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love stories about weddings. Courtships, engagements, romantic relationships, wooing, love ... I think it’s because they form the basis of everything we plan, do and hope for in life. Plus, everyone has a love story, and each one of

these stories has a piece of the best soap opera ever.

The City Weddings Magazine is our gift to the bridal world in El Paso. It is our mission to give a one-of-a-kind, unique magazine that represents the beauty of our locals. Whether we’re showcasing your unique wedding, or giving you the information you need to plan your special day, we hope you

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enjoy turning the pages full of ideas and vendors. We don’t settle for mediocrity and neither should you. In this wedding-themed issue, we have what you might expect: a beautiful collection of gowns and veils, a listing of the top 10 most popular songs played at weddings, and even the history of the wedding garter. But my favorites are always the bridal stories. In our spirit of understanding that love sometimes comes around more than once, there’s a love story about the importance of timing and how love is often felt from the first encounter. We profile real weddings, weddings that always tie to El Paso—either the wedding event happens in our region, or it’s one of our own celebrating a destination wedding, but still choosing their hometown experts to help create their celebration. In every way, we are, The City Weddings. We hope you enjoy this issue.

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Best Wedding Quotes

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.” (Winnie the Pooh)

“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness– and call it love–true love.”

“In the opinion of the world, marriage ends all, as it does in a comedy. The truth is precisely the opposite: it begins all.” (Anne S. Swetchine)

(Robert Fulghum, True Love)

“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”

“Don’t marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think you can’t live without.”

(When Harry Met Sally)

(James C. Dobson)

“I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.” (Rita Rudner)

“Love is a partnership of two unique people who bring out the very best in each other, and who know that even though they are wonderful as individuals, they are even better together.” (Barbara Cage)


“Give up on fear. Give up on anger. Give up on every emotion that doesn’t enhance your life. But never give up on love. It’s always worth the fight.” (Fawn Weaver)

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Most Popular First Dance Songs


emember the first song you heard with your partner? You

curves and all your edges, all your perfect imperfections,” it’s no

listened to each line of the song, the way it symbolically

wonder Legends’ “All of Me” is on this list.

fit how you are as a couple, simultaneously thinking, “This is our song.” Wait… no?

5. “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri The song was first written for the “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”

Don’t worry. Not every couple has a song! Thankfully, Spotify has

movie. Perri’s haunting voice, paired with pleasant lyrics about falling

recently compiled a list of the ‘Top Ten Most Popular ‘First Dance’

in love fits well into the Top Ten First Dance list.

Songs” to help you and your partner find that first song to dance to after the I do’s.

6. “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele Adele remakes the original by the great Bob Dylan with style. A song

1. “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran

about everlasting love, the lyrics include, “I could make you happy,

The beauty of the line, “take me into your loving arms, kiss me under

make your dreams come true; nothing that I wouldn’t do.”

the light of a thousand stars, place your head on my beating heart,” is easily one of the sweetest ever played. This song, that Sheeran

7. “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz

admits is about his girlfriend, Anthina Andrelos, is justified as the top

An emotional and inspiring song about never giving up on someone

“first dance” song.

you love, Mraz sings this song with passion. The lyrics, “I won’t give up on us, even if the skies get rough. I’m giving you all my love, I’m

2. “At Last” by Etta James

still looking up,” make for a perfect first dance song.

James’ soulful voice in “At Last” is one of those songs you’ll hear at every wedding. Such passion in James’ voice paired with lyrics like “at

8. “Everything” by Michael Bublé

last, my love has come along. My lonely days are over, and life is like

Michael Bublé is no stranger to a list like this one. With “Everything,”

a song,” it reminds you of the love you share with your life partner.

Bublé captures the true feeling about falling in love.

3. “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne

9. “Better Together” by Jack Johnson

Out of “Gossip in the Rain”, this song is particularly simple but sweet.

loved one, but as you listen to this song, it is like this was written for

With lyrics like, “the way you move me, it’s crazy. It’s like you see

you and your partner. Johnson sings, “Love is the answer” and on

right through me, and make it easier,” it lands the third spot as a

this top ten list of songs, it is definitely the right answer.

I’m sure the name of this Jack Johnson song makes you think of your

favorite first dance song.

4. “All of Me” by John Legend Multiple sources say that Legend co-wrote this song and was inspired

10. “Amazed” by Lonestar One of the classics, Lonestar’s “Amazed” paints the beautiful picture of true love. You don’t have to be a country music fan to love this song!

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here are three different chapters when you look at a relationship: The Relationship, Love and Marriage. Each chapter has its own beginning, middle and end, each beautiful and poetic in their own way. The complete story of Catherine Coronado and Claudio Ibarra is no different in its structure. The contents, however, are unique, telling of a partnership filled with honesty, fiery passion, commitment and raw feelings that every couple dreams about.

Coronado and Ibarra’s story begins in college in 2008. Completely absorbed in the Greek world, the Zeta Tau Alpha and Alpha Kappa Lambda, respectfully, became acquainted. Being in the same social circle, and busy academic and Greek life, the two quickly built a friendship. “Before we dated, it was always fraternity events and get togethers. The [fraternity] are like brothers to me so we spent, and still spend, a lot of time together.” And that’s all that it was for two years, a great friendship. The two even spent a lot of time together working on her father’s campaign for Justice of the Peace. “We have always loved spending time together, that’s why our friends think we’re crazy,” she laughs.


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The friendship became romantic when Coronado turned 20. Ibarra

But the wait was worth it and soon after Coronado graduated

knew that he wanted to date her and after celebrating her birthday,

from UTEP, they took a family trip to Newport Beach, California on

he decided that he would try (once again) to see if she would finally

Valentine’s Day. They were eating at a restaurant called, The Winery,

make him her boyfriend. The persistence paid off and they seamlessly

surrounded by Coronado’s family. As the night was closing up, the

changed relationship status from “just friends” to “in a relationship.”

couple went outside, Coronado led to believe that they were taking

This meant more birthdays to celebrate together, romantic getaways

a picture together, the Pacific Ocean behind them. Flashes went

and family trips, forming lifelong memories and replacing “I” with

off, but posing soon turned into Ibarra getting down on one knee.

“us.” It wasn’t long before they each knew that this would be the

Coronado remembers, “I was shaking all over from my emotions.”

end of their dating careers, that they no longer needed to search the

She excitingly said “yes,” her family witnessing the heart-felt

world for their soul mate because they had found that in each other.

moment, and began to plan her wedding.

“The first time the thought of me wanting to marry her was actually

Catherine gushes, “The fiancé year was the best year. It was so

on her 21st birthday, which was probably a little over a year after we

fun to say that I had a fiancé and planning the wedding.” Besides

started dating. I remember at the end of that night, everyone was

months of planning, leading up to her wedding also consisted of a

giving speeches and saying happy birthday to her. When it came to

joint bachelor and bachelorette party, and a brooch party. True to a

me, I remember everyone was so quiet and I was a nervous freak,

theme of pure uniqueness, Coronado wanted her bouquet to consist

but I remember telling her that I loved her and that I wanted to spend

of brooches, both from friends and family, some going back to her

the rest of our lives together, sooner rather than later,” Ibarra shares.

great-great grandmother.

Only the timing was off. Before Ibarra could get down on his knees and

“I wrote my vows the night before [the wedding] at Hotel Indigo,”

ask the question he longed to ask, Coronado needed to finish college.

remembers Coronado. The day of the wedding “was the most


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C at h e r i n e a n d C l a u d i o I b a r r a peaceful morning. I went down for breakfast and my sister read my vows.” Her younger sister, Elizabeth, also got to read Ibarra’s vows to his future wife before the wedding, coming back into her sister’s room with tears in her eyes. Coronado remembers Elizabeth telling her she needed to rewrite her vows since Ibarra’s were so beautiful. Married by Coronado’s godfather, Judge Alejandro Gonzalez, the couple started their new life as husband and wife on June 11, 2016. Not to be compared to other weddings in the city, the wedding was not typical. Celebrating at EPIC Railyard Event Center, the scene was runway inspired, with a full topiary wall as a backdrop, crystal and gold accents and ostrich feathers instead of flowers. Their Greek family was there, a lot of them part of the wedding party, reinforcing the bond of sister and brotherhood. Her wedding dress was more of a gown, circling around her in white perfection as she moved through her reception. “There was a moment we had before eating that we kind of had to ourselves. Other than that, we were surrounded by people,” says Coronado, looking back on the day. The only thing that she would have changed is being able to spend more time with people. The couple both agreed that the day could have gone slower, so as to appreciate and live in every moment. They danced their first dance to Keith Urban’s, “Making Memories of Us,” played live by Joe Barron, and the two stepped together in sync; a foreshadowing of their married life. As the night came to an end, the smiles never faded, nor did the ecstatic feeling that rose from deep inside their bodies. They honeymooned in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and made the smooth transition into husband and wife, for their happily ever after.


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These were the lyrics that sent Terry Barragan

was, ‘He’s lured me here with wine and steak

down the aisle to join her love, Tony Montelongo,

and now he’s going to dump me!’”

where they exchanged self-written vows, and

“Someone told me there’s a girl out there, with love in her eyes and flowers in her hair…”

finally walked the same path.

Little did she know, her husband to-be was cultivating an extraordinary moment from

“That beautiful man is here to get his haircut,”

an ordinary night. Tony got down on one

Terry told her niece, Marlene, as Tony entered

knee and proposed to his beloved: “I had

the salon for his regular cut. The two had been

been praying for a marriage with love and

dancing from a distance for years, before

substance, but I didn’t realize what I was

Marlene took the cue and conspired with Tony’s

really praying for, was you.”

daughter, Marina, and three months later… Terry knew she wanted to take this important “It wasn’t our usual date night,” Terry

step with Tony from the get-go. They were true

beamed, “we had just finished a session at

to each other from the start; they were open

the gym and he invited me over for dinner

and honest and did not put up a front that is

afterwards. When I arrived, he was acting

so common in dating. When they fell in love,

strange, I could tell he was really nervous. I

it was to each other’s essence and not to false

began to get nervous myself; my first thought

impressions. Their life events had mirrored each other impeccably. Timing was truly paramount.


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“We both needed to go through what we went through to be ready for each other.”

Together, with the support of family and

they all used their talents to make the vision

friends, they prepared for over eight months.

come to life.”

Initially wanting something small and intimate, they soon realized how loved they both were,

Terry chose her wedding gown at a local El

as the guest list quickly grew to 400, with

Paso bridal boutique. She initially envisioned

360 in attendance. Terry’s sister formed a

something formal, lacy, and blush in color,

Wedding Committee for the couple, helping

forgoing the traditional bridal look. But when

them maximize their few free days off. While

her sister insisted she try on a beautiful

attending various wedding expositions, Terry

champagne-colored wedding dress, Terry got

became fond of the work of florist, Laura Carrillo.

the exact reaction she was looking for.

With Pinterest as her muse, Laura identified her style with two words: vintage chic.

“My daughter took one look at me and gasped,





“It really helped to know what I wanted. I

beautiful!’ That was the exact reaction I

communicated my ideas with everyone who

was looking for, and at that moment I knew

helped us put the wedding together and

I had found the dress.”


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The earrings she wore were a gift from her

to prenuptial drinks and aperitifs. Along a

fiancé, a pair of chameleon topaz Swarovski

14-foot nosh table, lay an elegant spread of

crystals, which change color to reflect the

cheeses and olives, set up by Terry’s sister.

wearer’s ensemble.

To drink, the couple hand-picked bartenders from a local restaurant to make their signature

Terry took a DIY approach by hand-crafting

beverage: the jalapeno cilantro margarita.

her decorations; much of the preparation resulted in hours of cutting, snipping, and

Walking down the aisle to a live acoustic

folding paper flowers, which draped a brick

cover of, “Going to California” by Led

walk that back-dropped the cake table.

Zeppelin, Terry and Tony met at the altar to be wed by Terry’s cousin, a judge in New

The celebration was held at the Epic Railyard

Mexico. The couple’s great friend, a pastor,

Event Center near downtown, and turned

also shared words of love; with that, the

out to be one big party, just as the couple

couple exchanged their personal vows and

wanted. Instead of having the typical events

became husband and wife.

that make up a ceremony and reception, the Montelongo’s crafted a party that trimmed all

Terry and Tony kept true to their non-

the stuffiness and kept all the fun.

traditional festivity by sharing an intimate first-look before the ceremony. Forgoing


Instead of waiting for cocktail hour after

the dollar dance and bouquet toss, and

the vows, the couple treated their guests

entertaining every segment of the wedding

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with music. They walked into their reception to a live mariachi band, enjoyed the acoustic guitar during dinner, and transitioned to a DJ with a variety of music and props, causing guests to be pried from the dancefloor when the clock struck one in the morning. Soon after, the Montelongo’s boarded their flight to the Tahiti Islands, where they began their marriage in tropical bliss. Terry does not regret sparring the help of a wedding planner. Together with the help of family, friends, and all professional collaborators, their event resulted in a day that exceeded the couple’s expectations. She attributes the success of the day in part to her sister who helped coordinate the flow of the day’s events, guiding guests from cocktail hour, to ceremony, to reception, and addressing any logistical concerns, leaving the couple to enjoy their day free of stress. Terry describes her wedding day in one word: amazing. Not only did the Montelongo’s craft an exceptional day, their personalities were demonstrated through every detail that made up the wedding. Terry emphasizes this advice to create a day that will satisfy the heart and bring forth the uniqueness of both loves: “when it comes to planning your wedding, there are no rules. You don’t need to have any sort of traditional wedding ritual if you don’t want to. It is your day to celebrate becoming husband and wife and you are free to create it however you like.”


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liver Wendell Holmes said, “Love is the master key that

opens the gates of happiness.”

“Saying that I am a Disney fan is a huge understatement. As a little girl, I always dreamed of having my own ‘fairy tale ending,’ and since I found that in my husband, what better way to celebrate than with a

That’s exactly how Sarah Galindo felt when she married her husband,

Disney themed wedding,” she said. “I did not want it to be cheesy,

Aaron, last June. The two, engaged in 2014, had known each other

though, so I decided that adding a vintage touch was the way to go.”

while students at Eastwood High School. Sarah’s bridesmaids got to choose their own dresses, but still held The El Paso natives met through mutual friends and were college

true to that good ole Disney mantra.

sweethearts. Sarah said one of the things she adores most about her husband is his giving nature.

“What makes Disney such a great experience is the little details, and that’s what I wanted to focus on with our decorations. I think the little

“His compassion for other people and animals is just so inspiring and

things make all the difference.”

fills me and everyone around him with so much love, it hurts. He has truly made me a better person.”

The desserts were served in true Disney fashion, with quotes from many of the popular movies written all over them. Sarah even made

After 19 months of bridal preparation, Sarah said her wedding day

many of her wedding decorations herself.

was an absolute dream come true. Her wedding theme was nothing short of a fairy tale.

“It was very important to me to do as many of the decorations myself


Weddings, 2017 because my vision of Disney is very different from that of other people, I think.” The couple were married at Saint Stephen Deacon and Marytr church. A venue, Sarah said, was the only choice the minute she walked through the doors. “It is so dreamy and ethereal, which tied right into our theme anyway.” The couple also chose a more traditional floral arrangement. “The floral selection was all of my favorite flowers: garden roses, poppies and baby’s breath. My husband and I both love succulents so we had accent succulents in the bouquet and boutonnieres.” she said. Sarah wore an open-back, form fitting laced gown. The groom wore a light grey tuxedo. The bridal party’s dresses were knee length and sage, while the groom’s party wore darker grey tuxedos with brown shoes. Sarah said while she put in months of preparing the colors, the food and decorations, she had to constantly remind herself not to sweat the small stuff. “As a control freak, I had my moments where this was difficult to remember but at the end of the day, you can’t control every little detail and you definitely can’t control the little things that will go wrong, you can only control how you react to them.” And while wanting your wedding to be absolutely perfect is understandable, Sarah said to remember the one reason for the occasion in the first place. “It’s not about the wedding, it’s about the marriage and as long as you remember that, the wedding planning should be fun, not stressful!” Sarah said to hire a truly professional photographer to add to the magical event. 60

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“Years from now, the images you have from your wedding will allow you to relive the day, so choose one that is going to respect that.” Since Sarah still had a semester left of school when they married, they are planning a summer honeymoon trip to Europe, a present given to her by her grandmother. “We will be traveling through London and Paris, to name a few, to celebrate our eternal love for one another, and we couldn’t be more excited!”

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Martha and Gregory Lush here is a plan and a future for each one of us. Martha and Greg Lush knew that from the moment they were introduced to one another by

their dear friend, Amanda Lopez, who later served

as Martha’s Maid of Honor. The two were enjoying

a lovely dinner in Santa Fe, New Mexico, when she

says he got very quiet before popping the big question. It being a second marriage for both, Martha says she and Greg both possess a sense of maturity, life experiences, respect and honesty to their relationship. It was on a hiking trip in Sedona, with Greg’s family, when Martha says she knew Greg was the one. She spent time with his family there, and on their way up to Escondido, California to attend a family wedding. Everyone was so welcoming and accepting towards her; she just felt like part of his family. That’s when it really hit home for her. Following their seven-month engagement, the couple left all the big decisions to their friend and wedding planner, Patrick Carey. Because Carey was familiar with their taste, the pair felt confident he would go above and beyond to create a beautiful event. In an effort to help everyone relax a little more during a meet and greet, guests were welcomed with cocktails while enjoying live guitar music played by Ricardo Valencia. Martha says one of the most memorable details about her and Greg’s beautiful ceremony included a live version of her favorite song, “Ave Maria,” sung by Jessica Flores. Martha says it was hard work fighting back tears, and trying to not trip over her skirt, as she walked down the aisle. However, when she finally spotted Greg, she was stunned at how handsome he looked. When the two locked eyes, he also started to get teary-eyed. In hopes of making him smile, so they could get through their vows, Martha shot him a funny face. Once she made it down the aisle, their dear friend, Judge Linda Chew, gave what they described as “the most beautiful wedding vows which had everyone in happy tears.” The bride, along with the rest of their families and friends, were simply amazed with all the final touches perfectly placed inside the El Paso Botanical Gardens. “Everything from the delicious dinner served by D’Lox catering to the late-night tacos by La Vianda catering, the night was just magical,” says Martha. She credits Patrick for an evening that just flowed wonderfully.


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Martha and Gregory Lush

As the couple awaited their special day,

Martha, an El Paso native, and Greg, who

take each other for granted and always kiss

they kicked off their celebration with a pre-

is originally from Palo Alto, California, agree

before going to sleep. “Every day is a new

honeymoon trip to Italy. Following their

that while they love El Paso and everything

blessing with someone who loves me for

nuptials, they returned to Santa Fe where

it offers, are currently looking at homes in

who I am and who I love for who he is. We

they celebrated a little more. Martha says they

Santa Fe, with the possibility of dividing

will take care of one another and have many

continue learning something new together

their time between here and there. For

adventures together.” She says that while

and it’s a pleasure to be with someone who is

now, they are happily enjoying their time as

every relationship is different, there should

so easy going. She describes Greg as a very

newlyweds, which Martha says consists of

be true commitment to one another. “Marry

attentive and giving person -- which likely

a solid foundation of respect and remaining

someone for all the right reasons, but learn to

led to their decision to support their local

supportive in good times. She vows to

be happy with yourself first.”

community; instead of gifts, they asked their


wedding guests to donate to The Children

always remain grateful to God for hearing

Crisis Center or to The Humane Society.

her prayers and bringing Mr. Right into her





life. Martha says it’s vital to her to never


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A Leg of History

The Wedding Garter:




– guests would nearly attack her as they tore

materials as lace, silk, and satin, and are

upbeat tune begins to fill the wedding

at the fabric of her dress all in hopes of good

adorned with pretty jewels, pearls, and bows.

reception, bringing the guests’ attention to

fortune. This eventually led to the creation

They are also traditionally white or cream in

the newly-wedded couple. Often following a

of a detachable part of the dress, the garter,

color, though many also include various hues

fun little dance, the groom excitedly kneels

to be worn specifically to give to guests for

of blue to satisfy that “something blue”

before his new wife, who sits eagerly at the

good luck. Thanks to the garter, brides would

component listed in the famous wedding

room’s center. He then carefully lifts her dress,

then be able to be carried over the threshold

rhyme. However, because garters are worn

removes the garter, positioned just above her

in a still-intact wedding dress.

underneath the dress, the bride is able to






pick any design that suits her fancy.

right knee, then flings it towards the crowd of eligible bachelors in attendance. The one lucky

Another, even less discreet origin of the

enough to catch the garter will supposedly be

garter tradition is said to have begun in

To help perpetuate this popular tradition,

the next one to hear wedding bells.

medieval Europe as a form of “proof” that

most garters are sold in pairs—one larger,

the bride and groom had consummated

more fancy garter for the bride to keep,

How did this tradition come to be? Dating

their marriage. In fact, it wasn’t unusual

accompanied by another small garter made

back to the 14th century, experts say the

for the newlyweds’ families and friends to

especially for her groom to toss to his bachelor

garter toss is one of the oldest wedding

actually join the couple in the bedroom on

buds. This allows the couple to participate in

rituals still being practiced today. However,

their wedding night, to retrieve the garter

tradition, while also keeping an intimate token

today’s version—and its significance—is

as material evidence of the marriage being

of their wedding day that will be cherished for

quite different from hundreds of years ago.

made official. And you were worried about

years—and generations—to come.

your in-laws being nosey! So, no matter which garter you choose for

One superstition that led to this tradition was the belief that the bride’s wedding dress was

While it may have somewhat of a strange

your special day, remember that you’ll be

a source of good luck. So, naturally, wedding

history, the garter is still an essential part of

wearing a piece of history.

guests would take it upon themselves to

every bride’s ensemble on her special day.

own a piece of it, often at the bride’s expense

Many of today’s garters feature such elegant


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Blair Salome and Daniel Morilla They Met: My husband, Dan, was invited to a house party in his neighborhood, which my brother and sister-in-law happened to be attending as well. My sister-in-law, Daniela, spotted Dan at the party and noticed that he didn’t have a date. Randomly, she decided to introduce herself and in the midst of conversation, decided he and I would make a good couple! Long story short, she gave him my phone number and he ended up contacting me soon after. The funny thing is that the hosts of the party were hoping to set him up with another woman at the party! Luckily that didn’t work out. The Proposal: Our first date was at Independent Burger, so he decided to propose there about a year and a half later. It was pretty laid back. After dinner, he took me out to the restaurant patio and got down on one knee. I rarely see him nervous but he looked pretty nervous that night! The Wedding: EPIC Railyard Center The Flowers: White roses, white and green hydrangeas, and greenery. Theme: I chose a rustic-chic, garden look. I’ve always been drawn to the look of greenery or floral against rustic wood tables, without linen overkill. I wanted it to look simple and natural. Colors: The colors were neutral—white, cream and green. We had a mix of long wooden tables and round tables. There were no table cloths on the long tables but we did have linens on the rounds- grey table cloths with cream organza toppers/overlays. The arrangements on the wooden tables had multiple small centerpieces with white lanterns intermixed. Flowers were white and green, and there was greenery that ran the length of the table. As for the rounds, there were beautiful hanging centerpieces in addition to small centerpieces on the tables.


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Wedding Planning: My favorite part was probably the food tasting by Coronado Country Club! Wedding planning can get stressful, so it was nice to relax with Dan and enjoy delicious food and drinks in a laid back atmosphere. Diego at CCC was super helpful and let us indulge as we decided on our menu. Most Memorable Moment: Besides marrying the love of my life, it was the dance floor! It was one heck of a party and EVERYONE was

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04 09 2016

Monica Gireud and Dayne Goss They Met: Our mutual friends, Madeline and Josh Farley, introduced Dayne and me back in 2011. They thought we had matching personalities and would get along great so they invited us out to a bar to meet. It took a couple of months of hanging out before we actually started dating though! The Proposal: It was over Memorial Day Weekend in May 2015. We had a trip planned to Fredericksburg that was supposed to be super romantic, but unfortunately that was the weekend of the Memorial Day floods that hit Central Texas so we had to cancel our trip. He ended up proposing to me that weekend anyways after a wonderful day date that ended with us listening to live music at an ale house. I guess the music inspired him because he ended up proposing right outside the venue! The Date: April 9th, 2016. The Wedding: The ceremony was at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the reception was at the Coronado Country Club with 250 in attendance. Theme: Elegant and romantic—we wanted something that was classic and charming, but was true to my Mexican roots. The Flowers: Roses, hydrangeas, dendrobium orchids and phalaenopsis. Colors: Ivory, blush and champagne. Wedding Day Planning: Dayne and I both live in Houston now, so my mom planned most of the wedding. Without her I’m not sure we would have even had a wedding! There was so many back and forth phone calls and countless pinterest boards created. It was incredible to see her turn our visions into reality over just some phone calls and pictures. She hand cut the table numbers and the doilies for the menus using a laser cutter. She had the chocolate boxes on each seat handmade by a family friend specifically for our wedding. She added key details that completely surprised us.


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Most Memorable Moment: There are just so many! In the middle

Wedding Day Jitter Remedies: A glass of champagne for the bride,

of our vows, we looked at each other and Dayne just started

and a sip of whiskey for the groom!

laughing (he was thinking of my dad telling him that he better say yes to our vows), which in turn made me laugh! We were laughing

First Dance: “Amazed” by Lonestar.

so much that the Priest had to stop and let us gain our composure. Aside from saying “I do,” the moment we were first announced as

Wedding Summed Up In Three Words:

“Mr. and Mrs. Goss” when we walked into our reception and saw

Whimsical, charming, perfect.

all of our family and friends. It was so fulfilling to see all the people there to celebrate our love.


Honeymoon: Italy (Milan, Cinque Terre, Florence, Rome and Positano)

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Vendor List: Venue: Coronado Country Club Photographer: Cristina Navarro Videographer: Jorge Jayme from JC Video Productions Flowers: Erika Pegueros from Angie’s Flowers Music/Band: Grupo Classe Up Lighting: Grupo Classe Mariachis: Mariachi Alegre Day of Coordinator: Claudia Martínez-Narváez Tables/Specialty Linens: Claudia Martínez-Narváez from Table Occasions Draping: Patrick Carey from Table Occasions Wedding Cake: Thierry Oppenheimer from Sweet’Art Festive Cakes Dessert Table: Daniela Gomez from EndulzArte Chocolate Boxes: Corazon Cacao by Maria Papadakis Fine Pastries/Reposteria: Paty Torres Make Up/Hair: Jessica Avila Wedding Invitations: Dorsey’s Wedding Dress: Ella Blu


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7 02 2016

Catherine Osborn and Reese Hale They Met: We were introduced in college by mutual friends and shortly after went on our first date and the rest was history. The Proposal: It was a Sunday morning after church. We were supposed to be meeting his parents for lunch, but they were “running late.” We walked around the outside of the restaurant where there happened to be a gazebo and that’s where he proposed. Little did I know, that wasn’t the only surprise of the day. After the proposal I noticed my little sister taking pictures from the restaurant and the three of us went to meet his parents at the actual lunch location. On the way there I called my mom to excitedly tell her the good news, but apparently she was in the car behind us on the way to the restaurant! Reese had coordinated with my parents so that they could come to [town] for the special day, which was always one of my dreams. We had one of the most memorable and special brunches with both of our immediate families that I will remember for the rest of my life. It was the perfect proposal; I was so excited to get to marry Reese. The Date: July 2nd, 2016 The Wedding: Our wedding was at First Baptist Church in downtown El Paso and our reception was at Coronado Country Club. We had about 210 guests. The Flowers: Roses, hydrangeas and some greenery. Theme: Our theme was traditional, elegant and romantic. Colors: Our colors were blush, white, ivory and gold. We included candles to also emphasize the romantic feel. What Was Your Favorite Thing About Planning The Wedding: Finding the dress. You dream about the dress as a little girl and while growing up. Finding the dress that is everything you dream of was the first step in making our dream wedding become reality. 94

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C at h e r i n e a n d R e e s e H a l e Was There A Special Element In Your Wedding: The first special element was in our marriage ceremony. We were lucky enough to have the pastor I grew up with and baptized me, come back to El Paso and perform the ceremony. I always pictured Dr. Levi Price performing my wedding ceremony and it meant the world to have him previously meet Reese and travel to El Paso for our special day. The other special element was during our first dance. I choreographed a fun dance to go in the middle of our traditional first dance. Reese and I only told two family members about the surprise. The rest of our family and friends had no idea it was coming! It was so fun for Reese and me to show how much we enjoy each other through our first dance to all of our families and friends. Most Memorable Moment: The first look. Getting time one on one to see each other and talk before the ceremony reminded me of what this was all about, our marriage. I knew from that moment on, no matter how the day unfolded, our marriage was headed in the right direction. Luckily we also had an amazing wedding! Wedding Day Jitter Remedies: We had been waiting for and praying about our wedding day for a long time, so neither of us had wedding jitters. We were incredibly excited on the day of our wedding, and trusted in God’s plan for us. First Dance: Our traditional first dance song was “L.O.V.E.” by Nat King Cole and the fun song that we broke into for our fun dance was “Do You Love Me (Now That I Can Dance)” by The Contours. Wedding Summed Up In Three Words: Stunning, meaningful, joyful. Honeymoon: We went to Costa Rica for our honeymoon and stayed at the Westin Golf and Spa Resort. We loved it and would highly recommend it anyone! The beach was absolutely beautiful and the resort had many different activities offered daily.

Vendor LIST: Flowers, Decor and Linens: Laura Carrillo Ceremony: First Baptist Church Reception and Food: Coronado Country Club DJ: Chris Ferris Photographer: Stephane Lemaire Photography Videographer: JC Video Productions Photobooth: Mr. Photo Booth of El Paso Cake: Chantilly Dress: Ella Blu

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09 17 2016

Linda Hernandez De Santiago and Francisco Emanuel Licona They Met: Both of our families went to the same church. I was a little girl when I would see him and his family at church and I thought he was so good looking, but a bit older than I was. The Proposal: He proposed at a family reunion before Christmas in front of all of the family. He was going out of town and wanted to propose to me before he left. We both got so nervous, when he got down on one knee and put the ring on my finger, his hand trembled and he looked so flushed. I wasn’t expecting it and was so surprised. I loved all the love we felt with all of the family around hugging us and taking video. The Venue: It was held at Los Portales Venue. We had between 350 and 400 guests at our wedding. The Flowers: White roses, pink roses, white/blue hydrangeas, runuculus, anémonas, premium garden roses and more. The Theme: The theme of my wedding was very whimsical, because of the colors I chose. Also romantic—the colors are very feminine, pretty and elegant to me and I wanted it to be a romantic setting and feeling. Colors: Light blue, navy, blush, ivory and gold. Wedding Planning: My favorite thing was working with the people that helped put together my wedding. It was so much fun and interesting seeing how it all came together. Most Memorable Moment: We had many memorable moments like our first dance together, but my most memorable one is when we were saying our vows at the church.


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Wedding Day Jitters Remedies: I was very nervous the morning of my wedding while getting ready. All of my bridesmaids got ready at my house and seeing my closest friends and family all around me that morning and chatting was what calmed me. I also had a room at Los Portales, where the wedding took place, just for myself and I would go and take a breather once in a while. First Dance Song: “Tu De Que Vas” by Franco De Vita. Wedding Summed Up Into Three Words: Thank you God! Honeymoon: We went on a Mediterranean cruise that began in Barcelona, Spain and ended in Athens, Greece. Went to six different countries in total.

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hen it comes to your wedding day, we know that no detail is too big or too small to be overlooked. From your hairstyle to your accessories, every detail must be perfect. So why should your nail

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most popular choices among brides, there are hundreds of different tones to choose from. With such a wide range of options, picking the perfect shade can feel overwhelming. But no need to stress, we have narrowed down the most popular bridal nail polish shades specific to your skin tone.


Porcelain/Light Skin Complexion

Olive/Medium Skin Tone

For porcelain or light skin complexions, the best shades we found are

For this skin tone, we found that pink shades with a darker hue or

sheer or very light pink shades. These shades work very well with

peachy undertone work best. “Mimosas for Mr. and Mrs.” by OPI is

this skin tone as this lighter, flesh-tone color compliments the skin

one of the best shades we found. This tinged nude dries sheer and

while still adding a hint of pink to the nail. For a creamier, slightly

is the perfect shade for any bride who wants a natural look for her

more prominent pink, try “Mod about you” by OPI. For a shade with a

wedding day. The sheer beige provides just enough contrast to look

sheer, more natural looking coverage, reach for OPI’s “Bubble Bath.”

elegant yet natural. For a brighter pop of pink, try Essie’s “Fiji.” This creamy light pink works beautifully against the contrast of olive or medium skin.

Tan/Dark Skin Tone For tan or darker skin tones, the shades that work best are a dusty rose or darker beige shade. “Jade Rose” by Chanel is a beautiful sheer color that accentuates darker skin tones while still bringing a tinge of pink to the nail. For a brighter, but more neutral tone try, “Sand Tropez” by Essie. This beautiful shade dries a creamy beige and is the perfect nude for anyone with a darker complexion. No matter what your skin tone is, the right shade for you is never out of reach. With hundreds of shades to choose from, your manicurist should have no problem helping you find the perfect color for your big day. From light pinks to dusty rose, you’ll be sure to find that perfect shade that seamlessly accentuates your dress and bouquet, while simultaneously complimenting your beautiful skin tone. 102

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09 10 2016

Jennifer Jordan and David Regalado They Met: The story began at Barnett Harley Davidson- Jennifer and David exchanged brief conversation while in line for a motorcycle demonstration. Jennifer’s mother, who was also there with them, noticed a spark between the two and asked David to take Jennifer for a ride. Since then, Jennifer and David have been inseperable. They Married: The El Paso International Museum of Art Theme: Jennifer and David wanted to keep it clean and simple. By incorporating a color palette of blush, ivory, white, gold, and rose gold, they added a touch of vintage to give it some elegance. The Flowers: Jennifer and David’s flower arrangements called for unique choices that included dahlias, seeded eucalyptus, lemon leaf, Pittosporum, Mayolica, and white wax flowers. The Planning: Jennifer enjoyed planning the wedding as a whole and selecting the details. While the food and cake tastings were fun, she says that dress shopping, and the detailing of her wedding day looked was very fun and special to her. Advice: Jennifer recommends getting a good night sleep, having a glass of champagne to combat wedding day jitters, and remembering that the marriage, and your loved ones, are the most important part. The First Dance: “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra Three Words to Sum Up the Wedding: Intimate, classy, timeless.


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Vendor LIST: Wedding Planner: Mint Weddings and Events

Cookies: Elvia Rodriguez and Rebecca Vargas

Venue, Tables and Chairs: International Museum of Art

Agua Fresca: Juan Carlos Crespo

Flowers: Laura Carrillo Designs

Menus: Wedding Paper Divas

Photographer: Stephane Lemaire Photography

Invitations and Thank You cards: Shine Wedding Invitations

Minister: From the Moment Ministries

Ribbon and Twine: Silk & Willow, Frou Frou Chic

Catering: Magic Bistro

Table Linens: Table Occasions

Hair and Make Up: Jessica Avila-Saenz

Macarons: Bella Cora Bakery

Guitarist: Julio Ortiz

Mirror Artwork Welcome sign: Dulce Alexandra

Cake: Chantilly

Ring Boxes: The Mrs. Box

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08 13 2016

Ximena Fuentes and Bryan Gates They Met: Bryan and Ximena met while working at UTEP Athletics in the fall of 2012. After a few months of working together in the office, Ximena joked that they should try speed dating for fun (obviously she already had her eye on him). Stories vary as to who got whose number, but fast forward two years of dating later with Ximena in Austin working at UT-Austin and Bryan in El Paso. Still together, Bryan would travel often to Austin to see her. After about six months and with a little help from Uncle Sam, Bryan decided that visiting wasn’t enough. He drove eight hours to Austin to surprise Ximena and asked her to marry him…. The Proposal: Ximena moved to Austin, Texas for a job opportunity and Bryan would travel to visit very often. Bryan surprised Ximena one night knocking on her door and getting on his knee asking her to marry him. The Wedding: St. Matthew’s Catholic Church for the ceremony and Grace Gardens Event Center for the reception with 75 guests The Flowers: Succulents were our main flower/plant and we added peach tone flowers. Colors/Décor: Simple and elegant with peach color tulips and succulents all over the venue The Wedding Planning: Everything was a learning experience and probably getting to know each other even more while making decisions. Something Special: They had mariachis and a beautiful canvas guest book representing both of their countries and a heart in El Paso where they came together. Ximena is from Mexico City and Bryan is from Houston. Most Memorable Moment: When the DJ opened the dance floor, it was nonstop fun. In general all that weekend was great being able to share our city with family and friends from out of town; they really enjoyed it. 108

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Wedding Day Jitter Remedies: Enjoy the moment with those around you, laugh and cry because it is so much work getting to that special day….a cold beer or two doesn’t hurt!

Vendor List: Photographer: Sie7e Weddings Photography Wedding Dress: Posh Bridal

First Dance: Ed Sheeran “Thinking Out Loud” Wedding Summed Up In Three Words: BEST DAY ALTOGETHER

Event Center, Flowers, Food and Decorations: Grace Gardens Reception Music: DJ Frank Pinon

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11 20 2016

Elizabeth Montana and

Patrick Dimmitt The Venue: 150 Sunset Theme: Woodsy Rustic theme. I chose this theme because to me it had an intimate, romantic feeling. I’ve always loved hiking in forests and my husband proposed to me on a hike in Cloudcroft. All the trees around us made it feel comforting and romantic. Flowers: peonies, ranunculus, hydrangeas, amaranthus, roses and baby’s breath Colors: Wine and Navy Blue Favorite thing about planning the wedding: I had two favorite things about planning the wedding. One was the dance lessons my husband and I took for our first dance, and the other was the meeting with our venue, where we got to choose our centerpiece decorations. Wedding day jitters remedies: Staying positive and reminding myself even if something goes wrong, it’s ok! Also, reading the vows I wrote for my soon to be husband quietly to myself before the ceremony helped me relax—it reminded me what the day was truly about and that I was getting to marry the love of my life! First dance: “Thinking out Loud” by Ed Sheeran Wedding summed up in three words: Heartwarming, blessed, once-in-a-lifetime


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Vendor LIST: Wedding planning and coordinating: 150 Sunset Cake: Honeybee Cakes Photographer: Dan Dalstra


11 11 2016

Sheri Howze and Bruce Carter Wedding: Ceremony and Cocktail Hour - DoubleTree Hotel, Sky Lounge Dinner: The Dome Restaurant, Camino Real Our selected venues were extremely important to us! Greater than 80% of our guests were from out of town and we wanted to do as much as we could to accommodate them, as well as make it easier for us on that day. The venues placed our guests in the heart of El Paso, close to the airport, near our favorite restaurants and allowed the ability to take in sites within walking distance. Our venues offered breathtaking views, beautiful décor and great locations for our wedding pictures. Flowers: Roses (groom’s selected flowers during courtship), tulips (bride’s favorite flower), snap dragons and hydrangeas (what’s in the garden). Theme: Honoring Military Service We met in the desert of Afghanistan, and wanted to marry in the desert of El Paso, on Veterans Day, to honor and celebrate the crossing of our paths. We literally had to wait almost two years for the holiday to fall on a Friday (usually, it’s in the middle of the week)! Colors and decor: Gold and Ivory, with accent shades of red We really took advantage of the beautiful décor of each venue— chandeliers, stained glass windows, baby grand piano, views of both El Paso and Juárez from the 17th floor, warm earth tone colors … and just added a few of our own personal touches! Bridal bouquet: White and ivory buttercream roses accented with gold berries and gold ribbon Boutonnieres and corsage: Ivory rose, gold accents and gold ribbon



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Dinner: Centerpieces for sweetheart and guest tables were arrangements in gold square vases with white hydrangeas, white tulips and burgundy snapdragons to accent the unique carpet pattern of the Dome Restaurant. Champagne, pintuck linens and tea candle accents were used for the sweetheart and cake tables. Uplighting and

Vendor List: Wedding Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Venue: The DoubleTree Hotel, Sky Lounge

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acknowledgment of Veterans, etc.)

Wine Selection: Ricardo Barraza, Wine Attitude

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Photographer: Jessica Almada Photography

Enjoying quality time together as we envisioned and made decisions

Wedding/Day of Event Coordinator: Imagine Events

about how we wanted to celebrate our special day! Wedding day jitter remedies: a. Most important … hire a wedding coordinator to relieve stress b. Let go of the small and big stuff c. Do a “First Look” d. Diffuse oils to relax e. Eat!

Bridal Dress: Ella Blu Boutique Hairstylist: Liz Pivarnick, Hair Trenz Salon Make-up Artist: Diamond Briseno Florist: Kern Place Florist Cake: Elite Events Lighting and Sound: Neils Carrasco, NC DJ Productions

First dance: “Sun City at Night,” composed by Billy Townes Wedding in three words: Intimate, elegant and epic Honeymoon: Tahiti, Bora Bora

Entertainment: Mesilla Valley String Quartet Mack Goldsbury, Saxophonist Billy Townes Jazz Duo Joe D Howze, Sr., Pianist (Father of Bride) 121

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Sara Bilbao and Mario Lopez Date: August 27, 2016 Wedding: Holy Family Church Reception: Coronado Country Club Flowers: Roses and hydrangeas Theme: Classic and vintage—I wanted something timeless and beautiful! Laura Carrillo did a great job of bringing that essence to life. DÊcor/Colors: Light tones of mauve, green and cream. Beautiful flowers and centerpieces were essential to the decor. We also incorporated chandeliers with taper candles that made the setting very romantic. Wedding Planning Fun: Planning all the small favors and details for our guests to enjoy like the fun inflatable props, slippers so the ladies could keep dancing and the fun Mexican candy bar. Wedding Day Jitter Remedies: Having our best friends/wedding party there. They traveled from all over the US and world to be with us on our special day. First Dance: A rumba by Juan Luis Guerra, we wanted something fun and upbeat versus the typical first dance song. Wedding In Three Words: Full of surprises! Honeymoon: Bali and Hong Kong


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Vendor List: Photographer: Dan Dalstra Video: Salvador Felix Flowers and DĂŠcor: Laura Carrillo Cake: Thierry Oppenheimer Catering: Coronado Country Club Wedding Planner: Veronica Valles Make-up and Hair: Jessica Avila




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11 11 2016

Danira Yvette Gonzalez and Armando Rafael Avila

They Met: Armando and I met at work. We were really good friends and when I changed work places, our relationship blossomed. The Proposal: Armando and I purchased a home prior to getting married and since both of us come from traditional families, we decided that he would move into “our house,” and once married I would move in to “our home”. A couple of months passed after we purchased the home, he was fully moved in and we had already picked the engagement ring but no proposal. I knew that he was trying to surprise me, but every time we would go to dinner or any holiday passed by, I’d keep a look out for that proposal. On MLK day 2016, we were both in athletic gear cleaning the house and discussing our finances since “our” new home unexpectedly had plumbing problems. During this “romantic” time, (hence no glam or fancy dinner,) were just cleaning and discussing plumbing issues, Armando decided to get on one knee in our living room and propose in the most unexpected way, and asked me to marry him because we were going to be together through thick and thin. Ultimately, Armando accomplished to surprise me and it was the best proposal ever. The Venue/Ceremony: St. Mark Catholic Church. Reception: Gardener Ballroom at Grace Gardens Number Of Guests: 250 adult affair Flowers: Roses in all shades of pink, as well as hydrangeas. Each of my bridesmaid’s bouquets had a unique flower that represented them individually. The Theme: “Romantic Glam.” I picked this theme because I wanted a traditional wedding that would be timeless. I want to look at pictures 30 years from now and still consider the theme to be relevant and not outdated. Colors/Décor: Blush, white and gray. The décor was classic and glamorous. Favorite Thing About Planning The Wedding: It takes so much planning and since I am very detailed oriented, this is a hard question. 126

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Vendor List: Bride’s Dress: White Lace Bridal Bride’s Make Up: Claudia Castillo, Southwest Plastic Surgery Bride’s Hair: Margie Aleman, Unfading Beauty Salon Ceremony: St. Marks Catholic Church Flowers: Grace Gardens

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Andrew Bush They Met: We met at a going away lunch for a mutual friend and coworker. The Proposal: Andy proposed on New Year’s Eve 2015 during sunset, on Scenic Drive with my whole family able to watch from a distance (which was a total surprise to me!). The Venue: Butterfield Trail Golf Course. We had about 125 guests. The Flowers: We had a mix of light pink roses and a few other flowers that tied back to our colors. The Theme: We went with a rustic feel. We felt it tied nicely to the venue and to our personality styles and things we like to do together (i.e. country concerts, golfing, etc.). Colors/Décor: Our colors were pink and navy blue. Our friends joke those are our “assigned colors” pretty regularly in day to day outfits we wear together. Favorite Thing About Planning The Wedding: Seeing it all come together with our closest friends and family by our side. Most Memorable Moment: Our first dance was something I’ll never forget. I’m really proud Andy saved his best two-stepping performance for that particular night! He did such a great job, especially being from Michigan, where country music isn’t quite as popular. Wedding Day Jitter Remedies: There were definitely some nerves, but in a good way. I think the shot of whiskey my bridesmaids got us did the trick. Once I saw Andy standing there watching me walk out, the rest of the moments thereafter were perfect. First Dance: “Yours” by Russell Dickerson. 130


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Stephanie and Andrew Bush Wedding Summed Up In Three Words: Our favorite day. Honeymoon: We went to Napa Valley wineries and played three rounds of golf at Pebble Beach Resorts. Words cannot describe how beautiful it was there and how much fun we had.

Vendor List: Venue: Butterfield Trail Golf Course Photography: Dan Dalstra Photography Cake: Greggorson’s Cake Cottage Officiant: Rev. Ruben Escandon Music: H ot Ice DJ Services Wedding Planner: Natalie Sypher Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse Bridal Cowboy Boots: Lucchese


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days out in the year and it’s tough having to settle on one particular day to celebrate the most exciting moment of your life. If you’ve been waiting for this day since you were a child, clipping photos from magazines and wearing your bed sheets like a wedding dress, then I’m sure you’ve had your heart

set on a date already; but for those who are still freaking out over the massive number of days to choose from, there are some days you may want to avoid when it comes to your wedding.

Holiday Weekends

This may sound like a great idea because you have more time to celebrate (and recover), and more guests may have more time off, but think of costs over those same holiday weekends- hotels are at a higher cost per night, as are plane tickets. As guests may have a hard time budgeting for such an eventful day, you may want to rethink it depending on your guest list.

Religious & Cultural Holidays

Aside from possible restrictions at your place of worship, many venues may be closed in celebration of that holiday.

Days of Remembrance

Days like, 9/11, or D-Day are saved for mourning and remembering. You’re better off saving your special day for a happier day.

Unlucky Dates

For the superstitious, the not so superstitious, (and even the ones not taking any chances), unlucky days are ones such as the “Ides of March”, Friday the 13th, or even leap year dates. Either way, I wouldn’t risk it! 140 140

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Let’s talk about the dresswhat are you looking for? A. Full, princess ball gown

B. A timeless gown, with simplicity and elegance C. Something a little on the boho-chic side. D. Unique, maybe something in a bold color?

Wedding day makeup?

A. A classy eye, with a rosy cheek, and a neutral lip. B. Polished and pretty, but keep it classy with a red lip. C. I like a light and airy look with a peach lip. D. Bold makeup to match my bold personality!

To finish the look, hair! What will it look like?

A. An up-do! I need to highlight my dress. B. Pinned up into a sleek ponytail. C. Loose, with natural waves. D. Something a little crazy and eccentric!

What type of flowers will you be holding?

A. Red roses, I mean what else says eternal love? B. Clean, white lilies! C. Locally picked sunflowers. D. Who says I’ll be using flowers?

Where will your big day be?

A. A church, which houses the many beginnings of love. B. A grand mansion! C. Somewhere rustic yet modern. D. Somewhere fun for the guests!

What will your playlist include? A. Sweet love songs to slow dance the night away.

B. All the classics, like Frank Sinatra and Etta James. C. Acoustic covers of all the love songs. D. Definitely bringing in a live band!

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Mostly A’s: Princess Bride

It’s your fairytale wedding dream come true! Your sweet and dreamy

Mostly C’s: Boho-Bride

persona has been translated perfectly into your wedding day. From

Your inspiration comes from the earth, and a love for the simpler

the ball gown to the venue, you’ve made sure that the biggest day

things. From the decorations, to the venue, you’ll be sure to keep

of your life is as special as it can be. Don’t forget your glass slipper!

everything local and effortless. Let the free-spirited, flower crowned

Mostly B’s: Elegant Bride

bride-to-be shine through!

calls for a minimalist feel to your wedding day. Your guests will be

Mostly D’s: Non-Traditional Bride

Let’s be honest—you’ve never been one to do things by the book,

dazzled by the sleek dress and the classic tunes.

right? So why let your wedding be any different! After all, there are

You like to keep it simple and chic! Your love of a crisp and clean décor

The flowers in your hair say it all- you’re the bohemian bride to be!

many shades of love, and they are all unique. So let your rebel side out, throw that textbook out the window and take a walk on the wild side.







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ometimes a princess-cut diamond ring doesn’t excite a

future bride and wife. We feel you – there are so many unique rings now that you can fall in love with. Think of it this way, that ring is going to be on your finger for a very long time and it should represent you. If you’re not a princess-cut type

with a band of tiny diamonds, and you love a vintage feel, a smaller

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What To Do With Your Dress After the Big Day



s one of the most important and meticulously picked

piece of any woman’s wedding day, we all know the importance and sentimental value behind the wedding

dress. But after the bouquet has been thrown and the cake has been cut, now comes the question that, amidst months of wedding preparation, most brides forget to ask, “What do I do with my wedding dress now that my big day is over?” While many brides enjoy taking the traditional route of preserving their wedding dress for future generations, many other options have become available that will allow your dress to live long past the memory of your big day.

Trash-the-Dress While this option may sound a bit extreme, this has been a very popular trend among brides who want to add a unique option to their post-wedding day photos. As the title suggests, this trend involves a photo session between a newlywed couple clothed in their wedding day attire, in which they indulge in a less than ordinary photo shoot, (most popularly) swimming or standing at the beach, spraying each other with champagne, or even playing in the mud. One bride even lit her dress on fire! Talk about a unique way to remember your dress! 146

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Lingerie While this alternative is still fairly new, some brides have come up with the idea of using pieces of their wedding dress to create a sexier way to remember their big day by repurposing it into lingerie. Brides have begun to use scraps of their dresses as accents to their bra and panty sets, sheer robes, or corset pieces. Wearing these pieces on a first anniversary, honeymoon, or even on an everyday basis, are a great way to relive the happy memories of your wedding day. This gives you the chance to re-wear your wedding dress in a more than non-traditional way.

Shadow box it For the photo enthusiasts who enjoy displaying memories for all to see, what better way to revive the memory of your wedding dress than through a shadow box. This option allows brides to either take multiple pieces from their wedding day and dress, or simply the gown itself and display it on the wall for everyone to enjoy. Many women choose to display their full gown, often as a centerpiece within large walk-in closets or living areas. Others choose to take pieces of their gown and use the fabric to create a background within the shadow box. Whichever path you choose, this is a fun way to recreate your wedding memories and relive them every day.


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Christening/Communion Outfits If you want to save your dress for your future children or grandchildren but don’t want to wait until their wedding day to revive your dress, another unique trend is using your wedding dress to create communion or christening outfits for your children. There are websites that cater to this specific need while also offering a variety of other options, such as creating memory flowers, ring pillows, or pocket squares out of the fabric. If you did want to wait until your child’s own wedding day, many popular options include recycling heirloom dresses into veils, bouquet wraps, or wedding garters.

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Donate the Dress Do you want your dress to live on for a noble cause? There are websites that accept wedding dress donations, where the dresses are donated, reused or sold for profit to help women in need. This is a great option for those who enjoy the sentiment behind your wedding dress but want to help make someone else’s day special too. If this option piques your interest, a quick online search will guide you to several organizations and their mission statements, easily helping you decide on how you want your dress to be used. Donating is quick and easy, and the satisfaction you’ll feel from knowing you helped someone else may be just the kind of memory you want attached to your wedding dress.


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October 29, 2016 | Santa Fe, New Mexico

They Met: We met at a White Elephant Christmas Party in December of 2014. I brought a Voluspa candle, he brought a rubber chicken. The Wedding: Four Seasons Rancho Encantado – Santa Fe, New Mexico We wanted a destination wedding, but we also wanted the venue to be within driving distance of the majority of our friends and family. With a lot of people coming from Texas and throughout New Mexico, Santa Fe seemed like the perfect fit. Wedding Day Weather: It was an outside wedding on the Monte Vista Terrace at the Four Seasons. Very brave for the end of October, but we provided pashminas and a pashmina warming station “to have and to hold, in case they got cold!”, but the weather ended up being clear and in the high 60s. The Rehearsal: Taberna at La Boca—a small event space that is behind the famous La Boca restaurant off of the plaza. We did family style tapas and wine. The Theme: We wanted a “Fall Formal” theme with deep/rich colors and a romantic environment. Santa Fe’s natural beauty played right into the hands of our theme. Guest Count: 145 Where Do You Live Now: El Paso, Texas If You Knew Then What You Know Now: Nothing, I had a great team—and the help of my mother—to make sure that everything ran smoothly and that nothing was left unattended too. I would do it all the same! Advice: Don’t sweat the small stuff. Don’t let seating arrangements, welcome boxes, floral arrangements, etc. get in the way of remembering that as long as you leave the day married to your soulmate—then the wedding should be counted as a success! Wedding Summed Up In Three Words: A total dream.


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March 12, 2016 | Scottsdale, Arizona

They Met: We met in Chicago, which is where we both lived after we each graduated from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN. The Wedding: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Arizona Why That Location: My (bride) family has a vacation home in North Scottsdale, so I grew up going there. It seemed like a home away from home, while still being a complete destination wedding. The Rehearsal: The rehearsal was at Princess Falls at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, which was the location of the wedding. Did Your Destination Influence The Theme: Yes. I wanted it to appropriately feel like we were in Arizona in the spring, which is what time of year it was. I wanted the wedding to fit with the setting. Our flowers and décor were natural but not overly rustic – a lot of greens, succulents and whites. My dress was romantic. We had a beer donkey at the cocktail reception! Guest Count: 150 Where Do You Live Now: San Francisco, California If You Knew Then What You Know Now: To not stress about my dress. I went with my gut and bought the first dress I tried on; but, like many brides, I second guessed it the entire time leading up to the wedding. It wound up being perfect! I never should have worried. Advice To Other Brides: Think about what you want your wedding day to be like before asking friends and family to be bridesmaids. For me, I had my two sisters as co-maids of honor and that was it. Because it was just us, my wedding day was perfectly relaxing and stress-free; I enjoyed time with my mom, sisters, and close family. Conversely, if you’re the type of bride who loves being surrounded by commotion and a large group of girls, then definitely have a big group! I think some brides forget that their wedding day should be about them– so only ask exactly who you want to be spending that special day with. Wedding Day Weather: Perfect – 75 degrees and sunny Wedding Summed Up In Three Words: Desert chic success! 156

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Vendor List: Wedding Gown: Ella Blu (El Paso, TX) Bridesmaid Dresses: Ella Blu (El Paso, TX) Hair and Makeup: Make-Up by Amaris Mora (El Paso, TX) Wedding Planner: Amy Petrovsky of Sensational Events (Scottsdale, AZ) Photographer: Trevor Dayley Photography (Phoenix, AZ) Flowers: The Flower Studio (Scottsdale, AZ) Venue and Catering: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess


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October 14, 2016 | Cancun, Mexico

They Met: We met here in El Paso at the Doubletree rooftop pool. My friends and I were having a mini staycation when he and his friends arrived. I introduced myself and we all hung out until the pool closed that evening. As we parted ways, we found out in a touch of fate, our hotel rooms were right next door to one another. We shared a romantic Papa John’s pizza and talked about everything in life. From that first meeting, I knew there was just something special about him. The Destination: We got married at the Moon Palace resort in Cancun, Mexico We knew we wanted a destination wedding from the start and we choose this location because we wanted somewhere beautiful and amazing in every way for both us and our guests. Wedding Day Weather: We got lucky with our wedding day weather. They had a backup plan to move us inside because the weather prediction for that day was supposed to be rainy. We got mid 80’s with no rain! The Rehearsal: Our rehearsal was also in Cancun the day before the wedding. We met in the day for a quick run through of the ceremony with our coordinator and in the evening, they blessed us with a beautiful dinner, open bar and fireworks by the ocean for all our guests. Theme: I’m a total vintage-chic kind of girl and we went with that vibe even though we were at the beach. We got the best of both worlds in a sense. The Ceremony: We had an outdoor wedding and reception. Our ceremony was in a beautiful gazebo and our reception was on a beautiful terrace across from the gazebo. We had a total of 58 guests which was perfection. Wedding Summed Up In Three Words: Magical, romantic and fun. Advice: My advice to other brides is to be frugal but fabulous, have fun and let your personality shine through in your planning and take a deep breath daily. It’s a stressful process but in the end, every tear and every tantrum is so worth it.


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Vendor List: Photography: Dan Dalstra Photography, El Paso Wedding DĂŠcor: Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort


Jessica Escalante & Samuel Peña

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December 3, 2016 | Uayamon, Mexico

They Met: We met at a CrossFit gym (Contrary to most dating advice) The Location: Hacienda Uayamon in Uayamon, Mexico (outside Campeche) We’d agreed on a destination wedding and when we saw Hacienda Uayamon, we were blown away by its history and immense beauty. We wanted our closest friends and family to celebrate with us at an unforgettable location. The ceremony took place in an old, rural chapel on the grounds and the reception was held outside by the 100-year-old Ceiba tree. We love the relaxed, fun-loving Mexican culture and wanted a place not a lot of people have visited before. The Hacienda is so breathtaking and bohemian, we used a lot of green foliage, local flowers, natural candlelight and wooden touches to keep it organic and complement its surroundings. Guest Count: About 85 If You Knew then What You Know Now: The wedding process leading to marriage is not all unicorns and butterflies. Everyone romanticizes the process but it’s real life. Sure, it’s exciting and wonderful, but a lifelong commitment between two perfectly imperfect people is hard work ... and bridal magazines and pretty Instagram wedding accounts don’t always reflect that. It was a heavy, stress period because we were also remodeling our house while planning the wedding. There were moments I’d question all my decisions but on one of those dark evenings my (now) husband texted me, “It hasn’t always been clear, blue, sunny skies, but I wouldn’t trade a single day for 100 years the other way.” And in that moment, I knew it would all be OK. Advice To Other Brides: • Take premarital classes. I strongly believe it’s an essential foundation for any relationship. • Plan the wedding YOU want. I’m sure other brides can agree that someone’s feelings will get hurt along the way. But guess what? They’ve had their wedding or will have one one day, so don’t get influenced so easily because you’ll regret it the minute it’s over. • Don’t be a bridezilla because snapping at your mom in front of everyone won’t make the day perfect. Also, your vendors will always remember you ... and not in a good way. 162

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• Have fun but remember what a wedding really symbolizes. Focus on the day after the party and every day after that. I remember having such a blast and being surrounded by so much love on our wedding day but my sweetest reward is coming home to my husband after a long workday. Wedding Day Weather: Warm and humid. We had fans during our ceremony but at the reception we all danced so much, we were so sweaty! Wedding Summed Up In Three Words: Bohemian, ethereal, intimate.

Vendor List: Dress: Ella Blu Venue: Hacienda Uayamon Coordinator: Ana Laura Q Eventos Photography: Aniela Fotografia Video: Recorramos Planetas Music: Junio Duo Hair: Jessica Avila Saenz Make Up: Joseph Carrillo


Samantha Rae Brooks & William Cody Eiland

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May 21, 2016 | Santa Fe, New Mexico

They Met: We met by chance one afternoon, while enjoying some midday drinks with friends. The Wedding: It was at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Our wedding ceremony took place on the outside terrace of the Aspen Ballroom at the Four Seasons. Why That Location: Santa Fe itself is incredible, but the Four Seasons property truly lends itself to reinvention. We were able to break the “traditional southwestern” mold. Did Destination Influence The Theme: Yes! Santa Fe and Rancho Encantado both played a huge part of our theme/vibe. Number Of Guests: 30 Something Special: We really wanted our wedding to encompass both of our personalities, and one of our favorite elements was our guests name placements. We decided to give each of our guests a personalized trophy of a race horse, which served homage to Cody’s love of horses and horse racing. If You Knew Then What You Know Now: I’d take the “mishaps” in stride. The pressure of planning the perfect wedding is real, but I think it’s extremely important to follow your heart and plan something that you as a couple want to share forever. Advice: Don’t freak out. Everything will be okay! Wedding Day Weather: Perfect. About 80 degrees and sunny with a slight breeze. Wedding Summed Up In Three Words: Best day ever! Where Do You Live Now: We live in El Paso and never plan on leaving.

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Vendor List: Venue & Accommodations: Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Photography: Stephane Lemaire Music: Dusty Low Rings: CBC Fine Jewelers Flowers: Margaret Bost Dress: Watters Hair: Debi Bragg


Selfia Ramos & Alex Barron

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September 25, 2016 | Half Moon Bay, California They Met: At a New Years party in Alex’s home on January 1, 2016 The Date: September 25, 2016 Location: The Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay in California.

Why Did You Choose That Location: It is the most elegant hotel by the beach in the USA. Number Of Guests: 50 guests If You Knew Then What You Know Now: Nothing would change. Everything we imagined came out as planned or better. Advice To Other Brides: Hire a wedding planner! Where Was The Ceremony Held: It was an outside wedding—on the lawn by the beach. Wedding Day Weather: It was a sunny 78 degrees. Perfect! Wedding Summed Up In Three Words: Dream come true!

Vendor List: Photographer: Dan Dalstra Wedding dress: White Lace Wedding Ring: Susan Eisen Jewelry Floral Design & Event Design: Ochun Studio Hair and Makeup: Lorena Ponce


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Top 4 Best TV Proposals

Like most, I’m a hopeless romantic and utterly obsessed with proposals. So here are my top four best TV proposals that will surely tug at your heart, make you laugh through your tears and make you dream about your own proposal.


y, e n r a B d n a Robin er” h t o M r u o Y “How I Met In order to win Robin, Barney, the creative womanizer, drafts up

one last play in his playbook: “The Robin.” It explains all his strange behavior, including dating Robin’s nemesis, Patrice. Turns out, it was all a ruse to make Robin jealous and win her back. When

Robin goes to the rooftop where Barney is supposed to propose to Patrice, she finds out it was set up for her all along. Really romantic, really twisted, or a little bit of both, the proposal suited Barney and you can’t help but be impressed by all the work he put in.


, a t i R d n a Dexter “Dexter”

Your favorite serial killer is getting married. Throughout the

seasons we’ve seen Dexter rarely expose any vulnerability as he fights with his darkness and his urges to be normal. But for one of the first times we see him expose that rare vulnerability. Dexter not only proposes to his pregnant girlfriend Rita, but also her two young kids. The serial killer with a heart, confesses that he has always wanted to go out for banana splits, replant the lemon tree that keeps dying, and never wants to miss a pizza night. With tears in her eyes, (and ours) Rita says yes.



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After getting over his commitment issues, Chandler

is ready to propose to Monica. After his first proposal gets interrupted, Monica sets the scene for the second proposal. Filling their apartment with candles, she tries her best to propose herself, but doesn’t get far before she gets too emotional. You can’t help but get a little emotional too as the moment builds up. Chandler then steps in and tells Monica that she makes him happier than he ever thought he would be, and that he wants to spend the rest of his life making her feel the same way. No matter how many times you’ve seen this, tears will surely swell up again and again.


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Top 4 Best TV Proposals


, t d i m h c S d n Ce ce a “New Girl”

My favorite TV proposal. After losing Cece twice,

Schmidt thinks he’s finally ready to move on for good. After donating a box of Cece’s stuff, and soon regretting it, Schmidt pays $500 to get back a $5 bill in the box. When Schmidt is preparing to leave to find Cece (who is climbing a mountain) he opens up the door to find her there. Schmidt begins to recall the first time he and Cece were alone, when he added $5 to the Douche Bag Jar for saying, “Girl, Imma marry you.” He then says that he has known since the minute he met her that he wanted to marry her, he shows her the same $5 dollar bill, gets down one knee and asks, “Girl, will you marry me?” I’ve seen this episode at least 50 times, but my heart melts every single time.

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f you’re like me, deciding whether or not to invite kids to a wedding is simple! I don’t have kids, so why would I want them there? Done, no kids it is. Simple, right? Now on to bigger issues like cake flavors and toppers.

TO INVITE: There are major reasons why people love having children at a wedding.

Wrong. Totally wrong. Not everyone is like me and most people I’ve

Some say they add a touch of magic, a sort of youthful blessing to the

talked to prefer children at family occasions. This situation is more

newly married. Not to mention the spontaneity of children. There are

complex than I ever imagined.

many belly laughs that could be missed if children are not involved.

From what I’ve gathered, sometimes family and friends with children

When you’ve decided all are welcome to your wedding, be sure to

want to have them there for memories and pictures.

mention it on your invitation. Add “and family” after the guests’ name to ensure they are aware that their children are invited.

This is a whole new world to me, but I’m sort of getting it now. After I tried to imagine a wedding for myself, I had a mind-blowing moment

If you are only allowing new babies, some children (such as the ring

when I realized that even I had little ones in the family that I would

bearer and flower girl), or children over a specific age, be sure to

love present at my wedding. How could I have written them off so

mention it clearly on the invitation. It may seem a bit specific, but

quickly? And what if I only wanted to invite those specific kids to my

people unaware of these exceptions may be upset seeing other

imaginary wedding? Do I place a big “No kids allowed (Except for the

children in attendance.

following:)” sign at the entrance of my party? Another important thing to consider when inviting children is where to Because there is proper etiquette to all situations in life, here are the

put them. Do you want a separate kids area for them to play in? Some

polite ways to invite, ban or partially ban children from your wedding.

weddings even have their own babysitters to watch the children as the parents have fun. Decide, announce and prepare for the children in attendance. Don’t forget to have children’s options during dinner also.


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NOT TO INVITE: Okay, so you’ve decided that children are off the guest list of your formal wedding. I’ve read so many wedding stories that say the same thing: children sleep through most of the festivities anyway! When not inviting children, it could also be a great excuse for parents to have a night out to party. Not to mention, the amount of money saved by having adult-only weddings. Keep in mind though, that some people you were hoping would attend may not be able to if they can’t afford childcare for the night or prefer not to leave their children. The decision is yours, but make sure that it is worth it for you not to have the attendance of a few friends and family members. With all things considered, let’s move on to the etiquette of the invite. Proper etiquette on how to politely ban children


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C h i l d r e n at yo u r w e d d i n g

is widely debated throughout the Internet. Some say it is impolite to write it on the wedding invitation and better saved for a more casual announcement, like on the event web page. Some say laying it all out there on the invitation is the best and only way to prevent any confusion or (gasp), accidental kid attendance. The horror. Others find sneakier ways of going about it, like sending a two person-only guest pass in their invitation or allowing a two person click option on the online RSVP. Clever, clever. Any way you decide to go about it, know that it is your decision on who you choose to attend your special day. Don’t let anyone make you think otherwise.

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a single photographer’s point of view and memories to detail your wedding. Today, social media has revolutionized that into something greater. Now you don’t have to rely solely on your photographer to capture those moments. You can use friends and family to snap those small details you may have missed, offering up a plethora of memories of your guests having the time of their lives. Snapchat, popular for their series of quick photos and videos, also offers graphic overlays, or “geofilters,” for photos that are set up for specific locations in your city. There are even custom filters for important events or particular dates—such as your wedding day! Snapchat’s geofilters make it easy—created online or using your own design. Snapchat has categories such as holidays, business, birthdays and weddings. By selecting the “weddings” category, it proceeds to the next step in creating your special filter. With premade filters, you may choose colors to match your theme and even include your and your partner’s names on your filter. The filter will only be on for the date of your event, so be sure to follow step three and pick the time and date of the availability to your custom filter. By drawing a fence around the location of your venue, you can be sure that your guests can optimize their wedding story with the filter you’ve created. After choosing your location, paying is simple. From $5 and up, this is a simple way to make the happiest day of your life more special, and at a low cost. Sharing these memories with your future children will be a snap! Be sure to visit our Pinterest board, for more inspiration!


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