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Planning

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2018 TRIANGLE WEDDING TRENDS

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FROM THE PUBLISHER PUBLISHER/OWNER Robyn Mangrum Kate Pope Photography

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It’s another year full of wedding wonders and trend-setting styles. Each of our amazing wedding vendors have captured these head-turning new favorites, that range from rustic elegance to the romantically demure looks that make up this issue’s top trends and stunning styles. Outdoor weddings and rustic barn settings have seen a meteoric rise in popularity and our gorgeous state is home to some of the most breathtaking venues in the world! Browse through our reception section beginning on page 1 to get a glimpse of what our area has to offer. 2018 holds many exciting and unique trends and our phenomenal photographers have captured them all in our style shoots and featured fashion, flower and cake layouts. Royalty and marital majesty are the order of this year’s most glamorous looks. These styles create an opulence and luxury that every bride deserves – as you will see! An array of new wedding confections are taking receptions by storm. From intricately handmade pies to cakes that are quite literally edible works of art, beautifully designed desserts and unique sugary offerings have become a favorite of brides this season. This year’s décor ranges from the simplistic beauty of a rustic countryside, ripe with lush greenery throughout to the dramatic romance of a storybook wedding, complete with over-the-top chandeliers dripping with crystals and ballrooms fit for a queen! Each year the remarkable professionals that we are so blessed to work with blow us away again with their amazing talents, leaving us humbled to be able to work with such exceptional expertise. A heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you for your support. We are honored to be a part of the most important moments of your lives and wish you all the very best as you embark on the adventure of a lifetime!

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Walters & Walters

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Walters & Walters

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Reception, Rehearsal Dinner and Accommodations

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Banquet Guide

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Bridal Fashion, Jewelry, Hair & Makeup

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Wedding Planners and Real Weddings

85

Invitations and Gifts

121

Photography 139

Bouquets and Tablescapes

Cakes and Confections

189

DJ and Music

207

Feature Style Shoots

210

157

Beauty 229 Planning Calendar

232

Vesic Photography

Walters & Walters

Budget 234

Catering and Rentals

237

Destination and Honeymoon

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Directory of Advertisers

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THE PENNINGTON CO.

AJ DUNLAP PHOTOGRAPHY

Voted Prettiest Chapel in the South

110 S East Street, Raleigh, NC 27601 | 919-459-3212 | www.allsaints1875.com


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A TOUCH OF MODERN LUXURY IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN RALEIGH

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230 FAYETTEVILLE ST RALEIGH, NC 27601

Classic Chic, Downtown Unique

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YOUR NEW NARRATIVE BEGINS WITH OURS. SAY “I DO” IN THE HEART OF MIDTOWN. UNLOCK BEAUTY AND INTRIGUE AROUND EVERY CORNER AS YOU DISCOVER OUR REDESIGNED EVENT SPACES. TRULY MIDTOWN. TRULY RALEIGH.

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GINNY CORBITT PHOTOGRAPHY

4100 MAIN AT NORTH HILLS STREET RALEIGH, NC 27609 || 919-571-8773


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A matrimonial masterpiece.

Unparalleled elegance. Exquisite cuisine. Full-service planning.

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The place where you can still see the Milky Way at night and the air is filled with the soothing sounds of nature. ALICIA HITE PHOTOGRAPHY

www.hetlandhuis.com 919.545.2280 Het Landhuis app now Magazine available for download 12 Weddings 2018

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The Barn of Chapel Hill is a beautifully restored 19th-century barn located twelve miles from downtown Chapel Hill. Surrounded by 22 private acres, The Barn is ideal for weddings and other special events.

WWW.BARNOFCHAPELHILL.COM KARA@BARNOFCHAPELHILL.COM

919-590-0955

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Timeless Southern Elegance

DANELL BEEDE PHOTOGRAPHY

CAROLINE LIMA PHOTOGRAPHY

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TRACI HUFFMAN PHOTOGRAPHY

REHEARSAL DINNERS BRIDAL SHOWERS • LUNCHEONS


WWW.WALTERSANDWALTERS.COM

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THE PERFECT SETTING FOR YOUR EVENTS

w w w. v i s i t r o s e h i l l . c o m 3815 Rose Hill Lane, Nashville, NC | 252.459.4058 Rose Hill is on the National Register of Historic Places

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A unique farm venue in Orange County. Rustic elegance in peaceful surroundings, it is a true southern venue customizable for the wedding of your dreams

501 McCullough Road, Cedar Grove, NC 16

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919.931.2256 | ironhorseevents.com


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ajdunlap.com

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robynvandykephotography.com

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Venue includes open air and climate controlled options Custom planned weddings and events On-site wedding planning and coordination Small to Large Parties of 350+

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AshNicole Photography

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CEREMONIES WEDDING RECEPTIONS & REHE ARSAL DINNERS PACK AGES FOR UP TO 10 0 GUE S T S BRIDAL SHOWERS & LUNCHEONS GROUP R ATES COMPLIMENTARY GUEST SHUTTLE

Homewood Suites by Hilton Cary 100 MacAlyson Court • Cary, NC 27511 919.467.4444 • www.raleighcary.homewoodsuites.com

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Twenty-two acres of natural beauty and rustic elegance

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Weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, private parties and corporate events

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Choice of ceremony sites

the perfect destination

Jim Trice Photography

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

www.shadywagonfarm.com

919.542.7172

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Natasha Murray, Director of Catering nmurray@macgregordowns.org • 919.653.0175

2018

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ALL PHOTOS: ALAINA RONQUILLO PHOTOGRAPHY

430 St. Andrews Lane, Cary, N.C. 27511

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A PERFECT SETTING FOR THE WEDDING OF YOUR DREAMS REHEARSAL B 24 Weddings Magazine 2018 3809 MCL AURIN RD BEAR CREEK, NC 27207

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214 Martin

214 E Martin St., Raleigh • 919-844-5959

All Saints Chapel

110 S East St, Raleigh • 919-459-3212

The Barn at Chapel Hill

7316 Morrow Mill Road, Chapel Hill • 919-357-2118

The Barn at Woodlake Meadows

3809 McLaurin Rd., Bear Creek • 919-545-1139

Bennett Bunn Plantation

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

The Cannon Room

16 W. Martin Street 12th Fl., Raleigh • 919-665-7117

The Carolina Inn

211 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill • 919-918-2749

City Club Raleigh

150 Fayetteville St., Raleigh • 919-834-7115

Events at Opus 4421 Manns Chapel Rd., Chapel Hill • 919-883-4316

The Fairview Raleigh 1125 Capital Blvd., Raleigh • 919-833-7900

Finnigan’s Run Farm 3761 Mason Rd.,New Hill • 919-291-1922

Hilton Durham Near Duke University 3800 Hillsborough Rd., Durham • 919-564-2900

The Garden on Millbrook

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

The Glass Box

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

The Glenwood 3300 Woman’s Club Dr., Raleigh • 919-610-0872

The Graylyn Estate 1900 Reynolds Rd., Winston-Salem • 800-472-9596

Het Landhuis

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Number of Sleeping Rooms

Off-Premise Catering Available?

Low Fat/Low Cholesterol Menu Available?

Valet Parking Available?

Available Serving Style

Separate Area Available For Ceremony?

Average Price per Person

Number of Months in Advance to Schedule

230

1 6-12 $50-75 No Varied No No Yes No Yes •

150 2 1-18 • Yes Varied No • Yes Yes No • 250 •

1 6-12 Call Yes Varied No Yes No Yes Yes • 1

Call

Yes Varied No No

No Yes Yes

1000 Call Call $26-50 Yes Varied Yes Yes Call Yes Yes • 150

1

Call $50-75 No Varied No No Yes Yes No

220-400

4

12-18 $100+ Yes Varied Yes Yes

No

No Yes 184

250

2

12-18 $100+ No Varied Yes Yes

No

No

2

3+

No

Yes Varied Yes Yes No Yes Yes •

500+ 10 6-12 $50-75 Yes Varied No Yes No Yes No 190 max 120

2

Call

Yes

Varied No

No

Yes

Yes

max 500 Call Call Call Yes Varied Yes • • Yes Yes •

200

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300

3

6 $26-75 Yes Varied No No No No No 195

• Yes • Yes • • • • •

350-400 1 6-12 $75-100 Yes Varied No Yes Yes No Yes • 45

1 1-24 • No Varied No • • Yes No •

max 375 3 6-12 $75-100 Yes Varied No Yes Yes No Yes • 250

1898 Henderson Tanyard Rd, Pittsboro • 919-545-2280 500

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The Club at 12 Oaks

Doubletree by Hilton Raleigh Brownstone

No

175

2004 Green Oaks Pkwy., Holly Springs • 919-250-3680 150

1701 Hillsborough St., Raleigh • 919-828-0811

3-14 $50-75 Yes Varied Yes Yes Yes

Outside Reception Area?

1705 E Millbrook Ave., Raleigh • 919-850-2340

Outside Caterer Permitted?

1705 Prime Catering & Events

Number of Banquet Rooms

FACILITY INFORMATION

Reception Room Maximum Capacity

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$100+ Yes Varied Yes Yes

No

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85

1 Call • Yes • Yes • No Yes Yes Call


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Outside Reception Area?

Outside Caterer Permitted?

Off-Premise Catering Available?

Low Fat/Low Cholesterol Menu Available?

Valet Parking Available?

Available Serving Style

Separate Area Available For Ceremony?

Average Price per Person

Number of Months in Advance to Schedule

Reception Room Maximum Capacity

Number of Banquet Rooms

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

120

1 Call $26-50 Yes Varied No Yes No Yes Yes 150

300

6-18 $26-50 •

max 200

1

12-18

Yes

Varied No

No

Yes

Yes

max 250

2

9-12

Call

Yes

Varied Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Call

Iron Horse Events

501 McCullough Rd., Cedar Grove • 919-931-2256

Jennette’s Pier

7223 S Virginia Dare Tr, Nags Head • 252-255-1501

Lavender Oaks Farm

3829 Millard Whitley Rd., Chapel Hill • 919-909-7414

MacGregor Downs Country Club

430 St. Andrews Lane, Cary • 919-653-0175

Oakland Farm

3355 Rosser Rd., Bear Creek • 919-352-8247

The Pavilion at Carriage Farm

1913 Pagan Rd., Raleigh • 919-622-9292

Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley

4500 Marriott Drive, Raleigh • 919-571-5301

The Matthews House

319 W. Chatham St., Cary • 919-467-1944

The Meadows at Firefly Farm Preserve 5581 Harward Ln., Raleigh • 919-807-1865 Morris Peaceland Farm

4200 Graham Newton Rd., Raleigh • 919-624-7758

North Carolina Museum of Art

2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh • 919-664-6839

The Oaks at Salem

6304 Old Jenks Road, Apex • 919-387-4158

Old Lystra Inn

1164 Old Lystra Rd., Chapel Hill • 919-397-1377

One Eleven Place

111 Realtors Way, Cary • 919-654-5413

Park Alumni Center

2450 Alumni Dr., Raleigh • 919-513-3622

Preston Woodall House

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

Prestonwood Country Club

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

Renaissance Raleigh North Hills 4100 Main @ North Hills St., Raleigh • 919-571-8773

Rose Hill Plantation 3800 Rose Hill Ln., Nashville NC • 252-459-4058

400

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300

3

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160

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200+ 220 max 500

2

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$75-100 Yes Varied Yes

1

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2

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• $100+

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No No 376

Yes Yes Yes

8

Yes Varied Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes • Yes

Varied Call

Yes

No

No

Yes

max 300 1 Call • Yes Varied Yes • No Yes Yes • 250

1 Call Call Yes Varied Call Yes No Yes Yes 2

350

3

200

2 12-16 $100+ Yes Varied No No No No Yes •

300

2

Yes Varied Yes Yes

No

6-12 $50-75 Yes Varied Yes Yes Yes

No Yes

No Yes

12

50-400 6 6-12 $75-100 Yes Varied No Yes No No Yes • max 300

8

3

max 400

6

Call

$75-100 Yes Call

Yes

Varied Yes

Yes

No

No

No

229

Varied Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

8

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$75-100 No

Varied Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

60

3

2

$75-100 Yes

Varied Yes

Yes

No

No

No

75

2

2

$75-100 Yes

Varied Yes

Yes

No

No

No

3

12 $100+ Yes Varied No Yes No No Yes 100

200

Valet Parking Available?

2

Available Serving Style

5

Separate Area Available For Ceremony?

max 300

Average Price per Person

Number of Sleeping Rooms

1461 Duck Road; Duck, NC • 888-617-0783

Outside Reception Area?

The Sanderling Resort

Outside Caterer Permitted?

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse – Raleigh

4381 Lassiter at North Hills, Raleigh • 919-791-1103

Off-Premise Catering Available?

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse – Durham

7007 Fayetteville Rd., Durham • 919-361-0123

Low Fat/Low Cholesterol Menu Available?

2010 Renaissance Park Place, Cary • 919-677-0033

Number of Months in Advance to Schedule

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse – Cary

Number of Banquet Rooms

FACILITY INFORMATION

Reception Room Maximum Capacity

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Shady Wagon Farm

259 Shady Wagon Farm Ln., New Hill • 919-542-7172 max 200 2 6-18 $50-75 Yes Varied No Yes No Yes Yes 4

Sheraton Raleigh Hotel

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

350

3

7165 Shoe Rd., Burlington • 336-422-6777

200

1

Call

The State View Hotel, Autograph Collection 2451 Alumni Dr., Raleigh • 919-743-0055

210

3

12

Call

300

1 8-16 $26-50 No Varied Yes • • Yes Yes •

Starlight Meadow

The Stockroom at 230

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

12 $50-75 Yes Varied No Yes No No Yes 350 Yes Varied No

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The Sutherland Estate and Gardens 13371 Wake Union Church Rd., Wake Forest 919-556-1224

Traine 121 Seaboard Ave, Raleigh • www.TraineRaleigh.com

Vino Oasi

3200 Bliss Trl, Stem, NC • 919-238-4078

Warren Estate

182 Sallie Lou Ln., Warrenton

Weathervane at Southern Season

201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill • 919-913-1221

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1

9

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No Yes Yes

200

2 $26-50 Yes Varied No Yes Yes Yes Yes •

350

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Fragrant fields and historic barns in a timeless setting, far away in a nearby place. 3829 Millard Whitley Rd. Chapel Hill, NC 27516

919-909-7417

www.lavenderoaks.farm

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WWW.OAKLANDFARMVENUE.COM

WHITNEY DUGGINS PHOTOGRAPHY

BEAR CREEK, NORTH CAROLINA

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GALIZES PHOTOS

919-352-8247

WHITNEY DUGGINS PHOTOGRAPHY

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WHITNEY DUGGINS PHOTOGRAPHY

elegant wedding and event venue


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CELEBRATE CELEBR E AT

Lindsey Lee Photography

CEREMONIES | RECEPTIONS | REHEARSAL DINNERS Park Alumni Center | 2450 Alumni Drive, Raleigh | parkcenter.ncsu.edu Centrally located on NC State’s Centennial Campus Catering and Event Support provided by Rave! Events 2018 Call 919.513.8368

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Dreams

Directed by You, Produced by Us.

Celebrate your new beginning at The Graylyn Estate Our historic estate setting and enchanting gardens will provide the perfect backdrop to create lifelong memories.

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www.graylynweddings.com • 1-800-472-9596 1900 Reynolda Rd • Winston-Salem, NC 27106


RACHEL ABI

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HISTORIC BED AND BREAKFAST BEAUTIFULLY RENOVATED EXCEPTIONAL GROUNDS

1164 Old Lystra Road Chapel Hill, NC 27517

IN HIS IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY

IN HIS IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY

IN HIS IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY

UNIQUE SETTING IN CHAPEL HILL

WWW.OLDLYSTRAINN.COM

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Special Events Wedding & Reception • Gift Baskets & Floral • Brunch & Luncheon • Rehearsal Dinner Chapel Hill, N.C. | (919) 913-1221 | southernseason.com

CEREMONIES ON OUR GARDEN PATIO

PRIVATE EVENTS AT OUR COOKING SCHOOL

EXCLUSIVE GIFTS & FAVORS

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REHEARSAL DINNERS ON OUR PATIO

FLORAL SERVICES

ON-SITE CATERING


Main image and table inset: Casey Rose Photography. Clubhouse inset: Gomsak Photography Weddings Magazine 2004 Green Oaks Parkway, Holly Springs, NC, 27540 | 919.285.3680 ext. 2 | events@12oaksgolfclub.com2018 | 12oaksgolfclub.com

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Ain’t Love Grand?

WED. WORK. PLAY.

Nestled in a cozy corner of downtown Cary, this historic events venue offers a Greek revival mansion, manicured grounds, and a grand ballroom for gatherings large and small. Contact us to help host your unforgettable and unique event experience. PHOTOS Top: Walters and Walters / Background: Story and Rhythm / Inset (L-R): Johanna Dye Photography, Michael Williams Photography, Fancy This Photography

317 West Chatham Street Cary, NC 27511

(919) 467-1944 matthewshousecary.com

IN TRODUCIN G CARY, NC

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OUR NEW PARTNER


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Dating back to the ear ly 1900s, Warren Estate is situated on 105 acres of

farm land & features a venue to host rustic barn weddings & special events.

Join us in the charming historic town of Warrenton, NC!

W W W. WA R R E N E S TAT E . C O M 182 Sallie Lou Lane, Warrenton, North Carolina || 252-517-4367 WarrenEstateNC

@warrenestatenc

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TREASURES BY TERESA

TREASURES BY TERESA

TREASURES BY TERESA

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w w w.starlightmeadow.com

336.422.6777 7157 Shoe Road, Burling ton, NC 27215

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RECEPTIONS

WEDDINGS

PA RT I E S

DINNERS

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CORPOR ATE FUNCTIONS


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MEMORABLE CELEBRATIONS

An authentic, intimate setting for both outdoor or indoor events.

Welcome home

4421 Manns Chapel Rd Chapel Hill, NC 27516 (919) 883-4316 2018 Weddings Magazine info@eventsatopus.com

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ceremonies

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farewell brunches

JOE PAYNE PHOTOGRAPHY

JOE PAYNE PHOTOGRAPHY

JOECOLEMAN JIM PAYNE PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTOGRAPHY

JOE PAYNE PHOTOGRAPHY

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the sheraton raleigh boasts 353 newly renovated hotel rooms and two grand ballrooms located in the heart of Weddings Magazine 2018 downtown raleigh. schedule a tour today to see why the sheraton is raleigh's # 1 wedding venue.

421 s salisbury street, raleigh nc

919 - 256 -1429


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REALLYLONGTABTITLE Morris Peaceland Farm, is a rare gem in the heart of Wake County, a destination venue that won’t disappoint. This refined-inspired 13 acre farm is owned and operated from the hearts of the family that made their dream a reality. Morris Peaceland Farm is just that, a peaceful setting, surrounded by nature, eager for your dreams to become reality as you celebrate that special day with friends and family.

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        elcome your guests at The Glenwood, where dream weddings are coming true. The Glenwood is an event venue located inside the beltline in Raleigh and is exclusively catered by Irregardless Cafe & Catering. Nestled in the beautiful Crabtree area and surrounded by woodlands, it comfortably accommodates ballroom or garden-style weddings and receptions with plenty of free on-site parking for your guests. We pride ourselves on creativity, attention to detail, excellence and our commitment to serve you and your guests.

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THE MEADOWS IS AN EVENT VENUE ON A HERITAGE FARM NEAR THE HEART OF RALEIGH. THE SPACE BLENDS SOUTHERN ELEGANCE, ROLLING MEADOWS, AND MATURE FORESTS. WE ARE PROUD TO SHARE OUR 105 ACRE PRESERVE AND OUR PASSION FOR LAND CONSERVATION WITH YOU.

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WHERE WE BRING YOUR EVENT TO LIFE Located on 95 acres in southern Granville County and just 30 minutes from RDU, Vino Oasi has a rustic, natural beauty and an easy elegance. Southern charm and personality abound in the vineyard and at the majestic barn overlooking the pond. Contrasting elements make this the perfect setting for any wedding or event. There are multiple on-site ceremony and/or reception location options. Indoor and Outdoor reception seating is available.

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Finnigan’s Run is a unique farm venue where you’ ll f ind picturesque horse pastures and a charming outdoor event space side by side. Our 40ft x 60ft patio with seasonally available tenting is the perfect backdrop for weddings, par ties, cor porate events, photoshoots, and so much more. ALL PHOTOS: IN HIS IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY

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BEJEWELED: DIAMOND-SHAPED TRENDS FOR LADIES AND GENTS Wedding bands change with the trends, just like wedding gowns and tuxedos. Some styles, like the simple gold band, will stick around forever, but some are especially popular for a few years and then fade into the background. You may think you know exactly what you want, but staying updated on the hottest looks in wedding rings might just have you thinking twice!

MIXED METALS One of the hottest trends in wedding bands right now according to Megan Farrell of Diamonds Direct is to mix metals. The common layout is a platinum band with a gold line running through the center, but other design options are available. You can get bands that mix multiple metals together – not just two – or you can choose bands in different metals for the bride and the groom. Women can have an engagement ring in one metal and a wedding band in another. DARK BANDS Gunmetal bands are very popular, as are polished wood rings in dark tones like mahogany and chestnut. Megan explains that tungsten, cobalt, titanium and carbon fiber inlays are all popular choices for men’s wedding bands that provide a darker color. These rings have an edgier look that many men are more comfortable with, particularly if they are not used to wearing jewelry. MIXED STYLES You do not have to be limited to a simple band with an inlay or a unique setting. Many women are now choosing to mix up their styles by stacking a few rings together or by choosing one ring that mimics this look. These bands can have engraved designs on them, or they can be more simple bands that have elaborate settings. The effect is achieved by combining the different styles together. You can also custom design a ring with these mixed styles. Take your inspiration from rings you’ve admired throughout the years or come up with your own design.

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CUSHION CUT DIAMONDS For engagement rings or wedding bands with diamonds, the cushion cut diamond is tremendously popular. This cut has a square shape with rounded edges. One reason it is so popular is that it tends to look great on both long and short fingers. Another reason for its popularity is that a high number of celebrities prefer this style. The cut is easier to achieve, so the diamond is not as expensive. FANCY SHAPES “Round brilliant diamonds have traditionally been the most popular choice for engagement rings,” Megan says, “but other choices are gaining in popularity.” Oval and pear shapes are especially popular choices. For those with a more niche aesthetic, the marquis cut is preferable for those who like a vintage look and the Emerald cut is a good choice for those who like the art deco style. Wedding rings have stayed within a range of traditional styles for a long time, but the modern push toward selfexpression has contributed to the rise of some unique styles. These are just a few of the trends that are popular now, but there are sure to be interesting new designs featured in the coming years. What is most important is to find a ring that suits your personality and your style. Your ring will become an extension of your unique love story. wm


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FASHION AT THE GRAYLYN ESTATE With a one-of-a-kind combination of Old World charm and modern day innovations, the Graylyn Estate transcends the ordinary. Established in the 1920’s, this picturesque 55-acre property offers 60 remarkably designed rooms located on Winston-Salem’s most breath-taking countryside. The Graylyn Estate is truly where rich historic charm meets the modern day sophistication fit for a queen, creating the ideal location for our 2018 Royal Fashion Shoot.

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Majesty The Influence of Royalty on Wedding Fashion The Royals have always been a subject of fascination for Americans – perhaps because we don’t have anything resembling a monarchy, and the institution seems like something out of a storybook. The idea of royalty taps something in us that makes us think of noble possibilities. We may know that we will never actually be royalty, but that doesn’t stop us from wondering what it would feel like to be in such a lofty position. The closest that most of us get to feeling like royalty is on our wedding days. Brides in particular get to be the center of attention and veneration as they walk down the aisle in clothing and jewelry that is finer than any they will likely ever wear again. In that moment, they are queens marching to their coronations and princesses marrying their princes. It only makes sense that we are see the influence of royal fashion in our bridal trends. Women do not just want to feel like queens on their wedding day – they want to look it, too!

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FASHION FORWARD GOWN Maggi Bridal Asheville ALL JEWELRY www.margaretrowe.com SHOT ON LOCATION The Graylyn Estate PHOTOGRAPHY Walters & Walters

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BIG, BOLD CROWNS The dainty tiara was big a few years ago as a bridal headpiece on its own, or as a substitute for the veil that many brides now see as dated. We’re now seeing a resurgence of popularity for the tiara, as well as the introduction of big, bold crowns. Many brides are now wearing thick, opulent crowns that are encrusted with all kinds of crystals, beads, and gemstones. They may not be the actual crown jewels - who has the budget for the real deal? But they look close enough! On-trend crowns tend to be larger versions of the tiaras that were once so popular, including monochromatic jewels or crystals against a silver or gold setting. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t really go big by choosing colorful crowns with gems that look like rubies, sapphires, emeralds, and whatever other precious stones you love.

EXTRAVAGANT GOWNS Even people who don’t care much about following the antics of the royal family could probably tell you about Princess Diana’s wedding gown, or at least easily point it out if they saw a picture of it. Her extravagant gown was instantly iconic, and it was all that we expected a future queen to wear as she walked down the aisle. Wedding gowns have always been big, but they are going beyond the ball gown skirt and reaching royal proportions. Skirts are getting fuller and longer – and sometimes both at the same time! When Kate Middleton married Prince George, her gown was simple and form-hugging until the skirt, but even that had a simple flair. It showed off its royal personality by extending into a long train that fell several meters behind the bride. Now, we’re seeing wedding gowns far from Buckingham Palace with longer and longer trains, as well.

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LAVISH JEWELS & COLORED GEMS Next to their ornate crowns, royalty are perhaps best known for their opulent jewels when we think of majestic fashion. One of the most popular love stories of recent memory, Titanic, prominently featured a former king’s love token known as “The Heart of the Ocean.” We tell stories about these jewels! You may not get to wear a 45-carat blue diamond around your neck on your wedding day, but that doesn’t meant that you can’t feel like a queen by wearing lavish jewelry with colorful stones! We’re seeing brides going big with their jewelry choices now, including large ruby earrings, stunning gem-encrusted collars, sapphire cuffs, and much more. Typically, wedding jewelry has been on the small side, with dainty pearls and diamonds in favor. Brides are now embracing bigger, “louder” jewelry that makes them at least feel like they have the royal purse at their fingers, even the stones are not the real deal. Lavish jewels and colorful gems also give brides the opportunity to show off more of their personality. You have so many choices for the color combinations and designs that you say a lot about your personal style with what you wear.

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FASHION FORWARD GOWN Maggi Bridal Raleigh CROWN & JEWELRY www.etsy.com/shop/EdenLuxeBridal SHOT ON LOCATION The Graylyn Estate PHOTOGRAPHY Walters & Walters

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LONGER VEILS You can’t wear a simple veil with such an extravagant gown! Brides are now embracing longer veils that can trail as far behind them as the trains of their gowns. Of course, when you opt for such a long and regal veil, you don’t want some simple netting or chiffon. More brides are also choosing veils that feature ornate lace or embroidery along the edges, and even some beading or other fine details.

TWO DRESSES After the ceremony, you will go to the reception and eat cake, sip champagne, and cut a rug all night long. You can’t exactly do any of that if you are wearing a dress with a train that leaves a room 10 minutes after you do! Bustling just isn’t going to cut it when you are wearing such an extravagant gown. More brides are opting to bring back the tradition of wearing two gowns on their big day. They wear their royally inspired gown to the ceremony, and then they change into something simpler and even a bit more modern for the reception. These gowns can be more form-fitting and pared down in the details, creating an elegant and timeless look for the bride while also giving her more freedom of movement (and no fear that someone will step on the hem of her immaculately embroidered gown). Most of us going into marriage thinking that it will only happen once, so we want to make our wedding day special and memorable. Brides aren’t going to get another chance to wear a formal gown, let alone have a chance to look as opulent as royalty, so many are embracing the opportunity their wedding day offers to feel like a queen. These are just some of the ways that we’re seeing this trend break through in weddings, but you can be as bold and creative as you like when tapping into your royal aspirations. Have your cake and eat it, too!

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THE HOTTESTS WAYS TO WEAR WEDDING HAIR The way you wear your hair can have just as much impact on your wedding day look as the gown you choose or the way you apply your makeup. A different hairstyle can change your look from glamorous and sophisticated to romantic and carefree, or vice versa. You can completely change your style and how beautiful you look just by changing your hair do.

LOOSE CURLS Beachy waves never really went out of style, but the style has been refined a bit. One of the biggest hair trends for weddings right now is to wear the hair down in loose curls. The curls should be lightly textured so that the style isn’t too sleek, but they shouldn’t be full beach wave. The look is classic and romantic, and it can be worn at any style of wedding and with any style of gown. It can also be worn with shorter hair – though the shorter the hair, the less length you’ll have available for the curl. SIMPLE, SIDE SWEEP A simple, side sweep takes the loose curls and ups the ante. The hair is just like long, loose curls, but it is pulled to the side and pinned at the nape of the neck. There may be a few tendrils on the pulled side, and it may be paired with a side-swept bang. There are a lot of ways you can customize this look to suit your style, including playing with the size of the curls and the types of hair accessories you pair with it. SIDE TWIST The classic updo is beautiful and timeless, but it has been worn by so many brides that you might be hesitant to wear it. If you want the same look with a unique sense of style, you can pull it into an elegant side twist. You can wear fresh flowers or jewels in your hair with this style, or you can leave it unadorned. The style is elegant

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and sophisticated, and it will look good no matter what you wear with it. BRAID INTO UPDO Not feeling the updo by itself? You can add a little style to it with a simple braid. One option is to braid a kind of “headband” across the top and pull it into the updo at the side or the nape. But you can really move the braid to anywhere you want in the updo. The braid can be at the side, it can be right at the front of the hairline, or it can be a long piece that wraps around the chignon - or is even woven through it. Consult with your hair stylist to experiment with the options and how each variation creates a different look. BRAIDS, BRAIDS, BRAIDS Any kind of braid is hot right now, whether they are in an updo or not. Dainty braids, chunky braids, braids in another style, and braids on their own are all popular. Braids create more texture and visual interest for your hairstyle, and they can add bulk where you need it or even tame frizz and volume. Braids are versatile, so you can find a look that is perfect for your wedding day while still staying on trend. Visit your hair stylist ahead of time to try out some of these styles and see which suits you best. You deserve to feel like the most beautiful on your wedding day, and these styles can help! wm


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MAKING BRIDES PARLOR PERFECT For your wedding, you don’t want to have a good hair day – you want to have the best hair day of your life. You will look at yourself in pictures for decades to come. While you may find yourself cringing over your feathered bangs, you shouldn’t be cringing over the way your hair was done. When you put yourself in the hands of professionals, you should know that you are going to look like your best self on one of the most memorable days of your life. One of our top choices for hair styling in the Triangle is the Parlor Blow Dry Bar in Cary. Whether you are relaxing into a nice scalp massage or you are getting an elaborate, braided updo, you can tell that the stylists there really love what they do. These pros are dedicated to getting the results you want to make you feel like your very best. The team at the Parlor has been perfecting their craft for years. You can get a blowout that makes you look like you just stepped out away from a Vogue photo shoot, or you can get an avant garde braided style that will make you look like you are debuting something off a Paris runway. Just tell them the look you want, and they will achieve it with perfection. Blowout options include something sleek and sophisticated, short and sassy, big and beautiful, or bed head chic, among others. The stylists also offer specialty styles like the updo or half-up style. They even offer the “heart throb” for men, and they have special styling for junior bridesmaids and flower girls. While you may feel like a million bucks when you leave the Parlor, you won’t have to pay that much. You’ll get luxury service (with a complimentary cocktail!) at an affordable price. Check out the Parlor for your bridal portrait or for your whole party for your big day and find out why they are a local favorite! wm

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Katelyn & Clayton Katelyn and Clayton were married in April at the All Saints Chapel in an intimate ceremony. Katelyn walked down the aisle in a strapless gown with a sweetheart necklace and lace overlay. She wore her hair in a low chignon and carried a bouquet of cream, blush, and pink roses and other blooms. She kept her accessories simple with a pair of drop earrings. Her bridesmaids wore long, sky blue gowns with an asymmetrical neckline and carried smaller versions Katelyn’s bouquet. Clayton wore a navy suit with a navy tie and a small boutonniere of a blush flower. The deep blue was so dark that it almost looked black, except when the fabric caught the sun. The dark suit created a nice contrast with the light colors in the bouquets and the gown fabrics. Friends played the music for the ceremony, from start to finish. At one point during the ceremony, Katelyn and Clayton’s parents circled around them and prayed over them for their future happiness and the success of their marriage. After the ceremony, guests went to the elegant MerrimonWynne House for the reception. The tables were dressed in

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white and gold linens. One long table featured a continuous garland of greenery dotted with gold votives interspersed with very tall, white candles. Some tables were dressed with smaller centerpieces of cream, pink, and blush florals. A few key tables were adorned with tall, silver vases filled with an opulent display of cream, pink, and blush flowers. White lanterns with candles, small name cards with elegant print were placed at each table setting. Southern cuisine was served at the reception, including some favorite staples and comfort foods. After the meal, Katelyn and Clayton cut the cake, and family and friends toasted the newly married couple, making the audience alternately laugh and cry with their special words. The reception was vibrant and full of life. A live band created a high-energy atmosphere that made it impossible for guests to avoid the dance floor. The close-knit bunch loved celebrating together in honor of Katelyn and Clayton. It was a special day for Katelyn and Clayton, marking the perfect start to their marriage. It also gave them a special opportunity to be with their loved ones.


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Hunter & Josh Hunter caught Josh’s eye when they were both students at East Carolina University. She was with a friend, and after Josh saw her, he kept asking the girl who her “blond friend” was. Finally, the friend introduced the two, but they started out as just friends. But the friendship slowly blossomed into something more as the two spent time together. In June, they were married in Raleigh, which is where Hunter grew up. The ceremony was held at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, which is where Hunter’s family are members. Hunter wore a satin and lace Allure Couture gown that flowed down the aisle behind her as she walked. Pearls lined the dress. She wore a cathedral-length veil outlined with pearls that her mother wore on her wedding day. Her rounded bouquet included white roses, white gardenias, and a mix of summer white and blue hydrangeas. Her bridesmaids wore champagne gowns and carried bouquets that complemented her own. After the ceremony, guests moved to the Carolina Country Club for the elegant reception. Guests were able to enjoy

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drinks, delicious food, and delightful conversation as they awaited the arrival of the newly married couple. The reception was decorated in similar colors to the ceremony. Gold linens draped the tables, and centerpieces of hydrangeas, roses, and bells of Ireland were arranged in blue and white chinoiserie vases. Multiple food stations were set up and included pork tenderloin, shrimp and grits, a mashed potato bar with multiple toppings, mini cheeseburgers, Thai chicken, mini crab cakes, and a fresh summer fruit display. Guests were also treated to a traditional, four-tiered cake featuring horizontal textures on each of the layers. Flowers intertwined the cake, creating a stunning design. The cake was topped by a Waterford porcelain couple. The Band Punch from Eastcoast Entertainment kept guests dancing throughout the night in celebration of Hunter and Josh. When the night came to a close, guests treated Hunter and Josh to a romantic rose petal toss as they made their way to Hunter’s dad’s red 1987 Corvette.


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Nicole & David Nicole and David grew up together, and they lived only a few miles apart throughout their childhood and even as adults. They were best friends, and then they were sweethearts.

a clear acrylic filled with soft pink flower petals. Behind it was a wall of greenery with the letters N and D spelled out in cream and blush blooms.

They were married at The Umstead Hotel and Spa on a beautiful spring day. The ceremony took place in front of the lake. Nicole and David pledged their love to one another under an altar draped in blush chiffon and topped by cream and blush florals. Magnificent floral displays that were taller than some of the guests decorated the aisles.

The reception feast included some of the most delicious comfort food. The five-star dishes included short ribs, creamy grits, shrimp, rosemary a jus, and summer vegetables. The meal was followed by the cake, which was a real show stopper. The five-tiered cake featured different sized layers with a quilting design on some layers, edible gold lace on other layers, and buttercream roses. A cascade of edible blooms also ran down the side. The cake was a true masterpiece.

The beautiful ceremony reflected their deep love for one another and their religious faith. The couple encouraged guests to enjoy the “unplugged� ceremony by turning off their cell phones and putting away their cameras so they could truly be in the moment for this fairy tale wedding 20 years in the making. Guests moved inside The Umstead for the reception, where the tables were decorated with navy linens and topped with centerpieces of cream, blush, and pink florals. Some centerpieces rested in gold vases, and some were tall sprays similar to those featured at the ceremony. The head table was

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Nicole and David danced the night away with their friends and family in celebration. Deep Rooted, a live band, played for hours to the delight of the guests. The couple enjoyed many toasts with loving words from some of the closest people in their lives. At the end of the celebration, guests gathered around Nicole and David to shower them in colorful confetti as they walked off into their happily ever after.


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Chauna & Duan Chauna walked down the aisle in a wedding gown from the Galina Signature Collection that featured a form-fitting bodice and skirt down to the mid-thigh. She carried a bouquet of white blooms interspersed with florals in shades of purple. Her bridesmaids wore long gowns in different shades of purple.

To pull the look together, the head table was decorated with an elaborate floral runner with brightly colored blooms in purples and pinks. The couple sat at a loveseat with pillows that said “Mr. Right” and “Mrs. Always Right.” Above the head table was a hanging centerpiece decorated with fern leaves, lush greenery, and pink and white blooms.

Duan wore a dark grey suit with a white shirt and blush tie. He wore a pink rose boutonniere. His groomsmen wore the same ensemble, but they had patterned ties in different shades of purple.

Guests were served through various meal stations that included macaroni and cheese, shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, and grilled steak stations. The meal was followed up with gourmet cupcakes and wedding cake. The wedding cake reflected the rustic theme, and each layer was designed to look like the bark of a tree. The initials “C+D” were “carved” in the frosting inside a heart.

The ceremony and reception were decorated with extravagant floral displays with lush greenery interspersed featuring cream, pink, and purple blooms. The reception featured both long farm tables and traditional round tables. The wooden farm tables were decorated with long swags of greenery and white candles in clear pillars. Greens hung from the wooden ceilings, and twinkle lights adorned the ceiling. The round tables were covered with elaborate floral centerpieces with flowers in shades of pink and purple.

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Chauna and Duan treated their guests to a cigar roller on the outside patio. Guests could experience and enjoy a handrolled cigar for themselves. Chauna and Duan asked guests to sign a square of fabric that would be used to create a quilt. The sign read, “With threads of joy and happiness and blessings from above, the bride and groom will always be covered in your love.”


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Deborah & Alexis After seven years of dating, Deborah and Alexis joined their lives together in an elegant and romantic ceremony at The Bradford, a beautiful historic home with manicured gardens, a terrace, and a ballroom. The couple said their “I Do”s outside under a garland of greenery just as the sun was setting. It was a perfect fall day that turned into a gorgeous, clear night for romantic dancing and celebrating. Inside The Bradford, the reception was decorated with lace, blush linens and mixed centerpieces. Some tables were topped with golden lanterns and greenery, a mix of small candles, and golden vases. Each setting included Asianinspired dishware with a blue design, accompanied by a navy linen. The dishware was chosen to reflect Deborah’s Korean heritage. Lots of candle light and hanging market lights were used to decorate the reception space and accentuate the romantic ambience of the celebration. Guests were treated to a meal of delicious comfort food. On the menu were chicken and waffles, braised short ribs, red roasted potatoes, and green beans. Shrimp cocktail and

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tomato bruschetta were offered as appetizers. When the meal was over, Deborah and Alexis cut their cake and enjoyed toasts made in their honor. The cake was a three-tiered creation with a slightly ruffled buttercream design. Pale pink roses were placed on each layer like a cascade, leading to a small bunch of three roses and greenery at the bottom layer. The cake was topped with a gold “Mr. and Mrs.” metal sculpture. Other décor throughout the space include a picture with quotes from the bible about the nature of love, candelabras, and florals put together by Blossom Artistry. As dusk gave way to night, guests enjoyed dancing under the stars and the twinkle lights. They alternated between spirited dance numbers and slow, romantic songs. A few popular line dances were also thrown into the mix. At the end of the night, everyone lined up to create an archway of sparklers. Deborah and Alexis stopped for a kiss in the middle of the aisle while the photographer snapped a picture and everyone cheered for the happy couple.


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Rachel & Jonathan Southern charm and tradition marked the nuptials of Rachel and Jonathan, who was born and raised in Raleigh and whose parents both graduated from N.C. State University (his dad even played football there!). Their September wedding had a “Southern boho chic” vibe, and it was designed to reflect the couple’s personality, roots, and tastes. The ceremony featured a gorgeous flower curtain and cross, showing off the couple’s religious faith. Rachel also carried a bouquet that had a small bible and charm attached to it. Pat Peri offi ciated their ceremony, helping them to become husband and wife before god and their family. The reception featured décor that reflected the rustic, Southern theme. A red sofa was positioned next to a fire pit with the pasture in the background. Logs and flowers were used, creating a perfect contrast for the bohemian vibe. Rachel and Jonathan sat at a sweetheart table with a china setting. A faux log fire created romantic ambience. Guests were asked to sign in at a remembrance table as well as to contribute to a photo book for the celebration.

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The Chapel Hill Restaurant Group set up a delicious burger bar for guests to enjoy. The meal was followed by a similar buffet of selections for dessert. Not only could guests enjoy some of the wedding cake, but they could also choose from treats like donuts, mini cupcakes, and candy. Those who didn’t have the room to sample all the delectable treats could create a to-go bag of some desserts. The bride coordinated all the music with Jason Barnes of K2Productions, and the couple dedicated all the songs to the bridesmaids, as well as to the couple’s parents and their grandparents. Rachel’s dad surprised (and delighted) everyone when he got up and danced with Rachel and her bridesmaids to “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae).” Guests were also able to enjoy lawn games while taking in beautiful views. It was a perfect day to be outside and celebrating amongst friends and family. At the end of the night, Rachel and Jonathan were ushered out under an archway of sparklers held by their guests. Their wedding was just the start of the next chapter in their long love story.


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Alexandria & Paul Because Alex and Paul are both so close to their families, they wanted to have an intimate ceremony to reflect that. Paul, who is a soldier in the Special Operations Unit of the Army, was also flanked by his military brothers. The flower girl, Prestyn, wore an exact replica of Alex’s wedding dress that was custom made for the occasion.

The tables were dressed in white linens with navy napkins, and guests sat on mahogany chairs. The rustic sweetheart table was decorated with candelabras, white flowers, greenery, and a Mr. and Mrs. sign. Chalkboards with bible verses were placed at posts throughout the reception. One table at the reception was dedicated to the fallen soldiers.

Chaplin Trimble performed the ceremony at the Bethesda Presbyterian Church. Harpist Erin Jones played during the ceremony, and eight riflemen lined the aisle to perform a rifle arch as the couple left the alter.

A dinner buffet was served with Southern favorites including pulled pork, barbecue chicken, macaroni and cheese, green beans, and mashed potatoes. The cocktail hour included a fruit and cheese display. Beverages were southern classics sweet tea and lemonade, as well as wine and beer.

After the ceremony, guests moved to the Fair Barn to enjoy a cocktail hour and then the reception. As the couple arrived, and just before the reception started, guests were asked to come outside to enjoy a special entrance from Special Ops parachuters. The men carried an American flag flying high. The reception was decorated with white drapery hanging from the rafters and accented with white lights. The décor was an elegant contrast to the rustic setting. Tables were topped by gorgeous white flowers and greenery, lanterns, custom table numbers, and personalized “thank you” notes.

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After the delicious meal, guests enjoyed the wedding cake designed by The Bakehouse. The white cake had fresh strawberry crème between the layers, and it was decorated with buttercream icing in a combing effect. The couple’s monogram was on the front of the cake. The night ended with a sparkler sendoff, followed by the couple driving away in an antique car. It was the perfect evening with loved ones, and Alex and Paul were ecstatic to start their lives together as husband and wife.


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GET THE LOOK! WEDDING CONSULTANT Set the Date Event Planning & Design CEREMONY Bethesda Presbyterian Church RECEPTION Fair Barn CATERER John Crawford Catering PHOTOGRAPHER Magnolia Photography VIDEOGRAPHER Benz Productions HARPIST Eryn Jones Fuson DJ Fire Star Entertainment CAKE The Bakehouse RENTALS Table Toppers FLORALS Jack Hadden Floral HAIR & MAKEUP Bobby Pins and Blushing Brides TRANSPORTATION Kirk Tours

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Jamie & Evan Jamie and Evan may have been born in different states, but when it was time to figure out where they wanted to get married, they could think of no better place than North Carolina, which they both called home for more than 20 years. North Carolina is the home of so many friends, family, and memories, so it was the ideal place to celebrate the culmination of their love story. Their vintage-inspired wedding was held at The Glenwood in Raleigh. Jamie said she fell in love with the garden feel of the space, which was surrounded by trees. The wedding ceremony and reception were decorated with soft, neutral undertones and hints of gold throughout. Natural greenery was added to compliment the soft blooms. Jamie and Evan were joined by six bridesmaids and groomsmen. The reception featured floral centerpieces with the neutral undertones inside mercury glass vases. Vintage brass candle holders were also on the tables, as well as other gold elements. The look was a mix of classic and modern aesthetics that blended perfectly together. The bride created

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much of the dÊcor herself, with the assistance of a florist for the centerpieces. After the guests enjoyed a delicious meal and a selection of cake or cupcakes, they were up on their feet dancing the night away. The bride explained that music is a big part of the couple’s lives, and so they wanted to make music a key focus for their reception. They worked with the DJ to get just the right sound. Not only did the DJ get Jamie and Evan’s musical taste just right, but he also picked the right songs to get the whole crowd dancing. The couple said that no one stayed in their seat for practically the whole night. In addition to the music, there were glow sticks, fog machines, and uplighting to give the dance floor a little pizazz! At the end of the night, Jamie and Evan wanted to pay homage to something even more important in their lives: Their friends and family. Instead something traditional like a sparkler send-off or confetti toss, Jamie and Evan asked their friends and family to join hands to form an arch for them to pass through on their way out of the reception. Like any modern couple, they called for an Uber to get to their next destination.


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HOW TO DE-STRESS WHILE PLANNING YOUR WEDDING You may feel elated at the prospect of getting married, but you may also instantly feel stressed out and overwhelmed once you start the actual wedding planning. It can seem like there are endless details to manage, and you may feel intense pressure to create the “perfect” day to match all that you’ve seen on Pinterest and to immortalize in pictures forever. Finding ways to destress during the wedding planning can help you stay focused on what really matters: Your love for your fiancé and your desire to spend your lives together. UNPLUG That’s right! Turn EVERYTHING off! Whether you go on a walk, cook, even go shopping, unplugging from the constant access to virtually everything gives you a sense of freedom that will melt stress almost instantly.

Exercise can release endorphins to make you feel good, and it will help process those stress hormones that are flooding your body during wedding planning. Simply taking a walk every day or going to a yoga class can help. The key is to do something active that you enjoy.

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SPEND TIME WITH FRIENDS…AND LAUGH! Go to a movie, or just get lunch and talk about something other than your wedding. You’ll decompress, and you’ll feel invigorated by being around people who truly know you and enjoy you. ALONE TIME Take some time to just be by yourself or to do things that you enjoy. Do whatever it is that brings you happiness and peace, and then make time for that regularly.

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Corey & Joe Corey and Joe were married at The Sutherland Estate and Gardens on a gorgeous, 70-degree day. They were worried that a projected hurricane might put a kink in their plans, but they didn’t even have a drop of rain. The couple decided to write their own vows for the ceremony, but they made a pact to write them on the morning of the wedding. They wanted to accurately capture how they were feeling on that momentous day. The wedding and ceremony featured florals prominently because Corey wanted them to be the central part of the décor. Joe even built the structure for the flowers to hang from over the head table. Another key part of the décor was the hexagon motif. Joe and Corey are big fans of board games. She looked at board game décor, but didn’t like anything she saw. Then she became inspired by the “Settlers of Catan” board game and decided to use the hexagon. It was included on the cornhole boards that Joe made, the dessert table, the candle holders, and even on the cake!

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Guests enjoyed Southern fare for the reception meal, including a late-night snack of scrumptious mini ham biscuits. The couple chose the menu to be crowd-pleasing, but also light enough that people would still want to dance when they were done. And dance they did! Corey gave the DJ a mix of modern and traditional music, and he read the crowd to know when to play each song at the right time. The couple chose to skip the traditional reception exit, such as with a sparkler send-off or confetti toss. They didn’t want to have to stop playing the music or serving the drinks earlier to make time for it. Instead, they opted to stretch out every last minute of the party they could. Everyone left with a drink koozie favor with the quote about “Mawwage” from the “Princess Bride” printed on it. From the heartfelt toasts from best friends and family to the photo bus that captured all the memories, Corey and Joe had a fun and memorable night. Plus, they were finally able to marry their best friend!


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FROM INDIGO ENVELOPE Dress up your drinkware with these brightly colored straws that guests can also take home as favors. A festive little flag shares your names and a reminder for guests to upload their photos on social media with your hashtag.

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FROM PAPER BUZZ Give your bridesmaids the perfect gift with this glittery set that includes stylish tools for keeping their nails trimmed and chic.

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Give your bridesmaids or groomsmen the gift of smelling good with these scrubs, washes, soaps, and lotions. Everyone needs a little pampering after a wedding!

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YOU’RE THE STAR You’re the hero of your own story. Let it show with invitations that make you the star of your own comic. Don’t ask guests to RSVP with their choice of chicken or fish – ask them to reply with their super power. INVITATIONS Indigo Envelope | SHOT ON LOCATION The Oaks at Salem 124

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POSTCARD PERFECT You expect your wedding to be picture perfect, so capture that in your invitations. These are designed like a postcard, telling guests that you’ll see them in the state where your wedding will be held. INVITATIONS Indigo Envelope | SHOT ON LOCATION The Oaks at Salem 2018

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HIDDEN BEAUTY The envelope is typically relegated to a functional role, but these invitations put the art on the inside. Moving the art to the inside lets the expressive font on the invitations take central focus. INVITATIONS Paper Buzz | SHOT ON LOCATION The Oaks at Salem 126

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FANCY FONTS Typography can be art work, and these invitations prove that the right choice of font is all you need to create a beautiful announcement for your wedding. Put the focus right where it should be: On the details of your wedding. INVITATIONS Paper Buzz | SHOT ON LOCATION The Oaks at Salem 2018

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PRETTY IN PINK Forget about blushing pinks! Embrace bright, bold colors like fuchsia and amethyst. The gold font adds that extra bit of glitz, and the expressive font shows off a true sense of style. INVITATIONS Oak Leaf Design Studio | SHOT ON LOCATION The Oaks at Salem 128

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THE EDGY INVITE A daring and edgy design with these invitations that depict the tarot. Inside, there is a suitably gothic font and a pair of skulls – the lovers who will be together until death. INVITATIONS Oak Leaf Design Studio | | SHOT ON LOCATION The Oaks at Salem 2018

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HANDWRITTEN NOTES Few people actually hand-write notes anymore, but you can get the look with these invitations. The custom, handmade paper is rough around the edges and the writing looks like quill and ink. These are the perfect accompaniment to a classic wedding! INVITATIONS Oak Leaf Design Studio | SHOT ON LOCATION The Oaks at Salem 130

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WISH YOU WERE HERE Here’s another take on the postcard design, this time with a detailed map of your city. You don’t even have to throw a destination wedding for these to be appropriate and fun! INVITATIONS Oak Leaf Design Studio | SHOT ON LOCATION The Oaks at Salem 2018

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LIKE GATSBY Hearken back to the jazz age with the art deco designs and flowing script on these invitations. Let guests know that they can expect an opulent and elegant ceremony and reception. Channel your inner Gatsby! INVITATIONS Paper Buzz | SHOT ON LOCATION The Oaks at Salem 132

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VINTAGE APPEAL The faded tea-stained flowers on the inside of this envelope, paired with the classic script, creates a vintage vibe for these invitations. These are perfect for your garden or vintage-themed wedding. INVITATIONS Paper Buzz | SHOT ON LOCATION The Oaks at Salem 2018

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RUSTIC CHARM Identical to the signs you would find at an old country store or a farmer’s stand, these invitations have charm that would be perfect for a wedding at a barn or farm. Add a little information about the area or the venue to deepen guests’ appreciation. INVITATIONS Indigo Envelope | SHOT ON LOCATION The Oaks at Salem 134

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RETRO ADVERTISEMENT The postcard trend is big right now. Add a twist with these invitations that are designed like a retro ad. The bright invitations are cheerful and fun with an updated twist! INVITATIONS Indigo Envelope | SHOT ON LOCATION The Oaks at Salem 2018

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WEDDING FAVORS FOR ALL SEASONS Giving your wedding guests a thoughtful favor is a nice way to let them know how much you appreciate that they spent your special day with you. No matter what time of year you get married, you can choose a perfect seasonal favor that your guests will love. SEASONAL TREATS Edible treats are some of the best choices for favors, and you can offer your guest something that is reflective of every season. Local wares such as honey or homemade wines are the latest trends in favors. Give bags or jars of homemade cocoa in the wintertime, or offer some of your favorite hot tea. Give pumpkin spice muffi ns or flavored coffees in the fall. Offer up tropical or strawberry treats in the summer, and lemon treats or small baskets of other fresh produce in the spring. Your guests will love these simple treats and have fond memories of your wedding while they eat them. THEMED FRAMES Small frames can be used to display guests’ names with their table assignment, and they can double as frames for guests to take home and display their own photos – maybe even one from your wedding! Choose the frames to match the theme of your wedding and the season, then list the website where wedding photos can be viewed and allow guests to print one of their favorites for the frame. You can make the selection by color – such as metallic gold to match your wedding décor. SEASONAL GREENERY Everyone loves to look at beautiful flowers and plants in their home. You can give your guests a small bit of greenery, like an easy to care for succulent. Choose flowers that are in bloom for the spring or summer, and choose hearty greens for the fall and winter. Look at what grows by season in your local climate to determine the right favor. wm

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HOW TO MAKE AN EXIT: LEAVING THE RECEPTION IN STYLE Long gone are the days of bird seed and rice being thrown as the newlyweds depart their reception. These photos capture unique, trendy and picture-perfect goodbyes!

Hopping on the back of a convertible after the sparkler exit always leads to a fun getaway shot. Having an exit image captured gives a couple a wonderful way to end the night and their wedding album. AZUL PHOTOGRAPHY

Mindy & Tom exited their reception to guests singing “I’m forever blowing bubbles”, a nod to Tom’s favorite English soccer team, West Ham United – while guests, of course, blew bubbles. Then they sped away in a decorated golf cart... the most fun, by far! HEBA SALAMA PHOTOGRAPHY

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Tess & Arjun had a special exit as her dad drove them off in his original yellow CJ-5 he’s had since he turned sixteen. VESIC PHOTOGRAPHY

Kaitlin and Reid were married at a popular downtown Raleigh venue on Fayetteville Street and happened to select the same weekend as a large festival where many of the streets in downtown were closed off. They elected to ride off in a pedicab. It was perfect for this couple that reside in New York City. RED BRIDGE PHOTOGRAPHY

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I love that this couple thought outside-the-box for their exit. Guests surrounded them after the last song and set off streaming poppers. It made for a unique and fun moment. SHANE SNIDER PHOTOGRAPHY

I am a sucker for a grand exit, especially when it gives me the opportunity to show the couple’s perspective. I love how you can see how enthusiastic the guests are, while also sensing the couple’s joy and smiles. TIMMESTER PHOTOGRAPHY

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Choosing a fun getaway vehicle or creating a personalized exit is the perfect way to bring your magical and unique wedding day to a close. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box! KATE POPE PHOTOGRAPHY

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LOOKING YOUR BEST: GAME CHANGER MAKEUP

Many brides are choosing bold looks that are more reminiscent of the runway, including false eyelashes, winged eyeliner and strong eyeshadow colors in shades of brown, gray and even purple. Many opt for airbrushing to create a flawless foundation and a complexion that is magazine ready. Some even get airbrushing to cover their tattoos to create a classic look for their wedding. These bolder looks are paired with strong, thick eyebrows and nude lips.

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Many photos of celebrities that appear in magazines are made to look like they aren’t wearing makeup. In fact, they are wearing dozens of products to get that naturally effortless look. Many brides are choosing this “no makeup” look to create a soft, romantic look. The makeup used for this trend should complement your natural coloring. The idea is to highlight your features to make them pop. That may mean just a little mascara, some peach or pink shadows around your eyes and cheeks and some gloss. “NO MAKEUP” LOOK

NATURAL GLOW Giving your skin a dewy look will make it seem like you have a natural glow. You will seem like you have a light shining from the inside and have a naturally radiant beauty. Fortunately for those of us whose genetics don’t give that to us naturally, you can achieve it with makeup! The right highlighting (contrasted with contouring) will make your skin shine. The most important parts to highlight include the cheekbones, the inner eye corner and the line under your eyebrows. PINK, GLOSSY LIPS Pink, glossy lips can also give you a youthful glow.

Even if you select relatively subdued makeup, having glossy lips can make your overall look pop. Choose soft pinks that complement your skin tone and cover it with a shiny gloss that is either tinted with a complementary color or that is clear. Eye gloss does the same thing for your eyes that lip gloss does for lips. It is a creamy shadow that creates a wet, shiny look on your eyes that appears that a natural glow on your skin. Your eyes will pop with eye gloss. Just choose natural or neutral shades, like browns and pinks.

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The ombre trend has infiltrated everything from wedding cakes to floral arrangements. It should come as no surprise that it’s part of a makeup trend, as well. The ombre lip includes two shades – one that is lighter in the middle part of your lower lip and a darker shade to fill in the rest of the lip. The lighter shade serves as a highlight that makes your lips look bigger and poutier, which can complement just about any look. OMBRE LIP

The right wedding makeup can have you looking like the glamorous goddess you want to be on your big day. The wrong makeup can create an undesired look of being tired, older, or lackluster. Keeping up with the trends can help you create a look that is contemporary and gorgeous. Just be careful that you don’t choose anything will look dated later – you don’t want your wedding photos to elicit the same response of those 80s’ photos with the bright blue eyeshadow!

COLORED EYELINER If you want to go really bold, you can choose a colored eyeliner. Purple is very popular, but you can also get away with blue or green. Use it to accent just one part of the eye, such as the outer corner, or you can use it for the full lower line. Use just enough of the liner to create a pop of color – not so much that you overwhelm your makeup.

You may want to combine a few of the trends, or you may have a totally different look in mind that will inspire others to start a new trend – it’s your big day, anything goes! wm

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PREPARING FOR YOUR BOUDOIR SESSION A boudoir session can be a great gift to your husband-tobe. You can present the photos as an unexpected surprise to him on your wedding day to let him know what he can expect on the wedding night! You can also give these photos to your husband as a fun anniversary gift. You’ll love looking back on these photos in the years to come.

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Many women are nervous to take boudoir photos because they are selfconscious about appearing in their underwear (or in nothing at all) in front of a stranger and then having those images captured for posterity. “The best advice is to relax and realize that you are hiring a professional who will help you through the whole process,” says Cari Long of Hush Boudoir. “I guide my clients through wardrobe selection, very specific posing instructions, and facial expressions. It is my job to create images that showcase every woman in the most flattering and beautiful way.” You can bring your own lingerie or outfits to your boudoir photo shoot, or you may choose to wear some of the outfits that the photographer provides. Collect images on a secret Pinterest board for yourself with ideas about clothing, poses, and even facial expressions, and then you can share that board with your photographer. “For bridal boudoir sessions, clients can choose to bring their wedding lingerie, veil, wedding shoes and garter,” Cari explains. “Some bridal boudoir clients don’t bring bridal-type

lingerie, but choose to bring fun, sexy pieces. I recommend anything from bra and panty sets, corsets, sheer slips, bodysuits and even shapewear.” Sessions start with professional hair and makeup, so you don’t have to worry about getting the perfect look yourself. In fact, getting this pampering before the shoot usually helps you feel sexier and more relaxed. “All of my clients walk out the door saying it was so much fun and much easier than they thought!” Cari shares. Consider booking a shoot for yourself before your big day or as a special way to celebrate an anniversary. wm


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SEATING CHARTS 101 Creating the seating chart may well be the task that give brides the most grief when planning their wedding. Where do they seat that uncle who always gets a little handsy after he drinks? Or how do you handle seating your group of college friends, two of whom dated and moved on to date others in the group, and another pair who won’t talk to each other after the epic falling out in senior year? The bigger the wedding is, the more complicated the seating chart can become. Even if you don’t have drama that complicates the seating, you may still get lost about where to sit who and why.

BRIDAL PARTY Your bridal party should sit at the head table with you or at a table designated just for them. It’s nice to also make room for their dates, but it’s not required. Just know that it will be a little awkward if you are expecting your maid of honor to sit with you the whole wedding while her boyfriend has to sit at another table. FAMILY Typically, family members sit together, and the closest family members will sit closest to the head table. That means that your parents will be together at a table right next to the head table, as well as any siblings you both have. After that, you can start mixing and matching going back. Try to put together family members who are similar in age or who have similar interests to keep the conversation at the table going. Mix up tables with members of the bride and groom’s family so they can also have a chance to get to know each other. FRIENDS Friends, acquaintances, co-workers, neighbors, and others all get seated at the remaining tables. Here’s where a lot of brides have trouble with the seating though. A lot of these people may not know anyone at the wedding except the bride or groom and their own date. Try to put people together that have similar interests. For example, put your co-worker who loves to bake at a table with your neighbor who is really into gardening and cooking. You can make it a little easier on your guests by putting some “getting to know you” questionnaires or other games at the table.

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MAKING THE CHART The easiest way to actually make the chart is to get a big piece of poster board or project board and draw out the circles or squares for your tables. Put numbers on each of the spots, and then use Post It note flags to write in the names of the guests for each spot. The flags can be easily moved as you make adjustments to the seating arrangements. Creating a big board like this helps you to visualize where people will be, which can make it easier to spot where changes need to be made. The flags help you to make changes quickly, as well, including when someone changes their RSVP. MAKING THE ASSIGNMENTS To let people know where they sit, many couples choose some cute card system that matches their theme. If you are having a fall wedding, you might create leaf cutouts that have the person’s name and table number. Set out all the cards showing the name and seat assignment on a table at the entrance to the reception. Then have a large chart next to it to display the master seating for the whole reception. If someone can’t find their card or they lose it, they can just refer to the chart to know where to sit. Making a seating chart can seem like a stressful chore, but it just requires a little planning and patience. Work on it with a friend or your mom over wine to make it a little more fun. You can stuff invites while you discuss the finer points of putting together your flirty roommate with your single college buddy or your ambitious co-worker. wm


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DECORATING THE RECEPTION AND CEREMONY WITH FLOWERS Flowers will never out of style for weddings. Couples may pare down on blooms for rustic celebrations, while other couples fully embrace florals and put them everywhere they can, creating some awe-inspiring flower creations, but you’ll always find some kind of flowers somewhere at the wedding.

SEASONAL, CUT FLOWERS More couples are focusing on seasonal items for their weddings, including the foods they serve and the flowers with which they decorate. Choosing seasonal flowers will give your wedding a fresh, vibrant look. Opting for fresh-cut blooms will also give your wedding a rustic, natural look that will be beautiful and charming. MUTED HUES Seemingly “tea-stained” flowers are very popular right now. Muted hues like buttercream, peach, moonstone, milky coffee, and a dusky ivory are hot for flowers. These hues are romantic and have a faintly nostalgic vibe. It lends a timeless elegance to your celebration that many find appropriate for a wedding. You don’t have to have a vintage theme to choose muted hues. You can make these colors work for any kind of theme you choose. GREENERY The petals always take the focus when it comes to flowers, but they are also surrounded by plenty of beautiful greenery. Plus, there are a lot of stunning, green flowers. Many couples are choosing to show off more of the greenery in flowers when creating their floral décor. ARCHES AND CHUPPAHS A few centerpieces have traditionally been placed at the altar, but today’s couples are embracing a bolder look. Instead, they are creating elaborate, floral arches and chuppahs to crown them while they say their “I Dos.” If you want to save a bit on budget, you can choose a lot of greenery for the

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arch and then punctuate it with choice blooms. Or you can put the blooms mostly on the top of the arch and not all the way around it. RED, RED WINE Have you ever stopped to admire the true beauty of a glass of cabernet? It’s not truly a “red” color, but more of a burgundy. Most people refer to that color in other settings as “wine” – and for good reason. It’s a bold, stunning color that gets attention, and it’s a popular choice right now for wedding blooms. If wine flowers seem too overwhelming for the theme you have chosen, consider using the color as an accent. Put a few wine-colored flowers in your bouquet or centerpieces, instead of making them the focal color. You’ll love the sharp contrast they provide to more muted colors. HIGH AND LOW Your centerpieces don’t need to look like they’ve been perfectly sculpted. Putting flowers with contrasting colors and textures in the mix can make for a beautiful design. Similarly, you should experiment with a design that includes flowers at different heights. A few blooms or leaves can shoot out far above the other florals, creating an interesting look that you’ll love. Choosing the flowers for your wedding and creating the bouquets and centerpieces with your florist are some of the most exciting tasks in planning your wedding. Use these floral trends as inspiration, or brainstorm with your florist about how to bring your theme to life in a unique way. wm


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BLOSSOM FLORAL ARTISTRY Transport your guests to a woodland fairytale with these lush floral displays. Not only is the table covered by an ornate centerpiece filled with roses, wildflowers, and greenery, but the candle sticks and chairs are as well. A floral flourish tops off the napkin on each plate. TABLE, LINEN, CHAIRS, CHINA & FLATWARE American Party Rentals ALL PHOTOGRAPHY Vesic Photography SHOT ON LOCATION Park Alumni Center

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BLOSSOM FLORAL ARTISTRY Rich and bold burgundy, amethyst, and cornflower hues create an elegant table setting. The tall centerpieces are manicured and harmonious, creating a sophisticated look for the table. A small rose tops each place setting, which includes gold-rimmed plates. Every detail complements the floral design, making the table look luxurious.

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KNOTS ’N SUCH Tap into the windswept beauty of a moorland! These centerpieces feature florals in shades of pink amidst a bed of greenery. A mix of colors and textures come together in one beautiful centerpiece, accented by candles in glass holders and sprays of greenery in textured gold vases.

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SPECIALTIES FLORALS & EVENTS Monochromatic blooms can make a big impact. These stately centerpieces include blooms in white and cream and fresh greenery. They are matched with a classic dishware pattern in blue florals on a table set with cream linens. TABLE, LINENS, CHAIRS, CHINA & FLATWARE American Party Rentals ALL PHOTOGRAPHY Vesic Photography SHOT ON LOCATION Park Alumni Center

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BLOOM WORKS These eye-catching centerpieces feature brightly colored blooms in shades of orange and yellow and are paired with elements comprised of decorative grasses and conch shells. The vases even feature green glass to highlight the botanical motif.

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THE PURPLE POPPY Red is the color of love and NC State University, but it is often overlooked in wedding décor. These striking floral displays show why red should take focus again! The layers of red roses create a towering centerpiece, including a stunning glass vase, white urn, and a blanket of flowers. TABLE, LINENS, CHAIRS, CHINA & FLATWARE CE Rental ALL PHOTOGRAPHY Vesic Photography SHOT ON LOCATION Park Alumni Center

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FLOWERS BY GARY These centerpieces feature a variety of white and cream blooms accented by sprays of greenery with different textures. The table is dressed in cream and green as well, to create a cohesive look. The effect is elegant and beautiful.

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EVERY BLOOMIN’ THING Capture royalty with bold blooms and linens in jewel tones such as ruby, amethyst, and sapphire. These centerpieces explode out of stately glass vases, while the table is covered with blooms set in low, gold majestic vases. Sapphire linens and seats complete the jeweltoned set fit for a queen! TABLE, LINENS, CHAIRS, CHINA & FLATWARE CE Rental ALL PHOTOGRAPHY Vesic Photography SHOT ON LOCATION Park Alumni Center

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If you would like to do a tasting, meet with your vendor or even just chat about your ideas over the phone. Keep in mind that you are not your vendor’s only client and that her schedule can be extremely tight. So out of consideration for these hard working wedding wonders, try to schedule appointments as far ahead as possible. Or, if you must setup a last minute meeting, try to remember that your vendor is just as busy as you are.

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WEDDING THEME TRENDS FOR 2018 GREENERY

This is a twist on a garden wedding. Instead of plenty of flowers in an outdoor space, you opt for an abundance of greenery. Decorate with lavish garlands on the aisles and the tables, feature greenery prominently in the bouquets and the centerpieces, use greenery to garnish the cake, and maybe even create an altar of greenery. You can incorporate some small, white flowers into the greenery, or you can let the greens stand alone to create a bolder impact. VINTAGE

Vintage-themed weddings are designed in the muted versions of bright colors, like a pale teal, coral, mint, and yellow. Décor can include things like wire birdcages, lace doilies, vintage dinnerware, and vintage furniture. Inspired by the early 1900’s, these rustic pieces and worn designs translate beautifully into countless themes. You’ll also be able to easily decorate your wedding with a trip to your local thrift store! WOODLANDS

Into the woods! The whole deal takes place in the forest with the ceremony and reception under twinkle lights strung from trees. Décor is natural with wildflowers, mossy centerpieces, wooden candle holders and the like. Dress is simplistic a rustic style. Not a theme for everyone, but one that looks amazing in photos and makes for unforgettable memories. TROPICAL

You don’t have to get married on a beach on a tropical island to create that same atmosphere. Choose rattan and wicker furniture for the reception, and decorate with brightly colored flowers, palm fronds, and ferns. Use tiki torches and other décor you would expect to find at an island resort. Serve a tropical barbecue or other coastal favorites. wm

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KEEPING GUESTS HAPPY AT YOUR RECEPTION Your wedding day may be your “big day,” but much of the effort you spend is to ensure that others enjoy the day as well. You’re asking your family and friends to be there for hours to support you, so the least you could do is throw them a good party!

From the food to the dancing to the ambiance, you should keep your guests in mind. You don’t need to get a rave review so you can win “best wedding ever,” but you should try to make your guests as happy to be at your wedding as you are.

right with all your pairings, but there are bound to be guests who are spying the people they’d rather be sitting with across the room. Since they’ll be with those people for a huge part of their day, it’s better to give guests the option to choose their own seats.

KEEP THE TIMELINE TIGHT One of the biggest complaints that guests have at a wedding is how long they have to wait for the couple between the ceremony and the reception. It doesn’t matter how many drinks or appetizers you ply them with; that’s time they are spending doing not much else except waiting. By the end of the day, your guests could easily have spent six to eight hours on your wedding, so make sure they don’t spend it in limbo.

Assign the head table and a few seats of honor, but let your guests have free choice over the remaining tables. No one will end up disappointed that way.

OFFER PLENTY OF GOOD FOOD AND DRINK OPTIONS The food is the main attraction at the reception for your guests. If you serve dry chicken or soggy veggies, guests are going to be disappointed – and they’re going to remember it. Spend some time meeting with caterers and sampling the menu before you commit. Work carefully with the caterer to develop a menu that will be a crowdpleaser. Also offer as many drink options as your budget allows. Your reception is a big party for most guests, and many will want to drink to celebrate. But they may not all like the one wine you have to offer, or they may not even drink wine or beer when that’s all you are serving. Give a variety of choices. GIVE THEM SEATING CHOICE Seating charts are a bit archaic! You may think that you’ve gotten it just

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MAKE IT FUN! Weddings can be a bit formal and stuffy. Your reception is your chance to have fun. Take advantage of that opportunity! Work with your DJ to select a playlist or music types that will be most appealing to your guests. You can’t please everyone, but you can please most of them. Top 40 selections that make people want to dance are typically great choices. Offer up games and other activities throughout the reception to keep guests entertained. Set up a photo booth with funny props or hire a magician to do tricks at the tables. Put out corn hole or other yard games at your outdoor venue, or perform a special dance or song with your bridal party. Just be creative! There are a few things that most couples consider “musts” at a reception, such as cutting the cake or having the first dance, but the rest is up to you. Be creative and have some fun at your reception. You’ll keep your guests happy and you’ll have a blast! wm


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CAKE TRENDS 2018 As with all things, trends in wedding cakes change! Ombre cakes used to be all the rage in, but they are slowly falling out of favor. The same goes for cakes covered in fondant flowers or crystals. If you want to be on the cutting edge of wedding style, you’ll need to look beyond these once favorite cakes. Some new trends are emerging that will give you exciting options for your big cake-cutting moment!

WATERCOLOR DESIGNS The white frosting that is so popular for wedding cakes is the perfect canvas for a beautiful hand-painted design. Bakers can use edible dyes and paint brushes to create gorgeous, watercolor art on wedding cakes. They can create everything from pastel florals to abstract designs that will make ombre look like child’s play. NAKED CAKES The hottest wedding cakes right now have hardly any decoration – or icing, for that matter. They just have a simple brush of frosting around the edge to smooth out the filling. Sometimes, they are designed to let the filling stick out the middle with no smoothing on the outside. Berries or fresh flowers may be placed on the top, or the cake may be presented as is. The focus is on the flavor and simplicity, not the elaborate icing designs. GOLD ACCENTS The edible options for cakes have really advanced in recent years. Dyes, powders, and other additions are available that can make frosting or chocolate look just like melted gold. The trendiest wedding cakes right now have an abundance of gold accents, such as gold bands on the bottom of each layer, gold dripping layer by layer, or gold shapes and flowers throughout. Rose gold is especially popular right now. The rose gold looks just as metallic as the yellow gold on the cake, and it creates a beautiful, romantic look for the cake. GEODE CAKES Geodes aren’t the first things you think of when you think of weddings, but they are just as gorgeous as flowers. Bakers are now designing cakes that

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look like they have a geode cracked open on their sides. The cakes open up to a sparkly, organic design that will wow guests and make them wonder how the effect was achieved. The crystals can be in any color you like to match your theme. Ask the baker to put gold detailing around the opening of the geode. FEATHER CAKE Forget about covering your cake in flowers – the latest trend is to cover it in feathers! No, you shouldn’t put actual feathers on your cake, unless you want guests to be pulling feathers out of your mouth while they’re eating. Instead, the cake is covered in fondant feathers. The texture creates a unique visual design, even if you choose a monochromatic design. RUFFLED CAKE Your cake can have as many ruffles as your dress. Layers of fondant or butter cream can be layered up around each tier of the cake, and the layers are bent and curled to resemble ruffles. The ruffles can also be of various sizes to create a gradient. If you’re a fan of the ombre trend, you can update it by making a ruffled, ombre cake, or make an impact with ruffles in a single color. Just make sure you find a baker who makes exceptional icing since you’ll have a lot of it on each slice! Your wedding cake is the piéce de résistance of your reception. Make sure it looks amazing by choosing one of these trendy, fashion-forward cakes. You can infuse some of your own style and personality into them with your choice of colors or other embellishments. You can find a cake among these trends to fit any wedding theme you want. wm


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CAKES AT THE MATTHEWS HOUSE One of the sweetest parts of any wedding is undoubtedly the cake! From filling to fondant, layer after layer of glorious surprise, very much like this year’s setting for our most anticipated shoot set at the stately Matthews House Located in historic downtown Cary, The Matthews House is a Greek revival mansion nestled among giant oaks and lush flower gardens. Built in 1915, The Matthews House has been renovated and completely redecorated to become one of the areas most beautiful and functional facilities for weddings, social functions and corporate meetings.

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MONET REVISITED Stand back and you’ll be convinced you’re looking at a long-lost piece by the master himself. Up close, you’ll see the beautiful, impressionist-like “strokes” of the frosting.

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TASTY TEXTURES Each layer of this cake features unique textures, creating a beautiful contrast. A smooth layer rests atop a glittery layer that rests atop a layer with beautiful piping and finally rests atop a layer with extravagant ruffles.

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MAJESTIC DESIGN You feel like royalty on your wedding day, and your cake should reflect that. This cake uses gold foil for an intricate filigree design and for the monogram. Pearls completely cover another layer – as they should.

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ROMANTIC FLORALS Flowers seem to be floating on the water in this cake design. The swirled fondant rises up to the opulent blooms, and then a final layer seems to be an extravagant rose atop the foam on the water.

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SIMPLE ELEGANCE Cakes don’t need to be showy to be powerful, as this simple yet elegant design proves. Tiny monochromatic jewels are draped all over the cake for a unique look.

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CIRQUE DU SO – YAY! Who says weddings have to be uptight? This fun cake shows that you can embrace bright hues and a unique design without giving up elegance.

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EARTHLY DELIGHTS Some of the most beautiful things are found below the surface of the Earth, not growing from it, as this geode cake proves.

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SUNRISE TO SUNSET The sun seems to be hovering just over the horizon in the layers of this beautiful cake. The pale array of colors flawlessly melt into one another to create a work of art.

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CAKE EDIBLE MAKER ART

WHO WORE IT BETTER? The intricate piping designs on this cake make it look like a wedding gown to compete with the one the bride might be wearing. The ribbon sash is tied around the cake just where the waist would be on a wedding gown.

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FOUNTAIN OF FLOWERS The breathtaking blooms on this cake look like they were plucked from the stem and placed on the cake with the dew still glistening from the sun. You’ll be delighted to learn that they taste as good as they look!

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FROM THE HEART It’s Pie Time! Offer your guests a selection of delicious pies according to the season, with crusts intricately designed by hand. A delicious way to celebrate your special day!

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MORE THAN CAKE A dessert bar is an excellent addition to a wedding cake or can be a substitute for one. Fruit tarts, brownies, parfait, and other delectable treats can all be offered.

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WEDDING DJ CHECKLIST Your choice of wedding DJ is essential to the success of your wedding reception. Yet it can be difficult deciding on the right DJ when you are faced with so many seemingly great options. It is important that you research

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you know, as well as online reviews. Once you have your choices whittled down to a shorter list, you can run through a list of questions to determine the best match for you.

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Some DJs also provide lighting design, fun dance floors that light up, bubble columns and more. You might like having some of these extras at your reception, and working with one vendor for them will make your planning easier. WHAT ARE THE COSTS, AND WHAT DO THEY INCLUDE?

Pricing can be more complicated than it seems it should be. Your DJ will likely present you with several package options. You will need to find out what other details these plans do or do not include, such as set up time, additional microphones, or moving between a ceremony and reception location. Find out all the details about pricing and get them in writing. Then find out when payments are due, including the deposit and the final payment. SO YOU HAVE INSURANCE?

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dangerous, but accidents can happen. Make sure your DJ has liability and other insurance to cover these and other potential accidents. ARE YOU ABLE TO PICK THE MUSIC FOR ME? OR, CAN I PICK ALL THE MUSIC MYSELF?

Different DJs have different styles when it comes to selecting music. Some prefer to have total creative control, while others will be happy to play music off a list that you provide. Some have great recommendations for music, while others prefer that you choose these special songs yourself. Make sure you know where your DJ stands so you can get the support you need. DO YOU HAVE A BACKUP DJ?

People get sick. Make sure that if your DJ gets sick, you don’t have to scramble with an iPod and your Uncle Joe. Make sure your DJ has a backup in case of illness or another emergency. HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU NEED FOR SETUP AND BREAKDOWN? DO YOU NEED ANYTHING SPECIAL?

Your DJ should ideally be familiar with your venue, so should know exactly what might be needed for that site. For example, if you are getting married at a local farm, the DJ might need a lot of outdoor extension cords to run inside to an outlet. Cover all the things that will be needed and how much time will be needed so you can be prepared for the big day. Finally, make sure you preview your DJ before you make a decision. Attend an event at which the DJ will appear or ask to a watch a video of an event. Asking all these questions and performing the preview will prevent any big surprises on the big day. wm


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WEDDING MYTHS YOU NEED TO IGNORE More than a few beliefs have taken root about the way marriage is supposed to be, as well as how the wedding should be. We have superstitions, like that seeing the bride before the ceremony is bad luck, but we also have outright myths that people believe to be written in stone, but aren’t necessarily true. YOU WILL NEVER LOOK MORE BEAUTIFUL Many brides feel the pressure to look radiant and amazing on their wedding day since they’ve always heard that they will never look more beautiful, but the truth is, there are many reasons you might not be the picture of perfection on your wedding day, and that is ok. Don’t strive for perfection! Just be yourself, and be comfortable, and your inward beauty will radiate outward. You are a person and a work in progress, not a painting or a model. YOU WILL BE ECSTATICALLY HAPPY You will surely be happy that you are marrying the person you love, but you may not be

euphorically happy every minute of your wedding day. There is a lot of pressure with all eyes on you. You’ll feel like you have to spend time with everyone, but you won’t actually have the time to do it. You’ll be worried about whether the vendors will all show up on time, whether the baker drops the cake, and so on. Don’t feel like your marriage is doomed if you aren’t brimming with joy as you walk down the aisle. A little anxiety is normal. EVERY DETAIL HAS TO BE PERFECT Pinterest can be a menace. It gives people the illusion that all weddings are perfect down to the tiniest, DIY detail that captures the essence of a couple. Just keep in mind that those are only pictures! What’s important is that you are getting married – not how everything looks. People get married in a 10-minute courthouse ceremony all the time and live happily ever after. Just keep your perspective! wm

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FRENCH FETE It truly takes a village when it comes to producing a magazine and at Weddings Magazine, that village is comprised of our amazing vendors. So to show our gratitude to the amazing talents that make up this publication, we decided to go ALL out with a Provencal Party as only the French would do! Held at the picturesque Oaks at Salem in Apex, guests arrived to a celebration that overlooked a portrait worthy landscape, complete with sun setting over the glistening pond. Invitations were trendy and custom made, designed to set the tone to this gorgeous gala in complete French motif. Lush florals were draped throughout the oversized tent and decorated beautifully with greenery and blooms that reflected the French Provencal theme perfectly. An assortment of chairs and specialty linens paired with the 210

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mixed patterned China was on the cutting edge of the most popular trends this year. Tables were set with unique local favors such as miniature honey pots and honeycombs that were functional and delicious! Tablescapes included Select Charcuterie & Cheeses, pickled vegetables, fresh and dried fruit, & french mustards. Passed appetizers were comprised of Lamb & Potato Croquettes, garlic aioli & chives, Canape of Roasted Beets with fines herbes and goat cheese on toasted baguette, and Canape of Grilled Tomatoes with roasted garlic, smoked crunchy salt, and basil. Then dinner, which included Chicken & Mushroom Roulade with fresh pistou served with fire roasted Ratatouille, smoked tomato butter purĂŠe, fingerling potatoes & noble herbes. Guests enjoyed live music and mouth-watering mini pies and self-service deserts at the end of the night, a huge trend in receptions right now. From start to finish, this French affair of appreciation was undoubtedly, magnifique!


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These days, more couples are choosing to keep the party going after the reception is over, heading out with a small group of close friends to really live it up in a way that you can only do when your parents aren’t around. DESTINATION AFTER PARTIES Don’t settle for the bar down the street; for the select few you invite to the after party – give them advanced warning that they need to pack for a short trip and be ready for fun. From Vegas to NYC, short flights can be inexpensive and quick to take just about anywhere, depending on your location. HOT TUB LIMO RIDE It’s time to kick back and relax by soaking in a hot tub with your loved one while you cruise down the highway in a limo. Have a cocktail bar ready and waiting with everyone’s favorites by planning ahead. Add neon lights to the cabin, put on some party music, and have a great time! If you keep the ride to you and your betrothed, you can make it a romantic start to your honeymoon. If you invite friends along for the ride, try to create a party vibe and make sure you have extra suits on hand. MASSAGES Weddings may be joyous events, but they can also be very stressful. You’ve spent months planning every last detail, and you’ve spent the whole day worrying about things like whether the cake would show up on time or whether your pushy aunt would instigate an argument. Don’t wait for the honeymoon to unwind – start relaxing right away by scheduling a massage for your after party.

Some places offer massages late into the evening, so you can potentially schedule them after your evening reception. You can decompress with your new spouse or a few people in your inner circle, talking about the things you loved about the day and bonding together over your new memories. Then you can head off to your hotel suite for a truly relaxing evening together. ROOFTOP BREAKFAST BAR Rooftop bars are popular for the night life, and a formal breakfast is a popular event for the day after the wedding. Why not combine the two? Hold a breakfast on a rooftop bar in the early morning hours after your reception or in the traditional breakfast hours the next day. The rooftop seating will be a refreshing balm whether you are trying to sober up after a long night of partying or you are trying to restore after the previous day’s festivities.

Traditional weddings are usually followed by a big reception where family and friends eat a meal, enjoy some drinks, have a slice (or two) of delicious cake and dance the night away. You get to see your grandma and grandpa cling sweetly to each other during one of the slow songs, and visit with college friends that you haven’t seen in ages.

MASQUERADE PARTY If you’re partying after the reception, play up the midnight intrigue by hosting a masquerade party. Choose a separate venue for the after party, and ask the guests you invite to show up wearing a fancy mask and the clothes to match if they feel so inspired. The more elaborate the costumes, the more special the atmosphere will be. Choose décor that is formal and a bit vintage. Consider giving guests a password that they have to share to get into the party to make it seem even more intriguing. Don’t stop at the reception. Consider an after party to go out with your best friends and live it up in a way that you may not have a chance to again. wm

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THE BARN OF CHAPEL HILL Farm weddings are white hot right now and The Barn of Chapel Hill is the epitome of what a perfect wedding setting should look like. The color of the year is greenery, and this shoot drew much of its inspiration from that. The barn and the surrounding setting offer an ideal location for a wedding styled in plenty of greenery. Garden weddings are frequently held in front of the pristine white barn with oak-colored doors. The addition of a large, green wreath and candle pillars is all that’s needed to dress up the front. The wreath also serves as a wonderful frame for an altar or for taking photos. A llama was brought in to take photos with the couple to create the vibe of a working farm. The white llama wore a wreath of flowers to create a whimsical and unforgettable photo with the couple. The natural pergola draped in lush greenery offered a beautiful framing device for the wedding cake. In this shoot, the cake is kept simple to let the greenery around it stand out more. Although the cake is piped to look like the bark on a birch tree, the frosting is kept white for a more understated look. Less is more here, and a few sprays of greenery are enough to make a statement with the elegant design.

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Floral arrangements do not have to be as refined for a botanical boho wedding, but you don’t have to go as rustic as picking wildflowers either. The bouquet features sprays of greenery and wildflowers that are arranged perfectly for a stylish design. The reception set up features more classic blooms like roses and peonies, but the overall tone is maintained with the contrasting wildflowers, berries, and greenery. Copper and gold tones are used throughout the reception décor to highlight the theme and provide an elegant touch. Birch-inspired chargers are paired with gold flatware, and natural wood beams are dressed with copper lanterns. A string of green fronds is used to display the white table cards, providing a lovely contrast between the colors. Other lovely touches included a hand-printed chalkboard wall. Getting married at a farm – whether it is still a working farm or is offered just for pictures and events – gives you the opportunity to create lovely décor that will provide a beautiful backdrop for your unforgettable wedding celebration.


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ALL SAINTS CHAPEL All Saints Chapel was built in 1875 and was carefully preserved after it was saved from demolition a little over a decade ago, and each detail is true to the reality of 19th century living. The quaint white chapel did not require much decoration for the vintage-styled wedding shoot from Jennifer V. Events. Outside, only a few garlands were hung on the white, wooden doors, including simple white flowers and dark greenery. Just two blooms, a nest of leaves, and white ribbons trailing down were enough to add charm and whimsy to the chapel doors. Wooden, chivari chairs were lined up for the intimate ceremony and sprays of greenery and white blooms were attached to the chairs. The altar was flanked by tall candlesticks and dressed with an elegant arrangement of white flowers on a bed of dark greens. Lace covered the classic guest book table, as well as the tables at the reception. The bride in this shoot also wore a lacy, vintage wedding gown. She carried an elaborate bouquet of many blooms all in white, accented by long sprays of dark greenery shooting out on all sides. The bouquet trailed nearly to the floor as the bride held it in front of her at the aisle.

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Diminutive gold votives and understated centerpieces of white blooms flanked by a few stems of dark greenery topped the reception tables. Other tables featured tall, clear pillars with floating candles inside. A few key tables had more elaborate centerpieces of lush white blooms with sprays of white flowers shooting up from the center like a fountain. China with gold edging and gold flatware provided a stately setting for the reception meal, which included a main entrée of steak and lobster with grilled corn and tomatoes, braised beef, crostini with fresh fig and honey, a salad of fresh greens, and appetizers inspired by early 1900’s cuisine. The wedding cake was the piece de resistance, and it reflected the vintage theme well. The cake was a four-tier creation with different textures on each layer. Ruffles, gold lace, marbling, and pearls adorned different layers of the cake, and white flowers were the flourish on the top. The cake was displayed on an ornate, gold riser. The style shoot proved that weddings don’t have to follow the latest trends to be beautiful. Vintage style is classic and beautiful, and this shoot showed what’s possible by dipping into our retro roots.


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GET THE LOOK! EVENT PLANNER Jennifer V. Events VENUE All Saints Chapel FLORALS Bloom Works CAKE Pastry Works CATERER Catering Works PHOTOGRAPHER Azul Photography INVITATIONS Paperbuzz HAIR & MAKEUP Parlor Blow Dry Bar Cary RENTALS CE Rental DRESS Maggi Bridal TUX Men’s Wearhouse JEWELRY Diamonds Direct GUEST BOOK TABLE Greenhouse Picker Sisters

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BRIDAL SHOWER AT TRAINE Some sorority bonds go far beyond the college years – they last for life. Those sisters continue to celebrate one another as they get married, have children, and progress in their careers. Those bonds and a recent bride who was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc were the inspiration for this feminine and romantic bridal shower theme at Traine in Raleigh. The sorority’s colors are green and pink, and you can see them in everything from the soup and drinks served at this gourmet luncheon to the flowers and linens that adorned the tables. Different textures were used in everything from the table linens to the centerpieces to create a charming contrast with the industrial feel of the venue, which is a historic seaboard railroad station. A farm table was draped with a sheer lace linen to accentuate that contrast. The indoor cocktail tables were dressed with lace linens with a pink liner, while those outside on the patio sported crushed taffeta linens. The outdoor space had flowing curtains of white chiffon against a backdrop of bright green boxwood panels. The luncheon menu included green soup with a pink floral accent, scallops over a bed of greens, bruschetta with

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tomatoes and red onions in various shades of pink. It was topped off with pink cocktails. The cake featured a watercolor design that matched the watercolor on the invitations and featured a smooth, white canvas of frosting, large pink flowers and green leaves. The same flowers and colors were printed on the invitation. Personalized touches were used throughout the luncheon. A vintage style golden-framed mirror welcomed everyone to the shower with a hand-drawn message in a lovely script. The champagne flutes painted in gold with the names of the guest served as favors. (The champagne was pink, of course!) Each place setting featured a name card in pink script. The style shoot at Traine showed that a theme doesn’t have to be complex to make a statement. Choosing two colors and a general tone for the event is enough to give you plenty of options for décor and food, creating a beautiful event that will be sure to make an impression. Be sure to keep the venue in mind when planning so that you can capitalize on the elements that are already there, either to incorporate into the décor or to create a nice contrast.


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GET THE LOOK! WEDDING CONSULTANT A Paradigm Shift Event VENUE Traine CATERER 214 Martin Street Catering PHOTOGRAPHER Red Bridge Photography CAKE Edible Art RENTALS CE Rental FLORALS Flowers by Gary HAIR & MAKEUP Parlor Blow Dry Bar Cary MENU CARDS & SIGNAGE Oak Leaf Design Studio CHAMPAGNE Korbel

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BRIDAL BEAUTY TIPS YOU’LL USE EVEN AFTER THE WEDDING You want to look your absolute best for your wedding, but really, is there ever a time that you don’t want to look your best? Sure, there is extra motivation when you are getting ready for your wedding, but the great results might be all the encouragement you need keep it going long after you’ve said “I do.”

DRINK A LOT OF WATER Not only is it good for your body, but it will do absolute wonders for your skin. Water helps to clear toxins out of your skin and to carry the nutrients your body needs to the places it needs it. Water will also give your skin a natural cushioning that will plump out fine lines and provide a more youthful appearance and give your skin a natural glow. LASH BOOST There are many mascaras and lash growth serums that will not only make your lashes look fuller and longer instantly, but continued use keeps them growing! This is one of those beauty secrets that you’ll want to keep going long after the wedding is over. EXFOLIATE DAILY You’ll need to do more than just wash and moisturize your face every day if you want to get the very best results. You need to exfoliate, as well, so you can remove dead skin cells and stimulate the skin to produce collagen. Doing so will make the skin tighter and will reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores. WHITEN YOUR TEETH Teeth that are even slightly dull or yellowed can make you look much older than you are. Brightening your smile will brighten your entire appearance. You can get a professional whitening treatment at the dentist to start, but then you should follow up with at-home whitening treatments. GET REGULAR MANICURES You can have beautiful nails all the time by simply getting regular manicures. Cleaning up your cuticles and getting a coat of clear polish will

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do wonders for your nail health, while the soak and lotion will also make your hands look younger and stave off early signs of aging. EAT WELL Just like drinking a lot of water, a good diet will lead to good skin. Eat poorly and you may also have discolorations, oily patches, and other issues. Eating a healthy diet will give you healthy skin and a glowing complexion. Eat a nutrient-rich diet that includes as many fruits and veggies as you can. Avoid fast food, too much salt, and too much alcohol. REGULAR FACIALS Yes, they can get a little pricey, but many spas and salons offer hefty discounts if you purchase services in bulk. Your skin has never looked or felt better than after you’ve had a facial and this is one of those beauty regimens that really works. You only get one face, so take care of it! GET ENOUGH SLEEP Of course, one of the most important things you can do for your health and appearance is to get enough sleep. Think about how you look when you have not slept well: You likely have a dull appearance and dark circles under your eyes. Sleep well every night and you’ll feel better and look better. Beauty products may help you get temporary or limited results, but they are not true solutions. True beauty starts from the inside out – literally. Follow these tips all year long, and you’ll have a beautiful complexion that will make you always feel like you are at your best. wm


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BRIDAL BEAUTY: DAVIS & PYLE-STYLE On your wedding day, you want to feel like the most beautiful woman in the world. That means that you’ll likely get a beauty service or two (or 10!) to make you look and feel your very best. Why not have a little fun with it and bring all your friends and bridesmaids with you for your bachelorette party or bridal shower?

Skin Raleigh at Davis & Pyle Plastic Surgery is one of the most trusted medical spas to host a bridal shower or bachelorette party in the Triangle. Davis & Pyle offer services that can make you look amazing on your big day but that will also have lasting results, giving you lasting long after you have said “I do”! MICRONEEDLING Collagen makes the skin firmer and smoother. As you age, the reduction in collagen production contributes to dull and saggy skin, as well as fine lines and wrinkles. Microneedling is a treatment that stimulates the production of collagen to make the skin tighter and more youthful looking. Tiny needles are inserted in the skin at precise depths to stimulate collagen where it is most needed. The treatment is fast and non-invasive, and it can treat a variety of skin issues, including scarring, stretch marks, and large pores. CHEMICAL PEELS Chemical peels use a variety of medical grade agents that cause the skin to peel. The purpose of these treatments is to remove old and damaged skin to reveal newer, healthier skin. Aging and sun-

damaged skin is removed, and the complexion appears smoother and more even in tone. The right chemical peels can also treat fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, and acne scarring. DERMAPLANING Dermaplaning goes deeper into the skin, removing more layers than a chemical peel to get better results. Dermaplaning can improve skin tone and texture – it can even remove unwanted peach fuzz. The treatment provides dramatic results for all skin types without requiring surgery. WRINKLE RELAXERS Some wrinkles are caused by contractions in the muscles over time. Relaxers like Botox and Xeomin can help to inhibit those contractions and smooth out those wrinkles. These treatments are given through a small injection with a syringe, and they require no down time. What better way to bond with your best friends than to pamper yourself and feel like the diva that you are? Enjoy these beauty treatments with hor d’oeuvres , while sipping - you’ll feel like a celebrity and be camera ready for your big day! wm ALL PHOTOS Shane Snider Photography

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12+ Months Prior Pick a date.

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

6-9 Months Prior

Select attendants.

Apply for passport if necessary.

Determine guest list. 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.

Select a wedding officiant.

Begin pre-marital counseling.

Select and purchase your gown.

Purchase accessories and shoes.

Shop and choose bridal party dresses.

Begin wedding gown fittings.

Send Save-the-Date cards.

Shop for and select an invitation style.

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.

Wedding Evaluate and choose a Consultant wedding planner.

Flowers & Decor

Officiant

Fashion Begin shopping for your & Beauty wedding dress.

Order Save-the-Date

Stationery cards.

Transportation/ Accommodations

Honeymoon Planning

Make honeymoon travel arrangements.

Gifts & Misc. Shopping

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Determine colors & theme.

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

Select tuxedos for wedding party and fathers.

Order invitations. Hire calligrapher, if desired.


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Finalize menu with caterer. Apply for marriage license. Develop your seating chart.

Plan bar for reception.

Give caterer your final head Give caterer your final head count. count.

Meet with consultant to discuss ceremony details and reception itinerary.

Develop your wedding day Have consultant distribute timeline. timeline to all vendors.

Meet with officiant and determine the ceremony particulars.

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

Break in shoes.

Address and mail invitations.

Order and print your wedding program.

Order napkins, favors, and any other printed items.

Finalize ceremony music selections

Day Before: Give fees & gratuities for distribution.

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

Prepare placecards and seating cards.

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.

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

Reserve transportation for guests, if required.

Give consultant any items for set-up.

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

Have final gown fitting. Interview stylists. Have trial Schedule manicure and runs and reserve. pedicure for the wedding week.

Prepare menu cards, if desired.

Confirm delivery with vendors.

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

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HAIR AND MAKEUP For bridesmaids, expect to spend between $25 and $40 for simple up-dos completed in a salon and between $12 and $30 for in-salon make up application. Typically, the bride is more expensive, due to the care and time taken with her makeup and hair. In a salon, expect to spend $40-100 for bridal hair and $20-50 for makeup application. On-site application is typically more expensive, but far more convenient and practical for a busy wedding day. Expect to spend $40-95 per maid for makeup and hair, and $200-$400 for the bride. If looking your best is of utmost concern, hire an artist for the entire day, which includes initial application and touch ups throughout the day. Plan to spend $1000 to $2500 for this luxury. INVITATIONS Prices and quality vary widely depending on the thickness and quality of the paper, the type of lettering you choose and finish details of the invitation. For 100 invitations, you should expect to spend $100-150 for a set from a mail order company. For 100 thermographed invitations from a mid-range supplier, expect to spend between $200 and $500 for the set. Custom designed, hand embellished and specialty invitations can cost from $300 to $1000 for 100. WEDDING CONSULTANTS Service fees for wedding consultants vary widely based on the number of hours you need and the reputation of the consultant. Day-of-services range from $500 to $2000 and full-serviceplanning ranges from $1500 to $7000. Be sure to thoroughly compare each consultant’s services. Many offer different combinations of services and


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hours in packages, but call them by similar names. If you’re interested in a planner but can’t afford a package, ask about hourly consulting or associates. PHOTOGRAPHY Photographers prices vary based on the quality of the work, the skill of the artist, the hours of coverage, the amount and type of film shot, the type of processing, the number of finished prints and the type and quality of the album included. Expect to spend $5,000 to $11,000 on a top photographer, who’s work has been seen in national wedding publications. The second tier of photographers charge $3000 to $6000. There are a number of traditional and a few photojournalists charging $1000 to $3000. Consider having a great photographer for a shorter period of time. How many images of dancing do you need anyway? Opt for a smaller number of finished proofs and a longer coverage day from the best photographer you can afford. A few good images are always better than a lot of photos you don’t like. VIDEOGRAPHY Expect to spend between $700 and $5000 depending on the number of cameras covering your event and the amount of editing required on the finished product. Most couples spend between $1000 and $2000 on their wedding video. This includes one or two cameras, some editing, and several finished DVDs. RECEPTION FACILITY RENTAL FEES There may be no facility rental at private clubs, where fees are often waived for members. At hotels and banquet halls, the fee ranges from

$1000 to about $2000. Couples with a $20,000 budget spend about $1000 on facilities. Need to save money here? Ask if the facility fee can be waived if you meet a certain minimum. Or consider having your ceremony and reception in the same place – which may reduce the fee. TENTS Tent prices vary widely depending on the size of the tent needed. Expect to spend between $1000 and $4000 on a frame tent, depending on the size area you’ll need tented. Draping the interior of the tent can range dramatically, depending on your use of a stock ($1500 to $2000) or custom ($3000 to $15000) liner. Lighting also varies widely depending on the type of lighting selected, but expect to spend $400 to $2000 to light your tent. LINENS AND RENTALS Expect to spend $7 to $12 per table on basic white or solid color linens. Specialty linens, including prints and silks, can range from $15 to $28 per table. Chairs range from $2.00 for folding plastic chairs and $4.00 for white wood folding chairs to $6 to $8 per chair for chivari ballroom chairs or specialty bar stools. Candles, candelabras, centerpiece vessels, chargers, specialty china and more can all be rented locally, and are substantially less expensive than purchasing. FLOWERS The prices of flowers vary widely based on flower types and the labor required for arrangement styles. In general, you can expect to spend between $75 and $400 on your bouquet. Price depends on the size of the bouquet and the blooms you select. Bridesmaid’s

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bouquets are usually more modest and range from $75 to $225. Boutonnieres and corsages range from $9 to $30. Arrangements for your ceremony can vary widely, but expect to spend at least $200 on anything of substantial size. Centerpieces for your reception range from $50-$100 per table for something small and simple to $350 per table for a large elaborate arrangement. BAR FEES Most reception facilities and caterers in the Triangle price alcohol based on consumption. This means you’ll pay only for the alcohol that your guests consume. Expect to spend between $14-28 per person if you’re offering a beer and wine bar for four hours. Remember, you’ll have to pay a service fee (generally 18-22%) and sales tax. THE CAKE Wedding cakes range from $2.50 per slice to $7.00 per slice. The average Triangle baker charges $4.00-$4.50 per slice. Keep in mind that there are slice minimums as well as delivery fees. ($50-75 is typical for a local delivery). THE FOOD This is your largest expenditure and the toughest to estimate. Hors d’oeuvres parties start at about $19 per person and can go as high as $72 per person. (We’ve even seen some $200 per person parties!) Price depends on the selections that you make with your caterer. Keep in mind that there is an additional fee for carvers, servers, and bartenders. This cost is either figured in a staff-cost expenditure, or it’s included in the 20% service fee. Though most couples don’t expect it, seated meals can sometimes be the most affordable option. Portion sizes are very controlled, so caterers know

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exactly how much of each ingredient to order. Seated dinner prices range from $18 to $85 per person, with averages in most clubs and hotels around $35 per person. Buffet dinners are often the most expensive option. Caterers must prepare more of each item to ensure that they don’t run out of food and that means waste. Buffets generally start at $26 per person and go up to $60 per person, with averages around $38 per person. You’ll want to remember that you’ll have an additional 20% gratuity and 7% sales tax added to the final bill. TRANSPORTATION Traditional limousines are widely available in a variety of colors and sizes. Expect to spend between $100 to $155 per hour for a traditional limousine with a three-hour minimum on most weekends. There’s also a 15-20% gratuity added to the overall bill. Larger scale limos, limo SUVs and specialty cars are typically more expensive. RECEPTION MUSIC If you’re thinking of a DJ, budget between $800 and $1200 for a fourhour reception. The cost of bands vary widely. For a local party band with four to five members, plan on $2000 to $4000. If you plan to hire a band with more regional appeal or more members, you’ll need to increase your budget by as much as $4000. WEDDING FAVORS Favor costs vary depending on the item selected. Most couples spend between $2 and $5 per person on favors and packaging. Options like birdseed and bubbles are the least expensive, and items like custom poured chocolates, mini cakes and sterling silver gifts are most expensive, sometimes reaching $10-$15 per person.


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TRENDS IN CUSTOM LINENS AND RECEPTION DECOR Much of the focus at the reception is on the centerpieces and the wedding cake. But some of the most powerful elements of the reception décor are some of the most overlooked, such as the table linens and the rentals like the chairs and the tables. Small changes in these elements can make a huge impact on the overall look and feel of your reception.

UNDERSTATED ELEGANCE Linens in neutral colors like ivory, cream, champagne, and blush are on trend right now according to Mary Larick of CE Rental. The colors create a neutral backdrop and an understated elegance for any reception décor. If you want to add a bit of “wow” factor to the linens, choose metallic. You can keep the same understated colors but get a luxurious sheen.

neutral-colored linens provide a nice contrast.

You can also add visual interest with texture, such as linen or crinkled material. The choice of material can complement your theme, such as linen for a rustic theme or crinkled material for a more sophisticated theme.

MONOGRAMS Of course, personalization is still big and gaining momentum! More couples are focusing on making every detail of their weddings reflect who they are. Monogramming is one of the easiest ways to customize your linens. You can get monogrammed napkins or even a table cloth that shows your initials or maybe your wedding date. Know that such personalization is going to cost more since you can’t really rent these items and have them be re-used.

SOPHISTICATED SEATING Chairs can also bring the table décor together. Right now, chivari chairs are on trend. These are like ladderback chairs, but the top features vertical dowels instead of more horizontal rungs. Chivari chairs are simple yet sophisticated, and their minimalist design allows them to be used in just about any type of wedding theme. Farm chairs are also popular since the rustic wedding theme remains a popular one. These chairs can be left undressed, which will also help you keep the budget for flowers or linens low. Try an assortment of chairs for a more “interesting” look! DARK, SOFT FABRICS In contrast to the understated trend, rich velvets in bold colors are also on trend. Wine-colored burgundy and midnight blue are popular colors, as is charcoal grey. These rich, dark colors create a striking statement at a reception. Golden dinnerware or

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The smooth, rich texture of the velvet exudes luxury. Velvet is the fabric of kings and queens. Drape your tables in velvet, or hang velvet curtains or chair covers, and you’ll instantly elevate the décor. Just make sure you choose florals and other décor to match the luxuriousness of the velvet.

Custom linens and reception décor can create a unique look for your wedding celebration. Consider one of these trends to make your event something truly special. You only have one wedding – make it exactly what you want! wm


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TRENDWATCH 2018: WEDDING FOODS Forget about seated dinners with a choice of chicken or steak! Today’s wedding food trends are much more inventive and diverse. You can serve your guests everything from waffles to French fries and still feel like you’ve put on a stylish wedding. In fact, the more creative you are with your food choices or presentation, the more ontrend you will be.

BRUNCH OR BRINNER Ask all the people you know what their favorite meal of the day is, and you are likely to get “breakfast” as the overwhelmingly popular answer. What’s not to love about breakfast food? Even famous curmudgeon Ron Swanson had a soft spot for breakfast. Many couples are now hosting a wedding brunch instead of a dinner. Not can it be cheaper to get married during the day, but it also gives them the opportunity to serve the wildly popular meal. However, even if you want to get married in the evening you can still serve breakfast for dinner, or “brinner!” Set up a pancake bar, an omelet station, and a spread other breakfast favorites for a fun and unique wedding meal. FAMILY STYLE DINNERS Weddings are all about family, including those friends and neighbors that you are inviting to be a part of your family for the day. Play on that communal atmosphere by serving a family style meal. Waiters serve large trays and bowls of food that people at each table would then serve themselves. Everyone enjoys the same food and just takes what they like. A family style meal encourages more conversation and interaction among guests, and it creates a more intimate atmosphere. Guests will feel like they are really part of something, not just sitting in on formal proceedings. THEMED TABLES Couples are having a lot of fun picking themed tables for their reception meal. For example, bacon is a popular choice. A bacon-themed station can include items like bacon cheeseburger sliders,

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bacon-wrapped veggies, and bacon donuts. You don’t have to choose a theme for the food if you don’t want to make a big commitment. You can just choose a theme for the condiments. For example, you can choose a selection of different flavored salts or oils to complement whatever meal you are serving. Get creative! COMFORT FOODS While breakfast foods are some of the most popular comfort foods, you can also serve other favorites like pizza, burgers, fries, and fried chicken. Your wedding should be about having fun and making everyone feel good – not putting out a gourmet spread that looks better than it tastes. If you serve your guests comfort food, they will absolutely love it, and they’ll feel free to get comfortable and have a great time. Plus, comfort food just makes you feel good, and those good vibes will transfer over to your wedding celebration. Plus, you can still make comfort food look nice by being creative with the presentation! LOCALLY SOURCED FOODS The farm-to-table movement has been going strong for several years now, and couples are making it a part of their weddings in a big way. Find a caterer who can provide a meal from locally sourced, in-season foods. This may be more diffi cult depending on where you live, but it shouldn’t be prohibitive. In-season produce may limit your menu, but the meal will be fresher and more affordable because if it. If you work with your caterer, you will find foods that you love and that are inseason so you can get the ingredients from local farms and vendors.


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FOOD TRUCKS Food trucks are showing up at community festivals, art galleries, and even as part of their own “rodeos.” People love the unique foods that these traveling stations serve. Some are comfort foods, and others are unique twists on classic favorites. Hire a few food trucks for your wedding, and let guests order their own faire when they are ready. They’ll enjoy the freedom to create their own meal when they want it, and they’ll love the unique choices being offered. LATE-NIGHT SNACKS A lot of receptions go on for hours and hours. It can be a few hours after dinner when people are still dancing up a storm and having a great time, (not to mention drinking). Give guests a little something to keep their energy going by serving a late-night snack. Some popular late-night snacks include things like popcorn and a soda, a bag of fries and a milkshake, a few tacos and a smoothie, or maybe a few sliders and a root beer. You have a lot of options here, so choose what makes the most sense for your theme. Reception food is moving to the next level, and it is becoming more of an experience than the formal meal used to be. You can serve a much greater variety of foods now, and you have many more options for how you serve them. Take advantage of the creative opportunities these new trends offer to do something that feels more aligned with your personal style and your wedding theme. Feel free to come up with your own meal or serving ideas, as well. The more creative you are, the better! wm

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CORINNE & GIANPAOLO A beautiful Outer Banks wedding

Corinne and Gianpaolo – known to their friends and family as Corey and Gianni – were married in a beautiful ceremony at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head in the Outer Banks on a lovely, late spring day. The ceremony on the beach had a breathtaking view of the waves crashing over the sand and the sun glistening on the water. They said their ‘I Do’s under a driftwood altar decorated with brightly colored blooms and lush greenery. Corey wore a simple yet stunning white gown with a sleeveless bodice and a long train. She carried a large bouquet of blooms in shades of pink with greenery jutting out on all sides. She wore her hair in a low chignon and kept her accessories simple. Her bridesmaids wore champagne gowns with cap sleeves and a slight train. They carried smaller bouquets of blush and cream flowers. Guests moved inside the Oceanview Hall for the reception. The tables were dressed with white satin linens and coral satin napkins. The centerpieces featured blooms in shades of pink, orange, and yellow, and they were nested on a bed of greenery. After a meal of southern favorites, guests were treated to a dessert bar that included cupcakes, chocolates, and – of course – wedding cake. The cake featured a nude design with barely there frosting. Pink roses and a bit of greenery topped the cake. At the end of the night, Corey and Gianni left amid rows of guests holding up glow sticks. The ambient lights provided a colorful leave against the night sky. It was a wonderful ending to a wonderful day, and guests cheered Corey and Gianni as they left to start the next chapter in their new lives together.

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ERIKA & LEE

A beautiful Outer Banks wedding Erika and Lee were married along the Outer Banks, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the shoreline. Erika walked down the sandy aisle in a beautiful strapless dress with a sweetheart neckline and a full, flowing skirt. The dress included a bejeweled, blush sash tied around the waist. She carried a full bouquet of cream, blush, and pink flowers, interspersed with greenery. They said their “I Do”s under a natural arch created with driftwood and dotted with florals in the same shades as Erika’s bouquet. Behind them was a metal lattice panel where they placed an engraved lock of love, symbolizing their commitment. The reception was held at the Sanderling Resort. The room was decorated in shades of pink and gold. The tables were covered in pink linens, as well as runners with gold sequins. Table décor included gold candle holders and pillars in different sizes, gold bottles, gold table signs, and scattered florals. Gold hoops covered with greenery and florals hung from the ceiling. Twinkle lights also hung from the ceiling and were draped down accent walls. Guests were invited to enjoy a cupid-like game of archery on the lawn. They could shoot their arrows into targets shaped like hearts. As the evening sky darkened, the venue was accented by twinkle lights and candles throughout. It was a magical evening that was accentuated by the romantic décor and the excitement of celebrating young love.

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HONEYMOON MUST-HAVES Whether you’re headed to a tropical island with visions of piña coladas in your head, or you’re going to stroll along the Seine hand-in-hand for your honeymoon, there are certain things you need to take along to ensure that things go smoothly. Some things will be location-dependent – such as your itsy-bitsy bikini for that tropical beach, or a stylish scarf for your wanderings through the streets of Paree. But other things are universal, and they will help make your honeymoon all the more enjoyable without the worry.

PORTABLE CHARGER You’ll be using your phone to get directions, to take pictures, to post on social media, and to check in with people back home. Most importantly, you can use it if you get lost or get into any trouble during your vacation. Don’t get stuck with a phone that’s out of battery. Take a portable charger with you so you can keep your phone ready to go no, matter how long you’ve been living it up outside your hotel room. TOTE BAG You may have a really cute purse that you love, but you’ll need to ditch it for your honeymoon. It just won’t cut it when you’re out and about and need to carry your travel documents, bottles of water, snacks, and other essentials. Along the way, you’ll pick up souvenirs and other mementos, and your purse will soon be packed. Instead, bring a stylish tote bag that can double as your purse and your catch-all for vacation necessities and souvenirs you pick up while you’re enjoying yourself. GOOD WALKING SHOES No matter where you go for your honeymoon, you are likely to do a lot of walking. You’ll be exploring the sites, and that will usually mean walking from place to place. Even single locations can require a lot of walking to see it all. For example, have you ever been to the Louvre? You can easily log miles walking from exhibit to exhibit! Make sure you have comfortable shoes so you won’t have to leave early or end up miserable. SELFIE STICK Selfie sticks have garnered some users a bit of ribbing because they can seem vain. But when you’re on vacation, they are essential. How else are you

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going to get those perfect couple shots in front of the Eiffel Tower or the Grand Canyon? Yes, you can ask someone to take the photo for you, but that can get annoying after a while. Just take the selfie stick and get the photos you want without the worry! SUNDRESS A simple, stylish sundress should be considered a wardrobe essential for your honeymoon – unless you are traveling somewhere north in the winter. You can wear the right sundress when you are strolling along the beach or lounging in the park during the day, as well as when you are heading out to a romantic dinner or drinks in the evening. You can dress it up or down with the shoes and jewelry you select. Having a staple like this can help you save space in your suitcase as well. TRAVEL JOURNAL Every detail of your trip may seem vivid while you are on your honeymoon, but as soon as you get home and your focus starts to shift to getting back to reality, the details can start to get fuzzy. You may forget the names of places you went or even some of the things you did. You can even look at photos and come up with a blank. Take a travel journal with you to write down the details as you go, and you won’t forget a thing even years from now! In addition to these essentials, pack things you’ll need for your location, such as sunblock for tropical locales and chapstick for snowier spots. Pack the right things, and you’ll feel comfortable and at ease all through your honeymoon, which is just as it should be! wm


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BEACH WEDDING DEVASTATION DIVERTED! THE HEAT Unless you’re getting married on a fall or early spring day somewhere in the north, it’s going to be hot when you get married on the beach. There may be some breeze coming across the water, but don’t count on it being enough to keep your guests comfortable. Keep your guests focused on your nuptials by providing some hand fans and waters during the ceremony. Don’t forget your own comfort! Choose a gown and suit that “breathe.” Consider going shoeless, and keep accessories like veils or vests to a minimum. THE WIND Sometimes, you get a hot, stifling beach with little wind. Sometimes, there’s so much wind that your veil is whipping around your head and there’s sand flying in your eyes. Consider putting up a canopy around the ceremony, or at least some windblocking sheets at the sides of the seating areas. You won’t be able to completely block any gusts of wind that kick up, but you can shield guests from the worst of the blows, and from anything the wind might toss at them. THE RAIN Summer showers can appear in a flash, and they can drown out your wedding and ruin the hair and makeup you spent hours on. Either have a tent ready for cover, or be prepared to go to an indoor site next to the shore or a short ride away. You may have to take a pause in the middle of the ceremony, but it will be better than standing in the rain and showing up to your reception completely soaked. THE BIRDS Seagulls are aggressive scavengers, and they have no compunction about

where they do their business. They can become a nuisance to your guests, or worse, leave an unwanted “present” in someone’s hair. You can make your ceremony area less enticing by ensuring that there are no food items present anywhere. Ask ushers to ask guests not to feed the birds.

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THE NOISE The waves crashing against the shore look beautiful, but they are also noisy. Add that to the wind, and people are going to be straining to hear you declare your undying love for each other. Make sure you have a microphone and speaker system set up. Check out the site ahead of time to figure out how you can get electricity to where you are, and talk to your planner about the best options for audio set-up.

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THE PEOPLE You’re exchanging your rings, and suddenly a Frisbee flies through the crowd and lands at your feet. Not the picture of romantic bliss you had in mind! Don’t expect people to steer clear of your wedding just because they see the set-up. The only way to ensure that people playing volleyball, kids building sandcastles, and dogs chasing crabs don’t come crashing through your ceremony is to get a permit on a private section of beach. Take the time and effort to do it. It will be worth it!

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can create some lovely photo opportunities. You can say your “I Dos” just as the sun is setting behind you, with the waves crashing in the

creating a romantic palette that blends perfectly with your flowing, white gown and his dusky ensemble. But getting married on the beach can also pose some unique challenges. Anyone who’s ever been to the beach for a day of sunbathing or surfing knows

coast is unpredictable, from the weather to the water.

Beach weddings can be beautiful if you plan carefully. Make sure you think through these and other potential disasters and create a contingency plan to save the day. You’ll get those beautiful pictures you want, and no one will leave with sand in the eyes or a wet dress. wm

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THE HOTTEST “I DO” DESTINATIONS FOR 2018 Your wedding venue sets the tone for your ceremony and reception. Choose a truly outstanding venue to enjoy breathtaking views during your ceremony, to offer a unique experience or dining options to your guests, and to make your wedding a destination getaway that doubles as a vacation. A few of the hottest places to get married are not places you might expect. Some are off the beaten path, and some are unexpected gems that you didn’t know existed.

MIAMI Party in the city where the heat is on! Miami is one of the hottest places to get married in the U.S. – literally and figuratively. Whether you want to party like a celebrity, or you just want a romantic beach wedding, Miami offers venues galore that provide stunning backdrops, easy access to some of the best beaches in the country, and plenty of nightlife for the after-party. Get married in one of the many fivestar hotels along the coast in South Beach, or host a simple ceremony by the waves at sunset. Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong with the South Florida scenery behind you. ICELAND Iceland may be one of the coldest places in the world, but it’s also one of the hottest places to get married. Unlike what its name suggests, Iceland has a landscape with more than glaciers and snow-covered hills. You will have your pick of gorgeous locations to get married, such as the notable Reynisfjara black sand beach, the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, and the basalt cliffs of Arnarstapi. You don’t even need a permit to get married at one of these public sites. Plan for your trip accordingly! Temperatures are low throughout the year, barely rising above 60 in the summer. Plus, you’ll have to meet the legal requirements to get married, which will require submitting paperwork two to six weeks ahead of your wedding date. A U.S. CASTLE Your dream is to get married in a castle in France or Ireland but you may not

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have the means to travel overseas, or your family may not be able to travel with you. Fortunately, there are plenty of beautiful castles in the United States that will let you have the same fairy tale wedding without having to travel so far. In New York, you can find the Bannerman Castle on a secluded island 60 miles from Manhattan, or Boldt Castle on another island upstate. The Biltmore Estate in North Carolina was modeled after Versailles in France, and Fonthill Castle is a medieval castle in Pennsylvania. You have your choice of styles and settings to create the wedding atmosphere that you want. BALI Whether you want to get married on a tropical beach, next to a lush forest, or at the top of a mountain, you can do it all in Bali. The beautiful country is a tropical oasis, but it also has plenty of rustic scenery with its mountains and forests. You can have any kind of ceremony you want, and you can enjoy gorgeous pictures in a variety of settings. Bali is a popular vacation spot, as well. If you are going to have a destination wedding, you want to get married somewhere that people will want to visit. Planning your wedding in Bali is sure to get plenty of RSVPs from friends and family alike. Planning your wedding in a beautiful location will give you everything you dream of and more. wm


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