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A magazine highlighting the premiere wedding professionals in Charlottesville, Virginia and surrounding areas. Includes interviews, real weddings and numerous articles written by local and professional wedding planners.

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6 THEWEDDINGPLANNERMAG.COM L ike many of you, I have been dreaming about weddings since I was a little girl. I hosted so many Barbie weddings, her wedding dress literally fell apart! So, as you can imagine, my career in the wedding world and my role as Creative Director for this gorgeous publication, House of Maya presents The Wedding Plan- ner, is a dream come true. It has been my pleasure to work along side the most incredible team of Creatives I have ever known. Together, we dreamed up the inspiration to fill the pages of this issue. I have been honored to work tirelessly on nearly every aspect of this magazine and lead the charge to bring the theme of this issue, the elements, to life. We have created five editorials for you to enjoy in this issue. Each editorial and its images are styled to tell a story, inspire and provoke emotion. Our intention was to create beautiful imagery that speaks to a variety of couples tying the knot this year. House of Maya is thrilled to be by your side to inspire and guide you as you gather all of the elements of your wedding day! In this issue we have compiled incredible articles writ- ten by some of the top wedding experts in Coastal Virginia. We invite you to keep this issue close, thinking of it as your "wedding planning bible," carrying out your special day with the trusted vendors you find inside. It is our sincere hope every page will excite, inspire and educate you as you craft the wedding of your dreams. Cheers & Happy Planning! Staci CREATIVE DIRECTOR'S NOTE Eyecaptures Photography For Staci Jelley … Weddings Are Element-ary STACI'S TIP Ceremony Readings In my career I have had the privilege of witnessing countless wedding ceremonies, and the ones that are most memorable were personal, funny, romantic and most importantly infused the couple's personalities throughout. My favorite way to personalize a cere- mony is with a reading, especially if you are not getting married in a church. Also, all too often ceremonies are over in the blink of an eye, and since they are the most important part of the day, the part that bond you and your betrothed together, make sure you are putting as much love, thought and attention to detail into them as you are the reception. My favorite ceremony reading moments are vastly different, but I love them equally because they were perfectly chosen by each couple. My friends Lizzie and Tracy opted for the book "I Like You" by Sandol Stoddard Warburg. When Lizzie's brother Sebastian read this book during their ceremony we laughed, we cried, it was magic. My friends Jennifer and Kyle chose to have letters that they had written to one another read aloud. There was not a dry eye, includ- ing mine as I attempted to read Jennifer's letter to Kyle aloud. There are certainly some things to think about when choosing your reading. Is it personal or sentimental? Is it appropriate? Does it fit the setting, and will you be comfortable with Grandma hearing it? How long is it? You don't want to choose anything too long (or too short). Who will be reading it for you? Are they comfortable with public speaking? You don't want this to be an awful experience for anyone. And finally, don't forget presentation. Make sure it is written out on a beautiful card or piece of stationery, please don't resort to a smartphone or crumpled piece of notebook paper. To give you a little help, we have chosen some incredible cere- mony reading choices to introduce each of our styled shoots. Each poem or quote perfectly reflects the style of the shoot and the personality we were trying to portray. We hope that they will inspire you to find something equally as special for your ceremony.

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