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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!

Real Wedding | Taylor + Jason

If you’re from Atlanta, then you probably have heard of 94.9 The Bull’s Jason Pullman. But did you know he got married recently? Jason Pullman and Taylor Adkins tied the knot at Summerour Studio on November 4th.  Derek Wintermute captured this beautiful wedding and Taylor shared all the fun wedding details with us! 

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How did you meet?

We met at a clothing store in the mall that I worked in at the time. Jason asked me out almost instantaneously.

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How did he propose?

I thought he was going to propose 3x before he actually did. I thought it would be during one of our trips to Miami, Vegas, or Seattle and had every outfit planned out, but he proposed right in our condo in Atlanta! He told me early in the day that a realtor was showing our unit because her clients liked the layout.  I made sure the place was spotless and got ready for dinner with my family while I waited for the realtor to arrive. There was a knock on the door and when Jason opened it, one of our favorite artists, Brett Young, was playing guitar with a camera crew behind him. He was playing “In Case You Didn’t Know” which is one of our favorite songs. I knew then it was the big moment. There’s really no better place where he could’ve proposed than in our own home. We have so many memories there and it’s our favorite place to be. Even when we’re on vacation, sometimes we really do turn to each other and say “I can’t wait to be back in our home with you.”

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Tell us about the planning! 

We were originally going to elope, but then decided that we wanted a fall wedding. We set the date literally 6 weeks ahead of time and in the first week I realized that there were A LOT of details and work that went into planning. Jason knew I was really stressed and called Geri Sims right on the spot. She was a total game changer for us.

 
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Where was the ceremony?

We said our vows in a garden ceremony overlooking Atlantic Station and downtown Atlanta. Our theme was rustic chic with Victorian accents that included floral, linens and furniture created by Chuck Milne Productions. Our entire venue was highlighted with gorgeous drapery throughout by Geri Sims Wedding and Events

The ceremony was followed by a reception in a warm twinkle lit room. 

 
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One of the highlights featured a table filled with sunflowers and all sorts of sweet treats made by Jason, his father and sister, in tribute to their mother, a professional confectioner who has passed away and loved sunflowers.

And the first dance…. In Case You Didn’t Know by Brett Young 

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Our Dream Team of Wedding Vendors 
 
Drapery & Ceiling Treatment : Geri Sims Wedding and Events 
Floral, Linens, Furniture  & Decor : Chuck Milne Productions 
Rentals : We Rent Atlanta
Caterer : Meating Street 
Wedding Cake : For Goodness Cake
Grooms Cake : Baker’s Man
DJ : Dyron Ducotti
Musicians : Carol Stokes & Leisle
Band: Elegant Bachelors

White Friday Wedding Gown Sales

 

click-here-gown-sles-4In Wedding World, Black Friday = White Friday! Take a break from Christmas shopping and check out these fantastic sales going on at Atlanta’s top wedding gown salons. Don’t forget to make an appointment. 

Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique – White Friday Sale 15% off select special order bridal gowns!

Anya Bridal – Largest sale of the year! The entire store is on sale and you can preview the 2017 Collections (which are on sale too)!

Bride Beautiful – White Friday Sale $100 off regularly priced gowns, $75 off clearance wedding gowns, $50 off belts, $25 off veils, $15 off bridesmaids dresses, $10 off jewelry (some designers excluded. no back dates or rainchecks)

Impression Bridal – Save up to 70% off Nov 18th thru Dec 4th!

Prom USA & Bridal Boutique – Thanksgiving Sale November 21-23 & 26. Formal gowns starting at $19.95 and wedding gowns at $99. Closed on Black Friday! 

Join us at the next Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta on January 29, 2017 from 12pm-5pm at the Atlanta Convention Center at Americasmart. Click here for our White Friday ticket sale! $5 tickets to Bridal Extravaganza until Monday, November 28th. 

 

GiGi’s Giveaway! Who Are You Thankful For?

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Thankful & Cakeful! Two lucky brides will win a $100 gift certificate toward their wedding cake from Gigi’s Cupcakes at The Forum! Tell us who you are most thankful for during your wedding planning. Is it your mom, best friend, fiance or your wedding planner? Tell us who and a quick why. Tag them, share and be “cakeful”
 
Winners will be announced on Nov 22nd! Good luck!
 
 

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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George Street Photo

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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Peter Togel Photography

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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shutterbooth atlantaHave your ceremony at night by candle light.

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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