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CEREMONY & RECEPTIONS of fall leaves, colorful gourds, and autumn blooms in shades of burgundy, orange, gold, and rust that top each table. Signa- ture cocktails like bright red apple marti- nis or spiked apple cider with cinnamon sticks as stirrers will warm everyone from the inside out and keep your theme rolling right up to dinner. Take advantage of the season and serve a traditional fall meal: roast turkey complete with smashed pota- toes and gravy, cornbread stuffing, fresh green beans with almonds, and home- made breads. If you’re not married to the idea of serving traditional wedding cake, offer your guests slices of apple, pumpkin, or pecan pie for dessert. Can’t imagine a wedding without a cake? Consider serving a spice cake or carrot cake with cream cheese filling. At the end of the evening, send everyone home with small jars of homemade jam, tiny bottles of maple syrup, or sweet caramel apples. The Air of Spring Budding trees, soft rain showers, and thoughts of new beginnings are the epito- me of springtime and a perfect theme for your spring affair. Seek out reception sites that are open and airy: garden-like atri- ums, grand ballrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, or bed & breakfast inns with whimsical charm. After months of bundling up, it’s time to lighten up with colors and décor that embrace the spring season. Choose in- season flowers like lush peonies, cheery daffodils, fragrant hyacinth, and colorful tulips for a fresh look. Shiny lemon leaves, sweet smelling cherry blossoms, and delicate lily of the valley are also great additions to both bouquets and center- pieces alike. Serve lighthearted cocktails at your spring affair with choices like spiked iced tea, smooth lemon drop martinis, and an assortment of light white wines. Pair your light libations with fresh and fla- vorful hors d’oeuvres such as chicken satay with spicy peanut sauce, spring rolls (of course!), hand rolled sushi, and proscuitto-wrapped asparagus spears. Dinner should embrace the season as well, with a menu that uses the freshest of herbs. Favorites like lamb with mint jelly, sliced tenderloin with wild rice and portabellas, or fresh sea bass with citrus couscous are sure to be a hit at your celebration. The Final Touch Choose favors that share the joy of your new beginning. Consider person- alized packets of wildflower seeds, an assortment of tulip and crocus bulbs, even a donation to a charitable organiza- tion that can help provide others with a fresh start are all great ways to send your guests home with a feeling that spring is in the air. §  118 § AKRONCANTONWEDDINGS.COM | WEDDINGS IN OHIO 

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