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Kate Middleton's Friend Just Wore a Wedding Dress That Highly Resembled Her Own

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We know we’re not alone when we say we have every one of Meghan Markle’s public outfits committed to memory, but when it comes to royal style, Kate Middleton is actually leading the pack. Exhibit A: She was named the “top royal style influencer” in eBay’s annual U.K. Retail Report this past year. Even the duchess’s friends apparently can’t help but be influenced by Kate’s fashion prowess. In fact, the royal’s close friend, Sophie Carter, donned a bridal gown this past weekend that a bore striking resemblance to Kate Middleton’s 2011 lace wedding dress.

Carter wed Robert Snuggs on Saturday, with Prince George and Princess Charlotte—Carter’s goddaughter—adorably serving in the bridal party. While this sibling duo was largely the center of attention, there was no distracting from the blushing bride, who sported a long sleeve, V-neck gown with a lace bodice. (See Carter’s look here.) Anyone else getting 2011 royal wedding flashbacks?

However, not all components of Carter’s wedding day ensemble screamed “Kate Middleton.” The non-royal bride opted for a much more fitted skirt, as opposed to the Duchess of Cambridge’s voluminous version (nine-foot train and all). Carter also took a different approach in the accessories department. While Kate celebrated her newfound royalty with a tiara on her wedding day, Carter went for a simple silk headband and lace veil (we can’t all have access to Queen Elizabeth’s accessory collection…).

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There’s no word yet on the designer behind Carter’s gown, but chances are slim that Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen also lent her talents for this classic frock. And even if Carter didn’t intentionally draw inspiration from her royal pal’s custom wedding dress, it would make sense choose a similar style since Kate’s bridal look is about as timeless as it gets—even seven years after her nuptials!

See more: Kate Middleton Recycled Another Dress for Friend Sophie Carter’s Wedding

Speaking of timeless gowns, Meghan Markle’s Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy ceremony ensemble also joined the ranks this past May, which is making us all the more excited to catch a glimpse of Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress October 12. Who knows—perhaps Kate will be a potential fashion influence on yet another noteworthy bride.

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Every Time Prince George and Princess Charlotte Were the Cutest Wedding Participants

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It seems that Prince George and Princess Charlotte are becoming highly in-demand mini wedding party members. The two kicked off their respective page boy and bridesmaid duties when their aunt, Pippa Middleton, tied the knot in May 2017. They then made another bridal party comeback earlier this year for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding. More recently, this past weekend, the royal brother-sister duo added further practice to their repertoire as the most adorable participants in a family friend’s nuptials.

In honor of Princess Eugenie’s upcoming ceremony (less than three weeks, people!!!!), in which Prince George and Princess Charlotte are expected to assume the same bridal party roles, we rounded up all the occasions the siblings were involved in weddings and totally stole the show. We’re all the more excited to see how the pair will be outfitted and, most importantly, how they’ll pose for the camera come October 12.

1. Pippa Middleton’s Wedding

George and Charlotte made their page boy and bridesmaid debut at Pippa Middleton’s wedding to James Matthews. The dapper young gentlemen of the wedding party, who typically hold the bride’s dress train, donned white blouses and gold knickerbockers with cummerbunds, while the girls sported white dresses with pink sashes and flower crowns. Here, the two appear to be playing with their props as Kate Middleton holds Charlotte’s hand.

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Following the ceremony, Prince George led the well-dressed crew out of the church with Pippa and Matthews in tow. A sign of a great future leader.

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Baskets! Bonding! Cuteness overload!

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Princess Charlotte and her mother were both all smiles for the camera on the big day. The royal tot definitely knows a thing or two about posing for photos.

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2. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Wedding

A year later, George and Charlotte joined the bridal party ranks as their uncle, Prince Harry, married Meghan Markle. This time, the page boys rocked mini versions of the Blues and Royals frockcoat, which Harry himself wore on the wedding day. An all-grown-up Charlotte walked down the aisle in a simple white dress, designed by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy (who created Meghan Markle’s ceremony gown.

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Charlotte squeezed in a quick stretch after the ceremony. Even princesses need to wiggle it out sometimes.

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And, let’s not forget about this totally non-Queen Elizabeth-approved pose.

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3. Sophie Carter’s Wedding

A close pal of Kate Middleton’s, Sophie Carter, wed Robert Snuggs this past Saturday, with Prince George and Princess Charlotte landing yet another bridal party gig. In attire similar to his ensemble from Pippa’s wedding, the five-year-old prince was the center of attention. With an assumed air of confidence, he was seen strutting about, chest out, while Charlotte, holding a mini bouquet, looked on from behind.

See more: One of Prince George’s Classmates Will Reportedly Participate in Princess Eugenie’s Upcoming Wedding

So, there you have it—photo evidence goes to show that these two are only getting cuter and cuter with each wedding, meaning Eugenie’s has to be their best one yet. At this point, they’re practically wedding party pros.

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Inside the Royal Wedding Venues: A Look Into the Famous Churches Where Royal Couples Have Said I Do

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The small chapel, which seats 100, originally served as the royal wedding venue of choice, with Queen Anne spearheading the tradition in 1683. Queen Victoria married Prince Albert here in 1840, then King George V (known as Prince George, Duke of York at the time) followed suit at the palace in 1893. Several royal infants were also baptized in the Chapel Royal, including, most recently, Prince Louis.

Most of the palace was built between 1531 and 1536 and, before Queen Victoria ascended to the throne, many British monarchs actually called St. James’s home. Following a fire that destroyed Whitehall Palace, another former royal family residence, Kings George I, George II, and George III lived in St. James’s Palace. Today, the royal family uses the venue for charity events.

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Cardi B Just Shared a Photo That Appears to Be From Her Secret Wedding to Offset

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Remember that one time Cardi B and Offset staged an over-the-top concert proposal last October, then later admitted that they had actually secretly gotten married prior? Same. While little is actually known about the couple’s elusive nuptials, Cardi shared a snippet to Instagram yesterday that appears to be from the big day. And, it seems congratulations are in order—it was their first anniversary.

In the post, the “Bodak Yellow” singer is seen sporting a white tracksuit, with Offset donning a similar black ensemble. The couple stands hand-in-hand with their heads bowed, while what appears to be a female officiant lingers in the background. “TBT …September 20th,” she captioned the photo, which welcomed an outpour of celebratory anniversary comments. We have to admit, we’re a little surprised the female rapper, who has never been one for moderation, opted for such a laid-back ceremony, especially considering she previously told BBC Radio One that she expected her wedding dress alone to cost at least $50,000. So there’s that.

After suspicions began to arise that the couple had tied the knot in private, Cardi B confirmed the secret ceremony via Twitter in June. The Bronx native admitted that she wanted to maintain a bit of privacy within her relationship, and that she and Offset “woke up and decided to get married” a year ago. “We found someone to marry us, and she did, just the two of us and my cousin,” she wrote. “I said I do with no dress no make up and no ring!” TMZ also obtained a copy of Offset and Cardi’s marriage license, which proved that the duo wed at Fulton County city hall in Georgia, on September 20, 2017.

It’s been a big year for the musically inclined duo, who welcomed their first child, daughter Kulture, in July. Cardi has remained unsurprisingly candid about motherhood, taking to Instagram last month to vent. “This postpartum s–t is annoying,” she wrote. “Like, I been emotional all f–king day for no reason.” However, it appears she has a stellar support system thanks to her husband—sources told E! News that Offset, who fathers three children from previous relationships, “has been very helpful because he’s been through this before and knows the ropes.”

See more: Cardi B Reveals Exactly How She Got Pregnant, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Perhaps the extravagant Cardi B and Offest wedding the world had been waiting for will become a reality one day in the future. Fingers crossed!

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Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank Have Officially Mailed Their Wedding Invitations to the Public

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The countdown is on for Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s October 12 royal wedding, which 1,200 lucky members of the general public will get to witness from the castle grounds. Considering this famed ceremony may not be televised, we can’t hide our jealousy that so many citizens will get a firsthand look at the bride’s presumably fairytale-worthy gown on the big day. But, much to their satisfaction, the couple has officially sent out public wedding invitations, and the recipients are (naturally) freaking out.

A few of the excited 1,200 attendees took to Twitter to share their enthusiasm, with one user posting a photo of the coveted wedding card. The letter, emblazoned with the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom, reads, “I am delighted to enclose your Entry Cards for attendance in the precincts of Windsor Castle on Friday 12th October 2018 to celebrate the marriage of HRH Princess Eugenie of York and Mr Jack Brooksbank.” It also states that public guests must bring two forms of identification on the big day.

It seems not every citizen received an invite in the mail, however. Another Twitter user, also reveling in the royal wedding delight, revealed that she was notified of her attendance via email. Perhaps the stationery budget was a bit tight…1,200 cards is a hefty total to sign, seal, and deliver.

Taking a cue from her cousin, Prince Harry, Eugenie and her fiancé announced plans to invite members of the general public to partake in the wedding day back in July. A Kensington Palace statement declared that 1,200 individuals “will be able to view the arrival of the congregation and Members of the Royal Family, listen to a live broadcast of the Marriage Service and watch the start of the procession as the couple depart at the end of the Wedding ceremony.” Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie set up an online application for any interested United Kingdom citizens, and a more recent press release announced that over 100,000 ballots had been filled out. Wonder who had to weed through all those…

The press release also stated that, in addition to the 1,200 members of the public, representatives from several charities close to the couple (including the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, the Teenage Cancer Trust, the Salvation Army and the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women) will be in attendance. A few Windsor locals, residents of Windsor Castle, Royal Household staff members, and students from two Windsor schools have been invited to view the wedding from the castle precincts, as well.

See more: Here’s Princess Eugenie’s Royal Wedding Budget Breakdown, From the Dress to the Catering

One thing’s for sure—that’s a lot of wedding favors to keep track of.

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An Intimate Rooftop Wedding in the Heart of New York City

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Growing up in the same Australian town, Kate and Sam Taylor have began dating since their teens. And four years ago, they decided to embrace a dream they’d always talked about—by moving to New York City! So, rather than return to their homeland to tie the knot, the couple decided to marry in the city they felt represented their new life together. “It’s a long way from home and our friends and family, but we have loved every minute of our adventure here,” Kate says of the Big Apple.

Since 65 of the pair’s 80 wedding guests flew in from Australia to attend their September 20, 2017, nuptials, Sam and Kate made a point to showcase their favorite parts of their new home. To start, they decided to host the event at Gary’s Loft in the heart of Manhattan, which Sam describes as one of the most “dreamy” city spots. “We fell in love with this venue and nothing else compared,” says the bride. “We wanted something very New York with an amazing view to wow our international guests.” To further ensure that their big day stayed true to their tastes, the duo planned their wedding themselves, with the help of their vendors and a few friends. “It was stressful at the time, but it meant we had everything just the way we wanted it,” says Kate.

And it payed off! Keep reading to see this beautiful New York City wedding in all its urban glory, as captured by D’Arcy Benincosa.

Photo by D’Arcy Benincosa

Photo by D’Arcy Benincosa

Both sides of the wedding party got ready in Brooklyn, with the girls taking over a suite in the Wythe Hotel and the guys next door at the Williamsburg Hotel. “From either balcony, we could see each other, which made for some fun photos,” says the bride.

Kate’s bridesmaids lived a 24-hour plane ride away, so letting them pick their own dresses proved to be the easiest shopping option. Her only requests were that they wear gowns within a nude/pink color range and nude heels. “I wanted them all to wear something that suited them and that they loved and could wear again,” she explains.

Photo by D’Arcy Benincosa

Photo by D’Arcy Benincosa

As for her own gown, it was love at first sight when Kate tried a Galia Lahav embellished number with a plunging neckline, layered skirt, and removable long sleeves (which she took off for the reception). “The fit of the dress and the gold exposed zipper and long train sold me,” she says.

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Photo by D’Arcy Benincosa

With such a statement-making frock, the bride decided to keep her hair and makeup on the more simple side. She also completed the look with Alexandre Birman white leather sandals and diamond ear cuffs from Meira T.

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The bride and her ‘maids all carried a blend of pink morning dew roses and Majolica spray roses, tied together with vintage satin ribbon.

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Photo by D’Arcy Benincosa

The “first look” concept hadn’t been on the couple’s radar until their photographer suggested it, but Kate says it ended up being one of their favorite moments of the day. For their own take on this pre-wedding tradition, the bride and groom met on the bridal suite balcony at the Wythe Hotel, overlooking the Manhattan skyline. “It was such a special moment seeing each other for the first time in private and really helped with the nerves,” she says. In order to have more time with guests during cocktail hour, the pair also posed for pictures before the wedding on the streets of Williamsburg and at the New York Public Library.

Sam donned a Ralph Lauren tuxedo, Gucci loafers, a bow tie, and his Pop’s watch, which has been passed down in his family for generations.

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Photo by D’Arcy Benincosa

The ceremony and cocktail hour took place on the Gary’s Loft rooftop. Because their chosen venue was already so stunning (you can’t compete with a historic building right next door!), the couple understandably didn’t want to go overboard with decor. With the help of the groomsmen, Sam crafted a wooden arch for the ceremony….the day before the wedding in his basement! The couple decorated the structure with wild greenery and florals.

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Photo by D’Arcy Benincosa

For a special touch, a close American friend officiated the ceremony. The trio worked together to write the ceremony script and vows—and the officiant even threw in some Australian slang and quotes that he had picked up from the pair over the years, much to the satisfaction of the wedding guests. Sam’s sister also read a Robert Fulghum poem titled “Union,” and a three-piece jazz band helped set the mood.

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Straw baskets filled with rose petals lined the aisle so guests could shower the newlyweds following the ceremony.

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After, the festivities migrated to the venue’s penthouse level, an all-white space with exposed piping and wooden floorboards, for the reception. The couple utilized preexisting furniture from the loft, including white couches, antique mirrors, and an old-school bathtub that doubled as an extra bar.

Photo by D’Arcy Benincosa

Photo by D’Arcy Benincosa

“We wanted our day to feel like a big family gathering or house party, rather than a formal event,” says Kate. To do so, the couple decided on two long dinner tables to seat their nearest and dearest.

With a soft and romantic theme in mind, Sam and Kate also relied on cream, pale pink, and gold hues to decorate the indoor area. They hung cascading flowers of various lengths from the ceiling and adorned each table with hand-blown glass vases filled with pink and gold anthuriums and roses.

Photo by D’Arcy Benincosa

Photo by D’Arcy Benincosa

Photo by D’Arcy Benincosa

Dinner, which was served family-style “to create the vibe of a big family gathering in a New York apartment,” featured catering from one of Sam and Kate’s favorite local restaurants, The Fat Radish. Menu highlights included radishes in olive tapenade, seared tuna with watermelon and chili, tomato feta basil salad, hanger steak with smashed fingerlings, and sea bass over beet mash.

As for dessert, the couple turned to another beloved New York eatery, Momofuku Milk Bar, to share with their Australian guests. They dug into a three-tiered, multicolored wedding cake with chocolate chip passionfruit, chocolate malt, and strawberry lemon flavors. Gluten-free cupcakes from Erin McKenna’s Bakery also made an appearance.

Photo by D’Arcy Benincosa

In honor of their first kiss all the way back in 2004, Kate and Sam chose Childish Gambino’s cover of “Into You” by Fabolous, which had been playing in the background at the time, as their first dance song. For reception entertainment, the couple hunted down one of their favorite DJs, Dash Speaks, who frequently performs at one of their go-to speakeasy bars. “He played all of our fave songs,”Kats says.

Sam’s completely on-the-spot speech was another reception highlight. “He really surprised everyone,” says the bride. “It ticked all the boxes and had everyone laughing, and then tearing up with his beautiful words.”

Photo by D’Arcy Benincosa

Photo by D’Arcy Benincosa

To close out the evening, the couple and their guests sang and danced to one last song, “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z, before heading back up to the roof for a final toast and glimpse of the Empire State Building. “It was the perfect end to the night,” says the bride. “The view of the city could not be beat.”

Venue: Gary’s Lofts || Bride’s Dress: Galia Lahav || Bride’s Veil: Bridal Reflections || Bride’s Shoes: Alexandre Birman || Bride’s Earrings: Meira T || Hair: Cutler Salon || Makeup: Tobi Henney || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Lauren B Jewelry || Floral Design: Phoebe Ma || Invitations & Paper Products: Sarah Head Creative || Ceremony Music: Talisman Jazz || Reception Music: Dash Speaks || Catering: Silkstone NYC || Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar || Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. || Accommodations: Wythe Hotel, Williamsburg Hotel || Videographer: By Design Films || Photographer: D’Arcy Benincosa

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Meghan Markle Is Fueling Model Karlie Kloss's Wedding Day Beauty Inspiration

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First, another fellow royal bride seemingly took heed of Meghan Markle’s wedding day look, timeless dress and all. Now, American celebs also appear to be making note of the Duchess of Sussex’s effortless bridal allure, specifically newly betrothed supermodel Karlie Kloss.

The former Victoria’s Secret model announced her engagement to Joshua Kushner via Instagram on July 24, and showcased snaps of her gorgeous new ring through the platform’s Story feature. Although wedding planning likely isn’t on the couple’s radar quite yet, Kloss does at least have her beauty look for the big day in mind, taking cues from none other than our favorite recent royal bride.

In an interview with Refinery 29 last week, the 26-year-old admitted that she’s still “enjoying the engagement bliss,” but tossed around a few of her hair and makeup ideas.

“I’m definitely somebody who opts for ‘less is more’ when it comes to beauty,” she said. ” I love a strong lip or a strong eye, but I would want to keep it more natural. For hair, an updo is pretty logical. Get it out the way, so you can dance and have a good time.”

When asked if any former bride will serve as inspo, Kloss admitted she had one specific style muse.

Meghan Markle,” she replied. “She looked gorgeous on her wedding day. I feel it’s a day that you want to just feel happy, beautiful, and not stressed. I think what makes someone most beautiful, especially on their wedding day, is when that glow comes from the inside.”

See more: Victoria’s Secret Model Lily Aldridge is Pregnant!

If you fangirled over Meghan’s wedding look as hard as we did, then you should be equally thrilled to potentially see a similar style in action when Karlie Kloss walks struts down the aisle. Once Fashion Month subsides, perhaps the model and her fiancé can officially start making headway on more than just tentative beauty plans.

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11 Calming Wellness Products for Both You and Your Partner

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Unless wedding planning is in your blood, part of your profession, or you just happen to do it on the reg, chances are you’ve probably lost sleep and/or gained a few new wrinkles if you’re deep in the throes of planning your own nuptials. Whether it’s an IRL Bride Wars moment battling for a venue or a wedding vendor happens to fall through, complications leading up to the wedding are inevitably bound to arise. Despite finding the love of your life and all that jazz, being a bride is hard—it’s ok to admit.

Cue calming wellness products for couples. Forget pricey spa appointments to rid you of your wedding-induced insomnia or nail-biting habit—keeping your cool can easily start within the comfort of your home at little cost. We’re talking soothing face masks, hydrating shower gels, and more that will ease your mind, make self-care a top priority, and give you a head start on your pre-wedding beauty regimen.

Plus, inviting your partner to hop on the wellness bandwagon is bound to strengthen your relationship and improve both your moods before you walk down the aisle (happy wife, happy life, right!?). Your S.O. might not exactly jump at the chance to try a wellness-inspired coconut mask, but together you can harness the power of energy-boosting essential oils, or a calming bath soak to help set the mood. It might all sound like mumbo jumbo to you wellness skeptics out there, but don’t knock it ’til you try it. May you and your soon-to-be-spouse find peace of mind during your wedding planning adventure with any of our 11 calming wellness product picks.

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Attention, Brides—You Can Now Purchase the Crazy Rich Asians Bridesmaid Dress for Your Own Bridal Party

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Aside from the hearthrob that is Henry Golding, the Crazy Rich Asians wedding scene is undoubtedly one of the film’s main highlights. Complete with a wedding-aisle-turned-makeshift-river, an indoor garden feel, and the bride’s wedding jumpsuit with thousands of Swarovski crystals, it’s safe to assume you’ve never seen a wedding this extravagant, either on-screen or off. While the author of the original novel, Kevin Kwan, had anticipated the opulent Singapore nuptials to cost around $40 million dollars, the production team got creative when it came to creating the look for less in the movie adaption—even with the bridesmaid dresses.

If you were able to pull your attention away from the bride, Araminta Lee’s (Sonoya Mizuno) Mary Vogt ensemble during the wedding, you probably caught glimpses of the shimmery gown that her maid of honor sported while standing beside her at the altar. Yes, the film’s bridal party gowns certainly look like a million bucks, but maid of honor’s dress in particular is shockingly (dare we say, crazy) affordable. Plus, good news for any future brides and ‘maids, you can shop the exact same frock for your own wedding, if you’re feeling inspired by the movie’s extravagance.

Designed by Adrianna Papell, the taupe evening gown features all-over hand-sewn beading, a cinched waist, thin straps, and, best of all, a mere $300 price tag. Also available in blush, navy, silver, and plus sizes, this shimmery number can easily accommodate your bridesmaid crew. Even mixing and matching hues would make for show-stopping photos with your girls.

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See more: The Crazy Rich Asians Engagement Ring Belongs to Michelle Yeoh in Real Life

Although this dress may not be on par with every bridal style, fashion is at the forefront of the Crazy Rich Asians plot (as clearly evidenced by the bride’s big day ensemble and luxe wedding guest looks), so you know such a gown would meet even Eleanor Young’s coveted clothing approval. And that’s truly saying something.

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'Stranger Things' Star David Harbour Followed Through with a Twitter Promise and Officiated a Fan's Wedding

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David Harbour is truly a man of his word. If you’ve tuned in to Netflix’s Stranger Things, you know him as Jim Hopper, Chief of Police and beloved father figure in the spooky fictional series. But, off-screen, Harbour has created another reputation for himself via Twitter, where he takes even the most absurd fan requests to heart…if they reach a certain amount of retweets, that is. Last year, he agreed to take senior photos with one teenage mega fan if he surpassed 25,000 retweets. More recently, he promised to officiate a fan’s wedding, and unsurprisingly followed through.

Here’s the backstory: in January, a Twitter user named Ericka asked, “What would it take to get @DavidKHarbour to be the Officiant at my wedding in September?!” Hopper (er, Harbour) responded immediately, stepping up to the task only if he received 125,000 retweets…and as long he got the first slice of wedding cake. An understandable demand.

The Internet works in magical ways, and the Twitter sphere surpassed Harbour’s goal in less than 24 hours, generating a whopping 138,000 retweets.

While Stranger Things fans may have forgotten about this viral escapade, Harbour did not. Nine months after Ericka’s appeal, the actor seemingly got ordained and provided photo evidence (on Twitter, duh) that he followed through with his promise—all while dressed in Jim Hopper’s police costume, no less (perhaps he came straight from filming…). Posted on September 15, the photo showcases the bride, groom, wedding party, and Harbour standing in front of a floral-infused outdoor ceremony arch.

“Hey internet. I know it’s been awhile. I retreated. Needed some space. You probably get it,” Harbour tweeted with the photo. “But I’ve been thinking about ya in the interim. And all your retweets. And so me and some fun folks in Springfield, Illinois made good on our promise we made all those months ago.” Eleven would be so proud!

See more: Friends Officiating Weddings 101: Everything You Need to Know

We’ve definitely heard of stranger things (pun intended) happening in the wedding world, but props to Harbour for showing such dedication to his fans and squeezing this couple into his filming schedule. We can only hope he ended up actually reading an “esteemed love letter” and receiving the first piece of cake as repayment.

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Kensington Palace Just Released New Information Regarding Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding

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Following the same pattern as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding, Kensington Palace is beginning to release more nuptial-related information as Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s own big day approaches, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. It’s all happening…again!

With less than a month until the couple says “I do” October 12, Palace officials produced a statement today, hitting on a few specifics of the royal ceremony. “Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie and Mr. Jack Brooksbank have been touched by the many good wishes they have received in the run-up to their Wedding on 12th October 2018,” the statement began. “They are looking forward to celebrating with their family, friends, and members of the public within the Castle grounds and in Windsor. As the wedding approaches the couple wish to share the following details of the day.”

We already know that Eugenie and her fiancé will wed at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, but the press release officially confirmed the ceremony’s 11 a.m. start time (6 a.m. ET for those of us across the pond). The Dean of Windsor, The Rt Revd. David Conner (who also presided over Harry and Meghan’s wedding, will officiate, and the the Archbishop of York, the Most Revd. and Rt. Hon. John Sentamu, will lead prayers, according to the statement.

Kensington Palace had also previously revealed that 1,200 members of the public, along with local community members and various charity representatives, would be invited to partake in the celebration from the Windsor Castle grounds. The soon-to-be-married couple allowed interested United Kingdom citizens to fill out an application in order to be selected for this privilege, and after receiving over 100,000 electronic ballots, the statement affirmed that invites have been officially extended to the lucky selected 1,200.

As for the charity representatives, the press release added that members from the following organizations will be in attendance: the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, the Teenage Cancer Trust, the Salvation Army, and the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women. Residents of Windsor Castle, a few Royal Household staff members, Windsor community members, and students from two local schools, St George’s School and Coworth Flexlands School, will also be welcomed to view the marriage procession.

Just as Harry and Meghan did, Eugenie and Brooksbank will embark on a carriage ride following their wedding ceremony along Windsor’s High Street. And, although it’s unclear whether this royal wedding round two will be televised, there are plenty of chances for fans to witness the newlyweds during their parade about town. “Opportunities for members of the public wishing to view the couple are on Castle Hill, the High Street, and Park Street, echoing the route taken by the Earl and Countess of Wessex following their wedding,” read the statement. The Palace added that, “the carriage will not travel along the Long Walk,” meaning Eugenie and Brooksbank’s carriage procession will take a much shorter route than Harry and Meghan’s.

Last, the Palace press release verified Queen Elizabeth’s post-ceremony reception for the couple and guests, which will take place at Windsor Castle. Her Majesty hosted the same event for Meghan and Harry, but will have quite a few extra mouths to feed this time around. Sources revealed via the Mail on Sunday that the couple has reportedly invited 250 more wedding guests than the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, adding up to a whopping 850 grand total. The 28-year-old royal is expected to rack up a much smaller wedding bill than her cousin’s previous big day, however.

See more: Here’s Everyone on Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s Royal Wedding Guest List

As Eugenie and Brooksbank’s royal wedding draws closer, here’s hoping the Palace continues to share more breaking news with us fellow ceremony obsesses. A hint toward the bride’s dress designer, perhaps?

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Here's When to Set Your Alarm for Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Royal Wedding

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If you tuned in to Prince Harry and Meghan’s Markle royal wedding back in May, you know the drill, early wake up call and all. With Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank’s upcoming October 12 ceremony, the timeline across the pond remains fairly the same, meaning you should have your plastic tiaras and tea ready bright and early to partake in the festivities.

Unfortunately, it’s still up in the air whether this second widely anticipated royal ceremony will be televised. However, an exclusive first look at the couple’s wedding invitations, courtesy of Vanity Fair, reveals that the ceremony will be begin promptly at 11 a.m. For those of us across the pond, that translates to approximately 6 a.m. EST, an entire hour earlier than the previous British royal wedding. Have your alarms set and ready to go!

Just like Meghan and Harry’s big day, Princess Eugenie and her fiancé will wed at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where the ceremony will likely also run for an hour. Afterward, the newlyweds will embark on a carriage ride through parts of Windsor High Street, followed by a lunchtime reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth (noticing a scheduling pattern here?). However, divulging from Meghan and Harry’s wedding day routine, the pair has opted for a two-day party at the bride’s family home, Royal Lodge in Windsor.

Aside from the ceremony, much of Meghan and Prince Harry’s wedding was kept under wraps, including the couple’s star-studded, no-phones-allowed evening reception at Frogmore House. Given the fact that the royal family is constantly within the public eye, it’s likely Eugenie will want to do the same, even if she does choose to televise her ceremony.

However, for a select few (thousand) members of the public, it’s their lucky day. Taking another cue from Harry and Meghan, Brooksbank and Eugenie have invited 1,200 United Kingdom citizens to the Windsor Castle grounds to witness the wedding procession and listen to a live broadcast of the ceremony. Members of the Windsor community, local schoolchildren, and representatives from charities that the couple supports will also be in attendance.

See more: Princess Eugenie’s Wedding Dress Will Look Like This, According to These Bridal Designers

All in all, even if you skipped out on the last royal wedding, trust us—nothing beats witnessing an IRL princess bride in action.

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This Is Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Royal Wedding Dress Code

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Mark your calendars, royal wedding fans—we’re officially one month away from the second major British ceremony this year between Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank. Not to outdo Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, whose royal wedding took place in May, the couple has reportedly requested the presence of 850 guests (that’s 250 more than the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s nuptials). The clock is ticking for guests to rally their most royal wedding-worthy ensembles and, believe it or not, this event is calling for an even stricter dress code than Harry and Meghan’s ceremony.

In a sneak peek of the couple’s wedding stationery, released by Vanity Fair, the bottom right corner reveals in a scrawling black font that male guests must wear a morning coat and women are required to wear a day dress and hat. While the wardrobe protocol for female guests remains the same from Harry and Meghan’s wedding, Eugenie’s dress code actually places a stricter limit on men’s attire. Mailed two months before their May 19 ceremony, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s invites gave males greater flexibility, allowing for a military uniform, morning coat or lounge suit for the ceremony.

So, why the change from one wedding to the next, and what exactly do these outfit suggestions entail? For starters, Brooksbank has not served in the military, meaning he’ll wear a suit on the big day, and guests will be expected to dress accordingly. Prince Harry, on the other hand, opted for his Blues and Royals uniform on his wedding day.

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As for the morning coat guideline, this is the traditional wedding look for male guests across the pond, which involves a tailcoat, striped trousers, a waistcoat, tie, and collared shirt. According to Express, Harry and Meghan likely allowed for a slightly more casual lounge suit option to accommodate any American guests unfamiliar with this clothing custom.

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We can expect to see female guest looks similar to those debuted at Harry and Meghan’s wedding. Think hats or fascinators galore and plenty of stunning midis or maxis (respectful hemlines only in the presence of royalty). Prominent recent royal wedding looks, like Victoria Beckham’s and Oprah Winfrey’s, will be hard to top, but we have no doubt that Eugenie’s A-list posse will step up to the challenge.

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For guests who are still stumped by what to wear to Princess Eugenie and Brooksbank’s October 12 wedding, etiquette expert Myka Meir previously told Town & Country that, “there will be additional guidance for the attendees. Though we will not see it, there will often be an internal document circulated to give them more information about the dress code.”

See more: Decoding the Royal Wedding Dress Code

The couple’s lengthy list of guests will undoubtedly look their best, morning dress and all, but we’re obviously most excited to see what the bride herself may sport down the aisle. After all, Eugenie does have to big shoes to fill following Meghan Markle’s famed wedding day looks. No pressure!

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13 Eco-Friendly Home Decor Picks to Help You Go Green

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Earth Day may have come and gone months ago, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t adopt a sustainable lifestyle on the reg. In fact, with the overwhelming amounts of stylish, under-the-radar, eco-friendly home decor picks out there, it’s practically inexcusable not to go green within your humble abode. Plus, before you roll your eyes and tighten your grip on your wallet, know this—environmentally conscious doesn’t have to equate to overtly unaffordable. Sure, organic picks may run a bit pricier than their standard counterparts, but you’re making a positive investment for your home and the planet (make Mother Nature proud!).

To prove our point, we rounded up 13 eco-friendly home decor items that you can instantly incorporate into your living room, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen—you name it. Featuring furniture made with recycled materials from everyone’s favorite build-it-yourself furniture superstore, IKEA, to ethically sourced, handwoven baskets available through Kaza, there’s truly no shortage of readily available ecological finds to contribute to your interior design collection. Whether you’re hunting for registry inspo or are merely a newlywed in search of some chic new furnishings, you’ve come to the right place. Happy eco-friendly home shopping, and may yours be the most sustainable on the block.

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Here's Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding Budget Breakdown, From the Dress to the Catering

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Although Princess Eugenie has big shoes to fill following Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle earlier in the year, it seems this royal is taking a slightly more frugal route to her upcoming October 12 nuptials. And by slightly, we mean about a mere £2.7 million (about $3.5 million) predicted budget compared to Harry and Meghan’s estimated $45 million wedding cost. Royals seemingly spare no ceremony expense!

So where exactly will the 28-year-old and her fiancé, Jack Brooksbank, allocate their predicted funds? Hamish Shephard, founder of British wedding planning website Bridebook (which also predicted Meghan and Harry’s wedding budget back in March), dished on the dollars (er, pounds) in an interview with Daily Mail. With data drawn from 170,000 weddings and 70,000 bridal vendors via Bridebook’s database, here are a few key points from Shephard’s mind-boggling breakdown:

The Dress

If we’ve learned anything from royal brides past, it’s that their wedding dresses alone tend to significantly spike the bill. Kate Middleton’s, for example, is believed to be worth $434,000. So far, we only know that Eugenie has selected a British designer to create her gown, but Bridebook pegs Stella McCartney, who designed Meghan Markle’s wedding reception dress, as The One. “The price tag for a bespoke Stella McCartney gown? Somewhere around a casual £200,000,” said Shephard, which equates to $260,000, A.K.A. way more than most couples spend on their entire weddings.

Security

Rounding out the largest chunk of Princess Eugenie’s wedding budget, an increased security presence will cost $2.5 million…at the taxpayer’s expense. Citizens of the U.K. aren’t too thrilled to be footing the bill, but this fee smalls in comparison to the estimated £20 million ($25.4 million) worth of security precautions that the public also covered for Harry and Meghan’s wedding.

Venue

Brooksbank and Eugenie will follow Harry and Meghan’s footsteps and wed within St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Taking a different approach for their reception, however, the pair has decided to host a reported black-tie evening party at the bride’s family home, Royal Lodge. The reception venue itself obviously won’t require any out-of-pocket fees from the couple, but they do plan to set up a marquee on the property grounds. According to Shephard, a tent fit for a royal, combined with extra catering and bathroom accommodations, could set Eugenie and Brooksbank back up to £85,000 ($110,000). Plus, it’s rumored that they have decided to make their reception a two-day event, further bumping up the cost.

Catering

Speaking of catering, the couple will have plenty of mouths to feed—they supposedly invited 850 guests to their ceremony (that’s 250 more than Harry and Meghan!), along with 1,200 members of the general public. Additionally, Eugenie previously told British Vogue that she plans to have a plastic-free wedding (save the planet!), and Shephard says finding plastic alternatives will be costly. All in all, she expects around £100,000 to £151,600 (between $130,000 and $197,000) to be spent on high-end catering.

Drinks

It wouldn’t be a wedding, royal or not, without plenty of beverages to keep guests entertained. And, given Brooksbank’s background (he’s an ambassador for George Clooney’s tequila brand, Casamigos), alcohol will likely be a top budgeting priority.

“If there’s one thing Eugenie and Jack will do better than Harry and Meghan, it’s the alcohol,” said Shephard.

Tequila could potentially be complimentary, but that still leaves wedding-worthy liquor like champagne and wine, all of which could cost around £84,500, or $110,000 (they have plenty of guests to satisfy, after all!).

Flowers

“Hundreds of thousands of fresh flowers and herbs will decorate the church, Windsor Castle and marquees, likely with the notable caveat that they can be re-planted following the wedding to ensure minimal environmental impact,” says Shephard, who believes the pair will opt for an eco-friendly floral route. “This a noble, yet pricey decision.”

The couple has chosen London-based florist Rob van Helden to design their wedding blooms. While we don’t know what specific arrangements to expect on the big day, Shephard predicts a £100,000 ($130,000) bill for flowers alone.

Stationery

According to Shephard, Eugenie and Brooksbank diversified their wedding invitations with a Nelson Mandela quote. “To top it there is some beautiful calligraphy and the family’s badge printed in gold ink, which, although not as significant as the quote, will weigh on the final price a lot more,” she says. Royal-worthy wedding stationery likely cost the couple around £30,000 ($39,000).

Photography and Videography

Harry and Meghan’s wedding and engagement photographer, Alexi Lubomirski, set the picture bar high. Topping their royal wedding predecessors in the photography department will require the best of the best—and potentially up to £17,000 ($22,000).

“Expect to see the ever increasingly popular documentary photography style prevailing, highlighting Eugenie and Jack as a young, fun and more laid back royal couple,” says Shephard.

See more: This Is What Princess Eugenie’s Royal Title Will Be After She Gets Married

Music

With big hitters like Ellie Goulding pitted to perform, music and entertainment will likely amount to no small fee. Although the couple has no shortage of musically-inclined pals in their close circle (including Goulding and James Blunt), who may offer their talents for free, they’ll also have to plan for ceremony music, DJs, and potentially a live band. Not to mention, The Kingdom Choir from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding ceremony will be hard to beat. Shephard thinks this planning component could amount anywhere between £25,000 and £55,000 ($33,000-$72,000).

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An Effortless Destination Wedding in Cabo

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It was love at first sight for Kristina and David Turken when they crossed paths in 2013, while studying abroad in London. “I had actually broken both of my feet in a skiing accident just days before flying over to London so I was in a wheelchair the first time we met,” she recalls. But the two hit it off immediately (thanks to an intro by a mutual friend!) and spent the remainder of their time abroad traveling Europe together. “We spent our senior year of college doing long-distance, visiting each other almost every other weekend,” says Kristina. “After college, he moved out to L.A. and the rest is history!”

To be specific: In 2016, three years after moving to the west coast, David suggested a spontaneous weekend trip to Big Sur. “I was originally a little suspicious of this random getaway, but he said it was making up for a trip he had to cancel the weekend before,” she recalls. Once they arrived at Post Ranch Inn, they grabbed drinks at the hotel bar—but after, David said “he forgot his wallet” so they had to stop by the room before dinner. When they arrived, Kristina found a path of roses leading to the deck, where David popped the question. The surprises continued the next evening, when Kristina bumped into her dad in the hotel lobby. (David had secretly flown both their parents in for the occasion!) And when they returned home to L.A., David revealed one last surprise: an impromptu engagement dinner with their nearest and dearest.

So, with travel at the forefront of their relationship and a proposal like that, a destination celebration felt like the natural choice for Kristina and David’s wedding on February 10, 2018. “After many scouting trips and a lot of consideration, we finally landed on Cabo, a place that we had been going to for years,” says the bride. There, they opted for a private beach ceremony outside the One & Only Palmilla, followed by a reception at Flora Farms. When it came to the decor, Kristina admits that she didn’t go into wedding planning with a specific vision in mind. But ultimately, with the help of Jesse Tombs at Alison Events, they created a three-day celebration that read “chic and timeless,” as well as “unique and different.” “From the beginning, we were going for a simple, organic look and wanted to let the beautiful settings stand front-and-center,” explains the bride. “Everything we did was meant to complement each of the venues, whether it be the amazing working farm or beach.”

Keep reading to see how this couple pulled off an effortless destination wedding with the help of Jesse Tombs of Alison Events (on the design and logistics) and Braedon Flynn of Braedon Photography (behind the lens!).

Photo by Braedon Flynn

Photo by Braedon Flynn

First and foremost on the couple’s wedding agenda? Give their guests the best possible experience! To do this, David and Kristina organized fun local activities throughout the weekend. They also paid careful attention to their attendants’ welcome bags. Each custom-weaved tote included a personalized note along with some of their favorite things, like a local cookbook and a few go-to snacks.

Photo by Braedon Flynn

Photo by Braedon Flynn

Photo by Braedon Flynn

Kristina admits she didn’t exactly have an “aha” moment while dress shopping. In fact, she actually found “the one” after quite a few glasses of bubbly! “When I tried this particular dress on at Oscar de la Renta, it was the only dress that drew tears from the girls,” says Kristina of her long-sleeved sheath gown with lace appliqués. “I bought it right there on the spot.”

To complement her low-back dress, the bride added an Oscar de la Renta chapel-length veil, her mother’s diamond tennis bracelet, and diamond hoops from David’s parents. She also accessorized with a customized “Mrs. T” clutch from Edie Parker and metallic Stuart Weitzman block heels. (Of course, David had a surprise planned on the big day: He had a bridesmaid steal Kristina’s shoes so that he could write a sweet message on the sole while she got ready!)

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Though the bride wasn’t tied to many planning visions initially, she knew she loved the all-white bridesmaids trend from the get-go. “I wanted the girls to look dressed up and super special in white,” she says. In order to differentiate from her own wedding ensemble, her ‘maids selected different Zimmerman frocks with midi-length hemlines.

Photo by Braedon Flynn

Photo by Braedon Flynn

David donned a Dior suit and Christian Louboutin brown oxford shoes. Kristina had two surprises for her groom: turtle-shaped cufflinks (after his nickname for her) and an engraved wedding band.

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Yonder Design created a custom ceremony program that featured the couple’s initials in a simple, modern font.

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Photo by Braedon Flynn

Photo by Braedon Flynn

For the ceremony decor, the couple’s planner worked with local florist Pina Cate to create a soft, garden-inspired look. This translated to an asymmetrical arch, draped in garden roses, ferns, and textured greenery.

With that, plus the dramatic ocean backdrop, Kristina and David wed in front of 220 guests, as one of the groom’s oldest and closest friends acted as their officiant. For their vows, the couple decided to merge their written promises and alternate reading lines aloud. “It was so much less intimidating, and actually ended up being one of our favorite parts of our wedding weekend,” says the bride. “Our guests loved it, too!”

Photo by Braedon Flynn

A traditional Mariachi band serenaded the newlyweds during their recessional.

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Photo by Braedon Flynn

Once at the reception venue, guests were greeted by a donkey draped in florals. It looked adorable in photos—but funny story: it actually almost bite the bride’s finger!

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Photo by Braedon Flynn

The escort card display featured glass-blown hearts made by a local vendor. The hearts were hung, along with coordinating escort card tags, on a custom ladder adorned with flowers and greenery. “It felt like it was growing out of the grass surrounding it,” their planner adds.

Photo by Braedon Flynn

Photo by Braedon Flynn

Pattern, texture, and a neutral color palette ensured that the reception decor would not detract from the venue’s natural allure. The couple and their planner were inspired by the surrounding stones and earth, so they incorporated soft pink hues into the mix, as well as a muted mango color to represent the reception locale—Flora Farms’ Mango Grove.

Embroidered table linens added yet another textural component, as did layered ceramic plates. Votives and pillar candles acted as a final touch, especially after dark.

Photo by Braedon Flynn

Photo by Braedon Flynn

To keep in line with the slightly mismatched style, tabletops were accented with floral arrangements of various heights and styles. “Some tables had more groupings, and some had fewer groupings in a larger scale, so every table went together, but they were all different,” explains the planner. Finally, local fruits sourced from the farm, like cut-open mangos, papayas, and guavas, provided a sense of place and a quintessentially Mexican feel.

Photo by Braedon Flynn

“Choosing our reception menu at Flora Farms was particularly easy,” says Kristina. “It’s a working farm and they use whatever is in season.” The farm-to-table, family-style meal featured homemade burrata, lemon-and-herb roasted chicken with sweet potatoes and carrots, and a “Catch of the Day” with roasted onions and sage potatoes.

For their signature cocktail, the couple served their go-to drink, a spicy margarita, along with a vodka and grapefruit option to accommodate any non-tequila drinkers.

Photo by Braedon Flynn

When it came time to cut into their own wedding cake, a killer dance party had already broken out, so the newlyweds slipped away to dig into their three-tiered, banana-flavored confection—just the two of them!

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Photo by Braedon Flynn

Photo by Braedon Flynn

A major dance sesh was a given with a set-up like this. David and Kristina opted also doubled the musical entertainment, hiring a local band, The Kilometros, as well as L.A.-based DJ Jesse Kivel to play later in the night.

Kristina and David selected “Coming Home” by Leon Bridges for their own spin around the light-filled dance floor.

Photo by Braedon Flynn

Photo by Braedon Flynn

As the evening wore on, late-night treats were served in the form of pizza and house-made ice cream. At this point, the bride traded in her long-sleeved gown for a party-ready Zimmermann frock.

Looking back on their effortless destination wedding, Kristina says her best advice is to enjoy the planning process. “You will miss it when it’s over,” she says with a laugh. And also: Cherish your partner. “Hold on tight to your new spouse during the reception,” she says. “It’s easy to get separated talking to all of your guests, but remember, the night is all about you two!”

Ceremony Venue: One&Only Palmilla || Reception Venue: Flora Farms || Wedding Planning: Jesse Tombs of Alison Events || Styling: MGK Style || Bride’s Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta || Bride’s Reception Dress: Zimmermann || Bride’s Veil: Oscar de la Renta || Bride’s Earrings: Simons, Van Cleef & Arpels || Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman || Bride’s Clutch: Edie Parker || Hair: Mischelle Navar || Makeup: Pircilla Pae || Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Zimmermann || Groom’s Attire: Dior, Christian Louboutin || Groom’s Cufflinks: MAVA || Engagement Ring & Wedding Band: Simons || Floral Design & Favors: Pina Cate || Invitations & Paper Products: Yonder Design || Ceremony Music: Francisco Alatorre, Mariachi Cabo || Reception Music: Jesse Kivel of Dart Collective, Kilometro Band || Catering & Cake: Flora Farms || Rentals: Marianna Idrin Designs, Del Cabo Event Design, Victor Valdez Productions || Linens: La Tavola Linen || Transportation: Impala Cabo Transportation Services || Security: Pacific Blue || Videography: Elysium Productions || Photography: Braedon Flynn || Wedding Accommodations & Honeymoon Planning: Ever After Honeymoons

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Princess Eugenie Will Reportedly Have a Two-Day Wedding Reception with a “Festival Vibe”

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If it wasn’t already apparent from Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s 800+ guest list (yep…) that their upcoming wedding will be one of the most extravagant affairs of the season, perhaps the pair’s two-day reception will remind you that the British royal family doesn’t mess around when it comes to nuptials. Exhibit A: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s estimated $45 million ceremony just three months prior.

Eugenie and her fiancé are set to follow in Meghan and Harry’s footsteps Friday, October 12, tying the knot at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The couple and their guests will also enjoy a post-ceremony bunch, hosted by Queen Elizabeth, and an evening reception at the bride’s family home, Royal Lodge in Windsor. However, one-upping the royal newlyweds, Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie reportedly plan to continue their wedding celebrations into the following day.

According to The Times, the Friday evening reception will be a black-tie event, and Vanity Fair previously reported that the couple plans to set up a marquee on the property’s garden for the occasion. After plenty of presumed late-night dancing, guests will reportedly be invited back to Royal Lodge for another party the next day, albeit with a much more laid-back vibe. Bring your boogie shoes and hangover kits, royal wedding guests.

“After the more formal celebration [of Eugenie’s wedding] at Windsor Castle on Friday, the Saturday bash will be a relaxed party,” a source told The Times. “There will be dodgems and funfair rides, coconut shies, lots of food stalls, loads of cocktails, bloody Marys for the hangovers and a festival vibe.” Apparently a morning-after brunch just wouldn’t cut it.

Harry and Meghan similarly opted for a smaller evening reception after their ceremony, hosted by Prince Charles, but capped their wedding festivities at just one day. This duo set the royal wedding standard almost unattainably high, so a double reception could be Eugenie’s way of setting her own nuptials apart.

See more: Everything We Know About Princess Eugenie’s Royal Wedding, So Far

Brooksbank and Eugenie have also chosen David and Victoria Beckham’s wedding planner, Peregrine Armstrong-Jones, to coordinate their own weekend-long affair, so you know this will be one royal bash for the books.

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Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Royal Wedding Is Expected to Be Larger Than Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's

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If you thought Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s recent royal wedding had quite the excessive invite list, what with 600 guests and 1,200 members of the general public, just you wait. The next royal ceremony on the horizon, between Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, is expected to have an even higher attendance rate—200 more guests than the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, to be exact.

According to sources via The Mail on Sunday, Eugenie and Brooksbank reportedly invited 850 individuals to their October 12 wedding, which actually exceeds the capacity of their ceremony venue, St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The space, where Harry and Meghan also said “I do,” can fit 800, meaning the couple will have to get creative with their seating chart. A source also added that a few “no” RSVPs wouldn’t be the worst thing.

“The wedding itself is going to be huge and they are hoping quite a few of the people they’ve invited won’t be able to come, because of the capacity issue,” an insider told The Mail, according to Yahoo.

For starters, Prince Philip’s (Eugenie’s grandfather) and Kate Middleton’s attendance are currently up in the air (that narrows it down a bit!). However, not much else is known regarding the couple’s future wedding attendants. Similar to Harry and Meghan’s May 19 wedding, Brooksbank and Eugenie’s will likely also be a star-studded affair. George and Amal Clooney, Ellie Goulding, and James Blunt are among a few A-listers rumored to be on the invite list. British singer Robbie Williams’ daughter is believed to be a flower girl, as well.

Taking another cue from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the 28-year-old royal and her fiancé will also request the presence of the public, allowing 1,200 United Kingdom citizens to partake in the festivities within the Precincts of Windsor Castle. Combined with their 850 anticipated guests, Brooksbank and his future bride are in for one well-attended wedding, to say the least.

See more: This Is What Princess Eugenie’s Royal Title Will Be After She Gets Married

Fingers crossed Eugenie, Brooksbank, and their royal wedding planner won’t have to stress too much over ceremony seating as their big day draws closer.

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A Bohemian Outdoor Ceremony in California

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Catherine and Tom Rex-Goad recall different versions of their first encounters. But, long story short, the two first crossed paths at summer camp in 2008 on Catalina Island, California, and were soon high school sweethearts. Almost 10 years later, Tom proposed in March 2017—and by that time, Catherine was totally anticipating it! “We live on a sailboat and the ring had been sitting basically in the open for six months,” she says. “Even though I not-so-secretly knew it was coming, I was dying to know how he would pop the question.” Lo and behold, the couple stumbled upon a breathtaking set of cliffs overlooking the ocean while visiting Nusa Ceningan, an island in Bali. Tom insisted they return to the exact same spot the next day, and Catherine knew something was up, especially when he continued to frantically check his pockets “100 times.” Tom finally got down on one knee at the cliff’s edge. “He was so nervous—even after about 10 years together—he forgot to give a speech, but there was no need,” says Catherine. “I’d marry him in a heartbeat any day.”

Catherine’s family ranch in North Fork, California, served as the venue for their wedding on June 2, 2018. “Everyone in my family gets married at my family’s ranch,” says Catherine. “This place means everything to me—it’s where I spent much of my childhood, and where all my extended family gathers together each year.” Built in the early 1960s, the sentimental venue also boasts beautiful fields and oak groves, all surrounded by the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Tom and Catherine designed and planned the wedding entirely on their own, from the flowers to the ceramics, to create an event that felt true to them as a couple. “We just wanted to throw a fun party that all of our friends and family could be a part of,” the bride says of their vision. “We weren’t looking to have anything too fancy, just everyone we love outdoors enjoying themselves.”

Keep reading to see how Catherine and Tom brought their laid-back, bohemian outdoor ceremony to life, sans wedding planner (and thanks to a few incredibly loyal bridesmaids and groomsmen). Carmen Santorelli Photography was on hand to capture it all.

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Although the pair never officially decided on a color scheme, their wedding featured a blend of blue hues, light pinks, and white. Catherine, an artist by profession, knew she wanted to create the wedding day ceramics herself. She handmade candle holders, vases, and dinnerware, including renditions of the Marbled Ocean Plate (shown below) from her online homeware collection to bring a coastal feel to their mountain venue.

However, taking wedding planning matters entirely into their own hands wasn’t exactly a breeze. “It was a big project to take on without hiring any help,” she says. “And the day before the wedding, both our DJ and the day-of-wedding-coordinator canceled on us!” Thankfully, the duo’s bridal party helped pick up the slack with everything from making calligraphy signs to installing solar lights. “Everyone stayed late and came early the morning of the wedding to finish setting up, including pre-mixing all the cocktails and setting all the tables in a way that made me swoon,” says the bride.

Photo by Carmen Santorelli Photography

Photo by Carmen Santorelli Photography

The bride accessorized with her late grandmother’s pearl bracelet, antique drop pearl earrings from her mother, and short blue suede heels from Anthropologie. Thanks to a little assistance from her bridesmaids (and “a lot of luck”), the self-sufficient bride also did her own hair and makeup.

Photo by Carmen Santorelli Photography

Photo by Carmen Santorelli Photography

Photo by Carmen Santorelli Photography

Adding yet another DIY project to the list, Catherine tackled the wedding floral design as well. “I’ve made small arrangements to go with my ceramics, but nothing of this scale,” admits the bride. She describes the experience as a “learning curve,” saying she is grateful that her mother, as well as Tom’s, assisted with the floral selection. The groom also put together the thistle and rosemary boutonnieres, and the couple’s friends and family helped forage wildflowers from the ranch.

As for her own bridal bouquet, Catherine wanted to create an arrangement that felt both wild and boho, but had her doubts since she’d never truly compiled florals before. In fact, she and her bridal party created eight different bouquets in the hopes that at least one would be perfect on the big day. The one she chose featured a mix of wildflowers, foraged greens, and store-bought blooms.

Photo by Carmen Santorelli Photography

Photo by Carmen Santorelli Photography

Photo by Carmen Santorelli Photography

Planning difficulties aside, Catherine had zero doubts about her Rue De Seine off-the-shoulder lace wedding dress. “The way it twirled had me madly in love,” she adds.

Catherine’s bridal party had freedom to pick any blush pink gown from the Show Me Your Mumu wedding collection. “I wanted my girls to match color-wise, but be able to choose a shape that would look awesome on them,” she explains. “I like these dresses because they were young, flow-y, and attractive.”

Photo by Carmen Santorelli Photography

Photo by Carmen Santorelli Photography

With Tom’s uncle officiating, the couple wed in front of 130 standing guests in a ceremony they wrote themselves. Catherine’s father built an altar out of fallen oak branches that the bride and groom decorated with garden roses and eucalyptus. “Behind Tom and I, there was a field of grass with grazing horses, and in the background, the Sierra Nevada mountains,” says Catherine. “It was perfect.”

Tom donned a dark navy Gucci suit from the SS 2018 collection, a Theory button-down, and Mexican huarache sandals. To honor Catherine’s late grandfather, the architect behind her family’s ranch, Tom wore one of his vintage 1960s Brooks Brothers ties, as well as a five-point Catholic military cross to pay homage to his own grandfather’s service in Korea.

Photo by Carmen Santorelli Photography

Photo by Carmen Santorelli Photography

Tom and Catherine sourced decor from local antique markets and curated a grouping of upside down crates, rugs, and hand-sewn pillows that they combined to create an intimate picnic space. They also hung antique glass globes with battery-powered string lights from tree branches overhead.

Photo by Carmen Santorelli Photography

Photo by Carmen Santorelli Photography

Photo by Carmen Santorelli Photography

After the ceremony, guests migrated to the ranch’s deck for the reception, where Catherine had designed the tablescape to match her assortment of handmade plates. The long, rectangular tables were adorned with white tablecloths, antique silver flatware, and handmade white linen napkins. Large vases (also made by the bride!) housed low, sculptural floral arrangements that spilled over the sides. For the finishing touch, smaller bouquets were paired with tall, tapered candlesticks.

As for dinner, the couple truly let their personalities shine by serving wood-fired pizza! Grilled veggies and salad with edible flowers rounded out the menu. They also supplied “his” and “hers” signature cocktails, with the groom turning to a classic old fashioned and the bride favoring a grapefruit habanero margarita.

Photo by Carmen Santorelli Photography

Tom and Catherine resorted to a semi-naked, vegan cake with berry filling, flowers, and a Day of the Dead couples cake topper.

During the reception, the groom’s brother and best man, who has autism, perfectly delivered a speech that brought Tom to tears. “His brother stopped mid-speech to tell the groom to stop crying, he has a speech to finish,” adds Catherine.

Photo by Carmen Santorelli Photography

Photo by Carmen Santorelli Photography

One of the groomsmen filled in as DJ after the pair’s original one fell through, and the newlyweds hit the dance floor to “Can’t Nobody Love You” by Solomon Burke.

Despite the added stress of planning the wedding solo, Catherine says it was well worth it. “Having it outdoors, incorporating antiques, and eating pizza are all a large part of our lives,” says the bride. “Also, creating all the ceramics and the DIY decor made this wedding 100 percent ours. But, I think most importantly was that all our bridesmaids and groomsmen came together and worked their butts off to put this whole wedding together. Without them, we could never have pulled it off, and their hard work and love made it all so much more special.”

Bride’s Dress: Rue De Seine || Bride’s Shoes: Anthropologie || Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu || Mother of the Bride Dress: Zac Posen || Groom’s Attire: Gucci, Theory || Groomsmen Attire: H&M || Engagement Ring: Noon || Wedding Bands: Suzanne Kalan for Ok the Store, Worn Over Time || Ceramics & Table Design: Rex Design Co. || Catering: Mattie’s Pizza || Frosted Cakery || Rentals: Walker-Lewis Rents || Accommodations: The Pines Resort, Chateau du Sureau || Videographer: Alli Marye || Photographer: Carmen Santorelli Photography

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How the *Crazy Rich Asians* Production Designer Made the Film's Over-The-Top Wedding Look Like $40 Million

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It’s the talk of the box office—Crazy Rich Asians grossed about $34 million in the film’s opening weekend alone. Of an even more astronomical price tag, though, is the book-turned-movie’s famed wedding, the focal point of the entire Kevin Kwan novel, which was intended to cost a whopping $40 million (casual). But, that’s not to mean the movie’s cast and crew doled out eight figures to bring the over-the-top ceremony to life. In fact, the production designer, Nelson Coates, got fairly creative to create a budget-friendly IRL equivalent that even Eleanor Young would likely approve of.

Crazy Rich Asians chronicles the relationship of Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) and Nick Young (Henry Golding) as they venture to Singapore, Nick’s homeland, for the “wedding of the year” (we’re talking royal wedding equivalent) between Colin Khoo (Chris Pang) and Araminta Lee (Sonoya Mizuno). The cast only had about five days to film the ceremony within Chijmes, a church in the heart of downtown Singapore from circa 1904, and a budget not exactly fit to match the novel’s exact specifications.

“We’re rubbing two dimes together to make millions,” Coates told Harper’s Bazaar. “You go through the book, and it’s like, ‘Okay, well, that chapter alone is more money than we have to make the movie!’ It’s about capturing the ambiance of wealth.”

So, how does one do so minus the Khoo family fortune? Using plenty of palm leaves and 36-inch tall artificial grasses, Coates and his team first designed the space to look like an indoor garden. They also interspersed green velvet seats, intended to replicate moss, within the greenery for a nontraditional seating arrangement that made guests appear to be sitting in the midst of the plant life. “The wedding needed a focal point unlike any I had seen in a church,” Coates previously told BRIDES.

Here comes the bride—perhaps the most enthralling wedding moment came during Araminta’s walk down the flower-lined water aisle, which Coates modeled after a river for a “walking on water” illusion. Hidden water jets and a reflective, mylar-like fabric laminated onto waterproofed marine plywood lined the aisle and brought his magical vision to life. The film’s props team also used copper and LED lights to handcraft hundreds of faux butterflies and fireflies, which guests used to serenade the bride during her grand entrance. These aren’t your standard nuptials, that’s for sure!

Ultimately, Coates worked to ensure he didn’t cross the fine line between lavish and gaudy while decorating the set. “One thing about the old culture in Singapore is that they’re not showing off their wealth,” said Coates. “It’s offensive to talk about your money, and to be showy about your money, and so we don’t ever want this to go into tacky.” We’d say he achieved his goal with flying colors, considering the affordable wedding appears to live up to its book-based inspiration.

See more: This Red Wedding Dress by Floravere Was Inspired by Crazy Rich Asians

While it’s safe to assume the rest of us probably don’t have an indoor jungle or water-infused aisle on our wedding mood boards, this proves that any ceremony vision is possible with a little creativity.

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