5 Tips from an Aspiring Event Planner’s Charming Florida Wedding

 Brides Magazine December 2013, Real Weddings  Comments Off on 5 Tips from an Aspiring Event Planner’s Charming Florida Wedding
Dec 022013
 
Bride and groom in a boat in Gasparilla, Florida.

Photo: Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

Erin and William, both 29, embraced tradition when planning their wedding on the tiny Florida resort island of Gasparilla. The island was where they'd first met, and was also the location of Erin's sister's wedding. And to make the event even more special, the couple said "I Do" on the bride's sister's five year wedding anniversary.

The bride fully immersed herself in wedding planning, from creating the logo to hand-making décor details. She had such a blast that she made a major career change and has opened her own event-planning business! Here are five tips from this newly-minted wedding planner that brought their preppy seaside wedding to life.

Do what you love
Erin and Liam love boats, so they pitched a sailcloth tent for their reception. And in honor of Erin's childhood summers in Nantucket, they used blue and white to create a vibe Erin describes as "Ralph Lauren with a Southern feel."

Take pictures before the vows
Erin and Liam made an event of their portraits, posing at all of their favorite spots on the island. Erin even surprised Liam with a romantic boat ride (above) before the ceremony.

Embrace the theme
Toile tablecloths, gingham linens, a nautilus logo, and fresh hydrangeas–not to mention bridesmaids in periwinkle–met island inspired palm trees and dark wood for a reception that was the epitome of island preppy.

Honor your loved ones
Erin used her grandmother's antique cake knife to cut the cake, and hung her late grandfather's American flag inside the reception tent.

Do props
Confetti shooters and sunglasses were handed out to guests on the dance floor, cranking up the energy for an all-night party.

Check out Erin and William's wedding in the December 2013/January 2014 issue of Brides (on newsstands now!).

—Jaimie Schoen

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Mad Libs Meets Marriage: Write Your Own Wedding Vows Just by Filling in the Blanks

 Brides Magazine December 2013, Ceremony & Vows, DIY  Comments Off on Mad Libs Meets Marriage: Write Your Own Wedding Vows Just by Filling in the Blanks
Nov 192013
 
Write Your Wedding Vows - Fill in the Blank Wedding Vows

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Writing your own wedding vows is a daunting task to say the least. Just because you want to recite straight-from-the-heart vows that capture your relationship with your future spouse, doesn't mean you have the time to write an Oscar acceptance-worthy speech. (And when it comes to professing your deep and profound love in front of a pack friends and family, even the coolest cucumbers break a sweat.) To help quell your nerves and save some hard-to-find time, we've created three different wedding vows that only require you to fill in the blanks! Each are romantic, thoughtful, and what's best, all of the good parts (like what you love most about each other!) come from you.

Click here to download the printable PDF!

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Behind the Scenes at Brides Magazine December/January Photo Shoots

 Brides Behind the Scenes, Brides Magazine December 2013  Comments Off on Behind the Scenes at Brides Magazine December/January Photo Shoots
Nov 142013
 
Brides Cover Shoot Behind the Scenes

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At three different photo shoots for Brides' December/January issue, the name of the game was fresh, modern, and, most importantly, fun. At our Chelsea cover shoot, illustrious fashion photographer Patric Shaw chose to skip all the bells and whistles and shoot in natural light—no lighting, no backdrop, just a plain wall. Our model posed facing window overlooking the Hudson and let the afternoon sunshine work its magic. Our crackerjack hair and makeup team completed the look with a loose, casual updo, dewy cheeks, and a subtle pink lip.

Behind the Scenes Brides Elvira Cappucino

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On their way downstairs, our editors caught a whiff of coffee and peeked into another studio, where they found a genius artist making "coffee art" in the foam of a cappuccino! Photo director Nicole Hyatt caught a glimpse of Elvira's face in one cup.

Behind the Scenes Brides Lets Get Cozy Shoot

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"Let's Get Cozy" was shot in Chappequa, New York, in a spectacular all-glass Modernist house (luckily, we were proud to show off to anyone passing by!). Our model, who hails from Brazil, had a blast slipping on and off the season's most luxurious coats, jackets, wraps and shrugs. "We love bridal more than anyone, but it was so much fun to shoot such incredible ready-to-wear pieces at every price," says Nicole.

Back in New York, our editors oohed and aahed over the 33 show-stopping sparklers we shot for "Find Your New Rock Star." Photographer Levi Brown slipped each engagement ring on to the stems of seasonal flowers from the local market and snapped them over slabs of glass, making the whole scene doubly gorgeous. "It was spectacular to have so many rings on set!" Nicole says.

For more from our December 2013 /January 2014 issue, pick up a magazine at newsstands today! For even more wedding fashion, engagement ring, and planning fun delivered to your doorstop, don't forget to subscribe!

—Amanda First

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Nov 012013
 
December January 2013/2014 cover

Photo: Patric Shaw/Ray Brown Pro.

Eager to emulate the fresh, simple elegance of our December/January cover? Think clean and classic with this minimalist (and oh-so-flattering) fit-and-flare gown by Blush by Hayley Paige. A low, loose chignon styled by Kevin Woon at Jed Root—paired with a Sara Gabriel tiara placed at the side instead of center—gave it a not-so-traditional twist. We added Hearts on Fire diamond studs and pendant, a Harry Winston bracelet and a to-die-for sparkler from Cartier. (We think it amounts to just the right touch of holiday sparkle, no?) A poppy pink and red bouquet of garden roses designed by Lewis Miller Designs added a girlish flare—and also matched our model's cheeks! Our makeup artist, Regina Harris, finished with Maybelline New York's Dream Bouncy Blush in Fresh Pink, which gave our cover girl just the wedding-day flush she needed.

Photographed by the talented Patric Shaw, this month's cover look was shot entirely in natural light. That's about as fresh and simple as things can get.

As for the rest of the magazine—as in all 346 pages—we've got all the inspiration and advice you need for planning an amazing wedding covered.

For our annual bling-tastic blowout ("Find Your Rock Star," page 310), we carefully inspected, debated, and curated this year's most gorgeous designs. (If you already have your diamond, play close attention to the sidebar on how to maintain its luster. You want that ring to last a lifetime!) And of course you'll need to round up your bridesmaids, which presents plenty of etiquette issues. Do you have to ask someone who asked you? Or his sister? Or your sister? We have the answers to these and other tough questions in "Ultimate Guide to the Bridal Party" (page 255). Once you have your team, it's time to set the scene, and when it comes to the reception it's all about personalizing—making your day your own. Wedding planners, bloggers, and our editors pitched in with ideas for "10 Great Ideas That Don't Cost a Thing" (page 222). We narrowed them down to the most fresh and brilliant tricks for taking the party up a notch without adding to your bottom line.

Oh, and that thing at the very top of your to-do list? From "Dresses We Love for Under $1,500" (page 164) to our favorite winter wedding looks ("Let's Get Cozy," page 300), we've got you covered. Enjoy!

For even more gorgeous wedding inspiration pick up a copy of our December/January issue, on newsstands now! Better yet, subscribe to Brides and get a year's worth of wedding goodness delivered to your doorstep.

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