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See magical gown designs highlighting dreamy fabrics and details.


Timeless and modern engagement rings set against a dramatic gold backdrop.


Get a glimpse of the latest bridal gown styles, straight from the runway.


Discover delightful place settings handpicked by our registry expert and learn to design a beautiful tabletop.


The secrets to registering for china you’ll actually use for years to come.


Our editors reveal the tools and tricks every bridesmaid needs in her clutch.

DEPARTMENTS Discoveries 28 Celebrity Style 34 You’re Invited 40 Wish List 46 Travel Diaries 52





COVER: Photographed by Liz Von Hoene for Stockland Martel. Hair by Alberto Guzman at Ray Brown Pro using Bumble and bumble. Makeup by Ana Marie at The Wall Group using Charlotte Tilbury cosmetics. Manicure by Dida at Ray Brown Pro using Chanel Le Vernis. “Vivian” column gown with allover embroidered beadwork, $10,695 by Isabelle Armstrong; available at Panache Bridal (NY & CA). Large gradated-crystal hoop earrings, $169 by Swarovski. “Dauphine” 18K rosegold engagement ring with a 2.41ct. faceted red garnet stone and halo of 14 brilliant-cut diamonds from the Beau Monde Collection by Claire Pettibone Fine Jewelry Collection for Trumpet & Horn, $3,150;


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WE SEND YOU COZY WINTER WISHES Winter is a time for family, reflection, and spending time with the one you love. It’s the perfect season for new beginnings – and perhaps a new, symbolic ring on your finger. If you’re a lucky bride or groom who has recently said “yes,” congratulations! We’re excited to help you orchestrate your special day and share these memorable moments with you. The beautiful events, fashion editorials, and jewelry features in this issue are sure to inspire a bit of sparkle and style for your wedding day. In between holiday shopping, dinner parties, and New Year festivities with loved ones, grab your spouse-to-be, cozy up next to the fireplace with a nice glass of red wine, and let Inside Weddings help you start planning your big day, together. In this issue you’ll find 110 pages of real weddings from across the country – as well as a touching vow renewal to commemorate one special couple’s 30th anniversary. Get an insider’s look at the opulent fête of comedian Tracy Morgan and actress Megan Wollover, and the tropical Hawaiian nuptials of legendary singer Diana Ross’ daughter Chudney and her groom, Joshua Faulkner. This issue also showcases three glamorous New Year’s Eve celebrations, including that of Cleveland Indians baseball player Chris Johnson’s marriage, as well as the exquisite weddings of Philadelphia Eagles football star DeMarco Murray and Colorado Rockies pitcher Adam Ottavino. Find inspiration for your dream dress and accessories in our whimsical fashion editorial, and view fall 2016 bridal gowns hot off the runway from your favorite designers. Be dazzled by striking engagement rings; and discover new jewelry collections by a famed bridal designer and celebrity wedding planner, respectively. Learn how to style a relaxed, backyard bash à la Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux; and see the products every bridesmaid should carry in her clutch. Journey Down Under as you follow a recently married couple’s adventurous honeymoon in Australia and New Zealand; and be inspired by the elegant and modern gift registry of another newlywed pair. Our experts provide helpful advice on registering for tableware that easily transitions from season to season, as well as tips on how to easily set your own stylish table. For more wedding suggestions from the nation’s top professionals and to see inspiring photos, visit Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest ideas and need-to-know planning tips right in your inbox, and follow Inside Weddings on your favorite social-media channels for daily updates!



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HAUTE HEIRLOOMS Claire Pettibone’s breathtaking bridal gowns have long captivated fashionable brides with romantic, bohemian tastes. In the new Claire Pettibone Fine Jewelry Collection for Trumpet & Horn, the acclaimed designer translates her signature patterns to delicately handcrafted engagement rings and complementary wedding bands in white, yellow, and rose gold. For example, 5





the Gothic Angel designs pay homage to her eponymous bridal line, while the Ooh La Lace and French Embroidery styles give a nod to the rich fabrics that are hallmarks of her dresses. The 28-piece vintage-inspired collection features diamonds, opals, sapphires, and other precious gemstones. $775-19,100; 1. French Embroidery collection “Marcelle” ring 2. “Thalia” ring in white gold from The Three Graces collection 3. “Antoinette” ring from the Beau Monde collection 4. Gothic Angel collection “Angelica” ring 5. “Versailles” from the Beau Monde collection 6. Rambling Rose collection “Heart’s Desire” ring 7. “Celine” engagement ring from the French Embroidery collection and “Chantal” wedding band 8. “Chantilly” ring from the Ooh La Lace collection

A. R. Morris Jewelers, Wilmington, DE | Albriton’s, Jackson, MS | Barmakian Jewelers, Nashua, NH & Framingham, MA | Beards Jewelry, Jacksonville, FL Borsheims Fine Jewelry, Omaha, NE | Costello Jewelry, Glen Ellyn & Naperville, IL | Diamonds Direct, Charlotte & Raleigh, NC, Birmingham, AL, Glen Allen, VA Ganem Jewelers, Phoenix, AZ | GMG Jewellers, Saskatoon, SK, Canada | Hannoush Jewelers, Albany, NY | J. Brown Jewelers, Pikesville, MD Joe Escobar Diamonds, Campbell, CA | Lewis Jewelers, Moore, OK | Mervis Diamond, Tysons Corner, VA, Washington DC, Rockville, MD Robbins Brothers, Southern CA, Dallas & Houston, TX, Bellevue & Seattle, WA | Windsor Fine Jewelers, Augusta, GA Signatures, Wichita, KS | Zachary’s Jewelers, Annapolis & Severna Park, MD


Luxurious Linen Collaboration

A shared passion for storytelling was the inspiration behind the Preston Bailey Linen Collection for Nüage Designs. Focusing on the quality of the textiles, along with a fashionable eye for styling couture linens and accessories, Nüage Designs creates custom linens and rentals for top event planners, celebrities, and hotels worldwide. Prestigious event planner Preston Bailey –

internationally lauded for his dazzling celebrations for royalty and high-profile clients – personally designed the tabletop luxury linen line with rich textures and patterns featuring sequins, ruffles, and luscious fabric flowers. The variety of tablecloths, napkin bands, and chair covers can be coordinated to match or be mixed for a dynamic presentation. $3.50-115;


As you formulate your registry list, keep in mind that flatware is another important component to accessorizing stunning place settings. Based in Paris since 1890, Aubry-Cadoret is a renowned silversmith that holds the honor of a “Living Heritage Company” bestowed by the French government for its reputation and rare skills. The heavy plate present in their products bears more microns of silver per piece in comparison to most brands. Recently introduced to the American market, you can choose from their understated to delicately ornate designs, such as the “Chinon” style pictured here with dainty leaves inspired by the French Regency period. You’ll find that selections exquisitely complement a myriad of popular china patterns. $239267/5-piece place setting; Discover expert advice for selecting tableware for your wish list on page 216.




Your sweetheart proposed in the most surprising, romantic way. Now you’re both ready to embark on planning your beautiful nuptials. To better navigate and understand the world of weddings, Annie Lee – principal planner for Daughter of Design in New York – has created Learn to Speak Wedding: Flashcards for Beginners. A bridal term is written on one side and the definition, pronunciation, correct usage, and helpful tips are on the other side of each card. The box set also makes a fun bridal shower trivia game. $29.95;


Put On Your Dancing Shoes

After you and your ladies have strutted in your stunning heels, you may need to slip into something more comfortable to dance the night away at the reception. Hitched by Yosi Samra is a bridal collection of stylish fold-up flats that feature cushioned footbeds. Lovely design options include lace, glitter, metallic leather, and patent leather. Packaged in pretty pastel blue boxes that also contain luxurious bags to stow your pumps, they are ready to be gifted. $86-106;

Decadent Bites

Sweet treats are always a big hit at festive gatherings. The Minibrownie Wedding Shop allows you to incorporate a personal touch to the favors or dessert table of your engagement party, bridal shower, or wedding. The fluffy marshmallow topping of these moist, fudgy brownies serves as a canvas to be customized with photos of the happy couple, monograms, or designs to complement the aesthetic of celebrations. $4.50-32;

Finishing Touch Catering to a celebrity and high-profile clientele for more than 20 years, famed planner Mindy Weiss has been turning couples’ dream weddings into reality with her unique ideas and meticulous attention to detail. Employing her keen insight and eye for style, she has partnered with Combine International to launch the Mindy Weiss Jewelry Collection – influenced by the classic and vintage elements that grace her spectacular events. Though



these alluring necklaces, bracelets, and earrings are designed to pair well with wedding gowns, brides may also be inspired to accessorize their ensembles for bridal showers, bachelorette outings, and rehearsal dinners. $29-299; See a sample of the work by Mindy Weiss Party Consultants displayed in Chudney Ross & Joshua Faulkner’s Hawaiian destination wedding on page 124.


STYLE Stylist to the stars Anya Sarre reports on Hollywood’s hottest wedding trends. Style Tip: Create a cake that is uniquely yours with toppers that look like the bride and groom or have a special meaning.

“Rustic Wood” place cards by Zenadia Design;



Jennifer Aniston & Justin Theroux

The long-awaited wedding of Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux was a Wednesday backyard event that ref lected the couple’s personalities. Continuing the celebrity trend of weekday nuptials, their intimate affair featured plenty of unique details: lounge poufs in lieu of chairs, Muppetesque characters on top of the cake, and a honeymoon filled with friends. Draw inspiration from their neutral color palette, casual seating, and Zenlike feel to design your own backyard bliss.


Anya’s Advice: Hosting your wedding on a weekday can reduce the cost of your location and vendors – just be sure to give your guests ample notice, so they can plan accordingly.

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“Tuxedo” napkins by Bodrum, $17.50/each;

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Photo: Next Exit Photography

“Passion for Love” cake;

Photo: Next Exit Photography

Monogrammed invitation suite by Laura Hooper Calligraphy;


“Celine” earrings in 18K rose gold with diamonds, $5,200;

Style Tip: A great investment is a dress that is two-in-one: a gown with a removable skirt. This way, you can wear the minidress to your reception – and after your wedding.

“Hartley” two-piece gown with minidress ($2,990) and skirt ($4,545) by Monique Lhuillier; 323.655.1088

“Classic Romance” bouquet by Fleurish, $150; 310.575.8775

Oval diamond ring in 18K white gold by XIV Karats Ltd, price upon request; 310.551.1212

Style Tip: Make sure your bouquet seamlessly ties in with your color scheme, theme, dress, and location. For a backyard wedding, you will want to incorporate flowers and greenery for a handpicked look.

Palter DeLiso “Royale” handbag, $995; 310.271.8800


Anya’s Advice: You may not always wear your engagement ring after your wedding day. Choose a band or bands that you love for an everyday style.

Eternity bands by CvB Paraiso, $1,850-4,950; Luxe Lotion in grapefruit, $36.98;

Lip Gloss and Truly Kissable Lip Crayon, $18/each;

“Shandy” gold sandal with Swarovski crystals, $1,995;



“Jaron” sunglasses by Paul Smith, $370; available at Oliver Peoples (310.456.1333)

“Bora Bora” candle, $48;

“Something Blue” Eau de Parfum, $115;

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P L A C E C A R D S “ Overlap” by Rebecca Bowen, Dallas, TX


Retro Classic Cushion Milgrain cuff links, $550;

Artisan Wire Aviator sunglasses, $295;

Anya’s Advice: Think outside the box with grooms’ formalwear. A sleek grey suit can be a dressy-casual alternative to the traditional tuxedo.

“Flowton” skinny tie by Ted Baker, $105; Bracelet with onyx and dinosaur bone, $395;

Boutonniere by Fleurish, $20; “Fiesta” 6-piece tequila shot set, $85;

Style Tip: Encourage your groom to pick accessories that are meaningful to him. You want him to feel as great as he looks.

Bespoke Heritage 3-piece suit, $1,995; “Apollo Hyacinth” fragrance by Eric Buterbaugh, $300;

“Buddha” cuff links with blue sapphires, $4,600;


“Andie” sunglasses, $450;

“Henrique” boots by Feri, $878; “Malak” cuff, $395;

“By the Sea” charcoal soap, $12;

Hat Attack fedora, $90;

“City Pouch” travel bag by m0851, $145; 310.656.0851 “Sheldrake” metal sunglasses, $370;

“Goddess of the Sea” earrings, $49; “Brazilian Tan” airbrush spray by Rodial, $48;


Anya’s Advice: Continue your wedding festivities with close friends by inviting them on your honeymoon. You will still have plenty of one-on-one time with your new spouse, yet able to celebrate your nuptials with friends. “Aloha Sunday” shorts, $118;

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“Certosa” sandal, price upon request; “Center Tie” bikini top ($120) and “Cheeky Bottom” ($96);



“Sunscape” tote, $81;

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L A M P S H A D E “Modern Marble” by Kelli Hall, Atlanta, GA

WEDDING WEBSITE “Ombre” by Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY


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INVITED Discover handpicked stationery styles that provide a perfect balance of sweet and sophisticated for year-round celebrations.

“It All Shimmers” invitation by 20Sixteen™ for Carlson Craft;

We are kicking off the New Year by highlighting wintry invitation designs that work wonderfully any time of year. The collection includes a variety of colors, textures, and printing styles that range from romantic deep blues with gold-foil details to snowy cream suites that showcase handpainted elements, and a palette of pinks, with one that features a lovely lace overlay. Most of these luxe invites are part of larger suites, so couples can create their own perfect blend of wedding stationery.

“Tenderly Textured” invitation printed on shimmer paper by Sarah Hawkins Designs for Wedding Paper Divas;

Custom navy foil-stamped book-cloth box with handpainted lattice bottom, cotton invitation and reply card, gold bevel detail, and metallic bullion seal by Lehr and Black;

“Olivia & Patrick” foil-stamped monogram invitation by Paper Source;

“Boho Tapestry” invite with landscape gate card by Envelopments;



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“Rose Reverie” laser-cut invitation with embossed rose by Invitations by Dawn;

“Anna & Michael” invitation with gold-foil print and wraparound gatefold by Atelier Isabey;

Custom invitation suite featuring a lace-patterned letterpressed folio with handpainted monogram and engraved insert cards by Elizabeth Grace;

Letterpress invitation showcasing a delicately cut rose-vine laser design by Paper Crew;



“Circled” foil-pressed invitation by Rebecca Bowen for Minted;

“Victorian Alphabet Monogram” custom invitation featuring individually applied brushstrokes by Momental Designs;



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“Lena & Edward” rose-colored silk folio and invitation and reply card featuring gold foil and a custom monogram by East Six;

Watercolor invitation and envelope featuring poppy flowers by IJORERE The Invitation, Inc.;

Custom foil-stamped invitation in rose gold with letterpress response card by Cassandre Snyder;



“Blush and Lace” letterpress invitation with lasercut sleeve, lace pocket folder, and die-cut details by Zenadia Design;


LIST Consider great registry advice from one recently married couple. Expert “X” decanter by Rogaska, $200; Gearys

Brooke & Blake Osborn

Swissmar Arosa 11-piece stainless steel fondue set, $89.95; Crate and Barrel

Mulholland dinnerware pieces by Kelly Wearstler for Pickard, starting at $58; Gearys “Viv” martini glasses, $39.60 (set of 8); Crate and Barrel

“Ruffle” oval platter by Annieglass, $197; Bloomingdale’s

Brooke (née Neustadt) and Blake Osborn had moved into a city condo together shortly before he proposed. Having already accumulated a mix of basic items, the couple focused on finding “forever pieces” that would fit their mutual style and feel cohesive in their home. “We wanted to register for [products] that would always remind us of this magical time in our lives when we used them,” says Brooke.

Trousdale dinnerware pieces by Kelly Wearstler for Pickard, starting at $58; Gearys

REGISTRY TIPS FROM BROOKE AND BLAKE Choose a variety of items. “Select gifts of all price points, so that guests can get you something you love at a comfortable cost.” Have fun with it. “We spent a fall Saturday wandering from store to store with big cups of coffee, just so happy to be getting married and going through these traditions together.” Don’t fret or sweat it. “It’s important to remember that a registry is a ‘wish list’ and in most cases, many items will not be fulfilled.” Make use of unfulfilled items. “It’s fun to think about completing sets for years to come. Champagne flutes, barware, and china place settings can be great holiday or anniversary gifts!” “Sassafrass” gold salad serving set from the New Leaves collection by Michael Aram, $100; Bloomingdale’s




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Nambé “Scoop” server, $250; Bloomingdale’s

FAST FACTS Number of working registries: Four Estimated total value of combined registries: $31,127.93 Total number of items: 258 Estimated percentage of guests who gave registered gifts: 50% “Sava” platters, $34.95/each; Crate and Barrel

Assorted French Kitchen products, starting at $19.95; Crate and Barrel

Twist 20-piece flatware set, $179.80; Crate and Barrel

Favorite registered items: Trousdale dinner plate by Kelly Wearstler for Pickard, Gearys; Waterford “Lismore” tall gold wine glass, Gearys; Wüsthof Gourmet 18-piece knife set, Williams-Sonoma; Michael Aram “Pomegranate Kosher” menorah, Bloomingdale’s; All-Clad stainless steel slow cooker, Crate and Barrel

“Lismore” tall gold iced beverage glass by Waterford, $85; Gearys

“Supernova” large bowl by Georg Jensen, $250; Gearys

Most expensive registered item: Tumi “Alpha 2” carry-on four-wheel garment bag, $695; Bloomingdale’s Least expensive registered item: Flat handle spreader, $4.95; Crate and Barrel

REGISTRIES BLOOMINGDALE’S, 800.888.2933 CRATE AND BARREL, 888.249.4155 GEARYS, 800.793.6670

“Osteria” oil & vinegar set by Match, $240; Gearys

Sleepy Hollow granite cheese board by Michael Aram, $200; Gearys

The pair registered at four retailers, noting that the key to a successful strategy is to select a good variety of stores in order to include all of the items you need and want. “Crate and Barrel and Williams-Sonoma covered all of the kitchen and home essentials we needed. At Gearys, we found all of our china, crystal, and serving platters,” explains Blake. “Lastly, we added Bloomingdale’s because we thought some of their home décor was elegant and modern; they carried luggage that we could use for our honeymoon and future trips together.” Registering together in-store for all of their wish lists, with the exception of Bloomingdale’s, which they did online, the bride and groom used their individual strengths to find useful items and pieces they could cherish throughout the years to come. “I was much more concerned about the style aesthetic we were cultivating with our china, crystal stemware, and serving pieces,” describes 48


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the bride, “while Blake was more focused on quality and function – honing in on finding a great Wüsthof knife set and impressive copper core pots and pans from Williams-Sonoma… A perfect representation of us as a couple.” Unlike some grooms, Blake enjoyed being fully involved in the registry process. “I was also excited to ‘sneak’ a few items onto the list when my future bride wasn’t looking,” he laughs. Since they adore hosting loved ones – and quickly discovered after moving in together that they did not have enough kitchen items and tools to satisfy their needs – the pair looked forward to picking out suitable products for get-togethers. They gravitated towards “a modern look with a lot of mixed patterns and gold details,” says Brooke. “When I saw the Kelly Wearstler china at Gearys, I could immediately envision large family gatherings in our home. To me, as long as these pieces inspire family celebrations, they will forever be in style!”


WISH LIST KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer in Cinnamon, $349.95; Williams-Sonoma Vinturi red wine aerator, $29.95; Crate and Barrel Cuisinart electric can opener, $49.99; Crate and Barrel

“Camille” 23oz. red wine glass, $12.95/each; Crate and Barrel

CucinaPro heart-shaped waffle maker, $39.95; Crate and Barrel

All-Clad 4-qt. Copper Core saucepan, $375; Williams-Sonoma

Classic 4-piece steak knife set by Wüsthof, $199.95; Williams-Sonoma

Cuisinart toaster oven broiler, $79.95; Crate and Barrel



Hemisphere Control blender by Breville, $199.95; Williams-Sonoma

Choosing Gearys for their renowned customer service, the high-end retailer exceeded the couple’s expectations. “As Los Angeles natives, we love the tradition behind Gearys,” explains Brooke, whose parents registered at the store for their own wedding. The duo spent hours mixing and matching china with the assistance of a registry associate, who continued to help them as friends and family purchased gifts. “We were having trouble fulfilling some of the stemware items at first – because no one wants to be the first to start a set of 12! – so [she marked one to two] of each item as ‘fulfilled.’ This allowed our guests to feel so much more comfortable making purchases knowing that they weren’t the first, and it had an instant impact on the registry,” confirms Brooke. Williams-Sonoma was selected for larger cooking equipment, “such as our stunning copper core pots and pans, KitchenAid mixer, and blender,” lists the bride, who admits the registry process was trickier than at other retailers. “At Williams-Sonoma, they ask you to download their app and use your iPhone as a scan gun. This sounds great in theory, but it was more time consuming and didn’t work as well as we hoped.” Regardless, Blake enjoyed registering for their collection of higher-priced kitchen gadgets, gourmet steak knives, and cookware. Crate and Barrel was chosen as a convenient option for long-distance friends and family, and included essential household items, as well as entertaining products, such as the Swissmar Arosa 11-piece stainless steel fondue set. “The prices are great and much more attainable for most of our friends,” says Brooke. Using the online registry at Bloomingdale’s, the bride and groom completed their wish list with specialty pieces and luggage – “We love our Delsey set and used it on our honeymoon!” she adds. Since the expansive retailer is very flexible with returns and exchanges, the couple plans to hold on to gift cards and store credit for other home goods purchases later in life. “I enjoyed the [wish list] process as a whole,” shares Blake. “It was fun, exciting, and a great way to spend more time with my future wife.” He suggests other grooms be actively involved despite their reservations: “Marriage is about love and compromise, and registering for gifts starts that process. Narrowing down your selections is all about coming together to find that middle ground of gifts that you both will cherish for the rest of your lives.” Agrees Brooke, “It is so important to keep reminding yourself that you are fortunate to have found the love of your life and to be marrying your best friend. All of the fun extras and gifts are just the icing on the cake!”


DIARIES Discover travel and honeymoon tips from one recently married couple.

In an effort to recover from the long f light and become accustomed to the 17hour time difference, Whitney and Kenny kicked off their trip with two nights at One&Only Hayman Island, a bustling tropical resort in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. “Our suite was large with a living area and a deck that was right over the pool, so you could jump in any time you wanted to take a swim,” Whitney marvels. A boat excursion, complete with snorkeling, in the Great Barrier Reef was a highlight of their stay. Along with two other families, the newlyweds journeyed to the reef, donned full wet suits, and explored the breathtaking underwater scenery and wildlife. “We got to spend as much time [in the water] as we wanted and we were all pointing out fish to each other and stopping to talk about them,” Whitney says of the memorable experience.

Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

After a summertime wedding in Santa Barbara, Whitney Hoek and Kenny De Angelis jetted Down Under the following November for both beachfront relaxation and exhilarating adventures. The couple spent a week exploring Australia; then, they visited the North and South Islands of New Zealand.

HIGHLIGHTS: HAYMAN ISLAND Hiking around the island. “They have well-marked trails with gorgeous views along the way.” Dining on the water. “We liked eating lunch at Aquazure – it is a delightful open-air restaurant right on the edge of the newly completed infinity pool. They had lots of fun small plates to try and a gelato bar that was great as a treat to stay cool.” Admiring fish in the Great Barrier Reef. “The most amazing colors of fish and the coral were like nothing I have ever seen!”



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Photos: Park Hyatt Sydney

HIGHLIGHTS: SYDNEY Jogging to the Royal Botanic Gardens. “It’s a beautiful jog by the water and then you are rewarded by the sights and smells of the gorgeous flowers and greenery at the gardens.” Taking a day trip to Bondi Beach. “Make a reservation for lunch at Icebergs Dining Room. The cliffside ocean views through floor-to-ceiling glass windows are breathtaking.”

Photo: Ethan Rohloff; Destination NSW

Eating at Chiswick restaurant. “It was filled with locals dining on fresh farm-to-table food. The restaurant is surrounded by lovely gardens and the décor and architecture are perfection.”

Next, the couple flew south to Sydney for two nights of city life with a coastal flavor. “I had heard many great things about how beautiful Sydney is and how nice the people are, so we had to check it out for ourselves,” Whitney says. The newlyweds were pleased that their hotel, Park Hyatt Sydney, was within walking distance of a number of local attractions, including the iconic Sydney Opera House and The Rocks Market, an outdoor artists’ festival full of jewelry, home goods, crafts, and apparel. From the property, they caught a ferry to Manly Beach – a popular swimming, surfing, and sunbathing spot across from the Sydney Harbour that boasts wide shores as well as a charming downtown area with shops and restaurants. “We didn’t know what to expect, but it was worth the trip,” Whitney reveals.

HIGHLIGHTS: WOLGAN VALLEY Flying by helicopter to Wolgan Valley. “Looking down at the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House was an experience we will never forget. Then, you fly over the beautiful Blue Mountains and Wolgan Valley. It is the perfect way to arrive!” Enjoying the wine-and-cheese room at the hotel. “You can select what types of cheeses you would like for your own custom plate before or after dinner.” Mountain biking along the trails. “We went the latter part of the day and there were kangaroos and wombats popping up everywhere.”

Photos: One&Only Wolgan Valley

For their final stop in Australia, Whitney and Kenny took a helicopter to Wolgan Valley, a stunning gorge among the treelined Blue Mountains about 120 miles northwest of Sydney. They touched down for a three-night stay at the Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, chosen for its private cottages and proximity to the animals the region is known for. “We wanted to see some of the fascinating Australian wildlife and loved that it is secluded and surrounded by nature,” Whitney explains. Indeed, on a tour around the property they saw several kangaroos, including an albino kangaroo and joeys jumping into their mothers’ pouches. The couple also lounged by the pool and was thoroughly impressed with the meals served on-site. “Everything we ate was delicious and having breakfast on the deck overlooking the valley and Blue Mountains was the most relaxing and perfect way to start the day,” Whitney remembers. 54



“We were nervous, but once we landed and stepped on the snow, it was totally worth it!” TRAVEL TIPS FROM WHITNEY & KENNY


• “Australia and New Zealand are huge, so the weather can be different [in] various parts of the country. You need to research exactly what the best times to go are and what the climate is going to be for each destination.”

Enjoying hamburgers at Fergburger. “I was very skeptical since we have so many famous burgers in the U.S. Well, it did not disappoint.” Sampling wine around Queenstown. “We spent half the day wine tasting one day and ate lunch at Amisfield winery, which is a must!”

• “[One&Only Hayman Island] was busy and most of the activities were booked. Make sure to book any activities beforehand, so that you don’t miss out on anything you want to do.” • “I always find out what the local time will be when we land. If it will be around bedtime I make myself stay up the whole flight, so that I will be tired when we arrive. If it will be morning, I make sure to sleep most of the flight – and then immediately do an activity, so I stay awake during the day in the new time zone. It’s easy to check-in to the hotel and want to take a nap, but having something planned will keep you up and adjusted to the new time.” • “If you are a do-it-yourselfer or want to explore on your own, New Zealand is a great place to rent a car. It is such a large country that you could take numerous day trips and explore a lot of the area in your own vehicle.” Next, the newlyweds said good-bye to Australia and flew east to Queenstown, a lakeside mountain village on New Zealand’s South Island. They chose Matakauri Lodge due to the stunning photos they had seen online, as well as its convenient distance to town. “The views on the lake cannot be beat! It is very secluded and romantic and worth the splurge!” Whitney exclaims. Since Queenstown is known as an adventure capital, planning their own heart-pounding excursion was a personal requirement for Whitney and Kenny. A helicopter flight over the magnificent scenery proved to be an unforgettable way to take in the sights. The first stop on the ride was Milford Sound, a narrow body of water punctuated by steep cliffs and rainforests. Then, they flew between snowcapped mountains and landed on a glacier – carefully, so as not 56


Photo: Matakauri Lodge

Exploring the historic mining community of Arrowtown. “Make sure to stop in Provisions, which is tucked into an old miner’s cottage. Order a flat white and a sticky bun or go for lunch and sit outside on the deck.”

Photo: Kauri Cliffs

to cause an avalanche. “We were nervous, but once we landed and stepped on the snow, it was totally worth it!” Whitney says. “The fresh, cool air was invigorating and the view was amazing.” The adrenaline-filled outing concluded after a stop on a rocky beach at the Tasman Sea. For a tranquil end to their whirlwind trip, Whitney and Kenny flew north to spend a few nights at Kauri Cliffs, a luxury lodge located on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island. The couple enjoyed a picnic lunch at the aptly named Pink Beach, which is covered in soft, rosy shells, as well as a round of golf at the resort’s cliffside course before heading home. Reflecting on their unforgettable trip, Whitney would only do one thing differently: “Stay in Wolgan Valley and Queenstown longer!” she declares.

BEWITCHED Conjure your mystical fashion powers and hold your beloved under a spell. Dazzle with rich, gilded fabrics encrusted in a haze of sparkle, luminescent pearls, and jewels that practically glow in the moonlight. Let those style superstitions disappear into thin air. It’s time to make magic!

Photographed by Liz Von Hoene for Stockland Martel Hair by Alberto Guzman at Ray Brown Pro using Bumble and Bumble Makeup by Ana Marie at The Wall Group using Charlotte Tilbury cosmetics Manicures by Dida at Ray Brown Pro using Chanel Le Vernis



MYSTERY WOMAN Keep them guessing, until it’s time for the big reveal. Ball gown with metallic burnout brocade appliqués, $1,250 (available February 2016) by Oleg Cassini; “Figure-8” ring, $2,150 by Konstantino;



BLACK MAGIC Chaste Victorian meets modern Goth. High-low gown of silk taffeta with silk flower-lined bubble hem, price upon request by Vera Wang. French-net birdcage veil with Swarovski hematite stones, price upon request by Suzanne Couture Millinery. Embellished heeled cage booties, $3,600 by René Caovilla; Maltese cross ring ($225) and black pavé “Pointe” ring ($160), both by Freida Rothman. Jet hematite-crystal pavé ring, $169 by Swarovski.

Opposite page: SEEING DOUBLE Forever bound by a love of fashion. Left: “Helene” scallop dress with draped sleeves showcasing embroidery in gold and silver, $4,375 by Claire Pettibone; Crystal “Callaly” statement necklace, $575 by nOir Jewelry. “Dilemma” large gold ring, $299 by Swarovski. Right: “Asscher” dress featuring a gold-and-pearl scallop neckline and beaded tulle overskirt, $6,450 by Claire Pettibone; available at the Claire Pettibone Flagship Salon (CA). Pavé horn long necklace, $450 by Freida Rothman. “Dazzling” gold ring with crystals, $199 by Swarovski.



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SPINNING YARNS The wheel of fashion takes many an unexpected turn. “Vivienne� ball gown featuring swirling textured embroidery and matching single-sleeve bolero, $4,400 by Olia Zavozina; Vintage ring with gold leaves, $450 from Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection.



IT’S CRYSTAL CLEAR Your future is bright. Latte “Aubriella” handdyed tulle ball gown with embroidered lace, $5,170 by Tara LaTour. Large beetle “Bacchus” ring, $13,250 ( and small beetle “Khepri” ring, $1,875 (; both by Daniela Villegas.



IN YOUR DREAMS Sleep, my pretties. Left: Embroidered cutout sheath with multidimensional pearl work, $4,595 by Ysa Makino; available at Mon Amie Bridal Salon (CA). Maltese cross ring, $225 by Freida Rothman. Right: “Monique” lace gown with bateau neckline and floral embroidery, $11,250 by Michal Medina. “Dilemma” large gold ring, $299 by Swarovski.



THE SHINING The moon ain’t got nothing on you. Mermaid gown highlighting shimmery sequins and embroidered tulle, $6,200 by Liancarlo; “Thalassa” chandelier earring ($1,990), “Nykta” cuff ($2,690), “Hecabe” bracelet ($2,295), and pearl “Classics” cuff ($4,875), all by Konstantino; available at select Neiman Marcus stores.



WICKEDLY GORGEOUS Full-on femininity at its best. Left: “Radiant” minidress in beaded lace with asymmetrical skirt, $7,990 by Ines Di Santo; Right: “Langham” long-sleeve sheath in embellished tulle ($8,500) and overskirt ($1,600), both by Monique Lhuillier; available at Monique Lhuillier Flagship Salons (CA & NY).



HOCUS-POCUS Repeat after me: I love you. I love you. I love you. “Flavia” gown of layered silk tulle and lace ($9,800) and “Elise” hooded wedding cape ($3,100), both by Galia Lahav. Antique gold bejeweled magic wand, $750 by Maria Elena Headpieces; available at Mon Amie Bridal Salon (CA) and Dimitra’s Bridal Couture (IL). Maltese cross ring ($225), black pavé “Pointe” ring ($160), Deco pavé bangle ($450), and “Radiance” baguette pavé bangle ($350); all by Freida Rothman.






SPELLBOUND Tame your gypsy spirit with a classic princess gown. “Mercedes” gown of silk tulle with lace V-neck and sunburst pleating, $7,990 by Carolina Herrera. Tiered faux fur “Sula” coat with crystals, $808 by Tadashi Shoji. “Peaches” gold ivy headband, price upon request by Halo & Co; available at Dimitra’s Bridal Couture (IL) and Wedding Atelier (NY). “Athena” ring with mother-of-pearl ($1,580), “Figure-8” ring ($2,150), and “Classics” ring in silver and gold ($1,100), all by Konstantino; available at select Neiman Marcus stores. Maltese cross ring, $225 by Freida Rothman.

Opposite page: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS Head-to-toe gold takes your look to another dimension. “El Dorado” handpainted tulle ball gown, $8,990 by Naeem Khan. Golden Rococo crown, cuff, and ear cuffs, prices upon request by Naeem Khan. “Dazzling” gold ring with crystals, $199 by Swarovski.



I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Fainting required with a dress this fabulous. “Esmeralda” reembroidered lace minidress with point d’esprit tulle and lace overskirt, $3,000 by Eugenia Couture; Golden Rococo earrings (sold with ear cuffs), price upon request by Naeem Khan. “Viola” sandal with crystal beading and ostrich feathers, $1,875 by Jimmy Choo; available at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores.



GLOW IN THE DARK Light up the room in style. “Perla” sheath gown of hand-embroidered floral lace and pearl details ($6,120) and “Perla” silk gazar cape ($6,380), both by Francesca Miranda; Sinamay hat with pleated horsehair, price upon request by Suzanne Couture Millinery. Maltese cross ring ($225) and black pavé “Pointe” ring ($160), both by Freida Rothman. Jet hematite-crystal pavé ring, $169 by Swarovski.





Left to right: Angelique collection ring with signature handcrafted details and milgrain edging in 18K white gold, $3,400 (center stone not included) by Kirk Kara; “Pirouette” modern ballerina ring with hand-engraved details, $6,170 (center stone not included) by evelynH. Jewelry; Floral diamond engagement ring with halo of petals, $2,240 (center stone not included) by Sylvie Collection; “Cushion-Cut Halo Diamond Mounting” from the Namaste collection, starting at $4,950 by Scott Kay;

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Golden figurines courtesy of Kelly Wearstler


Left to right: Ring set in 18K white gold with 1.22cts. of round diamonds, $6,950 (center stone not included) by Jack Kelége; “Sweet Crush” ring in 18K white gold featuring a pear-shaped, rosecut grey diamond, $4,350 by Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry; Ring in 18K white gold featuring a 5.15ct. oval-cut center surrounded by 2.5cts. of oval diamonds, $207,240 by Rahaminov Diamonds;



Left, top to bottom: “Desire Simply Teardrop” engagement ring featuring a cluster of round brilliant diamonds, starting at $2,750 by Hearts On Fire; “Selene II” Art Decostyle engagement ring showcasing an emerald-cut center, trapezoid side stones, and diamond baguettes, price upon request by VRAM; Right, top to bottom: Fabled collection modern engagement ring set in 18K white gold, $1,980 (center stone not included) by Simon G. Jewelry; Engagement ring in platinum with a pavé diamond split-shoulder setting and marquise diamond halo, $3,270 (center stone not included) by Sasha Primak;



Left to right: Ring of 14K Vanilla Gold® with signature Chocolate Diamonds® and Vanilla Diamonds®, $3,357 by Le Vian Bridal; Modern pavé ring with 0.60cts. of diamonds set in 18K white gold, $2,250 by VTse; Three-stone ring in palladium with 4.21cts. of rose-cut diamonds, $9,020 by Todd Reed;



Left to right: Florence collection ring in platinum with micropavĂŠ diamonds and ornate basket setting, $12,250 (center stone not included) by Michael B. Jewelry; Tre collection platinum ring with Asscher-cut center, trapezoid side stones, and a three-sided diamond shank, $9,160 (center stone not included) by Danhov; “Haraâ€? ring in 18K white gold with diamond halo around an oval-cut center, $7,530 (center stone not included) by Penny Preville; 76


Left to right: “Modern Bypass” engagement ring in 18K white gold with micropavé diamond band, $1,470 (center stone not included) by Ritani; Charisma collection engagement ring of 14K white gold featuring strands of diamonds that drape around the finger, $2,005 (center stone not included) by Coast Diamond; “Halo Twist” bridal ring in 18K white gold with diamond halo around 1ct. center, $3,000 (center stone not included) by A. Link;




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SET YOUR TABLE WITH STYLE Learn the latest tablescape trends and simple styling tips that will make a big impact, from our registry expert, Dean Driver.

TROPICAL SPLENDOR Winter may be a time when couples cuddle up by the fire with warm drinks because well, “Baby, it’s cold outside;” while others prefer to pack their bags and jet off to warmer destinations for some fun in the sun. Why not have a bit of both? Nothing can brighten a bleak winter day at home like bringing some tropical spirit and vibrant color to your tabletop. Here are a few favorite inspiration pieces for creating exotic enchantment. So, put down the hot cider, make a Mai Tai and dream a little – no sunscreen required!


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Green is a great color for décor. Unlike other hues, you can mix it with many different shades and they won’t clash. After all, that’s the way we see them in nature.



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1. Bernardaud “Tropiques” Ad cup ($71) and Ad saucer ($35); Consilium Lifestyle Collections 2. Capdeco “Byblos” 5-piece flatware set, $170; Consilium Lifestyle Collections 3. Rainforest Champagne flute by Varga, $268; Consilium Lifestyle Collections 4. Philippe Deshoulieres “Maldives” creamer, $180; Gearys 5. Vista Alegre “Olhar o Brasil” green dinner plate, $31; Gearys 6. “Maldives” salad plate by Philippe Deshoulieres, $75; Gearys 7. Vista Alegre “Olhar o Brasil” parrot charger, $95; Consilium Lifestyle Collections 8. “Caribe” charger by Christian Lacroix for Vista Alegre, $187; Michael C. Fina





Colored crystal in bright tones is an easy way to infuse some tropical charm in your table setting.




Woodenhandle flatware provides an elegantly casual accent.




1. Philippe Deshoulieres “Seychelles” dinner plate, $60; Gearys 2. Bernardaud “Tropiques” coupe charger, $130; Consilium Lifestyle Collections 3. Capedco “Byblos” 5-piece flatware set, $170; Consilium Lifestyle Collections 4. William Yeoward “Palmyra” highball, $135; Bloomingdale’s 5. “Caribe” dinner plate by Christian Lacroix for Vista Alegre, $79; Michael C. Fina 6. “Caribe” salad bowl by Christian Lacroix for Vista Alegre, $301; Consilium Lifestyle Collections 7. Vista Alegre “Olhar o Brasil” yellow dinner plate, $31; Gearys 8. Bernardaud “Tropiques” teapot, $485; Consilium Lifestyle Collections 9. Vista Alegre “Olhar o Brasil” teacup and saucer, prices upon request; Gearys 10. Haviland “Le Bresil” charger, $220; Gearys 11. Varga Rainforest wine glass, $268; Consilium Lifestyle Collections


As in fashion, don’t be afraid to mix geometric prints with florals.





THE MAGIC OF METALLICS When Shakespeare wrote, “All that glitters is not gold,” he was illustrating that everything isn’t as precious as it appears. With these pieces, we give that saying a whole new meaning. Today’s tableware uses a variety of shiny and mattemetallic finishes in gold, silver, platinum, and copper to add glitz to your décor design. It’s just like jewelry – some of us like a little bling and some like a lot. Let your personal style shine through!


Try mixing two different colors or finishes together. Architects do this all the time, so why not try it on the table?


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1. Vista Alegre “Olympos” Old-Fashioned glass, $79; Consilium Lifestyle Collections 2. Bernardaud “Divine” dinner plate, $125; Bloomingdale’s 3. Moser “Casanova” gold-etched martini glass, price upon request; Gearys 4. Bernardaud “Gouttes“ gold after-dinner cup ($36) and saucer ($134); Bloomingdale’s 5. Poc a Poc “Forty-one” platinum dessert plate, $135; Consilium Lifestyle Collections 6. L’Objet “Perlee” gold vase, $560; Bloomingdale’s



1. Vista Alegre “Olympos” decanter, $360; Consilium Lifestyle Collections 2. Jaune de Chrome “Big Bang” gold charger, $308; Michael C. Fina 3. J.L. Coquet “Hemisphere” platinum soup tureen, $1,186; Consilium Lifestyle Collections 4. J.L. Coquet “Hemisphere” platinum dinner plate, $210; Consilium Lifestyle Collections 5. Poc a Poc “Double” dinner plate ($155) and dessert plate ($140); Consilium Lifestyle Collections 6. Bernardaud “Gouttes” platinum teacup ($43) and saucer ($117); Bloomingdale’s 7. Bernardaud “Gouttes” gold salad plate, $170; Bloomingdale’s 8. Sambonet “Gio Ponti” stainless 5-piece flatware set S.H., $80; Consilium Lifestyle Collections 9. Jaune de Chrome “Big Bang” gold teapot, $1,517; Consilium Lifestyle Collections

There are so many wonderful stemware and barware patterns with golden or silvery finishes.




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Adding a piece or two of a metallic pattern is an easy way to give new life to a style you already own.





When shopping for fresh flowers for your tablescape, take a piece of your dinnerware with you. You will find many choices that perfectly complement your setting.

FLOWER POWER When we think of floral dinnerware, we may fondly remember our grandmother’s china or we may turn our noses up and think that it’s oldfashioned and stuffy. But let’s face it, sometimes we all need a little beauty to brighten up the day. These floral patterns are bold, colorful, and anything but outdated. Flowers are timeless and festive hues are classic; long after you have thrown the bouquet, these beauties will remind you of your special day.




With countless options in floral patterns, don’t worry about trying to match it with the colors of your dining room. Think of it as a beautiful floral arrangement on your table.

1. Herend “Indian Basket” chop plate with handles, $625; Gearys 2. Herend “Indian Basket” dinner plate, $280; Gearys 3. Bernardaud “Wildflowers” votive light, $50; Gearys 4. Médard de Noblat “Eden” dessert plate, $66; Bloomingdale’s 5. Médard de Noblat “Eden” charger, $134; Bloomingdale’s 6. Médard de Noblat “Eden” breakfast cup and saucer, $120; Michael C. Fina 7. Christofle “Jardin d’Eden” silver-plated flatware pieces, $124-149; Gearys 8. Richard Ginori “Vecchio Ginori – Farfalle Fiorite” dessert plate, $110; Consilium Lifestyle Collections

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1. Gien “Bouquet Floral” dessert plate, price upon request; Michael C. Fina 2. Gien “Bouquet Floral” mug, price upon request; Michael C. Fina 3. Anna Weatherley “Redoute Pink Carnation” salad plate, $320; Consilium Lifestyle Collections 4. Belle Saisons collection “Summer” dinner plate by Alberto Pinto, $447; Consilium Lifestyle Collections 5. Belle Saisons collection “Winter” dinner plate by Alberto Pinto, $447; Consilium Lifestyle Collections 6. Aubry-Cadoret “Chinon” 5-piece silver-plated flatware set, $267; Consilium Lifestyle Collections 7. Bernardaud “Favorita” teacup ($70) and saucer ($35); Bloomingdale’s 8. Bernardaud “Favorita” coupe dinner plate, $75; Bloomingdale’s 9. Bernardaud “Favorita” ultra-flat plate, $110; Gearys




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The best wedding resources: vendors, venues, designers & salons. 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.

BRIDAL SALONS Dimitra’s Bridal Couture 1009 N. Rush Street, Chicago, IL 312.787.0920 The premier bridal salon combines expertise and exceptional service with grace and warmth. No matter a brides’ inspiration, they are sure to find their perfect gowns amongst the curated selection of bridal designers from across the globe.

JINZA Couture Bridal

933 N. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 310.307.9213 JINZA Couture Bridal focuses on individually crafted dresses from its San Francisco atelier. Famous for her detailed approach, Jinza Jin creates collections with signature fabrics and intricate patterns made with the finest textiles.

Kleinfeld Bridal

110 West 20th Street, New York, NY 646.633.4300 Brides have learned that the magic of Kleinfeld lies not in just their magnificent store, but in the hearts of their professional staff. The salon carries 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 The premier bridal salon presents an unparalleled selection of designer gowns to brides in their spacious boutique. Mon Amie’s enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff are renowned for exceptional and personalized service.

Wedding Atelier

72 Madison Avenue, 4th Floor, New York, NY 646.638.3263 Wedding Atelier offers gorgeous, hand-selected couture wedding dresses and generous personal attention in a lovely private space located on Madison Avenue in New York City.


112 W. 9th Street, Ste. 830, Los Angeles, CA 213.622.0342 A trailblazer in bridesmaid attire, specializing in chic, fashion-forward options for the styleconscious bride and her friends! They can mix colors, styles, and hem lengths, so that each client can create the perfect combination for her taste.

FLORAL & EVENT DESIGN Amaryllis, Inc. Washington, DC 240.770.8600 This premier floral and event production studio offers personal service, attention to detail, and custom designs that set them apart. They will completely transform your event with incredible floral creations and specialty furniture & décor.

Bella Flora of Dallas

118 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, TX 972.445.1200 The innovative, full-service event décor and planning studio specializes in luxury weddings and social events. Their passion for flowers, colors, and unique design is what inspires them to continue creating breathtaking environments.


Eddie Zaratsian Lifestyle

The Original Runner Company Offering event-styling services from start to finish, the design house provides one-of-a-kind florals and rentals, such as linens, furnishings, and decorative props, including vintage glassware, to add the perfect finishing touch.

973.744.7070 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.

Revelry Event Designers

3604 Medford Street, Los Angeles, CA 323.263.1657 The exceptional visionary team is known as the go-to event- and interior-design company for celebrations worldwide. Their experience, creativity, passion, and professionalism provide clients with a unique level of satisfaction.

Los Angeles, CA 310.508.6126

Empty Vase

9033 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 310.278.1988 Owner Saeed Babaeean and his team work directly with growers to provide the freshest blooms and offer an array of uniquely crafted and breathtaking designs with bold, lush, and luxurious elements.




Flowers by Cina

Gearys Melissa McGowan and her team of designers have created innovative arrangements for all occasions. Consistently producing fresh, diverse, and beautiful flowers, the team will transform an ordinary space into something extraordinary. 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.

Costa Mesa, CA & Garden Grove, CA 714.539.8939

The Hidden Garden Los Angeles, CA 310.575.6600 Having a true passion for floral design and creativity, The Hidden Garden utilizes nontraditional textures to create beautiful, abundant, and innovative designs that cater to the needs of each client.

Jackson Durham Events Dallas, TX & Atlanta, GA 214.780.0257 The full-service floral and event design company offers unparalleled customer service and attention to detail in order to ensure each event is breathtaking and unforgettable.

White Lilac Inc. Costa Mesa, CA 949.722.9322 The comprehensive event-design firm is a think tank of multitalented individuals coming together to achieve inspired environments tailored to each discerning client, while ensuring flawless execution.

GIFT REGISTRIES Consilium Lifestyle Collections 214.308.0782 Providing in-home consultations for the ultimate private shopping experience, they bring design expertise and product knowledge directly to the consumer. They are also an online retail source for china, crystal, silver, linens, and home décor.

Crate and Barrel 888.249.4155 With exclusive products, private events, and dedicated experts, the Wedding and Gift Registry is the place for couples to start their new lives. Register in stores or online.

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

Villeroy & Boch 800.VILLEROY The family-owned, award-winning and innovative company is rooted in time-honored traditions, making them internationally recognized as a trusted premium lifestyle brand over its 267-year history.

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 Elizabeth Grace Chicago, IL 773.477.9830 With a strong sense of style and a passion for pretty paper, Elizabeth Grace creates beautiful invitations for the discerning bride. The premier paperie and custom stationery studio helps couples reflect their personal styles on paper.

Laura Hooper Calligraphy 703.619.0480 Laura Hooper works with elegant brides and high-profile clients to create one-of-a-kind pieces. She is a member of the Assoc. of Calligraphic Arts and the Society for Calligraphy.

Lehr and Black

8921 W. Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 310.278.8182 The go-to stationery company for Hollywood’s elite and beyond uses luxurious fabrics, fine details, and superior workmanship, revolutionizing custom invitations and décor.

Zenadia Design 805.757.7693 The couture stationery studio creates one-of-akind invitations for couples worldwide. Lace, natural herbs, exotic papers, and beautiful laser-cut designs are just a few of the many details used to make your invites truly unique.



MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT Bonnie Foster Productions 858.967.0167 Coming from a long line of entertainment experts, Bonnie Foster understands her clients’ needs and strives to create musical magic beyond their expectations. She offers new and extraordinary ideas in event entertainment.

Larry King Orchestra, Inc.

400 Central Avenue, Suite 004, Northfield, IL 800.634.0014 From classical string ensembles to live mashups for first dances, the Larry King Orchestra provides a personalized musical experience for each event, creating a unique affair you and your guests will remember for a lifetime.

PHOTOGRAPHY Bob & Dawn Davis Photography Chicago, IL 312.719.3577 A husband-and-wife photography and design team, who believe in being authentic and downto-earth, helping them to execute memorable photos for their clients.

Carasco Photography 773.383.4112 A sought-after husband-and-wife duo, known for luxury and celebrity weddings, who produce and preserve photographs in a distinctive documentary-meets-high-fashion format.

Christian Oth Studio

New York, NY 212.634.7949 A full-service photography studio committed to telling couples’ love stories through editorial-style photos of the highest caliber. Their authentic, evocative approach to shooting a wedding has refined the discipline into an art form.

Christine Bentley Photography 949.521.4764 Trusted by affluent and high-profile clients and celebrities, Christine Bentley surpasses her clients’ expectations and delivers timeless, stunning imagery.


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Roey Yohai Photography

Fairmont Grand Del Mar A high level of authenticity and integrity is a core principle of Berit’s business, and clients receive the highest level of attention, devotion, and commitment. Known for his fresh, elegant, documentary-style photography, Roey Yohai enjoys photographing the emotional moments of a wedding day. With over 10 years of experience in weddings, the award-winning photojournalist delivers a visual diary of the day in all its magic, detail, and spirit. His team’s work has been featured in numerous bridal magazines and websites. Whether you hold your reception in the Elizabeth Ballroom, your rehearsal dinner in the intimate Wine Cellar, your cocktail hour on the Aria Lawn, or marry in the Elizabeth Capella, the private wedding chapel, this Mediterranean resort is one of San Diego’s premier venues.

Basking Ridge, NJ 908.221.9440

Ira Lippke Studios

Los Angeles, CA & New York, NY 212.620.3900 Ira and his carefully chosen studio photographers capture extraordinary weddings from all over the world. Their refined skills capture the exemplified beauty of each celebration in a fineart, documentary style.

Jay Lawrence Goldman Photography 6139 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 323.954.7436 Professional and personable, Jay possesses a unique ability to anticipate and capture the special moments of a wedding. Able to put people at ease, it’s no wonder he’s one of L.A.’s most sought-after wedding photographers.


New York, NY 917.796.3822

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

RENTALS Luxe Linen

Southern California & Nationwide 310.548.5183 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. Proudly providing door-to-door service in Southern California and nationwide shipping, Luxe Linen is a trusted leader in fine linen rental. Established in 2007, the company offers the highest quality linens, napkins, overlays, and accessories to bring style to every table. Since they manufacture their own linens using high-quality fabrics, custom orders are available.

Laurie Bailey Photography

Nüage Designs Laurie has a deep love of storytelling and captures stunningly emotional moments in her images. Her work has been called “romantic, elegant, and timeless,” and has been featured in numerous publications, including Nikon World magazine. For over a decade, Nüage Designs has provided top event planners, celebrities, and luxury hotels with couture linen rentals. Offering unparalleled design aesthetics and expertise to provide the best selection in linens and accessories, Nüage Designs has been dressing the tables of some of the most prestigious events globally, from royal weddings to inaugural balls.

Chicago, IL 773.278.8401

Los Angeles, CA & Santa Barbara, CA 323.493.2292

Paul Barnett Photographer

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

Atlanta, GA, Miami, FL & New York, NY 305.573.7840

VENUES The Breakers

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

5300 Grand Del Mar Court, San Diego, CA 858.314.2029

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows Santa Monica, CA 310.576.7777 The property offers seaside sophistication for Santa Monica weddings, from the iconic Moreton Bay Fig Tree, to the largest ballroom on the Westside, to the romantic Sunset Terrace, couples will have a wealth of elegant options.

The Lodge at Torrey Pines

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

Montage Kapalua Bay One Bay Drive, Lahaina, HI 808.662.6600 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 Set on an oceanfront bluff with sweeping panoramas of the Pacific Ocean, this 250room luxury beach resort features striking Craftsman-style architecture. Commanding 30 lushly landscaped acres in the heart of Laguna Beach, Montage is an ideal choice for a wedding or luxury honeymoon.

Oheka Castle

135 West Gate Drive, Huntington, NY 631.659.1400 A historic mansion located on the Gold Coast of Long Island, Oheka Castle offers the ambience 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.




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

Bob Gail Special Events 310.202.5200 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.

Details Defined

Amy Mancuso Events

San Diego, CA 858.750.8410 Since establishing her own wedding-planning company in 1996, Amy Mancuso has been living her passion. With an uncanny ability to zero in on a client’s innermost wishes for their event, Amy specializes in translating dreams into reality. Down to the most intimate detail, her full-service event company ensures couples feel 125% comfortable with the process.

DFW Events, Inc.

Scottsdale, AZ 602.482.7792

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

Bluebell Events 310.770.2898 Committed to walking couples through every step of the entire wedding-planning process, Details Defined offers customized consulting and planning services from start to finish. The team uses their creative edge, organizational skill, and valuable insight to coordinate memorable events in Southern California and other beautiful destinations. 214.505.9142 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.

Engaging Affairs Washington, DC 703.313.7659 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. For 20 years, Engaging Affairs has been orchestrating the Washington, DC area’s most gracious and glamorous weddings. Known for breathtaking ballroom events, gorgeous museum bashes, and spectacular South Asian celebrations, they create weddings that are as seamlessly planned as they are stunning.

Bobbi Rice Weddings

EverAfter Events Known for her exquisite, quintessential New Orleans weddings, elegantly infused with cultural nuances and Southern charm, Bobbi Rice is one of the most sought-after wedding professionals in the South. By providing attentive concierge-style planning, event design and production, and dramatic floral décor, she crafts lavish celebrations that welcome guests with Southern hospitality worldwide. Acclaimed on TV, radio, and in numerous magazines and blogs, EverAfter Events has enjoyed over 13 years of wedding and eventplanning experience. The talented staff is passionate about listening to their clients and creating exquisite weddings that surpass their expectations. As experts on customized conceptualization, design, and coordination services, EverAfter Events focuses on the dreams and details of their clients, producing flawless, memorable weddings.

New Orleans, LA 318.419.6733



San Diego, CA 619.787.0978


Washington, D.C. area 301.565.5949 Based in the Washington, DC area, EVOKE is a premier full-service event company specializing in event design, planning, and management for weddings and life events. They transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. Experience and relationships are the foundation of a wellplanned event, but passion is the driving force behind everything they do.

Geller Events

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

HMR Designs Chicago, IL 773.782.0800 Known for unique designs and innovative thinking, HMR Designs works with couples from concept to creation to bring their inspiration to life. In addition to exquisite florals, the fullservice design firm features talents in master carpentry, custom art and graphics, and tailored fabric treatments. Artfully integrating exclusive luxe furniture, lighting elements, and décor pieces, the HMR team makes sure your event is everything but ordinary.

Hope Weis Consulting Chicago, IL 847.940.1741 Geared with over 25 years in event management, Hope Weis believes that a seamless celebration is the result of a creative vision, combined with extensive planning and attention to detail. She will personally guide couples through the entire process and create a wedding that illustrates their personal style and makes them feel that it is truly their own.

International Event Company

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

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Jordan Payne Events

Mindy Weiss Party Consultants

Victoria Weddings & Events 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. Mindy is one of the most sought-after event planners and 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. 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.

3100 Carlisle Street, #16117, Dallas, TX 214.577.5880

Kelli Corn Weddings & Events Hilton Head Island, SC 843.368.2029 Kelli Corn creates magical experiences and beautiful weddings for couples in pursuit of hosting the perfect party. Her full-service wedding design, event planning, and production company calls on the team’s intuition, experience, decisiveness, and grace to deliver extraordinary and elegant events, guaranteed to exceed clients’ expectations.

Kristin Banta Events Los Angeles, CA 818.505.8971 Kristin Banta uses her extensive background in fashion, entertainment, catering, and interior design to create unforgettable celebrations, while bringing a fresh perspective to event production. Her events are as unique and diversified as her clientele, and she works hard to help couples find their own voices for their wedding days.

Levine Fox Events, Inc.

232 S. Beverly Drive, Suite 200, Beverly Hills, CA 888.777.3414

SoCo Events

Viva Bella Events 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. Viva Bella Events is a premier wedding and event-planning agency. Their award-winning team conceives, designs, and executes luxury weddings all around the world. Passionate about producing beautiful, organized, and memorable experiences, Dora Manuel and her team aim to fulfill each client’s unique wedding-day vision and create the once-in-alifetime moment that it is.

Washington, DC 202.695.2025

SQN Events

Chicago, IL & Destination Weddings 773.469.6095 Founded in 2009 and led by Beth Bernstein, SQN Events is considered one of the top eventplanning companies in Chicago. Producing only a select number of events each year, SQN provides unparalleled service. Beth produces weddings of every scale and size, carefully curating each celebration to reflect her couples’ unique visions.

Sterling Engagements Los Angeles, CA 323.845.9500

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

Linda Howard Events

TOAST Events

310.472.5848 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.

San Diego, CA 619.887.4915/619.435.1531

3218 Madison Road, Studio C, Cincinnati, OH 513.871.0077

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Atlanta, GA, Nashville, TN & Amelia Island, FL 678.459.4931 TOAST Events orchestrates Southern weddings where details shine and execution is flawless. Clients can be confident that each and every aspect of their event will be handled seamlessly, while receiving remarkable service and unmatched attention. The TOAST team believes that the planning process should be as fun and memorable as the celebration itself.




August 23, 2015 Allentown, New Jersey

If it weren’t for one sympathetic friend’s knack for matchmaking, Tracy Morgan and Megan Wollover might never have met. After each going through a breakup, Megan and Tracy both shared their troubles with a mutual friend. Naturally, this friend decided these two singles had to get acquainted, and set them up on a blind date. Megan didn’t realize that she would be meeting the Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock star until she arrived at a local lounge for their date. “When I pulled up and saw it was him I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, what’s going on here?’” Megan remembers. Tired after a long day at work, she didn’t have the same energy throughout the evening as Tracy, who chatted with other patrons and danced despite the cast on his foot. He took notice of her yawning and kindly escorted Megan to her car. “I just felt [Tracy] 106



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was very charming and sweet, such a gentleman, and that’s what caught my interest,” she reveals. Tracy was equally smitten with Megan following their first date, thinking to himself: Damn, she’s beautiful; she’s more beautiful than I could ever imagine. Someone’s gotta love her – why not me? After dating for over a year, the couple journeyed to San Francisco for one of Tracy’s comedy shows. Tracy told Megan he wanted to get a few of his jewelry pieces cleaned during the trip; but he had a different item of jewelry on his mind when they arrived at the store. “I had his big chain and watch and everything and I’m talking to the clerk about getting it done quickly, and I turn around and he was on his knee with the ring,” Megan recalls. “He was very traditional – he just asked if I would marry him and I said yes.”



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Though Tracy and Megan initially wanted to marry in 2014, all plans were put on hold while Tracy recovered from a traumatic car accident. They resumed planning months later, choosing an elegant estate in the bride’s home state of New Jersey for the celebration. Megan focused on designing an “elegant, classy, and timeless” fête in shades of blush, gold, and ivory, to complement the summer season. Meanwhile, the groom helped plan the menu and music, even inviting the DJ over to their house so Tracy could show him his favorite old-school tunes. “That was his thing: ‘Do whatever you want to do [for the wedding], but when it comes to the DJ and food, sit down,’” Megan laughs. The couple’s 150 guests took their seats inside a gorgeous chapel on the grounds of the property, which was draped with plush white fabric on the ceiling and walls. Two hedges of pink and vanilla roses and alabaster orchids flanked the aisle, culminating at a magnificent wall covered with flowers that served as a romantic backdrop to

the vows. A crystal-cut chandelier, sparkling candelabra, and gold chiavari chairs topped with ivory cushions completed the breathtaking scene. After bridesmaids dressed in pale pink frocks walked down the aisle, two family members escorted Tracy and Megan’s adorable daughter, Maven, to her seat, as she held a sign that read: “Daddy, here comes Mommy.” The groom’s son, Tracy, Jr., served as the best man. The bride was stunning in an off-the-shoulder gown with a fit-and-flare skirt and timeless lace detailing. Megan wasn’t the only one who had taken care to choose a one-of-a-kind outfit for the occasion: Tracy looked dashing in an all-cream suit with a tailcoat and daring black-and-white footwear. He wouldn’t let Megan see his ensemble until the big day. “I always wanted to wear tails for my wedding, so I did,” Tracy says. “The day before I went into my fittings, I watched Michael Jackson’s ‘Smooth Criminal’ video and that is where I got the inspiration for the spats on the shoes.”



The short and sweet service reflected the couple’s dedication to each other and the unification of their two families. “The pastor talked about our relationship and the love and struggles, and it tied into what had happened with Tracy and the accident,” Megan explains. Then, attendees convened in the ballroom for a reception that continued the elegant blush and ivory styling of the ceremony. Gold-rimmed glassware glittered atop



sequined pink linens. Each table was crowned with a lush arrangement of roses and orchids, blooming from either a crystal stand or a glass vase. Strands of crystals dripped from the blossoms, with smaller groupings of flowers and white candles in glass cylinders surrounding each dazzling centerpiece. Purple lighting bathed the room in a romantic lavender glow, along with the flickering from dozens of candelabra.



“My impression of the wedding was that this was one for the ages: the dancing, the music, the people, the love.�





Megan describes the reception as “real and spontaneous;” indeed, guests danced, enjoyed the food, and gave speeches without any predetermined schedule. “Maven was even on the mic like Tracy,” she smiles. The bride also had two surprises up her sleeve for her new husband. For the first, the DJ played a song Tracy’s late father had written years earlier and had always held a special significance for the groom. This incited an emotional “Second Dance” for the couple. The next surprise was a groom’s cake modeled after a Rolex watch – one of Tracy’s favorite pieces of jewelry. “As we were cutting the cake, the DJ put the song ‘Solid’ by Ashford & Simpson on, and everybody was singing,” Megan illustrates. “That was one of the most memorable moments.” The bride shares that the best advice she received was to stop and take in the meaningful aspects of the day, since the whole celebration goes by so fast. Also, she advises other brides to “have a nice, fashionable pair of flats around!” For Tracy, the entire day was filled with unforgettable memories and joy. “My impression of the wedding was that this was one for the ages: the dancing, the music, the people, the love,” he muses. “The part that I will remember the most is when Megan and I ERIN MIGDOL said ‘I do.’” 114





BRET TE WO LFF & ADA M OT TAVIN O January 18, 2015 Santa Barbara, California




Photographed by Elizabeth Messina

Brette Wolff had given up on dreamy fairy-tale romances, but she still held out hope that she would find her soul mate and settle down one day soon. While talking with a friend about ideas for her (friend’s) son’s upcoming birthday party, Brette joked that she

would help plan her friend’s parties for the next year if she arranged a date for her with someone genuinely nice. “She set me up with Adam,” Brette explains. “And when I saw him standing there [for our first date], I instantly felt something.”



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Years later, Brette happily accepted Adam’s proposal over an intimate dinner at his home in New York. Since Adam plays Major League Baseball for the Colorado Rockies, they opted for a celebration in early January, just before spring training began. With only three months to organize the wedding of their dreams, Brette and her mother kicked planning into high gear. “My [mom] was my partner in crime while we figured out how to quickly make a storybook event come to life,” the bride remembers. Brette and Adam also hired a reputable event planner, who they felt was essential to pull off the fête that they envisioned, while also allowing them to relish the process together. “I really wanted to enjoy this special time with Adam, and I ended up having so much fun,” she reveals. When Brette discovered the star-studded history of San Ysidro Ranch and later saw its naturally beautiful environment, she was sure it was the ideal location for their nuptials. “Between the hummingbirds and the fresh lavender [on-site], there was no question in my mind that it was the right place for Adam and me,” she confides.





They invited their 98 guests by way of charming custom laser-cut invitations made of wood (“I helped stuff the envelopes!” shares the groom). “I wanted a secret garden/ enchanted forest wedding,” describes Brette of the theme, which showcased several whimsical details. As family and friends arrived for the ceremony, they were offered lemonade in pink sugarrimmed glasses with butterfly paper straws and handmade wands created from vintage ribbons. Gentlemen were also given yarmulkes with handpainted butterflies crafted by the bride and her mother. An aisle constructed of wooden planks highlighted a laser-cut white decal designed to look like a lace rug; lanterns filled with moss, florals, and silk butterflies also decorated the area. Adam began the procession by entering the space with his parents to the sounds of “The Imperial March” from Star Wars played by a string quartet. “That got people laughing and really broke the ice,” he confirms. The small bridal party included a pair of unique flower girls: the bride’s niece and the bride’s little sister’s happygo-lucky canine, as well as a dapper ring bearer who used Adam’s baseball mitt to hold the rings. Brette looked resplendent in a frothy lace gown that featured small circles on the bodice. “It reminded me of the ‘O’ for Ottavino and also the number 0, which is Adam’s baseball [jersey] number,” shares the bride of the significant element, who carried a generous bouquet of English garden roses. Brette met her handsomely dressed husband-to-be beneath a stunning chuppah embellished with hundreds of roses in shades of pink and cream. Inside the structure, additional roses were suspended upside down to create the effect of a roof. “Our chuppah was absolutely gorgeous and I could not think of a more enchanting structure to symbolize love and home while we took our vows,” she says.



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Dinner was served inside the hotel’s cottage where farm tables with crème brûlée lace runners were adorned with vibrant flowers, moss-covered candelabra, tall taper candles, and blush vintage glassware. Overhead, lovely bunches of cascading ivy and twinkling lights rounded out the secret garden ambience. The menus, framed in moss to match the candelabra, were topped with guests’ names cleverly laser-cut from wood. In the outdoor area, a rosy dance floor featuring a butterfly and the couple’s monogram were seen, as well as colorful butterflies and fairy lights hanging from tree branches. Though Brette and Adam opted for simple – but scrumptious – flavors for their wedding cake, the five-layered dessert was intricately designed. “I like vanilla cake with vanilla icing and Adam likes chocolate cake with chocolate icing,” admits the bride. The confection boasted 3-D flowers, white ruffles, and even a tier that appeared lacelike. In addition, they provided other treats for their loved ones, including chocolate-covered Oreos made to look like baseballs, decadent popcorn, as well as a cigar roller who hand-rolled cigars on the spot for revelers. The groom shares that he would not change a single thing about their big day, confirming his feelings that he was unfazed about the tight turnaround time of the celebration. “Once I was engaged, I was ready to be married,” he says. His bride sums it all up perfectly: “I wished for Adam my whole life and it was a dream come true to stand in such an enchanting place, NICOLE PALACIOS saying, ‘I do’ to my best friend and soul mate.”







Photographed by Rebecca Walker for Ira Lippke Studios

As Joshua Faulkner scrolled through his Facebook feed perusing friends’ photos, he suddenly stopped to look more closely at one. He was intrigued by the big, bright eyes and infectious smile of a particular female in a posted image. The mutual friend later happily arranged for Joshua and Chudney Ross – the striking woman in the photograph – to meet for cocktails. He slid close to her at the loud bar and they settled into comfortable conversation. At one point, Chudney reached out to touch Joshua’s face. “It was weird,” he laughs. “She totally ‘petted me’ on our f irst date.” Chudney smiles, “He was handsome and it’s so rare to meet such a gentleman in L.A.; it

was like I needed to touch him to conf irm he was real.” Six magical years of dating culminated in a private, heartfelt proposal at their home, with only the couple and their (now) toddler daughter, Callaway, present. “Callaway handed me a box wrapped in a drawing she had made,” describes Chudney. “When I looked back up, Joshua was on his knee, asking me to be his wife.” Since it was also Chudney’s birthday, plans were already in place to meet her family for dinner. “The proposal was perfect! Joshua is a very low-key guy and so it was definitely his style to do it with just us, but I love to celebrate. So it was fun to celebrate after with my family,” reflects Chudney. nsIdeWeddIngs com InsIde



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The pair knew from the start that they wanted a destination wedding. “We both felt that the weddings we have traveled to have been much more memorable because you get to spend so much time with family and friends,” asserts the bride. “It’s like summer camp with everyone you know, but celebrating love!” Deciding on a locale for their celebration was also simple: Hawaii. The islands have proven to be sentimental for numerous reasons: “Our first big trip together was to Maui; I learned I was pregnant while on a trip with my mother to Oahu; and we had our babymoon on Kauai,” she reveals. Centering many of the details around the comfort of their loved ones, they wanted to schedule the event during the season of

Hawaii’s most gorgeous weather, which meant they only had about six months to plan. “It was difficult to find a property that was available during this time, so we were so happy to find that the Montage Kapalua Bay had availability,” expresses Chudney. The bride and her mother, legendary singer Diana Ross, made the majority of the planning decisions. “My mom loves a fun project having to do with her children,” she quips, who was also thankful to have her sister, black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross, and best friend, Pearl Aday, helping choose the perfect bridal attire. “I think at one point, we had bought every sparkling pair of pumps in Los Angeles,” she admits, finally settling on a dazzling pair with bows.



As for the bride’s dress, she shares that she came across a stunning gown with pops of color on the internet. Knowing she wanted a special and unique ensemble, but not knowing who made the dress, she turned to her wedding planner, Mindy Weiss. “She knew exactly who created it and set up an appointment [with Lazaro]!” Once at the bridal salon, the designer worked with her to produce a strapless gown she loved, which featured frothy layers, glistening gold leafing, and a custom element: “Lazaro created a perfect tulle miniskirt to change into for dancing at the reception,” she notes. “It was so special to have this beautiful, elegant ball gown, which with a quick switch and bustle, turned into a fun and flirty party dress.” When her mom



became emotional as the veil was placed on her head, Chudney knew it was all turning out magically. For the ceremony, in lieu of a traditional bridal party, Chudney and Joshua’s respective parents and siblings preceded them, as well as three adorable ring bearers. A conch was blown to signal guests – who were all asked to wear neutral-colored attire – to stand for the bride’s entrance. (“I wanted an elegant cohesiveness in the photos,” she adds of the detail.) Callaway, who also wore a one-of-a-kind dress designed by Lazaro, escorted her mom down the aisle. Traditional Hawaiian ukuleles played as Chudney’s stepsister, Leona Naess, sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and hula dancers performed the customary wedding dance.



The grassy aisleway, decorated with small posies fastened to chairs, led to an arch constructed from bamboo, tree branches, and native florals. The bride’s mother officiated a touching service: “She married my brother Evan [to Ashlee Simpson], so it was special that she married us as well,” she says. Chudney’s long locks – styled by famed hairstylist Ken Paves – swayed in the island breeze and her sparkling “something borrowed” Neil Lane jewels glistened in the sun. The groom was equally dapper in a white linen suit complemented by a contrasting kukui nut shell lei. Towards the end of the ceremony, Diana requested that Chudney and Joshua take a few seconds to look into each other’s eyes. “That was my most memorable moment,” remembers the bride. “[It felt like it was] just Joshua, Callaway, and me, surrounded by so much love from all of our family and friends.” A tented area introduced décor that was equally whimsical, romantic, and beautiful. Paper lanterns, chandeliers, and blooms intermingled, suspended from the ceiling. Wooden tables showcased tall and short centerpieces in neutral tones with pops of deep pink and place settings with gold-tipped feathers, personalized menus, and bullion-decorated charger plates. “I admit that I worried a lot during planning, but when I arrived for the weekend, I really wanted to just let it all go and have fun,” affirms Chudney. “None of that matters on the big day, anyway, and everything turned out wonderfully.”





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With such talented family members, the dinner party included many memorable moments: the mother-son and father-daughter dances were simultaneously performed; the bride’s sister, Rhonda Ross Kendrick, sang a personal song she wrote for Chudney; her brothers led the toasts for the evening; and Diana serenaded the newlyweds. “It was important for us to have our families involved in our big day,” asserts Chudney, who feels blessed to have such a fun and tight-knit family. “We also danced all night long!”

confirms Joshua. “Guests still tell us that it’s the most dancing they’ve ever done at a wedding.” To keep energy high, snacks, cocktails, and sweet offerings were available throughout the celebration. The sweetest components of the dessert selections were the cake toppers: Callaway’s beloved “Mama People” and “Dada People” Fisher-Price Little People® sat atop the confection. “And now they’re back in her playroom!” NICOLE PALACIOS laughs Chudney.



GOLDEN TICKET H EI D I MU ELLER & D E M A RCO MU RR AY June 20, 2015 Dallas, Texas


Photographed by Thisbe Grace Photography

When actress Heidi Mueller first met professional football player DeMarco Murray, she felt an instant spark. “I knew when I met DeMarco that I was going to fall in love with him,” she says with a smile. “And I did right away.” The pair, who currently resides in Pennsylvania since the groom is an NFL running back for the Philadelphia Eagles, chose Dallas, Texas, as the location of their nuptials. “We have always thought of Dallas as our home base,” shares the bride.





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When choosing a date for their celebration, Heidi and DeMarco knew a summer wedding would be perfect for the tented outdoor event they envisioned, and also fall in line with the football off-season. They selected June 20th as the date for scheduling purposes, “but most importantly that particular day because it was our daughter’s second birthday,” adds the bride. With only four months to plan their fête, the couple enlisted the help of planner Jordan Payne to turn their dream of a wedding brimming with “feminine elegance with touches of natural beauty” to life. Guests were invited to the festivities by way of a golden invitation suite featuring lasercut details. On the evening of the ceremony, loved ones found their seats in a large tent to the sounds of an acoustic guitar and vocals performed by family friend, Jake Holman. Along the aisle, ends of chairs were adorned with gilded leaf garlands. Heidi and DeMarco elected not to include any bridesmaids or groomsmen in their wedding party, save for one very special person. The couple’s only attendant was their daughter, Savanna, who served as a flower girl dressed in an elegant tulle gown and a crown made of white orchids and bullion-dipped leaves; she carried a gilt wand topped with a pomander of ivory roses and cascading orchids.





“I loved every minute of our wedding day and wouldn’t change a thing! I was a lot calmer than I thought I would be… I just wanted to enjoy every minute with [DeMarco] and all of our family and close friends.” To an acoustic rendition of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” Heidi walked down the aisle on the arm of her father wearing a beautiful gown showcasing lace appliqués on the bodice, sleeves, side panels, and back. She styled her long dark hair in flowing, loose curls and wore a shimmery golden headband and classic veil. Her bouquet was comprised of vanilla peonies and ranunculus blossoms with touches of gold leaves and couture chains. When DeMarco spotted his bride-to-be, he thought, Wow, she’s beautiful... I can’t wait to marry her. Heidi smiled broadly as she reached the end of the walkway to meet her groom – who was dapperly attired in a sophisticated white dress shirt with ebony buttons, a black bow tie, and an alabaster tuxedo jacket. The couple exchanged heartfelt vows beneath a custom tiered floral chandelier made of gilded leaves, fringe, and upside-down creamy calla lilies. During cocktail hour, guests mingled around tables draped with sequined chevron linens or lounge areas furnished with domed porter chairs and cream high-back, button-tufted settees. Specialty drinks appropriately dubbed “Heidi’s Bae Breezy” featuring Malibu

rum, pineapple and cranberry juices, and a gold sugar rim, and “The D-Mo” with Crown Reserve, a splash of ginger ale, and two limes were served from a bar with an antique mirror façade. Loved ones found their seating assignments on die-cut escort cards attached to golden fringe, bullion-hued pearls, or gilt chains suspended from a large, treelike arrangement with gilt branches and leaves. Upon entering the reception tent for the first time, the couple was blown away by the transformation. “It looked exactly how I had envisioned it, but even better! It was beautiful – like right out of a magazine!” shares the bride. High and low centerpieces were composed of lush natural greens and alabaster tulips, hydrangeas, ranunculus blossoms, and roses. Round tables were covered with lace-patterned linens and topped with tall gilt risers decorated with crème brûlée hydrangeas, roses, and tulips, and verdure with bullion-toned leaves, or low arrangements of similar florals accented with greenery and gold-dipped foliage. Tables were designated with laser-cut table numbers written in modern calligraphy script.



Throughout the dinner service, Heidi, DeMarco, and Savanna sat as a family at a sweetheart table draped with a blush sequin linen and topped with a large floral design of white tulips, ivory roses, and gold-dipped pomegranates. Rustic wood-backed chairs decorated with garlands of gilt foliage designated the seats of the bride and groom. The newlyweds shared their first dance with their daughter to “All of Me” by John Legend; later, guests joined them on the dance floor, which featured personalized metallic details mirroring their wedding invitation suite and the couple’s monogram. Above the custom creation, grand golden lanterns illuminated by pillar candles were embellished with arrangements of greenery, bullion-tipped leaves, and vanilla blooms. “I wanted a live band during the reception, so I got to pick the songs – some old school mixed with classics and newer songs,” explains Heidi. Attendees enjoyed more revelry later in the evening at an after-party in an azure lounge complete with a DJ, casino games, a cigar roller, and woodfired pizza. Adds Heidi, “DeMarco picked all of the songs played at the after-party. Everyone was dancing all night!” A glamorous wedding cake showcasing four round ivory tiers with golden brushstrokes at the top of each layer was decorated with fresh ranunculus blossoms, greenery, and shimmering leaves to complement the gilt décor. In honor of their daughter’s second birthday, Heidi and DeMarco surprised Savanna with her own special cake: a two-tier Frozen-inspired blue confection adorned with white snowflakes and topped with Elsa and Anna figurines. Guests also enjoyed organic gourmet cotton candy as a wedding favor. “I loved every minute of our wedding day and wouldn’t change a thing!” shares Heidi of the joyous celebration. “I was a lot calmer than I thought I would be… I just wanted to enjoy every minute with [DeMarco] and all of our family and close friends.” KELCY CHRISTY





On Jessica Lebovitz and Zachary Just’s first date, neither wanted the night to end. “As we got to know each other, I knew it would be the first of many amazing date nights together,” shares Jessica. And it didn’t take long for Zachary to realize that she, too, was special. “Jess is very family oriented and, as a nurse, has a lot of compassion towards people,” he says. One Sunday early in their relationship, Jessica accompanied her beau to his grandmother’s long-term care home for a game of bingo. “Seeing Jess have so much fun with my grandma and the other ladies, I knew then that she was The One.” When a supposed celebration for Zachary’s mother’s birthday turned into an intimate dinner for two, Jessica knew that her life was about to change. “As soon as we walked in the restaurant, I spotted our perfect table, where Zach had set up flowers and Champagne,” reminisces the bride, who couldn’t help but notice onlookers smiling with their camera phones ready. As soon as they got to their seats, Zachary was down on one knee. “He wouldn’t let me call anyone because he wanted us to share this special moment just between us,” she remembers; however, following the meal, he had another surprise in store for his beloved: Their families were all waiting nearby to celebrate the engagement. “It could not have been more perfect,” confirms Jessica. 142



J ESSI CA LEBOVITZ & Z ACHARY JUST June 13, 2015 Chicago, Illinois


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When the time came to begin wedding planning, Zachary entrusted his bride to plan the celebration of her dreams. With two of the main elements – venue and color palette – already decided, Jessica was fully prepared to take on the feat with her mother, sister, and event planner. Since Jessica had visited the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago as a little girl, she knew she wanted her own nuptials to take place at the luxurious property. “When I was little, I would watch other brides getting married there, and I can’t believe I actually had my wedding there, too!” she exclaims. As for the color scheme, “I’ve always known that my colors would be ivory, blush, and pale pink with gold accents,” she notes of her choice to create an inviting and romantic setting. At the entrance to the ceremony aisle, a large archway crafted from curly willow branches was decorated with white blooms and hanging amaranthus to fulfill the bride’s desire for décor with “a bit of an outdoor look.” Along the aisle, tall glass vases were filled with similar rustic-inspired arrangements atop risers, and pillar candles flickered from mercury-glass candleholders. An elegant chuppah was made of sheer pearl drapes gathered around each post with round floral tiebacks made of ivory blooms and light pink roses. A sparkling crystal chandelier was suspended overhead, along with the tallit of Jessica’s grandfather.



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Bridesmaids wearing floor-length dresses in pale pink carried nosegays of spray roses and walked down the aisle to the sounds of “Today Was a Fairytale” by Taylor Swift. Jessica, who was resplendent in a strapless gown with a ruffled skirt, made her grand entrance to “Your Song” by Elton John. She held a romantic bouquet comprised entirely of blush peonies wrapped with an antique satin ribbon and pinned with a gold locket featuring photos of the bride’s late grandparents, so “they were with me

as I walked down the aisle,” says Jessica. “Jess and I agreed we wanted lots of contemporary music,” muses the groom, who wore a dapper tuxedo for the sophisticated nuptials. Zachary and the couple’s respective parents walked down the aisle to “I Will” by The Beatles. Groomsmen donned tuxedos with bow ties and ivory boutonnieres to match the groom’s attire. Flower girls wore vanilla dresses with frothy skirts and held charming pomanders made of spray roses suspended from ribbon handles.



Following the Jewish service, guests found their table numbers at an elegant escort-card table sprinkled with photographs of the couple’s family members on their own wedding days. Inside the ballroom, a long mirrored head table was adorned with ambient candlelight and blooms in ivory and blush. A mix of round and rectangular guest tables were decorated with either embroidered champagne linens or silver fabrics accented with textured runners and topped with various centerpiece designs. “Every table had its own unique look,” says the bride. Styles included low arrangements of white flowers and pastel pink roses surrounded by vintage mercury-glass vessels, golden votive candles, and tall glass vases filled with curly willow branches and vanilla blossoms to provide an ethereal, warm glow. Zachary, who is an executive in the food industry, was very involved in the menu planning and music selections for the evening. “We wanted a high-energy night full of dancing, great food, and most importantly, a room full of love,” shares the bride. The newlyweds even got on stage to surprise attendees with an energetic performance of their favorite song, “Our Kind of Love” by Lady Antebellum. A fourtiered wedding cake embellished with sugar flowers and cascading antique gold rose petals delighted guests, as did a bar featuring frozen yogurt from the couple’s favorite shop. To honor the groom’s hometown, Chicago-style hot dogs and French fries were served out of a vintage cart at the end of the night. “It was a hit with everyone!” adds Jessica. 148


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At one point during the festivities, the couple took a second to step aside and reflect on the day. “We looked at each other and said, ‘Wow.’ Seeing all of our family and friends out on the dance floor having the time of their lives made us so happy,” says Jessica. “I remember highfiving Zach saying, ‘We did it!’” The bride reveals that besides marrying her best friend, she cherished sharing their wedding with those most important to them – “including my 97-year-old grandmother, who was the last one to leave the party at 2AM!” Jessica attests, “From the moment I walked down the aisle and saw the way Zach looked at me and felt the warmth of my family and friends, I knew I was the luckiest girl in KELCY CHRISTY the world.”






December 31, 2014 Beverly Hills, California


Photographed by Callaway Gable

To celebrate their 10-month anniversary, Katie Fine and Dan Hoff went to dinner at a local Italian restaurant they frequent. When she finished her meal, he excused himself from the table. “My Love” by Justin Timberlake – Katie’s favorite song – suddenly started to play over the speakers. As she turned to tell the establishment’s owner how much she adored the tune, she saw Dan on one knee. He presented her the engagement ring that had caught Katie’s eye at the popular Beverly Hills jewelry store where she works. “I’m not exactly sure what he said, but I said yes!” Katie smiles. The bride’s mother was very involved in the yearlong preparations. She would generously fly from Maryland to California every three to four weeks to attend meetings with the planners. “We had so much fun!” attests Katie. Not wanting a décor scheme filled with expected, “traditional florals” for the celebration, she was inspired by the vibe and glamour of the New Year’s Eve holiday – starting with a Beverly Hills hotel featuring stylish Philippe Starck interiors as the setting.



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For the vow exchange, guests entered a majestic tented courtyard draped in fabric with chandeliers glinting overhead and an eclectic mix of Lucite chairs. Gilded lanterns glowed along the aisle that led to a four-pillar Lucite structure bedecked with crystal strands, inspired by The Chandelier bar at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – a beloved location of the couple. The entire space was designed without flowers, in favor of incorporating other luxe textures and elements. “My amazing planners at Bob Gail Special Events came up with my dream ceremony,” declares the bride. The lively party music played during the service certainly set a festive tone for the fête to come. This included the groom

walking down the aisle to the band performing a string version of “...Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears – a moment that stands out in Dan’s memories of the day. “We had the best band ever!” adds Katie. A flower girl wearing a slate-hued satin dress with a white tulle overskirt and buttercream sash exuberantly sprinkled metallic confetti in lieu of traditional rose petals. Escorted by her parents, the bride made her grand entrance in a haute Vera Wang strapless gown with an onyx bodice and pearl skirt. A beautiful cathedral-length veil with a black lace trim trailed behind her. Katie’s nosegay of ivory anemones was wrapped with intricate charcoal-colored beading.





Bridesmaids were clad in a variety of ebony dresses and carried striking bouquets of eggplant calla lilies. The same bloom adorned the lapels of groomsmen’s sable suits. Festive fuchsia socks added a splash of brightness to the dapper ensembles worn by Dan and his gents. The officiant was a family member “who knew us both well enough to make the ceremony personal, while also being extremely entertaining!” says Katie. As a result, the proceedings were full of laughter. After kissing the bride – another of the groom’s most cherished moments – the service concluded with the breaking of the glass. Befitting the holiday, the reception’s color scheme was mostly

midnight with punchy pink accents to incorporate Katie’s favorite hue. In the ballroom bordered by chocolate amber uplighting, guests took their seats at either glass tables with brass frames and crystal drops along the edges or round tables swathed in ebony satin tablecloths with contrasting white napkins. Floral designs consisted of vanilla amaryllis and calla lilies, and scarlet calla lilies in geometric black vases, as well as ivory calla lilies in glass bowls. Onyx taper candles flickered in silver holders. Sparkling metallic horn blowers and cool feathered hats were also on hand, so loved ones were fully prepared for a night of revelry. “The décor of the entire wedding was absolutely beautiful and very nontraditional,” notes Dan of the lovely, unexpected details.





“It is an indescribable feeling to walk with your husband into a room filled with everyone you love.” Being introduced as husband and wife as they entered the reception was an unforgettable experience for the newlyweds. “It is an indescribable feeling to walk with your husband into a room filled with everyone you love,” muses Nicole. The tablescapes displayed two stunning floral designs. On the long tables, tall stands overflowing with fuchsia orchids and verdure – punctuated with tea lights in suspended glass spheres – created a trellis effect. Below it, floating candles highlighted a runner composed of hot pink orchids and roses in red and blush.






SO N D R A O RTAGUS & BR AD H O FFM AN May 2, 2015 Key West, Florida


Photographed by Jose Villa Photography

After being introduced to each other by a mutual friend in a bar at a West Virginia mountain resort, there was no doubt that Brad Hoffman would remember Sondra Ortagus. “I mustered up the courage to give him a little pat on the butt and told him he could find me later and get me a drink,” Sondra recalls. “It worked.”



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“Sondra looked so gorgeous – the dress and her whole styling (she’d want me to use that word) were just perfect.”

With the help of his brother, a jeweler, Brad designed the ring of Sondra’s dreams; later, he enlisted the assistance of a four-legged friend to pop the question. He invited Sondra to his house for dinner, and when she arrived she immediately noticed a dog bed and toys. “Then I looked over in the corner and there was the most adorable and scared little puppy!” Sondra remembers. Brad instructed her to check the puppy’s collar, which featured an engraving of the words, “Sondra… Will You Marry Me?” In her shock and excitement, Sondra didn’t give her beloved an answer. “Brad looks at me and asks, ‘Um, is that a yes?’ I completely forgot I had to respond. So of course I said yes!” Sondra happily reminisces. The couple had visited beautiful Key West, Florida, six months into their relationship, and it quickly became “their place.” Naturally, the location was their first and only choice for the “beach glam” destination wedding they desired. Sondra enlisted the help of her aunt (“My partner in crime for the whole operation,” the bride reveals) and planner Blair Peterson to help her design a celebration in a palette of white and gold with hints of green at a 1920s-era seaside resort.



A limeade station, monogrammed sunglasses, and flip-flops were on hand as guests arrived at the ceremony on the sand. Dark wooden chairs faced a small stage, which was adorned with billowing fabric and garlands of cream and ivory flowers. Ornate urns filled with frothy vanilla blooms flanked the area. Bridesmaids clad in sparkling gilt gowns walked down the aisle to an acoustic rendition of the Forrest Gump theme; then, Sondra made her entrance in a halter-neck ball gown with a voluminous tulle skirt. Her relaxed fishtail braid, accented with a single floral hair accessory, completed her elegant, beachy look. “Sondra looked so gorgeous – the dress and her whole styling (she’d want me to use that word) were just perfect,” Brad describes. The Episcopalian service included the couple’s favorite Bible readings, as well as a performance by a few friends of “Grow Old with You,” the song sung by Adam Sandler in The Wedding Singer. “That was a hit!” Sondra exclaims. Following the vow exchange, attendees lounged on couches and armchairs for cocktail hour on the beach. The focal point was undoubtedly the sand sculpture of Sondra and Brad’s beloved dog, Tahoe – “an homage to the beginning of our life together: the proposal,” Brad explains. 164




“I recall fondly [ my mother] turning to me at the end of the night and commenting on how we did a wonderful job and that it was a dream come true.”

After a wardrobe change that fit the ambience of the reception, the newlyweds joined their friends and family. Nishita reemerged in a ball gown – with a removable skirt for ease of dancing – that she designed with her private tailor. A sprinkling of stephanotis blossoms adorned her hair. Mike looked dapper in a classic tuxedo. The couple selected a modern, elegant aesthetic for the rooftop reception. Ivory draping created an intimate, open tent-like setting, affording expansive views of the Los Angeles skyline. Illuminated glass spheres were suspended overhead along the center of the space. A variety of table shapes were clad in either textured champagne tablecloths or satin-finished linens, while chairs donned sheer sleeves. Large bouquets of mint hydrangeas, blush and white roses, and succulents were displayed atop clear, tall pedestals. Pink dahlias were added to a similar compilation of blooms in low, footed bowls. Each place setting featured a menu – tucked into a rosy napkin accented with a succulent – listing the delectable dishes of the extensive Indian buffet. 166


The wedding cake was not merely dessert, but also a striking décor element with its center layer boasting a taupe replica of the lasercut motif Nishita created for their invitation suite. The confection was fantastically finished with large pastel yellow dahlias, blush and vanilla roses, and succulents. As wedding favors, guests received jeweled boxes and traditional Indian sweet treats that were made from scratch by the mother of the bride. Bringing their loved ones together, Nishita and Mike’s nuptials were truly a celebration of family. “The memory that I cherish is of my mother. [She] was extremely sick battling ovarian cancer, but managed to find the courage and strength to make it through the day,” shares the bride. “I recall fondly her turning to me at the end of the night and commenting on how we did a wonderful job and that it was a dream come true.” Adds the groom, “I had grown extremely close to Nishita’s parents over the year leading up to our wedding. I was so happy [her mother] got to be there on our wedding day. It will be a lasting memory for me.” ROSIBEL GUZMÁN




DANI ELL A JASSI R & H ERNAN DO FADU L January 17, 2015 Santa Marta, Colombia


Photographed by EVOOKE

The glamour of a bygone era was beautifully brought to life at the wedding celebration of Daniella Jassir and Hernando Fadul. “I have never been to Cuba,” admits the graceful bride, “but I imagined walking into a Havana nightclub in the 1950s – that was the atmosphere I envisioned.” Urbane and evocative of heady Havana nights, the couple’s reception was strictly a black-tie affair and played host to a who’s who of Colombian society and international guests. However, the pair’s historic theme actually began with their nuptial mass, which was held at a landmark famous throughout the Latin community. 168


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After careful research to design the ideal engagement ring, Ryan planned to propose on their two-week European vacation. Towards the end of their sojourn, they had dinner at Le Jules Verne in the Eiffel Tower. Ashley had been looking forward to seeing Paris and was enjoying the expansive vantage point from their table. Halfway through the meal, Ryan asked the maître d’ to take their picture. As he made the motion to sit by her, the next thing Ashley knew, Ryan was asking her to be his wife. “Ryan had secretly put his camera on video mode and the entire proposal had been recorded, which was really amazing because we were later able to share the moment with our family and friends. It was the perfect ending to the perfect trip,” confirms the smiling bride. Ashley took it upon herself to orchestrate their fall wedding – the couple’s favorite New York season – for 250 guests, and had a

great time in the process. Nevertheless, she enlisted the assistance of an event coordinator to help things go smoothly during the final weeks leading to the big day. The bride and groom selected an elegant hotel with French origins – a nod to where their journey down the aisle began. “I love white orchids. They are my favorite flowers, and I wanted them to play a major role throughout the entire wedding,” Ashley adds. A 10-foot tree composed of curly willow branches and ivory orchids from which place cards were suspended with ribbons complemented the breathtaking Neo-Renaissance trompe l’oeil murals and grand marble staircases of the rotunda of the venue. This element also inspired the gorgeous chuppah anchored by four trees that reached up to the ceiling and came together to create a canopy of vanilla orchids.



Ashley glided down the aisle wearing an ethereal Monique Lhuillier gown with intricate embroidery, lace cap sleeves, a sprinkling of sequins, satin sash, and full tulle overskirt. She held an arm sheath bouquet of pearl phalaenopsis orchids, roses, ranunculuses, and mini calla lilies. For her “something borrowed,” Ashley donned a pair of her grandmother’s earrings, gifted to her by her grandfather. “[They] have one of the best marriages I know, and I hoped the earrings would bring me as much love and good fortune in my own,” she shares. In remembrance of Ryan’s grandmother, the crystal wine set she had bequeathed him was used during the service. The newlyweds exited to Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me” – the first song they slow danced to while dating.





In the reception ballroom, antique gilded candelabra draped with ivy held taper candles, white orchids, roses, hydrangeas, and lisianthus, as well as a few pink blooms. The arrangements were interspersed with petite collections featuring the same blossoms along the center of long tables. Larger versions of this compilation, plus snapdragons and blush hybrid delphinium, emerged from crystal trumpet vases on round tables. The wedding cake crafted by Sylvia Weinstock was embellished with cascading sugar flowers that mirrored the floral designs. The golden scroll pattern gracing the luxurious linen overlays was reflected on china chargers and menus. Napkins with the initials of the couple’s surname in bullion thread were a refined finishing touch. Ryan felt that his most significant contribution to the event was their first dance. “I thought it would be really fun to reenact the tango scene from the movie Scent of a Woman, which was actually 174


filmed at The Pierre,” he explains. “Neither of us knew anything about the tango, but we took lessons and the final dance turned out to be a huge success.” Adding their own twists and incorporating a rose, it was an unexpected performance for their friends and family. The entertainment was an important component for Ryan, so the couple searched for a band that could set the right energy level for the festivities. “Our band was amazing… That was one of the first decisions we made, and we even booked our wedding date around their availability,” he says. “The dance floor was packed all night.” “Start taking note of things you like and don’t like about weddings you attend, that way you will have some input when you’re asked for an opinion or to help make a decision,” is the sage advice Ryan offers future grooms. “Also, equally important, make sure you know when it’s better to just smile and nod during the ROSIBEL GUZMÁN planning process.”

“Neither of us knew anything about the tango, but we took lessons and the final dance turned out to be a huge success.�





Photographed by Handeland Tesoro Photography

When Aliana Jimenez and Matthew Segal first met in Las Vegas, they knew that their connection was something special. “It was obviously one of the best weekends of my life!” shares Aliana. Following their two-year courtship back home in California, Matthew knew it was time to propose “after seeing that she could put up with my work and travel schedule, my golf schedule, and excessive phone usage – and still say she loved me regularly,” he smiles. Before boarding a plane at LAX – to the city where their romance began – for their annual family vacation, Matthew proposed on the tarmac, and Aliana joyously accepted. When selecting a locale for their nuptials, the couple had a difficult time finding the perfect Los Angeles site. “Nothing



felt that special,” notes the bride. So, Aliana and Matthew took the advice of a family friend and went down south to visit the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. “We fell in love with the venue and the hotel. It is such a beautiful location – and not by the beach, which everyone [assumes] when they think of San Diego,” she adds. After they secured their dream venue, Aliana and Matthew enjoyed their engagement and resumed planning in the spring with the help of Alex Alexander of Alex Events Inc. Their families participated in the process as well, helping during dress fittings, hotel viewings, and floral previews. “It was so much fun planning with both my mom and Matt’s mom,” says Aliana. “And our dads loved it as well!”



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Since the bride had converted to Judaism prior to the nuptials, the couple desired a celebration filled with Jewish customs. “Since so many of our guests had never experienced a traditional Jewish wedding, we wanted to show everyone what it was like,” she shares. So, the duo participated in a ketubah signing before the evening service, exchanged vows beneath a chuppah, and danced the horah at the reception. “Aliana knew how important it was for me to be married by my childhood rabbi and never argued with me through the process,” reveals Matt. “That meant the world to me.” On the evening of the alfresco winter ceremony, 360 guests gathered on the lawn of the Mediterranean-inspired property. Lush florals in white, pink, and apricot enveloped the entire space, from wrought-iron gates at the entrance to a dramatic bloomencrusted chuppah, as well as hydrangea-embellished flower wall

panels on either side that bore the couple’s initials formed with roses. Dramatic crystal chandeliers were suspended above the aisle, which was decorated with small ivory rose bushes along the sides and covered with a blanket of petals in peach and champagne hues. Bridesmaids preceded Aliana down the aisle in floor-length grey dresses to “Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake. The bride followed in a blush gown featuring a voluminous ruffled skirt and matching bolero to a rendition of “All of Me” by John Legend. “Music is very important to Matt and me, so it was a lot of fun picking the ceremony music,” she shares of the selections. Following the service, Aliana surprised her groom with a performance by the USC Trojan Marching Band, in honor of his alma mater. “It was so special,” says Matt, who wore a grey suit accessorized with playful Converse sneakers to match his groomsmen.





Guests found their place cards for the reception at a long table covered with a textured rosette linen in cream and adorned with a tall treelike arrangement embellished with white hydrangeas, roses in shades of peach and pink, and strands of glimmering crystals. Entering the magical ballroom, friends and family discovered a spectacle of lush blooms, glittering touches, and an impressive wedding cake. “We wanted something fun and exciting that looked like a beautiful party,” declares the bride of their vision for the design. “Our wedding planner really understood that and executed it perfectly!” Adds the groom, “The décor was off the charts!”





“Since so many of our guests had never experienced a traditional Jewish wedding, we wanted to show everyone what it was like.” Silver chairs featuring charcoal fabric woven through the back surrounded round and square tables, which were decorated with either shimmery grey or gold sequined linens. Towering arrangements composed of vanilla hydrangeas, roses in pearl, apricot, and blush, and accents of greenery stood atop vases dripping from top to base with crystals. Flickering golden candle votives and low vessels filled with pink garden roses, alabaster ranunculus blossoms, and peach roses completed the centerpiece design. “Because grey and ivory were two of our main colors, the flowers had to provide all the color,” explains Aliana. Following the dinner service, guests enjoyed slices from the couple’s impeccable wedding cake, which was suspended from the ceiling by crystal chains to create a striking chandelier. The pièce de résistance of the celebration featured seven light pink tiers adorned with sparkling details. The top of the cake and base of the

“swing” that held the confection were bedecked with fresh florals. “It really was one of the most beautiful wedding cakes I had ever seen,” confirms the bride. The newlyweds’ first dance was Aliana’s most memorable moment of the day. “It was the first time we were really alone together, even though we were in a room full of people,” she shares. Loved ones were later surprised by a special performance. The legendary Paul Anka entertained the crowd with a “mini concert.” “To see all of our guests, young and old, enjoy such a classic was really great,” agrees the pair. Taking the advice given to her by many, the bride wishes the same for other couples planning their nuptials: “Really enjoy your whole day, from getting ready to dancing all night long.” Her groom concurs, “Don’t stress yourself out… Make sure you and your wife have fun!” KELCY CHRISTY






TIA GAR AVUSO & CH RISTO PH ER JO HNSO N December 31, 2014 Atlanta, Georgia


Photographed by Rob and Wynter Photography

Tia Marie Garavuso and Christopher Johnson’s love story began in high school. “I knew I wanted to be with her,” shares Chris, who had the “biggest crush” on Tia. When the couple reconnected after college, he realized how much he missed having her in his life and, fairly early into their courtship, knew he wanted to propose. “My feelings have only grown deeper and deeper. I’m a lucky guy,” says Chris, a third baseman for the Cleveland Indians. “I might not remember our very first encounter, but I do remember how charming he was,” Tia reveals. “Fourteen years later and he still makes my heart flutter.” Before planning the ultimate surprise proposal, Chris asked for the blessings of Tia’s sister, father, and mother. After “stalking” his beloved’s profile on a popular image-sharing website – “every woman has a wedding board!” he laughs – Chris hired a jeweler to design the perfect engagement ring. “I tried to spoil her as much as I could,” he adds. While on vacation together in Puerto Rico, Chris proposed on the beach at sunset. “I thought I had planned every detail of our trip, when all along, Christopher was crafting the most romantic proposal!” exclaims Tia.



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When selecting the site of their New Year’s Eve nuptials, the bride and groom decided upon a popular venue in Atlanta, Georgia, where Chris was playing professional baseball with the Atlanta Braves. “We didn’t want to do a flip [of the room], and we didn’t want our guests to have to change locations on New Year’s Eve in traffic,” explains Tia of their decision to choose a site that offered two ballrooms at the same location. When attendees arrived, they received welcome boxes filled with items hinting at the festive party to come: personalized koozies, miniature cava bottles, lip balm with “Kiss 2014 Goodbye” labels, Tic Tacs to prepare for a “midnight kiss,” and cucumber pads for de-puffing eyes the next morning. Desiring an evening ceremony that exuded

love and romance, Tia and Chris’ sophisticated décor boasted a color palette of ivory and gold illuminated by soft candlelight. To set the tone for the fun-filled event, loved ones were also offered Champagne, mascarponefilled strawberries, and handcrafted Norman Love® chocolates (as a nod to their hometown in Florida). An all-white custom aisle runner embellished with the couple’s golden monogram was lined with alabaster rose petals and flickering candles placed inside glass vases or atop pearl pedestals. The candlelit aisleway led to a translucent four-post structure festooned with vanilla roses, pillar candles, and suspended glass orbs glimmering with tea lights; floating candles and bouquets of snowy flowers decorated the base of each post.



To the sounds of soft string music, bridesmaids walked down the aisle wearing floor-length gowns sparkling with gold sequins – save for the maid of honor who wore a formal ebony dress – and carried creamy nosegays comprised of ivory roses and ranunculus blossoms. Tia entered the romantic space in an elegant bridal gown featuring a beautiful bodice bodysuit adorned with floral appliqués, illusion straps dotted with crystals, and an A-line overskirt. “I did not like the feel of having layered skirts, so Heidi Elnora was able to custom make a bodysuit that could be used with three skirts – one for the ceremony, one for the reception, and another for the after-midnight party,” the bride explains. She carried a bouquet composed entirely of roses, ranunculus blossoms, and peonies in pearl, except for one



pale pink peony in the center. As their wedding designer performed a rendition of “I Won’t Let Go” by Rascal Flatts, Tia glided down the aisle to meet her groom, who, like his groomsmen, donned a black tuxedo. Following the heartfelt service, Tia and Chris experienced a special moment together in the reception ballroom before guests were invited to enter the space. To the bride’s delight, Chris had planned a surprise for his beloved. The groom gifted Tia a heart-shaped locket by Tiffany & Co. filled with pictures of her grandparents. Then, her grandparents’ favorite song started to play, and the newlyweds shared a sentimental dance as husband and wife. “It was truly magical,” muses Tia.





“I knew I wanted to be with her… My feelings have only grown deeper and deeper. I’m a lucky guy.” At 9PM, the festivities began. Since 200 of the couple’s friends and family joined them for their celebration on New Year’s Eve, “we wanted [the reception] to be an over-the-top party,” says Tia. The space was set up to look like a club, with tray-passed heavy hors d’oeuvres and a sushi station in lieu of a formal sitdown dinner. “We had a VIP area for the bridal party, an elevated platform for the DJ, lounge-style seating, and bottle service at midnight,” explains Chris. The ballroom was decorated with rich onyx, pearl, and gold elements. Round tables were draped with bullion sequin linens and featured magnificent alabaster floral arrangements in tall ebony vessels or gilt mercury-glass vases. A seven-tiered confection designed by the bride and groom

showcased layers of cake covered with black, white, and gold fondant embellished with stripes and confetti dots. A “Happily Ever After” cake topper in modern calligraphy script completed the jubilant creation. Following the cake cutting, servers in New Year’s Eve party hats passed additional sweets including deepfried Oreo cookies, a variety of macarons, and candied bacon. “Since it was a New Year’s Eve wedding, we hired a DJ known for his good mixes and for keeping the party going,” says Chris, who was overjoyed to ring in the New Year with his new bride, friends, and family. In the spirit of the holiday, confetti cannons exploded at midnight and the revelry continued until 2AM. KELCY CHRISTY






PEN ELO PE J. CL ARK & TH EO DO RE M . CL ARK August 8, 2015 Pasadena, California


Photographed by Ryan Phillips Photography

Ted easily spotted the vivacious young lady who captured his attention at a party almost a decade earlier. Seizing the opportunity to not lose sight of her again, he convinced her to join him at an event at the 1984 Olympics. They’ve been inseparable ever since, and were married for 18 blissful years before Penny was diagnosed with breast cancer. While undergoing treatment, Ted said to her, “We are going to have the biggest 25th wedding anniversary imaginable.” Filled with more fear than faith, she responded, “Are you sure we shouldn’t just plan for a 20th?” Ted smiled and reassured her, “No, a 25th.”



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Upon reaching that milestone, the spouses were immersed in the construction of their home. So they decided to postpone and commemorate their 30th with a vow renewal. “Our inspiration came from the victory of fighting an illness, but everyone really deserves to celebrate a marriage at any time,” affirms Penny. For the venue, the pair was drawn to the luxurious property where they spent their first night as husband and wife. Penny picked a palette of pink shades to honor her journey with breast cancer. Roses also figured prominently in the stationery and floral designs for the event. The bride credits her planner, Alexandra Rembac, and her team at Sterling Engagements for orchestrating such an unforgettable fête. “It’s not something I would have ever been able to accomplish on my own; it was spectacular because of her. It was definitely a much simpler [process] than 30 years [ago],” she says with a grin. Friends and family, including individuals who had attended their wedding, gathered on a verdant lawn for the ceremony. Arrangements of hot pink roses, chartreuse hydrangeas, and greenery were placed on low, rectangular stands along the aisle, which was carpeted with blush and magenta petals. The same bloom combination beautifully bedecked the dome of a garden pergola, creating an enchanting altar. The bridal procession was a stroll down memory lane as well as a celebration of family. The original maid of honor, best man, and

flower girl retraced their steps, while Ted’s two sons escorted their wives – one pair carried their twin sons. The bride and groom’s granddaughters were their flower girls and donned antique lace dresses and sashes adorned with bundles of rosettes. Floral and foliage halos crowned their heads. Lastly, the little ladies held stephanotis posies, in homage to Penny’s original bouquet. The vocalist who sang during the service wrote a personalized rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” to reflect the couple’s story. “It was just magical,” notes Penny. A longtime friend and Elvis impersonator, Harry Shahoian, had the privilege of officiating the vow exchange. The bride and groom made their grand entrance hand in hand. “Nothing can really prepare you for the emotion, the significance, and truly the experience of having everyone that means something to you and has been there for you, there on an occasion like this,” she recalls of the moving moment. Redesigned from the first time she wore it on the day of their nuptials, Penny was glowing in the classic satin and lace gown with three-quarter sleeves and pearl details. A sparkling headband provided by her planner was her “something borrowed.” Penny carried a bouquet of Double Delight roses – her favorite flower – with champagne petals edged in fuchsia. Ted was dapperly dressed in a double-breasted tuxedo.



“Our inspiration came from the victory of fighting an illness, but everyone really deserves to celebrate a marriage at any time.” Magenta and canary uplighting brought a sense of the sunny summer day into the reception ballroom. Petals surrounded tall and petite floral designs of light and bright pink dahlias and roses, green hydrangeas, blush astilbe, and verdure. Opulent gold touches glinted from the rims of glass chargers, ornate flatware, chairs with rosy seat cushions, and delicate threads woven into the textured white linens. Pretty vintage goblets in a champagne hue joined classic stemware. Pastel pink napkins were topped with either a rosebud or blooming rose. Penny expressed her romantic nature in the heart-shaped escort cards and loving messages displayed throughout. For example, in the alfresco lounge with chic ivory and gilt furnishings the following message was projected on a wall: “Loved you then, Love you still, Always have, Always will.” Harry sweetly serenaded the newlyweds with Elvis Presley’s “Love Me Tender” for their first dance. This was followed by a special family dance where Penny danced with her stepsons and Ted



danced with his daughters-in-law to “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong. Since the cake at her wedding fell far short of her expectations, Penny was unsure about including one in the festivities. Wanting to amend that pastry faux pas, Alexandra encouraged her to aim for the perfect cake this time around. The creamy four-layer confection, inspired by the lace of her bridal gown, did not disappoint. Penny was especially touched when Alexandra pointed out a hidden message she had the cake designer add – “Forever in Love” piped with two hearts. “Everything was just beyond my wildest dreams,” muses the bride. “The day was a feast for everybody. A feast for the eyes, for our family and friends, for our souls.” When asked the secret of their marriage, Penny chokes up a bit and reveals, “My husband still pursues me, just like he did from the very beginning.” ROSIBEL GUZMÁN




December 31, 2014 Chicago, Illinois




Photographed by Nakai Photography

She was visiting Las Vegas with her two best friends for the weekend; he was there for a bachelor party. Lisa and Paul were both prepared for fun getaways, but neither had planned for what fate had in store when their paths crossed. The two groups randomly met, gambled together, and got along splendidly. “We had so much fun together and I enjoyed getting to know Lisa so much that I couldn’t stop trying to talk to her even after the weekend ended,” he declares. And so their romance began. When the time came for the couple to plan the sophisticated wedding they envisioned for 200 loved ones in only four and a half months, the numerous elements involved to achieve this feat took them by surprise. “Thank goodness for our coordinator, Beth [Bernstein]. She helped to keep us organized and thought about all the tiny details,” recalls the bride. “She was invaluable.” Since Lisa grew up in Chicago, she thought it would be a great location for the celebration. Moreover, having selected a New Year’s Eve date, the city’s major airport would be easy for out-of-town guests to travel to during the holiday season. The ballroom of a luxury hotel was enrobed in snowy draping for the ceremony. Capturing the aesthetic of a sanctuary, per Lisa’s wishes, the aisle was embellished with contemporary stands boasting opulent tufted fabric, mirror tops, white petals, votive candles in golden vessels, and elegant crystal candleholders. A fashionable flower girl in a bullion dress with an ivory tulle overlay, faux fur jacket, and gilt ribbon crown followed bridesmaids clad in frosty silver beaded frocks.



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A string quartet played the instrumental version of John Legend’s “All of Me” as the bride approached her handsome groom. A radiant Lisa wore an ethereal fit-and-flare gown with a sparkling beaded tulle overlay and sheer keyhole back by Monique Lhuillier. Gilded puffs of baby’s breath and leaves around the base accented her bouquet of vanilla ranunculus blossoms and peonies. “[Pastor Bishop] officiated a beautiful ceremony for us,” says Lisa. Having given the bride and groom an assignment to write their hopes and dreams for their future and marriage, he then incorporated the heartfelt sentiments into the service.

“We wanted our wedding to be a festive New Year’s Eve party,” explains the bride of the reception. “We used lots of gold and sparkles, matched with white to give it a sophisticated, glitzy feel.” Thus, the ballroom was magnificently transformed. Colorful lighting reflected off a cluster of disco balls suspended over the glossy dance floor cast a confetti-like effect. The couple’s monogram design of a clock face with Roman numerals and hands announcing midnight – introduced in their elegant invitation suite and repeated in menus and the cake stand – was projected on a pillar behind the head table.





Creamy arrangements with painted gilt touches decorated mirror-top tables and others swathed in pearl linens. One of the tall styles was inspired by a burst of fireworks and included calla lilies with bullion-hued stems. A sculptural orb was suspended from its stand, echoing the New Year’s Eve ball drop. Spherical vases and modern candleholders also continued this motif. Table numbers were displayed on mirror discs with glittery golden Roman numerals. “[Our décor and lighting team] did an amazing job setting the tone perfectly for the evening,” extols the bride. “It was so breathtaking.”



“It was so cool to start the New Year with my new wife, while surrounded by all of my closest friends and family.” 204


“It is an indescribable feeling to walk with your husband into a room filled with everyone you love.”

To keep the fun atmosphere alive, the sit-down dinner and speeches were interspersed with dance breaks. The first dance tune started with Boyce Avenue’s cover of “We Found Love,” then transitioned to R ihanna’s original, at which point the bridal party invited everyone to join the newlyweds on the dance floor. “It was an amazing way to kick off the night,” notes Lisa. A generation dance to honor marriage was also part of the merriment. “The DJ played a song and slowly started eliminating couples based on how long they had been married. The last [pair]

dancing had been married for over 60 years!” Lisa marvels. Aspiring for such a future, guests received bombonieres: traditional Greek wedding favors consisting of delicate purses filled with five koufeta – white candied almonds – to represent the wishes of happiness, health, wealth, children, and a long life for the bride and groom. “We also had the Chicago fireworks show as our backdrop, which was amazing,” shares Paul. “It was so cool to start the New Year with my new wife, while surrounded by all of my ROSIBEL GUZMÁN closest friends and family.”



As she peeked out to get a glimpse of the ethereal ceremony setting, Hilary’s excitement grew. “I was blown away by the gorgeous chuppah that [my florist] designed for us,” explains the bride. “We wanted the space to feel romantic and lush, and we accomplished just that with the gorgeous array of flowers.” The area was meticulously crafted including an airy tent with frothy fabric and crystal-cut chandeliers draped delicately from the ceiling, breathtaking hedges and towers of twisted, blooming roses, and an aisle perfectly lined with bunches of bright white roses. Lounge areas – for mingling before the start of the service – included ivory leather couches with throw pillows in a pattern that mimicked the verdant landscape of the luxurious hotel property. A majestic chuppah covered in thousands of vanilla roses, hydrangeas, and orchids created a romantic spot to exchange vows. 206



HI L ARY Z AITZ & M A X M I CHAEL May 16, 2015 Beverly Hills, California


Photographed by Samuel Lippke Studios



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Wearing a classic black tuxedo with a bow tie, complemented by a stephanotis blossom boutonniere, the groom awaited his bride. Bridesmaids clothed in sable gowns in alternating styles held lush cream bouquets. Finally, Hilary smiled at guests and focused on Max as she made her grand entrance on the arms of her parents to the sounds of “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel. The sweetheart-cut bodice of her bridal dress

showcased glistening embroidery and beaded detail that was also handsewn down the length of the skirt, while a diamond bracelet watch and emerald-and-diamond drop earrings – borrowed from her mother – held a sparkle all their own. “I told her which earrings I wanted to wear [on the big day] and she immediately thought of adding her watch, which went perfectly with my look,” confirms Hilary.

“We wanted the ceremony space to feel romantic and lush, and we accomplished just that with the gorgeous array of flowers.�





Though the couple had a First Look and spent time with their bridal party – even coolly walking the town streets for memorable portraits – prior to the ceremony, it was an emotional moment as they met beneath the grand structure with their immediate families. “It was a really amazing feeling finally seeing Max that day. With all the stress of getting ready and the tight timeline, I felt a huge sense of calm once I saw my husband-to-be – like, ‘Phew, now I can relax and enjoy the rest of the day!’” the bride says. After Hilary and Max said their “I dos” and completed the

traditional Jewish wedding customs, the newlyweds led the way to an area for cocktails. A section of the patio had been beautifully decorated with an elaborate white bar bedecked in fresh flowers. Tall tables were enveloped in greenery and florals, and statuesque orchid arrangements stood proudly on each end of the bar surface. Additional tables made of rose gold were also available for guests’ comfort, as well as a lovely component of the design scheme. An unexpected décor element was the collection of dangling calla lilies seen above the escort card table.



The impressive aesthetic continued right through to the reception, where loved ones found their place at either glass-topped rectangular tables with artfully designed chairs or circular tables covered in cream textured linens and surrounded by cushioned seats with rose-gold frames. Each tablescape was exquisitely set with bullion-rimmed stemware and chargers, candles, and assortments of amazing centerpiece displays. Hundreds of individual garden roses in full bloom were suspended from the ceiling. “The ballroom was completely transformed. We wanted the room to feel less formal and more like an intimate celebration,” shares Max. Personalized



menu cards sat atop each plate and described the scrumptious dinner service forthcoming. Following dinner and toasts from the bride and groom’s parents, the attention of attendees was redirected to Hilary and Max as they cut into their wedding cake. Each layer boasted either edible sugar flowers or florid ganache designs. “We alternated the cake flavors, so I could have the vanilla buttercream and Max could enjoy the chocolate caramel,” says Hilary. Later, the bride changed into an elegant fitted dress, ideal for the dancing to ensue the remainder of the evening.



As the night went on, sweets, sliders, French fries, and chicken and waffles made their way around the custom-designed dance floor emblazoned with the newlyweds’ monogram. The merriment was contagious as the blissful couple laughed with family and friends and danced nonstop to ’90s hip-hop. At the conclusion of the festivities, Hilary and Max provided additional treats to loved ones, including Cuban cigars, cordial carts, and a fanciful chocolate garden. NICOLE PALACIOS 214




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TAKE YOUR TABLETOP FROM SEASON TO SEASON Learn how to select dinnerware items that will work well year-round.


egistering for bridal gifts may be among the most important aspects of wedding preparations. Long after the blissful celebrations have ended, the presents you receive from your wish list will help you and your spouse shape a new life together for many happy years to come. When it comes to tableware, the majority of couples register for fine china; then, later, stuff it into a cupboard only to retrieve it for formal occasions and holidays, such as Easter, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, or Christmas. No, no! Fine china is intended to be used, not just admired or stored. With a bit of thought you can easily select products that will beautifully transition your dining table from season to season, mood to mood, and into holidays with ease. You can enjoy an everlasting love for your dinnerware long after the “I dos” have been said, the cake has been cut, and the last dance has ended. Create a Versatile Base When shopping for dinnerware, you will find that you are emotionally drawn to a number of patterns. One may be floral and undeniably feminine, another may be a bit playful, another may be rustic with country



charm, while yet another may be elegant and timeless. Do not limit yourself to just one theme; you truly can have them all. Start by building a versatile base. Selections in white or pieces with a solid monochrome band are classic and you can continually transform their looks by pairing them with other china designs or simply swapping accessories. They can be dressed up or down to fit any meal, whether casual or formal. I recommend registering for open-stock items: individual elements rather than the typical five-piece place setting. This way, you have more artistic freedom. You can choose 12 ivory dinner and salad plates to start your foundation; then, perhaps opt for a fun pattern for your coffee mugs and appetizer plates. Tailoring your tableware in this manner allows you to customize your collection and express yourself at every meal. Craft a Wardrobe for Your Table Once your base is established, it is time to tap into your emotions. Which styles speak to you? Which make you feel happy, comfortable, and at home? These are the ones that you should bring into your life and share with your new husband, your

family, and your friends. Do you love that dramatically feminine f loral pattern? Add six salad plates, cups and saucers, a coffeepot, or a teapot in this design. Now you have created a beautiful dessert set for entertaining. And if you are hosting a Sunday brunch, you can easily layer your flowery salad plates upon your white china for a more formal feel. Do you love a rustic pattern, one full of country charm? Select salad plates or rim soup bowls for your registry in this style. These sets usually make for great autumn collections, as they have a special charisma that evokes a warm, welcoming feeling even as the weather outside starts to become more brisk. With this supplementation, you will be ready for fall-themed parties all season long. The same holds true for vibrant motifs in summertime and pastel patterns in spring. It is always great to collect pieces for the holidays, as there is never a shortage of entertaining opportunities around this time of year. What will your needs be? If you will be hosting formal meals, choose elegant buffet plates to lend an extra layer to your place settings. Match them with salad plates and additional elements such as a gravy boat and a serving platter, and voilà! You have just transformed your white dinnerware into a sophisticated setting. Bowls are another great way to present a variety of designs in your dining room. For cereal, pasta, serving, and dipping – the wide selection allows you to mix in the seasonal décor schemes that you love. Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize! It is not only your china that will transform the look of your table from season to season. Linens, textiles, crystal, and silver will all add new life to it time and again. Choose placemats in an array of colors. Select varying types of glassware. Opt for an assortment of candleholders, from casual to extravagant. These accoutrements will beautifully accessorize your china, giving you creative freedom to set a different tabletop for every occasion. When picking your tableware, the rule is: there are no rules! As long as you put your heart and soul into the process and elect pieces that move you, inspire you, and that will enhance your daily life, you truly cannot go wrong. Remember, you are not simply registering for plates; you are crafting a lifestyle for you and your family’s future. So make sure to only scan items you are ISABELLE VON BOCH passionate about.




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Bridal-industry experts gather in Puerto Rico for the Inner Circle Experience Photos: Kismis Ink

Sadé Awe, The Bridal Circle

With top luxury event professionals in attendance, the 2015 Inner Circle Experience – hosted by Sadé Awe, president and founder of The Bridal Circle – held in Puerto Rico was an occasion to remember. Beginning the week at the picturesque St. Regis Bahia Beach property, attendees were offered a warm welcome, experienced fine local cuisine, and took part in empowering businessrelated lectures lead by successful keynote speakers. Halfway through the conference, the group shifted to another five-star resort: Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve. There, they continued to learn, gain fresh perspectives from peers within the luxury-wedding industry, and discuss ideas over intimate round-table meetings. Each carefully curated segment or meal service featured gorgeous floral masterpieces by Flora by Arquetipo, completely customized stationery items by RedBliss Design, and lavish table linens by Nüage Designs. The concept for each day’s events showcased classic details, included natural elements, and highlighted sophisticated new trends for celebrations. 218



Left to right: Julia McKelvey, The St. Regis Atlanta; Nancy Brenner, The St. Regis Bal Harbour; Madiha Khan, Exquisite Events

Left to right: Pablo Oliveira, Nüage Designs; Emilio Olabarrieta and Julio Cintrón, Flora by Arquetipo





BAG Every bridesmaid needs to be prepared with a clutch full of tools and tricks to get her through the special day.

Prevent the Pain: Nix foot pain by applying blister treatment before putting on your pumps.


Pretty Pout: Protect your lips with a moisturizing balm and avoid reapplying gloss all day.


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Photo Op: Leave a little room in your bag for fun photo booth pics and other favors. 7 9 5


Save Your Shoes: Use heel protectors, so you don’t have to worry about sinking into the grass or ruining your shoes.


Lifesaver: Carry a lubricant to instantly fix a stuck zipper and prevent a major wedding wardrobe malfunction.

1. Palter DeLiso “Manhattan” clutch, $1,095; 310.271.8800 2. “Bridesmaid” koozie, $6.99; available at Number One Beauty Center (310.656.2455) 3. “Nail Polish Corrector/Remover” by Hollywood Fashion Secrets, $5.99; 4. Lip enhancer, $19.99; 5. Truly Lush Mascara + Lash Primer, $22; 6. Travel Lite® Antibacterial Wipes, $19.99/48 wipes; 7. “Superfine” purse-size hair spray by Oribe, $22; 8. “Sun Defense Minerals” SPF 30 handmade organic powder, $58; 9. “Gin & Tonic” cologne spray, $20;



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Inside Weddings Winter 2016  

This issue includes 110 pages of real-wedding inspiration – featuring Tracy Morgan & Megan Wollover – as well as bridal fashion, engagement...

Inside Weddings Winter 2016  

This issue includes 110 pages of real-wedding inspiration – featuring Tracy Morgan & Megan Wollover – as well as bridal fashion, engagement...