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A New York State of Mind Love and typography in the Big City

Bienvenidos a Miami

Classic perfection

Al fresco elegance with a dash of Miami spice

A swoon-worthy stunner that will stand the test of time

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Pure Watercolor Perfection

California chic

Whimsical sophistication

Smog Shoppe style at the intersection of vintage and modern

Fashion forward and simply lovely

The It Girl of stationery marrying her love in vivid color

32 Unstoppable Glamour A story of love and family and how they beat Hurricane Irene

44 For the Love of Pink Sweet, sweet love in the fields of Sonoma

126 80 Loft loveliness A modern NYC wedding done oh so right

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Love in Laguna Beach Swoon-worthy florals in a beautiful backyard fĂŞte

136 Toronto Surprise Too gorgeous to keep a secret!

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Southern Romance

A Fanciful FĂŞte

From Paris, With Love

Rustic loveliness & DIY details

Modern glamour infused with whimsy & wonder

An intimate affair in the city of light

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154 Vintage Glamour in New Hampshire It doesn't get prettier than this...

164 Elegant Austin Wedding style, perfected

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Retro Romance

Understated Elegance

Vintage chic with an urban flair

Timeless romance amongst the English countryside

196 Garden Enchantment Organic elegance that’s effortlessly dreamy

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FROM THE EDITOR

Photo By Kari Herer

his is our favorite time of year. When everything feels all fresh and new and ready to begin again, building on what we've done well and letting go of missteps. And as we look back through the days and months of 2012, we can't help but smile. Because 2012 was a good year on Style Me Pretty. It was the year that the bar for what is beautiful was raised even higher than we thought it could be. It was the year that we walked into a bookstore and saw our brand sitting pretty on a store shelf. It was the year that we partnered with one of the largest brands in the media space, AOL, to build a site that will thrive in a way that we always thought we would. 2012 was a good year for Style Me Pretty. It was our year.

But it wasn't just ours. Not even close. It was those hundreds of brides and grooms that let us into their day. That gave us a window into their loves, their lives, their weddings. It was the year of laid back lovely with effortlessly beautiful florals and chic but approachable design taking center stage. It was the year that brides let down their hair, and more than ever, planned the weddings of their dreams, allowing ceremony and tradition to give them a foundation for whimsy and spunk. It was quite a year, 2012, and one that will forever go down in the books as one of the best for SMP and the readers that have allowed us to take the journey with them. Over the past 12 months we've been quietly noting the celebrations that have left the longest lasting impression. The ones that brides and grooms favorited, saving to their SMP dashboards so that they could share with vendors and friends and family. The ones that people liked on facebook and gabbed about in comments. The weddings that resonated on some level with you, our readers, and inspired you to share or save or gush. This magazine is a collection of the top 5 weddings in each of the following categories: Most Comments, Most Favorites, Most Facebook Likes. Some overlapped between categories and in those cases, we pulled another one in so that you could see 15 totally unique weddings. Then, just to spice things up, we've added the favorites of each of our editors here at SMP. So when you sit down with your morning coffee (or your afternoon bubbly), you'll have one beautifully curated edition of 2012's most beloved celebrations. Large and small, luxe and budget. These are the most adored of the adored, with a cover chosen exclusively by our readers. And we couldn't be more thrilled with the outcome.

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Weddings OF 2012

THE BEST

MOST COMMENTS A NEW YORK STATE OF MIND

WATERCOLOR PERFECTION

FOR THE LOVE OF PINK

Photo By Jenny Jimenez

UNSTOPPABLE GLAMOUR

BIENVENIDOS A MIAMI

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Love and typography in the Big City

Photography By Jenny Jimenez

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From the bride

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lace details and lavender galore

From the beginning we agreed to keep the color palette very simple — just shades of white, ivory and gray to soften the New York industrial interior of The Foundry. We used rustic elements to remind us of the Oregon Coast where Andy grew up vacationing and we have shared many happy trips together.


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We knew we wanted our wedding to be a celebration of the two of us and the things we hold most dear.


Wedding Photography + Photo Booth: Jenny Jimenez / Day-of Coordination: Amanda Diamondstein-Cieplinska of Stellina Events / Wedding Venue: The Foundry / Floral Designer: Sarah Rhyanen of Saipua / Catering: Shaun Roberts of Great Performances / Hair: Christa Thomas of Cutler Salon / Makeup: Lauren Iavarone / Wine: The Grade Cellars / Wedding Stationery Design: Andrio Abero, The Groom / Wedding Stationery Printing: Studio on Fire / Wedding Gown: Marchesa via Gabriella Bridal Salon / Bride’s Shoes: Lanvin / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Bridesmaid Corsages: Ban.do / Bride + Bridesmaid Bracelets: Katherine Sturgis / Braided Bridesmaid Belts: DIY, The Bride / Groom’s Custom Suit: Martin Greenfield / Groom’s Shoes: Rachel Comey / Groomsmen Suits: J.Crew / Men’s Ties + Pocket Squares: Rag & Bone + Sid Mashburn / Wedding Bands + Bride’s Earrings: Conroy & Wilcox / Ceremony Music: The Chapin Sisters, Friends of the Bride / DJ: Mandy Graves of 74 Events / Cake Designer: Kate Sullivan of LovinSullivan / Cake Toppers: Lil Cake Toppers / Officiate: Catherine Bordeau of Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture / Hotel: New York Athletic Club / Transportation: Carey Transportation / Ice Cream: Van Leeuwen / Coffee: Brooklyn Roasting Company / Bread: Tom Cat Bakery 18 BEST OF 2012


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Our wedding day was without question the best day of our lives and when I look at these images I am so happy to see that everyone had as good a time on our wedding day as we did.

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The It Girl of Stationery marrying her love in vivid color

Photography By Jose Villa

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From Amy of Amy Kaneko Events

Julie and Sam’s wedding, which took place on a grassy estate, was incredibly elegant and understated. 24 BEST OF 2012


Julie, the bride, is a graphic designer who runs a studio specializing in paper and wedding goods. It was really wonderful to collaborate with someone who has such raw talent. She really personalized all of the wedding’s printed materials — from the watercolor invitation suite and woodburned escort coasters to the handpainted signs and custom menus. stylemepretty.com 25


The dĂŠcor was fairly simple because the surroundings were naturally beautiful. The aisle was accented with gardenias and dahlias, and the guestbook table was adorned with beautiful centerpieces from Chestnut & Vine.

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Strands of colorful paper cranes hung from a central tree — Julie’s mom had folded 1,000 paper cranes for good luck!

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The tables were adorned with an eclectic mix of succulents and lush flowers in shades of coral. Air plants on each guest’s plate doubled as favors. After dinner, guests went inside the Best House, where they ate Swedish Princess cake.

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Wedding Photography: Jose Villa / Wedding Venue: Palmdale Estates in Fremont, California / Event Design + Planning: Amy Kaneko Events / Floral Design: Chestnut & Vine Floral Design / Wedding Invitations: Julie Song Ink (The Bride) / Wedding Cake: Schubert’s Bakery / Ceremony + Cocktail Music: Synchronicity Strings / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Linens: La Tavola / Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca / Hair + Makeup: Su’s Hair & Makeup

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A story of love and family and how they beat Hurricane Irene

Photography By Kay English Photography


From the bride The beautiful pictures you see depict not what I imagined it would be, but what I wouldn’t trade for the world. After all, behind all the glitz and glamour of a modern day wedding, is it not really just about two people vowing to love, cherish and honor each other for the rest of their lives?

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The dreaded call came in around 1:00PM on Friday, August 26th, the day before Hurricane Irene was predicated to hit the coastal towns of New Jersey, and just FOUR hours before my wedding ceremony was scheduled to begin. stylemepretty.com 35


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I remember the moment so vividly. My sister, and maid of honor, looked at me frankly and said, “What do you want to do? You know, we’ve always said someone should get married at Lynette’s house.” (Lynette is a close family friend with an AMAZING outdoor landscape.) And that was all took…

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Our families frantically took to the phones, rerouting the minister, ordering chairs, trying to piece together some semblance of a ceremony.

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We were blessed with the wonderful reminder that it is not really about the venue, or the five-course meal, but rather being surrounded and supported by the people that care for you as you embark on this journey called marriage with the one you love the most!

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Sweet, sweet love in the fields of Sonoma

Photography By Kate Webber Photography


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From the bride

I still get starryeyed when I reflect on the most perfect day that my husband and I shared together: our wedding! 46 BEST OF 2012


Having attended over thirty weddings myself, I was acutely aware of our guests’ needs. We really aimed to make a comfortable and fun environment for everyone.

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Since we were getting married outdoors and had a barn for the reception, elegant country-chic was the natural direction for the dĂŠcor. We used linens with Swiss dots on the tables and an eclectic mix of vases, flowers and wooden boxes on top.

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A major goal was to make sure that our wedding was a celebration. We had a live band, a DJ, and surprised our guests with drum-beating, heart-pumping, Brazilian dancers to inject the room with energy after dinner.

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As a dessert critic and authority at Dessert Darling, I knew our friends and family had big expectations for the dessert table! I spent time and care selecting treats that would satisfy inebriated guests with full tummies and dulled palates. I accomplished this task by selecting bite-sized items with dynamic textures and flavors to cater to every whim. stylemepretty.com 55


After all, love is sweet, so the dessert table should be too.

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Wedding Photography: Kate Webber Photography / Wedding Venue: A Private Estate in Sonoma, California / Event Design + Coordination: Jennie Janzen of MAP Wedding & Events / Floral Design + Décor: Atelier Joya / Wedding Cinematography: Aqua Vivus Productions / Catering: Lafayette Park Hotel / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals + Hartmann Studios / Trees: Hartmann Studios / Furniture: Blueprint Studios / Linens: La Tavola / Lighting: Classic Party Rentals / Band: David Martin’s House Party / Cocktail Music + Samba Dancers: The Rudolfi Music Agency / DJ: DJ Solomon / Transportation: Pure Luxury Limousine / Photo Booth: Denon & Doyle / Favors: TOMS / Desserts: Christopher Elbow Chocolates + Baking Betty’s Cookies + Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory + Swizzle Cakes + Sweet Lauren Cakes + Cake and Art / Welcome Gift Bags: TidBits / Dessert Table Sign: The Back Porch Shoppe / Seating Cards: Kayden Ashley Printable Designs / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Bridesmaid Dresses: Joanna August / Invitations: Little Miss Press 56 BEST OF 2012


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Al fresco elegance with a dash of Miami spice

Photography By Paper Antler

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From the bride Working for Style Me Pretty and being inspired daily by different weddings and talented vendors made choosing a theme and color palette seem impossible! First I found my dress from the incredible Australian designer Johanna Johnson and knew the moment I saw it that it was what I wanted.

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We ended up with a tropical palette using corals, peaches, and champagnes and Parrish Florists went above and beyond in executing our vision. The vibrant arrangements accented by candles, lanterns and mercury glass were definitely show-stoppers without being over the top.

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Our photographers and friends Jonny and Michelle from Paper Antler are incredible. The photos have a nostalgic and natural feeling which is exactly what we wanted.

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Wedding Photography: Paper Antler / Event Coordination: Table 6 Productions / Floral Design: Parrish Designs / Wedding Cinematography: Artistry Wedding Films / Hair + Make-up: Miriam Behar  / Graphic Design: Brittnye Rutherford / Wedding Dress + Headpiece + Veil: Johanna Johnson / Earrings: Tejani / Bracelet: Dreamcatcher Studio / Clutch: Moyna / Bridal Party Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar / Ceremony Trio: Master Musicians / Band: Love Child / DJ: Ricky Vazquez 66 BEST OF 2012


The most incredible part of the day was feeling all the love around us. We were truly humbled by our guests who flew from five different continents to share this special day with us.

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Weddings OF 2012

THE BEST

MOST FAVORITES CALIFORNIA CHIC

LOFT LOVLINESS

CLASSIC PERFECTION

Photo By Lauren Ross Photography

RANCH ELEGANCE

WHIMSICAL SOPHISTICATION

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SmogShoppe style at the intersection of vintage and modern Photography By Lauren Ross Photography

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From Beth of Beth Helmstetter Events Jacey was a small town Texas girl with a love for charm and nostalgia for her hometown.

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Moving to LA many years ago to pursue her love for fashion, she also fell in love with Grant, a developer with a passion for the environment and urban style.

After Grant proposed, they agreed the SmogShoppe would be the perfect spot to blend Southern sensibility and style while staying environmentally friendly. We worked with Jacey to transform the super LA space into one that was still comfortable for her Texas family and friends. stylemepretty.com 73


For the ceremony, Jacey was in love with the idea of creating an outdoor living room in the SmogShoppe courtyard. We had a custom wall created to fit the space, covered it with burlap wall covering and hung reclaimed wood frames filled with beautiful prints as the backdrop.

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The wedding party sat in vintage lounge vignettes to add to the sense of home. Guests sat on benches with mismatched throw pillows while the aisle was lined with a collection of rugs.

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For dinner, Heirloom cooked up a family style feast with a southern flair that included chicken and waffles and the most delicious short ribs ever.

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For the tablescape, we collected found objects and vessels such as vintage tea tins, sugar bowls and the like, which Holly Flora overflowed with the most gorgeous blooms in every shade of pink, sepia and creams.

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Wedding Photography: Lauren Ross Photography / Wedding Venue: SmogShoppe in Los Angeles, California / Event Design + Planning: Beth Helmstetter Events / Floral Design: Holly Flora / Wedding Stationery: Beth Helmstetter Events / Calligraphy: Plurabelle Calligraphy / Catering: Heirloom LA / Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Entertainment: Supernova String Quartet / Reception Entertainment: de Bois Productions  / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Wedding Cinematography: Lovespun Films / Linens: La Tavola / Wedding Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop / Event Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals + Classic Party Rentals / Lighting: Aspect Lighting

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A modern NYC wedding done oh so right

Photography By Shawn Connell Of Christian Oth Studios

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From the bride

It was as modern and romantic as I could’ve ever imagined.

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It was magical. Every single moment. We’ve lived in New York for 10 years, so it was only fitting to celebrate our wedding day in our amazing city. Modern, chic and totally glam. The ceremony took place at the Tribeca Rooftop.

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The dress — of course it had some bling, we are in NYC!! Delicate strips of organza mixed with tiny sequins and sea pearls. Glamorous and truly a show stopper. And of course the blue stilettos from Pierre Hardy.

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The groom and all groomsmen wore John Varvatos leather Converse along with their tuxes.

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For the cocktail hour up on the roof, I wanted an outdoor but still modern feel. Grasses held each guest's table card, and dĂŠcor consisted of simple yet exotic plants and flowers.

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Wedding Planner: Annie Lee of Daughter of Design / Flowers + Event Design: Barb Salzman, Hatch Creative Studio / Photographer: Shawn Connell of Christian Oth Studios / Venue: Tribeca Rooftop / Dress:  Monique Lhuillier via Mark Ingram / Shoes: Pierre Hardy / Makeup: Nam Vo / Hair: Jeff Chastain / Jewelry + Rings: Kwiat / Groom’s Tux: John Varvatos / Groom’s Shoes: John Varvatos for Converse / Pizza: Eddie’s Pizza Truck / Stationery, Invitations, Programs + Menu Cards: Cheree Berry / Cinematography: Tweed Weddings

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The reception was a vision — deep eggplant linens, steel grey chairs, vibrant fuchsia centerpieces in vintage mercury glass, with candlelight everywhere. It was simply the best.

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The night was a total dance party, from start to finish.

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Farm gone fabulous at Durham Ranch

Photography By Meg Smith Photography

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From Laurie of Laurie Arons Special Events Jenny and Jordan’s love story was a modern day fairy tale: boy sees girl in crowded cafe, girl flashes him an unforgettable smile, boy posts ad on Craigslist Missed Connections to find her, and girl, with a little convincing from her friends, sees the ad and contacts him.

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The venue they selected, Durham Ranch in St. Helena California, has a fresh, preppy feel with its clean white barn and pool deck, complete with nautical stripes and lifesavers.

In keeping with this fresh, relaxed tone, the bride chose a soft palette of gray, taupe and white, kissed with a just little color from the pale pink florals.

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And as for the wedding dinner, well, they don’t get much better than this. The groom’s brother-inlaw, celebrity chef Tyler Florence, crafted a custom, late-summer menu based on Jenny and Jordan’s favorite recipes of his.

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Wedding Photography: Meg Smith Photography + Associate Photographer Lianne M. / Wedding Venue: Durham Ranch in St. Helena, California / Wedding Planning: Laurie Arons Special Events / Floral Design: Kathleen Deery Designs / Catering: Tyler Florence + Paula LeDuc Fine Catering / Dessert Buffet: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering + PS Paper / Printed Materials: Pose Prints (Owned by the Bride) / Linens: La Tavola / Furniture + Umbrellas: Urban Parlour by Kathleen Deery Designs / Tabletop: Classic Party Rentals / Ceremony Music: KLC Music / Cocktails + Dinner Music: Michael LaMacchia Trio / Dancing Music: Notorious / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Lighting: Got Light / Engraved Silverware: Pretty Paris on Etsy / Bride and Bridesmaids Hair & Make-Up: Jim Avila and Darlene Carlson 100 BEST OF 2012


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A swoon-worthy stunner that will stand the test of time

Photography By Matt Blum Photography

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From the bride

I’m somewhat of a perfectionist, so I like to think that a good amount of thought and planning went into every single detail.

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The dĂŠcor and overall design elements had sort of a vintage-glamour look, from the lace, linen and vintage vanity mirrors used for table numbers to the all white floral and candlelight.

In terms of colors we went with timeless classics: black, white, silver and gray. We knew we wanted a formal wedding, but we didn’t want our guests to think it was going to be so formal that it wasn’t going to be a good time.

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In order to set a fun tone for the event, we worked with the amazing Gretchen Berry of Watermark Stationery to create the perfect wedding suite, which added a whimsical element with an accordion fold-out invitation placed in a mini envelope and custom calligraphy from a local talent, Crystal Kluge.

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As I had heard from several brides before me, the whole ceremony was a blur, but a perfect blur.

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From the food, lighting, dĂŠcor, floral and music to our amazing family and friends who have loved and supported us from day one, it was truly a dream come true.


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Wedding Photography: Matt Blum Photography / Cinematography: Capture Studios / Floral: Floral Logic / Wedding Coordination: Mi Mi Design / Ceremony: Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church / Reception: Calhoun Beach Club / Wedding Gown & Veil: Vera Wang “Diana” via L’atelier Couture / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Bridesmaid Dresses: Melissa Sweet via Priscilla of Boston / Groom’s Tuxedo: Hugo Boss / Groomsmen Apparel: JoS. A. Bank / Hair: Smart & Chic Bride / Makeup: Jamie Holly of Brett Dorrian Artistry Studios / Ceremony Quartet: Alpine String Quartet / Ceremony Soloist: Angela Bobick / Cocktail Hour Band: Café Accordion Orchestra / Reception Band: Synergy / Lighting & DJ: Instant Request / Linen & Décor: Linen Effects / Rentals: Après + Ultimate Events / Wedding Invitations + Printed Pieces: Watermark Stationery / Calligraphy: Crystal Kluge / Catering, Dessert Table + Wedding Cake: D’Amico Catering / French Macaron + Sugar Peony Favors: Cocoa & Fig / 1951 Bentley Getaway Car: Twin City Trolleys & Classic Cars / Transportation: Star Transportation

David and I were able to enjoy every moment of the day and didn’t worry about a thing. Everything came together perfectly and I have all of our vendors to thank for that.

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Fashion forward and simply lovely

Photography By Mi Belle Inc.

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From Mar of TEAM Hair and Makeup We absolutely loved working with Victoria! Who knew blue eyeshadow and pink lipstick could look so good!

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Our “boutique wedding” theme was rustic, romantic, ethereal, relaxed, and vintage but elegant with a touch of rock 'n' roll. Somewhat of a Gatsby in wine country.


Victoria’s skin glowed, and her overall look was dramatic while at the same time soft and romantic. A perfect look for the modern bride!

For her hair, the whole goal was for it to look as effortless as possible. We used a textured hair creme to give it a piecey look and enhanced the natural wave of her hair by taking different-sized pieces of hair and wrapping them around a medium size ceramic curling iron.

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Wedding Photography: Mi Belle Inc. / Wedding Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum in Santa Barbara, California / Wedding Coordination, Design + Flowers: TOAST Event and Design Studio / Wedding Cinematography: Parker Seamen, Family Friend / DJ: Gavin Roy / Catering: Seasons Catering / Cake: Christine Dahl Pastries / Lighting: Bella Vista / Hair + Makeup: Mar R. of TEAM Hair and Makeup / Wedding Invitations: Bella Figura / Wedding Printed Materials: Pica Press / Linens: La Tavola  / Hairpiece: Lo Boheme

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From Josh of Mi Belle Inc. Jordan and Victoria could not take their eyes off of each other. They are headover-heels in love with each other and were so excited to be getting married.

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Weddings OF 2012

THE BEST

MOST LIKES LOVE IN LAGUNA BEACH

TORONTO SURPRISE

VINTAGE GLAMOUR IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

Photo By The Nichols

SOUTHERN ROMANCE

ELEGANT AUSTIN

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Swoon-worthy florals in a beautiful backyard fĂŞte

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As a floral designer, Chandra knew she wanted flowers to play a large role in the aesthetics of the event.

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The flowers had to be pieces that would be hardy enough for her to create in advance so that she wasn’t left racing the clock, and of course, they had to live up to the beautiful venue and still create the garden-chic look she was going for.

Chandra created a different bouquet composed of a single type of flower for each of her nine bridesmaids, with all nine types of flowers included in her bridal bouquet.


Chandra and Tony were married in the intimate setting of her brother’s backyard — a private estate with almost canyon-like qualities — hillsides lined with century old trees surrounded by white garden roses, nasturtium and lavender, peppered by unique homes on the overlooking edge. The yard was almost completely renovated for the wedding, with every last inch made to serve a purpose.

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Chandra and Tony knew they wanted a relaxed atmosphere for their big day with a “garden cocktail party” as their goal and did so by keeping the décor simple and comfortable, yet polished.

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No formal dinner was served — there were heavy bites served throughout the evening so that guests could eat, mingle and dance all night long.

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Wedding Photography: Christine Chang Photography / Wedding Venue: The Bride’s Brother’s Home in Laguna Beach, California / Floral Design: Chandra Abel Designs (The Bride) / Event Planning: Vikki Marsee + Shannon Dexter of All You Need is Love Events / Wedding Cinematography: FortyOneTwenty / Catering: Jock of Stalker’s Fine Foods (949-497-7147) / Wedding Cake: Sweet Catastrophe Cakes / DJ: DJ Sota Entertainment / Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Thread

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Too gorgeous to keep a secret

Photography By Tara McMullen Photography


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With Drew’s 30th birthday coming up, we knew we had the perfect guise for our surprise wedding. A surprise birthday party for Drew was not only the perfect façade; it also made lying to our family and friends much easier as I was able to express excitement to them without giving away our secret. stylemepretty.com 139


Looking at the photos of our guests’ reactions to the news has made it all worth it. The look of utter shock, followed by love and excitement on their faces, always brings me to tears. The reaction from our family and friends not in attendance has also been overwhelmingly positive. 140 BEST OF 2012


We wanted to choose a venue that had an intimate, casual feel, and the Harbord Room restaurant in Toronto could not have been a better fit. With its coral pink walls and quaint back garden, it was a very romantic setting.  stylemepretty.com 141


Wedding Photography: Tara McMullen Photography / Wedding Venue: The Harbord Room in Toronto, Ontario / Wedding Planning + Coordination: Karina Lemke / Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore via Mrs. Bridal Boutique / Hair: Industry Hair Dressing / Makeup: Gee Beauty 142 BEST OF 2012

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Rustic loveliness & DIY details

Photography By Imago Vita Photography


We did our first look in front of a large, 8-foot folding wall that my Dad built out of old picket fences. Many hands helped paint our names and sweet love verses across the wall and it turned out even better than I had hoped!

I own a custom stationery business, so paper details were important and abundant. Our invitations reflected our personalities perfectly. Simple, clean lines, and a little gold foil for me with Kraft paper and western fonts for Anthony. 146 BEST OF 2012


From the bride

Anthony and I wanted a wedding that was comfortable, fun, and completely full of everyone we love!

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The day was filled with everything that was important to the both of us and it all blended together better than I could have ever imagined!

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I started crafting. With the help of my mom, sister, stepmom, aunts, cousins, and many friends, we created about 900 feet of bunting made from fabric that belonged to my grandmother and great grandmother.

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During the ceremony, guests wore custom designed buttons in memory of Anthony’s father and they folded their programs into paper airplanes that were tossed in the air as we walked down the aisle as husband and wife.

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Wedding Photography: Imago Vita Photography  / Venue: Private Residence at Rockin Horse Ranch in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma / Floral Design: The Floral Touch (918760-3324) / Catering: Fat Jack’s BBQ / Wedding Cakes: Ann’s Bakery  / Music: DJ Connection / Rentals: Party Pro Rents and Events / Stationery: SwellMail Designs (the Bride) / Wedding Dress: Custom Design via Abelina’s Boutique / Bride’s Veil: Bridal By Teri / Bride’s Shoes: Dillard’s / Bride’s Boots: Corral Boots via Cavender’s / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew + JC Penney + Maurices / Groom’s Vest + Jacket: JC Penney / Hair: Ashley Franke of AnnaLivia Styles / Makeup: Ashlee Bivins

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It doesn't get prettier than this...

Photography By Jana Williams Photography

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From Jana Williams Photography Keri Lynn and John were married on a perfect fall day in Keri Lynn’s hometown of Salem, New Hampshire. Fall leaves, blue skies, and 150 of their closest friends and family welcomed the couple “home.”

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The couple wanted the reception to reflect their dreams and hope for the future by hosting the event on the future building site for Keri Lynn and John’s New England home.

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With every last detail crafted by the bride, the wedding felt like a romantic, personal fairytale.

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Wedding Photography: Jana Williams Photography / Additional Photographers: Erin LaSorsa + Aaron Spagnolo / Wedding Cinematography: Dave Baez of Forever June Films / Wedding Venue: The Future Home Site of the Bride and Groom in Salem, New Hampshire / Event Planning + Wedding Stationery: Cortney Sarkozy + Erin LaSorsa of Invited Design Studio / Floral Design: Susanne’s Weddings / Calligraphy: Jillian Yee-Pham of 2 Hearts B1 Designs / Catering: Deke of Little Neck Clambake Company / Wedding Cake: Chickadee Hill Cakes / Cake Topper: The Bride’s Parents / Apples + Cider: Jean Nassar of Apple Acres / Mini Lobster Rolls: The Beach Plum / Music: DJ Aaron Denny / Rentals: Exeter Events & Tents / Transportation: Greg Marcus of A One Chauffeur Connection / Wishing Tree Sign, Table Numbers, Felted Acorns, Menu Signs, Thank You Cards, Photo Booth Tickets, Save-the-Dates, Tulle & Chiffon Flowers, Escort Cards, Place Cards, Wishing Tree Tags, Welcome Bags, I Have the Rings Sign, Glass Jars, Card Holders + Dance Floor Chandeliers: DIY by the Bride / Wedding Dress + Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Marc Bouwer / Bride’s Shoes: Dana Davis / Bride’s Hair: Chaz Dean / Bridesmaids’ Hair: Bella Viaggio Salon / Men’s Bow Ties: Ellie of The Cordial Churchman / Custom Wedding Bands: Designed by Simon G 162 BEST OF 2012


All the vendors, including the beer, lobster, and flowers were local to New Hampshire, giving their wedding a true “Feels Like Home” theme.

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Wedding style, perfected

Photography By The Nichols

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From the bride Michael and I live in New York City, but we travel to Austin, Texas, often to visit my family. We both love it so much that we decided the night we got engaged that a hill country celebration would be perfect for us.

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What was also very special was that I wore my mother’s veil that she wore when she married my dad 42 years ago!

And for my wedding gown, I was lucky enough to have the privilege of working with Monique Lhuillier! Using mom’s veil as our starting point of inspiration, Monique designed my absolute dream gown.

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The most important part to us was the ceremony itself. We had a traditional Catholic mass ceremony, and we included some Hispanic traditions like the exchanging of the arras (coins that represent the groom’s promise to provide for his family, and the bride’s promise to properly use and care for their money) and the traditional lasso (a figure-eight loop that is placed over the bride and groom to represent a lifetime of unity).

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We wanted the vibe for the reception to be inspired by our favorite French designer, Philippe Starck.

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We also love sugar, so our sweets table was filled with three different cake flavors and all our personal favorites like University of Texas Longhorns sugar cookies (my fave) and s’mores tarts (Michael’s fave).

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THE BEST

EDITORS' PICKS A FANCIFUL FÊTE

RETRO ROMANCE

FROM PARIS, WITH LOVE

Photo By Rylee Hitchner

GARDEN ENCHANTMENT

UNDERSTATED ELEGANCE

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ERIN's FavORITE

A sea of coral peonies and gorgeous Vera Wang gowns are a killer combo. So, in my eyes, this wedding was the definition of perfect.

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Modern glamour infused with whimsy & wonder

Photography By Tanja Lippert Photography


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From the bride We chose San Francisco because it was between our schools where we first met. However, given that we fell in love in NYC where we spent five years together, we wanted to bring things we loved about NYC to San Francisco as well: modern elements mixed with classic, old-world elegance, a little bit of fashion and cocktails with a twist. stylemepretty.com 179


We were also lucky to get some key advice early on: prioritize in the beginning of the planning process and stick to it. Later on, I was tempted to consider and implement every idea, but our earlier thoughts helped us stick to our guns!

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We picked decorations that we wanted have in our future home together.

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Wedding Photography: Tanja Lippert Photography / Reception: The James Leary Flood Mansion in San Francisco, California / Floral Design: Brown Paper Design / Month-ofWedding Coordination: Elise of Dream a Little Dream Events / Officiant: Paul Trudeau of City Church / Wedding Cinematography: Basico by Weddings on Film / Catering: Melons Catering & Events / Wedding Cake: Branching Out Cakes / Wedding Invitations: Lilywillow / Invitation Stamps: Zazzle / Wedding Day Paper Goods: Green Pine Graphics / Ceremony Musicians: San Francisco Conservatory of Music / Reception DJ: DJ KenFused / Linens: La Tavola / Lighting: Got Light? / Rentals: Melons Catering & Events, Hartmann Studios + Blueprint Studios / Photo Booth: The Magnolia Photo Booth Co. / Cable Car: Classic Cable Car Charters / Guest Parking: California Parking / Bus Shuttles: Peninsula Parking / Accommodations: The Westin St. Francis / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang via Saks Fifth Avenue / Bride’s Headpiece + Veil: Saks Fifth Avenue / Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Bride’s Necklace: Nadri “Ariel” Station via Nordstrom / Bride’s Earrings: Made from Nadri “Ariel” Necklace / Bride’s Ring: Irene Neuwirth via Ylang23 / Hair + Makeup: Sherrie Long / Bridesmaids Dresses: Love to Talk / Bridesmaids’ Gifts: Studio Jewel / Flower Girls’ Attire: J.Crew / Smaller Flower Girls’ Shoes: Target / Groom’s Tuxedo: Ralph Lauren / Groom’s Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo / Groom’s Shirt: Thomas Pink / Groom’s Ring: Tang’s Jewelry 184 BEST OF 2012


There were so many magical moments on our wedding day. Walking through Union Square toward Albert for our first look. Seeing all of my favorite people in the world as I walked down the aisle. Riding the trolley around the city with the best friends one could ask for (and them singing at the top of their lungs). We wouldn’t have had it any other way.

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Vintage chic with an urban flair Photography By Elisabeth Millay Photography

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Choosing a favorite wedding is never easy. But there is just something about this particular celebration that I couldn't tear myself away from...the pretty, classic approach to design with a sense of effortless romance threaded into every detail. For me, this is true love.

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As a designer and art director, the regal, yet undone setting inspired me, and I knew there would be opportunity to create many beautiful projects to suit the space and surround our guests with details that reflect us. 188 BEST OF 2012


From the bride

The Metropolitan Building was the first venue we saw, and we knew instantly it was perfect.

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The tables were dressed in pale gray linens with an assortment of mercury glass vases of varying sizes, tapers and votive candle holders. Our floral designer, Saipua, used lush blooms in pale pink, coral, aubergine, cream, and dusty greens for the arrangements that were placed in silver, footed bowls.

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Saipua sourced gorgeous gold chenille curtains with a bit of tooth to them for our backdrop, which were flanked by two rustic wood pillars that held loose arrangements of flowering spirea.

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The day was beyond what we had hoped for. Our guests are still talking about the wedding to this day, saying it was the best they had been to from food, music, ceremony, to all of the loving details.

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ABBY C.'s FavORITE

Classic, amazing blooms, and an amazing pup. Basically all my weaknesses...

Organic elegance that’s effortlessly dreamy

Photography By Jose Villa Photography


I’ve always dreamed of a garden wedding. There is something so effortlessly romantic and beautiful about nature.

We kept our wedding simple and tried to allow the beautiful surroundings at San Ysidro Ranch to stand out. 198 BEST OF 2012


From the bride

With only 60 of our closest friends and family (plus our precious poodle, Molly), the day was intimate and special. stylemepretty.com 199


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We had the ceremony in a grassy lawn with two arches adorned with small white roses.  Dinner was served in a cozy cottage, warmly lit by the setting sun. The characteristic fireplace added a homey touch alongside the bookshelf of vintage books and vases.

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There was so much love in the air, and to us, this was the most perfect day.

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DAWN's FavORITE

SOOO obsessed with this wedding shoot, I'd actually get married wherever Rylee Hitchner told me to, as long as she was my photographer. And I wouldn't be ashamed to basically steal every last detail, either.


An intimate affair in the city of light

Photography By Rylee Hitchner Photography


From JESSICA SLOANE We wanted to craft something perfectly intimate and romantic for a couple who is as young and in love as these two.

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Influenced by the rich color palette in the Parisian architecture, we imagined a tiny ceremony and dinner party that would be glamorous without feeling heavy-handed.

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We mixed gold and pewter with soft colors and incorporated glistening pieces throughout.

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Elegant and simple. This couple is as cute as can be, and we enjoyed working with them in this beautiful setting.

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Wedding Photography: Rylee Hitchner Photography / Creative Direction, Design + Styling: Jessica Sloane Event Styling & Design / Floral Design: Amy Osaba / Wedding Stationery + Decals: Neither Snow / Wedding Cake: Dream Cakes Bakery / Rentals: Special Events / Linens: Southern Events Party Rental & Vintage Prop Shop / Chandelier Installation: Allison Rhee of Enamored With / Wedding Dress: Badgley Mischka / Bride’s Veil: The Bride Room / Hair + Makeup: Joanna Ballentine


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This was my hands down favorite wedding of the year (maybe of the century). Definitely what my wedding would look like...if I were cooler.

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Timeless romance amongst the English countryside

Photography By Aaron Delesie


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From David Pressman Events Late into the evening of a recent Thanksgiving tucked away in the rolling hills of the English countryside, on the grounds of the members only club Babington House, newlyweds Heather and Neal Callow stood together and gazed upward as an incredible display of fireworks lit up the sky in honor of their wedding which had taken place just hours before.

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From the very start the bride wanted simplicity and understated style in everything she and her groom-to-be chose. From the save-the-dates — hand-drawn by Neal, a talented art director with an impressive list of credits behind him — to the simplicity of the flowers — roses, hydrangeas and ranunculus — all the way to the wedding cake prepared by the best friend of the groom’s mother. 

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Married earlier in the day at St. Andrew’s Church in the village of Mells in the English county of Somerset, the church tower, from 1446, had rung its bells in honor of this glorious marriage.

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Despite the grandeur of the setting, this wedding was all about fun, family and creating great memories and the guiding principal behind the design and execution for this wedding was the 1939 English saying, "Keep Calm and Carry On."

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Wedding Photography: Aaron Delesie / Wedding Ceremony Venue: St. Andrew’s Church in Mells, England / Wedding Reception Venue + Catering: Babington House in Somerset, England / Wedding Planning: David Pressman Events / Floral Design: Passion / Wedding Invitations: Mr. Boddington’s Studio / Menus + Escort Cards: Hello! Lucky / Cake Flags: Herriott Grace / Favors: Bombki / Wedding Dress: Delphine Manivet / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Vera Wang / Hair + Makeup: Norma Webb / Groom’s Suit: Tom Ford / Double-Decker Bus: Shaftesbury and District / Clay-Pigeon Shooting: Wellow Trekking Centre

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The Belle and the Beau

Sayles Livingston Design

De s t i n a t i on

D es ti n a ti o n

Fashion Accessories

Floral and Event Design

Jose Villa Photography

Marcus Bell - Studio Impressions

De s t i n a t i on

D es ti n a ti o n

Photography

Photography


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Photo Credit: Timeless Moment: Photo + Cinema

Castleton Farms

Devoted to You

De s t i n a t i on

C a n a da

Venues

Event Planning

Photo Credit: DEL SOL PHOTOGRAPHY

Phototerra Studio

Planner 1 Events

Canada

M ex i c o

Photography

Floral

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Photo Credit: Phyllis Lane Photography

Amy Mancuso Events

Laura Hooper Calligraphy

A r i zon a

C a li f o rn i a

Event Planning

Calligraphy

Contemporary Catering & Event Production

Godfather Films

C a l i for n i a

Catering

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Photo Credit: Allison C Photography

Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations

Coastside Couture

C a l i for n i a

C a li f o rn i a

Event Planning

Event Planning

Photo Credit: One Love Photo

Photo Credit: Allison Stahl

Esla Events: Planning + Design

Blooms by Martha Andrews

C a l i for n i a

C a li f o rn i a

Event Planning

Floral

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Photo Credit: Photo by Mibelle

Arrangements Floral & Party Designs

The White Dress by The Shore

C a l i for n i a

C o n n ec ti c ut

Floral and Event Design

Fashion

Photo Credit: arden photography

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Studio Marie-Pierre

Christopher Confero Design

F l or i d a

G eo rg i a

Beauty

Floral and Event Design


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Photo Credit: Timothy Whaley & Associates

Photo Credit: Corbin Gurkin

Music By Design

Maine Seasons Events

Il l i n oi s

Maine

Entertainment

Event Planning

Photo Credit: Meaghan Elliott Photography

Photo Credit: Kate McElwee

Chesapeake Bay Beach Club

New England Country Rentals

Maryland

M a s s a c h us etts

Venues

Party Rentals and Tents

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Photo Credit: Bill Waldorf

Main Street Fine Catering

Elegantly Iced

New Jersey

N ew Y o rk

Catering

Cakes

Elegant Occasions by JoAnn Gregoli

Bridal Reflections

N e w Yor k

N ew Y o rk

Event Planning

Fashion

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twobirds Bridesmaid

Craig Paulson Photography

N e w Yor k

N ew Y o rk

Fashion

Photography

Photo Credit: Jeremy Harwell Photography

Abigail Seymour Photography

Bald Head Island Club

Nor t h C a r ol i n a

N o rth C a ro li n a

Photography

Venues

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Photo Credit: Michael Carr Photography

In Style Weddings and Destinations

Keely Thorne Events

Te x a s

Tex a s

Event Planning

Event Planning

Amy DeYoung Photography

Eclectic Images Photography

Te x a s

Tex a s

Photography

Photography

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Photo Credit: Leslie Maron Photography

Premier DJ Services

Daisy Days

W a s hi n g t on D.C .

Vi rtua l Serv i c es • Sh i ps Ev eryw h er e

Entertainment

Favors

Photo Credit: rose hill

Plum Pretty Sugar

Bel Canto Designs

Handmade

Ha n dm a de

Bridesmaid

Fashion Accessories

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