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CONVEY EXACTLY WHAT YOU MEAN 172 Valuable tools to help you effectively communicate your aspirations for the big day.

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DEPARTMENTS Discoveries 19 Celebrity Style 25 You’re Invited 31 Wish List 37 Travel Diaries 43

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COVER: Photographed by Liz Von Hoene for Stockland Martel. Hair by Frankie Foye at Photo Op Management using L’Oréal Professionnel. Makeup by Paco Blancas at Jed Root, Inc. using NARS Cosmetics. “Breeze” high-low gown of embroidered Alençon lace with pearl shoulder, back swag, and ruffled skirt, $7,990 by Ines Di Santo; inesdisanto.com. Shoulder-duster 1960s earrings with pearls and diamantes, $595 from Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection; caroletanenbaum.com.

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WEDDINGS ASHLEY FINA & GUILLERMO DREW-BEAR 84 June 14, 2014 Brooklyn, New York Photographed by Roey Yohai Photography ANNIE TURF & RYAN WATSON 94 June 7, 2014 Chicago, Illinois Photographed by KingenSmith WHITNEY HOEK & KENNY DE ANGELIS 102 July 26, 2014 Santa Barbara, California Photographed by Yvette Roman CAMERON SALEHI & WINSTON KELLY 108 August 16, 2014 Midland, Texas Photographed by Thisbe Grace Photography DEVON JUDITH PAYSON & RANDY WILSON 116 May 24, 2014 Laguna Beach, California Photographed by Marianne Lozano Photography OLGA DUARTE & ROBERT HEIDT III 124 August 30, 2014 Cincinnati, Ohio Photographed by Kortnee Kate Photography AISHAH JOINER & CURRY JONES 134 July 13, 2014 Atlanta, Georgia Photographed by Milanés Photography ASHLEY ZISOOK & NEAL SNITZ 142 October 11, 2014 Palm Springs, California Photographed by Jay Lawrence Goldman Photography ASHLEY ROVERE & LUCAS MENDEZ 150 June 14, 2014 Houston, Texas Photographed by Michael Carr Photography LAUREN GODDU & MAX LOWENBAUM 156 September 13, 2014 Lake Bluff, Illinois Photographed by Carasco Photography ERICA LEVIN & JUSTIN NUSSEN 164 August 17, 2014 Los Angeles, California Photographed by Embrace Life Photography

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FIRE UP THE GRILL One of summer’s greatest pleasures is enjoying a delicious barbecue on a warm evening – especially if you are a couple who enjoys hosting get-togethers. The Villeroy & Boch Ultimate BBQ collection, available in August, offers timeless porcelain tableware designed for both indoor and outdoor entertaining all season long – a great addition to a wedding registry. Steak plates in a

variety of sizes include an integrated grip to ensure easy holding, while divided sections prevent sauces and sides from mixing. Serving platters feature ridges perfect for securing kebabs and sausages, and a space-saving wooden stand displays four bowls ideal for dips, vegetables, and any other tasty complements to alfresco festivities. $20-80/piece; villeroy-boch.com/shop.

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You never forget where you fell in love. The Maps by A. Jaffe collection memorializes the most signif icant location for couples – such as the site of a first date, wedding venue, or meaningful landmark – by showcasing a custom-engraved map on a stylish pendant. Pick your favored design on A.Jaffe’s website, enter an address, and then zoom the map in or out to your preference. A delicate diamond marks the specific locale on the map, honoring the place brides and grooms hold most dear. Prices starting at $125; www.ajaffe.com/collections/maps.

PEN TO PAPER It’s impossible to select wedding invitations without discovering the gorgeous art of calligraphy – and secretly wishing to possess the same impressive skill. Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshops, presented by esteemed stationery designer Laura Hooper Leader, teach modern pointedpen calligraphy to aspiring artists across the United States. The course provides all the necessary materials, including a penholder, nibs, a pot of ink, and an instructional alphabet with practice sheets, plus three hours of coaching by Laura. Grade-school cursive will become a thing of the past once you find that you can add beautifully calligraphic personalized touches to any pre-wedding materials. $225/course; lhcalligraphy.com/workshops.

ONE OF A KIND Why hunt for the perfect pair of weddingday pumps when you can create your own? Jimmy Choo’s Made-to-Order collection allows brides to choose a shoe type, heel height, material, color, and personalized monogram, thus designing their own dream pair. For a limited time this season, vintage fabrics such as brocades, 1950s floral prints, and a lovely Toile de Jouy will be available. With thousands of combinations possible, the only trouble will be deciding which is your favorite style. Prices starting at $750; http://us.jimmychoo.com/en/MTO-landing-page.html. 20

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If the most disappointing moment of the wedding is the end, then Incubate: The Time-Delay Messenger aims to continue the celebration for years to come. The app allows guests to schedule texts, pictures, and videos to be sent to the newlyweds (and each other) up to 25 years in the future. Receivers can see how many messages they have “incubating,” but cannot actually view them until the date and time specified by the sender. Imagine seeing a video of the ceremony on your 10th anniversary, or a silly shot of your bridesmaids as you care for your first child in the wee hours. Free to download in the iTunes App Store.

A playful take on the oft-repeated plea, “Don’t scratch the silver,” the new “Graffiti” Tray by Christofle features whimsical drawings and words scribbled on its surface. French phrases like “Je t’aime” and “Amour” delightfully contrast with flowers, hearts, and stars. This fine piece is a perfect gift for classic couples who appreciate the unexpected. $265 (small), $400 (large); christofle.com.

GR AFFITI LUXE WINE OF THE MONTH Budding wine connoisseurs can develop their palates with the help of Club W, a monthly subscription service that delivers wine to your door. Members are invited to fill out a questionnaire about their taste preferences, and Club W will recommend a choice of red and white varieties. When your selections arrive, rate the wines to generate suggestions for next month’s shipment. A great gift choice for newlyweds, brides and grooms can determine their favorites from the comfort of home. Prices starting at $50/month (3 bottles/month); clubw.com. 22

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seal of approval Distinguishing your wedding is all in the little details. Customized stamps by Three Designing Women mark your invitations, letters, notes, envelopes, bags, and more with your signature monogram. After choosing a stamp design and personalizing it with your names, wedding date, and address, you’ll receive a stamping device and ink pad, allowing you to create one-of-a-kind stationery with satisfaction. $45/set (includes a stamp device, one custom design, and ink pad); weddingpaperdivas.com.


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Anya’s Advice: Black and white are crisp, timeless neutral colors that complement other hues and metallic tones.

Cameron Diaz & Benji Madden

Setting a new Hollywood trend for weekday weddings, actress Cameron Diaz wed rocker Benji Madden on a Monday in January in a star-studded backyard celebration. They combined Hollywood glamour with rock-and-roll elements for an event that was true to the couple’s individual styles. To achieve a similar romantic, edgy ambience, consider a winter color palette of black, white, and metallic with candlelit tables, and outdoorsy details to create a cozy atmosphere. Also, take a cue from their snowy honeymoon in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and set off on an intimate winter getaway.

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2014 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, $18 by Kim Crawford Wines

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

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“Kissing Birds” bottle stopper, $7.95; crateandbarrel.com

“Belle” wedding invitation by Checkerboard; papyrusonline.com

Style Tip: When planning an outdoor wedding, help guests arrive prepared for the elements by indicating on invitation inserts what types of coats or outerwear to take along.

“Weiss” white Champagne cup with gold lining ($216) and “Ca’ d’Oro” black-andwhite Champagne cups ($240/each) by Fürstenberg; all available at gearys.com

“Discus” votive, $50 by Orrefors; gearys.com

Art Deco “Chandelier” cake by Pink Cake Box

Photo: Kristina Lee Photography

“Los Angeles” marble coasters, $45 (set of 4) by Studio Vertu; gearys.com

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Diamond “Ribbon” drop earrings, $53,300 by XIV Karats Ltd; 310.551.1212

“Backyard Boho” bouquet, $400; thevelvetgarden.com Antique diamond bracelet, $154,800 by XIV Karats Ltd; 310.551.1212

Style Tip: Work with your florist to create a bouquet that ties into the location. For a backyard wedding, choose a design that appears freshly picked.

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Stackable band set with 8.5cts., $27,200 by Rahaminov Diamonds; forevermark.com

“Lily” box clutch, $3,295 by Marchesa; bergdorfgoodman.com

“BOSS Nuit” Eau de Parfum, $80; hugoboss.com

“Gabrielle” lace gown, $5,400 by Anna Maier; 212.768.0707 Crystal sandal in silver, $1,440 by René Caovilla; neimanmarcus.com “Tiara Moment” nail polish, $8.40; jessicacosmetics.com

“Margot” clutch, $725; jimmychoo.com

“Bee” gold leather sandal, $545; chelseaparis.com

Anya’s Advice: If you are opting to change dresses for the reception, also switch out your accessories, shoes, and clutch. You should reemerge in a whole new headto-toe look.

dress change “Lilia” beaded gown, $1,695 by Theia; bellableubridal.com

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“Zelie” light down jacket, $450; mackage.com

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Drop earrings with Tahitian black pearls, $1,900; valvanbalen.com

“Smashing” lip gloss, $20; modellauncher.com

Sunglasses in 22K gold plate, $1,318; us.lindafarrow.com

“Watercolor” echo touch gloves, $32; echodesign.com

“Juneau” fur boot, $525; hwilliamsdesign.com

“Natasha” faux fur bag, $69.95; zgallerie.com


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Homestead “Ambrosia” candle, $29.95; crateandbarrel.com “Morley” clutch with lace overlay, $595; koturltd.com

Style Tip: Give your gals a gift with meaning. Pick a piece of jewelry that is special to you and can be worn with their dresses. They will appreciate having something to wear on the big day that also serves as a keepsake.

Earrings with pink opals, $2,800 by Andi Alyse Jewelry

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“Fabris” sandal, $1,050; jimmychoo.com

Organza dress with embroidered floral appliqués by Marchesa-Notte; marchesa.com

Anya’s Advice: If you choose to have your bridesmaids wear black frocks, have fun with different textures and lengths. This will show off individual styles, yet give the cohesive appearance of a chic wedding party.

Jeweled asymmetric bangles, $4,900/each; yaelsonia.com

“First Crush” contour powder duo, $27; modellauncher.com

“Mudslide” nourishing hair mask, $38; thedrybar.com

“Bathina” body oil mist, $34; benefitcosmetics.com “Brigadier” reversible beanie, $25 by The North Face; 310.246.4120

Retro unisex sunglasses, $98 by Oxydo; nordstrom.com

Tumblers, $45/each by Nachtmann; riedelusa.net

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“Legend” ring, $5,490; tacori.com

Black onyx cuff links, $400 by Alan Friedman; 310.278.4944 “Wildflower Wedding” boutonniere, $25; thevelvetgarden.com

“Sloane” slipper, $650; jimmychoo.com

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Diamond skull pendant with handmade gold chain, $150,000 by Alan Friedman; 310.278.4944

honeymoon

Limited Edition seersucker tuxedo, $498 by Brooks Brothers; 855.212.7338

Style Tip: Let your groom’s personality shine through. If he has a hobby or style that is uniquely his, work it into his wedding attire and the event décor to make him feel like it is just as much his day as it is yours.

“Airbrake” snow goggles, $270; oakley.com

Skull wood flask, $29.95; papersource.com

“Abarth Chronograph” watch, $325; breilusa.com

“Merino” travel kit, $99; parachutehome.com


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Invitation suites that showcase vibrant designs for summertime festivities – and beyond.

Initially inspired by the favorite wallpaper used in the former home of the bride, this couple opted to produce a darling custom collection of stationery pieces featuring foliage, fauna, and potted florals. Muted tones and handmade components detailed with watercolor make this letterpress set by Lehr and Black as sophisticated as it is sweet. Shown here: invitation printed on cotton paper, response card, and itinerary card; lehrandblack.com

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YOU’REINVITED “Heart and Whimsy” wedding invitation with watercolor design by Invitations by Dawn; invitationsbydawn.com “Vintage Peonies” invitation, response card, and reception card by Carlson Craft; carlsoncraftproducts.com

“Emily & Michael” ombré invitation and map by Ladyfingers Letterpress; ladyfingersletterpress.com

“Spanish Elegance” invitation with laser-cut pocket detail and lined envelope by Zenadia Design; zenadiadesign.com

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Floral gold-engraved die-cut invitation with laser-cut lace sleeve by East Six Invitations; eastsix.com


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YOU’REINVITED “Lavish Laurel” invitation by Whitney Port for Wedding Paper Divas; weddingpaperdivas.com

Invitation featuring a forest scene with rose-gold foil, watercolor, and handpainted acrylic foliage details by Momental Designs; momentaldesigns.com

“Allison & Myles” letterpress and watercolor invitation suite by Ceci New York Couture; cecinewyork.com

Modern wedding invitation with gold chrome frame by RedBliss Design; redbliss.com

“Gallery Abstract Art” invitation by Alethea and Ruth for Minted; minted.com

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“Erica & Mark” custom invitation with map and wax seal by Atelier Isabey; atelierisabey.com


Marry Me at The Langham 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.

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WISHLIST

Consider great registry advice from one recently married couple. Baccarat “Massena” Champagne flute and wine goblet, $180/each; Bloomingdale’s

Michael & Ashley Scott

Arte Italica “Festivo” biscotti canister, $326; Bloomingdale’s

Nambé “Pebble” napkin holder, $85; Bloomingdale’s

REGISTRY TIPS FROM ASHLEY AND MICHAEL Herend “Queen Victoria” dinner plate, salad plate, bread & butter plate, saucer, and tea cup, $80-205; Neiman Marcus

Christofle “Galea” silver-plated knife, fork, and spoon, $124-141; Neiman Marcus

It’s clear. “Always register for crystal!” Wishful thinking. “Consider including items you wouldn’t generally purchase for yourself.”

Monique Lhuillier Waterford “Sunday Rose” frame, $125; Bloomingdale’s

Lighten up. “Have fun with it!” Take part, grooms. “Be involved or you will definitely be involved in the return process.”

Waterford “Lismore Diamond” decanter, $295; Bloomingdale’s Waterford “Lismore Diamond” centerpiece, $625; Bloomingdale’s

Couple photographed by Fairy Tale Photography

Monique Lhuillier Waterford “Sunday Rose” cake knife & server, $75; Bloomingdale’s

As they set out on their registry journey, Ashley (née Jarol) and Michael Scott both looked forward to picking out items for their new home. Playing to their strengths, Ashley was drawn to products with aesthetic appeal, while Michael focused on kitchen tools and appliances. “He loves to cook,” she shares. The couple delights in hosting get-togethers for friends and family. So in anticipation of future holiday events, fine china and crystal were significant components of their registries. Ultimately, it was important to select pieces that ref lected their interests and were meaningful to them. Ashley and Michael registered together in-store at Bloomingdale’s,

Neiman Marcus, and Williams-Sonoma, and online at Bed Bath & Beyond. Ashley preferred the former because it “was more fun!” she says with a smile. “I loved the scanner gun.” Moreover, seeing products in person provided Ashley with a better sense of their choices and allowed her to visualize how each would be used in their home. “I wanted to experience holding and feeling the weight of items and choosing china that we could have for years to come,” says the bride. To that end, she took great care in comparing colors and patterns when searching for an option that best characterized them as a couple. They found it in Herend’s “Queen Victoria” china at Neiman Marcus.

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The NFL Gameday Cookbook by Ray Lampe, $24.95; Bloomingdale’s

Although Michael didn’t have particular preferences in terms of the retailers where he and his bride registered, and instead relied on Ashley’s judgment, he discovered most of the items that appealed to him at Bloomingdale’s. Likewise, Ashley was enamored by their collection of crystal. “Crystal is not something you typically buy for yourself,” she points out. “It’s exquisite and looks gorgeous in a dining room or cabinet. I remember who gave us which piece and it holds a special place in my heart.”

Tiled-iron rosette mirror, $595; Williams-Sonoma

Waterford “Lismore” butter dish, $155; Bloomingdale’s

Cole & Mason “Oslo” salt & pepper mills, $49.95; Williams-Sonoma

Luigi Bormioli “Michelangelo” martini glass (set of 4), $35; Bloomingdale’s

Kenneth Cole Reaction Home standing valet, $99.99; Bed Bath & Beyond

Waterford “Lismore Nouveau” decanting carafe, $275; Bloomingdale’s

FAST FACTS Number of working registries: Four Estimated total value of combined registries: $58,563 Total number of items: 443

“Texas Places” wall art, $29.99; Bed Bath & Beyond

Estimated percentage of guests that gave registered gifts: 70%

Pfaltzgraff “Mirage Frost” 45piece flatware set, $49.99; Bed Bath & Beyond

Favorite registered items: Herend “Queen Victoria” china, Neiman Marcus; Baccarat “Massena” stemware, Bloomingdale’s; Saeco Minuto espresso machine, WilliamsSonoma; Tumi Alpha classic garment bag, Bloomingdale’s Most expensive registered item: Bistro Bar, $2,950; Williams-Sonoma

Breville Smart Grill/Griddle, $299.95; Williams-Sonoma

Least expensive registered item: Prinz Soho small picture frame, $3.99; Bed Bath & Beyond

REGISTRIES BED BATH & BEYOND bedbathandbeyond.com, 800.462.3966 BLOOMINGDALE’S bloomingdales.com, 800.888.2933 NEIMAN MARCUS neimanmarcus.com, 800.727.4858 Waterford “Lismore” footed cake plate, $235; Bloomingdale’s

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“I remember who gave us which piece and it holds a special place in my heart.”

Waring popcorn maker, $110; Williams-Sonoma

Williams-Sonoma Bride & Groom Entertaining cookbook, $34.95; Williams-Sonoma

Emile Henry lasagna dish, $80; Bloomingdale’s

Jalapeño pepper roaster, $19.95; Williams-Sonoma

Vinturi Tower set, $49.99; WilliamsSonoma

WilliamsSonoma Home monogrammed soaps (set of 3), $49; WilliamsSonoma

Botanical tomato towel (set of 2), $19.95; WilliamsSonoma Williams-Sonoma Two in the Kitchen cookbook, $34.95; Williams-Sonoma

Le Creuset “Heritage” deluxe round trivet, $70; Williams-Sonoma Vulcan All-in-One tailgate cooler, $209.95; Bed Bath & Beyond Glass & stainless-steel bread box, $119.95; Williams-Sonoma

Himalayan salt plate, $39.95; Williams-Sonoma

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Saeco Minuto espresso machine, $999.95; Williams-Sonoma

Le Creuset signature saucepan and skillet, $170/each; Williams-Sonoma

The bride’s family and friends were clearly aware of her affinity for crystal, as the couple was elated to receive all of their selections. In fact, the Baccarat “Massena” stemware is used regularly in their home. One of Michael’s favorite pieces is the Waterford crystal cross his grandmother gifted them. Since they love to travel, their Bloomingdale’s wish list was rounded out with luggage items, including the Tumi Alpha classic garment bag that has become Michael’s standby. The couple chose Williams-Sonoma for everyday cookware and appliances. Being a big coffee drinker, Michael was delighted to discover the Saeco Minuto espresso machine here. “[He] uses it every morning,” attests Ashley. “It makes strong coffee and tastes the best!” Their last stop was Bed Bath & Beyond for essentials and decorative elements – including some wall art proclaiming their Texas pride. “Mike loves to grill and entertain for [sporting events],” explains Ashley. The newlyweds are fans of the University of Notre Dame, Michael’s alma mater Kansas State University, Southern Methodist Universit y (where Ashley attended college and Michael obtained his master’s degree), and professional teams the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bulls. So it was no surprise the Vulcan All-in-One tailgate cooler and The NFL Gameday Cookbook by Ray Lampe were part of their registries. From their choice of retailers to their wish lists, the process went fairly smoothly for the couple. They were completely satisfied with the experience and the generous gifts from loved ones. Looking back, they wouldn’t change a single thing.


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HIGHLIGHTS BANGKOK Visiting Jim Thompson House. “This museum is a must-see attraction. Make sure to buy a beautiful silk scarf when you’re there!” Learning to Cook Thai Food. “The food we prepared in our cooking class [at Silom Thai Cooking School] was the best we had while in Bangkok.” Exploring the World’s Largest Chinatown. “We really enjoyed the flower market, especially having just completed wedding planning.”

Following their glamorous Beverly Hills, California wedding, Stephanie (née Wissner) and Chris Mintle set their sights on a cultural honeymoon at a destination they could explore for the first time together. As experienced travelers who have visited other parts of the world, the couple ultimately decided Asia was next on their list. So after saying “I do,” Stephanie and Chris jetted off to Thailand and Hong Kong for a 16-day vacation filled with plenty of sightseeing, romance, and leisure.

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Stephanie and Chris agreed that a tour of Thailand would provide an exciting mix of exploring and beachside relaxation, so they started off their honeymoon by visiting the country’s capital city: Bangkok. Choosing to stay at the former Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok (now the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel) was one of the couple’s most successful planning decisions. Although the newlyweds arrived at 1AM, the hotel staff greeted the honeymooners in the lobby with roses. “They personally escorted us to our room where there were [additional] roses and desserts waiting for us, along with a handwritten note welcoming us to our honeymoon. I couldn’t have asked for a better [greeting],” shares Stephanie. In order to get the most out of their visit, Stephanie and Chris

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hired a private tour guide to take them to many of Bangkok’s prominent destinations, such as the Grand Palace – the city’s most popular tourist attraction – as well as various temples, the largest Chinatown in the world, and a boat tour of the canals that make up the “Venice of the East.” “I really enjoyed the canal ride and would strongly recommend it!” advises Stephanie. Since the newlyweds quickly became accustomed to the customary Thai food served in the area, their favorite activity was taking a cooking class to learn how to prepare their new beloved dishes. With the help of an instructor, Stephanie and Chris selected produce at a local market and were taught how to make five traditional Thai courses. “If anyone visits Bangkok, Silom Thai Cooking School is a must!” agrees the couple.

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HIGHLIGHTS KOH SAMUI & PHUKET Dining in Koh Samui. “We participated in a private dinner called ‘Once in a Blue Moon,’ which is designed for honeymooners. I felt like I was on The Bachelor.” Visiting James Bond Island. “We visited Phang Nga Bay, which is a popular tourist attraction since it was featured in The Man with the Golden Gun.”

“We would return to each and every destination on our honeymoon!” Following the hustle-and-bustle lifestyle of their first destination, Stephanie and Chris enjoyed the next five nights at the romantic Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui. The island property offers exquisite amenities, luxurious activities, and pristine beaches and scenery, which was attractive to the newlyweds. “It was, hands down, the best resort I have ever visited. We had our own private villa with our own private balcony and pool,” describes Stephanie. “We didn’t leave the entire time we were in Koh Samui.” An intimate fourcourse dinner on the beach – complete with a Champagne toast and a memorable Thai wishing lantern tradition – was one of the honeymooners’ favorite moments. “It was the most romantic evening of my life,” adds Stephanie. Other activities included kayaking, a blissful couple’s massage, and unwinding at their private pool. “Our time in Koh Samui truly felt like a honeymoon. We lounged on

Riding Elephants in Phuket. “Elephant trekking is a mustdo attraction. We were able to play, feed, and ride the elephants. It was such a thrilling experience.”

the beach, sipped fruity drinks, and enjoyed the spa,” says Stephanie. “It was so relaxing.” Next, the newlyweds traveled to Thailand’s largest island to experience four nights at Andara Resort & Villas in Phuket. They participated in two adventurous excursions: elephant trekking and a boat-and-canoe tour. For the latter, Stephanie and Chris hopped on a speedboat to explore the many small islands around Phuket, including James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay, made famous by the feature film series. They also canoed through small island crevices. “My favorite part of the day was canoeing around the tiny Thai islands and buying coconut water from little floating food markets!” remembers Stephanie. Once back on the boat, the honeymooners visited a floating village for lunch, where they also fulfilled a Thailand traveler’s dream by holding and taking photos with monkeys.

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HIGHLIGHTS HONG KONG Drinking at the World’s Tallest Bar. “One of my favorite activities was going to the Ozone bar. It’s on the 118th floor of The RitzCarlton and the views are to die for.” Shopping at Ladies Market. “The travel books tell you to go to Stanley Market, but we stumbled upon Ladies Market, and it was huge! Don’t forget to bargain!”

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TRAVEL TIPS FROM STEPHANIE & CHRIS • “If you are honeymooning in various destinations, plan each and every location out in advance. There were times [during the trip] when we had to sit and figure out what to do next, which is not how I would have preferred to spend my time.” • “We were warned about visiting Thailand and Hong Kong in June/July since it’s rainy season, but luck was on our side. It rained a couple of times, but not nearly as badly as we expected.” • “Definitely pack bug spray! I’ve never had so many bug bites in my life.” • “We did a lot of touristy stuff, but we tried to explore on our own a bit to experience local life. The best food we had was from local street vendors that we stumbled upon.” 46

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Since Stephanie and Chris made the trip to Asia for their tour of Thailand, they decided to explore another part of the continent before heading home to Los Angeles. “Chris picked Hong Kong because it is a financial hot spot, and he works in finance,” explains Stephanie. The newlyweds stayed for two nights at a fivestar hotel known for its excellent location in the city prior to their stateside return. Since time was limited, Stephanie and Chris took an allday tour of Hong Kong Island to see as much of the area as possible. “The tour hit all of the main tourist attractions, such as Victoria Peak, Stanley Market, and a cruise around Victoria Harbor,” outlines Stephanie.

Sampling a Dim Sum Lunch. “On our all-day tour of Hong Kong Island, we had a dim sum lunch – a must while visiting Hong Kong. It’s touristy but also a local tradition.”

Additional activities included indulging in a traditional dim sum lunch, shopping at local malls and markets, and visiting the Kowloon neighborhood – “It [actually] felt like we were in China, whereas Hong Kong Island felt like New York City,” notes Stephanie. Though the couple’s honeymoon paired extensive sightseeing and urban areas with laid-back, island outings, Stephanie and Chris agree that they wouldn’t change a thing about their itinerary. “I really liked that we bookended our trip with the two big cities and did the relaxing island portion in the middle,” recounts Stephanie. “We would return to each and every destination on our honeymoon!”


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LOST IN A MASQUERADE Make this moment pure magic in head-to-toe rhinestones. “Ginger” slip gown in pearl with paillettes, $5,720 by Eliza Jane Howell; available at Kleinfeld Bridal. Jeweled metal mask, $13,330 by Vicki Sarge; 212.391.0050. “Corlynn” star earrings, $68 by Nina. Essentials rhinestone cuff, $585 by Vicki Sarge; 212.391.0050. Left hand: oval engagement ring in 18K gold, price upon request by Rahaminov Diamonds; available at Gearys (800.793.6670). Right hand: large crystal ring, $450 from Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection. “Fergie” rhinestone sandal, $119 by Nina.

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BEHIND THE CURTAIN It’s time to step into the spotlight. Chantilly lace sheath with crystal beading and embroidery, $16,500 by Pnina Tornai for Kleinfeld; kleinfeldbridal.com. “Tutti Frutti” Swarovski-crystal crown and matching earrings, prices upon request by Robert Sorrell; sorrelloriginals.com. “Lamba 50” studded sandals, $975 by Jimmy Choo.

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FASHION ICON Crown thee Goddess of Glam. “Guinevere” gown with embroidered midriff and cape, prices upon request by Randi Rahm. Crystal crown of poured glass and Swarovski crystals, $3,000 by Robert Sorrell; sorrelloriginals.com. “Swift Nomadic” tassel earrings, $275 by Lulu Frost. Vintage Cadoro gold snake bracelet, $695 from Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection.

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SHOWSTOPPER Strike a pose. Long-sleeve beaded column with paneled skirt and double slits, $11,270 by Inbal Dror. Vintage rhinestone tiara with feathers, price upon request from New York Vintage. Kenneth Jay Lane vintage drop earrings, $1,250 from Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection. Vintage rings, prices upon request from Stazia Loren. Gold lasercut gladiator sandal, $650 by Tania Spinelli.

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WITH THE GREATEST OF EASE Fly high in a riot of ruffles and a dash of lace. Gown of silk charmeuse and Alençon lace with ruffled tulle and organza skirt, $4,200 by Eugenia by Barbara Kavchok; available at Kleinfeld Bridal and eugeniacouture.com. Synthetic ruby crown with Swarovski crystals, $2,000 by Robert Sorrell; sorrelloriginals.com. Crystal-and-pearl Kenneth Jay Lane earrings, $1,795 from Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection. Left hand: oval engagement ring in 18K gold, price upon request by Rahaminov Diamonds; available at Gearys (800.793.6670). Right hand: “Attract Light” ring, $149 by Swarovski. “Bryce” jeweled platform sandals, $179 by Nina.

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RAZZMATAZZ Marry feathery fluff to sizzling sparkles. Silver sparkle mini dress with fringe, price upon request by Alvina Valenta; available exclusively at JLM Couture. Marabou crop jacket, $395 by Adrienne Landau. “Vogue” rhinestone bib necklace and rhinestone rose cuff, prices upon request from Stazia Loren. Large crystal ring, $450 from Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection. “Top Vague” suede pumps with crystals, $2,995 by Christian Louboutin.

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MOVIE STAR Think Liz Taylor as the ultimate, exotic Queen Cleopatra. Long-sleeve lace dress with handcrafted beading, $8,360 by Berta; available at Mon Amie Bridal Salon. Robert Sorrell Egyptian headpiece with fringed Swarovski crystals, price upon request from New York Vintage. Left hand: rings from Stazia Loren, Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection, and engagement ring by Rahaminov Diamonds, respectively. Right hand: rings by Swarovski and Stazia Loren, respectively. Feather fan with tassel, $450 by Leah C. Couture Millinery.

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LIFE IS A CABARET Fan the flames of desire in bias-cut, curve-inducing silk. Corseted “Washington” gown in paneled silk with center slit ($7,480) and fully beaded pewter “Charlton” cape ($2,075), both by Johanna Johnson. Black feather fans with tassels, $450/each by Leah C. Couture Millinery. Swarovski-crystal tassel earrings, $400 by Robert Sorrell; sorrelloriginals.com. Oval engagement ring in 18K gold, price upon request by Rahaminov Diamonds; available at Gearys (800.793.6670). “Strass” string sandal, $1,470 by René Caovilla.

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LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU Top off your high-fashion performance with femme fatale flair. Bustier of lace and tulle with ostrich feather skirt, $9,950 by Lela Rose. Charcoal “Jaunty� mini top hat ($525), ostrich feather hair comb ($145), and nude birdcage veil with crystals ($325), all by Leah C. Couture Millinery. Vintage crystal fringe earrings and vintage Coro bracelet, prices upon request from Stazia Loren. Vintage Dior gold star bracelet, $1,500 from Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection.

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YES, YOU CAN-CAN Hold a hypnotic gaze. Laser-cut butterfly sheath in pale blush, $16,300 by Pnina Tornai for Kleinfeld; kleinfeldbridal.com. Showgirl feathered headpiece, price upon request from New York Vintage. Fringed Swarovski-crystal earrings, $400 by Robert Sorrell; sorrelloriginals.com. Left hand: oval engagement ring in 18K gold, price upon request by Rahaminov Diamonds; available at Gearys (800.793.6670). Right hand: “Attract Light” ring, $149 by Swarovski. “Precious Dreamers” rhinestone cuffs, $303/each by Samantha Wills. White laser-cut gladiator sandals, $650 by Tania Spinelli.

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STARSTRUCK For a truly unforgettable exit. “Wendy” gown in silk crepe with plunging neckline and sheer crystallized-net back ($6,400) and “Wendy” lace-trimmed cape of multilayered tulle ($7,200), both by Galia Lahav. Mask of striped feather and lace (on head), $425 by Leah C. Couture Millinery. Vintage rhinestone spray earring, price upon request from Stazia Loren. Hinged 1950s diamante cuff, $795 from Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection.

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Golden Treasures Shine like the summer sun with these yellow-gold stunners.

“Lorelei Collar� necklace featuring 25.5cts. of diamonds, $150,000 by Hearts On Fire; heartsonfire.com.

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Above (clockwise from top): Twist diamond ring, $1,595 (center stone not included) by Frederic Sage; fredericsage.com. Dahlia collection ring featuring diamonds and sapphires, $2,990 (center stone not included) by Kirk Kara; kirkkara.com. Ring featuring a 1.565ct. orange fancy-cut center diamond, $7,150 by Todd Reed; toddreed.com. Semi-mount diamond engagement ring, $2,125 (center stone not included) by Carizza; miacarizza.com.“Desire Simply Solitaire” engagement ring with scalloped edges, starting at $2,750 by Hearts On Fire; heartsonfire.com. Couture collection split-shank engagement ring with diamond swirl, $8,960 (center stone not included) by Danhov; danhov.com. Left inset (clockwise from top): Band featuring 1.70cts. of round diamonds, $7,700 by Jack Kelége; jackkelege.com. LeCirque collection diamond ring, $1,200 by Carizza; miacarizza.com. Charlotte collection deco-inspired diamond band with milgrain edging, $4,260 by Kirk Kara; kirkkara.com. “Millgrain Bezel” stackable diamond band, $1,065 by A. Link; alinkandco.com. “Octagon” diamond band, $3,700 by Penny Preville; pennypreville.com. “Mega Diamond Irena” three-sided eternity band featuring 5.72cts. of round brilliant diamonds, $19,500 by Martin Katz; martinkatz.com.

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Clockwise from top: Chandelier earrings featuring 4.99cts. of diamonds, $10,497 by Le Vian Bridal; levian.com. Diamond earrings in white and yellow gold, $2,640 by Simon G.; simongjewelry.com. Hoop earrings with diamonds, $8,000 by Malibu 18 by Rahaminov Diamonds and Irit Design; rahaminov.com. Diamond earrings featuring yellow citrine stones, $6,500 by Michael B. Jewelry; michaelbjewelry.com.

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Clockwise from top: Earrings featuring 1.52cts. of round diamonds, $6,900 by Jack Kelége; jackkelege.com. “Leaf Scroll” earrings with 1.14cts. of diamonds and prong closure, $6,395 by Penny Preville; pennypreville.com. Earrings featuring pie- and oval-shaped diamonds, $20,000 by Malibu 18 by Rahaminov Diamonds and Irit Design; rahaminov.com. LeCirque collection diamond earrings, $4,300 by Carizza; miacarizza.com.

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www.originalrunners.com Creators of the first nonslip 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 Claire Pettibone

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.

Eugenia Couture

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.

Ines Di Santo 866.899.INES

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.

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.

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Liancarlo

305.591.7332

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.

Modern Trousseau

552 7th Avenue, 3rd Floor, 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.

Monique Lhuillier

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.

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.

Mon Amie Bridal Salon

355 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 714.546.5700

www.monamie.com Mon Amie Bridal Salon has served as Orange County, Southern California, and the West Coast’s most elegant & premiere bridal salon for over 35 years. They present to their brides an unparalleled selection of designer gowns in their spacious boutique. Mon Amie’s enthusiastic & knowledgeable staff are renowned for exceptional and personalized service.

Wedding Atelier

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.


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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.

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, their hand-selected team has the experience, creativity, and international design connections needed to convert your vision into an extraordinary celebration.

Geller Events

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.

Jordan Payne Events

3100 Carlisle Street, #16117, Dallas, TX 214.577.5880

www.jordanpayneevents.com Jordan Payne and her team believe that getting to know you and your vision is one of the best parts of the job. Offering destination-wedding planning anywhere in the world, Jordan uses her design experience to bring a couple’s vision to life – from the elegant to the avant-garde.

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 weddings they have always envisioned.

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.

SoCo Events

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 well-respected experience.

Sterling Engagements

Los Angeles, CA 323.845.9500

sterlingengagements.com Sterling Engagements is a premiere Los Angelesbased, full-service event design and production firm. From the warm and intimate to the lavish and luxurious, they offer personal yet professional service. Consistently transforming visions into breathtaking realities, they push past limitations with cutting-edge design and unparalleled elegance.

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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.

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.

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Invitations by Dawn

The Hidden Garden

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.

Los Angeles, CA 310.575.6600

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.

GIFT REGISTRIES 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.

Gearys

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.

GOWN PRESERVATION Effrey’s Custom Cleaners

8917 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 310.858.7400

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

INVITATIONS Carlson Craft

www.carlsoncraftproducts.com The perfect wedding invitation – crafted just for you. Find unique, luxury designs and affordable, trendsetting options to match your style and budget. Carlson Craft offers an exquisite selection of paper and expert laser cutting, letterpress, foil stamping, glitter ink, and more to make your wedding invitations one of a kind.

800.257.9567

Laura Hooper Calligraphy 703.619.0480

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.

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.

Minted

888.828.6468

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.


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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.

Carasco Photography 773.383.4112

www.carascophoto.com Carasco Photography has become one of the most sought-after photography companies for luxury and celebrity weddings. Husband-and-wife duo and founders Cara and Scott Nava produce and preserve memories in a documentary-meets-highfashion-format. They blend their personal style to create a photographic experience that embodies elegance, tact, and distinction.

Christine Bentley Photography 949.521.4764

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 For 15 years, Berit Bizjak has been photographing weddings as owner of Images by Berit, Inc. A high level of integrity is a core principle of her business and clients receive the highest level of attention, devotion, and commitment. Authentic by nature and true to her craft, Berit’s hope is to connect with you and start a wonderful partnership.

Ira Lippke Studios

Los Angeles, CA & New York, NY 212.620.3900

iralippkestudios.com Ira and his carefully chosen studio photographers capture extraordinary weddings from all over the world. The studio team possesses artistic vision, which enables them to highlight the individuality of every event, showcasing each couple’s rare and unique moments. Their refined skills capture the exemplified beauty of each celebration in a fineart, documentary style.

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.

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.

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.

Oheka Castle

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.

If any member of our Editors Circle does not perform as you expected, we want to hear about it. If you would like to be considered for an invitation to join the Editors Circle, please let us know. Contact Inside Weddings at editorscircle@insideweddings.com.

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“The proposal wasn’t planned – it just happened,” says Guillermo Drew-Bear. While visiting his sweetheart Ashley Fina’s parents one Sunday, he took them aside and mentioned that he wanted to set a time to discuss something important with them at a later date. Ashley’s mother unexpectedly replied, “Why don’t we speak right now?” Though taken aback, Guillermo seized the moment with aplomb. “I told them how I felt about their daughter, how we complemented each other, and why I knew she was The One,” he recounts. “It came from the heart.”

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Not wasting any time, Guillermo then headed downstairs and proposed to Ashley. “It was a complete surprise,” she says. The impromptu manner of asking for her hand was not the only reason he didn’t have a ring to present Ashley. “Since she has a jewelry store, I knew it was something that we should pick together,” Guillermo explains. By the next day, Ashley was wearing an exquisite pear-shaped diamond engagement ring. As a nod to the groom’s lucky number, June 14 was decided as the wedding date. Guillermo was involved throughout the planning process. “We work great as a team and are both very detail oriented,” Ashley shares. So they gave their creativity free reign and had fun with it. For their unique celebration, the couple did not want to take the typical route of hosting their nuptials at a hotel. Moreover, they needed a space that could accommodate their 400 guests and would not limit how late the celebration unfolded. An architectural gem in Brooklyn met their criteria to the hilt. Loved ones gathered for the ceremony beneath the venue’s breathtaking 110-foothigh dome displaying a vivid, ornate mural – part of which was replicated in the envelope liners of the wedding invitations. The fading light of evening filtered through the 20 oval windows at the base of the dome. Votives flickered in frosted hurricanes along the aisle, and a lush chuppah composed of ivory roses, hydrangeas, and greenery stood out against a backdrop of crimson Austrian drapes.

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A chamber ensemble played classical compositions for the processional. Bridesmaids wore an elegant assortment of mismatched sapphire dresses. Reflecting Ashley and Guillermo’s respective faiths, a rabbi and a priest officiated the service. Ashley will never forget walking down the aisle and seeing Guillermo’s smiling face. “He was beaming,” she asserts. The bride was resplendent in a custom gown with an illusion neckline accented with floral appliqués that were also sprinkled on the bodice and skirt. Her tresses were upswept to reveal brilliant diamond drop earrings, and she held a bouquet of white peonies. The groom accessorized his black tuxedo with an alabaster calla lily boutonniere and pearl cuff links. “The most important thing was the commitment we were making 88

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to spend the rest of our lives together and being surrounded by all our family and friends from around the world,” affirms Guillermo of the ceremony. Fittingly, they exchanged rose gold bands by Michael C. Fina with “I love you” engraved in hers and “Yo también” (Spanish for “Me too”) in his. The décor of the dinner service captured the couple’s fondness for Central Park and springtime in New York. For starters, guests’ seating assignments were inscribed on emerald leaves and wine was poured at a hedge bar. Rows of long mirror-top tables were bedecked with veritable gardens. Bushels of verdant branches dotted with diminutive white flowers in glass vases towered over small single-variety bouquets of greenery and vanilla blooms. An array of attractive crystal vessels were used to create enchanting terrariums.


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The aged-bronze tone of chairs added to the woodsy atmosphere. A bear crafted of moss – paying a whimsical homage to the groom’s surname – was even placed in the vault for fun photo ops. A tree motif – a symbol of life – graced Guillermo’s handkerchief, dinner menus, and Spanish espadrilles given to attendees, and represented the new one the newlyweds were about to start together.

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“The most important thing was the commitment we were making to spend the rest of our lives together and being surrounded by all our family and friends from around the world.”

Tasty fare fueled partygoers throughout the festivities. Tequeños – a Venezuelan treat of cheese wrapped in crispy dough typically served at parties – were passed around the dance floor. In addition to slices from the wedding cake – festooned with fresh flowers and foliage, and an adorable topper that resembled the couple’s pet parrot, Oscar – an impressive collection of some of New York City’s best desserts were presented. Lastly, there were scrumptious late-night snacks from The Burger Guru. The couple made sure to incorporate personal and cultural elements in the entertainment. They participated in the traditional Jewish hora and, since Guillermo is Venezuelan, their band included Latin musicians. In keeping with wedding celebrations in his homeland, fun props – such as sunglasses, feathered masks, and top hats – were distributed to the revelers. Guillermo remembers dancing with Ashley at about 4AM and calling her his wife. “We both looked around at everyone having such a good time and us having an amazing time. I didn’t want the day to end,” he says. “Our vision was translated into reality. I would do it all over again – but only with her.” ROSIBEL GUZMÁN

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A LOVE LIKE THIS ANNI E TU RF & RYAN WATSO N

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Annie Turf is positive she met Ryan Watson at his apartment after she and her friends befriended his roommate one summer night in Boston. Ryan is certain they met for the first time six months later, at a mutual friend’s Christmas party. Regardless, they both agree that after Annie introduced herself at the party, the two felt an instant spark, and they sat and talked for two hours. Their relationship progressed, but the couple arrived at a crossroads after Annie abruptly moved away to Chicago to be closer to her mother. For Ryan, however, the next step was obvious. “I came to the realization that I knew this was the girl I was going to marry, so I should take a chance and make the move with her,” he says. Annie and Ryan’s future together was sealed during a trip to Nantucket, where Ryan popped the question on the beach at sunset. “He pulled out a white box and I just started screaming!” she exclaims. “And if you know me, you know that the screaming was incredibly loud coupled with jumping up and down!” The bride approached wedding planning with the design objective of “a barn meets the Four Seasons” on Lake Michigan, where she had grown up. Most importantly, though, the venue had to allow an unlimited number of guests, to ensure that Ryan would be able to invite all of his loved ones from Boston to the festivities. “To leave everyone he knew for me meant he should be able to celebrate our love with as many of those people as possible,” Annie explains. Since the bride comes from a long tradition of houseware and design experts (her mother was the president and CEO of Crate and Barrel, her uncle owned a wholesale housewares company, and her brother manages a home furnishing company), the process of creating two unique tents for the ceremony and reception was truly a family affair.

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Light and warmth filled the interior of the ceremony tent, which featured minimal, rustic touches in shades of white, taupe, and blush. A weathered wooden aisle adorned with handpainted floral creations led to a stage that was flanked by candles and set in front of rows of pink, ivory, and tan ribbons that were gracefully suspended from the ceiling to the floor. Branches covered in snowy blossoms were sculpted to form “trees” and placed throughout the space. The bridesmaids’ bouquets of pale pink and vanilla peonies complemented their rosy gowns. Annie was the epitome of beauty in a gown with a sweetheart neckline and ruffled skirt, her hair falling around her shoulders in loose waves. “I really married up!” Ryan says of his gorgeous bride.

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“We built, what I think, was the most beautiful room full of love I have ever seen!”

Both Annie and Ryan wanted to pay homage to their love of Bruce Springsteen, so they asked their officiant to include a reading of the classic song, “Happy.” “The last line is, ‘I’m happy in a love like this.’ And that is what our officiant spoke to,” the bride says. During the recessional, guests were amazed when a guitarist popped up from the audience and performed “Glory Days” to energize the crowd for the party to come. The reception convened in a second tent designed to Annie’s aesthetic of “pink, peonies, warm lighting, and just a little bit of an East Coast feel.” The ceiling and walls were draped in rosy-hued fabric, while a mixture of rectangular and round tables were topped with either matte or sequin dusty-rose linens. Tables also featured 98

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low arrangements of blooms in ivory and blush, displayed in silver vases and wooden boxes. Pillar candles stood atop bronze stands of varying heights. A dance floor that matched the ceremony aisle completed the romantic scene. Ryan describes the live band as “beyond words,” and Annie says dancing with her loved ones to Bruce Springsteen songs (especially with her dad to “Thunder Road”) were some of her most memorable moments of the entire day, along with listening to her mother’s “magical” speech. After cutting the cake, it was time for Annie to reveal her surprise for Ryan: a Boston sports bar-themed after-party. “I had absolutely no idea,” he marvels, “so that was an awesome way to end the night.”


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Though Ryan advises grooms to “say ‘yes’ to everything your wife asks,” Annie counters that the key to an unforgettable celebration is to know exactly which elements are most important to both of you, and design your dream day as a team. It’s advice she and Ryan clearly took to heart, as they both agree that there isn’t a single thing they would change about their enchanted event. “We built, what I think, was the most beautiful room full of love I have ever seen!” Annie gushes. ERIN MIGDOL

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When it came to selecting the locale for their wedding, Whitney Hoek and Kenny De Angelis knew exactly where they wanted to get married – Santa Barbara. After all, this was the first destination they visited together as a couple. “It was my first time in Santa Barbara and we both fell in love with [the area] and each other on that trip,” Whitney reveals. Being fans of architecture and interior design – as can be seen in Whitney’s blog, Between the Boxwoods – the pair was delighted to secure a luxurious villa influenced by Mediterranean architecture, fitting to “The American Riviera” – as Santa Barbara is known – for the celebration. Wooden chiavari chairs, with the first of each row swathed with a vanilla liner bearing the couple’s monogram, were set upon stone pavers edged by green grass. Two large arrangements of creamy flowers and foliage next to boxwood spheres stood at the top of the aisle. The bride was stunning in a strapless lace gown and loose waves as she made her way to the altar – framed by earth-tone urns filled with lush bouquets of pearl roses, hydrangeas, and verdure or topped with boxwood spheres – and her awaiting groom in a black tuxedo. Whitney carried white roses hand-tied in draping champagne silk and ivory satin ribbons. Her “something borrowed” was the veil her friend, actress JoAnna Garcia Swisher, donned at her nuptials. “It was special to be wearing something so meaningful to my friend and we hope to carry on the tradition and have our other friends wear it on their wedding days,” shares Whitney. Although the couple selected a string quartet for the ceremony, they did not want the mood to be too formal and included modern songs in the playlist: “Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve for the processional and “Paradise” by Coldplay for the recessional. Further reflecting their personalities, “We [incorporated] a few of our favorite quotes [in the service] and it was funny and sweet,” says Whitney. 102

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SANTA BARBARA SPLENDOR WHITN EY H O EK & KENNY D E AN GELIS July 26, 2014 Santa Barbara, California

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When the vow exchange concluded, guests walked through the house to a bountiful cocktail hour held on the patio with a view of the property’s polo field. Selections included dirty martinis, vanilla agave margaritas, and wine, as well as passed hors d’oeuvres, a taco-and-tequila pairing station, and a buildyour-own slider post. “We love to throw parties, so we wanted everyone to be well fed with plenty of drinks,” explains the bride. For the reception, loved ones entered a plush, billowy tent, with suspended crystal chandeliers, that afforded gorgeous views of the verdant location. The long head table was draped in taupe linens and surrounded by chairs with monogrammed sleeves. Revere bowls brimming with white hydrangeas, roses, dahlias, and foliage were lined along its center and interspersed with candles. Similar designs decorated guest tables, while cane-back upholstered dining chairs lent a slight rustic touch. Place settings were composed of sophisticated silver-rimmed china, glassware, and napkin rings.

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Ensuring no one would go thirsty, libations were available at a custom-made wood bar bookended by two large mirrors, as well as a monogrammed ice martini luge. The couple also commissioned four credenzas, which displayed large arrangements of delphiniums, candles, and boxwood spheres, to accompany lounge furniture and give the interior the feel of an estate. Whitney and Kenny were overjoyed by the way their vision materialized and give full credit to their wedding consultant. Dancing for the first time as husband and wife to “Amazed” by Lonestar was particularly memorable for the newlyweds. “We invited guests to join us at the end and everyone got up and started dancing with us. All of the men were serenading their wives. It was so neat!” Whitney marvels. The revelry of the evening was infectious, the groom describes, “Everyone was dancing the whole time. [That’s] always a good sign!” A classic five-layer cake was embellished with the couple’s monogram, fresh roses in neutral hues, and pearl beading around each base. The delicious confection consisted of chocolate cake with mocha mousse and carrot cake with cream cheese filling – Whitney and Kenny’s favorite combinations. After the reception ended, festivities moved to the villa’s wine cellar for an after-party offering cigars, cocktails, and more dancing. Kenny shares these words of advice that will serve grooms before and after the wedding: “Be patient with your wife-to-be, have an opinion on everything, but be ROSIBEL GUZMÁN amenable at the same time. It’s good practice for marriage.”

“Be patient with your wife-to-be, have an opinion on everything, but be amenable at the same time. It’s good practice for marriage.”

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STORYBOOK ROMANCE CA M ERO N SALEHI & WINSTO N KELLY August 16, 2014 Midland, Texas

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Whenever Cameron Salehi and Winston Kelly want to relive the memories of their fairytale romance, all they need to do is open their very own storybook. After proposing to his sweetheart (whom he first met in high school) with a 110-year-old diamond that belonged to his great-great-grandfather, Winston revealed the custom tome he had created that told the narrative of their relationship, complete with photos, loving words, and signatures from their entire family. “It was really amazing the amount of time and effort he put into it,” Cameron says. As both Cameron and Winston are natives of Midland, Texas, and currently reside in the city, planning a wedding in their hometown was a natural choice. “A lot of our friends had beautiful destination weddings, but we wanted everyone to come to our home and celebrate with us here,” she explains. To the bride’s delight, Winston remained very involved in helping her and their consultant plan a simple, personalized ceremony at the couple’s church and a tented reception on the lush grounds of a private country club.

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In light of the spectacular reception that was to come, the pair opted to keep the décor of the sanctuary minimal, so as to focus the service on their commitment to each other. White flowers of nearly every variety, including roses, hydrangeas, and tulips, were displayed atop bullion urns and as a lovely hedge across the altar. Bridesmaids carried bouquets of matching blooms and wore elegant dresses they designed themselves, featuring gold bodices and floor-length taupe skirts.


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Before seeing his bride – who looked ravishing in a ball gown with a voluminous ruffled skirt – walk down the aisle, Winston expected to be emotional. “But when I saw her, I couldn’t stop smiling,” he remembers. “My heart was completely fulfilled knowing we were about to become husband and wife.” The groom’s sisters read an Irish blessing, and his cousin rang “The Steel Bell” – a 100-yearold bell named after Winston’s family that was brought out of the historic Fort Worth Masonic Temple just for the occassion. While their 500 guests enjoyed cocktails outside the reception tent, Cameron and Winston took their first look at the magnificent ivory and gold structure, which had taken a week to build from scratch. “The walk-through of the tent before any guests had seen it was like walking into an imaginary place that had been brought

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to life,” says the groom. Luxurious swaths of vanilla fabric formed the ceiling and walls, which were constructed around preexisting trees that were wrapped with neutral flowers. “Everyone couldn’t believe they were the same trees that had been there for years!” Cameron exclaims. A mixture of sofas, banquettes, ottomans, and intimate tables, all in shades of white, taupe, and gold, provided varied seating options for dinner. Tall glass vases brimming with eggshell-hued blossoms and crystals were placed around the room, and crystal chandeliers hung from the ceiling. But the focal point of the space was undoubtedly the shimmering installation that was suspended above the dance floor, which mimicked the wedding invitations as well as the dance floor design.


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“The walk-through of the tent before any guests had seen it was like walking into an imaginary place that had been brought to life.” Since the father of the bride is Iranian and several guests had flown in from Iran to attend the celebration, a traditional Sofreh table displayed a spread of symbolic foods and décor elements. A live band with an impressive horn section entertained the crowd, followed by a DJ who spun hits until 2:30 a.m. Cameron was especially delighted by her father’s enthusiasm for their father-daughter dance to songs by Paul Simon and Hank Williams, Jr. and incorporating choreography for a few close friends. In addition to late-night snacks from the newlyweds’ favorite Midland eateries, two wedding cakes were served. Cameron’s dress inspired the first, which was an elegant pearl confection adorned with gold sugar flowers and geometric designs. The second was a stunning replica of the new football stadium at the University of Oklahoma, Winston’s alma mater. Eye masks printed with “Dreaming of… #kellycloud9” (the couple’s official hashtag) were appreciated favors after an unforgettable night of revelry. Cameron acknowledges how easy it is for brides to get caught up in the small details and forget about the larger significance of the event. But she and Winston savored their moments together and the support shown by friends and family, who were responsible for some of their favorite memories of the wedding. “At the end of the day you are surrounded by people that love you, marrying the person you love,” ERIN MIGDOL she points out, “and that’s all that matters.”

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When Devon Judith Payson first met Randy Wilson, she was immediately smitten. “I felt instantly at ease with him, but at the same time, I couldn’t stop grinning and giggling. He made me feel amazing!” recalls Devon. “We were together every day [following] our first date,” adds Randy. “I knew very early that it was right and she was The One.” On New Year’s Eve a few years later, Randy proposed to Devon in front of their loved ones on the same bench where he first said, “I love you.” Says the bride of the fairy-tale proposal, “It was so perfect and romantic!” 116

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The couple selected a picturesque resort with dramatic ocean views for the location of their spring wedding. “We have always loved the Montage Laguna Beach, and I knew as soon as he proposed that I needed to call them right away!” says Devon. To create a cohesive, dreamy look for their alfresco ceremony and indoor reception, an ombré color palette that faded from blush to vanilla was chosen. “I had promised my husband that it wouldn’t be too pink,” the bride shares with a smile, “so we were able to focus the colors to look mostly white, with just the right amount of ‘fade to pink.’”


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On the afternoon of the vow exchange, a piano quintet performed melodious tunes as guests found their seats on alabaster chairs dotting the expansive lawn of the seaside property. A grass aisle sprinkled with rose petals arranged in a beautiful swirling ombré pattern was lined with creamy hydrangeas. The entrance to the aisle was flanked on both sides by tall risers holding clear glass vessels topped with lush arrangements of garden roses and peonies in shades of champagne. At the end of the walkway, a dramatic floral-embellished chuppah composed of similar flowers featured an enchanting backdrop of crystal strands that swayed in the ocean breeze throughout the service.

Devon carried a frothy bouquet comprised primarily of vanilla roses and peonies – her favorite flower. Complementing the theme of the décor, the bride’s gown, which she designed herself, was made of Chantilly lace that also faded in an ombré fashion. A piece of her mother and father’s wedding dress and tuxedo, respectively, were sewn into the creation. Though her parents escorted her down the aisle, Devon appreciated the feeling of having them “with her” throughout the celebration. Bridesmaids donned strapless floorlength dresses in light pink and held glamelia bouquets made of rose petals in various shades of blush. The groom and his groomsmen were dapper in charcoal suits with ivory floral boutonnieres.

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Following the heartfelt service, which utilized popular Jewish traditions such as the breaking of the glass to acknowledge the bride’s family’s heritage, loved ones made their way inside the luxury resort for the reception. Seating assignments were found on a round table decorated with an arrangement of roses and peonies in romantic hues, moss, and suspended glass orbs filled with petals. The sitdown dinner service took place in a classic ballroom that was transformed into a glamorous space by way of luxurious drapery, twinkling string lights, and a pretty-in-pink color palette featuring glittering silver accents. Round and rectangular tables were adorned with high and low centerpieces composed of roses and peonies in shades of blush and cream and were named after various locations in Italy that the couple has visited together. Prior to dancing the night away, attendees enjoyed slices of a five-tiered ivory cake embellished with a lace pattern and metallic monogram, as well as fresh flowers that cascaded down each layer in a spectacular fading fashion. For individuals desiring additional sweets, an area of the ballroom dubbed “Devon’s Delights” was styled to look like a French pastry shop and offered a selection of cupcakes and macarons. Personalized boxes prompted guests to easily take home the delectable treats. Dance music and popular hits performed by a live band encouraged revelers to stay on the dance floor all night long.

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Just before midnight, a hidden wall of curtains opened to reveal an impressive after-party space. As a surprise for Randy, Devon and her girlfriends kicked off the latenight festivities with a dance performance choreographed by the bride’s friend, Jacquelyn Umof, who is a Los Angeles Lakers dancer. The fête lasted until 1AM, and the couple was able to enjoy every minute with friends and family thanks to their team of wedding professionals. “I didn’t worry about anything the day of,” says the bride. “The flowers, [Devon’s] dress, the music, the food – all were perfect, unique, and unlike anything I have ever seen before,” confirms the groom. “It was exceptional.” KELCY CHRISTY

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Robert “Chip” Heidt III and Olga “Gigi” Duarte’s romance begins with a sweet story. The two attended elementary school together, and Gigi had decided that Chip looked a lot like her beloved celebrity teen heartthrob. So, with that in mind, she set out to make the young man her boyfriend. She wrote him a note asking him to be her beau and requested that he circle either “yes” or “no;” Chip wrote “maybe” and circled it. Gigi was smitten. “I still remember the feeling of not being totally rejected by him. It remains one of my favorite memories of us,” she admits with a grin.

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After dating for many years, Chip, who had joined the military, felt the time was right. He went to visit Gigi at graduate school and whisked her off for a romantic lunch and to stop at his parents’ home to see their pool renovation. “I had a huge project due and was not in the mood. However, Chip was persistent and I hadn’t seen him for months, so I put my schoolwork aside and left with him,” she explains. While casually chatting on the balcony of Chip’s parents’ beachfront property, the conversation turned serious. He began to describe to Gigi how special she was to him and, before she could process it all, Chip was on bended knee. “As he reached for the ring from his pocket, he fumbled, causing the ring to fall off the balcony and into the ocean,” she recalls. “I practically threw myself after it!”

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Being the logical and resourceful woman she is, Gigi remained composed. While watching Chip yell, “NO!” to the volumes of ocean waves below, she diligently performed an internet search for scuba diving services. “Suddenly, Chip rushed back, and as I turned to face him, he was back on his knee. This time holding the real ring,” Gigi smiles, reflecting back on the day she said “yes.” With over 400 people on the guest list, preparing for the celebration was no easy feat. The couple sought out the guidance of a talented wedding consultant, who helped Gigi and Chip hone the vision of their special day. After initially conjuring up an elaborate concept of good versus evil to illustrate Gigi and Chip’s story of “love that endured through thick and thin,” the pair realized they should simplify the theme and settled on a sophisticated all-white ceremony and a hyper-modern aesthetic for the later party. “However,” shares the groom, “the most important [element] was our loved ones. Our family and friends are an integral part of our relationship and as much as they wanted to celebrate our nuptials, I wanted to [honor] their love and support for our union and future.” Selecting locations for the festivities was quite simple for the Cincinnati-based twosome who chose the same Catholic chapel where they shared their adolescent crushes, and the groom’s family’s estate for the reception. The bride wanted the ambience of the ceremony to feel “ethereal and pristine,” so they added few adornments to the Gothicinspired sanctuary, and requested that guests wear all-white attire. An organist, choir, trumpet soloist, and opera singers performed some of Gigi and Chip’s favorite hymns during the traditional service. Gigi, wearing an elegant sleeveless dress with a highneck collar, chose to walk down the aisle solo. “It was super frightening, but I wanted to assert the strength of my own femininity,” she confides. She carried an ivory glamelia – a bouquet created using individual rose petals arranged to resemble a single, oversized rose bloom. “I will never forget the look on Chip’s face when he first saw me!” admits the bride. The groom opted to forgo a traditional tuxedo and don his dress blues uniform, while the couple’s son wore a stylish white outfit featuring black trim, a chevron bow tie, and moccasins. 128

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From the church, shuttles transported loved ones to the reception, which showcased a drastic shift in theme from traditional whites to modern, chic decadence. Upon arrival, attendees were serenaded by a full gospel choir, as well as a mix of entertaining tunes performed by a 12-piece band and opera singers. Six large tents were utilized, with the main pavilion housing the ballroom and dining area, and an adjoining tent acting as the nightclub for the after-party. Bright pearl carpeting and draping made the room feel airy and light, while every element of guest tables was decorated in rich

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ebony. Glamorous linens alternated styles, including oversized sequins, metallic leather, and ruffles. Brilliantly, the white-clad guests became a contrasting design detail when seated. The floral centerpieces were a mix of high and low arrangements overflowing with vanilla roses, hydrangeas, ranunculus blossoms, and orchids set in onyx vases. Attendees each received a container of honey – from the Heidt family’s onsite bee farm – as favors, which served double duty as a seating card. Jars were decorated with clever “Love is Sweet” labels that incorporated the honeycomb motif seen throughout the reception décor.


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Gigi and Chip wanted the head table to be a striking focal point of the layout. To accomplish this, the couple and their entire wedding party changed into midnight-hued attire for dramatic effect. A lush, deep red floral runner ran from one end of the long table to the other and sat upon an exquisite piece of linen made up of thousands of square, white sequins. “The food was something that Gigi and I really wanted to see done in a different way,” explains the groom of their unique approach. During the dinner service, which included a variety of delectable choices presented at stations, a troupe of performance artists and acrobats inventively served wine and hors d’oeuvres, and

provided napkins. Then, to signal loved ones that it was time to hit the dance floor, sparklers erupted from the centerpieces. And the revelry had only begun! To capture all of the memories, the couple had arranged for drones to take photos, which were then projected in real time onto giant screens. The celebration was more wonderful than the newlyweds had imagined. The groom admits it was all due to their incredible vendors: “[The event] was a testament to their planning, communication, and ability to create a special experience,” he confirms. Gigi sums it up simply, “It was everything I dreamt of and more.” NICOLE PALACIOS

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Aishah and Curry’s first date took a turn for the worse before it even began. Over the course of a month, the two had gotten to know each other as coworkers at a residential property management office. “Her ‘presence’ was what caught my eye,” Curry reveals. “Just being able to see her in the office every day made me smile.” Fortunately for him, Aishah found his smile radiant. Curry finally worked up the courage to ask her out on a date. “I was so happy she agreed,” he recalls. Having invited her to dinner at his house, Curry went grocery shopping that Saturday afternoon. On his way home, a downpour began and he was in a car accident. Lying in the hospital bed, Curry was troubled by the thought of Aishah unknowingly waiting for him. Indeed, Aishah was irate at being stood up. While driving back home, she saw the aftermath of the wreck and recognized Curry’s truck in the middle of the street. Aishah jumped out of her car in the pouring rain and asked the police officer where the driver was and headed straight to the hospital. The next thing Curry knew, she was walking through the door. Aishah stayed by his side until he fully recovered. “I knew from that point on, it was meant to be, and she was my guardian angel,” says the groom. Five months later, the couple became engaged. 134

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Though she had dreamed of getting married at an iconic Atlanta location since she was a little girl, Aishah kept an open mind and vetted other venues. Nevertheless, “The Biltmore [Ballrooms] still took my breath away,” she admits. For their special day, she concluded that a white palette, accented with touches of gold and silver, suited the elegant setting. “I basically gave Eliana [my wedding consultant] my color scheme and she took it to the next level,” affirms the bride. “She was like my very own fairy godmother.” On the big day, soft sunlight filled the Georgian Ballroom, which showcased exquisite handcrafted plaster relief ceilings and crystal chandeliers. Celadon-hued walls with gilt details added to the serene atmosphere. Clouds of ivory roses, hydrangeas, stargazer lilies, and orchids, dappled with a hint of foliage in glass vases were placed atop mirrored stands that blended seamlessly into the scene. Curved

clusters of vanilla flower petals edged the aisle leading to an ethereal canopy crowned with creamy blossoms. Escorted by her father and stepfather down the aisle, the beaming bride donned a strapless silk-satin gown featuring crystal beading along the bust and a pick-up skirt. A dazzling headpiece complemented her classic updo. Aishah carried a bouquet of white roses, peonies, hydrangeas, and calla lilies. Bridesmaids were clad in silver and gold floorlength dresses lovingly crafted by the mother of the bride. The vows were the most important part of the service for the groom, whose black bow tie and pocket square provided points of contrast to his ivory tuxedo jacket. “I wanted to pour my heart out and let everybody know how truly blessed I am to have such a wonderful woman in my life,” Curry effuses. “I still don’t think words can fully express my love for her.”


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The ceremony space was gracefully transformed for the reception. A magnificent frame of white roses and hydrangeas with the slightest hint of pink surrounded the seating display. Two floral designs adorned round tables draped in opulent silver linens: a petite arrangement of pearl blooms or one of the beautiful tall bouquets used during the vow exchange. An array of candles, some in frosted candleholders with a damask pattern, highlighted each centerpiece. The wedding cake was another decorative element in and of itself. Encapsulating the celebration’s clean, chic theme, five square tiers were embellished with silver details and included two acrylic stands.

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Three food stations – a pasta bar, Cajun martini bar, and Southern comforts bar – offered dishes with regional flavors such as green beans amandine, an andouille sausage and shrimp medley, barbecue hen skewers, and fried mac ‘n’ cheese balls. Each place setting consisted of sophisticated clear chargers with golden rims and satin napkins, as well as a personalized wedding favor for each guest. “We had Jones [Soda Co.®] cream sodas with our photo on them,” describes the groom. “Since our last name is Jones, they fit the occasion quite nicely.” The newlyweds sat at a sweetheart table swathed in a sequined bullion tablecloth fronted by a floral screen of vanilla 140

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hydrangeas and buttercream and pale pink roses. The bride fondly remembers the speeches from friends and family. “They were funny, yet unforgettable,” she says with a smile. “I never really understood why Aishah put so much time into finding a planner and searching for ideas on the internet and in magazines, until our wedding day,” says Curry with full appreciation of the orchestration involved. “I don’t think anyone could have done a better job than Eliana.” The beautiful celebration provided a well-deserved, joyous ending to a relationship that got off to a bumpy start. ROSIBEL GUZMÁN


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They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but in the case of Ashley Zisook and Neal Snitz, it was actually through Ashley’s stomach that a true romance was confirmed. The couple met at a mutual friend’s wedding, and the morning after their first date (a fabulous meal at a restaurant in Neal’s hometown of Detroit), Neal texted Ashley asking her to look outside her hotel room. She opened the door to find roomservice carts filled with every breakfast food imaginable. “The deal was pretty much sealed,” Ashley remembers, smiling.

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Because Ashley resided in Chicago, seven months of long-distance dating followed their unforgettable first date. “We fell in love spending time in the car,” she explains of their drives to and from their respective homes. Finally sharing the same zip code, Neal popped the question in the lobby of their “Windy City” apartment building to the romantic sounds of an acoustic guitarist. The couple wasted no time beginning their wedding planning. They were thrilled to discover a lush outdoor venue near Palm

Springs, a favored vacation spot where Ashley’s parents own a home. It’s also the same location that hosts the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. “That was a major reason we picked it – both Neal and I are huge music fans,” adds the bride. Another deciding factor: “Most of our guests would be traveling from Chicago, so a destination wedding weekend [in Southern California] seemed like a lovely place for [them] to visit. Plus, we knew that the weather would be perfect!” Ashley affirms.


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The site’s sprawling lawns, charming lake, and clusters of palm trees served as an ideal backdrop for the couple’s design inspiration: rustic and vintage with a modern flair. Alternating rows of wooden pews and mahogany chairs were arranged adjacent to the peaceful waters of a lagoon, with bunches of white flowers and greenery embellishing the aisle. Bridesmaids – who Ashley gushes “looked like models” – wore mismatched dresses in complementing shades, and entered the ceremony beneath a lavish arch of hydrangeas,

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orchids, and roses. The aisle culminated in an even more remarkable floral-encrusted chuppah constructed of twisted branches and neutral-toned foliage. After a procession of adorable flower girls, Ashley arrived looking radiant in a strapless ball gown with a skirt covered in a laceembroidered tulle overlay. The 450 guests were wonderfully surprised when the service – conducted by the couple’s rabbi from Chicago – concluded with a stirring performance by 10 gospel singers.


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The cocktail hour unfolded on an expansive field outfitted with pearly white furniture, a lace-patterned ice sculpture that served as a seafood station, and an old-fashioned carousel to entertain loved ones. The huge reception tent was hidden by a hedge and hand-carved door. Two trumpeters played a fanfare to signal the start of the merriment to come. “The door opened into a magical place where the party went wild, the catering was delicious, the music was amazing, and every décor element was stunning,” Ashley describes. Guests took their seats at rectangular wooden farm tables mixed with round tables covered in lace tablecloths. Centerpieces consisted of either low arrangements of eggshell, blush, and celadon flowers, or tall manzanita branches interwoven with floral bouquets. Other tables featured iron stands showcasing cascading blooms and amaranthus, while lighting projections of lace designs shone overhead. Since Neal is a professional chef, all of the delectable cuisine served received his stamp of approval. “We attended a tasting months prior to the wedding, critiquing every morsel of food,” Ashley explains. An 18-piece band performed all of the couple’s favorite songs, and the bride and her brother even hopped onstage to sing along. Rustic beams surrounded the dance floor, supporting a towering wooden ring in the center of the space that was embellished with florals and crystals. Though guests danced the entire night, they managed to take a break long enough to enjoy the stunning red velvet and chocolate cake, bedecked with fondant lace and sugar roses, as well as a whimsical sweets station offering treats like cake pops, cookies, cupcakes, mini pies, and tarts. At midnight, partygoers were surprised with invitations to a second celebration: the carnival-themed after-party, complete with games, kissing booths, a dance floor, food trucks, and more fun snack stations. A DJ kept revelers partying until 2AM. “The end-of-the-night carnival was crazy,” confirms Neal. “Oh, what a night it was…” Ashley muses. With so many exhilarating aspects of their special day, it’s no wonder Ashley says her only wish is that she could experience her “out-of-this-world” event all over again. “Our wedding weekend was so amazing and thrilling, but it was a blur,” she confides. “I would love to do the entire wedding again, so I ERIN MIGDOL could relive every wonderful detail!” 148

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After meeting at work, Lucas Mendez invited Ashley Rovere to dinner at a local Mexican restaurant. “We talked for hours and hours, and the conversations were intelligent and engaging. We just didn’t want the night to end,” he remembers. As their relationship evolved, Ashley’s mother gifted Lucas a diamond from a pendant that Ashley would borrow from her when she was younger. When the time came to propose, Lucas had the sentimental jewel set into a stunning, custom engagement ring that almost didn’t make it onto the bride-to-be’s finger. He had planned to slip the bauble under Ashley’s napkin for her to find at dinner with her parents one night; however, when she returned from the bathroom, the waiter grabbed the napkin to offer her before she was able to discover the ring on her own. “He started immediately apologizing thinking he had destroyed the proposal. I was just so happy that I didn’t care!” she exclaims. To ensure loved ones would be able to attend the festivities, the couple chose to keep the wedding location close to home. In fact, Ashley and Lucas were married at the same church that the bride grew up attending. On the afternoon of the traditional ceremony, the altar was flanked by two gilt vessels with lush floral arrangements in white, green, and blush hues that sat atop mirrored pedestals; and the aisle was lined with lanterns that flickered with candlelight. Flower girls held baskets adorned with moss and filled with vanilla rose petals, and a handsome ring bearer carried a pillow made of moss to hint at the nature-inspired affair to come.

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The bride walked gracefully down the aisle to the melodies of a string quartet and organist, who played Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.” Ashley was beautiful in a lace gown with a long, flowing veil and carried a bouquet of roses, peonies, ranunculus blossoms, lilies of the valley, orchids, and stock that appeared freshly picked from the garden. Gleaming, she met her groom at the altar for a special service conducted by a family friend in the same spot where the officiant’s father baptized Ashley as a baby. Since the bride had always dreamed of having a wedding set in a forest, wedding consultant Ann Whittington and her team recreated the lush look indoors for the reception. Guests passed through a hallway lined with moss and adorned with flowers that draped from the

ceiling on their way to a stunning ballroom, which was illuminated almost entirely by candlelight. Round tables were swathed in neutral-toned linens embellished with light green fabric leaves and topped with a variety of centerpieces that had a natural appeal. The first group was decorated with trees comprised of branches and verdure set in a bed of moss and topped with blooms; the second featured pillar candles housed in lanterns encircled by blossoms and handpainted gold butterflies; and finally, the third style displayed mossy runners bedecked with fresh florals, candles, and butterflies. “We really wanted to have different heights and tablescapes to make everything interesting,” Ashley shares. “My jaw actually dropped when I saw the room for the first time.”


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Following the sit-down dinner service, attendees enjoyed slices of a picturesque confection. The impressive six-tiered cake was displayed on a mirrored table beneath a lavish, wrought-iron structure embellished with cream hydrangeas, peach roses, and cascading garlands of ivory orchids. Each layer was frosted with white buttercream icing and decorated with hand-sculpted sugar gum roses, as well as elegant “lace” designed to resemble the details of Ashley’s wedding dress. Loved ones took home delectable French macaron favors displayed in small boxes tied with a note from the bride and groom. As a surprise for the newlyweds and their guests, the bride’s parents shared a same-day edit video of the event, and both Ashley and Lucas agree that watching their love story unfold in front of their friends and family was one of the most memorable moments of the evening. The couple was amazed by how many details were involved in their big day and admit that they would not have survived without the help of their wedding planner. “Go with your instincts and don’t worry about what other people may think of your choices!” Ashley suggests. Lucas agrees that the celebration went off without a hitch: “It was a perfect day.” BROOKE CHRISTY

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KEY TO MY HEART L AU REN GO D DU & M A X LOWEN BAUM September 13, 2014 Lake Bluff, Illinois

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The first day at a new job is always memorable. For Max Lowenbaum, his first day of work at Groupon was not only notable, but also life changing: It was the first time he laid eyes on Lauren Goddu. “As soon as I walked into the lofted space I noticed Lauren and, believe it or not, I knew she was The One,” Max says. He immediately asked a colleague to tell him everything she knew about Lauren. Unfortunately, her answer wasn’t encouraging. “She said, ‘You have no chance,’” Max remembers.

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Luckily, that coworker turned out to be wrong, and Lauren and Max evolved from work associates, to friends, to eventually girlfriend and boyfriend. Since the couple loves to travel, the “City of Love” proved to be the perfect inspiration for Max’s proposal. While walking along Chicago’s Michigan Avenue Bridge one evening, they came across four “love locks,”

imitating those secured by lovers on the Pont des Arts footbridge in Paris. Max had engraved each lock with a milestone in their relationship and the date, beginning with “The first time I saw you” and ending with “The day we got engaged.” By the time Lauren read the final lock, “he was on one knee and I was overjoyed,” she exclaims.


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“I expected to feel anxious hoping everything would go well, but the entire night I felt an incredible sense of happiness without any nerves or jitters.”

Affectionately referring to themselves and Lauren’s mother – who was instrumental in the planning process – as “The Team,” the couple focused on designing an outdoor, tented celebration overlooking Lake Michigan. A lakeside golf club, where Lauren had attended several special occasions over the years, offered picturesque grounds on which an entirely personalized wedding could be built from the ground up. To complement the green lawn and sparkling blue lake, décor was kept to a neutral palette of ivory, blush, and peach. Wooden chairs placed on and around a brick patio faced a glorious canopy, representing a chuppah, crafted of branches and flowers. Trails of white and pink rose petals led to urns filled with hydrangeas, roses, and amaranthus. Bridesmaids wearing coral dresses preceded Lauren down the aisle, who was accompanied by both of her parents 160

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(in a unique twist, the groom was also escorted by his parents). The beautiful bride was radiant in a fit-and-flare lace gown and cathedral veil affixed to her low ponytail, gathered and braided at the nape of her neck. Both a priest and rabbi presided over the service, representing Lauren’s Catholic and Max’s Jewish faiths. For Max, standing under the canopy, looking into Lauren’s eyes, and feeling the love from their family and friends made the ceremony unforgettable – as was “hearing the laughter from the crowd as it took me two tries to stomp the glass,” he says. Afterwards, the newlyweds savored Champagne and hors d’oeuvres in a private room. “It was a special time to be together as we had just said ‘I do.’ It was also an opportunity to enjoy some of the great food we were serving!” Lauren declares.


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The new Mr. and Mrs. arrived at the reception to thunderous applause from their guests, signaling the start of a joyful party. Dinner was served at round tables covered with vanilla linens and topped with trumpet vases filled with roses and hydrangeas in shades of pale pink, ivory, and peach. Candles in low glass votives, as well as smaller flower arrangements in miniature silver and mercury-glass vases, encircled the tall centerpieces. Gobo lighting gave the ceiling a tree-like pattern, and lanterns suspended from the center of the tent provided an additional glow. Max and Lauren worked with their bandleader to handpick 250 songs from popular decades for the evening. “The music was an absolute highlight and one of the most memorable parts of the best day of my life,” Max boasts. But the festivities weren’t over once the 16-person band finished their set. Pinpoint lights turned into neon lasers, fog filled the room, glow sticks, necklaces, bracelets, and rings were brought out, and a DJ took over to turn the party into a late-night rave – complete with comfort food such as fried chicken sliders and warm chocolate chip cookies with ice cream. “We had heard stories where brides and grooms weren’t together for [the end of the wedding],” Lauren explains, so the couple chose the last three songs in advance, to ensure that they could close out the night side by side on the dance floor. Throughout the celebration, Max was surprised by how calm he and Lauren remained. “I expected to feel anxious hoping everything would go well, but the entire night I felt an incredible sense of happiness without any nerves or jitters,” he reveals. Indeed, the only disappointment of the day was that it didn’t last longer. “It goes by so quickly, and it is so special to have your closest friends and family there to witness your commitment and ERIN MIGDOL celebrate with you!” Lauren smiles. 162

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THE BEST THING ERI CA LEVIN & JUSTIN N USSEN August 17, 2014 Los Angeles, California

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During her bat mitzvah at the Skirball Cultural Center, Erica Levin was already having glimmers of her future. Since that momentous occasion, “I dreamed of walking down the aisle and getting married [in its] courtyard,” she reveals. As it turns out, Erica had also already met her groom-to-be. “We became friends [quite early in junior high] and by ninth grade we spoke on the phone every night before going to sleep,” recalls Justin Nussen. And so their love story began. When the couple became engaged many years later, they visited the venue and were delighted to find a blank canvas in which to orchestrate the elegant and romantic celebration they envisioned – complete with an outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour followed by an indoor reception where kosher dishes were served. “I was surprised by how much fun I had throughout the [planning] process,” admits the bride. “A lot of this is because my wedding [consultant] and her team were an absolute pleasure to work with.”

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Receiving plenty of support, Erica made all decisions with input from Justin and her mother, garnering some valuable lessons along the way. “When it comes to asking your groom his opinions, make sure you feed him first and try to consolidate your questions into one conversation rather than bothering him all day, every day!” she advises future brides. This path to mutual understanding is clearly two way. “‘Yes’ and ‘whatever you decide’ are always your best answers,” notes Justin with a smile. “Keep your bride happy.” A year and a day from the proposal, the soothing sounds of

an instrumental trio mingled with the cheery chirping of birds perched on nearby trees as guests took their seats for the traditional Jewish service. Arrangements of white and pale purple flowers, including hydrangeas, roses, and Café au Lait dahlias in varied glass vessels, and cylinder vases with floating candles atop acrylic stands decorated the aisleway. A domed chuppah was composed of ivory, lavender, and pink blooms, as well as branches and greenery. “Our chuppah was simply a dream come true,” attests the bride of her florist’s creation.

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Erica was radiant in a pearly white gown with a keyhole back and feminine cap sleeves dotted with crystals. A sparkling hair clip gathered her loose curls, and she clutched a bouquet of white peonies and roses. Justin and Erica agree that the moment she approached her awaiting groom, who was dapperly attired in a smart black tuxedo, was the most unforgettable memory of the ceremony. Following the customary breaking of the glass and cocktail hour, friends and family walked only a few steps to enter the modern reception space framed in amethyst uplighting. Round tables were draped in silver linens and surrounded by chiavari chairs in the same hue. Two floral designs brought some natural elements of the alfresco ceremony indoors. A contemporary grouping of cylindrical 168

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vessels set on mirror discs contained single-variety bouquets of vanilla roses, orchids, hydrangeas, Café au Lait dahlias, and foliage. Stylish trumpet vases brimmed with blush roses and additional dahlias, as well as ivory orchids and hydrangeas. Floating candles intermixed with low votives throughout the tablescapes. Before their grand entrance, a video slideshow of the couple incorporated some of Erica’s diary entries written 10 years prior. The loving messages included writings detailing her devotion to Justin and her hope that they would one day marry. Her wish fulfilled, she was soon dancing with her beloved to “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne – truly an incredible moment for the bride.


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The careful process of choosing the entertainment for the evening was entirely worth it since the dance floor could hardly contain all the revelers. “We spent weeks deciding which West Coast Music band to go with, as they were all so perfect in their own ways,” explains the groom. “We ultimately decided on the Cowling Band after realizing their selection of songs would lend itself to the greatest dance party.” The energetic crowd was refreshed with tasty summer sorbets before enjoying slices of the couple’s magnificent wedding cake. The showstopper confection was composed of four white layers with an embossed quilted pattern, three of which were covered in edible silver beads. The alternating chocolate bourbon cake and banana chocolate-chip cake were finished with a royal icing flower donning a rhinestone center. Looking back on their big day, “Linda Howard and her team went above and beyond to create a magical look,” marveled the groom. “The theme ‘elegant and romantic’ was carried ROSIBEL GUZMÁN throughout every aspect of the décor, down to the most minor details.”

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4. You’re not going to hurt anyone’s feelings. It is the job of your wedding professionals to produce a celebration that is reflective of your vision – if they are off track, politely let them know what you don’t like and offer your reasons. Gaining a greater understanding of the things you dislike can be as important as knowing what you love.

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e’ve entered a new age. When I began my career as a wedding planner 21 years ago, clients would approach me with their selected colors, an overall feeling, a spending limit, and so on. They would have purchased a few bridal magazines and page after page would be dog-eared, marking stories of what they envisioned. During meetings, couples would tell me with sincerity that they wanted an event that was “pretty,” “glamorous,” or a thousand other words that were completely subjective and could be interpreted in a myriad of ways. Everything has changed since those days. Now one of the first topics we discuss in meetings with new clients is not only the same dog-eared magazines, but also what they are admiring on shared-image sites and blogs. There is currently so much information available that it would seem to make this job easier. Certainly, conveying ideas with pictures can sometimes be more effective: Couples can create storyboards to clarify the words they are using to describe their upcoming celebrations. On the flip side, the task is more difficult because there is such a large amount of material to sort through – and where is the individuality when simply picking from a catalogue of other peoples’ special days? The new challenge is in making decisions from such a vast array of options – and finding ways to customize them. The professionals whom you are hiring to implement your dreams are also the experts in helping you pinpoint what those dreams 172

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look and feel like. Your job is to be able to communicate effectively, so they understand your vision. Here are a few important tips to guide you in this endeavor: 1. Think about the formality and feeling of your wedding. Day of the week, time of day, location, and attire all play a role in determining the style of the soirée. 2. Indicate why you like photos when you “pin” or tag them. For example, make a note if you are drawn to something based on its scale, texture, or color – or even for a dress that someone might be wearing in the background. Too often when couples go back through their photos, they have no idea why they selected them. Being specific about what you like will help your event specialists detect consistencies within your favorite images. 3. Use adjectives that specify what you are experiencing. For example, if you are looking at a centerpiece, instead of saying that you want something more elegant – which is subjective – try to discuss particular aspects, like wanting less variety in the color range, more texture, a looser feel, etc. For instance, “I love the softness of the pink peonies and would like to see more of them,” not “I’d like it to be more romantic.” Being specific increases the odds of a vendor’s ability to better intuit your opinions.

5. Don’t be afraid to share personal information. In addition to how your special day looks and feels, it’s important that it is specific to you. Details that you think may be irrelevant enable your event team to know you better and can lead to creative touches that help personalize your day. For example, if you and your fiancé love playing games, you may wish to incorporate a game lounge at your rehearsal dinner. Also, cocktail napkins or coasters with trivia about you are great conversation starters. Custom elements such as these can’t be suggested without your team being familiar with you and your story. 6. Be transparent about your spending limit. If your event specialists don’t know what you are planning on spending, they may show you items that are out of reach. Reviewing options that are truly a possibility will make the process seamless and more enjoyable. In order to remain within your budget, also share with your team the components that are most important to you and should be prioritized. For example, if your dream is to have a killer dance party, knowing that will enable your wedding consultant to suggest splurging on a great band, and then simplify the flowers or food choices. 7. Remember that it’s your wedding. You will undoubtedly ask the opinions of your team, friends, and family, and you’ve hired professionals because of their knowledge of style and execution – but it’s still your day. You must now sift through all of that information and ultimately be the decisionmaker. A truly skilled vendor will offer his or her opinion, as well as the reasons behind it, knowing that you may decide to go in a completely different direction. Communicating effectively will help your team gain insight into not only your vision, but also what is meaningful to you, enabling them to design with your taste and priorities DEBBIE GELLER in mind. PHOTO: NADINE FROGER


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depart the ceremony site, though more often it is held as they enter the reception area. While it may feel slow or old-fashioned, it serves a very important purpose: It gives you (the couple) and any other hosts the opportunity to greet and thank guests. This is the single most important duty you have at the wedding. If the official cake cutting gets cut or the bouquet toss is tossed, it’s no big deal. But saying “hello and thank you for coming” to every single person in attendance is an ironclad must. The receiving line serves as a catchall for this purpose. Many couples have opted to skip receiving lines in recent years in favor of greeting attendees via table visits. Either way you say “hello” to all of your guests is fine; but think about the timing. Table visits take at least a few – if not five or more – minutes each. Multiply that by 20 tables, and your loved ones may be done with dinner before you’re finished approaching them all. Plus, you may miss your own meal! Generally speaking, it’s a very good idea to have a receiving line if you have from 75 to 100+ guests. Fewer than that and circumstances are in your favor to find and thank every individual present. Toasts While Champagne may be replaced with any beverage, no reception is complete without at least a few words from your hosts to congratulate the newlyweds and thank guests for coming. When the couple hosts, one or both might take a moment to express appreciation to family and friends

for attending and to toast his or her new spouse. Typically done early or late during the meal, the main host will (gently!) tap a glass or take the microphone to give a toast. Usually this will be the bride’s father, followed immediately or shortly thereafter by the groom’s father. The couple, best man, and maid/matron of honor might also say a few words. Mothers and stepparents can speak as well. Any combination of these may happen. It’s a good idea to have a sense of who is on deck and in what order to avoid hurt feelings should the best man take the microphone before the father of the bride has a chance to go first. If you don’t want an open mic, give the DJ or whoever is in charge of the microphone a list of those who will give toasts, and ask him or her to politely decline the request of others who may ask. It’s okay to use notes for toasts, and to keep them short if you’re nervous. Toasts don’t need to be lengthy – have you ever sat and timed five minutes? It’s a long time. A minute or two at most is adequate, especially if several people plan to speak. (Rehearsal dinners are a great time for lots of speeches, and for long speeches.) At the end of each toast, the speaker will ask everyone to join in raising their glasses, or simply turn to you two and raise their glass. Technically, when you are being toasted, you don’t drink – just smile and enjoy. After guests have drunk you might raise your glass to them in return and have a sip. Cutting the Cake While first dances, bouquet tosses, and big send-offs can be fun, there isn’t much etiquette to them; not so for the cake cutting. Cutting the cake is a sign to attendees that it’s acceptable to leave the reception without being thought rude. This is often an important cue for elderly guests, or those with small children to put to bed. If you weren’t planning to cut the cake and feed one another bites in front of loved ones, or opted for an alternative dessert such as cupcakes or cookies that don’t lend themselves to cutting, simply serving dessert will suffice as a signal. Plan to cut the cake (or have dessert served) within an hour of dinner ending. The party will still go on, and family and friends who would like to depart will end on a sweet note. PHOTO: 6 OF FOUR PHOTOGRAPHY


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Packing for your tropical honeymoon should be easy breezy! Our editors emptied their beach bags to show you what you need this summer. 1

Pack Smart and Chic: A great tote can double as your carry-on and beach bag. 2

Quiet Time: Pack a honeymoon journal and take time to jot down special memories. papersource.com

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Multipurpose Fashion: Bring a wrap that you can use as a headscarf, cover-up, and sarong.

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Beach Accessories: They are a must for a styled look. Gold bangles and bullion-based sandals always complement a tan.

DIY Beauty: Take polish to touch up your mani and pedi while at the beach. ellamila.com 5

1. “Aaliyah” pebble-texture litchi leather tote, $350; nuciano.com 2. Wild Love in Africa Collection sunglasses, $189; etniabarcelona.com 3. Custom tie-dye convertible cover-up, $125; hipknoties.com 4. Missoni Mare embroidered-knit bikini, $840; nordstrom.com 5. “Sun Beam” golden bronze highlighter, $26; benefitcosmetics.com 6. “Sea of Love” Eau de Toilette by Philosophy, $48.50; qvc.com 7. “Your Highness” bangles, $299/each; raginimittal.com 8. “Glow” airbrush tan extender, $46; portofinobeverlyhills.com 9. Beaded sandal in turquoise and gold, $160; shopmystique.com

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Inside Weddings Summer 2015  

Filled with 88 pages of sensational celebrations, daring fashion, and runway, this issue provides wedding inspiration to everyone.

Inside Weddings Summer 2015  

Filled with 88 pages of sensational celebrations, daring fashion, and runway, this issue provides wedding inspiration to everyone.