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INSPIRING EATS

178 HONEYMOON

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190 HAUTE CAKES

Planning 143 Inspiring Eats

Energize your wedding menu with these of-the-moment catering trends.

148 Anatomy of a Tuxedo

We break down the basics of this formalwear staple.

150 10 Things That Inspire Me: Jennifer Fisher The celebrity jewelry designer gives us the scoop on what she’s loving now.

152 What I Loved About My Wedding

Nationals’ player Bryce Harper and wife Kayla Varner tell us about their rustic, intimate day.

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Shopping 161 Wish List

Sultry lingerie, halo engagement rings and bridesmaid gifts.

168 Registry Trends

These kitchen kettles make a statement.

170 What to Wear

Attire ideas for you and your attendants for art gallery, barn and castle weddings.

178 Honeymoon Style

Pack these essentials for your romantic Croatian getaway.

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Real Love 205 Real Weddings

Get inspo from five personalized “I dos.”

232 Ethereal Oasis

Florals and greenery create an urban oasis for wedding dress designer Sabrina Dahan and Aaron Eshaghian’s nuptials.

236 Love Is Love

Celebrity wedding planner David Tutera and Joey Toth throw an art deco black-tie affair full of love.

Honeymoons

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118 Honeymoon Trends

One-of-a-kind experiences from around the world.

346 10 Most Romantic Honeymoons

THE RACES

Our favorite hideaways for two.

352 Real Honeymoons

Italy, New York City and the Philippines.

183 Trend Roundup

Our guide to the hottest hair and makeup looks.

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188 5 Nutrition Myth Busters

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Debunking some common health beliefs.

Registry & Style 190 Haute Cakes

Iconic wedding dresses inspire tiered confections.

196 Earthy Elegance

Fresh ideas for an autumn soiree.

200 Chefs’ Top Picks for Your Registry A-list foodies share their kitchen must-haves.

Fashion

85 Runway Report

The prettiest gowns from Bridal Fashion Week, plus our editors’ notes from the front row.

96 Designer Spotlight

Reem Acra gives us the exclusive on celebrating 20 years in bridal.

240 Off to the Races

Grand gowns, classic details and elegant accents will get your style on track.

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EDITOR’S LET TER

Fall has always been my favorite season. It’s when I got married, and, it turns out, it’s when many of you are tying the knot too. (Fall surpassed summer as the most popular wedding season according to our 2016 Real Weddings Study.) And it’s also when we celebrate bridal fashion. Our special Fashion issue includes the Runway Report (p. 85), a look at designer Reem Acra’s illustrious career and latest collection (p. 96), and a fashion story featuring beautiful, classic gowns shot in Saratoga Springs, New York (“Off to the Races,” p. 240). Fashion even inspired “Haute Cakes” (p. 190), which showcases confections designed to match the details of some iconic wedding dresses. (Yes, you can base your cake on your bridal look!) Of course, fashion wasn’t the only thing on our minds—we thought a lot about helping you plan a personalized day, starting with the hottest food trends and how to make them your own (“Inspiring Eats,” p. 143). Plus our stunning and original Real Weddings (p. 205)—including an elegant backyard affair and a whimsical Brooklyn loft ceremony—will give you fresh ideas for your own celebration. And the issue wouldn’t be complete without our favorite spots for a postwedding getaway. In “10 Most Romantic Honeymoons” (p. 346) we highlight the resorts and destinations that offer truly special experiences for couples. After a year or more of planning your wedding together, a dreamy vacation for two is often the best gift you can give to yourselves. Congratulations!

I love this sweet, elegant Monique Lhuillier gown. (p. 240)

KELLIE GOULD Editor in Chief

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Celebrating 20 years with Reem Acra at her Tiffany & Co. show. (p. 96)

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See how Solange Knowles’s dress inspired our cake story. (p. 190)

Balinese resort Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, is on my travel list. (p. 346)

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Personal details shine in this ranch wedding. (p. 218)

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A Season to Fall in Love

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CONTRIBUTORS

PETER CALLAHAN

PRINCIPAL + CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF PETER CALLAHAN CATERING, “Inspiring Eats” (p. 143)

What’s a new trend you’re seeing in wedding menus?

People want more choices for seated dinners. Family style is popular, but sometimes there’s only so much room on the table. Another option is rolling carts of food between tables or adding a buffet so guests are brought a full meal when they sit down plus there’s all this bounty available too. The best thing is having unexpected items in addition to the dinner. This can be as simple as a bowl of shaved corn that the guests pass around or more extensive offerings of multiple dishes. @petercallahan

DENISE PORCARO

Callahan’s second book, ‘Party Food,’ is out August 22

FOUNDER/OWNER OF FLOWER GIRL NYC, “Floating Flowers” (p. 111)

What floral trends are you loving right now?

Tropicals are having a moment across all seasons, especially beautiful leaves as they come in various shapes, sizes and shades. They can be really interesting and provide a ton of texture. They happen to be the nonflower floral trend currently. I also love when flowers aren’t in traditional arrangements, like if they’re popping out of unexpected places. It feels otherworldly, as if they’re a part of the space and not just decorative. @flowergirlnyc, @deniseporcarotupper

PERNILLE LOOF

PHOTOGRAPHER,

“Haute Cakes” (p. 190)

STEVEN NASSIMOS

SET DESIGNER,

Cover, “Off to the Races” (p. 240)

You chose the roses for the cover— how did you personalize them for this shoot?

Nassimos styling the florals for our cover shoot

Since roses are a main element on the cover, I knew it was important to source something special. David Austin roses are award winning for their uniquely beautiful blooms and fragrance. I came across them years ago and have never looked back. Brides should ask for this quality of flowers when choosing stems for their wedding. They won’t disappoint, I promise. @stevennassimos

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ASSOCIATE REAL WEDDINGS EDITOR

What’s your favorite part about working at The Knot?

I see hundreds of real weddings a year, so I’m constantly surrounded by inspiring images of cakes, flowers, dresses, tear-jerking first looks and plenty of puppies in tuxedos. But the best part of my job is having the privilege of sharing a couple’s love story with the rest of the world. It’s incredibly rewarding to have a hand in their personal narrative. @rachelsylvester

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The Knot team is always prepared, yet open to the spontaneous changes that happen during a shoot. Wedding cakes are often shot more romantically, so we really wanted to go contemporary and fashion forward. We had a blast playing around with colored backgrounds and the unique modern look. The cakes were masterpieces, and it was fun figuring out the different sets and props that highlighted each one’s details best. By the end of the day, we were all just hoping for a slice! @pernilleloof

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Let the Planning Begin 12+ MONTHS

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Don’t worry, your first task is a fun one: Envision your wedding— think about the style you want and color palettes you love. Nail down a budget. When and where would you like to say “I do”? Not sure where to start? The Knot Venue Concierge can give you personal recommendations based on a few details (see Wedding Planning Tools, p. 58). Hire any pros you just have to have, like musicians or a wedding planner. Start searching for the wedding dress. Get the ring appraised and then insured ASAP.

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Find a stationer and order your save-the-dates. This is really happening! Propose to your wedding party. Create your website at TheKnot .com/weddingwebsites. It’ll be a hub for all the info guests need, including your registry and day-of specifics. Book your photographer, florist, caterer, cake baker and other important pros. Order the gown and veil. Schedule fittings for six weeks and one to two weeks before the wedding. Choose and order the bridesmaid dresses. Start registering—a super-fun to-do.

Plan the ceremony with your officiant and discuss any religious requirements such as premarital counseling. Book your honeymoon. Choose the formalwear. Send out your save-the-dates. Order the invitations and thank-you notes. Hire a day-of coordinator (if you don’t have a full-service planner or a day-of planner isn’t included with your venue). Schedule beauty trials and book hairstylists and makeup artists.

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Finalize all of your flower arrangements with your florist. Address your invitations or hand them off to your calligrapher. Finalize the rental list (tables, chairs, linens and so on) with the caterer or rental company. Complete your wedding cake order and order the groom’s cake, if you’re having one. Buy wedding rings. Arrange day-of transportation for yourselves and the wedding party.

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Mail your wedding invitations at the six- to eight-week mark. RSVPs should be due one month before the wedding. Work on your vows, especially if you’re writing them yourselves. Go to the first dress fitting— bring shoes and undergarments. Finalize the menu. Create a timeline for the weekend and share it with your attendants, planner and photographer.

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Compile a must-take photo list for your shooter. Keep it under a dozen so you get the shots you really want.

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Go to the last dress fitting. Designate point people for day-of tasks. Make sure all beauty appointments are scheduled.

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Steam the dress or suit if it’s wrinkled. Touch base with the ceremony and reception sites one more time to go over the schedule.

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Give the marriage license to your officiant. Rehearse the ceremony and have dinner.

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Hours spent dancing and making the rounds among your guests can definitely lead to throbbing feet. To stay blister free for your “I dos,” try giving your shoes a little tough love. Stiff leather soles can rub against the skin, so stretch them out by rolling up damp washcloths and placing them in the toes of your shoes, allowing them to air dry. Or put on your thickest pair of socks and walk around the house in your heels for a few weeks to break them in. Day of, pack an emergency kit with bandages and gel inserts so you can dance the night away pain free.

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We feel our wedding style is pretty clear. Do we still need to include a dress code on our invitations? We suggest you do, simply because it can be so helpful for your guests. They’ll want to know what to wear— and what’s suitable—for your celebration, so use common, clear language that will help them decide. Stick with the usual categories like “casual” or “formal.” If you don’t want to include this on your invitations, your wedding website is a great place to share your dress code, along with other need-to-know items.

SOCIAL STUDY

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I love social media! How do I enjoy my wedding while still sharing with my faraway friends and followers? Your wedding day will fly by, and if you’re on your phone the whole time, you won’t be truly present and you’ll miss out on important moments. Focus on the guests who have come to celebrate with you during the wedding, and everyone on social media later. You can always designate a “mediamaid”— one of your attendants who wants to take on the responsibility, or even a person you hire to keep your social networks updated throughout the day. Another option is to schedule day-of tweets and posts beforehand, so they’re ready to go without the hassle. Post a sweet shot the day before to remind everyone of your hashtag so they can follow along in real time.

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We’re not big drinkers, but we want to be inclusive. Do we need to have an open bar? Since you’re inviting guests to come celebrate your new union, it’s nice to cover the tab—they’ve probably spent money on travel, gifts and attire for the occasion. However, “open bar” doesn’t mean you need to supply every type of alcohol. You can avoid top-shelf liquor or serve only beer and wine to cut costs. As long as you have a nice mix, everyone will have a great time. And don’t forget to include nonalcoholic beverages. These could even act as your signature cocktail. A refreshing lavender lemonade is a perfect summer sip, while mulled apple cider will warm guests in the winter months. >>

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When should I change my relationship status or update my name on social media? It’s up to you. Once you tie the knot, you and your new spouse can decide when to change your relationship status or last name online. For some couples, this can be a very important moment; for others, it’s no big deal. You may not even be “in a relationship” on Facebook. So, if and when you’re ready to make the change, go for it.

SIZING UP

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I’ve heard that the size of your wedding party is dependent on your guest list. Is this true? There’s really no set rule when it comes to the size of your wedding party. Of course there’s a custom for almost every aspect of a wedding, but nearly all those “rules” can be bent—we actually encourage it. Etiquette says you can have up to 12 bridesmaids (and groomsmen) for formal affairs with more than 200 guests, while more casual or smaller soirees tend to have fewer. Trust us, it’s worse to exclude a close friend out of respect to tradition than to have an extra attendant.

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We’re getting completely overwhelmed choosing our décor. What element will have the most impact? Lighting, lighting, lighting! It’s the best way to set whatever mood you’re going for and can make even the most basic space look special. Bonus: The embellished details you spent hours planning will glow under illumination, so you can likely get away with spending less on décor. Check with your pros and have them help you figure out the right mix to enhance your space and make it absolutely unforgettable.

MAKING THE CUT

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We’ve narrowed it down to two vendors and like them both. How do we choose between them? Assuming they’re both available on your preferred date, examine who best fits your budget (and what their package does or doesn’t include). Then, check out examples of their past work and read reviews from other couples. Most importantly, you should meet each vendor in person and see who you click with. This person will be supporting you for the entire planning process and wedding day, so you want to get along.

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I’m worried I might be cold when I walk down the aisle, but I don’t want to look too covered up. Any suggestions? Shivering your way down the aisle will definitely divert your focus at the ceremony. To cover up in style, take cues from the runway—toppers like shrugs, capelets and wraps are perfect for staying warm without having to sacrifice any glamour. Faux fur is an elegant option, not to mention a fabulous fit for fall and winter weddings. For a coordinated look, enlist your seamstress to custom make an accent piece in a fabric that complements your gown or echoes its special details. This is where your “something old” could also come into play. We love when fabric from a family member’s wedding attire is repurposed for a new and sentimental look.

GUEST-ING GAME

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My partner now wants to invite an additional 20 people to our wedding that my parents are paying for. With dates, that’s 40 additional guests. What should I do? Give your partner a reality check by talking money, not head count. If your wedding is $100 per person, explain that this request would cost your parents another $4,000. If there’s available space at your venue, suggest your fiancé pay the difference for the extra guests. Otherwise, go through your guest list and point out who’s already invited. Remind your partner that you both want to be surrounded by your closest loved ones on your day (not the college friends who haven’t been in your lives for the past five years).

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We have a very strict budget. What’s the easiest way to cut costs during the planning process? From the start, your guest list will determine how much you’ll be spending. It’s nearly impossible to have a 400-person wedding on a $10,000 budget, so start by paring that list down. The formality of your celebration can affect cost as well. Choose a venue with a low-key vibe for a simpler, more relaxed event. When it comes to food and flowers, think local and seasonal. Talk to your pros about staying in your region when selecting these items. It will also be a great way to celebrate the wedding locale. And season and timing are key. For example, Saturday is the most in-demand day, and therefore most expensive. Likewise with June, July and early fall.

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was love at first sight—with my dress, that is. (For the record, it was “like” at first sight with my fiancé, Kris; love came a few months later.) When I first spotted the gown, it was about 1 a.m. on Oscars night and I was hard at work, sitting at my desk at People. The after-party photos were starting to come in and that's when I saw it: a gold gown with a flowing pleated skirt, thighgrazing slit and sculpted bodice. The dress was by Maria Lucia Hohan and the star wearing it was Kate Hudson. Everyone who’s ever covered red carpet fashion has an all-time favorite gown, and this metallic stunner immediately became mine. But love at first sight didn't mean I knew right away it would be the dress I wanted to wear down the aisle. That realization came years later, after getting engaged and going to a dozen bridal boutiques around New York City, leaving each one underwhelmed and disappointed. The sea of ivory dresses felt a little “one size fits all.” I wanted something different, something that felt like me. After what felt like my gazillionth Saturday spent staring at varying shades of white, I sent an email to Maria Lucia Hohan’s team mentioning Kate Hudson's dress, and soon I was emailing directly with Maria herself. During a trip to LA, I stopped by the showroom and put on the gown. I'd already tried on probably 50 or so wedding dresses, but this was the first time I had the urge to take photos. My friend Molly snapped a few and I spent much of the flight back to New York staring at them. Ultimately, Maria and I decided to make a few minor tweaks: a slightly less high-cut slit (I envisioned a gust of wind in the middle of the ceremony and all the guests getting a look at my “something-new-and-blue” underwear), no sheer panels at the sides, and a rose-gold-meets-copper color rather than straight-up gold. Some of our wedding guests know to expect a nontraditional dress, but like the saleswomen at the bridal shops I visited, I have a feeling their idea of nontraditional doesn't involve a metallic red carpet dress that a fashion-risk-taking celeb once wore. Though I can't imagine they’ll be shocked considering nearly every

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The bride, shopping for a headpiece in her custom Maria Lucia Hohan dress.

KATE’S DRESS VS. ZOË’S Kate Hudson’s 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party dress featured cutouts and high slits. Zoë made the gown her own, skipping the panels and side slits and swapping Kate’s gold-silvery hue for something more romantic.

other aspect of our Italy nuptials bucks convention: no bridal party (or shower or bachelorette) and dinner followed by dancing at, not a restaurant or catering hall, but the town’s sole discoteca. While Kris doesn't know any details about the dress, I did tell him the color—mostly because I was so excited, I couldn't keep it to myself. (He was into it, especially after I eased his concerns of, “How will people know you're the bride?”) I recently tried on the gown again during a visit to Jennifer Behr's studio where I test-drove headpieces for the walk down the aisle. I couldn't stop beaming. Instinctively, I hummed the “Wedding March” to myself. “Here comes the bride, all dressed in white” may have a better ring to it, but “Here comes the bride, all dressed in rose gold meets copper” feels much more me. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Zoë Ruderman is the executive director of content strategy at People. She was married on June 23, 2017, in Positano, Italy.

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I love the look of a bridal party in all white. How can I pull this off and still stand out as the bride? If your wedding dress is long, have your friends sport shorter white dresses or ones with high-low hemlines to distinguish you as the bride. Another way to set yourself apart from your girls is with fabrics. If your gown is lace, have your bridesmaids wear silk or chiffon.

One of my bridesmaids is pregnant, but I’m not crazy about traditional maternity dresses. How can I make sure she’ll match the rest of my bridal party? You don’t have to necessarily use a traditional maternity-style dress for expecting mothers. Some brands (like Jenny Yoo) have bridesmaid dresses with stylish, matching maternity options. Its Aidan dress (one of our most popular styles) has a maternity sister style, the Cerise. It’s an affordable but totally fashionable option for women who are expecting.

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• HAYLEY PAIGE

THE TREND

• MIRA ZWILLINGER

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• MONIQUE LHUILLIER

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Sheer Corsets

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A behind-the-scenes look at some of our favorite moments from Bridal Fashion Week.

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Shot by photographer Ruven Afanador, Acra’s first ad campaign set her apart as a fashion-forward designer in a traditional industry. Acra loved the campaign so much she had one shot blown up and made into wallpaper for her New York home.

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Although her whimsical aesthetic helped form modern bridal fashion trends, Reem Acra says she didn’t set out to change the rules. “I just intended to be myself,” she says. “I wanted to share my imagination with the world.” Her passion struck a chord with brides looking for wedding dresses with a high-fashion tilt, helping the designer build an empire spanning bridal and readyto-wear. While Acra’s celebrity following has grown and her designs have evolved, she says her brand stays true to its core values of quality and luxury. With that in mind, Acra celebrated 20 years in the industry at the Tiffany & Co. flagship store in New York City. The spectacular event was inspired in part by the jeweler’s iconic pieces. Here, an inside look at Acra’s careerdefining moments, favorite memories and her latest collection. @reem_acra

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Acra as a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology

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DESIGNS HER FIRST DRESS “It started as a bet with a friend of mine. She said she would only get married if I made her wedding dress. I agreed, and that was the beginning of everything.”

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Acra marries Nicolas Tabbal, MD, in an intimate civil ceremony.

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DESIGNS FOR J.LO

DESIGNS TAYLOR SWIFT’S MAID OF HONOR DRESS

“I loved the way she looked in this dress. It helped inspire my black eveningwear collection at Tiffany & Co.”

Acra was the go-to bridal designer for Taylor Swift’s best friend Britany Maack’s nuptials, designing both the wedding and maid of honor dresses.

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“They took the Tiffany Diamond out for me—I was so excited, I started sketching immediately.”

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After the success of her bridal collection, Acra begins designing ready-to-wear, dressing celebrities like Halle Barry, Gwen Stefani and Beyoncé.

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the design process “I THINK ABOUT A BRIDE LOOKING AT HER WEDDING PHOTOS IN 30 YEARS. IS SHE GOING TO LOOK AT HERSELF AND SAY, ‘I LOOK BEAUTIFUL’? THAT’S HOW I DESIGN.”

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FLOWERS add crystals to the arrangement and tabletop for some sparkle

When it comes to centerpieces, the sky’s the limit—literally. Pros are swapping tabletop arrangements for hanging installations of branches, vines and statement florals. Ask your florist to create a swag to suspend over your sweetheart table or hang above your altar. >>

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Flower Girl NYC founder Denise Porcaro shares the inspiration behind the floral overhang she created (on previous page) and why she loves this budding trend.

Pretty in Purple “I chose a mix of purples, which is such a pretty color to use throughout autumn. For an ombré effect, I worked with a variety of blooms—from orchids and sweet peas to ranunculus—in a range of purple. A mossy branch was the perfect natural base, while crystals and stones gave the structure a dreamy feel.” The Perfect Spot “A floral overhang can take many forms, so you’re not limited by your space or wedding style. I love the look of several swags hung above long farm tables to create a romantic dining atmosphere.”

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A New “It” Arrangement “We’ve been creating different variations of overhangs for clients that want to add a touch of whimsy to their space. They’re a great fit for celebrations held in a loft or barn, or anywhere with high ceilings that could benefit from a pop of color.”

ALL T HE SINGL E LADIE S Good news for pals flying solo to your wedding: New app Singles Table aims to play Cupid ahead of your nuptials by giving unhitched friends a place to mingle virtually before they meet IRL on the dance floor. Create a profile for your day at SinglesTable.co and share the code with guests, who can then use the app to chat up fellow attendees before your wedding day. Who knows—they could be next to say “I do.” >>

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couple crush A toast to our favorite duos celebrating an anniversary.

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HONEYMOON FOR HIRE Whether you’re craving R & R or an adrenaline-fueled adventure, a honeymoon concierge can help you plan the trip of a lifetime, sans stress. Katie Frederick Jacobson, owner of Ever After Honeymoons, spills her insider tips. HOW IT WORKS “Couples fill out a form detailing what they’re looking for in their getaway. From there, I make recommendations for spots I think fit their travel personalities, including where they should stay and what they should do. Once we narrow it down, I book all travel and accommodations, and provide them with a fun, detailed itinerary.”

HOW TO PLAN When figuring out where you want to go, focus first on what you like to do as a pair. “I tell couples that a honeymoon doesn’t need to mean going to the beach if you don’t enjoy that.” Think about some of your favorite times together—is there a new spot that bottles that experience or atmosphere? Go there!

WHERE TO HEAD “A lot of my couples are very active, so I’ve been planning trips that incorporate those types of experiences into their honeymoon. Iceland, Patagonia, Peru and New Zealand are all great for adventure-loving duos. Beachy locales like Thailand, Antigua, the Maldives and Indonesia are also big with lovebirds.”

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WHY GO PRO Looking for wedding tasks to hire out? Your honeymoon may be a perfect fit. “Honeymoons differ from a normal vacation, so work with someone who gets that,” Jacobson says. “We choose unique destinations within a couple’s budget, curate the itinerary and give them VIP perks.”

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CA PSULE C OL L EC TION Brides on a budget, rejoice! Romona Keveza’s new line offers the luxurious minimalism the designer is known for, but it won’t break the bank. The launch collection features streamlined styles in silk shantung taffeta and mikado fabrics, with optional black touches like sashes and belts.

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Get Zen Calling all spiritual warriors: Meditation is going mainstream, with ultra-chic studios opening in cities like New York, Chicago and LA, and it’s a great way to tame prewedding jitters. Nowhere to hit the mat nearby? Download these apps for an at-home session.

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sattva Sattva pairs ancient techniques (like chanting) with modern formatting, like a personalized dash and playlist. Arrange a “group lounge” session and recruit your bridal party.

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A posh perfume bottle to house her signature scent. 2 Anemones perfume bottle, $1,495, Lalique.com

buddhify Minimalists will love the streamlined interface that categorizes hours of sessions geared toward everything from sleep to emotion. Bonus: an expertbacked community ready to answer all your meditation questions.

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Honeymoon Trends ONE-OF-A-KIND EXPERIENCES FROM AROUND THE WORLD. BY NANCY RONES

Eat breakfast alongside giraffes in Nairobi, Kenya.

BUENOS AIRES BOUND Argentina just cut its steep 21 percent hotel tax, making Buenos Aires, aka the “Paris of South America,” an even sexier honeymoon destination. Put the extra cash toward a posh stay at the Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt Buenos Aires (BuenosAires.Park .Hyatt.com). Or indulge in the city’s hot culinary scene. Add the famed steak or pizza and cool underground “closed-door restaurants” (puertas cerradas) to your list.

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AUSTRALIA Find these furballs chilling high in eucalyptus trees along the southern and eastern coasts. Score major sightings in Victoria’s Kennett River area along the Great Ocean Road.

ICELAND Take a puffinwatching boat tour from Reykjavík, visit Borgarfjörður for a closer look, or surround yourself with these feathered friends on charming Vigur island.

AFRICA Visit The Safari Collection Giraffe Manor (TheSafariCollection .com) in Nairobi, Kenya, where giraffes are known to pop by the manor’s 12 acres as they please.

MEXICO Watch sea turtles waddle toward the ocean in Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta. Or head to Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya (SecretsResorts .com) to snorkel with mature turtles.

Cruise Into Cuba Cruises from the US are docking (some even overnight) in this formerly off-limits island, alleviating stress about the country’s reported hotel shortage—you’ll have a floating stateroom. On the Norwegian Sky (NCL.com), passengers may take in Havana from a vintage car by day and soak in live Cuban music at night.

STATEMENT PIECE “It girls” like Gigi Hadid have been seen toting Poolside’s straw bags (from $200, WeArePoolside.com). Choose a quip or customize with your new initials.

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Energize your wedding menu with our favorite of-the-moment catering trends, like eye-catching displays and preceremony sips. These foodie-approved ideas will leave guests gushing about your reception long after you say “I do.” >>

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Daring Displays Give partygoers something to feast their eyes on with a wow-worthy display. “Clients are always looking for fresh ideas, and the more visual, the better,” says Peter Callahan of Peter Callahan Catering in New York City—and the mastermind behind the apple tree. Get guests up and interacting with their surroundings with an especially memorable food moment. MAKE IT YOURS Work with vendors on an idea that marries charm with an activity, like picking apples off a faux tree or choosing a doughnut hung from a wall.

Guests will no doubt work up an appetite on the dance f loor, so treat them to a second round of bites featuring your fave comfort foods. Casual menu items like mini sliders and grilled cheese triangles with tomato soup shooters will delight the crowd, and are a great way to cap off an evening of celebrating. MAKE IT YOURS Offer an oldie but goodie: pretzels. The salty treat is the new “it” snack, and even high-end caterers are getting in on the fun. The team at Abigail Kirsch in New York City serves them dangling from clear umbrellas—really! Package yours in wax paper sleeves so guests can easily tote them from the dance floor to the after-party.

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Locally Sourced Center your meal around farm-to-table ingredients unique to your reception locale for a fun way to give loved ones a “tour” of the area with each bite. Not only can you trim down your catering costs by choosing local, in-season fruits and vegetables, you’ll end up with dishes that are more flavorful—and colorful—too. MAKE IT YOURS Go with an all-veggie menu. It’s a gutsy choice, but when your picks are that fresh, even the most die-hard meat lovers won’t miss their beef. Hire a caterer who specializes in veggie-based dishes—they’ll be able to plan a meal that will leave guests satisfied.

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Take the signature cocktail to the next level by setting up a special spot at your reception (also known as a satellite bar) where you can serve a favorite brew or spirit, like whiskey, gin or trendy Aperol. Or hire a flair bartender to wow guests with some mixology magic. MAKE IT YOURS Try a spin on fresh seasonal sips. The team at Paula LeDuc Fine Catering in California treats clients to what they call their From the Garden bar, which pairs popular spirits, like vodka and rum, with fresh herbs, edible flowers and house-made juice blends, like strawberry rhubarb and red bell pepper basil. THE TREND

Foodie Favors Edible gifts are one thing you can guarantee guests won’t leave behind. Thank family and friends for celebrating with a beautifully packaged (and delicious) treat reminiscent of your reception locale. Luxe chocolates, fresh-baked cookies, homemade Limoncello, or regional olive oil and balsamic vinegar are all total crowd-pleasers. MAKE IT YOURS Go for a breakfast theme with your food favors and pull together baskets of essentials, like jam and biscuits, tea or coffee, cinnamon buns, cereal bars and more. It’s a thoughtful solution for guests leaving town early the next morning and perfect in lieu of a day-after brunch.

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Family Style Instead of a buffet or plated dinner, serve the main meal family style (every table passes dishes among themselves) for a casual vibe that gets your guests interacting. Your reception will take on the effortless, relaxed feel of a dinner party, and guests can sample a bite of everything without having to choose one meal. MAKE IT YOURS Get the best of both worlds with a “European” family-style spin. Every guest selects their main protein (like a traditional beef, chicken, fish or veggie dish), but the sides are passed around the table for sharing. >>

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Cakes will always reign supreme, but more couples are supplementing traditional tiers with desserts in their favorite flavors. A variety of pies, a French-inspired croquembouche or a stack of doughnuts all satisfy a sweet tooth and feel unexpected. MAKE IT YOURS Dish out treats like ice cream sandwiches, churros, crepes and more from food trucks for a playful dessert hour on wheels. THE TREND

High-End Tastes Lend a luxe feel to dinner with a multicourse (five or more) menu, complete with wine pairings. Complex flavors and intricate plating are surefire ways to impress your guests. “We’ve seen a trend toward artistic plating that offers a lot of white space for a clean, modern feel,” says Alison Awerbuch, executive chef and partner at Abigail Kirsch. MAKE IT YOURS Tasting menus are known for their unique dish names. Work with your caterer to dream up a fun, personalized menu as a tribute to you and your partner. THE TREND

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Cultural Cuisine Celebrate your heritage with a menu that fuses both your cultures (think Indian cocktail hour meets Southern dinner). You could also pair each speciality with a beverage, like mini margs and tacos or hand rolls and sake. MAKE IT YOURS The team at Paula LeDuc takes requests to re-create family-favorite recipes. Ask your caterer if they’ll do the same, then surprise guests with grandma’s legendary mac and cheese.

THE TREND

ROAMING DINNER

Instead of a seated meal, offer guests a plethora of passed apps, filling small plates and interactive stations. “Our staff serves guests from barker trays that are tied behind their necks for a fun stadium feel,” Awerbuch says. MAKE IT YOURS Hire a few expert servers to interact with guests and delight them with everything from oyster shucking to mozzarella pulling on the go.

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Get the party started early by offering beverages before the ceremony while guests await your “I dos.” Refreshing mixers or alcohol-free sips, like sweet tea, will set the mood for your reception and evoke a celebratory atmosphere. MAKE IT YOURS Serve mini bottles of champagne (with pretty striped straws, of course) so guests can pop the cork and cheers when you’re officially wed.

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Tuxedo Shirt A crisp white piqué bib shirt with French cuffs and a wing collar is the perfect canvas for all the accessories.

Silk bow tie, $135, Lavin, MrPorter.com

Single Button The foundation for groom attire is the jacket. Opt for a single button on a double-breasted style for a more traditional look.

Tuxedo shirt, $179, BlackLapel.com

Peak Lapel More contemporary than its counterparts, the peak lapel’s point draws the eye up toward the shoulder, elongating the body.

Pocket Square Neutral-hued silk or silk-blend pocket squares in a mussed or fluted fold help add a soft contrast to an otherwise sharp-edged tux.

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Cuff Links Aside from the wedding ring, cuff links will probably be the only other form of bling you’ll wear. Make it count with a snazzy sterling silver pair.

Pocket square, $10, TheTieBar.com

Shirt Studs These accessories are a more formal, streamlined option for tuxedo shirts. Seamlessly tie the outfit together by matching the metal and style of the studs to the cuff links.

Cuff links, $55, Ox & Bull Trading Co., CuffLinks.com

Socks Wear long, dark-hued socks (or fun patterned alternatives) to avoid showing any skin when you sit.

Tuxedo studs, $39 for set with cuff links (not pictured), BlackLapel.com

Socks, $22, HappySocks.com

Trouser Break For a sleek profile, hem the tuxedo pants to break over the top of the shoes. You don’t want your socks showing or your pants bunching up. Tuxedo, $1,975, Canali, MrPorter.com

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Shoes Patent leather oxfords give a polished finish to a tuxedo.

Sleeve Length The sleeves of your shirt should be slightly longer than the tuxedo jacket to allow a sliver of the shirt and cuff links to peek out.

Oxfords, $280, ColeHaan.com

S H O P M O R E T U X E D O S A N D S U I T S AT TheKnot.com/tuxedos

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ANEMONES “These flowers are hard and feminine at the same time.”

CUSTOM CUFF “You can inscribe your wedding date on the side. It’s a chic secret.” Square Inscribed cuff, $2,750, JenniferFisher.com

“I’m obsessed with this scent. It has a distinct unisex quality.” Tobacco Vanille all over body spray, $67 for 5 oz., Tom Ford, Nordstrom.com

PIETER VERMEERSCH “His work is so amazing. It takes him hours to create these almostmonochrome paintings.”

COMO MAALIFUSHI RESORT “I’m dying to visit this resort in the Maldives. It seems like the ultimate getaway.”

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With a thriving fine jewelry business and a celebrity following, Jennifer Fisher has cool-girl appeal, and plenty of ideas about pulling off stylish nuptials. “I like to think outside the box,” she says. For her Spring 2018 collection, she was inspired by interior décor and modern art—themes she says easily carry over to weddings. “If I got married again, I’d mix it up with different metals, candles and geometric décor. Weddings don’t have to be so traditional.” @jenniferfisherjewelry GIANVITO ROSSI “These are the most comfortable shoes ever—they’re the only ones I can walk and dance in.”

“It’s the perfect supermodern clutch—very cool and architectural.” Leaf Space clutch, $2,950, Lee Savage, Barneys.com

VER A WANG “She’s a mentor to me. I love what she’s doing with wedding dresses.” Patrizia dress, price upon request, VeraWang.com

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What I Loved About My Wedding High school sweethearts Kayla Varner and Washington Nationals’ player Bryce Harper tell us about their rustic, intimate dream day. PHOTOGR APHY BY INDIA EARL PHOTOGR APHY

Ring Ceremony Celebration We wed in the San Diego California LDS Temple. Our religion is very private and the temple ceremony is sacred, so only our immediate family members attended. To include the rest of our guests in the special moment, we had a ring ceremony exchange on the dance floor.

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Raising the Barn For our reception, we were excited to book the San Diego Polo Fields. It offered a blank slate for us to create our rustic venue: a clear tent with a “barn” facade. We added personal décor touches, like a vintage baseball scoreboard as a nod to Bryce’s baseball career.

Tears of Joy Our first look was a really cool moment because we had waited so long for it to happen. His reaction was something I think every bride wants to see, and I couldn’t be more excited he acted that way. He cried all day.

Desserts for Days We’re self-described foodies and had a doughnut wedding cake and doughnut wall. We also included a hot chocolate bar, a candy bar, a churro bar with vanilla bean ice cream, and a s’mores station.

Snapshot Suit Bryce wore an amazing custom suit from Stitched—the inner lining of the jacket featured photos from our engagement shoot. A couple years ago he had his jacket lining decorated with his number, 34, and “MVP ’15,” so that’s where he got the idea.

Bryce showed Kayla his jacket during their first look so she could be surprised too

F I N D M O R E C E L E B W E D D I N G S AT TheKnotNews.com

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The best part of a half-up ’do? You have the option to sport two styles at the same time. Case in point: these double crown braids and loose curls.

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GET THE LOOK Hair pomade, $36, GafferandChild.com

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Volumized Updos Take your hair to new heights with textured waves pulled into a low chignon for a perfectly tousled effect.

Volumized hair doesn’t just mean big curls anymore. Channel your inner rocker and go with fun, unexpected crimped locks.

WHETHER YOU OPT FOR BRAIDS OR WAVES, GET THE COOLEST HAIRSTYLE FOR YOUR DAY.

GET THE LOOK 11-inch inch Micro Crimper, $40,, HotTools.com

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Surf’s Up! texture spray, $12, Eva NYC, Ulta.com

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ombré hair gives this bun extra dimension

Braided Buns

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GET THE LOOK Sparkling Soda shine mist, $28, TheDryBar.com

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Edgy Pearls

A sky-high, slicked-back ballerina bun of chunky braids makes for one fashion-forward twist on a traditional bridal updo.

Pearl headpieces have been hot for a few seasons, but the newest ones are seriously modern. A knotted chain-and-pearl headband is both sweet and tough. >>

GET THE LOOK Weightless Shine working serum, $14, KristinEssHair.com

GET THE LOOK Harper pearl headband, $188, LeletNY.com

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Put a wedding-worthy twist on the smoky eye by going bronze. Another plus: This trick works for all seasons and skin tones. GET THE LOOK Eye shadow, $12, AnastasiaBeverlyHills.com; Le Metallique liquid eye shadow, $29, Lancome-USA.com

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Sultry Lip Get in on the Gothic romance trend with a deep lip color. Keep the rest of your makeup minimal to pull off this moody accent. GET THE LOOK

Amuse Bouche lipstick in Whiskey, $26, Bite Beauty, Sephora.com

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Darker brows frame your face and flatter your features. Subtly fill them in with a creamy formula for a more natural feel.

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Cat Eye

There’s a reason winged liner is a timeless beauty staple—it makes your eyes pop and gives your lashes a boost. Pair with understated nude lips for a totally retro vibe. GET THE LOOK Stay All Day waterproof liquid eyeliner, $22, StilaCosmetics.com

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Rosy Flush Amp up your bridal glow with a few swipes of highlighter and a dusting of apricot-colored blush. GET THE LOOK

Illuminating Multiple in Hot Sand, $39, NARSCosmetics.com; Sheer Cheek Duo in Paradise Lust, $78, Tom Ford, Sephora.com

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add pink gloss for a finishing touch

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A juice cleanse really detoxes the body.

The best way to cleanse the body is to eat a wholesome, healthy diet filled with real food. “Ideally, we’re ‘detoxing’ on a regular basis by ingesting nutrient-dense foods and incorporating lifestyle practices that encourage the body’s natural detoxification systems,” says Frank Lipman, MD, founder and director of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City. That means supporting the liver, which is responsible for eliminating toxins from the bloodstream, by eating leafy greens and vegetables, drinking water and exercising. As for limiting your intake to juice-only cleanses? It’s extreme. Plus, fruit-based juices tend to be high in sugar, which can negatively affect your blood sugar levels. “I always tell patients to eat their fruit, not drink it,” Lipman says.

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GOING GLUTENFREE WILL BE BETTER FOR ME. Unless you’re diagnosed with celiac disease, which causes an auto-immune response to gluten, there’s no reason to entirely eliminate grains with gluten, like wheat, rye and barley. “Grains are a type of carbohydrate that contribute energy and important nutrients to help your body work well,” says nutritionist Angela Lemond of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and owner of Lemond Nutrition in Plano, Texas. “The elimination of an entire food group is not recommended—

it’s difficult to make up the loss of nutrients, including B vitamins, iron, magnesium, selenium and fiber.” The goal is to focus on whole grains such as whole wheat and quinoa, which offer more fiber than refined ones. “Many people cut gluten as a way to lose weight,” Lemond says. “They turn to prepackaged, gluten-free foods that can actually cause weight gain since these products often have added sugar for flavor.”

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I SHOULD AVOID ALL FATS. Forget the mantra: “If you eat fat, you’ll get fat.” Our understanding of fats has rapidly evolved in the past 40 years. “Certain fats, notably those from the Mediterranean diet, provide a terrific source of nutrients you can’t get anywhere else,” says Roxanne B. Sukol, MD, a preventive medicine specialist at Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute. She recommends thinking about fats in terms of nourishing and inflammatory, rather than the commonly phrased “good” and “bad.” Focus on nourishing fats, including avocados, olive oil, nuts, seeds, fish and even dark chocolate, because they work for you. Inflammatory fats, such as trans fats and

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corn oil, are highly inflammatory and were manufactured in the 20th century and packed into processed foods. Try to avoid these by checking the label. “Look at the ingredients on a product and if there’s anything on that list you can’t buy at the grocery store, it’s not real food,” Sukol says.

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I should take a multivitamin every day.

As an average healthy adult, you should be able to skip a supplement and get the vitamins you need from the food you eat. But with the bustle of modern life, added stress like wedding planning and events with celebratory treats, a multivitamin can be beneficial. “There’s no harm in taking vitamins to ensure you are in peak condition,” says Jatin Joshi, MD, reconstructive surgeon and founder of vitamin company Instavit. “Supplements known to strengthen the immune system can be helpful in avoiding viruses that would spoil your wedding and honeymoon.” The one such nutrient Joshi says we all need is vitamin D. According to current estimates, 95 percent of the US population is deficient in the sunshine vitamin because we spend so much time indoors and slather on sunscreen when we go outside. If you’re going to add a supplement to your routine, follow the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendation and take immune-boosting vitamin D.

Leading up to the wedding day, try to avoid crash diets and opt for healthy meals, lots of water, regular exercise and plenty of sleep.”

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I must drink eight glasses of water a day.

Several factors determine the actual amount of water you need per day, including your health, level of fitness, how much you sweat, where you live and even whether you are male or female. “The recommendation to drink eight glasses a day did not result from scientific investigation,” says Martin Hoffman, MD, professor at the University of California, Davis, and a founding member of the Ultra Sports Science Foundation. “It stemmed from the remark of a nutritionist that around eight glasses per day is appropriate for the average adult, and that includes the water in all fluids, from coffee to beer, plus the water in food.” A good rule is to be aware of your thirst levels. When you feel parched, your body is telling you that you are dehydrated, which can cause negative side effects like fainting. Plain water is best, but alternative beverages like coconut, maple and aloe waters, sports drinks and enhanced waters still help with hydration. They just may tack on extra calories and sugar. Remember to sip liquids before the wedding too—you don’t want to pass out at the altar.

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the cake “We highlighted the gold peacock feathers on Kate’s dress,” says Lauri Ditunno of Cake Alchemy. Ruffles and swags of fabriclike fondant mimic the straps and detailing of Moss’s gown. “Work with your baker to highlight the elements of your dress that make it really unique.” >>


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THE CAKE “The dress reminded me of delicate clouds, which led to the ‘swooshy’ layering of buttercream,” says Emily Aumiller of Lael Cakes. A touch of pale pink was a subtle nod to the gauzy, ombré skirt, while a statement floral topper paid homage to Hathaway’s tulle headpiece.

THE GOWN’S AIRY LAYERS, DELICATE LACE AND JEWELS ARE REPRESENTED IN THE CAKE’S DESIGN.

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the dress Carolina Herrera the cake “Olivia’s tulle skirt overlay had a really fabulous appliqué,” says Lauren Bohl White, the owner of A White Cake. White mimicked the tastemaker’s simple and elegant wedding day look, leaving one tier completely bare. Scalloped layers give the cake originality and edge. >>


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THE CAKE “The delicate Chantilly floral lace appliqués are the basis of this five-tier design,” says Ana Parzych of Ana Parzych Cakes. A lily of the valley cake topper echoes the flowers in the duchess’s bouquet. Intertwined initials on the second tier add a personal touch to the confection.

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the dress Kenzo the cake “The modern and sleek silhouette of the dress, especially the cape, inspired us the most,” says Emily Termyna, a senior cake designer at Lulu Cake Boutique. Gilded tier tops imitated the gold bangles Solange wore on her wedding day, giving the cake a simple yet sophisticated appeal.

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TABLE TALK For an understated dinner party vibe, pair an ornate charger with simple ceramic dishware.

AUTUMN E ATS Plan out a menu that highlights the colors and flavors of fall, then serve guests from a bevy of passed plates, as well as interactive stations. Roasted squash, braised purple grapes, baked Brie with seasonal toppings, mini pommes annas and more make up an appetizing feast that’s as colorful as it is delicious. A STUNNING SCENE Candlelight, blush dishware and brass compotes overflowing with feminine florals create an inviting tabletop that’s a feast for the eyes. “As summer ends and falls sets in, the earth offers some truly stunning colors,” says planner Joy Proctor of Joy Proctor Designs in Santa Barbara, California. “I wanted to offer a warmer take on the natural fall palette.” >> All florals, KellyKaufmanDesign.com; all paper goods, WrittenWordCalligraphy.com; all plates, HeathCeramics.com; food, FeastandFestSB.com; silverware, glassware and chargers, CasaDePerrin.com; candles, CreativeCandles.com; linens, LaTavolaLinen.com; chairs, TheTentMerchant.com

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Show extra love to your VIP guests with personalized floral boutonnieres. Calligraphy name cards help everyone find their special bud.

An organic arrangement of garden roses, Japanese ranunculus, sweet peas, lisianthus and hellebores feels seasonal in shades of rust, bronze, warm coral and peach. For a subtle cascading effect, have your florist work in a sprawling vine like jasmine.

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Use your venue as inspiration for your cake. Ask your baker to dream up a design that reflects an element of the location. Here, the square tiered confection echoes the stucco walls, while sugar flowers match the rust-colored sweet peas in the bridal bouquet. Cake, JasmineRaeCakes.com

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Folded escort cards, secured with a wax seal, point guests to their seats. For an extrapersonal touch, tuck notes inside, thanking each person for celebrating with you.

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T H E FI R ST I MPR ESS ION An understated selection of personalized stationery in soft neutrals is effortlessly elegant. “The paper goods were hand-dyed for an old-world appearance and were a textural nod to our inspiration,” Proctor says. Lend a special touch to envelopes with vintage stamps in colorways that will complement your invitation suite.

PAPER 101 Love the look of rough or “torn” paper? Ask your stationer for deckle edges, a finish often used in book printing.

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WE ASKED OUR FAVORITE A-LIST FOODIES FOR THEIR KITCHEN MUST-HAVES, FROM STEMWARE TO COOKWARE. HERE’S WHAT SHOULD BE ON YOUR WEDDING WISH LIST.

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SNOWE HOME CHEF’S TOWELS “Proper chef towels are something no kitchen should be without. Professional chefs never use pot holders—we use our chef towels for safety, dexterity and convenience. The Snowe kitchen towels are perfectly designed, simple, washable, durable and the right size.”

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Chef and co-owner of The Meatball Shop

Chef’s towel, $32 for 2, SnoweHome.com

Judge on Food Network’s ‘Chopped,’ ‘The Kitchen’ and ‘Cooks vs. Cons’; chef and restaurateur of The Lambs Club, Georgie and The National H I S T O P R E G I S T RY P I C K

DASH CHEF SERIES DIGITAL BLENDER “Dash makes fun and well-engineered electric goods for the kitchen.” Georgie Beverly Berry Smoothie

Reversible 18-inch round maple cutting board, $75, Boos, ButcherBlockCo.com

Place 3 teaspoons chia seeds and 4 tablespoons water in a small bowl. Stir to combine and set aside for at least 10 minutes to bloom. Place chia seed mixture into blender with about 1 cup each strawberries, blueberries and raspberries; 3 tablespoons each Greek yogurt and agave; and 5 ice cubes. Blend until smooth. >>

Chef Series digital blender, $1 89, Dash, Amazon.com

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BOOS CUTTING BOARD “I love a really substantial, simple wood cutting board, like one from John Boos & Co. It’s the definition of useful and can live on your countertop every single day. And don’t forget: A cutting board is also a serving platter!”

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REGISTRY Vertuoline, $200, Nespresso .com

Classic block set, $389, WartherCutlery.com Gourmet 7-qt. slow cooker with all-in-one browning, $480, All-Clad, Williams-Sonoma.com

Chef and cohost of ABC’s ‘The Chew’ Chef and restaurateur of Red Rooster Harlem and Streetbird Rotisserie H I S T O P R E G I S T RY P I C K

CAST-IRON SKILLET “A cast-iron skillet is my top recommendation and perfect for a registry. It’s affordable and something you’ll use all the time. It’s one of my favorite kitchen products.” Cast-iron 15-inch skillet, $50, Lodge, Target.com

Judge on Food Network’s ‘Chopped,’ ‘Cooks vs. Cons’ and ‘Bakers vs. Fakers’; chef and partner of Butter

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NESPRESSO VERTUOLINE “I love the everyday luxury of Nespresso coffee, and the fact that I can make it with my eyes shut. Plus, it’s a few minutes I get to share with my husband. Stealing (and soaking up) little moments together is the secret to relationship bliss.”

H E R T O P R E G I S T RY P I C K Judge on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’; chef and owner of Landmarc Tribeca, Landmarc at Time Warner Center and Ditch Plains H I S T O P R E G I S T RY P I C K

ALL-CLAD GOURMET SLOW COOKER “A great product for wedding registries is a slow cooker. You can make delicious one-pot dishes that are easy and save time in the kitchen, which allows extra time with your significant other. I really like All-Clad’s all-in-one slow cooker because it can also steam, brown and sauté, and it looks nice with its stainless steel finish.”

CLASSIC BLOCK SET “I love a good set of Americanmade knives for newlyweds. I’m really keen on Warther Cutlery and would recommend the classic block set for a good starter set of basic knives for a couple’s new kitchen. There are five knives in this set and that’s enough to do it all. They’re beautiful, lightweight and very useful.”

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Veritas Riesling/ Zinfandel wine glasses, $69 for 2, Riedel, Macys.com

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RIEDEL VERITAS RIESLING / ZINFANDEL WINE GLASSES “For a quiet night at home or for the newlyweds’ first dinner party, a set of Riedel wine glasses is de rigueur. Riedel has been a part of my wine drinking life since I was a student, drinking black bottles of cava from Spain out of its stemless line at Target (the Vivant collection). Now I stock my current apartment with the beautiful Riedel Veritas series.”

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Artisan series 5-qt. tilt-head stand mixer in Twilight Blue, $430, KitchenAid.com

H I S T O P R E G I S T RY P I C K James Beard Award–winning chef and owner of Blue Ginger and Blue Dragon H I S T O P R E G I S T RY P I C K

RICE COOKER “I recommend a rice cooker and an induction burner. A rice cooker is key because rice is the foundation of a good meal and family, and the induction burner is great for entertaining. You can set it to the exact temperature you need for frying, melting and boiling. And can even use it as an additional burner for your stove for when you host your first Thanksgiving dinner.”

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“I highly recommend a stand mixer, preferably a KitchenAid. Whether you bake now or not, most people will in the future. A stand mixer gives you so much freedom. Besides baking, additional attachments allow you to make things like bread, sausage and pasta.”

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Digital Simplicity rice cooker and steamer, $50, Hamilton Beach, BedBathandBeyond.com

“There are three All-Clad products everyone needs in their kitchen: the D5 stainless steel 10-inch fry pan, four-quart essential pan and four-quart sauce pan. Simply put, they’re versatile workhorses that will last a lifetime.” D5 stainless steel 4-qt. essential pan, $280, All-Clad, Williams-Sonoma.com

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location “It reminded us of our own house,” Alex says of the backyard of the estate where they wed.

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BRIDGETTE & ALEX AUGUST 6 • RANCHO SANTA FE, CA

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cake The lemonlavender-flavored confection featured cascading gumpaste tropical leaves and wafer paper bougainvillea.

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beauty “I wanted to make a bold statement with my hairstyle,” Bridgette says of rocking baby’s breath in her natural Afro along with her tulle and lace mermaid-style gown. details The wedding arch featured a mix of Monstera and palms, while rustic wood bowls and tropical fruit topped tables. music Before ramping up the atmosphere with Caribbean soca, Alex performed Elton John’s “Your Song” on the piano in front of the guests. “I hadn’t fully anticipated the nervousness of witnessing her reaction,” he says. “It felt as if I was talking just to her.”

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ridgette Wiley’s (28 and a software engineer) Caribbean heritage inspired her nuptials to Alex Powell (35 and also a software engineer) at a private estate near San Diego. “I’ve always been proud of my Caribbean background: the culture, the beaches, the music, the food and the drinks,” Bridgette says. “There’s never a dull moment when you’re around Caribbeans.” Using palm leaves paired with hot-pink blooms, dishes served in hollowed-out coconuts and plenty of highenergy soca music, the couple threw a modern tropical affair. As a special personal touch, Alex even sang for Bridgette during the reception, while guests sipped four signature cocktails inspired by the pair’s favorite places. —Stephanie Cain

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The Cheat Sheet Bridgette& Alex Emilia McCool’s Planning Tips

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Ceremony & Reception Site Sanctuary Estate, Rancho Santa Fe, CA Photography Rebecca Yale Photography Videography Grimace Films Event Planning & Design Emilia McCool/Sweet Emilia Jane Floral Design The Little Branch Officiant Jason Nathan/Ceremonies by Bethel Gown Sareh Nouri, Saks Fifth Avenue Shoes Oscar de la Renta Engagement Ring James Allen Wedding Rings Bride: James Allen; groom: Kay Jewelers Hair Mahogany Hair Revolution Makeup TEAM Hair & Makeup Groomsmaid Dress Reformation Formalwear J.Crew Stationery Rachel Marvin Creative; escort cards: Sweet Emilia Jane Rentals Venuelust Broom Broomchick, Etsy.com Catering Root Cellar Catering Co. Bar Snake Oil Cocktail Company Cake Hey There, Cupcake! Music Ceremony & cocktail hour: Angela Mukul; reception: JCR/Red Shoe Transportation Highline Charter Accommodations The US Grant Registry MyRegistry.com Honeymoon Vancouver, British Columbia Guests 110 Don’t forget to share your wedding! Go to TheKnot.com/submit

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Decorate with exotic fruit. Incorporate papayas, mangoes and limes. It’s even cost-effective. Don’t take the theme too literally. Adding too many tropical elements can make the event look like a luauthemed party. Skip the fringe skirts. Serve tiki cocktails. Hand guests colorful drinks on arrival. Play music. Expand the theme to sounds too. Hire a ukulele player or a calypso band. Book an appropriate venue. Rustic barns don’t work for tropical décor as well as a beach venue does.

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location “We met here, live here and love it here,” Vi says of deciding to say “I do” in the city.

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Urban Art Deco PHOTOGR APHY BY SYLVIE GIL PHOTOGR APHY EVENT PLANNING & DESIGN BY A SAV V Y EVENT

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design Greenery and light bulbs created warmth and intimacy above the wood tables, which included a mix of colored glassware and rose gold flatware.

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attire To coordinate with her vintage-style engagement ring, Vi’s bridesmaids donned 1920s-inspired gowns. She accented her own dress with a birdcage veil and sideswept updo while Sean sported a three-piece navy suit and a boutonniere with a feather accent. florals Boldly hued blooms decorated the geometric ceremony backdrop and peppered the feasting tables. cake The stationer designed a custom art deco monogram, which Vi had made into a laser-cut acrylic topper for the salted caramel wedding cake. “It was perfect,” she says.

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i Hua (34 and an attorney) and Sean Olson (43 and works in real estate) took mixing and matching to the next level for their modern city wedding at an art gallery in the trendy SOMA neighborhood. “I wanted to play up the industrial look by contrasting it with the glam of art deco colors and décor,” Vi says of their jewel-toned vision, which had plenty of personal touches. The couple lined the aisle with Moroccan rugs (a nod to where they got engaged), served “good eats” like mini sliders and tiny tacos, and even started the ceremony with a completely unconventional song: “The Final Countdown” by Europe. “It was playing as we got our marriage license,” Vi says. “It made us laugh and we knew we had to incorporate it!” —SC

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Easy for guests. Cities come with many travel options, making them great for large guest lists. Monitor traffic. Account for delays in your timeline for both vendors and guests. Consider providing shuttles to and from the venue or valet parking. Note delivery locations. Venues may only have one loading dock. Plan drop off and break down accordingly. Create a geotag. Design a fun filter to place over images on social media. Find inspiration from the city. Feature locally made favors and a cocktail named after a landmark.

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ANNEKA & SEAN AUGUST 29 • SARATOGA, WY

Destination Ranch PHOTOGR APHY BY JA MES + SCHULZE EVENT PLANNING & DESIGN BY LOVE THIS DAY EVENTS

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florals A mix of coral, pink, orange and plum blooms created a color story that built in saturation throughout the weekend. music The couple fused traditional music, like a drummer for Sean’s baraat, with tunes from their favorite musicals. Anneka walked down the aisle to “The Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera. attire For the ceremony, the bride donned a bold lehenga paired with her grandmother’s wedding tikka, while the groom wore a custom turban with his sherwani. Sean even flew to India with Anneka’s mother to choose his outfit.

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ith hay bales scattered in the distance, Californiabased Anneka Gupta (27 and a chief product officer) and Sean Hennessee (27 and a mechanical engineer) said “I do” in a unique destination celebration at a secluded ranch. “I thought there was a way to pair the Wild West with the big personality of an Indian wedding,” Anneka says. “The setting blended my Indian background with our American upbringing. I loved the dichotomy.” Using the landscape as the anchor, the pair reimagined Indian elements with a rustic touch, including a birchwood mandap covered in vibrant blooms. They even hosted local activities like fly-fishing and performed Bollywood dances during the weekend. —SC

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Use nature. Let the setting lead the design. Add elements that complement the landscape. Echo the foliage. Get inspired by the local vegetation. Include florals and greenery that look organic or are native to the area. Consider guest lodging. Not all ranches provide traditional accommodations. Be aware of your guests and who may need something more comfortable. Provide shuttles for anyone staying off the property. Have a weather plan. Since many ranch weddings take place outside, have a plan B for unexpected rain or snow, even in the summer.

One guest said he loved our wedding because it felt like we were making it about all our family and friends, not just us. — A N N E K A G U PTA , B R I D E

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CAROLINE & MYLES AUGUST 6 • LAKE GENEVA, WI

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theme “We wanted it to feel like everything was already there,” Caroline says. Blue hydrangeas, green ferns and white blooms came together to give the backyard venue a natural vibe. pup Caroline’s Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Bailey, donned a floral collar to serve as the ring bearer. “Bailey walked down the aisle with one of my bridesmaids and back up the aisle with Myles and me,” she says. food Local blueberries accented the signature margarita and the naked lemon cake, which had blueberry filling and a hydrangea topper.

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nspired by her family’s home, Caroline Crane (26 and an elementary school teacher) took a farm-house-style approach to the décor for her wedding with college sweetheart Myles de Vilder (26 and a commercial insurance broker). “It’s always been my favorite place,” Caroline says. “Many of my friends felt like they grew up there too. We couldn’t wait to add our wedding to the many wonderful memories.” After a ceremony on the lawn against an ivy-covered trellis backdrop, the celebration continued in a transparent tent overlooking a pond and illuminated 75-year-old willow trees. The pair filled the space with long feasting tables, hanging lanterns, romantic candlelight and pops of blue hydrangeas. “It felt like we brought the farm inside,” she says. —SC

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stationery The couple’s custom invitation suite stuck to the natural theme with blue flowers and greenery, plus a map of Lake Geneva. dress The first dress Caroline and her mother saw on an impromptu stop at a Chicago bridal salon ended up being “the one.” Months later the pair returned to the Windy City to order the strapless gown covered in leaf appliqués. “It tied in perfectly with the farm,” she says. first dance Caroline and Myles first heard Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love” at a wedding. “We actually forgot what it was called and spent months trying to figure it out,” she says of choosing it as their song.

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Whimsical Brooklyn PHOTOGR APHY BY HEATHER WAR AKSA DAY- OF COORDINATION BY FIREFLY EVENTS

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ceremony The brides designed their ceremony for the optimal feel of community. Guests sat in the round, so everyone could see each other. Instead of walking down an aisle, the couple greeted guests as they stepped into the space. florals A massive “flower cloud” of peonies hung from the ceiling and served double-duty as a focal point over the ceremony altar and a display during dinner. reception The pair made use of the hotel’s design by topping its tables with punchy florals and candles. “Ohso Brooklyn,” Marisa says of the aesthetic.

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ith a “fancy-free” vibe in mind, Brooklyn, New York– based brides Marisa Clementi (opposite right, 33 and a dancer and performance artist) and Storm Lauren Thomas (26 and a theater artist and educator) filled their industrial-style hotel venue with whimsical arrangements of botanicals. “The whole room smelled like flowers,” Marisa says. “It was incredible to feel like we were in a secret garden in the middle of Brooklyn.” After the couple’s unique ceremony, guests enjoyed farmto-table dishes created by the in-house restaurant, signature gin cocktails and a gypsy swing band. A late-night dance party with stunning views of the Manhattan skyline ended the celebration. —SC

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with a costume designer friend to create their looks—even going fabric shopping together. “I wanted to easily transform from demure ceremony attire to a sexy, dancy number,” Marisa says of her flowy dress. Storm opted for a three-piece suit with a tailcoat that had one surprise for the party. “When she took off the jacket, it revealed a backless shirt—very sexy!” Marisa says. food The venue designed the couple’s gin and citrus drink—the Shared Vision—and the menu, which included a family-style meal finished with honey pollen cheesecake and chocolate mousse. “Both were epic,” Marisa says.

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Bring guests together. Encourage everyone to stay for multiple days so they can get to know each other. Note late-night restrictions. To ensure guests’ comfort, many hotels have limits on sound and timing. You may not be able to party past midnight on-site. Hotels have a system. Booking a hotel venue often comes with an experienced staff that will help your event go smoothly. Check the culinary options. Hotels may require you to use their in-house catering. Be sure you like what they have to offer before you book.

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hand-penned vows in a personalized Jewish ceremony. A traditional prayer shawl, or tallit, that belonged to the bride’s late father covered the cement chuppah as a sentimental nod to his absence. “It was as if he was watching over Aaron and me and blessing us during one of the most meaningful moments of our lives,” Sabrina says. For her seven bridesmaids, the bride created custom Chantilly lace dresses. Postceremony, Sabrina quickly changed into her other gown. Named for her little sister and maid of honor, Chloe, Sabrina’s second celebratory sheath from her fall 2016 collection featured a racer-front illusion neckline and delicate floral embroidery intricately placed throughout the bodice. “Since both of my dresses were a statement on their own, my goal was to have the rest of my look be as simple as possible to keep the focus on the gowns,” she says. During the alfresco cocktail hour, guests snacked on fish and chips, sushi, miniature burgers, chicken and waffles, and Chinese chicken salad served in takeout containers. “Ultimately, Aaron and I wanted our wedding to serve as a celebration of our love,” Sabrina says of their reception, where guests danced to Persian and Israeli tunes. “The entire day felt like a fun dance party.”

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Sweet offerings included a classic vanilla cake trimmed with blue velvet.

sabrina’s wedding wisdom What will you remember most about your wedding day?

Any tips to help couples stress less?

My favorite moment from our wedding

Remember that the love you have for

was looking into Aaron’s eyes when he

the person you’re marrying is the most

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important part of the process.

Try not to lose yourself in the planning.

that moment will stay with me forever.

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How would you describe the feeling once you and Aaron were announced as husband and wife?

Romantic, elegant, timeless.

That was one of the happiest moments of my life—I felt complete and fulfilled.

What piece of advice would you give to your best engaged friend? 500 guests) is a huge undertaking, so hire

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AT CELEBRITY WEDDING PLANNER DAVID TUTERA AND JOEY TOTH’S LUXURIOUS BLACK-TIE AFFAIR, THERE WAS NO SHORTAGE OF STUNNING DETAILS AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY, TRUE LOVE. BY IV Y JACOBSON PHOTOGR APHY BY M ARING VISUALS

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he main theme and message of wedding planner and designer David Tutera’s nuptials with partner Joey Toth was undoubtedly love—but more specifically, “love is love.” The phrase, heavily used when same-sex marriage was legalized in the US over two years ago, was seen on the couple’s décor, cake and symbolically at their historic ceremony. On April 1, David and Joey were the first same-sex couple to marry inside the Hollywood United Methodist Church under the United Methodist religion, shining a light on the progress that’s been made toward equality for all. However, this moment also included a little levity that happened during their heartfelt vows with David’s daughter, Cielo, that made their 280 guests laugh out loud. “As anyone with a three-and-a-half-year-old knows, sometimes what we have planned and what they have planned is totally different,” Joey says. “During our vows, Cielo decided I needed gum and walked up to the altar to ask in her loudest voice if I needed any.” (Besides being the star of the ceremony, Cielo was also front and center on the wedding invitations that read, “Cielo Tutera invites you to her two daddies’ wedding.”) Joey says officially being declared husband and husband was the best feeling ever. “When the doors opened for us to walk down the aisle, there were no nerves—just an overwhelming feeling of love and joy that took over.” David’s vision for the black-tie reception at the Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles was a luxurious old-Hollywood vibe, with a gospel choir, DJ and band. The decadent menu offered frisée and arugula salad with truffle vinaigrette

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In David’s Words In three words, how would you describe your feelings that day? Joyous, elated, peaceful.

Who could you not have gotten through the wedding day without? Joey—we’re a team. I could never have done anything without him, and without the joy, smiles and laughter from our daughter, Cielo.

and three main course options: butterpoached Maine lobster, grilled rosemary beef filet and truffle risotto. Not to be outdone, the dessert course featured a main wedding cake, three additional cakes (dulce de leche, marble with chocolate fudge buttercream and spice cake rolled in 24-karat gold), cake pops, macarons and cupcakes. Besides wine and bubbly, guests also enjoyed the vodka, tequila and whiskey bars stationed throughout the ballroom.

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What happened on the wedding day that surprised you? How connected I felt to every moment and to all of our 280 guests. I was truly surprised by what I saw and experienced. We were very present for everything— it was magical.

What are the qualities you love most about your spouse? His kindness, our connection, his love

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for wanting the good in others to shine, and the importance he puts on family. Our happiness is valued in time together, communication and respect.

Any tips for couples getting married in downtown LA? Traffic will always be an issue and will without a doubt impact your guests, vendors and timeline. Look up traffic patterns and how to navigate the roads. Find a location that provides as much as possible in-house, and let your out-of-town guests know what to expect.

What wedding advice would you give to your engaged best friend? I would tell them to breathe. Know there will be challenges and there will never be perfection. And to remind yourself it’s a celebration of love.

A gospel choir serenaded David and Joey with Andra Day’s “Rise Up” for the couple’s first dance.

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wedding gowns 101 We know your first priority—finding the (other) one—your dress.

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mermaid gown

The skirt in this gown style extends from the bustline. It’s a great choice for pear-shaped brides because it disguises the hips.

The skirt in this style flares out just below the hips, creating a semi-full skirt (shaped like the bell of a trumpet) without extra volume and bulk.

This gown is a bit more fitted and flares out at the knee (or lower). It’s a great silhouette for showing off curves.

a-line gown

ball gown

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This universally flattering style hugs the torso and has a flared skirt in, you guessed it, an A-shape.

The ball gown has a fitted bodice and a dramatic full skirt. Busty brides will love this shape because it creates balanced proportions.

This slim, form-fitting silhouette hugs the body from head-to-toe. It’s the perfect look for casual, intimate weddings.

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skin tone Medium with olive tones go for Champagne or diamond white skin tone Medium with yellow tones go for Off-white or creamy ivory skin tone Fair and pink-toned skin go for Ivory

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wedding party 101 The least you need to know to coordinate your wedding party’s look.

bridesmaids • For a modern, but still put-together look—pick the color and fabric, but consider letting your bridesmaids choose the neckline and silhouette. • When shopping, bring one or two bridesmaids—maybe the bridesmaid who has the body or coloring that’s most similar to the rest of the bridal party, or the bridesmaid who is the most difficult to fit. • Ask for your bridesmaids’ advice, but make the final decision yourself. You’re the one who knows the big picture—overall look, formality and people’s budgets—best. • The bridesmaids should try to place their orders at the same time to ensure that the dresses will be made from the same dye lot. • Allow three months’ delivery and alteration time for the dresses. • Don’t forget the extras. Should the bridesmaids all have the same shoes, jewelry, hairstyles, handbags or wraps? Communicate your desires clearly to your girls. Email works great for this.

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groom & groomsmen • Brush up on your tuxedo terms and take a peek in your own closet before you begin suit shopping. This will give you an idea of what style you like best—notched or shawl lapel, standard or spread collar.

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• The groomsmen should dress around the groom. A consistent look is great, but the groom should sport some detail (a boutonniere, tie or pocket square) that differentiates him from the pack. shawl lapel

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• The tuxedo is classic, but consider all your options. Marrying by the beach? Try a more casual jacket and trousers. Having an ultra-formal wedding? Pick a cutaway coat, gray-striped trousers, gray vest and ascot. peaked lapel

flower girls & ring bearers • Flower girls and ring bearers don’t have to match the adults perfectly, but they should certainly fit in with the formality of the event. The only exception: Tuxedos aren’t necessary (and may not be available) for tykes under six. Our trick—substitute a black suit and a bow tie. • Be sure to dress your flower girl or ring bearer appropriately for their age. Strapless or halter dresses may be too sophisticated for the little ones (even with a cardigan), while overly froufrou tulle dresses might not look right on, say, a 10-year-old.

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• Should you rent or buy? If you don’t attend many formal events or if your weight is frequently in flux, renting may be the way to go. If you’ll have three or four more good uses for a tux, the suit will pay for itself.

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oted the “World’s Most Romantic Resort,” Sandals Grande Antigua is two worlds in one located on Antigua’s best beach, Dickenson Bay. The Caribbean Beachfront Village is a garden oasis with quaint island-style cottages, incomparable Rondovals (circular suites) and a Red Lane® Spa. The allsuite, six-star Mediterranean Oceanview Village is a palatial rendition of bold Mediterranean glamour with the island’s largest pool and 877-SANDALS villas featuring a pool and whirlpool. There are 11 gourmet Sandals.com restaurants, including the exquisite Barefoot by the Sea.

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THE BAHAMAS 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW About 700 islands make up the Bahamas, tossed across the lower Atlantic between Florida and Cuba. Only 30 of them are inhabited.

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The biggest eyefuls of coral are off Andros (home to the world’s third-largest barrier reef, with 140 miles of coral and cathedral-like caves), Bimini (where you can also find dolphins and sea turtles), Eleuthera/Harbour Island and the Exuma Islands. 3

4 Nassau, the capital city, is extra-crowded during March and April, when spring-breakers invade. It is also one of the busiest cruise ports in the world. 5 Grand Bahama Island, the fourth-largest island in the chain, is only a 50-minute flight from Miami and exudes an airy, spread-out feel compared to busy Nassau. Take diving lessons or browse dutyfree bounty at the International Bazaar or the Port Lucaya Marketplace in Freeport.

7 The Abaco islands are famous for sailing and bird-watching, while the Exumas and Pelican Cays feature incredible land and sea parks. 8 Popular cuisine includes locally grown guava, mangoes, papaya and plantains with conch, kingfish, wahoo and grouper—all washed down with pineapple wine from Eleuthera. 9 Boats are available for chartering or group tours, including Sail Nassau’s two multimillion-dollar Racers, where you can take the helm or just sit back and feel the wind in your hair. 10 The Bahamas are just a 75-minute plane trip from Florida, making them a quick trip for destination weddings and honeymoons alike. SHUTTERSTOCK

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2 The water is so clear in the Bahamas that divers experience visibility of up to 200 feet.

Looking for excitement? Don’t miss Junkanoo, a Bahamian costume parade in which people dance to copper cowbells, goombay drums and whistles. The parade goes from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m. (yeah, you read that right) on December 26 and January 1. 6

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he Luxury Included® Sandals Emerald Bay in Great Exuma, Bahamas is an oceanfront resort set along a pristine one-mile beach boasting some of the world’s clearest waters, a Greg Norman-designed golf course and a worldclass marina. The resort includes gourmet dining at 11 à la carte restaurants, premium spirits, and unlimited land and water sports—plus gratuities and airport transfers. The 16,000 square foot Red Lane® 877-SANDALS Spa further enhances this 500-acre resort, set on Sandals.com one of the Bahamas’ most beautiful Out Islands.

t the Bahamas’ most elegant resort, experience a cultured European ambience with island warmth—with two epic oceanfront pools, a posh Red Lane® Spa and 10 gourmet restaurants. The modernized Windsor Tower accommodations are spacious and luxurious, now including Sandals iconic Swim-up Suites. The Balmoral Oceanfront Village has luxurious rooms, some with oversized balconies. Just offshore, an island beach club 877-SANDALS offers two secluded beaches, a pool with swim-up bar, a Sandals.com restaurant and chic bonfire parties during the night.

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BARBADOS 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW With more than 3,000 hours of sunshine each year, the weather is almost always sunny and warm, cooled by the constant northeast trade winds. The average daytime temperature is balmy, ranging between 84-88 degrees.

The rocky, wind-whipped Atlantic coast is one of the world’s best windsurfing spots, while the tranquil west coast that faces the Caribbean Sea, called the Platinum Coast, is lined with posh resorts.

2 Shorts, t-shirts, wraps and sundresses are your best bet for daytime wear and elegantly casual wear for evenings. Swimwear should be kept for the beach and suitable attire should be worn when shopping or dining out.

7 Indulge your taste buds with spicy FrenchCaribbean cuisine at the patios of Brown Sugar, or grab a seat on the intimate, torch-lit terrace overlooking the Caribbean at The Cliff.

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The Barbadian capital city of Bridgetown was originally named “Indian Bridge” for the crude bridge that was constructed over the river by early Indian settlers. 3

First made 370 years ago from the sugar cane that populated the island, Barbados rum soon found the favor of many English sailors. 4

Bajans (as Barbados residents are called) are crazy about cricket and golf.

8 Hike along an inland trail or down a coastal pathway, laugh at a mischievous green monkey in the wildlife preserve or unwind in one of the numerous parks. 9 If you want to take to the water, board a catamaran in Bridgetown for lunchtime snorkeling, or set sail for a sunset dinner cruise 10 Dance the night away in “irie” oblivion to live soca, reggae or calypso at Harbour Lights or hot spot Sugar Ultra Lounge. SHUTTERSTOCK

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urrender to endless sunshine and calypso rhythms. The first resort in Barbados exclusively for couples, this paradise is an idyllic refuge to reconnect and recharge. Find inner peace at the serene yoga and fitness center. Embrace cool Caribbean waters at three sparkling pools or by diving into the vibrant coral reefs. With 11 gourmet dining venues and 280 luxurious rooms—all overlooking the exotic gardens and ocean, 877-SANDALS many featuring private Tranquility Soaking TubsTM for Sandals.com two—there’s a magical story just waiting to be told.

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he royal treatment awaits you at Sandals Royal Barbados, Sandals new, all-suite resort. It’s the most exclusive all-inclusive ever. Experience the dramatic Skypool Suites, magnificent Swim-up Suites, and lavish Millionaire Suites—all with outdoor Tranquility Soaking TubsTM for two. Indulge in 5-Star Global GourmetTM dining at five world-class restaurants, innovative bars and pools, and a 15,000-square-foot spa. Ocean views, 877-SANDALS every land and water sport imaginable, and Butler Elite Sandals.com ® service complete your Luxury Included experience.

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW 1

There are 250 miles of sandy beaches stretching across the island. The Dominican Republic is a fourhour plane ride from New York City and about a nine-hour ride from Los Angeles. 2

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The temp stays in the high 70s year-round!

3 Punta Cana is the Dominican Republic’s most popular destination. In addition to its all-inclusive resorts, the 21-mile coast is lined with coconut palms.

The beaches on the north and northeast coasts are the least populated. 4

5 The DR is the world’s largest producers of cigars, and the historic Museo del Tabaco in Santiago is a great tourist spot for both smokers and nonsmokers to learn a piece of the island’s history.

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ecluded in a lush tropical paradise, Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa provides stunning ocean views and palm-studded beaches surrounded by flourishing vegetation, ideal for a romantic honeymoon. This UnlimitedLuxury® resort is a waterfront treasure offering couples one of the largest pools in the Dominican Republic, which flows from the lobby down to the beach and comes complete with a swim-up bar 866-237-3267 and attractions throughout. DreamsResorts.com

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1 The three islands of Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique are located in the eastern Caribbean at the southern extremity of the Windward Islands, only 100 miles north of Venezuela.

The driest season is between January and May. Even during the rainy season, from June to December, it rarely rains for more than an hour at a time and generally not every day. AT A GLANCE 4 If you want to drive in Grenada, you must obtain a local driving permit. Most LANGUAGE SPOKEN English, French car rental firms issue local permits. Note that driving is on the left.

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River Antoine Rum Distillery, the oldest functioning distillery in the Caribbean, is a must-see for visitors. Using only locally BEST MONTHS TO GO sourced sugar cane, the rum is handmade January to May by the same process (and on some of the same equipment!) that was used when the distillery first opened in the late 1700s. You can even sample the rum at the end of your tour. 5

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world-class resort in Grenada has finally emerged. Introducing Sandals LaSource Grenada, an unsurpassed, all-inclusive luxury experience on the seductive “Spice Island.� Exotic elements of the South Seas are infused with bold, contemporary design resulting in a first-class resort unlike any other. Guests revel in pools that float in the sky, a living room that floats inside a pool and Tranquility 877-SANDALS Soaking Tubs for two that offer endless ocean views Sandals.com from magnificent patios and balconies.

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1 The best way to get around is in Jamaican Union of Travelers Association (JUTA)– licensed taxis.

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2 Montego Bay is definitely a must-see. Located near the airport on the northwest side of the island, “MoBay” is perfect for golf getaways and short honeymoon trips. Ever since Sandals opened the first all-inclusive resort there, it’s been the top destination for young newlyweds.

Bob Marley’s birthplace, Kingston, is perfect for honeymooners seeking their reggae roots or even just a starting point for spa trips and hikes in the beautiful Blue Mountains. 3

Many popular Jamaican destinations are between one and two hours from the Montego Bay airport by car. Make sure you bring Dramamine if you’re at risk for motion sickness, as taxi drivers take the curvy roads at quite a clip.

6 To see Jamaica at its best, go during Carnival, the highlight of the Jamaican year, in Kingston, Ocho Rios and MoBay each April and in Negril each May. 7 Reggae lovers should wait until July for the Reggae Sumfest, held in MoBay. 8 While shopping in Montego Bay, be polite and don’t hesitate to haggle. Sellers are insistent. 9 Coconut water—sold as “ice cold jelly” at roadside stands—and conch soup are said to heighten amour.

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et go and let loose because Negril invented “chill.” Located on the widest and best stretch of Jamaica’s famous Seven Mile Beach, Beaches Negril is an upbeat, family-friendly resort where three shimmering pools, nine superb gourmet restaurants and an exclusive Red Lane® Spa are a few of the many heavenly temptations. Here you’ll sway to the beat of Bob Marley played by an authentic Mento band 877-BEACHES and stroll through lush tropical gardens—a paradise Beaches.com where no building is higher than the tallest palm tree.

ascading down from the lush St. Ann Mountains to the romantic beach of Ocho Rios, this newly renovated family golf and beach resort offers something for everyone. Unwind at one of five pools, or get revved up at the Pirates Island Waterpark and the chic 18-and-over Liquid nightclub. From beach bonfire parties and a Red Lane® Spa to gourmet dining at seven world-class restaurants—plus the lavishly 877-BEACHES appointed rooms and suites—Beaches Ocho Rios is Beaches.com for lovers of luxury and sun-kissed fun.

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he flagship Sandals, set on Jamaica’s best, private white-sand beach in Montego Bay, is where the beach goes on and the party never stops. Nine gourmet restaurants make you think, it doesn’t get any better than this, and a Red Lane® Spa renews you. Wedding bells ring at a non-denominational chapel. For those who prefer glamorous seclusion, the suites in the Honeymoon Estate Butler Village 877-SANDALS provide privilege and butler service along a beautiful Sandals.com stretch of beach.

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ick back on the best and longest stretch of Jamaica’s famous Seven Mile Beach and experience the very chic and slightly playful side of Negril. Unwind poolside or at the Red Lane® Spa. There are seven gourmet restaurants, including our signature dining experience, Barefoot by the Sea. Breathtaking Swim-up Suites are on the edge of a lagoon pool with the beach in view and exquisite Millionaire Suites include private 877-SANDALS outdoor pools and gardens that wrap you in luxurious Sandals.com seclusion while personal butlers attend to your needs.

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lassic Georgian architecture welcomes you to a place reminiscent of the grandest British manor houses. At the main resort, the noblest of British refinement blends with Jamaican charm. Feast at eight tantalizing gourmet restaurants including an authentic British pub. Enjoy Jamaica’s only Over-the-Water Villas, with water hammocks and private infinity pools. Then discover an exotic private island— 877-SANDALS Sandals Island—with a Thai restaurant, secluded Sandals.com ® beach and Red Lane Spa escape.

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uilt in the glamorous 1950s and luxuriously appointed in the 21st century, this serene sanctuary for adults still maintains its stellar reputation as one of Jamaica’s most exquisite resorts. Sandals Royal Plantation sits on a bluff 25 feet above the Caribbean Sea, granting each of its 74 suites heartstopping views of the ocean and exclusive butler service. Bask blissfully on the spectacular twin beaches where you can spend 877-SANDALS hours sunbathing or partake in exciting water sports Sandals.com including scuba diving for certified divers or snorkeling.

andals South Coast, formerly Sandals Whitehouse, has been reimagined to capture all that is unique about Jamaica’s South Coast. Everything new is all about the water. Lavish Over-the-Water Bungalows with “sea-through” floors; a spectacular over-the-water bar; 9 restaurants including Sushi on the Sand at the water’s edge; and redesigned, all-beachfront rooms and suites with stunning views from beachfront balconies and walk-out patios. Set 877-SANDALS within a 500-acre nature preserve, Sandals South Coast is all Sandals.com beachfront, all luxury, all on Jamaica’s South Coast.

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estled between the St. Ann Mountains and the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica’s hippest resort features three extraordinary destinations in one: the chic Ochi Beach Club and Riviera Seaside, the lively plantation-style Great House, and the exclusive Butler Village, with 105 pools and romantic Romeo & Juliet Suites. Enjoy 16 restaurants, 11 bars, a nightclub, live entertainment at a cutting877-SANDALS edge amphitheater and two Red Lane® Spas. Sandals.com

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1 Try to catch the “green flash” at sunset. This split-second burst of emerald light can sometimes happen along the horizon on a clear day.

Explore historic Cockburn Town on Grand Turk—some say it’s the spot where Columbus first landed in 1492. The quaint Bermudian-style houses AT A GLANCE will catch your eye, and you may be tempted to take an impromptu walking LANGUAGE SPOKEN tour through town. English

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4 Turks & Caicos is less developed and more upscale than other Caribbean islands.

5 Only 8 of the 40 islands are inhabited, which gives it an intimate feel.

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enowned for its sparkling turquoise waters and the longest, most coveted stretch of Grace Bay’s 12-mile white-sand beach, “the last of the true exotics” is perfect for romantic getaways and family-friendly escapes. This includes underwater adventures at one of the top diving destinations in the world. Enjoy 20 fabulous restaurants, and sip tropical drinks at 14 bars. Plus, choose from five spectacular villages: French, 877-BEACHES Caribbean, Italian, Seaside, and the Key West Luxury Beaches.com Village—all boasting stellar accommodations. WA N T M O R E I N F O O N T U R K S & C A I CO S ? G O TO TheKnot.com/honeymoons

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2 Unlike its bustling neighbor Cancún, Cozumel is relatively quiet: Only 3 percent of this 189-square-mile island with clear waters, beautiful reefs and white-sand beaches has been developed. 3 If you like nightlife, discos are popular in Acapulco; they’re open 365 days a year, from 10:30 p.m. until 4 or 5 a.m. 4 The “Corridor” near Los Cabos is a gorgeous string of cozy hotels, championship golf courses, winding horse trails and white-sand beaches. 5 Big ocean-side resorts in Cancún are a good home base for exploring ancient Mayan ruins. The seaside Mayan city of Tulum is closest. Good day trips include Coba and Chichen Itza.

6 Most of the Yucatán peninsula is great for water sports like snorkeling and scuba diving. For underwater sightseers, check out El Chileno, an underwater preserve, or Bahia Santa Maria, a cove surrounded by cliffs, near Los Cabos. 7 People fall in love with Playa del Carmen equally for what it has (gorgeous beaches and rustic charm) and for what it doesn’t (the crowds and overbuilt beachfronts of some big tourist spots). 8 Located at the edge of the Sierra Madre range, Puerto Vallarta is full of old cobblestone streets and plenty of Mexican tradition (think: fiestas!). 9 San José del Cabo is an old Mexican village built around the Colonial-style church Iglesia San José and a charming town square. 10 The Riviera Maya parallels the Caribbean coast. It starts in Playa del Carmen and ends in Tulum.

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1 Seemingly carved out of a jungle, Cancún sits at the tip of Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula, twinkling with big resorts and beautiful palm beaches.

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he Riviera Maya, admired for its history, sugar-white sands, green palm trees and deep blue sea, provides a mesmerizing backdrop. It blends classic Mexican colonial architecture, ultra-luxurious accommodations, superior facilities and first-class service. Relax with a couple’s massage on the beach or explore the Tulum and Xel-Ha ruins. With adults-only sections, Dreams Tulum offers Unlimited-Luxury®, superior 866-237-3267 amenities beginning with gourmet dining and DreamsResorts.com unlimited top-shelf beverages—all wristband-free.

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he moment couples arrive, they will be enraptured by luxury and infused with romance. This adults-only haven offers an Unlimited-Luxury® getaway on three miles of pristine beach, footsteps from a private marina, pedestrian village, botanical gardens and artisan walkway—the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure. Customize your complimentary Secrets honeymoon registry so family and friends can 866-467-3273 gift you romantic dinners and spa packages to SecretsResorts.com maximize your experience.

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ouples with a refined palette will delight in the sommelier-led wine tastings of some of the world’s finest wine collections at the adultsonly, Unlimited-Luxury® Secrets The Vine Cancun. With wine the signature element and a “wine wall” of over 3,000 varieties, toasts to happiness and the future will be limitless. And with its prime location in the heart of Cancun, access to nightlife, fabulous shopping and 866-467-3273 so much more is just steps away! SecretsResorts.com

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1 Visit Sulphur Springs, a “drive-in” volcano, which last erupted two centuries ago. 2 Make sure you check out Gros Piton and Petit Piton, rugged mountains located on the island’s southwest coast; they’re among the Caribbean’s most recognizable landmarks. 3 You’ll need a guide to enter the island’s restricted rainforest region, so sign up for a tour to walk through the dense foliage and swim in one of the tropical waterfalls. If you’re lucky, you may see the rare St. Lucian parrot.

6 The best place to start a scuba dive along the coral walls is the beach at Anse Chastanet, a hotel on the southwest coast. 7 Some of the coral walls plunge 200 feet deep! Keep your eyes peeled for barrel sponges, angel fish, sea horses, spotted eels, stingrays, nurse sharks and sea turtles. 8 Try local favorites like saltfish and green fig and Creole barbecue. While you’re in Castries, try Pink Plantation House, a can’t-miss Creole restaurant.

If you rent a car, make sure you keep to the left side of the road (like you would in the UK). You can also make your way around via ferry, bus or cab.

9 Gros Islet, a small island on the northwest shore of St. Lucia, is known throughout the Caribbean for its Friday night jump-up. Street-side music blares as locals jam to the sounds of reggae, soca and calypso.

5 Visit the hopping Saturday market in Castries, the island’s capital. The vendors sell everything from fruits and local spices to crafts.

10 If you or your groom loves jazz music, plan your trip around the three-day St. Lucia Jazz Festival, held every May.

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rand panoramic views add to the grandeur of this palatial resort set on its own spectacular peninsula with the ocean on both sides. The most discerning guests will be impressed by indulgences such as 12 gourmet restaurants including the signature Barefoot by the Sea and Gordon’s Over-the-Water Restaurant. Five magnificent pools and the island inspired Red Lane® Spa invite total relaxation. Accommodations 877-SANDALS include circular Rondoval suites with private plunge pools, Sandals.com lagoon swim-up rooms and Over-the-Water Bungalows.

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waken your desires for romantic temptation in the true Garden of Eden. Quintessentially Caribbean with classic island architecture and charm, this intimate seaside oasis is blissfully serene. Enjoy six gourmet restaurants, including Kelly’s Dockside Over-the-Water Restaurant, which extends out over the ocean and offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Laid back and casual, this is Saint Lucia’s ultimate beach resort, 877-SANDALS with Stay at 1, Play at 3 exchange privileges offered Sandals.com between all three Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia.

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igh glamour rises to new heights of luxury on the legendary La Toc estate, which includes a half-mile cove beach, a nine-hole golf course, nine impressive gourmet restaurants and a stunning Red Lane® Spa. Dramatic two-story villas atop Sunset Oceanview Bluff Village, with private pools and butler service, are the pinnacle of indulgence. Exclusive Millionaire Suites with private pools are the summit of 877-SANDALS prestige at the cliff’s peak with 180-degree ocean views, Sandals.com while elevated privileges include personal butler service.

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[ I N DON E S I A ] WHY IT’S ROMANTIC The last chapter of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love is set in Ubud—an ancient center of wellness and calm hidden among thick jungle palms in the heart of Bali. While many of the island’s coastal areas have given way to massive international resorts, Ubud clings to its Balinese roots, creating a distinct sense of place among historic temple towers. WHERE TO STAY Discover cultural and spiritual richness at Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve (from $495; RitzCarlton.com) situated along the mighty Ayung River.

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Local practitioners mark your arrival with the strike of a Balinese gong, then you’re free to indulge with eons-old treatments at the on-site spa. WHAT TO DO Cross rice paddy fields at dawn to visit the Hindu water temple at Tirta Empul for a purification ceremony with fellow villagers. CAN’T MISS MOMENT At Mandapa, tuck yourself into one of restaurant Kubu’s private bamboo cocoons for an intimate dinner of Mediterranean-style dishes, tropical breezes and picturesque river views. >>

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[ N OR WAY ] WHY IT’S ROMANTIC If ever there were a destination that was Instagram worthy it would be Lofoten—its signature snowcapped mountains are dramatic and totally breathtaking. The peninsula rivals the buzzed-about beauty of Iceland, but without all the tourist traffic. Norway’s ethereal landscape promises glacially carved coves that offer respite or adventure, while the coastline is dotted with quaint cabins, well-suited for a little R & R. WHERE TO STAY Once the traditional lodging of local fishers, the bright-red rorbuer have now been transformed into rustic fjord-side cottages, like Reine Rorbuer (from $175; ClassicNorway.com/ hotels/reine-rorbuer). Its shanties on stilts promise harbor views with antique charm. WHAT TO DO Ever considered hanging ten above the arctic circle? Unstad Arctic Surf offers wave-riding lessons—ideal for beginners—along its sandy bay. After, refuel at base camp with a locally sourced meal. CAN’T MISS MOMENT Watch the natural wonder of Aurora Borealis (often called the Northern Lights) dance its green magic across the polar sky.

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Practically synonymous with amour, the City of Lights reigns supreme when it comes to romance with its grand boulevards and symmetric lush gardens. Enjoy an afternoon stroll with your other half followed by a gourmet dinner at one of the delicious (Michelin-starred) eateries that abound throughout the city.

backdrop for Madonna’s sexy “Justify My Love” video. Rooms even include acoustic guitars for impromptu serenades. WHAT TO DO

The Royal Monceau’s dedication to all things avant garde means VIP access to the city’s art galleries. After touring the ateliers of Beaubourg, hit up the Grand Palais for a private visit with the dedicated art concierge.

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The hotel’s 99-seat theater can be rented out for a special occasion. We can’t think of anything more romantic than watching a classic black-andwhite film in your own private cinema in the middle of Paris.

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Blending old palace ambience with modern Starckian stylings, the Royal Monceau (from $955; LeRoyalMonceau.com), just steps away from the Arc de Triomphe, has an interesting past, including being the

CENTR AL VER MONT [ UNITED STATE S ]

WHY IT’S ROMANTIC Nothing beats the fall season, as the trees are bursting with bright reds and oranges. And the townships of central Vermont are primed to fulfill every fantasy of a Gilmore Girls–esque New England with storybook colonial architecture, throwback main streets and friendly locals. WHERE TO STAY Flipping the script when it comes to all-inclusive stays, Vermont’s Twin Farms (from $1,500; TwinFarms.com) champions all things local with three elaborate meals a day featuring the best of the state’s bounty, and a clutch of elegantly appointed cottages.

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WHAT TO DO Rather than tearing yourself away from the splendor of Twin Farms, delight in the surplus of on-site activities—think: canoeing in summer, skiing in winter and soaking in the Japanese furo anytime of year. De-stress from all that wedding planning with a Gentle Flow yoga class, then indulge in some pampering with a couple’s massage at the on-site Bridge House Spa. CAN’T MISS MOMENT Choose the Studio cottage to soothe your post-hiking legs in the private hot tub, then huddle around the crackling fire in your bathrobes as you piece together a jigsaw puzzle. >>

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WHY IT’S ROMANTIC Promising plenty of European flair—but without the long flight and jet lag—Québec City is an exciting North American locale filled with old-world charm. Set along the narrowing bends of the Saint Lawrence River, the city boasts a storied past. WHERE TO STAY The Relais & Châteaux darling Auberge Saint-Antoine (from $175; Saint-Antoine.com) sits in the heart of the city’s UNESCO-protected core. The inn is the pet project of the local Price family, who take great pride in their on-site restaurant, Panache, which serves

French recipes in an old warehouse setting. The menu includes locally sourced, organic eats and an extensive wine list. WHAT TO DO Québec’s iconic Fairmont Le Château Frontenac hotel is worth a look if only to try one of its original cocktails—blended with maple syrup, of course—at the bar in Bistro Le Sam. CAN’T MISS MOMENT Explore the pastoral island of Île d’Orléans by bicycle. Be sure to make stops at a few cideries and farm stands to sample the fare. While you’re there, take in a performance or check out one of the island’s art galleries.

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The large island of Madagascar feels like a continent unto itself. And it has an exotic biodiversity— lemurs swing overhead and alienlike baobab trees stretch toward the sky. It’s a perfect spot for nature lovers. WHERE TO STAY

When it comes to private island digs, you can’t miss Miavana (from $2,500; TimeandTideAfrica .com/miavana), the newest offering in the Indian Ocean, just off the coast of Madagascar. From the same designers

as North Island in the Seychelles (famed for being the choice honeymoon destination for Kate and Will) Miavana is the next generation in private island honeymooning. Three words: major bragging rights. WHAT TO DO

Helicopter transfers put you face-to-face with some unique creatures during daytime safaris. CAN’T MISS MOMENT

Have an intimate lunch on a sandbar with your new spouse. You two will be surrounded by nothing but miles of turquoise waves.

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SAINT VINCENT AND THE GR ENADINES [ CARIBBEAN ]

WHY IT’S ROMANTIC St. Vincent and the Grenadines are a series of islands sprinkled across the cool-blue waters of the southern Caribbean. Snorkel in clear shallow reefs, often in the company of sea turtles, or relax on beautiful white sand beaches. WHERE TO STAY Striking the perfect balance between a luxurious enclave and a laid-back beach vibe, Petit St. Vincent (from $1,100; PetitStVincent.com) is a private island paradise with 22 Wi-Fi-free cottages scattered across its picturesque beaches and bluffs. Try to snag Cottage 1 for your stay to take in perfect sunset views. WHAT TO DO Glide away on Beauty, the resort’s wooden sailboat built by the captain’s own two hands, and head for the uninhabited isles of Tobago Cays, made famous as the backdrop of the first installment of Pirates of the Caribbean. CAN’T MISS MOMENT Have the perfect night in—just the two of you—and order champagne and room service by raising the yellow flag in front of your bungalow.

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Few UK towns are as charming as Tenby with its colorful cliff houses overlooking the beach, a harbor full of fishing boats and streets lined with small shops. CAN’T MISS MOMENT

Ask the hotel to pack your breakfast to go, then drive down to Stackpole for a picnic. Leave your car in the lot and wander up and over the headland to find the Caribbeanclear waters of Barafundle Bay.

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Restored from a 12thcentury stronghold, Roch Castle (from $195; RochCastle .com) overlooks its tiny town and the captivating shoreline of St. Brides Bay farther beyond.

While the exterior is thoroughly medieval, the interior is modern and features six well-styled suites. A traditional Welsh breakfast is served every morning.

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WHY IT’S ROMANTIC The original flavor of island idyll, Bora Bora has wooed newlyweds since the creation of the overwater bungalow 50 years ago. Hundreds of these suites on stilts extend from a series of barrier islets, and the lagoon in between boasts the most beautiful color of neon blue. WHERE TO STAY Like a clubhouse for honeymooners, the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora (from $1,220; FourSeaons.com/borabora) is a collection of overwater chalets that perfectly pairs a Tahitian laisser-faire vibe with the Swiss efficiency of an ultra-luxe resort. Snorkel in the on-site lagoon or arrange an off-property adventure, like shark diving or a tour of the island by wave runner. WHAT TO DO Head to the main island for dinner at La Villa Mahana, the seventable brainchild of a French chef and his Tahitian family. (Book in advance!) CAN’T MISS MOMENT Get room service at your bungalow as you watch the sun set behind Mount Otemanu, turning the sky yellow, ochre, then purple.

With the same craggy cliffs that have earned Ireland its place on the tourist trail, the southwest corner of Wales feels wonderfully undiscovered. Hidden beaches are the handsome reward for short hikes along grassy bluffs, and castles and elegant manor houses are welcome refuges after a day spent in the sun and sand.

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[ NICARAGUA ] WHY IT’S ROMANTIC A cathedral-clad town dating to the conquistador era, Granada is the gateway to an archipelago of serene isles floating gently along the surface of Lake Nicaragua. Once an important colonial hub, the city readily embraces its slow pace and neoclassical allure. Make a pit stop here and soak in the culture before exploring other nearby lake islands. WHERE TO STAY Occupying its own little islet, Jicaro Island Lodge (from $440; JicaroLodge.com) has nine casitas that are mini architectural marvels of environmental design with plenty of sleek slatting and gossamer netting. The action is centered around a cozy eating area and on-site pool, but there’s plenty of space to make vacationers feel like they have the resort to themselves. WHAT TO DO Grab a stand-up paddleboard and shuttle over to neighboring islands—some completely empty, others inhabited by friendly locals. CAN’T MISS MOMENT Reserve table-for-two service on a quiet dock floating in the lake for an ultra-private (and luxurious) culinary experience. P L A N YO U R A DV E N T U R E AT TheKnot.com/honeymoons

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Justina & Matthew

Italy Florence’s Piazza del Duomo

MUST-SEE SIGHTS “We’re both pretty adventurous, so it was fun picking out where to stay,” Justina says of booking Airbnb rentals throughout the course of their three-week-long getaway. During their tour of 13 cities ranging from Milan to Salerno, the newlyweds took in the celebrated sights of the Colosseum, Piazza Navona, Lake Como, Duomo di Milano and Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore.

Scenic vistas over Lake Como The coastal villages of Cinque Terre

HONEYMOON HIGHLIGHT Next to stumbling upon an impromptu organ concert at a small Florentine church, the most remarkable moment of Justina and Matthew’s trip took place at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City. “We made eye contact with Pope Francis during a papal audience,” Justina says. “We like to think he blessed our marriage when he smiled at us.”

TRAVEL TIP “Nothing will test the strength of a new marriage quite like a scooter ride on the narrow, winding streets of Capri,” Justina says of their decision to bypass lengthy bus lines by renting a Vespa during their daylong outing on the island. “The scooter was more expensive than the bus at 30 euros for four hours, but it was nice to be in control of our schedule.” —Rachel Sylvester

View from the top of Assisi

The vineyards at Tenuta San Guido

H  ONEYMOON AT A GLANCE TIME OF YEAR September BUDGET $5,000 LENGTH OF TRIP 22 days TRAVEL TIME 12-hour flight from Minneapolis to Rome

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MAP IT After a three-hour layover in Detroit, the newlyweds touched down in Rome—the same bustling locale where they first met while studying abroad in college.

BOOK IT

Rome: Pantheon Hotel Assisi, Bolgheri, Cinque Terre, Florence, Nesso, Milan, Salerno: Airbnb.com

COUPLE: ROBERTA IN ROME FOR FLYTOGRAPHER; ASSISI, DUOMO: ISTOCK; TENUTA SAN GUIDO: COURTESY OF VENUE; ALL MAP ILLUSTRATIONS: PUTRI FEBRIANA

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MEMORABLE MEAL A seaside feast at Enoteca Dau Cila in Riomaggiore comes highly recommended, as does the rabbit at Trattoria da Erminio in the tranquil town of Assisi. Another noteworthy treat: the Sassicaia red wine from Tenuta San Guido winery on the cypress-lined streets of Bolgheri.

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Jeff & Rem

Richard Rodgers Theatre

New York City MUST-SEE SIGHTS Jeff (left) and Rem spent their time in the Big Apple soaking up the sights from the top of the Empire State Building, strolling through museums, and touring Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and the Hudson River via a dinner cruise. “We also visited Carlo’s Bakery way too many times,” Jeff says of trips to the sweet shop made famous by TLC’s Cake Boss. Additional sights included a trip to the TODAY show set, Central Park, Ellen’s Stardust Diner, Per Se and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Waterfront views from the East River Cannolis from Carlo’s Bakery

HONEYMOON HIGHLIGHT As a way to thank the friends and family members who contributed to their honeymoon fund, the newlyweds created custom cards that expressed their gratitude for each wedding guest. “For every activity Rem and I did together, we took selfies with a card and posted them on social media,” Jeff says.

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WORTH THE SPLURGE “I thought we could get away with taking pictures on our cell phones, but the images that Flytographer caught were incredible,” Jeff says of booking the photography service to snap a few photos of him and Rem in Central Park. “It seemed like an extravagance, but Flytographer captured an extremely beautiful moment in our lives that we’ll never forget.”

The changing colors of Central Park

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

HONEYMOON AT A GLANCE TIME OF YEAR October BUDGET $7,500 LENGTH OF TRIP 6 days TRAVEL TIME 6-hour flight from San Francisco to Newark

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MAP IT A red-eye and a train ride were all it took to transport Jeff and Rem to Manhattan for their weeklong urban vacation.

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Hotel: The Library Hotel Breakfast: Ellen’s Stardust Diner Dinner: Per Se Broadway: Aladdin, If/Then, Kinky Boots

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TRAVEL TIP A reservation is necessary almost everywhere you go in Manhattan, so book ahead for brunch, tours and Broadway shows. “We had prearranged activities planned but also set aside time to unwind with a few books at our hotel,” Jeff says. —RS

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Anna & Leonidas

Verdant vistas above the Bohol mountains

The Philippines MUST-SEE SIGHTS “Our cell phones didn’t work, so we’d vaguely map out the day before hopping on our motor bike,” Anna says of navigating the unpaved paths of the Philippine islands. “We’d take random turns and private roads just to see where we’d end up.” In addition to kayaking, paddleboarding and snorkeling, the couple went cliff diving off of Cambugahay Falls in Siquijor.

Siquijor’s Cambugahay Falls

HONEYMOON HIGHLIGHT Indulgences included daily hour-long massages and afternoons spent either eating or exploring. “Leonidas and I loved the casualness of it all,” Anna says of bringing only a backpack stuffed with beach essentials.

The beaches of Puerto Princesa

TRAVEL TIP “Our honeymoon wasn’t for the faint of heart,” Anna says of their getaway. “There were days when I looked around and thought, ‘How did we even find this place?’ but that’s the sort of adventure we wanted all along.” —RS

HONEYMOON AT A GLANCE TIME OF YEAR November BUDGET $3,500 LENGTH OF TRIP 2 weeks TRAVEL TIME 16 hours from New York City to Taipei

MAP IT After landing in the Philippine province of Cebu, Anna and Leonidas island-hopped from Panglao to Siquijor before making stops at Dumaguete and Palawan Island.

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El Nido, Palawan: Mansion Buenavista El Nido Cebu; Dumaguete; Panglao; Port Barton, Palawan; Puerto Princesa, Palawan; Siquijor: Airbnb.com

BOHOL MOUNTAINS: ISTOCK; PUERTO PRINCESEA: SHUTTERSTOCK

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STANDOUT STAY The couple glamped at Thelma and Toby’s Island Camping Adventure in Port Barton, Palawan. Once there, they stumbled upon a private beach, crystal-clear waters and endless amounts of sunshine. “That was easily the most beautiful part of our honeymoon,” Anna says. “We would immediately crack open and eat the coconuts that fell from surrounding trees.”

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“He was just so happy that he started crying,” Joy says of her son—the best man—standing with his father—the groom— as she walked down the aisle. “As I got closer, he gave me a little smile through his tears to let me know he was okay. Cuncho was trying so hard to hold it together and not cry too.” JOY & CUNCHO; JUNE 5; WILMINGTON, NC PHOTOGR APH BY ALI & GARRET T WEDDING PHOTOGR APHERS

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