Ruched bodices and sleek, curve-hugging silhouettes made a glamorous statement in Kenneth Pool's Spring 2014 collection. See all of the shimmering details, from shining old Hollywood-inspired satin mermaid dresses to floating tulle ball gowns with glittering jeweled straps in the Kenneth Pool runway video. And don't forget to view the complete list of Spring 2014 wedding dress collections on our Bridal Fashion Week page.
Photo: Aaron Dyer
Want to be surrounded by a sea of various blues when saying I do? Dress your bridesmaids in shades of your favorite color! Our dress experts explain how to manage this look in a balanced way.
I want my bridesmaids to wear varying shades of blue. How do I ensure they don't all pick navy or go rogue with neon turquoise?
Give your girls some guidance. Take a trip to the paint store and pick up swatches in the blue hues you like. Give a set to each bridesmaid and ask her to bring it along when she's dress shopping. You can either assign each BFF a color or ask them to claim their shade as they buy a dress. Either way, communication is key.
Photos: Jason Walker and Shannen Norman of Ira Lippke Studios (top); Courtesy of De Beers (bottom)
While every wedding is romantic, certain soirées add an extra degree of warmth and intimacy to the proceedings making it an event to remember. Enhance the vibe of your special day with wedding jewelry: A pink gold and diamond heart pendant achieves a traditionally romantic feel, while diamond drop earrings are a royally glamorous way to show your love.
We asked the lovely ladies behind 100 Layer Cake to share their favorite pieces from the De Beers collection for a classic. Read about their picks below, and visit the complete slideshow to see more sparkling jewelry ideas for a modern and a classic wedding.
1. "Wear your hair up to show off these pretties and add a major touch of glam."
—100 Layer Cake
Style J2FQ02Z00W, Eternity Drop Earrings, $4,000, De Beers
2. "Dainty and sweet, this diamond heart pendant is perfect for your wedding day, or any day for that matter."
—100 Layer Cake
Style J5DD35Z00K, De Beers Diamond Heart Pendant, $2,000, De Beers
3. "A delicate and simple piece, great for everyday."
—100 Layer Cake
Style J3HA07Z00Y, Azulea Bangle Yellow Gold, $2,800, De Beers
4. "The organic shapes in this beauty have such a delicate, lyrical quality about them. It's perfect for the bohemian bride."
—100 Layer Cake
Style J1FW02Z00K, Adonis Rose Band, $3,700, De Beers
It's officially wedding season, and whether you're a bride, bridesmaid, or guest, surely many of you are getting in on the "I do" fun in one way or another this year. And while brides are the gals in the spotlight – wearing the crowns at the bachelorette parties and registering for gifts galore – they certainly aren't the only ones enjoying the perks of this nuptial season. In fact, it's a lot less stressful being a guest. Unattached? You don't need a plus-one to take advantage of a friend or family member's big day. Here are nine reasons to love wedding season when you're single and ready to mingle!
1. It's an excuse to dance. It's like a free club with people you know instead of strangers. What beats that?
2. There's an open bar. The alcohol will be flowing, and unlike the bride, you don't have to worry about being sober in front of relatives, awake enough for the "wedding night," and perky the next morning for a flight to Cancun.
3. It's less sketchy than a bar for meeting and flirting with guys. Other single guys attending the wedding have at least passed the crazy test with either the bride or groom, so they shouldn't be quite as creepy as bar hoppers.
4. Two words: bachelorette party. Bachelorette parties and destination weddings mean you have perfectly acceptable excuses to take lots of minivacations. And if you're single, then you'll be able to take advantage of any male attention. Nighty night, marrieds; see ya in the morning!
5. You can catch up with girlfriends you haven't seen in a while. With all the parties, showers, and big-day festivities, a wedding is a great way to reconnect with friends you've been too busy to spend time with.
6. There's free food and cake. While the bride is too busy to eat and too worried about her wedding dress figure to indulge in cake, you can partake guilt-free and just dance it off!
7. It's a reason to dress up. If you've been looking for a chance to rock your favorite cocktail dresses, a wedding is the perfect event to get all glammed up and flirt with a fellow guest (or that hot bartender!).
8. You can take notes for your own future wedding. As a guest, you can see what works and what doesn't firsthand and learn from their mistakes for your own big day!
9. It's a way to make new friends. If you don't know a ton of people at the wedding, there's no better icebreaker than a night of dancing and champagne toasts!
The intricate criss-crossed bodice on this Amsale bridesmaid dress is perfectly paired with its long, flowing chiffon skirt. A natural choice for a dressier beach-side ceremony—the striking straps give the gown a modern feel and set it apart from your average summer wedding frock—this breezy, guava-hued number can easily be worn again and again.
Style G695C, guava criss-cross ruched bodice gown with strap, $310, Amsale
Photo: Steve Eichner
It doesn't get much more adorable than this tea-length, lace wedding dress by Ivy & Aster. The ruffled hem and cap-sleeve give this dress a lady-like presence while the ivory hue and antique-looking lace create a romantic and rustic feel. Perfect for a spring or summer elopement or a backyard bohemian bash, we can't help but obsess over this fresh feminine frock. The best part? You'll be able to show off your killer wedding shoes (just look at the model's eye-popping turquoise pumps!).
Photo: Closer to Love Photography
We can't think of any sweeter wedding dessert than heart-shaped cookies with your name etched in pretty pink frosting! Lucky for you, our wedding experts tracked down where you can order these wedding-worthy treats.
I love these pink cookies I saw on Pinterest. Where can I buy them?
Cake Creamery in Pasadena, California, baked these adorable custom cookies, but they're available to SoCal brides only. Not to worry: Etsy seller CoutureConfectionsFL makes similar treats and ships them nationwide.
By the time Garrick popped the question to Dare—more than seven years into their dating relationship—it was "way past time," Dare says her friends and family alleged. "But somehow, Garrick was still able to surprise me."
On a crisp spring evening in Napa Valley's St. Helena, the couple joined friends for a wine tasting at an intimate cabin at Long Meadow Ranch, where Garrick dropped to one knee on a scenic porch and proposed. "As we walked into the cabin, I discovered that the evening was meant just for the two of us, and he had prepared a dinner with my favorite flowers, food and champagne," Dare recalls.
Dare and Garrick returned to Napa Valley for their September wedding, selecting The Carneros Inn as their venue. After visiting the property on a previous anniversary, the couple fell in love. "Everything from the architecture, decor, landscape, and food seemed to fit our personality as a couple," Dare says.
The theme of Dare and Garrik's wedding? "California Casual meets Old South," Dare says. "We really wanted to complement the beautiful surroundings of The Carneros Inn."
Elegant gray and white invitations by Union Street Papery invited 172 guests to the fall fete using a soft, scrolling script.
Dare's silk and organza Carolina Herrera wedding gown was the perfect "combination of structure and whimsy," the bride says.
"I have always admired the designer [Carolina Herrera], and it was one of the first three dresses that I ever tried on," Dare says, naming the gown's asymmetrical bow as one of her favorite features.
Dare paired silver Manolo Blahnik pumps with her gown.
Ruffled Cattleya orchids adorned the bride's upswept hairstyle.
Dare wore an heirloom three-stone Sapphire ring—a gift from her maternal grandmother, who passed away when the bride was a child.
Dare's favorite hue, Kelly green, took center stage in the couple's otherwise neutral color palette, manifesting itself in everything from the bridesmaids' Anna Elyse dresses to the couple's cocktail napkins. "I knew I wanted to pair it with a clean palette of white and gray," the bride says of her color selections.
Each of Dare's nine bridesmaids chose her own style dress, the bride explains, "because I had a difficult time choosing because there were so many of them."
Dare's white bouquet was made from Cattleya orchids, with a touch of anthurium leaves adding a hint of green hue to the arrangement.
Florist Brown Paper Design made bridesmaids' bouquets from lady slipper orchids, garden roses, ranunculus and greens.
Lady slipper orchid boutonnieres were tied with soft coral ribbon.
The mother-of-the-bride's vibrant coral dress was purchased from a Wilkes Bashford boutique in San Francisco.
Both Dare and Garrik's mother wore white gardenia corsages on their wrists.
Garrik's twin nephews served as the couple's ring bearers, donning matching navy blue jackets and khaki pants for the occasion.
The ring bearers and flower girls were sent down the aisle in boy-girl pairs, "but of course they were out of formation when they got to the end," Dare recalls.
The girls carried wreaths of dried lavender, tied with soft coral ribbon, down the aisle.
Dare and Garrik's ceremony was held in the apple orchard, an expansive green lawn with a backdrop of vineyard and mountain views.
A friend officiated the simple ceremony, which included readings from the couple's six nieces and nephews. The selection was from the book Us Two by A. A. Milne.
The couple broke tradition by spending the night before their wedding together. "When we woke up, we had a moment to exchange our gifts in bed," Dare says. "It was such a special way to start the wedding day."
Cribbing from the New Orleans' traditional, Dare and Garrik led a musical second line from there ceremony to the cocktail hour.
Trays of crab cakes, prosciutto-wrapped prawns and goat cheese tarts awaited guests during the couple's cocktail hour, held in a courtyard just beyond one of The Carneros Inn's grand ballrooms.
The couple's signature cocktails included Old Fashioned and Gimlets served with striped Kelly green straws.
Coral was added to the green and gray color palette as an accent color, found in the couple's cocktail table arrangements.
Guests found their seat assignments tucked into grass-filled boxes.
The reception was held inside The Carneros Inn's neutral-hued ballroom. Cylindrical vases held lady slipper orchids, garden roses, sweet peas, dahlias, stock and tropical foliage. The centerpieces adorned square tables covered in gray Chevron-printed cloths.
A seated dinner included a delectable spread of stone fruits, buffalo mozzarella and Spanish chorizo, served before wild king salmon and prime filet mignon with bean ragout and potato puree.
"My girlfriends were the ones that really tackled the do-it-yourself projects," Dare confesses. "The week before the wedding, they were designing the labels for the welcome gift box and spice rub favors, and tying 170 bows." The gussied-up spice rub jars became the couple's favors.
The All Stars band kept guests on the dance floor in between bites of the couple's wedding cake. Dare and Garrik had so much fun at their cake tasting that "it was hard to choose just one flavor," the bride admits. The couple finally decided on layers of carrot, chocolate and raspberry cakes.
In the weeks since their wedding—and a mini-moon to Rutherford, California—Dare and Garrik have "had fun saying 'husband' and 'wife,' and settling back to normal life," Dare says. "We've enjoyed reminiscing about the wedding weekend with our friends and family, and planning our honeymoon."
Wedding Planner: The Green Ribbon Party Planning Co. || Ceremony Venue: The Carneros Inn || Reception Venue: The Carneros Inn || Bride's Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera || Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik || Bride's Wedding Ring: Cresalia Jewelers || Groom's Tux: Corneliani || Groom's Wedding Ring: Cresalia Jewelers || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Anna Elyse || Groomsmen Attire: Brooks Brothers || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Wilkes Bashford || Flower Girl Dress: Us Angels || Florist: Brown Paper Design || Caterer: The Carneros Inn || Stationery: Union Street Papery || Cake Baker: The Carneros Inn || Rentals: Classic Party Rentals and Town & Country Distinctive Event Rentals & Services || Entertainment: The All Stars || Photography: Kate Webber Photography
Photo: Louisa Bailey
Botanical artisan Amy Wright, of Wunderplant in Melbourne, Australia, concocted this cascading style using Queen Anne's lace, white hydrangeas, flannel flowers, white bougainvillea, Australian wax flowers, and pussy-willow grass. "The teardrop bouquet shape has a vintage connotation that is currently extremely popular," says Wright.
Fashion through the eras inspired Romona Keveza's Spring 2014 collection with high volume ball gowns and detailed embroidery dominating the runway. Watch the designs go down the aisle in our Spring 2014 Romona Keveza runway video. And don't forget to check out our complete bridal fashion week coverage here.
Planning a monochromatic wedding with everything from your bouquet flowers to your guest's attire taking on a single hue? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to explain how you can (politely!) ask loved ones to sport a specific color without seeming over-demanding.
I've seen photos of all-white weddings, and I think they're so chic. How do I ask guests to wear the same color?
Since it's not a standard request, do it on your save-the-date or wedding Web site, not your invite. You can even spread the word in person (ask the wedding party to help) or by email. Some guests may be put off by being told what to wear, so be careful with your wording. Try something like "If you don't mind, please indulge us and dress in...."
When Stephen walked into her office, professional matchmaker Kimberley looked no further to find his perfect match than beyond her own desk. "It was love at first sight," she says now.
Two years after Stephen proposed beachside in San Luis Obispo, California, the couple wed in a wine country fete Kimberley describes as romantic, with a touch of literature cult classic The Great Gatsby for inspiration.
Photo: Stephanie Haller Photography
The couple set their wedding date for August 19, 2012 and invited 100 guests to join them deep in wine country, just miles from where the bride was raised. The bride's mother handcrafted nearly every detail of the couple's big day, from their floral arrangements to sweet treats that capped off the night.
With an inside connection at Chalk Hill—Kimberly's sister works there—the couple's choice of venue was an easy one. Nestled into Sonoma County, the estate "is not only well known for great wine, but also has incredible views of the valley," Kimberly says.
Chalk Hill&'s Spanish-style wedding chapel sold the estate to the couple who, despite desiring a winery wedding, still wanted to exchange vows in a church. "Not to mention," Kimberly adds, "the chapel even has bells."
Kimberly's one-of-a-kind couture gown was a custom creation designed by her mother.
Photos: Stephanie Haller Photography
Made from ivory dupioni silk, the ball gown featured a rouched bodice accented with a custom embellishment—vintage lace, dupioni silk, organza, feathers and crystals wrapped to form a faux flower.
The mother-of-the-bride designed a French bustle for the gown's cathedral-length train using pale blue ribbons—the bride's something blue.
Kimberly wore a two-tier cathedral-length veil designed by her mother. For the couple's reception, Kimberly unclipped the veil to reveal a vintage comb as her evening hair accessory.
Stephen presented Kimberly with a vintage diamond necklace—an heirloom from his grandmother—as a wedding present. She wore it on their wedding day.
The couple's white gold wedding bands were purchased from James Allen.
The mother-of-the-bride repurposed an old pair of bridesmaid's shoes, adding vintage lace, dupioni silk and crystals, for Kimberly to wear.
Kimberly's garter was also a custom creation designed by her mother. The accessory was made from dupioni silk and organza, and pinned with Swarvorski crystals.
Using a Badgley Mischka dress as inspiration, Kimberly's mother designed the bridesmaids' floor-length black gowns in a matte satin fabric.
Kimberly's mother made her bouquet using oversized faux flowers purchased from home décor store Z Gallerie>. To the foam flowers, the mother-of-the-bride pinned ivory ribbon and netting with a Swavorski crystal brooch.
A family friend of the groom served as the couple's ceremony officiant, the bride says. Tulle bows and white hydrangea adorned the pews that lined the church aisle.
Limos transported guests from the chapel to the pavilion where the couple's reception was held.
When they arrived at the enclosed venue, they found their seat assignments displayed inside a large white frame.
Guests were also greeted with their choice of blush champagne or Blue Moon beer as they entered the pavilion.
The estate's pavilion, "with grand glass window walls, soaring ceilings and amazing chandeliers," was the perfect place for the couple's guests to sip on cocktails at sunset, the bride says.
The couple's color palette of black and white with the slightest hint of blush kept reception décor classic and, in the bride's words, "minimal."
Wide, custom table runners—created by the mother-of-the-bride—ran the length of rectangular wooden tables.
Photos: Stephanie Haller Photography
Kimberley's mother filled glass vases with white hydrangea to create the couple's simple centerpieces.
Glass candle holders that flanked the floral arrangements were also made by the mother-of-the-bride, "using 130 small glass candlestick holders glued together with glass glue and lots of patience," Kimberly says.
When it came to their dinner menu, Kimberly and Stephen craved "comfort food, but also something guests could eat with a fork," the bride says. The couple chose a crisp shrimp salad to whet their palettes, then served a build-your-own filet where guests could top steaks with their choice of blue cheese, mushrooms and sauce.
In lieu of cake, Kimberly's mother baked dozens of cupcakes, then placed them on a towering metal tree for the couple's dessert display.
Cupcakes were decorated with edible diamonds, gold leaves, pearls and fondant flowers.
The bride's sister belted out Etta James' infamous At Last for the couple's first dance.
"The whole day was magical," Kimberly says. "Full of happiness and so much love."
Wedding Planner: Tulle Box Events || Ceremony Venue: Chalk Hill || Reception Venue: Chalk Hill || Bride's Wedding Ring: James Allen || Groom's Tux: Name || Groom's Shoes: Black by Vera Wang || Groom's Wedding Ring: James Allen || Groomsmen Attire: Black by Vera Wang || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Macy's || Florist: Costco Wholesale || Caterer: Park Avenue Catering || Stationery: Vera Wang || Rentals: Wine Country Party & Events || Entertainment: Susan Weinstein and Motown Magic DJ || Photography: Stephanie Haller Photography
Photo: Elizabeth Messina via Instagram
Top Chef Masters host Curtis Stone tied the knot with actress Lindsay Price, of Beverly Hills, 90210 fame, last Friday in Majorca, Spain at the Hilton Sa Torre Mallorca Resort. Curtis took to social media to post a few pictures from the celebration and express his thanks to fans, friends, and family for their love and support.
Photo: Courtesy of Curtis Stone via Facebook
To keep his new bride satisfied—and well fed!—the celebrity chef constantly cooks up new dishes for her at home. "I just love creating different combinations for her. It makes her so happy," Curtis told PEOPLE magazine. The couple is also kept busy looking after their 19-month-old son, Hudson.
Photo: Elizabeth Messina via Twitter
Bride Lindsay wore a form-fitting mermaid silhouette Vera Wang dress with a cascading, ruffled organza skirt from the all-white blooms with their stems wrapped in long, dangling white ribbons and finished off her wedding look with casual, loose waves in a half-up style.
Photo: Gisel Florez
The sunny wedding bouquet complete with poppies, ranunculus, garden roses, dancing lady orchids, sweet peas, veronica, and seeded eucalyptus features an unexpected extra stem—a branch of kumquat fruit! The flowers' handpicked, eclectic look and flowing coral ribbon make the bouquet a perfect pick for a bohemian bash or a more casual summer soirée.
Ines di Santo's Spring 2014 collection emphasized drama and opulence, showcasing elaborate crystal detailing, high-volume ball gowns, and sleek mermaid and fit-and-flare silhouettes. Get a front-row look at all of the elaborate details by watching Ines di Santo runway video. You can also view the newest collections from all designers on our Bridal Fashion Week page.