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A Wedding Story

For more than 10 years, Judy Patterson has been assisting excited brides-to-be plan their dream wedding day down to the finest detail. We caught up with Judy to find out which wedding traditions today’s brides are keeping and what trends are out.

What are the color trends you’re seeing this year?
Most of my brides are going back to softer, natural and more neutral colors. They are choosing moss green, ivory and cream colors that compliment the resort’s forested surroundings.

Where are brides drawing their inspiration?
Pinterest is huge! Every single one of my brides has a wedding board on Pinterest. It’s actually a great way for them to share their vision and ideas with me. I can get a good idea of the dream wedding they envision and help make it a reality.

How have you seen wedding receptions evolve?
Brides are still incorporating traditions such as the first dance and father-daughter dance, but I’ve definitely seen couples move away from the garter and bouquet toss.

Also, rather than a long head table reserved for the bridal party, we’re seeing large, round tables for the bride and groom to share with their parents and grandparents.

Are groom’s cakes still popular?
About 50% of the weddings I’ve planned have groom’s cakes. The majority of those cakes are themed around interests and hobbies of the groom. I see a lot of golf-themed and alma mater groom’s cakes. In Texas, that means a lot of maroon and burnt orange colors.

We all remember the red-velvet armadillo groom’s cake in the movie Steel Magnolias … what other unforgettable groom’s cakes have you seen?

Everything from a 3D replica of the groom’s dog to a fishing tackle box and even a Star Wars spaceship. Our pastry chef is a genius when it comes to groom’s cakes. If you can dream it, he can build it!

What’s the most creative, unique idea you’ve seen at a wedding?
Brides are really incorporating heirloom and vintage touches through centerpieces and accessories. Recently, a bride had her mother and mother-in-law’s wedding dresses on display in the reception foyer. Photos of the moms on their wedding day were placed next to the couple’s engagement picture. It certainly added a nostalgic and romantic touch to her own wedding day.

Photo Credit: Candid Stories Photography

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