These are words of commitment, of joy, of love.
For this issue of Vow Bride, we decided to shift our focus just a little and explore some of the first things a couple experiences once their engagement goes viral. This life-changing moment gets the wedding party started; and it’s usually sealed with a kiss and a ring. The hunt for sparkle and shine lead us to some of the most beautiful jewels in “Brilliantly Betrothed.” Couples quickly discover that there’s no time to loose when it comes to setting a date, finding the perfect venue and getting a wedding plan organized and in motion. Our “Pros in the Know” share some valuable advice for cutting to the chase and making important decisions. Then it’s time to capture the moment in your Save the Date photo. “Well Engaged” offers great ideas from leading photographers on how to make your first official photo session together a memorable one.
We wouldn’t be the magazine we are if we didn’t showcase some of the dreamiest gowns seen on the runway. Our editorial photo shoot at Dover Hall in Richmond offers luxurious glimpses of beautiful designs– and all the details that make a bride so regal in “Crowns & Gowns.” For many brides, so much of the experience feels like a fairy tale and our bridal fashion editorial “Bewitching Beauty” gives just a hint of that at the enchanted Hermitage Museum. Before the big day, it’s a host of celebrations that build up the excitement; and we have you dressed for them all in “Party Time.”
Couples tying the knot have so many reasons to feel excited. They will share milestones, merge their styles and re-define their taste while creating their first home. In “Happily Ever,” discover some great ideas for creating your nest and enjoying the process together.
Most importantly, celebrate your engagement wisely. It’s easy to get caught up in the details of the day; to be discouraged by certain caveats in the planning process; and to allow the little things you can’t control–like the weather– dampen your spirits. Be inspired by the latest ideas you see and enthused by the wonderful professionals guiding you along the way.
There’s no better time to be engaged than now.
Kim Wadsworth, Editor-in-Chief
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