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Martha Stewart Weddings:  Real Weddings Special Issue

Martha Stewart Weddings: Real Weddings Special Issue Spring/Summer 2017

Martha Stewart Real Weddings is packed with all the fresh ideas you’ve come to expect from Martha Stewart Weddings, plus page after page of timeless inspiration from our favorite celebrations. Order this special issue and start planning today!

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in this issue

2 min.
loving it

When I tell people where I work, they often get a dreamy look and say something like, “Ooh, that must be so fun.” They’re right—my colleagues and I are lucky to have jobs that involve beautiful dresses, incredible cakes, and exquisite flowers, and we are fortunate to collaborate with the most talented and creative vendors in the wedding business. And of course, there’s the best reason we come to work every day: love. We help couples celebrate their love for each other through an event that is uniquely their own. While you’re doing your own planning, we hope you’ll use our ideas and also keep this piece of advice in mind: Remember how fortunate you are to be at this momentous stage in your life. A joyful attitude will infuse the…

2 min.
behind the scenes at the beach

HIGH WATER passing storm brought rough, cold surf. “The model was super-tough,” says fashion editor Jessica King. “Besides icy water, she had to dodge sharp rocks—and sea urchins.” Here, makeup artist and hairstylist Erin Lee Smith tests her balance while adjusting the model. ISLAND-BOUND With a two-hour flight time from Orlando, Florida, Jamaica makes a quick island getaway. Our crew—and equipment, gowns and jewels— had a stress-free trip south thanks to JetBlue. ROCK ON Home base was a clifftop retreat in Negril, Jamaica, called Rockhouse. (We stayed there and shot the story on the resort’s cliffs and nearby beaches.) The boutique hotel is situated on the island’s western coast— providing the swoon-worthy sunset views that have attracted honeymooners and celebrities like Bob Marley since it first opened in 1972. After scouting several spots, we chose…

1 min.
a new angle

3 min.
spotlight on enjoying the wedding

Plan ahead, plan ahead, plan ahead. Do as much in advance as you possibly can. If something can be signed, sealed, or delivered a few weeks before the wedding date, do it. Buy gifts for your bridal party, wrap them, and add personal notes. Write your toasts if you plan to make them (it’s so easy to procrastinate with this one—don’t!). Some things have to be done at the last minute, like the rehearsal and hair and makeup, and a few 11th-hour hiccups are inevitable. Giving yourself a cushion of time will mean that you can handle all that with ease. Make friend time a priority. Don’t wait until the wedding itself to get together with your nearest and dearest. These are people you want to share special moments with, so…

5 min.
faux sure

MORE BLOOMING BEAUTIES 1. If you’re using larger flowers, you don’t need a lot of them to take a cake from bare to beautiful. Try a single fondant orchid per tier for a look that’s both elegant and effortless. 2. Bundle white parrot-tulip and white cosmos sugar flowers to make a timeless and simple topper. 3. For smaller blooms, like these happy-making daisies, play with scale and pattern to make the most impact: We used a different size and arrangement on each tier, working from largest at the base to tiny, airy ones at the top. THE DETAILS: (Previous page) Lemon and blossom fillers, $69 for 14, caljavaonline.com. (This page) Orchid fondant flowers, $24 for 3, sugargardencupcakes.etsy.com. White parrot-tulip sugar flowers and white cosmos sugar flowers, $35 for 3, juliekonsewicz.etsy.com. Petit gum-paste…

4 min.
meki bracken & ian craig

AUGUST 1, 2016 / DETROIT Scotsmen are known to tell a story, but when Ian Craig FaceTimed his dad from the departures terminal of JFK airport in September 2015, his tale was almost too good to believe. While vacationing in Manhattan, he’d met Meki Bracken, a lawyer from Washington, D.C., via Tinder. “It was love at first sight,” says Ian, a financialservices executive. “Meki’s photos were beautiful, but they didn’t do her justice. She looked even better in person.” At that date, which was coffee in Bryant Park, things went so well, the next day they took a leap and met in Savannah, Georgia—he was already heading there, and she’d always wanted to visit—for a few more days together. Then they both had traveling to do, so they went separate ways.…