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We are all about local here at Weddings Magazine and this issue boasts some of the most amazing local photo shoots to date. Our shoots took us from downtown Raleigh, to Chapel Hill, Pittsboro, Fuquay-Varina and North Raleigh. We love to bring our brides all the variety of locations the Triangle has to offer. Here are a few highlights. This year our fashion was photographed at a very unique location owned by Empire Properties (p23). This location allowed us to contrast the beautiful couture gowns from Traditions by Anna against a historic art deco landmark water treatment plant right here in Raleigh. Surrounded by peeling paint, layers of dust filled floors and very unique architecture, we managed to keep the gowns clean while capturing truly timeless images. Our floral shoot was the best to date and we know you will see that the florists in Weddings Magazine are some of the best the Triangle has to offer. The details and time each florist took to create their tabletops and bouquets literally leaps off our pages portraying vibrant color palettes while utilizing other elements to bring out the softness of the flowers. We chose a unique location in Chapel Hill for our cake shoot. Raaga is an amazing Indian restaurant offering full catering at locations throughout the Triangle. Our bakers all rose to the occasion and created cakes in rich jewel tones to compliment the venue and show their attention to details. We hope you enjoy and get inspired by our entire photo and style party shoots as

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cover Credits: Winter/Spring Cover: Hat designed by Kim Primeau www.etsy.com/shop/orphelia Photo: Arrowood Photography for Today’s Bride San Francisco Summer/Fall Cover: Photography: Agata Stoinska www.stoinskaphotography.com Styling: Roxanne Parker www.roxanneparker.com Hair: Jackie Faye for Kazumi Hair Salon, www.kazumihair.ie

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Reception and Banquet Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Bridal Fashion and Jewelry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Wedding Planners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

Real Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Invitations and Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 Registry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Flowers and Tablescapes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Cakes and Confections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185 Feature Parties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200

wine pairing101 Pa i r i n g w i n e Begin by considering texture and flavor a n d f o o d when pairing. There are certain combinam ay seem tions that will compliment each other and dau n t i n g others that will clash. For example, if you are at fi r s t, b u t serving a hearty steak dish you should avoid is ac t ua l ly serving it with a light bodied wine like a Piq u i t e a si m pl e not Grigio as the steak would overpower the

Hair and Makeup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215 Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225 Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241 Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243

f o r m u l a . flavor of the wine. T h er e a r e

Light bodied wines such as Riesling and

o n ly a fe w Sauvignon Blanc pair well with fish and e a s y r u l e s vegetables that are poached or steamed. to r em em b er Hearty wines like Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and w h en t r y i n g Merlots, pair nicely with dishes that include to co o r d i - roasted poultry or pork as the sharp flavor

Destination Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249 New Home Buying . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256 Budget . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257 Planning Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260

n at e yo u r will cut the richness of the food. food and

Selecting a winery that is affiliated with a

d r i n k m en us! charity is another great way to pay it forward and show support, especially in honor of a family member or friend. One Hope Wines pairs each of their varietals with a charity including breast cancer, autism, and support

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of the United States Military. Just another reason to eat, drink and be married! wm

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Number of Months in Avance to Schedule

Average Price per Person

Separate Area Available For Ceremony?

Low Fat/Low Cholesterol Menu Available?

Off-Premise Catering Available?

Outside Caterer Permitted?

Outside Reception Area?

Number of Sleeping Rooms

5

3-14

$50-75

Yes

Varied Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Beltline Station 923 Franklin St., Durham • 919-908-8325

300

2

12

$50-75

Yes

Varied Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Bennett Bunn Plantation 1371 Wake Union Church Rd., Wake Forest

350+

Call

2+

$26-50

Yes

Varied Yes

Yes

Call

Yes

Yes

Brier Creek Country Club 9400 Club Hill Dr., Raleigh • 919-206-4600

up to 350

7

Call

$50-75

Yes

Varied Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

Caffe Luna 136 E Hargett St., Raleigh • 919-832-6090

200

3

1-12

$26-50

Yes

Varied

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

Capital City Club 411 Fayetteville, 21st Fl, Raleigh • 919-832-5526

500

8

3-12

$50-75

Yes

Varied Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Cardinal Club 150 Fayetteville, Ste 2800., Ral • 919-834-8829

600

7

3-12

$50-75

Yes

Varied Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Cardinal Golf & Country Club 5700 Cardinal Way, Greensboro • 336-668-2746

55-250

2

3-18

$26-50

Yes

Varied

No

Yes

No

No

No

Call

425

1

12

$26-50

Yes

Varied

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

220-400

4

12-18

$100+

Yes

Varied Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

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The Cotton Room 807 E Main St., Rm 2-350, Durham • 919-530-8380

440

1

Call

$50-75

No

Varied Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Delightful Inspirations 500 Caitboo Ave., Cary • 919-239-4777

80

2

Call

$26-50

No

Varied Yes

Yes

No

No

No

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Doubletree Hilton – Mansion on the Hill 4800 Page Creek Rd, Durham • 919-941-4810

400

3

$75-100 Yes

Varied

No

Yes

No

No

No

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Doubletree by Hilton – Raleigh-Cary 500 Caitboo Ave., Cary • 919-239-4777

80

2

Call

$26-50

No

Varied Yes

Yes

No

No

No

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Embassy Suites – Raleigh Crabtree 4700 Creedmoor Rd., Raleigh • 919-881-0000

200

2

6

$26-50

Yes

Varied

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

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Embassy Suites – RDU / Brier Creek 8001 Arco Corporate Dr, Raleigh • 919-572-2200

200

6

6-12

$75-100 Yes

Varied

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

175

up to 200

2

3

$75-100

No

Varied Yes

No

No

No

Yes

350

7

3-12

$75+

Yes

Varied

Yes

No

No

Yes

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Cardinal Hall 6015 Lead Mine Rd., Raleigh • 919-873-9500 The Carolina Inn 1211 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill • 919-918-2749

Fleming’s 4325 Glenwood Ave #5004, Raleigh • 919-571-6200 Governor’s Club 11000 Governors Dr., Chapel Hill • 919-933-7500

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Number of Banquet Rooms

175

Facility Information

Available Serving Sytle

Reception Room Maximum Capacity

1705 Prime Chophouse & Events 1705 Millbrook Ave., Raleigh • 919-850-2340

Reception & Banquet Guide

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Number of Months in Avance to Schedule

Average Price per Person

Separate Area Available For Ceremony?

Valet Parking Available?

Low Fat/Low Cholesterol Menu Available?

Off-Premise Catering Available?

Outside Caterer Permitted?

Outside Reception Area?

Number of Sleeping Rooms

Call

2+

$26-50

Yes

Varied Yes

Yes

Call

Yes

Yes

140-175

2

6-12

$50-75

Yes

Varied

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

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Het Landhuis 1898 Henderson Tanyard Rd, Pittsboro • 919-545-2280

80

1

Call

$75-100

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Call

Highgrove 1613 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina • 919-552-6154

250

1

$75-100 Yes

Varied

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

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Hilton Garden Inn – Raleigh-Cary 131 Columbus Ave., Cary • 919-339-1607

350

4

Call

$26-50

Yes

Varied

No

Yes

No

No

No

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Homewood Suites - Cary 100 MacLayson Ct., Cary • 919-467-4444

120

1

Call

$26-50

Yes

Varied

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

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Hudson Manor 908 Moulton Rd., Louisburg • 919-219-9139

250

1

6-12

Call

Yes

Buffet

No

No

No

No

Yes

up to 200

1

12-18

Yes

Varied

No

No

Yes

Yes

La Volta 411 Fayetteville St., Raleigh • 919-838-8700

250

3

61-512 $26-50

Yes

Varied Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Marriott Crabtree 4500 Marriott Drive, Raleigh • 919-781-7000

300

3

6-12

$75-100 Yes

Varied

No

Yes

No

No

No

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Marriott RTP 4700 Guearduan Dr., Durham • 919-941-6200

200

6

Call

$26-50

Varied

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

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Museum of Natural Sciences 11 West Jones St., Raleigh • 919-707-9845

1500

10

6-12 $50-100 Yes

Varied Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

80-160

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Facility Information The Grand Ballroom 1371 Wake Union Church Rd., Wake Forest Hampton Inn – RDU / Brier Creek 8001 Arco Corporate Dr, Raleigh • 919-484-0500

Jennette’s Pier 7223 S Virginia Dare Tr, Nags Head • 252-255-1501

Musgrove Mill Golf Club 772 Musgrove Mill Rd., Clinton SC • 864-833-6946

No

Available Serving Sytle

Reception Room Maximum Capacity 350+

Reception & Banquet Guide

6+

$26-50

No

Varied

No

Yes

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island 374 Airport Road, Manteo • 866-332-3475

150-1000 Many

Call

Yes

The Oaks at Salem 6304 Old Jenks Road, Apex • 919-387-4158

up to 300

1

Call

Yes

Varied Yes

25-160

3

3-18

$26-50

Yes

Varied

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

Call

One Eleven Place 111 Realtors Way, Cary • 919-654-5413

350

3

Yes

Varied Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Preston Woodall House 201 E. Hill St., Benson • 919-894-7025

300

2

6-12

$50-75

Yes

Varied Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

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Old North State Club 201 Old North State Club, New London • 336-461-4447

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Available Serving Sytle

Valet Parking Available?

Low Fat/Low Cholesterol Menu Available?

Off-Premise Catering Available?

Outside Caterer Permitted?

Outside Reception Area?

Number of Sleeping Rooms

No

No

Yes

2

$26-75

No

Varied Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

*

2

3-18

$26-50

Yes

Varied

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

Call

500

14

12

$50-75

Yes

Varied Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

400

The Reserve Golf Club 18 Reserve Dr., Pawleys Island SC • 843-235-0755

60-125

2

6+

$26-50

Yes

Varied

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

Call

Second Empire Restaurant 330 Hillsborough St., Raleigh • 919-829-3663

Varied

6

Call

$48-75

No

Varied

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

Sedgefield Country Club 3201 Forsyth Dr., Greensboro • 336-299-5324

48-250

2

3-18 $26-50

Yes

Varied Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Call

SEVEN 501 Washington St., Raleigh • 919-833-7776

350

1

Call

No

No

Yes

Yes

Shady Wagon Farm 2312 Pea Ridge Rd., New Hill • 919-542-7172

up to 200

2

6-18

$50-75

Yes

Varied

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

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Sheraton Raleigh 421 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh • 919-834-9900

350

3

12

$50-75

Yes

Varied

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

350

up to 175

3

6

$75-100 Yes

Varied Yes

Yes

No

No

No

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The Stockroom 230 Fayetteville St., Raleigh • 919-459-3212

300

1

8-16

$26-50

No

Varied Yes

Yes

Yes

Sullivans Steakhouse 414 Glenwood Ave, Ste 103 Raleigh • 919-82- 7533

100

5

2

$50-75

Yes

Plated Yes

No

Yes

No

No

The Sutherland 1371 Wake Union Church Rd., Wake Forest

350+

Call

2+

$26-50

Yes

Varied

No

Yes

No

No

No

Callß

Treyburn Country Club One Old Trail Dr., Durham • 919-620-0184

40-200

3

3-18

$50-75

Yes

Varied Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Call

Ward’s Hollow 3215 Mt. Gilead Church Rd., Pittsboro • 919-617-1840 up to 300

2

Call

Yes

Varied

No

No

No

No

Yes

Wakefield Planatation 2207 Wakefield Plantation Dr., Raleigh • 919-488-5100 up to 300

2

Call

Yes

Varied

No

No

No

No

Yes

6-12

Raaga 3140 Environ Way, Chapel Hill • 919-407-7490

120-230

3

Raleigh Country Club 400 Donald Ross Dr., Raleigh • 919-231-5501

180

Raleigh Marriott City Center 500 Fayetteville St., Raleigh • 919-833-1120

The Siena 1505 E Franklin St., Chapel Hill • 919-918-2544

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Reception Room Maximum Capacity

6

Separate Area Available For Ceremony?

Yes

50-400

Facility Information

Average Price per Person

No

Number of Months in Avance to Schedule

Varied

Number of Banquet Rooms

$75-100 Yes

Prestonwood Country Club 300 Prestonwood Pkwy., Cary • 919-467-2566

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is a place where you can still see the Milky Way at night and the air is filled with the soothing sounds of nature

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An URBAn EVEnT VEnUE On RALEIGH’S MAIn STREET

Contact Sarah Morris 919-459-3212 or sarah@empire1792.com 230 Fayetteville Street, 2nd Floor I www.thestockroomat230.com

top10cocktails Tr e nd s d o n’ t just r e v o lv e ar o und

Mojitos These minty drinks will bring the ambiance of a tropical is-

fash i o n and d é co r – e v e n co cktai ls go

land to the party no matter where you live, and can bring a laid back

th r o ugh pe r i o d s o f be i ng e n v o gue o r

feeling to help your guests relax and enjoy party.

“o ut. ” Re m e m be r h o w th e Co sm o po li tan

Sangria Make your own batch and serve it up with ice in mason jars.

r o se to p o pular i ty afte r star r i ng i n S e x

This is a crowd favorite and can be mixed to match your color scheme

and th e Ci ty?

depending on your choices of wine and fruit.

Martini It’s simply a classic. Just resist the urge to say “shaken, not

Hypnotiq Cocktail Add your something blue with this cool cocktail.

stirred” every time you ask for one.

Mix it with white wine or a spritzer and serve chilled.

Gin & Tonic Add lemon zest or a cucumber to this classic cocktail for

Bourbon Lemonade Perfect for summer weddings no matter which

a refreshing twist during the summer months.

side of the Mason-Dixon line you’re on.

Manhattan Give your reception a retro vibe with a cool “Mad Men”

Bellini This bubbly Italian cocktail adds a touch of elegance to any

flair with this classic drink.

reception and it is perfect for hot summer days!

Of course, your guests will appreciate anything you offer at the bar,

Cosmopolitan This drink has had a long moment in the spotlight,

but you’ll add a touch of style to your reception if you choose one of

and it continues to be a trendy pick for brides everywhere.

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Celebrate. Greet.

Relax.

rEcEptions | cErEmoniEs | accommodations photo: www.waltersandwalters.com

Embassy suitEs ralEigh crabtrEE

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The Hudson Manor

Elegant Atmosphere Exquisite Cuisine Exceptional Service

919-219-9139 www.thehudsonmanor.com photo: bluewave photo

Located in Louisburg, Just North of Raleigh NC

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REMARKABLE HOSPITALITY. INCREDIBLE CUISINE. LOCAL PASSION.

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Stylish. Unique. Affordable. our dedicated staff is here for you every step of the way so you can relax and enJoy your special day!

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Marriott RTP offers an elegant atmosphere, the ability to customize our menus to accommodate any budget and our outstanding personal service ensures that your wedding will be the ultimate expression of your heritage and happiness. We would be honored to serve you and your guests!

Please contact Kolleen Vincent

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4700 Guardian Dr Durham, NC 27703 919-941-6200 www.mariottrtp.com


Discover a Perfect Setting for Your Bridal Celebration

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Grand Ballroom accommodates up to 400 people custom menus personalized attention weddinG receptions rehearsal dinners Bridal showers & luncheons Guest accommodations ceremonies

500 Caitboo Ave Cary NC 27518

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La Volta Italiano

Customized menus to fit any budget. Personalized attention to detail. Located in the heart of Downtown Raleigh, convenient to hotels and amenities. Inclusive packages available.

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Ceremonies

reCeptions

rehearsal Dinners

showers

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For the perfect beginning to your happily ever after ceremonies | wedding receptions | rehearsal dinners | bridal luncheons | family celebrations

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Expect More

8001 Arco Corporate Dr Raleigh, NC 27617 919-572-2200 www.hotelsinraleighdurham.com

With over 4,000 square feet of event space in each of our two prime locations, Hamption Inn & Suites is perfect for your special occasion!

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Hampton Inn & Suites Crabtree Valley 3920 Arrow Dr Raleigh, NC 919-881-7080

Hampton Inn & Suites Brier Creek 8021 Arco Corporate Dr. Raleigh, NC 919-484-0500

Weddings • Rehearsal Dinners • Bridal Luncheons Outdoor Patio • Guest Accommodations

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brace yourself Vendors can be your best friends when it comes to pl anning. the are a few things to remember when working with vendors that will make your wedding experience less stressful and much more enjoyable. The Big Picture Chances are you are not the only one plan-

make sure that you have a plan-of-action that everyone has agreed

shoeshow

upon. Otherwise your vendor could end up confused as to exactly

embellishments per, metallic hues and textured heels are

what it is that you want. Setting a budget will also help your vendor

and custom- hot for 2013. Smooth satin and the “disco

to get a clearer picture of the size of your pocket book. Also, don’t be

izing your kicks ball” look are both great bridal shoe styles

afraid to share your tastes with your vendor so she can be the most

with the this year, a little shine is a great way to spice

ning for the big day. Your groom, parents, siblings and friends are usually involved with helping and confusion will result if everyone is not singing out of the same book. When meeting with your vendors,

Accents, metallics Gold, silver, pewter, cop-

hottest fads up and accent your overall attire.

help to you. Meet with your Vendors If you would like to do a tast-

for feet are bling Larger rhinestones and the mo-

ing, meet with your vendor or even just chat about your ideas over

just one saic look in shoe embellishments are both

the phone. Keep in mind that you are not your vendor’s only client and

more way striking and unique trends. Crystal brooches

that her schedule can be extremely tight. So out of consideration for

to complete and light catching accessories transform a

these hard working wedding wonders, try to schedule appointments

your look from simple shoe into a work of art. Whether you

as far ahead as possible. Or, if you must setup a last minute meeting,

head to toe! are using your grandmother’s clip-on ear-

try to remember that your vendor is just as busy as you are.

rings or customized gems just a bit of bling

Don’t Micro-Manage Every bride, including you, allows

will take your pump to a trendy new level.

herself to become so stressed out before the happiest-day-of- her-

lace Platforms covered in white or cream

life that she can barely enjoy her bachelorette party. A word of ad-

lace and intricate designs are a breathtaking

vice; let your vendors do their jobs! I know, I know, you want to make

choice. Utilizing the lace from your mothers

sure that every detail of this glorious day is perfect, and that’s why

or grandmother’s wedding dress is a mean-

you hired pros. Micro-managing only invites sleepless nights and

ingful option if you are considering having

puffy eyes. Trust your vendors and enjoy your wedding. wm

your shoes made. Soft and sexy footwear that you can wear again and again is a route more brides are taking, looking fabulous while spending less. wm

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about theshoot The fashion shoot this year was such a unique and adventurous experience, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the resulting spread. We shot on location at an antiquated facility that was built in the 1940’s, and is currently owned by Empire Properties. Empire properties also owns and operates two wonderful wedding facilities in Raleigh, All Saints Chapel and The Stockroom (p23). For this shoot, we chose to embrace with the idea of contrast, playing on the relationships between hard and soft, modern and vintage, and polished and chaotic. The overrun and industrial setting was the perfect backdrop for the stunning and trendy gowns provided by Traditions by Anna. Even the accessories came into play, with vintage fashions such as parasols, fans and top hats making their own appearances - each with a modern steam punk flair that complimented both the setting and the gowns perfectly. No look is complete without a little sparkle, so each look in this spread was topped off with dazzling gems from two incredibly talented local designers. Elisabeth Newton and Oh So Curio specialize in creating bridal jewelry that evokes the idea of contrast in their own unique ways, utilizing mixed materials such as shell, polished crystal, chain, and repurposed vintage jewelry. Each element of the shoot came together to create twenty-four pages of extraordinary looks that will intrigue and inspire you.

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contrast in couture Embrace texture in every aspect of your wedding day style,

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from your gown to your accessories. The billowing tulle of the handmade parasol and the beautifully delicate rosettes of the A-line skirt perfectly contrast the beaded belt and crystal jewelry, creating a visually diverse yet cohesive look. gown Traditions by Anna (p70) jewelry Elisabeth Newton (p71) parasol pamelaparasols.com shot on location Empire Properties (p22) Photography waltersandwalters.com (p138)

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contrast in couture make a bold statement with vintage themed accessories, like this veiled miniature top hat. This stunning ball gown is perfectly paired with coordinating embellishments such as the crystal broach, beaded bodice, and sparkling vintage jewelry. gown Traditions by Anna (p70) earrings Oh So Curio (p71) bracelet Elisabeth Newton (p71) hat etsy.com/shop/TwoBackFlats shot on location Empire Properties (p22) Photography waltersandwalters.com (p138)

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contrast in coutour Bridesmaids will feel prim and pretty

in this blush cocktail gown. Adorned with an oversized rosette, the dress is commanding and distinctive, but still demure enough to let the bride shine on her special day. Complete the look with an oversized cuff and a coordinating necklace and earrings made with unique materials such as polished alabaster or shell. dress Traditions by Anna (p70) jewelry Elisabeth Newton (p71) shot on location Empire Properties (p22) Photography waltersandwalters.com (p138)

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contrast in couture Sleek and sexy, this chic floor-length slip dress evokes thoughts of old Hollywood glamour. Take a cue from the crystal-embellished cowl neck and pin up your curls with a jeweled hairpiece, and add a touch of allure with a vintage fan. gown & headpiece Traditions by Anna (p70) jewelry Elisabeth Newton (p71) shot on location Empire Properties (p22) Photography waltersandwalters.com (p138)

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contrast in couture Black and White details create eye-catching contrast on this cream gown, adding a bold yet elegant facet to a traditional silhouette. Take the look a step further with a Victorian-style headpiece featuring cream lace, black feathers and an antique cameo pin, and a unique necklace with black ribbon and cream-colored pearls.

gown Traditions by Anna (p70) jewelry Elisabeth Newton (p71) hat etsy.com/shop/TwoBackFlats shot on location Empire Properties (p22) Photography waltersandwalters.com (p138)

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contrast in couture An overlay of delicate lace and

a dramatic train on this sheath gown create visual interest with a simple shape. Compliment the teardrop embellishment with a jeweled headband and chandelier earrings, with taupe pearls to compliment the satin ribbon. gown & Headpiece Traditions by Anna (p70) jewelry Oh So Curio (p71) shot on location Empire Properties (p22) Photography waltersandwalters.com (p138)

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An eye-catching jeweled belt adds a beautiful shape to this stunning ball gown. Mimic the distinctive look of the sheer illusion neckline with a textured parasol, and add a touch of sparkle with layered vintage bracelets and a crystal headpiece. gown Traditions by Anna (p70) earrings Elisabeth Newton (p71) bracelet & Headpiece Oh So Curio (p71) Parasol pamelasparasols.com shot on location Empire Properties (p22) Photography waltersandwalters.com (p138)

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contrast in couture Drama is the buzzword

when it comes to both of these stunning gowns. A striking crumb catcher adds an element of surprise, while a rouched bodice and full skirt will leave jaws on the floor. Bejeweled belts, that allow the bride to fully customize her wedding day look, compliment both gowns. Once again, unique materials are key in bridal jewelry, with layers of quartz and polished shell making bold statements. gowns Traditions by Anna (p70) jewelry Elisabeth Newton (p71) shot on location Empire Properties (p22) Photography waltersandwalters.com (p138)

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Shirred lace, beads and appliquĂŠ create stunning texture on this strapless gown while an intertwined combination of beads, sheer ribbon, and freshwater pearls create dazzling bridal jewelry. gowns Traditions by Anna (p70) jewelry Elisabeth Newton (p71) shot on location Empire Properties (p22) Photography waltersandwalters.com (p138)

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This dramatic trumpet of tulle will surely

have you the center of attention. Offset by a delicate lace bodice, this gown evokes enigma and elegance when paired with a truly distinct necklace of layered chains and gems. gowns Traditions by Anna (p70) jewelry Elisabeth Newton (p71) shot on location Empire Properties (p22) Photography waltersandwalters.com (p138)

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contrast in couture Classic and chic, this gown is all about combining

tradition and trend with eyelet sheers and a ballroom silhouette, with shades of cream and taupe. Take the look to new levels with a long rope of pearls draped around your neck for a different spin on the traditional gemstone. gowns Traditions by Anna (p70) earrings Elisabeth Newton (p71) necklace Oh So Curio (p71) shot on location Empire Properties (p22) Photography waltersandwalters.com (p138)

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Intricate patterns of metallic thread, beads and lace will draw every eye to you in this gorgeous empire gown. Add an element of contrast with a necklace made of freshwater pearls and vintage jewels, heirloom earrings, and a unique headband. gown Traditions by Anna (p70) jewelry & headpiece Elisabeth Newton (p71) shot on location Empire Properties (p22) Photography waltersandwalters.com (p138)

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You’re the belle of the ball in this stunning gown

with layers upon layers of delicate tulle and a plunging neckline. Vintage earrings attached to a necklace mimic the shape of the deep V, only adding to the drama. gown & headpiece Traditions by Anna (p70) jewelry Oh So Curio (p71) shot on location Empire Properties (p22) Photography waltersandwalters.com (p138)

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Let your bridesmaids sparkle in a patterned cocktail dress or floor-length formal gown in ravishing purple. Compliment their dresses with coordinating statement necklaces for a unique twist. bridemaids gowns Traditions by Anna (p70) gold jewelry with dress Elisabeth Newton (p71) necklace with purple gown Oh So Curio (p71) shot on location Empire Properties (p22) Photography waltersandwalters.com (p138)

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The eyelet lace of this A-line gown

with an alluring illusion neckline is sweet but hardly subtle. Add a little sass with a feathered headpiece and dramatic jewelry.

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Photography waltersandwalters.com (p138)


contrast in couture Embellished with ornate lace at both the bodice and the hemline,

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this taupe sheath gown with a billowing skirt is truly regal. A necklace made of vintage jewels and a playful feathered headpiece will take this look a step above the rest. gown & headpiece Traditions by Anna (p70) jewelry Oh So Curio (p71) shot on location Empire Properties (p22) Photography waltersandwalters.com (p138)

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contrast in couture Lace overlays are one of the biggest wedding gown trends of

the next season, and this elegant gown takes it to another level. Add visual interest with accessories like a jeweled belt, a feather and silk flower headpiece, and an oversized cuff. gown & headpiece Traditions by Anna (p70) earrings Oh So Curio (p71) bracelet Elisabeth Newton (p71) shot on location Empire Properties (p22) Photography waltersandwalters.com (p138)

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BRIDE: KRISTEN STEWART CONGELLI

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trends in bridaljewelry Je w el ry c a n hel p cre at e a u ni q u e lo o k a n d c a n br in g to ge t her a l l t he el em en t s o f yo u r s t y l e. usin g t he h ot t e s t t ren ds in w ed d in g je w el ry c a n hel p cre at e a s t y l ish lo o k t h at ’s cu rren t a n d perso n a l ized to yo u.

We asked a few wedding experts to share

ing those pieces with other textures, such

to wear something truly unique,” says Anne

their thoughts on the hottest trends in bridal

as feathers, silks, metals, and more. “These

Marukhlenko, a North Carolina jewelry de-

jewelry right now, and here’s what they told us:

accents lend an effortless feel to wedding

signer who enjoys creating custom pieces

Bright Colors White may be the traditional

jewelry that is very exciting to see,” Newton

from vintage jewelry. “By incorporating vin-

color for a wedding gown, but your jewelry

says. “The key is to mix textures – pairing

tage pieces such as your grandmother’s

doesn’t have to be monochromatic, as well.

metal with a softer fabric, or intricate layers

brooches for example, your wedding jewelry

Elisabeth Newton, a jewelry designer whose

with a simpler gown.” Have fun experiment

can hold so much meaning. It’s something you

work combines couture design with everyday

with combinations to see what unique looks

can wear and cherish for years.”

sensibility, says that bright colors like shades

you can create.

of pink and blue (even turquoise) are very hot right now. Not only do these colors make a statement and stand out on their own, but they also create a stunning contrast against white and cream bridal gowns. Transitional Jewelry Why buy an expensive piece of jewelry that you’ll only ever wear on your wedding day -- or maybe on a special

Marukhlenko says she works with brides to create something to reflect their unique

“t h e k e y i s to m i x t e x t u r e s – pa i ri ng m e ta l w i t h a s of t e r fa br ic, or i n t r icat e l ay e r s w i t h a s i m p l e r g ow n”

anniversary dinner once a year at most? New-

styles while also incorporating their family traditions. “I can’t begin to describe how proud you will be to wear a custom piece that you helped design on your wedding day,” she says. Looking forward, wedding experts see more personalization in wedding attire and ceremony design, with more brides finding

ton says that today’s brides are picking pieces

Customized Pieces Brides who want

ways to combine traditional elements with

that they can wear from ceremony to recep-

“something borrowed” and enjoy traditional

modern, personal style choices. Newton pre-

tion to honeymoon. Those same earrings that

pieces but want to showcase their individual

dicts that pearls will be the next “it” jewelry

add a bit of edgy style to your gown can cre-

style, as well, are embracing customized jew-

in the upcoming year, as they offer possibili-

ate a hint of elegance to your cocktail dress

elry. These pieces can transform family heir-

ties for making bold statements, layering with

when you are sipping drinks pool side on your

looms into modern creations that blend the

other textures, and combining vintage and

honeymoon.

past with the present.

modern designs. wm

Mixed Textures Diamonds and pearls are

“So many things today are mass produced.

classic choices, but current trends invite mix-

For your wedding day, it’s so nice to be able

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Priscilla Erwin, owner of Orangerie Events, is known for her vintage details. This easy to assemble cake stand is

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perfect as a dessert table display for any celebration.

{ homemade cake stand }

orangerie events

1. shop around

Peruse local thrift stores for a funky old candlestick and a cute platter.

2. paint it!

Spray paint the candlestick in a fun color that compliments your dish.

3. get gluing

Hot glue the candlestick to the bottom of the plate to create your cake stand. 1

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4 4. the finished piece

Top with delicious treats and display with pride!

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lisa&luke

Co m b i n i n g t h e gr o o m ’ s m i d -w e s t u pb r i n g i n g a n d t h e b r i d e’ s I ta l i a n h er i tage, L is a a n d Lu k e c h ose to w ed o n t h e gr o o m ’ s fa m i ly fa r m i n I o wa , su r r o u n d ed by t h ei r c lose s t fa m i ly a n d fr i en ds a n d r o w s o f go l d en co r n fi el ds . Lisa and Luke’s wedding was bursting with personalized details. The groom grew up in Iowa while the bride was from New York. The theme of their backyard wedding was a fun fusion of New York City meets Iowa. The wedding party walked through a set of free-standing doors and down an aisle lined with vintage vases tied to wooden sticks. The groom’s brother built a custom stage complete with a windowpane backdrop, adorned with a collection of vases and candles. The groomsmen wore boutonnieres embellished with antique New York and Iowa pins. Following the ceremony, guests transitioned from the side lawn to the backyard, which had been transformed into a shabby chic wonderland. Small cans of champagne atop a rustic wagon doubled as an escort card for the guests, as well as an adorable wedding favor. Each table featured a vintage tablecloth and a variety of old vases and bottles for the centerpieces. Antique postcards from New York and Iowa were used as the menu display and the table names and were held in place by a bent vintage fork. The mother of the groom’s kitchen table served as the sweetheart table and the couple’s beloved pet sat alongside the bride and groom as they dined and danced throughout the night. Guests enjoyed having their picture taken at the photo booth, which used the family’s barn as the backdrop. In addition to a traditional white butter cream wedding cake adorned with love bird cake toppers, guests enjoyed homemade pies and New York Style cheesecake. Three hundred of the couple’s closest friends and family danced the night away beneath a canopy of handmade paper doily garlands, making memories that would last a lifetime.

Vendors Planner Priscilla Erwin, Orangerie Events (p75) Photographer Mark Tioxon, Leah and Mark Photography

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courtney scholl, owner of parties by bash, wanted to create a fun and unique way to decorate drink ware at a wedding celebration. She showed us how to create these adorable personalized straws to add a little style to your sips! planning

{ monogrammed straws } parties by

bash

1. get prepped

Print your custom tags with your initials and fold in half. Use scissors to cut a flag shape into the outer edge.

2. gather the goods

Collect your fun colored straws and your tags.

3. finish the flag

Fold your flag in half and glue it a quarter of the way down the straw, making sure to match up 1

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the notches!

4. sip it!

Place the straw in cute glassware of your choice and serve.

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april&eric w h en a pr i l a n d er i c d ec i d ed to t i e t h e k n ot, t h e y w er e s ta r t i n g fr o m s q ua r e o n e . w i t h n o se t dat e o r lo c at i o n t h er e w er e s o m a n y o p t i o ns to co nsi d er . In the end, it was unanimous that they had to exchange vows in Wilmington, NC, not only for sentimental reasons but once April and Eric visited Airlie Gardens, they knew that it would make a stunning backdrop to their summer nuptials. The wedding ceremony was held in the historic Mt. Lebanon Chapel located on the Airlie grounds. The quaint chapel, originally constructed in 1835, is located within walking distance of the grand Airlie Oak Tree which April and Eric selected as their reception location. April wanted a truly personal and unique event, from the Mexican wedding flags that waved in the open air to the custom-made Clemson & Steeler corn hole boards, and every detail in between. April and Eric’s guests were able to see a little bit of the happy couple’s personality throughout the entire wedding day. Following the intimate ceremony in the chapel, guests were guided through the gardens by the melodies of the Blue Plantation Band. The first stop was in the Pergola Garden where waiters offered guests a fresh mango mimosa and a quick savory snack, which also served as the guests escort cards. Once they arrived under the Oak the band continued to play and guests were invited to relax in the cocktail area, explore the surroundings or enjoy games on the lawn. The main reception tent looked beautiful lined with family style seating tables decorated in rich shades of orange and turquoise. April chose to have several food stations instead of a traditional dinner buffet. Guests had a delicious variety of options ranging from gourmet macaroni and cheese to eastern style BBQ. The party continued with dancing and as guests headed out for the night the Krispy Kreme truck was waiting in the parking lot with fresh, warm doughnuts as a late night pick-meup. April and Eric enjoyed the sweet treat with their guests and then hopped in a vintage red British taxi that whisked them away to start their new life together. 80

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Vendors Planner Parties by BASH (p79) Photography Walters & Walters (p139) rentals Classic Party Rentals (p240)


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cheree brown, owner of belle amore weddings and events, loves getting crafty for her brides. These tissue

planning

paper poofs are easy to make but create such a dramatic look for any wedding celebration, from bridal showers to receptions.

{ tissue paper poofs }

belleamore weddings&events 1. have fun folding

Layer 8 to 10 pieces of tissue paper and fold them like a fan or accordion, with your folds 1 to 2 inches wide, and gather your double sided tape, scissors and fishing line. 2. wrap it up

Use a 4-6 inch long string to wrap tightly around the middle of your stack to hold your tissue paper together. Snip the ends of the tissue in a rounded or pointed fashion, depending on the look you want. 1

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4

3. fan it out

Begin opening and fluffing the tissue until it becomes rounded like a ball. It helps to use a piece of double stick tape to keep the middle pieces together to help the poof keep its shape. 4. finish fluffing

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...the key to

all photos: Viki Lynn Photography

your extraordinary day

919.586.4951 | WWW.belleamoreWeddings.com facebook.com/belleamoreWeddingsevent

cheree@belleamoreWeddings.com


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mike& amanda A seaside wedding was the only celebration appropriate for this care free couple, as Mike and Amanda first found love while at tending college together at UNC Wilmington.

For this happy couple, their idea of the perfect wedding was to be surrounded by the love and laughter of their closest friends and family, and to hear the sounds of the ocean and to feel the breeze on their skin. The ideal destination for their union was the quaint Island of Bald Head, with all of its charm and picturesque beaches. The ceremony was held in the rustic 110-seat Chapel on the island, located just steps away from one of North Carolina’s landmark lighthouses, Old Baldy. Friends and family gathered on a beautiful late April afternoon to watch bridesmaids enter the church in salmon colored cocktail dresses while the groom and groomsmen awaited the brides arrival in their sand colored suites. To add to the allure of the island, guests were transported to the Shoals Club for the reception in gold cart trolleys. Amanda chose colors that kept the natural feel of the seaside landscape - Using a palette of soft ivories, aqua, sand and a touch of salmon, the tables and flowers were a perfect backdrop for this indoor/outdoor reception. Guests were greeted with small personal seaside touches throughout. Sand dollars and shells were used as escort cards and again in several of the table embellishments. Beautiful blue ambient lighting was used to accent the outside areas and light up the night while guest danced the night away to their favorite music.

Vendors Planner Belle Amore Weddings & Events (p83) Photography Photos by Christopher location Shoals Club, Bald Head Island

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makia walls, owner of AOT events, loves to customize her DIY’s just for her brides. These fun little favors are perfect as a

planning

sweet take home for your guests, and your personalized stickers can be designed to say anything your heart desires!

{ unique favor boxes }

aot events design & management

1. get prepped

Assemble your miniature boxes that can be purchased at any craft store.

2. top it off

Top the box with an embellishment of your choice and attach your personalized sticker to the front.

3. the sweet stuff

Gather your candies and goodies to fill the boxes in coor1

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dinating colors.

4. the results!

Fill your boxes and display as wedding favors for your guests.

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Providing innovative custom wedding design and unParalleled service to haPPy brides throughout the triangle and beyond

AOT EVENTs

DEsigN & mANAgEmENT

919.760.0491 www.aotevents.com

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Photos: B. Jarvah Photography


dale&boris T h e w ed d i n g o f Da l e a n d Bo r is r epr e sen t ed a b i t t er s w ee t t i m e t h at si gn a l ed bot h los s a n d r en e wa l .

Two months before the wedding, Dale lost her beloved father and returned to Liberia to pay her respects. Though she had begun planning the wedding, the preparations had to continue in her absence, and she did not know the final details until the day of her wedding. Before she left, Dale chose a color palette of peacock, sunrise and caramel, and when she returned, she was delighted to be shown an event design that incorporated those colors into a vibrant design scheme. Candles twinkled against a backdrop of deep browns and creams, and arrangements of hydrangeas and calla lilies created a warm and inviting atmosphere. In honor of the bride’s father, the bouquet and altar were adorned with authentic Liberian fabrics, with a single white rose was placed in the bride’s bouquet of calla lilies. The reception was an upbeat celebration of the new couple, and featured lively music, authentic Liberian cuisine, and a bright, bold color scheme. Fabrics of all colors and textures were placed on the floor as a threshold to welcome the newlyweds. Tables were decorated with Mimosa filled flutes and handmade favors of soaps and creams made by the bride’s sister. The wedding cake was designed to match the color scheme of the event, and was embellished with blue and gold feathers as it sat atop a bed of peacock feathers. The celebration ended with the couple riding off into the sunset toward their very own happy ending.

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Joye Speight, owner of Virtue Event planning & consulting, believes in adding elegance to every detail,

planning

even down to the table numbers. For her DIY, she incorporated vintage hand mirrors and modern orchids to create these unique table markers.

{ vintage mirror table numbers }

virtue event planning & consulting 1. gather the goods

Shop around for antique hand mirrors, and collect your paintbrush, acrylic paint and number stencils.

2. get creative

Using your stencil, paint the mirror with the acrylic paint of your choice.

3. start assembly

Place stones in the bottom of a glass vase to anchor the mirror. 1

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Pour water into the vase and

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add flowers.

4. the result!

Place the painted hand mirror in the vase and arrange flowers behind the mirror. Display this on your tables as table numbers!

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ava&chase Ava a n d C h a se m e t o n D u k e’ s c a m pus i n 2 010 t h r o u gh m u t ua l fr i en ds . S y n er gy wa s e s ta b l ish ed i ns ta n t ly a n d t h e dat i n g b eg a n . T h e y s ay t h at t h is is w h at h a ppens w h en yo u co m b i n e a D u k e L aw gr a d uat e a n d a n en v i r o n m en ta l is t. “S o m e t h i n g B lu e… a n d S age”. Both Ava and Chase are avid Duke fans, so the color scheme of Navy Blue and White, with an accent color of sage green were chosen to create a modern look to pay homage to the groom’s alma mater and the bride’s interest in the environment. Ava and Chase exchanged their vows at The Cotton Room in the Golden Belt district of Downtown Durham. The altar was set in front of large windows where two white 4-foot vases held bamboo, white orchids and white kissing balls. The guests were seated in mahogany chiavari chairs that were dressed with elegant sage chair ties on either side of the large aisle. To add texture to their design, elements of burlap were added to the tables to complement the exposed brick walls in The Cotton Room. Tables were adorned with large and small gold colored vases full of curly willow and several different variations of white orchids, all set on top of alternating navy blue and sage green linens. Custom created menus and place cards were delicately placed inside the gold beaded chargers and plates in an effort to display the modern theme in the stationery. The four-tiered cake was a work of art with handpainted gold detailing, complimented by cymbidium orchids and votive candles. It was an evening filled with guests dancing and catching up with each other in the cozy lounge areas that lined the perimeter of the ballroom. In keeping with their “green” theme, guests were given personalized seed packages as a token of the couple’s gratitude towards their friends and family for sharing in their special day.

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gina myers, owner of la cosa bella events creates a unique and unexpected DIY that brides could use long after their

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wedding day. Not only will this mossy initial look beautiful hanging from a chair at your wedding, it will look fantastic hanging on your front door!

la cosa bella events

1. do the prep work

Put your moss cloth face down and trace around your cardboard letter (available at JoAnne).

2. get gluing

Hot glue your moss to your letter, covering the initial entirely.

3. get creative

Embellish your project as desired with flowers, twigs or anything else that inspires you. 1

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4 4. the results!

Finish off with a ribbon and bow and hang anywhere you like!

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ashley &jordan S o u t h er n h ospi ta l i t y a n d c h a r m h el ped Ash l e y a n d J o r da n fa l l i n lov e, a n d i t c a r r i ed t h em t h r o u gh to t h ei r w ed d i n g day. They met on a hot summer night, and fell in love drifting down the Neuse River and whiling the days away with friends. They were engaged three years later, and they quickly got busy planning an elaborate wedding at the Doctor Watson Inn in Clayton, which has a strong Southern heritage and special significance to the couple, since Jordan helped to restore it. The goal for the wedding was to capture the Southern charm that set the stage for the couple’s romance and combine it with a sophisticated and elegant style. Billowing white hydrangea and magnolia leaves covered railings and columns in front of the Doctor Watson Inn, where the ceremony took place. Ashley arrived with her father by horse and carriage, and then strolled through the large trees over the lawn and down the aisle. Guests were also treated to a grand entrance. A white trolley took them to the inn, where they were able to enjoy spa water and traditional sweet tea in mason jars, while keeping cool with monogrammed program fans. At the ceremony, guests enjoyed signature drinks like the “Steel Magnolia” and mint juleps, and listened to local band Old Habits. The menu featured Southern favorites with modern twists, such as barbecue shrimp, grits napoleon, crab cakes, and bourbon pecan chicken, Aunt Georgia’s sweet potato casserole, and collard greens. The seven-tiered wedding cake was covered with white sugar magnolias. Guests danced the night away before a New Orleans style horn band played out Ashley and Jordan for their grand exit.

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Katherine Wrenn of Posh event planning loves the idea of incorporating eco-friendly elements into her weddings. These

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reusable cups are perfect for the couple that wants to reduce the amount of waste at their parties. The drink ware can be used all night, and the cupcake wrappers are perfect for popping in a cute straw or umbrella!

{ eco-friendly personal glasses } event planning

posh

1. the goods

Collect your fun cupcake wrappers, mason jars and a fun ribbon or twine.

2. the assembly

Use the cupcake wrapper as the top of your jar and twist on the mouth of the jar.

3. label making

Write the guests name on the tag and attach using the ribbon or string. 1

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4 4. the results!

Display the glasses with a sign telling your guests how to use their reusable and eco-friendly drink ware!

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michelle &jonathan A seco n d lo o k wa s a l l i t to o k f o r a c a sua l fr i en dsh i p to t u r n i n to m u c h m o r e . M i c h el l e a n d J o n at h a n h a d k n o w n e ac h ot h er c a sua l ly f o r a w h i l e, b u t o n e day, J o n at h a n s aw M i c h el l e at h er w o r k at to o k a c loser lo o k . H e s aw h er i n a n e w l i gh t. H e fi n a l ly a sk ed h er o u t, a n d t h e r e s t o f t h ei r lov e s to r y wa s a fa i r y ta l e . Michelle and Jonathan were married on the Hundred Acre Farm on a beautiful August day. Their wedding was both eclectic and elegant, and the charming farm provided the perfect backdrop. The ceremony was held in front of a gorgeous pond with a fountain, and the altar was an ornate iron gazebo adorned with floral swag. The bride walked down the stone-encrusted aisle as a solo of “Marry Me� played. The reception was held inside the 1890’s barn, and the expansive barn doors were held open to allow for the cool, summer breeze and to create an inviting, festive atmosphere. The decor inside matched the rustic charm of the ceremony: Tables featured mixed iron lanterns and custom iron stands, hand-designed rosettes in the linens, and photos of the couple. Quilted jars with homemade jelly were given as favors. Guest enjoyed signature cocktails with orange slices and striped straws out on the patio before dinner, which included an extensive buffet with quirky touches such as the salad bar displayed in a canoe. Postcards were provided for guests to write messages and best wishes to the couple for them to look back on and enjoy for many years to come.

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chantel smith, owner of events in a box uses her analytic eye to create amazing and unique DIY’s for her brides. These

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fall-themed pumpkin topiaries are perfect for displaying place cards at an autumn inspired bash.

{ pumpkin topiary place card holder }

events in a box

1. gather the goods

Collect your ribbon, dowel, glue dots and filler beads, small terracotta pot, scissors and a small pumpkin.

2. carve and cut

Cut your Styrofoam to fit inside a small pot and drill a small hole in the bottom of your mini pumpkin.

3. start assembly

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bottom of the pumpkin and push

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the other end down into the foam. Tie a bow onto the dowel and glue it to keep it secure, then glue on your place card.

4. finishing touch

Pour your decorative fillers on top of the Styrofoam and display!

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ivette&victor I v e t t e a n d V i c to r ’ s lov e s to r y s ta r t ed lo n g b ef o r e t h e y w er e e v en bo r n . T h ei r m ot h ers w er e lo n g -t i m e fr i en ds w h o h a d gr o w n u p to ge t h er , b u t I v e t t e a n d V i c to r d i d n ot m ee t u n t i l a g at h er i n g b e t w een bot h fa m i l i e s m a n y y e a rs l at er . A y e a r a f t er t h at i n i t i a l m ee t i n g, t h e y s ta r t ed dat i n g. T h r ee y e a r s l at er , t h e y got en g aged.

Ivette and Victor formally joined their families on a sunny October afternoon at the Carolina Inn. The intimate ceremony featured classic, romantic décor, including hues of wisteria and silver, handmade programs, and scattered rose petals. A violin and cello duo played as the bride walked down the aisle lined with roses and lit back lanterns, and a close friend of the couple officiated the wedding. The reception was held inside the Carolina Inn, where the décor featured white Manzanita trees adorned with crystal garlands and purple petals. Glowing candles helped created a romantic ambience for the guests, who were treated to Ecuadorian desserts and salsa dancing in keeping with the couple’s heritage. Devoted animal lovers, Ivette and Victor asked their guests to donate to the SPCA in honor of their nuptials. At the end of the night, guests gave Ivette and Victor a special send off that included a swirl of bubbles and cheers. When asked about their wedding day, Ivette and Victor said, “Our wedding day was as close as possible to what we imagined. Every part of it was special, romantic and intimate. We had a lot of fun, and truly felt that we celebrated our love with almost everyone who was important to us!”

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kristen anderson & aaron hudson May 19, 2012

Kristen Anderson, owner of Quintessentials, had always dreamed of her wedding day. Her idea of an English Garden wedding at her parent’s house created the perfect backdrop for this spectacular event. The idea was to have all her guests feel as though they were at home on a visit with her family. The ceremony was held at the church and there were flowers from beginning to end and as high as the pews themselves. After the ceremony, Kristen and Aaron entered the reception through the top of her parent’s garden. They were greeted by their guests with a champagne reception in the courtyard and a 5 piece jazz band playing in the background. Kelly Odom’s Florals draped the home with an eclectic mix of classic elegance and whimsical colorful fun. The food from Mitchell’s Catering was the perfect mix of the couple’s favorite southern delicacies. To top it all off, a fabulous wedding cake made from a family recipe. Served alongside the cake were salted caramels brought in from Asheville, Kristen’s birthplace. The stunning wedding reception ended in late night dancing to the Atlanta Allstars. The perfect ending for the fabulous newly married couple.

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Your wedding reception is a time for guests to dine, drink and enjoy chatting with one another around the reception tables. However, if guests are confined to a small area due to oversized or bulky tabletop arrangements, they may quickly become annoyed and uncomfortable. The following tips from Quintessentials suggest ways you can put together your tabletop arrangements while avoiding frustration among guests. Keep DÊcor on the Down-Low As guests get to know each other around the dinner table, they don’t want to have to talk through tall candelabras or flower arrangements. Depending on the type of table you choose and how you seat your guests, make sure they are able to talk to one another without having to strain to speak. Flora Fragrance As beautiful as many flowers may be, some are a little too fragrant for a meal. You don’t want your flora to overpower the food that you are paying so much for! When selecting your table-

Keep it Comfy! Avoid having too many place settings, since this can cause the table to look and feel crowded. Nothing is more irritating than knocking over a drink when you are reaching for the salt. Make sure you see your table in its entirety beforehand so that you can make any last-minute adjustments necessary to give guests plenty of room.

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unique guestbook trends C r e at i v e gu e s t bo o k s a r e b eco m i n g o n e o f t h e m os t p o pu l a r ways to c a p t u r e a n i d e a o f e x ac t ly w h o at t en d ed yo u r w ed d i n g, w i t h o u t t h e s a m e o l d bo r i n g bo o k o f si gn at u r e s .

Brides are coming up with new and unique

4 Combine your guest book with your table

ideas to capture those in attendance with

numbers. Encourage your guests to write

keepsakes and accessories that the happy

messages for the bride and groom to open on

couple can hang in their home and keep for

their anniversary, with each year being one of

years to come!

the table numbers.

1 Have guests stick a finger on a stamp pad

5 Have your guests sign individual puzzle

and place their print onto a drawing of a tree

pieces in place of a guest book. It will be a

or a cluster of balloons, then sign their name

fun game to play together on your honeymoon.

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on the print. The unique artwork looks beautiful framed for your wall and is a great conver-

6 Use other “books” as your guest book by

sation piece for the home.

allowing guests circle their favorite words in a dictionary that remind them of your special

2 Allow guests to sign interesting objects, not

day, or even their favorite Bible verses in a

just paper products, but creative and inven-

keepsake Bible.

tive items that you can hang in your home. A couple of examples – if you are having a

7 If you are having a holiday wedding, have

beach or nautical themed wedding, put a pair

guests sign ornaments for you to hang on your

of oars out for guests to sign or a bottle of

tree and display a tree at the reception for the

wine to open on your first, 5th, 10th, or 20th

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anniversary.

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their own secrets to a happy marriage in your guest book, instead of just their name.

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about theshoot Located in Pittsboro, Het Landhuis Estate feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The serenity of the venue made an amazing location to shoot our incredible selection of invitations as it had a seemingly endless supply of gorgeous vignettes to frame our paper products. This property is nothing short of spectacular with handcrafted mosaic floors and iron scroll door and antique Dutch decor. Any wedding would be right at home at this gorgeous estate. To see more of this beautiful venue, visit www.hetlandhuis.com.

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embossed elegance terned ribbon.

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A simple invitation becomes elegant with embossed papers and a bold pat-


This invite is unique and sweet with cool colors and a wide variety of different fonts.

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subtle sparkle

A hint of sparkle modernizes a traditional invitation with glamour and romance.

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darling details A compass charm and colorful string add fun detail to these nautical notes.

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royal romance

The metallic paper and glitzy crystal chandelier on this chic invitation set the tone for a

lovely celebration.

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Edgy with an air of sophistication, this invitation suite is unique and modern.

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This suite is simple and stylish with a clean and uncomplicated approach to invites.

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perfect papers Layers of embossed and metallic papers frame this elegant invitation perfectly.

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quirky colors Fresh colors and a modern mix of fonts and prints create a fun and funky invitation suite.

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beautiful blooms The realistic artwork in shades of cool blues is a refreshing touch on this beautiful invitation.

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subtle sophistication The lovely scrollwork on this sophisticated invitation is complimented by the subtle patterns of the papers.

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pretty purples Cherry blossoms in shades of pink and fuchsia pair with clean lines for a modern and Asian-inspired theme.

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delicate dots Vintage fonts in soft pink and chocolate come together for a lovely and refreshing invitation suite, while envelope covers with raised polka-dots seals the deal.

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“My favorite part of a wedding day is the first dance. The nerves before the


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The emotion that best describes this free spirited impromptu image that I clicked of one of my all-time favorite couples, CJ and Angela, on their wedding day just as they exited the church comes from the chorus of an old early 80’s Pointer Sister tune as it spontaneously danced in my head: “I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it, I’m about to lose control and I think I like it!” www.AreliPhotography.com

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“Love the priceless look on her face when her mother-in-law went in to fix her dress right before she went down the aisle – this is a FUN moment of a relaxed bride before she heads down to met her groom.”

“I love it so much because it was a picture we took the day of the hurricane, and I captured the little girls watching the bride almost lose her veil in the wind.” www.MarthaManning.com

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“The groom’s mother passed away when he was in high school. His sister decided to surprise him by attaching his mom’s wedding ring to the boutonniere. You can’t fake or set up moments like this.” www.ShaneSnider.com 2013

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“Moments like this are why we find photographing weddings so meaningful. The groom was full of emotion as he placed the ring on his bride’s finger. The look on his face is pure love.””

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I love this image of this couple. The grandparents of the bride, both in their 90s and still so very much in love. They were singing a very special song to each other and this was at the end of the song. www.RobinLin.com

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“Just as the minister said, “let no one come between you”, the ringer bearer walked up to Brianna and Jeff, looked up to them and pulled on their clothes. This is the moment they both looked down at him and smiled.” www.BeckiDickinsonPhoto.com

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weddingphotography w hen t he vow s h av e been sp o k en, t he c a k e h a s been e at en, a n d t he l a s t da n ce h a s been da n ced, t he ph otos o f yo u r bi g day w il l a l low yo u to rel i v e t h ose m o m en t s ov er a n d ov er ag a in.

Your wedding pictures are one of the most

ed or black and white. This is a great choice

important parts of your wedding. When the

for weddings with bright colors and accents.

Albums The way you choose to collect and store

vows have been spoken, the cake has been

These filters and techniques create a spe-

eaten, and the last dance has been danced,

cific mood, so be sure the ones you choose

style. Here are a few trends for albums:

the photos of your big day will allow you to

match the tone of your wedding!

Wood covers. You can have your name and

relive those moments over and over again.

your photos can also reflect your personal

wedding date engraved on the cover or anProps

other design. This is a great idea for a natural

day in special ways, using props to stage

Couples are having fun with props in their for-

themed wedding, but the material might be

unique photos. Here’s what you need to know

mal photos in a photo booth set up for casual

hard to care for over the years.

about these hottest trends:

shots. Some popular choices include:

Metal covers. Classic and modern, this style

Empty photo frames. Guests can hold the

can go with any theme. It may be difficult to

frames over their faces so they look like a pic-

maintain over the years as it will tarnish.

ture in a picture.

Panoramic. This unique style can showcase

techniques that can create different moods

Disguises. Paper moustaches, glasses, lips

some stunning shots. However, it may limit

in your photos. Different color filters or tech-

and top hats on sticks are just a few fun ac-

what you can display, favoring wide-angle

niques include:

cessories that your guests can use as they

shots over traditional portraits.

Black and white. This classic filter creates an

enjoy a photo booth at your wedding.

elegant look that works well with most wed-

Sheet music. Hand-written music or lyrics

available and if your choices can be accom-

dings. You shouldn’t choose it if you are using

look great in the foreground while the couple

modated. Knowing what type of album you

bright and bold colors as these will be washed

dances the first dance in the background.

plan to choose can help your photographer

out in your photos.

Colorful garlands. Pompoms and pendants

frame the shots.

Sepia. This filter casts a rosy hue for a soft,

on a garland can make for unique backdrops

Explore these trends in wedding photogra-

antique look. It’s perfect for classic, formal

for posed or casual photos. Again, make sure

phy to find one that matches your wedding’s

weddings, but again, not so great for wed-

you choose props that match the tone of your

theme. Choose the right trend and you’ll have

dings with bold colors.

wedding. Ask your wedding photographer if

unique photos. Choose the wrong one and

Color selection. This technique isolates some

he or she can provide some of these props or

you’ll date your photos and make them seem

colors while making the rest of the photo fad-

can accommodate props that you provide.

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Some couples choose to document their

Color Filters Professionals know how to use a variety of

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onceuponatime Turning your fairy tale wedding into an ac tual fairy tale on film is no longer impos sible. Thanks to modern technology and top- of-the-line video, editing and production, your wedding and more importantly, your story, c an now be made into what rival s the box office film! Your wedding video is no longer just about

stories and photos of where their families

“Advances in equipment have changed the

the day itself. It can now be made into a

originated, a type of family tree on film. In-

face of our industry,” explains Chris Wheaton of

movie featuring tributes to moments as far

cluding candid interviews with each other and

Heart Stone Films. “Wedding videographers are

back as your grandparents meeting and be-

those close to you who watched you fall in

now able to take advantage of new HD cameras

fore. This new trend in wedding videography

love are priceless. This “story of us” is like a

to produce high-quality, high-definition wed-

creates a keepsake that can be passed down

time capsule that you can open whenever you

ding videos that can look more like a movie

for generations, leaving a legacy of where

choose to remind you both of where you came

than a traditional wedding video. Professional

you came from, and the tale of two people

from and how you got to where you are today.

videographers are also expanding their knowl-

falling in love.

Some grooms-to-be are able to catch the ac-

edge base in editing and shooting techniques to

tual proposal on camera, which fits beautifully

produce ‘movie-like’ wedding videos.”

A few years ago, it was typical to hire videographers that would produce simple point-

into this type of film.

and-shoot productions with edits only done within the camera. Thanks to sophisticated editing setups, videographers are now creating more advanced and dynamic productions, many of which are true works of art. The focus of top videographers at the present time is

To make sure that you are getting a videographer with the type of wedding videos

“a dva nc e s i n e qu i p m e n t h a s c h a nge d t h e fac e of ou r i n du s t ry...”

not so much just capturing the day, but rather

you want, ask about his or her experience in shooting weddings and to see his or her recent work. It is a good sign if your potential videographer has a portfolio that is up to date and showcases his or her most recent productions. Also, request references from

Even if the video is not of the best quality,

the videographer’s past clients or from other

Incorporating photos, symbols and vid-

it can be touched up and used. Leaving your

vendors in the local wedding community.

eos of your grandparents, parents and other

children and future generations this keepsake

Find out what other people have to say about

relatives’ weddings and lives has become

and legacy reminding them how they got here

his or her work and what it is like to work

extremely popular and gives endless possi-

has become a permanent trend in wedding

with this person to assure the best experi-

bilities. Many couples decide to include the

videos today.

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imposition unique rehearsal dinners It is the part of a wedding that no one

wants to address: Cut ting off the intoxi-

cated uncle, appeasing the bossy motherin-l aw – the list goes on! Here are a few

helpful hints for handling those difficult situations and diverting disaster.

The Drunk Who doesn’t just love that overly exuberant guest that

The age-old Pig Pickings Not with picnic tables

tends to draw attention away from the blushing bride? Cutting these

restaurant or and beer keg! Picture crisp, white linens and

“fun” guests off at the pass is the key in controlling the chaos. Assign a

banquet hall meat carving stations beside a swimming

special friend to whomever you anticipate may have one too many, that

st yle rehears- pool strung with twinkle lights and candles.

will monitor how many drinks the foreseen lush may have. Explain to

al dinner has Picture updated twists on Southern sides

this chaperone that if things do get out of hand, they have permission

been repl aced. such as German potato salad, Cajun shrimp

to use any means necessary to get them away without a commotion.

A more re- and grits, and pimento cheese scones.

Family Feuding As anyone with a family is well aware of, not

l a xed atmo- Mint juleps, mojitos and sangria while yard

everyone always likes everyone else. At some point, feelings will be

sphere and games like badminton, corn hole and horse-

hurt and there will be words exchanged. So, what is a bride to do?

familiar menus shoes keep guests entertained. Now that is

It is recommended to nip any potential fights in the bud before they

are the new a pig pickin’ to remember!

even have a chance to break out. Have your maid of honor or someone

“it” dinner Golf Courses Some of the most

unrelated to your family make “a toast” during the rehearsal dinner.

that everyone beautiful landscapes in the area can be

This key-note speaker can stress the importance of having everyone

enjoys and found at our gorgeous golf courses. Covered

together and how important it is to the bride on her special day that

remembers. outdoor areas overlook pristine greens, as

everyone get along for this once in a lifetime event. (Emphasize the

some of the state’s top chefs create mas-

“once in a lifetime” message!)

terpieces for your family and friends. Top-

The Un-invited Guest Assuming you don’t have a check-

ping off the evening on the putting green

point at the door, etiquette states that it is the bride’s decision on how

for cocktails and a ride around the course

to handle an uninvited guest. One or two extra guests is usually easily

makes the night unforgettable!

accommodated and not worth addressing. However, if these wedding

Dinner Cruises Cruising along the

crashers exceed the number of catered extras, it’s time to send the

scenic river, striking sites can be viewed

event coordinator or even-keeled groomsman over to politely inform

right from your table as top comedians and

the guests that they are welcome to stay, but may not partake in enjoy-

musicians entertain your guests. Dancing

ing the catered items. This is another great reason to include R.S.V.P.’s

and dining on the deck combine to create

in your invitation, and keep the bride happy and stress-free! wm

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fabulousflowerfads d eci d in g o n flow ers a n d a rr a n gem en t s is o ne o f t he k e y s t ep s in e s ta b l ishin g a t hem e f o r yo u r en t ire w ed d in g.

Appealing to not only the eye, but also to

twist on mini trees can be spray painted any

Fruits Not the plastic fruit your mom used as

the sense of smell, flowers are now trending

color and used as centerpieces for your re-

a centerpiece when you were young, but lush

past the simple bouquets that once dominated

ception tables. Decorate and customize with

fruits, rich in color, add a little extra something

the world of weddings. Thinking outside of the

flowers, pictures or keepsakes!

to arrangements. From gorgeous bright green

box and incorporating herbs, fruits and even

apples to vibrant lemons, fruits can brighten

household plants are just a few of the latest

Plants Succulents and aloe plants are not

options that have become this year’s most

just for your windowsill anymore! These sweet

fabulous flower fads.

and simple plants can be placed throughout

Herbs From lavender to rosemary, consider

your reception and used as placeholders, eco-

infusing your centerpieces and arrangements

friendly favors and more.

with sprigs of herbs. Appealing to the senses,

Monochromatic Flowers Instead of selecting one or two types of flowers for your bouquet, try a variety of flowers in similar shades. Perfect matches are out, while a mixture of several blooms in close colors does wonders for an arrangement, giving your flowers depth and dimension.

up any bouquet or arrangement.

many herbs have a soothing effect and not

“i n s t e a d of s e l ec t i ng on e or t wo t y p e s of f l ow e r s , t ry a va r i e t y i n s i m i l a r s h a de s .”

Feathers Forget about baby’s breath, replace

only smell wonderful but look amazing! Hanging Plants Floor to ceiling, hanging arrangements are a top trend this year! Think chandelier with a natural twist. Specialized bouquets suspended under the reception tables fill empty space with a warm and wel-

this expected accent flower with a few feath-

Accents Attention is in the details! Tiny but-

ers that compliment your bouquet. Feathers

terflies, strands of pearls and ribbon hanging

go hand-in-hand with flowers, giving arrange-

from anything that will hold still is at the top of

Wreaths Whether you use them as chair ac-

ments a softer and more simplified look.

the hot list right now. Airy accents attached to

cents or as candle holders, wreaths serve a

bouquets, centerpieces, reception chairs (you

bigger purpose than just wall decor. A modern

Tree Branches Instead of entire trees, con-

get the idea) can create a light and enchanting

twist on an old holiday favorite, wreaths can

sider using tree branches, of any size, depend-

look for your wedding and reception.

be adorned with special messages for guests

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about theshoot after the 2013 flower photo shoot, we were in unanimous agreement that this was the most amazing floral shoot to date. All of our incredible florists brought their A-game, and the Highgrove Estate in Fuquay-Varina provided the perfect setting for them to showcase their talents. Charming and elegant, the Highgrove Estate regally overlooks Laurel Lake from the beautiful patio, while the Garden Ballroom provides the perfect setting to dance the night away. Surrounded by natural beauty and nestled on six acres of rolling greens, the Highgrove Estate is a magical venue for any wedding or reception. Check out more beautiful images of this property at www.highgrove-nc.com.

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Pretty pinks and purples accented with jade and sage creates a cheerful presentation, while dramatic floral pom poms hang from the pergola. Don’t forget the flowers when it comes time to dress up your furry friend as well! Shot on location: The Highgrove Estate (p1) Linens, china, glassware & chairs: Classic Party Rentals (p240) Photos: www.vesic.com (p140)

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Perfect for the couple with an appreciation of literature, the base of this beautiful table design is stacks upon stacks of books about love. Scores of tiny bottles in different shapes and sizes intermingle with tiny candles and mercury glass for a truly romantic table setting, while tall sculptural centerpieces add a touch of drama. Shot on location: The Highgrove Estate (p1) Chairs & Tiebacks: Classic Party Rentals (p240) Menues & Placecards Opus 1 Weddings (p125) Photos: www.vesic.com (p140)

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Shades of jade and chartreuse add a pop of color to this modern, nature-inspired table. Moss, branches, succulents and wicker orbs, are the anchors of this spectacular table, while tall glass hurricanes adorned with viridian orchids draw the eye upward to the unique hanging branch globes. Shot on location: The Highgrove Estate (p1)

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Feminine beauty at its finest, this pretty pink and green table setting used classic flowers and glitzy rhinestones to create an ultra-romantic look. Accents of gold append yet another element of regality and glamour. Shot on location: The Highgrove Estate (p1) Linens, chairs, china: Classic Party Rentals (p240) Menu Cards Opus 1 Weddings (p125) Photos: www.vesic.com (p140)

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Hundreds of rose petals covering the table, chairs and floor around the head table will make the happy couple look like they stepped right out of a fairytale, while cascading amaranthus, roses and hydrangeas add to the enchantment.

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Cream, periwinkle and cerulean create a chic

table design when paired with royal gold accents. Hanging a chandelier dripping with crystals in an unexpected place, and using traditional china with modern chargers brings the elegance outside as you sip beneath the stars. Shot on location: The Highgrove Estate (p1)

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brides&bouquets

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Create a spectacular spring look with classic roses mixed with unexpected blooms such as chartreuse orchids, succulents, branches and moss. Vintage details like crocheted doilies are contrasted by modern lime green hurricanes, while soft candlelight will bring the whole setting to life. Shot on location: The Highgrove Estate (p1)

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Displaying your blooms inside mason jars lined with seasonal fruits and vegetables is a fresh and unique way to add some personality to your table setting. Accent your table with each jar showcasing a flower of a single color for a strong look while you integrate all of those colors into your main centerpiece. Shot on location: The Highgrove Estate (p1) Round farm table, Tuscan chairs & china: Classic Party Rentals (p240) Upholstered chairs: The English Garden (p181) Menu cards: Opus 1 Weddings (p125) Photos: www.vesic.com (p140)

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Don’t be afraid to mix and match prints when it comes to your table design. Checkered linens are fun and funky when paired with polka dotted place cards, while blooms in bright and vibrant shades bring the whole look together. Treat your guests to their own individual sweet treats topped with more fresh flowers. Shot on location: The Highgrove Estate (p1) Linens: Party Reflections (p239) Chairs & China: Classic Party Rentals (p240) Placecards: Opus 1 Weddings (p125) Photos: www.vesic.com (p140)

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Leave your worries behind.

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trendsthattakethecake C a k e s h av e l i t er a l ly b eco m e w o r k s o f a r t, a n d t h is y e a r , t h e y a r e m o r e c us to m i z ed a n d u n i q u e t h a n e v er! F r o m b lo w n su g a r to h a n d - pa i n t ed d e si gns , c a k e s a r e b eco m i n g a f o c a l p o i n t o f e v er y w ed d i n g r ec ep t i o n . Ta s t e is i m p o r ta n t, b u t i t ’ s a l l i n t h e pr e sen tat i o n, a s t h e y s ay, w h en i t co m e s to ta k i n g t h e c a k e .

Jewelry Brooches are one of the must-

tropical lands or Italian villas. Hand-painted

in several muted and soft shades, these deli-

have pieces of sugar art if you are considering

floral designs are also an alternative to the

cious herbs can also be infused into the cake

jewelry for your cake. With intricately placed

traditional hand-shaped sugar flowers.

or frosting, giving your wedding cake that extra something special! Popular herbs include

gemstones and metallic paints, you can hardly tell the difference between an edible piece

Hand-Blown Sugar Translucent

and the real thing. Another popular trend is a

and gorgeous hand-blown sugar figures are

replica of the bride’s wedding ring. Don’t think

a beautiful way to brighten up your cake.

White Lace Delicate and intricate sug-

“ring pop,” but actually a literal interpretation

Accents that catch the eye such as blown

ared white lace is THE latest in cake trends.

of the diamond to match perfectly. Swarovski

sugar bubbles or ornamental figures are a hot

Decorating your cake to match the design of

crystals are a gorgeous addition to a cake and

trend right now. Keep in mind that if you are

your gown is a growing trend that looks strik-

the final look is brilliant, just warn the guests

having an outdoor wedding that blown sugar

ing in photos. White lace has been used for

that they are NOT edible. Family heirlooms

doesn’t always stand up to the heat, so keep

decades but the amount of painstaking detail

are also very popular when considering cake

it cool!

that current bakers are willing to contribute to your cake cannot be matched.

jewels. They are sentimental and a great representation of generations past, and hold special meaning to all attending. Hand Painted Design It’s your time to get creative! Monograms, messages and sweet nothings are still trendy, but work-

“i t ’ s you r t i m e to ge t c r e at i v e! ta s t e i s i m p orta n t, bu t i t ’ s a l l a bou t t h e p r e s e n tat ion.”

hand painted designs! Couples are opting to

Herbs If your wedding theme is on the

display their Honeymoon destinations on their

rustic end of the spectrum, herbal elements

cakes in the form of picturesque scenes from

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about theshoot rich shades of brown, red, and turquoise set the stage for an incredibly sweet photo shoot. While the food at Raaga is to die for, the interior is a world of its own. Perfect for rehearsals, receptions and any other celebration where you want something a little different, Raaga is both regal and delicious, and features an amazing hand crafted pagoda as well as private dining rooms. Raaga is also known for its authentic Indian food and is one of the very few caterers allowed to serve weddings at Country Clubs, hotels and most reception venues. For more information, check out www.RaagaFineDining.com

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Shades of red and orange create a bold pop of color, while satin black ribbon adds glamour and unity.

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thepricelesscake Hand piped designs draw inspiration from traditional henna art, as layers of contrasting black and white are strong and chic. Shot on Location: Raaga (p.237) Photos: www.f8photostudios.com (p.147)

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Gentlemanly and elegant, this cake is perfect as a sensational centerpiece or as a debonair groom’s cake. Shot on Location: Raaga (p.237) Photos: www.f8photostudios.com (p.147)

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A ruffled cake topper in shades of chocolate and mint graces the top of this tiered cupcake display, perfect for the bride who loves miniature sweet treats but still wants to cut a cake. Shot on Location: Raaga (p.237) Photos: www.f8photostudios.com (p.147)

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this page: Regal in every sense of the word, this cake speaks for it self in bold turquoise with gold details, and a handmade pastiage peacock. opposite: Hand-painted designs on each side of a cake allow for limitless customization and a huge “wow� factor. Shot on Location: Raaga (p.237) Photos: www.f8photostudios.com (p.147)

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this page: An edible balancing act, this multi-tiered cake is jaw dropping with edible gold lotuses and fancy feathers. opposite: Feminine and chic, this cake shines with a cascade of stunning flowers atop layers of ruffles, rosettes and gold. Shot on Location: Raaga (p.237) Photos: www.f8photostudios.com (p.147)

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A waterfall of blooms is delicate and beautiful

(p. 197)

with an air of elegant

simplicity, and require no other decoration.

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W i t h s t u nnin g v ie w s o f ro l l in g m e a d ow s a n d m a je s t i c t wo - h u n d red y e a r o l d oa k t ree s, Wa r d’s H o l low in Pi t t sbo ro, N o r t h C a ro l in a prov i d ed t he perfec t se t t in g f o r a n Ow l-T hem ed Br i da l Sh ow er pl a nned by Pr iscil l a Er w in o f O r a n ger ie E v en t s . A lo n g w i t h a be au t ifu l his to r i c h o m e, t he pro per t y is fil l ed w i t h rus t i c d e ta il s in clu d in g o l d ba rns, s ta bl e s a n d o u t p os t s .

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Priscilla made certain that the theme of the party was conveyed from the very beginning, with the cutest customized invitations. The invites featured whimsical owls, and were packaged in natural brown envelopes lined with wood grain paper. In lieu of a traditional guest book for the bridal shower, guests were asked to take a picture of themselves with a classic Polaroid camera, attach the photo to a card, write their best piece of marital advice and then hang it with an owl clip on the twine clothesline. The main dining area was housed in an old barn with a backdrop of stacked haystacks topped with glowing lanterns. The farmhouse dining table was the perfect foundation for a charming and whimsical tablescape. Collections of brightly colored hanging lanterns were attached to a wooden beam above the table and a variety of floral arrangements in mix-matched vases featured shades of purples, greens and corals atop a blanket of moss. Green mercury glass votives and tall pillar candles softened the overall design and created an elegant ambiance. Opus 1 designed owl-themed place cards which were attached to wine glasses with a tiny miniature clothespin.

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A delicious menu featuring Purple Peruvian Potato and Sage Bisque, Lump Crab and Avocado Salad tossed in fresh Cilantro-Rice Wine Vinaigrette topped with a Fried Wonton Chip, Coriander Seared Ahi Tuna with a Black Bean Cake and Seasonal Vegetables and Red Curry Oil. Guests were also treated to waffle cones dipped in purple white chocolate and filled with fresh fruit. To accompany the amazing spread, guests sipped on a Harvest Sangria and Blackberry Lemonade. The four-tiered cake featuring a whimsical owl design was almost to pretty to eat! To keep with the rustic motif, a tree stump was used as the cake stand. As a take away for the guests, small bottles of pink Bellini were at each setting, adorned with an owl-themed tag reading, “Hope you had a hoot!�

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Love the Look? Planner/Designer: Orangerie Events (p75) Venue: Ward’s Hollow (p.10) Photographer: Heba Salama Photography (p149) Farmhouse Tables & Silverware: Party Reflections (p239) Catering: Belle’s Catering (p238) Cake: Dreme Cake Artistry (p198) Florist: The English Garden Florist of Raleigh (p181) Stationery: Opus 1 Weddings (p125)

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tuscancharm W i t h e v er y b i t a s m u c h c a r e a s w o u l d b e d e vot ed to a w ed d i n g r ec ep t i o n, M a k i a Wa l l s o f AOT E v en t s D e si gn a n d M a n agem en t pl a n n ed a r eh e a r s a l d i n n er t h at t r a n sp o r t ed gu e s t s to O l d W o r l d I ta ly w i t h a l lu r i n g si gh t s , en t i c i n g s m el l s a n d d r a m at i c d ĂŠco r .

A long farm table brought friends and family along-side one another for food and fellowship as they toasted the soon-to-be married couple. The creamy Italian chargers at each setting created a beautiful contrast against the dark wood of the table. Makia designed each place setting, which featured sunflowers, a bloom commonly used in Tuscan celebrations. The place settings also held a unique favor: A personalized escort card that featured loving words that the couple chose to describe about

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each guest, each displayed in a terra cotta pot with sunflower seeds that the guests could take home to plant in their own gardens as a special memento of the evening. The Tuscan-inspired menu gave guests a sampling of the flavors of Italy. The menu featured an antipasto platter and mixed green salad while the main entrĂŠe included salmon with white bean ragu and citrus salad; steak pizziola with sautĂŠed peppers, onions and tomatoes; saffron rice risotto with mussels

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and roasted papers; rosemary roasted vegetables and tagliolini, pasta with shrimp and clams. Cakes by Chloe created a delicious dessert buffet that incorporated the couples’ favorite flavors, offering a little something for everyone to enjoy. Between the amazing food, the great music, and the fellowship of friends and family celebrating this special event, it truly was a night to remember. 206

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Love the Look? Planner/Designer: AOT Events Design & Management (p87) dessert bar: Cakes by Chloe (p198) flowers: The Purple Poppy (p182) venue & catering: The Siena Hotel (p28) farm table& linens: Classic Party Rentals (p240) invitations & escort cards: Paper Buzz (p127) photography: Shane Snider (p142) hair: Mark Christopher Salon (p223) make-up: Marissa Christina for Mark Christopher Salon (p223)

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breakfast at tiffany' s W h at b e t t er i nspi r at i o n f o r a b r i da l lu n c h eo n t h a n t h e i co n i c fi l m B r e a k fa s t at T i ffa n y ’ s? M is s H o l ly Go l i gh t ly c a p t u r ed o u r h e a r t s w i t h h er sl eek b l ac k go w n, s t r i n gs o f pe a r l s , a n d per fec t ly m a n i c u r ed u p- d o a s sh e n i b b l ed o n h er c r o is s a n t a n d peer ed lo n gi n gly i n to t h e w i n d o w o f t h e fa m ed j e w el r y s to r e . I n d o i n g s o, sh e c r e at ed t h e epi to m e o f d em u r e a n d c h i c gl a m o u r .


Hosted at the newly renovated Carolina Inn and designed by the talented Cheree Brown of Belle Amore weddings and events, this lovely event captured the romantic essence of the classic movie and its charming heroine. The beautiful venue allowed Cheree to mix her fun and edgy style with classic details, all the while staying true to the iconography of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Combining refined style with a hint of glamour, Cheree perfectly mixed vintage beauty and updated elegance. Mixing types and textures of linens to create an eclectic tablescape, Cheree also featured mixed dishware that was both traditional and modern, while dramatic floral sculptures by The English Garden of Raleigh graced each table. Personalized place cards by Sealed with Appeal and glitzy napkin rings showed Cheree’s unending attention to detail. The Carolina Inn created a huge brunch menu so every guest could find something to enjoy. Featured items included Vanilla French Toast with Peach Syrup, Maple Butter and Orange Mascarpone Cream, a Ham and Asparagus Strata, a Capresé Eggs Benedict, Sweet Potato Hash with Candied Bacon, Shrimp and

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Cheddar Grits Soufflé, Cinnamon Rolls served in individual cast iron skillets, and Traditional Buttermilk Biscuits with Local Strawberry Jam. To drink, each guest enjoyed Cardamom infused coffee with freshly whipped cream and Mimosas with Prosecco and St. Germaine liquor. Guests were also treated to gorgeous individual cookies and cakes by Dreme Cake Artistry in classic Tiffany’s shapes, which were displayed on a beautiful dessert table below fun and funky tissue pom-poms. Each of the bride’s attendants also left with their own piece of jewelry by Elisabeth Newton as a special thank you and a way to remember the lovely afternoon.

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Love the Look? Planner: Belle Amore Weddings & Events (p83) Venue & catering: The Carolina Inn (p9) Tables, dishware, & linens: Party Reflections (p239) Cake, cookies, & cupcakes: Dreme Cake Artistry (p198) flowers: The English Garden (p181) invitations & placecards: Sealed with Appeal (p126) jewelry: Elisabeth Newton (p71) Hair & make-up: Images By Denise (p224) PHOTOGRAPHY:Â Carolina Media Star (p148) 2013

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southerncharm onthe farm Co u r t n e y S c h o l l o f Pa r t i e s by BASH h el ped b r i n g to ge t h er a l l t h e s w ee t el em en t s t h at m a d e t h e fa l l en g agem en t pa r t y at Sh a dy Wago n Fa r m a go r geo us g at h er i n g.

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To create the atmosphere of rustic Southern charm that the couple wanted for the casual family affair, Parties by BASH chose a fun mix of patterned fabrics in coordinating colors that were imparted throughout the décor - from pennants tied to the backs of the chairs to the toppers for the hay bale benches. The eclectic floral designs were created using simple flowers in shades of red and yellow, and a variety of vases, antique drink bottles and vintage colored glass containers. Guests were treated to a delicious family style feast. The meal included mini lobster rolls, Greek lamb sliders and fresh grilled corn on the cob with cilantro butter. Dessert options included mini cakes as well as S’more kits to cook over an open fire. Cocktails were chosen to fit the Southern theme, including classic Firefly Sweet Tea for the ladies – served in a mason jar wine glass (also featured on the whimsical invitations) – and an Old Fashioned for the gentlemen. Guys and gals alike were given a Sweet Tea Kit, complete with everything you need to make the Southern favorite, as a fun souvenier of the evening. Entertainment took the form of games including yard Twister, horseshoes and corn hole, while guests were able to grab a seat and lounge on one of the hay bale benches scattered throughout the lawn and enjoy great food, great drinks and great company.

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Love the Look? Event Planning: Parties By BASH (p79) Catering: Rocky Top Catering (p235) Stationery & Paper Products: Opus 1 Weddings (p125) Venue & Mason Jar Wine Glasses: Shady Wagon Farms (p15) Floral Design: Fleurressence (p183) Photography: Sweet Life Studios (p146) cupCakes: The Cupcake Shoppe (p197) Farm Tables & Chairs: Party Reflections (p239)

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bestfaceforward T h er e a r e m u lt i pl e m is co n c ep t i o ns a bo u t w ed d i n g day m a k e- u p. M os t peo pl e a s su m e t h at n o m at t er w h at t h e y d o, m a k e- u p w i l l cov er u p a n y t h i n g. U n f o r t u n at ely, m a k e- u p ’ s m agi c c a n o n ly d o s o m u c h .

Without a healthy and clear canvas, no

tight glow temporarily. Microdermabrasion is

wedding day and make sure to use caution

amount of make-up will be able to disguise

another option for a deeper treatment that will

putting your dress on after spray tanning to

late nights, dehydration or lack of routine skin

last much longer. As with any “procedure”,

avoid lines or streaks.

maintenance. Here are a few things to keep in

brides should allow at least 2-3 weeks before

mind before shooting the photos that will last

their wedding to schedule microdermabra-

Plastic Surgery Whether you are considering

a lifetime.

sion, and possibly even test it out months in

botox or laser treatments, plan well ahead of

Hydrate Water is your very best friend when

advance to prevent any adverse effects too

your wedding day when it comes to the slightly

getting ready for photos. Not only does water

close to the wedding day.

more invasive procedures. No one knows how

cleanse your body from the inside out, but it

their bodies are going to react to these treat-

plumps up your cells, naturally filling in fine

Moisturize As with hydrating the inside of

ments, so don’t take any chances! Make sure

lines and decreasing the “bags under the

your body, the outside needs it’s fair share of

that you talk with your doctor before schedul-

eyes” look. Many people think that water will

moisture too! Following exfoliation, moistur-

ing plastic surgery and book your appointment

make you look more bloated than usual, but

izing consistently is vital to healthy, glowing

with a licensed physician or aesthetician.

it actually has the opposite effect. Hydrating

and younger looking skin. These three skin

properly days before a shoot also reinvigo-

care steps not only make your skin look and

Make-Up When it comes to make-up, it all

rates you and provides you with more energy,

feel great, but also provide a fresh canvas on

comes down to this: you get what you pay for.

flushing your body of toxins that build up over

which your make-up artist can create a mas-

The better quality a make-up is, the longer

time. The opposite of hydrating is consuming

terpiece!

it lasts and the better it looks. Try out a few

any type of alcohol before pictures. Drinking,

different make-up artists who use higher end

even days prior to having photos taken, will

Stay Out of the Sun Every bride wants that

make-up and who are familiar with camera-

dehydrate your body and “dry you out”.

sun kissed glow when they walk down the

ready make-up application. This will make all

aisle, but a red lobster look is not ideal. Slowly

the difference when dealing with certain types

Exfoliate There are several ways to exfoliate

build up a tan and start weeks in advance

of lighting and getting the right look for your

your skin. Scrubs are the most common and

to avoid burning or peeling. If you are spray

photos. wm

inexpensive route, giving your skin a fresh,

tanning, test it out several times before your

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about theshoot Elegant dark wood, vintage ambiance, and lush accents created the perfect setting for our hair and makeup shoot at Sullivan’s Steakhouse in Downtown Raleigh. The glamorous girls looked right at home at this neighborhood fine dining restaurant and jazz lounge. Intimate private dining rooms along with an accommodating banquet staff will help you create the perfect venue for any of your “I Do” celebrations. To learn more about having your wedding or rehearsal at Sullivan’s Steakhouse, visit www.sullivanssteakhouse.com.

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Hair and Makeup: Images by Denise (p224) All Jewelry: Elisabeth Newton (p71) Wedding Gown: Traditions by Anna (p70) Photography: www.robinlin.com Shot on Location: Sullivan’s Steakhouse (p26)

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on lindsey Hair: Mark Christopher Salon (p223) Makeup: Marissa Christina for Mark Christopher Salon (p223) All Jewelry: Elisabeth Newton (p71) Wedding Gown: Traditions by Anna (p70) Photography: www.robinlin.com Shot on Location: Sullivan’s Steakhouse (p26) 220

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on carina Hair: Mark Christopher Salon (p223) Makeup: Marissa Christina for Mark Christopher Salon (p223) All Jewelry: Elisabeth Newton (p71) Wedding Gown: Traditions by Anna (p70) Photography: www.robinlin.com Shot on Location: Sullivan’s Steakhouse (p26)

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on andrea Hair: Mark Christopher Salon (p223) Makeup: Marissa Christina for Mark Christopher Salon (p223) All Jewelry: Elisabeth Newton (p71) Wedding Gown: Traditions by Anna (p70) Photography: www.robinlin.com Shot on Location: Sullivan’s Steakhouse (p26)

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retroreceptionfoods R e t r o t r en ds h av e n ot o n ly m a d e a co m ebac k i n fa sh i o n, b u t h av e a l s o m a d e t h ei r way i n to w ed d i n gs i n t h e f o r m o f t e a - l en g t h d r e s se s , v i n tage co lo r pat t er ns , a n d e v en o l d -t i m e y ph oto bo ot h s .

Retro foods have also made an impression

bread, and then cut the sandwich into four

mixture into your cooked egg whites and put a

on reception menus. It is time to trade in those

pieces on the diagonal, giving you four bite-

dash of paprika on the top in true retro style.

fancy crudités for the finger sandwiches and

sized triangular finger sandwiches. Classic Party Dips

cheese straws that are popping up on the inthe-know bride’s menu. If you are thinking

Cheese Straws

Velveeta cheese dip, spinach dip, and on-

about adding a little vintage flair to your wed-

Cheese straws are a cheesy cracker piped

ion soup dip are all old-school classics that

ding, here are a few trends in retro reception

onto a baking sheet and cooked in a long, thin

will feel right at home on any retro themed

foods that you might want to consider:

shape similar to a straw. These great finger

menu. You can find plenty of recipes for these

foods have a savory crunch. It is easy enough

in classic cookbooks like the Betty Crocker

to make your own cheese straws, but you can

cookbook or even on the side of package la-

also buy these treats ready-made.

bels, such as Lipton Onion Soup mix. Serve

Pigs in a Blanket This colorfully named dish is nothing more than small sausages wrapped in dough and baked. They are sort of like mini hotdogs baked right into the bun. You can use pieces of hot dogs or cocktail sausages and insert a toothpick with a cellophane topper for an authentic vintage feel.

crackers, chips or raw veggies with your dips.

“i t s t i m e to t r a de i n t ho s e fa nc y c ru di t é s for cheese straws and f i nge r s a n dw ic h e s”

Finger Sandwiches

Jello Salad It’s hard to believe the word “Jello” could be paired with the word “salad,” but this is a classic dish that was quite popular in its day. Add fruit like grapes and melon inside Jello before it has hardened, and when the mixture

Bite-sized finger sandwiches are made on

Deviled Eggs

sets, top it with whipped cream.

white bread and can feature any number of

Everyone has their own special deviled egg

fillings, including deli meats, cheese spreads,

recipe, but the basic idea includes hard-boil-

If you’re looking to add quirky vintage style

chicken salad, or even just a little mayo and

ing eggs and blending the yolks with mayo,

to your wedding, try these tried and true retro

cucumber. Remember to cut the crust off the

mustard, pickles and seasonings. Dollop the

foods at your reception. wm

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F o r ge t a bo u t c l a s si c c a rs: I f yo u r e a l ly

motor running:

wa n t to sh o w u p to yo u r w ed d i n g i n

Hummer Limo A limo is so 1990’s. If you want to combine style

s t y l e, yo u n eed to m a k e a s tat em en t. Go

and class, go with a Hummer limo instead. You’ll get the sophistication

bo l d. H av e a l i t t l e f u n . A f t er a l l , i t m ay

of a limousine but show off your modern style.

b e t h e o n ly day yo u ge t to m a k e su c h a

Motorcycle Nothing says cool and edgy better than a motor-

gr a n d, s taged en t r a n c e a n d h av e e v er y-

cycle. Show your guests that you consider marriage your next big ad-

o n e “o o h” a n d “a a h” i ns t e a d o f g r oa n

venture by riding off into the sunset together after the ceremony.

a n d r o l l t h ei r e y e s!

Horse and Carriage If you’re more interested in being re-

Elephant Yes, that’s right: Elephant. Think about how amaz-

gal than rebel, a horse and carriage is an elegant and romantic ride that

ing and majestic you will look riding in on the back of an elephant

will really make a classy statement. Upgrade to a coach if you really

draped in tapestries and gold tassles. It will be a day that everyone

want the fairy tale treatment.

will remember!

Hot Air Balloon Make an entrance (or an exit) that you and

When you start planning for your wedding transportation, think out-

your guests won’t forget by renting a hot air balloon. What a great way

side the car. Try one of these unique options, or choose another that

to be carried away by love!

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choosingtheband m usi c is e a sily o ne o f t he m os t i m p o r ta n t el em en t s o f yo u r w ed d in g day. T he t u ne s yo u pl ay at yo u r cerem o n y a n d r ecep t i o n se t s t he to ne.

Consider your Options Walking down the

Not only is performance important, but

aisle to a string quartet playing a beloved clas-

also musical selection. Roberts points out

Consider Alternatives “I never thought I’d say

sical masterpiece, or walking down the aisle

that many bands play from the same few set

this, but after playing weddings for four years

to the bass-pumping sounds of a rap duo; you

lists, so just because you like the band doesn’t

and playing hundreds of shows, I think it’s im-

and your guests dancing at the reception to

mean that the band will be able to play the

portant for clients to determine if they really

upbeat romantic anthems, or holding up the

music you like. It’s key to know that not ev-

want a band or if they should go with a DJ,”

wall with their backs because the band plays

ery band can play all types of music, so if you

says Roberts.

somber elegies.

have a special song in mind be sure to make

The right band knows how to pick the right

sure you’re all on the same page.

A band is much more expensive than a DJ

sure they know it or are willing to learn.

and it creates a different experience for your

music, as well as how to create a mood for the

Talk Logistics Your wedding band won’t just

wedding. Consider what kind of environment

audience and set the tone for the evening. We

be entertaining your guests – you’ll probably

you hope to create with your music. If you

asked Nash Roberts of The Shakedown Band

also need the band to introduce the wedding

know that your guests love to dance and will

for some tips on how to choose a wedding

party, announce the first dance, and take care

appreciate a festive environment, choose a

band, and he shared his advice for brides to

of other logistics. Even if you have someone

band. However, if you think your music will be

find the perfect fit for their wedding music.

else handling these announcements, you’ll

more like background entertainment, choose

See the Band Live “If it’s possible, a couple

need to know that your band can adapt to the

the lower expense and hire a DJ.

should go out and see their prospective band

schedule you have laid out.

Above all, stay true to your own vision for

live before making a hiring decision,” Roberts

“A couple needs to get the sense that the

your wedding. Make sure that whatever band

says. “A band that has a great website may

band has a real client focus,” Roberts said.

you choose will be able to play the type of

not pop off with the same pizzazz during a live

“While the band you’re hiring may be com-

music you want to hear and will deliver a per-

performance, and you need to be absolutely

prised of weekend warrior rock gods, you need

formance that will create the mood you want

thrilled about the band you’ve hired. It’s key

to know that they understand that this is your

at your wedding. If you choose the right band,

that the couple can envision this band enter-

big night, so the details matter.”

you will have an amazing night and memories

taining their friends and family for two to three hours on their most important day.”

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Make sure you go over these details in a series of meetings before your big day to make

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second time around I t is b eco m i n g i n c r e a si n gly pr e va l en t t h at m a n y w ed d i n gs a r e n ot t h e fi rs t t i m e d o w n t h e a isl e f o r b r i d e s o r gr o o m s , a n d e t i q u e t t e f o r t h e seco n d w ed d i n gs is a l i t t l e d i ffer en t t h a n t h e fi rs t t i m e a r o u n d. Fr o m gu e s t s to gi f t s , t h er e a r e a fe w u n w r i t t en r u l e s a bo u t s ay i n g “I d o” pa r t t w o. Wedding dress: When it comes to what to wear, the big question on everyone’s mind: Is white alright? Well, no (and yes!) Depending on the circumstances, white can be all right. If you are a traditional gal, etiquette states that you should go with a cream or off-white gown. However, these days, pretty much anything goes. DO expect the older crowd to whisper if you decide to go with white, but summed up, it’s your special day so go with your preference. Guest expectations: Who to invite? Chances are good that you and your first husband or wife share many of the same friends - you may even still be close to some of his family. So, who is it ok to invite and who to leave out? It’s another circumstantial decision. You may be best friends with your ex’s sister, so is it ok to invite her? Yes, send out invitations to whomever you like. If they are too uncomfortable to attend, they will make an excuse. How to handle Gifts Many of the guests at this wedding may have attended your first, so are they expected to buy you another wedding gift and if so, exactly what do they get you? Chances are good that you will receive a gift on a smaller scale, but your expectations shouldn’t be high. It is okay to register for gifts, but don’t go crazy or anticipate getting that LCD TV! wm

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forgetmenot Jet Lag Most people don’t think about having jet lag until they are

ge t t i n g m a rr i ed is o n e o f t h e b usi e s t

already half way there, and are starting to feel the effects of a long trip.

t i m e s i n o n e’ s l i fe . t h er e a r e l i t er a l ly

Plan ahead and alter your sleep schedules accordingly to get the most

h u n d r eds o f pr epa r at i o ns to b e m a d e

out of your trip. Avoid caffeine and other stimulants which actually end

a n d t h e l a s t t h i n g o n a b r i d e’ s m i n d is

up disrupting sleep rather than helping you in the long run, and talk with

t h e d e ta i l s o f t h e h o n e y m o o n .

your doctor about how to properly overcome jet lag with the latest medically suggested tricks.

Cancellation Policies Whether you are making reserva-

Sea Sickness Nothing can ruin a great trip like nausea! Do not

tions for a hotel or booking a tour, find out what the cancellation policies

forget to pack your motion sickness medication and tools (wrist bands

are just in case! There is often insurance available for a few extra dollars,

are said to work great). Even if you have never been sea sick before, pack

this can be extremely helpful in the event of rescheduling or canceling

as if you will be, better safe than seasick!

because of unexpected circumstances.

Passports Passports can take weeks to receive, so they are top

Overbooked Hotels Never, ever book the most expensive

priority if you are going out of the country. The sooner you apply the bet-

room! Go with what you can afford and when you get to the hotel, ask

ter, as some times of the year are busier than others. Remember to call

if the suites you originally wanted is available at a discount price. Hotels

ahead to find out exactly what you need to bring with you when filing.

just want to make money and will likely bump you up for a small fee. wm 2013

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music

djdos & djdonts Fi n d i n g t h e r i gh t D J f o r yo u r w ed d i n g r ec ep t i o n co u l d m a k e t h e d i ffer en c e b et w een a r ec ep t i o n t h at r o c k s a n d a n a ffa i r t h at fi z z l e s . Pl a n n i n g t h e pa r t y o f t h e y e a r a l l co m e s d o w n to t h e q u e s t i o ns yo u a sk a n d t h e a ns w ers yo u ge t.

Questions to Ask

When meeting with potential DJs, the client

What is the price of the service and what

anyone’s price”. Quality wedding DJ servic-

What are the terms of the contract?”

es often range in price from $800 to $1600

room to take notes during the interview. Here

Red Flags

are some of our suggestions:

not including additional services such as lighting or video.

How long has he been in business?

who will be performing for your event. If

Who will actually be the DJ at my wedding?

a company says that all of its DJs are the

Does the DJ also handle MC duties?

same and you will be assigned a DJ for your

What is the DJ’s style? Some DJs like to talk

event, be careful, that’s a big red flag!

How good is the DJs music library?

Does the DJ have backup equipment with them for every event?

Get References A good, experienced and respected DJ will be a member of local industry associations such as the Triangle DJ Association, the

all night long and can get outrageous with

make announcements as needed.

for a four hour Saturday wedding reception,

Make sure you can interview the actual DJ

to dance with good music selection and only

Avoid a DJ company that says it will “beat

does it include?

should bring a printed list of questions with

comments. Other DJs may motivate people

“avoi d a d j com pa n y w ho s ay s i t w i l l be at a n yon e ’ s p r ic e .”

Greater Triangle Chapter of International Special Events Society and Triangle Wedding Guild, and will be able to supply you with at least ten references. The DJ’s equipment should be professional-grade commercial sound equipment

Beware if the contract says “Deposit” with regard to booking.

Are there any other services that the DJ

and should include wireless microphones. References from other vendors or venue

The DJ company can substitute ANY per-

managers have more value. Anyone can play

raphy or photography?

former to fulfill the contract without prior

good music, but a good wedding DJ will know

Can the DJ provide a list of references?

notification to the client.

how to reach the entire crowd, so follow these

Is the DJ insured? Many venues are requir-

If the contract says “Retainer Fee”, then the

guidelines and beware of these warning signs

ing proof of liability insurance.

client has retained a specific performer and

in order to find your ideal DJ! wm

Does he assist in planning the event?

the DJ company must discuss any change

How often can you meet with the DJ before

with the client and provide the option to

your event?

cancel the contract and be refunded the

company provides such as lighting, videog-

“Retainer Fee”.

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The ceremony was held in New Bern at Saint Paul’s Catholic Church, where the happy couple saw each other for the first time that day just minutes before saying “I do”. Following the ceremony, New Bern’s classic trolley whisked away the bridal party for photos at a local park, as guests made their way to the New Bern Country Club for a golf themed reception. Guest were escorted to their seats that were creatively marked with their name cards on golf tees. New Bern Country Club’s finest and most mouth-watering masterpieces were enjoyed by all, and as the evening shifted into high gear with non-stop dancing, guests took in a special performance from the bride, groom and the wedding party. After a few unforgettable sunset pictures, the couple returned to cut into their breathtaking cake by Ali Smith Designs, and then danced the night away with breaks in between to capture memories in the Shutter Booth. At the evening’s end, the newlyweds were sent off to the tune of dozens of sparklers lighting their way to happily ever after.

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de st i nat ion

coastalceremonies A se a si d e c er em o n y is o n e o f t h e m os t b e au t i f u l w ed d i n gs t h at a n y co u pl e co u l d e v er d r e a m o f. F i n d i n g t h e per fec t lo c at i o n t h at is e a si ly acc e s si b l e to yo u r gu e s t s a n d w i t h a m en i t i e s t h at c a n acco m m o dat e yo u r w ed d i n g pa r t y a n d a l l w i t h i n yo u r b u d ge t c a n b e d i ffi c u lt b u t t h e en d r e su lt…d i v i n e! There are a wide selection of hotels and inns

of the bed and breakfast, these cozy homes

There are countless wedding coordinators

offering wedding packages that include every-

away from home specialize in catering to a

that are able to guide you through the planning

thing from the décor and photographer to the

wedding party’s every whim. Undivided atten-

process from a far. These professional plan-

florist and reception hall. Average prices for

tion is top priority when it comes to a B&B

ners can recommend and book everything

a full wedding package ranges from $3,000

wedding, so be prepared to be pampered!

from catering to cakes. Permits are generally

to over $5,000 and catering is not usually in-

Prices for a B&B wedding range from $2,200

required for ceremonies and receptions held

cluded. Depending on time of year and loca-

to over $5900. An event fee ranging from

on the beach. If dining in the sand is not your

tion, these facilities are fully equipped to handle

$1,500-$2,000 can also be added. These

preference, local restaurants are set up to ca-

the needs of large wedding parties, board-

prices do not include catering and, depending

ter receptions in-house.

ing, transportation and other considerations.

on the size of your party and the requested

Choosing a location with a wedding coordinator

amenities, can fluctuate throughout the year.

can make the details of your wedding as easy as a phone call. If you love the scenery, but dislike the sand, select hotels are now offering a garden area overlooking the ocean. For staffing purposes and to ensure quality service many hotels require couples to book a certain number of rooms for the occasion.

It is important to book your seaside service well in advance, sometimes years ahead of time. Make sure to ask about year round

“u n di v i de d at t e nt ion i s top p r ior i t y for a B& B w e ddi ng, s o be p r e pa r e d to be pa m p e r e d!”

If you are looking for more of an intimate

rates, a matter of waiting a few days to book your wedding could save you hundreds even thousands of dollars. Check with your guests regarding travel considerations and take a headcount to determine how many rooms you need to book. Group rates can you save money and keep your wedding party to stay

locale to hold a slightly smaller scale wed-

If you find that hotels and B&B’s are booked

ding, but would still like the beach back drop

solid and it can require a little more legwork,

Planning a coastal ceremony may take a

sans the tourists, a bed and breakfast may be

but renting a cottage on the coast is a less ex-

little extra effort, but it is well worth it to have

the right choice for you. According to the size

pensive more personal option for a wedding.

the wedding of your dreams. wm

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Buyi ng yo u r fi rst h o m e as a co uple i s a

but it need not be.” According to Emily Johnson of RE/MAX, “keep in

m aj or m i le sto ne i n yo ur re lati o nsh i p.

mind these simple tips to make the process easier”.

Fo r so m e , th at fi r st h o m e w i ll be yo ur

Set a Realistic Budget Buying a home is a huge invest-

o nly h o m e , and i t co uld be th e place

ment, and financial strain can be a big burden on a marriage. Determine

w h ere yo u sta r t a fam i ly.

a realistic budget for right now – not for what you think you can afford

home before you begin the process. You’ll save yourself a lot of frustra-

in the future – and stick to that budget.

tion later if you can agree on these things now.

Start Saving The down payment is easily one of the biggest

Do Your Research Finally, make sure you do your research

expenses involved in buying a house. Set a monthly budget that builds in

before committing to buy. Investigate the resale value of homes in the

savings, cut out unnecessary spending, or take on extra hours at work.

neighborhood, check out the reputation for the local schools, and look

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into crime rates in the area.

ment and interest later.

Of course, there are many more steps involved in buying a house, but

Agree on your “Dream Home” Now that you’re ready

these guidelines can get you thinking about the big issues to get started.

to shop around, talk about what kind of house you want. Make sure you

Be sure to hire an experienced realtor who can guide you through the

and your partner are in agreement on the “must haves” in your new

process and answer all your questions. wm

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( A Clo se r L o o k at W h at T h i ngs Rea lly Cost)

E v er y m ag a z i n e t el l s yo u w h at yo u ca n a ff o r d. W e t el l yo u w h at t h i n gs r e a l ly cos t. H er e’ s a gu i d e to w h at s o m e w ed d i n g r el at ed ser v i c e s cos t i n a n d a r o u n d t h e T r i a n gl e . K eep i n m i n d, w e ca n o n ly pr ov i d e a r a n ge q ua l i t y a n d spec i fi c s . Fi n a l sel ec t i o ns d e t er m i n e t h e fi n a l pr i c e .

Accommodations Reserving a block of rooms at one of the Triangle’s full service hotels should garner one of their better rates. Expect to spend $85 to $215 per night, depending on the hotel you select and the time of year. Ceremony Facility Rental Fees If you’re not a member of the church hosting your ceremony, site fees typically begin at $250 and can be as high as $1500. For non-church facilities, including gardens, B&Bs, and historic spaces expect to spend $1500-$2000 for ceremony site rental. Ceremony Music Single musicians like harpists, organists and pianists generally cost between $150 and $300 for the preludes and ceremony. A string quartet should range between $575 and $1000 depending on the quality of the musicians. Soloists range from $75 to $300, depending on the number of selections required and the reputation of the singer. Your Gown The prices of wedding gowns vary widely by designer, fabric quality and construction quality. At a national gown warehouse, you can expect to spend $200 to $800. Most local full service bridal salons carry gowns that range from $500 to $2000, with lots of selection at every price point. The local salons that carry couture gowns begin at $1500 and can go above $7000. Remember to count on $200 to $500 for alterations when you budget for your gown. Budget between $200 and $3000 when budgeting for your veil and accessories.

Hair & Makeup For bridesmaids, expect to spend between $25 and $40 for simple updos completed in a salon and between $12 and $30 for in-salon make up application. Typically, the bride is more expensive, due to the care and time taken with her makeup and hair. In a salon, expect to spend $40-100 for bridal hair and $20-50 for makeup application. On-site application is typically more expensive, but far more convenient and practical for a busy wedding day. Expect to spend $40-95 per maid for makeup and hair, and $200-$400 for the bride. If looking your best is of utmost concern, hire an artist for the entire day, which includes initial application and touch ups throughout the day. Plan to spend $1000 to $2500 for this luxury. Invitations Prices and quality vary widely depending on the thickness and quality of the paper, the type of lettering you choose and finish details of the invitation. For 100 invitations, you should expect to spend $100-150 for a set from a mail order company. For 100 thermographed invitations from a mid-range supplier, expect to spend between $200 and $500 for the set. Custom designed, hand embellished and specialty invitations can cost from $300 to $1000 for 100. 2013

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( A Clo se r L o o k at W h at T h i ngs Rea lly Co st)

Wedding Consultants Service fees for wedding consultants vary widely based on the number of hours you need and the reputation of the consultant. Day-of-services range from $500 to $2000 and full-service-planning ranges from $1500 to $7000. Be sure to thoroughly compare each consultant’s services. Many offer different combinations of services and hours in packages, but call them by similar names. If you’re interested in a planner but can’t afford a package, ask about hourly consulting or associates. Photography Photographers prices vary based on the quality of the work, the skill of the artist, the hours of coverage, the amount and type of film shot, the type of processing, the number of finished prints and the type and quality of the album included. Expect to spend $5,000 to $11,000 on a top photographer, who’s work has been seen in national wedding publications. The second tier of photographers charge $3000 to $6000. There are a number of traditional and a few photojournalists charging $1000 to $3000. Consider having a great photographer for a shorter period of time. How many images of dancing do you need anyway? Opt for a smaller number of finished proofs and a longer coverage day from the best photographer you can afford. A few good images are always better than a lot of photos you don’t like.

Reception Facility Rental Fees There may be no facility rental at private clubs, where fees are often waived for members. At hotels and banquet halls, the fee ranges from $1000 to about $2000. Couples with a $20,000 budget spend about $1000 on facilities. Need to save money here? Ask if the facility fee can be waived if you meet a certain minimum. Or consider having your ceremony and reception in the same place – which may reduce the fee. Tents Tent prices vary widely depending on the size of the tent needed. Expect to spend between $1000 and $4000 on a frame tent, depending on the size area you’ll need tented. Draping the interior of the tent can range dramatically, depending on your use of a stock ($1500 to

Videography Expect to spend between $700 and $5000 depending on the number of cameras covering your event and the amount of editing required on the finished product. Most couples spend between $1000 and $2000 on their wedding video. This includes one or two cameras, some editing, and several finished DVDs.

$2000) or custom ($3000 to $15000) liner. Lighting also varies widely depending on the type of lighting selected, but expect to spend $400 to $2000 to light your tent. Linens & Rentals Expect to spend $7 to $12 per table on basic white or solid color linens. Specialty linens, including prints and silks, can range from $15 to $28 per table. Chairs range from $2.00 for folding plastic chairs and $4.00 for white wood folding chairs to $6 to $8 per chair for chivari ballroom chairs or specialty bar stools. Candles, candelabras, centerpiece vessels, chargers, specialty china and more can all be rented locally, and are substantially less expensive than purchasing.

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( A Clo se r L o o k at W hat Th i ngs Re ally C ost)

Flowers The prices of flowers vary widely based on flower types and the labor required in arrangement styles. In general, you can expect to spend between $75 and $400 on your bouquet. Price depends on the size of the bouquet and the blooms you select. Bridesmaid’s bouquets are usually more modest and range from $75 to $225. Boutonnieres and corsages range from $9 to $30. Arrangements for your ceremony can vary widely, but expect to spend at least $200 on anything of substantial size. Centerpieces for your reception range from $50-$100 per table for something small and simple to $350 per table for a large elaborate arrangement.

sizes are very controlled, so caterers know exactly how much of each ingredient to order. Seated dinner prices range from $18 to $85 per person, with averages in most clubs and hotels around $35 per person. Buffet dinners are often the most expensive option. Caterers must prepare more of each item to ensure that they don’t run out of food and that means waste. Buffets generally start at $26 per person and go up to $60 per person, with averages around $38 per person. You’ll want

Bar Fees Most reception facilities and caterers in the Triangle price alcohol

to remember that you’ll have an additional 20% gratuity and 7% sales tax added to the final bill.

based on consumption. This means you’ll pay only for the alcohol that your guests consume. Expect to spend between $14-28 per person if you’re offering a beer and wine bar for four hours. Remember, you’ll have to pay a service fee (generally 18-22%) and sales tax on your bar tab.

Transportation Traditional limousines are widely available in a variety of colors and sizes. Expect to spend between $100 to $155 per hour for a traditional limousine with a three-hour minimum on most weekends. There’s also a 15-20% gratuity added to the overall bill. Larger scale limos, limo

The Cake

SUVs and specialty cars are typically more expensive.

Wedding cakes range from $2.50 per slice to $7.00 per slice. The average Triangle baker charges $4.00-$4.50 per slice. Keep in mind that there are slice minimums as well as delivery fees. ($50-75 is typical for a local delivery).

Reception Music If you’re thinking of a DJ, budget between $800 and $1200 for a four-hour reception. The cost of bands vary widely. For a local party band with four to five members, plan on $2000 to $4000. If

The Food This is your largest expenditure and the toughest to estimate. Hors

you plan to hire a band with more regional appeal or more members, you’ll need to increase your budget by as much as $4000.

d’oeuvres parties start at about $19 per person and can go as high as $72 per person. (We’ve even seen some $200 per person parties!) Price depends on the selections that you make with your caterer. Keep in mind that there is an additional fee for carvers, servers, and bartenders. This cost is either figured in a staff-cost expenditure, or it’s included in the 20% service fee. Though most couples don’t expect it, seated meals can sometimes be the most affordable option. Portion

The Wedding Favors Favor costs vary widely depending on the item selected. Most couples spend between $2 and $5 per person on favors and packaging. Options like birdseed and bubbles are the least expensive, and items like custom poured chocolates, mini cakes and sterling silver gifts are most expensive, sometimes reaching $10-$15 per person. wm 2013

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the ultimate

12+ Months Prior Pick a date.

Logistical Establish a budget. Planning Choose a ceremony & reception site.

6-9 Months Prior

Select attendants. Determine colors & theme. Determine guest list.

4-6 Months Prior Schedule vacation time at work. Apply for passport if necessary.

Interview caterers if not deterined by venue. Schedule tastings.

Interview caterers if not deterined by venue. Schedule tastings.

Evaluate and choose a wedding planner.

Meet with consultant to discuss design of wedding: florals, cake, and other decorative elements.

Interview and select a florist.

Interview and select a florist.

Officiant

Select a wedding officiant.

Begin pre-marital counseling.

Fashion Begin shopping for your & Beauty wedding dress.

Select and purchase your gown. Shop and choose bridal party dresses.

Purchase accessories and shoes. Begin wedding gown fittings.

Select tuxedos for wedding party and fathers.

Send Save-the-Date cards.

Shop for and select an invitation style.

Order invitations. Hire calligrapher, if desired.

Music

Shop for your band or DJ.

Select ceremony musicians.

Photography Videography

Select your photographer.

Select a videographer.

Reserve a block of rooms for out-of-town guests.

Reserve transportation for bridal party.

Food & Beverage

Wedding Evaluate and choose a Consultant wedding planner.

Flowers & Decor

Stationery Order Save-the-Date cards.

Transportation/ Accommodations

Honeymoon Planning

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Make honeymoon travel arrangements.

Register for wedding gifts.

Reserve any specialty linens, glassware, chargers, chairs or tables.


2-4 Months Prior

2 Weeks Prior

1 Week Prior

Apply for marriage license.

Develop your seating chart.

Confirm delivery with vendors.

Plan bar for reception.

Give caterer your final head count.

Give caterer your final head count.

Meet with consultant to discuss ceremony details and reception itinerary.

Develop your wedding day timeline.

Have consultant distribute timeline to all vendors.

Give consultant any items for set-up. Day Before: Give fees & gratuities for distribution.

Meet with officiant and determine the ceremony particulars.

Get your officiant’s ‘okay’ on the wedding program.

Day Before: Give marriage license to officiant at the rehearsal.

Interview stylists. Have trial runs and reserve.

Have final gown fitting. Break in shoes. Schedule manicure and pedicure for the wedding week.

Day Before: Get a manicure and pedicure. Have massage, if desired.

Address and mail invitations. Order napkins, favors, and any other printed items.

Order and print your wedding program. Prepare menu cards, if desired. Prepare placecards and seating cards.

Finalize ceremony music selections

Prepare a “must-play” list for band or DJ

Give emcee order of the reception.

Give photographer list of important formal photos.

Make sure both photographer and videographer have a timeline of the day.

Finalize menu with caterer.

Communicate all pick-up and drop-off locations to transportation providers.

Reserve transportation for guests, if required.

planner

1 Month Prior

Day Before: Drop off any guest gifts.

Get foreign currency or traveler’s checks.

Buy groom’s wedding gift.

Purchase favors, toasting flutes, registry, send off items, garter and any necessary items.

Buy attendant gifts. Check registry to ensure that there are enough items available for purchase. 2013

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1705 Prime . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Second Empire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Seven Raleigh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Shady Wagon Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 The Carolina Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 The Cotton Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 The Grand Ballroom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 The Hampton Inn Brier Creek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 The Hampton Inn Crabtree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 The Hilton Mansion on the Hill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 The Hudson Manor Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 The Oaks at Salem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 The Sheraton Raleigh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 The Siena Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 The Stockroom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 The Sutherland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Sullivan’s Steakhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Ward’s Hollow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Beauty / Hair / Makeup / Skincare Images by Denise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224 Mark Christopher Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223 Robledo Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224 Bridal Associations The Triangle Bridal Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184 Bridal Registry Quintessentials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Bridal Salons Traditions by Anna at The Lassiter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Bridal Shows Forever Bridal Productions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 The Carolina Inn Bridal Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199 Bridal Showers and Party Locations Shady Wagon Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 212 The Carolina Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208 The Siena . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204 Ward’s Hollow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200 Cakes / Confections / Cookies Cakes by Chloe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198 Dreme Cake Artistry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198 The Cupcake Shoppe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197 The Priceless Cake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199


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photography intherain Hooman Bahrani, Vesic Photography

Rain is the one aspect of your wedding that is completely out of your control, and it is most often the biggest concern I hear from couples. Even clients that are having indoor weddings want a few outdoor photos, and they always want to know what their backup options are if the weather isn’t at its best.

I’m not going to tell you not to worry about rain, or not to have a

that a bride envisions when she plans her wedding – they’re better. We

backup plan just in case. Rather, if it does rain, embrace it.

had the Fort to ourselves, the sky was dramatic, the boots were ador-

I am writing this having just returned from a wedding on the North

able, and the umbrellas broke because of high winds. All of these factors

Carolina Coast during Hurricane Sandy (AKA Frankenstorm). For the past

created pictures that are real, full of love, and original. No one else has

year, Kristi had been planning to have a First Look photo session with

wedding photos at Fort Macon during the most impressive hurricane to

her fiancé Ben at Fort Macon on Atlantic Beach. By Friday, with the Hur-

ever hit the U.S.

ricane only hours away, I asked her if it was time to talk about options

I’ve had massive downpours drench the wedding party in the middle

for an alternative venue. The answer was simple and with a big smile,

of downtown, blizzards almost shut down wedding venues, and hurri-

“No, I want to see Ben for the first time at Fort Macon; Lets make it hap-

canes blow everything away. One thing I know is that dramatic weather

pen.” I thought – Perfect, my kind of people.

not only makes for some dramatic photos, but it also creates original

I told her that she needed two things: Umbrellas and a pair of boots so

photos that tend to become fan favorites. It’s not just a wedding – it’s

she wouldn’t slip on the wet stones. With those provisions in hand (and

your wedding. No matter what happens, embrace it and own it; who

on foot), not only did we have an awesome First Look, but we did our

knows, you could end up on the front page of Pinterest like one of my

couple photos inside and outside of the Fort and even had a fun family

couples, Lindsey and Parker, under an umbrella in the pouring rain with

photo amidst the rain and high winds. They aren’t the “perfect” photos

a pair of pink four-inch heels.

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