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4 Things You Need To Know Before Registering for Your Wedding

Guys, we know curating the perfect registry isn’t always easy. Trust us, we sooo get that. Which is why we’re turning to the experts at Zola for a little how-to on registering for all the gifts you most definitely can’t live without. From baking essentials to splurge-worthy items, it’s your journey to a must-have list that will last you long after the “I do’s” have been said. Scroll for four very awesome steps.

Consider Your Personal Style

No two couples are alike… and Zola? Well, they totally understand that. Their premier universal registry offers gifts, experiences AND funds all in one place, which makes showing your unique style and personality sooo easy… and fun. Think a never-ending list of awesome products (hello, KitchenAid Mixer) that are the very definition of well-rounded, plus trendy accent pieces that are really meant for you and your love. Not to mention that you can personalize your Zola registry with awesome pics and sweet notes to your guests, so the entire experience screams “YOU” from start to finish.

Don’t Leave Out Splurge-Worthy Items

Feeling a little shy about registering for those big ticket items? Don’t. Zola offers group gifting, so guests can contribute any amount they wish to those items that are a little more expensive than most. Which means saying “goodbye” to those guilty feelings and “hello” to that splurge-worthy piece that you’ve had your eye on. And products are even narrowed down with super handy categories (everyday, upgrade and standout), so you can easily figure out which ones are worthy of that group gifting tag when you are filling out your Registry Checklist. Afraid the gift won’t be 100% funded? No worries – you’ll still receive whatever amount was gifted to you. We love that.

Think of Your Future Needs

You may be saying “I do” in the near future, but registering? It’s forever. Which is why spending time perusing Zola’s 450 top brands and thinking about what “future you” may want or need is a total must. I’m talking camping equipment (here’s looking at you, Halulite Microdualist Complete 14-Piece Cooking Set), baking essentials for next year’s Thanksgiving feast and that bedding that will take your guest room from okay to fabulous for all of those visitors you are sure to host in your newlywed abode.

Personalize a Cash Fund

Have everything you need, but can’t stop thinking about that trip to Thailand or those fab excursions you and yours are dying to try while honeymooning in Hawaii? With Zola, you can create a personalized cash fund with whatever you wish AND the lowest cash fee on funds you’ll find. Zola even offers a wide range of unique experiences you can register for, like wine clubs, SoulCycle Classes and more. Such a win-win, loves.

Ready to tackle that registry of your dreams? Visit the premier universal registry, Zola, today for a world of amazing options – from awesome gifts (think KitchenAid, Le Creuset, Dyson, Sonos… and more) to fun-filled experiences to cash funds. You can even digitally exchange any Zola item before it ships, get notifications once a gift is received AND register on the go with Zola’s 5-star App. Not to mention the 10% post-wedding discount you’ll receive for an entire year after your celebration is over. It’s a registry experience like no other… go there now to get your gifting on.

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Hurricane Joaquin Couldn’t Dampen This Wedding Day

It’s a fact that wedding days simply don’t go 100% stick-to-the-schedule, no hiccups, perfect. In fact, sometimes unexpected guests like Hurricane Joaquin threaten to crash the party. But for Marisa and Scott, the impending storms didn’t even make them flinch. Because in the end, their candlelit reception designed by Type A Society perfectly offset the weather and Laura Gordon captured every bit.

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From Type A SocietyMarisa Notarnicola and Scott Wright first met during a weekend skiing at Smuggler’s Notch in Vermont. They immediately hit it off and kept in touch following their ski trip. A month later, Scott was ecstatic to find out Marisa had accepted a job offer bringing her north to New York City and significantly closer to him.

The timing was perfect for both of them. They learned quickly their values and priories were aligned– family, friends, faith and future goals. On their third date, they booked a trip to Iceland nearly 6 months away – they knew it was a little crazy but joked that they would have to stay friends until at least that trip! From that point forward they were inseparable.

Scott courted Marisa for nearly two years, and after countless adventures, he flew to Dallas to ask her father, Jim, for his daughter’s hand in marriage. A year of long-distance wedding planning, Scott entering business school, and relocating to Nashville, quickly passed and before they knew it they were hand-in-hand at the altar, surrounded by their closest friends and family.

Bride’s favorite wedding detail: Our ring bearer box! It’s a heart shaped cobalt and gold porcelain ring box – the first gift Scott bought me when we started dating.

Groom’s favorite wedding detail: Our antique shuffleboard table that we converted into a champagne bar and the bagpiper that led us outside of the church after the ceremony.

Biggest surprise of the wedding: Hurricane Joaquin became a welcomed guest at the wedding! The cold and rainy weather was completely offset by the cozy candlelight and romantic draping inside the reception tent.

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Photography: Laura Gordon Photography | Event Design: Type A Society | Floral Design: La Fleur Du Jour | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Ashley Bush Lettering & Design | Ceremony Venue: St. Matthews Catholic Church | Reception Venue: The Estate at Autumns Gate Farm | Catering: Caroline Street Catering | Makeup: Bobbypins And Blush | Hair: Kelly With 1213 Hair Studio | Band: Exclusively Entertainment | Logistical Coordination: Retha Ballestracci | Tent Rentals: Gibson Rental

A Modern Wedding Designed with Metallics + Greenery

An elegant affair with an industrial feel, this modern day wedding celebration is sure to inspire your upcoming affair. From the greenery-filled reception to the bride’s long sleeve lace gown, it’s the perfect blend of tradition (like those lovely Paper Daisies Stationery programs) paired with totally fresh details and we’ve got it all captured by Amy Arrington Photography in The Vault!

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From the Bride…Colton and I met our senior year of college on September 24th 2010, the night before our alma maters met on the football field. I went to the University of South Carolina and was in Auburn, Alabama visiting my best friend. Little did I know that a trip to visit her would lead me to find my husband. Colton and I had an instant connection and were inseparable the rest of the time I was there. On Game day, we got separated from our friends and ended up going into the game together, just the two of us. While in the stands, a girl came up to us and asked how long we had been dating because she said we were an adorable couple. Little did she know we had known each other less than 24 hours. Two weeks later Colton came to visit me in South Carolina and the next weekend I was back in Auburn visiting him. On day 21 we officially started dating and on day 36, Halloween, we said I love you for the first time. From that day on we travelled back and forth between Alabama and South Carolina every weekend until I graduated. In fact, the first 3 years of our relationship we were a long-distance couple. I went away to graduate school and while we didn’t see each other every weekend like we did that first year we came pretty close. After 3 years of long distance the time came for us to finally live in the same city. On October 18th 2014, 3 days after our 4-year anniversary, Colton proposed

Wedding planning started immediately. We knew that we wanted three things. A wedding planner, a neutral color palette, and to honor our strong family ties. We looked to our past to prepare for our future, and make our wedding special. My grandparents who passed away before Colton and I got engaged had a big influence on our day. The center diamond in my engagement ring was my Nana’s diamond, and my grandparents 61st anniversary was the day before our wedding day, which played into the day we chose. We also used the guest book they used at their wedding as our own. Another way that we incorporated family traditions was with the selection of my wedding gown. The women in my family have all worn long sleeve lace gowns and I wanted to carry on that tradition. Colton also carried on a family tradition, his best man was the son of his father’s best man. Both of us had been raised catholic, so it was also very important to both families to have a traditional Catholic wedding.

Colton and I had talked about wanting the venue to have an industrial feel or for it to be a distillery or brewery of some kind. We were so lucky that American Spirit Works, a Whiskey Distillery, and special events venue was opening it’s doors just in time for our special day. It provided the perfect industrial, rustic backdrop for our big day. When Colton and I booked the venue, we had nothing more than a rendering of what the space was going to look like to go off of, but we loved the vision so we booked the venue with complete trust in the events team there. Once we had the venue locked in, the real planning started and our wedding slowly but surely started to come together.

The venue led us to our theme–“industrial glam”. Since we wanted neutral colors we incorporated mixed metals including galvanized tin, silver and copper to make it feel more industrial. In addition to the mixed metals, Crush Event Rentals custom designed a lighting fixture with Edison bulbs to hang in the middle of our dance floor. We also knew that we wanted white flowers and a lot of greenery to add a soft contrast to the space and give it a glamorous/romantic feel. Our amazing florist was able to take our vision to the next level and make everything look breathtaking.

In addition to the custom lighting fixture, we wanted a few statement pieces to bring the design together and to pay homage to the city where we would start our lives together. The head table had long garland down the middle, copper mugs for everyone in the wedding party and a beige love seat for Colton and I to sit at together. Since I am from Atlanta, we incorporated custom made “Share a Coke” bottles, as the table assignments. We encouraged all of our guests to “Share a Coke with the Wilburn’s” as they found their seats. One thing about the venue that we really enjoyed was the main bar area which was a gorgeous wood statement piece with a very large chalkboard mounted on the wall behind it. We were able to create a custom drink menu with personal touches which added to the overall look and feel of the space. We worked with a local artist to design a beautiful pattern that we incorporated onto the chalk board that just set the bar area off.

Our top three favorite moments of the day were fairly easy for us to choose. Walking down the aisle with my dad, seeing Colton for the first time was unforgettable. It was a moment we had been working for and building toward for 5 years all culminating in one look. The next was seeing our venue for the very first time. As I said earlier, the venue itself was a work in progress when we booked it. So, when we finally got to see all of the decorations and little details we stressed over for months come together, was truly special. And finally, the dance floor! Not only our first dance which is, of course, an awesome memory; but dancing with all of our friends and family was outstanding. All of the stress and worry we had leading up to the wedding was forgotten as soon as the music started and everyone cut loose. It was the best night of our lives.

A piece of advice we would give to engaged couples would be to be true to yourself, and to always choose each other every day. Another huge piece of advice I would give, is to find and to hire a wedding planner that understands what you are looking for. We completely trusted Laura to execute our vision and keep our best interests in mind. She made the entire experience much more manageable and enjoyable for a bride who is not extremely organized.

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Photography: Amy Arrington Photography | Event Design: Laura Birney Events | Event Planning: Laura Birney Events | Floral Design: Stylish Stems | Wedding Dress: Berta | Cake: Cake Hag | Invitations: Victoria Austin Designs | Ceremony Venue: Holy Spirit Catholic Church | Reception Venue: The Stave Room At American Spirit Works | Bride's Shoes: Jessica Simpson | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Catering: Bold American Events | Hair + Makeup: Veronica Sitterding | DJ: Black Tie Events | Chalkboard Artist: Kate Turner Studio | Chargers: Event Rentals Unlimited | Event Rentals: Crush Event Rentals | Grand Exit Transportation: Special Day Limos | Linen Rentals: Cover Ups | Photo Booth: Robot Booth | Programs: Paper Daisies Stationery | Wedding Party Transportation: Marietta Trolley Company

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30 Years Later, The Bride Married in the Same Spot as Her Parents!

Quite simply, Samantha is the ultimate Style Me Pretty bride. She dreamt of a wedding set in her grandparent’s back lawn (the exact spot her parent’s wed 30 years earlier) and brought on an incredible crew of vendors including TRUE Event, Hana Floral Design and Paper Moss, just to name a few. Oh and that Austin Scarlett gown? It was a meaningful nod to her mom’s own off-the-shoulder wedding dress. See the celebration photographed by Leila Brewster right this way.

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From the Bride… Rob and I were on the same page from the start, our wedding was going to be a party where guests left feeling the love. We met in 2012 while both working for AOL (that is also where we met the one and only Abby Larson!), and pretty much haven’t spent a day we are both in town apart ever since. I am not an easy person to surprise, but Rob nailed the proposal…which overall could not have been more us – still in bathing suits, straight out of the ocean, on the beach, and the perfect combination of having it be a private moment and then getting to celebrate with our family and friends afterwards.

Family has always been the core bonding point between Rob and I. We both come from big, loud, loving families that we are very close with, so family and our respective family traditions was important for us to reflect in our wedding weekend…starting with the location. I grew up dreaming about getting married in my grandparents’ backyard, I cannot tell you how lucky I felt to make that dream a reality (and what it says about Rob that he never even questioned it). Not only was their house special because of all the great times we have had there (we both love spending as much time outside by the water as possible), but my grandfather (an architect) designed the house over 40 years ago and our wedding date ended up falling almost exactly 30 years after my parents’ got married on the same back lawn.

The meaning of the location and that view from the back lawn steered a lot of the creative vision for the wedding overall. I loved the idea of classic and timeless with personal touches throughout. The decor was “clean” — very much white and wood, with some accents of blue and natural pops of color in things like the flowers. We worked our family and large wedding party (another direct reflection of Rob’s and mine life together) in with features like our save the dates (my grandfather’s original blueprint digitized by Rob’s architect brother), our invitations (photographed by my aunt), custom matches on the bars in honor of Rob’s grandfather who collected them, a family photo table from our parents’ and grandparents’ wedding days, my matron of honor illustrated our program cover (and our program itself included “fun facts” related to the wedding and our friends and family), and our caterer made each of our mom’s respective signature cookie recipes to include in the dessert table. My dress, designed by Austin Scarlett, was also symbolic in that my mom wore an off the shoulder gown and I loved the idea of doing the same and wearing something timeless that I would love looking back in years to come.

We also had the dream team of vendors who all felt like family throughout the entire experience. Abby Larson introduced me to Sarah True of True Event, who is now a life long friend and made everything possible. We hired our band, The Hudson Project (Elan Artists), after hearing them at a friend’s wedding three years before and still remembering them as the best wedding band we had ever heard. The whole team at Marcia Selden Catering & Events was not only amazing to work with, but our guests all absolutely raved about the food (which says a lot for a wedding where everyone spent 6 hours straight on the dance floor and hardly sat!)…they also did an unbelievable lawn party style cocktail hour and a half (the extra half hour was one of Rob’s few requests!). Yumiko Fletcher of Hana Floral is a genius professionally and personally just the best person and energy to work with.

Our tent speaks for itself…Greenwich Tent Company/Sperry Tents outdid themselves, and Ryan Designs with the bistro lighting, drapery, lounge area, and homemade life-size photo frame was the cherry on top. Both Rob and I have creative backgrounds and really appreciated working with such creative people throughout the entire process to bring the wedding weekend to life…Emily Hostetler of Paper Moss made all of our ideas a beautiful reality with all of our printed collateral, and I am still dreaming up items to get calligraphy on just to work with Sara McCarthy of Ink Revival. Leila Brewster captured our wedding exactly how we want to remember it, through candid moments that show the emotion and pure joy of the day.

Some personal favorite moments from the wedding itself included getting ready with the best group of women and girls anyone could ever ask for, the entire ceremony (which Rob wrote most of himself and was a mix of tradition and personal…we each wrote five “promises” to each other), my dad and brothers surprising me with a performance of mine and my dad’s song (Brown Eyed Girl), and the sister “dance off” that took place between my dad’s four sisters and Rob’s mom and her three sisters!

I love Style Me Pretty, and have been a power user since way before I was engaged…so this is truly another dream come true to have our wedding featured here.

From Sarah True of True EventThe reception was set at the bride’s grandparents house on the water in Greenwich CT. The perfect backdrop for a coastal inspired wedding. Sammi didn’t want it to be overly coastal or kitschy so we were very subtle in our nod to coastal details. We selected a very soft blue linen for cocktail hour and for the reception we used a runner that was reminiscent of a capaiz shell, with pattern and design, it gave a subtle sheen to the natural texture of the farm tables. And the round tables had a sand colored linen with flecs of gold woven in, that in the sun looked like sand on the beach. A mix of elegant and natural details were woven throughout the event and each detail was carefully thought through. It is always our goal in creating the design of the event with the bride and the groom that it is a reflection of them as a couple and is not just every other wedding you go to. From the save the dates, to the hand illustrated programs, old family wedding photographs and vintage doors salvaged from the bride’s father there were special moments throughout the day that had a story behind them, just like Sammi & Rob’s relationship.

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Photography: leila brewster | Cinematography: Elysium Productions | Event Design: TRUE Event | Event Planning: TRUE Event | Floral Design: Hana Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Austin Scarlett | Invitations: Paper Moss | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Marcia Selden Catering & Events | Calligraphy: Ink Revival | Lighting: Ryan Designs, LLC | Band: Elan Artists | Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | After Party DJ: James Mulry | Bridal Boutique: Bergdorf Goodman | Bridal Makeup: Nina Soriano | Bridal Party Hair: Hair by Renee Russo | Bride's Wedding Day Gift from Groom: Jennifer Meyer | Groom's Bow Tie: The Tie Bar | Groom's Cuff Links: Smathers & Branson | Groom's Socks: Vineyard Vines | Groomsmen's Cuff Links: Smathers & Branson | Groomsmen's Socks: Vineyard Vines | Groomsmen's Ties + Bow Ties: The Tie Bar | Hair Accessories: jennifer behr | Illustrator: Betty Artwork | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Logo: The Groom | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Tent Rentals: Sperry Tents | Tent Rentals: The Greenwich Tent Company

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