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Top Trends of Bridal Fashion Week

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In New York City this past weekend, wedding dress designers from around the world debuted their Spring 2016 collections at Bridal Fashion Week. We’ve been scouring over all of the new looks and sorting through styles from industry leaders like Amsale, Reem Acra and Vera Wang. Check out the wedding dress trends that captured our attention: Read more ›

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Meet The Pros: Lindsey of Epperly Travel

Epperly TravelMeet Lindsey Epperly of Epperly Travel!

How long have you been working in the business/wedding industry?
5 years

Where are you originally from?
Columbus, GA

Married or single?
Single

If single, what do you want your wedding to be like?
Being in the travel business, I’m a huge fan of destination weddings – some of our partner properties have the most stunning areas, like the cloisters at the One&Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas, or the palm-tree laced backdrop of the St. Regis Punta Mita.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I’m a big reader and writer – I enjoy spending time writing travel-related pieces for my blog or freelancing for magazines.

Favorite place in Atlanta for dinner?
246 tops my list after I recently enjoyed the chef’s tasting experience – Andrew Isabella can whip up a dish that easily rivals Michelin starred restaurants I’ve been to during my travels.

Favorite place to vacation?
South Africa has been my all time favorite destination – it makes for a very cool honeymoon, too! Travelers who want to a very unique spot will not be disappointed in the combination of wildlife, relaxation, and culture that you can find here – it’s truly out of this world.

Favorite social media outlet?
Instagram! I’m having a lot of fun with the Epperly Travel account going through my old travel photos and showing clients how to #getawayfromhere

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Design Details: Crème de le Chic Events

Anchored by Pantone’s Color of the Year, Crème de le Chic Events brought elegant edge to their lavish designs at the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta. Designers, Victoria and Laura, share their inspiration:

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For the Keurig area, we wanted to offer a dramatic showcase of the Keurig machines that blend seamlessly into our design. We arranged two seating areas within the lounge to incorporate and showcase furniture rentals. We incorporated black and white furniture with an assortment of accent pillows throughout to carry the Old Hollywood theme and Keurig branding into the lounge.

The Keurig area also showcased our Crème de le Chic estate table. The estate table featured a dramatic set up of mirror, gold, black and white with pops of the new Pantone Marsala color and a subtle touch of spring time blue. The landscape for the table coordinated with the stage area, setting the tone for a formal, spring time evening dinner event. Above the estate table hung a crystal chandelier with white ostrich feathers lining the top. The reflection of the crystal chandelier on the estate table enhanced the “glam” factor with the existing arrangements on the table.

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24 Bachelorette Party Ideas

The bachelorette party is a highlight of the exciting engagement season for many brides. It’s a great time to cut loose, blow off planning stress and make lovely/hysterical/embarrassing memories with your besties. While many automatically associate bach parties with strippers, booze and phallic paraphernalia, today’s bachelorette has so many more options! Check out our 24 ideas fun things to do for your bachelorette bash:

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1. Weekend Getaway – whether it’s the beach, lake, mountains or whatever you prefer, just get outta town!

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2. Perfume Party – schedule an appointment with a pro to create a signature scent to wear on your wedding day

3. Scavenger Hunt

4. Shop for Bridesmaids’ Wedding Accessories – take your girls out to pick out the earrings/shoes/etc that they’ll wear on the wedding day

5. Mixology Class – learn to make cocktails like a pro with a class taught by a pro!

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Bride of the Week: Danielle

Meet Danielle – our Bride of the Week! She and her fiancé, Will, are getting married in April 2015 at the The Reserve at Oak Bowery in Lafayette, AL.

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How did he propose?

Will and I were on a trip to Stone Mountain, GA for his birthday. His mom had given me a wrapped gift for him to open that weekend. Will drove us to a secluded spot in the woods next to a beautiful lake and we parked our fold up chairs and the gift to enjoy the scene and celebrate his birthday. Will then told me the gift was for me and I opened it to find a gorgeous jewelry box that he had engraved with “The Middleton’s”. I looked up to find him on one knee where he asked me to marry him!

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

The most fun part of the wedding planning so far has been meeting with vendors, trying on dresses, and spending time with family and friends talking about plans! The most difficult part will be taking all the thousands of ideas in my head and making them a reality!

Congratulations, Danielle and Will!

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7 Ways to Include Your Pet in Your Wedding Day

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Who is your best friend? My best friend is named Lorenzo. He is a great listener, absolutely loves my cooking even when I forget three ingredients and kind of burn it, and is never in a bad mood. The other day I asked him what he thought about being in my wedding party someday. He didn’t say anything. At first I was kind of insulted, but then I realized that if I was a black and tan Corgi I would not be caught dead in a charcoal gray suit either. I mean, that would like totally clash. So once we nixed the groomsmen idea (because I am not budging on the gray suits), we sat down and brainstormed some ideas together that were a little more appealing to Lorenzo. For all you out there with fashion forward furry best friends, here is what we came up with: Read more ›

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Bride of the Week: LaTonia

Meet LaTonia – our Bride of the Week! She and her fiancé, Robert, are getting married in March 2015 at the 850 Building in Forest Park, GA.

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How did he propose?
He had the ring hidden behind the pillow in his bedroom and brought me in to tell me how much I meant to him and how much he loved me. He pulled the box from behind the pillow (which I had been sitting on, but didn’t know there was a ring hidden under) and got down on one knee to ask, “Would you marry me?” It was very private, personal and special.

What has been the most fun and the most difficult part of the wedding planning process?
The most fun part of the wedding planning process is the fact that we chose not to have a wedding planner, but to plan the wedding ourselves. That way we get to create what we want, how we want. Most grooms just do “men things” (i.e. shop for tux, bachelor party, etc.) but my fiancé is “hands in.” He has even helped to pick out the flower girl dresses, which are so cute! The most difficult part of the wedding process would also have to be planning it ourselves. Trying to tackle everything on our lists by March can be a challenge, especially with transitioning into a new job, moving and other obligations. But it will all come together and we are going to make it happen for a beautiful wedding day!

Congratulations, LaTonia and Robert!

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Snowy Bridal Shoot by Colors Of Life Photography

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During the last Atlanta Snowpocalypse in 2014, the talented team at Colors Of Life Photography saw the perfect opportunity for a fantastic (albeit freezing) photoshoot. Colors of Life invited a former client, bride AlexaRay, to take part in this snowy shoot in her Vera Wang wedding gown. Thank goodness she was up for the chilly challenge because the photos are #flawless!

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Bridal Style from the Oscars Red Carpet

The actors from the year’s best films hit the red carpet looking like royalty for the 87th Academy Awards. While many are discussing the best and worst dressed, we’re focusing on bride-style inspiration straight from the stars! Several celebs looked downright bridal, sporting whites, blushes and other soft neutrals. Even trends hot off of the Bridal Fashion Week runways were on display, including all-over embellishment, off-the-shoulder sleeves and barely-there color. A few of our favorite bride-inspired looks came from:

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Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab

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2015 Wedding Trends at the Bridal Extravaganza

Atlanta’s top wedding professionals always bring their A-game to the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta. They pull out all the stops to show brides their talent, creativity and keen eye for hot trends. Check out some of the big 2015 wedding trends on display at the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta in January!

Rich Color Palettes
Marsala, Pantone’s color of the year, helped to set the tone for a trend we’ll be seeing in a lot of weddings: use of deep colors. The demand for pastels and bright pops of color are subsiding as brides gravitate toward rich hues for a more sophisticated feel.

Gowns with Conservative Necklines
Though strapless remains a staple in gown designs, we’re seeing many more modest necklines on the runways and walking down aisles. The higher cut often draws the eye automatically upward to the real star of the show: the bride. Sweet details and added embellishment keep the look elegant and demure instead of stuffy.

Metallic Gold Accents
A touch of shine can add a glam factor to many wedding elements. From cakes and cutlery to invitations and decor, brides are seeking subtle ways to incorporate luxe luster into their design schemes.

Dessert Bars
While traditional wedding cakes will never go out of style, fun dessert bars are adding a sweet touch to receptions. Brides and grooms love showing their personalities by offering their favorites confections, and guests love having options to choose from. Plus, a display of decadent desserts always provide more lovely photos!

See photos of more trends on display at the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta: Check out the official photos from the show!

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