Posts by marypkarnes

Let’s Catch Up With Nova McLaren

It’s time to catch up with the brilliant wedding dress designer Nova McLaren.  Olivia, the artist behind the label, has been hard at work this wedding season.  I don’t know how she does it, and with such creative perfection too! Olivia’s July weddings for this year, as always, are something special.  One in particular strikes me. The bride is from the mid-west; the groom’s roots are from India.  For the

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Nova McLaren

Here it is! The exciting opportunity to have a wedding dress made just for you.  Nova McLaren!  While not inexpensive, the price won’t break the bank!  The following words are those of the artist/designer.  I love the way she writes and speaks.  You can feel her enthusiasm.  Enjoy… “Dressed in her wedding gown, the bride is her superhero self; beautiful, confident and glowing with happiness! Weddings are something personal and

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Rustic Wedding Done Right

I research a lot of weddings.  I attend  a lot of ceremonies/receptions.  But recently, I observed a wedding via Facebook…and well, I was just impressed.  It takes a lot to impress me these days, as I see it all.  I’m talking about the nuptials of Kate, the daughter of a “Facebook Friend” and up and coming author of the Maine “Clam Bake Series”  Barbara Ross – more on that later!  Above,

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Destination Weddings – Hotel Del Coronado

Come on…we’ve all thought about it… inviting only your nearest and dearest, and taking off for an exotic local for your wedding.  Could it be more romantic?  Probably not.  Today I begin a series on destination weddings.  Now, it is not a discussion on the “Pros and Cons” of destination weddings, but just the beauty of the option. I recently had the opportunity to spend a few days at the

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Are You That Edgy Bride?

Are you that edgy bride?   The one who does everything just a little differently? Is your wedding the time, OR the place to lay that out for all to see?  Well, that depends on you.  Remember, there is no right or wrong when it comes to YOUR wedding.  As long as you are kind, think of others, and are respectful, it’s your day!  Do as you wish!  Ok, that

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Wedding Trends 2016

  brides.com Naked Cake Wedding Trends 2016 …What’s old is new again…right?  Apparently…the once passé “Naked Cake” is baaaaackkk… I think they’re rather cleaver, and while it probably wouldn’t be MY first choice, being the traditionalist I am… I like the naked cake, and appreciate its beauty.  If you’d like to read an older blog post on “the naked wedding cake”, click on the following link.  Naked Cake Photo: Brklyn View

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Wedding Day Must Do’s!

Please visit my website: motherofthebrideweddingplanner.com if you’re planning a wedding in the United States (East Coast). 10 Wedding Day Must Do’s!  All photos:  Hannah Colt unless otherwise noted. 1.  Dance.  Not just your first dance with your husband, or the “Daddy-Daughter Dance” but with your sister, brother, mom, grandma, friends, old Uncle Joe, etc.  You just may get a picture like the one below… (my four daughters dancing together)…  :-)

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A Third Wedding Dress?

A third wedding dress?  Would you really be that extravagant?  Some brides these days are.  According to www.theknot.com, it’s quite the new trend.  A blurb from theknot.com follows below: “Why have one dress when you can have three? We’ve heard of brides changing their dress for the reception or late night for the after-party. Now, a few fashion-forward brides are actually choosing three different gowns for each part of the day.

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Wedding Programs

If you choose to have wedding programs, keep in mind that they can be as different as weddings and brides themselves.  For example, look at the front and back of my daughter Maggie’s program, and then at my next bride’s, Kathleen’s.  Night and Day.  Maggie’s were much more formal, going along with her wedding style, whereas KK’s were more casual both in color and printing. And KK’s programs served a

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Advice to My Daughter

Advice to my daughter… On your wedding day, my daughter Kathleen, you will inherit the platinum art deco engagement ring of your great-grandmother.  Tradition dictates that it goes to the first born daughter of each new generation.  While not of great monetary value, it is great of sentiment. I was so concerned, during my tenure with the ring, of protecting it for the next generation, that I rarely wore it.

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