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RUNWAY REPORT All the latest styles from the designers at bridal fashion week
Top salons dish on the swoonworthiest hairstyles for your wedding look
WINTER WEDDINGS From table numbers to favors and all that’s in between, we’re here to inspire your white wonderland fantasies
50 SHADES OF YELLOW The brightest blooms for your big day
10 UNIQUE FAVOR IDEAS Celebrate the season of giving with these favors we’re sure you’ve never thought of before
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Shine like the night sky with these bargain buys
ONCE IN A BLUE MOON
Bridesmaid dresses your ladies will love
FROM RED CARPET TO WHITE HOT
A-List looks translated into wedding styles
Twirl the night away under a twinkling canopy with this romantic wedding theme
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Inspired by our shoot? Here are all of the details you need to look like a star
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GOWNS UNDER $1,000
Holiday in Ireland, this pair brings the isles home with their traditional touches
REAL WEDDING: A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM
Get the looks you love without breaking your budget!
What’s your bridal style? Rock it with one of these perfect updos
Dina and Robert say I-Do amongst fabulous works of art at their overthe-top venue
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Keep your skin dewy with our favorite product picks
Fun ways to incorporate blue into your big day
Autumn is over, but love is in, check out all of the couple’s DIY decor here
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This lingerie line-up is sure to heat up your honeymoon
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As a musician and art lover, I can’t tell you how excited I am to share our ‘Starry Night’ (inspired by Van Gogh’s same titled masterpiece) styled wedding ceremony and reception (pg. 46). Complete with a twinkling canopy of stars altar space, the soft glow of pillar candles and beautiful gold and blue flowers, this is sure to inspire you to create your own wedding work of art! For the bride on a budget, we bring to you our ‘Bling for Less’ article, where we share some of our favorite sparkly accessories for under $500 (pg. 28), along with some real wedding dress steals in our ‘Wedding Dresses for Under $1,000’ article (pg. 37).
Wondering how to make your wedding more cheerful? Try incorporating a sunny shade of yellow into your wedding flowers! We’ve put together 50 ways of how to do exactly that, in ’50 Shades of Yellow’ (pg 86). If you like art as much as I do, you will fall in love with our ‘Art-Inspired Honeymoons’ (pg 107). From New York to Paris to Berlin, our travel editors have picked out some of the most art-laden cities to pique your interest.
In ‘Runway Rundown’ (pg. 24), we recap some of our favorite new trends from wedding Until our next issue… dress designers at New York Bridal Fashion Week. Bows, fringe, lace- take a look at some of the hottest designers and their latest creations, coming to bridal salons in Spring 2014.
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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: This beautiful winter bouquet
is filled with peonies, garden roses, silvery hypericum berries, lamb’s ear and whimsical tuberose; A mossy rock is the perfect winter resting place for this gorgeous cushion cut ring; Snow-like cotton covers the ground creating a seasonal backdrop.
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It’s best to keep it consistent across the board. Either all of your sisters are bridesmaids, or none of them are. That’s the best way to avoid any hurt feelings. But there are plenty of other ways to include them! You could have them be ushers or greeters, present them with a special corsage to wear, highlight them in the processional- right before your bridesmaids, ask them to do a reading, or even depending on your state’s law, you could have them sign the marriage certificate. At the reception, they could even give a short toast. Just remember to be sensitive to everyone’s feelings, while keeping with the vision you have for your big day!
MY FIANCÉ AND I ARE HAVING A DESTINATION WEDDING AND ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE COSTS. WHAT ARE WE RESPONSIBLE TO PAY FOR? WE WANT EVERYONE TO BE ABLE TO ATTEND, BUT WE CAN’T AFFORD TO PAY FOR EVERYONE. HELP! For starters, when having a destination wedding, you need to be prepared for the possibility that not all of your invitees will be able to attend. Whether it be taking time off of work or financial issues, some guests just can’t swing it. But as for you and your groom; traditionally you two, (and/or your parents,) are responsible for the reception, the rehearsal dinner, the bridal party’s accomodations, and either an arrival party or post-wedding brunch. It’s always thoughtful to provide transportation to and from your reception as well, if it is not where your guests are staying. You can make things easier on your guests by working out a deal with your hotel for lowered or packaged rates.
I come from a large family and have a lot of sisters. I want to include them all in the wedding in some way, but I’m not sure how. I have a few close friends that I would like as bridesmaids. How can I incorporate everyone?
I recently read about how common “wedding theft” is becoming. What is it and how can I prevent becoming a victim at my own wedding? Although wedding theft is a relatively unknown problem, it is actually quite common. The perpetrator be anyone from a venue employee to a wedding crasher, who enters your wedding and steals something from it. Often times, the lost property are your wedding cards, typically filled with cash, making them prime targets. It is scary thinking about thieves at your own wedding, but there are some things you can do to safeguard against this! If you’re holding your reception at an open venue, (think hotel or a public park), you’re more likely to have unwanted visitors. Ask a trusted friend to keep an eye on the gifts, and even periodically take the items and put them in a safe place. Think about also having a card box; this will make it more difficult for someone to just “grab and go”. And, if you are holding a larger reception, think about hiring security. This will prevent crashers and lower the possibility of theft.
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Ten must-have items to add to your wedding registry.
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Cafe Barista Espresso Maker, Mr. Coffee, $199.99; BedBathandBeyond.com.
3-in-1 Multicooker, Cuisinart, $159.00; CrateandBarrel.com.
The Newlyweds’ Cookbook, Ryland Peters & Small, $31.00; Nordstrom.com .
3-Piece Tea Set in Polka Rose, Royal Albert, $139.00; BedBathandBeyond.com.
Personalized Silicone Spatulas, Williams Sonoma, $29.95; Williams-Sonoma.com.
3-Wick Candles in “Marshmallow Fireside,” “Fresh Balsam,” and “Cranberry Woods,” Bath & Body Works, $20 each; BathandBodyWorks.com.
Personalized Falling in Love Wall Art, Red Envelope, $79.95, RedEnvelope.com
Cozy Sherpa Robe, Pottery Barn, $96 with monogram; PotteryBarn.com
Decorative Throw Pillows: (a.) Maddie Beaded Lumbar Pillow Cover (b.) Sequin Tile Pillow Cover in “Pewter” (c.) Personalized Recycled Canvas Pillow Cover, Pottery Barn, (a.) $49.50 (b.) $59.50 (c.) $29.50; PotteryBarn.com;
5-PC Wine Bottle Set, Sommelier $19.95; Zgallerie.com
By Sadie Burgdorf & Rebekah Roberson
Runway Rundown By
Bridal Trends Spring/Summer 2014
All Tied Up
From girly to sculptural, bows create add the perfect amount of flirty fun to these gowns.
Elisabetta Polignanao: Light pink silk A-line gown with bow details Stephanie Allin: Trumpet shape “Lucy” gown with tulle overlay and hand-ornamented crystals
Dennis Basso: Beaded ivory sheath dress with ¾ sleeves
Pnina Tornai: Deep plunge satin gown with panel train Vera Wang: Silk ball gown in rose with strapless lace bodice
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Bridal Trends Spring/Summer 2014
The Royal Wedding may have been three years ago, but sleeves in French laces continue to stay fresh this season.
Claire Pettibone: “Gossamar” gown with sequin roses over silk with silverspun embroidered bodice
Ines di Santo: guipure lace over silk organza on a mermaid silhouette
Elie Saab for Pronovias: “Crux” A-line gown made of French lace with floral appliques
Oscar de la Renta: “Arden” sheath gown with sweetheart neckline and ivory crepe bodice
In Full Swing
Bridal Trends Spring/Summer 2014
Gowns gained movement this season with flapper-esque fringe, making it easy to add an extra bounce to each step.
Lazaro: Antique silver A-line dress with crystal embroidery and sweetheart neckline
Johanna Johnson: beaded fringe sheath dress with v-neck, crystal collar, and belt
Badgley Mischka: Fit and flare gown with fringed and beaded collar over sweetheart neckline and tulle details
Charlie Brear: A-line gown in ivory with crepe fringe
et inspired by these fabulous wedding day accessories, which are not only a mix of classic elegance and modern style, but are also all under $500! Hints of sparkle in a clutch, on your fingers, or peeking out from under your dress, are perfect ways to incorporate some bling into your wedding day look. Play up the trend even further with an accent hue (think blues and smoky grays) featured in jewelry or in a headpiece. With amazingly low prices, these beautiful accessories will be sure to make you sparkle on your night under the stars!
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1.Handbag, Textured Glittered Mesh Handbag by Colorifics, $39.00 DavidsBridal.com; 2. Bracelet, ‘Taralyn’Open Bracelet by Nina, $130.00, Nordstrom.com; 3. Earrings, Large Crystal Stud Earrings by David’s Bridal, $15.00 DavidsBridal.com; 4. Headband, Pearlescent Double Headband, $15.00 Forever21.com; 5. Shoe, ‘Altar’ by Betsey Johnson, $79.00 BestyJohnson.com; 6.Headband, Knotted Bead Head Wrap by Forever 21, $4.80 Forever21.com; 7. Earrings, Daya Classic Drop Earrings by Tejani, $485.00 Tejani.com; 8. Bracelet, Color by the Yard Ring by Elsa Peretti, $135.00, Tiffany.com; 9. Bracelet, ‘Oceana’ by Nina, $110.00 Nordstrom.com; 10. Earrings, Crystal Leaves Earrings by J. Crew, $65.00, JCrew.com; 11. Clutch, Beaded Minaudiere Box Clutch by Sondra Roberts, $228.00 Nordstrom.com; 12. Brooch, Pavé Crystal Sunburst Pin by Adriana Orsini, $135.00, SaksFifthAvenue.com; 13. Shoe, Blue by Betsey Johnson ‘Gown’ Sandal, $129.95 Nordstom.com; 14. Necklace, Island Rains Necklace by Tacori, $450.00 Tacori.com; 15. Ring, Island Rains Ring by Tacori, $350.00 Tacori.com; 16. Earrings, Tear Drop Clear Stone Earrings by Badgley Mischka, $95.00 BadgleyMischka.com; 17. Brooch, Zelda 3 in 1 Brooch by Desla Couture, $345.00 DelsaCouture.com; 18. Bracelet, Pamela Bracelet by Swarovski, $160.00 Swarovski.com; 19. Shoe, Benjamin Adams ‘Cali’ Pump by Benjamin Adams London, $449.00 Nordstrom.com; 20. Bracelet, Iridescent Frosted Crystal Bracelet by David’s Bridal, $60.00 DavidsBridal.com; 21. Shoe, Sabrena Bling Bow Pumps by ABS by Allen Schwartz , $150.00, Macys.com; 22. Clutch, Bow Minaudiere Clutch by Lulu Townsend, $29.94 DSW.com; 23. Bracelet, The Elina Set by Tejani, $485.00, Tejani.com.
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Bridesmaid Dresses Your Ladies Will Love
sdiamsedirB yvaN Fern Bridesmaids All the girls will be green with envy over your bridesmaids’ dresses! This color is spot on trend for winter and will be sure to please all of your ‘maids!
1. Dress with tuxedo strapless neckline, waistband with peplum detail, slim above the knee length skirt. Shown in Loden, Watters. com 2. Clove luminescent taffeta asymmetrically draped bodice spaghetti strap A-line floor length dress. Shown in Clove, Wtoo. com 3. Strapless V-neck with illusion, single-faced satin ribbon at waist, shirred, above-the-knee length skirt. Shown in Loden with Oatmeal ribbon, Wtoo.com 4. Luminescent taffeta fabric, with halter neckline with self ties, draped dropped waist bodice, shirred floor-length skirt. Available floor length and floor length + 5” extra length only. Shown in Clove, Watters.com.
Navy Bridesmaids Ink Bridesmaids Make your bridesmaids feel like royalty in this majestic color! This deep jewel tone will shine brightly and beautifully in your wedding portraits!
1. European satin strapless gown with a sweetheart neckline. Shown in Euro Navy, Billlevkoff.com 2. A gently draped ruffle flutters along the front-and-back V-neckline of a beautiful chiffon fit-and-flare dress. Shown in Navy, Nordstrom.com 3. Short chiffon dress with a ruched sweetheart neckline, and flower detail at the waist. Shown in Navy, Allurebridals.com 4. This long style features a ruched sweetheart neckline, with empire waist and multi-layered chiffon skirt. Shown in Navy, Allurebridals.com.
sdiaBridesmaids msedirB yvaN Aubergine No embarrassing flashback photos here! This classic shade compliments any skin tone and your bridesmaids will look gorgeous for years to come in this cool color.
1. Silky taffeta A-line short dress, halter neckline with pleated collar detail. Shown in Eggplant, Jlmcouture.com 2. Dress with V-neckline, pleated bodice, floor-length skirt, and grosgrain ribbon at waist. Shown in Plum, Watters.com 3. An off the shoulder design, with ruched chiffon gathering at the natural waistline and crystal brooch. Shown in Grape, Allurebridals.com 4. Sleeveless cocktail length peau de soie dress with bow at high neck and pockets. Shown in Plum, Dessy.com.
akota Fanning stunned at the Venice Film Festival wearing an Elie Saab Haute Couture design from the Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Collection.
from red carpet to white wedding! By: Sadie Burgdorf
he Dione dress from the 2013 Elie by Elie Saab for Pronovias is a similar look with textured bodice, ribbon belt, and full skirt. The dress is made of delicate tulle and has delicate beading, as well as floral organza flower appliqués through the skirt.
andra Bullock glowed in the fashion-forward asymmetrical gown designed by J.Mendel, from his Resort 2014 Collection. Angel Sanchez’s strapless sheath style with its structural neckline is both delicate and distinctive; perfect for a stand-out bride.
ily Collins rocked one of this year’s hottest trends: the high to low hemline. Her Houghton gown, also highlighted another recent trend: lace, seen in the delicate bodice and throughout the train. This BCBG wedding gown displays the same high to low hemline and has a similar sleeveless lace bodice with a sweetheart neckline.
aylor Swift stepped back to the 1930s, wearing a sexy Hervé Léger by Max Azria dress. The gown came complete with a beaded plunging neckline and spaghetti straps.
This Lazaro A-line silk gown, with a vintage lace cathedral train, has beaded straps and a plunging sweetheart neckline with crystal appliqués similar to Swift’s style.
Wedding Gowns under
$1000 by Jenn Loring
very bride wants to be beautiful on her wedding day, but for brides on a budget, finding the perfect dress for less can be a challenge. Fortunately, many designers are creating wallet-friendly gowns as stylish as they are affordable. Here are our ten favorite dresses guaranteed to dazzle on your wedding day.
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3. Aria offers a strapless duchess satin A-line dress with sweetheart neckline, garment boning, and three-dimensional rosettes embellishing the skirt. The best part of this gown? Pockets! $998.00.
2. For vintage-inspired brides, check out Moonlight Bridal’s tea-length tulle ball gown. The dress features a bateau neckline, Venise lace appliques, and a Swarovski beaded tieback sash. About $650.00.
4. Who says you have to wear a dress at all? Theia provides an alternative for ultra-modern brides with a sleek white tuxedo jumpsuit. Satin lapels frame the tailored surplice bodice, while gorgeous palazzo-style trouser pants in silk crepe ensure you’ll look classy, even without a gown. $297.00 - $850.00.
5. Any bride-to-be can afford to look sexy and chic in BLU by Mori Lee’s curve-hugging, asymmetrically draped net gown. The bodice features a corset-style, lace-up back. About $649.00.
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6. Who doesn’t want to look like a princess on her wedding day? Stella York’s tulle and Dolce Satin ball gown boasts a flowing skirt and sweetheart neckline, as well as a Diamante beaded embellished belt. About $999.00. 7. Sincerity Bridal gives the classic mermaid gown an update for 2014. Highlights of this dress include beaded lace and an illusion neckline, as well as a bias satin band and bow at the waist. About $999.00.
8. Can’t get enough of princesses? Love Disney? Thanks to Alfred Angelo and his Disney Fairy Tale Bridal collection, you can transform into your favorite Disney princess on your wedding day. A corsage of enchanting beaded apple blossoms accentuates the waist of his Snow White-inspired tulle ball gown. $999.00.
10. You’ll feel like Audrey Hepburn in Oleg Cassini’s off-the-shoulder satin ball gown, which features beading along the neckline and a high-low silhouette. $449.99 - $650.00.
9. The glamour of Golden Age Hollywood abounds in Liz Fields’ A-line satin ball gown with bateau lace illusion neckline. Heavy beading on the waistline completes this elegant look. $998.00.
Bridal Hair Trends We are back from New York Bridal Fashion Week and were in awe of the amazing looks that graced the runway- and we’re not just talking dresses! We’re putting a bit of spring in your step with some of our favorite bridal hair trends for 2014. Consider sleek, chic, and romantic with these fashion forward bridal hairstyles-inspired from the bridal runway.
By Yvette Wilson Photography By Spain Gray Photography
Romance takes center stage in this sweet half up/half down style. To achieve this Juliet-esque look, the front of your hair should be sleek and have just enough volume as not to fall flat in photos, while the back should be full of long curls. Curls tend to “fall” (or loosen) as the hours go by. So your hairdresser may style your curls slightly tighter than desired to ensure your look will last through the evening.
Makeup Tip A soft eye and lip with a little highlighting plays up your natural features and employs a youthful glow.
Pearl pendant necklace, Jewel of the Lotus, Jewelofthelotus.com, $2,500
Glamorous For something new, try out an all-new hair technique in bridal hair fashion. During your next bridal hair trial try a woven curl look. The curls are strategically placed in an interwoven fashion so that the curls look as if they are weaving in and out of each other. Create volume to the front of the look, and add a glitzy hair comb for over the top glamour with a twist.
Pearl hair comb, Accessoriesforever, Sears.com, $16.95
Make your eyes sparkle with deep sultry shadow and compliment the look with a wild berry lip.
An illusion of satin, every strand is in place for this gorgeous off-the-face-look worthy of Grace Kelly herself. This ultra chic and feminine style is comprised of a coifed low bun neatly tucked away underneath. Right above the bun, are two pieces of hair pulled from the front and delicately laced on top of it. Finish off this look with a jeweled hair accessory.
Crystal drop earrings, CYDNEY, Shop-stefaniesomers.com, $115
Complete this look by dusting on a smoky taupe eye with a little sun-kissed blush. Choose a bright color for lips that pop, all night long.
Crystal hair comb, Only Handmade Jewelry, Onlyhandmadejewelry.blogspot.com, $78
Makeup Tip Go boho with your makeup in a cat eye with soft pink blush and a bold pink lip.
Boho Chic is the integration of bohemian edge and glamorous sophistication for the bride who dances to the beats of her own drummer. This look pulls two fishtail braids from the front and weaves them seamlessly into a curly side chignon in the back. This look is less polished yet sophisticated, and when styled with the right accessories lends to a vintage appeal.
Pearl strand necklace, Miriam Haskell, MiriamHaskell.com, $150
Floral hair/necklace clip, Floral Jewellery, Etsy.com/shop/floraljewellery, $19.86
Make your classic wedding a renaissance- a clean pulled back ballerina bun decorated with pearls all over. Make the bun oversized for a look that can be fun and flirty or soft and demure. No matter how classic your wedding, relive your dreams as a ballerina and have your turn in the spotlight.
Pearl earrings, Lenox, Lenox.com, $72
Makeup Tip Soft lips and eyes make for a classic blushing bride. All eyes are on you- not your makeup.
Twisted pearl necklace, Kenneth Jay Lane, ModaOperandi.com, $750
Hair: David Koneski for Chroma Hair Gallery Make-Up: Karlie Lanza for Chroma Hair Gallery
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www.sonyadakar.com ultimate luxury for your skin! Sonya T he Dakar’s Hydrasoft lotion provides the
perfect amount of hydration, without feeling heavy or leaving skin greasy. The calming combination of vitamin E and frankincense extract will alleviate any redness and leave skin feeling oh-sosoft! It may come with a hefty price tag, but a little goes a long way with this fabulous product.
No matter what your skin type, we have the perfect moisturizer for you on your big day. After all, it’s the happiest day of your life; you should be glowing!
For Normal Skin Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 $16.99
Best Tinted Moisturizer Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 $43.00
For Combination /Oily Skin Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel $26.00
Olay Professional Pro-X Age Repair Lotion with sunscreen broad spectrum SPF 30 $29.99
Improve overall skin tone and hydration with this everyday moisturizer, which was voted best daytime moisturizer for normal skin by top beauty editors for 2013. The soy ingredients are clinically proven to break up pigmentation, improving dullness and evening tone, as the built-in light reflectors work at smoothing any imperfections. Skin will become brighter immediately and the look of brown spots improves in just four weeks. Aveeno Positively Radiant is also oil-free and hypoallergenic for a safe, lightweight finish.
The perfect blend of skincare and makeup, this tinted moisturizer provides sheer coverage for a healthy, natural looking glow. Made for all skin types, including oily and sensitive, Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer is loved by celebrities and everyday users alike, and with fifteen available shades, everyone is sure to find a perfect match. In addition to enhancing and protecting skin, it also has a long-wearing, semi-matte finish.
A regular on best beauty lists and editor’s picks, this gel formula is perfect for those with oily skin due to it’s ability to hydrate without causing greasy buildup. Described as a refreshing “moisture drink” for skin, it was developed by dermatologists to maintain optimal moisture balance for those with an oily T-zone or an overall oily complexion. Fast absorbing and oil-free, Clinique’s Moisturizing Gel keeps skin looking soft, smooth, and improved.
Olay’s top rated antiaging moisturizer was developed to produce maximum results. It hydrates and protects from UV rays, all while repairing skin’s natural barrier. It also helps improve collagen production, and after several days, skin looks softer and more plump. Added bonus: it’s got a great lightweight feel and wears well under makeup.
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WE LOVE VAN GOGH’S FAMOUS STARRY NIGHT PAINTING WITH ITS LUMINESCENT STARS, SWIRLING CLOUDS, AND A HILLSIDE AGLOW WITH POSSIBILITY. WE THINK IT MAKES THE PERFECT THEME FOR A ROMANTIC WEDDING. THINK DEEP BLUES, POPS OF YELLOW, AND DETAILS THAT SHINE. Photography By
Story By Rebekah Roberson
Star Glow For a glowing effect on our tables, we placed tiny strands of LED lights into the backs of acryllic picture frames to light a vellum print of Van Goghâ€™s painting. To continue this effect, a variety of pillar candles surrounded our lavish floral centerpieces. Clear chargers with gold beading were paired with gold-rimmed dinnerware to complete our romantic table settings.
Bright Blooms Luminous blue stems of delphinium were joined with bright yellow English rose blooms in low, cream-colored bowl vases that added softness to each table. The flowers spilled over to the chairs in the form of delicate tie backs where delphinium flowers, chrysanthemum,and protea were matched with glittering gold and navy tulle for a soft, elegant look.
Blue Venue Lighting is key for this theme. Draping in midnight blue fabric with twinkle lights behind created the grand illusion of a star-lit evening. Keeping the lights hidden allows for guests to be transported in the space rather than being distracted by strings of twinkling lights.
Delicate double tulips and deep yellow roses are juxtaposed with spikey blue thistle in the bride’s soft bouquet. A mix of both ruddy and bright yellows give the floral collection depth and represent the swirling stars of our theme.
Shining Diamonds A non-traditional sapphire engagement ring surrounded by diamonds doubles as our bride’s ‘something blue’. A diamond dome ring is center stage on the right hand adding gorgeous sparkle to the ensemble.
The baker, Saucy Little Redhead, used edible watercolors to paint swirling clouds onto fondant icing mimicking Van Gogh’s paint strokes. Beaded pearl borders and fresh flowers topped off the decadent dessert.
Navy Nuptials Who says only black is formal? Our groom is decked out in fashion-forward periwinkle and navy. Catâ€™s eye cufflinks and a yellow paisley pocket square show that brides donâ€™t have all the fun when it comes to accessorizing. For our bride, ultra feminine details are played up in a Stephen Yearick gown. A halfup half-down hairstyle keeps the look soft.
Flavorful Farewell A guestbook lays open to an image of a painted night scene. To sign, guests could rifle through the book filled with famous artwork dedicated to star-filled skies and write a message next to their favorite depictions. After signing their names, attendees found navy boxes all tied up with petite yellow ribbons at each place setting. The boxes were filled with flavorful artisan truffles of chocolate blueberry, white chocolate raspberry, mocha cream, and macadamia. Golden sugar sprinkles decorated their swirling tops and mimicked the spinning stars in Van Goghâ€™s work.
Dazzling Request We just canâ€™t get enough sparkle! To get some twinkle incorporated into our invitations, we used sparkly, gold cardstock for the main card , RSVP and as liners for our envelopes. A print of the Starry Night painting created an overlay on the inside of the card where the stars were punched out to allow the gold paper to show through, giving the stars a little shine. Details of the painting were reimagined and used as swirling decorations on each of the cards. The folded invitation suite was bundled together in an ink blue sleeve and held together with a sparkling gold tulle belly band.
ACCESSORIES Henry A. Davidsen (Men’s) Bridals by Danielle (Headpiece) BAKER Saucy Little Redhead
BRIDAL GOWN The Sample Rack
FLORIST Falls Flowers
MAKEUP Pure Spa Ambler
HAIRSTYLIST A Bridal Beauty JEWELRY Safian and Rudolph
MODELS Christopher Rex Stone Kristen Athena PLANNER Reign and Co.
LIGHTING Omnivent Inc.
PHOTOGRAPHY Lauren Fair Photography
SIGNATURE DRINK The LIQ New York VIDEOGRAPHY Willow Tree Films
VENUE The German Society of Pennsyvania
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eal R eddings W Unique ceremony ideas, love stories, and gorgeous inspiration from real couples.
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Colleen knew she wanted a winter wedding and with Thomas’ proposal, the timing was perfect. “We both love Christmas,” Colleen says. “We really stuck with the Christmas theme by using candles, winter greens, seasonal flowers, and vibrant Christmas colors.” The couple met at a Gaelic Society meeting in college, so including their Irish heritage in their wedding was important to both of them. Celtic music was a big part of the festivities, from ceremony music to reception dancing. The Immaculate Conception Church was decorated wth red and white flowers and served as the breathtaking backdrop to their traditional Catholic wedding.
Photographs by: Andres Valenzuela Photography Text by: Rebekah Roberson IN BLISS 61
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For this couple, the wedding party was a no-brainer. “Our wedding party worked out perfectly, because I have two sisters and a brother, and Tommy has two brothers and a sister,” Colleen says.
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To include a little holiday spirit in their nuptials, Colleen and her sisters sang a Christmas carol at the end of Mass. The musical festivites continued with a bagpiper that led guests into the reception. After the ceremony, guests traveled to The View on the Hudson in Piermont, New York, where they dined and danced amidst picturesque views of the river. It was important to Colleen and Thomas that everyone had a great time at their reception, so they kept the energy high. “We had lively instrumental music at the cocktail hour to get everyone in the mood. We were then treated to a lovely dinner, music, and dancing for the remainder of the night,” Colleen says. No Irish wedding would be complete without dancing. Colleen and her sisters did some Irish dancing and guests were on the floor until the wee hours of the night. Colleen says, “It was truly an enchanting wedding!” | RR
BRIDAL DETAILS From Top Left: Red and white invites welcomed guests to the celebration; Candles and holly created a wintery centerpiece; Colleen’s holiday-inspired bouquet consisted of red and white roses, hypericum berries, stephanotis and pine greenery; The bride’s accessories added just the right amount of sparkle; A four-tiered wedding cake crowned with red roses made for a sweet finish to the reception; Traditional Irish bagpipers provided guests with entertainment throughout the evening.
FROSTY FASHION THE BRIDE: Colleen wore a beautiful white wedding dress with cap-sleeves and a lace bodice. She kept the cold at bay during the outdoor photographs with a gorgeous white wrap. “The traditional white wedding dress made me feel like an ‘All-American Bride,’” Colleen says. THE GROOM: Tommy dressed up in a traditional black tuxedo. He stood out from his groomsmen with his white vest, bow tie, and white rose boutonniere.
THE WEDDING PARTY: The bridal party wore long red
gowns in silk taffeta with gathered skirts. The groomsmen complemented the bridesmaids’ gowns by wearing bright silk bow ties and matching vests that were set off with boutonnières in the perfect shade of red rose buds.
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welcomed by our family B“[Being] and friends by a sea of sparklers outside the church!”
BTommy playing the bagpipes. THE HONEYMOON We went to Saint Lucia for our Caribbean getaway honeymoon! We were there for a week and took full advantage of what the beautiful island had to offer.
THREE WORDS TOMMY USES TO DESCRIBE COLLEEN:
Vibrant, Beautiful, Caring
THREE WORDS COLLEEN USES TO DESCRIBE TOMMY:
Hardworking, Loving, Genuine
VENDORS Ceremony: Immaculate Conception Church Wedding Officient: Father Luke Sweeney Florist: Pearl River Florist Reception Venue: The View on The Hudson Reception Music: DJ’s @ Work Photographer: Andres Valenzuela Photography Videographer: Tony DiNardo Transportation: KLS Transportation Makeup: Salon Atelier
Christmas CHARM Find inspiration for your own wedding in Colleen and Thomas’ holiday charms
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1. Holly and pine branches add a festive holiday touch to any winter table setting. Add white tea candles to long stemmed crystal bulb glasses to bring out a true Christmas glow. 2. Don’t forget to add that holly accent to table numbers! A decorative holly branch border printed on the edge of the number completes this holiday look.
3. Gold ribbon creates elegant flare on wedding programs. 4. Festive stockings and tiny Christmas trees add the perfect charm and sparkle to escort cards.
Nothing says elegance like shimmering silver shoes on a beaming bride! Get Colleen’s look with a pair of sparkling gold or silver strappy pumps!
Showcase your heritage with style. Wooden door signs like these add a historical touch to the bridal dressing room! Celebrate your unique history by incorporating cultural touches.
FA-LA-LA-LA FOLDING Let your tables sing with holiday color. Deep red napkins will add a pop to a white table setting. Fold them in a wave style for simplistic charm or in a unique floral fold for a fancier feel.
DINA & ROBERT’S Night at t he Museum
On the 18th of May, this couple tied the knot at Philadelphia’s beautiful Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Photographs by: Ashley Bartoletti Text by: Rebekah Roberson
Wedding Location: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Wedding Theme: Simple, Elegant, and Classy.
Guest Count: 105 Honeymoon: Costa Color Palette: Ivory Navarino, Greece
ina and Robertâ€™s wedding was full of Delegant details and artful touches, which
made the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts the perfect venue for this Philadelphia couple. Guests were welcomed into the space with a spectacular entrance decked out in gothic arches and rosette motif walls. The mahogany and bronze grand staircase gave attendants the perfect view of Dina and Robert as they said their vows on the landing. Not having a center aisle or traditional processional shows how the couple added a few of their own personal touches to their big day. m
On Left: Dina and Robertâ€™s wedding invitation sits beneath a bouquet of white hydrangea. Centered: Dina and Robert stop to take in some of their favorite parts of the city of Philadelphia. On Right: Dina and Robert in front of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
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“A quality photographer is very important- probably the most important vendor- and there are plenty of quality photographers who don’t charge a ton. The photos reminded us of many special and quirky moments that we had already forgotten, and brought back many of the night’s emotions.”
“There were traditional pieces
to the ceremony,” Dina says, like community support, tributes to the couple’s parents, and the exchanging of vows and rings. They also added a few elements to personalize their special day. “We included a lot of information
about each other, our unique and shared values, our love story, and our hopes for the future, so that guests who did not know us well would feel more connected to us as a couple by the end of the ceremony.” IN BLISS
For the reception, guests headed into the
“We wanted to keep everything simple because the museum really spoke for itself,” Dina says. Another perk to the couple’s venue was its location. Being right downtown, transportation to the venue was optimal and easy, “We [didn’t] have to shuttle guests anywhere, which reduced the hassle, stress, and cost.”
rotunda for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres. With the museum space being filled with spectacular paintings and sculptures, Dina and Robert left their décor minimal. Ivory flowers complemented the deep hued red and orange walls of the space. One of the best bonuses of their museum venue? It had its own perfectly positioned uplighting. m
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keep everything simple because the museum really spoke for itself.â€? -Dina, on her wedding venue
T hey continued to dance the night away.
Venue: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Ceremony Music: Elegance String Quartet Wedding Officiant: Journeys of the Heart (Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer of Journeys of the Heart) DJ: Marc Fisher Entertainment Caterer: Jimmy Duffy & Sons Photography: Ashley Bartoletti Hair: Lauren at Salon Vanity Transportation: Trophy Limousine Bridal Salon: The Sample Rack Makeup: Robby Nelson at Salon Vanity Tuxedo: Brooks Brothers Favors: Donations to Doctors without Borders and ASPCA Dress: Stephen Yearick tailored to size by Nilah & Company
The reception continued with toasts from both
mothers and a first dance to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.” Even though festivities at the museum ended at 11:30, the couple and their friends headed off to a nearby bar where they continued to dance the night away. m
HAVE YOUR OWN Night at t he Museum
EARRINGS Cubic Zirconia Chandelier Earrings by Nadri, $165, Nordstrom. com;
BOUQUET Dina’s rose and peony bouquet creates an elegant flourish.
DRESS Dress Style 2416 by Allure Bridals, Strapless, a-line gown with sweetheart neckline, lace applique bodice, and natural waistline with satin sash accent. AllureBridals. com
CLUTCH Crystal Topper Clutch by Glint, $78, Nordstrom.com
LINGERIE Push-up Brasselette by David’s Bridal, $44, DavidsBridal. com PERFUME Poppy Blossom by Coach, $65, Coach.com
for the CELEBRATION PLATES Waterford Lismore Lace Platinum 5-Piece Place Setting, $140, Bloomingdales.com
EMERGENCY KIT Pinch Provisions For J.Crew Minimergency Kit, $18, JCrew.com
CAKE This beautiful tiered cake, adorned with pink rose decorations is an elegant edible masterpiece!
INVITATION Add an ornate decoration to the top of your wedding announcement for flare!
BRIDESMAID’S DRESS Strapless Lace Sheath Dress by Adrianna Papell, $141, Nordstrom.com BRIDESMAID’S EARRINGS Pear Drop Earrings by Nadri, $78, Nordstrom.com BRIDESMAID’S SHOES Chaos Cuff’ Sandal by Manolo Blahnik, $725, Nordstrom.com
rom hand-painted signs, to handpicked bouquets, every detail of their wedding included artful elements of craftiness. Shelby and her mom spent the months before the wedding scouring thrift stores for vintage bottles and tableware to use for the reception’s centerpieces. Thrifted suitcases and cages were used to hold guest’s well wishes and cards at the guestbook table. The end result of months of collecting was a fabulous array of kitschy pieces that matched the couple’s vision for their celebration. Shelby and Jonathan chose to exchange vows in a lush garden under a canopy of green foliage and draped tulle. Though their ceremony was intimate, their wedding party was sizable—five bridesmaids and five groomsmen. Each member of the wedding party got to let their personalities shine through in the form of colorful bowties for the guys and sweet cardigans for the girls. We love how each pair coordinated! Guests were transported from the ceremony to the reception by way of trolley. The whimsical red and green wagon added a perfect amount of vintage charm to the day. The reception was held at The Grand Opera House, where guests feasted on fall favorites before making their way to Shelby and Jonathan’s old-fashioned candy bar. Nostalgic favorites like candy buttons and Mary Jane taffies were the perfect vintage takeaways for guests to munch on. The magnificent autumn day gave way to a crisp evening as guests danced long into the night.
EACH member of the bridal party got to let their personalities shine through in the form of colorful bowties for the guys and sweet cardigans for the girls.
HERS A knee-length dress with tiered lace fit right in with the couple’s vintage theme. Suede, bordeaux pumps gave a dimension of fall color to Shelby’s bridal outfit. The blushing bride finished her look with pearl jewelry and a low chignon.
Jonathan matched his grey, tweed sport jacket with a vest and flat cap. Khaki trousers were worn with tan and brown saddle shoes. We can’t get enough of his red shoelaces and blue socks.
Hair Stylist: Mes Bon Amis Salon Floral Designer: Belle Fleur Floral Design Cake Designer: J Noto DJ: Night Magic Entertainment Transportation: Kellyâ€™s Limousine Tuxedo and Mens Attire: H&M/ JCPenney Ceremony Venue: The Conservatory Reception Venue: The Grand Opera House
Yellow calla lilies have become very popular wedding flowers, and it’s easy to see why. Aside from the beauty of their distinctive trumpetshaped petals, arranging them is a breeze. Peruvian, trumpet, and tiger lilies also exhibit yellow flowers and, like calla lilies, add a dazzling touch to your wedding. Plus, lilies’ durability ensures they’ll last all night. Love roses? Skip the typical pink or red in favor of golden tones. The Loro Verde green eye garden rose is an excellent choice for a pinch of rustic style. Its ruffled petals create a peony-like appearance, while a thick green swirl fashions the eye. Another option is the whimsical lemon pompom garden rose, whose yellow blossom opens into elaborate whirls. Either one is perfect for a romantic, vintageinspired garden wedding. Don’t forget the boutonnieres! Yellow roses are an enduring favorite, but sunflowers, calla lilies, and orchids can form an equally memorable addition to the groom’s tuxedo. For a trendy fall alternative, try the billy ball. Also known as craspedia, these spherical flowers resemble tiny globes of sunshine.
Though mint, midnight blue, and shades of purple may be the hot colors for 2013 winter weddings, yellow daffodils and tulips bring a stylish dash of brilliance to the colder months. Get creative with charming Billy Ball buds.. These lovely yellow pom pom buds bring unique texture and shape into bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces. Add them to hair pieces, guest favors, or corsages; anywhere you include them, they are sure to bring a touch of warmth. Even if you’re not marrying in the summer, there’s no shortage of buttery blooms for your ceremony. The yellow ranunculus is a stunning yellow flower that symbolizes radiance and attraction. Because it thrives in cooler temperatures, this elegant blossom is ideal for late fall or early spring nuptials. If you’re planning a country-themed ceremony, sunflowers are the obvious go-to, since they’re cheerful, easy on the wallet, and come in several sizes and variants. Combine them with the yellow red-tipped dahlia button flower and some wildflowers, such as the black-eyed Susan, frying pans, or primrose. You’ll have an inexpensive and sunny country bouquet in no time. No matter the theme or season, you can pair yellow flowers with each other or with contrasting colors to create the perfect mood. Whether your wedding is cheerful and lighthearted, or subtle and romantic, yellow’s versatility offers endless possibilities for brightening your big day
A DASH OF YELLOW CREATES A STYLISH TOUCH OF JOY
BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY YELLOW’S VERSATILITY OFFERS ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES
SPLASHES OF SUNSHINE ADD A CHEERFUL GLOW WITH THESE BRIGHT TOUCHES This sweet yellow rose headband will bring that sunny glow to any hairdo. These roses will enhance whatever style you choose.
Complement your bright bouquet with a pop of color in these studded crystal earrings with a turquoise rim.
Elegant wild flowers can breathe life into your bridal bouquet. Add touches of blue berries and lavender seeds to complete this sophisticated, natural look.
Use feathered flowers to add a bit of funky flair to your bridal bun.
Save the date with a splash of color! Adding paper, or cloth flowers to your invitations is a great way to set a happy mood for your guests.
Bright and beautiful brides will shine in this elegant lace dress. Are you more traditional? Why not use this fancy frock for your maid-of-honor!
Bring bright yellow to your guestsâ€™ plates. These adorable ranunculus make the perfect table favor, while also adding a glow to your reception.
Bring a modern, sophisticated edge to your bouquet. 26,000 different species of orchids provide countless color alternatives. For island or destination weddings, consider the yellow aranda and aranthera. These tropical blooms feature freckled, lengthy petals and resemble starfish.
Place crystal wine glasses upside-down for a unique take on a table centerpiece. Add sunflowers under the glasses to add a surprise pop of color for your guests to enjoy!
Yellow poppies are the perfect addition to a cheerful wedding cake. Whether you add edible sugar flowers or fresh cut flowers, these delightful buds will bring joy to all.
From cookies to luggage tags, stay on top with these fun favors! By Ashley Surkin
Cookie Buffet! Yes, we said a cookie buffet. It’s simple! Arrange a table of jars containing a variety of cookie types and let your guests go nuts. Don’t forget the take-home containers!
2| Local treats can complement any regional affair. Get creative and find something that the area is known for. For example, if you get married in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, thank your guests with homemade whoopie pies! 3| If you can’t stand the thought of sending your guests away without a thank you treat, a granola jar would be the perfect health conscious option. Set out items such as nuts, raisins and chocolate chips for guests to create their own mix! 4| Water bottles and travel mugs are all the rage these days. Try personalized aluminum bottles in your wedding colors.
5| Who doesn’t love a midnight snack? Treat your guests to a personal box of donuts and you’ll definitely be the hostess with the mostest! 6| Signature drinks have been a wedding trend on the rise lately, so why not bottle some of the goodness and send it home with your guests? Print some labels to customize the mini bottles and your guests will leave with a brilliant reminder of your nuptials. Cheers! 7| Love is brewing! An inexpensive way to extend a thank you to your friends and family, is by treating them to a cup of java. Package coffee beans in muslin bags and add a colorful tag or stamp to personalize them.
8| Spread the love! Make your own preserves and fill baskets with a couple choices of flavors. Be sure to try seasonal flavors; pumpkin or apple cinnamon for fall or berry for summer. 9| Want your wedding to leave a big impression on your guests but a small mark on the earth? Show your gratitude with succulent plants! The best part of using these tiny favors is they can double as name cards on reception tables. 10| Vamos! Avoid aggravation at baggage claim with personalized luggage tags. These classic favors are especially clever for a destination wedding.
11| With so much attention on the main events of a wedding, the morning after is generally overlooked. Supply your guests with tomorrow’s breakfast in a basket by packing adorable mini baskets with muffins, fruit or homemade granola bars. Don’t forget to slide utensils and a napkin through the handles so that they’ll have the perfect breakfast in bed.
12| These adorable mini pies will warm your guests’ hearts and can be easily transported. Serve with a personal bottle of milk or hot cider for an added touch of comfort. 13| Pop & Fizz. Creating a signature soda can be a fun project for you and your betrothed. Bottle in old-fashioned glass and attach a striped paper straw for some classic twists.
14| Prep for a kiss! Personalized lip balm is a great idea especially for winter weddings. It’s the gift that will keep on giving! 15| Watch love grow! Plantable seed paper (heart-shaped, of course) can bring an earthy aspect to your big day. Choose from a range of botanicals from wildflowers to herbs!
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o you want to have a winter wedding, but arenâ€™t sure how to pul one off? Keep reading for ways to make your winter themed wedding work for your style, even if the weather outside is frightful.
An indoor venue is usually best for these winter months. There are several options all over the country that have cool elements, like large fireplaces in the reception hall. If your heart is set on an outdoor look, bring it inside with trees covered in crystal-hued twinkle lights or an aisle-long promenade covered with blue-lit branches. For a whimsical touch, hang paper flowers from large white trees. You will be amazed how adding dramatic details like a few pine trees will give an incredible wow-factor for your guests.
enterpieces are a great way to incorprate a winter theme into your wedding. This will be the focus for many guests throughout the dinner hour, so make it stand out! For a Winter Wonderland wedding, snow covered or metallic branches are a perfect touch. Or try tumbler vases filled with pinecones for a sleek look. We also love the snowy effect white flowers can add to winter dĂŠcor. If you love candles, try a mix of white blooms with tea lights to add a gorgeous glow to tablescapes.
andelabras make an impressive statement and leaving flowers out of the centerpieces is gentle on your budget. Of course, for a Christmas wedding, the simplicity of pillar candles with red poinsettias will make guests feel like they are in front of their own fireplaces. This feeling takes the chill out of the cold winter night.
Natural tones are a great starting place. Combining warm tones like ivory, honey, and mauve will make your reception evoke visions of a snowy morning sunrise.
To update a natural winter palette, think greens and browns- to pull off the look of a pine forest. We love pairing a deep green with a lighter fern color and then topping it off with a tan tone.
Of course, if the wedding is closer to the Christmas holiday, red and green are traditional, but you can give them a modern twist by adding a pop of pink or using two tones of greenâ€”a light and a dark.
We love the look of navy with jade green for a new spin on old-fashioned Christmas color combinations..
able umbers Ditch the numbers and instead, name tables after holiday song titles. For example, you can assign guests to the “Jingle Bells,” the “Deck the Halls,” and the “Silent Night” tables. If you want to keep on point with a winter theme after the holidays, try naming tables after evergreen trees with an elaborate boughed creation on each one. Greenery can be sculpted into twisting modern masterpieces, or stand elegantly in more traditional vases. Added bonus: evergreen branches are likely to cost less than most flowers, even if you do get a little more sculptural in your taste.
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We love these Twelve Days of Christmas plates that Sacramento bride and groom, Stacey and Mark, used for their reception. Each table was marked with a different character from the song. The best part? They’re already numbered! You don’t need to change each table’s theme individually, but guests will appreciate a little homage, like a tiny bird in the floral centerpiece or five golden rings decorating a vase.
R emember Don’t overdo it! Incorporate your theme subtly, so it doesn’t get overly elaborate.
are the first introduction guests have to your theme and the overall feel of your wedding, so make sure itâ€™s captured well. Here are some of our favorites for a winter ceremony:
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Add a silvery shine to bouquets with the soft leaves of this plant. Or let it stand alone as an ornamental statement piece. Perfect for a romantic rustic wedding.
Try these seasonal alternatives for a unique wedding look!
Birch Tree These statement branches will give height and add a Branches centerpieces forest flair. Lambâ€™s Ear Big, fuzzy leaves in light green add texture and dimension.
flowers with green and Cyclamen Seasonal white varigated leaves. Layering them will give the look of giant, statement blooms.
Rosemary Traditionally, this herbâ€™s fresh scent is said to attract lovers, which made it the quintessential wedding garland of the middle ages.
Dusty Miller Bouquet by FLORET CADET in Manhattan Beach, CA
What says winter more than snow? Recreate the frothy look with cotton bolls- the name for the fluffy part of the plant.
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THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART has
classic art, like Van Gogh’s Wheat Field with Cypresses, but be sure to also explore the 2,000-year-old Temple of Dendur in the Egyptian area. With changing exhibitions, like the artist Balthus’ “Cats and GirlsPaintings and Provocations” (through January 12, 2014), the Met never gets old.
Sleep with Art Surrounding You: CHAMBERS HOTEL, from $395, www. chambershotel.com Stay Near Your Museum Destinations: COMFORT INN CENTRAL PARK WEST, from $169, www.comfortinn.com
Head down to Chelsea where you’ll find blocks of free galleries. Make sure to check out PACE GALLERY, representing work from the 20th and 21st centuries from such artists as Irving Penn, James Franco, and Jean Dubuffet. You never know what artist you may discover. Visit THE HIGH LINE, a former elevated freight rail corridor, offering an unparalleled viewing platform of artist created graffiti, some taking up entire sides of buildings, and sculptures. Be sure to see one artist’s colorful recreation of the V-J Day kiss in Times Square.
Clockwise from the top: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The High Line, The Pace Museum, Chambers Hotel.
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Take a tour with STREET ART PARIS to view all the best street art. You’ll visit such areas as Belleville, Oberkampf, and Menilmontant which have become the center for Parisian street art.
If the lines at The Louvre are out of control, visit the MUSEE D’ORSAY, which has numerous paintings such as Whistler’s Mother and Bal du moulin de la Galette. Housed in a 1900 railway station, the architecture alone will make you swoon.
Sleep with Art Surrounding You: HOTEL DES ACADEMIES ET DES ARTS, from $235, www.hotel-desacademies.com
be complete without a visit to THE LOUVRE. Visit such famous works as the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and Odalisque. It’s impossible to see everything in one day, so be sure to make a touring plan.
Stay Near Your Museum Destinations: HOTEL MONTPENSIER, from $105, www. hotelmontpensierparis.com
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Clockwise from the top: The Louvre, Musee dâ€™Orsay, Hotel Montpensier, Street Art Paris, Hotel des Academies et des Arts.
Housing one of the greatest Egyptian collections in the world, including the bust of Queen Nefertiti, the NEUES MUSEUM, reopened in 2009 after being left in ruins since WWII. 112
If sculptures are your thing, you must visit THE BODE MUSEUM on Museum Island, which is said by the director of the British Museum to have, “the most comprehensive display of European sculptures in the world.”
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Sleep with Art Surrounding You: ART’OTEL Berlin City Center West, from $125, www.artotels.com Stay Near Your Museum Destinations: MARITIM PROARTE HOTEL, from $161, www.maritim.com
Clockwise from the left: The Maritim Proarte Hotel,The Neues Museum, Bode Museum, Art’Otel, The East Side Gallery.
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Haleakala National Park, Maui Photo courtesy of Wally Pacholka
Written in the stars since the beginning of time
targazing is inexpensive, takes little planning, and is one of the most romantic things you and your significant other can do together. You can easily cuddle up in your own backyard, but why do that when there are viewing spots across the U.S. to see the stars as our ancestors did, before light pollution? At these locations, you won’t just spot stars, but galaxies, star clusters, the Aurora Borealis, and a breathtaking view of the Milky Way as you’ve never seen it before. So find the location closest to you, hop in your car, and marvel in a show that only the galaxy can display.
Sacramento Mountains, New Mexico Why: Sixteen miles from the nearest town, and more than a hundred miles from a big city, the starry view from the Sacramento Mountains is hard to beat. Because of the altitude and dry, clean air of the desert, fog is rare. But don’t just be on the lookout for stars, New Mexico is also a hub for U.F.O. activity.
Haleakala National Park, Maui
Florida Keys, Florida
Why: Nearly 2,300 miles from the U.S. mainland, the views from the top of the 10,000 foot shield volcano, Mount Haleakala, are unparalleled. Situated above the clouds, Haleakala always has a clear view of the night sky.
Why: The Florida Keys are unique in that they are the only place in the continental U.S. where you can view equatorial features, such as The Southern Cross. Tired of sitting on the beach to stargaze? Hop on the Schooner Western Union for a guided tour of the dark skies all on the open ocean where you’ll not only see numerous constellations, but learn how to use them in navigation like a true mariner.
Make sure to pack a jacket and blanket, as it can be cold up there, even when it’s summer. If you get to the top early, you can even catch the much talked about sunset that bathes the craters of the park in pink and purple. You’ll See: Venus, Mercury, The Milky Way, Beehive Star Cluster, Andromeda Galaxy.
You’ll See: Southern Cross, The Great Square, Bikini Bottom. Best Time: May-June.
Best Time: May-October.
You’ll See: Venus, Mercury, The Milky Way, Beehive Star Cluster, Andromeda Galaxy. Best Time: April-May and SeptemberNovember.
Rocky Mountain National Photo courtesy of Nationa
Sacramento Mountains, New Mexico Photo courtesy of allwomenstalk.com
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado Why: Being so close to the city, there is a bit of light pollution here, but the easy access to high altitudes offers some of the darkest skies in the U.S. The winter is cold in Colorado, but also the prime time to see the stars at their brightest, as atmospheric conditions are optimum. Youâ€™ll See: Aurora Borealis, Planetary Conjunctions, Comets, Polaris, Orion Nebula, Andromeda Galaxy. Best Time: November-February.
Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania Why: The Northeast may not get a lot of stargazing attention, but this state park is one of eight to be named an International Dark Sky Park. Under the very best conditions, the Milky Way is so clear, it can actually cast a shadow. Many constellations are viewable here throughout the year, making Cherry Springs a great place to go during different seasons. Youâ€™ll See: The Milky Way, Perseids Meteor Shower, Aurora Borealis, Summer Triangle, Pegasus. Best Time: May-September.
Stargazing Tips: Most of these locations, being at higher altitudes, can get pretty chilly. Be sure to bring a blanket, jacket, or even a sleeping bag to cozy up together. A chair, preferably one that reclines, can help in making your viewing more comfortable. While all of these locations have been chosen based on what you can see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope will only enhance your star spotting. While stargazing requires little more than looking up, our suggestions will only facilitate in a fun and romantic viewing.
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Dakota Fanning in Elie Saab Haute Couture design from the Fall/Winter 2013-2014 Collection, (Rougevoguemag.com).
Bill Miller’s Castle, (MazelMoments.com).
Christmas Tree, Dash Photography, (dashphotography.net).
Flower Stems, (PlectrumBanjo.info).
The Dione dress from the 2013 Elie by Elie Saab, (Pronovias.com).
Couple by fireplace, Andi Diamond Photography, (andidiamond.com)
Sandra Bullock in an asymmetrical gown designed by J.Mendel, from his Resort 2014 Collection, (Provocativewoman2012. blogspot.com). Angel Sanchez’s strapless dress, (angelsanchezusa.com).
Salute Entrance, Cariad Photography, (CariadPhotography.com)
PAGE 98 Kissing Couple, Dani Leigh, (DaniLeighphotography.com).
Boutonniere, (HillsideFloral.com). Roses on Lantern, Amy Hutchinson, (AmyHutchinson.com). Centerpiece, Amy Hutchinson, (AmyHutchinson.com). Cake, Red Gallery Photography, (RedGalleryPhoto.com). Mason Jars, (OhLovelyDay.com).
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Tall Centerpieces, (NigerianWeddings.org).
White Flower Centerpiece, Dani Leigh, (DaniLeighphotography.com).
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Lily Collins in her high-low hemline Houghton gown, (imnotobsessed.com).
Candelabra Centerpiece, iDropPHOTO, (idropphoto.com).
Bouquet, Ali Eli Weddings, (AliEliWeddings. com).
BCBG high-low hemline wedding gown, (bcbg.com).
Red Candles, (WeddBook.com).
Silver Branch Centerpiece, Forever Photography, (ForeverPhotographyStudio.com/blog).
Hair Flowers, (FashionWorld-Hamood. Blogspot.com).
Daisies, Judith D. Collins, (JudithDCollins. com).
Merlot Flower Centerpiece, Adrienne Gunde, (AdrienneGundeBlog.com).
Wooden Box, (FiftyFlowers.com).
Calla Lily Bouquet, Shoreshotz1 Photography, (shoreshotz1.com)
All Photos by Jennifer Dunham Starr of The Memory Journalists, (MemoryJournalists.com).
Bucket with Lemons, (WowGlowingBride. com).
Sunflower Centerpiece, (RealSimple.com/ Weddings).
Taylor Swift in a Hervé Léger by Max Azria dress, (thescenenewyork.com). Lazaro A-line silk gown,(Jlmcouture.com).
Dusty Miller Photo by Kate of Floret Cadet, (FloretCadet.com).
Protea Centerpiece, (ChristopherFlowers. com). Bridesmaids, (EmmalineBride.com).
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Bouquet, Susan Marie, (Lovetheblooms. com).
Flowers in Window, Mark Wallis, (MarkWallisPhoto.com).
Save the Date, MsPennyLaneNWC, (Etsy. com/shop/MsPennyLaneNWC).
Billy Balls, Red Gallery Photography, (RedGalleryPhoto.com).
Cookie Buffet, (Flickr.com).
Yellow Gown, Hamda Al Fahim, (HamdaAlFahim.com).
Homemade Woopie Pies, (Wannahavacookie.com).
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Hanging Orchids, Mazzolini Di Fiori, (MazzolinDiFiori.com.br).
Granola Mix, (RealSimple.com).
Hanging Bottles and Cake, Dawn Roscoe, (DawnPhoto.com).
Candle and Stemware Centerpiece, (BronzeBudgetBride.com).
Water Bottles and Travel Mugs (NicePriceFavors.com).
Aisle with Petals and Lemon-Filled Mason Jars, (RusticWeddingChic.com).
Cake, Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography, (BeautifulDayPhotography. com).
Box of Donuts, (HeatherRicePhotography.com).
PAGE 89 TOP ROW FROM LEFT Daisy Bouquet, (EstateWeddings.com). Sunflower Lampshade, (BranchingOutEvents.com). Bride with Balloons, (TheBride.org).
PAGE 89 BOTTOM ROW FROM LEFT Rose Bouquet, (WeddingsBells.com). Escort Card Display, (TheKnot.com).
GET THE LOOK, PAGE 90, FROM LEFT Earrings, Eldor Tina Jewelry, (Etsy.com/Shop/EldorTinaJewelry). Necklace, KBJ Handmade, (Etsy.com/Shop/Kbjhandmade). Headband, Woman Getting Married, (WomanGettingMarried.com/blog).
Signature Drinks, (AproposRoasters.com). Personalized Coffee Beans, (AproposRoasters.com). Personalized Preserves, (ConfettiDaydreams.com). Planter Placecards, (InBlissWeddings.com). Luggage Tags, (DoYouNeedaFavor.com). Breakfast Basket for Guests, (WeHeartIt.com). Mini Pies, (JustinMarantz.com). Wedding Lip Balm, (HansonEllis.com). Plantable Seed Paper (BotanicalPaperworks.com).
PAGE 107 StreetArtParis.com
PAGES 108-109 The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (MTA.INFO). The High Line, (Art.thehighline.org). The Pace Galler y, (MarkBarryionarts.blogspot.com). The Chambers Hotel, (www.chambershotel.com).
PAGES 110-111 The Louvre, Benh Lieu Song Photography, (500px.com/blieusong). Musee d’Orsay, Merle Prosofsky Photography, (Prosofsky.com). Hotel Montpensier, (HotelMontpensierParis.com). Street Art Paris, (StreetArtParis.com). Hotel des Academies et des Arts, (Hotel-des-Academies.com). The Maritim Proarte Hotel, (EasytoBook.com).
PAGES 112-113 The Neues Museum, (Achim Kleuker Photography). The Bode Mueseum, (Berlin.PinkBigMac.com). Art’Otel, (ArtOtels.com) The East Side Gallery, (Michael Barera Photography).
OUR APOLOGIES... In our Pre-Fall issue we credited Kelly Sanjonia for a photograph on pages 49 and 50. However, the credit should read Kelly Sajonia. We appreciate all of the contributers who help make this publication possible and want to sincerely apologize for our mistake.
frosty farewell Kristin & Robert, March 17, 2012 Photograph by Alexandra Hunt Photography
Kristin and Robert were hoping for a day without rain-- which is a lot to ask for in Canada during early spring. The odds were in their favor though, and they were able to take advantage of the outdoor river views for beautiful shots like this one. A fur shrug kept the chill of the mid-March afternoon at bay and is in perfect sync with the couple’s vintage details. The groom and groomsmen paid tribute to the formal days of old in top hats and tailcoats. “Our ceremony was short, but beautiful. All of the readings were delivered in both English and Italian. It represented our cultures perfectly. [Remember to] enjoy every moment. Both the planning process and your wedding day will go by so fast. Stop and soak everything in!” - KRISTIN, ON HER CEREMONY AND ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES
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