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POINTS NORTH ATLANTA | ISSUE 152 | JANUARY 2013

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34 46 { DEPARTMENTS } 6 MY TURN 8 DUE NORTH 46 TRAVEL: DESTINATION WEDDINGS 62 BRIDAL CALENDAR 66 FIVE THINGS

{ ON THE COVER } Allison Holmes & Chris Chapman; shot at Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center; Photo by Paris Mountain Photography, parismountainphotography. com S P E C I A L A DV E R TI S I N G S E C TI O N S 30 | Picture Perfect Moments 54 | Bridal Resource Guide

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14 DAVID TUTERA

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Celebrity wedding planner and “My Fair Wedding” host sounds off on wedding tips and trends before his grand appearance at this year’s Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta.

PHOTO SESSIONS

16 BRIDAL FASHION Find inspiration for your wedding day attire with fashion through the decades, from 1920s vintage glam to contemporary romance, all set against the Fabulous Fox Theatre.

20 PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS After assessing many fantastic entries, we’re proud to present the winner and runners-up from our second annual wedding issue cover contest — and the moments they bring to life for their brides.

Ready for your couple close-up? Atlanta photographers spill their secrets to a successful engagement shoot, from what to wear and where to take them to what to do with all those pictures.

34 TAYLOR CLARKE BRIDALS London-born Cheryl Taylor’s gowns have been worn at Buckingham Palace and prestigious manor houses and hotels throughout the world. Now, you’ll find her creating one-of-a-kind wedding dresses in her Roswell boutique.

CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE, pointsnorthatlanta.com for additional featured content, giveaways and more!

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF AMARI PHOTOGRAPHY; PARIS MOUNTAIN PHOTOGRAPHY; PAUL JOHNSON PHOTOGRAPHY | PAULJOHNSONPHOTORAPHY.COM

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contest, considering a number of factors that make a photo cover-worthy, and reading each and every comment posted to our Facebook page. And this year, we decided to dig even deeper, uncovering the stories behind our finalists. The wedding day memories poured forth. Libby Simonds Chamber recalled her mother presenting her with a beautiful Tiffany pearl bracelet shortly before she walked down the aisle. Camila Rivera Garwicki described her reaction to the rain and how she ended up soaking wet but at peace with her wedding day weather. And Tara Bridges Eibe laughed at the memory of a photography intern crouching behind her to hold up her dress as she tried to appear serious and sophisticated for the camera. To see these photos for yourself, visit the gallery section of our new website, pointsnorthatlanta.com, and flip to page 20 to read about our winner and runners-up. After all, a picture might be worth a thousand words — but the words tell some pretty interesting tales, too.

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you’ll see a happy couple eager to begin their lives together. You’ll see a picturesque venue in the North Georgia mountains, a gorgeous diamond-white wedding dress (if I do say so myself), bouquets in vibrant fall colors, and a lot of dancing. When I look at my wedding pictures, I see all of this and more. I see a torrential downpour that couldn’t rain on my happiness. (Though it did ruin the shoes of a few of my guests!) I see the butterflies in my stomach as I waited for my dad to escort me down the aisle. I see the two raccoons who watched over our ceremony from the rafters above. The photos paint a beautiful picture of my wedding day, but for me, they bring it to life again — all the emotions, all the details, everything that took place off-camera. This is why photography is arguably the most important element of wedding planning. Not only do pictures preserve the memories of the images they capture, but also the stories behind them. Choosing a cover for our annual wedding issue has become a highly anticipated event here at Points North. For the second year in a row, we painstakingly perused countless submissions for our photo

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AN ENGAGEMENT PHOTO SESSION IN A MAGICAL SETTING

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250 Invitations PHOTO COURTESY OF PIPER LILLIES

or up to $500 value

Piper Lillies is a gift shop where you’ll easily find that perfect something for everyone and every occasion, including custom monogramming, vinyling and jewelry, as well as gifts for all bridal attendants and family. In addition to the convenience of an onsite wedding and home registry, you’ll also find cards, men’s gifts, clothing for women and children, holiday goodies, candles, baby gifts, Spartina bags, Mud Pie clothing and accessories. One Points North Atlanta winner will receive 250 invitations or up to $500 value from Piper Lillies. This prize expires one year from date issued and winner must present identification to redeem.

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Long before it became a career, photography was purely a passion for Liz Erikson, and when her passion and vocation finally came together with Liz Erikson Photography, well, let’s just say Atlanta brides could cross one more decision off of their wedding planning lists. From rock stars to political figures and from little ones to married ones, Liz Erikson has captured them on camera. Erikson prides herself on documenting every special moment during the most romantic day of a bride and groom’s life. For more information, visit lizerikson.com or email liz@lizerikson.com But a fabulous photographer and a beautiful bride need stunning scenery to finish pictureperfect, right? Enter Three in One Outdoor Studio (3N1). Born out of a love for landscape, 3N1 in Cumming also happens to be precisely where passion, design and art converge. As a result, the backdrop found here is nothing less than a unique dreamscape second to none. Visit 3n1studio.com for more information. One lucky Points North Atlanta bride-to-be will win a two-hour engagement session plus one 8x10 photo and a CD of images from Liz Erikson Photography. This prize, worth an estimated $500, gets even better. Winner will also receive a two-hour photo shoot package at 3N1. To register to win this incredible package, visit pointsnorthatlanta.com by Jan. 31.


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PHOTO COURTESY OF TAYLOR BROOKS SALON

A HAIR & MAKE-UP PRIZE AT TAYLOR/ BROOKS SALON Taylor/Brooks Salon & Spa, located in Johns Creek, is quite simply, “taylor made” for you. Hair services include bridal hair, formal hair styles, style bar for events and work, men’s, children, female cuts and color, highlights, ombre and bayalage hair color, Keratin smoothing treatments, and Lox hair extensions. If pampering yourself in the spa is more your style, the services here include body treatments, body polishes, body wraps, synergy cellulite solution, microdermabrasion, facials, peels, oxygen facials, facial color, brow tint, lash tint, full body waxing, custom airbrush tanning, and eyelash services such as eye lash application, eyelash extensions and eyelash perming. Makeup services include bridal/ event makeup and lessons. For more information, visit taylorbrooks.com One Points North Atlanta bride-to-be will win a trial of custom airbrush tan, makeup and hair/style, then for the bride’s day-of services, this prize includes custom airbrush tan, makeup, hair and five bridal attendants hair and makeup. Winner must present identification when redeeming this prize, valued at $933 and valid for one year from date issued. Prize voucher cannot be used for any other services than those listed. Register online at pointsnorthatlanta.com by Jan. 31.

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A $150 RIDE with UBER Every bride needs a ride! Locally launched in August of last year, UBER is a tech company that lets clients order black car service through a mobile app. Technology and service are a match made in heaven with this savvy and elegant form of convenient transportation. Haven’t heard of it yet? Here’s the scoop: download the free app, set up an account and within 10 minutes, a sedan or SUV (for larger parties) will arrive. With UBER, cash is totally unnecessary because your credit card gets charged automatically. It’s simple and undeniably efficient. What better service to recommend to your wedding guests who don’t want to rent a car or who’d prefer to enjoy that last wedding toast and not have to drive home? For more information, visit uber.com. One Points North Atlanta reader will get to test drive the experience of an on-demand personal driver with this giveaway, a $150 ride with UBER. Rates based on base fare plus per-mile or per-minute charges. Winner will be responsible for any expenses that exceed $150. For pricing information, visit uber.com/cities/atlanta. This prize, to be used within Metro Atlanta, is valid until July 31, 2013.

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A Couple’s Massage at All About You Luxury Day Spa Providing luxurious treatments in an elegant environment that relaxes the body, educates the mind and elevates the spirit, the Alpharetta-based All About You Luxury Day Spa hosts bridal showers in addition to parties for children, adults and baby showers. Treatments available are facials, peels, micro-current toning, jet clear transdermal peeling, and body treatments such as massage therapy, couples massage, manicures, pedicures and waxing. For more information, visit allaboutudayspa.biz One Points North Atlanta reader will win a couple’s massage that includes a side-by-side full body experience using fluid massage techniques to allow mind and body to relax. Caressed by the spa’s tranquil ambiance, your stress melts as devoted licensed therapists pamper you both from head to toe. A beautiful, renewed balance of mind and body awaits with this prize, which is valued at $160 and valid for one year. To register, visit pointsnorthatlanta.com by Jan. 31.

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Want to meet David Tutera, the celebrity wedding planner, bridal fashion designer, author, professional speaker and host of “My Fair Wedding” yourself? Well, thanks to the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta, here’s your chance! One lucky Points North Atlanta reader will win a David Tutera VIP package that includes two VIP tickets to the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta on Feb. 2, two front row seats to the David Tutera presentation that will take place at 11 a.m., early entry to the show, and a meet and greet with David Tutera with photo opportunity and a signed copy of his latest book! Register online at pointsnorthatlanta.com by Jan. 25. PHOTO COURTESY OF NADIA D PHOTOGRAPHY

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Round up the girlfriends in your wedding party and treat them to a sophisticated night on the town. As an extension of the Atlanta Wine School, Vino Venue is the city’s premier destination for enjoying, learning about and purchasing wine. Conveniently located on Chamblee Dunwoody Road just off 285, it is the ideal setting for pre-wedding festivities such as a private wine tasting or hands-on cooking class in the well-appointed chef’s kitchen onsite. In addition to its culinary demonstration center, Vino Venue offers artisanal wines available for tasting or for purchase by the glass or bottle, and Mediterranean-inspired “wine-friendly” cuisine in the tapas bar and lounge. Serve-yourself wine dispensing technology, like Enomatics, joins traditional bar pours, allowing an evolving nightly selection of almost 50 wines by the glass. We’ll toast to that! Call 770-668-0435 or visit vino-venue.com for details.

Cooking Classes for Couples

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Don your best chef attire and head to Olmsted where, with the help of Executive Chef Bernie McDonough and a new three-part cooking class series, titled “Eating Healthy in the New Year,” you and your sweetheart can learn how to cook a healthy dinner together. Starting on Monday, Jan. 21, McDonough kicks off the series with “How to Prepare a Quick and Healthy Valentine’s Day Meal for Two.” “Everyone starts the New Year with new hopes and goals ... with this first class, my goal is to help reinforce resolutions while celebrating Valentine’s Day, staying at home and cooking a delicious, healthy and exciting meal with a partner,” McDonough said. Each of the Olmsted cooking classes will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and consist of an explanation by the chef about the food and its preparation, as well as a live cooking demonstration while he prepares the meal for the group. Participants will enjoy a welcome libation upon arrival and a complimentary glass of wine while dining on the prepared three-course meal. Space is limited; reservations must be made in advance. Call 404-443-8431 or visit olmstedatl.com for more information.

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Ritzy Renovations The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead is certainly not a newcomer when it comes to hosting beautiful and memorable weddings, but if you’re in the market for a venue, you might want to take another peek because the already magnificent Grand Ballroom was newly renovated last year. The redesigned space is resplendent in a palette of platinum, silver and periwinkle and now boasts six crystal chandeliers customized for the hotel in the Czech Republic, creating the effect of 30,000 hand-applied crystals overhead. The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead also has Dallas Marsteller, the only executive pastry chef in the surrounding area, and Franck Steigerwald, the executive chef who marked his return to The Ritz-Carlton Hotels, where he began his career in the States, from the St. Regis New York where he was executive chef since 2010. To learn more, call 404-237-2700 or visit ritzcarlton.com.

ILLUSTRATION COURTESY OF ROBIN HARRISON

Jittery Jots of JOCULARITY From the dress and ceremony to the food and photographer, every bride wants her day to be special. Points North’s own Robin Harrison, an experenced illustrator and caricature artist, can help make that dream come true by painting the perfect personalized watercolor caricature sure to put a smile on her face…and his. Visit www.caffeinecaricatures.com or email caffeinecaricatures@gmail.com

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celebrity WEDDING makeover

A Q&A WITH “MY FAIR WEDDING” HOST DAVID TUTERA { INTERVIEW BY DONNA JAKULSKI OF THE BRIDAL EXTRAVAGANZA OF ATLANTA }

The Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta is already one of the most highly anticipated wedding planning events in town, with many of the city’s most talented wedding professionals, themed wedding galleries, a couture fashion show and more … and this year, the event adds star quality to its list of attributes

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with celebrity weddng planner David Tutera, host of WeTV’s “My Fair Wedding.” Before you attend the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta on Feb. 2 at The Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart, read on for a little insight from the wedding planning guru himself.


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How did you get started as a wedding planner? My inspiration originally came from my grandfather, who was in the floral business. While in his shop, I developed an eye for flowers and design. Branching out on my own, I started small with window displays, which then led to tablescapes and then to full-scale room decor for clients. I have always believed in dreaming bigger! What color trends do you see for 2013? For colors, I see neutrals punched up with shades of pinks, oranges and purples. I think this will keep in line with the return to “traditional” that we’ve been seeing, but with a pop of personality — and I personally love this route! How can a bride integrate technology into her wedding? I really like this question! Technology is clearly everywhere, and has definitely saturated the wedding world as well. Prior to their wedding, brides can use this to their advantage with planning mobile apps, by keeping electronic versions of their guest list and contracts and by utilizing dedicated websites for finding inspiration, creating their wedding webpage, doing their bridal registry and more. At the wedding, brides might find technical upgrades to lighting, photography, videography and sound advantageous to creating a fabulous mood at the event [as well as] preserving the memories long after. One of the coolest uses I’ve seen lately was a couple that featured an iPad at the escort table that guests could scroll through to find their table assignments! In which three areas can brides save money or DIY? I always tell my brides that there is a way to scale back on every element of the wedding. For that reason, it’s important to first prioritize your list and focus [both] your time and budget on the parts that are most important to the couple. As you work your way down the list, you can come up with creative solutions to save money in each category. If fashion is not at the top of your list, let your hair down and add some great party jewels to your dress for your reception instead of springing for two different gowns. If florals are not your thing, make a centerpiece with a variety of candles and add only a few florals. What are three ideas that brides can use to make their day memorable? There is one answer: personality! A wedding that’s infused with the couple’s traditions, customs, hobbies and personal interests is one that is sure to be unique. I always say that a wedding should tell a story, and that tale should be all about the couple. Every wedding element, from the florals to the cake, is an opportunity to add personality. PN pointsnorthatlanta.com | January 2013 | Points North

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STYLE LOOKING FOR FASHIONABLE IDEAS FOR YOUR BIG DAY? CRYSTAL ROCK OF ATLANTA-BASED AUTHENTIC BEAUTY TAPS INTO STYLE INSPIRED BY THE DECADES, FROM CONTEMPORARY “TO GREAT GATSBY” GLAM. Makeup by Crystal Rock and Ann-Mary Johnson for Authentic Beauty; Hair by Lindsay Farlow for Authentic Beauty; Photography by Michael Mordler Photography | michaelmordler.com; Dresses courtesy of Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique, Roswell; Shot on location at the historic Fabulous Fox Theatre

For a CONTEMPORARY look, a soft, silvery smoky eye is complemented by a pale, girly pink lip and rosy cheeks. “Rosa” gown by Anaiss on Weddings

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Tapping into

“GREAT GATSBY” STYLE FROM THE 1920’S, a deep chocolate, matte burgundy lip is paired with a dark rimmed eye — brown liner smudged all around the eye and topped with matte caramel browns to achieve a hazy effect. Gown by Lusan Mandongus

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{ B R I DA L FA S H I O N }

A bold red lip is paired with a classic winged black liner and softly warmed, contoured cheeks to achieve the

HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR OF THE 1940S.

“Josephine” gown by Anaiss on Weddings

Inspired by

ELIZABETH TAYLOR’S “CLEOPATRA” OF THE 1960S, a strong, black feline-shaped liner is paired with contoured cheeks and a soft nude lip. “Athena” gown by Anaiss on Weddings


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“It captures the fun of being in love!” JOY MAFFETT BREWER VIA FACEBOOK

Photography is

truly an amazing thing. Not only does it capture a moment in time, a good photo can bring that moment back to life. In the case of wedding photography, a good photo can bring an entire day back to life — all the emotions, all the details, everything that took place off-camera as two people began their lives together. Here, we’re proud to present the winner and runners-up from our second annual wedding issue cover contest — and the moments they bring to life for their brides.

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WINNERS ON THE COVER

Allison Holmes & Chris Chapman JUNE 15, 2012

Photos by Paris Mountain Photography, parismountainphotography.com Location: Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center Dress from Bride Beautiful, Sandy Springs Tuxedo and bridesmaids dresses from Bridals by Lori, Sandy Springs Flower girl dress from Burlington Coat Factory Bouquet by Perfect Poppy, Newnan

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BEFORE SHE BOOKED THE VENUE AND CHOSE THE DRESS — even before she met her now husband — Allison Holmes Chapman had chosen a song for her reception. “About 7 years ago, my family and I took a cruise for our family vacation celebrating my parents 20th anniversary. One night we went to karaoke and my brother sang ‘Baby I’m Amazed’ in front of the whole crowd … Even though, at the time, I didn’t have a boyfriend, I was determined that my brother would sing this song [at my wedding],” she said. When her big day finally did roll around, she wondered if he would remember her special request. “That night during the reception, my brother got the microphone and said he wanted to dedicate a song to me and my new husband … I was so surprised and so happy. His voice was amazing — he had the whole crowd crying, even me!”


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{ P H OTO CO N T E S T }

“My husband is always lifting me up into the air; our photographer wanted to feature one of those sweep-you-off-your-feet moments and zoomed in on the stickers after our ceremony to capture this unforgettable memory.” — NICOLE NORMAN

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Nicole & Brad Norman APRIL 14, 2012

Photos by Katie Rivers, katierivers.com Location: Neverland Farms, Cleveland, Ga. Dress, bridesmaids dresses and tuxedos from Bel Fiore Bridal, Marietta Bouquets by The Flower Post, Cumming

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WE LOVE THE OVERALL EMOTION IN THIS PHOTO, with the bride, quite literally, being swept off her feet, but what really won us over was her shoes. “When I found the ‘I Do’ stickers for my wedding heels while shopping for DIY crafts, I knew I just had to have them,” Nicole Norman said. “Not only were they the perfect personal embellishment for our special day, but they incorporated the ‘something blue’ tradition into our ceremony in an unexpected way and served as a fun and special reminder of our marriage vows.” But the stickers nearly got lost in all the hustle and bustle of the big day, and shortly before show time, Norman realized she’d forgotten to apply them. “My sweet mother went on a speedy wild-goose-chase across the property to track them down, fish them out, and deliver to the blushing bride,” she recalled. “She knew how important they were to me and made quite the heroic effort to ensure my wedding day was everything I dreamed it would be and more.”

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“How can anyone look at this picture and not get goose bumps?” — MOLLY PATRICK VIA FACEBOOK

RUNNER-UP

Keri Miers & Shawn Brunner MARCH 24, 2012

Photos by BerryTree Photography, berrytreephotography.com Location: The Manor Golf & Country Club, Alpharetta Dress from La Raine’s Bridal Boutique, Atlanta Tuxedo from Savvy Formalwear Bouquet by Flowers from Us, Alpharetta Hair by Candice Knopp of Salon Solo, Roswell

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IT’S EASY FOR A BRIDE TO GET CAUGHT UP IN A WHIRLWIND OF ACTIVITY and forget to take a moment to enjoy herself. Thanks to her father, Keri Miers Brunner’s favorite memory from her wedding day forced her to do just that. “When my dad was doing the welcome speech at the beginning of the reception, he told Shawn and me to look around the room at all of our guests who traveled to celebrate our special day,” she said. “It allowed us both to really soak in the moment and think about all of our friends and family who mean so much to us.” “My husband says the whole afternoon and evening blended into one special moment for him, from our outdoor ceremony to the excitement and dancing at the reception,” she continued. “He thoroughly enjoyed being with loved ones and says the entire day was the ‘best day of his life.’ I like to say best day of his life so far.”


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CLOSE-UP? ATLANTA PHOTOGRAPHERS SPILL THEIR SECRETS TO A SUCCESSFUL ENGAGEMENT SHOOT

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE DECISIVE MOMENT

{ W R I TTE N BY JE N N I F E R S MI TH W I L L I A M S }

Writer Jennifer Smith Williams and her husband, Mike Colosimo

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ou’ve lived through prom — it was years ago, your jaw muscles have relaxed and maybe you’re actually trying to forget about it — but if you’re a bride, you know better. The big day is around the corner and the need to be photogenic has never, ever been greater. It’s not just practicing a picture-perfect grin for the big moment — now, you’ve got to document the engagement process before you don the dress, and potentially promote these photos for the rest of your lives. The ultimate question: Is it for you? Metro-Atlanta photographers (and me, a once-bride and photo lover) say yes! But what the heck are you going to wear? Why should you take them at all? What will you do with those pictures? And what if you’re not creative or photogenic in the least? Fortunately, some of the best in the industry have the answers to sway your thoughts toward a pre-wedding day photo shoot and make them some of the best snapshots you’ve ever seen. First and foremost, you may be wondering what is the point of an engagement shoot. Other than a snazzy headshot for your mom to put in the paper, why would you ever want glamour shots of you and your honey? “Having an engagement session is a fun, relaxing way to enjoy a special time in your lives before the wedding, without the stress of the wedding day,” said Atlanta photographer Jessica Layne from


PHOTO COURTESY OF PARIS MOUNTAIN PHOTOGRAPHY

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QUICK PHOTO TIPS W H AT S H O U LD W E W E A R? “Colors are great. When mixed together in coordinating fashion, they look amazing in the pictures.” – Claudia McDade Photography “Layers and texture. A blouse with ruffles, a scarf, and big jewelry always look fabulous.” – Pam Jones, Paris Mountain Photography

W H AT S H O U LD W E D O W IT H T H E M A F T E R WA R D? “Get them printed on canvases to hang as décor at your reception, and then later in your

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home. You can add to that photo cluster forever.” – Andie Freeman, Andie Freeman Photography “Have a guest book made for your friends and family to sign at the wedding.” – Jessica Layne, The Collection

S H O U LD W E U S E P R O P S O R N OT ? “Props can be cute if they are for a purpose, such as chalkboards that say ‘Save the Date’ to use on your cards. However, they can quickly get distracting from the most important thing... you!” – Jenn Linke, The Decisive Moment

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PHOTO COURTESY OF CLAUDIA MCDADE PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO COURTESY OF ANDIE FREEMAN PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO COURTESY OF JESSICA LAYNE – THE COLLECTION

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The Collection. “It’s also an excellent opportunity to meet your photographers and get to know them and their style. It makes photography on the wedding day much more relaxing!” As a recent bride myself, I can absolutely attest to that. My (now) husband and I are not good “posers,” so I was worried the big day shots would look forced. But with a few hours getting warmed up to our photographer, we relaxed and knew what to expect and how to ignore the camera. End result? We love our engagement pictures! “Traditionally couples would have an engagement party to announce to their friends and family that they are officially a couple and will be married. An engagement session is much the same thing, just done photographically,” added Pam Jones of Paris Mountain Photography. “It’s a great way to show off how much a couple loves each other in a creative way.” You’re sold, right? The next question is where? And, of course, what should you wear? “Wear something that you’re comfortable in, something that you both like and that looks good on you two together. Go with your style,” suggested Atlanta newcomer Claudia McDade of Claudia McDade Photography. For example, I have blue eyes and my hubby has dark features. We know we look good in reds and blues, so we brought several options and got feedback on what looked best through the lens.


As for location, Jenn Linke, owner of The Decisive Moment Photography, suggests picking a place that is meaningful to you both. “Perhaps you guys have a favorite date spot? A favorite activity? Pick something that reflects you!” she said. “Are you casual and laid back? Head to your favorite park. Do you love fashion and city life? Try an urban setting with backgrounds that reflect that. Just remember that wherever you pick, the most important aspect is you! At the end of the day, the location is just an added detail and the focus should be the couple.” “The best advice I can give is to act like you are on a date with your honey and that you two are the only ones around,” said Andie Freeman of Andie Freeman Photography. “Always keep moving and trying new things. Some things won’t work, but you would be surprised at what ends up turning out well.” McDade agreed, adding, “Be yourselves and have fun with it! It’s not every day that you get to spend two hours together doing nothing but staring into each other’s eyes, holding hands, hugging, kissing and being super sweet to each other. So take advantage of that time!” Of course great pictures will be fun to look at forever, but what can you really do with gobs of gorgeous shots of yourself? If you didn’t end up with a photo booth for a living room, our pros have usable, practical and creative ways to put those money shots to work (see sidebar on previous page). “This is your first family portrait!” Linke reminded us. “This is the beginning of a new life, your new family. Take a picture of the beginning because the next portrait session will most likely include a baby and then maybe two!” Who knows? Maybe your future as a Covergirl (or guy) is just waiting for a moment to emerge! PN F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N Andie Freeman Photography andiefreemanphotography.com Claudia McDade Photography claudiamcdadephotography.com The Collection thephotographycollection.com The Decisive Moment thedecisivemoment.com Paris Mountain Photography parismountainphotography.com

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“I was getting discouraged and worried that I would never find the perfect dress,” Johnson remarked. “And then one day when I was driving through Roswell, I just happened to see the sign for Taylor Clarke Bridals.” Johnson and her mother met with owners Cheryl Taylor and Laurie Clarke in the first-floor showroom of the historic Perry House, a space Johnson describes as “just girly and wonderful.”

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“We talked for a little while, and Cheryl pulled out a pen and started sketching dresses on a drawing pad and things started to get exciting,” she recalled. “She pulled a couple of dresses from the racks, and I tried them on and fell in love instantly.” But Johnson’s story doesn’t end there. Taylor Clarke Bridals is not a retail shop, and so the owners do not sell dresses from the pages of catalogs or the racks of their bridal boutique. Instead, Taylor designs and


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creates one-of-a-kind wedding gowns for customers based on each bride’s preferences and personality. All of her designs are unique works of wearable art. “My dress is perfect for me — a vintage design featuring elegant, ivory, hand-embroidered French lace over pure silk taffeta,” Johnson said. “The bodice and train are embellished with hand beading. I’ve always loved butterflies, and so three handcrafted lace butterflies are sewn to the back of the skirt — a

very discreet design element, but very personal and meaningful to me.” Stitch-by-Stitch Originality London-born Taylor grew up in a family of master clothing designers, interior decorators and artists. After a short time in the fashion industry, she became well known for her dazzling designs and was called upon to create wedding gowns for members of the pointsnorthatlanta.com | January 2013 | Points North

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British aristocracy, as well as prominent socialites. Her gowns have been worn at Buckingham Palace and prestigious manor houses and hotels throughout the world. “I don’t copy other designs,â€? said Taylor, who has designed and tailored clothing off and on for more than 30 years — longer, if you count the clothes she created for her Barbie dolls. “Every bride is different, and since each dress design should reect the bride’s distinctive personality, every wedding gown should be different, too.â€? The process of building the perfect dress starts with an hour-long consultation that consists of lots of conversation, taking 30 measurements of the bride’s body, and discussing display dresses. Next, Taylor composes illustrations of her design concept, and everyone involved discusses the design. After the consultation, Taylor prepares a detailed pattern and makes a muslin toile for the bride to try on. “The toile ensures a perfect ďŹ t and allows us to make certain that all of the design elements work together,â€? Taylor said. “We make any necessary adjustments on the toile mock-up before we move forward.â€? Only then are the luxurious silks and lavish laces, both vintage and modern, cut and assembled by hand using haute couture techniques. Taylor and Clarke wait until just a few weeks before the bride’s big day to complete the dress. “This is because most brides lose weight in the weeks before their wedding, so we wait a little while before the ďŹ nal stitching,â€? Taylor said. “This ensures an impeccable ďŹ t.â€? While Taylor is working her magic with the design and ďŹ t of each dress, business partner Clarke prepares the exquisite embellishments that complement each gown. Taylor and Clarke also make acces-


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sories such as veils, headdresses, tiaras, hair combs, garters, shrugs, capes, bags, handkerchiefs, appliqués and ornamentation by hand. “We do all of the work — all of the work — here in Roswell,” Clarke noted. “Even the intricate beading

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on the gowns. I’ve hand-embroidered thousands of beads on our wedding gowns myself.” Their designs are both functional and fabulous. Some dresses incorporate a boned bustier — a popular feature that can reduce the bride’s waist size by as much as two inches. Other gowns showcase a novel, two-in-one design. These in vogue, convertible wedding gowns are easily transformed by simply adding a belt, changing a headdress or pinning up the skirt, so the bride can achieve a different look for her wedding reception or send off. And Taylor Clarke accommodates brides who have heirloom dresses they want to revive or incorporate into more modern designs. Stitch-by-stitch, they carefully disassemble the older dress and have the pieces professionally cleaned. “In the new design, we utilize all or most of what we reclaimed from the heirloom dress,” Clarke said.


“And we build a dress with a modern, chic silhouette using the vintage fabrics and laces.â€? The end result is a unique, vintage-inspired, contemporary gown that transforms the bride both physically and emotionally. “For most brides, the weeks leading up to the wedding ceremony are of spiritual growth, and we are honored to be part of that process,â€? Clarke said. “We become friends with each and every bride and are kind of sad when the wedding is over.â€? Newlywed Kate Johnson echoed Clarke’s sentiment, saying her relationship with Taylor and Clarke evolved into much more than a simple business afďŹ liation. “They became dear friends of mine,â€? Johnson said. “And when Jeff and I got

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nce upon a time, a boy and a girl fell in love and decided to get married. He wanted a Caribbean wedding — palm trees, sparkling water, tropical vibes and a reggae beat. She wanted a majestic wedding, in Europe perhaps — dripping in Old-World elegance — a palatial venue with frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and a string quartet. The couple loved each other very much, yet their wedding visions were as different as night and day. One day the girl was sitting at her computer, searching again for that magical destination that would somehow combine their two dreams into one. Suddenly her Fairy Godmother appeared. She gently took the mouse from the girl’s hand and clicked on a website. Everything the girl had ever dreamed of appeared right before her eyes — ballrooms with checkered marble dance floors, balconies and balustrades, gilded ceilings with carved cherubs smiling down. And for him, there were photographs of palm trees swaying beside an aquamarine sea and white-crested waves breaking softly on a sandy shore. Here, the perfect venue for the perfect wedding revealed itself like a dream. Where in the world could this perfect place could be? The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida.

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to fit the theme, and what time of year [the wedding is planned determines] what kind of fish we can get.” One of Simms’ specialties is the crab trio: she-crab soup, crab cake and crabsalad served in avocado halves. Another trend he shares is the individual raw bar — a small ice carving is presented to each guest with delicious mounds of fresh stone crab, lobster, shrimp and caviar.

HAND IN HAND IN PARADISE This fairy tale is only partially true, but I can assure you that The Breakers Palm Beach is truly everything you could ever fantasize about a wedding destination and more. I arrived at The Breakers, not as a blushing young bride-to-be, but hand in hand with Peter, my husband of more than 20 years. We had come for a romantic escape from the ordinary, everyday routine and to explore this historic resort, consistently rated one of the world’s top choices for destination weddings. One look at the majestic resort rising up against the eastern sky assured me that this is a place where dreams come true. At first the resort’s Italian Renaissance architectural style seems incongruous with its oceanside setting, but soon the two concepts meld into one, a natural symbiosis. Inside the vibe is elegant and Old World. Outside it’s casual and carefree. From our elegantly appointed room overlooking the Atlantic, we headed straight to The Beach Club, which features

five pools, and settled underneath palm fronds that rustled in the breeze like a soft lullaby. The magic continued that night as we dined at The Flagler Steakhouse, which sits at the edge of one of The Breakers’ four golf courses. We dined al fresco on the restaurant’s verandah as romantic jazz played in the background. MAKING THE MENU MEMORABLE Food is, of course, a major component of planning the perfect wedding, and the next day I met Jeff Simms, The Breakers’ executive chef of banquets, who is in charge of all the details that create the perfect destination wedding. “It’s about giving the client choices,” Simms said. Together with the resort’s 30 chefs and sous chefs, Simms has a multitude of resources to help the bride and groom plan their menus. “We like to have three events: rehearsal dinner, sit-down dinner and a Sunday brunch,” he explained, noting that menu planning can take months. “The food has

STORYBOOK SETTINGS Wedding venues abound at The Breakers — 10 of them — that can accommodate from 25 to 800 guests. During a peek at some of these, we also learned the history of The Breakers, built by Henry Flagler, who earned his wealth as a partner in John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company. Flagler, a colorful character with three wives, saw Florida’s potential as a playground for New York’s elite and built a string of hotels along the coast in the late 1800s as the railroad he owned journeyed further southward. He fell in love with Palm Beach, a picturesque spot where locals planted hundreds of coconuts found in a Spanish shipwreck. The tall majestic palms that grew along its shores gave this picturesque city its name. Flagler built a 2,000-room hotel on Lake Worth about a mile inland from the Atlantic and a smaller overflow inn by the beach. Guests began to request accommodations by “the breakers,” and the name stuck. The original hotel burned down, and Flagler decided to rebuild near the ocean. The current version of The Breakers was



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Whether you’re planning a fairy-tale wedding in a faraway land or looking for something right here in the Southeast, there are plenty of venues ready and waiting to host the destination wedding of your dreams. To find the best love-laced locations, we spoke to travel expert Martha Gaughen, vice president of Brownell Travel in Buckhead, which specializes in luxury travel across the globe. Following are a few of her swoon-worthy suggestions. THE RUINS AT BARNSLEY GARDENS, Adairsville, Ga. Built on a foundation of romance (the estate was constructed by Godfrey Barnsley in the 1800s for the love of his life, Julia), this North Georgia resort is the perfect place for your own love story to begin. Say “I Do” under the stars in the storybook setting of the historic ruins, or any of Barnsley’s magical venues (like the Fairy Godmother’s Garden). barnsleyresort.com/meet/weddings/weddings.asp continued on page 50

THE RITZ CARLTON LODGE AT REYNOLDS PLANTATION, Greensboro, Ga. “The Ritz is ideal for those wishing to impress their guests with Southern hospitality and a beautiful country landscape and lake setting,” Gaughen said. The resort seeps rustic elegance at every corner and hosts lavish affairs on the Lakeside Lawn, the torchlit Landing with panoramic lake views, or the newest venue option, the Sandy Creek Barn, a fully restored wood-beam barn dating back to the 1820s. ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/ReynoldsPlantation/ Events/Weddings/Default.htm THE RITZ-CARLTON LODGE PHOTO COURTESY OF THE RITZ-CARLTON LODGE, REYNOLDS PLANTATION THE RUINS AT BARNSLEY GARDENS PHOTO COURTESY OF LIZ ERIKSON

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built in 1925 and features fresco work by 73 artists from Florence. Later we wandered through some of the ballrooms, marveling at the opulent dĂŠcor complete with carved wooden doors, massive ďŹ replaces, brocade drapes, even checkerboard marble oors. Outside venues are also popular, particularly the Ocean Lawn, a lush circle of manicured green grass overlooking the ocean, and the Ocean Terrace. This second-story venue, which has stunning views of both the beaches and the resort, reminds me of a storybook castle and could be transformed into any setting a bride would want.

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ROUND HILL HOTEL & VILLAS, Montego Bay, Jamaica For a tropical event, jet to Jamaica to swap vows at this sophisticated yet subdued property. “Round Hill is the perfect Caribbean getaway with all the romantic touches of Ralph Lauren-inspired decor, beautiful villas, magic reggae sounds and sunsets,� Gaughen added. The villas are particularly popular for hosting wedding parties. roundhill.com/wedding-packages

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ONE AND ONLY OCEAN CLUB, Paradise Island, Bahamas From casual Caribbean ceremonies on the beach deck or pool terrace to elegant affairs on the terraced steps of a Versailles-inspired garden, this sanctuary on the Bahamas’ white-sand beaches is truly the place to get married in paradise. Plus, One & Only Ocean Club’s Honeymoon Registry makes it possible for friends and family to make your honeymoon dreams come true. oceanclub.oneandonlyresorts.com/celebrations/weddings.aspx

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Carillon Beach, Fla. Sidestep coastal commercialization with a wedding in the picturesque planned community of Carillon Beach. Carillon Weddings, an award-winning, full-service wedding and event planning company, offers exclusive access to an intimate stretch of beach, a quaint lake-front chapel and two spacious greens strung with twinkling lights, and promises ceremonies and receptions steeped in charm and elegance. But don’t take our word for it — browse through the photo galleries of real weddings online at carillonweddings.com and fall in love with this locale for yourself.

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Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Florida Keys Weddings at this secluded retreat are enchanting affairs, complete with sunset ceremonies in romantic spots like the Zen Garden or Palapa Point Gazebo, a full-service wedding planner, highly acclaimed cuisine, options for spa treatments, yacht transfers for your guests, and more. littlepalmisland.com/florida-keys-beach-weddings.aspx

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The Greystone Inn, Lake Toxaway, N.C. Treat your guests to sweeping mountain views and understated elegance at this charming resort in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Greystone offers both indoor and outdoor venues for ceremonies, Champagne cruises, a honeymoon suite, and rental cottages and a wide array of amenities for the wedding party. greystoneinn.com/group-events

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Amelia Island, Fla. From quaint B&Bs like the Addison on Amelia to luxurious beachfront resorts like The RitzCarlton, Amelia Island offers numerous venues for fairy-tale weddings on the coast. The island is also home to an array of wedding planners, photographers, florists, caterers and more to make sure every detail is just right for your perfect day. ameliaisland.com/group-events/weddings/

Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, British Virgin Islands This private island resort is the first of its kind to be built on BVI in more than 15 years and, like finding the love of your life, it was worth the wait! Luxury and sophisticated Caribbean charm combine for a match made in paradise. Options for your dream destination wedding range from an intimate ceremony on a pristine beach, to a cliff-side union with a commanding view of the turquoise waters, to an elegant affair in the amazing ballroom. All locations boast beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, the 55-slip marina and lush tropical flora. scrubisland.com

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PH OTOS YN THE S IS S TU DIO 678-436-8424 photosynthesisatlanta.com The modern wedding can take many shapes. PhotoSynthesis Studio has seen beachfronts, cathedrals, farms and cityscapes. Some of the greatest shots ever taken were

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columns and ornamentation, creating the

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memorable moments of your life unforget-

groom golf outings also available.

table at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

GEO RGIA AQUAR I UM 225 Baker St. NW Atlanta 404-581-4126 booking@georgiaaquarium.com The Georgia Aquarium is 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.

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unto itself. Showcase your special

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day in the second largest art

the Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion with

museum in the state of Georgia. The

its breathtaking views of the water

Booth Museum is the perfect setting

and gardens. It’s North Atlanta’s de-

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finitive outdoor wedding venue and

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GIBBS GARDE NS 1998 Gibbs Drive Ball Ground 678-367-8325 talkofthetownatlanta.com/gibbs Picture your wedding set in the most spectacular gardens — then imagine more. Less than an hour drive from Atlanta, Gibbs Gardens offers a once-in-a-lifetime setting for your special day.

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ding ceremonies and receptions. The lobby

for your special day. The park-like Gazebo

warm staff and attention to detail!

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that can be customized for your event.

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T HE H IS TORIC TATE HO US E 61 Marble Mansion Lane Tate, Ga.

Sandy Springs 404-851-9111 heritagesandysprings.org The historic setting of Heritage Green — complete with a romantic gazebo, covered brick terrace and intimate reception hall — provides an unforgettable wedding venue year-round.

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RAY’S IN TH E CITY 240 Peachtree St. NW Atlanta 404-524-9224 raysrestaurants.com Ray’s in the City is the quintessential Downtown Atlanta restaurant. Choose from an impressive private dining menu, including fresh sushi, seafood flown-in daily, prime steaks and an extensive wine list.

R AY’S ON TH E CRE E K 1700 Mansell Road Alpharetta 770-649-0064 raysrestaurants.com Located in Alpharetta, Ray’s on the Creek offers a variety of private dining spaces that can accommodate up to 70 guests. Enjoy delicious menu creations by Executive Chef Tracey Bloom in a coastal-inspired setting.

S T. I V E S CO U N T RY C L U B 1 St. Ives Country Club Drive Johns Creek 770-623-1239 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 spaces to host parties of 10 to 200.

H I LT O N AT L A N TA / M A R I E T TA H O T E L & CO N F E R E N C E CENTER 500 Powder Springs St. Marietta, 770-427-2500 mariettaatlantaconferencecenter.com Offering an exquisite hilltop setting on beautifully manicured grounds, this full-service hotel provides complete wedding-planning services for our ballroom and historic Brumby Hall & Gardens. Just ask our cover photo finalist.

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R AY’S ON TH E RIVE R 6700 Powers Ferry Road

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MARTH A B. BOON E M.D. Board Certified Urologist 3400-A Old Milton Parkway, Ste. 560 Alpharetta, 404-705-8366 drmarthaboone.com Dr. Boone specializes in the latest techniques to treat recurrent urinary tract infections (prevention & theraphy), kidney stones, over-active blader, incontinence, neurogenic bladder, infertility, blood in urine and interstitial cystitis.

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[FE B . 1– 3 ] Martina Liana Bridal Trunk Show G E O R G I A & S O UTH E R N B R I DA L S H OW [Various dates throughout 2013] 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 in Atlanta on Jan. 6 and March 10, Athens on Jan. 20 and Duluth on Jan. 27. Various locations in Georgia, eliteevents.com

A LLU R E B R I DA L G OW N S A LE [Jan. 4 – 6] Famous for their exquisite beading and structural fit, the Allure collection of bridal gowns has a fit for every bride. During this event, all Allure wedding gowns will be on sale. Bride Beautiful, Sandy Springs, 404250-4330, bridebeautifulinc.com

1 2 TH A N N UA L R O S W E LL W E D D I N G S H OWC A S E [Jan. 13] Planning to wed in beautiful Roswell? Discover all that the city has to offer at the 12th annual Roswell Wedding Showcase. 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. Holiday Inn Atlanta Roswell, 909 Holcomb Bridge Road, 770-6403253, roswellweddings.com

A N E N G AG I N G A F FA I R B R I DA L S H OW [Jan. 13] Bring your girlfriends for an afternoon of games, giveaways, a fashion show and, of course, bridal vendors. This bridal event will leave you with a handful of inspired ideas! Gwinnett County Historic Courthouse, 185 Crogan St., Lawrenceville, gwinnetthistoriccourthouse.com

C H E R O K E E B R I DA L E X P O [Jan. 19] Check out some of Woodstock’s finest PHOTO COUTESY OF MARTINA LIANA

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A L A B A M A G U LF C OA S T B R I DA L E X P O [Jan. 27] 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., belleraebridal. com/bridalexpoorangebeachal.htm

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calendar give brides the opportunity to meet local and national vendors for their wedding. Register for amazing giveaway and grand prizes, watch a New York-style fashion show, and listen to live DJ performances — and more! Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead, 3300 Peachtree Road NE, 800-4223976, greatbridalexpo.com

A B R I D E F O R A LL SEASONS [Feb. 17] 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 as four different event designers showcase each of the four seasons, along with Anne Barge dresses, phenomenal photographers, jewelry, calligraphy and more. Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, 75 14th St., Atlanta, 404-303-9406, fourseasons.com

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[Feb. 17] Do large bridal expos overwhelm you? Divine Occasions created this 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, freshbridalexperience.com

ATL A NTA C H E F ’ S E X P O [Feb. 24] 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 Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia Ballroom, atlantachefsexpo.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 10] Discover what Cartersville has to offer at their first-ever bridal show. Sip Champagne and sample complimentary hors d’oeuvres, watch a fashion show and enter to win prizes galore! Clarence Brown Conference Center, 5450 State Route 20, Cartersville, 770-606-5763, nwgeorgiabridalexpo.com

J U S TI N A LE X A N D E R B R I DA L TR U N K S H OW [April 19 – 21] Justin Alexander’s bridal collection has European influence in both its beautiful fabrics and fashion-forward designs. All gowns will be on sale during this event. Bride Beautiful, Sandy Springs, 404250-4330, bridebeautifulinc.com

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Raise a Toast to the Bride-to-Be. Listen up maids of honor — when planning the bridal shower or bachelorette party, bring the fun to your doorstep by hosting an in-home wine tasting with local vino expert Jolan Turkington. With a wealth of knowledge and laid-back demeanor, Turkington tailors each tasting to your preferences and the size of your party, and can even suggest food pairings or incorporate games. Basic tastings start at $250 for up to 12 guests. For details, email jolan.nevada@gmail.com or call 202-841-6041.

Capture Customized Memories. Sure, an old-fashioned photo booth could be fun, but why not kick it up a notch with new technology? Socialbox allows you to add a contemporary twist to the age-old concept with high-tech components, high-definition recordings and social media connectivity. Rent one to capture photos and videos of guests on your big day, plus slideshows, custom-designed graphics and more. Call 678-740-3222 or visit socialboxusa.com.

Serve up Something Sweet. As the cupcake craze rages on, consider calling upon a baker who beat out the competition in The Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” for your wedding or bridesmaids luncheon. Marietta-based Patty Cakes Cupcakes whips up sumptuous sweets with all-natural ingredients in flavors like Southern

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Sew in Something Blue. No bride would dare walk down the aisle without something old, new, borrowed and blue, but how to incorporate those traditional items? We suggest stitching your “something blue” inside your gown with an elegant label by Points North’s own Shannah J. Smith. The squares, available in four shades of blue, are $20 and can be personalized with your name and wedding date. Be sure to plan in advance, as production takes 1 week after approval. Order online at shannahjsmith.etsy.com.


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