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NEW LOOKS Hot off the runway Engagement Rings Stunning new styles


ANNA POST on etiquette


ceremonies CEREMONIES & receptions RECEPTIONS


glorious pages of invitations,, cakes,, favors,, and florals

Ten things you need to know before you hire your florist! florist!

and the most

AMAZING Rehearsal Dinner (we’ve (we’ve ever ever seen!) seen!)




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The latest collections from your favorite designers.


Invitation protocol for modern and traditional celebrations.

DEPARTMENTS Discoveries 21 Celebrity Style 27 You’re Invited 33 Jewelry Box 37

158 Romona Keveža Collection



Finishing Touches 43 Wish List 49 Hot Spots 55 Floral Design 174

Photographed by Bill Diodato. Hair by Damian Monzillo for using Davines. Makeup by Kim Baker for Glamazon Beauty using Kryolan. “Portofino” strapless ball gown in ivory tulle with beaded floral motifs, $9,995 by Naeem Khan; 212.575.1173, “Cascade” earrings in 18K gold, $5,100 by A. Link; 800.342.5465,


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REHEARSAL DINNER MICHELLE WURTZ & MICHAEL KUTSAK 64 May 17, 2013 New York, New York Photographed by Roey Yohai Photography

WEDDINGS YINI GUO & STANLEY MA 72 August 18, 2013 Dana Point, California Photographed by Christine Bentley Photography TRACI MELSHENKER & DAVID KRAUS 78 August 24, 2013 Chicago, Illinois Photographed by KingenSmith HANNAH HALE & LUKE REDFERN 86 August 24, 2013 Portland, Oregon Photographed by Aaron Delesie Photographer KELLYE HUNT & DUSTIN RAUGHTON 94 October 12, 2013 Graford, Texas Photographed by Vue Photography KATRINA HODGSON & BRIAN SCOTT 102 August 24, 2013 Malibu, California Photographed by Jana Williams Photography SUSAN LARNED & OWEN WILSON 110 October 26, 2013 Naples, Florida Photographed by KT Merry Photography DANA SPASS & JIMMY SPANO 118 November 16, 2013 New York, New York Photographed by Christian Oth Studio JENÉE L. MOORE & GERALD S. PADMORE 126 August 3, 2013 Washington, D.C. Photographed by Davide DePas JESSICA DOIRON & DAVID HUFFMAN 134 August 31, 2013 Laguna Beach, California Photographed by Troy Grover Photographers PATRICIA VLAHOS & ANTHONY SEGRETTO 142 September 7, 2013 Chicago, Illinois Photographed by Carasco Photography ROSARIO PEREZ & SHAAZ AHMED 150 August 23, 2013 Santa Monica, California Photographed by Embrace Life Photography

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From “Yes!” to “I Do!” While your wedding day will likely be the happiest day of your life, it is also important to cherish the days leading up to “I do.” Experiencing a blissful engagement that allows you and your fiancé to reflect on the past, enjoy the present, and look forward to the future is just as important as planning the wedding of your dreams. Now that the days are longer and the weather warm, we encourage you to get outside with your bride- or groomto-be (go wine tasting, have a picnic, or take a stroll) and just enjoy being engaged. When it is time to start planning, we’re honored to be by your side with countless ideas and breathtaking inspiration for weddings, honeymoons, and all of life’s special moments in between. This issue features gorgeous engagement rings, inspiration from a celebrity’s beachside nuptials, and the latest bridal gowns hot off the runway. Providing couples with valuable weddingplanning tips, we also deliver expert advice from some of the industry’s most talented professionals. We are pleased to present over 93 pages of glamorous Real Weddings from across the country, with page after page of inspiration from real couples who share a picturesque look into their wedding days as well as their love stories and planning advice. As an additional resource, our Editors Circle is front-and-center with a comprehensive guide showcasing the very best – from designers to photographers to consultants. These companies and our advertisers have the Inside Weddings stamp of approval, and many have even contributed to the spreads that fill this issue.

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Enchanté Ensuring that wedding guests connect with one another and create long-lasting friendships at your celebration is simple – all it takes is an introduction. With the help of guesterly, couples can design miniature booklets to “introduce” wedding attendees before the big day. Choose from hundreds of style and color combinations, list the names of guests along with fun facts for each, and guesterly will instantly gather their

photos to complete a compact who’s-who guide for your nuptials. Mail the introduction booklets to guests a week before the event or include them in welcome bags. If you’ve ever attended a wedding where you only knew the bride and groom, you’ll understand how much guests of all ages will appreciate this unique social aid. Prices start at $5/each (minimum order of 50); 212.951.0483,







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As an alternative to traditional bridal bouquets, many brides – including The Real Housewives of Orange County’s Tamra Judge – are choosing to adorn their wrists with Diann Valentine Signature Bridal Cuffs. “I created the bridal cuff as an evolution of the bridal bouquet,” explains designer Diann Valentine. “Brides often spend thousands of dollars on their wedding gowns and then cover up the most beautiful and intricate details with bouquets.” The popular styles feature sparkling crystals and premium silk orchids, providing a handsfree floral accessory that is functional, glamorous, and perfect for modern brides. Prices start at $125; 626.395.0346,

Shower your bridesmaids with sparkling gifts from Wrenn Jewelry. Jewelry pieces include a variety of bangles, stud earrings, and necklaces with initial charms that will delight every woman in your wedding party. With a number of high-quality materials, colorful druzy quartzes, and elegant initial scripts available to choose from, each style can be fully customized to achieve your desired look. Personalize pieces to complement bridesmaid gowns or implement their favorite colors to gift the women in your life with special keepsakes. Jewelry prices start at $18;


Keep your diamond ring gleaming like it did the day you said “yes!” with Connoisseurs Diamond Dazzle Stik. The click pen releases a cleaning solution that fills in fine scratches on settings and allows diamonds to shine like new. Revered as one of celebrity stylist Anya Sarre’s favorite tricks for cleaning celebrities’ jewelry before they step on the red carpet, brides can now receive the same star treatment with camera-ready sparklers at all times. $10; available at Alan Friedman, 310.278.4944.

Seaside Spectacle Just steps away from the glistening azure waters of a luxury Bahamas resort, couples will discover a contemporary, multi-functional event space aptly named Ocean’s Edge at The Cove Atlantis. Appealing to brides and grooms desiring summertime nuptials, the warm climate of the island venue is perfect for destination weddings during any season. Pews are available to transform the indoor pavilion into 22



an elegant seaside chapel for traditional ceremonies, or plush lounge furniture can be added to create an intimate reception or after-party location. For wedding events with larger guest lists, the spacious over-sand beach deck and grassy event lawn are wonderful settings for alfresco ceremonies and receptions with breathtaking ocean views. 888.528.9758,

“White Lace” by Palm Papers (Dallas, TX), “Passing Notes” by Annie Clark (San Francisco, CA). “Majestic” by Oscar & Emma (Columbus, Oh). “Botanical Wreath” by Alethea and Ruth (Seattle, WA). “Formal Ink” by Jill Means (Lodi, CA) © 2014 Minted LLC

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New York City bridal salon Wedding Atelier has relocated from its Fifth Avenue location to a gorgeous fourth-floor space on Madison Avenue. The 5,000-square-foot salon features the latest wedding accessories, special-occasion dresses, and beautiful bridal gowns – all hand-selected to present brides with the most coveted couture dresses from top designers around the world. The luxurious, loft-style space boasts elegant wood flooring, high ceilings, and gorgeous views of the city. Dedicated to providing personal attention in an exclusive private space, the knowledgeable and caring staff ensures brides-to-be find their dream dresses, from respected designers such as Liancarlo, Modern Trousseau, and Suzanne Neville. Located at 72 Madison Avenue, 4th Floor, New York, NY; 646.638.3263,

Registry Revisited


Brides and newlyweds alike can celebrate summer year-round with The Lita Collection by Lolli Swim. The 15-piece swimwear collection highlights sexy, all-white styles that pair perfectly with poolside bachelorette parties, destination beach weddings, and tropical honeymoons. Radiating playfulness and charm, the one-piece, bikini, 24


and cover-up designs are also tasteful and sophisticated. Fine fabrics and ethereal eyelet and lace details grace each piece to exude beauty and romance from sunrise to sunset. Inspired by the designer’s recent destination wedding in Mexico, The Lita Collection is seemingly tailor-made just for brides. $75-179;

After the wedding, newlyweds often find that they do not have the space to store all of the items for which they’ve registered. Blueprint Registry has solved this dilemma and makes it easy for brides and grooms to create online registries based on the layouts of their homes. The free service allows couples to design “blueprints” of their abodes and decorate each room with quality products from designers and retailers. The website also encourages couples to add their favorite items from any outside retailer’s site and provides newlyweds with a gift-summary booklet following the wedding for effortless thank-you notes and returns.

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DIVE THE REEFS Sandals Resorts offers the largest and most comprehensive resort scuba diving program in the Caribbean, and everything is included, with up  to two dives per day.

GET A MASSAGE Revel in relaxation and romance at Red Lane® Spa†, where couples massages can even be performed in a luxurious cabana at water’s edge.

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Sandals Resorts wants to celebrate your marriage with a special wedding gift for the two of you. A bottle of chilled sparkling wine awaits your arrival, letting you toast to your future. After enjoying a romantic time out on the first night of your stay, you’ll return to your honeymoon suite to find flower petals sprinkled across your bed. And the next morning, enjoy a thoroughly decadent breakfast in bed, complete with a bouquet of fresh flowers delivered right to your door.

Some of our Love Nest Dream Suites offer plunge pools surrounded by lush gardens, for the ultimate in privacy and unforgettable romance.

VISIT A PRIVATE ISLAND At Sandals Royal Caribbean and Sandals Royal Bahamian, escape by boat to Sandals’ very own private islands to enjoy romance on a secluded beach, in a Zen garden or dancing around a bonfire.

PLAY AROUND Every watersport under the sun is included, so you can play in, on, or under the waves. From the thrill of waterskiing to the romance of a catamaran, you’ll find the perfect day.

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1-800-SANDALS • MORE QUALITY INCLUSIONS THAN ANY OTHER RESORTS ON THE PLANET Jamaica | Antigua | Saint Lucia | Bahamas | Grenada | Barbados *Complimentary with stays of 6 paid nights or more, includes all room categories. All weddings subject to mandatory minister and government documentation fees, which vary by island. All weddings that do not meet the minimum night stay requirement will be subject to a $750 processing and administrative fee, which is inclusive of government and documentation fees. All fees are subject to change at any time. ♢ Details, rules and restrictions for monthly  drawing can be found online at Scuba included for certified divers. PADI dive courses and night dives are additional. To qualify for the complimentary Honeymoon Package, all you have to do is check-in online after booking your honeymoon at †Additional cost. Sandals ® is a registered trademark. Unique Vacations, Inc. is the affiliate of the worldwide representative of Sandals Resorts. ■

M AT T H E W C H R I S T O P H E R Blush Bridal Couture: Tustin, CA 714-573-8000 Haute Bride: Los Gatos, CA 408-827-4775 Here Comes the Bride: San Diego, CA 619-688-9201 Lovella Bridal: Glendale, CA 818.246.4637 Mon Amie: Costa Mesa, CA 714-546-5700 Nordstrom Wedding Suite: Canoga Park, CA 818-884-7900 Starlet Bridal: Santa Rosa, CA 707-544-0334 Bridal Trousseau: Bradford, CT 203-488-1552 Little White Dress Bridal Shop: Denver,CO 303-814-8972 Jennifer’s Bridal: Hockessin, DE 302-235-1660 J. Del Olmo Bridal Gallery: Coral Gables, FL 305-448-3599 Dimitra's Bridal: Chicago, IL 312-787-0920 Nordstrom Wedding Suite: Oak Brook, IL 630-571-2121 Volle’s Bridal & Boutique: Lake Zurich, IL 847-438-7603 Wolsfelt’s Bridal and Tuxedo: Aurora, IL 630-896-7166 Allegria Bridal: Belmont, MA 617-489-1449 Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection: Baltimore, MD 410-484-4600 Love Couture Bridal: Potomac, MD 301-610-5683 Bridal Couture of Birmingham: Birmingham, MI 248-645-0500 Posh Bridal Couture: Wayzata, MN 952-249-8000 Laura’s Couture Collection: Kansas City, MO 913-631-3010 Castle Couture: Marlboro, NJ 732-617-1414 Designer Loft: New York, NY 212-944-9013 Mark Ingram Atelier: New York, NY 212-319-6778 Nordstrom Wedding Suite: Garden City, NY 516-746-0011 Wedding Salon of Manhasset: Manhasset NY 516.869.8455 Bridal and Formal: Cincinnati, OH 513-821-6622 Catan Fashions: Strongsville, OH 440-238-6664 The Wedding Shoppe: Wayne, PA 610.293.1299 Belle Revé Bridal Couture: Pearland TX 713-436-3388 Houston Bridal Gallery Houston TX 713-526-9401 Nordstrom Wedding Suite: San Antonio, TX 210-332-1900 Stardust Celebrations: Dallas, TX 972-781-1619 Weddings by Debbie: Katy, TX 281-698-8160 Nordstrom Wedding Suite:McLean, VA 703-761-1121

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Stylist to the stars Anya Sarre reports on Hollywood’s hottest wedding trends.

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Stacy Keibler & Jared Pobre

Linen napkins ($25/each), assorted shell napkin rings in rust ($110/set of 4), both by Park Avenue; available at Gearys, 310.273.4741 Photo by Gulnara Studio

Herend’s Aquatic Collection dessert plates in fishnet pattern, $145/each;

“Vita” goblets, $290/each by William Yeoward Crystal; available at Gearys, 310.273.4741

Anya’s Advice: Add texture to the décor using natural elements such as seashells, starfish, and coral – this means everything from the invitations, to the place cards, to the table settings. Custom shell-themed décor by Events by Show Stoppers Photo by Katrina Wallace Photographers

Make memories with an unforgettable beach destination wedding like actress Stacy Keibler and her beloved, Jared Pobre, who chose to have their ceremony on the sand followed by a lovely reception overlooking the ocean. Celebrate the colors of the tropics using aquas, greens, and neutrals. For inspiration, think ocean, palm trees, and sand!

“Key Lime Swimming Fish,” $1,050 by Herend; available at Gearys, 310.273.4741 Seashell cakes, $20/slice by Sedona Cake Couture; Photo by Katrina Wallace Photographers

Style Tip: Give your fiancé a traditional groom’s cake at the rehearsal dinner that complements your wedding cake. Not only does it make him feel special, but it gives your guests a preview of what’s to come.

Chair cover by Wildflower Linen

Starfish napkin ring in resin, $15/each by Mud Pie; Shell place-card holder, $15/each by Mud Pie;




“Harper” silk gown with open back, $6,450 by Monique Lhuillier;

Whimsical skinny headband with crystals, $140 by Deepa Gurnani; 212.221.1007 “Infinity” earrings from the Chantilly Collection, $83,461 by Harry Kotlar; 800.675.0479

Pendant, $3,450 by Alan Friedman; 310.278.4944

Style Tip: When you get married by the beach you have to be prepared for humidity, wind, and sea salt. In lieu of a veil, try beachy waves with a jeweled headband for a chic and effortless look.

Oval diamond ring set in platinum, $90,000 by Forevermark by Premier Gem;

“Flower” minaudière, $298 by Sondra Roberts;


Anya’s Advice: When you travel to a faraway place, select a dress that will travel well and flows with your surroundings.

“The Nuptial Bouquet” Eau de Toilette, $175 by Atkinsons;

“Barefoot,” “Buoyant,” and “On The Dunes” nail lacquers, $12/each by SpaRitual;



“Royal” ring, $52,000 by Starfish earrings with Erica Courtney; diamonds, $3,650 323.938.2373 by Alan Friedman; 310.278.4944

Lip Radiance, $24/each by Gleam by Melanie Mills;

“Louise” gold clutch, $1,790 by Louis Vuitton; Wedge with metallic chrome, $750 by Nicholas Kirkwood;

Style Tip: A wedge is a must for any destination wedding – it gives you the height of a heel, yet the stability of a flat.

Swirl sea-salt spray, $21.95 by Surface Hair Care;

“Kallai” jeweled sandal in nude suede, $1,595 by Jimmy Choo;


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“Palm Tree” necklace with diamonds, $695 by Bianca Pratt;

“Simply Callas” bouquet, $175 by Tic-Tock Couture Florals;

“Amore” strapless gown of silk crinkle chiffon in coral print, $370 by Amsale;

BEAC A HES AC A Honeymoon for You, A Celebration for Everyone When you get married at Beaches Resorts, you get to share your perfect day with the people who mean the most to you. Best of all, the honeymoon begins the moment you say “I do,” with every land and water sport under the sun, anytime specialty dining at up to 19 restaurants, and luxurious familyfriendly suites—all included. So while your loved ones come to celebrate your love, everyone gets to enjoy their own celebration of a lifetime, too. ®

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mandatory minister and government documentation fees, which vary by island. All weddings that do not meet the minimum night stay requirement will be subject to a $750 processing and administrative fee, which is inclusive of government and documentation fees. All fees are subject to change at any time. ♢ Details, rules and restrictions for monthly honeymoon drawing can be found online at Beaches ® is a registered trademark. Unique Vacations, Inc. is the affiliate of the worldwide representative of Beaches Resorts.

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“Cabrillo” sunglasses, $280 by Oliver Peoples West;

White straw hat, $195 by Lola Hats; 718.366.9093

Elsa Peretti “Starfish” pendant in sterling silver, $425 by Tiffany & Co.;

“Cesabi” jeweled thong sandal, $925 by Manolo Blahnik;

Monokini in deep aqua, $124 by Lisa Blue;

“Sunshine” ring in coral, $145 by Lele Sadoughi;

Anya’s Advice: Wait until after your wedding to get any sun exposure, as you don’t want swimsuit strap lines to mar the neckline of your wedding dress.

“Pave Scroll Princess Cap” earrings in turquoise, $5,300 Nail lacquers, $12/each by by Pamela Froman SpaRitual; Fine Jewelry;


Medium stackable bangle in coconut, $150 by Lele Sadoughi;

Scarf, $315 by Etro; available at Bloomingdale’s, 310.772.2100

“Taylor” headphones, $199 by Frends;

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“Guthrie” straw hat, $105 by Bailey Hat Company;



Pocket squares, $128/each by Saks Fifth Avenue; 310.275.4211

Three-piece linen suit from the spring/ summer 2014 Soft collection, $1,895 by Samuelsohn;

Formal leather moccasin, $640 by Gucci;

Watch, $11,600 by IWC Schaffhausen;

Style Tip: Style your groom’s ensemble in your weddingcolor palette! A tan suit with a white button-down shirt and a blue or green pocket square is a crisp, timeless look that will complement your gown.

“Ginkgo” carved flora cuff links, $399 by Tateossian;

Wedding band, $3,960 by Simon G.; “Piedra” sunglasses, $295 by Oliver Peoples West;

“Turkish Tile” limitededition swim shorts, $139 by Venroy;

“Low Tide” jute tote in Conch Shell, $18 by Mud Pie; Boat shoe in tumbleweed/stucco, $59.99 by Crocs;


Cheerful collections of invitations and stationery designs ideal for summer soirées.

This brightly colored custom invitation suite, featuring palm trees and authentic leather luggage tags, was inspired by the couple’s love for travel. The summery ensemble includes a modern design and favorite decorative pattern (from the bride and groom’s home) that were also incorporated into the “Modern Mexico” collection by Lehr and Black. Shown here: invitation with luggage tags, reception card, map, and response card; 310.278.8182,





YOU’REINVITED “Modern Dream” two-sided wedding invitation from the David Tutera collection by Invitations by Dawn; 800.257.9567,

“Summer Love” invitation, lined envelope, reception card, and RSVP card by Paper Rose; 888.828.6468,




“Winsome Blooms” foil-stamped wedding invitation by Stacey Day for Wedding Paper Divas; 866.594.1226,

“Cabana” letterpress invitation, reception card, reply card, and menu card by Elum Designs; 858.650.3586,

“Elizabeth & Wesley” custom invitation suite with handpainted watercolor details by Momental Designs; 877.RICE.INK, “Rustic Thicket” letterpress invitation by Chelsea Petaja for Bella Figura; 866.699.6040,

“Love Blossoms” invitation, lined envelope, and reception card by Guess What?; 888.828.6468,

“Audrianna & Nicholas” invitation with rose-patterned laser-cut gate fold, lined envelope, and RSVP card by Ijorere; 312.254.9806,




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Elegant engagement ring designs that pair dazzling beauty with timeless appeal.

Stunning settings and impeccable stones make these styles swoon worthy. From top to bottom: Jack KelĂŠge, price upon request; 877.6.KELEGE, Supreme Jewelry, $3,415 (center stone not included); 800.827.7464, Tiffany & Co., price upon request; 800.843.3269,





Cartier, price upon request; 800.CARTIER,

Furrer-Jacot, $4,220; 646.289.5289,

Hearts On Fire, starting at $6,990; 877.PERFECT,

Gumuchian, $3,600 (center stone not included); available at Frasca Jewelers (Palm Desert, CA), 760.568.5848.

From top to bottom: Neil Lane, $14,000 (center stone not included); Neil Lane Jewelry (Los Angeles, CA), 310.275.5015. Kirk Kara, $2,910 (center stone not included); 800.874.0181, A. Link for Forevermark, $7,900 (center stone not included); 800.342.5465,





Le Vian, $7,199; 877.2.LEVIAN,

Coast Diamond, $2,160 (center stone not included);

Michael M., $10,350 (center stone not included);

Sylvie Collection, $1,490 (center stone not included);

From top to bottom: Michael B. Jewelry, $9,100 (center stone not included); 818.769.8388, Danhov, $5,200 (center stone not included); Simon G. Jewelry, $10,010 (center stone not included);



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Where your Fairytale B egins...

- The Stunning Backdrop for ABC’s The Bachelorette: Ashley & J.P.’s Wedding -

Quietly nestled just minutes from Downtown Los Angeles in beautiful Pasadena, The Langham Huntington captures the grace and elegance of classic Southern California. With 23 acres of meticulously cultivated gardens and historic ballrooms, this iconic landmark hotel is the perfect wedding venue where life long memories are created. It is here where your fairytale begins... 1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue, Pasadena, California 91106 T (626) 568 3900 F (626) 568 3700














1. Jeweled leather sandal, $435 by Dsquared2; 2. Butterfly bag, $495 by Aruna Seth; 3. Jeweled sandal in metallic leather, $680 by Giuseppe Zanotti; 4. Motherof-pearl minaudière with wicker detail, $550 by Serpui Marie; 5. “Virgule Pivoine” T-strap sandal with pink satin flower, $1,250 by Roger Vivier; 212.861.5371, 6. “Allison” chain clutch in white leather, $660 by Clara Kasavina; 201.274.4754, 7. “Pearlize” sandal, $398 by Stuart Weitzman;



877.793.4896, 8. “Zoro” mule in dyeable white silk satin with bejeweled T-strap, $1,375 by Vanessa Noel; 9. “Vickie” clutch with Alençon lace and hand-beaded removable handle, $900 by Desla; 917.421.9931, 10. “SB-Party” sandal with “something blue” sole, $89 by Betsey Johnson; 866.222.4243, 11. “Georgiana” tassel clutch in white leather, $735 by Anya Hindmarch; 12. “StopsTraffic” sandal, $585 by Stuart Weitzman; 877.793.4896,

Where your Fairytale B egins...

- The Stunning Backdrop for ABC’s The Bachelorette: Ashley & J.P.’s Wedding -

Quietly nestled just minutes from Downtown Los Angeles in beautiful Pasadena, The Langham Huntington captures the grace and elegance of classic Southern California. With 23 acres of meticulously cultivated gardens and historic ballrooms, this iconic landmark hotel is the perfect wedding venue where life long memories are created. It is here where your fairytale begins... 1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue, Pasadena, California 91106 T (626) 568 3900 F (626) 568 3700



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1. Crystal collar necklace, $40 by Shop Design Spark; 2. Jeweled pearl bracelet, $32 by Shop Design Spark; 3. Deco fan earrings with crystals, $318 by Ben-Amun; 4. “Zora” metal cuff with embroidered appliqué, $450 by Desla; 917.421.9931, 5. “Archini” drop earrings with clusters of pavé crystals, $200 by Tejani; 888.9.TEJANI, 6. Cuff bracelet in French Blue velvet with crystals and rhinestone embroidery, $795 by Meridith Griffin Jewelry; 646.280.7897, 7. “Amelia” drop earrings with



Swarovski Elements, $155 by Elizabeth Bower; 212.967.6824, 8. “Mindy” marquise-shaped necklace with Swarovski Elements, $295 by Clara Kasavina; 201.274.4754, 9. Pearl tassel earrings, $695 by Meridith Griffin Jewelry; 646.280.7897, 10. “Floral Decadence” necklace, $250 by Margaret Rowe; 11. “Tesoro” bracelet with Swarovski crystals, $365 by Jenny Packham; 212.319.6778, 12. “History” earrings with baguettes, $200 by Paris by Debra Moreland; 513.542.8345,

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Consider great registry advice from one recently married couple. “Georgian Gold” five-piece place setting by Pickard, $190; Hanley-Wood

REGISTRY TIPS FROM MOLLY AND PATRICK: Invest in the process. “Regardless of what gifts you select or receive, it is another opportunity to spend time with the [person] you love.” Remember your guests. “Keep in mind what you and your fiancé want for your home, and also what you would want to see on a registry if you were the guest.” “Lyrique” five-piece place setting by Jean Couzon, $75; Hanley-Wood “Bari” continental shams, $150/each; SFERRA

Provide options. “You should have various kinds of items in many different price points, erring on the side of too many items.” Educate yourself. “If you put effort into learning about and selecting gifts, you will have a great time and will end up with a much greater appreciation for the gifts you receive.”


Molly Gerratt & Patrick J. Kennedy III

It’s not every day that both the bride and groom are equally enthusiastic about the wedding registry process, but such was the case for Molly (née Gerratt) and Patrick J. Kennedy III. The couple couldn’t wait to not only acquire basic home goods, but also replace their current pieces with durable items that complemented their personal style. “We had a ton of fun thinking about what direction we wanted our home to go, in terms of look, and also in terms of the goals we had for our lives as a married couple,” Molly reveals. They were also committed to providing an equally enjoyable shopping experience for their guests. “It was very important to us that our guests be able to choose their gifts, rather than be left with something because everything else had already been purchased,” Molly explains. To that end, the couple spent time ensuring that their registries included a large selection of items at conveniently located stores in a range of price points.

“Lismore” double old-fashioned glasses by Waterford Crystal, $80/each; Gearys “Roses” porcelain votive by Bernardaud, $50; Gearys

“Kenya” coaster set by Mary Jurek Design, $86; Gearys

“Lemonwood” cheese knife set by Michael Aram, $80; Gearys

“Princess Victoria Blue” dinner plate by Herend, $110; Gearys

“Longhorn” bamboo carving board by Arthur Court, $125; Hanley-Wood





Juliska “Berry & Thread” creamer in Whitewash, $48; Gearys

Baccarat “Arabesque” small bowl, $95; Gearys

FAST FACTS Number of working registries: Four Estimated total value of combined registries: $32,260 Total number of items: 459

Reed & Barton “Fulton” steak knife set, $50; Gearys

Estimated percentage of guests that gave registered gifts: 75% Favorite registered items: Herend “Princess Victoria Blue” china, Gearys; Copper classic teakettle by Chantal, Sur La Table; “Audrey” 14˝ vase by Waterford Crystal, Gearys

“Country Estate” narrow tray by Juliska, $68; Gearys

Most expensive registered item: “Bari” king blanket cover, $590; SFERRA

“Celine” throws, $90/each; SFERRA

Least expensive registered item: 2 oz. round porcelain ramekin, $2; Sur La Table “Karen” 9˝ flower vase by William Yeoward, $425; Hanley-Wood “Lia” bottle stoppers by RabLabs, $65/each; Gearys

REGISTRIES GEARYS, 800.793.6670 HANLEY-WOOD, 800.397.8477 SFERRA, 877.336.2003

“Revere” medium 8˝ bowl by Reed & Barton, $135; Gearys

SUR LA TABLE, 800.243.0852

“Tempo” decanter by Reed & Barton, $100; Gearys

Juliska “Berry & Thread” large oval platter in Ice Blue, $118; Hanley-Wood

“Colette” footed goblet in green by Juliska, $29; Gearys

“Gooseberry” 5˝ x 7˝ picture frame by Michael Aram, $109; Gearys



“Golden Edge” large square bowl by Herend, $205; Hanley-Wood “King Francis” rectangular tray by Reed & Barton, $350; Gearys

They began visiting stores more than a year before their destination wedding in Rome, commencing with their favorite retailer for kitchen supplies, Sur La Table. “That was a no-brainer,” Patrick says. A friend who is a professional chef accompanied them to the store and offered his advice regarding which items were truly essential, and Patrick in particular enjoyed browsing the store with his own barcode scanner. However, he urges others to not “go crazy” with the scanner, as he and Molly later removed many items that they ultimately didn’t need. As a Los Angeles native, Molly was thrilled to register at well-known local retailer Gearys, knowing they would carry any brand she could think of and also those she couldn’t. She gushes about the level of customer care


All-Clad 6-qt. deep sauté pan in stainless steel, $189.95; Sur La Table

William Yeoward’s American Bar book, $24.95; Gearys

Measuring cups (set of 4) in stainless steel, $19.95; Sur La Table Le Creuset Signature 7¼ qt. round French oven in indigo, $329.95; Sur La Table

“Rustic Horn” ice scoop by Vagabond House, $57.50; Gearys

she and Patrick received, revealing that their consultant was able to offer creative ideas and suggestions throughout the process. “It was fun for our friends and family who live [in Los Angeles] to shop there, but it was also an easy online experience, given that guests could also pick up the phone and talk to [our consultant]!” Molly exclaims. To accommodate Patrick’s family, the couple selected the elegant Hanley-Wood in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas, as a third registry option. There, they chose uniquely Texan pieces to add a Southern touch to their home. Completing their registries was Sferra, an obvious choice for the couple who loves the line’s bedding collections. “Sferra makes exceptionally soft and beautiful pieces, so it was an easy decision,” Molly says. Molly and Patrick registered in person at each store except Sferra (which offers only an online registry) and found the customer

“If you put effort into learning about and selecting gifts, you will have a great time and will end up with a much greater appreciation for the gifts you receive.”

Glass sangria pitcher, $29.95; Sur La Table

Scanpan classic griddle, $79.95; Sur La Table

Copper classic teakettle by Chantal, $165; Sur La Table

Cuisinart 14-cup food processor, $179; Sur La Table



Sur La Table marble rolling pin with handles ($24.95) and 16˝ x 20˝ white marble pastry board ($44.95)

Azul recycled margarita glass, $9.95; Sur La Table

Artisan stand mixer in metallic chrome by KitchenAid, $349.95; Sur La Table

service to be superb at every location. However, they also utilized the online registry tools offered by Gearys and Sur La Table to update items as needed. “Generally, stores that provided easy access to the registry online and allowed us to conveniently change items were the most pleasant to deal with and led to the least amount of frustration,” Patrick declares. Molly describes the process of managing four registries as a “juggling act,” but maintains that giving guests so many options was worth it. Patrick urges grooms to take an active role in developing their registries; he says that learning about items like fine china helped him value the gifts they received. “I’m nowhere near the expert that my wife is on the matter, but I have a much greater appreciation for fine china than I did prior to going through the process,” he admits. Both the bride and groom gathered inspiration and motivation by remaining focused on their future as a couple and the joy their new household items would bring. “Thinking about hosting loved ones for years to come was so special,” Molly smiles, “and planning what would be on our table when we had them over felt all the more important.”

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Amanoi by Amanresorts VIETNAM Set along the nearly 2,000-mile stretch of Vietnam coastline, this brand-new beachside resort welcomes honeymooners desiring a tranquil retreat following their nuptials. Amanoi by Amanresorts features luxurious guest rooms designed to marry modern elegance and traditional Vietnamese architecture, all while showcasing breathtaking views of the country’s lush landscape and serene waters. Newlyweds can find sanctuary at the Aman Spa, which indulges guests with all-natural treatments using

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HOTSPOTS Casa del Mar, Langkawi MALAYSIA Adventurous newlyweds with a love for exploration will find their dream honeymoon at Casa del Mar, Langkawi. With more than 99 islands in the Langkawi archipelago, the area offers an incredible range of activities for newlyweds to enjoy. Whether it’s traveling island-toisland by speedboat, scuba diving, or venturing through the jungle to view nocturnal animals in their natural habitats, discovery is at the heart of this Mediterraneanstyle “home by the sea.” Satkara Spa offers a chance for couples to immerse themselves in Malaysian culture by way of healing therapies – each treatment incorporates the spirit of the islands through ancient traditions and rituals. For an intimate experience, newlyweds can enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner on the beach at La Luna, or indulge in a private “castaway picnic” on a remote island for an experience they’ll never forget in one of the world’s most picturesque settings. +60.4.955.2388,

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The Samaya Seminyak - Bali INDONESIA Unparalleled luxury is a specialty at The Samaya Seminyak - Bali, a blissful hideaway in the city’s bustling beach town. Just a short ride away from Seminyak’s busy shopping and restaurant district, this peaceful and opulent property offers contemporary-chic villas perfect for honeymooners. Private pools, whirlpool baths, and butler services are among the amenities, with many villas also showcasing gardens and gazebos for exclusive outdoor lounging. Couples can savor in-villa meals at any hour of the day, or dine alfresco at the beachfront restaurant, which features both local and international cuisines. A sparkling main pool is available for guests to use when they choose to exchange a private swim for one with an oceanfront view of the Indonesian sunset. Incredible beaches, sumptuous services and amenities, and an incomparable island ambience ensure guests feel as though they’re far from reality, while the property’s hospitable staff makes newlyweds feel right at home. +62.361.731.149,

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OUR EXCLUSIVE NETWORK OF VENUES, RESOURCES, DESIGNERS & SALONS. The members of our professional network were invited to be here by our editorial staff because we believe that their work best reflects our commitment to creativity, quality, and excellence. Our editors turn to these experts first when seeking out the most beautiful weddings to publish and authoritative advice on wedding issues. Our talented wedding professionals are available to assist you in creating the wedding of your dreams. We know because we’ve either spoken to their clients and checked their professional references, or invited them to be here based on reputation. We do this to give you confidence in their abilities and in the quality of their work.

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AISLE RUNNERS The Original Runner Company 973.744.7070 Creators of the first non-slip fabric aisle runners, The Original Runner Co. offers their own unique designs, as well as customization to match your colors, theme, or motif.


1099 Wall Street W, Suite 282A, Lyndhurst, NJ 201.753.5271 What began as a dream has turned into an exquisite collection of gowns. The finest silks, laces, and embroideries are staples of Angel Rivera, whose designs continue to capture the hearts of brides around the world.

Anne Barge 404.873.8070 Launched in 1999, the Anne Barge Bridal Collection combines classic designs in the finest of silks with museum-quality beading and embroidery. Anne Barge is represented in the top boutiques in North America and the world.

Claire Pettibone

7415 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 310.360.6268 Working exclusively with couture European embroideries and laces, and inspired by vintage fabrics, Claire Pettibone has developed a following of brides looking for unique and timeless creations.

Ines Di Santo 866.899.INES Ines Di Santo is known internationally as a leader in evening and bridal couture. Her love of glamour and high fashion inspires collections of sophisticated gowns marked by superb fit, originality, and inimitable construction.

Isabelle Armstrong 212.772.9000 Crafted with beautiful details, each gown by Isabelle Armstrong contains gorgeous elements. From luxurious fabrics to intricate beadwork, they seek to make every bride feel enveloped in grandeur and magnificence on her wedding day.

Ivy & Aster 646.470.4489 The gowns of Ivy & Aster are born from happiness, laughter, and love, plus a meticulous desire to perfect the details. They design the dresses that will create the story of your wedding day.

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Diann Valentine Living Well Handcrafted from the finest European fabrics and embroideries, Liancarlo’s couture bridal designs are masterfully sewn by one designated seamstress from first stitch to last at the designer’s atelier in Miami, Florida.

Kleinfeld Bridal Internationally acclaimed event designer Diann Valentine turns fantasy into reality as she gives couples around the globe the weddings of their dreams. Known for taking classic traditions and giving them a modern and unique flair, Diann and her team interpret breathtaking love stories through flawless design and execution.


Matthew Christopher Since his stunning debut collection in 2002, Matthew Christopher has designed gowns that embody the classic glamour and modern elegance a bride desires. Each of his gowns is carefully constructed to provide an impeccable and comfortable fit to celebrate any figure.

Modern Trousseau

552 7th Ave., Suite 301, New York, NY; 212.278.8030 418 King Street, Charleston, SC; 843.722.6300 425 Church Street, Nashville, TN; 615.733.0155 The distinctive designs of Modern Trousseau are the intuitive creation of fashion designer Callie Tein. Each design evokes classic couture, and every gown is handcrafted in the USA of the finest Italian silks and French laces.

Monique Lhuillier

8485 Melrose Place, Los Angeles, CA 323.655.1088 19 East 71st Street, New York, NY 877.659.9800 Monique Lhuillier is considered one of the leading innovative fashion houses in terms of design, quality, and brand image. Her flagship boutiques offer the latest ready-to-wear and bridal collections, as well as custom offerings. Monique Lhuillier’s bridesmaid dresses feature the same sophisticated, feminine aesthetic that distinguishes the famed designer’s bridal gowns.

Oleg Cassini Designed for the elegant bride, the Oleg Cassini bridal collection showcases ethereal designs and details. The iconic brand, which has dressed influential women including Jacqueline Kennedy, ensures every bride feels radiant and glamorous on her wedding day. As Oleg has said, “To be well dressed is a little like being in love.”

Romona Keveža Collection 212.273.1113 Designer Romona Keveža is known for her creativity and innovation in couture bridal and evening wear. Her designs have been featured in a myriad of publications, and her fashions are sold in the finest stores worldwide.

110 West 20th Street, New York, NY 646.633.4300 For more than 60 years, brides have learned that the magic of Kleinfeld lies not in just their magnificent store, but in the hearts of their professional staff. They carry the largest selection of bridal gowns from top American and European designers.

Wedding Atelier

72 Madison Avenue, 4th Floor, New York, NY 646.638.3263 Wedding Atelier offers gorgeous, hand-selected couture wedding dresses and generous personal attention in a lovely private space located on Madison Avenue in New York City. They work one-on-one to help ensure that each client becomes the bride she’s always dreamed of being.

CONSULTANTS Alex Events Alex Alexander 310.284.4882 The process to create and produce a wedding celebration is very personal to Alex, and she makes herself exceedingly accessible to her clients. She approaches each wedding like she is producing a romantic movie, designed to reflect each client’s individual style.

Ann Whittington, Event Planner 713.461.8424 Based in Texas, Ann provides event-planning services locally and nationally. Ann’s expertise along with her passion for celebrations is evident through her thoughtful expression of her clients’ personalities.


Geller Events

11301 W. Olympic Blvd., #496, Los Angeles, CA 310.479.9000 Debbie Geller heads a boutique event-planning company that coordinates a limited number of weddings and special events throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Europe. Debbie limits the number of events she coordinates to ensure that each of her clients receives personalized attention.

International Event Company

9744 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 370, Beverly Hills, CA 310.271.1900 Jonathan Reeves and his staff pride themselves on assembling an entire team of creative professionals to produce a memorable and unique experience on one of the most important days in your life. They will focus on every detail to design an event that flows effortlessly.

Levine Fox Events, Inc. 818.783.0273 Alyson Fox and Diane Levine, with over 15 years of experience as event designers and producers, have built an outstanding reputation in the community. Known for their commitment to their clients, their avant-garde style, and their stunning events, they give close attention to every detail.

Bluebell Events

Linda Howard Events Owned by award-winning planner Charley Izabella King, Bluebell Events is an international event company that specializes in weddings and destination celebrations. Charley will personally lead you through the weddingplanning process to create your unique and special day. With a background in psychology and 20 years of experience as an interior designer, Linda calls on her extraordinary attention to detail and creativity to make each wedding as unique as the couple. Organized, confident, and calm, Linda makes her clients her top priority and works 24/7 to create the wedding they have always envisioned.


Bob Gail Special Events 310.202.5200 Led by Allyson Levine & Katie Pincus, the coordination team at Bob Gail is known for producing custom environments filled with inventive design, seamless flow, and thoughtful details. Bob Gail Special Events is a full-service event planning, design, music, and production company with over 36 years of experience creating unique and personalized events.


Mindy Weiss Party Consultants

232 S. Beverly Drive, Suite 200, Beverly Hills, CA 888.777.3414 Mindy is one of the most sought-after event planners & lifestyle experts. She and her team are best known for their creative and unique ideas, and exquisite attention to detail. These qualities, together with a respect for their clients’ privacy, make her the top event-planning choice for celebrities and high-profile clientele.






Parties Etc.

A. Link

Chicago, IL 847.825.0028

800.342.5465 Since 1998, Parties Etc.’s attention to detail, sense of style, and strong relationships has earned the company an outstanding reputation in the industry. Founder Lisa Gia Bascomb’s knowledge and passion for weddings will help create events with style and grace that are unique to the personalities of her clients. For more than 100 years, A. Link diamonds have been selected for their consistency by the finest jewelry stores. The brand’s signature-cut diamonds capture such brilliance they sparkle even in the dimmest environment. The familyoperated company prides itself on offering superb customer service and timeless quality pieces.

Schwartz & Woodward

Hearts On Fire Schwartz & Woodward specialize in the comprehensive planning of distinctive weddings and unique events. The husband-and-wife team provides their clients with the expertise to plan a smooth, seamless occasion with a personal touch. They have been featured on the WE tv series Platinum Weddings, the Today show, and quoted in the The Wall Street Journal. Hearts On Fire is recognized as the most trusted diamond brand in the world. Created in 1996 to establish a new benchmark in the quality of diamonds, Hearts On Fire specializes in two exceptional diamond cuts, and is one of the fastest growing luxury companies in the world.

SoCo Events Considered one of the most elite jewelers in the world, Jack Kelége has devoted his life to the art of individual perfection. Every piece is designed and manufactured in his Los Angeles studio using platinum or 18-karat gold, and only the finest diamonds and precious gems.


Washington, DC 202.695.2025 SoCo Events is a full-service company focused on event production and design dedicated to creating beautiful weddings on the cutting edge of style. Founder Jennifer Stiebel executes each of her events with graceful passion and wellrespected experience.

Sterling Engagements Los Angeles, CA 323.845.9500 Sterling Engagements is an award-winning production firm with a reputation for exceeding expectations through their extraordinary designs and unparalleled level of service. Creative Director Alexandra Rembac plans weddings in Southern California and worldwide, each one as unique as her clients.

Victoria Weddings & Events San Diego, CA 619.887.4915/619.435.1531 After seven years of stellar success with Coronado Weddings, Victoria Schroeder launched sister company Victoria Weddings & Events to fill the demand for her services throughout Southern California and most recently New York City. Her events have earned rave reviews and continued referrals.


Jack Kelége 877.6.KELEGE Gearys offers a diverse range of high-quality products that make a perfect addition to any wedding registry. They pride themselves on superb customer service and offer great gift ideas, as well as same-day shipping.

Monique Lhuillier for Waterford Waterford, the leading luxury crystal and home-entertaining brand worldwide, maintains a unique design relationship with Monique Lhuillier, the high-profile innovator in bridal fashion and ready-to-wear. Waterford Crystal and the Monique Lhuillier Waterford Collection can be found at premium department stores and independent retailers around the world.

GOWN PRESERVATION Effrey’s Custom Cleaners

8917 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 310.858.7400

Authorities in the field of gown preservation, the professionals at Effrey’s use expert techniques and specialty know-how when caring for the most important dress you will ever own.

INVITATIONS A jeweler with an international reputation for quality and craftsmanship, Tiffany & Co. is renowned for the world’s finest diamonds, and is the premier resource for gifts that commemorate life’s most important moments.

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FLORAL & EVENT DESIGN The Hidden Garden Los Angeles, CA 310.575.6600 The Hidden Garden team has a true passion for floral design and creativity as their guiding forces. The Hidden Garden utilizes untraditional textures to create beautiful, abundant, and innovative designs that cater to the needs of each client.

GIFT REGISTRIES Crate and Barrel Explore exclusive products and discover why so many couples are falling in love with registering at Crate and Barrel. With private events and dedicated registry experts, the Wedding and Gift Registry is the place for couples to start their new lives. Register in stores or online.


351 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 800.793.6670/310.273.4741

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800.257.9567 Invitations by Dawn offers superior wedding invitations and accessories in a variety of styles and themes. Invitations by Dawn also offers wedding stationery in coordinating designs allowing the customer to create a seamless look throughout the invitation ensemble, ceremony, and reception.

Laura Hooper Calligraphy 703.619.0480 Laura Hooper picked up her first calligraphy pen at the age of 12 and has been in love with the art of lettering ever since. She has worked with elegant brides and high-profile celebrities to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Laura is a member of the Association of Calligraphic Arts and the Society for Calligraphy.

Lehr and Black

8921 W. Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 310.278.8182 For over 40 years, Lehr and Black has been the go-to design company for invitations and décor for Hollywood’s elite and beyond. The use of luxurious fabrics, fine details, and superior workmanship by designer Ellen Black and brother Sol Lehr has revolutionized custom invitations, and the end result is always a oneof-a-kind creation that is truly a work of art.



888.828.6468 Minted is a marketplace where couples can find exceptional invitations from independent designers. The beautiful and unique creations include a variety of print methods and styles, each made with distinctive quality.

Wedding Paper Divas 866.594.1226 Wedding Paper Divas works with talented artists all over the country to design truly unique products, and uses the latest in digital printing technology to provide the highest quality printing and fast turnaround.

Zenadia Design 805.757.7693 As a couture invitation studio, Zenadia Design creates exclusive, one-of-a-kind invitations for couples worldwide. Lace, natural herbs, exotic papers, and beautiful laser-cut designs are just a few of the many details that Zenadia Design can incorporate to make your invitation truly unique and personal.

PHOTOGRAPHY Bob & Dawn Davis Photography Chicago, IL 312.719.3577 A husband-and-wife photography and design team, Bob and Dawn Davis believe in being authentic and down-to-earth. Bob has over 25 years experience as a professional photographer while Dawn has had the opportunity to design wedding books for numerous clients, including high-profile celebrities.

Christine Bentley Photography 949.521.4764 Trusted by affluent and high-profile clients and celebrities, Christine Bentley surpasses her clients’ expectations delivering timeless, stunning imagery. Her beautiful photography is internationally published and the recipient of multiple international awards.

Images by Berit, Inc. Basking Ridge, NJ 908.221.9440 Berit Bizjak has worked in photography for more than 20 years. She spent much of that time photographing weddings. She has photographed countless political figures, as well as numerous Hollywood celebrities and musicians.

Ira Lippke Studios

Los Angeles, CA & New York, NY 212.620.3900 Ira documents extraordinary weddings all over the world. His refined sense captures the beauty of weddings in a fine-art, documentary style. Using his innate talent to capture each couple as rare and unique, Ira highlights the individuality of every wedding he photographs.

Jay Lawrence Goldman Photography 6139 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 323.954.7436 Professional and personable, Jay possesses a unique ability to anticipate and capture the special moments of a wedding. With his unique ability to put people at ease, it’s no wonder Jay is one of Los Angeles’ most sought after wedding photographers. A modern Rennaisance man, Jay also shoots fine jewelry, still-life, and celebrity portraits for advertising and editorial.

KingenSmith Chicago, IL 773.278.8401

VENUES The Breakers

One South County Road, Palm Beach, FL 561.659.8415 Everything you desire is here – a magnificent resort, limitless amenities, and a dedicated team that embraces your dream as its own. From a seaside ceremony to an opulent reception, The Breakers is a sublime setting.

The Grand Del Mar

5300 Grand Del Mar Court, San Diego, CA 858.314.2029 Whether you hold your reception in the Elizabeth Ballroom, your rehearsal dinner in the intimate Wine Cellar, your cocktail hour on the Aria Lawn, or marry in the Elizabeth Capella, the private wedding chapel, this Mediterranean resort is one of San Diego’s premier venues.

The Langham Huntington

1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue, Pasadena, CA 626.568.3900 After photographing hundreds of sophisticated weddings, KingenSmith is a highly trusted and respected photography studio based in Chicago. Known for consistently creating emotional, artful, and elegant images, KingenSmith continues to be the studio of choice for many discerning couples and families. Quietly nestled just minutes from Downtown Los Angeles in beautiful Pasadena, The Langham Huntington captures the grace and elegance of classic Southern California. With 23 acres of meticulously cultivated gardens and historic ballrooms, this iconic landmark hotel is the perfect wedding venue where lifelong memories are created.

Paul Barnett Photographer

The Lodge at Torrey Pines

2150 W. Washington St., Suite 501, San Diego, CA 619.285.1207 Since opening his studio in 1989, Paul Barnett’s wedding photographs have been published regularly in bridal magazines. He consistently captures the poignant moments throughout the wedding ceremony and reception that create the perfect wedding album.

Samuel Lippke Studios Los Angeles, CA 562.343.2676 An artist and photographer with a passion for capturing magic on film in any environment, Samuel Lippke uses his highly trained eye to naturally create wedding images with a mix of fashion, fine art, and photojournalism.

STAK Photography

32 Union Square East, 8th Floor, New York, NY 718.908.6753 STAK Photography is Steven Young’s boutique studio in New York City focusing on international, award-winning wedding photos. He believes the most powerful and meaningful wedding photos are raw, real moments, and emotions of the day.

11480 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 858.777.6720 Bordering the world-famous Torrey Pines Golf Course on the coastal bluffs of La Jolla, The Lodge at Torrey Pines offers an inspiring setting for an unforgettable wedding. Enjoy awardwinning service and the undivided attention of the staff and wedding planners as the only bride on property during your special day.

Montage Laguna Beach

30801 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 949.715.6220 Set on an oceanfront bluff with sweeping panoramas of the Pacific Ocean, this 250room luxury beach resort features striking Craftsman-style architecture. Commanding 30 lushly landscaped acres in the heart of Laguna Beach, Montage is an ideal choice for a wedding or luxury honeymoon.

Oheka Castle

135 West Gate Drive, Huntington, NY 631.659.1400 A historic mansion located on the Gold Coast of Long Island, Oheka Castle offers the ambiance and sophistication inspired by the châteaux of France. Formal gardens, award-winning cuisine, and meticulous service make the estate an unforgettable setting for a luxurious wedding.





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Certain that they wanted a venue with a “wow” factor, Michelle Wurtz and her fiancé Michael Kutsak began searching The Big Apple for something that was atypical of a wedding rehearsal dinner. “We wanted a venue that offered our guests a prelude of the incredible day to follow,” explains the bride. The couple selected the rooftop of Rockefeller Center, a spectacular space that features sweeping views of New York City. “The perfectly manicured rooftop garden boasts its own fountain and reflecting pool, and the alfresco space is ideal for private parties,” adds Michelle. 64


The couple confides that they didn’t follow tradition per se when it came to their rehearsal dinner. “It was more of a party before the party,” Michelle admits. “We didn’t actually rehearse anything that evening!” It did, however, provide a chance for family and friends to spend time with one another and the couple, as well as toast Michelle and Michael on the joyous occasion. “The important components of the evening were to allow everyone who wanted to toast us the opportunity to do so, reminisce, and partake in a truly memorable evening,” confirms the groom.



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With eight months to plan the event, Michelle and Michael were meticulous in selecting the décor, entertainment, and fare for the evening. Every detail was carefully coordinated through their trusted vendors: floral arrangements, custom menus, live bands, exquisite linens, and specialty foods and drinks. For the celebration, the couple dressed in style. Their chosen ensembles did, however, allow for comfort, as there was plenty of dancing that took place once the sun set. The bride looked stunning in a timeless, off-theshoulder custom dress in a frothy white hue.

Her glistening jewelry was kept minimal, and her hair worn loosely with classic waves. Michael looked dapper in a crisp navy suit paired with a pink silk tie and matching pocket square. The couple arranged for limousines to transport their guests to the venue, while Michelle and Michael were shuttled privately in a 1937 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith. “Upon arrival to [the dinner], passersby took pictures – it felt magical,” remembers the bride. Not breaking the spell, as the couple and loved ones made their way through the entrance, an acoustic guitarist began playing romantic melodies.

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Once guests entered the banquet space, they were met with striking blooming branches and large arrangements of fragrant blush and pink peonies. Escort cards were found on a table decorated by a grand fixture of fresh seasonal florals in hues of muted pinks placed in an heirloom sterling-silver vase. Loved ones were seated at either of the two long tables that were beautifully adorned with tall, crystalencrusted candelabrums overflowing with mounds of peonies, hydrangeas, roses, and orchids in romantic shades of blush. Place settings featured hemstitched linen napkins in a shade of sea green, topped off by a fully bloomed pink peony. Flickering pillar candles and votives in gold mercury glass completed the look of the well-dressed tabletops. The décor was so breathtaking, even the bride herself took a moment to take it all in. “It felt like you left reality and entered a fairy tale on top of New York City,” she remembers. “It was all so elegant.” Guests relished in a variety of specialty drinks and dining options. From Bellini bars to Tuscan-inspired eats for the cocktail hour, to hors d’oeuvre choices such as roasted duck and baby filet mignon, and veal tenderloin or homemade lasagna for dinner courses, there was not a palate that was left unsatisfied. Since the couple enjoys entertaining and knowing their loved ones are having a good time, they felt that a live band was necessary to match the ambience of the evening. A five-piece band and a six-piece jazz ensemble – that focuses on vintage standards with a modern twist – were selected as the entertainment. As favors, guests were given custom copies of the music played throughout the night. Michelle and Michael took delight in every aspect of the celebration – from beginning to end. “I loved watching the guests arrive,” recounts Michael. “You could see the immediate smiles and emotional sighs.” His bride agrees the event was a success: “The weather was incredible and the setting unique… Dancing under NICOLE PALACIOS the stars and overlooking Rockefeller Center was epic.”

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August 18, 2013 Dana Point, California

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If at first you don’t succeed, ask, ask, ask again. At least that was Stanley Ma’s approach when he proposed to Yini Guo. “It happened three times,” explains Yini. The first time took place during a surprise birthday party Stanley organized for her. “Didn’t even hear him,” she admits. The second time occurred on a getaway to Vancouver at night in the couple’s hotel room. “I fell asleep and didn’t hear him,” she says. Finally, Stanley secretly planned a trip to Las Vegas with the sole purpose of proposing. This time, there was no confusion and Yini enthusiastically responded, “I do!” “She was a great trainer of patience,” Stanley jokes.



When it came to planning their big day, “the romantic feeling and atmosphere of the celebration was always key,” describes the groom. A verdant bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean provided the breathtaking fairy-tale scenery the couple sought for their ceremony. The aisle, adorned with a scroll pattern crafted of blush rose petals, led to an altar composed of two custom-made silver-colored iron gates draped with pink-and-white floral garlands. Enchanting classical music from a harp, cello, and violin trio mingled with the soothing sounds of the surf below, as a beaming Yini prepared to join her beloved.



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The bride was clad in a dazzling mermaid gown, embellished with silvery beading and wispy flower appliqués, that featured a sweetheart neckline. It was truly the embodiment of a labor of love, considering the custom-made dress she had originally chosen “was a disaster,” Yini explains. “I ended up designing [this gown] myself and it turned out great.” A chapel veil, petite diamond hoop earrings, and a dainty necklace completed the look. The groom wore a charcoal grey suit with a matching tie. In the spirit of the couple’s laid-back personalities, Yini and Stanley exchanged humorously written vows. “So guests wouldn’t fall asleep during the ceremony,” the bride jokes. Though bubbling with laughter, the romantic occasion was full of emotion. “The moment I put the ring on her finger, my hand was shaking [with] excitement,” recalls the groom. With expectant eyes towards their future, Yini and Stanley sealed two letters they wrote to each other, along with a bottle of 1982 Opus One, in a clear box they plan to open on their fifth year anniversary. Drawing the summer ambience indoors, the reception space was bathed in warm, golden lighting. A modern Baroque theme, centered around a palette of ebony, yellow, and silver, guided the décor. Black-and-white damask patterned tablecloths provided a monochromatic backdrop for the varied dramatic centerpieces.





“Time passes in a flash during the wedding; make sure you enjoy every minute of it.”

Among the round tables, sprinkled with yellow rose petals, guests found black crystal candelabras adorned with lemon-hued roses or silk-wrapped containers placed atop and adjacent to acrylic pedestals, along with low, lush florals in gold Jonathan Adler vases. Also, strands of sparkling crystals cascaded from vintage mercury compote vases blossoming with floral arrangements of golden roses, frosted hydrangeas and lemon leaves, and white orchids and anemones, topped with large vanilla plumes. Floating candles cast a soft glow from beautiful crystal vessels. Reflecting the reception’s color scheme, the cake consisted of modern rectangular and cube layers. The bases of the golden layers were wrapped with glittering bands, while the pearl layers donned touches of the damask tablecloth pattern. Sugar flowers and black plumes topped the confection. “The décor of the wedding was so creative and memorable,” says the groom. Although both Stanley and Yini were involved in the decision making for all the details of their nuptials, Stanley gives Yini full credit saying, “My wife put an excellent effort on it.” Before their grand entrance, a video gave guests a glimpse of the couple practicing for their first dance. A combination of fox-trot, tango, and salsa, that moment on the dance floor was the most unforgettable for the bride. The entertaining group dance that followed set the tone for the rest of night. Amidst the festivities, it was important for the couple to take the time to honor their families. “Both of us said something deep from our hearts to our parents to show our appreciation and love for them,” says the bride. It’s easy to get swept up in the whirlwind of the day. “Time passes in a flash during the wedding; make sure you enjoy every minute of it,” Yini advises. Since this momentous event began with three proposals, it’s only fitting that the couple topped it off with three honeymoon destinations: Mexico, Dubai, ROSIBEL GUZMÁN and Italy.




As the author of a blog called Confessions of a Professional Bridesmaid, Traci Melshenker has happily supported her friends in dozens of weddings. But she was finally a bride herself after boyfriend David Kraus’s clever surprise proposal. Traci had received the exciting news that she had been invited to appear in a Chicago wedding magazine to discuss her blog. But when she arrived at the offices where the interview was scheduled to take place, she was directed to a room that was set up as a glorious mock wedding, complete with candles, tables covered in ivory linens and centerpieces, and a floral arch. David stood at the end of the aisle and told Traci he wanted to spend the rest of his life 78


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To that end, a ballroom at a classic Chicago hotel was illuminated with bright raspberry lighting and surrounded by white drapery. Flickering ivory candles and glass vases filled with bouquets of vanilla flowers lined the aisle, culminating in a spectacular chuppah. The custom-made creation was constructed out of tufted velvet and adorned with lace, crystals, and rhinestones – beautifully complementing Traci’s chic dress: a ball gown with a skirt comprised of layers of soft embroidered tulle. The couple’s 20 bridesmaids and 12 groomsmen remained onstage throughout the traditional Jewish ceremony, which Traci and David personalized

by memorizing Hebrew vows beforehand, so they wouldn’t require the rabbi to prompt them. “It really made me feel like we understood what we were saying and it added all the more value to that moment,” Traci says. When the ceremony concluded, guests were ushered into the foyer for cocktail hour. There, Traci says, they were invited on a “fairy-tale adventure.” Avant-garde performers, including a woman on stilts, a man riding an old-fashioned bicycle, and a woman whose voluminous dress doubled as a table, offered guests cocktails and appetizers inspired by dishes from the couple’s favorite Chicago restaurants.

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Then, guests entered a ballroom for the reception, which was designed to make them feel as though they were dancing under the stars. Pink lighting filled the room with vibrant color, and strands of crystals suspended from the ceiling reflected light in every direction. Chairs were covered with ruffled white fabric in the same shade as the sheer floral tablecloths. A variety of centerpieces adorned each table, including: tall glass vases spilling over with ivory flowers; candelabras wrapped in floral garlands; and oversized modern lamps. Crystals and rhinestones were seen throughout the décor elements. “We pretty much said wherever you could put crystals or rhinestones, please go ahead and do it,” Traci reveals. The unique tufted design of the chuppah also carried into the reception, as the custom-built bar featured a similar tufted pattern.



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The couple planned an evening filled with extraordinary surprises for their guests. As a nod to Traci’s love of singing competitions on television, The Voice contestant Jamie Lono performed several songs during dinner. In lieu of wedding cake, waiters wearing flashing sunglasses and chef hats served individual bento boxes that housed four avant-garde desserts: a candy apple that resembled a tuxedo; a flowerpot filled with mud pie mousse; a tiny bucket that contained s’mores, cotton candy, and a marshmallow-wrapped pretzel; and a small jar filled with cheesecake, blackberry jam, and pop rocks. As a late-night snack, guests received miniature pizzas served in boxes emblazoned with a photo of Traci and David’s beloved French bulldog, Pizza. And at midnight, a performer wearing an astronaut costume and a backpack that sprayed bubbles appeared on the dance floor – an experience David describes as his “Is this really happening?” moment. Despite the evening’s extravagant design and entertainment, Traci admits that the most unforgettable aspects of her wedding day were the private exchanges between her and her new husband. “The moments when I took a step back and looked at David and just said something silly into his ear and he would laugh or vice versa, those were the best moments,” she says. It is with this outlook that David offers simple advice to other couples: “Relax, have fun, and enjoy the person you love.” He explains, “The day is the start of an unbelievable next stage in your life.” Traci agrees, “It was honestly the most perfect day and night ERIN MIGDOL of my life.”



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They say birds of a feather flock together. In the case of Hannah Hale and Luke Redfern, this old adage undeniably held true. After meeting through a mutual friend, the two couldn’t believe how much they had in common: both are lefthanded, Catholic, have half-siblings, and share many of the same interests. “We ended up talking for hours and I remember feeling like I’d never met anyone with as many similar interests as me,” Hannah says. Luke agrees, “It was almost a little weird how easy it was to talk.” A fun-filled trip to New York City a few months later confirmed the course of their relationship. “I couldn’t get enough of her and realized then that I wanted to continue spending time with her… for the rest of my life,” Luke says. Assisted by the many photos of rings that Hannah had shared with him, Luke worked with a jeweler to design the perfect engagement ring and proposed during a weekend getaway in Wisconsin. “I paused for a full minute simply out of pure shock,” Hannah says. “I think he was a little nervous at that point, but I was obviously going to say ‘yes!’” Since both Hannah and Luke had received the Catholic sacrament of confirmation, holding the ceremony in a Catholic sanctuary was a top priority. A 100-year-old church in Hannah’s hometown of Portland, Oregon, was adorned with lush white flowers and garlands of greenery, which accented the church’s ivory columns and mural-covered ceilings. Bridesmaids wore matching mermaid gowns and held simple bouquets of vanilla roses as they walked down the aisle to “Over the Rainbow” performed by a small orchestra. Hannah made her grand entrance in a stunning gown featuring a full pick-up skirt and carried a glamelia bouquet fashioned from vanilla rose petals. “I had no idea what her dress looked like and I was blown away,” Luke marvels. “She looked beautiful and, frankly, pretty sexy.” The personalized service, which Luke took charge of coordinating, included readings and candle lightings by several family members.



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“When things feel overwhelming, remember this day is about you two as a couple and no one else.”

Because the evening’s festivities were held on the lush, picturesque grounds of a country club, Hannah opted to follow a neutral color palette of cream and blush so as not to compete with the scenic surroundings. “I wanted the space to speak for itself,” Hannah explains. Cocktail hour took place on a verdant lawn dotted with towering trees; then, guests headed into a snow-white tent for dinner. Tables were covered in blush linens complemented by rose-gold candelabras, which matched gold-rimmed glassware and chargers. Centerpieces overflowing with cream and blush flowers stood on each table. Bright white couches provided comfortable seating outside the tent, overlooking awe-inspiring mountains and the peaceful Willamette River.



Guests enjoyed a sit-down dinner that included locally grown food and beverages to honor Hannah’s father, who is a farmer; in fact, many of the ingredients were harvested from his farm. Courses were served in between dance sets, to break up the dinner and ensure guests were having fun. “It kept the energy high throughout the night,” Luke confirms. A performance by a Jersey Boys tribute band completed an evening the groom describes as “an experience to remember.” Although their exhilarating wedding left them almost too exhausted to leave for their honeymoon the next day, Hannah and Luke say they would not change a thing. “It was special to 92


“When things feel overwhelming, remember this day is about you two as a couple and no one else.”

Because the evening’s festivities were held on the lush, picturesque grounds of a country club, Hannah opted to follow a neutral color palette of cream and blush so as not to compete with the scenic surroundings. “I wanted the space to speak for itself,” Hannah explains. Cocktail hour took place on a verdant lawn dotted with towering trees; then, guests headed into a snow-white tent for dinner. Tables were covered in blush linens complemented by rose-gold candelabras, which matched gold-rimmed glassware and chargers. Centerpieces overflowing with cream and blush flowers stood on each table. Bright white couches provided comfortable seating outside the tent, overlooking awe-inspiring mountains and the peaceful Willamette River.




October 12, 2013 Graford, Texas

As a little girl, Kellye Hunt would wait anxiously for her nextdoor neighbor Dustin Raughton to come home from school, so she could run outside and wave to him. “I had a huge crush on Dustin growing up, but of course he wanted nothing to do with me,” recalls the bride. Despite her opposition, the groom does admit to taking notice of Kellye at an early age: “I always remembered the giant bows in her hair and her cheerful demeanor,” reminisces the groom. “She has always had a one-of-a-kind personality.” Kellye and Dustin’s relationship developed over the years, and 94 94

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Originally desiring a destination beach wedding, the couple ultimately decided to plan an autumn affair closer to home. “The closest thing to the beach is my father’s lake house, which ended up being the absolute perfect spot,” confides Kellye. A natural color palette of ivory and green was used to highlight the raw beauty of the surroundings, and also achieved the bride’s “Southern and classic” theme. In order to keep the evening intimate, Kellye and Dustin celebrated their momentous occasion with just one bridesmaid, one groomsman, and 55 loved ones. Guests gathered for the elegant outdoor ceremony on a grassy lawn

overlooking the lake. A natural aisleway sprinkled with hundreds of alabaster petals led to the ceremony arch, which was comprised of magnolia-leaf garlands and featured a small chandelier suspended overhead; arrangements of billowing ivory hydrangeas were placed at both sides of the structure. Kellye glided gracefully down the aisle in an ethereal lace gown with a trumpet skirt and a detachable tulle overskirt, which she removed for the reception. The bride carried a cascading bouquet composed of a variety of succulents and gardenias, which she passed to her sister before exchanging vows with her groom.



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“There is something to be said in having all the people you love in one place for an event that only happens once.”

“The ceremony was the most important aspect for me,” declares Dustin. “We wanted [an officiant] that would share in our love and convey a great message.” And so, the bride and groom selected the father of Kellye’s father’s girlfriend to conduct the ceremony. “It is the best feeling having someone that is a part of your family marry you,” begins the bride. “We will always remember the words he chose for our vows: ‘I promise to kiss you first thing each morning and last thing each evening, so long as we both shall live.’” An enchanting lakefront porch welcomed guests to the sit-

down dinner service. Dark-wood tables absent of linens were arranged in a U-shape, so guests could communicate freely with one another throughout the meal. Bundles of hydrangeas in green and cream hues provided a solid train centerpiece that “overflowed” from the ends of the table to the wood flooring at its base. Ivory candles illuminated hurricane vessels and translucent ghost chairs emphasized the natural décor. “I wish I could relive being at that dinner table – the weather, people, laughter, speeches – everything was beyond perfect,” says Kellye.



While guests dined on Southern-inspired menu items, a live band performed the couple’s favorite songs and continued to do so throughout the night while loved ones danced atop checkered flooring. A comfortable seating area was provided for relaxation, and strings of twinkling café lights shone overhead, enriching the romantic ambience. A dessert bar provided a selection of sweet treats including miniature cherry pies, strawberry shortcakes, s’mores, and macarons. The highlight of the display – a “naked” pumpkin-spice wedding cake with cream cheese frosting in between layers – was embellished with a classic cake topper and garnished with greenery. The festivities concluded at midnight and, staying true to their Southern hospitality, the couple ensured guests left completely satisfied. “Everyone had a choice of a cheeseburger or taquito as they were leaving!” notes Kellye, who made sure wedding attendees were provided with latenight snacks from a popular fast-food eatery upon their exits. Reflecting on their day, both bride and groom agree that everything went flawlessly – despite a wasp getting stuck in Kellye’s tulle skirt during the ceremony. Recalls the groom, “I was amazed at how comfortable it all was… [We KELCY CHRISTY were] very relaxed.”





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K ATRINA H O D GSO N & BRIAN SCOT T August 24, 2013 Malibu, California

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When a friend invited Katrina Hodgson to a movie night get-together hosted by Brian Scott, she had no idea she would meet the man of her dreams. “At the end of the evening, Brian picked up a guitar and sang to all of us. I fell in love right then and there,” remembers the cofounder of fitness-and-lifestyle community and star of Bravo’s Toned Up. As years passed and their love grew, Brian asked Katrina’s father and older brother for their blessings before surprising his bride with a light-yellow canary diamond engagement ring on their annual summer vacation to her family’s lake house. When the time came for the couple to begin planning their nuptials, they designed an event that would truly celebrate their many years of love, as well as commemorate the loved ones who helped shape who they are today. “Our ten-year anniversary celebration was our wedding, so we wanted it to be special and feel like us,” shares Katrina. The first step in doing so was to host a rehearsal “beach day,” in lieu of a traditional rehearsal dinner. “Rather than a formal dinner, we invited our closest family and friends for a relaxing Malibu beach day at one of Marilyn Monroe’s favorite private beaches,” explains the groom.



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The following day, the bride and her bridesmaids prepared for the ceremony on the lawn of a bluff overlooking the ocean. Romantic furniture, including a vanity and plush antique seating upholstered with dusty-pink silks, brought the bridal suite to the beach. Katrina wore an elegant strapless trumpet gown with a sweetheart neckline; her long hair was styled in her famous beachy waves and pulled away from her face on one side with a single, light pink Café au Lait dahlia. Bridesmaids were dressed in long, mismatched gowns in hues of seafoam green or sky blue; their tresses also styled in long, loose curls. Meanwhile, guests enjoyed light refreshments from the “lemonade stand” before making their way to the charming ceremony seating. “We wanted our ceremony and reception décor to be a reflection of our home,” begins Katrina. “We have a beachy-antique style and love soft hues of greens and corals,” which blended seamlessly with their vision for the seaside nuptials. Some décor elements, including trinkets and photos, were borrowed from the couple’s home, and other items, such as chaises and chairs, were purchased from antique fairs and implemented into their home décor after the wedding.



“We wanted our guests to feel like they were spending a quintessential Southern California weekend with us.”

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Once guests found their seats, attendants walked down the lace-andburlap aisle runner to reach the altar, which was built by the groom. Bridesmaids carried bouquets featuring Juliet garden roses and Café au Lait dahlias in shades of light pink with dusty miller accents; each was tied with lace from the wedding dress of Katrina’s paternal grandmother, who at age 91 attended the wedding. Groomsmen were casual in rolledup slacks and white button-down shirts, and Brian donned a three-piece khaki suit with a tie the shade of sea glass; boutonnieres featured ivory blossoms, verdure, and were also tied with grandma’s lace.

“One of my most memorable moments was listening to Brian’s vows… He read a letter he wrote me ten years ago!” confides the bride. Following the picturesque ceremony, Katrina and Brian took a moment alone together before joining loved ones at a nearby vineyard for an alfresco reception. “It was the only time during our entire wedding day that we were alone,” explains Katrina of their drive to the venue in a bright yellow 1973 Volkswagen Thing – her wedding gift from the groom. “We were really happy we took the time to do that… and get lost for 20 minutes – so us!”



As wedding attendees entered the reception space, a table displaying wedding photos from both families welcomed them. “We wanted everyone to witness why we’re here, what brought us together, and who taught us to love,” says the bride. Dinner seating was modeled after the couple’s dining room at home: Farm-style wooden tables decorated with lace-and-burlap runners made by Katrina’s mother were topped with vintage ceramic centerpieces filled with hydrangeas, garden roses, Café au Lait dahlias, and Sahara roses in peaches and creams, as well as touches of Queen Anne’s lace and dusty miller. After enjoying dinner selections from the buffet-style feast, guests discovered a dessert table that featured a wedding cake from Katrina and Brian’s favorite local creamery, which they often visit on date nights. As the sun began to set, the newlyweds enjoyed their first dance and a band performed a playlist throughout the night that was perfect for all ages. “Our first dance was the first time I cried. I realized everyone we loved was in one place,” recalls the bride. She urges other couples to enjoy the planning process together since a wedding only happens once: “Make it a date night! Grab a bottle of wine and put together song lists, choose napkin colors, and do whatever it is that you need to check off the list.” The groom, who was also very involved in wedding preparation, credits the success of their event with the planning they accomplished as a team: “We’re so happy we made our wedding KELCY CHRISTY feel like us.” 108




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NO PLACE LIKE HOME SUSAN L ARN ED & OWEN WI LSO N October 26, 2013 Naples, Florida

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Ask Susan Larned and Owen Wilson what was most memorable about the first time they met, and you’ll get two very different answers. “He was just very funny and easy to talk to,” Susan says, remembering how Owen offered to buy her a drink one night at a Dallas bar. What does Owen recall most? “How much better she is at tequila shots than me!” he laughs. Two years later, a turbulent plane ride convinced Owen that it was time to commit to the love of his life. “The whole flight I kept asking myself

why I was waiting to marry such a beautiful woman,” he says. Owen popped the question at their home, which he had secretly decorated with candles and rose petals while an unsuspecting Susan was busy upstairs. To complete the scene, he donned a sharp suit and had their favorite song, The Beatles’ “Something,” playing when he asked Susan to marry him. But Susan admits she didn’t hear a word. “I didn’t even look at the ring. I just nodded over and over and hugged and kissed him,” she gushes. “It was so incredibly romantic.”



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Though the couple resides in Dallas, Texas, the decision to hold their wedding at Susan’s parents’ estate in Florida was an easy one. The beautiful property features a grand Spanish-style home and a sprawling backyard with waterfront views. Despite the backyard setting, Susan worked with her wedding planner and sister (“We had at least three [inspiration] boards going at once,” she reveals) to keep the event refined. “I wanted to make sure it still felt formal, like a very elegant, spring garden party,” Susan explains. A color palette of pale pinks, creams, and whites was thus carried throughout the entire event to achieve an airy, graceful atmosphere.



“Every couple really deserves to have the best time of their lives on their special day because it only happens once!�

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A secluded garden characterized by rows of stately palm trees was transformed into a romantic ceremony site. Bunches of white hydrangeas surrounded each tree, and a wooden aisleway snaked through the garden and between rows of cream-colored chairs. It ended at a stunning floral backdrop consisting of a giant picture frame filled with white and pink roses. Bridesmaids wore dresses in the same pale pink shade, and Susan wowed guests with her Monique Lhuillier ball gown featuring a tulle skirt and lace cap sleeves. A romantic violin trio provided the music for the intimate service, which Susan personalized by adding her father’s favorite Bible verse. After a cocktail hour in front of the house, guests took their seats at one long table in the backyard, overlooking the peaceful bay. Soft pink fabric served as a breezy tent, and full arrangements of white hydrangeas were suspended above the table. The vanilla and pink roses and white candles that adorned the table “fit the color scheme perfectly,” Susan marvels. Their cakes, too, complemented the theme: The formal cake was a four-tiered, white confection frosted in gold, and the groom’s cake was a replica of two old-fashioned tennis rackets, to represent Owen’s love of tennis.





A raucous party led by an energetic live band followed dinner, during which Susan participated in two unforgettable dances: her father/daughter dance to Neil Diamond’s “Sugar Mountain” (a song that reminds her of her childhood), and a dance with her siblings to “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” In fact, the party became so animated that a noise complaint forced them to end the evening early. Admits Susan, “I might have had a little too much fun!” With only 50 guests, the intimate, easy nature of the reception was particularly delightful for Owen. “Everyone was able to just have fun and I didn’t feel like I had to entertain anyone,” he says. “The whole experience was phenomenal.” For Susan, watching her parents slow dance together and laughing with her mother and sister stand out as highlights of a truly extraordinary evening. “Oh, and marrying the man of my dreams was obviously the ERIN MIGDOL best part,” she smiles.




November 16, 2013 New York, New York

What Dana remembers most about her wedding day is walking through the doors of the ceremony space and seeing Jimmy for the first time. “I waited for this moment for years and it finally came true,” describes the bride. That amorous feeling wasn’t much different from their initial introduction. “I used to work with Dana’s sister and we, along with other colleagues, decided to have after-work 118 118

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The bride prepared herself for an arduous – but fun – planning process. “It really does take up a lot of time; however, it is important to enjoy each task,” she shares. Since Dana’s family resides in New Jersey and Jimmy’s family is from Westchester, New York, the duo decided that a middle point in locations would work well for the nuptials. They settled on a grand hotel situated in New York City. “We were able to incorporate the NYC theme in the save-the-date cards,” explains Dana. “They were super cool!” Dana wanted the celebration to reflect an elegant ambience, “but with touches of glitz.” With that idea in mind, she also opted to carry the same color scheme throughout the entire event. The ceremony space was decorated in classic hues: blush, rose gold, ivory, and pale yellow. A gorgeous chuppah draped in fabric had just a hint of metallic shimmer, while the floor was covered in blush-colored carpet, and the structure itself was bedecked with lush roses. Rows of candles set upon a glass étagère cast a romantic glow.



“Our ‘First Look’ still brings goose bumps to my arms and a tear to my eye when recalling the moment .”



Fourteen bridesmaids wearing pale pink gowns preceded the bride. Dana, wearing a stunning strapless gown embellished with lace and beaded detail, walked down the aisle to her parents’ wedding song. The bride carried an abundant arrangement of dreamy white and cream English garden roses, peonies, and fragrant sweet peas wrapped with a silk ribbon and fastened with crystals. The groom admits watching his bride walk down the aisle was one of his favorite scenes of the day. “To think that she was about to officially be my wife was the best,” Jimmy shares. “She looked absolutely beautiful and everything about that moment was absolutely perfect.” For the reception, guests found their escort cards at a round table

with an impressive floral arrangement of blooms in pale yellow, blush, and cream complemented by lush greenery. Round and rectangular tables were decorated with gorgeous blends of flowers in muted tones and soft candlelight. Place settings included fine china atop silver charger plates, crystal glassware, custom napkins, and personalized menu cards. The focal point of the room was the dramatic floral display suspended from the ceiling. “There were so many small details in the room that all together made the place so spectacular,” describes the bride. “It was like a magical, elegant garden.” Jimmy could not agree more: “Our reception room was the most beautiful room I have ever seen in my life.”



After a scrumptious sit-down dinner service and slices of vanilla cake with fillings of raspberry, vanilla, and hazelnut (“which was fantastic!”), the couple was ready to hit the dance floor. “We love to dance and enjoy ourselves, so it was a must that everyone was on the dance floor!” says Dana. The band was so terrific, in fact, that Dana and Jimmy even got on stage a couple of times. “They do not just play music, they play it perfectly,” says the groom. “The dance floor was so occupied and guests were thoroughly entertained.” Before guests were shuffled into the after-party area, they were gifted with personalized rosé wine bottles and boxes of bagels from a new hit

eatery that offers bagel balls with a variety of custom cream-cheese fi “They are absolutely delicious!” confirms the bride. The couple agrees that their wedding planning – and big day – cou have gone any smoother. The bride advises others to consider the things: “Our guests loved all of the minor elements and how all o details matched perfectly with our wedding invitations, which bro together the whole design.” Concludes Dana of the magical celebr “It was a dream come true for Jimmy and me, and I definitely would not wanted it any other way.” NI PALACIOS

After a scrumptious sit-down dinner service and slices of vanilla cake with fillings of raspberry, vanilla, and hazelnut (“which was fantastic!”), the couple was ready to hit the dance floor. “We love to dance and enjoy ourselves, so it was a must that everyone was on the dance floor!” says Dana. The band was so terrific, in fact, that Dana and Jimmy even got on stage a couple of times. “They do not just play music, they play it perfectly,” says the groom. “The dance floor was so occupied and guests were thoroughly entertained.” Before guests were shuffled into the after-party area, they were gifted with personalized rosé wine bottles and boxes of bagels from a hit eatery that 124



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offers bagel balls with a variety of custom cream cheese fillings. “They are absolutely delicious!” confirms the bride. The couple agrees that their wedding planning – and big day – couldn’t have gone any smoother. The bride advises others to consider the little things: “Our guests loved all of the minor elements and how all of the details matched perfectly with our wedding invitations, which brought together the whole design.” Concludes Dana of the magical celebration, “It was a dream come true for Jimmy and me, and I definitely would have NICOLE PALACIOS not wanted it any other way.”



A BLESSED DAY J EN ÉE L. MOO RE & GER ALD S. PADMO RE August 3, 2013 Washington, D.C.

Jenée Moore only needed 140 characters to get the attention of her future husband, Gerald Padmore. The couple met at a networking meeting for a group of young professionals, and hit it off when Jenée volunteered to write a tweet for Gerald

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promoting the event. While chatting at the social afterwards, Jenée and Gerald realized they had something else in common, in addition to their fondness for the organization. As it so happened, the two lived around the corner from each other!



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They decided to carpool home together after the gathering, and had their first date the following week. Just one month later, Gerald realized that he wanted to pop the question. “All I could do was talk about how much Jenée meant to me!” he remembers. Following his family’s tradition, Gerald wrote Jenée’s father a letter asking for her hand and read it to him; then, after receiving permission, had an engagement ring made in his home country of Liberia. Nearly four months to the day after their first meeting, Gerald proposed to Jenée in their home.



With a guest list of 430 loved ones, the couple based their choice of locations on the venues’ ability to hold a large number of guests while maintaining a sense of elegance. After settling on a color scheme of aubergine and gold, and expressing their desire for a “unique, elegant, regal, and jaw-dropping” ceremony and reception, the couple let their wedding planner take control of the event’s design. “It was a complete surprise to us when we arrived,” Jenée reveals. The ceremony venue, the storied Dunbarton Chapel at Howard University School of Law, was festooned with bunches of ivory and champagne roses wrapped with gold ribbon, perfectly complementing the chapel’s stainedglass windows. Bridesmaids walked down the aisle dressed in flowing strapless gowns in violet and taupe, and each 130 130

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carried a monochromatic bouquet of either purple or fuchsia blooms. The bride was radiant in a ruched Pnina Tornai gown accented by a sparkling sapphire pendant. Throughout the Christian ceremony, an eight-person choir filled the chapel with passionate and soulful harmonies. Following the ceremony, guests headed to the historic and grand Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium for the reception. Stately marble columns shone with deep purple, blue, green, and pink lighting, and delicate candles were suspended from towering trees interspersed throughout the space. Shimmering silver linens and gold-rimmed flatware topped the tables, which were each decorated with unique centerpieces: vases of ivory, champagne, and aubergine flowers in varying heights, and rectangular crystal candleholders.





Jenée and Gerald took the music selection especially seriously, deciding upon a DJ and two lively bands to entertain the crowd. The traditional first dance and parental dances were particularly important to the couple, including one less-traditional, yet sentimental dance. “We believe we started a special trend with our mother-of-the-bride/bride dance,” Jenée says proudly. West African music was featured prominently at the reception, as Gerald’s heritage was honored with a Liberian wedding custom known as the “Grand March,” which looks similar to a line dance. Guests enjoyed a magnificent six-tiered confection decorated with ivory and deep purple flowers in between tiers, each of which featured the design on the bride’s earrings. Guests were gifted with metallic gold boxes filled with sterling-silver wine corkscrews,

stemless wine glasses, and bottles of the couple’s favorite wine. Jenée urges other brides to take advantage of wedding vendors’ expert skills and knowledge. “They have the ability to hone in on details that you wouldn’t have thought of. They also have this amazing ability to keep you grounded and focused,” she explains. The music, dancing, and love that surrounded their wedding day will linger in Jenée and Gerald’s minds forever. Gerald says that two of his favorite moments were when his father-in-law put his arm around him and told him he was his son, and when a little girl called Jenée a princess during their portrait session at the U.S. Capitol. “I like events where many are involved and have a great time,” Gerald explains. “I like to see people happy and our reception was a ERIN MIGDOL blessed one!”




August 31, 2013 Laguna Beach, California



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On the night of their first meeting, David Huffman caught Jessica Doiron’s attention by staging a faux proposal to ward off a stranger’s unwanted advances. Six months later, the two reconnected for a spontaneous first date, in which David flew Jessica from Houston to Orange County to attend the set of a popular DJ. Once on board the three-hour flight, the couple got to know one another very quickly. “He told me he loved me and was going to marry me,” begins the bride. “Oddly, I wasn’t creeped out. I felt the same and knew I was with my future husband.” What was supposed to be an overnight getaway for the couple, turned into a nine-night trip. One week later, Jessica officially moved in with her beloved and accepted a diamond “pre-engagement” ring. “David said he needed to wait a few months to formally propose, so everyone would take it seriously,” explains Jessica of their whirlwind romance. Eight months later, David kept his promise and proposed 34,000 feet in the air on a United Airlines jet en route to London. “The airline’s CEO arranged for Champagne to be served in beautiful flutes for everyone in the First Class cabin to toast with us!” exclaims Jessica. As a nod to their love of travel, Jessica and David chose to host a destination wedding at an inviting seaside resort in Southern California, not far from the location of their first date. “I always knew that I wanted to get married by the ocean,” says the bride. Invitations represented the setting of their engagement, as well as their shared passions for flying and piloting. Save-the-dates resembled airline tickets, and invitations were personalized to look like the couple’s passports – all of the stamps used were from countries they had visited together, which now totals over 20.



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“Be true to who you are as a couple. Don’t let tradition stand in the way of what you want, and have fun with it!” On the day of their nuptials, 250 guests gathered on the lawn to witness Jessica and David’s love. Blooms in shades of white and pale pink emerged from raised urns at the ceremony altar, and trees powdered with vanilla blossoms lined the aisleway of the enchanting alfresco space. “I remember being so giddy and ecstatic as the ceremony

progressed,” explains David, who donned a black tuxedo with a white vest, tie, and boutonniere. Bridesmaids dressed in daring ebony gowns with low backs and striking illusion details carried hot pink nosegays down the aisle, while groomsmen wore tuxedos with black vests and ties with boutonnieres in the same hue as maids’ florals.



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A glamorous reception room featured the fairy-tale décor that the bride envisioned. “I wanted something different that people would remember,” she explains. Tables varied between long, mirrored varieties and round styles swathed in dark green sequined linens. A collection of high and low floral centerpieces displayed a spectrum of shades from light creams to deep pinks, and multicolored Moroccan lanterns were suspended overhead. The couple’s wedding crest, composed of a crown and airplane motif, decorated the dance floor, stationery, and mirrored tables, as well as the chairs of the bride and groom. Dinner was served at elegant place settings marked by silver-beaded chargers and topped with dark green napkins and bold florets in cerise. Later, guests enjoyed slices from a five-tiered white wedding cake embellished with an ombré, Moroccan-inspired design. Flavors featured peanut-butter chocolate, as well as white cake with fresh strawberries and light icing. Dancing followed and continued until the early-morning hours, which was one of the bride’s most memorable moments. “Jessica and I love a good party!” confirms the groom, who surprised guests with a DJ appearance later in the evening. For other couples planning their fairy-tale weddings, both bride and groom recommend one piece of guidance: “Remember, it’s about you. Don’t let what everyone else may want take away from your own desires.” Following their own advice, Jessica and David believe their day was absolutely perfect. Reveals the groom, “I was surprised how easy it was, but that’s how I know I’ve married the right person.” KELCY CHRISTY




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Patricia Vlahos knew after her first date with Anthony Segretto that he would be the man she would marry. Anthony, too, knew Patricia was The One just moments after meeting. As fate would have it, the couple – who was introduced to one another by the bride’s mother – soon discovered that Patricia’s late grandfather had been a friend of Anthony’s grandfather during their time at the same assisted-living facility. “Patricia’s whole family had met my grandpa, and when they visited her grandpa, they would also visit mine,” shares Anthony. “My mother’s family knew my father’s grandma before [my parents] had ever met, and the same thing was happening to me!”



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Before proposing to “the sweetest, nicest, most caring woman” he had ever known, Anthony asked Patricia’s father for his blessing. Then, on a supposed “last-minute” trip to The Field Museum in Chicago to view some of the most rare and unique gemstones in the world, Patricia noticed something special in the final display case. “There in the lit-up glass window was a ring with a little plaque that read, ‘I love you more. Donated by Anthony Segretto,’” exclaims the bride. “Anthony got down on one knee, and from that day on,

we were officially headed to the altar to be husband and wife!” A beautiful church provided the perfect setting for the couple’s Greek Orthodox ceremony. Décor was kept minimal to highlight the beauty of the venue. A custom aisle runner embellished with the couple’s initials adorned the aisleway along with four large French urns brimming with vanilla roses and hydrangeas. The bride and groom wore crowns during the ceremony to symbolize their roles as “king and queen” of their new family per Greek tradition.





“I texted my girlfriends after the first date telling them I was going to marry him. I knew he was The One!”

Patricia was dazzling in a strapless ball gown featuring intricate silver beading. The sizeable bouquet of vanilla roses she carried, though beautiful, turned out to be heftier than anticipated. “My bouquet was so large the florist had to trim [it down] because my hands were too small to fit around it,” reveals the bride. Her groom and his groomsmen were formal in black tie with white rose boutonnieres. Bridesmaids wore floor-length gowns in a champagne hue and jeweled sashes around their waists. They held nosegays of roses wrapped in silk and fastened with rhinestone brooches, identical to the ones that adorned the couple’s wedding invitations. Following the ceremony, 400 of the newlyweds’ loved ones entered the enchanting reception space. The ballroom’s high ceiling was illuminated with an elegant scroll motif and sparkling crystal chandeliers that cast a gorgeous glow onto the dinner seating below. Round and rectangular tables were strewn with ivory linens and surrounded by gold chairs topped with crème brûlée cushions. High and low centerpieces overflowing with vanilla roses and hydrangeas bedecked the tabletops along with flickering candles. The couple of honor dined at a charming sweetheart table with white, tufted chairs that provided a wonderful view of their guests, as well as the live band and dance floor.



As the dinner service concluded, wedding attendees made their way to the white vinyl dance floor decorated with the couple’s names. More than any other element of the wedding, Anthony was most keen on the entertainment of the evening. After viewing a number of musical vendors, he selected an impressive band for the reception. “They kept everyone on the dance floor the entire night,” says the groom. “People are still talking about them!” Exploding confetti cannons added to the excitement of the performance. Libations flowed throughout the celebration and guests were encouraged to indulge in three signature cocktails: Hers, a pomegranate martini; His, an old-fashioned; and Theirs, a mojito. For dessert, a four-tiered wedding cake designed to resemble the 148


bride’s gown delighted guests. As a baker, Patricia took much interest in the taste of the confection and chose almond cake with passion fruit and cream cheese fillings. “It was the best cake we had ever tasted!” she declares. Guests also relished miniature ice-cream cones and additional sweets presented by a woman dressed as Marie Antoinette, who served as a “moving dessert table.” A lively after-party extended the festivities until 2AM. Sunglasses and glow sticks were passed out to guests on the dance floor, and American favorites from a popular fast-food chain satisfied late-night cravings. Patricia and Anthony had the time of their lives celebrating their love and marriage with family and friends. Recalls the bride, “I KELCY CHRISTY enjoyed every single bit of it.”




ROSARI O PEREZ & SHA A Z AH M ED August 23, 2013 Santa Monica, California

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While walking through the Boston University campus one day, Rosario Perez spotted Shaaz Ahmed talking to a few other students. She instantly felt a powerful attraction. “All I could think was, ‘Where is that boy from? He looks so exotic,’” Rosario says. So she took matters into her own hands and winked at him. That wink was all it took to begin a seven-year relationship that became a lifelong commitment during the 2012 holiday season. While on vacation in Phuket, Thailand, Shaaz took Rosario to a romantic dinner. At the end of the meal, a very jet-lagged Rosario fell asleep on the table – but Shaaz wasn’t deterred. He woke her up, got down on one knee, and asked her to marry him three times before Rosario answered. “I thought I was still dreaming,” she remembers. Rosario admits that she wasn’t prepared for the intricate details she would have to plan for her upcoming nuptials. “I told my good friend, who is a wedding planner, ‘So, you just find a venue, organize the alcohol, and get a DJ, right?’ She couldn’t stop laughing after I asked her that,” Rosario recalls.



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With just six months until their wedding date, the couple quickly began searching for a Los Angeles-area venue that would be entertaining and accommodating to out-oftown guests – a task that was of the utmost importance, since only 15 of their 150 guests resided in the United States. A sophisticated hotel just steps away from shops, restaurants, and the beach was selected for the convenience it would provide for traveling guests. White chiavari chairs topped with silver cushions were arranged poolside, and paper fans in hot pink rested on each seat to offer relief from the California heat. Towering bouquets of magenta roses and hydrangeas filled colossal urns that flanked the end of the aisle, which was lined with sleek black lanterns and fuchsia roses wrapped in silver ribbon. Bridesmaids wore body-conscious gold dresses and clutched bouquets of pink roses and fuchsia phalaenopsis orchids as they walked down the aisle to the romantic sounds of a string orchestra.



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The bride was the epitome of modern style in a voluminous off-the-shoulder gown and birdcage veil. A single lock fell loose from her braided updo, and a cascading bouquet of dark pink phalaenopsis orchids perfectly complemented her dramatic gown. Rosario and Shaaz laughed and smiled throughout the interfaith ceremony, led by an amazing Catholic priest. “I was raised a Muslim,” Shaaz explains, “so I wanted us to find someone that was open and understanding about our union and cultures.” At the conclusion of the joyful ceremony, Rosario took a moment alone in her bridal suite to reflect on her ancestors before heading to the reception. “I wanted to pray to them and think of how they must have felt and how their weddings must have been. It was a very special moment,” she recalls.



“I had imagined it so many times, but [the work of] my wedding planner and florist exceeded my imagination. The place looked stunning.”

Meanwhile, guests made their way to a ballroom adjacent to the pool for cocktails; then, they enjoyed a formal sit-down dinner beneath contemporary black-and-white poolside cabanas. Violet lighting cascaded over pewter tables adorned with silver candelabras and mercury-glass vases filled with fuchsia and magenta roses, hydrangeas, orchids, lisianthus blossoms, and hyacinths. In addition to a lavender- and pistachio-flavored cake covered in red ombré fondant, a mouthwatering array of desserts was offered atop a shimmering pink table appropriately labeled “Dulce Amor” (Spanish for “Sweet Love”). Small boxes were available for guests to fill with turtle 156 156

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pretzels, red velvet cake pops, fruit tarts, sugar cookies, and key lime bars. The radiant décor and striking design of the event proved to be one of the couple’s favorite elements of their big day. “Even though I went to some meetings, I didn’t really pay attention to what was going on,” Shaaz admits. “When I saw what the place looked like, I was impressed and I understood all the time my bride had spent planning our day.” Rosario adds, “I had imagined it so many times, but [the work of] my wedding planner and florist exceeded my imagination. The place looked stunning.” ERIN MIGDOL And it all began with a single wink.




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create a piece that is unique to you – not carbon copies of other designs. Don’t bring too many people to your initial meeting. More people means more opinions, which isn’t always a good thing. Consider inviting your mom (or future mother-in-law), wedding planner, and maid of honor. Give yourself a chance to create a clear idea with your designer and then share it with family and friends before the next meeting (most likely the sample presentation). Don’t rush your first appointment. Give yourself 60 to 90 minutes. You will be surprised how much there is to go over and how many questions will surface to even the most inexperienced of floral enthusiasts.


SELECTING YOUR WEDDING-DAY FLOWERS What every bride should know for her floral appointments.


o you don’t know the difference between lilacs and lilies, or can’t make up your mind between white or pink roses? Don’t fret – that’s why you hired a floral professional. From price points to image-sharing websites, we break down what you need to know when preparing for your first florist meeting and the questions you should ask leading up to your big day in order for your floral designer to produce the right arrangements for you. FIRST MEETING PREP Organize your image-sharing website albums. Pin as many pictures that will help you depict the overall “feeling” you are trying to convey at the ceremony and reception. Make notes under each photo about the colors, textures, patterns, and elements you like, and, as equally important, what you don’t like. For example, “I don’t like roses, but I love the ‘mood’ of this room and the height and size of the arrangements.” Send your related page link to the designer, so he or she can review it prior to the meeting and be prepared for your arrival. Research your chosen floral designer. Make sure he or she is a good fit for you and your spending limit, has a reliable reputation, and has wedding experience. Vet the florist through friends, the venue, and other



vendors. Perusing websites that offer past customer reviews is an especially helpful tool. Arrive with a realistic floral budget in mind. Realistic expectations ensure the meeting will be productive and allow you to discuss elements that are within your price point. It’s fun to dream big for your wedding, but if you don’t have $50,000 to spend on flowers, don’t waste your time discussing floral chandeliers that are dripping in crystals. Be honest with your floral-design team. Your spending limit will likely not be the smallest (or largest) they have worked within. Remember, it is their job to create something beautiful that suits you and your funds. FIRST MEETING AND BEYOND Make sure you can access your imagesharing website page, a link to the venue, and other online resources you have prepared. A seasoned designer will be able to immediately pick up on your aesthetic from your inspiration materials and help you hone your vision. Don’t stress about finding a photo of your dream centerpiece, chuppah, or escort card table. Floral designers typically like to draw inspiration from a few different photos, so they can make the arrangements tailored to you. They want to be able to

Ask about their typical “run of show” for a wedding day. You’ll want to know what time the staff plans to arrive; advise them of your point person for the day of the wedding; and ask approximately how many crew members will be in attendance. Make sure your florist is familiar with the venue, and that the person you have been “planning” your flowers with is the go-to person on the big day. Confirm when you will see a sample of your floral arrangements. Make sure it’s far enough in advance that you feel comfortable making changes, but still close enough to ensure the flowers that you are viewing are the same ones that will be adorning your wedding the day-of. Inquire if the floral team has more than one wedding on that date. It’s okay if they do. Just confirm that a dedicated staff will be at your celebration, and that your point person will be managing the arrangements and bouquets. The floral designers should be 30 minutes ahead of you and your guests, blending into the crowd and making it all look like magic, as if these flowers just appeared! They should not be seen running around at any point, awkwardly creating arrangements or taking bouquets from bridesmaids’ hands and putting them on the dinner tables. You hired a florist to do all of the worrying for you that day, at least when it comes to the floral décor. Trust that they know what they are doing, that you made a good choice, and as the saying goes – relax AMY CHILD MARELLA and smell the roses. PHOTO BY EMBRACE LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY


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The great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post provides guidance to help avoid pitfalls during the invitation-selection process.


will vary by supplier, but knowing both your delivery date and mailing date will be key to ensuring you have enough time to mail your invitations well in advance of the wedding.

Timing Like wedding dresses, most wedding invitations need to be ordered well in advance of the big day. On average, count back eight to ten weeks from the wedding date to determine your mailing date. Now count back two weeks before that: this is the date you want your invitations to be delivered to you. (You’ll use those two weeks to assemble, stuff, and address the envelopes.) Depending on the invitations you choose, you may need to begin the ordering process three months prior to the delivery date to allow for selection, proofing, approval, printing, and delivery. Timetables

Wording Wording choice will reflect the formality of your wedding, as well as your personality. “Mr. and Mrs. Peter L. Post request the honour of your presence...” sets a different tone than “With joy in their hearts, Anna and Matt hope you will join them…” There is no right or wrong choice in terms of etiquette. Just be sure that all of the important information is there: the names of the couple getting married, the host(s) (if different), the date and time, location, any reception information, contact information, and an RSVP deadline. What should not appear: registry information. This is spread by word of mouth or via the couple’s wedding website. In addition, the return address on the wedding invitation indicates where gifts and replies should be sent – usually the host’s address. It may also be the couple’s residence to avoid having to re-ship gifts if they don’t live near the hosting parents. Traditionally, the bride’s parents hosted the wedding and were represented as such on the invitation. Today, many couples pay for part or all of their weddings, or do so with help from the groom’s parents, too.

’ll admit it – initial wedding planning was stressful. Deciding on the guest list size, budget, and venue took a lot of focus and energy. In part because it required a great deal of research to know our options, along with coordination between the many people involved, and in part because these are big decisions that no one wants to regret. Happily, my fiancé and I feel great about the direction we ended up taking. We are now deep into the really fun choices, such as music, flowers, and menus. Since I love all things printed, the invitations are one of my favorite parts of any wedding. Most pressing at the moment is our invitation design and wording, both of which require more thought than couples may at first realize.

Divorced parents and any new spouses can also add to the potential number of hosts mentioned on the invitation. While I can’t list all of the examples here, know that there are several ways to word all kinds of family scenarios, from divorced, to deceased parents, to hosts who aren’t the couples’ parents. It’s also fine to include parents who aren’t financing the celebration in any way as “honorary” hosts. Alternately, I am a big fan of the phrasing, “Together with their families/[bride]/ and/[groom]/request the pleasure of your company [or similar]...” This includes everyone equally and keeps the focus on the couple. It can also help to avoid any feelings of resentment if there is animosity between parents or if the bride or groom has complicated parental relationships. The Final Touch For such a personal and important invitation as a wedding invitation, addressing the envelopes by hand is preferred. This can take quite a bit of time – hence the aforementioned two-week window between the invitation delivery and mailing dates to accomplish this task. Any neat handwriting is acceptable, though if ever there was a time to hire a calligrapher, this is it. Start talking to calligraphers a month or two in advance of your delivery date to check their availability and confirm how much time they request for the task. The beauty and precision of professional calligraphy makes quite a statement and saves the couple hours of work (and hand cramps)! Whether the addressing is outsourced or done at home, whoever is doing the work will need to have up-to-date addresses and names of all guests, including any children. Most wedding invitations are formally addressed, so be prepared to find out some details, such as middle initials and any professional titles. It’s okay to call or email guests for this information; it won’t preempt the invitation to come. Nothing can take away from the pleasure of opening your mailbox, pulling out a heavy envelope of fine paper, and seeing your name beautifully written out. If a wedding invitation is about setting the stage for the wedding, there’s no better start than that.

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