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The Bride’s Custom Gown Features an Eight-Foot Train!

I think at some point, every little girl dreams of a wedding just like this one. The regal setting. The stunning ballgown. The real-life Prince Charming to call your own. Take all that storybook romance and it translates into Deidre and Corey’s wedding day captured by Starling And Sage + Lance Cook. P.S. Deidre’s amazing dress? It’s custom-designed, featuring an 8 ft train! See it all right here.

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From the Bride… I had been single for four years the day Corey noticed me as I exited a nutrition store. With a delicate and charming approach, I smiled throughout our brief exchange where I gave him my number. We didn’t know until months later, but after that chance meeting, we both had gushed about the other as we left the parking lot. Me to the barista as I ordered my usual coffee, cheesing about the cute guy I just met and him to a friend, suggesting he had just met the woman he was going to marry. That one day triggered many events, developing a solid friendship, courageous trust, and the greatest love of our lives.

After a two-year, wide-ranging courtship, asking my fathers (and a close aunt!) for my hand in marriage, and the sweetest proposal at one of my favorite places to dine, my honey made good on his day-one consideration, he proposed on bended knee. I have never felt so peaceful and confident about a decision. I didn’t know that day in the parking lot, but at some point during our courtship, I knew he was meant for me. We had a very short engagement—1 month. We wanted to marry soon! And we did at our church where there was a small gathering of family, mostly. The following year we wanted a formal affair that exuded elegance, romance, and class effortlessly.

My custom Aurelia Dress with a 8 ft train by Lauren Elaine Bridal worked well with the ethereal Annesdale property where guests were serenaded by the string trio. The spacious green front lawn of Annesdale was absolutely perfect for our Sunday morning ceremony that reflected the memory of my sweet mother-in-law who had passed two years to the day. Our wedding party was all family and all the florals were peppered with purple Agapanthus as a nod to Corey’s mother—her favorite flower. My sisters stood for me and Corey’s brothers stood for him. One father walked me down the aisle and the other performed the ceremony. We only wanted family and close friends involved and in attendance who fully respected our covenant.

I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so the real honors go to my coordinator Andria Lewis and Valerie at Annesdale who were so thoughtful and kind about my adamant and many changes. With a team of wonderful vendors, including crucial planning, execution, and coordination, our wedding was all that we had hoped!

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Photography: Starling And Sage | Cinematography: Lance Cook | Floral Design: Bartlett Florist | Wedding Dress: Lauren Elaine Bridal | Cake: Frost Bake Shop | Ceremony Venue: Annesdale Mansion | Reception Venue: Fleming's Prime Steakhouse - Edgewater | Rings: Jared | Makeup: DAdrian Jones | Groom's Attire: Sergio Rossi | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Ceremony Music: Memphis Strings Quartet | Ceremony Music: Memphis Strings Quartet | Dessert Table: Nuha Abuduhair | Drone Operation: Seth Evans | Event Management: Andria Lewis | Hair Styling: Textures by Tia | Junior Maid's Attire: Anagrassia | Veil: J.Crew

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Hot Pink Palm Springs Wedding With a Modern Flair

Victoria and Tom had no interest in a stuffy wedding and instead looked to words like bright, vibrant, and whimsical to guide their Palm Springs affair. Infused with pops of citrus and printed bridesmaid frocks, they bucked tradition in the best way and we’ve got an up close look at every moment. More from Christine Doneé Photography in the gallery and Artisan Production’s film below!

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From the Bride… The inspiration for our wedding was the location itself. I wanted to get married in a venue that I already felt was beautiful and representative of my style which I could enhance but not overcomplicate. I love pops of color and what better place to bring that to life in a wedding than Palm Springs! The La Quinta resort uses bright tones throughout the grounds to create a whimsical yet classic Spanish/Mediterranean vibe. We wanted the wedding day to be stress free which was why we opted to get married on a Friday night, allowing us all day Saturday to enjoy a pool party with our family and friends and celebrate again that evening with a low-key fiesta – we essentially flip-flopped the traditional rehearsal dinner and wedding set up since this was a destination for all of our guests.

As far as style goes, I wanted the colors to be bright and abundant while keeping a slightly romantic vibe which is why we opted for candles floating in citrus, gold painted pineapples and skinny vintage bottles with delicate vibrant flowers. For our table cards, we printed every guests’ name on stickers with our invitation florals and placed them on white matchbooks. The matching name tents at each seat were clipped with a mini clothes pin to a bright colored or metallic candle which the guest could light. I continued the bright floral theme into the bridesmaids’ dresses which tied in with the colors of the arrangements and of course the bouquets. Despite the trend in trailing wispy bouquets, I opted to keep the arrangements tight as they went with our slightly more sleek design.

With all of the beautiful bright colors, we decided to keep my gown and the groom/groomsmen’s suits extremely simple. We opted for a gorgeous blue suit and crisp white shirt for the groomsmen who went tieless, the groom wore a satin cream-colored tie that tied perfectly to my dress. Other small touches throughout the wedding included the use of succulents which tied in the desert theme, we incorporated them into the boutonnières, the naked cake, and the ceremony decor.”

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Photography: Christine Doneé Photography | Videography: Artisan Production | Event Planning: Chic Productions | Floral Design: Arrangements Floral & Party Designs | Wedding Dress: Johanna Johnson | Cake : Over The Rainbow | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Chi Chi London | Hair + Makeup: Wink Lash Studio | Band: New Sensations | Venue: La Quinta Resort & Club | Paper and Calligraphy: Boheme Prints

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Win Your Dream Gown from Allure Bridals!

Bust out the bubbly, loves. Today we’re diving into the Spring 2017 Collections from Allure Bridals and it’s reason to celebrate… and then some. Think awesome new textures and fabrics, luxe detailing and silhouettes that will hug your every curve. Oh, and there’s a bridal gown giveaway that is basically the best way ever to start the new year. Scroll below to learn more.

The Spring 2017 Collections from Allure Bridals are taking glamour to an entirely new level with some of the prettiest details you will ever lay your eyes upon. From soft crepe and rich Mikado to a seamless combination of traditional silhouettes and modern textures to insanely beautiful styles that will check off every. single. one of your dream gown must-haves, Allure Bridals has you totally covered. Which means that no matter your big day locale, theme or overall aesthetic, Allure Bridals has something for YOU in their crazy gorgeous lineup.  And I mentioned the giveaway, right? It just doesn’t get any better.

Whether you can’t stop thinking of head to toe lace, want to walk down the aisle in a wow-worthy tulle skirt or think a chic + sassy fit and flare is perfect for you, check out Allure’s Lookbook to browse each of the 2017 collections. AND don’t forget to contact Allure Bridals TODAY to find the ONE you’ve been searching for.

What: Allure Bridals is giving one lucky winner one (1) bridal gown valued up to $4,000!

Who: One lucky winner will be chosen completely at random on January 31, 2017.

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Eloping Never Looked So Pretty!

If you’ve ever, and I mean EVER toyed with the idea of an elopement, this inspiration shoot is about to convince you completely. Set in Venice, Italy with breathtaking architecture and a classic gondola ride, consider this your visual blueprint designed by Atrendy Wedding for a European “I do.” Go see the gallery by Eric Kelley for even more moments to love.

From the vendors… A timeless styled photo shoot that inspired an enchanting, Old World dream. We were inspired by the blossoming wisteria, the bustling waterways and intimate canals… the most beautiful city in the world. An outdoor ceremony in the garden of the Belmond Cipriani followed by an intimate dinner creation under the purple wisteria set the Venetian mood. We took advantage of the quintessential beauty of the city exploring bridges, hidden alleys and the famous stone paved St. Mark’s Square. A palette of white and green with pops of pink and orange enhanced the natural setting without distracting from this city’s natural beauty. The Venice canals were highlighted in the watercolor paper suite, and a gondola ride for the bride and groom were key elements of this quintessential Italian shoot.

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Photography: Eric Kelley Photography | Event Design: Atrendy Wedding | Floral Design: Philippa Tarrant Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: Ca'Rousel Bridal | Invitations: Emily Rose Ink | Shoes: Emmy London | Hair + Makeup: Letizia Cordella | Tuxedo: Blank Label | Featured Contributor: Venice First | Hair Pins: Melinda Rose Designs | Hand-Dyed Silk Fabric: Pompom Blossom | Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photography - Assistance: Élan Klein | Rentals: Select Event Group | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Rings + Jewelry: Susie Saltzman | Robe: Girl With A Serious Dream

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