In Bliss SUMMER 2014
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
In Bliss Weddings Features 12 PALETTES 39 SUMMER VINTAGE COLOR DRESS BUYING GUIDE 27 CAMPING 82 GONE SUMMER COLOR PALETTES 75 DRESS GUIDE 88 VINTAGE INVITATIONS OF BUYING THE SEASON 116 OF THE SEASON 102 INVITATIONS GONE CAMPING
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ummer happens to be my personal favorite season! Anyone who knows me, knows I love watermelon- and in the summer, I live off of it! That’s probably what inspired the perfect beach accessories guide: ‘Melon Mix’ (page 116). And, while I’m not really one for camping, I have to admit, I am tempted to test out my rugged outdoor abilities in one of the amazing glamping locations featured in our ‘Gone Camping’ article (page 102). Make your ‘something old’ the focal point of your wedding with an antique wedding dress! Use our ‘Guide to Vintage Gowns’ (page 39) to educate yourself on the different styles, fabrics and embellishments available. If you’re still trying to decide on a color combination for your summer wedding, check out our ‘Summer Color Palettes’ (page 82) for some of our current faves. Or, if you already have your colors and theme picked out, get ready to doll yourself up for your big day with ‘Primped to Party’ (page 55), including makeup looks for some of summer’s most popular wedding themes! Now sit back, relax by the pool, eat a piece of watermelon and enjoy the In Bliss Weddings Summer 2014 issue! Rachel Murray Editor in Chief
RACHEL’S SUMMER FAVORITES
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NAIL POLISH: The Resort Collection, Julep, $28; Sephora.com. BRONZER: Terracotta Sun Celebration Bronzing Powder, Guerlain, $76; Saksfifthavenue.com. DRESS: Primrose Flared Dress, Temperley London, $1565; Temperleylondon.com. CAKE POPS: DIY Wedding Cake Cake Pops, Niner Bakes; Ninerbakes.com.
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REGISTRY: THE GREAT OUTDOORS
WE CAN’T GET ENOUGH: EDITOR’S PICKS
GOWNS FOR EVERY BUDGET
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THE IN BLISS GUIDE TO VINTAGE GOWNS
NAIL IT WITH COLOR
MAID OF STYLE
PLAY THE PART
PRIMPED TO PARTY
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TIMELESS NAPLES NUPTIALS
102 GONE CAMPING
BIRDS OF A FEATHER
ITALIAN FLAIR AFFAIR
MRS. FIX IT
SUMMER COLOR PALETTES
INVITATIONS OF THE SEASON
10 BRIDESMAID ASK GIFTS FOR UNDER $10
TRASH THE DRESS
SPRING 2014 ISSUE CORRECTIONS In “Gowns For Every Budget,” the lace overlay gown on page 29 is the Laelia Floral Dress by Temperley London, not Matthew Williamson In “Let Us Entertain You,” the Flavors of America Salt Collection on page 16 is by Brett Cramer, not Betty Cramer. In “Unique Getaway Cars,” the photo on page 130 is by Katie Girtman of Studio Kiva Photography, not Studio Kive Wedding & Portrait Photography.
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THE GREAT OUTDOORS For gardening or gathering, these outdoor essentials will send you off into backyard bliss.
Watering Can, Haws, $22; Shopterrain.com.
Thoughtful Gardener Tool Set, Wild & Wolf, $36; Burkedecor.com.
Wine and Cheese Picnic Basket, Picnic Time, $56; Wayfair.com. Rebecca Allen Outdoor Throw Pillow, DENY Designs, $45; Denydesigns.com.
Garden Labels, Paulova, $48; Etsy.com.
Checkers Game (available 6/22), Poppytalk for Target, $12; Target.com.
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Lillon Charcoal Grill, Ikea, $99; Ikea.com.
Vertical Wall Planter, Williams-Sonoma, $190; Williams-sonoma.com.
Gardening Gloves, Pallina, $45; Thepallina.com.
Portable Speaker, Lexon, $275; LexonUSA.com
Thermometer, Williams-Sonoma, $40; Williams-sonoma.com.
Garden Hose in Candy Crush, $153; Gardenglory.com.
Countdown Wedding Day! Congratulations, you're engaged! Now what? Our helpful calendar makes sure youâ€™re on track for your big day!
12-16 months . Choose a location and set a date .. Start discussing a wedding budget. Start getting ideas for ceremony for your engagement party. . Decide on a wedding date. and reception venues. 1 0 - 1 2 months
. Get your wedding dress. . your venues. . Choose your bridal party and other . Book Based on your venue and dress, people who are important to your day, such as ceremony readers.
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decide on an overall theme and color paette.
8 - 10 months . Book your photographer and . videographer. Book your florist.
. Book your DJ or band. . Book your officiant.
Start your wedding registry. Make a wedding website.
6 -8 months
. Book your honeymoon. . Book your hair and make-up.
4 - 6 months . Finalize your guest list. . Send out wedding invitations. . .
. Choose your wedding rings. . Have a dress fitting. 2- 4 months
Start your wedding registry. Make a wedding website.
. Book your honeymoon. . Book your hair and make-up.
1 - 2 months
. Have a wedding day timeline
prepared and distributed to your maid of honor, best man and parents.
Get your marriage license. Have everything printed and organized.
. Pick up your dress. . Pack for your honeymoon. . Write your vows. 1 - 2 weeks
. Plan out seating for the reception. . Have your final dress fitting.
. Get your nails done. . your rehearsal dinner. . Make sure everything needed for the . Have Give your bridal party their . one central gifts. big day is organized in location.
Itâ€™s fifinally your BIG DAY! Photo by Mark Dickinson Photography
I’m having a beach wedding and want all my guests to wear shades of blue. Where should I let them know about this info? A Before informing friends and family, consider this: Very specific dress codes are fun in theory, but can make guests feel like photo op props and may require them to spend money on something they’ll never wear again. Give attendees enough guidance so they know what kind of garments to wear (i.e. button downs and khakis or fullon tuxes) but keep it open enough so that you don’t infringe on their personal style. On the invite, stick to black-tie or semi-formal, or let them wear whatever they want with a casual code – once you see all your friends and family there on your big day, you won’t care about their outfits. Any additional details about dress code should be listed on your wedding website.
by marisa steinberg
Q I addressed my invitations using guests’ full names, but I’m getting responses using nicknames. Which should I use on the place cards? A Go with whatever was
written on the RSVP. Their response indicates how they would like to be addressed, so if Charles Smith III drops the numerals and switches to Chuck, roll with it. Use this name for place cards, thank you notes and any other written communication.
Q Do I have to have a receiving line after the ceremony? A No, so long as you
take time to greet and thank all your guests in some other way. Having attendees queue up for a 30-second “hello” can feel a bit like a publicity tour. Add some of the wedding party to the lineup, as is tradition, and you’ve got a slightly awkward situation for unfamiliar guests. You can kick this oldfashioned custom in favor of a more informal greeting. Your best bet is to visit tables during dinner, when everyone is sure to be seated.
Q How much time can I ask off from work during the planning process? A Organizing a
wedding can easily become a full-time job (suddenly that wedding planner seems necessary…) and requires collaborating with vendors during business hours. Tackling it yourself may force you to do some arranging during the workday, but that doesn’t mean you should do it while on the clock. Talk to your boss as soon as you set your wedding date. If it’s a flexible environment, ask to stay an hour later Mondays through Thursdays so you can work half a day on some Fridays. Clarify that you won’t let planning interfere with your job. Use vacation time to take Thursday and Friday off the week before the wedding to tie up loose ends. Ultimately, the appropriate amount of time off depends on the nature of your job and how far in advance you give a heads-up.
WE CAN’T GET ENOUGH
1.) “The only open bar a warm-weather wedding needs is the sundae kind! These poppy ice cream cups and wooden spoons will make for easy distribution and look so sweet on the dessert table.”
“Your best bet for treats that stand up to summer heat is hard candy. Why not try some that works as colorful decor like these bright gems?”
4.) “Who wouldn’t want to walk in Carrie Bradshaw’s shoes?! SJP’s new line for Nordstrom is fun, flirty and fabulous; the perfect combo for strutting down the aisle! ”
Wooden Ice Cream Spoons, Sucre Shop, $10 for 20; Sucreshop.com. Ice Cream Cups, Sucre Shop, $8 for 10; Sucreshop.com.
3. ) “A geometric print shirt dress is a chic update to a standard bridal robe. Bonus – it doubles as your honeymoon cover-up.”
Large Sugar Gems, A Pocket Full of Sweets, $12 for 30; Etsy.co
Noelie Shirt Dress, Plum Pretty Sugar, $62; Plumprettysugar.com. Ursula Open Toe d’Orsay Metallic Leather Pump, $355.*
Bobbie Sandal in Coral, $365.*
Marlene Brogue Detail Pointy Toe Pump, $375.* Photos courtesy of Nordstrom
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*All shoes can be found on Nordstrom.com
nautical by nature
autical needn’t be all starfish emblems and captain’s wheels. Give your shoreline soirée a more understated theme by focusing on beachy textures, like jute rope and polished brass, and a classic red, white and blue color scheme.
Lia Sandals, Isa Tapia, $395; Bloomingdales.com.
Nail Lacquer in 1 Rouge N Pop Art, Yves Saint Laurent, $27; Sephora.com.
We love h ow ruffles of the silk organza th look of wa is gown mimic the ves casca ding onto a shorelin e.
“Janine” gown, Leanne Marshall, $2,415; Leannemarshall.com.
Til the End of Time New Heirloom Bracelet, Modcloth, $35; Modcloth.com.
White Pearl Stirrup Earrings, Carolina Design, $300; Shopcarolinadesign.com.
Lipstick in Infrared, Topshop, $16; Topshop.com.
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Photo by Abby Jiu Photography
Place Cards, LH Calligraphy, $8 each; Etsy.com.
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Photo by Blueye Images
Anchor Invitations, 42Pressed, $9; 42pressed.com.
Photo by Shoreshotz Photography
Delightfully Charming Dress, Mystic Fashion, $53; Modcloth.com.
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Photo by Maggie Austin
Cake, Maggie Austin; Maggieaustincake.com.
Maritime signal flags are an easy way to inject bold color into your decor.
Luxe m et accent allic s up eart liven hy sand a nd texture rope s.
Photo by Tonya Malay Photography
Napkin Rings, West Elm, $20; Westelm.com.
BEAUTY& FASHION Unique ceremony ideas, love stories and gorgeous inspiration from real couples.
Photo courtesy of Rivini
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1. MERMAID Fits closely to the body
from the chest to the knee, then flares out to the hem.
2. A-LINE Fitted through the torso, then gradually flares out from waist, mimicking an â€œAâ€? shape.
3. TRUMPET Fits closely to the body until the midhip and then widens gradually to the hem.
4. SHEATH Fits very closely to the contours of the body. Has a straight skirt with no waist
5. BALLGOWN Fitted at the bodice and has a waistline that leads to a full skirt.
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One Shoulder Bateau Sweetheart
MORE NECKLINES Semi-Sweetheart, Jewel, Illusion, Queen Anne, Straight Across, Off Shoulder, Strapless, Halter, Scoop, Strapless Slight Curve, High Neck, Halter Strap, Strapless Sweetheart
DRESS LENGTHS Knee Length, Above Knee, Tea Length, Ankle Length, Floor Length
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GOWNS FOR EVERY BUDGET BY JOLENE COCHRAN
R E D N U 0 0 0 1 $ From Left to Right: STYLE 8694, Justin Alexander, price upon request; Justinalexanderbridal.com. STYLE 1042, The Dessy Group, $440; Dessy.com. FAYE GOWN, BHLDN, $1,000; BHLDN.com. LACE AND TULLE ILLUSION SHEATH, Tadashi Shoji, $368; Tadashishoji.com. STYLE OP003, David’s Bridal, $599; Davidsbridal.com.
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UNDE $ 20 00R
From Left to Right: JULIANA DEEP V-NECK TULLE WEDDING GOWN, Ouma, $1,280; Etsy.com. STYLE 8735, Justin Alexander, price upon request; Justinalexanderbridal.com. STYLE 2369, Alfred Angelo, $1,049; Alfredangelo.com. STYLE 1123, Papilio, $1,500; Papiliodress.com. GAGE GOWN, Enzoani, $1,155; Enzoani.com.
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R E D UN 0 $500
From Left to Right: WESTWOOD GOWN, Lula Kate, $2,800; Lulakate.com. DEIDRE, Winnie Couture, $3,500; Winniecouture. com. SIAN GOWN, BHLDN, $2,800; BHLDN.com. SONATA GOWN, Claire Pettibone, $4,750; Clairepettibone.com. DAPHNE GOWN, Sarah Janks, $3,625; Sarahjanks.com.
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Runway Rundown Designers are keeping all eyes on the bride this season with leg-flaunting hemlines, muted hues and minimalist fabrics that put the emphasis on you, not your ensemble.
by: marisa steinberg
CHAMPAGNE SHADES Try it as a lining or a shimmering overlay â€“ either way, the effect is luminous.
From Left to Right: JOCASTA GOWN, Jenny Packham, $7,273; Jennypackham.com. MADDIE GOWN, Anna Maier, $5,000; Ulla-maija.com. LAYLA GOWN, Christos, $6,900; Christosbridal.com. ALIVIA GOWN, Rivini, $12,980; Rivini.com. SAHARA GOWN, Ines Di Santo, price upon request; Inesdisanto.com.
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SHORT CUTS High hemlines look formal and fun when covered in beads, brocade and lace.
From Left to Right: ANNETTE DRESS, Peter Langner, $4,970; Peterlangner.it. PRATO ROMPER, Watters, $280; Watters.com. LOLA DRESS, Jenny Packham, $5,584; Jennypackham.com. ERIN DRESS, Theia, $995; Theiacouture.com. ROBIN DRESS, Marchesa, $3,995; Marchesa.com.
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MODERN MINIMALIST Amongst all the wedding day decadence an unembellished gown feels wildly fresh.
From Left to Right: ASPEN, Rivini, $ 4,620; Rivini.com. MAY GOWN, Amsale, $3,200; Amsale.com. MARINE GOWN, Anna Maier, $4,600; Ulla-maija.com. HELEN GOWN, Maggie Sottero, $1,398; Maggiesottero.com. HEATHER GOWN, Amsale, $3,400; Amsale.com.
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(A-LIST) LOOKS From Red Carpet to White Wedding
Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace
Lupita Nyongâ€™o in Prada
Caitlyn Gown, Nicole Miller; $1,100 Nicolemiller.com
Style N104, Angel Sanchez, $8,360; Angelsanchezusa.com.
Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive
Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein
Hannah Gown, Wtoo, price upon request; Watters.com.
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Gwyn Gown, Temperley London, price upon request; Temperleylondon.com.
VINTAGE GOWNS BORED WITH BASIC BRIDAL WEAR? LET US SUGGEST A THROWBACK.
Photo By Rebecca Zoumberos for Limelight Photography
BY MARISA STEINBERG
Here, our handbook on buying and altering vintage, guaranteed to give you a one-of-a-kind look and a dress that is distinctly you.
BIG ( ) with your seamstress
SO, exactly what can you alter? “Just about anything,” says alterations expert Nilah Petschelt, who has spent the last 26 years restoring, resizing and reimagining vintage gowns at Nilah & Company (although, you may know her from her stunning veil designs as featured on TLC’s “Randy to the Rescue”). “It’s a question of creativity. It’s like a giant puzzle that we deconstruct and put back together.”
DECIDE ON A DECADE Before hitting the vintage rack, choose a few non-negotiable dress details. Styles vary drastically from decade to decade, along with the possibilities for alterations, so a list of essential elements will streamline your search. Looking for lace? Ask for post-World War II dresses. “In the ‘20s and ‘40s most gowns were plain satin because fabric was rationed,” says Nilah.
TRY… + Giving your gown a totally new hue by adding a colored lining + Bringing up the front hem to get a modern high-low look + Painting the fabric for a truly unique color and texture
FOR EASY ALTERATIONS, DON’T GO EARLIER THAN MID-CENTURY
* All gowns from Elizabeth Avey, Elizabethavey. com.
Garments designed between the ‘30s and ‘50s often lack the necessary structural elements, such as boning or collars, to make drastic alterations. If you love that fit-and-flare’s swing skirt but can’t say “I do” to long sleeves, you may need to keep looking. Gowns from this era usually can’t be made strapless, says Nilah.
VIRTUAL VINTAGE LEAVE THE HANDS-ON HUNT TO THESE ONLINE CURATORS CONCETTA’S CLOSET ETSY.COM/SHOP/CONCETTASCLOSET Our go-to for early 20th century stunners, from Edwardian to Art Deco
DAUGHTERS OF SIMONE DAUGHTERSOFSIMONE.COM
DEAR GOLDEN VINTAGE DEARGOLDEN.COM
AISEIRIGH VINTAGE ETSY.COM/SHOP/AISEIRIGH
Expect ethereal ‘70s styles that beg for a flower crown
Perfect for lace-lovers, new gowns added often
Astoundingly large collection with most under $250
FOCUS ON FABRICS Because many vintage textiles are no longer in production, adding fabric to a gown can be trickier than removing the original swatch and starting from scratch – so, stay away from too-small fits. Found a winning fabric, but hate the cut? Here’s Nilah’s trick: Grab an inexpensive plain base dress (check out our pick, right) in your silhouette of choice. Then, ask your seamstress to add the vintage fabric, whether as a hemline trim or an entire overlay.
STRAPLESS SHEATH GOWN, David’s Bridal, $399; Davidsbridal.com.
completely unembellished = more room for eye-catching add-ons
strapless sweetheart neckline – a rare find in vintage gowns
an overlay will rest nicely atop this simple, flowing silhouette
lightweight satin for layering
Feel It Out Run your hands over the entire dress before making a purchase. “If the fabric is dry and brittle it may be dry rotted,” says Nilah. “It’s something you have to determine by feel.” Garments in this condition have been exposed to excess moisture and mildew, resulting in a slow deterioration. A dry-rotted dress won’t withstand cleaning or alteration, so beware of this deal-breaker.
Plan Ahead Nilah recommends that brides bring in a vintage gown six months before the wedding, although alterations can be completed sooner, depending on your seamstress’ workload. An early meetup gives her time to evaluate what changes can be made and determine the most suitable cleaning process. If any roadblocks arise, you’ll have plenty of time to consider alternative options.
Professional Cleaning Your gown’s style may stand the test of time, but its materials likely won’t. “It’s not the type of thing you take to a traditional dry cleaner,” says Nilah. Leaving the laundering up to a machine is risky, so enlist professionals who specialize in cleaning and preserving formalwear by hand. Freshen up an extra-delicate dress by airing it out or having it pressed.
BEAUTY & FASHION
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Style 11317, Ellis Bridals, $1,849; Ellisbridals. co.uk. Elaina, Ruche, $139; Shopruche.com. Gaia Lattice Gown, Mara Hoffman, $1,666; Marahoffman.com. Tallulah, BHLDN, $3,200; Bhldn.com. Metropolitan Dress, Lovely, $75; Shoplovely.com. Minuet, Claire Pettibone, $4,700; Clairepettibone.com.
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NAIL IT WITH COLOR by: michelle brown
Express your world of committed love with vibrant polishes for every occasion. These color combos will make your nails stand out – and bring extra attention to that lovely diamond ring.
Relieve some of that
These loud colors will
Grasp your bouquet
Relax during your
boast your individuality
with crystal white
vacation as newlyweds
with cool colors like
as you celebrate
metallics, nude pinks
with a mixture of warm
grays and blues.
leaving your single life
and regal purples to
colors – you’ll be
behind for good.
making memories and
holding hands in style.
Big Spender, Essie, $9; Essie.com
Platinum, Sally Hansen, $5; Ulta.com.
Kookie White, Jin Soon, $18; Jinsoon.com.
In the Navy, ORLY, $9; Orlybeauty. com.
Star Sparkle, Nubar, $8; Bynubar.com
Unicorn, Sinful Nail Colors, $5; Amazon.com.
Ballet Slippers, Essie; $9; Essie.com.
Harley, Zoya, $9; Zoya.com. Little Hottie, Hard Candy, $4; Walmart.com.
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Sangria, Cover Girl, $4; Drugstore. com.
Deep In Violet, Maybelline New York, $5; Cvs.com.
Reggae Splash, Salon Pro Nail Colour with LYCRA by Kate Moss, Rimmel London, $8; Boots.com.
BEAUTY & FASHION
By: Michelle Brown
This neckline creates a classic silhouette and catches the eye with sensual elegance. Remain worry-free with secure straps that reduce the risk of wardrobe malfunction.
1. Cocktail-length sleeveless dress, 57 Grand, $198; Dessy.com. 2. Bella Chiffon Dress, Bari Jay, $218; Barijay.com. 3. Full-length renaissance dress with draped bodice, Lela Rose, $260; Bridesmaids.com. 4. A-line floor length dress with satin ribbon, Wtoo Bridesmaids, $240; Bridesmaids.com. 5. A-line satin dress with pockets, Watters, $240, Bridesmaids.com. 6. Cocktail-length chiffon dress, Alfred Angelo, $159; Weddingshoppeinc.com.
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Asymmetrical hemlines are all over the runway â€“ and now they are walking down the aisle. Jump out of tradition with this popular trend.
1. Cocktail-length strapless dress with chiffon bodice, Social Bridesmaids, $230; Dessy.com. 2. Lux chiffon dress with high-low skirt, Social Bridesmaids, $250; Dessy.com. 3. Envelope style chiffon dress, My Bridal Dress, $95; Mybridaldress.com. 4. Strapless full-length nu-georgette dress, Social Bridesmaids, $228; Dessy.com. 5. Halter dress with beaded empire waist, Davidâ€™s Bridal, $149; Davidsbridal. com. 6. Chiffon high-low dress, I Heart Prom, $84, Iheartprom.com.
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Stand out with this dramatic look. This unique display of the neckline means you can ditch the shawls – it’s perfect for hot weather.
1. Satin gown with sweetheart neckline, Da Vinci, $179; Kaybridals.com. 2. Floor-length lux chiffon dress, After Six, $149, Weddingtonway. com. 3. Satin one-shoulder dress, Shop Wedding Dress, $386; Shopweddingdress.co.uk. 4. Taffeta mermaid gown with red belt, Da Vinci, $171, Kaybridals.com. 5. Starlet taffeta dress with side pockets, Bari Jay, $218; Barijay.com. 6. Knee-length satin sheath dress, Dress In Wedding, $98; Dressinwedding.com.
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Summer calls for bare legs. Beat the heat by opting for shorter hemlines that can satisfy any look â€“ from fun and flirty all the way to formal and sophisticated.
1. Strapless empire waist dress, Bari Jay, $149, Barijay.com. 2. Cocktail dress with pleated midriff, Alfred Sung, $184; Weddingtonway. com. 3. Matte satin tea-length dress with pockets, After Six, $125; Houseofbrides.com. 4. Lace peplum dress with grosgrain ribbon belt, Watters, $276; Perfectbridal.com. 5. Cocktail duchess dress with scoop back, Dessy, $196; Bridesmaids.com. 6. Cocktail chiffon dress with cowl back, Dessy, $220; Bridesmaids.com.
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PLAY THE PART Get some “Hair-spiration” from real brides!
When the weather is high in humidity, our go-to ‘dos are low in bobby pins. Take a cue from summer’s laid-back vibe and embrace no-fuss braids, buns and anything ever-so-slightly undone. These stunning real brides lead the way.
by: jolene cochran
Photo by Maria Angela Photography
THE BRAID The beauty of the braid is that it works well with almost any hairdo; it can give some extra oomph to a basic style or add texture to a more complicated one. There are as many varieties of braids as there are wedding dresses, so youâ€™re sure to find the kind thatâ€™s perfect for you.
Photos By (clockwise from top left): Tirzah Photography; J+A Photography; Mary Sarah Photography; Stay Forever Photography; Mathy Shoots People; IQphoto.
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THE BUN Whether itâ€™s worn up, down or around the side, the bun is a straightforward and classic hairstyle that goes with everything from a sundress to a princess gown. Often more relaxed than an up-do, this style is great midway point between simple and extravagant.
Photos By (clockwise from top left): Micko Photo; Liz & Nate Photography; Emily Welt for Bellagala; Evan Chung Photography; Selah Photography.
THE HALF-N-HALF The ultimate blend of carefree and coy, the half-up, half-down look can effortlessly take you from day to night. This partially pinned-back hairstyle not only keeps your hair out of your face but still manages to evoke an aura of subtle elegance.
Photos By (clockwise from top left): Candace Jeffery Photography; Menning Photographic; 205 Photography; Photography by Almanda; J. Woodbery Photography; Maria Angela Photography; Pepper Nix Photography.
PRIMPED TO PARTY
Why not match your makeup to your weddingâ€™s venue and vibe? Below, five of our favorite styles to try. BY CAITLIN BONFIG
BOHEMIAN CHIC The key to looking like a glowing bohemian bride is a barely-there bronze and gold palette. The Eyeshadow:
A killer gold eyeshadow provides a double dose of color and shimmer that will help you shine on the big day.
Creaseless Cream Shadow in My Two Cents, Benefit, $20; Benefitcosmetics.com.
An all-over glow doesnâ€™t require bronzer all over. Use it under your cheek bones and along your temples and hairline for definition in all the right places.
Bronzer in Aruba, Sephora Collection, $17; Sephora. com.
Gold blends beautifully on all skin tones, adding brilliant drama to your boho look without leaving any harsh lines.
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BEACH BEAUTY Using a shimmer powder will give you a sun-kissed look without adding any unnatural color.
The Lip Tint:
For your lips, use a pinkish, coral lip tint. This will last for hours and won’t smudge when you kiss your sweetie!
Shimmer Powder in Kitten, Stila, $22; Stilacosmetics.com.
Power Pigment Lip Tint in Tipsy, Tarte, $24; Tartecosmetics.com.
As a beach bride, you’ll spend the day walking on the sand, wind blowing in your hair – you’ll be a part of nature. Keep your face nearly au naturel with subtle shimmer and shine. Color Tips:
Coral packs a pop of color while keeping your face nearly naked.
An evening wedding gives you the opportunity to get a little darker and sexier with your makeup. Nothing stands out more than a sultry smoky eye. Color Tips:
A wash of charcoal may be too heavy for daylight, but is an edgy way to create contrast and make your eyes pop at an after-hours affair.
Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara in Black, BareMinerals, $18; Bareescentuals.com.
Long lashes with volume are a playful and beautiful way to pull attention to your eyes and make them look bigger.
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Use an eyeshadow palette with dark, neutral shades to create a gradient of color around your crease and lid corner. Eyeshadow Palette in Naked, Urban Decay, $52; Urbandecay. com.
HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR The Eyeliner:
Old Hollywood is a standout look for any bride who plans on having a vintage, classic wedding. The most important tools for this look are the eyeliner and the lipstick.
For that classic Hollywood cat-eye, trace your upper lash line with black liquid liner to the corner of your eye, then extend the line upward.
A bold, red lipstick is essential to pulling off this look. Because the color is so bright, this lipstick looks classiest in a matte finish.
Autograph Eyeliner in Pure Amor, Kat Von D, $16; Sephora.com.
Red is undeniably feminine but also communicates a powerful presence, just like your favorite big screen bombshells.
Lipstick in Ruby Woo, MAC, $16; Maccosmetics.com.
GARDEN ELEGANCE If youâ€™re a bride with a floral The Blush: A little blush on the tips of your or garden wedding, you want cheeks goes a long way for to be complemented by the brightening up your whole face. color and beauty around you. The Lipgloss: Therefore, Bright, glossy lip color is donâ€™t be youthful and illuminating. Safe colors to aim for are afraid of neutral pinks and peaches. color! . Highlighting Blush in New Order, NARS, $30; Narscosmetics.com.
Pink pairs well with a backdrop of garden greenery. Even just a dash of this brightening shade to the apples of your cheeks will accentuate your smile.
Lip Enhancing Gloss in Fame, Smashbox, $19; Sephora.com.
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Unique ceremony ideas, love stories, and gorgeous inspiration from real couples.
Photo by Watson Studios
NAPLES NUPTIALS MEGAN AND PATRICK’S story
doesn’t start with love at first sight. “It was funny because Patrick and I knew each other since high school, and we were not too fond of each other,” Megan recalls. But thanks to mutual friends, the two continued to run into each other. It wasn’t until the unlikely pair met up at a bar where they shared a few drinks—and a lot of laughs—that they realized what they had been missing out on. “We had such a good time; after that, we were inseparable,” Megan says.
by: lacey bouchard
From left to right:. Jewerly: Megan’s earrings mirrored the sparkle in her dress and hair comb. However, their small size kept them from being too flashy or over-the-top. The Dress: Megan fell in love with a mermaid silhouette, which featured tulle and floral lace appliques. A custom belt was added to bring some extra jazz to what she considered a “young and feminine but also a bit sexy” dress. Small Details: Every detail was considered, even down to the hidden ones. Megan’s charcoal and ivory colored garters with pearl and lace accents perfectly matched the simple, elegant wedding decor and style.
he couple decided to wed in Florida, their shared home state. The venue search was not an easy one; with their guest list capped at 180 attendees, the pair had to find a venue large enough to accommodate their party. The Club at The Strand, boasting an exuberant ballroom and grand staircase, was a top contender that took the prize after a successful food tasting. â€œIf the place is beautiful but the food is no good, who cares?â€? Megan quips.
The Club at The Strand, located in sunny Naples, Florida, offered the couple the opportunity to not only hold an outdoor reception, but hold an outdoor reception that would accommodate 180 guests.
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had always pictured herself donning a ball gown, Megan was surprised to find herself in love with a snug, belted mermaid gown with a train. All anxiety was gone when she met her father at the top of the stairs. “This is your last chance to run,” her father teased after telling her how beautiful she looked. As the bridal procession began, the two descended the grand staircase and proceeded through the dusting of pink rose petals that adorned the aisle. The couple exchanged self-written vows in front of their pseudo-arch, an old fireplace mantle draped in pink roses.
Opposite page from left: Chairs along the aisle were tied off with white ribbon and baby’s breath punctuated with a single pink rose. Unique Arch: Instead of a traditional arch, a fireplace mantle cloaked in pink roses was the stunning focal point—and Megan’s favorite decoration—of the ceremony. Flower Girl: Keeping with Megan’s vision of a soft, yet not overly girly wedding, the flower girl wore a rose halo, which exuded a romantic vibe with a touch of ethereal elegance.
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, guests were invited inside, where tables were decorated with unique centerpieces of lanterns, roses and soft candlelight. Megan, who denies being flashy and over-the-top, wanted a wedding that was subtly elegant with classic and timeless elements.
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hile most of the food was provided by The Strand, the cake was a creation of Patrick’s aunt. “When it came to cutting the cake, we did not hold back on smashing it on each other’s face,” says Megan. “I laughed so hard when I looked at how bad I got [Patrick]!” As self-proclaimed partiers, Megan and Patrick picked the perfect group to celebrate with; all their effervescent guests needed was a dance floor and some tunes to initiate a feverous dance party. With the dance floor never void of tapping feet, the reception was the celebration that Megan and Patrick had hoped for. Opposite page, bottom left: Antique-style lanterns, with a little help from overhead chandeliers, illuminated the reception space. Rustic Touch: Place cards were attached by twine to antique keys. While Megan wasn’t going for a vintage wedding, she thought the antique style gave the keys a cool, classic vibe. The Cake: Mr. and Mrs. Lyons’ cake topper was a lovely script “L” with pearl and feather accents. A blush-pink peony added a touch of softness to the aesthetic. Favors:. Megan and Patrick made s’mores for all of their guests, wrapping up giant marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate with a tag that said, “Thank You.”
VENDORS Wedding Officiant: Paul Mielke DJ: Robert McDonald Florist: Isn’t She Lovely Florals Photographer: Maria Angela Photography Videographer: Fidelis Films Hair and Makeup: Shine Hair Salon Bridal Salon: Tie The Knot Bridal Tuxedo Shop: Men’s Wearhouse Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Club at The Strand
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GET THE LOOK Timeless Romance
1. Candelabra, Lamps Plus, $90; Lampsplus.com. 2. Earrings, Kate Spade, $48; Nordstrom.com. 3. Astin Gown, Mia Solano, $1,213; Miasolano. com. 4. I Do Shoe Sticker, The Bridal Prop Shop, $4; Etsy.com. 5. Lanterns, Melrose International, $72 for 2; Melroseintl.com. 6. Antique Keys, Little Hardware, $6 for 8; Etsy.com. 7. Hair Comb, Amanda Judge, $298; Amandajudgeny.com.
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BIRDS OF A FEATHER by: jolene cochran
INVITATIONS: Each invitation was handmade by Cristin, with delicate drawings of branches and birds decorating the margins. The minimalist designs effectively conveyed the overall theme and feel of the wedding while still allowing the information to be easily read.
IT HAD RAINED
and stormed in the weeks leading up to Cristin and Mike’s wedding, but the open air chapel in Howell, Michigan’s Crystal Gardens Banquet Center was sunny and warm the day these two love birds tied the knot. Cristin looked radiant in a gown of ivory organza and lace while Mike exuded sophistication in a light gray tuxedo with ivory accents. The couple subtly accessorized their outfits with individual panache: a pair of Detroit Tigers socks in orange, black, and shades of gray for him, a silver hair comb, bracelet and earrings with crystal and pearl details for her. HAIR COMB: Cristin says she “searched far and wide for jewelry and bought more than enough,” but ended up falling in love with this crystal and pearl comb. It perfectly matched her bracelet and earrings, and added some sparkle to her outfit without overwhelming it. FABRIC FLOWER BOUQUET: Even though Cristin had decided not to wear the gown her mother had passed down, she still wanted to integrate it into the day. To do this, the pink, peach and ivory fabric flowers of the arrangement were partially made from pieces of her mother’s wedding gown and custom ordered from a shop on Etsy.
THREE RINGS: Nestled amongst the fabric folds of Cristin’s hand-crafted bouquet, the brilliant-cut engagement ring sat beside the couple’s two wedding bands.
FEATHER BOUTONNIERE: Mike added a touch of avian elegance to his gray tuxedo with a feather boutonniere wrapped in twine and handcrafted from a shop on Etsy.
PAPER HEART PLACE CARDS: In the front window of the Howell Opera House, Cristin and Mike hung strings of heart-shaped place cards from a tree. Each branch of the tree was picked from the yard of Cristin’s family home and then hand painted to add just a touch of DIY flair to the natural wood.
ristin and Mike’s love story began 10 years ago, on Cristin’s first day of work. She had just started a new job at the same event video production company where Mike was employed. They struck up a conversation while shooting a video for an ice skating competition, but it was only after an out-of-town business trip that they really clicked. They soon began dating steadily, but after five years together decided to call it quits. Yet even a breakup couldn’t keep them apart, and they soon reconciled. “I joked in my vows to him that our relationship has been like a rom-com,” Cristin says. “Meet, get together, fall in love, have conflict, and then find each other again!”Their wedding ceremony was much like their relationship—laid-back and fun. Cristin carried a handcrafted bouquet of fabric flowers made from pieces of her mother’s own wedding gown. She also kept a lucky penny, borrowed from her father, in her shoe GOD’S KNOT: The couple braided a “God’s Knot” throughout the entire day. using mint, ivory and silver colored rope to symbolize the intertwining of their lives with each other and with “I needed something old, God. CRISTIN AND DOG: The couple’s nine-year-old new, borrowed, and blue… dog, Keypers, acted as ring bearer for the ceremony and wore a dashing plaid tie for the occasion. Mike and a penny in my shoe!” had given Keypers to Cristin early in their relationship, and they included him as a reminder of the bond they Cristin says. Instead of all shared. BIRD DECORATIONS: The couple alluded lighting the customary to their theme of love birds with bird cages, figurines, nests and paper flowers that they carefully placed all unity candle, Cristin around the Howell Opera House. and Mike ended their ceremony with a “God’s Knot,” a ritual braiding of three separate ropes to represent the intertwining of their lives with God’s.
BRIDE, BRIDESMAN, AND MAID OF HONOR: Cristin stood with her brother Ryan (her “bridesman”) along with her maid of honor and best friend of 20 years, Kristy. Ryan’s green tie echoed the floral green of Kristy’s oneshoulder gown as they posed next to the bride.
fter the ceremony, guests headed downtown to relax in the Howell Opera House, a 19th century theater complete with wood floors, exposed brick walls, and a cool vibe that the couple preferred to a more traditional banquet hall. Their handmade decorations evoked a feeling of springtime and homey comfort; strands of paper hearts and origami flowers hung from the ceiling, straw nests with tiny birds hid between the leaves of artificial trees, tea lights flickered in vintage bird cages, and hand-potted succulents sat in spray-painted pots. The desserts were no less whimsical than the decorations; in addition to cupcakes, no-bake cookies, and molasses crinkles, a blue cake adorned with iced white feathers dominated the table. For the final touch, two wooden “love birds” painted with white hearts perched atop the feathered cake, while real-life love birds Cristin and Mike danced the night away. PLACE SETTING: On each mint green napkin sat a hand-assembled seed bomb wrapped in a pink ribbon; the festive favors ensured that each guest could add a little spring to his or her own home. SUCCULENT CENTERPIECES: Cristin and Mike planted succulents from a nearby greenhouse into thrift store containers spray-painted in shades of blue, ivory and green. The rustic table numbers were made by a friend of the couple’s, and added to the DIY feel of the wedding. CAKE TOPPERS: Sitting atop the couple’s feathered cake were the two love birds Cristin had painted with white hearts and fashionably dressed in a net veil and white tie. WALL ART OF BIRDS: On their RSVPs, Cristin and Mike asked each of their guests to draw a pair of love birds for fun. They then used these drawings to create the pieces of art that hung along the opera house walls.
CLEVER CUPCAKES: Each variety of cupcake bore a clever description of the confection, which added whimsicality to the reception’s already fun dessert table. “Karat cake,” “samoa my love,” and “bananas for you,” were but a few examples of the word play.
PAPER FLOWER GARLANDS: Hanging bird cages held twinkling tea lights and garlands of pastel origami flowers cascaded from the ceiling, giving the decor the fresh and open feel of a garden party.
DESSERT TABLE: The dessert stands were made of teacups and plates collected from thrift stores and glued together. They displayed cake, cupcakes and a set of signature cookies from each family; there were no-bake cookies on Cristin’s side and molasses crinkles on Mike’s.
MORE DETAILS CRISTIN AND MIKE BEHIND BALLOONS: Before the ceremony, Cristin and Mike hid behind bouquets of balloons to make sure their first glimpse of each other was special.
SYNCHRONIZED BALLOON RELEASE: At the same time, Cristin and Mike released their bouquets of pink and blue balloons into the sky to reveal themselves to each other. “It was a fun and relaxing start to a whirlwind day,” Cristin says.
VENDORS Ceremony Venue: Crystal Gardens Banquet Center Ceremony Music: Ryan Cramer Music Wedding Officiant: Ryan Schwaninger Reception Venue: Howell Opera House DJ: Ultimate Entertainment, Inc. Caterer: Town Host Catering Photographer: Leah Moss Photography Hair and Makeup: Joanie Barocio, The Beauty Bar Baker: The Cupcake Station
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WEDDING PARTY: Cristin and Mike’s ceremony had an unconventional wedding party. It boasted Mike’s best friend, Bryan, as best man; his twin, Matt, as the groomsman; Cristin’s best friend, Kristy, as maid of honor; her brother as “bridesman”; and Matt’s niece, Lorelai, as the flower girl.
1 GET THE
1. Odette Gown, Watters, Price Upon Request; Watters.com. 2. Fabric Bridal Bouquet, My Secret Face, $85; Etsy.com. 3. Chiffon Knit Dress Style D653, Alfred Sung, $212; Dessy.com. 4. Blue Check Detachable Pet Necktie, Usagi Team , $14; Etsy.com. 5. Groomâ€™s Peacock Feather Boutonniere, Sweet Grass Mill, $19; Etsy.com. 6. Rosette Succulent, Succulents Galore, $5; Etsy.com. 7. Square Bird Cage with Stand, Save On Crafts, $25; Save-on-crafts.com.
TIFFANY & CODY
FLAIR AFFAIR by: Michelle Brown
NEARING THEIR SEVENTH year of
marriage, professional photographers Tiffany and Cody Tolmen recalled their nuptials and how much their wedding photos had meant to them.“As wedding photographers now, we wish we would have allocated our budget better to have better images,” says Tiffany. Tiffany had an idea to finally get the dream wedding photos she always wanted with a styled photoshoot. She brought it up one day during a conversation with her close friend Kehrin Hassan of Jet Set Wed, who not only made her fantasy a reality – but transformed it into something much more. “She asked, ‘If you could get married again, where would you do it?’” says Tiffany.“Cody and I had talked about going to Italy, but with a toddler, recently moving to the southwest Florida area, and restarting our business, it just wasn’t possible to take an anniversary trip of that magnitude.”
From top right: Tiffany wore a long sleeve lace and tulle Cymbeline gown. Vintage pearl and rhinestone earrings were the perfect touch to Tiffany’s ensemble. The bride’s red, Franco Barbieri heels were purchsed from a local Goodwill store! Tiffany and Cody were the only attendees of their reception dinner, they spoiled themselves with one lavishly designed invitation and a set of menus printed on canvas.
Kehrin and friends got together to throw the couple a two-in-one affair with a photo shoot and an intimate vow renewal ceremony – by bringing Italy to them. With a budget of just $1,500, friends with connections to various vendors pitched in to recreate the feel of a rustic mom and pop café in the hills of Italy. At the reception, elegant decor full of texture and beauty provided for a lavish appearance but at little cost, featuring secondhand wooden vases and selected succulents right out of a local florist’s own garden. The occasion tended more toward something borrowed rather than something new– but for Tiffany and Cody, the real value of their vow renewal didn’t come with a price tag.
My favorite moment was “when I was declaring my love
to my best friend in the entire world again,” says Tiffany. “Also, all the portraits! It [was] really fun being in front of the camera for a change.
Left to right: The 1961 Bug was borrowed
From top: DM Paper Designs created a
from a friend of the couple who collects
festive banner, which read, “Our beautiful
antique Volkswagens. The reception
life” in Italian. The pair’s friend, Matt
portrayed a style of Italian rustic elegance,
Galbraith, officiated their vow renewal
from the wrought iron table and chairs to
ceremony. The bride’s bouquet consisted
the robin’s egg blue floral china, all set up
of blue thistle, white hydrangea, white
against a lush ivy wall. While they dined,
ginestra, tree fern, blue hyacinth, and
the bride and groom exchanged their
chocolate geranium leaves. The guests
gifts – personalized love notes to each
surprise the bride and groom with a splash
other. The notes were boxed and wrapped
of confetti as they exit the ceremony.
in tea-stained Italian love letters and tied
Cody donned a spiffy suit and brown dress
with ribbon. The coconut cake, from Lush
shoes he pulled from his own closet, and
Bakery, was cut in front of the renewal
his boutonniere was made from Lamb’s
ceremony site. Baguettes, cheese and
Ear and fabric.
grapes were served to the couple before their private dinner.
VENDORS Caterer: Spirits of Bacchus Photographers: Zee Anna Photography, NikkiMayDay Photography Baker: Lush Bakery Hair and Makeup: J & A Makeup Artistry Bridal Salon: Tie the Knot Bridal Couture Collections Wedding Rentals: Jet Set Wed Wedding Planner: Jet Set Wed
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LOOK Sophisticated Chic
1. Hippie Gown, Cymbeline, $4,200; Cymbeline.com 2. Ivory Lace Oscar Box Bag, Catherine Mee, $49; Catherinemee.co.uk. 3. Pearl and Diamond Halo Fashion Stud Earrings in 14K White Gold, Majesty Diamonds, $589; Majestydiamonds.com 4 Halki Pumps, Bruno Magli, $595; Brunomagli.com 5. Pearls and Rhinestones Headwrap, Claireâ€™s, $13; Claires.com 6. Wine Glass, Mikasa, $15; Mikasa.com 7. Hydrangea, Ranunculus and Peony Bouquet in Eggplant Green, Afloral, $16; Afloral.com 8. Suzani Table Topper, Peir 1 Imports, $40; Pier1.com 9. Dessert Plate, Pietrafitta Imports, $70; Pietrafittaimports.com.
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MRS. FIX-IT With all of the running around that has to be done on your wedding day, itâ€™s easy to imagine how rips, spills and general malfunctions in your wardrobe are possible. Here, your essential damage-control kit. By Catilin Bonfig
Beauty Backups Backups like bobby pins, hair spray, travel-sized makeup and makeup remover wipes ensure that your wedding day look lasts.
Sewing Kit Rips, frayed beading, or lastminute fitting issues are no match for a pint-sized set of scissors, safety pins, needles and thread.
Instant Stain Remover Pen Small and easy to use, this powerful pen erases grass stains, spilled wine, food marks, makeup smudges and other potential party fouls. Tide To Go, $4; Cvs.com.
Mini Sewing Kit, The Container Store, $7; Containerstore.com.
Left to right: Pop-Up Travel Brush, Sephora Collection, $7; Sephora.com; Travel Size Big Sexy Hair Spray, Sexy Hair, $6; Sexyhair.com, Elle Assorted Stone & Pearl Bobby Pins, $12; Ulta.com.
Fashion Tape This double-sided adhesive can keep bra straps from slipping, secure plunging necklines, hold belts in place and fix a too-long hem.
Emergency Flats In case you break a heel or simply canâ€™t take one more step in your stilettos, bring a pair of roll-up ballet flats for your emergency bag.
Fashion Tape, Hollywood Fashion Secrets, $9; Hollywoodfashionsecrets.com Flats, Flat Out of Heels, $20; Flatoutofheels.com.
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PALETTES by caitlin bonfig
Maui Hibiscus Beach Fragrance, Bath & Body Works, $14; Bathandbodyworks.com.
Loyal Fanfare Bracelet, Modcloth, $13; Modcloth.com.
, cy Bag irl Per $198; G y a , The W acobs Round by Marc J cobs.com. C a MAR Marcj
SKY BLUE + SEA FOAM GREEN + GOLD + SAND When you’re not busy catching waves, surround yourself with colors that embody the beautiful ocean landscape.
Nail Polish in “Mint Candy Apple,” Essie, $9; Essie.com.
Gold Dog en Anch eare d, $4 or Stud Ea 2; Do gear rrings, ed.c om. Blissful Days Dress, Billabong, $44; Billabong.com.
Dulce Sandal, BCBGeneration, $89; Nordstrom.com.
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aded White Be ands tr S d Layere l, , Wet Sea Necklace . m o c l. a e $11; Wets
Bombshell Eau De Parfum, Victoria’s Secret, $52; Victoriassecret.com.
Champag ne Satin Heels, Mic hael Antonio, $ 50; Heels.com .
Lip Gloss in “Turkish Delight,” NARS Cosmetics, $26; Sephora.com.
FUCHSIA + LIGHT PINK + CHAMPAGNE + WHITE
Modern Cutout Cuff, DailyLook, $10; Dailylook.com.
Let your feminine style pop this summer with a sweet and simple pink color palette.
Nail Polish in “Goin’ to the Chapel,” ORLY, $9; Orlybeauty.com.
Cafe Dress, Amanda Uprichard, $233; Amandauprichard.com.
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Crystal Pink 6-Ounce Motus Goblets, Nambe, $80 for 2; Bedbathandbeyond.com.
Textured leather wallet, MICHAEL Michael Kors, $150; Net-a-porter.com.
Pure Turquoise Eau De Parfum, Ralph Lauren, $60; Target.com.
MAGENTA + SILVER + TURQUOISE + KELLY GREEN
Color Whisper Lipcolor in “Mad For Magenta,” Maybelline, $8; Maybelline.com.
Textured Bangles, Alex and Ani, $78; Alexandani.com.
Liven up your bohemian look with these bold, fearless colors of summer.
Turquoise & Sterling Silver Sun Ray Studs, Pamela Love, $250; Barneys.com.
Guadalupe T-Strap Sandals, Nine West, $79; Ninewest.com.
Anna Dress, Parker, $286; Parkerny.com.
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ELEMENTS From flowers to favors, your guide to all the little things that complete your big day.
Photo by Dani Fine Photography
Invitations of the Season by: lacey bouchard
Save the gray scale and embossed lace for another time. Summer suites are all about bright colors, florals, bold prints and, in some cases, a more lax attitude just like those kept on warm, summer nights.
Big Day Suite, Graydient Paperworks, $106 for 50; Graydientpaperworks.com.
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Vintage Clara Invitation, Claire Pettibone for Wedding Paper Divas, $46 for 10; Weddingpaperdivas.com.
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Boundless Blossoms Save-The-Date, BHLDN, $31 for 10; Weddingpaperdivas.com.
Boundless Blossoms Response Card, BHLDN, $30 for 10; Weddingpaperdivas.com.
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Carnival Suite, B. designs Invitations, $4 per suite; Etsy.com.
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Meg Suite, Printable Wisdom, $102 for 25; Etsy.com.
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Fresh Ikat Suite, Alethea & Ruth, $283 for 25; Minted.com.
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Photo By Watson Studios
10 BRIDESMAID ASK GIFTS FOR UNDER $10 by: lacey bouchard
Let’s be honest: In times of stress, the only thing keeping your inner bridezilla at bay is your bridesmaids. They help you plan so you don’t get overwhelmed. They keep you from having a meltdown when the linens don’t come in the exact not-too-green-but-not-quite-as-blue shade of teal. They help ensure that every detail is perfect. Let your ladies know how important they are to you for taking on this role with a thoughtful gift. After all, you’re asking them to take part in one of the biggest events of your life! Here, playful ways to pop the question for under $10.
1 WEDDING COLOR
PALETTE NAIL POLISH Choose a color you want all of your bridesmaids to wear or match it to your wedding colors. There are even wedding-themed shades such as “Save The Date” by Sally Hansen and “Bachelorette Bash” by Essie.
2 SWEET TREATS Fill jars with cookies or your bridesmaids’ favorite candy. Attach a tag that says, “Having you as a bridesmaid would be sweet.”
3 MUG AND BOX OF TEA Write “bridesmaid” on a white mug with black permanent marker and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes to make the writing permanent. Wrap it up with a box of your bridesmaid’s favorite tea.
4 RING POP BOX
8 DREAM CATCHER
A cute take on the classic marriage proposal, ring pop boxes are a sweet way to pop the question to your bridesmaids.
Give your bridesmaids a little positive energy (and a piece of beautiful, boho decor) with a dream catcher. There’s no better way to ask, “Will you make my dreams come true and be my bridesmaid?”
5 HOMEMADE CARD Be funky, cutesy, formal, glamorous, match your wedding theme, cover it in stickers – whatever you’d like. Include a picture of you and her for a truly personalized and special gift.
6 FLIP-FLOPS Ask “Will you walk down the aisle with me?” with a pair of flip-flops your friends can throw on when the reception is in full swing and they need relief from their high heels.
7 POTTED PLANT Mini potted plants are absolutely adorable and easy to care for. Write something cute like, “Let Love Grow” or “Our Love is in Bloom” along the side.
9 PACK OF STICKERS Does she love cats? Buy a pack of cat stickers. Is red her favorite color? Buy some red stickers. Place them inside a card that reads, “Will you stick by my side and be my bridesmaid?”
10 MINI WORK OF ART Some brides—and there’s no shame in this—just aren’t crafty. Etsy has thousands of super cute and professionally crafted cards by up-and-coming illustrators and artists that will get the thought across and serve as a beautiful keepsake.
Trash the Dress By: Casey Hower
These brides show us how they rocked their white wedding gowns after the big day!
Middle Child Photography Kelly Kirksey Photography
Glessner Photography Jeff Reeder Photography
Alison Mayfield Photography
Lynn Michelle Photography
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Tara Swain Photography
Plan your honeymoon with exclusive itineraries and in-depth features on the best locales in the world. These stunning destinationswith will have you packing your bags in no time!features on the best Plan your honeymoon exclusive itineraries and in-depth
locales in the world. These stunning photos will have you packing your bags in no time!
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Roughing it isnâ€™t so rough anymore. From luxe resorts to quaint cabins, our list of off-the-beaten-path honeymoon spots may be in the middle of nowhere, but will put you right at the intersection of top-quality relaxation, romance, and recreation without ever having to leave camp.
PING by marisa steinberg
Photo Courtesy of The Resort at Paws Up
CAMP WANDAWEGA ELKHORN, WISCONSIN
Impossibly charming and expertly curated retro decor – think vintage pennants, furry rugs and tons of plaid – makes this mid-century summer camp’s lack of high-tech amenities feel necessary. Its take-it-easy vibe encourages lingering in nostalgia and in their abundance of plush, cozy hideaways.
RECREATION Wandawega specializes in old-school fun. Sharpen your archery skills or try your hand at fishing on the private beach. If the bass are bountiful, cook your catch in one of the wood-burning smokers.
ROMANCE Challenge your better half to a shuffleboard tournament – there’s no faster way to get into that sweet old married couple rhythm. Put the loser in charge of rowing you both out to the middle of the picturesque Lake Wandawega on one of the camp’s retro aluminum canoes.
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RELAXATION Every corner of camp is swathed in furry blankets, wool throws and flannel, encouraging some serious lounge time. The lofted bookcase in the campâ€™s treehouse and the decked-out teepees overlooking the lake are nooks not to be missed.
FUN FACT The grounds have a history as wild as the woods that surround it, boasting incarnations as everything from a Latvian church camp to a Prohibition-era speakeasy to a bootlegging brothel.
Photos By Emily Steffen
NIMMO BAY WILDERNESS RESORT BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
$$$$ Nimmo Bay sits at the edge of the Great Bear Rainforest, the world’s largest forest of its kind – and this ecochic resort plans on keeping it that way. Expect total nature immersion (the grounds are accessible only by helicopter, float plane or boat), plus luxe, sustainable amenities and an endless list of wilderness activities.
RECREATION Cross paths with sea lions, humpback whales and grizzly bears on a guided wildlife hike. Or observe the diverse surrounding ecosystem, from ancient glaciers to white sand beaches, from a safer distance via helicopter. Make landing on a remote island for a private picnic prepared by the staff.
ROMANCE Shrouded by towering 1,000-year-old cedar trees and isolated from civilization, the resort’s romantic floating dock was practically made for stellar stargazing and skinny dipping, if you dare brave the icy Canadian water. It’s worth the plunge – just be sure to have the campfire roaring when you resurface.
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RELAXATION As if the sound of Nimmo’s 5,000-foottall waterfall, which supplies 80 percent of its power, wasn’t enough to sweep you into vacation mode, a pair of cedar hot tubs is stationed just within the mist’s reach.
FUN FACT Don’t experience your honeymoon through the lens of your smartphone. Throughout your stay, Nimmo’s crew will be around to snap photos, all of which will be given to you on a flash drive upon your departure.
Photos By Jeremy Koreski
THE RESORT AT PAWS UP GREENOUGH, MONTANA
$$ This 37,000-acre Montana ranch is the definition of glamping: ivory tents outfitted with spacious, free-standing claw-foot bathtubs, two gourmet restaurants, and, naturally, a personal camp butler.
RELAXATION The view of Montana’s rolling pastures and ponderosa pines from one of the resort’s hot air balloons will have you on –well, more likely way above – cloud nine. When you come back down to earth, get grounded with some yoga.
ROMANCE Resist the temptation to veg out in front of your tent’s flat-screen TV to take a short evening hike to Blackfoot River. With some prior arrangements, an elegantly set table for two will await you along with a picnic basket fully stocked by the resort’s chef.
RECREATION If all the luxurious accommodations start to make you feel like a city slicker, earn a little cowboy cred and saddle up for a lesson in cattle driving. Trained wranglers will help you guide the herd through the same terrain Lewis and Clark pioneered more than 200 years ago.
FUN FACT Pomp, an on-site restaurant specializing in rustic ranch cuisine, won Wine Spectatorâ€™s 2013 Award of Excellence, boasting a selection of nearly 200 wines.
Photos Courtesy of The Resort at Paws Up
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DUNTON HOT SPRINGS DOLORES, COLORADO
$$$ Flanked by the Dolores River and Rocky Mountains, this once-thriving-coal-city-turned-ghost-town is now home to a world-renowned resort where abundant natural resources are used to pamper your mind, body and soul.
RELAXATION Enroll in a fine art class and spend a leisurely afternoon sketching the surrounding birch trees. Foodies can linger in the saloon’s open kitchen and watch chefs craft unique meals from the ever-changing menu of fresh ingredients, most of which are sourced from Dunton’s own farm and vineyard.
RECREATION Take on the surrounding San Juan Mountains by foot, ski, dogsled or mountain bike. Better yet, lead your own archaeological expedition in search of any remains from before the town’s downfall in 1918 on a guided day tour.
ROMANCE Go for a dip in one of Dunton’s mineral-rich hot springs. Melt away wedding day stress under the stars or in one of the resort’s enclosed geothermal pools – either way, all six are clothing-optional.
FUN FACT If you want a truly private getaway, rent out the entire resort. Dunton is technically its own town, but includes few residents aside from the local fauna and has never been home to more than 300 people in its entire history.
Photos Courtesy of Dunton Hot Springs
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AMERICAN HONEYMOONS By: Lacey Bouchard
The word “honeymoon” is becoming synonymous with the word “tropics.” Don’t drop thousands of dollars to lie on a white sand beach somewhere abroad when there are over three and a half million square miles of vacation opportunities in your own backyard. Below, 10 unique vacation spots located right here in the beautiful United States.
[CAPE MAY, NEW JERSEY]
America’s oldest seaside resort offers visitors the opportunity to stay in original Victorian homes. With art galleries, concerts, wine tastings, ghost tours, whale and dolphin watching, golfing and unique shopping, there’s no shortage of things to do. Less than 45 minutes away, you can enjoy amusement parks in Wildwood and casinos in Atlantic City. But if you’d rather just relax, enjoy downtime on the clean, beautiful beaches edging the island.
The beach here boasts beautiful ocean views and gorgeous wild horses. Though you’re not allowed to touch or feed the animals, you will have close interaction with them as you bask in the warm Virginia sun. The island also offers plenty of recreational opportunities including biking, boating, fishing, hang gliding, shopping and surfing.
for the lounger Photo by Nicholas Schooley
for the adventurer
[LAKE TAHOE, NEVADA] No matter the season, Lake Tahoe offers guests a slew of recreational activities from snowboarding, skiing, snowmobiling and ice skating during the snow-capped days of winter and swimming, fishing, boating and horseback riding in the summertime. If you’d rather kick it indoors, visit one of the spas, get a massage, and enjoy the view of the brilliant blue lake from one of the many distinguished lodges.
Photo by Tom Zikas
Photo by Francesco Dazzi
It’s okay to embrace your inner kid; after all, Sinatra did record a hit song about how love makes people feel young. The best part of a Disney honeymoon is being able to enjoy the amusement parks and more adult things like a couple’s massage or intimate dinner at a critically acclaimed restaurant. Be sure to check out “Drinks Around the World” in Epcot. Each of the 11 pavilions offers a different cocktail and snack tailored to whichever “country” you’re in.
Photo by Katie Rommel-Esham
Grab your cowboy hat and take a step back in time to Jackson where the wild west vibe is still going strong. Spend your days cheering at rodeos, riding on wagon trains, dog sledding, skiing, and even panning for gold. Then relax into a natural hot spring to unwind and prepare for another day of adventure.
for the foodie
[NAPA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA]
With tastings and vineyard tours, wine enthusiasts will feel right at home at one of the most famous wine regions in the world. Between glasses of red, be sure to check out the other offerings of the valley including fantastic dining options, golfing, relaxing massages and big-name entertainment at the Uptown Theater.
Photo by Brent A. Miller
[PORTLAND, OREGON] Looking for a more offbeat honeymoon? Pack for Portland, a city that prides itself on being weird. With unparalleled culinary experiences (we’re talking PB&J fries and doughnuts topped with bubblegum), 50 local breweries, beautiful gardens boosted by the city’s green lifestyle, and funky attractions like the spring-loaded “floating” dance floor at the Crystal Ballroom, you’re guaranteed to have a fun and unique experience.
Photo by Kjellstrand & Travelportland.com
[CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA] With oak-lined streets and perfectly preserved estates, Charleston drips with old world charm. Forget your car and explore the romance and splendor of the city in a horse-drawn carriage. With its breadth of history, antique and contemporary shopping, immaculate beaches and local cuisine of comfort foods, you will not be short on things to do. Or you can make like the locals and spend the afternoon rocking gently on the porch swing with a sweet tea in hand. Photo by Joan Perry
Photo by Cory Parris
Among the picturesque scenery of Lakewood is Thornewood Castle, a home built as a wedding gift from the owner, Chester Thorne, for his bride. Along with boating, exploring the gardens and relaxing lakeside, you and yours will have the opportunity to spend time together in a magnificent castle-turned-bed-and-breakfast composed of materials taken from a castle in Wales. What better place to spend your honeymoon than in “The House That Love Built”?
[PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA] American history buffs will feel at home in the City of Brotherly Love. From the Liberty Bell to Independence Hall to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, there’s a lot of history here. Aside from the famous art museum stairs, there’s also abundant shopping and dining, the Philly culture (cheesesteaks and baseball, anyone?) and a pulsing nightlife sure to make anyone feel that Philly love.
for the romantic
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An Illuminated Ending Chelsea & Dave, July 13, 2013 Photograph by Deanna McCollum Photography
There have always been undeniable sparks between Chelsea and Dave, according to the couple. However, things remained complicated for several months as both hid their feelings. To celebrate their eventual union the pair threw a decidedly uncomplicated beach-front wedding with a tight-knit guest list, elegant minimalist decor and a single guitarist as entertainment. As night fell, attendees crowded around the shoreline for a dazzling fireworks display and sparks flew once more for the duo. “My favorite moment was our fireworks. I have an extreme love of fireworks and we had such a beautiful display of them to end our perfect day. Sharing that moment with my new husband was absolute bliss.” –Chelsea, on her favorite moment of her wedding day
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