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{Real Detroit Wedding} A Downtown MotorCity Casino Hotel Wedding by Dziekonski Photography

By Ashleigh, Marry Me Metro Editor

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As a Michigan native, it makes me sad that Detroit gets such poor national media attention because it is truly a stunning city! Candice and Brad’s real downtown Detroit wedding at the MotorCity Casino Hotel has a great urban flair yet a totally sophisticated vibe. From the contrast of the grungy graffiti walls with the gorgeous bride and groom to the amazing city views from the reception space in Amnesia Club at the hotel, the exceptional wedding images by Dzieknoski Photography will give you a glimpse into how fabulous a Detroit wedding can be!

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How yummy is this image of the bride and her maids getting ready?!

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The wedding reception space in the Amnesia room at MotorCity Casino has quite the Detroit city skyline views! Add the views to the modern design and you’ve really got an inviting space where guests know they will have an absolute blast! And from the photos, you can tell wedding guests enjoyed one heck of a celebration!

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Congrats to Candice & Brad and a BIG thank you to Marek of Dziekonski Wedding Photography for sharing these amazing photographs!

To learn more about Dziekonski Photography, check out their website, blog, and facebook!

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{Real Memphis Wedding} A Downtown Calliope Room Wedding by Amy Hutchinson Photography

By Ashleigh, Marry Me Metro Editor

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With city chic flair and vibrant details, Lori and Eric’s downtown Memphis wedding at the Calliope Room is definitely one of my favorite and I am excited that it is out first real wedding feature of 2014! Lori’s stunning brooch bouquet, Eric’s dapper groom style, and a wedding reception space with bold Tunisian design is highly inspiring! And of course, wedding photographer Amy Hutchinson captures all of the romantic gazes and urban spaces with exceptional detail!

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Now THIS is a brooch bouquet! I just adore the peacock colors and the rejoice pin is a truly unique touch!

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This bride and groom are seriously cute as a button!

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What a fabulous sign at the wedding reception entrance to show gratitude for all of the love and support from their guests!

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I truly believe that guest experience should be a top priority for successful wedding design, so seeing all of the guest spaces for Lori and Eric’s guests to mix, mingle, relax, and party show that they made sure their wedding was comfortable and fun for all attendees! Plus the colors and patterns are fabulous!

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Bride Lori’s dress change and letting her hair down for the reception is a fun touch and she looked incredible in both looks!

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From Wedding Photographer, Amy Hutchinson: “Together, they have evolved into people that perfectly complement the other. Lori brings beauty and spice to Eric’s life, and he adds tenderness, compassion, and selflessness to hers. Their wedding was nothing but a true expression of who they are. Balking tradition and incorporating the things – and people – that matter most to them, their day was a celebration of love, individuality, and family. Lori and Eric were married on a chilly evening in downtown Memphis, but despite a little rain, they were in high spirits. Laughter reigned the day. Even their ceremony was filled with laughter that only celebrated who they are. At the end of the night, in a Tunisian-inspired room filled with candlelit lanterns, the laughter wrapped around them and carried them long into the night, and onto the beginning of their life together. 

Thank you wedding photography Amy Hutchinson for sharing your incredible work with Marry Me Metro and a big Congrats to the gorgeous Lori & Eric!

To find out more about Amy Hutchinson Wedding Photography, check out her website, facebook, twitter, and instagram!

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Marry Me Metro’s 2014 Ten Must Read Wedding Blogs for the Engaged Bride to Be

By Ashleigh, Marry Me Metro Editor

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Happy New Year, M3 Lovelies! Now that engagement season is winding down, I am seeing a lot of new readers stopping by Marry Me Metro and I know that boost in traffic is due to the exciting announcement that many of you are newly engaged brides! So first of all, CONGRATS! You are embarking on a fun and fabulous new chapter of your life! However, wedding planning can be overwhelming and with so many resources at your fingertips in this digital world, finding the right go to experts can be a bit of a challenge. But don’t fret, because I pulled together a list of my 2014 Ten Must Read Wedding Blogs for the Engaged Bride to Be to help you out!

The Staples: Before I get into the list, unless you have been under a rock, you’ve already bookmarked what I call the “staple” wedding blogs like: StyleMePretty.com, 100LayerCake.com, SnippetandInk.com, TheKnot.com, Brides.com, OnceWed.com, and RuffledBlog.com. These established and resourceful wedding blogs are essential as they contain excellent advice and inspiration from great editors and experts!

Now without any further delay…

Marry Me Metro’s 2014 Ten Must Read

Wedding Blogs

for the Engaged Bride to Be

1. Dress for the Wedding

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Why the 2014 Engaged Bride to Be will love the Dress for the Wedding blog: Unsure what to wear to your formal engagement party? Planning a nautical wedding but not sure what bridesmaids dresses will work best with the theme? Or are you a guest for six very different style weddings this summer (a true millennial’s dilemma)? Then you’re in the right hands with the style advice from DressForTheWedding.com’s Editor, Sukey!

2. Burnett’s Boards

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Why the 2014 Engaged Bride to Be will love the Burnett’s Boards wedding blog: Some of my absolute favorite inspiration boards are Editor Sara’s compilations. She has classic taste with a twist and sources inspiration with a wide variety of styles and themes. You’ll also find guest blogs, real weddings, and advice here.

3. Every Last Detail

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Why the 2014 Engaged Bride to Be will love the Every Last Detail wedding blog: Editor Lauren is FULL of incredible wedding planning advice and resources in addition to her features of real weddings. Plus, Every Last Detail’s great Vendor Listings continue to grow monthly (seriously, check out the ELD vendors and their blogs as well!). I am also loving the new website design she just unveiled this week, so definitely go have a look!

4. The Perfect Palette

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Why the 2014 Engaged Bride to Be will love The Perfect Palette wedding blog: COLORS, COLORS, COLORS! They are so critical when designing your wedding. The colors you choose for your big day will dictate your wedding dress shade (diamond white, ivory, blush?!), the groomsmen attire, your centerpieces, the floral design, your invitations, and even your menu! Luckily, Chrissy, the Editor at The Perfect Palette has you covered! You can search and browse wedding color palette by shades and hues to find the match that is as bold or as subtle as you desire!

5. A Practical Wedding

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Why the 2014 Engaged Bride to Be will love A Practical Wedding blog: We all love swooning incredible and seemingly perfect weddings but Editor, Meg, gives her readers the real REAL weddings and the stories behind them. Her focus is on helping brides have an amazing wedding without feeling like they have to be pressured into a cookie cutter event or one that is WAAAAAY out of their means. But that’s not all she tackles! She also has features and guest blogs about real married life, divorce, babies (the good and even the bad like infertility). A Practical Wedding is a definite bookmark wedding blog to help you keep some perspective in your wedding planning, especially on those days you find yourself pinning idealistic wedding inspiration for six hours straight on Pinterest {don’t lie to me, I know you’ve totally done that! :) }

6. Southern Weddings

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Why the 2014 Engaged Bride to Be will love Southern Weddings blog: Frankly, I’ve been obsessed with Southern Weddings Magazine since it’s inception in 2008, and I don’t think it matters if you’re a Bride from Raleigh, NC, Seattle, WA, or Seoul, South Korea! Editor, Lara, is a true Southern Belle, and the team at Southern Weddings Magazine consistently exudes southern hospitality throughout their posts and pages with amazing real wedding features, styled shoots, and “butter my biscuit” spun advice! 

7. Hey Gorgeous Events

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Why the 2014 Engaged Bride to Be will love Hey Gorgeous Events wedding blog: Written from the perspective of a real wedding designer and planner, the Hey Gorg blog by Editor Rhiannon is your backstage pass to the trials and excitement that goes on during the planning, design, and execution of your wedding day. Whether you are planning to hire a planner or DIY your big day, I’m sure you’ll benefit from following Rhiannon’s wedding planning blog!

8. Fly Away Bride

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Why the 2014 Engaged Bride to Be will love Fly Away Bride wedding blog: With Editor Lindsay of Fly Away Bride, you’ll travel to destination weddings from all over Europe that are certain to spark ideas for your big day. Her blog is packed with advice on planning a destination wedding as well as breathtaking wedding inspiration from various countries and cities throughout Europe. Personally, I just can’t get enough of the diversity of the city streets, historical skylines, and unbelievable European architecture and landscapes!

9. Rock N Roll Bride

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Why the 2014 Engaged Bride to Be will love Rock N Roll Bride wedding blog: This UK based wedding blog is sort of an epically big deal across the pond and when you start frequenting the site with Editor Kat as your hostess, you’ll instantly see why! The real weddings featured on Rock N Roll Bride are unique, spunky, fun, bold, exciting, and overall just, well, kick a$$. Kat’s planning advice is grounded with a no bull style and, seriously, did I mention how rockin’ the real weddings she features are? 

10. Marry Me Metro

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Why the 2014 Engaged Bride to Be will love Marry Me Metro wedding blog: Okay, yes, this is a shameless plug to round out the list but even that adorable #xmasjammies christmas card video that went viral in December was just an insanely good social marketing plug for Dad’s new blog (touché Holderness family. touché!) Anyhow, Marry Me Metro is just a little over a year old and we’re still growing! Since I have barely scratched the surface of wedding blog world in 2013, I have some seriously swoonworthy real city weddings coming your way this year, along with new features, fab guest bloggers, better resources, and so, SO much more. So while you’re planning your big day, be sure to sign up for the MarryMeMetro.com email list below so you are in the loop and stop by weekly for breathtaking real city weddings, engagements, vendors, inspiration, and advice! Also, if there is anything you adore about M3 or absolutely loathe about it, a wedding you want to submit or a guest blog, or if you just want to say “Hey Ash, What’s up?”, you can always shoot me a note at info {at} marrymemetro {dot} com. 

So those are my picks for the 2014 Ten Must Read Wedding Blogs for the Engaged Bride to Be. What do you think? Do you have any wedding blogs that you think are an absolute must read for 2014?

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