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REGISTRY AWARDS Our favorite 2020 picks, from ecofriendly finds to kitchen classics.

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HONEYMOONS BY SEASON Sunny summer destinations for urban adventurers to beach bums.

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BEAUTY WITHOUT BOUNDARIES

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ENDLESS SUMMER This season’s hottest looks are all about glam embellishments and modern details.

ENDLESS SUMMER

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DEWEY NICKS

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Influencers, pros and real couples on how to make wedding hair and makeup your own.

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SUMMER 2020 20 49

67 REAL LOVE 101

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I N E V E RY I S S U E

BE JEWELED Add pretty personality to your wedding style with dazzling hair accessories.

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WHAT TO WEAR Attire for museum, yacht club and garden affairs.

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TWICE AS NICE

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Get in on the hottest engagement ring trend with a two-stone design.

EDITOR’S NOTE CONTRIBUTORS TOOLS SQUAD ADVICE TR ADITIONS NEW + NOW LAST LOOK

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STYLE + PLANNING 67

RHAPSODY IN BLUE Pantone’s color of the year strikes a very cool note.

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LET LOVE GLOW Break all the rules with a neon party that’s as vibrant as your love.

T R AV E L 89

RECHARGE + REBOOT Four wellness-focused resorts to help you embrace healthy habits together.

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LUXE LOUNGERS Travel in style with comfy yet chic loungewear sets.

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CITY GUIDE: CHICAGO Where to stay, eat and play in The Windy City.

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ON THE COVER Dress in any size, price upon request, Berta.com; jewelry, Jackie’s own PHOTOGRAPHER Ari and Louise FASHION STYLING Shelley Brown HAIR O’Rell Roberts MAKEUP Ariana Jimenez PROP STYLING Ward Robinson and Wooden Ladder

FROM TOP: COURTESY OF VENDOR (2); JOHNNY MILLER; SYLVIE ROSOKOFF; COURTESY OF VENDOR; GETTY IMAGES

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

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

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EDITOR’S NOTE

W E’R E I N T H I S T O G E T H E R As we go to press, an unprecedented pandemic is impacting our country in ways we’ve never experienced before. Schools and stores are closed and working from home has become the new normal. Another reality? Canceled weddings. My deepest hope is that by the time this issue hits stands our world is seemingly back to normal, but I know the repercussions of this will be felt for months. So while we all work to rebuild our way of life, we want you to know that The Knot is here for you via social (@theknot), online (TheKnot.com) and in these pages. Whether you’re forced to reschedule your wedding day or simply feel behind on planning due to weeks of social distancing, we’re here for you. We created the content of these pages before the global pandemic and we’ll be here when the dust settles, too. We’re all in this together.

R E G I S T RY AWA R D S

MY WISHLIST I’m truly loving all of the sustainable options out there, like reusable flatware for when you order takeout and eco-friendly cleaning supplies. But what registry is complete without a bold stand mixer and laundry bag upgrades?

Modular snap & separate laundry bags, $138 for two, Uashmama, Food52.com

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3-piece stainless steel travel flatware set in gold, Do Buy, $13, Amazon.com

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WHY WE LOVE JACKIE AINA! We were fans of Jackie Aina even before she got engaged. Using her wildly popular YouTube channel as a platform (she has over 3 million subscribers!), Jackie is a leader in the conversation around inclusivity in the beauty industry, and has been instrumental in facilitating real change. We jumped at the chance to feature Jackie on our cover and talk to her about beauty standards in the wedding industry and so much more. Check it out on p. 127.

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The Clean Essentials kit, $39, Blueland.com AINA: ARI AND LOUISE; MAXWELL COOPER: SARAH LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY; ALL OTHERS COURTESY OF VENDORS

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CONTRIBUTORS

DEWEY NICKS PHOTOGRAPHER E N D L E S S S U M M E R P. 1 3 4

The key to capturing memorable moments at a wedding is... Staying aware! There are so many expectations of what wedding photography should be and which pictures are important to capture. It’s been my experience that the most loved pictures from a couple’s wedding day have always been of spontaneous and unplanned moments. One simple piece of advice is to take lots of horizontals showing the couple surrounded by all their guests. It’s wonderful for them to see the people that shared the day with them when they revisit the pictures. @deweynicks

MEET OUR CONTRIBUTORS

Dewey and crew on location in the Palm Springs desert.

We asked some of the pros from this issue for the inside scoop on their areas of expertise.

SOPHIE PARKER BOTANICAL ARTIST

O’RELL ROBERTS INTERNATIONAL HAIR GURU COVER + BEAUTY WITHOUT BOUNDARIES P. 1 2 7

If a to-be-wed wants to switch up their hairstyle before their wedding, what should they be mindful of? If you decide a last-minute chop or color is in the cards before your wedding, there are a few things you should consider. First, it’s so important that you have a trial or redo with the cut or color you’ll have on your wedding day. The day-of look you’re aiming for may not work with your new ‘do and your stylist can help address that. Past that, a trial is a great opportunity to gauge how long the styling process may take. Time will fly on your wedding day, so if your style takes two-plus hours, you may need to reconsider. @orell_roberts

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

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What can couples do if they have different travel honeymoon destinations in mind? Prioritization! Work together to find a compromise. Identify what it is about the travel destinations you each have in mind that are appealing to you. Is it the beaches? The hiking trails? The historic landmarks? Once you’ve made a list of what you both want, you can work together to think of a happy middle ground. It may be tempting to fill up your schedule with activities, but you want to make sure you’re able to actually enjoy your vacation by having some downtime. Make a list of all the things you want to do and then draft an itinerary together. That way, you get the best of both worlds—a bit of @maddy___sims activity mixed with a lot of newlywed relaxation.

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How can a couple experiment with mixing up their wedding day florals? Plants and flowers have so much expressive and playful potential beyond the classic crystal vase, so it’s important to have a sense of adventure and whimsy as you’re dreaming up designs with your pro. Think outside the Pinterest bubble if you want to make something truly new—consider referencing forms and ideas that at first glance seem to have nothing to do with florals as you seek inspiration. Recently, a couple asked me if I could channel Dario Argento’s beautiful 1977 Italian horror film Suspiria, and I was like, “Hell yes, I got you—this is going to be so fun!” @wifenyc

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

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

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

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

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REGISTRY

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

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

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

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

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The winning crew is a fivesome from Denver. Here, The Day-Of team dishes on what they love most about working together and what their squad is doing to elevate the industry through their values of positivity, inclusivity and sustainability.

JOHN JURCHECK CFO, LEAD EXPERIENCE ENGINEER

“Courtney leads with the pillars of her mission—whether she’s booking a full-service client or cleaning up after an event after everyone else has left, she is heart driven in everything she puts her mind to.”

COURTNEY HAYES-JURCHECK FOUNDER + EVENT GURU

“I founded my company on the principles of positivity, inclusivity and sustainability. As a result, we draw amazing couples who want a stunning wedding without compromising their integrity. I recruited eachindividual of this team for different reasons, but we all want to make a difference in this world.”

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“I love working with this team because I get to help create a safe space for our couples to express themselves. I’m a second set of eyes and ears to ensure planning stays on track and their special day is dreamcome-true perfect.”

“I love everything our team stands for and promotes. As a gay man I know how challenging navigating the wedding world can seem, but we are changing norms. I get to play an integral role in the details of every wedding we’re a part of. And at every wedding, someone inevitably approaches me to discuss wedding planning as a profession. I always tell them I have the best job in the world. I get to celebrate love for a living.”

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ASK THE KNOT SQUAD You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. We tapped our team—and one of our go-to industry pros—to solve some of your most of-the-moment planning asks. OUR TAKE Add a touch of personality to your day with a creative signature sip.

How can I modernize my grandmother’s heirloom wedding ring and make it my own while still honoring the spirit of the original? SHELLEY BROWN

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We really want to personalize our party with some cool paper or a unique installation. Any thoughts on how to make our reception really feel like us? Think: fun, celebratory, even silly at times.

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Coming up with the details that set your event apart is not only one of the most important parts of the process, but it’s also one of the most fun. As designers, couples come to us with the sole purpose of creating moments their guests have never seen before—and will never forget. If you’re looking to get personal with your day’s décor or paper, anything can spark inspiration, from the cocktails you love to sip with your fiancé and the places you love to visit together, to a photo of your pet or an illustration of the venue itself. The key is sharing and exploring ideas with your designer or planner—the more personal, the better, so don’t be afraid to dig deep! In the past, we’ve illustrated a couple’s pups on their cocktail napkins—and they were a major hit—as well as created coral reef-inspired signage to echo the spirit of Montauk, NY, the couple’s chosen wedding locale. We’ve even blown up a Biggie lyric and displayed it behind the band because he was one couple’s favorite artists. If you open up and get creative, you’re bound to come up with something extraordinary and memorable.

If you want to redesign an heirloom piece but still maintain that vintage feel, consider resetting the center stone in a new design with a similar vibe. For instance, if the ring had lots of vintage details, go for an ornate or vintage-inspired setting that also feels like you. Or, if your taste skews toward modern, opt for a minimalistic setting with more subtle details or engravings (say, on the gallery of the setting under the center stone, where only your eyes will see them) that channel the vibe of your heirloom piece. That way, you’ll have a ring that reflects your taste, but still pays tribute to your grandmother’s original jewelry. We’re so excited about our registry, but we want to make sure our picks are as sustainable as possible. Any ideas for keeping our registry items eco-friendly? A LY S S A L O N G O B U C C O Senior Style and Planning Editor

I love this ethos—and you’re spot on with what’s actually available in stores these days! We believe in buying sustainably so much so that we dedicated this year’s registry awards to it, choosing an earth-friendly product for each category. Check that out on p. 75— we have tons of choices that will inspire your own wish list. Another idea I love: Start a cash fund on your registry with the purpose of donating the proceeds to your favorite eco-conscious organization.

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T W O O F A K I N D “Erik and I are weird in really similar ways—like singing improvised songs about our cats,” Sammi says. “Our day wasn’t complete until we had something highlighting that we can be weird together.”

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C A N N O N B A L L ! “Once we finished the hora, Alex turned to me and said, ‘Take my hand, we’re going in the ball pit,’ and we made a run for it,” Meredith says. “It was one of my favorite moments of the day.”

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F I R S T LO L Not one for serious moments? Infuse a little fun into your first look by rocking a silly wig or costume.

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FAC E T I M E Capture some memories with a few absurd props for your photo booth— paired with an open bar, laughs are a given.

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S W E E T N O T H I N G S “We both love Kanye West’s music and bonded early on over his over-the-top antics,” Chi says. “When it came time to pick what to put on the sign, we wanted to have fun and make people laugh. We didn’t want anything to feel stuffy because we’re laid-back.”

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Instead of sparklers, ask guests to mark your exit with confetti cannons.

G A G R E E L “Whoopee cushions are always funny,” Matt says. “Our planner pushed back, pointing out there would be fart noises at random times, to which we said, ‘Exactly.’ ”

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Set a positive intention for the day while giving your lashes some extra oomph. House of Lashes Multidimensional Prism Lashes, $15, Sephora.com

SOULFUL SCENT This best-selling perfume now comes enhanced with five different stones so you can pick the vibe you’re going for. Coconuts Perfume Crystal Rollerball in Amethyst, $46, SundayForever.com

Whether or not you believe the hype about crystals, they’ve inspired the latest beauty craze. These products probably can’t fix your prewedding stress—but they can help you create a more mindful beauty routine.

M YS T I C M A N I Turn nail prep into meditation with a rose quartz polish and an amethyst top coat. Crystals Made Me Do It duo, $15, NailsInc.com

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This not-your-mother’s-scrapbook from upscale brand Artifact Uprising is the perfect way to track memories for years to come. If you’re anything like us, you and your partner probably keep all your important relationship mementos (think: concert tickets, cocktail napkin poetry and your first photo booth strip together) in a dusty box somewhere in a closet. Luckily, stationery and print company Artifact Uprising has a stylish solution with their new bespoke scrapbook. The hardcover album allows you to tell your love story through engaging prompts and favorite photos, plus it has convenient pockets made to house reminders from your favorite trips, moments and beyond. The Stories We Tell Scrapbook Album, $119, ArtifactUprising.com

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BOOK OF BUDS Shopping for in-season blooms is one of the best ways to stay sustainable, and a new book from Floret Farm’s founder Erin Benzakein makes it a pretty (and easy!) process. A Year in Flowers breaks down her faves per season, plus gorgeous arrangement inspo. $30, Shop.FloretFlowers.com

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NECKLACES OF NOTE This innovative jewelry line combines two of our favorite things: handwritten notes and heirloom pieces. Sincerely Jewelry specializes in custom bling, designed using your loved one’s handwriting or signature. Choose from a variety of styles in solid 14k gold or go extra luxe with a diamond-encrusted design. From $495, SincerelyJewelry.com

Choose a necklace that reflects your personal style.

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LOVE EVERY BODY Size-inclusive fashion brand Torrid launched their latest wedding collection, Ever After. With over 100 pieces, it runs the gamut from wedding gowns and bridal party dresses to lingerie, shoes and accessories. True to Torrid’s body positive mission, Ever After caters to sizes 10 to 30. Another win? The collection—gowns included—is under $400.

Just because you’re having a dry wedding doesn’t mean signature cocktails are a no-go. Enter Seedlip, a bespoke nonalcoholic distilled spirit brand that is as tasty as it is beautiful. Tap your bartenders to use them in your day’s drinks—we love their recipe for a “Minosa” which combines Seedlip Grove 42 with clementine juice and soda. From $30, SeedlipDrinks.com

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Clutch, $1,995, JudithLeiber.com

Shoes, $595, JimmyChoo.com

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Dress in sizes up to 28, from $280, Amsale.com DRESSES & TUXEDOS: DEVON JARVIS; STYLING: CLAIRE TEDALDI/HALLEY RESOURCES; VENUE: AMANDA DUMOUCHELLE PHOTOGRAPHY; ALL OTHERS COURTESY OF VENDORS

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Set sail in style with a classic gown or preppy suit plus fun nautical accents. Have your crew wear navy dresses for an overall chic look. Earrings, $365, Miansai.com

Shoes, $350, LoefflerRandall.com

Clutch, $1,095, Edie-Parker.com

Dress in sizes up to 24, $179, Kleinfeld BridalParty.com Shoes, $230, BHLDN.com

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Channel the more relaxed feel of your location with a simple— but stunning—lace dress or unfussy gray suit. Outfit your friends in fluttery, floral-print frocks to play up the whimiscal vibe of your nuptials in nature.

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What’s better than one center stone? Two! Get in on the hottest engagement ring trend with a Toi et Moi (that’s French for you and me), or two-stone design.

Bespoke emerald and diamond pearshaped ring in white gold, $29,000, AlexandraJules.com

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Pear and marquise cut split ring in rose gold, $3,675, AnitaKo.com

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Duet pear pave ring in yellow gold, $9,600, KatKimFine Jewelry.com

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Ashoka diamond ring in platinum, price upon request, Kwiat.com

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BLUE CREW Consider blue one of those universally flattering shades everyone will love.

GLAM GLASS Serve your signature cocktails in a specialty glass to up the personalization.

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Edible favors are always a big hit with guests— match treats to your palette to reinforce the design vibe.

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B L U E BY SEASON The versatile color plays well with others, whatever the time of year.

Party like a royal with this saturated, wedding-ready hue.

H OT W H E E L S YO U ’ R E A GEM Agate-slice table numbers are a pretty way to add a touch of luxury. Table numbers, $10 each, HelloPosh.com

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Upgrade your postreception getaway with a color-coordinated ride.

SUMMER Pair with a lighter dusty blue for a coastal bash

FA L L Team with rich amber for a moody but chic soiree

WINTER Complement with a rich plum for a cold-weather party

SPRING Enliven with a sweet mint shade to ring in spring

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When the color experts at Pantone named Classic Blue their “it” shade for 2020, we’re pretty sure we heard to-be-wed couples around the world rejoice. The reason? The bold shade is perfectly suited to any celebration (and virtually any vibe), evoking an atmosphere that is at-once energized and totally chill. Use it as the star of your show by decking out your wedding party and reception space in the hue, or opt for subtle hits throughout the day in the form of modern stationery and signage or unexpected cool touches, like a retro getaway car or frosted edible favor.

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BRIGHT & CHEERY Combine streamlined typography and floral imagery with saturated paper shades for a very modern mail day. Stationery suite, Ephemora.com. Opposite page: Gown by Elizabeth Dye, TheSentimentalistATL.com; suit, Zara.com; hair and makeup, LatiaCurtis.com; models, Ashley James and Tonya Robinson

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Give a basic white tiered cake a party-ready upgrade with spray-painted baby’s breath and acrylic accents worthy of funky decades past. Cake, LayeredByLex.com; acrylic stand, ShopPopDisplays.com

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old, bright and neon—not necessarily words you’d use to describe a traditional wedding, but here’s the thing: There is no traditional wedding in 2020. These days, it’s all about throwing a bash that feels true to you and your love. So whether that means a formal ballroom affair or a roller-rink party decked out in disco balls, we’re here to say: You do you. Case in point? This funky, fun and florescent party designed by the team behind Lucky Penny Creative. They took ’90sera neons and totally modernized them with help from of-the-moment florals, daring fashion choices and grounding black accents. If you’re looking to host a party this bold, you’ll want to pick-and-choose your moments. Going big in the floral department? Maybe tone it back with your cake’s decor and stationery suite. This way, your wow-worthy moments can truly hold center stage, and the whole day’s design isn’t competing for attention. The end result? A celebration as unique as your love story.

Glassware and linens, ProfessionalPartyRentals.com; dishware, WorldMarket.com; flatware, Target.com; cocktails and bar, TheUptownCompany.com

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ECO-FRIENDLY MAKE SMART CHOICES FOR THE PLANET AND YOUR HOME WITH THESE STYLISH, SUSTAINABLE PICKS.

BOWLED OVER Made from recycled bamboo, these colorful bowls nest inside one another, making meal prep and storage a cinch. Bamboo 7-piece nesting bowl set in blues, $74, Bamboozle, Food52.com

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Filled with 100% recycled polyester, this blanket mimics the heat of down, ensuring you’re warm wherever your adventures take you. NanoLoft Puffy Blanket in Crisp Fade, $149, Rumpl.com

W A L K T H I S W AY Spoil Fido while giving back— proceeds from this leash support animal welfare and rescue organizations. The Henri ombre cotton rope dog leash, $62, FoundMy Animal.com

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Calling all hot water hogs: This easyinstall device helps you cap your water temp and usage for a more ecofriendly morning shower routine. Livin Shower Plus, $599, LivinShower.com

E AT G R E E N Know exactly what’s in your dinner with this safe (and stylish!) cookware set, which is free of toxic materials like PFOA, PTFE, lead, nickel and more. Cookware set in sage, $395, CarawayHome.com

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SMART SIP Not only will this bottle help cut your plastic use, but your purchase also supports Parks For All, which invests in the development of public green spaces. 32 oz. bottle, $45, Hydroflask.com

T R E A D L I G H T LY This indoor/outdoor rug is woven from recycled plastic bottles, meaning it can stand up to anything you (or your pets, or your guests) put it through. Lhasa rug in coral, from $54, FabHabitat.com

PLUSH PICKS Made from Fair Trade certified organic cotton, these towels will turn any bathroom into a luxe retreat. Air Weight organic bath towel, $48 each, Coyuchi.com

L AY D O W N Soft eucalyptus fabric and recycled fill makes this extra-fluffy comforter the perfect lazy Sunday accessory. Cloud comforter, from $130, Buffy.co

S M A R T S I LV E R W A R E Stash this reusable flatware set in your desk and you can check that “no utensil” box next time you order takeout for lunch. 3-piece stainless steel travel flatware set in gold, Do Buy, $13, Amazon.com

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SLICE AND DICE Totally food safe and made using recycled plastic and renewable sugarcane, these cutting boards are, dare we say, chic. The reBoard, $35 each, MaterialKitchen.com

WE’RE JAMMIN’ Pump your favorite tunes through these headphones, made using sustainablysourced wood, and recycled aluminum and leather. Exodus over-ear wireless headphones, $200, House of Marley, Amazon.com

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COMPOST CAN This compact bin is small enough to stash on your counter or under the sink for easy food scrap disposal. Good Grips kitchen composter, $27, OXO, Wayfair.com

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KITCHEN WHETHER YOU’RE A NEWBIE OR TOTAL CHEF GOALS, THESE PICKS WILL HAVE YOU OWNING THE KITCHEN. G O D U TC H A modern version of everyone’s favorite kitchen staple, this dutch oven is perfect for roasting up a big dinner for guests. The Dutchess in broccoli, $145, GreatJonesGoods.com

D O - I T-A L L OV E N Apartment dwellers will love this smart oven—it takes the place of dozens of appliances and comes preprogrammed with delish recipes. Brava oven starter set, $1,095, Brava.com

MIX IT UP You can make literally almost anything in this kitchen workhorse, from pasta sauce and dough to your favorite smoothie. Vitamix Professional G Series 750 Heritage Blender, $599, Wayfair.com

I N TO T H E B L U E Made from aluminized steel and coated in a safe nonstick ceramic finish, this stylish sheet pan makes cleanup a breeze. Holy Sheet, $35, GreatJonesGoods.com

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COFFEE BUZZ Fulfill all your barista fantasies with this smart espresso maker, which boasts on-screen instructions for your favorite sips. Barista touch espresso machine in stainless steel, $1,000, Breville, Williams-Sonoma.com

W H AT A D I S H Available in four chic shades, these ceramic plates are perfect for every day use. Big Plates, $52 for 4, YearAndDay.com

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These reusable silicone bags are clutch for storing leftovers or prepping a sous vide meal. Silicone reusable food bag in 1/2 gallon aqua, $20, Stasher, Amazon.com

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HAPPY HOUR Pre-mixed capsules are the key to this craft cocktail maker, which also houses your favorite spirits. Bartesian premium cocktail maker, $350, Wayfair.com

K I TC H E N C L A S S I C This durable stainless-steel cookware set boasts even-heat technology and a sleek finish. D5 stainless brushed 10-piece aluminum nonstick cookware set, $900, All-Clad, Wayfair.com

YO U R M I X E R , YO U R W AY KitchenAid obsessives will love their new DIY offering, which lets you customize the color, bowl, engravings, tools and more. Customized KitchenAid stand mixer, from $380, KitchenAid.com

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Too busy to cook? Not with this 7-in-1 gadget— it’ll help you churn out a delicious meal in half the time. Instant Pot Duo 6 qt. 7-in-1 pressure cooker, $100, Target.com

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CUTTING EDGE This easy-on-the-eyes knife trio comes with every blade you need, from paring to bread to chef’s. The Trio of Knives with walnut stand, $155, MaterialKitchen.com

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C LEAN + ORGANIZE CREATE A SPACE THAT WOULD MAKE EVEN MARIE KONDO PROUD WITH ITEMS THAT HELP YOU TIDY EVERY CORNER. H AV E A B A L L Swap single-use dryer sheets for these wool balls, which cut down drytime and eliminate static just as effectively. Five Two wool dryer balls, $36 for 6, Food52.com

S P R AY S A F E These next-gen cleaners pair reusable bottles with dissolvable tablets for a truly green clean. The Clean Essentials kit, $39, Blueland.com

WRINKLE FREE Look presentable 24/7 with this pro-worthy iron, which steams out creases in seconds. SteamForce iron, $94, Rowenta, BedBathandBeyond.com

L A U N D R Y D AY Cute laundry bags are a thing, guys— and these fit the bill, plus have chalkfriendly labels for easy organizing. Modular snap & separate laundry bags, $138 for two, Uashmama, Food52.com

TRASH TA L K Take the mess out of garbage duty with this sleek voiceactivated can (seriously!) that opens and closes on command. Rectangular sensor can with recycler in rose gold, $250, SimpleHuman .com

S L E E K S TO R A G E Invest in this do-it-all Pyrex set to bake, store and serve any dish you dream up. 19-piece glass bake and store set, $65, Pyrex, BedBathandBeyond.com

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C LO S E T S AV E R Find space you didn’t know you had and stash everything from thick sweaters to summer shoes. Twigg 6 tiers hanging organizer, $60, Symple Stuff, Wayfair.com

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H A N DY H E L P E R You can control this smart vac with your phone even when you’re not home, so it’s basically like hiring a cleaning service. RoboVac 30C robot vacuum cleaner, $269, Eufy, Amazon.com

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STYLE + PLANNING PLUSH PICK Available in dozens of shades, these cozy towels complement any bathroom decor. Hygro Duet bath towel, $10, Wamsutta, BedBathandBeyond.com

B ED + BATH WE ALL NEED A LITTLE R&R—MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR NEWLYWED AND CHILL LIFESTYLE WITH THESE WINNERS.

BED ESSENTIALS Crafted from 100% Egyptian cotton, these breezy sheets are lightweight and cool to the touch. Percale sheet set, from $129, ParachuteHome.com

L U X E LO U N G E R Customize “mine” and “yours” robes to bottle that honeymoon hotel feel all year long. Women’s short robe, from $135, WeezieTowels.com

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B R E AT H E D E E P Featuring an easy-to-control app and expert-crafted hypoallergenic scents, this smart diffuser easily adds that “home sweet home” vibe. Smart Diffuser, $200, AeraForHome.com

L I G H T T H E W AY Trouble catching zzz’s? Let Casper’s new light count sheep for you—it’ll self-dim to lull you into a better, deeper sleep. The Glow Light, $129, Casper.com

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R E S T E A SY Good news—your quest for the perfect pillow is over thanks to Pluto, which allows you to customize the firmness, fabric and more. Custom pillow, from $75, PlutoPillow.com

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LIFESTYLE WHETHER THE MOUNTAINS, THE BEACH OR YOUR COUCH ARE CALLING, WE’VE GOT THE GEAR YOU NEED.

G I M M E S H E LT E R Take on the great outdoors in this durable tent with enough room for your closest buds. 4-person dark room tent, $198, Coleman, BedBathandBeyond.com

A W AY W E G O From its hard shell exterior and chic colors to the uber-organized compression interior, it’s no wonder this suitcase brand is on every traveler’s must-have list. The Medium suitcase in classic blue, $275, AwayTravel.com

I N S TA-T H I S Co-engineered with pro camera brand Leica, this 3-in-1 pocket camera is made for adventure, with adaptive design that lets you shoot right for the grid. Insta360 ONE R camera, $480, Store.Insta360.com

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You can easily tote this charcoal grill around, making it the perfect companion to pregame tailgates. 17” cube portable grill in stone, $199, Everdure by Heston Blumenthal, Wayfair.com

Save your sanity with this smart collar, which allows you to track your pet’s location from your phone and lights up with safety alerts. Link Plus classic collar, $60, Shop.LinkAKC.com

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MUSCLE MANIA Upgrade recovery day with a TheraGun, the high-intensity muscle massager beloved by pro athletes. G3PRO professional massager, $599, TheraGun, Amazon.com

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PUMP IT UP This speaker may be mini, but it packs a punch when it comes to sound—plus it boasts a waterproof case, so you can stash it in your beach bag worry-free. SRS-XB12 mini Bluetooth speaker, $58, Sony, Amazon.com

Create a cash fund to score dream items, like a cult-fave Peloton bike. Peloton bike package, from $2,245, OnePeloton.com

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SMART TECH EMBRACE THE WAY OF THE FUTURE WITH TECHIE ITEMS THAT WILL GIVE EVERYDAY LIFE A SERIOUS UPGRADE.

F E E L T H E H E AT Keep cozy—or cool—at home with a smart thermostat that learns your habits and adjusts your environment accordingly. Google Nest Learning Thermostat Third Generation, $249, BedBathandBeyond.com

WORK OF ART Say goodbye to that eyesore above your fireplace— now you can disguise your guilty pleasure with a super-slim smart TV that doubles as artwork when not in use. The Frame Series 65” smart 4k UHD TV, $1,800, Samsung, BestBuy.com

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FRESH AIR This powerhouse purifier destroys pollutants (including VOCs and mold) thanks to an innovative PECO filter. Molekule Air Mini, $399, Molekule.com

LO C K A N D K E Y Attach this smart gadget atop your existing deadbolt and you’ll be able to control access to your home through a remote app. Genius! August Wifi Smart Lock, $280, August.com

Never lose your keys again with this handy add-on. Simply attach it to your key ring (or onto anything you want to keep tabs on) and track via your phone. Tile Pro 2-pack, $60, TheTileApp.com

H E L LO, G O O G L E A favorite of our real couples, this smart speaker is great for streaming podcasts, music, news and more. Google Home, $100, Target.com

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HOME HUB Pull up a recipe, video call fam, control your smart devices—there’s really nothing Amazon’s Echo can’t do these days. Amazon Echo Show 8, $130, Amazon.com

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POSTPONE CONTACT YOUR VENDORS IMMEDIATELY The first people to contact are the ones tasked with making it happen. Your pros should be understanding of your decision and can help provide additional guidance on next steps, from securing a future date to contacting guests. However, keep in mind that your vendors are small businesses and probably dealing with an influx of calls just like yours, so try to be patient. They also may be impacted by things like childcare issues as schools across the country are closed and figuring out how to keep their employees safe and healthy.

U P D A T E Y O U R G U E S T S The easiest and most effective way to relay your message is via your wedding website. A simple message that’s to-the-point is best. You may also want to consider creating a list of FAQs if you think your guests will have similar questions around travel refunds, hotel room blocks and your new date. Other communication options include sending your guests an email or splitting up the guest list between you, your partner and close friends or family so that you can start making calls.

C O N S I D E R A W E E K D A Y When working with your vendors to reschedule, try to keep an open mind. While your original date may have landed on a Saturday, securing another Saturday later in the year may not be possible. Consider

other days of the week like a Monday (really!), Thursday, Friday or Sunday. You’ll have a better chance of securing all of your vendors, and, yes, your guests will still attend!

CELEBRATE YOUR ORIGINAL DATE Even if it’s not the day you had planned, the date will always hold significance. Find a small, but meaningful way to celebrate. (Find 10 of our fave ideas on the next page!)

S E N D A ‘ C H A N G E T H E D A T E ’ While keeping your wedding website updated is the most convenient way to keep your guests in-the-know, consider mailing a follow-up “change-the-date” notice as another reminder. It only needs to include basic information like your new wedding date and location.

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to dream up the perfect event, from florals to centerpieces to invitation designs.

RESEARCH (AND EVEN VIRTUALLY C O N N E C T ! ) W I T H V E N D O R S Technology

Send a “changethe-date” to keep your guests in-the-know.

and social media apps have made it much easier to get planning accomplished from a distance. If you’re still in search of vendors, check out The Knot Marketplace for a comprehensive overview of wedding pros including reviews from couples who’ve previously hired them. Find vendors you like? Schedule a one-on-one conversation using tools like FaceTime, Google Hangouts and Skype. They can walk you through presentations of their past work and answer any questions you might have.

B U I L D Y O U R R E G I S T R Y If you’ve been putting it off, now is a good time to sit down with your partner and start registering. After all, there’s no better way to identify what your household needs than to, well, be at home all day. The Knot Registry allows you to add items from virtually anywhere that offers e-commerce as well as set up cash funds for things like a honeymoon, down payment on a home or new puppy!

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I F YO U ’ R E

PLANNING G E T I N S P I R E D If you have yet to nail down your wedding theme, take The Knot Style Quiz to narrow down venue options, color palettes and even floral arrangement ideas. The quiz is an easy starting point; plus, it connects you to the best vendors who can execute your vision in your chosen destination. If you consider yourself crafty, this would be the time to get out the glue, scissors and poster board to create a physical vision board (or a virtual one on the platform of your choosing). Look at this time of self-quarantine as a gift of focused time and energy that you can use toward doing the proper research

Start by researching local bridal boutiques in your area to see what designers they carry within your budget range. This will help you narrow down the salons you’d like to visit once group gathering restrictions are no longer in place. Plus, your loved ones can look forward to a fun date where you model dresses, sip bubbly, and catch up—together. If you’re closer to your NARROW DOWN wedding date and need THE SALONS to shop virtually, that’s YOU’D LIKE TO possible too at certain VISIT ONCE boutiques. It consists RESTRICTIONS of setting up a video ARE NO LONGER consultation, at-home IN PLACE try-ons and taking your own measurements.

CONNECT WITH YOUR PARTNER Whether you’re quarantined at home with your partner or hundreds of miles away, you can spend this time working through communication exercises. Services like the Lasting app can help you navigate possible premarital conversations—without excuses that you’re too busy or inundated with dinners, in-person meetings and more.

TAKE BACK

YOUR DATE! Here are 10 ways to celebrate your original wedding date.

1 HAVE A VI RTUAL COM M I TM ENT CEREM ONY

2 INVITE YOUR LOVED ONES TO DRIVE BY

3 OPEN A WEDDI NG G I FT (OR TWO!)

4 ENJOY A FANCY M EAL

5 PL AN A VI RTUAL CO CKTAI L HOUR

6 ORDER DES SERT FOR TAKE OUT

7 SAY YOUR VOWS ANY WAY

8 G ET DRES SED UP

9 HO ST A VI RTUAL G AM E NI G HT

10 HAVE YOUR FI RST DANCE I N YOUR L I VI NG RO OM


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recharge+reboot After toasting endless glasses of bubbly, indulging in countless celebratory meals and skimping on sleep to plan, couples are seeking out wellness-focused resorts for a prewedding reset or a postwedding wind down. A mind-body retreat will help you embrace healthy habits together, while also giving you plenty of opportunities to be pampered side by side at the spa. B Y J E N M U R P H Y

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Before you write off Sedona’s crystal shops and vortexes—purported areas of concentrated energy—as woo-woo, book a stay at Mii amo. Located on sacred Native American grounds in Boynton Canyon, this 16-casita retreat specializes in spiritual healing. Guests can choose from three-, four- or seven-night journeys, most of which include two spa treatments a day, meals and use of the property’s pools, steam room and sauna. A typical day might start with intention setting in the Crystal Grotto followed by a guided

vortex hike to Cathedral Rock. Hit the café for a nourishing lunch with garden-fresh ingredients, then head to the spa with an open mind and experience Mii amo’s renowned alternative therapies. Master healers will guide you in interactive aura photography sessions, energy clearing work and Native American-inspired treatments like the Soul Seeker, which reconnects you with your inner self through guided imagery and soul journeying. $6,000 for a three-night, all-inclusive journey; Miiamo.com

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An institution on California’s Central Coast, the Ojai Valley Inn has long been a favorite escape of wellness seekers. With 303 rooms nestled among 220 oak-shaded acres and a 31,000-square-foot Spa Village, the property feels like a private Shangrila. The Spa has plenty of options for pampering, but repeat guests come for its roster of resident experts specializing in everything from energy healing to chakra cleansing. After completing a personal wellness assessment, guests work with a nutritionist to fine-tune their eating habits. Holistic nutrition expert, Carolyn Maul, educates guests on topics ranging from anti-inflammatory foods to the power of probiotics. And the year-old Farmhouse, an epicurean center helmed by star chef Nancy Silverton, hosts gluten-free and vegan-themed cooking classes as well as more indulgent lessons centered around wine and cheese. A farm-totable ethos runs through the inn’s four main dining venues. You’ll find coldpressed juices and nutrient-packed veggie bowls at the Spa Café, and an Italian twist on California cuisine at Olivella. From $918; OjaiValleyInn.com

The ultimate yoga getaway for outdoor enthusiasts, Blackberry Mountain in Walland, Tennessee feels like your own private national park. Set amid 5,200 acres in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the wellness-focused sister property to foodie favorite Blackberry Farm offers nearly a dozen styles of yoga, from hot power to mellow yin. The mid-mountain Yoga Loft serves as the main hub of om, but classes also take place on a picturesque outdoor platform with endless views, and silks are strung from treetops for aerial sessions. Accommodations include 18 cottages and a handful of homes, but

honeymooners should opt for one of the cozy Watchman cabins built into the side of the ridge. Blackberry’s experts can add on experiences to complement your practice. A vigorous vinyasa, for example, might be followed by a hike or a candlelight yoga class might conclude with suspended soundbathing and meditation. Unlike an ashram, you’re encouraged to indulge. Two restaurants serve dishes like mushroom and ramp bowls with Southern grains and woodgrilled rosemary quail. Ask the sommelier to pair your meal with wines from the 10,000-bottle collection. From $1,045, BlackberryMountain.com

MINDFULNESS It’s perfectly acceptable to sport workout clothes all day at the new Four Seasons Hotel Lanai. The brand’s first all-inclusive wellness resort pairs its signature service with the cutting-edge technology of Sensei, the well-being company founded by Larry Ellison and Dr. David Agus. Guests work with their guide to craft a personalized itinerary that might include thermal body mapping and restorative yoga. Anchored by a reflecting pond, the hotel oozes tranquility, while 10 teak spa hales, outfitted with Japanese ofuro tubs, are temples of R&R. One-on-one mindfulness coaching will help prepare you for practices like journaling and open-sky meditation. You’ll want to be present for meals at Nobu, where menus feature ingredients harvested from an onisland sustainable farm. From $4,500; FourSeasons.com/koele

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LUXE

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LOUNGERS Get hygge on your honeymoon travels with one of these comfy (but super chic) loungewear sets. BY SHELLEY BROWN

Top in sizes up to XL, $58, pants in sizes up to XL, $68, B Collection by Bobeau, Bloomingdales.com

COZY UP Top in sizes up to 5X, $52, pants in sizes up to 5X, $88, SKIMS.com

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LUMIFY redness reliever eye drops, $12, Target.com

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July 18-25 The fifth annual National Bridal Sale Event (NBSE) takes place on July 18-25, 2020. Nearly 900 independent, locally-owned bridal retailers will participate in this SALE event meant to offer brides, bridesmaids, and wedding guests an unprecedented opportunity for substantial savings. Many bridal salons will extend the event through the following week (and longer). Check with your local salons. For a list of participating bridal shops, brides can visit www.NationalBridalSaleEvent.com. The site also offers brides a guide to successful shopping for a wedding gown as well as changing features such as the bridal-shop-of-the-month, and designer-of-the-month that brides will find useful year-round. Brides can visit our sister site ComeFindYourYes.com to learn how to choose the perfect wedding gown and why a full-service salon is the best place to shop.

“It’s a huge sale in July at bridal salons everywhere, and I got an amazing wedding dress at a really great price! I could try it on and my Mom and I both love it. They even had some gowns that I could take home that day. The sale was fantastic.” — Heather M., Bridal customer of Jay West Salon, Haddonfield, NJ


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Visit the Art Institute, one of the oldest and largest art museums in the US. Then, explore Millennium Park (don’t miss a group pic in front of The Bean) and stroll The Magnificent Mile.

Cheers to wine o’clock!

Check out Lincoln Park Conservatory, home to lush greenery and florals. Admission is free, and it’s a stone’s throw away from Lincoln Park Zoo.

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Begin with brunch at The Hampton Social in Streeterville. With lush greenery and string lights, the space makes for a perfect Insta pic. Check out their menu for frosé!

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Pick up a Chicago-style hot dog while you’re at it— just trust us.

PLAY BALL Catch a Cubs game at historic Wrigley Field.

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LAUGH OUT LOUD Head to an improv show at The Second City, the company where comedians like Tina Fey, Steve Carell and Amy Poehler got their start.

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Founded in Chicago, Goose Island has been serving its famous beer since 1988. Book a brewery tour and then enjoy a tasting in the chic taproom.

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TAKE TO THE WATER Rent an electric boat on the Chicago River (it’s more affordable than it sounds, and BYOB). After, head to North Avenue Beach for some sun and then stroll back lakeside.

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WIND DOWN Close out the weekend with some city-famous deep-dish pizza at Lou Malnati’s.

Get the best view of the city by enjoying drinks at The Signature Lounge. It’s on the 96th floor of one of the tallest buildings in Chicago and offers stunning panoramas.

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W H Y N O W Smaller crowds and offpeak hotel rates mean you’ll have an easier time finding a secluded stretch of sand or finding a table at one of the island’s top restaurants. W H E R E TO S TAY You can’t beat the location of Malliouhana, an Auberge Resort. The island’s 44-room grand dame overlooks three of the island’s top beaches. Unobstructed ocean views, an infinity plunge pool and private beach access make the new Turtle Cove Suite worth the splurge. From $795; Turtle Cove Suite from $1,500; AubergeResorts.com/ malliouhana D I S H TO T R Y Don’t miss the jerk chicken sandwich or shrimp street tacos at Blanchards Beach Shack on Meads Bay. BlanchardsRestaurant.com A DV E N T U R E TO H AV E A night paddle in Liquid Glow’s transparent kayaks trimmed with LED lights reveals turtles sleeping on the sea floor as well as flying fish and stingrays. $75; AnguillaKayak.com C U LT U R E H I T The Savannah Gallery showcases contemporary art from Anguilla as well as throughout the Caribbean and Central America. SavannahGallery.com I N S I D E R T I P The West End Cliffs offer stunning vistas, and The Devil’s Arch, a vibrant limestone cliff, is the perfect photo op from both land and water.

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W H Y N O W Less crowded than Cape Cod and the Hamptons, the seaside town of Newport shines brightest during the summer with events such as the Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Waterfront Oyster Festival. W H E R E TO S TAY Set on Goat Island, Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina is just minutes from downtown but feels worlds away. The resort boasts Newport’s only outdoor hotel pool, plus a waterfront outpost of NYC’s Italian restaurant Scarpetta, a terrific spa and cute resident goats. Rooms from $500; GurneysResorts.com/newport D I S H TO T R Y Don’t miss the twin lobster rolls at Belle’s Café, a dockside spot hidden away in Newport Shipyard. NewportShipyard.com/bellescafe

C U LT U R E H I T Stroll along the gorgeous 3.5-mile Cliff Walk and take in Gilded Age mansions of America’s elite, such as the Roosevelts and Vanderbilts. I N S I D E R T I P Book a sunset helicopter tour and request to be picked up and dropped off on Gurney’s North Lawn. $350 for two passengers; NewportHelicopterTours.com

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN W H Y N O W Days are long, warm and sunny. Venture north and you can experience the midnight sun, or do like the locals and hop around the Stockholm Archipelago, an estimated 30,000 islands and islets.

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A DV E N T U R E TO H AV E Learn to paddle, pop up and ride waves during a private lesson with Rhody Surf at Easton’s Beach. One-hour lesson $65; RhodySurf.com

W H E R E TO S TAY For a home away from home vibe, book one of the 12 rooms at Ett Hem, a stylish arts and crafts townhouse hotel. The garden is spectacular in summer. From $410; EttHem.se D I S H TO T R Y Scandinavian open-fire cooking is elevated at Ekstedt, where the tasting menu features dishes like juniper-smoked turbot and hay-flamed lamb. Tasting menu from $100; Ekstedt.nu A DV E N T U R E TO H AV E Take a ferry to the small island of Fejan. Explore with Fejan Outdoor on a kayak tour ($130) or stay overnight in a glamping tent. From $400, including dinner; FejanOutdoor.se C U LT U R E H I T One of the largest contemporary photography museums in the world, Fotografiska has a fantastic restaurant with some of the city’s best views. Fotografiska.com I N S I D E R T I P Café Pascal is the top spot for fika, the Swedish version of a coffee break. CafePascal.se

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PAPAGAYO, COSTA RICA W H Y N O W Rainy season has just ended, leaving the landscape lush. Glassy ocean conditions are perfect for snorkeling, paddling and kayaking. And humpback whales start migrating in late July. W H E R E TO S TAY Jungle meets sea at Kasiiya Papagayo, a 123-acre retreat with five eco-chic tented suites, three beaches, a resident shaman and a movement coach. For stunning ocean views, request one of the Laughing Whale suites perched at the top of the hill. From $800; Kasiiya.com D I S H TO T R Y The restaurant at Kasiiya makes a gussied-up version of casado, adding coconutcrusted shrimp and a fried egg to the Costa Rican staple of rice, black beans, plantains and salad. A DV E N T U R E TO H AV E Arrange a day trip to Bat Islands. The archipelago in Santa Rosa National Park is a 90-minute boat ride from Kasiiya and considered a top spot for diving, hiking and snorkeling. C U LT U R E H I T Visit Guaitil, a Chorotega indigenous village, known for its pottery decorated in traditional motifs. I N S I D E R T I P Portuguese Beach, just off of Kasiiya, has excellent snorkeling. Hike, SUP or kayak there, and ask the team to bring a picnic.

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W H E R E TO S TAY Set on a cliff overlooking Sunset Beach, the historic craftsman-style Willows Inn is known for its restaurant. Accommodations range from cozy rooms to off-site beach homes. Honeymooners, request the ocean-view cottage at the top of the property. From $240; Willows-Inn.com D I S H TO T R Y House-cured Pacific sockeye salmon dressed in brown sugar and verjus glaze is a standout on chef Blaine Wetzel’s extraordinary 15-plus-item tasting menu at Willows Inn. Dinner for two, $450 A DV E N T U R E TO H AV E Outer Island Excursions has a 95 percent success rate spotting whales, including orcas, grays and humpbacks, on their cruises. $199; OuterIslandX.com C U LT U R E H I T The island is known for its vibrant artist community. Open studio tours of more than 14 galleries are held Memorial and Labor Day weekends, but you can also call any time to schedule visits. I N S I D E R T I P For a great hike, try the Baker Preserve Trail, which peaks at 1,000 feet with great views of the San Juan Islands to the southwest.

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W H Y N O W The pace is indulgently slow on Lummi Island, a rural gem less than 20 minutes by ferry from Bellingham. Weather peaks in summer—perfect for foraging, hiking, kayaking and whale watching.

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DENALI NATIONAL PARK, ALASKA W H Y N O W Spanning over six million acres, Denali rarely feels crowded, even in peak summer months. Wildflowers bloom in June and July, and wildlife, including more than 165 species of birds, wolves, grizzly bears and moose, is bountiful. W H E R E TO S TAY Guests of five-room Sheldon Chalet sleep in style just 10 miles below the summit of Denali— North America’s highest peak. The journey, a 30-minute helicopter ride in from the gateway town of Talkeetna, doubles as an aerial tour. Champagne awaits upon arrival. From $3,150 per person, per night; SheldonChalet.com D I S H TO T R Y Wildflower Café, a Talkeetna institution, is known for its meaty king crab legs and Alaska microbrews. TalkeetnaSuites.com A DV E N T U R E TO H AV E The Sheldon Chalet team can arrange a private ski plane picnic inside a customcarved snow lounge on the slopes of Mt. Hunter. $6,500 C U LT U R E H I T Explore the Talkeetna Lakes with Alaska Nature Guides, and you’ll learn about the local flora and fauna, plus Alaska native traditions. $64 for a 3-hour hike; AlaskaNatureGuides.com

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I N S I D E R T I P Stop by the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge for some of the area’s best Denali views, and to shop the boutique’s curated selection of Alaska Native art. AlaskaCollection.com

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As architects, we had so many big ideas surrounding our day. Together, we designed and built our ceremony arbor—it served as the centerpiece to our wedding and inspired our stationery and style. Postwedding, it acts as a bookcase in our apartment.”

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Emily and Eli’s crew sipped shakes in their outfits—the guys in gray and the gals in a mix of warm tones.

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BOUQUET Emily carried a warm mix of anthurium, ranunculus and roses. FAMILY STYLE Emily and Eli asked guests to watch the ceremony in a way they called “Oscars style,” which meant simply sitting at their dinner tables. TABLESCAPES Gauze runners, orange candles and metal vases topped tables. PROGRAMS Guests read from a newspaper-style bulletin, complete with a cartoon and “letters to the editors” written by friends. ART Still-life art inspired Emily and Eli’s design style, which included a hanging mobile. LOVE LANGUAGE The couple originally bonded over crossword puzzles, and Eli also used one to propose, so they included one in their programs, too. BACKDROP Emily and Eli said “I do” in front of a handmade structure, which they now use as a bookshelf at home.

s architects, Emily Kruse (27) and Elias “Eli” Logan (28) are pros at designing things to their liking— and their wedding was no exception. “Our day was like our personal style—very composed,” Emily says. “We’re artful and intentional. We approached it like a design project.” Though the couple created several of the day’s décor pieces, including their ceremony installation and ceramic vases, they did so with an emphasis on fun and minimalism over formality or perfectionism. “We took a lighthearted attitude toward the process,” Eli says. The pair switched up the day’s order, putting their cocktail hour before their vows—giving them plenty of time to hang with guests—and ended the night with a mini food-fight with friends, tossing around the pomegranate centerpieces they’d chosen. — LO U I S BAR AGO NA

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GOWN Emily’s sheath-style dress featured a few surprises, including a lace train and crisscross-style ribbon in the back. SEATING CHART All of the couple’s paper goods mirrored the arbor, the day’s centerpiece, hence the arched shapes of the seating chart display. CAKE The pair chose a dessert in one of their fave flavors to make at home: classic strawberry with buttercream. For the exterior, the couple opted for an ombré design finished with strawberries, bright ranunculus and other blossoms. RIDE Emily and Eli made their grand exit in her grandfather’s convertible. FAVORS Guests took home heartshaped cookies packaged in patisserie boxes inspired by Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel—but instead of the movie’s Mendl’s, the boxes read Mosby’s in honor of the pair’s pup.

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E M I LY + E L I A S WEDDING STYLE Eclectic and Rustic with Romantic and Vintage touches. Get married in a Warehouse, Loft or Barn.

COLOR PALETTE Earth tones Red, soft blue, copper and brown with coral pops.

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make the celebration, but did pose for pics in a terra-cotta-colored bow tie. I N S PI R E D E AT S The couple studied abroad in Italy, so they honored their travels with a family-style Italian meal.

1 Bow tie bolo, rose gold, $25, TheTieBar.com 2 Italian washed linen napkins, set of four, $25, Williams-Sonoma.com 3 Heart cookie cutter, CybrTrayd, $6 $6,, Amazon.com 4 N.Simone gown in sizes up to 14, $1,675,, Floravere.com 5 Foil-stamped $1,675 geometric wedding invitation, 100 for $270, $270, ArtifactUprising.com

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CEREMONY + RECEPTION SITE The Bride and The Bauer, Kansas City, MO PHOTOGR APHY Kaley from Kansas; Sara Miller Photography PARTIAL EVENT PLANNING Dearly Creative Co. FLOR AL DESIGN Flora Design Co. ARBOR FABRICATION Collective Ex OFFICIANT Ray Coffey (family friend) GOWN Rue de Seine, Ceremony Bridal Shop, Boston EARRINGS Eny Lee Parker SHOES Emily: Rachel Comey; Eli: Camper SUIT Indochino; shirt: Bonobos BOLO TIE Savannah Hope Ducharm ENGAGEMENT RING Hume Atelier WEDDING RINGS Emily: Melanie Casey; Eli: Hume Atelier HAIR The Hair Parlour MAKEUP Emily: The Hair Parlour; bridesmaids: Natalie Cordray WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Dresses: Revolve.com; suits: Zara; ties: DaziUSA.com INVITATIONS Artifact Uprising; DIY PROGR AMS NewspaperClub.com; DIY MENUS + PLACE CARDS DIY RENTALS Supply Event Rentals & Design CATERING Cupini’s CAKE McLain’s Bakery DESSERTS Betty Rae’s Ice Cream MUSIC Lost Wax FAVORS DIY TR ANSPORTATION Custom Limousine and Trolley HONEYMOON Europe

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#MAKETRADITION Emily and Eli honored the couples before them by erecting what they called a “wedding hall of fame.” The display included vintage photos of their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents atop soft blue-painted plywood stands. “Our grandparents are super good with genealogy,” Eli says. “So we used them as resources to get all these old photos together.”

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We had a bunch of leftover stands from a thesis project that matched our ceremony arbor, so our wedding hall of fame became our own design project. It made for a homey little corner of the venue. -Eli Take our style quiz to create your own wedding vision by downloading THE K N OT WE D D IN G PL ANNE R APP

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STATIONERY Smoky shades of crimson set the tone for the party on the pair’s suite. GET-READY GLAM Clenet and her ladies prepped for the day in Asian-inspired robes, complete with a red cherry blossom pattern. JEWELRY Clenet found accessory inspo in a surprising place. “I was watching Miss Universe and when Catriona Gray, Miss Philippines, won, I fell in love with her ear cuff,” Clenet says. “It’s modeled after the Filipino flag.” CENTERPIECES Tall gold vessels filled with anthurium, roses and dried palms towered over tables. CAKE A fan design decorated the couple’s dessert, which included layers of vanilla custard and dulce de leche. SECOND LOOKS At the reception, Jacob changed into a traditional barong tagalog. VENUE Clenet and Jacob said “I do” at the estate-like Park Chateau.

lenet Macalindong (28 and a registered nurse) designed her wedding to Jacob Shapiro (28 and a customs and border protection officer) as a love letter to their shared Filipino culture. “I’m Filipino and Jacob’s mom is Filipino,” Clenet says. “We first bonded over a shared understanding of our culture, from the food to the language.” Inspired by Crazy Rich Asians, Clenet envisioned a day full of glam touches and Asianinspired décor, including fan-like shapes and lots of vibrant red. “In Chinese culture, the color red brings good luck, vitality and happiness,” Clenet says. “My late grandmother was half Chinese, so the red was my way of honoring her.” On the day-of, Clenet walked down the aisle to “Can’t Help Falling In Love”—the Kina Grannis version featured in Crazy Rich Asians, of course. — LB

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WEDDING STYLE Elegant and Modern with Glam touches. Say “I do” at an Estate, a Historic Site or in a Ballroom.

COLOR PALETTE Jewel Tones Red, burgundy and gold with punches of pink and white.

MUST-HAVES AN E PI C PRO P O SAL Jacob honored the pair’s high school meet-cute by proposing at their old football stadium. WAR M GOO D BYES After the ceremony, the newlyweds skipped a traditional recessional in favor of a receiving line. “We wanted to get the party started,” Clenet says. B I G B ITES Partygoers took their pick of

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C E R E M O NY + R EC E PTI O N S ITE Park Chateau, East Brunswick, NJ PH OTOG R APHY PhotoDH VI D EOG R APHY Amor In Motion E VE NT + FLO R AL D ES I G N Design Decor House O FFI CIANT Rev. Roxy GOWN Tony Ward, Kleinfeld Bridal, New York City; reception: Johanna Ortiz, Nova Octo E AR RI N G S Tessera Jewelry S H O ES Clenet: Neiman Marcus; Jacob: TheBlackTux.com TUXE DO TheBlackTux.com; reception shirt: custom barong tagalog, gifted E N G AG E M E NT R I N G James Allen WE DD I N G RI N G S Anna Sheffield HAI R Manes by Mia MAK EU P Makeup by Monize WE D D I N G PART Y AT TI R E Bridesmaids: Jenny Yoo; groomsmen: TheBlackTux.com I NVITATI O N S Bliss & Bone PROG R AM S + ESCO RT CAR D S Minted.com R E NTAL S Luxe Event Rentals CATE R I N G Park Chateau CAK E Palermo Bakery M U S I C + PH OTO BOOTH Key Music Group FAVO RS SunnyWedding, Etsy.com H O N E YM OO N Japan HAS HTAG #TheShapiroSoirée

#MAKETRADITION One of the ways Clenet and Jacob honored their shared Filipino culture was with a traditional money dance. “Typically, the bride and groom dance together and a male approaches,” Clenet says. “From there, the bride dances with him before a female approaches, and they clip money onto us with each dance.” However, the pair put a twist on the typical dance. “We wanted one big party,” she says.

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Instead of the tradition of asking people to walk up one by one, we invited everyone to the floor and people started pinning us left and right. It was our favorite part of the day. -Clenet

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Alex embraced cheerful blue in a wool suit. “I wanted to stand out,” he says.

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FAMILY CIRCLE Gina and Alex took a hands-off approach with their squad’s dress code, simply instructing them to rock light colors. “I loved the mismatched, nonuniform look,” Gina says. FLOWERS Unexpected picks, including papayas, dates and garlic scapes, punched up the day’s blooms. VEIL Gina added even more color to her look by creating her veil, complete with tulle ribbon. BACKDROP Gina sewed the rainbow-colored quilt that hung as reception décor (and now decorates the pair’s nest). “We DIY-ed as much as we could,” Alex says. LOVE NOTES Gina surprised Alex by singing Kacey Musgraves’ aptly titled “Rainbow” at the ceremony, accompanied by her childhood guitar teacher. HAPPY FEET Guests took home cozy custom socks that read “Everything and lots of it.”

f course artists Gina Rockenwagner (31 and a designer and proprietor) and Alex Lake (32 and an artist) have a strong knowledge of color—they met in art school. After an April Fool’s Day proposal, the pair planned a bash full of what Gina calls “rainbow bright” hues. “We wanted everything to be super colorful and super playful,” Alex says. “We’re vibrant human beings.” One of the ways the couple kicked up the palette: textile garlands collected from Guatemala, Peru and Mexico, which they turned into a ceremony backdrop. Though Gina and Alex loved the colors of SmogShoppe’s existing greenery, the creatives also enlisted art school friends to flex their skills and make more décor, like drawing the Illustrations that decorated the seating chart. “We really put our BFAs to work with this thing,” Gina says. —LB

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TABLESCAPES One-of-a-kind, handdyed napkins topped raw wood tables alongside quirky piñatas in fun shapes, like a hamburger and a dinosaur. HOME VIDEOS Alex created videos to project onto the walls of the party, including footage of the pair’s late cat, Paws. “Seeing that was the one time on our wedding day I really cried,” Gina says. MENU Partygoers took their pick from a bread bar, complete with coastal English cheddar and Cambozola cheeses. “My dad’s a baker and he told us to take all the bread we wanted,” Gina says. “I took literally everything from his bakery.” CAKES Gina chose a triple-berry cake with layers of butter cake and whipped cream, while Alex went for a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. Guests also grabbed cookies and berry cobbler—a major crowd fave.

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COLOR PALETTE Brights Bursts of turquoise, pink and fuchsia with pops of orange and yellow.

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MUST-HAVES RU LE B R E AK E RS Gina and Alex skipped

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C E R E M O NY + R EC E PTI O N S ITE SmogShoppe, Los Angeles PH OTOG R APHY Sylvie Rosokoff VI D EOG R APHY Sam Richardson M O NTH - O F COO R D I NATI O N Kelly Demaray/Demaray Events FLO R AL D ES I G N Isa Isa Floral O FFI CIANT Eugene Fama Jr. (bride’s uncle) GOWN Costarellos, Moda Operandi VE I L DIY S H O ES Gina: Loeffler Randall; Alex: Stacy Adams S U IT Suitsupply; shirt: J.Crew; accessories: J.Crew E N G AG E M E NT R I N G In God We Trust; Cecile Raley Designs WE DD I N G RI N G S Todd Bracken Jewelers HAI R The Compound Salon MAK EU P Carmell Lewis WE D D I N G PART Y AT TI R E Various I NVITATI O N S Moo.com ESCO RT CAR D S & M E N U S DIY C E NTE R PI EC ES La Piñata CATE R I N G Bill Zoldan, DLS Events CAK E Sweet Lady Jane CAK E TO PPE R DIY D ES S E RT S Röckenwagner Bakery M U S I C Ceremony: John Vester; reception: Dart Collective FAVO RS Soft Haus TR AN S P O RTATI O N Uber HAS HTAG #Lakenwagner

#MAKETRADITION It only made sense that Gina follow her vows, in which she included a metaphor about her love of knitting, with a handmade sweater for Alex. “I was very superstitious and believed that if you knitted your person a sweater before marriage, they’d break up with you.” Postceremony, Gina surprised Alex with her creation. “I love when she makes me things and this was so special,” Alex says.

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The moment I cried most was when I opened the package and saw this sweater. Gina knits all the time, but knitting a sweater is a pain. It takes months and Gina is very busy. It was so selfless. -Alex

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TABLE NUMBERS Rachel and Sasha’s guests sat at tables named after different trees. PLATINUM PACK The duo affectionately dubbed their wedding party “The Platinums” or “platties,” for short. STATIONERY Rachel and Sasha found invitation inspo in scarab beetle necklaces owned by Sasha’s late mom. The couple’s designer added the insect to the suite’s wax seal. SMOOTH MOVES Though Rachel loved doing the hora, Sasha wasn’t quite so sure until after. “It was special to see pictures of all my favorite men holding me up,” she says. SIGNATURE COCKTAILS Guests sipped the Smokey Grapefruit, a Mezcal and grapefruit juice drink. RECEPTION The pair’s party brought the outdoors in, including hanging greenery. LINENS Rachel’s sister dyed the guests’ silk handkerchiefs.

uch of Rachel Weitzenkorn (31 and a clinical social worker) and Sasha Klupchak’s (32 and a professor and filmmaker) relationship has been marked by time spent in the great outdoors. After Sasha proposed on a boat in the Swiss Alps, the pair planned a wedding full of tributes to nature with a few artistic spins. “I grew up in Aspen and the mountains mean so much to us,” Rachel says. “We wanted it to feel like a Dutch still life painting in spring.” As Sasha says, “It had to be dark and moody, but not Goth and not too bridal.” The pair started the day with an outdoor ceremony, under the shadows of snowcapped mountains. “I loved sitting with Sasha under our chuppah just before our loved ones rounded the corner to witness our marriage,” Rachel says. “We just held each other and took in the view.” — LB

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by hiking with friends and swimming in the river. “We picked stones and threw them in with blessings,” Rachel says. I N S PI R E D VOWS The couple modeled their vows

after the writing of their ketubah and found inspiration in the stages of the seasons.

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CEREMONY SITE Anderson Park at Aspen Meadows Resort, Aspen, CO RECEPTION SITE Doerr-Hosier Center at Aspen Meadows Resort, Aspen, CO PHOTOGRAPHY Leila Brewster Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Elysium Weddings EVENT PLANNING BlueBird Productions FLORAL DESIGN Prema OFFICIANT Brooke Bundy (friend) GOWN Odylyne, Loho Bride, Los Angeles SHOES Rachel: Chie Mihara; Yuul Yie; Sasha: Yves Saint Laurent ACCESSORIES Rachel: heirloom; Sasha: Anna Sheffield SUIT Coat: Gucci; pants: Frame; bustier: La Perla ENGAGEMENT + WEDDING RINGS Anna Sheffield HAIR Salon Tullio MAKEUP Vanessa Vieni WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Various INVITATIONS + PROGRAMS Poste and Co. ESCORT CARDS Neive Tierney Design; Poste and Co. RENTALS Alpine Party Rental; Casa De Perrin; Dyed in the Wood; Premier Party Rents CATERING + DESSERTS Aspen Meadows Resort FAVORS Dyed in the Wood HONEYMOON Canada HASHTAG #FreaksOnaLeash

#MAKETRADITION Rachel and Sasha switched up the traditional ceremony order by asking guests to come to them. “We did a sort of backwards processional,” Sasha says. “We were welcoming everyone into our life to be a part of this journey with us.” Guests waved silk handkerchiefs dyed by Rachel’s sister as they made a celebratory entrance to “This Must Be the Place” by Talking Heads.

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Our wedding party guided the parade of our guests to the ceremony. Looking out and seeing our friends and family leading a parade of other loved ones will always be a special moment in my life. -Sasha

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FLOWERS Roses, birds of paradise and tropical greenery sprouted from vintage bubble gum machines at the reception. “I knew I wanted bold colors and wild silhouettes,” Adar says. FAMILY CIRCLE Tyrel snapped on cuff links complete with photos of him and Adar, as well as his late parents. CAKE The newlyweds cut into a spray paint canshaped dessert, another nod to BK. DÉCOR Ever the pro, Adar designed and built the neon lounge area using PVC pipes and lights. BALLIN’ Adar and her ladies rocked Nets jerseys as they got ready. FRESH KICKS Tyrel slipped into a custom pair of Jordans for the day. CENTERPIECES Adar and Tyrel spent months searching high and low for vintage boom boxes and bike rims to top tables. In the end, the spray-painted pieces came from all over the country.

rooklyn was the only place for Adar Wellington (35 and a furniture artist and choreographer) and Tyrel Kirkham (36 and a vice president of merchandising and licensing) to tie the knot—it’s where they met, after all. “We were working for the Brooklyn Nets,” Adar says. “Tyrel was in merchandising and I was heading up all of the entertainment.” After a little persistence, the pair hit it off, thanks in part to a passion for music. Though the couple eventually moved to Cali, they knew Brooklyn had to be the backdrop for their vows and found inspiration in one of the borough’s most famous artists: Biggie Smalls. Not only did Tyrel use his poetry skills to work Biggie lyrics (among others) into his vows, but Adar relied on her eye for design to incorporate the rapper’s famous words onto the décor. — LB

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MUST-HAVES M E AN I N G FU L M U S I C Tyrel’s nieces took the stage

during the ceremony, playing “All of Me” by John Legend on the bass and cello. SWE ET TR E AT S Nutella, Adar’s fave snack, got

plenty of shout-outs during the day, from Tyrel’s vows to jars as favors, complete with custom labels. S M OOTH M OVES As a choreographer, Adar was

excited to see Tyrel bust a move. “It was so cool to watch him let loose,” Adar says.

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C E R E M O NY + R EC E PTI O N S ITE Greenpoint Loft, Brooklyn, NY PH OTOG R APHY Kesha Lambert Photography VI D EOG R APHY Jordan Jeanty Studios M O NTH - O F COO R D I NATO R Saedra Bracy; assistant: Christine Thomas E VE NT D ES I G N C’s The Moment; ESP Productions; Parker Art Restoration; Tweak It Studios FLO R AL D ES I G N Brooklyn Blooms O FFI CIANT S Deidra Olds (groom’s sister); Omar Wellington (bride’s brother) GOWN Ysa Makino, Kleinfeld Bridal, New York City S H O ES Adar: Badgley Mischka; Tyrel: Nike TUXE DO Bresciani E N G AG E M E NT + WE D D I N G R I N G S 21C Designs HAI R Adar: Janelle Joseph; wedding party: Heights Salon MAK EU P Adar: Porsche Fabulous; wedding party: Jacen Bowman WE D D I N G PART Y AT TI R E Various S TATI O N E RY Parker Art Restoration; escort cards: Tweak It Studios R E NTAL S ESP Productions CATE R I N G Levy Restaurants CAK E BCakeNY M U S I C DJ Spynfo; Hudson Horns FAVO RS C’s The Moment; Tweak It Studio WE LCO M E BAG S Tweak It Studio TR AN S P O RTATI O N Aarius International H O N E YM OO N Italy HAS HTAG #AdarTystheKnot

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Adar and Tyrel made it a priority to pay tribute to the family members they’ve lost on their wedding day. Not only did Adar wear a custom pendant containing her dad’s ashes to the ceremony, but the pair also held a moment of silence and lit two candles in honor of Tyrel’s parents and Adar’s father. Adar also quoted her dad in her vows, saying, “He told me, ‘The one will treat you like a star.’”

With Tyrel’s parents and my dad being deceased, it was important to honor them. I made sure my father was with me, hand-in-hand, as I walked down the aisle with my brothers. -Adar Take our style quiz to create your own wedding vision by downloading THE K N OT WE D D IN G PL ANNE R APP

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GLAM GURU YouTube star and bride-to-be Jackie Aina is as passionate about inclusivity as she is about beauty in general. She gave us the scoop on why diversity matters, how to find the best pro for you and the wedding makeup trend she’s loving.

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HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE BEAUTY STANDARDS IN THE WEDDING INDUSTRY SHIFT?

There seems to be a lack of diversity in how weddings are portrayed in the media. Even though I don’t know a ton about the industry, I do know from the magazines I’ve read and even the Instagram pages I follow that I always think, ‘Where are the black people? Where are the different cultures?’ Weddings are a part of every culture and I think that’s the beauty of them; they’re an opportunity to celebrate your beliefs and background. I would like to see more diverse faces and stories represented.

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ANY TIPS FOR FINDING THE RIGHT FOUNDATION SHADE FOR YOUR SKIN? I always say match your foundation to the center of your chest, because you want the color of your face to match your body. While it used to be standard to test foundation against your neck, the issue with that is sometimes your neck is lighter or darker than the rest of your body. A lot of us actually tend to be tanner around the

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IS THERE A BEAUTY TREND YOU CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF RIGHT NOW? This isn’t just a bridal beauty trend, but I’m loving soft glam. It’s inspired by ’90s makeup and is all about neutral tones (think: tan, taupe and mauve) that match your complexion. For someone with my skin tone, that might mean browns and plums, while someone who’s a little bit lighter might look better in tan and taupe. It’s just a really beautiful, full face of makeup that feels glam but it’s not too harsh or dramatic—it’s like highlighting and contouring the entire face including the eye and lip instead of just your face.

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IS THERE A BEAUTY TREND YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE LESS OF? Over-the-top lip fillers. Also, excessively tanning yourself to the point where you end up looking like a different race. Keep it cute and bronzed—but don’t overdo it!

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WHAT’S YOUR TAKE ON OPTING FOR BOLD OR SUPER TRENDY MAKEUP ON YOUR DAY?

If your overall style is inconsistent, and one day you want to wear neon lips and the next day you’re into bright pink hair, I don’t think you’re going to look back on your wedding photos and regret wearing bold or trendy makeup on your day. Ultimately, whatever YOU DON’T reflects your style and whatever WANT TO makes you feel the most beautiful H I R E S O M E O N E WHO CAN’T is what you should go with. If you WORK WITH A want to wear a black wedding VARIETY OF gown, then wear a black wedding COMPLEXIONS gown. If you want neon lashes, AND HAIR then wear neon lashes. I think you TEXTURES. should go with what truly makes you feel the most confident.

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If you’re interested in hiring an artist, pay close attention to their portfolio. Look for videos that show them doing hair or makeup, because that’s a surefire way of making sure their work is legit and in line with your vision for your day. If you’re a person of color, looking for diversity in their portfolio is important because even as it pertains to your bridal party, you don’t want to hire someone who can’t work with a variety of complexions or hair textures. And finally, having a trial is a must. You don’t want to find out how your hair and makeup is going to look the day of your wedding. Schedule it a few months before your day—you could even use your engagement photos as a test run.

perimeter of the face and sometimes around the mouth, so the chest pulls it all together. And, you can always highlight and contour accordingly. For example, if someone’s face looks noticeably darker than their chest, they can contour. If it’s noticeably lighter, they can highlight.

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I’ll definitely bring my lip color with me because that’s always the first thing that fades. I’ll probably also have lash glue on hand just to be on the safe side.

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MAKING THE CUT of her wedding—but then she chickened out. Though risky, this plan seemed like both the solution to my bridal hair woes and a way to shake things up on my day. I started to look for a stylist who would agree to go against the advice of every wedding magazine, and chop five inches off my hair before I walked down the aisle. After a little bit of legwork I found Bianca, who worked in New York. The catch? I live in Denver and was getting married in Connecticut, so I wouldn’t meet her until the morning of my wedding. Since we couldn’t meet in person, we coordinated over email. I didn’t tell my fiance, Hunter, about my plan. Talking about it made me nervous. Everyone I told seemed worried I wouldn’t be happy with my haircut, but I was confident in my decision. My only fear was that Bianca would have second thoughts and wouldn’t show up. She did show up, though. She cut my hair into a sleek lob the morning of my wedding while my bridal party waited downstairs. She kept

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saying, ‘I can’t believe I’m chopping off your hair and you’re so calm.’ But I knew I was going to love it. Hunter’s reaction was funny. My surprise haircut was about me, not him, but it was fun to keep him on his toes. He was so overcome with emotion as I walked down the aisle he didn’t notice at first. As soon as we walked out of the church the first thing he said to me was, “YOUR HAIR!” He thought it was awesome. I told him I’d planned it for a while but hadn’t expected it to go so seamlessly. Looking back, I do have just one regret: I wish I’d been bolder and gone even shorter.

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’m not emotional about my hair. Some women change their hair and freak out about it for weeks—that’s not my deal. But having my hair styled professionally (say, at my friends’ weddings) does make me emotional. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been happy with getting my hair done beyond just a standard blowout. Elaborate updos and curls never felt like me. Seriously, is there a worse feeling than hating your hair and being photographed all day? When I got engaged, I started to wonder what I was going to do with my hair at my own wedding. Just looking for inspiration gave me anxiety— there didn’t seem to be options out there that would make me feel like the best version of myself. I wanted something timeless—I didn’t want to look back at photos and think, ‘Oh God, that’s when that hairdo was in style.’ Then I remembered my friend Becky. She had a similar dilemma and decided to cut her hair into a foolproof lob (or long bob) on the morning

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Rather than wear a “bridal” updo that didn’t feel like her, Kelly Steadley cut her hair into a lob. The twist? She did it the morning of her wedding.


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MAKEUP

Gorgeous skin isn’t just about makeup. In her new book, Glow from Within, celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas details what to snack on—and what to limit—for a flawless complexion.

Founder and CEO of wedding hair and makeup company Beautini, Brittany Lo believes everyone needs some beautifying before their “I dos.” Below, her tips on working with a groomer or makeup artist.

GLOW FO OD S DO YOUR RESEARCH

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A higher intake of healthy fats like avocado, oily fish and nuts leads to stronger skin cells (read: fewer wrinkles).

PROTEIN

HAVE A TRIAL

Lean proteins like salmon, beans and tofu are some of the most important elements in building firm, pliable skin.

If you’re opting for basic cover up, a trial isn’t necessary. But if you’re used to doing your makeup a certain way or are going for a more dramatic look, do a test run before your day to make sure you’re on the same page as your artist.

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WATER

Water improves the skin’s thickness and density. Plus, hydrated skin cells swell, reducing the appearance of fine lines.

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Find a vendor with a diverse group of artists of different backgrounds. That way, they’ll be ready to tackle anything you throw at them— whether it’s full makeup or just grooming.

Herbs and spices like turmeric, rosemary, ginger and fennel have important antiinflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Don’t be afraid to give your artist specific feedback if you’re not happy with your look. If you’re coordinating makeup or grooming on behalf of your groom, make sure he’s in on the conversation and comfortable with the direction.

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Drinking green juice and eating vegetables keeps your digestion on track and is a great way to get vitamins and minerals.

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GLOW DI M M ERS Sweets slow down collagen production and your lymphatic system, which can lead to saggy skin and break outs.

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Drink plenty of water at the rehearsal dinner and don’t overindulge in salty foods or alcohol. Hydration is key for skin that wears makeup well.

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Hitting the cocktails too hard interferes with your body’s ability to absorb nutrients, causing dullness and puffiness.

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If you don’t use skincare products, apply at least some moisturizer the morning of your wedding. If you’re #selfcare obsessed, stick to your usual regimen. The week of your wedding is not the time to start experimenting with new products.

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SOMETHING ‘YOU’ From rocking hot pink hair color to going full glam with man makeup, these to-be-weds tossed tradition IRL and created their own personalized—and stunning—wedding beauty looks.

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We knew we wanted timeless looks for our wedding. I’ve been doing hair and makeup for over 15 years, so I did my own. I used Temptu airbrush makeup and rose gold highlighter, plus Kevin Murphy hair products. Cameron had pros help him with his look. His makeup artist applied a combo of blush and contour to perfect his skin, while his hairstylist used a thin curling iron to touch up and define his curls. Our wedding day glam definitely helped our photos pop even more!”

Feel free to ignore these outdated hair and makeup tips.

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Prior to the wedding, I had a shaved and tapered haircut. So for the first time in over three years, I decided to grow my hair out. As it began to grow out over the course of a year, I knew I wanted my wedding hair to complement the curl pattern on the Sabai of my dress (a Sabai is a traditional shawl-like garment). Being both Black and Thai, I thought I pulled off a look that represented both sides of my background.”

I wanted to feel like myself on my wedding day, and I feel the most like myself when I have pink hair. I’ve been dyeing my hair since 2016, so it didn’t even occur to me that it was an offbeat choice for a bride. I even shopped for gowns with my pink hair in mind. Once I found the dress, I started making a veil that wouldn’t cover too much of my hair. I wanted a flower crown, but I went with small flowers to avoid taking away from my ’do!”

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Naturalistas: This one’s for you. Stiff bridal updos were all the rage in the past, but these days the only requirement is that your wedding hair is a true reflection of yourself.

3 A SPRAY TAN IS ESSENTIAL While there’s nothing wrong with boosting your tan with some light bronzing, a faux glow is not the only way to look camera-ready. Make sure to drink plenty of water, exfoliate and moisturize regularly in the weeks leading up to your day so you look—and feel—amazing.

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I’ve been wearing glasses every day since the fourth grade, and over the years they’ve become my favorite accessory. A lot of people told me that I should wear contacts on my wedding day because I would look prettier, or that there would be a glare on my glasses in photos. But I decided I wouldn’t look or feel like myself without my glasses. So I ignored the naysayers (I highly recommend adopting this vibe) and I’m really glad I did.”

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CURL POWER As the go-to stylist of celebs like Tika Sumpter and Tiffany Haddish, Annagjid Kee Taylor knows a thing or two about hair. She gave us the deets on embracing your natural texture.

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IF YOU WANT TO WEAR YOUR NATURAL HAIR ON YOUR DAY, HOW SHOULD YOU PREP BEFOREHAND? Style your hair naturally and pay attention to timing: Do you like it best when it’s freshly styled or a few days after? For example, when rocking my fro, I tend to love it most on the third or fourth day. No matter your hair type, it’s important to test drive your wedding hairstyle before your day, just to make sure you love it.

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WHAT SHOULD BRIDES WITH TEXTURED HAIR LOOK FOR WHEN HIRING A STYLIST?

Always do your research before using a new hairstylist. Make sure they’re comfortable working with a variety of hair types and know what products work best for you. Once you find someone that meets your criteria, schedule a trial a few months before your wedding.

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WHAT HAIRSTYLES WORK BEST FOR TIGHT CURLS, LOOSE CURLS AND WAVES?

The best part about hair is that it’s versatile, so don’t feel limited to certain styles if you have a curly or wavy texture— these are just suggestions. For tighter curls, try leaving your hair big and free. I also love the idea of adding small flowers throughout your ’do. T H E B E S T T H I N G Loose curls are great for any wedding updo because they’re generally easier to style. Half ABOUT HAIR up, half down is beautiful, either with a curly IS THAT IT’S ponytail at the top or a dramatic, high bun VERSATILE ... DON’T FEEL with loose curls. Waves always look beautiful LIMITED IF YOU down, especially when cascading down the H AV E A C U R LY back and shoulders. Add hair accessories (if TEXTURE. you’re feeling it) for a more formal feel.

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ANY TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR HAIR FRESH AND FRIZZ-FREE THROUGHOUT YOUR DAY?

During styling, make sure your pro is using a great frizz-control product, especially if you aren’t wearing a more structured updo that locks your hair into place. Soft- to medium-hold hair spray will also help to stave off fuzzies all night long.

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HOW DO YOU WORK WITH MULTIPLE TEXTURES (SAY, GOING FROM RELAXED TO NATURAL HAIR)? The big question here is: To do a big chop or not to do a big chop? It’s a totally personal choice. You can either cut off your hair and start from scratch, or try styles that protect your hair (such as braids or extensions) during the growing out process. You can also manipulate your curl pattern so the relaxed part blends with the natural part better by wearing twist outs or flexi rod sets until the evolution of your hair is complete.

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Nairobi Wrapp-It Shine foaming lotion, $24 for 32 oz., Amazon.com

Aunt Jackie’s Curl La La Defining Curl Custard cream, $7, Target.com

Aunt Jackie’s Flaxseed Don’t Shrink Curling Gel, $7, Target.com

Shear Genius Collection Glass Brilliant Shine spray, $21, DeeperThanHair.com

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

A GUIDE TO DRESS SILHOUETTES

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Perfect for the bride looking to make a statement, there’s nothing subtle about a ball gown. This classic silhouette has a fitted bodice and a voluminous full skirt.

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

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

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Sheath

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

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

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

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

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

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3 The biggest eyefuls of coral are off Andros (home to the world’s third-largest barrier reef, with 140 miles of coral and cathedral-like caves), Bimini (where you can also find dolphins and sea turtles), Eleuthera/Harbour Island and the Exuma Islands. 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 duty-free bounty at the International Bazaar or the Port Lucaya Marketplace in Freeport.

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Looking for excitement? Don’t miss Junkanoo, a Bahamian costume parade in which people dance to copper cowbells, goombay drums and whistles. The parade goes from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m. (yeah, you read that right) on December 26 and January 1. 7 The Abaco islands are famous for sailing and bird-watching, while the Exumas and Pelican Cays feature incredible land and sea parks. 8 Popular cuisine includes locally grown guava, mangoes, papaya and plantains with conch, kingfish, wahoo and grouper—all washed down with pineapple wine from Eleuthera. 9

Boats are available for chartering or group tours, including Sail Nassau’s two multimillion-dollar Racers, where you can take the helm or just sit back and feel the wind in your hair. 10 The Bahamas are just a 75-minute plane ride from Florida, making them a quick trip for destination weddings and honeymoons alike.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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Try to catch the “green flash” at sunset. This split-second burst of emerald light can sometimes happen along the horizon on a clear day. 2 Explore historic Cockburn Town on Grand Turk—some say it’s the spot where Columbus first landed in 1492. The quaint Bermudian-style houses will catch your eye, and you may be tempted to take an impromptu walking tour through town.

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

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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 5-Star Global Gourmet Dining at 21 restaurants, and sip premium liquors 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.

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ST. LUCIA AT A GLANCE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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JAMAICA 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW 1 The best way to get around is in Jamaican Union of Travelers Association (JUTA)– licensed taxis.

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

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

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

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

Take our word that in Negril, dirty dancing is the norm, so don’t be afraid to whip out some moves that have never seen the light of day! SHUTTERSTOCK

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

5 The Blue Lagoon was filmed in Port Antonio, called the “most exquisite port on Earth.” It’s a less-developed gem on the northeast side of the island.

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

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

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he 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. 12 gourmet restaurants make you think, it doesn’t get any better than this, and a Red Lane® Spa renews you. Wedding bells ring at the new Over-theWater Serenity Wedding Chapel. For those who prefer glamorous seclusion, the Beachfront Villa Suites with Butler Service provide 877-SANDALS privilege and specialized butler service along a beautiful Sandals.com stretch of beach.

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

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

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estled between the St. Ann Mountains and the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica’s hippest resort features three extraordinary destinations in one: the chic Ochi Beach Club and Riviera Seaside, the lively plantation-style Great House, and the exclusive Butler Village, with 105 pools and romantic Romeo & Juliet Suites. Enjoy 16 restaurants, 11 bars, the region’s only speakeasy—The Rabbit Hole—live entertainment at a cutting-edge amphitheater and two Red 877-SANDALS Lane® Spas. Best of all, your “I do’s” can take center stage Sandals.com at the Over-the-Water Serenity Wedding Chapel.

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

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andals South Coast has been reimagined to capture all that’s unique about Jamaica’s South Coast. Everything new is all about water: lavish Over-theWater Bungalows with “sea-through” floors; a spectacular over-the-water bar; our Over-the-Water Serenity Wedding Chapel; nine restaurants including Sushi on the Sand at water’s edge; and redesigned, all-beachfront rooms and suites with stunning views from beachfront balconies and walk877-SANDALS out patios. Set within a 500-acre nature preserve, Sandals Sandals.com South Coast is all beachfront, all luxury.

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LAST LOOK

Skating is how we met—Chris was in Southern California building a skate park, and friends set us up on a blind date,” Marin says. “It’s continued to pull us closer together ever since, so including rollerskates and a skateboard into our day just felt right. After the ceremony, Chris changed into Vans, I laced up my skates and we left hand in hand—before dropping into the ramp with a kiss.”

Marin + Chris . 4 14 | GOLETA , CA

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