Julianne Hough Just Revealed the First Photo of Her Gorgeous Engagement Ring

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.

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Today’s Friendly Wedding PSA: Please Do Not Propose On a Dock With Slats Big Enough For the Ring to Fall Through 

I literally emitted a pained Eeeeeee as I read this story, and then heard my female colleagues make all matter of the same noise when I IMed it around to them: It’s about a boy named Matthew who decided to propose to his girlfriend Kayla while they were vacationing with her family in North Carolina.

The whole group had gone out to dinner when Kayla spotted Matthew’s mother; when she turned around to ask him why she was there, he was already on his knee.

Matthew opened the ring box, and before he could even say anything—before Kayla even really got a look at it—it seemingly leapt from the cozy confines of its box onto the dock where they were standing, through the crack, and then into the dark waters below.

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WATCH: This Couple’s Music Video Involves All 250 of Their Wedding Guests

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.

RELATED: OMG: This Pro Dancer and His Groomsmen Pulled Off the Most Awesome Surprise Wedding Dance

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Picture of the Week: Girl Talk

Photo by Emily Wren Photography

Photo by Emily Wren Photography

From photographer Colleen Stepanian of Emily Wren Photography:

Towards the end of the night I found the groom, Jason, surrounded by his four sisters, sharing emotions and taking it all in after a day of celebrating the love in their newly expanded family. It was the last candid I shot of the night.

See more Picture of the Week posts here.

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Bookmark This: 5 Dreamy Honeymoon Suites in the Caribbean

There are no words for this view from Jade Mountain in St. Lucia.

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.

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PHOTOS: 25 Pinterest Inspired Ideas For a Garden Party Wedding

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We adore this tented reception setup.

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.

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BHLDN Just Added New Bridal Goodies to Their Online Sale

You guys: The Watters Amelie gown is now under $1,000 at BHLDN.com.

You guys: The Watters Amelie gown is now under $1,000 at BHLDN.com.

If you’re anything like us, when you are shopping online, you engage in the electronic version of window shopping—including the step where you actually add fantasy items to your cart, if only to feel what it would be like to buy them for a moment … before removing said items or simply closing out the window with a heavy sigh.

Well, with all of the new styles that BHLDN just added to their online sale, you can actually check out with those fantasy items still in there.

In their newly bulked-up sale section, you will find a new slew of bridal gowns, rehearsal dinner dresses, accessories, jewelry, pretty tabletop items and decor pieces, plus lingerie and really sweet gifts. Sound like enough to warrant a lunchtime perusal? One guess as to what we’re doing right now.

Happy shopping!

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Early September Bridal Trunk Shows

Style 1550 by Hayley Paige Blush. Photo courtesy of the designer.

Style 1550 by Hayley Paige Blush. Photo courtesy of the designer.

Claire’s Fashions, Wilmington 

August 28-September 6: Allure Bridal Trunk Show

You’ll receive 10 percent savings if you order any of the featured designer’s dresses during the trunk show; call to make an appointment.

The Wedding Pavilion at Van Cleve, Paoli

September 3-5: Sara Gabriel Accessories Trunk Show

You’ll receive 10 percent savings if you order any of the featured designer’s accessories during the trunk show; call to make an appointment.

Jennifer’s Bridal, Hockessin

September 4-6: Hayley Paige and Hayley Paige Blush Trunk Show

You’ll receive 10 percent savings if you order any of the featured designer’s dresses during the trunk show; call to make an appointment.

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9 Tips For Finding the Most Flattering Wedding Dress For Your Body Shape

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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.

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