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Canfield Casino wedding built on happy surprises

Canfield Casino wedding built on happy surprises

From their Cinco de Mayo meeting to a wedding proposal at sunset, Mike and Michelle Brown’s life together has had its share of happy surprises, and their wedding day offered guests a few as well.

Frozen yogurt shop owners’ nuptials a sweet affair

Frozen yogurt shop owners’ nuptials a sweet affair

Sweet. That’s the best word to describe Melissa and Joshua Hadcock’s wedding.

Bridal stylists will be there, wherever ‘there’ is

Bridal stylists will be there, wherever ‘there’ is

Crystal Cobert-Gibbens did brides’ make-up for years, but when it came time for her own wedding in September, she tossed the blush brush aside.

Reception menus increasingly feature local foods

Reception menus increasingly feature local foods

Brie from France and prosciutto imported from Italy would be elegant additions to any wedding menu, but a growing number of brides and grooms are opting for ingredients produced or grown much closer to home.

Prepared brides have tools for any emergency

Prepared brides have tools for any emergency

No matter how meticulously you plan the flowers, the music and the seating chart, your wedding day has a way of throwing a curveball — such as when your college roommate, seized by a moment of OMG-I-can’t-believe-you’re-getting-married! enthusiasm, accidentally sloshes her red wine onto your wedding dress.

Why toss a bouquet when you can keep it forever?

Why toss a bouquet when you can keep it forever?

When Carol Ann Vivrette was planning her wedding four years ago, her fiancé encouraged her to bring her crafty nature to the day. Hundreds of hours and yards of yarn later, she had knit and felted flowers for her wedding party, from her own calla lily bouquet to the corsages of her two grandmothers.

Flowers made from recycled materials a quirky touch

Flowers made from recycled materials a quirky touch

Glynis Abapo knew just what she wanted her dream wedding cake to be: simple. Three or four tiers. A rich, white confection with white peonies and peony petals cascading down the middle. The problem? The handmade sugar flowers cost a fortune.

Take steps to find wedding shoes that are just right

Take steps to find wedding shoes that are just right

No offense to Cinderella, but she sort of had it backwards. The shoe should be at the end of the to-do list for a wedding fairy tale.

Photo booths are for more than just malls these days

Photo booths are for more than just malls these days

Jeff Caron started the area’s first photo booth rental company, Saratoga Photobooth Company, in 2006. because he was looking for a fun side job in addition to working in digital multimedia at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Locavore dining opens options for those interested in good eats

Locavore dining opens options for those interested in good eats

Robert Pollock started hosting weddings at his Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa as a fluke.

Set your party apart

Set your party apart

During the height of wedding season, weddings can run into one another, as the format and the festivities are similar at various ceremonies. Couples interested in setting their nuptials apart may want to enhance the wedding reception with a few unique ideas.

Old traditions explained

Old traditions explained

Wedding customs are ripe with tradition and hark back to days when superstition and myth often ruled the day. There are many traditions surrounding a wedding that people simply accept. But understanding their origins can make the ceremony more meaningful.

Don't invite these myths to your wedding festivities

Don't invite these myths to your wedding festivities

Wedding bells cause enough headaches without the noise of outdated or misguided rules. Here are five wedding myths you can banish from your to-do lists to save money, time or grief.

Let your personality bloom with flowers

Let your personality bloom with flowers

Your bridal bouquet will be one of your most memorable accessories, so let your taste and style shine through. Keeping fashion trends in mind and joining them with your own personality are vital when it comes to selecting your bouquet and all of your wedding flowers. The hand-tied bouquet at left reflects the trend towards jewel colors and is from Felthousen Florists.

Secrets to a long and happy marriage

Secrets to a long and happy marriage

Some might say a long celebrity marriage is one that endures the duration of the newly betrothed's trip down the aisle. But some couples have been together for 50, 60 years and say they're still as much in love as they were the day they spoke their "I dos." What do they know that others do not?

From red carpet to wedding aisle

From red carpet to wedding aisle

Some wedding dresses leave a legacy beyond the next-day knockoff from Kate Middleton's Alexander McQueen stunner to Carolyn Bessette Kennedy's simple tank — and especially Queen Victoria 's white ball gown —changed the way brides dressed for years to come. At left is Chelsea Clinton in Vera Wang.

No more knicknacks! Dig into edible wedding favor ideas

No more knicknacks! Dig into edible wedding favor ideas

As couples pore over guest favor options, many select trinkets or knickknacks that, while thoughtful, end up collecting dust in someone's home. Guests may look forward to an edible favor because it's a memento of the special occasion and it won't become a permanent fixture in their homes.

Can there be too much white at a wedding?

Can there be too much white at a wedding?

Is it all right to go all white? It takes a woman with a strong personality and sense of self to remain the belle of the ball, and she needs to embrace little tools to help her shine. There are hundreds of shades of white, from bright, blueish diamond white to a creamy, more yellowed eggshell white.

Resist temptation: What NOT to serve at your wedding

Resist temptation: What NOT to serve at your wedding

Couples often fret over what to serve their guests at the reception, and rightfully so. You want to ensure you're getting what you paid for and that guests enjoy what they're eating.

Food: Delicious details

Food: Delicious details

Despite the months of planning and poring over every minute detail of a wedding, it has often been said that what people remember most about wedding receptions is the food and if they had fun. Therefore, instead of worrying about choosing Jordan almonds over chocolate truffles, couples may want to pay more attention to selecting their reception menus.

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