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Your perfect Southern wedding begins at Highgrove Estate. Whether your dream is an elegant garden wedding or an evening soiree, Highgrove is the ideal setting for your special day. Exchange your vows overlooking Lake Laurel, celebrate the pleasure of fine food and dance the night away in our fabric draped Garden Ballroom. Every detail will be taken care of by our attentive staff so your event is unforgettable.


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Located in the elegantly restored Dodd-Hinsdale House (circa 1879), Second Empire combines history, atmosphere and gourmet cuisine to form an unforgettable venue for your

All Photos: www.ShaneSnider.com

ceremony, wedding reception, rehearsal dinner or bridal shower.

330 Hillsborough Street • Raleigh 919.829.3663 • www.second-empire.com

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fromthepublisher publisher/owner Robyn Mangrum art director Stephanie DuBois account manager Maureen Powell social media, sales, assistant writer & copy edit Jessica Siciliano senior writer Heather Green contributing writers Erika Ivey Maria Magher Graphic Design, New Advertisements Katie Hatfield interns Mallory Orr Rachael Morrison distribution Rick Mangrum For Advertising Information visit or call: www.weddings-magazine.com 919-552-7655 Reproduction of copy or artwork is strictly prohibited. All rights reserved. Mangrum Publishing www.weddings-magazine.com www.mangrumpublishing.blogspot.com Printed in Canada Ad content is not the responsibility of Mangrum Publishing. Mangrum Publishing prints articles and features for entertainment purposes only and does not seek to advise readers on medical problems or decisions. Under no circumstances will Mangrum Publishing be liable for any damages that result from reliance on or use of the information provided herein. cover Credits: WINTER SPRING COVER: CUSTOM VEIL by www.beatricecouturedesigns.com PHOTO by: www.lesleemitchell.com HAIR and MAKEUP: Kara Gaylor Stylists: Latrice Cushenberry from Opulent Couturier SUMMER FALL COVER: CUSTOM VEIL by www.beatricecouturedesigns.com PHOTO by: www.elisabethmillay.com Hair Stylist – Caitlynn Demetrician Makeup Artist – Stacie Ford Weddings Makeup Artistry Wardrobe – Ani Hovhannisyan Gown – Lazaro members of

weddings are alive and well in the triangle Weddings are alive and well in the Triangle and the 2014 issue of Weddings Magazine certainly showcases that! The talent and creativity of our local wedding professionals never ceases to amaze us. As you utilize this issue during your planning, keep in mind all the beautiful photo shoots you see were shot locally right here in the Triangle allowing our readers to find and obtain exactly what they see and like. Bridal fashion is always of upmost relevance to us here at Weddings Magazine and each year we strive to bring you not only gorgeous gowns and accessories, but stylized shoots and photographs that will jump off the pages and wow you. Weddings Magazine and James Walters of www.waltersandwalters.com collaborated to bring you an Avant Garde photo shoot complete with bold hair and makeup, custom veils and hairpieces, and statement jewelry. Avant Garde means to be different, experimental and new and we thought that was the perfect theme for brides planning their wedding in 2014. This year, our floral shoot boasts some of the most unique and whimsical to the timeless and classical tablescapes and bouquets. Each florists’ creation leaps off the pages portraying vibrant color palettes while utilizing hard and soft elements to bring out the texture and colors of the flowers. Marbles Museum in downtown Raleigh provided a colorful and fun cake shoot. Though it is a childrens museum by day, at night this beautiful venue can be transformed in to an elegant and open reception space. Our cakes stood majestic, colorful, elegant and whimsical among the colorful backdrops. We are especially excited to showcase our style shoots this year. Our ideas were brought to life by some of the best wedding planners the Triangle has to offer and we hope that they will inspire you when planning your rehearsal dinners, bachelorette parties and intimate gatherings. We hope you enjoy and get inspired by our entire photo and style party shoots as well as the nine real weddings from our talented wedding planners. And visit our web site, www.weddings-magazine.com, for more inspirational galleries, upcoming events and real weddings. Remember to patronize our wonderful vendors and we wish you the best during your planning and a wonderful life!

Robyn Find us on Facebook! www.facebook.com/weddingsmagazine Find us on Twitter! www.twitter.com/weddingsmag Find us on Pinterest! www.pinterest.com/weddingsmag

Maureen & Robyn Photo of Robyn and Maureen: Corey Williams of www.gleeandbliss.com (p.136)

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Prestonwood COUNTRY CLUB

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300 Prestonwood Parkway Cary, NC

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Sondra Johnstone, Social Director 919.467.2566 • www.prestonwoodcc.com

ALL PHOTOS: www.WaltersandWalters.com

Prestonwood Pastry Chef Voted Chef of the Year


table of contents

inthisissue Reception and Banquet Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Bridal Fashion and Jewelry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

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Wedding Planner and DIY Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Real Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Invitations and Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Bridal Registry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122 Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125

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Bouquets and Tablescapes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149 Cakes and Confections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 Feature Style Shoots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186 Hair, Makeup and Skin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199 Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211

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Rentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230 DJ and Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235 Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238 Destination and Honeymoon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239 Budget . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249 Planning Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 252 Directory of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 254 6

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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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Beautiful Inn • Blissful Reception • Blushing Bride Experience pure bliss on the most important day of your life.

Azul Photography

211 Pittsboro Street • Chapel Hill NC 27516 • 919.918.2749 CarolinaInnBride.com • Weddings@CarolinaInn.com

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Twenty-two acres of natural beauty and rustic elegance

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the perfect destination

for your perfect destination wedding Located four miles from Jordan Lake and easily accessible from Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh and Sanford.

www.shadywagonfarm.com

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From joyous celebrations to fairytale weddings we bring your visions to extraordinary reality!

ALL PHOTOS: WWW.VESIC.COM

Raleigh Marriott City Center 500 Fayetteville Street Raleigh, NC 27601 Phone: 919.334.0294 Sales & Events Teams

www.marriott.com/rdumc

Grand Ballroom accommodates up to 630 guests.


©Orange Cat Photography

AN URBAN EVENT VENUE ON RALEIGH’S MAIN STREET 230 FAYETTEVILLE STREET, 2ND FLOOR RALEIGH, NC 27601 www.thestockroomat230.com

For more information, call Katie Rae Kugler at 919.459.3212 or email katierae@empire1792.com

Open House Hours: Tuesdays, 4:30–6:00pm Downtown Raleigh www.AllSaints1875.com BUILT 1875, RESTORED 2008.

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©Lauren Mann Photography


Laura Simson Photography

Cyn Kain Photography

Hilton Pitman Photography

Laura Simson Photography Nancy Ray Photography

Swank Studios Photography

Phone: (919) 556-0140

Carisa Chee Photography

www.TheSutherland.com


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For the perfect beginning to your happily ever after CEREMONIES | WEDDING RECEPTIONS | REHEARSAL DINNERS | BRIDAL LUNCHEONS | FAMILY CELEBRATIONS

PHOTO: 2&3 PHOTOGRAPHY

PLEASE VISIT WWW.MCCONNELLGOLF.COM TO VIEW ALL 8 WEDDING AND RECEPTION SITES IN THE CAROLINAS

RALEIGH COUNTRY CLUB - RALEIGH, NC | TPC AT WAKEFIELD PLANTATION - RALEIGH, NC | TREYBURN COUNTRY CLUB - DURHAM, NC | OLD NORTH STATE CLUB - NEW LONDON, NC | SEDGEFIELD COUNTRY CLUB - GREENSBORO

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Booking your wedding at The Siena Hotel is like booking your own Tuscan Villa! Every detail is focused on your friends, your family, and your unforgettable wedding! 1505 E FRANKLIN STREET CHAPEL HILL, NC 27514 WWW.SIENAHOTEL.COM TEL: 919.918.2544 |

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Elegant. Sophisticated. A dream come true. At Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley, we know that when it comes to celebrating the most important day of your life, nothing but perfection will do. The modern luxury, warm elegance and impeccable, friendly service you’ll encouter — as well as our flawless planning and outstanding cuisine — make our hotel the natural choice for a truly unique wedding. We’re here to help you make memories that will last a lifetime. For more information, call 919.571.5301 or visit RaleighMarriottWeddings.com

4500 Marriott Drive, Raleigh, NC 27612 Phone: 919.571.5301, RaleighMarriottWeddings.com


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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 Jessica Sorrell

at 919-941-6861 to set up an appointment for a tour of our beautiful hotel and ballroom. Email: jessica.sorrell@marriott.com

4700 Guardian Dr Durham, NC 27703 919-941-6200 www.marriottrtp.com 2014

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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

3-14

$50-75

Yes

Varied Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

up to 70

2

Call

$26-50

No

Varied

No

No

Yes

No

No

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

300

2

12

$50-75

Yes

Varied Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Bennett Bunn Plantation 1915 Old Bunn Rd., Zebulon • 919-832-6866

1000

Call

Call

$26-50

Yes

Varied Yes

Yes

Call

Yes

Yes

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

Cardinal Hall 6015 Lead Mine Rd., Raleigh • 919-873-9500

425

1

12

$26-50

Yes

Varied

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

The Carolina Club, George Watts Hill Alumni Center 550 Stadium Drive, Chapel Hill • 919-962-1101

1000

7

1

$26-75

Yes

Varied

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

220-400

4

12-18

$100+

Yes

Varied Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

184

City Kitchen 201 South Estes Drive, Chapel Hill • 919-928-8200

350

4

Call

$26-75

Yes

Varied

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

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

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

80

2

Call

$26-50

No

Varied Yes

Yes

No

No

No

129

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

Fleming’s Steakhouse & Wine Bar 4325 Glenwood Ave #5004, Raleigh • 919-571-6200

up to 200

2

3

$75-100

Varied Yes

No

No

No

Yes

The Garden on Millbrook 2400 E Millbrook Rd., Raleigh • 919-790-8900

350-400

1

6-12

$75-100 Yes

Varied

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

150

Call

Call

$26-50

No

Varied Yes

Yes

Call

No

Yes

140-175

2

6-12

$50-75

Yes

Varied

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

135

1705 Prime Chophouse & Events 1705 E Millbrook Ave., Raleigh • 919-850-2340 18 Seaboard 18 Seaboard Ave., Suite 100, Raleigh • 919-861-4318

The Carolina Inn 211 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill • 919-918-2749

The Grand Ballroom 16 W Martin St., Suite 1200, Raleigh • 919-832-6866 Hampton Inn – RDU / Brier Creek 8021 Arco Corporate Dr, Raleigh • 919-484-0500

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No

Valet Parking Available?

Number of Banquet Rooms 5

Facility Information

Available Serving Sytle

Reception Room Maximum Capacity 175

Reception & Banquet Guide

No


Available Serving Sytle

Valet Parking Available?

Off-Premise Catering Available?

Outside Caterer Permitted?

Outside Reception Area?

Number of Sleeping Rooms

No

Yes

Yes

Call

$75-100 Yes

Varied

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

4

Call

$26-50

Yes

Varied

No

Yes

No

No

No

132

1

Call

$26-50

Yes

Varied

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

150

250

1

6-12

Call

Yes

Buffet

No

No

No

No

Yes

up to 200

1

12-18

Yes

Varied

No

No

Yes

Yes

500

5

$100+

Yes

Varied

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

250+

Call

3-18

Yes

Varied Yes

No

Yes

Yes

50-250

3

12

$26-50

Yes

Varied

No

Yes

No

No

No

Marker 137 - A Sound View Event Masonboro Sound (bet. Wrights & Car Bch) • 910-523-5328

300

1-24

Varies

Yes

Varied

No

Yes

Yes

Marriott Crabtree Valley 4500 Marriott Drive, Raleigh • 919-571-5301

300

3

6-12

$75-100 Yes

Varied

No

Yes

No

No

No

376

Marriott at Research Triangle Park 4700 Guardian Dr., Durham • 919-941-6200

200

6

Call

$26-50

Varied

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

225

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

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

200

1

3-12

$26-50

No

Varied

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Call

up to 300

1

Call

Yes

Varied Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Old North State Club 201 Old North State Club, New London • 336-461-4446

150

4

3-12

$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

1

Call

$75-100

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

250

1

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

350

4

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

120

The Hudson Manor Estate 908 Moulton Rd., Louisburg • 919-219-9139 Jennette’s Pier 7223 S Virginia Dare Tr, Nags Head • 252-255-1501 MacGregor Downs Country Club 430 St. Andrews Lane, Cary • 919-467-0146 The Manor at Carriage Farm 5832 Carriage Farm Rd., Raleigh • 919-622-9292 Marbles Kids Museum 201 E Hargett St., Raleigh • 919-857-1042

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

Reception Room Maximum Capacity 80

Facility Information

No

No

Low Fat/Low Cholesterol Menu Available?

Separate Area Available For Ceremony?

Average Price per Person

Yes

Number of Months in Avance to Schedule

Number of Banquet Rooms

No

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

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Low Fat/Low Cholesterol Menu Available?

Off-Premise Catering Available?

Outside Caterer Permitted?

Outside Reception Area?

Number of Sleeping Rooms

Varied

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

3-12

$26-50

Yes

Varied

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

12

$50-75

Yes

Varied Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

400

3-12 $50-75

Yes

Varied Yes

Yes

No

Call

Yes

Call

$100+

Yes

Varied

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

100

$48-75

No

Varied

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

4

3-12 $50-75

Yes

Varied

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

Call

up to 200

2

6-18

$50-75

Yes

Varied

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

4

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 at 230 230 Fayetteville St., Raleigh • 919-459-3212

300

1

8-16

$26-50

No

Varied Yes

Yes

Yes

Sullivan’s Steakhouse 414 Glenwood Ave, Ste 103 Raleigh • 919-82- 7533

100

5

2

$50-75

Yes

Plated Yes

No

Yes

No

No

The Sutherland Estate and Gardens 1371 Wake Union Church Rd., Wake Forest

350+

Call

2+

$26-50

Yes

Varied

No

Yes

No

No

No

Call

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

180

4

3-12

$26-65

Yes

Varied

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

The Virginia Dare Ballroom at Sir Walter Apts 400 Fayetteville St., Raleigh • 919-604-7103

150

1

Call

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Wakefield Plantation 2207 Wakefield Plantation Dr., Raleigh • 919-488-5211

220

5

3

$50-75

Yes

Varied

No

Yes

No

No

No

Weathervane at Southern Season 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill • 919-913-1221

350

3

6-9

$26-50

Yes

Varied

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

6-12

$50-75

Yes

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

50-400

6

6-12

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

250

2

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

500

14

100-500

2

200

3

12

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

Varied

6

Call

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

250

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

The Reserve Golf Club 18 Reserve Dr., Pawleys Island SC • 843-235-0755 The Sanderling Resort 1461 Duck Road; Duck, NC • 888-617-0783

Shady Wagon Farm 259 Shady Wagon Farm Ln., New Hill • 919-542-7172 Sheraton Raleigh Hotel 421 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh • 919-834-9900 The Siena Hotel 1505 E Franklin St., Chapel Hill • 919-918-2544

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Valet Parking Available?

$75-100 Yes

2

Facility Information

Available Serving Sytle

12

Separate Area Available For Ceremony?

Yes

Average Price per Person

No

Number of Months in Avance to Schedule

Yes

Number of Banquet Rooms

Yes

Reception Room Maximum Capacity

Varied Yes

300

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Gourmet Marketplace. Restaurant and Patio. Cooking School. One Amazing Destination.

– An Affair to Remember – Discover the perfect place to HOST ANY SPECIAL EVENT whether it’s your wedding, shower, anniversary, company luncheon, holiday party or next business meeting. Predicated on intimate elegance and convenient perfection, the Weathervane Restaurant and Patio at Southern Season is a quintessential CHAPEL HILL L ANDMARK featuring a seasonal menu, highlighting local ingredients in contemporary Southern cuisine. Our events coordinator and staff will work with you start to finish to create AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER, fully customizable to your needs. As a gift giver’s dream, Southern Season is the perfect place to register for your event to fully equip your kitchen and home, and entertain in style. Gift Registry is conveniently available both in-store and online.

201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill, NC | 919-929-7133 | southernseason.com Visit our other locations: Charleston, SC | Richmond, VA (2014)

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bridal luncheons 421 s salisbury street, raleigh nc 919.256 .1456


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919.239.4777

131 COLUMBUS AVE, CARY NC 27518

www.raleighcary.doubletree.com

GRAND BALLROOM

PERSONALIZED ATTENTION CEREMONIES

919.339.1607

CUSTOM MENUS

ACCOMMODATES UP TO 400 PEOPLE

WEDDING RECEPTIONS

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the reception

warm receptions It’s true what they say: “It’s all about location, location, location!”. Atmosphere is everything when planning your dream wedding. You want somewhere comfortable and accomodating but uniquely you at the same time. Your reception will be a reflection of your personality and will continue on with the theme of your wedding. When you are planning your big day, push all of those ballroom and banquet hall brochures aside and start thinking outside of the box! hotels Hotels are a classic place to hold wedding receptions, but when you decide to have your reception at this venue, think outside of the ballroom. Many hotels have large balconies or patios, they also have vast pool areas that would work beautifully for an outdoor wedding reception. If you choose a pool area, you can take advantage of this blank canvas for decorating. For example, you can extend a clear platform over a portion of the pool and use this as the place to put the wedding cake or even the dance floor! Floating, flameless candles and flowers scattered throughout the soft blue water underneath a glowing string of lights can transform any average hotel pool into the reception location of your dreams!

estate gardens

butterflies and birds, adding a sweet and

Estate gardens come fully equipped,

whimsical feel to your reception.

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of partying and romance. Just add food,

historical areas

lighting and seating and you are set! If you

Museums, monuments and other historical

are someone who simply can not have too

areas make great places to hold a wedding

many flowers at your reception, but does

reception. These timeless places are full of

not have the budget to fill a huge hall or

character and come with many decorative

ballroom, this type of location fits you to a

elements. If you choose a larger location

tee. Estate gardens also tend to contain just

like a museum, you may need to narrow

the right amount of “nature” such as

your site down to a specific location (who


the recpetion

wouldn’t want to get married under a

enough for your guests, that there is ad-

about a winery is that you can usually

T-Rex or next to a Monet?!?). If a portion

equate lighting outside, also that the house

choose to have your reception completely

of the location is what you have in mind,

is easily accessible by car and that you have

indoors, completely outdoors or a mix of

walk through and try to imagine your

adequate restroom facilities for your guests.

both. Research your area, you can usually

reception. You want to make sure that

You and your groom can even opt to stay

find one that does have on-site catering and

the area is large enough to hold all of your

overnight for a relaxing evening before tak-

they may even have other things that you’ll

guests and that it has the lighting you

ing off for your honeymoon.

need such as tables, chairs, plates and sil-

need. You also want to think about how close the restrooms, entrances and exits are to the area of your reception so that things are easily accessible to your guests.

Atmosphere is everything when planning your dream wedding.

lake houses

winery

A lake house is the perfect place to have

You will probably be serving wine at your

a wedding reception when you want to

wedding anyway, so why not just have

incorporate the outdoor into your big day.

the entire party at a winery. You can find

Trees, lush plant life, the freshest flowers

wineries in all 50 states and there are likely

and water surround this ideal reception

a few relatively close to your ceremony lo-

location, cutting your work dramatically!

cation. Wineries can be romantic and they

Make sure that the lake house is large

tend to have a lot of space. The great thing

verware - taking the stress out of planning your special day! wm

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the engagement ring

thinking outside the box rings and bling that go beyond the traditional diamond You don’t always have to break the bank to get engaged - these trends buck the traditional diamond in favor of a variety of stones, gems and precious metals. Here are some of the hottest trends for 2014. sapphires | Less expensive than diamonds but just as regal, sapphires make a bold statement. Choose an antique setting for a dramatic look. rubies | They are the color of love, and they will shine on an engagement ring. Opt for simple or ornate to suit your style. colored diamonds | Okay, so they won’t help you save, but they will stand out from the usual engagement fare. Yellow, black and pink are popular choices for a show-stopping stone. no stone | While a stone may be traditional for engagement rings, a simple band can look just as beautiful. You can save money and get a ring that reflects your unique style while starting a new tradition. Choose from traditional bands like platinum or gold, or go with something new like titanium or rose-gold. Depending on the material, there are a variety of colors to choose from.

Every engagement ring should be as unique as the woman who wears it, and valued not for what it is, but what it symbolizes. Think outside the box, and choose a ring that you will be in love with forever! wm

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Large jewelry retailers have worked hard to convince you that a “diamond is a girl’s best friend” and that you have to spend two-month’s salary on a ring.


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the fashion shoot

about the shoot

For a fashion shoot as special as this one, we knew that we needed to find a location that was both unique and compelling. Our vision for the shoot was an avant garde editorial feature, and the beautiful Hampton Inn & Suites Raleigh Crabtree Valley exceeded our expectations with its gorgeously textured wallpapers, eclectic dĂŠcor and provocative designs. The venue manages to be both welcoming and visually interesting, while the executive suite feels a world away with its refreshingly modern updates. Whether hosting a wedding reception or accommodating the wedding guests, the hotel will impress visitors through its luxurious and intriguing ambiance, as well as its stellar service. For more information, see page 39. 46

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on garde! In addition to being a

declaration of love for your partner, weddings are also an opportunity to showcase your personal style in a memorable place and time. Some brides embrace tradition in all aspects of their wedding, while other risk-taking brides seek artistic and visually interesting details that will set their wedding apart from the average affair. With high-fashion bridal styles becoming more accessible every season, avant-garde wedding fashions are becoming a top trend for the coming year.

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“Avant-garde”

can be used to describe everything from

people, to fashion, to works of art that are innovative and experimental. If your individual style is constantly evolving and you are always taking risks with fashion-forward and cutting edge clothing, accessories and beauty trends, consider adding some avant-garde elements to your wedding look! The most enjoyable aspect of avant-garde fashion is that it can mean something different to every bride, whether it be a unique detail or an over the top ensemble. Vangaurd wedding fashion could include an abstract hairstyle, sculptural veil or headpiece, or a dress with a head turning silhouette or non-traditional colors or details. When it comes to weddings, the buzzword simply means pushing the boundaries of traditional bridal style and choosing something just a little different or unconventional. Without losing sight of what this special day means for you and your fiancé, you should be able to have fun with your bridal style in a way that makes you feel the most beautiful. We chose to embrace this en-vogue style trend for our 2014 fashion editorial spread, creating extravagant bridal looks with voluminous and sculptural veils, resplendent statement jewelry, and conceptual hair and makeup. The matrimonial headpieces from Beatrice Couture Designs ranged from billowing tulle chapeaus to delicately formed millinery, that could easily find a place on the runways of Paris. Bold and dazzling jewels from Margaret Rowe elevated each look, with oversized cuffs, larger than life rivierie and glamorous baubles. Beauty stylists Stewart and Sophie created dramatic and adventurous styles for hair and makeup, with emphasis on texture, volume, commanding eyes and defined cheekbones. In order to highlight these daring ensembles, photographer James Walters photographed the models against the various subtly patterned backgrounds at the Hampton Inn Crabtree of Raleigh, creating stark contrast with dramatic lighting.

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Artistic elements like the ones we utilize for our fashion editorial spread can be added to your wedding day style from head to toe, and we’re here to lay out a roadmap to avant-garde bridal attire and accessories. Starting at the very top, an elegant wedding veil is a staple for conventional bridal style. Veils add an air of mystery and subtle sexiness, and the act of lifting the veil during the ceremony is a physical representation of entering a new chapter of your life. Veils are also the perfect place to showcase an eclectic personal style by putting a striking twist on an old favorite. Dramatic length and volume are stunning and daring, while dainty a top hat, a crown of fresh florals, or an ombré veil dip-dyed in one of your wedding colors can be bold and visually interesting. Set the stage for your unique veil with a creative up-do. A talented hair artist can help you take your wedding day do to the next level with lots of exaggerated volume and chaotic texture, blunt bangs, or an artfully sculpted chignon. An unexpected hairstyle is the perfect compliment to an over-the-top veil or headpiece, or will shine beautifully on its own. While your wedding day isn’t always the best time to experiment with artistic makeup – after all, your groom should recognize you as you start your walk down the aisle, there is always a little room for some adventurous beauty techniques. A dramatic cat-eye, bold brows, angular blush or a dramatic lip color is the perfect place to start with an avant-garde makeup look, without erring into the unrecognizable. Use makeup to highlight your favorite feature, and bring the beauty all the way down to your nails, with a bright pop of color (for your something blue?) or an intricate design or pattern.

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garde!

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thedetails

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Your wedding gown is where your personal style really shines, and there are so many ways to add a touch of high fashion to your wedding day look. Play with the traditional convention of length, opting for a textured tee-length gown or a trendy high-low hemline. Anything that isn’t white for a wedding gown is always a daring choice, whether it is a touch of colorful detail, metallic accents, or a dip-dyed ombré showstopper. Prints and patterns are also trendy and unconventional for wedding dresses, while a sculptural element at the shoulder or bustle can be elegant, vogue and dramatic. Take your wedding day jewels to the next level with colored gems, oversized earrings, cuffs and necklaces, or layers and layers of vintage rivierie in varying lengths. Jewelry is the perfect place to mix vintage heirlooms and trendy new pieces, and to play with unique metals and gemstones. Your bridal bouquet is yet another opportunity to showcase an avant-garde style. Carry a bouquet of unconventional blooms, such as herbs, protea or air plants, or forgo florals all together and carry a bedazzled clutch purse, giant paper flower, dainty parasol, or spray of feathers. Colored shoes are not a new trend, with brides opting to use their feet as a fun way to showcase their “something blue,” but the options are endless for bridal footwear, and you are only limited by your imagination. Pick a sole in another bright and bold color, or find a shoe that has a unique shape or material such as embroidery, beads or gems. Our favorite inspiration comes from the brilliant minds of Louboutin and McQueen.

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There is no reason to limit this experimental style to your attire. Everything about your big day is open to a little innovation, from your bridesmaids dresses to the food to the dÊcor. Even if you opt for a more traditional gown, there are countless other details of your wedding that can be as eclectic and avant-garde as your heart desires. The avant-garde trend may not be for everyone – some eclectic trends can dip a toe into the world of strange or even a little outlandish, but the beauty of this style is that it is striking, visually interesting, unexpected, and a representation of your daring personality. All eyes will be on you, so why not give your guests something to stare at? When it comes to weddings, tradition will always be on-trend, but adding just a little bit of imagination to your special day can set your wedding apart from the rest. The keys to this trend are originality and confidence. Don’t be afraid to step out side of the conventional wedding box and spring for something that is an expression of you and your special day, creating a memorable experience for both yourself and for your guests.

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thebridesmaids

Left: dresses Maggi Maids (p.70) all jewelry margaretrowe.com

top: dresses Traditions by Anna (p.69) all jewelry margaretrowe.com

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TRADITIONS BY ANNA

Riverland Studios Bride: Jessica Hostetter

BRIDAL BOU TIQUE

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fashion

Introducing...

MAGGI Maids BRIDESMAIDS BOUTIQUE

an extension of

MAGGI BRIDAL

5200 Hollyridge Drive • Raleigh, North Carolina 27612 • 919.781.2898 • By Appointment

bridesmaidsdresstrends Raleigh bridal boutiques Maggi Maids and Traditions by Anna both work hard to ensure that they are presenting the most relevant and trendy options for bridesmaids by attending the New York and Chicago Bridal Markets, where they got a sneak peak at the 2014 styles.

tailored skirt is flattering and refined, perfect for a sophisticated soiree. A tailored skirt can also be complimented by a stylish peplum, which Amy contends will continue to be a huge trend for 2014. For an unexpected variation, consider color-blocked styles for your attendants. “Bold stripes add a touch of whimsy to your

Maxi lengths and the hi-low trend have both had a huge pres-

bridal party,” says Emily. For a subtler look, Amy loves the trendy

ence in ready-to-wear fashions, and the same goes for bridesmaid’s

ombré look; “You will see designers combining two or three hues

dresses. Amy of Maggi Maids encourages brides to embrace the

to create an interesting effect. This is perfect way for brides to use

funky asymmetrical hemlines, as she believes this will be a defin-

several of their favorite shades in one!”

ing style of the decade. “Maxi styles are effortless,” adds Emily of

We have all heard brides utter the overused and often inaccurate

Traditions, “bringing an instant touch of formality and elegance

cliché about her girlfriends being able to wear their bridesmaids’

to your wedding.”

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the dress

lee-ann belter bridal For most brides, the gown is the centerpiece of her wedding day. When a bride has found the perfect gown, her radiance will shine from the inside out, making her look and feel beautiful. Canadian designer Lea-Ann Belter has perfected this with her exquisite collections of elegant wedding dresses, creating gowns as extraordinary as the women who wear them.

Based out of Toronto, Belter designs and

In fact, each gown that leaves the shop

creates beautifully hand-crafted gowns

is a custom creation. To ensure a perfect

with incredible attention to detail and

fit, Lea-Ann Belter Bridal requires more

only the most luxurious materials, includ-

measurements than any other clothier, and

ing Dupioni silk, French Alenรงon lace, and

every garment is cut and sewn specially

hand-embroidery and beadwork. All gowns

with the bride in mind.

are manufactured in her Toronto boutique, which not only allows Lea-Ann to oversee

With elegant, simple and well-crafted

every detail of the workmanship and cre-

designs, Lea-Ann Belter Bridal gowns

ate the most high-quality gowns on the

are anything but ordinary. Her collec-

market, it also means that all of her dresses

tions are available at a limited number of

are fully customizable. From adding or

hand-selected boutiques in North America,

removing straps, lengthening trains, to

including Traditions by Anna in Raleigh,

changing sashes and altering necklines and

North Carolina.

skirts, brides are able to personalize their gown and wear what is truly their dream

For more information,

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please visit Lee-AnnBelter.com.

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A Lea-Ann Belter gown is designed to make you feel romantic, sexy and beautiful. Each gown is handcrafted at our Toronto atelier using only the finest quality silks and laces, and finished with exquisite beadwork and detailing. Personalized touches and luxurious fabrics make each gown as unique as the woman who wears it. Available exclusively at Traditions by Anna 919 783 8652. LEAANNBELTER.COM

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the shoe

shoe show accessories and styles that will sweep you off your feet You have already been swept off your feet by the man of your dreams, it’s time to knock your socks off with the latest and most unique trends in shoes for brides this year. Accents, embellishments and customizing your kicks with the hottest fads for feet are just one more way to complete your look from head to toe! metallics | Gold, silver, pewter, copper, metallic hues and textured heels are hot for 2012 and 2013. Smooth satin and the “disco ball” look are both great bridal shoe styles this year, a little bling and shine is a great way to spice up and accent your overall attire. bling | Larger rhinestones and the mosaic look in shoe embellishments are both striking and unique trends. Crystal brooches and light catching accessories transform a simple shoe into a work of art. Whether you are using your grandmother’s clipon earrings or customized gems paired perfectly with your other jewelry, just a little bit of bling will take your pump to a trendy new level. lace | It’s combining retro and non-traditional styles that fit your personality and do not have to match your dress perfectly. Specifically, platforms covered in white or cream lace and intricate designs is a breathtaking choice. Utilizing the lace from your mothers or grandmothers wedding dress is a meaningful option if you are considering having your shoes made. Soft and sexy footwear that you can wear again and again is the practical route more brides are taking, looking fabulous while spending less. wm

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gina myers, owner of la cosa bella events created this precious DIY for a Carnival-themed wedding, but the possibilities are endless. An up-cycled artist’s canvas serves as the base for this adorable serving tray - embellished with glass marbles, ribbon and decorative paper cones filled with a treat of your choice. These cones were designed by Diane Holdsambeck of MyLadyDye.com.

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1. do the prep work. Use a glue gun to adhere your coordinating ribbon to the edges of the canvas frame.

2. build your base. Measure the open space in the back of the canvas and cut a piece of 1� Styrofoam to fit inside the frame. Push small lollipop sticks into the foam, being careful not to puncture the canvas. Remove the sticks, fill the holes with hot glue, then quickly replace the sticks to help keep them in place. 1

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3. the sweet stuff! Embellish your decorative paper cones with a monogram or wedding date, and slide the cones onto the lollipop sticks. Fill the upturned cones with various treats.

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kate &steve T h e e n c h a n t i n g at m o s p h e r e c r e at e d f o r K at e a n d S t e v e ’ s w e d d i n g p e r f e c t ly s u i t e d t h e i r r o m a n t i c l o v e s t o r y, a n d b r o u g h t t h e m b a c k t o w h e r e i t a l l b e g a n : at D u k e U n i v e r s i t y. Though they lived several states apart, fate brought Kate and Steve together after meeting at Duke Law School while Kate was in town visiting a friend. Kate went back home to New Orleans, and Steve soon followed, making this long distance love story even more special. They married on an early April day at Duke Chapel, with the soft pink cherry blossoms in full bloom. After sharing an intimate first look at the Washington Duke Inn, Kate and Steve rode together to the chapel, where the romantic ambience of white lilies and the soft tinkling of tiny bells set the stage for a lovely ceremony. The Victorian themed atmosphere of the reception at the Washington Duke Inn was brought to life with linens in shades of blush and pale green, pearl and lace overlays, large floral arrangements of hydrangea and Amaranthus, and decorative elements that included iron stands, bottle vases and antique books. The unique centerpieces included terrariums with Lilly of the Valley and hydrangea. Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour and a dinner course that included Creamy Goat Cheese Stone Grits in a Trinity Gravy, followed by a Field Greens Salad and a plated dinner duet of Grilled Beef Tenderloin and Wild Striped Sea Bass in a Red Miso Broth. The couple had the chance to show off their wild side at the reception as New Orleans style music played while the newlyweds made their grand entrance, and guests danced until midnight to the sounds of the Heather Hayes Experience. Guests waved them off with personalized New Orleans handkerchiefs,

which

were given as favors – for an unforgettable fairytale ending.

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Katherine Wrenn of Posh event planning These vintage-inspired place cards, created by Katherine Wrenn Posh Weddings and Events, are perfect for bridal luncheons, wedding showers and more. You are only limited by your imagination when it comes to the unique items you can incorporate into this darling DIY!

poshevent pl anning { Custo m Vi ntag e Esco rt Cards }

1. gather the goods. Gather your cardstock, paper cutter, adhesive, corner punch, and any decorative vintage items you can get your hands on. Antique keys, broaches, or miniature picture frames are just a few ideas.

2. snip snip! Cut your cardstock to a size that fits the vintage item you plan to use, and trim the edges with a corner punch to create a pretty edge. Write or print your guests’ name on the card, 1

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tion, and fold the card in half so it can stand on its own.

3. get gluing! Attach the broach or other vintage item with hot glue or other adhesive in the upper corner of the card.

4. the results! Compliment your cards with other vintage flair, such as a lace doily or handkerchief, and display as both a place card and keepsake for your guests. All photos: www.theoaksatsalem.com (p.35) 80

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yasmeen &eddie A lt h o u g h Ya s m e e n a n d E d d i e w e r e n e i g h b o r s f o r a l o n g t i m e , t h e y d i d n ’ t m e e t u n t i l a c h a n c e i n c i d e n t t h at h a d them both chasing their dogs – who were both chasing a bee. The couple bonded over their love of animals, a n d t h e y h a d t h e i r f i r s t d at e at a d o g pa r k . Yasmeen and Eddie were married on a sunny day in a romantic garden setting that featured iron gates and a trellis with climbing flowers. The aisles were decorated with hydrangeas in custom hangers and cream-colored urns. The beautiful aubergine ceremony programs were accented with a coordinating button. The ceremony was full of personal touches that made it special to the couple. A classical guitarist, who was also a friend of the family, played as guests entered the ceremony. The guitarist had also played at the groom’s parents’ wedding many years earlier. Yasmeen carried the same handkerchief that her mother carried on her wedding day, and a locket featuring the couple’s engagement picture hung from her bouquet. The reception décor was as elegant as the wedding with elements that continued the fall theme and the special connection to the State Fair. Caramel apples served as escort cards, and tables featured arrangements of submerged clementines, hydrangeas and curly willow. Other decorations at the reception included a miniature Ferris wheel and a gourmet hot pretzel truck. The reception also featured an ancestry table that included photos and mementos from the wedding days of the bride and groom’s parents and grandparents, such as the bride’s mother’s wedding dress and the mother of the groom’s wedding veil. Guests also enjoyed a Brown Sugar Pound Cake – a favorite for the bride and groom – which was a special gift from the groom’s aunt.

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Joye Speight, owner of Virtue Event planning & consulting, created this dapper DIY that is the perfect gift for your guy’s groomsmen. An up-cycled shirt easily becomes an adorable gift bag for a fine wine or other aperitif!

{ G ro o msman’s G i ft Bag }

virtue

event pl anning & consulting 1. gather the goods. Collect your second-hand men’s shirt and cufflink, coordinating ribbon and a sewing kit, along with a bottle of wine or favorite liquor.

2. get crafty! Cut the sleeve of the shirt off close to the elbow, and turn inside out. Hand or machine stitch along the bottom, creating a curved edge for your bag.

3. add the accessories. Press the bag to remove any 1

2

wrinkles, and attach your cuf-

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flink to the sleeve.

4. the results! Slide your bottle into the sleeve and tie off at the neck with a matching ribbon! All photos: www.theoaksatsalem.com (p.35))

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Joye Speight, Owner & Event Designer

Vir tue Event Planning & Consulting, Inc. 866.845.8845 {o} • 704.492.9144 {m} • joye@vir tueevents.com

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natalie &josh A f t e r a r o m a n t i c a n n i v e r s a r y c e l e b r at i o n t h at became a surprise wedding proposal, Josh and N ata l i e c h o s e t o s ta r t t h e i r n e w l i f e t o g e t h e r i n t h e s a m e p l a c e t h at t h e y h a d m a d e t h e d e c i s i o n t o s p e n d t h e i r l i v e s t o g e t h e r . J o s h a n d N ata l i e h a d v i s i t e d a v i n e ya r d f o r a w i n e ta s t i n g o n t h e i r o n e y e a r a n n i v e r s a r y, a n d o n a h i k e i n t h e B l u e R i d g e M o u n ta i n s , J o s h p r o p o s e d a n d N ata l i e s a i d “ y e s ”, k n o w i n g s h e h a d f o u n d h e r s o u l m at e . Josh and Natalie considered several wedding venues, but ultimately dchose to get married in the same place they became engaged, at the Junius Lindsay Vineyard in the Blue Ridge Mountains.. The lush vineyard contains 11 acres of vines and open land, which was perfect for their vintage, rustic wedding theme. The color scheme of ivory, sage green, and burlap suited the pastoral landscape, and the vineyard style was reflected in the stationary, programs and menu cards. Natalie walked down the aisle surrounded by their closest family and friends in an intimate ceremony. The family-style reception took place in the vineyard’s tasting room, where the tables were decorated in white linens, burlap sashes, and pillar and votive candles. A vintage moxie cooler and ceramic chicken were displayed as a reminder of the special role that the bride’s mother served in her life. Dinner service included a four-course meal prepared by Chef Dion, and bundt cakes served on large rustic wooden platforms. A number of wines from the vineyard were paired with dinner and dessert selections. After the delicious meal, cake cutting, and a few beautiful toasts to the happy couple, guests enjoyed karaoke and dancing, serenading the couple in celebration of their new life together. 86

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Birdcage veils are a trendy and chic bridal fashion statement for 2014, and Elana Walker, owner of Savoir Faire Signature Events, shows us an easy way to get the look for less by creating your own custom wedding accessory!

{ Custo m Bi rd cag e Vei l }

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signature events 1. get prepped. Begin by cutting a 12� by 9� piece of French netting into a large trapezoid shape. Run a matching thread along the top three edges of the netting, tying it off at only one end.

2. accessorize it! Make the veil your own by creating a custom accent piece using flowers, feathers, gemstones and a little bit of hot glue.

3. give it shape. 1

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the loose end of the thread and pushing the netting towards the knot. Tie the thread off to keep it locked in place, trim the extra thread. Attach a hair comb and your arrangement to the gathered end of the veil with hot glue and thread.

4. style it! Use the comb to secure the veil into your wedding day-do, pulling the netting over your eyes an elegant look! All photos: www.theoaksatsalem.com (p.35)

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joy &caique I t wa s i n s o n g a n d d a n c e t h at t h e i r l o v e wa s f o u n d , a n d i t wa s i n s o n g a n d d a n c e t h at t h e y c e l e b r at e d . w h i l e v i s i t i n g B r a z i l , j o y w e n t t o s e e t h e r e n o w n e d B l a c k B a l l e t, o r B a l e F o l c l o r i c o . She noticed Caique in line for tickets and again at t h e s h o w. T h e y d i d n ’ t s p e a k u n t i l t h e y w e r e l e av i n g a n d J o y h e a r d t h e w o r d s o f “ Y o u a r e S o B e a u t i f u l” b e i n g s u n g b y C a i q u e b e h i n d h e r . “You are So Beautiful” was playing when Caique proposed in Duke Gardens, but he chose to serenade Joy with two original numbers at the reception of their wedding at the Contemporary Art Museum. A Brazilian dancer performed for the bride and groom, and a mix of Brazilian and American music entertained the guests throughout the night. The bride wore a mermaid-style white gown with a lace overlay, beaded accents and dramatic back cutout. The bride’s brother escorted her down the aisle, while her father, Pastor Lenwood V. Long Sr. officiated the wedding and her mother, Mrs. Barbara Long, preformed the Charge to the Couple. Since the groom’s parents could not fly out from Brazil to attend the wedding, it was streamed live for them to watch online. Colorful flowers in shades of yellow, blue, orange and pink adorned the tables and decorated the reception space. Guests received Bem Casados (meaning “Happily Married” in portuguese), two small sponge cakes filled with dulce de leche and egg curd, individually wrapped in crepe paper and tied with a bow, with Brazilian wish bracelets tied around them. A traditional Brazilian wedding favor, the bracelets represent the couple together in their new life. They are a symbol of faith and good luck – the wishes that the happy couple will take with them and cherish for a lifetime.

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Cathy Anna, owner of Cathy Anna Designs, believes that if you want to personalize your event, but can’t find exactly what you are looking for, then you should just get crafty and make it yourself! Instead of hunting the flea markets and thrift stores for rare blue glazed glassware, Cathy created the look at home with a few simple steps.

cathyanna { Blu e G l azed G l assware }

designs 1. gather the goods. Select your glassware, such as a clear candlestick and mason jar, vase or bowl, as well as two-part epoxy, Gallery GlassŠ Paint and a wide paint brush with soft bristles.

2. color your craft. Gradually build your desired shade by using the blue glass paint in thin layers, being very careful not to leave streaks and giving it plenty of time to dry.

3. mix it up! 1

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available at any craft store, and make sure that the glass surfaces that you want to adhere are clean and dry. Attach your pieces with a thin layer of epoxy, and allow at least 20 minutes to set.

4. the results! Accent your creation with ribbon, flowers or other embellishments to take it from simple to simply elegant!

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allison &tyler Allison and T yler married in a September cere m o n y t h at c o m b i n e d v i n ta g e a n d m o d e r n e l e m e n t s , w i t h c u s t o m i z e d d e ta i l s t h at m a d e t h e c e l e b r a tion special and unique to the happy couple. A 1972 Cutlass convertable drove the bride to the top of Runnymede at Red Mountain in Rougemont, and her father escorted her down an aisle flanked by shepherd’s hooks with hanging blue mason jars filled with coral Salmanazar garden roses and berries. Guests were seated in wrought-iron chairs, and the mountainside ceremony setting featured vintage doors with billowing fabric and flowers in hanging blue mason jars, as well as vintage windows draped with coral Sweet Pea. Coral and charcoal were the chosen colors for the ceremony with light blue and chevron accents. Special bridal party guests included the couple’s dog, Charlie, who wore a grey and white chevron bowtie, and Baby Jackson, who served as ring bearer and wore a white onesie and matching grey and white chevron suspenders and bow tie. After the ceremony, guests moved to the other side of the mountaintop where they enjoyed games of corn hole and bocce, before indulging in a buffet dinner at the Tuscan-style villa. Handmade chandeliers with pops of blue and coral, and floating candles in blue mason jars provided romantic lighting for the reception. A wrought-iron bar and furniture, as well as coral linens with grey and white chevron accents, helped unite the look of the ceremony and the reception. The reception’s opening father-daughter dance broke into a surprise flash mob that included the bridal party and the bride and groom’s family. Dancing continued throughout the night until the couple made their sparkler exit into happily ever after. 94

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Sabrina Seymore of Mane Event Planning created sparkly up-cycled mason jars that are the perfect combination of rustic and glam. This DIY can be customized to match any of the trendy metallic shades of 2014!

{ sparkli n g u p-cycled maso n jars }

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1. gather the goods. Collect your mason jars, votive candles, metallic spray paint and coordinating glitter.

2. paint it! Spray paint the outside of the jar and votive as evenly as possible. Use two coats if necessary.

3. add your glitz. While the paint is still wet, sprinkle glitter on the desired 1

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dry. For an “ombré look,” put more glitter at the bottom of the jar and gradually use less closer to the top.

4. Display your Décor! Place paper straws or other items of your choice in the mason jars, as an accent to your wedding table décor.

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shaina &oliver T h e y s ay t h at l o v e s p e a k s l o u d e r t h a n w o r d s , a n d t h i s wa s e v i d e n t i n t h e r o m a n c e o f S h a i n a a n d O l i v e r . T h e couple’s love story began with wordless car rides o v e r a s e m e s t e r at N . C . C e n t r a l U n i v e r s i t y. Oliver played for both the Eagles football and baseball teams, and Shaina was on the Eagles volleyball team. After an injury left Shaina on crutches for the semester, her roommate asked Oliver if he would be willing to drive her back to her dorm. He said yes, but out of mutual shyness, the couple never managed to say more than a few words to one another. It wasn’t until the following semester, in a shared psychology class, that they started to really get to know each other, and the rest is history. Oliver and Shaina announced their wedding with extravagant engagement photos, dressed in 1940’s attire. Guests were encouraged to wear their own 40’s period garb to the wedding, and many showed up dressed in their vintage best. Shaina wore a subtle blush strapless, dropped-waist dress with a flowering skirt, while her bridesmaids donned custom strapless, ivory lace dresses created by a freelance seamstress. Their bouquets featured breathtaking white lilies and roses in ivory, pale pink and lilac. The Grand Marquis Ballroom was bedazzled in fanciful feathers, twinkling crystals and fresh flowers that brought the vintage theme to life. The couple selected luxurious feather centerpieces and lush white floral arrangements, crystal vases, candles, and a few unique accents including gold tree draped with jewels. The elegant ivory cake featured silver filigree, and a geometric art deco design, and was displayed on a silver platter, while a cupcake buffet allowed guests to indulge his or her sweet tooth. Dining and dancing ensued, and this classic wedding theme was a hit from start to finish.

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firstimpressions The perfect wedding invitation is just as important as your cake flavors or table centerpieces. These “first impressions� are often overlooked because they are not present at the actual wedding or reception, but are crucial when it comes to setting the tone of your special day. There are countless wedding invitation trends at the moment that are so chic and sleek that they will have all your guests sending in those RSVPs right away. Prepare to wow your guests with just the right invite! Bright Colors | Bright yellows, greens,

invitations or envelopes as an eye-catching

Nature | Using nature as the inspiration

pinks and cobalt blue are very on trend

element.

for your wedding invite is another unique

right now, finding a place in many wed-

option. A great example of this trend is to

ding receptions. Carry the colors of your

Lace | Lace is feminine, romantic and time-

use real elements from nature as a part of

wedding into your invite for a cohesive

less! A growing trend is using real lace to

the actual invitation — add pressed leaves

theme! Most people incorporate these fun

border invitations, as a cover element for

or dried flowers to the invite, and these

colors into a more neutral invite suite,

card styles, or incorporating printed and

natural elements can be printed on or

creating a striking contrast. Go for a bright

laser cut lace patterns. The printed form is

even stamped and make an amazing first

border for a less daring look! You can get

created with ink instead of the actual lace

impression!

very creative with this trend, just keep in

fabric or paper and is less expensive. Lace

mind that you want the information to be

can add elements of sophistication and tra-

Handkerchief | Fresh and different, this

easy to read, so keep the print dark, or use

dition into your invitations, especially your

trend uses the handkerchief as the invita-

white ink on a darker colored background.

gown mirrors a similar lace pattern.

tion and all of the details are printed di-

Neutrals | If you have attended a wedding recently, you have probably seen the neutral trend in person. Blacks, whites, grays, taupes and creams are the in-look this year, not that they ever really left. This trend is very romantic, classic, soft and safe. Opt for ink in a rich neutral tone such as charcoal or taupe for a more unique style.

Carry the colors of your wedding for a cohesive theme... incorporate these fun colors into a more neutral invite suite, creating a striking contrast.

rectly onto it. Those attending the wedding can then bring these one of a kind invites to dry their eyes or wave as the bride and groom make their first appearance as husband and wife. This trend is often seen in pastels with the printed information surrounded by some type of floral art. These also work very well for outdoor, garden or country weddings.

Glamour and Glitz | Gold, bronze, rose gold

Neons | This trend is not for the faint of

3-D | A major fad that literally brings the

and silver are ultra-hot right now. These

heart. Invitations with hints of neon are

invite to life are perfect for the fun-loving

invites shine with a gilded finish, making

eye-catching, modern and so on trend

couple! These eye-popping works of art can

them pop! Stamped foil and letterpress in

right now. Stick to basic black and white

feature wedding related images or silhou-

any metallic shade is elegant and mod-

paper and then add neon accents, like

ettes of the couple that pop up when you

ern. Tags and accents in a light-weight

outlining the text or as a unique pattern

open the invitation. There are even some

metal are rustic and cool, but could add

or border. Remember, less is more when it

styles of invites that require a set of 3-D

to postage costs. This trend also incorpo-

comes to this bold trend!

glasses to read the information on the card.

rates diamonds and gems that can accent

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smart stationery A love of all things “techy” inspired this clever suite for a vineyard wedding.

flowers: Blossom Floral Artistry (p.171)

INVITATIONS: Opus 1 Weddings (p.117) SHOT ON LOCATION: The Spa at Bell House (p.198) photographer: www.marthamanning.com (p.139)

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sweetly southern

Delightful details add the perfect amount of whimsy to this rustic invite.

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dashing design

A combination of elegant script, adorable graphics, and a touch of burlap set the tone for a fun-filled wedding weekend.

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perfectly purple

Richly colored patterned paper couples splendidly with matching plum calligraphy.

INVITATIONS: Crafty Pie Press (p.119) flowers: Blossom Floral Artistry (p.171) | SHOT ON LOCATION: The Spa at Bell House (p.198) | photographer: www.marthamanning.com (p.139)

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the silver lining Coordinating metallic details give chic dimension to this darling custom invite suite.

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pretty in pink Delicate scroll designs contrast with modern fonts for the perfect marriage of masculine and feminine.

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stylish scripts The delightfully modern yet fanciful font gives this letterpress invitation charisma and charm.

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fine feathers A vellum overlay adds dimension to a jewel-toned pocket invite, embellished by a fancy peacock feather.

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simple & sweet Clean borders and polka dots adorn this classy and chic invite.

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(p.118)

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seeing red Bold sunset hues in this handsome suite give the perfect of warmth.

INVITATIONS: Paper Buzz

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charming chocolate Embossed paper in rich tones makes a regal and elegant statement.

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grey & gold

Bright Mixed patterns in sunny yellow and ash grey are cheerful and refreshing.

INVITATIONS: Paper Buzz

(p.118)

flowers: Blossom Floral Artistry (p.171) SHOT ON LOCATION: The Spa at Bell House (p.198) photographer: www.marthamanning.com (p.139)

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dapper diamonds A hint of sparkle brings glamour and romance to this dashing design.

INVITATIONS: The Desktop Diva (p.118) flowers: Blossom Floral Artistry (p.171) SHOT ON LOCATION: The Spa at Bell House (p.198) photographer: www.marthamanning.com (p.139) 2014

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unique guestbook trends Creative guestbooks are becoming one of the most popular ways to capture who attended your wedding without the same old boring book of signatures. Brides are coming up with new and unique ideas to capture those in attendance with keepsakes and accessories that the happy couple can hang in their home and keep for years to come!

The Wedding Tree

Unique Objects

Use Other Books

Allow guests to sign interesting objects, not just paper products, but creative and inventive items that you can hang in your home. A couple of examples – if you are having

Use other “books” as your guest book and

Have guests stick a finger on a stamp pad

a beach or nautical themed wedding, put

have guests circle their favorite words in a

and place a print onto a drawing of a tree

a pair of oars out for guests to sign or a

dictionary that remind them of your spe-

or a cluster of balloons, then sign their

bottle of wine to open on your first, 5th,

cial day or even their favorite Bible verses

name on the print. This unique artwork

10th, or 20th anniversary.

in a keepsake Bible.

looks beautiful framed for your wall and is a great conversation piece for the home.

Personal Notes

Other Great Ideas

Holiday Wedding

n Combine your guestbook with your table numbers. Encourage your guests to write messages for the bride and groom to open on their anniversary, with each year being one of the table numbers.

Have guests write words of wisdom and their own secrets to a happy marriage in your guestbook, instead of just their name.

n Have your guests sign individual puzzle pieces in place of a guest-

If you are having a holiday wedding, have

book. A fun game to play together

guests sign ornaments for you to hang on

on your honeymoon.

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Invitations and fine papers

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forgetme-not Getting married is one of the busiest times in a bride’s life. There are literally hundreds of preparations to be made and the last thing on most brides’ minds are the details of the honeymoon. There are a few important items to put down on the must-take-care-of list. jet lag | Most people don’t think about having jet lag until they are already half way there and starting to feel the effects. Plan ahead and alter your sleep schedules accordingly to get the most out of your trip. Avoid caffeine and other stimulants which actually end up disrupting sleep rather than helping you in the long run and talk with your doctor about how to properly overcome jet lag with the latest methods. sea sickness | Nothing can ruin a great trip like nausea! Do not forget to pack your motion sickness medication and tools (wrist bands are said to work great). Even if you have never been sea sick

before, pack as if you will be, better safe than sick! passports | Passports can take weeks, even months to get, so these are top of the list if you are going out of the country. The sooner you apply, the better since some times of the year are busier than others (ie: spring and summer will obviously take longer to get your completed passport in). Remember to call ahead to find out exactly what you need to bring with you when filing for passports. cancellation policies | Whether you are making reservations for a hotel or booking a tour, find out what the cancelation policies are just in case! There is often insurance available for a few extra dollars, this can be extremely helpful in the event of rescheduling or canceling. overbooked hotels | Never, ever book the most expensive room! Go with what you can afford and when you get to the hotel, ask if the suites you originally wanted is available at a discount price. Hotels just want to make money and will likely bump you up for a few extra dollars. wm 119

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tasteful tags These colorful luggage tags are the perfect gift for trendy jet setters. Destination wedding anyone?

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sweet scents Your new mother-in-law will love this set of coordinating perfume, room spray and scented powder, complete with its own luxurious powder puff.

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quilted carry-all This colorful bag is not just stylish; its easyclean surface makes it practical too! Treat your bridesmaids to one of these versatile totes that they can use every day.

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well-dressed receptacle Personalize his office top to bottom with this handsome suede wastebasket.

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a cut above the rest Emblazoned with your new monogram, a first-class cutting board is a great way to dress up your kitchen counters.

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pretty prints These linen wristlets with classy patterns are the perfect thank you gift for ladies of any age, from flower girls to the mother of the groom.


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ceramic keepsakes Delicate rosettes adorn this vase set with matching ring dish – the perfect place to keep your engagement ring safe in the kitchen or bathroom.

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fowls and felines With a long history of quality and tradition, Herund figurines are a must-have collectable for new brides, as they quickly become treasured heirlooms.

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leather goods Any guy can channel Hemmingway with a stately leather folio and passport cover – perfect for the groom (or stylish bride) with a sense of adventure.

smart stitching These handsome needlepoint flasks and billfolds are perfectly personalized, making them a great gift for the male members of your bridal party.

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preppy perfection Men and boys of all ages will look dapper in classic (and local!) bowties from High Cotton!

duds for dads These one-of-akind cufflinks are inset with authentic pieces of golf balls and footballs that were used in memorable games and places. Any sports-loving father will love this fan flair.

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the bountiful table

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 DĂŠcor on the Down-Low | As

tabletop flowers, smell your ar-

guests get to know each other

rangements and make sure that

around the dinner table, they don’t

they will complement dinner

want to have to talk through tall

aromas.

candelabras or flower arrange-

Keep it Comfy | Avoid having too

ments. 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.

cause the table to look and feel crowded. Nothing is more irritating than knocking over a drink when you are reaching for

Flora Fragrance | As beautiful as

the salt. Make sure you see your

many flowers may be, some are a

table in its entirety beforehand so

little too fragrant for a meal. You

that you can make any last-minute

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the pros and cons of using pinterest for your wedding planning Pinterest is a wedding planner’s dream! The site seems to have been made for brides, planners and crafters alike, as it has page after page of ideas for flowers, table settings, gowns, hair-styles, and more. The Millennial Generation has to wonder what brides ever did without this amazing website. With a constantly refreshed feed of inspiring ideas, browsing the site and exploring ideas can become addicting, and also dangerous. Here are a few of the pros and cons of using Pinterest for your wedding planning:

Cons Overwhelming Potential | The same thing that makes Pinterest so wonderful also makes it very dangerous: The vast number

Pros Countless Ideas | There are an unending number of inspiring images on Pinterest. If you are stumped for creative ideas for favors, or you are simply unsure how you want to style your hair, Pinterest has plenty of inspiration and links to helpful websites to help you out.

of ideas you’ll find on the site. So many choices can become overwhelming. Where do you begin? How do you choose? And most importantly, how do you incorporate everything you like into your dream wedding while staying within a reasonable budget and not losing your sanity? Don’t get caught up comparing your nuptials to

Money Savings | Many of the ideas you will find on Pinterest are do-it-yourself. The

the “Pinterest Wedding.” It’s called inspiration for a reason!

more you can DIY for your wedding, the more you can save in the long run. Being crafty also allows you to get exactly what you imagined for your dream day. Personalization | Pinterest can provide unique ideas for personalizing your wedding, so that it becomes a true reflection of you and your fiancé’s personal style. You find wedding trends and inspiration

traditions, décor and details that your guests will expect to see at the predictable wedding soiree.

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For as many awesome benefits that come with using Pinterest to find wedding inspiration, there are also some negative, overwhelming aspects.

do. It can be a huge distraction and a timewaster, and when you are planning a wedding, your time needs to be used wisely. Perpetual Motion | When using Pinterest as a planning tool, it can be hard to know when and how to stop. Just when you think you have found the perfect headpiece for your gown, you find another one you like better. One pin leads to another, leads to another, and it can feed on itself with no end in sight. If you aren’t cautious, you could be looking at ideas and changing your wedding. Pinterest is a wonderful new tool for planning your special day, offering endless unique ideas that can help save you money and personalize your ceremony. However, if you are not careful, Pinterest can have you overwhelmed by choices and suck you into a pinning frenzy that will leave you more frantic than inspired.

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your mind up to the last minute before

from other parts of the country and the world, going beyond the typical wedding

and repinning ideas, becoming caught up

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a girl’s first love:

the father-daughter photograph

“This is our favorite ever parent dance image ever. The power of this image is incredible and scenes like this always remind us while we do what we do. You can see pure love here and it is amazing to see. Always.” JulianRibinik.com

There are so many important moments to capture on your wedding day and one that is the most timeless and treasured is the father and daughter photograph. As you gaze upon the many images you will receive from your photographer after your wedding, this will be one filled with emotion and adoration. We have compiled a few of our photographers’ favorite moments from past weddings depicting this beautiful father-daughter bond.

I love this image right before the father gives his daughter away. The love between them is so evident as they take this last little second just between them. HebaSalama.com

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the photographer “A father and his baby girl before he walks her down the aisle. They drove up in an old car before he gave his princess away.� CarolinaMediaStar.com

For the father of a bride, the moment just before he walks his daughter down the aisle brings an intense mix of emotions ranging from a swell of pride to a sense of loss. WaltersandWalters.com

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the photographer “A father looks to his daughter just before they walk around the corner to meet her groom. No words are needed for this beautiful moment between father and daughter. Their faces say it all. To us, this image is so special because it’s one of those moments that mean so much, and yet happen so fast.” RevivalPhotography.com

Moments before this father was to give his beautiful daughter away, the two of them shared a moment and, while they spoke quietly and in a language I didn’t understand, the joy and happiness of the moment was easily translated. CravenCreativePhotoBlog.com

As a father escorts his little girl down the aisle, I often wonder what he must be thinking, feeling, experiencing. I imagine he pictures the first time he laid eyes on her, the one he drove to school every morning, the girl she grew up to be and the woman she is now. It is truly a magical moment to capture. MeganKime.com

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“It is an honor to capture the bond between a father and his daughter on her wedding day. This father in particular was moved to tears as he lifted his daughter’s veil to kiss her forehead after walking her down the aisle. I love the way the bride is holding onto her Dad in this moment.”

the photographer

“There is nothing like a father-daughter dance. I’m always honored to be able to capture those few minutes when it’s just a dad and his daughter and the rest of the world seems to fade into the background.  From laughter to tears, it’s always one of my very favorite times of the wedding day.” RobinLin.com

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“It’s that moment when the bride becomes daddy’s little girl again and all her childhood dreams become reality. It’s in that moment that makes our job worth it.” PinkyPromisePhotos.com

“This shot was taken just before Amanda and her dad turned the corner to walk into the ceremony. She leaned into him in the sweetest way. It was a beautiful moment.” GleeandBliss.com 2014

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“When this bride’s father died, this is the image that she shared with friends and family on Facebook, along with a beautifullywritten tribute to her dad. She still uses it as her profile picture. For couples who place a premium on their wedding photography, as this bride did, the photographs become even more treasured and meaningful as the years go by. It’s my favorite Father-Daughter image, ever.” SweetLifeStudios.com

Guys try to be reserved emotionally, so it’s always a treat to see dad get teary or the pride in his eyes when he walks his little girl down the aisle. It’s a chance for him to let his guard down however briefly. ShaneSnider.com

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the father/daughter photograph “One of my favorite Father-Daughter photographs, as Katie’s dad comes in to see her for the first time. A very fluid and dynamic wedding moment.” Vesic.com


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hottest trends

in wedding photography In the end, your wedding pictures are one of the most important parts of your wedding. When your vows have been spoken, the cake has all been eaten, and the last dance has been danced, the photos you have of your big day will allow you to relive those moments over and over again. filters | Professionals know how to use a

n Disguises. Paper moustaches, glasses,

a statement and create an heirloom

variety of techniques that can create different

lips and top hats on sticks are just a

that also looks beautiful displayed in

moods in your photos. Different color filters

few fun accessories that your guests

your home.

or techniques include:

can enjoy with a photobooth at your

n Black and white. This classic filter cre-

wedding. The resulting photos are

wedding albums are full of formal

ates an elegant look that works well

hilarious and an awesome keepsake.

picture after formal picture of the

with most weddings. A picture that

n Signs. An image of the happy couple

happy couple, and then the bridal

n Storytelling. Chances are your parents’

is lovely in color can transform into

holding a sign that says “Thank You”

party, and then the entire family

something elegant, romantic and

makes an awesome card to send to

standing at the altar. These days,

timeless when converted to black and

guests, thanking them for their love

a wedding album tells the story of

white.

and support! Use a chalkboard sign

the day from start to finish, from

n Sepia. This filter casts a rosy hue for

so the message can be easily changed

the bride putting on her gown sur-

a soft, antique look. It’s perfect for

to convey different messages, such as

rounded by her attendants, to candid

classic, formal weddings, but not so

your wedding date or a sweet message

images of the first look, to the happy

great for modern weddings with bold

to your parents.

couple riding off into the sunset. Be

colors. n Color selection. This technique isolates

n Colorful backdrops. Pompoms, garlands,

sure to give your photographer a list

ribbons and other colorful items make

of important shots so he or she can

some colors while making the rest of

for unique backdrops for posed or

help you tell the story of your wed-

the photo faded or black and white.

casual photos.

ding and capture all of the precious

This is a great choice for weddings

Again, make sure you choose props that

with bright colors and accents, but

match the tone of your wedding and be

only for a few images in your album.

sure to ask your wedding photographer if

n Saturation. Your photographer can choose to over or under saturate your

moments you want to remember. Ask your photographer what kinds of

he or she has access to unique props, or can

wedding albums are at their disposal, and

accommodate props that you provide.

if your choices can be accommodated.

photos, making the bright colors pop

Knowing what type of album you plan to

or creating a more subtle and artistic

albums | The way you choose to collect and

choose can help your photographer frame

tone.

store your photos can also reflect your personal

the shots. Explore the different trends in

style, and is something you and your family

wedding photography to find those that

props | Couples are having fun with props

will treasure forever.

match your wedding’s theme and personal-

in their formal photos or in a photo booth

n Unique Materials. Wood and metal are

ity. Choose the right trend and you’ll have

set up for casual shots. Some popular choices

just a few unique materials that

unique photos that are beautiful forever.

include:

photographers are using to show-

Choose the wrong one, and you can date

n Empty photo frames. Guests can hold the

case wedding pictures for their

your photos and make them seem kitchy

frames over their faces creating the

happy couples. Whether stamped

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the boudoir

bridal boudoir When you think of boudoir photos, the first thing that comes to mind are the sleazy, dark shoots you see in the movies with creepy photographers and cheap 70’s decor. Nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to bridal boudoir! Classy and comfortable is what a bride

Comfort is key when shooting boudoir

can expect these days when she is con-

photos, and making a bride feel like the

sidering this unique gift for her groom-

super-model she is, is the ultimate goal.

to-be. According to Cari Long, owner of

“The day of the session is when the fun

Hush Boudoir, a bride should be ready

starts! The bride will be totally pam-

for a day of fun, feeling beautiful and

pered with professional hair and make

making memories.

up, we will lay out her outfits and make a game plan.” Cari explains, “The magic

“The first step is an in-person consulta-

is in the 2-hour photo session where

tion at the studio. This is a great way for

I will guide the client through posing

the bride and I to get to know each other,

and expression. We have a blast! It is

have a tour of the studio, look through

so much fun to watch everyone’s inner

my portfolio, answer questions and for me

bombshell come out.”

to get a feel for her vision of her session.” Cari shares, “A lot of my clients will make

So before you pick out another watch or

a “secret” Pintrest board and share it with

bottle of cologne for your groom-to-be,

me, to show me what types of images,

knock his socks off with a few surprisingly

poses, wardrobe and even hair and make-

sexy photos that he will cherish forever!

up that they like.”

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flower power

When you are planning your wedding, choosing the color, type and style of your flowers and how they will be displayed could be one of the most overwhelming decisions you will make throughout the entire process. From your bouquet and ceremony décor, right down to the centerpieces, your flowers will keep the colors overall theme of your wedding flowing smoothly. With so many options to choose from, and new trends blooming every season, picking the right flowers can seem mind-boggling, but it doesn’t have to be a chore - here are the freshest fads in flowers for 2014. English Garden Florals | A timeless option

Local & Seasonal Flowers | Guaranteed to

Trees | In lieu of traditional flowers,

for romantic, elegant events, English

be fresh and vibrant, local and seasonal

incorporating arbors into ceremonies

garden-style flora are a popular trend with

flowers are a great way to save money,

and receptions is a growing trend in the

a fresh-picked and vintage feel. Flowers

support your community and help the

wedding scene. Cherry blossom branches,

that are prevalent in this style include

environment. If you cannot find all of your

Douglas fir, miniature Bonsai trees and

lavender, a fragrant bloom found in vary-

flowers locally, talk to your florist about

small topiaries are just a few of the mul-

ing shades of purple, and yarrow, a taller

mixing in a few wholesale flowers that are

titude of choices for natural décor. Trees

bloom found in white, yellow or soft pink.

in season. Some varieties are only available

create a whimsical feel that incorporates a

Dusty millers are also yellow, petite and

during certain seasons, so keep this in

little bit of the outdoors indoors for your

boast a unique silver-colored foliage, and

mind when you are choosing flowers for

big day. Bare branches mixed with a few

the popular English daisies are dainty and

your big day before you get your heart set

subtle blooms and votive candles are a

striking in white as well as various shades

on a specific bloom.

gorgeous minimalist option and are also

of red and pink. You can also incorporate

From your bouquet right down to the centerpieces, your flowers will keep the colors overall theme of your wedding flowing smoothly.

the beloved garden roses, peonies, hydrangea and ranunculus, in shades of pastels and lots of greenery, into your displays for a true English Garden look. Cascades & Garlands | Cascading flowers and classically draped garland are a fai-

budget savvy. Succulents | These drought resistant buds are available year-round and can be found in a myriad of sizes, shapes and lovely shades of blue, green and soft purple. Not only will they add a modern touch to bouquets, centerpieces and boutonnières,

rytale wedding must-have. Whether hung

these tough guys will look just as good at

from chandeliers, swathed across reception

Flowers & Fruit | Combining fruit and

the end of the night as they did when your

tables, or used to create a dramatic cascad-

flowers has become a chic way to incorpo-

wedding began. Another bonus – they

ing bouquet for the bride, these works of

rate unique elements into your arrange-

can easily be replanted post-wedding as

floral art create a memorable and opulent

ments. For a summer wedding, cut citrus

a treasured keepsake that will grow with

look for weddings. Any bloom can be used

fruits like lemons, tangerines or oranges

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to create these arrangements, so options are

lining a clear vase could incorporate a fresh

endless, and can be customized with feath-

and fun feel to your wedding. Apples in

ers, foliage, ribbons and gems.

various shades of red and green are the perfect addition to fall wedding arrangements, and succulent grapes seem perfect for a vineyard wedding!

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shoot

about the shoot

about the

Located just north of Raleigh in Wake Forest, The Sutherland Estate and Gardens has become synonymous with stunning outdoor weddings in the Triangle. The numerous locations on the estate give brides countless options for weddings, and our floral designers enjoyed the same stunning backdrops when they created the truly incredible designs for our 2014 issue. Between the gorgeous grounds and unparalleled service, the property is nothing short of spectacular. Next spring, The Sutherland will be adding a covered pavilion to their property in order to serve North Carolina brides throughout the year, only adding to its appeal. For more information visit www.TheSutherland.com

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thepurple poppy (p.172)

Elegant and glamorous, this beautiful table design boasts orchids, roses, and hydrangeas in shades of cream, pink and green – all draped in crystals and illuminated by soft candlelight. More luxurious floral accents adorn the mantelpiece and dressing table, only adding to the romantic ambiance. Shot on location:

The Sutherland Estate and Gardens (p.15)

LINENS, CHINA, FLATWARE, & CHAIRS:

Party Reflections Raleigh/Durham (p.231)

paper: The Desktop Diva (p.118) Photos: www.vesic.com (p.134)

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blossomfloral artistry (p.171)

A dramatic tree sprouts from a black wrought iron table in this whimsical table design, draped in fresh sunflower pom-poms. Accents of soft green elevate this imaginative table design, as two furry attendants model their sunny accessories. Shot on location:

The Sutherland Estate and Gardens (p.15)

LINENS, CHINA, & FLATWARE:

American Party Rentals (p.233)

paper: Opus 1 Weddings (p.117) Photos: www.vesic.com (p.134)

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(p.173)

Rich jewel tones bring an aura of elegance to a charming and rustic table design that showcases vivid ruby dahlias and hot pink roses. Lovely details, including a soft pink vintage shutter draped in vines and a lace table runner, are accented by modern elements and colors.

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Shot on location:

The Sutherland Estate and Gardens (p.15)

LINENS, CHINA, FLATWARE, table & chairs:

Party Reflections Raleigh/Durham (p.231)

paper: Opus 1 Weddings (p.117) Photos: www.vesic.com (p.134)

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flowers

gregwarrenflowers

(p.173)

It took more than six hundred red roses to create this regal table design – the perfect marriage of opulence and simplicity. Majestic accents of rich gold and cream create striking contrast against the lush crimson and green.

Shot on location:

The Sutherland Estate and Gardens (p.15)

table & chairs:

Classic Party Rentals (p.232)

Photos: www.vesic.com (p.134)

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blossom floralartistry (p.171)

A breathtaking pergola of sunset-colored orchids, golden calla lilies and lush white roses snakes its way up two glass vases, and meets in a dramatic arch over an elegant table setting. Sweet pink rosĂŠ in sculptural champagne flutes mingles with peach and gold votives on the table, uniting the refined floral design.

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Shot on location:

The Sutherland Estate and Gardens (p.15)

CHINA, FLATWARE, table & chairs: American Party Rentals (p.233)

paper: Opus 1 Weddings (p.117) Photos: www.vesic.com (p.134)

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fleuressence

(p.172)

This eye-catching arrangement erupts in vibrant shades of green, with Green Goddess Calla Lilies, lush lime-colored hydrangea and white Agapanthus. The unique Scabiosa pods and curly vines create an eclectic and untamed look, while silver wire spheres and chartreuse linens add a modern and chic touch.

Shot on location:

The Sutherland Estate and Gardens (p.15)

Linens, China, Flatware, Table and Chairs (Excluding goblets): Classic Party Rentals (p.232)

paper: Opus 1 Weddings (p.117) Photos: www.vesic.com (p.134)

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mewsfloral designers

(p.174)

The romantic vintage elements in this sweetheart table design evoke images of days gone by, with brightly colored sweet peas, roses, and hydrangeas. What better way to celebrate a marriage than for the happy couple to be surrounded by their treasured family heirlooms?

Shot on location:

The Sutherland Estate and Gardens (p.15)

Linens, China, Flatware, Table & Chairs: American Party Rentals (p.233)

paper: Crafty Pie Press (p.119) Photos: www.vesic.com (p.134)

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photographer www.vesic.com (p.134)

Shot on Location The Sutherland Estate and Gardens (p.15)

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the bouquet

Blossom Floral Artistry (p.171)

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Shot on Location The Sutherland Estate and Gardens (p.15)

photographer www.vesic.com (p.134)

flowers Greg Warren Flowers (p.173)


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photographer www.vesic.com (p.134)

Shot on Location The Sutherland Estate and Gardens (p.15)

the bouquet

flowers MEWS Floral Designers (p.174)


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sweet memories The wedding cake is usually the focal point of your reception. It’s the place where the action happens; will the groom delicately feed his bride their first bite of cake or will there be an all out food fight? It is the ultimate dessert that most people only get to taste a few times in their lives! So, you want it to be fun, delicious and to really capture the feeling of your wedding and reception. There are dozens of eye-catching wedding cake trends that allow for this and will leave your guests with sweet memories of your special day. Mini Sculptures | The most fab fad in cakes

Popular Cake Flowers |

for grooms who can finally have their say

right now has to be miniature sculptures.

Adding fresh flowers to your wedding cake

in at least one thing!

From whimsical, hand-painted butterflies

is still one of the most popular choices

to white chocolate doves, everything is

among brides. There are so many different

Sharp Lines | Square and rectangular cakes

edible! Right down (or up!) to the cake

flowers that work well with wedding cakes,

are also gaining momentum this year.

toppers, which have been transformed

but if you need advice from the trend de-

These cakes can be easily tiered and they

from fondant to works of art.

partment, here are some must-have flower

also play seamlessly into the tall and slen-

fads this year:

der trend. Some brides are going even more adventurous with shapes such as octagons

Cascading flowers | These gorgeous creations are also trending and we aren’t talk-

n Roses

n Fuchsias

– chic and sleek are the key cake compo-

ing just roses and baby’s breath! Intricate

n Orange nerines

n Mini orchids

nents for 2014.

designs and exact edible replicas of exotic

n Calla lillies

n Posies

florals winding down the cake is the latest

n Mums

n Peonies

Basic Wedding Cake Rules | Your wedding

way to display and continue the theme of

n Cattleyas

n Sweet peas

cake should be special to you and your

your wedding. Wowing guests is the new

n Cherry blossoms

n Parrot tulips

groom, but you also need to make sure

norm when it comes to these one of a kind

n Hibiscus

n Carnations

that there is enough to serve everyone.

cake creations.

n Dahlias

n Hydrangeas

When it comes to making sure you have

n Geraniums

enough cake, there are a few questions to ask yourself:

Tall and Slender Cakes | Wide and short are out, long and lean are in! Many couples

And of course, mixing and matching these

are opting for cakes that are tall, slender

flowers into the increasing popular cascad-

and sleek this time around. These cakes

ing bouquets is a definite “do”!

n How many guests are confirmed to attend? n How many guests may attend, but have

come in the form of many layers or just a

not confirmed attendance?

few that are taller than the typical layers

Multiple Cakes | Some brides are choosing

of cakes past. Cakes with taller layers work

to have two, three and even four cakes in

well because you can get two to three slices

all different shapes and sizes. The cakes

addition to eating it at the reception (for

going upward, rather that just cutting

carry the same color theme, but that is gen-

those who could not attend)?

around the actual layer. It’s built in portion

erally it. Some couples are also opting to

control, more slices per cake and looking

have two cakes: one for the groom and one

A general rule of thumb is that each slice

great while doing it!

for the bride; so grooms, you CAN have

should be about two inches wide and four

your cake and eat it too. Satellite cakes are

inches tall. It is always better to have more

making their big comeback, a good thing

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about the shoot

about the

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Child-like wonder set the stage for this year’s cake shoot at Marbles Kids Museum in the heart of Downtown Raleigh. With colorful backdrops, countless unique vignettes, and interesting textures, Marbles is the perfect space for a fun-loving and imaginative couple that is seeking an extraordinary wedding venue. In addition to their exceptional location and ambiance, the experienced and enthusiastic staff is the perfect wedding-planning resource.

all photos: www.gleeandbliss.com

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cakesbychloe

(p.185)

Hand-painted gold fireworks against an elegant ebony background are cause for celebration, topped with a dramatic ruffled pom-pom accented by black gemstones. Shot on Location: Marbles Kids Museum (p.7) Photos: www.gleeandblliss (p.136)

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cakesbychloe

(p.185)

Almost too pretty to eat, this layered cake is adorned in gilded ruffles and soft pink pastiage flowers with dazzling crystal accents. Shot on Location: Marbles Kids Museum (p.7) Photos: www.gleeandblliss (p.136)

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confectionatecakes

(p.184)

Hundreds of hand-piped rosettes adorn this classic and majestic five-tiered masterpiece. Shot on Location: Marbles Kids Museum (p.7) Photos: www.gleeandblliss (p.136)

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confectionatecakes

(p.184)

Trendy black and white chevron is paired with dainty pink flowers and pearls for a sweet and modern style. Shot on Location: Marbles Kids Museum (p.7) Photos: www.gleeandblliss (p.136)

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cakecoutureboutique

(p.184)

An iridescent lavender motif is perfect subtle background for delicately layered ribbons and gunmetal grey embellishments. Shot on Location: Marbles Kids Museum (p.7) Photos: www.gleeandblliss (p.136)

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cakecoutureboutique

(p.184)

A waterfall of gems, jewels and pearls cascades down this ivory tower, for the finest touch of glamour and sophistication. Shot on Location: Marbles Kids Museum (p.7) Photos: www.gleeandblliss (p.136)

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the rehearsal dinner

party like a

madman

Stylish, retro-inspired invitations from Crafty Pie Press welcomed guests to join the “MADness” at 1705 Prime. Decorations for the venue were chosen by Kat to mirror the characters and key elements from the show, as well as memorable parts of 1960’s culture. The vintage details were combined with contemporary touches for a unique look, including a sleek 1960 Chevy Impala that transported the couple to and from the rehearsal.

Socialites of the 1950’s and 60’s knew how to enjoy a good party – maybe a little too well. Influenced by a love of the hit television series “Mad Men,” Katherine Wrenn of Posh Weddings & Events created a fun and funky rehearsal dinner styled around the world of bad boy Don Draper.

The modernized vibe began at the table settings, with geometric black and white tablecloths, yellow chargers and contrasting black and white dinnerware paired with mod black wine goblets. The dramatic centerpieces, created by Blossom Floral Artistry, were made up of lush yellow floral arrangements inside sculptural black vases. Hobnail yellow votives and lemon-colored napkins created a stylish contrast on the two-tone tables, while each setting hosted a custom menu and place card featuring each guest’s name, as well as the name of an iconic Mad Men character to carry on the theme of the event.

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the rehearsal dinner A “cigarette girl” in full period costume was on hand to serve appetizers, rounding out this throwback theme. Frank Sinatra crooned as guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres served in “Lucky Strike” boxes – a nod to one of Draper’s biggest advertising clients. Drinks on the menu included Martinis and Old Fashioneds, served on cocktail tables donned in yellow tablecloths with black-and-white pom-pom trim.

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Menu items by Rocky Top Catering were inspired by popular 1960’s fare, such as endive salad and shrimp cocktail, while a groom’s cake designed by Cake by Chloe provided a sweet conclusion to the event. The cake reflected the evening’s masculine theme, with each layer featuring a humidor with cigars, shirt and tie, and martini glasses.

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The night was filled with games and fun activities, including a creative “photo booth” made out of a vintage 1960 GE television. Cut outs of the TV characters were used as props for photos and represented all of the famous “Mad Men.” The lounge area featured a selection of 1960’s board games that were available to play, as well as use as a guestbook and filled with well wishes for the happy couple. Other decorative elements were integrated throughout the space to add a touch of nostalgia, such as a yellow rotary dial phone, a Kodak brownie camera, a typewriter and fun arrangements inside white Go-Go boots. It was truly a night to remember – longer than a two-martini lunch and much more fun.

Planner Kat Wrenn/Posh Weddings & Events (p.81) | Florist Blossom Floral Artistry (p.171) | Groom’s Cake/Baker Cakes by Chloe (p.185) Food Rocky Top Catering (p.227) | Invitations/Place Cards/Menu Cards Crafty Pie Press (p.119) | Photographer Pinky Promise Photography (p.142) Rehearsal Dinner location 1705 Prime (p.40) | Men’s attire Cape Fear Formal Wear | Vintage Car/1960 Impala David W. Jones daviddwjarchitect@nc.rr.com Cigarette Girl Brittany Norris | Vintage Items Posh Weddings & Events | China/silverware/chairs/glassware Classic Party Rentals (p.232)

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the bachelorette party

In addition to coining the foretelling phrase “15 minutes of fame,� cultural icon Andy Warhol also gave the world his colorful pop art perspective that defined an era. This slice of cultural phenomena inspired a fun and fabulous Warholinspired bachelorette party, artfully executed by Joye Speight of Virtue Event Planning.

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what a party! Kristy Timberlake of Opus 1 Weddings created a custom p-ART-y invitation that nested inside a metallic petal fold pocket, topped with a velum overlay featuring the one and only Marilyn Monroe. The bundle was wrapped in a satin purple ribbon belly-band, finished with a Marilyn seal, and nestled into an envelope with its own custom pop-art envelope liner. The venue, Mark Christopher Salon, has a chic and modern décor that was the perfect complement to Joye’s design choices, which were inspired by Warhol’s most recognizable and iconic works of art. Doug Odom of the Purple Poppy Florist created the unique flower arrangements, which included distinctive blooms in vibrant shades of green, yellow, pink and orange. With the addition of fuchsia up-lighting provided by McSound Productions, the salon was bursting with color that was evocative of Warhol’s signature style.

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Fabulous food and drinks helped create a festive party atmosphere that even the notorious socialite Andy Warhol would have enjoyed. Rocky Top Catering created a custom menu for the evening, drawing on the colors and eccentricity of the theme. Chef Andy first chose a dish of roasted yellow and red beets layered with goat cheese and spicy pecans, displayed in repetition – homage to a central motif of Warhol’s work. The second course was a fresh summer salad of lush berries, mandarin oranges and cranberry goat cheese, all served inside of magenta radicchio cups. Guests were styled for a fun girls’ night out by the salon’s talented staff, while enjoying shrimp ceviche shots with mango, avocado and cilantro. The final course was a delicious tuna and salmon roll with toasted sesame and carrot daikon salad, while a surprise treat of cantaloupe and watermelon sorbet with mint foam was a piece of edible art in itself. Throughout the night, the ladies made use of a “Make Your Own Cosmo” bar, which was staged with custom pop-art décor, from the labels on the mini-vodka bottles to the lining of the martini tray.

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The delectable dessert bar by Brie Marrow of Cake Couture was a smorgasbord of enticing treats. Guests enjoyed fun-filled sweets including Pineapple Moscato Jello Shots, Spiced Jamaican Rum Mini Cupcakes, Limoncello Macaroons, artful Amaretto Almond Cookies, as well as colorful fruit tarts, Peach Schnapps peach cobbler, strawberry margarita parfaits, “It’s a Party” flavored cake pops, and last but not least, a color-blocked vanilla butter cake with a kaleidoscopic surprise inside. Opus 1 Weddings also created pop-art Marilyn Monroe vignettes in the purple and chartreuse color scheme to carry the theme throughout the salon. For favors, Joye was inspired by the iconic screen print series 32 Campbell’s Soup Cans, so Opus designed customized labels for the quintessential cans, which were filled to the brim with luxurious hair products from Mark Christopher Salon. The party ended with the ladies looking and feeling fabulous, ready for a night on the town to celebrate the bride’s engagement.

Venue Mark Christopher Salon (p.209) Event Designer Joye Speight, Virtue Event Planning & Consulting, Inc. (p.85) Florist Doug Odom, The Purple Poppy Florist (p.172) Stationer Kristy Timberlake, Opus 1 Weddings (p.117) Food Rocky Top Catering (p.227) Desserts Brie Marrow, Cake Couture Boutique (p.184) Specialty Rentals Party Reflections (p.231) Photography Craven Creative Photography (p.145) Lighting McSound Productions (p.237) 2014

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a styled wedding

GoneWith theWind Gina Myers of La Cosa Bella Events created a “Gone With the Wind” inspired styled wedding shoot at the Hudson Manor that would have even pleased the fickle Scarlett O’Hara. Fiddle-dee-dee!

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Gina researched historical details from the era portrayed in

The Hudson Manor Estate houses a brand new chapel,

the film, and incorporated modern elements to bring the story

flanked by resplendent magnolia trees that were in full bloom

to life. The result was a blend of romantic, old-world elegance

the day of the photo shoot. Nearby was the outdoor recep-

and contemporary sophistication from the very beginning,

tion area, where heirloom elements like vintage china, lace,

with custom-designed invitations created by Opus Weddings

brooches, crystal and silver helped to set the tone for the

that set the stage in shades of emerald, sage and dusty rose.

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Richly hued walnut furniture provided a stately contrast to the fine linens and delicate lace used throughout the event, and tables were lavishly decorated for a distinguished feel. At each table, crystal-draped antique candelabras towered over lush floral arrangements by Fleuressence, consisting of blooms in pale peach and pink, accented by vibrant jewel tones. The colors were matched in the bride’s bouquet, which was wrapped in emerald green ribbon and featured a hand-painted antique brooch. Vintage china provided by Vieux Vintage Rentals was used at each place setting, as well as at the sweetheart table. Hors d’oeuvres provided by the Hudson Manor Estate included Carolina crab cakes with Cajun remoulade, assorted mini quiches, and chocolate-covered strawberries. The buffet offered Bourbon beef tenderloin served with a horseradish cream sauce, and herb-roasted chicken breast in a white wine lemon butter sauce with sautéed asparagus. Cakes by Chloe created a regal wedding cake featuring ruffles and iridescent gems, which was showcased under a leafy arbor. 196

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A luxurious salmon-colored tufted sofa by Vieux Vintage Rentals gave the bride a place to lounge under a gorgeous shade tree after dinner, surrounded by other memorable heirlooms. Vintage teacups with flowers and custom-designed tags served as delightful favors, bringing the celebrated theme of the wedding full circle.

Wedding Planner Gina Myers, La Cosa Bella Events (p.77) | Ceremony & Reception Venue The Hudson Manor (p.12) | Photography Heba Salama Photography (p.143) Flowers Fleuressence (p.172) | Linens & Rentals Classic Party Rentals (p.232) | Vintage China & Furniture Vieux Vintage Rental (p.229) | Officiant Reverend Kayelily Middleton Invitations & Table-Top Papers OPUS 1 Weddings (p.117) | Cake Cakes by Chloe (p.185) | Hair Mark Christopher Salon (p.209) | Wedding Gown Traditions by Anna (p.69)

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how to handle imposition It is the part of a wedding that no one wants to address. The intoxicated uncle, finding a place for “that” cousin, the bossy mother-in-law, and the list goes on! Here are a few helpful hints to handling those difficult situations and diverting disaster. The Drunk | Who doesn’t just love that overly exuberant guest that tends to suck the attention out of the room? Cutting these “fun” guests off at the pass is key in controlling the chaos. Assign whomever you think may have one to many a special friend to keep track and monitor how many drinks they have. Explain to this chaperone that if things do get out of hand to use any means necessary to get them away without a fight. Family Feuding | If you belong to a family, you are very aware that not everyone likes everyone else. At some point, feelings will be hurt and there will be words exchanged. So what is a bride to do? 198

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It is recommended to nip any potential fights in the bud before they even have a chance to break out. Have your maid of honor or someone unrelated to your family, make “announcements” during the rehearsal dinner. This key not speaker can stress the importance of having everyone together and how important it is to the bride on her special day, a once in a lifetime event. (Emphasize the “once in a lifetime” message!) The Univited Guest | Assuming you don’t have a check point at the door, etiquette states that the decision is the brides when it comes to an uninvited guest. One or two is usually easily accommodated and not worth addressing. If these wedding crashers exceed the number of catered extras, it’s time to send the event coordinator or even-keeled groomsman over to politely inform the guests that they are welcome to stay, but are not able to feed everyone. This is another great reason to include R.S.V.P.’s in your invitation, to keep the bride happy and stress-free! wm


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your best face forward From the moment he gets down on one knee, brides (and mothers) everywhere start planning for the “big day.” From collecting photos of hair and make-up inspiration, to finding the ideal dress, and starting that special wedding diet by finally putting that gym membership to work, the pressure is on to make sure that those once in a lifetime photos will show your best self.

Whether brides just want to achieve an

Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Finn has been work-

because of possible bruising and swelling,

extra glow with a chemical peel, look

ing with injectables for over 20 years, and

the best time to have these treatments

youthful and alert with Botox or Fillers, or

has become both an expert and an artist.

done would be at least two weeks before

the proposal was the push they needed to

He enjoys tailoring his treatments to indi-

your first event, or up to three months in

finally get the rhinoplasty (nose surgery)

viduals to address their specific concerns,

advance.

they’ve always wanted, more and more

and provide them the most radiant, natural

brides, MOB’s and MOG’s are walking

look possible. For hollow under-eyes that

If you have always dreamed of a more

through the doors of their local plastic

can make you look aged and tired, Re-

substantial augmentation, such as a

surgeon pre-wedding day.

stylane might be a good choice for you to

rhinoplasty, the sooner you can start your

create a smooth look between your eye and

research the better. It is important to find

Chemical peels are great for adults of any

cheekbone. For “parentheses” around your

an experienced surgeon who will help

age and skin-type. The peel helps you shed

mouth, or just fuller lips, Juvederm is the

create a good balance in your face. Your

the top layer of skin so you end up with a

preferred filler treatment. Belotero might

nose is such an important feature, and an

smoother and overall brighter face that can

be the right choice if you have smaller,

artist’s eye and an expert surgeon’s hands

give the radiant glow you’re looking for.

more superficial lines that you would like

are key. The primary recovery period after

Chemical peels generally take five to seven

to take care of.

rhinoplasty is relatively short; the sutures

days to fully recover from, but three to four

and splint typically come off about 5 days

weeks before your first big event is best.

post surgery. If there is any bruising, it

Injectable treatments might be a good choice for you if you want to eliminate wrinkles, look more alert and vibrant or just want a little volume in your cheeks or lips. Products such as Botox and Dysport

If you have always dreamed of a more substantial augmentation...the sooner you can start your research the better.

usually lasts for just a few more days postop. Swelling takes a few weeks to go down but is usually only obvious to you, and will slowly improve over the next several months.

help relax facial muscles that can naturally

The best way to find out what options are

make you look angry, sad, or less youth-

best for you, whether invasive or non-inva-

ful. These treatments should be completed

Alternatively, maybe you’d like a more

sive procedures, is to schedule a consulta-

three to six weeks before your big day.

defined cheekbone, which can be achieved

tion. Always consult a professional to

Fillers are another injectable option that

with Radiesse. These fillers offer an im-

guarantee safe and professional results. wm

are great for women of all ages. Triangle

mediately noticeable improvement, but

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avant garde hair & Makeup Radiant and glowing are just a handful of words that you will hear as a blissful bride. This is due, in part, to the genuine excitement and elation that you will feel on your wedding day, when your inner beauty radiates outward for everyone to see. Partial credit for that “ happy glow” will also be due to the careful selection of how you want your hair and makeup to be styled. Whether it is the traditional natural look, or you opt for a more unconventional approach, your bridal aesthetic is the perfect place to highlight your unique personal style. Beauty is no longer defined by what we

The avant-garde trend also has a place in

into their wedding day aesthetic. Emulate

see in the pages of magazines, but simply

bridal hair, with talented hair artists cre-

the beauty pioneer Marie Antoinette with

what makes each bride feel the most

ating imaginative and dramatic hairstyles

fanciful and whimsical birds and feathers

beautiful and special. Avant-garde beauty

to compliment every aesthetic. Vangaurd

woven into your sky high up-do, or chan-

trends, which are innovative and experi-

hairstyles may be sleek and structured up-

nel an Arabian princess with a bohemian

mental, are making a big splash in bridal

dos that can easily be called works of art,

crystal headband paired with a super

style. Traditional perceptions of bridal

or a spirited whirlwind of texture, volume

smoky eye. However, avant-garde hair

beauty include soft, natural and doe-

and controlled chaos.

jewelry does not have to be vintage – any-

eyed makeup, but times have changed, and striking, eye-catching and whimsical makeup looks are taking a front seat in wedding fashion. Brides seeking a compelling, edgy look now have more options than ever to make their wedding day aesthetic their own. There are two ends of the spectrum when it comes to avant-garde bridal beauty. On one end, brides that want to do something

Traditional perceptions of bridal beauty include soft, natural makeup, but times have changed, and striking, eye-catching and whimsical makeup looks are taking a front seat in wedding fashion.

just a little different from the norm can

thing that is unconventional and off-beat can add the perfect element of surprise to your bridal style. For many brides, their wedding day aesthetic starts with the dress, but your matrimonial beauty should ultimately be a compliment to your dream gown in theme and convention, elevating your entire look to memorable heights. Most importantly, you should feel gorgeous, confident and comfortable, and if your personal style is

utilize a single unconventional beauty

Blunt bangs, a shock of bold color or

adventurous and fearless, an avant-garde

trend, such as a soft rim of teal eyeliner

interesting asymmetry are just a few more

twist on the traditional perception of

or a bold lip for a pop of “wow.” On the

ways to take your wedding day locks to

bridal beauty could be perfect for you on

other end, there is the outrageous and

the next level. Daring brides have endless

your special day. wm

theatrical style that is both daring and

options for their dos, and your hairstylist

jaw-dropping, and usually reserved for the

will be more than happy to help you cre-

pages of editorial fashion spreads. Finding

ate something that is unique to you.

your style in this spectrum simply means embracing makeup techniques that high-

“Vintage” is a big buzzword for wedding

light your favorite feature, and give you

style, so it is no surprise that avant-garde

joy and confidence.

brides are implementing vintage elements

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about the shoot

about the

shoot

The Cardinal Club of Raleigh is steeped in tradition and sophisticated elegance. Towering above the bustling streets of downtown Raleigh, the Cardinal Club hosted our 2014 Hair and Makeup shoot on the 28th story. Rich accents and classic dĂŠcor created the perfect backdrop for the lovely models which, when combined with their unparalleled planning services and attention to detail, make the Cardinal Club the perfect venue for all of your wedding celebrations. For more information see their ad on the inside front cover. All photos: www.robinlin.com

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on amanda Hair: Mark Christopher Salon (p.209) makeup: Ashley Mooney for Mark Christopher Salon All Jewelry: www.elisabethnewton.com Wedding Gown: Traditions by Anna (p.69) Photography: www.robinlin.com (p.138) Shot on Location: The Cardinal Club (inside front cover) 204

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on latoya Hair: S. Davis Makeup Artistry (p.210) makeup: Gia for S. Davis Makeup Artistry necklace & earrings: www.elisabethnewton.com Wedding Gown & hairpiece: Traditions by Anna (p.69) Photography: www.robinlin.com (p.138) Shot on Location: The Cardinal Club (inside front cover)

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may be, just in case. When it comes to the wedding party, better safe than sorry! Forgotten Ring | Unless you have an extremely responsible ring bearer, the best man and maid of honor are generally the keepers of the wedding rings. Not that you don’t trust these two best col-

Rain | They say it is good luck if it rains on your wedding day,

lege buddies or younger siblings, but it’s always best to hang on to

ask any bride and I am certain she will say otherwise. If you are

the rings yourself. Whether you hang it around your neck or ask to

considering an outside wedding, this is rule number one: Have

keep them at the church locked up.

an alternate inside venue at the ready! If you are renting a tent for your reception, for example, go two for one and have your recep-

Bad Hair Day | Everyone has a bad hair day and it is usually on those

tion area arranged in order for vows to be exchanged there as well.

life changing days! When it comes to your hair, you should have two, yes two, styles selected. One, your dream style that the hair

No-Show | If your caterer is running late or your wedding planner

stylist practices a couple of weeks before the big day and the sec-

is a no show, prepare for the worst! Have multiple phone numbers

ond, an easier style that YOU can actually do. Having this peace

for each person involved in the wedding party. Also, have their

of mind is vital in case the weather does not cooperate or your

assistants numbers and a weekly calender of events or places they

stylist does not show up. wm

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eat, drink & be married! Your reception is the part of your wedding where the most memories are made. This is also a time to kick up your heels, cut the cake and most importantly, eat! There are so many catering trends to choose from that it can be difficult to narrow down what you really want. Here are the top catering trends this year to help ensure that your day ends on a delicious note. Family Recipes | A wedding is ultimately

truck. For example, you can find trucks that

letting guests help themselves may move

a celebration of family. Two families are

serve a Korean-Mexican fusion dish such as

the line through quicker, it can be a little

being joined together thanks to cupid and

kimchi tacos. You want to keep the menu

more costly, so weigh your options and your

common ground. Combining your cultural

simple so that everyone can quickly grab

guest list!

backgrounds is very en vogue this year and

their dinner and have a chance to sit down

what better way to celebrate your heritage

to enjoy it. However, some food trucks will

Go Green | Using sustainable and organic in-

than with old family recipes. Selecting a few

allow for waiters so if you prefer that your

gredients is another continuing trend right

dishes from each family and even putting

guests are served, keep this option in mind.

now and is likely here to stay. Going with a “green” reception ensures that the dishes

a fresh twist on them, will have grandmas beaming with pride and guests begging for

Bite-Sized Baby! | Just about any food can

are healthier and the environment is left a

the recipes.

be made into a bite-sized version. From

little healthier as well - a win/win situation.

miniature crab cakes to fried mac-n-cheese

There are also organic beverages including

Traditional Plated Meal | A traditional

balls, the options are virtually endless. Some

alcoholic options, so brides can now opt

plated meal is elegant and classic. One

people will go mini for each course and oth-

for a totally green reception. Going green

major advantage to this serving style is that

ers may opt to offer a bite-sized dessert bar

and local is not only trendy, but a much

everyone gets their food at the same time.

which has been a continuing trend through-

fresher alternative when dealing with fruits,

This can also be cost-effective since the por-

out the last couple of years. Whatever you

vegetables and even meats.

tion sizes are controlled. If you choose this

decide, be creative! Try the tiny cocktail or

method, go all the way! Gold silverware,

soup shot glass, this is definitely the day to

Go Global | Exotic ingredients and uncom-

full place settings, chargers, the whole nine

do it!

mon dishes are always an interesting twist on reception foods. You can introduce your

yards - from the server’s uniforms to the monogrammed linens, opulence is hotter

Champagne Bars | The “it” trend for wed-

guests to new and exciting flavors, some-

than ever!

dings now, a champagne bar for cocktail

thing that everyone is sure to remember. If

hour is a crowd pleaser for sure! Get

you are more of the daring couple, a pair

Food Trucks | Food trucks are fun, casual

several types of champagne, both dry and

that travels or just love food, going global is

and can serve up just about any type of cui-

spumante, sparkling California wines and

like a Food Tour for your guests!

sine. Whether you are dealing with a crowd

prosecco. You will also want to get an array

that is easy to please or tough to impress,

of additives as well like Midori, Chambord

No matter what you select, make sure it is

there is literally something for everyone.

and different types of Schnapps. Let guests

“you”. There’s only one other memory that

If your family and friends are diverse in

get inventive with fruits, juices and syrups

wedding guests will have beyond the love

taste or you just can not decide, you may

to add to their champs. Self-serving can be

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top10 wedding cocktails Your gown and shoes may not be the only things that are in style right now. Even cocktails go through periods of being en vogue or not. Remember how hot the Cosmo was after Sex and the City? Mojitos | Bring the feel of a tropical island no matter where you live to give your reception that laid back feeling to help your guests relax and enjoy the party. Sangria | Make your own batch and serve it up with ice in mason jars. This is a crowd favorite and can be designed to match your color theme.

Update your bar selections with these trendy cocktails to make sure your wedding is as up-todate as your shoes! Bourbon Lemonade | Perfect for summer weddings no matter which side of the

Jello Shots | Not just for frat parties anymore, this old-school favorite is fun for weddings, too. Another easy crowd pleaser and coordinating the colors is a snap! Hypnotiq Cocktail | Add your something blue with this cool cocktail. Mix it with white wine or a spritzer and serve chilled.

Mason-Dixon line you’re on.

Martini | It’s a classic. Just resist the urge to say “shaken, not stirred” every time you ask for it. Gin & Tonic | Add lemon zest or a cucumber to this classic for a refreshing twist in the summer. Manhattan | Give your reception a retro vibe and cool “Mad Men” flair with this classic drink.

Bellini | This Italian cocktail adds a touch of elegance to any reception. Perfect for hot summer days!

Of course, anything you offer at the bar will be appreciated by your guests, but you’ll add a touch of style to your reception

Cosmopolitan | This drink has had a long moment in the spotlight, and it continues

if you choose one of these trendy cocktails. wm

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tastefullyyellow opposite: Delicate pan-seared scallop above a creamy truffle polenta cake and wilted spinach, served over red pepper coulis, and garnished with pine nuts and yellow pepper. This page: 1 Plump oysters broiled under velvety blue cheese and bacon, topped with a chive hollandaise sauce and served alongside a spicy yellow tomato Bloody Mary. 2 Crunchy pineapple, jicama and arugula salad with red and yellow peppers, lightly dressed in a nutty toasted sesame vinaigrette. 3 Coriander-seared lamb lollipops resting on a bed of coconut spaghetti squash, garnished with sweet mango chutney and thyme.

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tastefullyorange opposite:

Luscious avocado stuffed with lump crab and whole shrimp, topped with fresh herb salad, diced yellow pepper and flavorful tomato powder. This page: 1 Perfectly grilled scallops with yellow curry sauce and a tangle of raw carrot spaghetti, alongside exotic black rice. 2 Fresh shaved fennel, golden beets, and orange salad topped with salty dried olives and fragrant tarragon. 3 “Lambchetta,” or belly-wrapped loin, above a turret of butternut squash, topped with plump roasted grapes and mint salsa verdé.

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tastefullyred opposite: Sweet and savory red velvet doughnut sandwiches filled with salty pancetta, smoked turkey and creamy scallion spread. This page: 1 Tropical mango and pineapple salsa served with herb-seasoned heirloom tomato chips. 2 Buffalo-style pork belly bites with tangy blue cheese crumbles and crisp celery. 3 Seared Ahi tuna with black sesame seeds and wasabi cream on top of a crunchy rice cracker, alongside Asian cucumber salad. 4 Perfectly stacked roasted beet and pumpkin infused goat cheese napoleons, garnished with crushed pistachios.

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tastefullygreen opposite: Traditional Caesar salad martinis with house-made croutons and shaved Parmesan. This page: 1 Fresh Atlantic salmon en Croute, on a bed of lightly wilted spinach with aromatic lemon and dill. 2 Grilled asparagus spears, delicately wrapped in salty prosciutto. 3 Simply southern cucumber tea sandwiches with tangy cream cheese and dill.

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tastefullypurple opposite: Bruschetta of roasted butternut squash with creamy goat cheese and a rich balsamic glaze. This page: 1 Fruitwood smoked pork butt above red cabbage and fennel slaw, served with homemade tomato barbeque sauce. 2 SautĂŠed black pepper kale salad with roasted beets and apple wood smoked bacon. 3 Flakey, scratch-made hand pies erupting with plump vanilla infused cherries.

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rental renegades

It has become the trend turned norm for brides to hire rental companies to provide unique items for weddings, gaining access to hundreds of different options for décor and creating their ideal theme and ambiance. Wedding rentals can provide everything from coordinating linens to glassware, flatware, tables and chairs, so brides are no longer stuck with a venue’s black or white linens and simple dining room chairs. In addition to traditional rental companies, there are also unique vendors that can provide one of kind eclectic and vintage furniture and decorative items for brides looking for just the right details for their wedding. Business owners like

resources designing tablescapes to help

Cindy spend a lot of

inspire brides, and showcase the multiple

time and energy person-

items that are available. These wedding

ally curating their unique

rental companies also alleviate a lot of

inventories. These uncom-

wedding day stress, offering styling advice,

mon pieces are found in

and providing transportation and set-up

antique stores, estate sales,

services on the big day. Rental companies

flea markets, festivals, and

work hard to offer both trendy and tradi-

auctions. Even unlikely

tional items, so there is always something

places such as friend’s

for every bride and every budget. wm

attics have produced amazing finds for trendy wedding rental businesses.

“One of my favorite trends this year is to create several cozy and intimate lounge

From period pieces to inventive up-cycled

areas with vintage sofas, chairs, and coffee

items, there are no limits to the individual-

tables for guests to enjoy and relax during

ity these items can add to your wedding.

the reception,” shares Cindy Hancy, owner

Since these items are one of a kind, there is

of Vieux Vintage Rentals. “Our sofas and

usually only one in stock, so reserve your

settees have the most amazing details and

items early if you plan to wed during the

are so versatile, whether the reception is

busy season.

outdoors, in a warehouse, or in a Victorian house, they really make a wedding feel

Brides who are unsure of

unique and special.” Personalizing your

what they want for their

reception with hand picked items can help

wedding should spend some

set your wedding apart from the crowd,

time walking around a few

while signature items and accent pieces

rental showrooms to learn

can warm up a room and transform any

more about what is out there

venue. “Our two most popular pieces are

concerning rentals. Com-

our velvet tufted settees that many couples

panies like Classic Party

incorporate into their engagement shoots,

Rentals, Party Reflections

and our vintage vanity which makes an

and American Party rentals

amazing cake table.” Cindy says.

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retro reception foods Retro has not only made a come back in fashion but has also made its way into wedding planning in the form of tea-length dresses (both for the bride and the bridesmaids), vintage color patterns, and even old-timey photo booths. Retro foods have also made an impression

have a savory crunch. It is easy enough to

hardened, and when the mixture sets, top it

on reception menus everywhere! It is time

make your own cheesestraws, but you can

with whipped cream.

to trade in those fancy crudités for finger

also buy these treats ready-made.

sandwiches and cheese straws that are pop-

If you’re looking to add vintage style to your

ping up on the in-the-know bride’s menu.

Deviled Eggs | Everyone has their own

wedding, try these tried and true retro foods

If you are thinking about adding a little

special deviled egg recipe, but the basic idea

at your reception. wm

vintage flair to your wedding, here are a

includes hard boiling eggs and blending

few trends in retro reception foods that you

the yolks with mayo, mustard, pickles and

might consider:

seasonings. Dollop the mixture into your egg whites and put a dash of paprika on the

Pigs in a Blanket | This colorfully named dish is nothing more than small sausages wrapped in dough and baked. They are sort of like individual sausages baked right into the bun. You can use pieces of hot dogs or cocktail sausages and insert a toothpick

top in true retro style.

It’s time to trade in those fancy crudités for finger sandwiches and cheesestraws!

with a cellophane wrapper for an authentic Classic Party Dips | Velveeta cheese dip,

vintage feel.

spinach dip, and onion soup dip are all oldFinger Sandwiches | Bite-sized finger sand-

school classics that will feel right at home

wiches are made on white bread and can

in any retro theme. You can find plenty of

feature any number of fillings, including

recipes for these in classic cookbooks like

deli meats, cheese spreads, chicken salad,

the Betty Crocker cookbook or even on

or even just a little mayo and cucumber.

the side of package labels, such as Lipton

Remember to cut the crust off the bread,

Onion Soup mix. Serve crackers, chips or

then cut the sandwich into four pieces on

raw veggies with your dips.

the diagonal, giving you four bite-sized triangular finger sandwiches.

Jello Salad | It’s hard to believe the word “Jello” could be paired with the word

Cheesestraws | Cheesestraws are a cheesy

“salad,” but this is a classic dish that was

cracker, cooked in a long, thin shape similar

quite popular in its day. Add fruit like

to a straw. These are great finger foods that

grapes and melon inside Jello before it has

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notable music It is where you have your first dance as newlyweds, where a father holds his married daughter for the first time, and where your guests “Shout!” in celebration of the bride and groom. Your wedding reception is where the real memories are made on this happy day, and the soundtrack to your soiree is what keeps the party going. While fads in music change like the weath-

Nina Russo, General Manager of All

hours, and while a DJ may say they have

er, there are a few new trends to consider

Events DJs, Inc. explains, “Couples want

10,000 or more songs, that is irrelevant if

when planning the entertainment for your

to spend more time dancing and party-

they aren’t in the genres you are looking

reception. Brian McGuire, owner of

ing with their family and friends, and

for. A great DJ will have a good variety of

McSound Productions shares, “In past

make that a large priority over some of the

music to appeal to the different generations

years, couples have always chosen their

traditional formalities.” Nina says, “ The

represented at a wedding.

own music selections. But now, many

Anniversary Dance is becoming a popular

couples are taking music requests from

tradition – we bring all married couples to

Seek out a professional company with high

their guests on the RSVP cards.” This does

the dance floor, allow them time to dance

quality sound equipment, and ask to see

not mean that you have to play everything

to a slow song, and then gradually ask

what their set up looks like before you hire

requested, but getting feedback and ideas

them to be seated based upon the number

them. Also, look for a DJ who is willing

from guests is great when planning your

of years together until we are left with

to customize all aspects of the event to the

music list and a fun way for guests to

the longest married couple. The couple

couple’s personality, and let your DJ know

engage in the party planning.

then usually gives some marriage advice

what you would like them to wear for your

to the bride and groom, and we have even

wedding. Many DJ’s are either too casual

For those who want the best of both

seen bride’s give them their bouquet as an

or too formal, and both can stand out - but

worlds, it is easy to mix a DJ or MC with

alternative to doing a bouquet toss.” This is

not in a good way!

live musicians. When couples want a com-

such a sweet and sentimental way to inter-

bination of live music and a disc jockey,

act with your guests and family, start a new

Check online reviews. These are like a

the couple will usually ask the ceremony

wedding tradition, and honor the longevity

guiding light for brides, and look over your

musicians to stay and play for the cocktail

of marriage.

potential DJ’s website. If it is not profes-

hour. Then, the DJ takes over for the

sional or looks dated, steer clear.

introductions and plays his music for the

When planning your reception and look-

rest of the night. Some brides are even

ing for the perfect mix of entertainment,

With so many DJ’s to choose from, it can

taking this a step further, pairing up a DJ a

there are a few things to keep in mind.

be overwhelming to find the perfect fit for

live band. The energy that comes from live

There are some DJ’s that only play music

your wedding. One of the most impor-

musicians is one of a kind and really gets a

and do not make any announcements, so

tant things to remember is to look for a

party going, but nothing compares to the

be sure to ask any potential disc jockey

disc jockey that matches your style and is

huge variety of music that a DJ has avail-

exactly what is included in their repertoire.

willing to bend over backward to give you

able, especially if there is a certain song

what you want. Don’t settle for anything

that you want played at your wedding. This

Instead of inquiring about the number of

less on your big day, and make this once

also gives your reception depth, and keeps

songs a DJ has, ask him about the genres

in a lifetime moment an amazing memory

guests attention throughout the night.

or styles of music he specializes in. You can

from start to finish. wm

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getting there

Go in style with a limousine from

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uniquetransports Forget about classic cars: If you really want to show up to your wedding in style, you need to make a statement. Have a little fun. After all, it may be the only day you get to make such a grand, staged entrance and have everyone “ooh” and “aah” instead of groan and roll their eyes!

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

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

Elephant | Yes, that’s right: Elephant. Think about how amazing

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

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

cation of a limousine but show off your modern style.

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

want the fairy tale treatment. Hot Air Balloon | Make an entrance (or an exit) that you and your guests won’t forget by renting a hot air balloon. What a great way to be carried away by love!

will remember! Motorcycle | Nothing says cool and edgy better than a motorcycle. Show your guests that you consider marriage your next big adven-

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

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from the mountains...

North Carolina is one of the few places in the world that is blessed with both ends of the geographical spectrum. On one end, we have miles and miles of gorgeous and well-preserved beaches, and on the other, we have the majestic and splendid Blue Ridge Mountains. Conventionally, when people think “Destination Wedding,” their minds are immediately drawn to a beach themed soiree with sand between their toes. Recently, however, there has been a renaissance of the “Mountain Wedding,” as North Carolina brides have headed west for a beautiful and unique matrimonial experience in the stunning High Country.

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Wedding Photographers Heather and Jason

Ultimately, the stunning and awe-inspiring

dings so wonderful. Not just because of the

Barr of Revival Photography are based in

backdrops that the Blue Ridge Mountains

inspiring backdrops that the mountains

Western North Carolina, and as such have

create are what attract most brides and

create, but also because the natural envi-

the opportunity to enjoy their fair share of

grooms, with some of the most breathtak-

ronment makes couples and their guests

mountain weddings. Heather has shared

ing views in the state.

happier, more calm and at ease. This allows

her insight on these elevated engagements,

Revival Photography to capture special

from what brings couples to the moun-

“A conventional mountain couple values

moments as they naturally unfold, which

tains, to what makes a mountain wedding

simplicity. They are often down to Earth

ultimately makes for better pictures and

so special.

and want to integrate that into their

memories that will last a lifetime.

wedding day.” A mountain couple wants “Most couples are deeply drawn to the

to have a good ol’ time with their guests,

Whether rustic and DIY, or chic and glam-

mountains, whether it be by the fond

escaping the fast-paced life of the city

orous, any bride can find a venue to match

memories of their childhood, special times

and focusing on what matters most. A

her dream wedding style in the mountains

they have shared together as a couple, or

mountain wedding is most often small and

of North Carolina. No matter their taste,

their family roots,” shares Heather. “Dif-

intimate, with around 50 to 75 guests, but

what couples will always find in the High

ferent kinds of couples from all over the

Revival Photography has also shot wed-

Country is an unassuming and comforting

world travel to have their wedding in the

dings with more than 200 attendants. The

atmosphere to celebrate their love together.

High Country. Some are drawn by the

relaxed and jovial ambiance is always the

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rustic and laid back style of the area, while

same, however.

other more traditional couples are enticed by the grand resorts and intimate bed and

In fact, Heather believes that the breath-

breakfasts that provide a special retreat and

taking natural beauty of the mountains is

lots of R & R for their friends and family.”

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the destination

coastal ceremonies A seaside ceremony is one of the most beautiful weddings that any couple could ever dream of. Finding the perfect location that is easily accessible to your guests and with amenities that can accommodate your wedding party and all within your budget can be difficult but the end result…divine! There are a wide selection of hotels and inns

fee ranging from $1,500-$2,000 can also be

your wedding could save you hundreds

offering wedding packages that include ev-

added. These prices do not include catering

even thousands of dollars. Check with your

erything from the décor and photographer

and, depending on the size of your party

guests regarding travel considerations and

to the florist and reception hall. Average

and the requested amenities, can fluctuate

take a headcount to determine how many

prices for a full wedding package ranges

throughout the year.

rooms you need to book. Group rates can

from $3,000 to over $5,000 and catering is not usually included. Depending on time of year and location, these facilities are fully equipped to handle the needs of large wedding parties, boarding, transportation and other considerations. Choosing a location with a wedding coordinator can make the

you save money and keep your wedding

Undivided attention is top priority for a B&B wedding, so be prepared to be pampered!

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

If you find that hotels and B&B’s are

area overlooking the ocean. For staffing

booked solid and it can require a little more

purposes and to ensure quality service many

legwork, but renting a cottage on the coast

hotels require couples to book a certain

is a less expensive more personal option for a

number of rooms for the occasion.

wedding. There are countless wedding coordinators that are able to guide you through

If you are looking for more of an intimate

the planning process from a far. These pro-

locale to hold a slightly smaller scale wed-

fessional planners can recommend and book

ding, but would still like the beach back

everything from catering to cakes. Permits

drop sans the tourists, a bed and breakfast

are generally required for ceremonies and re-

may be the right choice for you. According

ceptions held on the beach. If dining in the

to the size of the bed and breakfast, these

sand is not your preference, local restaurants

cozy homes away from home specialize in

are set up to cater receptions in-house.

catering to a wedding party’s every whim. Undivided attention is top priority when it

It is important to book your seaside service

comes to a B&B wedding, so be prepared

well in advance, sometimes years ahead of

to be pampered! Prices for a B&B wedding

time. Make sure to ask about year round

range from $2,200 to over $5900. An event

rates, a matter of waiting a few days to book

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dations for the bridesmaids and groomsmen. Though the decision about who pays for guests’ travel expenses is ultimately up to you and your groom, wedding attendants are typically expected to pay for airfare, gas or other travel costs themselves. If it is not in your budget to pay for everyone’s accommodations, make it very clear to guests that they are free to decline

of the wedding expenses, so the first step is to talk with the bride’s

the invitation without any hard feelings. Since this is more of an

parents to find out what type of budget you are working with.

imposition on guests, pay for what you can and let guests know

Have a few different wedding destinations and plans in mind that

in detail what is being provided to them so there are no last-

range in price and be flexible! Keep an open mind when realisti-

minute surprises.

cally planning out your destination. The next step is to approach the groom’s family to find out what

Above all, make sure the decisions you make concerning your destination wedding are mainly based upon the budgets of you

they have in mind monetarily. Sit down with them to discuss if

and your guests. In addition, it is also important to set clear guide-

they are able and willing to add a little extra spending on their

lines and keep open lines of communication with your parents,

part to make your wedding dreams a reality.

guests and bridal party in order to avoid conflict or uncomfortable

It is proper etiquette for the bride, groom and/or their parents to

situations. wm

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honeymoon your way With modern technology and discount travel websites, hiring a travel agent can seem archaic and unnecessary. However, there are actually many misconceptions and hidden benefits to hiring a professional agent for your honeymoon! “The number one myth about travel agents

and conditions on many discount travel

is that they charge you a fee in addition to

websites read that you are not guaranteed

The best thing that travel agents can offer

the cost of your honeymoon,” says Lynn

the type of room you paid for, or even a

you is peace of mind. While you can plan

Thomas of Alpha World Travel. “In reality

room in the same hotel.” This means that

and plan before your trip, unforeseen

most agents offer their services to you at no

if a higher paying guest comes along, you

circumstances such as a missed connection

cost, and then we are compensated by the

could be booted to a hotel down the street,

can leave you stranded overnight, making

hotel.” This means that hotels and resorts

which doesn’t sound like the best start to

several phone calls to fix the situation and

around the world invite agents to experi-

a happy honeymoon. Using a travel agent

missing a big chunk of your honeymoon.

ence their locations and amenities, giving

not only saves you the hassle of hunting for

“Alternatively, you can make one call to

them the most accurate professional insight

the best deal, it also protects you from hid-

your agent who will contact the airline,

into the amenities, food, and quality of just

den travel costs and some sneaky fine print.

put you on the next available flight, have

about every possible destination you could want to visit. “This knowledge allows them to take your idea of a dream honeymoon, whether it includes a casino, swimming with pigs or white sand beaches, and offer you a list of potential options in a matter of minutes,” Lynn adds. They can show you

A honeymoon is a once-in-a-lifetime vacation to celebrate your marriage, and should be as easy and low-stress as possible.

pictures from their own trips to the resorts.

your return flight reservation moved, and get your hotel stay push back a day so you are able enjoy every minute of paradise that you paid for,” says Lynn. They can also use their own experience to make sure you aren’t taken advantage of by pushy cab drivers and other tourist traps, provide helpful lists of everything you need for

Hiring a travel agent can also help with

your trip, and information about the best

Another misconception is that online

your financial planning. Instead of having

excursions to visit outside of your resort.

travel sites offer you the best value for your

to pay in full as you would with a website,

honeymoon. “While I don’t set the prices,

you only have to pay a small deposit and

A honeymoon is a once in a lifetime vaca-

I can tell you when you are getting the best

airfare, and then the balance is not due

tion to celebrate your marriage, and should

deal,” explains Lynn, who has more than

until 45 days before your trip. If you book

be as easy and low-stress as possible. With

20 years of experience in the industry. The

your trip the recommended nine months

the many benefits to using an agent, click-

low prices on travel sites may not include

before your wedding, this gives you lots

ing through pages and pages of travel sites

taxes and transfer fees, offer flights that

of time to save up. Also, travel agents like

seems like an unnecessary hassle. After

cut significantly into your vacation time,

Lynn offer price protection until your bal-

all, you hire a professional for every other

or only offer rooms in an undesirable part

ance is due, which means your price will

aspect of your wedding, from the cake to

of the hotel – facing the parking lot for

go down if you or her find a better deal

the DJ, so why should your honeymoon be

example! “Also,” adds Lynn, “the terms

before your trip.

any different? wm

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the budget

A Closer Look at What Things Really Cost

Every magazine tells you what you can afford. We tell you what things really cost. Here’s a guide to what some wedding related services cost in and around the Triangle. Keep in mind, we can only provide a range quality and specifics. Final selections determine the final price. Accommodations

carry gowns that range

Reserving a block of rooms at one of the

from $500 to $2000,

Triangle’s full service hotels should garner

with lots of selection at

one of their better rates. Expect to spend

every price point. The

$85 to $215 per night, depending on the

local salons that carry

hotel you select and the time of year.

couture gowns begin at $1500 and can go above

Ceremony Facility Rental Fees

$7000. Remember to

If you’re not a member of the church host-

count on $200 to $500

ing your ceremony, site fees typically begin

for alterations when

at $250 and can be as high as $1500. For

you budget for your

non-church facilities, including gardens,

gown. Budget between

B&Bs, and historic spaces expect to spend

$200 and $3000 when

out the day. Plan to spend $1000 to $2500

$1500-$2000 for ceremony site rental.

budgeting for your veil and accessories.

for this luxury.

Ceremony Music

Hair & Makeup

Invitations

Single musicians like harpists, organists

For bridesmaids, expect to spend between

Prices and quality vary widely depending

and pianists generally cost between $150

$25 and $40 for simple up-dos completed

on the thickness and quality of the paper,

and $300 for the preludes and ceremony.

in a salon and between $12 and $30 for

the type of lettering you choose and finish

A string quartet should range between

in-salon make up application. Typically,

details of the invitation. For 100 invita-

$575 and $1000 depending on the quality

the bride is more expensive, due to the care

tions, you should expect to spend $100-150

of the musicians. Soloists range from $75

and time taken with her makeup and hair.

for a set from a mail order company. For

to $300, depending on the number of

In a salon, expect to spend $40-100 for

100 thermographed invitations from a

selections required and the reputation of

bridal hair and $20-50 for makeup applica-

mid-range supplier, expect to spend be-

the singer.

tion. On-site application is typically more

tween $200 and $500 for the set. Custom

expensive, but far more convenient and

designed, hand embellished and specialty

Your Gown

practical for a busy wedding day. Expect

invitations can cost from $300 to $1000

The prices of wedding gowns vary widely

to spend $40-95 per maid for makeup and

for 100.

by designer, fabric quality and construc-

hair, and $200-$400 for the bride. If look-

tion quality. At a national gown ware-

ing your best is of utmost concern, hire

Wedding Consultants

house, you can expect to spend $200 to

an artist for the entire day, which includes

Service fees for wedding consultants vary

$800. Most local full service bridal salons

initial application and touch ups through-

widely based on the number of hours you

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the budget

the budget

A Closer Look at What Things Really Cost

need and the reputation of the

need tented. Draping the interior of the

consultant. Day-of-services

tent can range dramatically, depending on

range from $500 to $2000 and

your use of a stock ($1500 to $2000) or

full-service-planning ranges

custom ($3000 to $15000) liner. Lighting

from $1500 to $7000. Be sure

also varies widely depending on the type of

to thoroughly compare each

lighting selected, but expect to spend $400

consultant’s services. Many

to $2000 to light your tent.

offer different combinations

Videography

of services and hours in packages, but call

Expect to spend between $700 and $5000

Linens & Rentals

them by similar names. If you’re interested

depending on the number of cameras cov-

Expect to spend $7 to $12 per table on

in a planner but can’t afford a package, ask

ering your event and the amount of editing

basic white or solid color linens. Specialty

about hourly consulting or associates.

required on the finished product. Most

linens, including prints and silks, can

couples spend between $1000 and $2000

range from $15 to $28 per table. Chairs

Photography

on their wedding video. This includes one

range from $2.00 for folding plastic chairs

Photographers prices vary based on the

or two cameras, some editing, and several

and $4.00 for white wood folding chairs

quality of the work, the skill of the artist,

finished DVDs.

to $6 to $8 per chair for chivari ballroom

the hours of coverage, the amount and

chairs or specialty bar stools. Candles,

type of film shot, the type of processing,

Reception Facility Rental Fees

candelabras, centerpiece vessels, chargers,

the number of finished prints and the

There may be no facility rental at private

specialty china and more can all be rented

type and quality of the album included.

clubs, where fees are often waived for

locally, and are substantially less expensive

Expect to spend $5,000 to $11,000 on a

members. At hotels and banquet halls, the

than purchasing.

top photographer, who’s work has been

fee ranges from $1000 to about $2000.

seen in national wedding publications.

Couples with a $20,000 budget spend

The second tier of photographers charge

about $1000 on facilities. Need to

$3000 to $6000. There are a number of

save money here? Ask if the facility

traditional and a few photojournalists

fee can be waived if you meet a cer-

charging $1000 to $3000. Consider having

tain minimum. Or consider having

a great photographer for a shorter period of

your ceremony and reception in

time. How many images of dancing do you

the same place – which may reduce

need anyway? Opt for a smaller number of

the fee.

Flowers

The prices of flowers vary widely based

finished proofs and a longer coverage day from the best photographer you can afford.

Tents

on flower types and the labor required in

A few good images are always better than a

Tent prices vary widely depending on the

arrangement styles. In general, you can

lot of photos you don’t like.

size of the tent needed. Expect to spend

expect to spend between $75 and $400 on

between $1000 and $4000 on a frame

your bouquet. Price depends on the size

tent, depending on the size area you’ll

of the bouquet and the blooms you select.

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the budget

A Closer Look at What Things Really Cost

Bridesmaid’s bouquets are

minimum on most weekends. There’s also

usually more modest and

a 15-20% gratuity added to the overall

range from $75 to $225.

bill. Larger scale limos, limo SUVs and

Boutonnieres and corsages

specialty cars are typically more expensive.

range from $9 to $30. Ar-

Reception Music

rangements for your ceremony can vary widely, but

go as high as $72 per person. (We’ve even

If you’re thinking of a DJ, budget be-

expect to spend at least $200 on anything

seen some $200 per person parties!) Price

tween $800 and $1200 for a four-hour

of substantial size. Centerpieces for your

depends on the selections that you make

reception. The cost of bands vary widely.

reception range from $50-$100 per table

with your caterer. Keep in mind that there

For a local party band with four to five

for something small and simple to $350

is an additional fee for carvers, servers, and

members, plan on $2000 to $4000.

per table for a large elaborate arrangement.

bartenders. This cost is either figured in a

If you plan to hire a band with more

staff-cost expenditure, or it’s included in

regional appeal or more members, you’ll

the 20% service fee. Though most couples

need to increase your budget by as much

Most reception facilities and caterers in the

don’t expect it, seated meals can sometimes

as $4000.

Triangle price alcohol based on consump-

be the most affordable option. Portion

tion. This means you’ll pay only for the

sizes are very controlled, so caterers know

The Wedding Favors

alcohol that your guests consume. Expect

exactly how much of each ingredient to

Favor costs vary depending on the item

to spend between $14-28 per person if

order. Seated dinner prices range from $18

selected. Most couples spend between

you’re offering a beer and wine bar for four

to $85 per person, with averages in most

$2 and $5 per person on favors

hours. Remember, you’ll have to pay a

clubs and hotels around $35 per person.

and packaging. Options like

service fee (generally 18-22%) and sales tax

Buffet dinners are often the most expensive

birdseed and bubbles are

on your bar tab.

option. Caterers must prepare more of each

the least expensive, and

item to ensure that they don’t run out of

items like custom poured

Bar Fees

The Cake

food and that means waste. Buffets gener-

chocolates, mini cakes

Wedding cakes range from $2.50 per slice

ally start at $26 per person and go up to

and sterling silver gifts

to $7.00 per slice. The average Triangle

$60 per person, with averages around $38

are most expensive,

baker charges $4.00-$4.50 per slice. Keep

per person. You’ll want to remember that

sometimes reach-

in mind that there are slice minimums as

you’ll have an additional 20% gratuity and

ing $10-$15 per

well as delivery fees. ($50-75 is typical for a

7% sales tax added to the final bill.

person. wm

local delivery).

Transportation The Food

Traditional limousines are widely available

This is your largest expenditure and the

in a variety of colors and sizes. Expect to

toughest to estimate. Hors d’oeuvres par-

spend between $100 to $155 per hour for

ties start at about $19 per person and can

a traditional limousine with a three-hour

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the ultimate planner

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

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Make honeymoon travel arrangements.

Register for wedding gifts.

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


1 Month Prior

2 Weeks 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.

the ultimate planner

2-4 Months Prior

1 Week Prior

Finalize menu with caterer.

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

Reserve transportation for guests, if required.

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.

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All Saints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Belt Line Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Bennett Bunn Plantation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Cardinal Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . inside front cover Cardinal Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 City Kitchen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Doubletree by Hilton Raleigh-Cary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 18 Seaboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Embassy Suites Brier Creek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Flemings Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Het Landhuis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Highgrove . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Hilton Garden Inn Raleigh-Cary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Homewood Suites Cary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Garden on Millbrook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 MacGregor Downs Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Marbles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Marriott Raleigh City Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Marriott RTP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 McConnell Golf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 One Eleven Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Preston Woodall House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Prestonwood Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 1705 Prime . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Second Empire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-3 Shady Wagon Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Sir Walter Raleigh Ballroom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Sullivan’s Steakhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 The Carolina Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . inside back cover The Carolina Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 The Cotton Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 The Grand Ballroom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 The Hampton Inn Brier Creek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 The Hampton Inn Crabtree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 The Hudson Manor Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 The Manor at Carriage Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 The Oaks at Salem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

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The Sheraton Raleigh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 The Siena Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 The Stockroom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 The Sutherland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Weathervane/A Southern Season . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Beauty / Hair / Makeup / Skincare

Finn Facial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201 Mark Christopher Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209 S. Davis Makeup Artistry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .210 The Spa at Bell House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .198

Bridal Associations

The Triangle Bridal Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174

Bridal Registry

A Southern Season . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Quintessentials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123

Bridal Salons

Lee-Ann Belter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Maggi Bridal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Maggi Maids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Traditions by Anna at The Lassiter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69

Bridal Shows

Forever Bridal Productions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100 The Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .185

Bridal Showers and Style Shoot Locations

1705 Prime . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186-189 Mark Christopher Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190-193 The Hudson Manor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .194-197

Cakes / Confections / Cookies

Cake Couture Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .184 Cakes by Chloe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .185 Confectionate Cakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .184

Catering

American Party Rentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233 Classic Party Rentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232 Empire Eats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228 Garden on Millbrook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226 Humble Pig . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224 Korbel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . back cover One Hope Wine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229 Party Reflections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231 Rocky Top Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .227 Triangle Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225 Vieux Vintage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229

Ceremony Facilities

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DJ / Ceremony / Reception Music

All Events DJs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237 McSound Productions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237

Destination Weddings

Alpha World Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bridal by the Sea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jennette’s Pier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marker 137 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Revival Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Sanderling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tildy Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Florists

Blossom Floral Artistry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171 Brides and Bouquets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 Fleuressence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172 Greg Warren Flowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 MEWS Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174 The Purple Poppy Florist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172

Gifts Bridesmaids & Groomsmen

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first look

thefirstlook We’ve all heard the quote “the eyes are the window to the soul,” and what better way to embody this phrase than to capture the look on a groom’s face when he sees his bride for the first time on their wedding day?

raphy shares. “In a traditional wedding ceremony, when you see your future husband or wife for the first time, you are filled with all of that happiness, excitement and love, but you can’t express it, other than with a smile and maybe a whisper at the altar. Also, after a traditional wedding ceremony, you have about 10 seconds following the recessional before bridal party and parents join you to congratulate you, leaving you with virtually no alone time with your new spouse.” Traditionally, this moment occurs with

With a First Look all of that changes.

future husband or wife on the day you get

the groom standing at the altar, and the

You can hug, kiss, laugh, compliment each

church doors opening to reveal his bride

other and hold hands. All of your nerves

walking towards him. Recently, however,

dissapate, so you can really enjoy the cere-

Look,” be sure to give your photographer

more and more couples are opting for a

mony and that amazing moment of walking

a detailed list of every moment that you

private “First Look,” before the ceremony,

down the aisle. This brings up perhaps the

would like to capture. Rarely do a bride and

that allows them to see each other for their

most cited reason for not planning the First

groom actually get to enjoy every minute of

first time on their wedding day in an inti-

Look, a desire for the emotional impact

their wedding day, so it is crucial to com-

mate setting, or surrounded by a very small

of the first look at the ceremony, as well as

municate with your photographer so that

number of family and friends.

honoring the tradition that it carries.

they understand which memories are the

“After seeing so many successful First

“Some couples prefer the first look to be

Looks, I’ve become a big fan for several

private. In this case, the bridal party and

reasons,” Hooman Bahrani of Vesic Photog-

family can arrive about half an hour after the first look is scheduled.” Vesic explains. “Some couples like to have the bridal party and family as part of the first look, and for some people, the tradition of not seeing each other before the ceremony is the most important thing.” Ultimately, the choice is one that should be made by you and your fiancé, and these days there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to the First Look. “The nice thing is that you can decide exactly how, when and where you see your all photos: www.vesic.com

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married,” Hooman adds. No matter how you plan your “First

most important to you, from your first look to your last dance. wm


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