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EVENT OF A LIFETIME Just minutes after their proposals, many brides already begin to envision their wedding days – the dresses, ceremony décor, centerpieces, and every other dreamy detail in between. Whether you and your beloved have only a few months to plan for the big day or more than a year, an engagement is a time to reflect on the past, look forward to the future, and plan the event of a lifetime. We want you to design an affair that is unique to you and your fiancé, which is why we provide 98 pages of real-wedding inspiration to help you assemble the celebration of your dreams. From charming seaside nuptials to lavish city soirées, there is truly something for everyone to admire. We are also pleased to present the latest gowns from the runway, sparkling engagement rings and eternity bands, a
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The Hawaiian Islands have long been a favored locale for weddings and honeymoons, and Maui’s brand-new resort, Montage Kapalua Bay, will delight couples desiring a romantic getaway. Escape frigid winter temperatures to bask in warmer climes at the intimate 50-room location offering luxurious all-suite accommodations. Individuals who choose to host their nuptials on-site will be enchanted with an oceanfront ceremony featuring memorable Hawaiian customs including a conch shell blessing, as well as an array of cultural activities for out-of-town guests such as hula dancing and lei-making lessons. The property’s impressive 30,000-square-foot spa and nearby white sand beaches, snorkeling reefs, and championship golf courses make this a must-see destination for island visitors. 808.662.6600, montagehotels.com/kapaluabay.
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Celebrate the most important day of your life with Champagne by Armand de Brignac. The luxurious gold-dipped Dynastie collection features nine bottles sized for every aspect of your wedding day – from the typical 750ml bottles for dinner toasts to the grand 30L Midas bottle for raucous after-parties. A limited-edition Trilogie collection of Brut Gold, Rosé, and Blanc de Blancs 750ml varieties nestled in a stylish black case lined with ebony velvet and embellished with a pewter ace-of-spades label is also available. Ideal for refined palates, this is an opulent gift option for newlyweds and sparkling-wine connoisseurs. Dynastie (price upon request) and Trilogie ($1,500) collections; armanddebrignac.com
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“Sedum” cluster napkin ring, $30 by Deborah Rhodes and “Festival” linen napkin, $12.50 by SFERRA; available at Gearys (310.273.4741)
“Jujube Peony” candle, $75; daynadecker.com
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Style Tip: Have fun with your color palette. Select colors that contrast with the natural setting of your venue.
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Create a luxurious resort-chic style much like the nuptials of crooner Adam Levine and model Behati Prinsloo, who hosted their wedding at Flora Farm in Los Cabos, Mexico. The dreamy celebration combined a relaxed vacation feel with the luxury and glamour of a rock star event. Implement hues of hot pink and pops of orange into the décor scheme, along with inspiration from the surroundings to design a spectacular sojourn for you and your guests.
“Coral Cove” invitation suite; cecinewyork.com
Ombré cake with sugar flowers, $15/slice; superfinebakery.com
“Maldives” china pieces by Philippe Deshoulieres; available at Gearys (310.273.4741)
Floral arrangement, $235; emptyvase.com
Anya’s Advice: When using a bold color in your “Lente” tumblers, $17/each by Mario Luca Giusti; gearys.com
décor scheme, be sure to pair it with a neutral metallic such as gold or pewter for a balanced, polished look. INSIDEWEDDINGS.COM
Diamond engagement ring and matching band, price upon request; mayors.com “Midnight Lily” mesh snap clip, $98; colettemalouf.com
Pear diamond earrings, $165,000; martinkatz.com
Diamond necklace, $290,000; martinkatz.com
Style Tip: Don’t forget the details! Pack like a pro and accessorize your resort rehearsal dinner look from head to toe with stylish sunglasses, a chic clutch, and comfortable shoes.
Anya’s Advice: When selecting your gown, consider the conditions of your wedding-day surroundings. For a destination affair, choose a dress that isn’t too heavy and travels well.
“Jardin” gold hair comb, $275; boutiquedevoile.com
“Rock Candy” mini clutch, $105; deuxlux.com
“Bluebird” sunglasses, $425 by Dita; available at Bloomingdale’s (310.985.6400)
Diamond pyramid cuff, $44,000; borgionis.com “Feathered Fan” earrings, $145; lelesadoughi.com “Tempo” organza dress, $330; siriinc.com
Blush bouquet, $300; skyeventsandproduction.com
Strapless chiffon gown with floral detail, $8,950; marchesa.com
“Sugar Kiss” body butter, $25; lalicious.com Brocade minaudière, $138 by La Regale; nordstrom.com
No. 45 Poppy candle, $33; niquead.com
Jeweled T-strap sandal, $1,420 by René Caovilla; saksfifthavenue.com
Style Tip: Your guests will take some of your favorite wedding photos without you ever being aware. To prepare for candid images from any angle, utilize a 3-way mirror during your dress fitting to make sure you look perfect from all corners.
“Bondage & Knuckle” ring with brown diamonds, $13,700; borgionis.com
Hydrating tinted lip balms, $18/each; benefitcosmetics.com
Sandal, $1,430; renecaovilla.com
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Style Tip: Lighten your ‘maids’ travel load and express your appreciation by providing their beauty essentials.
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Anya’s Advice: Allow your bridal party to wear a dress of their choice (in your wedding colors). They will be comfortable and grateful on your special day.
“Sasha” clutch, $198; available at Bloomingdale’s (310.772.2100)
Givenchy embellished sandal, $1,350; barneys.com
“Embossed Check” cuff links by Burberry London, $195; bloomingdales.com
“Mauve & Gold Soaps,” $22; available at select Papyrus locations
Pink rhinestone cuff, $140; cloenoeldesigns.com
Samuelsohn “Gable” dinner jacket, $1,500-1,800; garysonline.com
Style Tip: Mix up your groom’s look with a dinner jacket and slacks instead of the traditional tuxedo. He will look dapper, be ontrend, and get to showcase his personality. Millenary “4101” watch, $40,300; audemarspiguet.com
Matte leather flats, $175; tieks.com
Nail lacquers, $16/each; shopncla.com Champagne bridesmaid dress by Monique Lhuillier, $328; bellabridesmaids.com
Large palette, $20; zpalette.com
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Kilian “Love, Don’t Be Shy” Eau de Parfum, $245; bergdorfgoodman.com
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Wintry invitation styles that provide the perfect combination of warmth and whimsy.
This beautifully unique invitation suite was created especially for Mötley Crüe member Nikki Sixx and his bride Courtney Bingham. The stationery pieces offer sophisticated elements, paired with a glimpse of the groom’s edgy style. Bliss & Bone was inspired by the couple’s vision of their wedding day: Rock ‘n’ Roll meets Versailles.
Elegant gold foil-printed invitations were wrapped in corset form using black velvet ribbon, while save-the-date cards and envelope liners showcased dark-hued florals against an ebony background. Shown here: save-the-date card, invitation, outer envelope with floral liner, and information insert; blissandbone.com
Read Nikki and Courtney’s dreamy wedding story on page 108.
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YOU’REINVITED “In Love” letterpress wedding invitation with scroll-style banner by Invitations by Dawn; invitationsbydawn.com
“Frames” invitation inspired by the couple’s signature spectacles featuring foil stamping by East Six; eastsix.com
“Krafted Love” wedding invitation with foil-print details by Magnolia Press for Wedding Paper Divas; weddingpaperdivas.com
“Nadine & Fabrice” invitation in velvet by Ceci New York; cecinewyork.com
“Terresa & Matthew” letterpress invitation suite with gold foil by Regas Studio; regasstudio.com
“Rustic Elegance” wedding invitation featuring a handmade wooden frame in a velvet-lined box by Zenadia Design; zenadiadesign.com
YOU’REINVITED “Dots” custom wedding invitation with gold foil stamping on bamboo paper and table cards (sold in packs online) by Smock; smockpaper.com
Custom monogram invitation with gold foil and mix-n-match calligraphy by Laura Hooper Calligraphy; lhcalligraphy.com
“Charming Love” foil-pressed wedding invitation by Melanie Severin for Minted; minted.com
Custom peacock invitation with gold foil stamping featuring Swarovski-crystal details by Lehr and Black; lehrandblack.com
“The New Classic” invitation printed on stock paper with gold foil, edge painting, and matching envelope with black foil return address by Lowcountry Paper Co.; lowcountrypaperco.com
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Consider great registry advice from one recently married couple. “Malmaison” 5-piece place setting by Christofle, $380; Bloomingdale’s
“Véga” martini glasses by Baccarat, $155/each; Elements “Bar” double old-fashioned glass by Moser, $190; Elements
“Infinity” pitcher by Nambé, $150; Bloomingdale’s
“Malmaison” gravy boat by Christofle, $450; Bloomingdale’s
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“Fidelio” 5-piece place setting in silver plate by Christofle, $394; Bloomingdale’s
“Bleus d’Ailleurs” coffee/tea pot by Hermès, $595; Elements
REGISTRY TIPS FROM TRACY AND CHRISTOPHER
Couple photographed by Bob & Dawn Davis Photography
Take stock. “Be conscious of what you want, need, and can fit in your home.” Accidents happen. “Register for a few extra place settings and glasses to replace those that break.”
After purchasing the fi rst home they would share, Tracy Clifford and Christopher Esbrook saw their registry as an opportunity to outfit it for their life together. “We both played significant roles in our wedding registry that were similar to those we have in our relationship: Chris selected practical items for the home; I chose beautiful items for the home,” shares Tracy. “I was very excited about the process because you get to pick out great things that you ordinarily may not buy yourself!” recalls Christopher. “It can be a lot of fun if you look at it with that attitude.” Preferring a hands-on, personal approach, the couple
Have fun. “If you’re starting to feel any stress during the process, just leave the store and try it again another day.” Give thanks. “Take a picture of yourself using your gift and send it to the person who gave it to you.”
registered as a team for everything on their wish list in-store. “I am a fashion stylist and do not like purchasing anything online,” explains Tracy. “I like to see and touch everything I buy, from clothing to kitchenware.” Since home-good retailers carry much of the same type of merchandise, Christopher found that the expertise and constructive advice of sales personnel was not only useful in determining the best items for their specific needs, but influential in deciding where to register. “For instance, the associate at Williams-Sonoma that helped Tracy and me was really knowledgeable about the products and offered insight that allowed us to make good decisions,” the groom says.
Tracy and Christopher’s four registries encompassed department stores that provided overall essentials and specialty retailers that spoke to their interests. Bloomingdale’s Home appealed to the couple because of the price point and item diversity it presented guests – not to mention the stylish staples that met both of their criteria. There, they registered for Christofle “Malmaison” china. The couple was later wonderfully surprised and touched when Christopher’s mother gifted them the entire collection. “They are really stunning and I will always think of her every time I use them,” he says.
“Bleus d’Ailleurs” tea cup and saucer by Hermès, $210; Elements
“Beluga” decanter by Baccarat, $495; Elements
FAST FACTS Number of working registries: Four
“Silver Echo” 5-piece place setting by Reed & Barton, $68.75; Bloomingdale’s
Estimated total value of combined registries: $54,920 Total number of items: 460 Estimated percentage of guests that gave registered gifts: 80%
Three-part rectangle dish, $29.95; Crate and Barrel
“Vertigo” silver rectangular tray by Christofle, $1,200; Elements
Vera Wang Wedgewood “Princess” wine glass, $45; Bloomingdale’s
“Twist” coaster set by Nambé, $135; Bloomingdale’s Antonini olive wood cheese knives (set of 5), $47.96; Williams-Sonoma
Favorite registered items: Christofle “Malmaison” china, Bloomingdale’s; “Bleus d’Ailleurs” tea set by Hermès, Elements; “Professional 620” stand mixer by KitchenAid, Williams-Sonoma; Littledeer omelet spatula, Williams-Sonoma Most expensive registered item: Christofle “Vertigo” large silver rectangular tray, $1,200; Elements Least expensive registered item: Deep 3.25" sauce dish, $1.95; Crate and Barrel
REGISTRIES BLOOMINGDALE’S bloomingdales.com, 800.888.2933 CR ATE AND BARREL crateandbarrel.com, 888.249.4155 ELEMENTS elementschicago.com, 312.642.6574
L’Objet rolling napkin rings (set of 4), $120; Elements
Beckett bar cart in brass, $799; Williams-Sonoma
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Tunisian handpainted mosaic tagine, $59.95; Williams-Sonoma Juliska Pewter Collection stoneware mug, $29; Bloomingdale’s
Fig leaf kabob platter with skewers by Michael Aram, $239; Bloomingdale’s
Vitamix Professional Series 750 blender, $649.95; Williams-Sonoma
Elements, one of Tracy’s favorite stores, was an easy choice for a wish list. She let her imagination soar selecting finishing touches for their abode, as well as pieces to wine and dine guests at get-togethers. “They carry the most exquisite home décor ranging from picture frames to serving platters,” the bride explains. In fact, the Hermès tea set they requested is now proudly on display on a bar cart alongside their kitchen. “We actually received it, which was a dream come true for me,” marvels Tracy. A culinary maven, Christopher’s domain is clearly the kitchen and he enjoyed perusing the new gadgets and devices on the market. He found a number of specialty tools and appliances that appealed to him at WilliamsSonoma, including a trusty omelet spatula. Tracy also discovered something eye-catching on this venture. She was captivated by the copper hue of a KitchenAid mixer and decided it would be a striking accent piece for their kitchen. The couple topped off their selections at Crate and Barrel with additional kitchenware and items for entertaining. For Tracy and Christopher, creating their wedding wish lists turned out to be a fun
“It truly felt like we were building a home based on both of our tastes and personalities.”
Bodum Assam tea press, $39.95; Crate and Barrel
Copper salt & pepper mill, $29.95 each; Crate and Barrel
KitchenAid “Professional 620” stand mixer, $899.95; Williams-Sonoma
Zwilling J.A. Henckels Pro 8-piece knife block set, $399.95; Williams-Sonoma
French Kitchen mortar and pestle, $29.95; Crate and Barrel
activity. So much so, that these outings seemed more like dates for the couple. Even at moments when the novelty began to wane, focusing on aspects of the home that interested them the most kept everything on track. “It truly felt like we were building a home based on both of our tastes and personalities,” says the bride of the registy experience. For individuals beginning the process, Christopher recommends they explore their options. “Talk to a few different people in the store until you find someone that gives you the amount of information you are looking for,” he advises. “The registry process can be intimidating, but couples shouldn’t feel pressured into working with whoever happens to talk to them on a certain day.” After four bridal showers, “we were very blessed to have received every item on our registry,” says Tracy. Although the couple did not register for honeymoon activities, some guests were thoughtful enough to contribute in that manner. Christopher concludes, “One of the nice things about a registry is that the items all have such sentimental value because of the special time in your life when you receive them and because of the people gifting them.”
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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...
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Discover travel and honeymoon tips from one recently married couple.
HIGHLIGHTS PENINSULA PAPAGAYO Horseback riding at Hacienda El Aromal. Learn about the regional cowboy culture, while touring a picturesque cattle range on horseback. Deep-sea fishing off the coast. Explore waters abound with yellowfin tuna, mahi-mahi, snapper, and more delectable varieties. Fishermen in the know call the Guanacaste coast the “Jurassic Park” of sport fishing! Enjoying a catamaran cruise along the Gulf of Papagayo. Board a 47-foot catamaran at the beach of the Four Seasons to view dynamic ocean wildlife and jungle shoreline.
After a whirlwind wedding in Washington, D.C., newlyweds Danielle (née Schovee) and Eric Sipf desired nothing more than a relaxing and romantic honeymoon. Costa Rica had always been on the couple’s list of dream travel destinations, and recommendations from friends sealed the deal. “We wanted to be able to relax, but also enjoy activities like zip-lining if we felt like it,” Danielle explains. “I also really wanted to see monkeys in the wild.”
For their first stop in tropical paradise, Danielle and Eric checked into the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, located in Guanacaste, a province in the northwest corner of the country. Sandy beaches, lush forests, and volcanoes characterize the region, making it popular with international travelers. The couple was encouraged to stay at the Four Seasons by friends who had selected it as their honeymoon hotel, and the luxurious location did not disappoint. “The service was impeccable, from the complimentary drinks and Champagne upon our arrival to immediate service for any requests,” Danielle says. In addition to relaxing by the pools and beaches, the newlyweds also took advantage of the many adventures offered by the resort. Favorites included a tour of the golf course and a bartending class, “which was tons of fun and a great way to meet other couples!” Danielle exclaims. But perhaps most memorable was a zip-lining excursion in the nearby jungle. In a remarkable outing, Danielle and Eric were driven into the forest and slid along ziplines between treetops overlooking the jungle and diverse wildlife. “It was thrilling and a beautiful way to see the forest!” Danielle says. The extensive selection of on-site fine-dining options allowed Danielle and Eric to enjoy all of their meals without leaving the property. Italian and seafood restaurants, as well as a Brazilian steakhouse and a relaxed, open-air bar offered stunning views and delicious fare. “All of them were phenomenal, but the Italian restaurant was our favorite!” Danielle reveals. “The pasta was amazing and the atmosphere was very romantic.”
“I would return to both locations in a heartbeat!” HIGHLIGHTS TAMARINDO Visiting local beaches. Playa Avellana is a quiet, beautiful beach with world-class surfing and a famous restaurant named Lola’s, a hip café serving mouthwatering seafood, pizza, and vegetarian dishes. Viewing exotic wildlife. Los Altos de Eros offers an Estuary Tour up the Tamarindo beach river with a professional guide to view saltwater crocodiles, monkeys, and tropical birds in their natural settings. Diving into the local culture. Visit the historic settlement of Guaitil, where the entire town is involved in the production of colorful pottery.
After five nights in Peninsula Papagayo, the couple journeyed south to Tamarindo, a bustling resort town adjacent to a 1,000acre wildlife refuge. The charming downtown area features chic shops, lively restaurants, and no shortage of lavish accommodations. Los Altos de Eros, a boutique hotel and spa that rests atop a lush mountain, boasts sweeping scenes of the Pacific Ocean and verdant treetops, which offered the tranquil oasis the newlyweds desired. Danielle and Eric were delighted to find that because they were traveling in September during Costa Rica’s rainy season (which runs from late April through November), they had the hotel to themselves for their two-night stay. “It was awesome and such a special way to end our honeymoon!” Danielle says. To fully 58
appreciate the gorgeous Costa Rican panorama, the newlyweds treated themselves to a sunset massage and dip in the hot tub, accompanied by chocolate-covered strawberries and sparkling wine. The house chef prepared three gourmet meals per day, allowing Danielle and Eric to comfortably soak up their last hours of leisure before heading home. The plethora of on-site offerings, along with the peaceful atmosphere of their hotels, permitted the couple to spend the majority of their time at the properties – and they wouldn’t have had it any other way. “At the onset, we thought we would want to do more activities,” Danielle admits, “but we were so exhausted from all of the wedding festivities, we enjoyed relaxing for much of our time.”
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TRAVELDIARIES • Danielle and Eric visited during the rainy months, but the dry December-toMarch time frame is ideal. However, they experienced no more than an hour of rain per day and loved having most of the resorts to themselves. • Keep your eyes open for wildlife. Danielle and Eric were fascinated to see about 20 monkeys in a tree at once! • The local currency is the colón; however, American dollars are accepted all over Costa Rica. Most businesses welcome credit cards, but some only take cash, so carrying small bills is a good idea. • Be sure to pack a raincoat, comfortable sneakers, mosquito repellent, and binoculars.
NEW & NOTEWORTHY / NAYARA SPRINGS After opening its doors in December 2013, Nayara Springs has already made a name for itself as a luxurious destination ideal for honeymooners. The boutique property is hidden among the lush greenery of Arenal Volcano National Park, midway between the country’s west and east coasts, and boasts remarkable rainforest and volcano views. The 16 private villas of the resort include personal plunge pools fed by natural mineral hot springs, as well as spacious bedrooms and terraces for relaxing alfresco. Guests may dine at the pool and restaurant on-site or journey across a bridge to sister location Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens to enjoy two additional eateries, a wine bar, and a poolside bar. Visitors ready for a little adventure are invited to partake in a number of heart-pounding activities, including hiking to Rio Celeste, horseback riding to La Fortuna waterfalls, ATV excursions, white-water rafting, and a “hanging bridge” tour of the active Arenal Volcano. 866.311.1197, nayarasprings.com. 60
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GOTHIC GLAMOUR Those Victorian ladies knew how to strike a pose. High-neck trumpet gown fully covered in lace and Dotted Swiss, $4,589 by Matthew Christopher. â€œNightshadeâ€? turban, $465 by Ellen Christine Couture; ellenchristinecouture.com. Drop earrings with diamonds, sapphires, and pearls, $24,500 by Lydia Courteille; available at Dennis Basso (NY). Vintage Schiaparelli spiderweb necklace, $875 from Stazia Loren. 1960s Jomaz green ring ($595) and 1930s rhinestone purse ($795), both from Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection. Danhov Couture multi-shank platinum engagement ring, $10,580 (center stone not included).
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GILDED AGE “My love is like a red, red rose.” “Eleonor” column with gold Chantilly lace and faux crop-top bodice, $8,500 by Ersa Atelier; available at L’Fay Bridal Boutique (NY). Flowers in hair, price upon request from Tinsel Trading Company. Vintage Christian Lacroix earrings ($1,975, sold with matching cuff) and pair of jeweled bangles ($1,875), both from Stazia Loren. Couture collection engagement ring in platinum, $15,500 (center stone not included) by Danhov.
MEMENTO MARRY Queen Victoria would be proud to see her legendary style live on. â€œBouquetâ€? sheath in silk crepe with Swarovski-crystal beaded illusion back, $4,600 by Liancarlo; available at Little White Dress Shop (CO). Flowers in hair, price upon request from Tinsel Trading Company. Victorian goldfilled serpent earrings (price upon request) and Whitby Jet stretch bracelets (price upon request), both from Melody Rodgers. Black ruffled-net bolero, $690 by Susan Spring; theweddingdresser.com. Ring in 14K red gold with grooved black tourmaline and diamonds, $8,494 by Jorge Adeler; jorgeadeler.com.
VICTOR, VICTORIAN Your yin, to my yang. Left: Duchess satin “Tux for Love” jacket with embroidered lace ($2,680) and cigarette pant ($970), both by Victoria Kyriakides; available at Marina Morrison (CA). Pelmet “Carnivale” top hat, $650 by Ellen Christine Couture; ellenchristinecouture.com. 1950s teardrop earrings, $425 from Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection. Antique doubleheaded ring, price upon request from Melody Rodgers. Right: Crystallized cocoon tankette sheath with lace and pleated underpinning, $6,300 by Rivini by Rita Vinieris. Crystal “Little Sweeties” earrings ($485) and leather “Cosmos” cuff ($665), both by Vicki Sarge; gregmillsshowroom.com. Flavia acrylic “Happy” clutch, $1,495 by Edie Parker. Unito singleshank engagement ring in 18K white gold, $2,686 (center stone not included) by Danhov.
CLOUD NINE Make your fashion fantasy a reality. â€œGreerâ€? gown with beaded bodice, open sides, and silk organza skirt, $6,950 by Anne Barge Black Label; available at Harbor Bridal (NY). Victorian cornelian drop earring, price upon request from Melody Rodgers. Halo veil, $350 by Ellen Christine Couture; ellenchristinecouture. com. Voltaggio tension-set ring in 14K white gold, $4,020 (center stone not included) by Danhov.
BLITHE SPIRIT The essence of modern couture is dreamy and carefree. “Etna” mermaid gown in tulle with satin overskirt and embroidered bodice, $7,040 by Francesca Miranda. Vintage Joseff serpent earrings, $1,595 from Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection. Vintage rose at waist, price upon request from Tinsel Trading Company.
Gown of organza and tulle with ruffled tiers and draped bodice embellished with a crystalbeaded appliqué at waist, $4,850 by Rivini by Rita Vinieris; rivini.com, 877.4.RIVINI. Pink ombre “Bacall” earrings with Swarovski crystals, $233 by Elizabeth Cole Jewelry; elizabethcolejewelry.com, 888.242.4552. “Quilla” full-length vintage boa in white, $165 by The Feathered Head; thefeatheredhead.com, 424.234.8070.
WITH ALL MY HEART Embrace the symbolism of love and matrimony. “Seraphina” overskirt in Alençon lace and puckered tulle ($2,050) and “Natalie” fit-n-flare underdress in silk satin ($2,000), both by Eugenia Couture. “Degas” floral print double veil ($770), “Dogwood Forest” floral crown ($385), and “Woodland Flower” single floral headband ($275), all by April Rissel for Elizabeth Fillmore; available at Gabriella New York Bridal Salon. Antique heart pendant with 14K gold chain, price upon request from Melody Rodgers. Wrist-length, fingerless stretch lace gloves, $89 by Sermoneta. Antique French Flaming Heart, $1,475 from Stazia Loren. Earth collection “Rock Candy” amethyst ring in 14K red gold with diamonds, $11,995 by Jorge Adeler; jorgeadeler.com.
SPELLBOUND Shroud yourself in mystery. “Paris” gown with peau de soie fit-to-flare ($5,060) and beaded illusion cape ($7,040), both by Ines Di Santo; available at Bridal Reflections (NY). “Victoria” folded mantilla veil with organza hem, $351 by Sara Gabriel; available at Gabriella New York Bridal Salon. Headpiece with crystal beading and iridescent black feathers, $179 by Nina; ninabridal.com. “Chrysler” earrings, $790 by Vicki Sarge; gregmillsshowroom.com. Ring in 14K gold with freshwater pearl and diamonds, $6,898 by Jorge Adeler; jorgeadeler.com. Timothy Szlyk crystal brooch, $875 from Stazia Loren.
STATE OF GRACE Dramatic, feminine details make all the difference. “Blossom” one-shoulder ruffled gown, $5,100 by Angel Rivera; available at The White Dress (CA). White flowers in hair, price upon request from Tinsel Trading Company. “Fleur” crystal-beaded veil, $1,320 by Austin Scarlett; available at Gabriella New York Bridal Salon. Crystal “Adele” earrings, $1,010 by Vicki Sarge; gregmillsshowroom.com. “Lily of the Valley” ring, $8,900 by Lydia Courteille; available at Dennis Basso (NY). Handcrafted platinum ring with cushion-cut center diamond, price upon request by Jack Kelége.
DIVINE INTENTION Old World lace is pure heaven. Ball gown of French Alençon lace with peplum skirt and hand-beaded pearl bodice ($12,000) and matching mantilla veil ($2,500), both by Katerina Bocci. “Snow Flake” crown with Swarovski crystals, $695 by Headpieces by Sposabella. Vintage Christian Lacroix earring, $2,375 from Stazia Loren. Opera-length glove in floral stretch lace, $270 by Sermoneta.
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LIKE A PRAYER “It’s like a dream to me.” Matte organza ball gown with beaded lace appliqué, $1,750 by Oleg Cassini; available at David’s Bridal. Gold sequin stroller hat, $636 by Ellen Christine Couture; ellenchristinecouture.com. Vintage Edouard Rambaud earrings ($475) and vintage Christian Lacroix cuff ($1,475), both from Stazia Loren. Victorian gold-filled cross pendant with chain, price upon request from Melody Rodgers. Ring in 14K gold with freshwater pearl and diamonds, $6,898 by Jorge Adeler; jorgeadeler.com.
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STRANGE MAGIC Blue belles cast a wicked sartorial spell. Left: “Eden” gown with blue silk lining, $3,950 by Claire Pettibone. Vintage floral headpieces, price upon request from Tinsel Trading Company. Vintage Christian Lacroix earring, $1,475 from Stazia Loren. Cameo ring with diamonds, $19,300 by Lydia Courteille; available at Dennis Basso (NY). Couture collection engagement ring in platinum, $15,500 (center stone not included) by Danhov. Right: “Audrey” jacquard organza gown in Glacier Blue, $5,900 by Isabelle Armstrong; available at Saks Fifth Avenue (Beverly Hills, CA). “Alice” straw top hat with plumes, $1,200 by Ellen Christine Couture; ellenchristinecouture.com. Vintage crystal and pearl earrings ($475) and vintage Trifari crystal bracelet ($2,175), both from Stazia Loren.
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THIS MASQUERADE Follow the golden rule: Always hold court in full-on Venetiancarnivale style. â€œPrideâ€? high-low brocade ball gown ($3,630) and cropped fur-trimmed jacket ($4,260), both by Modern Trousseau. Silk flowers in hair, price upon request from Tinsel Trading Company. Black laser-cut filigree metal mask with rhinestones, $25 by Higgins Creek; higginscreek.com. Vintage Sorrell dangle earrings, $595 from Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection. Antique double-headed enamel ring, price upon request from Melody Rodgers. Abbraccio swirl engagement ring in 18K white gold, $1,340 (center stone not included) by Danhov.
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RING IN THE NEW YEAR
Discover some of the most stylish engagement-ring styles for 2015.
ROSE GOLD. Popular worldwide after Cartier created the iconic “Trinity” ring in 1924, this blush gold alloy has made a strong comeback. Clockwise from top: Ring in 18K rose gold, $940 (center stone not included) by Sylvie Collection; sylviecollection.com. “Desire Regal” ring with three round diamonds to create the illusion of a single marquise-cut diamond, $19,250 by Hearts On Fire; heartsonfire.com. “Rose Gold Engagement Ring” in 18K rose gold with white gold accents, $3,600 (center stone not included) by Jack Kelége; jackkelege.
com. “Warm Wedding” ring in 18K pink and yellow crushed gold, $26,400 by Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry; pamelafroman. com. “Per Lei” oval-shaped ring with diamond halo in 18K rose gold, $3,140 (center stone not included) by Danhov; danhov. com. Stitch Collection engagement ring, $7,200 (center stone not included) by Michael B. Jewelry; michaelbjewelry.com. Rose Gold Collection ring featuring pavé diamonds set in 14K rose gold, $1,090 (center stone not included) by Coast Diamond; coastdiamond.com.
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ETERNITY BANDS. Classic and clean, these bands – which symbolize everlasting love – can also boast sparkling details and tones. Top to bottom: Flatband Collection 5-row band, $20,500 by Michael B. Jewelry; michaelbjewelry.com. Two-toned floral eternity domed band with milgrain edging, $6,820 by Demarco; demarcojewelry.com. Embrace Collection band featuring over 14cts. of emerald-cut diamonds, price upon request by Sasha Primak; sashaprimak.com.
Band in white gold with 56 brilliant diamonds, $7,290 by Furrer Jacot; furrer-jacot.com. Double-row band in 18K white gold, $7,500 by Hearts On Fire; heartsonfire.com. “Sapphire Eternity Band” set in platinum with diamonds, $18,500 by Jack Kelége; jackkelege.com. Lattice Collection band set in platinum, $40,000 by A. Link; alinkandco.com.
VINTAGE-INSPIRED. They say history repeats itself – and in the case of jewelry, it results in beautifully romantic pieces. Top: “Delight Lady Di” ring in 18K white gold, $15,900 by Hearts On Fire; heartsonfire.com. Floral double-row halo ring in platinum, $4,800 (center stone not included) by Sasha Primak; sashaprimak.com. Bottom: “Heritage” interlocking engagement
ring and wedding band set in 18K white gold, price upon request by Forevermark by Stephen Webster; forevermark.com. Three-stone diamond engagement ring with micropavé, $1,980 (setting only) by Monique Lhuillier Fine Jewelry; bluenile.com. “Baguette Engagement Ring” in 18K white gold, $6,750 (center stone not included) by Jack Kelége; jackkelege.com.
Top: Engagement ring in 18K white gold, $2,470 by Sylvie Collection; sylviecollection.com. Twisted shoulder floral engagement ring, $2,607 (center stone not included) by Demarco; demarcojewelry.com. Engagement ring in 18K white gold, $1,870 (center stone not included) by Simon G.; simongjewelry.com.
Bottom: “Couture” platinum ring with pavé basket setting, $5,340 (center stone not included) by Danhov; danhov.com. “Natasha” engagement ring in 18K white gold, $4,015 (center stone not included) by Penny Preville; pennypreville.com.
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The best wedding resources: vendors, venues, designers & salons.
Ines Di Santo
The Original Runner Company
www.inesdisanto.com 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.
www.originalrunners.com 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.
BRIDAL DESIGNERS Angel Rivera
1099 Wall Street W, Suite 282A, Lyndhurst, NJ 201.753.5271
www.angelriveracouture.com 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
www.annebarge.com 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.
7415 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 310.360.6268
www.clairepettibone.com 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.
www.eugeniacouture.com Eugenia is a serious couturier with a powerful vision for designs that are dreamlike and elegant. Eugenia gowns are often described as “pieces of art.” Utilizing exquisite details, delicate handcrafted precision, and the finest silks, Eugenia strives to make each and every gown a masterpiece.
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Isabelle Armstrong 212.772.9000
www.isabellearmstrongny.com Crafted with beautiful details, each wedding 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 big day.
Ivy & Aster 646.470.4489
www.ivyandaster.com 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.
Jenny Yoo Collection 212.645.0823
www.jennyyoo.com The Jenny Yoo Collection designs for the discriminating bride and bridesmaid, presenting a variety of dresses incorporating rich and luxurious silks and laces to create an elegant, feminine, and refined look. Attention to detail, cut, proportion, and workmanship ensures each dress the most flattering fit.
www.liancarlo.com 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.
214 W. 39th Street #400A, New York, NY 212.938.6820
www.matthewchristopher.com 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.
552 7th Avenue 3rd Fl, New York, NY 212.278.8030 418 King Street, Charleston, SC 843.722.6300 425 Church Street, Nashville, TN 615.733.0155
www.moderntrousseau.com 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.
8485 Melrose Place, Los Angeles, CA 323.655.1088 19 East 71st Street, New York, NY 877.659.9800
www.moniquelhuillier.com 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.
www.olegcassiniweddings.com 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.”
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The Editors Circle is a highly curated list of wedding resources. Recognized to be among the best in their industry, our list includes rising stars along with wedding celebrities. Their work best reflects our commitment to creativity, quality, and excellence. Our editors turn to these experts first for the most beautiful celebrations to showcase, as well as authoritative advice on wedding issues. These talented professionals can assist you in creating the event of your dreams. You can be confident in their abilities and the quality of their services because we’ve either spoken to their clients and checked their professional references, or invited them to be part of the Editors Circle based on reputation.
Romona Keveža Collection 1 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 212.273.1113
www.romonakeveza.com 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.
BRIDAL SALONS Kleinfeld Bridal
110 West 20th Street, New York, NY 646.633.4300
www.kleinfeldbridal.com 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.
72 Madison Avenue, 4th Floor, New York, NY 646.638.3263
www.weddingatelier.com 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
www.alexeventsdesignandcoordination.com 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
www.annevents.com 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.
Bluebell Events 310.770.2898
www.bluebellevents.com 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.
Bob Gail Special Events 310.202.5200
www.bobgail.com Led by Allyson Levine Joseph & 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.
DFW Events, Inc. 214.505.9142
www.dfwevents.com Whether you’re dreaming of saying “I do” at an exotic destination or prefer a wedding on a private estate, our hand-selected team has the experience, creativity, and international design connections needed to convert your vision into an extraordinary celebration.
11301 W. Olympic Blvd., #496, Los Angeles, CA 310.479.9000
www.gellerevents.com 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
www.internationaleventcompany.com 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
www.levinefoxevents.com 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.
Linda Howard Events 310.472.5848
www.lindahowardevents.com 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.
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Mindy Weiss Party Consultants
232 S. Beverly Drive, Suite 200, Beverly Hills, CA 888.777.3414
www.mindyweiss.com 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 her clients’ privacy, make her the top event-planning choice for celebrities and high-profile clientele.
Schwartz & Woodward 713.780.1282
www.schwartzwoodward.com 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.
Washington, D.C. 202.695.2025
www.socoevents.com 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.
Victoria Weddings & Events San Diego, CA 619.887.4915/619.435.1531
www.victoriawe.com 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.
ENTERTAINMENT Bonnie Foster Productions 858.967.0167
www.bonniefosterproductions.com Coming from a long line of entertainment experts, Bonnie Foster understands her clients’ needs and strives to create musical magic beyond their expectations. She is proud to carry on her parents’ legacy of providing the perfect blend of classic and contemporary music, and having a passionate drive for perfection as she offers new and extraordinary ideas in event entertainment.
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FINE JEWELRY Hearts On Fire 877.PERFECT
www.heartsonfire.com 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.
Jack Kelége 877.6.KELEGE
www.jackkelege.com 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.
Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry 323.954.7436
www.pamelafroman.com Featuring handmade pieces comprised of colored precious metals and rare natural stones, this fine jewelry collection combines classic European design with uniquely textured surfaces.
FLORAL & EVENT DESIGN
351 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 800.793.6670/310.273.4741
www.gearys.com 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
www.waterford.com 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.
The Hidden Garden
www.hiddengardenflowers.com The Hidden Garden team has a true passion for floral design and creativity as their guiding force. The Hidden Garden utilizes untraditional textures to create beautiful, abundant, and innovative designs that cater to the needs of each client.
Invitations by Dawn
Los Angeles, CA 310.575.6600
www.invitationsbydawn.com 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
www.bloomingdales.com Bloomingdale’s provides a wide variety of exclusive merchandise, customized services, and alternative shopping venues for brides, as well as online catalogs that guide couples in their registry needs.
www.lhcalligraphy.com 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.
Crate and Barrel 888.249.4155
www.crateandbarrel.com 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.
Lehr and Black
8921 W. Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 310.278.8182
www.lehrandblack.com 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.
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www.minted.com 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
www.weddingpaperdivas.com 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
www.zenadiadesign.com 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
www.bobanddawndavis.com 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.
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Jay Lawrence Goldman Photography
The Lodge at Torrey Pines
www.jlgweddings.com 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 Renaissance man, Jay also shoots fine jewelry, still-life, and celebrity portraits for advertising and editorial.
www.lodgetorreypines.com 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.
6139 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 323.954.7436
KingenSmith Chicago, IL 773.278.8401
www.kingensmith.com 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.
Paul Barnett Photographer
2150 W. Washington St., Suite 501, San Diego, CA 619.285.1207
www.barnettphoto.com 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
www.samuellippke.com 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.
11480 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 858.777.6720
Montage Kapalua Bay One Bay Drive, Lahaina, HI 808.662.6600
www.montagehotels.com/kapaluabay Stunning Pacific views, a majestic sea setting, and pristine sand beaches lay the groundwork for memorable events. Montage Kapalua Bay builds on natural beauty with lushly landscaped outdoor spaces, chic private dining spaces, and its private Cliff House venue perched over the ocean.
Montage Laguna Beach
30801 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 949.715.6220
www.montagelagunabeachweddings.com 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.
135 West Gate Drive, Huntington, NY 631.659.1400
www.oheka.com 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.
www.christinebentley.com 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
www.imagesbyberit.com 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.
VENUES The Breakers
One South County Road, Palm Beach, FL 561.659.8415
www.weddingsbythebreakers.com 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.
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The Langham Huntington
1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue, Pasadena, CA 626.568.3900
www.pasadena.langhamhotels.com 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.
KICKSTART MY HEART COU RTN EY BIN GHA M & N I KKI SIX X
March 15, 2014 Beverly Hills, California
Photographed by Marc Royce Photography
In autumn 2012, Nikki Sixx whisked his beloved Courtney Bingham away to “her favorite place on earth – St. Barth” for days filled with romance and relaxation. She admits that the Mötley Crüe bassist “is romantic by nature,” but Courtney had no idea what amorous surprises he had in store. Nikki had indeed been very secretive in his planning. For months prior, he had been researching various diamond shapes and sizes online. Finally, he ventured out with his accountant (who is knowledgeable about diamonds) and selected a stone: “I knew as soon as I saw that rock, it was the one for her,” Nikki remembers. He had also secured Courtney’s father’s permission for her hand in marriage. “Even rock stars need to get the thumbs-up from the father,” confirms the Grammy-award nominee. Courtney’s bewilderment began when Nikki, who doesn’t drink alcohol, escorted her to the hotel bar for a pre-dinner cocktail. From there, a hostess guided them to a path sculpted from luminaries across the sand that then led the couple to a candlelit cabana. “I about had a heart attack and started crying because it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen, put together by the man of my dreams, on the most beautiful beach in the world,” describes Courtney, who maintains she was still unaware of the forthcoming proposal. Following an amazing four-course meal, Nikki told Courtney he was going to grab his phone for pictures and began to fumble around in his bag. Meanwhile, “I looked away for a moment and when I turned back around, he was on one knee, holding a red box,” she says. “[The entire surprise] was the most romantic experience of my life, and as a girl, I was secretly hoping this was the moment [he would propose]!” As the wedding planning began, Courtney and Nikki focused on the elements that were important to them as a couple and tried their best not to stress over others’ opinions of what they should do. “Anytime we became a little overwhelmed with the never-ending to-do list, we reminded each other that [the wedding] was only one day,” confides the bride. “We wanted to make the entire process fun.” And it worked! The groom reveals, “Courtney showed me how much fun a wedding [and the preparation] can actually be.”
RESOURCES Beauty Jonathan Colombini - hair Troy Jensen Makeup - makeup Bridal Gown Janene Hines Bridal Salon Janene’s Bridal Boutique Bridesmaid Gowns Janene Hines Cake Sweet Lady Jane Calligraphy Anne Robin Calligraphy Catering Bottega Louie Connie Armijo for SRC Event Group Moreno BHLV Sparkling Wine Consulting Lisa Gorjestani for Details Event Planning Entertainment La Folia Chamber Ensemble ceremony Ulysses Jasz for Ojai Music Service cocktail hour/reception DJ Danny Farrell for NYC DJs reception Floral Design Mark’s Garden Hair Accessories Margaret Rowe Invitations Bliss & Bone Jewelry XIV Karats Ltd; Chrome Hearts Margaret Rowe; Optima Diamond Linens La Tavola Fine Linen Photography Marc Royce Photography Registry Gearys Rentals Casa de Perrin Hollywood Animals Revelry Event Designers Town & Country Event Rentals Shoes Christian Louboutin Venue Greystone Estate
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For instance, the couple settled on a magnificent estate for the celebration, all on a whim. Sort of. “I’ve always thought the 55room Gothic manor was a beautiful place and it made me feel like I was in the French countryside,” explains Courtney. “Nikki and I drove past it one day and Nikki pointed the guard gate out to me telling me he ‘loved that house!’ House, I wondered. ‘Honey, that’s the guard gate! You haven’t seen anything yet!’” They walked the grounds and looked no further; the very next day they put down a deposit. “Nikki was the one that had the idea of getting married there. I didn’t even know it was an option!” laughs the bride. With a strikingly unique inspiration theme – Alexander McQueen Gothic meets French countryside meets Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette film – the couple strived for both sophistication and whimsy throughout the event décor. For the ceremony, boxed bushes lined the aisle, inspired by the bride’s love of the hedges at Versailles.
Towering stone lions, flower-strewn wrought-iron gates, and a floral cross decorated the space, adding a regal, Gothic flair to the area. Two colorful peacocks greeted guests upon arrival, as well as a free-flowing sparkling-wine fountain made from Marie Antoinette-style glasses. The bridal party was especially meaningful as it consisted of the groom’s two daughters and two sons. Bridesmaids wore elegant silk gowns in champagne and held nosegays of roses, peonies, and English garden roses in creamy colors. Courtney was a vision of beauty in an ivory strapless gown with ruffle trim and strands of diamonds that beautifully completed her bridal style. She carried a lush bunch of florals in fuchsia, cream, pink, and merlot – the same palette that would be used throughout the afternoon event. The groom and his men wore classic midnight suits, albeit Nikki who in true rock ‘n’ roll fashion accessorized his ensemble with chunky rings, dark sunglasses, and a black bandana.
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The reception was largely influenced by Sofia Coppola’s movie Marie Antoinette, as the bride found the production to be “the most visually stunning masterpiece of food display, flowers, and décor.” Courtney adds, “We wanted the design scheme to be romantic and opulent, but still warm and inviting.” Round tables sprinkled the courtyard of the mansion, surrounding the circular fountain. Tabletops boasted remarkable details, including dreamy florals, luxurious golden elements, and
hints of sexy black lace. Centerpieces varied between tall gilded candelabra and short boxes, each displaying an equally striking mix of flowers. Bullion votives, gold-rimmed crystal, and gilt chairs fulfilled Courtney’s desire to replicate the ambience of the lavish crown molding at the Palace of Versailles. “The decadence of it blows my mind,” shares the bride. “I wanted the table settings to provide the same feeling.” Artichokes, Arkansas apples, grapes, and dishes with raspberries and blackberries added to the opulence.
Throughout the day, a variety of musical genres were played for attendees: punk rock, jazz, disco, ’70s glam rock, and ’90s pop. “We wanted the music to reflect who we are and what we love,” notes Nikki. “We think we have really kick-ass taste in music and that it should be like a feast – not a side dish.” Loved ones enjoyed a sit-down dinner, then were encouraged to partake in the many dessert choices. French pastries and slices of a threetiered, triple-berry confection were guests’ favorites. “The cake was decorated with peonies and fresh fruit, and was left unfrosted because the layering was so gorgeous that we didn’t want to hide it,” explains Courtney. The day was both magical and emotional for the couple, and though they wished they had set aside more time to take it all in, they focused on their excitement for a new life together. “I like to say, ‘You’re exactly where you’re supposed to be in the universe.’ That day I wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else,” says Nikki. The bride shares her favorite memory, “As soon as I saw Nikki standing there waiting for me, smiling, I wanted to freeze time… It will always be the best moment of my life.” The groom adds one final comment, “The kiss was NICOLE PALACIOS pretty epic, too.” 114
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â€œAs soon as I saw Nikki standing there waiting for me, smiling, I wanted to freeze time... It will always be the best moment of my life.â€?
SHINY NEW YEAR LIN DSEY D R AKE & SEAN COWI E
December 31, 2013 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
When Sean Cowie met Lindsey Drake, he knew she was special; and when the time came to propose, he was sure he wanted to spend the rest of his life with his beloved. “Lindsey makes everything in life more fun, and I didn’t want to give that up,” confides the groom. So, he flew from New York City to Oklahoma City to ask her parents for their blessing. A few months later, Sean proposed to Lindsey while they were visiting his hometown of Chicago. After getting down on one knee, he surprised her yet again, having arranged for both families to meet them for a celebratory dinner. “I can’t believe my mom was able to keep the secret from me!” shares the bride.
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Choosing a location to host the nuptials was an easy choice for Lindsey. “I have always wanted to get married in my hometown and in the church I grew up attending,” she says. Over 500 guests, including the couple’s 28-person bridal party, joined them for a wedding weekend in Oklahoma City. “For many, it was their first time to Oklahoma!” notes the bride. Lindsey’s family church was transformed into a wintry dream for the formal evening ceremony. Décor elements featured fresh green leaf garlands and wreaths, luminaries reminiscent of the couple’s invitations, and a snowy carpet aisle runner that added a frosty touch.
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The bride was an absolute vision in an ivory gown embellished with floral embroidery; she carried a hand-tied bouquet of garden roses wrapped with a vintage ribbon. Bridesmaids followed suit holding complementary nosegays and wore custom sequined short-sleeved dresses with silver overskirts. Gentleman attendants
donned black tuxedos with bow ties and white floral boutonnieres, as did the groom. As a nod to the church’s holiday services that Lindsey attended growing up, guests joined together in song as the entire sanctuary was filled with a breathtaking glow during a candle-lighting ceremony. “It was magical,” she remembers.
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Loved ones traveled to a nearby country club to continue the New Year’s Eve celebration. With the help of a talented planning and design team, along with the bride’s mother who is an interior designer, the couple’s ideas were beautifully executed and a popular local wedding venue was transformed into a space unlike anyone had ever seen. The reception tent was decorated with glistening gold satin drapery, while tables were covered with lavish linens in either charcoal sequin or silver suede. Table numbers were displayed on agate slices to commemorate the father of the bride’s love of geology and centerpieces varied between towering glass candlesticks and crystal lamps with silk shades. Each guest’s place setting was composed of a linen napkin with a “C” monogram for the groom’s surname, a gold velvet menu card featuring the attendee’s name etched on a brass plate, and a charcoal ribbon holding a personalized handwritten note from the newlyweds. “We wrote individual notes to everyone to make sure people knew how much we appreciated their presence,” shares Sean. “In case we were not able to tell them in person!” adds Lindsey. Soft-hued florals, golden flatware, and goldrimmed glassware completed the exceptional tablescape.
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“I honestly don’t know what we did to deserve such a beautiful wedding!”
“One of my most favorite moments of the day was walking into our dinner tent for the first time,” says Lindsey. “I honestly don’t know what we did to deserve such a beautiful wedding!” As the bride and groom entered the area, they immediately joined together for their first dance. Big band music played throughout the sit-down dinner service, and slices from an impressive seven-tiered vanilla cake were served as decadent treats. Dancing and merriment ensued for the rest of the evening, on account of a courtesy shoe check that encouraged ladies to remove their high heels and dance comfortably. A photo booth offered additional entertainment during the celebration, a cigar-and-scotch tent was set up outside for gentlemen, and velvet lounge furniture provided a place for guests to relax during the allnight affair. An after-party at the home of the bride’s parents continued the festivities until 4:30AM. “New Year’s Eve is a really fun night to celebrate, and the energy never died!” declares Sean. The newlyweds agree they wouldn’t change a thing about their holiday nuptials. Shares the bride, “I loved every second!” And her groom, “Everything was perfect!” The best part? Ringing in the New Year as husband and wife with their family KELCY CHRISTY and friends.
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SUMMER IN THE CITY SAR A M C CO O EY & AN D REW K ARLSBERG June 28, 2014 New York, New York
“It was a fun and mostly relaxing experience!” is how Sara McCooey enthusiastically describes the planning process for her nuptials to fiancé Andrew Karlsberg. Though this is not how bridesto-be often recall their journeys to their big days, Sara credits her wonderful wedding coordinator for guiding her every step of the way. “My mom helped to take a lot of the stress out of it as well,” Sara adds. Since the couple met in New York City, the location holds a
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special place in their hearts and was naturally chosen as the site for their celebration. To showcase the sophisticated metropolis, they set out to find emblematic Gotham venues – starting with a landmark Gothic Revival sanctuary with a meaningful connection. “Saint Vincent Ferrer is the same church that my parents were married in almost 37 years ago, so it was very special to have our ceremony there,” explains Sara. As for the reception, a historic building in Manhattan proved to be the perfect setting.
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Reflecting the season, floral arrangements in summery shades of pink and green decorated pews, gracefully complementing the soaring ceilings, stained-glass windows, paintings, and marble details of the awe-inspiring parish. An ivory aisle runner â€“ featuring a hand-drawn monogram â€“ led to the magnificently ornate altar. Sara and Andrew were honored to have the Catholic mass officiated by a priest Sara has known her entire life and who baptized her. Bridesmaids clad in breezy dusty-rose dresses followed angelic flower girls in pearl
satin frocks with blush sashes and rosette halos. The blissful bride seemed to be floating on air in her strapless gown with a bodice covered by beautifully embroidered flowers, which accented the ethereal flowing skirt as well as the cathedral veil that trailed behind her. She carried a bouquet of vanilla and pale pink peonies, along with white tea roses and ranunculus. Andrew, like his groomsmen, wore a navy blue suit, a soft green-hued tie dotted with fuchsia elephants holding cocktails, and a creamy rose boutonniere.
â€œJust having all our family and friends together in one room celebrating our relationship was amazing.â€?
An inviting summer-garden theme inspired the reception’s colors and décor. “I didn’t want the wedding to be too formal,” says Andrew. “I wanted it to feel more relaxed.” Warm-toned lighting complemented by rosy embossed satin tablecloths, as well as golden chargers and chairs, filled the majestic ballroom. Grand centerpieces created an indoor arboretum atmosphere. Slender glass and gold vases astoundingly held aloft bushels of flowering branches adorned with stargazer lilies, roses, peonies, Bells of Ireland, and greenery. 130
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The lush design alternated with gilded candelabra holding taper candles, surrounded by peonies, hydrangeas, and roses. Clusters of votive candles in bullion vessels lent another sunny element to the tablescapes. “Seeing the room for the first time when we arrived was pretty amazing,” marvels Sara. “It was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined.” The celebration certainly exceeded expectations at every turn. “The food was delicious,” confirms Andrew. “We knew how great
it was from our tasting, but I was still really impressed.” Since the bride and groom love dancing, the evening’s entertainment was an integral factor. “The band was awesome – everyone danced the whole night,” notes Andrew. A close friend added one more musical component to the occasion by serenading the newlyweds and their parents with an a cappella version of “Turn Around” by Harry Belafonte – something that has become a tradition among Sara and Andrew’s circle of friends. “It was a very special moment,”
the bride remembers. A six-layer lemon cake with raspberry filling and buttercream frosting – accented with pearl dots and fresh flowers – provided a sweet ending to the reception. Besides hiring the right professionals, a positive approach seems to be just as important when planning the wedding of your dreams. “Try and enjoy all of it because it goes by so fast!” recommends Sara. “We did [and] had a lot of fun this past year!” ROSIBEL GUZMÁN
HOW SWEET IT IS ALLISO N SEGAL & BRET T LO N GEN ECKER
January 18, 2014 Laguna Niguel, California
Allison Segal and Brett Longenecker shared an almost instant connection when they met on an online dating site. After several emails and an hour-long phone call, they decided to meet for dinner. “It was such a great first date. He was down to earth, had a [good] sense of humor, and loved sharing about his family and so much more,” recalls Allison. “We talked for about three hours,” notes Brett. “I could have stayed for three more, we had so much to say.” That special night sparked the beginning of their relationship. Planning for their future together, Brett asked Allison’s parents for their blessing and began designing a custom engagement ring even before the couple moved in together. “I knew that I needed to spend the rest of my life with Alli,” he explains. “I couldn’t live without her.” Being dessert lovers, one Friday night Brett came home
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with a cupcake for Allison from a bakery they had been meaning to try – but he had another surprise in store for her. “Before I could take a bite, he got down on one knee and proposed!” she says. On their wedding day, the couple’s First Look was an especially memorable moment. Although Brett had heard about Allison’s dress – an exquisite lace ball gown with long sleeves, a lavish train, and a delicate sprinkling of tiny sequins – for months, he was captivated by how amazing she looked. “When I saw her, it all really started to sink in: I’m getting married today and it is perfect!” recounts the groom. “Seeing Brett for the first time was my favorite part of the whole day,” reveals the bride. He wore a black tuxedo and tie with a pastel pink rose at the lapel, which matched those of Allison’s copious bouquet.
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At sunset on a verdant bluff, the ceremony was fabulously framed by the azure sky above and Pacific Ocean below. “Romantic and traditional” were the guiding principles for the celebration’s color scheme of black, cream, and rose gold. The aisle, decorated by a runner emblazoned with the couple’s initials in ornate gilt script, led to a chuppah beautifully festooned with pink and white roses, as well as ivory and mint hydrangeas. The bridal party donned elegant ebony tuxedos and frocks. Blush ties and peony posies added a touch of color. Their First Look didn’t diminish the unforgettable impression Allison made on Brett as she walked down the aisle accompanied by her parents. Standing in the presence of their friends and family was truly a heartwarming experience for the couple. “I saw people who came from all over the country to celebrate us – that was the most amazing thing in the world,” says the groom. The bride agrees, “Looking around the seats at the ceremony and reception gave me chills. Everyone we loved [was there].”
“I saw people who came from all over the country to celebrate us – that was the most amazing thing in the world.”
Afterwards, the festivities moved indoors for dinner and dancing in a ballroom awash in blue and violet uplighting, accented by floral graphics projected on the walls. Continuing the romantic theme, round tables were swathed in luxurious satin linens in a rose gold hue, while chairs were clad in chiffon of the same color with ruffled decorative ties. Centerpieces consisted of two stunning styles. The first featured a tall glass vase with a medley of orchids, roses, and hydrangeas in creamy shades of white and blush, complemented by peach peonies. These tones were also reflected in the collections of roses, tulips, and glamelia surrounding the base. The second design was composed of a cluster of petite single-variety rose and peony arrangements in pink and ivory, while pillar candles flickered from crystal candleholders. A single rose, adorned with a halo of golden wire and pearls, topped each place setting. 136
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“The entertainment was amazing!” confirms the bride. “The band was wonderful,” adds the groom. “We had a meeting with the bandleader and gave him the songs that were important to us – and he hit every single one of them. [Guests] loved [the music] and never sat down.” Music icon Paul Anka, a guest of the Segal family, crowned the night by graciously singing several numbers for the couple. Though wedding cakes are usually the ultimate delicious ornamentation, the newlyweds had a more befitting presentation in mind. Allison and Brett’s confection was showcased on a table magnificently enrobed in roses. “It was the highlight of the room!” Allison affirms. As the reception was winding down, another treat awaited: wedding favors, made by the mother of the bride, containing
samplings of Allison’s favorite desserts. “I love her so much for doing this!” she says. The good times continued to roll at the after-party in the adjacent lounge, dubbed the AB Key Club in honor of Allison and Brett. Following instructions written on escort cards attached to vintage keys, guests gained entrance to the Gatsby-esque gala – complete with a doorman, bar, sophisticated cabaret performances, DJ, and photo booth. Looking back on their perfect day, Allison advises couples who are in the process of planning their weddings to just breathe and remember why they are doing all this work. “In the end… it’s ROSIBEL GUZMÁN [entirely] worth it!” she declares.
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ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO I LL ANA KL AN E & DAVI D M AUSER January 19, 2014 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
When small-town Minnesota girl Illana Klane moved to Mexico City, she had no idea she would meet her future husband David Mauser – a Mexico City native living in San Diego, California – at her roommates’ wedding. Seated just a table away from one another at the reception, David asked his friend to introduce him to Illana. The couple immediately hit it off, and when the weekend festivities were over, their international romance was only beginning. Illana and David visited one another in their respective cities for ten months until
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she returned stateside to be with her beloved. Following a sweet proposal over breakfast while vacationing in Panama City, they began planning their destination nuptials. “We knew we wanted to have our wedding in Mexico,” says Illana. “We wanted it to be a fun getaway for everybody.” In merely seven months, the “Mexican-American duo” orchestrated the event of their dreams with the help of two consultants – choosing one Mexican and one American, like themselves – “and got the absolute best of both worlds!” declares the bride.
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Nearly 300 guests joined the couple in Puerto Vallarta for their wedding weekend. Timed slightly before sunset, the oceanfront ceremony space was adorned with natural wooden elements and an abundance of gardeninspired florals. Familial components were also incorporated into the décor: The tallit used for the chuppah belonged to the bride’s grandfather – a Holocaust survivor – and one of the Kiddush cups used is David’s grandmother’s. “The [vow exchange] was the most important aspect of the celebration for me,” says the groom, whose rabbis led the bilingual service. “Following my family’s traditions and sharing that special moment with the people I care about most was very [significant].”
Illana was resplendent in an ivory gown with lace cap sleeves and delicate bodice details. She carried a bouquet of cascading vanilla blooms and verdure as she made her way to the floralembellished chuppah to meet David, who wore an alabaster tuxedo jacket with ebony lapels and a bow tie. During the ceremony, the tropical climate of the locale proved to be quite the plight. “I started to feel a bit weak,” recalls the bride. “The next thing I knew, I opened my eyes and was laying on the ground… Faint number one!” After a quick curtsy, the ceremony was back in action. “A few minutes later… Faint number two!” she says. Determined to marry the love of her life, Illana smiled, held David’s hands, and the couple was married at last.
Joining loved ones on the upper pool terrace of the resort, the newlyweds entered the magical reception to “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Round and rectangular wooden tables decorated with natural-fiber linen runners, burlap table numbers, and lantern centerpieces surrounded by white and green florals welcomed guests to the beautiful outdoor area overlooking the ocean. Each diner’s place setting was marked with transparent gold-rimmed chargers and either black-and-white striped napkins or ivory napkins tied with twine and accented with rosemary sprigs. Following the sit-down dinner, guests enjoyed slices of a white four-tiered cake embellished with fresh flowers and selected a variety of sweet treats from the impressive dessert bar. Though the culinary delights of the evening were delectable, David and Illana affirm that their first dance to Ingrid Michaelson’s “You and I”
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was the best part of the whole wedding. “[It] was an experience you never forget,” David confides. “All of our guests began singing along and clapping around us,” adds the bride. “It was the warmest, most special moment that we will remember always.” Loved ones continued dancing and celebrating with the newlyweds until 4AM. So what’s the secret to organizing a nearly flawless destination event in less than a year? In addition to hiring an incredible wedding consultant and designer, the couple encourages other brides and grooms to include their families in planning the celebration. “Especially your parents and those close to you,” suggests Illana. “They love getting involved.” David agrees, “We could not have done it without the help of our parents. They were the glue that kept it all smooth and running in the right direction.” KELCY CHRISTY
“Trust your gut, have fun with it, and make sure the wedding is unique and special for you.”
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JAI M E BRO NSTEIN & BRYAN O LSO N May 17, 2014 Chicago, Illinois
Jaime Bronstein loves surprises. Thus, when her sweetheart, Bryan Olson, planned his proposal, he made quite an adventure of it. Knowing she would be coming home after an early morning meeting, he left a trail of red rose petals that led to a table with a bouquet
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of flowers and notes, one of which instructed her to pack a bag and put on her favorite dress. Taken aback at first because Bryan was supposed to be out of town, she nonetheless followed directions and headed out the door as the first clue sent her off on a romantic scavenger hunt.
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Jaime roamed the city, roller suitcase in tow, collecting long-stemmed roses and cards bearing beautiful written sentiments at various locations, ending at a luxury hotel. When she arrived, a maître d’ whisked her away to a terrace where the man of her dreams was casually sitting at a table, dressed up in a suit. As they hugged and kissed, Jaime noticed that one of her favorite songs was emanating from the loudspeakers. It turns out, Bryan had compiled a CD featuring her favorite tunes and arranged for it to play during the occasion. Then, he got
down on one knee and with heartfelt words asked her to marry him. The couple chose a glamorous, timeless private club for their wedding venue. A radiant assortment of glass vessels holding floating and pillar candles, sitting atop mirrored rectangles, illuminated the way to a heavenly chuppah composed of billowy chiffon adorned with rhinestone ties and a crystal chandelier. Two carved shelving units with mirrored backs reflected the soft glow of candles in yellow hurricane vases.
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The moment Jaime stepped through the doors and walked down the aisle to “I Will Be Here” by Steven Curtis Chapman was especially memorable for the bride and groom. She made her grand entrance in an elegant strapless gown with a chapel train and a tulle veil. A beaded belt and a pair of dangling diamond earrings, borrowed from her mom, provided sparkling finishing touches. Jaime carried an abundant bouquet of ivory roses, peonies, and pearl-embellished stephanotis blossoms, with a pale pink rose in the center. “She was angelic,” muses Bryan, who looked dashing in his black tuxedo. “I had so many emotions at the time, but I remember having such a warm and wonderful feeling.” Jaime was similarly overcome at the sight of Bryan and the room full of family and friends. “I have never felt more insurmountable and overwhelming amounts of love than what I felt in that room the night of our wedding,” she affirms. Though it was a Jewish ceremony, the couple incorporated a unity candle to reflect Bryan’s Catholic faith. “[It represented] the merging of our lives and our two families into one,” explains the bride. When exchanging wedding bands, they also honored the ancient belief that
an artery directly connects the right index finger to the heart. “We first placed the rings on these fingers before placing them on our left ring fingers, symbolically joining our hearts,” says Jaime. During the cocktail hour, guests sampled a variety of mouthwatering appetizers including sushi, lobster rolls, mini burgers, lobster macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches with a mini cup of tomato soup, and ceviche. For the reception, Jaime wanted the décor to cast a romantic and ethereal aura, full of flowers and candles. So when attendees entered the ballroom, candlelight radiated from dinner tables, windowsills, and surrounded the band. An ivory floral palette, with a sprinkling of pale pink roses and mirror elements, provided a classic counterpoint to the sophisticated silver linens. Pilsner vases of varying heights, containing submerged orchid stems and floating candles, were lined along the center of each long table. The tall centerpieces adorning round tables were composed of a submerged orchid stem topped with a bevy of roses, hydrangeas, orchids, and camellia foliage. Both designs were accented with blooms in silver bud vases and cube vessels.
A four-layer cake was embellished with a delicate lace design, beading around the base of each tier, and fresh roses. Its tantalizing flavors included dark chocolate with fudge filling, yellow cake with raspberry filling, and banana cake with milk chocolate filling. In addition, Jaime had another special treat planned for Bryan: she serenaded him with “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts. “She sang wonderfully and owned the stage,” remembers the groom. “Most importantly, it was a great expression of her love, and it reinforced how lucky I truly am.” Later, the newlyweds bid guests “sweet dreams!” with cake-in-a-jar favors, offering a choice between chocolate cake with salted caramel filling and white chocolate cake with raspberry filling. Jaime and Bryan also enjoyed these as a delicious snack when they retreated to their hotel room at 2:30AM. Couples planning their nuptials may find comfort in the advice Bryan offered a friend about to be married: “Enjoy the wedding weekend, just as we did. It doesn’t need to be stressful. If you and your bride are having fun, then everyone ROSIBEL GUZMÁN at the wedding will have a good time, too.” 152
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“If you and your bride are having fun, then everyone at the wedding will have a good time, too.”
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DON’T STOP BELIEVING STEPHANI E WISSN ER & CH RIS M INTLE
June 14, 2014 Los Angeles, California
The first time Stephanie Wissner and Chris Mintle met, Chris only had eyes for one person: Stephanie’s college dorm neighbor. Stephanie’s neighbor and Chris had been high school classmates who had reconnected and made plans to meet and catch up. Since her friend was only casually hanging out with “the guy from high school,” Stephanie agreed to tag along. After that gathering, Stephanie and “the guy” developed their own friendship that subsequently turned into romance. Eight years later, after moving across the country to attend business school, Chris realized that he wanted to spend
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the rest of his life with Stephanie. He soon learned that he wasn’t the only one who thought it was time to propose. When Chris called Stephanie’s father to ask if he could stop by his house to discuss something (and keep it a secret from Stephanie), his future father-in-law instantly responded, “You have my permission!” Chris laughs, “Note, I didn’t ask for permission [to marry Stephanie] over the phone; rather, he knew what I was talking about!” While taking a sunset stroll with Stephanie along the Santa Monica Pier, Chris suggested they ride the Ferris wheel. At the top of the ride, overlooking the ocean, he asked for her hand in marriage.
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Though newly engaged, Stephanie’s desire to get married at a luxury hotel in Beverly Hills began 11 years earlier. While scouting locations for her Sweet 16 birthday party, Stephanie and her mother visited the sophisticated, romantic property. “We looked at each other and agreed that it should be my wedding venue,” she remembers. With the site selected, Stephanie proceeded to curate a Pinterest board of décor ideas in shades of champagne, ivory, and blush, which her wedding planner used to bring her vision to life. Guests gathered for cocktails in a courtyard draped with ivory
fabric and surrounded by lush greenery; then, they took their seats in a private garden for the evening ceremony. An aisle runner was lined with snowy rose petals, as well as clusters of pillar candles housed in cylindrical vases. Each grouping was accented with a carved glass bowl suspended from an arched hook and filled with cream-colored roses and topped with a bouquet of additional blooms. A chuppah constructed of white fabric, gathered in four corners with arrangements of blush and vanilla roses, stood upon a raised stone platform.
â€œEven though everyone attends your wedding to celebrate you, your guests will remember the little touches that made their experience better.â€?
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As the sun began to set, bridesmaids clad in strapless satin dresses and carrying nosegays of pink and pearl peonies and roses walked down the aisle, accompanied by dapper groomsmen in tuxedos. Stephanie was the epitome of a classic bride in an A-line gown featuring removable cap sleeves and a skirt with floral embroidery. The traditional Jewish service included songs from Fiddler on the Roof and personalized vows that incorporated the couple’s favorite qualities about each other as well as promises for their future together. “I’m a crier, so I was worried about reading vows out loud,” Stephanie admits. “We emailed [our feelings] to the rabbi separately, who then paraphrased our writings during the ceremony. I loved hearing what Chris had written about me.”
Guests moved to a ballroom for the reception, which continued Stephanie’s desire for a neutral and blush palette, as well as Chris’s request that the décor not be “too girly.” Trumpet vases filled with roses, peonies, and orchids in shades of pink and crème brûlée comprised tall centerpieces. Clusters of roses and peonies, and pillar candles resting on glass candlesticks, surrounded the base of each vessel. The short arrangement consisted of a smaller floral design encircled by tea lights displayed in gold votives.
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The live band that provided the entertainment for the evening left Chris “honestly speechless,” thanks to their impressive repertoire of classic and modern songs (including a performance of Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” sung in Korean!). Stephanie shared a heartfelt dance with her mother, and for the last dance of the night, all of the guests formed a circle around the newlyweds while the band
played “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey. “It was incredible to see so many people from different stages of our lives celebrating this occasion with us,” reflects the groom. A five-tiered wedding cake – which was round to represent Chris and Stephanie’s marriage continuing forever – beautifully summed up a day focused on their ERIN MIGDOL enduring love.
FAR-FLUNG ROMANCE TRINA D AS G U P TA & Q U INTO N PI LL AY June 7, 2014 New Orleans, Louisiana
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For a couple as committed to their families as Trina DasGupta and Quinton Pillay, it seemed only fitting that the two became engaged on Father’s Day. Since his father’s passing, Quinton and his family used the day to commemorate his late father’s life. However, after deciding it was time to propose to his longdistance love (for half of their six-year courtship, Trina resided in New York while Quinton lived in South Africa), Quinton realized the holiday would be a perfect occasion to pop the question. “I wanted to take what had previously been a sad day and make it a happy day for both of our families,” he explains. Quinton called Trina’s dad to obtain permission; then, he asked for Trina’s hand in marriage during his family’s annual celebration. The wedding planning quickly became a family affair as well. As her parents’ eldest child and only daughter, Trina’s future nuptials had been a topic of discussion since she was a young girl. “My dad and I jokingly negotiated the guest count when I was 16 years old!” she laughs. Though the couple considered hosting the event in New York or South Africa, Trina’s hometown of New Orleans ultimately proved to be the most meaningful location – as well as an enjoyable destination for the 550 guests, many of them traveling from all over the world.
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The ceremony, held in an elegant event room at a historic treelined park, represented a harmonious blending of Western and Indian customs. The traditional mandap structure was composed of carved white wood and draped ivory fabric for a fresh, modern feel, while the abundance of roses and hydrangeas that adorned the
construction boasted a vivid shade of red â€“ the customary Indian wedding color. Quintonâ€™s sister painted the white and crimson lotus image that graced the center of the mandap. Magnificent towers of roses and rows of gilded chairs with alabaster cushions completed the fantastic scene.
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Trina was radiant in a rose-andgold sari embellished with intricate embroidery. Bridesmaids were clad in royal blue-and-gold saris and carried ceramic lotus bowls filled with rose petals, which they tossed on the bride and groom upon their arrival. Trina and Quinton worked with their priest to design a ceremony focused on the most important elements of a Hindu wedding, including both Bengali and South Indian traditions to represent each of their family’s heritage. In an effort to incorporate Western and personal touches, the couple also added a ring exchange and recited their own vows. The party began immediately after the ceremony. A traditional New Orleans jazz parade featuring Mardi
Gras floats and the acclaimed St. Augustine High School marching band led guests to the sophisticated reception venue. “Everyone at the hotel was taking pictures and someone even told me it was their dream to be part of a St. Aug[ustine] performance,” Quinton reveals. An elephant constructed of green moss and thousands of colorful mums, carnations, and orchids welcomed loved ones to the cocktail hour and provided a hint of the magnificent event to come. Before making their way into the ballroom, guests were encouraged to share advice and wishes for the newlyweds on cards affixed to a whimsical “wishing tree,” which was composed of birch and willow branches, camellias, magnolias, and ribbons.
The glorious celebration could only be described as a floral wonderland. “The vision for the reception was about bright, vibrant colors and ensuring everything was classy and not overthe-top, but still opulent,” explains Trina. Illuminated with deep purple overhead spotlights, the tables were covered in beautiful silk linens and decorated with one of three striking assortments of hydrangeas, roses, snapdragons, orchids, and peonies in shades of pink and coral. The first collection was adorned with low floral arrangements that surrounded a single ornate gold stand, topped with a white pillar candle in a glass hurricane. The next set of tables featured tall slender fixtures bedecked with a lush, fan-shaped selection of flowers that cascaded down the sides. The third design consisted of centerpieces in turquoise, hot pink, or yellow LED trees, which Trina’s dad had spotted in a New Orleans shop and thought them to be so lovely that he insisted they be incorporated into the décor. An Indian dance troupe and a showing of a same-day edit wedding video entertained attendees well into the night. At 9PM, a Kabuki curtain drop revealed a surprise: a separate “dessert lounge,” which offered sweet treats and a live performance by a duo of sensational Bollywood musicians. Following the performance, DJs kept the party going until 5AM. Favors distributed to guests at the conclusion of the celebration brought the newlyweds’ romance full circle. The couple designed a book of love poems, which included verses Quinton sent to Trina while they lived on separate continents. Partygoers were reminded of Trina and Quinton’s impassioned relationship by the poignant quote that graced the cover: “Love knows no boundaries and no distance; miles and obstacles mean absolutely nothing in the face ERIN MIGDOL of love.” 168
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ON A DECEMBER DAY KRYSTAL TH O RPE & LEO NARD C. RI CKS III
December 28, 2013 Los Angeles, California
When hypothetically discussing a wedding date, December 28th seemed most apropos to Krystal Thorpe and Leonard Ricks. After all, this was when they met at a matrimonial celebration months earlier: Leonard was a guest of the father of the bride and Krystal was a member of the bridal party. The couple had been inseparable since, so getting married a year to the day they met was just part of the magic of their romance.
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Both from a Christian upbringing, it was important for Krystal and Leonard to have a church ceremony officiated by one of their ministers. They chose St. Johnâ€™s Cathedral for the beauty of its stained-glass windows, soaring wood-beamed ceilings, handmade floor tiles, and mosaics. Two elegant white floral arrangements in golden urns facing the Italian marble altar were the only finishing touches the sanctuary needed. A cellist played as guests took their seats.
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Krystal’s father escorted her down the aisle, as a soloist performed a soulful rendition of Alicia Keys’s “Never Felt This Way.” “It was beautiful and I recall looking at the man I love and thinking this is perfect – this is amazing!” says the beaming bride, who donned a drop waist satin ball gown with a ruched bodice, beaded waist detail, and chapel train. A snowy veil was affixed above Krystal’s classic French twist. She held a creamy compilation of peonies. The instance that stands out in Leonard’s mind was their declarations to one another. “My vows expressed my most true and inner feelings for my wife. Krystal’s vows spoke to my soul,” reveals the groom, who accessorized his black tuxedo with silver cuff links – gifted from his bride – engraved with the word “Love” on one and the all-important “12.28” date on the other. “It was a moment when our words were the only ones spoken.” Following a tradition from African culture, the couple concluded the service by jumping the broom. The grand concourse room at Union Station fulfilled Krystal’s vision for a vintage reception
venue. Bridesmaids’ sapphire blue gowns inspired the complementary bright color palette of the décor. “The final hue selection was jewel tones with gold accents. This fit perfectly with the winter season and my love of antiques,” explains the bride. For the evening celebration, Krystal changed into a lace gown more suited to the historic locale. The space was framed by violet and hot pink uplighting on one wall and champagne uplighting on the other. Two floral compositions graced tables swathed in amethyst linens. One design featured tall gold vases filled with roses, hydrangeas, and orchids in shades of purple, fuchsia, and red, sitting atop mosaic mirror disks sprinkled with rose petals. A petite version of this floral design housed in small bullion urns was the centerpiece for the long tables. A golden touch also glinted from chairs, chargers, glassware rims, and votive vessels. To add another personal element, “I researched events in history [that occurred] on December 28th, selected the top 30, and used them as our table numbers,” says Krystal.
A DJ duo, one of who is Leonard’s fraternity brother, ensured guests had a great time on the dance floor. “As soon as you walked in, the music was flowing and made you want to get up and dance!” recalls the groom. Since Leonard’s mother was unable to attend the wedding, he shared a brother-sister dance – “which turned into a family dance, and that was super special,” notes the bride. “We created our own tradition!” Finding the usual bouquet and garter toss a bit boring, Krystal thought up a more fun and unique approach. To laud her unmarried friends, she invited them to join her and they danced to Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies.” As for the men, they played a rousing game of musical chairs to 50 Cent’s “P.I.M.P.” In keeping with the celebration, the couple strived to offer their guests a feast of fare and libations. To great success, since attendees raved about the sit-down dinner. “The food was phenomenal!
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They’re still talking about it. The rib eyes were to die for, the lobster mashed potatoes – everything!” says Leonard. He credits their amazing caterer, Nathaniel Neubauer of Contemporary Catering, for flawlessly customizing their menu. The four-layer cake with understated ribbon, lace, floral, and sparkling elements was “an unexpected beauty,” admits the bride. This was particularly so because it had to be redesigned a few days before the big day to reflect Krystal’s last-minute reception dress addition. With so many other pressing details to handle, she confidently turned this task over to her outstanding planners after they offered to work with the baker. It just goes to show that with the right team it is possible to compose a magnificent event for 200 guests in a span of just six months. As Krystal attests, “It was ROSIBEL GUZMÁN absolutely perfect.”
“My vows expressed my most true and inner feelings for my wife. Krystal’s vows spoke to my soul.”
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ESCAPE TO PARADISE ASH LEI GH TOM ASELLO & SAU L CASTAGN ELLO March 23, 2014 Palm Beach, Florida
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When Ashleigh Tomasello and Saul Castagnello traveled to Tokyo to celebrate five years of dating, the trip represented a homecoming of sorts. The college sweethearts were visiting the metropolis for their three-year anniversary in 2011 when the devastating earthquake and tsunami struck. â€œDespite the disaster, we left our hearts there and had to go back,â€? Ashleigh says. This time, Saul planned a surprise for Ashleigh that ensured their second Tokyo vacation would be joyously unforgettable.
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On the evening of their fifth anniversary, Saul escorted Ashleigh into a limousine, which carried them to a helicopter waiting to take them on a nighttime tour of the city. Once they reached peak altitude, Saul took off his seat belt, got on one knee, and told his beloved, “No matter where we are in the world, no matter how high off the ground we are, I am always home when I’m with you. Will you marry me?” As Ashleigh excitedly accepted his proposal, the helicopter was surrounded by the dazzling fireworks display from nearby Tokyo DisneySea. A glass room full of roses, Champagne, and gourmet desserts awaited them back at the takeoff site. “I have never experienced any other culture that loves love more than the Japanese,” Ashleigh gushes. “There wasn’t a beat skipped or even one detail left undone. It was perfect.”
“I would not have changed a single thing about the wedding. It was the wedding of my dreams.”
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After an especially harsh New York winter, the couple was thrilled to escape to Palm Beach for their seaside wedding at a prestigious destination resort. Although each stage of the celebration was held in a different area of the property, Ashleigh utilized a consistent color palette of blush, ivory, and champagne to complement the natural beauty that surrounded them. For the ceremony, guests gathered on a green lawn overlooking the ocean and accented with palm trees. Rows of wooden white chairs faced the sea, and on each side of the snowy aisle runner stood tall glass fluted vases topped with round arrangements of pale pink roses and cream hydrangeas. An acrylic canopy blended seamlessly into the scenery and was adorned with more hydrangeas and roses, as well as garlands of vanilla orchids that were draped from each corner. After seven bridesmaids – outfitted in blush floor-length dresses – and groomsmen journeyed down the aisle, the bride made her grand entrance alongside her father. Ashleigh’s strapless ball gown boasted the faintest hint of pink and a tulle skirt underneath an organza bubble peplum overskirt. She carried a bouquet of peonies and orchids studded with pearls – her and Saul’s birthstone. The couple worked with their officiant to create a non-religious ceremony and handwritten declarations that kept the focus on their love. “Without ever having read each other’s vows, we both called each other ‘my everything,’ which fully encapsulated our relationship,” Saul says. “I couldn’t help myself and had to dip her when I finally heard ‘You may kiss the bride!’”
Libations, food stations, and tray-passed appetizers were enjoyed during the cocktail hour held in a Mediterraneaninspired courtyard. However, the escort card table drew the largest crowd. Each guest received a place card with a beautiful butterfly appliqué handmade by the bride’s mother. “My mom is extremely crafty and would always make me special, unique gifts growing up, so it was important to me to incorporate a custom piece by her,” Ashleigh explains. Modeled after the loggias of Italian villas, the reception ballroom featured ornate characteristics, such as fresco-painted ceilings, Venetian-style chandeliers, and 15-foot arched windows. 182
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Round tables were adorned with either of two stunning designs. The first presented a mirrored tabletop and a tall vase with a lush display of white hydrangeas, Hawaiian dendrobium orchids, ivory roses, and blush and peach Juliette roses. Three Monet candle stands with floating candles and submerged pearls surrounded the arrangement. The second design included sequined apricot linens bedecked with a peony pattern, and a tall Abigail vase overflowing with florals. Votive candleholders were suspended from pearl-embellished ribbons, and small companion bouquets encircled the centerpiece. Place settings were composed of sparkling gold china, diamond water goblets, and monogrammed napkins in pearl rings. The newlyweds and their 16-member wedding party dined at a single rectangular mirrored table in view of the dance floor, which was illuminated with their monogram. A live band encouraged all guests
to put on their dancing shoes and kept the energy level high for the entire night. “My most memorable moment was lifting Ashleigh up and spinning her around during our first dance,” Saul says. “It was all so much fun!” A trio of desserts, including a mini baked Alaska, a chocolate tower filled with Chantilly cream, and a chocolate cappuccino cup with a chocolate pot de crème, accompanied the seven-layer red velvet cake covered in ivory fondant, white roses, and pearls. Ashleigh and Saul recommend that other couples follow their lead and do whatever makes them happy for their own nuptials – and remember to enjoy every last second. “From the exquisite food and intricate décor, to the magical setting of the ceremony on the beach and vibrant music, it was unlike any other wedding,” the groom concludes. “It was, quite frankly, everything I’ve always ERIN MIGDOL dreamed my wedding to be!”
SWEPT OFF HER FEET ZO E R AVI CH & RO BERT M C N IT T
April 4, 2014 Pacific Palisades, California
Zoe Ravich didn’t have any choice but to meet Bobby McNitt at a college party one night. A mutual friend was so intent on introducing the two that he picked Zoe up and physically carried her over to Bobby, who was on the dance floor. The couple hardly noticed the loud music and dancing that surrounded them as they stood and talked, eventually migrating to a nearby picnic table and continuing to chat into the early morning. “Within the first few hours of meeting Bobby, I already felt as if I knew him better than I had ever known anyone else,” she remembers. Three years later, while living in separate cities, Bobby collaborated
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with Zoe’s father to organize a proposal he knew would shock his beloved. Zoe’s father told her there would be a memorial at a Los Angeles-area park in honor of Zoe’s mother, who had passed away. But when Zoe arrived, she found signs that read, “Will you marry me?” She didn’t realize they were meant for her until Bobby (who she had believed was in Chicago) ran up behind her, scooped her up, and offered her a ring set with a diamond that had belonged to her mother. “We were fortunate enough to have the entire proposal recorded,” Zoe says, “so now I can replay Bobby bending down on one knee and asking me to be his wife, friend, and partner for the rest of his life.”
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With the goal of selecting a venue that had a connection to her mother in mind, Zoe initially planned to wed at her family’s summer home in upstate New York. However, weather concerns prompted her to choose a private beachside residence in Southern California instead. The change proved to be a blessing in disguise, as it allowed the couple to exchange their vows where Zoe and her mother had watched countless sunrises and sunsets together. The ethereal, garden-themed ceremony was largely inspired by supermodel Kate Moss’
nuptials in the English countryside. Chairs swathed in white slipcovers stood on wooden risers that overlooked a stunning ocean view. Full arrangements of greenery and several varieties of snowy wildflowers lined the aisle, which culminated in an arch constructed of branches and additional ivory florals. Antique handkerchiefs, for the purpose of drying “happy tears,” were fastened to a clothesline strung between two shrubs. To complete the airy scene, guests were invited to dress in light colors and don sun hats.
Bridesmaids wearing mismatched frocks and flowers in their hair carried bouquets of fragrant lavender. The bride was clad in a draped gown featuring a lovely V-shaped neckline, and a lace-edged veil affixed to her low bun. For his part, Bobby looked dapper in a grey suit and matching tie. The ceremony, led by Zoe’s uncle, included vows written by the couple and was timed to end at 11:11AM – so guests could make a wish as the newlyweds kissed. Immediately following, loved ones gathered for brunch at long rustic tables adorned with white hydrangeas and miniature glass vases filled with blooms. Arches of greenery stretched overhead and verdant manicured hedges surrounded the entire scene. After a “cake” made from stacks of pancakes was served, festivities adjourned until 7PM, when a reception in the courtyard of a nearby oceanfront hotel began. Bucking convention, Zoe changed into a red lace dress for the party. In keeping with the venue’s beachy vibe, pale blues and natural hues were incorporated into the color scheme. Wooden tables were bedecked with candles, bundles of roses, and low boxes that contained bunches of all-white flowers. Aged leather couches matched other vintage elements, including antler chandeliers and a worn wooden dance floor.
“It finally hit me that I was about to get married, and I couldn’t stop crying tears of joy.”
Instead of a formal dinner, flights of hearty appetizers were served throughout the night. A mix of country and pop music performed by American Idol finalist Casey James provided a laid-back atmosphere for the early portion of the evening. A DJ later enlivened guests and “the dancing really took hold,” Bobby confirms. “The most impressive dancer was the best man!” Still college kids at heart, the newlyweds wanted to relive their “glory days” with a beer pong competition; for a sophisticated twist on the game, they held a Champagne pong tournament on mirrored tables. In addition to serving individual-sized cakes in delicious flavors like Oreo and Funfetti, the bride and groom cut a three-tiered, triple-berry confection embellished with sugar crystals and fresh flowers. An after-party in the restaurant of the property kept the merriment going until 1AM. But the wedding weekend wasn’t over quite yet. The following night, the hotel courtyard was transformed into an outdoor movie theater featuring couches and a lace teepee. Guests snacked on In-N-Out Burger and handspun sugar treats, while watching a wedding highlight video and two of the newlyweds’ favorite films: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Happy Gilmore. Zoe acknowledges that both she and Bobby are “people pleasers,” but she advises other couples to take input from loved ones with a grain of salt. “Pleasing over 200 [guests] is nearly impossible,” she admits. “If you [try] to incorporate every single suggestion, you might end up losing yourself in the process.” Nevertheless, Bobby and Zoe conclude that being surrounded by the love of their family and friends mattered more than any other detail. “Ultimately,” Bobby says, “it is the people ERIN MIGDOL that make the celebration special.” 192
LEI GH AR MSTRON G & ALEX YOU N G September 1, 2013 Paso Robles, California
TWO SISTERS, ONE VENUE Photographed by Elisabeth Millay Photography and Jerry Hayes Photography
For sisters Leigh and Lindsey Armstrong, tying the knot with their respective beaus at their family’s Paso Robles, California vineyard was a dream come true. The siblings reveal how they designed two unique, deeply personal celebrations – at the exact same venue.
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REHEARSAL DINNER Leigh and Alex centered the décor of their rehearsal dinner – held in a rustic barrel room – around vineyard motifs. The focal point of the space was a massive chandelier, which consisted of bunches of
grapes and foliage as well as glass globes that each contained a tea light. In all, one thousand pounds of grapes were utilized in the stunning chandelier and table runners.
Leigh affectionately refers to Paderewski Vineyard at Epoch Estate Wines – a property once owned by a former Prime Minister of Poland and purchased by her parents in 2004 – as her and fiancé Alex Young’s “happy place,” and says she always knew it would be the perfect place to say “I do.” Guided by a vision of classic elegance with a rustic feel, she worked to highlight the rolling hills and verdant trees of the vineyard. “We wanted people to know they were attending a wedding, but have each particular element blend seamlessly into the landscape,” explains the bride. Leigh wasn’t fazed when sister Lindsey revealed that she, too, would be marrying at Paderewski. “I absolutely loved our wedding, so I wanted her to do it exactly the same so we could relive it again,” Leigh smiles, “but I wanted her to be able to put her own spin and feel on it.” 196
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Lindsey and Ryan eschewed Leigh and Alex’s vineyard theme for a classic, romantic celebration in shades of ivory. Fluffy white flowers and taper candles decorated a single magnificent 100-foot table. Shorter candles placed in glass vases lined the floor and were also
suspended from the ceiling, filling the space with a warm glow. In a particularly sweet moment, Lindsey joined Ryan’s father to surprise the groom and their guests by singing a song together that perfectly expressed her feelings: “When the Right One Comes Along.”
That’s precisely what Lindsey and fiancé Ryan Strawn did. Using Leigh’s nuptials as a blueprint (“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?” Lindsey laughs), she collaborated with many of the same vendors to recreate the framework of her sister’s soirée, while incorporating her unique style into the ceremony, flowers, and reception design. Additionally, in the year between each celebration, the vineyard underwent several renovations and redesigns, allowing aspects of Lindsey’s wedding – such as the rehearsal dinner – to appear fresh to repeat guests. Though neither sister was bothered that their events shared similar qualities, Lindsey enjoyed customizing the details. “I tried to change personal aspects of our wedding that I knew Leigh and Alex really cherished in their own, so I wouldn’t be mimicking something that really set their celebration apart,” Lindsey says.
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Leigh’s 10 bridesmaids donned charcoal grey dresses and held nosegays of greenery, dahlias, and pale pink roses that matched the hue of the bride’s ensemble. The custom ball gown – which as Leigh’s wedding planner declares, defined the look of the entire event – featured two layers of tulle over a floral-patterned bodice and skirt. A wide ribbon belt completed the stunning bridal design.
LINDSEY & RYAN RESOURCES Beauty Maitee Miles Bridal Gown Ines Di Santo Bridal Salon Stanley Korshak Bridesmaid Gowns Watters Catering Command Performance Catering Group Cake The Butter End Cakery Consulting Mary-Frances Hurt and Abby Prude for DFW Events
â€œThe one thing I absolutely knew I wanted from the get-go was floral wreaths for my bridal party,â€? Lindsey claims, and she got her wish. Her 12 bridesmaids were outfitted in floor-length gowns that boasted a lovely shade of ivory and crowned with wreaths of roses and greenery. For herself, Lindsey chose a romantic lace dress with a gently flared skirt and carried a striking bouquet of hot pink peonies.
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Guests gathered at the edge of the sprawling vineyard, where an aisle lined with white flower petals and urns overflowing with additional vanilla blooms culminated in an arbor constructed of vines. A horse-drawn carriage transported Leigh and her father to the ceremony, where her handsome groom awaited. â€œStanding in our favorite place, in front of everyone we love, and promising to spend the rest of our lives together will go down as the best moment of our lives,â€? Leigh confirms.
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Long benches, divided by an aisle runner of planks bordered by stones, faced an altar adorned with a remarkable wooden cross. “We really wanted our ceremony site to be simple and Christ-centered,” Lindsey explains. Her beloved Christian summer camp provided the inspiration for the décor, and the processional included several of her favorite camp songs. A mariachi band serenaded the wedding party for the recessional as a tribute to Lindsey’s adoration of Mexico – the place where she and Ryan fell in love.
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RECEPTION L EI G H & A L E X
Round and rectangular tables were covered in slate grey linens and topped with short silver vases of hydrangeas and roses. A magnificent tablescape created especially for the newlyweds featured a lush “runner” of ivory hydrangeas; Leigh calls the design “quite possibly the most beautiful table I have ever seen in my life.” The pièce de résistance was the open-air canopy: grape vines that were intertwined with tiny twinkle lights and strung overhead. A band, DJ, and games such as horseshoes entertained guests past 2AM. A classic five-tiered cake boasted floral piping and three scrumptious flavors: white cake with buttercream icing, carrot cake, and chocolate cake with peanut butter icing and chocolate ganache.
RECEPTION L I N DSEY & RYA N
For this area, Lindsey took full advantage of her and her sister’s differing color preferences. “I’m so happy Leigh hates pink, so I could let that color steal the show at my wedding!” Lindsey reveals. Centerpieces included blooms in crème brûlée, blush, and peach shades, while the head table was awash in bright pink roses, peonies, and hydrangeas. Chargers and glasses were rimmed in gold. A live band performed Motown and oldschool classics. “The reception had an ethereal, almost circus-like dreaminess,” Lindsey raves. Resting atop Paderewski wine boxes and bouquets of peonies, Lindsey and Ryan’s carrot cake was embellished with roses and frosted with a lace pattern that matched the bride’s dress. “The whole setup was something out of a ERIN MIGDOL dream!” Lindsey exclaims. 204
item your guests will see for your wedding, it is important to make the best impression! Whether working with a designer, going the ready-made route, or fashioning them yourself, the following are a few ways to integrate your favorite components into the paper products for your special day. Form a wedding logo or monogram. A logo or personal monogram is a great way to establish a signature look. While the logo could simply feature your initials, another approach could entail incorporating icons from experiences or factors that are unique to you, as a couple. Keep in mind, it can be displayed on everything from the invitations, down to cocktail napkins.
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one are the days of cookie-cutter weddings. Now more than ever, couples are infusing their celebrations with personal details, creating one-of-a-kind events that showcase their distinct tastes. Personalizing your soirée is not just about composing a cohesive look for your big day – it’s about defining your style. With so much inspiration available, this can be difficult to narrow down. Where do you begin? The following ideas will give you a good starting point to guide you through the process. Create inspiration boards. As you compile pictures that resonate with you, your preferences will set you in the right direction. If this doesn’t occur, don’t despair; some of the next steps can help you hone the options a little bit more. Define your style – individually and as a couple. Examine your closet and home décor. Your clothes, shoes, and other accessories should indicate where you fall on the spectrum. Notice the tones and patterns you gravitate towards and which you wear well. Write down keywords that best describe you and your fiancé. Maybe you are outgoing and appreciate modern elements or perhaps you are more
traditional with a flair for the dramatic. Character traits can also determine the look and level of formality you’d like to have at your wedding. Think about personal experiences you may be able to incorporate. How did you get engaged? Where did you meet? Are there any significant trips you have taken together? For example, a couple I worked with absolutely loved their little dog, Jonesy. He played a big role in the proposal and meant the world to them. Additionally, the groom was a comedian, so they both had a wonderful sense of humor. As a result, one of the pieces in their invitation suite featured a drawing of Jonesy and their reply card was crafted in the form of a Mad Lib. The hilarious responses to the latter were then displayed at the reception for guests to read. The couple’s celebration encompassed whimsical and classic details infused with their colorful personalities. Once you’ve determined your style, keywords that describe you and your fiancé, and any personal touches you might want to include, it’s time to figure out how to tie them all together. YOU’VE GOT MAIL Your invitation suite is a wonderful way to introduce your bridal motif. Since it’s the first
Contemplate custom maps. A fun, artistic addition to any invitation suite is a custom map, which can be a directional tool or purely a decorative element. Think about revealing locations that are significant to your relationship: maybe it’s the special restaurant where you shared your first date, your prized wine-tasting room, or the landmark where your proposal took place. Even if you’re ordering a predesigned selection, many calligraphers will work with you to design a custom piece, which will set your stationery suite apart and add a symbolic touch. Use hand-drawn illustrations or watercolor prints. Hand-drawn illustrations or watercolor aspects are a versatile way to infuse your personality onto paper. This can range from your favorite flower to a caricature of the two of you. The sky really is the limit in this area! AFTER “I DO” You’ve worked hard to customize your nuptials and craft ideas all your own, but it doesn’t have to end there. Consider having stationery made with your bridal logo; use it on holiday cards or have it embroidered on linen napkins or bedding. Personalized maps or illustrations can be framed and displayed in your new home. If you hired a designer, think about having him or her create an art piece with your vows using the same fonts, colors, and motif as your stationery. When your big day is truly a reflection of your spirit as a couple, transitioning the look into your married life should be seamless. Your wedding is a celebration of your union. It’s your opportunity to develop a signature style that will brand your festivities and your lives together thereafter. HEIDI JIMENEZ PHOTO COURTESY OF ZENADIA DESIGN
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A FEW NO’S ON THE WAY TO “YES” The great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post reveals nonnegotiable rules every couple should follow.
hen asked if it’s okay to wear a pink wedding dress or serve pie instead of cake, I answer, “Yes!” Other questions, such as “Do I need a receiving line?” require longer responses that start with, “It depends.” There are not many “musts” in this day and age. Don’t want traditional wording on the invitation? No problem. The couple might see each other before the ceremony for First Look photos; the bride’s mother may walk her down the aisle; and the newlyweds might opt for table visits instead of a receiving line. All of this is fine when done in a respectful manner – it’s about what ultimately makes sense for the hosts and their guests. With that said, a few queries do get a “must” or definite “no,” regardless of circumstances. Guest-List Musts “We aren’t inviting anyone we don’t know to our wedding” is a guideline many couples give their parents when forming guest lists. Generally, it’s a good one, as parents should be able to include some of their friends, but select those who the bride and groom are also acquainted with. The trouble arises when couples take this too literally and subsequently invite only the half of a couple with whom they are friends. Once someone
is married, engaged, or living together in a committed, romantic relationship, they become a package deal. This remains true whether or not you like the other half or know them at all. In addition, keep in mind that anyone who is invited to a pre-wedding party (i.e., engagement, shower, bachelor(ette), or rehearsal dinner) in your honor, should also be a wedding guest. Thus, it’s a good idea to limit the attendees of these celebrations to individuals you are certain will be on the wedding guest list. Make sure that party hosts have access to it to avoid inviting anyone who isn’t on the guest list. (This is one of the reasons surprise showers require good coordination to be successful.) The one exception is for coworkers who attend an office shower – there is no obligation to invite them to the big day. Registry Cards If, unlike me, you manage to complete your registry prior to mailing your wedding invitations, you might find the companies with which you registered offering handydandy little cards printed with a link to your wish list for you to enclose with your invites. Or you may be prompted to share your registry via email, Facebook, and Twitter, as
I was. Smart and helpful, yes? Unfortunately, no. Use these little cards to bookmark ideas in wedding magazines (like this one!) instead and simply ignore the suggestions to present your wish list on social media. Though it’s useful for guests to have gift information, it shouldn’t be mentioned on or included with your invitation. The same is true for the often-used phrase “no gifts, please.” It’s important to keep the focus on asking loved ones to share in the big event, without a hint of the presents that may follow. Instead, give the details to close friends and family, as other attendees will likely ask them about it. You can also post related links on your wedding website, which is acceptable to indicate on an enclosure, as other important information is found there, too. The Cash Bar It’s no secret that weddings are expensive – with the bar tab usually being one of the pricier components. Keeping the guest list small is the best way to control costs, followed by limiting the amount and kinds of alcohol served. What is offered is completely up to the host. It’s not rude to only have beer and wine or a Champagne toast, or even no alcohol at all. Whatever libations are selected, it’s the host’s responsibility to provide them – attendees should never be asked to pay for their own drinks. The Mythic Year There is no mythic year in which to send thank-you notes for presents. Instead, mail hand-written cards within three months of returning from your honeymoon (an immediate one that is, not belated!). Ideally these would be sent within a day or two of receiving a gift, but the pressures of planning a wedding often don’t make that possible – especially as presents begin being delivered in piles. Rather, aim to complete a note per day and call, email, or text to let guests know their gifts arrived safe and sound. For example, “Just received the beautiful knit blanket – note to follow, but wanted to say thank you right away!” This way, loved ones won’t be left wondering if their gifts were lost. Keep in mind, enlisting the assistance of grooms with this task will also speed up the process!
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This issue includes 98 pages of real-wedding inspiration – featuring the wedding of Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx to Courtney Bingham – as well a...
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This issue includes 98 pages of real-wedding inspiration – featuring the wedding of Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx to Courtney Bingham – as well a...