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WINTER 2018

THE

JUST ENGAGED ISSUE

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B A N D S T O M AT C H YO U R B L I N G DRESSES YO U ’ L L LOV E

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THE U LT I M AT E PA RT Y G U I D E TO PA L M SPRINGS

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6 INSTA INFLUENCERS SHARE THEIR WEDDING INSPO

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CONTENTS

JUST ENGAGED ISSUE

FEATURES 142 Wild Romance Western details and a wilderness setting stand out in this colorful celebration.

149 The Most Influential Weddings of the Year Get ideas for your “I dos� from these Insta stars.

198 Elements of Style Let fire, air, water or earth set the scene for your day.

207 The Knot Registry Awards Start newlywed life off right with these winning picks.

218 The Suite Life Discover dresses with feminine details, opulent embellishments and dramatic silhouettes.

286 Off-the-Grid These destinations are definitely worth the trek. Dress, Vera Wang

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CONTENTS

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REAL LOVE

FASHION & BEAUTY

171 Real Weddings 99 Wish List

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

Perfect pairings for your new bling, morning-after essentials and statement-making earrings.

IN EVERY ISSUE

106 What to Wear

114 Expert on Call Get the scoop on hair and makeup from beauty guru Brittany Lo.

116 Hot Hair Looks for every length.

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118 Nailed It Tips for your tips from celeb manicurist Mar Y Sol Inzerillo.

STYLE & PLANNING

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

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135 Color Crush: Ink Ways to incorporate this sophisticated, moody hue.

138 One Wedding, Two Ways This Knot editor tossed tradition for two special days.

140 Our $20,000 Wedding A budget breakdown of a pair’s biergarten nuptials.

TRAVEL

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157 What’s Trending Over-the-top concierge services, plus honeymoon activities you can register for.

ON THE COVER

160 Honeymoon Style

PHOTOGRAPHER Ben Watts

Must-haves for a Paris getaway.

FASHION STYLING Shelley Brown

166 How to Plan a Chateau Wedding

HAIR Anthony Cristiano for PHYTO at Anthony Cristiano Salon

The deets on throwing a destination affair.

168 City Guide: Palm Springs Where to stay, eat and play in this California desert locale.

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MAKEUP Brian Duprey for Make Up For Ever at Judy Casey Inc.

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PROP STYLING Tara Marino at Ray Brown Productions

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EDITOR’S LET TER

M Y FAV O R I T E PROPOSAL STORIES I love hearing how couples got engaged. Whether the proposal is a grand to-do or more intimate moment, each one is special. Below are some of my faves from our sister site HowHeAsked.com.

from our engagement shoot—we look so young!

TRUDY + TAYREEN

Trudy popped the question to fellow FDNYer during the 2018 NYC Pride Parade.

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Saying “Yes” Mickey (my husband) caught me completely by surprise when he proposed a few days before my December birthday. I had just gotten home from work when he casually suggested I open an early gift he’d already placed under the Christmas tree. While I’ll admit it definitely looked like a jewelry box, I really wasn’t expecting it to be the jewelry box—but that’s exactly what it was. So there, in our first apartment together, Mickey took the ring from me and got down on one knee. (Seven years later, it would be my turn to surprise Mickey in that very same spot when I told him I was expecting our first baby—coincidentally due in December.) Two weeks later, when I finally came down from the high of being engaged, I quickly realized there was

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A trail of heartfelt notes led Lauren to an emotional Timothy waiting atop a local bluff.

a wedding to be planned and I had no idea where to start. Sound familiar? Well, don’t stress, because we’re here to help. Our Just Engaged issue is packed full of practical tips, plus fun inspiration to help you get started and put your own unique spin on your wedding day. And if you haven’t already, download The Knot Wedding Planner app. It will guide you through everything from determining your wedding style to finding pros. In other words, you’ve totally got this. Congrats, and happy planning!

MOLLY + ANDY

Andy proposed during a blizzard in Sioux Falls, South Dakota— the city where he and Molly met.

DANA + TJ

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

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Under the guise of a photo shoot, Dana was dressed to the nines when TJ got down on one knee.

COOPER: SARAH LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY; COOPER ENGAGEMENT: JANE SEYMOUR; TRUDY AND TAYREEN: ANTHONY ALMOJERA; LAUREN AND TIMOTHY: @MOSPEERPHOTOGRAPHY; MOLLY AND ANDY: EMILY MITTON PHOTOGRAPHY; DANA AND TJ: IMAGES BY AMBER ROBINSON

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CONTRIBUTORS MAR Y SOL INZERILLO NAIL EXPERT AND CELEBRITY MANICURIST “Nailed It” (p. 118)

Besides a classic neutral, what do you suggest for an on-trend wedding day nail color?

BEN WATTS PHOTOGRAPHER Cover and “The Suite Life” (p. 218)

What’s your best advice when it comes to wedding photos? Get to know your photographer so you feel at ease around them, and tell them to go with their gut when it comes to which photos to take. Sometimes candid shots end up being the ones people love the most. Also, try to get ready in a room packed with natural light, and ask your photographer ahead of time the best place to do a first look if you’re having one. Finally, relax and remind yourself to have fun. @wattsupphoto

check out more dramatic looks on p. 218

Go for a metallic. Rose gold, in particular, is so chic and timeless, and flatters any complexion. For those who like to dabble on the darker side, I love a beautiful deep red, especially during the winter. For something more unique, try a white chrome nail. It’s very “unicorn” and magical. Some of my favorite standout brands are OPI, Deborah Lippmann and Essie. @nailsbymarysoul

Meet Our Contributors We tapped a few pros from the issue to ask them the questions you want answered.

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What inspires the totally unique cakes you create for your couples?

Ahmad loves coconut cream or chocolate espresso cakes for winter

The couple themselves—we want their cake to be reflective of who they are, what they love, where they’ve been and what’s to come. We ask about everything from favorite desserts and artists to food that’s a part of their story. It’s not essential that the cake match the day’s color scheme or theme, but it often will since those are the things the couple’s drawn to. In the end, we want the cake to represent these two people, so it has to be something authentic to them. @mahzedahrbakery

see how Ivy pulled off her city hall wedding and destination elopement on

p.138 s ta f f s p o t l i g h t

IVY JACOBSON SENIOR DIGITAL EDITOR

What tips can you share for a couple getting married at city hall? City hall weddings have iconic appeal, but you should do research ahead of time for a stress-free day. They can vary in terms of rules, fees, perks (some even sell flowers) and more. New York City’s has a gift shop, so while waiting for our number to be called, we bought a magnet we now keep on our fridge as a memory of our day. It’s like a happier, more romantic version of the DMV! @ivyjacobson

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WATTS: COURTESY OF BEN WATTS, BEHIND THE SCENES: FARAH PRINCE; INZERILLO: COURTESY OF SWAROVSKI; AHMAD: STEPHEN KENT JOHNSON; NAIL POLISH: GETTY IMAGES; JACOBSON: REBECCA DELMAN, WEDDING: TESORA PHOTOGRAPHY

UMBER AHMAD CHEF AND FOUNDER OF MAH-ZE-DAHR BAKERY “Color Crush: Ink” (p. 135)

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AN EPIC

Prewedding Bash

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PA RT Y P RO S Venue EMP Summer House Influencers DeAndré Upshaw (@heyitsdeandre); Caitlin Covington (@cmcoving); Hunter McGrady (@huntermcgrady); Jake Cohen (@jakecohen); Janelle Ginestra Adams (@janelleginestra); Keyma Morgan (@styleweekender); Lauren Chan (@lcchan); Olivia Harlan Dekker (@oliviaharlandekker); Sydel Curry-Lee (@sydelcurrylee) Photography The Hons Studio Catering Impatient Foodie; Little Gem Signature Cocktails Casa Dragones Florals & Step and Repeat B Floral Entertainment Hannah Bronfman; SoulCycle Hair & Makeup PRIV Gifts Away; Casa Dragones; EMP Summer House; Impatient Foodie; Outdoor Voices

LIFEGUARD STAND GROUP SHOT: COURTESY OF DEANDRÉ UPSHAW

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We teamed up with American Express to throw some of our Most Influential Weddings of the Year influencers (check out their “I do” plans on p. 149) the #bestweekendever in The Hamptons. The bash began with a relaxing dinner alfresco and movie night, followed by a Saturday sweat sesh at SoulCycle and a pool party DJed by Hannah Bronfman. Signature sips, a seafood boil and lawn games closed out the weekend.

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D I G I TA L DOWNLOAD GET EVEN MORE IDEAS ON THEKNOT.COM AND AT @THEKNOT ON SOCIAL.

We’ve made finding that perfect gown, mini or jumpsuit easier than ever. Begin the quiz at TheKnot.com/wedding-dress-style where you’ll say “yay” or “nay” to fashion images and details, as well as share your budget. After a few additional Q&As, you’ll receive your Wedding Fashion Vision complete with words to describe your look, recommended styles and designers, and even local salons in your area.

A NEW APP FOR GUEST PHOTOS

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Want one place to see all of your guests’ snaps? Same. Simply register your wedding on The Guest app (free, App Store and Google Play) and send out the link and password. Any photos or videos your guests take at your wedding will be uploaded and shared with you and other attendees.

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FUNNY FIRST LOOKS More couples are using these private preceremony moments to show off their playful sides. 1 Cat Lady This bride hilariously shocked her groom by slipping into one of her fave casual looks: an oversize cat T-shirt and sweats.

LOVED ON INSTAGRAM

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2 Bro Bride The brother of the bride—clad in a bridesmaid’s old wedding gown—tricked this groom who was expecting his wife-to-be. 3 Llama Surprise Orchestrated by the bride’s sister, this couple’s first look photo session was crashed by two adorable llamas.

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TOOLS CONGRATULATIONS

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

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

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

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

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REGISTER & CREATE A WEBSITE Head to TheKnot.com to start a wish list and site. Share the link so guests are in on the details, like room blocks.

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

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

SHOP FOR RINGS Try on and purchase your wedding rings—don’t forget insurance (now it’s starting to feel really real, right?).

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

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

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

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

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

GET THE MARRIAGE LICENSE You’ll find this must-have doc at the state registrar’s office in the county where you’ll wed.

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Get Married 15

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

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

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TOOLS

Organizing all those details and to-dos? There’s an app for that. The Knot Wedding Planner pulls together your vision, pros and guests to put planning in the palm of your hand.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY YUNHEE KIM

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

PROP STYLING: JULIE FLYNN AT HALLEY RESOURCES

Plan Your Wedding on Your Phone

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

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TOOLS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What kind of undergarments should I plan to wear to my dress fitting? Mark Ingram: Try to wear the same undergarments you’ll be wearing on your actual wedding day. Many gowns today have a built-in corset and bust cups (or they can be easily added), so an additional bra isn’t always necessary. Your undergarment needs will also depend on your body type, and the fabrication and structure of your gown. Ask your consultant for their recommendation before purchasing any added pieces.

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How do I tell my guests I want to have an unplugged ceremony? Mary Chatman: A simple note on your wedding website and a small, concise sign advising guests that you’re having an unplugged wedding should suffice. Say something like, “We want our friends and family to be present at our ceremony, so we ask that you put away all cameras and cell phones. We’ve hired an amazing photographer, so don’t worry—this memory will be captured and we can’t wait to share the photos with you.” It gets the point across without cell phone shaming.

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I’m nervous to be in front of the camera for our engagement shoot—how can I feel more comfortable? Brittny Drye: That’s totally normal. For most couples, it’s their first time getting professionally photographed, and it can feel incredibly intimidating being the sole focus of the lens. Let your photographer be your guide—trust their advice and direction when it comes to posing, even if it feels a little awkward in the moment. Just have your partner whisper something funny in your ear when it gets too uncomfortable—your natural laugh will make for a stellar photo. Also, do something for yourself so you feel amazing— buy a new outfit or get pampered with professional hair and makeup for an added confidence boost.

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While things like towels, bedding and kitchen appliances most likely come to mind when you hear the words “wedding registry,” you’d be remiss to believe you’re only relegated to household items when you tie the knot. Just ask Colorado-based couple Ann Bethune and Eric Wilberg, who when envisioning their future together, knew they wanted one thing more than anything: a family. And while the couple plans to try to have their own biological children, both Ann and Eric have always wanted to give someone extra special their love too by adopting. With the average cost of adoption in the US nearing $40,000, according to AmericanAdoptions.com, the couple decided to dedicate their registry—via The Knot Newlywed WE SEE Fund—to making their dream a reality. THEIR BACKSTORY

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It’s fitting Ann and Eric met at a charity fundraiser for Children’s Hospital Colorado, where Ann works as a neonatal intensive care nurse. Eric was also working in the same industry as a health care management consultant. “We were each at the fundraiser with our own group of friends but started talking casually, and soon separated ourselves and talked for several hours,” Eric says. “We realized we had a great connection and each of us had all the qualities the other person was looking for in a partner.” Their relationship took off from there, and the couple realized—and discussed at length—that they shared a vision of what their future family would look like too. More specifically, they knew they were on the same page about adoption, thanks to their respective work in the health care industry combined with various volunteering opportunities they both participated in. “We see the value of providing stable and supportive homes to children,” Eric says. “It’s a way we’ll be able to share the love [the two of us] and our extended families have with a few more people in the world,” Eric says.

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Ann and Eric discovered The Knot Newlywed Fund as they were setting up their wedding website and loved that it offered the flexibility to register for alternative gifts and to tell their guests what they plan to do with the funds. While they did register for a few items to update their kitchen, including flatware, glasses and an espresso maker, their main focus was on their adoption fund. “As we’re both more than a decade into our professional careers and in our thirties, we already have a lot of ‘things’ that are traditionally part of a registry,” Eric says. “We wanted to have an option to donate toward something meaningful for our future family [instead].” Ann and Eric’s family and friends have been incredibly supportive of their untraditional registry, as many of them have fostered and adopted children of their own too.

Ann and Eric said “I do” on September 8, 2018, in Lyons, Colorado, and they plan to start trying to grow their family soon. If you’d like to contribute to Ann and Eric’s adoption fund, go to TheKnot.com/us/ann-bethune-and-eric-wilberg-sep-2018/registry

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OPT FOR MODERN DETAILS Ink pairs perfectly with super-streamlined accents. Use it in daring typography or sleek flatware.

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BRING IT HOME You’re going to want to put these picks on your registry ASAP.

ROCK A STATEMENT BRIDAL LOOK Repping white isn’t the only way to turn heads on your wedding day. Mix up tradition by opting for a gutsy black dress—you’ll take the cake as the coolest bride out there. SEND A SOPHISTICATED SUITE Nothing’s more classic than invitations that put an emphasis on pretty script and refined details. Choose black envelopes for a luxe finishing touch.

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FALL An equally rich navy (yes, they go together) is chic.

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makeup done.) The entire day was a total dream because we don’t other before both ceremonies—it was more fun that way. We even speak Italian or know all the ins and outs of the area, so we had no have two anniversary dates! (Not that people need to remember choice but to trust our pros and go with it. Our amazing photogra- one over the other—it’s just an added special day in our lives we can pher knows the Amalfi Coast like the back of his hand smile at.) But following tradition was never a priority. and helped find our ceremony venue: an absolutely In the end, we got one wedding, two ways, but breathtaking 12th-century basilica in ruins high above most importantly, it was our way—and we couldn’t the Tyrrhenian Sea. To get there, we had to take a be happier with how it all turned out. You should short hike (cars can’t travel the narrow, steep paths) do it your way too, whatever that means to you, and so I swapped my heels for sneakers for 15 minutes however you want to celebrate your love. You won’t while we walked past donkeys and onlookers wishing regret it one bit. us well from their terraces. The ride back to our hotel D E S TINATIO N WEDDING TIPS was in our photographer’s Fiat. Matt and I will never N YC I N G R E D I E N T S forget zipping around the mountains at dusk, laughGo with the flow Ceremony Site City Hall, New York City Reception Site Landmarc Be flexible with language at the Time Warner Center, New York City Photography Tesora ing and feeling like we were in a movie. barriers and time zone Photography Flowers Designs by Ahn Gown Blanco New York, All in all, not much we did in the wedding planning differences. Learn your New York City Kimono Vintage Hair & Makeup Beautini Shoes area’s cultural customs. process was traditional. My best guy friend attended Paul Andrew Engagement Ring & Wedding Rings Marisa Perry Skype is your BFF Atelier; vintage Formalwear Joseph Abboud, Men’s Wearhouse my otherwise female bachelorette party; we didn’t You may not get to meet Stationery The Wedding Shop by Shutterfly have a retail registry due to our tiny city apartment— any of your wedding pros in person while planning, we had The Knot Newlywed Fund instead; I had two I TA LY I N G R E D I E N T S so set up Skype check-ins. Ceremony Site Basilica di Sant’Eustachio, Scala, Italy different wedding rings for New York City and Italy Payment methods Photography Gianni di Natale Photographers Officiant and wear both daily (one is a family heirloom and will likely differ Phil Robbins Violinist Giovanni Lucibello Flowers Armando It’s not uncommon to one is new); I completely disregarded the “something Malafronte Gown Reformation Veil Blanco New York, New pay overseas vendors via York City Hair & Makeup Beautylivery Shoes Giuseppe Zanotti blue” tradition and wore a pink accent on both days PayPal and international Jewelry Earrings: BHLDN; hairpins: Twigs & Honey Formalwear wiring—it’s secure instead (my nana’s vintage kimono for City Hall and Kenneth Cole, Men’s Wearhouse Honeymoon Ravello, Italy: and currency is converted shoes for Italy); we saw friends on our honeymoon Hotel Villa Cimbrone; Geneva, Switzerland: La Réserve Genève correctly that way. Hotel, Spa & Villas; Paris: Hôtel Ritz Paris who were also traveling; and we got ready with each

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ST YLE & PLANNING DIY DETAILS Repurposed glass bottles and storebought blooms—arranged by friends the morning of the wedding—topped farm tables, along with table numbers and 200 votives the bride hand-painted herself. “I visited craft stores two to three times a week,” Amanda says.

UNEXPECTED EXPENSES The couple was caught off guard by a few unplanned costs, including sales tax that was tacked on to their venue fee. “We also splurged on room service during our time at the hotel,” Amanda says of treating family and friends to cocktails and champagne.

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A traditional venue was never in the cards for newlyweds Amanda and Charlie, who booked Brooklyn, New York’s Radegast Hall for their casual biergarten bash. “Radegast is a place we love to visit together,” Amanda says. “Although a lot of guests didn’t understand our wedding vision at first, everyone loved it in the end.”

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HALL HIGHLIGHTS “The biergarten was easy for me to decorate, since it didn’t require much,” Amanda says of the urban venue that boasts a dark wood interior and worn brick walls. Wine and German beers on tap were served, and guests indulged in doughnuts in lieu of cake.

$800 PHOTOGRAPHER

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$ 600 STATIONERY ON-SITE CEREMONY Rather than spend more cash on a separate ceremony space, the couple tied the knot in the beer hall’s private back room. A close friend officiated the vows in front of 75 guests.

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(N OT S O) M ELLO W Y ELLO W When celebrating in a rustic setting (hello, wilderness lodge) work with a palette of unexpected colors like bright citron, teal and fuchsia to keep the vibe feeling fresh, instead of theme-y. An outdoor dining scene is party ready, thanks to plush wishbone chairs and textiles and dishware that pop. The finishing touch? A scattering of bud vases down the center of the table, all filled with bright pink ranunculus, peonies and more. Florals, BloomFlowerShop.com; furniture and dĂŠcor, EclecticHive.com; linens, NuageDesigns.com; tabletop dĂŠcor, CPartyRentals.com and CrateandBarrel.com; dress, LeanneMarshall.com >>

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M O U N TA I N M AG I C Keep the color going to tie in the other elements of your day, like the flowers and stationery. A traditional suite in lush script is tucked into a mailer box (the new “it” way to send along your invites) and finished with the same saturated brushstrokes seen on the ceremony backdrop. The bridal bouquet and boutonnieres incorporate bold fuchsia, green and yellow blooms, and a chic lounge area gets a dose of color from velvet pillows. Florals, BloomFlowerShop.com; furniture and décor, EclecticHive.com; stationery, RichardsNotebook.com; art and ceremony backdrop, HallieHamiltonArt.com

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A L L A B O U T AQ UA Hit peak color at your reception with a bold tone-on-tone tabletop in teal. A variety of textures, iridescent flatware and neighboring tables color-blocked in a different hue keep it modern.

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LOV E IS I N T H E D E TA I L S Give every part of your wedding a signature spin. Thoughtful touches, like sugar cookie escort cards, a scene-stealing cake (swooning over that bold yellow exterior and surprise raspberry filling) and out-of-the-box bridal shoes—cowboy boots FTW—will make your day feel uniquely your own. Florals, BloomFlowerShop.com; cake and cookies, KatyPiersonCake.com; linens, NuageDesigns.com; tabletop décor, CPartyRentals.com and CrateandBarrel.com; menu, RichardsNotebook.com; dress, LeanneMarshall.com; boots, HD-West.com

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“Each of our tables were named after a city Sam and I have traveled to together.”

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“He thought he could sweettalk me with his charisma— and he did!”

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“Our musthaves included kick-ass outfits, our own vows and a throwback playlist.”

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“We wanted the moment we saw each other for the first time to be when I walked down the aisle.”

We tapped six of our influencers for a behindthe-scenes look at their wedding journey.

“Our first date was at Olive Garden and eight years later we still eat too many carbs.”

“We went on four dates in five days— I immediately knew he was the one.”

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HOW WE MET

Weston and I met though my twin sister, Megan, and her long-term boyfriend, Witt. Witt and Weston actually grew up together in Memphis, Tennessee, and always joked they were brothers. It all felt so right.

W E D D I N G M U S T - H AV E S

Bonfire on the beach, Southern comfort food and no first look. We wanted the moment we saw each other for the first time to be when I walked down the aisle.

THE PROPOSAL

Weston and I planned a trip to New York City in the summer, but booked it for December so we could see the holiday lights. The trip was my idea, so I wasn’t expecting a proposal. We had reservations on a snowy rooftop one day, and that’s where he asked. As I was sobbing my eyes out, the elevator doors opened revealing his whole family, my sister, her boyfriend and my mom. It was the most romantic moment of my life.

THE INFLUENCER

Liz Amick Singer, Songwriter and YouTuber

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Liz and her twin, Megan, launched their first YouTube video in 2007. The singer-songwriter duo continues to dish on beauty and food, and now wedding planning.

Liz & Weston SEPTEMBER 2018, GULF SHORES, AL WEDDING VISION Classic with a bit of natural and a touch of hippie.

BEAUTY PICK WEDDING STYLE

our reception spot, The Beach Club Resort & Spa

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A week after we started dating, we went to his family’s beach house in Alabama. That house was so significant to our love story, and it holds so many memories, we decided it was the perfect, small, intimate place to say “I do.” It became the inspiration for our whole wedding. When we visit years from now, we can tell our kids here's where Mom and Dad fell in love and got married.

I used the CO2LIFT face mask (incredible) and I wore a long-lasting red lip (Fenty Beauty in Uncensored) on our wedding day. It made me feel so beautiful and confident.

R E G I S T R Y F AV E

Our silverware. It was one of the most expensive items we registered for. Weston and I are very casual and have generally inexpensive taste—but it's the most beautiful, all-gold table setting and we’re so excited to use it.

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THE INFLUENCER

DeAndré Upshaw Videographer and Wellness Guru

HEYITSDEANDRE

DeAndré's a video producer by day and a wellness advocate always. He shed 150 pounds before his proposal to Stu (which went viral!).

Stu and I met at a college party, when he was a senior and I was a recent grad. We bonded over our mutual love of Real World/Road Rules Challenge (yes, the reality show on MTV). Our first date was at Olive Garden, and eight years later we still eat too many carbs.

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Fab dance party, amazing food and lots of color.

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WEDDING STYLE

We immediately fell in love with the Prospect House in Dripping Springs, Texas. It’s a modern space with the most dramatic altar and we knew it could be a canvas to paint all the colors (we took our engagement photos at a place called The Color Factory—we love color!). One of our favorite things to do is dance, and we wanted our reception to have a jubilant vibe. We booked a DJ who can deliver a high-energy playlist to get people out of their seats— that is, when they're not snacking on chicken-and-waffle skewers.

inspo for our colorful wedding invites R E G I S T R Y F AV E

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CAKE: RACHEL MEAGAN PHOTOGRAPHY; PROSPECT HOUSE: CASEY DUNN; INVITE: MATTHEW MOORE PHOTOGRAPHY; DEANDRÉ AND STUART, COUNTERCLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: COURTESY OF DEANDRÉ UPSHAW (2), ROB AUGUST (5); DISCO BALL, TEETH, THAILAND (2): GETTY IMAGES

HOW WE MET

DeAndré & Stuart OC TOBER 2018, DRIPPING SPRINGS, TX WEDDING VISION Eclectic with a bit of simple and a touch of affordable.

We set up a Newlywed Fund for our honeymoon—we can’t wait.

OUR H O N EYMO O N

our cake inspo

It was important to us to visit a gay-friendly destination. Our travel agents (Out of Office) booked Thailand for us. Yas!

BEAUTY PICK

I started Invisalign and did LASIK to get wedding ready. We both whitened our teeth too.

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Janelle Ginestra Adams Dancer and Choreographer

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Janelle and Will (known as WilldaBeast) head dance community ImmaBEAST together. She’s also a choreographer and pro dancer (she's danced with Pink!).

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BEAUTY PICK

I barely wore mascara because I knew I would be an emotional mess. H O N EYMO O N

We went to Tulum, Mexico, which was perfect because I want to be buried with chips and salsa. I love Mexican food almost as much as my now husband.

We’re extremely connected to the beach—it’s our holy place. As a nod to how we met, our cocktail hour was carnival themed: games everywhere, Fruit Roll-Ups, corn dogs, artists and someone on stilts.

R E G I S T R Y F AV E

A hot tub—we really want to landscape our backyard.

W E D D I N G M U S T - H AV E S

A live band, a buffet of fattening food and our own vows.

THE INFLUENCER

Lauren Chan BEAUTY PICK

Size Inclusivity Champion

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Lauren is a former fashion editor at Glamour and a badass plus-size model looking to change the conversation around size and body image.

Lauren & Alan SEPTEMBER 2018, BAHAMAS WEDDING VISION Classic with a bit of simple and a touch of elegant.

Eyelash extensions for the wedding day— the Bahamas in summer is hot. I knew I would sweat off any makeup.

WEDDING STYLE

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HOW WE MET

Alan and I met 10 years ago through the varsity basketball program at University of Western Ontario. Three years later, I asked him out (he’ll tell you otherwise, but trust me).

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We wanted something that lasted more than a few hours and felt super intimate. We rented a property for 30 people and invited who would have been in our wedding party, plus our parents. Everything matched the chill, vacation-y vibe.

a little something to beat the Bahamian heat WEDDING M U S T - H AV E S

Kick-ass outfits for us both, personalized vows—when else would we cry and promise to unload the dishwasher in exchange for folding the laundry?—and a throwback playlist.

H O N EYMO O N

We extended our stay in the Bahamas for a few days.

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Janelle & William SEPTEMBER 2018, HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA WEDDING VISION Modern with a bit of affordable and a touch of simple.

HOW WE MET

William and I met in a rehearsal in Los Angeles for The Carnival dance show about eight years ago. He was Mr. Cool and thought he could sweet-talk me with his charisma—and he did. After a month, I was saying, “I love you.”

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BEAUTY PICK

I danced my butt off, so I needed a foundation that would look great all night long.

HOW WE MET

R E G I S T R Y F AV E S

We didn't want gifts, so we set up a fund and are giving half of the contributions to charity. Damion is passionate about kids, and I about mental health, so we wanted to find a charity that benefits both in some way.

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THE INFLUENCER

Sydel Curry-Lee Blogger and Vintner

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Former college volleyball player, founder of A Curry Girl and vintner (with sister-in-law Ayesha Curry) of Domaine Curry wine.

Sydel & Damion SEPTEMBER 2018, CHARLOT TE, NC WEDDING VISION Classic with a bit of traditional and a touch of elegant.

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We made eye contact for 15 seconds in 2013 and he later found me on Instagram. We remained friends and then eventually went on four dates in five days, and the rest is history. I immediately knew he was the one.

WEDDING STYLE

Damion and I really wanted a timeless wedding, so we’d look back and think, “We could have that wedding right now.” Our theme was black tie, and it was really important that my guests felt and looked amazing. Damion and I are super simple and chill, and while some of our wedding was a little extravagant, we also wanted it to reflect who we are too.

H O N EYMO O N WEDDING M U S T - H AV E S

A big dance floor, our family’s wine and latenight Bojangles’.

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I gave the honeymoon planning duties to Damion to include him in the wedding planning process. Our honeymoon was a complete surprise for me. (Spoiler: They went to Hawaii!)

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HOW WE MET

Through a mutual friend— we watched the Packers play at a dive bar on our first date. We both knew that date was different.

R E G I S T R Y F AV E

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We wanted modern and classic—think: crystal chandeliers and flowers everywhere. The whole look was romantic and magical. Our escort cards were airplane tickets (because we travel so much). Each table was named after a city Sam and I have traveled to together.

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Olivia’s a sideline sports reporter and Wisconsin native. And now that she's tied the knot with NBA star Sam Dekker, the couple is #sportsroyalty.

Olivia & Sam JULY 2018, EGG HARBOR, WI WEDDING VISION Classic with a bit of traditional and a touch of nautical.

BEAUTY PICK

I used Crest Whitestrips in the month leading up to it, and the BeautyBio microneedling roller.

H O N EYMO O N W E D D I N G M U S T - H AV E S

Chandeliers with extravagant flowers, a great live band and fireworks over Lake Michigan.

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Greece and Spain—we hadn't been to either and wanted to experience something new together.

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We started a fundraiser for our guests and fans with the proceeds going to Children’s Cancer Family Foundation. Our initial goal was $15K, and we ended up with over $60K. We were so overwhelmed by people’s generosity.

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DINE IN STYLE Really embrace an “I live here now” attitude by making 1your reception meal one big dinner party. Dining among the halls of a home will instantly have all your guests feeling welcome, while an on-site chef and concierge team will ensure everyone leaves full and happy.

STAY AND PLAY LOCAL To make the most of your visit, plan events unique to the area as entertainment. At Chateau de Courtomer in the Normandy region of France, guests can taste local cider, visit the market and cook with an in-house chef, watch a cheesemonger make fresh Camembert and even take a hot air balloon ride over the nearby farmland. Um yes, please!

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One perk to renting an estate (trust us, it’s more affordable than you think) is having all your pre- and postwedding parties at different spots on the grounds. Throw a welcome dinner in the greenhouse, walk down a tree-lined “aisle” on the lawn and dance all night on the patio.

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FOLLOW THE DÉCOR DNA When hosting at an opulent chateau, look for ways to complement, not fight, its luxe interior. Embrace vintage textiles and ornate wallpaper by letting them inspire your color palette, and accent regal architecture (hello, spiral staircase) with blooms.

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STAY Ace Hotel & Swim Club’s spa is first rate, and not one, but two pools offer respite from the heat. V Palm Springs and Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel (with its rooftop pool) are also cool picks for your visit.

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SIP & SNACK Unwind with a watermelon marg and Mexican fare at El Jefe.

BRUNCH BUNCH Begin your day with a Bloody Mary and bacon flight at Cheeky’s.

EAT Get the crepes at Farm, a Provençal-style restaurant. And besides its JBF Blended Burger with truffle pecorino, the wood-fired pizza at Workshop will satisfy.

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DRINK Head to Moxie Palm Springs—a spacious rooftop bar that’s equipped for large groups—or settle in at Shanghai Reds Bar & Grill, a no-fuss favorite of area locals.

SWEET BREAK Cool off with a cone (extra sprinkles please!) at Kreem.

TAKE CENTER STAGE Belt out all the hits with your ladies at RetroRoom Lounge.

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FUEL UP Get ready for a big night out with a burger at Workshop Kitchen + Bar.

A PRETTY RECOVERY Wash away last night’s revelry with the Mediterranean fare at The Pink Cabana (how cute is its décor?).

PLAY Climb Chino Canyon and board the aerial tramway for killer views. Or party on a bike with Social Cycle and make pit stops at a variety of bars. To get out of the sun, check out Palm Springs Art Museum or hunt for vintage finds at The Frippery.

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CEREMONY The couple made it official in a traditional Catholic mass at their church. ACCESSORIES Addie paired her soft blush gown with sparkling Jimmy Choo heels, while Richard sported a fun set of Star Wars–themed cuff links. ARRANGEMENTS Addie asked for “exotic flowers,” resulting in a grouping of larkspur, anemones, lisianthus, privet berries, genestra and bells of Ireland used at the ceremony and reception. FLOWER GIRLS Addie’s nieces wore dried flower crowns and carried baskets the bride made herself. SWEETHEART TABLE To make their seats even more personal, the couple set their table with china and drinkware from Anthropologie and engraved chopsticks purchased from a specialty shop in Japan.

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BOUQUET Addie carried wild grasses, sweet peas and Quicksand roses.

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FAVORS Guests left with bags filled with lip balm, cherry blossom chopstick holders, soap, hand lotion and jars of hot chocolate. TABLESCAPES Graphic ikebana arrangements and cherry blossom illustrations paired well with AnQi’s existing Asian-influenced décor. DESSERT Though the red velvet and buttermilk cake with berries was a stunner, it was just one of many sweet surprises. Green tea tiramisu, tofu cheesecake, salted caramel budino and more covered a 16-foot display in a designated “dessert room.” While snacking on treats, guests watched clips from Addie and Richard’s ceremony in Japan. FIRST DANCE The newlyweds opened the floor with Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect.” COCKTAILS Red wine and nonalcoholic lavender mojitos greeted guests as they arrived at the venue.

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Ingredients Richard bought marquee lights that spelled out ‘Addie and Richard’ for our favor table. —ADDIE TA K E O U R S T Y L E Q U I Z TO C R E AT E YO U R È O W N W E D D I N G V I S I O N BY D OW N LOA D I N G The Knot Wedding Planner app

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Ceremony Site Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fountain Valley, CA Reception Site AnQi by House of AN, Costa Mesa, CA Photography Natalie Bray Photography Event Planning A Good Affair Flowers Lavender Flowers Officiant Fr. Damien Giap Gown Ines Di Santo, The White Dress, Newport Beach, CA Veil White by Vera Wang, David’s Bridal Headpiece BHLDN Shoes Jimmy Choo Engagement Ring South Coast Jeweler Wedding Rings Harry Winston; Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry Van Cleef & Arpels Hair & Makeup TING Makeup & Hair Maid of Honor Dress BHLDN Menswear Armani Stationery Invites: Fabulous Fancy Pants; calligraphy: Alice Dang; menus: AnQi by House of AN Catering & Desserts AnQi by House of AN Cake & Ice Cream Mr. & Mrs. Creamery Music DJZ Productions Photo Booth FoCon Events Accommodations Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa Honeymoon Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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FASHION Australian designer Leah Da Gloria created Erika’s custom mermaid-style gown with a sweetheart neckline.

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LOCATION “We wanted to transport guests to a regal event in a downtown urban setting,” Erika says of why they chose District Winery. CAKES A black fondant-covered almond cake with blueberry jam and cream cheese frosting, plus two cement-gray cakes—red velvet with cream cheese frosting and coconut with passion curd filling—rounded out the last course. ATTIRE Marcus wore a dog pin and purple socks as a nod to his fraternity at Yale. ARRANGEMENTS Orchids were a sentimental addition to the groupings of hydrangeas, roses and coxcomb. “They were my mom’s favorite flower and filled the room with her presence,” Marcus says. STATIONERY A gold wax seal designed with the couple’s initials and black-on-black printing gave the suite an art deco flair.

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arrying in Washington, DC, was a no-brainer for natives Erika Westry (36 and an attorney) and Marcus Davis (35 and a physician), who booked their bash at District Winery while it was still under construction. “The best part of picking our venue was watching it being built,” Erika says. Opulent accents like gilded chargers juxtaposed the site’s woodwork and wine barrels. “I wanted to create a luxurious, glam feeling to an otherwise minimalist space,” Erika says. Guests left with whitechocolate-covered Oreos shaped like gemstones—the ultimate finale for such a swanky soiree. After the celebration, the newlyweds hit up Shake Shack. “The perfect counterbalance to our day,” Erika says. —RS

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DIY Project Marcus created the marble tile place cards, which guests took home as favors.

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Ingredients My bridesmaids chose a black gown that reflected their personalities. It was important to me they felt confident. —ERIKA TA K E O U R S T Y L E Q U I Z TO C R E AT E YO U R È O W N W E D D I N G V I S I O N BY D OW N LOA D I N G The Knot Wedding Planner app

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RECEPTION An “organic waterfall” of smilax hung above the reflective dance floor. CEREMONY BACKDROP Leon dreamed of marrying under a lemon tree rather than a chuppah, so they crafted their own. Roses, lemon leaves and ivy surrounded the base, and lemons filled the canopy. Birch, weeping willow, twisted wisteria and ivy made up the trunk. ESCORT CARDS “We designed the place cards in a unique shape to look like wood, to embody the art and architecture that make the museum so magnificent,” Gil says. RITUALS “Our program described the proceedings because it was our guests’ first Orthodox Jewish gay ceremony,” Gil says. They broke glass and partook in the seven blessings. HORS D’OEUVRES Guests sampled salmon with mango-chipotle glaze, three types of carpaccio and more.

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COLOR PALET TE Earth Tones Lime and sage green with yellow, white and taupe.

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Ingredients Ceremony & Reception Site Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY Photography JJ Ignotz and Terry deRoy Gruber/Gruber Photographers Videography Craig William Films Event Planning Barbara Esses Flowers & Rentals Mark Rose Events Officiant Rabbi Steven Greenberg Formalwear Gil: Dolce & Gabbana; bow tie: Gucci; Leon: J. Mueser, New York City Shoes Saint Laurent Wedding Rings Rahaminov Diamonds Stationery Fancy That NYC Tent Starr Tent Catering Foremost Ram Caterers Music Curtis Music & Entertainment; Style Events Accommodations Topping Rose House Honeymoon Sri Lanka; Thailand

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JENNA & LES SEPTEMBER 4 • NASHVILLE, TN

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CENTERPIECES Maranta plants in black vases helped create a modern mood at the reception.

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RING BEARERS The couple’s four nephews walked down the aisle in suspenders along with the flower girl, Jenna’s niece. STATIONERY Minimal, flat-printed invites in coral and black coordinated with the geometric menu cards styled with a pop of pink. BOUQUET Jenna carried areca palm, philodendron, phalaenopsis orchids and caladium tied off with raw-edge black silk ribbon. CEREMONY The pair made it official under a neon sign of their newly shared last name, with areca palm, bird of paradise and elephant ear on display in brass planters. Les’s uncle officiated. FASHION Jenna finalized her gown just one week ahead of the wedding and paired it with her mom’s veil, modern white mules and a custom gold necklace.

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LOUNGE SEATING Marble-patterned furniture made an appearance at the ceremony as extra seating and at cocktail hour alongside acrylic coffee tables. TABLE SETTINGS Jet-black accents, including taper candles, chairs, plates and vases, plus gold flatware and white linens, set a contemporary scene. TRANSPORTATION Les picked up Jenna for their first date—mini golf and dinner—in his Volkswagen Beetle, making it the obvious choice for their exit ride. COCKTAILS The bar served up a signature drink made with blackberrysage lemonade and champagne. FOOD Nashville-style hot chicken bites and grilled polenta with feta, sun-dried tomato pesto and basil kicked off the party. The night ended with the newlyweds’ favorite local treat: strawberry doughnuts from Proper Bagel.

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Seeing our vision come to life alongside everyone we love was super magical and special. —JENNA TA K E O U R S T Y L E Q U I Z TO C R E AT E YO U R È O W N W E D D I N G V I S I O N BY D OW N LOA D I N G The Knot Wedding Planner app

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CEREMONY The couple’s “arch,” covered in astrantia and roses, was built to resemble a camp tent. Stefano printed an excerpt from Patrick Rothfuss’s fantasy novel The Name of the Wind on parchment and stuck it to the willow tree with a handmade arrow for an even more personal touch. RITUALS After exchanging rings, the couple performed a handfasting ceremony and covered Stefano in Elisa’s veil. These Celtic traditions represented the bride’s love for Ireland. WEDDING PARTY The bridesmaids wore individualized burgundy gowns, while the guys donned “hand of the king” pins, a Game of Thrones reference. PROPS The garland-wrapped vintage peacock chair made for a chic photo booth.

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TABLESCAPE Fall fruits, chestnuts, vintage gold candlesticks and antlers topped wooden tables. RECEPTION “I wanted the atmosphere to be integrated with the location and woods,” Elisa says. “The facade of the house was our tables’ backdrop.” FIRST DANCE The newlyweds spontaneously swayed to “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Ingrid Michaelson and saved their original choice, “Wherever You Will Go” by Charlene Soraia, for later, when they got back to their room. “It made for an even better moment,” Elisa says. CAKE An eagle and a reindeer figurine, nodding to the couple’s animal totems in Scouts, topped the naked chocolate sponge cake. SNACK STATION Guests chose from candied apples, pretzels, nachos and other treats at the after-party.

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Ingredients Ceremony & Reception Site L’Agnata di De André, Tempio Pausania, Italy Photography Nancy Stuppiello and Piermarco Rinaldi/Bottega 53 Videography Frame 25 Studio Event Planning & Design Elisa Mocci Events Floral Design Federica Ambrosini Officiant Antonio Sotgiu (friend) Gown & Veil Alessandro Angelozzi Couture, Rome Hair Paola Troncia Makeup Valeria Boncoraglio Engagement & Wedding Rings Vintage Shoes Badgley Mischka Bridesmaid Dresses Hayley Paige Occasions Formalwear Canali Stationery DIY Calligraphy Rossella Manganelli Rentals Container Allestimenti; Giagoni Catering & Events; Gran Gala; Montiblu Catering Montiblu Cake & Desserts Carola’s Bakery Music Alban Fuam; Centro Musica Accommodations L’Agnata di De André Honeymoon Mexico

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FINAL TOUCH

Give invites your own seal of approval with molten red wax.

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HOT STUFF

Decorate your tabletop with a mix of peppers and chilies.

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Tie mini hot sauces with papel picado–inspired favor tags.

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1 Tumbler in Light Amber and Clear, $30, Ichendorf, JungLeeNY.com 2 Spider bead burst napkin ring in Red, $56 for 4, KimSeybert.com 3 Hot sauces, $15 for 3, Queen Majesty, DocHotties.com 4 Cambria salad plate in Red, $32 for 4, PotteryBarn.com 5 Classic custom wax seal stamp, from $38, Artisaire.com 6 Garden Lush art print, from $21, Nell Waters Bernegger, Minted.com 7 Custom string lights, $40 for 24-ball length, BrightLabLights.com 8 Custom cigar matchboxes, $120 for 50, ForYourParty.com 9 Nolita invitations, $234 for 100, Annie Clark, Minted.com 10 Small form bowl set, $100, Tom Dixon, JungLeeNY.com >>

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Swap traditional string lights for these bold, colorful balls.

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Top your cigar bar with cheeky matchboxes.

WITH A SATURATED PALETTE OF REDS AND ORANGES, PLUS ACCENTS THAT BRING THE HEAT.

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MAKE A MUSSEL

Point guests to their seats with signature scripted shells.

Water

SOAK IN THE WEDDING DAY VIBES AMONG OCEANIC DETAILS AND A SEA OF BLUE.

SEA STRIPES

Top your tables with runners in a statement print.

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1 Seaglass vase fillers, $4, WorldMarket.com 2 Dark Vines Indigo matchbox, $13, StFrank .com 3 Diagonal Stripe fabric in Navy, $158 per yard, Blurred Stripe fabric in Navy, $158 per yard, RebeccaAtwood.com 4 Gio Colour Marine tumbler, $10, LSA, JungLeeNY.com 5 Cristobal Marine porcelain rim soup plate, $160, porcelain dessert plate #2, $100, Raynaud, JungLeeNY.com 6 Vow books in Bleu Velvet and Deep Sea Velvet, $87 each, ElmoPaper Stories.com 7 Tern Schooner saucer, $92, JohnDerian.com 8 Johanna Watercolor invitations, $233 for 100, WhimsyDesignPaperie, Etsy.com

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9 Mallorca Agate serving board, $90, ZGallerie.com 10 Assorted bonbons, $25 for 6, SWMSweets .com 11 Indigo blue print tea rests, $12 for 3, WorldMarket.com 12 Glass beads in Light Blue and Midnight Blue, $75 each, StFrank.com >> STYLISH STROKES

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Package up bonbons as a take-home thank-you treat.

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Speak from the heart in style by holding these keepsake books at the altar.

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USE SOFT NEUTRALS AND FLOWY FABRIC TO GIVE “WEDDING WHITE” A CHIC TWIST THAT’S

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Add elegant orchids to your bouquet to make a quiet statement.

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Upgrade any tablescape by renting cutlery that truly stands out.

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1 Geode napkin rings, $68 for 4, ZGallerie.com 2 Marble hexagon coasters, $13 for 4, WorldMarket.com 3 Embroidered piña coasters, $40 for 4, StFrank.com 4 Goa flatware in White Gold, $90 for 5-piece set, Cutipol, ABCHome.com 5 Oyster dinnerware in Pearl, from $60, ABCHome .com 6 Custom invitation suite, from $1,000, TheWellsMakery.com 7 Petals fabric in Taupe-Rose, $158 per yard, Marble fabric in Taupe, $158 per yard, RebeccaAtwood.com 8 Camden tealight, $20, ZGallerie.com 9 Meringue kisses, $1 each, TheMeringue BakeShopNYC.com 10 Rushmore ring box, from $75, TheMrsBox.com; custom engagement ring, price upon request, SusieSaltzman .com 11 Inyo hair piece, $234, UntamedPetals.com >>

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Pile your dessert table high with color-swirled meringues.

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Hang pressed flowers center stage (like behind the bar).

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Plant sticks with guests’ names in pots for your escort card display.

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Think inside the box and send along your suite in a mailer packed with moss.

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1 Cherry burl 8-inch bowl, $95, Peterman, JungLeeNY.com 2 Satin gold long leaf earrings, $60, KennethJayLane.com 3 Custom invitation suite, from $2,500, EmilyRoseInk.com 4 Fern leaf ceramic dish, $28, RedBarnPottery, Etsy.com 5 Mossed redstone pots, from $4 each, JamaliGarden.com 6 Footed teak plant stand, from $12, ShopTerrain.com 7 Petrified wood coasters, $47 for 4, KimSeybert.com 8 Galaxy wood flatware, $260 for 5-piece set, Capdeco, JungLeeNY.com 9 Plate, $94, John Derian for Astier de Villatte Nebuleux, ABCHome.com 10 Green fern plate, from $16, ShopTerrain .com 11 Mushroom cheese set, $278, ShopTerrain.com

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Spread those good vibes with palto santo smudge stick favors for guests.

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Use botanical dishes to carry the theme to the table.

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REGISTRY AWARDS

We know you’ll want to add our faves to your registry wish lists too. Shop these award winners on The Knot Wedding Planner app or TheKnot.com/ registry.

Registry Awards

WE’VE ROUNDED UP THE BEST OF THE BEST TO HELP YOU START NEWLYWED LIFE OFF RIGHT. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHNNY MILLER STYLING BY SARAH SMART

From top: Bistro blue stripe dinner plate, $8, Everyday White by Fitz and Floyd, BedBathandBeyond .com; Perlee gold dessert plate, $246, L’Objet, JungLeeNY .com; Festival dinner napkins in Royal, $57 for 4, Sferra.com; Bleus D’Ailleurs American dinner plate, $165, Hermès, JungLeeNY.com; Corail Or porcelain dessert plate, $65, Medard de Noblat, JungLeeNY .com; Newport dinner plate, $38, dessert plate, $28, JonathanAdler.com; Perlee gold dinner plate, $290, L’Objet, JungLeeNY.com; Bleus D’Ailleurs dessert plate, $120, Hermès, JungLeeNY.com

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REGISTRY AWARDS

ICONIC favorites TEA TIME Your morning cup of Earl Grey tastes better poured from a stylish spout—fact. Stagg EKG 0.9L kettle in Polished Copper, $169, FellowProducts.com

YOU KNOW ’EM, YOU LOVE ’EM— THESE PERENNIAL FAVES WILL BE YOUR GO-TOS FOR YEARS TO COME.

A TOAST FOR T WO Use these flutes on your wedding day and for all the date nights to come. Talia platinum champagne flutes, $25 for 4, Mikasa, BedBathandBeyond.com

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Whether you entertain a little or a lot, go for at least 8 to 12 place settings (think: dinner and salad plates, a soup bowl and flatware). That way, you can host dinner for two or a Turkey Day feast.

PACK IT UP Stackable storage bowls are essential for weekly lunch prep. Bonus: They’re cute!

WHAT A DISH Even takeout looks classy on a plate this pretty. Shhh, we won’t tell.

Microwavable nested storage bowls in Nordic Berry, $60 for 4, Rosti Mepal, Food52.com

Prince Bleu dinner plate, $175, Bernardaud, JungLeeNY.com

PICTURE THIS Show off a favorite wedding day snap in this timeless silver frame. Grace Avenue 8x10 frame, $75, KateSpade.com

SHARP OBJECTS Chef-grade steel makes slicing and dicing a cinch. Crafter knife set, $500 for 7-piece set, Wüsthof, Williams-Sonoma.com

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COOL COPPER A focus on construction and even heat distribution means these pans are as practical as they are pretty. Martellata tri-ply copper cookware, $900 for 10-piece set, Lagostina, Macys.com

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CLEAN SWEEP This high-tech gadget may have you battling it out for vacuum duty. Hey, it could happen.

drape it over the arm of your sofa for a pop of color

Cyclone V10 Absolute vacuum, $700, Dyson.com

BREW BUDDY Score coveted pour-over coffee hands-free thanks to this automatic brewer.

TEAL TOSS A pretty hue and cozy cashmere make this throw worth fighting over. Dorsey throw in Ice, $610, Sferra.com

MONOGR AM MAT Tout your new family moniker with a signature jute doormat. Personalized wreath doormat, $89, MarkandGraham.com

Ottomatic 6-cup pour-over coffee machine, $350, Chemex, WorldMarket.com

FINISHING TOUCH Add a bit of glam to any table with gilded flatware. Colebrook Champagne flatware, $115 for 5-piece set, Lenox.com

GO DUTCH Tag team a favorite dish (beef bourguignonne, anyone?) with this classic Dutch oven. Round Dutch oven, from $140, LeCreuset.com

MIX IT UP This do-it-all pick has dozens of uses, so why limit yourselves? whip up some ice cream

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Swap the metal bowl for Kitchen Aid’s freezer-ready ice cream maker. Then, just add cream and your go-to flavors or toppings.

MUST-HAVE MIXER Do we even need to sell you on this culinary hero? Your kitchen counter would be empty without one. Artisan Series 5-quart tilt-head stand mixer, $500, KitchenAid.com

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Attach a pasta press to the head of your mixer and crank out fettuccine or rigatoni Ă la your local Italian ristorante. s qu e e z e i n s o m e j u i c e

The juicer attachment makes pouring fresh morning OJ (or happy hour mixers) a breeze.

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REGISTRY AWARDS

BOLD BOWL Serve up your daily dose of greens in this acacia wood bowl. Stonewood stripe round serving bowl, $188, Juliska.com

BEST IN SHOW Pull out these cheeky embroidered cocktail napkins during a boozy brunch for a guaranteed laugh. Hair of the Dog cocktail napkins, $38 for 4, AugustMorgan.com

ENTERTAINING essentials

Waytap in Copper, $180, Fizzics.com

SUCCESSFULLY HOST EVERYTHING FROM THE FANTASY DRAFT TO A GAME OF THRONES WATCH PARTY WITH THESE PICKS.

TOOL OF THE TR ADE Keep this 10-in-1 gadget on hand to mix up everything from margs to martinis like a pro.

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SPIN IT Your favorite vinyl become the party soundtrack thanks to this USB-enabled turntable.

FYI: cabinets are totally the new bar cart, guys

STOUT SPOUT Score that freshfrom-the-tap taste from any brew (really!) with this draft beer system.

10-in-1 bartender tool, $39, MarkandGraham.com

AT-LP120-USB turntable in Silver, $299, AudioTechnica, Amazon.com

SIGNATUR E SIPS b lu s h i n g b r i d e

COCKTAIL COUNTER Use this chic cabinet as a bar. Don’t drink? Store board games inside it instead. Dock cabinet, $799, GrandinRoad.com

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Pour 2 oz. passion fruit nectar into a flute. Top with 3 oz. champagne and 1/2 tsp. grenadine. b e r ry h a p py

In a pitcher, mix 1 bottle white wine, 3/4 cup St. Germain, 2 cut peaches, 1/2 pint strawberries,

1 pint raspberries and 1 bunch grapes. Rest it for 15 minutes then serve cold. just rosemarried

In a shaker combine 2 sprigs rosemary with 1.5 oz. tequila, 1 oz. lime juice and 3/4 oz. simple syrup. Add ice, shake until cold, and strain into glass.

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CHIC TR AY When you’re not dishing up apps, keep this showpiece on your coffee table as décor. Misto tray, $69, WestElm.com

MANGIA, MANGIA! Date night just got much more delicious with this at-home pizza oven. Pizzaiolo, $800, Breville, Williams-Sonoma.com

No worries. This state-of-the-art oven will bring Neapolitan-style pizza to you. The system features a pizza stone and seven different settings to help you crank out a pie in just two minutes.

GILDED VASE Tuck a few stems into this standout vessel and guests won’t even notice your messy kitchen—we promise. Rosenberry ceramic table vase, $37, Mercer41, Wayfair.com

MARRIAGE WARS Challenge your bae to a friendly showdown on this graphic dartboard.

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Op Art dartboard set, $395, JonathanAdler.com

ST YLISH SEAT Everyone has a (pretty) place at the table with these mats. Round bamboo place mats in White, $84 for 4, KimSeybert.com

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SLEEK SERVERS Made in Italy, this serving set pairs a vintage shape with a modern black finish for a totally cool vibe. Italian vintage serveware, $140 for set, Food Mepra, Food52.com

GAME, SET, MATCH Invite your wedding party over for a reunion and lawn games—themed tees optional (but obviously encouraged). Croquet set, $150, CrateandBarrel.com

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REGISTRY AWARDS

POPPIN’ BOT TLES This opener uses a needle to pierce the cork and dispense a perfect pour, meaning your bottles stay way fresher.

TECH gadgets

Model Two Elite, $349, Coravin.com

your fur baby deserves a registry pick too

CUTTING-EDGE SCIENCE AND SERIOUSLY COOL FEATURES MAKE THESE MUSTS FOR ANY HOME.

INSTANT INSTA Turn your fave snaps into 2x3 prints straight from your smartphone. Sprocket 2, $130, HP, BestBuy.com

EAT GR EEN Herbs to upgrade your culinary creations: i ta li a n fo o d

Basil, parsley, oregano a s i a n fo o d

Chives, chilies, Thai basil

PUPPY LOVE Get in face time with Fido with a pet-cam system that lets you talk and dispense treats.

m e x i c a n fo o d

Cilantro, thyme, mint

COUNTER GARDEN Grow herbs, veggies and flowers worry free with this smart garden, complete with LED lights and a zero-effort water tank.

PetChatz HD, $380, PetChatz.com

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TR AVEL BUDDY Take the guesswork out of flying with TSA-approved luggage that even boasts a phone charger (genius!).

The Smart Garden 9 in Grey, $200, ClickandGrow.com

GOAL GET TER This smart scale syncs up with your phone to log your BMI, body composition, weight and more.

The Bigger Carry-On in Sky, $245, AwayTravel.com

QardioBase 2 in Arctic White, $150, GetQardio.com

SMART CHEF Cook everything from swordfish to creme brulee like a pro every time with this app-enabled sous vide. Joule, $199, ChefSteps.com

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LIGHT IT UP This futuristic light simulates a sunrise “alarm” to wake you up gradually. Somneo sleep and wake-up light, $200, Philips.com

SWEAT SESH Track your next 5K (or hey, trip to the grocery store) with Fitbit’s newest smart watch.

CHORE HELPER Upgrade garbage duty (yep, we went there) with a voice-activated can. Sensor can, $200, SimpleHuman.com

Fitbit Ionic watch, $300, Fitbit.com

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WHITE NOISE Tune out city commotion (or your spouse’s snoring) with this sound machine.

PLUSH PICKS Cloud-like towels (thanks to organic Turkish cotton) are a bathroom mainstay.

Wave premium sleep therapy sound machine, $30, Pure Enrichment, Amazon.com

Cloud Loom organic towels, $198 for 6-piece set, Coyuchi.com

TUB SHELFIE Draw a bath, prop up a glass of vino and read your latest book club pick.

TR ANQUILI-TEA Indulge in one of the 40 tea flavors in this box, including pear cobbler and Belgian mint.

Aquala bathtub caddy in Natural, $40, Umbra.com

COMFORT QUILT Use a gravity blanket (engineered to be 7 to 12 percent of your body weight) to calm your mood and fall asleep faster.

Dolce Vita tea chest, $60, TeaForte.com

The Gravity Blanket in Moon Ivory, $249, GravityBlankets.com

turn to p. 94 for oil combos to diffuse pre- and postwedding

COZY comforts SALT BAE Upgrade bath time with scented salts that also pack in skin-soothing essential oils. Bath salts, $25 each, Sabon.com

BECOME A COUPLE OF LEISURE POSTWEDDING WITH LUXURIES THAT WILL SERIOUSLY UPGRADE YOUR #SELFCARE ROUTINE.

HAPPY FEET Give tired soles a rest in cushy velvet slippers. (Tip: Get ’em early and rock them while prepping for your wedding day.)

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The Phoebe slippers in Saffron Bow, $120, BirdiesSlippers.com

SAY “OM” Get Zen with the Headspace app, which offers hundreds of themed sessions and guided meditations. Year-long membership, $96, Headspace.com

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JUST BREATHE Relax, reinvigorate and even purify with this streamlined essential oil diffuser. Stone diffuser in White, $119, Vitruvi.com

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When shopping for sheets, it’s a bit of a numbers game. Look for a luxe set that’s between 300 to 430 thread count—anything higher won’t impact quality or comfort.

BED IN BLOOM You’ll actually want to make the bed with sheets this pretty. Poppy pillowcases in Azure, from $135 for set, Matouk.com

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REGISTRY AWARDS CIAO, BELLA City dwellers will love zipping to the market on this bold scooter (just don’t forget a matching helmet).

BRIGHT TOUCH Use these floor cushions for extra seating when company swings by. Chartreuse velvet tufted floor cushions, $45 each, WorldMarket.com

Primavera 50 50 Anniversario in Azzurro, $4,149, Vespa.com

FANCY FLOORS Brighten up your living room with a bold patterned rug built to withstand a bit of everyday wear and tear. Samode rug in Denim/Ivory, from $50, AnnieSelke.com

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WINE AND DINE This duel zone fridge keeps your vino at the perfect temp and stores up to 21 bottles. Silent 21 bottle dual zone wine refrigerator, $299, WineEnthusiast.com

BOT TLES UP Take Winc’s online quiz and they’ll curate a monthly delivery you’ll love. Gift certificate, from $60, Winc.com

picks BREAKING NEWS —THERE ARE NO MORE REGISTRY RULES. TRANSLATION: ALL THIS RAD STUFF IS FAIR GAME. YAAAS!

STAY COOL Two inches of insulation means your tailgate beverages or picnic sandwiches stay cold for, like, ever. Tundra 45 cooler in Ice Blue, $300, Yeti.com

HOME AWAY FROM HOME Take in the great outdoors from inside this easy-to-pitch domed tent. REI Co-op Camp Dome 2 tent in Blue Heaven, $100, REI.com

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TENT FOR T WO Glamp at one of these luxury campsites for a memorable honeymoon.

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TAKE A SEAT Bring a little of that mid-century charm to your home with a clean-lined classic leather chair.

HANG TEN Spend the summer swaying by the beach (or pretending to) in this hammock built for two (aw!).

Nord chair in Charme Tan and Walnut, $899, Article.com

Vineyard Haven hammock, from $199, YellowLeafHammocks.com

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so where s h o u ld w e ac t ua lly b o o k an airbnb?

Cities like Tokyo, Paris, Osaka, New York City and London topped the charts with your fellow Airbnb travelers in 2018.

PET PERCH Your favorite fur ball will be super happy in this cushy checkered bed. Cuddler pet bed in Charcoal Ombré, from $179, PotteryBarn.com

OUT OF OFFICE Book your honeymoon—or just a romantic weekend away—with help from your friends and family. Gift card, from $25, Airbnb.com

ORDER UP Get after those burgers and dogs on this three-burner gas grill. Genesis II E-310 gas grill, $849, Weber.com

FANCY FLAMES Upgrade your outdoor space with this mobile wood-burning fireplace.

ACCESSIBLE ART Class up the bare walls in your newlywed nest with a graphic piece of abstract art. DawnLight print in Matte Copper, from $47, Lise Gulassa, Minted.com

Felicia steel wood burning outdoor fireplace, $830, Sunjoy, Wayfair.com

CREATE YOUR REGISTRY

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With our Universal Registry tool, you can make wish lists at big retailers, add individual items from one-of-a-kind stores and ask for cash under The Knot Newlywed Fund.

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bathing beauty Pamper your inner fashionista with layers of frothy tulle and pearl-encrusted accessories. Dress, price upon request, ReemAcra.com; engagement ring, $5,390, SimonGJewelry .com; earrings, $37,600, Assael, NeimanMarcus.com; cocktail ring, $2,750, VictoriaSix.com; shoes, $1,895, JimmyChoo.com

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special delivery Looking to make a serious statement? A one-of-a-kind crimson red gown leaves a lasting impression. Dress, $7,500, VeraWang .com; earrings, $2,495, AnabelaChan.com

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lap of luxury Sometimes more is more. Feathers plus illusion lace and lots of bling equals one standout look. Dress, price upon request, Pronovias.com; engagement ring, wedding ring, earrings, all price upon request, Graff, GraffDiamonds .com; white shoes, $1,065, ManoloBlahnik .com; pearl shoes, $1,895, JimmyChoo .com; blush shoes, $375, Liv Hart for Bella Belle, BellaBelleShoes.com

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Your celebration deserves a festive outfit. Slip on a fun tutu-inspired dress to let loose at your reception or after-party. Dress, $8,490, NaeemKhan.com; engagement ring, $40,544, Christopher Designs.com; cocktail ring, $12,000, SuzanneKalan.com; shoes, $995, Christian Louboutin.com; champagne, MoĂŤt Hennessy

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bell-girl A slinky number with a voluminous tulip silhouette has all of the feminine drama of a ball gown—without extra baggage to weigh you down. Dress, $8,500, DanielleFrankelStudio.com; earrings, $325, BeckJewels .com; shoes, $895, JimmyChoo.com; luggage, SteamLineLuggage.com

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treat yourself Calling all romantics: It doesn’t get more girly and fabulous than an ombré blush ball gown. Dress, $8,990, OscardelaRenta.com; earrings, $180, Roxanne Assoulin.com

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frills and thrills Opting for a shorter style shouldn’t limit your self-expression. Sculptural ruffles make a baby doll mini feel couture. Dress, price upon request, Viktor-Rolf.com; engagement ring, $82,245, HeartsOnFire.com; earrings, $345, JenniferBehr.com; clutch, $1,995, Judith Leiber Couture, Saks.com; shoes, $1,650, JimmyChoo.com

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SPECIAL THANKS TO The Pierre, A Taj Hotel Planning your own fancy affair? Consider The Pierre, A Taj Hotel in New York City. Founded in 1930, the historic five-star hotel offers elegant separate rooms for your ceremony, cocktail hour and reception as well as an expert in-house wedding planning team and world-class catering menu. Learn more at ThePierreNY.com

PHOTOGRAPHER Ben Watts FASHION STYLING Shelley Brown HAIR Anthony Cristiano for PHYTO at Anthony Cristiano Salon MAKEUP Brian Duprey for Make Up For Ever at Judy Casey Inc. PROP STYLING Tara Marino at Ray Brown Productions

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

GOWN SILHOUETTE STYLES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8 Hike along an inland trail or down a coastal pathway, laugh at a mischievous green monkey in the wildlife preserve or unwind in one of the numerous parks.

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

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

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

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1 The three islands of Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique are located in the eastern Caribbean at the southern extremity of the Windward Islands, only 100 miles north of Venezuela. 2 International flights stop at Maurice Bishop International Airport, and visitors who continue have only a short hop by inter-island charter to Lauriston Airport in Carriacou. 3 The driest season is between January and May. Even during the rainy season, from June to December, it rarely rains for more than an hour at a time and generally not every day. AT A GLANCE 4 If you want to drive in Grenada, you must obtain a local driving permit. Most LANGUAGE SPOKEN English, French car rental firms issue local permits. Note that driving is on the left.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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1 The best way to get around is in Jamaican Union of Travelers Association (JUTA)– licensed taxis.

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

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

6 To see Jamaica at its best, go during Carnival, the highlight of the Jamaican year, in Kingston, Ocho Rios and MoBay each April and in Negril each May. 7 Reggae lovers should wait until July for the Reggae Sumfest, held in MoBay. 8 While shopping in Montego Bay, be polite and don’t hesitate to haggle. Sellers are insistent. 9 Coconut water—sold as “ice cold jelly” at roadside stands—and conch soup are said to heighten amour. 10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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M A L LO RC A Europeans know about Mallorca, but this Mediterranean paradise in Spain’s Balearic Islands still flies largely under the radar of American travelers. Port de Sóller, a little village in one of Mallorca’s most beautiful harbors, is an ideal base for exploring the island.

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when to go September, when the temperatures are still quite warm, but less humid, and most of the Euro crowd has returned home. where to stay Raw, handcrafted furniture, boldly colored woven rugs and large dream-catcher-like wall hangings give the 114 rooms at newcomer Bikini Island and Mountain Hotel a fun, funky vibe. A poolside bar and an outpost of trendy Israeli-influenced restaurant Neni ups the cool factor. (From $178; Bikini-Hotels.com)

how to get there Fly into Palma de Mallorca Airport then drive 40 minutes north along Ma-11. what to do Ride the historic tram, one of the oldest in the world, 30 minutes from Port du Sóller to the town of Sóller and soak up Spanish culture at a café. ($8; TrendeSoller.com) romantic moment Stroll the narrow streets of Fornalutx, known as one of Spain’s prettiest villages, and time your arrival at Es Turó restaurant so you can watch the sunset from the terrace.

ALL ABOARD Explore the coast of Port de Sóller via electric tramway.

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when to go Turtles nest on beaches around the islands from May to October. The water is clearest for diving February to July.

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This 16-island archipelago served as a penal institution for more than a century. Despite, or perhaps because of, its ugly past, it’s remained one of the few hidden spots in Vietnam, blessed with deserted white-sand beaches, vibrant coral reefs and dense forests.

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where to stay You’ll feel miles away from civilization at Six Senses Con Dao. The only fivestar option on the island features 50 villas along a romantic, mile-long beach. Take advantage of complimentary Guest Experience Managers who can arrange romantic outings just for you. (From $630; SixSenses.com) how to get there Take a direct 40-minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Con Dao Airport via VASCO, a subsidiary of Vietnam Airlines, or hop on a high-speed boat from Soc Trang.

what to do A protected marine nature reserve, the Con Dao islands host over 340 species of coral, and 1,300-plus marine species, including rays, barracuda and bamboo sharks. Explore on stand-up paddleboard or channel your inner Jacques Cousteau on a scuba excursion with the Con Dao Dive Center. ($100 per tank dive; DiveConDao.com) romantic moment Play castaway for the day at Dam Trau Beach, reached by a 15-minute scooter ride from Six Senses. Swim in the turquoise waters, snooze in a hammock and explore food stalls featuring grilled clams and cold beers. >>

PADDLEBOARD DUO Master the SUP while cruising around the bay.

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SET SAIL Dodge ice-filled waters in a Zodiac— a small inflatable boat.

The last patch of untouched wilderness, Antarctica is about as off the grid as you can get. The Great White Continent is a photographer’s dream with its otherworldly ice formations and unique wildlife.

where to stay Silversea’s new 254-passenger Silver Cloud expedition ship boasts suites with verandas and four luxe dining options. Equipped with 16 Zodiacs and 10 kayaks, and staffed by a team of historians, geologists and wildlife experts, you’ll feel like an explorer by day and be pampered like royalty by night. (10-day cruise from $10,800 per person; Silversea.com) how to get there Cruises depart from Ushuaia, Argentina. Silversea offers roundtrip charter air flights from Santiago, Chile, with the option to add three nights pre-cruise to explore the famed Chile Wine Route. what to do Daily Zodiac excursions weave around glowing blue icebergs and deposit guests on shore for an up close encounter with penguins and sunbathing seals. romantic moment Allow your butler to serve you a six-course, wine-paired tasting menu on your suite’s private balcony.

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when to go You can only visit during the Antarctic summer, November through March. Fluffy penguin chicks are abundant in January and February while March is the best month to spot whales.

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Once a retreat for Salzburg priests, this tiny mountain village tucked away in the Alps is straight out of a fairy tale. It may not have the cachet of France, the Swiss Alps or Lech, but it’s got all the right ingredients for a romantic alpine retreat.

when to go Visit in summer and early fall to hike and bike. Winter months are for skiing, snowshoeing and cozying up by the fire. where to stay Each of the 16 chalets at Bergdorf Priesteregg is crafted from wood sourced from Austrian barns and outfitted with relaxationinducing amenities such as a fireplace, soaking tub, hot tub and sauna. Rustic restaurant Huwi’s Alm serves hearty Austrian classics, and a menu of regional specialties, like cheese dumplings, can be served in your chalet. (From $260; Priesteregg.at)

how to get there It’s less than a two-hour drive from Munich, Salzburg or Innsbruck airports, but don’t rely on GPS. Ask your hotel to send directions for reaching the little-known village. In winter, avoid snowy roads and take the train to Leogang station, where hotel staff can pick you up (from $40 round-trip; OeBb .at) or catch the Holiday Shuttle from Salzburg and Munich airports to Priesteregg (from $115 round-trip; Holiday-Shuttle.at). what to do Eat breakfast in bed, then explore the 170 miles of slopes at the Leogang Saalbach-Hinterglemm ski area. (Saalbach.com) romantic moment After a day of outdoor adventure, couples can sip champagne as they soak in a steamy bathtub hidden at the edge of the forest. ($115 for 2 people) >>

LUXE LIVING Book the Willy Bogner Chalet for its killer views and infinity pool.

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Whale sharks are the most famous residents on Isla Holbox (pronounced hol-bosh), a sleepy, pretention-free island off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Tranquil aquamarine waters and swaying palms make this the perfect destination to embrace the art of doing nothing. when to go Time your trip to whale shark season, May through September. where to stay A beachfront setting and an excellent restaurant make it hard to ever leave bohochic Casa Las Tortugas. Luckily, persuasive staff get guests off property to discover the island’s beauty via activities such as kitesurfing, horseback riding and kayaking. (From $200; HolboxCasaLasTortugas.com) how to get there It’s just over a two-hour drive from Cancún International Airport to the port of Chiquilá, where a 30-minute ride on the ferry ($7; HolboxEno.com) takes you to Holbox.

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what to do Snorkel alongside whale sharks. The largest known fish species can reach more than 40 feet in length. Casa Las Tortugas runs half-day boat trips every morning in season.

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romantic moment The spa at Casa Las Tortugas is influenced by practices of ancient Mayan Healers. Book the Luna de Miel, a couple’s experience that includes a massage and milk bath with bugambilia flowers. ($395)

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GIDDY-UP Explore 50 miles of private trails on horseback.

FRESH CATCH Authentic eats with a beach view.

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The small town of Saratoga is full of Old West charm. Nearby, you can get lost on endless trails in the million-acre Medicine Bow National Forest, soak in hot springs and cast for trout in the North Platte River.

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when to go Summer days are punctuated with afternoon storms, which keep temperatures cool. July is peak fly-fishing season, while fall temperatures are ideal for hiking. where to stay Foodies with a penchant for outdoor adventure should book one of the nine log cabins at Magee Homestead. Set on 7,000 acres of high mountain desert plain, this adults-only, all-inclusive retreat feels like a private prairie hideaway. Open May through October, activities include horseback riding, float trips, mountain biking and more. (From $1,000 per person all-inclusive; MageeHomestead.com) how to get there Denver International Airport, the closest major airport, is a three-and-a-half-hour drive. Private and charter planes can fly into Shivley Field Airport in Saratoga, just 20 minutes away. what to do Head to the Gun Club and let Jon Kruger, known as the Tiger Woods of the shotgun world, help perfect your aim. romantic moment Relax with a Wildflower Fields couple’s massage at the spa ($560 for 90 minutes), then retreat to your own private pool cabana for lunch. Don’t miss the burger, featuring ranch-raised Akaushi, a rare Japanese breed of beef. >>

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C ROAT I A The largest peninsula in the Adriatic is lined with picturesque beaches. Inland, you’ll find rolling hills and vineyards reminiscent of an unspoiled Tuscany.

GREAT GRAPES With a hint of Italian influence, Istria wines are distinct and delicious.

when to go Year-round sun means there’s no bad time to visit. Spring and autumn have warm days and cool nights. The Adriatic heats up in July and August, making it ideal for swimming and sunning on the peninsula’s pretty beaches. Truffle season runs from September through October. where to stay The restaurant at Hotel San Rocco is a destination in itself. This family-run countryside retreat in the village of Brtonigla is surrounded by olive groves and gardens, and the coast is just four miles away. Each of the 14 rooms reflects the regional architecture, with original wood-beamed ceilings and exposed stone walls. An outdoor infinity pool and wellness center with a Finnish sauna make relaxing effortless. (From $150; San-Rocco.hr) how to get there Pula is the gateway city to Istria, with an airport that receives regular scheduled flights May through October. Venezia Lines offers catamaran services from Venice in the summer (VeneziaLines.com). The three-hour ride is an easy way to tack on a visit to one of the world’s most romantic cities.

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what to do Go wine tasting. Must-stop vineyards include Cossetto, a family-run winery dating back three generations (Cossetto.net), natural wine specialist Roxanich (Roxanich.hr) and Kozlovic, where harvest is still done exclusively by hand (Kozlovic.hr). romantic moment Splurge on the seasonal degustation menu at Hotel San Rocco’s esteemed restaurant. Request a table on the terrace overlooking the gardens.

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Denali, the highest mountain peak on the continent, is the most obvious draw in the park. But the wildlife (caribou, moose, wolves) and clear, starry skies are equally awe inspiring.

when to go The Northern Lights appear September to March. May to July is adventure season, when guests can go by helicopter to remote hikes and hot springs.

what to do Take in the sights and sounds of the massive Ruth Glacier, plus the best views of the summit of Denali, with a snowshoe tour.

where to stay Sheldon Chalet looks like a hexagonal lighthouse, perched 6,000 feet above sea level amid a 35-square-mile snowfield amphitheater in Denali National Park. The family-run lodge has just five rooms, all with mountain views. You won’t have cell service or Wi-Fi, but you will have champagne and king crab legs. (From $2,300 a night, including air transfers; SheldonChalet.com)

romantic moment Enjoy a bouillabaisse dinner for two around a table dug into the snow. Insulated blankets and wine will keep you warm as you watch a chef prepare a seafood stew over a portable butane stove.

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“The expectations for our art-deco-Southern-glam celebration were very high, and we wanted to go above and beyond,” says Daniel (left). “I saw a wedding party photo with colorful smoke bombs on Instagram and knew we had to re-create it. Our entire day was filled with pops of color, surprises and lots of sparkle.” C A MERON & DANIEL JUNE 9; COLUMBIA , SC PHOTOGR APH BY JESSIC A HUNT PHOTOGR APHY

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