I love a love story.
Not just the epic ones in books and films, but the real ones—your stories. I love learning about all the small moments and grand gestures that add up to a beautiful romance: how you met, the near misses, the first kisses, the proposal. Come to think of it, your stories are epic, too! There are more than seven billion people on this earth—the fact that you found each other is simply astounding. And it calls for a celebration that is as special as you are.
Whether that means something formal or casual, traditional or quirky, on a farm or in a ballroom, we are here to help you make it happen and have fun along the way. In the carefree spirit of summer, this issue focuses on ideas that are easy, breezy, and effortlessly chic. We’ve got flowers and more flowers— cheery zinnia centerpieces (page 208) and fresh-picked displays (page 88), not to mention gorgeous bouquets and more in our real weddings. We take a new look at naked cakes and dress them up—just a bit (page 192). And we offer lots of ways to make personalized favors using cool supplies and simple techniques; they’re doable even if your wedding is right around the corner—really (and congrats!—see page 94).
So when you’re crazy-busy with wedding planning, or stressed about the decidedly unromantic details (hello, budget), try this: Think about those seven billion people, and remember how lucky you are to have found The One.