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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:

  1. 1Walk the ring down the aisle. This job assignment is going to be a better fit for pets on the calmer, more obedient side. The best way to do this is have a special friend or family member that is familiar with your pet walk them down the aisle. The pairing of these two is important! For example, your three year old flower girl who is terrified of dogs is probably not the best choice. This can be a great opportunity to involve someone in your wedding ceremony who did not quite fit into the wedding party, but is an important part of your life. If you have a pet who is excellent at coming on command, you may be tempted to just have them walk down the aisle themselves. Make sure that being surrounded by an aisle of laughing, oohing and ahhing people is not going to distract them! Either way, you can order collars that have ring pillows attached. Practice runs are key here.
  2. Sweeten your wedding pictures! Your pet can be an adorable addition to the wedding photos. You can choose to include them in just your group photos in the beginning, or make a night of it! Have someone walk around with your pet throughout the night and get your guests to pose with them! This can make a funny, and adorable coffee table book of pictures to look through someday. If you have a photo booth, and an animal friendly booth operator, station your pet at the booth for an hour as a fun addition to the photos. This is a better option for pets that love to be held and get lots of attention!
  3. Let them beg for tips. Some of us have pets that are not quite up to wedding guest standards. Create a tip jar for your bartenders to use that has a picture of your pet begging on it. It will get some laughs and your bartending staff will love you for it!
  4. Donate to your favorite animal based charity in place of a favor for your guests. Create a sign with your pets picture letting your guests know that a contribution was made in their honor!
  5. Involve them in your table numbers. Do you own 6 pets? Ditch the table numbers and instead name each table after one of your furry friends. If you want to put a little time into it, create a theme that matches your wedding and have a little photo shoot with your pets so you can include a picture of each pet at the corresponding table.
  6. Have a lot of guests in attendance with pets at home? Pick your pet’s favorite treat and offer it as a favor to your guests to take home to their furry friends. In order to include everyone, offer a treat for dogs and cats, along with a third option that is to be enjoyed by their owners.
  7. Include them on your save the date. Have a fun photo taken with your pet holding a sign with all your wedding info. Have a turtle? Paint your date on his shell (with turtle friendly paint) and take a picture. Stage a wedding scene of your cat and dog getting married. You get the picture; style it any way you want!

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If you choose to go with an option that includes bringing your pet to you wedding, keep a few things in mind. Not all venues will allow pets, so before you set your heart on bringing them, make sure it is okay! You also need to choose a handler for your pet that day. This person needs to be responsible for getting your pet to and from the wedding at the appropriate times, as well as caring for them during the event. If you do not think it is wise to have your pet there for the duration of the event, make sure you pick someone that will be okay with departing early. You may want to hire someone for this task so no one is missing out on part of your event, not to mention it would be best for your handler to remain sober for the safety of your pet. If your event is out of town, also ensure that you have pet friendly lodging.

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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:

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein

Anna Faris

Anna Faris in Zuhair Murad

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Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon in Tom Ford

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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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Award Winners at the Bridal Extravaganza, January 2015

Atlanta’s best wedding vendors pull out all the stops at the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta to show brides their talent and creativity. We asked our brides to pick their favorites from all of the decoration inspiration and creative designs. Here are the award winners from the January 2015 bridal show:

Best Design Gallery: Créme de le Chic Events with Keurig, Invitation Creations, Unique Event Elements and Collection Event Rentals

Best Design

Best Booth: Gigi’s Cupcakes at the Forum with L7 Events

Best Booth

Bride’s Choice: Montgomery Foods Catering

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Congratulations to our award winners and all of our Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta vendors for a fabulous show!

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Show Sponsor Shoutout!

The truth is, the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta would not be the amazing, beautiful and exciting show it is without the help of our superb show sponsors. They work tirelessly yet enthusiastically to make the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta the best bridal show you will attend. From awe-inspiring decor and products and to behind-the-scenes details, these pros bring their A-game not only to our event, but every event they are a part of!

We are truly honored to work with this all-star lineup:

Show Sponsors

 

See the work and talent of our show sponsors at the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta on January 25, 2015!

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Vendor Spotlight: Ragga Wedding

Ragga Wedding creates custom, quality, handcrafted wedding accessories and decorations. We are a company that embodies a culture purposed in loving others and living life to the fullest. We provide creative apparel and handcrafted accessories that inspire others to express their inner passions, while supporting artisans worldwide.

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Every Ragga Wedding order supports women in Haiti. By partnering with these artisans, we are able to give them a sustainable income while creating your beautifully handcrafted accessories. Have a wedding that gives back! Read more ›

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Vendor Spotlight: Encore Romance Travel

Encore Romance Travel specializes in weddings and honeymoons to exotic beaches to include the South Pacific, Asia, Australia, Indian and African Coast. We create lifetime memories for couples in love. We have a passion for travel and we manifest that in our work. We are in the business of fulfilling couples dreams and providing them with unforgettable experiences. EncoreRomanceTravel

Whether it’s an elopement (how fun!), an exotic honeymoon, an anniversary trip, a romantic getaway, or simply because you need to get away we can create an amazing experience. Let us worry about it so you won’t have to! Read more ›

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