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From the Editor-In-Chief My husband and I will celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary in June. While I don’t feel much older than the 22-year-old blushing bride I was way back then, when I look at the babyface smiling back at me in photos from that day, I’m left wondering how time flew by so quickly! Although I have no recollection of this, my mother insists that during the initial stages of planning, I threw out ideas both sane and irrational that included, among others, a small affair that involved my getting married barefoot in a field with a bouquet of just-picked wildflowers. In the end - with more than a little maternal nudging - we went the traditional route with a church ceremony. I did end up wearing shoes with my Cinderella-style gown and “blusher” veil (although someone had to remind me just before I walked down the aisle to take off my grungy running stopwatch!). As nearly every bride will attest, their wedding day comes and goes in the blink of an eye, making it vital to select a good photographer to help preserve memories for posterity. I’ve always disliked being photographed, so my husband and I opted for a photojournalistic style full of candid portraits that really captured the essence of our wedding. For instance, I danced so enthusiastically with friends and family throughout the reception that the photos chronicle the gradual demise of my carefully sculpted updo as it unraveled into long blonde waves. My favorite picture is the own shown, which perfectly encapsulates the fact that neither of us take ourselves too seriously. It’s in this same vein that this issue of Sophisticated Living Weddings showcases truly outstanding photographers with an array of real weddings from around the globe. From a castle in Sweden to a family farm, these stunning photographs capture the special bond of each couple and the uniqueness of their wedding. You’ll also want to check out our recommendations for picture-perfect honeymoons and destination weddings. Would the person I am today have chosen the same wedding as the me of yesterday? Likely not, as my worldview is quite different than it was 15 years ago. Still, if I could go back in time I wouldn’t change a thing as all of the smiling faces in our photographs attest.

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A Lu xurious Private Island Exp erience Along Mexico’s Pacif ic Coa st Isla Navidad, Mexico – It’s where Hollywood elite come to play and spend their weekend getaways: Isla Navidad -- Mexico’s most stunning resort area along the Pacific Ocean between Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco. It’s also where you can be treated like royalty inside your own private villa, Casa Colina, a six-bedroom mansion perched atop a hill overlooking the turquoise-colored waters of the Pacific Ocean. Located inside an oasis of tranquil and lush landscaped gardens with views of the blue jewel-toned ocean waters below, Casa Colina is one of Mexico’s most luxurious private villas and is an idyllic location for honeymooners and bridal parties. It is

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also located in Mexico’s safest state, Jalisco, making it a popular choice for U.S. vacationers and weddings. Casa Colina’s wedding space, which includes outdoor terraces overlooking the ocean and mountains, can accommodate up to 80 guests. Guest can revel in private villa experience at Casa Colina with amenities such as an infinity-edge pool; blue-tiled Jacuzzi; surround-sound home theatre with a 65” Panasonic plasma TV, satellite receiver, and DVD player; fitness center; and a private staff, including a personal chef who creates delicious and personallytailored meals. The range of nearby excursions offer something for everyone: tours of the surrounding areas including the quaint


and romantic beaches in Barra de Navidad, the famous Playa La Audiencia on Santiago Peninsula (the beach where Bo Derek’s movie “10” was filmed) and the five million-year-old Colima volcano, which is the most active volcano in Mexico; horseback riding on the beach; and kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving in the Pacific Ocean, Guests of Casa Colina also have access to the famous Isla Navidad Grand Bay Resort, an AAA four-diamond hotel with golf, tennis, deep-sea fishing, and more. Among Casa Colina’s features are a private gated entryway with private security; expansive outdoor terrace area with infinity-edge pool, Jacuzzi, gourmet BBQ, and plush lounge chairs and umbrellas;

and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Casa Colina’s spacious six guestrooms include junior and master suites with balconies, private gardens, Jacuzzi tubs, and spectacular panoramic views of the ocean and mountains. In addition to the impeccable design and décor of its guestrooms, Casa Colina also has an elegant indoor gourmet dining room with a fireplace and hand-laid brick cathedral ceiling; and, a chic rooftop indoor/outdoor dining area with a fully stocked bar and 250-degree views of the mountains and ocean. Rates start at $2,900 per night. For more information about Casa Colina, visit www.casacolinamexico.com or call 1-312-961-3280.

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It’s a time to create memories. A time to welcome your friends and family. A time you’ll never forget. Trust Eddie Merlot’s to make it truly special. We offer the perfect setting for parties of 10-300, including: • Rehearsal Dinners • Wedding Showers • Wedding Receptions • Bridal Showers • Cocktail & Hors d’Oeuvres Receptions • Bachelor & Bachelorette Party Dinners • Bridal Party Breakfasts and Brunches

At Eddie Merlot’s, every detail is given our most careful attention. We offer assistance in planning the unique special touches that can turn any event into an unforgettable experience, including these amenities: • Table Decoration and Setting • Custom Linens and Menus • Displays • Ice Carvings • Photography • Music More than just an event facility, Eddie Merlot’s is committed to ensuring that you and your guests enjoy memories that will last a lifetime. Contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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Cory and Lisa Written by Lisa Mullins Cory and I have been dating over five years and got engaged Christmas morning 2010. We both have always shared a passion for the outdoors, especially the water and boating. We’ve taken a trip to Mexico each year since we started dating and decided it was the perfect spot to have our wedding since it is so special to us. We held our wedding on the beach in Cancun, Mexico surrounded by 30 of our closest friends and family. Our destination was the El Presidente Intercontinental Resort. We chose a sunset ceremony followed by a champagne toast with our guests to finish watching the sun set at the edge of the water. It was the best sunset we’ve had since we’ve been going to Mexico! There were several sailboats that had pulled up to watch the ceremony and it made for a spectacular backdrop. We continued the reception near the beach and moved on to cocktails and seviche (one of my favorite foods) before having a candlelight dinner and dancing. The sparkle of moonlight on the water was equally as beautiful as the sunset. It was an amazing day!

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Charleston Weddings

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Rich in history and known for its charming inns and seaside beauty by leisure travelers, Charleston, S.C., is quickly becoming a popular wedding destination for the betrothed. Couples note the destination’s historic and oceanfront venues, Southern traditions, gracious hospitality and rich Lowcountry cuisine among the top reasons why the Charleston area is an ideal location to say “I do.” Offering dozens of wedding venues ranging from sprawling plantations to seaside settings to opulent gardens, the Charleston area enables couples to choose a bridal location that reflects their personal style and the destination’s rich history.

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The storied Legare Waring House unites both a flare for the dramatic and classic Southern style with its grand entryway flanked by moss-draped oak trees and lavish furnishings. The William Aiken House, a National Historic Landmark featuring original 1810 design, is an ideal choice for traditionally-minded couples, complete with classically furnished interiors, as well as a 200-year-old magnolia tree and picturesque reflecting pond. One of Charleston’s famed plantations, Drayton Hall, is another popular wedding venue featuring stunning outdoor vistas including a Victorian reflecting pond surrounded by 630 acres, while the Charleston Tea Plantation is favored for its rows of


picturesque tea bushes bordered by live oaks (the oldest of which has been dubbed the “wedding tree”). Large celebrations can be elegantly accommodated at Charleston Place Hotel (charlestonplace.com), enviably located within walking distance of an amazing array of dining, shopping and recreation amenities. With over 40,000 squarefeet of event space, on staff wedding coordinators can plan a fete for 1,500 in the 14,000 square foot grand ballroom to 300 in the Riviera, which has been renovated to its 1939 Art Deco style, including restored frescos and hand-painted murals. The wedding party and guests will enjoy a host of luxury amenities

at Charleston Place, including a rooftop pool and fitness center, Spa at Charleston Place (voted #8 best spa in North America by Condé Nast Traveler), and the innovative cuisine of Chef Michelle Weaver at the Charleston Grill, one of Charleston’s most heralded dining destinations. The destination’s array of bridal pur veyors helps couples incorporate Southern traditions and individualize each reception. Charleston  area event professionals go above and beyond, finding seasonal apparel for a bride or groom, customized wedding accoutrements and creatively incorporating local elements like magnolia leaves or palmetto

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fronds. For a traditional Charleston wedding gift, local institution Croghan’s Jewel Box provides a diverse collection of fine antique jewelry and silver rice spoons — a vestige of the plantation age — for weddings guests to peruse. When it comes to destination weddings, couples like to select menus that are reflective of the local fare. The Lowcountry is brimming with authentic dining experiences, from shrimp and grits to she crab soup, as well as modern derivatives of time-honored recipes. In line with current wedding trends – with many couples opting for more  casual passed hors d’oeurves over a formal sit-down dinner – the Charleston area rises to the occasion. Recent trends include gourmet Southern-style comfort foods, such as barbecue and collard green-wrapped bacon scallops for hors d’oeuvres. Recently wed couples have even been known to add playful “Make Your Own Grits” parfait stations, where wedding guests can add zing to their grits with delicious cheese, fried onions, bacon crumbles,

scallions and more. Local beverages are also a hit, including Charleston’s own Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, which can be served over ice in mason jars with a sprig of mint. To appease those with a sweet tooth, another Lowcountry classic is the benne wafer – a thin, crispy, buttery cookie made with toasted sesame seeds. The recipe dates back to plantation days, and the seeds are reputed to bring good luck. As with all destination weddings, couples want to be sure their guests have plenty to do and see while in town. The Charleston area boasts scores of historic sights, special events and miles of beaches. Best of all, it is easy to navigate by foot. The destination is also conveniently located no more than a fivehour drive from most metropolitan areas in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions and is serviced by non-stop flights from 10 U.S. cities. A complete listing of Charleston area wedding purveyors, venues and more can be found at charlestonweddingguide.com. W

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Bibliotaph The classic indispensable, comprehensive guide to creating the wedding of your dreams. With new chapters on the groom’s involvement and incorporating today’s technology into your wedding plans, plus updates and expansions on destination weddings, same–sex unions, wedding expenses, and more, the 5th edition answers every couple’s contemporary questions. Peggy Post - Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette - hardcover, 432 pages, HarperCollins Publishers. Available in June, Florever/Wherever is a treasure trove of outstanding wedding ideas and sparkling creativity from all over the world. Thirteen international floral designers showcase their most precious wedding designs, from Bohemian chic to classic fairy tale romance, from rock-‘n-roll bravura to folklore inspired weddings under a starlit Russian sky. Stichting Kunstboek Florever Wherever - hardcover, 180 pages, Stichting Kunstboek Press.

An intimate tour of 15 of the world’s most stylish wedding as presented by international globetrotter Kalliope Karella. Exquisite photography of gowns elegant table settings, and exotic locales (Belluno, Italy, Porto Heli, Greece, Havana, Cuba). Kalliope Karella - Weddings of Style hardcover, 168 pages, Assouline.

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bib 'li' o 'taph, [bib-lee-uhtaf, -tahf ]: a person who caches or hoards books Oleg Cassini --one of the greatest names in fashion during the 20th century-has dressed some of the world’s most beautiful women in the last 70 years. This book is filled with photographs of all --or at least most -- of them. Oleg Cassini (author), Liz Smith (foreward) - Oleg Cassini: The Wedding Dress hardcover, 304 pages, Rizzoli.

Oleg Cassini--one of the greatest names in fashion during the 20th century--has dressed some of the world’s most beautiful women in the last 70 years. This book is filled with photographs of all--or at least most--of them. Oleg Cassini (author), Liz Smith (foreward) - Oleg Cassini: The Wedding Dress - hardcover, 304 pages, Rizzoli.

This book explores the compelling allure of the white, single-use wedding dress for modern women and its iconic stature in Western cultures. Fulllength color plates and exquisite details of nearly 60 wedding gowns and dresses from the late 18th century to the present day, drawn from Cincinnati Art Museum’s internationally renowned permanent collection, are supplemented with loans from major designers. Cynthia Amnéus. With essays by Katherine Jellison and Sara Long Butler - Wedded Perfection: Two Centuries of Wedding Gowns - hardcover, 272 pages, Giles Ltd.

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Ramy and Frida Photography by David Blair Ramy and Frida’s stylish destination wedding took place at a seaside castle in the Swedish countryside (this same castle was chosen as the backdrop for the new the sci-fi movie Melancholia staring Kirsten Dunst and Kiefer Sutherland). It was truly an international wedding with many guests from around the world. The ceremony took place in an old stone church and was followed quickly by a cocktail hour just outside the castle. The stunning view from the courtyard of the ocean and outlying islands made an exceptional background for this elegant celebration.  The lavish candlelight dinner was served in a grand ballroom lined with massive paintings and intricate woodworking. The day was filled with excitement and tears of joy and the festivities lasted long into the night.

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Ashley and Mike Written by Sally Foster & Candace Bramley of Urbaniste Photography by Matt Malicotte

Southern Equine Elegance. That is how you can sum up the very personalized wedding of Ashley and Mike. Working with them was a true pleasure. They were intricately involved in each detail, making sure their personal touch was evident. The ceremony and reception venues were chosen for their significance to the couple. Jean Farris winery served as the ceremony site. Ashley and Mike are frequent patrons of the winery and bistro and are even featured in recent advertisements for Jean Farris. An equine arena on Grimes Mill Farm, just down the road from the winery, served as the location for the reception. Mike helps manage the horse farm and both Ashley and Mike have spent countless hours on the property together. I remember touring the arena when I was first brought on as their planner. They had a very specific vision for transforming the space. When you compare before and after photographs, it is hard to believe it is the same location. Their love of horses and sophistication were subtly weaved throughout the design elements of the day. Everything from their save-the date cards, wedding day signage, and ceremony and reception decor reflected a rustic elegance. The equine theme was further incorporated with the programs, table numbers, and favors. Each place setting included a horseshoe bearing a message regarding their favor -- a donation to an equine charity. As much as the meaningful venues and thoughtful design elements helped make their wedding unique, perhaps the most special quality was their dedication to each other. This was evident in the way they collaborated to make their dream wedding a reality. Mike could be found hanging fabric from the tall ceilings in the arena the week before the wedding while Ashley scheduled a couples massage to help them transition from busy preparations to a relaxed celebration. They have much to celebrate as they start their new life together. Vendors Event planning and day-of coordination: Sally Foster & Candace Bramley of Urbaniste / Ceremony: Jean Farris Winery / Photographer: Matt Malicotte Photography / Ceremony and bridal party flowers: A Blooming Miracle / Cake: Martine’s Pastries / Caterer: Selma’s Catering / Makeup: Ana Crane-Simpson of Applied Cosmetic Services

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Exotic South East Asian Adventure Tempting Thailand Tête-à-Tête 10 days from $3,000 p/p Passionate yet playful, this private guided tour showcases the highlights of Bangkok, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai and Phuket. Couples will enjoy a romantic hot air balloon ride, starlit dinner cruise, private plunge pool, tantalizing traditional cuisine, tranquil palm lined beaches, bamboo huts, intimate boutique hotels and much more. This is the worry free to see Thailand. Perfect for those couples that want to go beyond the beach, this active tour features elephant interactions, river cruises, kayaking, private guide, driver, all internal flights and more.


Polynesian Love Potion Decadent Tahiti and Bora Bora Island Paradise Seven days from $4,396 p/p Experience paradise personified with this exclusive Polynesian getaway to soul achingly gorgeous Moorea and one of the most romantic destinations in the world Bora Bora. You will stroll black sand beaches, cruise iridescent waters, snorkel underwater utopias, dine on fresh seafood, sail reef fringed islands, visit a Tiki village and still enjoy plenty of free time! The ideal fusion of relaxation and entertainment, couples will stay in enchanting over-water villas. Featuring celebrated resorts, private guide, driver, boat cruises, internal flights and more!

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Savory and Sensuous Epicurean Adventure Mendoza Vineyards and Buenos Aires Seven days from $3,115 p/p You will discover the “Paris of South America” and celebrated vineyards with this sense stimulating private tour of Buenos Aires and Mendoza. Your clients will dine on traditional BBQ, learn to play polo, watch a seductive tango show and taste their way through the sensuous Mendoza wine region. From grape to bottle, you and your honey will receive an intimate look into the winemaking process as they tour Andeluna Cellars, Bodega Salentein, Ruca Malen, Belasco de Baquedano and Bodega Catena Zapata. You will taste renowned wines with a focus on the region’s famous Malbecs, flavors enhanced by breathtaking views of the Andes Mountains.

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First Class Kasbahs and Arabian Nights Enticing Morocco Exclusive Eight days from $4,696 p/p Enchantingly exotic, sophisticated and intimate, this luxurious private tour is a romantic escape fit for a sultan. Fall under Morocco’s spell as you’re charmed by the passionate colors, breathtaking architectural treasures and exotic opulence experienced on this privately guided tour of Marrakech, the High Atlas Mountains and Essaouria. Explore ancient harems, lush gardens, mesmerizing palaces, bustling bazaars, sundrenched Berber villages and more magnificent historical highlights. Enjoy sipping mint tea in Sir Richard Branson’s Kasbah, a romantic streamside picnic, an awe-inspiring trek through the legendary Atlas Mountains and relaxing in barefoot luxury on the beaches of Essaouria. Featuring first class properties, private guide and driver. - Memories of your vacation will rival the stories in 1001 Arabian Nights! 

Adventurous and Sensuous Jamaican Honeymoon Villa Paradise Eight days from $6,500 Lose yourself in spectacular sunsets, white sandy beaches and the alluring island vibe of Jamaica with this romantic island retreat. Experience your own secluded paradise on the tranquil side of southern Jamaica, elegant Bluefield’s Bay. This exotic two-bedroom ocean front villa is fully equipped and comes with every service and amenity you could yearn for– experienced personal chef, maid service and daily housekeeping. All-inclusive, you can sit with your friendly gourmet chef and plan your meals or leave it up to their expertise! Enjoy a private plunge pool, tranquil beaches, lobster dinners, dining al fresco, spa treatments, kayaking, private transfers and much more.

Passionate, Playful and Chic Cape Town, Sabi Sand and Mozambique 12 days from $8,400 p/p A vacation should always stimulate the senses and this sophisticated tour of the Cape Town’s delights, Kruger’s prestigious Sabi Sands Game Reserve and Mozambique is the ultimate romantic getaway. Led by private guide and driver, you will discover Table Mountain, take a breathtaking coastal drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, visit the penguins of Boulders Beach, go on a winery, chocolate and fromagerie tour and more. Embark to Kruger and your luxury safari camp located in Sabi Sand, the most exclusive game park in Africa. There, lovers will delight in sunrise and sunset drives through the world’s most famous Big Five wildlife region. Afterward, it’s off to Mozambique for indulgent relaxation. Famous for pristine white beaches, unparalleled diving and stunning tropical forests it is the ideal conclusion to this luxurious escapade. Featuring five-star properties, private guide and driver, gourmet cuisine, private plunge pool, VIP custom treatment, helicopter transfers and more- This package will deliver to any couple the South African experience of their dreams.

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1) Hand-engraved engagement set from the Kirk Kara Carmella collection. Engagement ring crafted with 0.68 carats of diamonds (center stone not ncluded). Shown with matching wedding band crafted with 0.46 carats of diamonds. Available exckusively through Richter & Phillips Jewelers in Cincinnati. (richterphillips.com) 2) 2ct fancy yellow diamond ring in platinum from St. John & Myers (stjohnandmyers.com). 3) Tiffany Legacy速 diamond rings ($710,000) in platinum with cushion-shaped modified brilliant diamonds that are exclusive to Tiffany (tiffany.com). Photo by Carlton Davis. 4) Platinum and 18K pink gold ring ($7,000) with a .99 ct. natural fancy light pink, round brilliant cut diamond in the center. The ring also contains 48 near colorless diamonds that weigh .28 ct. total (sengjewelers.com). Photo by Greg Stanfield. 5) From left: Platinum diamond engagement ring ($15,550) with 1.20ct square emerald cut diamond center stone; 1950s vintage platinum and diamond ring ($8,775) with 1ct center stone; 1950s platinum and diamond engagement ring ($11,975) with 1.54ct round center stone. All from St. John & Myers (stjohnandmyers.com).

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1) Rings and earrings from the Dantela collection by Tacori. Available through Richter & Phillips in Cincinnati, Royal Fine Jewelers in Louisville and Rivard Fine Jewelry in Lexington (tacori.com). 2) From Seng Jewelers, this 18K white gold ring ($60,000) features a 3.05 ct, Emeral Cut center diamond surrounded by 166 pave set diamonds that equal .71 ctw (sengjewlers.com). Photo by Greg Stanfield. 3) Handcrafted engagement set from the Kirk Kara Amelia collection. Engagement ring crafted with 0.24 carats of diamonds and 0.49 carats of sapphires (center stone not included). Shown with matching wedding band crafted with 0.24 carats of diamonds and 0.53 carats of sapphires. Available exckusively through Richter & Phillips Jewelers in Cincinnati. 4) Henri Daussi three-stone emerald cut diamond ring. Available through Shelia Bayes Fine Jewelers in Lexington (henridaussi.com). 5) Made in the late Edwardian/early Deco style, this engagement ring ($6,950) from St. John & Myers features a .63 carat bezel-set center diamond surrounded by a wide and intricate diamond melee motif; coming in at ~1.33 carats total weight. The solid 900 Platinum band is solid with hand engraving along both sides of the shank. (stjohnandmyers.com).

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Shelia and Craig Photography by Todd Pellowe helia Bayes and Craig Robertson were married October 30, 2010 in Lexington, KY. Their wedding was steeped in history and ambiance, as the ceremony was held in historic Christ Church  Cathedral  in Lexington. Shelia wore a white Royal Duchess Satin Amsale gown, with a one-shoulder trumpet silhouette with an asymmetrical bow treatment. Bridesmaids wore coordinating one-shoulder  eggplant gowns with custom Amethyst and South Sea Pearl earrings and bracelets created by Shelia Bayes Fine Jewelers. Grooms wore traditional black. Following the ceremony they celebrated along with 600 guests at the grand Spindletop Hall, an elegant venue perfectly suited for a buffet dinner in the mansion, and a BIG Party on the lawn in garden party style. Guests were greeted by jazz saxophonist Dan Jackson upon entering the mansion. The candlelit garden party decor focused on comfort and simplicity, with tables draped in rough-cut burlap over floor-length cream tablecloths, each adorned with natural cream and white florals and abundant greenery. The party tent featured massive floral urns, live potted trees and tent poles wrapped in moss and puddled burlap. Lighting was by candlelight and lanterns throughout the venue. Artfully adorned with waved fondant, the five-layer champagne cake with raspberry filling was displayed on a bed of moss and hydrangeas. It was important to Shelia that the menu be as unfussy as the decor, and she treated her guests to traditional Kentucky comfort fare with an elegant twist. Tomato bisque shooters with mini grilled cheese and mini hot browns preceded a dinner of fried chicken with country gravy, fresh green beans, shrimp and grits, light yeast rolls and a sumptuous mashed potato bar. Equally important to the couple was that the reception venue was able to accommodate a big crowd, a great band (Burning Las Vegas), and lots of room for dancing into the wee hours. At midnight, guests were served a snack course of sliders and milk shakes, after which karaoke kept the evening going until 3 am.

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1) Victorio & Lucchino 2) Cartier limited edition watch. 18K yellow gold and champleve enamel case and back, 18K yellow gold bezel set with round diamonds, alligator strap/ For purchasing information, contact Reis Nichols jewelers in Indianapolis (cartier. com). 3) Baume & Mercier 2011 Capeland watch is a direct reference to the “galet” pocket watches of the early 19th century. Available through Reis Nichols Jewelers in Indianapolis and James Free Jewelers in Cincinnati (baume-et-mercier.com). 4) Derby shoecalf-skin leather lace-up ($550) from Emporio Armani (emporioarmani.com). 5) Vintage 18k Tiffany cufflinks from St. John & Myers (stjohnandmyers.com).

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1) From St. John & Myers, this very rare pair of cufflinks ($3750) is from the Victorian period. Made of 18 karat yellow gold, they are set with smooth oval cabochons of jade (stjohnandmyers.com). 2) Hamilton Thin-O-Matic dress watch ($875) with vintage-style leather strap. Available at Seng Jewelers in Louisville and Richter & Phillips Co. in Cincinnati (hamiltonwatch.com). 3) From St. John and Myers, this complete 9-piece tuxedo stud set ($4,850) circa 1925 by Krementz features a platinum edge over 14 karat rosy-yellow gold. The black onyx faces are slightly concave, and feature a bezel-set old-mine-cut diamond center stone. (stjohnandmyers.com). 4) These sterling silver Art Nouveau cufflinks ($1,947) from St. John & Myers portray what looks to be the face of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, theater, and fertility (stjohnandmyers.com). 5) Devota & Lomba

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Gifted

Dinnerplate from the Euro Tropiques tableware collection by the acclaimed Brazilian design team the Campana Brothers for Bernardaud. Available through Dolfinger’s in Louisville and LV Harkness in Lexington (bernardaud.com).

Herend multicolor Bunny Love figurine ($1,805). Available through LV Harkness in Lexington (herendusa.com).

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The pistachio plate (approx $535) from Nymphenburg’s Butterfly Collection is hand-fabricated upon order. Available via special order through LV Harkness in Lexington (nymphenburg.com).

The design for this gold-embellished box (approx. $500) from Halcyondays was inspired by Sèvres porcelain. Lift the lid to hear Felix Mendelssohn’s bridal march. Available through LV Harkness in Lexington (halcyondays.co.uk).


Inspired by the flamboyant designs of the 19th century, Bernardaud’s Eden pattern (dinner plate/$185) is both refined and sophisticated. This Limoges porcelain dinnerware service is a remarkable reproduction that captures the beauty of engraved gold work. Available from Dolfinger’s in Louisville and LV Harkness in Lexington (bernardaud.com).

Exclusive to the Royal Collection, the design for the Coat of Arms dinner plate (£45.00) is based on a hand-painted plate found in the royal china pantry in Buckingham Palace. Made in England using traditional methods unchanged for 250 years, and hand finished with 22 carat gold. Royal Collection © 2011, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (royalcollectionshop.co.uk).

Say “I do” to disaster relief with the Wedding Day Survival Kit ($49). Inside this reusable tote are 30 must-have items to help brides fend off any last-minute fiasco. Available from LV Harkness in Lexington or at msandmrs.com.

Make a modern heiloom by preserving memories from your special day onto a recycled glass vase by Jenny Gaynor (www.jennygaynor.com).

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Fairmont Banff Springs

I do… again? Canad ian wedd ing hotspots for second-time-around bride and grooms For those getting married the second time around, the dress might have a few less frills and the guest list might be a little shorter – but that doesn’t mean the dream wedding venue has to be sacrificed. “For second weddings, we’re really finding that the bride and groom are looking for more meaning than in first-time weddings,” said Professional Bridal Consultant™ Connie Grace, owner of

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Elegant Banff Weddings. “Usually it’s a smaller, more intimate group, maybe a newly-blended family. Our ‘second time around’ clients are often looking for calm surroundings, which incorporate nature and a touch of luxury. A distinctive location and venue is the number one challenge when meeting the unique needs of the second time around.”


The Fairmont Banff Springs (www.fairmont.com). Referred to as Canada’s “Castle in the Rockies”, the Fairmont Banff Springs provides a picturesque setting for a fairy-tale wedding. The resort has several different room sizes and styles to suit wedding parties of all sizes. T h e Pr e s i d e n t i a l Su i t e i s t h e p e r f e c t s e t t i n g f o r honeymooners looking for the utmost in luxury and pampering. It is located in the top tower of the Hotel and can only be accessed by a private glass elevator. The wrap around windows offers an incredible view of the mountain peaks. The bedroom of the suite has a large canopy bed with original European tapestries, offset by a Czechoslovakian crystal chandelier. Winter wedding guests can enjoy unparalleled skiing offered by three extraordinary ski areas. Tri-area ski lift tickets at the world-class ski areas of Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Norquay are all accessible by resort shuttle service. Other available outings include sleigh rides, ice skating and tobogganing while horse and carriage tours.

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The Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa The best place for outdoorsy couples to literally take the plunge from its secluded shore setting on BC’s Okanagan Lake. And you don’t have to go to the Caribbean to get sand between your toes on your wedding day. From walking down a lavender-lined aisle to taking your photos amongst local gardens, wineries and orchards and finishing the night dining and dancing the night away in the waterfront ballroom, Summerland is the ultimate location for groups of up to 110. Waterfront Wedding Package includes bridal couple VIP check in, sparkling wine and welcome basket in bridal suite upon arrival, room upgrade for the happy couple (subject to availability), ceremony set up on the resort’s manicured lawn or beachfront area and a reception space complete with table settings, linens, dance floor and décor. The Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa also offers a number of package add-ons to appease family members and friends, including on-site boat rentals and moorage for personal boats, wine tours and golf outings. Base package price is CAD $2,450 plus 12 per cent HST; reception only package is CAD $1,450 plus HST. www.summerlandresorthotel.com

The Juniper Hotel & Bistro Located in a wildlife corridor of the Canadian Rocky Mountains with spectacular views of Banff ’s iconic mountain ranges and Vermillion Lakes, is a gastronomical paradise for wedding parties up to 110 people. The Juniper has a 50-year history of marrying couples and offers up five unique indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception spaces for parties small and large. The Bistro features “cross roads cuisine,” a homage to the First Peoples who used the Juniper site as a resting place when crossing to the western salmon region and the eastern buffalo plains. Eighty per cent of all food served at the Bistro is from the region with the other 20 per cent coming from further afield. The on-site Juniper Bistro, headed by chef Tim Matsell, offers up tantalizing delicacies post-wedding. Choose from a long list of mouth-watering delights such as mini bison burgers with grilled bison whiskey sausage and smoked tomato jam; grilled AAA Alberta beef tenderloin with roasted sweet potatoes, béarnaise sauce and red win jus; and warm molten dark chocolate cake with vanilla bean gelato. With food this good, you might just have to plan your next major family shindig to take place at The Juniper Hotel & Bistro. www.thejuniper.com

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Long Beach Lodge Resort

Long Beach Lodge Resort Located on the beautiful and rugged West Coast of British Columbia, serves as an ideal location for lovebirds to say their “I dos” solo or with a small group of friends and family in attendance. The lodge offers three customizable packages to make the big day perfect: Elopement Package – Want to elope but shudder at the thought of getting married by an Elvis look-alike in Las Vegas’ Little White Chapel? This two-person package includes two nights in a deluxe beachfront room; a fourcourse dinner for two, wedding cake, chocolate covered strawberries and deluxe continental breakfast; ceremony venue, BC marriage commissioner, fees and witnesses; and a bouquet, boutonniere and Long Beach Lodge keepsake. Prices start at CAD $1,337.

Intimate Wedding Package – Ideal for the bride and groom who want to get married with a handful of friends and family in tow, the Intimate Wedding Package is the ticket for groups of up to 16 people. The package includes much of the Elopement Package fixings plus the rental fee of the Great Room, decked out in West Coast décor, for the dinner and reception. Prices start at CAD $1,757. Eat, Drink and Be Married Package – For parties up to 50 people, this package includes most of the Intimate Wedding Package highlights plus the rental fee of the Long Beach Room (includes set up and tear down, West Coast décor, banquet tables and chairs, table linens and chair covers, dance floor for 40, and a projector, screen and sound system), a rose petal turndown service the night of the wedding and two keepsake bathrobes. Prices start at CAD $2,337. www. longbeachlodgeresort.com

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Alana and Brandon Written by Alana Qualls Photography by Chad Henle of Henle Photography Brandon and I met when we both worked night shifts at United Parcel Service (UPS). I was a quality trainer for the company at that time, and I was training another person that happened to be stationed right across from Brandon. We smiled at each other several times, but he never worked up the nerve to say anything to me except, “Do you know what time it is?” One day as I was leaving work, I saw Brandon (I didn’t know his name at this time) standing outside of the UPS building looking lost and as if he was waiting for someone. Seeing my golden opportunity, I walked up to him and asked him if he needed a ride. He said “yes” and I told him it was on my way, but really it wasn’t on my way...in fact, it was 40 minutes OUT of my way! But thinking about spending all that alone time in a car with him made it seem ok to me. I really wanted to get to know this handsome stranger, and on the ride to his home I told him, “you should ask me out on a date sometime”. I have no idea where I got all that boldness, but I just wanted him to know I was interested, that way he would feel confident enough to talk to me and stop asking me what time it was.  A couple of weeks went by, and I finally got a date invite from Brandon. The rest is history. There are many times when I think to myself, what if I never offered Brandon a ride home that day? Vendors Wedding Planner: Marcie Hancock, A Thorough Fare LLC / Venue: The Speed Art Museum / Officiate: Bob Mueller / Photographer: Chad Henle, Henle Photography / Caterer: Bristol Catering / Wedding Cake: Mert’s Cakes / Ceremony: Luneita Cotton, Harpist / Reception: Scott Gilmour, DJ / Florist: Lloyd’s Florist / Rentals: Reliable Rentals /Transportation: R & R Limousine / Invitations: By Invitation Only

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