The Knot Texas Spring Summer 2020

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A DESTINATION CLOSE TO HOME

Waters Edge is a beautiful waterfront venue located in El Lago, Texas, creating events based on your needs and expectations. Whether you’re looking for someone who will help plan the event every step of the way or you just need the perfect venue to host guests, we’ll work with your ideas so your event comes together perfectly. Waters Edge is there to help you celebrate any life, corporate or wedding event.

CONTACT US TODAY TO SCHEDULE A TOUR 281-291-9900 | info@thewatersedgehtx.com | thewatersedgehtx.com

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A BEAUTIFUL WATERFRONT VENUE CONTACT US TODAY TO SCHEDULE A TOUR 281-291-9900 | info@thewatersedgehtx.com | thewatersedgehtx.com

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Downtown Brenham Photo by: Kathlyn Dragna Photography

The White House on the Hill Photo by: R & M Bledsoe Photography

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Rocki Photo

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The Giddings Stone Mansion Photo by: Kathlyn Dragna Photography

Rockin’ Star Ranch Photo by: Koby Brown Photography

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The Barnhill Center Photo by: Kathlyn Dragna Photography

Antique Rose Emporium Photo by: Mike Shoup, Owner

The Ant Street Inn Photo by: Kathlyn Dragna Photography

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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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DESERT DAYDREAM

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GROOV Y GETDOWN

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GILDED AGE

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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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CITY GUIDE

348 MARRIAGE LICENSES AND WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENTS

338 WILD AT HEART

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CATHRINE WESSEL

352 LAST LOOK

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RESTAURANT BAR VIEW

THEGROVEHOUSTON.COM P H OTO S : C . B A RO N P H OTO G RA P H Y & S H A U N M E N A RY

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CONTENTS

STYLE + PLANNING 103

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

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

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

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

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REAL WEDDINGS ALYSSA + PATRICK

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May 27, Comfort

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Use our colorful inspiration boards to inform your celebratory style.

R ACHEL + ROY May 5, Spring Branch

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SILVIA + MARIO October 28, San Antonio

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CHRISTINA + A ARON October 27, Fredericksburg

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LYDIA + LANCE

202 ANDR A + EVAN

January 19, Praha

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JALYN + CONNOR

April 28, Dallas

SHEA + JOE November 3, Driftwood

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KELLY + STEVEN September 8, Georgetown

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MELISSA + MATTHEW January 19, Dripping Springs

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MELISSA + ROBERT October 6, Austin

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LEELLE + DAVID March 3, Fort Worth

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LEAH + ANDRE August 11, Corinth

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WHAT PROS WISH YOU WOULD ASK Experts weigh in on the best way to prepare for meeting with vendors. ››

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209 MELANIE + AUGGIE

April 22, Austin

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SET THE MOOD

March 30, Dallas

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CHI + COLIN November 24, Dallas

275 CONNIE + MICHAEL December 23, Montgomery

283 MARY + SAHR A March 16, Houston

288 COURTNEY + NATE March 30, Houston

294 ELIZABETH + PAYNE March 9, Navasota

299 ANA-SOFIA + ZAC October 6, Houston

KOBY BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY; JOHNNY MILLER

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

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CONTENTS

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AMAZING EATS Transform your reception with five totally out there trends.

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SHOWER POWER Fun and festive ideas for a totally personalized bridal bash.

229 LOVE ON THE ROAD Getting from point A to point B is all in the details.

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235 THE KNOT REGISTRY AWARDS Upgrade your newlywed nest with these top picks.

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

248 THE BEST ALL-INCLUSIVE HONEYMOONS

305 THE KNOT BEAUTY AWARDS

Stress-free, everything-included postwedding escapes. 8

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BRIDESMAID DRESS BREAKDOWN Navigate the world of dress shopping with ease.

325 RENTAL REBOOT We suited up and got the info on four companies’ rental services.

3 3 3 ACCESSORIZE IN STYLE A comprehensive guide to pulling off a totally personalized look.

3 38 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

The highest-rated products for your bridal beauty arsenal.

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      

H G  S  T T H have long been the locations of choice for romantic weddings in Galveston. The beachfront location of Hotel Galvez & Spa offers expansive Gulf views, the island’s finest spa, delicious island cuisine and two elegant ballrooms. The Tremont House, located in the historic Strand District, is within walking distance of a wide array of shops, restaurants, museums and galleries. Both hotels provide a dramatic backdrop for intimate and grand weddings. Arrange lifelong memories with one phone call to us.

2024 SEAWALL BLVD., GALVESTON ISLAND, TX

2300 SHIP’S MECHANIC ROW, GALVESTON ISLAND, TX

409.765.7721 | www.HotelGalvez.com

409.763.0300 | www.TheTremontHouse.com

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KAITI MOYERS PHOTOGRAPHY

LINDSAY ELIZABETH PHOTOGRAPHY

“Briscoe Manor is a dream venue.” –Melissa G. “Stress-free wedding day and planning process.” –Megan S. “[They have] earned their reputation for a reason.” –Rachel G. “Look no further…get married at Briscoe Manor.” –Kelsy V. “The Barn for the rehearsal dinner was perfect.” –Dan Z.

JASON SMELSER PHOTOGRAPHY

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EVOKE PHOTOGRAPHY

WWW.BRISCOEMANOR.COM INFO@BRISCOEMANOR.COM 281.238.4700

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ON THE COVER

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COVER Dress in all sizes, price upon request, Costarellos.com; 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 Casa de Novia Bridal Couture, CasadeNoviaBridal .com (Houston), Julian Gold, JulianGold.com (San Antonio, Austin & Corpus Christi), Warren Barrón Bridal, WarrenBarron.com (Dallas); earrings, $16,550, LeVian.com

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8 PICK 201

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With the perfect balance of natural charm and modern elegance, Brodie Homestead will provide an unforgettable backdrop for your event. Built in 1950 and restored in 2014, the urban barn event space is located just south of downtown Austin in the Sunset Valley community.

5211 Brodie Lane, Sunset Valley, TX | 512.439.2981 | www.brodiehomestead.com

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The Allan House is a charming, historic Victorian home built in the heart of downtown Austin in 1883. Embellished with native Texas blossoms and century-old oak trees, it is ideally suited for weddings, receptions, corporate functions and charitable events.

1104 San Antonio Street, Austin, TX 78701 | 512.478.8653 | www.allanhouse.com

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E D ITO R IN CHIE F

MANAG IN G E D ITO R

Susan Berryman

Kristen Maxwell Cooper

E XECUTIVE E D ITO R

Lauren Kay

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

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Shelley Brown Alyssa Longobucco Kristen M. Cusumano Becky Murray Louis Baragona Emma Gray Pitt Kasey Schroeder, Kate Richter Sharlyn Pierre Sarah Rozen Michele Parrella

PRO D U C TI O N PRO D U C TI O N MANAG E R Jesse Hardy S E NI O R G R APHI C D E S I G NE R Katie Hover G R APHI C D E S I G NE R Nicole Daberkow PH OTO PRO D U C TI O N MANAG E R Carly Steier CO NTE NT E D ITO R Lois Brunnert Bethune THE K N OT.CO M , S O CIAL M E D IA & VID EO S E NI O R MANAG E R , D I G ITAL CO NTE NT Morgan Gibson S E NI O R NE WS E D ITO R Esther Lee MARK ETIN G MANAG E R , D I G ITAL CO NTE NT MaryKate Callahan A S S O CIATE PH OTO E D ITO R , D I G ITAL Jessica Kane AS SO CIATE E DITO R , E- CO MME RCE Emily Platt A S S I S TANT E D ITO RS , D I G ITAL Sarah Hanlon, Maddy Sims AS SO CIATE DIREC TO R , SO CIAL ME DIA Whitney Little E D ITO R , S O CIAL M E D IA Sarah Hooper MARK ETIN G MANAG E R , S O CIAL M E D IA Trisha Tucker S E NI O R MANAG E R , VID EO PRO D U C TI O N Daniela Kelley McInerney VID EO PRO D U CE R Siobhan Carty VID EO E D ITO R Leslie Grill A S S O CIATE VID EO PRO D U CE R Olivia DiTomaso VID EO PRO D U C TI O N A S S O CIATE Raul Ferrari

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THE S TU D I O @ THE K N OT WO RLDWID E VP, CU S TO M CO NTE NT & HE AD O F S TU D I O Nick Fortunato E D ITO RIAL D IREC TO R Elizabeth Roehrig E XECUTIVE PRO D U CE R Joanna Dedvukaj D E PUT Y E D ITO R Kate Traverson INTEG R ATE D PRO D U CE R Alexandra Vicino S E NI O R E D ITO R Cassie Kreitner S E NI O R MANAG E R , CRE ATIVE MARK ETIN G S O LUTI O N S Jessica Bendes SALE S MARK ETIN G A S S O CIATE MANAG E R Jolie Klein A S S I S TANT MANAG IN G E D ITO R Kelsey Paine S E NI O R D E S I G NE R Amanda Kocis Gallagher A S S O CIATE PRO D U CE R Claire Flanagan A S S I S TANT S O CIAL M E D IA E D ITO R Stephani Schell SALE S & MARK ETIN G G RO U P VP, LO CAL SALE S John Pike, jpike@theknot.com PU B LI S HE R Carolyn Mantone, cmantone@theknot.com REG I O NAL ACCO U NT E XECUTIVE S Christina Emerson, cemerson@theknotww.com S E NI O R D IREC TO R , S H OWS & E VE NT S D IREC TO R , PRO D U C T MARK ETIN G PRINT S TR ATEGY S PECIALI S T

S E NI O R D IREC TO R , PU B LI C RE L ATI O N S CO O RD INATO R , PU B LI C RE L ATI O N S

(214) 366-0221 Cindy Elley, celley@theknotww.com (210) 404-9019 Susana Diharce, sdiharce@theknot.com (866) 960-9909 Bevin Stella, bstella@theknot.com (212) 515-3544 printspecialist@theknot.com (402) 596-8489

Melissa Bach, pr@theknotww.com Emilie Berman, eberman@theknotww.com

The Knot Texas is a publication of Weddingpages LLC, a subsidiary of XO Group Inc. All content © 2019 XO Group Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction, either in whole or in part, is forbidden without written permission from the publisher. The Knot, TheKnot.com and The Knot Texas are trademarks of XO Group Inc. The Knot is not responsible for the return or loss of, or damage to, unsolicited materials. Those submitting manuscripts, photographs, artwork and other materials for consideration should not send originals, unless specifically requested to do so in writing by The Knot. Manuscripts, artwork and other materials submitted must be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Editorial Offices: 195 Broadway, New York, NY 10007 (212) 219-8555. Production Offices: 11106 Mockingbird Drive, Omaha, NE 68137 (800) 843-4983.

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S AY “ I D O ” I N A P L A C E WHERE THE

DESTINATION AND YOUR

SOMET HING NEW ARE ONE IN THE SAME.

Set on 4,000 acres of scenic beauty in Austin’s Hill Country, Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa offers endless possibilities for your perfect wedding. Say your vows in brand-new, stunning venues including the Brazos Ballroom or the Hill Country Pavilion, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows that open to invite the breathtaking scenery into your special day.

OMNIHOTELS.COM/BARTONCREEK 512-329-4511

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www.thepremiereselect.com 512.220.1777 Call for an appointment

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www.premiereeventsonline.com South showroom & Warehouse | 512.292.3900 North showroom | 512.870.8552 Dripping Springs showroom | 512.829.4498

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D I G I TA L DOWNLOAD Get even more ideas on TheKnot.com/texas and at @TheKnot on social.

Real Weddings

GET INSPIRED

BEST OF WEDDINGS

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/texas. 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 Texas couples.

ELLEN & ZACH: LISA WOODS PHOTOGRAPHY; ILLUSTRATION: YING CHANG

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Bright, eye-catching colors were the name of the game for Ellen and Zach’s waterfront wedding in Rockport. Coral, orange and yellow pops filled the celebration, from the groom’s tie to the bride’s tropical-inspired bouquet. At the tented reception, guests found tables topped with purple and pink tablecloths before the newlyweds cut into a cake finished with ferns and pink garden roses.

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Find endless inspiration, no matter your style or budget. @wanderlustcreatives

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Post pics of your fave gifts, or get ideas for your registry asks. @tedandchelsea

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Keep up with everything weddings by following along with The Knot on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. You’ll get tons of tips and tricks to help with your planning journey, plus ideas and inspiration, the latest nuptial news and so much more.

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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. 111).

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AND THE WINNER IS... If you’d like to jump-start a skin care routine or try a new makeup product, look no further than our Beauty Awards (p. 305).

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TOP IT OFF

Accessories are an easy place to add a pop of personality. Even if it’s just for the reception (p. 333).

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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. 103).

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

C O N G R AT S , YO U ’ R E E N G AG E D

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G Grand Tuscany Hotel 832.214.2747 12801 Northwest Freeway, Houston TX cvidales@grandtuscany.com www.grandtuscany.com

The Grand Tuscany Hotel can make your dream wedding come to life with our customizable services that will meet each specification that you may have. I’m excited to share with you information about the Grand Tuscany and our custom lazy river, designer suites, discounted rates for hotel accommodations, and more! • There are no rental or room fees, just a food and beverage minimum • Can accommodate up to 650 guests

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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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5 REGISTER + CREATE A WEBSITE TheKnot.com is the easiest place to do both! Then share the link so guests are in on the details, like room blocks.

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

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

SHOP FOR RINGS Try on and purchase your wedding rings—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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DALLAS/FORT WORTH VENUES ARISTIDE | COLLEYVILLE ARISTIDE | FLOWER MOUND ARISTIDE | MANSFIELD ARISTIDE | MCKINNEY C H A P E L AT A N A V I L L A | T H E C O L O N Y HIDDEN PINES CHAPEL | HIGHLAND VILLAGE HIDDEN PINES CHAPEL | HURST MONROE PEARSON | DENTON

UNIQUE WEDDING VENUES IN DALLAS/FORT WORTH & TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

MORGAN CREEK BARN | AUBREY THE MILESTONE | AUBREY THE MILESTONE | DENTON THE OLANA | HICKORY CREEK WILDWOOD INN | DENTON

AUSTIN & SAN ANTONIO VENUES HIDDEN FALLS | SPRING BRANCH THE MILESTONE | BOERNE THE MILESTONE | GEORGETOWN

KATE PANZA PHOTOGRAPHY

PINE AND BLOSSOM PHOTOGRAPHY

THE MILESTONE | NEW BRAUNFELS

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BETHANY ERIN PHOTOGRAPHY

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DALLAS/FORT WORTH VENUES ARISTIDE | COLLEYVILLE ARISTIDE | FLOWER MOUND ARISTIDE | MANSFIELD ARISTIDE | MCKINNEY C H A P E L AT A N A V I L L A | T H E C O L O N Y HIDDEN PINES CHAPEL | HIGHLAND VILLAGE HIDDEN PINES CHAPEL | HURST MONROE PEARSON | DENTON

UNIQUE WEDDING VENUES IN DALLAS/FORT WORTH & TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

MORGAN CREEK BARN | AUBREY THE MILESTONE | AUBREY THE MILESTONE | DENTON THE OLANA | HICKORY CREEK WILDWOOD INN | DENTON

AUSTIN & SAN ANTONIO VENUES HIDDEN FALLS | SPRING BRANCH THE MILESTONE | BOERNE THE MILESTONE | GEORGETOWN

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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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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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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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D E S E R T D AY D R E A M PHOTOGRAPHY BY NIKK NGUYEN PHOTO XO MOREAU WEDDINGS & EVENTS turned SPRINGDALE STATION into a playful desert oasis, complete with shades of neon, a champagne truck and sprouts of cacti at every turn. The knockout snack options included avocado toast carts, a churro bar and tacos served through a wall at the sound of a bell.

I was inspired by the 1970s as well as a sort of desert boho aesthetic. I combined the two different themes by pairing Southwest blooms like succulents and pampas grass together with mod-inspired signage.

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-Alexandra Moreau, xo moreau weddings & events

THE TEAM EVENT PLANNER xo moreau weddings & events VENUE Springdale Station PHOTOGRAPHER Nikk Nguyen Photo VIDEOGRAPHER Paper Bird Films FLORAL DESIGNER The Farmer and I Flower Co. STATIONERY Homestead Ink MUSIC DJ Adam Morgan/LeForce Entertainment CATERING, BARTENDING & DESSERTS Royal Fig Catering VINTAGE RENTALS Bee Lavish Rental RENTALS & LINENS Premiere Events LIGHTING Intelligent Lighting Design BEAUTY LUSTREbella PHOTO BOOTH Vannagram & Co. CHAMPAGNE TRUCK Champagne Supply Co. ICE SCULPTURE Full Spectrum Ice Sculptures TACO WALL Bouquets of Austin

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took inspiration for The Knot and WeddingWire’s disco-themed social at from a simple phrase: “vibing and thriving.” Guests chowed down on mini tacos, sipped spicy jalapeño margaritas and hit a retro VW van turned photo booth for Insta pics.

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We really played with colors when designing this event, focusing on bright pinks and oranges and going crazy with the balloons. Everything, from the flowers and signage to the linens and the rentals, all got a hit of vibrant pink. Think: millennial pink meets the 1970s. -Ciara Self, Bash Co + Events

THE TEAM EVENT PLANNING & DESIGN Bash Co + Events VENUE BRIK PHOTOGRAPHY Madison Katlin Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Peyton Anne Frank FLORAL DESIGN Venus & Co Flowers STATIONERY LaneLove Paper Co. MUSIC & LIGHTING DQB Entertainment CATERING Vestals Catering BAR SERVICE HD Liquid Catering CAKE & OTHER DESSERTS Crumb & Kettle RENTALS Archive Rentals; Coral Lane Event Rentals; Top Tier PHOTO BOOTH The Photo Bus DFW LINENS Nüage Designs MARQUEE LETTERS Alpha-Lit Marquee Letters HAIR Styling by Macey MAKEUP BA Beauty

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GILDED AGE PHOTOGRAPHY BY LANCE NICOLL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY BLUE GARDENIA EVENTS transported partygoers at THE CAPITAL ON BARONNE to Westeros, combining the space’s gilded Art Nouveau architecture with Game of Thrones–inspired details. Case in point: Guests sipped the dragon’s breath, a roasted-pepper-infused tequila with melon, smoked under a cloche during the event.

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The atmosphere was regal and dramatic, from the leather and lace overlays on the linens to the ice sculptures. Gold sequined chainmail, crystal candelabras and live performers all brought the party to life. We even added a flair to local favorites, putting twists on alligator sausage and bourbon jam. -Belinda Belk, Blue Gardenia Events

THE TEAM EVENT PLANNING & DESIGN Blue Gardenia Events VENUE The Capital on Baronne PHOTOGRAPHY Lance Nicoll Wedding Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Leather & Feathers Wedding Films & Photography FLORAL DESIGN Kim Starr Wise Floral Events STATIONERY Dogwood Blossom Stationery MUSIC Mobile DJ NOLA ENTERTAINMENT Trenda Filca; Trixie Minx Productions CATERING Black Pearl Catering Co.; Joel Catering and Special Events BAR SERVICE Cocktail+Creative; Melt New Orleans ICE SCULPTURES Ice Dragon Ice Sculptures CAKE Chasing Wang DESSERTS Lord of Meringues; Salt & Light Pastry Co. RENTALS True Value Rental; Quest Events LIGHTING Firefly Ambiance VINYL DÉCOR AD Event Group LINENS La Tavola BEAUTY Verde Beauty PERFORMANCE MAKEUP Midori Makeup Artistry

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Discover a luxury tropically-inspired getaway just 30 minutes south of Houston at the beautiful South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center, the largest full-service waterside resort in Southeast Texas. Perched on glittering Clear Lake—the country’s third largest boating destination—South Shore promises the wedding celebration you have always imagined. Our flexible banquet rooms are the perfect venues to make your special day one to remember. South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center. Memories Made Here.

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Memories Made Here You say I do. We take care of the rest. At South Shore Harbour Resort we are prepared to make your special day one you will cherish.

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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

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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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of brides contribute toward their bridal party’s makeup

REDFIELD PHOTOGRAPHY; EXPERTS FROM TOP: KAYLA MADONNA; CAROLINA PALMGREN PHOTOGRAPHY; COURTESY OF LONGOBUCCO; ALLAN ZEPEDA PHOTOGRAPHY; JESSICA KANE; CHRISTIAN OTH STUDIO

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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.

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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?

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Celebrating 35 years

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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.

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MAKE

meaning W I T H Y O U R

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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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.

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DRE + DAN LOS ANGELES

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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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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

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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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Amenities: • Property exclusively yours for 15 hours (9 a.m. to midnight) • Complimentary use for bridal and/or engagement photos • Capable of hosting events up to 300 guests J.W. BAUGH

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SWEET SPIRIT PHOTOS

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As you begin your journey together, why not start in paradise? You have dreamed of this day since the day you met, now allow us to assist you in making your dreams come true. From unique outdoor venues with the ocean as your backdrop, to the spacious elegant ballrooms featuring large windows with scenic views, we have everything you need for your story-book wedding. Featuring all-inclusive oceanfront packages starting at $8,000. Package Includes: • One-hour hosted cocktail reception with light hors d’oeuvres • Two-course plated dinner • Bartender and cake-cutting service • Tab le linens with over lay s, match ing ch air cover s and h ouse center p ieces • Round tables, registry table, bridal table, gift table and dance floor • Champagne toast for you and all guests • King suite for Bride and Groom for wedding night with champagne

For more information, contact our wedding specialist at 956-761-6551 310 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island, TX 78597 www.pearlsouthpadre.com

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ON LOCATION

The Nest at Ruth Farms

VENUE SCOUT 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.

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THE NEST AT RUTH FARMS PONDER

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PECAN GROVE DRIFTWOOD

from $140 per person 600 ABOUT With six restaurants and four bars, including a speakeasy and an interactive sports bar with vintage bowling and billiards, your guests won’t be short for entertainment.

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from $25,000 152 ABOUT Mattie’s, the on-site restaurant, serves up mouthwatering twists on Southern faves, but it’s the peacocks that wander the grounds that’ll truly take your event to the next level.

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from $5,500 GUEST COUNT 300 ABOUT The classic all-white barn (pictured) with mercury glass mirrored doors and a Romeo and Juliet–style balcony is charming and versatile.

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from $11,431 300 ABOUT As the name suggests, this venue is nestled in a pecan tree grove, making for stunning surroundings. However, the spot’s legendary Salt Lick barbecue is the real draw.

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ON LOCATION Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel

HOTEL GALVEZ & SPA, A WYNDHAM GRAND HOTEL GALVESTON

from $10,000 350 ABOUT The more than 100-year-old beachfront hotel is an icon. Choose from three outdoor ceremony spaces—two offer views of the Gulf of Mexico. COST

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N E W THE PINES AT CHEROKEE FARMS JACKSONVILLE from $2,000 400 ABOUT More industrial than rustic, this 40-acre property includes a covered patio for cocktails, an iron spiral staircase and an Edison light chandelier. COST

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N E W HIGHPOINTE ESTATE LIBERTY HILL from $7,500 300 ABOUT Even its chapel, originally built as a rain plan, is thoughtfully executed, right down to the Gothic-style windows. COST

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HYATT REGENCY LOST PINES RESORT AND SPA LOST PINES

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa

from $100 per person 700 ABOUT With 400 acres and camp-style activities like kayaking, horseback riding and s’mores roasting, this hotel is not just a venue, but a getaway. COST

N E W THE WEINBERG AT WIXON VALLEY BRYAN from $9,500 450 ABOUT The vineyard-inspired property looks plucked from Napa Valley. After “I dos” on the grassy knoll, you’ll lead the way into the chandelier-filled grand barn. COST

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BIG SKY BARN MONTGOMERY

from $10,900 300 ABOUT Nearly every piece of this venue has a history, from the antique windows that date to 1903 to the church pews. COST

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EXPERT ADVICE

ALL ABOUT

S TAT I O N E R Y WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION WHEN DESIGNING FOR A SPECIFIC COUPLE?

OUR PRO Adriane McCarthy, designer at Austin’s own Homestead Ink

S P E C I A LT Y A majority of Homestead Ink’s stationery is screen printed, which allows for custom options, from neon to glow in the dark.

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When I start working with a couple, I begin the process by asking about their personalities and dreams for their wedding. How would their friends describe them? What does their venue look like? What sort of décor do they plan to use? Any details that allow me to understand them as a couple will serve as a starting point for designing and gathering other sources of inspiration. In addition, I find design inspiration in so many other places, from product packaging and poster design to event styling. Living in Austin certainly doesn’t hurt either. I’m surrounded by a unique, vibrant design scene here.

ANY HELPFUL HACKS FOR SIMPLIFYING THE MAILING PROCESS? Bad news: Some of your guests simply won’t respond via cards, email, phone number or any of the ways you’ve so very politely asked them to RSVP. Assign a close friend or family member the task of following up with those delinquents when the time comes. It’ll be one last thing for you to deal with right before your wedding. Also, doublecheck all of your guests’ addresses before passing them to your stationer. You can enter any address you’re unsure about into Google Maps and it’ll let you know right away if your second cousin’s far-away zip code is off by a single number.

WHEN SHOULD COUPLES BOOK THEIR STATIONER TO ENSURE THEY GET THE ONE THEY WANT? Lock in your stationer 9 to 12 months in advance. That’ll give you enough time to work on anything from the save-the-dates to the day-of paper goods. The process takes time, so my rule of thumb is to inquire early. The majority of stationers are running small shops, and they’ll only take a certain number of custom projects each month, so the sooner you make contact, the better.

Look into semi-custom options. There are so many different customizable options available, you’ll still be able to make your suite feel like your own. Semicustom is also a great option for a faster turnaround time. Remember that pricing can vary depending on the selections you make in terms of quantity, materials, embellishments and printing methods. Approach your stationer with the overall budget in mind and let them guide you in the right direction.

ANY INVITATION SUITES YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO DESIGN BUT HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO YET? There are so many ideas I’m dying to try! Right now, I’d love to do a springtime pastel suite with a pop of neon, a celestial suite with a glow-in-the-dark surprise and a gig-poster-inspired invite that fits in an A7 envelope.

IMAGES COURTESY OF HOMESTEAD INK

HOW CAN COUPLES SAVE ON STATIONERY IF THEY’RE ON A TIGHT BUDGET?

Check out stationery designers at THE K N OT.CO M/MARK ETPL ACE

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EXPERT ADVICE

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C AT E R I N G WHAT’S THE MOST COMMON MYTH ABOUT WEDDING CATERING?

OUR PRO Sonya Villarreal, the director of catering sales at Rosemary’s Catering in San Antonio

TO P T I P Sonya says to book your caterer six to eight months in advance.

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Many people believe buffets or passed hors d’oeuvres are less expensive, but that’s not necessarily the case. Buffets allow for less portion control, and clients often want multiple meal choices, so it can actually be more expensive. Passed apps require more preparation if you want guests to leave satisfied, and that also adds up.

KEEPING THAT IN MIND, HOW CAN COUPLES MINIMIZE CATERING COSTS? First, work with a reputable caterer who will advise you properly and guide you through implementing your vision. The Leading Caterers of America (LCA) provides you with a helpful list of qualified caterers in major cities across the United States. Other options are to choose a venue that allows you to bring your own alcohol, to control your guest count or to hold your wedding during the off-season or an off-peak time. I warn any couples on a budget against understaffing their events. Using one less server or bartender can end up with guests queued in lines or delayed at the bar. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice food or service quality in order to keep everyone fed.

WHAT HAPPENS AT A COUPLE’S FIRST TASTING, AND SHOULD THEY BRING ANYTHING WITH THEM? I strongly suggest you avoid bringing one thing: an empty stomach. You shouldn’t go grocery shopping while starving, and you shouldn’t be famished at an important tasting. Instead, bring inspiration. This could be Pinterest boards, a menu borrowed from your favorite restaurant or a familyfavorite recipe. At Rosemary’s, tastings take place once we have your culinary direction, so the appointment focuses on narrowing down the menu. The process and presentation mirror the guest experience. If guests will be greeted with passed hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails, we’ll start there and show you just how the food will be presented. We also offer group tasting events for couples to experience a larger variety of more popular or trending options.

WHAT FOOD TRENDS ARE YOU SEEING NOW, AND WHICH ONES DO YOU PREDICT ARE ON THE HORIZON? Lighter, more health-conscious options are increasingly gaining popularity. Non-lettuce salads are trending, including burrata, couscous and quinoa salads. The big “musts” right now are refreshing mocktail options, like agua frescas and lavender lemonade. Looking ahead, I think couples are going to choose items that not only appeal to guests in terms of options and inclusivity, but also visually. Conscious cuisine and painted cakes will be big in late 2020.

HOW CAN COUPLES PERSONALIZE THEIR MENU OFFERINGS? Choose any cuisine that feels personal. You could re-create a dish from your first date or work with your caterer to create a meal that pairs your different cultures together. Think outside the box.

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Ask all potential caterers the same questions in order to accurately compare their offerings.

Communicate openly and as specifically about your budget requirements as possible from the start.

To avoid unnecessary stress, couples should bring no more than four people to private tastings.

Does your caterer offer bartending? Take advantage, Sonya advises. It’ll save you money.

THE RKD STUDIO

Sonya’s insider tips will lead to a stress-free, tasty menu.

Find local caterers at THE KN OT.CO M/TE X A S

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A N U N M AT C H E D S E T T I N G O N T H E T E XA S C OA S T BEACH VENUE | PASSAGES VENUE | PORCH VENUE Located in Beachtown, an oasis located east of Galveston Historic District on the eastern tip of the Galveston Island.

Visit the Porch Cafe & Bistro website to learn more. For your on-site guest accommodations, visit beachtown.com/rentals.

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EXPERT ADVICE

ALL ABOUT

FLOWERS WALK US THROUGH A COUPLE’S VERY FIRST APPOINTMENT AT EVENT STEMS.

C L A I M TO FA M E Martha is known for her organic, garden-inspired style, which blends big blooms with smaller buds of different textures.

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SPEAKING OF BUDGETING, HOW CAN COUPLES CUT COSTS ON FLOWERS? Couples can expect to spend around 10 percent of their overall budget on flowers. For Texas clients, that’s an average of $5,000 to $6,000. That said, our goal is not to send you into wedding-day debt. Designers should present couples with different arrangements at different price points. For example, we might suggest designing three or four different centerpieces to place strategically on different tables in order to stretch your budget. Be open to switching things up. Also, summertime in Texas means discounted flowers, so, depending on your date, you might be able to save.

WHAT FLOWER TRENDS ARE YOU SEEING NOW, AND WHICH ONES ARE YOU PREDICTING? Right now, fewer and fewer couples are requesting greenery and garlands. Instead, they’re going for lower, more floral-heavy compote centerpieces. Wheat stalks, bunny tails and fountain grass are popular alternatives to the everyday wedding greenery. Later this year, I think we’re going to see more vintageinspired or bohemian themes, and I also believe texture will be more important than ever. These fuller, more textural flowers are going to take center stage, giving formal arrangements a more vibrant, lively look.

WHAT’S THE ONE FLOWER YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO DESIGN WITH FOR A WEDDING BUT STILL HAVEN’T? Anthurium. In addition to those other trends mentioned above, anthurium is the next big thing thanks to its versatility. They make a natural fit for any bohemian or beachy arrangements, but they also work well with traditional flowers, such as roses and lisianthus. They can add a modern edge to a classic look or infuse a little tropical accent into a garden-party-inspired design. Anthuriums make a big statement, especially in their bolder colors. To see Martha’s work IRL, flip to p. 209.

ANY COLOR COMBOS YOU’RE JUST NOT THAT INTO? Mixing burgundy and blush isn’t quite as good during the spring and summer. Instead, I’d rather work with these two during the fall due to the richness of the burgundy.

CLOCKWISE FROM BOTTOM: DAYNA RENEE PHOTOGRAPHY (2); BLANCA PEREZ PHOTOGRAPHER

OUR PRO Martha Banda, owner and lead designer at Event Stems in Dallas

Once a couple gets engaged and we’ve confirmed we’re available on their wedding date, we meet usually around six to eight months before their wedding day, though it’s never too early. At that first appointment, we want to learn exactly how you envision your day, so I recommend bringing no more than one other person. Ideas can get lost in the mix if we have too many voices chiming in. Our initial meeting is spent having fun, hearing the specifics of your wish list and brainstorming together, which gets us all on the same page for our next discussion: pricing, budgeting and inspiring design images.

For even more inspiring images, head to THE K N OT.CO M/RE AL-WE D D IN G S

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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. Austin | Mopac & Highway 183 Frisco | 8580 State Highway 121 Dallas | 7843 Park Lane Southlake | 2701 East State Highway 114 Buffalo Speedway | 5192 Buffalo Speedway The Woodlands | Portofino Shopping Center • Research Forest Drive & I-45 North

VISIT BUCADIBEPPO.COM OR CALL 844.EAT.BUCA FOR MORE INFORMATION

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Get settled at The Cosmopolitan. Ask for the secret cocktail at The Chandelier bar for a real “buzz.”

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Where to stay, eat and play for a prewedding bash for the books.

GO HIGH Splurge for a Happy Half Hour ticket on the High Roller Ferris wheel for open-bar access, so you can sip as you take in views of the Strip.

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Let’s face it—just walking down the Strip in Vegas is one big party. But if you’re looking to dance the day or night away with your crew, the pool parties and nightclubs here are legendary. Join the poolside fun at the Wynn, or check out the Omnia nightclub once the sun goes down.

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The dining options are truly endless. But take note: You’ll be able to score a res at the Las Vegas outpost of many of the country’s hottest restaurants. Have an Italian feast at Rao’s, or load up on sushi at Nobu. If fun cocktails are more your thing, Velveteen Rabbit, Commonwealth and Frankie’s Tiki Room are all great options.

Catch Cirque du Soleil’s LOVE, a trippy tribute to The Beatles that combines music and acrobatics.

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SIP WITH STYLE Order rainbow lattes at Sambalatte— they’re a work of art and delicious.

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Travel about a half hour from downtown Vegas to see the Seven Magic Mountains.

These beauties are more than 30 feet high.

SOAK UP SOME SUN Chill out and recover in the lazy river—with a drink in hand, of course—at the Mandalay Bay.

Get your adrenaline pumping as you take the plunge off the Stratosphere hotel with SkyJump. You’ll jump 855 feet above the Strip hooked to a cable that’s attached to a descender machine (think of it like a vertical zip line— yikes!). Or for a more permanent rush, get inked at Downtown Tattoo.

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Make Our House Your House Celebrate your love story with us and let our talented staff handle every detail! Amid the casinos and bright lights, you can find an authentic Southern Delta juke joint atmosphere at House of Blues and Foundation Room Las Vegas. Located in the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, these incredible venues are the perfect locations to host your wedding! • • • •

Accommodates 25-220 seated OR 25-2700 reception style Two venues with nine unique spaces Full weddings, ceremonies or receptions only Full-service events staff

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5.27 | COMFORT

Alyssa + Patrick

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THEIR STORY In her day job as an attorney, Alyssa Looney (27) rarely gets to use her creative side. So she let it run wild when planning her DIY wedding to Patrick Isenberg (30 and an nonprofit executive director) at Camp Comfort. “We went for a bright, whimsical and modern feel,” Alyssa says. The couple designed all of the stationery, made terrarium centerpieces, spray-painted teal table numbers and potted flowering cacti, resulting in a Southwestern extravaganza bursting with color. — R E B ECCA DALZE LL

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DINNER Guests helped themselves to fajitas and later feasted on breakfast tacos. SEATING CHART Alyssa printed the table assignments on watercolor paper and hung them on a pegboard. CAMPOUT “We wanted a to give friends and family a little getaway over Memorial Day weekend,� Alyssa says. Camp Comfort, a historic retreat on Cypress Creek, fit the bill, with rooms for guests to stay overnight.

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P H OTO W A L L Pictures of the couple and potted cacti were perched behind the cake table.

TABLESCAPE Mexican falsa blankets ran down the head table, set with gold wire placemats, brass tealights, copper mugs, cacti in terra-cotta pots and colorful agate place cards. CAKES Buttercream-frosted chocolate, lemon and confetti cakes sat on stands belonging to Alyssa’s mom. PARTY TIME The band kicked things off with a grand march, a lively Hill Country tradition that got everyone promenading, holding hands and circling the newlyweds for their first dance.

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CEREMONY SITE Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Comfort RECEPTION SITE Camp Comfort, Comfort PHOTOGRAPHY Natalie Shelton/Nbarrett Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Brandon J. Clark, Sr. FLOWERS Touch of Whimsy GOWN Watters SUIT Joseph Abboud, Men’s Wearhouse; tie: Jones New York WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: Cocomelody; Macy’s; Rent the Runway; Showpo.com; groomsmen: TheBlackTux.com HAIR & MAKEUP Blo Blow Dry Bar VEIL MagnoliaVeils, Etsy.com ENGAGEMENT RING Diamonds Direct WEDDING RINGS Alyssa: Diamonds Direct; Patrick: Rustic and Main STATIONERY Invitations: DIY; printing: Vistaprint; map: theMACKENZIEstore, Etsy.com; seating chart, drink menus & programs: DIY; place card calligraphy: Celeste Paper Co. RENTALS Fusion Cuisine Catering; Parties by Design CATERING Fusion Cuisine Catering; late-night snacks: Taco Cabana CAKE Emmalou’s Sweet Treats DESSERTS S’mores bar: DIY OFFICIANT Rev. Martin Garcia Avila MUSIC Ceremony: Michael Keplinger; reception: Danny Ray and the Acoustic Production HONEYMOON London, Paris, Alsace & Munich GUESTS 175 HASHTAG #LooneyForIsenberg

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5.5 | SPRING BRANCH

Rachel + Roy PHOTOGRAPHY BY JACKIE WILLOME PHOTOGRAPHY

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OLD-WORLD CHARM Lost Mission includes a replica of a colonial chapel. “It felt like we were in the middle of Spain,” Rachel says.

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THEIR STORY Anyone passing through Lost Mission on the day that Rachel Lewis (36 and an event planner) and Roy Mathews (36 and a lawyer) got married might have been confused about where they were. The property maintains a Spanish-style church, and the couple brought in Indian jewelry, Mexican cuisine and Dr. Pepper floats. “Roy is Syro-Malabar Catholic, so our wedding respected both American and Syro-Malabar Indian traditions,” Rachel says. Plus, it was Cinco de Mayo, and to the pair, that meant fajitas. — R D

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WEDDING BELLS Rachel and Roy rang the chapel bell after their vows.

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Roy put a gold necklace around Rachel’s neck, which symbolizes the covenant of marriage in Syro-Malabar tradition.

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R E C E P T I O N LO O K

Rachel slipped into a silver and gold lehenga for dinner.

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FUSION FIESTA Guests dined on samosas, caprese salad, chicken tamales with green chili and Mexican street corn, followed by chai. DESSERTS Rachel and Roy served cake balls alongside a gold-flecked vanilla cake with raspberry filling. DANCE OFF “We did a surprise Bollywood dance with our best friends to kick off the party,” Rachel says. “Then the groomsmen picked us up and we danced on their shoulders. It was my favorite moment of the day.”

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Lost Mission, Spring Branch PHOTOGRAPHY Jackie Willome Photography DAY-OF COORDINATOR Jackie Hinstorff FLOWERS De Vinnie’s Paradise GOWNS Ceremony: Sachin & Babi, Unbridaled, Austin; reception: Frontier Heritage TUXEDO ISW Menswear, Plano HAIR & MAKEUP DIY ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Gemmark STATIONERY Invitations: Minted.com; programs: DIYPaperBoutique, Etsy.com; escort cards & menus: HeavenandFifthStudio, Etsy.com; printing & posters: Hawkeye Printing & Graphics RENTALS Dhol Beat International; Lost Mission CATERING Heavenly Gourmet CAKE The Exclusive Cake Shop CAKE TOPPER Chicago Factory DESSERTS Nina Gonzales OFFICIANT Rev. Joseph Vathalloor MUSIC Ceremony: Allegretto Music; reception: DJ Impact/Dhol Beat International PHOTO BOOTH Brand Booth TRANSPORTATION RideCentric HONEYMOON Rome & Portugal GUESTS 145 HASHTAG #CincoDeMathews

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10.28 | SAN ANTONIO

Silvia + Mario PHOTOGRAPHY BY MAY CARLSON PHOTOGR APHY

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BOUQUET Silvia carried Italian ruscus, roses, pincushion proteas and orchids in shades inspired by San Antonio sunsets.

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THEIR STORY San Antonio is home sweet home for Silvia Avila (29 and a realtor) and Mario Hernandez (29 and the co-owner of a landscaping business). It’s where the pair met as friends and where they walked through King William for hours as they got to know each other. At their wedding, the couple wanted to honor their hometown and their shared Latin roots. “Think: Oaxaca, Mexico, meets historic San Antonio,” Silvia says. The roster of local vendors came together quickly, as did the intimate guest list, the choice to go with a casual King William ceremony and, of course, the reception venue, their own home. — LO U I S BAR AGO NA

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The couple chose to do only one of three standard Latin traditions: the lasso. “This represents the binding of one another, physically and spiritually,” Silvia says. “My only living grandmother placed the lasso over us and blessed us.”

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MUSIC “Having live musicians was important to us,” Silvia says. A harpist played during the ceremony and reception as well as a lively mariachi band that remixed Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect.” STATIONERY The pair found an illustration of their home as they organized their things while moving in. They saved it to use later, eventually making prints of it for their invitations. CENTERPIECES Customary Oaxacan lanterns, red cymbidium orchids and Italian ruscus topped tables.

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CAKE Silvia and Mario cut into layers of chocolate and Earl Grey cake, Mario and his daughter’s fave flavors, respectively. “From the beginning, Joy made it clear she was there for the cake,” Silvia says. “We made sure to get extra.” TAILOR MADE Mario wore a traditional guayabera in a light teal color with purple embroidery. The shirts are traditionally worn on formal occasions in Oaxaca, where Silvia’s mother is from, as well as other parts of Latin America.

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HOUSEWARMING The newlyweds welcomed loved ones to their own front yard for a full meal of Oaxacan chicken molé, rice and black beans.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE King William Park, San Antonio RECEPTION SITE A private residence, San Antonio PHOTOGRAPHY May Carlson Photography DAY-OF COORDINATOR Guarding Every Memory FLOWERS No. 9 Flowers GOWN Casablanca Bridal, Sposa Bella, San Antonio GUAYABERA Dos Carolinas HAIR & MAKEUP Tara Pilar VEIL Impression Bridal ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS C.D. Clark Diamonds & Design Studio STATIONERY Invitations: DIY; printing: Invitations Etc. RENTALS Marquee Event Rental CATERING Olgas Catering CAKE Sara Hinojosa BARISTA Brown Coffee Co. MUSIC Campanas de America GUESTS 60

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10.27 | FREDERICKSBURG

Christina + Aaron PHOTOGRAPHY BY K AYL A SNELL PHOTOGR APHY

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SCENE SETTER The outdoor ceremony gave guests sweeping views of Contigo Ranch and the surrounding Hill Country.

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Christina + Aaron

THEIR STORY Brooklynites Christina Holle (27 and the creative director and blogger for The Good Haven) and Aaron Landucci (31 and an independent filmmaker) met at church and got to know each other through weekly dinner gatherings at Christina’s apartment. They even eventually celebrated their engagement with a rooftop meal. So for their wedding near Christina’s hometown of Austin, it was fitting that they ring in married life with an intimate dinner party that they describe as “minimal, modern and a little bit country.” — B EC K Y M U R R AY

BOUQUET Christina carried bright white tulips and greenery.

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Western Sky is the closest Hill Country venue to San Antonio, sitting on 71 acres, under sprawling oak trees. The wooden chapel serves as a perfect setting for outdoor ceremonies. Our venue features beautifully stained floors, vintage chandeliers and sheer ivory drapes, with seating for up to 300 guests.

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PAPER GOODS Christina and Aaron co-designed everything from their invitations to their table numbers, then printed the day-of pieces on seed paper. CAKES Figs and berries decorated the larger dulce de leche cake covered with cream cheese frosting, while a smaller salted caramel carrot cake was dubbed the groom’s cake. WEDDING PARTY Christina asked her crew to wear the LBD of their choosing. “The black dresses looked so beautiful and were super low key,” she says.

Christina + Aaron’s

WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Contigo Ranch, Fredericksburg PHOTOGRAPHY Kayla Snell Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Little Gray Films DAY-OF COORDINATOR Lynnette Dominguez/Inaru Creations FLOWERS Catherine Dunne (friend) GOWN Reformation SUIT TheBlackTux.com WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Various HAIR & MAKEUP DIY VEIL Diana Deane Bridal HAIR PIN Tribe Alive ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Foe & Dear STATIONERY DIY RENTALS The Vanilla Orchid; Whim Hospitality CATERING The Vanilla Orchid CAKE Sophie’s Bakery OFFICIANT Pastor Jordan Simas (friend) MUSIC Ceremony: Justin Holle (Christina’s brother); reception: Dex Bingham/Complete Weddings HONEYMOON Tulum, Mexico GUESTS 75

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new condos located next to the venue are available for your guest accommodations

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Lydia + Lance PHOTOGRAPHY BY A SEA OF LOVE

DECKED OUT Greenery and woven pendants hung from rafters above the dance floor.

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THEIR STORY With a save-the-date that simply read, “You don’t wanna miss this!” Lydia Matula (25 and a brand manager) and Lance Walker (26 and a project manager) knew they had to deliver on their promise. And they did so in an unlikely space: the parish hall of a 19thcentury Catholic church. With the addition of black décor—Lydia admits she’s obsessed with it—a traditional Czech grand march and a first dance that ended with a cannon blast of gold confetti, the hall got a modern makeover for the ages. — B M

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Lydia + Lance

ALL IN THE FAMILY Lydia and Lance married at St. Mary’s Church, where Lydia’s great-great-grandparents and great-grandparents wed. HEAD TABLE Black drapes framed an existing wood wall, which the couple dressed up with a custom copper sign and a metal grid holding roses, ranunculus, protea and pampas grass. COCKTAIL HOUR A funky horse trailer parked outside poured Shiners and jalapeño margaritas.

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South Texas Elegance The 501 Ranch is the ideal venue for an elegant ranch wedding you will never forget. Located in South Texas, it’s the perfect destination, whether you are coming from Mexico or elsewhere in the States! The ranch itself has several venue options—something for every couple!

UVALDE, TX / (830) 278-3939 EVENTS@501RANCH.COM / 501EVENTS.COM ACCOMMODATIONS • AMENITIES • HONEYMOON SUITE • COORDINATION Photos by Sarah Kathryn Portrait Design

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COUNTRY ELEGANCE Chiffon sheers softened the space, where African mudcloth, taper candles and smilax ran down long tables. DINNER The caterer, a local family that knows how to cook for a crowd, whipped up smoked pork tenderloin with raspberry chipotle sauce and roasted veggies. COOL EXIT Guests tossed fake snow at the newlyweds as they left the reception. Lydia and Lance then cruised off in a 1979 Ford Bronco.

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CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE St. Mary’s Church, Praha PHOTOGRAPHY Morgan & Blake Brosnan/ A Sea of Love VIDEOGRAPHY Take 4 Films PLANNER & EVENT DESIGNER Gold Dust Event Co FLOWERS Vivienne & Vine Floral Design GOWN Pronovias, Bridal Boutique, Lewisville TUXEDO TheBlackTux.com WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: Show Me Your Mumu; groomsmen: TheBlackTux.com HAIR & MAKEUP Kiss and Makeup Houston VEIL Edward Berger, Bridal Boutique ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Ernesto’s Jewelry STATIONERY Invitations & signage: Mad Paperie; signage: Artifacture RENTALS DFW Parties; Gold Dust Event Co; Kings Events and Tents; Loot Rentals; Thread Linens CATERING Cervankas; appetizers: Inspirations Catering & Events; drink bar trailer: Rent The Bar CAKE Susie’s Cake Bakery DESSERTS Kolaches: Kountry Bakery OFFICIANT Fr. Mel Bessellieu MUSIC Ceremony: Donny Scott; accordion: Chris Rybak; reception: DFW Parties CONFETTI Ultimate Confetti FAVORS Koozies & napkins: Sevargo TRANSPORTATION Schuber HONEYMOON The Bahamas GUESTS 700+ HASHTAG #WildinWithTheWalkers

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S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 2 0

S T Y LE+PL A N N I NG

AMONG the F L O W E R S A bespoke Amsterdam styled shoot takes a romantic turn when the real-life couple modeling decides to say “I do.”

B Y A LY S S A LO N G O B U C C O PHOTOGRAPHY BY DANIELLE COONS PHOTOGRAPHY PLANNING & DESIGN BY MANGO MUSE EVENTS, CLASSY AFFAIRS S T A T I O N E R Y, ART DIRECTION + STYLING BY MOMENTAL DESIGNS VENUE ORANGERIE ELSWOUT

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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.

PAPER TEAR: SHUTTERSTOCK

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

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FIELD OF DREAMS

A HAPPY H E L LO

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.

PAPER TEAR: SHUTTERSTOCK

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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

MARBLED MEMO

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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A R I E S MAR 21-APR 19

T O TA L T R E N D S E T T E R S

V E N U E TENTED WEDDING

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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IRIS MANNINGS PHOTOGRAPHY; CAMP: CAT MAYER STUDIO

V E N U E A SUMMER CAMP

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villa like views. Conveniently located off Hwy 46, New Braunfels.

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C A N C E R JUN 21-JUL 22

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For Cancers, the most meaningful things are the most personal. When searching for a wedding venue, consider hosting in your own backyard or childhood home. Then, incorporate thoughtful details that celebrate your personal story.

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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

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COOPER PHOTO CO; NICOLE BALSAMO PHOTOGRAPHY; SYLVIE GIL PHOTOGRAPHY

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vintage theater. Lights, camera, “I do.”

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E D GY E C L E C T I C S

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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C A P R I C O R N DEC 22-JAN 19 V E N U E COUNTRY CLUB CLAS SIC CHARAC TERS Capricorn, you’re an old soul at heart. You play by the rules and love a look that is expensive and timeless. Host your nuptials at a formal country club, then pile on the plaid for a dose of old-world prep.

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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

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Pisces gravitate toward spaces with a dreamy quality, so an airy, light-filled greenhouse is the perfect spot to swap vows with your forever person. Keep décor to a minimum (too much “stuff ” can overwhelm you) and the guest list intimate to cater to your introverted nature.

MARY WYAR PHOTOGRAPHY; THE DALI MUSEUM; KATE ANN PHOTOGRAPHY

KINDRED SPIRITS

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B Y A LY S S A LO N G O B U C C O PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHNNY MILLER STYLING BY SARAH SMART

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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SUNNY SORBETS

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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MIXED METALLICS

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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STRAUGHAN PHOTOGRAPHY

Lost Mission

Find Forever

Elegant Hill Country Events

LOST MISSION Elegant Spanish Ambiance nestled in the beauty of the Texas Hill Country

AJH PHOTOGRAPHY

at the

210.323.1955 info@lostmission.com www.LostMission.com Venue is located off Highway 46 between Boerne and 281

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hether you dream of a romantic eight tier cake accented in red roses or if you prefer a non-traditional cake that exudes your unique style, we can create anything for your special day! Our team bakes and designs all of the cakes and delivers them to your wedding venue! At Creations Cakes, it’s our goal to make your sweet dreams come true!

Creations Cake Shop, LLC 122 N. Bryant, Pleasanton, TX (830) 281-3222 CreationsCakes.com

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Overwhelmed by the ins and outs of your wedding budget? Don’t sweat it. We’ve compiled eight of our best tips to help keep you in check. B Y A LY S S A LO N G O B U C C O

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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.”

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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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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

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THEIR STORY For Jalyn Logan (27 and an anthropology student) and Connor Elliott (29 and an oil-and-gas data scientist), an ideal weekend involves floating the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers, pitching a tent and making a campfire. So the outdoorsy pair chose to get married on Earth Day, planning a vibrant natureinspired celebration at Barr Mansion. During the ceremony, they walked up a pampas-lined aisle to a handmade cedar arch and planted a lemon tree. “We hope that it will grow and bear fruit with us,” Jalyn says. — R E B ECCA DALZE LL

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BOHO DÉCOR Jalyn and her maid of honor hand-painted a watercolor drape for a seating nook, where a mustard velvet sofa and faded rug created a bohemian vibe. DAPPER DUDS Connor wore fox cuff links, a nod to his favorite childhood book, Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl. BOUQUET Jalyn carried roses, ranunculus, protea, craspedia, peonies and dill. DINNER Guests dined on seared trout and beef tenderloin with Szechuan cauliflower.

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Jalyn wore roses, strawflower and bunny tail grass in her hair.

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LIFE OF THE PARTY The couple’s border collie, Zoe, joined the reception. “We bought a box of tennis balls for guests to throw for her and wrote her favorite tricks on each ball,” Jalyn says. “She slept for two days afterward.” CENTERPIECES Candles, succulents and roses topped tables. FAVORS The couple sent guests home with wildflower seeds and scented soaps made by a friend. CAKE Cream cheese frosting coated layers of chocolate, lemon and mocha cake.

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THEIR STORY It’s not easy breaking with tradition. Shea Jackson (28 and works in marketing) did a lot of soul searching before deciding to walk down the aisle by herself. “Not everyone is blessed with a close bond with their fathers, but there’s so much pressure to honor this relationship at a wedding,” Shea says. But she was proud of her bold choice. In his vows, Joe McCann (38 and chairman of a software company) told her she’d never have to walk alone again. — R D

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FURRY FRIEND The couple’s bow-tie-clad dog, Hayes, was a star of the ceremony. “After we were pronounced man and wife, everyone clapped and he ran to us down the aisle,” Shea says. DESSERTS Shea and Joe laid out mini cheesecakes, flourless chocolate cakes with chocolate ganache and toffee blondies. SWEETHEART TABLE Smilax, roses, marigolds, euphorbia fulgens and dusty-blue pillar candles marked the sweetheart table.

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RECEPTION Smilax ran up the tent poles. “It really transformed the space,” Shea says. Guests dined on Texas ribeye and duck fat roasted potatoes. FIRST DANCE Shea and Joe choreographed their own moves to “Be Without You” by Mary J. Blige. STATIONERY Tropical invitations hinted at the décor to come. “Exotic greenery is not what you expect to find in the Hill Country,” Shea says, though 70 species of rainforest and desert plants grow at The Greenhouse.

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DAPPER DUDE The couple’s 3-yearold son, Dax, looked sharp in leather suspenders and a burgundy bow tie.

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THEIR STORY Kelly Lange (27 and a graphic design student) and Steven Nickerson (27 and an electrician) love music from the ’70s and ’80s, so they took inspiration from the song “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire. “We wanted to create eclectic, old soul vibes and an easygoing atmosphere,” Kelly says. Groovy invites set the tone for an autumn celebration full of earthy flowers, a custom moon-inspired altar and a disco ball—what’d you expect? — R D

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FOOD TRUCK Kelly and Steven rocked “ride or die” jean jackets at the reception while getting P. Terry’s burgers with special sauce. SIGNAGE A Bob Dylan quote summed up the day’s vibe. LATE-NIGHT BITES Instead of a cake, everyone dug into soft pretzels and ice cream. CELEBRITY GUESTS Kelly surprised Steven, a Star Wars fan, and Dax with Stormtroopers, who entered the reception to “Imperial Death March,” which you know as Darth Vader’s theme song.

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CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Union on Eighth, Georgetown PHOTOGRAPHY Bailey + Jordan Teague/The Teagues PLANNER & EVENT DESIGNER Bash Co + Events FLOWERS Studio Tersilla GOWN Rue de Seine, a&bé bridal shop, Dallas SUIT ISW Menswear WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE ASOS.com; Free People; Lulus.com HAIR & MAKEUP Lux Beauty & Bridal ENGAGEMENT RING Ken & Dana Design WEDDING RINGS Kelly: Ken & Dana Design; Steven: Nasr Bros Jewelers STATIONERY Alli K Design RENTALS Loot Rentals CATERING P. Terry’s ICE CREAM Scoops at All Things Kids SOFT PRETZELS Fat Belly Austin OFFICIANT Jason Fisher (brother-in-law) MUSIC Cameron Harris/LeForce Entertainment DANCE LESSONS Lauree Tomson GUESTS 130 HASHTAG #KeepYourNickerson

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THEIR STORY Melissa Clark (30 and a sales producer) and Matthew Elliott (29 and in sales) drew upon their love of graffiti for their wedding. “I wanted to make sure there was lots of color,” Melissa says. “I really love jewel tones.” The Prospect House in Dripping Springs provided a blank canvas for the couple to add in pops of blue and burgundy. Matthew opted for a black-and-white gingham tux with a burgundy velvet bow tie to stand out even more against the all-white venue and Hill Country landscape. — CAITLYN MART YN

B LO O M S “I really let our florist run with whatever she wanted, which is the best call I could have made,” Melissa says of her rich and moody bouquet.

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WEDDING PARTY The bridesmaids chose Hayley Paige black dresses and black or jewel-tone shoes. LINENS After discovering the blue tie-dye linens at La Tavola, Melissa knew they had to be incorporated on the table spread. PAPER Wanting to remain traditional with a twist, Melissa added a modern font to the opulent stationery. A friend calligraphed escort tiles, which doubled as a take-home for guests.

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TABLESCAPE Blooms and taper candles decorated wood tables where guests ate paprika fried chicken and roasted garlic and Gruyère mac and cheese family style. CAKE For a hint of color, the couple cut into a Key lime and almond cake with dusty-blue buttercream icing. EXIT Melissa and Matthew didn’t want to miss out on the fun after their sparkler exit, so they hopped on a bus back to the hotel to keep the party going.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Prospect House, Dripping Springs PHOTOGRAPHY Kelly Scogin/ Mint Photography MONTH-OF PLANNER Lauren MacQueen FLOWERS Stems GOWN Amsale TUXEDO TheBlackTux.com WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Nordstrom HAIR & MAKEUP Butter ENGAGEMENT RING Rice Village Diamonds WEDDING RINGS Melissa: Charde Jewelers; Matthew: made by family STATIONERY Save-thedates: Minted.com; invitations: Lavandula Design; escort display & signage: Half Moon Lettering; menus: pennyluckprintables, Etsy.com RENTALS La Tavola; Premiere Events; Prospect House; Royal Fig Catering CATERING Royal Fig Catering CAKE Sweet Treats Bakery OFFICIANT Jon Paul Hoelscher (brother-in-law) MUSIC Ceremony: Sienna String Quartet; reception: Blind Date OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Photo booth: Silvercloud Trailer Events FAVORS/WELCOME BAG Cornerstone Impressions TRANSPORTATION Clark Travel HONEYMOON Costa Rica GUESTS 165 HASHTAG #Melliott

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THEIR STORY Melissa Wolbach (33 and a business owner) and Robert Smith’s (31 and an investor) roots inspired their wedding. After the couple met in Dallas, Robert proposed en route to his native England. In 13 months, they planned a stateside celebration in the South, a must for the couple. “The majority of our guests were part of my family,” Melissa says. The lakefront garden at Villa Del Lago provided just the European flair the couple was looking for. “We incorporated nods to where we’re from, plus where we live now,” Melissa says. — CM

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YEE HAW At the reception, Melissa topped her glam look with a cowboy hat. FAVORS Mini jars of honey were gifted to guests as a nod to bees—a combination of the symbol of Robert’s hometown, Manchester, and the Greek meaning of Melissa’s name. FLOWERS The lilac rose, Melissa’s favorite, accompanied various fall flowers. “I definitely wanted seasonal blooms that represented the time we were married,” she says.

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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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I cannot stress the importance of an engagement shoot enough! It lets a couple get to know their photographer on a more personal level and feel comfortable on camera.

Make sure to ask your pro for a recessional shot. There is something so magical about that moment right after you’ve officially tied the knot and you’re beaming with excitement.

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Farm-to-Table Fresh Food is the focus of this delicious décor vibe. Play up farmer’s market accents (like cheese plate centerpieces) with rich hues of wine and emerald for a scene that’s a feast for the eyes—and stomach.

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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.

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

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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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There’s no denying it—your pros are the A-team that’s going to make your wedding day vision come to life. That crazy-cool floral display you saved on Pinterest? They can pull it off. The remote beachfront vows you’ve been envisioning since you said “yes?” They’ll make it happen. With weddings big and small under their belt, they’re also an endless wealth of knowledge. Since you can’t pick the brain of every vendor out there, we’ve done the work for you, tapping some of our favorite pros for the advice they wish couples would ask them for. THE PRO

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WHAT ’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WEDDING PLANNING AND WEDDING DESIGN? By knowing the difference between planning and design, a couple can more easily identify and prioritize what they need help with. I hear this statement a lot: “I need a wedding planner to help turn my ideas into reality,” which often really means they need design help, not help with planning tasks like creating a timeline or managing their budget. Couples just don’t know the difference because there’s no consistent terminology used throughout the industry to clearly define various vendors’ roles. I think a lot of people use the overarching term “wedding planner” to talk about both. However, design is an entirely different service and skill set. Hire a professional that gets your needs and can take your vision to the next level. Then, trust your team 100 percent—if you don’t, there’s no way they’ll be able to do their best for you. Lastly, if you’re not drawn to the work in someone’s portfolio from the start, then you probably won’t like the results they produce for your wedding.

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Kelsey Carpenter, owner, calligrapher and stationery designer KELSEY MALIE CALLIGRAPHY (CHICAGO)

WHAT SPLURGES DO YOU RECOMMEND? If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the upgrades and add-on options available to you for your wedding paper (think: varying print methods, paper types and more), don’t be afraid to ask your stationer what they suggest. Their experience and expertise can help you navigate the long list of choices and define a cohesive vision that fits your wedding aesthetic. They can also recommend areas where you might be able to save, as well as splurges that will have a big impact. Weddings that stand out as unique and memorable are always the ones where a sense of the couple’s personality comes through in each detail, so find a stationer or designer you can work with from your save-the-dates to cocktail napkins. It’s a wonderful way to keep your paper cohesive and personal from start to finish. THE PRO

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WHAT DO YOU NEED FROM US TO DO THE BEST JOB POSSIBLE? We love when clients ask us what we need to create the best wedding video for them. Giving us our own dedicated time during the day to do artistic shots is huge—the more time we have with you, the more footage we can get, and the better your final product will be. This can also include simpler things that many clients don’t think of, like making sure to get ready or do your first look in an area that provides great natural light. ››

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CAN YOU WORK WITHIN OUR BUDGET? While not necessarily a fun topic, it’s extremely important for the couple and their planner to have a thorough discussion of the wedding budget as early on in the process as possible. A planner’s goal is always to meet fully, if not exceed, the couple’s expectations. But those expectations must also be rooted within a realistic financial budget that the couple is prepared to address and afford. Come to an initial planning meeting with an idea of who will be contributing and how much. Then, throughout the process, if you’re unsure of what an item or vendor may cost, don’t hesitate to ask your planner. THE PRO

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WHAT IDEAS D O YOU HAVE? I love when my couples or clients come in with pictures of other cakes—it acts as a great jumping-off point and helps me to establish their design aesthetic. But from there, allow me to adapt and add my own ideas. I can use techniques that I’m good at executing and combine elements to ensure you get something beautiful and unique, rather than copying another baker’s work or trying out an unfamiliar method that won’t end up looking as nice.

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A stunning centerpiece or wow-worthy altar can set the scene for your whole day, so it’s not a place to try and cut corners. You may not realize, but flower arranging takes a lot of prep work—from sourcing the blooms and prepping the stems and leaves, to keeping the arrangements at the optimal temperature leading up to your event so they don’t brown and wilt. You don’t need that stress! Plus, with help from a pro, you can create a cost-effective design plan that stuns, whatever your budget.

You may be a fanatical foodie or Ina Garten wannabe, but catering a large party is a huge undertaking, even for a culinary wiz. You’d be hard-pressed to prepare enough food for 100 people and keep it hot, not to mention the fact that you have to, you know, get married. Catering teams are trained to make it happen (and make it delicious), plus they have the staff to serve you and your guests in a timely manner. So just sit back, relax and enjoy your eats.

It’s tempting to rock out to your favorite tunes with an iPod during your reception, but it’s not quite that simple. Making your own playlist means you’ll be limited to just the music you love as a couple, not necessarily what everyone else will enjoy, and you likely won’t have the gear you need to make it loud enough for a party. Music pros (be it a DJ or band) set the mood and are trained to read the dance floor. Translation: They’ll ensure your guests are partying all night long.

Years from now, your photos are one of the few tangible things you’ll have to remember your wedding by. A loved one or friend may promise to capture every moment, but what happens if they get distracted or use faulty camera equipment? You don’t want the heartbreak of finding out your first kiss came out blurry or your grand exit was completely missed. Hire a seasoned photographer, and you’ll be sure to score high-quality images and unforgettable moments.

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ngaged foodies are transforming their wedding reception into a must-eat event with countless creative takes on traditional catering. From fire and flames to custom curated menus and photoworthy installations—a meal is no longer just a meal. Want in on all the delicious fun? Check out five of our favorite food trends happening now.

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If you’re looking for a standout moment that will leave guests ’gramming, hire a catering team with creative display techniques. Delicious food is a must-have, of course—but setups that have guests interacting with their meal are an even better upgrade. Look to bring in a local catering team that injects their food service with a bit of theatrics (like having guests press their own grilled cheese, pluck the cocktail of their choice from a conveyor belt or spin a prize wheel for a surprise pizza slice). The goal? A wayabove-average food experience that entertains your guests while they eat and will leave everyone talking long after your wedding is over. If you’ve already nailed down your menu and catering team, infuse your day with a little bit of magic by dreaming up creative ways to package or pass some bites already on your menu, like a pegboard wall of cotton candy or a late-night burger bar with a cheeky sign that reads “friends don’t let friends go home hangry.”

PERFECTLY PERSONALIZED PICKS You and your partner want every inch of your wedding to reflect the two of you, so your food selection shouldn’t be any different. Couples are personalizing all aspects of their day, down to the menu they’re serving at their reception. For a fun twist on signature cocktails, why not try signature

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menus? Maybe bae is a bit more spicy, while you prefer rich, savory classics—you can each work to curate your own courses for the day and allow your guests to choose which side they’ll take. Or include a bit of your history and heritage into the eats by asking your pros to adapt a few favorite family recipes for the evening. Guests will love cocktail hour bites of Grandma Ruth’s mac and cheese or Mom’s famous chicken tikka masala. A menu reflecting both where you’ve come from and what you like as a duo is the perfect way to start your marriage off on the right fork. ››

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ON-THE-MOVE MEAL We’ve got news: The one-size-fitsall dinner reception structure is no longer the only option. If the idea of sitting down to a three-hour formal meal isn’t your thing, try a roaming dinner instead. Feed your friends and fam from an assortment of delicious passed appetizers and food stations, like waiters with barker trays for on-the-go oyster shucking, a guac bar or even a mozzarella-pulling station. The goal is to keep guests moving, mixing and mingling so they don’t get bored or feel like they’re missing out on party time. Another perk? Without the need for traditional tables, chairs and place settings, you’ll save on rentals and possibly even staff count (as they won’t need to serve each table like at a sit-down reception). Just remember—guests will still need somewhere to perch, so be sure to set up several different high-top cocktail tables and cool lounge areas for added comfort.

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THE NEW FARM-TO-TABLE Local is in when it comes to weddings, and that fresh mentality extends from florals to—you guessed it—food. For a dining experience that encapsulates everything about your locale, opt for a farm-to-table menu from start to finish. More and more catering companies are meeting the demand and focusing their menus on seasonal goodness, like sustainable and local meats, fish and produce, for a wedding meal that represents both the couple and their region of choice. If you’re lucky enough to be getting married in a foodrich area or time of year, encourage your team to utilize veggies, proteins or spices unique to your spot, like fresh lobster in Maine or a well-known barbecue rub in Texas. Not only will you be scoring food in its best form (think: peak freshness and added color), but you’ll also be giving back to the local community. It’s a very mindful, sustainable, 2020 way to wedding.

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IN-YOUR-FACE PRESENTATIONS If you’ve ever been wowed by a fishmonger filleting a catch right in front of you, or excited by the flames of a hibachi grill, then this idea may be for you. When planning out your wedding day catering, look for a crew that can essentially pop up a live restaurant on your event ground. You’ll instantly upgrade what was once a basic meal into a fullblown event at your reception. That can mean transforming your outdoor venue into a legit working barbecue joint that’s cooking up spit-roasted pig and heirloom chickens over an open flame in front of your guests, or a tableside assembly of artistically-inspired dessert spread (read: decorative chocolate smears and edible florals). The end result? A unique dining experience that will keep guests entertained long into your reception and create a one-of-a-kind event they won’t soon forget.

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THEIR STORY LeElle Krompass (33 and a lawyer) and David Slifer (31 and an advertising executive) brought ancient traditions to their modern, urban wedding at The 4 Eleven. During the Jewish ceremony, the couple exchanged vows under a tallit (prayer shawl) that had belonged to LeElle’s late grandfather, a cantor, and played a recording of him singing the traditional seven wedding blessings. They also displayed a ketubah handmade in Israel. A margarita-fueled cocktail hour whisked the celebration back to contemporary Fort Worth. — R E B ECCA DALZE LL

BOUQUET LeElle carried a simple bouquet of white orchids.

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CAKE White buttercream frosted the lemon-blackberry and strawberry cake. LeElle and David also sliced into a local classic: black forest cake from Swiss Pastry Shop. SHOES David wore navy Del Toro velvet slippers. TRADITION Friends hoisted the couple up on chairs in a classic Jewish hora.

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Succulents, moss, wheat, porcupine quills and roses made for textured table décor.

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SEND- OFF Guests raised sparklers as the newlyweds left the reception. DINNER The couple served biscuits with honey butter, braised short ribs and tequila-cured salmon with a poblano risotto cake. “Most of our friends live in the Northeast, so we wanted to give them a little Texas flavor and hospitality,” LeElle says. STATIONERY A custom die-cut band held foil-stamped invitations with embossed Hebrew calligraphy by LeElle’s mom.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The 4 Eleven, Fort Worth PHOTOGRAPHY Jeff Brummett Visuals VIDEOGRAPHY Jonathan Mayfield Media PLANNER Ciara Self/Bash Co + Events FLOWERS The Greenhouse 817 GOWNS Carolina Herrera; Berta Bridal TUXEDO Suitsupply HAIR & MAKEUP Chantee Willis/Makeup by Chantee VEIL Carolina Herrera ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Barry Hirsch/Diamond & Gold Warehouse STATIONERY Invitations: Little Black Dress Paperie; programs, escort cards & menus: LaneLove Paper Co. RENTALS Top Tier CATERING Vestals Catering CAKES Crumb & Kettle; Swiss Pastry Shop OFFICIANT Joshua Reisberg (friend) MUSIC In10City Band DANCE LESSONS Vow to Dance WELCOME TOTES Maxim Incentives VALET Pinky’s Valet HONEYMOON South Africa & Zimbabwe GUESTS 120 HASHTAG #SlifeInYourLife

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– CLOSE TO HOME, FAR FROM ORDINARY – Only 3 miles from McKinney Town Center, Avalon Legacy Ranch is nestled in the midst of 25 wooded acres. A perfect mixture of every desired setting: elegant, wooded, industrial, rustic, intimate and romantic. Beautiful rose gardens, a hand-crafted outdoor chapel and pews, vintage corrals, a barn, lake, fairy-tale bridge, 3 pergolas with fire pits, and green space for outdoor games. As beautiful inside as outside with antique wooden floors, a vintage bar, indoor fireplace, your guests will be enchanted as they explore both the venue and the gardens. Our bridal and groom’s suites are extravagantly appointed allowing you to spoil yourself as well as your guests. Your wedding at Avalon Legacy Ranch will be uniquely you and completely unforgettable.

Come see why we are McKinney’s highest rated 5-star wedding venue. 2022 Wayside Trail McKinney, TX. 75071 www.avalonlegacyranch.com debi22@avalonlegacyranch.com 469-450-6211

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8.11 | CORINTH

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CEREMONY

Leah’s grandfather, a minister, officiated the ceremony.

THEIR STORY Leah Cianci (25 and works in sales and marketing) and Andre Gibbs (26 and a trainer) aimed to soak in the summer sun for their August wedding. “We wanted it to be bright, fun and colorful,” Leah says. So they decided to invite 150 loved ones for brunch at Ashton Gardens, where tall windows flooded the reception with natural light. It ended up raining, but with a blush, tangerine and yellow palette, that hardly mattered. A mimosa bar, eggs Benedict and swing music completed the cheery vibe. — R D

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DESSERTS Given the brunch theme, glazed doughnuts from Max’s Donut Shop were a must. The couple also served lemon cake and popsicles. STATIONERY Sunny invitations set the tone for the daytime party. CENTERPIECE Zinnias, ranunculus, roses, yarrow, oranges and grapefruit topped tables. “I was very inspired by fruit and wanted as much of it incorporated as possible,” Leah says. FASHION Andre sported a navy suit and punchy floral tie.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Ashton Gardens, Corinth PHOTOGRAPHY Brittany Rhodenbaugh/ Brittany Jean Photography DAY-OF COORDINATOR Mary White/Ashton Gardens FLOWERS Olivia Merritt/Olive Grove Design GOWN Pronovias, Patsy’s Bridal Boutique, Dallas SUIT Men’s Wearhouse; tie: DAZIUSA.com WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: Show Me Your Mumu; groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse HAIR & MAKEUP Jannan Baba/Havoc Studio VEIL Patsy’s Bridal Boutique ENGAGEMENT RING Zales WEDDING RINGS Leah: Zales; Andre: Triton Jewelry STATIONERY Minted.com RENTALS & CATERING Ashton Gardens CAKE Kathryn Stone (friend) DESSERTS Max’s Donut Shop; Steel City Pops OFFICIANT Trig Rohrbach (Leah’s grandfather) MUSIC DJ Freeze OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Games: DIY HONEYMOON Puerto Vallarta, Mexico GUESTS 150 HASHTAG #ICallGibbs

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4.28 | DALLAS

Andra + Evan PHOTOGRAPHY BY PEREZ PHOTOGRAPHY

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THEIR STORY Andra Chapman (31 and a luxury manager) and Evan Gonzalez’s (36 and a vice president of investments) wedding served as a celebration of love—past, present and future. “My mom has passed away, and planning a wedding without her was overwhelming,” Andra says. To make sure mom’s presence was felt, Andra snuck her mother’s signature ladybugs onto the suite and into her bouquet. The couple also raised $20,000 for Vogel Alcove, her mom’s fave charity, instead of favors. — LO U I S BAR AGO NA

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PLACE SETTINGS Andra and Evan kept the tablescapes minimal, finishing their modern marble-patterned chargers with clean, white linens and understated menus. DESSERTS Just in case guests weren’t full from the confetti cake with vanilla toffee crunch icing, the couple also served banana trifle, doughnuts and late-night chicken and waffles. DANCE FLOOR A dramatic hanging installation of amaranthus in shades of pink marked the spot where everyone danced.

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SETTING Andra and Evan made things official on the rooftop of The Joule, complete with the iconic eyeball sculpture peering behind guests. KICKS Andra channeled her inner Baby Spice with a pair of bedazzled platform Chuck Taylors. LIT The neon sign bearing the couple’s hashtag nearly didn’t make its place on the ombré flower wall. “Hours before, I noticed our name was spelled wrong,” Andra says. Luckily, a last-minute fix by their planner kept things glowing.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Joule, Dallas PHOTOGRAPHY Cesar and Tanya Perez/Perez Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Candlelight Films PLANNER Events by Kristin FLOWERS Gro Design GOWN Vera Wang, Neiman Marcus TUXEDO Brioni; bow tie & pocket square: Q Clothier HAIR & MAKEUP Tracy Melton Artistry WEDDING RINGS Andra: Shay; Evan: Shapiro Diamonds STATIONERY Stamped Paper Co. RENTALS Bella Acento CATERING & DESSERTS The Joule CAKE Fancy Cakes by Lauren Kitchens OFFICIANT Judge James C. Ho MUSIC Ceremony & cocktail hour: Serenata Strings; reception: Georgia Bridgwater Orchestra PHOTO BOOTH My Event is the Bomb DANCE LESSONS Jerry Warwick/ The Rhythm Room WELCOME BAG Stamped Paper Co. HONEYMOON China & South Korea GUESTS 250 HASHTAG #GoingGoingGonzalez

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Conveniently located with an amazing hilltop overlook.

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3.30 | DALLAS

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THEIR STORY Melanie Guthrie (29 and a social media manager) met Auggie Sanders (31 and a parts and services analyst) through a grand gesture: After Auggie spotted her sitting alone at the movies, he sat down next to her. A few years and many more grand gestures later, the pair sealed the deal at the Texas Discovery Gardens with a ceremony full of flowers. In keeping with the botanical theme, the couple sent invites illustrated with ranunculus and peonies, and Melanie wore a beaded blush gown topped with floral appliquÊs. — LB

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PHOTOGRAPHY: LINDSAY DAVENPORT PHOTOGRAPHY

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FIRST DANCE Melanie and Auggie followed their dance to Maxwell’s “Lifetime” with high-energy hip-hop hits. “We had to play classics from our hometowns of Chicago and DC,” Melanie says. CAKE After eating slices of raspberry champagne, red velvet and lemon cake, the newlyweds served churros as a late-night treat. SWEETHEART TABLE The couple marked their spot with a pink velvet tablecloth, climbing greenery and floating candles.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Texas Discovery Gardens, Dallas PHOTOGRAPHY Deven Miller/ Deven Ashley Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Manuel Alejandro Studios PLANNER Pretty Little Planners FLOWERS Event Stems GOWN Marchesa Notte, Net-A-Porter.com TUXEDO TheBlackTux.com WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: Azazie.com; groomsmen: TheBlackTux.com HAIR Genae the Slay MAKEUP Hanady Cruz HEADPIECE EverlastingVeils, Etsy.com ENGAGEMENT RING The True Gem WEDDING RINGS Melanie: Etsy.com; Auggie: TungstenAffinity.com STATIONERY Invitations: Vistaprint.com; calligraphy: Virginia Frances; escort cards: EngraveCelebration, Etsy.com RENTALS AM Linen Rental; Lawson Event Rentals CATERING Abuelo’s CAKE Sweet Thangs by Lo’ Michelle CAKE TOPPER Michaels CHURROS Twisted Churros OFFICIANT Alonzo Burton (friend) MUSIC Ceremony: Héctor Alfonso Torres; reception: All Things Elegant Entertainment PHOTO BOOTH Issa Vibe Photobooth WELCOME BAG Topo Chico TRANSPORTATION Uber HONEYMOON Portugal, Morocco & Spain GUESTS 115 HASHTAG #SincerelySanders2019

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THEIR STORY Attorneys Chi Ewusi (28) and Colin Kavanaugh (30) focused on what they call “urban romance” when designing their wedding. “We met in Dallas and wanted to share the city with our guests,” Chi says. The pair juxtaposed romantic elements, like rich fall-inspired tones and arrangements of protea dotted with roses, with more modern touches, including a mixed wedding party in chic black or burgundy, and their own outfit changes. To show friends their favorite parts of the city, the couple invited their crew aboard a party bus, complete with photo ops and, of course, plenty of Whataburger. — LB

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CAKE Chi and Colin cut into a cake topped with hand-painted autumnal flowers.

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SETTING After their chapel ceremony, Chi and Colin welcomed guests to House of Dirt in Bishop Arts. They chose the space in part because it was right around the corner from Eno’s, where they had their first date. RECEPTION “We wanted it to feel like a house party,” Chi says. “As with any fun party, food and music were key.” The couple kept the festivities casual with yummy palomas with mezcal, spicy chicken tamales and upbeat tunes courtesy of the Royal Dukes Band.

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CEREMONY SITE Marty Leonard Community Chapel, Fort Worth RECEPTION SITE House of Dirt, Dallas PHOTOGRAPHY Morgan & Blake Brosnan/A Sea of Love DAY-OF COORDINATOR Crowns & Cufflinks FLOWERS Dirt Flowers GOWN Lazaro, Ivory Bridal Atelier, Houston TUXEDO TheBlackTux.com; Rye 51; cuff links: Smathers & Branson WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: Lulus.com; groomsmen: TheBlackTux.com HAIR Styling by Macey MAKEUP Beauty by Yari VEIL CoutureBrideBoutique, Etsy.com CROWN Lelet NY ENGAGEMENT RING Blue Nile WEDDING RINGS Chi: Fiat Lux; Colin: Bario Neal STATIONERY Minted.com RENTALS House of Dirt CATERING & DESSERTS Bolsa CAKE Loft22 Cakes OFFICIANT Fr. Tony O’Donovan MUSIC Ceremony: Serenata Strings; reception: Royal Dukes Band FAVORS Koozies: SipHipHooray, Etsy.com TRANSPORTATION Wedding party: Dallas Limo & Black Car Service; guests: Shofur HONEYMOON Vietnam, Thailand & Singapore GUESTS 75 HASHTAGS #EatDrinkAndChiMarry; #TieTheKavaKnot

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SHOWER POWER

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hether you’re a boholoving artist or an amateur sommelier, your bridal shower should be a day-of celebration that reflects you. We’ve rounded up a ton of fresh themes to help spark some serious shower inspiration. Pass them onto your crew, your MIL or your planner and get ready to enjoy the best day ever.

A MIDSUMMER’S DAY DREAM Floral-loving brides will swoon over a garden party-themed shower, complete with whimsical, feminine details. Decorate tables with a variety of pastel-hued flowers and tiered trays of sandwiches and sweets. Then, set up a DIY tea bar where guests can create their own mix to steep. (Tea not your jam? Give it a boozy brunch twist with a bellini bar instead!) Wrap up the day with a botanical-inspired activity, like flower crown making or plant-yourown herb pots, to echo the dreamy, pastoral setting.

Can’t wait for your romantic retreat after swapping vows? Your honeymoon doesn’t have to feel so far away if you let your getaway inspire your bridal shower. Theme the day’s décor and events based off of your chosen trip location, like a tiki party to echo your upcoming Hawaiian escape. Set up tropical touches like palm leaves, tiki torches and pineapples at home (or on a local beach) to create a mini oasis. Greet friends and family with fresh leis, and encourage an island-like atmosphere by serving up tropical drinks from a tiki bar and beachy bites like fresh mango salsa and grilled fish kebabs. When it comes to your registry, add wish list goodies that will seriously upgrade your honeymoon, like matching suitcases for your travels or cash for unique activities like surf lessons with The Knot Cash Fund. Thank your crew for “making the trip” with a honeymoon-inspired favor, like custom beach bags.

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DESTINATION AFFAIR If you’re planning a destination wedding, ask the important women in your life to join you a day or two early and host your bridal shower nearby to bottle the essence of your chosen spot and give guests a more in-depth cultural experience. Allow your location to inspire your group activity, like a boat tour along the Amalfi Coast, a scenic hike in the Rocky Mountains or a

museum tour and a canal cruise in Amsterdam. Whatever your far-flung locale, this is the perfect opportunity for you and your guests to enjoy each other’s company and learn a little more about your city of love. Finish off your dreamy day with a unique favor inspired by your experience, like a sleeve of macarons from your Parisian soiree or handmade leather sandals from the island of Capri. ››

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POP-CULTURE PARTY

SPLASH BASH

Pick your fave binge-worthy TV show or movie and spin it into an event even better than a chick flick night in. Obsessed with Game of Thrones and can’t imagine your shower without Jon Snow? Then bring him along! Well, not literally. Turn your party venue into a GoT-inspired fortress, decking out the space with House banners, a throne for your spot at the table, a menu inspired by the show and, of course, personal goblet cups. If that isn’t your thing, you could theme a party around whatever is—like I Love Lucy, Stranger Things and even The Office. Finish the day by gifting everyone Netflix gift cards so they can binge on their own.

Think of a pool party shower as the perfect way to tackle the heat and unite all of your favorite ladies for some fun in the sun. Consider renting out a private pool at a chic local hotel and personalize the space with fun décor, like kitchy pool floats, Instaworthy tropical florals and a retro, summer-ready playlist. You and your guests can enjoy icy refreshments (piña coladas, anyone?) and snacks like fresh fruit kebabs and lobster rolls. Once you’ve all soaked up enough vitamin D, bid your guests farewell with monogrammed floppy straw hats and a fun pair of sunnies to remember your celebration.

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Make a backyard pool feel festive by decking it out with a slew of white balloon “bubbles”—and a well-stocked bar!

What sounds better than time with your favorite gals over a few glasses of vino? (Answer: Nothing!) Celebrate your upcoming nuptials by hosting the ladies you love at a vineyard, restaurant or even your home for an intimate wine tasting. Hire a pro sommelier to run you through a blind tasting, or compile a selection of your favorite whites and reds on your own for friends and family to try out. Pair the varietals with complementary snacks and a charcuterie board, then send guests on their way with a personalized wine glass and a custom-labeled bottle of wine to commemorate the vino-filled day.

APRÈS SKI LOUNGE Calling all snow bunnies! Whether you’re saying vows in the flurries or your shower just happens to take place in the winter season, embrace the big chill with a chic winter wonderland bash. Rent out a cozy lodge or restaurant with a fireplace, then enhance the frosty vibes with rustic décor, plush faux-fur throws, a hot chocolate bar and twinkly lights everywhere. Have guests rock a “uniform” of their favorite flannel button-downs or knit sweaters and treat them to unique activities like sugar cookie decorating or a cute photo booth with ski equipment, furry hats, gloves and witty signs. End the day with a sweet (and cozy!) favor, like custom mugs and hot chocolate packets. ››

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STYLE + PLANNING

SPA-AHHHH DAY

DESIGN AND DINE

If you’re a dedicated Pilates-goer, health food nut or a bride-to-be that just needs a little extra pampering time with her girls, then this is the shower theme for you. Inquire about renting a private room at a local spa or hire a company that will bring the R&R to your home, where you can offer up indulgences like manicures and pedicures, facials and even massages. Encourage the gals in attendance to rock their comfiest clothes (you can even give out slippers as a gift), then Zen out together while enjoying pampering, spa music and healthy bites like açai bowls or superfood smoothies. Finish the day with custom bath bomb and sheet mask favors.

We’re looking at you, DIY queen! Channel your creative passions into a bridal shower fit for a Pinterest obsessive and her crew. Book a class at a private art studio, pour some cocktails and get creating. Feel like spicing things up? Look for a joint that offers up a cute model as artistic inspiration (sorry, Gram!). If brush strokes aren’t exactly your specialty, opt for a ceramics or woodworking class instead—after all, what better time to try out something new than with your friends and family? Once you’ve created your masterpieces, head to a nice restaurant to share a few bites and sneak a peek at the group’s creations. Who knows—there may be a Picasso among you!

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CULTURAL EXCURSION Enlighten loved ones to the important cultural elements that make you you with a shower celebration that incorporates you or your partner’s heritage. Pinpoint a few traditions, ceremonies or religious practices you can work into your day—think: flamenco dancing class in traditional dress, or a Japanese tea ceremony with matcha and sweets. You can also let your culture inspire the day’s favors by gifting guests something unique to your history, like custom bottles of sake or traditional bindi.

Fit for a foodie that wants to celebrate the big day by sharing her all-time fave eats with her squad, a cooking class shower is our idea of a good time. Enjoy being a chef for a day with a personalized class held at a nearby restaurant or culinary store (both Sur La Table and Williams Sonoma offer a slew of courses). Pull together a custom menu made up of all your and your partner’s favorite dishes, and outfit guests with personalized aprons they can cook in and bring home after (so cute, right?). Before they head home, encourage friends and family to sign a recipe card “guest book,” complete with instructions for their favorite date night dishes.

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Farm wedding? Pile into a pickup for a charming lift to the ceremony.

MIX UP YOUR MODE Sure, a limo is the first mode of transportation that comes to mind when you say “wedding.” But if that doesn’t fit your vibe, don’t stress—there are so many

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other options out there. Think of your trips to and from your venue as an added element of your wedding décor where you can nod to the vibe of your day and add even more personalization. Hosting a formal affair at a luxe estate? Make like 007 and hire a vintage Aston Martin as your getaway car. Likewise, if you’re swapping vows on the water, set out aboard a sailboat adorned with a “Just Married” flag.

DON’T FORGET THE GUESTS No man (or woman) left behind! Show friends and family some love by arranging easy transportation options for them throughout your wedding day or weekend. Although Uber, Lyft or a taxi service are likely an option in your area, it’s not worth risking potential unavailability on the day of (plus, you don’t want guests to have to shell out their own cash). Whether it’s a party bus fit for 40 or a line of prepaid taxis waiting outside the hotel, plan a few safe ways

to get your guests to and from your celebration in advance. If you decide to let your theme inspire your ride, why not get creative with your groups as well? Vintage trolleys, oversize golf carts and open-air Jeeps are all fun, festive ways to transport a crowd.

READ THE PAPERWORK Be mindful of the fine print in your contracts. Depending on the company, you could be on the hook for any unforeseen issues, like an accident that damages another car, stains from spilled champagne or extra hours if your reception runs long. Also make note of whether you’re responsible for gas and/or mileage fees, and whether the tip is already included. You can compile your own paperwork too—in fact, we recommend it! Make sure each vehicle is equipped with a one-sheet of info that includes everything from the address of your venue to timing instructions and important phone numbers. ››

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TURN TO THE PROS It may seem tempting to rely on friends or family to get you to and from your wedding, but trust us—this is one to-do best left to the professionals. They’re well versed in wrangling large crowds and will know local roads well, which comes in handy in the case of closures or accidents that could delay your day. Reach out to transportation companies in your area at least four to six months ahead of your celebration to ensure you have the pick of the fleet. Working with pros also has the added benefit of a contract (important!), which can guarantee everything from a prompt delivery at the altar to a clean, photo-ready vehicle—after all, you have more important things to do than remind cousin Vinny to get his car washed before he drives you to “I do.”

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PREP FOR EVERY BASH While your actual wedding day is probably your main focus, don’t forget there are some pretty fabulous parties happening alongside it. If hosting a destination wedding or a weekend-long event, you’ll want to put some thought into shepherding guests to and from events like your rehearsal dinner, after-party and brunch. The more transportation you can arrange ahead of time (budget permitting, of course), the easier it’ll be on everyone—and the fewer questions you’ll be fielding along the way.

PREPARE FOR DELAYS While we’ve got our fingers crossed that your day goes flawlessly, it’s probably best to have a backup plan in place in case something goes south. Traffic is unpredictable, so if the plan involves a lot of traveling (say, among a getting-ready location, ceremony spot, photo backdrop and reception venue), you’re definitely going to want to build an extra hour or so into your schedule to be safe. You’re the couple of the hour, so everyone will wait for you—but with the right schedule in place, they won’t have to.

Whether your wedding party clocks in at 3 or 30, you’re going to want to make sure everyone is accounted for before important pictures start or your ceremony kicks off. Avoid a stranded bridesmaid, ring bearer or groomsman with a roll call for every vehicle. Task a responsible wedding party member as the “head” of each car, then trust that they’ll make sure everyone in your crew is accounted for before you leave each location. There’s nothing worse than realizing you left your BFF behind in the church bathroom when you’ve already arrived at your reception venue. Yikes.

account for. And that doesn’t even factor in additions like bubbly to pop on they way to the chapel, a tray of sandwiches to hold everyone over in between photos or the killer sequined jumpsuit you plan on changing into that practically needs a seat of its own. When booking transportation, it’s best to overestimate how much space you’ll need, rather than try and cram everyone (and everything) in. Plus, depending on the rules surrounding your reception space, you may be responsible for bringing home things like presents, decorations, extra blooms and even leftover cake that night. Trust us, you’ll be happy you budgeted for that extra room.

MAKE ROOM FOR EXTRAS You hired a car big enough to fit you and all your bridesmaids, so you’re done, right? Wrong. It’s not just your wedding party you have to make room for—it’s all their stuff too. Each person will likely have a bag, bouquet and extra clothes to

PLAN FOR PARKING Even if you’re providing transportation, there’s bound to be a portion of your guests that will drive themselves, especially if your wedding is local. Talk to your reception site manager or planner

and find out what your parking options are on-premises and whether staff (like parking attendants and valets) will be provided to you. Keep in mind, a fullservice valet team (who will park guests’ cars and retrieve them at the end of the night) is only necessary if parking is scarce or if the assigned lot is far away. Otherwise, just plan to put signs around to help direct guests to the venue’s designated parking zones and trust that they can handle it from there.

FANCY UP YOUR FAREWELL Your first farewell as newlyweds should be pretty epic, so why not end your celebration with a wedding grand exit that practically screams #newlywedgoals? Mix your chariot of choice (think: a horse-drawn carriage or twin Vespas) with sparklers, streamers or even fireworks for ride that will have all your guests reaching for their Instagrams as you wave your new bling.

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SWEET SHEETS This set has everything you need for baking muffins, bread, cake and more. Bakeware, $100 for 10-piece set, Calphalon, Bloomingdales.com

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GO GO GADGET Flip, fry, whisk, cut and more with a stainless-steel utensil set that has all the tools you’ll ever need. Stainless-steel utensil set, $150 for 15-piece set, OXO, Williams-Sonoma.com

C O LO R P O P A registry mainstay, this pretty Dutch oven is perfect for cooking up chicken or a fall-off-the-bone pot roast. Dutch oven in Matte Sugar Blue, from $150, LeCreuset.com

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PA N C A K E PA L Cook up perfectly browned flapjacks—or juicy burgers—on this dual-sided cast iron grill pan. Cast iron reversible grill/griddle, $70, Lodge, CrateandBarrel.com

PERFECT MIX Our couples love this powerful do-it-all blender, perfect for smoothies, soups and beyond. Ninja Professional 1000W Kitchen System, $90, Target.com

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C O O K I N G C L A S S FO R T WO Looking for a way to, ahem, spice up date night? Williams Sonoma has the culinary solution for you. They offer chef-led courses on everything, from how to man the grill and sear up the perfect steak to global-inspired culinary classes on mastering Spanish paella or Italian pasta. Start a cooking class cash fund at TheKnot.com/registry. OTHER IDEAS WE LOVE A knife skills class, a weekly food-subscription service, a 10-course tasting meal on your honeymoon, a Starbucks fund, a doughnut crawl, a kitchen renovation, an appliance refresh and more.

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Stitch these towels with funny phrases or modern monograms in pretty hues. Bath linens, from $30, WeezieTowels.com

B E D+ B AT H Home should be your sanctuary— dress your bed and bath accordingly.

SUDS AND SOAK Prop up your Kindle or a glass of wine—or both— while you relax in the bath with this caddy. Aquala bath caddy, $50, Umbra, BedBathandBeyond.com

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Get rid of those prewedding jitters by diffusing relaxing lavender before bed. Stone diffuser in Black, $119, Vitruvi.com

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PLUSH PILE These towels are made from 100 percent organic cotton and dry quickly so you don’t have to worry about musty smells. Air Weight towels in French Blue, $128 for 6-piece set, Coyuchi.com

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OTHER IDEAS WE LOVE A weekend wellness retreat, yoga studio

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HEAD REST Score serious back and neck support with this memory foam pillow. TruCool memory foam side sleeper pillow, from $70, Therapedic, BedBathandBeyond.com

COOL AND CALM Infused with graphite and foam layers, this mattress will keep you chill and comfortable. Mint mattress, from $695, TuftandNeedle.com

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WORK OF ART Turned on, this TV delivers a crystalclear picture. Turned off, it looks like a work of art. Samsung The Frame 4K TV, from $1,300, Samsung.com

H E L LO F I D O Peep your pup from your phone while they’re alone (and feed them treats!) with this dog nanny cam. Dog camera with Nanny, $200, ShopUs.Furbo.com

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JUST GOOGLE IT This home hub has tons of easy-to-use features, like to-do list management and smart device control. Google Home, $129, Williams-Sonoma.com

H A N DY H U B Snag speedy Wi-Fi and control all your smart home devices through this hub. Samsung SmartThings wifi pack, $120, Samsung.com

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E N E RGY- E F F I C I E N T H O M E U P GR A DE We all want to do our part to be good to the planet, but sometimes making big changes, like transforming your home to be energy efficient, can be costly. Why not start a cash fund at TheKnot.com/registry geared toward a go-green home makeover. We guarantee your guests—and the planet—will love it.

TRASHY TECH Stick this gadget next to or inside of your trash can to scan the barcode of each item you run out of and add it to your shopping list. GeniCan, $150, GeniCan.com

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S A F E S PA C E Fit this device atop your existing lock to control it safely with your phone. August Smart Lock Pro, $279, BedBathandBeyond.com

OTHER IDEAS WE LOVE Home entertainment system, smart home mood lighting, annual Netflix, Hulu or Audible subscription, new laptops, Sonos speakers, home security system, smart car fund and more.

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Nest’s tech-savvy thermostat will learn your habits and preferences to maintain a temperaturecontrolled home adapted to your schedule and needs. Nest Learning Thermostat, $249, Williams-Sonoma.com

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CLEAR WINNER These multi-size canisters are perfect for organizing dried goods in your pantry. Pop containers, $100 for 10-piece set, OXO, Williams-Sonoma.com

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A YE A R O F H O M E C L E A N I NG S E RV I C E S Free up some time to enjoy being newlyweds with help from a cash fund geared toward a year of house cleaning. Ask guests to contribute to services for your whole home, or select one or two of the most highly trafficked rooms to focus on instead. Sound good? Start yours at TheKnot.com/registry.

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HANG TEN (SHIRTS) Make the most of whatever closet space you share (ugh!) with this hanging organizer. Hanging Closet Organizer, $40, StorageWorks, Amazon.com

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TA L K T R A S H Open this smart trash and recycling can with the wave of a hand— or your voice. Dual compartment voice & sensor can, $250, simplehuman, Williams-Sonoma.com

SHAPE SHIFTER Save space with this laundry basket, which collapses flat for slim storage. Collapsible laundry basket, $20, SALT, BedBathandBeyond.com

S I L I C O N E S TA S H E R Cut down on your plastic usage with these silicone “bags” perfect for storing, freezing and even cooking food. Reusable silicone bag multi-pack, $54, StasherBag.com

CLEAN + O R GA N I Z E These streamlined, savvy picks will give your home a Marie Kondo–worthy makeover in no time.

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Register early and you can pack this steamer to tackle your wedding day attire too. Turbo ExtremeSteam, $60, Conair, BedBathandBeyond.com

The most powerful vacuum on the market tackles everything from sprinkles to pet hair with absolute ease. v10 Cyclone, $600, Dyson.com

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LIFESTYLE Go for a little old-school competition next date night with a personalized domino set. Jumbo domino set, $99, MarkandGraham.com

Wish list products that help you two make the most of your new adventures. SMART SCALE Sync this scale with your FitBit profile to keep track of all your couple fit goals. FitBit Aria WiFi smart scale, $149, Amazon.com

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T R AV E L T U N E S This petite speaker is perfect for a poolside playlist on your honeymoon. WONDERBOOM waterproof bluetooth speaker, $70, Ultimate Ears, Amazon.com

I N S TA- C L A S S I C Capture footage of your first scuba dive as a married duo with this durable, do-it-all adventure camera. GoPro HERO7 Black, $360, Amazon.com

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This hard-shell suitcase boasts a USB charger to keep your tech juiced throughout your travels. Medium suitcase in Coast, $275, AwayTravel.com

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Keep your brews (or anything, really) cold in this workhorse cooler for over 24 hours. Tundra 45, $300, Yeti, Williams-Sonoma.com

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PET A D O P T I O N Grow your fam by one furry baby with help from your loved ones. More and more couples are using their wedding registries to fund the addition of a four-legged friend. Looking to have a sweet kitten or pup join your crew? Start your own pet adoption cash fund at TheKnot.com/registry. OTHER IDEAS WE LOVE Couple’s rock climbing lessons, Airbnb gift certificates, round-trip tickets for a first anniversary vacay, Spotify subscription, backyard landscaping, a hot tub fund and more.

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H OT H E AT Flip some burgers and dogs on this bad boy, which has enough burners to feed a crowd. Performance gas grill, $219, Char-Broil, Target.com

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P R E T T Y P L AT E S Soft moss green is a seasonless choice for your tabletop décor. 18-piece dinnerware set, $25, IKEA.com

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DINING Host everything from Thanksgiving to Super Bowl Sunday like a pro with these picks.

S AY C H E E S E Customize this server with your initials for a sweet reminder every time you whip up apps. Wood and marble cheese board, $59, MarkandGraham.com

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SHAKE IT UP Remix your signature cocktail recipe on the reg with this tool set. 11-piece cocktail shaker bar set, $39, ALOONO, Amazon.com

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BACK IN BLACK Your tabletop will be the most stylish on the block with this modern black flatware. Moon cutlery set, $89, Cutipol, ShopHorne.com

DINNER IS SERVED Even takeout salad looks amazing presented in this chic bowl. Stonewood stripe round serving bowl, $215, Juliska, Bloomingdales.com

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GET MARRIED, G I V E B AC K With The Knot Gifts Back, you can do good while planning your “I dos.” The first step? Choose a charity close to your heart from hundreds of organizations. When a guest buys you a gift off your Knot registry, we’ll donate up to 3 percent of the cost to your chosen chairty—so easy.

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ST. J UD E C H ILD REN’S RESEA RC H H O SP ITA L In 2018, our couples’ registries raised enough money for St. Jude to provide 2,032 new toys for hospital play areas at St. Jude housing facilities.

FEED ING A MERICA In 2018, our couples’ registries raised enough money for Feeding America to provide 9,680 meals to families in need through the Feeding America network of food banks around the country.

A MERICA N S O C IETY FO R TH E P REVENTIO N O F C RUELTY TO A NIMA LS This past year, registries on TheKnot.com raised enough money for ASPCA to help feed 86 rescued dogs and cats for a month.

VOW + G IR LS FIR ST FU N D Every year, 12 million girls are married against their will before they reach the age of 18. The Knot Gifts Back has an exclusive partnership with VOW to rally the wedding industry and end child marriage by 2030.

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Meals, house alcohol (like craft beer from local brewers), round-trip airport transfers, two adventures per day and pre-trip planning with a personal adventure concierge are all part of the package. Bonus: Each group gets its own personal guide.

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This remote, 13-room lodge is part of the Eleven Experience portfolio, a collection of hotels that excels at both adventure and the finer things in life. The surrounding landscape looks arctic, but inside, fireplaces, sheepskin rugs and woolly throws keep guests cozy. BEST TIME TO VISIT Heli-ski season (March through June) promises untracked summit-tosea runs, or if you travel between September and mid-April, you could catch the northern lights. In summer months, you’ll have your own playground to hike, fat bike, fish and sea kayak. NOT - TO - MISS EXPERIENCE Spa time should be savored at Deplar Farm. An indoor-outdoor saltwater pool, steam room, two hot tubs and skilled masseuses are the antidote to sore muscles. By the time you leave, you’ll have mastered the Nordic bathing ritual: Get sweaty in the in-ground sauna, cool off with a cold plunge, relax in the thermal pool, repeat. PRICE $2,600 per night based on double occupancy in summer, $5,050 per night based on double occupancy in heli-ski season, ElevenExperience.com ›› WHY

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WHAT ’S INCLUDED

SABLE ALLEY

OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA WHY Prices for safaris, particularly in Botswana, have sky-rocketed to as much as $2,500 per person per night. Natural Selection, the brainchild of Colin Bell, one of the founding fathers of high-end safari tourism, delivers a more affordable, but no less spectacular, wildlife experience at camps like Sable Alley. Best of all, the property prides itself on sustainability. BEST TIME TO VISIT The Okavango Delta floods with water during Botswana’s winter (May through August), making mokoro (a dugout canoe) and boat safaris possible. The temperatures are pleasantly mild: warm days and cool nights. NOT - TO - MISS EXPERIENCE The truly wild at heart should tack on a night at sister property Skybeds, a two-and-a-half-hour drive away. You’ll sleep under the stars on a tree-house-like platform elevated three stories off the ground with elephants drinking just a few feet away. ($510 per person) PRICE $595 per person per night, NaturalSelection.travel ››

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Sable Alley’s 12 palatial tents enjoy sweeping views of wildlife-rich floodplains, and the camp’s locale on a 495,000-acre private reserve guarantees you’ll never have traffic on complimentary morning, afternoon and evening game drives. Walking and boating safaris are also included, as are meals, house drinks and, of course, sundowners (aka happy hour).

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Guided activities and adventure gear are covered. Kayak and paddleboard tours offer a chance to see dolphins up close. Spot humpback whales 30 minutes from the lodge on boat tours through the Broughton Archipelago. From July through September, pods of orcas are fixtures in Blackfish Sound. Guided hikes with resident grizzly experts are a specialty here. All house alcohol and meals, like familystyle crab boils and gourmet picnics, are part of the stay.

NIMMO BAY RESORT WHY You won’t have any trouble unplugging at this family-run floating lodge. Only accessible by air, the nine cabins are immersed in pristine wilderness. After a day of adventures at old-growth forests or fly-fishing at a secluded nearby river, return to plush resort amenities, like a hot tub nestled next to a cascading waterfall or a private cabin dinner. BEST TIME TO VISIT May through late October is the optimal time to observe wildlife. NOT - TO - MISS EXPERIENCE Save up so you can really splurge and spend a day exploring the wilds of the Great Bear Rainforest from your own private helicopter. Get dropped on an alpine ridge line for a guided hike, then transfer to a secluded island for a picnic with champs. End the day taking in the sunset from atop Mt. Stephen. ($5,810 per day for two people) PRICE $1,995 per person per night, plus $340 per person for round-trip floatplane transfer, NimmoBay.com ››

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TRIPLE CREEK RANCH DARBY, MONTANA

Tucked away in western Montana’s Bitterroot Mountain Range, this upscale dude ranch boasts both working cowboys and an awardwinning wine cellar. Private hot tubs boost the romance factor of the Western-themed one-bedroom log cabins.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT

The adults-only policy means long, sunny summer days are kid free, and the wranglers are in full swing. Winter remains the ranch’s best-kept secret. Snowy fun awaits outside, and inside, you can cuddle up by your roaring fire.

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A Relais & Chateaux stamp of approval means every meal (and wine pairing) will be memorable. In summer, rates include horseback riding, fly-fishing, nature safaris, guided hikes, sapphire panning and archery. During winter, go ice fishing, snow tubing, skijoring or skiing. Rentals and lift tickets are included, and a complimentary shuttle takes guests to a nearby ski resort and Nordic trails.

NOT - TO - MISS EXPERIENCE

From June through September, savvy horseback riders can go on an oldfashioned cattle drive and help wranglers move up to 800 head of cattle. ($250 per person) PRICE $1,050 per night based on double occupancy, TripleCreekRanch.com

Activities, like beach volleyball and yoga, as well as workshops, including mixology and sushi making, tempt guests off the beach. Seven restaurants and bars offer Italian, Asian-fusion and various cuisines. Royal Service guests receive one complimentary dinner at adultsonly Gastro Bar; other guests must pay a fee.

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WHY This recently renovated resort has everything you need for the perfect vacation, including an oceanfront locale on one of the few swimmable beaches in Cabo. Every room has its own terrace, and the adults-only Royal Service area comes with butler service and a restaurant. BEST TIME TO VISIT

There’s really never a bad time to visit Cabo. November through April coincides with the humpback and gray whale migration, and you can often spot their sprays from your terrace. NOT - TO - MISS EXPERIENCE

A meal at Gastro Bar is worth the extra money. Chef Martin Berasategui has a whopping eight Michelin stars. Expect dishes such as black smoke tuna tartare and a delicious twist on seafood rice. PRICE From $319 per couple per night, Royal Service from $441 per couple, Melia.com ››

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WHAT ’S INCLUDED

Sandals has thought of it all and then some: Airport transfers, unlimited land and water sports including PADI-certified scuba diving, green fees at its golf resorts, meals at eight on-property restaurants—plus 13 additional restaurants at nearby Sandals Resorts—and premium spirits like Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks wines are available free of charge at five different bars.

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MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA Sandals has changed the mind of many all-inclusive skeptics, raising the bar with luxury options like butler service and allowing guests to dine off-property at its sister resorts. The brand’s Royal Caribbean property has overwater bungalows with glass floors that rival anything you’d find in the Maldives. BEST TIME TO VISIT The island is blessed with great beach weather year-round, though October can be rainy. NOT - TO - MISS EXPERIENCE The resort’s private offshore island is just a five-minute boat ride away, but you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to southeast Asia. Balinese-inspired beach cabanas dot the sand, and a templeinspired restaurant serves excellent Thai food. Lounge on one of the overwater hammocks set up over the sea, or sip cocktails at the pool’s swim-up bar. The island even has its own spa. Massages are one of the few experiences not included, but are definitely worth the splurge. PRICE Rooms from $223 per person per night, Love nest suites from $321 per person per night, Sandals.com ›› WHY

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SPA VILLAGE RESORT TEMBOK BALI

WHAT ’S INCLUDED

With only 31 rooms, one restaurant and one pool, Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali offers a more intimate all-inclusive experience. All meals and resort activities (cooking classes, yoga, weaving) are part of the Blissful Stay rate. The package is an unbelievable value, considering it includes a 50-minute spa treatment for two every night of your stay, plus an evening of stargazing and your choice of a sunset cruise or bicycle tour to Les Waterfall.

BALI, INDONESIA

WHY The all-inclusive concept is still novel throughout most of southeast Asia, but this adults-only sanctuary on Bali’s northeast coast offers a special rate when guests book directly. You’ll be welcomed with a foot bath and shoulder massage. And don’t let the word “spa” fool you—cocktails and fries are served poolside. BEST TIME TO VISIT

Bali’s dry season runs from May through October. NOT - TO - MISS EXPERIENCE

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WHY Camping is even more fun when someone else is pitching your tent and preparing campfire meals. Under Canvas, a glamping outfitter specializing in national parks, takes it to the next level with accommodations and amenities that rival boutique hotels. Its Moab outpost, encircled by deep canyons and towering plateaus, puts Canyonlands and Arches National Parks minutes from your tent door. BEST TIME TO VISIT

The camp is open from March through late October. September to October is the sweet spot. Summer months are less crowded, but midday temperatures can reach 105 degrees. Spring days are often cloudy.

WHAT ’S INCLUDED

Breakfast and lunch is covered (and unlimited s’mores, of course), plus daily set activities in or adjacent to the national parks. Itineraries include white-water rafting down the Colorado River, a naturalist-led hike in Canyonlands, canyoneering in petrified sand dunes and, after all of that action, a well-deserved massage on the final day of your stay.

BALI: COURTESY OF SMALL LUXURY HOTELS OF THE WORLD (3); TENT: THE HEARNES ADVENTURE PHOTOGRAPHY; RIVER: MOAB ADVENTURE CENTER; S’MORES: GSAGI/GETTY IMAGES

Book a Couples Wellness Day ($1,910), which includes sunrise meditation and a massage tutorial to learn how to help each other de-stress. PRICE Blissful Stay package from $291 per couple with a two-night minimum, SLH.com/tembok

NOT - TO - MISS EXPERIENCE

A morning flight over Arches and Canyonlands is a highlight of the Moab package. You’ll take in a bird’s-eye view of the Martian-like wonders below. PRICE Four-night package, $4,400 for two people, UnderCanvas.com

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Make Your Own History at the Hall of State Located in historic Fair Park, the Hall of State offers the elaborate Great Hall, with hand-painted murals, soaring columns, and beautiful chandeliers, making it the ideal location for wedding receptions or state dinners. The Hall of Heroes is perfect for cocktails, with large balconies offering additional space. A unique venue for the couple who wants a day to be remembered. Hall of State in Fair Park 3939 Grand Avenue, Dallas, TX Contact Nora Lenhart @ (214) 421-4500 EXT. 106

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Connie wore a red ao dai, a traditional Vietnamese dress, for the tea ceremony. She changed into a white tulle gown for the Western vows that followed.

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THEIR STORY Entrepreneurs Connie Chung (26) and Michael Pham (31) are both half Vietnamese and half Chinese, so they wanted to honor family traditions at their wedding. “To be honest, it made the planning so much harder,” Connie says. They had to choose a “lucky date” to get married, according to the Chinese calendar, that also fell on a Sunday, when the restaurant they own is closed. Landing on December 23, they milked the season’s warm, romantic tones, filling Big Sky Barn with blush pinks, gold lanterns and lots of velvet. — R E B ECCA DALZE LL

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SEATING CHART Echoing the invitations, printed cotton fabric directed the 185 guests to their seats. DINNER The couple served red-wine-braised short ribs, mushroom risotto and Chilean sea bass with champagne-dill reduction. GREENERY HOOP Bridesmaids held hoops of ivy tied with a long silk ribbon. GIFT Connie gave Michael a custom wood box, engraved with her vows, that held a bottle of Japanese whiskey, a decanter and a painting of their dog.

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GRAND EXIT Guests lit sparklers as the newlyweds made their way to a Rolls-Royce.

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MOOD LIGHTING “I wanted our wedding to feel romantic, cozy and wintry,” Connie says. Pillar candles, bistro lights and a stone fireplace did the trick. DESSERTS Guests dug into green tea or rocky road ice cream sandwiches, made with red velvet and chocolate chip cookies. As for the cake, they had three flavors to choose from: vanilla-strawberry, chocolate-raspberry or Italian cream with cream cheese frosting.

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FA S H I O N Mary rocked a metallic blue floral brocade blazer while Sahra opted for a beaded tulle ball gown, which fit her antique-chic vision.

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THEIR STORY Mary Walenta (32 and a retail manager) and Sahra Harvin’s (30 and a counselor) wedding transported guests into the pages of Emily Brontë’s England. “I’m a big literature nerd, so I wanted you to feel as though you stepped into a ball from a classic novel,” Sahra says. Rich satin wallpaper, gold foil touches and an arch topped with spray roses channeled the antique vibe. Mary impressed Sahra during her vows by quoting Wuthering Heights, one of her favorites. “It showed how well she knows me,” Sahra says. — LO U I S BAR AGO NA

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Sahra’s cousin, an Episcopal priest, married the pair. “In my family, it’s a sort of tradition to have the cousin who is a minister marry you,” Sahra says.

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WEDDING PARTY Mary’s squad wore black suits, while Sahra’s side chose their own looks, including variations of pink for her bridesmaids and suits for her non-binary bridespeople. RECEPTION The couple leaned into The Junior League’s ornate décor, playing up the gold wallpaper with gold candelabras, gold chargers and dramatic centerpieces with eucalyptus, roses and hydrangeas. “To describe our style, I’d call it the tableaux ball in The House of Mirth,” Sahra says.

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CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Junior League of Houston, Houston PHOTOGRAPHY Stephanie and Bradley Rogers/Stephanie Rogers Photography PLANNER Events by Sarah FLOWERS Elemental Floral Events GOWN Essense of Australia, Whittington Bridal, Kingwood SUIT Blazer & bow tie: Topman; shirt: Brooks Brothers; pants: Express WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Various HAIR Mary: Kiss by Katie MAKEUP Kiss by Katie VEIL Essense of Australia, Whittington Bridal HEADBAND Whittington Bridal ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Jared The Galleria of Jewelery STATIONERY Invitations: Smock; programs & menus: Embossed Graphics RENTALS Elemental Floral Events; GTX Event Productions; The Junior League of Houston CATERING The Junior League of Houston CAKE Cakes by Gina OFFICIANT Rev. Todd Bryant (Sahra’s cousin) MUSIC Ceremony & cocktail hour: Harmony Strings; reception: Matchmaker Band PHOTO BOOTH Ham and Cheese Photobooth FAVORS Koozies: Sip Hip Hooray WELCOME BAG Sheet mask: Etude House; candied pecans: Valley Pecans; Topo Chico HONEYMOON Scotland GUESTS 204

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CEREMONY

Courtney and Nate’s vows were the very first at The George Theater. “It gave us that big city feel, but it was also brand new, so we had the opportunity to be particular,” Courtney says.

THEIR STORY Courtney Brand (29 and works in public relations) and Nate Agbetola (32 and works in business development) found inspiration right in their hometown of Houston. “Getting married in the city we love was a no-brainer,” Courtney says. “It was only right to pay homage to it.” They used the phrase “city chic” as their mantra when putting together the glam affair full of metallic accents, mirrored tables and a fun playlist, including a string quartet’s rendition of “All of the Lights” by Kanye West for the processional. — LB

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CAKE An urban, modern skyscraper in its own right, Courtney and Nate’s black, vanilla-almond cake featured a silver windowpane design and an artistic ribbon-like bottom layer. H-TOWN “The outline of the Houston skyline played a major role in all of our paper goods,” Courtney says. “The skyline reminds me of all the opportunities we have to become whomever we want to be.” Guests followed Richmond Ave., Hwy. 6 and other local street signs to their seats.

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CENTERPIECES White roses, orchids and hydrangeas filled ceiling-scraping black vases on tables. TABLE NUMBERS Courtney and Nate named each table after a Houston street where they shared special memories, such as their first date and kiss. PARTY ANTHEMS The pair served cocktails named after classic songs: the “Drunk In Love,” a French 75 for Courtney, and “Sittin’ Sidewayz,” a gin sidecar for Nate. Napkins sampled lyrics from each track.

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CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The George Theater, Houston PHOTOGRAPHY Edward Heard/Second Shots Photography; details: Amber Charles Photography VIDEOGRAPHY The Klasik Kreatives PLANNER Chloe Cook Events FLOWERS & EVENT DESIGN Decor 2 Remember GOWNS Enzoani, Parvani Vida, Houston TUXEDO JPR Styling; bow tie & handkerchief: Tom Ford WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: Brittany Yearling; groomsmen: JPR Styling HAIR Vain Khemistry Hair MAKEUP Tonia O. Artistry VEIL Parvani Vida ENGAGEMENT RING Wolf Diamonds WEDDING RINGS Courtney: Wolf Diamonds; Nate: Callye Peyrovi STATIONERY Invitations: Minted.com; custom stationery & branding: Lola Bear Designs; bar signage: Party Presentation; marquee letter (bar): Luv Letters RENTALS Decor 2 Remember; dance floor: Laced Vinyl Shoppe CATERING Cafe Natalie CAKE Good Gosh Ganache OFFICIANT Pastor Alvin L. Proctor MUSIC Ceremony & cocktail hour: Divisi Strings; reception: DJ A-Plus FAVORS Boxed African jollof rice: Onola Imports TRANSPORTATION Uber HONEYMOON St. Lucia GUESTS 150 HASHTAG #TheAgboAffair

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A wood cheese board, bottle of olive oil and sap cup with eucalyptus topped tables.

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THEIR STORY On a family trip to Italy, Elizabeth Cobb (26 and a teacher) fell in love with the country’s olive trees and vines. So for her wedding to Payne Schuelke (26 and works at a title company), she brought a taste of Tuscany to her hometown. With her mother, a retired event coordinator, Elizabeth planned a relaxed, greeneryfilled celebration at The Gin at Hidalgo Falls. They used an antique buffet from home as the ceremony altar and cake table, created lounge areas with family furniture and offered antipasti and Peronis. — R D

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PLACE SETTING

A rosemary sprig was added to each menu.

LOUNGE Eucalyptus and olive branches hung above leather chairs, baskets and side tables from Elizabeth’s family home. “I love the free, eclectic boho look,” Elizabeth says. FEAST Guests dined on wood-fired margherita or barbecue chicken pizza and pasta alfredo with sun-dried tomatoes and prosciutto. BOUQUET Elizabeth carried garden roses, ranunculus, veronica, silver dollar eucalyptus, amaranthus, lemon leaves and Italian ruscus.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Gin at Hidalgo Falls, Navasota PHOTOGRAPHY Catherine Smeader Photography DAY-OF COORDINATOR Amy McKay Rodriguez/All Things Planned EVENT DESIGN & FLOWERS DIY GOWN Ida Torez, Love and Lace, Navasota SUIT Men’s Wearhouse WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: Show Me Your Mumu; groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse HAIR Valerie Moon MAKEUP Ashley Schoeneman HEADPIECE Love and Lace ENGAGEMENT RING Samuels Jewelers WEDDING RINGS Zales STATIONERY Invitations: Zazzle; programs & menus: DIY RENTALS The Gin at Hidalgo Falls; Party Time Rentals CATERING Napa Flats CAKE Cakes by MJ CAKE TOPPER Blushwoodco, Etsy.com OFFICIANT George Korpita (friend) MUSIC Johnny & Lise McNally; DJ: Nick Catalina PHOTO BOOTH Kathlyn Dragna Photography HONEYMOON Playa Del Carmen, Mexico GUESTS 225 HASHTAG #SchuelkeAllNightLong

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the perfect venue for your intimate wedding!

Sara’s Inn provides a romantic and unforgettable setting for your special day. This 5,500-square-foot inn comes complete with a large wraparound porch, rooftop balcony, indoor reception space, and our Garden Pavilion, for both ceremonies and receptions. For smaller parties, you can also choose to exchange your “I dos” in the open-air Rose Garden Gazebo (coming soon). Your guests will love the picturesque setting, filled with Victorian charm and grandeur. Located in the popular Heights area of central Houston, this venue is conveniently located and has overnight accommodations available for your guests. Your big day at this elegant and charming venue will be a romantic and intimate affair that you’ll remember for a lifetime.

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BOUQUET

“You usually see baby’s breath used as a filler in flower arrangements, but I think it’s prettier alone in a bundle,” Ana-Sofia says.

10.6 | HOUSTON

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THEIR STORY Ana-Sofia Mariotto (29 and a project manager) and Zac Query (28 and works in finance) are a low-key pair, so they wanted their downtown Houston wedding to feel simple but elegant. They chose a neutral color palette and elevated the look with eye-catching arrangements of willow branches, white dendrobium orchids and eucalyptus, which created a forest-like feel in the historic Crystal Ballroom. — R D

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MIXED SEATING Sofas created relaxed vignettes in the center of the ballroom. DINNER Stations dished out chimichurri, chicken satay, bacon-wrapped quail, mac-and-cheese balls and avocado toast. CAKES Roses cascaded down the cinnamon cake with buttercream icing. The chocolate groom’s cake took the shape of a golf bag. GRAND FINALE Zac gave Ana-Sofia a surprise dip as they headed out to a 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE St. Anne Catholic Church, Houston RECEPTION SITE Crystal Ballroom at The Rice, Houston PHOTOGRAPHY Kelly Hornberger Photography PLANNER Kelley Lockridge/Belle of the Ball FLOWERS Blooming Gallery GOWN Reem Acra, Joan Pillow Bridal Salon, Houston TUXEDO Men’s Wearhouse WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: Dessy, Bella Bridesmaids HAIR Timothy Silmon/Hair by Saint Rose MAKEUP Jentry Kelley VEIL Joan Pillow Bridal Salon ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Tenenbaum Jewelers STATIONERY MESH by Alex RENTALS Blooming Gallery CATERING Crystal Ballroom at The Rice CAKES Who Made the Cake! OFFICIANT Fr. David Zapalac MUSIC Ceremony: String Quartet; reception: Infinite Groove TRANSPORTATION Sam’s Limousines HONEYMOON New Zealand GUESTS 175 HASHTAG #MariMeQuery

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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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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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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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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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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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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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P OL IS H R EM OVER It may be on the pricey side, but this must-have removes even the darkest and most stubborn polish in seconds while also moisturizing with lavender and aloe. The Stripper, $19, DeborahLippmann.com

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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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

NAILS

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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FRAGRANCE

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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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SPICY If you’re feeling bold, dab on this musky choice that is as every bit as sultry as its flame-red bottle. A bouquet of Bulgarian rose plus woody notes packs a seriously seductive punch. Narciso eau de parfum Rouge, $98 for 1.6 oz., Narciso Rodriguez, Bloomingdales.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

BEACHY 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. BEST

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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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LOLA BEAUTY We tapped the bridal beauty gurus at LoLa Beauty to get the scoop on pulling off a gorgeous wedding look.

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A professional artist has the ability to do things you may not be able to accomplish on your own. We have tricks for making hair and makeup last for hours and photograph beautifully.

Beauty is one of the most important parts of your day. The way you look is going to affect the way you feel. Don’t be afraid to splurge on a vendor with great customer reviews.

Be realistic when gathering your hair and makeup inspo. Choose photos of women with similar features and hair to your own. You want to look like the best version of yourself.

If you’ve chosen an experienced artist, trust that you’re in the very best hands. Wedding planning can be stressful, but a professional will live up to your expectations.

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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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THE BASICS Start off by doing some research. In our (ahem) unbiased opinion, TheKnot.com is a great place to start— you can search thousands of dresses by color, fabric and style and find stores in your area that carry your faves. If you’re flipping through magazines or browsing Pinterest or Instagram, tear out pages and save or pin images to help zero in on what you like.

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ORDER THE DRES SES AT THE SAME TIME SO THEY COME FROM THE SAME DYE L O T. T H E N , S E N D AN EMAIL TO YOUR GIRLS DETAILING THE TIMELINE AND THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES. FOLLOW UP WITH THEM ABOUT A WEEK BEFORE THE DRESSES ARE DUE TO ARRIVE.

KEEP COSTS IN MIND If any of your friends have been in a wedding party before, they’ll know that bridesmaids pay for their own dresses. But a gentle reminder is never a bad idea. When it comes to price, try to be considerate of your friends’ lifestyles. If you’re concerned your wedding and the events surrounding it might be a financial burden for one or more of your bridesmaids, focus your search on more affordable dresses or select a color you like and let them pick their own style and price point.

To ensure your bridesmaid dresses match your style, order your gown before making any decisions about them. Keep in mind: It takes two to three months for custom orders to arrive and an additional four to six weeks for alterations. A six-month cushion will give you and your friends ample time to find, order and tailor the dresses.

STICK TO A SCHEDULE

FIND THE RIGHT FIT A bridesmaid dress is typically ordered using a person’s biggest measurements, so your friends will likely buy dresses at least a size or two larger than they normally wear. If a friend wants to buy a size smaller, let her know it’s easier to alter a bigger dress. In the same vein, don’t choose dresses from brands that don’t carry plus if your bridesmaids are not all straight size (0 to 14). ››

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Your bridal party vision doesn’t have to be super rigid. For example, your bridesmaids don’t need to all wear the exact same dress for your wedding photos to turn out awesome. Your day is about celebrating and spending time with the people you love, so don’t get hung up on little details like forcing your friends to look matchy-matchy if it’s just not working for everyone.

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SHOP ACCORDINGLY Consider what kind of shopping experience will suit your personality best. If you tend to have strong opinions, it’s probably better to shop alone (or with just one friend or family member). If you prefer more input, take the whole gang and give them guidelines, like color or fabric. Then have them try on options and make a group decision.

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B O L D B O U TO N N I E R E Have your guy wear a floral boutonniere in your signature color, or go for a themed lapel pin. PRINTED SHIRT Patterned shirts will make even the most basic suit feel funky. You can’t go wrong with floral print, gingham or stripes. S TAT E M E N T S O C K S Colorful socks with whimsical designs are a simple way to inject a little bit of humor into your bridesman’s look. F U N F O OT W E A R Ditch the dress shoes and opt for playful sneakers instead. We love brands with customizable options like Converse or Vans. Choose a specific style and let your guy pick the color.

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A GUIDE TO COLOR

PICKING THE RIGHT PALETTE

There are several foolproof ways to pick the perfect color. One of the easiest methods is to play off of the color schemes of the venue and the season. For instance, if your wedding will be held at a rustic vineyard with burgundy décor in the middle of winter, you’ll probably want to rule out sunshineyellow dresses. Rich colors like emerald, eggplant and crimson work well in the fall and winter months, while lighter shades like sage green, lavender and blush are perfect for spring and summer. If you’re still at a loss for exactly which hue to choose, go for a general color (like blue) or color family (think: jewel tones) and let your bridesmaids pick their favorite shades from light to dark for a mismatched effect. Another thought: Toss tradition altogether and opt for chic, all-white dresses and jumpsuits in a variety of fabrics and styles.

Once you’ve chosen a dress shade you love, it’s time to figure out which accent colors work with it. Here’s what to pair with the hues of the moment:

SELECTING A SHADE

If your attendants have a diverse range of skin tones, think about choosing a universally flattering color. More muted colors like blush, gunmetal gray and dusty blue work on pretty much everyone and are also right on trend. Want an edgier feel? It’s hard to go wrong with pretty metallics like rose gold and champagne.

FINDING COMPLEMENTARY COLORS

To push the envelope even further, consider prints—floral-print bridesmaid dresses are hot right now. Just remember patterns work best in smaller parties and should be paired with simple accessories like monochromatic shoes and minimal jewelry. If you have a larger party of six or more, consider having your maid of honor wear a printed dress while your other attendants wear solid colors—it’s a fun way to give your MOH a shout-out while still maintaining a cohesive-looking group.

CHOOSING A PRINT

There’s a reason this light pink shade has staying power: It goes with a wide range of accent colors and is romantic without being frilly. Metallics like copper, rose gold and yellow gold pop against this stonewashed shade. For a softer palette, mix it with pastels like mint or natural tones like taupe.

BLUSH

A combination of mauve and pink, lilac has rustic associations. To play up its floral roots, pair lilac with lush shades of green (try sage, olive or hunter). Or go full-on Manic Pixie and opt for analogous colors like purple and pink.

LILAC

RUBY This is what we call a power color. A rich shade of red, ruby can feel either earthy or regal, depending on how you work with it. For an instantly royal effect, consider an opulent accent color like gold. If you’re going for a more understated look, blush and beige create a pretty contrast.

One of the most versatile colors, this deep shade of blue jives with almost every wedding style and venue. Add red or hot-pink accents for a preppy feel, coral or lemon yellow for a more tropical vibe or lighter blues for a dreamy tone-on-tone palette.

NAVY

This color is pure sophistication. For formal nuptials, mix in glittery metallics like silver or pewter. For a more casual affair, try cooler blues or navy. The subtlety of gray also makes it ideal for experimenting with different textures like pleated chiffon, velvet or beaded embellishments. ››

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ACCESSORY ADVICE Before you get into the fun stuff (hello, sparkly jewelry and shoes!), remind your girls to get the right undergarments. Depending on the type of dress (strapless, low back or one shoulder), your bridesmaids may need some special support. Trust us: The wrong bra can make even the fanciest dress look unflattering. Where more specific shapewear is concerned, let your friends call the shots. If they opt to wear a body shaper, that’s great. If they feel more comfortable without one, that’s also great.

It’s up to you whether you want head-to-toe wardrobe control, but we should warn you: By demanding that your friends wear certain footwear, you’re officially entering bridezilla territory. That said, there are occasions where the right shoes can make the outfit. A black cocktail dress paired with pink stilettos feels more flirty than classic. The same dress paired with jeweled sandals serves up black-tie glamour. If you want to win points with your bridesmaids, have them sport a style they already own. The next best thing? Pick a color and heel height and let them choose the style they feel most comfortable wearing. Lastly, before you send them shopping, specify if the wedding will be indoors. Stilettos make an outdoor photo session nearly impossible.

SIZING UP HER SHOES

If you’re buying your friends jewelry as a gift, give them a hint so they won’t splurge on any new pieces. Have a look in mind but want them to use their own jewels? Set guidelines by size and color. Small and subtle is a foolproof combo for jewelry, like studs and a pendant necklace. And let their dress color determine the metal: gold jewelry for warm tones, silver for cool shades, and diamonds and pearls for everything in between.

JEWEL RULES

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Give your matching bridesmaids a unique look with accessories that complement their outfits and personalities. Try funky statement earrings or personalized clutches. Embellished denim jackets are perfect for summer, while faux-fur stoles or muffs are just made for a winter wedding.

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multiple trips to a rental shop to buy and later tailor your look (not an easy feat when you have an entire party to outfit), and the whole process can seem even more daunting. So what’s the good news? Brands like The Black Tux, Generation Tux, Men’s Wearhouse and Stitch & Tie are reinventing the rental game. With little more than a measuring tape, internet connection and spare half hour, you can pick out a tux or suit (plus shoes and accessories, if you’re so inclined) and have it all shipped directly to your doorstep. Below, our rundown of the new way to rent formalwear.

THE BLACK TUX With the largest collection of the bunch, The Black Tux boasts 48 suit and tuxedo rentals guaranteed to fit any and every wedding style with options in tried-and-true neutral shades, plus more fashionforward colors and prints. THE FIT Most styles come in a range of sizes, for a made-to-order look. If you don’t know your size, use their Fit Formula to help find what’s best for you based on answers to a few questions like your height and weight. You can also visit any one of their 29 showrooms across the country to be measured in person. Your outfit will ship two weeks prior to your wedding to give you enough time to make alterations (should they be necessary). But plan ahead and secure your rentals at least three months in advance. The Black Tux will cover minor alterations to the length of jacket sleeves or pants—without cutting the fabric—up to $15 with a receipt. If the thought of renting a tux or suit without first seeing it in person makes you nervous, take advantage of The Black Tux’s free, at-home try-on. You’ll get to test drive one of its rentals for up to 48 hours before you commit.

The multistep rental process takes about 25 minutes to complete. First, choose your tux or suit and a name for it (like groom). If you’re looking to differentiate your best man’s outfit from the rest of your groomsmen, this will help keep you organized. Next, build your look with a shirt and accessories. Then add all your event details and your measurements. If you don’t know your size, use their guide. Shipping is free, unless you’re placing an order within two weeks of your event date, in which case it can cost up to $40. Once the party is over, you have three days to return the rental with prepaid postage.

THE PROCESS

If you feel like making a fashion statement at your wedding, The Black Tux offers plenty of unexpected suiting options like mixed tartan prints, gingham, oversize pinstripes and bold jackets in fun colors like plum, rose and emerald. PRICE From $110, TheBlackTux.com STANDOUT SERVICE

GENERATION TUX While Generation Tux has a smaller lineup of formalwear styles, with a selection of 21 suits and tuxedos in classic shades like blue, gray and black, its extensive collection of accessories more than makes up the difference. ››

THE SELECTION

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You can choose from an assortment of neckwear, socks, cuff links, pocket squares, suspenders, belts, tie bars and even satin flower lapel pins in a range of colors and prints—you know, the trendy add-ons that will guarantee you and your guys look extra dapper. THE FIT Without a brick-and-mortar store, Generation Tux relies on its eTailor to determine your perfect fit with a few questions about your body profile, including height, weight and jean size. Order your rental three months prior to your wedding date and you’ll have plenty of time to flag any fit issues. Generation Tux will cover minor alterations up to $20, and if your suit requires more extensive fixes, they will send you a free replacement. THE PROCESS First order of business is creating an event on the website. Once that’s done, enter your measurements using the instructional videos. During this step, you can also set up a free at-home try-on if you want to touch and

feel the suit you’re planning to order in person. Then you’ll pick out your tux or suit, add accessories and check out. The whole process takes under 30 minutes. Once you secure your own rental, you can then invite your groomsmen to get started on their orders. Generation Tux’s management system allows you, your partner or even your wedding planner to view the status of each groomsman. (So, if one of your friends is seriously slacking and hasn’t been measured yet, you can follow up before it becomes a full-blown crisis.) And with friendly automated reminders of rental deadlines, all of the stress of managing (read: nagging) your wedding party is out of your hands. Another plus: When five or more of your groomsmen rent tuxedos through Generation Tux, your outfit is free. Your rental will arrive 14 days prior to your wedding. Once you receive your rental, you have 48 hours to flag any issues. After your event, return your rentals within three days with prepaid postage.

In addition to killer accessories, Generation Tux offers a selection of suits and tuxes in boy sizes— so even the most pint-size members of your party will look polished in photos. PRICE From $69, GenerationTux.com STANDOUT SERVICE

MEN’S WEARHOUSE Men’s Wearhouse is the go-to for off-the-rack designer suits for every style, but it also slays at rentals. There are 25 options to choose from, including looks for junior groomsmen and ring bearers. The selection is more traditional, with two- and three-piece suit and tux rentals in black, gray, blue and tan, plus a variety of accessories. THE FIT Men’s Wearhouse offers a range of sizes, lengths and styles in classic, modern and slim fits, depending on the suit or tux you choose. If you’re unsure of your size, you can use the site’s builtin Fit Evaluator or visit one of their nationwide locations to be measured by an in-store consultant. ›› THE SELECTION

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Your rental will arrive two to three days before your event, but you should place your order at least 15 days in advance (if you’re cutting it super close). Start by selecting a prestyled outfit, or build your own look by choosing a suit or tux and adding accessories. Then, specify the type of event you’re renting for and the date before entering your measurements and checking out. Similar to Generation Tux and The Black Tux, Men’s Wearhouse offers an online group management tool to help you keep tabs on your wedding party. And, if six or more of your groomsmen rent suit or tuxedo packages, you can earn a free JOE Custom suit, a free rental or a $400 shopping spree. After your event, you only have one day to return your rental, but you can return it to any Men’s Wearhouse location. STANDOUT SERVICE Men’s Wearhouse hits the mark with their size-inclusive range of rentals, with jackets available in up to sizes 70 long and pants that go up to a 70-inch waist. PRICE From $100, MensWearhouse.com THE PROCESS

STITCH & TIE Stitch & Tie has a collection of 27 suits and tuxedos in traditional shades, as well as a couple of bolder options like red and teal. Unlike other sites, they also have a classic black tuxedo rental specifically tailored for women too. THE FIT Stitch & Tie offers a range of sizes in slim and modern cuts. To ensure an accurate fit, you’ll have to enter your specific measurements. If you’re not sure how to take your measurements, watch the instructional videos that make measuring yourself virtually foolproof. If your rental arrives and the fit is off, they’ll send you a replacement if you contact them within 48 hours or reimburse you up to $15 for minor alterations. For added peace of mind,

try the at-home trial service and borrow a suit or tux for 48 hours for $40, which is later applied to your final costs if you decide to take the plunge. THE PROCESS To avoid rush-shipping charges, start shopping for your rental at least 21 days before your event. After creating your account, build your custom look or choose from a selection of curated outfits, then enter your event date and your sizes before checking out. Their group management tool can save different looks for each groomsman and even send out friendly reminders to place their orders. Your rental will arrive a week or more before your event date,

and you’ll have 48 hours afterward to return it. If you need to keep it longer, there’s an extra fee. STANDOUT SERVICE No formalwear is complete without the right accents, and while Stitch & Tie offers the usual accessories to complete your outfit, its bespoke service is pretty innovative. It works like this: Mail in your fabric of choice, and their tailors will create a custom bow tie, tie or pocket square within four weeks. Let your groomsmen choose their favorite print, or send in a swatch complementary to your bridal party’s dresses to match. PRICE From $125, StitchandTie.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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RUSTIC 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.

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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 Casa de Novia Bridal Couture, CasadeNoviaBridal.com (Houston), Julian Gold, JulianGold.com (San Antonio, Austin & Corpus Christi), Warren Barrรณn Bridal, WarrenBarron.com (Dallas); 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 Neiman Marcus, NeimanMarcus.com (Dallas), 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, LihiHod.com; 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 Warren Barrรณn Bridal, WarrenBarron.com (Dallas), Stanley Korshak Bridal, StanleyKorshak .com (Dallas), Casa de Novia Bridal Couture, CasadeNoviaBridal.com (Houston); 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.com; engagement ring, $2,156 (not including center stone), SimonGJewelry.com; earrings, $220, Oscar de la Renta, Nordstrom.com

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SWEET SIMPLICITY

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 by Savannah Miller at Neiman Marcus, NeimanMarcus.com (Dallas); engagement ring, $35,098, ChristopherDesigns.com; earrings, $4,250, SelinKent.com

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Make your entrance just as striking as your exit with a cut out back, plus a sweeping train. Dress in sizes up to 28, $4,480, Rosa Clarรก at Sermeh Bridal, SermehBridal.com (Austin), Posh Bridal, PoshBridalEP.com (El Paso), Nordstrom Wedding Suite, NordstromWeddings.com (Dallas & Houston); engagement ring, $4,312 (not including center stone), SimonGJewelry.com; earrings, $5,200, DoyleDoyle.com

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A frothy take on the classic shirt dress is just made for the fashionista willing to take some (super-fabulous) risks. Dress in sizes up to 20, price upon request, Viktor&Rolf at Warren Barrรณn Bridal, WarrenBarron.com (Dallas), Neiman Marcus, NeimanMarcus .com (Dallas); engagement ring, $17,339, ChristopherDesigns.com; earrings, $1,355, Mastoloni.com

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

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LOCAL RESOURCES

make it legal Texas Marriage License Requirements GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In Texas, the legal age for marriage is 18. Couples ages 16–17 must have parental consent; 15 and under must obtain a court order. Blood tests and residency are not required. In most counties, the bride and groom must apply for and sign the license together. The bride and groom must present their Social Security numbers (in some counties, the actual card is required) and valid photo IDs or original copies of their birth certificates, along with a payment that is usually between $60 and $71 (methods of accepted payment vary). Couples not on active military duty will have a waiting period of 72 hours to obtain the license, which is then valid for 30 days within the state of Texas. Couples on active duty are exempt from this waiting period. No divorce decree or death certificate is required, although a license cannot be obtained until at least 30 days after the prior spouse’s divorce or death. All offices are open Monday through Friday. Call ahead to get all of the details. WHERE TO APPLY Bexar County

Comal County

Fort Bend County

Hays County

Nueces County

Travis County

County Clerk 101 W. Nueva St., Ste. 120 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 335-2221 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

County Clerk 150 N. Seguin, Ste. 101 New Braunfels, TX 78130 (830) 221-1230 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

County Clerk 301 Jackson St. Richmond, TX 77469 (281) 341-8685 8 a.m.–5 p.m., M, Th.; 8 a.m.–4 p.m., T, W, F

County Clerk 712 Stagecoach Trail, Ste. 208 San Marcos, TX 78666 (512) 393-7330 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

County Clerk 901 Leopard St., Ste. 201 Corpus Christi, TX 78401 (361) 888-0580 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

County Clerk 5501 Airport Blvd., Ste. B-100 Austin, TX 78751 (512) 854-9188 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Galveston County

Hidalgo County

Rockwall County

Williamson County

County Clerk 600 59th St., Ste. 2001 Galveston, TX 77551 (409) 766-2200 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

County Clerk 100 N. Closner Edinburg, TX 78539 (956) 318-2100 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

County Clerk 1111 E. Yellowjacket Ln., Ste. 100 Rockwall, TX 75087 (972) 204-6300 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

County Clerk 405 Martin Luther King Blvd. Georgetown, TX 78626 (512) 943-1515 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Brazoria County County Clerk 111 E. Locust St., Ste. 200 Angleton, TX 77515 (979) 864-1355 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Cameron County

Denton County

Guadalupe County

Johnson County

County Clerk 964 E. Harrison St., Fl. 2 Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 544-0815 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

County Clerk Denton County Courts Building 1450 E. McKinney St. Denton, TX 76209 (940) 349-2010 8 a.m.–5 p.m., M, T, Th., F; 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., W

County Clerk 211 West Court St. Seguin, TX 78155 (830) 303-8863 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

County Clerk Johnson County Courthouse 2 N. Main St. Cleburne, TX 76033 (817) 202-4000 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Collin County County Clerk Collin County Administration Building 2300 Bloomdale Rd., Ste. 2104 McKinney, TX 75071 (972) 548-4185 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

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Dallas County County Clerk Records Building 509 Main St., Fl. 2 Dallas, TX 75202 (214) 653-7099 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

El Paso County County Clerk 500 E. San Antonio, Ste. 105 El Paso, TX 79901 (915) 546-2071 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Harris County County Clerk Harris County Civil Courthouse 201 Caroline, 4th Fl. Houston, TX 77002 (713) 755-6405 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Montgomery County County Clerk 210 W. Davis Conroe, TX 77301 (936) 539-7885 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Tarrant County

Wilson County

Vital Records Tarrant County Plaza Building 200 Taylor St., Ste. 301 Fort Worth, TX 76102 (817) 884-1550 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

County Clerk PO Box 27 Floresville, TX 78114 (830) 393-7308 8 a.m.–noon, 1–5 p.m., M–Th.; 8 a.m.–noon, 1–4:30 p.m., F

Taylor County

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 licenseinfo@ theknot.com.

County Clerk 300 Oak St. Abilene, TX 79602 (325) 674-1202 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

make it known Texas Publications GUIDELINES FOR ANNOUNCING YOUR WEDDING IN THE LOCAL PAPERS Photographs may be submitted to accompany the announcement; however, instant photos or color copies are not acceptable. In some instances, photographs may be returned if a self-addressed stamped envelope is included with the announcement. Call to get all of the details before submitting. GUIDELINES/ RESTRICTIONS

FEE

Submit info on Friday, one week prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: No

Fees range from $224 to $2,016.

(210) 250-2583 Attn: Celebrations PO Box 2171 San Antonio, TX 78297

Submit info on Wednesday, two weeks prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: No

Fees range from $176.60 to $2,279.

Dallas Morning News

(214) 977-8405 508 Young St. Dallas, TX 75202

Announcements must be submitted by 3 p.m. Monday, two weeks prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes

Fees start at $159.95.

Austin American-Statesman

(512) 445-4008 PO Box 670 Austin, TX 78767

Deadline for submissions is 10 days prior to the desired Sunday publication date.

Form: No

Fees range from $163.74 to $609.24 based on size of announcement.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

(817) 390-7178 808 Throckmorton Fort Worth, TX 76102

You will be contacted after info and payment are received.

Form: Optional

Fees range from $75 to $7,550 with a photo and $25 without a photo.

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Houston Chronicle

(713) 224-6868 801 Texas Ave. Houston, TX 77002

San Antonio Express-News

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RESOURCE INDEX 282

C. Baldwin Hotel

323

The 4 Eleven

268

The Cana Ballroom

117

501 Ranch

99

Canyon Lake Cabins & Cottages

127

The 1850 Settlement

75

Carriage Caterers

315

The Allan House

15

The Carriage House

291

The Allen Farmhaus

89

Castle on the Lake

251

Any Occasion Tents & Events

49

The Cedars Ranch

173

AT&T Hotel & Conference Center

144

Celebrations by Bistro 108

315

Avalon Legacy Ranch

195

Chapel Creek Ranch

263

The Barn at Swallows Eve

161

Christina Tallant Photography

335

BASH Co + Events

243

City Club of Fort Worth

268

Bavarian Cakery & Chocolate Encore Weddings & Events

335

Cityplace Events

214

Beaumont Ranch

261

The County Line

141

BEG3 Photography

119

Creations by Becca

337

Belle Âme Bridal

303

Creations Cakes

124

Beyachance Photography

175

Cricket Hill Ranch

149

Beyond the Box Weddings

273

Cross Creek Ranch

199

Big Cedar Lodge

30

D’Vine Grace Vineyard

188

Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

7, 61

Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden

213

Blissful Hill

147

Dallas Historical Society

270

Blooms by H-E-B

27, 29

Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery

130

Botanika

119

Deep in the Heart Farms

279

Bouquets of Austin

179

Diamond H3 Ranch

207

Brickhouse Bridal

59

Dove Ridge Vineyard

253

Bridal Boutique of Lewisville

217

Duchman Family Winery

175

BRIK Special Events Venue

205

Eiseman Jewels

21

Briscoe Manor

10

Emily Chappell Photography

13

Brodie Homestead

14

En Vogue Weddings

35

Buca di Beppo

65

Event Planners of Houston

313

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

307

Fairmont Austin

153

349

2 Guys 1 Pit BBQ & Catering

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RESOURCE INDEX CONT. The Falls Event Venue

55

Jimmy Lyn’s Event Planning & Catering

115

Fort Worth Zoo

265

The JL Bar Ranch & Resort

41

Gardens of Cranesbury View

113

Johanna Terry Events

316

Garey House

187

Julian Gold Bridal

33

Gather in Downtown McKinney

208

Just’in Roses Wedding Floral

143

Gleneagles Country Club

255

Kelly O’Connor Photography

181

The Grand Lady

168

Kemah Gardens

298

The Grand Texana

321

Kendall Plantation

68

Grand Tuscany Hotel

23

La Bonne Vie Ranch

179

Granduca Hotels

327

La Cima Club

220

The Grove

5

Lakeway Resort & Spa

53

Harper Hill Ranch

127

Las Hadas Ballrooms

223

Haute Floral

247

Laura Gorman Makeup

129

Heather’s Glen

316

Laura Miller Photography

259

Heavenly BBQ

77

LC Bridal & Event Company

337

Heavenly Gourmet

76

Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake

253

HESS Club

285

Lipstick Lille Makeup

173

Hidden Creek

219

Lone Oak Barn

187

Hidden River Ranch

155

Lone Star Mansion

231

Hideout on the Horseshoe

51

Lost Mission

124

Hochzeit Hall

287

The Luminaire

274

Horseshoe Bay Resort

165

Ma Maison

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Hotel Crescent Court

196

Magnolia Halle

129

Hotel Galvez & Spa

9

Marry in Brenham

2

Hotel Icon

Cover

The McNay Art Museum

101

House of Blues

67

Mediterranean Villa

265

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa

81

Messina Inn

137

ILIOS Lighting

181

Monarch Meadows Farm

267

InterContinental Houston - Medical Center

301

Nicole Ryan Photography

185

Jack Guenther Pavilion at the Briscoe

90

Oak Knoll Ranch

233

Jacqueline Events & Design

241

Oak Valley Vineyards

117

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Southfork Ranch

225

The Oaks at Oak Plantation

281

The Special Edition Band

261

Oakwind Bed & Breakfast

327

Springdale Station

171

Old Mill Resort & Events

95

The Stable at Pearl

83

Omni Barton Creek Resort

17

StarDust Celebrations

47

One Stop Tents & Events

319

Swift + Company

331

The Orchard at Caney Creek

25

Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort

87

Original Market Diner

271

Texas Discovery Gardens

259

Palm Door

156

The Tremont House

9

PalmWood

193

Trickle Creek Ranch

257

Park City Club

201

Twin Lakes

331

Pearl South Padre Hotel

56

Twisted Ranch Weddings

162

Pecan Springs Ranch

135

Two Girls in Pearls Events

273

Pinstripes Fort Worth

270

Ventura’s Bridal

43

The Porch Cafe

63 Venue 311

321

Premiere Events

19 Vestals Catering

245

Premiere Select

18

Pretty Little Planners

271

Victory Arts Center

227

Pretty On Premises

255

The Vintage Bouquet

73

River Plantation Golf Club

313

Vintage Villas

185

Royal Dukes Band

269

Walters Wedding Estates

Insert

Royal Fig Catering

159

Warwick Melrose Hotel

211

Royal Oaks Country Club

45

Waters Edge

Cover

SallyBrooke Event Venue

293

Weddings in the Branch

263

The Sam Houston Hotel

329

Western Sky Wedding & Event Venue

93

Sara’s Inn

297

Whispering Oaks Wedding Venue

269

Shirley Acres

319

White Oak Music Hall

323

Signature Manor

329

Who Made the Cake!®

37

Sixty Five Hundred

228

Wolfgang Puck Catering

239

Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club

267

XO Moreau Weddings & Events

167

South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center

38

XXOO Studio

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