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I have the best job in the world. I get to work with fantastically creative wedding professionals every single day, attend more than 400+ weddings every year (ok, so I don’t really attend them, but that’s how many I get to enjoy through our submission process, so I feel like I get to be a guest at all of them!), and I get to work with amazing real “people” models: brides and grooms (and grooms and grooms, and brides and brides!) who we feature as our models in all of our shoots. It’s such a pleasure to get to know them and have them be a part of our photo shoots—we love that they become part of the Real Weddings Magazine family! If you want to be a part of one of our shoots, send me an email (, and I’ll tell you more!

Now, back to planning your wedding! We’re here to help….first up, our featured real weddings! We have weddings, weddings and more weddings…38 of the best of the best from the region, starting on page 125 (and be sure to check out our website each week for even MORE real weddings—every Wednesday is our “Real Weddings Wednesday!” Get it?!). Music is such a vital part of not only our daily lives, but also, you guessed it, your wedding. So we let the songs do the talking with this issue, and they were our inspiration for our five styled shoots, starting on page 51…in a word, magical! Ready for your “virtual” fashion show? Turn to page 91 and check out all of the gorgeous gowns, beautiful hair and makeup ideas, and fabulous flowers in our “Something Blue” cover model finalist feature.

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 the contributors who we partnered with for our “Expert Advice” articles and on all of our photo shoots for this issue—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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