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F E AT U R E S 57

RUNWAY REPORT The hottest ball gowns, airy sheaths, pants and more from Bridal Fashion Week.

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WRITTEN IN THE STARS Your horoscope may hold the key to finding a stellar sparkler.

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THINGS WE’RE LOVING IN 2020 From color palettes to mocktails, our favorite of-themoment ideas.

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REGISTER LIKE A BOSS Fresh and functional registry items from four of our favorite thought-leaders.

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HONEYMOONS BY SEASON Dreamy destinations that put a romantic twist on spring break.

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BUDDING ROMANCE Let your style blossom with colorful, floral-inspired picks.

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SPRING 2020 72

REAL LOVE 84

ESSAY How friends stepped up to become family for a wedding to remember.

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REAL WEDDINGS

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FA S H I O N + B E AU T Y 68

BEAUTY BEAT Spring’s hottest hair and makeup looks, plus how to pull them off on your day.

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TOP 5 BEAUTY TO -DOS Trendy treatments for your hair, skin and more.

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WHAT TO WEAR Attire for library, rooftop and bed-and-breakfast affairs.

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

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CALI CITRUS Set the scene with this punchy palette.

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WHAT MARRIAGE LOOKS LIKE IN 2020 From dating app meet-cutes to culture-fusion celebrations, our look at unions today.

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WHAT’S TRENDING Celebrate your love, your way, in Cartagena and other inclusive honeymoon spots.

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ESCAPE TO THE MALDIVES What to pack for a trip to these South Asian Islands.

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CITY GUIDE: SANTA FE Where to stay, eat and play in The City Different.

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FROM I DO, TO HAPPILY EVER AFTER and everything in between.

Discover custom invitations, wedding day décor, unique gifts and keepsakes you’ll cherish for years to come.

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EDITOR’S NOTE

I T ’S A LOV E STO RY It’s probably no surprise that weddings aren’t what they used to be. Rigid traditions and rules have given way to personalized celebrations and a reinvention of customs, from the walk down the aisle to the first dance (see p. 46 to see what I mean). Something else that’s changed? Marriage, and how couples are approaching it. Today, “how we met” stories more than likely involve a dating app, while the path to “I do” can involve major life decisions like purchasing a home or having a baby. Couples are more often fusing two cultures, backgrounds or religions not only at their wedding, but in their marriage too. The diversity of it all is making the stories of today’s couples more beautiful and unique than ever—and we’re here for it (see our celebration of marriage in 2020 on p. 137). So, cheers to you—whoever you are and whatever your love story.

We’re Turning 20 This year marks the 20th anniversary of our first issue, originally called Wedding Gowns. Look how far we’ve come!

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A week after dress designer and all-around cool girl Hayley Paige got engaged (that’s her fiancé, Conrad Louis, below!), she penned a heartfelt IG post about finding love after divorce. Her story and attitude are full of hope, grace and empowerment— and we felt it was important to give this moment the celebration it deserves. Don’t miss Hayley’s interview on p. 138.

KRISTEN MAXWELL COOPER Editor in Chief @kristenmax kristen@theknot.com RIGHT NOW

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The Spring issue is our moment to introduce what’s going to be hot in the upcoming year— from wedding dress styles (and colors!) to honeymoon destinations and décor. Turn the page to get our freshest ideas for 2020.

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You’re never too old or too broken or too whatever to experience a fairy tale—everyone is deserving of love.

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MAXWELL COOPER: SARAH LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY; FLORAL ACCESSORY: OUR LOVE IS LOUD; DRESS: COURTESY OF VENDOR; COLOMBIA: ALAMY; PAIGE: AARON RICHTER

TEAM HAYLEY!

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CONTRIBUTORS Check out Elizabeth + Joab’s wedding to see Petronella’s work in action.

PETRONELLA LUGEMWA CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF PETRONELLA PHOTOGRAPHY I N D U S T R I A L A R T P. 1 3 2

The keys to taking your best wedding photos are __________. Truly being in the moment, having fun, collaborative communication with your photographer and a thoughtful, well-planned timeline. The biggest misses I see come from unspoken expectations and unrealistic schedules. I definitely don’t recommend trying to recreate a specific Pinterest pose because that usually just ends up being stressful for the couple. As an alternative, share what vibes you liked best about an image and let the photographer use their skills to interpret it in a way that fits who you are and the day’s flow. I love capturing joy and excitement, like that moment when a couple and their loved ones fully celebrated the couple’s union in their own way, whether it was a kiss, an exit, a cultural ceremony or some dance moves. @petronellaphotography

MEET OUR CONTRIBUTORS

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HECTOR SIMANCAS MAKEUP ARTIST B U D D I N G R O M A N C E P. 1 4 4

That just-bitten lip look you gave our model is amaze. How can someone re-create that style at home? Start the process by applying a primer or lip balm. Cover your lips using your foundation as a base. After applying that layer of coverage, grab any lipstick and, with your finger as a tool, tap that colorful pigment on like a stain. Next, use a brush to add extra color on the inside of the lip and blend it out with your fingers for an ombré effect. Tip: You can also use the lipstick as a blush, @hectorsimancas just tap it onto the cheeks with your finger or a sponge.

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

LAUREN KAY EXECUTIVE EDITOR Which one of 2020’s wedding trends are you most excited about? New trends totally invigorate me—it’s so fun to think about what’s “next,” and this year’s list delivers! I’m especially loving the push toward sustainability and inclusivity. We’re seeing nods to this across all categories, from locally-sourced flowers to menus that check every box, whether that’s nut-free options or mocktails. I’m also so here for the twist on the traditional Viennese hour—cheese! The swap of sweets to savory meats and cheeses @laurenekay (i.e. an epic charcuterie board) makes my heart sing. Be sure to check out our full list of favorites at TheKnot.com.

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Are there any up-and-coming destinations you’re excited about? I recently visited Miavana, the first real luxury property in Madagascar, and was blown away by how untouched the islands of the north are—it’s a whole different safari experience. The Azores islands off the coast of Portugal are such an easy escape for East Coasters. The East Cape of Baja, Mexico, is an undiscovered gem. And now that people know about Croatia, I think they’ll begin to discover the beauty of neighboring Montenegro. For domestic travelers, The Farm at Brush Creek Ranch will put Saratoga, Wyoming, on @jenrunsworld the map for foodies.

LUGEMWA: KAT HARRIS; SIMANCAS: ARTHUR BELEBEAU; MURPHY: JENNIFER OLSON; KAY: CHARLIE JULIET PHOTOGRAPHY; CHARCUTERIE: JUDY PAK STUDIO

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STYLE

FIND YOUR WEDDING We know—you’re probably wondering where you should even start (totally normal, btw). First, download our app and take our Style Quiz. It’s a fun way to help zero in on your vibe, (think: industrial with bohemian details). We’ll generate your very own Wedding Vision (more on that on the next page). EDITOR TIP Think about what you love as a couple—are you

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KEEP Not sure what to do when? Look no further than our totally customizable checklist. If you’re asking your future brotherin-law to officiate, we’ll take “find an officiant” off your to-do list. Want to add extra entertainment? No problem. Bonus: our budgeter will help you track your overall spending. EDITOR TIP Psst, it’s okay to go out of order or to not tick off

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

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COMPILE YOUR After sharing your info (budget, location, guest count) we’ll help you assemble your squad with recommended vendors. And if you want to keep scrolling, we’ve got tons of award-winning pros (right where you are), plus reviews, on The Knot Marketplace. EDITOR TIP If you have your heart set on a master chef, a true

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

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

PLANNING WITH We’re here for you, every step of the way. Now, let’s get you married.

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

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We created a portrait of Lauren & Wahid’s dog, Sailor.

We addressed their envelopes with a special touch: their monogram.

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MANAGE YOUR People will want to shower you with gifts from “we’re engaged” to your wedding day, so a registry is a must-have. Build yours on The Knot Registry and add items from anywhere you shop with our universal registry tool. That means you don’t have to choose between bespoke Etsy finds and smart home tech from Amazon. Plus, your guests get a one-stop shopping experience—a win-win.

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

EDITOR TIP The Knot Registry also lets you ask for money

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

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

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

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

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with your Minted wedding invites) and even snag a custom URL for an extra touch of personalization.

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

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GET YOUR DAY-OF Not sure when to start hair and makeup? We can help. As you check off to-dos (so satisfying, right?) our app creates a detailed day-of timeline so your day runs right on schedule. Share your personalized itinerary with your pros, wedding party and any VIPs. Everyone will know when it’s all going down, and you can focus on enjoying some bubbly and having the best time with your people.

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

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

EDITOR TIP A wedding is a bit like Thanksgiving dinner—

lots of elements that all need to come together at the same time. No harm in padding your day-of schedule a bit. #trust

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Prompt guests to download The Guest app, and their photos and videos will be shared in real time, no hashtag necessary!

Keep the flame alive while planning and beyond with Lasting. Download the app for on-the-go relationship counseling. GetLasting.com

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LIGHTBULB: HEADSOF BIRDS/NOUN PROJECT; MAGNIFYING GLASS: LINSEED STUDIO/NOUN PROJECT; IDEAS: CREATIVE STALL/NOUN PROJECT; COLOR PALETTE: OLGA/NOUN PROJECT; TARGET: PRIME ICONS/NOUN PROJECT; LIST: ALEX MURAVEV/NOUN PROJECT

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Our annual celebration of industry pros set a shining example of our mantra: Love is love. The iconic New York Public Library in NYC was the perfect setting for a colorful and inclusive bash. BY L AU R E N K AY

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PLANNED TO PERFECTION “Having a proud gay man and LGBTQ+ advocate plan the wedding event of the year really set the tone that marriage is for everyone and love is love,” event designer Jove Meyer says. He intentionally collaborated with pros who are people of color, women, queer or minorities to shine light on their talents.

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EXTRA ENTERTAINMENT In addition to a high-energy band (the dance floor was packed!) a drag performance surprised and delighted guests. “It really set the tone to shine bright as you are,” Meyer said.

SUSTAINABILITY FTW Hanging installations made from salvaged T-shirt material were a hit with partygoers, as were holographic reusable straws—both nods to eco-consciousness.

SPECIALTY SIPS Pour-over drinks and interactive cocktail stations wowed, while comfort food (think: grilled cheese and ramen cups) kept everyone satiated.

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ASK THE KNOT SQUAD You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. We tapped our team—and one of our go-to industry pros—to solve some of your most of-the-moment planning asks. OUR TAKE I really want a modern, fun invitation suite, but my fiancé is feeling something a bit more classic with calligraphy. Any design tips for picking invites that suit both of our styles? SARAH EVANS

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My partner and I are both major introverts— we don’t do PDA and hate being the center of attention—so a traditional ceremony seems really scary to us. Are there ways for us to rethink the structure to fit our personalities?

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JOVE MEYER Owner Jove Meyer Events Jove is an NYC-based event designer known for throwing celebrations that take personalization to new heights. Check out Jove’s work at The Knot Gala on p. 36.

Your wedding ceremony should be true to both of you—that includes reflecting your style, love story and personalities. If you’re both introverts, you could consider a city hall ceremony. This allows you to bring a few friends, keeping things intimate and casual. But, if you go with a city hall wedding, a majority of your loved ones will miss out on your public commitment. As an alternative, rethink the day in a way that pulls the attention away from you. Maybe you could skip walking down a traditional aisle and instead hang out with your guests preceremony. Think: no processing, just getting married where you are, on your terms. You could also walk down the aisle with your partner or ask guests to process to you instead, meeting you, your partner and the officiant at the altar. Starting the ceremony together might make you more comfortable. In the end, the goal of the wedding ceremony is to make your commitment of love in front of those you care about most. This can really take place in whatever form feels most authentic to your relationship.

Marriage is all about collaboration and figuring out how to blend two individual styles. Here’s the good news: When it comes to stationery design, seemingly opposing tastes can actually complement each other nicely and really represent you as a couple. If your fiancé is nonnegotiable on calligraphy, try pairing hand lettering with clean, modern typefaces for a combo that won’t feel too stuffy. Give your suite an energetic vibe by experimenting with color and avoiding any fussy details that might not feel true to your combined style. Letting the script shine as the focal point can feel clean and bold but simple and timeless at the same time. Win, win! We’re trying to settle on a first dance song but the classics feel too serious for us. Where can we find some jams to start the party? S H A R LY N P I E R R E Assistant Editor, Research

Check out different radio stations or comb through Spotify, but keep this in mind: As you’re researching, don’t be afraid to explore different genres you might not always find yourself listening to. Try pop, hip-hop or even Afrobeats. If nothing makes you want to strut and shake something, enlist the help of your wedding party and ask for song recs or even a playlist—they’ll know what feels most like you guys.

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asked dancers from the School of Breaking to take the floor,” Diane says. “The school inspires kids through the power of music and dance.”

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G I V E B A C K “We really wanted to surprise everyone,” Noah says. “The video of our dance, which included a Dirty Dancing lift, went viral, and the proceeds allowed us to donate $40,000 to the It Gets Better Project.”

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GET DOWN Introverts, step out of the spotlight by inviting guests or your wedding party to join you for the first song.

SIT IT OUT Leave the work to a pro you love, from your fave drag queen to step performers.

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P A R T N E R U P “Instead of dancing together as a couple, we invited our moms to join us,” Zane says. “Halfway through the song, we switched partners and danced with our new mothers-in-law.”

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PASS THE MIC “We surprised my parents by giving them our first dance, complete with a serenade,” Dre says. “My mom and dad eloped over 30 years ago due to racial tensions and never got a big, white wedding of their own, so this dance was our gift of gratitude to them.”

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GENDER-FREE LOVE Consultant AINSLEY BLATTEL works to make sure all couples, including non-binary folks, are their truest selves on their day. THE FLOWERS “Flowers are for everyone,” Blattel says. Want to carry a bouquet? Go for it. Looking to rock a floral necklace? Do it. THE ENTRANCES If the idea of one of you processing down the aisle toward the other doesn’t feel right, why not walk hand-in-hand instead? “Consider it a celebration of what’s already been.” THE KISS One easy way to keep a ceremony from feeling gendered? Switch up your lingo. Instead of saying, ‘You may now kiss the bride,’ Blattel suggests something like, ‘You may now seal your vows with a kiss.’

TOP FIRST DANCE SONGS Whether you’ve perfected your waltz or have two left feet, find your groove with these romantic picks.

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BRIDESMAIDS While the flick is set in Milwaukee, Lillian and Dougie’s “I dos” take place at the Los Angeles County Arboretum. Good news: You can book it too! Bad news: Wilson Phillips performance not included.

SEX AND THE CITY The iconic, sweeping halls of New York City Public Library set the scene for the dramatic almost first wedding of Carrie and Mr. Big. We’re pretty positive you’ll have better luck than they did that day.

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S T Y L E AT A STEAL These gorgeous new lines are easy on the eyes—and the wallet. ZAC POSEN FOR WHITE ONE Luxury designer Zac Posen partnered with bridal brand Pronovias to create a 20-gown collection. Inspired by a romantic garden, the collab offers wedding-worthy riffs on Posen’s most famous red carpet looks, as well as showstopping new styles.

Date Night In News flash: Staying in is the new going out. This gear will help you make the most of it. If you’re a duo who prefers an all-in-one cookware set to shopping piece by piece, you’ll love the new brand on the block, Equal Parts cookware. Designed with longevity and space-saving in mind (hello, universal lids!), the sleek accessories boast an aluminum body and ceramic finish, making them durable and nontoxic. Finished in a timeless matte-black exterior, they’ll wow on the dinner table, coffee table or living room floor—wherever your date nights take you.

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MADELINE GARDNER The designer behind Morilee by Madeline Gardner unveiled a namesake collection of fashion-forward gowns. The 16-dress range draws inspo from the glamour of New York City, featuring luxe details like fringe, feathers and rich embroidery.

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RUFFLES If there’s a time to indulge in some romance, your wedding is it—and it simply doesn’t get more romantic than this frilly detail.

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This classic is here to stay. Take a cue from the royals and go for a regal full skirt to make the most of your moment.

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A fun frock is a chic option if you’re eloping, planning casual nuptials or looking to hit the after-party in style.

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Your guide to this season’s hottest bridal hair and makeup looks—plus how to pull them off IRL.

THE TREND

FULL FLUSH Take your bridal glow to the next level with a vibrant combo of coral eyeshadow and blush. PRO TIP To avoid overdoing it, keep the rest of your makeup on the neutral side. GET THE LOOK Cream eye color solo in color 302, $45, CledePeauBeaute.com; Lip + cheek color in Perk, $28, MilkMakeup.com

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This fresh take on the flower crown is all about voluminous hair plus large-and-in-charge blossoms. PRO TIP Choose heartier flowers with a stick stem, like carnations or roses, that can stand up to hours of wear. GET THE LOOK un.done volume and matte

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Rock a dark lip color for some extra sex appeal. PRO TIP Use a longlasting lip liner and lip color (and reapply as needed) to keep your sultry pout in place. ColorStay lip liner in Plum, $10, Ulta.com; Velvet Lip Glide in Unspeakable, $26, NarsCosmetics.com

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Gone are the days of stiff bridal updos. Work with your natural texture for an end result that’s effortlessly gorgeous. PRO TIP Dry your hair with a microfiber towel or T-shirt to stave off frizz.

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GET THE LOOK Curl Gelée curl jelly, $44, Oribe.com

Opt for statement headwear to put a fashion-forward spin on this classic bridal embellishment.

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FAHION + BEAUTY

Beauty To-Dos

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Get the deets on the trendiest prewedding beauty treatments and find out how to work them into your budget. BY SHELLEY BROWN

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FOR YOUR

HAIR

Your wedding and the events surrounding it call for pictureperfect hair. A conditioning treatment can tame frizz and flyaways but won’t take away from your natural texture.

GO PRO Hit the salon a week before your wedding for an Olaplex treatment. This three-part process includes an active ingredient that works on a molecular level to repair broken bonds within hair, reversing damage from heat styling and coloring, and preventing future breakage. From $40

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FOR YOUR

TEETH

You’ll be flashing those pearly whites a lot on your day— consider whitening treatments for a more dazzling smile.

Laser teeth whitening is the quickest, most effective option. A whitening gel made with hydrogen peroxide is smeared onto your teeth, then a halogen light is used to activate the bleach, which lifts stains. The whole process takes about an hour, and results last from six months to a year. From $650

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FOR YOUR

GO HOME Adhesive strips like Crest 3D Whitestrips are a foolproof DIY way to get a more lustrous smile. You’ll generally see results after a few weeks of daily use. Though it’s a time commitment, it’s also super budget friendly. From $35

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LASHES Long, full lashes can make your eyes look bigger and brighter.

FOR YOUR

If you aren’t going au naturale, consider these options.

Eyelash extensions are the perfect solution if you want realistic-looking lashes. These synthetic strands of hair are bonded to your natural lashes by a professional. A full set lasts up to six weeks, but we recommend making an appointment three or four days before your wedding in case you want to make any final tweaks. From $150 GO PRO

GO HOME You can achieve the same effect as eyelash extensions with falsies (we love the ones by Lashify). Opt for individuals over strips for a more subtle look. From $20

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SKIN

The key to flawless wedding makeup is a flawless canvas. Give your complexion a complete refresh with a chemical peel.

There’s no shortage of peels out there, but we recommend the SkinCeuticals Smart TCA System. This combo of glycolic acid and trichloroacetic acid stimulates collagen and solves a myriad of skin issues like fine lines and discoloration. Schedule it a month before your day so your skin has time to bounce back. From $200

GO PRO

Use an at-home treatment like Dr. Dennis Gross Clinical Grade Resurfacing Liquid Peel twice a week leading up to your wedding for overall smoother, brighter skin and refined pores. The results probably won’t be as dramatic as a professional peel, but it’s a less pricey alternative with no downtime. From $95 GO HOME

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NAILS

Get your hands #ringselfie ready with a glossy, long-lasting mani that won’t fade, chip or peel.

GO PRO Somewhere between a regular polish and acrylic nails, dip powder manicures are taking over social media for two big reasons: They last for three to four weeks (at least a full week longer than classic gel) and use pigmented powder rather than more harmful UV rays to seal in the polish. From $30

An at-home kit is the secret to a lasting gel manicure that won’t break the bank. Go all out and purchase your own LED lamp plus nail prep, base coat, top coat and gel polish color, or try a two-step gel dupe like Essie Gel Couture that doesn’t require a base coat or LED. From $9

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GO HOME If you don’t want to splurge on sprucing up your strands, try the in-store version, Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3. This less intense formula contains a small amount of the active ingredient along with conditioning agents, but it will help your hair feel softer and more hydrated. From $28

Plan to ramp up your skin care regimen a few months before your nuptials.

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WRITTEN IN THE aries

STARS

ENERGETIC . FIERY . INDEPENDENT

leo

The trailblazer of the zodiac, you like to make a statement. A princess cut stone in an X setting is the combo of refinement and edge you crave.

P R O U D . LOYA L . C O U R A G E O U S You love the attention glitzy getups bring you. A yellow diamond set in yellow gold is as flashy as it gets.

Price upon request, EvaFehren.com

Price upon request, Kwiat.com

taurus PAT I E N T . P R AC T I C A L . R O M A N T I C You’re down to earth but also easily enamored with beautiful things. A sparkler with a halo taps into your grounded yet artistic leanings.

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Price upon request, MarisaPerry.com

What’s better than one diamond? Two—especially where your dual personalities are concerned. A rule-breaker who changes direction quickly, you appreciate the unexpected. From $18,000, AshleyZhangJewelry.com

virgo cancer

O R G A N I Z E D . D E D I C AT E D . H A R DWO R K I N G

Oh-so sentimental, you’re drawn to antiques. A vintage-inspired, emerald ring has instant heirloom quality.

Staying organized and maintaining a flawless appearance are always at the top of your to-do list. The immaculate lines of an emerald-cut stone are made for you.

$11,800, MindiMondNY.com

Price upon request, MaterialGood.com

E M OT I O N A L . N U RT U R I N G . C O M PA S S I O N AT E

STELLAR SPARKLE ARIES Ever a trendsetter, a band with an abstract feel allows you to put your own twist on tradition.

TAURUS While you love the practicality of a simple ring, a hammered finish speaks to your love of pretty things.

GEMINI Two-tone rings aren’t just on trend, they also resonate with your ability to see most situations in life from both sides.

CANCER Etched art deco flourishes plus milgrain edging give a nod to a bygone era—and it gets you right in the feels.

LEO The word “subtle” is simply not in your vocab. A gold band with an inset diamond will turn heads.

VIRGO We have your perfectionist tendencies covered. It doesn’t get more polished than all-around baguettes.

$1,290, BrilliantEarth.com

$399, HiHolden.com

$2,140, AJaffe.com

$1,275, BlueNile.com

$1,200, NoraKogan.com

$2,295, Vrai.com

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capricorn AMBITIOUS . PERSISTENT . HELPFUL Status is important to you, and you aren’t going to settle for anything less than an iconic rock. A round diamond in a Tiffany & Co. setting has the timeless appeal you’re after. Price upon request, Tiffany.com

libra FA I R . C H A R M I N G . I D E A L I S T I C Ruled by the planet Venus, you’re all about love. A pretty pink sparkler makes your inner romantic swoon. Price upon request, UneekJewelry.com

sagittarius OPTIMISTIC . CURIOUS . WILD You have serious wanderlust and need bling that works in a variety of destinations. A more delicate ring with a minimalistic design is both no fuss and fabulous.

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$9,350, StillHouseNYC.com

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I N T E L L I G E N T . CO M M U N I CAT I V E . O P E N - M I N D E D

I N T E N S E . PA S S I O N AT E . M A G N E T I C One of the most rebellious signs, you don’t mind shaking things up. A black diamond is as intriguing and mysterious as you are.

Fascinated by the avant garde, you like to push the limits. A marquise cut stone with a negative-space design sets you apart from the crowd. $7,200, KatKimFineJewelry.com

W I S E . C R E AT I V E . E M PAT H E T I C The old soul of the zodiac, you’ve got serious emotional depth. An opal ring in a vibrant shade of blue reflects your dreamy state of mind. $4,279, NatalieMarieJewellery.com

$5,600, AnnaSheffield.com

LIBRA While white gold means friendship and yellow gold symbolizes fidelity, rose gold represents love. (Need we say more?)

SCORPIO Part of your allure is your dark side. Lean into your edgy nature with a combo of raw metals.

SAGITTARIUS A durable (but chic) band made of medical-grade silicone can stand up to your free-spirited, adventurous lifestyle.

CAPRICORN You like to keep it classic—and preferably luxe. An elegant platinum band with a fancy label is the best of both worlds.

AQUARIUS Given that originality is kind of your thing, you’re unafraid to mix it up with cool, geometric bling.

PISCES A boho-luxe design with scattered, ombré stones has a unique, imaginative vibe—just like you.

$699, MarkeNYC.com

$2,385, ToddReed.com

$30, GrooveLife.com

$1,250, Tiffany.com

$1,395, AnnaSheffield.com

$4,840, PollyWales.com

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FASHION + BEAUTY THE GEORGE PEABODY LIBRARY B A LT I M O R E

Earrings, $325, JenniferBehr.com

KEEP IT Dress in sizes up to 32, $2,099, JustinAlexander.com

classic I N A

L I B R A RY A grand location is your opportunity to get fancy. Go all out with a showstopping ball gown, traditional black tux and polished accessories. Add velvet dresses for a wedding party that feels just as luxe.

Shoes, $285, BellaBelleShoes.com

Clutch, $1,995, JudithLeiber.com

Clutch, $58, NinaShoes.com

Dress in sizes up to 24, $239, KleinfeldBridal Party.com

Shoes, $730, Ferragamo.com

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Tuxedo in sizes up to 50 long, $1,095, shirt in sizes up to 17.5" 32/33, $150, JosephAbboud .com; bow tie, $35, Ties.com

Watch, $2,250, Rado.com

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Earrings, $99, CZbyKenneth JayLane.com

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FASHION + BEAUTY T H E L O N D O N W E S T H O L LY W O O D W E S T H O L LY W O O D, C A

Shoes, $35 to rent, TheBlack Tux.com

Cufflinks, $495, DavidYurman.com

Clutch, $25, DavidsBridal.com Tuxedo in any size, $145 to rent, shirt in any size, $20 to rent, bow tie, $10 to rent, TheBlackTux.com

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Shoes, $395, StuartWeitzman.com

Clutch, $950, EKR Designs.com

Outfits as cool as your modern venue are a must. An architectural gown plus colorful tux are seriously chic. Have your attendants wear sleek, metallic dresses for an equally fashion-forward effect.

Earrings, $58, BaubleBar.com

Dress in sizes up to 24, $280, JennyYoo.com

Dress in sizes up to 30, from $1,200, AllureBridals.com

Earrings, $100, Kenneth JayLane.com

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Earrings, $240, Elizabeth Bower.com

Dress in sizes up to 28, $1,589, MaggieSottero.com

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casual A T A

B E D -A N D B R E A K FA S T Channel the rustic theme of your surroundings with an unfussy lace dress and gray suit. Outfit your friends in fluttery frocks to play up the laid-back vibe of your nuptials.

Dress in sizes up to 3XL, $99, BirdyGrey.com

Earrings, $38, OliveandPiper.com

Shoes, $45, JustFab.com

Clutch, $145, St. Xavier, BHLDN.com

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BOLD BOUQUET Good news: Practically every one of your favorite buds comes in a citrusy hue, so feel free to mix it up.

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If there was ever a recipe for instant happiness, it probably looked a lot like this color combo. Pair bright, saturated citrus hues with memorable details (hello, custom-branded cocktails!) for a celebratory spring affair you and your guests will love. Color takes center stage with this look, so keep the extras to a minimum—think: modern stationery, streamlined tabletops and lots of bold blooms to complete the zesty vibe.

THREE WAYS T O ADD CITRUS Work in the real deal fruit for a party that’s as delicious as it is delightful.

YO U R M E N U Yes, citrus can be savory! Ask your catering team to pair the versatile fruit with things like salad, fresh fish and more.

YO U R C A K E

SWEET SLICE Carry the citrus motif throughout your day, like with illustrations reminiscent of dried fruit slices on your cake’s exterior.

For a wow-worthy final course, opt for a citrus sweet. We love the idea of cake with blood orange filling or lemon paired with raspberry.

YO U R F L O R A L S Kumquats, mandarins and lemons can all add texture to your arrangements.

B U B B LY B A C K D R O P Rethink paper lanterns as a colorful backdrop to your head table, photo booth or even ceremony scene.

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West Coast is the best coast with this juicy, playful palette.

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STYLE + PLANNING

When you need them most, friends step into new roles.

Angela (left) and Brittany said “I do” at their favorite park in their home of Cincinnati.

A C H O S E N F A M I LY Without her parents’ support, Angela Ianniello’s wedding to Brittany Green became a love letter to their community. 84

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hen I came out to my parents 10 years ago, they weren’t supportive or open to my sexuality. Ever since then, ours has been an on-again, off-again relationship, one that I call “estranged” simply because that’s the easiest way to define it. From the beginning of our time together as a couple, I’ve been honest with Brittany about the nature of my relationship with my parents. Though these sorts of strains can be kind of taboo (and the thought of being judged for strained relationships is scary), it’s not entirely a shock for those of us in the LGBTQ+ community, and it’s important to be open with those you love. I knew when I got engaged to Brittany that my family wouldn’t be there for me, and, even more so, I didn’t want to welcome their thoughts—or lack thereof—into a time of such celebration. Instead, I gave my

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parents a heads-up that Brittany and I would be getting married, and, from there, I cut back on communication with them. I know some people say “maybe they’ll come around” or “in time things will change”—and though that hope wasn’t completely gone as I planned my wedding, I remained even more focused on the excitement of creating a new family and starting a new chapter, reconciling my grief with hope. One of my greatest planning strategies was giving myself the space to feel my feelings instead of pushing them aside. We had a long engagement, and I took things day by day, which allowed me to take care of myself as needed. I’d been to therapy before we’d gotten engaged, and I knew I had a therapist on call, should I have needed one. I looked to the internet for support from other people in my shoes or similar places—maybe

due to unsupportive in-laws or religious differences—and they showed me I wasn’t the only one going through this. Most importantly, though, I remained honest with my friends, and they in-turn became family. When you need them most, friends step into new roles, and a wedding becomes a community effort. I never had to shoulder the burden of planning alone. When I told myself, Oh, I don’t need a bridal shower—that’s something traditionally thrown by the family, my friends threw one for me. Whether it was helping to create our family manifesto or baking our wedding cake, my friends did things I would have never even asked of them. And when they weren’t doing that, they were simply showing up for us both, all because I’d been open and honest. I allowed my friends the opportunity to step up, and they did—as not only a community, but my chosen family.

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Go for the wow! Instead of stretching your décor budget to include all. the. things, narrow in on one or two true heart-stoppers, like hanging florals, a neon installation that doubles as a ceremony altar or unique rentals. Your guests will be sure to remember this standout detail, especially if it’s so “you guys.”

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Unexpected and totally on trend!

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Greenery is still hip, but this year it’s getting a colorful makeover. Spray-painted branches, greens and grasses are adding texture and unnatural color—think: neon, frosted pastels and metallics—to arrangements and bouquets (knuckle posy, anyone?). Dip-dyed petals are also a fun way to add an unexpected dose of color into the mix. Looking for a low cost, big impact floral moment? Two words: color blocking.

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TRENDING COLORS We recommend settling on your vibe first (for help, take our Style Quiz on The Knot Wedding Planner app), and then find a way to add a pop to your party. Lucky for you, color is trending in 2020. Expect to see a lot of neo mint, a.k.a. the new millennial pink; cassis, not quite pink, not quite purple; yellow, a mellow, rich hue with earthy undertones; and faded denim, a blue that’s equally fresh and serene.

MICRO WEDDINGS

Good lighting gets your details noticed and doubles as décor.

This trend is designed to keep things small—think: 40 people or less. But like any exclusive party, this celebration delivers big. The cost per guest is higher, meaning people are treated to bespoke touches, elaborate meals (read: tasting menu) and tons of personalization.

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SELF-SERVE SIPS We’re not talking a cooler full of cold ones. This wedding trend dresses up the actual serving of a signature sip. An artfully created wall-mounted dispenser, a trickedout bar of pour-over drinks or a slew of specialty garnishes allows guests to create their perfect cocktail. Bonus: You’ll need one less bartender to pull it off.

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EDIBLE BLOOMS Whether frozen in ice cubes, tossed in salads or sprinkled on top of dessert, edible flowers are on point. This pretty #extra is perfect for floral-loving duos and an easy way to elevate virtually anything from infused water to classic vanilla cake. Pair the petals with even more stems for an über-romantic party.

Veils aren’t going anywhere, but tiaras have given way to the latest in hair jewelry— barrettes and combs. These accessories are often adorned in pearls, rhinestones and colorful enamels. They’re great for holding back natural curls or creating a second style for your wedding reception.

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GET ZEN Wind down after work by lightly diffusing an essential oil like lavender.

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LISTEN UP “We love to blast gospel from our Google Nest to start the day. And we basically ask it to do everything else for us, including fact-check our debates (obviously I’m always right!).”

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IN CONTROL This smart thermostat will keep you cozy— or cool!—with just a touch on your smartphone. Bonus: It learns your habits at home to help you conserve energy.

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Lifestyle Luxuries Clockwise, from left: Original artwork by Omari Douglin, price upon request, MrsGallery.com; Wireless dual pad charger, $70, GoNimble.com; 5-orb glass floor lamp in Brass, $2,995, ABCHome .com; Bamboo sheet set, from $359, CozyEarth.com; Linen terry towel in Terracotta, from $35 each, Lissoy, ABCHome.com; Landscape Growframe in White, $240, ModSprout.com; Nest Learning Thermostat, $250, BestBuy.com; P-515 digital piano in Black, $1,500, Yamaha, GuitarCenter .com; Glass modern beverage dispenser, $30, Threshold, Target.com; Google Nest Mini in Sky, $50, BestBuy.com; Aroma diffuser in Light Wood, $70, Objecto, Maisonette.com; Baies candle, from $36, DiptyqueParis.com

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TECHY TUNES Music lovers can strike just the right note with this digital keyboard, which boasts an LCD screen and USB connectivity to pump those tunes.

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MIX MASTER “A KitchenAid mixer is a must-have! One of the first dishes I made for my fiancé, Ella, was pasta—I’d love to re-create it homemade with their pasta attachment.”

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“I love green tea. The process and thoughtfulness that goes into making matcha is really soothing.”

GROW GREEN Keep fresh blooms or herbs on a countertop with this easy-water stoneware pot.

IN THE HOUSE PARTY OF LIFE , I ALWAYS FIND MYSELF I N T H E K I T C H E N . N O T H I N G S AY S FA M I LY O R L O V E L I K E S H A R I N G A H O T, H O M E - C O O K E D M E A L , A N D T H E S E ITEMS ARE A GREAT WAY TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN.

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CHEF CLASSIC Beloved by pros, a few Le Creuset pieces add a pop of color—and street cred—to any kitchen.

GRATE JOB What screams “pro chef” more than grating your own salt? Answer: Um, nothing, obviously.

FELINE FOUNTAIN “Our cats, Charles and Lady, are our babies! We love them and have found ways to make home their haven too.”

FRESH FLATWARE A sleek shape and matte-black finish makes this flatware set one guests will swoon over at your next dinner party.

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HOME HUB Stream your favorite shows, blast your cooking playlist or even follow a recipe on this do-it-all smart gadget.

STYLISH SERVER Even store-bought apps look like a culinary triumph on a live-edge serving board. Trust us—no one will know!

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Customs will be your favorite part of the airport when you pull out this chic passport case for a new stamp.

Clockwise, from left: The Insider packing cubes, $45 for 4, and The Expandable carry-on, $275, AwayTravel .com; In-flight case in Arsenic, $350, AnyaHindmarch.com; Mara travel tray jewelry box in Brown, $475, Smythson .com; Waverly mini pillowcase, $68, HillHouseHome.com; MH40 over-ear headphones, $249, MasterDynamic.com; Sleep mask, $50 each, Slip.com; The Longitude tote in Buff Leather, $245, AwayTravel.com; CLEAR membership, $179, ClearMe.com; Gift card, from $50, MrandMrsSmith.com; Passport case, price upon request, Goyard.com

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HONEYMOON DREAMS Score stays at coveted hotels (Nihi Sumba in Indonesia is Jen’s pick!) and special perks with a Mr. and Mrs. Smith gift card.

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“If your airport has CLEAR kiosks, sign up. It saves you time and makes it so easy to glide through security seamlessly.”

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YOU LEARN SO MUCH ABOUT SOMEONE WHILE TRAVELING. I LEARNED MY FIANCÉ IS JUST AS EFFICIENT AS I AM—HE LEARNED TO TRAVEL IN STYLE . PETITE PILLOW “This Hill House Home pillow is great for the plane—plus it can be embroidered. We personalized ours with JFK and SFO, our home airports!”

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CLEAR WINNER In-flight electronics (or hey, your inflight sheet masks) will be easy to find in this stylish case.

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Keep your favorite treasures (like that brand-new bling) safe as you globetrot with a durable padded leather jewelry box.

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Carry all of your essentials in this sleek tote. Bonus: An exterior strap secures it to your suitcase. PUMP THE TUNES

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Ask anyone who has ever sat next to a crying baby or chatty passenger—noise-isolating headphones are a travel must.

SWEET ZS Slip on these sweet (matching!) silk sleep masks and make even a middle seat feel instantly like first class.

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BATH BUDDY “I always say a bubble bath (and sometimes, some bubbly!) is the best way to relax and unwind after a hectic day.”

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Meal prepping your lunches is a cinch with glass storage containers that boast secure-lock lids and a variety of sizes.

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ROW YOUR BOAT Not into clocking miles on the treadmill? Get in your cardio with this effective (and may we add stylish?) water rower.

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FITNES S AND WELLNES S HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A WAY FOR ME TO CONNECT WITH MYSELF AND NOW WITH M Y H U S B A N D , B O B B Y. W E L O V E T O G O T O C L A S S E S TO G E T H E R , A N D H E ’S A # T I U T E A M FAV E .

PEACEFUL PERCH Hit the meditation mat to recite your mantra or read a new thriller—we won’t tell.

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SMOOTH AS SILK Indulge in some serious self-care and end your evening with a lounge in a luxe 100 percent silk robe.

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COOL KICKS These trendy running sneaks are sure to score you some second glances at the gym or on the sidewalk.

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C A R TA G E N A A LESS-THAN-THREE-HOUR FLIGHT FROM MIAMI, THIS COLOMBIAN CITY IS AN INCREASINGLY POPULAR TRAVEL DESTINATION FOR COUPLES. B Y L A U R E N K A Y

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The Old Town of Cartagena is a UNESCO world heritage site and a beautiful blend of old and new (think: a less-crowded New Orleans). Post up at Casa San Agustín (from $490; HotelCasaSanAgustin.com), a luxury boutique hotel with a swanky spa and private beach access. Take in the SpanishColonial architecture and brightly colored facades of the city center, experience live Afro-Colombian performances in San Basilio de Palenque and nosh on authentic Spanish cuisine (Cartagena is known as the culinary capital of Colombia). When you’ve soaked up enough culture, escape the mainland for the always-sunny Rosario Islands, 27 islets of white-sand beaches and turquoise waters just off the coast. Isla Grande, the largest of the islands, is home to Laguna Encantada, a lagoon that gets its glow from bioluminescent plankton. Looking for a more secluded experience? Head to Isla Fuerte to hike tropical forests and explore caves said to house buried treasures.

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Sweden Known for its chilly temps and storybookworthy architecture, this ultra-friendly Scandinavian nation is not only one of the happiest countries in the world (seriously), but also one of the most inclusive. The quaint city of Gothenburg’s lively West Pride festival kicks off the country’s sunny summer of rainbow celebrations. WHY NOW After a successful stint as the host of EuroPride in 2018, Gothenburg has taken on new life, earning the title of “the world’s most forward-thinking city”—and not just in terms of queer acceptance. The country has also embraced sustainability in innovative ways, a plus for eco-conscious adventurers. WHAT TO DO When you need a break from parade floats and drinks at GRETAS, embrace your inner thrill seeker and hit the rides at Liseberg or catch some Zs at Hotel Bellora. If you’ve got time, head to Stockholm for a dip in the Baltic Sea.

This tiny island off the coast of Italy has a reputation as an inviting destination for couples of every kind. Why? Malta’s government is known for setting the historic standard when it comes to LGBTQ+ rights. In terms of Malta’s style, think: the Mediterranean vibes of the Italian coast, but with a breezy, tropical twist. WHY NOW This hidden gem has gained traction with influencers in recent years, in part due to a string of proLGBTQ+ legislation. Luckily, the photo-ready appeal of Malta hasn’t yet infiltrated the masses, meaning the country’s landmarks still feel a bit under the radar. WHAT TO DO History buffs will love getting lost in the streets of Mdina, (which is otherwise known as the silent city), while photo-hungry travelers will enjoy snapping pics on the colorful Umbrella Street in Zabbar. You probably won’t mind the island’s 300 days of sunshine a year, especially if you stay at chic and homey Casa Ellul, which sits on the seaside of Valletta.

Read the US Department of State’s online guide written for LGBTI travelers, detailing things to keep in mind when venturing abroad. GET TOURISTY

The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association’s list of inclusive touring companies and guides can help determine the details of your stay, from the destination itself to your stops along the way. CHECK REVIEWS

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ON THE HOOK Bracelet, $75, Miansai.com

If you’re doing lots of water activities, packing a dry bag (or two) is a must. It will keep your clothing and valuables safe—so you don’t have to worry about them getting wet.

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If getting wet isn’t your thing, explore the colorful fish and coral reefs of the Indian Ocean from the comfort of a passenger submarine.

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SURFING AT MALE ATOLLS

Catch some of the best waves in the world at this remote (read: not crowded) locale. Not a pro surfer? Sign up for lessons so you don’t wipe out.

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What’s better than a magical sunset? A magical sunset from aboard a private boat. Take a cruise at golden hour for stunning photo ops.

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No vacation is complete without some #selfcare. Book a relaxing Balinese massage (the signature massage of South Asia) to unwind.

PARASAILING OUTING

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Gel Couture polish in First View, $12, Essie.com

Classic body organic sunscreen spray SPF 30, $36, COOLA.com

COVERGIRL Clean Fresh cooling glow stick, $9, Ulta.com

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Rent a car in Albuquerque to drive the scenic route to Santa Fe on “the turquoise trail.”

Sit down to a late breakfast at the city’s oldest diner, Plaza Cafe, which serves up New Mexican and Greek dishes.

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CHECK IN Drop your stuff at La Fonda, situated on the historic Santa Fe Plaza.

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Have dinner at La Cantina. You’d be remiss not to order vino (the eatery’s attached to a wine shop, after all) or go for a glass of frosé.

Visit the “House of Eternal Return,” an interactive art experience outside of town. GoT fans: George R.R. Martin backed this installation, so prepare to be awed.

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FUEL UP Brunch at Cafe Pasqual’s.. There’s often a one-hour wait time, so visit nearby Loretto Chapel until a table opens up for you.

GET ZEN Don’t miss the corn pancakes with queso blanco salsa, red chile and maple syrup—trust us!

Spend the day at Ten Thousand Waves. Start with a soak in the spa’s hot tubs, modeled after Japanese hot springs, then line up specialty services, like the yasuragi head and neck treatment.

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FIND ART Visit the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum to view everything from her childhood pencil portraits to her renowned watercolors.

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Drive to Bandelier National Monument, about an hour away, for a change of scenery. More than 70 miles of hiking trails weave through the former settlements of the pueblo people.

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DANCE BREAK Take in a live Flamenco performance at El Farol. The dancers (and dishes) are totally captivating.

Sample Santa Fe Brewing Company’s flagship brews in its tasting room, the ideal segue to happy hour, which you can partake in back at La Fonda. Its Bell Tower rooftop bar is the place to watch the sun set and enjoy a final margarita.

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W H Y N O W The landscape is blanketed in dense patches of wildflowers like Indian paintbrushes and bluebonnets. W H E R E TO S TAY A quick trip from Houston or Austin, The Inn at Dos Brisas offers a refined take on cowboy culture. The Relais & Châteaux resort has nine Spanish-style haciendas and casitas, a 42-acre garden and arguably one of the state’s top equestrian centers. From $490; DosBrisas.com D I S H TO T R Y The Texas Wagyu burger with aged cheddar paired with a cab from the inn’s 7,000-bottle cellar. A DV E N T U R E TO H AV E Equestrians will love exploring the trails laced throughout the 313-acre property. Nonriders should book an afternoon of clay target shooting. C U LT U R E H I T Pack a picnic and visit Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, a 297-acre park where the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed in 1836. THC.Texas.gov I N S I D E R T I P The Forever Together Romance package lavishes honeymooners with lovey-dovey touches like a rose petal turndown, breakfast in bed and a couple’s trail ride. From $1,380

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THE FLORIDA KEYS W H Y N O W The winter crowds are gone, and the summer humidity hasn’t settled in. W H E R E TO S TAY Following a two-and-a-half-year closure due to Hurricane Irma, beloved Little Palm Island Resort & Spa welcomes back guests April 1. Located halfway between Marathon and Key West, this exclusive 5.5-acre retreat has just 15 thatchedroof bungalows sprinkled across its white sand beach. Don’t miss the decadent Sunday brunch. From $1,500; LittlePalmIsland.com D I S H TO T R Y The seafood paella at Hot Tin Roof in Key West tastes even better when enjoyed on the ocean-facing veranda. OceanKey.com A DV E N T U R E TO H AV E Wreck dive in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, where you’ll spot a variety of fish and colorful reefs. From $80; LooeKeyReefResort.com C U LT U R E H I T Literary nerds should tour the Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West. $15; HemingwayHome.com

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I N S I D E R T I P The drive from Miami to Key West on the Overseas Highway is spectacular but can take up to four hours. A 45-minute seaplane flight doubles as an aerial tour, including the Seven Mile Bridge, the 120mile island chain, coral reefs and more. FlyTropic.com

ICELAND W H Y N O W Clear dark nights in March provide optimal Northern Lights viewing. W H E R E TO S TAY All 45 rooms at Ion Adventure Hotel have floor-to-ceiling views, and the Northern Lights Bar, as its name suggests, is a prime spot to view the aurora borealis. From $340; IonAdventure.IonIceland.is D I S H TO T R Y Make reservations well in advance to score a spot at the 11-seat Nordic chef’s counter, Óx in Reykjavík. The 12-course, New Nordic menu changes nightly. Ox.restaurant A DV E N T U R E TO H AV E Don a drysuit and snorkel the crystal-clear glacial water of Silfra fissure, the only place on the planet where you can snorkel between two continental plates. $144; IonAdventure .IonIceland.is/day-tours C U LT U R E H I T Shop Kolaportid flea market for lopapeysa, handmade Icelandic wool sweaters. I N S I D E R T I P Detour to Hendur í Höfn, a cozy locavore café and glass art gallery—a 40-minute drive from Reykjavík in the small town of Thorlakshofn. Selvogsbraut 4, +354 483 3440

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W H Y N O W The Spring Break crowd empties out by late season, from the end of April through early June. W H E R E TO S TAY Atop a hill near Old Fort Bay, away from Nassau’s tourist zones, the 30-room Island House feels like a barefoot luxe home with a Bamford Spa and a cinema. From $350; The-Island-House.com. Splurge on a night at the hotel’s private island in the Exumas, Highbourne Cay. From $700; HighbourneCayBahamas.com D I S H TO T R Y Conch, the island specialty, is served in traditional and creative variations at roadside favorite Dino’s Gourmet Conch Salad. Gambier Village, (242) 677-7798 A DV E N T U R E TO H AV E Feed the Exumas’s famous swimming pigs on a full-day tour of Big Major Cay, aka Pig Beach. $200; ExumaWaterTours.com C U LT U R E H I T Get to know Bahamian art and history with a trip to the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas. The gift shop stocks the island’s best locally made souvenirs. $10; NAGB.org.bs I N S I D E R T I P Gourmands can master island staples like conch cakes during a hands-on class at Goombay House Cooking Studio. $99 for three hours; GoombayHouseCookingStudio.com

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W H Y N O W It’s fall here and shoulder season, which means ideal trekking weather and fewer selfie sticks at Machu Picchu. W H E R E TO S TAY Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel’s 83 adobe casitas are nestled within a 12-acre cloud forest. UNU Spa’s Andean hot stone therapy is a must after a day on the trail. From $394; Inkaterra.com D I S H TO T R Y Roasted cuy or guinea pig is a delicacy sold at roadside stands in the village of Lamay. Foodies make pilgrimages to the ruins of Moray, where star chef Virgilio Martínez serves a multi-course tasting menu at innovative Mil. MilCentro.pe A DV E N T U R E TO H AV E Trek to Machu Picchu via the Sacred Valley, staying at community-run lodges along the way. From $1,990 for a five-day trip; MountainLodgesofPeru.com C U LT U R E H I T Observe Quechua women dyeing and weaving textiles at Awana Kancha cultural center. AwanaKancha.com I N S I D E R T I P To score both the iconic view from Machu Picchu, and a more secluded look, hike the Huayna Picchu trail. It leads to a more touristfree corner of the site and provides a stunning view of the Citadel.

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San Miguel is a special place to us, so Will proposed in the town square. After our wedding ceremony, we went back to that same spot to dance and just have fun. Even though it was so busy in town that day, it felt like we were having our own moment alone together.

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F U N K Y F I E S TA PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAMES X SCHULZE

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FRESH FASHION Gabrielle finished her look with a custom hat, a gift from Will. “I felt like a freaking rockstar,” she says.

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DOWN THE AISLE Tuberoses, gladioli and stock in shades inspired by the pastel buildings of San Miguel lined the aisle.

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FAMILY TIES Gabrielle and Will’s flower girls preceded the couple down the aisle. LA CIUDAD The pink spires of San Miguel’s famed church and the colors of the city served as inspiration for the day’s palette. BOUQUET Gabrielle carried a bright mix of roses, lisianthus and other locally grown flowers. FINISHING TOUCH The groomsmen topped their tuxes with tenango-embroidery bow ties. LONE STAR One of Will’s buds also snapped on Texan suspenders. “We are not lacking in state pride,” Gabrielle says. ESCORT CARDS Gabrielle’s mom got thrifty when picking tassels for each guest. “She headed down to Oaxaca and just bought it all,” Gabrielle says. STATIONERY Gabrielle re-created San Miguel’s skyline in a watercolor illustration on the main invites.

abrielle Green (29 and a teacher and graphic designer) and William “Will” Bivins (29 and a rancher and realtor) have made plenty of memories together, starting at age five. “We met on our first day of kindergarten,” Gabrielle says. “We’ve been friends all our lives.” Once that friendship turned into a relationship, Gabrielle introduced Will to a spot her family has loved for generations. “My mom grew up spending summers in San Miguel with her mother for art school,” Gabrielle says. “San Miguel has now become Will’s and my place. It’s where we fell in love.” That connection is why the pair invited loved ones to celebrate in the colorful city, infusing Mexican culture into the day’s details, from the trees of life on the tables to the local favors. “There was meaning at every turn,” Gabrielle says. — LO U I S BAR AGO NA

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STARRY NIGHT Mexican-style tin pendants lit up the tented reception alongside hanging greenery. “We wanted that San Miguel feeling from the beginning,” Gabrielle says. CAKE Gabrielle and Will cut into a red velvet cake with a layer of hibiscus frosting. “We didn’t originally want a cake—but then we tasted it,” Gabrielle says. SPARKS Fireworks surprised guests and kicked off the party. “I believe fireworks should be at every event,” Gabrielle says. CENTERPIECES Taper candles, tuberoses and anthurium in vibrant shades of orange and pink added a colorful note to the tables alongside watercolor numbers. “I love to paint, so it was one of my favorite details,” Gabrielle says. FOOD Guests snacked on carpaccio and watermelon skewers as they sipped margaritas.

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1 Sia gown in sizes 4 to 14, $3,375, RuedeSeine.com 2 Mexican tin hanging star lamp, $96, DirectFromMexico .com 3 San Miguel de Allende invitation set, price upon request, AlaCartePaperie.com 4 Otomi embroidered bow-tie, $30, NativaShop.com 5 Sun palms, $16 for pack of 5, Afloral.com 6 Stewart fedora hat, $248, NeimanMarcus.com

MUST-HAVES A PART Y- R E ADY PAR AD E The pair prepped

for their vows with an indoor parade, including life-size papier-mâché puppets. S E NTI M E NTAL SO N G S “I grew up listening to the Gipsy Kings,” Gabrielle says. Fittingly, the band’s jams played during the ceremony. DAY-AF TE R HAN GO UT S The next day, Gabrielle

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C E R E M O NY + R EC E PTI O N S ITE Rosewood, San Miguel, Mexico PH OTOG R APHY James x Schulze E VE NT PL AN N I N G + D ES I G N Julian Leaver Events FLO R AL D ES I G N Bows & Arrows O FFI CIANT Cameron Cone (brother-in-law) GOWN Rue de Seine, Unbridaled, Austin, TX HAT O’Farrell Hat Company E N G AG E M E NT R I N G Fernando Jorge HAI R + MAK EU P Maitee Miles WE D D I N G PART Y AT TI R E Various S TATI O N E RY DIY CATE R I N G + CAK E Rosewood CAK E TO PPE R Gifted M U S I C DJ Lucy Wrubel FAVO RS DIY; various H O N E YM OO N

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#MAKETRADITION It was only natural for Will to propose in San Miguel. “We’ve traveled there every year since we’d started dating,” Gabrielle says. “It became a tradition for us to take our friends to San Miguel in the summer.” After Will popped the question, the couple noticed a crowd forming. “Everyone started yelling, ‘Besos, besos, besos,’ ” Gabrielle says. “When we finally kissed, everyone cheered.”

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The ‘besos’ on the dance floor reminded us of such a big part of the proposal in the town square. Alongside it, the crest represented all the big crests you see around the city of San Miguel. -Gabrielle

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Jay + JJ

9 . 1 8 | VA R E N N A , I TA LY

I TA L I A N R O M A N C E PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOEY REGER

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TAILOR MADE JJ opted for a white wool tux, while Jay chose classic black.

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BUON APPETITO A floral runner of tulips, snowberries, roses and greenery beckoned guests to dinner.

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MUSIC A violinist serenaded guests at Jay and JJ’s lakeside vows. CEREMONY JJ’s mom, a public speaker, served as the officiant. “My mom has always been my biggest ally,” JJ says. FAMILY FIRST Jay’s mom also played a role in the day. “After I came out, it rocked my family,” Jay says. “To get to the point of supporting us and my mom walking me down the aisle was huge.” PLACE SETTINGS The couple kept their tablescapes neutral, intentionally saving the pops of color for the napkins. “Blush was the boldest color we did,” JJ says. WEDDING PARTY JJ’s ladies wore shades of ivory, while Jay’s side stayed sleek in black. CAKE Guests ate slices of an Italian-style, semi-naked cake filled with layers of chocolate, vanilla and hazelnut. BOUQUET JJ carried a mix of white blooms for his walk down the aisle.

ustin “Jay” Clark (31 and a head of IT) and Jeffrey-John “JJ” Leaf’s (22 and a writer and entrepreneur) love has taken them all over the world, but the journey began at an unexpected spot: a PetSmart in Dallas. “We caught each other’s eyes and felt a connection, but the timing was bad,” Jay says. “JJ was moving to LA, so we decided to stay friends.” Once JJ moved, they were pen pals—until Jay scored a job in LA. After a Parisian proposal, Jay and JJ decided on intimate Lake Como vows. “JJ is Italian and had been there years earlier,” Jay says. The couple welcomed 24 guests to Varenna, and later surprised West Coast loved ones with their wedding video at an LA reception. “As an immigrant and a traveler, it’s been difficult to gain a sense of home,” JJ said in his vows. “Not anymore. My darling Jay, home is in your arms.” — LB

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A tropical leaf print brought a modern vibe to Jay and JJ’s cake.

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VENUE VIBE Back in Los Angeles, Jay and JJ wanted a space that allowed a blank slate for their post-vow getdown. The couple filled the warehouse with eclectic décor, like colorful couches and Turkish rugs. “We wanted it to feel like a party,” Jay says. “It had a sort of jungle-meets-mid-century-modern theme.” LIT A neon sign highlighted the pair’s sweet spread of cake, macarons and more. DIY ILYS Loved ones got creative at a craft station, where they decorated the newlyweds’ Polaroid guest book. SECOND LOOKS Jay and JJ went casual for their Los Angeles bash, picking all-white, relaxed linen suits. The pair asked guests to rock white as well. CENTERPIECES In keeping with the party’s vintage theme, bunny tails, orange anthurium and monstera leaves topped the tables in retro vases.

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WEDDING STYLE Romantic and Classic with Vintage twists. This wedding could be at a Hotel, a Historic Venue or a Vineyard.

COLOR PALETTE Earth tones Blush, white and black peppered with punches of sage and coral.

MUST-HAVES I N S PI R E D I NVITES Stationery differentiated the wedding and reception, with the former’s paper taking inspo from antique journals. PLE NT Y O F PI C S Jay and JJ reserved the day before their wedding for formal photos, giving them plenty of time to celebrate with partygoers on the day-of. LOCAL FAR E The pair went all in on the Italian

dinner menu, serving guests truffle ravioli, lasagna and fish fresh from Lake Como.

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C E R E M O NY S ITE Hotel Villa Cipressi, Varenna, Italy R ECE PTI O N S ITE Navel, Los Angeles PH OTOG R APHY + VI D EOG R APHY Joey Reger E VE NT PL AN N I N G Brittany Sherman/ Crimson Floral Co. E VE NT D ES I G N , FAVO RS + WE LCO M E BAG S Crimson Floral Co. FLO R AL D ES I G N Chiara Sperti Floral Events; Crimson Floral Co. O FFI CIANT Caroline Leaf (JJ’s mom) AT TI R E Jay: ceremony suit + accessories: Suitsupply; JJ: ceremony suit: Paul Smith; accessories: Suitsupply S H O ES Suitsupply E N G AG E M E NT + WE D D I N G R I N G S Chase Gregory Jewelers HAI R Gloria Kelly; Pierre Johnson MAK EU P Yanneek Brinson WE D D I N G PART Y AT TI R E Express; Zara I NVITATI O N S Postable.com R E NTAL S Found Rentals; Vox DJs CATE R I N G 24 Carrots Catering and Events CAK E Ceremony: Hotel Villa Cipressi; reception: Sweet & Saucy Shop M U S I C Ceremony: Alessandro Aptini; reception: Vox DJs H O N E YM OO N Bora Bora HAS HTAG #JayandJJ

#MAKETRADITION JJ put his passion for words to good use by writing personalized quotes on the back of guests’ place cards at dinner. “Each quote represented that particular guest and the relationship Jay and I have with them,” JJ says. The cards, which included lines from Back to the Future and words by Oprah, added a slightly more playful note to the day’s otherwise formal paper and décor.

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Because we had so few guests, I chose a quote for each person’s place that I thought represented who they are. Everyone loved seeing how the different words touched on their personalities. -JJ

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Bailey + Chris . 9 21 | CLEVELAND

BREEZY BOHO P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y E M I LY M I L L AY P H O T O G R A P H Y

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SHINE BRIGHT Bailey rocked a glittering rose-gold gown while Chris brought his own bling with gold shoes.

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s the co-owner of a floral studio, Bailey Wilson (30) has marked much of her life in weddings. In fact, a wedding is what brought her and Chris Stroh (30 and an account manager) together. “We’d gone on a couple dates before, but it didn’t work out,” Bailey says. “We reconnected when mutual friends asked us to be in their wedding.” Two years later, Chris proposed, kick-starting the process of planning their own celebration. For the diehard Clevelanders, tying the knot in their fave city was a no-brainer. “We chose The Madison because it was a blank canvas that I could make my own,” Bailey says. She used her skills to ensure the day felt uniquely personal, from local flowers and music by the Cleveland Keys to loaves of bread on the tables. Because, as Bailey says, “Who doesn’t love carbs?” — LB

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STATIONERY Bailey and Chris’s designer finished their suite with an illustration of their dogs, Louie and Gus. CAKE The couple’s dessert included layers of lemon with vanilla bean and lavender with marshmallow creme. PUPPY LOVE Bailey and Chris loved their stationery so much that they echoed the puppy pattern on their ceremony backdrop, framing it with pink candles and dahlias. TABLE NUMBERS Himalayan salt blocks guided guests at dinner. NEW HEIGHTS Bailey and Chris swung from the rafters at the party— literally. “The swings were one of our best ideas,” Bailey says. SIGNATURE DRINKS Bailey sipped a fishbowl cocktail (shark included) while Chris picked Stroh’s beer, a nod to his last name. FRESH SLICE Guests grabbed wood-fired pies from a pizza truck.

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WEDDING VISION BAILEY + CHRIS WEDDING STYLE Eclectic and Bohemian with Industrial notes. The setting could be a Loft, a Warehouse or a Museum.

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and read my own vows,” Bailey says. “Luckily, Chris wrote them for us—and incorporated Friends, a show we love, into them.” PU P PATRO L Bailey and Chris enlisted a

friend to serve as a doggy escort, walking Louie and Gus down the aisle.

1 Adult tree swing, $60, Porchgate, Amazon .com 2 Terza glass beads placemat, $76 for 2, HudsonandVine.com 3 Headlands bell pendant, from $298, SerenaandLily .com 4 Himalayan salt block, $29, Target.com 5 9" Tiny taper candle in blush, $14 for 24, YummiCandles.com 6 ’48 by Reginald shoes, $198, Undandy.com 7 Floral Extravaganza headpiece, $320, TwigsandHoney.com

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C E R E M O NY + R EC E PTI O N S ITE The Madison, Cleveland PH OTOG R APHY Emily Millay Photography E VE NT PL AN N I N G A Charming Fête FLO R AL + E VE NT D ES I G N Molly Taylor and Co./A Charming Fête O FFI CIANT Beau Miller (friend) GOWN Emily Riggs E AR RI N GS Miranda’s Vintage Bridal H E ADPI ECE Molly Taylor and Co. S H O ES Bailey: ceremony: Chaos & Harmony; reception: Birdies; Chris: Amazon.com M E N SWE AR Suit: J.Crew; tie: The Tie Bar RI N G S Wanderlust HAI R Beauty Therapy MAK EU P MKleinmanArtistry S TATI O N E RY rose gold studio R E NTAL S All Occasions Event Rental; BBJ Linen; Borrow

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#MAKETRADITION For their first look, Bailey and Chris headed back to Lakewood Park, the overlook where Chris proposed, but this time, the couple brought along their dogs. As soon as the pups spotted Bailey making her entrance, they went wild. “It was picturesque, seeing the Cleveland skyline in the background as Chris, Louie and Gus waited for me,” Bailey says. “I thought to myself, Holy moly, this is perfect.”

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Our wedding party got completely quiet as Bailey entered, and all of a sudden, I could feel the dogs going crazy at the sight of her. You don’t know what to expect or feel, but it was a magical moment. -Chris

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Danielle + Justin . 4 6 | MIAMI

G L A M G E TA W AY PHOTOGRAPHY BY STANLO PHOTOGRAPHY

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SUITED UP A mini pineapple added a fun, Hawaii-inspired touch to Justin’s custom teal tux.

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anielle Porter (31 and a fashion marketer) and Justin Chin (27 and a business analyst) found wedding décor inspo in a place far from their East Coast home. “We love traveling to Waimea,” Danielle says. “From all the greenery to the white birds, Hawaii is just so beautiful.” With a tropical escape on the mind, the couple planned a beachside wedding in Miami. “We couldn’t go to Hawaii, so we decided it was easier to bring Hawaii to Miami than our hometown of New York,” Danielle says. After two years of planning from afar (and adding a daughter to their family), the pair welcomed guests to Florida—but lush palm leaves, sunshineworthy gold accents and sandy-white space took everyone to the islands. “Seeing our vision come to life after so much planning was a surreal moment,” Danielle says. — LB

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STATIONERY Invites complete with laser-cut palm leaf sleeves set the tone for the tropical vows. SETTING An arch with gold trim framed the rooftop view of the Miami skyline. CAKE The couple’s baker filled their wispy white and gold dessert with layers of carrot, Key lime and white chocolate raspberry. CENTERPIECES Anthurium, minisize pineapples and toffee-colored roses topped gold geometric vessels. BOUQUET A white king protea was the focal point of Danielle’s flowers. OUTFIT CHANGE Danielle followed her custom gown with another one-ofa-kind look: a party-ready jumpsuit. “I needed something I could dance in,” she says. SAND CEREMONY “The pouring of the sand signified the two of us becoming one and tied into our love of Hawaii and Waimea,” Danielle says.

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COLOR PALETTE Jewel tones Emerald green, white and navy blue with gold accents and pops of coral.

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fave moments of the day were spent getting ready. “It was nice to enjoy some laughs with everyone before,” Justin says. A S I G NATU R E S I P Tequila was a must-have in the

couple’s drink, the aptly titled “Love Chins,” which also featured lime juice and mint. A TO U C H I N G TR I B UTE Danielle surprised Justin

and his mom with a poem and a chair dedicated to his late dad at the ceremony.

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C E R E M O NY + R EC E PTI O N S ITE Penthouse Riverside Wharf, Miami PH OTOG R APHY Stanlo Photography VI D EOG R APHY Bricks Group Media Films E VE NT PL AN N I N G + D ES I G N KeAira Chantell Events FLO R AL D ES I G N The Simon Design O FFI CIANT Pastor Cleve Benson GOWN Custom, Jean-Ralph Thurin M E N SWE AR Custom, My.Suit E N G AG E M E NT + WE D D I N G R I N G S Danielle: Neil Lane Bridal, Zales; Justin: Zales HAI R Danielle: Tylan Davis; Justin: Jeff Ciocon MAK EU P The Makeup Ali WE D D I N G PART Y AT TI R E Gowns: Jarlo London; suits: My.Suit S TATI O N E RY Papered Wonders, Inc.; escort cards + cake topper: Ten23 Designs BACK DRO P S Elf’s Prop Shop DR APERY Just By Design R E NTAL S Decora Event Rentals; MPE Event Group; Over the Top Rental Linens CATE R I N G Creative Cuisine Catering CAK E Deja Vu Sweets M U S I C DJ Lucky C TR AN S P O RTATI O N All Limousine H O N E YM OO N Hawaii HAS HTAG #LoveChins2019

#MAKETRADITION After having a baby during the planning process, Danielle was worried about finding a dress that would flatter her body as well as her skin tone. Luckily, she had a vision and the right contact—Jean-Ralph Thurin, to be exact. JeanRalph created Danielle’s custom look over a months-long design process, which included several consultations and fittings. “It was a dream,” Danielle says.

COURTESY OF VENDORS

Seeing my dress come to life was an experience. I’m a curvy girl, so I wanted my look to be formfitting and feminine. The dress was made to flatter me, down to the shade of the sheer nude undertone. -Danielle

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Elizabeth + Joab . 8 1 2 | B R O O K LY N , N Y

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FLORAL FLAIR Red garden roses and carnations filled Elizabeth’s hair. “It felt modern and totally me,” she says.

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onsidering Elizabeth Rootberg Mealey (26 and a freelance photographer and filmmaker) and Joab Omondi Ochoro (32 and an occupational therapist) met while studying abroad in Germany (she was from the United States, he was from Kenya), it only made sense that their Brooklyn wedding was an international affair—though that was no easy task. “We had guests coming from Kenya, Germany, Norway and both coasts of the US,” Elizabeth says. Still in Germany, Joab handled guests’ travel arrangements, while Elizabeth ran point on venue tours and nailing down the décor. “I wanted vibrant and industrial with a splash of Afro vibes,” she says. Red, a traditional Kenyan wedding shade and one of Elizabeth’s favorite colors, filled the day, and Afrobeats kept guests grooving at the reception. — LB

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COURTESY OF VENDORS

RINGS Joab found Elizabeth’s engagement ring in Germany, picking a sustainably minded goldsmith who uses recycled gold and diamonds. WEDDING PARTY Elizabeth and Joab’s crew brought the fire in their attire—like in the case of Elizabeth’s side. Her VIPs rocked bold red looks. BOUQUET Elizabeth carried bright roses, ranunculus and zinnias, all punched up with a red spray-painted palm leaf. FOND MEMORIES Guests left the newlyweds well-wishes for their fifth anniversary. CEREMONY Hanging greenery, string lights and red petals added an organic note to the industrial space of the ceremony, which Elizabeth’s cousin officiated. STATIONERY The pair’s paper exemplified their desired juxtaposition of dark, art-deco-esque design with fiery and romantic flowers.

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ELIZABETH + JOAB WEDDING STYLE Eclectic, Industrial and a bit Modern. The setting could be a Loft, Warehouse or Museum.

COLOR PALETTE Jewel tones Red, burgundy and gold with purple accents and pops of white.

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MUST-HAVES CAP TU R ED M EM O R I ES Being a videographer herself, Elizabeth placed a premium on having a creative wedding video to keep. “ I DO,” TAK E T WO After their Brooklyn vows,

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Elizabeth and Joab headed to Mombasa, Kenya, for a traditional Kenyan ceremony. INGREDIENTS

parents have passed, Elizabeth’s mom joined Joab on the dance floor for parent dances as Elizabeth danced with her dad.

C E R E M O NY + R EC E PTI O N S ITE 501 Union, Brooklyn, NY PH OTOG R APHY Petronella Photography VI D EOG R APHY Mae B. Films E VE NT PL AN N I N G Color Pop Events E VE NT D ES I G N Elizabeth Mealey FLO R AL D ES I G N Brooklyn Blooms O FFI CIANT Rabbi Zach Shapiro (Elizabeth’s cousin) GOWN Lillian West, Adrienne’s, New York City H E ADPI ECE Flowers: Brooklyn Blooms; styling: Whitney Green E AR RI N GS H&M S H O ES Elizabeth: Burju; Joab: Manager International Shoes M E N SWE AR Suit: Digel; tie: Sprezzabox RI N G S Engagement ring: Goldschmeide Stroh zu Gold; wedding rings: Brilliant Earth HAI R + MAK EU P Whitney Green WE D D I N G PART Y AT TI R E Various S TATI O N E RY Minted.com R E NTAL S Broadway Party Rentals CATE R I N G Purslane CAK E + CAK E TO PPE R Nine Cakes I C E C R E AM Ample Hills Creamery M U S I C DJ David Medina/74 Events H O N E YM OO N Kenya HAS HTAG #MealeyOmondi2018

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#MAKETRADITION As soon as Elizabeth and Joab got engaged, she began to assemble her vendor squad—and did so thoughtfully. “I wanted to intentionally hire as many women and people of color as possible,” Elizabeth says. “We are a multicultural couple, and I love working with women, so I had those specifics in mind.” To find her dream team, Elizabeth made the rounds on pro-related Facebook groups.

COURTESY OF VENDORS

After seeing LaParis’s portfolio, which was full of Afro-centric designs, I knew I wanted that for my wedding. The greenery served as a multicultural accent and brought those African vibes. -Elizabeth

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MARRIAGE IN

2020

Q+A

HAYLEY EVER AFTER Q:

Hayley Paige sits crooked and talks straight about finding love after divorce, planning a wedding for the second time and why she’s passionate about sharing her story.

Q:

WHAT’S YOUR OUTLOOK ON SECOND WEDDINGS IN GENERAL? I’m such an advocate for love and marriage in all capacities and for everyone. And that’s the beginning and end of it in my mind, because when anyone is blessed with love in their life, I think it should be celebrated in any way that they see fit. There is no such thing as a “second” wedding—it’s a wedding.

AARON RICHTER; HAIR: JACKIE SEABROOKE; MAKEUP: CHRISTINA REYNA USING URBAN DECAY COSMETICS AT RAY BROWN PRO; PROP STYLING: SONIA NIKI

DO YOU THINK THERE’S A STIGMA ASSOCIATED WITH THEM?

Yeah, but you don’t have to feed into it. I’ll even admit to the fact that growing up, I never intended to get divorced. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. But it’s about moving forward with grace so that you’re ready to accept love when it happens again. And it will happen again. I love spreading that message. You don’t get just one shot at finding true love.

Q:

DO YOU THINK THE RULES CHANGE WHEN GETTING MARRIED FOR A SECOND TIME?

Love should be celebrated. You’re never too old or too broken or too whatever to experience a fairy tale— everyone is deserving of love. It shouldn’t be something that can be defined by anyone else. The celebration of your love story is something only you should dictate. It shows an incredible sense of bravery to celebrate love after experiencing a loss, and if you’re open, wonderful things can happen.

Q:

WHY WAS IT IMPORTANT TO YOU TO SHARE YOUR STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA?

My first wedding was so public, it was even on Say Yes to The Dress. I felt I had

Q:

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOUR FIANCÉ?

There’s likely going to be an element of Southwestern chic since he’s from Austin and I’m from the West Coast. We also want to use Mother Nature as a backdrop. Going to Burning Man for the past two years has changed our sense of adventure. We were out IT SHOWS of our comfort zones AN INCREDIBLE and really out in nature. SENSE OF We live in New York, so BRAVERY TO CELEBRATE when we get a moment LOVE AFTER to be out in a gorgeous EXPERIENCING environment, we really A LOSS. treasure it. I also don’t think we’re going to be as beholden to the structure of a traditional wedding. We want something that feels experiential with a sustainable approach.

Q:

WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE TO SOMEONE PLANNING A SECOND WEDDING?

Be unapologetically optimistic, because your mind-set is everything. You want to go into it feeling like it’s an entirely new chapter. It’s just a wedding—and it’s your wedding. It doesn’t have to be labeled a second, or a third or whatever. It’s an amazing moment. You go and have yourself a fairy tale.

Serendipity. The word itself just means the happenstance of something wonderful that comes out of nowhere. It perfectly describes the way I met Conrad and the way our personalities We are digging complement each other. I didn’t these bridal understand what soul mate meant vibes from the before I met him. There’s something queen of you-domagnetic between us. I can’t explain you style. it. I can’t put it into words, but I’m certainly grateful it’s there. He showed me early on what an incredibly thoughtful and loving person he is. He’s not just a soul mate, but also a teammate. He always says exactly what I’m thinking. You know, he may not be my first but he is certainly my last—at last.

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a responsibility to share my story. It’s easy to get into the habit of showing only your highlight reel on social media—there’s a pressure to always post the best version of yourself. I felt it was important to be vulnerable because that’s how you break down barriers and connect with real brides and people. My first marriage didn’t work out the way I planned, but that didn’t have to hold me back from hoping that my fairy tale was out there. I learned the most powerful thing I could do was move forward with my life, exist in the present and get excited about the future. If I’d been unwilling to get excited about Conrad when I first met him because I was still tethered to my past, I would have missed out on the love of my life.

DO YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC VISION OR VIBE IN MIND FOR YOUR DAY?

BY T H E N U M B E R S Curious where you stand? Here are some stats from other real couples.

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$33,931

is AVERAGE COST the OF A WEDDING

73%

of couples

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MARRIAGE IN

2020 MAKE IT LAST

DO YOU? ME TOO. A proposal traditionally kicks off your wedding planning journey. But who’s to say it has to follow tradition?

THE CHILL COUPLE ADI JUHASZ + AU T U M N W O O L M A N

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THE PLAYFUL PAIR DIANE NGUYEN + JJ COLLAZO

Adi and Autumn, who met in college, approached the topic of marriage sort of like they approached wedding planning— as a very chill team. “We had been talking about marriage for a while but wanted to be stable in our jobs first,” Autumn says. “One day, about four years into our relationship, we were just sitting on the couch watching TV. I turned to Adi and asked, ‘Are you ready to get married?’ and he was just like, ‘Let’s do it!’ From there, we just set a date and got to planning!”

For Diane and JJ, a recent New Year’s Eve (their 12th celebrating together!) brought more than just a midnight kiss. “We have this tradition of ending the night by swooping up one of the best bottles of liquor at the closest bodega and grabbing a cheap bite,” Diane says. “At 2 a.m., as JJ was biting into his chicken sandwich, I pulled out the lollipop that came free with my sandwich, got down on one knee and popped the question. At the time, I think it was a joke. Now, it’s actually our story.”

40% OF AMERICANS

PARTICIPATE

COUNTERCLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: STOCKSY; ROSY & SHAUN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY; OUR LOVE IS LOUD; CHELLISE MICHAEL PHOTOGRAPHY; TANA HELENE (2); SHUTTERSTOCK; OLGA/NOUN PROJECT

POP THE Q

in PREMARITAL

COUNSELING Hitting the couch is no longer taboo. Our friends at LASTING share important convos you can have at home too.

do you appreciate Q: What about your partner? Creating a strong culture of appreciation helps protect your marriage from negativity.

do you feel about your Q: How emotional connection? Research shows that your emotional connection is the largest predictor of marriage stability and satisfaction.

preventing a Q: What’s deeper emotional connection with your partner? Emotional calls strengthen your connection when you choose to respond warmly to each other’s needs.

one thing you wish Q: What’s your partner understood better about you? You both have separate inner worlds. To stay connected, you need to continue getting to know each other.

one need you Q: What’s would like to express to your partner today?

THE DIY DUO M A LO RY W H E ATO N + K AT I E F R O U M A N

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OF ALL WEDDINGS take place

MAY — OCTOBER

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It was important for Malory and Katie to both have a hand in designing their forever jewelry. “We didn’t want anything too flashy,” they say. “We wanted rings that felt like ‘us’ since we would be wearing them every day. Plus, we’re New Yorkers, so they had to be black.” Alongside Brooklyn jeweler Wwake, the pair designed black diamond rings, then took turns proposing on the anniversary of their first date. “It made sense—we do everything together and were too excited not to share in this experience.”

79%

of couples

LIVE TOGETHER BEFORE MARRIAGE

Your partner can’t read your mind. The healthiest way to meet each other’s needs is to express them.

are your perpetual Q: What problems? Research shows 69 percent of a couple’s problems stem from reoccurring disagreements.

one thing you Q: What’s are hoping to change about conflict with your partner? You are both responsible for your conflicts, as well as changing how you engage in them.

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HAD A BABY

BOUGHT A HOUSE

DIDN’T HAVE SEX

MY HUSBAND AND I RECONNECTED WHEN I FOUND MYSELF SINGLE AND P R E G N A N T. H E R A I S E D MY SON AS HIS OWN, AND WE ELOPED A F T E R H AV I N G O U R SECOND CHILD.

WE DECIDED TO BUY A HOUSE SOON AFTER GETTING ENGAGED. WE KNEW WE WANTED TO MAKE THE INVESTMENT E A R LY A N D W E R E READY FOR THE R E S P O N S I B I L I T Y.

OUR DECISION TO A B STA I N F RO M SEX BEFORE MARRIAGE WAS INSPIRED BY O U R S P I R I T U A L I T Y. IT ENCOURAGED US TO DEEPEN OUR CONNECTION I N OT H E R WAYS .

LEAH + NICHOLAS

SY D N E Y + G AG E

WHY WE

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BEFORE MARRIAGE As these couples prove, there’s no “right” path to “I do”— more like you do you.

A A L I YA H + E R I C

MAKE IT YOURS

FRESH FUSION Modern duos are planning a day that combines two cultures into one killer celebration.

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or two women with self-described “strong opinions,” Rachel and Marissa dove head-first into planning their Michigan wedding in a way that represented meaningful parts of both their cultures. The ceremony, which combined both Jewish and Jain traditions (and was led by a Jewish officiant and Indian priest) was preceded by a traditional baraat, which found Rachel parading down the aisle with friends and family to greet Marissa. The duo then signed a handmade ketubah before

PERSONALIZE THIS

I N V I TAT I O N S

46%

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of couples

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exchanging original vows beneath their colorful chuppah/mandap structure. Their fusion fun continued throughout the reception, where guests snacked on Indian food and were treated to a traditional Indian group dance, as well as the Jewish hora. Ceremony programs walked guests through the cultural traditions.

MUSIC

65%

of engagements

APPEAR ON SOCIAL WITHIN 1 WEEK

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DO GOOD

FOR BETTER Throwing a wedding has become a force of activism all its own. Here’s how to harness your tobe-wed power.

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CHOOSE A VENUE WITH HISTORY One of the first decisions you’ll make when it comes to planning your wedding is, well, where to have it. And with so many options out there, it might be hard to narrow in on a space that feels like you and supports a cause or outlook you believe in. To start your search, focus on venues with a rich history. This can be anything from a bar with a reputation of supporting the LGBTQ+ community to a town hall rich with meaning from the HARNESS abolitionist movement or THE SOCIAL FOOTPRINT a gallery that supports OF YOUR female artists. Booking a WEDDING (AND venue with this type of THE SPENDING history is a great way to POWER) IN say, “This matters to us.” A WAY T H AT Bonus points if part of WILL MAKE your fee goes toward the YOU PROUD. work they continue to do.

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SUPPORT LOCAL INDUSTRY We’re certainly not the first ones to tell you to shop local—but that doesn’t make the sentiment any less valuable. You’ll be doing a lot of purchasing throughout your wedding planning journey, so look at each box on your to-do list as a chance to speak with your money. When possible, opt to hire or shop within the community where you live or are holding your wedding. Not only will you be supporting local industry in your area, but it’s also a sneaky way to save money. You’ll escape the big-box retailer markup and are more likely to buy in-season, which, in the case of things like food or flowers, can mean big savings.

HIRE A LIKE-MINDED TEAM You and your partner may be committed to doing good throughout your wedding planning process, but it helps if your vendor team has the same outlook as well. More and more, we’re seeing couples compile a team of like-minded individuals whose work they love and whose outlook they

of weddings

INCLUDE CULTURAL ELEMENTS + TRADITIONS

6.2 HOURS

is AVERAGE TIME the COUPLES SPEND

agree with. Whether that means hiring a culturally diverse team of photographers, stationers, florists and caterers, or knowing that each of your vendors volunteers in their off time for those less fortunate, enlisting a crew of pros with the same “do better” mind-set that you have will make your planning process easier—and may even open your eyes to new opportunities to give back along the way.

DONATION SIGNS: PHILIP FICKS; PHONES: LINSEED STUDIO/NOUN PROJECT; ALL OTHERS COURTESY OF COUPLES

or many, 2020 will be the year of conscious consumerism. “Voting” with your money is a real thing, and more and more people are spending, shopping and hiring in a mindful manner that aligns with their overall belief system. So how can you harness the social footprint of your wedding (and, let’s be honest, all that spending power) in a way that will make you proud decades from now? Read on—we’ve got just the tips.

GIVE BACK POST-‘I DO’ There are many ways to finish your wedding planning journey with a few simple acts of kindness. Some of our favorites? In lieu of favors, make a donation to a preferred charity or foundation in honor of your guests. Or, enlist a company like Repeat Roses, who will repurpose your day’s blooms into smaller arrangements and redistribute them to local hospitals or retirement communities for a bit of extra cheer. Other easy options, like donating your wedding attire or composting your dinner scraps, can make a big difference in the long run.

WEEKLY PLANNING

23

of couples

CONSIDER THEIR WEDDING SEMIFORMAL

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WHAT’S IN A NAME?

YOU DECIDE

MODERN LOVE

SWIPE IT RIGHT

THE HOW-TO

The most common way couples find love these days? Online. We break down the trendiest apps.

27%

THE MAVERICKS

MEET ON

K E R RY S U L L I VA N S M I T H + DENNIS SMITH

TINDER

MEET ON

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Kerry Sullivan Smith “always felt a stronger connection to the name Kerry than to Allison,” her legal first name. Her parents chose the middle name to honor their ancestors’ roots to County Kerry in Ireland. When she got married to Dennis, Kerry legally dropped Allison, and took her maiden name of Sullivan as her new middle name. The final step: taking on her husband’s last name, Smith. “I see taking Dennis’s last name as the opportunity for us to build our new family together.”

THE INDIVIDUALS B E N C LO S + JA R E D N Y H A R T

When Ben Clos and Jared Nyhart talked about what to do with their last names, Ben admits he initially expected Jared to take his name. After all, Ben felt a strong responsibility to “carry on a family name and create a legacy” as the only son. The pair ultimately decided to keep their respective names, but with a caveat: They plan to give their future kids Ben’s surname. “There are lots of things we still do because that’s the way we’ve always done them, but new traditions can be made,” Ben says.

MEET ON

6% MEET ON

BUMBLE THE CREATIVES

2%

JA S M I N E + L AY N E B R AQ U E Z

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Jasmine Vasquez and Layne Brace contemplated hyphenating their names when they got married, but found the two just didn’t click when put together. Thus, they merged the two to form a totally new last name, Braquez. “My husband and I come from homes of single moms, so our last names had a lot of significance and worth attached to them,” Jasmine says. “I think our new last name helps both of us keep a sense of where we came from and who we were before marriage.”

6 IMMIGRATION OR CITIZENSHIP DOCUMENTS

7 LOAN PAPERWORK

8 INSURANCE POLICIES

9 UTILITY BILLS

MEET ON

HINGE IRL MEETINGS Don’t worry—the meet-cute isn’t gone for good!

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IF YOU CHANGE IT

SOCIAL SECURITY CARD

20% 15%

As marriage evolves, so do the possibilities of what to call yourself. Couples are finding unique ways to customize their surname to suit them.

COUPLES HAVE A CHILD BEFORE MARRIAGE

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THE HISTORIANS S A R A H Z LOT N I C K + Z AC H H A R R I S

Sarah Zlotnick admits that she was “selfconscious” about her last name growing up, but after losing her father at 25, she wanted to carry on the legacy of the man who raised her. “My sister and I will be the last living people with the Zlotnick last name in our family, so though it’s kind of morbid, it’s important to me to take the Zlotnick name to the grave.” For his part, Zach is in total agreement. “For her to honor her dad in this way is great. I know how much it means to her.”

62%

of couples

MAKE A WEDDING #HASHTAG

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AVANT GARDEN Dress in sizes up to 18, price upon request, HonorNYC.com; earrings, price upon request, Mio Harutaka, Bijou-de-M.com; engagement ring, $2,046 (not including center stone), SimonGJewelry.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Antigua 171 The Bahamas 172 Barbados 174 Grenada 176 Jamaica 180 St. Lucia 178

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2 The island has more than 350 chalky-white public beaches. Some of the best include Dickenson Bay (for restaurant-hopping and people-watching) and Half Moon Bay (for windsurfing). 3

Clothing is optional at one of Five Islands Peninsula’s beaches!

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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.

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. 5

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

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

Nassau, the capital city, is extra-crowded during March and April, when spring-breakers invade. It is also one of the busiest cruise ports in the world. 4

5 Grand Bahama Island, the fourth-largest island in the chain, is only a 50-minute flight from Miami and exudes an airy, spread-out feel compared to busy Nassau. Take diving lessons or browse duty-free bounty at the International Bazaar or the Port Lucaya Marketplace in Freeport.

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

7 The Abaco islands are famous for sailing and bird-watching, while the Exumas and Pelican Cays feature incredible land and sea parks. 8 Popular cuisine includes locally grown guava, mangoes, papaya and plantains with conch, kingfish, wahoo and grouper—all washed down with pineapple wine from Eleuthera.

Boats are available for chartering or group tours, including Sail Nassau’s two multimillion-dollar Racers, where you can take the helm or just sit back and feel the wind in your hair. 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

If you want to take to the water, board a catamaran in Bridgetown for lunchtime snorkeling, or set sail for a sunset dinner cruise. 9

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

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

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

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

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ST. LUCIA 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW AT A GLANCE Make sure you check out Gros Piton and Petit Piton, rugged mountains located on the island’s southwest coast; they’re among the Caribbean’s most recognizable landmarks. 2

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3 You’ll need a guide to enter the island’s restricted rainforest region, so sign up for a tour to walk through the dense foliage and swim in one of the tropical waterfalls. If you’re lucky, you may see the rare St. Lucian parrot.

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

Some of the coral walls plunge 200 feet deep! Keep your eyes peeled for barrel sponges, angel fish, sea horses, spotted eels, stingrays, nurse sharks and sea turtles. 7

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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. 3

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

To see Jamaica at its best, go during Carnival, the highlight of the Jamaican year, in Kingston, Ocho Rios and MoBay each April and in Negril each May. 6

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

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

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

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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. Twelve gourmet restaurants make you think, it doesn’t get any better than this, and a Red Lane® Spa renews you. Wedding bells ring at the new Over-the-Water Serenity Wedding Chapel. For those who prefer glamorous seclusion, the Beachfront Villa Suites with Butler Service 877-SANDALS provide privilege and specialized butler service along a Sandals.com 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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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, the region’s only speakeasy—The Rabbit Hole—live entertainment at a cutting-edge amphitheater and two Red 877-SANDALS Lane® Spas. Best of all, your “I do’s” can take center stage Sandals.com at the Over-the-Water Serenity Wedding Chapel.

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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We wanted an intentional, intimate wedding that really felt like us,” Brandon says. “The Griffith Observatory is a beautiful spot, and, in the moment, it felt as though nobody was there but us, although it was open to the public—we even had some strangers cheering us on. We were just having a good time together. I can be silly, while Charmaine is more focused. We balance each other out. I do have some moves, despite what she says.”

Charmaine + Brandon . 7 18 | LOS ANGELES

P H OTO G R A P H BY I S A I A H + TAY LO R P H OTO G RA P H Y

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