Real Weddings: A Celebration of Personal Style

Real Weddings: A Celebration of Personal Style

by Mallory Samson
     
 
For every bride who wants a beautiful memory, for every parent who wants an affordable spectacle, and for every groom who wants to have fun, Real Weddings offers hundreds of ideas to inspire and delight. Filled with alluring photographs from one of America's leading wedding photographers and packed with advice from the managing editor of Bride's, the

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For every bride who wants a beautiful memory, for every parent who wants an affordable spectacle, and for every groom who wants to have fun, Real Weddings offers hundreds of ideas to inspire and delight. Filled with alluring photographs from one of America's leading wedding photographers and packed with advice from the managing editor of Bride's, the largest and most respected bridal magazine, this is an ideal guide for anyone involved in the planning and completion of a marriage celebration—one that should be unforgettable, manageable, and magical.

Renowned photographer Mallory Samson and editor Sally Kilbridge profile sixteen couples from around the country, each chosen for their creativity and variety of wedding size, setting, guest list, and budget, in order for readers to easily adapt any of the details to fit their own one-of-a-kind needs. The authors follow bride and groom through the decision-making process—from basics, such as selecting flowers suitable for a Christmastime wedding and finding an appropriate dress for a backyard ceremony, to unique touches, such as sending mountain-motif invitations for a wedding in Sun Valley, Idaho. Concluding each story with the big day, Kilbridge and Samson capture the excitement and romance as they highlight the touches that made the event so special: an aisle of shells for a beach processional, an African dance routine for an ethnic-flavored reception, and a couple who drove away from their Maine ceremony in a station wagon trailing lobster buoys and seaweed.

Throughout the book, interviews with wedding experts: a florist, baker, bandleader, consultant, makeup artist, couturiere, caterer,and hairstylist give suggestions for hiring and directing the professionals. Also included is a directory with suggestions for the ceremony reading and song selections and reception menu. Together, Samson and Kilbridge have produced a fresh, innovative package full of practical and inspiring ideas that will help anyone achieve a truly memorable day.

Turn dreams into reality with Real Weddings. Photographer Mallory Samson and Bride's editor Sally Kilbridge, along with sixteen creative and diverse couples, will inspire future brides, grooms, family members, and friends in planning a unique and magical day.

Editorial Reviews

R Rhodes
If you are like most brides, as you plan your wedding you try to absorb as much wedding information as you can from other recent brides. Who catered the wedding? Where did you get your dress? What did the groom wear? How did you manage an outdoor wedding in September? Those may be just a sampling of your questions.

Real Weddings, written by Sally Kilbridge and photographed by Mallory Samson, addresses all of those questions and many others with its profiles of 16 couples. This book succeeds in giving you clever ideas for planning a "My Best Friend's Wedding"-style event. Many of the book's weddings are big, but there is a wide range of styles.

The "Gathering of Clans" wedding, for instance, features a couple marrying on Block Island off the coast of Rhode Island. The groom, who was from Scotland, chose to don a kilt, as did the Scots and American groomsmen. The Scottish theme was carried out through the entire wedding, from the flower girls' tartan dresses to bagpipe music. The couple also took advantage of what the island had to offer by serving freshly caught fish and having a raw bar of oysters and clams.

Maybe a large, all-out wedding isn't your thing, and you're hoping for an intimate occasion with fewer than ten people. One couple chose to have a small wedding because this was not their first marriage. But that, as Real Weddings shows, is no reason not to have a grand wedding. They had four guests -- their kids -- but all the fixings that go with an exquisite wedding. They had romantic readings, plenty of flowers, and a beautiful cake decorated with a sugared tree, which was symbolic because the bride had given the groom a copper beech tree as a gift. At the end of this profile -- as Kilbridge did with all of the profiles -- there are tips on having an intimate wedding, like not succumbing to the pressure to invite more people at the last minute and planning things in advance, such as getting the marriage license and finding someone to officiate.

Another integral component of this book is the professional advice pages from a baker, photographer, florist, and many others. Hairstylist Salvador Calvano III, for example, provides questions that every bride-to-be should ask a stylist, suggests bringing in a picture of the way you would like to wear your hair, and urges you to consider a natural look that doesn't involve too much hairspray.

Where Real Weddings fails is with prices. Kilbridge neglects to provide the total cost of each wedding, leaving you (and me) asking, "How much does this shindig cost????" How affordable is a reception with lobster as the main course? Do brides in Vera Wang dresses (there are several in this book) have the same financial concerns as budget brides? How realistic is it to hire Imani dancers to perform for the bride and groom?

But if the idea of being a spy at 16 weddings appeals to you, Real Weddings definitely lets you do that. You learn about the make of the brides' dresses, what the invites looked like, and what the cuisine was. The writing sticks to the facts, and because the stories are so good, there are no superfluous adjectives. The photographs are also excellent; journalistic in nature, Samson's pictures tell the compelling stories of these featured couples almost as well as Kilbridge's prose. Real Weddings is the must-have invite when looking for how-did-they-ever-swing-that wedding info.

--Barnesandnoble.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780609602348
Publisher:
Random House, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/19/1999
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 10.17(h) x 0.96(d)

Meet the Author

Sally Kilbridge is the managing editor of Condé Nast's Bride's magazine.  She has appeared on the Food Network, CNN, and CNBC; in newspapers, such as the New York Times, USA Today, and the Chicago Tribune; and in magazines, including Condé Nast Traveler and Vogue. She lives in New York City.

Mallory Samson is one of the country's leading wedding photographers. Her work has appeared in Bride's, Martha Stewart Living: Weddings, Glamour, and Town & Country. She was senior fashion editor at Bride's in 1983. Now a full-time photographer, she is based in Sausalito, California, and New York City.

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