The 7 Most Romantic Wedding Gowns of the Year

The romance of a vintage-style lace wedding gown from Claire Pettibone

I recently partnered with a former Brides magazine colleague to produce a piece for the observer.com that showcases the season’s most romantic wedding gowns. It’s quite a collection—with A-list designers including Vera Wang and Claire Pettibone, we’re showcasing everything from a lingerie-inspired ball gown to a wild Kardashian-Meets-Victorian-England ensemble. One word of warning: Transporting these frocks isn’t easy; […] Read more »

Fabulous wedding flowers from Vera Wang and FTD

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Finding a superb florist for a destination wedding can be a challenge, particularly in more remote locations. After all, gorgeous, out-of-the-way locations and talented floral designers don’t always go hand-in-hand. And even on the most splendid tropical island, you may not find a local shop which has a vision that matches your own. Which is […] Read more »

Super-glam wedding accessories inspired by Veuve Clicquot Champagne

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  We can probably all agree that Champagne—the good French stuff, of course—is the ultimate wedding drink. The pop of the cork, the delicate fountain of bubbles, and the taste of liquid stars pretty much screams “wedding.” And so what could be a more fitting choice of wedding accessories than pieces created as a high-fashion […] Read more »

The new look of romance: a stunning lace wedding gown from Monique Lhuillier

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  The last few years we’ve seen wedding gowns that worked very hard to look like anything BUT wedding gowns. We saw slinky slip dresses and youthful trapeze docks and cut-out gowns that were really more suited to the bedroom than a wedding And then came this extraordinary creation from Monique Lhuillier’s Spring 2014 collection. Romantic, […] Read more »

Cutest destination wedding shoes: Lace espadrilles from Soludos

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We’re admitting it right here: A lot of wedding planning is work, but when it comes to finding the perfect bridal footwear, we say bring it on.  After all, when there are so many big decisions to make (civil vs. religious? honor vs. obey? beach vs. boardwalk? sit-down vs. buffet?), drilling down on something as […] Read more »

The perfect welcome bag for an island wedding

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On a recent visit to French Polynesia a group of American women at our hotel were showing off a bit of local accessorizing that seemed as if it ought to be part of any island wedding in the tropics. The hotel was the Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort, on a coral atoll too remote even from […] Read more »

Destination wedding jewelry: Pretty and affordable pieces from Leah Alexandra

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  Fresh, young accessories for the bride   Over-the-top, blinged out bridal accessories usually aren’t the best choice for fresh-aired weddings by the beach or in the mountains–it’s sort of like wearing an evening gown to a picnic. For a lot of destination wedding spots, the loveliest finishing touches are simple, earthy pieces. Leah Alexandra […] Read more »

Unique new wedding accessories: headpieces from Sarah Loertscher

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  Fresh, interesting wedding headpieces are very hard to come by in the world of wedding accessories. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good crystal comb or a sparkly headband as much as the next girl. But sometimes a bride’s style calls for an hair accent that really strays from the norm. (This is […] Read more »

Great skin solutions: 6 masks for a beautiful wedding-day complexion

Six stellar face masks for your wedding prep

Flawless, radiant skin is essential for the big day, especially if you’re marrying in an outdoor location—natural sunlight can make heavy makeup look harsh and artificial. But if you’re anything like me, you weren’t blessed with a perfect complexion. Girls like us may have to work just a bit harder to get our skin in […] Read more »

Riviera Maya beach wedding: a tale of two dresses

Does a destination wedding cost less than a traditional wedding?

Which wedding dress came first, the short or the long? The Spring 2013 issue of Destination: W magazine, out just this week, features a beach wedding on the Riviera Maya that’s as notable for its barefoot elegance as for the fact that the bride and groom put it together in just nine weeks. (Having a […] Read more »