Everyone cherishes those special moments from weddings, whether you're the bride or a guest. Use Columbus Bride as a guide to make your big day a memorable one.

Although I'm not yet married, I'm at the stage of my life where many friends and coworkers are planning and celebrating weddings. As both a wedding guest and member of a few bridal parties (I joke I'm a professional bridesmaid), many of my fondest memories from the past several years come from these nuptials.

It's the summer when I caught two bouquets-don't listen to a friend's husband who says I pushed a 7-year-old out of the way; I promise it's not true. It's getting teary-eyed when the doors of the church opened and I saw a close friend since the third grade walk down the aisle. It's getting out on the dance floor even though I was the only one, because life's too short to not groove to a song that makes me happy. It's seeing that look of pure joy in the couple's eyes as they are pronounced husband and wife.

These are memories I cherish on a daily basis-memories that put a smile on my face no matter what mood I'm in. That's what I want Columbus Bride to be: A guide to help you create those lifelong memories.

This issue is packed with tips, tricks and advice on how to make your wedding day one you'll remember forever-and stress-free, at that. Toying with the idea of a first look between the bride and groom? Local photographer Bryan Gluys of 222 Photography weighs in. Hoping to keep your wedding environmentally friendly? Learn how to incorporate sustainability. And, if you still haven't found the dress-the one that makes you feel your absolute best-peruse the gorgeous gowns from IVY Bridal Studio in our fashion feature. The wow-worthy wedding gowns against the backdrop of Le Meridien Columbus, The Joseph-the Short North's newest hotel-are sure to inspire.

My hope is Columbus Bride is your go-to resource, letting you enjoy each second of the planning process. Because what's the fun in a wedding if you can't have your cake and eat it, too? Go make those memories, Columbus brides.