I love a love story.

Martha Stewart Weddings - - EDITOR’S LETTER - Amy Con­way Edi­tor in Chief

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.

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