Photo by Arden Prucha Photography; ardenprucha.com When you’re planning a wedding, there’s no better guide than experience. Our “Real Weddings” features, beginning on Page 43, are packed with true love stories, sweet photos and lists of wedding vendors to help inspire your own steps toward wedding planning. This time, our seven “Real Weddings” brides might have all donned traditional wedding gowns, but each approached the altar in her own unique footwear — from flats to pumps to wedges, from florals to metallics to jeweled. Thinking of taking the celebration on the road? Our “Destination Wedding” feature follows a Fort Worth couple south of the border to San Miguel de Allende, Page 30, where a wedding parade made for a festive, colorful prelude to their intimate ceremony and reception held the weekend of Dia de los Muertos. We also tag along with a local restaurateur and her groom to Malibu, Page 35, where food, family and friends took center stage in their celebration near the California coast. At Aledo’s Stillwater Meadow venue, inspiration comes in the form of a styled shoot. The surroundings — live oaks, a lake and a rustic chapel — provide a lovely backdrop, while the bride’s unconventional crimson dress sets a rich, autumnal color palette, Page 20. For the honeymoon, look no further than four of our favorite travel destinations in Mexico, Page 38, whether you’d rather explore a city or relax on the beach. And because the details bring so much to the table, we look at the latest in wedding cake trends, Page 16; big, beautiful bridal bouquets, Page 26; and artists you can hire to help document the moment in a different way, Page 14. We hope you’ll let the bright ideas we’ve collected here spark your own. Laura Samuel Meyn, editor
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