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Real Weddings: Debbie and Mike

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You're combing the pages of the magazine, bookmarking favorite stories online, and checking out Pinterest. Maybe you have one big wedding board, or maybe you've broken it down into one per category so you can get really specific. Either way, you're most likely using a variety of tools to plan your big day.

For real bride, Debbie, it was definitely the case. But a very special one. By the time she said her "I Do's" she had around 40,000 Pinterest followers. And counting...

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photo by Kahl Weddings

Here's her story:

My husband and I both grew up in New York but opted to get married in Philadelphia, where we currently live. I knew making that decision meant that I would be doing much of the planning on my own, sans the help of mom. That was both exciting and overwhelming. Around the time of our engagement I received an invite to Pinterest from another engaged friend. I ignored it, but it wasn't too long before I noticed the "pin it" button everywhere and succumbed. It took even less time to realize that Pinterest actually made the planning process easier. I used the site to share multiple images with our florist, our caterer, and my hair and makeup artist. By sharing inspiration directly from Pinterest I was able to better describe to our vendors what we envisioned. I did not want to exactly replicate anything I saw on Pinterest but by combining elements from multiple sources, I felt confident that every piece of our wedding would be unique, personal, and a surprise to our guests. One of my favorite finds was a paper flower tutorial. At my bridal shower, all of the ladies made these paper flowers (many out of the pages from past issues of Martha Stewart Weddings that I had been hoarding). They took some home as favors and left the rest for me. At our wedding, we took those paper flowers and placed them in vases throughout our cocktail hour space as an homage to the female guests that had crafted them.

My "Wedding Inspiration" board on Pinterest currently has about 45,000 followers (I probably personally know only about 50 of them). As embarrassed as I am to sometimes admit, I am still pinning. I feel like I owe it to my followers at this point...at least until we are ready for a "Nursery Inspiration" board!

See how it all came together, from inspiration to reality, courtesy of Kahl Weddings' photos!

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