This Month's Issue


Cover Look

Fashion: Lace and tulle ball gown with silver beads, $2,240, Pronovias. Swarovski-crystal and silk-chiffon head wrap, $468, Jennifer Behr. Diamond earrings set in white gold and diamond bracelet set in white gold (top), Katie Decker. Diamond bangle set in platinum (bottom), Tiffany & Co. Diamond ring set in platinum, Scott Kay. Bouquet of scabiosas, tulips, sweet peas, calla lilies, and ranunculus.

Beauty: All makeup by Clinique: Even Better Makeup SPF 15 in Alabaster, Instant Lift for Brows in Soft Blonde, Lid Smoothie Antioxidant 8-Hour Eye Colour in Bit O'Honey, High Impact Waterproof Mascara, Blushing Blush Powder Blush in Cupid, and Butter Shine Lipstick in Fresh Watermelon. Hair by Noah Hatton for Redken/Cutler. Makeup by Keiko Takagi for Mary Kay at See Management. Manicure by Kristina Konarski at Ford Artists using Dior Vernis.

Photograph by Torkil Gudnason

Features

352

Rhapsody in Bloom

What better time than your wedding to get swept away in a fantasy of flowers and romance? These petal-strewn gowns were made for a magical celebration.
268

A Perfect Match

Rain at dinner didn't dampen the spirits of this San Fran pair, who threw a rum-fueled beach bash in the Dominican Republic.
272

A Little Bit Country

Red was the color of the day at this Arkansas affair, which took place in a candlelit barn decked out with antiques and vibrant paper flowers.
278

One Fine Day

This California wedding was lush with over-the-top details, from a Versailles-inspired tent to a lit-up Ferris wheel.
284

Encyclopedia Botanica

Welcome to Flowers 101! On the syllabus: blooms in your color scheme, tips on talking to a florist, and painless ways to slash your bill.

Style

103-139

Pavé The Way

Say yes to an engagement ring encrusted in diamonds.


Trend Alert: One-Shouldered Gowns

Make a statement in an ethereal showstopper.


Dress Like a Superstar, Shine Like a Bride!

It' your red-carpet moment. Tak a cue from Hollywood with one of these A-list looks.


Dresses We Love For Under $1,000

Some of the season's most gorgeous (and flattering!) gowns are also easy on the wallet.


The New Neutral

Go for metallic wedding heels and you'll be wearing them for years to come.


Linked In

Stack 'em up: High-drama bracelets are made for layering.


Gowns for Your Girls

A rainbow of bridesmaids' dresses—literally.

Beauty

147-157

Punchy Pastels

Show off your ring with lovely polishes in soft colors.


Which Updo Is For You?

We've got pretty twists, elegant buns, and chic braids galore. Plus, sparkling headpieces!


Sizzling Summer Beauty Secrets

Fuchsia lips, coral cheks, and aqua eyes are hot for summer. Plus, humidity-proofing hair products.


Our Top 5 Juice Cleanses

These editor-tested sips fight bloat and make your skin glow.

Details

171-207

Bring Your Palette to Life!

Free advice on pulling your wedding hues together.


12 Modern Color Schemes

Mix and match your favorite shades!


What's Your Something Blue?

Steal one of these 30 ideas from around the USA.


How They Did It

This Texas couple threw a cool and colorful backyard wedding for $14,000.


Plan Your Wedding (At Work!)

Spend your lunch break scouring our 30 favorite Web sites for favor, decor, and invitation ideas.

The Getaway

213

Made in the USA

Why jet halfway around the world when we've got gorgeous beaches, islands, and wine regions right here at home? These 12 all-American destinations rule for a honeymoon.

In Every Issue

62

Editor's Letter

68

The List

Your wedding to-dos—and when to do them.
76

Ask Us Anything

Go ahead, pick our brains or send us on a wild goose chase! Email your Q's to ASKUS@BRIDES.COM.
84

Brides Poll

What he really thinks: From the gown to the wedding night, 100 grooms tell all.
88

Want. Need. Love.

What Brides and Brides.com editors are obsessed with right now.
100

Get Inspired

12 ideas for a summer celebration.
304

Horoscope

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