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Annual Weddings issue:
It has been said that every bride is the most beautiful bride and we believe that to be true. Each and every bride who submitted their photos for our annual wedding contest is stunningly beautiful and we see the joy and excitement of their union in their photographs. That said, we do have to pick just one as the winner of our cover each year. The task is not an easy one. Beyond a beautiful bride, we also look for unique composition and colors that will work within the parameters of our cover.
This year, I am so excited and inspired by our winner Manisha Agrawal. Manisha and her husband Houston Riley’s Indian themed wedding was an explosion of life, love, color and ritual that my editorial team and I found breathtakingly beautiful. We particularly loved the blending of cultures and traditions and the bright, colorful fabrics, flowers and decorations. Our cover image, photographed by Aislinn Kate Photography, is just one of the many gorgeous images to come out of this unique wedding ceremony. Be sure to check out more images and read about the many rituals incorporated into this fantastic wedding on page 12. Plus, you can see all of our cover entries starting on page 14.
You may also notice that we’ve gone a different route with our annual fashion spread this year. Instead of creating styled shoots to show off the latest and greatest in wedding trends, we decided to profile four local weddings so readers can see the trends and ideas in real wedding settings. I think you will agree that these brides, along with their planners, photographers, florists, caterers and more, have brought their individual aesthetics and personalities to each ceremony and celebration. We hope it gives soon-to be brides inspiration in terms of style and décor and helps them pick some of the best local vendors to help their wedding dreams come true.
Special thanks to Shannon Pallin at Fiore and all of the wedding planners for their help in coordinating these incredible weddings.In addition, this issue brings you lots of tips, trends and ideas for planning your dream wedding. From Hana Frenette’s Five Rules to Break and What’s In/What’s Out to Rylee Hart’s advice on hiring a wedding planner and Dawn Gresko’s ideas for pre-wedding self-care, we’ve got everything you need to begin the greatest adventure of your life. Plus, our annual wedding directory offers an abundance of local vendors to help you choose just the right people to help you plan for the big event.
Congratulations again to Manisha Agrawal and her husband Houston. We wish you a lifetime of happiness!
-Kelly Oden, Executive Editor