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Annie Starke’s Romantic At-Home Wedding in Bedford, New York

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The actress and daughter of Glenn Close married her college sweetheart at her childhood home in Bedford, New York.

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A Colorful, Romantic Wedding in Tuscany

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Planned by the interior designer bride alongside Sabrina Carbone of The Extraordinaire.

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10 Real Love Stories That Will Make You Believe in Love This Valentine’s Day

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We searched through the Brides real wedding archives for the sweetest real-life love stories in honor of Valentine’s Day.

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The Wedding Photo List You Need to Take

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This wedding photo list has all the photos you need to take on your wedding day, from the getting ready photos to the last dance.

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8 Flower Delivery Services for Valentine’s Day Flowers

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Here are eight flower delivery services for Valentine’s Day flowers that we can honestly stand behind. (You’ll want to order, ASAP!)

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20 Ways to Use Love Quotes for Wedding Decor That’s Beautiful and Meaningful

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Here’s how to use love quotes for wedding decor (the cake, table setting, ceremony backdrop, and more) that’s both beautiful and meaningful.

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The Most Unforgettable Details From Celebrity Weddings in 2018

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From royal wedding to secret ceremonies to Insta-worthy moments, let these celebrity couples’ nuptials inspire your own.

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2019 Wedding Trends, According to Top Wedding Planners

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2019 brides, listen up! We asked some of the country’s top planners to tell us all the wedding trends we’ll see in 2019, along with what should be left in 2018.

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The Best Wedding Planners in America

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Our editors curated a list of the most talented pros from coast to coast. Here, the list of the best wedding planners in America.

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A San Miguel De Allende Destination Wedding

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For their dream destination wedding, this jewelry designer and her beau headed south of the border for an intimate celebration with their closest friends.

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The 50 Best Wedding Photos From 2018

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If there’s one thing we love here at Brides, it’s a really gorgeous real wedding. Each week we bring you five inspiring stories, all packed with unique details, beautiful dresses, and some of the most unique love stories we’ve ever heard. And while we will never get enough of the flowers and decor, it’s really the two people at the heart of each celebration that draw us in, again and again. After all, it’s the couple that makes each wedding so distinctly unique and personal. So, in honor of the spectacular couples and the weddings they threw, we went through the archives and selected 50 of our favorite real-wedding moments from the past 12 months.

Of course, choosing our favorite photos from this year’s celebrations was no easy feat. After all, we’ve shared each of our real weddings with you because they featured great ideas, beautiful details, and even better photography. That’s why, in the end, we resurfaced the photos that felt distinctive, unique, and downright beautiful. They’re photos of real people, in love, having the time of their lives. They felt in-the-moment and, above everything else, real.

Keep reading to see which photos (and couples!) made the cut, and get inspired for your own big day while scrolling through. After all, you could be included in next year’s list of the 50 best real-wedding photos!

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10 Creative Ideas of Your 2019 Wedding

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Here at BRIDES, we like to dedicate the month of December (hello, engagement season!) to brainstorming creative wedding ideas for the year ahead. What will the dress trends be? Is baby’s breath still back? Is there a new food truck? But here’s the secret: We’re not inventing these ideas out of nothing! Instead, we look to real couples who are throwing real parties, and planners who are doing the same for inspiration. (That is, after all, the whole point of the real weddings on our site.) So while we could easily tell you to scroll through pretty pics from now until 2019 for all the best inspo, we thought we would instead do you a favor by highlighting some of our favorite ideas right here.

Below, you’ll find 10 trends/things/thoughts that we’re excited for in 2019. And we’re revealing all of our best secrets! You’ll find decor moments we’re obsessed with, practices we want to steal (um, we mean politely borrow), and concepts we can’t wait to see couples execute. Basically, these are the ideas that could take your wedding from “cool wedding” to “wedding of the year.” And not to brag, but we kinda know our stuff: We look at wedding pictures All! Year! Long!

Keep reading to see exactly what we’re talking about, but we hope you take these ideas and create some of your own as well. We’ll be right here ready to swoon over your wedding pics when you do!

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Malin Akerman's Boho Beach Wedding in Tulum, Mexico

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Congrats are in order for Malin Akerman and Jack Donnelly. The couple—she’s the star of Billions, he’s the lead in BBC’s Atlantis—married on December 1, 2018, on the beach in Tulum. And the bride officially has her younger sis to thank for the set-up with her now-husband! The two first met through her sister’s boyfriend and were friends for two years before making their relationship official. After they did, Jack proposed in their Brooklyn home, after surprising Malin with a private dinner in the garden of their favorite neighborhood restaurant.

Though, for their wedding, Malin and Jack decided to venture farther away—specifically, to Tulum, Mexico—to say “I do.” “The environment is very important to us so we were drawn to Tulum, and Papaya Playa especially, because of the way they take great care in preserving the Mayan Jungle,” Malin explains. As for the setting itself? “The scenery is absolutely breathtaking and the first time we saw it in person we fell in love with the boho vibes and gorgeous beach,” she adds. In fact, the couple decided to exchange vows in said sand (actually, in the water!) as friends such as Carla Gugino, Rob Thomas, and Michelle Monaghan looked on.

Andrea Freeman of Andrea Freeman Events helped plan the relaxed weekend celebration, ultimately bringing the couple’s vision to life with local cuisine, live music performances by Rob Thomas and “LP”, and plenty of macramé touches. Thankfully, MemoryBox Photography was on hand to capture every detail so keep reading to see all the #inspo. (Seriously, wait ’til you see the bride’s pink dress!)

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Guests were welcomed to Mexico with beach totes filled with local chocolates, pineapple drink glasses, and woven blankets.

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The weekend’s events kicked off on Friday night with a casual welcome dinner (they served tacos!), followed by a jam sesh led by Rob Thomas on the guitar.

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Photo by MemoryBox Photography

For her wedding dress, Malin, with the help of her stylist Molly Fiskin Levin, looked to designer Cushnie. “I’ve worn many of their pieces to events and have always felt so chic and cool in their stuff,” she explains. As for the blush hue: “I decided on a color instead of white because it’s the second time round and I wanted it to be different,” she says. She also tucked a single purple bloom into her wavy updo for an additional pop.

Photo by MemoryBox Photography

Photo by MemoryBox Photography

The bride accessorized with jewelry by Jacquie Aicheno, a bouquet of purple blooms and pampas grass, and no shoes—it was a beach wedding, after all! Friend Maranda Widlund did her makeup, creating a “fresh and glowy” look for the beautiful bride.

Photo by MemoryBox Photography

Photo by MemoryBox Photography

The couple’s siblings made up their wedding party and had full rein on their outfit choices. “We just wanted them to feel comfortable,” says the bride. Malin’s son, Sebastian, also took part in the day and wore a white fedora, vest, and bowtie for the special occasion.

Photo by MemoryBox Photography

Photo by MemoryBox Photography

The groom went with a low-key look, pairing Paul Smith pants with a John Varvatos button up.

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Photo by MemoryBox Photography

The bride is from Sweden and the groom is from England—so in true European form, cocktail hour took place before the ceremony. The couple also had a tequila shot bar as a nod to their Mexican destination. (How cute is that “Take a Shot, Take a Seat” sign?!)

Photo by MemoryBox Photography

Photo by MemoryBox Photography

The main event happened on the hotel’s beach, overlooking the ocean. (Malin describes the scene as “intimate and magical.”) The aisle was lined with pampas grass in glass vessels, and the ceremony altar was made with dreamcatchers that the couple could take home as a memento.

Photo by MemoryBox Photography

Photo by MemoryBox Photography

Photo by MemoryBox Photography

The couple’s friend Laura Pergolizzi “LP” performed as Malin walked down the aisle with her father Magnus Akerman (right) and her stepfather Victor Tarnoy (left). Once at the altar, she and Jack exchanged personal vows and wedding bands by Deanna Devries. “Every element of the ceremony was so true to what’s important to us,” she says. “Having all of our friends and family there, speaking our own vows with the water washing over our feet felt so amazing.”

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Photo by MemoryBox Photography

The happy newlyweds!

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Photo by MemoryBox Photography

Photo by MemoryBox Photography

The ceremony ended just in time for golden hour, so Malin and Jack took advantage by taking portraits on the beach. Malin also posed with her son, Sebastian.

Photo by MemoryBox Photography

Photo by MemoryBox Photography

For the reception, Malin and Jack rented out a section of the hotel to make the celebration “feel even more special and intimate.” There, tables were set up in a U-formation and topped with tall taper candles, etched vintage glassware, and bud vases of purple blooms and pampas grass.

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“We just wanted a great party so the idea is to keep it casual, chill, and fun,” Malin says. To create that vibe, the menu of Mexican-style seafood was served family-style at intimate, candle-lit tables.

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Photo by MemoryBox Photography

Both the bride and groom gave heartfelt speeches during dinner.

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Photo by MemoryBox Photography

Michelle Monaghan, Peter White, and Rob Thomas enjoyed the “casual dinner atmosphere” that the couple strived to create.

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Laura Pergolizzi performed her hit “Lost on You” for Malin and Jack’s first dance.

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After Malin and Jack’s swing around the dance floor, the rest of their guests—including Carla Gugino—joined them as international DJ Zen Freeman took over.

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Photo by MemoryBox Photography

Towards the end of the revelry, the bride slipped into yet another slip dress by Cushnie (this one, gold and mini) before continuing to party. The fun was fueled by cupcakes and late-night snacks of tamales, esquites, and tacos. Recalls Malin, “The reception was incredible. Everyone was laughing, the place looked beautiful, we danced for hours, and it ended with everyone jumping in the pool. We finished the night happy and wet.”

Wedding Venue: Papaya Playa Project || Wedding Planner: Andrea Freeman Events || Bride’s Dress: Cushnie || Hair & Makeup: Maranda Widlund || Groom’s Attire: Paul Smith, John Varvatos || Floral Design: Maria Limon || Rentals: Archive Rentals || Stationery: Minted || Catering: Ginger Hotel Tulum || Spirits: Bodvar Rose, Viva XXXII Tequila || Welcome Bags: Gracious Goodies, Chocolates KaoKao, W&P Design || Photography: MemoryBox Photography

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An Elegant Farm Wedding in the Berkshires

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Jackie Egan and Jim Doolin had the quintessential office romance. They first met at a consulting firm in Boston in September 2010, becoming fast friends as they worked on a project together, and then took things to the next level after the company’s ski trip in March 2011. After that, their office romance turned into a long distance one when Jackie moved to New York City for business school (Jim was in medical school in Massachusetts). Finally in February 2016, after years of traveling back and forth, Jim surprised Jackie with a proposal in Boston (the place where it all began) and even organized an engagement party with their families and friends to follow.

After that, Jackie and Jim decided to look outside the city for a wedding venue, ultimately deciding on the Berkshires, a place they often visited when they were long-distance. “We really loved how it had a relaxed, farm-to-table vibe,” she explains. “It also helped that it was equal distance between Boston and NYC, where most guests were coming from.” They booked an intimate chapel, St. Joseph’s, for their Catholic wedding and an actual farm, Gedney Farm, for their rustic-meets-elegant reception. “We wanted it to feel refined, clean, and classic, but also welcoming to our guests and not too stuffy,” Jackie says.

Based on these photos by Jacqui Cole, we’d say that Jackie and Jim succeeded in creating an understatedly elegant celebration—but keep reading to see for yourself.

Photo by Jacqui Cole

Photo by Jacqui Cole

Jackie says selecting her wedding dress was surprisingly the easiest part of planning. “It was the second dress I tried on and it just felt right,” she says of her Carolina Herrera lace gown. “I loved how it was classic, yet modern, and that it was comfortable. It also fit well with our wedding vibe, which was clean and elegant, but also understated.” She completed her “classic minimalist look” with a custom lace veil, nude Stuart Weitzman block heels—”I’ve worn them several times since the wedding,” she says—and diamond studs that she fittingly describes as “simple and classic.”

Photo by Jacqui Cole

Photo by Jacqui Cole

The groom wore a suit by Brooks Brothers, while the bride carried a lush bouquet of garden roses, quicksand roses, and white majolica roses to match her Carolina Herrera gown.

Photo by Jacqui Cole

Photo by Jacqui Cole

Jackie wanted her bridesmaids to feel comfortable in their dresses so she considered letting them choose their own—that is, until she realized she was “too type A to not have everyone in the same color.” So she came up with a solution: The same designer (Monique Lhuillier) and color (blush) but in whatever style they wanted. The groomsmen all wore their tuxes—in classic black, of course.

Photo by Jacqui Cole

Photo by Jacqui Cole

Photo by Jacqui Cole

At St. Joseph’s, the bride’s father walked her down the aisle as “Trumpet Voluntary” played. She and Jim then exchanged traditional vows in a Catholic ceremony. “Although we didn’t have much latitude being married in a Catholic ceremony, we also really liked the idea of sharing vows that millions of other couples have already shared with one another,” Jackie says.

Photo by Jacqui Cole

Photo by Jacqui Cole

After making it official, everyone headed to the nearby Gedney Farm for cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing. The couple took portraits during cocktail hour, while everyone else enjoyed dry rubbed pork ribs and Brazilian sliced sirloin cooked on an Argentine grill. “We liked that the grill created a lively, relaxed setting with the chef cooking up food in real-time,” explains the bride.

Photo by Jacqui Cole

Photo by Jacqui Cole

When they entered the barn, guests were greeted by a statement escort card display. Cards were placed on a long farm table at the foot of the stairs, and it was decorated with a tall glass urn filled with wild cut Russian olive, wild cut prunus, white delphinium, and red charm peonies. “I loved the pop that the red charm peonies added,” Jackie says.

Photo by Jacqui Cole

For the night’s decor, the couple looked to the property’s two-story barn for inspiration, even including a custom illustration of it on their guest book, gift bags, and favor bags. They kept to a neutral color palette for florals and decor items, but also made sure to add pops of burgundy to coordinate with the barn’s red exterior.

Photo by Jacqui Cole

“We wanted to elevate the barn setting, while keeping it very clean and refined,” says the bride of the reception’s overall look. To accomplish that, they filled the space with a mix of round and farm tables (imagine that!) and red-hued Chiavari chairs that coordinated perfectly with the wood beamed ceiling and floors.

Photo by Jacqui Cole

Photo by Jacqui Cole

Photo by Jacqui Cole

The bare farm tables were lined with a sheer runner and topped with tall taper candles and small arrangements of red and cream florals in mercury glass vessels.

Photo by Jacqui Cole

A big band was a must for Jackie and Jim so they hired Nightshift Entertainment’s Soho group at the recommendation of a friend. “They were terrific and had everyone dancing to Top 40 hits and Motown classics,” Jackie says. A few standout numbers? “Blame it on the Boogie” by the Jacksons (a favorite at Dartmouth, where Jim went for undergrad) and “Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry. “Katy Perry is my sister Caroline’s absolute favorite,” says the bride. “We ended up doing karaoke to it and it was a total blast.”

Photo by Jacqui Cole

True to their farm setting, the couple served assorted farm jars in key lime, s’more, and apple pie flavors—as well as wedding cake and mini donuts.

Photo by Jacqui Cole

Photo by Jacqui Cole

Looking back on the big day, Jackie had this to say: “First, have so much fun and be present—it goes by in a flash. And second, try to finish all remaining things on your to do list before the wedding week. You won’t have time that week!”

Ceremony Venue: St. Joseph’s Catholic Church || Reception Venue, Catering, & Cake: Gedney Farm || Wedding Day-Of Coordinator: Eutopia Events || Bride’s Dress: Carolina Herrera, from L’Elite Boston || Jewelry: Kate Spade || Shoes: Stuart Weitzman || Hair & Makeup: Allure Traveling Beauty || Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique Lhuillier, from L’Elite Boston || Groom’s Attire: Brooks Brothers || Wedding Bands: Depriscos || Floral Design: Crocus Hale || Paper Products: Ruby the Fox || Calligraphy: Charlie Whiskey Lettering & Design || Custom Illustrations: Emily Jo Gill || Music: Night Shift Entertainment || Rentals: Classical Tents || Favors: Home Sweet Home Doughnut Shoppe || Transportation: Dufour Tours || Photography: Jacqui Cole

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A Fairy-Tale Wedding at Ireland's Adare Manor

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They say third time’s the charm, but for Eamon Bradley, it was actually four. After chatting with Suzanne Denihan on an online dating site, it took him four attempts to persuade her to meet him for drinks. “He said, this is the last time I’m asking you out, and I listened,” she recalls. And she’s sure glad she did. “We both knew right away that this was it and were inseparable after our first date,” she says.”We spent everyday together after that.”

In fact, Eamon popped the question just seven months later, while vacationing at Suzanne’s parent’s home in the Hamptons. To do so, he asked Suzanne to go on an early-morning walk (still in their pajamas!)—and by the time they had reached the beach, he was down on one knee. After a proposal by the water, the couple traveled to the other side of the Atlantic—specifically, to Adare Manor in Limerick, Ireland to say “I do” on June 16, 2018. “We knew we wanted to do Ireland as it holds a special place in our hearts,” Suzanne explains. “Eamon’s parents are from Donegal and my great grandparents are from Co Mayo.” The actual venue came at the suggestion of a friend and fellow bride-to-be, who was marrying there a few months prior. “She suggested we check it out, and we booked it without seeing it,” she adds. (The couple’s planner, Alise Taggart, admittedly did visit during the property’s 18-month renovation process to get a feel for the space and create the layout.)

Keep reading to see how Suzanne and Eamon tied the knot at a historic manor in the heart of Ireland. And trust us: After scrolling through these stunning photos by Taylor and Porter, you might be willing to book the venue sight unseen, too!

Photo by Taylor and Porter

In terms of the day’s decor, the couple very much looked to their venue for inspiration. In fact, they even asked Color Box Letterpress to include an illustration of the property on their elegant invitation suite.

Photo by Taylor and Porter

Photo by Taylor and Porter

Photo by Taylor and Porter

On the day itself, photos around Adare Manor’s 840 acres—featuring luxury interiors, manicured grounds, and historic architecture—were a must. “The venue is already so picturesque that it didn’t take much work to make it look even more incredible for our wedding,” says the bride.

Photo by Taylor and Porter

Photo by Taylor and Porter

Suzanne selected an ornate Pronovias gown that featured lace appliqués and a train, which she wore in lieu of a veil. “It was so beautiful but also so comfortable,” she says. “I wanted something I could dance in!”

Photo by Taylor and Porter

Photo by Taylor and Porter

The bride paired her royal-worthy gown with earrings from BHLDN and shoes by Badgley Mischka. Her lush bouquet consisted of peonies, garden roses, roses, sweet pea, hydrangea, blushing bride protea, and soft foliage.

Photo by Taylor and Porter

Photo by Taylor and Porter

Photo by Taylor and Porter

The groom wore a custom suit by Nicholas Joseph in Chicago—and we’d say they both looked worthy of their castle-like venue.

Photo by Taylor and Porter

For the ceremony, the couple felt limited by Ireland’s ever-changing weather and their large guest count, so they had a tent constructed in the walled gardens. “It had a clear roof and open sides as we still wanted our guests to be able to see the beautiful walled garden and have the space as open to nature as possible,” says the bride.

Photo by Taylor and Porter

Photo by Taylor and Porter

Photo by Taylor and Porter

The couple had their nieces and nephews acts as flower girls and ring bearers. The little ladies dressed in moss green-accented dresses, while the boys wore coordinating ties in the same hue. “They were all bribed with candy waiting for at the altar,” Suzanne adds. “The youngest, our niece Edie, accessorized with a snack cup she carried down with her!”

Photo by Taylor and Porter

Photo by Taylor and Porter

Photo by Taylor and Porter

The bride’s father walked her down the aisle—”He was more nervous than I was,” she says with a laugh. Once at the altar, Suzanne and Eamon exchanged traditional vows and had their officiant read an excerpt from The Alchemist.

Photo by Taylor and Porter

Talk about a grand exit!

Photo by Taylor and Porter

Of course, no Irish wedding is complete without a signature cocktail of Guinness.

Photo by Taylor and Porter

Photo by Taylor and Porter

Photo by Taylor and Porter

The reception took place in the chandelier-filled Adare Ballroom, where the wedding party was seated at one long head table, while the rest of the couple’s (400!) guests sat at rounds. Each was topped with arrangements of blush and white florals in both tall trumpet vases and lower compotes, calligraphed menus and table numbers, and gold-rimmed china.

Photo by Taylor and Porter

After a four-course meal and plenty of visits to the signature vodka bar, guests hit the dance floor as The Bentley Boys Band played. The couple danced to “I Waited For You” by Daniel Norgren for their first dance (Eamon picked the song!) before the groom’s cousins surprised the crowd with a traditional Irish dance. After all, what’s an Irish wedding without that?!

Wedding Venue & Catering: Adare Manor || Wedding Planning, Design, and Styling: Alise Taggart Events and Design || Officiant: Father James Kennan and Anthony Refalo || Bride’s Dress: Pronovias || Jewelry: BHLDN || Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Hair: Glen Cullen || Makeup: Sarah Keary || Bridesmaids Dresses: Monique Lhullier || Groom’s Attire: Nicholas Joseph || Flower Girl & Ring Bearer Attire: Custom || Wedding Bands: Trabert & Hoeffer || Floral Design: The Informal Florist || Paper Products: Color Box LetterPress || Calligraphy: Tara Jones Calligraphy || Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Bohemian Springs || Reception Music: The Bentley Boys Band || Cake: Cove Cake Design || Tenting, Draping & Rentals: Pavilion Marquees || Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental || Transportation: Carrig Carriages ||Videography: Story of Eve || Photography: Taylor and Porter ||Photo Booth: Smile Photo Booth

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The Zero-Drama Guide to Your Engagement Ring: Get More Bling for Your Buck

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Check out five fool-proof ways to maximize value of your engagement ring (and maybe save something for the wedding).

Know Your Shapes

Round diamonds cost about 25 percent more than other shapes, says Nicole Wegman, founder of Ring Concierge. Ovals also tend to be pricier because they’re in demand right now (when the inventory is lower, the price rises). You can save up to 10 percent by going with another shape.

Get the Right Cut

When your heart is set on a bigger rock—specifically a round shape—you can go for lower color and clarity if you get an excellent cut, Wegman says. It will sparkle more than lower-cut grades, appear whiter, and can hide flaws.

(Slightly) Downgrade Your Dreams

A 0.9 carat looks so much like a 1 carat, and a 1.9 looks so much like a 2.0 (and trust us, even your pettiest friend won’t notice). Wegman says you can save as much as 25 percent on the stone when you stay just under full-carat marks. In the same vein, get a G-quality stone, which is right under the colorless range (D–F). When it’s placed next to an F, that snobtastic friend still won’t see the difference, but it costs about 8 percent less.

Avoid Three-Stone Styles

Sure, we all want the #MarkleSparkle, but Wegman points out that adding side stones like trapezoids or half moons can increase the price of the setting by $2,000 to $5,000.

See more: 91 Gorgeous Engagement Rings Under $5,000

Skip the Pavé Band

A thin band in platinum or gold will showcase your diamond—and can cost $600 less than the same setting with micropavé.

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The Etiquette of Showing Off Your Engagement Ring

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From the moment you get engaged, people—friends, acquaintances, that lady behind you in line at the juice place—will demand, “Show me the engagement ring!” And doing so may trigger follow-ups, like How many carats? and Can I try it on? and, cringe, OMG how much did that cost?! By now, the #RingSelfie is a legit way to announce your news.

If that feels braggy, Myka Meier of Beaumont Etiquette in New York City suggests posting a portrait in which your left hand just happens to be visible. Of course, in real life, things get trickier—especially when people have, ahem, no filter. When Daniella Yacobovsky, founder of Baublebar, got engaged last fall, only her closest friends asked about the size, and “I didn’t mind telling them! The carat count on my ring ranks #458 on the list of invasive info they have on me,” she says with a laugh.

If you prefer playing it more coy, Meier recommends blanket responses like “I’m not sure [of the size], but I just love it!” and “Sorry, I’m superstitious about letting others try on my ring.”

And one thing you might not have considered—if your rock is sort of enormous (you poor thing), take it off for job interviews.

See more: 91 Engagement Ring Selfies We Love

“Don’t wear anything that might take attention away from you,” Yacobovsky says, “especially while you’re touting your amazing qualifications.”

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A Bridal Designer's Wedding in Western Australia

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Australians Harriette Gordon and Alex Fletcher had known each other for years before their connection turned romantic. “He’s my dear friend Tess’s older brother,” Harriette explains. But, in June 2014, after years of knowing each other, they “collided” at Winter Music Festival in North Fremantle, Australia. “We didn’t leave each others side all night,” she recalls. “We had our first kiss—the rest is history.” In fact, in June 2016, two years after that first kiss, Alex popped the question before the same music festival. “We were sitting on top of Monument Hill looking out over our hometown of Fremantle, sipping Champagne and discussing plans of our impending Europe trip a month later, before we headed to the festival,” Harriette says.

But, for the wedding, the couple surprisingly did not select a June date or the festival grounds as their venue. Instead, they looked to the groom’s family vacation home in Yallingup, Australia, where the bride also holidayed growing up. “Yallingup means ‘Place of Love’ in Aboriginal culture,” she adds. From there, Harriette and Alex took that meaning quite literally, making it their vision to create a “place for all our loved ones to be together and celebrate with us.” This translated to a free-flowing day, where guests arrived to refreshments and canapés before the ceremony even started and showed off their musical talents late in the night.

Keep reading to see all the stunning photos by Katie Grant—and you can’t miss the bridal designer bride’s gorgeous looks.

Photo by Katie Grant

Photo by Katie Grant

Before their guests arrived, the couple posed for photos so Harriette could rock her second look, a white two-piece number by Edward McCann, in the daylight. The bride worked with the designer to make a “bespoke natural white suit,” which consisted of a smoking jacket with a silk satin lapel, a cropped pant, and a silk camisole. The groom also wore Edward McCann.

Photo by Katie Grant

Photo by Katie Grant

Photo by Katie Grant

The bride is the bridal designer behind Harriette Gordon so she, of course, designed her own dress. “I knew I wanted to wear something embellished and couture but in a relaxed, nonchalant way,” she says. “It was such a special experience creating the gown. And it took many many many more hours than anticipated! In the last month before the wedding, there were times when five seamstresses were working on it. I will never forget the magic and madness of that month!” The resulting creation was made of two layers: the base of corseted tulle, and a top hand-beaded and embellished in mixed metal antique gold, silver, and brass. As a finishing touch, lyrics of Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” were embroidered on the hem of the gown.

Photo by Katie Grant

Harriette accessorized with Valentino Shoes, antique diamond stud earrings, and a vintage ruby-and-diamond bracelet (“something old and borrowed” from her grandmother!). She also wore her solitaire diamond-and-platinum engagement ring, which the couple found together at an antique store in Dublin, Ireland.

Photo by Katie Grant

Photo by Katie Grant

The designer bride also made custom gowns for her each of her bridesmaids. “I wanted the girls to wear different modern, slightly bohemian couture gowns,” she explains. She originally planned on adding color but ended up going with a classic black and gold mix.

Photo by Katie Grant

Photo by Katie Grant

Alex’s tux may appear black in photos, but it was actually a green, navy, and black woven together. His groomsmen wore classic back tuxes with a surprise underneath: hot pink socks!

Photo by Katie Grant

Photo by Katie Grant

The couple’s flower girls wore Harriette Gordon gray dresses, which were accented with sweet Peter Pan collars. “I wanted their dresses to be classic, refined, and traditional, along with their patent black Mary Jane shoes. I have loved these shoes since I was a child,” Harriette says. As a final touch, the girls wore dried bunny-tail floral crowns to tie into the rest of the day’s palette.

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The ceremony site was decorated with a bed of roses and fresh blooms mixed in with dried florals and grasses. “We wanted a refined and muted palette with lots of texture,” the bride explains.

Photo by Katie Grant

Photo by Katie Grant

Photo by Katie Grant

Harriette walked herself down the aisle—to to “Ember” by the Dirty Three—to meet Alex at the altar. (She says her favorite moment of the day was seeing him smile back at her!) There, they exchanged vows they’d written together over red wine at their favorite bar in North Fremantle. “First, we each wrote a couple of sentences, read them to each other, and then combined them,” she says. “Simple and meaningful.”

Photo by Katie Grant

Photo by Katie Grant

Dinner was served in a big Sperry tent set up on court on the family’s property. “We loved the way the tent felt like a grand canopy from an old circus or fair,” Harriette says. Inside, the poles were decorated with dried ferns and roses (to match the ceremony’s design), and, below, tables were set with gray linens, black taper candles, and antique candle holders.

Photo by Katie Grant

Photo by Katie Grant

Minimal rose arrangements were placed in mini bowls, and each place setting was accented with a calligraphed place card and yet another dried fern.

Photo by Katie Grant

The newlyweds selected “Magnolia” by JJ Cale for their first dance—but that was not the only performance of the night. The groom is in a band so several of his friends surprised the couple by performing their own songs. “The live music was so much fun and was a really important part of the day for us,” she says.

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The bride changed into her second look just in time to cut into their buttercream cake, which was filled with passionfruit, chocolate, and rose flavors.

Photo by Katie Grant

Photo by Katie Grant

Looking back, the designer bride shared this advice: “Don’t do things you think are expected of you because it’s a wedding,” she says. “Do the things you want to do, have what is important to both of you and stick to your instincts.”

Bride’s Dress & Veil: Harriette Gordon || Bride’s Suit: Edward McCann || Jewelry: Delphi Antiques || Shoes: Valentino || Hair: Kayla Marshall of The Pretty Parlour || Makeup: TXC Collective || Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Harriette Gordon || Flower Girl Attire: Harriette Gordon || Groom’s Attire: Edward McCann || Engagement Ring: Delphi Antiques || Wedding Bands: Steven Sher Antiques || Officiant: Adrian May || Floral Design: Ivy Flowers || Paper Products: Chil 3 Design || Music: Lucy Peach Music || Catering: Tim Whitty || Cake: The Cake and I || Rentals: Heart Strings, South West Events || Tent: The Zest Group || Transportation: Gannaways || Photography & Videography: Katie Grant

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55 Beautiful Cakes for Every Wedding Venue

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Oftentimes, choosing a wedding cake feels like checking off yet another box on your wedding to-do list. (Bouquet? Check! Dress? Check! Cake? Check!) But, today, it doesn’t have to be that way. Rather than ordering some traditional cake for ceremonial purposes, you now have the option to treat it as both a design element and a delicious menu item. So, basically, it’s time to get creative!

In terms of the cake’s design, it’s often smart to start by thinking about your venue. The venue sets the scene for the rest of your wedding and also affects what material the cake can be made of (fondant can be hard in direct sunlight, et cetera). Plus, we think it’s fun to have the wedding cake match the venue’s aesthetic and the rest of the day’s design details. So, if you’re into that idea as well, we suggest you start by imagining what exactly you’re looking for (five tiers, a single tier, etc.) and thinking about design elements you like (“drip” elements, fresh flowers, geometric designs).

As you’ll see below, we’re especially into recreating textiles in buttercream, using local flora as accent pieces, and even adding fruit toppings. So, to show you exactly what creative ideas we’re talking about, we compiled a list of 55 wedding cakes (yes, 55!) that will perfectly fit in at a farm, beach, garden, and more.

Keep scrolling to gather inspo for your own celebration, and remember: You can customize all of the cakes below to your wedding, venue, and taste—quite literally!

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A BRIDES Editor Tested Rent the Runway’s Unlimited Service

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Here at BRIDES, we spend so much time talking about “the one”—wedding dress, that is. But here’s the thing: I’m not a bride, and I still feel like I’m always searching for that one memorable dress between all the bachelorette parties, bridal showers, weddings, and life events on my cal…Or at least that’s how I felt, until I discovered Rent the Runway’s unlimited service. I first heard about “RTR Unlimited” at a party a few months ago when I complimented a friend’s Derek Lam midi dress. She revealed—in a whisper, almost as if it was some major secret—that the dress was, in fact, not her own. She had rented it from Rent the Runway, the online clothing rental company, and she had three (equally as cute) options waiting for her at home. The concept? As an Unlimited member, you pay $169 a month—$99 the first month—to borrow any four items at any time. You can wear a piece once, multiple times, or not at all, and then, when you’re finished with said dress, skirt, sunglasses, et cetera, you simply mail it back in a pre-paid envelope or drop it by a store location to replace it with your next item.

Yep, it all sounded too good to be true—so, naturally, I decided to give it a try. At first, I said I’d do it for a vacation at the beginning of the summer… but now it’s five months later, and I’m still shopping the site’s new arrivals on Saturday mornings and coordinating outfits with my upcoming calendar. After all, fall is the most popular time of year to say “I do,” and I have a bachelorette party this month, a four-day destination wedding the next, another bachelorette, another wedding…you get the picture.

So, am I a devoted member? Yes, and I do think Unlimited is the right plan for me and my lifestyle right now (thanks, wedding season!). But if you’re looking to rent fewer pieces or can’t seem to justify the $169-a-month charge, there are different plans that might be a better fit for you. (There’s the RTR Update for $89, which includes four pieces total a month, and the option to rent per item.) But, for experiment’s sake, here’s what I’ve learned in the past few months—and why I’ll be continuing my membership as I strive to be the best dressed twenty-something on the wedding (and social and life!) circuit.

It has introduced me to new designers—and made me try more adventurous looks!

Right now, I have dresses by The Kooples, Alexis, Nicholas, and Parker hanging in my closet. And they’re colored, florals, and all different lengths!  Which, if you know me, is quite a break from my typical wardrobe of exclusively neutral hues. Honestly, my favorite part of Unlimited has been experimenting with colors and prints that I would never have bought out of fear of them being “too memorable.” (Thanks, IG!) But with one wear here, and another there, why not…?!

It has stopped me from shopping (somewhat).

Believe me, I LOVE online shopping, and I’ve still been doing it (everyone needs new booties for fall, right?!). But having RTR Unlimited has forced me to cut back—$169 is an investment to me—on event-specific purchases and spontaneous trips for fast-fashion purposes. And when I do choose to spend, it has been on more investment pieces and basic staples I felt were missing from my wardrobe.

It has saved the day on numerous occasions.

Have a big meeting tomorrow? No worries. A four-day wedding in Mexico? Come at me! In all seriousness, I’ve had a great overall experience using the site (and app) for both spur-of-the-moment occasions and planned events. I often utilize the “heart” feature, which lets you highlight pieces for specific events on specific dates, like showers, parties, et cetera. For instance, right now, I have a general folder for items I want to wear this fall, and I’m starting a specific mood board for my friend’s wedding next month. That said, the reviews and photos are helpful but you do have to be smart about what you’re shopping for and what fits your body. (So, ladies, now’s the time to learn your best silhouettes!)

And, most importantly, it makes me feel great about myself.

At the end of the day, a new designer dress does put an extra pep in my step, whether I’m wearing it to the office on a Monday or black-tie wedding on Saturday. And honestly, as a bride-to-be or regular gal like me, what more could you want?

Oh, and that feeling when someone gives you a compliment? Forget the price tag because, to me, that might as well be priceless.

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