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Amaze your spouse-to-be in a gown that fits your personality and style just right.

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A Midwinter Night's Dream

15 DIY

Unique Guestbook Ideas

19 Featured Weddings

Jenn & JP

Lauren & Adam

32 Newlywed Advice

Shana & Andy

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Rene & Mark

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Five Trips during the First Five Years of Marriage


Vanessa & Bobby

Allison & Josh


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A Dress to Impress



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Don’t plan alone! Enlist your wedding party to help.

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wineryweddings Publisher & Editor May Durkovic Editor & Contributing Writer Lindsey Frederick Operations Director Derek Durkovic Art Direction & Graphic Design Wendy Wade, Weswen Design Cover Photograph Neil van Niekerk Bride and Groom: Julie and Kenny Morabito Winery Weddings Magazine is published semiannually. All content copyright © Winery Weddings Magazine 2014. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without the expressed written permission from the publisher. We wish to thank the wedding professionals who contributed to this issue: Tyler FitzHugh Tiffany Gillespie Katie Rose Abby Ayer Natalya Guminska-Anderson Sharon Naylor

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he chance of a marriage proposal increases as the holiday seasons approach. About 16% of all proposals take place in December, with Christmas Eve being the most popular day to pop the question. From adventurous skydiving proposals to romantic dinner proposals, each couple has a unique engagement story to share. And once that ring is on your finger, the wedding of your dreams will follow. At times, planning your wedding can feel like a full-time job. Despite the lengthy to-do list on page 6, you can reduce wedding planning stress with tips on page 8. Among the many tasks to complete, choosing your wedding gown is one of the most memorable. Before shopping for a dress to impress your groom, turn to page 12 and read up on dress styles and trends. Then, complete your look with a fabulous hairdo. The hairstyle photo gallery on page 16 will inspire your creativity and wedding day vision. Whether you’re newly engaged, weeks from your wedding day, or preparing for your engagement, you won’t want to miss this issue of Winery Weddings. Enjoy!

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lanning your wedding can feel like a full-time job. Fortunately, you’re not alone! Your bridal party and family members not only stand by your side on the big day; they each play a special role in the planning process.

Bride and Groom


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Maid or Matron of Honor

A maid of honor is an unmarried attendant, whereas a matron of honor is a married attendant. Some brides choose both a matron and maid of honor, or two maids of honor. The maid or matron of honor plans and hosts the bridal shower and bachelorette party. She is the bride’s lady in waiting on the wedding day, helping her with anything she needs. The maid or matron of honor is also the first to offer a toast to the bride and groom during the reception.

Best Man

The best man is responsible for planning the bachelor party before the wedding day. He ensures the groomsmen are dressed and on time for the wedding, which may involve advance communication. He hands the rings to the officiant during the ceremony, and delivers the officiant’s fee and gratuity following the ceremony. He toasts the couple following the maid or matron of honor’s toast, and socializes with guests during the reception.


Bridesmaids help plan and attend pre-wedding events for the bride and groom. They assist the bride on her wedding day, helping her to the restroom, holding her flowers or bringing her Kleenex. The bridesmaids pose for photos, socialize at the reception and dance with guests.

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She should graciously respond to any correspondence regarding the wedding, and write thank you notes to each host, hostess and gift-giver.

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Traditionally, the bride made most of the decisions when planning her wedding, but this is no longer the case. Today, wedding planning is a prime opportunity for a couple to practice the many skills required in marriage, including communication, compromise and collaboration. The groom contributes by researching caterers, photographers, florists, DJs, bands and other vendors. He schedules a meeting with the officiant, arranges accommodations for out-oftown guests and transportation for the wedding party. It’s also the groom’s responsibility to choose the groomsmen, and collaborate with his parents to create his half of the guest list. He will order wedding attire for himself and his groomsmen, and schedule tuxedo fittings if needed. The bride most often holds the overall vision of the wedding day, and selects vendors according to her vision. She chooses wedding attendants, a bridal gown, accessories and bridesmaid dresses. She is responsible for collaborating with her parents to finalize her half of the guest list.

nate outfits. The father of the bride typically opens the reception with a welcome speech or toast.

Parents of the Groom

Parents of the groom can help the couple with their vendor search. They are responsible for planning and host-

The groomsmen should also smile for photos and invite the bridesmaids and single guests to dance during the reception.

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Parents of the Bride

Parents of the bride may host the first engagement party, with the groom’s parents welcome to host a second. The bride’s parents may provide input regarding wedding details, and the mother of the bride will undoubtedly want to help her daughter select her bridal gown. The mother of the bride should select her wedding day attire first, and then inform the mother of the groom so they can coordi-

eight), her only responsibility is to look cute and carry or toss flower petals during the bride’s processional. Parents of the flower girl are responsible for purchasing her gown and driving her to the rehearsal, rehearsal dinner and wedding.

Ring Bearer

The ring bearer may walk down the aisle by himself, escort the flower girl or walk with another ring bearer. He carries a pillow or box meant to symbolically hold the rings. The young man relies on his parents to purchase his attire and drive him to the rehearsal, rehearsal dinner and ceremony. Saskia Paulussen Photography

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Aside from standing beside the groom during the ceremony, groomsmen often usher guests to their seats before the ceremony. They direct guests as needed and answer any questions regarding parking, restrooms or directions to the reception.

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ing the rehearsal dinner. The groom’s father escorts his wife to her seat. In some cases, he will make a toast, or even fill the role of a best man or groomsman.

Flower Girl

Since a flower girl is typically young (usually between the ages of four and

With a team of friends and family by your side, planning your big day can be a piece of cake. ww As a boutique event planning firm, Voilà! Event Studio collaborates with you to tailor your unique wedding to perfection. Whether advocating for you during the planning process or styling luxury designs on the day of your wedding, Voila! Event Studio is obsessed with every petite detail.


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Wedding Planning Checklist

ince a couple’s engagement spans an average of 15 months, many wedding planning checklists break down the to-do list into a 12-15 month time frame. Although this is meant to be helpful, it can create more stress for the couple with a shorter engagement. Use this checklist to prioritize tasks and plan your way on your timeframe.

The Beginning

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❏❏ Attend bridal dress fittings ❏❏ Purchase bridal accessories (headpiece, gloves, veil, shoes, jewelry) ❏❏ Purchase bridesmaids’ accessories (shoes, jewelry) ❏❏ Select flowers and book a florist ❏❏ Research bakeries, select and order dessert ❏❏ Decide on a reception menu and bar selections with the caterer ❏❏ Prepare a playlist for ceremony and reception musicians/DJ (if desired) ❏❏ Prepare a photography list for the photographer (if desired) ❏❏ Select and reserve an appointment with a hair stylist and make-up artist (if desired) ❏❏ Establish a system for tracking gifts ❏❏ Shop for and purchase wedding rings ❏❏ Book a block of hotel rooms for guests (if needed) ❏❏ Plan welcome gifts for out of town guests (if desired) ❏❏ Make honeymoon arrangements

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Announce the engagement and celebrate Create a budget and determine who will pay for what Select two or three tentative wedding dates Choose bridesmaids, groomsmen and other bridal party members; check if they are available on your tentative dates Formulate a tentative guest list Start a wedding folder or binder with ideas and photos from magazines, blogs and wedding websites Choose a wedding theme and style Select and reserve a ceremony and reception venue Research and book a wedding planner (if desired)

Moving Forward ❏❏ ❏❏ ❏❏ ❏❏ ❏❏ ❏❏ ❏❏ ❏❏ ❏❏ ❏❏ ❏❏ ❏❏


Finalize the guest list Design and mail Save the Date cards (if desired) Create a gift registry (if desired) Select and order wedding invitations Try on bridal dresses and purchase one (six months to eight weeks in advance) Invite bridesmaids and flower girls to try on and purchase dresses (six months to eight weeks in advance) Schedule food tastings and book a caterer Research and book a ceremony officiant Research and book a photographer Research and book a musician/band/DJ Discuss duties and responsibilities with your bridal party Consider honeymoon options

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The Homestretch ❏❏ Address and mail invitations (two months to six weeks in advance) ❏❏ Pick up bridal and bridesmaid dresses ❏❏ Purchase or rent groom’s wear and accessories ❏❏ Purchase or rent formal wear for groomsmen ❏❏ Purchase gifts for bridal party, parents and fiancé ❏❏ Pick up wedding rings ❏❏ Purchase smaller items such as tasting glasses, ring pillow, flower basket, cake topper and guest book ❏❏ Attend bridal shower ❏❏ Write thank you notes for gifts already received ❏❏ Design and print wedding programs (if desired)

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Obtain a marriage license (research state laws) Discuss ceremony details with the officiant Determine the order of ceremony and reception events Write or select wedding vows Secure transportation for the wedding day Confirm accommodations for out of town guests Confirm rehearsal dinner details Mail rehearsal dinner invitations

Two Weeks Before ❏❏ Create a wedding day schedule and distribute it to the bridal party and vendors ❏❏ Confirm arrival times and plans with the bridal party and vendors ❏❏ Email the names of all vendors and the bridal party to site manager ❏❏ Call anyone who has not responded to his or her invitation ❏❏ Confirm the number of guests with the caterer and site manager ❏❏ Create a seating plan for the reception (if desired) ❏❏ Schedule pick-up/return of groom’s formal wear ❏❏ Break in the wedding shoes

❏❏ Write a thank you speech for rehearsal dinner and/or reception (if desired) ❏❏ Confirm honeymoon arrangements

One Day Before ❏❏ Pack an emergency kit with sewing supplies, safety pins, makeup, etc. ❏❏ Pick up grooms and groomsmen attire if renting ❏❏ Drop off décor items at the reception site ❏❏ Prepare and arrange checks for final balances and tips to all vendors ❏❏ Enjoy a manicure/pedicure or visit to the spa (if desired) ❏❏ Attend the wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner

Wedding Day ❏❏ ❏❏ ❏❏ ❏❏

Give both wedding rings to the best man or ring bearer Meet with the hair stylist and make-up artist (if desired) Dress to impress Get married!!! ww


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Tips to Stress Less

Draft a budget

This is an essential first step in planning. Staying within budget can be tough, so it’s important to be realistic and prioritize. If you want guests to experience the best food at your wedding, allocate a larger portion of the budget to catering. Avoid over-allocating for food and beverages that may eventually go to waste by ordering the quantity of food based on the total number of guests.


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Hire a wedding planner This is a great way to reduce stress and create structure for any size wedding. A wedding planner will create a detailed timeline for pre-wedding day tasks, and can assist with setting up important appointments for dress and tuxedo fittings, menu samplings and venue visits.

Get personal

It can be stressful just thinking about hosting a party for 100 plus guests. The modern bride and groom focus less on entertainment and more on creating memories. Leave a lasting impression on your guests with a personalized favor, such as a customized picture frame or photo beverage coaster. Plan a unique experience at the reception, like a flash mob dance or handwritten song from the bride and groom. Guests will

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s you begin planning your wedding, questions about the guest list, venue, food, musical entertainment and décor quickly arise. And just as quickly, the onset of stress creeps into your relationship. Here are some tips on how to plan your wedding without pulling each other’s hair out.

feel engaged and remember your wedding long after the reception. Despite extensive planning and numerous details, your big day will be one of the happiest of your life. Have fun and enjoy it! ww Written and contributed by To the “T” Events and Catering, a premier lifestyle event coordination and catering company based in Philadelphia, PA. To the “T” specializes in weddings and corporate events, as well as elegant private events. They currently serve clients in the northeastern region of the country, as well as some clientele in the Midwest.

A Midwinter Night’s Dream


nspired by fairies and a quest for love, this bridal photo shoot, titled “A Midwinter Night’s Dream,” portrays a twist on one of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays. In the midst of winter, a season marked by dreary grays and barren branches, the bride Titania, Queen of the Fairies, radiates among the stark landscape. Her beauty and vitality conquer the deadness of winter. Surrounded by dormant vines, the main setting consists of natural, rustic elements. Antler candles—a nod to the playful Puck— stunning floral garland and gold place settings bring the scene to life. An array of edible desserts, that brought the vision to life: including a simple wedding cake and delectable Event Planner: Katie Rose LLC cupcakes, could lure even Photographer: M  ollie Tobias Puck away from his quest. Photography The lavender and slate Floral Designer: M  aribel of Eight Tree Street blue color scheme, speckHeirlooms and Extras: Cheryl of The led with hints of copper, Woodsman’s complement Virginia’s Wife Blue Ridge Mountains in Makeup and Hair: Carolyn Thombs the background. Makeup Artistry & Consulting Join Titania as she Jewelry: NovaGold, LLC  welcomes Theseus and Hippolyta for a night of Cake and Sweets: N  ia of Meli and Kanela revelry and mischief in Venue: Stone Tower Winery “A Midwinter Night’s Dream.” ww



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ADress to

Impress Choosing your wedding

gown is a momentous experience. It represents the beginning of “happily ever after� with the one you love. But before stepping inside a bridal shop, consider your wedding style and venue. Are you planning an elegant, formal ballroom affair, a chic, modern celebration or a

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If you’ve chosen the modern look, a trumpet or mermaid dress may be just your style. Accessorize with a colored ribbon, belt or fashionable shawl.

A soft, flowing dress adds a touch of romance to your fairytale wedding. Consider wearing a feminine pink or ivory colored dress when walking down the aisle. otography



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Lace silhouettes or Goddess dresses are ideal for a vintage or whimsical wedding. Dress your wedding party in complimentary-style dresses to complete the look.

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A classic ball gown is perfect for the bride who has always dreamed of that Cinderella wedding. Try on different gowns to make sure the dress fits your vision (and your figure).

Dress Type

Next, determine the silhouette and fabrics that flatter your body type.

Ideal for the hourglass or small-waist body types, mermaid or trumpet dresses are form fitting from the shoulder to the knee or midthigh then flair out.

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Sheath or column dresses flow straight down from shoulders to toes, accentuating tall and slender figures.

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Versatile dresses that double up as both wedding and reception dresses are the way to go.


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Bold and non-conforming brides don an array of colored wedding dresses from blush pink, to red and black.

The Details

Add some drama to your walk down the aisle with unexpected detail on the back of your dress.


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The fitted bodice and full skirt of ball gown dresses emphasize the waist and hide the lower body, perfect for almost any body type.

No matter what style of dress you choose, consider these tips to pull off your look. 1. Purchase the right undergarments for support and comfort. By the last dance you’ll be glad you did. 2. Accessorize properly. Add a chic birdcage veil to your vintage dress, a crystal sash to your ball gown or a lace applique cap sleeve to your strapless dress. 3. Hair and makeup should accentuate your natural features and overall look.

4. Give yourself ample time to shop, and flexibility in what you want. Shopping with an open mind can result in pleasant surprises and your ultimate dream dress. ww Pretty Posh Events is a full service event planning and design company based out of North Brunswick, New Jersey, serving the tri-state area. They specialize in chic, custom and exquisite design detail from invitation and floral design to custom dessert tables and decor, ensuring that your event not only looks amazing, but is executed with perfection.

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A-line dresses complement pear shaped figures by accentuating the waist while drawing attention away from the hips and thighs.


By Lindsey A. Frederick

Unique Guestbook Ideas

Wine Bottle Guestbook Celebrate milestone anniversaries with a personalized bottle of wine from your wedding day. Difficulty: low

Steps: 3

Materials: • Four bottles of wine • Metallic sharpie pens • Custom labels

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our wedding day is one of the most special of your life-it’s also one of the craziest! It’s enough to bring the rings and marriage license, let alone remember who attended the celebration. Not to worry, the wedding guestbook is to the rescue! Check out these DIY ideas to help make your guestbook as unique as each person who signs.

Jenga Guestbook If you’re of the dying breed who still love board games, this one is for you! Difficulty: low Materials: • A set of Jenga blocks • Felt tip pens or markers


1. Order custom labels that commemorate milestone anniversaries (check out 2. Place new labels on your favorite bottles of wine. 3. Instruct guests to sign a bottle of their choice. On your milestone anniversary, pop open the bottle and read your guests’ wishes.

Steps: 2

Wine Cork Guestbook You’ll need to drink a lot of wine for this one, which is why it’s guaranteed to be your most fun wedding project. Difficulty: low

Instructions: 1. Lay Jenga blocks on the guestbook table. 2. Ask guests to write their name and a piece of marriage advice or a fun couple’s activity. Playtime just got a little more interesting. ww

Steps: 2

Materials: • Wine corks • Felt tip pens • Container (clear vase, bowl, mason jar, decorative cage) Instructions: 1. Collect as many corks as RSVPs. 2. Instruct guests to sign and date a cork, then place it in the container. This makes a rustic and meaningful decorative piece for your new home.


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n your wedding day, you want to

look and feel your best from head to toe. The hairstyle you choose can transform that beautiful look into drop dead gorgeous. Consider these factors when searching for the perfect hairdo.

• Weather: humidity, rain and fog can flatten hair quickly, so be prepared with extra hair spray. • Venue: an outdoor venue means greater exposure to the elements, and more hair spray. • Dress: the neckline and style of your dress can influence which hairdo looks best. • Preference: are you a let-your-hair-down or pony tail type of girl? Personal hair preference may play a role in your choice of bridal hairstyles. 16

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Glamorous updos sweep hair up and away from the face, securing it in place during the festivities (and those hundreds of pictures). Ideal for hot, humid weather, updos can incorporate flowers, decorative bobby pins and barrettes. Romantic down dos frame the face, accentuating facial features. Curling or crimping straight hair adds a special touch to a once-in-a-lifetime day. Elegant partial dos offer the benefits of both up and down dos. With sides pulled into an updo and hair flowing down the back, a partial do

combines glamour and romance with elegance.

Hair Tips

• Choose your wedding dress and accessories before picking a hairstyle. • Search Pinterest and bridal websites for ideas. • Schedule a free consultation before booking a hair stylist. Bring your veil and a picture of your dress. • In-demand hair stylists book six to nine months in advance, so start your search early.

• If you’ve decided on an updo, shampoo and set your hair the night before your wedding. • If you’re a dark-haired bride, consider adding highlights to showcase the details in your hair. • If you're a short-haired bride and desire an updo, consider adding hair extensions. ww Contributed by Natalya GuminskaAnderson of Haircolor N Style

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WEDDINGS jenn and jp

rene and mark

lauren and adam

shana and andy

vanessa and bobby

allison and josh




Jenn and JP

How they met:

Jenn and JP met at Pace University in lower Manhattan. They dated a few months Jenn’s freshman year before deciding they were better off as friends. For the next six years they were exactly that. After watching each other grow and change for the better they couldn’t wait to give it a second try. 

How he proposed: The couple created a blog

to document their love letters to each other. On a random Thursday night, JP asked Jenn to check the blog. There was a new entry with the photo of a diamond ring and the title, “I hope you say yes.” The first words out of


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Jenn’s mouth were, “JP...what is this?” With a smile he grabbed a box out of his dresser drawer, knelt down on one knee and proposed.

Why a winery wedding: Jenn and JP didn’t

want a standard reception hall. They envisioned a winery, barn or farm; something with a structure they could build on. Jenn fell in love with Brotherhood Winery at first site. The moment she and JP stepped into the Grand Manor event room, surrounded by stone walls, wooden beams, cast iron chandeliers and an outdoor patio, they knew Brotherhood Winery was their perfect venue.

Photographer: Sara Wight Photography Caterer: Pamela’s Traveling Feast Cake: Pamela’s Traveling Feast Florist: Gloria of GBC Style Invitations: Handmade


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Favorite Wedding Moments Jenn’s absolute favorite moment occurred while walking down the aisle next to her dad. At first, she cracked jokes to keep them both calm and tear free. But once she locked eyes with JP her heart melted. It truly felt like the rest of the world faded away and it was just the two of them.




Lauren and Adam

How they met:

Lauren and Adam met in London while studying abroad. They attended Monmouth University in New Jersey, but did not know each other before traveling overseas. It was a life changing trip in more ways than one!

How he proposed: Adam caught Lauren off guard


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Why a winery wedding: Lauren desired a

rustic setting with burlap, wood fireplaces and a beautiful view. Laurita Winery’s indoor/outdoor space was spectacular and intimate, the view of the vineyard was breathtaking and the event space was just the right size for their guest list.

when he proposed to her in a quiet picnic area overlooking the lake and vineyards at Laurita Winery.

photographer: Vanessa Joy Photography caterER: Conroy Catering Cake: Conroy Catering florist: Rose Petals and Lace Invitations: Anna Soiree Wedding Planner: Nicole Chambers of Anna Soiree


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Favorite Wedding Moments Lauren and Adam fondly recall staring into each other's eyes during the ceremony. It felt as if the world stopped and nothing else mattered. Posing for pictures in the vineyard was also memorable and fun!




Vanessa and Bobby

How they met:

Vanessa and Bobby were introduced on Facebook. They met in person a week later.

How he proposed: In celebration of their third

anniversary the couple hiked Roaring Run, the same trail they hiked on their first date. When they reached a beautiful overlook, Bobby set up a picnic and explained how special the day was, since he planned to propose. Vanessa

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said, ‘Yes!’ before he could officially ask her to marry him. Then, he surprised her with a beautiful custom designed engagement ring.

Why a winery wedding: Bobby worked as the assistant winemaker and vineyard manager at Beliveau Estate Winery. This, combined with the beautiful setting and on-site bed and breakfast, made it an ideal venue.

Photographer: Laura’s Focus Photography Caterer: Del Peters of Beliveau Estate Cake: Mary Ogilvie and Our Daily Bread Florist: The Newfangled Bride of Salem, Va Invitations: Shilah Scarry of You’re Invited Wedding Planner: Brenda Taylor


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Favorite Wedding Moments Memorable moments include the sun shining down mid-ceremony, their first kiss, the intimate photo shoot following the ceremony, their first dance to “Fly Me To the Moon,” the amazing French desserts and the touching, hilarious toasts. Bobby also enjoyed the private barrel tasting with his groomsmen, and celebrating with cigars on the back pavilion.




Rene and Mark

How they met:

Rene and Mark met when mutual acquaintances ran into each other at a restaurant and introduced them. They dated eight years before their engagement.

How he proposed: Rene has loved and owned

horses for years. One day, she found a rock caught in one of her horse's boots and shared her concern with Mark. A few weeks later, Mark announced he found the rock and encouraged her to take a look. So she walked into the feed room where she found Mark on one knee


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holding out the boot. Inside was a three and a half carat diamond. What a rock!

Why a winery wedding: The couple originally booked a seaside chapel near Rene’s New Jersey home, but after Hurricane Sandy pummeled the shore, the chapel cancelled all bookings for the year. So they searched for a Virginia winery venue near a horse farm where they could retire one day. They have since purchased the 23 acre farm adjacent to Pippen Hill.

Photographer: Jeri Houseworth & Bob Livingston/jeri houseworth photography Caterer: Pippen Hill Cake: Melinda Buchanan of Bake Love Bake Florist: Amy Webb of Blue Ridge Floral Invitations: Trish Fearon of Thinking Paper LLC


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Favorite Wedding Moments As Rene and Mark walked the lawn of Pippen Hill, surrounded by friends and family, they soaked up the beautiful sky, amazing view and sounds of Bach. They described the experience as “heaven on earth.�




Shana and Andy

How they met:

Shana and Andy were introduced through a group of mutual friends on Valentine’s Day. The following year they met again and started to date.

How he proposed: On Thanksgiving Day, Andy

was determined to set up the outdoor Christmas lights before leaving for Thanksgiving dinner with family. When they arrived home that night, Andy proposed to Shana in front of their Christmas-lit house. It certainly made for an exciting holiday season.


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Why a winery wedding: Shana began her

outdoor venue search online. She was immediately drawn to Raffaldini Vineyard as soon as she saw photos online. With picturesque views of the North Carolina foothills, gorgeous on-site landscaping and fountains, the vineyard’s beautiful scenery didn’t compare to any other venue.

Photographer: Natalie Heim Photography Caterer: Raffaldini Vineyard & Winery Cake: Raffaldini Vineyard & Winery Florist: Raffaldini Vineyard & Winery Invitations: Homemade & Winery


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Favorite Wedding Moments On their wedding day, Andy enjoyed the surprise of seeing the venue for the first time. It was more beautiful than he imagined. The couple will always remember their first look, saying "I do," smiling for photographs, and celebrating with loved ones.




Allison and Josh

How they met:

While driving around Corolla, North Carolina in search of a rental house, Allison spied a tan, fit, handsome and shirtless Josh. She stopped to ask for directions even though she knew exactly where she was going. On their second encounter, Josh delivered pizza to the house she rented, which happened to be his best friend’s house. From that moment on he was at the house all the time.

How he proposed: The couple’s Christmas tree

was in desperate need of a topper, so Josh turned Allison’s


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engagement ring into an ornament and hung it at the top of the tree. After failing many times to draw her attention to the ring, Josh finally said, “The tree looks great with our new sparkly topper, don’t you think?” When Allison noticed the engagement ring she yelled, “Yes!”

Why a winery wedding: Allison and Josh

envisioned a wedding that reflected their personal style. They chose a rustic, cozy atmosphere that brought the outdoors inside. Even in winter, they could take pictures in the vineyard and beside the fun farm equipment!  

Photographer: Brooke Mayo Photography Caterer: Topside Restaurant and Catering Cake: Shelia Moore, aka “Cupcake” Florist: Norfolk Wholesale Florist Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas


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Favorite Wedding Moments The ceremony flew by quickly, but offered a few memorable moments when Allison felt "alone" with Josh. During the reception, the photographer warned Allison she overheard Josh and his friends plotting to smash cake in her face. Prepared, Allison smashed cake in his face first!


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By Sharon Naylor

Five Trips during the First Five Years of Marriage

A 1.

Revisit your wedding venue or honeymoon location. Many resorts and hotels offer special packages for past wedding couples, which may include room upgrades, free champagne, and even the chance to renew your vows. Relive your honeymoon adventures, and reminisce about your wedding while dining at a private table on the beach surrounded by Tiki torches. Then toast to a fabulous life together.


Check out your secondchoice honeymoon location. You thought about Sonoma, but honeymooned in Hawaii. Now it’s time for a stunning and indulgent do-over in Sonoma, or your secondchoice location. Check out five or three day romance packages with big discounts and romantic extras like champagne and flowers in your room.


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s you imagine life after the wedding—that housewarming party you’ll host in your new home, the babies you’ll have together someday—don’t lose sight of your relationship with each other and the places that personally shaped you. Now is the time to plan for five essential trips to take during your first five years of marriage.


Visit family members who couldn’t make it to your wedding. If someone was ill, pregnant or couldn’t fly in for your big day, make that “hope to see you soon!” message in your thank-you note come true. Take advantage of quality time with your favorite people.


Return to your college town and revisit your old stomping grounds. If your alma mater is new to your partner, show him your favorite hangouts. He’ll enjoy seeing your face light up as you reminisce about those glorious college years. Hotels near campus may offer alumni discounts, and there may be extra-special events to enjoy together during homecoming or big game weekends.


Visit your favorite childhood vacation spot and share wonderful memories of family trips to the beach, Disney, a ski resort, etc. Tell stories of sibling adventures, and show off that quaint ice cream shop you loved as a little girl. Whether you are revisiting a childhood vacation spot or exploring someplace new, don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy these fun five trips together in your first five years of marriage. ww Written by Sharon Naylor, author of The Bride’s Guide to Freebies and other wedding books for you, the moms, and the bridesmaids,

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Megan Zeller Photography 717-215-2874

New Jersey Wedding Planners


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Jeri Houseworth Photography 732-988-7769 Jessica Morrisy Photography 732-280-0279 Photography by Neil van Niekerk 862-485-7276 Vanessa Joy Photography

Pennsylvania Photographers

BG Productions Photography & Videography 215-435-1418

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Dani Leigh Photography 410-599-2866

Honeymoon Planners

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Heather Bee Photography 571-289-5754

Jewelry Shops

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Events by Lexi 410-978-2048

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District of Columbia Photographers

Pamela Lepold Photography 703-624-2159

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