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Naked Wedding Cake Trend : Naked Chocolate with Golden Center Tier Cake


Take a look at this fall-inspired wedding cake.

While the jury is still out on the whole “naked wedding cake” trend (since we do love frosting), this naked chocolate cake with the golden center tier is stunning.

Naked chocolate cakes seem a bit more dramatic than a naked white cake and the addition of a gold-foil embellished center tier adds some glitz and glamour to a rustic-looking cake.

The center tier is fully frosted with just a touch of gold foil – and you really don’t need much else on the cake. The addition of some greens is nice, but you could also add some seasonal blooms instead.

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Real Wedding – Jenny Postle and Hannah Cope’s Vibrant London Wedding At Asylum, Peckham

29 years old Jenny Postle and 33 years old Hannah Cope got married at  Asylum in Peckham,

London followed by a reception at The Chainstore in Trinity Buoy
Wharf on 8th July 2016. She says:


The first thing we decided on was the venue. It gave us
structure to start to plan around. We wanted quite a blank space to
put our own stamp on it; Asylum really packs a punch from the
second you walk through the door and the views at Trinity Buoy
Wharf were perfect.

We achieved our aim to throw a colourful, fun wedding with lots
of balloons, vibrant flowers, painted tablecloths and garlands. We
purposely didn’t have a colour palette to avoid anything too

Ashish created my veil for me from a
sequin-embroidered fabric design from their Spring/Summer 2014
show. As soon as I thought about the veil I’d like, this design
popped into my head. It was custom-made in India, and absolutely

To look for my dress, I went to some bridal shops but found it
hard to find anything that worked with my hourglass figure, so
Belinda at Beyond Burlesque make a bespoke dress that fitted
perfectly. Hannah’s suit was a men’s Missoni suit, which was cut to
her shape by the in-house tailors. She had to fly out for the
fittings but it was totally worth it.

We got married in London but we are
both originally from the Midlands, which inspired our
favours. We gave our guests Thornton’s chocolates (which are made
in Hannah’s Derbyshire village, Swanwick) and Gray’s Herbal Tablets
from my native Black Country.

For our first dance, we ran a lottery. Everyone paid a pound to
suggest a song in of their choice on the promise we would dance to
whatever was pulled out, and all the money was donated to LGBT
charities in Wolverhampton and Derbyshire. Spice Up Your
 was the winner!

My top tip: Use your friends and family! And I
know everyone says it but enjoy yourself. It’s over before you know


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Maggie Sottero Real Wedding, Married at the Groom’s House With Only Family and Close Friends

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These  married couple are planning their wedding celebration.

And what a celebration it was!  Their grand event was held at castle like venue befitting their royal theme. Gold decor, beautiful tables and sumptuous food made it an affair to remember.  It’s no wonder Hind knew her dress the moment she tried it on, her stunning Maggie Sottero Hannah was the perfect choice for this stately event.

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The Reception
It was a formal event with a royal theme, as the venue looked like a gothic castle. There were lots of gold and rustic feels. The wedding was almost entirely DIY and the reception including traditional dancing, sword cutting the cake, farewell wave from balcony and a sparkler exit.

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Hind’s Wedding Dress Search
I tried on about 10 dresses before I put on my final dress, Which I chose.  I chose my dress because it was the closest dress to what I had originally envisioned. It was not pure white, it was a dramatic A-line/Ball gown, and had gorgeous detailing. All the other  dresses, despite being cheaper than my dress, were all missing at least one of the things I had envisioned. I fell in love with my dress as soon as I put it on.

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How She Felt In Her Maggie Sottero Gown
Royal, Beautiful, and Elegant

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Why She’s Selling Her Wedding Dress
I will never wear my wedding dress again. It is amazing and every time I look at it again it takes my breath away. But I will never wear it again. And I spent a lot of money on it. I would like to get some return and let someone else feel and look beautiful as well.

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Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Photography: Haley Richter Photography  | Venue: Merion Tribute House | Event Planning, Florals + Cake: Bride and family friend

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A Real Wedding at the Chicago History Museum, Inspired By Champagne

Kelly Goldston and DeBonis married at the Chicago

History Museum in Chicago, in the USA, on 20th June 2015.


The inspiration behind
our wedding? Champagne! It symbolised everything
I wanted the day to be: sweet and bubbly – plus, it always gets a
party started. Fizz also served as the basis for our palette, full
of golds, blush pink and fuchsia.

It can be difficult for
plus-size brides to find the right dress, but I actually only tried
on four or five gowns. My final choice had so many elements I
loved; satin ruching and vintage-inspired lace and sparkle, while
the pearly ivory kept me from looking washed out. I’d assumed, like
many fuller-busted ladies, I wouldn’t be able to go without a bra
and do strapless, but the bodice was so supportive.

The most memorable
element of the day was the champagne sabering before the ceremony,
where we used
a sabre to chop the cork off a bottle of Bollinger. The best part
was seeing how excited it made my nephew – now he thinks I have a
real sword, I’m his hero!

Our biggest extravagance
was all the stationery. We really went to town. We had customised
letterpress invites with gold foil-stamped envelopes, a matching
order of service, menus, and bespoke labels for the mini champagne
bottles, which acted as our escort cards. Those small touches made
such a huge impact.

My top tip: Don’t plan on doing anything
yourself on the day – it will be such an emotional whirlwind that
even the most obvious ‘to dos’ will escape you.


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Lazaro Real Wedding of Senani and Nathan From Eva Sica


Let’s look at their gorgeous wedding.

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Senani’s Wedding Dress Search
As soon as I saw it, I knew it was the one! I didn’t want white. I was looking for champagne and found this dress which was such a gorgeous color against my skin tone., I also wanted it to look different and unique, with  a bit of sparkle but not too much, sweetheart strapless neck and trumpet style not mermaid with a full bottom skirt.


How She Felt In Her Lazaro Wedding Dress
Beautiful, Sexy Princess


Why She’s Selling Her Wedding Gown
I want another bride to feel the same way as I did! The color is so unique and it’s beautiful, elegant and a little sexy all at the same time. I received so many compliments not just from the guests at my wedding but from others that were there on the beach as well as other customers that were at the alterations place.


Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Photography: Eva Sica  | Reception Venue – Villa Celeste in Concha Chinas | Event Planning:  Eva and Michael  | Cake:  Pie In the Sky | Rentals: Puerto Vallarta Wed | Catering: Chef Sandoval

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Karen Willis Holmes Real Wedding From Nick Ray Photography – Louise + Huw

Karen Willis Holmes | Real Wedding

 Their wedding day was a beautiful sunny and filled with joy and warmth.  And Louise’s last minute choice of a Karen Willis Holmes wedding dress fit Piaget Replica
the event and her personal style perfectly.  First tempted to host a beach wedding in Sydney where they live, Louise and Huw decided instead to host a proper English wedding in their native UK to celebrate with all of their family and friends.


The Ceremony
The ceremony was held in St Andrews church in my parents parish in Meonstoke. Father Tony gave the ceremony, he was new to the parish and so our wedding was his first in the area so think he was as nervous as we were which helped calm my nerves one I reached the alter. He gave a really beautiful service. We also had Huw’s sisters and a couple of friends singing the welsh song ‘Calon lan’ which nearly had the whole congregation in tears!


The Reception
Following the church we arrived back at Hill Place which we had hired for the weekend. A beautiful grade II listed Georgian country villa located near the village of Swanmore in Hampshire. It’s a private home you can hire for the weekend with 5 bedrooms for use to put up guests. It is set in beautiful grounds with views across to the Isle of wight.

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Louise’s Wedding Dress Search
I had really struggled finding something that suited my style. I knew I like the idea of a skirt and top and something quite simple but found nothing I was completely happy with.  I started getting a bespoke one made by a dressmaker but about 3 weeks before the wedding realised the dress wasn’t turning out the way I wanted so in panic I make appointments at bridal shops in my lunch breaks from work to try and find something I felt good about. I had been to KWH before and tried a few but thought I’d see if there was any I’d missed. First one I tried was the Mabel and fell in love with it straight away! It looked so simple on the hanger but one on I knew it was just for me. I ordered it straight away and somehow they had it in stock and were able to alter it slightly for me in just over a week!


How She Felt In Her Karen Willis Holmes Wedding Dress
Myself, elegant, beautiful


Why She’s Selling Her Wedding Dress
I’d be much happier with someone else enjoying it as much as i did than it sitting in a wardrobe for the rest of its life


Wedding Dress: Karen Willis Holmes | Photography: Nick Ray Photography | Ceremony:  St Andrews Church Meonstoke | Reception:  Hill Place, Swanmore | Floral Design: Louise Avery Flowers | Catering: Small Piece Catering | Cake Sourced from Bath cheese Company assembled and decorated by Small Piece Catering

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J. Mendel Real Wedding From Kelly Jayne Photography – Finella + Cale

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Forty-two guests traveled for their intimate nuptials held in midtown Manhattan.  The venue’s amazing views and chic atmosphere provided the perfect backdrop for their beautiful event. This travel-loving Australian couple hosted their destination wedding in New York City.

Finella + Cale | April 10, 2016 | New York, New York

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The Ceremony
The ceremony was a lovely intimate affair, and we were married by the grooms brother who was ordained online and then registered as a celebrant with the city of New York. It was a beautiful traditional ceremony with the lovely touch of being married by a family member. Seating was Patek Philippe Complications Replica Watchesallocated and guests received a personalized luggage tag on their seat, custom made as the

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The Reception
After the ceremony guests were ushered to the roof top for cocktail hour where they enjoyed breathtaking views of the Hudson river, empire state building and midtown. Signature cocktails were served along with delicious canapes including mac and cheese cupcakes, sirloin sliders and risotto fritters. Guests then came back down into the venue where the space had been transported back into a luxury cocktail lounge. Guests enjoyed a dinner service in phases, danced to the awesome DJ and enjoyed cocktails all night.

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Finella’s Wedding Dress Search
I tried on probably around 15 dresses. I only shopped at Kleinfeld’s and Bergdorf Goodman. I ended up on a J. Mendel dress from Bergdorf.

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How She Felt In Her J. Mendel Gown
Elegant, sophisticated, sexy
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Why She’s Selling Her Wedding Dress
Its such a beautiful dress I think that someone else should enjoy wearing it. Every time I look at the photos I am amazed that my figure can look so good in a dress!!


Wedding Dress:  J. Mendel Valentine | Photography: Kelly Jayne Photography  | Venue: The Skylark |Floral Design: Designs by Ahn | Cake: Abigail Kirsch

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Vera Wang White Real Wedding From Emily Gualdoni Photography

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What strikes us most is the story of the dress.  Erin bought a dress but knew deep down, that it wasn’t  “the one.”  So she made a long distance drive to see a second dress, and instantly knew it was hers.  She wore it, looked and felt amazing, and is now selling it for another bride to love too.  How completely perfect is that? There’s a lot to like about this charming Chicago wedding.

Erin + Mark | September 26, 2015 | Chicago, Illinois

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The Ceremony
The Catholic ceremony was held at the historic French Gothic-style St. James Chapel surrounded by gorgeous stained glass throughout.

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The Reception
The reception was held after at River Roast on LaSalle.  The venue was wonderful, because it provided both an intimate indoor space as well as a scenic balcony overlooking the river for both cocktails and throughout the reception.

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Erin’s Wedding Dress Search
I probably tried on 15 dresses over the course of finding mine.  I originally bought one but just knew right after that it was not it.  After doing a lot more research online, I couldn’t stop looking at this one.  It was more dress than I ever thought I’d want, but something about it just had me, and I knew that I had to find it.  So, I called around and found out the only two left in my size were in New York and Indiana.  So, the next day I loaded up my dogs (so I’d have company) and made the four-hour Saturday road-trip to Indiana to see it.  It was love at first sight, and thankfully, since I bought it from the same location as the original, they were able to exchange the order.  I took home the floor sample that day and never looked back.

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How She Felt In Her Wedding Dress
Stunning, sensuous, enthralling, captivating, powerful….it’s hard to give just three.  This dress made me feel the best I think I’ve ever felt.  I wish I could wear it regularly! :)

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Why She’s Selling Her Wedding Gown
I originally looked on for my dress knowing I wanted something beautiful without paying too much for something I was only going to be wearing a few hours.  So, when I did end up finding mine in a retail location, I knew that someday I would want someone else to be able to enjoy the dress as much as I had without having to worry about the extra cost.  I’m not going to lie, I love this dress so much that it is actually a little tough to sell it, but if I know another bride will have the most amazing day of her life in it, that makes passing it along very worthwhile.

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Wedding Dress: Vera Wang White  | Photography:  Emily Gualdoni Photography  | Ceremony:  St. James Chapel | Reception:  River Roast | Floral Design:  Kim Dunlap   | Cake:  West Town Bakery

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Hayley Paige Real Wedding From Nana Kofi Nti | Christal + Tony


Christal’s Wedding Dress Search
I tried on 12 different dresses and knew that I wanted a mermaid style dress. The Haley Paige dress was the 2nd dress I tried on and every dress after just didn’t compare.

Christal and Tony’s summer wedding was held at the elegant Scottish Rite Temple over looking Lake Merritt in Oakland.  And Christal’s Hayley Paige 6203 was the absolute  perfect gown choice.  With it’s organza-ruffled mermaid skirt and sheer corset back with crystals, the dress was both dramatic and gorgeous.

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How She Felt in Her Hayley Paige Gown
Glam, Classic, Couture!


Why She’s Selling Her Wedding Dress
I would love to be able to save it for my daughter, but the reality of it is that she’s probably going to be much taller than   Also, I would love for someone to be able to have it and love it for their special day as much as I did.


Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige 6203 | Photography: Nana Kofi Nti | Venue Scottish Rite Temple |  Cake : Minia’s Bake Shop

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Heather + Brian | Real Wedding From Zorz Studios

There is so much goodness in this Manhattan wedding captured by Zorz Studios. From the bride’s beautiful gown (purchased with a near perfect fit at a charity sale), to the warmth of the wedding vows and the elegant, but intimate reception make this Big Day packed with inspiration. Real WeddingsLean_Harloff_Zorz_Studios_HBWed0048_lowLean_Harloff_Zorz_Studios_HBWed0063_lowLean_Harloff_Zorz_Studios_HBWed0060_lowLean_Harloff_Zorz_Studios_HBWed0125_lowLean_Harloff_Zorz_Studios_HBWed0205_lowLean_Harloff_Zorz_Studios_HBWed0256_lowLean_Harloff_Zorz_Studios_HBWed0267_lowLean_Harloff_Zorz_Studios_HBWed0184_lowLean_Harloff_Zorz_Studios_HBWed0255_lowLean_Harloff_Zorz_Studios_HBWed0272_lowLean_Har Real WeddingsLean_Harloff_Zorz_Studios_HBWed0453_lowLean_Harloff_Zorz_Studios_HBWed0451_lowLean_Harloff_Zorz_Studios_HBWed0581_lowLean_Harloff_Zorz_Studios_HBWed0588_lowLean_Harloff_Zorz_Studios_HBWed0598_lowLean Real Real WeddingsLean_Harloff_Zorz_Studios_HBWed0742_lowLean_Harloff_Zorz_Studios_HBWed0780_lowLean_Harloff_Zorz_Studios_HBWed0784_low Real WeddingsLean_Harloff_Zorz_Studios_HBWed0774_lowLean_Harloff_Zorz_Studios_HBWed1109_low