Real Weddings – SF15

I admit it…I get stressed out over our photo shoots. Happens every time because, admittedly, I’m a control freak (is there a 12-step program for me?!). But, over the past eight years of putting together Real Weddings, I’ve learned a few things—one of the most important: Trust the professionals on your team! We get to work with so many amazingly talented professionals in the wedding industry, and these folks are just that…professionals. They truly want to make sure that your wedding is the wedding of your dreams! So my little nuggets of advice for planning your wedding: Keep the big picture in mind, enjoy the process and hire (and trust!) professionals (like those featured here in the pages of Real Weddings!) to help you achieve your dream wedding, however you define that day to be.

So, what’s in store for you in this issue of Real Weddings Magazine? Well, inspiration, first and foremost! We have weddings, weddings and more weddings…44 of the best of the best from the region, starting on page 119. Love the movies? Yeah, so do we…check out our take on “if this movie had a wedding in it, this is what we would envision” starting on page 49. Need some hair, makeup, dress, flowers and accessories inspiration? Look no further than our cover model finalist feature starting on page 87…oodles and oodles of great ideas!

And, so much more is packed into the pages of this issue: Our resident “Always a Bridesmaid” columnist Darren Elms dishes on some of the newest ideas in photo booths; our “For Your Review” columnist Sharon Penny presents you with a plethora of planning tools; our “Gift Guide” will help you check everyone off of your gift list; and the list goes on and on!

Finally…a huge, hearty thanks to all of the contributors who we partnered with on all of our photo shoots and our “Expert Advice” articles for this issue—we love you guys and cannot thank you enough for all of your creative energy and your incomparable talents!

We absolutely love putting together this magazine for you, our Real Weddings’ readers. When you find your wedding dream team through Real Weddings (the magazine, blog, website, mobile app, mobile directory (The White List) and our social media sites), be sure to tell them that you’re a Real Weddings reader because without their support, we simply couldn’t do this magazine.

(Oh, and P.S. be SURE to tell them that you’re a Real Weddings’ reader because a lot of our partners have special offers exclusively for our readers! You can get a sneak peek of them on our website at:

As always, dear readers, happy planning!






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