The old adage that says every bride needs “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” is one wedding tradition that we’re happy to stand by. Unlike some of the more antiquated wedding rituals that can seem a bit pointless and even a bit awkward (and which we are totally on board with you skipping if you want), this sweet notion holds a ton of meaning, and it’s a wonderful way to incorporate personal touches into your day.
Today we’re tackling the “something blue” part of the tradition, which, depending on your style, can either be subtle or a significant element of your wedding-day look and décor. We love when brides choose an understated option like a blue garter, a sapphire hair comb or a pretty blue pair of shoes, but you can also make the hue part of your color palette for the day—bridesmaid dresses, bouquets and invitations look beautiful in varying shades of blue, too.
Today we’re featuring the wedding of Coeli and Justin, a New Orleans couple (the bride is originally from Philly!) who celebrated their marriage with a Mardi Gras-themed party at The Franklin Institute. Check it out here.
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Thank you, Julianne Hough, for causing a serious case of engagement ring envy: The professional dancer/actress just revealed the first close-up photo of her gorgeous (and massive!) oval-shaped sparkler—which her hockey player boyfriend proposed with last week—and we’re totally in love with it.
The six-carat stunner, which was designed by Lorraine Schwartz, is very similar in style to one of our favorite celebrity engagement rings of all time: the one Ryan Reynolds gave to Blake Lively. Hough teased the ring’s reveal on Instagram today, posting the below shot which directs eager fans to her blog post about the proposal. Check it out here.
I know what you’re thinking: We’ve declared many viral wedding videos “the most epic one yet.” And it’s true, they keep getting more and more amazing, but this one, dear readers, is really something just for its scope alone: Newlyweds Robert and Theresa got all 250 of their wedding guests in on the action when they filmed a (pretty hardcore) music video at their reception in Orlando.
Behold the 8-minute long performance, which was impressively filmed in just one take. (And yes, we’re wondering, too, if that was the dress she wore all day, or just for this particular portion of their reception.):
So the next wedding you go to, maybe be on the lookout for a spur-of-the-moment music-video role assignment. This sort of thing just might give people ideas.
There are no words for this view. Facebook.com/JadeMountainStLucia
Warning: We’ll totally understand if the above photo causes you to click away from this post and immediately book your honeymoon at the stunning Jade Mountain Resort in St. Lucia. That view speaks for itself, so we really don’t blame you—just be sure to come back after you lock down your accommodations.
Our love of flowers—and floral patterns—is no secret, so it should come as no surprise that one of our favorite wedding themes is the garden party. It’s a fantastic excuse to overflow your Big Day with lush, vibrant blooms, bold floral patterns and tons of candlelight—does it get more romantic than that?
With summer coming to close (say it ain’t so!), we wanted to fill your feed with one last roundup of really colorful images before the warm tones of fall set in—and garden party weddings fit the bill perfectly. Of course, this theme can translate to any season, but we tend to see it used most frequently in spring and summer outdoor weddings.
Here on the blog we’ve shared tons of advice and inspiration to prepare you for the most important shopping trip of your life (aka finding your wedding dress), but sometimes it’s not until you actually get to the bridal shop and try on a few different gown styles that you discover what works best—and what doesn’t look so great—on your body shape.
Finding the perfect wedding dress isn’t always as simple as plucking an image you love from a magazine and declaring it The One (although we’ve seen a handful of brides on Say Yes to the Dress find their gowns that way)—how you feel and look in the dress is just as important, which is why it’s helpful to approach the process with a good understanding of your body shape and the styles that’ll be most flattering.
Let’s be honest, every bride-to-be can use a bit of stress relief leading up to her Big Day. What with all of the appointments and contracts and hours spent planning, a little break in the action—a break specifically for relaxation and non-wedding related activity—is certainly well-deserved.
If yoga sounds like the perfect way to let off some steam, you’ll want to bookmark this: Thanks to our friends over at Be Well Philly, we were recently introduced to a Northern Liberties yoga studio that’s offering a package designed to help brides and their ‘maids de-stress before the festivities begin (it’s also a great option for a Girl’s Night Out or low-key bachelorette party).
We fell in love with Gabrielle Union’s custom Dennis Basso wedding gown when she first shared photos of her nuptials to basketball star Dwayne Wade last year, and now we’re oohing and ahhing all over again thanks to a new batch of glamour shots the actress posted on Instagram.
In celebration of their one year anniversary on August 30, Union revealed three never-before-seen wedding photos that show her gorgeous dress (and stunning Big Day makeup look) in all its glory. Take a look:
The couple: Melissa Zaffin and Jason Bender, from Philadelphia.
The ring: My ring is a sapphire center stone surrounded by 88 carefully placed diamonds set in rose gold. We had gone shopping together and I described the stone and metal I preferred. Shelley at Philly’s Harzin Jewelers helped Jason design this ring–I love that it is custom design and very unique to my personality!