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FASHION ISSUE F E AT U R E S 71

RUNWAY REPORT The hottest ball gowns, slip dresses, suits and more from Bridal Fashion Week.

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MOUNTAIN MAJESTY Fresh colors and rustic textures stand out at this Jackson Hole celebration.

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DÉCOR FOR EVERY BUDGET Our best moneysaving tips for style at any price.

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Check out the sexy draped back of Hunter’s reception dress on p. 151.

REGISTRY AWARDS Upgrade your newlywed nest with these top picks from our annual list.

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BODY OF WORK Supermodel Hunter McGrady shows off a curated collection of aisle-worthy looks.

LOVE EVERY BODY An inside look at how industry pros are working to create a positive shopping experience for all.

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HONEYMOONS FOR LOVERS Whether you crave adventure, food or culture, we have the ideal getaway.

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FALL 2019 9 135 REAL LOVE

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ESSAY A custom, colorful suit was key to one bride’s scene-stealing look.

REAL WEDDINGS Get inspo from these couples’ one-of-a-kind celebrations.

I N E V E RY I S S U E EDITOR’S LETTER CONTRIBUTORS THE KNOT DIGITAL DOWNLOAD 30 DAILY FIX 36 TOOLS 42 ADVICE 4 4 TR ADITIONS 63 NEW & NOW 240 LAST LOOK 24 26 28

FA S H I O N + B E AU T Y 84

BEAUTY BEAT This season’s hottest hair and makeup looks.

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RING REPORT Our picks for fancy cut diamond sparklers.

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WHAT TO WEAR Attire for country club, vineyard and warehouse affairs.

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STYLE + PLANNING 115

MANIC PIXIE DAYDREAM Let love shine with an energetic color palette and loads of playful details.

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EVERLASTING LOVE Build a strong marriage with honest, science-backed advice from Lasting.

T R AV E L 164

Ditch the passports and hit the highway for an adventure on the open road.

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ROAD TO LOVE

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HONEYMOON STYLE

FASHION STYLING Shelley Brown

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CITY GUIDE: DENVER

MAKEUP Viktorija Bowers for MAC Cosmetics/Ray Brown Pro

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PROP STYLIST Nassimos Studio

HAIR PINS, BOWLS AND LIPSTICK: COURTESY OF VENDORS; FLOWERS: YUNHEE KIM; LIPSTICK SMEAR: LILLIA LYSENKO/ISTOCK; ROOM: ADAM RIPPLINGER; COUPLE: DE NUEVA PHOTOGRAPHY

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Esther Lee Shelley Brown Alyssa Longobucco Becky Murray Louis Baragona Emma Gray Pitt Sharlyn Pierre Jessica Kane Sarah Rozen Michele Parrella Whitney Little Sarah Hooper Trisha Tucker

PRO D U C TI O N PRO D U C TI O N MANAG E R Jesse Hardy G R APHI C PRO D U C TI O N Kate Richter CO NTE NT E D ITO R Lois Brunnert

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THE S TU D I O @ THE K N OT WO RLDWID E VP, CU S TO M CO NTE NT & HE AD O F S TU D I O Nick Fortunato E D ITO RIAL D IREC TO R Elizabeth Roehrig E XECUTIVE PRO D U CE R Joanna Dedvukaj D E PUT Y E D ITO R Kate Traverson INTEG R ATE D PRO D U CE R Alexandra Vicino S E NI O R E D ITO R Cassie Kreitner S E NI O R MANAG E R , CRE ATIVE MARK ETIN G S O LUTI O N S Jessica Bendes SALE S MARK ETIN G AS S O CIATE MANAG E R Jolie Klein A S S I S TANT MANAG IN G E D ITO R Kelsey Paine S E NI O R D E S I G NE R Amanda Kocis Gallagher A S S O CIATE PRO D U CE R Claire Flanagan A S S I S TANT S O CIAL M E D IA E D ITO R Stephani Schell

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EDITOR’S NOTE

SET LIFE While Hunter and I got glam for this pic, we chatted about the close bonds we share with our sisters, our husbands’ love of sports and, of course, all things weddings.

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Look for more of Hunter’s picks throughout the book!

A NOTE FROM HUNTER McGRADY I was so excited when The Knot asked me to be the guest editor and cover model of the Fashion Issue, not only because I was planning my own wedding, but also because I knew it would be an amazing opportunity to talk about inclusivity. I’m passionate about this particular topic because I believe all sizes, races and genders deserve representation. Growing up as a girl with broad shoulders and wide hips, I never saw models who looked like me in magazines—I had no one to relate to. As a bride-to-be, I also knew it was all too easy to make wedding planning about weight loss. But if there’s one thing I hope this special issue gets across, it’s that your day is a celebration of your own unique and powerful love story—not a challenge to lose weight or fit a certain vision. So, while you’re planning this awesome moment in your life, remember to accept yourself and enjoy your journey.

HUNTER McGRADY COVER MODEL + GUEST EDITOR @huntermcgrady

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When the team and I started talking about our Fashion Issue, one thing was top of mind—it had to be inclusive of all people and styles. While a white dress and black tux are beautiful, they’re by no means your only options. After all, on your wedding day, you should feel like the best version of yourself—and what you wear can play a big part in that. So in addition to our coverage of Bridal Fashion Week (read: stunning white dresses), you’ll find stories of real brides who wore something other than white— from a black gown (p. 44) to a purple suit (p. 46). We also interviewed a partner at Bindle & Keep (p. 110) on custom suiting for all body types and gender identities. And finally, we tackle the issue of size inclusivity head on (p. 154). Real talk: The wedding industry has been criticized in the past for not showcasing people of all shapes and sizes. At The Knot, we want to change that, so we tapped size-inclusive advocate, model and newlywed Hunter McGrady to guest edit this issue and help us highlight where the industry is making strides and where there’s still work to be done. (She also agreed to wear her Watters wedding dress on our cover, as well as model six others for our fashion story Body of Work on p. 146.) Overall, our message is simple: When it comes to wedding fashion, you do you.

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CONTRIBUTORS To see Hunter’s reception gown finished IRL, head over to p. 151.

SARAH SMART PROP + SET DESIGNER N E W + N O W P. 6 3 M A N I C P I X I E D A Y D R E A M P. 1 1 5

You’re passionate about travel, so with that in mind, do you have any fun hacks for acing a destination wedding or honeymoon? I like to keep packing light and simple. I separate everything—bathing suits, pajamas, shoes—into mesh packing cubes (which makes unpacking at a hotel a breeze) and always do a load of laundry while I’m traveling. Along the way, I love to shop and collect souvenirs, often shipping things home so I don’t feel limited by my luggage. Pro tip: Keep a travel folder with language apps or maps on your phone. I also save the locations of recommended restaurants, markets and shops on Google Maps in advance of my trip. I keep those handy in order to get me from point A to point B. I also keep a travel notebook to jot down my experience as I go. @sarah.smart.style

XAY VONGPHACHANH CREATIVE DIRECTOR, WATTERS C O V E R + B O D Y O F W O R K P. 1 4 6

What’s your best advice for those looking to go the custom dress route? It’s important to have a clear vision of what you want and find a designer that specializes in that look. Make sure you and your team develop a game plan for the entire process, from the timeline to @ladyxay the total cost.

MEET OUR CONTRIBUTORS We tapped some of the pros from this issue to get the scoop on all things planning.

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JOHNNY MILLER PHOTOGRAPHER N E W + N O W P. 6 3 M A N I C P I X I E D A Y D R E A M P. 1 1 5

What typical mistakes do couples make when creating a shot list? A long shot list is unrealistic and can be painful for everyone involved. Keep it simple. Before creating one, ask yourself exactly how much time you want to spend taking pictures on your wedding day. The answer will guide your list. Besides, sometimes the best shots are unplanned. Personally, I like a @johnny_miller_ documentary style.

Wedding planning can be stressful. How can couples alleviate some of that prewedding anxiety? Remember to take the long view. Wedding planning is only a phase and will be over before you know it. Even though the process may be stressful, remember that you and your partner are a team, so treat each other’s needs with respect, and be each other’s advocates. You’re not just planning a wedding together—you’re preparing to spend your life with your best friend. It’s only the beginning. The @getlasting best is yet to come.

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

BECKY MURRAY REAL WEDDINGS EDITOR In the spirit of #MakeTradition, how can couples personalize their wedding day looks? Start with your favorite item. What’s your go-to accessory or signature addition when you dress for everyday life? If you’re known for rocking quirky socks in your nine-to-five, pick a new pair just for the occasion (just like JT did on p. 184). Personalization is just that: personal. Wear what makes you feel the most “you” on your wedding, not what you think you’re “supposed” to wear. #MakeTradition is all about being confident in the customs @beckygotmurrayed you inherited while staying true to what makes you unique.

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GATHER YOUR CREW Ask your besties to stand by you at the altar and in the months leading up to your day.

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PLAN THE CEREMONY Meet with your officiant to discuss the details and attend prewedding counseling if required.

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NAIL DOWN THE BUDGET Envision your wedding and decide how much you want to spend (and who else will be contributing).

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F I N D Y O U R W E D D I N G S T Y L E We know—you’re probably figuring out where you should even start. We’ve got you covered. Once you download the app, the first thing you’ll do is swipe on images you love in our Style Quiz. It’s a fun way to help zero in on your vibe. Once complete, you’ll have your very own Wedding Vision (more on that on the next page). K E E P O R G A N I Z E D Not sure what to do when? No sweat—we’ve put together a checklist for you, and it’s totally customizable. So if Uncle Jeff is officiating, we’ll take “find an officiant” off your list. Plus, our budgeter will help you track your overall spending and how much you’ve put toward each detail. C O M P I L E Y O U R T E A M After sharing all your info (budget, location, guest count) we’ll help you assemble your squad. And if you want to keep scrolling, we’ve got thousands of award-winning pros (located right where you are), plus reviews, on The Knot Marketplace. M A N A G E Y O U R R E G I S T R Y Now for the fun part: your registries. Your people will want to shower you with gifts from “we’re engaged” to your wedding day, so keep your wish lists fully stocked right from your phone. Our universal registry tool lets you add items from anywhere you shop—so you don’t have to choose between bespoke pottery on Etsy and the latest smart home tech at Amazon. And if you’d rather ask for money to put toward things like your honeymoon flights or a home down payment, start a cash registry on The Knot. T H I N K O F Y O U R G U E S T S Your wedding website is going to be your new best friend. Fill it with need-to-know info, like hotels and your registries, then share it with guests. You can stay on top of RSVPs too. And don’t forget to have guests download The Guest—a photo sharing app that will sync all of their photos in one place (it’s like a free wedding album you can see in real time).

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How much should my venue inform the style of my dress?

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MARY CHATMAN CEO and editor in chief, Black Bride

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BRITTANY LO CEO and founder, Beautini

H A R M O N Y WA LTO N Founder, Jet Fete and The Bridal Bar

If this outfit speaks to you, check out p. 110 for more tips on bespoke attire.

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How can we find attire that’s modern and of the moment but will still feel timeless 20 years from now? S H E L L E Y B R O W N : If you’re really feeling a certain trend, like feathers, fringe or bold color, don’t worry about how it will age and just go for it! However, if you’re not into a super-fashion-forward look and want your wedding attire to stand the test of time, opt for more classic silhouettes and details that won’t go out of style. For example, if you love the idea of sleeves, choose cap sleeves or long lace sleeves and skip riskier interpretations of this trend, like puffy or split sleeves. Opting for clean, modern fabrics like silk faille or crêpe is also a great option—they’re definitely having a moment right now but are understated enough to look fresh for years to come. Where formalwear is concerned, it’s hard to go wrong with a traditional black tux or dark gray suit and chic lace-up dress shoes.

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B R I T T N Y D R Y E : Be open to wearing something more in line with who you are rather than caving to what you think you should wear. Your wedding day look should be an elevated version of your everyday self—choose something that makes you feel like a million bucks, even if it isn’t white, formal or expected. If you’re stumped at figuring out exactly what you want, I’ve found music and film award shows like the Grammys and Oscars are often ripe with inspiration (I’m still swooning over Billy Porter’s red carpet moment in his Christian Siriano tuxedo gown).

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M A R K I N G R A M : Aside from your own personal style, nothing influences your wedding fashion more than your venue. Obviously, an outdoor daytime garden wedding and a formal evening ballroom affair require very different looks. A clean and modern warehouse pairs well with a sleek sheath dress, while a detailed ball gown is perfect for a fairy-tale château. Let the venue be your guide and find a gown that will complement the setting.

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D A R K M A G I C “I didn’t wear black to be rebellious,” Annie says. “I was just certain that if I wore white, I would feel like I was putting on a performance. I loved the idea of buying a Jacobean print, and I fell for this embroidered fabric, then brought it straight to my dressmaker. On our wedding day, I felt like my most authentic self—and that’s the most timeless look of all.”

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of our wedding date. I loved going to fittings and watching the suit come to life piece by piece. I was impressed by the suit itself, but the flower necklace took it to a new level. I knew I didn’t want to carry a bouquet and though I’ve worn ties, I was on the fence about wearing one on my wedding day. When Megan and I discovered these full flower necklaces with the help of Pinterest, it just clicked. I worked with our florist to pick the blooms, adding light orange flowers to the mix for a real pop. In the end, my wedding day look was dapper, bright and totally me. Megan was in awe and even a little jelly of my necklace (it totally stole the show), but mostly, she was happy for me because it was such a process. It was all worth it though—this suit remains one of my fave memories of our wedding day.

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THE SUITE LIFE These cool-girl brands now offer effortless dresses and separates, perfect for all of your wedding-related events.

SHINE ON If anyone knows sparkle, it’s Hayley Paige. The dreamy dress designer is coupling up with iconic jeweler Hearts On Fire. Their collab features glitzy engagement rings and stacking bands inspired

WHISTLES The contemporary fashion brand based in London is making its fabulous foray into the bridal world. The versatile collection consists of 14 bridal pieces and touches on every wedding style— from romantic scalloped lace to structured suiting and boho floral details. From $459, Whistles.com

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Hashtags are most common in the US , with 53 percent of couples creating one for their day.

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In BRAZIL and INDIA , nearly 60 percent of couples host hometown weddings.

Brides in the UNITED KINGDOM are more likely to wear a tiara than brides in other countries.

RETROFETE Known for glitzy party ensembles that wouldn’t look out of place at Studio 54, Retrofete debuted an über-glam bridal collection exclusive to Net-a-Porter. Featuring six silhouettes, ranging from beaded wrap dresses to one heck of a sexy romper, this collab is made for the fashionforward bride who isn’t afraid to turn a few heads.

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CAMI NYC A fave of fashion influencers, this camisole and slip dress brand is expanding its repertoire— and the ’90s gal in us cannot get enough. The lingerie-inspired collection features soft silks, delicate laces and no shortage of sultry silhouettes. If you’re looking for sleekand-chic options for your attendants, they also offer equally slinky bridesmaid dresses.

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One of our favorite bridal designers is going custom. Timeless bridal line Amsale is offering a simplified—and budget-friendly— take on customized dresses with Amsale x You on Amsale .com. The process works like this: You select a bodice, skirt, belt (or no belt) and fabric, enter your sizes and check out. Your brand-new dress should appear on your doorstep four to six weeks later. Why do we love it? This standout program lets you create a gown that feels totally unique, at a fraction of the cost of other custom options. From $5,000, Amsale.com

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Sixty-seven percent of US couples ask for their parents’ blessing before getting engaged. Only eight percent do in ITALY .

Couples in FRANCE are most likely to live together before getting married.

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BEJEWELED BARRETTES The hair accessories taking over instagram made their bridal debut on the #BFW runways. PRO TIP: Pair these eye-catching baubles with a sleek style. BERTA

GET THE LOOK: Pearl

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barrette, crystal barrette, $152 each, JenniferBehr.com; Restore Smooth Blowout Concentrate, $29, Living Proof, Ulta.com

SMOKEY EYES

Make your eyes really pop with the sultry combo of dark brown shadow and smudged black liner. PRO TIP: Defined brows and nude lips complement this dramamtic look. GET THE LOOK: Luxury Palette in The Golden

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FANCY FISHTAILS JUSTIN ALEX ANDER SIGNATURE

An elaborate braided ’do plus a sparkly hair vine gives off boho-glam vibes. PRO TIP: Work some mousse through your hair before braiding it to create a perfectly volumized fishtail. GET THE LOOK: Plus Size perfect

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Rock your natural hair type for an effortlessly gorgeous effect.

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PARTY LIPS

Opt for a bold lipstick to give your wedding day look some sex appeal. PRO TIP: To avoid overdoing it, let your vibrant pout do all the talking and keep the rest of your makeup low-key. GET THE LOOK: Pat McGrath Labs

MatteTrance lipstick in Elson 2, $38, Sephora.com

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FANCY THAT What makes these stones so special? Simply put: They aren’t round brilliant cut (aka the most popular diamond shape). Set yourself apart from the crowd by opting for a fancy cut sparkler.

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HEART Hopeless romantics: This one’s for you. Nothing symbolizes an epic love story quite like heartshaped bling. Given its very specific look, it’s also the rarest and most expensive of the bunch.

Sometimes called a square emerald, an asscher cut serves up vintage glamour. While it’s less sparkly than some other diamond shapes, its unique geometry is mesmerizing. Pair it with sleek side baguettes for old-world flair. Price upon request, MarisaPerry.com

$2,420 (not including center stone), AJaffe.com

PEAR While this marquise and round diamond hybrid was considered passé in the late ’90s, the pear is back and more fabulous than ever. To find a perfectly juicy one, look for a symmetrical teardrop shape that’s not too skinny or bottom-heavy. Price upon request, UneekJewelry.com

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$1,665 (not including center stone), SylvieCollection.com

OVAL The closest to the round brilliant cut and easily the trendiest shape (we bet you’ve seen a lot of it on the ’gram), oval diamonds are made for the bride looking to put a fresh twist on an old standard.

Price upon request, Kwiat.com

$11,200, DeBeers.com

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Also known as a pillow cut, cushions look like a rectangle with rounded corners. If a colorful center stone like a pink or yellow diamond is on your wish list, consider opting for this cut—it holds and shows off color better than most other options. $3,366 (not including center stone), SimonGJewelry.com

PRINCESS A square-shaped diamond with an array of sparkly facets, this ladylike shape is the second most popular after the round brilliant cut. For an edgy take on this classic, go for a princess diamond set on the diagonal. $5,600 (not including center stone), SayYesWithKarl.com

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If you love the hall of mirrors effect of the asscher cut but are in the market for a more elongated look, this is the rock for you. Fun fact: Emeralds are also the go-to diamond of the über rich and famous; its fans include Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian. $2,990 (not including center stone), Tacori.com

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RADIANT The radiant marries the elegance of the emerald shape with the brilliance of the round (pun intended). The end result? A stunning square with trimmed corners.

Legend has it this unique shape was named after Louis XV’s mistress, the Marquise de Pompadour, and was inspired by her smile. We love it for two reasons: Its cut instantly slims the hand and gives the illusion of a larger stone.

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A fancy affair is your opportunity to dress to the nines. Bring the drama with a formal ball gown and a dapper, midnight-blue tux. Add luxe accessories for a perfectly polished effect.

This intricate, 3-D floral embroidered hemline is right on trend.

SET THE SCENE Country club nuptials are all about embracing timeless style— think: fragrant white and pastel-hued roses, elegant table settings, mood-setting candlelight and floral stationery. Romance in Spring invitation in Cloud, $234 for 100, Angela Marzuki, Minted.com; Large glass globe votive holder in lavender, $12 for 4, TheKnotShop.com; Shibui gold rim dinner plate, $12 to rent, TheArkRentals.com

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ON HIM Tuxedo, shirt, bow tie, shoes, $185 to rent, TheBlackTux .com; cuff links, price upon request, Onirikka.com; watch, $900, Shinola.com

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V I N E YA R D Tying the knot in a pretty outdoor setting? A lightweight linen suit plus a simple—but stunning—lace dress feels right at home in a laid-back locale. Mix in pastels and floral-inspired pieces for a whimsical nod to your surroundings.

Give your hairstyle added flair with sparkly hair pins. ON THEM Suit, shirt, price upon request, BindleandKeep.com; bow tie, $30, Ties.com; pocket square, $8, Bows-n-Ties.com; socks, $18, HappySocks .com; shoes, $150, ColeHaan.com

SET THE SCENE Play up a scenic outdoor venue with accents that will make the most of your dinner alfresco. A lemon-yellow palette pairs beautifully with greenery served up by Mother Nature, while bistro lights and rustic wood chairs add an intimate vibe. Floral canopy place cards in Buttercup, $70 for 100, Griffinbell Paper Co., Minted.com; Patio string lights, $40 for string of 10, PotteryBarn .com; Fruitwood chiavari chair, $30 to rent, CTCEventFurniture.com

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SET THE SCENE Soften exposed brick or beams with linens in bold hues (teal is very of the moment). Elevate the look with a mix of metallics and low arrangements for a minimal but chic feel. Burnished copper flatware, $1 per piece to rent, Ultrapom.com; Cotton Craft solid color jute table runner in teal, $27, Overstock.com; Laser cut metal table number, $45 for pack of 6, TheKnotShop.com

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Expert on Call Custom suiting clothier Rae Tutera of Bindle & Keep gave us the scoop on going bespoke—no matter your gender identity or body type.

What are some common misconceptions about the bespoke suiting process? We’ve all been conditioned to think of suiting options—like most things—in a binary way. When clients come to us, they often still think of suiting in terms of “men’s” (masculine) and “women’s” (feminine) suits. It’s all they know. Because of this, the first step in our process is to basically reprogram our clients’ thinking so we can retire the myth that there are only two kinds of suits out there. How can the suiting process be different for someone who isn’t cisgender? It’s common for trans folks to have less experience with suiting than cisgender folks. Retail spaces in general don’t make people of trans experience feel

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comfortable or welcome; it’s hard to trust the suits will do our bodies and genders justice—and worse, it’s hard to trust salespeople. We try to make our clients feel as comfortable and welcome as possible, and we make sure they know they can trust us with their bodies and their stories. There are a lot of things that can be done to help trans clients feel more at ease when they arrive for their first fitting. Many of our clients include their pronouns in their emails to us when they’re scheduling their fittings, so we make sure we use them. We’re also mindful while measuring people’s bodies. Getting measured isn’t the most comfortable experience, regardless of how you identify, so we narrate what we’re doing, explain why we’re doing it and make sure we’re sensitive. We’ve learned to take measurements that make our garments perform the way our clients want them to, so if we have a client who says they want their suit to be feminizing, masculinizing or neutralizing, we can do that. Clients generally haven’t experienced a garment that has an awareness of their body and their presentation, and it’s soothing when they begin to understand that they control how their suit will look and feel.

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What differentiates Bindle & Keep from other suiting companies or tailors? Bindle & Keep is a body-positive company, without exception. For example, some tailors charge based on how many yards of fabric they need to order to make a client’s garments (read: the larger the size, the more expensive the suit), but that’s not something we do. We understand that people have different bodies and present their bodies differently, but we don’t charge them differently for it. We’re also by appointment only, and we schedule a two-hour window for a first fitting. This extra time allows us to really get to know our clients before we measure them.

1 MONTH OUT Second fitting. Try on your suit or tux and discuss any additional alterations with your tailor.

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WHEN YOU GET SOMETHING BESP OKE , YOU BUILD A R E L AT I O N S H I P W I T H A TA I LO R . W E A LT E R O U R S U I T S F O R T H E L I F E T I M E O F T H E S U I T. How far in advance should to-be-weds start shopping for a bespoke suit? We encourage clients to come to us about three to four months before their wedding. It works like this: After your first fitting, we’ll place your order. About 10 to 11 weeks later, we’ll invite you back for a second fitting, where you try on your suit for the first time. Often, there are alterations to be done, which can add a week or two to the process.

AC C E S S O R I Z E

FINISHING TOUCHES Personalizing your look doesn’t have to stop with a custom suit. Add one of these stylish options for extra flair.

BOW TIE Abstract designer bow tie, $19, Bows-n-Ties.com

Domino dots pocket square, $10, TheTieBar.com

How can those with a smaller budget minimize the cost of a custom suit? WATCH A contemporary look for weddings is to 41mm Moonphase custom unisex wear a beautiful jacket and more neutral timepiece, $630, BaumeWatches.com pants. If to-be-weds operating on a budget happen to own a pair of black or navy dress pants they love, they can then have a jacket custom-made (starting at $596). Another contemporary look, especially now that so many weddings are set in the country, is to just wear a beautiful vest (ours start at $298). For those who find that they have fairly good luck with

What’s the best way to navigate physical changes (weight fluctuations, transitional development, etc.) when choosing wedding attire? When folks go on hormone replacement therapy (also known as HRT) or gain or lose significant weight, it’s hard to anticipate exactly how their bodies will change. We remind our clients that we can only measure the body they have. That said, we understand that bodies shift—it’s part of being human—and we’ve learned how to anticipate shifts. We construct our garments to be adaptable, and our seamstress is extraordinarily talented when it comes to doing alterations. We suggest those getting married get their wedding attire as close to their day as possible, that way their garments will be as aligned with their bodies as possible. What are the pros of going bespoke versus buying off the rack? Are there any pros specifically for trans or nonbinary folks? Some do have good luck with off-the-rack suiting, but many find themselves feeling limited by the options they come across. Generally speaking, off-the-rack men’s suits are hyper-masculine and off-the-rack women’s suits are hyperfeminine. Even if to-be-weds shopping off the rack do feel like the available options make sense for their genders, it’s rare that they actually fit. When you get something bespoke, you have the benefit of building a relationship with a tailor. We alter our suits for the lifetime of the suit. Therefore, a bespoke suit often has a longer lifetime than an off-the-rack suit.

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What can people expect to spend on a bespoke suit? Our first tier is $895 for a custom suit, and ordering a vest adds an additional $298. Sometimes clients don’t realize that getting a custom suit can make the imperfections in their off-therack dress shirts more obvious. For instance, when a jacket fits impeccably, it will make a collar look even looser than usual, or shirt sleeves look even longer than before. That said, a custom shirt adds about $155 to $165 to the total. Our second tier is $1,095 for a suit ($365 for a vest), our third tier is $1,295 for a suit ($431 for a vest) and we also have speciality fabrics that start at $1,695. Something to keep in mind: We don’t charge for alterations. Wedding dresses are notorious for having expensive alteration processes, so most folks expect to navigate the same thing with custom suits. That said, many bespoke suiting companies do charge for them, so make sure to ask about the tailoring process at your initial fitting.

off-the-rack suits, alterations are essential in making the garments look really polished. If you don’t have a tailor locally, ask around—it’s likely you know someone who has a tailor they trust. It can also be comforting to order suits online in several sizes and try them on in the privacy and safety of your own home if you don’t live near a store you feel comfortable browsing in. For instance, you can get a suit from ASOS for about $200—and they have extended sizing too.

What are some ways to personalize a suit or tux? Our clients design their whole suit, from macro-decisions, like the fabric it’s made from, to micro-decisions, like the color of the piping that separates the lining from the fabric of the jacket. We also offer monograms on custom shirts, and something sweet that people do is get their wedding date embroidered on their cuffs. Some folks will opt for a traditional tux, but will mix it up with bright colors (rather than classic black or blue) or will add a velvet jacket. A lot of clients bring in fabric from their family member’s wedding dress or a loved one’s handkerchief and ask that we sew it into their jacket as a tribute—that’s my favorite way to add a personal touch. ON THE APP

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STYLE + PLANNING LO V E B U Z Z Trade a traditional ceremony backdrop for a neon light installation worthy of your favorite modern art museum.

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A modern, fanciful wedding day is just a pop of pink away.

SEND SOME SHINE Iridescents are very now—use ’em on your invite or save-the-date for a playful, of-themoment metallic hit.

There’s throwing a party—and then there’s throwing a party. And if the latter is your goal, then you just may want to consider letting this electric mood dictate your day. An energetic combo of saturated color, neon lights and loads of glitter, manic pixie daydream caters to the wild child in us all. Feel like your scene? Start with a bright palette of violet, fuchsia, teal and yellow, then add holographic touches and tons of playful details, like a DIY cotton candy dessert bar or surprise laser-enhanced dance-off to end the night. Party on, lovebirds.

LET THERE BE LIGHT! Forgo the typical reception room uplighting in favor of one of these fresh ideas.

NEON NUMBERS Look to rent or buy neon sign table numbers to illuminate the way to dinner for your guests.

GLOW STICK BAR Encourage friends and fam to get their glow on with a “buffet” of necklaces and bracelets.

DISCO DANCE FLOOR

GLITTER BOMB Your grand exit pics just got a lot more fun with these confetti poppers. Eco-friendly push-pop confetti, $13, TheKnotShop.com

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Add some shine to your dance floor by hanging a slew of festive disco balls above it.

PA R T Y S I P S Have bartenders serve up your signature cocktail in disco balls for a totally Insta-worthy photo op.

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SOMETHING BLUE A tone-on-tone tabletop is anything but boring when you play with pattern. For a dynamic look, consider pairing a casual fabric, like this Pendleton tablecloth, with fancy vintage Delft blue china. Table, ThePartyStoreMT.com; tabletop rentals, TheTop.rentals; custom linen, Pendleton-USA.com

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NATURE’S BOUNTY For a just-gathered look, ask your florist to focus on creating an organic bouquet shape using garden roses, dahlias, Queen Anne’s lace and Sonata cosmos.

A BIT OF GLITZ Layer on the glam with a duo of heirloom-worthy gold wedding bands.

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Skip the cake topper and instead opt for a standout exterior accent, like these delicate butterflies made of sugar (yes, really!).

FLOWER CHILD Sass things up with a pair of floral-print heels that just beg for a spin on the dance floor. Rings, JCJewelers.com; wedding dress, YolanCris, KleinfeldBridal.com; cake, ButtercreamDesign.com; shoes, CharlesDavid.com

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Work an element of your wedding locale into your suite, like this watercolor painting of the Teton Range.

PASTORAL PAPER Give traditional invitations rustic edge by bundling them with leather twine and lining the envelope with paper reminiscent of ostrich leather. Stationery, StudioLuzance.com

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SET THE SCENE Sometimes a burst of florals is all you need. Here, a mix of dahlias, ferns and branches makes the already-stunning views at the Amangani resort in Jackson Hole truly vow-worthy. Dress, YolanCris, KleinfeldBridal.com; venue, Amangani, Aman.com; makeup, MorganFayMua .com; hair, TanyaCrocker .com; bridal styling, GabrielleHurwitz.com

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SERVE UP STYLE Dial up the drama on dinnertime with a luxe embellished menu that nods to the great meal ahead.

SUNNY SHEATH Swap wedding white for a bright and bold reception look perfect for ushering in those party vibes.

WARM WELCOME Greet guests with a tote filled with sweet treats and local swag.

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RAISE THE BAR For an added layer of personalization, serve up signature cocktails made with local ingredients, like herbs grown on property or whiskey crafted in town. Dress, MichelleMason.net; paper goods, StudioLuzance.com; tote, Amaran.com; leather goods, MadeJacksonHole.com; cookies, PersephoneBakery.com; wine, JacksonHoleWinery.com

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DECOR

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$2,411

Small arrangements are all about accentuating the shape of your stems. Ask your florist to work in whispy varieties like sweet peas for added charm.

the average cost of wedding day florals*

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FLORAL BUDGET

$1,500 PRICE PER ARRANGEMENT

G E T LOW

$75

Small vessels, like this ceramic bowl, are the perfect vase for Ikebana-style arrangements.

When working with a slimmer budget, go intentionally minimal. Sparse arrangements are very right now, so capitalize on the trend by sprinkling your tables with Ikebanainspired buds. Your bouquet can follow suit with a posy of one or two feature stems.

ask a florist How do you help couples on a budget still score beautiful florals?

Melissa Sarmiento Guyot @alma_ floral

“I encourage them to embrace the idea of “less is more.” A few gorgeous blooms, styled well, can have an even greater impact than a large arrangement. There are so many ways to work with a tight budget, and doing heavy greenery isn’t the only solution.” *According to THE K N OT 2 0 1 8 RE AL WE D D IN G S S TU DY

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BUDGET

News flash: You don’t have to sacrifice style to stay in budget. A Pinterest-worthy wedding can be yours, regardless of how much you want to spend. Don’t believe us? Read on for our best money-saving tips for your florals, cake and more. B Y A LY S S A LO N G O B U C C O PHOTOGRAPHY BY YUNHEE KIM STYLING BY ELIZABETH MACLENNAN

SPEND FLORAL BUDGET

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CARNATION ICON: RACHEL SIAO/NOUN PROJECT; EUCALYPTUS ICON: PARKJISUN/NOUN PROJECT; ROSE ICON: DONIPRAYOGO/NOUN PROJECT

Have your florist focus the attention on one or two statement blooms per arrangement for big impact.

$4,000 PRICE PER ARRANGEMENT

$150

A healthy budget for buds means your table centerpieces can feel a bit more robust. Task your florist with creating an arrangement that features lots of sprawling edges for a full, organic look.

SNEAKY SWAPS These three buds are a great way to up the style without going over budget.

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CAR N AT I O N FLORAL BUDGET

Add fluffy texture and fill space with inexpensive carnations.

$8,000 PRICE PER ARRANGEMENT

$275 E UCALYP T U S With a variety of colors and sizes, eucalyptus is great for capturing a rustic look.

RO S E S STA N D OU O U T VASE Tons of colors and swirly petals make roses a wedding no-brainer.

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At this price point, your vessel can become part of your look. Choose something eye-catching, like this copper urn.

If you’ve got money to spare, you’re going to want to go big on blooms. Accent loads of oversize florals, like ranunculus and roses, with more bespoke unexpected (and pricey) additions, like orchids, muscari and kumquats.

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$950

Spring for some sort of custom addressing (even just printed) for an extra-special feel. Etheral Bouquet suite in aqua, from $234 for 100, Petra Kern, Minted.com

INVITE COUNT

100 If you’re keeping your paper spend to a minimum, opt for a beautiful pre-made suite from a company like Minted. You can customize your paper type, verbiage or color palette, so it will still feel like “you.”

PRO TIP If budgetfriendly is a focus, opt for a simple printing method, like digital.

L IN E IT UP Don’t forget your liner! It’s a great personalization moment. Latourell semicustom suite, $1,669 for 100, KelseyMalie Calligraphy.com

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S T A T I O N E R Y SUITE STYLE

SPEND YOUR BUDGET

Spend money on meaningful upgrades for a design that reflects your true couple style.

LET T ERPRES S

$ 1 ,7 0 0 INVITE COUNT

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Made by pressing an ink-coated plate into paper to create an impression, letterpress printing is a great way to create gorgeous texture.

CA LLIGRAPHY For a bespoke look, seek out a stationer who offers semi-custom suites, where you can have them tailor spot calligraphy or a venue sketch to reflect your celebration. A bigger budget is also a great time to upgrade your print process, so splurge on a luxe letterpress design.

Handwritten elements are always a thoughtful touch. Hire a calligrapher to write out special words on your invite (like your names) or address your envelopes.

A RT WO RK We love a special artistic detail, like a custom crest or detailed local map. Guests will immediately know it was created especially for your celebration.

Find your stationer at THE K N OT.CO M/MARK ETPL ACE

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complete your suite MA IN INV I TAT I O N

R E S P O N SE CAR D

DE TAI LS CAR D

Be sure to include the most important info here, like the time, place and dress code of your event.

Request RSVPs back a month before your day, and provide an addressed (and stamped) envelope.

Use a details card to hold any additional info (like hotels or your wedding website URL) for guests.

SPLURGE YOUR BUDGET

$4,000 INVITE COUNT

M OR E I S M OR E A larger budget means you can incorporate more pieces into your suite, like a custom map. Custom invitation suite, from $4,000 for 100, CiarraClaire.com

100 A robust invitation budget gives you the opportunity to pull out all the stops. Splurge on upgraded paper and printing processes, plus sweet details that won’t go unnoticed by guests (think: wax seals, custom illustrations, calligraphy and vintage stamp sets).

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S H APELY STAT E

ENVELOPE ICON: VECTORS/NOUN PROJECT

Play with unique paper shapes, like this die-cut RSVP reminiscent of Michigan.

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S AV E

BUTT ER B E LIE V E IT Buttercream frosting costs less $$ than fondant but can still score you a stunning finish.

YOUR BUDGET

$560 SERVES

70 The trick to getting a gorgeous cake on a budget? A buttercream exterior. Paired with watercolor detailing, gold accents and a budget-friendly fresh floral swag, it’s a gorgeous addition to your reception.

FACT

67%

F EED YO U R F RI EN D S Have more than 70 guests? No worries! Ask your baker to make a basic sheet cake in the back to serve your crew.

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of couples hire a professional cake baker*

filled with flavor Upgrade from basic chocolate or vanilla with one of these fresh combos. C I T RU S

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Tart citrus makes for a delicious dessert addition. Layer it in as a curd or drizzle over top for some zest.

Made hip by Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding, this sophisticated floral flavor pairs well with lemon.

What better time for bubbly than your wedding? Sweet and tangy champagne cake goes great with strawberry.

Rich espresso will woo chocolate lovers—add it as a mouse filling or use it as a rich buttercream exterior.

*According to THE K N OT 2 0 1 8 RE AL WE D D IN G S S TU DY

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Have a little more to spend? Upgrade your exterior to fondant, which will give your baker more control over the design and finish. Then, add a burst of intricate sugar flowers for a detail that is every bit eye-catching.

Keep design details, like this watercolor finish and raw gold leaf edge, to one tier for maximum impact on a budget.

Don’t forget about presentation! Placing your cake on a beautiful stand can give the illusion of a larger, dramatic cake.

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A slew of sugar flowers bring the drama. Tip: Save one or two after your wedding day—they’ll last! All cakes, EverythingLulu.com

SUGAR SWEET The bakery world comes with lingo all its own. We’ll help you decode every delicious detail.

SPLURGE FO N DA N T A firm icing sheet draped over a cake, made of sugar, corn syrup and gelatin.

YOUR BUDGET

$1,820 SERVES

BU T T E RC R E A M A butter-based creamy frosting that can be easily piped or flavored.

CAKE ICON; NOCICONIST/NOUN PROJECT

G AN AC H E A rich chocolate topping that can be used as an icing or filling.

N AK ED A cake devoid of any frosting on its exterior, often showing its layers.

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DISH AND THAT Rethink your reception meal with these four different (and delicious) ideas.

KE E P IT SIMP LE A streamlined setting is great for family-style service. Menu, $300 for 100, CiarraClaire.com

BU F F E T The most casual option, guests at a buffet get up and serve themselves.

S AV E

FAM I LY ST Y L E Have large, shareable plates brought to each table for a dinner party atmosphere.

YOUR BUDGET

$300 GUESTS

P L ATE D

100

Traditional and chic, a plated dinner pairs well with formal affairs.

Stay on budget by styling your tabletops with the basics your venue has to offer. For an extra pop of personality, splurge on custom menus.

ROA M I N G Skip the seated meal all together in favor of an extended cocktailhour-style dinner.

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$2,000 GUESTS

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TIE THE KNOT Velvet ribbon adds texture. Teak flatware, $1 each to rent, CasadePerrin.com; Wood charger, $9 to rent, bread plate, $4 to rent, BorrowedBlu.com; Menu, $450 for 100, CiarraClaire.com

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Upgrade pieces of your venue’s basic setting with rentals for a mixand-match look that’s high on style but doesn’t blow your budget. For maximum impact, layer in a charger plate, flatware and unique menu.

impactful add-ons Splurge on rental upgrades that fit your budget for amped up style

C H ARG ER Set your tables with a luxe charger plate for pretty predinner photos.

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SPLURGE YOUR BUDGET

$6,000 GUEST COUNT

If your budget allows (and your Pinterest board inspires!), you can rent every piece of your tabletop dĂŠcor for a one-of-a-kind look. Build a place setting with unique china patterns, chic cutlery and luxe linens for a dinner experience that is truly top notch.

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PRO TIP L I G H T I T UP Use votives to add a romantic glow.

High-end dinnerware calls for a more formal place setting, so dress your table to the nines.

Lace charger in dusty blue, $13 to rent, Maison Collection brushed gold dinner plate, $7 to rent, and salad plate, $6 to rent, CasadePerrin .com; Luna flatware, $2 per piece to rent, BorrowedBlu.com; Gold leaf napkin ring, $12 for 4, WorldMarket .com; Firenze Delft blue napkin, $15, Juliska .com; Menu, $600 for 100, CiarraClaire.com

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P UT A RIN G ON IT Napkin rings are a sweet and sophisticated touch.

DINNER P L AT E S

F L AT WARE WAR E

LINENS

GL AS SWARE

Choose bespoke dinnerware to carry your vibe onto your tables.

Swap in vintage or gilded flatware to up the class at each place setting.

Add a printed or textured linen (like a napkin or tablecloth) for interest.

Finish with a customized selection of drinkware that suits your menu.

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NEWS FLASH: YOUR PARTNER CANNOT READ YOUR MIND. SORRY. The human desire to be “known” can often lead to the assumption that your partner can read your mind. Um, nope. Research shows that direct communication around both your needs (also known as emotional calls) is the key to a successful relationship. Literally, ask for what you need so your partner can acknowledge and meet that need. It’s that easy.

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THERE ARE ALWAYS TWO VALID REALITIES AT PLAY DURING A DISAGREEMENT. It’s easy to get caught up in a win-lose battle when it comes to arguments—naturally, you want to convince your partner of your viewpoint and win them over. But don’t overlook the fact that you’re on the same team and both of your opinions are valid. Focus on understanding their take on reality—you don’t have to agree, but try to find at least one part of it to validate.

OUR BRAINS ARE GOOD AT FORMING EXPECTATIONS FOR THE FUTURE BUT BAD AT KNOWING WHAT WILL REALLY MAKE US HAPPY You probably have expectations about what marriage will be like—trust us, we’ve been there. But putting that kind of pressure on your future can be a fast track to unhappiness. Instead, create healthy (and realistic) expectations for your marriage by talking through your dreams, visions and goals for the future with your partner from the start.

Ah, the C word. When handled correctly, it can actually strengthen your marriage. When two people partner up, they often neglect their own beliefs to “keep the peace.” But instead of going away, these beliefs surface as conflict. During a fight, try to understand your partner’s story beneath their argument.

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Sure, those things can play a role, but they are not directly linked to A++ intimacy. Research instead touts two main factors: maintaining a strong emotional connection (that closeness will spill over into your sex life) and having conversations around your sexual preferences, which builds trust and satisfaction.

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At some point, curiosity decreases and you can become complacent—it’s easy to assume you know everything about your partner.

YOU MARRY A PERSON— AND THEIR SET OF PROBLEMS. You and your partner will likely fight over the same issues repeatedly. Typically, they’ll focus on differences relating to your personalities or lifestyle choices. Our tip? Learn how to manage those conflicts, not resolve them. This means reaching an understanding about your differences, not a resolution. You’ll grow in empathy and emotional connection while respecting your differences.

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Let’s be honest: Disagreements are inevitable. And although it can be tempting to pull out the “You never...” or “You always...” in a heated argument, those phrases are not actually factual or helpful. Furthermore, they’ll likely put your partner immediately on the defensive, because the argument is no longer about the current incident but instead about their character. You’re essentially saying to them that they can’t get it right and will never change. Yikes. Decide together to make “never” and “always” off-limits in arguments. You’ll both be better off for it.

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FIGHTS ABOUT MONEY AREN’T ACTUALLY ABOUT MONEY. THEY’RE MORE FOCUSED ON HOW WE SPEND AND WHAT THAT SAYS ABOUT OUR PRIORITIES. TALK OPENLY ABOUT YOUR FINANCES AND RELATIONSHIP WITH MONEY FROM THE GET-GO.

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BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE Lots more, in fact! We named over 200 products award winners, and you can view them all at TheKnot.com/ registry-awards. So whether you need help picking the perfect dishware or want the 411 on growing an indoor garden (ahem, try the Click and Grow, $200, Amazon.com), we’ve got your back.

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SWEET SHEETS This set has everything you need for baking muffins, bread, cake and more. Bakeware, $100 for 10-piece set, Calphalon, Bloomingdales.com

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K I TC H E N Whether you’re a novice cook or a seasoned pro, your kitchen will benefit from these must-have picks.

GO GO GADGET Flip, fry, whisk, cut and more with a stainless-steel utensil set that has all the tools you’ll ever need. Stainless-steel utensil set, $150 for 15-piece set, OXO, Williams-Sonoma.com

C O LO R P O P A registry mainstay, this pretty Dutch oven is perfect for cooking up chicken or a fall-off-the-bone pot roast. Dutch oven in Matte Sugar Blue, from $150, LeCreuset.com

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This 21st-century convection oven can sear, dehydrate, broil and more—all while being controlled by your smart phone. June Oven, $599, JuneOven.com

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S W E E T TO U C H Ceramic measuring cups are practical and a pretty addition to your countertops. Delilah measuring cups, $32 for set of 4, Anthropologie.com

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PA N C A K E PA L Cook up perfectly browned flapjacks—or juicy burgers—on this dual-sided cast iron grill pan. Cast iron reversible grill/griddle, $70, Lodge, CrateandBarrel.com

PERFECT MIX Our couples love this powerful do-it-all blender, perfect for smoothies, soups and beyond. Ninja Professional 1000W Kitchen System, $90, Target.com

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C O O K I N G C L A S S FO R T WO Looking for a way to, ahem, spice up date night? Williams Sonoma has the culinary solution for you. They offer chef-led courses on everything, from how to man the grill and sear up the perfect steak to global-inspired culinary classes on mastering Spanish paella or Italian pasta. Start a cooking class cash fund at TheKnot.com/registry.

OTHER IDEAS WE LOVE A knife skills class, a weekly food-subscription service, a 10-course tasting meal on your honeymoon, a Starbucks fund, a local doughnut crawl, a kitchen renovation, a home appliance refresh.

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B E D+ B AT H Home should be your sanctuary— dress your bed and bath accordingly.

PLUSH PILE These towels are made from 100 percent organic cotton and dry quickly so you don’t have to worry about musty smells. Air Weight towels in French Blue, $128 for 6-piece set, Coyuchi.com

B R E AT H E D E E P Get rid of those prewedding jitters by diffusing relaxing lavender before bed. Stone diffuser in Black, $119, Vitruvi.com

DIVE IN Make your bed feel like a cloud with lightweight sheets that get better with every use. Percale sheet set in Powder Blue, from $129, ParachuteHome.com

CAS H FUND EDITOR’S PICK

SUDS AND SOAK Prop up your Kindle or a glass of wine—or both— while you relax in the bath with this wood caddy. Aquala bath caddy, $50, Umbra, BedBathandBeyond.com

COUP LE ’S M AS SAG E Your honeymoon should be an absolute dream—and in this dream, we bet you guys are going to want massages. Make that vision a reality with a cash fund dedicated to couples massages for your guests to contribute toward. Who knows—the Zen habit may turn into your new self-care Sunday tradition! Start your cash fund at TheKnot.com/registry.

OTHER IDEAS WE LOVE A weekend wellness retreat, yoga studio memberships, a private meditation class, acupuncture, a bathroom makeover, new bedroom furniture, spa appointments and more.

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COOL AND CALM Infused with graphite and foam layers, this mattress will keep you chill and comfortable. Mint mattress, from $695, TuftandNeedle.com

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YO U R S , M I N E , O U R S Stitch these towels with funny phrases or modern monograms in pretty hues. Bath linens, from $30, WeezieTowels.com

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Peep your pup from your phone while they’re alone (and feed them treats!) with this dog nanny cam. Dog camera with Nanny, $200, ShopUs.Furbo.com

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E N E RGY- E F F I C I E N T H O M E U P GR A DE We all want to do our part to be good to the planet, but sometimes making big changes, like transforming your home to be energy efficient, can be costly. Why not start a cash fund at TheKnot.com/registry geared toward a go-green home makeover. We guarantee your guests—and the planet—will love it.

OTHER IDEAS WE LOVE Home entertainment system, smart home mood lighting, annual Netflix, Hulu or Audible subscription, new laptops, Sonos speakers, home security system, smart car fund and more.

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KEEP COOL Nest’s tech-savvy thermostat will learn your habits and preferences to maintain a temperaturecontrolled home adapted to your schedule and needs. Nest Learning Thermostat, $249, Williams-Sonoma.com

WORK OF ART Turned on, this TV delivers a crystal-clear picture. Turned off, it looks like a work of art. Samsung The Frame 4K TV, from $1,300, Samsung.com

HEAD REST Score serious back and neck support with this memory foam pillow. TruCool memory foam side sleeper pillow, from $70, Therapedic, BedBathandBeyond.com

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Snag speedy Wi-Fi and control all your smart home devices through this hub. Samsung SmartThings wifi pack, $120, Samsung.com

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Make your gadgets work for you with these totally 21st-century products.

TRASHY TECH Stick this gadget next to or inside of your trash can to scan the barcode of each item you run out of and add it to your shopping list. GeniCan, $150, GeniCan.com

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CLEAR WINNER These multi-size canisters are perfect for organizing dried goods in your pantry. Pop containers, $100 for 10-piece set, OXO, Williams-Sonoma.com

CAS H FUND EDITOR’S PICK

A YE A R O F H O M E C L E A N I NG S E RV I C E S Free up some time to enjoy being newlyweds with help from a cash fund geared toward a year of house cleaning. Ask guests to contribute to services for your whole home, or select one or two of the most highly trafficked rooms to focus on instead. Sound good? Start yours at TheKnot.com/registry.

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S I L I C O N E S TA S H E R Cut down on your plastic usage with these silicone “bags” perfect for storing, freezing and even cooking food. Reusable silicone bag multi-pack, $54, StasherBag.com

CLEAN SWEEP Register early and you can pack this steamer to tackle your wedding day attire too. Turbo ExtremeSteam, $60, Conair, BedBathandBeyond.com

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The most powerful vacuum on the market tackles everything from sprinkles to pet hair with absolute ease. v10 Cyclone, $600, Dyson.com

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Save space with this laundry basket, which collapses flat for slim storage. Collapsible laundry basket, $20, SALT, BedBathandBeyond.com

These streamlined, savvy picks will give your home a Marie Kondo–worthy makeover in no time.

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A W AY W E G O This hard-shell suitcase boasts a USB charger to keep your tech juiced throughout your travels. Medium suitcase in Coast, $275, AwayTravel.com

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I N S TA- C L A S S I C Capture footage of your first scuba dive as a married duo with this durable, do-it-all adventure camera. GoPro HERO7 Black, $360, Amazon.com

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This petite speaker is perfect for a poolside playlist on your honeymoon. WONDERBOOM waterproof bluetooth speaker, $70, Ultimate Ears, Amazon.com

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GAME NIGHT Go for a little old-school competition next date night with a personalized domino set. Jumbo domino set, $99, MarkandGraham.com

PET ADOPTION Grow your fam by one furry baby with help from your loved ones. More and more couples are using their wedding registries to fund the addition of a four-legged friend. Looking to have a sweet kitten or pup join your crew? Start your own pet adoption cash fund at TheKnot.com/registry.

OTHER IDEAS WE LOVE Couple’s rock climbing lessons, Airbnb gift certificates, round-trip tickets for a first anniversary vacay, Spotify subscription, backyard landscaping, a hot tub fund and more.

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P R E T T Y P L AT E S Soft moss green is a seasonless choice for your tabletop décor. 18-piece dinnerware set, $25, IKEA.com

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DINING Host everything from Thanksgiving to Super Bowl Sunday like a pro with these picks.

S AY C H E E S E Customize this server with your initials for a sweet reminder every time you whip up apps. Wood and marble cheese board, $59, MarkandGraham.com

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SHAKE IT UP Remix your signature cocktail recipe on the reg with this tool set. 11-piece cocktail shaker bar set, $39, ALOONO, Amazon.com

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BACK IN BLACK Your tabletop will be the most stylish on the block with this modern black flatware. Moon cutlery set, $89, Cutipol, ShopHorne.com

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ST. JUDE CHI LDREN’S RE SE ARCH HO SPI TAL In 2018, our couples’ registries raised enough money for St. Jude to provide 2,032 new toys for hospital play areas at St. Jude housing facilities.

FEED ING A MERICA In 2018, our couples’ registries raised enough money for Feeding America to provide 9,680 meals to families in need through the Feeding America network of food banks around the country.

A MERICA N S O C IETY FO R TH E P REVENTIO N O F C RUELTY TO A NIMA LS This past year, registries on TheKnot.com raised enough money for ASPCA to help feed 86 rescued dogs and cats for a month.

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WHAT WAS YOUR DRESS SHOPPING EXPERIENCE LIKE? I went dress shopping with my sister when she was engaged last year. She landed on a gorgeous Watters gown. I loved her dress, but I saw the other options that were available and I wasn’t impressed. I realized I had to go to the custom route to get the style I wanted, because every other dress in my size would hide the things I wanted to accentuate. I’d worked with Watters on a photo shoot before, and Xay (the creative director) and I hit it off. She’s amazing and she gets my vision. I told them when I shot with them, “I’m coming to you when I get engaged.” And here we are. ACCEPT A lot of brides go into dress YOURSELF AS shopping expecting a big moment YOU ARE AND where they put on a gown and ENJOY WEDDING PLANNING; everyone cries and applauds. But DON’T MAKE IT if you’re plus size, that may not ABOUT GETTING be your experience. It may take DOWN TO A one, two or even three tries to CERTAIN SIZE . find something you love. You may have to drive further to find a store that carries your size, or you may have to order dresses online. But don’t get discouraged. At the end of the day, it’s about marrying the love of your life.

WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO YOU TO DISCUSS INCLUSIVITY? For so long, only one kind of beauty has been represented, but it’s important to see women of all sizes on billboards, on television and in magazines. I never had that when I was younger. I’ve always had broad shoulders and wide hips. I wasn’t able to look up to somebody who had my body type. Growing up, I wanted to see someone I could relate to. A lot of brides tend to make wedding planning about weight loss. All of the sudden it becomes, “I have to lose weight for my day.” And I’m like, listen, your fiancé loves you just the way are. You are the person they want to marry—and that’s super powerful. Accept yourself as you are and enjoy the wedding planning journey; don’t make it about getting down to a certain size. It’s important to be healthy, but it’s also important to love yourself. HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE BRIDAL FASHION CHANGE? I wasn’t able to shop at a bridal salon because any dress I would have picked probably didn’t come in my size. In my experience, every plus-size wedding dress looks like it was made to cover up or disguise certain areas of the body. But not all plus-size women want to hide their bodies. I wanted a dress that was formfitting; I wanted to feel sexy. I’d love to see more of those kinds of options available for women of every size. I’d also love to change the way plus-size women are treated when they go into a bridal salon. It can be so disappointing to go dress shopping only to realize the store doesn’t have even one dress that will zip up.

I think the way brides are talked to is also very important. It could be as easy as a consultant saying, “You’re beautiful as you are. Let’s work together to figure this out.”

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WHAT’S YOUR SECRET TO FEELING CONFIDENT IN YOUR OWN SKIN? Self-love is all about getting into the right headspace. Look at yourself in the mirror and say, “Regardless of what happens today, I am beautiful. My partner wants to be with me for the rest of my life. I am worthy. I am enough.”

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Influencer Gabrielle Gregg’s new lingerie collab with Playful Promises is unapologetically fire.

WHAT SHOULD YOU LOOK FOR IN A BRA IF YOU HAVE A L A R G E R C U P S I Z E ? It depends on the individual, but I look for underwire because I prefer a little more support. I also love molded cups for added lift. It’s not for everyone—some women love unstructured bralettes, but this is what works for me. Beyond that, it’s just about choosing design details you love. I go for bras that feel different and special. Sometimes they’re novelty pieces, or have design details

that I can’t easily find elsewhere. So much of what’s available in my size is in basic beige or black, which is fine for everyday wear, but when I want to feel sexy and dress up and wear pretty lace and sets with fun details, I always struggle to find pieces that fit me. This is why I decided to partner with Playful Promises. WHAT DESIGN DETAILS ARE YOU LOVING RIGHT NOW? I have a really pretty floralprinted mesh bra and panties set in my new collection that I’m really excited about. I’ve seen a lot of mesh and a lot of printed fabrics, but it felt fresh to combine the two. ARE THERE MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT HOW PLUS WOMEN S H O P F O R L I N G E R I E ? Yes. The biggest misconception is that we don’t want to buy specialty items and would rather stick to boring stuff. And I think that mentality crosses over into fashion as well. We are still fighting the stereotype that plus women don’t want stylish things because we want to hide ourselves and our bodies. I love approaching lingerie with a body-positive

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attitude because you can feel totally sexy in your body at any size, and beautifully designed pieces can help you achieve that feeling. I’m all about flipping the script and having fun with fashion and lingerie. I have cool colors like neon green and orange in my collection to push back against what plus women are told they have to wear. HOW CAN LINGERIE NEWBIES S H O P A D V E N T U R O U S L Y ? If you’re new to lingerie and you’re feeling nervous, start with fun bodysuits. You can wear them under jeans, with a blazer, and experiment in a way that feels more fashionforward than over-the-top. There are also sexy pieces out there that have a little bit

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more coverage, like highwaisted bottoms and more modest bras, if that’s what you’re concerned about. You don’t have to immediately go to the most extreme lingerie that you can find. Not to be cliché, but I really do believe that confidence is the best thing you can wear. So whatever makes you feel comfortable, will also make you feel sexy. If edgier stuff isn’t for you and you’d rather wear a pretty lace set, that’s great too. ANY TIPS FOR CHOOSING PIECES FOR YOUR WEDDING N I G H T I N P A R T I C U L A R ? Just have fun with it and express yourself. And also realize that wearing gorgeous lingerie doesn’t necessarily require a special occasion. It’s amazing to dress up for your partner, but it’s also amazing to dress up for yourself if it makes you feel good. Sometimes when I’m feeling low, I hang out in my lingerie all day and dance around the house and in front of the mirror. It lifts me up!

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WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING L I N G E R I E ? Look for pieces that fit comfortably but are also fashionable and make you feel good about THE BIGGEST M I S C O N C E P T I O N yourself. Before IS THAT launching my PLUS WOMEN collection with DON’T WANT Playful Promises, STYLISH THINGS I had a lot of BECAUSE WE difficulty finding WANT TO HIDE things that OUR BODIES. appealed to my personal style, because I have a larger cup size and all of the options out there were very matronly.

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BRIDESMAID TIPS The body-positive activist behind the #MakeMySize movement on how to dress attendants of various body types.

1 BE FLEXIBLE Your bridal party vision doesn’t have to be rigid. Everyone in your crew doesn’t need to fit into the exact same forestgreen, one-shoulder gown. Your wedding day should be about celebrating love and spending time with people you love, so don’t get caught up in little details like forcing your friends to wear identical dresses. Be willing to have an honest conversation if something isn’t working and change things up.

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Don’t choose dresses from brands that don’t carry plus if your bridesmaids aren’t straight size. It’s not fair to ask someone to buy a dress that’s too small and try to get it tailored.

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THE GAME CHANGERS We chatted with the founders of Ella & Oak, Christine Callahan and Samantha Brody, to get the deets on how the online platform is revolutionizing dress shopping for plus brides.

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WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO CREATE ELLA & OAK?

Christine: We believe every bride deserves the dress of her dreams. There have been strides toward size inclusivity in recent years, but bridal is still behind. I actually had a terrible dress shopping experience. I was living in a remote location, I felt so much pressure at my local bridal salon and there weren’t quality options for me to try on at home. I also had close friends trying to find dresses as plus-size women, and they were always treated as an afterthought. That was when the light went on and we realized there was a need for an online experience offering amazing, size-inclusive dresses.

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LADY IN RED Acacia lace bra, $49, Acacia lace briefs, $26, PlayfulPromises.com

Don’t try to squeeze everyone into the same silhouette if it’s not working. Your goal should be that no one even has to wear shapewear.

Pick a color and have your bridesmaids pick a dress they love. That way, everyone looks cohesive and is happy.

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Just because you want to take a fashion risk doesn’t mean your friends do. If your bridesmaids aren’t super edgy, don’t ask them to wear styles they would normally avoid.

WALK US THROUGH HOW ELLA & OAK WORKS. Samantha: It’s a really simple process. Brides can go online and choose up to three dresses they want to try on at home. We ship them samples of the styles they select along with clips and measuring tape. They have three days to try on before they have to ship the samples back. During the try-on, we also offer a consultation. If a bride wants to call, text or Skype, we’re available to answer questions and talk customization options. Then, we place the final order for her with the designer.

Q: FLOWER POWER Nemi floral bra, $39, Nemi floral briefs, $26, PlayfulPromises.com

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD BRIDES START SHOPPING? Samantha: Our dresses take 12 to 18 weeks to produce. We recommend brides start shopping around 6 to 10 months before their wedding date to make sure they have enough time to try on samples and have their dress made to order. There are options to rush

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DO YOU HAVE GENERAL DRESS SHOPPING TIPS? Christine: Put on a little makeup and wear your wedding shoes (if you have them) so you can get a feel for what your dress will actually look like on your day. And surround yourself with supportive people who will help you make the right decision. If you want your girlfriends to come over and watch you try on, grab some food and champagne and just have a good time with it. This experience should be how you want it.

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delivery, but it’s a good idea to shop early to make sure they get their dress in time.

WHAT DO YOU WANT BRIDES TO GET OUT OF THIS EXPERIENCE?

Christine: Size inclusivity is our core value as a brand. We want our brides to know that they have beautiful bodies and we have lots of options that will work for them. We also never ever want them to feel pressured to buy something they don’t totally love or try things on in front of others if it makes them feel uncomfortable. We want them to feel confident and excited about how they shop and what they end up choosing.

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STEPPING IT UP Margaux, the luxe footwear brand that offers shoes in three widths and up to a size US 14, now has a bridal atelier. New styles come with customizable soles and are made to measure, guaranteeing the perfect fit every time.

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6 EFFORTLESS GLAM This strappy sandal is versatile enough for a fancy outdoor affair or a city hall wedding. The City Sandal, $395, MargauxNY.com

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S I M P LY S T U N N I N G You can’t go wrong with a classic rounded toe pump with a comfortable block heel. The Heel, $385, MargauxNY.com

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12 PRIMA BALLERINA Looking for an alternative to heels? Slip on these chic flats to dance the night away. The Pointe, $295, MargauxNY.com

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DRESS DISTRESS She wasn’t expecting perfection, but her search for “the one” nearly broke her. Body-positive blogger Sarah Chiwaya of Curvily shares the ugly side of dress shopping as a plus woman.

I gave in and walked to the fitting area to

WHAT GUEST ATTIRE TRENDS ARE YOU LOVING RIGHT NOW? I’m loving florals for spring weddings, which can be worn for day in flowy chiffon or dressed up for evening with delicate embroidery.

ANY TIPS FOR DRESSING FOR A BLACK-TIE WEDDING? A black-tie wedding is a rare opportunity for most of us to really dress up and bring the drama. Choose a rich color or luxe fabric like a beautiful jacquard.

WHAT ABOUT A SEMI-FORMAL WEDDING? For a less formal wedding, wear an outfit you can dress up or down with different accessories. A floral dress can be paired with flat sandals or strapless heels, or go for separates like a silk wide-leg trouser and blouse.

AND A CASUAL WEDDING? A more relaxed wedding is still a very special occasion, so opt for a sundress that feels polished. Tanya Taylor’s are always perfect.

IS THERE ONE FASHION RULE EVERY WEDDING GUEST SHOULD FOLLOW? Aside from not wearing white, I would say the most important rule is to wear what you feel comfortable celebrating in! Ditch uncomfortable shapewear and sky-high heels; find something that fits well, including shoes you can dance in.

ANY MYTHS ABOUT DRESSING A PLUS-SIZE BODY WOMEN SHOULD IGNORE? Do all the “don’ts!” Wear bright colors and fitted silhouettes, and don’t hide yourself in dark, oversize clothes. Fit is everything, for any body size. Make sure you’re buying the correct size, tailor your clothes for perfect fit, and embrace your shape at whatever size you are today.

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know some people dread shopping, show my friends. I stepped up onto the but I’ve never been one of them. So pedestal my own, ready to convince when I got engaged and had both the myself that maybe this dress could suffice. reason and budget to buy myself a I never made it to that part. The gorgeous gown, I was beyond ready. moment my shoe touched the shiny I never expected a fairy tale—I’d read platform, my foot slipped back and I fell stories of body shaming at posh forward. I hit the ground and a loud pop bridal salons, so I did my research rang out, silencing the shop. and only went to places that carried plus. That sound was my elbow shattering. It turns out, forewarned isn’t The next thing I knew, my necessarily forearmed. On my very friends were asking if I was first appointment, I was fat okay, and the employees— shamed in the close more concerned about the quarters of a fitting room. gown—were asking if there It wasn’t a one-off either. was any blood. Needless to As consultants ignored say, I did not buy my dress my preferences and that day. scoffed a version of “You My elbow was broken should just get it—you’re so severely that it took lucky it fits,” I started months to find a specialist accepting that poor willing to attempt surgery. Follow Sarah treatment was what I deserved Fortunately, I healed before my @curvily for not being skinny enough. wedding, with enough time to Every time a consultant asked find a dress I loved from another how much weight I wanted to salon. It wasn’t a particularly glamorous lose before my wedding, I internalized store, but that didn’t matter in the end— it as a personal failure. all I cared about was the vast selection of By the time I got to my last plus offerings and the helpful consultants. appointment, I was resigned to find I wish I started dress shopping there anything that didn’t make me cringe. for many reasons, but I can’t go back As I walked through the salon with my in time. So instead, I’m sharing my story consultant, I couldn’t help but notice to remind brides not to that I was the only plus-size bride in the accept the insidious store, and that the other brides were pressure to change your I STARTED being treated differently. It wasn’t about body just for one day in a ACCEPTING THAT budget: Other brides who’d stated similar dress. Doing so probably POOR numbers were receiving attentive service, won’t lead to shattered TREATMENT WAS while my consultant didn’t even seem bones like it did for me, WHAT I to care about helping me up onto the but the damage from DESERVED FOR NOT BEING pedestal in the fitting area. Despite being internalizing those toxic SKINNY ENOUGH. unenthused by a pouffy gown she pulled, messages actually took

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You don’t need a passport for an epic honeymoon. If you and your partner love the idea of hitting the open road, we’ve mapped three legendary road trips that are sure to deliver on adventure and fun. BY KATIE KORTEBEIN

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The original “Main Street of America,” has changed over the years, but you can still follow much of the iconic road.

Enjoy a little bit of everything on this route, which begins in Maine and ends at the nation’s capital.

HOW LONG 11 days

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DISTANCE 580 miles

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SAN FRANCISCO Stop at the Golden

Gate Bridge, and savor ramen at Slurp Noodle Bar in SF’s colorful Castro district. SANTA CRUZ Compete in boardwalk arcade games, and take a spin on the carousel. MONTEREY Explore

Fisherman’s Wharf and the world-renowned aquarium.

CHICAGO Pose at the Bean, hike The 606 and grab a pizza from local fave Lou Malnati’s.

PORTLAND, MAINE Do

ST. LOUIS Ride to the top of the

through Beacon Hill and enjoy a Modern Pastry cannoli.

a lobster tour, then watch the sun set at Portland Head Light. BOSTON Tour Fenway Park, stroll

Gateway Arch, catch a Cardinals game and indulge in some Ted Drewes Frozen Custard. TULSA, OKLAHOMA Hang at

BIG SUR Pull over at McWay Falls

Gathering Place, and enjoy comfort food at Ollie’s Station Restaurant.

and Nepenthe’s terrace for the view.

OKLAHOMA CITY Wander the

SAN LUIS OBISPO Detour to lavish

revitalized Bricktown, and visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.

Hearst Castle and add to the ever-changing Bubblegum Alley. SOLVANG Grab a pastry in this

historic Danish village, then bike the Santa Ynez Valley. MALIBU Grab a Lily’s Cafe breakfast

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PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND Grab authentic Italian in Federal Hill, and catch the summer art installation, WaterFire. NEW YORK CITY Snap a selfie with Lady Liberty, grab a “slice” and catch a show on Broadway. Hit the Highline for killer views of the city. ASBURY PARK, NEW JERSEY

Take in live music at Bruce Springsteen’s old haunt, The Stone Pony, then eat burgers at Wonder Bar. PHILADELPHIA Steal a kiss

SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO Hike the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, then peruse the Canyon Road galleries.

by the LOVE sculpture, and crown a winning cheesesteak between city rivals Geno’s and Pat’s.

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BALTIMORE Visit Inner Harbor on a

iconic Grand Canyon, and camp under the stars. SEDONA, ARIZONA Have a picnic at

Red Rock Crossing, and check out the Church of the Holy Cross.

water taxi, or walk through hipster haven Hampden for some standout eateries and funky spots. DC If it’s not your first time to the nation’s capitol, try the unexpected— like kayaking at District Wharf or taking a spooky ghost tour.

Before you hit the road, visit AtlasObscura.com. Type in your destination and unlock a slew of hidden (and not-so-crowded) wonders along the way like Lenny, a 1,700-pound edible moose in Maine, or the World Chess Hall of Fame in Missouri.

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EAT Taste traditional dishes like tagine and couscous at Al Fassia, or savor the French-inspired fare at Grand Café de la Poste.

STAY Splurge on the swanky ammenities at El Fenn, or check out the more casual and budget-friendly (but still fabulous) Riad Dar Kleta.

DO Take in the architecture of Bahia Palace, or explore local food stalls and street performers at Jemaa el Fna.

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After getting settled at The Ramble Hotel in the RiNo district, meet for a cocktail at New York–based bar Death & Co. situated in the lobby.

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SING ALONG Enjoy live music plus dinner at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox. Bonus: It turns into a dance party late-night.

Let the highly skilled bartenders pick your poison.

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S TAY Want everyone to bunk together? The historic nature of Denver means you can easily find big, Victorian-style houses perfect for groups on Airbnb or other housesharing sites. Neighborhoods to consider include Highland, LoHi, RiNo and City Park.

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FUEL UP Let everyone choose their own fare at Avanti Food & Beverage Beverage, a two-story space with seven different eateries and bars.

P L AY Bring home a bottle of their fuchsia, fullbodied rosé

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UNWIND Enjoy afternoon tea at The Brown Palace Hotel. Then treat yourselves at the spa.

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CHEERS Stop by The Infinite Monkey Theorem for a predinner drink. The urban winery has a variety of wines and beers on tap.

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CHOW DOWN Try a local-specific spa service like the Altitude Adjustment Wrap or Colorado Hot Stone Mani/Pedi.

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Take full advantage of Denver’s everbooming beer scene by booking a guided brewery tour. Taste 10 different beers— and get your steps in—with Denver Microbrew Tour’s 1.5-mile stroll through LoDo, or hop in a three-wheel motorized car for eTuk Ride’s brewery crawl around RiNo.

Feast on tapas and ’gram the views at El Five. The hidden top-floor restaurant in LoHi boasts sweeping views of downtown Denver.

Challenge your crew to a game of ping-pong at Ace Eat Serve while enjoying speciality craft cocktails (ask about the rotating slushy) and Asian eats. Or make a resie at nationwide chains Topgolf or Punch Bowl Social for bowling, shuffleboard, arcade games and more.

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Who would have thought eight years ago when we met in DC it’d be the start of something special? We were an unexpected pair: My loud voice, your sensitive little ears. But we soon realized we had more in common than we thought. FROM HER VOWS

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ECLECTIC ELEGANCE PHOTOGRAPHY BY LISA BLUME PHOTOGRAPHY

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BOUQUET Peonies, roses anemones and winter berries added texture to Sophie’s greeneryfilled bouquet.

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TRADITIONAL ATTIRE At the rehearsal dinner, the pair rocked modern versions of Nigerian dress.

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STATIONERY Evergreen envelopes added a winter-inspired pop of color to the invitations. VENUE The couple said their vows at Long View Gallery near Logan Circle. “We loved that the space was a blank canvas,” Sophie says. DESSERT To honor Sophie’s French roots, the pair opted for a croquembouche over cake. DANCING “We’ve attended many Nigerian celebrations together and always hit the dance floor,” Sophie says. “It was important to play Nigerian music.” As a reward for their moves, guests showered the newlyweds with money in customary Nigerian fashion. CEREMONY Sophie and Ataefiok said their vows in front of their own art piece, a literal blank canvas decorated with greenery and candles. WEDDING PARTY Sophie asked her best friends to wear gold and black dresses.

t first, Sophie Penichet (30 and a general manager at Hotel Hive) and Ataefiok Etukeren (31 and an attorney) didn’t seem to have much in common. “We were an unexpected pair,” Sophie says. “My early mornings, your late nights.” Eventually, though, “we discovered shared connections to family and friends and mutual ties to different cultures.” After seven years together and a Parisian engagement, the couple planned an eclectic wedding full of tributes to their different backgrounds, from a West African rehearsal dinner in honor of Ataefiok’s Nigerian heritage to French vows that Ataefiok recited after weeks of lessons as a promise to Sophie’s mom. The couple ended the night with a dance (lift included!) to a crowd-favorite from their Georgetown days, Toto’s “Africa.” — LO U I S BAR AGO NA

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MUST-HAVES CU LTU R AL CU I S I N E To honor Sophie’s Mexican roots, guests ate chicken tacos served in handmade tortillas prepared tableside. S I G NATU R E S I P S Partygoers drank cocktails like the Somewhat French, a champagne drink named for Sophie, and the Barrister’s Bourbon, a nod to Ataefiok’s profession. LOVE L AN G UAG ES At the ceremony, loved ones

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INGREDIENTS C E R E M O NY & R EC E PTI O N S ITE Long View Gallery, Washington, DC PH OTOG R APHY Lisa Blumenstein/Lisa Blume Photography E VE NT PL AN N I N G & D ES I G N Cheers Darling Events FLO RI S T Floral & Bloom Designs O FFI CIANT Kelvin Moses (friend) GOWN & VE I L Amsale, Nordstrom S H O ES Sophie: Loeffler Randall; Ataefiok: Hugo Boss M E N SWE AR Suit: DC Custom Clothiers; bow tie: The Tie Bar; monogrammed cuff links: gifted N I G E R IAN CU LTU R AL D R ES S Cheryl A. Lofton & Associates, Washington, DC E N G AG E M E NT & WE D D I N G R I N G S SHELTER HAI R & MAK EU P Georgetown Bride S TATI O N E RY Fig. 2 Designs CATE R I N G Spilled Milk Catering PAS TRI ES Patisserie Poupon R E NTAL S DC Rental; Design Foundry; Party Rental; Select Event Group; Something Vintage Rentals PH OTO BOOTH Pixilated M U S I C Premier DJ Services TR AN S P O RTATI O N Fleet Transportation H O N E YM OO N Greece

#MAKETRADITION With six weeks left until their wedding day, Sophie and Ataefiok decided to switch up their place settings by adding Polaroids of themselves with each guest to the menus. “I’m known as a serial photographer and really wanted those memories to touch our day,” Sophie says. “It was a journey to find 95 different photos of us, but in the end, it was a fun, meaningful way to go down memory lane.”

My favorite moment was seeing our guests as they found their pictures at their seats, it was such a surprise. Everyone was exchanging them and laughing and afterward, some got theirs framed. -Sophie

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COLOR PALETTE Earth tones Evergreen, mustard yellow and burnt orange with black and white accents.

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FLORAL ACCESSORIES Flower appliqués topped the straps of Sierra’s gown, while Anthony paired his suit with a ti leaf lei. Hakus, or flower crowns, gave the bridesmaids’ blush looks a boho touch.

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TROPICAL ROMANCE PHOTOGRAPHY BY WENDY LAUREL PHOTOGRAPHY

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GOODIE BAGS Sierra and Anthony welcomed travelers to Maui with chocolate macadamia nuts, Hawaiian coffee, a pineapple cake bar and more. BODY ART “I tend to stick to traditional tattoos, and I’ve always been fascinated with Indian Chief artwork,” Sierra says. LOCAL LIBATION Guests sipped “Adult Shave Ice,” a mango margarita topped with super-sour spray and strawberry puree, on Friday night. VOWS “We exchanged personal promises during our first look to make the moment even more intimate,” Sierra says. LIVE ACT Hula dancers with fresh flower and kukui nut leis performed at the welcome party. BOUTONNIERE The guys wore eucalyptus, bozu, spray roses, local geraniums and foraged grasses. FLOWER GIRL A greenery and bozu crown completed Sierra’s cousin’s look.

ierra Duro (23 and a San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Cultural Resource Outreach Specialist) and Anthony Baguyo (26 and a student) have a soft spot for Hawaii, having grown up traveling there to visit family on Maui and Oahu, respectively. When planning their weekend-long wedding, they aimed to showcase the island in an authentic way. “We did not want a luau theme,” Sierra says. “We hoped to capture the existing beauty, not take away from it, by using natural elements rather than decorations.” Blending their heritages—Sierra is Native American and Anthony is Filipino— into the festivities added an even more genuine touch. “After my dad sang our tribe’s ‘creation song’ at the reception, my family then participated in ‘bird songs,’” Sierra says. “It was a magical moment because my culture is very important to me.” — B EC K Y M U R R AY

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ALOHA PARTY Sierra and Anthony channeled island vibes for their Friday night feast of kalua pig, ceviche, Mongolian barbecue and malasadas for dessert. The sounds of a Hawaiian ukulele got guests in the spirit.

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DÉCOR “The lantern chandeliers really lit up the place and set the tone for the night,” Sierra says. ESCORT CARD DISPLAY Guests found their seats with the help of personalized wood ornaments hanging from a backdrop accented with blush anthurium, monstera leaves and grasses. PLACE SETTINGS Coral linens, woodgrain flatware and centerpieces that included sandstone roses, palm leaves and proteas blended right in to the Hawaiian surroundings. SIGNATURE SIP Sierra’s “rosejito” mixed fresh-pressed lime juice, bubbly and raspberry-infused vodka. DESSERTS Banana and lilikoi fillings brought extra tropical flair to the wedding cake. Guests also sampled Filipino banana lumpia and a pudding with chia seeds, a Native American delicacy.

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SIERRA + ANTHONY WEDDING STYLE Bohemian, Romantic and Natural. The setting could be a Garden, a Waterfront or under a Tent.

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COLOR PALETTE Pastels Blush, coral and peach paired with deep green.

MUST-HAVES S T YLI S H G ROO M S M E N Anthony and his guys rocked custom Oakley sunglasses for the ceremony, and after, swapped their jackets and dress clothes for casual Hawaiian shirts. A O N E- O F -A- K I N D DAN C E The newlyweds hit the floor to Tribal Seeds’s “In Your Eyes,” which is the very first song they danced to together. Sierra surprised Anthony by arranging for one of their favorite bands, Common Kings, to perform the cover live, making the moment all the more memorable.

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#MAKETRADITION Sierra is part of the Serrano people—in particular, the Yuhaviatam clan known as “People of The Pines”—while Anthony is Filipino. The pair combined symbols from their two cultures, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians’s tribal seal for Sierra and the sun pictured on the Flag of the Philippines for Anthony, to create a custom laser cut design for their stationery and other day-of elements.

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Because the laser cut design was so special to us, we wanted to turn it into a gift for our guests. We made Christmas ornaments that doubled as escort cards for everyone to take home. -Sierra

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Caitlin + JT

11.10.18 | RALEIGH, NC

ARTISTIC TOUCH PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANAGRAM PHOTO

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FASHION “I’ve always loved bright, loud colors, and I’m glad I didn’t have to change that for my wedding,” Caitlin says. JT’s Vans, floral tie and matching pocket square “balanced classic and modern,” he says.

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BRIDESMAIDS “Once I knew I was wearing red, I liked the idea of putting my bridesmaids in white for a twist on tradition,” Caitlin says. INSTALLATION Patrick Dougherty’s Out of the Box on show at the North Carolina Museum of Art made for a dramatic and on-theme backdrop. EXIT The couple’s planner organized a surprise glow stick send-off. MENU Guests sampled passed hors d’oeuvres including buttermilk blue cheese and bacon pops, then sat down for surf and turf. CAKE “We wanted a design that could earn its place among the art in the museum,” JT says. The bottom tier’s vivid geometric design softened into a pastel shade, creating an ombré effect. STATIONERY “Our graphic designer’s minimalist style took our weird ideas and turned them into art,” JT says.

aitlin Russell (31 and a director of communications at Citrix) and JT Moore (34 and a senior manager of digital strategy at Bandwith.com) have the Twitterverse to thank for their unexpected meet-cute. A mutual friend and follower connected the Raleigh residents after reading tweets that they were looking to carpool to a concert about an hour away. Their willingness to embrace the unconventional (after all, they agreed to ride with a total stranger) matched their wedding planning mantra. “ ‘Traditional with a twist’ ruled the day,” Caitlin says. JT adds, “The wedding had callbacks to tradition, but then it’d take a zig or zag to bring something that our guests likely hadn’t seen before.” What Caitlin calls a “hodgepodge of colors” and a host of exotic flowers created an artsy atmosphere worthy of its museum setting. — B M

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#MAKETRADITION “I stumbled across Stance socks and a series of products they did with artwork from Jean-Michel Basquiat, and because we were getting married at an art museum, it felt like a sign,” JT says. “I wore a red pair with a famous Basquiat Cassius Clay image, and the groomsmen wore a black pair covered in his early signature SAMO tag, which covered the streets of NYC in the late 1970s.”

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I’m not big on shiny dress shoes. We chose slip-on leather Vans with a playful, straight-out-of-the-box white sole. Because our shoes were simple and clean, I wanted to have some fun with our socks. -JT

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LOCATION Hajir and Omar welcomed guests to The Foundry, a restored metal foundry in Long Island City, New York.

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CEREMONY Hajir and Omar tied the knot with a Middle Eastern cultural ceremony called a sofreh aghd, as well as a Muslim ceremony. SYMBOLISM Each item on the ceremonial spread held meaning, including the brightly colored, handmade eggs, which represent hope, the future and fertility. FLOWERS Anemones, dahlias and Queen Anne’s lace in deep shades of burgundy and purple topped tables. MOCKTAILS Partygoers sipped sparkling elderflower lemonade and a pomegranate, lime and mint sparkler, a popular Middle Eastern flavor combination. GUESTS Loved ones traveled from as far as Barcelona and the Middle East to attend the couple’s wedding. STATIONERY Hajir designed all of the day’s paper goods, including illustrating the couple’s framed portrait.

mar Hammad (35 and an environmental engineer) first spotted Hajir Alttahir (32 and an architect and urban designer) sketching an idea for a project at an event. Years later, Hajir took on a new project: their wedding. “We wanted everything to reflect our shared Middle Eastern heritage as well as our American and British backgrounds,” Hajir says. “The garden spaces of Moroccan courtyards and the English countryside were heavy influences for our décor.” The couple added romantic notes to their industrial venue with rich jewel tones, mixed patterns inspired by international travels and nods to their Arab roots, including sending guests home with pomegranate favors and full bellies. “It’s part of our culture that you feed everyone so much they happily waddle home,” Hajir says. — LB

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being alone for their first look. “We took the time to be silly and sweet, and I’ll always remember that moment,” Hajir says. A PART Y- R E ADY PL AYLI S T The pair collaborated

with their DJ to make sure Iraqi, Palestinian and Western house music were played.

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#MAKETRADITION Hajir worked with her dress designer to create a custom beaded overlay as a topper for her blush-colored silk dress, embroidered with different lyrics and phrases significant to her and Omar’s relationship. “The dress contained secret messages,” Hajir says. For his part, “I kept looking at the dress,” Omar says. “There were a lot of words from songs and performances we’ve been to.”

There were so many symbols: bees in honor of a private joke between us, jasmine, ferns and ‘why not?,’ which was my reply to the proposal and a phrase that has come to mean a lot to us. -Hajir

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Clay + Mike

10.20.18 | PALM SPRINGS, CA

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SOCK GAME Clay (left) and Mike finished their suits with pops of pink. “They tied us together,” Clay says.

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GUEST BOOK Clay and Mike asked partygoers to wish them well by writing on vintage postcards, which inspired the day’s design. MENUS Turquoise paper topped bright yellow linens at the reception. DÉCOR The couple filled the outdoor venue with mid-century modern touches, from Eames chairs to cacti. ESCORT CARD DISPLAY Guests found their seats with the help of colorful cards, which echoed the invites and menus. FASHION Mike opted for a solid deep blue suit, while Clay chose a lighter blue look with a windowpane pattern. RINGS The couple’s Tiffany bands blended both rose gold and platinum as a reflection of their different tastes. SIGNAGE After the wedding, the couple kept their four-foot-tall custom letters. “We’ll be breaking those out at future parties,” Clay says.

layton (Clay) Early (36 and an actor) and Michael (Mike) Dailey (36 and an attorney) wanted their wedding to celebrate one sentiment: Good things take time. What Clay calls their “classic modern romance” began on OkCupid after plenty of bad first dates. Their meeting at a Brooklyn bar proved that it was all worth the wait. “I was instantly charmed,” Clay says. After a proposal in Rome, the couple waited two more years to secure their venue: Colony 29 in Palm Springs, which they filled with bright, ’60s-inspired details. “Our wedding was a chance to throw a house party, but even bigger and more fun,” Clay says. The ceremony also reminded them of the importance of change and time, including acknowledging “the adversity of the LGBTQ community,” Clay says. “We reflected on our past, present and future.” — LB

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WEDDING VISION C L AY + M I K E WEDDING STYLE Retro and Eclectic with plenty of Colorful details. The setting could be a Backyard, Greenhouse or Rooftop.

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COLOR PALETTE Brights Hot pink, fuchsia and canary yellow with turquoise and orange touches.

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A S U R PR I S E S E R E NAD E After dancing with

guests, Clay shocked Mike by singing a cover of “Come Rain or Come Shine” by Chet Baker. A CO N C E PTUAL CAK E In keeping with their retro theme, Clay and Mike cut into a mod, Jetsons-esque staggered cake. A M E AN I N G FU L K E E P SAK E During the ceremony, the couple asked guests to toss pennies into a wishing well and collected the coins afterward in a jar as a relic of the day.

INGREDIENTS

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C E R E M O NY & R EC E PTI O N S ITE Colony 29, Palm Springs, CA PH OTOG R APH E R Shauntelle Sposto/Sposto Photography E VE NT PL AN N I N G & D ES I G N Green Apple Event Co. FLO R AL D ES I G N My Little Flower Shop; flower pots: IKEA O FFI CIANT Morgan Regis Foxworth (friend) AT TI R E Clay: suit: Hugo Boss; accessories: Paul Smith; Mike: suit: Emporio Armani; accessories: Paul Smith S H O ES To Boot New York E N G AG E M E NT & WE D D I N G RI N G S Tiffany & Co. S TATI O N E RY Maude Press; postcards: Peter Moruzzi R E NTAL S Folklore; Hostess Haven; La Tavola; Signature Party Rentals LET TE RS Woodland Manufacturing CATE R I N G F10 Catering CAK E Over the Rainbow Desserts CAK E TO PPE R California Lustre CAK E D I S PL AY Puzzlider, Etsy.com; Lowe’s BARTE N D I N G Mint Bartending M U S I C Ceremony & cocktail hour: Organic String Quartet; reception: DART Collective TR AN S P O RTATI O N Lin Lines H O N E YM OO N Maui

#MAKETRADITION As an engagement present, a friend gifted Clay and Mike their very own pair of Lego grooms. Because the company doesn’t create sets of grooms, it took a bit of DIY magic. The gifter bought two separate sets of brides and grooms, combined the boys and reworked the packaging, cutting out different parts, so it would appear as though the toys were made with grooms in mind.

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The Legos were such a clever, thoughtful gift, we knew we had to use them on our cake. We’ll always keep them—in fact, they might make an appearance at an anniversary party down the road. -Clay

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WEDDING GOWNS 101 Searching for the one? Study up on everything you need to know before you hit the salon.

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Ball Gown

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Mermaid

Perfect for the bride looking to make a statement, there’s nothing subtle about a ball gown. This classic silhouette has a fitted bodice and a voluminous full skirt.

This universally flattering style hugs the torso and has a skirt that flares out in—you guessed it—an A shape. Consider it a halfway point between a sheath and a ball gown.

Va-va-voom. This sultry silhouette has a fitted bodice, waist and hips, and dramatically flares out at the knee. It’s a great option if you want to show off your curves.

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Sheath

This slim silhouette A toned-down version skims over the body, of the mermaid, the falling straight to skirt of this gown flares the floor below the out just below the hips, hips. What a sheath creating a semi-full dress lacks in volume, shape (like the bell it makes up for in of a trumpet) without versatility—it works with nearly every fabric. any extra volume.

Empire A dress for the Grecian goddess in us all, the empire style has a fitted bodice ending just below the bust, giving a high-waisted appearance that lengthens the body.

S H O P E A R L Y A designer wedding gown will take months to create and a series of alterations to fit your body perfectly. In other words, it’s not the kind of garment you can toss into an online shopping cart and have show up on your doorstep two days later. Book your first appointment 9 to 12 months before your wedding date. If you’re shopping closer to your wedding, you may be limited to samples or off-the-rack gowns. A L W A Y S B O O K A N A P P O I N T M E N T Scheduling an appointment is the only way to ensure you’ll get a full hour of undivided attention. If you’re the type who hates feeling rushed when shopping, make an appointment on a slow weekday morning or afternoon. L I M I T Y O U R E N T O U R A G E Bringing a big group to the salon is a gown shopping don’t. Enlist one or two of your closest friends or family members to help you start your search. This way you can find the gown that best suits your style and not feel pressured by too many opinions.

H I D D E N C O S T S A D D U P Remember, your wedding gown budget doesn’t just include the dress. Your veil or headpiece, accessories, undergarments and alterations will also add to your bottom line. Factor in these costs before you give the salesperson your shopping budget. T R U S T I S K E Y Even if a gown doesn’t look amazing on the hanger, that doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t look amazing on you. Be open to what an experienced consultant thinks will work for your body (after all, they’ve done this before). Bottom line: The dress you end up loving might be different than what you originally pictured, and that’s okay. S A L O N S C A N S O M E T I M E S T A K E R E Q U E S T S Just because a bridal salon carries your favorite designer, doesn’t mean it’ll have the exact wedding dress you’ve been wanting to try on. But, if you phone in advance and ask about a specific style, your consultant may be able to request a loaner sample of that gown especially for you.

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

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3 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.

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. 4

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 duty-free bounty at the International Bazaar or the Port Lucaya Marketplace in Freeport.

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

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.

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. 9

10 The Bahamas are just a 75-minute plane ride from Florida, making them a quick trip for destination weddings and honeymoons alike.

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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.

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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 more than 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.

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4 If you want to drive in Grenada, you must obtain a local driving permit. Most car rental firms issue local permits. Note that driving is on the left.

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TURKS & CAICOS 5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW 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. 1

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

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ST. LUCIA 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW AT A GLANCE 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. 2

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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.

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. 7

8 Try local favorites like saltfish and green fig and Creole barbecue. While you’re in Castries, try Pink Plantation House, a can’tmiss 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.

Gros Islet, a small island on the northwest shore of St. Lucia, is known throughout the Caribbean for its Friday night jump-up. Streetside 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 partner loves jazz music, plan your trip around the three-day St. Lucia Jazz Festival, held every May.

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JAMAICA 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW 1 The best way to get around is in Jamaican Union of Travelers Association (JUTA)– licensed taxis.

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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.

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. 6

7 Reggae lovers should wait until July for the Reggae Sumfest, held in MoBay.

While shopping in Montego Bay, be polite and don’t hesitate to haggle. Sellers are insistent. 8

9 Coconut water—sold as “ice cold jelly” at roadside stands—and conch soup are said to heighten amour.

Take our word that in Negril, dirty dancing is the norm, so don’t be afraid to whip out some moves that have never seen the light of day! 10

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5 The Blue Lagoon was filmed in Port Antonio, called the “most exquisite port on Earth.” It’s a less-developed gem on the northeast side of the island.

Want to learn more about Jamaica? Head to THE K N OT.CO M/H O NE YM O O N S

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Explore the Great Smoky Mountains or Patagonia’s picturesque wilderness. FOOD

Eat your way through Thailand or savor the best California cuisine. ISLAND

Unwind on the beaches of St. Lucia or escape to storied Nantucket. TOM SCHIRMACHER/TRUNK ARCHIVE

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TRAVERSE

Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

W H E N TO V I S I T Autumn is prime time for leaf peeping. The park’s deep greens typically start to change to a patchwork of vivid red, yellow and orange by mid-October. Cooler temperatures make hiking much more enjoyable than the summer humidity. W H E R E TO S TAY Blackberry Mountain, the new adventurefocused sister property to foodie haven Blackberry Farm, feels like your own private national park. The Watchman Cabins perched along the ridgetop have floorto-ceiling windows so you can watch the mist roll over the treetops each morning from the comfort of your bed. (From $995, breakfast, dinner and some meals included; BlackberryMountain.com) W H AT TO D O Book one of the indoor-outdoor spa treatments such as Forage, which includes a guided 80-minute hike, herbal massage and a session with a resident naturopath.

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W H Y The Great Smoky Mountains is America’s most-visited national park for a reason. The 520,000acre expanse of wilderness straddles the TennesseeNorth Carolina border and is laced with incredible hiking trails and campgrounds.

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Take in epic views from the plush Aguas Arriba Lodge.

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Patagonia, Argentina

W H Y The immensity of Patagonia’s wilderness provides the perfect backdrop for off-the-grid romance. By day, you’ll marvel at the snowcapped Andes on hikes and horseback rides; at night you’ll feast on steaks and malbec. W H E N TO V I S I T Winters can be harsh, and many lodges close. Plan your trip for late-spring or summer—but pack layers, as it’s not uncommon to experience all four seasons in one day. W H E R E TO S TAY The journey to five-room Aguas Arriba Lodge is part of the adventure. Set on the shores of Lago del Desierto, guests can choose to arrive via a 3-hour hike or a 15-minute boat ride. The two Fitz Roy rooms have the best views of the eponymous peak and also overlook the lake and hanging glacier. (From $850, all inclusive; AguasArribaLodge.com) W H AT TO D O The 13-mile roundtrip Laguna de los Tres trek offers some of the most dazzling views of Mount Fitz Roy and the area’s turquoise-hued lagoons.

S P E C I A L I S T P I C K Sarah Attaway of Currie & Co. Travels (sarah@curriecotravels.com) excels in planning adventures with modern-day comforts. When it comes to luxe lodges, Chile overflows with options including Tierra, Awasi and Explora resorts. The Atacama Desert is one of the best spots for stargazing. Explore the dunes, salt flats and hot springs, then fly south to hike and horseback ride around Torres del Paine National Park.

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for FOOD LOVERS

W H E N TO V I S I T The thick morning fog often doesn’t lift until midday during summer months. For clear days and fewer crowds visit in fall or early spring. W H E R E TO S TAY An eight-year, $10 million remodel has brought new life to the historic Harbor House Inn. Perched on a clifftop in the charming coastal hamlet of Elk, the 10-room inn has its own garden and a 155-label wine cellar. In the 25-seat dining room, chef Matthew Kammerer serves 8- to 10-course tasting menus crafted from ingredients found within a 30-mile radius. (From $359; TheHarborHouseInn.com) W H AT TO D O Arrange a day of wine tasting in the Anderson Valley. Stops should include Drew for syrah, Smith Story for aromatic whites and Navarro Vineyards for pinots.

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Mendocino County, California

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Sample inventive flavor profiles at the Harbor House Inn.

W H Y This rugged coastal patch sits off California’s iconic Highway 1, beckoning travelers with wild beaches, ancient redwood groves, stellar seafood and wines from the up-and-coming Anderson Valley wine region.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

W H Y The food in northern Thailand is always superb, whether you’re eating from street stalls or at Michelin-star tables. And there are plenty of ways to work up an appetite, like a trek through the rice paddies or an elephant rehabilitation reserve visit. W H E N TO V I S I T Avoid monsoon season, August through September. Temperatures are mild and rain is scarce November through February. W H E R E TO S TAY If you want tranquility, stay just outside of town at the 99-room Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai. Set on 32 acres, the property feels like your own private Shangri-La surrounded by waterfalls, terraced rice paddies and landscaped gardens. Splurge on a pool villa and you might never leave your room. (From $565; FourSeasons.com/chiangmai) W H AT TO D O Learn to make tom kha goong (prawn soup with coconut milk) and other Thai classics at the resort’s cooking academy, Rim Tai Kitchen. Half-day courses include hands-on lessons, trips to local markets and a delicious meal. ($155)

S P E C I A L I S T P I C K John Galante, an Aspen-based agent with SmartFlyer (john@smartflyer.com) says France is his go-to destination for hungry honeymooners. He also sends adventurous eaters to Saigon in Vietnam to devour the city’s vibrant street food scene. Galante can arrange guided street food crawls on vintage Vespas that end with a cocktail tasting at one of the city’s best speakeasies.

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W H Y This all-American escape is home to some of New England’s prettiest beaches, plus there’s an adorable cobblestoned-street town filled with old-fashioned ice cream parlors, surf shops and plenty of spots to find lobster rolls and oysters.

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W H E R E TO S TAY Fresh off a makeover, historic 32-room The Wauwinet has a seafront setting and Relais & Châteaux credentials. Complimentary amenities include bikes, paddleboards and kayaks, and you can even arrange clambakes on the hotel’s private beach. (From $195; Wauwinet.com) W H AT TO D O Pack a bottle of rosé and set out on a sunset stroll along the ‘Sconset Bluff Walk, a scenic path along the Atlantic from Siasconset to the Sankaty Head Lighthouse.

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W H E N TO V I S I T This seasonal escape is bustling during the peak summer months of June through August. September is ideal, as you still get long, warm days, and school is back in session, which means fewer kids.

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St. Lucia W H Y More than 75 percent of the island is covered in rainforest, the rest is ringed by black-, white- and golden-sand beaches framed by a pair of jagged volcanic peaks. With such a diverse landscape, beach bums, divers and hiking enthusiasts can all get their fix in this eastern Caribbean paradise. W H E N TO V I S I T Winter months bring migrating humpback whales, but also higher prices and crowds. Visit during the dry, sunny months of late April to early June when the turtles are hatching. Avoid July through October—it’s rainy season. W H E R E TO S TAY You can’t beat the views at adults-only resort Jade Mountain. All 29 rooms have panoramas of the sea and the island’s iconic volcanic peaks, while 24 Sanctuary suites come with wraparound infinity pools. With two beaches just below, and an awardwinning spa and restaurant, this is a favorite stay for honeymooners. (From $1,165; JadeMountain.com)

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Settle into this über-private suite at Jade Mountain.

W H AT TO D O Visit St. Lucia’s fountain of youth, Sulphur Springs, a driveup volcano known for its therapeutic mineral pools and mud baths. Slather on some earth, then rinse off beneath a waterfall. (From $100; SulphurSpringStLucia.com)

S P E C I A L I S T P I C K Leah Smith, founder of Tafari Travel (leah@tafaritravel.com) says Marbella, Spain, is the sunniest place in Europe. “With beautiful beaches and world-class restaurants, it’s perfect for couples who want sun and culture,” says Smith, who recommends the Marbella Club Hotel for honeymooners. For West Coasters, Tahiti is only an eight-hour trip with crystal clear waters—she likes Le Taha’a and The Brando.

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TOUR

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

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W H E N TO V I S I T Avoid the rainy summers and visit during the dry, warm months of November through April. Fall is fiesta season, and the September Michaelmas (St. Michael the Archangel) festival is a celebration not to miss. W H E R E TO S TAY Newly opened Hotel Amparo has just five rooms and a convenient location in Zona Centro Histórico, walking distance to the Plaza de la Soledad, Mercado de Artesanias and Jardín Principal. Upgrade to the Amparo suite, which features a fireplace and soaking tub. (From $250, including breakfast; HotelAmparo.com) W H AT TO D O Any art crawl should include stops at Fábrica La Aurora, a historic textile factory filled with galleries and shops, Casa Michoacana, a boutique selling artisan-made handicrafts, and the gallery of Tomas Ramirez, a folk artist who depicts village life on Mexico’s unique amate (tree bark) paper.

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W H Y A global arts hub, this colonial-era city in Mexico’s central highlands earned UNESCO World Heritage Site status for its 16th-century Spanish Baroque architecture.

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W H Y Lecce’s extraordinary Baroque architecture earned it the nickname the Florence of the South. Historic sites like the Basilica di Santa Croce and Piazza Sant’Oronzo are complemented by modern boutiques, like IJO’ design and Tonda Design, as well as some of Italy’s top eateries, including 3 Rane. W H E N TO V I S I T In south Puglia, you get perfect beach weather from April to November. January and February tend to be cold and rainy, and August can be a bit overcrowded. W H E R E TO S TAY La Fiermontina Urban Resort, a restored 17th-century villa in the heart of the city, offers 16 rooms in a central location, plus lovely grounds that include an olive-tree-shaded pool and Insta-worthy sculpture garden. (From $560; LaFiermontina.com) W H AT TO D O The family behind La Fiermontina Urban Resort opened the nearby M.A.M.A. (Modern Art Museum Antonia) Museum last June to house its private art collection. The hotel can arrange guided tours, followed by a traditional Apulian dinner paired with regional wines.

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Take a private guided tour of the art collection at M.A.M.A.

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Lecce, Italy

S P E C I A L I S T P I C K Luxury travel designer John Clifford, president of International Travel Management, (john@internationaltravelmanagement .com) sends art-obsessed clients to Japan’s Setouchi Region. “The islands of Naoshima, Omishima, Inujima and Teshima in the Seto Inland Sea are the epicenters of three decades worth of contemporary art,” he says, “much of which are large-scale outdoor masterpieces.”

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LAST LOOK

A wedding is the one day couples don’t usually take fashion risks, but I wanted my personality to shine through—and to do so with a little flair,” John says. “Because my mom passed away in 2008 from breast cancer, I decided to go with a pink suit. I designed the inside of my jacket to match the ‘love’ lettering on my loafers, which is what my wife Ife’s name means in Yoruba.”

Ife + John

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GOWN: ANNE BARGE; SUIT: MICHAEL FERRERA; LOAFERS: CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN; MAKEUP: FELICIA LATOUR; HAIR: TOY JOAN

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