Pretty Pear Bride Magazine V2 {Preview}

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Pretty Pear Inspiration for Plus Size Brides

Body Types And Wedding Gowns

SumMer 2012 volume 2

Bridal Trend

The Perfect Wedding Braid

Real Weddings Tribute to our Military

Summer Fashion Tips from Sonsi Summer Fashions for your Plus Groom Yoga and Wedding Bliss Curvy Yoga

Bridal Party Gift Ideas Getting Your Finances Fit for Summer

Mast head Editor in Chief

Shafonne Myers Creative Director

Cover Credit s

Photography: Foskett Creative Coordination: Pink of Perfection Events Florals: Butterfly Petals Venue: Superstition Mountain Museum Jewelry: Leave No Stone Unturned Linens: Special Events Linens Stationery: Soiree Andover Model: Gisele Dominguez Hair and Makeup: KLM Artistry

Jennie Dee Hertello Contributors: Lisa Smith Tracy Dapp Lanette Kincaid Millicent Smith Jennie Dee Hertello Guest Contibutors: Bruce Sturgell Anna Guest- Jelley

Gown: Strut Bridal


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Welcome to V2 of Pretty Pear Bride Magazine, the Summer Issue. In this issue we wanted to embody what a true summer wedding is; including colors, locations and fashions. I decided to do the cover in the place that is the epitome of summer, Arizona. We did our cover at a wonderful museum in Arizona and it was fabulous. This cover was only possible because of the collective effort of so many individuals, especially Julie of Foskett Creative and her team of vendors from Arizona. Thanks a million times over for all your help with making this cover amazing! We coined this issue’s theme “Desert Chic” because I wanted it be in the desert, a true representation of Arizona but I also wanted it to be chic and sexy. This issue is a definite culmination of a summer, desert chic wedding.

I had a vision to do. All I wanted to do was find bridal imagery that looked like me and since there wasn’t any, I set out to create it. As always, behind a great idea and vision are amazing people that pushed and pulled the idea out. I thank all of my contributors, guest and routine for their continuous effort to create amazing content to share with you all. I leave you with these words of wisdom: “Don’t think outside the box… think like there is no box” ~ Unknown ENJOY!!

Shafonne Myers Editor-in-Chief Email Phone 866-398-9041 Real Wedding Features: Couples/ Photographers interested in submitting their real weddings should submit their information on our website. Regretfully due to the volume of submissions, we are unable to respond to all requests. Editorial Submissions: Please do not send original material to Pretty Pear Bride Magazine. We are not responsible for damage or loss to unsolicited material. Editorial material can be sent to Advertising: To advertise in Pretty Pear Bride Magazine please contact adver . Advertising requests for prettypearbride. com should also contact advertising@ A media kit will be made available upon receipt of a request.

As for the magazine, I have to thank you, the readers for the continued support for what

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Contents Wedding Planning

Body Types and Wedding Gowns Invitations 101 Ask Lisa Honeymoon Packing Checklist Bridal Party Gift Ideas


What’s in the Jewelry Box Undersummers Sonsi’s Summer Fashions Summer Fashions for Plus Grooms

Fitness and Beauty

26 Getting finances fit for Summer 22 28 Real Weddings 48 Billy and Allison Wilson 41 Shannon and Shanta Jackson Chuck and Alicin Roop Zack and Jacey Anderson 8 Doni and Amanda Iraheta 19 James and Vienna DeGiacomo 34 Bradley and Julia Steidle 40


Cheers: Blue Lagoon Martini 20 DIY: Succulent Cheers 44 Pin with Us 45

14 16 49


10 30 32 36 38 42 46

Body + Yoga = Wedding Bliss Airbrush Makeup for the Summer Bridal Trend: The Wedding Braid



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Zach and Jacey Anderson Jacksonville, florida Jessie crumbie photography


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By Tracy Dapp

Blue Lagoon Martini

Now, we you see that, doesn’t it just scream “SUMMA”… and no, that’s not a typo you see! That’s how we, Bostonians pronounce it! There really are a lot cocktail ideas out there that are considered “summer” drinks. I decided to work with the color palette that was being showcased to find a cocktail that was striking and of course, that tastes good! Oddly enough this one was my third choice. I was researching a completely different type of cocktail, when I stumbled across this beauty. It literally ‘caught my eye’ and thought it would be a perfect choice to have in the summer issue. It definitely would make an eye catching statement as a signature cocktail.

Kevin Lee Photography

I took my first sip and was pleasantly surprised on how smooth it was! It looked so pretty in the glass, than to have it live up in taste, well that just made my day! I like my martinis more on the “creamy” side, but this one was SO good! It was fruity with a tangy kick at the end. The alcohol taste wasn’t overwhelming at all. You’ll want to continue to drink & savor it. This will be a drink that won’t go to waste!

Ingredients: 2 oz Vodka 1 oz Blue Curaco 1 oz Lemon Juice Martini Glass Ice Directions: Pour all ingredients in shaker Fill shaker 1/2 way with ice Shake all ingredients Pour in martini glass

Kevin Lee Photography

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DIY Favors: Succulent Cheers! Ingredients: Succulent plants Decorative Sand Candle holder Vase Miracle Grow Soil Directions: 1. Clean out vase & candle holder 2. Fill vase & candle holder half way with Miracle Grow soil 3. Remove succulent plant from packaged plant holder 4. Re-pot into the vase & candle holder a. making sure not to tear off any roots or limbs 5. Once succulent is firmly potted, sprinkle decorative sand on the top of the vase & candle holder a. clean off any excess on the leaves and vase Display candle holders with small tags or labels and arrange them for your guests to see.

Contributors Diamond and Pearl Affairs - Salem, NH Salisbury Beach - Salisbury, MA Kevin Le Photography - Boston, MA


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Lynn Graham Designs - Boston, MA Rentals Unlimited - Boston, MA Succulents Plants- Etsy “Succulents Galore�

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Putting Your Wedding Style on a Pedestal While love and romance is filling the air, your guests are also being filled with anticipation for your big day! Meet their excitement with a stationery suite that puts your love story and style on a pedestal. Start with a Save the Date design that’s easily personalized to show off your quirky side or a design that’s the perfect prelude to your wedding theme. Personal touches are key in creating something truly unique and memorable. Use color and expressive fonts to transform the design into the style you want. Further enhance the mood with wording that captures your love and steals their hearts.

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How to Keep Your Suite Distinct Translate the Trends

Keep your stationery current by incorporating the trends that you love. Hot for summer: mix & match patterns, bold colors, floral prints, rustic charm and creative typography.

Suite Details

Beauty is found in the details. Add dimension and visual appeal to your suite by layering your Invitations with: Vellum Bands, decorative Seals, and colorful Envelope Liners.

Stationery Timelines & Tips Do … • Stay organized by using a wedding stationery timeline. • Send Save the Dates 6-12 months ahead of your date and only to those you plan on inviting to the wedding. • Start researching your invitations at least 6 months prior to your date. • Order invitations 2-4 months prior. Mail 6-8 weeks prior. • Send RSVP Postcards to save on postage costs.

Don’t … • Sacrifice quality over price. • Fail to order 25 extra invitations (for keepsakes, last-minute invites, etc.) • Overlook the importance of proofing: spellings, locations, names, dates, etc. • Forget to include an RSVP date with your invitation (2-3 weeks before your wedding). • Neglect taking one fully-assembled invite to the post office for weighing & accurate postage costs.

Perfectly Polished

From your Save the Dates and Invites, to your Programs and Thank Yous, complement and carry your look across your entire suite, for a theme that’s polished and complete.

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“Desert Chic”

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Chuck and Alicin Roop Tampa, florida stay forever Photography


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hat made you laugh: Meeting Jerry Springer while having our formal wedding portraits taken. Jerry springer was driving by and pulled over to say hi. All i remember seeing is “ we partied with jerry� tee shirts and then he was there. My husband immediately said is this a good or a bad sign for us? Unlike most couples our wedding pictures featured pirates and jerry springer!

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here did you save big?

We choose to do many of the crafting projects ourselves. I loved etsy it truly was an addiction, but it adds up. So i looked on etsy for inspiration, then my mom and mother in law would give it their own spin. My mom made the table numbers, reserved seating ribbons, and candles. My mother in law did a countless amount of projects. Both moms gave the wedding the personal effect, with a much lower price tag. Chuck and my family made the chocolates that were at each place setting.


here did you splurge?

My splurges I like to think of as investments they were photography and florals. From the very beginning I knew I wanted florals to play a very important part of the wedding. It gave the wedding the soft vintage affect that I wanted. Flowers are three times the cost in february but i had an amaing florists who really worked with us in creating my dream flowers. I’m still in disbelief the florals that Jana Stall was able to create for my wedding. The first time i met the videographer we just clicked and i knew she would do an amazing job. I remember telling her i’m not a little girl, I dont deserve a little bouquet and she delievered! I also knew from the very begging that photography was the most important vendor of the day. I would have nothing to remember my wedding day without them. I’m so thankful i invested in my wedding photography, they worth every penny and more. I still want to cry when i look back at the moments SFP was

Photographer : Stay Forever Photography Wedding Planner Elite Events and Hospitality Caterer: Amici’s Catering Florist : Events in Bloom Cake: A piece of cake Jewelry: Necklace and Earrings by Nadri Hair comb by nina Bridal Shop (Gown): Davids Bridal Formalwear: Calvin Klein Tux Bridal Party Attire: Dessy Bridesmaid Dresses Ceremony Location: Don Vicente De Ybor Historic Inn Reception Location: The Cuban Club Videographer Lekkas Photography Music/Entertainment Marvelous Marvin Rentals and Decor Tampa Lights Officiate/ Minister Micheal Strickland

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