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WEDDINGS

SPRING 2019

THEKNOT.COM

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YOURS! C R E AT I V E T W I S T S ON TRADITION

FRESH IDEAS FROM REAL WEDDINGS

REGISTRY FIND S FOR EVERY T YPE OF COUPLE

THE HOTTEST DRESSES STRAIGHT O F F T H E R U N WAY

LOV I N G LAS VEGAS P. 206

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20 THINGS WE’RE LOVING RIGHT NOW SPRING 2019


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CONTENTS

the MAKE TRADITION

ISSUE LET US HELP YOU PLAN A DAY THAT’S TOTALLY YOU.

FEATURES 101 Runway Report The hottest ball gowns, short dresses, capelets and more from Bridal Fashion Week.

132 Traditions With a Twist Celebrate your love with a spin on these staples.

184 20 Things We’re Loving Right Now Our favorite ways to personalize your wedding. Take your love for buds to the next level with romantic floral touches at every turn.

196 Your Registry Your Way Rep your unique style with a wish list geared toward your life together.

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206 Loving Las Vegas These stunning looks hit the bridal fashion jackpot.

264 The Best All-Inclusive Honeymoons Ten ideas for stress-free, everything-included postwedding escapes.

LOVING LAS VEGAS P.206

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CONTENTS

SPRING 2019 110 REAL LOVE

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153 Real Weddings Get inspo from these couples’ one-of-a-kind celebrations.

180 It Takes a Village Maria Menounos’s Greece nuptials to Keven Undergaro.

FASHION & BEAUTY

IN EVERY ISSUE

110 Beauty Beat

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Hair and makeup trends to steal for your day.

112 Ring Report Our picks for pear-shaped sparklers.

114 What to Wear Attire for farm, chateau and yacht club affairs.

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Editor’s Letter Contributors Events The Knot Digital Download Daily Fix Tools Advice Traditions New & Now Last Look

127 Refined Desert

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Give your signature boho style a wedding-worthy twist.

130 Party Pleasers Gifts your crew will love.

138 The Science of Meditation How the Headspace app can help you keep calm and plan on.

TRAVEL 141 What’s Trending The new ways to cruise—plus updates from the big liners.

144 Tips for an Epic

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Destination Celebration Wedding guru Michelle Rago on hosting a killer bash away from home.

146 Honeymoon Style

ON THE COVER PHOTOGRAPHER Tom Corbett

Must-haves for a trip to Amsterdam.

FASHION STYLING Shelley Brown HAIR Ashley Rubell for Cantu

148 City Guide: Las Vegas Where to stay, eat and play in Sin City.

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MAKEUP Brian Duprey for Make Up For Ever at Judy Casey Inc. SHOT ON LOCATION AT CAESARS PALACE IN LAS VEGAS.

GROOMS: PEN / CARLSON; PLATE WITH CARDS: JONNY VALIANT; HONEYMOON: BAUER SYNDICATION/TRUNK ARCHIVE; LIPSTICK SMUDGE: GETTY IMAGES; RINGS, LIPSTICK, COFFEE MAKER: COURTESY OF VENDOR

STYLE & PLANNING

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COFOUNDER

EDITOR IN CHIEF

Carley Roney

Kristen Maxwell Cooper

SENIOR DIRECTOR, REAL WEDDINGS

DEPUTY EDITOR

Rebecca Crumley

Lauren Kay

DESIGN DIRECTOR

Tracy Everding

MANAGING EDITOR

PHOTO DIRECTOR

Maria Bouselli

Jo Miller

SENIOR DIGITAL EDITOR SENIOR NEWS EDITOR FASHION & BEAUTY EDITOR STYLE & PLANNING EDITOR REAL WEDDINGS EDITOR ASSOCIATE REAL WEDDINGS EDITOR ASSOCIATE ART DIRECTOR JUNIOR DESIGNER ASSISTANT EDITOR, RESEARCH ASSISTANT EDITOR, PHOTO ASSOCIATE DIGITAL EDITOR, PHOTO ASSISTANT EDITORS, DIGITAL EDITORIAL ASSISTANT, FASHION & BEAUTY ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR, SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING MANAGER, SOCIAL MEDIA SENIOR VIDEO PRODUCER VIDEO PRODUCER

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SALES MANAGER, COUTURE & FASHION DIRECTOR, SALES ENABLEMENT SENIOR SALES PLANNER SALES PLANNERS

EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATION COORDINATOR DIRECTOR OF INSIGHTS CREATIVE, BRAND & MARKETING

VP, HEAD OF NATIONAL STRATEGY & OPERATIONS MANAGER, REVENUE OPERATIONS ANALYST, REVENUE OPERATIONS ACCOUNT MANAGERS SALES MARKETING ASSOCIATE MANAGER

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EDITOR’S LET TER

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In case you haven’t experienced it yet, let me be the first to tell you that people love to offer unsolicited advice to those planning a wedding. (I imagine you’re all nodding.) While some you’ll gladly accept and value, the rest, well, let’s just say they mean well. But here’s something to consider: If the well-intended advice includes words like “rules” or “traditionally,” or a series of “dos and don’ts,” proceed with caution. Because at The Knot, we believe a wedding should be reflective of two people and their love, not a rule book. Which is why we’re dedicating this issue to the idea of twisting traditions and making your day truly feel like

WE BELIEVE A WEDDING SHOULD BE REFLECTIVE OF TWO PEOPLE AND THEIR LOVE, NOT A RULE BOOK.”

you. We’ve packed it with things like new spins on the unity candle ceremony, tips for including two different cultures into one celebration and even 20 completely new ideas you can add to your wedding. Besides finding lots of inspiration in our pages, my biggest hope is you take away a sense of empowerment to do what feels right for you as a couple, whether it’s incorporating wellestablished traditions or making your own (or a little bit of both). And don’t forget to keep us in the loop! Tell us how you two are personalizing your day by sharing a photo on Instagram and tagging #maketradition and @theknot for a chance to have your story featured.

K R I S T E N M A X W E L L CO O P E R

Editor in Chief @kristenmax ✉ kristen@theknot.com

VOW TO END CHILD MARRIAGE

TWISTS ON TRADITIONS This is one of the coolest “something blues” I’ve ever seen. Plus, it can be worn again after the wedding. p. 132

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in October, $1 was donated for every ring finger post on IG with #VowForGirls From left: Suzy Cirulis, Sarah Bratholt and Selma Koita of Crate & Barrel (a VOW partner) with Girls Not Brides chair Mabel van Oranje

Here’s a staggering fact: Every year, 12 million girls under the age of 18 are married—most against their will. Simply put, this has to change. So The Knot has partnered with VOW, a movement dedicated to creating a world without child marriage, to bring awareness and encourage action. How can you help? Attach VOW to your retail registry through The Knot Gifts Back (TheKnot .com/registry/charity) and a portion of gifts will go to supporting girls at risk.

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CONTRIBUTORS BRIAN DUPREY MAKEUP ARTIST “Loving Las Vegas” (p. 206)

What beauty advice would you give to a bride rocking a statement outfit on her wedding day?

ANITA DONGRE FASHION DESIGNER & FOUNDER OF HOUSE OF ANITA DONGRE “New & Now” (p. 93)

How are modern Indian to-be-weds making traditional wedding attire their own?

Choose a look that will enhance your natural beauty without competing with your outfit. Keep it simple as a refreshing contrast to busy attire, or go more bold by picking one feature to accentuate, like your lips or eyes. I always love to play up eyes with curled lashes (it’s the best way to make your eyes appear more open) and liner, then pair them with a natural lip. @brianduprey

Today’s couples embrace all cultures. The blouse and dupatta are elements women can play with, while men can experiment with their jacket length or prints. I see couples choose both traditional and modern attire for their celebrations. Ultimately, you should be happy in what you wear. @anitadongre

read more from Anita on p. 94

Meet Our Contributors We tapped a few pros from the issue to ask them the questions you want answered. JOVE MEYER OWNER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF JOVE MEYER EVENTS “Color Crush” (p. 154)

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I think tradition is beautiful, but don’t feel like you have to fit in a box. Use customs you’re familiar with as a jumping-off point to create something that feels authentic to your story. Queer couples tend to lean in to traditions we’ve seen, but there’s no reason you have to walk down the aisle like a straight couple. Get creative, and take time to think about the moments that matter. When making your choices, ignore others and do what makes you and your partner comfortable. It’s your wedding. @jovemeyer

see all of our favorite wedding trends on

THINGS WE’RE LOVING

right now

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SARAH EVANS ASSOCIATE ART DIRECTOR

GET INSPIRED WITH OUR ANNUAL LIST OF THE FRESHEST WAYS TO TIE THE KNOT IN STYLE. BY LAUREN KAY

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1 SMOKE BOMB EXITS Sparklers, make way. The new wedding send-off is a riot of color: smoke bombs. These fun props create a cloud of dreamy pigment, eliciting otherworldly photos and “oohs” and “ahhs” from your guests. Match the smoke color to your wedding hues or opt for a standout rainbow backdrop. The only caveat— this farewell is best captured during daylight hours.

JEANNIE MUTRAIS PHOTOGRAPHY; OPPOSITE: STATIONERY: THE

I’m super into the no-makeup makeup look trending in bridal beauty right now. We’re seeing a shift from the pressure to load on heavy wedding day makeup to prioritizing good skin care, considering natural enhancements (like microblading or teeth whitening) and valuing overall wellness. What better way to be your true, confident, radiant self on your special day? @skeinthecity

DE JAUREGUIS;

Any wedding trends you’re obsessing over for spring?

DONGRE: COURTESY OF DONGRE (2); DUPREY: COURTESY OF DUPREY; EVANS: REBECCA DELMAN; MEYER: EDWARD WINTER/READYLUCK; EYE SHADOW: SHUTTERSTOCK

Any tips for couples who want to put a twist on typical wedding traditions?

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THE KNOT GALA, AN ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF OUR INDUSTRY’S PROS, REMINDED GUESTS “LOVE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.” BY KATIE KORTEBEIN PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROEY YOHAI STUDIOS

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“Flight attendants” gave partygoers passports and sent them off on a trip around the world, starting with a 10-foot floral globe on the steps of the iconic New York Public Library in New York City.

VIBES Attendees were invited to explore the worlds set up in various areas of the library while enjoying signature drinks. The band packed the dance floor with Indian, Latin and African tunes and guests visited the photo booth to take the “best passport photo” ever.

FR ANCO-MANIA Lavender, cypress trees and florals transported guests to the fields of Provence. Decadent dishes, like a tomato and goat cheese confit and cream-filled brioche, made this très chic garden space a must visit. MARR AKESH MARKETS Moroccan spices and boldly colored linens set the stage for Middle Eastern flavors like lamb skewers and mini meat pies. A hot tea infusion bar paired clove chai with festive cotton candy.

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WORLD OF TOMORROW A techie diner with a 20-foot conveyor belt, performers in disco gear and a rotating, lightfilled tunnel transported guests to the future. The high-tech 360-degree photo booth (think: dramatic music video moment) captured guests.

CHAN, UPSHAW, MCGRADY: BANGA STUDIOS

ZEN DEN Towering bamboo trees lined the hall and led guests to a bao bun bar with crunchy shrimp and spiced smoked tofu offerings. Vibrant red fabric with gilded accents played to the Japanese influence.

POLAR PAVILION Guests enjoyed East and West Coast oysters served by attendants dressed in alpine attire, or helped themselves at the 10-foot bar made entirely of ice. Acrylic furniture and silvery linens finished off the cool look.

OUR PROS Planning & Design Chandelier Events Venue The New York Public Library, New York City Catering Thomas Preti Caterers Flowers L’Atelier Rouge Lighting & Technology Visual Comet Event Photography Roey Yohai Studios Videography Monachetti Weddings Stationery Ceci New York Printing Bombshell Graphics Furniture RentQuest Rentals Something Different Party Rental Linens Nüage Designs Napkins Logomotion Draping & Carpet Gio Draping Events Fabrication IGO Productions Oysters Oysters XO Cotton Candy Fluffpop Custom Ice Okamoto Studio Rum Bar Blue Chair Bay Rosé Notorious Pink Spirits Total Wine & More DJ DJ Brian B Entertainment On the Move Entertainment; SHIEN Artists Portrait Photographer Banga Studios Photo Booth Studio Z Photo Booths Cutout Signs Dogwood Blossom Stationery Security GSS Security Services Hair & Makeup Beautini; Domenica Beauty; LeJeune Artistry; MG Hair & Makeup Dresses White Runway Shoes Rescue Flats

Dress designer Hayley Paige and date Conrad Louis

The Bachelor’s Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham

FAMILIAR FACES A few old, and new, friends stopped by to party with us. Randy Fenoli (center) with Peter Dierckx and Dick Van Zutphen

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The Knot Influencers Back row from left: DeAndré Upshaw, Lincoln Oliver, Keyma Morgan, Sydel Curry-Lee, Olivia Harlan Dekker, Alan Paron, Lauren Chan, Hunter McGrady, Brian Keys; front row from left: William “WilldaBeast” Adams, Janelle Ginestra-Adams, Megan Mace, Liz Mace

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When it comes to nailing the vision for your day, the right team of pros matters—big time. How do you find them? Start with The Knot Best of Weddings winners (TheKnot.com/bow), our annual list of the top vendors—planners, photographers and more—in every state. Bonus: They’re chosen by couples just like you.

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SCENE-STEALING HONEYMOONS Let your fave movie or TV show inspire your newlywed getaway. 1

1 Crazy Rich Asians Marina Bay Sands in Singapore is the site of the film's ending. Other locales featured in the flick include Langkawi, Kuala Lumpur and Penang in Malaysia.

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2 Game of Thrones Visit the location for King’s Landing in Malta or the setting for the Battle of the Blackwater in Dubrovnik, Croatia. 3 Mamma Mia! Head to Skopelos, Greece, where you can find the iconic hilltop church from the movie. Hole up at Skopelos Village Hotel, the seaside resort where the stars stayed while filming.

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This Valentine’s Day, we’re giving you more to celebrate than just your love. The Knot has teamed up with digital music service Spotify to launch exclusive wedding specific playlists that will make choosing your reception beats easier than ever. The best part? It’s free to follow and listen. First up, a list of crowd-pleasing tunes sure to keep your dance floor packed all night long. You’ll also find a lineup of top first dance songs including the most popular hits from The Knot Real Weddings study. And for those with months to go before saying “I do,” we’ll be refreshing the playlists throughout the year.

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First comes love, then comes a walk down the dinnerware aisle. Roulette Dinnerware from Clare and Joel’s registry. Married October 18, 2008.

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Share your wedding rituals, both original and handed down, on Instagram with the hashtag #maketradition to be featured on @theknot.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT TRADITIONS

(and making your own)

TURN TO OUR STORY ON P. 132.

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1ST ROW FROM LEFT: @DANDEWAARD, ALBERT CHEUNG PHOTOGRAPHY, @CLAU917; SECOND ROW FROM LEFT: @THUYPHAMPHOTOGRAPHY, @LAURAGRIERTRAVEL; THIRD ROW FROM LEFT: @FLEETFOOTPHOTOGRAPHY, @JEYKOGALERIA, @DARKOPHOTOGRAPHY; FOURTH ROW FROM LEFT: @LUCILEKPHOTOGRAPHIE, @JENFARIELLO, @THEMOREWESEE

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DAILY FIX

Celebrate Tradition

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Clockwise from top right: “Prelude” by Nazia Hyder, San Diego, CA.“Shade Garden” invitation and custom postage stamp by Robin Ott, Orrville, OH NEW! All-Script Minted Envelope™. The Minted Envelope: U.S. Patent No. 10,007,943.“Lacy Meadow Ovals ” by Shiny Penny Studio, Ventura, CA.“Pattern Play ” by Seven Swans, Cape Town, South Africa.“Sweet Setting ” by Lindsay Megahed, Schaumburg, IL.“Modern Script ” letterpress invitation by Kelly Schmidt, Vancouver, Canada.

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TOOLS CONGRATULATIONS

You’re Engaged! Here are the big to-dos from “yes” to “I do.” Turn the page for more, including the tools you’ll need and how to get your personalized checklist.

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

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

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REGISTER & CREATE A WEBSITE 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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PLAN THE CEREMONY Meet with your officiant to discuss the details and attend prewedding counseling if required.

SHOP FOR RINGS Try on and purchase your wedding rings—then get insurance. (Now it’s starting to feel really real, right?)

FINALIZE OTHER PARTY DETAILS Plan your rehearsal dinner, after-party and morning-after brunch.

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GO FOR FITTINGS Have the final attire fittings and arrange for dress and/or suit pickup.

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CHOOSE A POINT PERSON If you don’t have a wedding planner or day-of coordinator, task an attendant or family member to be the go-to so you can relax and enjoy the day.

BUY YOUR WEDDING PAPER Decide on invites, thank-yous and other stationery. If you place one order, you may snag a discount.

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

PICK THE FORMALWEAR Shop for your attire and schedule necessary fittings—don’t forget accessories. Decide what your wedding party will wear too.

GET THE MARRIAGE LICENSE Head to the state registrar’s office in the county where you’ll wed for this must-have doc.

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

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

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Clockwise from top left: “Headlining Announcement” by Katy Shen, San Francisco, CA. “Our Day ” save the date and digital address collection card by Susan Moyal, Toronto, Canada.

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TOOLS

Organizing all those details and to-dos? 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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PHOTOGRAPHY BY YUNHEE KIM

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

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Plan Your Wedding on Your Phone

GET YOUR DAY-OF TIMELINE As you check off to-dos (so satisfying, right?) the app creates a detailed day-of timeline. Share it with your pros, wedding party and VIPs. This way, everyone knows when it’s all going down, and you can focus on enjoying some champagne and having a blast with your people. >>

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DISCOVER YOUR ST YLE 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.

PERFECT YOUR COLOR PALET TE Check out the colors that match your wedding style. And not to worry—you can always change them up as you plan.

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

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FA S H I O N

I’ll be flying with my wedding dress— what are some good travel tips? Harmony Walton: Always carry it on. And add a few layers of protection, like tissue, between your gown and the garment bag. Before you board, check airline sites for your options. Some have closets where you can hang it, but you may need to lay it in the overhead. Don’t stress—simply steam it once you arrive. As a rule, never check anything you can’t live without on your wedding day.

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What are some fresh color palettes for Indian weddings? Shawna Gohel: This depends on your aesthetic, but I love a look that leans toward saturated glamour. Since Indian weddings are bright, energetic celebrations, vibrant palettes tend to work best. Some of my favorite hues for weddings include jewel-toned combinations such as saffron and plum, peacock blue and silver, or crimson and gold.

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How can I tell if prospective vendors are LGBTQ+ friendly? Brittny Drye: No one wants to have that conversation of, “By the way, I’m a woman marrying a woman— are you cool with that?” It’s super uncomfortable to feel like you have to “out” yourself every time you talk to a vendor. To avoid the awkward (and possibly heartbreaking) convo, there are ways to determine if a pro is equality minded before even sending an email. While some sites clearly state their delight in working with everyone, others may not be as clear. This is where you’ll need to do a deep dive into their online presence: Does their website have images of LGBTQ+ couples? Do they use gender-neutral language? Do their social accounts celebrate LGBTQ+ marriage? (Pro tip: Go back to June 2015 to see if they posted about the marriage equality win.) You can also see if they’re a preferred vendor or have had work featured on equality-minded sites like Love Inc., or if they include badges like the one from The Knot.

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The Couple Surgery residents Ida Lim and Andrew Adler met in California and live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Details Ida and Andrew made it official on June 2, 2018, at MyMoon, a Spanish restaurant in Brooklyn, New York.

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Customary Accessories “We wanted everyone to wear yarmulkes for the ceremony,” Andrew says. “I also brought my talis from my bar mitzvah, which is what’s wrapped around my and Ida’s shoulders. It’s common to wear it to services, so I decided to bring mine to our wedding.”

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Chinese Tea Ceremony The pair served tea to Ida’s family in Malaysia about two months ahead of their wedding to respect her mom’s wishes. In Brooklyn, they dished it out preceremony for their elders and siblings, though they reserved the usual cheongsam attire for cocktail hour. Gift Exchange The two received red envelopes filled with gold and money after honoring their family with tea. “My jewelry cuffs were imprinted with dragons and phoenix,” Ida says. The animals are symbolic of man and wife, or yin and yang, according to feng shui.

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Unity Ceremony “We wanted to involve our parents somehow,” Andrew says. After both sets poured orange sand into a glass vase, Ida and Andrew followed with gold—the shades are considered lucky in Chinese culture.

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Blended Ketubah “We edited the Hebrew marriage license to read like a spiritual agreement,” Andrew says. “We then encircled it with Chinese designs and a dragon and phoenix,” Ida adds. “The color red is favorable in my culture.”

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NEW & NOW STEP ONE Using acrylic paint, decorate the exterior of an invitation box (found at paper stores) with a pattern or color that complements your suite. Let dry. Line the interior with paper or fabric (leaving it as is is fine too).

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INDIANWESTERN FUSION As one of the hottest bridal couture designers in India, Anita Dongre has dressed everyone, including royalty and Bollywood celebs. Now, Dongre is debuting her first-ever collection of Western bridal gowns called One World. Here, she gives us the scoop on her new line. What are some Indian bridal trends? Traditionally, Indian brides wore red, but the modern bride is changing the rules. She’s wearing any color that suits her. It could be hot pink, soft blush or emerald green. Typically, white was never worn at an Indian wedding, but I’ve met a lot of young Indian brides who actually did wear white dresses. How has Indian bridal design changed over time? In the last few years I’ve realized the Indian bride wants to be comfortable. When I designed my collection, I made comfort my number one priority. For example, one of my clients loved that I made her dress with big pockets. What do you take into consideration when designing a custom dress? Wearability is key. In the past, Indian brides were demure and didn’t dance. Today, they’re dancing more than anyone. I use a fabric from Rajasthan, India, that makes the lehenga lightweight. I want my bride to feel comfortable while still looking like a princess.

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R U N WAY R E P O R T These are the wedding dress trends you need to know about—straight from the Bridal Fashion Week runways. Get a sneak peek of the styles hitting salons near you in the coming months. >>

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If you’re swapping a big ceremony for city hall, looking for a cool rehearsal dinner ensemble, or just aren’t into dresses, these sleek-and-chic pant options have you covered. >>

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Bling it on. Allover sequins and metallic beads turned the runways into a glittery affair.

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RUNWAY REPORT

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Voluminous sleeves are back (yes, we’re serious). This new take on an old trend is all about modern romance.

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SHORT DRESSES

A flirty hemline is an unexpected way to mix it up—and show off a killer pair of shoes.

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Fresh Flowers These florals actually are groundbreaking. Put a new twist on the classic flower crown by weaving clusters of blooms through your ’do.

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FASHION & BEAUT Y

GET THE LOOK

Bright Lip

GET THE LOOK Tatouage Couture liquid matte lip stain in Rouge Tatouage, $37, YSLBeautyUS.com

Odette gold pearl hair vine, $245, RachelSimpson Shoes.co.uk

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Pink Flush

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Going au naturel? Apply a pink-tinted stain to your lips and cheeks for a freshfaced effect that will keep you from looking washed out.

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Sleek Bun

Simple but oh-so chic, a classic low chignon puts all the focus on your face—and your killer outfit. Add long ribbons for a romantic touch. GET THE LOOK Trophy shine and texture spray, $30, RandCo.com

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Crowning Glory

Bold Brows

Strong brows create a flattering frame for your face. Use a finetipped pencil to amp up what you’ve already got or fill in sparse or overplucked areas. GET THE LOOK Brow Wiz eyebrow pencil, $21, AnastasiaBeverlyHills.com

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A vibrant lip color gives minimal makeup some serious sex appeal. Pro tip: Opt for a formula with a matte finish that will last all day.

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FASHION & BEAUT Y

RING REPORT

a solitaire setting in yellow gold gives off cool-girl vibes

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FLATTER YOUR FINGERS Similar to oval-cut diamonds, the elongated look of a pear-shaped sparkler makes your digits look longer and slimmer.

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1 Duet pear ring, $7,200, KatKim.com 2 Pear-shaped halo engagement ring, $1,915 (not including center stone), SylvieCollection.com 3 Classic pavé solitaire engagement ring, price upon request, DeBeers.com 4 The Pear engagement ring, $3,800 VraiandOro.com 5 Simply Tacori engagement from $3,800, ring, $3,890 (not including center stone), Tacori.com 6 Platinum Tiara engagement ring, $5,950, TrumpetandHorn.com 7 Nestled pear diamond ring, $2,289, WWake.com 8 Free Bird pear diamond engagement ring, price upon request, Forevermark by Jade Trau, Forevermark.com 9 Three-stone engagement ring, price upon request, UneekJewelry.com

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FASHION & BEAUT Y

WHAT TO WEAR

GO CASUAL FOR A

FARM Wedding Skip the more formal duds for rustic “I dos.” Play off the relaxed feel of the outdoors with a simple lace dress, laid-back linen suit and nature-inspired accents.

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Jacket, $350, pants, $150, vest, $70, Pronto Uomo, MensWearhouse.com; shirt, $100, Calvin Klein, MensWearhouse.com; tie, $19, Bows-N-Ties.com; pin, $8, TheTieBar.com; cuff links, $30, TheWoodReserve.com; boots, $995, MironCrosby.com >>

on her Dress in sizes up to 28, $2,249, SotteroandMidgley.com; earrings, $34, OliveandPiper .com; hair comb, $58, ChloeandIsabel.com; shoes, $30, JustFab.com

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DEVON JARVIS; STYLING: ANNA LEMI; FARM: KAYLA LUPEAN PHOTOGRAPHY & CINEMA; CUFF LINKS: COURTESY OF VENDOR

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WHAT TO WEAR

GET GLAM FOR A

CHATEAU Wedding Feeling fancy? A grand venue is your chance to dress to impress. Bring the drama with an embellished ball gown, classic black tux and luxe statement accessories.

Château de Vallery, Vallery, France

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Dress in sizes up to 28, $3,700, Morilee.com; earrings, $925, JenniferBehr.com; clutch, $110, Moyna, BHLDN.com; shoes, $385, Liv Hart for Bella Belle, BellaBelleShoes.com

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WHAT TO WEAR

KEEP IT CLASSIC FOR A

YACHT CLUB Wedding A seaside soiree is your opportunity to get preppy. A dapper blue suit and sleek boatneck gown are a polished pair. Add nautical details for a fun nod to your waterfront locale.

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on them Bespoke suit and shirt, shop similar styles at BindleandKeep.com; earrings, $20, ElvaFields.com; tie, $28, lapel pin, $20, Ties.com; shoes, $200, ColeHaan.com

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WHAT TO WEAR

MAKE IT CHIC FOR YOUR

WEDDING PARTY Mix up your bridesmaid and groomsmaid looks with a fresh color palette and trendy silhouettes. Trust us—your girls will love it.

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yacht club wedding Dress in sizes up to 6, $270, TheStoneColdFox.com; earrings, $65, ShopShashi.com; clutch, $1,150, JimmyChoo .com; shoes, $129, ImagineVinceCamuto.com

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Dress in sizes up to 30, $150, DavidsBridal .com; bracelet, $75, KendraScott.com; clutch, $65, NinaShoes .com; shoes, $328, SomethingBleu Shoes.com

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STYLE & PLANNING Give your signature relaxed boho style a wedding-worthy twist with a palette of dusty rose, ocher and burnt orange, plus tons of texture for added interest. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGRAPH BY JONNY VALIANT STYLING BY COURTNEY DE WET

this palette is right on trend! Pantone’s color of the year is “living coral”

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From top left: Gallery Abstract Art invitation in Harvest, $234 for 100, Alethea and Ruth, Minted.com; Old Havana plates in Coral, from $12 each, Zala napkins (similar), $40 for 4, Anthropologie .com; Mini dream catcher, $11 for 3, Bella’s Garden, Amazon.com; Joyfully Ever After place cards in Tangerine, $70 for 100, Faiths Designs, Minted.com >>

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PERFECT PALETTE A mix of sunset hues sets the scene for a relaxed, romantic affair.

Add It to Your Wedding

REFINED DESERT

TERRA-COTTA An easy-on-the-eyes natural orange tint.

Use these chic ideas to plan the fresh boho bash of your dreams (actual desert

MUSTARD Muted and soft, this shade is still sunny.

setting is totally optional, btw).

ROSE Think of rose as a neutral base tone.

MAUVE A bit moody, mauve has an edge.

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PLAY WITH DIFFERENT TEXTURES When working with a pale palette, texture is important. Incorporate elements in terra-cotta, sandstone and canvas for a current feel.

SAGE Cool green balances other warm hues.

LIVE ACCENTS Work a few of these unexpected plants into your wedding scene.

FAKE THE PERFECT LOCALE Channel dusty vibes for your day no matter where you live by seeking out a botanical garden that has a dedicated wing of arid plants like succulents, cacti and more. Trust us—it’s just like the real thing. THINK BEYOND FLOWERS For a fresh cake topper, swap buds for a cluster of cacti and thistle. A coral drip topping completes the unique look.

KING PROTEA This standout stem comes in white too.

XEROGRAPHICA An air plant adds playful dimension.

FUNK UP YOUR FASHION Opt for boho-friendly attire, like a lightweight linen suit, lace dress or wide-brimmed hat. Encourage your crew to get in on the fun with a “desert-chic” dress code (just have some more deets on your website). TAKE CARE OF YOUR GUESTS Actually hosting in the sun and sand? Give extra attention to friends and family as they brave the hot temps with infused water, umbrellas and sunscreen.

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PAMPAS GRASS Fluffy grass looks A+ on an altar.

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CREATE AN INSTA-WORTHY LOUNGE Give everyone a place to chill during cocktail hour (or dancing) with a slew of pillows and poufs, vintage rugs and a macramé backdrop.

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74% OF TO-BEWEDS HAVE AT LEAST ONE SIGNATURE WEDDING ELEMENT

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For Jeffrey and Augustus, their complementary outfits represented their marriage.

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“SOMETHING BLUE”

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a fresh take on the shade Originally thought to deflect the Evil Eye and represent purity and fidelity, the “something blue” superstition of years past is meant to help couples get luck on their side ahead of “I do”—whether they want to prevent a rainy ceremony, drunken groomsman or legit marriage doom (not that you should be worried about that last one). Nowadays though, the pretty hue is showing up in much more playful ways than before, with modern pairs working blue into everything from getaway cars and painted leather jackets to frosty signature cocktails and even their wedding day hairstyle (how cool is that?). >>

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personality-packed outfits Historically, matching bridesmaid dresses stemmed less from wanting a colorcoordinated girl squad and more from, you know, distracting vengeful attackers looking to kidnap a bride because of her dowry. Thankfully, we live in 2019, and you can marry whomever you want with whomever you want by your side. And if you don’t envision your crew rocking the same floor-length gown, encourage them to choose their own unique looks that match their personalities. Unifying the vibe through a color palette or pattern helps it feel cool but cohesive.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: HUNTER RYAN PHOTO; ANNE MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY; ZAC WOLF PHOTOGRAPHY; CAT MAYER STUDIO; INSTAGRAM: KATIE STOOPS PHOTOGRAPHY

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How perfect are these floral-patterned skirts?

Wedding confections may have been a mainstay since, oh, ancient Rome—but that doesn’t mean one has to appear at your bash. If you’re a pair that prefers savory to sweet or Swiss cheese to Swiss buttercream, then you do you. Cut into a stack of cheese wheels or feed each other from a tower of whippedcream covered waffles. As long as there are a few sweet moments to end the night (guests love a sugar rush), no one will miss the cake—promise.

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special moments for two At its core, marriage is two lives becoming one (awww), so it’s no surprise that customs meant to reinforce unity are at the center of many religious and spiritual ceremonies. Tried-and-true acts like lighting a candle or tying your hands together (known as handfasting) are still wildly popular with couples, but more duos are choosing to cement their bond with a unity moment that’s more reflective of their love story. Was your first date at a Mexican taco joint? Mix up the perfect batch of guac (cilantro or no cilantro, we’ll let you decide) or swig tequlia shots as your first act as a married pair. Or get your blood pumping by tag-team sawing a log to then display in your home. Whatever you come up with, give the act a shout-out in your ceremony program to let guests in on the unique meaning behind it. (Hey, you could even invite them to take those tequila shots with you.)

TRADITIONS AROUND THE WORLD

Native American quilt wrapping symbolizes warmth.

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A Chinese tea ceremony shows familial respect.

44% OF COUPLES HAVE THEIR PHOTOGRAPHER CAPTURE A “FIRST LOOK” AHEAD OF THEIR CEREMONY

Whether out of superstition or religious reasons, many couples forgo seeing each other before hitting the aisle. And while that’s totes a personal choice, it doesn’t mean you can’t score those cute “first look” photos you see all over Insta. If you don’t want to have a face-to-face with your love before the ceremony, why not try a secluded hand hold meets pep talk, in which you touch— but not see—your partner? Or get wow-worthy reactions from your crew by revealing your wedding day look to your parents, friends or siblings. >>

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Swapping posed portraits for couples shots on a merry-go-round? Yes, please!

African American broom jumping is a tribute to tradition.

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fun with your florals Believe it or not, flowers at a wedding have less than romantic beginnings. They were initially incorporated to ward off evil and mask odor. (Yep, sorry.) But since then, pretty stems have become a main style point for many to-be-weds looking to decorate their day. For a fresh twist, take inspiration from Victorian-era couples and ask your florist to use buds with special meanings (like gardenias for joy or hydrangeas for gratitude) or focus on drama with oversize bouquets and hanging installations. Non-flower “flowers” are big now too, so feel free to trade petals for plants, greenery and even tropical leaves painted in pastels.

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The Science of Meditation

Wedding planning stressing you out? App Headspace can help you keep calm and plan on. BY IVY JACOBSON

QUALITY SLEEP It’s one thing to get enough sleep—but do you wake up actually feeling rested? In stressful times, even if you hit the sheets for eight hours, the mind can stay active, so you could still wake up tired. With meditation, it’s easier to fall asleep, get quality zzz’s and feel totally refreshed. LESS STRESS Of course your second cousin RSVP’d with a plus-one. Meditation will help you keep perspective and be less reactive. Studies show using Headspace can

Get Started Download the Headspace app for free from the app store and start with the unlimited use Basics pack (also free!) or other paid subscription options.

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reduce stress in 10 days, and curb anxiety by 31 percent.

FU N FAC T Four weeks of Headspace improves focus by

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BETTER PRODUCTIVITY You’re wedding planning, aka doing all the things. If you can train your mind to be less distracted and more present, you can focus on one task at a time and do it better and efficiently—win-win.

HEALTHIER CHOICES The busier our minds are, the more stressed we are, and the less we prioritize our physical health. If you practice meditation, you’ll have more clarity,

BEGIN SLOWLY Like training for a marathon, start with an easy run. Don’t go into meditation with too many expectations— there’s a reason it’s called a “practice.”

FIND TIME Carve out 5 to 10 minutes (put it in your calendar if need be). View it as a break or treat—this is the only time in your day when you can focus on you.

allowing you to step away from old patterns and pick healthier options. Meditation also helps with heart health and decreasing blood pressure.

IMPROVED MOOD Our moods change daily. We can let ourselves get really dialed in to the highs and lows, or instead, create space for them to come and go, knowing they’ll pass. Having that perspective will give you freedom and a sense of contentment with how the mind is now—even when the wrong colored linens arrive.

PICK A PLACE Scope out a spot where you won’t be interrupted. You can even meditate in your car before work, or during your commute on a train or bus.

FOCUS ON BREATH When you get distracted (which will definitely happen and is completely normal) bring your attention back to your breathing and zero in on that.

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In a busy world where everyone wants to see effective and immediate results on everything they invest time in, you may be iffy on trying meditation to improve your state of mind. But Headspace, a guided meditation app, offers clinically validated research and studies on the mindfulness meditation field. “If you meditate, things will still go wrong in life. But would you rather respond in a place of calm or with a quick, angry reaction?” says cofounder Andy Puddicombe. Here, he shares five science-backed benefits.

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We know—the words “cruise ship” probably conjure up images of endless buffets, crowded pools and nightly bingo. But these lines are revolutionizing the way you set sail with boutique-hotel-like accommodations, adultsonly itineraries, guided tours at amazing ports along the way and more. If you’re looking to honeymoon on the water, these picks won’t disappoint.

Yes, Virgin—as in Richard Branson. You can expect his well-known luxe style to be all over the Scarlet Lady (its first ship in the fleet), with some of the most well-known design groups throughout the world coming together to outfit the yacht-like vessel. Get ready to catch some rays— 93 percent of the rooms boast an ocean view, and 86 percent have their own balcony. Want access to the super-exclusive Richard’s Rooftop? Book one of its plush suites. Oh, and did we mention the cruise is adults only? Pricing to be announced, VirginVoyages.com SETTING SAIL 2020 EXTRA AMENITIES Free group fitness classes, The Manor nightclub, Redemption Spa, The Test Kitchen restaurant >>

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPEDITIONS Set sail to Greece with National Geographic and you’re in for a real adventure. And when we say sail, we mean it—you’ll be staying on the Sea Cloud, a four-masted, 30-sail ship built in 1931 by a Wall Street mogul for his wife (how romantic is that?). The décor of the ship is like no other and will transport you into an era of high society elegance. You’ll board in Athens and journey on the Mediterranean for nine days with an expedition team—who will give you the true ins and outs of the region and its history—making stops at archaeological site Delos, beautiful Tinos, picturesque Santorini and more. National Geographic has other itineraries too, including in the South Pacific and Bering Sea, and even to Antarctica, so you’re sure to find the right voyage for your wanderlust. From $9,680 for Greece sail, NationalGeographic.com/expeditions SETTING SAIL September 2019; June and August 2020 EXTRA AMENITIES Stops in the Mediterranean to swim, a chance to learn about sailing, open-air lounge, first-class restaurant

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DELFIN AMAZON CRUISES Nature’s the star as you cruise through Peru’s Amazon Rainforest. Make friends with manatees, swim with pink dolphins, kayak on calm waters or head for a trail walk to take in the surrounding flora and fauna. You’ll be off the boat exploring most of the time during the four- to five-day itineraries, but its ships will feel like home. Its fleet of three are made up entirely of suites (some even have their own plunge pools), and even its biggest vessel feels intimate, with only 44 guests max. From $2,550, DelfinAmazonCruises.com SETTING SAIL Year-round EXTRA AMENITIES Cooking classes, spa treatments inspired by the rain forest, night safaris

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The only line to offer inter-island cruising in Hawaii, you’ll have about 100 hours of shore time during your seven days aboard Pride of America. Plus, new ship Norwegian Bliss is now cruising in the Caribbean, and Norwegian Encore is launching in fall 2019 debuting The Haven: luxe suites with 24-hour butler service. CARNIVAL

Carnival is known for its party vibe—and new ship Carnival Horizon lives up to its rep, with fun offerings like a barbecue joint by Guy Fieri, its SkyRide attraction (literally biking in the sky) and many bars. But there’s plenty of room for romance too. Recharge at Serenity, its adults-only retreat.

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U by Uniworld is a river cruise made for millennials (think: silent discos and glamping on the roof deck). Enjoy an immersive experience on and off the boat along the Danube in Germany or on its new eight-day sail on the Seine in Northern France. Customize your trip with experiences that suit your vibe, whether it’s heading to the Normandy Beaches or bar crawling in Paris. From $1,999 per person, UbyUniworld.com SETTING SAIL April to October 2019 EXTRA AMENITIES Bikes for exploring, sunrise yoga, mixology classes

Symphony of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world, debuted in late 2018. Take advantage of its Perfect Day at CocoCay, a private island in the Bahamas exclusive to Royal guests. Get adventurous with zip-lining or kick back in an overwater cabana. Onboard, head to Hooked Seafood, perched atop the ship, and dine on oysters (shucked to order) as you take in 360-degree views.

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Surprise and Delight Your guests traveled a long way to celebrate with you, so let them know how happy you are to have them there. Kick things off with a thoughtful welcome bag. On your wedding day, thank them with a handwritten note under their plate (tip them off to the surprise during the opening toast). Details that reflect you as a couple will be what guests love and remember most.

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Splurge on an experience. Treat your guests to cooking classes or a sunset boat cruise with a signature sip.

Incorporating local goods in your welcome bags truly gives guests a sense of place—plus delicious treats to snack on. Check out open markets and specialty shops for unique items.

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INCLUDE A REGIONAL TRADITION Lean in to the culture of your destination. In Germany, breaking porcelain equals good luck. And in Wales, the bridal bouquet is traditionally made with myrtle, symbolizing love, and is shared with the entire wedding party. Indian weddings often involve the bride’s family trying to steal the groom’s shoes. Find a tradition that speaks to you, and then put your own twist on it.

GIVE BACK TO THE AREA Encourage guests to participate in doing good by donating their time (perhaps a pre-organized service opportunity) or money in lieu of wedding gifts to a local organization in the community where you’re saying “I do.” Or coordinate with the wedding venue and donate extra wedding items, like décor or leftover favors, after the celebration.

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Work with the on-site chef to bake your family’s special cookie recipe. Then have the sweet treats placed on guests’ pillows at turndown one evening, or wrap them up as easy-to-travel-with favors. And don’t forget to include the recipe as a keepsake.

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CUTE CARRY-ON Luggage, $1,150, Rimowa.com

EAT Amsterdam is known for its fries (try Wil Graanstra Friteshuis), wurst (check out Worst Wijncafé) and pancakes (stop by The Happy Pig).

DO The Van Gogh Museum is a must. Tour the city by bike or boat—or private gondola. And don’t miss a trip to one of its famous coffee shops.

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FOODIES The dining options are truly endless. But take note: You’ll be able to score a res at the Las Vegas outpost of many of the country’s hottest restaurants. Have an Italian feast at Rao’s, or load up on sushi at Nobu. If fun cocktails are more your thing, Velveteen Rabbit, Commonwealth and Frankie’s Tiki Room are all great options.

SHOW TIME Throw it back and belt out some tunes at a Backstreet Boys or Britney Spears concert.

DRINK PRETTY The rainbow lattes at Sambalatte are pretty much art, and they’re delicious.

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FUN IN THE SUN Chill out and recover in the lazy river—with a drink in hand, of course—at the Mandalay Bay.

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CEREMONY BACKDROP Simone and Charlie exchanged personal vows in front of grid trellises overflowing with neon flowers.

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STATIONERY The bright, botanical suite invited guests to a weekend that kicked off with welcome drinks and s’mores.

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BLOOMS “The most amazing part is how natural all the flowers looked,” Simone says of the unexpected groupings of spray-painted florals, wood-cut leaves and iridescent Mylar accents. BOUTONNIERE Charlie’s exotic accessory was an allium bullet. FAMILY Both the bride and the groom were escorted down the aisle by their parents. FASHION Carol Hannah designed Simone’s custom gown. “She helped me realize the ‘modern woodland nymph’ vision of my dreams,” Simone says. WELCOME BAGS Bright Baggu totes filled with all the essentials, plus a custom map and enamel pins with the couple’s wedding hashtag, readied travelers for the festivities. RECREATION “It makes me really happy to have shared the experience with the people closest to us,” Charlie says of the packed weekend, which included pool time and games on the lake.

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imone Hill (28 and an MBA candidate) wears and decorates with shades that span the rainbow. So when she and Charlie Brosens (30 and works in real estate) started planning their celebration at Cedar Lakes Estate in rural Hudson Valley, New York, they knew a simple, rustic design wasn’t going to cut it. “We wanted to create a New York City loft wedding but in a barn,” Simone says. Though the design was a departure from the setting, the location was essential for all the outdoor entertainment the couple planned for their guests. “I’ve always loved summer camp,” Simone says. “I wanted the vibe to feel like a mini vacation away with tons of activities to bring everyone together.” —Becky Murray

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SEAT ASSIGNMENTS Simone and Charlie wanted to wow the crowd as much as possible. Case in point: Guests found their tables with the help of a multicolor acrylic escort display covered with more than 10 kinds of plants. CEILING INSTALLATION A “cloud” of spray-painted baby’s breath, Mylar and fringe brightened up the barn. CAKE A luminous topper added sparkle to the naked confetti cake coated in pink frosting. SIGNATURE DRINKS Two sips livened up cocktail hour: One similar to the Purple Drank the pair loves at Sweet Chick Restaurant in New York City, and a mango margarita dubbed Mango Matchmaker, named after their friend who set them up at Princeton. ENTERTAINMENT A brass band the pair first heard at a bar in Manhattan’s Chinatown played during hors d’oeuvres.

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WEDDING ST YLE Eclectic, Whimsical and a touch of Rustic. The setting could be a Loft, Barn or Backyard.

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MUST-HAVES A Family-Style Meal Diners shared plates like grilled summer stone fruit with mascarpone, slow-roasted halibut and pasta with garden herb pesto. Double-Duty Décor The ceremony trellises and flowers were reused to decorate the entrance to the barn. A Winning Wardrobe Simone traded in her wedding dress for a slinky satin gown at the reception. For the after-party, she went with festive shorts.

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Ingredients Everyone was up and dancing the whole time. I was just busy soaking in the energy and love. —SIMONE TA K E O U R S T Y L E Q U I Z TO C R E AT E YO U R È O W N W E D D I N G V I S I O N BY D OW N LOA D I N G The Knot Wedding Planner app

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CEREMONY “I always wanted to get married on the beach because I grew up going there,” Armando says.

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BRIDESMAIDS Half of Janie’s wedding party wore tulle, and the other half wore embroidered lace dresses. JEWELRY Though Armando proposed with an aquamarine engagement ring, the pair designed a second, snowflake-inspired one together. ENTERTAINMENT For a “hint of fiesta” and a good photo op, Janie and Armando surprised guests with a flower-bearing burro. FASHION Janie fell in love with her dress in part because of the “different and unique” Spanish vibe of the neckline. WELCOME BAGS The couple stuffed tote bags with local favorites, including Melipona honey. ESCORT CARDS Janie and her sister, the maid of honor, created the seat assignments with dried flowers and brass frames. PROGRAMS The pair printed a pen-and-ink sketch of the beachfront resort on their ceremony booklets.

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or Janie Lucia Jung (27 and an event planner) and Armando Villarreal (37 and an engineering director) love is found in the details—and those who help you pull them together. The pair always puts an emphasis on the little things, like Armando waiting for the sun to set to propose while in Italy, or the two working together on researching weather patterns for their beach vows. This attention to detail shined in every aspect of their décor, which fused the Caribbean Sea of Armando’s childhood in Mexico and the Mediterranean Sea of their Italian engagement. “We included a lot of details and they didn’t go unnoticed,” Janie says, including the table runner, which Armando dyed dusty blue. —Louis Baragona

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DESSERTS The wedding cake was a stack of lemon, vanilla and coffee layers, while the accompanying groom’s cake was a guava cheesecake with banana cream. RECEPTION “We didn’t want to cover up the space with a tent,” Janie says. Instead, they added firefly-like glass bubble lights to the open-air “secret garden.” SWEETHEART CHAIRS The newlyweds marked their seats with sword fern and mocha lisianthus. DÉCOR To greet guests as they arrived at the beach ceremony, Janie and Armando stocked weathered vintage tables with raffia hand fans, white parasols and petal toss bags, which Janie and her sister individually hand-sealed using monogrammed wax. PLACE SETTINGS Janie crafted the linen reception menus after finding “the perfect dusty blue fabric” in Los Angeles.

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MUST-HAVES A Sentimental Ceremony Armando honored his late grandmother with flowers. “We had a seat saved for her with one yellow rose,” Janie says. Cultural Nods Janie’s mom wore a traditional Korean hanbok in pink to signify her status as mother of the bride.

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An Authentic Appetizer Guests “raved” about the tortilla soup that was poured tableside from a hot kettle.

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FASHION “One of our favorite planning memories was going to New York to shop in SoHo,” Zak (right) says of purchasing his and Kevin’s matching tuxedos.

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CEREMONY Kevin and Zak said their vows in the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s sculpture garden under custommade steel arches. “They added so much to the ceremony and truly looked like a museum sculpture,” Zak says. ATTIRE The pair told guests to think “art gallery chic” when choosing their ensembles. “We had people come in wild outfits,” Zak says. ENTERTAINMENT In addition to dancing and snapping pictures in a photo booth, guests posed for portraits by fashion illustrator Kristine Steiner to take home. STATIONERY A close friend designed bold typography-driven pieces in a minimal black-and-white color scheme. DESSERT A piece of art by Otobong Nkanga on display at the museum inspired the graphic cake. ARRANGEMENTS A mix of large monstera and palm leaves, ferns and other greenery topped tables.

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evin King (28 and a physician) and Zak Dabbas (37 and a CEO) decided very early on in their wedding planning that traditions were made to be broken. “We flipped everything on its head and said we’re just going to do it our way,” Zak says. Kevin and Zak, a couple of self-proclaimed “design junkies,” looked to sleek, neutral colors and the venue’s artwork to make a striking statement. While putting together their modern ceremony, they emphasized equality. Even the officiants had a traditionbreaking surprise of their own. “At one point in the ceremony, they told us to face the crowd and asked the audience to state their love and support for our marriage—and they all did,” Zak says. —LB

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VENUE Zak says he’s been “in love with” the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago for years.

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A Moment Alone A photographer snapped photos as Kevin and Zak helped each other tie their shoes and bow ties. Custom Favors The couple created enamel pins inspired by the invitations. “Guests even wore them throughout the night,” Zak says.

It was really special walking down the aisle as one family with our mothers. —KEVIN TA K E O U R S T Y L E Q U I Z TO C R E AT E YO U R È O W N W E D D I N G V I S I O N BY D OW N LOA D I N G The Knot Wedding Planner app

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Ingredients Ceremony & Reception Site Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago Photography Pen/Carlson Photography Event & Floral Design HMR Designs Month-of Coordinator Honey Bee Weddings Officiants Amanda Mearsheimer (friend); Anna Green (friend) Formalwear Tuxedos: Bonobos; shirts & bow ties: Dolce & Gabbana Shoes Barneys New York Engagement Rings Cartier Wedding Party Attire Various Stationery Amanda Mearsheimer Rentals HMR Designs Catering Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Cake Alliance Bakery Music Style Matters Illustrator Kristine Steiner Photo Booth Fotio Favors Reppin Pins Transportation M&M Limousine Services

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An Original Playlist The recessional, “Let’s Hear It for the Boys,” was a huge hit. “It really captured the excitement in the air,” Kevin says.

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BRIDAL ACCESSORIES Amelia designed her Indian-style choker, which she wore for all three ceremonies, with baroque freshwater pearls. Tiny metal sequins covered her silk tulle veil.

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RECEPTION “I did a sketch on a napkin on my way to the first planning meeting, and that ended up being the vision for the whole event,” Amelia says. Laser-cut wood pergolas draped with white chiffon, café lights and more than 300 brass lanterns from Morocco filled the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. FASHION For the after-party, Amelia made a top from extra material from her gown. SEATING CHART Brass trays hung from a wood accent wall, hand-calligraphed with guests’ table assignments. HEELS Amelia’s vintage Christian Louboutins in gold Indian brocade were “a lucky eBay find,” she says. BRIDESMAIDS Amelia designed the magenta, vermillion and saffron gowns, which she finished with hand-embroidered jasmine flowers. CAKE Gold-leaf sugar flowers topped the almond and chocolate confection. The pair served the cake along with traditional Indian sweets and baklavas.

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melia Brown (27 and a fashion designer) and Jaser Faruq (28 and a financial analyst at Tesla Motors) met at Cornell University in a literature class centered on The Arabian Nights. Four years later, the pair threw a modern affair with all the mystique of the Middle East. “We wanted to evoke the rich patterns and textures of Arabian, Moroccan and Indian traditions, but also keep everything fresh and simple,” Amelia says. The multicultural celebration began with an Episcopalian ceremony at the iconic Washington National Cathedral complete with Coldplay’s “ ’Til Kingdom Come” and Sufi readings. “I was blown away when we read our vows,” Jaser says. “Everything got really quiet and just fell away.” —BM

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WEDDING VISION AMELIA & JASER

WEDDING ST YLE Glamorous, Formal and Luxurious. The setting could be a Hotel, Historic Venue or Ballroom. COLOR PALET TE Metallics Gold and copper paired with red, burgundy and burnt orange.

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1 Pierced Moroccan lantern, $620,, ShadesofLight.com $264, Bounkit 2 Moonstone and lemon quartz buttons, $264 .com 3 Gown in sizes up to 20, $8,995, NaeemKhan.com 4 Shoe, $99, VinceCamuto.com 5 Floral Flourishes Red invitation suite, from $500 for 100, CastlefieldDesign .com 6 The Adeline, $75, TheMrsBox.com 7 Large gold filigree medallion, $70, WorldMarket.com 8 Pants and top in sizes up to 24W, W, $265, Watters.com

MUST-HAVES A Literary Love Story Jaser proposed with Amelia’s copy of Sindbad: And Other Stories From the Arabian Nights, hollowed out to fit a ring box.

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Celebrated Ancestry “Jaser is Irish-Indian, and we have Islam and Catholicism represented in our families,” Amelia says. “We wanted to honor that.”

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shine in a sparkly second look

A Wearable Work of Art Amelia studded the bodice of her custom wedding gown with 1,001 freshwater pearls.

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Ingredients We had three ceremonies in three weeks: in Washington, DC, my hometown; India, where my husband has roots; and Dubai, where his family lives. —AMELIA TA K E O U R S T Y L E Q U I Z TO C R E AT E YO U R È O W N W E D D I N G V I S I O N BY D OW N LOA D I N G The Knot Wedding Planner app

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Ceremony Site Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC Reception Site Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, Washington, DC Photography A Fist Full of Bolts Detail Photography Sarah Bradshaw Photography Videography Happy Wedding Films Event Planning Strawberry Milk Events Event Design Revolution Event Design and Production Floral Design Edge Flowers Gown & Veil Amelia Brown Hair & Makeup Abigail De Casanova Shoes Christian Louboutin Jewelry Amelia Brown; Papillon du Thé; Zariin.com Engagement Ring Todd Reed Wedding Rings Bride: Todd Reed; groom: Satomi Kawakita Jewelry Wedding Party Attire Amelia Brown Formalwear Bonobos; BroiderieStitch, Etsy.com; Hugo Boss; TheTieBar.com Stationery Invitations & menus: DIY, printing: Percolator Letterpress; escort cards: Just Write Studios Rentals Revolution Event Design and Production Lighting Atmosphere Inc. Catering, Cake & Desserts Occasions Caterers Music Élan Artists Photo Booth Pixilated Photo Booth Backdrop Emily Parkinson Transportation Tesla Model S

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FIRST LOOK Kaye and Jon met up in New Orleans’s Warehouse District and grabbed roadies for their stroll around town.

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KAYE & JON MARCH 31 • NEW ORLEANS

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WELCOME GIFTS Mardi Gras beads, a disco ball, programs and vintage handkerchiefs topped an antique table. SHOES For the after-party, Kaye and Jon changed into matching sneakers customized with a play on the phrase, “Laissez les bon temps rouler,” meaning “Let the good times roll.” STATIONERY Jazz era, 1920s posters inspired the design. LIVE MUSIC A brass band played tunes by Outkast and Dr. Dre while guests took their seats at the ceremony. Later, the musicians led partygoers in a customary second line down historic Charles Avenue. FAVORS Attendees took their drinks to-go in “geaux” cups and koozies. CAKE Garden roses, dahlias and peonies topped layers of vanilla and red velvet cake coated with cream cheese, strawberry and vanilla buttercream. JACKETS Kaye and her sister rocked bombers embroidered with the couple’s personal motto and party theme: “classy rowdy.”

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ith an event name like The Garden District Get Down, attorneys Kaye Lynch-Sparks (31) and Jon Hodnette (32) set the stakes high for their Big Easy bash. “We wanted to embrace New Orleans and show guests the best it has to offer,” Kaye says. The pair—who fell for the town and each other while law students at local Loyola University—planned a weekend itinerary that spanned the city and culminated with a wedding at a 19th-century mansion. Fitting for a town that seems to breed spontaneity, Kaye even kissed Jon as soon as she got to the altar out of excitement. “We wanted the day to be true to us and our sense of humor,” Kaye says. “Our black tie wedding was both classy and rowdy.” —BM

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WEDDING ST YLE Alternative and Bohemian with a hint of Vintage. The setting could be a Backyard, Garden or Tented.

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COLOR PALET TE Jewel Tones Burgundy, mustard and turquoise accented with sage and white.

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MUST-HAVES Family Ties Kaye wore an heirloom opal ring her grandfather made for her grandmother, and Jon’s mom embroidered his handkerchief. Local Transit The newlyweds and their guests exited in a streetcar headed downtown. Cajun Cuisine The menu included fried green tomatoes with rémoulade, crawfish Madeira, alligator and andouille sausages, and fried oysters.

1 Suit, $195 to rent, TheBlackTux.com 2 Stamps, $7 for 5, ArtStamped, Etsy .com 3 Beads, $10 for 48, MarryMe.OrientalTrading.com 4 Jacket in sizes up to XL, $83, ADashofChic.com 5 Rug, from $44, Mistana, Wayfair.com 6 Cups, $13 for 10, Scriptura .com 7 Vintage Playbill Theater Ticket invitation, $257 for 100, LetterBoxInk, Zazzle.com 8 Custom shoes, $85, Vans.com 9 Gown and cape in sizes up to 20, $3,700, AlexandraGrecco.com 7

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Ingredients Ceremony & Reception Site Elms Mansion, New Orleans Photography Chellise Michael Photography Event Design Lovegood Rentals Day-of Coordinator Judy Fern/ Elms Mansion Floral Design Pick-a-Petal Floral Design Officiant Matt Couch (friend) Gown Made With Love Bridal, Lovely Bride, New York City Hair & Makeup Glam Nola Shoes Nine West Engagement Ring Single Stone Wedding Rings Heirlooms Wedding Party Attire Reformation Formalwear Knot Standard, Washington, DC; Mrs Bow Tie; shoes: Florsheim Shoes Stationery Invitations: Paper Plates Press; programs: DIY Rentals & Catering Elms Mansion Cake Bittersweet Confections Music Geaux Live; New Creations Brass Band Portrait Room Chellise Michael Photography Favors Paper Plates Press Honeymoon Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam

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WEDDING DRESS Athens-based designer Celia Kritharioti created Maria’s hand-painted organza gown in 2017 ahead of her and Keven’s first wedding in New York. “I loved it, but it was too summery,” Maria says. “I decided then that when we had the wedding in the village, I would wear it.”

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Maria Menounos’s family and friends planned her wedding to Keven Undergaro in Akovos, Greece, in just 30 days. The result? A Grecian dream that looked centuries in the making.

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ine months after their New Year’s Eve vows in Times Square, TV personality Maria Menounos and CEO Keven Undergaro took center stage in another place, Maria’s father’s hometown of Akovos, Greece, for a second wedding. “Marrying in Greece was always something I wanted to do,â€? Maria says. “Every time I went, I felt welcomed and loved like I’ve never felt anywhere else.â€? The two initially envisioned a low-key celebration, not a glamorous production. “I thought it was going to be so homegrown I’d be picking lemons,â€? Maria says. That plan changed when her friend Sotiris Kyranakos, also a koumbaro (groomsman), and dad and took on the planning—with just 10 phone calls and a few images exchanged with Maria. After a Greek Orthodox ceremony inside the church Maria’s dad helped raise money to build decades ago, guests walked to a former schoolyard to find an enchanting tent covered in string lights. Raki shots with olives got the party started, followed by a family-style meal that included moussaka with smoked eggplant, black lentil salad and skioufichta pasta with slow cooked leg of lamb. The Mediterranean-inspired dĂŠcor put lemons on display, creating a sunny, relaxed atmosphere. “I used to joke I wanted to throw a party where the whole country’s invited,â€? Maria says. “We did that on a small scale in our village.â€? Keven adds, “My favorite moment was seeing Maria in the horsedrawn carriage, arriving at the church in her dress, smiling, along with her mom, dad and the people of Greece who were equally proud.â€? >>

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ENTERTAINMENT Local performers surprised the newlyweds at the reception to dance the traditional kalamatianós. FLOWER GIRL Maria’s goddaughter Margo wore a hand-painted silk organza dress and a crown of yellow wildflowers.

GETTING READY Villagers gathered outside Maria’s uncle’s house while she got dressed upstairs with her cousins, and Keven stayed put on the first floor. She also made time to write her single friends’ names on her shoes—a Greek superstition. “Whatever name gets erased after dancing is the next one to marry,” Maria says.

PROCESSION It’s customary for local dancers in traditional clothes to follow the bride to the church, and Maria’s journey was no exception—though she did attract a crowd in a horse-drawn carriage.

CEREMONY The Greek Orthodox service included biblical readings and rituals like the “ceremonial walk,” in which the priest leads the couple in a circle around the holy table for their first steps as newlyweds.

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DESSERT Italian decorative tiles inspired the cake’s mosaic design and honored Keven’s Italian roots. Guests also sampled authentic Greek desserts, including loukoumades with honey and cinnamon, ice cream served in biscuit cones and seasonal fruits.

SECOND LOOK Maria’s mom suggested the bride wear yellow because growing up she would sing a Greek song loosely translated, “Maria with the yellow dress, who do you love the most?”

YELLOW DRESS: SPLASH NEWS

I ENDED UP WITH THE FANTASY WEDDING I NEVER KNEW I WANTED. MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY PLANNED ALL OF IT WITHOUT ME HAVING TO STRESS.”

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DÉCOR “Maria loves lemons—her childhood garden in Akovos was full of them,” Kyranakos says. Citrus illustrations topped escort cards, cookies and more.

Ingredients Ceremony Site Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church, Akovos, Greece Reception Site Dimotiko School, Akovos, Greece Photography Stefanos Papadopoulos Event Design Dipnosofistirion Day-of Coordinator Anjie Georgakopoulou/ Only For You Flowers Studio 7 Boutonnieres Evelyna Makinta Dresses Celia Kritharioti Menswear Ralph Lauren Catering & Desserts Dipnosofistirion Shoes Ceremony: Casadei; reception: Stuart Weitzman Music Viparties Couple’s Transportation Panos Skouras Accommodations Horizon Blu, Kalamata, Greece

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THINGS WE’RE LOVING

right now GET INSPIRED WITH OUR ANNUAL LIST OF THE FRESHEST WAYS TO TIE THE KNOT IN STYLE.

1 SMOKE BOMB EXITS Sparklers, make way. The new wedding send-off is a riot of color: smoke bombs. These fun props create a cloud of dreamy pigment, eliciting otherworldly photos and “oohs” and “ahhs” from your guests. Match the smoke color to your wedding hues or opt for a standout rainbow backdrop. The only caveat— this farewell is best captured during daylight hours.

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JEANNIE MUTRAIS PHOTOGRAPHY; OPPOSITE: STATIONERY: ERIN AND COURTNEY DE JAUREGUI/THE DE JAUREGUIS, DESIGN: THREE LITTLE WORDS; PAW PRINTS: ALEX MURAVEV/NOUN PROJECT; CUFF: SARAH ANNE WARD

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flip back to p. 93 to DIY your own boxed suite

3 REGISTRY DNA It’s now not only cool to ask for cash (three cheers for The Knot Newlywed Fund!) but you can wish list virtually anything. If you know you’ll never use a KitchenAid mixer, skip it. Instead ask for the samurai sword lessons you’ve been eyeing for your Japan honeymoon. Planning to adopt a family mascot after “I do”? Set up a puppy fund. It’s all about you two and your life together.

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With stationery like boxed correspondence and even video messages from to-be-weds, invitations are setting the stage for an epic party. Typography is leading the charge as the chicest design detail, while custom illustrations of venues and beloved pets continue to be a mainstay.

With our Universal Registry tool, you can make wish lists at big retailers, add individual items from one-of-a-kind stores and ask for cash. Learn more at TheKnot.com/registry.

FLORAL JEWELS All hail the new flower crown—real blooming jewelry is all the rage. Think: gorgeous bib necklaces full of fresh buds, succulent cuffs and elegant orchid drop earrings. These living baubles make an exceptional style statement. >>

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ROYAL Pageantry in fashion reigns. Tiaras and headbands are big, along with minimalist dresses à la The Duchess of Sussex’s second look. Regal capes and capelets, billowy sleeves and blinged-out stunners are also making their way down runways and aisles alike.

don’t forget to deck out your entourage

LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BAND— AND THE DJ You used to have to pick a team: eight-piece brass band or hip DJ. But now you can have both. Tap a DJ to spin your favorite hits with the added benefit of a guitarist or sax. You get the best of both worlds— original artists plus highenergy accompaniment.

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A favorite book or TV show can dictate the style of your wedding (Game of Thrones lovers rejoice), or a feeling could also be your source of inspo (high-energy dance party, anyone?). Colors are still part of the vision—they’re just playing more of a supporting role.

FRESH-FACE BEAUTY Natural beauty (aka no-makeup makeup) is always on trend. Look like the best version of yourself by indulging in one of these prewedding treatments.

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MICRONEEDLING

MICROBLADING

LASH LIFT

DERMAPLANING

A device with tiny needles causes micro-damage in skin to activate cell regeneration.

Hairlike strokes are tattooed onto your brow area to give you a fuller look.

Like a perm for your lashes, this treatment enhances curl for six to eight weeks.

A surgical blade, held at a 45-degree angle, scrapes away dead skin cells and fine hair.

BRIDE: MICHELLE FLORES PHOTOGRAPHY; MUSIC NOTES: MARIA ZAMCHY/NOUN PROJECT; DISCO BALL: FREE FAIR & HEALTHY/NOUN PROJECT; STARS: ALEX MURAVEV/NOUN PROJECT; BOOKS: B HULL PHOTOGRAPHY; MODEL: GETTY IMAGES

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EXPERIENTIAL FAVORS

Wedding cakes are here to stay, and sculptural is the name of the game. Bakers are opting for unexpected shapes and varying tier sizes—so much so it’s hard to tell they’re actual cakes. Many are finished with stunning designs rich in color and texture.

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GIN DANDY Every year ushers in a new trending spirit—and in 2019 it’s all about the gin. This quintessential liquor is the perfect mixer for herbals and adaptogens (yes, you read that right), and it’s in classics like the French 75 and negroni. Cheers to that!

RESOLUTIONS 1.5 oz. O.R.E. 118 gin ½ oz. pomegranate juice ¼ oz. simple syrup ¾ oz. lemon juice kombucha

THE HE UN-VENUE VENUE Breweries have replaced wineries as the place to tie the knot. And while barns and lofts are still hot, distilleries, ranches and greenhouses are gaining in popularity too.

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Combine ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain in a glass over fresh ice and top with kombucha. Garnish with cucumber and fresh thyme.

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FOOD TRUCK: BAYLEE DENNIS PHOTOGRAPHY; CAKE: COURTESY OF MAH ZE DAHR BAKERY; COCKTAILS: MARIA ZAMCHY/NOUN PROJECT (2); GREENHOUSE: CASSANDRA ZETTA

Skip the monogrammed chocolates and offer guests an experience as the ultimate thank-you. Hosting a wedding weekend? Organize a bonus activity like a guided nature walk or hands-on cocktail class. If you’re celebrating for one day only, invite a cigar roller or ice cream truck to post up at the reception.

ZENGRONI 1 oz. O.R.E. 118 gin 1 oz. Aperol 1 oz. sweet vermouth Combine ingredients in a chilled rocks glass with ice (ideally one oversize cube) and stir to chill. Garnish with a twisted orange peel. Recipes courtesy of O.R.E. 118 >>

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OLFACTORY EXPERIENCE

The new way to brand your wedding can’t be seen—but it will be smelled. Custom blends are being crafted especially for the occasion, spritzed on invites, pumped through the venue and even gifted in candle form as a party favor. Smell is the sense most closely linked to memory, so your guests will remember #thebestdayever when they light the wick.

THE IT RENTAL:

LIGHTING From fine linens to lounge furniture, there are many ways to enhance a space with rentals. But this year is all about the lighting. Uplighting is being replaced with more bespoke options like basket lanterns, neon installations and subtle colored taper candles.

it’s like the first look, but next level

THE GLAM BAR This bar doesn’t serve cocktails—it’s the bathroom amenity basket with the volume turned way up. A hair and makeup pro posts up in the ladies room to add bobby pins to dancedout ’dos, or a fresh swipe of lipstick for a total face refresh that will keep your guests looking fab well into after-party hours.

PRIVATE RIVATE VOWS Shy couples, this one’s for you. Instead of sharing intimate promises with 150 of your nearest and dearest, exchange vows privately before the start of the ceremony and recite standard vows at the altar (to make things official). Another twist? Whispering your vows to your partner so only you two know what was said.

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CANDLES: COURTESY OF CANDLEFISH; LIGHTING: COURTESY OF WAYFAIR.COM; BOBBY PINS: OLENA PANASOVSKA/NOUN PROJECT; COMPACT: ALEX MURAVEV/NOUN PROJECT; COUPLE: SAWYER BAIRD

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ALSO TRENDING

RICH HUES

IRIDESCENT EVERYTHING

The steady return to color continues, this year with über-saturated hues in a moody palette.

Not quite metallic, but just as special—add it to any scheme.

SQUID INK

MIDNIGHT BLUE

EMERALD

BURGUNDY

Infuse your day with glamour.

Choose a classic, seasonless shade.

Add a touch of sophistication and prep.

Evoke romance with this purply-red hue.

18 Think of this edible trend as the ultimate high-low mix—root beer floats in champagne flutes, or mac and cheese spoons topped with fresh lobster. The pairing (and presentation) possibilities are endless and totally ’grammable. And look out doughnuts, there’s a new sweet in town: cinnamon rolls.

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COLORS: GETTY IMAGES (4); FLATWARE: COURTESY OF CB2; STORMTROOPERS: SO PHOTOGRAPHY; GROOM: THE VONDYS; CINNAMON ROLLS: ALEX MURAVEV/NOUN PROJECT

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BESPOKE ATTIRE

Two words: custom suit. If not now, when? These bespoke creations are not your average formal ensemble— they’re next level (photo-lined suit jackets or personalized embroidery). Guys (and gals) are looking at this outfit as the ultimate keepsake.

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SPECIAL GUESTS Magicians and palm readers are a surprising (but exceptionally cool) way to entertain guests during cocktail hour. College mascots, bell-bottom-clad Elvis impersonators and stormtroopers are also getting a nod, making their debut at the least expected moment for maximum impact (and photo ops).

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ask your baker to use edible (and bright) florals

A FRESH SLICE Wow guests by swapping a traditional tiered confection for personal cakes at each table (they’ll love taking home extra slices). Here, the mini treats are tied into the overall aesthetic with pressed flowers decorating the buttercream exterior. Cake, SweetandSaucyShop.com; florals, OftheFlowers.la >>

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a white leather envelope makes a wow-worthy presentation

P R E S S ED PA P ER Modern typography pairs perfectly with the romance of fresh flowers. For a truly bespoke look, ask your stationer to incorporate real blooms pressed in between acrylic invites, or slip a dried sprig into the envelope on your own.

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B LOS SOM BACK D RO P For an artistic twist on a ceremony scene, trade a blossoming arch or overflowing urns for a high-impact pressed acrylic background. Feeling bold? Mimic the vibe with your wedding day look too. Get it, flower child. Dress, EmilyRiggsBridal.com; florals, OftheFlowers.la; styling assistants, Ampersand-Studios.com OPPOSITE Stationery and paper goods, YonderDesign.com; rings, TrumpetandHorn.com; ring box, EsselleSF.com >>

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these beauties look especially awesome with a colored gown

P E TA L P U S H E R S Forget “something blue”—what about “something bloomed”? You can rock it on everything from a flower crown or embroidered clutch to a pair of super-chic booties that are sure to be your new fave dancing shoes. Dress, ElizabethDye.com; shoes, Forever21.com OPPOSITE Menu, YonderDesign.com; florals, OftheFlowers.la; tabletop décor, CrateandBarrel.com

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G A R D EN PA R T Y Balance the sweetness of allover florals with a clean and crisp tabletop scene. Here, a sunny yellow charger plate acts as a pop of color, while sleek flatware adds a contemporary edge.

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Your Registry

YOUR WAY REP YOUR UNIQUE COUPLE STYLE WITH A PERSONALITY-PACKED REGISTRY GEARED TOWARD THE LIFE YOU LOVE (AND LEAD) TOGETHER. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID MEREDITH STYLING BY REBECCA PURCELL

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ADVENTURERS ADVENTURERS N N EE W W FF LL A AM M EE

Cozy up fireside with this portable wood-burning pit.

When the only thing you love more than checking off your bucket list is bae.

CALLIE + LOGAN WEEKEND TO-DOS Saturdays always start with a hike with our dog, Bruce. FIRST TRIP FOR TWO A road trip—around Iceland! The landscape was unreal. GOTTA-HAVE GEAR A camera and a journal to log our favorite spots. NEXT ADVENTURE Hiking along the rice terraces of Bali on our honeymoon.

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Eckard raised cast iron wood burning fire pit, $88, Wrought Studio, Wayfair.com

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REGISTRY Clockwise from top: Beaumont city bike, $300, Critical Cycles, Retrospec .com; The Medium suitcase, $275, The Bigger Carry-On, $245, AwayTravel .com; camping lantern, $18, Coleman, Amazon.com; cork globe, from $80, UncommonGoods.com; Wonderboom speaker, $100, UltimateEars.com; Everyday photo books, from $49 each, ArtifactUprising.com; Roadie 20 cooler, $200, Yeti.com; marbled enamel popcorn popper, $58, ShopTerrain .com; PowerShot G7 X Mark II digital camera, $700, Canon, BestBuy.com; Intensity HD 8x24 binoculars, $190, Alaskan Guide RGB headlamp, $40, cast-iron camp oven, from $40, Cabelas.com; deluxe flannel-lined camp bag, $119, LLBean.com; The Packable backpack, $35, Everlane.com; cherry graph memo books, $13 for 3, Field Notes, Amazon.com; Fenix 5S Plus GPS smartwatch, $800, Garmin.com; Spark Quadcopter, $400, DJI, BestBuy.com >>

SKY VIEW

Get the lay of the land with a high-flying drone.

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Track your treks with GPS, stream music and even pay for coffee, all with just your wrist wear.

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A multi-angle LCD screen means vacay selfies are a cinch.

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FOODIES FOODIES Sharing meals is your love language. Hit the kitchen with these tools.

#CHEFGOALS

BECCA + KRIS FIRST DATE DISH For her: lobster risotto. For her: sweet potato gnocchi with sage. OUR COOKING PLAYLIST Depends on our mood! We love classic rock or Frank Sinatra.

These beauties boast even heat distribution and restaurantworthy durability. Brushed stainless steel cookware, $800 for 10-piece set, All-Clad, Amazon.com

MUST-HAVE INGREDIENT Really good flaky sea salt, European butter and fresh basil.

COUPLE: GETTY IMAGES

MOST MEMORABLE MEAL After our engagement, we celebrated just the two of us with champagne and pasta at one of our favorite local Italian spots.

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REGISTRY

Clockwise from top: 6500 blender, $550, Vitamix, BedBathandBeyond.com; The Smart Garden 9, $200, ClickandGrow.com; Good Grips POP canisters, $100 for 10-piece set, OXO, ContainerStore.com; bottle grinder, $75 for 2-piece set, Store.MenuDesignShop .com; small white marble mortar & pestle, $80, Williams-Sonoma.com; Gladiator series knives, $600 for 8-piece block set, Dalstrong.com; reversible maple wood cutting board, $134, John Boos, Amazon .com; Artisan 10-speed 5-quart stand mixer, $500, KitchenAid, Wayfair.com; oval Dutch oven, from $250, LeCreuset .com; cookbooks, from $18 each, Amazon.com; recipe box, $34, RiflePaperCo.com; Pizzaiolo smart pizza oven, $800, Breville, Williams-Sonoma .com; copper & enamel measuring cups, $36 for 3-piece set, WestElm.com; IntelliCrisp waffle maker, $170, Calphalon.com >>

PEOPLE WHO LOVE TO EAT ARE ALWAYS THE BEST PEOPLE.” —JULIA CHILD (Honestly, she sounds like a smart lady.)

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Grow everything from dill and parsley to strawberries (really!) via pods in this countertop smart garden.

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Make like a true pizzaiolo and cook up Neapolitanstyle pizza in two minutes without ever even stamping your passport.

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LOOKIN’ SHARP

High-carbon German steel makes this knife set (there are eight total) truly cutting edge–yes, that pun was intended.

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ENTERTAINERS ENTERTAINERS A full house is a happy house. Host your crew in style with these picks.

SIPS TO SERVE In the summer, a French 75, and in the winter, a hot toddy. FAVORITE PARTY THEME Anything that gets people dressed up in their best duds. GO-TO PARTY GAME Heads Up! and What Do You Meme? always get the laughs. HOSTING ESSENTIALS A good playlist, the right guests and a few scented candles.

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Game night just got way more fun with this poker set. Ostrich style poker set, $139, BroukandCo.com; Corset beer-cocktail glasses, $3 each, CB2.com

COUPLE: BONNINSTUDIO/STOCKSY UNITED

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BOTTLES UP

Reds and whites can both be stored at ready-to-drink temps within this fridge.

Clockwise from top: Cenote vase, $295, L’Objet, JungLeeNY .com; Venato Imperial dinnerware, $100 for 4-piece place setting, Vera Wang, Bloomingdales.com; big bowls, $52 for 4, YearandDay.com; Arezzo brushed gold flatware, $288 for 20-piece set, Fortessa, Williams-Sonoma.com; stereo turntable, $179, Audio-Technica, Amazon.com; Fatto A Mano cabernet/merlot glass, $100, Riedel.com; Sol y Sombra rectangular platter, $263, Vista Alegre, JungLeeNY.com; freezable whiskey glasses, $30 for 2, RabbitWine.com; cheese knife set and marble serving board, $50, Artisanal Kitchen Supply, BedBathandBeyond .com; Model Two Elite Pro wine opener, $438, Coravin.com; marbled gray metallic table runner, from $50, Prospect wood base dome server, $70, CrateandBarrel.com; Cosmos place mats, $344 for 4, KimSeybert.com; Ostrich style poker set, $139, BroukandCo .com; Silent 6 bottle touchscreen wine refrigerator, $129, WineEnthusiast.com; mixology dice, $24, Two Tumbleweeds, Amazon.com >>

ROCK ON

Let the record show, this Bluetoothequipped turntable is pretty stylish.

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A secret drawer in this marble and wood tray stores knives and spreaders.

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ROBBIE + ZACH OUR PERFECT NIGHT IN We’d probably order takeout and finish the night off with an epic board game battle. BINGE-WORTHY SHOW The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel—or basically anything on HBO. OUR FAVORITE ROOM Our bedroom is our happy place. It’s also where we get to spend the most time together, distraction (ahem, iPhone) free. LOUNGEWEAR ATTIRE Fleece-lined sweatpants, cashmere socks and, of course, an outrageously large throw.

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COUPLE: OFFSET

Fire TV Recast, from $230, Amazon.com; Henley wool throw, $598, SerenaandLily.com

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REGISTRY GET FIT

This is seriously cool. Turned off, it’s a sleek mirror. Turned on, it’s a cutting-edge fitness screen, complete with instructor interaction and hundreds of classes.

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Clockwise from top: Mirror, $1,495, Mirror.co; Men’s Scotch plaid flannel robe, $70, LLBean.com; Leland bath towels, $25 each, Calvin Klein, BedBathandBeyond .com; chunky woven throw blanket, $40, WorldMarket.com; Cyclone V10 Absolute, $700, Dyson.com; Home AF door mat, $40, ShopJosieB, Etsy.com; Fire TV Recast, from $230, Amazon.com; Book of the Month membership, $45 for 3 months, Bookofthe Month.com; White Ambiance Smart Bulb starter kit, from $100, Philips, Amazon.com; Sunday Morning Minimalist candle,

$24, BrooklynCandleStudio.com; acacia bed tray, $35, Threshold, Target.com; Assam tea press, $40, Bodum, BedBathandBeyond.com; mugs, from $12 each (for similar), Anthropologie.com; air purifier, $799, Molekule.com; analog alarm clock, $13, Crosley, Target.com; faux Mongolian fur pillow, $48, Now House by Jonathan Adler, Amazon.com; chunky woven throw blanket, $40, WorldMarket.com; Beachcomber cotton throw, $128, SerenaandLily.com; Percale sheet set, from $109, ParachuteHome .com; herringbone indoor/ outdoor rug, from $50, Dash & Albert, AnnieSelke.com

BB R R EE A A TT H H EE EE A A SS YY

This high-tech air purifier removes a variety of pollutants, syncs with your smartphone and looks good doing it.

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We promise—you’ll actually want to be on clean-up duty once you own a Dyson.

HOME IS WHERE THE WI-FI CONNECTS AUTOMATICALLY.” —ANCIENT PROVERB (Just kidding, guys.)

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LOVING GET READY TO HIT THE BRIDAL FASHION JACKPOT. THESE 10 STUNNING LOOKS ARE GUARANTEED WINNERS. PHOTOGRAPHY BY TOM CORBETT

SLOTS OF FUN

You don’t have to play by any rules where your personal style is concerned. A feather frock plus colorful accessories makes a whimsical statement. Dress in sizes up to 20, price upon request, Pronovias.com; engagement ring, $13,611, ChristopherDesigns.com; earrings, $8,500, MindiMondNY.com; clutch, $4,195, JudithLeiber.com; shoes, $1,295, ReneCaovilla.com

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FANCY CHANCES

Don’t be afraid to take a fashion risk and sex things up a little. A curve-skimming, sequined slip dress is equal parts sultry and sophisticated. Dress in sizes up to 18, $2,495, TheiaCouture.com; earrings, $16,000, MindiMondNY.com ON HIM Tuxedo, $1,675, shirt, $355, Zegna.com

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Channel the old-school swagger of the Rat Pack with a tailored pantsuit with tuxedoinspired details. Pantsuit in sizes up to 20, price upon request, Viktor-Rolf.com; earrings, $19,800, MindiMondNY.com; emerald ring, $81,000, Picchiotti, LouisAnthony.com ON HIM Tuxedo, $1,675, shirt, $355, cuff links, $255, bow tie, $155, Zegna.com

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Whether you’re strutting down the Strip or tearing it up at your after-party, a beaded jumpsuit with a super-plunging neckline is made for letting loose. Jumpsuit in sizes up to 18, $7,695, NaeemKhan.com; earrings, $5,754, Maxior.com

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CHIC CRAVING Go ahead, indulge your inner fashionista. A silver gown embellished with geometric sequins is trendy enough for the red carpet, but still appropriate for an evening wedding. Dress in sizes up to 18, $7,695, NaeemKhan.com; earrings, $150, KennethJayLane .com; cocktail ring, $23,600, MindiMondNY.com

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ALL SHOOK UP

Take a note from the King’s iconic style and ditch the formal gown and veil for a rockin’ minidress and bedazzled cape. Dress in sizes up to 16, $6,200, cape $8,075, ElieSaab.com; earrings, $10,000, Assael, NeimanMarcus.com; shoes, $1,750, RogerVivier.com ON HIM Tuxedo, $1,675, shirt, $355, bow tie, $155, cuff links, $255, Zegna.com; wedding ring, $920, AnnaSheffield.com; shoes, $1,150, JimmyChoo.com SHOT ON LOCATION AT THE LITTLE VEGAS CHAPEL

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GOOD LUCK CHARMS

Fortune favors the bold. Play up the glitzy vibe of a crystal-encrusted dress with lots of bling. Dress available in all sizes, $16,300, GaliaLahav.com; three-stone engagement ring, $13,611, ChristopherDesigns.com; emerald ring, $81,000, Picchiotti, LouisAnthony.com; marquise cocktail ring, $23,600, MindiMondNY.com; radiant-cut engagement ring, price upon request, UneekJewelry.com; diamond wedding ring, $2,266, marquise engagement ring, $1,100 (not including center stone), SimonGJewelry.com; earrings, $19,800, MindiMondNY.com; tennis bracelet, $27,520, Djula.fr

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REBEL AT HEART Put your own twist on a traditional ball gown silhouette. A sheer bodice, allover glitter embellishments and a detachable skirt are the makings of a one-of-a-kind look. Dress in sizes up to 12, price upon request, Berta.com; engagement ring, $14,290 (not including center stone), Tacori .com; earrings, $150, KennethJayLane.com SHOT ON LOCATION AT DOWNTOWN TATTOO

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SWEET NOSTALGIA Throw it back to the over-the-top glamour of the ’60s by opting for a retro-inspired dress with ostrich feather bell sleeves. Dress in sizes up to 28, $4,350, overcoat in sizes up to 28, $2,899, MarkZunino.com; earrings, $18,508, Amwaj-Jewellery.com ON HIM Tuxedo, $1,675, shirt, $355, bow tie, $155, Zegna.co CAR PROVIDED BY LITTLE VEGAS CHAPEL

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PARTY HEARTY

Hit the dance floor in style. Allover shimmer and swinging fringe are perfect for twirling the night away. Dress in sizes up to 28, price upon request, Allison Webb, JLMBoutique .com; earrings, $19,800, MindiMondNY.com

SPECIAL THANKS TO CAESARS PALACE Planning your own fabulous affair in Las Vegas? Consider Caesars Palace. The iconic resort offers luxe wedding experiences at three elegant indoor chapels—including the largest hotel chapel on The Strip—as well as two outdoor gardens and a five-acre pool oasis. Learn more at Caesars.com FASHION STYLING Shelley Brown MAKEUP Brian Duprey  for Make Up For Ever at Judy Casey Inc HAIR Ashley Rubell for Cantu

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Wedding Gowns 101 We know your first priority—finding the (other) one: your dress.

GOWN SILHOUETTE STYLES

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mermaid gown

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

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

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

a-line gown

ball gown

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

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

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

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FINDING THE RIGHT WHITE skin tone Dark go for Stark white, or almost any shade skin tone Medium with olive tones go for Champagne or diamond white skin tone Medium with yellow tones go for Off-white or creamy ivory skin tone Fair and pink-toned skin go for Ivory

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gown shopping tips HEAD TO A TRUSTWORTHY SALON Get started at TheKnot.com/fashion to browse thousands of looks, then head to TheKnot.com/marketplace to find a store in your area that carries your favorite designers.

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Wedding Party 101 All you need to know to coordinate your wedding party's look.

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

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• Brush up on your tuxedo terms and take a peek in your own closet before you begin suit shopping. This will give you an idea of what style you like best—notched or shawl lapel, standard or spread collar. • The groomsmen should dress around the groom. A consistent look is great, but the groom should sport some detail (a boutonniere, tie or pocket square) that differentiates him from the pack. shawl lapel

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• The tuxedo is classic, but consider all your options. Marrying by the beach? Try a more casual jacket and trousers. Having an ultra-formal wedding? Pick a cutaway coat, gray-striped trousers, gray vest and ascot. • Should you rent or buy? If you don’t attend many formal events or if your weight is frequently in flux, renting may be the way to go. If you’ll have three or four more good uses for a tux, it will pay for itself.

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

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3 Clothing is optional at one of Five Islands Peninsula’s beaches! 4 The Antiguan climate is one of the most idyllic in all of the Caribbean, thanks to constant sea breezes and trade winds. The hot season runs from May to November. 5 Don’t leave without spending Sunday afternoon at Shirley Heights Lookout, a restaurant perched on a bluff on the south side of the island. You’ll get a stunning panoramic view of English Harbour and the island of Montserrat, not to mention some lip-smacking barbecue.

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About 700 islands make up the Bahamas, tossed across the lower Atlantic between Florida and Cuba. Only 30 of them are inhabited. 2 The water is so clear in the Bahamas that divers experience visibility of up to 200 feet.

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

Looking for excitement? Don’t miss Junkanoo, a Bahamian costume parade in which people dance to copper cowbells, goombay drums and whistles. The parade goes from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m. (yeah, you read that right) on December 26 and January 1. 7 The Abaco islands are famous for sailing and bird-watching, while the Exumas and Pelican Cays feature incredible land and sea parks. 8 Popular cuisine includes locally grown guava, mangoes, papaya and plantains with conch, kingfish, wahoo and grouper—all washed down with pineapple wine from Eleuthera. 9 Boats are available for chartering or group tours, including Sail Nassau’s two multimillion-dollar Racers, where you can take the helm or just sit back and feel the wind in your hair. 10 The Bahamas are just a 75-minute plane trip from Florida, making them a quick trip for destination weddings and honeymoons alike. SHUTTERSTOCK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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1 The three islands of Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique are located in the eastern Caribbean at the southern extremity of the Windward Islands, only 100 miles north of Venezuela. 2 International flights stop at Maurice Bishop International Airport, and visitors who continue have only a short hop by inter-island 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 4 If you want to drive in Grenada, you must obtain a local driving permit. Most LANGUAGE SPOKEN English, French car rental firms issue local permits. Note that driving is on the left.

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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 877-SANDALS Tubs for two that offer endless ocean views from Sandals.com magnificent patios and balconies.

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TURKS & CAICOS 5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW 1 Try to catch the “green flash” at sunset. This split-second burst of emerald light can sometimes happen along the horizon on a clear day. 2

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Explore historic Cockburn Town on Grand Turk—some say it’s the spot where Columbus first landed in 1492. The quaint Bermudian-style houses AT A GLANCE will catch your eye, and you may be tempted to take an impromptu walking LANGUAGE SPOKEN tour through town. English 3

Go horseback riding on Grace Bay beach, one of the highest-rated beaches in the western hemisphere.

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

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

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enowned for its sparkling turquoise waters and the longest, most coveted stretch of Grace Bay’s 12-mile white-sand beach, “the last of the true exotics” is perfect for romantic getaways and family-friendly escapes. This includes underwater adventures at one of the top diving destinations in the world. Enjoy 21 fabulous restaurants, and sip tropical drinks at 15 bars. Plus, choose from five spectacular 877-BEACHES villages: French, Caribbean, Italian, Seaside and the Key Beaches.com West Village—all boasting stellar accommodations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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igh glamour rises to new heights of luxury on the legendary La Toc estate, which includes a half-mile cove beach, a nine-hole golf course, nine impressive gourmet restaurants and a stunning Red Lane® Spa. Dramatic two-story villas atop Sunset 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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1 The best way to get around is in Jamaican Union of Travelers Association (JUTA)– licensed taxis.

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

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Bob Marley’s birthplace, Kingston, is perfect for honeymooners seeking their reggae roots or even just a starting point for spa trips and hikes in the beautiful Blue Mountains. 4

6 To see Jamaica at its best, go during Carnival, the highlight of the Jamaican year, in Kingston, Ocho Rios and MoBay each April and in Negril each May. 7 Reggae lovers should wait until July for the Reggae Sumfest, held in MoBay. 8 While shopping in Montego Bay, be polite and don’t hesitate to haggle. Sellers are insistent. 9 Coconut water—sold as “ice cold jelly” at roadside stands—and conch soup are said to heighten amour. 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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et go and let loose because Negril invented “chill.” Located on the widest and best stretch of Jamaica’s famous Seven Mile Beach, Beaches Negril is an upbeat, family-friendly resort where three shimmering pools, nine gourmet restaurants and an exclusive Red Lane® Spa are a few of the heavenly temptations. Here you’ll sway to the beat of Bob Marley played by an authentic Mento band 877-BEACHES and stroll through lush tropical gardens—a paradise Beaches.com where no building is higher than the tallest palm tree.

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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 Liquid nightclub. From beach bonfire parties and a Red Lane® Spa to gourmet dining at seven world-class restaurants—plus the 877-BEACHES lavishly appointed rooms and suites—Beaches Beaches.com Ocho Rios is for lovers of luxury and sun-kissed fun.

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

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

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

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

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

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what’s included Meals, house alcohol (like craft beer from local brewers), round-trip airport transfers, two adventures per day and pre-trip planning with a personal adventure concierge are all part of the package. Bonus: Each group gets their own personal guide.

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why This remote, 13-room lodge is part of the Eleven Experience portfolio, a collection of hotels that excel at both adventure and the finer things in life. The surrounding landscape looks arctic, but inside, fireplaces, sheepskin rugs and wooly throws keep guests cozy. best time to visit Heli-ski season (March through June) promises untracked summit-tosea runs, or if you travel between September and mid-April, you could catch the Northern Lights. In summer months, you’ll have your own playground to hike, fat bike, fish and sea kayak. not-to-miss experience Spa time should be savored at Deplar Farm. An indoor-outdoor saltwater pool, steam room, two hot tubs and skilled masseuses are the antidote to sore muscles. By the time you leave, you’ll have mastered the Nordic bathing ritual: Get sweaty in the in-ground sauna, cool off with a cold plunge, relax in the thermal pool, repeat. price $2,600 per night based on double occupancy in summer, $5,050 per night based on double occupancy in heli-ski season, ElevenExperience.com >>

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what’s included Sable Alley’s 12 palatial tents enjoy sweeping views of wildlife-rich floodplains, and the camp’s locale on a 495,000-acre private reserve guarantees you’ll never have traffic on complimentary morning, afternoon and evening game drives. Walking and boating safaris are also included, as are meals, house drinks and, of course, sundowners (aka happy hour).

SABLE ALLEY OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA why Prices for safaris, particularly in Botswana, have sky-rocketed to as much as $2,500 per person per night. Natural Selection, the brainchild of Colin Bell, one of the founding fathers of high-end safari tourism, delivers a more affordable, but no less spectacular, wildlife experience at camps like Sable Alley. Best of all, the property prides itself on sustainability. best time to visit The Okavango Delta floods with water during Botswana’s winter (May through August), making mokoro (a dugout canoe) and boat safaris possible. The temperatures are pleasantly mild: warm days and cool nights. not-to-miss experience The truly wild at heart should tack on a night at sister property Skybeds, a two-and-a-half-hour drive away. You’ll sleep under the stars on a treehouse-like platform elevated three stories off the ground with elephants drinking just a few feet away. ($510 per person) price $595 per person per night, NaturalSelection.travel

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DARBY, MONTANA why Tucked away in western Montana’s Bitterroot Mountain Range, this upscale dude ranch boasts both working cowboys and an awardwinning wine cellar. Private hot tubs boost the romance factor of the Western-themed one-bedroom log cabins. best time to visit The adults-only policy means long, sunny summer days are kid free, and the wranglers are in full swing. Winter remains the ranch’s best-kept secret. Snowy fun awaits outside, and inside you can cuddle up by your roaring fire. not-to-miss experience From June through September, experienced riders can go on an oldfashioned cattle drive and help wranglers move up to 800 head of cattle. ($250 per person) price $1,050 per night based on double occupancy, TripleCreekRanch.com

what’s included A Relais & Chateaux stamp of approval means every meal (and wine pairing) will be memorable. In summer, rates include horseback riding, fly-fishing, nature safaris, guided hikes, sapphire panning and archery. During winter, go ice fishing, snow tubing, skijoring or skiing. Rentals and lift tickets are included and a complimentary shuttle takes guests to a nearby ski resort and Nordic trails.

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PARADISUS LOS CABOS SAN JOSÉ DEL CABO, MEXICO why This recently renovated resort has everything you need for the perfect vacation, including an oceanfront locale on one of the few swimmable beaches in Cabo. Every room has its own terrace, and the adults-only Royal Service area comes with butler service and a restaurant. best time to visit There’s really never a bad time to visit Cabo. November through April coincides with the humpback and gray whale migration, and you can often spot their sprays from your terrace. not-to-miss experience A meal at Gastro Bar is worth the extra money. Chef Martin Berasategui has a whopping eight Michelin stars. Expect dishes such as black smoke tuna tartare and a delicious twist on seafood rice. price From $319 per couple per night, Royal Service from $441 per couple, Melia.com >>

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what’s included Activities, like beach volleyball and yoga, as well as workshops, including mixology and sushi making, tempt guests off the beach. Seven restaurants and bars offer Italian, Asianfusion and various cuisines. Royal Service guests receive one complimentary dinner at adultsonly Gastro Bar; other guests must pay a fee.

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what’s included You won’t find any hidden extra fees here. Even taxes and gratuities are built into the pricing. Guests can eat their way around the world with 11 dining options (alcohol included) and if you want a romantic night in, room service is also complimentary. All activities—even scuba lessons—are part of your stay.

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KEY LARGO, FLORIDA KEYS why The first ever allinclusive stay in the Keys made its debut last summer and is already a hit. The adults-only resort gets the details right with thoughtful touches like soaking tubs, cruiser bikes and wide hammocks strung between palm trees outside of each spacious bungalow. best time to visit March through May is quieter than the busy winter season, and has similar temperatures and just as much sunshine. not-to-miss experience On Wednesday and Saturday nights, the hotel hosts lively beach parties with themes based on the whim of the chef (think: pig roast or fish fry featuring the day’s catch). price From $998, BungalowsKeyLargo.com

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EXCELLENCE RESORTS PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC why The resort’s 30-mile stretch of palm-lined, sugarwhite beach is reason alone to book a stay. Fresh off a $45 million renovation, the adultsonly, all-suite resort delivers five-star luxury at a fraction of the cost. Couples who book for six nights are treated to a honeymoon package (normally $600) that includes romantic perks like champagne and breakfast in bed, and a private beachfront dinner. best time to visit Year-round highs are in the 80s. March through May is less crowded, while August through early December is hurricane season. not-to-miss experience The resort can arrange a day trip to Isla Catalina, an uninhabited nature preserve, and snorkel fans won’t want to miss the marine life surrounding Isla Saona. price From $532, ExcellenceResorts.com

what’s included A personal island host is at your beck and call to prep your sun lounger or mix a sunset cocktail. Guests have access to bicycles, kayaks and paddleboards. All meals and drinks (including top-shelf spirits) are included with dining options that range from Mexican fare to casual conch fritters served from the resort’s food truck. Foodies can partake in free cooking and mixology classes.

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TOTALLY UNPLUG AT THIS REMOTE RESORT ONLY ACCESSIBLE BY AIR OR WATER. what’s included Guided activities and adventure gear are covered. Kayak and paddleboard tours offer a chance to see dolphins up close. Spot humpback whales 30 minutes from the lodge on boat tours through the Broughton Archipelago. From July through September, pods of orcas are fixtures in Blackfish Sound. Guided hikes with resident grizzly experts are a specialty here. All house alcohol and meals, like familystyle crab boils and gourmet picnics, are part of the stay.

NIMMO BAY RESORT

JEREMY KORESKI (5); OPPOSITE: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: SHUTTERSTOCK; FINS: STEPHANIE PENA/GETTY IMAGES; MASSAGE: COURTESY OF EXCELLENCE GROUP LUXURY HOTELS & RESORTS; FLORIDA: COURTESY OF BUNGALOWS KEY LARGO (3)

GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST, BRITISH COLUMBIA why You won’t have any trouble unplugging at this family-run floating lodge. Only accessible by air, the nine cabins are immersed in pristine wilderness. After a day of adventures at old growth forests or fly-fishing at a secluded nearby river, return to plush resort amenities, like a hot tub nestled next to a cascading waterfall, or a private cabin dinner. best time to visit May through late October is the optimal time to observe wildlife. not-to-miss experience Save up so you can really splurge and spend a day exploring the wilds of the Great Bear Rainforest from your own private helicopter. Get dropped on an alpine ridge line for a guided hike, then transfer to a secluded island for a picnic with champs. End the day taking in the sunset from atop Mt. Stephen. ($5,810 per day for two people) price $1,995 per person per night, plus $340 per person for round-trip floatplane transfer, NimmoBay.com >>

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what’s included Sandals has thought of it all and then some: airport transfers, unlimited land and water sports including PADI-certified scuba diving, green fees at its golf resorts, meals at eight on-property restaurants—plus 13 additional restaurants at nearby Sandals Resorts—and premium spirits like Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks wines are available free of charge at five different bars.

UNWIND IN OVERWATER BUNGALOWS THAT RIVAL ANYTHING YOU’D FIND IN THE MALDIVES.

SANDALS ROYAL CARIBBEAN MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA why Sandals has changed the mind of many all-inclusive skeptics, raising the bar with luxury options like butler service and allowing guests to dine off-property at its sister resorts. The brand’s Royal Caribbean property has overwater bungalows with glass floors that rival anything you’d find in the Maldives. best time to visit The island is blessed with great beach weather year-round, though October can be rainy. not-to-miss experience The resort’s private offshore island is just a five-minute boat ride away, but you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Southeast Asia. Balinese-inspired beach cabanas dot the sand, and a templeinspired restaurant serves excellent Thai food. Lounge on one of the overwater hammocks set up over the sea, or sip cocktails at the pool’s swim-up bar. The island even has its own spa. Massages are one of the few experiences not included, but are definitely worth the splurge. price Rooms from $223 per person per night, Love nest suites from $321 per person per night, Sandals.com

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SPA VILLAGE RESORT TEMBOK BALI

what’s included With only 31 rooms, one restaurant and one pool, Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali offers a more intimate all-inclusive experience. All meals and resort activities (cooking classes, yoga, weaving) are part of the Blissful Stay rate. The package is an unbelievable value, considering it includes a 50-minute spa treatment for two every night of your stay, plus an evening of star gazing and your choice of a sunset cruise or bicycle tour to Les Waterfall.

UNDER CANVAS

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why The all-inclusive concept is still novel throughout most of Southeast Asia, but this adults-only sanctuary on Bali’s northeast coast offers a special rate when guests book directly. You’ll be welcomed with a foot bath and shoulder massage. And don’t let the word “spa” fool you—cocktails and fries are served poolside. best time to visit Bali’s dry season runs from May through October. not-to-miss experience Book a Couples Wellness Day ($1,910), which includes sunrise meditation and a massage tutorial to learn how to help each other de-stress. price Blissful Stay package from $291 per couple with a two-night minimum, SLH.com/tembok

what’s included Breakfast and lunch is covered (and unlimited s’mores of course), plus daily set activities in or adjacent to the national parks. Itineraries include white-water rafting down the Colorado River, a naturalist-led hike in Canyonlands, canyoneering in petrified sand dunes and, after all of that action, a well-deserved massage on the final day of your stay.

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BALI: COURTESY OF SMALL LUXURY HOTELS OF THE WORLD (3); TENT: THE HEARNES ADVENTURE PHOTOGRAPHY; RIVER: MOAB ADVENTURE CENTER; S'MORES: GSAGI/GETTY IMAGES; OPPOSITE: COURTESY OF SANDALS RESORTS (5)

MOAB, UTAH why Camping is even more fun when someone else is pitching your tent and preparing campfire meals. Under Canvas, a glamping outfitter specializing in national parks, takes it to the next level with accommodations and amenities that rival boutique hotels. Its Moab outpost, encircled by deep canyons and towering plateaus, puts Canyonlands and Arches National Parks minutes from your tent door. best time to visit The camp is open from March through late October. September to October is the sweet spot. Summer months are less crowded, but midday temperatures can reach 105 degrees. Spring days are often cloudy. not-to-miss experience A morning flight over Arches and Canyonlands is a highlight of the Moab package. You’ll take in a bird’s-eye view of the Martian-like wonders below. price Four-night package $4,400 for two people, UnderCanvas.com

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“I couldn’t find a dress that matched my vision, so I said, ‘What the heck, I’ll make it,’ ” says Kristen Alyce, owner of Vivre Couture. “The palms are hand-painted on my removable train as a fun symbol of tropical Florida. It matched our wedding’s modern, artsy aesthetic, which included stainless steel accents, oversize greenery and painted canvases.” KRISTEN & ROEL DECEMBER 30; JENSEN BEACH, FL PHOTOGR APH BY C ASSI CL AIRE

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