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By Long Island Bride and Groom
Categories:  General   

Longislandbrideandgroom.com is the perfect resource for planning your wedding. View a directory of wedding professionals, featured articles and information to help with your decision making. Check out our featured Photo Galleries of wedding ideas broken into themes as well as colors to help you decide on specific details for your special day. These galleries are fully integrated with Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest so you can organize and share your ideas.

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iPad, iPhone and Android devices to stay connected with information about Long Island’s top wedding professionals including reception locations, photographers, gowns, entertainment, limousines, florists, invitations and much more. Long Island Bride and Groom will help you to plan the most important day of your life.

Now up on our website - View a completely interactive version of our 2014 magazine including videos, web links and more! Click here to view the 2014 Digital Magazine.


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By Long Island Bride and Groom
Categories:  General   

Set the tone to your wedding by making a great first impression. Invitations to your wedding need to be sent out 6-8 weeks prior to your special day.

The invitation is the first detail your guests will see of your wedding so make sure it is unique and unforgettable.

For some tips on choosing the invitations and favors that are right for your wedding view the articles in our digital magazine, “Setting The Tone” on page 274 and “The Write Stuff” on page 284. Visit http://tinyurl.com/ky3ebr6 for more details.


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By Long Island Bride and Groom
Categories:  Health & Beauty   

Make sure your hair is camera ready for your wedding with HASK. It is a collection of hair care products featuring exotic oils from around the world.

 

Prepare for your big day by getting rid of frizzy, weak, or dry hair with the use of quality ingredients at an affordable price. HASK presents shampoos, conditioners, shine oils and deep conditioners based on the key ingredients of Argan Oil, Macadamia Oil, Monoi Oil and Keratin Protein. Each ingredient has a different effect to provide targeted solutions and help repair your specific hair care needs. Look beautiful on your wedding day with a little help from HASK.


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By Long Island Bride and Groom
Categories:  General   

Now that summer is in full swing, SMIRNOFF presents its two newest innovations, SMIRNOFF Sorbet Light Summer Strawberry and White Peach. Infused with natural and fresh-tasting fruit flavors including ripe strawberry and sweet peaches, they are perfect for creating a signature drink for your wedding celebration.

SMIRNOFF Sorbet Light Summer Strawberry and White Peach are reduced-calorie vodka specialties offering light, refreshing cocktails at only 78 calories per 1.5oz. serving. This gives even more options for delicious summertime drinks without sacrificing taste or worrying about calories. It’s the perfect way to complement your wedding day by creating a signature cocktail that matches your theme and adds to the celebration! Check out their website for great recipie ideas.


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By Long Island Bride and Groom
Categories:  Articles   General   

You’ve found your perfect guy, but have you found the perfect match in a wedding photographer? Photographers should be booked at least 9 months in advance to your special day. Having a photographer is important to chronicle your first moments of wedding bliss. Get some expert tips on how to get the right look - in images for your wedding day. The article "Picture Perfect” can be found on page 212 in the digital copy of our magazine.

 Visit Longislandbrideandgroom.com  for Long Island’s top wedding photographers.


 


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By Long Island Bride and Groom
Categories:  Articles   Health & Beauty   

With one of the most special days of your life approaching schedule a beauty consultation several months in advance. Doing so will help to ensure you will look picture perfect on your wedding day! Check out our digital magazine for the article “Get Your Wedding Glow" on page 320 and visit http://tinyurl.com/pcz6ylv Health, Beauty and Fitness for Long Island’s top professionals with hair, makeup, nutrition and skincare. 


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By Long Island Bride and Groom
Categories:  Articles   

Have a lot of out-of-town guests coming to your wedding?  Most hotels offer group rates when you block out a certain number of rooms. View some of Long Island’s finest hotels.  Give them a call to schedule a visit of their property.  

To show your appreciation to your guest for their attendance; leave a welcome gift, this is one way to thank them for being with you on your special day!  

 

 Want more helpful tips on Pampering your Guest  - Click here for our digital magazine and go to page 160 to read this article. 


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By Long Island Bride and Groom
Categories:  Travel   

A honeymoon gives you the opportunity to travel somewhere special for this once in a 
lifetime event. 

 

 
At least six months or more prior to your wedding you should begin to research and plan your honeymoon. We have found expert planners to make your honeymoon truly memorable while keeping both your interests and budget in mind. 


For more information on travel experts visit http://tinyurl.com/muol5xc and check out our article "Planning the Perfect Honeymoon" on page 340 in the digital version of our magazine! http://tinyurl.com/np2jcu3 


Find out what documents to pack as well as packing tips and more!


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By Long Island Bride and Groom
Categories:  Health & Beauty   

Want a smooth shave without nicks and razor burn? A clean close shave is now in reach with this new ultimate shaving ammunition. 

 

Somersets men’s shaving oils consist of a blend of organic essential oils including Tea Tree, Lavender and Rosemary. This will create barrier between your skin and razor allowing for a comfortable shave with no mess. Each bottle yields up to 90 shaves with just using three drops for every shave.

There are many options from original, extra sensitive and tough stubble shaving oils. Somersets shaving oils will help you to achieve a clean and close shave for your wedding day.

Visit somersetsusa.com for more information.


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By Ivette Manners
Categories:  Real Weddings   

Tara was literally floating on air when Brent asked her to marry him. During a vacation in New Mexico visiting Brent’s family, Brent planned a hot air balloon ride for him and Tara as a fun activity during their trip. “I was excited when Brent told me about the ride, but was so scared once we got there,” says Tara. “The thought of hanging from a basket thousands of feet in the air was not comforting, but I got on.” 

While actually enjoying soaring over the city of Albuquerque, Tara turned around and noticed Brent bent down claiming that he had an itch on his calf. He then managed to get down on one knee in the tight space and asked Tara for the honor of spending the rest of her life with him. "I wanted to call everyone to share the news, but couldn't because we were 9,000 feet in the air!" says Tara.

The couple announced their wedding with save the dates, which were magnets featuring three pictures from their engagement shoot and then sent out custom-made invitations for their summer wedding. The event was held at Larkfield in East Northport, where they had a simple traditional ceremony. “We included an Irish blessing and an inspiring passage on marriage, and we exchanged our own vows,” says Tara. The bride, who wore a satin A-line gown with a hand-beaded bodice from Bridal Reflections o Massapequa and carried a bouquet of white hydrangeas and cymbidium orchids accented by feathers, walked down an aisle lined with 10-foot structures featuring cascading phalaenopsis orchids. Brent, the handsome groom decked out in a black tuxedo with a white orchid boutonniere, awaited his bride under a hydrangea-and-crystal decorated gazebo. Tara’s bridesmaids wore plum-colored chiffon gowns and carried bouquets of purple lisianthus, green orchids, and yellow roses wrapped in fabric matching their dresses. The groomsmen were dressed in black tuxedos yellow rose boutonnieres. After the ceremony, everyone toasted with glasses of strawberry-infused champagne.

Their reception space at Larkfield was set up with a cool whit crystal setting, which changed into different colors throughout the night. Each table was deco-rated with unique centerpieces designed by James Anthony Floral. One table featured a tall topiary ball with white hydrangea and roses with cascading orchids and surrounding votive candles. “And we had the lighting set up in a way that it accented the centerpieces beautifully,” says Tara. The structures used for the ceremony were brought in for the reception and placed around the sweetheart table and the bar. The seating chart was a “valet board” where guests collected keys with their seating assignment on them. “The seating cards were attached to skeleton keys that doubled as bottle openers our guests were able to keep as mementos,” says Tara. “In lieu of favors we chose to donate to the American Cancer Society and Alzheimer's Association on behalf of our grandparents who have passed away.” 

During the bride and groom’s traditional first dance the wanted to have some fun and get the party started. “We broke from our slow dance into the “Tootsee Roll” to get our guests into a frenzy,” says Tara. “Seeing Brent let loose during our firs dance was my favorite memory of the day. We had so much fun and our dance really kicked off the night.” Guests dined on a true celebratory feast including multi-continental appetizers, followed by antipasto for the first course, a ravioli trio for the second course, and a choice of rack of lamb, filet mignon salmon, shrimp scampi, chicken rollatini, and a vegetarian dish for the main course. “We also had an open bar that served great mixed drinks all night,” says Tara. The four-tier wedding cake was decorated with purple cascading flowers to match the bridesmaid dresses, and consisted of chocolate cake with layers of chocolate mousse and chocolate chip cannoli; and vanilla cake with vanilla chip cannoli and vanilla mousse. “The fourth tier on top, which we’re saving to have on our first anniversary, was a chocolate cake with peanut butter filling” says Tara. The couple included ice cream and a candy cart to accompany the wedding cake for dessert. Then everyone danced until the late hours. “Our band, Code Bleu, was outstanding,” says Tara. “The music selection was awesome, and our guests were on the dance floor the entire time.” 

Tara and Brent started their newlywed life together with a honeymoon in Montego Bay, Jamaica.  They spent eight days enjoying the island and lounging under the sun. “It was amazing,” says Tara”. “We loved everything from the couple’s massage to the romantic dinner on the beach.”  

While planning the wedding, Tara allowed herself to truly enjoy the process. "Enjoy the whole experience of planning your wedding," says Tara. "Just have fun and don't worry about a thing, the night will be perfect no matter what!" 


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Tara was literally floating on air when Brent asked her to marry him. During a vacation in New Mexico visiting Brent’s family, Brent planned a hot air balloon ride for him and Tara as a fun activity during their trip. “I was excited when Brent told me about the ride, but was so scared once we got there,” says Tara. “The thought of hanging from a basket thousands of feet in the air was not comforting, but I got on.” 

While actually enjoying soaring over the city of Albuquerque, Tara turned around and noticed Brent bent down claiming that he had an itch on his calf. He then managed to get down on one knee in the tight space and asked Tara for the honor of spending the rest of her life with him. "I wanted to call everyone to share the news, but couldn't because we were 9,000 feet in the air!" says Tara.

The couple announced their wedding with save the dates, which were magnets featuring three pictures from their engagement shoot and then sent out custom-made invitations for their summer wedding. The event was held at Larkfield in East Northport, where they had a simple traditional ceremony. “We included an Irish blessing and an inspiring passage on marriage, and we exchanged our own vows,” says Tara. The bride, who wore a satin A-line gown with a hand-beaded bodice from Bridal Reflections o Massapequa and carried a bouquet of white hydrangeas and cymbidium orchids accented by feathers, walked down an aisle lined with 10-foot structures featuring cascading phalaenopsis orchids. Brent, the handsome groom decked out in a black tuxedo with a white orchid boutonniere, awaited his bride under a hydrangea-and-crystal decorated gazebo. Tara’s bridesmaids wore plum-colored chiffon gowns and carried bouquets of purple lisianthus, green orchids, and yellow roses wrapped in fabric matching their dresses. The groomsmen were dressed in black tuxedos with yellow rose boutonnieres. After the ceremony, everyone toasted with glasses of strawberry-infused champagne.

Their reception space at Larkfield was set up with a cool whit crystal setting, which changed into different colors throughout the night. Each table was deco-rated with unique centerpieces designed by James Anthony Floral. One table featured a tall topiary ball with white hydrangea and roses with cascading orchids and surrounding votive candles. “And we had the lighting set up in a way that it accented the centerpieces beautifully,” says Tara. The structures used for the ceremony were brought in for the reception and placed around the sweetheart table and the bar. The seating chart was a “valet board” where guests collected keys with their seating assignment on them. “The seating cards were attached to skeleton keys that doubled as bottle openers our guests were able to keep as mementos,” says Tara. “In lieu of favors we chose to donate to the American Cancer Society and Alzheimer's Association on behalf of our grandparents who have passed away.” 

During the bride and groom’s traditional first dance the wanted to have some fun and get the party started. “We broke from our slow dance into the “Tootsee Roll” to get our guests into a frenzy,” says Tara. “Seeing Brent let loose during our firs dance was my favorite memory of the day. We had so much fun and our dance really kicked off the night.” Guests dined on a true celebratory feast including multi-continental appetizers, followed by antipasto for the first course, a ravioli trio for the second course, and a choice of rack of lamb, filet mignon salmon, shrimp scampi, chicken rollatini, and a vegetarian dish for the main course. “We also had an open bar that served great mixed drinks all night,” says Tara. The four-tier wedding cake was decorated with purple cascading flowers to match the bridesmaid dresses, and consisted of chocolate cake with layers of chocolate mousse and chocolate chip cannoli; and vanilla cake with vanilla chip cannoli and vanilla mousse. “The fourth tier on top, which we’re saving to have on our first anniversary, was a chocolate cake with peanut butter filling” says Tara. The couple included ice cream and a candy cart to accompany the wedding cake for dessert. Then everyone danced until the late hours. “Our band, Code Bleu, was outstanding,” says Tara. “The music selection was awesome, and our guests were on the dance floor the entire time.” 

Tara and Brent started their newlywed life together with a honeymoon in Montego Bay, Jamaica.  They spent eight days enjoying the island and lounging under the sun. “It was amazing,” says Tara”. “We loved everything from the couple’s massage to the romantic dinner on the beach.”  

While planning the wedding, Tara allowed herself to truly enjoy the process. "Enjoy the whole experience of planning your wedding," says Tara. "Just have fun and don't worry about a thing, the night will be perfect no matter what!" 


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