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W I NT E R 2018
CONTENTS Features 178 LOVE STORY Just like your romance, your wedding-day style is epic— and uniquely your own. Whether your tale begins in a ballroom or on the courthouse steps, we’ve got an ensemble to inspire you.
194 ODE TO JOY Join one couple’s holiday-season wedding in Virginia, complete with Christmas carolers, hot cocoa, and dozens of bells.
202 DRESSED TO IMPRESS We partnered with cake designer Ron Ben-Israel to dream up textileinspired, multitiered confections that are almost too pretty to eat.
210 UNTAMED BEAUTY Go green! These creations— featuring meandering vines, airy grasses, tropical leaves, and even houseplants— show how foliage can be much more than filler on your wedding day.
218 SO COOL SOCAL This stylish wedding in a California loft proved that opposites do attract.
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T H E DETAILS
Atelier Pronovias “Relisa” chiffon-andorganza gown, price upon request, pronovias.com. Black by Vera Wang slim-fit tuxedo, in Black, $800, menswearhouse.com. The Black Tux patent-leather shoes, $25 to rent, theblacktux.com.
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50 43 GOOD THINGS Chocolate favors, painted-flower centerpieces, bejeweled accessories, and more.
STAT ION E RY
Word on the Suite Five stationery sets—from totally traditional to low-key contemporary—and the wording that goes with them. 100
CELEBRATIONS Join us for four stunning weddings, in Ireland, Wyoming, Kenya, and California.
Leading Ladies To get rave reviews on your wedding day, shop these gowns. 108
STYLE SH O ES
The Big Finish Find the perfect pair of pumps, sandals, or booties to complete your bridal look. 83 R EG I ST RY
Beyond the Basics Hatch a wish list that covers every room of your shared home. 90
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Showered With Love
Find stunning honeymoon destinations in the Bahamas, embrace natural wonders with flora-and-faunafilled escapes, and get the lowdown on Southeast Asia island-hopping. Plus, find apps and accessories that will make your phone the only camera you’ll need.
What does a wedding planner do when she gets engaged and is walking on air? This one threw a heavenly pre-wedding party. 126
141 BEAUTY Ace your hair and makeup trial, get the scoop on quick cosmetic procedures, and then kick back and relax.
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THE PLANNER Our countdown to help you dive into planning includes making the guest list, booking hotelroom blocks, dress shopping, picking a playlist, and more.
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After “I Do” We’re lifting the veil on what really happens post-honeymoon by guiding you through the first 365 days of marriage. Visit marthastewartweddings .com/afterido for tips on navigating everything from family politics to finances.
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Season of Love Any day of the year can be an amazing day to get engaged. But for lots of couples, the magic moment takes place right around, well, now. Holiday season—when you’re already feeling cozy and celebratory, gifts are being exchanged, and family is close by—has become engagement season. So I’m guessing that for many of you, this is your ﬁrst time reading Martha Stewart Weddings—in which case, welcome and congrats! With that in mind, we put a particular focus on planning in this issue; these pages are full of info and advice, useful whether you’re just getting started or quickly approaching your date. Trying to whittle down your guest list? Wondering how much to tip? Not sure where to start dress-shopping? Need ideas for your reception playlist? It’s all in the section starting on page 157. Of course, we also oﬀer you lots of creative, beautiful ideas for making the day your own. We worked with two über-experts: Ron Ben-Israel made dazzling cakes inspired by fabrics (page 202), and ﬂorist Jenya Tsybulskyi created lush, showstopping decorations and bouquets (page 210). Which reminds me: Your vendors play a huge role in making your wedding the event you want it to be. Choose them carefully, and enjoy the process of working with talented,
YOU NEED THIS BOOK! Your married life will be full of delicious meals—quick after-work dinners, cozy weekend brunches, parties with friends, festive holiday feasts, and much more. Martha’s brand-new book (Clarkson Potter) will help you with all of those— and even setting up your kitchen. (If you need ideas on essentials for your registry, they’re in here!) Get cooking!
Giving Back: Everyone deserves a beautiful wedding—which is why we are delighted to be working with a charity called Wish Upon a Wedding. It helps couples facing great adversity plan the event of their dreams. Thank you to partners Kleinfeld Bridal (kleinfeldbridal.com) and Minted (minted.com) for supporting this organization along with us. To learn more, or to donate to this very worthy cause, visit wishuponawedding.org.
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F R O M T H E D E S K O F DA R C Y This time of year, we’ve all got gift-giving (and -getting!) on our minds. And when you’re wedding-planning— throwing parties, creating a registry, combining two people’s things in one home—it’s a topic that comes up a lot! So I thought I’d tackle a registry question that’s surprisingly common:
My ﬁancé and I have everything we need, but people say we still have to register for gifts. Advice? You may think you don’t need a thing, but people want to give you presents, and they will—so why not make a few suggestions? First, don’t discount traditional gifts. Your home might be stocked for daily living, but a special set of silver, ﬁne china, or crystal is something you’ll own for the rest of your lives. This can also be a chance to indulge in things you might not buy for yourselves, like a bar set and decanter or a cashmere blanket. But beyond home items, you can register for experiences. Some to consider: Travel: Companies like Honeyfund (honey fund.com), Traveler’s Joy (travelersjoy.com), and Wanderable (wanderable.com) help couples plan dream trips—and give guests the option of pitching in for tickets, hotel rooms, excursions, meals, and more. Take a class: You can learn a skill (dancing!) or do anything you both enjoy, from ﬁtness classes to spa treatments. Zola.com is a terriﬁc registry site with all kinds of oﬀerings, including classes in many areas. Share a toast: Wine lovers, what’s better than a subscription to a club with regular deliveries? Martha’s new club, the Martha Stewart Wine Co. (marthastewartwine.com),
oﬀers gifting options. Or check out Thirsty Nest (thirstynest.com)—a wineand-spirits registry with everything you’ll need to stock your home bar. Collect for charity: Donations to a cause you really care about can mean a lot more than material gifts. Set up a GoFundMe for direct donations, or use sites like justgive.org and thegoodbeginning.com. Keep memories: Guests might like to contribute to wedding keepsakes. You could request gift cards from companies like Artifact Uprising (artifactuprising.com) for albums or printed mementos—like the ones shown at right—or Framebridge (frame bridge.com) for preserving big-day photos. Widen the net: Finally, don’t feel boxed in by the word registry. Universal registry options at sites like Amazon allow you to add almost anything you can think of to your wish list—from homebrewing kits to, well, a whole house (some assembly required). So have fun with it!
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GOOD THINGS + freeze-dried raspberries + crystallized ginger + puffed rice
dried cranberries + dried orange segments + toasted almonds
chopped toasted pecans + pepitas + cayenne and chili powder
ALL BARK... . . . and plenty of tasty bites. This white-chocolate bark offers a simple and delicious favor, particularly when you use toppings that suit your palate (or palette). Brush a 9-by-12Â˝ inch rimmed baking sheet with oil and line with parchment paper. Melt Âž pound chopped white chocolate in a double boiler, then pour onto prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with toppings and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Break into pieces and divide among gift bags (turn the page for evergreen packaging ideas), keeping chilled until handing them out. T E X T BY C L A I R E S U L L I VA N P H O T O G R A P H S BY H A L L I E B U R TO N
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GOING WITH THE GRAIN
Espresso cups suit the scale of these bite-size delights.
Use these woodland-themed containers for white-chocolate bark or other treats.
Slip candy into wood-grain wedding-favor bags (4" by 6", $7 for 25, thepapersandbox .etsy.com) lined with glassine bags (3¾" by 6¼", $21 for 1,000, papermart.com).
Use a little pine-tree rubber stamp ($12, worthwhilepaper.etsy.com) to turn kraft paper ($18 for 100', amazon.com) into festive gift wrap for favor boxes ($15 for 10, paperpresentation .com).
Give decorative pinecone boxes ($7.25 for 3, Martha Stewart Crafts on amazon.com) a natural hue using Martha Stewart Crafts multisurface satin acrylic craft paint in Chestnut Brown ($2.50, michaels.com).
SMALL TALK Serve emoji-inspired desserts at your bridal shower, and—chances are—the display will live on in your Instagram feed long after the confections are gone. Each plated on a miniature tray (the ones pictured here are just three inches), the cartoonish petits fours are truly too cute for words.
Paint lids of oblong wooden boxes ($8.75 for a set of 3, papermart.com) with a Martha Stewart Crafts faux-bois pattern roller ($20) and multisurface satin acrylic craft paint in Acorn ($2.50; both michaels .com).
T H E DETAILS: Dragonfly Cakes emoji petits fours, $60 per dozen, dragonflycakes.com. Restaurantware “Edge” mini porcelain plates, $23 for 10, restaurantware.com. KaTom “Tiara” ceramic espresso cups, 3 oz., $20 for 3 dozen, katom.com.
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Hang this letter on any wall at a reception (or rehearsal) for a lasting, photo-ready vignette.
INITIAL IMPRESSION This bold, beautiful monogram makes a big statement—and doesn’t give away how simple it is to create. The secret? It all begins with a faux-baby’s-breath garland. We added some clematis and lily of the valley (also faux; just pluck out some baby’s-breath blooms and swap in the others). Once the garland is as lush as you’d like, use tacks or removable self-adhesive hooks to fasten it in place as you freestyle the letter—we found cursive is easiest. THE DETAILS: Faux-baby’s-breath garland, $28 for 6', afloral.com. “Lily of the Valley Spray” silk flowers, $3 each; and cream
clematis stems, $8 each, michaels.com. Riedel “Vinum Cuvee Prestige” flutes, $59 for 2, riedelusa.net.
... will you?
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SECRET SOURCE: FORYOURPARTY.COM This one-stop online shop is our go-to for all things party. The completely customizable products run the gamut from basics, like cocktail napkins, to things you didnâ€™t even know you needed (straw tags, anyone?). All the options make it a cinch to brand your day in a big way. Like what you see here? Download our templates directly from the site: foryourparty.com/popup-store/martha-stewart. T H E DETAILS: 1. Square tags, $34 for 50. 2. Pillow box, $108 for 50. 3. Square single-layer table numbers, $41.50 for 6. 4. Heather dinner napkin, $84 for 100. 5. Sparkler sleeve, $38 for 50. 6. Scallop coaster, $37 for 100. 7. Matches demi box, $55 for 50. 8. Wax-lined party bag, $30 for 25 . 9. Double-point straw tags, $43 for 50. 10. Round stir sticks, $50 for 100. All items customizable at foryourparty.com.
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PAINTED LOVE Good florists are true artists—so it makes sense that they might just pick up a paintbrush. The result: speckled, spattered, spectacular centerpieces. New York City florist Bridget Vizoso created this otherworldly beauty by applying fabric dyes and acrylic paints to sturdy blooms that hold up well to this special treatment. Some are covered spatter-style, while others have more intricate designs—and when they’re fashioned together with unembellished blooms, the end result is an exotic explosion of color. THE DETAILS : Sferra “Festival” dinner napkin, in Petal, $57 for 4, sferra.com. West Elm gold flatware, $39 for a 5-piece set, westelm.com.
Crate & Barrel “Aspen” dinner plate, $5, crateandbarrel.com. Flowers by Bridget Vizoso, bridgetvizosodesign.com.
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BE DAZZLED What couldn’t use a little more sparkle? With faux jewels and adhesive, you can go all out or keep the shimmer subtle. 1. Embellish the knot and tails of a big satin hair bow ($8.50, amazon.com). 2. Add an artful scattering of glass rhinestones to a transparent purse ($17, amazon.com). 3. Give the littlest lady a shine on the shoulder by adding clear beads to her sleeves (“Edenham” dress, $74, bellabliss.com). 4. Encrust rubber iPhone cases ($7 each, amazon.com) with an allover pattern of metal-backed beads. T H E DETAILS : Beacon Gem-Tac permanent adhesive
(for purse and dress), $8.75 for 4 oz., amazon.com. Magna Tac-809 adhesive (for phone case and hair bow), $12 for 8 oz., amazon.com. Beads (for hair bow and dress) and metal-backed beads (for phone case), 50¢ to $2 each, beadsworldusa.com. Glass rhinestones (for purse), in assorted sizes, $10 for 4,500 pieces, amazon.com.
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No one will miss a late-night ice cream bar with this luminous dessert marker.
GO FOR THE GLOW Here’s a bright idea: Outfit your reception space with a fun neon sign. (Make sure to double-check with your venue ahead of time to talk through the logistics of hanging it.) 1. This custom established LED sign ($800, name-glo.com) will double as an extra-personal fixture in your new home and will only get cooler as the years go by. 2. Use a smaller-scale Seletti neon art light ($70 per letter, beambk.com) for a mod, subtle shine. 3. Highlight the theme of the event, literally, with this Oliver Gal “love” neon sign ($400, zola.com). 4. End the evening on a sweet note, with a double-scoop ice cream neon graphic ($225 for 1-week rental, lettherebeneon.com).
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Donning waxflower head wreaths and custom dresses by Alexandra Grecco, young attendants posed in the ivy- and flower-draped entrance to St. Senan’s Church in Kilrush, Ireland, before the wedding of their cousin Simone Sheils to Darren Mullane.
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Darren, in Canali, and Simone, in Monique Lhuillier, smiled on a windy beach postceremony. The bride carried roses, peonies, hellebores, muscari, and lilacs.
The stationery suite and enclosed local maps were created by Sally Balt of La Happy. Vellum invitations were stitched onto a watercolor of the coast painted by Sarah Simon.
SIMONE SHEILS AND DARREN MULLANE A P R I L 2 9 , 2 0 1 7 / DOO N B E G , I R E L A N D
climbed to the top of a waterfall in Maui—and jumped. “I was absolutely terriﬁed,” says Simone. “It was brilliant.” It was a typical outing for the two Dublin college students, who met when they were working at a beachside restaurant on the Hawaiian island in 2007. She noticed that everyone around him was always laughing. And he sensed an immediate connection: “We have similar humor and personalities. It felt very easy,” he says. During hikes through bamboo forests and afternoons of surﬁng, they discovered they both came from large families in the west of Ireland and shared mutual friends. That September, they moved home and found that they got along just as well in a less-sunny climate. “We went on more traditional dates in Dublin,” says Simone, laughing. After college, Darren, an anesthesiologist, traveled around Ireland for work, and Simone, a speech and language pathologist, lived in London for two years. When she returned to Dublin in 2015, they moved in together and planned a December ski trip to Whistler,
Canada—and it was there that he proposed, beside a frozen lake. They knew they would marry in Doonbeg, County Clare, a village on the Atlantic Ocean close to Simone’s hometown of Ennis. Growing up, she’d spent summers playing on its sand dunes; Darren, from Newcastle West, County Limerick, often joined her family there over the years, golﬁng at the club where they would hold their reception. The couple, who now live in Vancouver, envisioned a fun, relaxed wedding inspired by the windswept coast, with décor that incorporated its moody hues. The menu highlighted local seafood; a friend of Simone’s father sourced lobsters from nearby Carrigaholt. Over a long weekend, about 220 guests gathered in Doonbeg to witness Simone and Darren recite Catholic vows, then celebrated into the wee hours. The highlight of the night came at around 3 a.m., when a piano player led a sing-along in a ﬁreside bar. With hands in the air and voices in unison, “everyone was in such good form,” says Darren. It was a joyful moment for the couple as they leapt oﬀ into a new adventure. —Rebecca Dalzell
SO U RCE S Ceremony location St. Senan’s Church Event planning and design Alise Taggart Flowers The Informal Florist Photography Paula O’Hara
Stationery and calligraphy La Happy (invitations); Appleberry Press (day-of items) Cake Cloudberry Bakery Music Maria Fitzgerald (ceremony and cocktail hour); Sean De Burca (piano player); Bentley Boys Rentals Gotcha Covered Videography Story of Eve Bride’s gown Monique Lhuillier Bride’s accessories Peter Langner (veil); Aquazzura (shoes) Hair Matthew Feeney Makeup Aidan Corcoran Groom’s tuxedo Canali See the Guide for more details
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n one of their early dates, Simone Sheils and Darren Mullane
The sea down there is always so wild. We wanted those colors to come through: soft blues, dove grays, and greens.
Hand-dyed muslin runners rippled down linen-draped tables topped with vintage brass candlesticks and centerpieces that included roses, hellebores, and lilacs.
Wearing Alexandra Grecco dresses, bridesmaids (including Simone’s sister, Audrey, center) and flower girls beamed before the ceremony.
The couple wed at 19th-century St. Senan’s Church. “The music took everyone’s breath away,” says Simone.
The vanilla, chocolateraspberry, and chocolate biscuit cake was frosted with a swirled buttercream that was ﬂecked with gold leaf to evoke the sea.
Men pinned boutonnières of rosemary, thistle, spray roses, and ranunculus to their lapels.
Dramatic cliﬀs line the County Clare coastline, high over the churning ocean.
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McKenzie chose a Rebecca Schoneveld gown that was comfortable to dance in but, with an overlying top, could look more conservative for the ceremony. Paul kept it preppy with a navy jacket and khakis, plus a bow tie.
Vanessa Flory of Fleur de V Events created an arch of wild vines and garden roses to frame the couple as they said their vows.
The tables were set in a white, blue, and lavender palette, with arrangements of clematis, nigella ﬂowers, garden roses, and local foliage. Horn knives brought a Western touch to the classic setting.
MC KENZIE FURBER & PAUL RIVENBURGH J U LY 2 9 , 2 0 1 7 / J A C K S O N H O L E , W YO M I N G
an aspen grove on the Snake River Ranch, set against the majestic Tetons. “I heard that people actually gasped when they got there and the view was revealed,” says McKenzie. The minister paid homage to the landscape in her remarks, and close friends read writings about gratitude and the environment, including a piece by John Muir, before the couple recited their vows. From there, everyone walked to the reception area, also on the grounds, to sip gin and tonics and vodka sodas, dine on local elk and steelhead trout, and dance for hours. Aside from one memorable moment when the groom’s entire party jumped onstage to dance to “Sweet Caroline,” McKenzie and Paul stayed close to each other: “I’ve been to weddings where you never see the couple together after the vows, so we really made an eﬀort not to get split up,” says the groom. Two days later, they boarded a plane to New Zealand, for two weeks full of heli-skiing, mountain-biking, and ﬂy-ﬁshing adventures. “We didn’t want to sit on a beach the whole time,” says Paul. “We wanted to do a honeymoon our way.” —Miranda Crowell
SO U R CES Location Snake River Ranch Event design, styling, and production Easton Events Catering Bistro Catering Flowers Fleur de V Events Photography
Carrie Patterson Officiant Reverend Tamara Mitchell Stationery Rock Paper Scissors Calligraphy The Left Handed Calligrapher Cake Jackson Cake Company Music Judd Grossman Entertainment, Inc. (ceremony, cocktails, first-dance trumpet); Party Crashers (reception) Cinematography Après Events Bride’s gown Rebecca Schoneveld Groom’s attire Suitsupply (jacket); Bonobos (pants); Thomas Pink (shirt) Bow ties Western Range Clothing Co. See the Guide for more details
ome people kick off a wedding weekend with cocktails and canapés. But McKenzie Furber and Paul Rivenburgh didn’t stop there. They welcomed guests with whitewater-rafting down the Snake River. “It was an immediate way for them to experience this incredible place,” says McKenzie, “and the best icebreaker we could imagine.” Racing down a river with their closest friends and family also made perfect sense for the nature-loving San Francisco–based couple. McKenzie, a recruiter at a venture-capital firm, and Paul, an investment professional, met during a group rock-climbing excursion, and the pair went on to forge a relationship over several years of hiking, skiing, cycling, and running together. “Being outdoors has always been a big part of our bond,” she says. And the duo could think of no more spectacular spot to marry than Jackson Hole, which the bride knew well from childhood trips, and from later living there brieﬂy as an adult. The day after the rafting excursion, 155 guests made their way to the ceremony setting,
67 Calligraphed, hand-painted ombré envelopes posted on a linen board held escort cards for the reception.
The bridesmaids wore Jenny Yoo skirts with a soft, watercolor-like print, and tops by Joanna August.
Decked out in the bow-tied look of the day, McKenzie’s cousin’s sons walked her mother down the aisle.
I wanted our guests to leave in awe of the mountains, with the same gratitude Paul and I feel whenever we spend time outside.
—M C KENZIE
The petite cake of chocolate, cardamom, and hazelnuts was topped with ﬂowers that matched those used throughout the celebration.
The Jackson Hole setting inspired the invitation suite by Rock Paper Scissors—from the watercolor landscape on the envelopes to the die-cut festivities card, in the shape of the nearby mountain range.
Creamy garden roses met white clematis ﬂowers and vines for a loose, romantic bridal bouquet.
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C E L E B R AT I O N S GRANT + LANCE
Grant, left, and Lance, both in Tom Ford Made to Measure tuxes, had complementary lapel pins fashioned from a vintage diamond necklace that belonged to Lance’s grandmother.
A custom raw-silk folio by Regas held the invitation and a booklet of wedding and traveling details.
Guests were treated to several “game drives”: early-morning and -evening trips in Land Rovers to spot wildlife. Impala like these are a common sight, while leopards and lions are more rare.
GRANT KRETCHIK & LANCE WILLIAMS here was a third riveting presence, besides groom and groom,
They held their wedding in Kenya with the hope that their loved
at the June wedding of Grant Kretchik and Lance Williams:
ones, too, would experience a bit of that magic. And as the wedding
the majestic backdrop of Kenya. Grant and Lance had long cherished the African country and its tendency to transform moments—large or small—into events that completely transcend expectation. This was certainly the case with their 2015 engagement. The New York– and L.A.–based couple (Grant created and runs a BFA acting program, and Lance is a marketing consultant) had visited Kenya regularly for nearly a decade to collaborate with wildlifeconservation charities via a fund Lance had inherited from his aunt. So Grant chose a favorite clifftop there to propose. “I got two rings, and I asked some local friends to leave them at the top of the hill,”
day unfolded, the country certainly delivered: During an earlymorning game drive, the grooms and their guests encountered leopards—a rare sighting even for seasoned safari-goers. “People thought we had arranged it somehow!” says Lance. After they returned to the lodge for brunch, a tower of giraffes joined them— and guests fed them their favorite treat, oranges, by hand. Later, as Lance and Grant took prewedding portraits, a herd of elephants wandered into the frame. “This was really special, because Save the Elephants is one of the biggest projects that we work with and support,” says Lance. And as the sun set and vows were exchanged, the couple were serenaded by a choir of friends from the Samburu and Maasai tribes, who also blessed them with another ritual ﬁre that burned into the evening. “We knew that if we put a plan in motion, Africa would just take over,” says Grant. “Nature outdoes itself, if you let it.” —Lesley Porcelli
he says. “I expected them to watch from afar, but after my proposal,
they broke into tribal dances; next thing, we were lighting a ritual ﬁre with two sticks, there was elephant dung [a symbol, according to the local Samburu tribe, of a bountiful and blessed life], and we danced around the ﬁre until well after sunset. It was magical.”
SO U RC ES Flowers, décor, and custom napkins Catherine Crookes of Uhuru Flowers Photography Mia Collis Stationery Regas Music Andie Grooms’ tuxedos Tom Ford Made to Measure Grooms’ accessories Tom Ford (shirts, bow ties, and cummerbunds); Giorgio Armani (shoes); Silverhorn (diamond lapel pins) Wedding rings Dream Gems Corp. Aircraft charter Kasas Limited Carpet for ceremony site Maison K Leather ceremony book Raika Officiant’s dress Badgley Mischka
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The group assembled on a hilltop for the ceremony, which was presided over by a good friend. Lush, tonal roses graced the trees marking the site.
We’re opposites. He is cautious and thoughtful; I live my life out loud. We’ve come full circle in challenging each other: for me to be more grounded, him, more spontaneous.
Everyone posed for a group portrait and Champagne toast postceremony.
A group of colorfully dressed Samburu and Maasai women sang welcome songs to greet guests at the ceremony site.
There were 40 guests at the wedding, a small enough group to seat everyone together at one massive table. In the center was a striking centerpiece of roses and lanterns.
A ritual ﬁre-starting marked the transition into an African ceremony.
The engagement- turnedwedding rings waited in their wooden box. The couple were given colorful beaded tribal sashes. “Grant’s best man put one on me on behalf of his friends and family, and vice versa, like a welcome,” says Lance.
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C E L E B R AT I O N S CASSAN DRA + BEN
Ben changed into a Ralph Lauren Purple Label jacket for the reception; Cassandra wore a semicustom French-lace dress by Monique Lhuillier. The bouquet included ranunculus, lisianthus, garden roses, and olive and eucalyptus leaves.
CASSANDRA HERSCHENFELD & BEN KATZ
Pergolas draped in muslin, pepper berry, feather eucalyptus, and white bougainvillea deﬁned the reception space, which was lit by geometric pendants.
hat old yarn about the cobbler’s children going barefoot rang true for event coordinator Cassandra Herschenfeld. She’d spent about six years planning weddings (including working with industry legend Mindy Weiss), but hadn’t been married herself. “I was recently out of another relationship, and in a place where I was asking everyone to set me up,” she says. Enter Ben Katz, the colleague of one of Cassandra’s grooms. When they met on a blind date at a bar in Manhattan’s West Village, “we talked and laughed for four hours!” she recalls. Ben, who works in ﬁnance, says, “she has this laugh that takes over a room.” A year and a half later, the couple were on vacation with his parents in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, when he surprised her with a proposal. “I didn’t have time to get a manicure, so that’s how you know I didn’t know this was happening!” she says. Her parents, it
turns out, were waiting in the next room. “My dad had been battling
cancer for 15 years and just had a treatment, so I was shocked,” she
says (adding that he’s since recovered). “It was the best trip ever.”
After a year of planning, the couple wed under a century-old oak tree in front of 187 guests at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. The weekend celebration felt like exactly what Ben had asked for: “an adult summer camp with a fantastic party in the middle.” They incorporated many Jewish traditions and updated others—including circling each other, instead of the bride circling the groom. Postceremony, guests assembled in a tiered herb garden for cocktails before heading to the reception area for dinner. A live band played, but Cassandra’s father stole the show with a song he wrote for her, called “She Touches Rainbows.” As guests headed to the after-party, individual slices of cheese pizza waited in boxes that read “I love you to pizzas”—a toast to their New York life and Ben’s sustenance of choice. And no, Cassandra didn’t hire a planner—she organized it all herself—but she did hand over the binder to former colleagues on Friday night. “I was having a panic attack! But I wanted to enjoy the weekend and be a bride.” —Kathryn O’Shea-Evans
SO U RC ES Location, catering, and cake Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Event planning and design Cassandra Bette Events Flowers Gilly Flowers & Events Photography Amy & Stuart Photography Officiant Rabbi Billy Dreskin of Woodlands Community Temple Stationery Lehr and Black (save-the-dates); Bella Figura (invitations); Aldine, Inc. (programs, menus); Kali Newlen (graphic design) Calligraphy Dori Jones Calligraphy Music Ground Control; DJ Dom of RedShoe LA Videography Vidicam Productions Bride’s gown Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids’ dresses Paper Crown Groom’s tuxedo and shoes Armani Collezioni See the Guide for more details
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“ “ The bridal party wore Paper Crown dresses by Cassandra’s good friend and bridesmaid Lauren Conrad (here, fourth from left).“Lauren oﬀered to do the dresses as a gift,” the bride said.
White tulips dangled from the couple’s leafy chuppah— which also contained the tallit of a late family friend.
It was a perfect weekend. I’m looking at the pictures over and over and finding new, unbelievable details.
Welcome totes were ﬁlled with New York– and L.A.– inspired snacks and “Oh Hi” leather luggage tags—a nod to Ojai, their wedding locale.
The ﬂower girls’ baskets and ring bearer’s pillow were covered in eucalyptus leaves.
Hand-calligraphed escort cards were pinned to the vintage gates. The couple wanted guests “to feel like they were entering a secret garden,” Cassandra says.
The couple chose a seminaked dulce de leche and caramel chocolate-mousse cake, decked in blueberry foliage and garden roses.
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Natural Light Classic white, ivory, and taupe-y neutrals are wedding basics— you can’t go wrong. But basic doesn’t have to mean boring. Go for the dazzle of beaded mules, a knockout pair of booties, or even a playful cat-face pump: mee-ow. TH E DETA ILS : 1. Johanna Ortiz
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TH E DETAILS : 1. Loeffler
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TH E DE TAI LS: 1. Pedro García “Ana” frayed satin oxford booties with black grosgrain laces, in Powder, $595, shopbop.com. 2. Manolo Blahnik “Fibiona” satin heels, in Black and Nude, $965, neimanmarcus .com. 3. Louis Leeman velvet heels with big pearls, $590, saksfifthavenue.com. 4. Roger Vivier “Feather Swirl Manhattan Maharani” satin sandals with ostrich 6
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Metal Winners Searching for a middle ground? Metallics are neutrals of the very best variety— versatile, timeless tones with eye-candy finishes. Step into a rose-gold sandal, platinum pump, or silky, petal-crowned slide—and get ready to shine. T H E DETAILS: 1. Bill Blass
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Word on the Suite Sure, your invitations share the venue, date, and time of your wedding. But they’re also your first chance to set the tone. We asked some talented stationery experts to create suites in five styles to inspire you to do just that—and we added a primer to help you get the wording right. T E X T BY C L A I R E S U L L I VA N P H O T O G R A P H S BY A A R O N C A M E R O N M U N T Z
3. The RSVP card matches the invitation’s tone. Note the optional British spelling of favour; this is often considered more formal.
Updated Formal Though framed in chic, modern design, this invite is classic at heart. (Maybe a bit like you?) It begins with standard host and request lines, introducing the couple.
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1. The hosts come first. If your
parents are divorced, list their names on separate lines. If remarried, as here, the spouse can be named as well. 2. The request line counts. The phrase the pleasure of your company doesn’t just have a nice ring—it also indicates a nonreligious venue. (The term honor/honour is reserved for religious spaces.)
An RSVP card is typically accompanied by a stamped return envelope. Don’t forget to account for that postage!
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Traditional Religious This enchanting set follows conventional etiquette to a T, complete with classic script. This is the model to follow if one set of parents is hosting the day, starting with a joyful ceremony in your family church, temple, or other place of worship. T HE DETA ILS : Kleinfeld Paper “Unconditionally” wedding invitation suite, price upon request, kleinfeldpaper.com.
1. Titles get their own line. If one
parent has a professional title, it should be spelled out and can be listed first.
2. Extend a formal request, if you please. For a sacred space, a request line conventionally asks for the honour of your presence. 2
3. The bride’s name is brief.
The traditional approach is to list her first and middle name, while including the full name of her fiancé.
4. The venue speaks for itself.
It’s appropriate to omit the street address, as long as the location won’t be confusing. City and state (like everything else) are spelled out fully. 5. A personal response is desired. The RSVP address is at the
bottom left corner. Guests use their own stationery to reply.
If the reception is at a different venue from the ceremony, a separate invitation is included in the suite.
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Sweet Semiformal This elegant design takes minimal to the max with pared-down wording that leaves room for a nature-inspired design to come to life. The flexible structure of the suite allows for the expected who, what, where, and when—but skips unnecessary info. T H E DETAILS: Rachel Marvin Creative “Brenna” invitation suite, price upon request, rachelmarvincreative.com.
1. Host lines are flexible. If both
sets of parents are playing this role, the first and last names of each couple are included. With more casual wording, middle names are often omitted. (Same goes for the bride and groom.) 2. The request line is all-inclusive.
This example takes a modern approach by inviting guests to share in their joy—a warm welcome that suits an event with dual sets of hosts. 3. It’s fine to add digits. Semiformal rules mean you don’t need to fully spell out numbers. 4. Timing and details are simplified.
A general statement of dinner and dancing to follow is plenty. The website card directs guests online for any other necessary information.
No return envelope, no maps . . . a website is another way to collect responses and share directions to your venue.
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Casual and Colorful Some couples are less worried about traditional etiquette and more concerned with throwing a fabulous party. A lively suite like this confetti-inspired one can cue that right up (particularly when guests see the postwedding brunch invite!). T H E DE TA I LS : Jill Means “Modern Fun” wedding invitation suite, from $234 for 100 invites, minted.com.
1. Skirt the “who’s paying” question. Maybe
others are pitching in, or maybe you’re funding your wedding alone. In any case, a together with their families host line is useful for honoring parents. (Vague wording can also ease a delicate stepparent situation.) 2. Break with traditional etiquette. Conversational wording is fine for an informal request line (and throughout the suite), so have fun with it! 3. Abbreviate away. Dates and details can be indicated with numerals and abbreviations, such as P.M. instead of o’clock.
When filling envelopes with multiple pieces, place the invite on the bottom, and top with other elements, largest to smallest.
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Low-Key Chic Keeping your ceremony super-simple? Your invitations should reflect the laid-back nature of the festivities. This trifold all-in-one suite features informal wording that resembles an invite to a dinner party with close friends—which is exactly what this postnuptials party will be. THE DETAI LS: Paper & Type “Statement Flowers” suite, price upon request, paperandtype.com.
A casual, personal invite like this one can take any form—even written out like a personal letter, if you like.
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1. Full sentences are fair game.
A conversational tone communicates the date, time, and location. 2. It’s okay to assume. A simple
reply line hints that it’ll be a tight-knit crew, and friends already have your contact info.
3. A sign-off can be extra-sweet. This goes with the chatty vibe of the suite. Note that this is also the only place where the couples’ names (first only) are listed.
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Allure Bridals strapless ball gown, style MJ 371, $3,150, allurebridals.com.
Looking for big-day fashion inspiration? Try your favorite movie. We’ve gathered dresses and accessories that bring to mind iconic film looks. Find one that sparks your imagination, and get ready for rave reviews. TEXT BY JESS I C A K I N G
Anne Barge “Mia” dress with a high-low skirt, $2,630, annebarge.com.
ASOS “Pipe Down” bridal pointed high heels, $48, us.asos.com.
The Steven Birnbaum Collection “Teagan” A-line gown, $3,185, stevenbirnbaum bridal.com.
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Catherine Deane “Joyce” strapless lace bodice with a silkorganza skirt, $1,100, catherinedeane.com.
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Carolina Herrera “Faena” long-sleeve blouse and tuxedo pants, $1,790 each, carolinaherrera.com.
Annie Hall Nobody made menswear look better than Diane Keaton in Woody Allen’s classic. These edgy-yet-elegant pantsuits will let you make a bold statement of your own.
Naeem Khan “Nevada” caviar-beaded jumpsuit, $8,995, mark ingramatelier.com.
Beladora antique Victorian ring in 18k gold, $1,250, beladora.com.
Viktor&Rolf Mariage “Bow Back Jumpsuit” with detachable train, price upon request, viktor-rolf.com.
Roger Vivier leather loafers, in White, $895, rogervivier.com.
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Lakum “Carmen” jacket, $2,000; and “Julia” pants in Italian neoprene, $1,800, kleinfeld bridal.com.
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Laure de Sagazan “Péguy” silk top and “Flamant” high-waisted skirt, price upon request; and turban, in Ivory, $165, lauredesagazan.fr.
The Great Gatsby Slip into character with a sleek silhouette, flashy art-deco beading, and a flapper-style headpiece. You’ll feel like doing the Charleston all night long.
Temperley Bridal “Regina” silk-and-tulle dress, $5,250, temperley london.com.
Berta handcrafted embellished sequin dress, style 18-25, $11,040, berta.com.
Justin Alexander Signature pearland-bugle-beaded gown, $6,000, jasignature.com.
Badgley Mischka “Maria” peep-toe jewel-encrusted pump s, $235, bloomingdales.com
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Stephen Russell platinum-and-diamond pendant earrings, price upon request, stephenrussell.com.
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Galia Lahav House of Couture “Laura” gown with a detachable top, price upon request, galialahav.com.
Gemfields x Verdura Zambian emerald–anddiamond earrings in 18k gold, price upon request, bergdorfgoodman.com.
Gone With the Wind Scarlett O’Hara was one of the great silver-screen drama queens. To channel her spirit, go demure or daring—but frankly, a big floorsweeping gown is a must.
Persolé parasol with Swarovski crystals and gold jeweled handle, in Ivory and Pink, $395, persole.bigcartel.com.
Stella York lace-andtulle gown, style 6315, $999, essense designs.com.
Ines Di Santo “Easton” trumpet gown, in Red (also available in Off-White), $9,290, markingramatelier.com.
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Reem Acra “Glamorous” silk-gazar ball gown, $11,500, reemacra.com.
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Randy Fenoli Bridal “Jillian” two-piece gown, $1,870, kleinfeldbridal.com.
Pretty in Pink
In this quirky blend of romance and rock ‘n’ roll, Andie Walsh’s handmade prom dress practically invented the cold shoulder. Dropped sleeves and lots of texture give that playful ’80s vibe.
Hayley Paige Red Carpet “Lucille” high-low gown, price upon request, jlmboutique.com.
Theia “Ellie” dress with a cold-shoulder halter, $1,695, theiacouture.com.
Monique Lhuillier “Isabella” strapless dress $13,500; and “Divine” jewel-encrusted bolero, $2,875, monique lhuillier.com.
Paul Andrew “Kshama” pumps, in Rhododendron $595, paul andrew.com.
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Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer “Aisling Bracelet,” in Rose and Gold, $138, jaclynmayer.com.
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Leanne Marshall “Marleigh” lace-andsilk gown, $2,025, leannemarshall.com.
The Princess Bride If you seek fantasy and adventure, these styles are exactly as you wish. Empire waists, elaborate embroidery, and off-the-shoulder sleeves make gowns that are truly enchanting.
Emilia Wickstead “Beatrice” silk-andpolyamide gown, $6,800, emiliawickstead.com.
Assael Akoya-pearl necklace in 18k white gold, $3,800, neimanmarcus.com.
Alberta Ferretti cotton beaded mules, $925, barneys.com.
Yolan Cris “Reclus” off-the-shoulder guipure-and-tulle gown, $7,500, yolancris.com.
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Peter Langner “Maxima” gown with 3-D porcelain-floral petals, $8,625, lelite.com.
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Say “I Do” to Aruba, One happy island Imagine a wedding that is engulfed in the colors of a vibrant sunset as vows are exchanged on a pristine white-sand beach next to the relaxing, crystal blue waters of the Caribbean. Celebrated for its 82-degree, year-round temperature, refreshing trade winds, extensive land/sea activities, and historic attractions, Aruba is one of the most popular and inexpensive wedding and honeymoon destinations in the world. Located outside of the hurricane belt, Aruba gives brides the opportunity to have their dream beach wedding in December, July or any month in between with constant sunshine and warm weather year-round. A direct ﬂight away from a number of major U.S. cities – this paradisiacal island has never been more accessible or inviting to couples seeking that perfect romantic oasis, at any time of the year. It’s easy to ﬁnd great accommodations in this ultimate oasis with Aruba’s ofﬁcial wedding blog, Beach Brides. The blog offers both practical and inspirational guidance to those looking to create a relaxing destination wedding or honeymoon in Aruba with ease. This unique Caribbean outlet allows couples to view the vibrant wedding scene on the friendly island with its daily one-ofa-kind features on local vendors, wedding planners, ﬂorists, photographers and wedding professionals who can help create a dream-like experience – on any budget. Options are endless from all-inclusive resorts and boutique-style hotels in charming Eagle Beach to the high-rise branded hotels in Palm Beach. Couples in search of affordability can create their dream destination wedding on-island for less than that of a traditional ceremony. Aruba’s unique repertoire of restaurants, resorts, shopping and beachfront locations provides couples with a plethora of inexpensive options to choose from. For couples looking to say “I Do,” the One happy island offers a diverse array of options for every aspect of the wedding. Aruba can make all dreams come true whether brides-to-be want to celebrate by boat, private island, golf course, boutique hotel, secret cove or colonial mansion. As one of the most revisited destinations in the Caribbean, Aruba appeals to relaxation seekers, sun worshippers, adventure junkies, culinary lovers and everyone in between. With more than 100 romance, culinary, relaxation, adventure and cultural video vignettes to explore, a dream trip to Aruba is just a click away. Visit weddings.aruba.com. to start planning your dream destination wedding or honeymoon today.
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CONFECT ION PERFECT ION
Showered With Love After getting engaged, wedding planner Azar Jazestani found herself floating on a cloud. So it was only natural that she planned a light-as-air shower—and invited loved ones to share in her bliss. T E X T B Y S H I R A S AVA D A P H OTO G R A P H S BY A N T H O N Y PAT R I C K M A N I E R I
The bride-to-be designed this ethereal dessert buffet, anchored by a sugar-flower-and-fondantcovered cake. “I was excited about creating the sweets table for my friends, since I always put them together for my clients,” she says.
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BLUSHING BRIDE Azar Jazestani, owner of Principal Planner, in Montréal, spends her days dreaming up events that put others in the spotlight. But on January 14, 2017, all eyes were on her. Though bridal showers are often hosted by the MOH or a relative, Azar wanted to save her loved ones the heavy lifting—and after all, focusing on the details is what she does best. So she took the helm. Her euphoric mood made a heavenly theme an obvious choice—and the white-on-white (with dashes of pink) color scheme suited the season. She chose Joe’s Prop House as her setting—a blank canvas on which to serve up brunch, sweets, fun, and games. And the sky, it turns out, really was the limit.
Heaven Set Hydrangea “clouds” raining mini carnations hung over the tables, with puffs of faux snow running down the middle. Seating was informal—with each guest choosing a spot to sit. Top Tip: “Just have fun! So many brides are concerned with showers they’ve attended or things they’ve seen at them. But when your event represents you, success is inevitable.” TH E DETA I LS: Location, linens, chairs, and tables: Joe’s Prop House, joesprophouse.com. Catering: Olive Orange Catering, oliveorange.ca. Flowers: Aura Design, auradesignonline.com. Tabletop rentals: Celebrations, celebrationsgroup.com.
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Seats and Sips 1. Each of the 25 guests got a box of goodies to use—where else?—in the shower. Bath-themed cookies were packaged along with a loofah, soaps,
bath oils, a sponge, and a spa headband. Cards tucked under napkins prompted attendees to write down a memory they shared with Azar. Each was later read aloud, to lots of happy laughter. 2. The dress code was white—but Azar (here, with a friend and the mother of the bride) wore pink. 3. This drinks station made for easy mimosa refills. Top Tip: “Give favors with meaning. If you’re known for being funny, give something that gets you laughing. If you’re a DIY lover, try a mini photo album. Skip heavily branded items: Guests love you, but they don’t want anything with your initials on it.” THE DETAI LS: Cookie favors: L&V Sweets, lvsweets.com. Stationery: Kismet Design, designbykismet.com. Bride’s dress: Missguided,
missguidedus.com. Belt: BCBG, bcbg.com.
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Sweet Treats 1. “Montrealers are die-hard breakfast aficionados, so it only made sense to have a menu of
brunch favorites,” says Azar. An all-white dessert spread, including cookies and donuts, was the showstopper of the morning feast (which also featured omelets and waffles made to order, along with cheeses, puff pastries, and fruit). 2. Mini cloches housed milk-chocolate truffles. Top Tip: “Avoid creating awkward clumps of people by not placing all the food in one spot. Set up a sweet spread in one corner, a buffet of small bites in another, and the main event on its own. This keeps guests mingling and the flow smooth.” TH E DETA ILS: Cake and sweets table: San Marco Pasticceria, sanmarcocakes.com.
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ACING THE TEST
HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR HAIR AND MAKEUP TRIAL RUNS.
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BEAUTY HAI R & MAKEUP
It’s your wedding day: Your bridesmaids are in their monogrammed robes, your mom and mother-in-law are laughing over mimosas, and you’re beaming with happiness. Your hair and makeup are exactly as you envisioned—thanks to some careful planning. To make this a reality, before you commit to a look and even a beauty team, take them for a test run. That includes everything from locking down details like the timing and the tools needed, to creating a plan B should your hairstylist bail on the big day. We’ve asked top makeup artists and hairstylists for their prep must-dos (and don’ts). THE BASICS 1. Assemble your squad Once you’ve found your dress, it’s time to gather your hairand-makeup team. While it’s tempting to pursue someone with an enviable Instagram following or runway expertise, pros who specialize in bridal are your best bet. “They have a grasp of the tactics and timing necessary to ensure the final effect is on schedule and on point,” says Laura Geller, founder of the eponymous cosmetics line, who herself has more than 20 years of big-day experience. Start by asking at your salon or favorite makeup counter. Get recommendations from married friends or even your photographer or florist—especially for a destination wedding. If you’re using an on-demand stylist app, touch base with the company first to see if you can prebook the same person for your trial run and your big day.
2. Dress the part
5. Consider the climate
8. Firm up the details
On test day, wear a top with a neckline and hue similar to those of your dress. “It’ll be easier to envision what you will look like when there isn’t such a disconnect between your makeup and your clothing,” says Knoxville, Tennessee–based makeup artist Claire Balest.
Will your wedding be in snowy Aspen or on a humid Florida beach? Discuss these details with your pro. It’ll help inform your overall look.
Before leaving the trial, ask your pro how she handles certain specifics. Once you fine-tune the details, put it all on paper and have it signed by all parties. Make sure to include:
3. Double up If possible, schedule your makeup trial immediately after the hair trial to see the combined look. They should complement each other. Bring along your veil and decorative hair accessories. Make plans to hit the town after ward to make the most of it—and see how it all holds up.
4. Four’s a crowd Too many bystanders can turn a fun experience into a stressful, confusing one. Deputize two people—max—and have them join you for the trials.
6. Give feedback “Ask questions and participate,” says New York City makeup artist Ashlee Glazer. “Answers like ‘whatever you think’ or ‘I’m easy’ are not helpful.” Speak up if you’re not satisfied. If you’re passive, you’ll leave unhappy.
7. Appoint a right-hand ma’am Formulate a game plan for touch-ups on the wedding day. Get a list of the cosmetics used, or ask the makeup artist to put together a palette with swatches of the appropriate tones. Then choose someone you trust to pull you aside and re-pin loose strands, powder your nose, or dab away the lipstick smudge that Aunt Marge planted on your cheek.
• How long she will work on the big day (will she stay to retouch after the ceremony or photos?) • How much time she will need to do the job • The total costs and what’s included in the tally (travel time?) • How many people she’ll be working with (just you, or your bridal party, too?) • The backup plan should she be unable to attend
9. Show appreciation Don’t forget to budget for the gratuity (15 to 20 percent for the trial, and again on the big day).
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MetaGrip hairpins, from $7 per box, sallybeauty .com. Kérastase Couture Styling L’incroyable Blowdry Crème, $40, kerastase-usa.com. Macadamia Professional Anti-Humidity Finishing Spray, $20, macadamia hair.com. Shu Uemura Sheer Lacquer Finishing Spray, $39, shuuemura .com. Julien Farel Smooth Crème, $25, julienfarel .com. The One by Frédéric Fekkai One to Hold Hairspray, $29, ulta.com.
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For simple to more intricate styles, our experts keep
GAME FACE The bridal essentials our pros swear by.
MAC Cosmetics Blot Powder, $28, maccosmetics.com. Laura Geller Shine Stick Triple Benefit Lip Color, $21, laurageller.com. Bobbi Brown Instant Full Coverage Concealer, $30, bobbibrowncosmetics.com. L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray, $17, loreal parisusa.com. Joanna Vargas Forever Glow Anti-Aging Face Mask, $75 for 5 sheets, joannavargas.com. Kari Gran Lip Scrub, $16, karigran.com. Smith & Cult Book of Eyes Quad, in Mannequin Moves, $44, smithandcult.com.
The Hair Trial 1. Get organized Before you even schedule the trial, plot out a healthy-hair routine leading up to the wedding (your stylist can help). Include everything from color and cuts to frizz-busting treatments.
2. Find a focus Hairstyling is intricate. Prepare mood boards with looks you like and photos of your dress to provide a jumping-off point for your stylist, advises Shab Aghajani, a senior stylist at the Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa, in New York City.
3. Go clean and product-free Don’t expect your hair to be washed and dried at the trial. Do it the night before so the stylist has an idea of your hair’s natural texture.
4. Schedule smart If your style takes two hours, keep that in mind when allocating time on the big day. The consultant may move faster on the second go-round, but likely won’t shave off an hour. And make sure she practices pinning on the veil—it could be her first time doing it.
5. Consider faking it “For updos and down ’dos, extensions add thickness and create a fuller look,” says Aghajani. If you’re a first-time user, discuss your options with the stylist by phone before the trial. Some salons will sell them to you; others may require you to purchase them elsewhere.
6. Do a quick change If you love the idea of cascading curls for the ceremony, but not the thought of droopy hair at the reception, consider a change-up for the party. Talk with your stylist about the time and cost factors of sticking around for a second ’do.
7. For a bon voyage Planning a destination wedding and relying on local talent? It’s still worth doing a trial back home, then writing down step-by-step instructions and taking pictures for the person re-creating the look.
8. Take a deep breath If you’re unhappy with the trial (it happens), resist the urge to throw up your hands and skulk out. Give the stylist another chance to fix the elements you don’t like, right there on the
spot. Should your visions still not match up, let her know that you’re meeting with other pros and you’ll be back in touch.
The Makeup Trial 1. Enlist your faves
layers of makeup can look overdone and feel uncomfortable. If it feels heavy and caked-on, ask your makeup artist to sheer out the texture.
5. Cheat your lashes
Your organic BB cream? That eye shadow that makes your eyes sparkle? An allergen-free moisturizer? Ask your makeup pro if she can work them in.
We’re talking falsies here. A few individual lashes or a wispy full arch can accentuate the positive, making eyes look more pronounced. Your wedding photos will thank you.
2. Bring the inspiration
6. Be mindful of trends
“Natural makeup” can mean anything from minimal cosmetics to a bronzy metallic tone. Same for smoky eyes, which can vary in their intensity. Bring photos to illustrate your vision, rather than relying on vague descriptions.
There’s nothing wrong with looking current, but trendy effects, like a highly contoured face, will look dated fast.
3. Stay open-minded Don’t be afraid to stray from your plan. Not everyone can pull off a white frock without looking washed out, so you may need to bump up the tones. “Allow your makeup artist the freedom to take you a little outside your comfort zone,” says Balest. “You might just love the direction.”
4. But avoid overcompensating Yes, you’ll need a bit more color than you normally wear, but
7. Take notes—and pictures Once you’ve settled on a look, document it! “It’s not unusual for an artist to forget what was agreed upon at the trial,” says Geller. Make a list of every product used, and send it to the artist a week before the wedding. Snap selfies for reference, too.
8. Be selﬁsh “Your makeup artist is just that,” says Geller, “your makeup artist”—who needs to be focused on you. Arrange for additional pros for the rest of the wedding party.
BEAUTY SKIN CARE
THE DOCTOR WILL FIX YOU NOW We think you’re perfect just the way you are—as does your ﬁancé! But if there’s something you’re really self-conscious about, chances are a doctor’s solution can help. Many ﬁxes take just a treatment or two, with minimal pain and downtime. Here, some popular cosmetic procedures to help you go into your big day with conﬁdence. Shh, we won’t tell. . . . T E X T B Y G I N A WAY
The Lip Plumper Injecting a thin HA filler (like Restylane or Juvederm Volbella) into the lips can subtly plump a barely-there mouth. “Small changes are the way to go,” advises NYC dermatologist Gary Goldenberg. “Lips should always remain in proportion to the face.” Note: You may have minor bruising or swelling for a few days afterward. COST: $800 to $1,000. TIMELINE: Six to eight weeks before. LASTS: Six to nine months.
The Sweat Solution Imagine: No clamminess or sweat stains on your wedding dress; no deodorant residue under your arms. Botox is a proven perspiration stopper for underarms, the upper lip, and the hairline (to nix a halo of frizz). “It works by temporarily blocking the nerve signals to the sweat glands,” explains Wechsler. “I typically do 40 shots per underarm. While this sounds intense, it only takes about five minutes, and we use a numbing cream beforehand.” COST: $1,500 to $2,000 for both underarms. Note: Botox is FDA-approved to treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), so it may be covered by health insurance. TIMELINE: Six to eight weeks before. LASTS: Four to eight months.
The Fat Blaster
Known as “liquid rhinoplasty,” this procedure uses hyaluronic acid (HA) filler to straighten out a slightly bumpy or crooked nose. “I inject micro droplets of a filler like Restylane under the skin along the bridge of the nose, then mold it into place,” explains NYC plastic surgeon Melissa Doft. A small correction, it will instantly improve your profile. COST: $800 to $1,000 for a syringe of filler; half a syringe is typically enough (a surgical nose job starts at about $12,000). TIMELINE: Six to eight weeks before. LASTS: Up to a year.
The Subtle Eye-Opener This nonsurgical brow lift is done with a neuromodulator like Botox or Dysport. “I inject between the eyebrows and the outside edge of each brow,” explains NYC dermatologist Amy Wechsler. “By relaxing the muscles that pull the brows down, you get an automatic lift-up, which also softens frown lines and the ‘elevens’ lines between the brows.” To avoid a frozen look, ask for a minimal amount, and then schedule a follow-up appointment a week or two later to add more if needed. COST: $500 to $900 per area. TIMELINE: Six to eight weeks before. LASTS: Up to four months.
The Double-Chin Eliminator While there are injections that gradually help dissolve the fat beneath the chin, “in my opinion, they can’t attain the same results as one minimally invasive micro-liposuction procedure with a guaranteed result,” says Doft. The area is numbed, then a tiny incision is made for the liposuction cannula, a superskinny tube, to go back and forth under the skin, suctioning out the excess padding, explains Doft. “You see the results immediately, but you may have some bruising and swelling for six to eight weeks afterward,” she adds. COST: From $3,000. TIMELINE: Eight weeks before. LASTS: Indefinitely.
SAF E T Y FI RST ! With any cosmetic procedure, seek out a board-certiﬁed dermatologist or plastic surgeon. A shot of Botox or a chemical peel may seem like an easy-peasy treatment you could get at a spa, but it isn’t without risks, and should only be done at a doctor’s oﬃce by a skilled physician or certiﬁed physician assistant who has successfully performed the procedure many times before.
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The No-Scalpel Nose Job
If crunches aren’t making a dent in that belly pooch, or those jiggly arms and bra roll drive you nuts, you can actually freeze your fat away. CoolSculpting is an FDA -approved, noninvasive treatment that uses a process called cryolipolysis to kill fat cells, eliminating them forever. An applicator is vacuum-sealed onto the targeted bulge for 35 minutes. “It doesn’t hurt,” assures Laura Dyer, a physician assistant at Wechsler’s office. “In two treatments, spaced four weeks apart, you can achieve a 40 to 50 percent permanent fat reduction in the treated area.” This is not a weight-loss procedure, she adds, “so the best candidate is someone who needs a spot treatment.” COST: Prices start at $1,000 per treatment. TIMELINE: Four to six months before. LASTS: Indefinitely.
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THE ART OF COZY With life moving at an ever-frenetic pace, it’s no wonder the Scandinavian practice of hygge has taken hold. Pronounced HOO-gah, it’s become a catchall term for all things kicked-back and comfy. And while this couch-potato attitude would seem the complete opposite of, well, anything bridal-related, that’s exactly the reason most brides-to-be would beneﬁt from a day (or a few hours) of me time. Yes, your to-do list is long, but take a step back and gain some perspective —perchance while treating your skin to a radiance-reawakening hyaluronic-acid mask. Or burn a candle; scent can be transformative. Hygge like a native with the latest body-and-soul-pampering Scandinavian treasures. Permission to chillax? You’ve got it. —MMG
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YOU’RE ENGAGED! You can’t stop smiling. You’ve FaceTimed your parents and taken ring selﬁes. You’ve even shed a few happy tears. Now what? Whether you have two years or a few months, wedding planning can be overwhelming if you don’t break it down—month by month, task by task. We’re here to help.
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Set your budget (page 158) Make your guest list (page 159) Start your venue search Begin dress shopping (page 161)
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First things ﬁrst: Set a date. Love the idea of a holiday fête or a late-summer bash? That’s a great starting point. It gives you a target to plan for. But try to stay flexible in the early going. You may find that a change of day of the week, time of day, or even month will land you the venue of your dreams—or a great price break. So for now, pencil it in.
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Photography and Video
Food and Drink
This includes everything from the nibbles and signature spirits at cocktail hour to the cake you cut after dinner. It’s almost always the biggest expenditure at a wedding. (So try to sit down and enjoy some of your meal!)
Great photos are a must—many couples agree that this is not an item to skimp on. Some opt out of the video in order to save money, but consider whether you’ll regret not having this memento to watch or even share with your kids one day.
This is your big-day soundtrack. A DJ is more affordable Remember to account for ceremony music as well.
Reception Venue and Rentals
This means invitations, thank-you notes, save-the-dates, and announcements. Don’t forget to budget for postage!
This percentage may be higher if your wedding city or destination is a pricey one.
This is not only personal blooms (bouquets and boutonnières for the bridal party and honored guests), but also ceremony markers, centerpieces, and other reception decorations.
The bride’s dress, veil, shoes, jewelry, and day-of primping, and the groom’s headto-toe look fall within this budget.
Miscellaneous The marriage license, taxes, tips, and late fees. Consider wedding insurance in case of cancellations or damage.
Transportation A shuttle for guests is a nice touch, particularly if your ceremony and reception are in different locations. A cool ride for you two is a fun tradition, too.
TIPS ON TIPPING Vendor gratuities fall into the category of “costs people overlook.” Don’t get caught unprepared. If he or she is the owner of the business, you are not expected to tip your planner, photographer, videographer, or ﬂorist. If he or she works for someone else, a gratuity is suggested. Plan on giving 15 to 25 percent on top of the catering cost to the banquet manager, to be split among the staﬀ. Tip hair and makeup people as you would at an appointment (unless they, too, own their businesses). Assign a family member or attendant to distribute tips— and don’t underestimate the power of thank-you notes and glowing recommendations!
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BUDGET BREAKDOWN No matter how much or little you intend to spend, it’s helpful to start with these general guidelines. Then, if you decide to splurge on a 16-piece band or an extraordinary dress—or to save by sending electronic save-the-dates or going minimal on décor—you can tweak as needed.
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NAVIGATING THE GUEST LIST Your coworkers? Dad’s golf buddy? Who’s in and who’s out? Tackle this task early—your numbers will aﬀect your venue and many other decisions. We asked planners Bryan Rafanelli (rafanellievents.com) and Ivy Robinson (ivyrobinson.com) to weigh in on some common conundrums. TEXT BY ANTHONY LUSCIA
Problem: We don’t want kids at our wedding. How do we let people know?
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SOLUTION: Common sense
and etiquette say that only those named on the invitation are invited. But it pays to be more direct: “Have the biggest family gossip start spreading the news,” Robinson says. Putting “adults only” on your invitation may be inappropriate, but you can “share the information on your wedding website,” Rafanelli suggests. “And over-serve your guests with information on babysitters at the hotel.” If you’re still concerned that certain guests will think their kids are invited, give them a call. “Being passive about your wishes will only result in hurt feelings,” Rafanelli says.
Problem: We don’t know where to draw the line when inviting coworkers.
SOLUTION: This can be tricky. “If the office is really small, then it’s all-in or all-out,” says Robinson, “unless you want to sneak your BFF coworker an invite.” Rafanelli sees more gray area, and says at a smaller wedding, it’s okay to invite select coworkers. “It’s a good idea to ask them not to discuss the wedding with colleagues so that no feelings get hurt,” he says.
Problem: Our parents want to invite people we’ve never met. SOLUTION: “If the parents are paying, it’s hard to say no,” says Rafanelli. At a larger wedding, or one where you’re splitting costs, you might divide up the total guest count and allot each person a specific number of invites. But if you’re hosting, you can limit the list—and it’s diplomatic to say you want to share the day only with people you personally know. “Then Mom and
Dad can host their own party later,” suggests Robinson.
Problem: Who should get a plus-one? SOLUTION: “If a guest has a
significant other,” says Rafanelli, “then it’s important to include that person.” It’s best to put his or her name on the invitation. That said, “most single folks don’t want to roll up to a wedding solo,” notes Robinson, “so it’s a nice gesture to add a plusone for single guests . . . unless there’s a secret plot to set them up with bridesmaids or groomsmen.” (The reply card is a good place to invite a plusone, by including a line for that person’s name.) If someone replies with an uninvited extra? “It’s appropriate to send a note saying that you’re keeping the wedding intimate and are looking forward to seeing close friends,” Rafanelli says.
Missing RSVPs? How to Nudge. This is a job for your planner, if you have one. If not, “email and explain that there is a deadline to let the caterer or venue know numbers, and that you need an answer by a specific date,” says Rafanelli. Or, he suggests, just have your mother give them a call!
“I love a spreadsheet—even better, one that’s searchable and shareable, and can be accessed remotely. Consider a platform like Google Sheets, where you can type each attendee’s name, address, RSVP response, dietary restrictions or meal selection, gift, and thank-younote status. You can customize tabs and send them to your calligrapher and caterer and other vendors; share them with your honey so you can both make updates; and tally things up fast.” —Shira Savada, real weddings editor
Book your venue(s) (and offïciant) Choose your wedding party Order your wedding dress (page 161) Book your main vendors (planner, caterer, ﬂorist, photographer) Secure hotel-room blocks (this page) Book any major rentals (like tents) Hire a bridal stylist (page 166)
BLOCK THIS WAY You’ve booked dozens of hotel rooms—but have you booked a dozen or more at one time? Here’s how to navigate group hotel-room blocks like a pro. T E XT BY AM Y PR E I S E R
When you’re hosting a wedding, it’s up to you to suggest accommodation options for traveling guests. Enter the hotel block, a group of rooms a property will set aside for your friends and family to book at a discounted price—but not without some caveats. In many cases, if the rooms aren’t booked by 30 days before your event, you may be on the hook for upwards of 10 to 20 percent of the cost, depending on your contract. So it pays to be cautious and negotiate carefully. Here’s how.
Think Ahead Our experts agree that at least nine months out is the ideal time for reserving room blocks. “The further out you book, the better the rate you’ll be able to get,” says Tori McLaughlin, a regional director of sales and marketing at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants.
Provide Choices It’s wise to offer guests at least two hotel options, at different price points. “Brides tend to overestimate how many of their guests will value staying on-site,” explains Alison Rinderknecht, owner and creative director of Northern California–based Alison Events Planning + Design. “The truth is, some people just want a place to crash.”
See It Firsthand We’re living in the golden age of website photography. Or, as Rinderknecht puts it: “People are getting real tricky with the wide-angle-lens photos.” To ensure the hotel is as good in real life as it looks online, take the time to schedule a visit with the person in charge of group bookings. It can also pay—literally—to be there, since putting a face with the name will make the relationship more personal (and you’ll be more likely to get a deal).
Bargain Wisely Rinderknecht recommends sitting down with your hotel contact in person to handle negotiations. It’s easier to hash out details together than it is via email. At the least, she says, save any price haggling for after, not during, the initial phone call, to avoid coming off
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as difficult. And be realistic. While many hotels are open to negotiation, the smaller the venue or the more high-end the property, the less chance you’ll be able to bargain. “Some places know they’re going to book all their rooms either way, so they’re not incentivized to offer a special rate,” she explains.
Be Savvy McLaughlin estimates that room-block discounts start at around 10 percent, but if you’re hosting a dinner, cocktail hour, or other event on-site, you may get a better deal. Inquire politely about these possibilities, as well as any perks: an upgraded suite for the two of you, waiving the delivery fee for welcome bags, and assigning your guests rooms with the best views are all common extras you shouldn’t be afraid to bring up.
Clarify the Details Follow up any conversations with an email to confirm, so you have a written record of what you’ve agreed to. If you’re signing a contract, be sure everyone’s on the same page in terms of cancellation policies. Two ways to avoid paying for unbooked rooms: Try asking for a “courtesy block,” where the hotel will save and discount requested rooms but remove the special pricing 60 or 30 days out. Or, suggests Rinderknecht, be conservative about how many rooms you reserve, as you may not need as many as you think. “Friends get pregnant, start new jobs, have sick kids. . . . There will always be a few who drop out.”
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you can see how the elements work together. “If you know you want to wear your grandmother’s earrings, bring them along,” says Martha Stewart Weddings senior fashion editor Jessica King.
Do some prep. “Take some extra time getting ready when you set out to shop,” says Chapman. Style your hair and do your makeup as if you were going out to a nice dinner— speaking of which, don’t forget to eat! “Have a light meal before you go, and bring snacks, or you may become grumpy and unable to focus,” says King.
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Nail down the details. Most bridal-dress shopping is done by appointment. While you may want to browse as soon as you have the ring, you should wait on appointments until your venue, date, and budget are ﬁnalized. “It’s nearly impossible to select a gown if you don’t know the time of year you’ll be married and can’t
SEIZE THE DAY Choose your entourage. “Bring a select group of people—no more than three—who truly understand your personal style and vision,” says Chapman. “Too many opinions can be detrimental to the process.”
Pack a bag. Bring a variety of undergarments. “The right ones will help you feel more conﬁdent about ﬁnding your dream dress,” says Jennette Kruszka, marketing director at Kleinfeld Bridal. At the very least, bring a supportive nude strapless or convertible bra and seamless nude underwear. Also pack any accessories you already have, so
What to expect: A highly curated selection of gowns. As for service, “every boutique is diﬀerent,” says Chapman. “Depending on the size, you may be the only bride in the store.”
Go if: You already love a particular designer.
Go if: You want to save on the dress so you can splurge elsewhere, and you’re willing to forgo a little pampering.
Tip: “Before you book, remember to check the timelines for dress delivery,” says King. “Designer showrooms can take a bit longer than other retailers.”
Get inspired. It’s never too early to start gathering ideas for your look. Use a binder or a Pinterest board to keep track of the styles, materials, and designers you love—and bring it to your appointment to share with your consultant. Remember to look for images of real brides (not just models) in gowns you’re eyeing.
Go if: You prefer an intimate shopping experience and oneon-one attention.
You’ve checked some big tasks oﬀ your to-do list. Up next? Shopping for your gown—one of the most momentous and glamorous parts of planning a wedding. Let the dress quest begin!
envision your venue,” says Beth Chapman, owner of the White Dress by the Shore boutique, in Clinton, Connecticut.
So where should you go? Get the lowdown on your options, from intimate boutique to major retailer.
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Tip: Your leading ladies can also beneﬁt. “Use the outing to ﬁnd complementary looks for the mother of the bride and the bridesmaids,” King says.
Tip: “Visit the boutique’s website to see if the selection matches the aesthetic you’re looking for, and to be sure the price point works within your budget,” says Chapman.
What to expect: A selection from the designer’s latest collections. If you want to try a speciﬁc dress, call ahead to ensure it’s available.
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designers, plus the ability to shop for shoes, accessories, and dresses for other bridal events.
Multibrand Designer Showroom/Large Bridal Retailer Go if: You want a range of price points, and a shopping situation where you have an abundance of styles to consider. What to expect: Depending on the store, the length of the appointment will likely range from one to two hours. At Kleinfeld Bridal, “a consultant will continue to bring dresses based on the bride’s opinions,” says Kruszka. “An accessories expert may also come over and complete the look with a veil or jewelry.” Tip: Try to shop on a weekday, when stores are less busy.
Bridal Section of a Department Store Go if: You’re looking for a one-stop shop, or you have a favorite department store. What to expect: A collection featuring major bridal
What to expect: Discounted samples from previous collections—and a bit of competition when you’re shopping! Also, plan on ﬁnding someone yourself to do alterations. Tip: Check bridal-salon websites and follow their social-media accounts to get the scoop on upcoming sales.
THE PLAYLIST Music is a powerful memory trigger. (Who among us can hear Céline Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” and not immediately think of Kate and Leo as star-crossed lovers, arms out, in Titanic?) The songs you select for your wedding are going to stay with you a long time. To help you choose them, we asked some pros for their favorite wedding-day tracks. T E X T B Y S H I R A S AVA D A
Order invitations and book a calligrapher Audition and book musicians; consider playlists (this page) Plan transportation (for yourself and guests) Meet with vendors about décor, menus, etc. Complete a registry Reserve the rentals Do tastings; order a cake Order wedding rings
A Singer’s Top Five
A Wedding Band’s Go-to Hits
Award-winning country artist Kelsea Ballerini has topped the charts (most recently with her sophomore album, Unapologetically) and performed around the world. And now she’s taking on yet another role— bride. So who better than the Tennessee songstress to recommend some love songs worthy of your big-day soundtrack?
The members of Chevy Chevis Entertainment, a New York City–based band, know a bit about getting your dance floor packed. They are pros at playing hits from all genres and getting the generations boogying together. Here, some tracks you might not think of for doing just that: 1. “Let’s Go Crazy,” Prince
1. “Kiss Somebody,”
Morgan Evans “It talks about that moment when you begin a relationship, and it would be the perfect song to play after the first kiss in the ceremony.” 2. “Love Story,” Taylor Swift “This one has such a hopeful and uplifting tone to it, and would be a great kickoff for the reception.” 3. “In Case You Didn’t
Know,” Brett Young “This is beautifully written, and what woman
doesn’t want to hear a guy say those things to her? An obvious pick for a first-dance song.” 4. “Unapologetically,” Kelsea Ballerini “It’s all about giving your full heart in the relationship and in love and not worrying about anything else other than that. Play it while everyone’s dancing.” 5. “You’re Still the One,” Shania Twain “This timeless song would be cute for a parents’ dance.”
2. “Valerie,” Bruno Mars 3. “Deja Vu,” Beyoncé 4. “I Want to Take You
Higher,” Sly & the Family Stone
5. “Good Lovin’,” the Rascals 6. “Sex on Fire,”
Kings of Leon 7. “P.Y.T.,” Michael
TIP: KNOW YOUR CROWD. While you may love your Spotify playlists, others may not. Song choices should be familiar to most, and remember that tunes that are good for jamming in the car may not be great on the dance floor. Allow your bandleader to suggest what may or may not work. —Chevy Chevis
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Mail the invites Meet the offïciant; plan ceremony readings and music Plan the kids’ table/ activities, if needed Plan welcome gifts or favors Write thankyou notes as gifts arrive Book your honeymoon travel, if desired (this page) Have any needed skin treatments; shape brows
Should We or Shouldn’t We? TAKE OUR HONEYMOON RIGHT AWAY Dash to the airport, or wait for your ﬁrst vacation as a married couple? Each choice comes with pros and cons—and these real-life couples cover the question from all angles.
We didn’t . . .
We didn’t . . . and took a mini-moon
“We weren’t using a planner, so the thought of working on both wedding and honeymoon at once was incredibly daunting. And our destination of choice— Southeast Asia—was better to visit in December than in June, right after our wedding (due to weather). Plus, I loved the idea of spreading out the excitement, giving us something to look forward to six months down the road.” —Brooke Porter Katz, married to Andrew Katz
“After our Vermont wedding, we didn’t want to feel rushed. So we decided to take a quick getaway to Camden, Maine. We splurged on a suite at a pricey B&B, since it was only four nights. It felt really luxurious, and there was no pressure to see or do anything, since we’d been to Maine before. It was magical—still my favorite trip we’ve taken.” —Molly Muchmore, married to Jim Muchmore
We did . . . and loved it
We did . . . but wish we’d waited
“Leaving for Australia the day after our wedding added to the excitement of the weekend—throwing those last items into our suitcases before the rehearsal dinner really made it feel like we were ‘taking off’! It also meant that there was no postwedding letdown, since we had two weeks of adventure to embark upon right away (and a long flight to catch up on sleep). And it was fun to still be on that newlywed high while on our trip.” —Amanda Kelly, married to Mike Kelly
“We went on a Big Freaking Trip—one week each in Morocco and Portugal—flying out the day after the wedding. In retrospect, I’m not sure I would do it that way again. I needed a few days to unwind from all the festivities, which definitely cut into the brain space I usually expend on exploring and appreciating a new place.” —Sarah Firshein, married to Eric Gillin
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Get the marriage license Write your vows
Assemble your welcome bags/ favors Draft the photographer’s must-get shot list Give the caterer a ﬁnal head count Plan the seating chart Create a day-of agenda for the band/DJ Have hair and makeup trials Have bachelor/ bachelorette parties (bonus: schedule them on hair- and makeup-trial days!) Pay remaining balances (on the cake, etc.) Prepare a dayof emergency kit, especially if not hiring a stylist (this page) Print out ceremony readings and gather needed ceremony items Get massages Drop off the welcome bags Prepare vendor tips Get a mani-pedi Enjoy the rehearsal dinner; go to bed early!
LOOK YOUR BEST Should you hire a day-of bridal stylist or clothing specialist? We’ve made a list of ways these services might save your big day. T E X T B Y S H I R A S AVA D A A N D C H R I S A N N E G R I S É
Picture this: Your ceremony is hours away, and you just discovered a tear in the fabric of your dress. Do you panic? Not if your stylist is right there. A day-of bridal stylist or clothing specialist is a pro you can hire to work exclusively on your wedding day to be sure your clothing—and your party’s—is as perfect as possible. “We’re like an insurance policy,” says Heidi Johnson, founder of the Wedding DeTailor, in Napa, California. “We take care of the superficial clothing details so you can relax.” But are they really better than having Mom standing by with needle and thread? We asked the experts to break down the what-ifs and benefits of this increasingly popular service.
Travel is rough on formalwear. “The dress and veil almost always need to be touched up after
traveling in a garment bag,” says Julie Sabatino (shown, above right), founder of New York City–based the Stylish Bride. And a pro will do so safely, even with fine fabrics like silk. She can do the same for your ’maids’ dresses.
You might need onthe-spot fixes. Maybe a zipper is stuck, or the hem of your dress got caught in the limo door. A creative stylist can solve these problems on the fly. “At every wedding, I think, Thank goodness we were here!” says Maradee Wahl of Dear Maradee, in Los Angeles. Whether it’s removing stains or helping a groom who forgot his pants (yes, it’s happened!), stylists are ready for any scenario. They can also make lastminute additions. “One of my brides didn’t have something blue to wear, so I sewed some blue thread
inside her gown,” says Cacky Rivers of Cacky’s Bride + Aid, in Charleston, South Carolina.
Your whole party needs primping. A stylist will not only straighten bows and fluff your dress, but he or she will also make sure everyone else’s clothes look pristine for photos, says Johnson. That includes the guys. “Surprisingly few men know how to tie bow ties,” Sabatino points out.
Your dress needs postwedding attention. You’re ready to jet off on your honeymoon—but what are you supposed to do with your gown? Some bridal stylists might even pick it up from your hotel and deliver it to the cleaner/preservationist for you. That’s one thing you can check off your postwedding to-do list!
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Needed to Know About KISSING Your wedding day is sure to be full of lots of happy smooching. Here are some things to keep in mind as you prime that pucker. T E X T BY J A I M E B U E R G E R
IT’S GOOD FOR YOU! HAPPY HOR MO N E S: Some research has found that kissing helps decrease cortisol (a hormone involved in stress) and promotes bonding between partners. LESS STRESS: Puckering up has been shown to lower levels of cholesterol, which in addition to heart health, is also linked to stress. ALLE RGY RELI EF: A Japanese study found that 30 minutes of kissing reduced the presence of welts for some people with allergies.
LIP LINGO Put these kisses on your list.
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Eskimo: rubbing noses together
Up Your Lip Game Follow these tips for a perfect pout. A little prep can banish any dry or rough skin. “Moisten your lips with water and gently massage sugar into them in a circular motion,” suggests Team Hair & Makeup creative director Mar R. “Once they feel smooth, rinse. If they’re extra-dry, mix the sugar with coconut oil.” The day of, it’s all about color. “Generally speaking, darker colors make
lips look smaller,” says Claire Balest, a Knoxville, Tennessee–based makeup artist. “If you have thin lips, opt for a lighter shade.” Another way to mimic fullness is to dab highlighter on your Cupid’s bow (at the top of your lip), she says. Finally, “keep lip color in place with a thin layer of translucent powder over your lipstick.”
LOVE LANGUAGE Marriage ceremonies are steeped in tradition, but the actual words used are ever-evolving. Case in point: The standard “You may now kiss the bride” can sound a bit old-fashioned— and in some cases doesn’t apply at all! Some more egalitarian, but still sweet, options include:
Butterﬂy: ﬂuttering your eyelashes against someone’s skin Air: letting out a mwaah in the air next to a partner’s cheek Angel: placing a peck on your partner’s eyelid
“You may now kiss each other.” “Please seal your vows with a kiss.” “You may now share your ﬁrst kiss as spouses/husband and wife/ married partners.”
KISS FOR THE CAMERA The most flattering “kiss shot” happens just before contact, says Galveston, Texas–based photographer Koby Brown. “Slowly move in, like actors in a steamy movie, then pause just before your lips touch.” Another tip: You’ll look more natural if you gaze at your partner’s mouth, not into each other’s eyes, when going for that kiss. No matter what, though, do your best to relax. “Kissing is supposed to be fun,” adds Brown. “Enjoy it!”
THE LONGEST SMOOCH In 2013, a Thai couple won a kissathon—and set a Guinness World Record— with their 58 hour, 35 minute, and 58 second lip-lock. The prize? About $3,300 and two diamond rings.
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Couple Phillip Sun and Perri Monkarsh included their wedding hashtag, #HereComeTheSuns, in details large and small: They embossed cocktail napkins with the phrase and also used it as a decal on buses for the guests.
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How can we make the most of our wedding hashtag?
A: More than just a playful part of Instagram captions, a
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hashtag can be a useful organizing tool—and a fun way to brand your wedding day. For the hashtag itself, go for something catchy your guests will remember (but not so wacky you’ll cringe at it in a few years). “Get creative,” says Martha Stewart Weddings social media manager Christina Park. “Even the most obscure last names can be made into a witty
“Include your hashtag on your save-the-date or on a piece of your invitation suite,” says Sunna Yassin of Californiabased event-planning company Bash, Please. (You could add it to the card that directs guests to your wedding website.) As guests use the phrase, you’ll start to build a digital collection. “Use it to catalog photos from the bachelor or bachelorette party, bridal showers, and other events before the big
phrase.” We’ve seen couples combine names with their location—like Genevieve Conallen and Eric Burger, who chose #GenericDeerValley—or incorporate them into a weddingrelated phrase, like Ambi Sidhu and Rosie D’Argenzio, who dreamed up #YesSidhu. When you have an idea you like,“do a quick Instagram search to make sure it’s unique,” says Park. “That way, your photos won’t get jumbled with those of another couple.” Once you decide, spread the word:
day,” says Yassin. On the wedding day, encourage guests to post by incorporating the hashtag into details and décor: embossed on cocktail napkins, on a sign by the bathroom mirror, or near an Instagram-worthy backdrop. “People love the perfect photo opp,” Yassin says. Posthoneymoon, preserve the candids by turning them into keepsakes. Websites like CanvasPop and Social Print Studio let you turn pics into frames, calendars, or coﬀee-table books.
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Q: My ﬁancé’s family has oﬀered to pitch in for
Q: What types of insurance should we consider for our
the wedding. How do we handle who pays for what? —Ellen, via email
wedding? Do we really need it? —Christine, via email
A: The term wedding insurance usually refers to coverage A: The traditional approach of the groom’s family covering the rehearsal dinner and the bride’s family funding the rest is no longer set in stone. “These days, it’s common for the couple to pay for the wedding, or for both families to split the costs,” says Patricia Napier-Fitzpatrick, founder of the Etiquette School of New York. “But money will be a sensitive topic regardless of who pays for what.” Handle the conversation in a way that makes sense for the particular family dynamic—whether that’s a face-to-face meeting, or you and your spouse-to-be communicating with
that protects you in case of dilemmas like a damaged dress or a vendor that goes out of business. Coverage varies, but it will likely include those incidents, and may also cover things like cancellations due to family illness or severe weather. Depending on the details of your policy, the insurance company will typically reimburse the deposit and replacement costs of a lost or damaged item. (One thing it doesn’t cover is cancellation due to a change of heart on proceeding with wedding plans.) You’ll need to work with
an agent to get an exact quote, but premiums generally start around $250. Many companies will let you buy coverage just a few weeks before your day, but it’s best not to wait, as insurance protects you from losing money put down in deposits as you book your vendors. (Make sure you keep all your receipts.) Do you need it? It’s a personal decision. But weddings are expensive, and this is one way to protect all the investments you’ll be making along the way. It’s also important to consider liability and liquor liability insurance. “Liability coverage will protect you if—heaven forbid—one of your guests gets injured, or there is severe property damage,” says New York–based insurance agent Greg Schaefer. Liquor liability insurance provides coverage in the case of —PATRICIA NAPIER-FITZPATRICK, FOUNDER, an accident relating to the open bar. THE ETIQUETTE SCHOOL OF NEW YORK Discuss these types of coverage with your venue; it may already have one
each other on behalf of your respective parents. Also, “consider the parents’ expectations in return for their contribution,” says Sara Fried of Fête Nashville Luxury Weddings. “If they’re giving money to cover the cost of the band, do they want input on choosing the band?” If this is of concern, establish what’s most important for you to have control over, and suggest some things your fiancé’s family might handle.
a teal wall that clashes with my palette. How can I cover it up? —Sarah, via email
A: “Rather than thinking of an ‘ugly’ wall as limiting, use it as an opportunity to get creative,” says Carrie MacMillan
Q: My ceremony location has
These days, it’s common for the couple to pay for the wedding, or for both families to split costs.
of Waterbury, Vermont–based Storied Events. The solution you choose will depend on the venue and where the wall is within the space. Before you plan a disguise, check to see whether your venue has restrictions on changes. “I suggest temporary adhesive wall coverings if they are allowed,” says Martha Stewart Weddings style director Naomi deMañana. “This will do the best job of transforming the wall without drawing attention to it.” Many home-improvement stores sell removable wallpaper from brands like Tempaper, which oﬀers a myriad of solid colors and patterns. If you’re restricted from applying adhesives, ask your venue about the possibility of covering the wall in a different manner. “A simple fix is covering it with artfully hung fabric in a hue that works with your palette,” says MacMillan. “Or, if outdoors, ask your designer to create a wall of trees, boxwoods, or plants for a lavish look.” The eﬀect might end up being so pleasing that you can make the area a focal point by hanging family wedding photos, placing a program table in front of it, or using it as a photo backdrop.
or both, but additional coverage specific to your wedding day might also be necessary.
Q: Are we required to pass out favors? —Rosie, via email A: Deﬁnitely not! Your guests are there to celebrate with you, and will appreciate all the food, drinks, and dancing at the party. But giving favors—particularly ones that can be consumed after the wedding, rather than packed in a suitcase and carried home—is a nice gesture. Plus, it’s one more chance to personalize your day: You can package homemade treats into in-palette boxes, or attach monogrammed gift tags to bags of bulk-purchased popcorn, nuts, or candy. Some couples opt for welcome bags instead, and these are especially good for destination weddings, at which guests can use some extra help getting settled in. They can include practical items, like maps of local highlights, along with personal picks, like ﬁxings for make-your-own cocktails. Have fun with them!
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You found each other, fell hard, and got engaged. Your romance is epic—and your wedding-day attire will be, too. Will you have a grand wedding in the park, a glittering affair in a ballroom, a chic-and-sweet rendezvous at city hall? The looks on these pages, photographed all over New York City, offer inspiration for the many shapes your day might take. After all, there’s more than one way to celebrate in style. P H O T O G RAP H S BY C H L O E MAL L E T T T EXT BY E L E N I N . G AG E
Hit New Heights Your love is lifting you higher. Or maybe it’s the swirling and swishing of your Oscar de la Renta embroidered petticoat skirt (price upon request) paired with the snowy “Lucy” jacket ($2,290), along with white sheer satin pumps ($790; all oscar delarenta.com). It could even be the sight of your dapper groom in a Joseph Abboud houndstooth suit ($1,895, josephabboud.com) sending your heart ﬂying. Either way, the view is pretty great. T H E DETA I LS: The Black Tux patent-leather shoes, $25 to rent, theblacktux.com.
Keep Glowing Go ahead and let it rain on your parade. When you’re marching toward a bright future, not even the grayest day can dampen your enthusiasm. You’ll strut your stuﬀ in style (and comfort!) in Savannah Miller’s “Bianca” jacket ($1,661), “Nico” camisole ($538), and “Marlene” trousers ($1,819; all savannahmiller.com). Opposite: Or duck under an umbrella in the “Philipa” crepe column gown by Nouvelle Amsale ($2,200, amsale .com). If it’s chilly, cozy up to each other—and to warm wonders like Fendi’s multi colored jacket with inlaid ﬂowers ($21,500, fendi.com). For the groom, try these pieces from Richard James ( jacket, $895; turtleneck, $395; pants, $270; richard-james .com). T HE DETAI LS: Aquazzura
“First Kiss” sandals, $750, aquazzura .com. Zoë Chicco diamond-stud hoops in 14k gold, $790, zoechicco.com. The Last Line “Perfect Mini” diamond eternity necklace, $4,992, thisis thelast.com. Joanna Laura Constantine “Large Tribal” ring, $215, joanna lauraconstantine .com. (Opposite) Persol tortoise double-bridge eyeglasses, $310, lenscrafters.com for similar styles. Lele Sadoughi “Dangling Orbit” earrings, $160, intermixonline .com. Harry Winston oval diamond solitaire with tapered baguettes set in platinum (engagement ring shown throughout), price upon request, harrywinston.com.
FROM LEFT: SHOT ON LOCATION AT TOP OF T HE ROCK IN NEW YOR K CITY; SHOT ON LOCATION AT C HERCHE MIDI IN N EW YORK CITY
Take a Shine All that glitters isn’t gold. Sometimes it’s the bright lights of the stunning city you’ve made your own. In which case, rest assured that, with its crystal-studded bodice and vast tulle skirt, opposite, the Sottero and Midgley “Allen” ball gown ($2,349, maggie sottero.com) stands out against even the most heart-stopping backdrop. And when you’re around each other, it’s the twinkle in your eyes. That, and Jenny Packham’s “Darling” ($5,880, jennypackham .com) with an embellished bodice, are guaranteed to put a grin on your face. And for your sparkling costar? A classic tuxedo, like this slim-ﬁt number from the Jos. A. Bank 1905 Collection ($598, josbank.com). THE DETAILS: (This page) Cushion-
cut micropavé diamond wire earrings set in platinum; diamond cuff links in white gold; and “Midnight” monochrome timepiece in 18k white gold, all price upon request, harrywinston.com. Moscot “Lemtosh” acetate glasses, $260, moscot.com. The Tie Bar “Static Solid” bow tie, $19, thetiebar.com.
Run Away Some couples want to pack a ballroom with all their loved ones. Others prefer to celebrate with a city-hall ceremony, followed by a table for two at their favorite restaurant. (Sorry, the address is unlisted.) Steal away to meet your one and only at your secret spot in Wtoo by Watters’ ethereal beaded “Enid” gown ($1,550, wtoo.com), which ﬁnds its match in Erdem’s “Ivett” marabou- feather jacket (price upon request, erdem.com). Opposite: Or showcase another perfect pair—black and white—with a two-color silk dress with a tulle train by Bibhu Mohapatra ($3,200, bibhu.com). On your better half? A shawl-collar tuxedo from The Black Tux, in Rose (from $145 to rent, theblack tux.com). TH E DETA I LS: Joanna
Laura Constantine gold-plated crystal crisscross earrings, $253, joannalaura constantine .com. (Opposite) CZ by Kenneth Jay Lane linear drop earrings, $315, czbykennethjaylane .com. Roger Vivier “Flower Strass” satin pumps with crystal buckle, in Black, $2,050, rogervivier .com. The Black Tux velvet slip-on shoes, from $35 to rent, theblacktux .com.
Make a Scene Whatever the setting or season, on your wedding day you’re guaranteed to stun guests both coming and going. The ﬁrst knockout punch happens as you glide to your ceremony, opposite, trailed by the ﬂuttering organza train of the Carolina Herrera “Freida” trumpet gown ($10,990, carolinaherrera .com). The second blow comes when you stride oﬀ toward the rest of your life in your beyond-chic going-away look—the “Ice House” embroidered cape by Lela Rose (price upon request, lelarose.com). TH E DETA I LS : (This page) Mateo New York diamond half-moon floating-pearl hoops in 14k gold, $1,200, mateo newyork.com. Lela Rose pearl-and-crystal embroidered gloves, $495, lelarose.com. Charlotte Olympia “Lauren” heels, in Pink, $597, charlotteolympia .com.
Board the Love Train Even run-of-the-mill moments become extraordinary when you’re with the right person— or wearing something spectacular. And if you’re getting married? You’ll want to up your style game even more. May we suggest a bejeweled minidress from Viktor&Rolf Mariage (price upon request, viktor-rolf .com) as the star of a dazzling ensemble for the commute from single life to marital bliss? Opposite: Or let the ﬁgureﬂattering shape of Johanna Ortiz’s dramatic “El Amor en los Tiempos del Colera” gown ($6,000, modaoperandi .com) give you something to smile about each time you see your photos. Your groom, in a gray slim-ﬁt tuxedo from Black by Vera Wang ($799, mens wearhouse .com), makes a delicious side dish. T H E DETAILS :
Manolo Blahnik “Trova” shoes, in White Leather, $815, saks fifthavenue.com. (Opposite) The Tie Bar “Booker ’s Solid” bow tie, $19, thetiebar.com. Mateo New York silver mechanical-wheel cuff links, $115, mateonewyork.com.
Share Secrets All eyes are on you. But you’ll want to steal away every now and then for a private moment. Maybe that’s when he’ll whisper how lovely you are, opposite, in your Monique L’huillier “Arden” lace trumpet gown ($5,990, moniquelhuillier.com)—which looks even more romantic beside a bright-blue slim-ﬁt suit from Jos. A. Bank ($596, josbank.com). Or it might be when you dash inside, wearing Justin Alexander’s “Mikado” box-pleat ball gown ($2,300, justinalexander.com) with a beaded-illusion back and billowing skirt, to take a minute, look at each other, and say, “Can you believe we did it?” TH E DETAI LS : (Opposite) Moscot “Lemtosh” acetate glasses, $260, moscot.com. Florsheim leather dress shoes, $190, florsheim .com. Joanna Laura Constantine “Why Knot” gold-plated Swarovski-pearl earrings, $190, joannalauraconstantine.com.
The ceremony may be the most meaningful part of your day, but the most fun? That’s after the vows have been exchanged, the ﬁrst dance (as well as the 21st) is done, and you get to enjoy the rest of your lives—starting now! Nothing says “taking ﬂight” like a ﬁne feathered frock, such as this Hayley Paige Red Carpet “Koko Ombred Moondust” blush-colored minidress (price upon request, jlmboutique .com). Opposite: Hand us a glass, too, please! We’d like to raise a toast to the Sareh Nouri “Peony” trumpet gown (price upon request, sareh nouri.com), which comes in pink or ivory and, in either shade, is as chic and timeless as the martini you’re sipping. The groom’s pick? An oldfashioned—and The Black Tux’s retro-chic tartan tuxedo (from $145 to rent, theblack tux.com). Cheers! THE DETAI LS: Zoë Chicco mirrored large teardrop earrings in 14k gold, price upon request, zoechicco .com. Charlotte Olympia “Ophelia” suede platform heels, in Blush, $815, charlotte olympia .com. (Opposite) Mignonne Gavigan pom-pom hoop earrings, in Gold/Baby Pink, $75, mignonnegavigan.com. The Black Tux velvet slip-on shoes, from $35 to rent, theblack tux.com. The Tie Bar solid white cotton pocket square, $10, thetiebar.com.
Art direction by Michael McCormick. Styling by Jessica King. Additional styling (jewelry) by Colleen Banks Produced by Dawn Sinkowski. Hair by Eloise Cheung at Kate Ryan Inc. using John Masters Organics and Linh Nguyen at Kate Ryan Inc. using Oribe. Makeup by William Murphy for Atelier Management using Kevyn Aucoin.
FROM LEFT: SHOT ON LOCATION AT C HE RC HE MI DI IN NEW YO RK CITY; SHOT ON LOCATION AT NICK EL & DIN ER IN N EW YORK CITY
Christmas carolers and holiday greenery gave Celina Parker and Rob Engstrom’s wintry, historic Virginia–meets–Washington, D.C. wedding the warm and festive spirit of the season. P H O T O G R A P H S B Y A B B Y J I U TE X T B Y E V E L Y N B A T T A G L I A
WITH BELLS ON Place cards were vintage bells with calligraphed die-cut paper “ribbons”— a (surprise) homage to Celina’s mother’s vast collection. “Every time I see a bell, I think of my mom,” she says. This Currier & Ives porcelain bell was for the bride and groom.
WEDDED BLISS Celina adored how her Amsale wedding gown felt like two styles in one, with a sparkly Chantillylace bodice topping an elegant full taffeta skirt. Robâ€™s tuxedo was from Brooks Brothers.
M ost couples avoid politics on the ﬁrst date, but not Celina Parker and Rob Engstrom. The two met in Florida, during a heated special congressional campaign—she was on the press team for one of the candidates; he, the political director of a national organization endorsing him. “I had been working like mad on this event,” recalls Celina, who was living in Tallahassee. “I was that crazy press person with her hair on ﬁre, holding a mountain of folders—and as I’m rounding the corner, I practically run right into a tall man in a suit.” As Rob (the tall man in the suit and a seasoned political pro) recalls, “This race was being watched across the nation. I’m about to walk out in front of ﬁve television cameras. We almost ran smack into each other, and now I’m completely distracted because Celina is absolutely gorgeous and standing there in the back of the room.” Determined to keep in touch, Rob emailed Celina two days later, asking for a campaign yard sign—a pickup line he admits was not
FINE FLOURISHES Slate gray and gold added sophistication to the whiteand-green color palette. The invitation, by Cheree Berry Paper, was wrapped in a custom-dyed ribbon, and vintage stamps nodded to the season and the pair’s political ties. The menu’s shape echoed the oval crest on the program. Reception cards were tucked into gold envelopes.
one for the record books. After a month of emails and texts, the two finally met for lunch when Rob was passing through Florida for work, and they bonded over bourbon and gingers, shared interests, and politics, of course. Two months later, Celina—who grew up in El Salvador and had gone to Florida for college—moved to the D.C. area and, in December, took Rob to meet her family. “When we ﬁrst visited them over the
The pair had their hearts set on a formal Catholic ceremony, which they had on December 2, 2016, oﬃciated by Rob’s friend Kieran Harrington, a monsignor for the Diocese of Brooklyn, at a church just blocks from their home. Afterward, guests were treated to carolers and hot cocoa. Then it was oﬀ to the Hay-Adams hotel in D.C., for a winter-wonderland setting that was both elegant and full of surprises, starting
holidays and everyone got along, I realized this was all falling into place.” For Rob’s part, he was as smitten with Celina’s family as they were with him. Some six months later they moved into a house in historic Old Town Alexandria— a Virginia neighborhood that the couple adore, especially at the holidays—and they were engaged six months after that.
when a curtain was pulled back to reveal a cloud of seasonal greenery, candles, and bells hovering over the dance ﬂoor. The evening ﬁnished with a “carnival hour” (a Salvadoran wedding tradition), as partygoers donned masks and danced to a lively Latin playlist. “We wanted everything to genuinely reﬂect who we are and whom we love,” says the groom. “It just felt right in every way.”
1. Celina’s bridesmaids, a mix of friends and family members, picked their own dresses in a range of emerald tones. “I wrote each of them a special note of thanks for enduring the chilly weather,” the bride says. 2. Welcome boxes showcased local treats, plus a White House Christmas ornament. 3. Nieces and nephews carried paper banners that formed a verse from “Storybook Love,” the theme song from The Princess Bride—Celina’s favorite film.
LET IT SNOW 1. Outside historic St. Mary
Catholic Church, guests tossed biodegradable faux snow from paper cones. 2. Postceremony, guests were treated to a hot-chocolate cart with white and dark chocolate and all the fixings. 3. Custom to-go cups were a whimsical touch. 4. Street carolers lent festive cheerâ€” a bit of the holiday atmosphere the couple treasure in their neighborhood.
MERRY AND BRIGHT 1. Cedar wreaths around every other place setting added an element of greenery to the reception tables; white candleholders, a frosty glow. 2. A variety of vintage bells (sourced from Etsy and eBay) doubled as wedding favors. 3. The event designer’s staff, in shimmering gold dresses, helped guests retrieve their bells. 4. In lieu of centerpieces, lush floral “chandeliers” were suspended over the dramatically long tables.
1. Celina chose the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” for her father/daughter dance. “He was my rock, so that song was the easiest choice I made.” 2. Guests donned props for carnival hour. “People really started dancing after that!” says the bride. 3. The cake’s tiers were covered in slate-gray fondant and gold leaf. 4. Each slice revealed two cake flavors: spice cake and devil’s food. 5. Two Salvadoran specialties—pupusas (cheese-filled corn cakes) and palomas (tequila-based cocktails)—were passed, adding to the celebratory mood.
CELINA AN D ROB ’S
SPIRITED CELEBRATION By the Numbers
7 Weeks Rob had the engagement ring before popping the question
362 Days between the engagement and the wedding ceremony
10 Dresses Celina tried on before finding The One. “I remember looking in the mirror just when one of the attendants fluffed the skirt,” she recalls. “The second that happened, I said, ‘This is it. What’s next?’ ”
640 The number of stamps that were attached to the wedding invitations
67 Bells given out to the 124 guests— one for each single guest or couple
A Proposal at Home Having asked her parents for permission, Rob popped the question on Celina’s birthday, December 5, 2015—in the cozy, character-filled third floor of their historic-register house. “I wanted a special place that we would want to come back to,” Rob says. She agreed with his choice: “This house is our life together now.”
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Most of the guests came from afar (Rob’s from Georgia and Texas; Celina’s from Miami and El Salvador). Those wanting to explore Washington, D.C., stayed at The Hay-Adams (hayadams .com), but most chose to stay at the Hotel Monaco Alexandria (now The Alexandrian), near the couple’s Old Town home.
“My mom’s collection of bells was a focal point in our big family room,” Celina says. “Every time one of us went somewhere, we’d bring back a bell.” She decided to make the vintage bells at her reception a surprise for her mom— no easy feat. But “the second the curtain was pulled back and my mom saw all those bells, she understood.”
On Thursday night, about 30 guests attended an intimate rehearsal dinner in a stone-walled room at the couple’s beloved haunt, Landini Brothers (landinibrothers.com). A larger welcome party followed at CXIII Rex, the upstairs cigar bar, with bourbon tasting and signature cocktails.
“The church doors opened, and I almost lost it. Seeing my verysoon-to-be-wife walk down the aisle was beyond any dream I’d ever had before. It seemed like time literally stopped.” —Rob
BRIDE AND PRINCESS The Princess Bride is one of Celina’s favorite ﬁlms, but Rob had never seen it—so she streamed it on one of their early date nights: “He was completely mesmerized, and it always struck me as one of those moments that felt really right between us.” Fast-forward to the nuptials: The orchestra played “Storybook Love” while people were seated, and verses were displayed on paper ﬂags. For a guest book, people signed a beautifully bound edition of the novel. “It will make a great nighttime story for our kids one day,” Celina says.
The Friday wedding—due to venue availability—was a blessing in disguise. “Everyone tends to buffer in time with folks right before, but if I learned anything, it would be to buffer time in afterward. You can look people in the eye and say, ‘Thank you for coming’ and ‘How was your trip?’ All the little things you might not have time for beforehand.” —Celina
The newlyweds ﬂew to Maui on Celina’s birthday, the Monday after the ceremony, and spent a glorious 10 days at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea (fourseasons.com/maui)—now their new go-to vacation spot. “We packed workout clothes, bathing suits, and books, and had a wonderful time not doing a lot,” says the bride. One excursion they took was a sunrise visit to Halaeakalā, which had exceptional views but was “absolutely mortifying” due to the fastand-furious bike ride back down the volcano. (They packed it in about halfway and rode out the rest in the van.) “It deﬁnitely felt otherworldly being up there. It was kind of metaphorical to where we were in life: a brand-new day on the other side of marriage,” Celina says.
“We had time with friends and family and we were able to enjoy the Scottish parade in Old Town. Adding that day postwedding to decompress, share stories, and relax was a highlight of the whole experience.” —Rob
SOURCES Ceremony location St. Mary Catholic Church Reception location and catering The Hay-Adams Event design and coordination Lauryn Prattes Styling and Events Flowers Sweet Root Village Photography Abby Jiu Stationery Cheree Berry Paper Calligraphy Laura Hooper Calligraphy Cake Buttercream Bakeshop Music 42nd Street Singers (carolers); Cherry Blossom String Quartet; the Bachelor Boys Band Rentals DC Rental; La Tavola Fine Linen Cinematography Socialart Cinema Décor BD3 Design; Fabrication Events Bride’s gown Amsale Bride’s accessories Peter Langner (veil); Bhldn (faux-fur jacket); Badgley Mischka (shoes) Hair and hair clip Bridal Hair by Remona Makeup Carl Ray of One80 Salon Flower-girl dresses David’s Bridal Groom’s tuxedo, bow tie, shirt, and studs Brooks Brothers Hot chocolate Bev-Rage (catering); Revolution Event Design and Production (cart rental)
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COZY CONFECTIO N This dessert, surrounded by bowls of snowy-white sweets, will warm your heart at a cold winterâ€™s fĂŞte. To give fondant the look of soft Scandinavianstyle sweaters, Ron Ben-Israel used two methods: He pressed the fondant into molds created from actual sweaters (top tiers), and he braided thick strands (bottom tier).
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DRESSED TO IMPRES S Your gown, all sumptuous fabric and intricate detail, will be the showstopper of the day. But what if your cake followed its lead? We partnered with celebrity chef and cake designer extraordinaire Ron Ben-Israel to bring you couture desserts inspired by classic textiles. Displaying all the artistry of the originals, these fondant and buttercream masterpieces are almost too pretty to eat.
I N FUL L B LOO M The rich texture of a ﬂoral silk-brocade table runner comes to life on this cake. “The process [of weaving] is ancient,” says Ben-Israel. “It gives the weft a 3-D eﬀect.” To re-create that in icing, decorative rose-gold blooms were molded into appliqués. They ﬂutter down the sides of the petal-shaped blushfondant surface, accompanied by “Miss Daisies”—fondantcovered cream puﬀs from Bouchon Bakery.
I NTO THE FOLD Elizabethan formality, meet high fashion. Fans of very thin, accordion-folded fondant undulate across this all-white stunner—for a look that’s edgy, chic, and classic at the same time. “Pleating is eternal,” says Ben-Israel. “The diagonal placement creates drama, interest, and ﬂow, as well as softening the lines.”
F IT TO PR I N T Talk about a blank canvas—fondant gets painted with ﬁelds of lush wildﬂowers conjured by an iconic Liberty print. Each blossom is handrendered with edible food paint in dusty blush, peach, coral, and cream for a garden-wedding-worthy watercolor eﬀect. T H E DE TAI LS : American Heirloom “Stout” maple cake stand, 8", $50, aheirloom.com.
ABOU T LAC E Delicate open-weave cotton can be alluring and sweet all at once. With its bands of eyelet and broderie anglaise, this lace-look dessert channels that spirit. Ben-Israel hand-cut holes in a variety of classical patterns with a craft knife before aﬃxing each strip of fondant to the cake, using royal icing to “embroider” the edges of the openings with a detailed stitching eﬀect. “I wanted each piece to feel light and airy and handmade,” he says. You can almost picture the cloth billowing in the breeze. THE DETAILS : Silhouette
satin cake server, $75, jungleeny.com.
STATE M E N T CAK E For the ultimate wedding-day (or shower) accessory, consider the confectionery equivalent of Chanel’s legendary ﬂap bag. A tracing wheel was used to simulate quilted leather on fondant; a metallic fondant chain added a jewelry-like aesthetic. “I wanted to juxtapose a clean feeling with the puﬃness of the leather,” says Ben-Israel. T HE DETA ILS: West Elm rose-gold cake-and-knife set, $49, westelm.com.
GLAM EFFEC T As on a shimmering red-carpet gown, the rose-hued metallic sequins that trail down this fondant cake catch the eye—and steal the show. “The execution was simple, but the process was very labor-intensive,” says Ben-Israel, who began by hand-cutting circles of sugar paste, and then allowed them to curl while drying, before fastening them in place with frosting. “The top tier is more concentrated—then the paillettes cascade down to introduce depth and movement.” T HE DE TA I LS : CB2 Graduate cake
stand, $15, cb2.com. Vera Wang Wedgwood “Metropolitan” flutes, $50 for 2, wedgwood.com. Created by Katie Covington Crane and Michael McCormick. Cakes by Ron Ben-Israel.
What’s a wedding without flowers? Well, judging from the designs on these pages— created by Jenya Tsybulskyi of New York City’s Jenya Flowers— it’s spectacular. From meandering vines and airy grasses to broad tropical leaves and even modest houseplants, foliage is much more than just filler. If you prefer a natural aesthetic to perfectly manicured blooms,
it’s time to get wild. TEXT BY BROOKE PORTER KATZ PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHNNY MILLER
Reed canary grass Digitaria ischaemum Calathea warscewiczii
Thlaspi ‘Green Bell’
Calathea lancifolia Caladium candidum Aralia leaf Cyperus esculentus
Asplenium nidus ‘Crispy Wave’
Setaria verticillata Queen Anne’s lace
Field of Dreams Leafy smilax vine and asparagus fern “grow” out of the ground and climb the wall for a simple ceremony marker that’s tastefully tropical. Lower to the ground, an unruly aisle of pokeweed, wispy canary grass, and brown, velvety Grevillea baileyana defines the space. Opposite: A sampling of various leaves and grasses can be combined to beautiful effect. T HE DETAILS: Lein “Valerie June”
fringe dress in cotton and silk faille, $2,750, leinstudio.com. Tiffany & Co. “Tiffany Setting” engagement ring, from $1,100, tiffany.com.
Mantel According to Tsybulskyi, one of the best parts about working with foliage is creating designs that mimic what you’d see in nature— an uncultivated mix of textures, shapes, and patterns. “There’s so much beauty in it,” he says. Case in point: this cascading, asymmetrical piece, made with Calathea libbyana, the seven-pointed aralia leaf, and three types of circular seedpods, to name a few. Tsybulskyi also notes that an arrangement like this really pops when set against a white or solid-colored wall; it can get lost with a busier backdrop.
the Volume Foliage does not make for tame, rounded bouquets—and that’s one of the reasons we love it. This overflowing cluster includes delicate jasmine, spotted Begonia maculata leaves, striped Peperomia argyreia, and eggplant-hued Ipomoea (aka sweet Georgia purple). Use a sheer white or matching ribbon—such as one made of green velvet—to tie it all together. T HE DETA I LS: Savannah Miller “Cecily” dress, $2,600, lovelybride.com. Tiffany & Co. “Tiffany Setting” engagement ring, from $1,100, tiffany.com.
It’s a Jungle in Here This lush runner—which includes red and pink spotted pitcher plants—takes a less expected approach to the traditional tablescape. It’s built directly into low trays filled with floral foam, rather than in visible vases, “which makes it more natural-looking, like it’s growing out of the table,” says Tsybulskyi. It’ll surely give your guests something to talk about—and over. A good way to make sure the centerpiece is the right height: Place your elbow on the table with your fist in the air. The bulk of the arrangement should not rise above your hand—allowing for a few taller, airier sprays. THE DETAILS: CB2 “Crisp Matte” dinner plates, in White, $8 each, cb2.com. Williams-Sonoma “Hotel” hemstitched dinner napkins, in White, $80 for 12, williams-sonoma.com.
Add a new dimension to your photo booth with this cool, graphic 3-D backdrop. To transform the blank wall, we randomly interspersed leaves with stronger silhouettes, such as Alocasia amazonica and aralia, with thin, vertical varieties like Miscanthus T-grass and reed canary grass, adhering them all with double-sided tape. If you have extras, keep them out for guests to use as props. T H E DETAILS : Ines Di Santo “Carter” gown, $5,990, Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier, 212-319-6778. Roberto Coin “New Barocco” necklace, $10,500, us.robertocoin.com.
Hang Loose Give your cocktail hour an organic vibe with this all-green suspended arrangement of large Calathea libbyana and monstera leaves, smilax vines, and feathery asparagus ferns. (It’s lighter than it looks, and is constructed on chicken wire and hung using fishing line.) Tsybulskyi suggests having a few throughout the room; some can be smaller and lower, others bigger and higher. Or, he says, you can even have your florist connect them with vines, so they look like a series of nests. T HE DETAILS: Taylor Creative Inc. “Flip Highboy”
tables, in White, $125 each to rent; and “Paramount” barstools, $22 each to rent, taylorcreativeinc.com.
Created by Naomi deMañana and Kim Gray. Flowers by Jenya Tsybulskyi. Hair and makeup by Holly Gowers for Atelier Management using Alterna & Caudalie.
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A MAGAZ I N E I N T RODU C E D T H EM, TW IT T E R B ROU G H T T H E M C L O S E R, A N D T H E Y S E ALE D T H E DEA L W I T H A C E LE B R AT I O N T HAT PAI D HO MAG E TO THE I R CAL I FOR N I A HO M E TOW N. PHOTOGRAP H S BY ELIZAB ETH ME S S I NA T E X T B Y J U L I E VA D N A L
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Sleek and Chic â€œI wanted something streamlined and modern, with a beautiful drape,â€? says Anne of the Alexandra Grecco silk-crepe sheath she wore to wed Ivan Juarez-Mrazek. She paired it with a romantic white-and-green bouquet. Opposite: Hellebores topped an almond cake with mascarpone cream.
Good as Gold Stationer Alissa Bell “worked her magic,” applying gold leaf to the Opposite: 1. Anne with her mother. 2. The couple’s friend Jayden Lee led the ceremony, surprising them by handing them each other’s baby photos while telling them to always look for their partner’s inner child. Inspired by floral wallpaper, event designer Jesi Haack dreamed up a 3-D backdrop of roses, peonies, and greenery.
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Los Angeles is a city of contrasts,” says Anne Sage, describing the way the SoCal town’s natural beaches and forest converge with an urban sprawl of nearly 24 million people. That same juxtaposition could be applied to Anne and her husband, Ivan JuarezMrazek: She’s an outgoing creative type who helms a
house, the same one Anne had often visited years before. The pair’s delightful yin/yang-ness also made its way into their big-day details: Their venue, Hudson Loft, an industrial space, was peppered with pretty, soft fabrics and ﬂowers in muted shades. Invites mixed clean lines with romantic gold
bustling self-titled lifestyle blog, and he’s a fact-obsessed analytical marketer. Still, even the most opposite people can be brought together by a mean breakfast taco. In 2011, Ivan was a bachelor living in L.A., and Anne was a married editor living in San Francisco—but every month or two, Anne and other editors would meet at Ivan’s house (he was a friend of one of them) to work on a joint magazine project. And sometimes, Ivan would cook breakfast. “He was this smart, funny, awesome guy who could cook,” Anne says. “I asked him one time when we were all sitting around, ‘How are you still single?’”
leaf, and Anne’s sleek, architectural gown draped and ﬂowed, thanks to its silk-crepe fabric. For other details, their vision was singular: “The most important thing for us was that we wanted it to be really fun for everyone,” Anne says. “Oh, and the food had to be amazing.” So they decided on Mexican—for Ivan’s family heritage and because, as this pair knows well, not many people can resist a good taco. On Friday, April 21, 2017, the duo exchanged selfpenned vows in a nonreligious ceremony that was led by a close friend. It included the maid of honor and best man acting out some of the pair’s entertaining text exchanges from their early days (Ivan had kept them all!). After the
As Anne’s marriage was ending, she and Ivan stayed in touch and corresponded through funny GIFs on Twitter, but it wasn’t until after a lunch “date” in 2014 (“I was supernervous, because I was like, ‘Is this a date? Is this not a date?,’” says Anne) that the two became a couple. Two years later, Ivan proposed—but not before overanalyzing and missing two opportunities to pop the question—at their
I do’s, 107 of their nearest and dearest, all decked out in white, black, or shades of gray, gathered for signature cocktails and an authentic Mexican feast. Afterward, the duo switched up their footwear—she into Frēda Salvador boots, he into Saint Laurent sneakers—to get down on the dance ﬂoor as L.A.’s lights, from both the stars and the city’s buildings, twinkled in the loft’s windows.
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Lofty Ideas 1. Hand-cut bars of soap doubled as favors and seating assignments, thanks to calligraphed cards. 2. Basket pod chairs— already at the loft—made sweet places for guests to hang during cocktail hour. 3. Guests sipped Luck Is in the Air
cocktails, a straight-up mix of prosecco; elderflower liqueur; almond, pear, and vanilla shrub; honey; thyme; and lemon. 4. “My parents have been married 46 years, and they still hold hands and are affectionate,” Ivan says. “I want to emulate the way
they say ‘I love you’ to each other many times a day, and the way they’re so good at compromise.”
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Fiesta Time 1. â€œWe really wanted our guests to have a fine-dining experience with Mexican flavors,â€? Anne says of their buffet by Whoa Nelly Catering, which included carnitas, a play on street corn, and handmade tortillas. 2. The pair laughed along as their dads toasted them during dinner. 3. Guests partied and posed for snaps in front of a wall of hanging on-palette, hand-dipped candles. 4. A blood-orange cake helped round out the dessert display.
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SMILE BOOTH (PHOTO BOOTH)
A N N E A N D I VA N ’ S
L.A. Soirée “
just be present, be present, be present. Don’t think about “On the day of,how it’s going; think about how you’re feeling. —IVAN ’S ADV IC E FO R BR I DE S AN D GROOM S
By the Numbers
16 Baguette diamonds encircling Anne’s wedding band
8 White-jumpsuit options ordered online for the MOH
22 Hours spent on the loft-space installation
30 Minutes the ceremony lasted
70 Peonies delayed on a plane in Amsterdam before arriving at 2 A.M. the day of the wedding
270 Cans of Golden Road beer guzzled by partygoers
O N E TH I N G ANN E LEAR N E D “The term ‘day-of coordinator ’ is a misnomer. Someone who’s there the day of is also doing a lot of work for you in the weeks leading up to the wedding, making sure everything flows and handling vendors and contracts so that you don’t have to. And it makes all your vendors happy, because they ’re interfacing with someone who has experience rather than with you or a family member. The stress of doing it yourself is the last thing you want for your wedding.”
AB OUT T H E S H OE S
HERS: “I wanted to wear
a low shoe for the ceremony and fell in love with a pair of patent Lanvin kitten heels. Plus, I can wear them again. And then, for the reception, I just wanted something more fun. One of my favorite shoe brands, Frēda Salvador, makes amazing boots—so I wore those.” HIS: “The second pair
of shoes was a pair of sneakers, Saint Laurent. If it were up to me, I’d own 100 pairs of shoes—and 80 of them would be sneakers. So it was an excuse to buy a really fancy pair.”
the playlist “Choosing the song for our first dance was the hardest thing,” Anne says. “We have a lot of crossover taste in music, but we also have a lot of different taste in music. It got heated!” The pair settled on a just-right tune: “This Will Be Our Year,” by the Zombies. IVAN ’S PROCESS IONAL “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” by the Beach Boys A N N E ’S PROC ESS I O NAL “In My Life,” by the Beatles R ECESS I O NAL “She’s a Rainbow,” by the Rolling Stones
PLAYFUL, INSPI R I NG, VULN ERABLE
FATHER/ DAUGH TER & MOT H E R / SO N DAN C E
TH E TH R E E WOR DS T H E PA I R U S E D TO G U I D E T H E I R C E R E M O N Y AS TH EY WROT E I T W IT H OFFICI A N T AN D FR I E N D JAYDE N LE E
“Catch the Wind,” by Donovan
7 Cakes on offer at the reception, including coffee crunch, carrot, almond, gluten-free chocolate with salted-caramel buttercream, blood orange, white chocolate–coconut, and tres leches
H O N EY M O O N D I S PATC H Halted by a kitchen renovation, Anne and Ivan are still working out the details of their two-part honeymoon. The ﬁrst will be a week in Mexico at The Cape, A Thompson Hotel, in Cabo San Lucas (thompsonhotels.com). Later, they ’ll take oﬀ to Italy and stay in Airbnbs (airbnb.com). “We deﬁnitely want a nice combination: half relaxing beach, and half exploring and walking around,” Ivan says.
S O U RC E S Location Hudson Loft Event design Jesi Haack Design Event coordination The Nouveau Romantics Catering Whoa Nelly Beverages The Spirits in Motion (cocktails); Golden Road Brewing (beer) Flowers JL Designs Photography Elizabeth Messina Stationery Alissa Bell Calligraphy Nicole Miyuki Dessert Valerie Confections (desserts); Salt & Straw (ice cream cart) Music Ready, Set, Go Music (ceremony and cocktail hour); The Flashdance (reception DJ) Rentals Found Vintage Rentals (furniture); The Hostess Haven (tabletop); La Tavola Fine Linen (table runners and aisle runners) Videography Shark Pig Bride’s gown Alexandra Grecco Hair and makeup 10.11 Makeup Groom’s suit Lanvin Photo booth Smilebooth Peonies Flower Muse
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A decade and $4.2 billion later, Baha Mar (bahamar.com)—a 1,000acre beachfront development made of up three resorts—is finally open. Grand Hyatt Baha Mar (shown; from $225 per night, grand .hyatt.com) was the first to debut, with 1,800 rooms, a swim-up aquarium, and seven pools. Next up is the sleekly designed SLS Baha Mar (from $400 per night, slshotels .com), and 2018 will bring the Rosewood Baha Mar (rosewood hotels.com)—the most luxurious of the trio. Also on-site: more than 40 restaurants and bars (including a Philippe Starck–designed Katsuya sushi spot), a Jack Nicklaus golf course, high-end shops, a 30,000-square-foot spa, and the Caribbean’s biggest casino. That you’ll have plenty to keep you busy is a sure bet. —Brooke Porter Katz
G E TAWAY S T R AV E L N E W S
PICTURE PERFECT Fancy DSLR cameras used to be a must-pack item for any couple interested in taking frame-worthy pics. Not so much anymore, now that our phones can do the trick. To shoot like a pro, we asked Nicole Franzen—who travels the world capturing people and places for magazines like this one—to share her go-to apps and accessories.
VSCO (free) “This has the best ﬁlters, and it’s really easy to use. My favorite is N1—it adds a little pop, but is really subtle.”
Selﬁe Stick “I don’t use one, but I really see their purpose. They may seem goofy, but if you want good pictures of yourself— and don’t want to ask others to take them— it’s the way to go.”
Whitagram (free) “I use this to add white borders to my photos when posting on Instagram. It has a clean look and gives your eyes space when you’re looking at a feed in full.” ShakeItPhoto ($1.99) “This lets you take digital Polaroid-style shots. And it’s foolproof, with just one setting. You shoot, shake the phone, and end up with really cute photos.”
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Watershot (below; from $100, watershot.com) “Waterproof housing for your iPhone is ideal if you’re doing any snorkeling or diving. You can also add diﬀerent lenses, like wide-angle.”
TOP TIP “Try to shoot in natural light. Morning or evening is best, when it’s not as harsh. And clouds are actually good, so take advantage of any overcast days.”
Shots taken with VSCO’s N1 filter of (from top) a small town on Lake Iseo in Italy, Mykonos, and New Orleans.
My one piece of advice after visiting Lisbon is this: Walk, walk, and walk some more. How else can you gaze up at the buildings encased in patterned tiles, or azulejos? Or admire the mosaic-stone sidewalks underfoot? Had my husband and I waited for Tram 28 to take us to São Jorge castle—as everyone instructed— we never would have stumbled upon the amazing pottery shop A Loja, Lisboa (3 Rua de São Cristóvão) in the tuckedaway Mouraria area. Exploring on foot also reveals each neighborhood’s distinct personality. There’s the extra-wide Avenida da Liberdade, lined with highend shops and luxury properties, like the Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa Hotel (from $308 per night, including breakfast; tivolihotels.com), where the rooftop bar is a magnet for stylish locals. (Hotel guests get a private area to take in the sweeping views.) Just south is the boutique-filled Príncipe Real; you could spend hours at the Embaixada (embaixadalx.pt), a neo-Moorish palace turned mall selling local designs. Farther south—and uphill—is Bairro Alto (“Upper District”). Here, the streets fill up with revelers at night but are utterly peaceful before sunset. Nearby Chiado, however, buzzes all day—though there was no wait at the historic Manteigaria (Rua do Loreto 2), a tiny bakery that turns out pastéis de nata (egg-custard tarts). Save room for dinner at the sunlit Páteo at Bairro do Avillez ( joseavillez.pt) from It chef José Avillez. The lobster-andcrab rice and baked cod will fortify you for (what else?) the walk back to your hotel.
Far-Flung Fantasies Want to realllly get away from it all? Mauritius’s One&Only Le Saint Géran (from $609 per night, oneandonlyresorts.com) reopens in December after an overhaul, with new suites, a third pool, and an expanded fitness hub. A stay at the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island (shown; from $1,136 per night, including breakfast and dinner; fourseasons.com), which debuts in March, includes more than eight miles of beaches, an organic spa, and even a tortoise sanctuary. And come mid-2018, the solar-powered Six Senses Fiji (sixsenses.com) will bring 90 villas to Malolo Island.
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NATURAL WONDERS There’s something about being in nature that can put you instantly at ease— which is just what you want from a honeymoon. And there are many places to embrace it, from a rainforest in Guatemala to the Tanzanian bush. Here’s how to live out your ﬂora-and-fauna-ﬁlled dreams. T E X T B Y A LY S S A S H E L A S K Y
NEAR: LAS LAGUNAS BOUTIQUE HOTEL, GUATEMALA With its 19 rugged-luxe bungalows overlooking the Quexil Lagoon, there’s a genuine sense of place at this ultra-eco-friendly resort, located on more than 300 acres of a private reserve. Couples can embark on a tropical fantasy with thrill-seeking adventures like ATV tours into the lush rainforest to spot ocelots, boars, and deer. You can also hike to Mayan ruins and take a boat to feed exotic spider monkeys. There are plenty of ways to relax as well: a hot-stone massage with Guatemalan jade, say, or just soaking in the scenery from your private Jacuzzi. From $300 per night, laslagunashotel.com.
WATER WORLDS NEAR: FOUR SEASONS RESORT, LANAI
FAR: ALILA UBUD, BALI No matter where you are— lounging by the pool, curled up on the terrace of one of the six new tree villas, indulging in an alfresco spa treatment—the vibrant, lush greenery and rice paddies of Bali’s central foothills are so close you can practically touch them. The majestic Ayung River, towering volcanoes, and free-spirited leaping monkeys only add to the ambience. Intimate courtyards and private gardens enhance the inherent romance of the boutique hotel—and if you want an escape from your escape, you can arrange visits to traditional mountain villages and compounds, 11thcentury temples, a textile factory, and local markets. From $212 per night, alilahotels.com.
Hawaii’s smallest (and most unspoiled) inhabited touristic island has a long stretch of pristine coral reef, and this recently renovated property overlooking a protected bay is an ideal base from which to dive in. There’s a constant rotation of ways to explore—whale watching, scuba and snorkel trips, sunset sails, and surf safaris—as well as vessels to choose from, including a 50-foot catamaran and a six-seat outrigger canoe. Spotting all manner of sea life is practically guaranteed. There’s plenty to keep you on solid ground, too— like the 213 beautifully redone accommodations (complete with custom furniture and artwork) and a Nobu outpost. From $1,150 per night, fourseasons.com.
FAR: HURAWALHI, MALDIVES There are countless reasons to tear yourself away from the silky sand that fronts this 90-villa resort. For starters, it’s home to an underwater restaurant, where you’ll dine on lobster and local yellowﬁn tuna while sitting almost 20 feet below sea level. The surrounding waters are home to one of the most plentiful manta-ray habitats on the planet— and you can swim alongside these enormous, majestic creatures. An on-site dive team will facilitate expeditions for all skill levels, and deep-sea ﬁshing, parasailing, and waterskiing are also available. Couples can even take part in workshops run by Hurawalhi’s resident marine biologist. From $476 per night, hurawalhi.com.
FROM LEFT: COURTESY OF LAS LAGUNAS BOUTIQUE HOTEL; COURTESY OF ALILA HOTELS & RESORTS; COURTESY OF FOUR SEASONS RESORT LANAI; HURAWALHI ISLAND, MALDIVES
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FAR: ESTANCIA VIK JOSÉ IGNACIO, URUGUAY
NEAR: SNAKE RIVER SPORTING CLUB, WYOMING Take romance to the range at this Jackson Hole property. (The wedding on page 66 took place there!) The private club—ideally located for visits to both Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks—only just began oﬀering overnight accommodations to nonmembers, from a beautiful sporting cabin overlooking majestic Wolf Mountain to groovy one-bedroom tiny homes. You could spend all day on horseback, exploring many of its 800 acres (including six miles of private Snake River access). If you’re there in the summer, don’t miss the Jackson Hole Rodeo to catch real cowboys competing. From $225 per night, snake riversportingclub.com.
Dusty countryside meets South American-style luxury at this 4,000acre getaway. Couples can lean in to cowboy culture at its stable of 25 Criollo horses, and saddle up for lessons or guided rides. You can also try your hand at polo on the regulation ﬁeld, go ﬁshing in the lagoon, or take scenic hikes— all while keeping your eyes peeled for rare birds, wild ostriches, and armadillos. Before retiring to one of 12 spare yet handsome suites—each outﬁtted in unexpectedly cutting-edge works from a diﬀerent artist—ﬁll up on grilled skirt steak and creamy mushroom polenta at El Asador restaurant. (Once a week, the property hosts an all-day asado, or traditional barbecue.) And for your nightcap, sip a caipiroska, a citrusy mix of vodka, lime, and sugar. From $440 per night, estanciavik.com.
FAR: JABALI RIDGE, TANZANIA
NEAR: NIMMO BAY RESORT, BRITISH COLUMBIA No roads lead to this familyowned nine-cabin lodge set in the red-cedar-andSitka-spruce-ﬁlled Great Bear Rainforest. There’s room for up to 20 guests, who arrive via helicopter or ﬂoat plane. Stays include excursions to (hopefully) see mother black bears teaching cubs to forage mussels on the beach, or humpback and orca whales breaching and tail-slapping. And the unimaginably remote property shares the waters with many pods of Paciﬁc white-sided dolphins, who will happily play in the wake of your boat. Fly-ﬁshing and other wilderness adventures to see glaciers are also on oﬀer—but to get there, you have to take one of Nimmo Bay’s helicopters up, up, and away. From $1,580 per person per night, all-inclusive; open from early May to the end of October; nimmobay.com.
Ruaha National Park is the country’s largest—nearly 5 million acres— but it’s only recently earned a spot on the traveler’s map. It currently has just 10 camps, and this property from the Asilia safari company will usher in a new level of luxury. It resides in a remote corner, assuring guests a wildlife experience void of crowds—besides the zebras, giraﬀes, and lions, of course. (In fact, prides of 20 or more lions are frequently seen roaming the land.) Eight suites with private decks and rain showers overlook landscapes of palms and baobabs, and during siesta time between game drives, you can relax at the inﬁnity pool or spa. Note: Dry season (from June to the end of October) is the best time to go. From $714 per person per night, all-inclusive; asiliaafrica.com.
FROM LEFT: RYAN HITTNER/NEW THOUGHT MEDIA; COURTESY OF VIK R ETREATS; JEREMY KORESK I; ASILIA
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Clockwise from left: The dramatic coast of Bonifacio. The dock at Hôtel & Spa des Pêcheurs, set on a private island. Lindsey taking in the gorgeous view. Inset: Their souvenirs were of the edible variety, including wine from Domaine Saparal; they also picked up honey and ﬁg jam in Sartène.
Lindsey and Daniel’s
CORSICA The Couple: Lindsey and Daniel Burch of Saratoga, California. The Plan: The couple—she’s a registered nurse, he works in insurance compliance—have the Travel Channel to thank for inspiring their trip to this French island in the Mediterranean. The self-proclaimed history buffs were watching an episode on Corsica, and “it was all about past wars, medieval architecture, and art,” Lindsey says. “We thought it was fantastic.” They began in Ajaccio— the birthplace of Napoleon—and worked their way to the isle’s southern tip. The grand finale: a private island resort. Meal to Remember: In Propriano, they spent their first four nights at the elegant, 26room Miramar Boutique Hotel (from $180 per night, miramar boutiquehotel.com), near the walkable downtown. One night,
they stumbled upon Terra Cotta (31 Avenue Napoléon III), an unassuming yet amazing restaurant right on the water. The meal, which included freshcaught fish and beautifully presented charcuterie, “was the best we had the whole trip,” Daniel says.
Sipping in Sartène: The medieval town has a bunch of little wine caves, and one afternoon the couple set out to sample some local varietals— only they were all closed. “A man told us that everyone was taking a three-hour lunch break,” Lindsey says. (They decided to wait it out.)
Step Back in Time: Bonifacio, down south, is one of the oldest towns in Corsica, with a citadel that dates to the ninth century. “We loved exploring the boutiques hidden inside the buildings,” Lindsey says. But getting there was half the fun.
“On the drive from Propriano, you go up and then back down a mountain, so you’re on the side of a cliff,” Daniel says. “Look to the right, and all you see is the blue water of the Mediterranean.”
Private Paradise: The duo didn’t realize they’d be staying at luxurious Hôtel & Spa des Pêcheurs (from $299 per night, hoteldespecheurs.com) on nearby private Cavallo Island during the shoulder season— which meant they had it almost to themselves. Guests can get a golf cart to explore the island’s six beaches, where you can swim out 20 feet and see straight down to the bottom. “We spent the most romantic day, completely alone on a small stretch of white sand,” Daniel says. “It was amazing to just relax and enjoy the fact that we were married.” —B.P.K.
TRIP STATS Length: 12 days. Breakdown: Five nights at the Miramar Boutique Hotel in Propriano; five nights at the Hôtel & Spa des Pêcheurs on Cavallo Island; one night in Ajaccio (to catch an early flight). Getting Around: Cabs are hard to come by (and expensive), so Lindsey and Daniel recommend hiring drivers to get from town to town. Your concierge can help arrange them, or rent a car—just make sure you can drive a manual!
COURTESY OF LINDSEY AND DANIEL BURCH (COUPLE, BEACH); ELAN FLEISHER/LOOK-FOTO/GETTY IMAGES (BONIFACIO); COURTESY OF THE HOTEL & SPA DES PÊCHEURS (HOTEL); COURTESY OF DOMAINE SAPARALE (WINE)
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Phuket a nd Khao Lak
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Trang Koh N gai Koh Wa e n
Koh C hueak
Koh Libong Koh R ok
LOVE BOATS Any one of the dazzling islands dotting Southeast Asiaâ€™s Andaman Sea would make an amazing honeymoon destination. But the couple looking for a bit more adventure should take notes from writer Carey Jones and her husband, John, who island-hopped for three weeks from Langkawi, in Malaysia, to Khao Lak, in Thailand. Getting from place to place mostly by ferry, speedboat, and wooden longtail was half the fun. Here, she takes us along on the journey.
MAP ILLUSTRATION BY LAURA FORMISANO
Ko h Lipe
A N DA M A N S E A
G E TAWAY S I S LA N D L I FE
DAY 3, 3 P. M. SETTI NG SAI L
We fell in love with Langkawi from the sky, ﬁrst seeing its craggy mountains and endless beaches as our ﬂight approached the airport. The island (part of an archipelago of the same name) is fairly popular with tourists, but travel just half a mile from the coast and you’re in rural Malaysia—all roti canai (ﬂatbread) stands, migratory birds, and water buﬀaloes. We based ourselves amid the rice ﬁelds and coconut trees at Teratak Damai Langkawi (from $40 per night, airbnb.com/rooms/767303), a lush property with two rustic rumah kayu (wooden houses) and two airy rumah kampong (village houses). Over the next two days, we explored half a dozen beaches; our favorite was Tanjung Rhu on the quieter northern shore, with views all the way to Thailand.
Sunset over Koh Lipe.
Ambong Ambong Rainforest Retreat, in Langkawi.
DAY 5, 2 P. M. TO T HAI LA N D !
From Langkawi, it’s about a onehour speedboat ferry to tiny Koh Lipe, one of Thailand’s southernmost islands, and the main entry point for boat-hoppers. We’d never been through an immigration post quite like it: a tiny hut set on a spectacular white-sand beach, with sunbathers all around. Spicy fare abounds here—and concessions are not always made to the wimpy Western palate; at the stall Papaya Mom, we feasted on papaya salad with raw prawns and a whole red snapper grilled with lemongrass and lime leaf.
DAY 9, 10 A.M. SO M E MUC H - NE E DE D T RANQ U I LI T Y
After two days exploring Koh Lipe’s beaches and eating more incredible food—and two extras nursing John’s foot after an unfortunate encounter with a blue-spotted stingray—we made it to Koh Libong, via a scenic ride on the Tigerline Ferry. Luckily, our itinerary consisted of . . . nothing. Blessed nothing. We tend to get antsy at resorts, but with our beachfront villa, plush lounge chairs, and slushy pineapple drinks, Andalay Beach Resort Koh Libong (from $110 per night, andalayresort.com) was one place we didn’t want to leave. We spent three blissful days watching dramatic tides rush in and out.
FROM TOP: TERATAK DAMAI LANG KAWI ; COU RTESY OF AMBONG AMBONG L A N G K AW I ; CO U RT E SY O F TO U R I S M AU T H O R I TY O F T H A I L A N D
DAY 1 , 1 1 A.M. TO UC H DOWN I N MAL AYS I A
Our affection for Langkawi grew even more once we saw it from the water on a trip with Eva Zimmermann, a German expat who runs a cruising business. Throughout the day on her wooden schooner Damai Indah (damai indah.com.my), we dove oﬀ the prow, kayaked by stony caves, and settled back on the boat for bottomless gin-and-tonics, a stunner of a sunset, and a lavish dinner of red snapper and prawns marinated in garlic, olive oil, and Scotch. While we ate, Eva told colorful tales of life on the sea, while her German shepherd, Rebecca, lay curled at her feet. That night, we checked into the hillside hotel Ambong Ambong Rainforest Retreat (from $235 per night, ambong-ambong.com), where the suites are built right into the tropical rainforest. Waking up to a monkey dancing on our balcony railing, we were glad we’d taken the hotel’s advice to keep our valuables locked inside!
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Emerald Cave, on Koh Mook island.
DAY 12, 7 : 30 A.M. A MOR N I N G O N T H E WAT E R
I noticed that the ferry from Koh Libong to Koh Lanta passed right by a set of islands usually visited as a day trip—so why not visit them on the way from point A to B? Our Airbnb host in Lanta helped us hire a longtail boat for a private trip, picking us up from the Libong pier for a “four islands” tour. On Koh Mook, we swam in pitch darkness to Emerald Cave, a spectacular cliﬀ-ringed pool allegedly used as a pirate hideaway. We snorkeled right off the boat near Koh Chueak and Koh Waen. And we lazed around the comically idyllic beaches of Koh Ngai, the rocky peaks in the distance a perfect backdrop for our many (many) Instagrammable photos.
Klong Nin Beach on Koh Lanta.
DAY 1 5 , 8 A.M. UNDERWAT E R WO R L D
As in many tropical locales, Thailand’s coral and marine life are healthier the farther you get from civilization. We took that to heart for our snorkeling trip, departing early on a private longtail booked through Lanta Dream & Paradise (lantalongtailboat.sitew.org). After about 90 minutes, we reached Koh Rok, a pristine national park with no hotels and few campgrounds, where you can dive right off the beaches and coves. Our guide had a lung capacity that far exceeded ours, diving meters below the surface to gently rouse anemones, point out schools of clownfish, and show us moray eels.
DAY 1 2, 4 P. M. A VI LL A OF OU R OW N
Koh Lanta is a larger island with a range of places to stay, including quiet family resorts, traditional thatched huts, and ﬁve-star hotels. For four nights, our base was on the eastern coast in Old Town, far from the more popular beaches. This village of centuries-old wooden buildings is comparatively untouched by visitors; instead you’ll ﬁnd kids bicycling, chickens running in the street, and food stands on the side of the road. Our incredible villa, dubbed Londo House (from $100 per night, airbnb.com/rooms/4183233), was built on stilts out over the water, with two spacious terraces and an inﬁnity plunge pool. The best part? It cost a fraction of what we would have paid for something similar on the western side. And with a rental scooter, we could reach the gorgeous beaches in just 15 minutes.
A taste of underwater life near Koh Rok.
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DAY 1 7, 10 P. M.
MORE ISLANDS TO HOP You don’t need to visit Asia to experience stellar scenery and picture-perfect beaches. FLORIDA KEYS Rent a car and explore this 125mile chain, ending in Key West. Along the way, you can snorkel at Key Largo’s John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park (pennekamppark .com), with its incredible wrecks and reefs; and rent a kayak from Marathon Kayak (marathonkayak .com) to paddle through mangrove lagoons on uninhabited Boot Key. Finish at the Perry Hotel (from $148 per night, perrykeywest.com), a maritime-chic property in Key West’s Stock Island Marina that has two “boat-to-table” restaurants. There’s also Oceans Edge Key West Hotel & Marina (from $179, oceansedgekeywest .com), where 175 oceanfront rooms have balconies or porches.
L I VE MUSI C I N PH U KE T
Phuket Town, the main commercial area, has hundreds of years of history as a trading hub, with Sino-Portuguese architecture (known for its terraces and inner courtyards) that most beachgoers never see. We spent a night wandering a street market, sampling crisp-skinned roast pork and spicy noodles. To escape the local crowds, we ducked into Rockin’ Angels Blues Cafe & Band (55 Yaowarat Road). Our one drink turned into many after an eight-member band got onstage, playing the best Creedence and Clapton covers we’d ever heard. Rock music in southern Thailand—who knew?
The Nai Harn in Phuket.
WASH INGTON STATE ISLANDS
The bucolic San Juan Islands lure those who prefer rugged, forested shorelines to palm trees and hammocks. On Lopez Island, feast on dishes of just-foraged ingredients at Ursa Minor (ursaminorlopez .com), from chef Nick Coffey of Seattle’s Sitka & Spruce. It’s a short ferry ride to Orcas Island, ideal for hiking quiet trails through Douglas firs and kayaking around pods of orcas and porpoises. And though it’s not technically part of the San Juans, don’t miss nearby Lummi Island, where the Willows Inn (from $230 per night, willows-inn.com) is a bucket-list restaurant with eight cozy rooms. Guests get priority for tables. CAYMAN ISLANDS This trio of islands has everything you want from a beach escape. You’ll arrive in Grand Cayman, the largest and most developed; the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa (from $399 per night, seafireresortand spa.com), on a quiet stretch of Seven Mile Beach, is an ideal base. It’s a 35-minute flight to Little Cayman (pop. 212), where you can bike from one secluded white-sand shoreline to the next and bed down in an oceanfront or pool-view room at Little Cayman Beach Resort (from $194 per night, little cayman.com). Then it’s off to Cayman Brac, just 10 minutes away by plane. Here, the wellnessfocused Le Soleil d’Or (from $350 per night, lesoleildor.com) is home to a 20-acre organic farm.
The pool at the Sarojin, in Khao Lak.
DAY 18, 3 P. M.
DAY 20, 9 P. M.
L AP OF LUX U RY
A B IRTH DAY F I N A LE
Phuket does lavish resorts very, very well. At the Nai Harn (from $180 per night, lhw.com), we honeymooned, full stop. Our hardest decisions: Do we take in this ridiculous view of the bay from the pool, or the beach? Splurge on a massage, or nap on our terrace daybed? Eat seafood from the waterfront restaurant, or at the hotel’s equally delicious Thai/Western fusion spot? So diﬃcult, we know.
We couldn’t resist one last stop. The Sarojin (from $200 per night, sarojin.com), in Khao Lak (about 75 minutes from the Phuket airport), may well have spoiled us for all other resorts for the rest of our days. (The extravagant, and complimentary, breakfast is served until 6 p.m. And it includes sparkling wine.) John’s birthday fell at the end of our stay, and the staﬀ helped me orchestrate a day of surprises. After an incredible Thai dinner, he pointed down the beach to a traditional sky lantern, illuminated by ﬁre, waiting to launch. “Guess what?” I said. “That’s for us.” We ran across the sand to release it, and as we watched it ascend into the starry sky, we made silent wishes— mine being to one day return to this paradise.
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THE GUIDE WINTER 2018
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CELEBRATIONS Pages 61–63 BRIDE’S GOWN from Browns Bride, brownsbride.com. BRIDESMAIDS’ AND FLOWER-GIRLS’ DRESSES, Alexandra Grecco, alexandragreccobride.com. GROOM’S ACCESSORIES, Charvet bow tie, bergdorf goodman.com; Ermenegildo Zegna cuff links, zegna.com; Scarosso shoes, scarosso .com. LIGHTING, White Events, whiteevents.ie. TRANSPORTATION, Diamond Limousine Service, diamondlimo.ie. WATERCOLOR ARTIST (for invitations), Sarah Simon, the mintgardener.etsy.com. Pages 66–67 RENTALS, Canvas Unlimited, canvasunlimited.com; La Tavola Fine Linen, latavolalinen.com; Small Masterpiece, small masterpiece.com; Snyder Events, snyderevents .com. BRIDE’S ACCESSORIES, Jennifer Behr headpiece, jenniferbehr.com; Mikimoto bracelet, mikimotoamerica.com; Jewelry on 5th engagement ring, jewelryon5th.com; Margot Friend wedding band, margotfriend.com; Manolo Blahnik shoes, manoloblahnik.com. HAIR AND MAKEUP, Frost Salon, frostsalon .com. BRIDESMAIDS’ ATTIRE, Joanna August tops, joannaaugust.com; Jenny Yoo skirts, jennyyoo.com. RING-BEARER ATTIRE, J.Crew jackets, jcrew.com; Old Navy slacks, oldnavy .com. LIGHTING AND DRAPING, Technical Event Company, technicaleventcompany.com. TRANSPORTATION, The Driver Provider, driver provider.com. BARS, Style Jackson Hole, stylejacksonhole.com. Pages 74–75 RENTALS, Casa de Perrin, casa deperrin.com; Edge Design and Decor, facebook .com/edgedesigndecor; La Tavola Fine Linen, latavolalinen.com; Revelry Event Designers, revelryeventdesigners.com; Town & Country Event Rentals, tacer.biz. HAIR AND MAKEUP, Mar R. of Team Hair & Makeup, teamhairand makeup.com. BRIDE’S ACCESSORIES, Cathy Waterman earrings and wedding ring, cathy waterman.com; J. Birnbach Jewelry engagement ring, jbirnbach.com; Chanel shoes, chanel.com. GROOM’S DINNER JACKET, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, ralphlauren.com.
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DING RINGS, VOW by Vrai & Oro, vraiandoro.com.
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MATRON OF HONOR’S JUMPSUIT, Asos, asos.com.
ODE TO JOY Pages 194–201 BRIDE’S GOWN from Carine’s Bridal Atelier, carinesbridal.com. BRIDESMAIDS’ ACCESSORIES, Bhldn hair combs, bhldn.com; Alex Bridal faux-fur wraps, alexbridal.etsy.com. GROOM’S CUFF LINKS, Just Cuff Links, justcuff links.com. MENSWEAR AND GROOM’S SHOES, The Black Tux, theblacktux.com. RING BEARER’S TUXEDO, Men’s Wearhouse, menswearhouse .com. RING BEARER’S BOW TIE, Little Boy Swag, littleboyswag.etsy.com. TRANSPORTATION, Limousines, Inc., limos-inc.com; Regal Limousine Service, Inc. (classic car, photo op), regal
GROOM’S ACCESSORIES, John Varvatos shirt and tie, johnvarvatos.com; Hugo Boss ceremony shoes, hugoboss.com; Saint Laurent reception sneakers, ysl.com/us. MARBLED PLACE-CARD HOLDERS, Esselle, essellesf.com. ESCORT-CARD SOAPS, Whole Foods Market, wholefoodsmarket .com. RING BOX, The Mrs Box, themrsbox.com.
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SO COOL SOCAL Pages 218–225 BRIDE’S ACCESSORIES, Twigs & Honey veils, twigsandhoney.com; Maya Brenner earrings, maya brenner.com; Zaven Fine Jewelry x Diamond Foundry engagement ring, diamondfoundry.com; Lanvin ceremony shoes, lanvin.com; Frēda Salvador reception boots, freda salvador.com. BRIDE’S AND GROOM’S WED-
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AFTER “I DO” W I NTER 2018
“My favorite moment of the day was when the church doors opened and I saw my soon-to-be wife. I relive that daily, with great joy.”
“On your wedding day, lock eyes, laugh at each other’s dance moves, and steal kisses as often as you can.”
He Says She Says To mark their first anniversary, Rob and Celina Engstrom (see their wedding on page 194) sprang for post–New Year plane tickets to Paris. But they both agree that the best purchase they’ve made since they wed is a Colonial farmhouse in the Virginia countryside, where they intend to put down family roots (for now, it’s just the newlyweds and their pup, Cooper). Here, the pair reflect on the day they became Mr. & Mrs. T H E MOST IMPORTAN T T H I NG TO RE M E M B E R O N YOU R W E DDI N G DAY IS . . .
“to force yourself to pause and be in the moment—it was great advice that we received and followed.”
“that you are the only one who knows how everything was supposed to happen, so if not all goes to plan, it’ll still turn out just the way it should.”
T H E BEST W E DDI N G PR ES E N T S WE GOT WE R E . . .
“the things we didn’t actually put on our list—those are the most special and personal gif ts we received.”
“functional dinner and glassware. We didn’t go for classic china and silver, but we get to enjoy it and use it ever y day.”
ON E TH I NG WE DI D BE FOR E G E T T I N G MAR R I E D THAT I ’M GLAD WE ST ILL DO NOW I S . . .
“always have something to look forward to—weekends and holidays, of course, but also things for an otherwise bland Monday night!”
“have ‘planning’ date nights. As you face more consequential decisions as a couple, it’s good to sit down and make sure you come to those decisions together.”
WE’VE WATC H E D OUR W E DD I N G V I DEO . . .
“one million times (if we’re only counting yesterday).”
“one gazillion times, to be exact.”
I LOOKE D MY BE ST AT THE WEDD I N G , T HAN KS TO . . .
“one of the employees at our venue, who ﬁxed the rip in the seat of my pants less than an hour before the ceremony.”
“how well I took care of my skin the night before—I did a double-cleanse and used two masks. Waking up glowing makes your makeup artist’s job a little bit easier.”
THE MOST SURPR I S I NG PART OF TH E WEDD I N G WAS . . .
“I didn’t have to plan it!”
“how quickly the planning goes.”
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Published on Dec 2, 2017