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Hi brides-to-be! I'm Michaela. Like you, I'm busy planning my big day. Working at EB for the last few years, I've learned a lot about what goes into organizing a wedding. I've written about selecting invitations, choosing a planner, writing thank you notes and greeting guests, but I have to say, knowing what to do is definitely different from actually getting it done.

It's one thing to admire photos of a lovely celebration after the details have been ironed out and another thing entirely to be doing all that ironing! That's the fun part though: handpicking the specifics, like the perfect date (for us, an evening in June, when spring is its finest), venue (a beautiful, historic casino in upstate New York) and caterer (delicious food, creative menu ideas and an awesome event coordinator sold us on ours).

I have a behind-the-scenes look at EB everyday, but I love flipping through its pages and pulling out my favorites, just like any other bride, when production is complete. After shooting the citrus-hued bouquet on page 32 of our Summer issue, Erin, EB's reception and lifestyle editor, gave me the arrangement to take home (she knew I was considering its bright colors). The flowers lasted only a few days, but my tearout will stay fresh throughout the planning process—inspiring numerous ideas, no doubt—and well after my own bridal bouquet is tossed.—Michaela Garibaldi, assistant managing editor, Elegant Bride

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