One of my favorite gifts from my wedding more than 23 years ago is the wedding quilt that my Aunt Barb made for my husband Leslie and me. One of my next favorite gifts is the new quilt my mom made for us this year. My aunt's quilt is a log cabin pattern – a center with four “beams” forming c…

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September 16, 2017 • Banner Elk Winery, Banner Elk, NC • Photos by Jean Moree Photography

During the summer of 2017, guests from both near and far found their way to the Blue Ridge Mountains to witness the union of Natasha Smith and Michael Thompson. Adorning the outdoors with an elegant sparkle, the couple’s choice in a “glam-rustic” wedding provided the perfect backdrop for a c…

You have the ring on your finger and a gadzillion things to do before the big day — venue, dress, caterers, florists, photographers, and so the list goes on. You will be the focus on your day and you want it to be beautiful, gorgeous, awesome, unforgettable and all the other adjectives that …

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May 28, 2017 • Overlook Barn, Beech Mountain, NC • Photography by Nicole Huffman Photography

When it comes to flaunting your fashion sense as the star of your wedding, there are many more opportunities to show off your style than the beautiful wedding dress you wear down the aisle. Whether it’s matching or themed outfits or accessories for the bachelorette weekend, monogrammed bathr…

“Our job is not to sell things,” explains Karen Bounds, who opened Newland’s Mountain Jewelers in 1985 with her husband Tim. “Our job is to help people find out what works for them. We’ve been here over 32 years, and there’s a lot of knowledge that we have to share.”

“Manage your expectations of how your wedding day, or even how your marriage is ‘supposed’ to be, and let go of comparisons.” - Brittany Andrews Geist

On the big day, many couples are ditching the traditional sit-down style meals and opting for creative food bars. These serve-yourself options make the reception fun and interactive for guests, and allow them to choose their eats — and treats! Here are some options for every course, from the…

July 8, 2017 • Roberts Family Farm & Jefferson Landing, Creston and Jefferson, NC • Photos by Pixels On Paper

“Mawwiage. Mawwiage is what bwings us togewah today,” I said to my colleague, Dr. Nickolas Jordan, doing my best impression of the Impressive Clergyman from cult movie classic, "The Princess Bride," as he sat down in my office to talk marriage.

Just like a blushing bride and a grinning groom, we are beaming with excitement to bring you the 2018 edition of the award-winning All About Weddings, a special publication of All About Women magazine.

All brides want to look gorgeous and feel empowered on their wedding day. Your diet and lifestyle in the weeks leading up to the big day will give you the edge. Here are some food fixes that can help you confidently walk the aisle and enjoy the festivities that follow. Of course, always chec…

September 2, 2017 • The Camp at Eseeola, Eseeola Lodge | Linville, NC • Photos by Burton Photography

Whether you’re planning a casual ceremony or an over-the-top celebration, local wedding planners say the best theme is one rich with personal details.

The day is finally here — the day to start planning your wedding with the help of All About Weddings, All About Women’s premier wedding issue. Or maybe you’re planning your friend’s wedding, or your daughter’s wedding, or your imaginary wedding. Whether you’re actively planning a ceremony or…

We women went to see Zahira, the henna artist, the day before the Moroccan “wedding” we were invited to attend. She paints henna designs on the hands and/or feet of the bride and her party in preparation for the wedding. We each chose a design. Dried henna from the plant is pulverized and be…

Their Story — Bride-to-be: Katie Bradshaw, late 20s, lawyer • Groom-to-be: Carl Burchette, late 20s, lawyer • How they met: “We met when we were both in law school at UNC-Chapel Hill over a rather unique drink order of all things.” • How He Proposed: “Carl lured me to Chapel Hill under the p…

Jackie Newell and David Garner have been friends since seventh grade. They attended the same schools, exchanged messages on AOL instant messenger and enjoyed friendships with many of the same people.

All About Weddings features four engagement sessions shot in the High Country of North Carolina. Click on the photos to see more shots from each session.

Their Story — Bride-to-be: Mary Dixon, 23, dental hygienist and owner of a custom vinyl shop • Groom-to-be: Phillip Fredrich, 26, parts salesman • How they met: “We met through mutual friends at a bonfire.” • How He Proposed: “He proposed on top of a hill in St. Maarten during a private tour…

Wedding cakes and the act of cutting them aren’t just highlights of every wedding reception; they have been symbolic of everything from promises to provide for each other, good fortune, and abundant fertility since the Roman Empire. Regardless of symbolism, wedding cakes are expressions of t…

Their Story — Bride-to-be: Haylie Price, 22, barista at The Blend coffee shop • Groom-to-be: Ben Abele, 27, office manager for a land surveyor • How they met: "We met on Tinder (no shame!)" • How He Proposed: "He proposed at the very tip top of the Sky Garden in London, overlooking the entir…

Their Story — Bride-to-be: Christy Carter, 21, student at UNCG, works part time as a habilitation technician with special needs children • Groom-to-be: Ethan Mathis, 22, sales at Clarks Shoes • How they met: "We met through a mutual friend in high school when I was 16 and he was 17 and went …

You have always dreamed of your perfect wedding day — there you are, a vision of loveliness, floating down the aisle into the arms of your Prince Charming. All eyes are upon you. Then you wake up from the dream and realize that all that perfection just doesn’t happen on its own.

The big day is on its way. Soon you will be walking down the aisle surrounded by loved ones. All brides want to look gorgeous in their wedding gown. Many start thinking about losing a few pounds.

“Things will go wrong, but focus on the important stuff; Remember to be happy, have fun, and savor the people and the moment.”

In an age of technology, where I can order my groceries online and frequently use urbandictionary.com to decipher text messages and Facebook references, I found myself wanting. I became aware of the ingredient labels on my food and warnings on my shampoo bottles. I set out to go intentionall…

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