Top Wedding Ideas From This Week {June 10, 2015}

Posted by Caitlin on Jun 11, 2015

Are you in need of some wedding inspiration this hump day? Our Editorial Team is busy writing content for our newly-launched Ideas Section! Each week, they’ll share their favorite articles and slideshows on Wednesdays at noon. Check out this roundup below:

Wedding Dress Shopping Don’ts From The Experts – Worried you won’t find the bridesmaid dress of your dreams?


Photo: Natalie Franke Photography

Bachelorette Party Game: 21 Questions – Pour a bottle of bubbly into wine glasses for your gorgeous gals and pass out this PDF!


Photos (from left to right): WF Photography

10 Favorite Moments From Real Brides – There are a whirlwind of wonderful moments during a wedding! Brides share the split second that stands out most to them.

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Photo: Gideon Photography

7 Benefits Of Having a Brunch Wedding – Find out why you should move your marriage between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.


Photo courtesy of: LVL Weddings & Events

5 Conversations Every Couple Must Have Before Getting Hitched – Home, health, family, finance, and . . . religion.


Photo: Paul Francis Photography

Top Wedding Ideas From This Week {May 13, 2015}

Posted by Caitlin on May 13, 2015

Are you in need of some wedding inspiration this hump day? Our Editorial Team is busy writing content for our newly-launched Ideas Section! Each week, they’ll share their favorite articles and slideshows on Wednesdays at noon. Check out this roundup below:

25 Wedding Day Cards To Give Your Fiance – The best gift on the morning-of? A handwritten love letter to your soon-to-be wife or husband. Find out what our favorites are all under $10!

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Photo: Natalie Franke Photography

15 Flattering Bridal Hair and Neckline Combinations – Knock your bridal hair and neckline combination out of the ballroom (no pun intended) with these perfect pairings.


Photos (from left to right): Kate Osborne Photography and Natalie Franke Photography

Do NOT Say These Things To A Bride On Her Wedding Day – Steer clear from these specific conversations ASAP!

Don't Say These Things To A Bride On Her Wedding Day

Photo: Nick In The Wall Photography

How To Deal With Parents That Can’t Say No (Or Yes!)Your parents were the ones that loved you first, even before your fiancé(e). Learn how to deal with their “yes” and “no” responses to your urge to splurge.

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Photo: Natalie Franke Photography

21 Ways To Make Your Wedding Day Sparkle – From Badgley Mischka bridesmaid dresses to a sweetheart table complete with a settee, get inspired by all things glitter and glam.

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Photo: Natalie Franke Photography

How Early Should You Shop For Your Wedding Dress?

Posted by Caitlin on Mar 03, 2015


Photo: Natalie Franke Photography

The most-asked question our Fashion Editor receives: “How early should I shop for my wedding dress?” Well, she answered: “Anywhere from seven to nine months before the actual date.” Don’t be surprised. At bridal salons, you will be trying on samples that can’t be purchased right off the racks. Hence, once your order is into the designer, it will be created from scratch. Bonus: You can make as many or as little alterations as you need to fit your figure. Read more reasons here.


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Kirsten and Jesse were married at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville, Md. on July 12.  “Jesse and I love the water and spend a lot of time boating, fishing, and crabbing,” Kirsten said. “When we walked out onto the Beach House lawn and looked out to see the Bay Bridge, we knew it was the one! The view was just stunning. We loved how the Tavern also overlooked the Chesapeake Bay with huge sliding glass windows. Even the reception ballroom too.” The bride wore a strapless mermaid Vera Wang wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in an updo, floor-length veil, sash, and a pair of Jimmy Choo peep-toe wedges, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a matching bow tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore short navy blue Lily Pulitzer dresses and carried bouquets of roses and hydrangeas. Guests were greeted with aisles lined with the letters K and J as well as pomanders. “The ceremony decorations were a favorite detail, done by 2hands studio, with ivory draping and three gold chandeliers hanging from various heights underneath the trellis,” she said. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, only 165 witnessing. Cocktail hour began with lawn games such as corn hole followed by the reception shortly thereafter. Tables were decorated with sequin chevron linens, tall centerpieces, floating votive candles, gold numbers, and menu cards at each place setting, surrounded by chiavari chairs. “The moment when I first walked into the venue the day of the wedding, I couldn’t believe how gorgeous everything was and how it had all come together,” Kirsten said. Dinner featured a mixed baby field greens salad with red and yellow teardrop tomatoes and micro flowers dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette, filet mignon paired with a jumbo lump crab cake and fresh vegetables. A four-tiered fondant-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert. But that’s not all — boxes of chocolates were also passed out as favors. “We had a flip flop station with navy blue flip flops wrapped in pink ribbon,” she said. “It was a huge hit. I would recommend a flip flop station at every wedding!” The sign in front of it even said, “A little treat for those dancing feet and for you to keep.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “To remember that the most important part of a wedding is getting to spend the rest of your life with your best friend,” Kirsten said. At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in St. Lucia.

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Photography: Natalie Franke Photography | Venue/Caterer: Chesapeake Bay Beach Club | Event Planner: Erin James | Event Designer: Cathleen Moeller | Dress Designer: Vera Wang from Saks Jandel | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: Lily Pulitzer | Jewelry: Kyle Edwards Jewelry | Hair and Makeup Artist: Up Do’s For I Do’s | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Officiant: Randy Miller | Ceremony Musicians: Chesapeake Strings | Invitations: J. Pink and Company | Floral Designer: Cache Fleur | Linens: La Tavola Linen Rental | Rentals: 2hands studio | Cake: Fiona’s Cakes | DJ: Michael Bell of MyDeejay | Dance Instructor: Winged It! | Favors: Chesapeake Chocolates | Transportation: Towne Transport

What To Do When The Invitation Has No Dress Code?

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 12, 2014


Photo: Natalie Franke Photography

You’re stuck in a sticky situation: there’s no specific attire information anywhere to be found. What’s a plus one supposed to wear with his/her significant other? Before you go shopping for this shindig, resort to our Fashion Editor’s checklist on how to crack the dress code.