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WEDDING DAY: Here comes the bride...

Briana Barnes of Esko shows off a Maggie Sottero gown of ivory lace over gold Italian satin for $1299 from Princess Bride of Duluth.1 / 6
Susie Moland of Hermantown wears a gown of rich taffeta and tulle with a lace up back and mermaid style skirt by Allure. It's available at Always & Forever Bridal Emporium in Superior for $825. Flower girl Neva Zigich, 4, of Duluth, wears a tea length satin and organza dress by Sweetie Pie priced at $153 at Always & Forever.2 / 6
Vittoria Johnson of Cloquet wears a bridal gown of taffeta and lace by Maggie Sottero with a sweetheart neckline and train. It is available at Silver Rose Fashions in Cloquet for $900. Angel Johnson of Cloquet wears a strapless stain bridesmaid's gown in claret by Alexia. It is available at Silver Rose Fashions for $138.3 / 6
Samantha Mattson of Duluth wears this Oleg Cassini gown of ivory with a draped satin bodice, ballroom skirt and chapel train with platinum beading from David's Bridal in Duluth for $1,050.4 / 6
Janice Mattson of Duluth wears a mother of the bride gown of lapis-colored satin with beading at the waist that retails for $155, at David's Bridal.5 / 6
Chelsea Kellis of Cloquet wears a silk wedding gown with a beaded bust and a chapel train by Casablanca that sells for $990 at Bridal Elegance in Cloquet.6 / 6

Weddings ...

What young girl doesn't dream at some time in her childhood about being a bride, bedecked with a long white gown and walking down the aisle?

But weddings are far more complex than we ever dream as children. In this issue of Living North we will help you sort your way through some of the biggest decisions.

For readers who dream of gorgeous gowns, models from five local bridal shops show us what's current.

For those who are trying to put together the many elements of the big occasion, we have advice from area wedding planners.

If you want a low-impact, "green" wedding, we tell you how you can do that.

And if you're a guest, we've got gift ideas for you.

We even have a review of a book about marriage - "Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage" - for those who wonder whether to tie the knot.

Special thanks to Northland Country Club for allowing Living North to use the beautiful clubhouse as a backdrop and to Alan Johnson of Alan Johnson

Photography for the lovely fashion photos.