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5 Tips from a Real-Life Bride-To-Be

Today’s post is brought to us by real-life, bride-to-be Ayn Bernos

I’ve always been in love with weddings. My family runs a small catering business, and so in the past few years I’ve been heavily involved in helping our customers plan their weddings. I am also an emcee on the side, and a lot of the events I’ve hosted are actually — surprise, surprise — weddings as well. Currently, I work as the Content Manager for Wedding Favy, an online haven for themed and personalized wedding favors.

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Ashleigh & Matt – A Summer Camp Inspired Love Story

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Summer camp sparked the adventurous love story of Ashleigh and Matt. Both employed within the industry, Ashleigh and Matt share a fierce passion for the outdoors, so it was no surprise when they decided to have their wedding at a charming summer camp venue. Complete with a thematic blend of rustic elegance, their special day quickly turned into a fun-filled weekend full of group activities at Camp Echo Lake in Warrensburg, New York.

In the words of the bride, “Building a sense of community amongst our family and friends over the course of the weekend was the most meaningful part. People arrived throughout the weekend and participated in any of the activities they wanted.”

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Kristin and Dakota’s Engagement – A Disney Dream Come True

The first time they saw each other, Kristin and Dakota were too nervous to say hello. “We met at a party 5 years ago. We were both shy and although we noticed each other, we didn’t say a word,” explains Kristin. Fast forward five years later, and they’re in the process of planning what will be a truly timeless and romantic wedding. (If the proposal is any indication, we’re willing to bet on this!) Kristin and Dakota have also selected a gorgeous save-the-date from that ties in perfectly with the theme of their wedding.

Kristin and Dakota Disneyland Engagement Story

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Custom Wedding Inspiration: Lynette Cenée

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If you’re anything like Lynette Cenée (YouTube star and makeup extraordinaire!) chances are, you might have a specific vision in mind when it comes to setting the tone for your wedding celebration.

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Romantic Chicago Wedding: Linda & Brian

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Today we are so excited to share a serendipitous love story from Linda and Brian – a story that had it’s first spark at a tennis club in Minnesota, and finally ignited upon a fateful reunion in Chicago. 

“We both grew up in Grand Rapids, MI, played tennis at the same club, and even had the same tennis coach (who years later was the reader at our wedding). A five year age difference kept us at a distance even though I had a crush on Brian. College and life took us in separate directions. Years later, I moved to Chicago. Brian was already living here. I was new to the city, so I reached out to him to tell him I moved here. He asked where in the city I was living and told him. He said my apartment was literally the building next door to him! We couldn’t believe it! We started hanging out and setting each other up with our friends. Told all my single friends I had the perfect guy for them. He did the same. Little did we know that we were perfect for each other.” read more…

Intimate & Stylish Wedding: Emilia and Socrates

It all began with what Emilia describes as “love at first site,” and 6 years later, Emilia and Socrates tied the knot in a stunning and intimate ceremony at Campbell Point House in Australia. Together, they were able to create a wedding celebration that was distinctively them and that they truly loved. Keep reading to see all the beauty and insights from Emilia & Socrates’ special day.

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Simply Stunning Zion National Park Wedding: Kate and Ryan

“Our wedding was about being with our absolute favorite people in a beautiful place.” The simplicity and earnestness of that single quote really sums up the loveliness that was Kate and Ryan’s Zion National Park wedding. A celebration of love with only the couple’s closest family and friends, with a simple mantra: love, fun, family and friends, and Zion. All captured flawlessly by the talented Tyler Rye Photography. Keep scrolling for all the stunning scenery, thoughtful details, and love-filled photos!


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Glamorous Chicago Wedding: Jessica & Stephen

After 8 years of being together, Jessica and Stephen exchanged vows in a stunning waterfront ceremony in front of their closest friends and family. In the words of the bride, “While the vows and ceremony of the wedding were important to us, we both just wanted to celebrate our love and all we had accomplished together — graduating college, Stephen becoming a doctor, myself entering Northwestern for grad school — with a beautiful party. The thought of having everyone we loved in one place was electrifying… Our brothers were even the ones to marry us. We wanted this to be a special memory for ourselves and each of our guests.” Each memory now lives on in these gorgeous photos captured by Jason Brown of J. Brown Photography.

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Creative & Casual Vintage Wedding: Jasmine & Ben

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Jasmine and Ben decided to take a hands-on approach to their wedding, held in Broken Head, Australia, to reflect their laid-back and creative style. From the bride: It was very important to us that we were comfortable with our ceremony and reception. I know everyone says the same thing but we did really want our wedding to reflect the people we are. We walked down the aisle together which everyone really loved, we made almost everything ourselves, including the cake, the furniture, the wedding dress and the centerpieces. In the end, we were rewarded with praise and comments from our guests telling us that we had achieved what we set out to, and that they had a great time. Simon Hunter was able to beautifully capture every special moment of the day!

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Pure and Simple DIY Wedding: Jeff and Shannon

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After 7 beautiful years, Jeff Smith finally proposed to his now-wife Shannon on July 11th 2014, and had their wedding a mere three months later (talk about making up for lost time)! In an effort to avoid pomp and circumstance, and to inject “a taste of Shannon and Jeff,” for family and friends, the couple strayed from tradition to create a wedding that was distinctively them. Captured beautifully by Anne McGrath Photography.

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