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RESORT & EVENING WEAR Designs that you can wear for that special night out





Lovely gowns from bridal designers across the globe

Shoes, Jewelry and Crowns you’ll adore






special feature One on One with David Tutera

Makeup that inspires for your wedding day

Celebrity, luxury and magnificent cakes that you will love

David shares all of his advice on Mon Cheri designs and destination weddings

Welcome to the issue

Novelty Bride is thrilled to invite you on a nuptial journey across the globe for this special Destination Weddings Edition. Join us as we explore beautiful landscapes, stunning gowns, and exquisite details around the world, from Italy to Thailand to New York. This travel inspired edition perfectly couples classic and innovative ideas from all different cultures to help you create your own exquisite bridal masterpiece.


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Reem Acra Backstage



RebeccaMarie as Editor In Chief Ruth Shilling as Managing Editor Amy Rivers as Writer Stephanie Klasse as Beauty editor and Writer Maureen Mika as Magazine Stylist Maddie Kremer as Fashion Writer

Julia LeBaron Butler as Writer Season Hurd as Writer Teal Young as Writer

Kristen Carbone AS Beauty Writer

Tony Ward Couture

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nyfw September 2016 gifted us with New York Fashion Week. Designers brought their best and did not disappoint. We loved the clean lines of John Paul Ataker, the brilliant colors of Reem Acra’s creations, and the soft colors of Anniesa Hasibaun’s collection. Vivian Tam impressed us with creative ready-to-wear pieces, and Oscar de la Renta once again treated us to a delightful modern twist on elegant, classic styles. BY JULIA LEBARON















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10 Wedding Destinations Locations by ruth shilling

Photography by Bastian Najich of Alinea Picture

Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, Colorado Year-round, the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch hosts weddings no matter the weather. Their facility has a wide range of indoor and outdoor venues perfect for hosting the ceremony and reception. The luxurious reputation of the Ritz-Carlton name is upheld with each wedding designed. The couple can also start with a wedding package and customize it to fit the personalities and desires of the couple. The amenities are enough to draw the wedding party and guests. The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch offers 180 guestrooms, the Bachelor Gulch Spa at The RitzCarlton, and naturalist programs that can involve stargazing, hikes, picnics and other adventures to cap off the wedding celebration and create an experience to remember for all your loved ones.

Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch in Avon, Colorado is located in the Colorado Rockies and sees an average snowfall of 310 inches annually and 300 days with sunshine, creating some of the best conditions for skiing and snowboarding. There are also Nordic centers nearby with trails for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Every season provides the beauty of nature and outdoor fun. During the spring, summer, and fall the ski slopes are open for a variety of activities, including hiking and mountain biking. The views at Bachelor Gulch are beyond picturesque.

Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch

Haiku Mill, Hawaii

Looking to have your ceremony in Hawaii? Haiku Mill is the place to go. Located on the Northshore of Maui, they have multiple venues choices ranging from beach side, in the vine covered ruins of the old mill, or in a valley which is easily recognizable from popular shows such as Lost and Jurassic Park.

Cabo San Lucas

This is prime territory for destination weddings. Simply search “destination weddings cabo san lucas all inclusive” and you’ll find a flood of beautiful resorts that have all inclusive weddings at a variety of landmark locations along the southern coast of the Baja. If you wish to find a resort to host the wedding and rent a luxury home to have family and friend stay.

Lisbon, Portugal

The Iberian Peninsula offers many perfect locations to hold your destination wedding, but have you ever considered Lisbon? This westernmost country in Europe has an incredible charm. The city is older than Rome and is the perfect backdrop for your wedding photos. Take some time to scout the top locations in the city for your wedding, then narrow it down. There are plenty of choices.

Haiku Mill

Como Lake, Italy

This dream-like destination is an idyllic backdrop for a destination wedding. The lakefront setting has plenty of diverse venues perfect for your wedding, no matter your personality and design tastes. Hire a boat and take your party to the water. Kick off your shoes and feel the sand between your toes as you say your vows. Rent an old church in a town square. But whatever you choose, bring on the romance.

Iceland A unique location, Iceland has a number of fantastic locations for weddings. The terrain, created from about 130 volcanoes will provide a background to remember. For an extra special experience, take your bridal party to the Blue Lagoon for the hot springs and spa treatments in preparation for the wedding day. Wedding planner Ann Peters is based in Iceland. She loves how adventurous she can be in planning weddings. “We emphasize on private offbeat locations versus tourist spots to provide our clients a truly unique experience rather than just a wedding day. In my heart, I’m always drawn to a secret waterfall that has an incredible glacier view behind it and surrounded by moss covered lava.”

Courtesy of Ann Peters of Iceland Wedding Planner

Hotel Maria Cristina, A Luxury Collection Hotel, San Sebastian, Spain

The Basque peninsula offers a beautiful location for weddings at the Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Sebastian. The hotel is located near the Bay of Biscay on the Urumea river. Built in 1912, the hotel has a history tied to the rich culture of San Sebastian. This five-star location doesn’t stop at beauty and luxury, they make sure their guests are well taken care of and it shows in their excellent reviews. Weddings can be customized to fit the couple’s desires for their big day. An unusual draw to the area is the surfing that happens on the Urumea river as the surf comes in from the bay. Perhaps your room will have views of the surfers on the river.


Belize is paradise. The warm, clear waters off the Gulf of Mexico, quiet islands, white sand beaches, palm trees...need I say more? Belize is a big location for destination weddings. One big benefit is there are many planners, photographers, caterers and more to make your wedding a memorable occasion. Airline tickets and lodging are affordable to this beach location, so friends and family can easily join your nuptial celebration.

Courtesy of Hotel Cristina Maria, A Luxury Collection

Bucharest, Romania

If you’re looking for an elegant, old-world location for your wedding, book a room in the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, Romania. The city is steeped in European history. However, this is one of the newer additions to the city. Visible from the moon, the palatial structure boasts more than 1,000 rooms, decked in the most luxurious finishes. Some of the spaces can be rented to hold weddings. Talk to a local wedding planner about making this your destination wedding location.


Similar to Mexico or Belize, Thailand is a paradise. It is a popular destination for vacation and destination weddings. The tropical weather and warm waters offer a great place to double your wedding with a trip for your guests. It is also similar because it is big destination for weddings. This means there are plenty of local wedding planners to chose from when it comes to planning the details of your special day.

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

top bridal salons By Madison Kremer


ow far will you go to find the dress of your dreams? While there are many great boutiques close to home, why not make a grand vacation out of saying yes to the dress? From London to China to Australia and everywhere in between, we are taking a look at the best bridal shops in the world. We’ve ranked the following shops highest honors because of the abundance of selection, prestige of designer collections, and the ambiance the store has thus contributing to a great shopping experience. After checking out our top picks you may want to start packing your bags and make one of these bridal salons one of your destinations in preparation for your wedding day. 10. Blanco De Novia Blanco De Novia’s motto is that they do not sell clothes, they dress brides. Their passion is to dress brides head to toe, and provide them with a large selection of prestigious designers. 9. Bloomfield Luxury Bridal Owned by Petra Bloomfield, the shop caters to the Quote500/Forbes daughters and celebrities and beyond. When brides visit the salon, they receive a suite in a mansion all to themselves and can choose from the most luxurious international designers. 8. Metal Flaque Metal Flaque is the first wedding dress concept store in France. Metal Flaque is always looking for exquisite, contemporary designers, and their golden rule is “no meringue dresses. They believe that the words “contemporary” and “wedding dress” are not mutually exclusive. 7. Celebrity Sposa One of Italy’s premier bridal salons, Celebrity Sposa has the goal of turning each bride into a celebrity. They carry designers such as; Monique Lhullier, Berta, Inbal Dror, Celestina, and Zuhair Murad.

6. Helen Rodrigues Helen Rodrigues has been Australia’s most iconic designer bridal boutique since 2001. Helen Rodrigues travels the world to find the most distinct designers to bring into her shop and sells the world’s most premium bridal collections all under one roof. 5. Monarca Couture Monarca Couture will make every bride who walks through the doors feel like they are treated like royalty. Located in an old villa with dreamy, whimsical décor and dresses to match, brides can find unique handmade dresses. 4. Panache Bridal and Evening Wear Panache has made a name for itself in the bridal industry, its success has lead the shop to expand into five different locations throughout North America. Panache carries exclusive couture lines and always strives to give their brides something new and exciting with the hottest designers, trunk shows, and sample sales.

3. Veliah Bridal Attire Veliah carries one of the most exclusive designer dress selections in Mexico and prides itself on customizing each bride’s private appointment to reflect their taste and personality. 2. Mark Ingram Atelier Mark Ingram has been in the fashion industry for decades and brings extensive amounts of knowledge to brides looking for their wedding dress. The Atelier has been open since 2002 and has become the premier salon for upscale brides, catering to celebrities and well known New York socialites. 1. Kleinfeld It’s no surprise that Kleinfeld is our top pick as the show “Say Yes to the Dress” brought it into the spotlight. The store meets with over 17,000 brides annually and is home of the largest selection of wedding dresses in the world.















Naeem Khan–Lugano

Naeem Khan–Budapest

Naeem Khan–Kauai

Naeem Khan–Sedona

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Galia at

La Caille

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Anita by Bella Belle Shoes

Elizabeth gown by Galia Lahav


Burnished soft regal crown by Twigs & Honey Madison Gown by Galia Lahav Engagement Bands by Tresor Belle by Joy Proctor by Bella Belle Shoes Oxford by Veil Trends

Aurora Gown with the Extra long petite blossom hair vine by Twigs & Honey

Aurora Gown with the Shooting star wavy headband by Twigs & Honey

Gowns | Galia Lahav Accessories | Twigs & Honey Veils | Veil Trends Shoes | Bella Belle Shoes Photography | Jaron Horrocks of SAANS Photography Venue | La Caille Model | Julia Meireles MUHA | Kate Livingston Coordination | Barbie Berg Jewelry | Tresor in SLC

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Gowns: Kleinfelds Canada Mona Lisa Bridal Gallery Models: Spot 6 Management Venue: The Windsor Arms Hotel HMU: Allana Mirza Suits, Shoes and Accessories for Men: Harry Rosen Photography: Carla Silva of Photasia Photography Reimagined Florals and Styling: Margarita by Oudalova of OUDALOVA Events & Design Inc

Villa Spada By Erika Parker

Styling and concept | Honey & Cinnamon Photography | Erika Parker Photography Italian Wedding Planner Florals | ISA Events Wedding Dresses | Heart Aflutter Bridal (Love You with the tulle gown skirt from Hazaar of London) Beauty | Organic Brides Stationary | Betty Soldi Crockery | Dishesonly Tableware | Noelya, Arnaldo Caprai & Gruppo Tessile Cakes | Alessandra Frisoni Studio Cake Accessories | SIBO Designs, Immago Jewels Silk Ribbon | Silk & Willow Bridal Shoes | Mascia Mandolesi Model | Erica Vitulano

Harriet Wilde Sahara Floral

Guisseppe Zanotti Bridget Velvet

Harriet Wilde Maggie May

Guisseppe Zanotti Candy

Guisseppe Zanotti Pyramid

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Adored Ralph & Russo Baroque Pump

Accessories Harry Winston Timepiece

Abby Sparks Jewelry The Peri Earrings

Margaret Rowe Couture Tres Cirgque Baguette Diamontage 12.56 Carat Necklace

Ralph & Russo Eden Scarf Ralph & Russo Alina Clutch

Abby Sparks Jewelry The Morgan 92

Abby Sparks Jewelry The Katy

Abby Sparks Jewelry The Colleen

Abby Sparks Jewelry The Jacqueline

Margaret Rowe Couture Opulent Occasion Cuff Bracelet

Margaret Rowe Couture Couture Golden Deco Clutch

Margaret Rowe Couture Blue Deco Elegance Diamontage 13.58 Carat Earrings


Erica Elizabeth 1920s vintage inspired wedding Headpiece: En Vogue

Erica Elizabeth Mini Gold Pearl Bridal Tiara Hearts Desire

Maria Elena Headpieces Body Jewelry


Maria Elena Headpieces


Maria Elena Headpieces Ruby Crown fit for a queen

Maria Elena Headpieces


lending style and classic elegance, KARL LAGERFELD bridal jewelry delivers modern luxury with today’s

millennial consumer in mind. The collection features clean, geometric shapes as well as curves and arches

taking inspiration from Parisian architecture. Stunning designs complement sparkling diamonds with each ring offered in 18-karat white or yellow gold, as well as platinum. The line is priced from $1,000 to $10,000, and is now available in select high-end independent jewelers.


Les Coeurs EntrelacĂŠs Limited-Edition Bridal Ring





Watters Too ‘Elie Cape’ Louvienne ‘Colette’ gown


Limor Rosen ‘Holly’ gown worn with Black Faux Fur from Rouje Paris

Sonia Roselli Water Balm Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer Senna Cream Blush Viseart Theory Palette in Cashmere + Mink Makeup Forever Lipstick C106 Gallany Mascara Gallany Concealer Ardell Individual Lashes Smith Brushes R+co: Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste Dallas Thickening Spray

Louvienne gown

Makeup Forever–Lipstick C211 Kevyn Aucoin–Blood Rose Blush Watters Odylyne

Makeup | Chantee Willis Art Director| Sandra Saenz Photography | Dani Sabol Dresses | Lovely Bride in Dallas Makeup | Makeup Forever Hair products | R+Co



GALLANY Concealer

Earth tu Face

Viseart Minx Theory Palette $45

Botanical Perfume Jasmine Balm (Left) Geranium (Right) $78

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Water Balm Skin Prep


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Photography | Models | Kennedy Montano and Natalie Bristow of Agency at Richards Models Designer | Kathryn Bass HMUA | The Artistry Collective’s Katrina Wrobel and Zanna Selin using MAC Cosmetics


Top 10 Salons By Teal Young

Destination weddings might just be the epitome of romance. Marrying the love of one’s life is already among the most coveted opportunities in the human experience, but marrying abroad allows the affianced to truly be swept away by the experience. Orchestrating such a magical day, however, requires intimate knowledge of the destination chosen— venues, caterers, hotels, and salons all influence your big day. We found some of the best options around the world, so you can check at least one of your worries off the list.

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Matthew Morris Salon in Denver

Kim Kimble Salon in West Hollywood

Salon Ruggeri in New York

If you’re looking for high style at high altitudes, Matthew Morris Salon provides the best. With a wedding specialist and a versatile team of stylists, the salon offers a full compliment of services for bridal parties and a customized experience sure to assuage your wedding styling fears.

Kim Kimble is a third generation stylist who made her name in the Hollywood scene more than 20 years ago, and whose work has since graced the covers of top fashion magazines like Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and W. Today she remains a force in the West Hollywood scene, and is a premier authority on working with a variety of hair textures. Kimble is the ultimate glam coiffure.

Salon Ruggeri is the lovechild of hairstylist Gregorio Ruggeri and interior designer Craig Longhurst. After just five years in business in NYC, Salon Ruggeri has grown to include four other artists and one of New York’s favorite salon atmospheres. The stylists range in specialties, so whether you’re seeking a style that’s edgy and modern, natural and classic, or vintage and romantic, your wedding party will be in skilled hands.

Twiggy Salon in Tokyo Twiggy Salon blends tradition and an avant garde aesthetic equally. It’s a style hub for geisha and futuristic fashionistas alike—and of course, offers the best in natural hair care and classic looks as well. Studio W in Sao Paolo Studio W is a fashion frontrunner in Brazil, known not only for its services, but also for publishing its own fashion and lifestyle magazine. The studio prides itself on dictating trends and providing the best in information, service, technology, luxury, and fashion to its clients.

En Vogue Salons En Vogue Salons stand out from the rest of our destination favorites in a unique way: in addition to being on-trend and luxurious, they’re international. En Vogue is based in Zürich, but has locations in Dubai, Doha, and Moscow— plus the company offers a 30% discount to clients willing to work with new talent, making En Vogue beauty services some of the most accessible on our list.

Libor Sula Salon in Prague

Dylan Bradshaw Salon in Dublin

Libor Sula’s salon is a destination even if you’re not making wedding preparations. Sula, the salon’s namesake stylist, hosted the popular UK television show “How To Look Good Naked” for four years. Sula is an expert not only on emphasizing his clients’ natural beauty, but also on helping them to see it. Work with Sula on your big day, and you’ll look and feel your best for your wedding.

If you’re looking for a salon that can style you for the avant garde wedding of your dreams, Dylan Bradshaw is one of the best options in the world for forwardthinking hair and makeup. From edgy cuts and crisp faces to messy up dos and gold leaf maquillage, Dylan Bradshaw is a flagship salon for styling creativity.

Barnet Salon in Munich Meike Van Den Heuvel and Dirk Walther collaborated five years ago to create Barnet Salon in Munich. Van Den Heuvel and Walther work to bring the best of European styling to Munich, and are know for their razor haircuts and customized hair color. All told, Barnet turns out some of the edgiest looks in Europe.

L’ Atelier Blanc in Paris L’ Atelier Blanc, or The White Workshop, is famed above all else for its colorists — and its white-onwhite aesthetic. Though it is the brainchild of Frederic Mennetrier, he always works with a team to ensure that all clients receive the best available haircare. Every client is guaranteed the service and expertise of at least two stylists, and when the final results are unveiled, the all-white decor serves as relief to highlight the beauty of the results

Beauty-full skin


By Kristen Carbone Matthew Morris Salon and Skincare Medical Aesthetician and Makeup Artist

ou’re getting married...Congratulations! As you start the planning process and in the chaos of it all there is one thing that a lot of people tend to neglect, their skin. Applying makeup on unhealthy skin is like building a house on uneven ground. Use this guide for do’s and don’ts for skin care in building up to your big day. Each of these steps are determined by climate of the destination for your wedding.


There are a few things you need to consider before getting started: • Will it be in a dry or humid climate? • What is the weather going to be like? Hot or cold? • How far away is your wedding date? • How much time do you like to spend on your skin routine day and night? No matter where you live and where the wedding will be, you must consider these factors to create your skincare routine. There are products that work better for certain climates and skin types.

Avene has a great mild form of retinol that is a great jumping off point for those new to this ingredient, or for people who live in dry/cold areas. If you want a slightly more aggressive product, Skin Medica has different levels of retinol that don’t cause major flaking. Start out with the 0.5 percent and eventually work your way up from there. For those of you that live in more humid areas, you have a little more freedom of product choice and will protect you from any excessive irritation and flaking. While you will see great results with the two mentioned earlier, if you wanted to try a higher percentage to begin with, you should be fine.


No matter where you are, the Micellar Lotion by Avene is going to be a great option. It is perfect for traveling, because it doesn’t have to be used with water, so if you’re stuck on the plane or in an airport, this is the perfect option for you. Other great cleansers are Cleansing Complex by IS Clinical, and their Sanitas Lemon Cream Cleanser. PCA has a cleanser, Facial Wash for oily/problem skin to help strip any excess oil from your skin.


Exfoliation is very important because it stimulates cell turnover, which enables your products to penetrate the skin better. Depending on age and location, there are many options for you. Late twenties and older, should use a products with retinol. Always start on a lower dose to see how your skin reacts. There will always be about a two to four week period when you first start using it where you will have some mild flaking.

While those of you who are younger might not necessarily need retinol, you need exfoliation. The Tri Active Enzyme Scrub from IS Clinical is a perfect

alternative. It works best when used in the shower, because enzymes need steam to work at their best. I like to apply it to my face and scrub for about thirty seconds before I shave my legs and then leave on for an additional 3-5 minutes. There is also Active Serum by IS Clinical, which is great for anyone that is prone to breakouts.

Bioglycolic Creme helps to control oil while offering numerous antiaging benefits. For people in dry/cold and dry/hot climates, my favorite go-to is the The Max Stem Cell Creme by Image and the Peptiderm Creme by Sanitas. These both provide enough moisture and added skincare benefits to keep your skin healthy and supple.

Vitamin C Serum

Moisture Mists

This is what I refer to as the BLT of skincare. It will brighten, lighten and tighten your skin. It provides your daily protective antioxidant dose to shield your skin against cancer causing free radicals. There are tons of Vitamin C products, but there are some that are better for certain skin types and certain climates. If you are somewhere like Florida, I prefer Phyto C, Phyto Plus Gel, because it provides added antioxidants, and lightening agents like Kojic acid, which is great for sun lovers. For people who live in dry climates like Arizona or Colorado, I prefer one that also has really great hydrating properties. CE Ferulic by Skinceuticals is my top choice, and great for both the hot or cold months.

Hyaluronic Acid

No matter where you live, this should be a part of your routine. Hyaluronic Acid holds 1000 times it’s weight in water, without having a heavy base so you can maintain a glow without being shiny or feeling greasy. Hydrating B5 by Skinceuticals is one of my favorites, as well as Hydracool by IS Clinical. If you’re in a dry climate, you can use it day and night, in addition to your moisturizer. If it’s humid, you can use it as your moisturizer during the day, and in addition to your moisturizer at night. However you use it, just make sure it’s done everyday for the best results.

This is imperative for travel. The recycled air and stress of flying can extremely dry out your skin. They also are great for blending out makeup if you accidentally over applied your powder or foundation. Spray before your serums and moisturizer, after you put your makeup on to set your foundation, and all throughout the day whenever you feel your face getting tight. My go-to sprays are the Copper Firming Mist by IS Clinical and Thermal Spring Water by Avene.


It doesn’t matter where you live or will be for your wedding, this is a must everyday. Make sure that whichever one you purchase, its broad spectrum and an SPF of 30 or higher is the best. Broad spectrum means that it will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. Elta MD makes great broad spectrum sunscreens for all skin types, even those who are prone to breakouts and offers tinted options. NIA 24/7 is another great brand with the added benefits of Niacin to repair sun damage. ∞


Hot and humid climates can make people nervous to use moisturizers, but they are always necessary. There are plenty of options that aren’t heavy and won’t make you feel oily, and even some that are oil free. Jan Marino


Gown: BROOKS Ltd Exclusive Fine Jewelry: Mark’s Diamonds Heather Stoten Millinery–The Hat Workshop

Mother of the Bride By Lori Breedlove

For the mother of the bride, her daughter’s wedding day is one of the most important days in her life. This day is a gathering of friends, family and strangers who have all played important roles in usually both her own and her daughter’s lives. The day where a mother gives her daughter away, she stands up beautiful and proud. This is as much a milestone moment for mom as it is for her daughter. The mother’s moment, her bright light comes from her daughter’s glow as her daughter’s success and happiness on this day are an extension of her own. It’s a symbiotic and symbolic light. The mother of the bride will have some of the best pictures of her life from her daughter’s wedding. It is the perfect occasion for a mother to dress up, have her hair and nails done, her makeup professionally done and shoes purchased to match her look while a professional photographer captures it all. All of these things are done for one perfect day, so she should find what makes her look her best, as she stands next to her daughter on the happiest day of her child’s life. The makings of the perfect mother of the bride’s attire should honor her status while flattering her daughter’s

wedding dress. Depending on the location and venue, casual but elegant will compliment modest or destination weddings while more formal ensembles will always remain a traditional choice. Denver fashion designer, Brooks creates modern, elegant, made-to-order couture wedding gowns as well as mother-of the bride and mother-ofthe-groom dresses, evening gowns and ensembles. All creations from Brooks are sewn and designed by her personally at her location in LoDo, Denver, CO. 121

Gowns: BROOKS Ltd Exclusive Fine Jewelry: Mark’s Diamonds Heather Stoten Millinery–The Hat Workshop


Gowns: BROOKS Ltd Exclusive Fine Jewelry: Mark’s Diamonds Heather Stoten Millinery–The Hat Workshop

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Watters Desiree Dress

Emma & Grace Bridal Faye Gown

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Gowns: BROOKS Ltd Exclusive Fine Jewelry: Mark’s Diamonds Styling & Coordination: Mary Spicer Events Photography: Jacek at Makeup: Heathyrre Kautz Couture Hair: Camille at XOXO Salon Model: Judith Boyd Style Crone Floral Headpiece: Bella Calla Magazine Stylist: Maureen Mika at Events. Fashion. Image Heather Stoten Millinery–The Hat Workshop Venue: The Space Gallery Rentals: Charming Chairs

Wedding Ties at the

The Resort at Pelican Hill

Venue & Catering: Pelican Hill Resort / Coordination, Event Design, Florals, Rentals: White Lilac, Inc / Photography: Duke Photography / Videography: Visual Masterpiece / Entertainment: 90210 Entertainment Group, Babak Entertainment, and AJ Oliviera /Dance Floor: RCD Dance Floors / Chairs: Chiavari Chair Rentals / Photo Booth: Haute Photo Booth / Lighting: Amber Event Production / Officiant: Ali Ghadaksaz / Sofreh: Terry Ajdar of Elegant Sofreh Design

Ciara & Russell Wilson’s Wedding


hen singer, actress and fashion model Ciara and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson wed on July 6, 2016, it was a fairytale come to life. With a traditional color scheme of rich creams and whites, amidst the stone walls of a 19th century English castle built in medieval style, their guests were treated to a magical mix of history and modernity, fantasy and true love.


s the face of Roberto Cavalli’s Fall/ Winter 2015 line, Ciara worked closely with former Cavalli Creative Director Peter Dundas, who took up the

By Amy Rivers

challenge of designing the bride-to-be’s custom couture wedding gown, despite the pressure of a four-month window. Fittings took place in New York, the UK and Milan, with FaceTime and phone calls bridging the gap. The result was nothing short of breathtaking. A unique marriage of tradition and sexiness, the gown featured fine Chantilly lace from bodice to train, a laced corset, fitted long sleeves and ornate floral appliqué, reflecting both the bride’s vivaciousness and her traditional values. (Continued on page 128)




he bride’s ensemble was completed with a pair of mid-high heeled satin sandals handcrafted by Giuseppe Zanotti, featuring a refined lace ankle strap mirroring the motif of Ciara’s gown. The bride’s veil was embellished with the same Chantilly lace, creating a cohesive look. And as a special touch, the couple’s new initials were sewn into the train, making the dress a truly personal statement of the couple’s love and devotion.


iara’s 13-foot train was too long for the chapel at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England, the setting for this whimsical wedding. Built in the mid-1840’s, the castle features reception halls, a wine cellar, a chapel and a hotel to accommodate guests. With it’s sweeping grounds and modern


amenities, Peckforton Castle was the perfect venue for making Ciara’s dream wedding a reality.


he groom donned a custom suit by Georgio Armani, who also designed a “little man suit” for the ringbearer, Ciara’s two-year son, Future Zahir. Ciara’s eight bridesmaids wore black silk satin stretch gowns designed by Michael Costello to reflect each woman’s individual style and personality. Each woman also wore a Chantilly lace choker to match Ciara’s gown.


arth, Wind & Fire performed as the newlyweds arrived at their reception where they danced into the early morning hours. A perfect ending to a perfect day.

A Fairytale Wedding Jane Zhang weds in a Tony Ward gown fit for royalty By Stephanie Klasse Chinese pop star, Jane Zhang has solidified her career with more than a decade of international music success. By her side throughout the journey has been the CEO of her management company, Michael Feng Ke. He is also the love of her life, and now her husband. Their relationship was not publicly known for more than a decade, in order to allow Jane’s career to grow. Their wedding was an event fit for pop royalty, all with her long-time love by her side. On November 8, 2016, they wed with the backdrop of olive trees and vineyards in the lush hills of Umbria, central Italy. Jane and Michael’s said their vows in a 12th century Italian abbey and castle. On hand to ensure perfection for the nuptials was designer Tony Ward. He is the master behind the multiple looks for Jane and her bridal party. After meeting Jane in Rome for a personalized fitting, Tony used the inspiration of such a regal setting to transform the Chinese pop princess


“DRESSING JANE ZHANG AND HER BRIDESMAIDS FOR HER WEDDING WAS A VERY BEAUTIFUL EXPERIENCE. I DESIGNED THE DRESSES TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE TASTE AND PERSONALITY OF EACH OF THEM, WHILE KEEPING IT TRUE TO MY STYLE.” — TONY WARD into a true queen. The decadent handmade bridal creation was from the Couture Fall/Winter 2016/2017 collection was just as much a piece of art as the centuries-old frescoes that adorn the castle walls. Requiring 350 hours of careful work, hundreds of layers of silk organza were embroidered with pearls and crystals by those who work in Tony Ward’s atelier. Jane’s bridal party, comprised of her four friends, received the royal treatment from Tony Ward as well. Her bridal party was complete with actress, model and singer Liu Yifei; actress and singer Wang Luodan; singer Tan Weiwei; and singer-songwriter

Pan Chen. With such an accomplished group, nothing would be more fitting. They each wore a custom Tony Ward silk gown, and the designs varied slightly to match the personality of each woman. Ward explained that the dresses were unique “featuring a different cut and shape: a romantic look with fluent skirt, a chic and elegant dress with V-neckline, a passionate unusual look with asymmetrical cuts and a sweet feminine short/long.” The lilac hue used for all of the dresses was a perfect compliment to the

delicate and divine lavender flowers dripping from the castle. Each gown was also hand-embroidered with floral designs in yellow, green and purple crystals and sequins that tied each of the four dresses together expertly. The wedding festivities would not be complete without a stunning, embellished, red tulle from the Tony Ward Fall/Winter 2016/2017 Readyto-Wear collection. The dress was a striking and splendid contrast to the full bridal gown and the cool pastel hues of the wedding day while still echoing the opulence of the affair. The dress also matched the red velvet jacket of Michael Feng Ke, tying the colors to create a wonderfully coordinated ensemble. ∞

Cavalieri Hotel, Rome



exquisite wedding planning and styling world wide


Introducing the Bridesmaid Collection by Celebrity Wedding Designer, David Tutera


Kula Gown


David Tutera is a celebrated artist the world has known to come and love. His design value started his career and has catapulted him to an international success designing for celebrities, beautiful brides, designing with Mon Cheri and hosting television hit shows such as My Fair Wedding with David Tutera and WE TV’s show, David Tutera’s CELEBrations. His grandfather helped encourage David at age 19 to pursue his dreams, and he did just that. Today he owns an award winning planning company and travels the world speaking to brides coaching their wedding ideas with Cake Boss, Preston Bailey and other wedding celebs. Our exclusive interview offers an up close and personal view of his spectacular design insight. RM: What has been your most memorable destination wedding design experience? DT: I had a celebrity client wedding in Australia on the Great Barrier Reef—which is one of the most beautiful places, so we of course used Mother Nature as the inspiration and backdrop, while accenting it with slight pops of color, and we brought in a ton of candlelight to really set the ambiance on the beach. It was perfection. RM: What are your thoughts on destination weddings? Do you have any tips for our readers? DT: People always think you have to go the distance and be at the beach, in the

Caribbean or halfway across the world in order have a destination wedding, when a destination wedding could very well be right in your own country and your own state for that matter. I would have my couple weigh the pros and cons, while considering their budget of course. Keeping your wedding within your country keeps your costs lower and has a lot of added benefits including more guests being able to attend and easy communication, while being abroad can present other challenges, like language barriers and peak seasons that can incur added costs for not only the couple, but also their guests. Vendor fees will always vary, and you’d of course have to consider whether you’d want to bring your own vendors from home (which will always incur added travel costs) versus hiring local recommended vendors at your destination. For destination weddings I always recommend hiring a planner, as they can tackle any of the challenges that the client may face on their own. Planners also have a wide array of contacts and vendor recommendations that they can offer, especially planners such as myself who plan destination events all over the world. RM: What are some of the most important elements you like to use when designing an event or wedding? DT: One of the most important elements to help me design an event is the inspiration I draw from the couple/guest of honor—their personalities, passions,

their love story and their background. RM: For spring and summer weddings what do you recommend for florals? DT: Always use a floral that is in season to get the most bang for your buck! Great floral for spring and summer would include roses, lilacs, which also offer a great scent, peonies, sunflowers and hydrangea. Also be sure to consider floral and greenery that can withstand the heat, especially for outdoor weddings, like calla lilies, orchids, succulents and moss. RM: Describe your perfect client and qualities you hope couples have to bring to the working relationship? DT: A client that knows what they want and relays it from the start; yet is open to guidance, creative direction and suggestions along the way. A client that I click with and who ‘gets it’ while trusting in me as the planner and designer to fully bring their vision to life, without having to worry about a thing. RM: What tips can you suggest to brides to affordably consider bringing their wedding to the next level? DT: You can easily take a wedding to the next level just by changing small things, like the lighting. This is something that so many DIY brides overlook, but it is such an important part of the event. Lighting sets the mood, compliments the rest of your décor, and makes everything feel more romantic and high-


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end. One of my favorite things to do is change the color of the lighting throughout the night, starting with something warm and welcoming and cooling it down as the party heats up. It’s an easy and inexpensive décor element (many DJs will even throw it in with their normal package) but it makes all the difference in the world and really amps up your venue. RM: What is the most difficult aspect to planning a destination wedding? DT: Not being familiar with the location or the vendors, especially if communication is a challenge. RM: Please tell us some of your favorite highlights from ‘David Tutera’s


CELEBrations’? DT: Meeting one of my favorite idols, Vanessa Williams was a moment in itself; I must say I was a bit star-struck! And so honored, of course to have planned her bridal shower. RM: In designing gowns for Mon Cheri, what are some of your favorite designs for beach and resort brides? DT: Some of my favorite gowns in my collection that are perfect for beach and resort brides would have to be my Neela gown, Kula gown, Dory gown (which comes in a sea mist blue shade to compliment the backdrop of the ocean) and lastly, my Lyra dress, which is a stunning two-piece dress and so perfect

for an elegant beach bride who wants to change up her look at the reception. These gowns represent an elegant feel, while still remaining light and airy in their looks. RM: What are some of your favorite trends you would start for the New Year? DT: In 2017 we’ll be seeing lots of clean lines, geometric shapes and white along with organic components like succulents, smilax, petrified wood and moss taking center stage. ∞

Photography by Mel Barlow & CO

Neela Gown

Dory Gown

Lyra Gown

A Wedding in Thailand By Season Hurd


ichelle and Ian had a








couldn’t resist the urge to explore


of luxury and leisure. The venue

or formal than usual. The look

a second option—a more intimate

boasts a pristine lawn overlooking


and informal wedding experience

the exquisite beach below. This


on the shores of Phuket, Thailand.

juxtaposition set the ideal stage

complement to the bubbly couple

Their destination wedding needed

for an upscale, yet casual fête.

and their first-rate style.

to be a spectacular event but still


embrace the levity of an island

gotten lost in the view with such

getaway. The couple chose Phuket


event specialists Nanya and Jess

them. Instead, a massive wedding





honored guest. Michelle and Ian’s


wedding was no exception with






in Hong Kong where



formal reside.

sisters The






Private Villas Kata Noi were selected as a perfect mix



breathtaking framed





seascape them grass


with to






palette seemed far less feminine intentionally effortlessly



estination are





affairs that allow a more




space was transformed following

the VIP treatment. Layers of softly



the nuptials, the arch remained

draping fabric pooled around the

unique event were easily met and

as an anchor for the breathtaking

chair legs in more dramatic than

the results were a feast for the

reception décor.

formal take on this classic look.




their vision. With an expert team, of







cement the focal point. As the










Lush floral arrangements were raised

inspection, giving depth to the design.

on large, transparent vases so that

The reception dress, similar but distinct

the familiar attendees could engage

from her ceremony gown, was rather

in uninhibited conversation. Elements

like the sassier sister of that worn

like roses, ivy, and fairy lights may have

earlier in the day. The shimmering,

evoked a formal English tea party;


however other floral selections made

going spirit of the party, accented by

it clear there was a full-on celebration

the glistening fairy lights above.

to come.







s the night wore on, refreshing

auzy dresses on the ladies and untucked shirts on the gents




tropical beverages were served, there was dancing, and there was

swimming in the pool. In addition, guests

was second to festivity at this wedding.

were honored with a kind “Thank You� for

In another surprising move, the bride

their love and support. A sparkler send

donned two incredible dresses during

off was the perfect finale for a wedding,

the course of the day. The ceremony

showing high style and down-to-earth fun

gown was flowing and simple—perfect

absolutely go together.






detailing could be seen upon closer

“Destination weddings are an amazing way to celebrate the most important day in couple’s life with the nearest and dearest friends and family. It often provides for a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere. And with people gathered from all over the world, [the location] makes it not only an unforgettable celebration, but also a beautiful holiday full of fun and happiness. For that reason destination weddings are so favored by jet setters and travel lovers,” The Wedding Bliss Thailand Team

Photography: Blush Photography Event Planning: The Wedding Bliss Venue: Impiana Private Villas Kata Noi, Thailand Florist by IAMFLOWER MUAH Neil Donkin Elite Hair & Makeup


Vow To Be Chic carrying the perfect bridesmaid dresses designed by Paper Crown.


Jeannie in Silver Peony


(Left )Natalie in Spice Wine (Right) Mandi Photography: Jose Villa


Host + Linen: LUXE Linen / Design + Planning: Eddie Zaratsian / Floral Design: Tic-Tock Couture Florals / Rentals: Revelry Event Design + Dish Wish Events / Venue: Vibiana / Bridal Gown: Jinza Bridal / Lighting: High Voltage Lighting / PR + Marketing: Rayce PR / Photography: Krista Mason Photography

Host: LUXE Linen / Venue/Catering: Vibiana / Lighting/Sound: High Voltage Lighting / Rentals: Revelry Event Designers / Rentals: 204 Events / China: Dish Wish Events / Photography: Krista Mason Photography / Photo Booth: Smile Lounge Photo Booth / Dessert: Bottega Louie / Dessert: Sprinkles / Dessert Bar: Candybar Couture / Champagne: Wiens Family Cellars / Wine: ONEHOPE Wine / Coffee: Conscious Bean / DJ: Vox DJs / HMUA: Face It Sugar / HMUA: Design Visage / PR: Rayce PR & Marketing

Olivier Dolz Sheraton Grand Doha Resort, QATAR


Olivier Dolz Asateer Tent Atlantis the Palm, Dubai in UAE

Olivier Dolz Beside Dubai Opera in UAE


(Left & Right) LeNovelle Cake Jakarta & Bali

(Left & Right) Cakes: Melissa’s Fine Pastries Photography: Christie Froom Studios, Second Line Photography

(Left & Right) Cakes Haute Couture by Patricia Arribรกlzaga Barcelona

Bakery: McCathur’s Bakery Photography: Photo Elegance Wedding planner: Big Bow Events Location: Peabody Opera House, St Louis




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