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Jean Wade Mayer

What are some of your favorite 2015 wedding trends? We’re still tearing through the rustic feel, but it’s more of an industrial glam. I love a wedding with metallic colors! Any tips on how to spruce up the menu? I really like taking artisanal foods and making them kitschy—things like …

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Kimberly Tyson and Becky Lazarcheff

Kimberly Tyson and Becky Lazarcheff, co-owners of My Flower Box Events What flowers are in? Roses and peonies are always in. Brides want a lot of greenery and herbs mixed in, like sage. We’ve used lambs ear in table arrangements. Right now we love using ranunculus, just because they’re big …

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Joshua Makowski

What’s the most interesting custom ring you’ve seen lately? We restyle a lot of inherited rings. The ring might be yellow gold and we can actually convert it to platinum or white gold. Recently we worked on an old platinum and sapphire diamond bracelet that five daughters had inherited. We …

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Mia Antalics

What’s your top advice for wedding dress shopping? Keep an open mind. It’s good to have a list of things you love and don’t love, but try some things that might surprise you. The perfect gown is the one that makes you feel like the most fabulous version of yourself. …

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Patrick Rife and Nicolas China

Nicolas China and Patrick Rife, co-founders of Pixilated Photo Booth Your Pixilated tag line is “We bring the fun” (to more than 300 weddings last year), so let’s start with the eternal question: Band vs DJ? Ideally, we’d say have both! You could have a really awesome jazz trio at …

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Funny Business

When I was about 9 or 10, I fell in love with feminist movies. “Silkwood,” “Norma Rae,” “The Color Purple.” Basically, if you were a woman who fought against adversity, I wanted to be you. I vividly remember nearly going to fisticuffs with a third-grade boy over how “Nine to Five” was way …

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horse sense

An old horsewoman who came here from Ireland on the cusp of World War II told me once that she remembered riding a horse from Monkton to what is now the traffic circle in Towson. Imagine doing that today. That’s an easy 20 miles—and you’d have to ride back, too—and …

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king of the porch

I don’t play golf. (I was forced to take up the ancient and honorable game as a small boy and it turned me against it forever.) Tennis, anyone? No, thanks. As for messing about in boats, I understand the rudiments of watercraft, but having been before the mast I know …

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Make Yourself at Home

They say moving is the third biggest life stressor. Possibly because it requires dismantling so much IKEA furniture. Jokes aside, I’ve moved a lot. And one year ago, I decided to do it again. It was a vulnerable time when I was conflicted about where I wanted to be. I …

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back page february

If there is anyone who would speak a few words on behalf of the month of January, let them come forward now. I think it unlikely. January is an unloved month. The most unloved. Coming as it does after the holidays, after the season to be jolly, our revels now …

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