Candace + Daunta: A Scenic Turquoise and Red Washington Vineyard Wedding By Sikora Photography
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Photos: Sikora Photography; Dress Designer: Mori Lee from I Do BridalHair and Makeup Artist: Tara Garver of New Beginnings Salon & SpaFloral Designer: Luepke Florist & Gifts
Wedding Planning by 
A Bride’s Best Friends
Venue: Gorge Crest VineyardsShoes: Jessica Simpson from NordstromJewelry: JaredCaterer:Nicolette’s CateringPies: Peachtree Restaurant & Pie House; DJ:A Beat Above Entertainment

Candace and Daunta were married at Gorge Creek Vineyards in Underwood, Wash. on September 7. ”Daunta and I grew up down the road from each other and have dated since middle school, all through high school and also all through college!” Candace said. The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a curly side ponytail, while the groom wore a gray vest and pants, accessorized with a red tie. Bridesmaids wore long turquoise chiffon dresses and carried rose bouquets. As guests arrived, they were handed bottles of water to beat the heat. ”It was touching to see everyone that came to our wedding for us,” she said. “Our high school friends interacting with our college friends as well as our family. Different people from different parts of our life had come together on this one day.” Plus, the views of Mount Hood were unbelievable! The reception followed with dinner and dancing in the tasting room. Can you guess what their first dance was to? ”All My Life” by K-Ci and JoJo – from 8th grade! As a nod to the venue, wine glasses were placed at each place setting and filled with m&m’s as favors. Inside was a note that said, “May our love be like good wine. Growing stronger as it grows older.” In lieu of cake, pies were also served. See the full board here.

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Kelsey + Carder: A Vintage Pastel Spring Oklahoma Museum Wedding By Blue Elephant Photography
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Photos:  blue elephant photographyShoes: ModClothInvitations: Wedding ChicksFloral Designer: Thorn OriginalsGroom’s Attire: Perry EllisDress Designer: Alfred Angelo SapphireHair Stylist: Jamie Pena; Ceremony Venue: The Sheerar Museum of Stillwater HistoryReception Venue: Stillwater Community CenterOfficiants: Alan Hawkins and French McLemore; Ceremony Musician: Brandon Rycroft; Cake:  Rosebeary’s Designs in BakingDJ: DJ Pro of Oklahoma

Kelsey and Carder were married at The Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History followed by a reception at Stillwater Community Center in Stillwater, Okla. on April 13. ”Choosing to have our wedding in April in Oklahoma was a huge risk,” Kelsey said. “It’s known to pour in April, but it’s also known to be beautiful. I was so worried it was going to rain, and we would have to take all our pictures inside, but I woke up to the most beautiful day. It was sunny and 75 degrees. The weather was perfect, I couldn’t have asked for a better day.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace wedding gown, accessorized with a pearl necklace and shoulder-length veil, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a feather boutonniere. Guests were greeted to the ceremony with a chalkboard sign and were asked to grab paper cones of confetti to throw during the recessional. The backdrop was vintage door panels! ”I wanted my wedding to be very personal and intimate,” she said. “I visited my favorite shops in town and antique stores to get ideas. I loved the idea of hand making decorations.” Family photos were displayed on shutters, and items including a ribbon writer, telephone, and video camera decorated tables. The favors? CDs! See the full board here.

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Abi + Tim: A Rustic Teal and Pink Spring Illinois Backyard Wedding By Maggie Fortson Photography
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Photos:  Maggie Fortson PhotographyEvent Planner: Lashawn Wainwright; Dress Store: Wedding BellesHair and Makeup Artist: Tiffany BuryGroom’s Attire:  Macy’sGroomsmen’s Attire: Carson’sFloral Designer: Wanda Clausen Florals; Bridesmaid Dresses: TargetOfficiant: Pastor Tom May; Rentals: Blue PeakFavors: Steve Elsik

Abi and Tim first met when they were 14 years old, but didn’t start dating until college. They dated for four years before getting engaged, and six months later, they were married in the bride’s parent’s backyard. ”I have always had a love for nature and being outdoors,” Abi said. “I knew that I wanted an outdoor wedding and to bring a very natural feel to it, which meant walking in the grass and having wood incorporated as much as possible.” The bride wore a satin sweetheart a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a loose, curly sideswept updo, while the groom wore a gray three-piece suit. Bridesmaids wore turquoise dresses with illusion necklines and carried hydrangea bouquets. ”I’m an artistic person; so I made wedding signs out of wood I stained and stenciled myself,” she said. The ceremony aisle was lined with tree stumps and the backdrop was a panel of white curtains. ”While Tim and I were taking photos at a nearby forest preserve, we had set up games such as bags, giant jenga, badminton, and croquet so that guests were able to enjoy themselves before dinner,” Abi said. The reception was held inside a tent, decorated with mason jar centerpieces atop wood slices cut by Abi’s father, small wedding cakes and favor boxes filled with fudge at each table. ”After dinner my husband played a song live that he had written and played after we got engaged,” she said. How romantic! See the full board here.

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Editor’s Weekly Wrap-Up: Spring 2015 Bridal Collections, Picture Perfect Ways to Display Your Dress, DIY Meringues, Spring Wedding Ideas, And Tree Decor

It’s that time of week again! Here are some of our editor’s favorite boards and ideas that you may have missed:

The Newest Spring 2015 Bridal CollectionsLast weekend, our Fashion Editor was jetting from show to show across the Big Apple to check out designer’s latest and greatest wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, and accessories.

Dress Designers (from left to right): Watters and Ines Di Santo 

8 Picture Perfect Ways To Display Your DressAsk your photographer to snap a picture of your wedding dress against a backdrop that goes hand-in-hand with your theme! Our suggestions? Under an arch, at home, against a barn or bricks, or even one with nature in the trees.

Photos (from left to right): Feather and Twine Photography and Robyn Preston Photography

DIY Watercolor-Inspired MeringuesTurn store bought meringues into custom sweets by adding a little food coloring that’s 100% safe to eat.

Photo: Brittni Mehlhoff 

17 Spring Wedding Ideas We LoveGive out pretty packets of plant, flower, or vegetable seeds for guests to take home and grow in their own gardens.

Photos (from left to right):  Heather Roth Fine Art Photography and Bara Miller Photography

Tree DecorCreate a rustic chandelier out of twigs and branches or use wooden slabs as place holders on your dessert display.

Photos (from left to right): The Nichols and Katelyn James 

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