This Month's Issue


Cover Look

Fashion: GOWN Caffe silk-taffeta trumpet with floral embroidery and a peplum, $7,300, Amsale. VEIL $300, Tia Mazza. EARRINGS Diamond and 18-karat-white-gold ear clips, $47,000, and RING Eighteen-karat-white-gold and diamond, from $4,350, Van Cleef & Arpels. BOUQUET Dahlias, amnesia roses, scabiosa, sweet peas, clematises, artichokes, and spirea, $300, Amy Merrick.

Beauty: All makeup by Dior. Diorskin Forever in 010, Rosy Glow Healthy Glow Awakening blush, 5 Couleur eye shadow in Rose Porcelaine, Diorshow mascara in Black, Brow Styler in Universal Brown, and Rouge Dior Nude in Esquisse. Hair by Charley Brown for Starworks Artists. Makeup by Marija Kopilas for Becca Cosmetics.

Photograph by Charlie Engman

Find out more about our September 2012 cover look!

Features

242

The New Romantics

From a cloud of pink tulle to a tidal wave of silk roses, these dreamy garden gowns are perfect for your princess moment. Click here to see the whimsical wedding dresses.
252

A Night at the Museum

Two Princeton grads threw an elegant bash among the gorillas and gazelles at NYC's American Museum of Natural History. Click here to see this couple's real wedding photos.


258

A Dash of Fashion

White-hot trends like lace and ombré ruffles are making their way from the runway to the wedding cake.
264

On the Wild Side

Tennis, anyone? How about a run with your fiancé? For many brides, the pre-ceremony ritual now extends beyond the mani-pedi.
268

Meet Me at City Hall

A crisp white suit, a pillbox hat, a slim raspberry sheath; the season's most alluring looks are perfect for a trip to the judge. Click here to see the city hall-inspired wedding dresses.
276

Hearts of Gold

It was love at first sight for this San Francisco couple. Three years later, they said "I do" at a rustic, homespun celebration.


Stylist

81-114

Pearl Power

Cover up with a little ladylike bling.


Spotlight

Vintage-inspired lockets, sparkly sashes, and a sun-kissed bouquet.


The Look

Beyoncé, Florence Welch, and Adele inspire these spotlight-grabbing styles.


The One

A decisive bride with a looming deadline finds a delicate vintage-inspired gown.

Beauty

123-134

DIY Hair Magic

Hair maestro Peter Gray shares backstage tips from the Badgley Mischka show.


Curl Talk

Spinning, clipless, multidirectional—make waves with these 21st-century curling irons.


Hot Pinks

How to rock vibrant hues, from rose to fuchsia.

Details

141-168

Right on Red

Flowers, favors, bird confetti! Scarlet party details majorly up the thrill factor.


Flowers

Ten manly, sophisticated boutonnieres. Click here to see the unique boutonnieres.


The Expert

Party pro Alison Hotchkiss on her perfect wedding—you'll need a horse, but you won't need shoes.


Spending Well

Have your dream wedding on half the budget.


Signature Cocktails

Exquisite drinks your guests will freak over. Click here to see the recipes for the creative signature cocktails.


After Hours

Stylist-blogger Jacqueline Weppner shows how to throw a truly epic after-party.


Registry

Interiors star John Derian dreams up a stylish home starter kit. Click here to see all of the expert registry picks.

On Location

175

Charleston

Historic venues and artisanal delights: the best of Charleston for the southern belle in all of us.

Field Guide

191

The Meal

How to nab the right caterer, serve foodie-approved fare, and create the scene you've dreamed of: our guide to your wedding feast.

The Getaway

197

Insider's Hawaii

Ten days, three luscious islands, one unforgettable honeymoon—from Laird Hamilton's favorite breakfast spot to tiny, romantic beach towns.

Just Married

218

10 Things You Should Know About the First Year of Marriage

The wedding was incredible, the honeymoon beyond. The next 365 days, however, are uncharted territory. Here's how to love all the unplanned moments in Year One.

Personal Shopper

231

Dress Hunting

Bridal-boutique owners across the U.S. on how to make the dress hunt fun!

In Every Issue

46

Editor's Letter

48

The List

Your wedding to-dos—and when to do them.
64

Snapshot

Beauty entrepreneur Aerin Lauder on wild roses, a dance with dad, and launching her new lifestyle brand.
72

We Hear You

Lisa Birnbach weighs in on what's tacky, what's not, and how to avoid all traces of unbecoming behavior.
76

Newsflash

78

Inspiration

Get creative with pretty, painterly details. See the Impressionism-inspired wedding ideas.
296

Outtake

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