Giveaway: Win over $2000 in wedding goodies for you + your bridesmaids!

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Brett Heidebrecht

Your engagement is an amazing time in your life — not only are you planning for your most major life event, but you also are spending tons of time with the people you love most: family, friends, and of course, your fiancé(e). Your bridal party will be there to support you through this process, and it’s only natural that as a bride and a friend, you’ll want to share your appreciation with them! Well, we’re here to help you make your bridesmaids smile, and make you the coolest bride ever in their eyes!

How, you ask? Well, by showering you and your bridesmaids with wedding goodies, of course! We’ll be giving one lucky bride an amazing sweepstakes package with over $2000 for bridesmaids dresses, wedding stationery, bridesmaids gifts, and MORE. Intrigued? Of course you are. Read on to learn about what you and your bridesmaids can win from us and our amazing sweepstakes partners…

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A Romantic Wedding at the Biltmore by Lime Green Photography

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There are so many ways to describe today’s wedding photographed by Megan Gielow of Lime Green Photography. Romantic and gorgeous just doesn’t seem to cut it. From the first moment I saw the bride’s dress, to the gorgeous dramatic veil, to the gorgeous and intimate ceremony that only The Biltmore could provide, I was ooh-ing and ahh-ing at every. Single. Glimpse.

The bride and groom, Mandy and Josh, had a completely gorgeous day that was 1) not without unique flair (love those sombreros at the reception!), and 2) wasn’t totally perfect, but was perfect in its imperfections. Photographer Megan describes little snags here and there — from the bride’s veil catching as she walked down the aisle, to various other glitches. But you know what? Those are the things that makes a wedding memorable, coupled with all the things that DID go right, like the beautiful weather and the amazing love between Mandy and Josh. Read on to see more amazing photography and prepare to get inspired!

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Our Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Pick for 2014: Puerto Vallarta

Ah, summer. The sunny skies, sparkling sands, and clear blue ocean that surround you as you’re lounging on the beach is the quintessential summer experience. Even though summer is officially over (thanks a lot, Labor Day), that doesn’t mean you can’t find eternal summer in other hidden gems around the globe. If you were hoping to get married in the summer, but are opting for a fall date, then a destination wedding in such a place is the perfect solution. Our choice? Puerto Vallarta, of course!

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Think about it. Mexico isn’t a far flight from the States, but its pristine beaches and year-round summery weather make it a perfect and popular destination wedding spot. Puerto Vallarta in particular is special: nestled between the Pacific ocean and the majestic beauty of the Sierra Madre mountains, weddings held in Puerto Vallarta get the best of everything Mexico has to offer newlyweds. I personally love how it feels so local and authentic, and escapes the tourist-trappy feel of other popular Mexican Destinations like Cabo. It’s great for couples looking for a low key celebration that not only celebrates their love, but the beauty and culture of the country they’ve chosen to be married in.

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Can’t make it to Mexico for your wedding day celebration? Well, that my friends is what a honeymoon is for. If Puerto Vallarta isn’t a possibility for your wedding day, a honeymoon in this pristine Mexican town will be the perfect way to unwind from your wedding day whirlwind. With tons of luxurious all-inclusive resorts and many of exciting adventures to be had, Puerto Vallarta is the best place to go to start the beginning of your marriage.

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Now that you’re fantasizing about the sandy beaches and romantic shores of Puerto Vallarta, we’ve got great news for you. You and your favorite person could win a 4 day/3 night stay to Puerto Vallarta! Everything is covered, from airfare to the all-inclusive stay at one of the town’s most luxurious resorts. The entire vacation package is completed with an awesome excursion activity with Vallarta Adventures and a dolphin experience from Dolphin Discovery. You have the wonderful sponsors, Hilton Puerto Vallarta and Cafe des Artistes to thank for such an amazing vacay opportunity. How’s that for paradise?

Bohemian Romance: Paper Crown Bridesmaid Style With Lauren Conrad

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Monochromatic looks and identical updos, step aside: The days of the Stepford bridesmaid are long gone. It’s time to break all the rules, starting with those dyed shoes of weddings past. Personal style trumps tradition these days, and bride-to-be Lauren Conrad’s collection of bridesmaid dresses for Paper Crown is the prettiest example around.

Reasonably priced at $220 – 325, the 12-gown collection ranges from knee-length styles to floor-length gowns. And ladies, we’re talking seriously swoonworthy here. (I’m actively seeking bridesmaid duties in the hope I get to wear one soon.) No one does romantic bohemian better than Conrad, and she offers a variety of flattering silhouettes for every shape with the Paper Crown bridesmaid collection. Beautiful draping and flowy fabrics give this collection a relaxed elegance; it’s feminine without the fuss. Best of all? Muted shades of pale nude, blush rose, slate blue, warm ivory, dove gray, and dusty aqua make these dresses wearable long after the reception’s last dance.

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And while color and style are important, the perfect fit for every shape will ensure everyone looks and feels their best on the big day.

“It’s too difficult to take a group of girls and put them in the same color and silhouette; everyone has their own personal style. An eclectic mix looks more special,” Conrad explains in the latest issue of Martha Stewart Weddings. “Again, I think that weddings are about celebrating, and you want everyone to feel comfortable, so I think it’s about whatever is going to make them feel pretty.”

How To Style: These dresses are so ethereal, they almost beg for flower crowns. That said, I recommend sticking to soft and simple for the wedding day. Think loose beach waves with a center part, glowing skin, coral cheeks, and a sheer lip.

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Images via Kohl’s and Lauren Conrad

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