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T TH THE HE H E PERSONALIZATION PERSONA NA N ALIZAT AT A TION IIS SS S SU UE E ISSUE

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118 Beauty Awards The very best head-to-toe picks from our editors, readers and local pros.

132 Slice by Slice Every delicious cake detail you need to know.

141 Registry by Color This year’s hottest hues for your home—plus, couples dish on their favorite gifts.

194 Under the Sicilian Sun Classic Italian details pair with a vibrant primary palette for a rustic fete.

200 Cosmic Love Find your dress based on your zodiac sign—featuring insight from the AstroTwins.

271 Honeymoon by Season

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Take the trip of a lifetime, whether you travel in spring, summer, fall or winter.

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SUMMER 2018 194

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132 FASHION & BEAUTY

REAL LOVE

107 Blue Notes

Put a twist on your “something blue” with these modern accessories.

163 Real Weddings

Get inspo from these couples’ one-of-a-kind nuptials.

108 What to Wear

IN EVERY ISSUE

Bride, groom and bridesmaid looks for rooftop, beach and ballroom weddings.

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116 Hot Hair

Find the perfect bridal hairstyle, whether you have long locks or short tresses.

STYLE & PLANNING 127 Color Crush: Flamingo Pink

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Ways to include this happy color in your celebration.

130 Fresh Greenery Backdrop

Editor’s Letter Contributors TheKnot.com Daily Fix Tools Ask The Knot Squad The Wed Thread Real Reflections New & Now Last Look

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How-tos for a pretty installation.

136 Expert on Call

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Photographer Elizabeth Fogarty shares her tips for pictureperfect wedding photos.

138 Our $21,000 Wedding

How this couple pulled off their colorful DIY fete.

TRAVEL 153 Travel Trends

156 Honeymoon Style

Essentials for a Portugal getaway.

158 Bachelorette Guide: Walt Disney World

Where to stay, eat and play in the happiest place on earth.

160 Keep Calm and Carry On

How to carry on your wedding dress on five major airlines.

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ON THE COVER PHOTOGRAPHER Liz Von Hoene HAIR Felix Fischer using L’Anza Healing

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EDITOR’S LET TER

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You DoYou Welcome to our first ever personalization issue. When I got married, the idea of personalizing your day usually meant creative table names (mine were New York City neighborhoods) and monogrammed napkins (yep, I had those too). And that was only five years ago. Today, it’s a whole new world. We’ve seen a boxing gym transformed into a reception venue, a dark and light beer combined in lieu of a unity candle, wedding gowns in colors like pink, deep red and blue—and the list goes on. You’ll find that it’s these ideas, whether just a break from the “norm” or part of a cultural tradition, that my editors and I reference time and time again—and why we decided to dedicate an entire issue to them. They’re the ones that help weddings break from the mold and take on a meaning that’s truly authentic, genuine and personal. Not to mention, they make for the most Instagramable moments that will have your guests talking (in a good way) about your wedding for years to come. So turn the page and start getting inspired to just do you.

@tryshka A moderately productive Saturday wedding planning calls for an unrestrained siesta.

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MY FAVE BEAUTY AWARD WINNERS I felt a twinge of pride knowing two of the titleholders were already staples in my makeup bag. One Step Prime, $36, StilaCosmetics.com; blush in Orgasm, $30, NARSCosmetics.com

I’ve yet to meet someone who doesn’t love this color

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CONTRIBUTORS

FELIX FISCHER

CELEBRITY HAIRSTYLIST “Cosmic Love” (p. 200)

How can a bride nail down her personalized beauty look ahead of her day? It’s so important to have a consultation with your stylist well before the wedding. I ask my brides how they want to feel and what they want their partner to see that day. We then find a style that will make them feel like the most beautiful version of themselves. Having this consultation sets a level of comfort and takes away so much stress. felixfischerhair

Fischer working his magic at our fashion photo shoot

GREG BENSON

LEAD MIXOLOGIST AT THE JEFFREY IN NEW YORK CITY AND HOST OF PODCAST BAR NONE “New & Now” (p. 83)

Any tips for couples looking to create a signature cocktail? Don’t shy away from a flavor you like because it’s weird. Say you both love baby eggplant. You’ve bonded over it, you cook with it—it’s your thing. Find a mixologist to make you the best baby eggplant cocktail ever. Bartenders love a challenge; some of the best drinks I’ve ever made have come from the strangest requests. @gregandcircuses

LIA GRIFFITH

FOUNDER AND CEO OF DIY LIFESTYLE SITE LIAGRIFFITH.COM “Fresh Greenery Backdrop” (p. 130)

BRIAN LEAHY

OWNER AND LEAD PHOTOGRAPHER AT BRIAN LEAHY PHOTOGRAPHY “Under the Sicilian Sun” (p. 194)

How should couples scout photo sites for a destination wedding if they can’t visit ahead of time? Research, research, research—and talk to your photographer. It’s amazing how much scouting you can do from home with today’s technology. And your photographer should be able to tell if a location will work. Keep in mind, not having every spot prearranged is half the fun. Some of my best shots weren’t planned, but created while exploring. @brianleahyphoto

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KATIE KORTEBEIN

ASSISTANT EDITOR, RESEARCH

What are some of your favorite wedding trends? Couples are really getting creative now that ceremony locations are so varied. I’m loving all the unique altars, like greenery arches, tapestries from a favorite destination or even an open-air “church” structure. It’s awesome when couples truly incorporate their personalities into their celebration. Even the most out-there hobbies or interests can be turned into beautiful details. @katiekortebein

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FISCHER: COURTESY OF FELIX FISCHER (2); BENSON: JANNE EBEL; GRIFFITH: BRIAN MCDONNELL; LEAHY: COURTESY OF BRIAN LEAHY (2); KORTEBEIN: COURTESY OF KATIE KORTEBEIN; ALTAR: KT MERRY

Sit down and talk about what you love, what brought you together and what you cherish about each other. Once you have a list, you can think about how you might incorporate one (or more) of those aspects into your day. And then make it fun. Invite family and friends over to help—a DIY project is a great way to get everyone involved. @liagriffith

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TOOLS CONGRATULATIONS

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

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

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

3 HIRE YOUR TEAM Research and book pros—anyone you have to have should be locked in ASAP.

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

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

BUY THE RINGS Shop for and purchase your wedding rings—don’t forget insurance (now it’s starting to feel really real, right?).

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

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

GO FOR FITTINGS Have the final dress fitting and arrange for suit or tux rental pickup.

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

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

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FIND YOUR WEDDING STYLE The first thing you’ll do in our app is take an image-based style quiz to help zero in on your wedding vibe (more on that on the next page). Once complete, you’ll have your very own Wedding Vision that you can easily share with family and local pros with one click—so everyone knows exactly what you mean when you say “romantic garden party.” KEEP ORGANIZED You’ll find all of your planning to-dos, and when to do them, in the app’s checklist. Best of all, it’s customizable to your celebration. If you’re not hiring an officiant because your uncle is doing the honors, that to-do disappears off your list. Worried about staying on budget? The app’s budgeting tool tells you how much to put toward individual tasks, and tracks overall spending. COMPILE YOUR DREAM TEAM We’ll take the info you share with the app and provide you with personalized vendor suggestions. You can also browse thousands of award-winning pros, including planners and photographers, through The Knot Marketplace. MANAGE YOUR REGISTRY Keep an eye on your registries straight from the app. Your wedding day isn’t the only time you’ll receive gifts (there’s the engagement party and shower too), so make it easy on guests and keep your wish list full of options. And check out The Knot Newlywed Fund—you can ask for cash to put toward things like a down payment on a home. THINK OF YOUR GUESTS Give guests all the info they’ll need, like hotel details and registry links, in one pretty package with the app’s wedding website feature. We’ll guide you every step of the way while you design your site. You can also sync it with your phone contacts (to save time address hunting) and use it to stay on top of guests who haven’t RSVP’d.

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GET YOUR DAY-OF TIMELINE As you check off your to-dos (so satisfying, right?) the app creates a detailed timeline behind the scenes to help ensure everything goes off without a hitch on your wedding day. Share the schedule of events, arrival and set-up times, and more with all of your vendors, your wedding party and parents. This way, everyone will be on the same page—and you can focus on your walk down the aisle and making it the best day ever. >>

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Your Wedding Vision Not sure how to define your style and theme? Download The Knot Wedding Planner app and take our Style Quiz to get your personalized Wedding Vision.

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

PERFECT YOUR COLOR PALET TE Check out the colors that best match your wedding style. And the best part— you can always change them up as you plan.

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

CREATE YOUR VISION All that swiping will leave you with tons of inspo, which you can add to anytime. Plus there’s room for personalized must-haves (think: late-night taco truck, dog-friendly ceremony space or room for a sangeet).

SHARE YOUR IDEAS When you’re ready, send your vision board to your besties and the people bringing your day to life. A series of images will help to convey your “romantic garden party” style and theme.

TIP LOOK FOR THIS ICON Throughout the issue we’ve included more ways the app can help you plan, like creating your wedding website and setting up the ultimate registry.

SAY “I DO” WITH EASE As you check off your to-dos, we’ll create a personalized day-of timeline to help you pull off the best day ever.

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What are some other terms we can use for our wedding party besides bridesmaid and groomsman? Brittny Drye: Gone are the days of ladies on one side of the aisle and guys on the other—today’s couples are having mixed genders on both sides on their wedding day. You shouldn’t feel limited by binary titles—instead, allow yourself to pick verbiage that best suits you and your loved ones. You can use more typical titles such as person of honor, bridesman, groomswoman and attendant. Or try giving your group a fun twist with broader labels, like ceremony squad, or “I do” crew. Having a themed wedding? Incorporate it into the wedding party title. For a travel-themed wedding, try adventure seekers, or for a camp celebration, go with counselors.

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How do you keep your hairstyle intact at an outdoor summer wedding? Brittany Lo: For warmer temps, I tell brides to be realistic and choose a look that both complements their features and can withstand potentially hot and humid weather. For example, if your hair already doesn’t hold a curl well, ask your stylist if a half-up style may better defy the heat and humidity of the day. But if you’ve always dreamed of looking a certain way on your wedding day, there’s no need to completely stay away from that style. Your stylist has worked in plenty of conditions—they’ll be able to come up with a look that you’ll absolutely love and feel beautiful in from start to finish.

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How do we choose the perfect signature cocktail for our reception? Mary Chatman: When picking a signature sip, you want to make sure it has great flavor and some personal significance to you and your partner. Tap a local mixologist to help you create a one-ofa-kind libation with your favorite spirit that your guests can enjoy. It’s important to also consider the time of year you’re celebrating, so you can land on a drink that has the perfect balance of in-season flavors and colors—and is the right temperature too. When in doubt, go classic with a mojito, margarita or martini, and add a few ingredients to make it your own (think: lavender, herbs like basil or mint, edible flowers, jalapeño or fresh fruit like raspberries). These elements are also a great way to tie in your wedding colors. Then, just give your drink a creative name and you’re all set.

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WE BOTH ABSOLUTELY LOVE MOVIES, SO WE PLAYED AN ASSORTMENT OF SONGS FROM OUR FAVORITE FILMS.” —Meaghan F.

“Since we share a love for The Goonies, we gifted guests with Baby Ruth candy bars, and our officiant began our service by saying, ‘Hey, you guys!’ ” —Kaitlin J.

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“Our late-night snack was my husband’s favorite guilty pleasure: Domino’s thin-crust pizza and Peroni beer.” —Katie. F.

“My partner and I played Words With Friends against each other for months before we ever met in person. As a tribute to the game, we used Scrabble table numbers.” —Lindsey A.

“I’m Puerto Rican, and my husband is proud

“I’m a zookeeper, so we named our tables for endangered animals, and our place cards were rose gold animal cutouts.” —Kaylee M.

MY SPOUSE IS A CHEF, SO I HAD FRESH HERBS IN MY BOUQUET AND WE MADE INFUSED OLIVE OIL FAVORS.”

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“When my husband and I began dating, he asked me a ‘would you rather’ question, so we displayed jars of those same questions on reception tables.” —Jessica K.

of his Southern roots. We served a South of the Border and Mason-Dixon Line menu, giving guests a taste of both of our backgrounds.” —Kaeyla S.

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FEELING OVERWHELMED? KEEP THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE WITH THESE QUESTIONS FROM SELF-LOVE GURU SOPHIE GRAY.

OUR PRO Sophie Gray, founder of WayofGray.com, is a meditation and journaling pro. She’s obsessed with helping you reconnect with your inner self.

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Why am I getting married?

Wedding planning can be stressful when you lose sight of why you’re organizing this day in the first place. By returning to the main reason you’re saying “I do”— to spend the rest of your life with that person you love so much—you’ll find the stress of having the perfect salad dressing or the disappointment of your favorite flowers not being in season not so bad. At the end of the day, it’s your marriage you’re looking forward to most.

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Am I associating how beautiful my wedding will be with my worth? Attaching your self worth to how perfect the day goes is a disaster waiting to happen. You’re more than how you look in your dress, how your wedding cake tastes or how perfect your photos are. You’re worthy exactly as you are. Take time to sit with this—if you’re tangling your self regard with your wedding (which happens to a lot of us) step back and allow yourself to understand that you are more than good enough. From there, focus on understanding your worth personally as you plan your wedding.

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How can I surrender through the process?

The planning process may trigger stress, anxiety and a few freak-outs, and that’s okay and totally normal. Be mindful when these feelings come up—but also think about how you can compromise and relinquish control throughout planning.

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Your wedding is about you and your partner, but is there something your in-laws or family really wants to include? And is it worth the fight? Surrendering isn’t about losing—it’s about honoring yourself within the process, and being flexible as well (and remember—this is a big day for your parents too).

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Am I compromising my partner and myself as we’re wedding planning? Ask yourself if you’re losing sight of you and your partner within the planning process. By exploring how you can surrender to the experience and where you may be compromising, you’ll see what boundaries need to be set. This could involve having a conversation with your families to outline what aspects of the wedding are most important to you, and that you won’t compromise on. It could also involve establishing specific times when you and your partner can discuss the wedding, so it doesn’t become all consuming. Explore what these boundaries look like and how they can create not only the best day of your life, but the best planning process and marriage too.

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What’s truly important to me?

This sounds like a simple question, and it is—but it requires you to really clear the experiences that are not as important to you, which can result in a more laid-back approach to planning. Allow your intuition to come through. Beautiful flowers, an expensive dress and an intricate cake design may feel important now, but what if they come at the price of debt or a fight? Reflect on whether or not these small details are worth the stress and are more important than what you’re actually celebrating.

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It probably comes as no surprise, but saying “I do” as a member of the royal family (or to a member of the royal family) involves traditions and etiquette all their own. Before you wake up at dawn to watch Prince Harry (33) wed activist and actress Meghan Markle (36) on May 19, we're here to let you in on the wedding protocol you can expect to see, thanks to royal expert and celebrity wedding planner Mark Niemierko. You can even take inspiration and add one of these regal traditions to your day (crown not included).

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Style My Hair: Test out that color or cut you’ve been eyeing—without gambling with your real hair before your wedding— with this virtual try-on app.

Made-2-Fit: Never stress over finding a matching foundation again with BareMineral’s program that scans your face and creates a custom-blended one for your skin tone. All apps free, iTunes.Apple.com

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HAUTE COLLABS A few of our favorite industry icons joined forces to create some utterly gorgeous co-branded projects (available for a limited time). Take your wedding style up a notch with these über-luxe details.

Vera Wang x Ladurée The iconic dress designer created a confectionary collection with the chic Parisian dessert house, featuring wedding-ready treats like a coconut and mango wedding cake.

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Opting for an environmentally friendly invitation suite doesn't have to mean sacrificing style thanks to Paper Culture. Each of its ultrachic suites is customizable to your aesthetic and palette and printed on 100 percent postconsumer recycled paper. Plus, Paper Culture plants a tree for every order placed, so you can feel good about filling the mailboxes of your friends and family. Herbs & Wildflowers invite, from $174 for 100, Infused Watercolors invite, from $244 for 100, PaperCulture.com

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Mindy Weiss x Vow to Be Chic Celebrity wedding planner Mindy Weiss collaborated on a Monique Lhuillier bridesmaid dress exclusive to rental site Vow to Be Chic. Available in eight colors, the dress features a timeless halter bodice and flowing silhouette.

Jenny Packham x L.K. Bennett Luxury designer Jenny Packham teamed up with accessories label L.K. Bennett to create an ultra-feminine line of bridal shoes and clutches. From $265 $265, US.LKBennett.com

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A Signature Piece Rethink your guest book with this clever registry idea from Simon Pearce. Have guests sign their names to a piece of paper at your wedding, then send those signatures to the team at Simon Pearce, who will engrave them onto your chosen glassware item, like an ice bucket, vase or bowl.

ciara The singer’s flawless round-cut diamond flanked by four side stones could be worth as much as $2.5 million. Carats: 16

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With more states legalizing marijuana, couples are capitalizing on the chance to add cannabis to their wedding day offerings, like including leaves in centerpieces or having a certified “budtender” on hand to roll joints.

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1 Shoes, $489, FreyaRose.com 2 Shoes, $595, MaloneSouliers.com 3 Bandana veil, $295, GigiBurris.com 4 Sapphire bracelet, price upon request, OscarHeyman.com 5 Sapphire ring, $22,000, OmiPrive.com; ring box, $85, TheMrsBox.com

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WHAT TO WEAR

GET GLAM FOR A

ROOFTOP Wedding A curve-skimming mermaid-style gown and sleek charcoal suit feel right at home in a sophisticated locale. Add metallic accessories for an über-stylish effect.

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Suit, $800, shirt, $100, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse.com; tie, $20, Ties.com; tie bar, $15, TheTieBar.com; cuff links, price upon request, Jacob & Co., CuffLinks.com; shoes, $125, AldoShoes.com >>

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Dress, from $1,000, AllureBridals.com; earrings, $150, KennethJayLane.com; clutch, $198, KarlLagerfeldParis.com; shoes, $110, Imagine VinceCamuto.com

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WHAT TO WEAR

GO CASUAL FOR A

BEACH Wedding Play up the relaxed vibe of your surroundings with a lace dress and chambray suit. Fun accessories and no-fuss footwear are musts for a seaside setting.

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Suit, $500, shirt, $98, Bonobos.com; pocket square, $10, TheTieBar .com; bracelet, $75, Miansai.com; shoes, $95, Sperry.com

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WHAT TO WEAR

MAKE IT FORMAL FOR A

BALLROOM Wedding A grand venue calls for equally elegant attire. You can’t go wrong with a dramatic ball gown plus a traditional tuxedo. Layer on statement accessories that sparkle and shine for extra polish.

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Tuxedo, $110 to rent, shirt, $15 to rent, bow tie, $10 to rent, TheBlackTux.com; watch, $5,450, Baumeet-Mercier.com; cuff links, $5,300, OhMyGotCuffLinks .com; shoes, $110, Florsheim.com >>

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Flatter your attendants with flowing silhouettes in the hottest colors and prints. Let them mix it up with accessories of their choosing.

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Dress, $120, DavidsBridal.com; earrings, $350, Beck Jewels, ModaOperandi .com; clutch, $205, KayuDesign.com; sandals, $190, Canfora.com

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Dress, $273, Lela Rose, Dessy.com; hair comb, $105, ColetteMalouf.com; earrings, $30, Carolee, LordandTaylor.com; shoes, $310, SomethingBleuShoes.com

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Hot Hair SHORT HAIR

WHETHER YOU HAVE RAPUNZEL-LENGTH LOCKS OR A CROPPED CUT, FIND THE PERFECT LOOK FOR YOU.

Play with texture and volume to make the most of shorter strands.

GET THE LOOK

Channel Jourdan Dunn and elevate an angled bob with RETRO CURLS.

MEDIUM HAIR

A TOUSLED PIXIE à la Scarlett Johansson has serious cool-girl appeal.

Kerry Washington’s pretty WINDSWEPT UPDO is pure romance.

Shoulder-grazing hair is ideal for pulling off a variety of the trendiest ’dos. GET THE LOOK

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Weather Proof humidity resistant spray, $19, SexyHair.com; barrette, $152, JenniferBehr.com

Add a headband to SWEPT-BACK hair to get Allison Williams’s polished look.

LONG HAIR

Steal this effortless style from Nicole Kidman and rock a FISHTAIL BRAID.

Kate Bosworth’s sleek LOW BUN plus a black ribbon gives off elegant vibes.

Flowing locks are always in style. Pick a look that shows off your long tresses.

GET THE LOOK

Get Glossed! hair serum, $15, Eva NYC, Ulta.com; Blowout Babe thermal brush, $100, Amika, Sephora.com Bring the drama with a volumized HALF-UP style inspired by Beyoncé.

For a classic feel, take a cue from Salma Hayek and try a HIGH BUN.

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BEAUT Y AWARDS 2018 WINNERS

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to find the very best for your bridal beauty arsenal. The result? Everything you need to get gorgeous for your wedding day. See more winners, plus get expert advice at TheKnot.com/ beautyawards.

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PRESSED POWDER Not only does this setting powder give your complexion an airbrushed appearance, it also keeps your foundation in place while staving off dreaded T-zone shine. Bye Bye Pores pressed powder, $29, ITCosmetics.com

MAK EUP

These f inds stand up to happy tears, f irst kisses and daylong celebrations—and make you look flawless in high-definition photos.

BRONZER Sweep this powder of superfine pigments where the sun naturally hits your face (forehead, cheekbones and jawline) to sculpt your features for a perfectly sun-kissed glow. Shimmer Brick compact in Bronze, $48, BobbiBrownCosmetics.com

B LUS H There’s a reason why this blush is a cult classic (and no, it’s not just the suggestive name). Its sheer formula creates a natural-looking flush and has just the right amount of flattering shimmer. Blush in Orgasm, $30, NARSCosmetics.com

LIPSTICK A bridal beauty triple threat, this hydrating lipstick keeps your pout smooth and provides rich color that actually stays put, so you won’t have to worry about messy first kisses or lots of touch-ups. Boys & Girls lip color, $36, Tom Ford, Sephora.com

WA T E R P R O O F M A S C A R A This high-drama mascara coats lashes in an innovative shrink-wrapping formula that defines, curls and lengthens. Plus, it will survive even the most emotional vows. The Curling Mascara, $28, KevynAucoin.com

BROW DEFINER Not achieving your #browgoals is simply not an option with this wallet-friendly pencil that offers a precision tip, smudge-resistant formula and spoolie brush in one. Draw the Line eyebrow pencil, $8, FlowerBeauty.com

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EYELINER A built-in brush takes the intimidation factor out of drawing the perfect cat eye. And don’t worry—the long-lasting formula won’t crease or fade. Liquidlast liner, $21, MACCosmetics.com

PRIMER Whether you’re planning to wear a full face of makeup down the aisle or going more natural for your honeymoon, just a few pumps of this multitasker and your skin is primed and camera ready. One Step Prime, $36, StilaCosmetics.com

F O U N DAT I O N A buildable foundation works for all skin types and offers just the right amount of creamy coverage. And added jojoba and sweet almond seed oils smooth fine lines for a flawless finish. Cream foundation, $68, KjaerWeis.com

S E T T I N G S P R AY If there’s a time to embrace a full-coverage look, your wedding day is it. Avoid a makeup meltdown for up to 16 hours (no matter how crazy the dance floor gets) with a weightless spray. All Nighter makeup setting spray, $32, Urban Decay, Ulta.com

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HAIR OIL Smooth a small amount through dry hair for brilliant shine that won’t make your locks lifeless. Can you say, “game changer”? Pure treatment oil, $39, EleniandChris.com

FA L S E EYELASHES It takes a few tries to perfect applying these reusable magnetic falsies, but they’re worth the effort. They add fluttery length and volume but look natural. Full Coverage original lash, $90, OneTwoCosmetics.com

HIGHLIGHTER Pull off the “lit from within” trend by mixing a few drops of liquid luminizer with your foundation. It melts into your skin for a dewy finish. Shimmering Skin Perfector liquid highlighter, $41, Becca, Ulta.com

CONCEALER Experiencing wedding-planninginduced dark circles or stress breakouts? We’ve got you covered. This waterproof concealer goes on smooth and gives serious coverage. Bye Bye Under Eye concealer, $24, ITCosmetics.com

SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER A luxe, caviar-infused duo keeps your mane looking gorgeous and glossy. Caviar Repair Instant Recovery shampoo and conditioner, $34 each, AlternaHairCare.com

EXPERT PICK

H A I R S P R AY This hair spray has strong hold but is still flexible enough to allow you to adjust your ’do. Air Control light hold hair spray, $29, Aveda.com

L I P G LOSS This versatile gloss leaves behind a unique, glassy sheen and just the right amount of sheer pigment. And with over 40 shades to choose from, it’s easy to find one that works for your skin tone. Lipglass, $17, MACCosmetics.com

MAKEUP REMOVER This cleansing micellar water cuts through even the most stubborn mascara, eyeliner and lipstick, but won’t leave your face feeling irritated or stripped of its natural oils. We call that a skin win. Sensibio H2O, $15, Bioderma, Dermstore.com

ANTI-FRIZZ Silk protein and algae extract tame even the most unruly strands. Frizz Ease Extra Strength hair serum, $12, John Frieda, Ulta.com

EYE SHADOW You’ll use this versatile mix of warm- and cool-toned eye shadows well beyond your wedding day. Shade + Light eye contour palette, $48, KatVonDBeauty.com

“This is my go-to palette for brides because it offers a range of matte, neutral shadows that really last.”

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—Emily Miller, Emily Miller Makeup & Hair in St. Louis

VO LUM I Z E R Give your hair bouncy volume with an invisible spray that lifts and absorbs oil at the roots. Dry texturizing spray, $46, Oribe.com

DRY SHAMPOO Keep your tresses looking fresh from your walk down the aisle to your morning-after brunch—sans any pesky white residue. Hair Goals dry shampoo, $19, Tarte.com

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HAIR

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

HAIR MASK This wallet-friendly find leaves your hair just as silky as pricier picks. PRO-V Gold Series repairing mask, $8, Pantene, Target.com

HAIR DRYER Save yourself time (and heat damage) with an innovative new hair dryer that splits open to dry your strands vertically. Salon 360 Surround styler, $27,, Revlon, Walmart.com

“Your hair will look just as good at the end of the day as it did in the beginning.” Megan Garmers, MG Hair & Makeup in New York City

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STYLING S P R AY A fine mist gives strands extra body but won’t weigh them down. Session Spray Strong, $40, Balmain Paris Hair Couture, Net-a-Porter.com

S T Y L I N G WA N D Pull off the “just-left-the-salon” look with a heated round brush that doesn’t require the help of a blow-dryer. Blowout Babe thermal brush, $100, Amika, Sephora.com

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CURLING IRON If round brushes aren’t your thing, an efficient iron with an ergonomic handle turns frizz into polished waves in a single pass. BodyWaver 1.75” styling iron, $149, T3Micro.com

F L AT I RO N Don’t fret if there’s rain, wind or high humidity on your wedding day. This sleek iron is all you need to get straight, shiny locks. Platinum Styler, $249, GHDHair.com

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2018 WINNERS

Bathe, buff and bronze with these essentials to boost your confidence from head to toe. DEODORANT

Swiping on this deodorant keeps you dry all day —even during the most nerve-racking moments. Fresh Invisible Solid, $5, Secret, Target.com BODY BRONZER

Light-reflecting pigments create an airbrushed effect that subtly evens out your skin tone. Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish, $45, Vita Liberata, Ulta.com BODY SCRUB

A gently exfoliating combo of brown sugar and coconut shell leaves skin soft and polished. Coconut Crush scrub, $38, KopariBeauty.com

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S E L F - TA N N E R

Gradually build a bronze glow with this streak-proof, hydrating balm-to-oil formula. Coconut melting tanning balm, $35, James Read, BlueMercury.com

Are you ready for your ring close-up? Get pristine digits with these nail necessities.

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B A S E COAT

A good base coat should do more than just make polish last. This one is full of antioxidants that protect and nourish nails. Nailkale base coat, $15, Nails Inc., Sephora.com

CUTICLE OIL

Basically a mani in a bottle, its blend of oils softens and conditions cuticles while strengthening nails. Solar Oil nail and cuticle conditioner, $9, CND, Ulta.com

GEL EFFECT POLISH

Pair with the accompanying base and top coats for a highgloss finish that lasts, no UV lamp required. Gel Lab Pro color, $20, DeborahLippmann.com

POLISH

It’s like your natural nail color, only better. This ultra-flattering shade hits the sweet spot between true nude and ballet pink. Polish in Bare With Me, $9, Essie.com

B O D Y WA S H

An innovative foaming formula feels luxurious and makes it easy to lather up your whole body. Shower Foam Deep Moisture body wash, $6, Dove, Target.com

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T O P C O A T Swipe on this pro

favorite for a durable, wet-looking sheen that dries almost instantly. Dry fast top coat, $9, Seche Vite, SallyBeauty.com

“It seals polish for a chip-free manicure. It’s truly one of the best nail products out there.” —Tamara Granath, Tamara Makeup & Hair Artistry in Chicago

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POLISH REMOVER

It may be a splurge, but this must-have removes even the darkest nail polish in seconds while moisturizing with aloe and lavender. The Stripper, $19, DeborahLippmann.com

HAND CREAM

This cream leaves you with pictureperfect hands, and its scent makes you want to reapply, Whipped Argan Oil hand cream, $22, Josie MaranCosmetics.com

E X F O L I A T O R Fruit enzymes slough away dead skin cells quickly and painlessly. Spritz on before applying self-tanner or body bronzer. SexAPeel instant exfoliation spray, $40, SoniaRoselli.com

“This spray even works for sensitive skin.” —Mindy Orsak Fuller, Mindy Orsak Hair & Makeup Design in Austin, TX

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BODY MOISTURIZER

Slather on this body butter full of salmon enzymes (we’re not kidding) to smooth and firm skin. Retexturizing body butter, $120, Restorsea.com

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Good skin is just as important as flawless makeup. Upgrade your skin care routine in the weeks leading up to your day with our must-haves.

ACNE FIGHTER Keep it on hand to dry up zits that pop up at inopportune moments (say, right before your wedding). Drying lotion, $17, MarioBadescu.com

TONER A natural toner, complete with flower petals, cleanses pores without overdrying. Calendula Herbal Extract toner, from $21, Kiehls.com

SUNSCREEN Shield yourself from sun damage with this fast-absorbing formula that won’t leave a chalky residue. SPF 50 mineral sunscreen, $28, Clinique.com

FAC E M I S T Stash this soothing spray in your emergency kit and break it out when your makeup needs a refresh. Beauty Elixir, $49, Caudalie, Sephora.com

SERUM Believe the hype. This organic face oil evens out skin tone and protects against free radicals. Active Botanical serum, $185, VintnersDaughter.com

SHEET MASK Lie back, relax and allow this luxe cotton mask to totally rejuvenate your skin in under 15 minutes. Facial treatment mask, $17, SK-II.com

E X F O L I AT O R A brown sugar and strawberry scrub buffs away dull skin and smells like dessert—what’s not to love? Sugar face polish, $62, Fresh.com

CLEANSING MASK A drugstore gem with a 60-year legacy, this green mask obliterates blackheads. Mint Julep masque, $4, Queen Helene, SallyBeauty.com

CLEANSER Massage a dime-size amount of balm into your face for brighter, plumper skin. Vitamin C nourishing cleansing balm, $65, KatBurki.com

EYE CREAM Look like you got your beauty sleep with cream that combats fine lines and puffiness. The Eye Balm Intense, $205, CremedelaMer.com

M O I S T U R I Z E R The under-the-radar French beauty secret is trés hydrating but miraculously never feels greasy or sticky to the touch. And, due to its mild, unscented formula, it also works as a primer, makeup remover and body cream. Lait-Crème Concentrè, from $16, EmbryolisseUSA.com

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“I love how this product has multiple uses. I mix it with heavier foundation to make a great tinted moisturizer.” —Perry Warren, Creative Hair & Makeup Design by Perry Warren in Springfield, VA

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FLAMINGO PINK Bold, energetic and packed with personality, flamingo pink gives a celebratory feel to any wedding style. Use it to accentuate tropical décor accents at a seaside affair or add it to an otherwise romantic, soft palette for a touch of funk.

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EASY DIY For a whimsical twist on traditional escort cards, try emblazoning acrylic plaques with a cheeky vinyl flamingo decal.

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Flamingo Fever wallpaper, from $60 per roll, Willow LaneTextiles, Spoonflower.com; acrylic hexagons, $20 for 20, acrylic rectangles, $19 for 20, UNIQOOO, Amazon.com; vinyl decal, created with Cricut, Cricut.com; Elkhart vase, $41 for set of 3, Langley Street, Wayfair.com; pom-pom tassel, $2, TheKnotShop.com >> PHOTOGRAPH BY YUNHEE KIM

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PERFECT PAIRINGS

Add It to Your Wedding

FLAMINGO PINK

Make this color work for any season with these inspiring duos.

Pops of fuchsia can invigorate any wedding detail, including your invitation suite, florals and favors. Incorporate this vibrant hue into your day with one of these ideas.

SUMMER Combine with lemonade for a cheery fete.

FALL Offset with a moody burgundy for a refined feel.

WINTER Pair with emerald for a chic yet energetic affair.

CREATE A HAPPY MAIL MOMENT Guests will love a pop of pink in their mailbox. Echo the color in day-of goods, like signage.

BRING IT HOME

Refresh the palette in your newlywed nest with these registry picks.

GO TONE ON TONE FOR BRIDESMAIDS Pretty pink bridesmaid dresses will look extra festive on your girls alongside bouquets in an ombré palette of similar hues. GIVE A COLORFUL TOUCH TO DESSERT There are so many ways to use flamingo pink on your dessert table, but this has to be the coolest. Freeze edible flowers in ice pops for an afterdinner treat that’s sure to be an Insta-sensation.

Antigua pillow in Neon Pink, from $165, ArchiveNewYork.com

Cross Pointe pink clock, $50, Kate Spade New York, Amazon.com

BRIGHTEN UP YOUR TABLETOP Eye-catching hits of flamingo will make your tables stand out. Try working it in with a few saturated blooms in your centerpieces, colorful menus or even tinted glassware. OPT FOR A FEW PLAYFUL ACCESSORIES Up the fun at your ceremony or reception with personality-packed touches of pink, like a flamingo piñata, fluorescent sunnies monogrammed with your hashtag or even a few lawn games in your wedding’s signature shade.

Svendsen Acapulco chair in Pink/Copper, $270, Wrought Studio, Wayfair.com

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BE BOLD WITH A BALLOON DISPLAY Pair the party-ready shade with another classic celebratory moment: balloons. An oversize garland of them as your ceremony backdrop is a wedding-worthy detail.

SPRING Team with teal for a casual, cool vibe.

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Fresh Greenery Backdrop CREATE A CEREMONY FOCAL POINT WITH A LUSH INSTALLATION. BONUS: IT CAN DOUBLE AS A PHOTO BOOTH BACKDROP TOO. BY LIA GRIFFITH PHOTOGRAPH BY PERNILLE LOOF

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED •circles of cardboard or wood to cut initials, dependent on size of your backdrop •gold leaf •gold leaf adhesive •tweezers •paintbrush •foam pad

your and your fiancé’s initials from cardboard, leaving room for holes (at the top and bottom if hanging vertically, as we did, or on the sides if hanging horizontally). Or ask someone at a local woodshop to create a more elaborate design for you.

•fresh greenery •floral wire •floral cutters •birch branch (see expert tip) •ribbon (optional)

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cardboard circles in gold leaf, according to the package instructions, using adhesion and tweezers. Let dry overnight. With a foam pad, gently smooth the gold leaf on the initials to remove any loose pieces.

greens together, securing with floral wire in the middle and at the ends, creating a long strand of garland. Repeat, making enough strands for the width of the branch. Secure the strands of garland to the birch branch using floral wire.

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the ends of the garland so they’re similar lengths but maintain an organic, perfectly imperfect look. Attach letters to greens with floral wire or hang them from the birch branch with ribbon.

You want the birch branch to be wide enough to provide a backdrop for two people. Ferns, olive branches, magnolia leaves, seeded eucalyptus and evergreen are all good choices for greenery. For a fuller look, pick a mix of a few kinds. You can source supplies from your local garden center.

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Some of the “it” ways bakers are creating standout cakes this year.

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Even basic white buttercream feels fresh when the focus is on texture. Get inspired by fabrics like a cozy fisherman sweater or delicate Swiss dot, then ask your baker to re-create the texture on your cake.

Work several hues from your wedding day palette into your cake with fondant icing designed to look marbled. The result will be so smooth and sleek, guests may think it's the real deal.

Totally naked cakes had their moment—now it’s their slightly dressed-up counterpart’s turn in the spotlight. With a sheer outer layer of frosting, a semi-naked cake strikes a classy balance between rustic and refined.

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Interesting, architectural accents are in. Ask your baker to echo any modern ones at your event space, like playing up your loft venue's ceiling look in fondant or using a wire geode to hold up two individual tiers of cake.

Delicate paintings (typically made on a fondant exterior using food coloring) can be pricey, but the payoff is big. Use them to mimic details like the colors of your grandma’s heirloom china or the blooms in your bouquet.

Look to the stars for the future of cake decoration—literally. Make this trend yours with a dramatic inky-blue fondant exterior that resembles the night sky or a gold-flecked pattern of the stars the night you got engaged.





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Cake toppers didn’ t become popular until the 1950s, when couples in the US started using them on their wedding cakes.

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We a s k e d f o u r b a k e r s w h a t f l a v o r s t h e y ' r e l o v i n g r i g h t n o w. “We like our flavors to shine as much as the design. A recent favorite is fresh strawberry puree with basil-infused oil for an unforgettable filling.” —Emily Lael Aumiller, L A E L C A K E S “Couples love our dark chocolate coconut porter (from a local brewery) cake with roasted white chocolate buttercream and salted caramel.” —Katy Pierson, K A T Y P I E R S O N C A K E “Our lavender cake with honey Italian buttercream and crystallized ginger is made with local ingredients and offers a unique flavor profile for adventurous palates.” —Amanda Robinson, S W E E T F I X “A popular choice for summer is our vanilla cake with layers of homemade lime curd, ginger buttercream and crystallized ginger. It's so summery and feels unique.” —Betsy Thorleifson, N I N E C A K E S

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Queen Victoria was one of the first to have pure white icing on her wedding cake, hence the name “royal icing.”

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You may love a rustic semi-naked cake, but if you’re hosting a black-tie ballroom wedding, that style may not jive. Before deciding on the look of your cake, figure out specifics about your event, like the venue, palette and vibe. That way, your cake will complement— and not compete with—your overall wedding look.

When deciding what size cake to order, first look to your guest count. Three tiers typically serve between 50 and "100, so if your list is in the hundreds, increase your order. Second, consider your venue. Hosting in a tent with a grand ceiling? Add Styrofoam tiers to up the height and make your cake more proportional to the space.

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Cakes are generally priced by the slice and can range from $3 to a whopping $30 per slice (and beyond), depending on the flavors, filling and frosting you choose. If you have your taste buds set on an custom combo, put aside extra funds to cover it. This applies to decorative additions too. Fresh fruits and flowers can often be applied for a small fee, while delicate hand-crafted sugar blooms or intricate detailing will take a baker more time to create—and cost you more money.

Before your event, pass off your cake topper to your baker, planner or catering manager so they can place it on your cake for its big reveal. A classic figurine is an ever-popular choice, but more couples are using the cake topper (and even cake stand) as a moment of personalization in their day. Choose something that represents you as a duo, like a clay model of your pet, figurines of your favorite comic action heroes or a chic monogrammed acrylic pedestal. >>

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There’s simply no way your cake will taste as good after spending a year in the freezer as it does on your wedding day, which is why our first suggestion to couples is always to sneak a slice at your reception. If you’re worried about getting a chance to sit down and enjoy it, ask a point person to set aside two pieces for you and your partner to enjoy back at your hotel that evening. Then, save the top tier for a celebration soon after, like returning from your honeymoon or your one month anniversary. Then, opt to buy a fresh version (in a similar flavor) to enjoy on your one year anniversary. If you simply must adhere to tradition, tightly wrap the tier in plastic wrap and place it in an airtight bag before freezing.

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Perhaps the most ubiquitous type of frosting, thanks to its delicious taste and versatility. Made using butter and cream, it can be flavored with various extracts, fruits and more to garner a different taste. Due to its ingredients, buttercream can melt quickly, so it should be kept out of extreme heat, humidity or direct sunlight until serving.

A smooth sheet of sugar paste, often used for the polished exterior it lends. Pros love that it can be easily tinted and molded, making it a no-brainer for cakes that require impeccable detailing or a modern, smooth exterior. Most bakers will ice a cake with buttercream before finishing the exterior with fondant, as fondant alone isn’t as tasty.

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SWISS MERINGUE

A decadently rich frosting with a fudgy texture. Ganache is made by combining chocolate and cream. Traditional chocolate will make it a dark brown hue that can’t be tinted, so ask your baker to make it wedding worthy with colorful fruit. Or opt for a white chocolate version, which can be dyed practically any shade.

Icing made by whipping egg whites together with sugar. Swiss meringue is a less popular choice for wedding cakes, but it has a light and fluffy appearance that makes it look instantly whimsical and romantic. The airy marshmallow flavor means it pairs great with fruit-based cakes and fillings, like lemon, raspberry or strawberry.



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The custom of multi-tiered wedding cakes emerged from a game where the newlywed couple attempted to kiss over a higher and higher cake without knocking it over.



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A fanciful fruit cake takes center stage at British weddings. Typically made from cognac-soaked dates, prunes, raisins, currants and orange peel, the cake is finished off with a marzipan or fondant topping, or left naked.

Italian couples opt for a millefoglie: crisp sheets of pastry dough layered with pastry cream, whipped cream, lemon curd, berries and more. Many couples even have a pastry chef prepare it on-site for their guests.

The French traditionally serve up a stunner of a dessert known as a croquembouche. The towering pyramid of cream puffs is drizzled with rich caramel and can be decorated with berries, fresh blooms or even sparklers.

Norwegians serve up brudlaupskling, a bread that became popular when white flour was rare in Norway. The sweet bread is topped with cheese, cream and syrup, then folded over and cut into small squares before serving.

To-be-wed couples in Bermuda top their confection of choice with a small cedar sapling. The sentiment is said to symbolize the couple’s growing love, and it’s planted by the newlyweds following their “I dos.”

Indonesian couples will usually have a cake known as kek lapis at their wedding. Made of layers of chocolate and vanilla and spiced with cinnamon or nutmeg, the cake dates all the way back to the Dutch colonial period.

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What should couples consider when hiring their photographer? There are a lot of pros to choose from, so the process of finding the right photographer can be overwhelming. First, take a look at their portfolio and make sure you love their style. And ask for examples of real weddings they’ve shot in case their portfolio is just styled shoots (where everything is calculated and under control). Next, schedule a phone call or meet for a coffee. This will help you feel out your photographer and ensure you really gel, which is super important. They’ll be by your side the entire wedding day and you want to feel comfortable around them. How do you create standout, personal photos for your couples? A beautifully shot wedding involves two elements: a cohesive aesthetic and natural posing that feels authentic to the couple, their loved ones and the celebration. Both stem from working closely with my

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Any other advice for to-be-weds? Really invest in your dream photographer. It’s the part of your day where settling will be your biggest regret. Your photos are what will help you relive your wedding, so you don’t want your cousin who just got a new camera to take them. Being a photographer is so much more than taking pictures. ASSEMBLE YOUR PRO SQUAD Find your dream team on The Knot Wedding Planner app in our Marketplace. We freeze moments, help you stick to your day-of We’ ll hook you up with vendor recs based on your style, budget and location. timeline, direct different groups of people and have a Once you pick your pros, send them your Wedding Vision so they can help you achieve the look you’re after for your day. positive attitude the entire day.

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EAT Fuel up with some mouse-ear waffles at a character breakfast before park hopping. Once the sun sets, head to STK where you can reserve a private room complete with a DJ, or try to snag a reservation at Be Our Guest, located inside Beast’s Castle (its wine list is legendary). If you’re craving sushi, tuck into late-night spot Morimoto Asia. Or take in the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the private observation deck at The California Grill. TIP Skip the Disney meal plan and make your own reservations well in advance.

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BACHELORETTE BREAKDOWN With a mix of good eats, relaxation and childhood nostalgia, the Happiest Place on Earth (aka Walt Disney World in Orlando) is the perfect destination for a last hurrah with your besties. Pack your matching tees, don a pair of sparkly mouse ears, sign up for Memory Maker—an unlimited PhotoPass that will fill your Insta feed with amazing group pics—and get ready for an unforgettable prewedding weekend of fun in the sun.

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STAY Check in to the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, just one stop away from Magic Kingdom on the Monorail, or book a multi-bedroom villa at Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, a short ferry ride away from lots of shopping and dining options at Disney Springs. Squad on a budget? Try one of Disney’s All-Star Resorts for affordable yet convenient accommodations. TIP Stay on property and get bonus Magic Hours, which means you can hang at the parks when they’re not open to the general public.

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PLAY Spend the morning at one of Disney’s four theme parks, then reserve a poolside cabana for an afternoon of drinks and sunshine. If you’re looking for some real R & R, line up spa treatments at the luxe Four Seasons Resort, which gives you access to the adults-only pool—no Marco Polo here. TIP Set your crew up with Magic Bands. They give you access to everything from your hotel room key to FastPasses at the parks. DRINK Sample stellar margs in Mexico or clink beer steins in Germany as you sip your way around the world at Epcot. If you’re looking for a tropical twist, visit Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace for exotic cocktails and live music. After dinner, head to Jellyrolls, a dueling piano bar where audience sing-alongs are encouraged, or dance the night away at Atlantic Dance Hall. TIP Many restaurants offer glow cubes to light-up your drink—the ultimate party must-have. Just ask!

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Between booking a destination venue and choosing the perfect florals, transportation logistics for your dress may have slipped your mind. Good news: Most airlines will allow you to carry on your wedding attire, which we definitely recommend (checking it is too much of a risk). If you want to play it really safe, you can purchase another seat on the plane for your gown. It sounds extra, but lots of brides do it for peace of mind and wrinkle protection. Find the nitty-gritty details by airline below, but always check their websites for the most up-to-date details.

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Customers are allowed a garment bag in lieu of a carry-on (see website for dimensions). Keep in mind, only some American Airlines aircrafts feature closets for hanging garments, and those with the space give priority to passengers with other carry-ons that can’t be stowed overhead (think: wheelchairs, walkers or strollers). AA.com

2 Delta Air Lines Take advantage of Delta’s Early Valet program. As soon as you get to your gate, ask an agent about preloading. Prior to boarding, they’ll place your dress in the overhead bin directly above your seat, so no fretting about cramming it into an opening 12 rows back or not finding any space at all. Delta.com

3 United Airlines United Airlines encourages you to carry on any valuable, fragile or perishable belongings, including

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4 JetBlue JetBlue doesn’t have hanging space, but your wedding attire can be stored in an overhead bin. It counts as your carry-on, as long as your garment bag meets all baggage requirements. Fun fact: If you purchase a separate seat for your dress, it’s entitled to a carry-on. JetBlue.com

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Crew members will do their best to take good care of your wedding attire, laying a garment bag carefully in an overhead bin— either atop other suitcases or in its own spot, depending on the amount of space. Southwest.com

SET UP YOUR WEDDING WEBSITE A wedding website is the best way to include all the need-to-know info, like hotel room blocks, registries and directions, for guests—and it’s especially handy for a destination affair. Choose from so many fun (free!) design options on The Knot. Don’t forget to include personal details too, like your love story or attendant bios.

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PHOTO BOOTH Partygoers posed for photos in the back of a ’74 Volkswagen bus flanked by vintage props and seating. STATIONERY Red and white paper goods played up the mid-century vibe and coordinated with custom cornhole boards crafted by one of Gatlin’s bridesmaids. “Our stationer even created an illustrated map of Los Angeles that included our favorite local spots,” Gatlin says. “I was blown away.” CAKE Sweet Bavarian cream and strawberry mousse filled the couple’s three-tier confetti cake, which was adorned with whimsical mini replicas of their sweetheart chairs. “It was such a unique detail,” Gatlin says of the toppers. DRESS The bride paired her ivory silk organza gown with a velvet choker, red velvet flats and a classic ruby lip.

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atlin Green (20 and an actress) and Austin Wojciechowski’s (23 and an actor) love story has all the cinematic markings of a Hollywood romantic comedy—dramatic breakup and feel-good final scene included. During a brief six-month split, Austin wrote, produced and starred in a movie that cast Gatlin as his lead love interest. The rest, as they say, is history. Gatlin and Austin got their happily ever after when the two wed in front of 300 guests in an eclectic, retro affair filled with mid-century furniture, vintage trunks, and colorful goblets, jars and bud vases. “We wanted to create an atmosphere that was fun and inviting for all our guests, while letting our personalities shine through,” Gatlin says. —Rachel Sylvester

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Ingredients Ceremony & Reception Site Triunfo Creek Vineyards, Agoura Hills, CA Photography Mary Costa Photography Videography Vidicam Productions Event Planning & Design Aubrey Huffman & Mackenzie Swift/Details, Darling Florals Shindig Chic Officiant Dave Roberts Gown Leanne Marshall, New York City Hair Michi Does Hair; Taylor Tompkins; Valene Del Rosario Makeup Danielle Baum; Taylor Tompkins Veil Lovely Bride, Pasadena, CA Shoes ModCloth.com Engagement Ring Beauty & Essex Wedding Rings Darbini Jewelry Necklace Chvker.com Bridesmaid Dresses Joanna August Formalwear Elite Tuxedo, Los Angeles Stationery Prim & Pixie Rentals Archive Rentals; Premiere Party Rents Catering Contemporary Catering Cake Berolina Bakery; topper: MyCustomCakeTopper.com Coffee & Tea Bar Intelligentsia Music Ceremony: Dave Barnes; reception: DJ Andross Photo Booth Porty the Foto Booth Bus Favors Milk Jar Cookies Transportation Simply Rent-A-Car Honeymoon Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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SETTING “We fell in love with the venue’s history, look and feel,” Kimberly says of the estate.

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KIMBERLY & JUSTIN JULY 1 â&#x20AC;¢ ALEXANDRIA, VA

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FASHION Kimberly’s bridesmaids wore blush, floor-length dresses, while the bride accessorized her textured gown with an ivory tulle veil, pearl earrings and navy velvet sandals. STATIONERY Verdant English gardens and colonial Virginia inspired the botanical invitation suite. In order to keep guests cool throughout the ceremony, paper programs doubled as handheld fans. DESSERTS In addition to a lemon elderberry and red velvet cake, the couple served sweet and savory Trinidadian desserts, like molasses coconut cakes, papaya balls and pepper plums. FIRST DANCE The newlyweds chose Lionel Richie’s “You Are” for their first dance in front of their guests. “We went to his concert on our first date,” Kimberly says of the sentimental song choice.

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hen Kimberly Brown (37 and an analyst) and Justin Dean (38 and a consulting partner) first met at a friend’s dinner party, they had no idea they’d eventually plan a celebratory bash of their own. Seeking a serene garden setting for their midsummer nuptials, the couple booked Woodlawn & Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House, where they jumped a ceremonial broom fashioned from wood the groom’s father gifted them. Towering boxwood centerpieces juxtaposed gray-washed farm tables, and sleek ghost chairs and cozy lounge setups were stationed throughout the grounds. “The indoor space felt like an extension of the outdoors,” Kimberly says. —RS

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Ingredients Ceremony & Reception Site Woodlawn & Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House, Alexandria, VA Photography Lisa Blume Photography Event Design & Planning Kelley Cannon Events Floral Design Sweet Root Village Officiant Wilbert Dean (groom’s father) Gown Ceremony: Vera Wang; reception: Monique Lhuillier, Carine’s Bridal Atelier, Washington, DC Hair Kalizya Hutchinson/David Rios Salon & Spa Makeup Carl Ray Veil Vera Wang Shoes Manolo Blahnik Engagement & Wedding Rings Tacori Jewelry Tiffany & Co. Bridesmaid Dresses Lulus.com Formalwear Rocky’s Custom Clothes, Sherman Oaks, CA Stationery Invitations: Paper Source; escort cards, programs & menus: Emily Baird Design Rentals LEDERevoluIN Sum tion Event Design and Production; Party Rental Ltd.; DC Rental Catering Rouge Catering vid Fine untinctur suntis Cake Buttercream Bakeshop Music Ceremony: Sage String Quartet; reception: quiDave conetGrimm/ ipsamusti Bialek’s Music Transportation Limousines Inc. Accommodations The St. Regis, Washington, de odist re pedis DC nos dolorem possit

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JENNIFER & AGAM OCTOBER 15 â&#x20AC;¢ CHARLESTON, SC

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In lieu of a traditional red lehenga, Jennifer donned an embellished pink design.

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RECEPTION Partygoers dined on Southern fare and savory Indian chaat under a sailcloth tent.

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BARAAT Agam entered the ceremony on the back of a black horse for his baraat (processional). FLOWERS Arrangements of blush astilbe, seeded eucalyptus, ranunculus and antique hydrangeas filled metallic vessels on the dining tables, while Jennifer carried a bouquet of blushing bride protea, dahlias, spray roses and poppy pods. FASHION Jennifer made not one, but two outfit changes—swapping her pink bridal lehenga for a strapless gown and, later, a sleeved mini sheath. CAKE Intricate piping, gold fleck detailing and a single air plant lent subtle edge to the modest two-tier confection. DÉCOR Gilded flatware popped when placed next to scalloped white chargers and gray place cards calligraphed in elegant gold script.

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ot even a hurricane could hold Jennifer Dietz (37) and Agam Jain (35) back from throwing an unforgettable outdoor wedding at Middleton Place in Charleston, South Carolina. “A storm hit the week before our wedding and the entire city was either shut down or flooded,” Jennifer says. Luckily, the manicured estate dried up just days before their “I dos,” allowing the couple to host 190 guests at a destination wedding filled with textured florals, inviting lounge vignettes and festive nods to the groom’s Indian heritage. Fashion was at the forefront of the fete, as Jennifer— a professional stylist—rocked three distinct dress designs and gold heirloom jewelry the groom’s parents gave her. —RS

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Showstopping Chandeliers Textured paper chandeliers and trailing greenery drew guests’ eyes upward. Pet-Friendly Venue The New York–based pair’s pet escorted the ring bearer and flower girl down the aisle.

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MUST-HAVES Southern Setting “I always dreamed of getting married under Spanish moss,” Jennifer says of their manicured venue, which is home to centuries-old oak trees and lush gardens.

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SUZETT & SAM DECEMBER 17 â&#x20AC;¢ BOCA GRANDE, FL

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CEREMONY Whitewashed doors framed the alfresco ceremony setup, where Suzett and Sam exchanged vows on a raised platform in the shade of century-old banyan trees. “The succulent letters displayed on each door are in our house now,” Suzett says. DÉCOR At the airy reception, silver-beaded chargers were placed on the tables amid galvanized centerpieces and turquoise tumblers. WELCOME BAGS Out-of-town guests took home canvas totes filled with corked candy jars and sunglasses emblazoned with the couple’s wedding date. VENUE Thousands of succulents—the couple’s favorite plant—were strewn throughout The Gasparilla Inn & Club, a luxe resort located on the Gulf of Mexico.

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here was no shortage of succulents or saturated details at Suzett Strayer (32 and a pharmacist) and Sam Hamilton’s (31 and a real estate developer) luxe tented fete in Boca Grande, Florida. The couple didn’t skimp on personalization either, outfitting their nuptials with lawn games, a tequila tent, raw bar and Caribbean J’ouvert (a recessional parade) that called for a fire truck, golf cart and steel drum performers. Postceremony, partygoers and a 14-piece band took to the one-of-a-kind dance floor custom painted for the occasion. “As everyone left the tent to line up for our sparkler exit, Suzett and I hung back to dance alone together,” Sam says. “It was a moment that’s still so vivid.” —RS

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Ingredients We love that Boca Grande feels stuck in time. Suzett and I truly got to unwind there. —SAM

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Ceremony Site Banyan Street, Boca Grande, FL Reception Site The Gasparilla Inn & Club, Boca Grande, FL Photography Carrie Patterson Photography Videography Voila Cinematic Event Planning & Design Anna Lucia Events Floral Design Boca Blooms by Valley Forge Flowers Gown Ceremony: Francesca Miranda, The Wedding Shoppe, Wayne, PA; reception: Tom and Linda Platt, Sophy Curson, Philadelphia Hair & Makeup James Griffith Salon Veil Custom, The Wedding Shoppe, Wayne, PA Shoes Badgley Mischka Bridesmaid Dresses Alfred Sung, Lizelles Bridal, Havertown, PA Formalwear Indochino Stationery TPD Design House Rentals A Chair Affair; Event Effects Group; Events on the Loose; Nüage Designs; Sperry Tents; Tech-Tronics; Tidy Coast Event Services; Under Canvas Events; Unearthed Vintage Catering & Cake The Gasparilla Inn & Club Music Ceremony: Vanderbilt Strings; reception: The Social/Élan Artists Photo Booth Anna Lucia Events; MVS Studio Photo Booth

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CEREMONY The couple walked down the aisle together. “We would’ve skipped with champagne if we could have,” Tom says.

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FLORALS Arrangements of hellebore, fritillaries, peonies, poppies, lilacs and sweet peas were placed throughout the hotel’s interior, reflecting the day’s refined yet natural aesthetic. CAKE “Our baker laughed when we walked into our first meeting knowing exactly what we wanted,” Tom says of designing their own dessert. The gold-flecked confection alternated tiers of chocolate with salted caramel, vanilla with mocha and fresh raspberries, and pound cake filled with pistachio cream. RECEPTION Dinner was served in the hotel’s dining room, where tablescapes paired ornate gilded frames with low-laying centerpieces guests could talk over with ease. “We brought the room to life as if it were our home,” Tom says.

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ome is where the heart is, and for Tim Goebel (left, 36 and a partner manager at Google) and Tom Luciano (33 and a senior account manager), home is exactly what they had in mind while planning their intimate nuptials at a boutique hotel. “Our wedding was about the company,” Tom says of inviting 45 guests to a reception that reflected the intimacy of an at-home meal. The pair tied the knot overlooking Newport, Rhode Island’s Easton Bay before retreating indoors to The Spiced Pear restaurant. A cellist and pianist performed classic jazz, but there wasn’t a dance floor in sight. “We wanted to focus more on the conversation and food,” Tom says— and each other, of course. —RS

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When it comes to design, Tim and I are very simple—we both believe less is more. —TOM

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Ingredients Ceremony & Reception Site The Chanler at Cliff Walk, Newport, RI Photography Rebecca Yale Photography Floral Design Leigh Anne Landman/Anchor & Grace Formalwear Tuxedos: My.Suit; pocket squares: Ralph Lauren; socks: Brooks Brothers; shirts: Tim: King’s Tailor; Tom: Pink Shoes Tim: Salvatore Ferragamo; Tom: Prada Engagement & Wedding Rings Anari Jewelry Stationery Written Word Calligraphy and Design Rentals & Catering The Chanler at Cliff Walk Cake Confectionery Designs Music Shelley Otis Favors Confectionery Designs; Dylan’s Candy Bar; Newport Fudgery; Voss Water; tote bags: Cinta Events, Etsy.com Accommodations The Chanler at Cliff Walk

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The couple created the feel of a church with a white steel structure.

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STATIONERY Patterned invitations and fabric escort cards displayed on a trellis echoed the flora of the woods.

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FLORALS Sarah and Travis incorporated the Scottish emblem into her bouquet and his boutonniere to honor Sarah’s Scotch-Irish grandfather from Nova Scotia. ATTIRE Travis designed his three-piece suit with a Detroit-based haberdashery. Sarah wore a silk faille gown and, as a nod to the full moon of their wedding day, a black diamond ear cuff featuring the phases of the moon. COCKTAILS The couple paired custom drinks with each course throughout the day, starting with cocktail hour in a flower-adorned tent dedicated solely to aperitifs.

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ichigan natives Sarah Power (33 and a senior manager) and Travis Linderman (38 and a relationship manager) created an alfresco event inspired by northern Michigan and its wilderness to show their guests why they love this area of the country. “I lived here for years and the smell of the pine trees on the water never really left me,” Sarah says. The pair wed in an open-air structure resembling a chapel, allowing them to have both the church and outdoor ceremony they desired. Black taper candles offset rose gold hues and textured fabrics, while a transparent tent showcased the environment. Plus, they included a Detroit staple: a gospel choir, who sang classic Motown tunes. —Stephanie Cain

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RECEPTION Greenery hung above the long feasting tables topped with velvet linens, floral-print napkins, black flatware and pomegranates. “The tent was so thin you could see the stars,” Sarah says. CAKE The couple found a local baker to create the geode-themed confection out of buttercream and rock candy. PLANNERS “They created a festival in a forest for us, building the entire dream world from the ground up,” Sarah says of her planning team. “They gave our guests the experience of their lives. Without them, we would have never made it down the aisle.”

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WEDDING ST YLE Natural with a bit of Romantic and a touch of Bohemian. The setting could be a Mountain, Vineyard or Waterfront.

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COLOR PALET TE Earth Tones Muted shades of mauve and slate complemented by navy and burgundy.

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MUST-HAVES Locally Sourced Swag Welcome bags contained hard cider, potato chips and Michigan-shaped chocolate bars.

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A Kindred Officiant Travis's father—a retired pastor—officiated the pair's nuptials.

Ingredients Our planners surprised us with napkins that beautifully offset our matte black flatware. Guests gushed about the pattern. —SARAH

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Ceremony & Reception Site Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville, MI Photography KT Merry Photography Videography Two Penny Productions Event Planning & Design Alison and Bryan Destination Weddings Floral Design Katie Wachowiak Gowns Ceremony: Oscar de la Renta, Bergdorf Goodman, New York City; reception: Monique Lhuillier, Bergdorf Goodman, New York City Hair & Makeup Jon Lieckfelt Veil Oscar de la Renta, Bergdorf Goodman, New York City Shoes Christian Louboutin; Manolo Blahnik Engagement Ring Tiffany & Co. Wedding Rings Bride: Tiffany & Co.; groom: David Yurman Bridesmaid Dresses Jenny Yoo, New York City Formalwear 1701 Bespoke, Detroit Stationery Invitations: Rock Paper Scissors; escort cards & menus: Hello Tenfold Rentals Event Theory; La Tavola; The Lighting Guy; Monstrey MacDonald; Serradella Vintage; Under Canvas Catering Crystal Mountain Cake Sweet Heather Anne Music Ceremony: Family of Faith; reception: Bluewater Kings Band Transportation Blue Lakes by the Bay Transportation; Mackinaw Shuttle Service

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Under THE SICILIAN SUN CLASSIC ITALIAN DETAILS PAIR WITH A VIBRANT PRIMARY PALETTE FOR A RUSTIC FETE THAT CELEBRATES ALL THINGS AMORE. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN LEAHY PHOTOGRAPHY DESIGN BY ITALIAN WEDDINGS & EVENTS

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A N I TA L I A N L OV E A F FA I R The grounds of Dimora delle Balze, a 19th-century Mediterranean estate turned hotel, set the vibe for this Tuscan celebration. For a festive tabletop guests can feast their eyes—and stomachs—on, dress it with a combination of bowls of food they can nibble on, like olives, and florals. Bonus: You’ll save a bit of money without skimping on décor. Florals, DarioBenvenuti.com; décor, ItalianWeddingsandEvents.com OPPOSITE Dress, Eugenia Couture, KleinfeldBridal.com; headpiece, MoriePupe.it; hair by Salvo Peluso, ToniPellegrino.it; makeup by La Truccheria Cherie, OrazioTomarchio.it >>

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A SUNN Y SOIR EE Echo the blooms used in your bouquet or boutonnieres on a statement structure for your ceremony, like the rose-, hydrangea- and cactus-covered one here that stands out among the gorgeous Italian landscape. For a crowd-pleasing favor, gift a treat representative of your destination. Here, bars of white chocolate, topped with dried fruit and nuts, are designed to resemble the iconic Sicilian tiles seen all over the island. Florals and ceremony structure, DarioBenvenuti.com; roses, ParfumFlowerCompany.com; chocolate bars, BakeryBoutique.it

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PA PE R PA S S P OR T Let your wedding locale inspire the design of your paper goods. Deckled edges, loose script and a tile motif pay tribute to Sicilian style. Stationery, VeronicaHalim.com >>

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vary seating with a mix of benches and chairs

ALFR ESCO EATS If your outdoor venue and weather allow, forgo a tent entirely for an airy, romantic dinner under the stars.

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DESTINATION DETA ILS Tie your vision together by repeating a design motif throughout your day. Here, an ornate Moor’s head vase (which pays homage to an old Sicilian legend) sits atop a tile “runner,” while the dinner menu mimics the tile designs. Even the cake follows suit, with a black exterior brightened by tile replicas and a topper of marzipan fruit, a regional specialty. Florals, DarioBenvenuti.com; cake, BakeryBoutique.it; menu, VeronicaHalim.com; catering, GrazianoCatering.it

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ARIES

MARCH 21–APRIL 19

PERSONALITY TRAITS

Aries leads the pack as an energetic and unstoppable trailblazer. Passionate and determined, this go-getter isn’t afraid to fight for what she wants. DRESS HOROSCOPE

A sleek pantsuit with an unexpected train is the perfect combination of edginess and refinement—what fearless Aries craves. Top, $3,990, pants, $1,890, Danielle Frankel, MarkIngramAtelier .com; earrings, $2,920, AzleeJewelry.com; shoes, $695, Gianvito Rossi, NeimanMarcus.com

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APRIL 20–MAY 20

PERSONALITY TRAITS

Represented by the bull, this sign has two speeds: relaxed or ready to charge. Although Taurus has a reputation for being grounded and practical, she also has a softer side and is easily enamored with art and culture. DRESS HOROSCOPE

A pale blush dress with 3-D floral appliqué taps into this sign’s earthy yet romantic leanings. Since Taurus is ruled by the throat and tends to have an attractive decolletage, a plunging V-neckline is also a must. Dress, $5,800, AlexandraGrecco .com; necklace, $1,575, SofiaKaman.com; shoes, $120, SamEdelman.com

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PERSONALITY TRAITS

Depicted as a pair of twins, Gemini is a walking contradiction who often experiences opposing emotions and ideas. A rule breaker who changes direction quickly, this fascinating sign inspires creativity and witty conversation. DRESS HOROSCOPE

The quirky combination of a Gothic-inspired silhouette plus frilly lace and playful polka dots appeals to Gemini’s whimsical style and dual personality. Dress, price upon request, Costarellos.com; engagement ring, $6,905, Christopher Designs.com; wedding ring, $6,450, EvaFehren.com; earrings, $340, Aurelie Bidermann, Saks.com; shoes, $155, Senso.com.au

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JU N E 21–JU LY 22

PERSONALITY TRAITS

Deeply compassionate and nurturing, Cancer seeks to form meaningful relationships with others. A natural caretaker and host, this maternal sign strives to put others at ease. DRESS HOROSCOPE

Highly feminine and oh-so sentimental, Cancer is drawn to antiques and heirlooms. A traditional ball gown with a high lace collar is fitting for this nostalgic bride. Dress, $7,190, LegendsRomona Keveza.com; engagement ring, $1,895 (not including center stone), CrownRing.com; earrings, price upon request, Kwiat.com; bracelet, $7,395, EvaFehren.com; shoes, $445, US.LKBennett.com

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JU LY 23–AUGUST 22

PERSONALITY TRAITS

A proud and fierce lion who never shies away from a little drama, Leo is a born ruler. She tends to have an empowering (if not slightly intimidating) presence, and is passionately protective of her loved ones. DRESS HOROSCOPE

This intense sign loves the color gold and all of its snazzy, eye-catching associations. A one-of-a-kind gilded dress plus a regal cape steals the show— and that’s exactly what Leo wants. Dress, $6,995, cape, $2,495, Marchesa, NeimanMarcus.com; earrings, $390, Mallarino, ModaOperandi.com

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PERSONALITY TRAITS

The rule follower of the zodiac, Virgo is energized by control and organization. This efficient sign is all about working toward a flawless existence and physical appearance. DRESS HOROSCOPE

A crisp, curve-skimming gown paired with a luxe, pearl-encrusted capelet is high fashion enough to make a statement, but tailored enough to satisfy Virgo’s perfectionism. Dress, $8,280, Ines Di Santo, MarkIngram Atelier.com; engagement ring, $14,000, AshleyZhangJewelry .com; earrings, $2,816, SimonGJewelry.com

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SEPTEMBER 23–OCTOBER 22

PERSONALITY TRAITS

Symbolized by the scales of justice, Libra epitomizes balance and seeks to bring harmony and beauty to everything she touches. Due to her charming personality and fear of conflict, Libras are social butterflies and skilled diplomats. DRESS HOROSCOPE

Libra lives for love stories and weddings. Only a gown with over-the-top embellishments, like frothy ruffles and 3-D floral appliqué, will do for this hopeless romantic. Dress, $9,600, GaliaLahav.com; earrings, $725, JenniferBehr.com

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PERSONALITY TRAITS

Mysterious and magnetic all at once, this often misunderstood sign is a rebel. Driven by scorching passion and a need for constant reinvention, Scorpio is a trendsetter who isn’t afraid to tap into darker desires. DRESS HOROSCOPE

Modesty is simply not an option here. A boudoir-inspired ball gown complete with a stripped-down corset with garters is just the kind of overtly sexy look Scorpio needs to feel fabulous. Dress, $5,900, VeraWang .com; engagement ring, $4,800 (not including center stone), SayYesWithKarl.com; wedding ring, $6,450, EvaFehren .com; Scorpio zodiac ring, $325, LuluFrost .com; earrings, $4,500, StephenWebster.com

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NOVEMBER 22–DECEMBER 21

PERSONALITY TRAITS

Don’t expect Sagittarius to stay in one place for very long. A truth seeker and worldly adventurer, this sign has incurable wanderlust and an uncanny ability to make friends everywhere she goes. DRESS HOROSCOPE

An effortlessly chic sequined slip dress and bridal sneakers are perfect for the laid-back destination nuptials Sagittarius has in mind. Dress, $1,180, SachinandBabi .com; engagement ring, $1,850 (not including center stone), CrownRing.com; wedding ring, $3,146, SimonGJewelry.com; earrings, $345, Alexis Bittar.com; shoes, $350, SophiaWebster.com

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CAPRICORN DECEMBER 22–JANUARY 19

PERSONALITY TRAITS

Always focused on achieving her lofty goals, ambitious Capricorn is willful and resilient. Once she sets her sights on something, she works relentlessly to attain it. DRESS HOROSCOPE

As a driven networker who prioritizes her social status, this sophisticated sign enjoys the finer things in life. A silk trumpet-style gown with an oversize bow reflects the polished, country club affair Capricorn envisions. Dress, $5,290, Carolina Herrera.com; engagement ring, price upon request, Christopher Designs. com; bracelet, $7,395, EvaFehren.com

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AQUARIUS JANUARY 20–FEBRUARY 18

PERSONALITY TRAITS

As far as Aquarius is concerned, there’s no topic too outlandish to explore. Robots? UFO sightings? Count her in. The intellectual and mad scientist of the bunch, she rejects the status quo and embraces the futuristic and avant-garde. DRESS HOROSCOPE

A standout ball gown with an asymmetrical bodice and linear metallic embroidery puts an eccentric twist on tradition—and Aquarius wouldn’t have it any other way. Dress, $10,650, Isabelle Armstrong, ModaOperandi.com; earrings, $275, JenniferBehr.com

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FEBRUARY 19–MARCH 20

PERSONALITY TRAITS

As the oldest and final sign in the zodiac, Pisces has a soulful outlook. A mystical sign ruled by dreams, she has a magical presence that awakens the imagination and compassion in others—even if she herself comes off as hard to pin down.

FASHION STYLING Shelley Brown HAIR Felix Fischer using L’Anza Healing Haircare at Factory Downtown MAKEUP Tinna Empera using Chanel Palette Essentielle at Factory Downtown MANICURE Jackie Saulsbery using Lauren B. Beauty at Factory Downtown PROP STYLING Maria Santana at Art Department

DRESS HOROSCOPE

An airy blue gown is fantastical enough to suit Pisces’s ethereal aesthetic, but won’t weigh her down. Dress, $6,000, Hayley Paige, JLMBoutique.com; earrings, $175, MignonneGavigan .com; pearl ring, $3,375, LittleHJewelry.com; shoes, $398, StuartWeitzman.com

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE ASTROTWINS Identical twin sisters Ophira and Tali Edut are professional astrologers who reach millions worldwide through their spot-on predictions. Learn more at AstroStyle.com

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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.

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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.

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

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• The tuxedo is classic, but consider all your options. Marrying by the beach? Try a more casual jacket and trousers. Having an ultra-formal wedding? Pick a cutaway coat, gray-striped trousers, gray vest and ascot. peaked lapel

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• Should you rent or buy? If you don’t attend many formal events or if your weight is frequently in flux, renting may be the way to go. If you’ll have three or four more good uses for a tux, the suit will pay for itself.

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Antigua sits smack-dab in the center of the Caribbean Islands.

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

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

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THE BAHAMAS 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW About 700 islands make up the Bahamas, tossed across the lower Atlantic between Florida and Cuba. Only 30 of them are inhabited.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8 Hike along an inland trail or down a coastal pathway, laugh at a mischievous green monkey in the wildlife preserve or unwind in one of the numerous parks. 9 If you want to take to the water, board a catamaran in Bridgetown for lunchtime snorkeling, or set sail for a sunset dinner cruise 10 Dance the night away in “irie” oblivion to live soca, reggae or calypso at Harbour Lights or hot spot Sugar Ultra Lounge. SHUTTERSTOCK

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

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Go horseback riding on Grace Bay beach, one of the highest-rated beaches in the western hemisphere. 3

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

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

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enowned for its sparkling turquoise waters and the longest, most coveted stretch of Grace Bay’s 12-mile white-sand beach, “the last of the true exotics” is perfect for romantic getaways and family-friendly escapes. This includes underwater adventures at one of the top diving destinations in the world. Enjoy 21 fabulous restaurants, and sip tropical drinks at 14 bars. Plus, choose from five spectacular 877-BEACHES villages: French, Caribbean, Italian, Seaside and the Key Beaches.com West Village—all boasting stellar accommodations. WANT MO RE INFO O N TU RK S & C AICOS? G O T O TheKnot.com/honeymoons

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

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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 877-BEACHES lavishly appointed rooms and suites—Beaches Beaches.com Ocho Rios is for lovers of luxury and sun-kissed fun.

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

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

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

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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 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, Sandals South Coast is Sandals.com all beachfront, all luxury, all on Jamaica’s South Coast.

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BANFF AND LAKE LOUISE, CANADA WHY GO The Canadian Rockies are even more majestic once the

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a bottle of wine selected from one of Canada’s largest cellars. (From $350, PostHotel.com) WHAT TO DO Take in the park’s National Geographic–worthy scenery on horseback. Century-old Brewster Lake Louise Stables leads trail rides to noteworthy spots like the Plain of Six Glaciers and the Giant Steps. The half-day Lake Agnes Tea House ride climbs one of the most popular trails in the Rockies and delivers stunning views of Mirror Lake. ($158 per person, BrewsterAdventures.com) DON’T MISS A helicopter can drop you and a guide in remote patches of wilderness. (From $1,830 for a 2-day heli-hike including lodging, CanadianMountainHolidays.com)

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OPT FOR A RUSTIC LUXE ROOM, SUITE OR CABIN, OR ‘ROUGH’ IT IN A SAFARI-STYLE TENT AT ONE OF VENTANA’S GLAMPING SITES.

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BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA WHY GO Set along California’s iconic Highway 1, Big

Sur encapsulates everything dreamy about Northern California. Savor a leisurely breakfast at Big Sur Bakery while waiting for the morning fog to burn off, then hit the beach or take to the trails. In summer, you’re likely to spot blue whales, humpbacks and orcas in their natural habitat. GREAT FOR Road trippers, naturists, foodies, photography nerds WHERE TO STAY Just off a multimillion dollar renovation by Alila Hotels & Resorts, Ventana Big Sur sits on 160 forested acres on the rugged Pacific coast. Guests can opt to stay in rustic-luxe rooms, suites or cabins, or “rough it” for a night or two in a safari-style tent at the resort’s new Redwood and Canyon glamping sites. (Rooms from $850, glamping tents from $523, VentanaBigSur.com) WHAT TO DO Hike the Gorge Trail at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park—it leads to crystal-clear swimming holes. After sunset, stargaze from the clothingoptional Mountain Pool or the Japanese hot baths at Spa Alila. DON’T MISS Literary nerds and photography lovers should book Ventana’s Jack Kerouac experience. You’ll self-drive, following your guide along the Old Coast Road, and stop to picnic along the Little Sur River. ($225 for a 2-hour tour)

WHY GO Nothing compares to summer in New England, and Nantucket embodies the best of the season with its wide beaches, killer seafood restaurants, old-school ice cream shops, cruiser bikes and Vineyard Vines crowd. GREAT FOR Shoppers, beach bums, sailors WHERE TO STAY Located right on Nantucket Harbor, a short walk to the cobblestone streets of downtown, White Elephant is the quintessential beach stay. The 67 rooms, suites and cottages have decks or patios, as well as fireplaces for cool nights. Brant Point Grill is a local favorite, especially around sunset. (From $195, WhiteElephantHotel.com) WHAT TO DO Rent bikes ($30 a day, YoungsBicycleShop.com) and ride the bike path along Hummock Pond Road to Cisco Brewers. The craft brewery holds public tours and tastings, and in summer regularly features live music and food trucks. ($20 for tour, CiscoBrewers.com) DON’T MISS Guests of the hotel have exclusive access to the White Elephant’s 36-foot Hinckley yacht through yachting service Barton & Gray. Reserve it for a romantic, private cruise. >>

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Jade Mountain

ST. LUCIA WHY GO St. Lucia is the Caribbean escape of choice for couples

who prefer waterfalls to pools and hiking to lounging with a piña colada on the beach. During the fall, the weather is still breezy and beautiful on St. Lucia, but the crowds are thinner and rates for both hotels and airfare are lower. GREAT FOR Adventurers, active travelers, sun seekers WHERE TO STAY Located at the highest point on St. Lucia, Jade Mountain feels like a little slice of heaven floating high in the clouds (think: white-sand beaches, pristine coral reefs and an on-site organic farm). The 29 suites are more like mini resorts

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within a resort, with 15-foot ceilings, panoramic views of the Piton Mountains, and a private infinity pool or Jacuzzi. (From $1,110, JadeMountain.com) WHAT TO DO Waterfalls rival beaches as the main attraction on St. Lucia. Sault Falls on the island’s east coast takes a bit more effort to reach, but you’re likely to have the 55-foot falls all to yourself. If hiking is your thing, tackle the 2,619-foot climb up Gros Piton for incredible peak views. (GrosPiton.com) DON’T MISS The 110-minute Alchemy for Two spa ritual at Kai en Ciel Spa was designed specifically for couples and incorporates massage, poetry, chocolates and tantra vibrational oil. ($595)

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CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO WHY GO An easy, nonstop flight from the West Coast, Cabo has transformed in recent years into a sophisticated destination with star chef restaurants and wow-factor luxury resorts. Days are still warm in fall and nights are cool enough to cuddle near a fire, plus families haven’t arrived yet for the holidays. GREAT FOR Hotel snobs, pool people, foodies, surfers, adventurers WHERE TO STAY Dramatic best describes The Resort at Pedregal—with its 900-foot torch-lit tunnel entrance and lunar-inspired spa treatments. Considered one of Cabo’s most romantic places to stay, guests get their own personal concierge to handle every detail, such as restaurant reservations and off-site excursions. (From $525, TheResortat Pedregal.com) WHAT TO DO Discover Cabo’s other “wild side” on The Resort at Pedregal’s Secrets of Baja’s Sierras Luxploration tour. You’ll take a 4x4 to a desert oasis where you’ll hike past towering cacti to cascading waterfalls and swimming holes, and meet local legend Doña Luz for a tortilla-making class followed by lunch. (8-hour tour from $659) DON’T MISS The cliffside setting of El Farallon restaurant makes it one of Cabo’s most coveted reservations. Arrive early to experience a flight of bubbly (choose from 15 varietals) at the Champagne Terrace.

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NICARAGUA WHY GO Fine sand beaches, world-class surf breaks,

exotic islands and dramatic volcanoes make for the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation. GREAT FOR Adventurers, naturists, surfers, culturally curious travelers WHERE TO STAY Nekupe Sporting Resort and Retreat, Nicaragua’s first upscale countryside retreat, is ideal for couples looking for an intimate stay that offers both romance and adventure. Set on an 1,800-acre nature reserve, the property has just eight rooms and a renovated spa. Get your adrenaline fix clay shooting and racing ATVs, or Zen out with yoga and painting classes. (From $900 for all-inclusive, Nekupe.com) WHAT TO DO The charming colonial city of Granada is 30 minutes away. Wander its cobblestone streets, enjoy a boat ride on Lake Nicaragua or have the resort arrange visits with local artists and potters. DON’T MISS Guests with a taste for life’s finer things will appreciate Nekupe’s collection of hand-rolled cigars and aged rums. A resident rum expert and a cigar sommelier lead tastings on request. >>

Nekupe

IDEAL FOR COUPLES LOOKING FOR AN INTIMATE STAY THAT OFFERS ROMANCE AND ADVENTURE, NEKUPE HAS JUST EIGHT ROOMS.

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There’s no better time to cozy up by a fireplace—but a tropical escape is also extra satisfying when temps drop.

QUEBEC WHY GO Winter is the perfect season to sample Quebec’s hearty

signature dish, poutine (fries, gravy and cheese curds), and visit its famed sugar shacks. GREAT FOR Foodies, Francophiles, snow enthusiasts WHERE TO STAY Located in the picturesque village of North Hatley, just 80 minutes from Montréal, Manoir Hovey is a 30-acre lakeside retreat with a renowned restaurant. Each of the 37 rooms and suites is uniquely designed. The Treetops Suite, with its lake-view porch, cathedral ceiling, fireplace and Jacuzzi bathtub, is ideal for a romantic winter stay. Explore the grounds

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on snowshoes or take a spin on the lake’s private ice rink. (From $307, Treetops suite from $529, ManoirHovey.com) WHAT TO DO Spend a day ice fishing on Lake Massawippi with local expert Florent Hébert, then take in the surrounding winter wonderland on a horse-drawn sleigh. Warm up back at the inn with a hot chocolate tasting. DON’T MISS With more than 900 wines and a selection of some of Quebec’s top cheeses, Le Hatley restaurant is a must. Fouror eight-course tasting menus showcase the region’s seasonal ingredients. Chef Wolf’s culinary philosophy is inspired by flavor profiles that celebrate Quebec’s rivers, lakes, forests and fields.

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BELIZE WHY GO Waterfalls, white-

Matachica Resort & Spa

The Woodstock Inn & Resort

ALMOST TRAPPED IN TIME, THE VILLAGE OF WOODSTOCK OOZES NORMAN ROCKWELL CHARM WITH A GENERAL STORE AND A TOWN CRIER.

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WOODSTOCK, VERMONT WHY GO Considered one of the prettiest small towns

in America, Woodstock oozes Norman Rockwell– worthy charm in New England. An old general store and town crier give the village a trapped-in-time feel, and some of the East Coast’s top ski resorts, such as Killington, are 30 minutes away. GREAT FOR Skiers, outdoorsy types, antique lovers, beer snobs WHERE TO STAY The Woodstock Inn & Resort sits across from the Village Green, walking distance to the iconic FH Gillingham & Sons general store and locally loved restaurants, like The Prince and the Pauper. Fresh off a renovation, the 142 rooms are decorated with Federalist-era antiques and artisancrafted furnishings—and some even come with wood-burning fireplaces. Breakfast at The Red Rooster, the resort’s locavore restaurant, is worth waking up for. (From $319, WoodstockInn.com) WHAT TO DO Bundle up and explore the 30 kilometers of trails by ski, snowshoe or fat bike at the resort’s on-site Nordic Adventure Center. Or head to the slopes. The Suicide Six, one of the country’s oldest ski areas, is just 10 minutes away. DON’T MISS The Woodstock Inn & Resort boasts one of New England’s top spas. Request the couple’s treatment room and choose from therapies like a Himalayan salt stone massage.

sand beaches, Mayan ruins, tropical rain forests and the world’s second largest barrier reef are some of the many reasons Belize is a top honeymoon destination. It’s also incredibly accessible. English is the main language and most major airlines in the US fly nonstop, landing you in balmy weather in two to five hours. GREAT FOR Divers, beach bums, archaeology geeks, naturists WHERE TO STAY Live out your castaway fantasies at Matachica Resort & Spa, a secluded beachfront hotel with 31 boho-chic thatchedroof casitas. Reachable by a 10-minute boat from San Pedro, the adults-only property was designed for R & R. Kayaks, paddleboards and snorkel gear are complimentary, and Jade spa uses local ingredients in treatments like the Mayan coffee scrub. (From $225, Matachica.com) WHAT TO DO Pull yourself away from the beach and allow the concierge at Matachica to arrange a halfday adventure to Lamanai. You’ll feel like Indiana Jones as you journey to an archaeological site by boat and tour the crumbling Mayan ruins with a local guide. (From $155) DON’T MISS Experience Belize’s famed reef and diverse marine life (stingrays, nurse sharks, turtles and more) on a snorkel or scuba tour with Belize Pro Dive Center. (BelizeProDiveCenter.com) >>

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The Other Side

ELEUTHERA, THE BAHAMAS WHY GO While the resort-lined beaches of Nassau and Paradise

Island get an influx of college spring break revelers, Eleuthera maintains a blissful, off-the-grid feel. It’s easy to unwind here— days revolve around long walks on pink-sand beaches, fish-fry lunches and sunset cocktails. GREAT FOR Eco-minded travelers, beach bums, glampers, surfers WHERE TO STAY The Other Side delivers the best of both worlds. You get to be based on the sleepy, low-key island of Eleuthera, but have the buzzy nightlife of Harbour Island, a seven-minute boat shuttle away. Entirely solar powered, the resort’s three

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glamping tents and three “shacks” are Instagram eye candy, as is the saltwater pool that appears to be suspended over the ocean. (From $650, OntheOS.com) WHAT TO DO Explore Eleuthera’s blushing beaches. Surfer’s Beach is popular with the hang-ten set while Preacher’s is a favorite picnic spot. The calm, protected waters of horseshoeshaped Ben Bay Beach are perfect for swimming. DON’T MISS Tippy’s, a legendary beach bar with open-air gazebos and eclectic décor, has live music and dancing every Saturday night. Go early for dinner. The chalkboard menu changes daily, but the conch fritters are a delicious staple.

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ALENTEJO, PORTUGAL WHY GO Alentejo, Portugal’s hottest and driest region, is in its prime in spring, when the Mediterranean climate is just right and the fields are a vibrant green dotted with colorful wildflowers. You’ll find glorious empty beaches, perfect waves for surfing, and mom-and-pop wineries and restaurants. GREAT FOR Wine geeks, design aficionados, deserted beach lovers, surfers WHERE TO STAY Sublime Comporta’s 34 rooms, suites and villas have a striking modern design. Minimalist, Scandinavianinspired interiors feature natural touches like cork walls, exposed wood beams and pine stools. Set on 17 pine-shaded acres, guests have access to an adultsonly pool and enormous spa, as well as beds and huts at the exclusive Praia do Pego beach—just book a day in advance. (From $277, SublimeComporta.pt) WHAT TO DO More than 60 miles of Alentejo’s coast is a natural park, which means wild, wide-open beaches. Soak up some sun then enjoy a long lunch at seafoodcentric restaurant, Sal. DON’T MISS Get to know the region’s prized Antão Vaz grape varietal during a wine tasting at Quinta do Quetzal. This gorgeous vineyard, owned by art collectors, also has a gallery and a restaurant, which serves rustic Alentejo cuisine.

Sublime Comporta

ISLAMORADA, FLORIDA WHY GO This island paradise is home to the largest

living coral reef in America, and water activities, including boating, fishing, diving and paddling, are a way of life here. Quirky and laid-back, this is a destination to soak in the sun, feast on fresh seafood and sip cocktails at funky beach bars. GREAT FOR Beach and water lovers, fishing fanatics, naturists WHERE TO STAY A private beach dotted with hammocks, beach loungers and thatched huts is one of many draws at Amara Cay Resort. Many of the 110 rooms have furnished balconies with ocean views, and an on-site dive shop can arrange any water activity. (From $269, AmaraCayResort.com) WHAT TO DO Islamorada is known as the sport fishing capital of the world. Go out angling for tarpon, swordfish and mahi-mahi with Bud n’ Mary’s Fishing Marina. (BudnMarys.com) DON’T MISS Experience the natural beauty of Florida Bay on a two-hour trip through mangrove and hardwood hammock islands. Stop along the way to take in the wildlife. Or opt for a sunset catamaran cruise, complete with complimentary champagne. (From $42, Robbies.com)

Amara Cay Resort

QUIRKY AND LAID-BACK, ISLAMADORA IS THE PLACE TO SOAK IN THE SUN, FEAST ON FRESH SEAFOOD AND SIP COCKTAILS AT FUNKY BEACH BARS.

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“We knew our wedding party would be busy, and we wanted to make sure they were fed,” Emma says of surprising them with pizza after the ceremony. “We love this photo because it includes so many of our loved ones with such goofy faces!”

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