Real Weddings – SF16

Ever since we started Real Weddings Magazine back in 2007, we have firmly believed that there are no rules! We’re not here to tell you what you have to do or what you need to do for your wedding day…it’s our mission to give you ideas and resources so that you can make it the best day ever for you (well, you and your beloved)! So, if you want to wear a red dress for your wedding, then we say DO IT (yes, that’s me taking a photo of Carissa wearing a RED DRESS from De La Rosa’s Bridal & Tuxedo for our cover model contest finalist photo shoot in the edit letter of this issue); or if you want to serve pie at your reception, then do it. Enjoy the process and enjoy the day, and all the days to come!

With that in mind, let’s get started on your wedding planning! First up, our “Expert Advice” column! This issue, Real Weddings’ contributor Kelley Saia gathered some timely and useful wedding planning advice from some of the top wedding pros in the region. Turn to page 42; and then, tune into our blog for Kelley’s regular blog feature, “Tips from the Pros.”

And, speaking of weddings, do we have weddings?! Yep, we’ve got ’em! In this issue, we feature 40 of the best of the best from the region, starting on page 127 (and be sure to check out our website each week for even MORE real weddings—every Wednesday is our “Real Weddings Wednesday!” Get it?!).

Ready for some delicious eye candy? Turn to page 51 for the start of our four styled shoots—we partnered with some of the top wedding pros to put together vignettes to inspire, “Bohemian Love Story,” “Haute Couture,” “Southern Comfort,” and “Surf’s Up”—then turn to page 91 and check out our cover model contest finalist feature “In Living Color”…you have our permission to ogle over all of the fabulous frocks, sensational hair and makeup ideas and accessories, gorgeous sets, and beautiful bouquets!

But wait…there’s more! As always, our resident “Always a Bridesmaid” columnist Darren Elms talks tips and trends; 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 (including a few gifts for you!); and the list goes on and on!

And a huge, hearty thanks to all of this issue’s contributing partners—you’re so giving with your knowledge and your talents, and we cannot thank you enough for sharing it with us and our readers!

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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