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LOVE FOR

all F E AT U R E S 52

BLACK LIFE MATTERS Elaine Welteroth and Jonathan Singletary share one of the defining moments of their wedding.

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BEAUTY AWARDS Our must-have, get-gorgeous picks for your beauty arsenal.

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RETRO REVIVAL

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The ’70s are back with cool colors and chic details that let the good times roll.

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LOVE IS NOT CANCELLED Real stories of how love conquers all, even in a pandemic.

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WILD AT HEART Adventurous yet romantic wedding looks that are totally unexpected.

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FALL 2020 FA 20 50 REAL LOVE 105

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

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CELEBRITY WEDDING The inside scoop on Brittany Snow’s “imperfectly perfect” wedding day.

I N E V E RY I S S U E FA S H I O N + B E AU T Y

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SPACE-AGE SPARKLE Lab-grown diamonds are increasingly popular. Here’s everything you should know.

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WHAT TO WEAR Attire for chateau, art gallery and vineyard affairs.

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WISH LIST

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Statement earrings, pearl clutches and fancy footwear to complete your look. 10

EDITOR’S LETTER DAILY FIX EVENTS TOOLS ADVICE TR ADITIONS NEW + NOW LAST LOOK

STYLE + PLANNING 98

LOVE GOES GREEN How one Pennsylvania couple planned a sustainable event full of personalized details.

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REGISTRY 101 Etiquette, cash funds— everything you need (and more!) to get your wish list started.

T R AV E L 150

HONEYMOON BY SEASON Six autumn destinations for everyone from foodies to outdoor enthusiasts.

63 ON THE COVER PHOTOGRAPHER Micaiah Carter BOUQUET Lewis Miller Design HAIR CONSULTATION Vernon François SHOES Brother Vellies

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Kristen Maxwell Cooper

MANAG IN G E D ITO R

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S E NI O R FA S HI O N & B E AUT Y E D ITO R S E NI O R S T YLE & PL ANNIN G E D ITO R E D ITO R , RE AL WE D D IN G S S E NI O R D E S I G NE R VI S UAL S E D ITO R A S S I S TANT E D ITO R , RE S E ARCH A S S I S TANT ART & VI S UAL S E D ITO R E D ITO RIAL A S S I S TANT, RE AL WE D D IN G S CO NTRIB UTIN G VI S UAL S D IREC TO R

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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 K N OT.CO M , S O CIAL M E D IA & VID EO D IREC TO R , D I G ITAL CO NTE NT Morgan Gibson S E NI O R NE WS E D ITO R Esther Lee S E NI O R MANAG E R , D I G ITAL CO NTE NT S TR ATEGY MaryKate Callahan E D ITO R , E - CO M M E RCE Emily Platt A S S O CIATE D I G ITAL E D ITO R , PH OTO Jessica Kane A S S I S TANT E D ITO RS , D I G ITAL Sarah Hanlon, Maddy Sims D IREC TO R , S O CIAL M E D IA Whitney Little MANAG E R , S O CIAL M E D IA Sarah Hooper INFLU E N CE R MANAG E R , S O CIAL M E D IA Heather Kon MARK ETIN G MANAG E R , S O CIAL M E D IA Trisha Tucker CO O RD INATO R , S O CIAL M E D IA Lucy Ferut S E NI O R MANAG E R , VID EO PRO D U C TI O N Daniela Kelley McInerney VID EO PRO D U CE R Siobhan Carty VID EO E D ITO RS Davey Chin, Leslie Grill A S S O CIATE VID EO PRO D U CE R Olivia DiTomaso VID EO PRO D U C TI O N A S S O CIATE Raul Ferrari

THE S TU D I O @ THE K N OT WO RLDWID E E D ITO RIAL D IREC TO R Elizabeth Roehrig E XECUTIVE PRO D U CE R Joanna Dedvukaj D IREC TO R , SALE S D E VE LO PM E NT MARK ETIN G Priya Junnarkar D E PUT Y E D ITO R Kate Traverson 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 S O CIAL M E D IA E D ITO R Heather Finn S PECIALI S T, PRO D U CE R Claire Flanagan

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W E N E E D TO D O B E T T E R

2020 B EAUT Y AWA R D S These are a few of my makeup bag staples that made it on this year’s list. Try them—you won’t be disappointed!

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ELAINE WELTEROTH + JONATHAN SINGLETARY When Elaine, Jonathan and I sat down (virtually) for the interview on page 52, it was actually the third time Elaine and I had spoken about including her in The Knot. While she did make an appearance in a registry story in the Spring 2020 issue, there was a mutual feeling that there would be a bigger and more meaningful moment to work together—so we agreed to keep talking. I couldn’t have known just how big or how meaningful that moment would be.

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lot of couples share their stories in this issue. There are aspirational stories of weddings past that fill me with hope for weddings of the future. There are stories of to-be-weds who found creative ways to celebrate their love amid a global pandemic that fill me with awe. But there’s also our cover story, which tells of one couple’s fear on their wedding day because of racism that has long plagued our country. This fills me with anger, sadness and a desire and need to do better. We haven’t done right by the Black community in the pages of our magazines, and I pledge to improve. At press time, we’re finalizing the specifics of that long-term, sustainable change. But I want to hear from you, our readers, on how we can do better. I’m listening, I’m learning and I’m committed. Please email me at kristen@theknot.com.

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FOOD WITH FLAIR Fresh eats (like mini chirachi bowls, jicama salad and jerk cauliflower steak) kept the crew fueled all weekend long.

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VENUE + CATERING Four Seasons Palm Beach PHOTOGRAPHY Anée Atelier FLORAL + DÉCOR Gilded Group Decor PROP CAR Miami Vintage Prop Cars ENTERTAINMENT La Vida, Elan Artists BEAUTY LeJeune Artistry STATIONERY Minted.com RELATIONSHIP WELLNESS WORKSHOP Eve Rodsky GIFTING Selby NYC, HUM Nutrition, Kosas, Lord Jones, Sakara Life, ONEHOPE Wine, Make Your Life Sweeter, Riverhead Books, Slip, Zoya

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

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Research and book pros— anyone you have to have should be locked in ASAP.

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Search for the perfect place to celebrate, keeping budget and guest count in mind. Then set the date.

Head to TheKnot.com to start a wish list and site. Share the link so guests are in on the details, like room blocks.

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MARRIAGE LICENSE

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GET MARRIED!

The planning and hard work are behind you—time to celebrate your new status.

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Book any outstanding pros like hairstylists, makeup artists, day-of transportation or a photo booth for your reception.

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Have final attire fittings and arrange for dress and/or suit pickup.

CEREMONY

Meet with your officiant to discuss the details and attend prewedding counseling, if required.

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homebodies or always looking for an excuse to dress up and hit the dance floor? Your wedding should be a true reflection of who you are, so let your personalities lead your style.

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Organizing all those details and a checklist? There’s an app for that. The Knot Wedding Planner pulls together your vision, pros and guests to put planning in the palm of your hand.

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every to-do. Really. It’s also totally okay to ask for assistance from your crew or your wedding VIPs—they want to help!

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We’ve got 10-plus titles full of advice, inspo and DIY crafts to bring your day to life. TheKnot.com/books

Find us @theknot on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for tips, inspo and more.

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DEFINE YOUR STYLE No couple is just one set style—instead, you’ll get a series of words that describe your vibe. Bonus: You can use this lingo when talking with your pros.

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REGISTRY

MANAGE YOUR People will want to shower you with gifts from “We’re engaged” to your wedding day, so a registry is a must-have. Build yours on The Knot and add items from our expansive catalog or wherever you shop online using our universal registry tool. That means you don’t have to choose between Etsy finds and smart tech from Amazon. Plus, your guests get a one-stop shopping experience—a win-win. EDITOR TIP The Knot Registry also lets you ask for cash for

things like an epic trip to Bali or a down payment on a new home. Yes, you read that right: It’s okay to ask for $$$.

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SHARE YOUR IDEAS When you’re ready, send your inspo-packed vision board to your fam and the people bringing your day to life. Your series of images will help convey your idea of what a “romantic garden party” really looks like.

PERFECT YOUR COLOR PALETTE We’ll even suggest colors that match your wedding style. Not quite right? Change them up as you plan.

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THINK OF YOUR A wedding website is clutch—for your guests and you. Fill your site with need-to-know info, like hotels and registries, then share it with your guest list. Your friends and family will be in the know, and you won’t be fielding “directions please” emails hours before you say “I do.” You can even stay on top of RSVPs with our handy built-in reply tool.

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floral wizard or an epic cover band, book those pros first. Many in-demand vendors get scooped up early, especially in high season. Don’t panic: If your first choice is already booked, ask them for a recommendation. Chances are they have an industry BFF who can also help bring your vision to life.

DISCOVER WHAT YOU LOVE You’ll start by swiping right on images you love—these will be added to your final board (you can always add more). There’s also room to add personalized, must-haves (think: taco truck, dog-friendly venue or room for a sangeet).

We’ll take your quiz answers and match you with vendors based on your location, style and budget—starting with your venue.

SAY “I DO” WITH EASE We’ll send you helpful reminders along the way and create a day-of timeline to ensure smooth sailing.

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For every gift purchased from your registry on The Knot, we’ll make a donation to a charity on your behalf—no cost to you or your guests.

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WE ARE HAVING A SUPER-INTIMATE W E D D I N G W I T H O U T MAN Y D ET AI L S. WHAT IMAGES SHOULD I MAKE SURE OUR PHOTOGRAPHER CAPTURES? KELSEY PILLISCHER

Even if they’re limited, make sure you get shots of all the details you’ve spent time planning and creating. A few close-up photos of your cake, the place settings, your shoes and any stationery items are worth capturing. But the most important thing is to have plenty of photos of you, your partner and your guests! When you look back on your wedding album in 50 years, the photos of you and your besties on the dance floor are going to bring you joy, long after you’ve forgotten what flowers were in your bouquet or what color your table linens were. Think about all the moments and memories you’re most looking forward to and share that information with your photographer.

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W E D D I N G IN WEDDING I N VITA V I T A TI T I O N S S E T T H E T O N E F O R T H E D AY AY, BUT I CCAA N’T N ’ T SE S E E M TO T O SE S E T T LE L E O N A T H E M E I LO L O V E . AN A N Y AD ADVICE FOR CCRR E A TING T I N G A STA S T A TIO T I O NER N E R Y S U I T E T H AT A T F E E LS L S PE P E RS R S O N ALI ALIZED, DE SIG N- M IN DED A ND G E T S G U E S T S E X C I T E D F O R O U R W E D D I N G ?

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CAREY LOWE Designer + Founder, The Idea Emporium Carey is the mastermind behind The Idea Emporium, a custom event branding firm that creates high-touch stationery and design details to tell couples’ stories.

I encourage couples to skip the theme and instead go for a feeling. To begin, gather some key images of your venue and design plan (from your floral proposal to a snap of the linens and rentals you plan to use) and lay them out together. When you look at those images collectively, how do they feel? Maybe they evoke something romantic or classic. On the other hand, does the vibe read as modern or edgy? The objective here is to match that impression to a typeface that will help you build out a design direction. By selecting an invitation suite that uses type without graphics to communicate design, you can subliminally share what to expect with your guests without the presence of an obvious theme. From there, bring in your color palette with the envelopes and ink color. Use the postage selection as an opportunity for a nod to your personalities. (Bonus: These details will make the invitation stand out from a sea of bills when guests receive it. You’ll have them smiling before they’ve even opened the envelope.) And voila! You’ve totally set the tone for the day without a theme in sight.

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WE ARE HOSTING A DESTINATION W E D D I N G , B U T S T I L L WAN T IT TO FEEL LIKE US. HOW CAN WE INCORPORATE MEANINGFUL D E T AI LS I N T O T H E C E LE B RAT I O N ?

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At every stage of your planning, ask yourself why you’re making each decision— see if there’s a way to include a memory in the detail at hand. Are you choosing a chicken entrée because you feel like you “should?” There’s no should! If you spent your first date enjoying tapas, build your menu around those dishes. For pet lovers—spruce up your cocktail napkins with an illustration of Fido.

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TR ADITIONS FEATHERS FOR A FATHER “There’s a saying that every time you see a feather, it means someone that has passed is with you. Whenever we see one, Chris’s dad is with us.”

MELISSA + CHRIS BEACON, NY

HONORING LOVED ONES

A DANCE WITH DAD “My mom surprised me by showing up to the dance floor in my late father’s military dress uniform, so I could get some form of a daddy-daughter dance.”

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If a beloved family member passes on before the wedding, a personalized detail will keep their presence close. These couples got creative with the heartfelt ways they included absent people.

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“My grandmother was a master quilter,” Kaitlyn says. “We included her collection of quilts so that guests could use them to keep warm once the sun went down.”

A few more ideas:

EMPTY CHAIR Leave a front-row seat open during the ceremony with a framed picture in remembrance.

B E LOV E D P H OTO A few lockets tied to a bouquet or a table of vintage wedding portraits offer a meaningful visual tribute.

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Clip a piece of fabric from a loved one’s favorite shirt to sew into your wedding ensemble.

P I N G P O N G Zach’s father passed before the wedding, but his legacy was honored through his favorite pastime. “My father played a lot before I was born, and I played with him growing up.”

SARAH + ZACH PHILADELPHIA

CHELSEA + REID SAVANNAH, GA

PAPA’S MODEL A “Reid’s grandfather had planned to drive us to the reception in his beloved car, the same car Reid’s parents rode in to their reception in 1981.”

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PROJECT RUNWAY STAR AND BEST-SELLING AUTHOR ELAINE WELTEROTH AND HER SINGER-SONGWRITER HUSBAND, JONATHAN SINGLETARY, SHARE A POWERFUL STORY OF LOVE, FEAR AND HOPE FOR THE FUTURE. BY KRISTEN MAXWELL COOPER

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originally contacted Elaine’s team under the context of COVID-19. Elaine and Jonathan’s viral stoop wedding is a beautiful example of love conquering all—even during a pandemic. I thought their story aligned perfectly with a bigger feature we were doing around weddings and the impact of the virus (see page 134). But just a few weeks into our conversations came the harrowing and tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of the police. A killing that had been preceded by Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless other Black people. As protests took place across the US and the world, it became clear that Elaine and Jonathan’s voices should be heard in the context of Black Lives Matter. Even with the weight of the current situation getting heavier by the day, when I connected with Elaine and Jonathan over Google Hangouts, their energy was joyful and positive. “One thing we’ve been talking about is this term ‘Black Life Matters’ as well,” Jonathan tells me. “It’s important to smile, it’s important to find moments of joy, it’s important to find peace in the storm, it’s important to find gratitude even

when it’s difficult.” He points out the sad fact that this isn’t anything new for Black people. “This thing is loud right now, but African-Americans and Black people have been dealing with tragedy and trauma and finding ways to smile through it, laugh through it, dance through it, celebrate through it, connect to our communities through it as our only way of surviving and being resilient,” Jonathan says. “We’ve literally been told that our wedding was one of the brightest moments in a dark time that kind of got darker. It definitely was for us. People are able to kind of hold on to that memory—and we’re able to hold on to that memory—and I think those moments fuel you to be able to get through darker times like this.” Looking at Jonathan, Elaine answers simply, “That was beautiful,” before looking back to me and joking, “Who’s the writer in this family?” Perfectly exemplifying the point her new husband just made—smiling through pain. “I think we can’t only ever say ‘Black Lives Matter’ in the context of Black bodies—Black dead bodies. We need to understand deeply, every single day, ‘Black Life Matters,’ and that’s what this fight is for,” Elaine says. “It is for Black ››

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life, it is for Black love, it is for Black joy, it is for Black peace. Not more Black pain, not more Black trauma, not more Black murders and hashtags. This is almost like a battle for Black people to keep being humanized. It’s why celebrating Black love is important because we still have to defend why Black lives matter. I think when you see examples of Black love in this time, it helps to contextualize. It helps bring us all to the table, and it helps us see each other in this.” The story Elaine shares next about the pair’s May nuptials mirrors an unimaginable number of situations and events Black people experience every day due to systematic racism— for Jonathan and Elaine it happened to take place on a day that should be brimming with joy and hope, not fear. “I was not sure that I wanted to share [it],” Elaine says. “But it felt necessary to share now.” EL AI N E: The thing about our wedding and the way that we

shared it—it’s like there was this glossy, Instagram version of the wedding video, but there was also a moment [the video team] didn’t capture that really was the defining moment of our wedding and, honestly, a defining moment of our union. And a moment that really illuminates what it is like to be Black in

E W: And he’s yelling. J S: Like, ‘Clear the streets!’ E W: ‘Clear the streets. Disperse.’ It was aggressive. Literally, the police interrupted the moment where we were supposed to kiss—have our first kiss as husband and wife. I just thought, ‘What do we do?’ And I almost forgot to kiss him. In that moment, all of the most terrible things that I’ve seen take place between the police and Black bodies flashed before my eyes, and I could just feel the panic flood my veins. And I’m just like, ‘Have I put my community in danger? Have I put myself in danger?’ And as a Black person, when you see the police, you don’t think, ‘They’re just here to make sure everything’s going to be okay.’ You don’t see ‘protect and serve.’ You really see a symbol of danger. You see the red. And it triggers past traumas. I don’t know a single Black person in this country who has not had a negative experience with police. I personally have experienced it—more than once. And I don’t think people would ever think that about me because people have a false notion that you can educate yourself out of this kind of thing. That you can ascend in your career, or that a certain amount of social status or privilege could sort of insulate you from this kind of discrimination, and it’s just not true.

After Jonathan and Elaine’s Christmas Day engagement

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Jonathan has gone through things in his life with the police that he never should’ve [had to go through]. That he never deserved and that no man deserves, but this is very present, real trauma. And that [trauma] gets brought up every time we see the police. So, even in the pinnacle of a joyous moment, it tears at the very core of our humanity, and it reminds us that we are not afforded the same pursuit of life, love and happiness—that’s not afforded to so many Black people. And our love, our joy, it is fragile. Because in a moment, you can go from being celebrated and on a high and feeling joyful and being in a state of love with your partner to being...to honestly being flat-faced on the ground with someone’s knee on your neck. Like, that’s a reality. It sounds like hyperbole, but that’s a reality in this country. To have to contend with that and even just go through that emotion and the thoughts of that [during our wedding], it threatened to steal our joy. It threatened to steal our moments and rob us of this celebration that we had painstakingly preserved. And I just remember looking at Jonathan and I was like, ‘Okay, he’s smiling. He’s okay.’ Everyone in the community was cheering us on. And I thought, ‘We’re okay. Let’s do this. Let’s do this. Let’s do this. Let’s do this anyway. Let’s do this

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America every day—trying to celebrate your love, trying to exist joyfully, trying to create a moment of celebration for our lives. Obviously we got married in the middle of a pandemic, so, naturally, we took health precautions very seriously. One of the main parameters of the wedding ceremony was that it had to be a socially distanced ceremony. So rather than having a seating chart, I had a standing chart. I had people’s names written in chalk on IT IS FOR the sidewalk, and we literally measured with BLACK LIFE, measuring tape so that they were each 10 feet IT IS FOR apart at all times. I took pains to make sure BLACK LOVE, this was going to be safe for people and that we IT IS FOR B L A C K J O Y, I T were not breaking any rules. Everyone had masks, IS FOR everyone had gloves and the community got a BLACK PEACE. heads up about it. So the community came out in NOT MORE masks! It was such an important day for us and BLACK PAIN. the community to have a reason to celebrate life and love and joy in a time of darkness. And right at the moment when our pastor said, ‘You may kiss the bride,’ his voice was drowned out by the sound of sirens—a police van. It pulls up and starts going in on his... J ONATHAN: Megaphone.

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they were so aggressive and they never confirmed that they were going to let us go. They never actually said, ‘Oh, alright, alright.’ They never conceded. When she backed away from the [police] car and they started pulling out—she honestly didn’t know what they were going to do. And when they decided to just drive on by, I’ve never felt such relief in my life. I was also in disbelief because that’s not the outcome we’ve seen play out between cops and Black communities. But then the whole block erupted in cheers. It was such an emotional moment. And I came out from behind the car I was hiding behind. [I was] literally worried that I was going to get arrested on my wedding day. I was worried about my friends who had shown up for me. And when [the police] passed, I was out of breath. I thought I was going to have an asthma attack, and I just dropped on the ground and I just started crying. I just felt like, ‘Thank you God for giving us...for just this one day that you preserved us. Just this one moment that you preserved for us.’ But there were people there who are not Black and haven’t experienced that exact same scene. Like, they were there [at our wedding], they saw it happen, but they didn’t experience it the way I experienced it. And that in of itself illuminates the difference in our lived experience as Black people. Even if

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On tour together promoting Elaine’s best-selling memoir

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At the Oscars where Elaine co-hosted ABC’s red carpet preshow

we are in the same business—we are in the same level of our business—we could be the greatest of friends, but you don’t know what it’s like to be a Black person in America. And that moment was another example of that in my life. It was such an incredible thing that we were able to preserve that moment. That I could stand up, look at Jonathan smile and be reassured. Our friend who was the DJ played our IT WAS SO song again, and we were just like, ‘Okay, we’re SPECIAL AND alive. Like, we are good, everybody’s okay. Let’s YET SO MARKED BY do this damn dance again.’ We wanted to do SOME OF THE it again, and this time without the cops trying DEEPEST to bust us...interrupt us. And it was such a T R AUMAS WE triumphant, liberating, emotional moment that CARRY WITH everyone participated in with us. It was like US EVERY DAY a wedding miracle. It was so special and yet so AS BLACK marked by some of...the deepest traumas that PEOPLE. we carry with us every day as Black people. It illuminates this idea of what it’s like to be Black in America in a way that words can’t. In a way that you had to just see the video. And so that’s why I decided that after we put out this picture-perfect, edited video that everyone was so

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anyway—I’m not giving this to them. We’re not doing anything wrong.’ And we just kissed, and we held hands, and the music started and we danced into the street. But I will tell you: My mouth was dry, my hands were...my palms...I am sweating just repeating it because it was so traumatizing. I feel like I have PTSD from it. Like, my hands and my palms were sweaty. It was as if what we were doing was an act of defiance. It was like a peaceful demonstration. Dancing in that moment and our first dance was a form of peaceful resistance, and I felt like I was being held by the love and support of the community. But I was scared. Jonathan and I smiled, and we were dancing, but he knew and I knew, and we were asking ourselves, ‘What are we doing? Are we okay? Are we okay? Is this all over? Is everything going to end? Is it over? Have we made a huge mistake? Are they calling backup?’ I’m just thinking of the worst-case scenarios and...it really does feel like our wedding planner was God. In that moment, I really believe it was nothing other than an act of God that intervened and made those cops have a change of heart. It also doesn’t hurt to have a best friend with dimples and long legs and a Southern belle accent—and she worked her charm on those men. And even as she was speaking with them, she said

Accepting Elaine’s prestigious NAACP Image Award

uplifted by—which was important and served an important purpose in that moment—I decided it was important to share the Zoom video. The crummy, gritty, Zoom footage of that moment, because we don’t exist outside of that here. Even in our joy, even in our love, that fear still exists, and it’s important that folks see that and remember it. It’s so emotional…it’s so emotional just thinking about it. But it also reminds me of why it is important. There’s no way we could have known that when we planned our wedding in the middle of a pandemic, that just three weeks later, the world would need a moment like our wedding as much as we do now to get through this moment. (Looking at Jonathan) And you said it so eloquently, I don’t need to underscore it. But I think it just felt like, again, God was our wedding planner and we were obedient. We did the thing that we were supposed to do without even knowing how it was going to be used to bring joy to people in dark times. Not knowing how far and wide this was going to reach, and not knowing really what purpose it served. But now in retrospect, in hindsight, the way we did our wedding just feels more and more significant as the days go on. It feels more and more like we understand why we were called to do it exactly that way and in exactly this moment.

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Q+A Rental lighting can help tie in your vibe.

BETH CHAPMAN The stylist and owner of The White Dress by The Shore gave us the scoop on gown shopping now.

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Roll out several carpets (a neutral style, like sisal, can often be rented) to create a blank-slate background fit for any décor.

Set up different areas to put the extra square footage to work, like clusters of sofas for a chill zone or a bonus bar for signature sips.

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If you can’t swing a rental look that better suits your style, pick bold fabric to make into seat cushions for a pop of color.

Hide any posts or columns (even tent poles) with greenery from your florist, like garland, branches or even miniature trees.

PL AN N I N G Q: WT HHEATI R ABD REO US ST FTIHTOTSEI NGS? It is important to communicate with your bridal store or seamstress as to when they plan to resume alterations and when they recommend you begin the process. In the meantime, shop online for your shoes and undergarments, as these will be essential to the alterations process. Have patience and know that everyone will do their best to ensure you have a perfect fit when your wedding takes place.

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WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO BRIDES BEGINNING THE DRESS SHOPPING EXPERIENCE DURING COVID-19? One of the keys to a successful bridal appointment, whether its virtual or in person, is selecting a boutique that has the dress styles you are looking for. Use this time at home to research the boutiques you are interested in and to ensure that their bridal collections align with your budget and your aesthetic.

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Create another world within the room and install a neutral backdrop by covering the walls in simple white drapery.

Instead of fighting against the hues, embrace them. Pick one or two of the less-offensive shades to pull into your color scheme.

Store your gown in a breathable garment bag or inquire with your boutique about having it preserved until you begin alterations. Store it in a place with an even temperature and good airflow. The hanger straps should be securely fastened on the hanger to make sure the fabric straps will not stretch over time.

REGISTRY PICKS T H AT G I V E BAC K Make your wish list do double duty with these stylish picks that also better the world.

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S O LG A A R D S H O R E T E X DAY PAC K Made from recycled ocean plastics. $95, Solgaard.co

L E E S A M AT T R E S S For every 10 sold, one is donated to a shelter. From $594, Leesa.com

HYDRO FLASK WAT E R B OT T L E Each purchase supports Parks for All. $45, HydroFlask.com

PA R AC H U T E HOME SHEETS Provides malariaprevention bed nets. From $109, ParachuteHome.com

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1 A mini humidifier will keep you looking—and feeling—refreshed. Portable facial humidifier, $39, HeyDewy.com 2 Pop some of these yummy, CBD-infused gummies for an instant chill-out sesh. Hempderived CBD gumdrops, $45, LordJones.com 3 Wrap yourselves up in a weighted duvet and you may just feel your worries disappear. Weighted blanket, from $149, Baloo.com 4 Fancy reusable straws make drinking more water feel luxe. These are adorned with a crystal to summon good vibes. Gem water straw, $40, UncommonGoods.com 5 Light a cheerful candle together to set a positive intention. ban.do x yield Positivity candle, $38, Bando.com 6 Plants purify the air, beautify the home and give you a rewarding project to tackle as a team. Plant parent club, $39 a year per membership, TheSill.com 7 Apply this soothing blend of essential oils to your palms, rub your hands together and inhale deeply for an at-home aromatherapy treatment. Aromatic Stress Treatment, $80, TataHarper.com

Get your wish list ready. Luxury British footwear brand Malone Souliers released a gorg collection of wedding shoes. The capsule offers a white lace take on the iconic Maureen mule (shown above), more classic pumps and— for those looking to really strut their stuff— feathery stilettos and flats.

Amazing news, to-be-weds: We recently launched The Knot Paper (TheKnot.com/paper), a collection of hundreds (yep!) of affordable, unique invitation and save-the-date designs. Score free samples, customize your pick (think: color, layout and more) and even coordinate your chosen look with your wedding website. ››

S AC KC LOT H & A S H E S BLANKET For each purchase, a blanket is sent to a local homeless shelter. $109, SackclothandAshes.com

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FEED NAPKINS Fights hunger in the US and abroad. $28 for 4, FeedProjects.com

B E AT S P I L L + (PRODUCT)RED Supports the fight against COVID-19. $180, Apple.com

FOUND MY ANIMAL LEASH Supports animal welfare and rescue organizations. $62, FoundMyAnimal.com

AVO C A D O G R E E N P I L LO W Supports sustainable harvesting and production. From $89, AvocadoGreenMattress.com

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ANNA SHEFFIELD This jewelry designer and boho tastemaker pulled off a gorgeous New Mexico wedding in just three months. Here are her tips.

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W H AT AR E Y O U R B I G G E S T T AK E AW A Y S FRO M PLAN N I N G A W E D D I N G I N 90 D AY S ? The short timeline forced us to stay true to important details. We discussed what type of rituals were nonnegotiable. For me, it was important to have my goddaughter carry the rings and my stepfather walk me down the aisle. Emahn wanted to be sure we acknowledged those who were not with us, namely his grandmother, Mary, and my dad. There were some trade-offs, but what stood out were the things we did include, not the ones we didn’t.

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A LOVE FOR ALL SÉZANE Calling all bridechillas. French brand Sézane’s stunning new drop is effortlessly chic—and comes with a hopeful message. The Ceremony collection features a range of vintage-inspired, French-embroidered wedding gowns and handmade accessories. “It was important to continue with the launch of our Ceremony capsule this year, not only to honor the work of my teams and our ateliers, but also to look forward to a future of brighter days and celebrations,” founder Morgane Sézalory says. What’s not to love about that? From $185, Sezane.com

W H AT ARE S O M E W AY S T O S I M PLI F Y T HE W E D D I N G PLAN N I N G PRO C E S S ? Rather than plan every last detail, we aimed for a cohesive overall design with hero elements repeated throughout. For example, we leaned into big Mexican paper flowers and banners, which were inexpensive and easily ordered online, but were still on theme and sentimental for both of us.

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W H AT ’ S Y O U R AD V I C E T O C O U PLE S C HAN GI N G U P T H E I R N U PT I ALS ( S AY , A S U M M ER WED D I N G B E C O M E S A F ALL O N E ) D U E T O C O V I D -1 9? Choose simplicity. With jewelry design, I tend to keep things pure, so they have harmony in both form and function. Choosing a simple wedding aesthetic can help make your nuptials less dependent on the season. If your wedding theme is timeless, a shift from summer to fall might call for some logistical changes, but it’s easier than switching from, say, a super-colorful theme to a harvest-inspired one.

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Muddle fruit and add liquid ingredients to shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Rim with chocolate syrup and garnish with a strawberry.

Add all ingredients to shaker, shake vigorously and strain into an hurricane glass. Garnish with a cherry and pineapple slice.

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Nothing screams “Crazy in Love” like a chocolate-covered strawberry. This sweet sip is the perfect pairing to the energetic wedding anthem.

A fun twist on the classic hurricane, this tiki cocktail is bold, juicy, fun and unapologetic—just like Queen Lizzo herself.

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1.5 oz. vanilla vodka 5-6 strawberry slices 1 oz. Godiva chocolate liqueur 0.5 oz. honey syrup (equal parts honey and water brought to a boil, then chilled)

2.5 oz. spiced rum 1 oz. pineapple juice 1 oz. pomegranate juice 0.5 oz. fresh lime juice 0.5 oz. agave syrup 0.25 oz. grenadine

1 E VE NT 41 1 It may seem obvious, but reiterate the time, place, date and dress code of your bash so there’s no confusion for guests.

2 YO U R R EG I S TRY Etiquette says to leave it off your main invite, making your website the perfect place to plug your newlywed wish list.

3 A FAQ Cut down on prewedding phone calls with a list of common Qs, like hotel accommodations, directions and more.

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Get the party started with these four cocktail ideas from the mixology team behind Liquid Lab NYC (LiquidLabNYC.com).

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1.0 oz. bourbon 1.0 oz. calvados (or Applejack) 0.5 oz. sweet vermouth 1 oz. apple cider 4 Dashes of angostura bitters Garnish: mint and apple slice

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3 cucumber slices 1 jalapeño 2.0 oz. tequila 0.5 oz. agave syrup 0.75 oz. fresh lime juice Garnish: 1 sprig of fresh thyme

Add ingredients to a tall mixing glass, fill with ice and stir until ice begins to crack. Strain into an iced rocks glass or brandy snifter and garnish with fresh mint and an apple slice.

Muddle cucumber and jalapeño. Add ingredients to shaker, shake vigorously and strain into an iced rocks glass. Garnish with cucumber and fresh thyme (slap the thyme to wake up the aroma).

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Just like the song, this recipe has a funky uptown vibe as a cross between a Manhattan and a classic old-fashioned. It’s perfect for whiskey lovers and will be sure to encourage guests to get up and get down on the dance floor.

Inspired by the elements Earth (cucumber), wind (fresh thyme) and fire (jalapeno), this cocktail combines the heat of September with the simplicity of summer, perfectly embodying the groovy vibes of this staple wedding song.

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LO CAL TI P S Hosting a weekend-long celebration? Provide guests with a list of your favorite hangs in the area for added fun.

5 U PDATE S Include a quick message to make sure loved ones know that they can check back for event updates, COVID-related or not.

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WE TESTED HUNDREDS OF PRODUCTS TO FIND THE BEST OF THE BEST FOR YOUR BEAUTY ARSENAL. THE END RESULT? EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO GET GORGEOUS FOR YOUR WEDDING DAY.

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THESE MUST-HAVES STAND UP TO HAPPY TEARS AND DAYLONG CELEBRATIONS—AND LOOK AMAZING IN HIGH-DEFINITION PHOTOS.

CON C O N CEALER CEALER This miracle worker disappears into the skin, smoothing away dark circles and blemishes without settling into fine lines. Beauté broad spectrum SPF 25 concealer, $73, Clé de Peau, Nordstrom.com

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You’ll use this versatile mix of 12 rose-hued neutrals in smooth mattes, pretty pearls and high-drama metallics well beyond your wedding day. Naked3 eyeshadow palette, $54, Urban Decay, Sephora.com

PRIMER A cooling combo of CBD extract, blue agave extract, aloe, hyaluronic acid and B vitamins hydrates, blurs pores and grips onto makeup for up to 12 hours. Hydro Grip primer, $30, Milk Makeup, Sephora.com

SE TT IN G P OW D ER Not only does this powder give you a complexion worthy of an Instagram filter, it also staves off dreaded T-zone shine. Genius Magic powder, $45, CharlotteTilbury.com

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Whether you’re opting for the purr-fect cat eye or something more low-key, this indestructible liquid formula creates a sharp line that won’t crease or fade. Better Than Sex easy glide waterproof liquid eyeliner, $21, Too Faced, Ulta.com

A highly saturated lip color that goes on smooth and comes in both demure and daring hues, this matte lippy also lasts through first kisses and after-party eats. Matte Revolution lipstick, $34, CharlotteTilbury.com

Avoid a makeup meltdown for up to 16 hours with a weightless spray. This matte formula also controls shine—no matter how out of control the dance floor gets. All Nighter ultra matte setting spray, $33, Urban Decay, Ulta.com

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M A K E U P R E MOV E R Cleansing micellar water cuts through stubborn waterproof mascara, eyeliner and lipstick, but won’t leave your face feeling stripped of its natural oils. Sensibio H2O, $15, Bioderma, Dermstore.com

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These aren’t your typical brushes—and that’s a good thing. Their unique shape means the supersoft bristles give even results no matter what makeup you use (cream, powder or liquid). Elite 5-piece brush set, $170, Artis, SaksFifthAvenue.com

B RO NZ E R Sweep this unique moisturizing powder where the sun naturally hits your face (forehead, cheekbones and jawline) for a sun-kissed glow. The Sun Show moisturizing baked bronzer, $34, Kosas.com

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Play up your cheekbones with subtle shimmer that goes on like velvet and says “dew drop” but never “disco ball.” Flesh to Flesh highlighting powder, $28, FleshBeauty.com

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Conquer your brow goals once and for all with this retractable pencil. It offers a precision tip, buildable color and a spoolie brush for blending—all in one. Brow Wiz eyebrow pencil, $23, AnastasiaBeverlyHills.com

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AP P L ICATOR Get an air-brushed finish with this egg-shaped sponge that seamlessly blends liquid and cream makeup into the skin. Wet thoroughly before using for optimal results. The Original BeautyBlender makeup sponge, $20, BeautyBlender.com

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WATE R P RO OF MAS CAR A The flexible brush follows the shape of your lash line, curling every last lash without clumping. Plus, its waterproof formula will survive even the most emotional vows. Volum’ Express The Falsies waterproof mascara, $9, Maybelline.com

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This base makeup has earned its cult status. A tried-and-true formula offers full coverage with lasting power and comes in over 55 shades. Double Wear stay-in-place makeup, $43, EsteeLauder.com

Finding a foundation that goes on flawlessly and won’t budge is no small feat. This one does both—and has a shade for every skin tone.

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H E AT P ROTEC TA NT This heat protectant and blowout spray hybrid has everything: It shields hair up to 450 degrees, is humidity resistant and adds body. My Hair My Canvas Soaring High blowout mist, $28, Alterna, Ulta.com

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If your strands are fine or on the thinner side, consider this gravitydefying spray that lifts at the roots and doesn’t feel stiff to the touch. Full Dry Volume Blast styling spray, $29, Living Proof, Ulta.com

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An Instagram darling, this bespoke brand creates clean, customized shampoo and conditioner (plus other products) based on your hair type and styling preferences. Shampoo and conditioner, $25 each, Prose.com

Real talk: Stress, hormones and poor nutrition affect your hair. Add this potent blend to your daily routine for a healthier mane. SuperHair supplement, $60, MoonJuice.com

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If volume is your thing, allow us to introduce you to your new BFF. A customblend ceramic clip barrel creates polished curls or waves in one pass. Singlepass Curl 1" curling iron, $160, T3Micro.com

More intense than your average hair mask, this high-tech treatment actually strengthens the bonds within your hair, repairing structural damage from heat styling and color processing. No.3 Hair Perfector, $28, Olaplex.com

Naturalistas, this one’s for you. This leave-in with rice water and avocado oil was made for porous hair types. It seals in moisture, keeping the frizzies away. Miracle Leave-In conditioner, $18, NancysKitchenProducts.com

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One of the smartest tools we’ve ever tested, this ingenious flat iron uses sensors to gauge your hair’s thickness and the speed at which you’re styling, and adjusts its heat settings accordingly. Platinum+ flat iron, $249, GHDHair.com

An herbal-scented cream makes waves and curls look defined and shiny without feeling crunchy, and it works whether you’re blow-drying with a diffuser, curling or air-drying your strands. Be Curly curl enhancer, $26, Aveda.com GET S

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EDITOR FAVORITE HAIR OIL DRY SHAM P O O This no-wash solution will keep your ’do looking bouncy and refreshed from your first look to your morning-after brunch—without any dreaded dusty residue. Perk Up talc-free dry shampoo, $25, Amika, Sephora.com

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BLOWOUT BRUSH Even if your DIY blowout game isn’t on point—don’t stress. This easy-to-use dryer and round brush combo will give you “just left the salon” hair in minutes. Black Gold Charcoal Infused One-Step Blowout hair dryer, $80, Hot Tools, Ulta.com

Work one to two drops through toweldried tresses to add intense moisture and condition split ends—without weighing your hair down or leaving it greasy. Bb Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil hair oil, $40, Bumble & bumble, Ulta.com

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To-be-weds with thick hair, rejoice. This powerful hair dryer may be pricey, but it’s worth every darn penny. It’s light as a feather, never singes your scalp and will dramatically cut down your drying time. Supersonic hair dryer, $400, Dyson.com

This hairspray has strong hold but brushes out without frizz, knots or residue, allowing you to adjust—or totally change up—your look throughout the day. Elnett Satin extra strong hold hairspray, $15, L’Oreal Paris, Ulta.com

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C L A R I F Y I NG MA S K A triple threat, this all-natural mask of fruit enzymes and blue tansy essential oil exfoliates, detoxes and soothes redness—we call that a skin win. Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity face mask, $48, HerbivoreBotanicals.com

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Use all over to balance out acne-prone skin, or dab on as a spot treatment to zap zits that pop up at inopportune moments (say, before your walk down the aisle). Adapalene gel 0.1% acne treatment, $13, Differin, Target.com

Just a spritz or two of this rejuvenating spray infused with herbs and botanical extracts calms skin, refreshes makeup and enhances your glow. Aloe, herbs and rosewater facial spray, $7, MarioBadescu.com

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The under-the-radar French beauty secret is trés hydrating but never greasy to the touch. And, due to its mild formula, it also works as a primer and body cream. Lait Creme Concentre, $16, Embryolisse, Dermstore.com

The secret to aging gracefully? Hydration, and lots of it. Apply this cream packed with calendula, chamomile and sunflower oil before bed for a baby-soft complexion. Skin Food original ultra-rich cream, $19, Weleda.com

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This K-beauty find sloughs away dead skin and heals dry, cracked lips while you snooze for a noticeably plumper, more luscious pout—zero needles necessary. Lip Sleeping Mask, $20, LANEIGE, Sephora.com

Every bit as effective as its pricier counterparts, this wallet-friendly find really works. Apply a few drops in the a.m. before moisturizer for a hydrating boost. Hyaluronic acid 2% + B5 serum, $7, TheOrdinary.com

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Make applying daily SPF a no-brainer with this lightweight one that still provides broad-spectrum SPF 40 protection. UV daily broad-spectrum SPF 40 sunscreen, $29, EltaMD, Dermstore.com

We’ve never met a face wash that multitasks quite like this one. Manuka honey locks in moisture, essential oils remove impurities, and green tea and coffee extract energizes your skin. Cleanse face wash, $45, RomerSkincare.com

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Using a nightly lip mask might sound extra—but trust us on this one. It’s a simple way to pamper yourself, and the results are immediate.

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Essentially a facial in a bottle, this fave of beauty editors and influencers purges your pores and balances your skin’s pH for a noticeably more radiant appearance. Lotion P50V toner, $67, Biologique-Recherche.us

The difference between a close shave and razor burn is often a good shave gel. Enter: this foaming one that conditions skin, softens hair and adds a buttery buffer for your razor. Foaming shave gel, $5, Flamingo.com

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Shaving is no one’s favorite bath time activity, but this adorable and affordable razor, with five super-sharp, aloeencased blades, makes for a smooth experience. Razor starter kit, $9, MyBillie.com

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B O DY WA S H Lathering up with this vitamin-enriched rinse makes you feel squeaky clean, while the sandalwood scent satisfies your senses. The Body Wash in Sandalwood, $25, Necessaire.com

LOT I O N True to its name, this rich moisturizer melts into skin, soothing rough patches and leaving behind a soft scent that won’t compete with your fave fragrance. Moisturizing melt-in balm, $30, Avène, Dermstore.com CHOIC

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These nifty pads make an at-home chemical peel a breeze. Step one exfoliates with acids; step two neutralizes and moisturizes. The result? Fewer fine lines and an overall smoother texture. Alpha Beta universal daily peel, $88 for 30-pack, DrDennisGross.com

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D EO D O RA NT There are bound to be some nerveracking moments on your day. Swipe this on to stay dry. Clinical strength invisible solid deodorant, $8, Secret, Target.com

S E L F -TANNE R Get a believable bronze glow with a streak-proof foamy mousse that develops into a deep tan in just a few hours. Self Tan Extra Dark bronzing mousse, $45, St. Tropez, Ulta.com

E YE C R EAM Look like you got your prewedding beauty rest (even if you didn’t) with this banana-powderpowered eye cream that combats dark circles, wrinkles and puffiness. Banana Bright eye crème, $39, OleHenriksen, Sephora.com

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S C RU B The luxe pastel packaging makes it almost too pretty to use. But you’ll be glad you did once you feel how the gently exfoliating formula leaves your skin supersoft. Coco Rose body polish, $36, HerbivoreBotanicals.com

S U N S C RE E N Throwing an outdoor affair? Shield yourself with a fast-absorbing formula that won’t leave behind a chalky residue. Mineral Body organic SPF 50 sunscreen, $32, Coola.com

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Pair with the accompanying base and top coat for a long-lasting, glossy finish that mimics a professional-quality gel mani—no UV lamp required. Gel Lab Pro nail polish in Miss Independent, $20, DeborahLippmann.com

A good base coat should do more than just make your mani last longer. This one also strengthens your nails, protecting them from cracking, peeling or breaking. Mega Strength hardener, $5, Sally Hansen, Target.com

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It’s like your natural nail color, only better. This shade hits the sweet spot between nude and ballet pink. (And if it isn’t your hue, no worries. This line offers dozens of other options.) Nail polish in Doux, $18, JINsoon.com

Swipe this on to seal polish with a lustrous finish that’s immune to smudging or chipping. Pro tip: Make sure to pull it all the way over the tips of your nails for the most durable results. Top coat, $11, OPI, Ulta.com

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Slather on this über-rich cream fortified with luxurious shea butter, honey and almond oil as much as needed for picture-perfect hands that stay smooth and silky all day. Shea butter hand cream, $29, LOccitane.com

This “big 5 free” must-have removes even the darkest and most stubborn polish in a matter of seconds, all while gently moisturizing your hands and nails. Remove Plus nail polish remover, $10, Zoya, Ulta.com

nails ALL EYES ARE ABOUT TO BE ON YOUR HANDS. THESE PICKS PROMISE PRISTINE DIGITS, SO YOU’LL BE #RINGSELFIE READY.

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CUTICLE OIL Cuticle oil is definitely essential, but applying it can be messy. This selfcontained pen is full of nourishing essential oils. Use it twice a day for moisturized, overall stronger nails. Cuticle Serum Duo, $30, OliveandJune.com

The foam-tip design means you get just the right amount of serum—no spills or drips.

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Oud (read: a pungent scent popular in the Middle East) is having a moment, and we love this sultry take on the intense aroma. Word to the wise: A little goes a long way. Magic Invisible Oud eau de parfum, $145 for 2.5 oz., Viktor&Rolf, Macys.com

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Meant to replicate the many different smells a rose takes on throughout its lifetime, this layered floral fragrance actually does promise a rose garden— and it delivers. Eau Rose eau de toilette, $140 for 3.4 oz., Diptyque, Nordstrom.com

Basically an endless summer in a bottle, this tropical scent uses notes of bergamot, coconut, heliotrope, lemon and musk to mimic the smell of salt air, sunscreen and bronzed skin. REPLICA Beach Walk eau de toilette spray, $130 for 3.4 oz., Maison Margiela, Sephora.com

Inspired by the three stages of love (attraction, romance and commitment), it doesn’t get more wedding-worthy than this alluring combination of vibrant lychee, florals and sensual musk. Beautiful Belle eau de parfum, $95 for 1.7 oz., EsteeLauder.com

CIT RU S A grown-up take on a sweet, fruit-forward scent, this delicious yet sophisticated perfume instantly transports you to a sunny Sicilian lemon grove. Count us in. Limone Di Sicilia parfum, $235 for 1.7 oz., AERIN, Nordstrom.com

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H E R BAC EO U S Peppery basil and thyme meet a cornucopia’s worth of zesty citrus (lime, mandarin, bergamot, and orange) for the crispest cologne ever. Lime Basil & Mandarin cologne, $140 for 3.4 oz., Jo Malone London, Sephora.com

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It’s complicated—and that’s why we love it. This intoxicating scent starts strong with bergamot and ban timmur, reveals notes of fig and rum, then fades to light and airy cashmere wood and tonka bean. Eleventh Hour eau de parfum, $180 for 1.7 oz., Byredo.com

The best thing about this perfume is its unique versatility. It works for any occasion, season or vibe.

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eBeers may have launched the tagline "A Diamond Is Forever" for their now-famous marketing campaign way back in 1948, but the über-sparkly stone is still the go-to gem of modern couples. According to The Knot 2019 Jewelry and Engagement Study, which surveyed over 21,000 engaged or recently married people, 83 percent of engagement rings include a diamond center stone. However, due to their rare and thus pricey nature (depending on its quality, the average 1 carat diamond can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $25,000), opting for one of these gorgeous gems can be cost prohibitive for couples on a budget. Enter: lab-grown diamonds. An increasingly popular option, lab-grown stones have disrupted the way jewelers and consumers approach diamond engagement rings. The synthetic method of creating this rare gem has made buying diamonds more accessible to cost-conscious consumers looking for a less expensive alternative to natural stones—but with all the same stunning sparkle and durability.

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Swirl dual diamond two-stone ring, $419, TheCaratLab.com

Tapered pavé engagement ring, $2,250 (not including center stone), AdaDiamonds.com

Selene engagement ring, $990 (not including center stone), BrilliantEarth.com

Edgy accented pear-cut engagement ring, $1,030 (not including center stone), 1215Diamonds.com

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hot chamber filled with carbon-rich gas. Under these conditions the gases begin to stick to the seed, growing a diamond carbon atom by atom. Fun fact: While natural diamonds can take around 3.3 billion years to form and then must be extracted from deep in the earth, the lab-grown alternative can be created in as little as a few weeks. Once finished, gemologists cut and polish lab-grown stones the same as they would natural ones.

Lab-grown stones are optically identical to mined ones.

LAB-GROWN VS. NATURAL DIAMONDS

So, what exactly are these futuristicsounding rocks made of, and how exactly are they created? The simple answer is that advanced technology allows scientists to mimic the exact conditions in the earth’s mantle where diamonds formed billions of years ago, to create stones that are nearly identical to what you'd find in nature (more on this later). There are two ways to create a lab-grown diamond. Both involve starting with the “seed” (a tiny piece) of another diamond that eventually turns into a fully formed stone. The first method is High Temperature, High Pressure (HTHP), where the diamond seed is exposed to crushing pressure and extreme heat (think: a pressure cooker on steroids). The second and newer way to create a lab-grown diamond is through the use of Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD), where a diamond is grown from a seed that is placed in a sealed, extremely

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E C O - F R I E N D LY ? It’s a bummer, but there isn’t a totally “green” way to produce diamonds. While created stones don’t impact ecosystems in the same way diamond mines do, they also come at a cost. Both HTHP and CVD require lots of energy, leaving behind a carbon footprint.

ways to tell them apart. Most natural diamonds contain tiny amounts of nitrogen, and their lab-grown counterparts do not. Gemologists can test for the presence of nitrogen, which can usually indicate whether or not a stone was found in nature. Another option: Larger labs have access to expensive machinery specially designed to distinguish between labgrown diamonds and mined diamonds by testing a stone's fluorescence. These machines expose the diamond to special light waves that cause it to fluoresce (or glow). Lab-grown diamonds tend to fluoresce much more brightly than mined diamonds do. Another major difference? The cost. While the exact price of any lab-grown diamond depends on the quality and size of the stone you choose, they are generally less expensive than their mined counterparts. Since lab-grown stones have a lower resale value and take considerably less time and manpower to create, they can cost anywhere from 10 to 40 percent less.

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The Signature engagement ring, $1,688 (not including center stone), Vrai.com

Diamond Lime engagement ring, price upon request, LarkandBerry.com

Lily Vintage engagement ring, $1,475 (not including center stone), GreatHeights.com

The Halo engagement ring, $5,299, Couple.co

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CHATEAU A grand location is your opportunity to bring the drama. Go all out with a showstopping ball gown or standout tux and statement accessories. Add velvet dresses for a wedding party that feels equally as fancy.

ROYAL TREATMENT Dress in sizes up to 28, $2,399, Morilee.com

HIGH POLISH Shoes, $730, Ferragamo.com

PATTERN PLAY Tuxedo in any size, $125 to rent, shirt in any size, $20 to rent, bow tie, $10 to rent, TheBlackTux.com

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VELVET TOUCH Dress in sizes up to 24, $239, KleinfeldBridalParty.com

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ART GALLERY Outfits as chic as your modern venue are a must. An architectural gown or slim-cut, dark suit are totally of the moment. Have your attendants wear metallic gowns for a fashion-forward effect.

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ROCK OUT Cuff links, $595, DavidYurman.com

LUXE LEATHER Shoes, $425, Aquatalia.com

FANCY FEET Shoes, $495, SophiaWebster.com

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VINEYARD Channel the rustic theme of your surroundings with a simple—but stunning— lace gown or lightweight suit. Outfit your friends in airy dresses to play up the laidback vibe of your nuptials in nature.

AU NATURAL Clutch, $245, KayuDesign.com

COOL KHAKI Suit, Pronto Uomo, shop similar styles at MensWearhouse.com; shirt, $100, Calvin Klein, MensWearhouse.com; tie, $19, Bows-N-Ties.com

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1 Mini Delfina hoops earrings, $115, MignonneGavigan.com 2 Gold Letter earrings, $190, OscardelaRenta.com 3 Lady Button stud earrings, $42, BaubleBar.com 4 Crystal Jackie earrings, $295, LuluFrost.com 5 Shanna earrings, $325, JenniferBehr.com 6 Pearl Cluster and Paris Blue Cameo earrings, $150, NicolaBathie.com 7 Pearl door knocker earrings, $148, LeleSadoughi.com 8 Regal Revival statement hoop earrings, $78, Zaxie.com 9 Maple Wood Blue Heart earrings, $200, SophieMonetJewelry.com

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CLUTCH PEARLS 1 The Johnny pearlencrusted spherical wristlet, $265, WeArePoolside.com 2 Ravelo pearl bag, $350, Emm Kuo, EKRDesigns.com 3 Pearl Mist tote, $390, Vanina.me 4 Bon Bon purse, $1,500, JimmyChoo.com 5 Clara clutch, $495, SophiaWebster.com 6 Holli pearl-embellished cage bag, $915, Rosantica, SaksFifthAvenue.com 7 Slim Slide Pearly clutch, $2,495, JudithLeiber.com 8 Pearl Bead crossbody bag, $60, DavidsBridal.com 9 Eos box clutch, $298, CultGaia.com

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1 Sonia feather-trimmed metallic-leather sandals, Malone Souliers, $725, MatchesFashion.com 2 The Andrea leather oversize bow sandals, $425, StuartWeitzman.com 3 Glitter crisscross heel sandals, $50, WHITE by Vera Wang, DavidsBridal.com 4 Lavish satin with glitter tulle overlay pumps, $995, JimmyChoo.com 5 Uma vinyl and acrylic beaded tassels heels, $458, CultGaia.com 6 Bridget polka dot and pleated tulle heels, $259, BellaBelleShoes.com 7 Halle double chain heels, $316, KatMaconie.com 8 Lurum satin crystal-embellished mules, $1,295, ManoloBlahnik.com 9 Merin leather mules, $130, SamEdelman.com

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Clockwise from top: Weck jars, $36 for 12, Amazon.com; Taper candles in Forest Green, $8, RavenwoodNY.com; Cotton napkin in Dusty Green, $8 for 4, WorldMarket.com; Silo dinnerware side plate, $75, FarmhousePottery .com; Linen trim in Modern Neutral I, StephanieSealBrown.com; Large raw edge wood paddle cutting board, $30, WorldMarket .com; Streamlined cheese knives, $24 for set of 3, Anthropologie.com; 1930s bandana in Adobe, $85, OZMAofCalifornia.com

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BOUNTIFUL BOUQ Incorporate hearty vegetables like carrots or artichokes into your bouquet.

BOARD MEETING Help guests find their seat with a mix-andmatch cutting board escort display.

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Swap the traditional tiered sweet for a savory stack of cheese wheels. Yum.

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For couples who love a rustic look, it doesn’t get more back-to-nature than a green market-inspired celebration. Snag an inspired venue (like a local restaurant or barn), then focus your attention on fresh-from-the-farm décor accents like vegetable centerpieces, bud vases filled with herbs and even a towering cheese wheel “cake.” Complete the vibe with saturated hues (think: emerald table linens, burgundy wedding party attire or mustard-yellow paper goods) and a foodie feast worthy of a Michelin-star restaurant for a truly delicious start to newlywed life.

Look to saturated hues and unique buds for wow-worthy floral details.

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T H E FAVO R Foodies can gift each partygoer with a mini jar of flavorful bespoke jam. Small batch jam sampler, $45 for 6, BRINS, Food52.com

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For a simple-butcharming place card, put veggies with name tags at each seat.

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FUNKY FONTS Bottle a moment in time by allowing retro posters or prints to inspire your invitation suite. Here, eraspecific typography takes center stage in a palette of dusty ’70s shades. Custom paper goods, TPDDesignHouse.com

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MOVING MASTERPIECE Let your dessert double as décor— like the fondant textures and rice paper “sketches” that lend an artistic edge to this cake. Cake, ParkAveCake.com

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CHEERS TO THE YEARS Keep the good vibes rolling with a themed bar of disco-worthy drinks like a Harvey Wallbanger and Mai Tai.

DANCING SHOES Suede sneaks add a retro-chic touch to your after-party attire.

FLOWER POWER

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Give a basic bouquet an upgrade with a dusty palette of pink and honey shades, plus some very on-brand feather plumes.

Music lovers? Funk up your table assignments with mini records and name help from some of the greats.

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LOUNGE ZONE Give guests a place to chill during the reception with plush velvet chairs and groovy textiles.

BOLD BOUT For a rock-star-worthy boutonniere, ask your florist to work in sprigs of colorful foliage to add a bit of edge.

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Layers of linens and loads of texture make for a reception table that exudes warmth and a little bit of funk.

LIGHT IT UP Amp up that glowy, Saturday Night Fever atmosphere with clusters of candlelight from bold votives. Lounge, AllaireRentals.com, VisionFurniture.com and HouseOfCatherine.net; suit, GenerationTux.com; tabletop, WhiteGlove-Rentals.com

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’d been trying to live a low-waste lifestyle for around three years, which is also when Mike and I got engaged. It all started when I was living in Thailand and teaching English. While there, I noticed a lot of plastic pollution, so I began trying out reusable options like glass and aluminum. Once I got back to America and wedding planning was underway, we decided to make our celebration as eco-friendly as possible. Sustainability had become a part of our everyday lives, so it felt right for our wedding to have that same ethos. The surprising thing was that sustainable options often made more sense for our budget and our style, and just

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lasted longer. We wanted all of our décor to not just fit our vibe—which was eclectic and thrifty— but also to be useful for us and our guests beyond the wedding day. Our mug favors, which we got from secondhand stores, were one of our guests’ favorite parts. People tell us, “Every day I drink coffee from that mug,” and though we chose that as an ecofriendly option, it ended up being even more meaningful. Guests also took home our potted plant centerpieces, and a friend gave me old table numbers to reuse. Other details required working with our vendors or a little collaboration. A good friend designed our invitations, and I made sure they were printed on recycled paper. When it came to flatware, we had a conversation with our caterer about our wishes, who then offered us bamboo and wood options. We were surprised by all the ways we could go the sustainable route—all we had to do was ask. I’m proud of our efforts—you don’t have to be perfect or totally zero waste to make a difference.

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1 FIRST OFF, DEFINITELY REGISTER We get it—asking for gifts can feel weird. But saying “I do” is a big deal, and loved ones are going to want to celebrate! Think of a registry as a helpful road map to your taste and needs, not a greedy gift grab.

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START EARLY It may take you a bit to perfect your list, so start early. You’ll want to have your registry live before the invites for your first wedding-related party (think: an engagement bash) go out.

3 VARY THE PRICES It’s ok to be all *heart eyes* over a fancy smart TV—that’s what cash funds are for! That being said, be sure to register for items in a range of price points so every guest can find something to fit their budget.

4 CONSIDER HOW YOU LIVE There are no rules or things you have to include. Our best advice? Look at how you actually live together, whether you’re perma small space dwellers or need to fill up a new house in the ’burbs.

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W E H AD T O PO S T PO N E O U R W E D D I N G D U E T O C O V I D -1 9— S H O U LD W E T AK E D O W N O U R R E G I S T RY ? These are incredibly unusual circumstances—most couples scheduled to wed this year had to delay their celebrations. For that reason, all etiquette rules regarding a “postponed” wedding go out the window. When it comes to your registry, we suggest leaving it live. Not only have you worked hard on your wish list, but it can feel like one more defeat to take it down. Leaving it up will soften the blow a bit and continue to make gifting easy for guests. You may be surprised at the number of people that want to send you a little token of love off your registry during this time!

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I S I T O K AY F O R U S T O RE G I S T E R IF IT’S OUR SECOND WEDDING? For sure. Our motto: Every wedding (and love story!) is worthy of celebration, so don’t feel like you have to forgo the typical milestones just because you’ve walked down the aisle before. That being said, approach the registry process with grace and recognize that while there are many guests that will want to gift you something, some may deem

it unnecessary due to it being your second wedding. Don’t take it personally and know you can always buy any favorite picks postwedding.

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W E ’ R E E LO PI N G AND SEN D I N G O UT “ J U S T M ARRI E D ” CARD S—I S I T R U D E T O PU T A R E G I S T RY O N T HERE? If you’re just sending out an announcement card and not formally celebrating with any guests, it’s probably best to skip a registry. However, if you plan to host a postelopement bash (like a beach barbecue or casual cocktail party), it’s totally fine to include a registry on those invitations. Otherwise, forgo the formal registry, but have a few items in mind in case friends and family ask what you’d like.

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HOW DO I ACTUALLY TELL MY GUESTS ABOUT OUR REGISTRY? Your wedding website is about to become your BFF. It’s the perfect place to host need-to-know info for guests, and the ideal spot to include your wish list. Seamlessly link your registry on The Knot to your wedding website, then include the URL on an info card packaged into your wedding day invitation suite (and on any preparty invites too).

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The Knot Registry makes asking for cash easy (and totally not tacky, we promise). Get the 411 on our favorite feature, plus inspiration to kick off your own cash fund daydreams.

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Think of it as basically a mini savings account you create on your registry for guests to contribute to. It’s totally free to use and can be geared toward anything that tickles your fancy—from couples’ massages on your honeymoon to a puppy adoption fund or mixology class at your favorite local bar. It’s that simple.

Q: W H E R E D O E S I T S H O W U P ? Right alongside other gifts on your registry! The great thing about a cash fund is that it feels like a tangible gift, so guests who want to know what they’re contributing to (instead of say, just writing you a check) feel like they’re gifting you something specific. You can customize each fund with an image and small blurb explaining the details.

Alright, we see you. The good news: Money gifted to you and your partner goes right into the bank account of your choice. That way, if you need to get a jump start on reservations (say, for that Game of Thrones tour on your honeymoon), the funds are available to you right away. Cool, right?

Q: H O W M A N Y C A N W E C R E A T E ? You can make as many as you want, for whatever amount you want. Guests have a lot of freedom when gifting, too—they can contribute whatever amount they’d like, making it a great way to ask for bigger items (like that new sofa you heart) and allowing guests to “go in on” gifts together.

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Obsessed. That’s the one word I think we can use to describe our clothes! I knew I wanted to honor my Pakistani heritage (from my dad’s side) by wearing traditional clothes, but I also wanted to honor the fact that I grew up in Hawaii. -Shaiyanne PHOTOGRAPH BY ASHLEY GOODWIN

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Shaiyanne + JP . 7 6 | HONOLULU

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FLORAL UPDO Inspired by a look from the Met Gala, the bride’s mehndi party style was filled with blooms.

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PERSONALIZED HENNA As a fun surprise, Shaiyanne had JP’s name hidden in her henna design.

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MEHNDI The prewedding custom was a unique chance for the pair to share their culture with loved ones. “Many of our guests had never attended a mehndi celebration before, which made hosting their first experience extra special to us,” Shaiyanne says. BOTANICALS Since the couple’s venue is known for its iconic pink palace, most of the floral design stuck to a green palette to ensure they complemented the space. HAIR At the mehndi event, vibrant yellow flowers were in abundance—even in Shaiyanne’s hair. STATIONERY Bright floral illustrations on the invitations conveyed the day’s theme to guests from the very moment they hit mailboxes. As for the contents of the stationery, it was important to Shaiyanne and JP to begin with a prayer from the Quran.

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lanning a destination wedding is a feat on its own, but Shaiyanne Dar (31 and an online retail business owner) and John (JP) Wakayama Carey (35 and a cinematographer) took things up a notch by planning two celebrations—a mehndi ceremony and Western nuptials— all from an ocean away. Beyond the nods to Shaiyanne’s Pakistani heritage, the couple honored her Filipina ethnicity with a halo-halo dessert bar. JP’s Japanese background was also celebrated with 1,001 paper cranes, which served as a golden (and auspicious) backdrop for their wedding cake. While much of the wedding connected to far-flung locales, Hawaiian details were celebrated just as prolifically. “My dress had tropical flowers representing Hawaii and colors similar to those my mom wore on her wedding day,” Shaiyanne says. — HAN NAH N OWAC K

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FROZEN SIPS To stave off the tropical heat, guests enjoyed frozen virgin piña coladas garnished with pineapple chunks and edible blooms. EMBELLISHED UMBRELLAS Since the wedding ceremony was outside under the blazing sun, guests were offered multicolored parasols for shade that doubled as favors. SEASCAPE With sweeping views of the water, it’s easy to see why Shaiyanne and JP selected their venue. What’s not immediately evident, however, is their deeper tie to the space: Shaiyanne’s sister, Yasmin, said “I do” at the same property in 2012. VOW EXCHANGE Officiated by the imam of the mosque Shaiyanne grew up attending, the couple kept the ceremony “light and fun,” even working in music from The Beatles.

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COLOR PALETTE Vibrant Tropics Punchy red and pinks accented with gold, orange and threads of lush greenery.

1 Woven cotton kurta in sizes up to 44, $50, UtsavFashion.com 2 Gulika lehenga, $1,380, AnitaDongre.com 3 Textured and glittery bangles, $20, Kohls.com 4 Handmade patchwork parasol, $400 for 10, JaipurHandloom.com 5 White lightup marquee letter, $9, Darice.com 6 Watercolor tropical floral frame invitation, $215 for 100, Zazzle.com

MUST-HAVES CO LO R O F C H O I C E Shaiyanne opted for a

champagne-hued dress, instead of “a red wedding dress, which is the color Pakistani brides traditionally wear on their wedding day.” AM PLE I N S PI R ATI O N “A week into being engaged, I had my Pinterest boards ready to go,” Shaiyanne says. TH ROWBAC K TU N ES The couple shared a first

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M E H N D I S ITE Halekulani Hotel, Honolulu C E R E M O NY + R EC E PTI O N S ITE Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Honolulu PH OTOG R APHY Ashley Goodwin VI D EOG R APHY Pono Grace E VE NT PL AN N I N G Mira Savara Events FLO R AL D ES I G N Mehndi: Aloha Artisans; wedding: Steven Boyle Design O FFI CIANT Afaq Sarwar GOWN ÉLAN, Kamal Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, CA VE I L ÉLAN S H O ES Shaiyanne: Rene Caovilla; JP: To Boot New York S U IT ÉLAN, Kamal Beverly Hills E N G AG E M E NT R I N G Vrai WE DD I N G RI N G S Holden HAI R & MAK EU P REVEAL Hair & Makeup; mehndi hair florals: The Happy Haku S TATI O N E RY Letters and Dust M U S I C DJ: Mystical Sounds Productions HAS HTAG #ShaiAndJP

#MAKETRADITION As part of the reception entertainment, Shaiyanne and JP included two traditional dance performances. The first one was performed by a close family friend, Siya Kumar, who also danced at the mehndi celebration. Then, a hula dancer, Delys Recca, performed to a song written about Mars. “It was a unique dance and we are grateful our guests got to experience it,” Shaiyanne says.

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Siya danced to a modern remake of a Punjabi folk song called ‘Morni Banke,’ which translates to ‘like a peacock.’ The song talks about a girl whose beauty can be compared to that of a peacock. -Shaiyanne

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Nicole + Michael . 9 14 | TERLINGUA, TX

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FAMILY AFFAIR “Having Landon and Luna participate in the wedding made the day feel complete,” Nicole says.

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MEMENTOS “We gave each guest a fan, a vintage handkerchief and a desert bell to ring at the ceremony,” Nicole says. CEREMONIAL MANDALA “We asked our guests to find little objects to contribute to our nature mandala,” Nicole says. “The mandala symbolized how we are all connected to each other and the earth.” CAKE DUO A tres leches and a simple white cake rounded out the reception sweets menu. HARVEST MOON The celestial-inspired wedding date was a nod to the pair’s kids— Landon’s love of the moon inspired his sister’s moniker. For dinner, all 17 guests appropriately dined under the stars. DÉCOR The couple took a less-is-more approach to design to avoid competing with the surrounding natural beauty. “The main focus was the backdrop of the Chisos Mountains behind us,” Nicole says.

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he first time Nicole Reber (38 and a marketing director) and Michael Martin (36 and a project manager) set out to plan their wedding, a large affair in Iowa, the vibe didn’t feel right—so much so, they called it off and jetted away to Bali for some R & R. Out of all that, one thing was clear: The wedding they wanted would need to be small and intimate. The secluded venue they settled on, about five hours away from an airport in southwest Texas, gave them the opportunity to focus on the people that meant the most to them. The move down south also brought extra significance to the day. “My grandmother was born in Texas,” Nicole says. “She adopted my mother from Mexico. The venue is located right near the border, which gave even more meaning to our ceremony.” —HN

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3 5 4 MUST-HAVES M E AN I N G FU L ACC ES SO R I ES The couple honored Nicole’s Native American ancestry by gifting their kids silver and turquoise jewelry. U N I Q U E E NTE RTAI N M E NT A rousing game of Cards Against Humanity took place during the couple’s reception. RO LES FO R TH E K I D S The pair’s littles walked them down the aisle. “They look through our wedding album weekly and talk about ‘our wedding.’ It brings us so much joy,” Nicole says.

1 Paper white drop earrings, $295, LizzieFortunato.com 2 V-neck crepe gown in sizes up to 14, $160, DavidsBridal.com 3 Framed arrows rug, $400, WestElm.com 4 Stainless steel wine glass, $42, Ebern Designs, Wayfair.com 5 Terracotta vase, $49, Skagerak, LaGarconne.com 6 Floral smudge stick, $28, WhiteTailFarm.shop

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#MAKETRADITION As a symbol of tying the knot, Nicole and Michael incorporated a handfasting ritual into their wedding ceremony. They involved key family members in the custom, making it even more special. “Our moms made two of the ribbons for the handfasting ceremony, and my father oversaw our knot tying. Meanwhile, Michael’s brother, who was our officiant, led the readings.”

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We included a handfasting ceremony in our wedding day, which I hadn’t seen performed anywhere previously, as we liked the movement and meaning of tying the knot. -Nicole

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ROCOCO AESTHETIC Historic charm was a major reason Brittney and Tracey selected the Anderson House.

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CUP OF CHEER As a warm welcome to the ceremony, guests sipped on gingerbread eggnog. RIDE OR DIE The couple kept their wedding party small, only including three of their closest confidants. MODERN CAKE The staircase-inspired cake was a threetier strawberry shortcake covered in buttercream. The design details were a nod to the venue’s architecture. SHORT AND SWEET Later in the day, Brittney slipped into an asymmetrical dress with “a flirty, fun silhouette that was great for dancing.” STATIONERY “We chose to forgo the traditional programs and instead upgraded some other day-of signage,” Brittney says, like the lucite seating chart. MONOCHROMATIC BLOOMS In keeping with the wintry palette, Brittney’s bouquet included white rose varieties and lisianthus.

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rought together through their shared media careers, Brittney McCrae (30 and an entertainment marketing director) and Tracey Todd (31 and a digital strategy director) know how to make an editorial vision come to life. A cozy holiday vibe à la Richard Curtis (the screenwriter famous for Love Actually) was their theme. “The way you have to warm up with cocoa after a romp in the snow, the smell of pine and Christmas cookies baking in the oven and the omnipresence of love at the holidays: The way I feel at Christmastime is the way I wanted guests to feel on our day,” Brittney says. The weather was clear outside, but inside the historic hall, where they wed, it was a veritable whiteout. “I was adamant about everything being winter white and winter white only!” Brittney says. In the end, a sprinkling of evergreen snuck in too. — H N

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WEDDING STYLE Elegant and Romantic with tints of Glam. Say “I do” at an Estate, a Historic Site or in a chandelier-clad Ballroom.

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1 Caviar stick eye color in Rosegold, $29, LauraMercier.com 2 Crystal ice chiavari chair, $167 for 2, Overstock .com 3 Black butterfly bow tie, $40, TheBlackTux.com 4 Faux eucalyptus garland, $23, Target.com 5 Halo glass charger, $89, CasadePerrin.com 6 Gold flatware, 20-piece set, $90, CB2.com 7 Florentine gown in sizes up to 22, $3,900, MoniqueLhuillier.com

DC maps and monument-shaped cookies. E PI C H O N E YM OO N “Over the course of three weeks, we traveled to Mozambique and various destinations within South Africa, studying world history and spreading Black love.”

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C E R E M O NY + R EC E PTI O N S ITE Anderson House, Washington, DC PH OTOG R APHY Elizabeth Austin Photography VI D EOG R APHY Sok Vision E VE NT PL AN N I N G Simply Breathe Events FLORAL DESIGN + SEATING CHART The Rosy Posy O FFI CIANT Bishop Larry D. Palmer GOWNS Ceremony: Randy Fenoli, Kleinfeld Bridal, New York City; reception: Ines Di Santo, Lovella Bridal, Glendale, CA; alterations: Grace Bridal Couture Custom Gowns VE I L Randy Fenoli, Kleinfeld Bridal ACC ES SO R I ES Earrings: Kate Spade New York S H O ES Brittney: Jimmy Choo; Tracey: Prada TUXE DO Express E N G AG E M E NT R I N G Swift’s Fine Jewelry WE DD I N G RI N G S XIV Karats LTD HAI R Unique Berry Hairs MAK EU P GlamQui WE D D I N G PART Y AT TI R E Bridesmaids: Bloomingdale’s; groomsmen: TheBlackTux.com STATIONERY Minted.com CALLIGR APHY & FAVORS Pretty Mail Calligraphy RENTALS Bialek’s Music; Pike Productions CATERING Well Dunn Catering CAKE Fluffy Thoughts MUSIC Ceremony: Michael Girdy; reception: Bialek’s Music PHOTO BOOTH MirMir COOKIES Stevi’s Cookies

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“We wanted our place cards to also serve as personal thank-you gifts for our guests that reinforced our theme,” Brittney says. To achieve their vision, the couple had each guest’s name inscribed on a lucite ornament. The mementos were also emblazoned with “Yuletide Todd 12.14.19” before they were set atop the gold-rimmed chargers at the reception.

We’re hoping every holiday season, our guests hang their ornaments and think of the fun time they had celebrating our love with us. -Brittney

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Haleh + Adam 10.26 | CARLSBAD, CA

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FETE IN A FIELD Haleh’s one wedding request “was that it be outdoors so we could feel connected to nature.”

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JET BLACK A bold juxtaposition to the day’s color palette, each bridesmaid selected her own floor-length black dress to wear. CEREMONY The pair exchanged vows under towering palm trees and took part in a candle lighting ritual that Adam’s parents had at their wedding. TABLESCAPE Gold dinnerware and fringed napkins imparted an extra dose of personality, which complemented the earth-tone centerpieces. COURTYARD COCKTAILS In addition to the view, guests enjoyed kebabs and fresh caprese bites. HEAD TABLE Beaded chandeliers and pendants, plus a hanging floral installation in the day’s romantic palette, brought extra attention to the head table.

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hen Haleh Nourani (29 and works in real estate) and Adam Goldblatt (30 and a financial analyst) set about meshing their shared Baha’i, Persian, Jewish and Protestant backgrounds into their wedding, they felt less like they were breaking any one tradition and more as though they were creating customs all their own. A 10-word Baha’i vow exchange and Jewish glass breaking were paired with music from Pride & Prejudice, a longtime favorite of Haleh’s, at the ceremony. The personalization also carried into the reception. Guided by seating assignments calligraphed onto brass bells that doubled as favors, guests entered a colorful, velvetfilled tent to discover a Persian tea display curated by Haleh’s mother and a canopy of chandeliers that warmed the space as the sun set. — H N

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PARTY PEOPLE For guests who didn’t want to dance all night, a relaxing velvety lounge area welcomed them to kick up their feet, and a fun photo booth provided entertainment. TEA STATION “At our reception, my mom’s main request was that we have Persian tea available for guests,” Haleh said. “She found the most beautiful way to arrange the tea display with an array of exotic fruits. Everyone absolutely loved it.” BRASS BELLS The impact of the customized bells continued even after their use as a seating chart. As guests departed for the after-party, the bells they carried echoed a pleasant chime in the evening air. CAKE TRIO Confections in complementary maroon, raisin and taupe colors were served up later in the evening.

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COLOR PALETTE Saturated Earth Tones Sand, rust, blush and bone, blended with rich forest greens, dark maroon, raisin and gold.

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1 Gold brass iron bells, $31 for set of 3, Litton Lane, HomeDepot .com 2 Agatha wedding dress in sizes up to 28, $1,300, Morilee.com 3 Crystal flower tiara, $180, DavidsBridal.com 4 Wicker pendant light, $129, CB2.com 5 Gilded rim wine glass, $28, Anthropologie.com 6 Velvet chair, $240 for set of 4, JossandMain.com

MUST-HAVES H O M ETOWN H O MAG E The bell details seen throughout the wedding channeled Adam’s roots in the windy city of Chicago. M E AN I N G FU L TOAS T S The speeches were the couple’s favorite part of the day. “We felt so much love and happiness listening to wonderful anecdotes. We laughed so hard our faces hurt.” EC LECTI C TU N ES The DJ spun everything from

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Borrowed BLU; Bright Event Rentals; Folklore Vintage Rentals; Hostess Haven; Nüage Designs; Silk & Willow CATE R I N G Park Hyatt Aviara CAK E Hey There, Cupcake! TE A The Besharati Group M U S I C Vox DJs/Andy Rossi PH OTO BOOTH AmigoBooth DAN C E LES SO N S Great Day Dance Company TR AN S P O RTATI O N La Costa Limousine

#MAKETRADITION To demarcate each attendee’s seat, mini glass cannisters were calligraphed in white and served as place “cards.” The containers were filled with saffron, cumin, cinnamon and turmeric. Not only did the spices keep with the day’s color palette, they further enhanced the blending of cultures and modern-meets-rustic aesthetic woven throughout the celebration.

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We wanted the design to be a beautiful marriage of past, present and future—embracing traditions that have come before while nodding to the dreams of what is to come through our blended cultures. -Haleh Take our Style Quiz to create your own Wedding Vision by downloading THE K N OT WE D D IN G PL ANNE R APP

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FURRY FRIENDS Troy (left) and Ian included their dogs, Kevin and Jaxon, in the ceremony.

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ACCESSORIZE It’s hard to believe, but the oodles of jewels Ian added to Troy’s lapel were actually just the leftovers from his other sparkling projects. ESCORT CARDS The couple used their seating assignments as an excuse to write a heartfelt note to every guest. “I thought it was such a simple, beautiful way of having an intimate connection with everyone on a day where you’re often pulled in a million directions,” Ian says. SENTIMENTAL FASHION Ian’s butterfly-appliquéd jacket included a subtle homage to family. “The lapel had bee appliqués on either side as a nod to my dad and stepmom who are bee keepers in their spare time,” he says. “My dad had just become a master beekeeper that summer.” COZY UP To stave off the evening chill, on-palette blankets were laid out for guests.

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rom the moment Troy Solomon (30 and a singer) and Ian Mofford (25 and an influencer manager) conveyed their wedding dress code, guests knew they were in for a giant disco fete. The couple told guests to “pretend you’re going to the flashiest New Year’s Eve party ever— what would you want to wear?” That very sentiment set the tone for the sparkling celebration that unfolded. Inspired by the vision of a canopy of disco balls, the pair set out to plan a wedding filled with “over-thetop extraness.” The key to bringing that vision to life was to add rhinestones, and then add some more. “I had this rhinestone cowboy motif in my head, so I essentially set out to make everything look super extra. The first thing I did was bedazzle my boots, which really ignited my addiction for adding sparkle to everything in sight,” Ian says. — H N

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COLOR PALETTE Color Pop A cornucopia of lavender, fuchsia, marigold, emerald and cobalt with pops of silver.

MUST-HAVES BO DY G LIT TE R “We thought it would be a fun

activity to set up a self-serve glitter bar during cocktail hour.” P O P BALL AD S Ian and Troy entered the reception to a remixed version of “Lover” by Taylor Swift. VI D EO BOOTH Instead of a photo booth, guests enjoyed a slow-motion video station. After the celebration, each attendee received a cut of their own video to enjoy.

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GET THE LO O K 1 Jewel cowboy hat in Black, $24, VillageHatShop.com 2 Disco ball LED string lights, $20, TheKnotShop.com 3 Pink mini wooden clips, $5 for set of 24, TheKnotShop .com 4 Rain-bow eye set, $24, TarteCosmetics.com 5 Stacked heel western boots in sizes up to 15, $64, ASOS.com 6 Treasure pot glitter gel, $18, TarteCosmetics.com

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ACC ES SO R I ES Ian: earrings: ASOS.com; Troy: hat: Amazon.com S H O ES Ian: ceremony: ASOS.com; reception: Everlane; Troy: PleaserShoes.com E N G AG E M E NT R I N G GoldandSilverCo, Etsy.com WE DD I N G RI N G S Holden MAK EU P Lauren Lillien WE D D I N G PART Y AT TI R E ASOS.com; Lulus.com I NVITATI O N S Minted.com; escort cards: AliExpress.com; Amazon.com R E NTAL S Inland Empire Audio Video Rentals CATE R I N G Emily’s Tacos & Catering CAK E Alex Michael May OTH E R D ES S E RT S Trader Joe’s HAS HTAG #TheITGala

#MAKETRADITION For his wedding day beauty look, Troy included sentimental portraiture in a unique way. “We had been brainstorming my wedding nails for about four months—we wanted to go big and flashy, but with some sort of personal touch,” he says. “I wanted something totally extra and super special. That’s where the idea of tiny baby pictures of us getting turned into nail art sprang from.”

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We left my thumbnails open for special little hand-painted portraits—which are baby photos of me and Ian. It was a hit and everyone, especially Ian’s family, freaked out. -Troy

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In the most millennial way, Tyler Stanaland slid into actress Brittany Snow’s DMs with a cheesy pickup line. After 14 months and plenty of taco dates, the couple tied the knot. BY HANNAH NOWACK

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BLOOMING BOUTS Tyler’s boutonniere mirrored the white and green palette of the day’s florals. Many of the arrangements featured their favorites: magnolias, sweet peas, Italian ruscus, roses, orchids and ranunculus.

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IMPERFECTLY, PERFECT A bit of rain and some lipstick on Brittany’s teeth couldn’t stop the pair from cherishing a quiet moment together.

t rained on the day Brittany Snow (34 and an actress) wed Tyler Stanaland (30 and a realtor and surfer)—proof that no one is immune to lastminute wedding hiccups. But, the couple took it in stride and ended up with an “imperfectly, perfect” wedding day. Under the tent (which the pair thankfully secured at the last minute!) they sought to create a space that felt just like home. “Much of the furniture at the wedding mirrored our own home pieces,” they said. Cozy furnishings weren’t the only way this couple made their wedding their own. Leather high-top Converse and an heirloom Rolex added personality to Tyler’s ensemble. Meanwhile, Brittany sported a gown she worked with her friend, designer Jonathan Simkhai, to design. “I wanted to feel timeless, classic and effortless,” she recalls of her inspiration.

SURF’S UP A nod to Tyler’s passion for catching waves, friends left notes on an untraditional guest book: a surf board. “Shred the tunnel of love,” one read.

TACOS + MARGS An ode to the couple’s story, guests dined on tacos and a trio of tequila sips while seated at rustic tables. PUPPY LOVE Their beloved pooch, Billie Jean, served as the flower girl, sporting a floral collar inspired by the bride’s bouquet.

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The SoCal vineyard was not only beautiful, it meant minimal travel for guests.

FRESH KICKS Brittany slipped on white leather sneakers, emblazoned with the couple’s initials, to dance at the reception.

THE BEST MOMENT WA S S TA R I N G I N TO HER EYES AND GIVING MY VOWS. THERE WERE A HUNDRED PEOPLE WATC H I N G , B U T I T F E LT L I K E I T W A S J U S T U S . -Tyler

VOWS The pair “highlighted the moment we knew we fell in love.” Spoiler alert: It was at a party hosted by the officiant.

COMFORT FOOD Some of the duo’s go-to snacks were served alongside vegan street noodles as appetizers.

DOWN TO DANCE Following a first dance to “Beige” by Yoke Lore, a DJ spun the couple’s fave tunes all night.

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INGREDIENTS VE N U E Cielo Farms, Malibu, CA PH OTOG R APH E R Phil Chester Photography VI DEOG R APH E R Calvin Muusse E VE NT + FLO R AL D ES I G N Hello Gem Events O FFI CIANT Ricky Mabe (friend) GOWN S Ceremony: Jonathan Simkhai, Los Angeles; reception: Galia Lahav, Los Angeles ACC ES SO R I ES Watch: heirloom S H O ES Brittany: Kenneth Cole; Tyler: Converse TUXE DO Tommy Hilfiger E N G AG E M E NT R I N G Happy Jewelers WE DD I N G RI N G S Tacori HAI R Rick Henry WE D D I N G PART Y AT TI R E Bridesmaids: Fame and Partners; groomsmen: TheBlackTux.com R E NTAL S Found Vintage Rentals; La Tavola; Premiere Party Rents CATE R I N G + BAR Trés L.A. Catering; margarita trailer: The Old Fashioned CAK E Big Sugar Bakeshop M U S I C Dart Collective PH OTO BOOTH Social Photo Camper TR AN S P O RTATI O N Swoop R EG I S TRY The Knot

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A FAMILY AFFAIR The couple’s intimate guest list included their animals from the Australia Zoo.

WHILE A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME PANDEMIC POSTPONED AND ALTERED THOUSANDS OF WEDDINGS ACROSS THE GLOBE, LOVE PROVED, ONCE AGAIN, TO CONQUER ALL.

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FORCE of NATURE On March 25, 2020, Bindi Irwin and long-time love Chandler Powell tied the knot—but not in the way they originally hoped. The global pandemic forced the couple to shift plans—not once, but twice. We caught up with Bindi for the full scoop on the couple’s love-filled day.

TALK TO US ABOUT WEDDING PLANNING.

Pretty much everything we planned for our wedding changed—but the process was really special. I’m definitely a planner (Chandler wrote in his vows that I’m like Leslie Knope from the show Parks and Recreation when it comes to planning)! I had so many binders and notebooks filled with ideas. Even though the day turned out very different than what we originally planned, in a way it made getting married so much sweeter.

OPPOSITE PAGE: AUSTRALIA ZOO; TIMELINE: @BINDISUEIRWIN/INSTAGRAM

The two instantly bonded over their love of nature.

WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART OF ALL THE CHANGED PLANS?

It was a little heartbreaking having no control over the situations we were faced with. I’d dreamed of my wedding since I was tiny. We had set up a beautiful ceremony outside in our zoo gardens, but the paparazzi got wind and their helicopter hovered above, terrifying our animals. We had to change our plans again! I rolled up my lace sleeves and helped move tables and arrange flowers in our old filming barn so we could finally get married. We were so determined to make things work, I didn’t let myself get too overwhelmed—plus, Chandler is very comforting, which made all the difference.

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MEET-CUTE

THE PROPOSAL Chandler popped the question on Bindi’s 21st birthday.

SOME PEOPLE INCLUDE THEIR PETS IN THEIR WEDDING, BUT YOU GUYS WENT NEXT LEVEL!

Yes! Our Australia Zoo animals are like family to us. I loved that Mum walked down the aisle with Brandi the koala and Chandler held Lionel the woma python. Including our animal family was very important to us because we love them all so much.

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THE ‘I DOS’ The couple made it official in the Irwins’ old filming barn.

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ARE YOU PLANNING A SEQUEL CELEBRATION FOR YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY AT A LATER DATE?

Chandler’s family sadly couldn’t be at the wedding due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, but they were incredibly supportive. His parents and grandparents both told us that we should carry on with getting married and rest easy knowing we were making the right choice. We are hoping to have a reception in Florida to celebrate when the world has settled. In the meantime, we have been sending them lots of photographs and created a wedding video just for family and friends who couldn’t join us on our wedding day.

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LOOKING BACK, WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE PART OF YOUR DAY?

The best part of the day was getting to marry my best friend at our home, Australia Zoo. Even though we couldn’t have wedding guests with us, we had all of our animal family there (our giraffe, Forest, photobombed most of our wedding pictures!). As we stood together cuddling koalas and feeding our giraffes, I vividly remember letting go of all my worry. Despite every obstacle that we were faced with to get married, we were together—and really that’s all that mattered.

HOW DID YOU TWO MEET?

Chandler and I met at Australia Zoo over six years ago. I gave him and his parents a tour of the zoo, and we quickly realized how much we had in common with our love for nature. We spent the day hugging koalas and feeding lemurs, and immediately hit it off.

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YOU HAD AN INCREDIBLE CAKE AND BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS—HOW WERE YOU ABLE TO PULL IT OFF?

We wanted to support the community with every aspect of our wedding. Thankfully, the local businesses we were already working with were able to supply what we needed, even though they had less than 24 hours to prepare, as the pandemic restrictions kept changing. Communication was key!

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ANY TIPS FOR COUPLES WHO HAVE TO MAKE CHANGES TO THEIR ORIGINAL WEDDING VISION?

Looking back, I know that our wedding day wasn’t by-the-book “perfect,” but it was our perfect. We changed our wedding date overnight, went from 200 guests to no guests, cancelled our cocktail hour and reception, and completely changed our ceremony venue as I was about to walk down the aisle. We even had to find Chandler clothes to wear the morning of our wedding because MOST his suit didn’t arrive in time! B R I D ES HAVE It’s important to have people ‘SOMETHING around you who will support B LU E .’ I H A D you no matter what. It’s YOUR ‘SOMETHING day, so you have to do whatever KHAKI’—A RIBBON will bring your heart happiness. TIED AROUND Take a deep breath, and be open M Y B O U Q U E T. and honest with your partner.

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real wedding inspo

As more and more couples postponed their nuptials due to COVID-19, to-be-weds began to look for a new way to honor their original wedding date. Enter the minimony.

SAKILE + KAMAU BOWIE, MD

It was definitely a tough situation. We had been planning for so long, but I think it happened the way it was supposed to. We overcame the odds, and I think that’s a great way to start a marriage! We are just excited to celebrate with our families during our destination wedding in Mexico. We’ll have an entire week with our immediate and extended family!”

MATTIE + CARL S T I N S O N B E AC H , C A

The weight of this decision was one we could not take lightly. Four of our best friends sacrificially helped us get married. It was insane and humbling. The best man got officiated online to (literally) get us married. Honestly, we‘re still reeling from how sacred and beautiful this day was. But, it was truly painful not to have the people we love there.”

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We slept in, jammed to some music, slowly got ready, took pictures along the Mississippi River, had our friends and family on a private Facebook Live, and made it official with a couple family members and our pastor. We laughed, cried, ate wedding cake. For that moment, we all forgot about what was going on around us and just sat in the happiness.”

WILL + CHRIS K A N S A S C I T Y, M O

Even though it was in the living room, our first dance was unforgettable— Chris surprised me by recording himself singing our song, “Glitter in the Air” by Pink. Then we had champagne toasts from our relatives over FaceTime, had drinks, laughs and played games. It was an amazing experience.”

A CEREMONY HELD ON OR AROUND A COUPLE’S ORIGINAL DATE THAT INCLUDES UP TO 10 PEOPLE V I R T U A L LY O R IN PERSON, AS LONG AS ALL ARE ADHERING TO SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES.

LINGO TO KNOW

OTHER WAYS TO WED Couples and vendors have found even more creative ways to tie the knot.

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MULTIWEDDING

A celebration where small groups of people are hosted in “shifts” in order to meet social distancing and group gathering guidelines. A virtual element is often incorporated so guests can experience “shifts” other than the one they are attending.

Reimagining the events of your wedding weekend (think: rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception and next-day brunch) as mini weddings. This allows you to divvy up your guest list among the parties.

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THROW A VIRTUAL SHOWER H O ST A

C O C K TA I L H O U R Have guests make their favorite drink and swap recipes. You can even surprise them with a bottle of champagne delivered to their door.

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R E L A X I N G S PA DAY Ask guests to bring their favorite face masks, eye patches or nail polish to the virtual hang. Sending matching robes beforehand is also a nice touch.

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C O M PUTE R K A R AO K E Use YouTube or apps like Smule to get the music and lyrics for your crew. Take the lead by introducing the singers and hyping up members of your squad.

TREASURED TRADITIONS How one couple’s altered wedding plans brought about family joy.

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COOKING CLASS Newlyweds Ruchi Ahluwalia and Brian Sorensen found an unexpected silver lining when they had to pivot their wedding day plans because of COVID-19. “We had a very intimate ceremony with our immediate family, but the best part was having it at my dad’s home,” says Ruchi. “In Indian tradition, the wedding ends with the girl saying her final farewell to her home. This had always been a dream of my dad’s, so it made the day that much more special to have the ceremony at his house.”

Find a simple recipe anyone can follow, and then lead them through it. It’s not only fun, but it also provides a delicious meal.

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WO R KO UT C L A S S Find a personal trainer or studio instructor who would be willing to host a live workout, like kickboxing, dance aerobics, barre or yoga.

MICROWEDDING

SEQUEL WEDDING

A microwedding typically includes up to 50 guests—often immediate family and super-close friends only. In the current environment, they often have a virtual element, as well as another in-person event held at a later date when group size restrictions are lifted.

A sequel wedding is a larger-scale second celebration (i.e. a wedding that’s been postponed), following an event that is more intimate in nature (read: a microwedding, minimony or an elopement).

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DA N C E PA RT Y Put together an awesome playlist with your friends’ fave tunes. Get everyone involved by leading guests through simple choreography. — MAD DY S I M S

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PANDEMIC D O Y O U R R E S E A R C H A N D S E T A B U D G E T Before you start shopping, research designers and dress styles you like. Set a firm budget too. This will help you tailor your appointments to salons that offer what you want, in your price range.

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S C H E D U L E A N A P P O I N T M E N T Salons will be operating at reduced capacities to ensure social distancing guidelines are met—chances are, you won’t be able to walk into one without an appointment. “Because of our limited opportunities to see brides, it’s important to really make your appointment count,” Ingram says. Keep in mind, many salons will be prioritizing to-be-weds with nearing wedding dates, and second and third appointments may also be hard to come by. “No one is going to force you to buy a dress, but it’s best to shop when you feel you’re ready to commit.”

MARK INGRAM Owner of Mark Ingram Atelier in NYC, offering a wide selection of gowns from top-of-the line bridal designers.

KNOW B EFORE Y OU G O Call ahead to field any questions you have about shopping.

G U E S T S W I L L B E L I M I T E D Salons will likely only permit one or two guests per client. “Prioritize the people that will give you the right opinion,” Ingram says. Salons may also allow virtual guests (think: Zoom sesh with your bridal party), but remember: You want to make the most of your appointment since it may be the only one you have. Keep your eyes on the prize! HEALTH AND SAFETY WILL TAKE PRECEDENCE Utilizing hand sanitizer will be encouraged, and masks may be required. “Please be vigilant. We have to adhere to strict guidelines for the safety of our clients and our employees,” Ingram says. It’s okay to be excited—just keep that mask on. I T W I L L S T I L L B E M E M O R A B L E Having an amazing, joyful experience is what bridal salons strive for every day. Employees will continue to prioritize helping you find a dress you love—and providing a special experience.

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CELEBRATION STANDSTILL Like many engaged couples around the world, the A-list has put their nuptials on hold.

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K AT Y P E R RY + O R L A N D O B LO O M

The Empire actress announced early on that their April 4, 2020, wedding had been postponed to July.

The couple was one of the first to reportedly postpone. “It was all set for Japan with 150 guests,” a source told People of their plans.

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COVID COUPLES The Knot teamed up with marriage health app Lasting to survey how the pandemic is impacting engaged duos.

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WHAT’S NEXT? Real talk: Weddings may look a little different after COVID-19 (but we predict they’ll be just as amazing). Here are some of the changes you can expect.

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Consider all of the moments guest will be shuffling between rooms, pulling out seats, lifting glasses and possibly shaking hands. The solution: Have accessible sanitizers and wipes everywhere, and be inventive about it. Include personalized bottles in welcome bags, or have waitstaff pass out mini bottles styled on silver trays.

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While great food and drinks will continue to be staples at weddings around the country, guests and vendors will be more mindful of how it’s prepared and served. We can expect to see more couples choose plated dinners versus options that have guests serving themselves.

BE THOUGHTFUL ABOUT SEATING ARRANGEMENTS You’ll want to give special consideration to the lifestyles of your guests when finalizing the seating chart. For instance, you may not want to seat your friend who travels internationally for work near an elderly relative. You may also want to offer more standing room for your ceremony or create more space between seats.

ADD A VIRTUAL COMPONENT For those guests who can’t attend for one reason or another (whether it’s because of traveling restrictions or health concerns), you may want to look at including a virtual element. Live-streaming the ceremony is probably your easiest bet, but you could also include parts of the reception, like toasts and first dances. 139

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MAKE IT PERSONAL People want a reason to celebrate now more than ever, so find fun ways for your guests to be involved in the celebrations. It could be as simple as having them recite another set of vows with you or writing a personalized note to place at every seat. — ES TH E R LE E

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The singer told Ellen Degeneres, “we’re just kind of in a holding pattern like the rest of the world.”

Reportedly set to marry in a ceremony in Los Angeles in March, the to-beweds opted to postpone their wedding.

The granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II announced in April that her nuptials were postponed until further notice. — E L

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FIELD OF DREAMS Feeling fearless? Consider a gauzy, pale green ball gown with bold botanical details. Dress in sizes up to 22, $7,500, MoniqueLhuillier.com; earrings, $16,550, LeVian.com; engagement ring, $6,880, FireandIceDiamonds.com

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RUSTIC ROMANCE Slip on a lingerie-inspired frock with delicate lace embellishments for a look that’s equal parts sweet and sultry. Dress in sizes up to 12, $4,990, earrings, $1,600, DanielleFrankel Studio.com, engagement ring, $1,490 (not including center stone), KirkKara .com; wedding band, $2,400, SingleStone.com

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FARM FRESH A slinky silhouette edges up the über-feminine feel of a rose-print gown. Dress in sizes up to 12, $6,445, VivienneWestwood .com; engagement ring, $43,657, Christopher Designs.com; earrings, $2,155, AnabelaChan.com; shoes, $515, FreyaRose.com

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If your personal style is more carefree, opt for an unstructured silhouette. This tiered dress has great movement and is effortlessly gorgeous. Dress in sizes up to 12, $8,779, LihiHod.com; hat, stylist’s own; earrings, $225, JenniferBehr.com

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BLOOMING BEAUTIFUL Go 3-D to put a new twist on classic bridal florals. An oversize organza flower paired with smaller silk blooms is pure whimsy. Dress in sizes up to 20, $5,800, VeraWang.com; engagement ring, $4,400 (not including center stone), SimonGJewelry .com; earrings, $325, JenniferBehr.com

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SWEET SIMPLICITY If dresses aren’t your thing, or you’re looking for a sharp ensemble for the events surrounding your day, a pantsuit with a more relaxed fit is right on trend. Custom suit, shop similar styles at SavannahMiller .com; engagement ring, $35,098, ChristopherDesigns.com; earrings, $4,250, SelinKent.com

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ALL FRILLS A frothy take on the classic shirt dress is just made for the fashionista willing to take some (super-fabulous) risks. Dress in sizes up to 20, price upon request, Viktor-Rolf.com; engagement ring, $17,339, ChristopherDesigns .com; earrings, $1,355, Mastoloni.com

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HONEYMOONS BY SEASON

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ASPEN, COLORADO WHERE TO STAY Perched at the base of Aspen Mountain, the Little Nell oozes mountain elegance with 92 rooms, which includes six signature suites all in a nature-inspired palette of tan, gray and blue. Oenophiles should book a tasting or dinner in the 20,000-plus bottle wine cellar. From $900; TheLittleNell.com DISH TO TRY The burger at the historic J-Bar in the Hotel Jerome is the stuff of legends. The secret: beef from local ranch, 7X, and a heavenly brioche roll. AubergeResorts.com/hoteljerome ADVENTURE TO HAVE Rent a bike and pedal the Rio Grande Trail between Aspen and Glenwood Springs or test your mettle on the 10-mile climb to Maroon Bells, one of Colorado’s most iconic bike rides. AspenBikeRentals.com

WHY GO NOW The air is crisp, the elk begin to bugle and the aspen leaves turn, cloaking the valley in a golden glow.

CULTURE HIT It’s impossible to miss the Aspen Art Museum’s towering woven wood façade in the heart of downtown. Free to the public, its collection of international contemporary art constantly rotates. The mountain views from the rooftop sculpture garden are equally as impressive as the art. AspenArtMuseum.org INSIDER TIP Music fans: Catch a live performance at an intimate venue like Belly Up. Check the lineup and buy tickets in advance. BellyUpAspen.com

Due to COVID-19, reopening times and prices are subject to change.

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WHERE TO STAY Canoe Bay, an adults-only, lakefront resort, sits on 300 forested acres. Prairie-style cottages designed by a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright feature cozy touches like fieldstone fireplaces and hot tubs. From $348; CanoeBay.com DISH TO TRY The state’s beloved cheese curds— bite-sized chunks of unaged cheese, breaded and deep-fried—are a must. MillersCheeseHouse.com

CULTURE HIT Learn about the region’s Native American history, lumber industry, local heroes and more at the homey Chetek Area Museum, operated by the local historical society. Free admission; ChetekCalhounMuseum.org

Take in the beauty of the water by pedal or paddle. Chetek has 31.6 miles of marked bike routes along the lakes (rentals $25 per day; SpringStreetSports.com) and the Lake Country Marina rents paddleboards and kayaks ($25 per day; LakeCountryMarina.com).

INSIDER TIP For old-school romance, catch a double feature at Star Dust Drive-In Theater, one of only eight drive-in theaters left in Wisconsin. $8.50; StarDustDriveInMovie.com

TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA

INSIDER TIP Tasmania produces outstanding pinot noir and sparkling wine. Stop by Bangor Vineyard Shed for a tasting and ship your favorite bottles home. BangorShed.com.au

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WHY GO NOW It’s spring down under. Sunny, mild days are great for hiking and there’s an abundance of animals, especially baby wombats. Plus, Tasmania is a burgeoning foodie paradise.

DISH TO TRY Don waders and enjoy Pacific oysters shucked straight from the water during a two-hour tour of family-run Freycinet Marine Farm. From $95; OysterBayTours.com

WHERE TO STAY Splurge on a stay at Saffire Freycinet. Each of the 20 suites looks out across Coles Bay to the craggy peaks known as the Hazards. Complimentary experiential tours, like a visit to Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park and a Tasmanian devil encounter, are highlights. (From $1,258; SaffireFreycinet.com.au) Located within Freycinet National Park, Freycinet Lodge offers comfy cabins and spacious new pavilions, both steps from hiking trails and the beach. Cabins from $161 and pavilions from $400, including breakfast; FreycinetLodge.com.au

ADVENTURE TO HAVE Take a scenic helicopter ride to Maria Island, a penal colonyturned-national park. Whether you summit Mount Maria or trek to the Painted Cliffs, you’re guaranteed to run into kangaroos, wallabies and wombats along the way. From $1,468; TasmanianAirTours.com.au

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WHY GO NOW The chain of six lakes in the town of Chetek are at their prettiest when the water reflects the bright red, orange and yellow colors of fall.

CULTURE HIT Hop the 25-minute ferry to Hobart’s acclaimed Museum of Old and New Art, or MONA. View works by Ai Weiwei, listen to Chris Townend’s sound installation, then take a tour of the on-site winery or brewery. $20; MONA.net.au

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THE BERKSHIRES, MASSACHUSETTS ADVENTURE TO HAVE Start early and tackle the 6.3-mile Mount Greylock Cheshire Harbor Trail, which ascends the highest peak in Massachusetts. For less commitment, hike to a waterfall via The Cascades Trail, a 90-minute path a few minutes from North Adams.

WHY GO NOW The autumnal hues are spectacular in this culture-filled slice of western Massachusetts; the colors peak in mid-October.

W H E R E TO S TAY Tourists, a 48-room hotel co-owned by Wilco bassist John Stirratt, is a refreshing departure from the area’s fussy inns. Guests love the heated saltwater pool and mini bars stocked with locally made snacks. The location, set on over 70 acres and located in North Adams, is minutes from the Appalachian Trail and art institutes such as the Clark. From $378; TouristsWelcome.com

DISH TO TRY In New England, apple cider doughnuts are a fall staple. Get them fresh at Jaeschke’s Orchard, a third-generation, family-owned farm at the base of Mount Greylock. JaeschkesOrchard.com

CULTURE HIT View James Turrell installations or catch live performances by musicians at MASS MoCA, a dynamic arts center set within a sprawling 19th-century factory campus. $20; MASSMoCA.org INSIDER TIP Antiquers make pilgrimages to shop the markets throughout the Berkshires. The Brimfield Antique Flea Market is the biggest and the best. Sept. 8-13, BrimfieldAntiqueFleaMarket.com

GUATEMALA WHY GO NOW Fall marks the end of the rainy season, when the country is lush and green and wildlife is abundant. WHERE TO STAY Built into the hillside above Lake Atitlán, seven-room Casa Palopó lures romantics with its unbeatable views of the sparkling lake and trio of volcanoes. Soak in the scenery from the infinity pool by day and on the restaurant terrace at sunset. From $219; CasaPalopo.com DISH TO TRY Pork and cassava chicharrón, burnt guaque chile and white beans or any of the other reimagined Mayan staples on the tasting menu at Quiltro, a restaurant in Antigua helmed by an alumni of famed restaurant Noma. Eight-course tasting menu from $50; Quiltro.weebly.com CULTURE HIT Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the expansive openair market in Chichicastenago, a town perched at 6,447 feet above sea level in Guatemala’s rugged Western Highlands. $300 per person, including lunch and guide; Viaventure.com INSIDER TIP For perfectly mixed cocktails, visit Ulew, a speakeasy hidden behind a phone booth in Antigua Brewing Co. Ulew.com.gt

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A DV E N T U R E TO H AV E The Reserva Natural Atitlán has three main trails, ranging from an easy 20-minute meander to an hour-long hike that crosses a coffee grove and six suspension bridges. AtitlanReserva.com

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SOUTHWEST ARIZONA WHY GO NOW When the stifling summer heat subsides, the Sonoran Desert is blessed with blue skies and mild temperatures. WHERE TO STAY Book the Saguaro Suite (the jungle bath alone justifies the splurge) at the Posada, a secluded five-suite inn bordering the west side of Saguaro National Park. From $350; TheJoshuaTreeHouse.com/tucson ADVENTURE TO HAVE Saguaro National Park is laced with 150 miles of hiking trails. The King Canyon Trail—3.5 miles one way—connects to a trail that ascends to the top of Wasson Peak, the highest point in the Tucson Mountains at 4,687 feet. CULTURE HIT After the Grand Canyon, the ArizonaSonora Desert Museum is one of the state’s top attractions. Spread across 98 acres, it’s part natural history museum, part zoo and part botanical garden. $21.95; DesertMuseum.org INSIDER TIP At MSA Annex, a collection of indie businesses housed in repurposed shipping containers in Tucson, you can pick up nostalgic Saguaro National Park-inspired gear at Why I Love Where I Live and locally sourced sage bundles from NOW or NEVER. MercadoDistrict.com/annex

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D I S H TO T R Y Tucson boasts America’s first and only UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation. The Mexico Cityinspired fare at Penca, particularly the tacos that come in fresh masa tortillas, are irresistible. PencaRestaurante.com

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

A GUIDE TO DRESS SILHOUETTES

Ball Gown

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.

A-line

Mermaid

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.

Trumpet

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

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

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

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

8 Hike along an inland trail or down a coastal pathway, laugh at a mischievous green monkey in the wildlife preserve or unwind in one of the numerous parks. 9

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If you want to take to the water, board a catamaran in Bridgetown for lunchtime snorkeling, or set sail for a sunset dinner cruise.

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10 Dance the night away in “irie” oblivion to live soca, reggae or calypso at Harbour Lights or hot spot Red Door Lounge.

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.

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

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

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The three islands of Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique are located in the eastern Caribbean at the southern extremity of the Windward Islands, only 100 miles north of Venezuela. 2 International flights stop at Maurice Bishop International Airport, and visitors who continue have only a short hop by interisland charter to Lauriston Airport in Carriacou. 3

The driest season is between January and May. Even during the rainy season, from June to December, it rarely rains for more than an hour at a time and generally not every day. AT A GLANCE

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

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

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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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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. 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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Go horseback riding on Grace Bay beach, one of the highest-rated beaches in the Western Hemisphere. 4 Turks & Caicos is less developed and more upscale than other islands in the Caribbean. 5 Only 8 of the 40 islands are inhabited, which gives it an intimate feel.

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ST. LUCIA AT A GLANCE

1 Visit Sulphur Springs, a “drive-in” volcano, which last erupted two centuries ago. 2

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Make sure you check out Gros Piton and Petit Piton, rugged mountains located on the island’s southwest coast; they’re among the Caribbean’s most recognizable landmarks. 3 You’ll need a guide to enter the island’s restricted rainforest region, so sign up for a tour to walk through the dense foliage and swim in one of the tropical waterfalls. If you’re lucky, you may see the rare St. Lucian parrot.

6 The best place to start a scuba dive along the coral walls is the beach at Anse Chastanet, a hotel on the southwest coast. 7

Some of the coral walls plunge 200 feet deep! Keep your eyes peeled for barrel sponges, angel fish, sea horses, spotted eels, stingrays, nurse sharks and sea turtles. 8 Try local favorites like saltfish and green fig and Creole barbecue. While you’re in Castries, try Pink Plantation House, a can’tmiss Creole restaurant. 9

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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SANDALS GRANDE ST. LUCIAN SPA & BEACH RESORT anoramic views add to this resort’s grandeur, set on its own spectacular peninsula with the ocean on both sides. Indulgences such as 12 gourmet restaurants, including the signature Barefoot by the Sea and Gordon’s on the Pier Restaurant, will impress the most discerning guests. Five magnificent pools and the Red Lane® Spa invite total relaxation. Accommodations include circular Rondoval Suites with private plunge pools, lagoon Swim877-SANDALS up Suites and Over-the-Water Bungalows. Weddings are Sandals.com magical at the Over-the-Water Serenity Wedding Chapel.

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

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

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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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Montego Bay is definitely a must-see. Located near the airport on the northwest side of the island, “MoBay” is perfect for golf getaways and short honeymoon trips. Ever since Sandals opened the first all-inclusive resort there, it’s been the top destination for young newlyweds. 3

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. 4

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To see Jamaica at its best, go during Carnival, the highlight of the Jamaican year, in Kingston, Ocho Rios and MoBay each April and in Negril each May. 7 Reggae lovers should wait until July for the Reggae Sumfest, held in MoBay. 8

While shopping in Montego Bay, be polite and don’t hesitate to haggle. Sellers are insistent. 9 Coconut water—sold as “ice cold jelly” at roadside stands—and conch soup are said to heighten amour. 10

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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.

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.

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

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he beach goes on and on and the party never stops as the flagship Sandals, set on Jamaica’s best, private white-sand beach in Montego Bay. Twelve gourmet restaurants make you think, it doesn’t get any better than this, and a Red Lane® Spa renews you. Wedding bells ring at the new Over-the-Water Serenity Wedding Chapel. For those who prefer glamorous seclusion, the Beachfront Villa Suites with Butler Service provide privilege and specialized butler service 877-SANDALS along a beautiful stretch of beach. Best of all, when you stay Sandals.com here you can play at Sandals Royal Caribbean too!

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

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estled between the St. Ann Mountains and the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica’s hippest resort features three extraordinary destinations in one: the chic Ochi Beach Club and Riviera Seaside, the lively plantation-style Great House, 7 main pools, the exclusive Butler Village with 98 villa pools and romantic Romeo & Juliet Suites. Enjoy 16 restaurants, 11 bars, the region’s only speakeasy—The Rabbit Hole—live entertainment at a cutting-edge amphitheater 877-SANDALS and two Red Lane® Spas. Best of all, your “I do’s” can take Sandals.com center stage at the Over-the-Water Serenity Wedding Chapel.

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

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

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I wasn’t sure how I would feel about downsizing our wedding as a last-minute result of the pandemic. But, our intimate park ceremony was more memorable than I ever expected. There were no other distractions—it was just us. After exchanging vows, we went back home and Morgan made us dinner and a homemade wedding cake. We plan to make this a tradition for our future anniversaries—reading our vows and making a cake at home.

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