Archives : 2011 : September

Rugged Chic: Arbor Inspired Outdoor Weddings

Posted on September 19th, 2011 by annalemberger

Take your first steps as a married couple on the lush grassy field of your leafy green and wheat colored wedding.  Inhale the fresh, crisp air and feel the soft breeze of new beginnings. Climb to new heights, literally and figuratively, at a refreshing and dazzling outdoor wedding. Whether your getting married outside or bringing the outside in, natural elements will bring your ceremony the perfect balance of strength and serenity.

Photos by: WeddingWire, Paul Houston Photography, The Arbors Events, BRC Photography

Where to buy: All Natural Wedding Invitations; Pocket Knife with Light 

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“Wedding Belles”: Vintage Couture Bridal Fashion

Posted on September 18th, 2011 by annalemberger

Tucked among the lush grounds of the Hillwood Estate & Museum, hides a treasure chest of vintage inspiration for wedding enthusiasts and brides-to-be. Intricate lace work and luxurious furs are among the several bridal fashions on display for the museum’s “Wedding Belles: Bridal Fashions from the Marjorie Merriweather Post Family, 1874-1958” exhibit. Marjorie Merriweather Post, heiress of the Postum Cereal Company, made her way down the aisle four times between 1905 and 1958, leaving behind a collection of gowns that reflect changes in the time and the woman. The Hollywood inspired gown of Marjorie’s third wedding, a trailing rose velvet fabric trimmed in white fox fur, is particularly stunning. The classic gown of Marjorie’s youngest daughter, actress Dina Merrill, also stands as a testament to the family’s passion for finery, fashion and artistry.

The exhibition provides other nuggets of knowledge about trends in wedding fashion; for instance, brides used to incorporate orange blossoms into their ensemble as a sign of fertility.

The Bridal exhibit is located in a smaller house on the grounds and can be viewed until January 1. Make sure to tour the mansion which has several wedding displays as well, including the dinning room and another gown inspired by the ever fashionable Marjorie, pictured below.

Hillwood Estate and Wedding Luncheon

Left: Hillwood Mansion Entrance; Right: Dining set as it was for Dina Merrill's wedding luncheon.

The mansion’s second story holds a few wedding treasures, one of which is this wedding gown from 1939.  Read more »

Working with Your Wedding DJ: Part 2

Posted on September 16th, 2011 by annalemberger

The Mix: Our blog series on everything from signature cocktails to DJ playlists.

Headphones The Wedding Music Mix







Our guest blogger, DJ, and recent newlywed Jeff brings you more do’s and don’ts when working with your DJ and planning your wedding reception. Use these tips to keep the music flowing, the guests dancing, and Grandma Agnes at the front of the conga line.  Read more »

The Magic of Fall Weddings

Posted on September 15th, 2011 by annalemberger


Autumn and Fall Color Board


 Behind the smell of freshly baked pies, the caramel and candy-coated fingers of bucket-toting trick-or-treaters, mounds of stuffing and fields of plump, ready-to-carve pumpkins hides the mystical and enchanting fall wedding season. Imagine speaking your vows under the cover of striking autumn leaves, dancing under the harvest moon and sipping warm apple cider with your loved ones. Fall provides inspiring colors, smells and tastes for your wedding: from Halloween costume extravaganzas to simple country gatherings, autumn is a magical time of year to tie the knot!   Read more »

Maison du Vin Wine Themed Wedding | Part II

Posted on September 14th, 2011 by Mandy Webster

Photos by: Vlad Barry Photography, Brian Sullivan Photography, panacea event floral design,Wine Cork Place Card HoldersXOXO BRIDE Read more »


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