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the bride’s guide to have and to hold


Dear Friend, You're engaged? Congratulations! Now you get to plan a wedding before you embark on a lifelong journey together.

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Stephanie Budd GRAPHIC DESIGNER Amber Ingram CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Aubrey Frederickson Jennifer L Prince

I've worked hard on curating content for you to aid in your planning. From budgeting worksheets and advice from former brides to real weddings and our inspiration boards, I hope you utilize this guide to help you make your big day the best it can be!

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REAL WEDDING a magical woodland event


QUIPS advice from former brides




REAL WEDDING a mountaintop elopement




INSPIRATION BOARD a gothic glam affair




REAL WEDDING a literary delight


DESTINATION WEDDING Millinocket and Portland, Maine




INSPIRATION BOARD a DIY forest wedding




I STILL DO a mountainside vow renewal



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Apps for Wedding Planning

Our smartphones always seem to be within reach, so why not use yours to plan your day? Whether it’s a wedding specific app or one that you can merely tweak, there are plenty out there for the bride-to-be.



This app is designed to keep you organized. It gives

Search for color palettes and complimentary colors on the

you the ability to create to do lists, take notes and keep

go as you determine which colors work best for you. It’s a

track of ideas you find on the web. What better time

handy app for helping you decide the overall tone of your

than planning a wedding to stay on top of things?

color scheme.



Wary of spending too much? Mint is a budgeting app,

Long hailed as the place for ideas, it’s the perfect way

which is perfect for organizing your wedding budget

to be able to curate your own wedding board filled with

- and even other finances - all in one place. Keep on

ideas. Curate specific boards such as flowers, dresses

track with no regrets!

and favors and keep track of the latest inspiration.

SLACK Having the ability to communicate with a team can be taken to the next level with weddings. Share ideas, notes and photos with your mom, sister or bridesmaids while you are in the planning process.


APPY COUPLE Not only can you personalize the app to your liking, but you can also keep track of photos and a registry along with communicating information to your

JOY Manage your guest list and RSVPs all in one place. It enables you to create your own customizable website along with storing wedding memories for your future self.

guests. It also includes a fun countdown clock!

LADYMARRY With a timeline and a plethora of creative ideas, this handy app lets you plan your special day like a pro. It also has the ability to keep notes and manage a group of people for communicating information.

WEDPICS With rave reviews, WedPics allows all of your wedding photos to be gathered in one location. It is easy to use and enables the bride and groom to see their day from the guests’ perspective.

LOVERLY VIRTUAL WEDDING PLANNER Want an honest opinion on your wedding decor and ideas? This app allows you to consult with a personal concierge while saving ideas and offering advice for your big day. Want more practical ideas? Head to for more inspiration! 6

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Congratulations - you’re finally engaged and you have the ring to Photo by Crystal Reyns Photography

prove it! As you and your partner embark on the journey that is wedding planning, you are surely excited by what the next year or so has in store. It can be tempting to dive in head first and surround yourself with all things weddings, but it’s important to take it slow in order to prevent yourself from taking on undue stress and burning out. With that in mind, here are some of the first things you should do after getting engaged.

Enjoy it! That’s right – quit dreaming up color palettes and mapping out your ideal tablescapes in your head. Log off of Pinterest and put your phone down. It’s time to unplug and truly take in all of the newly engaged bliss. Plan a romantic date night to celebrate, just the two of you – the planning can wait, but you won’t get back these precious moments again. Share the news. Assuming you didn’t livestream the proposal (you didn’t, did you!?), the time will come for you and your fiancé to spread the news. Before you pick the Instagram filter that best suits your ring’s sparkle, be sure to personally tell those that are close to you. Your parents or your best friend will want to be the first to know – 8 Photo by Cardinal Rose Photography

don’t let them find out through social

agree on an overall budget for your

important and then select an aspect

media! Once your loved ones are in


for each of you – that way, you can

on the news, feel free to spread the

Pick your Big Three.

compromise and everybody will get

love throughout your social accounts.

Once you have an idea of your

what they want.

Settle on a budget.

wedding’s price tag, it’s time to

You weren’t expecting to start with

settle on your Big Three: the three

Once you get through these first

wedding dress shopping and cake

most important must-haves on your

steps, you can begin the initial stages

tasting, were you? The wedding

wedding day. More than likely, these

of research for your wedding. Above

budget is the end all, be all of your

will be the categories you spend the

all, don’t forget to enjoy the journey!

planning process – it will have an

most on, so it’s important to come

effect on every aspect of your big

to a consensus. Is there a venue that

day, so it only makes sense to start

you’ve been dreaming of since you

there. Sit down with your partner

were a child? Does the entertainment

and start with a ballpark number –

make all the difference to you? Is food

at what point can you not bear to

a priority? Or do you value high-

spend any more money? It could be

quality photography more? If you’re

$10,000 or $100,000. Whatever it is,

having trouble agreeing on three, pick

find a common place where you can

one that you can both agree is most

Amanda Zack is a wedding PR specialist with OFD Consulting, based in Richmond. She also serves as a Public Relations adjunct professor at her alma mater, Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Real Wedding

Zach & Taylor A MAGICAL, WOODLAND WEDDING After meeting at Liberty University their freshman year, Zach and Taylor were inseparable. They dated for four years until Zach finally proposed during an intimate walk on the beach with Taylor. So sweet! When it came to their wedding, this couple worked together to plan a stunning event. “The phrase that came up most was that I wanted it to have an Anthropologie-esque, woodland feel. We definitely just wanted something that felt like it had our personality stamped on it,” offered Taylor. Being an artsy person, Zach was actually integrated a lot into the wedding planning. Taylor recalled, “He was unbelievably helpful in this whole process—he was decisive where I was indecisive, which made things a lot easier.” From the lovely cake to the gorgeous sea glass colored bridemaids’ dresses, their concept came together flawlessly. 10

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photos: Adam Barnes Photography

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One item of note is their ceremony backdrop. Sorella Farms has quite a few options for ceremonies, but Taylor wanted something unique. “We had never seen anyone have their ceremony with the woods framing it…so we really loved that idea, and the floral wall and petal floor gave it this magical, woodland feel” she reflected. The backdrop – made by Adam Mullins from reclaimed barn wood and covered in florals and greenery by The Arrangement Company – ended up being Taylor’s favorite part of the wedding décor. So lovely!




The best piece of advice I would give

My favorite moment of my wedding

to a bride on her wedding day would

day was when we did our first look

be to not put so much pressure on

and took our photos before the actual

herself. Things WILL go wrong, no

ceremony. Having that quiet, private

question, but ultimately the goal is

time before the craziness set in to get

to marry someone you love and have

to be together and enjoy the moment

the people you love there to celebrate

made the day feel even more special,

with you. Too often there is this

and it also took a lot of pressure off by

element of comparison when you

the time the ceremony came around.

look at “Pinterest-perfect” weddings and expect yours should look the same, when the reality is your day should just feel like it belongs to you—something that expresses who you are. Enjoy the moment.

ON PLANNING A WEDDING A wedding planner is worth every penny, and I feel like that it something every bride should seriously consider adding into her budget. It is worth any extra money to have peace of mind


that someone is always there when

The most helpful thing for me has

you need them and making sure every

been to keep the big picture in

detail is taken care of.

perspective. You are now dedicated to a lifetime with this person, so instead of expecting perfection right away, realize you have a lifetime to grow together and figure it out.

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When it comes to wedding advice, why not ask the experts? Former

My mom and I purchased the same

brides, that is! Here are tips from recently married local ladies.

wedding planning book from Barnes and Noble. Since she’s helping me

Be careful with your hotel reservations if your wedding is around a holiday! They may be hosting events/parties late into the night. Our wedding was 2 days before Halloween and there were about 500 costumed drunks when we walked into the lobby. Yikes. ~ Kimberly My advice was actually given to me by my photographer, she said “if you’re crying while you walk down the aisle, smile, don’t try to stop the tears”. She

the most it is so great for both of us to have a checklist to go over even though we’re 4 hours away from each other. This makes planning so much easier, and a book will let you know about things you didn’t even think of! ~ Stacey

said she did when she walked down the aisle and in all her pictures she looks

Don’t be afraid to buck tradition- it’s your day! Also, be

mad. I took her advice and those are some of my favorite pictures--raw,

willing to compromise with your

honest emotion.

groom on the little details because

~ Meagan

it’s his day just as much as it’s yours, and compromise is definitely needed

The day is about your love and commitment. Not about the details of your wedding. Your wedding is probably not going to be what you see on TV or

in marriage! ~ Anne-Marie

what society thinks it should be. And that’s ok. Don’t obsess about those details, just make it special for you and your soon-to-be husband. ~ Hannah Choose a honeymoon perfume and wear it on the day of your wedding and every day of your honeymoon. When you return from your honeymoon only wear that scent on special occasions. It will bring sweet memories back to you and your hubby of those special days.

Don’t forget to plan for your marriage in the midst of planning for the wedding. The wedding is one day, your marriage is for life. ~ Danielle

We traveled to Cancun for our honeymoon and every time I wear my honeymoon scent my hubby says “you smell like Cancun!” ~ Sarah Interact with your guests! They may be standoffish thinking you’re too busy to approach, so you go to them! Don’t get too caught up in “being on display” that you feel like you can’t be a part of the party that’s going on to celebrate you. ~ Carla Definitely have someone pack a to go meal for the getaway! During the reception many of the guests will be talking to you, leaving hardly any time to eat. You won’t regret it! ~ Valorie 16

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I DO BBQ AN INSPIRATION BOARD The rehearsal dinner is a fun time for an intimate gathering with family and friends, and in this case it’s an outdoor, tented barbecue! Christian and Jami’s event had a true southern flair, and here are some tips for your own BBQ.

Incorporate fun food items of the traditional south. Our faves? Check out the list below. • Sweet Tea • Savory Cheesecake (with the twist of Eastern Blue Crab!) • Pulled Pork • Mac & Cheese • Spoon Bread • Oysters • Local Wine

OTHER ELEMENTS WE ADORE • Mint Juleps were passed on silver trays as the guests arrived. • Water in elegantly etched bottles was placed at each table. • Those napkins? The guests were able to take them home as a keepsake. • The “crab” cake is an adorable element! • As far as location goes, the couple rented an estate they found via Airbnb. Brilliant! • Galvanized trays, bowls and surfaces were utilized throughout.


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Real Wedding

Ryan & Taryn A MOUNTAINTOP ELOPEMENT You may recognize Taryn if you’ve ever been to Lynchburg’s Rivermont Pizza, and it’s actually where this couple’s story begins. Taryn works there part time, which is where Ryan caught her eye – she developed a crush, and little did she know that she had caught Ryan’s eye, too. One night he mustered up the courage to talk to Taryn. “He walked right in, sat down next to me, and introduced himself. He gave me his phone number and we've been inseparable since,” she reflected. After dating a little over a year, Ryan proposed on the Blue Ridge Parkway. They had spent so much time together in the mountains hiking and camping, that the location just seemed natural. Taryn offered, “We decided to relax and go for a drive. We stopped and picked up some wine, cheese and crackers, and brought a blanket with us. We eventually decided to stop at an overlook and have a little picnic. Then he asked me.”


As an outdoorsy couple, who is a little more on the private side, they chose an elopement because it felt natural for their personalities. “We feel most connected to God when we're in the mountains...we also knew we wanted to feel the freedom to say our vows without feeling like we were putting on a show for people, or be nervous about what others were thinking,” Taryn reminisced. Taryn spoke of the calm and peacefulness she and Ryan felt on their wedding day. “We really loved the idea of it being more intimate and personal…and it was completely that- we were able to be so present and enjoy every little moment with our focus completely on each other.” Their location of Cole Mountain offered a serene backdrop for their nuptials along with being the location of their first hike together.




Be authentic to yourself.

Spend less time trying to be

Compromising to appease other

understood and more time seeking

people or prevent tension is a

to understand. Practice empathy

heartbreaking thing - not only in

by allowing yourself to feel what

wedding planning but in life in

your partner is feeling. When both

general. If something is important to

partners do this for each other,

you, don't let it die out. And certainly

there is more understanding,

don't apologize for letting it thrive.

gentleness and patience. Empathy

It's your day! Do whatever you want,

breeds acceptance and comfort. I

and know that the people who love

truly believe that empathy is the

you will support you, even if they

key to connection and freedom in a

would have chosen something else.



Although it was a private event, Taryn and Ryan incorporated special touches


such as professional hairstyling, wedding wear, beautiful flowers, and a

Photography - Tyler Phenes, Photographer

photographer to document the day. Not to be left out, their friends and family

Gown - Celebration

were included in a celebration a few months after their elopement,

Florals - UrbanFlora (Katelyn Sandy)

which was a smart way to follow up their big day.

Hair - Signature Studio ( Janette) Makeup- bride

Taryn’s final thoughts? “It was very important for us to be authentic to

Jewelry - borrowed from friends

who we are as individuals, as well as a couple.” And their day definitely was uniquely beautiful.

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SPAS AND SALONS Body Works Day Spa & Salon - page 30

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Southern Provisions Company -


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GOTHIC, GLAM AFFAIR AN INSPIRATION BOARD Often used as a term in architecture or to describe dark dressing in the late 20th century, the word “gothic” now means all things glam and dreamy when it comes to weddings. If this trend appeals to you, it can be incorporated in a beautiful way. Here’s how!

• Wear lace. • A dark, bold lip color is key! • Don statement jewelry. • Lace-up shoes finish a look. • Choose deep, rich colors. • Utilize marbled pieces (note the cufflinks, invitations, table accessories, bride’s skirt and patina of the location). • Think words like “flowy” and “drippy” (such as loose florals, iced cakes, draped centerpieces and already used candles). • Choose a location that looks glamorous and ornate, yet stately.


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Helpful Hints For Quick! Write down the top 3 adjectives you want said about your wedding! Ponder the first three that come to your mind, and it just may give you a start into your wedding scheme.

1. 2. 3.

READY TO SET A DATE? Think about what is most important to you. Are you looking for a specific date that is a must, or are you willing to work within a timeframe depending on the availability of the venue's schedule and the season?


Work with your wedding planner to create a timeline for your wedding day. Having a clear vision of this before your day will create a more relaxed experience for all. 28

the Bride-to-be Baffled about what to do when? These are just suggestions, and adjust them to your own time schedule from engagement to wedding day. Be sure to keep a wedding binder or use an app (see our suggestions on page 6) to help keep organized!

12 MONTHS set a date work on guest list hire larger vendors (photographer, venue, and caterer)

4 MONTHS work on order of ceremony/reception order favors purchase rings

select bridal party

send invitations


purchase a dress

confirm vendors

Here are other ways they can

reserve a block of hotel rooms for out of town guests

work on and send out wedding day timeline

get involved:





Serve as a greeter to welcome guests

Sing or read at the ceremony

book honeymoon

purchase attendant gifts

shop for bridesmaids' dresses

work on reception seating chart

Ensure that guests sign the register

Deliver a toast

do a trial hair/makeup run

Say grace or offer a prayer

book other vendors



send save the dates

pack for honeymoon

order wedding invitations

finalize plans with vendors

register for gifts

delegate wedding day tasks


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photos L-R: Jonathan & Hannah Photography, Lindsey Hinkley Photography, Liz Cook Photography

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Real Wedding

EV and Josh A LITERARY DELIGHT When I think of a perfectly carried out theme, this wedding has it all. This couple incorporated books into every aspect of their wedding, and if you are wondering why...well, they actually met because of - what else? A book! "We met at Rivermont Pizza. It was late at night and I had brought a book to read, as I typically do. He had actually just finished reading it, so I talked to him instead of politely ignoring him like most guys," EV reminisced. They both are avid readers and have large personal libraries, and although their proposal doesn't center around books, it does speak a lot about their compatibility - at least as far as Josh was concerned! EV offered, "We had talked about marriage and decided that we would eventually get married but hadn't formally declared ourselves engaged. Josh is a huge Red Sox fan, and one day on a shopping trip I picked up a Red Sox t-shirt. I wore it when I went out to meet him that night, and I woke up to find he had posted a picture of me in it on Facebook and changed our relationship status to engaged." So fun! 31

As a Sweet Briar graduate, EV had spent countless hours studying in the Cochran Library. After talking to the events coordinator and librarians, they were allowed to have their wedding at the library, which is the perfect setting for this couple. After scouring Pinterest for doable, and cohesive - yet not overdone - projects, their creativity shone through on their wedding day. Oh and as for not having a cake? EV explained, "Josh hates cake, and I had taken him on a date to have a slice of pie at Woodruff's early in our relationship. When I suggested pies from Woodruff's as an alternative to cake, he was ecstatic. We ended up having 10 flavors of pie!"


ADVICE FOR THE BRIDE PLANNING HER WEDDING Prioritize spending on what matters to you. If you want top of the line in one area, be ready to cut back in another. ADVICE FOR THE BRIDE-TO-BE Relax and assign someone else to make decisions that day. Have someone else take care of the little problems that crop up so you don't stress out. ON BEING NEWLYWED Marriage is fantastic, but it's just a continuation of the relationship you had before. It's a commitment to continue building and growing together. 33

Books were incorporated in: •

the ceremony arch

the venue - a library!


table numbers

tiny book necklaces (so darling!)

Book pages were utilized for: •

wraps for vases

to label their card box

wedding bouquets, boutonnieres and hair florals


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Destination Wedding


Photo by TDow Photography

PORTLAND This ocean side city is full of history, a lovely shopping district and beautiful homes. It also offers options for couples that want either an urban feel or a private, picturesque ceremony. Being a writer, The Press Hotel was especially intriguing. Offering interesting Photo by Greta Tucker Photo


hen I think of Maine, thoughts turn to quaint towns on the

coast and lobster. My impression of this New England state came from the fact that my parents loved the area, and we spent many summers renting

and well thought out touches such as a typewriter art display and wallpaper made out of rolled newspaper, this hotel is housed in the former Gannett newspaper building. It offers many options for event spaces and overnight accommodations. Their in house UNION restaurant offers unique, delicious fare and creative dessert options in addition to catering. My favorite spot of all was the rooftop view off of the penthouse suite, which is perfect for an intimate wedding with high impact overlooking the bustling city of Portland.

lake homes for vacationing. The

A little off of the metropolitan area sits The Danforth. With it’s luxurious

landscape is stunning!

accommodations, each room offers a different feel in this historic home

For the couple who is thinking of going to a destination for their own wedding – or honeymoon – consider heading north to The Pine Tree State, which offers an experience all it’s own. I had the pleasure of perusing wedding venues, eating delectable

turned inn. The space is lovely with its cascading natural light, and one of my favorite spaces was a hidden widow’s walk with a view of the ocean on the roof of the building. Tempo Dulu offers a variety of cuisine, and I would suggest the tasting menu, which offers a sampling of their culinary delights. Plus, their drinks arrive in style, each having it’s own creative twist. As Portland’s only luxury boutique hotel, it is perfect for an overnight stay, elopement, rehearsal dinner or vow renewal.

cuisine and taking a few tours on a

For those couples looking for a seaside experience, two locations come to

recent press trip to the state.

mind. The first being the aptly named Inn by the Sea. Upon entering the 35

Photo by Alexandra Daley-Clark

Photo by Emilie Inc

Photo by Casey Durgin Photography

view goes straight to the ocean

dinner and accommodations at the

which also offers outdoors-y types of

before you head up to your room,

Portland Harbor Hotel. With luxury

activities such as hiking, kayaking,

which includes a fireplace. So cozy!

rooms in the heart of downtown, a

fishing, moose tours and whitewater

The inn itself has a lovely lawn, yet

picturesque ferry ride takes you to

rafting. For those wanting to brave

a secluded boardwalk takes you to

Great Diamond Island, which houses

the colder weather, the center offers

the ocean, which houses a mile of

their coastal sister property - the

snowmobiling, ice fishing and cross

unspoiled beach.

lovely Inn at Diamond Cove. The

country skiing.

In addition, the Black Point Inn

island is full of history and views and

Whether you choose to rent out the

offers a sprawling lawn with an ocean

also boasts accommodations and a

property in whole or part, a wedding

view that makes for stunning photos!

restaurant for convenience.

overlooking Mount Katahdin is

The inn is full of charm and tradition,


both rustic and picturesque. The

and The Point Restaurant offers

Dubbed “The Magic City” Millinocket

on-site restaurant, River Drivers, is

an unparalleled dining experience

is a destination for couples that

also ready to cater your event with

along with tempting cocktail and

want a romantic retreat for either

finesse. A 3.5-hour drive also takes

dessert selections.

their honeymoon or wedding. Rustic,

you to Portland if you would like to

For those who truly can’t decide if they

quaint cabins overlooking Millinocket

incorporate a jaunt to the city in your

want an urban or a seaside event, the

Lake are available in several sizes at


perfect option just may be a rehearsal

the New England Outdoor Center,


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WHILE IN PORTLAND Portland is rich in history and beauty – both with the coastal views and lovely buildings. Besides the restaurant recommendations in Portland, there are a plethora of other activities for you and your guests to peruse. Easy Day If you love bowling – or even if you don’t – a trip to this local upscale bowling alley and restaurant is a must. What a fun place for your attendants to gather or to hold a rehearsal dinner! The restaurant offers delectable delights

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such as lobster rolls and fun drink options. Think of this more as a great restaurant that happens to have quality, bowling lanes. The Maine Brew Bus This is exactly what you think it is. A brilliant idea. Bright green buses take you from stop to stop to experience local craft breweries and wineries. Their guides are also knowledgeable about the local scene, so you are able to ask questions and get a flair for the area. Portland Discovery Tour Whether you choose to tour by land or sea, this 90-minute introduction into

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the history of the city lets you relax and soak it in, and they have a variety of tours available. Portland Head Light and Fort Williams Park First lit in 1791, this beautiful lighthouse and park offers stunning views. With its history and scenery, it makes the perfect stop for visitors – and you can even get married there! Sea Bags If you are doing a welcome bag for out-of-towners or looking for a fun bridesmaids’ gift, head to Portland’s downtown shopping district to the Sea Bags headquarters. These sturdy bags are made from recycled sails, and while you are there, be sure to peruse the other nearby stores.



Grab a calculator and your fiancé, and get ready to have some fun! Be sure to have a budget number in mind before starting this worksheet. What is your total budget for your wedding? $ Look at the budget breakdown below. Break your budget amount down according to the percentages below, and write the number next to it. (Quick math review - to get the amount for your reception, multiply your budget number by .45, and write the number next to the line. Follow suit with the other budget categories.)

Reception - 45%


Flowers and Decor - 10%

Reception - site rental, catering, cake, equipment rentals, beverages

Photography and Videography - 10%

Flowers and Decor - bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, arrangements for ceremony and reception, decor rentals, lighting Photography and Videography - photography, videography, prints, albums Planner or Coordinator - 10%

Planner or Coordinator - wedding planning services, day of coordination

Music - 8%

Music - ceremony musicians, cocktail hour music, reception music, sound

Bride & Groom’s Attire - 7%

system rental, dance floor rental

Cushion - 2%

Ceremony - site fee, officiant fee

Ceremony - 2%

Stationery - save the dates, invitations, programs, menus, place cards,

Attire - gown and alterations, tuxedo, accessories, hair and makeup

thank you notes, postage Stationery - 2% Rings - 2% Transportation - 1%

Rings - bride’s wedding band, groom’s wedding band Transportation - transportation for bride and groom, transportation for wedding party, valet parking Gifts - wedding attendant gifts, welcome baskets, favors

Gifts - 1%


Have a talk with your fiancé. What are the 5 things that are the most important to you on your wedding day? Make a list! You may want

Considering your 5 things, tweak the suggested percentages as to what you see fit. Be sure they add up to 100%! Then, using your new percentages, calculate the monetary amount you can designate towards each category. Reception -



(such as parents).

Flowers and Decor -




Photography and Videography -



Planner or Coordinator -



Music -



Bride & Groom’s Attire -



Cushion -



Ceremony -



you attain those 5 most important

Stationery -




Rings -




Transportation -




Gifts -



to include the opinion of others

2. 3. 4. 5.

What types of vendors can help

3. 4. 5.

So, how did you do? Talk with your fiancé and discuss your new budget. Happy planning! Want to share? Use Instagram and tag @hillcitybride.


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DIY FOREST WEDDING AN INSPIRATION BOARD If the idea of a woodland wedding appeals to you - especially if you love DIY or are on a budget - then this event is here to inspire! It’s filled with lovely, handmade elements that Kevin and Amanda had woven throughout their day. Passionate about creating and wanting a unique, financially friendly affair, this couple had a lovely day full of whimsy and ideas.

• Amanda made her own wedding invitations (made 2 months before the wedding) and dress (sewn three weeks before the wedding). • Flowers were purchased and arranged by the bride and her maids the day before. • The bridesmaids were given a color palette and could either chose a solid color from the hues or pick a floral patterned dress that included the color scheme. • The bride and bridemaids had a bachelorette party at Rivermont Makery to craft the wedding day headbands. 40

VENDORS Bridal Gown, Stationery, Boutonnieres - Bride Photographer - Colin Mukri Hair - Angie McGouldrick (friend of bride) Makeup - Fabine Edma (friend of bride) Hairpieces - DIY at Rivermont Makery Florals - made by Bride and Bridesmaids (flowers from Kroger) Groomswear - Asos Catering - Joyce Yoder (aunt of groom) Music Playlist - Nathan and Lindsey Isidro (brother and sister-in-law of the bride) Groom’s attire - Asos Wedding Venue - Backyard (bride’s parents) Portrait Venue - The Wisecarver Farm Officiant - Todd Foster Videographer - Josh Etheridge


ROOM FOR THE GROOM including your guy in wedding planning Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, especially if you’re trying to do it alone. The good news is that you’re not alone! Your wedding is about two people—you and your soon-to-be-spouse. Instead of trying to do everything yourself, keep the following suggestions in mind and get your groom involved in the prenuptial preparations.

• Like all stereotypes, the one about men not being interested in wedding planning is not always true, but if your groom is shy about pitching in, remember what he is interested in—you! If it’s about the floral centerpieces for the reception, he might not care much, but if it’s about saving you from total stress

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meltdown, he’ll probably care a lot. Let him know how much pressure you’re under and ask for his help. • Next it’s time to pull out the old to-do list and decide, together, which tasks each of you will take on. Keep personal interests in mind. Let the music lover take charge of the playlist for the reception while the foodie handles the catering. If you feel strongly about flowers, keep that job for yourself and maybe suggest that your uber-organized groom handle the budget and keep track of contracts and appointments. 42 Photo by Lauren Paige Photography

• What about those things that neither of you are particularly thrilled about doing? Well, start by deciding whether they’re absolutely necessary. Do you really need a seating chart or would you rather just let your guests choose their own tables? For those less pleasant chores that you both feel necessary, divide them up evenly or work on them together. • One thing to keep in mind is that if you are asking for his help, you need to be willing to let go of total control. You’ve asked for his opinions and

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assistance, so it’s only fair that you listen and accept what he’s going to

a unique groom’s cake or find ways

offer. In fact, a great way to get him

to incorporate his tastes as well as

excited about planning is to make

hers into the wedding cake. Music,

sure that there’s something in it for

wedding favors, and centerpieces

him to be excited about.

can also be easily chosen to reflect

• What elements of your big day reflect your groom’s personality and style? Some couples get creative with

Aubrey Fredrickson is a happily married, mother-of-two, stay-at-home freelance writer who loves discovering and sharing unique ideas.

personality and interests. What could you add in or change up to make him feel like it really is about him as much as about you?


I Still Do

a mountainside vow renewal Couples spend so much time planning and preparing for the wedding day, yet a lifetime occurs afterwards. It’s so special to see a husband and wife progress and grow as their life together continues. This 10 year vow renewal is both beautiful and meaningful, and we adore what the wife, Cami, had to say about her journey.


I met Ryan the night before Easter 2003. We were volunteers in a ministry that performed character building assembly programs in elementary schools during the week and sang in churches on the weekend. He was a staff member visiting my team traveling across the west coast. I remember the moment he walked in the door. My team was in the middle of singing "Your Grace Still Amazes Me," and I lost my breath for a second. We got to know each other over the weekend, and though our memory differs on who asked who for their number, (he totally asked for mine) we kept in touch over the remaining months of my tour. We were smitten. By July we had talked almost every day on the phone for the past four months. Ryan asked if he could fly me to visit him in Arizona so we could spend some time together in person, away from our crazy schedules. I had family near his home town and stayed with them during my visit where we had our first date. It was more like a week of spending time together, finally in person.


We dated mostly long distance for the next two years and during a visit with my family in New Jersey, Ryan proposed on June 15, 2005 on the beach in Cape May. He buried a treasure box partially in the sand with his bible inside holding my ring marking Philippians 4:6-8. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let our requests be made known to God: and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.� We were married a year later July 22, and two weeks later moved to Virginia to start school and begin our lives together. We celebrated our 10-year anniversary in 2016, the same year we moved our little family of four into our first house – the BEST anniversary present ever. 10 years of marriage has changed us a lot, and taught us a lot. We both began our marriage with a lot of unspoken expectations and not a lot of counsel. Being long distance we were together for the first time all the time, and it was a little overwhelming.

The best decision we ever made was to trust God with our marriage. Sometimes it was Ryan and sometimes it was me, but one of us had to make the conscious decision to point the other to God. A family member told us before we were married that it was better to be kind than to be right. That, along with lots, and lots, and LOTS of grace has made our marriage stronger over time. For couples who are engaged or newly married, choose each other. You will not always be on the same page or want the same things, and you will not always feel blissfully happy. But, choose to forgive and extend grace to each other. Choose to give your time and patience to each other. Choose to consider situations from each other perspectives. But mostly, choose to point each other to God by pursuing Him yourself. When each of you decide to choose these, regardless of whether the other does or not, marriage can be pretty spectacular. 46

VENDORS Planning & Coordination – Tina Lane Events Design & Styling – Max & Dexter Event Design Venue – Heart of High Peak Rentals & Props – Happily Ever After Event Rental Florals – Fox Grape Designs Pottery – Jillian Pottery Food – Suzy Q, etc. Stationery – Craft Couture Wedding Bridal Dresses – Church Street Bridal Wedding Favors – Novella Tea Wooden Props – Against the Grain Laser Natural Fruit – Morris Orchard Picnic Table – Amanda Mae Ties & Accessories – Elegant and Royal Pillows – Davy and Company Bridal Hair – Carolina Lamb Hair Bridal Makeup – Makeup by Summer Vow Renewal Makeup – Cami Smith Family – The Smith Family

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Getting Married in VA Getting married in Virginia? Be sure to get a marriage license! You and your spouse-to-be can obtain a license through any Virginia Circuit Court Clerk. Check for a listing. Licenses are valid for 60 days and cost $30. Head to for more detailed information on sites and officiants. You most both be 18 years old - be sure to take an actual certified copy of your birth certificate. If you're under 18, you will need notarized consent from a parent or legal guardian to tie the knot. Also take along a valid driver's license, military ID, state ID or passport for identification. Who can marry you? Great question! Be sure to get an ordained minister (who can show proof of ordination), a marriage commissioner, justice of the peace or a judge. Be sure to make getting a marriage license part of your pre-wedding plans (yes, some couples have forgotten!).

Quick note: Guidelines do change at times, so please head to to contact your local Circuit Court Clerk's office.

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Clutch Wedding I 2017  

Our issue is packed with real weddings and real life inspiration for the bride-to-be.

Clutch Wedding I 2017  

Our issue is packed with real weddings and real life inspiration for the bride-to-be.