From Down Under to the Golden State, wedding inspiration abounds no matter the stage for the big day. With this in mind, we’ve scrapped the “local” and “destination” categories in our Real Weddings section to instead pack this issue cover to cover with ideas from across the pond and deep into the desert—like Borrego Springs, where our gown shoot took place. It was here we finally surrendered to one of our long-lost loves: color. Floral installations, shoes, and bridal gowns themselves are embracing the comeback. Nor are the gents exempt, donning colorful dress socks, bow ties, sport coats, and, in some instances, radiant tuxedos.
Other trends our 32 real couples have proven are here to stay? Velvet, dessert bars (we’re not mad), personable table names, wearable floral art, and the act of finding additional excuses to celebrate. Consider the bride who bundled her big day with her birthday party, and the couple who opted for a full-fledged wedding weekend instead of a single day.
Intimidated by the thought of pulling every last detail together? We’ve introduced a Planning section for just that, including the ultimate checklist to ensure nothing falls through the cracks. Now, go forth and shine bright—no one can mute your moment. It’s your day.
The Creative Team
Photo by Leah Marie Photography