Ceremony and Reception


Rock ‘n Roll Bride: MangoRED Wedding Photographers

by Azure

About Rock 'n Roll Bride Recently I have been going crazy over the work of Filipino photographers MangoRED. So much so, that not only have I shared their work on Rock 'n Roll Bride, but on another site I have written for recently, Bridal Soup. And now, I want share it with you too. I really want to spread the word about these amazingly talented guys! Just call me their personal blogging PA! Their style and flair for light and texture is like nothing I’ve seen from any other...

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Bubbly Bride: Wedding Dress Dramatic Backs

by Azure

About Bubbly Bride When looking for a dress you hear a lot about the fabric type and shape of the dress. You hear about sweetheart necklines and A-line skirts. At the end of the day the part of the dress that your guests have spent the most time looking at is the back! Designers are realizing the desire for dramatic and eye-catching wedding dress backs, and creating artistic masterpieces! While you are standing in the front of the church, or slow dancing to your first song, your...

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Letterpress Wedding Invitations for Less

by Azure

Special Feature by Thuy Ha of Paper Chez 5 ways to keep the cost down on your letterpress wedding invitations Many brides are absolutely in love with letterpress but are afraid of the higher price tags they usually come with. For style-conscious brides who are looking for letterpress invitations that won’t break the bank, there are many ways to keep the cost down (without sacrificing style). Here are five ways to shop for letterpress invitations on a budget. 1) 1-color...

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Ever After Wedding Market: Something New

by Azure

About Ever After Wedding Market The selection of beautiful wedding creations in the Ever After Market has recently expanded with the offerings of several new shops! Pick the perfect spring or summer wedding invitations by combining popular colors fuchsia and chartreuse. The Cymbidium Orchid Invitation from Cheer Up Cherup uses a modern floral silhouette in chartreuse with crisp black text to make an eye-catching wedding invitation. Eden Invitations and Stationery offers an equally...

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Bride Chic: THE INTERCHANGABLE WEDDING GOWN

by Azure

About Bride Chic Wouldn't going straight from a wedding ceremony to the bash of your life be a radical transition? Few brides can do this without making some changes. Generally the most common adjustments are from head and hemline. After the ceremony, a bride usually removes the longest layer of veil or doffs it entirely save the headpiece. The train that looked so awesome on the walk down the aisle is bustled for dancing and moving about. Lately brides are taking time out between...

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Bridal Shower Cupcake Treat

by Azure

Maybe because it’s Passover, and I’m not allowed to eat certain things, but I’m drooling over these lingerie cupcakes from Two Parts Sugar. Have you ever seen anything more perfect for a bridal shower? Wedding cakes tend to be beautiful, classic, and classy, but a bridal shower cake (or cupcake) has room to be a little more original, and a little more personal. Let’s see, if I were designing cupcakes to represent me, I’d put tiny cups of coffee on top of each one. If I were...

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No Preacher at the Wedding?  No Problem.

by Azure

Special Feature by Jeff Haden of BlackBird Images No wedding goes perfectly – but some go less perfectly than others. Say you’re getting married on a beautiful hilltop situated 400 yards from the main house… and the best man forgot the rings. No problem – someone runs back to the house, you smile sheepishly, and everyone remembers how gracefully you handled the moment. (Plus it’s a story you can tell your grandkids.) But what happens if months of planning come...

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The one time it’s OK to bug each other at your wedding

by Azure

I'll admit it: I can't resist a good cake topper. These love bugs are such a fun, quirky blend of old-fashioned and modern that I immediately started wondering if I knew any engaged entomologists. ...Or, of course, you and your honey might prefer beebots instead. Because why not? I love how odd yet instantly appealing these are. They're definitely a great way to show you're a couple with love in your hearts and something different up your sleeves. Not into bugs but like the...

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Featured Wedding: Starlet and Tim

by Azure

Special Feature by Claire Copeland of Simple Treasures Photography. Q. Why did you choose a beach wedding? A. I have always wanted a beach wedding. I originally wanted to take a cruise and have the wedding in the Bahamas or Mexico, but Tim got orders to Iraq and has to leave in early June, so our time to save up money for our fabulous wedding in paradise was nixed. Tim’s sister called one day and said she and her husband and kids were going to St. Petersburg for vacation in March...

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Hostess with the Mostess: A Modern Spin on the Traditional White Wedding

by Azure

by Morgan Spenla - the Creative, DIY Bride! via Hostess with the Mostess.com The Vibe: This contemporary ‘White Wedding’ took a spin on the traditional to feature creative designs by a do-it-yourself bride. The goal was to create an atmosphere that captured a whimsical and romantic feel within the clean look of a contemporary celebration. The dreamy backyard venue featured an ideal garden setting and 360-degree view of the Pacific Ocean, rolling meadows and brilliantly green...

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Rock ‘n Roll Bride: Glam’d Up Wedding

by Azure

About Rock 'n Roll Bride Why hello, fancy seeing you here! How has everybody’s weekend been? Rock n Roll Bride has decided to go all glamorous this week – it’s not all about tattoos, pink hair and punk rock over here you know! I was sent a selection of amazing weddings shot by the fabulous Joy Marie this week. She knew how much I loved this (celebrity) wedding she photographed so was quick off the mark to send me a plethora of more of her amazing work! It was a tough...

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Bubbly Bride: The Morning After

by Azure

About Bubbly Bride Trust me...I know the first thing you are thinking when the wedding and reception are over is get me on the Honeymoon! After a year of planning every detail of your wedding - so that your friends and family can fly from all over the country to come and join you celebrating, why be in such a rush? Between the wedding and the reception you rarely have a free moment to spend quality time with those you love. My suggestion is to relax and set aside the morning after...

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Ever After Wedding Market: Garden Party Inspiration Board

by Azure

About Ever After Wedding Market Enjoy the budding plants and blooming flowers of spring with this garden theme suggested by Daisyblu. The beauty of nature is apparent in these wedding invitations and accessories. For your bridal shower, serve tea and sweet treats at a botanical garden. At the wedding, decorate your venue with brightly colored paper lanterns and spring flowers. Give small potted plants as favors or use packets of seeds as seating cards. Try decorating your cake with...

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Bride Chic: NEW DIRECTIONS IN HEAD CHIC

by Azure

About Bride Chic Here are some of the finest designers of head wear in the world and they're taking us down a new and exciting path to 2010 and beyond. Since bridal fashion is moving toward breaking tradition these days, alternatives to the veil are found everywhere. While veils are still in vogue and ever traditional, the new head options are definately worth checking out. Some brides bypassing the veil are going for wide brimmed hats, fresh flowers or jewels in their hair. The...

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Top 5 Reasons You Should do a Day-After Session

by Azure

Special Feature by Chris and Adrienne Scott of Chris & Adrienne Scott, Photographers Here's a quick list of reasons why, after your big day's over, there should still be one last thing to check off of your photography to-do list… 1. Location, Location, Location So, Aunt Mildred's backyard (while perfect for your intimate gathering of friends and family for your ceremony) didn't quite cut it for the full-on fashion shoot you had in mind, huh? A day-after session is your perfect...

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Always a Blogsmaid: Cherree Berry Papers

by Azure

About Always A Blogsmaid Last night was the New York Weddings Showcase, which for NYC brides is sort of THE event to go to. I was so excited to get to finally meet Cheree of Cheree Berry Papers. Based in St. Louis, I've been corresponding with her off and on for my clients, but never actually got to meet her or really see her invitations in person. I was beyond impressed. Cheree has existing suites in a variety of styles, but she also works to create gorgeous custom sets for...

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Groom Drops Engagement Ring off Brooklyn Bridge…by Accident

by Azure

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Makeup + Fashion = Every Woman’s Dream!

by Azure

Kali Merrow, of kali make up in NYC, is an amazingly talented makeup artist who picked up a paintbrush at the age of three. She quickly became a skilled and accomplished painter, and after working in Hong Kong in product design, relocated to New York City to pursue her passion of painting. Not long after, Kali made the effortless transition from the canvas to the face. Today, Kali is an amazing makeup artist, drawing her inspiration from fine art, nature, the hustle and bustle of...

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Sitting pretty at your reception

by Azure

Your wedding reception will be a feast for the eyes, and of course a feast for the stomach... But your guests need to sit comfortably too! The Chameleon Chair Collection offers beauty and comfort. The chairs are stackable so they can be easily loaded in and out, and the clever design allows for you to easily customize them with a variety of fabrics. Not a bad way to make sure you feel elegant all over!

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Featured Wedding: Heidi and Doug

by Azure

Special Feature by Kelly Dobson of Kelly Dobson Photography These images are from one of my favorite weddings from the 2008 season. Heidi and Doug's wedding and reception took place at Lovette Hall, located on the grounds of Greenfield Village. Heidi and Doug had great energy and enthusiasm, which made them a joy to photograph. The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village are just fantastic places to create unique wedding imagery, indoors and outdoors! I was like a kid in...

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Show everyone your groom is a true prince

by Azure

I've seen releases of doves and butterflies at a few outdoor weddings. They're beautiful, but I think this new tradition from the Pacific Northwest beats them both for symbolism. The wedding takes place in a quiet cove near a pond, lake or river. Once the happy bride and groom are reunited they release a bevy of frogs (native species only, please) toward the water. The frogs hopping toward home symbolize the bride and groom leaping into their new lives together... Not to...

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Hostess with the Mostess: More fabulous event design inspiration from The Special Event

by Azure

About Hostess with the Mostess Two weeks ago for my Savvy Scoop guest post, I featured amazing photos from the Wedding Lunch to get your “black & white wedding” juices flowin’! After this stimulating and inspirational lunch, we walked through The Special Event’s Exhibit Gallery. The first room we walked through in the Exhibit Gallery featured a contemporary silver & white design (perfect for wedding inspiration!), and judging from the oohs and aahs echoing throughout the...

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It’s A Jaime Thing: DIY Toasting Flutes… Made Simple!

by Azure

About It's A Jaime Thing Inspired by these photos taken by photographer Erin Hession, found via Brenda's Wedding Blog, I decided to create my own happy little version of toasting flutes for my sister's recent bridal shower... Below are the flutes I created, complete with colorful swirly wrapped stems. All it took were some sparkly rhinestone sticker appliques, Swarovski crystal beads and turquoise blue wire. They turned out to be fun and perfectly stylish in her wedding colors! ...

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Diva Dialogue: Wedding Trends for the 2009

by Azure

About Diva Dialogue at Wedding Paper Divas It’s official—the 2009 wedding season is here and we can’t help but feel the excitement in the air as couples head to Wedding Paper Divas to select their save the date cards, engagement party invitations and wedding invitations. As couples select their wedding stationery designs, we especially love watching the new styles, trends and inspiration of the season unveil. After all of our research into what’s hot for 2009, we’ve come...

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