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With its art deco grandeur, Tracy and Aaron embraced the beautiful setting of The Durham Museum and created a stunning wedding that was a true reflection of their style! Featuring a deep purple and gold color palette, their wedding style is best described as vintage romance! Experience their wedding day for yourself with these beautiful images by Elwood Photography.

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FROM THE BRIDE: Our wedding day was there and gone in a flash, but the memories we made live forever for my husband and I. There were many beautiful, emotion filled moments between not only myself and my groom, but also our families. After a year of serious planning and DIY projects, getting to actually stand at the altar and express our love and commitment to one another is what it’s all about. I think guests saw, through all the details, how much we wanted our special day to be a reflection of us. The venue was key and the Durham represented us. We both love art deco architecture and the grandeur of this historic train station. My husband said his favorite memory was the way the light shined in on us through the windows during the ceremony. For me, one of my favorite moments was walking down the aisle with my father to meet Aaron. Then, exchanging our personalized vows and sealing them in a concrete block resembling our new foundation in this life together. Many happy tears…it was everything we dreamed. 

Photography: Elwood Photography | Second Shooter: Alterick Wilson | Venue: The Durham Museum | Bridal Gown + Jewelry: Bridal Traditions | Menswear: Tip Top Tux + Gentleman’s Choice | Hair: The Refinery & Company | Makeup: Amy Burns for Curb Appeal Salon & Spa | Officiant: Wenda Fry for Healing Streams | Floral Design: Loess Hills Floral | Catering: Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano | Cake: The Cake Specialist | Rentals: United Rent-All | Music: A Final Take Music & Video

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Do you have diamonds on your Christmas wish list? Let Riddle’s Jewelry help you find your perfect jewels this holiday season with an introduction to Diamonds: 101, all about the 4 C’s!

COLOR: A diamond’s color is categorized anywhere between colorless to light yellow, brown or gray. Very few diamonds show no trace of color at all. Diamonds with natural tints of other hues are classified as fancy colors.

CLARITY: A diamond’s freedom from blemishes on the surface and inclusions in the inside refers to its clarity. Almost all diamonds have clarity characteristics and the less prominent those characteristics are, the more valuable the diamond becomes.

CARAT WEIGHT: The standard unit of weight for diamonds is the metric carat. One carat equals 0.200 gram. Because of the rarity of bigger diamonds, they will cost much more than twice that of two diamonds half its size.

CUT: The term cut refers to a polished diamond’s shape and faceting style. The most popular cut is the round brilliant. The choice of cut often depends on personal preference.

 

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Winter 14 DIY - Intro Name Cards UPDATED

 

This simple DIY project is showcased in our Winter Feature spread seen in our current Winter 2014 Issue, out on newsstands now. In just a few easy steps, we’ll show you how you can create your very own name cards!

 

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With a quick trip to your local craft and home improvement stores, you can get all the supplies you will need to complete this project. Your supply list should include: a glue gun, glue sticks, rosemary, bay leaves, white card stock, name card design and scissors. While we opted for rosemary and bay leaves, you can substitute your greens of choice!

 

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Design your name cards and print them on a standard white card stock. Then, cut out your name cards. Using a glue gun, place a dime-sized dot of hot glue in the middle of the blank space on the card. Lastly, add two bay leaves to your drop of glue, followed by a piece of rosemary.

 

Winter 14 DIY - Name Cards UPDATED

Simply place these name cards with your place settings to add the perfect winter touch to your wedding decor! Not only will these name cards look lovely, but the amazing fragrance of the herbal greens will add an extra element to your winter wedding theme.

 

Winter 14 DIY - Final

 

Check in with us next week for our final post in this Winter DIY series – our red-berry hair demonstration! To see more from this lovely winter photo shoot, pick up your very own copy of our Winter 2014 Issue to see the entire Winter Feature spread!

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