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WEDDING PHOTO FINALISTS

WEDDING DAY DESSERTS

We asked wedding industry professionals and recent brides to submit photos for our first-ever cover contest, and the response was astounding. After selecting 17 finalists from more than 50 submissions, we factored in reader feedback with editorial discretion to choose the cover and runners-up featured in this issue.

When you slice through your wedding cake, you not only perform your first joint task as a married couple, but you also share a piece of your happiness with a host of family and friends. Here, local bakers offer tips regarding this delicious symbol of union.

44 WEDDING TIPS FROM MOM

26 A MODERN GIRL’S GUIDE TO WEDDING ETIQUETTE At the sake of sanity, a modern-day bride consulted the professionals in an attempt to blend tradition and taste in the name of holy matrimony. They answer what rules still exist, which ones you can break, bend and amend, and what’s more important on your big day than etiquette-based formality.

On the Cover:

Sarah Carver Strzemienski | Photo Courtesy of tessa marie weddings

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They say mother knows best, and on your wedding day, the old adage rings true. With that in mind, we sought words of wisdom from our own mothers to offer advice based on their personal experiences.

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PHOTO COURTESY OF CLAUDIA MCDADE PHOTOGRAPHY

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CALENDAR OF WEDDING EVENTS

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5 THINGS EVERY BRIDE MUST DO

TRAVEL | RECREATION 49 |

PERSONAL HONEYMOON QUIZ

46 BRIDAL FASHION We could argue that choosing the right wedding dress is the most important decision you make. (After the groom, of course!) Our fashion expert highlights a few of her favorite gowns plus accessories that will make you shimmer in the spotlight.

SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTIONS 32 | PICTURE-PERFECT MOMENTS 60 | BRIDAL RESOURCE GUIDE


POINTS OF VIEW PRESIDENT / CEO

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picture perfect COVER

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EDITORIAL INTERNS

all my years with Points North,

And perhaps most importantly, this candid

the cover of this issue is my favorite. For

shot, taken as a burst of wind blew up the

Kylie McKlveen Olja Lakic

the first time ever, we sought help from our

bride’s veil, captures the emotions we want

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

community through a cover photo contest

to evoke with this issue — love, purity and

by asking wedding industry professionals

joy, all in one expression.

Jenni Williams Melanie Woodroffe

and recent brides to submit photos and

Reader comments on Facebook played

allowing readers to vote for their favor-

a factor as well. One called Sarah’s smile

ites on Facebook. For one week in late

“infectious.” “It’s so ‘in the moment’ —

November, I checked our page obsessively,

ethereal — simply gorgeous!” another said.

making note of new “likes” and comments

Many entries had fascinating stories,

on all of our contest finalists.

ADVERTISING

770-844-0969 sales@ptsnorth.com ADVERTISING DIRECTOR

Marita Kahler

particularly our runners-up. (Flip to page

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Choosing the cover and runners-up was

16 to see them all!) Ric Mershon Photogra-

Tom Tolbert

no easy feat; it took our team nearly two

phers’ shot of Kristin and Eric Shinholster

CIRCUL ATION MANAGE R

hours of discussion, taking into consider-

was inspired by a classic scene from “Pretty

Tiffany Willard

ation both reader feedback and editorial dis-

in Pink,” while bride Kate Brown McDavid

cretion. Many factors go into choosing the

from our “Fan Favorite” photo worked with

perfect cover, and though there were several

author Emily Giffin on the release of her

fantastic options, we ultimately settled on

adapted movie, “Something Borrowed,”

tessa marie weddings’ shot of Sarah Carver

and Collyn and Nick Williams’ wedding at

Strzemienski for several reasons.

Château Élan will air on TLC’s “Say Yes

For starters, the colors are perfect for

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to the Dress.”

our first cover-to-cover bridal issue, all

I hope you will enjoy these photos as

white and light for January with just the

much as we did, and to all the brides and

right amount of pastel to carry it into spring.

grooms who read this issue, I wish you a

Taken at Waters Mill in Dahlonega, it’s a

lifetime of happiness.

great representation of the northern points

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itself well to the cover. I particularly love

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Enter to Win a Honeymoon at Anse Chastanet in St. Lucia Dreaming of a honeymoon of beauty, romance and luxury? Make your dreams a reality and dive into the crystal-clear waters on the bay of St. Lucia at Nick Troubetzkoy’s Anse Chastanet Resort. Whether you’re looking to lounge on the sandy white beaches and get pampered in their spa, Kai Belté, or stay active in the ocean with snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking and sailing on a skippered yacht, Anse Chastanet has it all on their lush, tropical resort. With countless awards from Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines, this premier destination is sure to exceed your highest expectations of romantic vacations. For a full list of all Anse Chastanet has to offer, please visit www.ansechastanet.com. — Kylie McKlveen

The Prize One lucky Points North reader will win a 6-night all-inclusive honeymoon at the Anse Chastanet resort in beautiful St. Lucia (valued up to $9,500!) The Total Romance Package includes accommodations in the hillside deluxe or superior category, including all tax and services and airport transportation both ways. Enjoy a complimentary welcome cocktail upon arrival, as well as breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, and all drinks (excluding bottled wine and Champagne), which are included in the package. The Total Romance Package also features a tour of the volcano, sulphur springs and diamond mineral baths, and a guided tour of the old French Colonial Plantation of Anse Mamin, as well as everything you need to get active: the use of tennis court and equipment, snorkeling, kayaking, mini-sailing, windsurfing, a guided boat snorkel trip, a resort scuba diving course for beginners or two dives for certified divers, a half-day of jungle biking in Anse Mamin Valley, a half-day sailing trip on the skippered yacht Serenity, and the use of beach chairs and towels on the beach. Enjoy a tropical fruit display, a drink package in your room, a bottle of French Champagne, a one-hour Swedish massage, two Anse Chastanet t-shirts, and an anniversary certificate for $500 on a return visit. Please go to the giveaway section on our Web site at www.ptsnorth.com to enter the drawing for this prize. Reservations are subject to availability.

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Enter to Win a Derek Wintermute Photography Package After the wedding, and after the honeymoon, all you have left of your wedding day are the photographs. Choosing an excellent photographer to go above and beyond to capture all the big (and little) moments of your wedding is that important — and Derek Wintermute knows it. He’s a hopeless romantic at heart, and will work with you to give you what you are searching for in a wedding photographer, not to mention his ability to create truly stunning photos that incorporate dynamic lighting, edgy poses and compositions with a touch of nostalgia. Choose packages that offer engagement sessions, bridal portraits or full wedding photography. Let the photos do the talking by visiting his portfolio at www.derekwintermute.com. — Kylie McKlveen

One lucky Points North reader will win a Derek Wintermute Photography Package featuring an engagement photo shoot and bridal portrait session, valued at $500! To register to win, please visit the giveaway section at www.ptsnorth.com. The prize is valid for one year from publication date and bride and groom are not required to make any additional purchase or book Wintermute as the photographer for their wedding.

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Enter to Win a Headdress and $1000 Credit at Taylor Clarke Bridals Every bride dreams about finding that perfect dress, the one that will make her feel as special and beautiful as she has always imagined when the Big Day finally arrives. Luckily for local brides, wedding gown designer Cheryl Taylor and business partner Laurie Clarke of Taylor Clarke Bridals believe in the art of the dress. Nowhere is this more evident than the dresses found inside their beautiful studio in historic downtown Roswell. From simple to grand and vintage to modern, these head-turning designs are created to suit the bride, the occasion and the budget. For more information on Taylor Clarke Bridals, visit www.taylorclarkebridals.com.

The Prize In tandem with our first ever coverto-cover wedding issue, Taylor Clarke Bridals is giving away a headdress and up to $1,000 of credit toward the dream gown for one bride-to-be. All of the headdresses feature pure silk flowers, crystals and hand-beaded stamens, and Russian veiling completes the look, while the gowns on offer are made using pure silk and vintage lace and trimmed with buttons and sometimes handmade flowers. This prize, which can only be redeemed for a gown and services (not cash), is valid for one year from publication date. To register to win, please visit the giveaway section at www.ptsnorth.com.

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The Prize Sure, you can enter to win a prize once you get to the event, but why wait? One lucky Points North reader will win four VIP Tickets to the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta on Jan. 29, 2012, held from noon to 5 p.m., plus dinner for two at Ray’s Restaurants (a $100 value), and one overnight stay for two people at the Westin Peachtree Plaza! To register to win, please visit the giveaway section at www.ptsnorth.com.

Enter to Win a His & Hers Cosmetics Package from L’Bel Before you walk down the aisle, be sure to put your best face forward. Established in Lima, Peru in 1967, L’Bel hit the United States in 2005 with the intention of bringing women closer to their goals of beauty and personal fulfillment through a line of fine cosmetics that includes skin care, fragrance, makeup, body care and hair care. L’Bel experts work with the most prestigious French laboratories to design high-quality skin care, with products produced exclusively in France. A few favorites include the Regression Facial Moisturizer for Day, a protective complex with SPF 15 that combats fine lines to preserve younger looking skin; the Delice Citrique Set with Triphasic oil that moisturizes your skin and leaves a silky finish, plus a gel that revitalizes the skin and infuses it with energy; and a Coffret Couleur Palette, a versatile makeup kit with a wide range of colors for the face, eyes and lips. But L’Bel isn’t just for brides; grooms can benefit, too, from the company’s Homme line for men, with products like an aftershave lotion made from botanical extracts that slow facial hair growth and prevent irritation. For more information, please visit www.lbelusa.com/lbel4u.

The Prize One lucky couple will win $500 worth of L’Bel cosmetics. For the bride, the package includes a Deluxe Essential Cleanser & Toner for Normal to Oily Skin, Hydra Calme Milk Body Lotion, Regression Facial Moisturizer for Day, Makeup Remover Cream Gel, Protégé Expert Moisturizer Lotion and Lip Contour, Collagense XT Lip & Eye Contour Treatment Lotion, Delice Citrique Triphasic Body Oil and Exfoliating Body Gel, Mythika Parfum, Bries De Vie Aque Parfum, Coffret Couleur Color Palette in Mystere, Irresistible Lipstick in Rouge, Incomparable Mascara, Delicious Lip Gloss and a make-up bag. For the groom, the package includes Homme Men’s Facial Moisturizer, Bleu Intense Cologne, Homme After Shave Lotion and a toiletry bag. (Continued on pg. 12)

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The Prize One lucky bride will win a bridal bouquet, valued at $750. The prize includes two separate 2-hour floral consultations with Bloomin’ Bouquets, during which the bride will work with Jones to create the bouquet of her dreams. After the initial meeting, Bloomin’ Bouquets will put together an “Inspiration Board” with written floral design ideas, and another meeting will then be set up to finalize the details. This prize does not include other wedding floral costs or delivery. The bride and groom are not required to use Bloomin’ Bouquets for any other floral needs. However, the wedding date must be reserved six months in advance and take place in the Metro Atlanta area. Prize is non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash. The prize expires Nov. 1, 2012 and some black out dates do apply. To register to win, please visit the giveaway section at www.ptsnorth.com.

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THE NORTHSIDE BRIDE ONLINE For quick access to much of the content in this issue, visit us online at www.ptsnorth.com. A few of the helpful features you’ll ďŹ nd in our online wedding section include:

    

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tOur bridal calendar with new events added throughout the year

t5 Things Every Bride Must Do tHoneymoon destinations that ďŹ t your personality

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P H O T O C O N T E S T

winners Last fall, we asked wedding industry professionals and recent

brides to submit photos for the cover contest of our wedding issue, and the response was astounding. We received more than 50 submissions, 17 of which made it into our first round of finalists on our Facebook page, where we asked for reader feedback. Fans showed up in droves to “like” and comment on their favorites, which we took into consideration along with editorial discretion to choose the image gracing the cover of this issue and four runners-up. (A few reader comments are featured on these pages. For our editor’s account of how we chose our cover, check out Points of View, page 6.) It was a difficult decision, as each and every finalist had winning qualities, but after much deliberation, we decided upon the photos in the following pages. Congratulations to our winners, and a big thank you to everyone who participated!

on the cover

“I love the smile of the bride, the breezy feel of how a wedding day should be, and the white, classic beauty of this!” – EDITH TAYLOR

Sarah Carver Strzemienski w Nov. 6, 2010 w Photo by tessa marie weddings, (Formerly Light Love Laughter Photography) www.tessamarie.com w Groom (not pictured): Adam Strzemienski w Submitted by Janet Carver, mother of the bride w Location: Waters Mill, Dahlonega, Ga. w Dress from Bride Beautiful, Sandy Springs w Bouquet by Flowers by Joanne 16

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fan favorite “It’s a classic picture that captures the love between them on their special day and it looks beautiful! I feel like I’m watching a private moment.” – MARISA WEISSMAN

Kate Brown & Wes McDavid w April 2, 2011 w Photo by Alea Moore Photography, www.aleamoore.com

w Submitted by McCall Wilder Designs, which created a custom flower girl dress and coordinating Liberty of London ties for three young boys in the wedding party. w Location: The Fox Theatre w Dress by Alfred Sung from RK Bridal, New York City w Tuxedo from Le Tux, Virginia Highland, Atlanta w Bouquet by Tulip, Atlanta ptsnorth.com | January 2012 | Points North

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most romantic “This picture defines romance to a T! Nothing better and more loving than a kiss.” – AMANDA SPICER

Kristin McLaughlin & Eric Shinholster w Aug. 12, 2011 w Photo by Ric Mershon Photographers,

www.ricmershon.com w Location: The Georgian Terrace, Atlanta w Dress by Exclusive by Allure from Treasures Formals & Bridal, Roswell w Tuxedo from Men’s Warehouse w In the background: 1966 Rolls Royce Princess Vanden Plas from Wedding Trans, Atlanta

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most iconic shot “It captures ‘the north’ of Atlanta, and is a real eye-catcher….” – KIMBERLY JAN

Collyn Steele & Nick Williams w July 16, 2011 w Photo by Paris Mountain Photography,

www.parismountainphotography.com w Location: Château Élan Winery & Resort, Braselton, Ga. w Dress by Amsale from bridals by lori, Sandy Springs w Tuxedo from Men’s Warehouse w Bouquet by Creative Events by Sunflowers, Norcross

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best composition “It’s a passionate photo and portrays strength and warmth and, well, … it’s just plain sexy!” – SANDY KAMINSKAS PHILLIPS

Catherine Hands & Allen Davidson w Oct. 25, 2011 w Photo by Derek Wintermute Photography, www.derekwintermutephotography.com w Location: Kent Rock Manor, Loganville, Ga. w Dress by Sophia Tolli from Brides by Demetrios, Atlanta w Hair by Angela Mocen of Toni & Guy, Duluth w Kilt from Atlanta Kilts

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staff ’s choice “Whimsical and romantic!” – LARRY ALLEN DAVIS

Caroline Combs and Matthew Richard Hoffman w Oct. 8, 2011 w Photo by Ben Helton Photography, www.benhelton.com w Location: Chota Falls, Clayton, Ga. w Custom dress from J. Andrew’s Bridal in Peachtree City, Ga. w Tuxedo from Savvi Formalwear w Bouquet by Henry Luther, Chota Falls

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most playful “Captivating — dressed so classically but with a twinkle in her eye that makes you wonder what she’s planning. Norman Rockwell would love to paint this!” – FRANCES MICHAELS

Brandy Sheriff Hendry w Aug. 20, 2011 w Photo by Axys Design | Bianca Hubble, www.axsysdesign.com w Groom (not pictured): Tyson Hendry w Location: The Cator Woolford Gardens, Atlanta w Dress by Allure Bridals from Bride Beautiful, Sandy Springs w Veil by Erica Koesler from Bride Beautiful w Bouquet by Ron’s Florist, Lavonia, Ga.

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finalists

Megan & Matt Hardy Andie Freeman Photography www.andiefreemanphotography.com

Ashley and Drew Luckhowec Brita Photography | Brittany Kelland www.britaphoto.com

Sarah & Marshall Guest Liz Erikson Photography www.lizerikson.com

Leigh Anne Roehl Nadia D Photography www.nadiadphoto.com

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Lauren & Rick Cheek Kelle & Rob Wedding Photography www.kelleandrobphotography.com

Andrea & Clay Lewis Devon Morgan | PhotoSynthesis Studio www.photosynthesisatlanta.com

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Casey & Andy Gaines O’Studios Photography LLC www.ostudiosphotography.com

Lisa & Ryan Jones Claudia McDade Photography www.cmcdadephotography.com

Lauren & Mark Howard Artstar Photography www.artstarphotography.com

Amy & Matthew Germain Shana Darnell Photography www.shanadarnellphotography.com

Sara & Parker Grandits The Photography Collection | Jessica Layne www.atlantaphotographycollection.com


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people go through an expense to come to your wedI am ding, so you need to make the effort to ensure they’re that bride — a contemporary creative facing an onslaught comfortable.” of traditional suggestions from every family member east Their difference in opinion made me ask what of the Mississippi. And did I mention one is a wedding exactly happened to make the rules loosen their grip. planner? Engaged in October, to be wed this coming Excited about the possibility of a little more character in April, I’m on the fast-track to a wedding that will meet my walk down the aisle, I wanted to make sure I got to the expectations of all, but still end up being a little bit the root of the change before making any big decisions. of fun for me and my beau. Neil Guffey, owner of Guffey’s Formal Studio and Anne I’ve got the perk of minimal time devoted to color Barge Atelier here in Atlanta said, “A lot of people are swatches, paper cuts and tarrying over in-season blooms, getting married later in life now. They’re planning their but in return, I’m served such a magnitude of pressureown weddings, rather than their parents, so there’s a lot driven, time-sensitive tips, advice and coercing that I of freedom to do what they want.” repeatedly have to ask the question, “what exactly are Tyler Thigpen, an ordained minister, high school the rules?” principal and owner of And Now for the Vows, agreed. You know what I’m talking about: e-vites instead “Couples really want their wedding to reflect their relaof printed invitations, self-addressed thank-you notes, tionship. In my opinion, the wedding is a customization barefoot brides, groomsmen without jackets, receptions piece, guided by the rule of personality. People are so diffwith no booze. At the sake of sanity, I consulted the erent. They have different religions, professionals. They answer what some are non-religious. Hearing their rules still exist, which ones I can It’s your wedding stories, finding that narrative is so break, bend and amend, and what’s more important on my big day than and your preference is compelling and that’s what drives weddings now,” he said. etiquette-based formality.

No. 1, but you have to remember that people go through an expense to come to your wedding, so you need to make the effort to ensure they’re comfortable.

Custom to Customization Breaking Traditional Boundaries If you’re anything like me, you may Without hesitation, the first question be asking, what exactly is this idea of I asked is if my wedding still had to a custom wedding? Besides writing reflect all of the same kindred rituals your own vows, Thigpen said, that my grandparents’ did. Not that “It’s based on the fact that a wedI’m one to throw family practice to ding should reflect the values of the the wind, but how much freedom do couple, incorporate their family traI really have? ditions and recognize their different Donna Jakulski, a veteran cultures and ethnicities. These days, planner who has seen the trends PAULA PRANGER President, Peachtree Etiquette, LLC couples want — demand even — that change to perms and back, said, the ceremony ‘feel’ like them. I can “You know, I don’t really think help them creatively express that through the words there are any rules anymore. It’s just about the bride spoken in their ceremony.” and groom, their personalities and what they want it And while I love the sound of a ceremony (and a to be.” party) made for me, by me, and it sounds like the perfect On the other hand, Paula Pranger — my etiquette way to start a new chapter of my life, will the not-whatguru, President of Peachtree Etiquette, LLC — believes, you’re-used-to program fly with my grandfather? “Yes, the rules have changed, but I don’t think it’s safe Pranger offers her advice on the idea of vowing outto say there are no rules. It’s your wedding and your side the lines. “The ceremony should always be about preference is No. 1, but you have to remember that

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wedding etiquette representing the unity. Whether you do the candle, the sand, or find another way to creatively recognize that idea, it’s important. The whole purpose of a wedding is joining two people together. Just make sure to match your vows to your setting and your theme. If the whole thing is on a casual afternoon, then you have the freedom to do a more casual ceremony,” she said.

But how do you decide what’s formal enough? “Let me say this — style doesn’t really pertain to etiquette,” Pranger clarified. “Etiquette is all about making people feel comfortable. Similar to the Golden Rule, it’s about the consideration of your guests. Think about how you’d feel in either setting and go with that.” So is there a happy medium to avoiding

the feel of a church service, but still allowing room for reverence? Thigpen reassured me with his process. “I stand by three simple ideas: personal, original and meaningful. If a ceremony is [comprised of] those three things, you can’t go wrong. I always ask, ‘What do you want your wedding to feel like?’ Then I say, ‘Okay … tell me more.’ The story, the vows, the ceremony … it all unfolds from there,” he said. Details, Details, Details The professionals’ interesting approach to the meat of the manners matter brings up an interesting point. I can have a wedding that feels like me, as long as it makes sense in the big picture. But with a big picture settled on, how does a bride make sure all of the little things add up to that same level of acceptable? Does it matter anymore if I pick my dress out first? What if it’s not fancy enough? “If you love the dress you picked, wear it!” Pranger said. “You might have to adhere to rules of your venue, but otherwise, it’s your day, your dream dress, that you paid for, that looks good on you — wear it!” Jakulski agreed, adding, “I feel like it’s just up to you. I was with a bride the other day who had something specific in mind, but when she tried this one gown on, she just knew that it was the dress. You have to go with that!” And for the boys? How do I make sure they can wear their style without accidentally looking like the Jonas Brothers? “Tuxedos have become more contemporary in the way of fit,” Guffey said. “We’re seeing them fit trimmer, with shorter coats, where all of a sudden, you’ve got a very classic tux that looks like it’s from a ’50s movie. It starts to look very contemporary. You have so much flexibility nowadays … your only limit is the personality of the people involved.” On to the even-more-detailed details like how do you decide on an appropriate set of stationery when, these days, you see

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“You know, there are really all kinds of things being done these days,” Jakulski added. “Like I keep saying, it just depends on your style. I’ve seen some really fun, creative things done lately. The talent that’s out there in this industry is worth exploring.” Tips from Those-in-the-Know With etiquette answers for days, advice on what’s important and reassurance on the points of personality versus what’s custom, I’m left to ask only one more thing: What can I not forget? “Thank your guests. A must! Write those notes within six months,” Pranger said. Jakulski, with her nuanced nonchalance reiterated, “It’s whatever the bride and groom want. Do you want to get married in a barn? Kick your heels off and get married in a barn — there are some really gorgeous barns out there.” “It’s all about creativity,” Thigpen reminded. “There is a new, unique meaning to this public declaration of love and the entire wedding is built around it. However you choose to do that is up for grabs.” And finally, with the simplest point of all, Guffey said, “Think about the pictures. Do you want people to be able to tell exactly what year it was, or do you want something timeless?” Timeless, creative, considerate and fun — got it. Thanks to my professionals, I leave questions like “unity candle or sand?” by the wayside in favor of a fireless, mess-less path to the real meaning of marriage, defined by my fiancé and me. My own sanity is satisfied in the fact that at the end of my long (or short) walk down the aisle, there is but one rule: There simply are no rules that can’t be broken. PN

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Cake Consider These Tips from Atlanta’s Bakers Before Choosing your Wedding Day Dessert

Like most girls, I spent many

childhood days conjuring up thoughts of my wedding day. I imagined that it would take place on a beautiful beach, that I would be surrounded by many loved ones, and that my grandmother would bake one of her legendary cakes. I don’t know about the rest, but I sure hope that last part proves to be true. Whether you make it a big celebration or a small gathering, the wedding cake will surely be a focal point of the reception. When you hold that knife hand-in-hand and slice through a beautifully decorated cake, you not only perform your first joint task as a married couple, but you also share

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“You want your

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a piece of your happiness with a host of family and friends. Therefore, choosing the perfect cake should be done with careful consideration. Thankfully, local bakers have offered their tips regarding this delicious symbol of union. Turns out, you can have your perfect wedding cake — and eat it, too. Taste or Aesthetics? When Evin Dominguez, pastry chef and owner of Buckhead Bakehouse, was in culinary school, her mentor told her to steer clear of wedding cakes, but the artist in her kept pulling her back to these intricately


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baked goods. “It incorporates what I was trained to do with what I love to do,” she said. And, according to her, a perfect cake should do the same — integrate both taste and aesthetics. “So many people either settle or think that the wedding cake isn’t going to taste good, so they don’t try to find the baker that’s really going to [make that

happen]. You want your guests to be happy when they see it, but also when they taste it,” Dominguez said. After all, it’s the taste that will leave the lasting impression, lingering on your taste buds long after the crumbs have been devoured. Kelly Smith-Blacha, who started making cakes as a hobby 12 years ago and now owns Kelly Kakes bakery in Roswell, claims that

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the so-called fondant craze is something of the past. “Of course every bride wants a beautiful cake, but if it doesn’t taste good, then what’s the point?” Alongside three other bakers, SmithBlacha makes cakes with mouth-watering

flavors, such as her popular cream cheese pound cake with white chocolate icing and raspberry filling. In fact, when it comes to flavors, fruits seem to be all the rage. “[Brides] ask for it in strange combinations sometimes,” said Ramona Oskirka, owner

of both Unforgettable Wedding Cakes and Perfect Wedding Cakes in Marietta. Recently she made a four-tier cake that contained raspberry, mango, strawberry, pineapple and key lime fillings. Where aesthetics are concerned, simple elegance is key. “I think people are going more toward simplistic, modern designs,” Dominguez said. “A lot of pastel colors and rustic glamour are in … something that would look older and more rustic but is still clean and elegant.” And, according to Oskirka, scrolls, ribbons and monograms are gaining popularity as well. A Collaborative Endeavor Of course, when it comes to baking and decorating the cake, leaving it in the dependable hands of a chef is your best bet. The fun actually begins months prior when the bride-to-be and the creative baker she has chosen meet one-on-one to design a cake that is perfectly suited for the wedding. “I have lots of pictures of my own work, but when [brides] call to set the appointment for the tasting, I encourage them to bring in any pictures, sketches or anything they have found,” Smith-Blacha said. “It just gives me some sort of direction when I sit down with them because I can tell what kind of style they’re going to be leaning toward. Sometimes they come in with pictures and then they see something in my book and they completely go in the opposite direction.” If booking a year or more in advance, Smith-Blacha advises to continue looking. “They’re going to change their mind. They’re going to see [all kinds of different options] the more into the process they get. But if it’s closer to the date, we can pinpoint and nail it down pretty quickly,” she said.

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“Ask any northerner about his preferred

In addition to having a change of heart when it comes to the design, the risk of forgetting what you tasted is there as well. Yet, booking too close to the wedding date can be even more problematic, and Dominguez recommends meeting with your baker anywhere from six to two months in advance. “If it’s less than two months, you’re really risking not being able to book,” she said. Regardless of how much time you have, be sure to come prepared to sit and sample a while, as tasting is crucial to choosing your perfect flavor or, if you want to be a little more adventurous, make that plural. “I have a sample platter that has 16 different flavors and 11 different fillings on it,” Oskirka said.

groom’s cake, and you most likely won’t get an answer. Simply put, it’s a Southern thing and a traditional Southern thing, at that.

A Cake for Him and Other Desserts Ask any northerner about his preferred groom’s cake, and you most likely won’t get an answer. Simply put, it’s a Southern thing and a traditional Southern thing, at that. Yet the groom’s cake is anything but an ancient concept. “[The grooms] need that one bit in the wedding that’s about them,” Oskirka said. In fact, an average of 18 to 20 percent of her customers make a cake order for the groom in addition to the wedding cake. Traditionally, these cakes would be made with chocolate and dipped fruit. Yet now it has become a personal preference in taste as well as design, providing a glimpse into the groom’s interests. “Guys usually either pick their dogs, their car or their sports team,” Dominguez said. “We’ve done Star Wars themes, gamer themes — really whatever their hobby is.” Added Smith-Blacha, “Sometimes they’re really into it. They try to have a little bit more fun with that cake than others.”

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In addition to the groom’s cake, other delicacies tend to find their way to the table as well. “If they want something simple to offer their guests, the cupcake towers are a great way to give guests a variety of choices. You can have different flavors and they are a little bit more fun,” SmithBlacha said. Oskirka recently started making cake push-ups, a fun alternative (or addition) to the standard wedding cake. These miniature cakes sit atop a tiered cake stand. “If you’re lucky enough to find a niche in something new and unique, people seem to like that,” she said. As for the wedding cake … it’s here to stay. PN

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the focus of any wedding is undoubtedly on the happy couple, handing over a child in marriage is a monumental occasion for Mom, too. With that in mind, we consulted our own mothers to offer up words of wisdom for the Big Day.

Shirley Jernigan, MOTH E R OF A SSISTANT CRE ATIVE DIRECTOR SHANNAH SMITH: “Shop early in the season in which the wedding occurs for your own outfit or you may have a lot of trouble finding an outfit to wear as mother of the bride.”

that you compensate them for their time. In our case, our compensation seemed quite small next to all the wonderful help we received. Our dear friend was the mother of two boys and had not had the opportunity to put her skills to use, and it served us all well!”

“Most importantly, this is your daughter’s day so make sure her wishes and desires come first. Don’t try to force your ideas on her. Stay calm even though you run into bumps in the road, which I can assure you, you will. You want her to look back on this day and remember it as one of the best days of her life … even if it does monsoon!”

Joan Edmonds, “If you don’t have a wedding planner, don’t be shy about asking your friends for help. We found that our friends who were gifted in decorating were not only willing to help but excited about doing so and did a very professional job. I would suggest

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MOTH E R OF E DITOR BRE HUMPHRIES: “Go ahead and pin down your guest list early. It will be the greatest stress reliever of event planning if you can just make yourself do it!”

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championship golf course, the elegant Casa del Lago restaurant, Punta Bonita beachfront grill, a cigar bar and the Agave Azul Raw Bar & Tequila Library, where resident tequila experts share their insights on the country’s signature beverage. But the biggest draw of all is Sense, Mayakoba’s spa, located on its own private island at the heart of the resort. This incredible spa incorporates elements of the surrounding jungle with interior spaces that allow in gentle breezes from outside, plus an outdoor meditation platform, pool and relaxation deck. Treatments feature indigenous ingredients made from local plants such as aloe and agave cactus. “Escape Together: A Couple’s Retreat” is a popular option for honeymooners, combining a Body Sense treatment, Aroma Dream Bath and 90-minute massage each for 3 hours of bliss, or a private yoga lesson, 60-minute massage and facial each for 3.5 hours. If you want to venture off property, nearby activities include scuba diving and snorkeling in the world’s second largest coral reef, shopping, dining and nightlife in Playa del Carmen and visits to ecological and archaeological parks, including the famous ruins of Xel-Ha, Xcaret and Tulum. For more information, visit www.rosewoodmayakoba.com. PN


2012 Food & Wine Series

Château Élan Food & Wine Series Overnight Package ($439 to $514 + tax) Includes overnight accommodations in the Inn; a multi-course dinner for two; a bottle of Château Élan Wine with special private label; and a 6:00 p.m. late check out. Gratuity also included. Future Dates and Guest Chefs February 25 Seien Raugei Chef SayWhen, Duluth chefsaywhen.com March 24

Executive Chef Marc Suennemann will partner with some of Atlanta’s top chefs to create an unforgettable dining experience celebrating regional cuisine with the use of local ingredients and seasonal fare.

Saturday January, 28th The evening will kick off with cocktails in the Winery at 7 p.m. followed by a multi-course dinner prepared by Chef Marc and Executive Chef Boyd A. Rose of Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails in Historic Crabapple. Dinner will be paired with a selection of wines presented by Winemaker Karen Van der Vort.

Executive Chef Boyd A. Rose Chef Boyd A. Rose began his culinary education as a child watching his grandmother, mother and aunt create Southern meals from their kitchens in Huntsville, Ala. When he outgrew his education at home, he headed to Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, S.C. He found his cooking roots at home and the culinary styles of Charleston’s Low Country were very similar. Before joining Milton’s, he had the pleasure of working with Chef Robert Carter at the famous Peninsula Grill and Chef Frank McMahon at Hank’s Seafood while in Charleston.

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Ngamta Thongyoung Nahm Thai Cuisine, Alpharetta nahmthaicuisine.com Book Online at www.chateauelan.com or call 678-425-0900 ext. 41 Don’t miss these upcoming Wine Tasting Experiences: Wines of the Pacific Northwest Jan. 21, 7 p.m. Old World Wines Feb. 17, 7 p.m. New World Wines March 9, 7 p.m.

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GUIDE With so many options in the wedding industry, planning your dream day can be overwhelming. Luckily for you, Points North’s partners are here to help. Peruse our resource guide for assistance when choosing your vendors, from venues to beauty and wellness professionals and everything in between.

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BEAUTY & WELLNESS

THE AGELESS CENTER 2770 Lenox Road Atlanta 404-233-5255 www.theagelesscenter.com The Ageless Center offers nonsurgical solutions for facial enhancement, with the lowest fees available in Atlanta. Services include Botox and facial fillers. We can accommodate your busy schedule with minimal wait time. Walk-ins welcome.

ALLURING COSMETIC DENTISTRY 800 Mansell Road Roswell 770-642-9900 www.alluringcosmeticdentistry.com We are offering a special bridal package through December 2012. Call us for details.

BYRD AESTHETIC & ANTI-AGING CENTER 11050 Crabapple Road Building B Roswell 770-587-1711 www.byrdaesthetic.com Be the beautiful slender bride you’ve always dreamed of! Mother of the Bride deserves to be beautiful that day too! Dr. Marcia Byrd specializes in body sculpting using AquaLipo with no downtime and uses no general anesthesia. For a non-invasive solution to permanently reducing fat there’s Cool Sculpting Freeze the fat away! Look and feel your very best on this most important day with just a little help from Dr. Byrd!

ATLANTA DENTAL SPA

GOOD MEASURE MEALS

1875 Old Alabama Road Bldg. 100, Roswell 3189 Maple Drive, Atlanta 770-998-3838 www.atlantadentalspa.com Where smiles come to life! Our team of accredited cosmetic dentists design brilliant smiles and provide comprehensive dental care, including cleaning appointments.

181 Armor Drive Atlanta 404-815-7695 www.goodmeasuremeals.com Achieve the shape you want for your wedding with fresh, healthy gourmet meals that are portion and caloriecontrolled. No contracts. Lose weight the smart way.

BODY MEDICAL CONTOURING

CHRISTY HAFFNER D.M.D.

9700 Medlock Bridge Road Suite 182 Johns Creek 770-232-7755 www.bodymedicalcontouring.com Body Medical Contouring is a luxury facility that specializes in anti-aging and weight loss in a controlled medical environment.

3300 Old Milton Pkwy. Suite 250 Alpharetta 770-777-9400 www.drchristyhaffner.com Dr. Haffner is one of the top pediatric dentists in North Atlanta and is also on staff at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

LASH CRAZYA SERVICE OF NOUVEAU CLINIC 5505 Peachtree Dunwoody Road Suite 630, Atlanta 404-936-6931 www.lashcrazy.com Eyelash extension specialists. Custom bridal package discounts available. Enjoy thicker, darker, longer lashes instantly. Lashes last 4-6 weeks or indefinitely with fill-ins. Waterproof.

MARIETTA PLASTIC SURGERY 823 Campbell Hill St. Marietta 770-425-0118 www.mariettaplasticsurgery.com

Marietta Plastic Surgery can enhance your natural beauty. Beautiful Bridal Party Special: Buy 3 facials* and bride is FREE! Mention BRIDE. *Call for details.

NORTH ATLANTA AESTHETIC DENTISTRY 4165 Old Milton Parkway Suite 140 Alpharetta 770-664-1244 www.northatlantasmiles.com Make your wedding day dream come true with picture-perfect smiles. A great gift idea for the entire wedding party is Zoom!® Whitening. ptsnorth.com | January 2012 | Points North

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940 Canton St. 2nd Floor (Above Peter Brandi) Roswell, 770-905-7346 www.taylorclarkebridals.com Do you desire a dress that truly reflects your personality? We can make that a reality. Visit us and consult with our designer Cheryl Taylor for gorgeous gowns and accessories made just for you. Check our web site for new store opening.

BRIDE BEAUTIFUL

I DO & I’M DONE 55 Park Square Roswell 678-495-4483 www.vintageandvogueclothing.com A Vintage & Vogue consignment bridal boutique featuring new and vintage gowns, formal and accessories! Accepting consignments and giving 40 percent back to charity.

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CATERING

110 East Andrews Drive, Suite 3 Atlanta, 404-841-9263 www.mccallwilder.com Atlanta’s ultimate destination for custom flower girl dresses, pearl jewelry, ring bearer outfits & pillows, hand embroidered hankerchiefs and Liberty ties. Pure sustainable fabrics and exquisite detailing. (Up to Size 16)

TAYLOR CLARKE BRIDALS

6690 Roswell Road Atlanta 404-250-4330 www.bridebeautifulinc.com Bride Beautiful is the oldest bridal boutique in Atlanta, offering a range of styles to assist every bride. We pride ourselves in carrying the major designers of the bridal industry along with many private designers that are exclusive to our store. Come experience an Atlanta tradition!

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5505 Peachtree Dunwoody Road Suite 630 Atlanta 404-936-6931 www.nouveaufaceandbody.com Permanent makeup specialists. Over 12 years experience. We restore missing eyebrows and lash lines. Customized services include eyeliner, lip enhancement and scar camouflage. All ethnicities.

TALK OF THE TOWN CATERING AND SPECIAL EVENTS

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ALYS BEACH RESORT

30 Woodstock St. Roswell 770-594-1567 www.talkofthetownatlanta.com Talk of the Town has been serving the North Fulton and surrounding areas for 17 years. We provide the excellence in cuisine, service and event experience your guests deserve.

9581 E. County Hwy. 30A Alys Beach, Fla. 866-481-8391 www.alysbeach.com Located on the Gulf of Mexico, Alys Beach’s stunning Bermudan architecture, sugar fine sand and crystal clear waters make an amazing backdrop for celebration with family and friends.

CAKES

BRIDAL & BRIDAL PARTY ATTIRE

BEAUTY & WELLNESS

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BUCKHEAD BAKEHOUSE 3391 Peachtree Road Atlanta 404-660-9365 www.buckheadbakehouse.com We provide fine special occasion cakes that are made fresh from scratch. Our unique combination of unrivaled personal service and artistry sets us apart. We invite you to taste and see the difference with a complimentary tasting today.

AMELIA ISLAND 402 B Centre St. Amelia Island, Fla. 904-277-0717 www.ameliaisland.com Home to pristine beaches and inspiring natural settings, Amelia Island offers countless locales for a simple, intimate ceremony or the most incredibly lavish wedding.


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DESTINATION WEDDINGS

EARNEST HOUSE AT THE INN AT HALF MILE FARM

THE KING AND PRINCE BEACH & GOLF RESORT

215 Half Mile Drive Highlands, NC 800-946-6822 www.halfmilefarm.com Perfect mountain get-away. Private time before the ceremony or a romantic honeymoon. Fireplace, private porches and pampering. Or, reserve the entire inn for a memorable and magical wedding!

201 Arnold Road St. Simons Island, Ga. 912-638-3131 www.kingandprince.com Providing a breathtaking oceanfront backdrop for wedding festivities, The King and Prince ensures success on your special day with amazing venues, catering and amenities.

CRUISE PLANNERS 732 Brookshade Parkway Milton 770-558-4767 www.cruising-with-seacity.com Cruise Planners is your single source for honeymoon and destination wedding travel... let us make your wedding plans special!

MEXICO BEACH COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL 102 Canal Parkway Mexico Beach, Fla. 888-723-2546 www.mexico-beach.com Looking for a romantic beach location, framed by the sun setting into the turquoise waters on the Gulf of Mexico? Visit Mexico Beach Florida today.

LAKE LANIER ISLANDS RESORT 7000 Lanier Island Parkway Buford 770-945-8787 www.lakelanierislands.com Enjoy endless options from scenic lakeside ceremonies to extravagant ballroom receptions, all with limitless customizations. Lake Lanier Islands is truly the ultimate destination wedding location.

THE INN AT HALF MILE FARM

SEA ESCAPES CRUISE PLANNERS

Kate Messer weddings@halfmilefarm.com 800-946-6822 www.halfmilefarm.com A magnificent blend of past and present... memorable and magical weddings. Renovated 1870s farmhouse offers quiet repose for intimate ceremony or magnificent milieu for any occasion.

3245 Peachtree Parkway, Suite D306 Suwanee 877-600-8166 www.sea-escapes.com Dreaming of a beautiful beach wedding? Perfect honeymoon? Sea Escapes consultants will make those dreams come true with special access to amazing resorts and romantic cruises.

RESORT VACATION PROPERTIES OF ST. GEORGE ISLAND 61 W. Gulf Beach Dr. St. George Island, Fla. 866-534-3785 www.resortvacationproperties. com/gabrides Choose to celebrate your special day on the golden beaches of St. George Island. Host a memorable reception in a luxurious, privately owned vacation home afterwards.

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MISCELLANEOUS

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5880 Live Oak Parkway Norcross 404-474-3176 www.yiadvocates.com Experienced and professional, Beau Miller can help you with all of your insurance needs throughout your transitions in life. “We work for you!”

BLOOMIN’ BOUQUETS 5755 North Point Parkway Suite 41 Alpharetta Sarah Provow 404-388-5616 JoAnn Jones 770-355-1323 www.bloominbouquets.com We bring classic creativity to any occasion. From lavish weddings to corporate events, our gardenfresh floral designs will delight and surprise.

34 Goldenrod Circle Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. 866-426-2656 www.watercolorresort.com Plan the wedding of your dreams at WaterColor Inn & Resort. Powdery white sand beach or lush greens surround your guests, creating a magical backdrop.

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CREATE IMPRESSIONS 165 Ashewoode Downs Lane Alpharetta 404-384-6226 createimpressions@gmail.com With more than 20 years experience in wedding and event planning, Create Impressions knows what your needs will be. From beginning to end. Every step of the way. Your day, your way.

GROOM’S FORMALWEAR

EVENT PLANNERS

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H. STOCKTON ATLANTA 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road Atlanta 770-396-1300 www.hstockton.com Gentlemen’s clothing for business or pleasure. An Atlanta institution since 1963.

KELLE & ROB WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY 678-595-0770 www.kelleandrobphotography.com Embracing a photojournalistic style, this team uses their unique perspectives to capture everything from the main event to the smallest, often forgotten, details. They believe their success is hinged upon fostering a strong relationship with the couples they photograph.

UNPARALLELED TASTE

SAVVI FORMALWEAR

TESSA MARIE WEDDINGS

1145 Wilde Run Ct. Roswell 770-377-4441 www.unparalleledtaste.com Unparalleled Taste offers wine tasting parties, entertaining wine events and informative wine classes at your home or special event venue. Great for all bridal events!

North Point Mall 1098 North Point Circle Alpharetta 770-667-1888 www.SavviFormalwear.com Free groom’s tuxedo plus $30 off of wedding rentals. Minimums apply. See store for details.

404-590-3656 www.tessamarie.com The winner of Points North’s Wedding Issue Photo Contest, tessa marie weddings captures soul-reflective images for fun and bubbly couples smitten by love. The company also provides villages with clean, life-giving water. For every wedding they shoot, they’ll donate $100 towards drilling a well in India.

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ALPHARETTA CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU 178 S. Main St., Suite 200 Alpharetta 678-297-2811 www.awesomealpharetta.com Be one of the fi rst ten brides to book 10 or more hotel room nights with the Alpharetta CVB and receive a freshwater pearl necklace and earrings.

PHOTO COURTESY OF TESSA MARIE WEDDINGS

Acworth 404-216-8537 www.DerekWintermute.com Dare to be different for your once-in-a-lifetime occasion. Derek Wintermute incorporates The Art of Photography in every wedding and event he photographs.

VENUES

PHOTOGRAPHERS

DEREK WINTERMUTE PHOTOGRAPHY

SALONS & SPAS

CARL HOUSE ALL ABOUT YOU LUXURY DAY SPA 3005 Old Alabama Road Suite 310 Johns Creek 770-772-7225 www.allaboutudayspa.biz Johns Creek’s most luxurious day spa, offering spa packages for bridal showers and parties. Facials, massage, manicure/pedicure and body treatments.

BELLA BY ALETHEA MEDSPA 4603 Wieuca Road Atlanta 678-908-3491 www.beautybyalethea.com A $600 Bridal Package includes 6 custom facials and laser hair removal for bikini or underarms at our unique medspa boutique in Buckhead.

LAVIDA MASSAGE 12460 Crabapple Road Alpharetta, 770-740-0654 4880 Lower Roswell Road Marietta, 770-973-6385 5944 Roswell Road Sandy Springs, 404-236-7291 www.lavidamassage.com A personalized experience every time you come to LaVida. We offer a full range of therapeutic massage, facials, waxing and body treatments. Treat yourself to “The LaVida Life!”

BOOTH MUSEUM

1176 Atlanta Highway Auburn, Ga. 770-586-0095 www.carlhouse.com Why award winning Carl House? A sterling reputation, lush gardens, gorgeous historical mansion, elegant ballroom with curved staircase, exquisite cuisine and florals, a warm staff and attention to detail! Extraordinary. Memorable. Events.

501 Museum Drive Cartersville 770-387-1300 www.boothmuseum.org Featuring 120,000 square feet of limestone, plus a soaring two-story sculpture court with floor-to-ceiling windows, Booth Museum is a beautiful setting for your special day.

CHÂTEAU ÉLAN WINERY & RESORT 100 Rue Charlemagne Braselton, Ga. 800-233-9463 www.chateauelan.com Château Élan combines French provincial and Southern hospitality for dream weddings in the candlelit Cask Room, on the lawn or in one of the ballrooms.

CHATTAHOOCHEE NATURE CENTER 9135 Willeo Road Roswell 770-992-2055 x225 www.chattnaturecenter.org The Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion is the definitive outdoor wedding venue. It is naturally dramatic, tranquil, elegant and one of Atlanta’s best kept secrets.

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THE CHIMNEYS AT BIG CANOE

THE FARMHOUSE AT PERSIMMON CREEK

36 Wolfscratch Village Circle Jasper 770-329-0009 www.bigcanoe.com The spectacular beauty of Big Canoe and the north Georgia mountain experience. Your destination wedding close to home. 185 standing. 150 seated.

3093 Blue Ridge Gap Road Clayton 706-782-9834 www.thefarmhouseatpersimmoncreek.com

DUNWOODY GEORGIA 2 Ravinia Dr. Suite 120 Atlanta 678-244-9800 www.cvbdunwoody.com Contact us for assistance with planning your dream day in Dunwoody. Hotel blocks, gift bags, catering info and more!

This farmhouse eatery (30 people max capacity) “is an epicurian adventure that will both amaze you with its sublimity and humble you with its simplicity.” — Bre Humphries, Points North Magazine, Oct. 2011

THE FOX THEATRE 660 Peachtree St. NE Atlanta 404-881-2100 www.foxtheatre.org The Fox’s Egyptian Ballroom and Grand Salon are lavishly decorated with sweeping columns and ornamentation, creating the perfect setting for a one-of-a-kind wedding.

DULUTH FESTIVAL CENTER 3142 Hill St. Duluth Call Janice at 770-497-5291 www.duluthfestivalcenter.net Discover the charm of Historic Duluth. Weddings, receptions, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners. The perfect setting for large and small weddings using indoor and outdoor areas.

FALLING WATERS MOUNTAIN LODGE 201 Mountainside Parkway Ellijay 706-889-3881 www.fallingwatersmountainlodge.com Every bride is unique, every ceremony unique with many breath-taking locations to make memories. Start your honeymoon in the beautifully appointed Sugar Maple Suite.

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FERNBANK MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 767 Clifton Road Atlanta 404-929-6334 www.fernbankmuseum.org True love can can be hard to find, but it’s easy to fall for Fernbank Museum’s elegance, charm and unique qualities when planning your wedding.

THE METROPOLITAN CLUB 5895 Windward Parkway Alpharetta 678-527-2000 www.themetropolitanclub.net The Metropolitan Club features a classic space with a distinctive edge for your sales rally, fundraiser, mitzvah or wedding. Experience, food, service and space without equal by contacting Mark Simpson at 678-527-2000.


GEORGIA AQUARIUM

RAY’S IN THE CITY

225 Baker St. NW Atlanta 404-581-4126 www.georgiaaquarium.org Atlanta’s only event space with dramatic ocean views, catering by Wolfgang Puck and a guest list filled with the world’s most amazing animals.

240 Peachtree St. NW Atlanta 404-524-9224 www.raysrestaurants.com Ray’s in the City is the quintessential Downtown Atlanta restaurant. We can accommodate parties of up to 75 guests. Choose from an extensive private dining menu, including fresh sushi.

RAY’S ON THE RIVER 6700 Powers Ferry Road Sandy Springs 770-955-1187 www.raysrestaurants.com Ray’s on the River has been a beloved Atlanta fine dining and event venue since 1984. The Event Lawn and Event Pavilion, with views of the Chattahoochee River, are ideal for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

OLDE TOWNE ATHLETIC CLUB

ST. IVES COUNTRY CLUB 1 St. Ives Country Club Drive Johns Creek 770-623-1239 www.stivescountryclub.org Located in Johns Creek, St. Ives 45,000-square-foot stone encased clubhouse sits majestically atop one of the highest points in North Fulton. We have multiple event spaces to host parties of 10 to 200.

ROSWELL CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

WATERS MILL, INC. WEDDING & SPECIAL EVENTS FACILITY

617 Atlanta St. Roswell 770-640-3253 www.visitroswellga.com Roswell’s premier one-of-a-kind facilities, antebellum sites and natural setting blend with experienced professionals and accommodating lodging to make your wedding dreams come true.

765 Guy Waters Road Dahlonega 678-725-9245 www.watersmill.com Waters Mill is a full service event facility located in the North Georgia mountains.

RAY’S AT KILLER CREEK

ROSWELL FOUNDERS HALL

1700 Mansell Road Alpharetta 770-649-0064 www.raysrestaurants.com Located in Alpharetta, Ray’s at Killer Creek offers a variety of private dining spaces that can accommodate up to 70 guests. Enjoy inspiring menu creations by Executive Chef Tracey Bloom in a warm and inviting setting.

1076 Canton St. Roswell 770-992-4120 www.roswellfoundershall.com Your guests will be charmed by the historic elegance of Roswell Founders Hall located on Canton Street in Historic Roswell. 200 seated. 300 standing.

WILLIAMS-PAYNE HOUSE AT HERITAGE GREEN

4950 Olde Towne Parkway Marietta 770-578-9901 www.otac.net Largest event facility in East Cobb. Full food and beverage services offered. Let our staff take the worry out of planning your special day. Tours with Price quote and ask about our limited time special.

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bridal edition

Calendar submissions should be sent to calendar@ptsnorth.com two months prior to the month in which the event will occur. Please note that dates and times might change.

[JAN . 20 – 22] Eugenia Couture Spring Trunk Show

TH E G E O R G I A B R I DA L S H OW [Various dates throughout 2012] Starting from square one? Attend The Georgia Bridal Show to meet vendors face-to-face and plan the day of your dreams! All registered brides will receive a free one-year subscription to BRIDES magazine and will be eligible to win an all-inclusive honeymoon. This event will be held at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth on Jan. 8, June 24 and Sept. 9, and at Cobb Galleria in Atlanta on Jan. 22 and March 4. Various locations in Georgia www.eliteevents.com

E U G E N I A C O UTU R E S P R I N G TR U N K S H OW [Jan. 20 – 22] Do you have a one-of-a-kind dress in mind for your big day? Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique is offering brides a unique experience at their Eugenia Couture Spring trunk show. Meet the Eugenia Couture designer, and leave with a signed, custom sketch of your bridal gown! Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique 395 South Atlanta St. Roswell 770-645-0404 www.weddingangels.com

TH E O R I G I N A L B O UTI Q U E WA R E H O U S E S A LE [Jan. 20 – 21] Brides and bridesmaids alike will need more outfits than just for the wedding day. Think bridal showers, bachelorette and engagement parties and more! Shop designer deals up to 70 percent off from local favorites like Tulipano, Meringue, Just the Thing and Sandpiper at Atlantic Station from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for all your outfits. Atlantic Station (Former Pier 1 location) www.boutiquebargainsatl.com

C H E R O K E E B R I DA L E X P O [Jan. 21] Check out some of Woodstock’s finest vendors at the Cherokee Bridal Expo — an intimate, elegant and fun bridal gala. Magnolia Thomas Restaurant and Center Cut Catering will serve hors d’oeurves and beverages, and PHOTO COURTESY OF ALEA MOORE

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the show’s sponsor, Globe Trotters, will give away honeymoon prizes. Woodstock’s Magnolia Hall 108 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock www.cherokeebridalexpo.com

M ACY ’ S S I P A N D S C A N [Jan. 21] Make your registry a date night! Enjoy hors d’oeurves, fun beverages and the advice of registry experts at Macy’s “Sip and Scan” gift registry event. Fill your registry with great items and leave with a gift from Macy’s! RSVP by emailing carolyn.s.miller@macys.com or by calling 770-410-2630. Macy’s North Point Mall 5000 North Point Circle, Alpharetta 770-410-2630, www.macys.com

A L A B A M A G U LF C OA S T B R I DA L E X P O [Jan. 22] Hosted by Belle Rae Bridal Guide, this Alabama bridal expo features a fashion show with the hottest trends for beach weddings, entertainment by local artists and prizes including a full beach wedding! Conference Center at The Wharf Orange Beach, Ala. www.belleraebridal.com/ bridalexpo.htm

A N E N G AG I N G A F FA I R B R I DA L S H OW [Jan. 22] Bring your girlfriends for an afternoon of games, giveaways, entertainment and, of course, bridal vendors. This bridal event will leave you with a handful of inspired ideas and a souvenir t-shirt for the bride! Gwinnett County Historic Courthouse 185 Crogan St., Lawrenceville www.gwinnettparks.com

B L AC K B R I D E B R I DA L S H OW [Jan. 22] Learn about how to incorporate cultural traditions into your reception, get your wedding planning questions answered and view the latest styles in bridal fashion, all while sipping a glass of Champagne! This bridal expo will feature the best exhibitors in the business to take you step-by-step through your planning process. Tickets are $15 and advance registration is required. Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel 265 Peachtree Center Ave. Atlanta www.blackbride.com/bridalshow

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Do what you do best, and let us do the rest!

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couture. Wedding Angels Boutique is hosting a cocktail party of makeup and hair trials inside their boutique, with special guest stylists. For more information, please call 770-645-0404. Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique, 395 South Atlanta St. Roswell, 770-645-0404 www.weddingangels.com

[Jan. 27 – 29] They say finding a Mother of the Bride dress can be tougher than finding a wedding dress. End your search at Treasures Formals & Bridals Jade Couture collection trunk show — a collection known for the highest level of quality, design and expertise in fashion for your MOB or MOG. Call for an appointment today. Treasures Formals & Bridals 10779 Alpharetta Highway Roswell, 770-587-0221 www.treasuresformals.com

J U S TI N A LE X A N D E R TR U N K S H OW

“ D O F O R YO U R I D O ” PA R T Y

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[Feb. 2] Find the perfect updo for your backless wedding dress, or try a red lipstick to match your ‘20s-inspired

[Feb. 17] Inspired by 1950s and ‘60s fashion, Justin Alexander gowns are unique and finished with a modern twist for the contemporary bride. If you desire a couture design and corsetry detail on your wedding day, visit Bride Beautiful’s trunk show for a selection of Justin Alexander’s Spring 2012 collection. Bride Beautiful 6690 Roswell Road Sandy Springs 404-250-4330 www.bridebeautifulinc.com

TH E M O D E R N B R I DA L E X P O ! [Feb. 19] Brides are invited to Florida’s Emerald Coast for the opportunity to mix and mingle with more than 50 leading vendors at Sandestin’s Baytowne Conference Center. The bridal expo will feature a fashion show, door prizes and the chance to win a free honeymoon. Brides will have the opportunity to tour the resort’s wedding venues from the beach to the bay. Make a weekend out of it with a stay at the resort. Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, Sandestin, Fla., 850-466-3196, www.floridamodernbride.com

ATL A NTA C H E F ’ S E X P O

[JAN . 27] Jade Couture Spring Trunk Show

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[Feb. 19] Local chefs that own a catering company, work for a catering company affiliated with a venue or are a part of a restaurant are cooking up one big taste test for the city of Atlanta. Find your wedding caterer and support a great cause — a portion of each advanced ticket sold will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Greater Atlanta. The Foundry at Puritan Mill 916 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. Atlanta 404-638-3687 www.atlantachefsexpo.com


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hether you are looking for a romantic getaway or a place to relax and unwind, Falling Waters Mountain Lodge is the answer. This awe inspiring lodge with ďŹ rst class accomodations has some of the most stunning mountain views in north Georgia and is picture-perfect for a wedding. A bountiful breakfast is served daily with o site adventures nearby. You may also request private meals that are prepared right at the lodge. Enjoy hiking on our beautiful nature trails with an untold www.fallingwatersmountainlodge.com number of waterfalls to visit. 706.889.5658 E L L I J AY, G A

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[FE B . 19] A Bride for All Seasons

A B R I D E F O R A LL SEASONS [Feb. 19] Save the date for an afternoon of bridal luxury at this bridal event! Walk through the details of your big day and meet the city’s top bridal specialists. The Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta’s Executive Chef Robert Gerstenecker will display seasonal cuisine and wedding cakes, and all registered brides are eligible for a honeymoon giveaway at a Four Seasons destination. Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, 404-303-9406 www.fourseasons.com

1 1TH A N N UA L R O S W E LL W E D D I N G S H OWC A S E [Feb. 26] Planning to wed in beautiful Roswell? Discover all that the city has to offer at the 11th annual Roswell Wedding Showcase presented by the Roswell Wedding and Special Occasion Council. Admission for the event is free, and guests are invited to view a fashion show and win door prizes, as well as an all-inclusive three-night honeymoon giveaway. DoubleTree by Hilton 1075 Holcomb Bridge Road 770-640-3253 www.roswellweddings.com

F R E S H B R I DA L EXPERIENCE [Feb. 26] Do large bridal expos overwhelm you? Divine Occasions created this 72

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boutique wedding planning event for an intimate yet entertaining bridal experience. Meet one-on-one with a handpicked team of Atlanta’s finest wedding professionals and make decisions for your dream day. Ambient + Studio 585 Wells St., Atlanta www.freshbridalexperience.com

N O R TH W E S T G E O R G I A B R I DA L E X P O [March 11] Discover what Cartersville has to offer at their first-ever bridal show. Sip Champagne and sample complimentary hors d’oeurves, and watch a fashion show of bridal gowns and lingerie. Clarence Brown Conference Center 5450 State Route 20 Cartersville 770-606-5763 www.nwgeorgiabridalexpo.com

A M I C A LO L A FA LL S S TATE PA R K & LO D G E B R I DA L O P E N H O U S E [March 18] Showcasing a beautiful lodge with a stone patio overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge is holding an open house for brides to meet recommended vendors, taste catering options and tour the park’s setting for their wedding. Amicalola Falls & State Parks Dawsonville, 706-344-1541 www.georgiastateparks.org/ amicalolafalls


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Create a Signature Scent. Leave a sweetly scented trail as you walk down the aisle on your special day. As a token of your appreciation, give your guests one-of-a-kind scent cards or petite bottles filled with your own unique fragrance. Buckhead’s Blend Custom Parfum Studio offers a Signature Bridal Package with a body cream, a shower gel, two custom soaps, a bottle of fragrance, a travel atomizer and a fragrance refill — all custom-packaged and labeled to fit the theme and colors of your wedding. For more information, please visit www.blendcustomperfume.com.

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Join the Extravaganza. Are you eager to turn that burden of planning your wedding into the exhilarating experience that it should be? Look no further than the highly anticipated Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta taking place on Jan. 29 at 200 Peachtree in Atlanta. More than 100 of the city’s best wedding experts will offer proposals of their own, from bridal trends to honeymoon destinations and everything in between. View a couture fashion show, munch on delicacies and enter to win in the Grand Honeymoon Giveaway and thousands of door prices. The first 100 brides are eligible for $25 VIP tickets. For more information, please visit www.beabride.co.

Register Locally. Local shops are not only the perfect haven for escape from the hustle and bustle of shopping malls, but they also offer uniquely crafted items that you won’t find anywhere else, and a few offer gift registry services to make shopping easy on your guests. Consider registering at PerryWinkle’s in Marietta for an array of beautiful gifts (www.perrywinklesgifts.com); Fragile Gifts in Sandy Springs for a vast selection of china, crystal and distinctive gifts, (www.fragilegifts.com); or Beverly Bremer Silvershop in Buckhead if you fancy a gift in sterling silver (www.beverlybremer.com).

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Customize your Invitations. You could always buy a set of premade invitations, but what’s the fun in that? Create an invitation to your liking with Woodstock-based Shannah J. Smith’s shop on Etsy, featuring invitations that can be printed at your preferred print or photo shop, or through her printing services. Smith has a special touch for feminine flair; contact her directly to create a personalized design that reflects your own unique style by visiting www.shannahjsmith.etsy.com.

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Personalize the Details. Add a little extra creativity to your wedding with crafty items made by Atlanta-based Michele’s Cottage. Her rustic wedding decorations are custom made, and range from jewelry to wedding favors. The flower girl baskets are lined with moss and fresh water pearls, and personalized with a heart and a beautiful ribbon. Or you can brighten up your wedding with a wooden candle centerpiece that has your wedding date inscribed on it. For more information, please visit www.michelescottage.etsy.com.

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