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SUMMER 2017

WEDDINGS MAGAZINE

THE BEAUTY ISSUE OUR 2017 BEAUTY AWARD WINNERS 4 TASTEMAKERS ROCK BRIDAL BEAUTY + YOUR BEST BODY EVER

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CONTENTS

the BEAUTY ISSUE In Every Issue 34 About the Cover

Behind the scenes at our shoot.

58 Editor’s Letter

Our editor in chief on feeling beautiful on your wedding day.

60 Contributors

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The talented pros who made this issue possible.

62 Daily Fix

What’s trending on TheKnot .com and social, plus our favorite engagement ring Instagrams.

68 Checklist

What to do, and when, on your way to the altar—plus the tools to help you get there.

72 Ask Carley

Beach wedding attire, shopping with your mother-in-law and skipping posed shots.

99 New & Now

Puppy proposals, calming beauty products, bespoke bridesmaid dresses and registry apps.

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398 Last Page, First Look One couple’s stunning shot.

BEACH GODDESS

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CONTENTS

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WHAT I LOVED ABOUT MY WEDDING

185 Planning

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WISH LIST

Find out who gets a guest and who doesn’t.

132 The Big Question

The pros and cons of a sweetheart table.

134 Your Wedding, Your Way

Wedding whiz Jove Meyer talks same-sex weddings— plus The Knot Dream Wedding couple.

136 What I Loved About My Wedding

Shopping

The EveryGirl cofounder Alaina Kaczmarski tells us about her wine country nuptials.

145 Wish List

138 15 Minutes With Wendy Rowe

162 What to Wear

140 Anatomy of Makeup Brushes

168 Look of the Moment

142 Stylist On Call

170 Haute Hues

Expert tricks on getting gorgeous—both inside and out. Essentials to add to your bridal beauty bag. Lovely Bride’s Lanie List answers your fashion questions.

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White shoes, yellow gold rings, and cake knives and servers. Attire ideas for ballroom, rooftop and courthouse weddings. Celestial-chic picks for your day, inspired by the runway. Ink and raspberry, sea breeze and orange, and fuchsia and teal.

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Beauty & Wellness

Real Love

Editor-tested and reader-approved products you need for your wedding day beauty arsenal.

Six supersweet “Will you marry me?” moments.

200 Hot Hair

Let your face shape dictate your day-of hairstyle.

202 Makeup Lesson

How to pull off a bold lip—and make it last.

204 Everything to Know About Hiring a Trainer

Find the perfect fitness pro and get your best body ever.

282 Engaging Beauty

These engaged tastemakers dish on their beauty philosophies and secrets, and their upcoming nuptials.

Registry & Style 152 Registry Trends

The best juicers to add to your wish list.

155 Your Smart Home Registry

Tech products you need for your newlywed nest.

219 Proposals That Will Melt Your Heart 224 Real Weddings

Get inspo from these eight “I dos,” featuring four same-sex couples.

266 Reality Romance

How Unreal stars Johanna Braddy and Freddie Stroma tied the knot.

Honeymoons 108 Honeymoon Trends

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

388 Relaxing Escapes

Unwind and indulge at one of these incredible spa resorts.

224 REAL

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209 Stems for All Seasons

Your best floral choices for spring, summer, fall and winter.

270 Paradise Found

Choose a dress that feels just as special as your destination locale.

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ESCAPES 388 RELAXING

282

ENGAGING BEAUTY

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EDITOR’S LETTER

Photographer Ari Michelson captured our influencers’ beauty and personalities. (p. 282)

I adore this Theia dress—it’s made for paradise. (p. 270)

Your wedding is all about celebrating the love and commitment you share with your partner, and it’s even better when you enter into that day feeling like the most beautiful version of yourself. That’s why I loved working with our team to create our beauty issue, packed with advice and inspo to help you achieve a beauty routine and day-of look that’s authentically you. First, check out our annual The Knot Beauty Awards (p. 185) for the best products (editor tested and reader approved) to take you from the engagement party to your wedding. Next, find a few ideas for your own bridal hair and makeup with “Engaging Beauty” (p. 282), featuring women of influence—all getting married—sporting gorgeous, personalized looks. Planning to wed in a beachy locale? You’ll want to see some of our favorite warm-weather gowns in “Paradise Found” (p. 270). But if what you need the most is help finding a memorable honeymoon spot, discover the best spa resorts around the world in “Relaxing Escapes” (p. 388). Because after all the planning and celebrating, marriage is about the two of you experiencing life together.

KELLIE GOULD Editor in Chief

Send me questions at kellie@theknot.com or find me on Instagram @kelliegouldny

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Two of my favorite winners from The Knot Beauty Awards: Jo Malone’s fresh scent, White Jasmine & Mint, and the Nars velvet matte lip pencil, with a color for everyone. (p. 185)

My husband and I honeymooned at the awe-inspiring and truly serene Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai in Thailand. (p. 388)

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SHAUNA LYNN PANCZYSZYN ILLUSTRATOR,

“Your Smart Home Registry” (p. 155)

We love illustrated invites for low-key weddings. What do you think it is about illustrations that make them so much fun? There’s a casual energy to them that can really show the couple’s personalities. I draw every letter by hand. Each has its own uniqueness and will never be exactly the same, so the personality is clear. And while elegant is always nice, the right illustrations and style can take those invites from pretty to amazing.

What’s your recipe for stunning, genuine photos? A dash of loud music you just can’t help but dance to, a sprinkle of beautiful lighting, at least two wind machines (kidding, of course) and a photographer who’s willing to make a fool of himself leading you in a dance of poses. Plus, an incredible glam team to boost your natural beauty and an outfit that makes you look amazing and fits your personality. All that and you just might get that unforced, timeless picture. @michelson_ari

DANIELLA SHACHTER

MAKEUP ARTIST, “Engaging Beauty” (p. 282)

What are your best prewedding makeup tips? Skin care definitely first and foremost. Always wet and moisturize your face before your makeup application. If you’re working with a makeup artist, have a trial run before your wedding to get to know each other. If that’s not possible, bring pictures of what you’d like your day-of look to be. These can be from Pinterest, magazines or even images of you in makeup you’ve liked in the past.

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What are your favorite fashion and beauty trends for summer? I love the no-makeup makeup look for summer brides. Dewy skin, full lashes, a subtle highlighter (like the RMS Beauty Magic Luminizer) and a flush of color is all you need for a fresh-faced glow. As for dresses, modern silhouettes are my favorite alternatives to traditional gowns. I’m loving off-the-shoulder styles, deep V-neck sheaths and even chic jumpsuits. @simplyfarah

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CAPTURE THE MOMENT Bring an instant camera so friends can take home real photos to remember the night.

midnight blues Navy blue suits or tuxes seamlessly transition from daytime to after midnight. And if you really want to kick things up a notch, a fun patterned tie is just the ticket. Navy tuxedo and plaid tie, Joseph Abboud; blue shirt, Calvin Klein OPPOSITE Navy suit, Kenneth Cole; shirt and tie clip, Joseph Abboud; brown leather belt, Men’s Wearhouse; shoes, Zanara

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JUST DESSERTS Fuel up the party with a selection of late-night sweets.

gray matters A smart gray suit is super versatile— and coordinates perfectly with just about any bridesmaid dress color. ON HIM Notch lapel gray suit, Pronto Uomo; shirt, Kenneth Cole; plaid tie, Platinum Designs; pocket square, Joseph Abboud ON HER Dress, Maria Lucia Hohan; diamond ring and pendant necklace, Chan Luu

PRODUCTION Kristi Drago-Price/Editor’s Edge ART DIRECTION Alexis Jonnson FASHION STYLING Jennifer Greene FLORAL & PROP STYLING Tinsel & Twine HAIR & MAKEUP Dominick Pucciarello & Elisa Flowers for Bernstein & Andriulli CAKE Nine Cakes

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For days by the sea and nights on the town: SPLIT, CROATIA

WHEN TO GO June to September is the best season for sunning by the beach and taking full advantage of the vibrant nightlife. BIG NIGHT OUT Dine on fresh, Mediterranean seafood at Konoba Nikola, followed by a stroll on the Riva waterfront promenade.

honeymoon hot spots For being one with nature and seeking adventure:

ASPEN, COLORADO

After the after-party, your newlywed vacay begins. But where to go? Check out these two trendy locales—plus looks to match.

WHAT TO WEAR Pack khakis, leather boat shoes and a button-down in a fun pattern or color to fit in with the stylish locals. RUNNERS-UP Seychelles, Africa or The Maldives

Rent 5 suits or tuxes at Men’s Wearhouse and score a $400 shopping spree to spend on your honeymoon wardrobe. Some restrictions apply.

WHEN TO GO If skiing is the goal, December to February brings the best powder, but June through August is beautiful for hiking. BIG NIGHT OUT Take in dinner with a spectacular view at Plato’s in the Aspen Meadows Resort, then grab drinks at 39 Degrees lounge. WHAT TO WEAR Pack a coordinating sport coat, dress pants and a crisp white shirt for dinner, but feel free to swap in a sweater later in the evening. RUNNERS-UP South Island, New Zealand or Reykjavik, Iceland

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CHOOSE YOUR GROOMSMEN Time to decide which of your friends gets elevated to best man status.

RENT YOUR WEDDING WEAR Visit a local Men’s Wearhouse store to get measured and try on designer styles. (You can also browse and order your look online at MensWearhouse.com/Wedding.) Make sure to give your groomsmen a heads up too. Manage your wedding party and assign them their rental looks with the Men’s Wearhouse Wedding Tracker tool. TAKE DANCE LESSONS Be prepared to take the floor by storm and impress your partner with some killer moves. WRITE YOUR VOWS Believe us—you shouldn’t wait ’til the last minute for this. Writer’s block is real. BUY GROOMSMEN GIFTS Thank your best guys with a gift they’ll love. TRY ON YOUR TUX Your rental suit or tux will be ready to pick up two days before your wedding. Try it on to make sure you love the fit. If not, no worries—Men’s Wearhouse will replace it for free. If you opt for home shipping, your look will arrive a week before the wedding, so there’s plenty of time to send a replacement if needed. RETURN YOUR LOOK—AND HEAD OFF ON YOUR HONEYMOON Drop off your rental suit or tux at any store location, or pack it in the original box and send it back (shipping is free). Then you’re ready to head off on your postwedding vacation.

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Don’t worry, your first task is a fun one: Envision your wedding— think about the style you want and color palettes you love. Nail down a budget. When and where would you like to say “I do”? Not sure where to start? The Knot Venue Concierge can give you personal recommendations based on a few details (see Wedding Planning Tools, p. 70). Hire any pros you just have to have, like musicians or wedding planner. Start searching for the wedding dress. Get the ring appraised and then insured ASAP.

Find a stationer and order your save-the-dates. This is really happening! Propose to your wedding party. Create your website with The Knot. Guests can also access it on the Guest List app (see Wedding Planning Tools, p. 70). Book your photographer, florist, caterer, cake baker and other important pros. Order the gown and veil. Schedule fittings for six weeks and one to two weeks before the wedding. Choose and order the bridesmaid dresses. Start registering—a super-fun to-do.

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What fabrics and styles should we look for if we’re having a beach wedding? For grooms, leave the black ties at home—traditional suits are thick and a bit formal for the beach. Instead, pick a fabric that breathes, like lightweight cotton or khaki, and opt for softer hues like beige, light blue or dove gray. For brides, strapless or halter necklines, cap sleeves and flowy skirts give off a relaxed vibe. Choose airy fabrics such as silk chiffon and organza for easy movement. And stilettos and sand don’t mix, so go with wedges or flats.

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How do I let a vendor candidate know I’ve decided to hire someone else for my wedding? While you’re not obligated to contact potential wedding pros after meeting with them, it’s a courtesy they’ll appreciate. Quickly call or send an email to thank them for their time, and say while you enjoyed meeting them, you’ve decided to move forward with someone else. If they ask, and you’re comfortable answering questions about your decision, be honest and concise—though it may feel awkward to be so straightforward, genuine feedback is always valuable to vendors.

BEAUTY BAG

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I’ve heard I need an emergency kit on hand for my wedding day—what exactly should I include? The contents may vary based on your personal style and preferences, but let’s start with the basics. Pack beauty products and tools to touch up your hair and makeup—lipstick, hair spray, clear nail polish, blotting papers, tweezers, bobby pins and scented lotion or perfume. Then, don’t forget practical lifesavers like stain remover, tissues, Krazy Glue, fashion tape, Band-Aids, breath mints and safety pins for those unexpected snafus. If you want to be extra prepared, tuck a water bottle and a snack in, along with aspirin, dental floss and sunblock. And don’t be afraid to ask your maid of honor or coordinator to keep track of the kit—that’s what they’re there for. Whoever is in charge of it should stash it in a tote bag and find a safe but easy-to-access place for it at the reception.

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We don’t want an unplugged wedding, but we don’t want guests on their phones all day. Any advice? Plenty of couples prefer their guests enjoy the celebration without constantly taking photos, texting and posting on social media. They want their loved ones fully present on their special day—plus, they hired a professional photographer for a reason. Other couples choose to embrace electronics by sharing a unique hashtag (or two), creating custom Snapchat geofilters or providing a cell phone charging station at the reception. For the best of both worlds, consider an unplugged ceremony and a plugged-in reception. Let guests bring out their devices once the party gets going and your pro has captured all the photos on your shot list.

We’re already paying our vendors so much for all of their services. Are we responsible for giving them a meal during the reception as well? You should feed any wedding pro who will be at the reception. This includes your photographer, videographer, DJ or band and wedding planner—they’ll be working for anywhere from five to eight hours and need sustenance. The best way to broach the topic is to put it in the contract. Unless your vendor prefers otherwise, serve them a plate off the same menu as your guests. If you happen to be serving something on the pricier side, like lobster, it’s fine to offer your pros another option—simply ask your caterer if it’s possible to whip up a more affordable alternative. Once that’s settled, let your caterer know how many extra meals to prepare. And ask about pricing—some caterers charge extra while others might charge 50 percent of the guest meal cost.

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I want to be up front with my bridal party about finances. What should they expect to pay for? Your attendants should expect to cover prewedding festivities, like the bridal shower (depending on who’s hosting) and bachelorette party, plus their own wedding day ensembles (dresses, shoes and jewelry). They’re also responsible for their own travel expenses and accommodations (make it easy for them by blocking hotel rooms on HiSkipper.com). However, day-of transportation, like rides to and from the ceremony and reception, should be on you. If you insist everyone have their hair and makeup done professionally on the morning of the wedding, you should treat them. Otherwise, have it be optional and let them cover whichever beauty services they want. Remember, while this is your wedding, be mindful of your bridal party members’ budgets when selecting dresses or suggesting a destination bachelorette party.

RETHINKING REGISTRY

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My fiancé and I have lived together for years and have all the home goods we need. Is it okay to register for unexpected or nontraditional items? Absolutely! You can register for anything you’d like—it’s your wedding. Remember that your guests want to give you a gift. They’ll be even more excited to know it’s something you really love and want—whether it’s an experience (like massages or cooking classes on your honeymoon), wireless speakers, a gorgeous sofa or camping gear.

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Do I have to invite my future mother-in-law to come wedding dress shopping with me? There’s no etiquette rule saying you have to bring your mother-in-law dress shopping. It’s completely your call who makes up your entourage. If you’d rather share the experience with, say, your mom and sister, or your two closest friends, you absolutely should. If your mother-in-law raises complaints about being left out, graciously explain that you’re hoping to keep the group as small as possible (we recommend inviting only a few people anyway). There are plenty of other ways to include her—maybe take her to meet your florist or offer to help her shop for her own wedding day attire.

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What can I do if I change my mind about my hair and makeup styles after I have the trial run? It happens—if you really want to change something, then change it. Call your hairstylist and makeup artist as soon as possible and explain your dilemma. If you know you’re prone to changing your mind, book a few appointments with your beauty pros from the get-go just in case—you can always cancel if you don’t need them (keep in mind you may be charged a cancellation fee). Make sure to tip them well and write a stellar review after the wedding for their fantastic service.

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mean you have to force each bridesmaid and groomsman to bring a date to your wedding (there’s a chance they’ll decline anyway if they’re single), but it’s important to make the offer. Your attendants have been there for you from the start— from planning your bachelorette party to fastening the 150 buttons down your wedding dress—which proves just how much these friends have helped throughout your entire wedding planning process. They’ve not only given you their time, love and energy, they’ve also spent money on attire, lodging and transportation, maybe for multiple events. Trust us on this one—they deserve a plus-one. A VIP guest who won’t know anyone Say your childhood best friend who lives across the country is coming and she’s single. While she knows you and your parents, none of you are likely to have too much time to spend with her. Give important guests like her a plus-one so they can feel comfortable and have fun—you don’t want them on their phone all night.

Guests who are casually dating If the guest in question hasn’t been dating the same person for more than a year, inviting them with a date isn’t a priority, though it is thoughtful if you have the budget and space to do so. Coworkers Coworkers can be a tricky guest list category altogether even without the issue of plus-ones. The easiest way to avoid any drama is to not invite any coworkers at all—that way nobody feels left out. If you’re close to some of them and everyone knows it, it’s fine to include them—just don’t deliver invites at the office or make a big deal out of it. If you’re part of a smaller team and are considering inviting a handful of coworkers (who you aren’t friends with outside of work), invite the whole group or skip them altogether. This goes for plus-ones too. Whether you invite your work bestie or your team, if one person gets a plus-one, everyone else should too. As for your boss, invite him or her along with a plus-one if you have a friendly relationship. If you don’t, you’re certainly not required to extend an invitation. Single guests you’re not especially close with who will know other guests If your mother-in-law insists that cousin Olivia needs an invitation (even though your partner hasn’t seen her in 10 years), it’s okay to not give her a plus-one if she’s not married or in a serious relationship. While you may not be able to afford extra guests for everyone, cutting people from your list because you can’t invite them with a date could start trouble. Deal with this problem on a case-by-case basis, and carefully consider where to seat them. If your budget just won’t allow certain guests to have plus-ones, this is where having a B-list could come in handy.

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Let’s Talk About Your A- and B-Lists

And So Things Don’t Get Sticky... Order extra invitations If you think you might be sending a second set of invitations for a B-list, prepare for it ahead of time. Not only will it help make the process smoother, it’ll also save you some serious cash—buying invitations in small batches is much more expensive than placing a single order. Be realistic about the number of guests and plus-ones to avoid stress later on Crunching the numbers isn’t the most glamorous part of wedding planning, but there is a figure you really can’t avoid: your guest list count. Your budget and the venue size are the main factors that should play into this decision. Each guest adds to the number of plates your caterer will prepare, favors, chair rentals, how much cake you’ll need and more. Choose a number that’s larger than your venue’s capacity and you’ll be holding your breath

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Having two guest lists is how you’ll be able to invite the most people without increasing your budget. Here’s how it works: Your A-list consists of the people you couldn’t imagine not attending your wedding, and their plus-ones. They’ll receive your first round of invitations. Anyone not essential should be added to the B-list with their plus-ones. These are people you would enjoy having at your wedding but aren’t extending an invite to in the first round. It’s completely fine to add plus-ones to your B-list too. If it turns out you do have the budget for your nephew’s new girlfriend to come, you can always invite her at a later date. If you start getting RSVPs and it turns out you have enough “regrets” (10 to 20 percent of those invited will likely decline) then you can start sending invites to your B-list in order of importance. That said, one of the dangers of a B-list is sending invitations out with a too-tight RSVP date for your new additions. To avoid this problem, consider sending out your first set of invitations a little earlier (instead of six to eight weeks before the date, aim for about 10 weeks).

every time you open an RSVP. It’s much better to keep your number on the conservative side and add more guests later on. Make it easy on yourself and use the Budget Calculator on the Wedding Planner by The Knot app to play around with the numbers. Make sure you know the name of every plus-one Play detective and get the name of every plus-one so you can have it included and spelled correctly on the save-the-date, invitation and escort card. Then the guest will know that person is invited, and not just anyone. Even if you have to make a call, it’s the polite thing to do. It looks much better than “and Guest” on all your stationery, and your family and friends will appreciate your extra legwork. Include names on the response cards Yours wouldn’t be the first wedding where a guest crams extra plus-ones onto one line, even though the invitation was made out to two people. Avoid the issue by printing the guests’ names onto the RSVP card—there’s almost no way anyone can force an invite on you. If you still get an extra write-in, call and say you’d love to have everyone, but budget and space mean it’s just not possible.

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What to Do if You’re Bringing a Plus-One

Receiving a wedding invitation is always fun— and seeing your plusone’s name next to yours is an awesome bonus. But with the prospect of bringing a date comes a little responsibility. After all, nobody wants to bring the plus-one who shows up late, isn’t dressed appropriately or has too much to drink. Ask yourself these questions to spare yourself—and the newlyweds—any potential agony or embarrassment.

ARE YOU SURE THEY’LL ACTUALLY SHOW UP?

HAVE YOU SEEN YOUR DATE IN A SOCIAL SETTING BEFORE?

IS YOUR PLUSONE AN EX OF ANYONE ATTENDING?

We all know people who habitually flake out at the last minute for parties, but not showing up for a wedding is a big deal. Your plus-one should be someone dependable who will block off the wedding date and show up on time. Otherwise, you’ll be the one stuck making excuses for them.

Sure, you’ve been on a few dates with that cute, nice guy you met on Bumble, but how does that translate into big groups? If he’s shy, there might be some awkward silences, and if he’s super outgoing, you don’t want him leading the Conga line when he doesn’t even know the newlyweds.

Trust us—you don’t want to be the one who brings drama to the wedding. If you’re thinking about asking someone’s ex to be your date, think twice. Of course, the couple shouldn’t dictate whom you can and can’t bring, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be considerate of everyone’s feelings.

WILL YOU NEED TO BABYSIT YOUR PLUS-ONE THE WHOLE TIME? A great guest experience is every to-be-wed’s goal, but it should be the kind of fun that won’t land you on bad terms with the couple. It’s one thing if the bride’s uncle noticeably drinks too much, but it’s quite another if it’s your date who doesn’t know anyone.

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TRYING TO DECIDE BETWEEN A SWEETHEART TABLE AND A FEASTING TABLE? TWO PLANNERS SHARE THEIR TAKES ON THE IDEAL RECEPTION LAYOUT.

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Sit With Your Crew You’ll have plenty of date nights in the future—and this may be your only chance to celebrate with all your favorite people in one place. That’s why Jung Lee, event designer and owner of Fête NY in New York City, encourages newlyweds to sit with their loved ones. “A wedding is about two people and two families coming together, while a sweetheart table is a private island,” Lee says. Fill a head table with your family or wedding party to optimize time with those closest to you.

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A sweetheart table guarantees you some intimate face time with your new spouse. What better way to bask in the bliss of saying “I do” than dining just the two of you? “Some choose a sweetheart table because it allows them to truly enjoy their first meal as a married couple,” says Beth Helmstetter, CEO and principal event planner of Beth Helmstetter Events in Los Angeles. Sitting as a duo can also be a smart, elegant solution for navigating tricky family politics or friend dynamics.

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What are some unique ways same-sex couples can put a personal stamp on their ceremony? Same-sex weddings are still so new that couples can do whatever they want to celebrate their union. Play with where the ceremony takes place, how it unfolds and who is involved. Host a ceremony in the round with four aisles, or invite guests to a standing ceremony sans aisle and chairs.

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What’s an example of how you’ve helped a couple bend the rules? I recently worked with two grooms that flipped their processional on its head by gathering guests in the venue’s foyer prior to the start of the ceremony. Rather than walking down the aisle with all eyes on them, the couple invited friends and family to walk down the aisle toward the altar, where they waited with their officiant.

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MEET THE CHARITABLE DUO SAYING “I DO” THIS YEAR. Every year, The Knot throws a seriously stunning wedding for a deserving couple—and this year, we’re thrilled to announce WNBA basketball player Elena Delle Donne and Amanda Clifton of the De11e Donne Skills Academy basketball camps as our lucky pair. “Not only are we thrilled to be the first same-sex Dream Wedding couple, we’re excited to have a platform to raise money and awareness for causes we’re truly passionate about,” Elena says of enlisting the help of Jove Meyer for their fall nuptials. In lieu of registering for gifts, the couple will instead create a charity registry on TheKnot.com, allowing friends, family and fans to donate to the Elena Delle Donne Foundation, benefitting the special needs community and those suffering from Lyme Disease. “Working with The Knot is truly surreal,” Elena says. “Amanda and I want nothing more than to bring our family and friends together and have the best time ever.”

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When researching potential wedding pros, what’s the easiest way to determine if a vendor or venue is LGBTQ friendly? Your planner should be able to vouch for other equality-minded businesses. You can also look at the vendor’s website to see if any photos or information shows support for same-sex couples. If you love their work but fail to see obvious support of marriage equality on their online bio or gallery, send an email inquiring about their services.

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OUR EXPERT Jove Meyer, a Brooklyn, New York–based wedding whiz, ditched a law career to work in the industry of love. He is the owner and creative director of Jove Meyer Events. @jovemeyer

It’s easy for couples to get caught up in the idea of what they “should” do on their wedding day. What advice do you have for those hoping to put a personal spin on traditions? There are no real rules when it comes to same-sex weddings, so I encourage all couples to invent their own. That being said, take a step back and ask yourself why you’re taking part in a specific tradition. Does it hold any personal meaning for you and your fiancé, or are you doing it simply because it’s expected? Your wedding shouldn’t be filled with antiquated customs or meaningless moments—every detail should feel authentically you.

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What I Loved About My Wedding The Everygirl CoFounder Alaina Kaczmarski and her husband, Dan Schmieder, tell us about their intimate wine country nuptials. PHOTOGR APHY BY JENNA KUTCHER

Dinner Party Details Once we settled on California’s beautiful Sonoma wine country as the destination, Dan found a fabulous estate on Airbnb. I wanted our wedding to feel like a casual dinner party, so we had only 50 guests. Our color scheme was neutrals and dark greens (reflective of the vineyards), and the style was natural and elegant.

Sonoma Style I wore a timeless Lela Rose wedding gown that was formfitting through the bodice with lace detail on top. It’s true what they say—my face lit up when I tried it on. And Dan looked like a million bucks in his blue suit from Nordstrom.

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Hand in Hand I really wanted to walk with my fiancé down the aisle, but we both also liked the idea of him waiting for me, so I walked the first half alone, then met him and we finished the walk together. I valued the idea of us making this decision together and walking toward the altar hand in hand to exchange vows.

You Had Me at Halo When we went engagement ring shopping, I fell in love with the delicate diamond band and sparkle of the round halo. During a trip to Vienna, we got our Cartier LOVE wedding bands—a sweet memory.

Vino and Vows The plan was to have the ceremony outside on the lawn, but the forecast went from rain to a torrential downpour, so we had to change plans an hour before the ceremony. Fortunately, the property had a 2,000-square-foot wine cave, so our coordinator quickly transformed it into our ceremony space. It had a very romantic vibe with tons of candles and wine barrels surrounding guests. It wasn’t at all the original vision for where I wanted to marry Dan, but it ended up being perfect anyway. Our wedding was so fun, and we got our wish of going on a vacation with our closest friends and family. If I had any advice, it’s to not get too attached to the vision you have for your wedding day because it could all go awry. It’s the spirit and people who are there supporting you and your significant other that make it special.

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What foods should brides pay special attention to before their wedding day? Include plenty of fresh produce in your diet. Look for vegetables with bright colors like beetroot, carrot, kale and spinach. These contain all of the nutrients you need. It’s important to choose seasonal, organic produce that hasn’t been processed. It doesn’t have to be difficult either—all of the recipes in Eat Beautiful are quick, easy and totally achievable as a part of everyday life. Are there foods brides should avoid? It depends on your individual concerns, but I’d recommend cutting out sugar leading up to the wedding. It breaks down collagen in the skin and can be aging over time. In my personal experience, avoiding dairy can also help sensitive or acne-prone skin. What are your prewedding beauty tips? Try to give your skin a boost whenever possible. I love Skinade’s collagen drink. It’s sourced from freshwater fish and leaves my skin feeling refreshed. Pay attention to your daily routine too. If you’re dry or irritated, try incorporating Decléor’s Aromessence Néroli serum. It is extremely hydrating and has a soothing botanical

fragrance excellent for aromatherapy purposes as well.. It’s a good way to relax, which is always important while planning a wedding. Make sure you’re getting a healthy amount of exercise too—not only will it help you tone up, it’s also great for managing stress, sleeping better and giving you a naturally beautiful glow.

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What’s the secret to applying flawless bridal makeup? One of the key things to remember is you want to look like the most gorgeous version of yourself on your wedding day—it’s not the time to try out anything new or super edgy. For me, true bridal beauty is all about amazing skin. On the day of your wedding, prep with Joëlle Ciocco’s Oxyclear serum, which brightens skin and helps your makeup last for hours. Follow with Burberry’s Fresh Glow primer. It gives the skin a smooth, dewy finish. You can also use it on your arms, legs and décolletage to create an overall flawless look. And avoid using glittery or shimmery products on your eyes, lips and skin, as they can make you appear shiny and draw attention to pores, fine lines and blemishes in photos. @wendyrowe

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Start the day strong with one of Rowe’s fave protein-packed recipes from Eat Beautiful. instructions: 1. Whisk together 3 eggs, 1 Tbl. almond milk, and a pinch each of sea salt and cayenne pepper. 2. Melt ½ tsp. raw coconut oil in a medium skillet on medium heat. 3. Pour egg mixture into pan and cook until golden brown on the bottom before flipping to cook the other side. 4. Transfer to plate; add 1 avocado, chopped, and 1 handful of arugula, chopped, in a line down the middle. 5. Top with 3 slices smoked salmon, 1 Tbl. flat-leaf parsley, chopped, and 1 squeeze lemon juice, then roll up and cut in half to serve. Serves 1; 260 calories per serving

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Whether or not you’re a beauty buff, your wedding day and the events leading up to it present plenty of opportunities to perfect your makeup routine. The first step? Investing in a solid set of tools. Here’s a breakdown of six essential brushes to add to your bridal makeup bag—and how to use them. 1. Blush Sweep in circular motions to define, shade and contour your cheeks. Blush brush, $40 for 10-piece set, Sonia Kashuk, Target.com

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Apply, layer and blend loose or pressed shadow with this multitasker. Eye shadow brush, $40 for 10-piece set, Sonia Kashuk, Target.com

6. Eyeliner Drag this firm, angled brush along your lash line to apply wet or dry liner. Eyeliner brush, $17 for 5-piece set, Urban Beauty United, Amazon.com

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I want to wear vintage jewelry on my wedding day, but I don’t want to break the bank. Where can I find budget-friendly pieces? My favorite price for vintage jewelry is free. You have total permission to mass email your friends and family and ask if they’ll either loan or gift you vintage jewelry—it is your wedding day! In my experience, people are usually honored to be a part of your celebration and will jump at the chance to contribute to your “something borrowed.” If you do borrow an heirloom piece, return it in a timely manner—no later than a month after your honeymoon.

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I want to wear colorful shoes, but I don’t want them to distract from my dress. How can I make a statement without overdoing it? If you’re wearing a long gown, your guests probably won’t notice your shoes, so you can go as bold as you like without overpowering your dress. If you still feel apprehensive or you’re wearing a shorter dress, opt for neutral shoes for your ceremony and change into a more colorful pair for your reception. Once you hit the dance floor, you’ll probably want to let loose anyway—and festive shoes will help you channel your inner wild child.

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I let my bridesmaids choose their own dresses but now one of my friends wants to wear a dress that doesn’t fit the style of my wedding. Should I tell her she needs to buy a new dress or just let her wear what she wants? She should definitely wear a dress you like. Gently explain to her the dress in question is not quite the look you’re going for. If money is an issue, see if she can borrow another dress you prefer from a friend or rent one online.

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Professional makeup artists designed this 20-shade (16 velvet matte, four iridescent) palette to be used from left to right with complementary colors for the crease, lid and liner. The possibilities are endless. Tarteist PRO Amazonian Clay palette, $53, Tarte.com

matter how humid the weather or long the after-party. Anti-Aging moisture primer, $30, JouerCosmetics.com

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The not-so-secret weapon of pro makeup artists can also be yours. Make sure the egg-shaped sponge is damp before pressing it onto your skin to blend foundation and powder, eliminating any streaks. BeautyBlender, $20, BeautyBlender.com

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This lightweight foundation works for all skin types, has just the right amount of matte coverage and comes in 38 shades, so you’re guaranteed to find your match. Once it’s applied it’s not going anywhere for a full 24 hours—no touch-ups needed. Double Wear Stay-in-Place makeup, $40, EsteeLauder.com

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Even if you’re a makeup novice, you really can’t make a wrong move with this dual-ended pencil. It has a slanted tip for applying soft strokes on one end, and a spoolie brush for blending on the other. You’ll quickly see why defining your arches is a total game changer. Goof Proof brow pencil, $24, BenefitCosmetics.com

3 WATERPROOF MASCARA

You can trust that this jet-black, high-drama mascara remains unscathed by even the most emotional vows and touching toasts. Plus, it makes your lashes appear full and fluttery— never clumpy—for hours on end. Waterproof Extreme mascara, $45, TomFord.com

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There’s a reason why one of these bronzers is sold every 25 seconds worldwide—it’s just that good. Eight shade varieties ensure one complements your skin’s either rosy or golden undertones. Sweep across your face where the sun naturally hits (forehead, cheekbones and jawline) to sculpt your features and give your skin a sun-kissed appearance. Terracotta Light bronzing powder, $53, Guerlain.com

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Your wedding is no time for dull moments—or dull skin. Prepping your complexion with this hydrating, peptidepacked primer enhances your bridal glow, reduces puffiness, plumps up fine lines and keeps your makeup from creasing—no

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Equal parts nourishing balm and lip color, this gloss has a hint of iridescence and leaves your lips feeling soft (not sticky) with a sheer tint. Its three shades definitely pass the first kiss test. Sugar Cream lip treatment, $24, Fresh.com

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Don’t be intimidated by this futuristic-looking brush. It’s ergonomically designed to fit in the palm of your hand (hence its name) so you have more control to seamlessly blend makeup and skin care in quick, soft strokes. Palm brush, $65, ArtisBrush.com

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These crayonlike lip colors look fun to play with, but they’re worth taking seriously. The velvety application and long-wear color make them the ultimate wedding day essential. Go neutral for your ceremony and switch it up with a bolder hue when it’s time to party. Velvet Matte lip pencil, $27, NarsCosmetics.com

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Just a delicate dusting of this silky loose powder gives your foundation a matte finish, sets your makeup all day and staves off even the shiniest of T-zones, all while allowing your skin’s natural radiance to shine through. Translucent loose setting powder, $38, LauraMercier.com

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These natural-looking mink lashes add length and volume without the weight and stiffness of more densely distributed styles made from synthetic materials. Another plus: You can skip the mascara with these ultra-glam falsies. Mink lash in Naomi, $39, ShopHudaBeauty.com >>

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HIGHLIGHTER

You don’t want to overdo it with highlighting and contouring at your wedding—the goal is to look like the best version of yourself. This champagne cream’s rosy undertones and sheer shimmer give skin a subtle glow. Use your fingers to apply sparingly along cheekbones, bridge of the nose, inner corners of eyes and on the cupid’s bow above lips. Magic Luminizer, $38, RMSBeauty.com

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The 25-degree slant on these precision pluckers means they grab pretty much every hair, every single time. Whether you use them for last-minute brow touch-ups, applying false lashes or cutting an overgrown cuticle, you’ll be glad to have this surprisingly versatile, tiny tool in your day-of emergency kit. Slant tweezer, $23, Tweezerman.com

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CONCEALER

Its cushiony, spongelike tip dispenses just the right amount of cover-up to hide any dark circles or unexpected blemishes in a smooth, matte finish. And don’t worry—it won’t look too heavy or settle into those fine lines around your eyes. Outlast All-Day Soft Touch concealer, $9, CoverGirl, Target.com

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Lash curlers can be damaging (pinching, squeezing and breakage, oh my!). The bouncy silicone pads on this one gently curl your lashes for a painless, lifted effect after just a few seconds of use. Relevée lash curler, $30, Surratt Beauty, Sephora.com

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Unlike most powder blushes, this one has a creamy texture that makes it easy to blend and build color. The 16-shade collection ranges from pastel to electric hues so there’s a flattering flush for every skin tone. Apply it to the apples of your cheeks to enhance that wedding smile. Afterglow 8-Hour powder blush, $26, UrbanDecay.com

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Ranging in finishes from matte to metallic, this selection of highly pigmented pencils is formulated with vegetable wax and dry oil to glide on smoothly—and stay put. Aqua XL eye pencil, $21, MakeUpForEver.com >>

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NAIL POLISH

It’s basically your natural nail color, but better. This sheer shade of pale pink hits that sweet spot between bubble gum and marshmallow. Nail lacquer in Kiss on the Chic, $9, OPI, Ulta.com

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Although it’s often overlooked, a base coat isn’t just about making your polish last longer or preventing it from staining your nails. Horsetail extract, biotin and calcium minerals replenish,

strengthen and protect your nails so you don’t have any bad breaks. Horse Power nail base coat, $18, ButterLondon.com

3 HAND CREAM

We have a feeling all eyes are on your new bling, which means your hands are front and center. This rich cream goes beyond moisturizing and brightens skin with vitamin C and improves elasticity with brown algae. Repairing hand treatment, $85, Restorsea.com

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4 BUDGET PICK GEL EFFECT SET

This two-step polish process uses only a top coat (no base needed here) to protect color with an ultra-glossy, gel-like finish for up to two weeks—no UV lamp required. Gel Couture in Perfect Posture and Top Coat, $12 each, Essie.com

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Quick-dry takes on a new meaning with this almost-instantaneously hardening top coat. Its caviarenriched formula swipes on for a wet-looking wash of shine. 45 Second Top Coat with Kensington Caviar, $15, US.NailsInc.com

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You can’t expect your wedding manicure to work miracles. Dousing your digits in this moisturizing salve leading up to your wedding helps to avoid any dry cuticle crises. The Cure ultra nourishing cuticle repair cream, $24, DeborahLippmann.com

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This portable nail polish remover is genius. Just insert your finger in the hole in the built-in sponge, twist and even the most stubborn nail polish is gone in seconds. Instant nail polish remover, $10, Sephora.com >>

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There’s bound to be some stressful moments during the wedding planning process. Swiping on this clean-scented deodorant before bed ensures you stay dry all day— even when you’re running from appointment to appointment. Clinical Strength Invisible Solid, $8, Secret.com

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In as little as an hour you can apply this sunless-tanning mousse, shower and be out the door, and a golden glow develops throughout the day. For a deeper bronze, wait up to three hours before you rinse. Self Tan Express advanced bronzing mousse, $44, StTropezTan.com

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Tan lines, streaky self-tanner and uneven patches are easily camouflaged with this waterresistant face and body makeup. Its light-reflecting pigments create a glistening, airbrushlike finish you can easily shower off later. Body Blur Instant HD Finish, $45, VitaLiberata.com

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Even though the combo of shea butter, quince extract and vegetable oils makes for a heavier cream, this one absorbs instantly into skin, making it feel refreshed and silky smooth. Jasmine body butter, $29, KorresUSA.com

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SCRUB

This luxe-looking pastel-pink scrub is almost too pretty to use. But you’ll be glad you did once you feel how the gently exfoliating formula revives your skin and leaves it supersoft and fragrant. Coco Rose body polish, $36, HerbivoreBotanicals.com

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Lathering up with this creamy cocoa butter rinse not only makes your skin feel happy and moisturized, it also satisfies your senses thanks to its deliciously sweet scent. Cocoa Butter moisturizing body wash, $6, NiveaUSA.com >>

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important as your makeup trial. Perfect your skin care routine with our must-haves.

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Worried about breakouts? Apply this bacteria-banishing, zit-zapping acne fighter regularly on the days leading up to your wedding for guaranteed clear skin. Effaclar Duo Dual Action acne treatment, $37, Laroche-Posay.US

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Fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids gently slough the skin’s surface to fight flakes and clean out clogged pores. ExfoliKate Cleanser daily foaming wash, $38, KateSomerville.com

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Stay out a little too late after the rehearsal dinner? You’ll still look like you got your beauty sleep after applying this dark-circle-reducing and hydrating eye cream. Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal eye cream, $250, LaPrairie.com

4 BUDGET PICK MOISTURIZER

Just about every pro makeup artist stashes this simple but seriously

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shimmery chrome. After peeling it off, you instantly feel the lifting and smoothing effects of the Icelandic kelp, glacial clay and hyaluronic acid-based formula. Gravitymud firming treatment in Sonic Blue, $69, GlamGlow.com

effective shea-butter-and-aloebased cream in their kit because of its ability to provide intense hydration for all skin types. Lait-Crème Concentré, $16, EmbryolisseUSA.com

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Rather than manually exfoliating your face with a scrub, this serum contains a high potency of lactic acid that instantly retexturizes dull, dead cells, brightens dark spots and plumps up fine lines. Good Genes All-in-One lactic acid treatment, $105, SundayRiley.com

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As fun to apply as it is effective, this bright blue, mud-based mask slowly dries into a solid sheet of

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You’re not immune to burns or other forms of sun damage on your wedding day (or your honeymoon, for that matter). A lightweight, oil-free formula absorbs quickly without leaving behind a chalky residue , clogging pores or irritating sensitive skin. Clear Face liquid lotion sunscreen, $12, Neutrogena.com >>

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HAIR Whether you’re going with a chic chignon, boho braid or cascading curls, these are the products you can trust to lock in your best hair day ever.

1 FRIZZ FIGHTER

Outdoor wedding? Humid honeymoon at the beach? This mighty mist infused with six lightweight oils works to detangle, de-frizz and protect even the wildest strands from the elements, making it your new best friend. Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV protective primer, $28, BumbleandBumble.com

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Most dry shampoos are aerosol sprays that can leave a sticky residue. This one is a fine, nonwhitening powder dispensed through a narrow nozzle, which allows you to apply it right at your roots to absorb excess oil and add volume—without the mess. Dry shampoo, $14, VerbProducts.com

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For that just-left-the-salon shine, this luxe duo delivers pearl proteins during cleansing and sunflower seed extract when conditioning for a gorgeous, glossy sheen. Brilliance & Shine shampoo, $49, conditioner, $52, Oribe.com BUDGET PICK

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There’s a reason hairstylists tell you not to have freshly washed hair when you want an updo: The texture of lived-in locks is more responsive to styling. This finishing spray gives you that same optimal grip, without the oily feel. Un.Done texture spray, $24, LoveAmika.com

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The alcohol-free formula of this aerosol hair spray sets your style in place, but is flexible enough to allow for adjustments, should you decide to change it up with a new ’do after your ceremony. Airspray Flexible Hold hair spray, $7, Pantene.com

DIY your own salon-worthy style with these essentials.

CURLING IRON

Perfect for wedding-related events where you don’t have a glam team on hand, this automatic curling iron rotates according to the side you’re styling to create polished waves. Beachwaver Pro 1.25, $200, Beachwaver.com

HAIR DRYER

The Rolls-Royce of hair dryers, this compact tool has a small but mighty motor that’s light enough to be housed inside its handle. Its innovative heat control and airflow settings mean even those of us with unruly manes get a faster, smoother blowout. Supersonic hair dryer, $400, Dyson.com

STYLING WAND

Spiral curls for the shower, beachy waves for the bachelorette and old-Hollywood hair for the rehearsal dinner— all created with this magic wand that comes with three interchangeable barrels of varying shapes and sizes. Whirl Trio interchangeable styling wand, $270, T3Micro.com

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If you’re not a huge fan of hair spray, this is a great alternative for providing a bit of hold while also boosting body. (And we’re talking real va-va-voom volume.) Comb Thru finishing mist, $13, Nexxus.com

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This sleek styler can be used for both pin-straight strands and loose, undone waves. By spreading heat evenly across its plates at an optimal temperature (anything above 365 degrees is too hot), hair can be manipulated with minimal damage in one quick, snag-free pass. Platinum styler, $249, GHDHair.com >>

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Planning a destination wedding or seaside nuptials? The perfect balance of lightweight and luscious, this slightly fruity scent just smells like summer. Honeysuckle, $90 for 3.4 oz., Fresh.com

2 FLORAL

Complementary notes of amber and white musk give a classic rose fragrance a more modern feel. Roses de Chloé, $95 for 1.7 oz., Chloé, Ulta.com

Scent has the ability to evoke a memory even years later. Choose a special fragrance to remind you of your day every time you wear it.

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This mix of jasmine, wild mint and orange flower is reminiscent of a crisp walk in a lush garden. White Jasmine & Mint, $130 for 1 oz., JoMalone.com

Still searching for your “something blue”? We’ve got you covered. Not only does this aqua-hued bottle look adorable on your nightstand, but just one spritz wraps you in a floral blend of lily of the valley, magnolia and white iris. Walk on Air, $95 for 3.4 oz., KateSpade.com

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The unexpected trio of bitter orange, juniper and patchouli is intoxicating but never overpowering—and is earthy enough to be unisex. Eau des Sens, $130 for 3.4 oz., DiptyqueParis.com

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rounded combination of sweet lychee, floral marigold and seductive musk makes for a timeless love letter in a bottle. Romance, $92 for 3.4 oz., RalphLauren.com

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The name of this best-selling bridal scent says it all. A well-

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We still can’t believe this luxesmelling fragrance costs less than $50. Appropriate for any time of year, you’ll feel sophisticated while wearing the velvety essence of plum, rose and oak moss. Prima, $30 for 1.7 oz., Avon.com

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BEFORE YOU HEAD TO YOUR HAIR TRIAL, READ UP ON THESE TIPS FROM CELEBRITY STYLIST KRISTAN SERAFINO FOR FINDING THE MOST FLATTERING ’DOS FOR YOUR FACE SHAPE. BY FAR AH PRINCE

PRO TIP An oval face is balanced enough to pull off almost any hairstyle or part. Go dramatic with a high updo or volumized half-up style, or keep it casual with tousled waves or a texturized lob.

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HEART FACE With a heart, the forehead is the widest part of the face, tapering downward, making for killer cheekbones and a narrower chin. PRO TIP Add fullness to the lower half of your face with textured curls or low updos. Deep side parts and tendrils that hit below the chin are also flattering and draw attention to the cheekbones.

GIGI HADID KEIRA KNIGHTLEY

A half updo with loose curls and long tendrils

Deep side part with long soft waves around the face

A high, slicked-back ballerinastyle bun with a wide base

Textured, shoulder-length hair with an asymmetrical part

Sweeping fringe and a deep side part chignon

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OVAL FACE Symmetrical from most angles, ovals are longer than they are wide, and slightly broader at the forehead and brows, with a curved chin.

A loose French twist with long sideswept bangs

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PRO TIP A long hairstyle with curls or waves softens your facial angles. Or try an updo with wispy pieces that frame the face to add balance to your jawline.

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SQUARE

SQUARE FACE The width of the forehead, cheeks and jaw are equal on a square face. And while the sides are straight, your jawline generally has a slight downward angle.

Center part with long pieces framing the face

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Volume at the top with a long sweeping bang

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PRO TIP Longer hair gives the appearance of height, elongating and flattering a rounder face. A hairstyle or headpiece with volume at the crown of your head helps lengthen your face.

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ROUND FACE Round faces are characterized by broad cheekbones that are wider than the forehead and jawline.

GET THE LOOK

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FACE FACTS

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Face shape may influence your bridal hairstyle, but it shouldn’t totally determine it. Almost any look can be customized with color, texture and accessories. Use your face shape as a starting point, then make the style your own.

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Slicked-back updo with a French braid

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Textured double Dutch braid at the crown

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Long, textured hair that falls past the shoulder

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A low messy bun with loose waves below the chin line

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2 VOLUMIZER The best things really do come in small packages, like this volumizing, texturizing powder. Powder Puff, $28, KevinMurphy .com.au

3 DRY SHAMPOO Meet the perfect translucent spray to refresh any second-day hairstyle. Pronto Invisible dry shampoo, $25, BlandiProducts .com

4 CURL WAND This tapered barrel wand (with heat control) creates curls and waves without the damaging sizzle. Curve Classic wave wand, $199, GHDHair.com

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BEAUTY & WELLNESS

MAKEUP LESSON the secret to rocking a vibrant lip? confidence!

Bold Beauty

CELEBRITY MAKEUP ARTIST AND SMITH & CULT AMBASSADOR ASHLEE GLAZER GIVES US THE SCOOP ON HOW TO PULL OFF A BOLD LIP ON YOUR WEDDING DAY—AND MAKE IT LAST. Know Your Tones Narrow down your lipstick options by finding one that works for your skin tone and your undertone. Not sure what an undertone is? You can find it by checking out the color of your veins. If they’re blue or purple, you have a cooler undertone, which works best with bright cherry red, rosy mauve or deep burgundy lip colors. If your veins are green, you have a warmer undertone, which tends to look best with red orange, fuchsia pink or cocoa brown hues.

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Apply Yourself Start by layering the color on to the center of your lips. Then, shape your lips with a liner or a brush. Clean up messy edges with Q-tips. Follow by tapping translucent powder all over with a fluffy brush. Repeat this process once more to create layers of color that won’t budge. 1

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Cool shades like watermelon pink or rich, bluebased red Vernis À Lèvres glossy lip stain in Pink Taboo, $36, Yves Saint Laurent, Sephora.com

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Anything in the red-orange family or a bright berry

Dark violet burgundy, blue red or warm red

Full Throttle lipstick in Firestorm, $7, NYXCosmetics .com

The Shining lip lacquer in The Queen Is Dead, $24, Smith & Cult, NeimanMarcus .com

Lip Velvet in Poppy Red, $35, Burberry.com

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Long-wear and waterproof formulas are less likely to smear or rub off. Look for ones with hydrating ingredients like vitamin E or cocoa butter for an all-day look that won’t dry out your lips.

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FITNESS

Everything to Know About Hiring a Trainer

EQUINOX’S NINA MOORE SHARES TIPS FOR FINDING THE PERFECT TRAINER TO HELP YOU GET YOUR BEST BODY EVER. BY STEPHANIE CAIN

Top Qs to Ask a Personal Trainer Where did you get your certification? Since personal training is an unregulated industry, you’ll want to know the type of certification your pro holds. Being employed at a gym doesn’t mean they’ve been certified by one of the most highly regarded agencies: the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) or the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Both provide education on all aspects of fitness and health, ensuring you’ll receive safe and effective guidance during your sessions. When can I schedule a fitness assessment? You’ll want to make sure your trainer offers to perform an assessment on you before taking you on as a client. This allows you and the pro to gain an understanding of your cardiovascular mobility, stability of your joints, strength and flexibility.

Mobile Gym

These apps will help you design a program and monitor your progress.

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MyFitnessPal Moore’s fave app from Under Armour tracks calories taken in and burned off. Android and iOS, free, MyFitnessPal.com

Can I observe you? A trainer should be open to being observed. Watching their interactions with clients lets you get a feel for their style and determine if it works for you. What should I focus on? While your goals will vary based on your current fitness level, it’s likely you’ll be toning muscles and losing a few pounds. Your pro should help you identify the body parts you want to improve, whether it’s to enhance your arms for your strapless dress or tighten your midsection for the honeymoon. Do you have a bridal package? Rates aren’t set in stone so feel free to ask about discounts. Many trainers offer special packages for to-be-weds that mix in-person sessions with phone call check-ins to keep you on target and on budget.

AAPTIV Our editors use this app to discover new workouts and log progress. Android and iOS, from $10 per month, Aaptiv.com

SWORKIT Personalized videos for workouts as short as five minutes. Android and iOS, from $5, Sworkit.com

OUR PRO A former track and field competitor, Nina Moore is an Equinox Tier X Coach, the highest level of certification, and the 2015 Equinox Trainer of the Year. She brings more than 20 years of experience to her clients, including brides and grooms. @ninaraimoore

Nike+ Training Personal training plans from Nike’s top athletes and pros. Android and iOS, free, Nike.com

MODEL: PETER YANG/AUGUST; MOORE: COURTESY OF MOORE; SMOOTHIE: SHUTTERSTOCK; ALL PRODUCTS COURTESY OF VENDORS

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did you know

“It usually takes a life event, like a wedding, to get people motivated. That often begins their fitness journey for life.”

MOORE’S MUST-HAVE GEAR Add these trainer-approved products to your fitness closet. FAST PACED

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A TRAINING ROUTINE THAT WORKS FOR YOU

GET CENTERED

Whether you want a full-time coach or to meet with a trainer for just a few sessions, here’s what to think about for your fitness plan.

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Working with a trainer 2 to 3 times If you’re highly motivated, have a fitness regimen or need to stick to a tight budget, meet with a trainer for a few sessions. You’ll complete a fitness assessment and establish goals. Then, have the trainer create a six-week program for you that touches on nutrition and recovery. When the cycle ends, plan a phone call to go over any program adjustments.

Working with a trainer regularly You’ll focus on fitness, nutrition and recovery in a program that involves regular workouts with a trainer. They’ll not only be there to share the moves and check your technique, but also adapt the workout to your current form. Being tired or stressed can affect your workout and your trainer can make smart modifications to help you avoid plateaus. green juice fights inflammation

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3 Lisianthus

Each stem has multiple blossoms and buds, plus serious lasting power. colors pink, purple, white and green price $$

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4 Zinnia

The daisylike bloom is perfect for casual garden arrangements. It can also stand up to hotter temps. colors white, chartreuse, yellow, orange, red, purple and lilac price $

5 Foxglove

Bell-shaped flowers add a delicate note to bouquets and centerpieces. colors white, pink and various shades of purple price $

7 Chocolate Cosmos

A fragrant addition to a bouquet, this sweet-scented bloom smells like candy. color red-brown price $

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Wiry stems with tiny blooms are a great choice for just-picked arrangements, and give texture and visual intrigue. colors pink, purple and deep red price $

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Dense clusters of soft petals pack a serious punch. Stock also has a spicy, clovelike fragrance. colors pastel shades from cream to lavender price $

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On a Pedestal “Compotes are great vessels for centerpieces. Their low profile and wider opening make them perfect for large, low bouquets,” says Erin Benzakein, a farmer florist.

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Single Stem “I love the fact that ‘locally grown’ can define not only what’s on wedding guests’ plates, but also the flowers that fill the table centerpieces,” Benzakein says.

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Simple Setting “I like to style a table with simple but elegant dishes that have a cohesive look but are not matchymatchy,” Benzakein says. “As a floral designer, I want your eye to be drawn to the flowers.”

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1 Astilbe

Densely packed astilbe has a feathery, wildflower look. It’s a hearty stem, great for boutonnieres or for a touch of texture in a rustic or romantic bouquet. colors white, pink, mauve and crimson price $

2 Mock Orange

Despite having “orange” in its name, this fragrant flower blooms white. But its scent is thought to resemble that of orange blossoms. color white price $

3 Clematis

This flower grows like a vine, with carefree twists to its stems. The blossom has delicate petals and an eye-catching center. colors purple, pink, blue violet and cranberry price $$

4 Garden Rose

The big-headed blooms on these stems are perfect for making a bold statement or adding romance to an arrangement. colors red, cream, yellow, orange, pink and purple price $$$

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3 Dahlia

There are over 42 species of this native Mexican stem, all striking in color and shape. colors shades of pink, purple, red and orange price $$

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4 Strawf lower

These Australian-native blooms are ideal for drying and work best in undonelooking arrangements. colors white, pink, red, yellow and purple price $

5 Nasturtium

This sweet-smelling, vinelike flower has a pretty, whimsical quality. colors cream, yellow, orange and red price $

6 Pee Gee Hydrangea The cone-shaped hydrangeas turn pinkish with age on the bush. Their delicate yet hearty petals add a romantic element to arrangements. colors white and pink price $$

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These blossoms, filled with edible nectar, are a popular way to give a nice aroma to bouquets. colors white, pink, yellow and orange price $

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Long and Lush “To provide visual interest on rectangular tables, I opt for longer, lower centerpieces—typically footed compotes or rectangular boxes. I intersperse these with ‘satellite’ florals, which are short vases with a few flowers or groupings of three or five small bottles with single stems,” Benzakein says.

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One of the few blue florals, this buttercup bloom has threadlike leaves, giving it personality and intrigue. colors blue, white, pink and lilac price $ A delicate flower with a rich fragrance, each stem has a cluster of flowy petals. colors white, pink, yellow, red and purple price $

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These structured seedfilled pods add an element of whimsy to rustic bouquets and wild, undone floral arrangements. color green price $ Incorporate a “something blue” in your bouquet with forget-me-nots. The soft petals give volume too. colors blue, purple, pink, white and yellow price $

5 Honeywort

Named after its honeylike scent, these inch-long tube petals cascade beautifully in bouquets and centerpieces. color purple-blue price $

6 Hydrangea

This romantic flower has clusters of tiny blooms that come together to create a stunning, big-headed blossom. colors white, green, pink, blue, purple and cranberry price $$

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Its name makes it a well-suited stem for a boutonniere. This casual flower has a button head and is actually edible. colors white, pink, blue, magenta price $

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Proposals That Will Melt Your Heart THESE “WILL YOU MARRY ME?” MOMENTS ARE MORE PERFECT THAN ANY ROM-COM ROMANCE. BY STEPHANIE CAIN

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“I called my two best friends immediately after our first date, convinced I met my future wife,” Yaw says of his first dinner with Chelsea. Two years later, he made it official. After shopping for the ring with her mother, Yaw invited Chelsea to a sculpture park near their hometowns in New Jersey. While walking the grounds, the couple paused on a Monet-inspired bridge over a lily pond. “I don’t know how to describe the feeling—a weird mixture of excitement and nervousness,” Yaw says. When he dropped to one knee, “what he said was a blur because I couldn’t stop smiling and crying,” Chelsea adds. “Our parents were even waiting nearby to celebrate with us.”

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Corine & Joey

New York City

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Friends since preschool, Corine and Joey carved their initials in a tree along a trail when they began dating after high school. Seven years later, Joey used this special spot for a sentimental proposal. After surprising Corine at her grandparents’ house for Christmas, Joey suggested the pair take a walk so he could give her a gift. “He took out a box that was much bigger than one for a ring,” Corine says. Arriving at the tree, she opened it to find a silver ring box engraved with her name and a note that said “Marry me?” “I didn’t even say ‘yes’ at first because I was so happy!”

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Anaheim, CA

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Summer admittedly didn’t want to go to Disneyland with her family since Camden couldn’t make the trip—his military unit was stationed in Japan. Begrudgingly, she decided to go. As she approached the castle to meet the group, she saw Camden, clad in his dress uniform, kneeling—and both of their families holding glittering letters that spelled out “Marry me?” “There are a few things I’ll never forget: the smile on her face when she first saw me and the joy of knowing I’m going to marry the girl of my dreams,” Camden says, to which Summer adds: “I walked up to him saying ‘yes’ all the way.” >>

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To propose to his girlfriend of six years, Sam planned an elaborate surprise that involved a photo shoot, a quick outfit change, a violinist and Thaina’s family and friends. “I wanted to create a memory that would last forever,” he says. During the shoot at a botanical garden, he ducked away to put on his suit. Slowly, her friends and family, who had been hiding among the plants, walked toward her, serenaded by a violin rendition of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.” Then, Sam emerged. “I had a long speech prepared, but when I saw her standing there in all her beauty, I had only one thing to say: ‘Will you marry me?’ ”

Denise & Kat

Venice, Italy

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After wandering around Venice, Denise (right) and Kat headed to dinner. What Kat didn’t know is an incognito photographer stood on a bridge, prepped to capture the moment when Denise presented the ring. “The feeling was just surreal,” Denise says of proposing. Shortly after Kat said “yes,” a sudden rainstorm forced the couple to seek cover and cappuccinos. “We were drenched, but couldn’t stop laughing,” Denise says. “It was the most memorable night of our lives.” R E A D M O R E P R O P O S A L S TO R I E S A N D S U B M I T YO U R O W N AT HowHeAsked.com by The Knot.

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Stephanie & John

Cape Cod, MA

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To help Stephanie relax during her graduate studies, John organized a day of wine tasting. To start the morning, he surprised Stephanie with a latte and a manicure appointment. “This was not a first, but she was suspicious,” he says. Then, the pair drove to the wineries near Newport, Rhode Island, where John couldn’t help but keep glancing at Stephanie’s left hand. Among the vines, he stopped along a stone path and knelt down. “I told her how she changed my life, how she makes me feel, and that I want to feel that way for the rest of my life,” John says. “It turned out exactly how I imagined.”

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other down the aisle to the chuppah, where they later joined in the Jewish tradition of breaking the glass. tablescape To keep the space feeling masculine and modern, the pair skipped floral centerpieces in favor of nearly 400 feet of knotted rope interspersed with candles along the table, a nod to their “tying the knot.” food The couple served dishes inspired by their favorite countries, including Spain, Turkey and Japan. “Each course was paired to projected imagery and music inspired by that country,” Michael says of the unique approach to a formal sit-down dinner.

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ouches of gold accented the black-and-white palette of Carlos Ortiz (above right, 42 and a senior designer) and Michael Maya’s (36 and works in executive sales) masculine affair. Drawing from their joint Latin backgrounds, their travels and Carlos’s proposal on a rowboat, the couple focused on food, fashion, friends and family. Guests arrived at cocktail hour first, where they snacked on Cuban and Puerto Rican fare while sipping watermelon-jalapeño mojitos. After the ceremony, they headed to a culinary wonderland with 3-D projections on the walls and a Latin-band-led dance party. “We had the flexibility to pave our own aesthetic,” Michael says. “It didn’t need to be the expected.” —Stephanie Cain

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arlos and Michael paired their white dinner jackets with matching black bow ties featuring 24-karat gold edging for a stylish twist on tradition that perfectly echoed their vibe. The groomsmen got in on the action too, sporting vintage gold brooches instead of classic boutonnieres, while the groomsmaids wore stylish black evening wear for their walk down the runway-inspired aisle. “It all looked very 1950s James Bond,” Michael says.

Work with unexpected materials. Utilize unconventional décor, like centerpieces made from rope in lieu of florals or high-gloss, black china instead of something more classic. Mix in less commonly used materials like velvet too. Use dark colors. But be careful the palette doesn’t become monochromatic. Add texture with linens, include pops of metallics and incorporate lighting techniques to make the space feel warm. Add a graffiti “love wall.” Guests can sign messages with paint for a new twist on the guest book.

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tablescape Blue and orange blooms, Lauren’s wedding china and her grandparents’ silver flatware topped the head table.

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and gardens I love,” Lauren says of aiming for a feeling rather than a theme. “I wanted it residential and intimate, like an enchanted garden that extended from the house.” florals Drawn to greenery, the two included magnolia and ivy into a seasonal mix of dahlias and roses with accents of berries and oranges. There were also rabbitshaped topiaries—a playful nod to Mark’s nickname for Lauren, “Bunny.” getaway The newlyweds sped off in Lauren’s grandfather’s first car, a 1954 Hudson Hornet, which they had decorated with orange roses.

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Be inspired by the home’s design. Look to the décor, furniture and aesthetic to inspire the style. Utilize the home. Invite guests inside to select rooms for cocktail hour or host drinks on a wraparound porch. Prepare for natural elements. Make guests comfortable by providing bug repellent, stocking bathrooms with amenities and offering fans or shawls. Don’t consider it a cost-savings approach. While you might avoid a venue fee, you’ll be organizing layers of infrastructure, such as tenting, power and portable restrooms.

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inspired embroidery and a mustard-yellow skirt paired with a vintage-style cap veil, while Sam’s lace dress was the first she tried on. “I cried—it was so beautiful,” Sam says. cocktails Noting the menu was of utmost importance, the couple collaborated with a custom cocktail company to design the drinks, including a tequila-based concoction with strawberries, basil and bitters. venue Since the couple often took day trips to dine at Terrain, they knew it was the spot to wed. “The aesthetic is very reflective of our personal style,” Kori says. “It was magical.”

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ori and Sam’s two-tier, hand-painted cake was actually inedible. “It was meant as an art piece,” Kori says of the faux confection that was crafted and designed by a local baker. “We didn’t want to interrupt the flow of the evening with a cake cutting.” Instead, the pair served ice cream sandwiches that guests could munch on while rocking out on the dance floor. As for the sweet masterpiece? The couple displays it on their dining table at home.

Find nonwedding inspiration. Look everywhere for ideas. Hand-painted wallpaper and the colors of a tomato led to the vibrant, folksy aesthetic. Be true to who you are. Lots of beautiful things can be part of your wedding, but the personal, symbolic details will stand out. Think unexpected. Something as simple as picking bridesmaid dresses from your favorite store rather than a bridal salon can add tons of flair. Embrace nontraditional. Be comfortable doing it differently. Jump in with both feet and be confident with your decisions.

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groomsmen, who all wore matching navy blue blazers, by accessorizing with a gold paisley tie and pocket square, plus a pair of Dragon Ball Z–themed socks. beauty Marjorie kept her hair up and makeup soft for the ceremony, then let her locks loose and added a bright lip for the reception. surprise Since Angelo is a big dancer, Marjorie had a secret to reveal for the reception. “I’m not a dancer, but I learned a routine and performed it,” she says. “I was anxious, but I kept reminding myself how happy it would make my husband.”

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arjorie Attimy (28 and a general dentist) told her planner she wanted “a lot of lights” for her glamorous wedding in downtown Atlanta with college sweetheart Angelo Kalevela (28 and a business analyst). Thousands of LEDs hung from the rafters of the industrial space, while mirrors on the tabletops reflected the warm light and created an ethereal, glistening aesthetic in the room. The couple exchanged vows under a floral arch, then flipped the space during cocktail hour to host guests for a meal of classic Southern comfort food and plenty of dancing. “The DJ played top hits from the 2000s, which reminded us of our college days,” Marjorie says. “The party went all night.” —SC

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arjorie worked with her matron of honor’s aunt, a seamstress, to custom design her five bridesmaid dresses. Both her matron and maid of honor donned gold hues of the lace-topped gown to stand out from the navy blue bridesmaid frocks and echo the gold tones used throughout the décor by planner Eliana Baucicault of EllyB Events in Atlanta. But there was a fun twist to the classic looks: “Marjorie had her bridesmaids wear Converse sneakers,” Baucicault says. “She wanted them to be comfortable so they could enjoy the entire evening.”

Be prepared to pay more. Luxe elements and the number of items you usually need to fill a space make lavish weddings pricier than traditional. Be sure your budget can accommodate. Upgrade your tablescape. Mix textured linens (especially sequins), florals, gold-rimmed glassware, metallic flatware and candelabras. Strive for balance. Learn how to edit the elements you want to include. Not all shiny and opulent details work well together.

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wool blankets the brides special ordered from a family-run shop they discovered on a trip to Ireland. ceremony The couple’s pastor, whom they admire for her welcoming values, declared the brides married after reading this passage from the Supreme Court decision: “They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.” florals While Mollie and Nora wanted complementary bouquets, Mollie kept her bunch of ranunculus, garden roses and greenery more romantic and Nora added bold anemones to her mix.

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he ultimate goal for college sweethearts Nora Boneham (24 and works in real estate investment) and Mollie Kryka’s (24 and a teacher) winter nuptials was “to make it feel like an intimate candlelit dinner with a great jazz band,” Nora says. After saying “I do” in a modern chapel where Nora’s family attends services, the couple and their guests kicked off the celebration with jazz standards and winter-spice old-fashioneds at a historic venue turned hotel in downtown Chicago. Following the pair’s first dance, the brides grabbed their dads for tear-jerking father-daughter dances, then boogied to the 10-piece orchestra. For dinner, they savored beef tenderloin and finished with a cinnamon-spiked buttermilk cake. —SC

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Research your options. Meet with multiple institutions and officiants to ensure you’re welcomed, loved and supported by everyone, from the receptionist to the person who will conduct your vows. Stick to your beliefs. Don’t lose sight of your views to conform to a traditional idea of a wedding. You want to be comfortable with the religious rituals you participate in. Consider the meaning of each reading and song. You want these words and lyrics to represent your relationship. Try incorporating nondenominational customs too.

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attire “I realized most of the gowns I pinned were by Inbal Dror,” Charlotte says of seeking out the designer for her dress. She finalized her look with playful winged heels and a cathedral-length veil. ceremony During the ceremony, guests participated in a short meditation with a celestite crystal, which is meant to capture the guests’ blessings. The couple now has it on display in their home. food A Provençal-inspired menu included canapés, foie gras and Camembert soufflé, plus a four-tier cake covered in sugar roses to cap off the meal.

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ith a collection of locations they call home, including Hong Kong, Indonesia, the UK and California, Charlotte Tsuei (29 and an entrepreneur) and Gregory (Greg) Robinson (31 and works in private equity) picked a spot right in the middle for their summer nuptials: the French Riviera. “It’s a small town that speaks to who we are as a couple—luxurious yet understated, opulent but not ostentatious,” Charlotte says of Cap d’Antibes. Using a subtle astrology motif, sophisticated décor, Grecian pots full of roses and the stunning sea as a backdrop, the couple wed in a dreamy celebration that included blanc de blancs champagne, a live vocalist, a DJ-led dance party and surprise fireworks. —SC

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REAL WEDDINGS attire Jeff and Wade donned matching navy tuxedos for the nuptials, then changed into jackets with added flair for the reception. ceremony After their mothers escorted them to the altar, Jeff and Wade exchanged silent vows. “Tears were running down our cheeks,” Jeff says. They also included a blessing of the rings by passing their matching bands around on a moss pillow to guests. cocktail hour The Perseid meteor shower provided special entertainment during drinks on the deck, as guests sipped cocktails like bourbon-based The Blue Horse, an ode to their Kentucky meeting.

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fter getting engaged in Aspen, Colorado, Jeffrey (Jeff) Schab (left, 41 and a CEO) and Wade Giles (31 and a real estate agent) returned to the alpine town to say “I do” in a rustic celebration full of personalized details. Embracing the organic elements of the Rockies, the couple added copper accents, birch branches, vibrant greenery and laser-cut wood details to their cliffside venue. “We felt as though the mountains were calling us to get married here,”Jeff says. “It was not only beautiful, but spiritual.” After a tear-filled ceremony, the grooms and guests enjoyed a wine-focused menu with custom pairings and plenty of dancing with a nine-piece band. “If ‘Aspen-chic’ wasn’t a term, it is now,” Jeff says. —SC

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Fleur in Atlanta. “She has such an eye and was a joy to work with,” Johanna says. “English garden weddings inspired our mismatched bouquets and boutonnieres, and Rebekah actually orders a lot of her flowers from England. The florals were ethereal and eclectic. We had a range of colors—plum, peach and natural greens.” As for the couple’s wedding attire, Johanna walked down the aisle in a gorgeous custom Anne Barge wedding dress and cathedral-length lace veil. “It was so classic and timeless,” Johanna says of her delicate, lace, A-line gown. “I imagined my dream dress and she literally brought it to life. I still don’t understand how I got so lucky to work with her—it couldn’t have been more perfect.” Freddie sported a traditional English morning suit with custom cuff links and a tie pin that featured the couple’s new monogram on it. His five groomsmen wore matching three-piece gray suits. Guests enjoyed grilled cheese bites paired with tomato bisque shooters and macaroni and cheese lollipops during cocktail hour, while dinner was served at multiple stations ranging from Southern chicken pot pies to Swedish meatballs with lingonberries. After a night full of dancing, the bride and groom sped off in a decorated car. “It really was a perfect day—the best day of our lives,” Johanna says. “We’ll never forget it.”

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What was your favorite part of the wedding day? The moment we became husband and wife. Describe your wedding cake. It was incredible. We chose a three-tier naked vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream— very elegant and understated. What was the song that had everyone dancing at the reception? The Ghostbusters theme song! What was the biggest surprise on your wedding day? How peaceful it was. It was truly the best day of our lives. We could have danced all night. What wedding advice would you give to your best engaged friend? Don’t sweat the small stuff. The wedding should be about the marriage, not about having a perfect party. The day goes by very quickly, so take time to appreciate the little moments. Enjoy every second of the celebration.

1 Fresh greenery and blooms adorned the couple’s wedding cake, which was lightly frosted with buttercream. 2 Johanna let her four bridesmaids and one bridesman choose their own black ensembles. 3 Wedding Paper Divas designed a classic invitation suite. 4 Johanna and her father shared a sweet moment before walking down the aisle. 5 The couple’s florist created a stunning floral archway for the ceremony.

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Who couldn’t you have gotten through your wedding day without? Hands down, my mom. She’s just the best—the most magnetic lady I’ve ever met. She kept everything flowing and made everyone feel at home. What kind of ambience did you want your reception to have? We wanted it to be relaxed and whimsical and for it to represent us and our relationship, so we chose different elements of our backgrounds to sprinkle throughout. What were your top three bridal beauty products? Trish McEvoy Instant Eye Lift, CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara (waterproof, of course) and Ladybug Jane lip balm. What made Freddie cry? Seeing me walking down the aisle. What made you cry? Seeing Freddie wiping away tears as I walked toward him waiting at the altar.

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WHEREVER YOUR PERFECT D E S T I N AT I O N WEDDING TAKES YOU, CHOOSE A DRESS THAT FEELS JUST AS SPECIAL AS YOUR SCENIC LOCALE.

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L A I D - B AC K L AC E Chic, off-the-shoulder bell sleeves add a summery feel to a cotton guipure lace gown.

Dress, $1,695, TheiaCouture .com; earrings, $325, SarehNouriJewelry.com

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T H E SI M PL E LI F E

Effortless doesn't have to mean expected. A mix of textured patterns and a sexy bardot neckline give a column dress a one-of-a-kind twist.

Dress, $1,000, Tadashi Shoji, BHLDN.com; earrings, $50, KennethJayLane.com

HIGH TIDE Opposite Page

Get in on the crop top trend with an airy two-piece gown that shows just a sliver of your midsection. Dress, $6,000, Anya Fleet, SpinaNYC.com; earrings, $2,608, Wendes.DK

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LU S H RO M A N C E

Don't skip the dress details you love just because you're jetting off to an exotic destination. Floral lace and tulle are elegant anywhere. Dress, price upon request, Pronovias.com

I S L A N D S T Y LE Opposite Page

Reflect the gorgeous tropical surroundings with an equally stunning botanical-print gown.

Dress, $19,995, Naeem Khan, SaksFifthAvenue.com; green amethyst engagement ring, $595, EffyJewelry.com

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G O W IT H T H E F LOW

A breezy combo of flutter sleeves and weightless tiers equals seriously beachy vibes. Dress, $2,640, ChristosBridal.com; headpiece, $495, TamiBarlev.com

C ATC H T H E S U N Opposite Page

Looking to amplify your bridal glow? Play up your natural beauty with sheer tinted moisturizer, a few swipes of highlighter and bronzy eye shadow.

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C A S UA L LUX E

An intricate fabric looks just as glam as allover beading but won't weigh youâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or your luggageâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;down. Dress, $2,700, Watters.com; earrings, $395, Rebecca DeRavenel.com; ring, $3,925, RoseyWest.com

B E AC H PA R T Y Opposite Page

Show off your sun-kissed legs (and a pair of killer strappy sandals) in a flirty, short number. Dress, $1,486, RimeArodaky .com; hat, $450, Eric Javits, SaksFifthAvenue.com; earrings, $240, Mercedes Salazar, BergdorfGoodman .com; shoes, $595, Alexandre Birman, Net-a-Porter.com

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S E A B R E E ZE

If your ceremony is on the sand, consider swapping a heavy train for chiffon back streamers. They bring all the drama, but none of the fuss. Dress, $1,870, GraceLovesLace.com; earrings, $325, Bibi Marini, ModaOperandi.com

S U LT R Y S IR EN Opposite Page A slinky slip dress with netted cutouts feels right at home in a seaside venue.

Dress, $6,000, GALA by Galia Lahav, GaliaLahav.com; earrings, $205, AurelieBidermann.com

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SPECIAL THANKS TO THE PLAYA GRANDE BEACH CLUB

Planning your own romantic getaway? Consider the Playa Grande Beach Club. Located on the wild beaches of the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, this secluded retreat is made up of a collection of luxurious bungalows inspired by traditional Dominican colonial architecture and whimsical Palm Beach décor. PlayaGrandeBeachClub.com STORY Shelley Brown FASHION STYLING Laura Pritchard HAIR Eloise Cheung using T3 Micro at Kate Ryan Inc. MAKEUP Bobby Bujisic for Nars Cosmetics at Judy Casey Inc.

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ENGAGING BEAUTY

THESE ENGAGED TASTEMAKERS DISH ON SOME OF THEIR BEAUTY SECRETS, WHAT INSPIRES THEM AND HOW THEYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;RE MAKING THEIR BRIDAL HAIR AND MAKEUP THEIR OWN.

BY SHELLEY BROWN PHOTOGR APHY BY ARI MICHELSON

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Emily Helm 27, GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA FASHION BLOGGER AT LIFE WITH EMILY HER TAKE ON BEAUTY

GET THE LOOK

MAKEUP

Use medium-coverage foundation and translucent powder to create a matte complexion. Then, sweep gold eye shadow onto your lids and lower lash line. Finish with a coral-colored lipstick for a pop of color.

GET THE LOOK

HAIR

My lashes are one of my favorite features and I love accentuating them. I swear by mascara primer—it instantly makes your lashes look so much fuller and longer. I can’t go without it. HER PERSONAL STYLE

I gravitate toward a classic, neutral palette in all aspects of my life, whether it’s fashion or home décor. I love how versatile and timeless neutral pieces are. If I could live my life just wearing cream, navy, gray and black, I totally would. HER BRIDAL BEAUTY PLAN

I want to stay true to myself on my wedding day—I don’t want to walk down the aisle looking like a completely different person. I’m going to keep my makeup fresh and simple. Highlighter is an essential part of my everyday routine, and I want to have that same glow on my wedding day. Where hair is concerned, I want a style that’s a mix of classic and trendy— nothing too stiff or overdone.

I don’t want to walk down the aisle looking like a completely different person.

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Top, $1,695, MoniqueLhuillier.com; skirt, $125, CosStores .com; earrings, $3,050, MartinFlyer.com; silver bracelet, $350, GrazielaGems.com; rose gold bracelet, $1,095, EFCollection.com; shoes, $745, Manolo Blahnik, NeimanMarcus.com

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Prep your hair with volumizing spray. Then, set your whole head in medium-size Velcro rollers for a least 45 minutes. Remove the rollers and brush out your curls. Finish by pinning back just the top section of your hair.

Feeling beautiful comes from within. When I feel confident, whether it’s because I’m wearing my favorite piece of clothing or I’ve just accomplished a goal, my inner beauty really shines.

@enh410

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Robin Arzon 35, NEW YORK CITY ATHLETE AND AUTHOR OF SHUT UP AND RUN HER TAKE ON BEAUTY

I feel most beautiful when I’m moving. Movement is my form of expression. HER BEAUTY SECRET

Sweat. HER PERSONAL STYLE

My personal style is a little bit hip-hop and a little bit chic, all wrapped into a ball of energy. My fiancé, Drew, says hugging me is like trying to put your hands around a lightning bolt. I have numerous style icons, but if I had to pick just one, it would definitely be Beyoncé. She’s my spirit animal. HER BRIDAL BEAUTY PLAN

I want to look badass on my wedding day. It’s important to me to be unapologetic about my style because I’m not a traditional bride. I’m drawn to edgy braids, Mohawk updos and bold makeup. The aesthetic I’m trying to create is fierce and off the beaten path. @robinnyc

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GET THE LOOK

MAKEUP

For a symmetrical graphic eye, use white pencil or concealer to mark where you want the angle of your winged liner to be. Then, line your top lid. If necessary, clean up your liner using makeup remover or concealer. Next, line your bottom lid, stopping halfway. Add bold color to your lips (we love this matte pink hue) to balance out your look.

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to me to be unapologetic about my wedding style because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not a traditional bride.

GET THE LOOK

HAIR

Use a half-inch curling iron to create allover small curls. Then, set your curled hair with small hot rollers for at least 30 minutes before removing. Apply a light-hold gel and brush your curls up to the center of your head, twisting them into separate sections. Pin each section into place. Finish by teasing the end of each curl. Shirt, $1,850, ZimmermannWear.com; shorts, $690, TomasMaier .com; earrings, price upon request, Forevermark by Jade Trau, Forevermark .com; shoes, $495, AlexisGamblin.com

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Claudia Oshry 22, NEW YORK CITY HUMOR BLOGGER AT GIRL WITH NO JOB HER TAKE ON BEAUTY

Comfort is key. If I’m not comfortable, I don’t feel pretty. HER BEAUTY SECRET

I never leave home without Chapstick. I literally have 30 Chapsticks that circulate in all of my handbags because my worst nightmare is having dry, flaky lips and being stuck somewhere— like on the subway—without it. I must have Chapstick at all times. HER PERSONAL STYLE

It’s not so much about how I dress but about how my clothing makes me feel.

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I could be wearing a couture gown, but if it’s heavy and uncomfortable, I won’t feel good in it. As long as I’m wearing something that makes me feel physically good, I’ll look good on the outside. HER BRIDAL BEAUTY PLAN

My wedding style is really traditional and classic. I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel here. I’m a huge fan of Kim and Kanye’s wedding—duh! My bridal hair and makeup is inspired by the Kardashians and Jenners: dramatic lashes, contoured skin, nude lips and luscious, volumized hair. @girlwithnojob

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My wedding style is really traditional and classic. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not trying to reinvent the wheel here.

GET THE LOOK

MAKEUP

Sweep an ashy brown, matte shadow along your crease, lid and lash line. Then, line your top lid in a chocolate-brown liner. Use an angled brush to blend and diffuse your liner, drawing it toward the outer corners of your eyes. Apply false lashes. Lightly contour along your cheekbones, chin and temples.

GET THE LOOK

HAIR

Prep your hair with a heat protectant. Blow it dry using a round brush and set it with medium-size Velcro rollers. After 20 minutes, remove rollers and brush out curls. Use a smoothing cream to tame flyaways and add a glossy shine. Jumpsuit, $111, Eloquii.com; coat, $595, CinqASept .nyc; necklace, price upon request, Forevermark by A. Link, Forevermark.com

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Skylar Diggins 26, SOUTH BEND, INDIANA POINT GUARD FOR THE WNBA DALLAS WINGS HER TAKE ON BEAUTY

I feel most beautiful when I feel confident. I love the natural glow I get from a workout or after a long shower. HER BEAUTY SECRET

A solid skin care routine. Since I’m playing and sweating all the time, taking good care of my skin is so important. I make sure to cleanse and use moisturizer when I wake up and before I go to sleep. I also love coconut oil— I use it for everything. HER PERSONAL STYLE

Tomboy chic. I like to feel sleek, comfortable and sexy. HER BRIDAL BEAUTY PLAN

I’m not totally sure yet, but I do know I want to go for a more elegant, sophisticated look on my wedding day than I might do in my everyday life. My personal style may be tomboy chic, but for my wedding, I just want to look chic. I love lush lashes, great brows and dramatic eye makeup. @skydigg4

My personal style may be tomboy chic, but for my wedding, I just want to look chic.

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GET THE LOOK

BEAUTY

Create flawless skin with a velvety foundation and a light dusting of loose powder to stave off shine. Then, dab a cream blush on the apples of your cheeks for a natural flush. Apply a neutral shadow all over your lids with a blender brush to soften the color. Using an angle brush, fill in your brows with brow powder. Finish with a sheer lip gloss.

GET THE LOOK

HAIR

Work gel through your hair before blow-drying. Then, divide your hair into even sections, curling each one with a medium-sized curling iron. Lean over and shake your hair while blow-drying it to separate your curls and add extra volume. Top, $345, skirt, $325, Milly.com FASHION ST YLING: ANNIE NICHOLAS FOR ENNIS INC . HAIR AND MAKEUP: NIKKI WANG FASHION STYLING GROOMING: NOELLE MARINELLI Jonny Lichtenstein FLOWERS: WORLD OF FLOWERS HAIR Mark Anthony LOCATION: LYNDHURST using Phyto Paris forIN Exclusive Artists TARRY TOWN, NY MAKEUP Daniella Shachter for Nars Cosmetics at Workgroup MANICURE Kylie Kwok at TraceyMattingly.com

G E T M O R E A D V I C E TheKnot.com/fashion

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Special Advertising Section

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

gown silhouette styles trumpet gown

mermaid gown

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

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

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

a-line gown

ball gown

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

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

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

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empire-waist gown

finding the right white skin tone Dark go for Stark white, or almost any shade

gown shopping pointers HEAD TO A TRUSTWORTHY SALON Don’t know where to begin? Just scan the QR codes on the bottom corners of the Look Book pages to find local salons that carry our featured designers, along with the addresses of bridal salons in your state.

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

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want more gowns? C H E C K O U T TheKnot.com/weddingdresses

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

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

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ST. CROIX

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ST. MARTIN

ST. THOMAS

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Lesser Antilles/ Dutch

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St-Maarten.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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, now including Sandals iconic Swim-up Suites. The Balmoral Oceanfront Village has luxurious rooms, some with oversized balconies. Just offshore, an island beach club 877-SANDALS offers two secluded beaches, a pool with swim-up bar, a Sandals.com restaurant and chic bonfire parties during the night.

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5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW 1 With more than 3,000 hours of sunshine each year, the weather is almost always sunny and warm, cooled by the constant northeast trade winds. The average daytime temperature is balmy, ranging between 84-88 degrees. 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.

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

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4 First made 370 years ago from the sugar cane that populated the island, Barbados rum soon found the favor of many English sailors. 5 Hike along an inland trail or down a coastal pathway, laugh at a mischievous green monkey in the wildlife preserve or unwind in one of the numerous parks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ecrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort has white sandy beaches and stunning ocean views. This romantic, adults-only, AAA Four Diamond, all-suite resort is only 35 minutes from the Cancun International Airport and 10 minutes from downtown Cancun, in an 18-hole Greg Norman golf course and close to shopping, beachfront restaurants and nightlife. Ask about the complimentary Secrets Eternity 866-GOSECRETS Honeymoon package, and earn free nights SecretsResorts.com toward your first anniversary stay.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CASTELLO DI CASOLE—A TIMBERS RESORT WHY IT’S A GREAT DESTINATION Rolling vineyards and trapped-in-time hill towns provide a dreamy setting. Plus, the museums of Florence are just minutes away. PERFECT BASE You’ll feel like Italian royalty at Castello di Casole—A Timbers Resort (from $490, CastelloDiCasole.com) one of the largest private estates in all of Italy. The sprawling grounds feature vineyards, olive groves, a heated outdoor infinity pool, walking trails and a croquet lawn. Rich fabrics and farmhouse antiques give all of the rooms a rustic-luxe feel, and the Limonaia Suites boast private gardens.

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SPA HIGHLIGHTS Housed in an old wine cellar decorated with Murano glass, mosaic tile work and marble detailing, the spa exudes classic Italian elegance. Private gardens and pools inspired by Roman baths help guests embrace la dolce vita. NOT-TO-MISS TREATMENT The 110-minute DiVino Ritual starts with a full body scrub, moves to a red wine hydro-massage and finishes with a grape-seed oil rubdown. MUST DO Explore the hilltop town of Casole d’Elsa by bike. It’s a challenging six-mile climb from the resort, but you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views and a vineyard picnic upon your return. >>

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CASTELLO DI CASOLE—A TIMBERS RESORT WHY IT’S A GREAT DESTINATION Rolling vineyards and trapped-in-time hill towns provide a dreamy setting. Plus, the museums of Florence are just minutes away. PERFECT BASE You’ll feel like Italian royalty at Castello di Casole—A Timbers Resort (from $490, CastelloDiCasole.com) one of the largest private estates in all of Italy. The sprawling grounds feature vineyards, olive groves, a heated outdoor infinity pool, walking trails and a croquet lawn. Rich fabrics and farmhouse antiques give all of the rooms a rustic-luxe feel, and the Limonaia Suites boast private gardens.

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SPA HIGHLIGHTS Housed in an old wine cellar decorated with Murano glass, mosaic tile work and marble detailing, the spa exudes classic Italian elegance. Private gardens and pools inspired by Roman baths help guests embrace la dolce vita. NOT-TO-MISS TREATMENT The 110-minute DiVino Ritual starts with a full body scrub, moves to a red wine hydro-massage and finishes with a grape-seed oil rubdown. MUST DO Explore the hilltop town of Casole d’Elsa by bike. It’s a challenging six-mile climb from the resort, but you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views and a vineyard picnic upon your return. >>

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LAS VENTANAS AL PARAÍSO, A ROSEWOOD RESORT WHY IT'S A GREAT DESTINATION After Hurricane Odile hit in 2014, Cabo rebuilt and transformed its image from spring break central to sophisticated seaside getaway with star chef restaurants and incredible spas. PERFECT BASE The Las Ventanas al Paraíso, a Rosewood Resort (from $895, RosewoodHotels.com) lives up to its name, which means “windows to paradise.” The ocean views (particularly during whale season), award-winning spa and infinity pool are impressive, and the resort’s service sets it apart. SPA HIGHLIGHTS The Spa is renowned for its talented therapists, each of whom received over 100 hours of training to master its signature massage. Therapies draw on the wisdom of Baja’s ancient healers. NOT-TO-MISS TREATMENT The newly developed Sixty Fingers Massage takes place on a private rooftop terrace where masseuses choreograph a rhythmic kneading of your muscles to a live music performance. MUST DO Take in Baja’s famed sea lion colony with a sunset cruise on the resort’s yacht, complete with a bottle of Dom Pérignon and fireworks.

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WHY IT’S A GREAT DESTINATION The Smoky Mountains provide the perfect backdrop for hiking, cycling, fishing and horseback riding. PERFECT BASE A culinary mecca set on working farmland, Blackberry Farm (from $895, BlackberryFarm.com) makes all of your foodie fantasies come true, from whiskey tastings to spending a day with the gardener. SPA HIGHLIGHTS Each of the treatment rooms at The Wellhouse is named for an herb grown on the farm. Indoor yoga and fitness studios are complemented by an array of outdoor activities. Make time to chill on the rope-and-wood relaxation beds that descend from the ceiling of the yoga studio when it’s not in use. NOT-TO-MISS TREATMENT Couples can connect during a Deep Healing Woods Yoga experience in the forest, followed by the Smoky Mountain Skin Glow treatment, which includes a pomegranate-and-orange-peel scrub. MUST DO An old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage ride is the perfect way to take in the farm’s 4,200 acres of scenic vistas.

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WHY IT’S A GREAT DESTINATION A wild beauty still pervades the Napa Valley. Its tasting room experiences range from grand estates to small production barnyards, and the restaurant scene has never been better. PERFECT BASE The cottages at Meadowood (from $750, Meadowood.com), a historic 250-acre estate just off the Silverado Trail, are the epitome of wine country chic with terraces and wood-burning fireplaces. Its three-Michelin-star restaurant has been called the new French Laundry. SPA HIGHLIGHTS Meadowood’s fabulous new spa is exclusive to overnight guests and resort members. Eight treatment suites each include a private bathroom and steam shower and the comfiest massage tables ever created. Two indoor-outdoor relaxation gardens tempt guests to linger post treatment with saunas, soaking pools and addictive snacks. NOT-TO-MISS TREATMENT Couples will feel like kids again when they book the spa’s Treehouse Retreat. Try the three-hour From the Earth treatment, which includes a hot and cold stone massage and black walnut scrub. MUST DO Have the team at Meadowood prepare an evening picnic of all your favorite s’mores ingredients and a half bottle of Napa Valley Cab to enjoy at your private fire pit on the Croquet Glenn. >>

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SIX SENSES DOURO VALLEY

ZEMI BEACH HOUSE RESORT & SPA ANGUILLA WHY IT’S A GREAT DESTINATION

Just three miles wide and 16 miles long, Anguilla may be a tiny island but it packs a culinary punch, boasting more than 100 restaurants. Turquoise seas, white-sand beaches and a year-round sunny climate guarantee honeymoon bliss. PERFECT BASE Opened last year, Zemi Beach House (from $795, ZemiBeach.com) has an enviable address on six powdery acres of Shoal

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Bay East. The property’s 54 rooms and nine suites all feature terraces or balconies with ocean views, and its ocean-to-table restaurant, Stone, is already being touted as one of the top tables in the Caribbean. SPA HIGHLIGHTS Part of the spa occupies a 300-year-old house imported from Thailand. Wow-factor amenities, including a mud deck, vitality pool, meditation garden and the only hammam on Anguilla, earned it top honors in the 2016 World Spa Awards. NOT-TO-MISS TREATMENT

Adventurous couples should try the Taíno Bathing Ritual, a five-step journey inspired by the indigenous islanders who would layer their bodies with a blend of fruits, herbs, mud and salts, then dry in the sun and bathe afterward. MUST DO Group snorkel trips depart from Zemi Beach House twice a day and cruise to the colorful reefs of Little Bay. Or hire a private charter to take you out, then stop for lunch on the secluded Prickly Pear beach.

WHY IT’S A GREAT DESTINATION The Douro Valley may not have the fame of Tuscany or Burgundy, but the UNESCO World Heritage–listed area rivals the world’s top wine regions in terms of cuisine and tasting room experiences. PERFECT BASE Housed within a romantic 19th-century manor house, the recently opened Six Senses Douro Valley (from $290, SixSenses.com) is an intimate wine country retreat with just 57 rooms and a youthful spirit. The on-site wine library provides a great introduction to the local terroir. SPA HIGHLIGHTS The 23,700-squarefoot spa set a new bar for wellness in Portugal with its 10 treatments rooms, heated indoor pool, fitness center and yoga deck. Guests can sample wine and cheese over a mani-pedi and blend grapes, salt and herbs into body scrubs at the Alchemy Bar. NOT-TO-MISS TREATMENT

Vinotherapy is a hallmark of the Six Senses spa. The Complete Grape Rejuvenation begins with a grape pulp and seed oil total body exfoliation, followed by a vineyard soak body wrap that stimulates the renewal of cells. MUST DO Try to time your getaway with harvest season in September and October, when you can stomp grapes barefoot in granite tanks.

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CAVAS WINE LODGE MENDOZA, ARGENTINA WHY IT’S A GREAT DESTINATION Argentina’s premier wine region is pretense free. You can play gaucho during horseback rides through rolling vineyards, experience a traditional Argentine asado and sample regional grapes. PERFECT BASE Set among vineyards with the Andes in the distance, Cavas Wine Lodge (from $390, CavasWineLodge.com) is a vinotherapy retreat. All rooms have mountain views, private plunge pools, fireplaces and soaking tubs. SPA HIGHLIGHTS The intimate spa features a scrub room, massage cabin and wine bath area, plus a sauna, Jacuzzi and fitness room. Treatments combine the latest discoveries involving vine and grape-seed extracts. NOT-TO-MISS TREATMENT The Perfect Day is exactly that: seven hours of pampering and relaxation. Start the morning with a malbec-seed body scrub and a 60-minute deep tissue massage. Enjoy lunch in your robe before a facial. Then cap it all off with a bottle of bubbly by the pool. MUST DO Book a wine tasting in the cellar with the lodge’s sommelier followed by a private, candlelit dinner of regional specialities.

NAYARA SPRINGS A R E N A L VO L C A N O N AT I O N A L PA R K , C O S TA R I C A WHY IT’S A GREAT DESTINATION Arenal Volcano National Park is a spectacularly beautiful adventure spot. You can trek to the top of an active volcano, zip-line through jungle canopies or raft down croc-filled rivers. PERFECT BASE Accessed via a 250-foot-long canopy bridge, Nayara Springs (from $750, NayaraSprings.com), the adults-only annex to Nayara Resort Spa & Gardens, feels like a secluded Eden surrounded by red ginger plants. Each of the 35 villas has its own private plunge pool fed by hot springs. A recent expansion added a gym, yoga pavilion, espresso bar, pool and swim-up bar. SPA HIGHLIGHTS Open-air pavilions have rain forest views and feature Jacuzzis and outdoor showers. Signature treatments highlight local ingredients, like organic coffee, volcanic mud and clay. NOT-TO-MISS TREATMENT The Volcanic Mud Massage is influenced by Costa Rica’s ancient beliefs that the application of mineral-rich volcanic mud to the body regenerates skin and provides inner peace.  MUST DO You’ll feel like Indiana Jones floating down the river on a rafting safari at twilight. Keep an eye out for howler monkeys, crocodiles and sloths.

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WHY IT’S A GREAT DESTINATION Nihiwatu is all about exclusivity, with a private stretch of beach and even a private surf break. In addition to sun and surf, you get to experience the local Sumbanese culture. PERFECT BASE A surfer’s paradise, Nihiwatu (from $750, Nihiwatu.com) epitomizes sustainable luxury. Thatched villas pay tribute to traditional Sumbanese houses and come with a personal butler who can arrange waterfall treks or turtle release experiences. SPA HIGHLIGHTS Guests can choose to be pampered in jungle bales, at the beach or in their own villa. A yoga pavilion offers 360-degree island views and diverse classes including yin, vinyasa and a dedicated Surfers Stretch. NOT-TO-MISS TREATMENT Nihiwatu’s Full-Day Spa Safari leads couples on a scenic trek through rice fields to arrive at Nihi Oka, where they’re greeted with breakfast, dedicated therapists and unlimited treatments. MUST DO Horses are still integral in Sumbanese culture and Nihiwatu has its own stables. Guided sunset beach rides cater to all levels of riding experience, while adrenaline junkies can try horse-powered wakeboarding. >>

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FOUR SEASONS RESORT CHIANG MAI CHIANG MAI, THAILAND

ROYAL MANSOUR M A R R A K E C H ,

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WHY IT’S A GREAT DESTINATION You’ll dine on tagines, bargain for Berber rugs and be scrubbed until you sparkle during hammam sessions. PERFECT BASE Fresh off a renovation, the Royal Mansour (from $1,000, RoyalMansour.com) is the ultimate homage to artisan craftsmanship. Every riad spans three floors and feels like your own palace, decorated in locally inspired silks and tile work. The rooftop pools are the perfect place to watch the sunset, and an outdoor restaurant run by Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alleno is tucked away in the property’s gardens. SPA HIGHLIGHTS The Spa’s intricate latticework design resembles an enormous white birdcage. An authentic hammam anchors the striking building and a palm-lined pool is a welcome respite on steamy days. The Spa Tea Lounge, nestled among the gardens, is the perfect place to unwind. NOT-TO-MISS TREATMENT A couple’s Hammam experience begins on a slab of heated marble, where the therapist douses you in water and slathers you with vetiver and olive oil soap. You’ll be scrubbed head to toe with miel d’ambre before a final rinse and dunk in an icy-cold plunge pool. MUST DO The team at Royal Mansour can bring guests to the Agafay desert for a romantic dinner under the stars.

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FROM LEFT: COURTESY OF THE ROYAL MANSOUR; MARKUS GORTZ/FOUR SEASONS

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Thailand’s beaches steal the spotlight, but “the rose of the north” captivates with its temples, rice fields and distinct cuisine. PERFECT BASE Surrounded by mountains and paddy fields, the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai (from $765, FourSeasons.com/ chiangmai) feels like a palace of serenity tucked in the mystical Mae Rim Valley. Each of the 99 rooms feature Siamese artwork and Thai décor, as well as covered verandas. SPA HIGHLIGHTS Treatments at the award-winning spa are inspired by ancient Thai rituals and are divided into six categories according to the Thai concept of social harmony. The seven well-appointed spa suites feature outdoor showers, private herbal steam rooms and outdoor soaking tubs. A dedicated yoga studio feels like it floats above the rice fields. NOT-TO-MISS TREATMENT Designed for couples, the Royal Lanna Signature Treatment erases tension with a silk glove massage. An exfoliating scrub made from seven sacred flowers (believed to have purified the skin of ancient princesses) leaves you glowing and a culminating massage uses an antiaging blend of mangosteen and orange blossom oil. MUST DO Sample northern Thai specialties like khao soi gai (coconut curry noodles with chicken) during a private dinner in the resort’s orchid nursery. >>

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CHICAGO The rooftop deck of Soho House Chicago will transport you with its views and stainless steel swimming pool. The boutique hotel’s Cowshed Spa caters equally to both sexes, with a dedicated barbershop for gents. Fitness nerds will love the 17,000-square-foot gym, which boasts a professional boxing ring and old-school pommel horse. From $365, SohoHouseChicago.com

LA The spa at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills treats every guest like a movie star. Poolside cabanas let you feel like a VIP, and innovative therapies include an inner-peace immersion to balance your emotional well-being and a DNA facial that utilizes the OxyGeneo machine from plastic surgeon Ronald L. Moy, MD. From $795, FourSeasons .com/losangeles

AUSTIN Travaasa Austin embraces the Texas Hill Country spirit with mechanical-bull-riding workouts and malefocused spa treatments that culminate with a local craft beer. At night, you can dance the Texas Two-Step or snuggle up around the fire pit. A three-acre working farm grows organic ingredients for both meals and spa treatments. From $375, Travaasa.com/austin

NYC Treatment rooms at Mandarin Oriental New York’s spa boast some of the best views of Manhattan. Located on the hotel’s 35th and 36th floors, the spa spans 14,500 square feet and includes a state-ofthe-art gym, 75-foot lap pool and a unique spa suite complete with a fireplace, dual massage beds and deep soaking tub. From $695, MandarinOriental .com/newyork

MIAMI South Beach isn’t just about partying. The new eco-minded 1 Hotel South Beach features the first-ever obstacle-race-inspired, 14,000-square-foot Spartan Gym and the US’s first spa from cult UK brand Bamford Haybarn. Other perks include 600 feet of beach, four pools and a farm-to-table restaurant from chef Tom Colicchio. From $499, 1Hotels .com/south-beach

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WHY IT’S A GREAT DESTINATION Kauai’s magical North Shore still feels like a lost paradise, particularly the rugged cliffs and golden beaches of the Na Pali Coast. And its dramatic waterfalls and rainbow-filled skies are great photo backdrops. PERFECT BASE White-glove service and a stunning location on Hanalei Bay make it hard for guests to ever leave the 9,000-acre grounds of the St. Regis Princeville Resort (from $1,575, StRegisPrinceville.com). The view of the 5,000-squarefoot glass-tiled infinity pool overlooking the ocean makes it even tougher to consider getting off your chaise lounge most days. SPA HIGHLIGHTS Spanning 10,000 square feet with 12 treatment rooms, the Halele’a Spa is one of the largest and best spas in the Hawaiian Islands. NOT-TO-MISS TREATMENT Couples can experience the 120-minute Napali Ritual of Energy and Balance in tandem. Highlights of the head-to-toe treatment include an energizing warm ginger grass and bamboo exfoliation and a purifying hot bath spiked with sea algae, yuzu, mint and chlorophyll. A rose, aloe and avocado facial evens out overly sun-kissed skin. MUST DO Book a private dinner at the resort’s secluded beachside cabana at Kamani Cove. A lei presentation and chilled bottle of champagne kick off the wine-paired four-course meal.

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Because of generous people like you, she was able to say “I do” Thanks to lifesaving treatments at St. Jude ® Children’s Research Hospital, Jessica survived childhood cancer. When she married the love of her life 16 years later, the couple decided to make a charitable donation to St. Jude in place of wedding favors. Make an online donation to receive custom wedding favors and inspire your guests to help kids battling cancer and other life-threatening illnesses—so they can walk down the aisle one day too.

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St. Jude survivor Jessica with her husband, Aaron


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“This was the culmination of the unconditional love and grace we shared throughout a nine-year-long journey of ups and downs, from friendship to love,” Lindsey (left) says of her and Lakin’s first look . “She is my vow. I’ll keep it by continuing to love her every moment of every day.” LAKIN & LINDSEY; APRIL 9; DANA POINT, CA PHOTOGR APH BY DEREK CHAD PHOTOGR APHY

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