Ceremony and Reception


Hostess with the Mostess: How to Win Money by Serving Wine!

by Azure

About Hostess with the Mostess After years of serving as a punch line for jokes about tacky parties, wine in the box is finally coming into it’s own. To prove it, this summer Black Box Wines launched the “You Got Boxed” contest to challenge its fans to share boxed wines with their friends. For a chance to win, contestants secretly serve guests Black Box Wines (in lieu of traditional bottled wine) and capture their reaction on camera when the box is revealed. There is a monthly...

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Featured Wedding: Jennifer and Matt

by Azure

Featured Wedding by Mark Lovett ofMark Lovett Photography It was a soft lit day on Marlyand's eastern shore in beautiful Saint Michaels, Maryland, where Jennifer and Matt became one. Family came from across the country to celebrate the union, and there was no shortage of real emotion. I could sense the deep connection between Jennifer and Matt, which was undeniable in every photo I captured. The event was held on the waters edge at an absolutely beautiful historic venue called...

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Savvy Steals Weekly Giveaway- Gifting Ten Couples with the Perfect Online Wedding Album!

by Azure

About OneWed’s Savvy Steals Weekly Giveaway This week’s Savvy Steal is a bit different… We’ll be hooking up not one, but TEN lucky couples with the ultimate prize! We know you want to capture each and every moment at your wedding, and while many guests will bring their digital cameras and snap away, the tough part is accessing those photos after the fact. You can access some on facebook, some on Flickr, some on Photobucket, and the list goes on, but that creates a lot of...

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Ask The Expert series: Jeff Haden from Blackbird Images Offers Nuggets of Wedding Photography Wisdom

by Azure

Ladies, we know how many questions pop up while planning your wedding! You are playing in a world (the wedding space) filled with endless information, but the quality of this information is, in many cases, hard to determine. With over 200,000 wedding vendors on our site, we have the experts on hand to help answer your burning questions. Our very first expert who will be fielding your questions is Jeff Haden, President ofBlackBird Images, wedding photographers based in Harrisonburg,...

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Bubbly Bride: Romance in the Shadows

by Azure

About Bubbly Bride Let the sun shine in...and let the sun shine in at the just the right angle to create fabulous wedding images! Shadows are a way of creating emotion, highlighting the main part and adding an interesting twist to your shot.Wedding photographers can truly show off their skills by finding the light and manipulating it to return not only interesting but memorable photographs. I attached some of my favorite shadow inspirations I found that use shadows in a variety of...

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Savvy Steals Winner- Couture Quality Stationery to Show Praise, Spread Love, and Inspire!

by Azure

Congrats, SingColleen! You are this week's Savvy Steals winner! You will now have everything you need to show praise for the ones you love, share romantic sentiments with your man, and inspire those special people in your life. These Paper Couture products from The 2U Collection are just so lovely and beautiful, we know you'll adore them! Keep the comments coming ladies! We have some amazing Savvy Steals lined up!

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Ever After Wedding Market: Popular Wedding Trends

by Azure

About Ever After Wedding Market Our merchants are always on the lookout for the latest wedding trends! Whether it be a popular color, seasonal detail or unique theme, they’re busy creating products to match. Asked to describe their favorite trends, our merchants had a few suggestions for couples. Many couples are choosing to personalize their wedding with items that symbolize their unique story as a couple. They don’t limit themselves to traditional guidelines. Instead they use...

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Buy Discounted Wedding Items or Sell Your Extras at BravoBride’s Boutiques!

by Azure

Hey Savvy Brides! Looking for a place to buy all sorts of wedding items at a discount? Or... are you a recently married gal with lots of extra stuff from your wedding, turning your new home with your husband into a cluttered mess? If so, you will love BravoBride's newly launched Boutiques. Vendors (and brides) can list anything wedding-related, from the wedding dress and bridal shoes, to the ceremony and reception items. And, with no listing or selling fees, you don't have to be...

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Bride Chic: Ode To The Bias Cut

by Azure

About Bride Chic Long before knits came on the fashion scene, the bias cut was used for body-hugging silhouettes like the dress on Jean Harlow above. It all started back in the 1920s when a Parisian couturier, Madeleine Vionette developed a technique using the true cross grain of fabric. Defined, a bias cut simply means the pattern pieces are placed on the cross grain rather than straight grain lines of weft or warp of the fabric. By 1930, Hollywood designers took advantage of this...

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Keeping Track of your Wedding RSVPs

by Azure

It seems simple enough. You fill in a reply card and the bride and groom know whether or not you’re coming to the wedding. Believe it or not though, most couples wind up with at least one or two mystery responses. Either the responder forgets to put in his or her name, or the handwriting is illegible. It’s common practice to suggest that couples put a discreet number on each reply card, and then match that number to a specific guest. So, if Aunt Betty is number 1, you make sure...

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Upload Your Fave Summer Wedding Photo, Win Digital Camera or 50” Plasma HDTV!

by Azure

Hi beauties! Have any summer wedding photos (either from your own nuptials or another wedding you attended this summer) that you think are out-of-this-world? If so, take advantage of this End of Summer Panasonic giveaway for your chance to win either... - Panasonic’s newest digital camera, the DMC-GH1 ($1,499.95) - 50” Viera G10 Series Plasma HDTV ($1799.95) You have until Sunday (August 16th), and can upload one new photo each day to be considered for this Livinginhd.com...

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Featured Wedding: A Jamaican Destination Wedding

by Azure

Special Feature by Affiong Bassey of FotogrAffi Ukonwa & Femi got married on July 4, 2009. They both wanted an intimate destination wedding with close family and friends. The destination they chose was Tensing Pen, nestled on the cliffs of the western tip of Negril, Jamaica. The resort consists of 17 unique, rustic cottages and suites. The weather was just perfect (even the occasional daily 30 minute downpours), the food was amazing, and the music was jamming. As a friend of the...

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Amazon Wedding Registry Tip: Knives

by Azure

This week’s Amazon Wedding Registry Tip is only for those couples where no one has a bad temper! A good knife can make cooking easier, and safer! Quality cutlery is one of the most important parts of your new kitchen. Every time you cook, you'll likely require a knife--and perhaps not always the same one. Select sturdy, well-made knives. Just like your marriage, they'll last a lifetime. Knife Construction 101 Every knife has a blade, tang, and handle. Blades come in many sizes and...

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Surprise Your Man With A Romantic Date (Without Breaking The Bank)

by Azure

This past Saturday, I planned a day of fun for that special someone in my life. I don’t claim to be a planner… in fact, I’m more of a “fly by the seat of your pants” kind of gal. So, I must admit I was a bit apprehensive about how it would all go down. Luckily it was a success, and a fun, romantic date that can be easily recreated, no matter where you live! 1) Art:We hit up four or five art galleries in Chicago, each with a different look and feel.Art galleries are...

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Bel Canto Designs: Vintage Jewelry Designer Launches Fab New Blog!

by Azure

The talented Mari of BelCanto Designs just launched her new vintage bridal jewelry blog! Back in May, we featured some of her gorgeous hair accessories and bracelets on the Savvy Scoop, and I was delighted to be given a first look at her brand new blog. A very well-done, beautiful site, with stunning bridal accessories for the classic, timeless bride, it's definitely worth a look! While the vintage bridal jewelry and hair accessories steal the show, Mari also incorporates photos of...

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It’s A Jaime Thing: Fabulous Aprons For The Bridal Party!

by Azure

...Get 'Em Dolled Up & Dish Out Some Wedding Gossip! About It's A Jaime Thing Whether your bridesmaids are domestic goddesses or domestically disabled, let them have fun playing the part in these lovely aprons by designer Anna Maria Horner, brand new at www.themerrymartini.com! Anna's designs are always unique and whimsical, with silhouettes in different styles and colors to catch your eye... and maybe even his, so grab yourself one, too! Take a look... Aren't they adorable? ...

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Feature Wedding: Annie and Steve

by Azure

Featured Wedding by Adi of Next Exit Photography Annie and Steve had a picture perfect wedding at the Calamigos Equestrian Center in Burbank. Besides being one of the nicest days in Los Angeles weather-wise, it was such a beautifully designed event, perfect for a princess! Annie works at “the” premiere bridal registry in Beverly Hills so it’s no wonder she has all the style in world.

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Hostess with the Mostess: Great Bridesmaids’ Present Idea

by Azure

About Hostess with the Mostess Are you thinking about bridesmaids’ gifts? What about a hostess gift for anyone throwing you an engagement party or bridal shower? I was thrilled to find these aprons from Smocks. They are the perfect accessory for any stylish girl who loves to entertain. Smocks even offers a volume discount, with bridesmaids gifts specifically in mind! If you’re looking for more great ideas for home entertaining, come visit us at Hostess with the Mostess. ...

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Gorgeous Bridal Shoes To Treasure Forever

by Azure

These bridal heels are definitely worth the splurge! Each Aruna Seth shoe is designed and handcrafted in Northern Italy, but can be purchased online or at high-end boutiques in New York (at exclusive Botticelli shops) and Texas. Comfort and luxury are key with these shoes. Crafted with buttery soft leather, thick cut satin and special padding (and embellished with Swarovski crystals), these are the perfect kicks for the shoe-loving bride-to-be. And hey, they cost less than...

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Savvy Steals Weekly Giveaway- Paper Couture Stationery For Occasions Of All Kinds!

by Azure

About OneWed's Savvy Steals Weekly Giveaway A few weeks back, I posted about the gorgeous wedding stationery from The 2U Collection. Paper Couture is an amazing line within the 2U Collection offering one-of-a-kind paper creations for everyday life, and the products are beyond beautiful! For this week's Savvy Steal, one lucky reader will receive three must-have Paper Couture products. 1.So you can send praise to those special people in your life, a set of Compliment Cards: These...

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Chinese Nearlyweds Gunning For Guinness World Record- Longest Wedding Dress!

by Azure

Some lofty goals for this Chinese couple! In pursuit of a Guinness World Record, Chinese bride Lin Rong donned a wedding dress that... - had a train over 1.2 miles long (2 km). - was covered in 9,999 silk red roses. Taking guests more than three hours to roll out the bride's nearly $6,000 wedding dress, this couple was not playing around! The reigning record holder, from Romania, had a dress 1.5 km in length, so this title may be changing hands very soon!

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Bubbly Bride: ‘Monumental’ Locations For Your Wedding

by Azure

About Bubbly Bride What location did you choose to take pictures on your big day? Every state, city and town has that one destination that is a must for photos. Whether it is as grand as the Eiffel tower, or as simple as the popular hamburger joint down the street, you have that monument that your area is known for. Most brides want to have the classic picture with this monument to remember the destination of their wedding. Plan ahead with your photographer to meet at a certain...

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Featured Wedding(s): Same Venue, Two Very Different Weddings!

by Azure

Featured Wedding by Tim Brown of TAB Photographic Being a wedding photographer that shoots across the country is a great thing for Tim Brown of TAB Photographic. Having two weddings in his home state of Connecticut, on two back to back weekends, at the same location (being Elizabeth Park located in Hartford) was a nice change of pace. At the same time, that's when the questions began about how to make two weddings at the same location tell two separate stories, the stories of each...

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Ever After Wedding Market: Midas Touch for a Gilded Wedding

by Azure

About Ever After Wedding Market All that glitters is not gold, but these golden handmade wedding accessories are irresistible! Nothing glitters more than the Elegant Glitzy Layered Wedding Invitation with Gold Rhinestone Buckle , a metallic invitation with double faced satin ribbon and gold rhinestone buckle, from Glitzy Events. For an elaborate modern design select the Quatrefoil Wedding Invitation from Pink Lily Press. Add a flourish to your envelopes with gold Custom Calligraphy...

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