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Stationery
JOEY + SCOTT CINCINNATI Our genius designer paid tribute to the thousands of miles we traveled when we were long distance,” Scott says. “The path on the ampersand is the highway we drove to get to each other on I-71 in Ohio.” SILVIA + MARIO SAN ANTON
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By The Shore
STONE HARBOR COST From $147 PP GUEST COUNT 220 At this swanky site, couples can take in views of the sparkling harbor from the beachy sun deck, covered veranda and open-air concept ballroom. ASBURY PARK COST from $2,500 GUEST COUNT 50 Situated direct
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The Curvy Bride
The Curvy Bride is a size-inclusive salon located in Manalapan Township. It offers a variety of designers like Essense of Australia, Allure Bridals and Maggie Sottero. Your veil should complement your dress. If your gown is simple, you may want a sta
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Kicks
RACHEL + KEVIN BALTIMORE “It was always important for Kevin and me to include our pups in the ceremony,” Rachel says. “They’re rescues and don’t handle large crowds well, so this was my way of having them with me as I walked down the aisle.” RACHEL +
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Shore Things
Gilded Lily Events Owner: Paige VanGombos ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS “I love Sandy Hook because it’s such a large expanse of beach, but it still feels secluded and intimate.” REHEARSAL DINNER “Avenue in Long Branch, The Rum Runner in Sea Bright and Tim McLoon
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Court of Love
FASHION STYLING Shelley Brown HAIR Yoichi Tomizawa using Bumble and bumble at Art Department MAKEUP Hector Simancas using Elizabeth Arden at Art Department PROP STYLING Kayleigh Snowden ■
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Unity Ceremony
MELISSA + DANE ALMA, KS “After Dane’s mom passed away, a dear friend and Sioux elder wrapped and blessed him in a morning star quilt,” Melissa says. “At our ceremony, she blessed us together as a couple in the same piece.” ANGELA + BRITTANY CINCINNAT
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All About Catering
WHAT’S THE EASIEST WAY FOR COUPLES TO PERSONALIZE THEIR CATERING SELECTION? Incorporating your favorite foods into your wedding day dishes is a simple but impactful way to tell your guests who you are as a couple and what you love. It’s so special to
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Happily Ever Equal
“By the time marriage equality passed, we were already well into our wedding planning,” John says. “We deliberately chose to get married in New York City—not only because we both love it, but also because gay marriage was legal in New York state and
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Emerald + Blue
NAIL POLISH: GETTY IMAGES; ALL OTHERS COURTESY OF VENDORS ■
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Nicole + Liam
Nicole Formisano (30 and a creative project manager) and Liam McWilliams (30 and a sign painter) first caught one another’s eye while working at an advertising company that hand-paints murals and signs. Together, they used their creative backgrounds
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Loud And Proud
Mix up your processional—ask guests to walk to you. Define any LGBTQ+ terms in your ceremony programs. Recognize your community with queera? rmative vows. Choose a reading or music by a LGBTQ+ activist. ■
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Greige + Cream
POWDER: GETTY IMAGES; ALL OTHERS COURTESY OF VENDORS ■
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Christina + Daniel
Christina McNamara (27 and a financial services director) and Daniel Weber (34 and a commercial manager) value the comfort and connection that stems from tradition, so they stuck with the classics for their bash, hosting a formal wedding with romanti
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Vows For All
The year The Netherlands became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage The year Massachusetts became the first state to support marriage equality The number of cohabitating American LGBTQ+ couples who married post ruling in 2015 The number o
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Chic In The City
Photographer Chris Craymer snaps a shot of our model snacking on a pretzel from a real food cart in downtown NYC. The best part about short dresses? The statement shoe moments, of course. We had upward of 50 stunning pairs on set. Our models had a bl
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Venue Scout
SPARTA COST from $180 PP GUEST COUNT 196 ABOUT Located on a private lake and featuring an extensive menu, outdoor pavilion and luxe ballroom, this rustic-chic spot provides a tranquil, nature-filled experience. BORDENTOWN COST from $8,500 GUEST COUNT
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Rosemary + Louis
Rosemary Olivieri (30 and a wedding client development associate) and Louis Carayol (29 and a purchasing director) planned a rustic and vintage wedding full of jewel tones and nostalgia at Rosemary’s family-owned venue. “The Abbie holds a very specia
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Marriage Licenses And Wedding Announcements
New Jersey Marriage License Requirements GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In New Jersey, the legal age for marriage is 18. Those ages 16 or 17 must have parental consent, or parents may have to be present when the couple applies. Couples o
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NYC City Hall Weddings
The New York City Marriage Bureau in downtown Manhattan hosts tens of thousands of weddings. A ceremony costs just $25 and requires no reservations. ■
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All About Flowers
HOW SHOULD COUPLES PREPARE FOR THE FIRST MEETING WITH THEIR FLORAL PRO? Before discussing details with your floral designer, make sure you have your venue and date finalized, a color scheme in mind and inspiration photos handy. Past that, you’ll also
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Eric + Dan
Eric Keller (30 and a teacher) and Daniel (Dan) Bechhofer (29 and a financial reporting director) were advocates of bypassing tradition from the start, wanting to design a celebration that reflected their unique style and personalities. “We wanted to
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Sarah + Bob
I wore Bob’s uniform shirt as I got ready in the morning. He served for four-and-a-half years as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army. The Army played a huge role in our love story and I thought this would be a fun, more private way to pay t
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EDITOR IN CHIEF Kristen Maxwell Cooper MANAGING EDITOR Susan Berryman EXECUTIVE EDITOR Lauren Kay ART DIRECTOR Sarah Evans SENIOR FASHION & BEAUTY EDITOR Shelley Brown SENIOR STYLE & PLANNING EDITOR Alyssa Longobucco REAL WEDDINGS EDITOR Louis Barago
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All About Cake
HOW CAN COUPLES SAVE MONEY ON CAKE DESIGNS IF THEY’RE ON A TIGHT BUDGET? Istead of having your cake designer decorate your cake with pricey sugar flowers, ask your florist to prepare fresh flowers as adornments. You’ll save money while still decorati
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SHADES FOR EVERY season
WHY IT WORKS Saying “I do” in autumn is all about embracing the dramatic atmosphere of the season, so concentrate on working with colors that pack on the saturation. Traditional fall shades like inky navy blue and rich burgundy get a very 2020 upgrad
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Real Weddings Vida and Eric’s love story took them all over the world—so they brought their travels to The Skylands Manor. After the couple’s Copenhagen engagement, “I fell in love with the beautiful estates I’d seen in France and England,” Vida says
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Jacci + Steve
Jacci Levine (27 and a visual design consultant) and Stephen (Steve) Hehl Jr. (31 and a vice president of engineering) met while working at a floral startup, and—thanks to Jacci’s design expertise—knew exactly how they wanted to customize their celeb
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Variety Vintage Events
Melissa Andrushko is the founder of Variety Vintage Events. With her team, she helps couples in New Jersey, New York and beyond create memories and bring their vision to life. When it comes to planning, set aside an hour or so each week to focus on w
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We’re In This Together
As we go to press, an unprecedented pandemic is impacting our country in ways we’ve never experienced before. Schools and stores are closed, and working from home has become the new normal. Another reality? Canceled weddings. My deepest hope is that
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