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Behind the scenes at our shoot.

Daily Fix

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What’s hot on TheKnot.com, plus our favorite engagement ring Instagrams.

Editor’s Letter

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Congratulations on your engagement!

Contributors

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The talented pros who made this issue possible.

Let the Planning Begin!

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What to do, when, on your way to the altar.

Ask Carley

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Posed portraits, paying for the honeymoon, nontraditional registry items and more.

What’s New

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Beauty apps, bespoke fashions, topiary centerpieces, our new book The Knot Outdoor Weddings and delicious favors.

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You can imagine we’ve heard a proposal or two.

265 real weddings

Real Weddings

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Our top 15 weddings of 2015.

Last Look

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One couple’s stunning shot.

Planning What Makes This Veil $3,300? gowns straight from the runway, 89

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Materials, craftsmanship and man hours add up.

The New Way to Find Your Venue

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Venue Concierge by The Knot makes it easier than ever.

You’re Not Allowed to Freak Out If... Don’t sweat the small stuff.

How a Jewelry Designer Gets Married

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Lulu Frost’s Lisa Salzer dishes on her wedding plans.

After-Party Versus Brunch

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Should you celebrate the day after or party ’til dawn?

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10 Things Every Bride Should Have

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Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig share their day-of must-haves.

15 Minutes With Stuart Weitzman

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pastel persuasion

The footwear designer talks wedding-worthy shoes.

Planner on Call

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Ideas for engagement parties, monograms and more.

Stylist on Call

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Fashion tips for a beach wedding.

Sketched to Perfection

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An exclusive look at bridal designer Hayley Paige’s own wedding gown sketches.

Style Stalker

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Check out this bride’s gorgeous look.

Where to Marry Away

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How to plan a celebration at the most popular wedding destinations around the globe.

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Our favorite clutches, rings with a touch of rose gold, at-home spa products, accessories and perfumes.

Wild West

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Bridal fashion’s look of the moment.

Pretty in Plaid

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This retro print is breathing new life into home décor.

Where’d They Get That?

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Steal the looks of these real couples’ stylish details.

Vacation Chic

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What to wear on a Vail, Colorado, honeymoon.

Haute Hues

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Clover, violet and aqua.

our favorite engagement rings with a hint of rose gold, 172

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Let your bouquet inspire your nuptial nails.

Foolproof Highlights

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Try these cool, new (and subtle!) hair coloring trends.

Get a Purr-fect Cat Eye

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Celeb makeup artist Tim Quinn shares his how-to.

Just Pink About It!

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Glam out your day-of look with a pop of pink.

style & registry Pastel Persuasion

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This elegant wedding is a feminine mix of lush florals, playful whimsy and total romance.

Top Registry Picks

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F  ashion Runway Report

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The hottest gowns straight from Bridal Fashion Week. Plus, notes from the front row.

Great Expectations

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Breathtaking bridal style that will stand the test of time.

Black Magic

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The trick to pulling off bold, black accessories.

Rock Candy

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Everything you need to know about engagement rings.

h oneymoons Honeymoon Trends

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Here’s where to travel, what to do and more.

Honeymoon Spots by Sunset

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Prepare for a serious rush of newlywed romance at these legendary destinations.

Real Honeymoons

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Africa, Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest.

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d behine th s scene LUSH BLOOMS Red and pink florals played up the romantic vibe of our shoot.

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pink out loud Our winter issue is fun, fresh and seriously colorful. Here’s an exclusive look at our cover shoot.

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e went pink for winter to bring a pop of color and celebratory feel to this fun-filled season of holidays and, of course, engagements! And what better gown to set that festive tone than this stunning dress with its blush and lavender hues and dreamy tulle skirt. Dress, $3,300, Hayley Paige, JLMCouture .com; engagement ring, $2,025 (not including center stone), ArtCarvedBridal.com; earrings, $340, ElizabethBower.com; pink sapphire ring, $25,980, FredericSage.com

DIY DETAILS Tin Can Studios made a custom hand chain with real flowers.

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To Do: Update website Schedule bridal fair visit Pick color palette Select invitation font Hire personal trainer Interview caterers Get bridesmaids’ measurements Order wedding favors Finalize invitation wording Review videographer reels Meet with cake designer Choose seat covers Coordinate rehearsal dinner outfts Practice hair and makeup Check weather Find something old, new, borrowed and blue

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Raise your hand if you’re engaged (duh)! Thanks for sharing @pinkalique

@Knottie1437418780 “You have to consider the relationships that come out of your marriage. If you want to have a close relationship with them in the future, this is a step you may need to take.” @Jen 4948 “If you’re not close to them, don’t ask them.”

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We’re loving these gorgeous engagement rings our readers shared with us on Instagram.

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EDITOR’S LETTER

When I got engaged, I was certain about two things: I had chosen the right guy (we recently celebrated our 16th anniversary!), and I wanted a New York City wedding with the Manhattan skyline twinkling in the background. Aside from that, I had hundreds of questions—and few answers. My vision did eventually come into focus, and the day was absolutely perfect. As the new editor in chief of The Knot, I’m thrilled to help make your wedding journey a joyful one with our Just Engaged issue. With the hottest trends straight from the runway and the 15 best real weddings of 2015, along with wow-worthy flowers, elegant tabletop ideas and more than 350 dresses, this issue is packed with the inspiration and advice you’ll need to create a day that is truly yours.

KELLIE GOULD Editor in Chief

Send me questions at kellie@theknot.com or find me on Twitter @KellieGould

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Questions about your new sparkler? Find all the answers on page 348.

Get the scoop on the runway trends, from 3-D florals to fluttery sleeves, on page 89.

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ANNIE CAvallO, stylist, Ennis Inc. and Well Styled Events

what did you wear for your own wedding? I always had my heart set on a Spanish lace gown as a fun homage to my future husband. I remember being newly engaged, calling in gowns for an upcoming The Knot shoot and my heart just stopped on this one gown. A gorgeous Pronovias dress—it was romantic, timeless with a little bit of sexy and, of course, Spanish lace. @anniecavallo

MISS POP, Celebrity manicurist

You recently got engaged—any ideas for your own wedding nail art?

BELLA MEYER, Creative Director and Owner, FleursBELLA

YASU + JUNKO, Photographers

What makes a topiary like the one you designed for “What’s New” (p. 117) great for a wedding?

what did you love most about the “Rock Candy” shoot (p. 348)? The collaboration among us, the stylist and the editors. We all try to bring something to the table and, hopefully, we all try to push each other to be a little more creative. If we are happy at the end of the day, it means we were able to improvise and collaborate. @yasuandjunko

I love creating topiary landscapes for weddings, since they allow you to tell particular stories, always rooted in nature, but of specific importance to each couple. They give a sense of serenity and still allow for whimsical touches. @FleursBELLA

SARAH LOVE, Associate Photo Editor

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In a nutshell, what do you do at The Knot? I tend to think I have the best job because it involves looking at pretty wedding pictures all day! I also help organize the photo shoots for our style and fashion features—booking the models, makeup artists, hairstylists and prop stylists, and assisting with styling on set. @sarahkaylove

Cavallo: Jami Saunders; miss pop:@misspopnails

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My favorite color is sparkly. I have a special collaboration with Tattify.com—I created metallic nail art embellishments that look like real gold, so I will be using one of those designs on my wedding day. @misspopnails

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let the planning begin! months

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DATE: ______ /______ /______

DATE: ______ /______ /______

Think about when and where you’d like to have your wedding (the question everyone will ask about 20 minutes after you two get engaged).

Plan the ceremony with your officiant; it’s the reason you’re having this party, so don’t wait too long. Discuss religious requirements, like premarital counseling.

Nail down a budget and go to TheKnot .com/budget. We’ll help you figure out how much you should spend on flowers, stationery and your day-of looks.

Have engagement photos taken so you can get comfortable with your photographer.

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Research and book ceremony and reception locations. This is your first big decision! Need some help? See if our free venue concierge service is available in your area at TheKnot.com/concierge. Book any pros you just have to have, like a band or wedding planner, especially if you live in a competitive market. Start your search for your dress. Get your engagement ring appraised and then insured ASAP. (Trust us—this is one to-do you don’t want to delay.) Reserve hotel room blocks. Easily book them on TheKnot.Jetaport.com. Decide whom you want to officiate your ceremony and book him or her. Create a “look fab” plan, including facials, teeth whitening and haircuts.

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DATE: ______ /______ /______

Find a stationer and order your savethe-dates. This is really happening!

Book your honeymoon. Thinking about Hawaii? Europe? Check out our fave trips at TheKnot.com/honeymoons. It’s time for the groom to choose his day-of look, and his groomsmen should also be told what to wear.

Ask your picks for bridesmaids and groomsmen if they’re up for being in your wedding party. Book your photographer, florist, musicians, cake baker and other pros. If there’s no in-house caterer, interview candidates and select one. Register for gifts (and put the links on your wedding website).

Send out your save-the-dates. Iron out the rehearsal dinner details, like the time and location. Order the invitations and thank-you notes.

Order your gown and veil and schedule fittings (for six weeks and one to two weeks before the wedding). Choose the bridesmaid dresses and have your bridesmaids order them.

Reserve venues for the welcome party, after-party and next-day brunch. Book a day-of coordinator (if you don’t have a full-service planner and a day-of planner isn’t included with your venue). Schedule your beauty trials and book hairstylists and makeup artists. Buy any special lingerie you need.

Make a wedding website to give guests important info such as directions and where you have your hotel room blocks. Include some fun details too! Get a free customizable one at TheKnot.com/pwp.

Purchase wedding insurance (if you’re planning on getting it). >>

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DATE: ______ /______ /______

DATE: ______ /______ /______

Finalize your flower proposal with your florist. Will you go with roses or ranunculus, gerbera daisies or gardenias? Address your invitations or hand them off to your calligrapher. Finalize the rental list (tables, chairs) with the caterer or rental company.

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Mail your wedding invitations at the six- to eight-week mark. RSVPs should be due one month before the wedding. Work on your ceremony vows, especially if you’re writing them yourselves.

Buy your wedding day accessories. Think: shoes, purse and jewelry.

Purchase presents for your parents, attendants and each other (you deserve it after all this planning).

Schedule dance lessons (worth it if your first dance is already stressing you out).

Order or start making your ceremony programs.

Complete your cake order and order the groom’s cake, if you’re having one.

Buy your guest book, a nice pen and any supplies you’ll need for your escort card display.

Buy or rent ceremony decorations, like an aisle runner or program basket.

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Compile a must-take photo list for your shooter. Keep it under a dozen so you get the shots you really want. Check off your “something old, new, borrowed and blue.” Put together a day-of emergency kit (bandages, deodorant, fashion tape, concealer).

Confirm your hotel room blocks.

Buy wedding rings—yes, it’s totally normal to freak out (in a good way) in the store.

Finish assembling ceremony programs or pick them up from your stationer or printer.

Order wedding favors—go to TheKnotShop.com.

Put together welcome baskets for outof-town guests.

Arrange for day-of transportation for you and the wedding party.

Send out your invites for the rehearsal dinner.

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Have a blast at your bridal shower and bachelorette party! Finalize your playlist with your band or DJ. Figure out how to get a local marriage license—you need one to make it legit.

Have your first dress fitting—bring your shoes and undergarments.

Write thank-you notes for gifts as they arrive (you’ll thank us later).

Finalize the menu with your caterer.

Finalize your ceremony with your officiant.

Create a timeline for the weekend and share it with your attendants, planner and photographer.

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1 to 2

2 to 3

DATE: ______ /______ /______

DATE: ______ /______ /______

weeks

Missing RSVPs? Follow up now! Once you’ve got your final head count, share it with the caterer, cake baker and site manager. Give your caterer the final seating chart (and have a glass of bubbly to celebrate finishing this puzzle). Pass on requests from your pros to the site manager, like a table for the DJ.

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Pack an overnight bag for the wedding night (include outfits for any day-after events, like a good-bye brunch). Leave a copy of your honeymoon itinerary with your family and other important people, like your pet sitter. Steam your dress or suit if wrinkled. Touch base with the ceremony and reception sites one more time to go over the schedule and any last-minute details.

day of DATE: ______ /______ /______

Eat breakfast—you may forget to eat later, even if that never happens to you.

Plan the processional/recessional. Give gifts to your parents and each other. Confirm last-minute details, like flower and cake deliveries and when you’re meeting your photographer. Deliver welcome bags to out-of-town guests’ hotel rooms (the hotel staff will usually hand them out at check-in).

Have your last dress fitting (and get butterflies thinking about the next time you’ll put on your gown).

postwedding to-dos DATE: ______ /______ /______

Confirm all final payment amounts, details and deliveries with your pros. Double-check the day-of schedule and contact list; distribute to wedding party, parents and wedding pros. Write your wedding toasts. Pick up your marriage license (the most fun you can have at a government office). Give a “must-play” or “don’t-play” song list to the DJ or bandleader. Include your first, father-daughter and mother-son dances. Get a final hair trim and color touch-up. Arrange for transportation for outof-town guests who aren’t renting cars. Give tips for your wedding pros to an attendant (or planner) to distribute.

1 day before

Freeze the top layer of your cake (you’ll be shocked when it’s still pretty tasty on your one-year anniversary). Have your wedding dress cleaned and/or preserved and return the tuxedo rentals.

DATE: ______ /______ /______

Get a fresh mani and pedi. Bring all ceremony accessories, like the unity candle, to the site. Give the marriage license to your officiant (this is one to-do you definitely don’t want to forget). Rehearse the ceremony and have dinner. Give your attendants their presents. And for goodness’ sake, get some rest. You’re the star of the show tomorrow, remember?

Send your pros thank-you notes and submit online reviews.

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Print or write your escort cards or send them to your calligrapher.

Hand off wedding bands to the best man. Have him hold the officiant’s fee to deliver after the ceremony.

Thank your attendants for standing by you on the day—and during planning. And tell them all about the honeymoon! Finish up thank-you notes for gifts. Changing your name? Streamline the entire process by going to HitchSwitch.com/TheKnot. Get more planning tips and to-dos at TheKnot.com/checklist

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favor debate

Q Is it mandatory to give wedding favors? A There are two schools of thought on the subject. Some believe that no, favors are not necessarily required. After all, you’re already wining and dining your nearest and dearest. Others think you should show your appreciation to guests for taking time out of their lives to celebrate with you by giving them a small parting gift. We tend to agree with the latter. This doesn’t mean you have to sweep guests off their feet with an Oscarstyle gift bag—nicely packaged chocolates or sugar cookies (or even a small donation to charity) are enough to show you care.

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Do we have to toast with champagne, or are there other options we can use to cheers to our new life together? Though tradition for the champagne toast naturally dictates having champagne, there’s really no reason why it has to fill the glasses that you lift to celebrate your union. Many people like the cachet that champagne adds to the moment, but couples who choose not to serve alcohol routinely opt for nonalcoholic sparkling cider. If you don’t like champagne, then go ahead and pick whatever beverage you prefer. This is your wedding day, and it should reflect you.

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than-appealing images of a cafeteria line, but these days it’s anything but. Caterers have given them a makeover and even changed the name to “stations” or “marketplace.” You get the mobility of a buffet teamed with sophisticated, artfully presented food. Each station is even attended by a chef or educated member of the catering staff.

nontraditional registry items

Q Can I really register for unexpected items, like a tablet or bluetooth speaker? A Of course you can! You can register for anything you’d like—it’s your wedding. Remember, your guests want to give you a gift—and they’ll be even more excited if they know it’s something you really like. So go ahead and register for electronics, camping gear or even furniture. >>

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Q Do I have to serve a full dinner at my

everyone at our reception?

A Of course not! Cutting the cake at a

to opt for passed trays of hors d’oeuvres instead of a full meal—just make sure there’s a lot of them. Another way to get around serving dinner is to host an afternoon or evening cocktail event where guests won’t be expecting to be fed an entire meal. Either way, if you don’t plan on providing a full dinner, make that absolutely clear on the invitations, so guests know they won’t be eating dinner at your reception and they can arrive prepared.

wedding isn’t mandatory at all—and since it’s your wedding, you get to call the shots on this one. As long as each guest gets a slice of the cake, there should be no complaints. But you need to make sure you tell your photographer and caterer ahead of time that cutting the cake isn’t on your list of photo ops. If you do decide to cut the wedding cake but want to skip the cheesy photos of the two of you shoving food into each other’s faces in all your wedding finery, so be it. Your makeup artist (and mother) will most likely thank you.

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for the ceremony, or should my fiancé put the band on top of my ring? A Traditionally, your wedding band should be placed first on your ring finger, closest to your heart. So rather than stumble at the altar with the switch, stow your engagement ring in a safe place (if you’re comfortable with that). Or, for better peace of mind, switch your engagement ring over to your right hand before you walk down the aisle. Afterward, move it back to your left ring finger above your wedding band.

wedding reception?

honeymoon tab

passing on portraits

A According to tradition, yes. But with more

Q We want all-natural, candid shots. Can

and more couples chipping in to pay for their own wedding these days, rules about who finances what are less strict. Many grooms take it upon themselves to plan the honeymoon, which is a good chance for him to feel out if his parents can contribute. If your family is covering most of the wedding costs but his isn’t in the position to help financially, don’t pressure them to fund your vacation. Instead, consider a honeymoon registry at an online site like TravelersJoy.com, Honeyfund.com or HoneymoonWishes.com.

we skip the posed portraits? A Getting everyone together at one time is a special occurrence, and the day will only happen once. Even if you think you don’t want any portraits, you’ll likely be glad to have them after the wedding (and your parents will be really happy). If you want to minimize the portrait session, pare it down to just the must-take shots: you two together, the entire wedding party, you two with each of your immediate families, and both immediate families all together. You may even be surprised to find that a posed shot is your favorite photo from the day.

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of the groom’s parents pitch in for the wedding

mama drama

Q My fiancé’s mom can’t seem to keep her nose out of our wedding plans. Can I say something to her? A Here’s the thing: Your future mother-inlaw is probably just excited about the wedding. Make it clear you value her opinion but that you and your fiancé will ultimately make the final choices. Chances are, she just wants to be part of the process and doesn’t know she’s stepping on toes.

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Q Should I take off my engagement ring

A No, you don’t. It’s actually quite trendy

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is all-white boring?

Q I want an all-white wedding. There— I said it! But all of my friends are picking playful colorful palettes for their weddings. Will mine be boring? A There’s absolutely nothing wrong with an all-white wedding. Sure, it’s traditional and some may say a bit safe, but it’s also beautiful and timeless. Just keep your white ideas fresh and your wedding will still feel modern. For example, choose dahlias and ranunculus instead of the classic choice: all-white roses. Use a few different white-onwhite table linens (one stripe, one gingham, one damask) for more striking visuals. Also consider adding a metallic into the mix— it looks and feels like a neutral, but will also add some dimension and shine.

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two maids of honor

Q I’m having difficulty choosing my maid of honor. I’m really close with my sister, but I’m also really close with my best friend. How do I decide whom to pick? A Tradition dictates the family member wins, but if you’re equally close to both your best friend and sister, we say why not choose both? Who says you can’t have two maids of honor? To avoid any misunderstandings during the planning, divvy up the maid of honor responsibilities between the two of them—playing to their strengths, of course. In this case, two can be better than one, and no one’s feelings will get hurt.

rsvp deadline

Q How do I determine an RSVP date? A Ideally, invitations should be sent out eight weeks before the wedding—this will give guests plenty of time to be able to clear their schedules for the day and make travel arrangements if they’re coming in from out of town. If you do send invitations at this time, make the reply-by deadline about three weeks before the wedding day. Then, expect to be following up with people after the deadline. Have a question for Carley? Tweet at @carleyroney

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Never one to shy away from the unique and unexpected, designer Reem Acra accessorized her whimsical gowns with bedazzled bridal headphones.

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Perfectly safe to eat or bake—if you can wait that long—this cookie dough makes for a fun and unique favor. Available in 20 different flavors, most of which can be made vegan or gluten free, we guarantee there won’t be a single one left behind. From $10 each, CookieDonYC.com

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Supplementing its already superb made-to-order line, jimmy Choo has added limited-edition vintage fabrics and metallic materials to its bespoke shoe service. You get to choose the exact shoe style, fabric and finish for the perfect day-of bridal look, like this Anouk Ice Blue Metallic Snake heel. For an überpersonal detail, add your wedding date or new monogram to the soles. From $850, jimmyChoo.com

For the bride who loves to DIY, but appreciates guidance from the pros, Fleurish flower kits offer the best of both worlds. Choose from an array of floral projects online, then await a box of flowers, accessories and instructions to be delivered to your door. (Psst, we love the flower crown kit for a fun bridal shower activity and favor!) Fleurkits, from $15, YouFleurish.com

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We have a feeling all eyes are on your hands lately. Perfect your manicure (and prepare for all those ring selfies) with David Tutera for Mon Cheri’s one-step gel polish. The user-friendly formula doesn’t require a base coat or a topcoat, and an application lasts up to two weeks. Each kit also comes with an LED lamp and tools for prep and gel removal, so you can easily pull off a salon-worthy treatment at home. From $60 per kit, DavidTuteraGelPolish.com

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posh pout Whether you’re a fan of the iconic red soles or just really love a bold lip, you won’t want to miss Christian Louboutin’s new collection of lipsticks. The line features 38 shades in velvet Matte, Silky Satin and Sheer voile finishes. They’re a serious splurge—$90 per tube—but the packaging doubles as a chic necklace, making every lipstick a work of art. Lip color, $90, Christian Louboutin, Sephora.com

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SAFARIS GET AN ICY UPGRADE

Think high temps and a jungle locale are the only ways to enjoy the great outdoors? Think again! Cold-weather safaris, complete with mammoth glaciers and the Northern Lights, are gaining major momentum. Tour groups like Magnetic North Travel, Jacada Travel and Baltic Travel Company are even creating custom packages for more daring couples that include dog-sledding, snowmobiling and glacier hikes across Norway, Sweden and Greenland.

Thanks to sites like Airbnb.com and HomeAway.com, you can post up like a local all over the world, from St. Barths to Bali. Search by destination or price point, read reviews, then book a cabin, houseboat or castle (yes, you read that right) instantly. And with each site offering more than a million listings in almost 200 countries, you’re sure to find your ideal home away from home.

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virginia is for (wine) lovers Listen up, winos! Virginia, the fifth-largest wine-producing state with more than 250 wineries, is worth a visit. Annual wine festivals and adults-only tasting rooms, like those at Chrysalis Vineyards in Middleburg, Virginia, are perfect for couples looking to taste delicious vintages and take in views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Find other fun and unique ideas at TheKnot.com/honeymoons

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Keep your honeymoon adventures close at hand with Jet Set Candy’s line. The collection offers link bracelets (from $148) and necklace chains (from $40) in either sterling silver or gold vermeil. Let the destination-specific charms, for more than 60 countries, tell stories of your travels, whether it’s an Italian scooter, a Champs-Élysées street sign or a Caipirinha shaker for Brazil’s national cocktail (sterling silver charm, from $68, gold vermeil charm, from $98, MyJetSetCandy.com).

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w   hat makes t his veil $3,300? High-quality materials, expert craftsmanship and numerous man hours give this dreamy veil from Homa Bridal in Millburn, New Jersey, its luxe, one-of-a-kind look. Here, Homa Pirouz, creative director of Homa Bridal, shares the labors involved with creating this work of art, and why it’s worth every cent.

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Construction “A sketch of the veil takes about two days to complete, while the production takes 200 hours and three beaders,” Pirouz says.

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fabric Sourced in England, this tulle is made of silk and nylon. This mix not only makes the veil lighter and more delicate, but also sturdier.

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Host an intimate dinner at your ideal reception spot. Bella Collina, Montverde, FL

the new way to find your venue Venue Concierge by The Knot makes it easier than ever.

Picking your venue is a big decision. Not only will it likely be the most costly, but it also sets the tone for your entire nuptials. Stressed? That’s where Venue Concierge by The Knot comes in. Our new, free service is made up of wedding pros, or “venue concierges,” who will listen to all of your needs and help you find the perfect venue in your area. Plus, when you book using our service, we’ll throw in free wedding insurance. How does it work? Read on.

talk out the details Your venue concierge has taken lots of couples through this same process. She also knows the venues in your area inside and out, so she’ll be able to talk you through any uncertainties, whether it’s a logistical concern or a minor family feud. The first two things you and your venue concierge will

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tackle are the budget and guest list size. While it’s great to come to the table with a general idea for both, these are also things you can talk about together. Other topics of discussion: indoors or outdoors, loft space or ballroom, black tie or casual.

Love your recommendations? Great! But we all know you can only tell so much about a place by viewing it online. Let your venue concierge help you take it offline by setting up a tour for you. You can make the requests and give preferred days and times straight from your page of recommendations. After your tours, tell your venue concierge how they went by reviewing them from your recs page.

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Once the two of you have a plan in place, your venue concierge will go to work, and within the next 48 hours, you’ll receive a link to a page of handpicked venue recommendations that fit your style and budget. Your venue concierge will then set up a time via phone, Skype or FaceTime to walk you through them in more detail— she can even text you. If you’re not feeling any of the recs, she’ll go back to the drawing board. Remember, your venue concierge is here to make this easy for you—let her!

You’ve found it—the place you and your fiancé will celebrate for the first time as a married couple. Let that sink in, and then go book it! Just make sure to let your venue concierge know what spot you chose, so she can help you review your contract, and you can take advantage of the free wedding insurance coverage. The final step? Send pics and let us know how it all turned out! To sign up, go to TheKnot.com/concierge

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…there are some late arrivals to the ceremony and they miss your grand entrance.

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…a few pink blooms show up in the centerpieces when you specifically said, “No pink!”

…the groomsmen (and your groom)

enjoy a little bubbly before the ceremony— it’s a celebration after all!

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Lisa Salzer, the designer behind Lulu Frost, dishes on her day-of jewelry, sticking to tradition and so much more.

My fiancé [Marlon Taylor-Wiles] actually codesigns George Frost, a unisex jewelry line, so he’s very artistic. My ring is a one-of-akind design that he created himself based on a 1920s idea through a contemporary lens.

I bought the first dress I tried on I chose a Romona Keveza bodycon gown from Kleinfeld Bridal. It’s very simple, but architectural. It’s also convertible—it includes an overskirt and detachable sleeves, so you can make three different looks. It’s just an incredibly made gown.

I’ll be accessorizing myself… I might make a piece for myself from the Lulu Frost CODE collection, which draws on a Victorian tradition where people would spell out messages using the stones in their jewelry. Our CODE collection does the same thing—the first letters of each stone forms a word, so you can create secret messages. I want to make a piece that spells out a more elaborate phrase that’s meaningful to us.

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…and following tradition I’ll definitely stick to the “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue” tradition. I love those little adages. I’m going to borrow some jewelry from my mom, and I might wear my grandmother’s diamond studs.

we have themes for both the ceremony and reception The ceremony is Moroccan themed, since that’s where we’re heading for our honeymoon, and we’re most likely going to be married by a Buddhist monk. Then the reception will be a beachy, luxe, Jamaican party with an incredible reggae band that played at a Lulu Frost party where [Marlon] and I first met.

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we chose a unique cake We’re going with a naked, hazelnutflavored cake with a dark chocolate filling. It’ll be decorated with fresh berries and gorgeous flowers! Find more wedding inspiration at TheKnot.com

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celebrate the next morning PROS If you’re hosting a destination wedding or most of your guests are traveling to attend the festivities, a brunch is a perfect place for good-byes. (It’s unlikely you’ll be able to properly thank your grandmother for coming while showing off your skills in a bridal party dance-off.) “Brunch also tends to be more low-key, which may fit a certain couple’s personality better than an after-party,” says wedding planner and TV personality David Tutera.

revel into the wee hours PROS “Your wedding goes fast, and an after-party extends your time to let loose with your friends— after great-aunt Ada has left. Young groups generally prefer to party late rather than get up early,” says New York–based celebrity wedding planner Lindsay Landman. An after-party is also a good option if you have lots of out-of-town guests who plan on leaving first thing in the morning, or if you’re having a local wedding and don’t think people will attend another event the next day. CONS If your venue won’t allow you to stay after-hours, you’ll have to pay to transport people to another spot—and then possibly pay for their drinks. “Pancakes, eggs, bacon, juice and coffee can be more cost-effective,” says Annie Lee of Daughter of Design in New York City and Los Angeles.

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CONS If you plan a brunch instead of an after-party, you may be surprisingly sad when your reception goes by in what feels like the blink of an eye. Plus, since brunch is a separate event, it may require more planning (particularly if your venue offers an after-party that’s just an extension of the reception).

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TWO PAIRS OF SHOES Buy an additional pair: shoes for the ceremony and then comfy ones for when you just want to have fun and dance.

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what should a bride consider when trying on shoes for her wedding? The elements you can’t ignore and have to pay attention to are how they feel and if you can wear them all day. A pair of shoes that kills your feet changes everything about you—your posture, your face, your mood. Nobody should go through the most exciting day of their life wishing that they weren’t wearing something that they’re wearing.

how can she find the right style? Begin with your taste in footwear. Then it’s going to be adapted to the gown and the color, but it should be a shoe you can wear throughout your whole life.

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I love fashion shoes being worn by brides as opposed to traditional [bridal] shoes. I don’t think a girl should wear a bridal shoe. You want the shoe to look like who you are and reflect your age. You’re not a grandma—you’re a young girl getting married, having the biggest day of your life.

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what makes the pair of shoes a bride wears on her wedding day so special? [The shoe] should excite you. I often have to remind brides that the wedding shoe will be a memento they keep for a lifetime. One of the reasons ladies have more closets than men is we hang onto a ticket from the opening day at Yankee Stadium, while they hang onto that pair of shoes they wore for their wedding day, anniversary or Sweet Sixteen. You want it to be a fabulous pair that you’ll always look back on and remember how great the day was.

is there really no such thing as breaking in heels? Never assume it’s going to get better. When people say, “Oh it will stretch,” that’s a bit of misleading information often passed along in stores. The shoes should fit and feel good the moment you put them on.

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We sat down with the iconic footwear designer to talk wedding-worthy heels, the importance of comfortable shoes and so much more.

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of Todd Events in Texas. “Start later in the evening, around 8:30, so there’s no need to serve dinner. Offer up bubbly and desserts, like cupcakes with fun plastic brides and grooms on top.” Want something more casual? Host a daytime party. “Get a party boat and take some friends out on the water,” Fiscus says. You can really play up the theme of “tying the knot” with nautical details, liked knotted crab sandwiches and rope décor.

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No, in fact it’s best to do the opposite. “I always suggest booking a planner and a designer, if you’re looking to create something extraordinary, before you book the venue,” says Brian Worley of YourBASH! in Santa Monica, California. A planner will bring a ton of knowledge to the table and tell you what questions to ask as you scout venues. They may even have experience working with that space. “A venue will always do the song and dance to get you to commit, but it’s better to have as much knowledge as you can before deciding,” Worley says. Find even more planning tips at TheKnot.com/wedding-planning

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location makes sense.” Wahl recommends paying attention to the details more than the style. If you want to wear a ball gown, go for one with a lightweight tulle skirt to keep you from overheating, or if you have your heart set on something slim-fitting, a satin sheath with a short train is a great option. “Whatever dress makes you feel beautiful and confident is the right dress for you,” Wahl says.

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Struggling to find a dress that “felt right,” Carrie Gallun, director of residential product development in Los Angeles, had an aha moment. “I was looking at a magazine tear of the dress when I looked it up online and found that there was exactly one left in stock and in my size,” Gallun says. “When I pulled it out of the box, it was over. I had never seen anything quite like it.” The navy-and-ivory-striped Oscar de la Renta gown was a fashion-forward choice, but when accessorized with an heirloom veil, the trendy dress got a traditional bridal spin.

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BERRY BOLD Nothing says “pucker up” like this flattering lip color. The vibrant shade has blue undertones so it works with lots of skin tones. Lipstick in Power Peony, $8, Maybelline New York, Drugstore.com

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Sweep this pearly pink shadow all over your lids for just a hint of color and touch of shimmer around your eyes. Eye shadow in Bouthan, $35, NARSCosmetics.com

SUBTLE GLITTER When done right, sparkly liner can be über chic. The trick: Keep it to your top lids and create a subtle cat eye. Eyeliner in Lollipop, $25, Marc Jacobs Beauty, Sephora.com

BRIGHT FINISH A sheer gloss in a vivid hue gives your lips just enough color while also making them appear fuller. Lip gloss in Fuchsia Pink, $19, Make Up For Ever, Sephora.com

PRETTY ADD-ON Intensify a pink smoky eye and create colorful contrast by applying a darker shade to the outside corner of your lids. Eye shadow in Bouthan, $35, NARSCosmetics.com

BUBBLEGUM TIPS Going a few shades brighter than your usual pink takes your nails from traditional to trendy. Nail polish in Cascade Cool, $9, Essie.com

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Associate photo editor and girly girl Sarah Love tested each of these prettyin-pink beauty products.

Find day-of beauty tips at TheKnot.com/beauty

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SO CHEEKY Apply a bright blush only to the apples of your cheeks for a gorgeous fresh-faced look. Blush face palette, $28, Sephora Collection, Sephora.com

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paper trail Hand-painted invites and breezy calligraphy set the tone for a romantic affair. Watercolor details and vintage stamps give otherwise simple paper instant style. Hand-painted paper and calligraphy, LoveJennaCalligraphy.com

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OPPOSITE PAGE Pedestal vases hold an incredible assortment of cascading floral varieties—a true centerpiece. Layered plates, crystal glassware and antique flatware are the makings of a formal table. China and glassware, The ARK, Flowerwild.com; place settings and silverware, SmallMasterpiece.com >>

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Soften the edges of long feasting tables with billowy linens for a touch of glamour. The intricate setting of fine silver and crystal adds a sophisticated level of detail. Linens and napkins, LaTavolaLinen.com; linen overlay, KellyKaufmanDesign.com; chairs, ArchiveVintageRentals.com >>

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frying pan

This kitchen superstar is available in so many different types that we recommend registering for more than one. There are varying diameters (8 to 12 inches), regular or nonstick surfaces, curved or straight handles, and, of course, the choice of stainless steel, copper or aluminum metals. There are pros and cons to each, so the best frying pan for you is determined by personal preference, storage space and the type of stovetop you’ll be cooking on.

stand mixer

Along with available counter space (or your ability to lift a heavy appliance in and out of kitchen cabinets), there are a few other things to consider when looking at a stand mixer and its attachments. For instance, you have to decide whether you want a tilting or lifting mechanism, how many speeds your typical recipes require and how much wattage you need to power through tougher recipes (think kneading bread dough or whipping meringue).

slow cooker

Almost every slow cooker comes standard with an on/off switch and three temperature settings—low, warm and high. The difference between models is in the features (cord storage, programmable timers), accessories (racks, hinged lids) and inserts (ceramic, metal or nonstick cooking pots). This appliance might not be at the top of your registry wish list, but come cold weather, you’ll be happy to have a handy homemade-soup helper.

blender

As one of the few kitchen appliances that’s likely to be left out on your countertop, pick one that won’t be an eyesore on those pretty granite surfaces. When selecting your ideal blender, pay attention to things like wattage, speeds and container size. Glass containers are heavier and sturdier, but plastic won’t shatter if dropped. If you don’t have the space for a countertop blender, consider a smaller handheld one—they’re just as reliable.

saucepan

A good saucepan is versatile enough to go from cooking starches like rice and potatoes to boiling sauces and syrups. When picking out your own, take into consideration how much food you usually make. If you generally cook for more than two people, you’ll want a size that can fit a lot of portions. You’ll also have to choose between lightweight stainless steel models and heat-retaining cast iron options. If you have the space, consider registering for one of each.

food processor

Sure, a food processor isn’t the most exciting pick on your registry, but it’s a kitchen must-have. From shredding blocks of fresh cheese to pureeing homemade hummus to perfection, it’s built to tackle a range of dicey jobs. Start your search by deciding on which features you cannot do without, whether that’s multiple pulse speeds or dishwasher-safe attachments, and go from there.

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According to newlyweds across America, these six kitchen items should score a spot on your registry. But with so many different models, special functions, gadgets and more, it’s hard to know where to start. That’s where we come in—we put every nitty-gritty detail in one place to help you make sense of it all. Now pick up that registry scanner and get shopping! GO SHOPPING STAINLESS STEEL

COPPER

For sticky or delicate foods, like eggs or fish, you’ll want a good nonstick pan that allows for easy flipping (and even easier cleanup!). This one impresses with a triple-layer nonstick surface for extra durability. 8-inch Elite nonstick fry pan, $125, Calphalon, Williams-Sonoma.com

It’s a little pricier, but All-Clad comes highly recommended by professional chefs and home cooks alike. Heat is distributed evenly, the weight is manageable and it has a stickresistant interior. 12-inch stainless steel fry pan with lid, $205, All-Clad, Amazon.com

A triply construction guarantees an optimal heat surface. Martellata hammered copper 8-inch fry pan, $80, Lagostina, BedBathandBeyond.com

This affordable unit detaches for handheld use and is small enough for easy storage. Power Deluxe 6-speed stand mixer, $37, Hamilton Beach, BestBuy.com

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No job is too big or too small for this kitchen accessory. Ten speeds and multiple attachments can handle everything from pizza dough to pasta. 5-qt. stand mixer, $460, Smeg, Williams-Sonoma.com

Opting for a glass mixing bowl allows you to see exactly how the recipe is progressing, and this particular unit has useful bonus features like a pouring spout and measurement marks. 5-qt. stand mixer, $430, KitchenAid, Macys.com

EASY COOK, EASY CLEAN

Combining the convenience of stovetop cooking with a slow cooker, this pot can go straight from searing ingredients over a flame on the stove to cooking in the CrockPot unit. 6-qt. slow cooker with stovetopsafe cooking pot, $70, Crock-Pot.com

A digital display and sleek button panel make for a simple wipe-to-clean exterior, and the nonstick cast-aluminum insert is just as easy to keep tidy. 4-qt. deluxe slow cooker, $300, All-Clad, Williams-Sonoma.com

Many daily kitchen jobs require quick stovetop heating, making a one-quart saucepan essential. Unison nonstick 1-qt. saucepan, $100, Calphalon, Macys.com

With three twist-on, twist-off blades, plus whisk and chopper attachments, this is one of the most versatile handheld options. You can go from frothing milk to pureeing soup and crushing ice in seconds. 5-speed hand blender, $130, KitchenAid.com

STYLISH STEEL

The aluminum core of this stainless steel pan guarantees premium performance, not to mention its premium design to match. Martellata stainless steel 2-qt. covered saucepan, $100, Lagostina, BedBathandBeyond.com

You get all the bells and whistles with this unit’s steaming rack, temperature controls and preset functions. 4-qt. 3-in-1 Cook Central multicooker, $129, Cuisinart, CrateandBarrel.com

POWERFUL BLADES This new Oster model boasts a 50 percent larger blade, ensuring it reaches every ingredient for smoother and faster results. And the dishwasher-safe glass jar makes cleanup a breeze. Pro 1200 blender, $80, Oster, Target.com

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A travel-size cup and a 40-ounce container make for the perfect pair. S55 blender, $469, Vitamix.com

SMALL STAPLE

VERY VERSATILE Heat Surround technology ensures even heat distribution around the base and walls of this oven-, broiler-, freezer- and dishwasher-safe unit. MultiClad Pro triple-ply stainless 2-qt. saucepan, $50, Cuisinart, BedBathandBeyond.com

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With the stainless steel chopping, mixing and kneading blade that comes with this unit, you’ll have all your bases covered. And the dishwasher-safe parts are the cherry on top. Prep 9 9-cup food processor, $150, Cuisinart, BedBathandBeyond.com

The wide-mouth feed tube makes for convenient cooking, while the suction cup feet prevent this processer from “walking” across the counter—even on the highest setting. Power Pro wide-mouth food processor, $49, Black & Decker, Kmart.com

Professional-level slicing and dicing now available for your countertop. Pro Line Series 16-cup food processor, $700, KitchenAid.com

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tieka & eric • Grand Rapids, MI photograph by Tifani Lyn Photography

Tieka and Eric were exploring a lighthouse in northern Michigan when Eric went to the end of the pier to snap some photos. “I originally stayed back because it was so cold, but then I decided I had to see it myself,” Tieka says. As she neared the end of the pier, she noticed Eric bending down. “I assumed he was grabbing a new lens out of our camera bag,” Tieka recalls. “I didn’t even say ‘yes’ at first, since I had tears rolling down my face.”

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Chicago photograph by Kelly Braman Photography

While on a spring trip to Wisconsin’s Lake Geneva, Julie and Marcus enjoyed dinner at an Italian restaurant before Marcus excused himself from the table. It was then that Julie texted her friend two disappointing words: “not happening.” Little did she know that a proposal was coming just moments later. “Marcus came back to the table and asked me to spend forever with him,” Julie says. “I was shaking!”

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Clint (left) and Scott had been dating for nine years before Clint popped the question on a getaway to Palm Springs for their anniversary. After a romantic dinner, they made their way to a fire pit on the grounds of their hotel to warm up and look at the stars. “I have to admit, I was nervous!” Clint says. “One thing I knew for sure was that I’d need the rings and a bottle of wine.” The two ended up talking all night, listening to music and looking at the stars until Clint felt the moment was right and asked a teary-eyed Scott to marry him. >>

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After just 10 months of dating, Devin and Justin planned a trip to Miami’s Vizcaya Museum & Gardens to take in the sights. As the two toured the estate, Devin noticed that Justin was much quieter than usual. “His behavior clued me in that he had something up his sleeve,” she says. With a reset family heirloom ring waiting in his pocket, Justin proposed once they reached a quiet spot by a fountain. “As we approached it, he took my hand and started talking to me about our time together before he dropped to one knee,” Devin says.

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Nathrop, CO photograph by Michele Hart Photography

Andy proposed at 6:30 a.m. on a catamaran in the Bay Islands of Honduras, where the couple had gone to learn how to scuba dive. “There was no cellphone or email service, so we had the whole rest of the day to sail, relax, be engaged and in love,” Abbie says. “Also a plus: He didn’t accidently drop the ring into the ocean!”

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Emily and Joel started dating just before she moved to Korea for work. Joel flew back and forth to spend time with her. “I racked up frequent-flier miles in the ensuing courtship!” he says. To celebrate Emily’s return to the states a year later, Joel took her to a romantic bed-and-breakfast in her home state of North Carolina. With their close friends there to witness the proposal, Joel popped the question, catching Emily completely off guard. “Through tears, she said ‘yes’!” >>

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To celebrate Emily’s (left) college graduation, Rebecca planned a trip to Walt Disney World. “My gut immediately told me, ‘This is it! You’re going to come back with a ring!’ ” Emily says. Unfortunately, Emily had unexpected surgery, and they had to reschedule the trip to a few months later. On their first day at Cinderella Castle, the server revealed an engagement ring inside a glass slipper. “Before she even asked the question, I just started shouting, ‘Yes! Yes! I say yes!’ ” Emily recalls.

Have an inspiring proposal story of your own? Email us at editorial@theknot.com

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MEN IN BLACK Your squad will look suave and sophisticated in matching classic black tuxes. But set yourself apart with a couple special details—a jacket with a shawl collar instead of peak lapels and a slightly different (but still coordinating) tie. On groomsmen: Black slim-fit tuxedo, Calvin Klein; white dress shirt, Joseph Abboud; gray tie, Burma Bibas; patent lace-up shoes, Calvin Klein. On groom (right): Black slim-fit tuxedo and patent lace-up shoes, Calvin Klein; white tuxedo shirt, Joseph & Feiss; striped tie, Tommy Hilfiger


POP STARS Nothing’s more baller than popping bottles in a chic black tuxedo. Accessorize with a plaid bow tie and cummerbund to add a playful feel. Black tuxedo, BLACK by Vera Wang; plaid bow tie and cummerbund, Calvin Klein; black lace-up shoes, Joseph Abboud OPPOSITE Having a daytime or slightly less formal wedding? A tan linen suit with a plaid bow tie or a navy three-piece number both hit that casual dapper note. Left: Modern fit tan linen suit, Pronto Uomo Platinum; blue dress shirt, Joseph Abboud; plaid bow tie, Burma Bibas; monk strap shoes, J. Murphy by Johnston & Murphy. Right: Navy sharkskin suit, Pronto Uomo Platinum; checked shirt, Pronto Uomo; purple-striped tie, Egara; wing tip shoes, Cole Haan



SHAKE IT LIKE A POLAROID Proof that gray is the perfect neutral: You can easily lighten it up by pairing it with lilac hues, or go to the dark side with shades of black. Left: Gray tuxedo, BLACK by Vera Wang; lilac dress shirt, Pronto Uomo; purple plaid tie, Esquire; black lace-up shoes, Joseph Abboud. Right: Gray sharkskin slim-fit suit, Egara; black dress shirt, Calvin Klein; plaid tie, Awearness by Kenneth Cole; black wing tip shoes, Joseph Abboud


CAKE WARS When putting together your wedding suit, take a cue from your dessert—layering patterns like stripes and paisley is just as much of a do as cake and icing. Medium gray slim-fit vested suit, Egara; blue-striped shirt, Pronto Uomo; paisley tie, Joseph Abboud PROP STYLIST Brian Heiser for EH Management GROOMING Elisa Flowers for Bernstein & Andriulli FLORALS Shweta Tripathi of BeeSpoke Custom Arrangements PRODUCTION Kristi Drago-Price/ Editor’s Edge

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Alex and Brian took a ride in an antique Rolls-Royce for photos throughout downtown Chicago.

Alex & Brian september 13 • barrington hills, il

best classic wedding photography by Jose Villa planned by reva nathan & associates event design by Kehoe Designs

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A transparent tent allowed the guests to enjoy a night under the stars—and chandeliers, which were hanging from above. Alex carried a feminine cascade of pastel-colored blooms.

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The couple’s classic wedding cake was accented with sugar flowers that mirrored the blooms used in Alex’s bouquet. A soaring, linen­-draped setup covered in greenery and flowers created a dramatic focal point for the couple’s open-air ceremony.

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“Brian and I both lost our fathers, so we wanted to make sure we had some special dances dedicated to different family members in place of the traditional fatherdaughter dance,” Alex says. As a nod to Alex’s profession as a pastry chef, the reception featured an entire tent fashioned into a bakery.

B  ehind the S  cenes b   ackyard chic After briefly considering other venues, Alexandra (Alex) Lyon (27 and a pastry chef) and Brian Singer (30 and a health care management professional) couldn’t resist the appeal of having their wedding at Alex’s family’s gorgeous home in the Chicago suburbs. “I always envisioned a backyard wedding,” Alex recalls. “It was important to both of us to get married in an intimate setting where we didn’t have a ton of constraints, and it was so special to say ‘I do’ in a

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place that already had so many wonderful memories.” Elements like a clear tent highlighted the natural beauty of the property while also allowing the couple to create a timeless environment dripping in gold and glamour.

a foodie fete Food plays an important role in Alex’s and Brian’s lives, so it was only fitting for it to be a major part in their wedding day too. “We added little surprises along the way to pay homage to my profession,” Alex adds.

A pastry tent was stocked with the pair’s favorite desserts from the Chicago area, complete with a neon sign and custom packaging so guests could take treats home. Other culinary highlights included a sushi station by their favorite local restaurant, Sushi Dokku, and a late-night appearance from Babycakes Gourmet (a pancake food truck). A wood-burning oven by The Nomad Food Company also provided hungry guests with delicious pizzas for the bus ride home.

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A hanging installation of greenery and Edison bulbs illuminated the cake.

jessica & john November 15 • Cleburne, TX

best ranch wedding photography by Karlisch studio planned by Marcy Blum Associates event design by Todd Events

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Deep oxblood blooms popped in Jessica’s bouquet of ranunculus, peonies, dusty miller and ferns, along with a piece of lace from her grandmother’s wedding dress. Lush florals in a claw-foot bathtub made for an unexpected ceremony arrangement.

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In an unforeseen twist, the temperature dipped down to 40 degrees for Jessica and John’s wedding weekend. “My favorite part of the day was walking down the aisle and looking at John. I didn’t have a chill on me,” Jessica says. Lace linens and beaded gold chargers amped up the barn reception with a bit of glam.

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A mix of pink astilbe, roses, hydrangeas and peonies in a woven basket served as décor. Gold foil invitations with a mix of whimsical and formal type set the tone for Jessica and John’s rustic meets luxe wedding day.

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California native Jessica Novotny (27 and a director of business development) always dreamed of getting married outside. And after moving to Texas to be with John Kane (30 and an environmental engineer), she became acquainted with the laid-back Texas way and fell in love with the idea of a ranch wedding. From there she went all out, creating a true ranch celebration complete with tons of Texas flavor: a biscuit truck, pie station, vintage typewriters and a grand sparkler-filled exit.

Inspired by her November wedding date, Jessica chose a deep oxblood color similar to Marsala (Pantone color of 2015) for her primary hue. She accented it with hints of gold, ivory and peach, so it really popped.

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titans of the wedding industry “Todd (Fiscus of Todd Events) and I are good friends, but this was the first chance we’d ever had to collaborate on an event together,” says planner Marcy Blum,

who knows the bride’s family well. “His flowers were extraordinary and took the barn from rustic to enchanted.”

a bride’s touch Jessica’s vision for the day, a rustic, Texas ranch wedding with a luxurious twist, meant featuring antique and handcrafted items. “Although I had the Marcy Blum and Todd Fiscus helping me, I wanted to add in elements of John and me,” Jessica explains. “I wanted my guests to look at things and say, ‘I bet Jess made that!’ ”

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yoyo & christopher May 16 • New York city

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All of Yoyo and Christopher’s guests sat at one long table accented with a lush floral runner and napkins tied with blush ribbons. Flowers in pale shades of springy hues, like pink and green, complemented the couple’s mid-May wedding.

California-based Yoyo Zhang (29 and a pediatric resident) and Christopher Rogan (29 and a treasury analyst) put complete faith in their planner, Lauren Sozmen of Loli Events, to find a spot that was “classic New York with an outdoor space and a fabulous view.” In fact, Christopher didn’t see the venue (not even a photo!) until the wedding day. “It’s so important to seek out the best vendors and trust that they will deliver your dream,” Yoyo says. “They’re the best for a reason.”

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An intimate guest list (just 26!) allowed the couple to pull off some pretty cool details. Instead of gifts, they asked guests to share an anecdote or toast at the reception. “We invited just our closest and dearest friends,” Yoyo says. “To hear the people we love share with such soul-bearing candor how they felt about us and our years of friendship was something that we will never forget. It was greater than any gift we could have asked for.”

Leading up to the event, Yoyo and Christopher made it clear to their guests that their wedding would not be a traditional one. They intentionally kept the venue and most of the details a secret. Yoyo didn’t wear makeup or heels, and Christopher got to eat his favorite food: burgers. “We wanted it to be as un-wedding-like as possible,” Yoyo adds. “It felt like the most luxurious, effortless, low-key dinner party we’d ever thrown.”

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B  ehind the S  cenes Ceremony & Reception Site 620 Loft & Garden, New York City Photography Caroline Tran Photography Planner Loli Events Flowers Lewis Miller Design Gown Johanna Johnson, Mark Ingram Atelier, New York City Shoes Pedro Garcia Menswear Saint Laurent Engagement & Wedding Rings Cartier Stationery Invitations: East Six; calligraphy: Ink Revival Rentals Lewis Miller Design; Party Rental Ltd.; Pegasus Productions Catering & Cake Feast & Fêtes Accommodations Crosby Street Hotel Don’t forget to share your wedding! Go to TheKnot.com/submit

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lauren & Daniel March 28 • Washington, DC

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Round menu cards fit perfectly into the whimsical gold-polka-dot dinner plates for a chic yet fun effect.

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Gold “cheers” drink stirrers added a splash of fun to the glasses of pink champagne. Lauren wore a contemporary satin wedding dress with a ruched sweetheart neckline. A tight, monochromatic bouquet of white peonies finished her polished look.

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Even the cake shimmered! A single gilded layer gave the three-tier confection just the right amount of panache. Lauren and Daniel’s stationery suite included an interactive ceremony program folded into a cootie catcher.

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Lauren accessorized with a glittery gold “Just Married” box clutch by Kate Spade New York. Long-stemmed bunches of white flowers in glass pillar vases were placed on white pedestals of varying heights to create the couple’s one-of-a-kind ceremony backdrop.

B  ehind the S  cenes utilizing texture all about the fine points A white and gold color palette was accented by soft blush tones and a touch of gray for the wedding of Lauren Mulvey (29 and a catering sales manager) and Daniel Okonkwo (41 and an executive director). “The key to pulling off an event with a mostly white color scheme is utilizing various textures to make sure none of the elements fall flat,” says planner Lauryn Prattes. Soft white flowers paired with glamorous white sequin table linens looked anything but boring.

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“Every single detail of this wedding—right down to the card box—was chosen with care,” Prattes recalls. “It’s really important to take your time and choose details you really love, and don’t be afraid to mix and match elements.” In the end, all the little components came together for a perfect combination of romance, whimsy and personality without feeling over the top. “Balance and restraint is the key to a successful event,” Prattes adds.

dream team No stranger to the wedding industry, Lauren had a serious leg up and started assembling her “dream team” of vendors immediately after getting engaged. A longtime fan of Elan Artists, Lauren had her heart set on the band The Source and knew they would keep her dance floor packed all night long. Next, she turned to Bill Enright of Edge Floral Event Designers to create soft and romantic flowers, and, finally, planner Lauryn Prattes to pull it all seamlessly together.

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Not only did Chateau st. Jean provide the stunning venue, it also provided plenty of delicious wine for the wedding luncheon. an antique dresser topped with pink and orange blooms in rustic vessels served as an altar for the ceremony.

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Country singer Canaan smith surprised the couple (who are huge fans) with a live performance of their first dance song, his hit single “Love You Like that.” the couple’s stunned expressions were priceless.

Behind the sCenes a dream come true every year, the Knot plans one lucky couple’s dream Wedding. this year, we threw samantha Carisch (29 and an interior designer) and taylor sinclair (29 and a sports medicine sales consultant) an elegant winery wedding full of high-tech bells and whistles. streamed for the world to see, it gave everyone a glimpse at the future of weddings. But we didn’t do it alone— tens of thousands of you helped us pick the details, including the flowers,

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invitations and the bride’s dress. of course, we had some of the most talented wedding pros in the world pitching in, including planner Jeannie savage and photographer Jasmine star. “thanks to every amazing vendor who sponsored their time and services to such a deserving couple,” savage says. “they were the most gracious and sweet couple ever!”

techy touches high-tech “toys” like a robot bartender, 3-d printed cake topper and cuff links for the

groomsmen, a GoPro in the bride’s bouquet, selfie sticks and a smartphone charging station for guests to use, and wearable technology that tracked the pair’s movements (as well as their heart rates during the ceremony) catapulted the wedding into the future. But these extras played a much more meaningful role for the deserving couple: samantha’s mother, who couldn’t attend due to her health, was able to watch the ceremony and reception from afar through a live stream.

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At the after-party, a confetti drop set the stage for an unforgettable dance party.

Kelly & Matthew april 4 • atlanta

best party wedding photography by vue photography planned by toast events event design by jackson durham

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A mix of high and low centerpieces filled the lofty, industrial reception space. A blinged out pair of Nike sneakers was an appropriate choice of footwear for the former cheerleader and new wife of the Detroit Lions quarterback.

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A lush floral wall provided the backdrop for the ceremony and was reused behind the bar at the reception. Kelly and Matthew’s classic six-tier, ivory wedding cake was finished with romantic floral cutouts.

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Welcome baskets filled with local treats, like SweetWater beer and pecan pralines, greeted guests in their hotel rooms. The after-party included a Nike bar, where guests walked away with brand-new sneakers. Famous Atlanta food truck The Varsity also made an appearance!

B  ehind the S  cenes going for a hat trick Kelly Hall (26 and a registered nurse) and John Matthew Stafford (27 and quarterback of the Detroit Lions) knew they wanted to focus on surprising and delighting their guests on their wedding day. “We had so many fun touches, but without a doubt, the most memorable was the airbrush trucker hat stations,” recalls planner Lindsay Pitt. Matthew is known for wearing baseball caps, so the couple had an interactive station that personalized

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neon trucker hats as guests ate dinner, and then had them ready for dancing and the afterparty. The after-party featured a light-up dance floor and black lights, so the hats really popped!

keeping it personal According to Pitt, personalization is the key to an unforgettable guest experience—and it doesn’t have to break the bank. “Incorporate food, elements or décor that reflect you as a couple so your guests leave saying, ‘That wedding was

so them!’ They’ll remember those things for years to come,” she adds. The couple stocked welcome baskets with goodies, a branded bottle opener from their alma mater, the University of Georgia, and a comical, but possibly necessary, Blowfish hangover remedy.

it takes a village “Our team of creative partners on this event was top notch!” Pitt recalls. “We had such a large team that we had to serve more than 50 vendor meals the day of.”

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Thick lemon-leaf garland was strung from the ceiling of the dinner tent, giving guests the sense that they were eating outside in the garden.

alyssa & jason september 20 • atherton, ca

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The lattice pattern inspired by the couple’s invitation suite reappeared throughout the day—from the table numbers to the paper lanterns in the dinner tent. Floating candles and rose petals transformed the pool into a giant centerpiece.

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Low arrangements of pink hydrangeas lined the aisle, which led to the ceremony space beneath a giant oak tree. The escort cards were tucked into pink and white hydrangea bunches and arranged around a large silver urn overflowing with florals.

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Alyssa and Jason’s two-tier wedding cake was topped with fresh pink hydrangeas and displayed on a modern clear box—filled with more pink hydrangeas. It really popped! At the end of the night, the couple drove off in a classic 1927 Stutz limousine.

B  ehind the S  cenes home advantage Alyssa Mitchell (30 and an executive assistant) and Jason Shamus (27 and an agency development manager) were married at her family home. “I always dreamed that I would be married there, in our garden,” Alyssa says. “After watching Father of the Bride about 50 times, I became more convinced than ever that a wedding at our family home was the only option.”

a family affair Their planner, Isabella Sikaffy, recommends

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incorporating the family if you can. Alyssa’s father, Bill, mentioned he wanted a small station to feature his whiskey collection from around the world. Instead of a small station, the team transformed the pool pavilion into Bill’s Whiskey Lounge. “It was really the hit of the evening,” Sikaffy recalls.

saying yes to subtlety Alyssa’s deep love for preppy patterns and designer Lilly Pulitzer was subtlety hinted at throughout the day’s elements, including the

stationery and fabrics. “You don’t have to have a strong theme to pull off something that’s cohesive,” Sikaffy says.

two is better than one Sikaffy recognized a golden opportunity in the family’s spacious grounds to have not one, but two tents. One tent was used for a sit­- down dinner while the other was reserved for dancing. Both tents were set up along the pool, which lit up at night and became a gathering spot for guests throughout the evening.

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Rich architecture and lush gardens heightened the Southern charm.

aimee & Larry September 13 • Decatur, GA

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When Aimee and Larry’s guest list grew to 280, they made the bold decision to arrange their tables in two giant Xs. “We wanted to encourage conversation,” Aimee explains. “And what we received far exceeded our expectations.”

It was very important to Aimee Garner (31 and a recruiting analyst) and Larry Ferguson (30 and an HR research analyst) that their Southern roots were showcased throughout the day. With this in mind, planner Eliana Baucicault, of ellyB Events, pointed them in the direction of Agnes Scott College. “From its perfectly manicured gardens to the antebellum design of Letitia Pate Evans Hall, the campus was perfect,” Aimee says. “We would have never known about it if not for

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her.” Porch swings on the property helped emphasize the Southern feel even more.

outside the box “We put together an all-star team, but Andy Beach from Andy Beach & Co. was essential in bringing the double-X table arrangement for almost 300 guests to life,” Baucicault says of the unique table setup. The couple then added four-foot-tall floral arrangements, drawing the eye to the grand ceiling of the ballroom.

menu matters A true Southern affair would not be complete without some homestyle cooking (and a sweet-tea bar!). Larry meticulously handpicked every dish to reflect the couple’s heritage and his Low­country culinary roots. Their cocktail hour included hors d’oeuvres such as mini chicken and waffles and fried green tomatoes, followed by Charlestonian favorites like she­-crab soup and red rice served during dinner. “Our friends and family are still talking about the food,” Aimee says.

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The couple hosted their wedding at the same resort where Neeraj proposed.

Melanie & Neeraj April 25 • Turks and Caicos

best cultural wedding photography by Our Labor of Love Planned by Sonal J. Shah Event Consultants

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Clear chargers with a delicate gold rim highlighted the shimmery blush linens on the tables. For their traditional South Indian ceremony, Melanie’s bridesmaids matched her delicately embroidered lehenga in red or pink saris with gold trim.

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A symbol of health and good luck, the women sported traditional mehndi designs on their hands for the three-day affair. Guests found their seating assignments printed on escort cards hanging from pink and red ribbons. The cards featured a playful illustration of Melanie and Neeraj from the invitation suite.

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B  ehind the Sc   enes go big or go home Nonstop entertainment was the theme for Melanie Kannokada (29 and an actress) and Neeraj Chandra’s (33 and an investor) opulent wedding. In addition to countless wardrobe changes, the couple participated in a number of choreographed dances and even flew in three dancers from The Sa Dance Company in New York City. At the reception, a surprise firework display was timed meticulously to coincide with the cake

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cutting and Coldplay’s “A Sky Full of Stars.” One of the most memorable moments was halfway through the night—when the reception turned into an impromptu pool party! Guests jumped into the infinity pool, fully clothed in their suits, gowns and saris. And with more than 150 guests on the dance floor at 1 a.m., the DJ spun until dawn.

guest experience “We wanted this to not just be a wedding, but a life experience for everyone who attended,”

Melanie says. “We had more than 250 guests flying in from all over the world for a two-anda-half-day extravaganza in one of the most, if not the most, beautiful venues in the Caribbean.” The couple rented out the entire resort and provided special activities (like a private diving excursion) for guests during downtime. “We did our best to ensure their experience, from the moment they landed on the island to their departure, was both taken care of and seamless,” Melanie says.

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Drawing inspiration from her mother’s 1970s bohemian wedding look, Sarah wore a similar veiled hat and a Houghton gown.

Sarah & paul May 24 • Greenwich, CT

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A nod to Jewish culture, the seven species of food—wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and date honey—were intertwined throughout Sarah and Paul’s custom huppah. The couple’s chairs at their sweetheart table were covered in plush, furry goat pelts.

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Lounges with a Hookah pipe, antique sofas, Moroccan rugs, lanterns, woven pillows and ottomans were set up inside and outside of the reception tent. A loose bouquet illustration at the top of the copper and gold invitations echoed the bohemian vibe.

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Sarah and Paul had their first dance to a Turkish song called “Ayrilik Olsa Bile” by Esmeray. The lyrics were translated and printed for their guests. For dessert, the couple cut into a naked cake filled with fresh strawberries and chocolate ganache.

B  ehind the S  cenes the perfect setting Sarah Friedman (32 and a massage therapist) always hoped that one day she would get married at her childhood home in Greenwich, Connecticut. The spacious, contemporary house was designed by her mother (an architect) and had formal gardens ideal for a tented backyard wedding. It was actually for sale when Paul Salama (33 and an urban planner) proposed, but her parents pulled it off the market so she could have her wedding there!

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be unique Sarah and Paul wanted their wedding day to incorporate their Jewish roots with her spiritual upbringing and his Moroccan ancestry. The result was an earthy, Shavuot-inspired, bohemian affair with exotic splashes of North African flavor.

home inspiration Your home décor is a great place to start searching for wedding ideas—and it will instantly infuse your personal style into the

day, says AaB Creates’s Xochitl Gonzalez. She found great ideas behind the couple’s front door. “Sarah and Paul’s home has a natural but clean bohemian vibe—very Stevie Nicks meets Bauhaus—that we worked hard to capture for their wedding,” Gonzalez says. “The macramé curtains and our Moroccan lounge got people into the spirit of the day. Guests spent a lot of time on the ottomans by the lanterns. It was this vibe of hippy, earth-mother elegance that made this wedding unique.”

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The escort cards were affixed to gold tailoring scissors, a reference to the “cut from the same cloth” theme.

carliE & nate november 21 • del mar, ca

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“We felt on top of the world as we walked under that sparkling canopy, seeing all the lit up faces of the people we love,” Carlie says of their grand exit. Keeping with the stitching theme, the ivory wedding cake showcased a cascade of hexagonal shapes designed to resemble quilt squares.

Be   hind the S  cenes relationship history Carlie Burt (31 and a real estate marketer) and Nathan (Nate) Diviney (34 and a software company consultant) often hear from friends that they’re “cut from the same cloth.” When their design team caught wind of this, they transformed the simple phrase into a completely unique theme with quilts, scissors and fabric motifs.

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where we fell in love so we wanted to re-create that scene for our special day,” Carlie explains of the road trip that changed their lives early on in their relationship. A palette of blush, nude, cream, burgundy, teal and peach and accents of coral and acid green were pulled from that environment.

make it yours “We worked closely with Oak and the Owl to create and transform L’Auberge Del Mar’s concrete terrace into something with more of a Central Coast feel,” says their

planner, Heather Balliet of Amorology Weddings. This involved hauling trees up three flights of stairs to create a faux forest overlooking the ocean. “This wedding is a great example of how, with the right vision and team to execute it, you can transform any space into something that gives you goose bumps,” Balliet says. The couple added personal details, like a Big Sur Shrub cocktail and a California Love cake station. “Personal touches help you remember your own unique and special love,” Carlie says.

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In a nod to the couple’s theme, a gold “live, love, laugh” topper and gilded brush strokes adorned the navy cake. Low, understated centerpieces in small gold vessels allowed the sequin chevron table runner to shine—literally!

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“There had to be a bit of shine in everything we did,” Ozzie says. Since Ozzie loves glam and Bart likes neutrals, the couple found ways to use both aesthetics: Gold tableware contrasted nicely with organic wood farm tables and earthy taupe napkins, while navy sequined linens added glitz to the alfresco space.

B  ehind the S  cenes a strong palette With the help of their designer, Nancy Liu Chin, Bart Gromada (40 and a trader) and Ozzie Meza (35 and an event producer and floral designer) settled on a color scheme of navy and gold—the perfect representation of their rustic ­meets modern style with a chic, masculine edge.

a theme with depth To make sure their “live, love, laugh” theme didn’t end up feeling superficial, Chin asked Ozzie and Bart

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to elaborate on what that saying meant for them. She asked them the following questions: “How do you live?” “What do you love?” and “What makes you laugh?” Chin then worked their answers into the wedding day décor. The result was personal and cohesive, and even inspired a few standout details, like the life­size poster of Beyoncé, whom they both love. “I told Ozzie and Bart that if they want to do a concept, they have to do it well—and they definitely took that to heart,” Chin says.

the little details Instead of numbers, Ozzie and Bart gave their tables airport codes, like SFO for San Francisco and ORD for Chicago’s O’Hare. Ozzie explains that Bart has a “crazy knowledge of airport codes” and loves all things aviation. The codes were also printed on agate bookends and represented destinations where the couple had traveled together. “Bart is the to-the-point kind of guy, and I’m all about over the top!” Ozzie says. “We had to ‘manly’ glam it up. It was the perfect mix of both our worlds.”

ingredients Ceremony & Reception Site Viansa, Sonoma, CA Photography Caroline Winata/Milou + Olin Photography Videography D.P. Weddings Planner Enchanted Weddings Flowers & Event Design Nancy Liu Chin Designs Officiant Fr. Gerry Caprio Menswear Grooms: Trunk Club, Chicago; groomsmen: Formally Modern Tuxedo, Chicago Wedding Bands Joel Singer Jewelry Bridesmaid Dresses Various Stationery LBrown Design & Paperie; escort cards: Anthologie Press; place cards: Emruth; calligraphy: Anne Millett Rentals Blueprint Studios; Bright Event Rentals; Classic Party Rentals; Hartmann Studios; La Tavola; Twilight Design Catering Sage Catering Cake Sweet on Cake Music Carlos Herrera Band; Metro Music Club Photo Booth SUPER! Slow Motion Photo Booth Transportation Royal Coach Limousine Service Accommodations River Terrace Inn Napa Don’t forget to share your wedding! Go to TheKnot.com/submit

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Live moss place mats and mosscovered planters balanced the rustic and elegant elements.

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Hallie and Zee took the ballroom vibe outside in a custom-made lace gown and formal tux. In lieu of a more traditional topper, the couple finished their two-tier faux bois wedding cake with a vintage Staffordshire figurine borrowed from Hallie’s parents.

Hallie Yarbrough (30 and co-owner of The Writing Horse) and Robert Ramsey (Zee) Jennings Jr. (30 and a senior associate in real estate development) met in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and always discussed how amazing it would be to get married there. When that day came, they made sure to show their families and friends— many of whom traveled great distances—just how beautiful their little piece of Wyoming is. “Given the location, I wanted to

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keep things stylish but simple enough to not distract from the beautiful mountain views,” Hallie explains. In fact, even the reception tent was strategically placed (at the 13th hole) on the venue’s golf course to guarantee the best vistas. “We don’t think a better view of the Tetons exists,” Hallie adds.

embracing the local wildlife Seven-­foot-­tall, ivy-­ covered moose and elk statues were the focal points (and talk!) of the reception. Animals, representing the wildlife

of Jackson Hole, decorated each table, and miniature antlers adorned the guests’ place cards.

colors matter An organic color scheme of green and white played an essential role in highlighting the beauty of the surroundings, allowing even the most original elements to blend into the landscape. Moss and burlap accents added just the right amount of texture and depth to the day’s palette, achieving the “rustic but elegant” look the couple envisioned for the day.

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The couple’s custom letterpress invitation suite included a travel map and a die-cut sleeve that revealed the day’s oceanfront backdrop.

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A few tears filled the sandy celebration, as Michelle saw Geoff cry for the first time! “I was incredibly touched to know he was experiencing such moving joy,” she says. A palette of white, ivory, gold and cream let the stunning couple and beautiful ocean take center stage.

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The men wore timeless white boutonnieres accented with sage. Geoff personally hand-twisted the wire place cards for each guest, echoing the couple’s goal to keep the entire wedding “genuine and fueled by love.”

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Michelle carried a romantic, unstructured bunch of white peonies, bougainvillea and local flora. Geoff’s lightweight gray suit fit with the sunny beach locale, while a cathedral-length veil was a dramatic addition to Michelle’s look.

B  ehind the S  cenes making it last Michelle Morton (25 and a floral designer) and Geoffrey (Geoff) Lywood (30 and a software engineer) made sure their guests fully maximized their time in paradise, filling the weekend with fun local activities. The destination affair began with an elaborate welcome dinner and culminated the day after the wedding with a bonfire on the beach, complete with fire dancers and live music. “We wanted to create an experience where our loved ones could step away from the routines of daily life to

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share incredible memories and spend quality time together,” Michelle says. “We were excited it could be a true adventure.”

considering logistics While the Dominican Republic offers breathtaking views, a Caribbean wedding does not come without its set of challenges, especially when choosing the flowers. “Michelle loves peonies, but importing them into the Dominican Republic was no small feat,” says planner Stefanie Miles. “In the

end, it was totally worth it—we were blessed with some truly beautiful blooms.”

pool party Michelle recalls looking at photos of Casa Kimball’s infinity pool’s ocean views, but little did she know how that would translate to one of their favorite memories: the postwedding dance party at the pool. “Looking out over the ocean with the reflection of the moon at night as our friends danced with pure joy was a surreal experience,” Michelle says.

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“I love flowers and greenery with a really wild, unkempt, romantic look,� Kristin explains of her in-season blooms and bunches of greenery. The table numbers were written in gold ink on ethereal chunks of agate, imitating the steep peaks of the Alpine landscape.

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The design team accentuated all the raw wood in the reception room by installing iron light fixtures lined with organic greenery. Kristin and Andy capitalized on the fact that Sundance allows open flames and decorated their fireside ceremony with heaps of candlelight, setting a warm, romantic tone for the day.

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Dusty-gray table linens added an element of softness to the lodge and allowed the flower colors to dominate the space. Kristin and Andy’s goldendoodle puppy, Dakota (named after the ski run where they got engaged), wore a collar of fresh greens for her duties as their flower girl.

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B  ehind the S  cenes mountain setting Although they live in New York City, Utah has always had special meaning for the couple. Andrew (Andy) Kennedy (34 and an entrepreneur) grew up skiing in Park City, which is also where he proposed to Kristin Koch (31 and a writer/editor) while skiing on Christmas Eve. “To be honest, I always envisioned myself having a beach or vineyard wedding where snowstorms weren’t an issue,” Kristin says of the mountainous location and fireside setting. “But we really wanted ours to be unique and unlike every other wedding we’d been to.”

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be flexible Although they originally wanted to get married in Park City, ski season made it hard to find an available venue. They felt strongly that if they were going to host a destination wedding, it should be affordable for their guests. “We went to Sundance and immediately fell in love,” Kristin recalls. “It was rustic and gorgeous, and we could basically take it over for three days.”

in the spirit of sundance The couple had a movie screening of Aspen Extreme, a classic ski film, for their welcome party in Sundance’s historic

screening room, where movies are shown during the film festival. Guests enjoyed a popcorn bar while watching the flick.

knot your average bride As a former editor for The Knot, Kristin felt pressured to have everything be perfect. Luckily, she had an entire weekend of events to bring her concepts to life. “I had something very specific in mind that was hard to vocalize, so my floral designer, planner and venue event manager were pivotal in helping me focus,” Kristin says. “I can’t tell you how many ideas I had—my Pinterest was out of control!”

ingredients Ceremony & Reception Site Sundance Mountain Resort, Sundance, UT Photography Britt Chudleigh/Chudleigh Weddings Planner Bluebird Event Destination Management Flowers Honey of a Thousand Flowers Officiant Rev. Anita Gordon Gown Ceremony: Marchesa, Gabriella New York Bridal Salon, New York City; reception: BHLDN Hair & Makeup Paula Dahlberg Veil Sara Gabriel Veiling & Headpieces Shoes Tory Burch; Miu Miu Bridesmaid Dresses Amsale, Bella Bridesmaids Menswear Groom: Burberry Wedding Rings Tiffany & Co. Stationery Calligraphy & design; Fleur de Letters, Etsy.com; printing: Coeur Noir Specialty Printers; programs, place cards and escort cards: Blush Paperie Rentals Alpine Event Rentals; Bluebird Event Destination Management; Cornerstone Show Foundation Catering Sundance Mountain Resort Cake Snow Park Bakery Music Ceremony: Michael Lucarelli; reception: Groove Merchants/Utah Live Bands Accommodations Sundance Mountain Resort Registries Bloomingdale’s; Restoration Hardware; Williams-Sonoma Don’t forget to share your wedding! Go to TheKnot.com/submit

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florida keys WHY GO Whether you’re looking for adventure, serene nature or a blast from the past, all three can happen here. Certified divers can exchange vows in an underwater ceremony in Key Largo, animal lovers can tie the knot with dolphins by their side at Marathon’s Dolphin Research Center, or American history buffs can say “I do” at the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum. where to wed Opt for variety at the Pelican Cove in Islamorada (PelicanCoveHotel.com), which boasts four on-property spots available for beachfront ceremonies of all sizes, ranging from smaller parties of up to 30 guests at Pelican Point or bashes for up to 100 on South Beach. For more seclusion, marry at Sunset Key Cottages (SunsetKey Cottages.com), a resort on the 27-acre island of Sunset Key, just a ferry ride away from Key West. Then, take to the water for cocktail hour on a chartered catamaran and end with a reception at the Westin Pier.

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las vegas tuscany lina & daniele • september 8 photography By Kt Merry

WHY GO There’s a reason Tuscany tops everyone’s travel list. Set in Italy’s blissful western coast, the area encompasses charming medieval towns, incomparable wine country and, of course, Florence, where you can find Renaissance masterpieces, fountains and sculptures filling postcard-perfect piazzas as well as some of the best cuisine in the world. where to wed Housed in a former 15th-century monastery with a facade attributed to none other than Michelangelo, Belmond Villa San Michele (Belmond.com) sits in the hills overlooking historic Florence. It’s also surrounded by traditional Italian gardens, which provide the ultimate romantic ceremony backdrop with distant city views. Wed in the heart of Tuscany at 800-year-old Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco (RosewoodHotels.com) with more than 5,000 picturesque acres perfect for exchanging vows. The resort, located within the UNESCO world heritage site Val d’Orcia valley, is a historic winery and the fifth-largest producer of Brunello di Montalcino, and it hosts weddings that can be customized for up to 120 guests.

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WHY GO It’s no wonder Sin City is known as the Wedding Capital of the World—it issues more than 80,000 marriage licenses annually. And it’s truly where any type of wedding can happen, from a secret elopement at a drive-through chapel officiated by Elvis to an elegant soiree at a luxe resort. WHERE TO WED Go international while staying domestic and exchange vows on the top of the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas (Caesars.com). You can host an intimate ceremony for 12 guests on the observation deck—460 feet above the Las Vegas Strip!—complete with an accompanying guitarist. Or, get married like a celebrity at A Little White Wedding Chapel (ALittleWhiteChapel.com), one of the most famous venues in the world. With options from small gatherings to lavish receptions, the Mandarin Oriental resort (MandarinOriental.com) offers floor-to-ceiling views of the desert and city.

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WHY GO Whether you’re looking for romantic outings for two or entertainment for 200, Jamaica has it all. Get a taste for the culture with a tour of a rum distillery, coffee farm or even Bob Marley’s hometown, or simply take advantage of the nearly 700 miles of pristine coastline with a range of both relaxing and more daring beach activities. The island’s laid-back attitude is the perfect vibe for a stressfree wedding, plus with so many amazing places to choose from, you can pick a region that truly suits your style. Montego Bay is the buzzing tourist hot spot with fun nightlife and white-sand beaches; Ocho Rios is packed with resorts that offer adventures like zip-lining through the rain forest and climbing waterfalls; and Negril and Treasure Beach have a local, authentic vibe, thanks to fewer tourists. WHere tO Wed With more than 700 rooms, you won’t have to worry about fitting all your guests at Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Resort & Spa (MoonPalaceJamaicaGrand.com) in Ocho Rios. The terrace, multiple gazebos, beach or two indoor ballrooms can all be transformed to fit your guest count. Whether you opt for poolside or beachside, the wedding coordinators at Half Moon, a RockResort (HalfMoon.com), will help with planning or setup. >>

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napa valley iris & colin • august 30 photography By Delbarr Moradi Photography

WHY GO As one of only eight Great Wine Capitals around the world, it’s no wonder Napa Valley attracts so many couples as a wedding destination. where to wed For a downtown wedding venue convenient for your out-of-town guests, consider The Westin Verasa Napa (WestinNapa.com). It’s situated by the celebrated Oxbow Public Market and is a short drive away from some of the best wineries. The luxury hotel offers 7,000 square feet of space, both inside and out, for up to 180 guests. For a more lush setting, consider Charles Krug Winery (CharlesKrug.com), the first commercial winery in Napa and one of the few in the area to allow weddings on winery property.

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costa rica WHY GO You can have a chic, intimate wedding on the beaches of Manuel Antonio, or invite several guests to a rain forest resort with a jaw-dropping jungle backdrop. Where to wed Manuel Antonio National Park in the Central Pacific Coast boasts some of the most stunning beaches in the world. If you’re both nature lovers, head to Si Como No Resort, Spa & Wildlife Refuge (SiComoNo.com), which offers a barefoot ceremony for up to 70 guests. If you’re more traditional, the JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa (JWGuanacasteSpa.com), a luxe oceanfront hacienda-style resort on the northwestern coast, has several outdoor venues with room for 600 people, as well as ballrooms that fit 240 and a chapel that holds 60. >>

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riviera maya WHY GO Pristine white-sand shores, gorgeous reef waters and archeological sites have people flocking from all over the world to this stretch of the Caribbean coastline on Mexico’s northeastern Yucatan Peninsula. Avoid hurricane season, which runs from June to November, and September, which is sometimes a rainy month because of the season change. Otherwise the weather is beautiful all year long and ideal for an outdoor wedding weekend. The most popular resort towns here, perfect for beachside affairs, include Tulum, Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen, all within a quick drive for you and your guests. The area is also home to the Mesoamerican Reef—the second-largest barrier reef in the world—so you and your guests can go snorkeling to spot hundreds of types of coral and species of fish. where to wed Your nuptials can be a green dream at Sandos Caracol Eco Resort (Sandos.com) in Playa del Carmen, with a ceremony on the deck of the cenote (a natural water hole) with live drums, dinner at a resort restaurant and a Temazcal spa ritual for the couple. Or, opt for the inclusive Caribbean Fantasy package ($3,750), which involves a vow exchange in the oceanfront gazebo, private dinner on the beach, wedding cake, DJ and breakfast in bed for the newlyweds. If you’re hosting a larger wedding, you can literally rent a village at the just-opened El Pueblito (starting from $5,000), the newest addition to the Mayakoba resort community made up of the Fairmont, Rosewood and Banyan Tree (Mayakoba.com) hotels. El Pueblito is designed to look and feel like a Mexican town and is inspired by historic plazas and the old colonial cities of Mérida and San Miguel de Allende. Ceremonies are performed in the white chapel or on the plaza, which includes a stage in the center for an orchestra or mariachi band. To keep guests entertained, there are boutiques, restaurants and an art gallery that they can explore.

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WHY GO Few places are as revered for their natural beauty as Hawaii, making Oahu an idyllic backdrop for a wedding. And the ways to celebrate are nearly as diverse as its striking landscape. Let a lush canopy of trees serve as your altar in a rain forest ceremony, or hike to one of the many points with a view to say “I do.” The most daring of couples can even exchange vows 10,000 feet in the air over Ko’olau and Waianae mountains in a skydiving ceremony. And there’s plenty for you and your guests to do before and after the wedding, from outdoor adventures, like horseback riding, parasailing, diving, kayaking and snorkeling, to cultural attractions. where to wed Have the officiant perform one of the traditional wedding rituals, such as an exchange of leis or a lava rock offering, in which a lava rock signifying your lifetime commitment to one another is wrapped in a ti leaf and left at the ceremony site, marking the place of your union. If a taste of Hollywood is more your style, consider Dillingham Ranch (DillinghamRanchHawaii.info), a private Hawaiian-plantation-style estate that has been the film location for 50 First Dates and Lost. Finally, Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort (HiltonHawaiianVillage.com) offers the perfect place for a wedding ceremony in a chapel setting for up to 40 guests. Find other fun and unique ideas at TheKnot.com/destinationweddings

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Every love story deserves some old-fashioned romance. From striking silhouettes to opulent accessories, look to the Victorian era for breathtaking bridal style that will stand the test of time.

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Layer a crisp white blouse over a blush ball gown for a ladylike look that’s simple and oh so chic. Dress, $2,475, Watters.com; shirt, $150, TheTailoryNYC.com; hat, $295, BijouVanNess.com; belt, stylist’s own >>

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Gilded Heirlooms

Vintage gold jewelry is a luxe take on the “something old� tradition. Drape a thick chain over a high collar to make a stunning regal statement. Dress, $1,295, cape, $4,500, TheiaCouture.com; necklace, vintage Chanel, WhatGoesAroundNYC.com

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Classic Revival

Formal pieces like a ball gown and velvet sash give a cozy, bridal-worthy sweater serious black tie appeal. Dress, from $5,000, RosaClaraBridal.com; engagement ring, $4,550 (not including center stone), KirkKara.com; necklace, $2,380, AmedeoNYC.com >>

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Fanciful Frock Your second dress is the perfect opportunity to show off your whimsical side. A floral-print gown with cascading ruffles of silk flowers is pure festive fun. Dress, $16,500, HoughtonNYC.com; choker, $4,710, AmedeoNYC.com

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Open backs have been big for a few seasons, but an intricate combination of antique buttons, flowy chiffon and lace appliquĂŠ leaves a lasting impression. Dress, $4,250, EugeniaCouture.com; engagement ring, $6,380 for set (not including center stone, band not pictured), SimonGJewelry.com >>

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Who says boots can’t be bridal? Traditional lace-ups add some rustic flair to a dainty shorter number. Dress, $3,400, MoniqueLhuillier .com; engagement ring, $6,150, Leibish.com; hat, $250, EricJavits.com; boots, stylist’s own >>

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Sweet Somethings

When it comes to accessories, small details make a big impact. Stick with soft pastels and subtle sparkle for an elegant vibe. Bra, $160, Fleur of England, BHLDN.com; shoes, $825, JimmyChoo.com; engagement ring, price upon request, NeilLaneJewelry.com; veil, $120, TwigsandHoney.com Contributing fashion editor: jennie ma fashion st yling: morgan gibbons/tricia joyce inc . Text: SHelley Brown Hair: Vivi Lapidus/Tricia joyce inc . Makeup: Leanne Hirsh at Sarah Laird for Perfumer a Curandera flowers: putnam & putnam location: greystone court in yonkers, ny

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If you’re planning to dance the night away, consider a gown with billowy tiers. A lightweight fabric like organza is structured but still twirl worthy. Dress, $2,450, TwigsandHoney.com; engagement ring, $6,500, AnnaSheffield.com; earrings, $2,970, AmedeoNYC.com

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the big reveal If you’re feeling especially brave, take a cue from ready-to-wear trends with a flirty black crop top. Just a hint of skin makes a traditional tulle skirt feel trendy. Top, $298, Tibi, Nordstrom.com; skirt, price upon request, VeraWang.com; sunglasses, $673, A-Morir.com; belt, $690, OscardelaRenta .com; shoes, $47, Vans.com >>

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Combine a silk floral headband and black birdcage veil for a look that pops against a simple strapless silhouette. Dress, $1,252, JasmineBridal.com; engagement ring, $2,800 (not including center stone), TrueKnots.com; headband, $250, BijouVanNess .com; birdcage veil, $182, JenniferBehr.com; cuffs, $295 each, AlexisBittar.com

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Edgy Illusion A black leather peplum adds some modern contrast to a classic Aline gown. The best part? A wide belt in a dark color is instantly slimming. Dress, $5,650, LelaRose .com; earrings, $158, HenriBendel .com; belt, $375, ZanaBayne.com; shoes, $475, SophiaWebster.com >>

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An unexpected black train gives a sexy backless dress some serious sophisticated appeal. We’ll drink to that! Dress, $2,925, train, $495, ClairePettibone.com; engagement ring, $3,790 (not including center stone), Barkevs .com; earrings, $58, RueGembon .com; feather headpiece (worn as a belt), $2,900, Mordekai.com

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Elegant effects Black accessories are daring, but they don’t have to be overpowering. Try a veil embellished with delicate black lace flowers plus satin heels for a more understated, romantic vibe. Dress, $4,700, Vivienne Westwood, KleinfeldBridal.com; veil, $370, Nilah .com; engagement ring, $5,000, wedding band, $1,000, AnnaSheffield.com; bracelet, $836, JennieKwonDesigns.com; shoes, $1,395, RogerVivier.com >>

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Kick off your heels and go lowkey luxe at your after-party with a sleek jumpsuit, feathery shawl and graphic flats. Jumpsuit, $1,650, Madeleine Fig, Novella Bridal.com; feather shawl, vintage Giorgio Armani, NewYorkVintage .com; engagement ring, $638, JennieKwonDesigns.com; earrings, $4,620, SimonGJewelry.com; white diamond band, $1,550, JadeTrau .com; black diamond band, $2,070, Mociun.com; regular gold stacking ring, $64, thin gold stacking ring, $44, CatbirdNYC.com; shoes, $295, Isa Tapia, Shopbop.com

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slight of hand Full coverage is back and better than ever. Put your own spin on old-Hollywood glamour by pairing elbow-length gloves with a sweeping bridal cape. Dress and cape, price upon request, Pronovias.com; engagement ring, $3,450 (not including center stone), Danhov.com; earrings, $175, LuluFrost.com; bracelet, $50,000, ChristopherDesigns.com; gloves, $250, LaCrasiaGloves.com

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setting glossary The frame around your diamond can determine the style of your engagement ring. Choose wisely! 1. PRONG The most popular ring setting, including anywhere from three to six claws or tines. $16,199, Kay.com 2. BEZEL A sleek metal rim surrounding the perimeter of the stone. $1,920 (not including center stone), Danhov.com 3. BAGUETTE Two smaller rectangular stones along the sides of a center diamond. They can also be set horizontally. $6,400 (not including center stone), AJaffe.com

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4. THREE-STONE A center stone flanked by two side diamonds. Also known as a trinity or trilogy, a three-stone setting often represents the past, present and future. $6,475 (not including center stone), NoamCarver.com 5. PAVÉ From the Old French word for “to pave,” a sparkly band lined (or paved) with tiny diamonds. $2,300 (not including center stone), ArtCarvedBridal.com

schedule regular maintenance appointments Have your ring inspected by your jeweler at least once a year. He or she should do a thorough cleaning and check for damage or loose settings. be gentle with your rock Take off your ring if you’re going to the gym, gardening or doing heavy lifting— anything that could put wear or tear on your diamond. rethink common cleaning methods Toothpaste and bleach corrode metal and can loosen your setting. Use a gentler ammonia-based cleaner (like window cleaner) instead. >>

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cLaRiTy The clarity of a diamond is graded on how free it is of inclusions (otherwise known as imperfections) when viewed with the naked eye and with a loupe (a 10x magnifying glass).

why are diamonds so expensive? The value of a diamond is based on the 4Cs, but that doesn’t explain the total cost. you need to factor in the time it takes to cut a rough diamond into a sparkly one, which also includes grading, polishing and setting the stone. The rarity of larger stones also plays into the price. less than 20 percent of the world’s mined diamonds are gem quality—only one in every thousand will weigh more than one carat after polishing.

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LEasT RaRE BRown The largest faceted diamond in the world is the golden Jubilee Diamond, which weighs 545.67 carats.

PLaTinum Naturally white and won't change color. Known for its strength and purity.

RosE GoLd This pink-tinted metal is created by raising the ratio of copper alloy.

yELLow GoLd Malleable, yet strong. Also available in colors like white and pink.

PaLLadium A gray-white metal that won't tarnish. Also lightweight and affordable.

wHiTE GoLd yellow gold mixed with white metals. The white coating could wear off.

TiTanium gray or black finish. As strong as steel but considerably lighter.

how rare are these colorful stones? yELLow The Tiffany Diamond, one of the world’s largest yellows, weighs 128.54 carats.

Pink Queen elizabeth ii received the Williamson pink, a brooch with a 23.6-carat pink stone, as a wedding gift.

BLuE The famous and supposedly cursed Hope Diamond is a 45.52carat blue stone.

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GREEn The Dresden green, which is the largest green diamond in existence, is 41 carats.

mosT RaRE REd The most famous red diamond is the Brazilian Hancock red, at 0.95 carats.

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

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mermaid gown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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 35-minute plane trip from Florida, making them a quick trip for destination weddings and honeymoons alike. SHUTTERSTOCK

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

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

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4 Many popular Jamaican destinations are between one and two hours from the Montego Bay airport by car. Bring Dramamine if you’re at risk for motion sickness, as taxi drivers take the curvy roads at quite a clip. 5 While shopping in Montego Bay, don’t hesitate to haggle. Sellers are insistent.

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

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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 All-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

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rom indigenous art to chic design, Secrets Wild Orchid takes its inspiration from the island’s gorgeous surroundings. Couples discover a vibrant, adults-only, hip locale with exclusive amenities of Unlimited-Luxury®, beginning with 24-hour room service, seven restaurants, nine bars and lounges, the world-class Secrets Spa by Pevonia and championship-caliber golf nearby. Ask about the complimentary Secrets 866-GOSECRETS Eternity Honeymoon package and how to earn free SecretsResorts.com nights towards your first anniversary return stay.

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

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7 People fall in love with Playa del Carmen equally for what it has (gorgeous beaches and rustic charm) and for what it doesn’t (the crowds and overbuilt beachfronts of some big tourist spots). 8 Located at the edge of the Sierra Madre range, Puerto Vallarta is full of old cobblestone streets and plenty of Mexican tradition (think: fiestas!).

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1 Avoid St. Lucia’s rainy season, which runs from June until November. 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 Choiseul, 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, green fig and Creole barbecue. While you’re in Castries, try Jimmie’s or Bang, two can’t-miss restaurants.

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.

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

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The backdrop Cliffside buildings in pastel hues are strewn together by rocky footpaths, olive groves and winding, narrow streets. Watching the sun sink into the Mediterranean here (a UNESCO World Heritage site we should add) is sport. Hot spot for sunset viewing The steep walk up to the Castle of Riomaggiore—the southernmost village in Cinque Terre (which translates to Five Lands)—rewards you with a Crayola-doused sky that pairs perfectly with the region’s celebrated white wine, as long as you’ve got

the muscle power to haul the vino uphill. We think it’s worth it. Where to turn in Retreat to Manarola and check into La Torretta Lodge, an intimate gem set high in the hills. Book the romantic Panoramic suite, just off the main building, for the most unbelievable sea views (rooms, from about $250, Torrettas.com). What to do Hike the trail connecting the villages, making pit stops for gelato and focaccia. Swim off the (rare) sandy beach in Monterosso al Mare, or, if you’re more adventurous, spring off rocks into the sea. >>

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Spot wildebeests, zebras and gazelles as they cross the park mid-migration.

The backdrop Safari seekers choose the Serengeti in East Africa for its infinite sky and unspoiled open landscape filled with wildlife. (Lions, leopards, cheetahs, buffalo and elephants are regulars.) Travel in late summer to catch the Great Migration. Hot spot for sunset viewing During evening game drives, camps embrace the safari ritual of sundowners (sipping drinks while watching the African sky transform), arranging magical pop-up

cocktail service for guests in the bush. Where to turn in Dressed in classic Safari style, the thatched-roof cottages at the indulgent, remote Klein’s Camp have canopied beds with views of rolling grasslands (from $795 per person per night all-inclusive, AndBeyond.com). What to do Early in the morning, seek out animal encounters in a safari 4x4 with a guide. Visit an authentic village of the local Maasai people and get a fascinating

Safari meets luxe at Klein’s Camp.

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For a truly magical honeymoon sunset sighting, watch for a glowing green spec, aka a green flash at the top of the sun’s “circle” just as the last sliver dips below the horizon. (Don’t look until that final moment or the spots you’ll be seeing from staring at the sun can interfere.) The sun’s rays bending in the atmosphere can trigger this emerald display. It only lasts seconds and is rare to see, but chances are greater when the sky is clear and you’re looking out to a distant, flat horizon that isn’t blocked by anything, such as mountains or buildings. Peering over a wide expanse of ocean may just be your ticket.

The backdrop After an easy flight, you’re on island time, relaxing with ocean breezes, sipping fruity frozen drinks (served by an attentive waitstaff) and spending most of your time in barefoot bliss. Paradise indeed. Hot spot for sunset viewing At the Atlantis resort, sit in the sands of Cove Beach near the iconic single palm tree (it’s called Palm Point) and turn your gaze toward

unobstructed views of the horizon. Where to turn in Think of The Cove Atlantis as the glam, more mature hotel sibling on the massive multi-lodge complex. Staying in this all-suites section grants access to the adults-only pool that comes with daybeds, concierge service and even an outdoor gaming area (from $350, AtlantisBahamas.com).

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What to do Break from lounging and plunge down the towering waterslides at Atlantis’s Aquaventure water park, or swim with a dolphin (great honeymoon photo op) at Dolphin Cay, one of the largest marine habitats in the world. At night, get into the gaming action at the casino, head to Aura for a taste of the island nightlife, or catch a show from the LIVE concert series.

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The backdrop Inside this exclusive gated resort enclave along the Pacific, you’ll find luxe accommodations, oceanside golf courses and tropical scenery framed by the Sierra Madre Mountains, the perfect setting to take in a jaw-dropping sunset. Hot spot for sunset viewing Get closer to the tinted sky with a private sunset dinner atop “The Rock,” an impressive cliff overlooking the seemingly endless Pacific. Where to turn in Expect VIP treatment at the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, where servers cater to your every request (from $500, FourSeasons.com). What to do Take a day trip to the funky fishing village of Sayulita for a surf lesson. If you’re honeymooning in winter, whale watching is a must-do. >>

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The backdrop This peninsula surrounded by Green Bay and Lake Michigan is all about scenic simplicity. Endless shoreline, lighthouses and old-fashioned towns are backlit by the county’s famed sunsets. (Hint: Summer through early fall is when the place really shines.) Hot spot for sunset viewing Dangle your feet over the edge of the Anderson Dock in the town of Ephraim to watch the amazing “show.” Before settling in, follow local tradition by painting your names on

the dock’s old boathouse turned art gallery. (Insider tip: Bring your own paint!) Where to turn in The Bay Point Inn in Egg Harbor stands along the peninsula’s Western coast, making it a short walk to the beach and village and an idyllic place to enjoy the golden hour (from $139, BayPointInn.com). What to do Sail aboard a Tall Ship (SailDoorCounty.com) or rent bikes from Edge of Park (EdgeofPark.com) and pedal along a trail in Peninsula State Park. >>

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for taking sunset selfies from wedding photographer allan zepeda 1 Keep the horizon line as straight as possible. 2 Use a flash or other source of light, otherwise your camera will read the sun’s light behind you and not your faces. For a silhouette, skip the flash and let the camera read the sun’s light. 3 Set the scene by including a bit of the landscape around you. 4 Don’t miss magic hour! An hour before the sun sets, the soft, golden light is ideal for photos. 5 Consider capturing the sunset from the side rather than straight on, or placing yourselves in the corner of the frame for variety.

Experience the magic of a Mallory Square sunset.

The backdrop Expect to stop and stare (a lot) in this free-spirited southernmost city. From the vibrant turquoise water and playful architecture to the fun street performers (including magicians, high-wire acts and sword swallowers) and, yes, the fiery sunsets, there are plenty of sights to take in. Hot spot for sunset viewing It’s no surprise that Key West puts the sun to bed

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with a huge party. Join hundreds of other revelers mixing with jugglers, psychics, food vendors and artists in Mallory Square at the nightly Sunset Celebration. Where to turn in Anchoring the end of buzzing Duval Street, the sophisticated Ocean Key Resort & Spa is ideal for those who want to bounce between a lively social scene and quiet time for two. Book a deluxe

oceanfront room to catch the sunset from your private balcony (deluxe oceanfront guest room, from $659, OceanKey.com). What to do Take in the local culture with visits to the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Blue Heaven restaurant for Key Lime pie. Go diving around the world’s third largest coral barrier reef or book a tour of Dry Tortugas National Park by seaplane.

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The backdrop This energy-infused neon city is a veteran at pulling off spectacles. Hot spot for sunset viewing See Sin City in a softer, romantic light with a sunset spin on the world’s tallest (550 feet) observation wheel, the High Roller (Caesars.com). Where to turn in Guests at the celeb-chef-branded Nobu Hotel find a slice of Zen on the pulsating Strip and score VIP reservations to the namesake restaurant. Don’t miss out on casino action—the hotel is inside Caesars Palace (from $189, NobuCaesarsPalace.com). What to do At the hotel’s 50,000-square-foot Qua Baths & Spa, experience a couple’s massage and the Arctic Ice Room (with its heated floors—and falling snow). Get tickets to one of the Strip’s Cirque du Soleil productions and watch some bold acrobatic talent. >>

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forget to strike one of the bells that surrounds the figure for good luck. (Never hurts, right?) Where to turn in Feel right at home at Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort with its tropical gardens, traditional Thai design and a neck massage at arrival. Decompress even more with a yoga session on Bophut beach (from about $208, Samui.Anantara.com). What to do Explore a local market with Anantara’s chef for ingredients to create

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The backdrop Give your dream beach escape exotic flavor. On this palm-fringed island in the Gulf of Thailand, fascinating Thai culture and mystical temples coexist with glimmering sands, blue water and a hopping nightlife for the ultimate couple’s getaway. Hot spot for sunset viewing Climb the stairs of Wat Phra Yai (Big Buddha Temple) and behold the gilded, mega-sized Big Buddha statue bathed in shimmering light. Don’t

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Whitney and Ross were drawn to Africa for its YOLO safari experiences. They rounded out their week in the bush with world-class dining, exotic adventures and a dreamy stay at a pinch-yourself beach resort.

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Ready to share the adventure of a lifetime, Whitney and Ross splurged on every aspect of their African honeymoon. Their trip started with four luxurious nights in Cape Town, South Africa, at the One&Only Cape Town resort, where they requested a top-floor room for the best views of Table Mountain. Next they made their way to Kruger National Park for four nights in a private villa at the Singita Lebombo Lodge. Whitney calls it “the most remarkable hotel we’ve ever stayed in.” They also made a stop in Zanzibar, Tanzania, at Baraza Resort and Spa Zanzibar,

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“We went over our budget for our wedding—as I’m sure most couples do—and wanted to enjoy a nice, long honeymoon without breaking the bank,” Jane says. With help from TripAdvisor, The New York Times, Yelp reviews and suggestions from friends, Jane and Brian planned their entire 12-day Hawaiian honeymoon themselves. They began with five days on the beach in Kauai, the most laidback and least developed of the islands. “We wanted to start our honeymoon off right and relax all our postwedding stress away,” she says. Next, they made their way to the Big Island, where they spent four days in Hilo. Snorkeling near Captain Cook Monument, which Jane

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