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CONTENTS

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OUR LOVE STORY

The love story of Sammy and Ian

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THE BRIDE AND GROOM The art of the portrait.

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Story telling and imagery.

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CEREMONY Where we say “I DO”

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PORTRAITS

The beautiful bride and dashing groom

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THE WEDDING

The Wedding and reception of Sammy & Ian.

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RECEPTION

Our wedding comes to life when the party begins

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LETTER FROM THE EDITORS The Wedding Editorialist is excited to dedicate this Special Anniversary Issue to Sammy & Ian. A wedding is a celebration of a relationship that already exists; one so special and so deeply committed, that it only feels right to celebrate publicly. Before a wedding, there are just two people, but afterwards there is so much more. The couple are bound together by a shared dedication to living life together in all it’s forms. Now, two year after they wed, Sammy and Ian are the proud parents of a beautiful baby girl. They have settled into their home, and while they are no longer newlyweds, they still act like honeymooners! Here at the Wedding Editorialist we get see and share so many beautiful stories. Stories of love, of romance, of passion. Each detail of the wedding tells us something about this new couple. And from the details we are sharing with you here, there is no doubt in our minds that you will fall deeply in love with Sammy & Ian. Just like we did. Just as they did with each other. With love always‌. The Editorialists

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WANT A WEDDING EDITORIALIST OF YOUR OWN? What is the Wedding Editorialist? We believe that every love story deserves to be told. Our team of editors and graphic designers will work with you to create a stunning, one of a kind wedding magazine that you can print, send, and share online.

FEEL THE DIFFERENCE Unlike other self-publishing sites which provide you with basic template or digital downloads, The Wedding Editorialist is both high-tech and high-touch. Our magazines are at minimum 40 pages a piece, with some growing to as large as 60 pages or more. Your publication is hosted online, printed as a hard copy (yes, you get an actual, real magazine!), and comes with an icon for social sharing with your family and friends.

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HOW DOES IT WORK? We consider our purchases submissions. Once you select which piece you wish to create, complete your purchase and you will receive a questionnaire along with all necessary releases via a link online. Download your intake form, complete the questionnaire, and return all documents to The Wedding Editorialist digitally, along with a Dropbox folder of images. Upon receipt, you will be assigned a personal editor who will review your submission, set your pages, and design the magazine to tell your story with a mix of words, messages, and images. Your preview will be sent to you online in approximately 4-6 weeks. The final piece will be created and published within 7 - 10 business days. You will receive a link to

the publication, a digital download, and a social sharing icon. Additionally, you will receive one hard copy of your publication, with the option to purchase more. And that’s not all! Select couples will be featured on The Wedding Editorialist blog, Facebook, and Instagram page.


CHOOSE YOUR MAGAZINE LUXE

The Luxe Issue of the Wedding Editorialist is reserved for those couples that want to tell the entire story of their relationship. With up to 40 pages of stunning photos, the Luxe Edition allows you to include your Engagement Photos, Behind the Scenes Planning Photos, and your Wedding Photos. Additionally, the Luxe Edition allows to you write your own articles and text, or use ours. The Luxe Issue includes up to 40 pages featuring you and your wedding. The greatest keepsake for any newlywed couple, and an amazing gift for parents, the bridal party, and anyone who attended your special day! Everyone will feel like a celebrity with they see themselves in your magazine!

PROFESSIONAL

The Wedding Editorialist respects and values our creative partners. It is an honor and a privilege to assist you in curating a custom piece that showcases your style and services. With The Wedding Editorialist you have complete control over your presentation and your branding. Speak directly to your collaborators and clients with quarterly issues that you can email, print, embed, and send. Showcase your work in 36 - 40 beautifully curated pages.

DESTINATIONS

Designed as a welcome gift for your guests, a favor, or just the coolest thing anyone has ever seen! It’s a wedding website, love letter, itinerary, and more that guests can hold in their hand. This piece includes everything that the original Wedding Editorialist does in terms of layout and style. Complete with an editorial introduction, your love story, and a section which allows you to introduce your team of vendors, the Features Issue gives celebrity coverage of your event! Guests will never need to wonder (or bother you with questions!) about where they need to be, what they should do, or when. This piece also includes an overview of the city, a venue profile, and any behind the scenes photos you wish to share. The Destinations Issue will serve not only as a unique favor to your guests, but as their travel guide. The agenda for the group with all start and stop times will never go missing, as it is included right there for all of your guests to see in up to 32 pages. When you return home, add The Features Issue onto your piece for one massive magazine that tells the entire story of your wedding!

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LOVE STORY

Sammy was living in Los Angeles. Ian was living in Pittsburgh. Ian’s Aunt Wendy worked with Sammy. She had told Sammy about Ian for a while. “He’s smart, handsome, funny, kind.” Sammy was intrigued, but with 2,500 miles between them, the chance of them meeting, let alone dating, seemed like a stretch. In September, 2013 Ian traveled west for a family wedding in San Francisco, but not before spending a few days with his Los Angeles family. Sammy came over for dinner and she was excited that Ian was everything Wendy had described. Two nights later, Ian and Sammy went to dinner and found they were quite compatible with each other. They exchanged numbers before Ian left LA and they found themselves talking every night. It took nineteen months, a new job for both of them, a move to Las Vegas, and a massive hair cut, but Sammy and Ian finally landed in the same time zone in May, 2015. Three days after Ian arrived in Las Vegas to be with Sammy, he proposed in La Quinta, CA with friends and family eagerly awaiting Sammy’s reply, which, of course was YES! Sammy graduated with a BA in American Studies from Brandeis University. She is the Director of Advancement for The Meadows School, where she is also an alumna. Ian received his BS in Zoology from Miami University, Ohio and an MS in Chemistry and Ph.D. in Bio-Analytical Chemistry from Cleveland State. He is currently the Senior Chemist at MMLab. Ian and Sammy both love staying active, cooking, entertaining, and spending time with family and friends.

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THE BRIDE They say that every bride is beautiful, and while we could not agree more, there was something even more special about Sammy on the day of her wedding. It goes beyond the dress, beyond the shoes and the jewels. It’s something in her eyes. A combination of excitement, but also a true and deep contentment in knowing she is exactly where she should be, marrying the very person she should be with.

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THE GROOM Many men admit to having a few nerves on their wedding day, but if Ian had any, you would never know. When a man gets married, he takes on a new power, but he also becomes more vulnerable. Here, we see him at his best. Hopeful, determined, a bit nervous, and completely in love with Sammy.

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DETAILS Every decision a couple makes throughout the wedding planning process tells us a bit more about them. I shoot details in a way that sketches out the story of their day. We may start with the bride’s shoes, or the belt buckle of the groom, to establish a sense of style and direction. As we move into things like bouquets, fabrics accents, lighting and locations the picture becomes clear. The details tell who the couple is in that moment, and they deserve to be documented with respect for the role they play on the wedding day. 

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The Ceremony Months, sometimes years, of dreaming, planning, and designing all come down to these moments. There is nothing more wonderful or exciting than planning to spend the rest of your life with someone. Once you make that decision, you want celebrate that love with an affair that is uniquely “you”. The wedding ceremony binds a couple in marriage, and is beautifully influenced by the individual’s cultural, spiritual, and social commitments. Words....promises...vows are exchanged. Where done in private or in front of hundreds of guests, these moments are transformative not only to the couple, but to all who know and

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love them. This is where Sammy and Ian said, “I DO”....Beneath a chuppah of cherry blossoms. Surrounded by family and friends, Sammy and Ian recited their vows and were lead through a religious ceremony that included the showcasing of their chuppah, the use of a talis, and the breaking of the glass.


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PORTRAITS You know that feeling of being in a crowd, but feeling as if you are the only two people in the world? On their wedding day, Sammy and Ian looked like that in every photo taken of them. The quiet moments alone, during their wedding vows, and celebrating afterwards; they needed nothing more than each other.

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RECEPTION It’s time to celebrate! Nowhere is the style of a couple more pronounced than at their wedding reception. The planning, design, and all of the beautiful details come together for a truly sensory experience. There are the sights, the sounds, the smells....All of these elements come to life through the stunning use of location, flowers, lighting, and music. We are telling a story of the past, the present, and the couple’s hopes for the future. The wedding experience is heightened as guests dine on a menu developed to the couple’s specific tastes, accented with wines from around the globe, and sweetened with more than just your every day wedding cake. The wedding reception is where we party. This is the art of the wedding, and the celebration of together bringing together the past, the present, and the hopes for the future and brings them.

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BLACK & WHITE IMAGES Black and white photography is a lost art. When you remove the color and focus on the grey tones, you will find life in other ways. Perhaps you begin to focus on the sharp lines and contrast of the space. Other times, a blur of motion can really bring a pulls you into it, allowing you to relive the moment. In all cases, black and white images carry with them a timeless weight. They evoke the past, yet are still clean and modern. Sammy and Ian will cherish these images for all time, and they will be beloved from generation to generation. WEDDING EDITORIALIST | 45


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CREDITS WEDDING VENUE Mandarin Oriental WEDDING PLANNER Andrea Eppolito Events FLORAL / DECOR / ENTERTAINMENT

Destinations by Design PHOTOGRAPHY AltF Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Something New Films WEDDING DRESS Vera Wang BRIDAL SHOES Jimmy Choo Shoes ARTIST Sam Day Artistry

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Sammy & Ian at The Mandarin Oriental  

This anniversary issue of The Wedding Editorialist celebrates Sammy and Ian. Two years after their stunning wedding at The Mandarin Orienta...

Sammy & Ian at The Mandarin Oriental  

This anniversary issue of The Wedding Editorialist celebrates Sammy and Ian. Two years after their stunning wedding at The Mandarin Orienta...