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IN THIS ISSUE

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GET THE LOOK

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THEKNOT.COM

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EDITOR’S NOTE

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WEDDING TOOLS

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THEIR WEDDING, THEIR WAY

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SEASIDE FIESTA

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ASK THE KNOT SQUAD

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TRENDING

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VENUE SCOUT

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EXPERT ADVICE

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MARRIAGE LICENSES AND WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENTS

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LAST LOOK

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CATHRINE WESSEL

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Sophistication and glamour, with a rustic twist...

Santa Anita Park offers the most romantic, picture-perfect spaces for this biggest of days. Rich in details that reflect the elegance and glamour of our historic venue, we offer a timeless setting for your most memorable day.

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CONTENTS

STYLE + PLANNING 97

REAL WEDDINGS 53

BRI + RYAN

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October 13, San Diego

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NASHYA + SCOTTIE

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June 2, Joshua Tree

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NATASHA + SETH December 31, Palm Springs

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LEAH + LINDSEY April 7, Ojai

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STAR SEARCH Your horoscope may hold the answer to your ideal venue.

DAVINA + ELLIOT February 23, Irvine

AMONG THE FLOWERS A bespoke Amsterdam styled shoot takes a romantic turn.

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CANDY CRUSH The sweetest stationery suites for every style and palette. ››

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VANESSA + MIKE November 3, Los Angeles

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BROOKE + ADAM

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ALEXIS + MIKE May 18, San Luis Obispo

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AMAYA + GER ARD October 13, Three Rivers

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SALIMA + MATTHEW March 30, San Francisco

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ANDREW + DARRELL November 3, St. Helena

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MEREDITH + EVAN July 30, Novato

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FROM LEFT: PERPIXEL PHOTOGRAPHY; JOHNNY MILLER

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Can you love, honor and cherish a day?

Defined by our majestic surroundings, The Bridges has been described as a slice of Tuscan beauty in the heart of Northern California. Our professional staff will cater to your every need to ensure your vision for this most special of occasions is an unforgettable celebration. Call 925-735-4253 ext. 3 or visit thebridgesgolf.com/tk for availability or to schedule a personal tour.

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CONTENTS

BUDGET BLASTING TIPS Timely advice to help keep your bottom line in check.

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GET THE PICTURE How to ensure you get images you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

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SET THE MOOD

FA S H I O N + B E AU T Y

Use our colorful inspiration boards to inform your celebratory style.

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THE KNOT BEAUTY AWARDS

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The highest-rated products for your bridal beauty arsenal.

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ACCESSORIZE IN STYLE A comprehensive guide to pulling off a totally personalized look.

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WILD AT HEART Unexpected wedding looks that are unapologetically romantic.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: KATIE HOSS PHOTO; COURTESY OF VENDOR; DANIELLE COONS PHOTOGRAPHY

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ON THE COVER

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COVER Dress in all sizes, price upon request, Costarellos at LOHO Bride, LOHOBride.com (Los Angeles & San Francisco); engagement ring, $2,156 (not including center stone), SimonGJewelry .com; earrings, $220, Oscar de la Renta, Nordstrom.com

In love with our gorgeous cover dresses? Check out more fashion-forward styles for your wedding day and beyond at TheKnot.com/fashion.

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Dress in sizes up to 12, $6,445, VivienneWestwood .com, engagement ring, $43,657, ChristopherDesigns .com; earrings, $2,155, AnabelaChan .com; shoes, $515, FreyaRose.com

Behind the Scenes The Simple Life

PHOTOGRAPHY Cathrine Wessel FASHION STYLING Shelley Brown HAIR John Ruidant for Evo Haircare/See Management MAKEUP Deanna Melluso for Dior/See Management PROP STYLING Nassimos Studio

Get a sneak peek of what went on at The Knot cover shoot

Brookfields Farm a note about our shoot location

HORSIN’ AROUND Photographer Cathrine Wessel snaps a shot of our model posing with a friendly horse from Brookfields Farm.

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BLUE JEAN BABES Senior Fashion & Beauty Editor Shelley Brown and Photo Director Sarah Rozen #twinning in denim overalls on set.

FINISHING TOUCHES Our wardrobe styling team adds the final tweaks to a Viktor&Rolf shirt dress before the first shot of the day.

For an authentic country-themed shoot, we went for the real deal— taking over a family farm in Hudson Valley, New York. Brookfields Farm’s scenic 160 acres is home to herds of horses, cows, goats—and more.

BEHIND THE SCENES: COURTESY OF SARAH EVANS; BARN ICON: ANDREJS KIRMA/NOUN PROJECT

Dress in sizes up to 22, $7,500, Monique Lhuillier at Bridal Galleria, BridalGalleria.com (San Francisco) Monique Lhuillier Flagship Salon, MoniqueLhuillier.com (Los Angeles); earrings, $16,550, LeVian.com

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Photographer: Meagan Lindsey Photography

Photographer: Photoquest Studio

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Real Weddings

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LOCAL LOWDOWN

Ready to assemble your pro squad? Discover the top-rated wedding vendors in your area and find out why couples love them at TheKnot.com/bow.

Gather your dream team of local wedding vendors with the help of our Ultimate Wedding Guides at TheKnot.com/california. You can connect with planners, photographers and other vendors by searching by region and price in our local Marketplace. Your state directory has everything you need to know to get married, even where and how to secure a marriage license. You’ll also discover real wedding inspiration from other California couples. CASSANDRA & VIANNETT: ALISON D PHOTOGRAPHY; ILLUSTRATION: YING CHANG

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Cassandra Espinoza and Viannett Estrada warmed up their industrial courtyard wedding at Millwick in Los Angeles with a burgundy, pink and gold palette. To add romance, candles lit up the ceremony aisle and reception hall. The couple wore similar mermaid-style gowns with scalloped trains for the ceremony, before Viannett changed into a black tux for the celebration afterward.

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EDITOR’S NOTE

Before you jump into the planning, take some time to really enjoy and reflect on your engagement—because this is a huge moment. You’ve found your person. And on the journey to find them, there was likely a slew of circumstances and chance that helped you navigate the almost eight billion people in this world and bring you two together. In other words, this is big. Now take a deep breath because the hardest part is over! What’s up next? Celebrating your unique love story with all of your friends and family. If you’re not sure where to begin (trust me, I’ve been there!) then you’ve come to the right place. These pages are chock-full of tips, tricks and advice for everything from finding your perfect wedding venue to deciding on accessories to match your style. And make sure to check out our Real Wedding stories. They’re a great place to find amazing vendors in your area, as well as local-specific ideas for food, décor and more. After you’re finished reading, download The Knot Wedding Planner app to make sure your planning stays on track. You’ve got this!

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KRISTEN MAXWELL COOPER EDITOR IN CHIEF @kristenmax kristen@theknot.com

STAR SEARCH I’m a big believer in astrology, so if you can’t make a decision on your venue, let your sign be your guide. For all of the Sags out there (it me!), let your wanderlust take the lead and look into an exotic locale like Hawaii (p. 105).

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Accessories are an easy place to add a pop of personality. Even if it’s just for the reception (p. 143).

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TOO PRETTY TO EAT How stunning is this handpainted cake? While these flowers are expertly crafted from sugar, you can get a similar look (and maximize your budget) by opting for real stems (p. 97).

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: CATHRINE WESSEL; SARAH LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY; LORELY MEZA PHOTOGRAPHY; DANIELLE COONS PHOTOGRAPHY; KATIE HOSS PHOTO; COURTESY OF VENDOR

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TOOLS

Congratulations

YO U ’ R E E N G A G E D ! Here are the big to-dos from “yes” to “I do.” Turn the page for more, including the tools you’ll need and how to get your personalized checklist.

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

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

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

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

SHOP FOR RINGS Try on and purchase your wedding rings—then insure them. (Now it’s starting to feel really real, right?)

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

DECIDE WHAT TO WEAR Shop for your attire and schedule necessary fittings—don’t forget accessories. Choose what your wedding party will wear too.

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

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BUY YOUR WEDDING PAPER Select invites, thankyous and other stationery. If you place one order, you may snag a discount.

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

GO FOR FITTINGS Have the final attire fittings and arrange for dress and/or suit pickup.

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GET THE MARRIAGE LICENSE Head to the state registrar’s office in the county where you’ll wed for this must-have doc.

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

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

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TOOLS

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

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

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Plan Your Wedding on Your Phone

G E T Y O U R D A Y - O F T I M E L I N E As you check off to-dos (so satisfying, right?) the app creates a detailed day-of timeline. Share it with your pros, wedding party and VIPs. This way, everyone knows when it’s all going down, and you can focus on enjoying some champagne and having a blast with your people.

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YO U R W E D D I N G V I S I O N

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

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

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

PERFECT YOUR COLOR PALETTE Check out the colors that match your wedding style. And not to worry—you can always change them up as you plan.

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

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

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YUNHEE KIM, PROP STYLING BY PAM MORRIS; ; LIGHTBULB: DAVO SIME/NOUN PROJECT; SHARING: LOGAN/NOUN PROJECT; TARGET: DAVID/NOUN PROJECT; CHECK: RÉMY MÉDARD/NOUN PROJECT; PALETTE: BOHDAN BURMICH/NOUN PROJECT; MAGNIFYING GLASS: XINH STUDIO/NOUN PROJECT

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

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MAKE TR ADITION THE FASHION

“We made a statement,” Charmaine says. She chose a white jumpsuit and sprays of baby’s breath, while Brandon rocked a blue suit.

THE COUPLE

Charmaine Vegas (40 and a jeweler) and Brandon Neddersen (34 and a planning manager) are Long Beach residents.

THEIR WEDDING, THEIR WAY

RISE & SHINE

Charmaine and Brandon started their day with a minimal ceremony on Mount Hollywood before heading to breakfast for a maximal meal of their fave breakfast eats. BY LOUIS BARAGONA

P H OTO G R A P H Y BY I S A I A H + TAY LO R P H OTO G RA P H Y

THE DETAILS “Our wedding had to exemplify us: unconventional

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and intentional,” Charmaine says. With that in mind, “we made the day our own,” Brandon says. The couple planned a minimalist morning wedding with 11 guests at the Griffith Observatory. “The architecture of the building and where it sits, with the Hollywood sign and Los Angeles in view, is hard to beat,” Brandon says. Afterward, the couple headed to brunch at the 101 Coffee Shop.

Charmaine paired the wedding ring she designed with a ring from her late mom.

THE BRUNCH

Charmaine is a pancake lover, so it made sense for the pair to follow their a.m. vows with a fresh stack. “The coffee shop has a retro vibe we love,” Brandon says.

THE BLOOMS

“I spent my high school years in Hawaii, and that time was pivotal for me,” Charmaine says. “I wanted elements of Hawaii.” Charmaine carried tropical leaves, and the pair also wore ti leaf leis.

THE TEAM CEREMONY SITE Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles RECEPTION SITE 101 Coffee Shop, Los Angeles PHOTOGRAPHY Isaiah + Taylor Photography FLOWERS Rawfinery ATTIRE Charmaine: jumpsuit: BHLDN; Brandon: Calvin Klein OFFICIANT Berk Tyler ENGAGEMENT RINGS Todd Reed WEDDING RINGS Bless the Theory HAIR Tyla Sankofa Donnell

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FOR COUPLES WITH THAT GOOFY, CAN’T KEEP THEIR HANDS OFF EACH OTHER KIND OF LOVE.

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MAKE TR ADITION

THE DETAILS

Twenty-five guests joined 24-year-old medical students Aubrey Perez and Michael Vega for a chilly waterfall ceremony, casual lunch and hot chocolate.

LOOKING BACK

“My favorite moment was when we walked up the aisle together as our family waved gold ribbons and blew bubbles,” Aubrey says. “It was perfection.”

THEIR WEDDING, THEIR WAY

M O U N TA I N M A G I C An intimate sunrise ceremony in Yosemite National Park was only natural for Aubrey and Michael, who first visited—and fell for—the landmark in 2015. BY B EC KY M U R RAY

PHOTOGRAPHY BY REGER & CO

BOUQUET Aubrey

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LOCATION “When deciding

carried pink protea, burgundy peonies, dusty miller, feather eucalyptus and white mini wax flower.

on a venue for our ceremony, we thought back to the feeling we had when we first went to Yosemite,” Aubrey says. She and Michael landed on Lower Yosemite Fall specifically because the spot had a paved path that led to the backdrop of the waterfall. “Nature has always allowed us to de-stress, disconnect from the world and reconnect with ourselves,” Aubrey says.

Right after the newlyweds walked down the aisle, they fed each other Blue Star Donuts.

SERENE SCENE

“We went with nature because it represents something pure, untouched and unedited,” Michael says. “That’s what we wanted our wedding to be: just Aubrey and me in a pure commitment.”

CAKE CUTTING Though Aubrey and Michael cut the cake

ahead of their lunch at The Majestic Yosemite Hotel, guests had to wait until the meal was over to snag a piece.

THE TEAM CEREMONY SITE Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Valley RECEPTION SITE The Majestic Yosemite Hotel, Yosemite Valley PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY Reger & Co FLOWERS S&E Wholesale Flowers ATTIRE Aubrey: Mademoiselle, Los Angeles; Michael: Calvin Klein INVITATIONS Elli OFFICIANT Pastor David Medina ENGAGEMENT RING Amazon.com CAKE The Majestic Yosemite Hotel DOUGHNUTS Blue Star Donuts


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San Diego

S E A S I D E F I E S TA PHOTOGRAPHY BY KAMI OLAVARRIA PHOTOGRAPHY FAWN EVENTS embraced the boho style of Mexico’s beach destinations like Tulum and Cabo for The Knot + WeddingWire’s summer party at BUILDING 177 . Partygoers snacked on churros, bopped to mariachi music and sipped kombucha as they swung from suspended macramé chairs.

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We used flowers to bring the spirit of Baja to California, from wicker baskets dripping with colorful pampas grass hanging overhead to cacti throughout the venue. Fringe umbrellas, garlands of ombré baby’s breath and velvet chairs made for an Insta-worthy photo-op. -Laura Armendariz & Candace Hernandez, Fawn Events

THE TEAM EVENT PLANNING & DESIGN Fawn Events PHOTOGRAPHY Kami Olavarria Photography VIDEOGRAPHY SJ Videography VENUE Building 177 CATERING Toast Catering BAR Please & Thank You KOMBUCHA BAR The Boozy Bee CHURROS Churro Service STRUCTURAL PROPS Backup Backdrops PHOTO BOOTH Classic Photo Booths PHOTO BOOTH BACKDROP Relevant + Raw STATIONERY Double Dipped Calligraphy MACRAMÉ SWINGS Macramama RENTALS Folklore Rentals; Hostess Haven; Sundrop Vintage DANCE FLOOR HCD Portable Dancefloors FLOWERS Joy of Bloom Florals; Penelope Pots Floral + Event Design CACTI Desert Theater Nursery DJ Dart Collective MARIACHI Mariachi Nuevo San Diego HAIR Babe Hair by B MAKEUP Makeup by Kamielea

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ADVICE

Q+A

ASK THE KNOT SQUAD

THE CREW

We tapped our experts for answers to your of-the-moment questions. ETIQUETTE

How do I tell my guests I want to have an unplugged ceremony?

CEO and editor in chief, Black Bride

BRITTANY LO

CEO and founder, Beautini

A LY S S A L O N G O B U C C O Senior style and planning editor, The Knot

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

Honor your dad’s competitive ping-pong streak with a cocktail hour tournament.

PERSONALIZATION

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BEAUTY

BRITTNY DRYE Founder and editor in chief, Love Inc. Mag

B EC KY M U R RAY Real Weddings Editor, The Knot

MARK INGRAM

Owner and creative director, Mark Ingram Atelier

I’ve heard that, as the bride, I should get my hair and makeup done last so it’s the freshest. Is this true?

My partner’s father passed away and we’re hoping to find a few thoughtful (but not too heavy) ways to remember him on our day. Any suggestions?

B R I T T A N Y L O : Not necessarily. I actually always pick my bride as the first client for a few reasons. First, if you need your hair blown out and set for your hairstyle, then you want to be able to let it sit for the longest amount of time so it holds throughout the night. Additionally, the beginning of the day tends to be the most relaxing—it can get pretty chaotic as the morning goes on. From an emotional standpoint, you might be a bit calmer if you’re taken care of first rather than stressing that there may not be enough time for you to get ready. Plus, you’ll be able to chill before getting dressed and make sure you love your look before pictures begin.

A L Y S S A L O N G O B U C C O : Your wedding day is a celebration of you and your partner’s love, so it should be a celebration of the people you love too. Even if they’re no longer with you, their memory can be honored in incredibly special and meaningful ways. Think of how your partner’s father would have liked to commemorate you two had he been able to be there, and work that into the day. Did he always hit the dance floor when Earth, Wind & Fire came on? Play something by the band as the last song of the night. Was he a big fan of family pingpong tournaments? Set up a few tables for a showdown during cocktail hour in his honor. Giving a nod to a deceased loved one’s essence—and personality—is the greatest tribute of all. ››

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43%

of brides contribute toward their bridal party’s makeup

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ADVICE

Make a grand entrance with mom by escorting her down the aisle.

PLANNING

B R I T T N Y D R Y E : If space allows, having two aisles is a great way to showcase both parties equally with a dramatic meeting at the altar. If you go this route, make sure you have a photographer and a second shooter to capture both of your entrances and reactions. Another popular option is walking down the aisle together to symbolize unity. If you’re torn between the traditional and creating your own twist, why not combine the two? One of you can walk halfway down the aisle solo, where you can then meet in the middle and take your final steps to the altar together.

MAKE TRADITION

In the spirit of #MakeTradition, how can couples personalize their wedding day looks? B E C K Y M U R R A Y : Start with your favorite item. What’s your go-to accessory or signature addition when you dress for everyday life? If you feel your best in a bold lipstick, don’t feel the need to go nude and natural on your wedding day. If you’re known for rocking quirky socks in your nine-to-five, pick a new pair just for the occasion. Personalization is just that: personal. Wear what makes you feel the most “you” on your wedding day, not what you think you’re “supposed” to wear. #MakeTradition is all about being confident in the customs you inherited while staying true to what makes you unique.

FASHION

How much should my venue inform the style of my dress? M A R K I N G R A M : Aside from your own personal style, nothing influences your wedding fashion more than your venue. Obviously, an outdoor daytime garden wedding and a formal evening ballroom affair require very different looks. A clean and modern warehouse pairs well with a sleek sheath dress, while a detailed ball gown is perfect for a fairy-tale château. Let the venue be your guide and find a gown that will complement the setting.

74%

of engaged couples choose at least one signature wedding element or theme PEN / CARLSON; ANAGRAM

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Neither of us wants to meet the other at the altar during our ceremony. Any nontraditional suggestions for walking down the aisle?

Find more advice on THE K N OT WE D D IN G PL ANNE R APP

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TRENDING Honor your partner’s culture by looking into each piece’s meaning.

H AV E

fun W I T H Y O U R

FA S H I O N Today’s dress code is “you do you.” When it comes time to celebrate, your wedding day look is one of the most striking ways to make a statement about both your personal style and your cultures. These couples ran wild with accessories, colors and prints—and there’s no reason you can’t too.

FASHION FUSION J O H N + TA N AY S A N TA R O S A , C A

“It was important to us to acknowledge our respective cultures,” John (right) says. “While researching Indian culture, I was gobsmacked by the beauty of traditional menswear. I was excited to wear the sherwani.”

TAILOR MADE “When it comes to my everyday style, I tend to lean masculine,” Jen says. “That said, I didn’t want a traditional black suit or tie for my wedding day. Purple struck me as feminine but different, and the flower necklace was the cherry on top. It totally stole the show.”

SEEING RED CLAIRE + CHRISTOPH CHAGRIN FALLS, OH

“I knew from the very beginning that I didn’t want to wear a white wedding dress,” Claire says. “I tried on dozens of gowns, but as soon as I saw this one, I freaked out. It was exactly what I wanted: free and fun.” ALL DRESSED UP DON’T BE SCARED TO ADD A FUN TOUCH TO A CLASSIC LOOK. KNOWN FOR WEARING F U N K Y P A T T E R N S ? L E T ’ E M P O P O N Y O U R T I E O R V E S T.

FROM TOP: EICHAR PHOTOGRAPHY; COPPER PHOTO CO.; EMILY WREN PHOTOGRAPHY

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JEN + MEGAN PHILADELPHIA

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Semi-custom menus allow your place settings to still feel personal.

PLACE SETTINGS Okay, yes, the whole free-food-andopen-bar thing is a huge draw, but give guests even more reason to get comfy, raise a glass and mingle at their seats with the help of a personalized place setting. When done right, your loved ones will feel like it was set just for them.

SWEET SYMBOLISM M A D D I E + J O H N L O N G M O N T, C O

“The flamingo represented John’s Florida roots, while the robin symbolized my home of Colorado,” Maddie says. “Alongside the two birds, I wrote a poem explaining how our food combined our different places of origin.”

STITCHED WITH LOVE “Alana’s mother monogrammed all 110 napkins with our married name,” Clair says. “After the reception, we kept a set or two for ourselves and gave the rest of the napkins to members of our family as a thank-you gift for all of their hard work.”

PICTURE PERFECT SO P H I E + ATA E F I O K WA S H I N GTO N , D C

“I’m known as a serial photographer, and I wanted those memories to touch our wedding day,” Sophie says. “Six weeks before the wedding, we went on the journey of finding 95 different photos of us with our guests. It was a fun, meaningful way to go down memory lane.” S I N C E R E LY YO U R S A D D I N G A H A N D W R I T T E N N O T E AT E A C H P L A C E W I L L L E T A L L O F YO U R G U E S T S K N O W J U S T H O W S P E C I A L T H E I R AT T E N D A N C E I S T O YO U .

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A L A N A + C L A I R K A N S A S C I T Y, M O

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A BLANK SLATE VENUE IN LIBERTY STATION

Top Left : Analisa Joy Photography Top Right : Ashleigh Mitchell Photo Bottom Left : Cobos.co Bottom Right : Aldous Photo

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GO

big

Not a big dancer? Hire local performers to take the stage.

W I T H YO U R

FIRST DANCE Take your dance floor debut to the next level by showing off some one-of-a-kind moves, whether that means giving someone else the spotlight or choreographing a Dirty Dancing–worthy number—lift optional. Just let the rhythm of the day decide.

BREAK IT DOWN DIANE + JJ DENVER

“We wanted to give back to our community, so we asked kid dancers from the School of Breaking to take on our first dance,” Diane says. “The school inspires kids through the power of music and dance.”

PASS THE MIC “We surprised my parents by giving them our first dance, complete with a serenade,” Dre says. “My mom and dad eloped over 30 years ago due to racial tensions and never got that big, white wedding of their own, so it was our gift of gratitude to them.”

RAISE THE ROOF N O A H + PJ E A R LT O N , N Y

“We really wanted to surprise everyone,” Noah says. “The video of our dance, which included a Dirty Dancing lift, went viral, and the proceeds allowed us to donate $40,000 to the It Gets Better Project.” J OY F U L N O I S E T U R N YO U R P R E W E D D I N G DA N C E L E S S O N S I N T O F U N D AT E N I G H T S —T H AT S H O U L D H E L P F I G H T A N Y S T A G E F R I G H T.

FROM TOP: OUR LOVE IS LOUD; HOLTZ PHOTOGRAPHY; HEIRLUME PHOTOGRAPHY

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DRE + DAN LOS ANGELES

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FLOWER POWER Earrings, $168, LeleSadoughi.com

KEEP IT

chic W I T H

MUSTARD USTARD +SAGE This unexpected duo is equal parts sweet and vibrant—perfect for spring.

STRINGS OF GOLD

ALTAR BOUND Velvet vow book, $91, Elmo-PaperStories.com

Classic ribbon in Oro, from $6, TonoandCo.com

TEXTURED TOPPER Headband, $225, JenniferBehr.com

ELEGANT EATS

GREEN GODDESS

Floral greenery menu, $6 for printable download, PlumSugarPaperie, Etsy.com

POSH PERCH Green velvet chair, $60 per day to rent, RentPatina.com

GOOD VIBES Mini smudge sticks, $15 for 3, WorldMarket.com

FINE DINING Saapaivakirja plate, $36, Marimekko, Amara.com

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FANCY FEET Shoes, $1,045, ManoloBlahnik.com

FRESH PICK AERIN Éclat de Vert, $225 for 1.7 oz., EsteeLauder.com

FLOWER BOUQUET: TIFFANY LEE PHOTOGRAPHY; ALL OTHERS COURTESY OF VENDORS

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Dress in sizes up to 28, $270, TheiaCouture.com

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HAND IN HAND. TOES IN THE SAND.

True Photography

Chris Wojdak Photography

Create your own one-of-a-kind celebration at the La Jolla Shores Hotel. Get lost in the moment with breathtaking views, golden beach, rolling surf and a gentle sea breeze. From ceremonies on the sand, to the lush garden patio and in our elegant event spaces—your special day awaits.

LJShoresHotel.com | 888.965.1709 | La Jolla, California 92037

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TRENDING

KEEP IT

BRIGHT LINE

funky W I T H

LAVENDER +TEAL

Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Violet Femme 82, $25, Marc Jacobs, Sephora.com

DISCO FEVER Disco ball balloons, $25 for 3, FabfunctionsByKelly, Etsy.com

The ’80s are back and better than ever with an electric duo that keeps the good times rolling.

SWANKY SIP Milly acrylic tumbler, $28, Amara.com

MAIL CALL

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Modern wedding invitation, from $85, finedaypress, Etsy.com

TABLE TOPPER Melamine terrazzo dinner plate, $10, WestElm.com

COLD SHOULDER Dress in sizes up to 28, $270, Amsale.com

Logan rainbow mirror flatware, $60 for 20-piece set, Cambridge, HomeDepot.com

SOFT SCENT Lil’ Dipper eau de parfum, $77 for 1.7 oz., Pinrose.com

BOLD BLING Earrings, $68, KendraScott.com

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STRAPPY STEPPER Shoes, $99, VinceCamuto.com

KISS: THE LIGHT & GLASS; ALL OTHERS COURTESY OF VENDORS

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GEO DETAILS Eclipse Blocks napkins, $24 for 4, WestElm.com

PRETTY TIPS Gel Couture nail polish in First View, $12, Essie.com

KEEP IT

refined W I T H

SKY BLUE +SIENNA DREAM WEAVER Bag, $395, LoefflerRandall.com

This warm-meets-cool pair is a unique combo suited for any style.

VELVET TOUCH Dress in sizes up to 24, $290, JennyYoo.com

STATEMENT STUDS

PAINTERLY PAPER Collage wedding invitation, $234 for 100, Ann Gardner, Minted.com

BACK TO BASICS Raina dinner plate, $25, Dansk, Bloomingdales.com

LET IT GLOW Amber candlesticks, $50 for 3, Hubsch, JungLeeNY.com

PERKY POUT BUCKLED UP Shoes, $48, JustFab.com

Matte Revolution lipstick in Sexy Sienna, $34, CharlotteTilbury.com

SOMETHING BLUE Custom heart patch, $18, TheDailyDisco, Etsy.com

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PLACE SETTING: LAUREN SAYLOR OF @AFABULOUSFETE; ALL OTHERS COURTESY OF VENDORS

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Earrings, $125, LizzieFortunato.com

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I T ’ S YO U R S TO RY

make it a fairytale At a resort unlike any in the world.

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VENUE SCOUT

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JEANNI DUNAGAN PHOTOGRAPHY; COST APPLIES TO A SATURDAY WEDDING IN SPRING OR SUMMER 2020; GUEST COUNT IS DEFINED AS THE MAXIMUM NUMBER THE VENUE CAN ACCOMMODATE FOR A PLATED DINNER AND DANCING.

ON LOCATION

The first—and often hardest—decision you’ll make is where to throw down. Here are 10 spots to make that task a bit easier. BY B EC KY M U R RAY

CHARLES KRUG WINERY NAPA COST

THE CASINO SAN CLEMENTE SAN CLEMENTE

RANCHO VALENCIA RESORT & SPA RANCHO SANTA FE

MONTAGE LAGUNA BEACH LAGUNA BEACH

GUEST COUNT

COST

from $5,000 275 ABOUT Have your first look at the oceanfront just one block away, then party on in the former dance hall that Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney once frequented.

COST

from $60,000 400 ABOUT Throw a stateside wedding with a destination vibe. Casitas, olive groves and Mediterranean-inspired gardens span this Spanish Colonial–designed property.

COST

GUEST COUNT

GUEST COUNT

from $140 per person 250 ABOUT The “Great Lawn” (pictured) is one of three spaces you can book, and it connects to the “Carriage House,” dating back to 1881. Plus, the wine—as a Valley OG, they know their stuff.

VENUE AMENITIES

PLANNER

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FLOWERS

RENTALS

CATERING

CAKE

TRANSPORTATION

from $90,000 400 ABOUT Perched on a coastal bluff above the Pacific, this seaside hotel has no shortage of stunning places to exchange vows. Our favorite is the seaview lawn.

ON-SITE ACCOMMODATIONS

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ON LOCATION Vibiana

VIBIANA LOS ANGELES

from $43,000 550 ABOUT Originally a Catholic cathedral, the stately space (shown) truly is divine. Top tip: Partner up to create a craft cocktail—something they’re known for. COST

GUEST COUNT

THE MOUNTAIN WINERY SARATOGA

from $7,500 200 ABOUT A hidden gem of Silicon Valley, this wino’s paradise is located in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. COST

GUEST COUNT

MALLORY HOUSE BLUFFS, LITTLE RIVER INN LITTLE RIVER

from $35,000 200 ABOUT Your guests won’t want to leave this Mendocino coast getaway, and they won’t have to thanks to a host of onproperty ways to relax, play and dine. COST

Resort at Squaw Creek

RESORT AT SQUAW CREEK OLYMPIC VALLEY

from $20,000 450 ABOUT Located at the site of the 1960 Olympics, this spot boasts plenty of activities to keep guests entertained— and just check out the views (pictured). COST

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HOTEL FIGUEROA LOS ANGELES

from $40,000 100 ABOUT One more cause for celebration: In honor of its feminist roots and support of the arts, the hotel showcases works by female artists exclusively. COST

GUEST COUNT

THE JAMES LEARY FLOOD MANSION SAN FRANCISCO

from $11,000 165 ABOUT A private school by day, the 20th-century building is an integral part of the Pacific Heights neighborhood and an iconic choice for your “I dos.” COST

GUEST COUNT

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At Buca di Beppo, the enticing aroma of authentic Italian specialties will seduce you, the sweet sounds of Frank Sinatra will serenade you and our staff will positively spoil you. Have your bridal event at Buca and you can meet some of our famous couples, like spaghetti and meatballs, chicken and parmesan, and Caesar and salad. We serve family-style food in an eclectic, vintage setting and offer exceptional group menus and banquet packages. Anaheim | 11757 Harbor Blvd. Brea | 1609 East Imperial Hwy. Campbell | In The Pruneyard • 1875 S. Bascom Ave. Carlsbad | 1921 Calle Barcelona Claremont | 505 W. Foothill Blvd. Encino | 17500 Ventura Blvd. Huntington Beach | 7979 Center Ave. Farmers Market | 6333 W. 3rd Street Mira Mesa | 10749 Westview Parkway Palo Alto | 643 Emerson Street

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EXPERT ADVICE

ALL ABOUT

FLOWERS

OUR PROS Gena Winter and Aubriana MacNiven, the duo behind Marigold in San Francisco

STYLE VIBES Looking for something modern? Gena and Aubriana go for playful movement and architecturalinspired shapes.

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The thing that’s most important to us as clients come to Marigold is that they feel welcome. We want the process to be fun for everyone involved, so we start by learning more about the couple, how they envision their wedding day from start to finish and their overall design aesthetic. We often find just as much design inspiration in the couple’s story as we do in the landscape or the venue itself. From there, we come up with a proposal, which serves as a guide throughout planning.

HOW MANY MONTHS IN ADVANCE SHOULD CLIENTS BOOK THEIR FLORAL DESIGNER? We’ll start working with clients as far out as one year, but we sometimes book smaller weddings with only a few months notice. It really depends on the location, venue, size and overall design vision.

HOW MUCH SHOULD COUPLES EXPECT TO SPEND ON FLOWERS? It comes down to size and scope. We see so many different approaches to flowers, from grand venue transformations to small, romantic elopements. For a typical California wedding, clients spend $10,000 to $15,000 on average.

HOW CAN COUPLES SAVE ON A BUDGET? If you’re looking to cut costs, a more minimal approach can go a long way. Using one varietal of flower clustered in a vessel—a single bloom or dried grass in a bud vase— can help you stick to a smaller budget. Also, flowers tend to cost less when they’re sourced locally and seasonally.

WHAT FLOWERS CAN CALIFORNIANS LOOK FOR LOCALLY? We’re lucky to live here because we have access to many different blooms throughout the year. In the summertime, you can find heirloom garden roses in wine country and the Central Coast. In the spring, sweet peas, foxglove, narcissus and ranunculus bloom in Healdsburg as well as Oakland. We get our dahlias from Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay during the late summer and fall.

HOW CAN COUPLES PERSONALIZE THEIR FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS? Working with flowers that have a particular meaning can instantly make an arrangement special. We also like to design with elements specific to the destination or the venue so they complement the surroundings.

HOW CAN COUPLES REPURPOSE FLOWERS FROM CEREMONY TO RECEPTION? Not all arrangements will work for different spaces. Some flowers have a short shelf life. We find that repurposing statement pieces for bars or other big moments works well.

WHAT FLOWER TRENDS ARE YOU PREDICTING? Color! Long gone are the days of ivory with a touch of blush.

FROM TOP LEFT: EMILY SCOTT; COURTESY OF MARIGOLD; CHRISTINA MCNEILL PHOTOGRAPHY, EVENT PLANNING & DESIGN: ASHLEY SMITH EVENTS, RENTALS: THEONI COLLECTION

WALK US THROUGH A COUPLE’S FIRST APPOINTMENT AT MARIGOLD.

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BREATHTAKING PICTURE-PERFECT

OCEAN VIEWS ON-SITE WEDDING SPECIALISTS

ELEGANT EUROPEAN

ARCHITECTURE EXCEPTIONAL CUISINE

NO DREAM IS TOO BIG, NO DETAIL IS TOO SMALL.

From your first step to your last, Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa will be there to guide you through your special day. Make the wedding of your dreams become a reality with your own per sonal touc hes. To plan an appointment, please contact our wedding specialist at (831) 645-4053 or weddings@montereyplazahotel.com.

– Refreshingly Classic –

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EXPERT ADVICE

ALL ABOUT

BEAUTY

WHEN SHOULD TO-BE-WEDS BOOK THEIR HAIR OR MAKEUP ARTIST?

OUR PRO Mar R., creative director at TEAM Hair and Makeup, an on-location styling company in Santa Barbara

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If you’re looking to add some length to your hair, Mar recommends human hair extensions, which can be curled and colored.

D I S C OV E R TEAMHairand Makeup.com @teamhairand makeup

On average, couples book us anywhere from six months to a year in advance. From there, we schedule a hair or makeup trial around two to four months ahead of the wedding. That timing allows us to make sure your skin tone, hair length and texture will all be as close as possible for the day of. Trials can also be seen as tests, so take the opportunity to see if you click with both your artist and your look.

WHAT SHOULD COUPLES BRING TO THEIR FIRST TRIAL OR CONSULTATION? We absolutely love to see inspo photos of the hair and makeup clients like. With sites like Instagram and Pinterest, there’s no shortage of inspiration out there. I also like to view photos of the wedding flowers and attire in order to make sure we understand the client’s taste. For example, if a bride chooses a classic ball gown, she’ll probably feel her most beautiful in a swept-up hairstyle and glam makeup. Each client’s décor choices tell us a story about their tastes and what they like. One thing you shouldn’t bring: too many people. Ask yourself how many opinions you’re willing to hear. I suggest including only those people whose opinions you value highly.

WHAT SHOULD CALIFORNIA CLIENTS EXPECT TO SPEND ON WEDDING DAY GLAM? Rates may vary based on experience, but California couples can expect to spend $500 to $900 on average for hair and makeup, though this might not include a trial run.

GLAM ISN’T JUST A LADIES’ GAME: HOW CAN GROOMS GET SPIFFY TOO? Everyone wants to feel special! A clean shave, especially on-site in the privacy of a hotel room, is a luxury every groom should enjoy. Top that fresh look with concealer or translucent powder, and voilà!

WHAT WEDDING MAKEUP TRENDS ARE BIG RIGHT NOW, AND WHAT TRENDS ARE COMING THIS YEAR? Right now, most of our clients are asking for a natural, no-foundation-style look. If that’s what you’re looking for, I love the Kevyn Aucoin Etherealist Skin Illuminating Foundation. Beyond that, I’m seeing lots of simple, sweptup hairstyles. No curls, just full, textured hair. In the future, we’ll be seeing more and more color and details, particularly with eye makeup. Full, effortless styles that make guests wonder “did she or didn’t she get her hair done?” will be even more popular. I like that. Keep ’em guessing.

Mar’s four hacks for your ultimate wedding glow. P L A N A H EA D

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Give yourself a little buffer time in your schedule. Leave 30 to 60 extra minutes for lateness or indecisiveness.

Treat yourself to a gentle, exfoliating facial. Makeup looks best on clean, refreshed skin.

Don’t like something during the trial? Make it known and be particular. It’s fine to have multiple trials.

Above all, how you feel about your look on your wedding day is most important.

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10.13 | SAN DIEGO

Bri + Ryan

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THEIR STORY It was only natural for Brianne (Bri) Kennedy (32 and an HR director) and Ryan Redfield (33 and a middle school science teacher) to say their vows on the beach. After all, it’s practically their backyard. “We picked a secret cove in our neighborhood that allowed just enough privacy,” Bri says. “We wanted it to feel local.” Afterward, the newlyweds welcomed guests to The Pearl Hotel, effectively transporting loved ones from beachfront bliss to a vintage surf party, complete with dancing, mai tais and Key lime pie. — LO U I S BAR AGO NA

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CENTERPIECES Bri chose tropical blue and green bud vases for the tables, filling them with palm fronds and queen proteas. MENU Guests followed baconwrapped, blue-cheese-stuffed dates and rye whiskey mai tais with rosemary chicken, smashed Yukon Gold potatoes and grilled asparagus. CEREMONY Once Bri and Ryan staked out their spot in the cove, the only décor they needed was a Mexican blanket that they’ve had for years. A ukelele player strummed a cover of Tom Petty’s “American Girl” as Bri walked down the aisle—and ended up standing to the right. “At the time, I didn’t realize I was on the ‘wrong’ side, but it was necessary due to the layout of the beach,” she says.

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RECEPTION Bri and Ryan embraced The Pearl’s mid-century modern feel, simply adding palm fronds, roses, dahlias and lilies to the tables. CAKE The tiered confection was a chocolate cake with chocolate mousse and cocoa bean brittle. CANNONBALL The couple made their grand “exit” by jumping into the hotel pool, with guests soon following. “That was our favorite moment,” Bri says. “It was the best seeing person after person work up the courage to jump in.”

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS

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2.23 | IRVINE

Davina + Elliot

Davina wore a custom-made Atelier by Dawn dress with reversible organza bell sleeves not only to save money, but to have two new looks.

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THEIR STORY Davina Kim (33 and an event stylist) and Elliot Lee (34 and a physician) planned their guest-centric celebration in just two weeks. Having worked in the industry for three years, Davina had a vision and a host of vendor friends, whom she called “friendors,” who could make her dream happen. — CAITLYN MART YN

CEREMONY The couple created a churchlike setting by topping an arch with a cross.

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ESCORT CARD WALL The pair purchased the lumber and designed the modern 3-D escort card wall just a week before the wedding. FLOWER GIRLS The smallest attendants’ blue dresses accentuated the venue’s earthy terracotta and apricot tones. CAKE Guests devoured a berry-flavored white chiffon cake decorated with sweet peas and pressed flowers.

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TABLESCAPE To maintain the day’s elegance, minimal centerpieces dotted cheesecloth table runners. SWEET TREATS A peach-colored custom dessert wall decorated with votive candles displayed the bride’s favorite: Key lime tarts. EVENING SNACK The couple surprised guests with late-night burgers and milkshakes from an In-N-Out truck.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Oak Creek Golf Club, Irvine PHOTOGRAPHY James Hong/Perpixel Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Moka Visuals PLANNER Davina Kim/Made & Co. Designs; day-of coordinator: Amy Park/White Blossom Events EVENT DESIGNER Sarah Park Events FLOWERS City Flower LA; The Flower by Yoori; Sarah Park Events GOWN Atelier by Dawn, Los Angeles TUXEDO TheBlackTux.com; cuff links & tie bar: JewelMango, Etsy.com; tie, pocket square & socks: The Tie Bar WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: Aubrey + Ella; groomsmen: cuff links & tie bar: JewelMango, Etsy .com; tie, pocket square & socks: The Tie Bar HAIR Jasmine Chang Studio MAKEUP Beauty with Grace Lee VEIL Atelier by Dawn HEADPIECE Handmade by Sara Kim ENGAGEMENT RING Robbins Brothers WEDDING RINGS Davina: Robbins Brothers; Elliot: Easter Ahn Design STATIONERY Invitations, programs, escort cards & menus: Paper Haven Ink; table numbers & signage: Letters To You RENTALS Iron Grace Rentals; MTB Event Rentals CATERING Oak Creek Golf Club CAKE Sweetleemade DESSERTS Sweets by Keeks OFFICIANT Pastor Jordan Chung/ Onuri Chuch MUSIC Andrew Chuong/DJ AFLEX OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Photo booth: Third Eye PhotoBooth; face painting & balloon art: Up Up and Away GUESTS 330 HASHTAG #DavinaAndElliot

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6.2 | JOSHUA TREE

Nashya + Scottie PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRISTY JOHNSTON PHOTOGRAPHY

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THEIR STORY Together, Nashya Sadono (28 and a city park planner) and Scottie Jensen (27 and a chef) brought a taste of Indonesia to their favorite place, Joshua Tree. “We incorporated my culture into our wedding in every way we could,” Nashya says. Scottie and the couple’s ring bearer, Nashya’s nephew, rocked traditional brown batik garments, and Scottie used his skills to prepare a menu of classic Indonesian dishes. “We called it Indonesian desert-boho,” Nashya says. — LB

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TABLE NUMBERS Nashya and a friend made the triangle-shaped wood blocks, while Scottie painted each one with a different desert-themed symbol, from coyotes to rolling hills of cacti. “We did DIY anywhere we could,” Nashya says. PLACE SETTINGS Not only did Nashya create the wood planters on the tables, but she also worked with her mom to fold each napkin atop the bamboo dinnerware and cut the colorful table runners with linens found in downtown LA.

SETTING Guests snacked on rendang, sate and nasi kuning as they looked out over the desert in the distance.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Sacred Sands, Joshua Tree PHOTOGRAPHY Christy Johnston Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Regan Elizabeth Films DAY-OF COORDINATOR Cross + Swan Events FLOWERS Rogue & Fox Floral Co. GOWN Grace Loves Lace, Venice SUIT Shirt: batik, Indonesia; pants: H&M WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: H&M; groomsmen: shirts: Bar III, Macy’s; pants: H&M; bow ties: BridgetownBowTies, Etsy.com VEIL ARoyalWedding, Etsy.com ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Gold Lion Jewelry, Inc. STATIONERY Invitations: Vistaprint.com RENTALS Cedar & Pine Events CATERING Opa Kitchen PIE The Pie Hole LA OFFICIANT Pastor Stephan Ichiriu MUSIC The House of EL Entertainment FAVORS DIY HONEYMOON Banff, Alberta, Canada GUESTS 100 HASHTAG #NottsTied

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12.31 | PALM SPRINGS

Natasha + Seth PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAUREN SCOTTI PHOTOGRAPHER

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THEIR STORY Natasha Hugeback (31 and a creative writer) and Seth Amitin (34 and a therapist) did NYE one better by ringing in the new year with the ultimate bash: their wedding. “Getting married on New Year’s Eve meant there was already a fun layer to our day,” Natasha says. “I love decorating for holidays, so this was a dream.” The couple added even more color to the already vibrant Saguaro Palm Springs with DIY touches, including the menus, as well as glitter, a quirky funfetti cake and a ceremony backdrop reading, “Here’s looking at you, kid,” a nod to Seth’s fave movie, Casablanca. — LB

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FAMILY CIRCLE Natasha and Seth’s siblings served as their wedding party, all dressed up in their own eye-catching looks. “Since Seth and I got to express our personalities with our clothes, it was important we gave them the chance to do the same,” Natasha says. ESCORT CARDS Each guest got a heart-shaped mini-piñata, complete with name tags designed by Natasha. PARTY READY Glittery noisemakers and confetti firecrackers topped colorful illustrated menus.

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RECEPTION “The party was in a stark, white room, so I treated it as a blank canvas,” Natasha says. Hanging greenery, giant balloons and a disco ball added major sparkle to the otherwise minimal space. TOTAL BLAST The pair’s maximalist color palette matched the spirit of the high-energy holiday. “I came across tubes of confetti and decided no color was off limits,” Natasha says. “Anywhere we could put confetti, we did. It was as if my Pinterest exploded.”

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CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Saguaro Palm Springs, Palm Springs PHOTOGRAPHY Lauren Scotti Photographer VIDEOGRAPHY The Quail & The Dove FLOWERS My Little Flower Shop GOWN Temperley London, BRIDE, Los Angeles (closed); alterations: The Williamsburg Seamster, Los Angeles SUIT Mr. James, Los Angeles; tie: Nordstrom; cuff links: MRCUFF WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE ASOS.com; David’s Bridal; Lulus.com; Nordstrom HAIR Melanie Ortiz MAKEUP Anastasia Amir Summers/Makeup by Brazil HEADPIECE Mignonne Handmade ENGAGEMENT RING Anna Sheffield WEDDING RINGS Natasha: Anna Sheffield; Seth: Third Eye Assembly STATIONERY Invitations: Minted.com; escort cards: Meri Meri RENTALS Saguaro Palm Springs; VOX DJs CATERING Saguaro Palm Springs CAKE Over The Rainbow Desserts CAKE TOPPER theroomba, Etsy.com OFFICIANT Alex Solarte (friend) MUSIC DJ Dani Wigfall/VOX DJs PHOTO BOOTH Classic Photo Booths FAVORS The Studio HONEYMOON France & Italy GUESTS 144 HASHTAG #NewYearNewJew

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4.7 | OJAI

Leah + Lindsey PHOTOGRAPHY BY K ATIE EDWARDS PHOTO

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DESERT VIBES The couple threw on brightly patterned coats once the sun went down.

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THEIR STORY Leah Rubin-Cadrain (32 and a creative lead at Snapchat) and Lindsey Weinstein (37 and in marketing at Apple) threw a casual desert wedding filled with cool patterns and chill vibes. “We wanted the celebration to feel like a cozy, outdoorsy family getaway,” Leah said. “We didn’t want any fuss getting in the way of our quality time together.” Leah’s sisterin-law even created a book of songs that were played throughout the weekend on tambourines and guitars by the campfire. — CM

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TRADITIONS The couple hand-picked elements of a Jewish wedding that were meaningful to them, including signing a ketubah, circling each other and breaking the glass. COCKTAIL HOUR The party kicked off with grapefruit vanilla bean palomas and cucumber-gin lemonades during cocktail hour. FLOWER CROWNS “We wore custom-made crowns, a tribute to the ones Leah’s hippie parents wore at their wedding,” Lindsey said.

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11.3 | LOS ANGELES

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THEIR STORY Though DTLA played a role in the design of Vanessa Ying (31 and works in advertising sales) and Mike Tinio’s (35 and an UX architect) wedding day, the pair mostly set their sights on the stars. “Mike and I have a fascination with space, so we chose a celestial theme,” Vanessa says. The couple filled The Container Yard with illustrations of the planets and deep-sky-blue décor alongside nods to New Orleans, another fave place. “I’d call our style cosmic bayou,” Vanessa says. — LB

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SIGNAGE To illustrate the galactic palette, broad strokes of dark blue watercolor paint and gold flecks marked the day’s décor. CAKE A painted buttercream version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night encased layers of chocolate cake. TREATS Late night, partygoers snacked on In-N-Out Burger as well as beignets, a New Orleans standard. “The vibrant energy of NOLA really inspired us,” Vanessa says. “Guests went absolutely wild when we brought out the beignets.”

PA R A D E After the ceremony, the newlyweds surprised guests with a NOLA-style second line—complete with a brass band playing “Sexual Healing” by Marvin Gaye.

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RECEPTION The couple took The Container Yard, a restored mochi factory, to new heights with blue tablecloths, glowy prayer candles and a hanging installation over the head table made of lunaria, dried palms, grasses and agonis. “We wanted it to look dreamy and ethereal next to the warehouse, which is covered in murals by street artists,” Vanessa says. CELEBRATION Balloons and gold streamers showered Vanessa, Mike and their guests as they hit the floor to groove to hip-hop.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS

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CEREMONY SITE Arts District Park, Los Angeles RECEPTION SITE The Container Yard, Los Angeles PHOTOGRAPHY Elizabeth Wells Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Bryan Alano PLANNER & EVENT DESIGNER Ashley Smith Events FLOWERS Salt Road GOWN Dan Jones, LOHO Bride, Los Angeles SUIT Indochino; tie & pocket square: Ted Baker WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: Reformation; groomsmen: various; accessories: Ted Baker HAIR & MAKEUP Yuri Sinata ENGAGEMENT RING Pro Gems Jewelry WEDDING RINGS Grace Lee Designs STATIONERY Invitations: Bourne Paper Co.; escort cards: Capiz Shells; menus & signage: Ashley Smith Events RENTALS Bright Event Rentals; La Tavola; Theoni Collection CATERING Little Nelly Catering Co.; bar: Whaling Club; late-night food: In-N-Out Burger CAKE Josephine LA BEIGNETS The Beignet Truck OFFICIANT Eddie Tsang (friend) MUSIC Recessional, second line & cocktail hour: Top Shelf Brass Band; reception: DJ Phatrick DANCE LESSONS Scott Hsieh/New Style Hustle Choreography FAVORS Wizard Pins HONEYMOON South Africa GUESTS 190 HASHTAG #MikePutAYingOnIt

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evening’s festivities. This large circular pavilion

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and your bridal party are welcome to arrive early in

shore by an expansive bridge (perfect for photos)

the morning and enjoy the grounds and amenities,

all of which provide just the right background that

as well as the private use of the bride’s salon room,

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THEIR STORY The sun played an important role in Brooke Boston (29 and an accessory designer) and Adam Williams’s (34 and a photographer) wedding at Adamson House right down to the day of the week—Sunday. The celebration was decked out in Alexander Girard’s iconic sun motifs, from the napkins to the custom matchbook favors. Adam had the quote “live by the sun, love by the moon” embroidered into his suit, while Brooke’s sky-blue sequin gown sparkled in the light. — CM

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DÉCOR To avoid covering the natural landscape, the groom’s brother created a floating plexiglass seating chart. SIGNATURE DRINKS Guests sipped on two signature cocktails: agua bonitas, made with orange bitters and agave, and birds of paradise, which featured rum, pineapple and lime juice. Drinks were completed with custom ice cubes filled with chiles, flowers, palm trees and peaches.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Adamson House, Malibu PHOTOGRAPHY Hannah Costello PLANNER Bright Blue Events FLOWERS Pigsty GOWN Custom, Sarah Aronson/Resurrection, Los Angeles; seamstress: Marta Avila; clutch: Edie Parker SUIT Custom, Klein Epstein & Parker, Los Angeles; tie: Gucci WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Various HAIR & MAKEUP Kristen Pulice ENGAGEMENT RING Custom WEDDING RINGS Brooke: Noemie; Adam: Do Amore STATIONERY Aardvark Letterpress RENTALS A Rental Connection; La Tavola; Otis & Pearl Partywares CATERING Contemporary Catering; cocktail ice cubes: Disco Cubes CAKE Adam’s mother and grandmother OFFICIANT Randy Lovejoy (Brooke’s mom’s cousin) MUSIC Mick Cipolla/ Better Music Services FAVORS ForYourParty.com TRANSPORTATION Riz Transportation Services HONEYMOON Mexico GUESTS 125 HASHTAG #BrookeAndAdamsWeddingHashtag

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STROKE OF GENIUS Unite your overall vibe with artistic touches at every turn. Here, brush strokes and painted illustrations appear on everything from the place cards and table numbers to the invites and ceremony programs.

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Painting and stationery, MomentalDesigns.com; calligraphy, FlourishGraceCalligraphy.com

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Let your ceremony setting do the talking by keeping other details to a minimum.

Greet guests with gift baskets filled with sweet treats and souvenirs.

ALL IN WHITE Brides Robin (left) and Chantal (right) rocked totally unique wedding looks.

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BOLD BUNDLE Accent blooms with small fruits, like the kumquats seen here, for added interest. Flower field, Noordwijkerhout; ceremony chairs, TheBridalBlush.nl; welcome stationery, MomentalDesigns.com; outfits, IDoIDo.nl; bouquet, NicoletteCamille.com

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DESSERT DELIGHT

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Pair an unexpected painterly cake exterior with equally wow-worthy sugar flowers for a bold look.

Escort cards are a great place to nod to your overall design aesthetic. Here, marbled paper and white calligraphy add a colorful touch.

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Splurge on a personalized ketubah or marriage certificate as a displayworthy keepsake of your day.

DINE ALFRESCO Pull colors from your venue into your tabletop dĂŠcor for a dining scene that is in harmony with its surroundings. Cake, SugarLipsCakes.com; calligraphy, FlourishGraceCalligraphy.com; painting, MomentalDesigns.com; centerpiece and table styling, NicoletteCamille.com and TheHouseofArtz.com; tabletop and furniture rentals, MyGreatestRentals.com

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Chantal + Robin When Netherlands-based nutrition influencers and real-life couple Chantal and Robin Settels teamed up with an A+ vendor team (including Mango Muse Events, Classy Affairs, Momental Designs and Equally Wed’s Kirsten Ott Palladino) to model for this styled shoot, making it their actual wedding quickly became a no-brainer. The duo, engaged for three years, rounded up friends and family to pull off a unique— and perfectly styled— celebration in Amsterdam.

We are so here for the chic bridal jumpsuit.

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L AY E R S O F LOV E LY Vine-like hellebores add whispy dimension to a centerpiece.

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Sometimes more is more. Here, a sunny floral centerpiece is complemented by a dynamic blue and gold place setting, bevy of glassware and unique standing vellum menu. Centerpiece and table styling, NicoletteCamille.com and TheHouseofArtz.com; rentals, MyGreatestRentals.com; menu, MomentalDesigns.com

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TAT S F O R T W O Incorporate a cocktail hour activity for guests that nods to a shared passion (temporary tattoos, anyone?).

EDIBLE ART Ensure your main meal is a feast for the eyes—and stomach— by incorporating artistic plating and edible floral accents.

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S I G N AT U R E “ S I P ” Who says your namesake drink has to be a cocktail? Mix things up with bright smoothies or açai bowls instead.

F L OAT I N G FA R E W E L L Exit your ceremony or reception aboard a boat for an extraInsta-worthy moment.

Temporary tattoos, Tattly.com; catering and food styling, TiffanyFoodStylist.com; boat, AmsterdamBoatCenter.com; florals, TheHouseofArtz.com

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You want classic elegance with a twist, Aries—plus something you can make your own. A ballroom that has hosted many-a-wedding? Not for you, thought leader. Instead, pop up a tent somewhere unexpected and use the blank canvas below to craft a unique wedding with loads of details that are so totally you.

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TA U R U S APR 20-MAY 20 V E N U E VINEYARD HOPELESS ROMANTICS A Taurus loves all things romantic and beautiful—what fits that description more than a pastoral winery? Decadent eats are a priority too, so choose a spot that pairs their vinos with

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WILD RULE-BREAKERS Embrace your quirky, adventurous nature with a weekend-long bash at a summer camp. The unique venue is the perfect way to celebrate your silly side, so pack your wedding events full of fun of details, like custom mugs and camp color wars.

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Bring on the glitz, glam and dazzling drama— Leos love it all. Center stage is where you shine, so put yourselves there—literally—by hosting your dream day at an opulent vintage theater. Lights, camera, “I do.”

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Pile on the personality, Libra! You’re all about edge and embellishments, so book a venue where you can make your mark. A loft or industrial space does just that, offering a raw backdrop where you can amp up the charm and vibrancy without it feeling too sweet.

S C O R P I O OCT 23-NOV 21 V E N U E RESTAURANT DARING DUO Dark, mysterious, reserved. Sound like you, Scorpio? We thought so—and we have a hunch that you’ll love the exclusive privacy a moody restaurant (or even speakeasy!) will lend to your day.

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V E N U E MODERN ART MUSEUM C R E AT I V E C H A R M E R S You’ve probably been described by friends as cutting-edge and authentic—so you definitely won’t want a cookie-cutter wedding locale. Trade a chapel for a modern art museum, where your colorful personality and original ideas (neon-spray-painted baby’s breath centerpieces, anyone?) will be right at home alongside the work of Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol—and whatever that Coke bottle sculpture is.

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Find your dream venue at THE K N OT.CO M/MARK ETPL ACE

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COOL TONES

AN OMBRÉ OF NAVYS, TEALS AND EMERALD GREENS COMBINES FOR A FRESH NEW TAKE ON THE WEDDING CLASSIC “SOMETHING BLUE” FRO M TO P TO B OT TO M: Dreaming invitation in Sea,

from $234 for 100, iamtanya, Minted.com; Emerald Gold Foliage invitation, $6 for digital download, plpapers, Etsy .com; Monstera Impression invitation, from $204 for 100, PaperCulture.com; Galeria invitation in navy, from $234 for 100, Kelly Schmidt, Minted.com; Cotton Air invitation in Seaside, from $234 for 100, Lea Velasquez, MInted.com

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JUICY CITRUS HUES PAIR WITH PEACHES AND PINKS F O R A P O P -Y A N D M O D E R N LOOK THAT ’S FIT FOR A BASH FRO M TO P TO B OT TO M: Modern Rose invitation, $20 for digital download, SamBlankenshipDesign, Etsy .com; Light Pop Art Botanical invitation, $50 for digital download, blacklabstudio, Etsy.com; Angel invitation set, from $27, PeachWolfePaperCo, Etsy.com; Modern Minimalist invitation, $7 for digital download, BrownFoxCreative, Etsy.com; Abstract invitation, $26 for digital download, AmyTarahDesigns, Etsy.com

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MOODY MONOCHROMATICS

RICH ONYX, STARK WHITE AND SHADES O F G R AY M A K E FO R A N ELEGANT YET DARING STATIONERY SUITE FRO M TO P TO B OT TO M: Terrazzo Frame invitation in Tuxedo, from $234 for 100, Amy Payne, Minted.com; Sheer Elegance invitation, from $25 for digital download, ZebraPress, Etsy.com; Vintage Florals invitation, from $148 for 100, PaperCulture.com; Black and White Modern invitation, from $255 for 100, finedaypress, Etsy.com; Black invitation, from $270 for 100, TheFabledPapery, Etsy.com

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G O L D, S I LV E R A N D C O P P E R F O I L M I X WITH MODERN TYPOGRAPHY AND DESIGN D E TA I L S F O R A V E R Y- N O W TA K E O N G L A M FRO M TO P TO B OT TO M: River Rock invitation in Pebble, from $270 for 100, AK Graphics, Minted.com; Foil Blocks in Silver/Blue, from $204 for 100, PaperCulture.com; Wedding Corners invitation in silver, from $204 for 100, PaperCulture.com; All Foil Paintbrush invitation, from $290 for 100, PaperSource .com; Wild Blooms invitation in Poppy and Rose Gold, from $270 for 100, Christie Kelly, Minted.com; Aerial invitation in Sandstone and Rose Gold, from $270 for 100, Grace Kreinbrink, Minted.com

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If pricey peonies are on your musthave list, be prepared to save elsewhere.

No matter what your budget is, you likely still Whatever the numbers say, you’re going to want to

and small, to help you spend wisely on your way to “I do.”

vendor and venue recommendations specific to your budget, which means no more falling in love with a pricey pro you can’t afford (don’t worry, we’ve all been there). The result? An easy-to-follow spending road map that will ensure you stay in the black from your first deposit to your last tip.

FIRST, LAND ON THE RIGHT NUMBER FOR YOU

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Before you write a single check, figure out how much you can afford to spend. That’s where we come in—with The Knot Wedding Planner app, we’ll help you settle on the right number for your celebration and offer suggestions for how much of that budget you should put toward each part of your wedding, from catering to cake. Plus, we’ll help you turn money to action with

When it comes to wedding planning, there’s no shame in playing favorites. Before you do too much research, sit down with your partner and make a list of each of your celebration priorities. The goal? Decipher where your money is best spent and what will really set the day apart for you. Remember, there are no wrong answers here—and it’s okay not to agree on everything! ››

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This is all about compromising and figuring out what’s going to make you and your partner the happiest. Once you have your list, move forward with booking those vendors first and spending your money accordingly.

selection, opt for a high-impact item, like a wow-worthy charger plate or patterned tablecloth. Anything else will likely go unnoticed by your guests and isn’t worth the up-charge.

GO FOR GREENERY It may sound harsh, but the best way to save money is to slim down your guest list. Each person you invite adds to your budget—you’re likely shelling out at least $100 per person between catering and entertainment—so compile your invites thoughtfully. Consider giving a plus-one only to couples that are engaged, married or living together. Then, if you still need to size down, put a few hard-and-fast rules in place, like “no coworkers.” The tighter you keep your count, the more money you’ll have to put toward other details, like a string quartet for the ceremony.

HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER This may seem counterintuitive, but hear us out. Spending up front on a knowledgeable wedding planner can pay off big time for your budget and your sanity. A skilled pro will help you navigate everything from vendor selections to contract negotiations, ensuring you’re spending smart throughout the process. Another bonus? They’ll have a handle on venues and services in your area, so they can help you score insider-only deals and achieve coveted looks for way less.

Good news—this piece of advice is totally on trend. Big blooms often up the price per arrangement, so stretch your floral budget by opting for a greenery-heavy look instead. Utilize a textural mix of greenery for larger moments at your wedding, like a hanging installation. Then, concentrate your flower usage to areas that will be center stage in photos, like your bridal bouquet.

OPT FOR A ROAMING DINNER If you’re hoping to save on catering, and a bare-bones buffet isn’t really your style, look no further than the roaming dinner. Basically an all-night cocktail hour, an up-and-at-’em dinner consisting of passed bites and serve-yourself stations is a fresh (and frugal) take on the traditional reception meal. You’ll save some money since there’s less waitstaff needed, and guests will get to mingle all night instead sitting down for a formal meal. Just make sure the variety (and amount) of food guests would expect of a traditional dinner is still there, with lots of options.

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PLAY UP YOUR VENUE DÉCOR Choosing a party spot with good bones is a priority when looking to make the most of your money. Getting a great deal on a ballroom won’t matter if you have to then spend big to cover up ’80s wallpaper and flooring you hate. You want to make sure your chosen venue feels 85 percent of the way “there” without having to add anything extra. When touring potential locations, pay attention to things you can’t tweak easily (or without spending a fortune), like good lighting, an open space, inoffensive wall coverings and decent flooring. From that “blank” slate, you can then work with your vendors to come up with décor accents that fit the space’s characteristics (and your budget), instead of working hard to disguise them.

SKIP THE RENTALS Trust us, no one is going to remember whether you chose silver or gold flatware on your wedding day. When it comes to rentals, it’s best to work with what your venue has to offer. While it may be necessary to rent some items, when it comes to purely stylistic choices, avoid upgrading unnecessarily if your budget doesn’t have the wiggle room. If you must elevate your venue’s basic dinnerware

Stick with the tabletop items your venue has on hand to save big on rentals.

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It’s important that the photographer and the couple are on the same page about what they value in wedding pictures.

The photography industry can be complicated to navigate as a newly engaged couple, and hiring your wedding day photographer is arguably one of the biggest decisions you make throughout your entire planning journey. After all, this will be the person or team responsible for capturing all those emotional, tangible moments (not to mention all the beautiful details you’ve spent months planning) that will allow you to relive your day 10 or 20 years from now. Don’t stress—we’re here to help you out. We’ve rounded up our best advice to guide you in narrowing down your style and finding a true-to-you photography pro perfect for capturing every second of your unique celebration.

and contrast-y editorials of a favorite fashion blogger, then maybe you’ll want to seek out a photographer with a flair for the exaggerated and dramatic. By pairing your aesthetic choices (hint: you figured these out in step one) with the “vibe” you desire, you’ll end up with a photography blueprint that you can then easily articulate to potential pros to help explain your goals when it comes to your wedding pictures.

The first step to finding your dream photographer is a fun one (seriously!)—just go get inspired. Spend some time poring over any and every kind of imagery you love, such as sunny home décor shots, a fashion blogger’s Instagram feed or moody avantgarde French movie posters. Save each image that draws your eye as you go—then, once you have a good collection of inspiring photographs, take a step back and try to narrow in on what draws you to them specifically. Is it the soft pastel color palette? The offthe-cuff happy grins of the people in the picture? The interesting angles and perspectives? The more you familiarize yourself with what details you like, the easier it will be for you to eventually identify that same quality in a potential photographer’s portfolio.

DECIDE ON A “FEELING” Once you and your partner have figured out what inspires you image-wise, dig deeper and dissect what feels most authentic to your relationship and celebration, and how you envision your eventual wedding album looking. If you’re a timeless couple that has your heart set on formal, Vanity Fair-like family portraits, you may gravitate toward a more classic photography style. If a lot of your inspiration ended up being fly-on-the-wall images that bottle an authentic moment in time, then lifestyle photography may be the right choice for you. If you fell in love with the sharp

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DO YOUR RESEARCH Now’s the time to hit the web and find the pro who will bring your day to life. Browse The Knot Marketplace for photographers (and other vendors) in your area and price range, then peruse their portfolios and social media channels to identify if they’d be a good fit for your day. As you browse, ask yourself questions that are good indicators for a successful “match.” How do they capture the moments that are important to you? Have they shot in a venue similar to yours (bonus points if they’ve worked at your venue before)? Do they seem friendly and personable with their online audience? If available, check out reviews from past couples as well. Then, go ahead and send an introductory email with a bit of info about you and your soon-to-be spouse, your event (don’t forget to include your date!) and the vision for your day—you can even attach a few inspiration images you love from their portfolio, if you’d like. Once you’ve chatted about specifics (like whether their cal is even free to shoot your wedding), schedule some time to talk with them either on the phone or via video chat before signing on the dotted line so you can get to know each other on a personal and professional level. Why? You’ll be spending the most time with them on your wedding day, and you want to feel comfortable as they capture some of your and your family’s most emotional moments. ››

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Tip: Skip the detailed shot list (they don’t need it!) and, instead, perfect your day-of timeline to pass off to your photographer. envisioning, like retouching services or an engagement session. Ask about any additional fees that could add up too, like having to pay for your photographer’s travel and lodging. Finally, settle on an image delivery date and make sure it’s reflected in your contract so you know exactly when you can expect your shots.

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FINESSE THE CONTRACT To get the most out of your photography investment, you’re going to want to make note of several important points when choosing your package and reviewing your contract. Most photographers offer a variety of services to suit their couples’ individual needs. This can include everything from day-of edits and digital proofs to adding a second shooter, scoring tangible prints and ordering a gorgeously assembled album. With all those options for customization, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and feel unsure about what you actually want or need. When you’re ready to make things official, present your chosen photographer with your budget and rough day-of timeline and get their opinion on the best package for you. The amount of time they spend at an event or the number of shots they provide you with may be flexible, so see if you can find a middle ground that works for both of you. Now is also the time to inquire about the cost of any add-ons you’re

Instead of putting together a detailed shot list for your photographer, pass along your final day-of timeline a few weeks ahead of your wedding and give them an idea of what images you’d like captured (like a picture with each bridesmaid or detail shots of the heirloom jewelry you’ll be wearing). Then, let them do their thing! As long as you’ve provided a schedule that you’ll (mostly) stick to, they’ll be able to budget for time spent on your details, dance floor and everything in between on their own accord. Ahead of the wedding is also the time to give them a heads-up on any familial or friendship intricacies they should be aware of, like divorced parents who may want separate family portraits, a grandmother that needs to remain seated for shots, or a groomsman and bridesmaid that don’t get along (hey, it happens). If you’re hoping to get your wedding published online or in a magazine, relay that to your photographer as well. This way, they’ll know to put a little extra emphasis on snapping shots of all your amazing details and will likely come armed with gorgeous styling accessories, like ribbons, linens and more—all with the goal of helping your wedding day aesthetic truly stand out.

BE RELAXED AND READY Guys, take a big deep breath with us now. You’ve put a lot of work into finding and working with the right photographer up until this point, so—like with all your pros—it’s time to put your total faith in them. In the week leading up to your wedding, reach out to re-confirm all the important details (like your venue location, day-of timeline and any surprises you’ve planned for your guests or partner) and answer any lingering questions they may have, then chill out. The only thing that’s left for you and your partner to do now is enjoy yourselves and go get hitched— your pros will happily take care of the rest.

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KAMI OLAVARRIA PHOTOGRAPHY ABOUT THE EXPERT

HIRE THE BEST

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KEEP IT TIMELESS

Kami Olavarria is a San Diego–based wedding photographer. Her style is rooted in journalism while also bringing lots of energy and direction to her couples on their wedding day.

Your photographer should extend beyond their obvious role to be your therapist, friend and storyteller. Find someone whose energy and vision is the perfect fit, and don’t settle.

An engagement shoot gives a couple and their photographer a chance to get to know each other. It’s good practice to see what you like and don’t like when being photographed.

Once you find a photographer that makes you feel comfortable and at ease, trust them! Don’t do too much research beforehand on poses. Just be in the moment.

I love that I’m seeing a movement away from trends and back to the root of storytelling. Let go of perfection or the production of wedding and capture it from a more authentic place.

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Instead of traditional floral centerpieces, display heirloom veggies on vintage trays.

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Bottle those good vibrations with a happy palette reminiscent of the West Coast. Pink, peach and coral team with zesty citrus details for a look that’s equal parts playful and energizing. Use your invitation suite to give guests an early peek into your event style.

Dried citrus and resin are the key ingredients for this DIY keepsake place card idea.

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STYLE + PLANNING Die-cut savethe-dates made with iridescent paper are sure to catch guests’ attention.

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There’s throwing a party—and then there’s throwing a party. Pack in the color, sparkle and shine with a more-is-more wedding scene that ignites disco fever. All that’s missing? You two newlyweds, setting the dance floor on fire.

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Fact: Everything tastes better when eaten with holographic flatware.

Clockwise from top left: Lets Party headbands, $8, Ginger Ray, Target.com; Iridescent rainbow paper plates, $6, Ginger Ray, Amazon.com; Silversmiths Logan rainbow mirror flatware, $100 for 20-piece set, Cambridge, BedBathandBeyond .com; Mirror disco ball ornaments, $5 for 6, ShopWildThings.com; Marta dusty blue luster double-old fashioned glass, $5, CB2.com

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The name says it all. Not only does this powder give your complexion an appearance worthy of the most flattering Instagram filter, it also staves off dreaded T-zone shine. Genius Magic powder, $45, CharlotteTilbury.com

One swipe of this Rihannaapproved gloss makes your pout look instantly fuller. And while it leaves behind a super-lustrous sheen, it doesn’t feel sticky. Gloss Bomb universal lip luminizer, $18, Fenty Beauty by Rihanna, Sephora.com

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A high-drama mascara coats lashes in an innovative shrinkwrapping formula that curls, separates and lengthens. And, it will survive even the most emotional vows. The Curling mascara, $28, KevynAucoinBeauty.com

An intense, long-lasting formula means even the most elaborate cat eye won’t crease, smear or fade away. Plus, this liner’s organic, plant-derived ingredients won’t irritate your eyes. Phyto-Pigments liquid line & define, $24, JuiceBeauty.com

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Cleansing micellar water cuts through stubborn waterproof mascara, eyeliner and lipstick, but won’t leave your face feeling stripped of its natural oils. We call that a major skin win. Sensibio H2O, $15, Bioderma, Dermstore.com

Experiencing wedding-planninginduced dark circles or stress breakouts? This triple threat concealer covers up blemishes, contours and highlights. Born This Way super coverage multi-use sculpting concealer, $29, TooFaced.com

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This highly saturated lip color goes on easily in one coat without drying lips or dreaded clumping. Best of all, it stays put through first kisses and after-party eats. Infinity longwear matte lip cream, $22, IlMakiage.com

Cult favorites earn their status for good reason—this triedand-true formula offers major coverage, has a matte, cameraready finish and major lasting power (like 24 hours of wear). Double Wear stay-in-place makeup, $42, EsteeLauder.com

Super-soft synthetic bristles guarantee perfectly blended makeup every time. Another plus? They’re infused with bacteriakilling charcoal powder to keep them fresher longer. Deluxe charcoal antibacterial brush set, $62, Sephora.com

A little of this gel-cream goes a long way, allowing you to build a rosy glow. Bonus: It’s totally compact and doesn’t require a brush—so it’s easy to apply wherever you are. Cloud Paint cream blush, $18, Glossier.com

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Whether you’re going for a dramatic smoky eye or a more natural wash of color, you’ll use this versatile mix of 12 neutral, matte and shimmery shades well beyond your wedding. Naked3 eyeshadow palette, $54, UrbanDecay.com

Use this silky microfiber sheet mask infused with rich botanical extracts and anti-aging superfoods like green tea and rice the night before your wedding for an instantly dewy complexion. Luminous dewy skin mask, $12, Tatcha.com

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Don’t be afraid to amp up your natural bridal glow. This creamy luminizer goes on smooth and won’t make you look shiny. And, its sleek design makes it a must-have for your emergency kit. Highlighter, $24, MilkMakeup.com

It’s definitely a splurge, but hear us out: Not only does one spritz of this fancy mist keep your makeup from melting, creasing or cracking, it also smells amazing and dries pretty much immediately. Airflash Radiance Mist setting spray, $50, Dior.com

Throwing an outdoor affair or jetting off to a sunny locale for your honeymoon? Shield yourself from aging sun damage with this fast-absorbing formula that won’t leave behind a chalky residue. Ultra sheer dry touch sunscreen SPF 45, $11, Neutrogena.com

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Sweep this powder of superfine pigments where the sun naturally hits your face (forehead, cheekbones and jawline) to sculpt your features and give your complexion a sun-kissed effect. Warmth all-over face color bronzer, $22, BareMinerals.com

Conquer your brow goals once and for all with this handy retractable pencil. It offers a triangular precision tip, buildable, soft color that won’t smudge and a spoolie brush for blending—all in one. Brow definer, $23, AnastasiaBeverlyHills.com

These falsies come in sections versus a strip, so you can choose the level of lash drama that works for you. Apply a few to the outer corners of the eyes for a subtle look or go all in for a glam vibe. The Lashify control kit, $145, Lashify.com

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PR I M E R This multitasker smooths skin for flawless makeup application, is packed with antioxidants and creates a barrier between your skin and your makeup, preventing clogged pores. The Silk Canvas filter finish protective primer, $52, Tatcha.com

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Unlike a lot of other primers, this one works for all skin types and won’t cause breakouts.

A wallet-friendly gem, this is every bit as effective as its pricier counterparts. Apply a few drops in the a.m. or p.m. before your moisturizer or night cream to give your skin an ultra-hydrating boost. Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 serum, $7, TheOrdinary.com

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AC NE T RE ATME NT Dab on this powerful spot treatment up to three times a day to zap any zits that pop up at inopportune moments (say, right before you take engagement photos or walk down the aisle). Rapid Relief acne spot treatment, $22, Murad.com

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FAC E MI ST A favorite of both celebs and makeup artists, this invigorating spray made of mint and rosemary tightens pores, soothes dry patches and calms stressed-out skin. Break it out whenever your makeup needs a quick pick-me-up. Beauty Elixir, $49, Caudalie.com

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TONE R If you keep up with beauty influencers, you’ve probably heard of this potion. Essentially a facial in a bottle, it hydrates while balancing your skin’s pH for a noticeably more radiant complexion. Lotion P50V, $67, Biologique-Recherche.us

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CL E AN SER Part makeup remover, part gentle cleanser, this versatile gel leaves your face feeling spotless AF but never irritated. Use on wet skin to start your day or on dry skin to dissolve dirt and makeup. Milky Jelly cleanser, $18, Glossier.com

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Believe the hype. This can dramatically change your complexion for the better.

Think of this mud mask as a vacuum for your face. A blend of activated charcoal plus six acids shrinks pores and can even clear up acne. Supermud activated charcoal treatment mask, $59, GlamGlow, Sephora.com

Good skin is just as important as flawless makeup. Give your skin care routine a serious upgrade with our must-haves.

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Pumpkin spice latte fans, this one’s for you. A gentle exfoliating mask uses fragrant pumpkin enzymes and exfoliating apricot seed powder to polish away dead cells without damaging delicate skin. Overtime Mask, $44, Summer Fridays, Sephora.com

Look like you got your prewedding beauty rest (even if you didn’t) with this miracle cream that combats dark circles, fine lines and overall puffiness—trust us on this one, it’s worth the investment. The Eye Balm Intense $215, CremedelaMer.com

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M O I STURI Z E R The protein-enriched cream is the best of both worlds; its unique mix of active ingredients replenishes skin while also reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage. Protini Polypeptide Cream $68, DrunkElephant.com

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Whether you’re rocking your natural texture or going for the elaborate updo you’ve been eyeing on Pinterest, these are the products and tools you can trust to lock in your best hair day ever.

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Going au naturel for your nuptials? Whether your hair type is kinky, curly, coily or wavy, this cream will stave off frizz and give your ’do voluminous oomph. Coconut & Hibiscus curl enhancing smoothie, $11, SheaMoisture, Target.com

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This drugstore gem is under $5 a bottle, works for almost every hair type and leaves your mane feeling soft and looking gorgeous and glossy— what’s not to love? Intensive Repair shampoo and conditioner, $4 each, Dove, Walmart.com

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CURLY HAIR SHA M P O O + CON D ITION ER Attention: We found the curly hair holy grail. This duo fights frizz, detangles and adds shine. Almond & Avocado shampoo and conditioner, $13 each, DesignEssentials.com

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VO LU M IZ ER Forget everything you think you know about mousse. Work a dollop of this lightweight formula from roots to ends for bouncy, long-lasting volume that’s never stiff or crunchy. Southern Belle volume-boosting mousse, $26, TheDryBar.com

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Just a dab tames unruly locks, smooths flyaways and gives subtle texture whether you blow dry or air dry your hair. The best part? It’s versatile enough to work for the guys too. Grooming creme, $31, BumbleandBumble.com

Work one to two drops of this liquid gold through towel-dried tresses to add intense moisture and condition split ends—without weighing down hair or leaving it greasy. Moroccanoil Treatment Original hair oil, $44, Moroccanoil.com

Your wedding photos are no time for lifeless locks. Spray on roots to absorb oil and product buildup, and keep hair looking fresh from your first look to your morningafter brunch. Gold Lust dry shampoo, $44, Oribe.com

This hair spray has strong hold that will last for hours, but is flexible enough to allow you to adjust—or totally change up— your ’do throughout the day. Spray & Stay intense hold hairspray, $19, Big Sexy Hair, Ulta.com

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C U R L I NG I RO N Say goodbye to overworked arms— an innovative iron does the heavy-lifting for you. With the push of a button, it rotates either clockwise or counterclockwise for perfectly even curls. Beachwaver Pro Swarovski Crystal Collection, $239, Beachwaver.com

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This treatment was developed for none other than Audrey Hepburn in 1974—and it remains a best-seller for good reason. Use before shampooing for lustrous locks that feel stronger. Elasticizer, $30, PhilipKingsley.com

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F L AT I RO N One of the smartest tools we’ve ever met, this ingenious flat iron uses sensors to gauge your hair’s thickness and the speed at which you’re styling, and adjusts its heat settings accordingly. Our minds are blown. Platinum+ styler, $249, GHDHair.com

It’s especially restorative if you’re struggling with breakage from coloring or heat styling.

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C U R L I N G WA ND If defined waves are your go-to, allow us to introduce you to your new besties. This trio comes with interchangeable wands for tight, medium and loose waves, and works with just a single pass. Whirl Trio styling wand set, $300, T3Micro.com

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BLOW-DRYE R Thick-haired brides, rejoice. This powerful hair dryer is worth every darn penny. It’s light as a feather, never singes your scalp and will dramatically cut down your drying time. Supersonic hair dryer, $500, Dyson.com

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H E AT E D RO U N D B RU S H Even if your at-home blowout game isn’t on point—don’t stress. This easy-to-use dryer and round brush combo will give you “just left the salon” hair in minutes. One-Step volumizer hair dryer, $60, Revlon, Ulta.com

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G E L E FFEC T P OLISH Pair with the accompanying top coat for a long-lasting, high-gloss finish that mimics a professional-quality gel mani—no UV lamp required. Gel Couture in Moments to Mrs., $12, Essie.com

Bathe and bronze your way to head-to-toe confidence with these essentials.

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Slather on this überluxurious cream fortified with healing vitamin E before bed and wake up with picture-perfect hands that stay smooth and silky all day. Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E, $8, MarioBadescu.com

The luxe-looking pastel packaging makes it almost too pretty to use. But you’ll be glad you did once you feel how the gently exfoliating formula leaves your skin feeling revived and supersoft. Coco Rose body polish, $36, Herbivore.com

It’s like your natural nail color, only better. This shade hits the sweet spot between nude and ballet pink. (And if it isn’t your hue, no worries. This line offers over 200 other options.) Nail Lacquer in Be There in a Prosecco, $11, OPI.com

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One use (seriously, one!) and your hands will feel totally rejuvenated.

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B O DY LOTI O N Basically a spa day in a jar, this whipped moisturizer enriched with almond milk melts into skin and leaves you feeling hydrated for up to 48 hours. Almond Milk Concentrate, $54, USA.LOccitane.com

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DEO D O RA NT There’s bound to be some stressful moments during the wedding planning process. Swipe on this clean-scented stick to make sure you stay dry. Fresh Invisible Solid, $5, Secret, Target.com

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A sweet-smelling blend of keratin and oils softens and conditions cuticles while also strengthening weak, brittle or peeling nails. We saw results in just one week. Intense Recovery treatment, $7, Cutex, Target.com

The last thing you want to worry about on any important day is messing up your nails. Swipe this on for a durable sheen that dries almost immediately after application. Dry Fast top coat, $10, Seche Vite, Ulta.com

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All eyes are about to be on your hands. Are you ready for your ring close-up? Get pristine digits with these necessities.

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S E L F TA NNE R This clear liquid magically turns into a mousse. The fastabsorbing formula gives you a beachy glow in eight hours and lasts for a week. Invisi foaming tan water, $39, Vita Liberata, Ulta.com

It creates a naturallooking tan that’s never orange.

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BA S E C OAT A good base coat should do more than just make your mani last. This one helps polish glide on smoothly and creates a protective barrier to keep nail staining at bay. Here to Stay base coat, $10, Essie.com

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Lathering up with this aloe-infused rinse makes you feel squeaky clean, while the eucalyptus scent satisfies your senses. Eucalyptus & Aloe body wash, $18, H2OPlus.com

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

FRESH Not into heavy floral perfumes? You aren’t out of options. Scents inspired by modern greenery are right on trend. This mix of citrus, lush greens and magnolia is as crisp and vibrant as it gets. Éclat de Vert, $225 for 1.7 oz., Aerin.com

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BEST Created with summer days in mind, a smooth blend of dry coconut wood, cashmere and sandalwood creates a relaxing scent perfect for equally laid-back nuptials. Sun Saint, $65 for 1.7 oz., Pinrose, Sephora.com

This is a compliment magnet. Both women and men stop to ask me what scent I’m wearing.

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Whether perfume isn’t really your thing or you’re new to wearing fragrance in general, this hybrid of floral and citrus notes is a great place to start. It’s pleasant but never overpowering. Reserve Acqua Neroli, $98 for 3.4 oz., Clean, Sephora.com

Calling all bridechillas. This is the boho bride’s answer to a signature scent. A unique blend of oakmoss, plum and freesia is all about the wild contrast of soft, fruity notes and sharp florals. Nomade, $105 for 1.7 oz., Chloé, Macys.com

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C LA S S I C Inspired by the young Coco Chanel, this elegant perfume is equal parts sexy and serious. A balanced blend of light florals and heavy musks means it can work for any wedding theme, location or time of year. Coco Mademoiselle Intense, $115 for 1.7 oz., Chanel.com

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Once you catch a whiff of this intense combo of smoke and leather, you won’t forget it. No matter your gender, this unexpected scent is sure to turn a few heads. Santal 33, $189 for 1.7 oz., Le Labo, Barneys.com

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This powdery, ultra-feminine scent lives up to its name. Just a spritz or two and you’ll be transported to a thriving garden full of blooming tuberose and jasmine. Bloom, $97 for 1.6 oz., Gucci, Macys.com

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CLASSIC Simplicity is key to nailing timeless bridal style. For sparkle that won’t clash with a classic gown, invest in understated jewelry like pearl drop earrings, diamond studs or a thin tennis bracelet you’ll want to wear long after your wedding day. To make a more dramatic statement, consider crystal-encrusted or pearl hair clips, or a long, sheer veil with lace edging that matches the fabric of your gown. Looking to infuse a pop of color into your streamlined ensemble? Give a nod to the “something blue” tradition with a pair of baby-blue heels or a sapphire pendant. Another thought: Pair a black-velvet sash with your dress. It’s a bold accessory that creates a sophisticated contrast and accentuates your waist.

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FASHION + BEAUTY Layer on lots of different bracelets for a cool, mismatched effect.

Give a nod to your outdoor surroundings with nature-inspired details in a stonewashed palette. Lush flower crowns with a mix of blooms or sprigs of baby’s breath are a great place to start. To add some sparkle to your ensemble, go for antique gold, rose gold or pewter jewelry embellished with raw gemstones or crystals. If you’re going all in, skip the fancy heels and opt for distressed boots in leather or suede. For fall or winter nuptials, keep warm with a faux-fur coat, denim jacket or textured knit wrap.

Saying “I do” with your toes in the sand? A seaside locale calls for effortless wedding attire and fun, colorful accessories. Freshwater pearls, tropical statement earrings, cowrie shell bracelets and delicate layered necklaces are right on trend. If you’re feeling bold, a straw hat decorated with local, fresh flowers makes for a cute photo. Where footwear is concerned, less is more. Forgo shoes altogether or swap out your heels for embellished sandals. If you want the added height of a heel without any of the fuss, white or metallic grosgrain wedges or platforms offer more stability on the sand than traditional stilettos or pumps.

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ROMANTIC A touch more luxe than a rustic wedding, gauzy fabrics, floral embellishments and soft, pastel hues emphasize the dreamy feel of romantic nuptials. Whether you’re wearing a sexy, curve-skimming dress or a frothy, embellished ensemble, consider wearing a long, sheer veil for a dramatic detail that won’t distract. Or, channel your inner Renaissance heroine with a boho Juliet cap veil plus floral accents. Polish off your look with lots of whimsical jewelry (we love pieces that incorporate oversize flowers, butterflies and even bees), or focus on one statement piece, like a pair of ornate chandelier earrings.

VINTAGE This style can refer to a wide range of time periods, so first narrow down the feel you’re going for. Is it the sophistication of the ’50s or the glamour of the ’20s? If the former, a birdcage veil is a totally retro option and works with a variety of dresses. If you aren’t crazy about the idea of wearing a veil, hair combs and headbands with classic touches like lace or pearls also add polish to any hairstyle. To channel the glitz of the Roaring Twenties, opt for feathery and beaded headbands, art deco statement accessories and swinging fringe details. Vintage style also lends itself to old-fashioned jewelry. Repurpose your own family heirlooms or browse local estate sales and vintage stores to find special pieces with an antique vibe.

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Feeling fearless? Consider a gauzy, pale green ball gown with bold botanical details. Dress in sizes up to 22, $7,500, Monique Lhuillier at Bridal Galleria, BridalGalleria.com (San Francisco), Monique Lhuillier Flagship Salon, MoniqueLhuillier.com (Los Angeles); earrings, $16,550, LeVian.com; engagement ring, $6,880, FireandIceDiamonds.com

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RUSTIC ROMANCE Slip on a lingerie-inspired frock with delicate lace embellishments for a look that’s equal parts sweet and sultry. Dress in sizes up to 12, $4,990, earrings, $1,600, Danielle Frankel at LOHO Bride, LOHOBride.com (Los Angeles), Jinwang, jinwang.net (San Francisco), engagement ring, $1,490 (not including center stone), KirkKara.com; wedding band, $2,400, SingleStone.com

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FARM FRESH A slinky silhouette edges up the Ăźber-feminine feel of a rose-print gown. Dress in sizes up to 12, $6,445, VivienneWestwood .com; engagement ring, $43,657, Christopher Designs.com; earrings, $2,155, AnabelaChan.com; shoes, $515, FreyaRose.com

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If your personal style is more carefree, opt for an unstructured silhouette. This tiered dress has great movement and is effortlessly gorgeous. Dress in sizes up to 12, $8,779, Lihi Hod at Marina Morrison, MarinaMorrison .com (San Francisco), LOHO Bride, LOHOBride .com (Los Angeles & San Francisco); hat, stylist’s own; earrings, $225, JenniferBehr.com

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Go 3-D to put a new twist on classic bridal florals. An oversize organza flower paired with smaller silk blooms is pure whimsy. Dress in sizes up to 20, $5,800, Vera Wang at Saks Fifth Avenue, SaksFifthAvenue.com (Beverly Hills), erin cole couture bridal, erincole .com (Costa Mesa); engagement ring, $4,400 (not including center stone), SimonGJewelry .com; earrings, $325, JenniferBehr.com

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Guipure lace with a pretty paisley motif is the best of both worlds: It’s casual enough for a laid-back affair but still feels polished. Dress in any size, price upon request, Costarellos at LOHO Bride, LOHOBride .com (Los Angeles & San Francisco); engagement ring, $2,156 (not including center stone), SimonGJewelry.com; earrings, $220, Oscar de la Renta, Nordstrom.com


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If dresses aren’t your thing, or you’re looking for a sharp ensemble for the events surrounding your day, a pantsuit with a more relaxed fit is right on trend. Custom suit, shop similar styles at Savannah Miller at LOHO Bride, LOHOBride .com (Los Angeles & San Francisco), Nordstrom Wedding Suite, Nordstrom Weddings.com (Brea & Canoga Park); engagement ring, $35,098, ChristopherDesigns.com; earrings, $4,250, SelinKent.com

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SETTING Alexis and Mike gathered guests at Greengate Ranch, a vineyard with rustic barns and ranch houses scattered throughout the property.

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THEIR STORY Alexis Vanni (29 and an occupational therapy master’s student) and Mike Killam’s (30 and a lead technical recruiter) romance began with a spirited greeting: “ALOHAAAA.” “As soon as Mike said that, I knew I was in trouble,” Alexis says. “His gregarious energy captured my attention.” At their wedding, the couple combined their fun, silly spirit with boho pieces, including an “aloha” sign over the seating chart, a sunny color palette and tropical touches, a nod to that first hello. — LO U I S BAR AGO NA

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WEIRDOS IN LOVE “We wanted the vibe to feel light and funny—very us,” Alexis says. As Mike said in his vows, “The first thing I fell for was your sense of humor—it is beyond weird, and matches mine perfectly.” Look no further than their signature sign, which read “Mutual Weirdness Forever.” CAKE The pair’s baker topped the soft ombré cake with peonies and roses, all in shades of pastel pink and ivory. For Alexis’s family of “cake people,” it was a must.

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RECEPTION Alexis was particularly drawn to mustard when picking the day’s color palette, so the yellow shade played a starring role in the day, punctuated by pinks, peaches and white. Yellow goblets, deeper mustard runners and toffee-colored candles topped tables. SIGNATURE COCKTAILS Partygoers sipped the first date, a marg, the just Maui’d, a tropical cocktail, and Piper’s pick, named for Alexis and Mike’s pup. The couple also kept kombucha, their favorite, on tap.

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THEIR STORY Amaya D’Amico (32 and an ad agency strategic director) and Gerard Pitpitan’s (33 and in consulting) wedding was a family affair. The couple wed on Amaya’s parents’ 39th wedding anniversary and her grandfather, mother and sister designed the invitations and place cards, which highlighted the roads the couple has driven on together and the songs they listened to along the way. The festivities also included the couple’s furry family members, Rex and Jolene, as a flower girl and a ring bearer. — CAITLYN MART YN

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DÉCOR To play up the venue’s natural, rustic feel, the couple chose to keep the décor simple. “We added some string lights over the dance floor in front of the barn and on the trees to highlight their beauty well into the evening,” Amaya says. STYLE Gerard wanted to add a playful touch to his suit, so he added a pocket square with an embroidered dog. FLOWERS The nearby forest inspired the wild arrangements.

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THEIR STORY San Francisco native Salima Taplin (32 and a food blogger) wanted a classic San Francisco wedding for her celebration with Matthew Jacobson (34 and a technology investor). “San Francisco City Hall is such an iconic part of my hometown,” she says. The couple honored Matthew’s heritage with a traditional Jewish wedding, while incorporating subtle Indian elements like henna on Salima’s hands, classic ghagra choli bridesmaid gowns and jute details on the stationery. A jute-bound book doubled as both invitations and a love story book that would become a keepsake for each guest. — CM

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SEAT FINDER Escort cards hung from a large tree on handmade fringe chiffon ribbon. BLOOMS A nod to the couple’s love of hiking, greenery in the floral arrangements was a must. WEDDING PARTY Bridesmaids chose one of three custom-made, hand-dyed ghagra choli to pair with their own top. “We wanted to unify the wedding party, but also give an opportunity for people to have their own style and pull from their closet,” Salima says.

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TABLESCAPES Lush greenery flowed out of large glass vases, complementing the ornate space of City Hall. HENNA Salima sported traditional henna, paying homage to her Indian roots. PARTY After exiting the ceremony to The Beatles’s “All You Need Is Love” sung by the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, the couple got the party started with the hora and lined up late-night upscale Indian street food.

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THEIR STORY For their intimate wedding weekend, Andrew Dennis (37 and a business intelligence analyst) and Darrell Cheng (40 and a head of UX/UI design and development) headed to one of their favorite getaways. “We love to visit wine country,” Darrell says. “It’s a place where we instantly knew everyone could have a good time eating, drinking and dancing.” The couple embraced the rich colors of St. Helena with their flowers, got cozy with guests under throw blankets and, of course, popped bottles. “Great wine and the outdoors made for a relaxed vibe,” Darrell says. — LB

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STYLE For the most part, Andrew and Darrell took a laissez-faire approach to decorating the Farmstead. “We didn’t alter the décor too much” Darrell says. “Dinner on the lawn under bistro lights and hanging out by the bonfire were best for a crisp fall night.” Rustic wood vases of neutral roses and mums topped tables, and herb sprigs finished each place setting. FAVORS Guests took home corkscrews as a memento of their weekend partying in wine country.

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WELL SUITED While Andrew paired his dark navy suit with a pair of bright blue, wedding-themed socks, Darrell chose a lighter navy look and skipped socks altogether. TABLE NUMBERS Glass jugs of water hand-lettered with white calligraphy marked tables. GUEST BOOK Another apt nod to the location: The couple asked their loved ones to sign a wood wine box from Frank Family Vineyards, one of their favorite wineries, instead of a traditional guest book.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch, St. Helena PHOTOGRAPHY Sabine Scherer Photography EVENT DESIGNER & PLANNER Rue 29 Napa Valley FLOWERS Hello Flowers SUITS Andrew: Canali; Darrell: Hugo Boss; shirts: David Donahue WEDDING RINGS Cartier STATIONERY Invitations: Minted.com; menus: Arrow Art Studio RENTALS La Tavola CATERING Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch CAKE Kara’s Cupcakes OFFICIANT Adam Broidy (friend) MUSIC Boutique DJs FAVORS Bags & calendars: Minted.com; corkscrews: WebstaurantStore.com TRANSPORTATION Pure Luxury Transportation GUESTS 54

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THEIR STORY Meredith Carty (34 and a graphic designer and photographer) and Evan Sutherland (37 and a producer) invited guests on a trip to CartyLand, a festivalstyle celebration complete with VIP wristbands located in the invites. Guests watched the ceremony from blankets on the grass, then headed to the reception for face painting, a taco truck and slices of an ultra-colorful cake. “We wanted our loved ones to have a blast,” Meredith says. “The day reflected our story and adventures in a rainbow of colors.” — LB

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FUN AHEAD Guests chose their own adventure when it came to the myriad of reception activities. Dancers could take the floor, while kids made crafts, took on the face-painting station or hopped into competitive kickball games. FIRST DANCE The newlyweds chose a mashup of two songs for their debut: first, they danced to “Saturday Love” by Cherrelle and Alexander O’Neal. Next, their two children joined them for “My Cherie Amour” by Stevie Wonder.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Stafford Lake Park, Novato PHOTOGRAPHY Caroline Winata/Milou and Olin Photography PLANNER Plush Weddings EVENT DESIGNER Meredith Carty (bride) FLOWERS Scarlett & Grace GOWN BHLDN SUIT Macy’s WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Maid of honor: Macy’s; best man: J.Crew HAIR & MAKEUP Nicole George ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS RP Diamond & Gold Imports, Inc. STATIONERY DIY CATERING Sweetwater Music Hall; taco food truck: El Dorado Mexican Grill CAKE Callista Polhemus/Semi Sweet CC DESSERTS Café Jolie OFFICIANT Ted Kartzman (Evan’s brother-inlaw) MUSIC DJ: DJ Morale; band: The Loyal Scam HONEYMOON Thailand & Vietnam GUESTS 325 HASHTAG #CartyLand

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make it legal Southern California Marriage License Requirements GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In Southern California, the legal age for marriage is 18 years old. Couples under 18 must have parental consent and court permission. Both the bride and groom must apply for and sign the license together. A valid photo ID or driver’s license is required. Residency and blood tests are not required. There is no waiting period to obtain the license, which is valid for 90 days. If either the bride or groom has been previously married, he or she may be required to present the bureau with the divorce decree or death certificate. In San Bernardino County, these documents only have to be presented if the divorce occurred within the last year; in Los Angeles County, these documents must be presented if the divorce or death occurred within the last two years. Most offices are open Monday through Friday. Method of payment and fees vary. Please call ahead to get all of the details.

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Florence Firestone

Orange County

Registrar–Recorder/ County Clerk 9355 Burton Way, Fl. 1 Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (310) 288-1261 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.*

Registrar–Recorder 7807 S. Compton Ave., Fl. 1 Los Angeles, CA 90001 (323) 586-6192 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.*

Clerk-Recorder 211 W. Santa Ana Blvd. Santa Ana, CA 92701 (714) 834-2500 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

East Los Angeles

Los Angeles County

Registrar–Recorder 4716 E. Cesar Chavez Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90022 (323) 260-2991 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.*

Registrar–Recorder 12400 Imperial Hwy. Norwalk, CA 90650 (562) 462-2137 8 a.m.–5 p.m.*

Riverside County County Clerk 4080 Lemon St., Fl. 1 Riverside, CA 92502 (951) 486-7000 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., M-Th.

San Bernardino County

Santa Barbara County

Auditor/Controller/ Treasurer/Tax Collector 222 W. Hospitality Ln. San Bernardino, CA 92415 (909) 387-8322 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m. (by appointment only)

Clerk Recorder 1100 Anacapa St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 568-2250 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/ County Clerk 1600 Pacific Hwy., Rm. 273 San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 237-0502 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Ventura County County Clerk 800 S. Victoria Ave. Ventura, CA 93009 (805) 654-2263 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Although The Knot strives to provide accurate information, we assume no responsibility for changes since publication. Please confirm all details with your local licensing bureau and inform us of updates or errors at help@theknot.com.

*All LA County offices are open from 8 a.m.–7 p.m. every third Thursday of the month.

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Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

(909) 987-6397 PO Box 4000 Ontario, CA 91761

None

Form: No

The Press–Enterprise

(951) 368-9460 Attn: Wedding Announcements PO Box 792 Riverside, CA 92502

Info should be received no later than eight weeks after the wedding date.

Form: Yes

There is no charge for this service.

Crestline Courier-News

(909) 337-6145 PO Box 2410 Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352

Must submit info by Friday before the desired Thursday publication.

Form: Yes; submit online only at Mountain-News.com

Price is $8.60 per inch of text.

San Bernardino Sun

(909) 889-9666 4030 N. Georgia Blvd. San Bernardino, CA 92407

Submit info by Tuesday prior to the desired Friday publication.

Form: No; submit to brenda .fletcher@inlandnewspapers.com

Price is a $155 flat rate.

Los Angeles Times

(800) 234-4444 202 W. 1st St., Fl. 10 Los Angeles, CA 90012

Must submit info by 10 a.m. on the Sunday prior to the desired publication date.

Form: Yes; available online at LATimes.com

Prices start at $195 for basic to $295 for premium.

The Orange County Register

(714) 796-4973 Attn: Celebrations 625 N. Grand Ave. Santa Ana, CA 92701

Submit info by noon on the Wednesday prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes; available online at OCRegister.com/celebrations

Prices vary from $65 to $715 with photo depending upon size.

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El Dorado County

Mendocino County

Sacramento County

San Joaquin County

Solano County

County Clerk-Recorder 1106 Madison St. Oakland, CA 94607 (510) 272-6362 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

County Clerk-Recorder 360 Fair Ln., Bldg. B Placerville, CA 95667 (530) 621-5490 8 a.m.–4 p.m. (by appointment only)

County Clerk-Recorder 501 Low Gap Rd., Rm. 1020 Ukiah, CA 95482 (707) 463-4376 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

County Clerk-Recorder 44 N. San Joaquin St., Ste. 260 Stockton, CA 95202 (209) 468-3939 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

County Clerk 675 Texas St., Ste. 1900 Fairfield, CA 94533 (707) 784-7510 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Fresno County

Monterey County

County Clerk-Recorder 600 8th St. Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 874-6131 8 a.m.–5 p.m., M–F; 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Th., (by appointment only)

Sonoma County

County Clerk 168 W. Alisal St., Fl. 1 Salinas, CA 93901 (831) 755-5450 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

San Benito County

San Mateo County

County Clerk 2221 Kern St. Fresno, CA 93721 (559) 600-2575 8:30 a.m.–noon, 1–4 p.m.

County Clerk 2300 County Center Dr., Ste. B177 Santa Rosa, CA 95403 (707) 565-3800 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Lake County

County Clerk 900 Coombs St., Rm. 116 Napa, CA 94559 (707) 253-4247 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder 555 County Ctr., Fl. 1 Redwood City, CA 94063 (650) 363-4500 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Amador County County Clerk-Recorder 810 Court St. Jackson, CA 95642 (209) 223-6468 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Calaveras County County Clerk-Recorder 891 Mountain Ranch Rd. San Andreas, CA 95249 (209) 754-6371 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Contra Costa County County Clerk-Recorder 555 Escobar St. Martinez, CA 94553 (925) 335-7900 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

County Clerk 255 N. Forbes St. Lakeport, CA 95453 (707) 263-2311 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Marin County County Clerk 3501 Civic Center Dr., Rm. 234 San Rafael, CA 94903 (415) 499-6152 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Napa County

Placer County County Clerk-Recorder 2954 Richardson Dr. Auburn, CA 95603 (530) 886-5610 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

County Clerk 440 5th St., Rm. 206 Hollister, CA 95023 (831) 636-4029 8 a.m.–4:20 p.m.

San Francisco County County Clerk 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl., Rm. 168 San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 554-4950 8 a.m.–4 p.m. (by appointment only)

Santa Clara County County Clerk-Recorder 70 W. Hedding St., Fl. 1 San Jose, CA 95110 (408) 299-5688 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Santa Cruz County Recorder 701 Ocean St., Rm. 230 Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (831) 454-2800 8 a.m.–noon, 1–4 p.m.

Yolo County County Clerk-Recorder 625 Court St., Rm. B01 Woodland, CA 95695 (530) 666-8130 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Although The Knot strives to provide accurate information, we assume no responsibility for changes since publication. Please confirm all details with your local licensing bureau and inform us of updates or errors at help@theknot.com.

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PUBLICATION

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Sacramento Bee

(916) 321-1000 PO Box 15779 Sacramento, CA 95852

Forms must be submitted by the Tuesday before the desired Sunday publication.

Form: No

Fees range from $55 to $125 with a photograph included.

San Francisco Chronicle

(415) 777-6024 Attn: Celebrations 901 Mission St. San Francisco, CA 94103

Submit one week prior to requested Saturday publication date.

Form: No Photo returned with SASE. Authorization form must be signed.

Fees range from $100 to $1,500.

San Francisco Examiner

(415) 359-2686 71 Stevenson St., Fl. 2 San Francisco, CA 94105

Submission deadlines depend on the desired publication date. Please call ahead for details.

Form: No

Fees vary depending on size of announcement and placement.

San Jose Mercury News

(408) 920-5984 750 Ridder Park Dr. San Jose, CA 95190

The required form must be submitted Friday at 3 p.m. prior to the desired Sunday publication date.

Form: Yes Editors reserve the right to edit any information on the form.

Fees vary on length. Call for details.

Santa Cruz Sentinel

(831) 423-4242 1800 Green Hills Rd., Ste. 210 Scotts Valley, CA 95066

Must be submitted within 12 weeks of the wedding date. Announcements run on Sundays.

Form: Yes

There is no charge for this service.

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The Bridges Golf Club

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California Skin Institute

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Moniker Events

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Monte Verde Inn

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Elegant Lace Bridal

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Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

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Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

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Mount Palomar Winery

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Pala Mesa Resort

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Ponte Winery & Vineyard Inn

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Temecula Inn

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Porter Valley Country Club

123

Tempoe Entertainment DJs

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The Portofino Hotel & Marina

52

Tina Mit Artistry

119

Primadonna Makeover

179

Torrance Cultural Arts Center

135

Pullman San Francisco Bay

175

Tyler Chase Photography

23

Rancho De Las Palmas

90

Viaggio Estate & Winery

15

Santa Anita Park

3

The Villa San Juan Capistrano

117

Second Summer Bride

167

Wild Irish Rose Photography

120

SIMI Winery

161

Willow Heights Mansion

181

So Smitten Special Events

66

Wine & Roses

29

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Stanley the giraffe is the sweetest mush, and we had so much fun with him,” Brianna says. “As Edem and I shared a kiss, Stanley felt a little left out and decided to join in—it was hilarious! The moment really spoke to our whole day: full of light, laughter and nature in our escape from the hustle of LA.”

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