convenient, well-lighted, ample parking for your guests, and if not, find out if valet service is available. Technical details. Whether you intend to have a DJ or a band, inquire about possible restrictions regarding the type, volume or duration of music. Be sure to confirm

that there is an adequate power supply for speakers, mixers and amplifiers, or good acoustics for string and wind instruments. Some sites have built-in public-address systems which can be used for introductions and toasts. If your site of choice doesn’t offer this equipment, make sure your DJ or musicians can provide it. Room décor. Most sites offer a neutral background to work with, but make sure the flooring, wall coverings and colors will work with the style and season of your wedding. Services offered. Be clear, with each site visited, exactly what is and is not included. From catering and wait staff, to candles and chairs… get those details up front. A note about outdoor receptions If you’re planning on outdoor reception, it’s critical to have a back-up plan in case of inclement weather. Planning for an outdoor reception is usually much more work overall, because you have to provide for everything continued on page 14 11

Marcy and Jeffrey September 25 Jeff and I met through a mutual friend one night at a bar. He was shy so I asked him to walk me home. We ended up sitting on my front steps until 5am talking. It was obvious that we had amazing chemistry and have been inseparable since! After being together for a while, Jeff was called up from inactive duty in the Marines to go to Afghanistan. On his 10 month leave before going, he took me to one of our favorite restaurants. After dinner, we sat on the couches by the fire and he gave me a journal. In there were photos from our time together. The last page of the book talked about how much he loved me, how far we had come and “Marcy Lynn Fox...”. The next page said “will you marry me.” The ring was in the book. He had cut out pages so it would fit inside without me noticing. Since Jeff was deployed, we had 10 months to plan our wedding. We choose “Thank You!” as our theme to honor our friends and family for being supportive through the rough times. We decided to go with the Inn at Brookeville Farms because it was beautiful both outside and in and the food is amazing. While Jeff was deployed I carried a Jeff on a stick and he had a Marcy on a stick. We would take pictures of the other doing things with each of us. When he came home, they became our cake topper. The best thing about the day was that I married my best friend and hero. 12

Photographer: Tate Tullier Venue: The Inn at Brookeville Farms Hair: O’hair Salon Makeup: Nicole Peace Dress: Bridal Images Entertainment: Party-Up Entertainment Flowers: Rockville Florist Cake: Southern Ce’s

The Inn at Brookeville Farms Simply Elegant Come celebrate your special day at our beautiful Country Inn. Take photographs by the gazebo, exchange vows overlooking the pond and enjoy the finest contemporary cuisine. We can accommodate large weddings as well as small intimate affairs. 19501 Georgia Avenue • Brookeville-Olney, Maryland 20833 (301) 924-6500 • The Inn at Brookeville Farms does not charge room or site fees.

Receptions from the salad forks to the tents to the chairs, and you may need to change plans at the last minute due to the weather! For these reasons, it’s highly recommended that you use an experienced wedding coordinator if you want an outdoor reception – this will ease your workload, and your stress, immensely.

Down to details As with any wedding vendor, make sure that all details are outlined in writing, and use a credit card whenever possible when making payments so that you have more protection in the unlikely event of a problem. You should feel very comfortable with your contact person, and feel that they respond in a timely and efficient manner to your questions and requests. Visit’s online wedding planner for a comprehensive list of questions to ask potential reception sites, and other great wedding planning help. 14



is located five miles South of Purcellville in the heart of Loudoun’s Horse Country. The Lynden Arena can host a sit-down dinner for up to 400 guests. Ceremony venues and Rehearsal Dinner sites are also available.

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Cape May - Lewes Ferry Congratulations on deciding to tie the knot! Forget the typical wedding reception halls and chapels and plan a wedding to remember with the Cape May - Lewes Ferry! Weddings and receptions aboard our luxury boats are elegant affairs as you cruise through the beautiful Delaware Bay.



Make Your Day Unique make your wedding your own

By adding a couple of personal touches to your wedding, you’ll offer guests an inside look into your love story and the chance to be part of a meaningful, oncein- a-lifetime experience. Start with the invitations. A picture of you two or a personalized map of the city that includes your favorite hot spots are great ways to set an intimate tone for the big day. For the ceremony, consider writing your own vows. Don’t be shy if you lack creativity – a pastor or wedding guide can help. Think of your favorite romantic song lyrics or poetry to express your commitment. As your guests file into the reception, seat them at tables with names, not numbers. If you met in a Literature class, send everyone to tables named after authors you read together. It will

provide them with a conversation piece and a little insight into an interest you share or how you met. After the toasts, surprise the guests by raising your glasses to them. Thank them for being there and share your appreciation for all their support. Everyone will love being addressed as an integral part of your day. Don’t forget about the dancing! For your first dance as a married couple, take tango or ballroom classes and relish the opportunity to show off your new moves with a choreographed number. If you’re really brave, invite your whole bridal party in on the action! Personalizing your wedding simply means bringing a little bit of “YOU” intothe day. Express yourself!

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Tying the Knot at Sea memories on the water

Your wedding need not take place on dry land if your fantasy is to get married at sea. Anything from a rowboat to a luxury liner can put you on waves of ecstasy. One of the advantages of a wedding at sea is elegance. A shipboard ceremony and reception make magic memories for you and your guests — your own gift to those special friends who attend. The mood is set by the captain’s greeting, enhanced by champagne and the melodic music of a guitar, flute or harp. The actual ceremony can be performed by your priest, rabbi, minister, judge or the captain. Chupahs and bridal arches set the scene, as well as candelabras and other accessories you can rent. You might even deck out the crew in pirate attire or drop orchids from a helicopter. 18

The vessel itself must be secured early, as ships are often booked over a year in advance. A deposit will be requested to hold the date. Prepare to spend time with the charter company’s consultant, as most crews are also the caterer. Sit-down dinners, private dressing rooms and a deck for dancing are available on most boats. Be sure you tell the entertainment there is a boat to load equipment onto and clear this with the ship’s captain. Independent charter companies may have a selection of boats that offer different prices and amenities. Try to see the boat when it’s being set up so you can assure that yours will be one of-a-kind.


The Big Day is Better when Shared Sheraton is where people gather. Surround yourself with the people who mean the most to you at the Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel!  Exquisite Gourmet Cuisine & Elegant Ballrooms  Impeccable Service Including a Wedding Day Maitre D’  Special Sleeping Room Rates for Out-of-Town Guests  Wedding Packages are Tailored to Your Requests  Rehearsal Dinners, Showers and Wedding Receptions  Complimentary Overnight Accommodations for the Bride and Groom

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Sharing the Cost paying for the wedding

Gone are the days of the bride’s family paying for the wedding. For now, it’s more like whoever has it, usually pays, even if it’s the couple themselves. As the average age of couples who are getting married rises, this is beginning to happen more and more. However, even as traditions change, it is useful to know what your family should expect.

Following are examples of how financial obligations have been traditionally distributed. Remember, though, that by making a financial contribution, some family members may feel entitled to contribute to the planning, too. Your family, and your ability to deal with their input, will largely determine how much tradition you keep and how much you ignore.

The Bride is Responsible For: q Personal stationary q Wedding ring for groom q Wedding gift for groom q Gifts for attendants q Lodging for out-of-town

attendants (optional) q Her physical examination

The Groom is Responsible For: q Bride’s ring continued on page 24 21

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Receptions q Honeymoon q Wedding gift for bride q Bridal bouquet and going-away corsage q Boutonnieres for all men in

wedding party q Mother’s corsages q His physical examination q Gifts for the best man, ushers q Gloves, ties or ascots for men in wedding party q Marriage license q Lodging for out-of-town attendants (optional) q Fee for clergy or judge.

The Bride’s Family is Responsible For: q Wedding gift for the newlyweds q Entire reception q Rental of sanctuary or chapel q Bride’s wedding attire and trousseau q Invitations, announcements

and postage q Engagement and wedding photographs q Organist, soloist or musician fee q Aisle carpets and/or canopy, and any additional decorating costs q Bridesmaid’s bouquet q Flowers for reception q Transportation for bridal party to ceremony and reception q Security and insurance for gifts

The Groom’s Family is Responsible For:

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q Traveling expenses and hotel bills q Wedding clothes q Rehearsal dinner (optional) q Wedding gift for the newlyweds q Shipment of wedding gifts to bridal

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Take time to evaluate the financial situations of those you want involved in your event planning and decide what is best--and less stressful--for you.


Friday/Sunday Weddings the advantages of weekend weddings

If you decide to have your wedding on a Friday or a Sunday, you’ll reap several rewards: both financial and otherwise. You’ll save time, you’ll probably save a significant amount of money, and you’ll find that your guests may appreciate having a Saturday free to spend time with you and the other guests they know.

Maximize Your Dollar For Friday or Sunday weddings, the majority of banquet facilities, photographers, video producers, musicians/entertainers and limousine services are much more willing to negotiate in order to reach a price that suits your budget. Vendors tend to see Friday and Sunday as bonus days, a time when they can earn income. Savings on these services can really add up, making this option a great way to save money without having to sacrifice the quality of your wedding.

Save Time On a Friday, you’ll probably have your wedding in the evening, which means that the ceremony is followed immediately by dinner. This means that you will avoid the extra cost and hassle of a one-to-two-hour interim reception or cocktail party. Having the ceremony and reception back to back may ensure more people at the church ceremony. Additionally, a Friday/Sunday wedding frees up at least one day of the weekend, generally making your family, friends and guests more appreciative of the extra time, especially if they are traveling.

Save the Date Planning for a Friday or a Sunday wedding makes it much more likely that you will be able to reserve the church, hall, music and other services on the date of your choice. 25

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Gaithersburg, MD • 301-948-3666 friday/sunday weddings Choosing a Friday or Sunday date allows you to avoid making several calls to numerous vendors, only to hear, “Sorry, we’re booked on that date.”

Rehearsal is Easy Restaurants are usually thrilled to have rehearsal dinners booked on Thursdays or other evenings during the week, since those are typically their slower business days. You will find a more relaxed atmosphere and the staff will be more attentive to your party’s needs. In selecting a Friday or Sunday date for your event, you’ll help both your budget and your odds of getting exactly the wedding you want, while also allowing for more time dedicated to finalizing last minute details. You can use the extra day to catch your breath, and use the extra money to purchase something special.



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After the engagement ring has been slipped on your finger and the excitement over your impending new life together has finally settled in, someone will approach you and want to give you an engagement party. Engagement parties, often thrown by a family member or good friend, are quite popular. However, remember that there are some etiquette rules to follow when your putting this important event together. • The party should be held at the beginning of your engagement. It’s not about the wedding, but about the particular exciting time during your engagement. • What a great time for all your family and friends to admire your engagement ring, right? • Invite individuals who are close not only to you, but also the groom. • Traditional it is the bride’s parents that host the engagement party. Sometimes the groom’s parents will also be interested in helping to host. However, don’t get caught up in outdated rules. If you and your fiancé want to host this event then do it. • Be sure that the people you invite to the engagement party are also guests you will invite to the wedding and reception. • Gifts are not necessary at an engagement party, but if you do receive something then politely thank the person giving the gift and perhaps open it later. • Usually the engagement announcement is made during a toast by the bride’s father or the fiancé. This depends on how traditional you want to keep things. This is “the” time that your engagement is made public and, while most people probably already know, some of your guests might be surprised.

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Parkstone Catering Parkstone Catering offers an Elegant venue for your special wedding day or rehearsal dinner. Unique reception packages can be customized to meet all of your needs and desires.

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Divorced Parents dealing with the situation

If your divorced parents are on good terms, count your blessings. If they are not, or if their relationship is marginal, correct handling of these delicate matters can help avoid any unwanted tensions. There are several alternatives you should consider in planning your church wedding and reception arrangements to accommodate your divorced parents. According to protocol, the parent with whom you have lived the longest issues the invitations. The other parent is usually not mentioned unless both parties agree to each of their names being represented. Protocol, however, does not always create good feelings. Try to include both parent’s names on the invitation. When you’re introducing your parents to your future in-laws, it is usually proper to introduce the parent with whom you have 30

lived the longest, then introduce your other parent shortly afterward. The bride’s father should always walk his daughter down the aisle, except under extenuating circumstances. If that is not possible, a substitute can stand in for the father. A brother, uncle or close family friend will be fine. Special church seating arrangements can help smooth rough spots. The bride’s mother and her immediate family (parents, husband and children) are seated in the first row. The second row is left empty to afford a better view for the bride’s father, who, after giving her away, is seated with his immediate family in the third row. The same seating arrangement pertains to the groom’s family if they are divorced. The small amount of time and attention devoted to handling these matters will reward you with a day that is as free of tension as it can possibly be.


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Uncomplicate Catering a few tips

Planning the wedding feast doesn’t have to be complicated. A good caterer will deliver an excellent meal and impeccable service within the specifications of your contract and budget.

A professional caterer should share your enthusiasm for pleasing each guest, but unfortunately, that’s not the only qualifier. You’ll want to address budget, service, the meal itself, and a variety of details with your caterer to make sure that the qualifications match the enthusiasm.

Finding Professional Service There is no substitute for professionalism and experience. When selecting your caterer, get sound referrals and observe the professionalism of the staff. Extremely attentive service for a sit-down meal or cocktail party would require one server for every 10 guests; for a buffet the number is significantly less. Service is still quite good with one server for every 15 to 20 guests. A good caterer will be able to explain these ratios and make suggestions for the best 33

Wide spectrum of menu selections and presentation from casual to elegant. Full service caterer providing tent, linen and china rentals. Event planning and coordination available to help make your day perfect.

(410) 643-6851 • Uncomplicate Catering service style and the appropriate number of servers for your budget.

A Meal to Remember Ah yes, the food. To ensure a quality meal, schedule a meeting with the chef who will prepare it. It is also appropriate to request a private dinner sampling for you and your groom, remembering your enjoyment there will be the measure of your guest’s enjoyment at the wedding reception.

Catering Budget Found a caterer whose food and service you like? Great. Can you afford them? The best way to determine the catering budget is to decide how much you will spend on each guest. Multiply that dollar amount by the number of guests expected. Then add an additional 10 percent to cover overage and approximately 17 to 20 percent for gratuities. Don’t forget to add your local applicable taxes and any extras that aren’t included in the price. 34

Down to Details Once you’ve decided on a caterer then take the time to determine as many additional details as possible. Have a firm agreement, and thoroughly examine your contract. Make sure it clearly states dates, costs and when deposits are due. Your contract should also specify the food and beverages to be served and stipulate the number of servers needed. Check to see that all the services you requested are listed in the contract, such as centerpieces, the wedding cake, decorations for the room and head table and other labor intensive additions such as ice sculptures or any other additional needs. Carefully review postponement policies and cancellation policies. If you have any questions or concerns, this is the time to openly discuss them with your caterer.

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Julianna and Edward June 12 Edward and I met through a mutual friend in New York City. On our first date we noticed that our waiter wasn’t coming back to our table. All of a sudden we saw an ambulance pull up. Our waiter had suffered a heart attack and was being rushed to the hospital. After dating for a while, we were at our favorite restaurant. In the middle of our dessert, Ed tried to get down on one knee. Because the tables were so tightly packed together, he ended up kicking the guy’s chair behind him, but by then I was already screaming YES! Living in New York and getting married in Chestertown, we decided on a 11 month engagement. We choose our location because it was really close to Ed’s family farm and is gorgeous! I wanted our theme to be elegant, green and natural so everything was green and white. I incorporated that by having white linens, predominantly green and white floral arrangements, a large 3 peak tent with white sheer panels wrapped around each column and white paper lantern chandeliers. The best thing about the day besides marrying the hottest guy in the world? Our dance! We had the most fun wedding dance ever. WE started with a slow waltz to Ben Folds, “The Luckiest” and then a minute in switched it to a fast Dirty Dancing classic, “Do You Love Me” by the Contours. It was so much fun seeing everyone’s expressions. 36

Photographer: Andrew Nock Photography Venue: Brittland Manor Coordinator: Connect the Dots Caterer: Occasions at the Boardroom Entertainment: Jan Davis Entertainment Flowers: Dutch Blooms Cake: Village Bakery Cafe Rentals: Eastern Shore Tents and Events Transportation: Gene’s Limousine Service 37

La Banque de Fleuve 321 St John St. Havre de Grace, MD (410) 942-1444 Capacity........................................................... 125 Outdoor space..............................................Yes Water View.....................................................Yes off site catering allowed......................Yes PRICE POINT....................................................... $ $ separate ceremony room.......................Yes Facility Fee......................................................Yes Enjoy the romance of the Chesapeake Bay in our elegantly restored c. 1905 bank building. With stained glass windows, marble accents, exquisite chandeliers, hardwood flooring and all the charm of a historic building, La Banque de Fleuve creates a beautiful and romantic backdrop for your wedding reception. Situated in the heart of Havre de Grace, La Banque is an ideal destination wedding venue.


Osprey’s Landing 401 Belmont Bay Dr. Woodbridge, Virginia (703) 494-1935 Capacity........................................................... 175 Outdoor space..............................................Yes Water View.....................................................Yes off site catering allowed......................Yes PRICE POINT....................................................... $ $ separate ceremony room.......................Yes Facility Fee......................................................Yes Discover a unique and charming waterfront venue filled with natural beauty, a relaxing atmosphere and quintessential hospitality. With an array of spacious waterfront outdoor locations, to a beautiful ballroom and terrace overlooking the 18-hole golf course and Occoquan River; Osprey’s Landing allows you to make your dream event into a reality! 39

Admiral Fell Inn

Black Horse Inn

888 South Broadway Baltimore, MD 21231 (410) 522-7380 x111

8393 Meetze Rd. Warrenton, VA (540) 349-4020

Capacity........................................................ 150 Outdoor space...........................................Yes Water View..................................................Yes off site catering allowed....Yes, Limited PRICE POINT................................................. $ $ $ separate ceremony room....................Yes Facility Fee.............................. Setup Fee Only

Capacity........................................................ 200 Outdoor space...........................................Yes Water View..................................................Yes off site catering allowed....................No PRICE POINT.................................................... $ $ separate ceremony room....................Yes Facility Fee...................................................Yes

Admiral Ballroom, located on the top floor of the Inn, offers the traditional ambience of this elegant ballroom offering breathtaking views of Baltimore’s skyline in addition to the harbor and historic seaport. The adjacent balconies overlook the charm of Fell’s Point Square and famous waterfront Thames Street. The Bond Street Pier, one block from the Inn, makes a perfect setting for your ceremony. .

The scene is straight out of an old screenplay. Imagine riding up in a horse-drawn carriage, gathering your petticoats, and delicately floating down the aisle to greet your soon-to-be partner-for-life. The environment is perfect for romance as you are surrounded by the evening starlit sky, incredible landscaping and all your loved ones wishing you well for a lifetime. With its stately white columns, manicured lawns, beautifully appointed gardens and elegant hunt-country décor, this ideal location is an enchanting setting for any bride and groom.


Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn

Cordrey Center

23130 Briar Patch Lane Middleburg, VA 20117 (703) 327-5911

30366 Cordrey Rd. Millsboro, DE (302) 682 9080 Website: E-mail:

Capacity........................................................ 200 Outdoor space...........................................Yes Water View...................................................No off site catering allowed...................Yes PRICE POINT.................................................... $ $ separate ceremony room....................Yes Facility Fee...................................................Yes

Capacity........................................................ 250 Outdoor space...........................................Yes Water View...................................................No off site catering allowed....................No PRICE POINT.................................................... $ $ separate ceremony room....................Yes Facility Fee...................................................Yes

Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast is an ideal site for your wedding, perfect for small intimate weddings & parties or large events for up to 200. Your wedding or party at Briar Patch will provide you and your guests the opportunity to spend quality time together. Our outstanding accommodations, breathtaking country setting, and exceptional service are what set us apart from other reception sites in Northern Virginia.

The Cordrey Center is a brand new State of the Art event facility. 3500 square foot venue is nestled among the rose gardens at East Coast Garden Center. This unique venue can seat up to 150 guests inside and 300 for a cocktail event. The Cordrey Center is perfect for any special occasion! 41

The Inn at Brookeville Farms

Love Point at Kent Island

19501 Georgia Ave. Brookeville-Olney, MD (301) 924-6500

1550 Love Point Rd Stevensville, MD 21666 (410) 541-6588

Capacity........................................................ 200 Outdoor space...........................................Yes Water View..................................................Yes off site catering allowed....Kosher only PRICE POINT................................................. $ $ $ separate ceremony room....................Yes Facility Fee............................................ No/Yes

Capacity........................................................ 250 Outdoor space...........................................Yes Water View..................................................Yes off site catering allowed...................Yes PRICE POINT.................................................... $ $ separate ceremony room....................Yes Facility Fee...................................................Yes

The Inn at Brookeville Farms is the perfect venue for your wedding ceremony and reception. Located just outside the capital beltway tucked into upper Montgomery County, we are a private facility with over 40 acres of rolling hills and beautiful views. Our Executive chef prepares contemporary American cuisine that will delight you and your guests. Our caring and attentive staff will take care of your every need, so relax and enjoy your special day!

Charming Destination on the Chesapeake Bay just over the Bay Bridge. Waterfront venue which includes outdoor tent and this grand mansion. A tranquil and picturesque setting, romantic sunsets and spectacular view of the Bay. Love Point at Kent Island offers a bridal suite with a view, a groomsman’s room, indoor pool setting, and a spacious outdoor tent making your dream day come true.


Pier 5 Hotel

Piney Branch Golf Club

711 Eastern Ave. Baltimore, MD (410) 649-5327

5301 Trenton Mill Rd. Hampstead, MD (410) 239-7114

Capacity........................................................ 210 Outdoor space...........................................Yes Water View..................................................Yes off site catering allowed....Yes, Limited PRICE POINT................................................. $ $ $ separate ceremony room....................Yes Facility Fee.............................. Setup Fee Only

Capacity........................................................ 250 Outdoor space...........................................Yes Water View...................................................No off site catering allowed....................No PRICE POINT.................................................... $ $ separate ceremony room....................Yes Facility Fee...................................................Yes

Pier 5 Hotel’s location offers the Harbor Club, panoramic views of the Inner Harbor in a “club style” atmosphere or the Harbor West Ballroom with a contemporary ambience. The Lighthouse Garden is a beautiful outdoor oasis located next to the historic 7-foot Knoll Lighthouse, a premier outdoor wedding and/ or reception location. Also consider, one of the luxury Pintail yachts docked at the Pier 5 Hotel..

Our Elegant Ballroom will accommodate up to 250 guests. The Shilling Ballroom features a spacious dance floor, contemporary chandeliered ceiling, panoramic windows overlooking the golf course and an outdoor pavilion. Beautifully landscaped grounds provide the perfect backdrop. Extensive and diverse menu selections can be customtailored to any wedding party’s tastes. 43

The Inn at Brookeville Farms Simply Elegant Come celebrate your special day at our beautiful Country Inn. Take photographs by the gazebo, exchange vows overlooking the pond and enjoy the finest contemporary cuisine. We can accommodate large weddings as well as small intimate affairs. 19501 Georgia Avenue • Brookeville-Olney, Maryland 20833 (301) 924-6500 • The Inn at Brookeville Farms does not charge room or site fees.

Banquet Guide Admiral Fell Inn

Crowne Plaza Hotel Rockville

888 South Broadway, Baltimore, MD (410) 522-7380

3 Research Court., Rockville, Md (301) 840-0200

Best Western Hotel and Conference Center

The Crowne Plaza Washington DC/Silver Spring 8777 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD

5625 O’Donnell St., Baltimore, MD (410) 633-9500

(301) 563-3720

810 South Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD (301) 694-5111

BWI Airport Marriott 1743 W. Nursery Rd., Linthicum, MD (410) 859-8300

The Center Club 100 Light St., Baltimore, MD (410) 727-7788

Ceresville Mansion 8529 Liberty Rd., Frederick, MD (301) 898-0466

Circle D Farm 15535 Carrs Mill Rd., Woodbine, MD (301) 854-6651

Colony South Hotel 7401 Surratts Rd., Clinton, MD (301) 877-4800

Crofton Country Club 1691 Crofton Pkwy., Crofton, MD (410) 721-3111


Casey Community Center

Gaylord National Resort

8201 Corporate Dr., Landover, MD (301) 965-2300

Glenview Mansion 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville, MD (240) 314-8660

Golden Bull Restaurant 7 Dalamar St., Gaithersburg, MD (301) 948-3666

Hilton Rockville 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD (301) 230-6783

Holiday Inn College Park 10000 Baltimore Ave., College Park, MD (301) 345-6700

1827 Mountain Road, Joppa, MD 410-836-9600 •

Banquet Guide Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport 1739 W. Nursery Rd., Linthicum, MD (410) 694-0808

Lantern Queen Riverboat

Hippodrome Theatre

100 Congress Ave., Havre De Grace, MD (410) 939-1468

12 N Eutaw St., Baltimore, MD (410) 837-7400

Love Point at Kent Island

Holiday Inn Holidome & Conference Center

5400 Holiday Dr., Frederick, MD (301) 694-7500

Holiday Inn Laurel 15101 Sweitzer Ln., Laurel, MD (301) 206-4111

1550 Love Point Rd., Stevensville, MD (410) 541-6588

Maryland Golf & Country Club 1335 E. MacPhail Rd., Bel Air, MD (410) 879-2025

Mountain Branch

Inn at Brookville Farms

1827 Mountain Rd., Joppa, MD (410) 836-9600

19501 Georgia Ave., Brookeville, MD (301) 924-6500

Inn at the Colonnade 4 W. Univeristy Pkwy., Baltimore, MD (410) 235-5400

La Banque de Fleuve 321 St. John St., Havre De Grace, MD (410) 939-4744

National Aquarium 501 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD (410) 576-3869

The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum 1601-03 East North Ave., Baltimore, Md (410) 563-7809 45

Romantic resort setting in the Maryland Mountains. Lakeside Ceremonies • Complete Banquet Services Outdoor Receptions • Golf • Complete Spa Services Ask for our Wedding Planner at 800-724-0828 • Two hours from Washington, Baltimore and Pittsburgh on I-68 near Cumberland, MD. The elegant Lighthouse Sound

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Romantic resort setting in the Maryland Mountains.

views in Ocean City. Overlooking

Newton White Mansion

Thebay Restaurant at City the scenic and Ocean

2708 Enterprise Rd., Mitchellville, MD (301) 249-2004

Oxon Hill Manor 6901 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill, MD (301) 839-7782

Peerce’s Landing 12460 Dulaney Valley Rd., Phoenix, MD (410) 252-1033

Pier 5 Hotel 711 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD (410) 649-5319

Piney Branch Golf Club 5301 Trenton Mill Rd., Hampstead, MD (410) 239-7114

Prince George’s Ballroom 2411 Pinebrook Ave., Landover, MD (301) 341-7439

Ramada BWI 7253 Parkway Dr., Hanover, MD (410) 712-4300


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Skyline, Lighthouse we specializeSound in delicious 12723 St. Martin’s Neck Rd., cuisine, Bishopville, outstanding MD hospitality (410) 352-5250 and beautiful surroundings. The Rocky Gap Resort experience Lighthouse Sound will have your Lakeside Ceremonies brings an unforgettable AAA Complete Banquet Services guests raving 4-Diamond touchfor to ayears dramaticto come! Rockville Rooftop Outdoor Receptions • Golf natural mountain setting. Ocean City, 155 Gibbs St.,MD Rockville, MdComplete Spa Services Rocky Gap Resort is conveniently (301) 294-4690 410.352.5250 located directly in the middle between Washington, Baltimore RockytwoGap and Pittsburgh, hoursResort drive from all16701 three onLakeview I-68 near Rd., Cumberland, NE, MD. Flintstone, MD (800) 724-0828

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Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel 903 Dulaney Valley Rd., Towson, MD (410) 321-7400

Sheraton Baltimore Washington Airport Hotel 1100 Old Elkridge Landing Rd., Linthicum, MD (443) 577-2100

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Isn’t Love... Banquet Guide Silver Swan Bayside

Tremont Plaza Hotel

412 Congressional Dr., Stevensville, MD (443) 249-0400

222 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, MD (410) 727-2222

Snow Hill Manor

Turf Valley Resort

13301 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel, MD (301) 725-6037

2700 Turf Valley Rd., Ellicott City, MD (410) 465-1500 Experience five floors of remarkable 19th century architecture

Strathmore Hall 5301 Tuckerman Ln., North Bethesda, MD (301) 581-5200

Summerseat Farm 26655 Three Notch Rd., Mechanicsville, MD (301) 373-6607

Swan Harbor Farm 401 Oakington Rd., Havre De Grace, Md (410) 939-6767

Towson Golf and Country Club 12801 Stone Hill Rd., Towson, MD (410) 252-8484


at Baltimore’s newly restored Tremont Grand. Prepare to be awed by the impeccable service, exquisite cuisine, unique menus, devoted Wedding Coordinators and all-suite guest rooms on what will be the most memorable day of your life.

The Wellwood

523 Water St., Let us make your Wedding Day Grand! Charleston, MD (410) 287-6666 Baltimore’s Tremont Grand

The Westin Baltimore 225 North Charles Street 443.573.8444 Washington Airport

1110 Old Elkridge Landing Rd., Linthicum, MD (443) 577-2300

The Westin National Harbor 171 Waterfront St., National Harbor, MD (301) 567-3999

Wingate by Wyndham 1326 Policy Dr, Belcamp, MD (410) 272-2929

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Banquet Guide Double Tree Hotel Washington

Renaissance M Street Hotel

1515 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington DC (202) 521-7136 The Galleria at Lafayette Centre 1155 21st St. NW Suite 200, Washington DC (202) 261-2108

1143 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington DC (202) 828-7779

Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel

Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC (202) 312-1331

1001 14th St. NW, Washington DC (202) 218-7511

The St. Regis Washington DC

2015 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC (202) 939-4112

Washington Marriott Hotel

Holiday Inn - Georgetown

1221 22nd St. NW, Washington DC (202) 261-4960

2101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington DC (202) 338-4600


800 F St. NW, Washington DC (202) 654-0999

Hilton Washington Embassy Row

L’Enfant Plaza Hotel

480 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Washington DC (202) 646-4452

National Museum of Women in the Arts 1250 New York Ave. NW, Washington DC (202) 783-7366

Odyssey Cruises 600 Water St. SW, Washington DC (202) 488-6044


923 16th & K Sts. NW, Washington DC (202) 879-6940


Banquet Guide Alwyngton Manor 511 Falmouth St., Warrenton, VA (540) 3417766

Arlington Westin 801 North Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA (703) 717-6200

The Atrium at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct., Vienna , VA (703) 255-3631

The Barns at Wolf Trap 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna, VA (703) 938-8463

Belmont Country Club 19661 Belmont Manor Ln., Ashburn, VA (703) 723-5349

The Black Horse Inn 8393 Meetze Rd., Warrenton, VA (540) 349-4020

Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast 23139 Briar Patch Ln., Middleburg, VA (703) 327-5911

Bristow Manor Golf Club 11507 Valley View Dr., Centreville, VA (703) 368-3558

Chantilly National Golf & Country Club 14901 Braddock Rd ., Centreville, VA (703) 631-9560

The Crowne Plaza Hotel at Dulles 2200 Centreville Rd., Herndon, VA (703) 471-6700

The Crown Plaza of Old Town Alexandria 9001 N Fairfax, Alexandria, VA (703) 299-4955

Embassy Suites Hotel Alexandria

1900 Diagonal Rd., Alexandria, VA (703) 838-9602

Bowling Green Country Club

Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks

838 Bowling Green Rd., Front Royal, VA (540) 635-2095

11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy., Fairfax, VA (703) 352-2525 Fauquier Springs Country Club 9236 Tournament Rd., Warrenton, VA (540) 347-4205 49

Banquet Guide Grand Atrium at Tysons Corner

Hyatt Dulles

2236 Gallows Rd., Vienna, VA (703) 698-0228

2300 Dulles Corner Blvd., Herndon,VA (703) 793- 6866

The George Washington Hotel 103 East Piccadilly St., Winchester, VA (540) 771-2741

Heritage Hunt Golf and Country Club 6901 Arthur Hills Dr., Gainesville, VA (703) 743-2005

Hidden Creek Country Club 1711 Clubhouse Rd., Reston, VA (703) 437-5222

Hilton Alexandria Mark Center 5000 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, VA (703) 845-1010

Hilton Garden Inn Fairfax 3950 Fair Ridge Dr., Fairfax, VA (703) 385-7774

Hilton Springfield 6550 Lolsdale Rd., Springfield, VA (703) 971-8900

Holiday Inn Alexandria - Eisenhower Metro Center 2460 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria, VA (703) 960-3400


Hyatt Fair Lakes

12777 Fair Lakes Circle, Fairfax, VA (703) 653-6020 LYNDEN FARM

five miles Lansdowne Resort isSouthlocated of Purcellville in

44050 Woodridge Pkwy., Lansdowne, VA (703) 729-4108 the heart of Loudoun’s Horse Country. The Lynden Arena can host a sit-down dinner for up to 400 guests. Ceremony venues and Rehearsal Dinner sites are also available.

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540-303-7111 11 North King St., Lesburg, VA (703) 771-2233 Photos by Jessica Smith Photography Bob Updegrove and Paula Lockhart

Lynden Farm 19690 Silcott Springs Rd., Purcellville, VA (540) 303-7111

Mount Vernon Inn 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon, VA (703) 780-0011

The National Conference Center 18980 Upper Belmont Place, Lansdowne, VA (703) 729-8000

Banquet Guide Osprey’s Landing 401 Belmont Bay Dr., Woodbridge, VA (703) 494-1935

Sheraton Crystal Center 1800 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington, Va (703) 769-3944

Sheraton National Hotel 900 South Orme St Arlington VA (703) 521-1900

Stonewall Golf Club

Waterford at Springfield 6715 Commerce St., Springfield, VA (703) 719-5700

The Westin Alexandria 400 Court House Sq., Alexandria, VA (703) 253-8600

The Westin Tysons Corner 7801 Leesburg Pike , Falls Church, VA (703) 394-2114

Whitehall Manor 405 Glenn Dr., Sterling, VA (703) 450-6690

15601 Turtle Point Dr., Gainesville, VA (703) 753- 6156

Sunset Crest Manor 42169 Mayhew Ln., Chantilly, VA (703) 967-9148

Virginia Oakes Golf Club

Q The Cordrey Center 30366 Cordrey Rd., Millsboro, DE (302) 945-5853

Cape May-Lewes Ferry

7950 Virginia Oaks Dr., Gainesville, VA (703) 754-7977

43 Cape Henlopen Dr., Lewes, DE (302) 644-6012

Waterford at Fair Oaks

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Rachel and Roger August 7 Roger and I met while we both worked at Texas Roadhouse. After dating a while, we went to Hawaii after he got back from boot camp. He waited until the end of the week and proposed on the balcony of our hotel room. I had a year and a half to plan our wedding. I bought tons of bridal magazines for ideas and had the help of my mother and bridesmaids. We decided to go very simple for the wedding. I don’t think it was necessary to add any special touches. We decided to just have fun and enjoy it so there wasn’t too much stress when planning the wedding. We did chose to get married at Green Hill Yacht and Country Club. I always wanted to get married outside and the view is amazing. The best thing about that day was that we got each other forever. That’s the best thing we could ever ask for. 52

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You’ve picked the date, found the hall, ordered your You’ve picked the date, found the hall, ordered your dress… Now it’s time fortime a fun, task:task: choosing dress… Now it’s for atasty fun, tasty choosingyour wedding’s sweet ending. be a traditional wedding’syour sweet ending. It could beIt acould traditional wedding wedding cake or another sweet treat – read further for cake or another sweet treat read further for some creative some creative ideas. Whatever you choose, it all starts ideas. Whatever it all your starts the same way, by the sameyou way,choose, by evaluating choices and finding perfect bakery/cake designerthe for perfect you. evaluatingtheyour choices and finding bakery/cake designer for you.4 55

cakes Cakes 101: Covering the basics Where to start… Start out by considering your particular wedding style, the location, the season and the number of guests. All of these factors will influence any wedding decision! A casual, informal, outdoor wedding will have different requirements than a formal, elegant, winter evening wedding.

When to start… Also like all wedding decisions, the earlier you start, the more options you’ll have and the less stress you’ll encounter. You can start researching, interviewing and taste testing anytime – but ideally, get your selection finalized and ordered by six months before the wedding. Or, at least book your bakery by then, even if the cake details are not yet decided. Popular bakers and cake designers book up quickly during the “wedding seasons.” (Which nowadays is pretty much April through October, plus the holidays!)

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What to do… Eat! Ask friends for referrals, visit wedding shows, surf the ‘Net – whatever you need to do to find some good potential vendors. Then, make some appointments for a tasting so that you can check out their work for yourself. Of course, the cake needs to be delicious. But you also need to feel absolutely confident that your cake vendor will do what they say they will do, pay attention to details, be on time, etc. Consider how promptly they return your calls or answer emails, how organized and efficient they appear at your tasting, their years of experience, and the overall impression they give. Ask if they’re familiar with your reception site, how they transport the cake and how much time they need to set up. When you meet with your cake designer about the cake’s colors and appearance, it helps to have as much wedding information with you for guidance, such as a photo of your dress, fabric swatches to show wedding colors,

cakes and any other specific wedding touches that have already been decided. Also, bring any photos or magazine clippings of wedding cakes that you love and share them with your designer.

What flavor… The traditional white wedding cake with white frosting still makes its classic appearance now and then, but today anything is a possibility! Consider your guests – if you have a lot of kids or non-drinkers, maybe you want to avoid the alcohol flavors. Consider your menu – if you’re having lemon chicken, you may not want to select a lemon cake. And finally, consider what you love to eat! Carrot cake, hazelnut torte, deep chocolate with raspberry filling, cheesecake… If you and your honey have a favorite flavor, ask your cake designer about using it. The cake topper… Crown your reception’s edible centerpiece with a beautiful, unique, or meaningful cake topper. The classic bride and groom figurines – updated with an elegant, ceramic style – are always appropriate for couples who love tradition. Fresh flowers are gorgeous of course, and adding some thin, tall candles amongst them on the top layer would be romantic and visually appealing. If quirky fun is more your style, then how about incorporating some favorite things, hobbies or interests of yours, such as a surfboard and palm trees, the Eiffel tower, seashells, or a snow globe. Other ideas for a more formal wedding include your monogram, a wedding cake candle or tall tapered candles, a framed photo of you two, fall leaves, or elegant Christmas ornaments.

And the cost… Cakes are typically priced by the slice, which is generally anywhere from $1.50 to $6.50 per slice, depending on the style, ingredients, size and decorating. Your reception site or caterer may also charge a plating fee as well, often $.50 to

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cakes $1.50 per person, to cut and serve the cake. Ask about this, and if there is a plating charge see if it’s negotiable.

Cutting the cake… Most likely your baker will provide tips for you and your new husband to accomplish the timehonored task of cutting the cake with ease. Plan ahead to have your cake knife and lifter engraved or decorated with ribbons or fresh flowers. As tradition has it, the bride grasps the knife with her right hand and the groom covers her hand with his. Together, the couple glides the knife into the delicious masterpiece while flashbulbs pop.

Anniversary cakes… Some bakeries offer ‘anniversary cakes’ as part of their bridal packages. Instead of having to freeze the top layer of your wedding cake (which doesn’t always freeze well, or taste that great a year later), the bakery will make you a fresh cake, often in the same style and flavor as your wedding cake, for your one-year anniversary.

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Wedding cake alternatives Think outside the cake and consider some of these ideas for your wedding day dessert. Centerpiece cakes... Pull double duty and use a beautiful wedding cake as the centerpiece for each of your tables. Some ambitious newlyweds stop at each table to cut and serve their guests the cake, which is a beautiful idea, but depending on the timetable and the number of tables this won’t work for everyone. Winner of the Bride’s Choice Award 2009 & 2010

Mini cakes... Another dual action idea is to serve a mini wedding cake at each place setting – which would make your tables deliciously beautiful. Also, each cake could be adorned with the guest’s name (thus serving as a tasty place card!)

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A cupcake cake... A fun, more informal

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cakes option is to serve individual cupcakes, each beautifully decorated to match your wedding colors and style, set on a tiered stand to resemble a stacked wedding cake. This also makes a fun dessert for other wedding events such as a wedding shower or morning-after brunch. Dessert table... Instead of a single wedding cake, perhaps you’d prefer a dessert table, with a tasty assortment of pastries, cookies, chocolates, dessert cheeses and/ or fruits. Guests can browse, nibble and help themselves.

Sundae bar... A fun idea for a more informal wedding… kids young and old will love it! Include a few different ice creams and a boatload of toppings. Don’t keKorner_Qtr_WS11:Layout 1 12/6/10 8:47 AM Page 1 forget the whipped cream and maraschino cherries.


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Going Green

planning an eco-friendly wedding

Can you have a joy-filled wedding celebration and show your love for the planet, at the same time? While this may sound like “The Odd Couple,” it’s not as hard as you think! Read on for some great ways to incorporate eco-friendly touches into your special day.

The locale Choosing a location that’s close to where most of your guests live is an obvious, simple but effective way to limit unnecessary transportation, as is having the ceremony and reception in the same place. You may also wish to seek out sites that have made “going green” a priority, and are pro-active about reducing energy use and waste. Another green idea is to hold your ceremony in a location already dedicated to sustainability, such as parks, protected areas or museums. Finally, having an outdoor ceremony in a beautiful setting will remind you (and your guests) why you make environmentally responsible choices.

The food Serve local, organic, seasonal cuisine, and include a vegetarian or vegan option. Ask your caterer about locally raised, organic meats and wild caught fish versus farmed.

Before the wedding, research places to donate any leftover food, such as homeless shelters or soup kitchens.

The paper Save trees by going high-tech: use a website to list directions, maps, accommodations and other details, and use email whenever possible. For the paper you do use, stick with 100% recycled and renewable cotton paper, and vegetable or soy inks, which use less energy to produce than petroleumbased inks.

The attire Just say “NO!” to attire made in sweatshops and petroleum-based fabrics. Seek out wedding attire made with natural fabrics such as 100% silk or organically grown cotton, and hemp linen – which has come a long way since the gunny sack look. (For proof, visit the Hemp Weddings section of Another very green idea: recycle! Use your Mom’s wedding dress by investing a little time into alterations, Black Dog Studios

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Make Your Wedding Unique There are endless possibilities when it comes to how you can make your wedding unique. With tents, different flooring, beautiful linens, amazing lighting, unique cake stands and so much more, you can really personalize how your wedding looks. All of these and more can be achieved by talking to your local wedding rental specialist. Your local rental store will have wonderful ideas on how to make your dream come true and can take care of all the details that go into making your day perfect. So visit your rental store and be amazed at all the possibilities out there for you to choose from.

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Barton’s Grand Rental Station

Tents • Tables • Chairs • Linens Dance Floors • Lighting Cake stands • money boxes • candy buffet

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going green or find a vintage dress in specialty stores or on eBay.

The gifts, favors, flowers All those beautiful touches that make weddings special and unique can easily be turned green… and your first stop should be to Here you can include charitable donations on your gift registry, donate a percentage of gift registry sales to your favorite charity, and make a charitable donation in your guests’ honor in lieu of wedding favors. When it comes to your wedding flowers, find a floral designer that uses local, organically grown, seasonal flowers, and repurpose the ceremony flowers for the reception to make fewer flowers go farther. (This is also nice for your budget!) The day after the wedding, donate the floral arrangements to places such as nursing homes, hospice centers or hospitals, so others can enjoy nature’s beauty and all those gorgeous flowers don’t end up in the trash! 64

The honeymoon Certainly, staying close to home avoids those gas-guzzling airplanes, but if travel is in your future consider a “green hotel” – environmentally-friendly properties. Start the search by visiting Another idea: consider ecotourism – socially responsible travel that focuses on conserving the environment and improving the well being of local people. Visit for more information. With just a little creativity, thought and research, your wedding can reflect the earthloving couple that you are!


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Jacelyn and Kyle June 25 Kyle and I met when I was 14 and he was 15. He played on my brothers baseball team and I would come to his games to watch. We realized that we had crushes on each other and soon started dating. After dating for a while, (9 1/2 years total) Kyle proposed a couple of weeks before I headed back for my final semester of college. Still wanting to finish school, we were engaged for two years. Once we started planning the wedding, we decided on a casual summer garden wedding for our theme. Meadowlark was perfect in that it lent itself to our theme with a natural decor of greenery and flowers. We also incorporated some additional touches of green and white in our flowers and our cake. The best thing about the day was making endless memories with our friends and family on a perfect summer evening. 66

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Katherien and Matthew August 7 Matt and I met in Las Vegas in line for a Damien Marley concert. We ended up hanging out the whole night after we realized we lived a few miles from each other in Arlington. Matt proposed while we were in Charleston, SC. We were getting ready for dinner and he made a commotion in the main area of the hotel room. I ran in to make sure nothing was I approached him he turned around on one knee holding a beautiful ring. He asked me to marry him and of course I said yes! We decided to go with City Chic as our theme. Our color scheme was blue and orange as a nod to the Chicago Bears, Matt’s favorite team, and we incorporated that in to our flowers, cake, decor and even the groomsmen’s shoes. I also carried a white silk covered horseshoe with a strap of the McKenzie (my Scottish family tartan) tartan which my paternal Grandmother and my sister carried at their weddings. In lieu of traditional favors, we donated money to the American Institute of Cancer Research. The best thing about the day was seeing the happiness on our parents faces. Also our friends were so supportive and helpful that to see them let loose was so much fun. 94

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Photography A Picture Perfect Day

It may be hard to imagine now, but after many months of hard work and detailed planning, your wedding day will suddenly arrive‌ and zooooom! The hours will fly by in a blur of beautiful, moving, memorable moments. And after the cake has been eaten, the dress has been carefully put away, and the gifts have been opened – you and your new spouse will be left with the most precious gift of all: memories of your special day.

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There is simply no better way to capture and preserve these memories than with a collection of beautiful photographs that not only document the day and its events, but also embody the emotions and spirit of your wedding. Quite frankly, this is simply not a component of your wedding planning to treat lightly! Invest the time, attention and budget necessary to ensure that your wedding memories will be preserved for the future. What’s your style? Start by determining which style of wedding photography is right for you and your fiancé. Here are brief descriptions of the three main styles: Formal or traditional. This style produces color, posed portraits of you and your groom, your wedding party, and your families, along with all of the traditional wedding moments such as the cake cutting and bouquet/garter toss. Photojournalistic. This style is a popular trend in wedding photography, and it 98

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photographer that meets your needs. Start the process by collecting referrals from friends, reviewing helpful resources like Premier Bride, attending bridal shows and surfing the Internet. Create a short list of potential photographers that specialize in the style you desire, based on their work and your budget, and set up an in-person or phone consultation with them. Your goal at this consultation is to evaluate three main areas: 1) Do you like their work? Be sure to see complete wedding albums along with individual photos, to get the best idea of the end product you can expect to receive. Also, be very sure that you know exactly WHO will be shooting YOUR wedding – and view their work, as some larger studios have more than one photographer. 2) Do your personalities mesh? Of all your wedding vendors, the photographer is the one vendor with whom you will spend a continued on page 103


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photography good deal of time on your wedding day. You want to feel comfortable with this person! Even if he or she is a great photographer, if your personalities just don’t ‘click’ – you may want to keep looking. 3) Do they fit your budget? It’s so critical to have a budget amount in mind before looking for a photographer, so that you can feel confident that the one you’ve decided on, and love, also meets your financial requirements.

The different parts of a photography package. As you’re selecting your photographer, it may help to be aware of the various elements generally included in wedding photography packages. Most photographers also offer these elements ‘a la carte,’ or can create a custom package that specifically meets your needs – so be sure to ask. Bride & Groom’s Album. There are a wide variety of wedding albums available today, and they vary in size, color, material, construction and price. When comparing different photographers’ bride & groom albums, be sure you’re noting the quantity of photos and in what sizes, to make sure you’re comparing “apples to apples.” Parents’ albums. The parents’ albums are smaller versions of the bride & groom album, and have traditionally included about twenty 5x7 photographs. Photos should be carefully selected for each family, to create two (or more) custom family albums. Extra prints. You will probably want to order extra photographs in addition to the main album and parents’ albums, for yourself or your parents to have some framed portraits at home, for members of the wedding party, and for other close friends and family members. Don’t underestimate how many prints you will want after the wedding, as this will definitely impact your budget. Proofs. Ask your photographer how many proofs you will get, and in what format. 102

Our goal is to always exceed your expectations!!! What people are saying about Pereda Photography... June 1, 2008 We just wanted to send a special note of thanks. We have nothing but the highest compliments for your work. Our pictures are so fabulous and amazing; we could not be more pleased. You both have such a unique talent for capturing the small moments and intimate details that envelop such a special day. Thank you for sharing our day and for preserving its memories so beautifully. We will always feel a special connection to both of you and we wish you years of continued success in doing what you do so well. All the Best! Erin and Chad

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On-Screen Presentation family memories

A new high-tech twist to special events is beginning to make its appearance at wedding receptions across the country. It’s on-screen audio-visual presentations featuring none other than the bride and groom. Quite popular, it’s becoming a common component of wedding day festivities. Most video companies have the capability for this type of production. They synchronize the images accompanied by music of your choice and create a multi-image video to be presented at your reception, rehearsal dinner, or both. The length and cost of this production is determined by the number of photographs you decide to use. You may choose to share the story of your romance by selecting photographs of you and your fiance when you first met, as you fell in love, and as you planned the wedding. Another option is to collect photographs of both the bride and groom growing up. Friends and family members will enjoy being included in your special day, since they often appear in pictures with the bride and groom as they grow from childhood to school age to young adulthood. Although your videographer can create the video, you will most likely need to enlist the services of an audio visual (AV) company for the presentation of this masterpiece. The price will depend on the location of your event, the size of screen(s) needed and the amplification requirements. On screen presentations are a wonderful way of introducing the bride and groom to each other’s family and friends. Consider having copies made for parents, grandparents, and loved ones that are unable to attend your wedding. 104


W edding Colors

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You would think it would be easy to choose the right wedding colors for your big day right? Perhaps you want that periwinkle blue that has been your favorite since you were a little girl. Or what if black is your favorite color, is that appropriate for your wedding color in the middle of August? Overall, when you choose your wedding colors you are also choosing the look and feel of the bridesmaid dresses, the flowers, the invitations and even the look of the ceremony and reception. Not an easy task, but overall the decision should be yours and you should enjoy the freedom to make your big day the one you have dreamed of since you were a little girl.

Depending on the season and how festive you want to be you can have fun with winter, spring, summer and fall. Since many brides choose the summer for their big day let’s start there. Bright colors are always popular during this most beautiful time of the year. A good idea it to take advantage of all the flowers that are in bloom during the

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wedding colors summer months from pink to red to yellow to bright blues and purples. Summer is also a time to enjoy the sun so you could choose yellow or gold for the occasion and add some touches of pastel for a soft touch on invitations and reception accents. Popular summer colors include teal paired with silver and you could also dye flowers teal to play up the mood and atmosphere. What about red and pink? Roses are the perfect flower for this color scheme. Many couple choose autumn to say their “I do’s” and this season bespeaks bold colors with a touch of harvest. It’s a time when the leaves are falling from the trees and burnt orange, gold and red are in the air. It might not be a bad idea to incorporate brown during this time of year and consider matching it with terra cotta or copper or even ivory. Red is always popular during the autumn season and can be matched with deep red roses to keep the mood one of love. For winter think the holidays, snow and cozy fireplaces that make this season one of the most romantic of all. While stark silvers and blues are an option, the color of evergreen also promises the mood will be festive. Flowers can be a combination of pine cones, holly leaves and even snow and ice. Since silver is such a popular winter color matching accents might include burgundy or navy blue. The spring is when everything begins to grow again. Pastel colors are popular during this time of year so think white, pink and even lavender. Flowers that go well with a light color scheme are tulips and peonies. Keep the wedding light and airy like the season and a dreamy feeling will surely abound. Overall, the best wedding is the one that you add the special touches to incorporating you and your spouse’s ideas into the biggest event of your life. 106

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V ideography The Joy Of Video: Preserve your wedding day in living, moving color.

Nothing can transport you back to your special day like a good quality video. By beautifully capturing the moving sights and sounds, you can revisit your wedding again and again, and relive all of the special details: the rustle of your wedding gown, the nervous cough of the groom before his vows, the emotion in your father’s voice during his toast. But plan to spend the time and money necessary to do this right.

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Leeann and Christopher July 4 Christopher and I met through a mutual friend, United States Air Force Capt. Tyler Thompson. I met Tyler on my 2nd USO Tour to Afghanistan, Oman, Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan in 2002. Having kept in touch with Tyler through the years and on one trip to see Tyler before another deployment, I met his friend Chris who was stationed with him at Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina. Both of us were in relationships at the time, but as chance would have it, I went on another USO Tour with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs (General Richard Myers) in December of 2004 and would see both Tyler and Chris at the Ali Al Salem Air Base in 110

Kuwait. It wasn’t until Christopher was flying our USO tour out of Balad, Iraq the next night with me and Robin Williams in the cockpit, that I discovered we were both single! A 3 year, long distance courtship followed, meeting on both sides of the US or in Iraq or Afghanistan. (While he was deployed and I was entertaining the troops on USO tours). Christopher proposed on Christmas Eve after I had just gotten home from another USO Tour. Christopher was waiting for me at the gate in LAX. (He was waiting with 2 dozen red roses!!!) After going home (exhausted after more than 24 hours of flying

from Afghanistan) Christopher had my favorite meal prepared. All I wanted to do after dinner was crawl into my own bed. As soon as the clock hit midnight, Christopher came around to my side of the bed, and told me he had one more Christmas present. (I got mad because we already exchanged presents and I didn’t have another one for him!) He reached for something on my dresser and got down on one knee and said, “Leeann Velez Tweeden, will you marry me?!” And all I could do was look at him for a second and say, “Are you really asking me that right now?!” He didn’t respond, but I could see the ring box was shaking and could see it in his eyes that he was serious and I said YES!!!! After becoming engaged on Christmas, our black tie wedding took place about 9 months later at the Philip Carter Winery in Hume, Virginia near where I grew up in Manassas. With breathtaking views of the mountains and countryside, the Winery was perfect for the romantic and formal theme that I envisioned. To me, having 2 beautiful dark chocolate horses and a white carriage bring me up to the knoll (where the ceremony was) from behind the vineyard really set the romantic tone of our sunset wedding. For dinner, I went back to my southern roots and hired a BBQ company to come out and cook on site! People literally ordered off the grill. For the reception, we hired a professional photo booth that printed out two sets of pictures on the spot. One for the guests to keep, and Continued on page 112

the other they put into a one-of-a-kind wedding photo/guest book. Having brought 2 huge bins of fun props for the the party started off right! Also going with the flying background, we had plane luggage tags as favors along with a custom made military patch of our wedding date. The best thing about the day was being surrounded by our closest family and friends and marrying my hero..... an Air Force C130 pilot.

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How fitting that Leeann Tweeden and Christopher Dougherty were married on the 4th of July. Leeann has volunteered for 15 USO tours overseas, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan, traveling with 2 different Chairmans of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and celebrities like Robin Williams and Bradley Cooper. Christopher is a Major in the California Air National Guard after serving 10 years in the active Air Force. So both are very committed to supporting our troops. Having moved to Los Angeles when she was 19 as a model, Leeann then started her sportscasting career with ESPN and later on with Fox Sports. Leeann is well-known for her years spent on “The Best Damn Sports Show Period” which also starred Tom Arnold. For the past 3 years, Leeann has hosted NBC’s popular show “Poker After Dark” and “The National Heads Up Poker Championship.” She often appears on various political and news talk shows as a commentator including “Hannity,” where their wedding photos were recently shown for the first time on television.

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At every major turn of life’s pages there is a song that captures our emotions and writes them into our memories. Again and again these melodies take us back to the moments in our lives that matter most and remind us of whom we were when they were first heard. Your wedding day is one of the greatest moments in your life and will be remembered forever. Why not take this time to immortalize that love story that brought you to that beautiful walk down the aisle? A new trend in music is having a customized written song made for your wedding. Your special moments and affections can be captured in music that you will treasure for years to come. Your unique song can also be the backdrop for a beautiful video montage of special photos during your reception. Consider making your pre-ceremony or reception as unique and moving as your love with your very own customized wedding song.

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Music for your ceremony The very first step in determining the music for your ceremony is to consider what you want, or what you envision, for your day. Do you want a vocalist? Do you want several musicians there, or just a pianist? It’s helpful to take notice during any weddings you attend while engaged, of what you liked (or didn’t care for) when it came to the ceremony music. Once you and your fiancé have some ideas in mind, seek out wedding musicians by visiting bridal shows, reviewing local bridal publications or online sources such as, or asking for referrals from your ceremony officiant or recently married friends. Or, consider working with a talent/ booking agency, which can offer experienced, convenient, one-stop-shopping for all of your wedding music needs. Once you’ve found some options, arrange meetings to hear them play in person – if you haven’t heard them live already. Once you’ve determined your ceremony musicians, they can help you select the songs to include in your wedding ceremony – how

many, when, and so on. They are usually quite experienced when it comes to weddings, and will be a great resource. (Your officiant will be helpful here as well, so be sure to involve them also.) If you have specific songs in mind already, you’ll be able to hear a preview of exactly what they will sound like on your wedding day. And if you need some ideas, your musicians will be able to guide you and offer plenty of options.

Music for cocktails and dinner The key element during cocktails and dinner is conversation, so the music playing during these times should set the mood, but not intrude. You have three options here: use the musicians that played during your ceremony, use the band or DJ that will be playing at your dance reception, or hire different musicians for this part of the day. If you do decide to have live music, chamber music, classical guitar or perhaps a jazz ensemble are all good choices, and can create a subtle background of entertainment without overpowering conversation. A well-seasoned pianist is another excellent choice, since he or 117



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Music for your dance reception You’re married, cocktails and dinner are over, it’s time to kick up your heels and hit the dance floor! This truly is one of the most critical wedding decisions you’ll make, because nothing can make or break a wedding celebration faster than the entertainment. Fortunately, most wedding vendors are talented professionals, and with the tips included here, you’ll be able to confidently select an excellent entertainer for your big day. Your first big question to answer will be “do we want to have live music (a band or orchestra) or a DJ”? While there are pros and cons to both, it really boils down to personal taste and budget. Using live music - a band or orchestra provides a certain festive energy to the evening, and is a wonderful option if your budget allows

it. The key is to find a band that specifically does weddings, so that they can offer the versatility you need for a good event. Any live entertainment includes breaks, which can interrupt the flow of your evening, so try to come up with a solution that ensures that music is always playing. If the band is large enough, see if the band members can stagger their breaks so that someone is always playing. Or, hire a pianist or DJ to play during the breaks. Also, good, popular bands or orchestras will usually be more expensive than a DJ. They are well worth the expense, of course, since good entertainment is such a critical element of the wedding, but it just doesn’t fit everyone’s budget. And if you can’t afford a GOOD wedding band, then consider a DJ. A DJ can provide a huge variety of music, something for everyone, and is generally less costly than a live band or orchestra. And, no breaks! Here are some of the keys to finding a good wedding DJ: 1) If possible, see them 119

Music live, in action. 2) Find a vendor that is a good fit with you, personality-wise. Looking for a fun, crazy, get-jiggy-with-it party animal? Or a more upscale, elegant, formal entertainer? 3) Communication is critical. Clarify what songs and events you do and don’t want included, the order of events and other details ahead of time. 4) Ask for, and follow up on, several references.

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The nitty gritty details You’ll want to begin researching your reception musicians early in the planning process, so that when you find someone you like, availability is less likely to be a problem. Consider how they sound as well as their personality and style. Whether you hire a band, small orchestra or DJ, your selection of musicians will be a guaranteed success as long as you provide a wide variety of music. From 50s doo-wop to disco, pop or rock, diversity is the key so that every guest attending can hear something they enjoy. You will also want to consider your reception site when determining your entertainment. Communicate with both your reception site manager, so that they are clear about your plans ahead of time, and with your band or DJ contact, so that they are familiar with the space, its limitations or requirements, and other details. If the band or DJ you’ve selected has never performed at your reception site before, ask if they can visit the location in person before your wedding to make sure it’s adequate for their needs: space, electrical power, lighting, etc. As with any wedding vendor, be sure that everything is very clear and in writing: the fees, cost and details on overtime, start and end times, alternate plans if a musician is sick that day, and so on. If any of your vendors don’t use a contract, then put all the details into a letter and copy it, sending one to the vendor and keep one in your files. Confirm all the details with your musicians about a week before the wedding. Once you’ve done your homework, selected excellent musicians for every part of your wedding, and nailed down all of the details, you can rest easy. Until, of course, it’s time to start working on your dance moves…


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Planning the perfect wedding exactly the way you want it, and then hoping that all the services you’ve engaged fulfill your wishes, is no easy feat. Depending on the number of services needed, it can take numerous calls and visits to dozens of businesses before you even find the best choices to fit your needs and budget. Then, once your decision has been made, you must sign a contract with each vendor and hope they do a good job. Sometimes finding specialized or hardto-find services, like a stretch Rolls Royce, an authentic Mariachi Band, or a horse and carriage pulled by white stallions, can be an impossible task. One alternative would be to locate and hire a wedding consultant who will do the leg work, make the choices, and then contract those services for you for a fee. More and more busy couples are choosing to hire a wedding consultant who can contact, research and recommend photographers, florists, entertainment, limousine companies and a host of other services. The benefit of working with a consultant is that you will be dealing with one person. Once you sit down and explain your wishes, a custom-tailored package can be put together detailing each service exactly the way you want it. This not only saves you time, but can also save you money as well. Planning your wedding exactly the way you want it doesn’t need to be a frustrating experience. If planning your wedding through a professional consultant who does this for a living sounds like the easy answer to your problems, it is. You can hire a consultant to do as much or as little planning as you choose and the final decisions are always your own.


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Long after the excitement of your wedding becomes a memory, the rings you select will remain a token of your love for each other. It pays to invest some time finding rings you’ll be happy with forever. You’ll find an unlimited selection of wedding rings; rings that match the bride’s engagement ring, matching rings for bride and groom, rings of yellow gold, white gold, combinations of golds, platinum rings, rings with stones, engraved or brightly polished, traditional, modern, wide or narrow. Your choice will be determined by personal taste and budget. The sooner you start shopping, the more options you’ll have, so start shopping early, a minimum of six to eight weeks before your wedding. Get a feel for what’s available and what your money will buy at each shop. This will vary considerably, and the time spent looking may reward you with better rings than you expected. Also, with years of experience to call on, a good jeweler may have suggestions to help you get exactly what you’re looking for at the best price. Some couples opt for having one-ofa-kind rings designed for them. Ask to see examples of the jeweler’s work before commissioning anything. Ensure that the work is of the caliber you desire and appropriate to your tastes before turning over a deposit. Having rings created for you can be rewarding, but it can be a nightmare if the jeweler is incompetent. Do your research to ensure you’re getting the best your money can buy, and try on many designs to see that your rings suit your tastes and your hands. Above all, make sure your rings fit. You’ll be wearing them more than any other piece of jewelry or clothing you will ever own.



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before the wedding to find the right style for you – and bring a photo of your gown with you! Whether you use a pro for your makeup, have a friend do it or do it yourself, do a trial run before the wedding. In addition to feedback from close friends and/or family, take photos and evaluate those. Do you like what you see? Do you want to make any changes? Have your eyebrows professionally shaped at least two weeks before the wedding. Touch up if needed before the wedding with a tweezers. Do use waterproof mascara and eye makeup, just in case you shed a tear or two… And use primers underneath your foundation, lipstick and eye shadow, so that your makeup lasts longer. Take good care of your skin everywhere! Body wraps detoxify, refresh and soften the skin using minerals or other natural substances. Body waxing is one of smoothest and longest lasting forms of hair removal. What NOT to do Don’t alter your style too dramatically for your wedding day look. You want to look like yourself – your best self – and “polished” enough to honor 131


Beauty: The do’s and dont’s the fact that this is a very special occasion. Avoid really trendy looks in makeup, nail color and hairstyle. 10 to 20 years from now, these styles will glaringly stand out and look distractingly outdated. If you’re considering any drastic hair changes, do it a couple months before the wedding. This way, if you don’t like it, you have plenty of time to make changes. Avoid facials for two or three days before your wedding, in case it causes any kind of undesirable reaction. Our final, and best, advice DO strongly consider using beauty professionals for your wedding day hair, makeup and nails. This is one simple way to shorten the list of wedding-day worries! A true makeup artist will know trade secrets not only for fashioning a longer-lasting look, but also for accentuating your features. A great hair stylist can help you create a look that complements your facial features, headpiece and veil, and do it in a way designed to hold through the last dance. When you go pro, the end result is a relaxed, pictureperfect bride. Finally, don’t forget your most beautiful accessory: your radiant, love-filled smile.

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Claire and Ben October 2 Ben and I met while we were at James Madison University. We lived in the same dorm Freshman year but got to know each other when we lived across the hall from each other our sophomore year. We started dating in the Fall of our junior year. After a series of attempted proposals, ben finally popped the question after I ran the Marine Corps marathon. When I finished he race, he dragged me to meet up with my family on a hill overlooking the monuments. My sister Meghan asked to take a picture of us with the monuments in the background and the next thing I knew Ben was down on one knee. Since Ben’s parents live in Winchester, we decided to get married there. We wanted a romantic themed wedding and chose colors ranging from ivory to blush pink. The George Washington Hotel fit perfectly with the look we were going for with their amazing ballroom. For our favors, Ben’s father bottled wine for our guests. 146

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We also incorporated my Dad’s first car, his 1967 red mustang. Finally we danced to a polka song since Ben’s family is mostly from western PA where the polka is tradition. The best thing about the day is sitting down at dinner and looking at all of our friends and family and realizing that they were there to celebrate with us. 147


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Frances and Stephen May 29 Having played on the same kickball team with Steve’s coworkers, Steve and I met one evening at the kickball bar. We both felt that we had met before, but now know that it was our hearts and souls that connected. After dating for a while, Steve proposed one snowy day in Vermont. Steve said that he had gotten almost everything he wanted for Christmas - everything except for one thing. When I looked, Steve was on one knee and pulled out a beautiful ring. We decided to have a longer engagement so we could enjoy being engaged. We decided to go with the theme, “All You Need Is Love.� We had that printed on our invitations and place cards. We also weaved Beatles music in though out the whole wedding. We kept the decor very natural and organic by going with chocolate Continued on page 162 160

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browns, ivories and a mixture of softer pinks and some greens. To add to the emotions of the day, my Matron of Honor, who has Stage 4 cancer, was unable to attend the wedding. To surprise me, my husband and bridesmaid played a tape of my Matron of Honor reading her speech while dressed in her bridesmaid dress. There wasn’t a dry eye in the building. The best thing of the day was marrying my husband, hearing my father’s speech, dancing with my father and being with everyone we love on our perfect day.

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With the main event just5around thefun &#3fabulous – Make the guest list steps to corner, it’s time to relax and celebrate! Anyone involved in the ceremony, and “Twas the night before ‘I do’”… With the #3 – Make the guest list After the ceremony rehearsal most therefore, at the ceremony rehearsal, main event just around the corner, it’s time Anyone involved in the ceremony, and couples to spend quality therefore, would of be invited. This would includes to relaxchoose and celebrate! Aftersome the ceremony at course the ceremony rehearsal, rehearsal most couples choose to spend some of attendants, course be invited. Thisand includes attendants, time with close family and friends during parents other immediate parents and other immediate family, quality time with close family and friends a rehearsal dinner. The details of how you family, readers and so on. readers It’s also during a rehearsal dinner. The details of and so on. It’s also customary to include any customary to include any out-of-town dohow thisyou – who, what, when, where – are up do this – who, what, when, where out-of-town guests, as they will have traveled guests, as they willwedding. have traveled some to– you. Below areBelow five are steps helptoyou distance for your It also gives are up to you. fivetosteps help some distance for your wedding. It also gives pull it all fabulously together. them the chance to meet more people before you pull it all fabulously together. thethem wedding youtowouldn’t want them the itself; chance meet more people hanging out in their hotel room alone in an before the wedding itself; you wouldn’t unfamiliar city. want them hanging out in their hotel #4 – Make them mingle room alone in an unfamiliar city.

– Choose your party #1#1– Choose your party The first step is to decide on The first step is to decide onwhat whatkind kindof gathering you wish to have. Most couples of gathering you wish to have. Most stick with something a little less formal, since couples with something a little you willstick all be dressed to the nines the less next formal, since you will all be dressed to the day. But really, you can do anything you like that the feedsnext the day. crowd and allows a little nines But really, youforcan do mingling: a pig a potluck, dinnerand at a anything you likeroast, that feeds the crowd restaurant, a cocktail and appetizer cruise, allows for a little mingling: a pig roast, a a picnic in a park or a cookout in your potluck, dinner at a restaurant, a cocktail backyard. Brainstorm with your sweetie and and appetizer a picnic in a park or a your sweetie’scruise, parents, if they’re involved, cookout in your backyard. Brainstorm with and choose your ideal party. your choose your ideal party. #2 –sweetie Clarifyand who’s paying Historically, the groom’s parents picked up tab for the paying rehearsal dinner, however, #2the – Clarify who’s you can no longer make that assumption. So Historically, the groom’s parents picked up – as with all wedding elements – it’s critical the for the rehearsal dinner, to tab be clear up front exactly who ishowever, paying for you canAnd no longer make that assumption. what. never, ever assume!

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When you think of a destination wedding what comes to mind? Sandy white beaches, breathe taking sunsets, gorgeous outdoor greens, spectacular water views. ROMANCE! If you are looking for a destination wedding without the travel costs, planning a Delmarva beach wedding is the perfect alternative. It’s a chance to do something different, something memorable for you and for your guests. A chance to make your wedding day stand out. The Delmarva Peninsula sits between the Chesapeake Bay to its west and the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean to its East.   The peninsula includes Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, with its name being formed from the letters of those states. There are many reasons to have a wedding by the shore.   Since the average wedding costs over $25,000, the beaches of Delmarva can be cost effective.  Weddings in metropolitan areas such as Washington D.C. and Baltimore are typically higher in cost than on the coast.   First of all, vendors try to be flexible with the couples.  If you have a budget in mind, simply ask the vendor if your budget is at all possible.   You will be pleasantly surprised how willing they are to work with you, to ensure that your destination 166

wedding will be memorable. Secondly, whenever a couple decides to have a destination wedding, many of the guests decide to forego the trip. However, since the coast is accessible to many metropolitan areas by a short car ride, guests are usually able to celebrate with the couple. Thirdly, there are hundreds of wonderful venues.   A couple can decide on a beach front hotel that provides the wedding and reception in the same place, or a bed and breakfast that can host the wedding for the weekend.   There are numerous golf courses, country clubs and restaurants on the ocean or bay that provide wonderful receptions with sumptuous food.  If you are flexible, one of the best times to get married at the beach is in the off-season;  especially the Fall.   It is still very warm and can be more reasonable in cost for the hotels and reception venues. Wondering who can perform the ceremony? There are many houses of worship and officiants who can perform the ceremony on the beach or at their facility.   For weddings on the beach, each state park or town has special use permits and coordination details, so it’s best to contact the town or state park at least 60 days before the wedding. 167

Looking for amazing photos? Where else can the magnificent photography background of romantic azure seas, sunlit sands and warm coastal sunsets be provided at a reasonable cost? Finally, the beach allows the couple to be themselves.  They are able to create their own unique, personal, signature wedding that their families and friends will always remember and cherish.   Some wonderful ideas for incorporating the beach theme include sunset weddings with lanterns lighting the way to the ocean; sand buckets for flower girls to hold their flower petals; and sand ceremonies instead of unity candle ceremonies.  Some couples throw a flower into the sea to symbolize their love; whatever you give away comes back to you. Other couples invite the entire wedding party to fling a pebble into the sea to remind the couple that from the depths of the sea their love should endure.   So, if you are looking for a gorgeous spot where you can be yourself, and have a unique, beautiful and romantic wedding day, Delmarva might be the perfect place! 168 169

Erene and Michael October 9 Michael and I met through mutual friends in high school. After dating for a while he proposed on New Years Eve at my favorite restaurant. We decided to take a year and a half to plan our wedding with the help of close friends and bridal magazines. We decided we wanted to go with Posh Fall as our theme. We incorporated warm rich colors such as latte, eggplant, chocolate and invory throughout the decor. For the ceremony we chose the “Gardens at the Museum” and the reception was at “The Audioturium.” For the favors, we went with a lavish candy buffet with cute bags that I decorated myself. One of the best things was our ring bearer (our 5 year old son) and I did a special dance to “Smooth Criminal” by Michael Jackson. The crowd went wild. Overall the wedding went perfectly. The best thing about the night was seeing each other at the ceremony. We missed each other from the night before. 170

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Table Settings Your Perfect table setting: ideas that capture your personality

Low lights and a formal table setting embrace guests with luxurious ambience. Although the most formal reception tables will be uniformly set, creative license can still rule the day. Don’t be afraid to break away from the white tablecloths and the flowers in a glass vase. Experiment with burnished fabrics or gilt accents. Use seasonal elements to reinforce the festive spirit of your wedding. Most of all, make your celebration reflect you and your groom’s personality and tastes.

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Table Settings Your Perfect table setting: ideas that capture your personality

Low lights and a formal table setting embrace guests with luxurious ambience. Although the most formal reception tables will be uniformly set, creative license can still rule the day. Don’t be afraid to break away from the white tablecloths and the flowers in a glass vase. Experiment with burnished fabrics or gilt accents. Use seasonal elements to reinforce the festive spirit of your wedding. Most of all, make your celebration reflect you and your groom’s personality and tastes.

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The Wedding Timeline

Shop for and order wedding gown, veil and accessories

Reserve ceremony site and officiant Work on guest list for a rough count Visit reception sites and reserve one Hire wedding consultant (for help with all planning, certain aspects of it, or day of coordination only)

2-4 monThs ahead

12 monThs ahead

Decide on the budget

9-12 monThs ahead

Organized advance planning will ensure you enjoy every minute of your special day. Start planning your wedding 12 months ahead of time if possible and use the following timeline as a guide through the process. Once the planning is complete, relax and get plenty of rest - the festivities are about to begin.

Buy wedding rings and order engraving Announce engagement in local newspapers Confirm delivery dates of bridal gown and bridesmaids’ dresses Meet with caterer to discuss menu

Arrange ceremony rehearsal and notify participants

Select bridesmaids’ attire Plan details of reception: colors, decorations, balloons Select photographer

Discuss honeymoon plans

1-2 monThs ahead

Choose attendants

Select band or DJ for reception Mail save-the-date cards if necessary

Book musicians for ceremony Select florist

Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests

2-4 Weeks ahead

Select caterer

Order invitations, personal stationery and thank you notes

Select and purchase guest favors Find and reserve rehearsal dinner location

1 Week ahead

Book stylist or salon for bridal party hair, nails and make-up

Make reservations for bridesmaids’ luncheon Confirm honeymoon arrangements Record gifts received and write thank you notes promptly

Arrange for professionals to preserve your gown and bridal bouquet Follow up on missing RSVPs and finish seating chart/place cards Confirm final guest count to caterer and reception site Write rehearsal dinner and wedding toasts Confirm honeymoon arrangements

Finalize honeymoon plans (get your passport if needed!) Order men’s formalwear

Arrange for final fittings on your gown

Purchase wedding accessories (guest book and pen, unity candle, toasting glasses, cake knife and server, and flower girl/ring bearer accessories)

Register for gifts at one to three stores

Order wedding cake

Mail invitations

Start reception seating chart and placecards

Reserve wedding day transportation

Reserve party rental equipment (table, tent, chairs, etc.)

Call county clerk’s office for marriage license details, and schedule date to obtain

Prepare printed program for ceremony

Get engagement photo taken

6-9 monThs ahead

Buy and wrap attendants’ gifts

Select ceremony music, readings and vows and meet with officiant

Compile guest list

Select videographer

4-6 monThs ahead

Address wedding invitations

Have final consultation with caterer, florist, musicians, photographer and videographer Host bridesmaids’ luncheon Begin packing for honeymoon Put fees due on the wedding day in envelopes, for the best man to distribute

Reserve accommodations for wedding night Finalize guest list

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Bridal Shows

Visit for complete show listings January 6, 2011 Crowne Plaza Bridal Reception Crowne Plaza Timonium, MD January 8, 2011 Chesapeake Bay Beach Club Bridal Show Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, Stevensville, MD January 9, 2011 Delmarva Bridal Showcase Wicomico Civic Center, Salisbury, MD January 9, 2011 Winchester Bridal Show Shenandoah Valley Golf Club, Winchester, VA January 11, 2011 Baltimore Museum of Industry Bridal Show BMI Baltimore, MD January 16, 2011 Wakefield Valley Country Club Bridal Show Wakefield Valley Country Club, Westminster, MD January 21, 2011 Turf Valley Bridal Show Turf Valley Resort, Ellicott City, MD


January 26, 2011 Ft Belvoir Bridal Show Fort Belvoir Officers Club, Ft Belvoir, VA Facilities/OClub/ January 30, 2011 Winter Bridal Marketplace The Alamo Cinema, Winchester, VA

January 30, 2011 Glenview Mansion Bridal Show Glenview Mansion, Rockville, MD bridalexpo/index.html

January 30, 2011 25th Annual Wedding Expo Holiday Inn Conference Center, Frederick, MD January 30, 2011 Richlin Ballroom Bridal Show Richlin Ballroom, Edgewood, MD

February 20, 2011 Sheraton Baltimore North Bridal Show Sheraton Baltimore North, Towson, MD

Bridal Show Tip: Bring labels with your name, address, phone number, email address and wedding date!

February 27, 2011 3rd Annual Wedding Expo Best Western Westminster, MD February 27, 2011 Bar/Bat Mitzvah Wedding Show Hilton Gaithersburg, Gaithersburg, MD March 6, 2011 Bristow Manor Golf Club Bridal Show Bristow Manor, Bristow, VA March 13, 2011 Bar/Bat Mitzvah Wedding Show Sheraton Baltimore North, Towson, MD

March 20, 2011 Piney Branch Bridal Show Piney Branch Country Club, Hampstead, Md April 7, 2011 American Visionary Art Museum AVAM, Baltimore, MD April 10, 2011 Ocean City Bridal Show Lighthouse Sound, Bishopville, MD

April 10, 2011 Historic Oakland Bridal Show Historic Oakland Mansion, Ellicott City, MD May 2011 Ripken Stadium Bridal Show Ripken Stadium, Aberdeen, MD August 2011 T Rose International Bridal Show 2011 Washington DC October 16, 2011 Bristow Manor Golf Club Bridal Show Bristow Manor, Bristow, VA October 2011 T Rose International Bridal Show 2011 Baltimore, MD December 2011 T Rose International Bridal Show 2011 Annapolis, MD 179

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Fresh air weddings: ideas that capture your personality Blue skies, a gentle breeze, birds chirping, the setting sun‌ an outdoor wedding reception is a beautiful way to embrace the season! After all, no one is a better decorator than Mother Nature. Take her cues and include fresh, bright colors and lavish, luxurious dÊcor, sprinkled with unique one-of-a-kind pieces. Like nature, think texture, layers and depth. And always, always have a back-up plan. As we know all too well, Mother Nature is unpredictable!

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Casey & Gavin September 11 Gavin and I met through mutual friends which was funny because we live in a small town and our families each own a large business. After dating a while we went on a romantic weekend getaway. Gavin wanted to stay up and watch the sunrise over the beach. I wanted to go in because it was getting cold, when he pulled out the ring. Of course I said yes since he is the man of my dreams. With a Fall wedding we choose harvest gold and chocolate for our color scheme and incorporated that where ever we could. The best thing about the day was knowing that at the end of the day, we were husband and wife. 186

Photographer: Davis Creative Images Venue: The Fountains Wedding & Conference Center Bridal Salon: Candlelight Bridal Flowers: Posey Palace Cake: Cake Art Entertainment: Bill Izer

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Accessorize Your Day the perfect accents

Bridal accessories are fun and easy items to shop for and they add a bit of personality to any wedding. From shoes and jewelry to toasting glasses and cake servers, accessories are important details on your wedding day. As you begin planning the major aspects of your wedding, keep an eye out for special or unique items that will reflect your own personal style, hobbies or passions. Though it may be tempting, avoid procrastinating on these seemingly simple purchases. Some selections may require special order, so be sure to allow several weeks for shipping.

From Scratch

Accessory Checklist For the Bride • Garter • Handkerchief • Jewelry • Keepsake Bag • Shoes For the Party • Aisle Runner • Cake Knife • Cake Server • Cake Top • Cocktail Napkins (engraved with names and date) • Favors • Guest Book and Pen • Matches (engraved with names and date) • Toasting Glasses • Wedding Cameras (one for each table) • Wishing Bubbles

If you’re creative and have the time, handmade accessories are a wonderful addition to any wedding. A hand-sewn ring bearer pillow that matches the flower girlís basket is a lovely touch. Craft shops and fabric stores carry the necessary supplies to fashion the perfect Other Accessories accessories or enhance store-bought • Attendant’s Gifts • Flower Girl Basket items. • Pew Bows Special Somethings • Ring Bearer Pillow Bridal accessories almost always • Unity Candle and Holder fulfill the “something old, something new, something borrowed something Many bridal salons carry limited blue” requirement. Carrying your selections of guest books, toasting grandmother’s bible or prayer book as glasses, cake knives and cake servers. you walk down the aisle would be your For a more extensive selection of these items, visit a bridal store that specializes “something old.” Your “something new” is easy to in bridal supplies and accessories. achieve, taking into consideration your Should you receive a wedding shoes, your gown or a lovely pair of pearl accessory as a shower or pre-wedding earrings that match your “something gift, make sure that you use it in the borrowed” pearl necklace. Handkerchiefs, wedding. garters or lingerie with accent colors usually provide the “something blue.” 188



Of Professionals For Your Wedding Accomodations

Rocky Gap Resort................................. 10

Best Western Hotel............................... 27

Rox Weddings and Events..................... 32

Black Horse Inn.................................... 28

Sheraton Baltimore North...................... 19

Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast.............. 24

Silver Swan Bayside.............................. 11

Holiday Inn Laurel................................. 25

Sunset Crest Manor............................... 21

Pier 5 Hotel............................................. 9

The Cordrey Center............................... 21

Ramada BWI........................................ 30

The George Washington Hotel............... 23

Rocky Gap............................................ 10

The Wellwood....................................... 33

Sheraton Baltimore North...................... 19

Towson Golf and Country Club........ 31 and Inside Back Cover

The George Washington Hotel............... 23 Tremont................................................ 22

Banquet, Rehearsal Dinner, Bachelorette Parties & Reception Facilities

Tremont Plaza Hotel.............................. 22

Bridal Fashions and Wedding Gowns Cecelia’s Bridal..................................... 90

Best Western Hotel............................... 27

Curvaceous Couture.............................. 89

Black Horse Inn.................................... 28

K&B Bridals.......................................... 87

Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast.............. 24

Marie Crawford’s Bridal......................... 91

Cape May-Lewes Ferry.......................... 16 Golden Bull Restaurant......................... 26

Bridal Shows

Holiday Inn Laurel................................. 25

Bridal Shows....................................... 178

Inn at Brookville Farms......................... 14 La Banque De Fleuve.............................. 1


Lantern Queen...................................... 18

Cake Art................................................ 56

Lighthouse Sound Restaurant................ 24

Cakes by Cynthia.................................. 60

Love Point at Kent Island....................... 29

Cakewalk Confections........................... 59

Lynden Farm........................................ 15

Cinful Cuisine........................................ 57

National Aquarium................................ 28

IndAroma.............................................. 57

Osprey’s Landing.................................. 17

Just Desserts by Linda.......................... 56

Pier 5 Hotel............................................. 9

Parke Place Bakery............................... 59

Piney Branch Golf Club......................... 20

The Chocolate Chick............................. 61

Ramada BWI........................................ 30

The Kake Korner................................... 60 189


Of Professionals For Your Wedding Catering


Charm City Caterers.............................. 35

The Goldsmith Dealers in Dreams....... 125

Cinful Cuisine........................................ 57

Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry.................. 126

Smokehouse Grill Catering.................... 34

Limousines Consultants & Coordinators

A Platinum Plus Limousine.................. 143

A Unique Affair..................................... 90

An Extraordinaire Limo........................ 140

Casablanca Design.............................. 131

Bayside Limousine.............................. 144

K&B Bridals........................................ 121

Gene’s Limousine................................ 141

Majestic Day....................................... 122

Rox Weddings and Events..................... 32

Soiree Your Way Weddings & Special Events................................. 122

Zbest.................................................. 142

Your Day Your Way.............................. 121

MakeUp Consultants & Spas Brides Made Up by Monae Artistry...... 154

Disc Jockeys

Gilda’s Beauty..................................... 152

(See Music & Entertainment)

Makeup Artistry by Michelle Elizabeth. 155

Flowers and Flower Preservation Bella Fiori Couture Floral & Events Design.................................. 133 Casablanca Design.............................. 131 Intrique - design & decor..................... 132 Lori’s Flower Boutique......................... 133 Simply Grand Events........................... 134

House and Home Long and Foster.................................. 136 White Oak Private Storage................... 136

Invitations Amelia Irene Designs.......................... 123


Mary Kay............................................ 155 Motives Cosmetics.............................. 153 Renove Day Spa.................................. 153 Salon Marielle..................................... 151 Vita Skin Care 4 U............................... 154

Music & Entertainment Absolute Entertainment....................... 115 Electra Entertainment.......................... 117 Exstatic Sound DJs.............................. 116 Josh Norris, Magician.......................... 118 Knight Knoise DJ................................. 120 Music Source DJs............................... 119 New Beginnings Productions............... 116 Rox Weddings and Events.................... 32



Beach Weddings................................. 135

Barton’s Grand Rental Station............... 62

Christian Life Events Ministry............... 134

Cater Supply Direct............................... 64

Marshall Macks................................... 135

Everything Linen................................... 65

Rox Weddings and Events..................... 32

Maryland Party Rentals....................... 120


Travel & Honeymoon

Andrew Nock Photography.................. 104

Xscape Travel Services........................ 157

ASI Photos.......................................... 104

Serenitea Travel.................................. 157

Bradley Images........... 107 and back cover

Darline’s Travel.................................... 157

Davis Creative Images......................... 108 Grace & Elegance Photography.................


James Seip Photography..................... 105

Benn’s Mens Wearhouse....................... 86

Joe Cantu Photography....................... 100

Cecelia’s Bridal..................................... 90

Lux Photography................................. 105

Country View Tuxedo............................. 88

Maloof Photography............................ 106

Curvaceous Couture.............................. 89

Misti Morningstar Photography............ 101

K&B Bridals.......................................... 87

Pereda Photography............................ 103

Marie Crawford’s Bridal......................... 91

Photography by Marirosa..................... 102 Rox Weddings and Events..................... 32


Saskia Paulussen Photography.............. 98

CR Weddings...................................... 109

Sidney & Company................................ 99

Video Accord...................................... 109

Trusted Exposure................................ 106

Web Sites Reception & Rehearsal Sites

Wedalert............................................. 159

(See Banquet, Rehearsal and Reception Facilities) 149


Simplicity Gourmet.............................. 123

Wedding and Event Planners (See Consultants & Coordinators) 191

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