To me, there isn’t anything more exciting to celebrate in this life than a wedding. To marry the person you will spend the rest of your life with, the vows you speak over one another… it’s such a special moment where promises and hope collide.

The elegant Bella Rosa Estate provides a beautiful venue for that very purpose. This modern day palace is every bride’s dream wedding locale. The history, ballroom and gardens alone are sure to sweep any love-struck couple right off their feet.

In this issue, Judy Taylor also tells us all about her non-profit floral school, the only one in the entire state. The first semester is starting in the fall and is open to anyone who wants to learn more about a future in floral design and business. Judy feels that it is her time to give back and this is exactly how she’s going to do it.

Are you a bride looking for that absolutely perfect gown?  Uptown Bridal & Boutique can surely help you out. Read how the sisters who own the store got started doing what they love to do.

When it comes to planning a wedding, most grooms would agree that budget is definitely at the top of their list. With all that’s involved, it is important to know how to make decisions about where to spend your money. We have some great tips for making wise financial choices when it comes to choosing a photographer. Though it may seem like something to scrimp on, photographs are the only tangible things you have left when your wedding day is over.

With all the considerations of planning a wedding — the venue, the dress, the floral arrangements, the photographer, and everything in between — making sure everything is perfect is easier said than done. My only advice to all the brides out there is… Breath. Everything turns out exactly as it should. Plus, I always say that if everything goes too perfectly, the memories just won’t be as fun. Most importantly, from your wedding day on, always put each other before yourself, and pray together. I have found that with these two things, my husband and I as a couple are unstoppable.

Be Blessed,

Moriah Schowengerdt, Editor