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REAL WEDDING | MICHIGAN

REAL WEDDING | MICHIGAN

PLANNER: Alison Laesser-Keck, VLD Events, Ann Arbor, Mich., www.vldevents.com, hello@vldevents.com YEARS IN INDUSTRY: 15 for events, 8 for weddings PHOTOGRAPHY: Justine Montigny
REAL WEDDING | CALIFORNIA

REAL WEDDING | CALIFORNIA

PLANNER: Merryl Brown, MA, CWP™, Merryl Brown Events, Montecito, Calif., www.merrylbrownevents.com, merryl@merrylbrownevents.com YEARS IN INDUSTRY: 8 PHOTOGRAPHY: Corbin Gurkin Photography BUSINESSES: The Food Matters (catering/staffing), Christine Dahl (dessert), Classic Party Rentals, Rivre Works (specialty rentals), Mindy Rice (floral), Star Power (generators), Karizma – deBois (band), Santa Barbara String Quartet (ceremony music), Executive Limo, BlueStar Parking...
This Year's Biggest Wedding Trends

This Year’s Biggest Wedding Trends

Did you know that U.S. couples are  spending 20 percent more on wedding services this year, or $12,189 on average nationwide? Thumbtack, an online service connecting consumers with skilled professionals, reviewed data from hundreds of thousands of wedding requests to uncover the trends and spending habits of real couples in America before releasing its 2016...
REAL WEDDING | PANAMA

REAL WEDDING | PANAMA

Planner: Gabriela Abraham, Stylo Panama, Panama City, Panama, www.stylopanama.com, info@stylopanama.com, gabrielaabraham@hotmail.com Years in Industry: 7 Photography: Lizzie Photography Businesses: Intercontinental Miramar Hotel Panama, Los Rabanes, Joker Animation, Dragon Rojo Fireworks, Belle Invites, Blue Mango Music band Wedding date: Oct. 10, 2015 Guest count: 200 Involvement: Full consulting The couple: Paula and Ernesto say they met...
REAL WEDDING | CANCUN

REAL WEDDING | CANCUN

Planner: Jen Kasten, My Event by Jen Kasten, Chicago, www.my1event.com, jenkasten@my1event.com Years in industry: 8 Photography: Alyssa McElheny Photography Businesses: Claudia Vazquez/LatinAsia Destination Wedding Décor, Sandos Cancun Luxury Resort Wedding date: Nov. 6, 2015 Guest count: 84 Involvement: Full consulting
REAL WEDDING | VIRGIN ISLANDS

REAL WEDDING | VIRGIN ISLANDS

Planner: Michelle Marquis, Weddings by Michelle Marquis, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, www.weddingsbymichellemarquis.com, michelle@weddingsbymichellemarquis.com Years in industry: 20 Photographer: Kelly Greer Photographer Businesses: Red Couch Café, Antilles Lilies Florist, Kiki and The Flaming Gypsies, The Guardians of Culture Moko Jumbies, the Randy Mason Trio, Unlimited Sounds DJ, Frank Robinson Cocktails and Culinary Experience Wedding date:...
REAL WEDDING | NEVADA

REAL WEDDING | NEVADA

Planner: Archel Rolwing, Archel Rolwing Events, Las Vegas, www.archelrolwingevents.com, archel@arevents.co Years in industry: 6 Photography: Gin and Sake Productions Businesses: MEET Las Vegas (venue), Soundfusion (DJ/MC), All Events Productions (videography), Peachy Keen Unions (officiant), Superior Events (catering), Events with a Twist (bar), Next Level Events (rentals), Girl Who Drew You (caricaturist), Frankie’s Ice Cream (ice...
REAL WEDDING | PHILADELPHIA

REAL WEDDING | PHILADELPHIA

Planner: Lynda Barness, MWP™, I DO Wedding Consulting, www.idoplan.com, lynda@idoplan.com Length of time in industry: 11 years PhotographY: Shea Roggio Photography
REAL WEDDING | PUERTO RICO

REAL WEDDING | PUERTO RICO

ABC Planner: Maria Lugo, AWP™, Maria Lugo, Dorado, Puerto Rico, marialugopr.com, mariaalugo@gmail.com Years in industry: 9 Photography: Jose Ruiz Photography
REAL WEDDING | FLORIDA

REAL WEDDING | FLORIDA

ABC Planner: Staci Mandikas, with Eboni Reed, UNIQUE Weddings & Events, Brandon, Fla., www.designedbyunique.com, staci@designedbyunique.com. Years in industry: 9 (Staci), 5 (Eboni) Photography: Horn Photography & Design Businesses: Inspire Entertainment (DJ), The Hole Donuts, Alessi Bakery (cake), The Birchwood (venue/catering/bar), Christina Adams (musicians), 2Birds Events (florist), Jess Waldrop Makeup Artists (hair/makeup), Jared Keyes (officiant) Wedding...
Real Wedding Colorado

Real Wedding Colorado

Name/credentials: JoAnn Moore, MWP™, CWC, CGWP, Mountains and Meadows, www.mmweddingscolorado.com, joann@mmweddingscolorado.com Photography: Jesse Starr The couple: Laura, an attorney, and Andy, a med-student, are from Boston. They knew each other for many years before falling in love. Since they have Colorado connections, they wanted to share the Colorado mountain experience, as they love and remember...
Real Wedding New York

Real Wedding New York

ABC Member Planner: Mary Homer, PWP™, Fairy Tale Weddings and Events, www.fairytaleweddingsandeventsbymary.com, mhomerwed@yahoo.com Photographer: Clark and Walker Studios ABC Non-Member Businesses involved: Hank Parker Tent Rentals, RAO’s Mattydale Flower Shop, Foremost Catering The couple: I was inspired by the pure love Max and Rebecca have for one another. You can actually see it. The couple wanted...