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The Perfect Summer Wedding in Maine

Last spring my family snuck away for a vacation on Maine’s gorgeous coast, and to say we fell in love with that place is a total understatement. I’m constantly scheming return travel plans but until then this York-set wedding is the next best thing. With SHE Luxe Weddings & Design by their side, Viveka and Alex brought their families together for the perfect summer day with a nautical twist. Dive into the images by Christina Bernales and see why we can’t get enough.

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From Christina Bernales… As a wedding photographer, one of my favorite parts about weddings is seeing two families come together to celebrate the couple. Viveka and Alex’s wedding was first and foremost a big family affair, with Viveka’s big extended Swedish family joining Alex’s in the celebration.

Their union couldn’t have taken place on a more beautiful Maine summer day. Viveka got ready at her grandparents’ home and their wedding took place at Trinity Church in York, which is a beautiful, stone church, full of character and history. It felt as though we’d been transported to another time in history for a brief moment.

After a riverside champagne toast, Viveka, Alex, and their immediate families took a boat ride along the York river from the church to their wedding reception at the York Golf and Tennis Club where they had an unforgettable celebration.

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Photography: Christina Bernales | Videography: Media Northeast | Event Design + Planning: SHE Luxe Weddings & Design | Floral Design: F As In Flowers | Wedding Dress: Liancarlo | Church: Trinity Church | Reception Venue: York Golf & Tennis | Reception Venue: York Golf & Tennis | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Bridal Boutique: Carine's Bridal Atelier | Hair & Make-Up: Bei Capelli Salon | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Stationery Design: Laura Hooper Calligraphy

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When the Perfect Snowfall Caps Off Your Wedding Day

In my humble opinion, there’s no more romantic season to marry than in winter. And if this snowfall photograph from Emily and Kyle’s big day doesn’t convince you, I don’t know what will. Set at the Chicago History Museum, the amazing LK Events brought the magic of the season to life through every detail and Tim Tab Studios didn’t miss a moment behind the camera. More pretty waiting in The Vault!

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From the Bride… Kyle and I met in Chicago – despite both being from St. Louis, we knew we wanted to share the city in which we met with our family and friends for our wedding. Kyle proposed on my birthday in December of 2015. At the time, we were dating long distance, and he flew in to celebrate my birthday, or so I thought. My parents were also in town visiting, allegedly for the same reason…but little did I know it was all orchestrated for the perfect proposal in front of the Chicago Water Tower on Michigan Avenue!

We knew we didn’t want too lengthy of an engagement, so a winter wedding in December 2016 was perfect timing. When planning our wedding, our top priorities were making sure the day felt true to us, as well as making the weekend an amazing time in the Windy City for our family and friends. We brought in Nicole Zenner from LK Events because I absolutely adored a prior wedding she had planned at our venue, the Chicago History Museum, and I also loved her personality and style! She then led us to a spectacular team of vendors, who all worked closely together to execute the wedding we had envisioned.

On the day itself, I felt so excited to celebrate our love and marriage, but also to have all of our family and friends in the city Kyle and I love so much. My favorite moment was our ceremony. Our officiant kept it true to us by incorporating both traditional and non-traditional elements, including reading excerpts from our favorite musical. We also added personal touches throughout the weekend, such as Garrett’s popcorn and St. Louis-style gooey butter cookies in our welcome bags to tie in the two cities we call home. After dancing the night away with our band, Time Chicago, guests left with a monogrammed matchbook with the date and location of our wedding as a final personalized memento.

One thing I wasn’t expecting that was so lovely was the snow that started falling just before our ceremony! Not only did it make for an especially cozy evening, but also it turned the reception into an even more festive setting for our awesome photographers, Tim and Bethany! Our florist, Allison of Stems, also had to work with the snowy conditions. She created a greenery bouquet for me the day-of since it was too cold to take my floral bouquet outside. Even though it wasn’t planned, the photos with the greenery bouquet are some of my favorites! Looking back, I’m so glad that we had the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception all in one place, as we could not have asked for a more seamless chain of (snowy) events!

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Photography: Tim Tab Studios | Wedding Planning: LK Events | Floral Design: Stems, inc. | Wedding Dress: Aire Barcelona | Cake: Elysia Root | Invitations: Ellis Hill | Reception Venue: Chicago History Museum | Catering: Food For Thought | Makeup Artist: Shannon O'Brien MUA | Transportation: Trolley Car & Bus Co. | Hotel: Public Hotel | Bride and Bridesmaid's Wraps: Mark & Graham | Bride's Fur: Villa Del Sol D'Oro | Bride's Gown Sourced from: Mira Couture | Bridesmaid's Attire Sourced from: Bella Bridesmaids | Bridesmaid's Camis: Aritzia | Bridesmaid's Skirts: Bella Bridesmaids | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Groom and Groomsmen's Attire: Formally Modern Tuxedo | Hair Styling: Blowout Junkie | Linens: BBJ | Live Band: Time Chicago, in affiliation with BeatMix Music | Matchbox Favors: For Your Party | Watercolor Illustration of Bride's Dress and Chicago Skyline: Jenna Muscarella

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This is the Best Thing to Ever Happen to Bridesmaids’ Dresses

Bridesmaids’ dresses often get a bad rep, but we’ve got exciting news that will change all of that! Style Me Pretty and Weddington Way came together to create the Style Me Pretty + Weddington Way Collection, a capsule collection featuring six fashion-forward styles for any and every wedding. The dresses, available next month on Weddington Way, are not only stylish and romantic, but they’re also totally affordable. Best bridesmaids’ dresses ever? We’re a little biased, but, duh! Get a sneak peek at the collection thanks to the gorgeous sketches below!

Can’t Wait? Neither Can we! Click here for more info!

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Baking Must-Haves For All Your Future Sweet Treats

Cupcakes, sweet treats and sprinkles galore; is there any surer way to our hearts?! I think not and it’s only gets easier when you have all the must haves to create these sugary masterpieces. When it comes to registering for your wedding, these are not to be forgotten – with my sweet tooth, these items are considered major registry essentials! Ensure all future celebrations are complete with these baking tools from Food52, Macy’s and more – and may your delicious desserts be the icing on every cake!

Registry Essentials to Bake Up Something Delicious
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The Smart Bride + Groom’s Guide to Wedding Registries

SMP’s Wedding Registry ABCs | Unique Wedding Registry Ideas | 10 Must-Have Registry Items

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