Love Inc. V4

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ARGENTINA ITINERARY Visit wine country, bustling Buenos Aires and a natural wonder


NYC | August 25 at Houston Hall A bridal show alternative in the form of a big, fake wedding. K ATEY PENTON PHOTOGRAPHY

LOVEmagazine INC. #BehindTheScenes

Summer 2015 06 | STYLE

Designer gowns form into artistic expressions; textured fashion to ignite the senses; smart and stylish carry-ons

15 | PLAN

Your favorite floral trends get an upgrade; wedding details with same-sex flair; abandon tradition by adding modern twists to pre-wedding parties; inspiration from the vivid colors and nostalgia of Palm Springs; an insider’s scoop on preparing for the perfect elopement

30 | LOOK

Tame and reshape your brows for the big day; makeup tips and tricks for masculineof-center soonlyweds; fragrances to complement your honeymoon locale; grooming expert shares his insight into healthy skin


Six couples infuse their weddings with uniqueness and personality using details such as teddy bears, family crests and Grace Kelly-inspired gowns


Argentina packs culture, romance and adventure into one memorable honeymoon destination




Timeline of the marriage equality movement and the individuals who trailblazed it


Sharon Becker // Hair by Malina Delina Escobar, BetsyElisa Inc. // Modeling by Liz, MSA Models


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editor’s letter

GLUED TO MY TWITTER FEED FOR THE ENTIRE MORNING, AT 10:02 A.M. ON JUNE 26, I REFRESHED IT ONE LAST TIME TO LEARN THAT THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT HAD RULED IN FAVOR OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY. I sat at my desk and tears began streaming down my face. Shaking from an emotional high, I called loved ones to spread the good news. It’s a moment that will forever be ingrained into my memory, and a morning that I will recite to younger generations. We witnessed history that day. Volume 4 Founder & Editor-in-Chief Brittny Drye Art Director Abby Downing Sales Director Joanna Daidone

photo credit: alexis june weddings

Fashion Editor Krista Roser Copy Editor Jill Baughman Editorial Intern Shannen Hofheimer Contributors Meghan Kennedy Mark Johanson

I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to be writing this in my editor’s letter for our V4 issue. When we launched Love Inc., only 14 states had the freedom to marry. The road has been a long one, beginning way back in 1970 when a brave couple decided to fight for the basic human right. To celebrate, we’ve included a special marriage equality section (page 78) that gives a quick history lesson on the obstacles, the victories and the individuals who led the way. And if this summer’s news has you itching to make it official with your longtime love, we have everything you need to know about elopements on page 28. For soonlyweds who are ready to dive into wedding planning, we offer up modern twists to our favorite trends and traditions, from prewedding parties (page 20) to floral design ideas (page 16). And, of course, you want to be the best version of yourself on the big day and that means starting early! We’ll guide you through the perfect skincare routine (page 37), how to get brows that wow (page 31) and experts’ tricks for perfecting a non-binary makeup look (page 33). So break out the Champagne and cheers with us to this new era of equality, and get ready for the celebration of a lifetime.


founder & editor-in-chief



CANVAS COUTURE From feminine watercolors to striking graphics, designers dabbled in a whole palette of colors during Bridal Fashion Week, creating painterly works of art right on the gowns.

Ivy & Aster

Romona Keveza

“Tuileries” by Elizabeth Fillmore

“Melissa” by Theia

Carolina Herrera

TANTALIZING TEXTURE Wispy tulle, tufts of organza, luxe beading and macramé detailing spur the senses. Production by Brittny Drye Production and styling by Krista Roser Photography by Ryan Carville Modeling by Liz and Allison, MSA Models Makeup by Sharon Becker, SB Beauty Hair by Mia Delina Escobar, BetsyElisa Inc.


‘Rosa’ corseted bodice in primrose yellow silk satin with hand-pleated silk tulle draping and full skirt by Samuelle Couture, price upon request; 18K rose gold diamond earrings and ring by Susie Saltzman Fine Jewelry, price upon request

‘Bonita’ v-neck, nettingand-pearl beaded dress by Orabella from The Bridal Fashion Group, $7,250; platinum diamond ring with detailed diamond halo and platinum drop diamond earrings by Susie Saltzman Fine Jewelry, price upon request


‘Blossom’ fitted corset gown with detachable train accented by handmade silk organza blooms by Ines Di Santo, price upon request; ‘Amour’ shoes by Charlotte Olympia, $1,100; platinum cushion cut diamond ring and platinum diamond earrings by Susie Saltzman Fine Jewelry, price upon request


‘Fatima Blush’ lace halter jumpsuit with crepe back underlay and bow sash by Jean-Ralph Thurin, price upon request


‘Flamme’ off-white fit-andflare with macramé flower appliqués by Tony Ward available exclusively at Kleinfeld Bridal, $7,200; ‘Patricia’ shoes by Charlotte Olympia, $850; blue sapphire and diamond baguette ring and blue sapphire and round diamond ring by Susie Saltzman Fine Jewelry, price upon request


‘Aurora’ butterfly embroidered silk organza ball skirt with strapless crop top by Theia, price upon request; ‘Linda’ sandals by Charlotte Olympia, $1,255; 18K yellow gold diamond ring, 18K rose gold diamond earrings, platinum, rose gold and yellow gold stacked wedding bands by Susie Saltzman Fine Jewelry, price upon request




Carry-On Edition GLOBETROTTER-TESTED AND APPROVED. Produced by Krista Roser

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1. T he Pack by Black House Project, $255: Inspired by backpacks used by U.S. troops during the World Wars, this roomy pouch is constructed of heavyweight canvas boasting handcrafted leather straps and brass buckles. 2. Map Print Leather Passport Holder by Patricia Nash Designs, $48: This map print passport holder ensures you look chic while going through customs.


3. 2 2� Carry On by Genius Pack, $238: This bag has all the bells and whistles, from a secluded laundry compartment, integrated mini speaker umbrella pop-out and portable mini-charger. Flight delays have met their match. 4. I nternational Carry-On Spinner by Briggs & Riley, $389: The newest luggage collection from Briggs & Riley is equal parts luxury and durability and comes with the company’s standard lifetime guarantee.



TREND-SETTING substitutes

Trend 1 Photo 1: Carlyn K Photography; Photo 2: Marchesa // Trend 2 Photo 1: Milton Photography; Photo 2: Design by The Kelilabee Flower Company, photography by HMK Photography



Want to stay ahead of the curve? Swap out these floral favorites for unconventional ideas.

You Love: The Floral Crown Try: Baby’s Breath

If it’s good enough for Kimye …

You Love: Aisle Flanked with Florals

Less boho, more romance.


Try: Flower Wall Altar

You Love: Cascading Bouquet


Try: Floral Vine Belt

You Love: Table Centerpieces

Try: Suspended Centerpieces

4 It saves space on the table!

You Love: Floral Cake Embellishments Try: Flowerfetti

Be sure to use edible flower petals!


Trend 3 Photo 1: Bliss Events and Ampersand Studios; Photo 2: Reem Acra // Trend 4 Photo 1 Design by Cashmere Floral Design, photography by Samantha McFarlen; Photo 2: Courtesy of The Big Fake Wedding, design by Herberger Event Co., photography by Martina Micko // Trend 5 Photo 1: Photography by Justine Johnson; Photo 2: Bee’s Bakery, photography by Emily Moya Addis


a raw space a blank slate workshops elopements private parties intimate dinners popup shops


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CURRENTLY COVETING In this hetero-centric wedding world, it’s always a treat to see companies catering to LGBT couples. We rounded up our favorite picks and—bonus!—all have opposite-sex versions as well.

Callig Signs fr raphy Chair om BH LD N , $ 58

He’s His Lobster cake topper by Miss Sarah Cake, $26.90

His and His High Ball Set from Kate Spade, $50

Hand-stamped silverware by Block & Hammer, $29.99

Mrs . an d Cleme Mrs. Ring B ntine W o edding x by s, $12

“Chance Meeting” Invitations by Invitations by Dawn, $1.33 each when you purchase 120




Tradition Says: Tea parties and luncheons

Tradition Says: Close female friends and family of the bride


Modern Twist: “I always advise

those planning showers to think about their friend’s interests and style,” says Caitlin Kenney, founder of the online resource Ultimate Bridesmaid. “What moves them? What inspires them? What would they rather do more than anything in the world? That’s your theme. Your creativity is the only restriction. Whether it’s microbrewing, geology, Doctor Who, traveling, Italian food, cats—all of these would make fun and, most importantly, personal shower themes.”

Modern Twist: Whether you have

Ideas We Love: Wine tasting,

Ideas We Love: Co-ed showers

By Brittny Drye

The traditional “bridal shower” is, by definition, stereotypically femme, involving visions of tea sandwiches, heteronormative games and bubbly. While there is certainly no right or wrong way to host these pre-wedding fêtes, it’s important for friends and family who are in planning mode to ensure it reflects the VIP.


belly-dancing classes and barbecues

one, two or zero brides, the traditional guest list has gone out the window. Feel free to double up with your partner (and their friends) for the celebration or turn it into a weekend getaway. “I’m seeing showers and bachelor/ette parties morphing into one event that takes place over a long weekend,” says Kenney. “The formalized aspects of wedding showers are falling away and what’s left is friendship and the celebration of a life event, which can both be universally embraced.”

featuring male and female guests and soonlywed showers that celebrate both individuals at the same time

Tradition Says: Bridal Shower

dated gender roles with gifts for the bedroom or kitchen, such as cookware and lingerie

Bingo, Toilet Paper Wedding Dress and Purse Scavenger Hunt

Old-School Rules to Still Follow

Modern Twist: The modern day

Modern Twist: Despite their

Send thank-you notes to all shower guests, and don’t forget those who couldn’t attend but still sent a gift.

THE GIFTS Tradition Says: Emphasizing out-

registry is packed with more personalized items such as experience gifts (think sports tickets for two), hobby items and artisanal foods, so make sure your gift reflects their desires.

Ideas We Love: Spa certificates,

Etsy finds and monthly subscription boxes


prevalence, shower games are not mandatory and an overly regimented, themed schedule is not fun for anyone—instead, break out the go-to party games. “My advice is to forget that you’re throwing a wedding shower for a minute and think what games would you want to play at a house party,” says Kenney.

Ideas We Love: Outdoor games

such as cornhole, field-day inspired races and game night favorites like Catch Phrase

Don’t invite anyone to the shower who will not be invited to the wedding (the sole exception is office showers). Don’t expect anyone to throw you a shower—it is a bonus, not an obligation. And under no circumstance should you throw a shower for yourself. Showers should be scheduled from a couple of months to a couple of weeks before the wedding. It’s completely okay to have multiple showers—just make sure the hosts coordinate with each other.


Share many of the same friends? Have a joint shower! Photos by Laura Dee Photography as seen on Ultimate Bridesmaid

Take a cue from our editor’s bachelorette party! Think of out-of-the-box ideas, like a picnic on the beach, complete with movie screening! Photos by Christina Zen Photography; Rentals by Octavia & Brown; Screening by Movies in the Moonlight; Production and coordination by Krista Roser; Coordination by Roey Mizrahi Events





MODERN LOVE Palm Springs is a destination where nostalgia flirts with nouveau, making it a well of inspiration. Produced by Color Pop Events and Sachi Rose Floral Design | Photography by Mikkel Paige

For a new twist on old boutonnieres, we used dwarf pineapples (yes, actual real tiny pineapples). Tip: Like a flower, dwarf pineapples grow on a stem-cut them to use as exotic drink stirrers! Mai Tai, anyone?


“Keep the design clean and strong. Details are great, but too much ‘stuff’ can make the overall look a bit distracting and cluttered,” notes Leah Weinberg of Color Pop Events.

“We wanted to capture the essence of Palm Springs without being too literal and going down the kitschy and super-feminine route.” — Leah Weinberg, Color Pop Events

dusty gray



Add touches of blue with loud pops of coral and bright orange.

You can't have a Palm Springs-inspired wedding without palms! The Bismarckia palms are the perfect budget-friendly ingredient that look great by themselves and won’t wilt. Place them horizontally as a runner or vertically in a vase to add drama and height to a table.

TALENT ROLL-CALL Desserts: Swallow My Words

Design & Coordination: Color Pop Events

Venue: Sky Gallery

Backdrop: Gina Paola Design

Florals, Design & Styling: Sachi Rise Floral Design

Stationery: Madranas

Cocktails: Rentals: Yellow House Collective Purslane Catering

Photography: Mikkel Paige Photography

Cake: Lael Cakes

Linens: Nuage Designs

Videography: NST Pictures




meets poolside.

No white roses here! We paired luxury blooms, such as peonies and ranunculus, with flowers that were commonly used in midcentury weddings, but today are often thought of as "oldfashioned" or "low-end." It's all about context. By upcycling old-school cream carnations and tropical waxy anthurium in an arrangement with more soughtafter blooms like peonies, sweet pea and ranunculus, we were able to create a whole new look, perfect for a contemporary Palm Springs-style wedding. — Sachi Selvagn, Sachi Rose Design

One of the essential ingredients was the king protea, which added a modern, geometric edge. Because they are large only one or two are needed to fill up an arrangement.Â












Things to Know Before Eloping


By Brittny Drye

With the recent ruling in favor of marriage equality in the United States (hooray!), you and your longtime love might be itching to make it official. We spoke with Bernadette Smith, founder of 14 Stories, an event planning company that, along with their full-service option, helps 3040 couples a year plan their elopements, and she gave us the scoop on these simpler affairs.


CONSIDER THE VENUE: For those who are searching for

a space outside of City Hall, Smith recommends avoiding the popular hotel conference room and going straight to the suite. “Small hotel conference rooms seem perfect for an intimate wedding, but these spaces are usually used for corporate meetings and need a lot of decor to make it feel special,” she explains. “A hotel suite might be worth the splurge, especially if you can spend your wedding night in an extraordinary space.” Another locale favorite? Parks! But Smith warns to watch out for bad weather. “Make sure you have a solid back-up plan.”

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VENDORS TO BOOK: At the very least you need a wedding officiant, but Smith also recommends hiring a celebrant who can create a personal, custom wedding ceremony and a photographer. LEGAL DETAILS: Make sure you have an officiant who can

guide you in not only getting your marriage license but also your marriage certificate to prove that you’re actually married. “In some states, this is not automatically sent to the couple after the ceremony,” notes Smith. “Also, make sure you are clear on the marriage laws of that state since some require a 1-3 day waiting period, blood tests and witnesses.”


WAYS TO MAKE IT SPECIAL: An elopement doesn’t mean

(TOP) Angie and Josh said “I do” in New York City’s bustling Grand Central Station and later explored the city with a small group of friends, wedding attire and all! Photography by Seth & Beth Photography

INCLUDE LOVED ONES: Many couples choose to host a

(BOTTOM) Kate and Ellen picked a secluded spot in the woods to share their vows, along with their daughter. Kate created the leafy bouquets and they celebrated afterwards with a handmade cardamom-and-vanilla cake. Photography by Cassandra Zetta

you have to sacrifice on style! Make sure it’s representative of you with personalized vows, a unique ceremony site and outfits you feel amazing in. Head to a favorite date spot afterwards to toast your marriage or splurge on wedding details like cake and flowers.



reception post-wedding to celebrate with family and friends. Show off your photos or video from the legal ceremony to let guests feel like they’re a part of your special day. “They could even invite their families to their elopement so they feel included in both events,” says Smith. “Elopements don't necessarily mean just the couple. We often see 10-20 close friends and family in attendance.”

(LEFT) Audrianna and Samantha’s destination Maui elopement with four witnesses ended with sun-kissed photos on the beach followed by a delicious meal at one of the island’s top restaurants. Photography by KB Digital Designs







Victim of the early ‘aughts’ over-plucke d brows? We aske d top groomers for tips on growing out your botche d brow line to help you have lush, face-flattering arches, just in time for the we dding day. If you aspire to have Cara Delevingne boldness, then get ready to embark on a journey. Depending on your current brow status, it can take up to six months to develop a full, natural look. “Put your tweezers down!” exclaims Malynda Vigliotti, founder of the Boom Boom Brow Bar in New York City. Hair grows in three phases—anagen (the growth phase), catagen (the resting phase) and telogen (the shedding phase). “You want all of your hair to get on the same growth cycle, which makes it much more manageable,” she continues. But the wait is well worth it. “Bold eyebrows are youthful and fresh-looking—who doesn’t want that?” notes Sharon Becker, owner of SB Beauty. “The modern face is a cleaner look, underdone by previous standards, so the bold brow is a chic nod to the natural look.”



Your brows are going to naturally be a little disheveled once you ditch the tweezers, but remember it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Keep strays at bay by having these tools on-hand:

Facial hair scissors: “Invest in little scissors to help you trim the tops and ends,” says Becker. “Using a spoolie brush or clean mascara wand, brush your brows upward and slightly trim the super long hairs.” Brow Wax: For hairs that just won’t stay down, brush over them with a brow wax (hairspray also works!). Brow Pencil: During the growth process, use a brow pencil to

fill in the inconsistencies. “Use small, feathery strokes to fill in the bottom of your brow from the inside to the arch,” explains Becker. “Work along the arch and toward the outer eye, and then blend with a spoolie.”

Brow Powder: While pencils will offer more correction on shape, brow powders can subtly add volume and fill in sparse spaces. “Smashbox has a nifty little kit that offers you two shades of color that you can then set with the gel,” hints Becker. “Add a brush and you’re set.” Tinte d Gel: “If you already have a decent brow, lack skill in application or are just lazy and want a brush-on shortcut, consider a tinted brow gel—it’s also good for layering over brown pencil in a sweaty, summer climate,” says Becker. Vigliotti agrees, “It helps create the illusion of fullness and make them look filled in without them being so.” Growth Serum: This clear gel will expedite growth, but only in

areas that had hair before. Vigliotti suggests putting it on morning and night for best results. “I always recommend to my clients to put it right by your toothpaste so you remember to use it.”


NON-BINARY BEAUTY Makeup tips and tricks for masculine-of-center soonlyweds. By Brittny Drye

Contour with Confidence “If you are more masculine-centered, then you want to contour your face and create a more chiseled, square shape rather than a soft, oval shape that tends to look more feminine,” explains Vanessa Ungaro of New York City-based luxury hair and makeup team Lauren+Vanessa.

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Use cream-based products to create a chiseled effect. “It will look and feel more natural,” she adds. Pick a cream that is 2-3 shades darker than your skin tone. Apply near temples, under cheekbones, around your nose and under your jawline. Highlight with a cream 2-3 shades lighter than your natural skin tone on your forehead, top of your jawline, in the middle of your chin and the forefront of your face. Highlight the bridge of your nose, forefront of your face and underneath your cheekbone and chin. Blend, blend, blend! Apply foundation that matches your skin tone all over.

RECOMMENDED PRODUCT Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette, $50




obbi Brown B Foundation Stick, $44


oh Gen Do K Maifanshi Moisture Foundation, $62


’Oreal True L Match Foundation, $10.95


Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, $43


Lorac POREfection Foundation, $36

Still can’t stand the thought of foundation? Try a tinted moisturizer instead!


Buh-Bye Cupid’s Bow! “Society tends to view a masculine lip shape to have a less emphasized Cupid’s bow and a larger bottom lip,” says Ungaro. “To get the look, condition lips with a no-shine lip balm. Then using a lip liner that is closest to your lips’ natural color, line your bottom lip to accentuate it. Blend it in well with your finger.” RECOMMENDED PRODUCT Kiehl’s No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm, $9

Eye Inspiration from Genderqueer Celebs Rachel Maddow: The MSNBC host has her makeup artist apply eyeliner to the bottom half to contour the eye ever so slightly so that it doesn’t look sunken in on camera.

Ellen DeGeneres: Our favorite funny girl is known for rocking a subtle smokey eye. Recreate her look by applying brown eyeliner, smudging it and then topping with a neutral shadow. Use brown eyeliner and mascara instead of black to give a more natural look.

RECOMMENDED PRODUCT Maybelline’s Eyestudio Brow Drama, $9

Ruby Rose: Donning some of the best brows in Hollywood, you’d be surprised to learn that the “Orange Is the New Black” star swears by a simple drugstore product: Maybelline’s Eyestudio Brow Drama.



EAU DE DESTINATION Travel-inspired fragrances to pair with your honeymoon. By Meghan Kennedy




(Woodsy) Miss Dior: Miss Dior might seem like an outlier in Iceland, where nature rules and couture houses are few, but the masterminds at Dior had the quintessential intense, can-do-anything woman in their minds when creating this scent. Ralph Lauren Polo Black: Strong yet earthy, this is for those who want an intense fragrance to back their adventurous spirit.


(Floral) Chance by Chanel: If you’re headed to Paris, you need a little something of its leading lady, Coco Chanel, by your side. Chance is the perfect light fragrance, a spring day in a bottle. Le Labo Rose 31: The Internet sensation took the fragrance world by storm as the floral scent for men. It’s sweet without being overly feminine. If you’re looking to take a chance on your next fragrance, Rose 31 should be it.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA Bobbi Brown Beach: With beach in the title, it’s no surprise that Bobbi Brown’s newest scent would be the perfect accompaniment for your trip to the islands. Simple yet chic, the scent doesn’t overpower and is perfect for spending your days soaking up the sun. Tom Ford Costa Azzurra: Tom Ford, on the other hand, is opulent and, dare we say, a bit extravagant, but on your honeymoon, there are no limits for that! Costa Azzurra, in its bright blue bottle, evokes casual glamour on the coast.


(Citrusy) Hello by Harvey Prince: Hello is a light, citrusy fragrance that lasts all day—it’s sure to become your signature scent posthoneymoon. Acqua di Parma Colonia: This clean, crisp scent is tradition in every sense of the word. Bergamot, orange and lemon marry beautifully in this zen-like fragrance.


(Spice) Thierry Mugler Alien: The genius behind the infamous “Angel” brought us Alien, a lesser-known, spicier scent that fits the cobblestone streets and fashion collective of Italy’s forward-thinking city. Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb: A sophisticated scent for a sophisticated man. Viktor & Rolf created spice bomb with only the suavest gentleman in mind, perfect for the sensuous Italian romance.

The Ultimate Skincare Guide for Men Skincare expert Randy Reed shares his insight, advice and favorite products. By Shannen Hofheimer

RIGHT FOODS, RIGHT HABITS • Drink 6-8 cups of water a day to keep skin hydrated. • S ubstitute green tea for coffee: “It’s good for your skin, works as a fat burner and gives you a little boost.” • Intake less sugar—everything in moderation! • U se cooler water when washing your face to increase hydration: “If you use warm water on your face, it will dry out much more quickly. Cooler water will keep your face and skin more hydrated.” • E at foods that are rich in antioxidants, such as salmon, berries, flax, salads and walnuts. These foods prevent inflammation that often lead to breakouts and soothe the skin.

SHARPLY SHAVEN: 7 Steps to Perfecting Your Shave Routine

1. Start by washing your face with a gentle cleanser. 2. Begin the process with hot water to loosen up the beard hairs (a hot towel will work, as well). 3. Use a shaving brush to push the shave cream/gel into your beard hairs—don’t solely rely on your fingers. 4. For a smooth, close shave with less irritation, use a straight razor with a carbon steel blade. 5. Go with the grain—shave in the direction your hairs are growing. Going against can cause razor burn and ingrown hairs. 6. To rinse, splash with cold water to close pores and reduce skin’s vulnerability. 7. After shaving, dab on a eucalyptus-based product, which Reed says is great for the “cooling sensation.”

• P assion flower, chamomile, lemon balm and hibiscus are natural sleep aids that can increase rest, leading to healthier-looking skin during those stressful wedding-planning days.

TIP: Don’t shave before getting on a plane: “Af-

ter shaving, your skin is exposed and vulnerable. There are so many germs and bacteria on planes, so exposing your skin to that creates the possibility for infections and other problems.”


PUCKER UP • U se a humidifier at night to shield lips from the roughness of dry air.


• D rink water (about 64 ounces a day) to keep body and lips hydrated. • E xfoliate your lips at night after brushing your teeth by using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Massage in small circular motions for 60 seconds. • U se a natural, SPF lip balm to shield your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. • A pply moisturizing ointment to lips before bed (you can also use olive oil, baby oil or Vaseline). • A void the instinctive reaction to lick lips, as this can increase dryness.

ounces a day

• R efrain from using balms with mineral oil or liquid paraffin, as these can cause spots around the mouth.

THE FAQS OF EXFOLIATION Who: For those who want smooth, Where: The best time to exfo-

brighter and rejuvenated skin.


Exfoliation is a deep cleansing process that gets rid of dead skin cells. You will need a face scrub that has some grit to it (granulated pumice, sea salts or fruit seeds are good options). Acids found in exfoliators help break down the bonds between dead cells and your face.

liate is in the shower. Remember, dead skin cells aren’t just found on your face, so this is the perfect opportunity to scrub your neck and other hard-to-reach areas.

When: Two to three times a week.

Why: Exfoliation unclogs pores of dead skin cells, keeping skin clean. It also helps to expose beard hair follicles, preventing ingrown hairs, making this the perfect pre-shave prep.

How: Rub a small amount of the

exfoliator into your hands, then rub on face in circular motions. After, apply an SPF moisturizer.



Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm: “Guys like peppermint. I love that fresh tingling feeling and it keeps my lips moisturized.” Available at drugstores nationwide, $3.30 Kiehl’s Ultimate Shave Cream: “This is one of my favorite, go-to products. Leave on for about 20 seconds and then shave. The shave is smooth and sharp while the menthol is cooling and prevents irritation.” Available at Kiehl’s, $9 for 2.5 fl. oz. Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar: “This is such an investment. It gives you that glow and the results are phenomenal.” Available at, $45

Clean & Clear Persa-Gel 10: “This stuff I live by. You put it on before bed and blemishes are gone when you wake up.” Available on, $25.99 Kiehl’s Eye Alert: “Eye cream is good for

prevention. Every guy should have it in his kit.” Available at Kiehl’s, $22.50

Lucky Tiger Menthol Mint Vanishing Cream: “I’ll use it after a shave, throw

on a warm towel and wipe clean after a minute or two. My skin feels cool with no irritation.” Available at shop.bluecobrands. com, $9

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleaner: “I use this post-workout. It’s really gentle, light on my face and doesn’t strip my skin of the essential oils it needs.” Available at drugstores nationwide, $10.79













CONNECTICUT CHARM Dan and Glen exchange vows in a rustic ceremony and reception, fully infused with their playful personalities. By Brittny Drye Photography by Laura Dee Photography


ABOVE Dan and Glen exchanged their lakeside vows in front of 120 guests.


If it wasn’t for you we wouldn’t have met,” beam the grooms, whose natural charisma is telling of the love that was felt on their wedding day between family, friends and the newlyweds themselves. “A Halloween party was set for October 29th and neither of us was going to go to it,” explains Dan. “But because of the nor’easter, the party was rescheduled for the following week. We both ended up there, had instant chemistry and the rest is history.”

THE INSPIRATION However, it was the

history of The Pavilion on Crystal Lake in Middletown, Conn., that lit the fire for Dan


and Glen’s wedding vision. The waterfront property, surrounded by towering pines, hosts an old, rustic barn that was used to dry tobacco leaves in its former life. “The places we’d been looking at were geared toward a bride, and since we didn’t have a bride we wanted something more our style,” say the grooms. “We both smoke cigars so it seemed like a good sign.” The self-identified bears (an endearing term for burly gay men within the LGBT community) incorporated themselves into the theme along with their love of cigars. Plush teddy bears sat atop vintage cigar boxes, welcoming guests to their seats, and bear graphics were used throughout the event stationery.

LEFT TO RIGHT The beautiful waterfront property is only five miles from where they had met three years prior. // They gifted their groomsmen with rainbow-toned Ray-Bans.

THE CEREMONY The two grooms, dressed

in black Ralph Lauren tuxes, exchanged vows at the romantic pavilion setting flanked with yellow and white flower balls. Logan Byrnes, a local TV host who had done a news story on same-sex weddings, conducted the ceremony that was infused with fun and sweet tidbits about the couple. “It was great hearing our guests laugh—in the right places!—as well as enjoy hearing more of our story,” exclaims Dan. “Seeing the smile on Glen’s face and looking into his eyes as we were married was a special moment and I loved having all of our friends and family there celebrating with us. Seeing the smiles, hearing the laughter and feeling the love on our wedding day was amazing.”


THE PARTY They gifted their

groomsmen with rainbow-colored Ray-Bans, resulting in epic pride shots as the wedding party was introduced at the reception to “It’s Raining Men.” “Since they are all straight, we thought it was funny,” laughs Glen. Hilarity ensued throughout the night thanks to their hand-selected playlist, an RSVP Hall of Fame that showcased the Best Of from guests’ RSVP responses (funny sayings encouraged, of course) and honey “bears” as wedding favors. The day was a true reflection of the couple, but not without effort. “Leaving nothing to chance, we really worked hard to plan out every detail of our wedding because we wanted the day to run as smoothly as possible, which it did,” explains Dan. “From detailing exactly what music we wanted played to providing pictures of every centerpiece, we worked with our vendors to make sure they knew what we wanted.” “And how much we complemented each other as we planned the wedding,” adds Glen. “He took some of my ideas and added to them to make them better and I to his. Then seeing it all come together as we planned and go off without a hitch. But the most important part was sharing in the best day of my life with friends and family, and getting married to my best friend.”


GUND teddy bears were placed at each table as a nod to the gay culture. // Guests’ witty RSVP cards were displayed.

WEDDING VENDORS: Photography: Laura Dee Photography Venue: The Pavilion on Crystal Lake Floral Design: Green Dahlia Cake Designer: NoRA Cupcake Company Tuxes: Ralph Lauren Officiant: Logan Byrnes

CLOCKWISE The DIY wine cork place cards guided guests to their cigar-themed table. // Their first dance to John Legend’s “All of Me” was one of the grooms’ most cherished moments. // The grooms looked handsome in black Ralph Lauren tuxedos.


A FUSION FOR FOREVER Dayna’s minimalist modern style and Allie’s affinity for the bohemian blended together to create a singular aesthetic that perfectly captured the essence of the two brides. By Brittny Drye Photography by Mikkel Paige

THE RAW, industrial space of 501

Union in Brooklyn created a blank canvas for Dayna and Allie to bring their personal styles into the scene. Their modern yet playful invitation suite, created by a graphic designer friend, set the scene for their traditional Jewish wedding filled with sentimental details followed by an epic dance party reception.

THE INSPIRATION Their wedding day

aesthetic mirrored their own styles in a fallcentric palette of eggplant, navy and gray with blush accents. Unexpected textural and green florals such as scabiosa, eucalyptus and ivy mingled effortlessly with traditional garden roses and ranunculus.

THE FASHION As with the design, the

two brides executed their own personal fashion that comfortably complemented the other. Allie selected a romantic Henry Roth dress boasting a sweetheart neckline and beaded embellishment around the waist. Meanwhile, Dayna glowed in a one-shoulder Jenny Yoo high-low hemline gown, anchored by a gold metal belt. They each carried softpetaled bouquets that were individually crafted for each woman—Allie’s saturated with warmer colors, wild and wispy around the edges; Dayna’s, more structured and monochromatic.

THE CEREMONY Two hundred guests

from several walks of their lives—college buddies, hometown friends and alumni from Camp Wayne in Pennsylvania where the two first met as kids—sat to witness Allie’s childhood rabbi marry them. “He knows my

family very well. In planning the wedding, he got to know Dayna very well too and that meant a lot to me,” says Allie. The brides decided to walk down the aisle to “Life Is Better With You” by Michael Franti, played by Allie’s musician brother, Mike. “That particular song was playing when we got engaged,” says Dayna. “We asked Mike to arrange an instrumental version of the song for us—we thought this would add a personal touch.” “Mike surprised us and did something totally unexpected. Using our chosen song as inspiration, he composed two original pieces of music,” exclaims Allie. “The tracks complemented each other perfectly and were intended to be played as a set—two unique variations on one cohesive theme. He explained that he wanted us to each feel special walking down the aisle, and they were composed in such a way that each track perfectly balanced out the other. Hearing that music during our wedding ceremony was so powerful to me—it felt very symbolic. Those songs were the most incredible gift.” Their four-post chuppah was built using dark bronze pipes nestled in tin pails. Soft chiffon fabric was draped to create the canopy and wrapped in dark green vines and jewel-toned blooms. “It was a beautiful mix of our styles,” note the brides. They exchanged rings lent to them by Dayna’s grandmother. “They belong to her and Dayna’s grandfather. Both of us were very close to him and he passed away a few


ABOVE The invitation suite boasted modern typography and bold colors.

years ago. We used their wedding bands in honor of them both and in celebration of their love,” adds Allie. The brides then recessed, hand-in-hand, to a favorite Dave Mathews Band song.

THE PARTY In an effort to keep guests on

the dance floor (spoiler alert: it worked!), the couple opted for a cocktail-style reception. “All of our decisions—food, seating, floorplan, song choice, bar placement— were centered around our desire to create a true party vibe,” says Dayna. Passed hors d’oeuvres and food stations created by Real Food Catering featured a mix of comfort



CLOCKWISE Allie’s childhood rabbi married the couple. // The bridesmaids wore purple and gray dresses from Ann Taylor. // For a unique spin, slap bracelets were used for the corsages.

foods, such as pigs-in-a-blanket and mini sliders, with more elaborate dishes like orecchiette with sausage, grilled filet with balsamic glaze and couscous with wheat berries, dried cranberries and fresh herbs. DJ Jon Blak from Scratch Weddings made the brides’ nonstop party dream come true with upbeat, relevant and energetic tracks. Guests only left the dance floor to enjoy the temporary tattoo booth, upon which they quickly returned, inked with skateboarding rainbows, typographic “love” and hearts.

cream served in martini glasses were passed, along with grilled cheese and soft pretzels served at midnight. Apothecary jars filled with 100 pounds of wedding-colored candy encouraged guests to fill custom cellophane bags as favors.

“In the very beginning, I described Allie to my friends: ‘She was always a sweetheart, didn’t have a mean bone in her body, a downto-earth girl with quite the personality … and quite the curly hair!’” exclaims Dayna. “To this day, I say the same thing about Allie. Except that same sweetheart is now my Continuing to fuel their guests, desserts of ice sweetheart. My happily ever after.” cream sandwiches, brownies and berries and


Catering: Real Food Catering

Photography: Mikkel Paige Photography

Wedding Dresses: Henry Roth & Jenny Yoo

Floral Design: Foxglove Floral Design Studio

DJ: Scratch Weddings

Venue: 501 Union

Beauty: Karma Beauty Studio & Loriana Santarpia

Stationery: Jamie Tao Cake Design: Nine Cakes


(Allie); Melissa D’Aloia & Co. (Dayna)

Bridesmaid Dresses: Ann Taylor

LEFT TO RIGHT Lush ivy highlighted the exposed brick walls. // Guests chose from a variety of designs from the Tattly temporary tattoo station. // Dayna wore a modern Jenny Yoo dress while Allie donned a romantic Henry Roth gown.


Celebrating their wedding day at one of the most beautiful train stations in the country, Andre and Jordan relish in the romantic ride of a lifetime. By Shannen Hofheimer Photography by Janelle Rodriguez Photography

FOR JORDAN, a subtle yet significant

squeeze of the hand from Andre was all it took for their journey to be set in motion. At a fundraiser after-party, Andre and Jordan teamed up to play a game of darts. Despite their landslide of a loss at the game, they had actually gained something much more rewarding. Andre’s gesture spoke for itself, resulting in a first date two weeks later. With root beer and coffee in hand, they spent a magical evening together watching the Olympics, realizing that this was the beginning of a very different and special kind of victory. Holding their ceremony and dessert reception at Union Train Station in Utica, N.Y., the couple knew this would be the ideal place to begin the rest of their forever together. “The local train station is filled with historic character and charm. Everything about it matched what we wanted our day to be,” says Jordan.

THE INSPIRATION Exchanging vows

under the high-arched, chandeliered ceilings and dancing amidst robust marble pillars, Andre and Jordan knew that Utica’s local train station had proven to be everything they had hoped for. “We love the Art Deco time period and everything it encompasses. We wanted the day to be glamorous but comfortable, like a big Gatsby party: respectable and wildly fun.” Glimmers of gold and classic black could be found in every detail of the day, from the tall candelabras, vintage cameras boasting their wedding hashtag, an antique

typewriter and golden flecks in the floral design. Andre and Jordan happily collaborated together to infuse their celebration with their own tastes and creative flair. “We brought antiques we already owned and supplemented with a ton of black and gold décor we bought on clearance right after Christmas.” The artsy couple designed a family crest that graced their stationery, created their own rehearsal dinner menu complete with a history of the venue and made placemats which included a custom word search and a seating chart. Jordan and one of her bridesmaids designed all of the boutonnieres and bouquets the morning of the wedding, efficiently working together as a team to get them all completed in less than two hours. “We purchased the flowers through a local supermarket and had every flower present in our wedding that we had ever dreamed of: an all-white palette of hydrangeas, lots of baby’s breath, full roses and gerber daisies with black centers. We had so much fun doing them together!”

THE FASHION On her birthday, Jordan

received the ultimate present ... the purchase of a timeless, classic Badgley Mischka lace dress that would transform her into a beautiful, blushing bride on her wedding day. Andre looked dashing in his black-on-black suited ensemble from Ralph Lauren, while the groomsmen sported classic black suits and ties over white shirts. The bridesmaids were at liberty to


select their own dresses while still incorporating the black and gold color scheme.

THE CEREMONY The infusion

of Andre and Jordan’s values and personalities into their wedding did not stop at the decor. The couple threw conventionality to the wind by having Jordan’s grandmother as her flower girl and Andre’s grandfather as his ring bearer. In their vows they wrote to one another, Jordan reminisced about the night that Andre first squeezed her hand, leaving a mark on her heart that has continued to grow since that day. “After today, you will completely own my heart. You will consume it, and I will have your heart in my heart.” Andre went on to explain to Jordan how they would incorporate his two favorite words into their lives each day, repeating the mantra: “My two favorite words are ‘together’ and ‘forever,’ and this is what we will be.”

THE PARTY The couple shared

their first dance to a custom love song entitled “Slow Dance,” written for them as a wedding gift from a dear friend. Jordan swayed with her father to “Rain King” by Counting Crows, a band whose lyrics Jordan learned before she could talk.


ABOVE Jordan carried a monochromatic bouquet of gerber daisies, hydrangeas and roses.

For anyone who has not just one sweet tooth, but multiple, Andre and Jordan’s all-dessert wedding is a sugar-lover’s dream come true. “Our moms are both incredible bakers, so they made most of the desserts! Because of the venue layout, a sit-down dinner would have placed our guests in two different rooms. Being able to spend time with each guest was really important to us, and we also wanted everyone to have a great time dancing the whole night!” Although the reception was adorned with delightful baked goods, a traditional cake-cutting ceremony was not in the cards for this eccentric, artistic couple. “Jordan’s parents share a glass of milk at dinner each night. They told us we had to wait until we were married to share a glass of milk, so instead of the cutting of the cake, we had a toast with one glass and two straws, sharing our first glass of milk and symbolizing our union.”

TOP TO BOTTOM For Andre and Jordan, all it took was a subtle, yet significant, squeeze of the hand for their journey to love to be set in motion. // Jordan purchased the timeless Badgley Mischka gown on her birthday.

Even though the bride’s and groom’s mothers probably put everyone else’s kitchen skills to shame, the couple’s guests signed a cookbook in which they shared their “ingredients for a healthy marriage” and their “recipes for a great date night.” In exchange, guests got to take home a “taste


of family flavor.� Jordan designed cards containing recipes from both moms, and until guests could take their own crack at concocting a delectable dish, they were able to take home desserts to hold them over. A cookie jar decorated with the family crest served as a card box for the newlyweds, which now acts as a coin jar for their honeymoon savings. Next summer in Brazil, the couple will volunteer at the 2016 Olympics, paying homage to their very first date and relaxing as they celebrate winning the only thing better than an Olympic gold medal: each other.

WEDDING VENDORS: Photography: Janelle Rodriguez


Venue: Union Station Wedding Dress: Badgley Mischka Wedding Suit: Ralph Lauren Band: Last Left Beauty: The RĂźt Groomsmen suits: J.Crew

TOP TO BOTTOM Glimmers of gold could be found in every detail of the day, right down to flecks in the flowers. // The cookie jar was decorated with the family crest and served as a card box for the newlyweds.

TOP TO BOTTOM Andre sports a debonair black-on-black ensemble, accompanied by his groomsmen, who look dashing in classic black and white. // Vows were exchanged amidst the high ceilings and marble pillars of Utica’s Union Train Station, which is filled with historic character and charm.


TUSCAN HOLIDAY Love is in the air—and rolling through the hills—in this quaint Italian countryside wedding. By Meghan Kennedy Photography by Lelia Scarfiotti

LEFT TO RIGHT The couple fell in love with the Italian countryside while studying abroad. // The bride designed her own gown, inspired by Grace Kelly, and worked with an Italian designer to bring her vision to life.

DAZZLING BLUE waters offsetting the

jagged cliffs of Capri, brightly lit sunflower fields in Siena and the ruins of ancient Rome—is there any place in the world more romantic than Italy? Sweethearts Justin and Megan certainly don’t seem to think so as the two share a love of Italian culture, art and, most importantly, each other. On a study abroad program in college, they visited Florence with their alma mater and immediately fell in love with the enchantment of the countryside. The only thing that could possibly be sweeter than vacationing in Italy is marrying your beloved there. And so, their love story follows in true

storybook fashion: amidst rolling hills and sapphire skies, Justin and Megan said “I do” in the Tuscan countryside.

THE INSPIRATION Being an introverted

couple with an outgoing family, Megan and Justin knew they would have to find a way to combine the two sides in order to dream up the perfect fête. The trip of a lifetime for the extroverts became a charmingly intimate getaway for the soonlyweds and a destination wedding was settled. “Italy was a complicated choice because it is so far away, but the more we thought about it, the more the complications seemed worthwhile,” explains Megan. And when you’re following


ABOVE A special mother-daughter moment is shared before Megan sees her groom.

a love of art, you’ll find yourself deep in the heart of the Italian Renaissance. Fittingly, their planning led them to Siena where they exchanged traditional vows in a breathtakingly rustic church constructed from simple stone and boasting high-beamed ceilings.

THE FASHION The bride, a longtime

admirer of Grace Kelly, channeled the iconic princess in her day-of accoutrements. Vintage glamour radiated in waves as she stepped out in a ball gown not unlike the frock worn by the starlet the day she became Princess of Monaco. With a classic bateau neckline and empire waist, the dress could have been ripped from the pages of a 1950s high-society wedding. “I am a life-long Grace Kelly admirer and used her gentle and elegant example as an inspiration for the


details,” the stylish bride adds. Donning a simple yet sophisticated chignon to let the gown speak for itself, Megan rounded out her outfit with a pair of modern Jimmy Choo pumps.

THE PARTY After the Catholic ceremony,

the couple and their guests made their way to a 16th-century country home-turnedluxury hotel called Tenuta San Pietro, tucked away in the Lucca hills. Decor was kept minimal, allowing panoramic views of the breathtaking landscape to paint the atmosphere. They worked with the talented Tuscania Events team from afar to bring their classic yet simple vision to life. “Viviana was easy to talk to, full of ideas but not in the least bit controlling, and she was warm and kind

from the very start. Most of all, I trusted her taste. I studied art in college, specifically design, and I am not the easiest person to satisfy when it comes to the way things look,” admits Megan. “She impressed me time after time with the people she suggested for us— photographers, videographers, the band, hair and makeup, florist, the food—they were all of the highest caliber and easy to work with.” The classic saying may reference Rome, but true foodies know that when in Tuscany, you eat. Guests found themselves in a surreal environment, toasting underneath the Tuscan stars as they enjoyed an authentic Italian meal. For the cake, Megan and Justin cut into a traditional millefoglie, which is a delicate and airy confection comprised of flaky puff pastry and sweet cream. In keeping with tradition, guests were sent home with souvenirs of their time spent in wine country—homemade olive oil that undoubtedly beats anything you’d find in the store. You would find no DJ or MC on this dance floor, as the couple’s traditional values shined in their music selection. A classic wedding deserves live music and with the guidance of their event planner, they booked the energetic quartet The Di Maggio Connection that played everything from Elvis to rockabilly and kept guests dancing the night away. TOP TO BOTTOM Sprawling panoramic views of the bucolic Italian countryside created a romantic backdrop for Megan and Justin’s destination wedding. // Megan and Justin exchanged traditional Catholic vows in a beautiful stone-laden church. // The open air venue allowed guests views of the picturesque landscape.


WEDDING VENDORS: Photography: Lelia Scarfiotti Wedding planning and design: Tuscania Events Floral Design: Fleur Decor Venue, catering and cake design: Tenuta San Pietro Wedding dress: Alina Pizzano Band: The Di Maggio Connection Beauty: Lara Navarrini


CLOCKWISE Antique garden roses in muted dusty pink and cream tones were used in the bouquet and wedding design, creating a sophisticated, vintage vibe. // The newlyweds toast with their 50 guests. // The Di Maggio Connection isn’t your typical wedding band but, in fact, a real touring Italian band who specialize in the American Rockabilly genre. // Guests were given handmade olive oil as favors.


Glass orbs, metallic trees and contemporary blue uplighting created an ethereal twilight glow in the industrial space, yet it was still incomparable to the glow on the grooms’ faces as they exchanged vows. By Brittny Drye Photography by The R2 Studio


ABOVE The grooms looked handsome in custom suits they bought during travels in Vietnam.


able to visualize a scene in the open space that beautifully reflected his and Andy’s three-year relationship. With a little help from their loved ones, from best friends to James’s grandmother, contemporary pendants were hung, favors were made and tables were topped with twinkling jars. And the result wasn’t merely decorative, as it proved to James and Andy that their love was supported and should be celebrated.

THE VENUE The MonOrchid, located

in downtown Phoenix’s artsy Roosevelt Row, impressed the grooms not only for its masculine touches, such as corrugated metal, industrial sliding doors and concrete


flooring, but for its versatility. “There were no limitations on vendors that we could bring in, giving us the flexibility to make the wedding our own,” notes James, who remodels and flips homes for a living and was able to put his professional creativity to use.

THE CEREMONY Upon entering the

ceremony space, guests were invited to grab a cocktail, immediately setting the social atmosphere. Andy’s niece paved the way as the flower girl followed by the grooms accompanied by their mothers to Katy Perry’s “Unconditionally.” “Standing in the back as the ceremony began, I started crying,” says Andy. “I didn’t expect to be able to get married to the love of my life in

LEFT TO RIGHT The adorable flower girls stole the show. // The grooms’ best friends officiated their short and sweet ceremony.

Arizona. It was the moment it all felt real and it was amazing!” Blue uplighting cast an iridescent glow against the metal gate backdrop while 200 glass orbs dangled from the barrel-vaulted ceiling. Their sisters stood beside them as the grooms’ friends guided them through their vow exchange. “It was very important to us to have someone special officiating our wedding to make the event personal to us. Our best friends came up with a ceremony that was personal, funny and efficient,” says James. “Both Lisa and Tom were able to bring in elements of who we each are, including the promise of fluffing the decorative pillows and sharing the last piece of cake.”

THE PARTY To make room for dinner and

dancing, the floor-to-ceiling gates were opened and the space was transformed. Metallic trees decorated with small orbs and flanked with mercury glass jars rose from the 10 circular tables sprinkled around the room. Old wood pallets spray-painted in blue informed guests of the wedding hashtag while they picked up their table numbers on Champagne flutes. Each place setting graced a Jonathan Adler dove ornament and fortune cookie, a nod to James’s love of the treats as well as their fortune cookieproposal. Wanting to offer their guests an out-of-thebox dining experience, Andy and James refused to settle on catering, searching


for a vendor who could deliver. “We struggled—literally until the week before the wedding—to find a caterer and concept that we really loved,” explains James. “A new restaurant was in the process of going into the MonOrchid building and Kyu, one of the owners, jumped on board with our idea of having specific dishes from our favorite local restaurants. This was our original plan but sounded like a logistical nightmare to us. However, Kyu took to getting quotes from each of our favorite restaurants for specific items. At the end of the day, we were able to have our personalized menus of our favorite food!”

our day and help make it happen. It wasn’t about two men getting married, it was about celebrating two people who fell in love. Everybody contributed to making our vision a reality. Our friends helped hang almost 200 glass orbs from the metal gates while others catered to my ‘crazy’ and helped set up the space. My grandmother tied bows on all of the wedding favors for our guests. Our sisters coordinated their outfits. Our best friends married us. And our families welcomed each other,” says James.

The meal that guests continue to rave about included bruschetta from an neighborhood wine bar, turkey-cranberry sandwiches inspired by the restaurant they had their first date at, orange chicken from Panda Express (“Okay, not exactly a local restaurant but a favorite of James,” Andy laughingly admits), pretzel bites from a local gastropub and more. The hodgepodge of favorites were served family style, creating an intimate meal that was reflective of the couple’s tastebuds.


Bolt Entertainment provided a mix of mashups that kept the dance floor packed. When a respite was needed to rest (or enjoy one of the delicious cake pops!), a modern outdoor lounge illuminated with lanterns and decorated with throw pillows and blankets of the grooms’ allowed their guests to continue to mingle. “[It was memorable] having all of our friends and family come together to be a part of

WEDDING VENDORS: Photography: The R2 Studio Venue: MonOrchid Catering: The Dressing Room DJ: Bolt Entertainment CLOCKWISE They used spray-painted wooden pallets for their wedding signage. // Andy and James swayed to Dave Barnes’s “Until You” for their first dance. // In lieu of a traditional cake, they served up cake pops topped with Mr. & Mr. signage. // The reception meal was a tasty mix of cuisines from their favorite restaurants. // Metallic tree centerpieces decorated with glass orbs brought unexpected elements to the tablescapes.


RETRO ROMANCE Los Angeles couple Jessica and Kristin hosted a detail-oriented wedding weekend in Palm Springs. By Brittny Drye Photography by Iris and Light


turned out to be the best decision Jessica and Kristin ever made. After dating for only a few short weeks, the new couple jetset to the capital of romance … and fell in love. While their relationship blossomed on spontaneity, their wedding was incredibly detail-oriented. From custom branding that was spotted on every piece of stationery to Marilyn Monroe impersonators, their wedding weekend in Palm Springs was filled inspiration from the retro oasis and each other.


Southern roots, Jessica was inspired by her favorite movie, “Steel Magnolias” for their wedding colors which, as any fan would know, is “blush and bashful.” “Which, for us meant different shades of pink along with gold,” Jessica notes. “Any Southern traditions or ideas I could bring into the wedding was a plus.” The theme played throughout the weekend in custom stationery, florals made up of dramatic king protea, blush garden roses and hot pink ranunculus, and tables draped in blush cut overlays. The party began the moment their guests arrived to their hotel rooms, in which they were welcomed with customized canvas bags stuffed with weekend necessities for braving Palm Springs (in the brides’ pink palette, natch): pink cans of Champagne, pink playing cards, snacks and flamingo pool Koozies. “We wanted our guests to know that every detail had been thought

of, and that at no point were they going to see some thing that hadn’t been picked especially for us,” Jessica explains. “Having a destination wedding in such a fun place put everyone in the mood to party from the very beginning. From there, we just tried to put little parts of our personalities in every event of the weekend.”

THE VENUE The Parker Palm Springs is

where Versailles meets Las Vegas with a touch of quirk thrown in for good measure. The palatial grounds are covered in lush greenery and eccentric, colorful Jonathan Adler decor, and oversized chessboards, hidden bocce courts and crackling fire pits encouraged guests to explore and play throughout the wedding weekend. “We started out with a pool party Friday, followed by the rehearsal dinner. Saturday was our wedding day, but it really felt like a party all day. People kept popping in to the Gene Autry Residence—which is part of the hotel—while we got ready. By the time the ceremony came, we were already in party mode,” exclaims Jessica.

THE FASHION Jessica’s blush mermaid

Romona Keveza gown was defined by the designer’s signature lace and she added touches of glimmer with a romantic rose gold headpiece and sparkling Jimmy Choo shoes. Kristin opted for a custom white jacquard suit with pink detailing to tie into their color scheme and completed the look with pink Gucci shoes.


LEFT TO RIGHT The hotel’s interior, designed by Jonathan Adler, was an eclectic mix of bohemian, nostalgia and midcentury modern elements, the perfect juxtaposition to Jessica’s romantic Romona Keveza gown. // Kristin’s tailored suit was detailed with pink piping and buttons.

THE CEREMONY Jessica and Kristin

exchanged vows in the hotel’s gardens, underneath olive trees strung with twinkling chandeliers. With tales of the Paris trip that started it all to quotes from the hotel’s legendary guest Gene Autry, the ceremony was a beautiful fusion of past and present. Their processional included love songs such as Etta James’s “At Last” but it was the recessional that kicked off the celebration. “I was born in Louisiana and have always loved the idea of a second line,” says Jessica. “We hired a wonderful band called the California Feet Warmers to surprise our guests


immediately after our ceremony and parade us through the resort and to the cocktail hour. Every guest had vintage handkerchiefs at their seats so that they could wave their hankies as we paraded along.”

THE PARTY After the energetic cocktail

hour, the second line led them to the reception lawn where Rat Pack tunes drifted through the Palm Springs air and movie classics starring the era’s Hollywood vixens were projected in the background. After a delicious meal, the brides and their guests hit the dance floor, beginning with “La Vie En Rose,” sung by Jessica’s sister, for their first dance. At midnight, the newlyweds

CLOCKWISE Their 108 guests witnessed a ceremony that had the perfect balance of playful and sentimental. // Their wedding party looked Palm Springs chic in mismatched Lula Kate bridesmaid dresses and tan and white suits. // The Louisiana tradition of a second line guided their guests from ceremony to reception.

capped off the celebration by leaping into the pool in full wedding attire, with at least 20 wedding guests following suit. “Chicken fighting in the pool with my new wife in her custom suit will always be a memorable moment,� Jessica beams.

WEDDING VENDORS: Photography: Iris and Light Wedding Planner: Adrianne Elizabeth Events Floral Design: Artisan Event Floral Decor Venue: The Parker Palm Springs Stationery: Coral Pheasant

Catering: The Parker Palm Springs Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza Wedding Suit: Janie Bryant Hair: Marylle Koken for Harlot Salon Ceremony Music: California Feet Warmers DJ: DJ Chris Makeup: Melissa Abad Bridesmaid Dresses: Lula Kate Headpiece: Untamed Petals Videography: Jennifer Whalen Photography





ESCAPE TO ARGENTINA With a cosmopolitan center, a provincial wine country and one of the great natural wonders of the world in its repertoire, Argentina packs culture, romance and adventure into one memorable honeymoon destination.

BUENOS AIRES By Brittny Drye Whether you are savoring the traditional or seeking a contemporary flavor, the capital city will satisfy. Start your day with a medialunas—a croissant with dulce de leche topping—a simple, tasty and popular Buenos Aires breakfast item that can be found at almost any cafe. Then, get lost in the hauntingly beautiful Recoleta Cemetery filled with intricate architecture spanning from Art Deco to Gothic. Be sure to seek out Evita’s grave among the high society sarcophagi! For dinner, pick one of the many parillas (steakhouses) to indulge in your carnivorous cravings or delight in a traditional tango-and-dinner show. If you’re on the hunt for a more unique experience, be sure to check out Buenos Aires’ underground supper club scene—a dinner party with strangers—where art galleries can turn into pop-up restaurants and chefs open the door to their own apartments’ dining rooms. Casa ShaltShaker, Paladar and Casa Felix are well-known puertas cerradas but social networking sites like CookApp and Eat With Me can lead you to more off-the-beaten-path experiences. Be sure to take a quick nap, as nightlife doesn’t begin until 2 a.m.! If you’re able to rally, impress locals by ordering a Fernet and Coke, the unofficial cocktail for the locals.

Argentina requires a $160 reciprocity fee before entering the country, which you must pay online before traveling. Be sure to keep a printed receipt to present at the border.

The next day, stroll through the colorful La Boca neighborhood, which is also the home of the famous La Bombonera football stadium, or shop in the trendy Palermo district and retreat for a picnic lunch in one of the area’s charming parks. For a dose of culture, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Museum of Fine Arts), Casa Rosada (The Pink House—home of the President of Argentina) and Teatro Colón (the main opera house) are not to be missed.

Photo credit: Mark Johanson

SALTA By Mark Johanson Take the spirit of the Wild West, the grandeur of the Grand Canyon and the luxuriance of Napa Valley, mix it all together, and you can begin to imagine the allure of Salta. Located in Argentina’s northwestern corner, this Andean beauty is known as much for its multicolored mountainscapes as its frozen-in-time adobe villages. Sprinkled across it all are the highest altitude vineyards in the world. If you’re the kind of couple who likes your wine paired with a side of adventure, then the Salteño city of Cafayate should fit the bill. Cafayate is not only Argentina’s second wine center after Mendoza, but also a scenic tour de force of dramatic pre-Andean peaks, romantic hilltop estancias and seductive plazas lined with cafes. Malbec may be the king of Mendoza, but Torrontes is the queen of the cold and windswept Calchaquies Valley, in which Cafayate sits. This lesser-known white

wine grape has a deceptively floral nose that belies its dry finish. See for yourself as you and your partner swirl a glass on a tour of Bodega Domingo Molina. Then, take a taxi to the breezy hilltop restaurant at Piattelli Vineyards for a juicy steak lunch with gobsmacking views over the valley below. Tip: make sure to ask for the steak jugoso (medium rare) or punto (medium); otherwise it will be burnt to a crisp! Back in town, Cafayate has a number of bodegas (wineries) within walking distance of each other. Sample standout varietals like Tannat before snagging your favorite bottle and heading to the grocer for fresh-baked bread, goat cheese, llama sausage and jam made from cayote, a local fruit similar to a pumpkin. These are the ingredients you’ll need for a romantic picnic under the desert sky. Walk out of town in any direction and cozy up as the sun sets behind the distant canyon walls, painting them ochre, amber and indigo before the night fades into a sea of stars. What happens next is up to you!


While the majority of the falls are on the Argentine side, Brazil boasts the better views.


Iguazu Falls: Argentina Travel Board

Sprawling across the border of Argentina and Brazil exists one of the world’s most magnetic scenes. Two hundred and seventy-five waterfalls make up the powerful Iguazu Falls which can be found in the Iguazu National Park. Hike through the lush rainforest where you’ll explore tropical flora and fauna as you navigate toward the main event. Be sure to walk both the upper and lower circuits, which offer different experiences and vantage points. If you’re feeling extra daring, take a boat ride to get up close and personal with Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat), a horseshoe-shaped chasm from which half of the river’s flow falls (be sure to bring extra clothes—you will get wet!).

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO If you go to the Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls, you will need your passport and you must apply for a Brazilian visa before traveling. In order to get the most out of your visit to Iguazu Falls, hire a tour guide who can share hidden gems about the rainforest as well as off-the-beaten path views of the falls. We recommend Say Hueque Argentina Adventures. If you go to the falls two days in a row, get a stamp on your ticket at the end of the day to receive half-price on the next day’s entrance fee.

After an adventure-filled day, head into downtown Puerto Iguazu. The gateway town to the Mother Nature spectacular comes to life at night as the town center bustles with live music, tourists and al fresco dining. Before dinner, stroll through the feria (food market) and grab a bottle of wine and a simple plate of olives, charcuterie and cheese at a stall for next-to-nothing prices. For a romantic meal, the restaurant inside the Del a Fonte boutique hotel boasts a creative menu of freshly made Italian dishes in an enchanting atmosphere. If it’s a true Argentine experience that you’re after, El Quincho del Tío Querido offers live music nightly and tango shows on Thursdays and Saturdays and serves up traditional cuisine that is a meat lover’s dream.




No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than they once were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilizations oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgement of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed. It is so ordered. — Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on June 26, 2015


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A LOOK BACK A timeline of the marriage equality movement in the United States.

Hawaii is the first state to rule in favor of marriage equality in Baehr v. Lewin, stating that denying marriage to same-sex couples violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Hawaii Constitution.

May 18, 1970: Jack Baker and Michael McConnell are denied a marriage license in Minnesota. October 10, 1972: The first case (Baker v. Nelson) challenging the right for same-sex couples to marry is brought to the U.S. Supreme Court. It is dismissed.



July 1, 1973: Maryland becomes the first state to pass a law banning marriage between same-sex couples. Other states follow.

October 15, 1971: Minnesota Supreme Court rules in Baker v. Nelson that the state’s statute limiting marriage to different-sex couples does not violate the U.S. Constitution. They appeal.


1990 September 22, 1999: California becomes the first state to create a domestic partnership statute, allowing samesex couples to receive some, but not all, of the protections afforded by marriage.

September 21, 1996: President Bill Clinton signs the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) into law which defined marriage for federal purposes as the union of one man and one woman and allowed states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages granted under the laws of other states.

September 6, 2005: California’s marriage equality bill is vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and is again vetoed two years later by Schwarzenegger.

January 2003: Evan Wolfson founds Freedom to Marry, a campaign that spearheaded the nation’s marriage equality movement.


May 17, 2004: Massachusetts becomes the first state to allow same-sex couples to marry as a result of the ruling in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health.

May 15, 2008: The California Supreme Court determines that excluding same-sex couples from marriage is unconstitutional. Almost immediately, an initiative to overturn the court ruling (Proposition 8) qualifies for the November 2008 ballot. Same-sex couples begin marrying on June 16. October 10, 2008: In Kerrigan v. Commissioner of Public Health, Connecticut rules that same-sex couples should not be denied marriage, taking effect on November 12. November 4, 2008: Opponents push through Prop 8 on November ballots and same-sex marriage ceases on November 5.


April 7, 2009: Vermont legislature overrides Governor Jim Douglas’s veto and becomes the first state to pass equality via law instead of court ruling. The freedom to marry goes into effect on September 1. May 6, 2009: Maine Gov. Baldacci becomes the first governor in the nation to sign same-sex marriage into law. Opponents launched a campaign the following day to repeal, putting a stay on the legislation. May 26, 2009: The California Supreme Court rules that marriages between same-sex couples that occurred in the four months between June and November remain valid. November 3, 2009: Opponents in Maine are successful and the law is repealed.

February 16, 2012: The New Jersey legislature approves the freedom to marry, but soon after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoes the bill. May 8, 2012: Anti-gay forces in North Carolina pass a constitutional amendment that excludes same-sex couples from all forms of family status. May 9, 2012: President Barack Obama becomes the first sitting president in the United States to publicly announce support for marriage equality. September 4, 2012: The Democratic Party becomes the first major U.S. political party in history to officially endorse marriage equality in their national party platform. November 6, 2012: On Election Day 2012, marriage equality triumphs at the polls in all four states where it is up for a vote: Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington. December 7, 2012: The U.S. Supreme Court announces that it will hear two marriage cases at the federal level— Windsor v. United States and Hollingsworth v. Perry (challenging DOMA and Prop 8, respectively).

2010 February 23, 2011: President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder declare that the Administration will no longer defend DOMA. March 16, 2011: The Respect for Marriage Act, the bill that would overturn DOMA, is introduced. June 24, 2011: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signs marriage equality into law, marking the first passage by a Republican-led legislature. Legislation goes into effect on July 24.

May 2, 2013: Law passes in Rhode Island and goes into effect on August 1, 2013. May 7, 2013: Delaware Governor Jack Markell signs marriage equality bill into law and goes into effect on July 1, 2013. June 26, 2013: The Supreme Court of the United States overturns DOMA and dismisses the challenge to Proposition 8, restoring same-sex marriage in California. October 21, 2013: New Jersey receives the freedom to marry following the trial court decision in Garden State Equality v. Dow. November 13, 2013: Governor Neil Abercrombie signs marriage equality into law in Hawaii, completing its 20-year journey.

January 16, 2015: The United States Supreme Court announces it will review rulings in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals for Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan and Tennessee and by doing so, paving the way for the potential to bring the freedom to marry nationwide. February 9, 2015: Alabama ban is lifted, bringing marriage equality to the southern state. April 28, 2015: The United States Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the rulings in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Michigan.

June 26, 2015: The United States Supreme Court rules that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to the freedom to marry, bringing marriage equality nationwide.

May 20, 2014: U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III strikes down Pennsylvania’s ban, making it the 19th state. July 9, 2014: State court in Colorado rules in favor of equality, bringing same-sex marriage to the state. July 17, 2014: Florida ban is lifted when Chief Circuit Judge Luis Garcia rules in favor of same-sex marriage. October 6, 2014: The United States Supreme Court refuses to review marriage cases in Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Indiana and Wisconsin, causing the lower court rulings to stand and bringing marriage equality to the five states.


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MARRIAGE EQUALITY TRAILBLAZERS Activists, lawyers, allies and everyday couples seeking the right to marry found themselves leading a nation toward equality.

Evan Wolfson:

Edie Windsor:

President Barack Obama:

Ken Mehlman:

Labeled as the father of the same-sex marriage movement, Evan Wolfson is the founder and president of Freedom to Marry, a campaign that spearheaded the fight for equality nationwide. In 1983, Evan wrote his Harvard Law School thesis on gay people and the freedom to marry. During the 1990s he served as co-counsel in the historic Hawaii marriage case that launched our modern day civil rights movement and founded Freedom to Marry in 2003.

Windsor was the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court of the United States case, United States v. Windsor, which successfully overturned Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act and was considered a significant legal victory for the same-sex marriage movement in the United States.

President Barack Obama was the first sitting president in the United States to publicly announce support for same-sex marriage on May 9, 2012. A year before, his administration had refused to defend DOMA and put an end to “Don’t Ask, Don't Tell,” the United States policy that prohibited out LGBT individuals from joining the military.

Mehlman can be credited to leading the advocacy for equality amongst Republican politicians. He worked to rally conservative GOPs to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell as well as sign amicus briefs in 2013 and 2015 (133 and more than 300 signees, respectively) to show support for marriage equality during critical Supreme Court cases.


: The two lawyers, who had previously gone head-to-head in the Bush v. Gore election case, teamed up together to lead the legal team to victory against Proposition 8 in California.

Mary Bonauto:

Chad Griffin:

Jim Obergefell:

Bonauto is an American lawyer who has been deeply involved with some of the country’s most crucial cases involving the right to marry in Maine and Massachusetts as well as leading the first strategic challenges against DOMA. On April 28, 2015 Bonauto was one of three attorneys who argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges arguing state bans on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional, which led to a victory for marriage equality nationwide.

Chad Griffin is the President of Human Rights Campaign (HRC). After Prop 8, Griffin helped found the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), which led the legal campaign to re-legalize marriage in Califronia. In 2012, he left AFER for the HRC.

Obergefell was the lead plaintiff for the Supreme Court case that led to marriage equality nationwide. In 2013, Obergefell’s partner of 20 years, John, was in hospice care in Cincinnati. After flying via medical charter to Baltimore to legally wed, they found out that when John passed, his death certificate would state unmarried because Ohio did not recognize their union. They filed a suit against the state of Ohio that ended up in the Supreme Court alongside cases from Tennessee, Kentucky and Michigan.


Photo credits: Evan Wolfson,; Edie Windsor, photo by Donna Aceto; President Obama,; Ted Olson and David Boies, New Hampshire Public Television; Jim Obergefell, LGBT Weekly; Chad Griffin, photo by Todd Franson; Mary Bonauto, photo by John D. and Catherine T. for MacArthur Foundation; Ken Mehlman: NPR

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