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Win Your Honeymoon at Bridal Extravaganza!

Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta is known for its fabulous giveaways including two honeymoons to fabulous resorts in Mexico from All Travel Company and About Going Places.

Honeymoon Giveaway #1

Secrets Silversands All Inclusive Resort in Mexico from All Travel Company! 

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Framed by warm crystal waters on the Riviera Maya coastline, this AAA Four Diamond Resort combines style, sexiness and sophistication – offering adults infinite possibilities and Unlimited-Luxury®

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Catch some rays on Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun All Inclusive’s private white sand beach or spend the day relaxing in the full-service spa. Top off your day at one of the resort’s 8 restaurants!

With 441 stylish and  modern Secrets guest suites each featuring a suspended king-size bed (or two double beds), in-suite whirlpool for two, private terrace or balcony, complimentary mini-bar and much more!

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To win this 3 night all-inclusive honeymoon, visit All Travel Company‘s booth at the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta on January 29, 2017.

Honeymoon Giveaway #2 

El Dorado Royale Spa Resort, by Karisma from About Going Places

Ready to start your 3-nights Gourmet Inclusive honeymoon at  El Dorado Royale Spa Resort?

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Imagine this adults-only paradise where everything is designed to help you slow down, relax, and savor every moment of your honeymoon as you start you new life together!

El Dorado Royale Resort’s Gourmet Inclusive experience includes gourmet cuisine, premium drinks, personalized service and various activities. You’ll find world-class restaurants, renowned chefs, personal concierges and bars that pour from the top shelf. The resort even harvests vegetables from their own 76,000 square-foot hydroponic greenhouse.

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To win this 3-night honeymoon visit About Going Places and The Luxury Travel Pavilion at the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta on January 29, 2017.

*Only one person per couple may enter. Couples are only eligible to win the honeymoon. Must be physically present during the drawing to win.

Don’t miss your chance to win one of two romantic honeymoon and tons of other fabulous prizes at the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta on Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 12 – 5pm. Purchase your tickets today for Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta!

5 Tips for Wedding Cake Shopping

We know you’re excited to taste delicious wedding cakes, but what are the best ways to go about the wedding cake shopping process? We asked Amanda Karmazin from Gigi’s Cupcakes at the Forum to share her expertise with us. Read on for her advice! Bon appetit! 

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1. KNOW YOUR CROWD! 

If you know your family and friends like to eat (especially sweets!), then order a package size up. Or, you can simply add on some additional dessert bar items such as lemon bars, chocolate covered strawberries, mini cupcakes, mini cannolis, brownie bites or more!

On the other hand, if you know your guests will not be big eaters or if they are very health conscious, you may be safer ordering a slightly smaller cupcake package or cake. If you want the height of a large cake but not all the actual cake, ask about doing some fake layers. 

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2. CAKE VS CUPCAKES

Do you prefer the look of a traditional stacked wedding cake?

Or would you prefer something a bit more fun (but still sophisticated) like cupcakes? We highly recommend a 6″ cutting cake for the bride and groom to cut for great photos, in addition to your yummy cupcakes. With this option, you would not incur a cutting fee for the cupcakes and you can get a larger variety of flavors and designs for your guests.

 

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Buttercream is the most cost efficient option and usually more crowd pleasing. Buttercream can give you a wide variety of textures and looks for different styles of weddings. Definitely my pick for any type of rustic wedding.
 
If your wedding is going to be formal, I would suggest fondant. Fondant will give you a much cleaner, smoother, more glamorous touch with lots of bling!

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4. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!

Be aware of where your desserts are going to be located. If you are getting married in the middle of the summer, do NOT plan on putting them outside. They will melt! Also keep them away from direct sunlight. The best place is a nice cool location, set away from the rest of your food. Also, make sure they are in a place where you can see and enjoy them!

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5. DESIGN

The most important and usually fun part of your wedding cake/cupcakes is the design and flavors. When scheduling a tasting, it is great to have an idea of what you would like at your wedding. Ask when scheduling if you can try specific flavors. It’s also really helpful to bring photos for inspiration. Just keep in mind that the more detailed a design, the higher the cost. Know the difference between sugar flowers and real flowers. These are all things that will make your consultation a fun and easy process! Let them eat cake!

Want to talk more cake? Contact Amanda Karmazin at amanda@gigisattheforum.com or 678-708-4444

Gigi’s Cupcakes at the Forum is a full-service bakery with wedding and event catering. Learn more about the Norcross location here!  4880 Peachtree Corners Circle Suite 1130 Norcross, GA 30092, 678-708-4444

Want to win a $100 gift certificate from Gigi’s at the Forum toward a wedding cake? Enter here before November 22nd! 

 

Real Wedding: Shelby and Jacob

Congratulations Shelby and Jacob! They were married on June 12, 2016 at the Roswell Mill Club in Roswell, Georgia. Liz Erikson photographed their special day! 

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“Even in the extreme heat and rolling thunder, this FANTASTIC group of people laughed, loved, shared, and then left it all on the dance floor. We are so blessed to document such amazing moments for such beautiful people!” ~ Liz Erikson

Liz Erikson’s goal is to capture your style, your memories and your love on your big day. She truly enjoys being a part of your wedding! Learn more about Liz Erikson Photography here or liz@lizerikson.com, 678-614-8231.

The Mega-Moon: Trending in Honeymoon Travel

After all the effort you put in planning your dream wedding day, you deserve an epic honeymoon! Even better, having a professional plan all the details will ensure a stress-free getaway. We talked to Epperly Travel to get the inside scoop on what’s currently trending in honeymoon planning. Bon voyage! 

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The biggest trend we’re seeing in the honeymoon industry is the rise of the “mega-moon”! Mega-moons are the perfect solution for couples who want to experience a place that they have never seen before. It is an incredible way to achieve the dreams of the bride and groom for an unforgettable getaway.  

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A true mega-moon consists of a multi-country or even multi-continent itinerary for one epic honeymoon. Now more than ever we’re sending clients across the globe for their honeymoon–combining the romance of Paris with the allure of Mauritius, pairing multiple countries throughout Southeast Asia or lounging in a bure in Fiji before jetting off to New Zealand for the thrill of a new adventure.

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These once in a lifetime trips are enabling honeymooners to jam-pack their stay with plenty of activities unique to each destination, while still getting to enjoy some R&R on the last few days of their trip.

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Epperly Travel specializes in customizing honeymoons across the world, no matter how close or far. You spin the globe, they’ll take care of the rest. Even if you don’t know where you want to go, part of their planning process is to match you to the perfect destination, hotel or cruise line that will fit you to beyond what you could have imagined. Read more on their blog here.

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November Bride of the Month | Kimberly

Meet Kimberly, our November Bride of the Month! She and her fiance, Brad, are getting married in Williamson, Georgia in May 2017! 

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How did he propose? Brad and I have been together for four and a half years. During this time, there is one thing that we have learned–neither of us can keep a secret! We talked about getting married and we picked out the ring, so I knew it was coming. I just didn’t know exactly when. He was leaving for training in a few months, and I assumed it would be after he returned. We went on our annual Memorial Day getaway to Port St. Joe, Florida–our favorite vacation spot!

Our first night there, Brad was very concerned about the sunset. He even went so far as to look up the exact sunset time! (He NEVER plans anything). We were driving on the beach around sunset, and it was gorgeous. We went through the state park entrance and parked on the beach. Unfortunately, we had to leave early because the park closed at sunset due to turtle mating season. Brad was devastated, but we ended up going to the bay park and walking out to the boardwalk. We started taking some photos and Brad said, “Why don’t you take a picture of this?” I looked over and he was down on one knee with the ring. He was shaking and tearing up; I thought for sure he was going to drop the ring through the gaps in the walkway! But luckily he didn’t and I said yes! It was absolutely beautiful. The best sunset ever! 

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What has been the most difficult and most fun part of the wedding planning process? 

Family conflicts have been hard to deal with, but I believe the most difficult part has been the guest list! Trying to nail down family lists, deciding which family friends to invite and which friends we would like to include, etc. Our goal was to invite 150 guests. I gave up at 175! 

As for the most fun, I’m so excited to finally be the one making the decisions! (I’m an event coordinator so I’m used to doing what each client would like). But the best part is the time we get to spend together planning. Brad is out of state training for an airline, so when he is home it’s nice to have quality time together to plan the wedding. He is just as excited about everything as I am! I love that he wants to be involved and part of the planning process. Since he is a pilot and I work at a restaurant/museum at an airport, our theme is Fly Away With Us! We are getting married at a restaurant/vintage cars and planes museum and grass runway. It’s actually where we met! 

Congratulations Kimberly and Brad! We can’t wait to see the wedding photos! 

Brides Across America at Impression Bridal

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Brides Across America is proud to kick off its annual Operation Wedding Gown giveaway events held in November in salons across the country. In Kennesaw, Georgia, our very own Impression Bridal Store will be hosting their event on November 8th. Military and first responder brides can receive free wedding gowns on this day! (Up to $5,000 value!)

Designers will vary and brides are encouraged to register early. This amazing event also includes several local vendors such as Chicken Salad Chick, Edible Arrangements, iCandi Photobooth, Livi Rae Lingerie and Publix. A wonderful celebration and way to say thank you to all who serve us daily! 

How to qualify and register for Operation Wedding Gown: 

Visit the website at bridesacrossamerica.com. Military brides must bring proper identification along with deployment papers to be presented the day of the event. First responders must bring a valid work ID the day of the event.

About Brides Across America:

A national nonprofit, Brides Across America continues to honor our heroes by giving weddings and wedding gowns to deserving military and making wedding dreams come true. Brides Across America has provided assistance to thousands of military couples since its inception in 2008. All donations received go directly to providing support to BAA couples. To date, the organization has been able to donate more than 17,000 wedding gowns and 20 weddings, in collaboration with bridal salons, designers and individual donations. Operation Wedding Gown has also made headlines when it was featured in PEOPLE magazine, Steve Harvey Show and honored at the White House.

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Pumpkins, Masks and Wedding Rings–Oh My!

Happy Halloween! Whether you incorporate a little pumpkin decor or a full on costume theme, October is the perfect time to make a statement with your wedding. We scouted out some of our local photographers’ unique photos to celebrate this time of year! 

Use pumpkins for a sweet Save the Date announcement.

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Are you a fan of Star Wars? Maybe you don’t want Darth Vader to be a part of the ceremony, but he can always show up at the reception! 

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Cowabunga dude! These groomsmen whipped out the masks and socks for an unforgettable Teenage Mutant Ninja turtle photo!

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Show your love of fall with an understatement. Hidden funky socks and colored shoes can make for a great photo opp!

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Break tradition with these 8 fun Halloween wedding ideas!

Skip the white dress and get married in your favorite color or head to toe black.

hayley-paige-black-gownsIncorporate pumpkins into your decor for centerpieces or table numbers. We love this idea for pumkin lanterns by Designlovefest.

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candelight-ceremonyEncourage guests to wear masks for a masquerade theme.

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Serve a Halloween candy bar or fall-favorite desserts.

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Have your ceremony at an old “haunted” venue.

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Ventanas and High Museum Engagement Session

We love sharing engagement shoots from classic Atlanta locations! Southern Portrait & Video photographed this Atlanta power couple at both Ventanas and the High Museum of Art. Congratulations Janelle and Michael! We can’t wait to see the wedding photos! 

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Southern Portrait & Video is an artsy and eclectic wedding photo and video company serving Atlanta, GA and surrounding cities and states. They have a package to meet the needs of nearly every bride and groom, and are told daily that their energy is what draws people in! 

Ventanas offers breathtaking views, amazing catering and a wide selection of services. Featuring a terraced Twin Level event space with a skyline view and a roof top Helipad for that spectacular departure, Ventanas sets the perfect scene for your unique celebration.

Spring 2017 Trends and Upcoming Trunk Shows

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Getting married next spring? We rounded up some of our favorite Spring 2017 bridal trends and upcoming trunk shows so you can see the best new designs! 

Jennifer Rovansek, owner of Bride Beautiful of Atlanta, just got back from market buying gowns for their 2017 brides. “Upcoming trends include beaded mermaids, lace ballgowns and sexy crepe gowns to pull off that European look that is so popular right now.  One of our favorite upcoming trends is the use of different variations of lace, layered on top of each other to create a unique pattern and vintage feel.  We cannot wait for these new gowns to come in!” she said.

“Our designers were clearly inspired by romance of epic proportions for the Spring 2017 season!” said Jacqueline Westney, owner of Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique. “We saw crepe featured in every fashion show, paired with exquisite beadwork or timeless lace for the ultimate sophisticated look. Silhouettes to flatter a woman’s figure were covered in beadwork to die for! Hayley Paige used cosmic-inspired star shaped sequins on several of her gowns. Removable trains of organza or lace made their fashion debut for this season, a convertible feature giving brides the option to wow their guests with cathedral length trains for the ceremony and remove them at the reception. By far the most exceptional emerging trend was the sheer, unlined side cutouts on gown bodices. We were wowed at every turn as we discovered all this season had to offer! We can’t wait to invite brides into our boutique as these gowns begin to arrive. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram!” 

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Silhouettes that are flowy and lightweight. Simplistic and elegant designs match the mood for a sunset beach wedding.

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Whimsical and romantic gowns, with lace applique or floral embellishments. Think secret garden meets princess.

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Classic silhouettes are updated with a modern twist, such as peplum or cutouts. 

Upcoming trunk shows: 

Calla Blanche Trunk Show at Bride Beautiful of Atlanta 10/14-10/16

Essence of Australia Designer Preview Show at Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique 10/21-10/23

Allure Bridals Trunk Show at Bride Beautiful of Atlanta 10/28-10/30

Best of Joy by Eugenia Couture Trunk Show at Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique 11/5

Ashley & Justin Bridal Trunk Show at Impression Bridal Store 11/11-11/13

White Friday Sale-15% off select special order bridal gowns at Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique 11/26

P.S. Purchase tickets to Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta on January 29, 2017 to see gorgeous dresses on the runway in two fashion shows! 

Go Gluten-Free With 2B Whole Bakery

Just because you’re gluten-free or vegan doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your wedding cake! Thanks to 2B Whole European Gluten-Free Bakery in Alpharetta, you can have your cake and actually eat it too. We talked to owner Toula Argentis about the inspiration behind her business and how it’s changing the game for weddings.

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What comes standard on 2B Whole baked goods? What options can you specify?

All 2B Whole baked goods automatically come gluten-free, soy free and dairy free. From there you can specify vegan (no eggs) or paleo (no cane sugar and grain free). We are great for brides with a lot of dietary restrictions because you can completely customize your order!

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What inspired the creation of 2B Whole Bakery?

My children had a lot of dietary restrictions due to allergies. I wanted to provide customers with the same high quality baked goods I was providing my family. 

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What is your process for working with brides on cake designs? 

Brides send us pictures and then we set up a wedding consultation. We can create just about anything you send our way! 

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What trends are you seeing in wedding cakes right now?

  • Ombre ruffle
  • Naked cakes
  • Cupcakes

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Learn more about 2B Whole Bakery here and contact them today for your wedding consultation!