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    Photos: Checkerboard (Stationery); Halley Ganges/BRIDES (Accessories); Steven Eichner/BRIDES (Dress)

    From gowns and vintage-style jewelry to over-the-top shoes and invitation suites, we are loving all things in this whisper shade of pink! It's a universally flattering hue, and a little unexpected when you're coming down the aisle. Shameless plug alert: We are especially gaga for our own line of customizable BRIDES Fine Wedding Papers by Checkerboard—available at a stationer near you.

    Dress:
    Monique Lhuillier pairs a slim A-line tulle skirt with a fitted corset for a gown that flatters an array of figures.

    Bangle:
    Heart set on a white dress? Jazz up the look with a blush-colored bracelet by Send the Trend; $29.95.

    Shoe:
    Flamboyant Badgley Mischka shoes are in step with the trend; $225.

    Invitation:
    Blush Invitation Suite with embossed ampersand; $637 for 100.

    —BRIDES magazine


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    Photo: Courtesy of Palace Resorts

    All-inclusive resort company Palace Resorts has teamed up with wedding planner to the stars Colin Cowie to launch the Colin Cowie Wedding Collection at their properties in Mexico (Puerta Vallarta, Cancun, and Riviera Maya) and the Dominican Republic (Punta Cana). The all-inclusive wedding packages start at $1,500 and include wedding planning services, ceremony venue and set-up, flowers, wedding cake, champagne, a post-wedding dinner at the hotel's restaurant (for up to 30 guests), and even a honeymoon package credit. Reception packages are added à la carte per table and include all food, drinks, and rentals.

    For more information or to book a Colin Cowie Wedding Collection package, contact Palace Resorts. —Danine Alati


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    Photos: Fairchild Archive

    Despite boasting more authority on twangy-pop love songs than bridal style, 21-year-old Taylor Swift has strut the red carpet lately in more than one wedding-worthy look, including this glittering Reem Acra gown the singer wore last night to the American Music Awards. The sequin column appeared in Acra's Spring 2012 ready-to-wear collection in a muted shade of gold and topped with a fur shrug, although Swift opted for the simpler styling from Acra's bridal runway, where the gown gleamed in white. To see the entire Reem Acra Fall 2012 collection, head to our Wedding Dresses gallery—because you never know which look the star will turn up in next! —Phillip B. Crook


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    Photos: Gertrude & Mabel Photography

    Ruchika and Mark currently live in New York City but wanted to marry in California, where they met and fell in love. "We adore the landscape north of San Francisco, and we spent every summer hiking in Point Reyes during the five years we lived there," says Ruchika. Atwood Ranch in Glen Ellen proved ideal for the wedding they envisioned. "We wanted to marry outdoors, surrounded by a beautiful landscape, then retire to a barn in the evening—I have a barn fetish," says Ruchika, who is an architect.

    Follow the jump to see more from Ruchika and Mark's wedding, and visit our Real Weddings page to find other great style ideas.


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    Photo: Courtesy of Summit Entertainment (top); Courtesy of Alfred Angelo (bottom)

    The day has finally come, Twihards. Bella Swan and Edward Cullen are married at last, and the bride's highly anticipated wedding gown (originally designed by Carolina Herrera) was just reproduced by Alfred Angelo and is now available in stores. The satin sheath features lace-trimmed sleeves, a slight v-neck, and—the best part—a beautifully illusion back with lace border and satin-covered buttons. The replica can be ordered in white or ivory.

    Style 8400, $799, Alfred Angelo

    See the complete Fall 2012 Alfred Angelo collection here. —Stephanie Davila


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    Photos: Getty Images (Pippa); Courtesy of net-a-porter.com

    Was anyone not taken with Pippa Middleton's sleek white bridesmaid dress at the Royal Wedding? From the moment she appeared in the Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton design, Kate's older sister had the world captivated with her demure smile, buxom derriere, and silk-crepe gown that so beautifully framed both. Now, the signature draped neckline and cap sleeve shoulders are up for sale in a modified version of the gown on Net-a-Porter's UK site. There the dress sells for 1,995 British pounds—or about $3,100—although shoppers waiting to swipe the gown in their own currency should call in advance to secure a reservation. —Phillip B. Crook

    Love Pippa's look but can't afford the designer price tag? Revisit our guide to stealing her style for every budget.


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    Photo: Courtesy of Jim Beam

    If the first thing that comes to mind when you think of bourbon at your wedding is a rowdy Kentuckian in overalls, I don't blame you. There's just something about the rich, dark liquor that conjures more images of "down on the farm" than "under the reception tent."

    But before you dismiss the idea of bourbon–based wedding cocktails, consider giving the new Red Stag line by Jim Beam a shot (ok, pun intended). All three of Red Stag's flavors—Black Cherry, $18, is already available in stores and Honey Tea and Spiced will follow early next year—are infused with natural ingredients like sweet honey and cinnamon, which give the bourbon a smoother and less intimidating taste without compromising the liquor's natural palette. And what does that mean? Red Stag cocktails will be equally enjoyable for both your college sorority sister and your duck-hunting father-in-law from Tennessee. Check out a few of my favorite Red Stag recipes after the jump. —Rosie Purdy


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    Photos: Courtesy of Sight Unseen

    One of two things would bring you to Sight Unseen's shop of artisanal accessories: You're a bride on the hunt for one-of-a-kind wedding jewelry or you've got a dozen fashion-forward bridesmaids to shop for. Either way, you've landed in the right place. Co-founders Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer curated a collection of handmade wearables from artists and designers the duo have featured in their online magazine. The items range from futuristic brushed-brass bangles to silver rings inspired by broken machine parts to a necklace fashioned from strands of square brass tubes. Unconventional designs like these not only make a graphic statement with streamlined gowns, but they're the kind of pieces you'll wear in umpteen combinations with the rest of your wardrobe anyway. Discover more shoppable ideas for your wedding look on our Wedding Accessories and Jewelry pages. —Phillip B. Crook


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    Photos: Laura Negri Photography

    Dorsey and Austin, who first met at a mutual friend's wedding, wanted their own celebration to have "sophisticated style with natural decor," says the bride. She wore a one-shoulder Romona Keveza gown and veil from Impressions Bridal Salon, while her groom sported a Ralph Lauren tuxedo. The wedding was held at the Foundry at Puritan Mill, a contemporary event space in Atlanta. The couple wed beneath a canopy of flowering branches as lanterns provided a romantic glow. "To soften the Foundry's industrial feel, we draped sheer ivory fabric over the walls," says Dorsey, who planned the wedding with the help of Lindsay Pitt of Toast Events. "We also hung lanterns from the ceiling to make the space feel more intimate."

    Follow the jump to see more from Dorsey and Austin's wedding, and visit our Real Weddings page to find other great style ideas.


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    If you're inviting a lot of children to your wedding, it's a good idea to plan a few activities to keep them entertained. These chalkboard wedding cakes, spotted on photographer Eric Lundgren's blog, are such a brilliant idea for the kids' table! The bride and groom created the cakes from cardboard and painted the tiers with a chalkboard finish; the cakes were displayed at the reception with colored chalk so their littlest guests could have a blast coloring them. Such a clever idea! Have you thought of any activities to keep the kids entertained at your reception? Let us know in the comments below! —Heather Lee


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    Photo: Fairchild Archive

    In our exclusive interview with Carolina Herrera, the fashion designer dishes on the details of her highly anticipated Breaking Dawn wedding dress. After the jump, find out how she got involved in The Twilight Saga and what inspired her unique design. —Stephanie Davila

    Brides.com: We were so excited to finally see Bella and Edward get married in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 1. Describe the wedding gown you designed for Kristen Stewart's character.
    Carolina Herrera: The dress is made from crepe satin. In the front there are two inserts finished with top stitching in silk thread. The neckline is a slight V, just enough to see the collar bones. The back is an opened oval shape veiled in tulle with a Chantilly lace border. The Chantilly lace was made especially for the dress.

    Were you familiar with Twilight beforehand? Did you take any cues from Bella's personality before designing the dress?
    Yes, I read the books and saw the films, and have been a fan ever since.


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    Photos: Elisabeth Millay with Kelly Kollar

    In keeping with the atmosphere of the 18th-century inn they selected for their wedding, Desirea and James wanted the décor to have an antique-inspired look with lots of seasonal touches. Table centerpieces featured mums, dahlias, solidagos, and berries arranged in antique teapots and Spode pitchers. The autumnal theme carried through from cocktail hour on the patio, where the couple's 135 guests sipped pumpkin spice martinis and enjoyed mini hamburgers, to the three-course meal, which included an apple butternut bisque, chateaubriand, and roasted rosemary potatoes. During the reception, guests who wanted a break from dancing could enjoy an outdoor fire pit, complete with scotch, cigars, and a s'mores station. "We wanted our guests to feel like they were in a different time in a far-off place," says Desirea.

    Follow the jump to see more from Desirea and James' wedding, and visit our Real Weddings page to find other great style ideas.


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    In honor of Thanksgiving, our featured wedding cake of the week is a confection that's utterly emblematic of the fall season. This four-tiered chocolate cake by Cheryl Kleinman is iced with smooth ganache and decorated with rolled chocolate, leaf-shaped chocolate cut-outs, and delicious-looking marzipan fruit, making it the perfect dessert complement to any autumnal wedding celebration. Happy Thanksgiving! —Heather Lee

    See more beautiful fall wedding cakes or visit our local listings to find your cake baker.


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    Photos: Life Fusion Photography

    For her wedding to Gregory, Sara made her entrance in a 1914 Lozier touring car rented from Andy Oldman. "It was timed so that my entrance song—a tune by my younger brother's band—started playing as the car pulled up," says Sara. She wore a Marisa gown she found at the annual Filene's Basement "Running of the Brides" sale, then had altered by local designer Harper Della-Piana of Seams Couture. The bride's finger-wave updo, styled by Michelle Florence of Body Mind Spirit Day Spa, was adorned with a brooch she found at a flea market; she also sported her grandmother's watch and shoes by Poetic Licence.

    Follow the jump to see more from Sara and Gregory's wedding, and visit our Real Weddings page to find other great style ideas.


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    Photo: Ditte Isager

    Now that Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror, it's on to the next holiday. And what better time to start decorating than during this long weekend? If there's no room in your shoebox New York City apartment for a full-sized fir, get creative instead by hanging white Christmas lights on your wall in the outline of a Christmas tree. Or make a wreath the focal point by hanging it over a mirror to "frame" it (above) and add embellishments with tiny gold and silver ornaments.

    Want other suggestions for innovative, festive decor? See more holiday decorating tips from Domino magazine. And for additional home, registry, and decorating ideas, browse the Domino archives. —Danine Alati


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  • 12/06/11--06:30: Rosie O'Donnell is Engaged!
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    Rosie O'Donnell is engaged to girlfriend Michelle Rounds, the star announced to the studio audience at a taping of her new talk show on OWN. The couple met three months ago in a Starbucks and plan to marry during the holidays. Celebrating the news of her engagement, O'Donnell tweeted a photo (below) of the asscher-cut diamond ring she proposed with to Rounds. This will be O'Donnell's second marriage following her split with Kelli Carpenter in 2007. The two share four children together. —Phillip B. Crook

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    Photos: Gertrude & Mabel Photography

    Although they live in New York City, Erica and Guillaume chose to host their wedding at Cà d'Zan Mansion, on Sarasota Bay. "Since many guests would be traveling to the wedding from overseas and from other parts of the US, we wanted to pick a destination where they could extend their visit into a mini vacation," Erica says.

    The reception took place on the terrace, overlooking the bay. During cocktail hour, drinks that reflected the couple's nationalities—such as the French "martini blanc" and French and American beer and wine—were served. The couple worked with Maria Brady on the wedding details. Centerpieces were comprised of fiddlehead ferns, hydrangeas, and a variety of other blooms, and each place setting featured a gold-beaded charger and a menu card listing the dinner offerings in both English and French.

    Follow the jump to see more from Erica and Guillaume's wedding, and visit our Real Weddings page to find other great style ideas.


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    Photo: Fairchild Archive

    "We've been together for 20 years and you have good days, you have decent days, and you have bad days. That's a marriage. That's a relationship. That's a friendship, even—relationships outside the marriage run the same course. If you're in it for the long haul and you want meaningful relationships you are going to go through lots of different periods." —Sarah Jessica Parker on her marriage to actor Matthew Broderick in an interview with the Telegraph's Stella magazine


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    Oh, ombré, my love for you is still going strong. We've blogged about the stylish wedding color trend several times this year: wedding cakes, cake balls (sounds weird but trust me, they're gorgeous), and even more cakes, but this is a first—ombré cookies! I spotted this DIY ombré cookie tutorial on the baking blog The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle—the treats would make a perfectly coordinating favor if you're featuring an ombré color scheme. The project seems fairly easy if you're a semi-experienced baker; or, bring a printout of the tutorial to your local bakery to see if they can replicate the project. —Heather Lee

    See more edible wedding favor ideas or visit our local listings to find a bakery near you.


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    Photo: Jay Premack Photography

    "...we felt a rush of exhilaration as we realized the hard part was done—now it was time to party with our friends and family. I ran to embrace my sister, and my husband Chris's best man lifted him up into the air. Everyone was overwhelmed with emotion and so full of joy." —Michael, married October 2 in Chevy Chase, MD. See more photos of Michael and Chris's wedding, and check out more favorite moments in the full slideshow.


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