“When you marry in June, you’re a bride all your life, and the bridegroom who marries in June gets a sweetheart for a wife,” they sang in the 1954 musical “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” That song may explain why June is such a popular month for weddings — and for DeSoto Magazine’s annual bridal issue.
I don’t know whether or not that song inspired my husband and me to pick a June wedding date, but I still feel like a bride 25 years later. And I hope he feels like he got a sweetheart for a wife. As we approach our silver anniversary later this month, we still seek romance whenever we can whether it’s an intimate dinner or a relaxing getaway.
Although our ceremony was very small, we knew we wanted beautiful wedding photos. Long after the cake was gone and the dress wouldn’t fit, we’d have only our memories and the pictures from that day. Writer and wedding photographer Judy Garrison offers tips in her feature story for choosing the “one” — the right photographer to fit your budget and your style. As soon as you select your date and venue, the photographer should be the next decision.
Planning a wedding also means thinking about a honeymoon, and some of the most iconic destinations have withstood the test of time for romance. Travel writer Debi Lander describes places that have attracted couples for generations in her story, “Honeymoon Havens.”
Of course, our annual wedding issue wouldn’t be complete without a look at the local brides and grooms who are featured in the 2021 “I Do” section. Seeing their bright smiles always gives us joy and a hope for the future.
This issue has lots more to help you enjoy one of the happiest days of your life — from bachelor party ideas to vintage jewelry. And regardless of your marital status, you’ll find stories about books, food, music, art, and gardening that will pique your interest – without a trip down the aisle.