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The Great Gastby
Get the look of a ‘20s screen siren!
Creating a Reception From a Bygone Era
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Summer 2013, Volume 1, Issue 1
THE GREAT GATSBY
Creating a wedding theme from a bygone era
14 ART DECO GOWNS
Swoon over these roaring looks
1920’S MAKEUP LOOKS
From mascara to lipstick, get the look of a sizzling screen siren
Get a twenties look for less with these do-it-yourself ideas
DO IT FOR LESS: ‘20s RECEPTION
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In this ISSUE
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Summer 2013, Volume 1, Issue 1
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How to incorporate books into your big day
Five Luxurious Honeymoon Locations Our list of five luxurious art deco locales THE EMERALD ISLE
From Dublin to the Cliffs of Moher, here are our recommendations for an Irish adventure
11 EDITOR’S LETTER 12 RUFFLED FEATHERS 14 REGISTRY 40 GET THE LOOK 78 REAL WEDDINGS 148 LAST LOOK
ALL THAT GLITTERS IS OLD
Make a statement with these atypical blooms!
Make your love a piece of history with a vintage engagement ring
We’ve scoured the country to unearth the best art deco venues in the U.S.
The raucous weddings of the roaring twenties
WEDDINGS THROUGH HISTORY
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throw a swankier soirée than the title character from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, ‘The Great Gatsby’. This is why, for In Bliss’s inaugural e-zine, we have chosen to take our cues from Mr. Jay Gatsby himself, along with the glitz, glamour and beauty of the roaring twenties. The 1920s, long remembered as a decade of vibrancy, creativity and zest, was the bearer of fashion and style that is still en vogue to this day. What better era for us to focus on for our first issue, than the one that saw the beginnings of the wedding industry, as we know it? Our Great Gatsby-themed photo shoot (page 28) is our bridalspin on the decadently lavish parties of the famed Gatsby and the 1920s. A historic library creates the perfect backdrop for the richly appointed place settings, signature cocktails, sparkling gowns and elegant floral arrangements.
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If you’re on the prowl for a 1920s-esque wedding dress, then look no further! Our editors have scoured the latest gown styles for all things art deco! I’m personally in love with our Style section-learn how to get the perfect smoky eye and red lipped look that were standards in the roaring twenties, (page 42).
If you have all the makings of a wedding that would make Gatsby himself jealous and want to extend it to your Honeymoon, study up on our editors picks for must-see, luxurious detinations, (page 64). I hope that you enjoy our premier issue and hope to see you back for our next!
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“Savory” H eadpiece, $200,000, Tiff any & Co.
“Sybil” Clutch, $1,285 , Clara Kasavina
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By C a sey H owe r
My family and friends take up the majority of our guest list, with my fiancé only having a handful of attendees. Is it okay to have guests sit on both sides of the ceremony site, regardless of their connection to us? Absolutely! It is your wedding after all! Just inform your ushers that once your side starts to fill up, to start seating people on the other side. If the guest says something, simply have the ushers inform them about your wishes regarding even seating. One of my bridesmaids keeps complaining about the dress that I’ve picked out. What should I do? As the bride, ultimately you have the final say on what your bridesmaids wear. With that being said, you should also keep a few things in mind when picking out their attire. If their body types and budgets have been considered, then it is time for your bridesmaids to be supportive of your decision. If a particular bridesmaid is still complaining about your choice, perhaps pull her aside and simply say, “I am sorry you are unhappy with the dress I’ve chosen. As much as I love having you in my bridal party, I would understand if you felt the need to step down.” This way, you have left the ball in her court. Chances are she won’t want to back out, and she will get the hint about the dress. My parents are paying for the wedding, but my fiancé’s mom wants to have a say in everything! She’s excited about her son’s upcoming nuptials, so try to be understanding. Beat her to the punch by asking her for help with certain, smaller things, up front. Good suggestions could be: helping with the seating chart for her family, planning for out of town guests and the mother of the groom dance. She just wants to be involved in some way, so try to make her suggesstions feel welcomed; even if you don’t end up using all of them!
MY SORORITY SISTER HAS ASKED TO BRING HER BOYFRIEND OF THREE WEEKS TO OUR $125/PLATE RECEPTION. I ONLY PUT HER NAME ON THE INVITATION, SO I THOUGHT SHE WOULD UNDERSTAND! I DON’T WANT HER TO BE UPSET WITH ME, BUT IT’S JUST NOT IN OUR BUDGET! WHAT SHOULD I DO? Rest assured that it is your guests who are breaching etiquette, not you! You have specified on the invitation who you are asking to attend your wedding, so your intention was made clear. Be honest with guests making this request. As much as you would love to let everyone attend, you simply cannot afford it. It’s your expense after all, so people will understand.
A friend of mine has asked me not to seat her with another guest of ours due to a recent falling out between the two of them. I had actually planned on having them at the same table. Should I honor her request? Think of it like this: essentially, you are hosting a party. You want all of your guests to feel comfortable, since that will make the evening more enjoyable for everyone. Your friend probably would not have asked if she didn’t think it could potentially cause a problem. If seating her somewhere else does not interrupt your entire seating arrangement, you should put her somewhere else. And if moving her to a new table is just not an option, then the two should not be seated next to each other. What is the proper amount to spend on a wedding gift? Trick question! There is no “proper” or “set” amount one should spend on a wedding gift; nor should anyone expect to receive any gift at all. People often base what they do give off of how close they are with the couple in addition to what their budget allows. As for the idea that you should give enough to cover the cost of your plate: it’s untrue. Do you have any ideas on how to incorporate giving back to the community into my wedding? Absolutely! You could ask your caterer or venue about donating your leftovers to a local food bank to help feed the hungry. Check out JustGive. org to find food banks in your area. And why not donate your flowers as well? Organizations such as Random Acts of Flowers and Petals With Purpose are popping up all over the country. These groups repurpose flowers and deliver
them to local hospitals, nursing homes and hospice care centers. What could be a better ending to your big day than knowing you have put a smile on the faces of so many others? I would like our wedding to be adults only, but my family has a lot of children in it. How do I let everyone know and not offend anyone? Children are tricky! Many people understand that weddings tend to be more of an adult affair, however some people still feel as though their children should be allowed to attend. Technically speaking, only the names that appear on the envelope of the invitation are invited to the wedding. It is never okay to write “adults only” on the invitation! That being said, often times parents ignore, or are unaware, that their children are not invited, and simply fill in their names on the reply card. The best way to avoid this is by strong word of mouth. Have relatives pass on the word that your big day will be adults only. You could also call or write certain family or friends who could be offended to let them know this, and offer up a small explanation, such as space or budget restraints. If someone informs you that “if their children cannot come, neither will they, “ just say you are sorry to hear that. Don’t allow yourself to be bullied into changing your mind, because remember; If you make an exception for one, everyone will want it made for them as well!
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8. EMILIA FRAME by Weingeroff $695-$795 bloomingdales.com 9. MOSAIC PLACEMAT by Kim Seybert $116; kimseybert.com 10. ELSIE DINNERWARE by Charlotte Moss $29-$271; michaelcfina. com 11. MOSAIC VASE by Sue Smith Price Available Upon Request; suesmithglass.co.uk 12. JULES POINT GREEN BOTTLE STOPPER by Kate Spade New York $11.99; bedbathandbeyond.com 13. BUTTERFLY BLOOM CUP & SAUCER- BUTTERFLY POSY by Wedgewood $39.95; thebowlcompany. com
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Gowns to Swoon Over
ith stars like Jessica Chastain, Naomi Watts and Halle Barry referencing old Hollywood glamour in sparkling, bias-fit gowns, we’re thinking it might as well be called new Hollywood glamour. Every bride wants to feel dazzling and pulled together on her wedding day. Here we present a few gowns perfect for swooning over old Hollywood style. So get out your chaise lounges and read on.
By Rebekah Roberson
JOHANNA JOHNSON Silk satin bias cut gown with silk lined ostrich feather cape
FROM LEFT: 1) ROSA CLARA Crepe satin dress with beadwork embroidery, in ivory; 2)ROSA CLARA Fringed dress and body with beadwork embroidery, in ivory; 3)CHARLIE BREAR Lalique lace over fine crepe in ivory; 4)MAGGIE SOTTERO Metallic embroidery coupled with linear beading over illusion tulle; 5)YUMI KATSURA Hand beaded Swarovski crystal, fluted and draped French tulle in white.
FROM LEFT: 1) JIM HJELM Peach embroidered tulle gown, satin ribbon with tulle overlay and floral detail and sweep train; 2)RIVINI French Chantilly Lace and silk chiffon; 3)SIMPLY BRIDAL Taffeta with high-low bubble hem.
FROM LEFT: 1) MOONLIGHT COUTURE Layered embroidered lace, deep v-back and a semi-cathedral train; 2)ALLURE BRIDAL Lace bodice with organza skirt and crystal sash; 3)ALYNE BRIDAL Taffeta and tulle layers with sweetheart neckline and chapel train.
FROM LEFT: 1) JOHANNA JOHNSON Silk satin with hand-beaded sleeve detail; 2)RIVINI Silk chiffon and silk crepe with organza hand-embroidered bodice with pearls and crystals; 3)JENNY PACKHAM Silk chiffon with crystal beading; 4)MAGGIE SOTTERO Satin slip gown, open back trimmed in sequin embellished lace.
15) Ring: $475, Tiffany & Co.; Olympia; 16) Bracelet: $129, Nadri;
23) Brooch: Amazon.com;
1) Necklace: $150, Tat2 Designs for Max&Chloe; 2) Shoes: Boutique 9; 3) Hair Clip: $173, Emmy London; 4) Earrings: $175, Tat2 Designs for Max&Chloe; 5) Earrings: $90, House of Harlow; 6) Earrings: $120, Kendra Scott; 7) Evening Bag: $4,900, Gucci; 8) Bracelet: $28, Sequin Jewelry; 9) Clutch: $198, Whiting & Davis; 10) Earrings: $145, Sandy Hyun; 11) Shoes: $915, Emmy London; 12) Necklace: $450, Tiffany & Co.; 13) Shoes: $2,195, Tabitha Simmons; 14) Headband: $1,716, Jenny Packham; 17) Earrings: $295, Judith Jack Jewelry; 18) Brooch: $129, Xavier Jewelry; 19) Earrings: $95, Nina; 20) Necklace: $52, Argento Vivo; 21) Shoes: $867, Emmy London; 22) Shoes: $805, Charlotte 24) Ring: $48, Ariella Collection; 25) Earrings: $65, Nina Jewelry; 26) Shoes: $1,295, Manolo Blahnik; 27) Necklace: $150, 1928 Jewelry; 28) Clutch: $3,995, Judith Leiber.
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The guests will go home. The dress will be carefully tucked away for the grandchildren, but the engagement ring will stay with you as the constant link between the love that you and your husband confessed to each other. You deserve a ring as timeless as your love. Vintage pieces can offer that in a way modern rings can’t. Antique rings carry a love story; they have voices. 1800s engagement rings speak of Queen Victoria’s influence of femininity and delicacy. Retro rings whisper of the Second World War, their wearers perhaps the betrothed of soldiers going off to fight. Each one has a unique history to reveal. Each one carries the weight and mystery of a bygone era. Become part of the story.
By R e b e k a h
Why buy a vintage engagement ring?
Quality: Most of these rings were cut by hand and made to last as heirlooms for the next generation. Be sure to look for details like pronged settings and weighty peices, since they will age better. Style: Antique jewelry is not a re-creation of the past, it is the past brought into the present. These rings are the originals. Think the actual Marilyn Monroe, not the Michelle Williams version of her. Both were great, but there’s only one genuine article. Unique Features: Even if your best friend, heck, your closest three best friends, all have art deco engagement rings, each of them will have different stylings and be perfectly individual to the brides who wear them. Expense: Often times you can get more for your money when purchasing vintage rings. Brides can almost always get larger stones in more lux metals for less expensive prices than contemporary pieces.
Things to remember when shopping for vintage jewelry:
These pieces are not perfect; they were made individually by hand or antiquated machinery, after all. Internal flaws were harder to find and many rings were cut to be seen in candlelight, not in modern fluorescents. This means their refraction is often not as brilliant as 21st century pieces.
2 Color: We set a standard of colorless diamonds to be the highest quality, but that wasn’t always true. Different periods begged different colors, some eras preferred their diamonds a little pink, others slightly green or yellow. 3 Paperwork: Make sure you buy antique jewelry from a reputable company. Genuine jewelry pieces should have paperwork prepared by a gemologist documenting the diamond’s carat, color, clarity and cut. This ensures that you get what you’re paying for-- a real diamond-- and can prove worth in the future. It is also helpful to have this paperwork when getting your engagement ring insured. 4 Wear and Tear: Victorian ladies didn’t exactly wear their rings for workouts on ellipticals or weightlifting. Some antique jewelry cannot be put under as much stress as new jewelry. To alleviate this problem, it is recommended to have the piece examined by a modern jeweler (most antique stores employ one or can recommend someone to you), to ensure there are no cracks or loose prongs. Sometimes, antique rings can be reinforced, as well, to secure that your piece from the past can be brought into your contemporary lifestyle.
NEW YORK CITY - Leigh Jay Nacht Inc., 10 West 47th Street, Suite 802 (showroom) New York, New York 10036 Phone: 212.719.2888 Website: AntiqueEngagementRings.com SAN FRANCISCO - Lang Antique and Estate Jewelry, 323 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94108 Phone: 415.982.2213 Website: LangAntiques.com CHICAGO - Christopher Duquet Fine Jewelry Design, 1224 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202 Phone: 847.733.0656 Website: ChristopherDuquet.com HOUSTON – Past Era Fine Antique Jewelry, 3433 West Alabama, Houston, TX 77027 Phone: 713.621.3433 Website: PastEra.com PORTLAND – Maloy’s Jewelry Workshop, 717 Southwest 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97201 Phone: 503.223.4720 Website: Maloys.com
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What’s old is new again when shopping for vintage engagement rings. Check out our guide to era jewelry here!
Dates: 1714 to 1830 Named After: the four English King Georges: George I, George II, George III and George IV, respectively. Features: Heavy design, floral motiffs, elaborate scrollwork, rare- most were repurposed into Victorian period rings Cut & Material: Round cut diamonds in gold with silver overlay are most popular. Bridal Style: Classic for its heavy bling design, large stones and rarity
Dates: 1835 to 1890 Named After: Queen Victoria of England Features: Soft, delicate engravings like hearts, crescent shapes and flowers.Entwined serpents representing eternal love. Cut & Material: Threestone styles in rose or yellow gold Bridal Style: Whimsical with the Victorian period’s use of symbolic engravings, these rings are for brides seeking fantasy
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1. “Glorious Georgian Cluster Ring,” 14k yellow gold over silver, 1.10 carat total w yellow gold, ca. 1780, $ 4,450 from The Three Graces; 3. “Ice Palace,” platinum o 5. Edwardian, Leigh Jay Nacht; 6. Edwardian, The Three Graces; 7. Art Deco, Le Magnificent,” platinum, 1.08 carat pear cut stone, ca. 1960, $7,400; 10. Retro, Leig
Dates: 1890 to1915
Dates: 1915 to 1935 Named After: The 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes Features: Streamlined, geometric, architectural. Backlash against ultraromantic Edwardian period. Cut & Material: Square, round, baguette, trapezoid and triangle in platinum and yellow gold Bridal Style: Modern for the sleek appearence
Dates: 1940 to 1945 Named After: The Latin prefix meaning backward or in past time Features: Large, asymmetrical and glamorous. Diamond solitaires with focus on the size of the center stone. Cut & Material: Square, round, pear, marquise, heart, and emerald cut in gold and rose gold. Bridal Style: Glamorous, for the bride harkening old Hollywood
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weight, ca. 1800, $3,950 from The Three Graces; 2. “Late 18th C. Chrysoberyl Cluster Ring,” silver and 10k over yellow gold, 0.60 carat center stone, ca. 1890, $3,450, from Maloy’s; 4. Victorian, The Three Graces; eigh Jay Nacht; 8.“Oh Baby!,” platinum and black onyx, 1.42 carats, ca. 1920, $12,200; 9. “Mid Century gh Jay Nacht; 10. “Retro,” 14k gold, .90 carat round cut stone, ca. 1950, sold.
The Great Gatsby
Text by Rebekah Roberson
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Opposite Page: Feathered headpiece by Bridals by Danielle; Diamond engagement ring, Safian and Rudolph; Vintage lapel pin, Bridals by Danielle. This Page: 1920s black tuxedo, Pierre’s Costumes; Gold sequined gown, Badgley Mischka; Pearl Bracelets, Safian and Rudolph.
Left to Right: Headpiece, Bridals by Danielle; Embellished mermaid gown, Badgley Mischka and gloves from Bridals by Danielle; Pearl necklaces and bracelets,Safian and Rudolph. Diamond eternity ring, Safian and Rudolph.
Diamond and white gold earrings, Safian and Rudolph.
Stylized, geometric patterns were very popular during the nineteen twenties. We incorporated this aspect of the decade into our cake, whiskey favors, place settings and gift table. We jazzed up the decor by adding chair tie backs in black satin. The darker color of the ties help to ground the design of the table.
The slightest homage here and there can make a big retro impact. PURE Design florist created show-stopping centerpieces by staggering urns and vases and piling them with emerald and gold foliage, cream flowers and fluffy, white ostrich feathers to evoke a 1920s style.
Dreams Come True Cakes made our bold color palette and the graphic details come to life in rolled fondant. Fan effects were made three dimensional in layers of gold and emerald, and a hand-made topper was created with wire to imitate patterns on the rest of the cake.
Centerpeices created by PURE Design; Chair design by Reign and Co.
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High Hat Julep
1.5 oz VS Cognac 0.75 oz Peach Schnapps 8 Mint Leaves 1 Packet of raw sugar Garnish: Pineapple wedge and mint sprig Glass: Julep
Lightly muddle the mint and raw sugar in julep cup. Add the remaining ingredients and pack tightly with crushed ice. Garnish the drink with a pineapple wedge and mint sprig.
Accessories: Safian and Rudolph Henry A. Davidsen Bridals by Danielle Bridal Gown: Bridals by Danielle Cake: Dreams Come True Cakes Florist: PURE Design Hair Stylist: A Bridal Beauty Lighting: Omnivent Inc. Make-Up Artist: Pure Spa Ambler Menswear: Gallelli Formal Wear Henry A. Davidsen Pierre’s Costumes Models: Christopher Rex Stone Kristen Sokac Planner: Reign & Co Photography: Lauren Fair Photography Venue: The German Society of Pennsylvania Videography: Willow Tree Films
Our couple made a dramatic entrance on the sweeping staircase of the library at the German Society of Pennsylvania.
Get the LOOK
Love the look from our
1. Cadeaux Bridal Headdress II Antique, $663, Jenny Packham; 2. White gold diamond antique style dangle earrings, $1,155, Safian and Rudolph; 3. White gold diamond antique style dangle earrings, $1,155, Safian and Rudolph; 4. Heritage gloves, $100, BHLDN; 5. “Landyn” $1,930, Maggie Sottero 6. Princess cut white diamond antique style ring, $2,640, Safian and Rudolph;
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1. Black Ostrich Feather Merry Widow Veil, $33, IndigoDaisyWeddings on Etsy; 2. Debutante Pearl Necklace, $88, Henri Bendel; 3. Ben Amun pearl and crystal earrings, $145, Thomas Laine 4. Ben Amun crystal garland and pearl bridal bracelet, $170, Thomas Laine; 5. Glitz Gown, $160, Badgley Mischka; renttherunway.com
Groom & Groomsmen
By Rebekah Roberson
1. Gold Jet Gemstone iPhone 5 case, $150, Case-Mate; 2. Silk Pocket Square in white, $40, Brooks Brothers; Silk Twill Pocket Square in green, $120, Salvatore Ferragamo; 3. The Great Gatsby Collection Black Maze Batwing Bow Tie, $60, Brooks Brothers; 4. Gold and Onyx JFK Presidential Stud Set, $275, Ravi Ratan; 5. The Great Gatsby Collection Backless Vest, $175, Brooks Brothers; 6. Wide Rib Mid-Calf Socks in green by Barney’s New York, $32, Barneys; 7. Heavy Oval Onyx Intaglio Signet Ring, $1,145, Becker Minty; 8. Black patent lace ups, $348, Brooks Brothers; 9. Johnnie Walker Green Label, $45, johnniewalker.com.
Dark, red lips were a 1920s beauty staple. Starlets would also define their cupids bow, (the center of the top lip), for an even more dramatic effect!
he silent film sirens of the 1920s will forever be credited with making makeup mainstream. Check out their sultry looks, and learn how to recreate it for yourself!
A single-shade smoky eye was all the rage in the ‘20s. A simple swipe of charcoal shadow was all it took!
For mascara, women had to use a bristle brush to comb the wax mixture onto their lashes!
Bobbi Brown, “Rich Lip Color” in Crimson-Rich Red Wine, $24, Sephora
Clinique, “Quickliner for Eyes” in Really Black, $15, Sephora
Rock the Look
• Bold red lips • Smoky lids • Killer confidence
• Lush black lashes
Benefit, “They’re Real!” Beyond Mascara, $23, Benefit
Chanel, “Les 4 Ombres” in 93Smoky Eyes, $59, Chanel
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By Casey Hower
The Bob has become synonymous with the flapper look of the ‘20s. A classic bob is when the hair is cut just below the earlobes; but the bob has evolved! Bobbed hair can now be seen anywhere from mid-ear to just above the shoulder!
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The Eton Crop was the shortest of the ‘20s looks. Hair was trimmed all the way around, leaving the ears totally exposed; and then slicked down. The Eton can still be seen today, but it is recognized as the “Pixie” cut.
Finger Waves become popular in the ‘20s in order to soften the often harsh look of the bob. But this style was not just for short-tressed ladies! Women who chose to keep their locks often sported waves on top while tucking the rest into a sleek chignon.
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Photograph courtesy of Library of the Bendedictine Monastery of Admont, Austria
Incorporating Books into Your Big Day
By C a s e y
Hower Romeo & Juliet, Lancelot & Guinevere, Paris & Helen, Cinderella & Prince Charming; some of the most memorable couples in history have been portrayed through literature. Make them, or your favorites, a part of the wedding day by incorporating books into it! Read through to get some ideas on how to make your big day a literary work of art!
Set the tone for your wedding, by using book inspired invitations! From using famous literary quotes to actual books, the invite possibilities are endless!
Do it Yourself!
Add a pocket to the front cover for a cute library due date effect!
Design a book cover inspired invite by using a due date card for an R.S.V.P. Pillage local garage sales for hardcovered books. Add a pocket to the front cover out of some decorative paper for your response cards, directions and maps. Paste the wedding invitation to the opposite page! For a more subtle way to incorporate books or literature into your wedding invite, try using a quote from your favorite book.
Saying your vows surrounded by an assortment of the most romantic books of all time? Sounds pretty perfect to us! Use some of your favorites to line the aisle, create an archway, or display some at the altar.
Prefer paper to plants? Why not have you and your bridesmaids carry a stack of books rather than a bouquet of flowers? Holding a religious text, a book of love letters or even a book that has meaning to you and your significant other can be a romantic alternative to the traditional bunch. Love the floral look, but still want to incorporate text? Try making paper flowers from pages of a favorite book!
Using an old card catalog for place cards is a great way to showcase your love of literature into your reception site. Take it a step further by utilizing actual library cards, (or stationary printed to look like them), as the place cards. Guests will have a nice trip down memory lane as they search the catalog for their name!
FAR LEFT: A line of stamped books reminds guests to grab one of the escort cards to find out where they are seated for the reception. MIDDLE: A play on due date cards marks guests names and table numbers. FAR RIGHT: Drawers from an old card catalog are placed on stacks of books to hold escort cards. A beautiful vase full of white hydrangeas stands in the middle of the table while candles create romance in the library space.
The Guest Book
Head to the thrift store and pick up an old typewriter to use as a guestbook. Your guests will love getting to type away their heartfelt messages to you! It will add a vintage feel to your reception, and you and your partner will have a scroll of well-wishes to cherish forever.
Get away from typical table numbers by printing out a few of your favorite literary figures, book covers or authors. Frame your prints in a style that matches your aesthetic. Are you a classic bride? A pearl frame is a perfect choice! A modern bride? Try wire photo holders like the one pictured to the left. Not only do they look fantastic, but they’re a great conversation starter!
Do it Yourself!
Instead of traditional table numbers, why not opt for book titles or characters instead? Who wouldn’t love to take a seat at “The Importance of Being Ernest” table, or how about sitting down with fellow guests at the “Mr. Darcy & Elizabeth Bennett” table!
Yo u r r e c e p t i o n t a b l e centerpieces should be a representation of your taste as a couple; so if you and your beloved are literature lovers, this is the perfect place to show it off! There are so many creative ways to use books as part of your table display. You can let them take center stage, or you can incorporate a floral display with a book pedestal. Or how about turning book pages into vases or votives? Stacked, standing, open, closed, books are the ultimate go-to in versatility!
Your desserts are the perfect way to display your inner-bookworm! From miniature book designs to passages to cake toppers; get creative with the most delicious part of your reception!
Send your guests off with a bang-well, book! Why not pick out a few of your favorite titles and give one to your guests. Not sure if your guests share the same genre styles as you do? How about a personalized bookmark. Not only is it budget-friendly, but your guests will most certainly appreciate its practicality as well!
Love the look of certain flowers, but hate the fact that you’ve seen them at every wedding you’ve ever been to? If so, check out our favorite flower swaps, that are sure to give your big day a unique feel!
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Kale, like the rose, is available year-round, so it works incredibly well for weddings. The kale “flowers” are often twotoned, with their inner colors being white, pink or purple and trimmed with green “leaves”. Their resemblance to roses make them both a stunning and creative substitute!
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Unlike peonies, Football mums are a very cost-friendly flower. They are the largest of the chrysanthemum family, making them a great choice for a full, lush bouquet or centerpiece.
Ostrich feathers sat atop this bountiful green and white centerpiece by PURE Design. A tall, metallic gold vase makes this centerpiece even more striking.
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Often used as a “filler” flower, Queen Anne’s Lace can make a stunning bouquet or centerpiece all on its own! This delicate white flower is actually bunches of tiny buds, but from the number of blooms, they appear incredibly full! This is a great option for a rustic bride!
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Gardenias, like ranunculus, are known for their unusual texture. Ranunculus has petals that resemble crepe paper, while gardenias have a leathery texture to them. Whether you add a few to a bouquet, an elegant updo, or make them the star of the show, they are sure to make your wedding all the more unique!
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Tulips are often admired for their range of colors, and their distinct “cup” shape. But try adding a unique twist to your tulip arrangements by swapping in some Fringe or Parrot tulips! These “fancy” tulips, as they are often referred, have petals that are feathered, curled, twisted, or waved. Their ruffled petals add a fun, flirty twist to any floral display!
Ornamental kale and green moss added a lush feel to this luxurious white display of calla lilies, roses, hydrangeas and stargazer lillies by PURE Design.
Love the extravagance of Jay Gatsby but not his price tag? Here are some ideas on how to get a Jay Gatsby look on a Nick Carraway budget.
>> Gold urns can cost anywhere from $30 to $300! For savings, we bought some terra cotta urns for $13 from Home Depot and spray painted them gold. Not only did it save us money, it allowed us to get the exact gold hue we wanted. >> Love the look of a geometric cake, but not its price tag? Get one that only has one layer of real cake. You’ll be able to cut a slice from that one during the reception and serve guests from a sheet cake kept in the back. The remaining tiers will look 100% authentic, but will be made of Styrofoam covered in icing or fondant to match the real cake. >> Engraved invitations were on trend during twenties weddings, but the effect can be costly. A modern and sometimes more economical approach, is to get thermography or letterpress invitations. If doing-it-completely-yourself isn’t for you, but you’d love to save some dough, getting your invitations printed by a stationer and then assembling them yourself saves time and money.
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>> What lasting impression can guests leave for your big day? For our Gatsby-inspired guestbook, we used a recycled cigar box. Guests wrote on pieces of brown paper with gold markers that they rolled to re-create the look of a cigar. The messages were pulled together with gold elastics. >> The mall is great in a lot of ways, but if you want a ring that’s different from every other lady’s in your yoga class, an independent jeweler is a great way to go! Not only are these establishments more competitive when it comes to pricing, but they’re also able to make custom pieces that can replicate big name brands, without the big name price tag. >> Though beautiful, flowers come at a highcost. An ubertrendy, non-flower option is a brooch bouquet. It’s a lovely way to incorporate heirloom jewelry into your big day. Make it soft by adding some silk flowers or ribbon detail.
The key to doing it for less is creativity! Think outside traditional wedding materials. This is one of the best times in your life to show off your creative skills and use them to create the wedding of your dreams.
By Rebekah Roberson A Piece of History: America’s Premiere Art Deco Wedding Venues
Historic art deco venues will help set a twenties tone for your elegant affair. Check out our hot list here!
The famous pool at the world-renowned Raleigh Hotel in Miami.
Lavish neo-classic details paired with geometric intricacies in art deco design, that juxtaposition is one of the reasons this period remains so fascinating. Why not bring some art deco appeal to your wedding? We’ve scoured the U.S. for some of the best art deco venues around the country. Find the details below!
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THE RALEIGH HOTEL
The hotel equivalent of a glamorous hipster but in the nineteen twenties. Miami is the quintessential spot to find art deco architecture in America, but none put on a classier wedding than the Raleigh Hotel. Rent the ballroom and get the views of the famous scalloped pool from its giant windows. The enamel black and orange striped columns are reminiscent of the jazz age but still maintain their simple cool. Stay a few extra days and rent the exclusive “Art Deco Suite” that boasts 580 square feet of historic décor in ocean hues and private beach access. Call for wedding package price quotes. 1175 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139; 305- 534-6300
SKYLIGHT ONE HANSON
Brooklyn, New York
This venue is truly a masterpiece. With interior spaces clad in 22 varieties of Italian marble and 63 foot tall ceilings, and meticulously appointed mosaic ceilings that could be in a museum this is truly a place that will impress your guests. Have guests order cocktails through the old bank teller windows. Hang out in the basement’s old vault that once foiled a robbery with its 60 ton door. Skylight One Hanson can accommodate 100 to 500 guests for a dancing and dinner reception. Rental prices start at $15,000 with a discount for residents of Brooklyn. 1 Hanson Place, at Ashland Place, Ft. Greene; 718-230-0400
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THE WILLARD INTERCONTINENTAL
Upon entering the hotel lobby, the first word that comes to mind after one regains her breath is: grand. This sumptuous classical hotel as we know it today opened its doors in 1901 and has retained its lavish beaux-arts style since then. Be sure to check out the Red Robin and Scotch Bar for art deco detailing. The Willard is known for their staff and exceptional five-star service, so it’s no surprise that everything in their wedding package is customizable. The maximum guest list for a seated reception with dancing is 300. Wedding packages start at $195.00 per plate. 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, District of Columbia 20004; 202-6289100
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THE CIVIC OPERA HOUSE
Best for being treated like an elegant 1920s starlet, the Old Hollywood elegance at the Civic Opera House is almost unparalleled. A red carpet ushers guests into a three-level foyer clad in travertine and lit with sparkling white deco chandeliers. Gilded ceilings make the whole opera house shimmer. Almost every hand rail, balcony and fixture is ornamented in 1920s hand-carved metalwork. 850 are welcome for a dinner and dancing reception. Rental fees range from $1,000 to $11,500. 20 N Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606; 312-8273580
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ceilings call Soaring attention when stepping foot into this art deco gem in Omaha. The museum served as the city’s premiere train station when it opened in 1931. Brides can get the elegance of old world train travel in the Trish and Dick Davidson Gallery where guests dine inside a vintage train car! We like museum venues for their elegant atmospheres and with its historic preservation, this one is especially romantic. The museum can accommodate 50 to 500 guests for dinner receptions. Call for rental fees. 801 South 10th Street, Omaha, NE 68108; 402- 4445071 ext. 521
San Francisco, California
If you want to feel completely transported in time, Bimbo’s 365 is the ticket. It’s one of those places where time has stood still and it shows in the art deco details, like the glamorous mermaid paintings, the huge leather and brass bar, and the inlaid ceiling. But don’t take our word for it, rent the elegant retro supper club for yourself. The club can host receptions for up to 685 guests. Rent starts at $10,000 during high season. 1025 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133; 415-474-0365 ext. 18.
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Kansas City, Kansas
KANSAS CITY CONVENTION CENTER
Twilight at the Kansas City Convention Center.
We know what you’re thinking – a convention center? However, this isn’t just any convention center. This municipal building is famous for its streamlined architecture made popular in the early thirties. Rent the Little Theatre to be enveloped in art deco glass signs, chandeliers and a stepped ceiling with a labyrinthine inlay so intricate that it can almost be described as awe-inspiring. 225 guests can be accommodated for a banquet reception. Rentals begin at $3,000. 301 W 13th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105; 816-5135000
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Check out some fabulous honeymoon locations that even Mr. Gatsby himself would fawn over!
Eastern & Oriental
his exqusite hotel, commonly referred to as the E&O, was established in 1885. A long standing tradition in Penang, this lavish hotel showcases the grand elegance of the British colonial era.
a range of international and local dishes. From fine dining to casual cuisine, the E&O offers it all! Guests can enjoy activities such as yoga, cooking classes and swimming in the hotel’s magnificent pools. Take a leap back in time by visiting the E&O hotel for your honeymoon!
Immersed in luxury from the moment you walk in, the E&O treats every guest like royalty. The crispy white corridors, wood furnishings and spacious lounge areas make for a perfect honeymoon destination. The Eastern & Oriental Hotel has six dining options, including The 1885 which serves traditional English afternoon tea, and Sarkies Corner offers
“A long standing tradition in Penang, this lavish hotel showcases the grand elegance of the British colonial era.”
The E&O Hotel has seen two world wars along with the birth of Malaysia itself!
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The Hershey Hotel Hershey, Pennsylvania
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As a Historic Hotel of America, The Hotel Hershey boasts 276 guest rooms and 23,500 square feet of meeting and function space
hink a hotel bearing the same name as the most famous chocolate bar in the world is just for kids? Think again. The Hotel Hershey is smack dab in the middle of the sweetest place on earth! Situated atop a hill overlooking the town of Hershey, this world class resort is a perfect honeymoon locale for a fun-loving couple! Milton S. Hershey designed his grand hotel after the various Mediterranean trips he and his wife, Catherine, took during their marriage. From the original artwork to the gardens to the lobby; romantic Spanish influences can be seen at every turn!
The Hotel Hershey’s $67 million “Grand Expansion” was completed in 2009, bringing with it 10 luxury cottages; equipped with fireplaces, a private porch and a rainforest shower! Perfect for newlyweds! Guests can also enjoy the Chocolate Spa, year-round ice skating, tennis, indoor and outdoor swimming, crosscountry skiing, tobogganing, lawn bowling, hiking, golfing, and of course, a trip to the delicious Hershey Park! Check out the Hotel Hershey for your honeymoon destination; where every night ends with a goodnight “Kiss”!
“From the original artwork to the gardens to the lobby; romantic Spanish influences can be seen at every turn!”.
Big Cedar Lodge Ridgedale, Missouri
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The Devil’s Pool is one of three heated swimming pools that Big Cedar Lodge has
romantic escape to the mountains is in store for you when you visit Big Cedar Lodge in Branson, Missouri. A windy road begins your journey to this historic getaway, nestled in the Ozark Mountains. The lodge offers private log cabins, premier rooms, deluxe rooms, and suites, to suit the privacy desires of almost every guest! You can also enjoy a champagne brunch at one of the four on-site eateries, take a carriage ride around the grounds or take an exhilarating hike along one of the numerous trails at the Lodge. Whether you want a relaxing escape or a non-stop adventure, Big Cedar Lodge has something for everyone! From the great outdoors including horse rides, fishing and boating, to painting and photography, to cooking and tasting new cuisine, Big Cedar Lodge is the perfect lavish honeymoon location you’ve been searching for!
“Whether you want a relaxing escape or a non-stop adventure, Big Cedar Lodge has something for everyone!” IN BLISS
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Sea Island, Georgia
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The Cloister exudes elegance right from the getgo as portrayed here with its main entryway.
cenic views and Southern hospitality describe the Forbes 5-star accommodations at the Cloister. Midway between Jacksonville, Florida and Savannah, Georgia, Sea Island is a lush oasis along the Georgian coast. With four areas of stay within the main building, a lodge and private cottages, you’re sure to find the perfect honeymoon destination on this private island! The Cloister has activities to suit all areas of interest, including; seasonal sea turtle excursions, horseback riding, kayaking, sailing, swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, bike riding, hiking, along with golfing on one of the country’s top courses. Along its five miles of private beach, Cloister guests can relax and enjoy romantic relaxation, as well. And with seven areas to dine, including the Forbes Five Star Georgian Room, your taste buds will be satisfied at every turn.
“With four areas of stay within the main building, a lodge and private cottages, you’re sure to find the perfect honeymoon destination on this private island! IN BLISS
Peter Island Resort & Spa
Peter Island, British Virgin Islands
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njoy your stay, while overlooking the ocean, in one of the resorts ocean view suites. Explore the waters on a private sail tour, enjoy the “Honeymoon Beach”, reserved for just you and your other half, lounge in one of Peter Islands signature hammocks, or indulge in dinner on the beach. And while there is an endless list of things to do at the resort, you can choose to island hop, as well, because there’s plenty to do on the surrounding Virgin Isles. Romance is Peter Island’s specialty, so a honeymoon to this dreamy location is the perfect fairy-tale ending! Romance is in the air on Peter Island! This private island awaits you with its clear waters and five sparkling beaches!
The Falcon’s Nest Villa offers an infinityedge pool and three-story waterfall.
“Romance is in the air on Peter Island! This private island awaits you with its clear waters and five sparkling private beaches!”.
Peter Island is the perfect place to get the ultimate British Isles experience.
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honeymoon in Ireland is one steeped in nature, history, and beauty. Delicious restaurants, magical castles, and gorgeous, green rolling hills surround you at every turn. While Ireland is by no means small, its size allows you to easily circle the country. A trip of about ten days gives you the time to do so and enjoy the cities and villages you stumble upon along the way. Renting a car allows you the freedom to visit towns a bit off the beaten path and a bit more exclusive and romantic. It also allows you to experience the natural beauty of Ireland you can’t get from a train or by just flying over. Ireland’s lush greenery invites you to stop along your drive to just revel in the natural beauty of the country.
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A visit to Ireland wouldn’t be complete without a stay at four-star Ballynahinch Castle, a lavish hotel set on 450 acres overlooking the 12 Bens Mountain Range. Built in 1684, Ballynahinch takes you back into the romantic past of Ireland, while providing modern, luxurious amenities.
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Learn about the perfect pint at the Guinness Storehouse. Enjoy a free pint from the seventh story glass viewing tower which, on a clear day, will give you a 360 degree view of the city.
Hike the Dublin Mountains. Walk to Three Rock for panoramic views of Dublin, Bray Head, and Wicklow National Park or the Fairy Castle for a better view of the mountains that surround you.
On O’Connell Street, snap a photo with a statue of one of Dublin’s most famous residents, James Joyce. Author of Ulysses and The Dubliners, his novels encompassed the lives and feelings of Dublin’s people.
Ireland is full of pubs, making your choices endless, but why not enjoy a meal and a pint at Ireland’s oldest pub, The Brazen Head? In addition to its history, live music nightly gives you the quintessential Irish experience while you enjoy dining on award-winning food.
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Experience an Irish sport 4,000 years old, falconry, at the Burren Bird of Prey Centre and Aillwee Cave. Get your own hawk to fly and call back along the 45-minute walk.
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At Joyce Country Sheepdogs, join Joe as he and his border collies herd blackface sheep in an exciting demonstration. For a bit extra, hang out with lambs in a remote locale.
A trip to Ireland wouldn’t be complete without visiting the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher. Their natural beauty is worth multiple trips to see them unobstructed by the Irish fog.
Enjoy breathtaking views from the seven mile circular Sky Road. A climb to a height of over 500 feet gives an unobstructed view over the deep blue ocean and emerald hills.
One of the largest karst landscapes in Europe, The Burren is abounding in archaeological sites, including a Poulnabrone dolmen, which dates back to the Neolithic period.
Kylemore Abbey was built in the 1860s as a romantic gift. Tour the restored Victorian Walled Garden where romance is in full bloom and donkeys are right around the corner.
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Stay: Cliffs of Moher Hotel Eat: Tides Bistro
Stay: Vaughan Lodge Eat: Vaughan’s Anchor Inn
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J essica & Keith
We weren’t the only ones inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Jessica and Keith take the twenties to the streets of Fort Myers, Florida for their engagement shoot.
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Names: Jessica Wind and Keith Gregor Occupations: She’s a speech-language pathologist and he works as an investment associate in Bonita Springs, Florida Dated For: 3.5 Years Jessica describes Keith in three words: Funny, dedicated and genuine Keith describes Jessica in three words: Loyal, passionate and kind Why a twenties engagement shoot? The 1920s were an era of decadence. The wedding magazines a year ago were already discussing the upcoming remake of the Great Gatsby – so this, combined with an art deco feel, was the source of inspiration
Jessica and Keith both attended the same school in Chicago, Illinois but it took them a trip 1,300 miles back home to Florida to discover that!
“It was actually spring break for both of us,” Jessica says. “I was completing my master’s at the time, attending graduate school in Chicago, Illinois. Keith was also in school, completing his bachelor’s in Chicago. It’s a small world that we were both living in the same city, going to school, and consequently visiting our family homes in the sunshine state for some R&R.”
One night they just happened to go to the same bar to watch a football game. Not feeling well, Jessica thought it would just be a quick trip out with her friends. “I promised my mom I would be back in 30 minutes but I was gone for four hours, talking to the man of my dreams at this beautiful outdoor bar,” Jessica remembers. The couple went on a date that lasted the whole day right before Keith headed back to Chicago. “He asked to take me out to dinner the following week when we both would be back in Chicago. We ended up seeing each other three times before that actual date,” Jessica says. They have been dating ever since. After graduating, the couple moved into a place on the beach. An evening stroll seemed like any other night, but it wasn’t. After almost a mile of walking, Keith stopped Jessica to ask her one of the most important questions of her life. “I couldn’t even tell you the strings of spoken words he proclaimed to me, because my heart was beating 500 times a second,” Jessica says. “That night, Keith had the most fantastically romantic dinner planned at Caretta on the Gulf in Clearwater Beach. My parents had sent over a bottle of champagne, truffles, and chocolate covered strawberries. We were on cloud nine.”
Wedding Planner: Kelly McWilliams with Weddings by Socialites www.weddingsbysocialites.com Hair: Lindsay Johnson with Hope Artistry Makeup: Hope Henderson with Hope Artistry www.hopeartistry.com Photography: Tonya Malay Photography www.tonyamalay.com
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Leila and Cody’s summery California wedding epitomizes vintage DIY chic. With a budget of only $6,000, most of the responsibility was placed in the hands of the couple. Handwritten favors and signs, homemade food, and thrifted décor made for a lovely reception without breaking the bank. The contrast between a traditional Christian ceremony and classy backyard-feel reception was pulled off perfectly thanks to the small and personal details. To accomplish such an elegant day with only five months to plan, and without a wedding planner was no easy task. Every couple, DIY or not, can learn something from Leila and Cody’s airy, vintage wedding.
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Opposite: This wooden sign marks the occasion in a cute backyard style. Middle top: The couple found cheap, colorful glassware to decorate their tables. Middle bottom: This vintage suitcase was found at a thrift store, and is a cute way to store guest cards. Right top: The programs printed onto fans were a great way to keep guests cool during this outdoor summer wedding. Right bottom: Antique lanterns lit up the night in a cost-effective and timeless way.
Opposite Page: Top left: This old cabinet was revived with some colorful, summery paint. Top right: The couple found old chinaware at a thrift store to add to the vintage vibe. Bottom left: As favors to their guests, Leila and Cody wrote out their favorite family recipes on vintage book cards. This Page: Top right: The DIY décor included string banners with sweet sayings. Bottom right: China tea cups and old library books are the perfect way to say “vintage”.
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Jessica & Michael
hile planning her southern, DIY wedding, Jessica chose a unique way to incorporate her friends’ individual styles into her wedding. Although her special ladies were all wearing an identical pink shade and length, each dress had its own individual detail allowing them to perfectly suit the body type of its respective bridesmaid. Jessica’s choice shows how she truly cared for the friends in her bridal party. By allowing them to choose their own dresses, the bridesmaids exuded confidence throughout the celebration.
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Opposite Page: Top: Jessica’s maid of honor is stunning in her strapless, taffeta dress. The ruched bodice and empire waist are both stylish and figure-flattering. Middle: Jessica’s bridemaids each have their own moment in the spotlight. Bottom left: A bridesmaid is all smiles in her one-strap, chiffon gown. This airy fabric is an ideal choice for any body type. This Page: Bottom right: The bridesmaids beautiful dusty-rose dresses share similar ruching details, making them blend together perfectly. Below: Jessica and her bridesmaids exude confidence in their matching bracelets and handpicked dresses.
Cecily and George Feb. 2013
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A summertime wedding in the Pacific Northwest means having an outdoor ceremony is a must! Naturally, Cecily and George’s preppy country club venue was perfect for the occasion. Set on a golf course overlooking the Williamette River, the couple exchanged vows under a vibrant arch, garnished with colorful flowers that complimented the striking scenery. Glass lanterns draping from the trees created a magical place for romance to fill the air. The ceremony exuded exquisite passion, and the couple looked gorgeous on their stunning backdrop. This Oregon couple picked a venue beyond compare for their ideal summertime wedding.
Photographs by Altura Studio Text by Casey Kallen
Top left: A bridesmaid stands by the altar with her bouquet of English tea roses, peonies, and ranunculus. Bottom left: Cecily beams as she stands at the altar with her husband-to-be. Middle: A flower girl looks around curiously in her satin, ivory dress. Opposite Page: Top right: Cecily and George recite their vows under a beautiful floral arch. Bottom right: A gorgeous shot of the wedding ceremony set on the Oregonian lake.
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Reign and Co.
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From glamorous celebrations to intimate dinner parties, Cara Frye and her planning team at Reign and Co. are experts at creating elegant affairs. Frye truly listens to her brides and turns their detailed dreams into realities. In Bliss was elated to have the opportunity to work with Frye for our Great Gatsby inspired photo shoot. She pooled all of our feathered ideas into a singular, cohesive party straight out of Fitzgerald’s imagination. So, why should you hire a wedding planner? Besides making your bridal life about a million times easier, Frye sat down with us to share the ways that wedding planners are an essential part of your big day.
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What do you love about being a wedding planner?
The best part about being a wedding planner is hearing the brides’ and grooms’ stories and creating a beautiful day that celebrates their love. It’s a joy to see the couples’ faces as Reign and Co.’s designs are executed flawlessly. Our designs are aesthetically pleasing to the eye and our planning style is truly memorable for the bride, groom, family and all of their friends.
How would you describe your style?
We create designs that are unique to the bride and groom, moments to revel and celebrate in and memories to cherish forever.
Why should brides hire a wedding planner?
1. To enjoy the experience of being a bride. Wedding planning can become daunting and exhausting. Wedding planners are here to take the stress away so they can live in the moment without having to worry about meticulous, yet necessary components of putting together a fabulous wedding. 2. Wedding planners work with vendors all the time. We already have the “ins and outs” on the best (and unfortunately) the worst vendors. Reign and Co. knows who to personally recommend to each bride.
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How far before the wedding should brides book with you?
Engaged? Start booking. Due to the special detail and catering that we show our brides, we only take a limited amount of clents so we can accommodate their needs and every detail of their weddings.
What do you do the day of the wedding?
We are there the day of the wedding to ensure that everything runs smoothly. We oversee the vendors to make sure everything is in its rightful place. We cue the music, lights, and other elements to make sure we create meaningful moments. Our assistants tend to the brides, and our teams attend to the guests. We also take care of those unexpected emergencies.
What would you like readers to know about Reign and Co.?
Reign and Co. is the event planning company for the bride who appreciates design and loves to create memories. We are the company that truly creates trends and celebrates love. Let your love Reign Forever.
Reign and Co.’s website: http://www.reignandco.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/reignandco
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Lauren & Tim Fair
Dynamic husband and wife duo, Lauren and Tim Fair, capture light and emotion organically in their photography. Get some insight from Lauren on how you can make the most out of your wedding photos!
What do you love about photography? Specifically, about photographing weddings? L.F: Photography is our creative outlet, and we’re lucky enough to call it our full time job, as well. We adore traveling and meeting new people, which we get to do both of in the wedding photography world! Weddings are so unique — they’re these beautiful celebrations filled with family members from across the country, gorgeous details and so much love and emotion. I love that they’re always different and fresh.
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How do you describe your work? L.F: Our work is soft, romantic, playful, and creative. We love wide, environmental type of shots, as well as super close up and intimate portraits. Our use of light is important to our work - we try to create a warm glow in our photos. We want to work with people we feel like could be friends, and never try to treat anyone like we're just the paid vendor showing up to do our job. We truly care about creating fun, romantic and stylish images for our couples! We encourage our couples to be silly and fun together in front of our camera.
In regards to wedding photos, what’s the best thing a couple can do? L.F: Trust your photographer, and give them plenty of time with you on your wedding day! We highly recommend doing a “First Look”, which allows us a few hours to shoot you creatively without the pressure of a cocktail hour going on. Love on your partner and have fun in front of the camera.
What is the biggest mistake a bride can make and what is your advice on how to prevent it?
L.F: Letting little things stress you out. Surround yourself with a talented team of artists and wedding pros who know their stuff, and who know how to deflect any stress away from you.
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What are the biggest perks of owning your own photography business?
L.F: My husband and I work together, and we get to spend so much time together. We also get to travel for destination weddings and sessions, which we love! Most important are the friends and people we have been able to meet through the photography world and through our amazing clientele.
How far in advance should couples book with you?
L.F: “We book about 12-18 months out for popular / high season, and anywhere from 7-12 months for “offseason” or winter months.”
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Tara Trainor of ...
ringing dreams to life is exactly what Tara Trainor does with her cakes. With pearl details and fondant sculpture, she has been As a classically trained pastry putting smiles on the faces of chef, she brings talent and professionalism to every cake her clients since 2009. she creates. We had the awesome opportunity to sit down with her to get some of her insight on all things wedding cake.
Dreams Come True Cakes founder, Tara Trainor
What do you love about being a pastry chef? Tara: To some people cake is just cake; but to others, it ties a whole event together. I love that I can create a cake for a customer and see their reaction. It tells me just how much they love the cake. Making someone’s event that much more special is what I love about what I do.
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Have you always wanted to own your own business? Tara: No, I didn’t always know that I wanted to own my own company. I was bored one day and decided I needed to find some new hobbies, so I signed up for a Wilton cake decorating class. That’s when I realized I wanted to go to school to become a pastry chef. Then, I took a wedding cake course and that’s when I realized this is my passion. This is what I love doing and decided to start creating cakes on my own.
What services do you offer brides and grooms? Tara: Every bride and groom is unique. So every cake is made to fit exactly what they want their dream cake to look like.
“Making someone’s event that much more special is what I love about what I do.”
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How can brides stretch their cake budget? Tara: I work with each individual to make a cake that fits in their budget and still looks beautiful. They could choose a smaller cake to put on display and then order sheet cakes to serve to their guests. What is your most popular wedding cake style? Round? Square? Fondant? Buttercream? Tara: I only create fondant cakes but I find that most wedding cakes are either round or square.
What would you like our readers to know about Dreams Come True Cakes? Tara: I make cakes and cupcakes for all occasions. My passion is seeing every customer walk away with a smile.
To find out more about Dreams Come True Cakes and Tara Trainor’s work visit her on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/ pages/Dreams-Come-TrueCakes/149568708458296
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When your wedding day is quickly approaching, and all the details are in check (venue, flowers, cake, DJ, photographer, dress, invitations, favors, shoes) one of the last things on your mind is your hair, yet it’s one of the most important decisions you will make! With so many options, choosing the perfect bridal hair stylist may seem just as daunting and stressful as deciding on all the other details! With 18 years of experience in the bridal industry, the team of premiere stylists at A Bridal Beauty can recreate any look, from sleek and sophisticated to fun and free, for your special day. In Bliss had the opportunity to sit down with the company’s owner, Noreen Diani, to ask her a few questions about simplifying the process of choosing a stylist and also getting her to suggest a few helpful tips!
Where is the best place to get ready on the day of?
Consider having the hair stylist come to your location, whether it’s a hotel, the venue, or at home. With the morning of the wedding day usually being hectic, avoid the stress of traveling to get your hair and makeup done if the artist is available to come to you. Many freelance and local stylists offer this convenience as part of their services for a small fee. If you prefer to get ready at a salon or studio, be sure to check it out beforehand to see if you like the atmosphere.
How can a bride determine if a stylist is experienced with bridal looks?
By viewing portfolios. When you browse, you can sense the hair stylist’s quality of work and experience. The photos should look clean, professional, and cover a wide range of looks. That way, you know that the stylist is flexible in his or her style to meet the needs of yours. You should definitely like what you see in the artist’s portfolio.
How can a bride ensure that her whole bridal party can be accommodated?
Many brides who have several people in their bridal party often enjoy the convenience of a stylist who work with an assistant or team. With additional hands, everyone in the bridal party can be finished within a reasonable time frame. If the artist happens to work alone, plan the details accordingly with him/ her to allow for ample time to get ready.
What should brides keep in mind about rates when searching for a stylist?
Rates for bridal hair and makeup can vary greatly from artist to artist, so be sure to research thoroughly and make comparisons. Have a range in mind that you are willing to spend; however, do not try to compromise quality work for affordability. You will be looking back at your wedding day photos years from now, so you want to remember how beautiful you looked on your wedding day.
How much time should a bride plan to have with her stylist on the day of her wedding?
Think about whether you would like to the artist to be around for the entire day or just for a few hours to get you ready. Having the artist stay with you may cost a little more as he/she will be ready to do frequent touch-ups or look changes throughout the entire event. Some hair stylists have services in which they will come back later in the day to do touch-ups or change your look for an additional fee.
Are there any other tips or things a bride should look for in a stylist?
Once you have narrowed down your options after much research and consideration, contact the makeup artist or agency to arrange a consultation and/or trial. At the trial, bring magazine clippings or online printouts for looks that you like and want to try. Feel free to bring a close friend or family member to give you honest opinions. Also, don’t be afraid to voice your thoughts and desires. Good stylists will always listen to your suggestions and concerns in effort to create the look that you want. At the end, if you are satisfied with the trial, book soon after to reserve the wedding date. Lastly, an aspect that can easily be overlooked, the person you choose should make you feel relaxed and comfortable! You should be able to easily communicate your visions and concerns to the stylist without much hesitation. Since you will be spending a lot of time together on the day of the wedding and maybe on occasions leading up to the event, you will want to choose someone whose personality meshes well with yours. This will make the experience all the more special and fun!
In Bliss had the opportunity to get some insight into the world of men’s fashion from the everknowledgeable and always exquisitely dressed, Michael Oxman, the shop’s fashion consultant.
hat is your style as a groom? Is it okay to wear a pocket square with a different pattern from your tie? And how do you even tie a bow-tie, in the first place? Fortunately the team at Henry A. Davidsen answers all men’s fashion quandaries and ensures that when guys leave their shop they’ll be the sharpest dressed on the block. Henry A. Davidsen is the premiere formalwear retailer in the greater Philadelphia area. From suits to tuxedos, tailors create custom one-of-a-kind pieces for all of their clients. Every man should own a customtailored suit, and your wedding is the perfect time to invest in one!
Vendor Int erviews
Q: It seems like men in the 1920s dressed pretty formally even for every day activities like boating. What are some things men can do to add a little style to their every day dressing?
A: That time period was indeed great for men’s clothes. Guys nowadays can look to add some style to their everyday wardrobe in a number of ways. Wear pocket squares. Don’t be afraid of stylish shoes. Embrace color. Get dressed up even when you don’t “have to.” Well-dressed men never need an excuse to look their best. Confidence is always in fashion and looks good on everyone!
Q: How would you describe the Henry A. Davidsen experience men receive when getting image consulting and custom clothing from your shop?
A: Educational and enjoyable. It’s educational in that we pride ourselves on ensuring that all of our clients know at least the basics of image management and Suit Construction 101, which enables them to make betterinformed decisions about what to purchase. It’s enjoyable in that the one-on-one, personal attention our guys receive allows us to thoughtfully design their garments from linings to buttons to lapels, which men tend to enjoy. The fact that we have a top-shelf bar doesn’t hurt, either.
Q: What are current trends you are seeing for grooms this season?
A: It depends on the groom himself and the time of year he’s getting married, but we’re seeing many guys go with the wedding suit instead of a tux, particularly light grey three-piece versions. We have a couple of matching linen pants and vests in the works for casual weddings this summer (one of which is in Colombia), and we still get orders for the traditional tuxedo.
Q: What is the biggest mistake a groom can make when it comes to his outfit?
A: Wearing something boring that fits poorly. There are going to be photos (and often video) of you on your wedding day, and you don’t want to look back on those in 30 years and think, “Man, I really wish I’d gone to a good tailor.”
Q: What is the best thing a groom can do when it comes to his outfit?
A: Have fun! Your wedding day is one of the happiest days of your life, so why shouldn’t you look festive? For guys who are wearing suits, this means having fun with pocket squares, suspenders, and bow ties. For men who prefer tuxedos, this means having all the right formal details, but perhaps opting for a three-piece version. A midnight blue tux or black pants with dinner jacket is also a great look.
Vendor Int erviews
Q: We just shot a 1920s themed shoot in honor of the Baz Luhrmann movie coming out on the 10th. What era of fashion would you like to see make a comeback?
A: The period between the two world wars was the Golden Age of men’s style. We’d love to see that overall style philosophy -suits, spectator shoes, boater hats, and no pocket left “unsquared”- but with slimmer silhouettes to keep things modern.
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Phot o Credit s
Ryan Ray Photography Erin Macfarland Photography Jenny Futography New York, New York
Micah & Megan Photography
L. Photgraphie St. Louis, Missouri
Walla Photography Orono, Maine
Alexandra Friendly Photography & Kelly Sanjonia for Alexandra Friendly Photography
Rubin Photography Napa Valley, California
Jessica Claire Photography Souther California
Josh McCullock Photography
What’s Old is New Again and All That Glitters is Old Courtesy of:
LANG ANTIQUE AND ESTATE JEWELRY
MALOY’S JEWELRY WORKSHOP
THE THREE GRACES Antique Fine Jewelry and Estate Jewelry
Sabrina & Franco, September 9, 2012
Photograph by Rochelle Wilhelms Photography with Micheal Elm
“Our ceremony was blessed and full of emotion. The majority of the beauty was provided by our venue, with the addition of some DIY crafts we made by hand. Being able to walk down the aisle with both my biological father and step-father and seeing the faces of the people we loved around me made for an intimate ceremony. As I came around the corner, I saw Franco cry for the first time when he saw me. As we said our vows, two lovebirds flew around us. Our first dance to Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up,” unfolded perfectly for us. All of our guests were so fun, the food was amazing, the wine was flowing, and we couldn’t start dancing soon enough. Before the sunset, Franco and I slipped away for a private photo shoot atop the hill overlooking the vineyards, barn, rolling hills, and a gorgeous oak. To end the reception, a sparkler exit summoned a shooting star that bade us farewell and a lifetime of happiness.” - SABRINA DAYTON, ON HER WEDDING TO FRANCO SERRA
We can’t get enough of these gorgeous weddings and we would love to see yours! Send us your favorite shot with a description to firstname.lastname@example.org and you may be featured in our next e-zine or on our website!
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