Dec 312013
 
Modern Couple Blue Shoes Chicago Wedding

Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

When they were freshmen at the University of Indiana, hanging around the dorm with some other students, Jon, now 31 and an IT consultant, told a joke about sausages in a frying pan. Most of his friends dismissed it immediately as another one of his silly wisecracks—to this day, no one can remember exactly how it went—but one person laughed. Jamie, a 31-year-old communications consultant, remembers finding her future husband instantly entertaining—and, luckily, she still does.

When planning their April 2013 nuptials, Jamie and Jon knew they wanted to honor both their shared love of their home city, Chicago, and their wacky sense of humor. They chose the Chicago History Museum for their modern, sophisticated reception because it perfectly represented their city life together: the couple said "I do" surrounded by artifacts and memorabilia from their hometown, and just steps away from the path where they coach a team of runners each weekend.

By adding personal touches like custom notes, a quirky, self-written ceremony, and a visit from their favorite hot-dog truck, Jamie and Jon crafted a party that went way beyond any affair we've ever seen and became a day so completely their own, they'll never forget a second.

Couple Chicago History Museum Wedding Engagement Ring on Modern Stripe Background

Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

"Jon believes that the perfect proposal contains three elements," Jamie says. "It should be a complete surprise until the moment it happens, it should be at a location I can go to when I'm having a sad day, and it should include an experience I've never had before." Ever the consultant, he put together a spreadsheet weighing every possible proposal scenario. The winner? A jaw-dropping underwater "will you marry me?" in the whale tank at Shedd Aquarium (he signed them up for a whale-training session), complete with bubble-wrapped ring box. Yes, it really does get that romantic.

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Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

Jamie wore a trumpet-style Monique Lhuillier gown with a Chantilly lace and French tulle overlay, three-quarter sleeves and a train. Paired with a cathedral-length veil embellished with Swarovski crystals, the gown was equal parts sophisticated and modern. Her blue Manolo Blahnik pumps coordinated with Jon's orange socks as a nod to their shared alma mater, the University of Illinois.

White Wedding Bouquet Tulips Roses Peonies Groom Boutonniere White Ranunculus

Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

Jamie carried a pale bouquet of French tulips, white peonies and roses tied with an ivory silk ribbon. The groom wore a boutonniere of white ranunculus.

Bride Ceremony Chicago History Museum Monique Lhuillier Ceremony Program Custom Monogram Chicago History Museum Wedding Ceremony Chicago History Museum Topiary Modern Wedding Ceremony

Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

In fitting with the French-garden feel of their wedding, Jamie and Jon lined the aisle with boxwood topiaries for their informal, self-written ceremony, which was officiated by a close friend. Jamie walked down the aisle to "Henry the Eighth" by Herman's Hermits, her late father's favorite song. The two vowed to "eat all the chocolate chip cookies you want to bake for me," and "always run at your pace."

Chicago History Museum French Tulips Chandelier Chicago History Museum Main Room Wedding Escort Cards Chicago History Museum Wedding

Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

In the museum's quirky main room, surrounded by reminders of the industrial history of Chicago, Jamie and Jon created a modern organic paradise, lighting the room in soft green tones. As guests walked into the reception, they found their seat assignments under a giant arrangement of French tulips under a crystal chandelier—talk about a grand entrance!

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Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

"In lieu of a guest book we had a "Wishing Tree" where guests wrote their wishes, wisdom and wit for us and placed them on the tree. Our families read their wishes as part of the ceremony," Jamie says.

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Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

The couple swapped out round dinner tables for long ones and covered them with grey silk tablecloths, white linen napkins, white china, and green and black glassware. Boxwood-wrapped planters of white tulips, roses and ranunculus served as centerpieces, and freestanding topiaries around the room added to the mod-garden vibe.

Personalized Monogrammed Family Style Wedding Menu Square Tiered Wedding Cheesecake Dessert Lounge Wedding Chicago History Museum

Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

Jon, the foodie half of the newlywed couple, took care of the menu. He included a note on each guest's custom-monogrammed card explaining his selections, and letting everyone know that he made a donation to the Kidney Cancer Association in their honor. The spread was way beyond your standard filet mignon and seasonal vegetables. Each dish was Italian-inspired, family style, and absolutely mouthwatering: think individual cheese plates for each guest, rust artisan pizzas, and baskets of warm garlic bread. "We loved to hear that guests felt pampered when they sat down to our tables," Jamie says.

The biggest surprise of the evening? Everyone got to munch on hot dogs straight from the Chubby Weiner truck, a Chicago institution, during the reception.

As for dessert, Jamie and Jon ordered their three-tier cheesecake from a local, family-run vendor to show support to their city. And that's not all: After getting down on the dance floor in flip-flops the couple provided, guests were treated to a sweet session in Jamie and Jon's dessert lounge, complete with Lucite chairs, embroidered pillows and tables with warm chocolate chip cookies, whipped chocolate souffle, and s'mores supplies.



Bride Groom Chicago History Museum Wedding


Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio


What everyone loved most about the wedding, Jamie says, is the wit they took care to weave throughout the fun-filled evening. Jon and Jamie's shared sense of humor was everywhere: in their vows, in little notes they left guests everywhere, in their whimsical song choices, and in their quirky, playful venue. They met because Jon made Jamie laugh, and—she says—years later, they're still laughing together.

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Chicago History Museum || Bride's Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Veil: Nancy Shefts || Shoes: Manolo Blahnik || Jewelry & Wedding Rings: Family heirlooms || Hair: Roger Gumm of Colette Salon and Spa || Makeup: Nicole Jacob || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Of their own choosing || Groom's Tuxedo: Nicholas Joseph || Florist: Beth Tarrant of Anna Held Floral Design Studio || Catering: Jewel Events Catering| |Invitations: Pioneer Announcements || Music: Amaryllis Strings, Michael Walters Orchestra || Cake: Swedish Bakery || Favors: Donations to The Kidney Cancer Association || Wedding Planner: Frank J. Andonoplas || Photography: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studios

—Amanda First

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Italian Island Honeymoon Getaways: Classic vs. Off-the-Beaten Path

 Honeymoons & Destination Weddings  Comments Off on Italian Island Honeymoon Getaways: Classic vs. Off-the-Beaten Path
Dec 312013
 
Capri Italy

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If you're torn between choosing a beach honeymoon in a tropical locale versus an European excursion we don't blame you. One offers relaxation while the other offers history—but there's no reason you can't have both! Picking a European island located in the Mediterranean gives honeymooners the best of both worlds: History plus the full-beach experience. Still, there's still a few options to sort out. There are classic destinations like the Italian island of Capri, or you could be a bit more adventurous and try escaping to an island getaway that's a little less well known. But why pick between a honeymoon classic and an off-the-beaten-path gem when you can do both? Just hop on a ferry to shuttle between these dazzling Italian duos.

The Classic: Capri

Those grottoes! Those ruins! Those chic Italians on Vespas! Capri is so fantastically fashionable, don't be surprised if you run into Rihanna while window-shopping at Gucci. Check in to the cliffside Hotel Caesar Augustus for knockout views of the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius.

Doubles from $753, including breakfast; caesar-augustus.com

Ischia San Montano

Photo: Courtesy of Ischia San Montano

The Up-and-Comer: Ischia

This speck of hot-spring-dotted lava was once a literary haunt (Truman Capote, W.H. Auden) and is now a magnet for spa-loving Europeans looking to get their volcanic mud on. Another claim to fame: Parts of The Talented Mr. Ripley were filmed here. Take a dip in the thermal pools at the San Montano Resort & Spa, which also has the best beach on the isle.

Doubles from $500; sanmontano.com

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Touch-Up Must-Haves for Picture-Perfect Wedding Beauty All Night Long

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Dec 312013
 
Touch Up Wedding Makeup

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By the time your big day arrives, you'll most likely have every aspect of your wedding beauty look planned—from your hair, to your eyebrows, to your manicure. But your wedding day is bound to be as long as it is fun. Tears, hugs, the hora—all that fun means your romantic hairstyle and makeup aren't going to stay put all night. With all of the bouncing around, no amount of pre-wedding beauty prep, primer, or long-lasting lipstick will keep your face or hair picture perfect throughout the entire ceremony and reception. Cue your trusty touch-up kit: Kimara Ahnert of New York's Kimara Ahnert Beauty Studio advises on what to keep in that handy bag. (P.S. Ask your maid of honor to carry it, and have your photographer tell you when you need a touch-up!)

1. Lipstick
With all that kissing, you're going to need to reapply frequently.

2. Blotting Paper
A wedding requires serious shine control—especially once the dancing starts.

3. Eye Shadow
Reapply a few strokes of eye shadow post-ceremony to make your eyes pop.

4. Q-tips
They're the perfect way to smooth out eye creases.

5. Waterproof Mascara & Eyeliner
Just in case they don't stay put through the tears.

6. Blush
You'll need to adjust it as the lighting changes—a lighter touch for day, a heavier one at night.

7. A Toothbrush and Hairspray
Spritz the toothbrush, then use it to target and tame flyaways.

8. Hairpins
Must-haves if your updo comes loose.

—Sophie Brickman

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How to Make An All-White Wedding Color Scheme Pop in Photos

 Bridesmaids, Etiquette, Wedding Etiquette  Comments Off on How to Make An All-White Wedding Color Scheme Pop in Photos
Dec 312013
 
White bridesmaids dresses

Photo: Kate Headley

Did you catch white wedding fever after witnessing Kate Middleton's gorgeous all-ivory bridal party during the Royal Wedding? You're not alone! White weddings are not just for Billy Idol songs anymore, and there are plenty of ways to make it happen for your own big day. But does this color scheme come across as well in photos as it does in person? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your wedding style questions in our daily post.

I am having a white wedding (I'm talking white flowers, white linens, the works) and I want the bridal party and our parents to dress in white, too. Are my wedding photos going to look strange?

Thanks to Pippa Middleton, bridesmaids dressed in white are very au courant. Guys in all white, however, are a little Love Boat. Opt for light khaki suits for the groom, groomsmen, ring bearer, and fathers of the bride and groom instead if you don't want your wedding pictures to look like a cast photo. As the bride, you will want to stand out in pictures, so pick a dress style for your bridesmaids that is significantly different from your own gown. Short dresses as a contrast is an obvious choice, but also consider switching up the necklines and the fabric to really draw a distinction. Last, ensure that your mom and your fiancé's mother are in communication as they go dress shopping. Two middle-aged women in matching Bianca Jagger tuxes will make your pictures feel costumey, not cohesive.

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How to Make An All-White Wedding Color Scheme Pop in Photos

 Bridesmaids, Etiquette, Wedding Etiquette  Comments Off on How to Make An All-White Wedding Color Scheme Pop in Photos
Dec 312013
 
White bridesmaids dresses

Photo: Kate Headley

Did you catch white wedding fever after witnessing Kate Middleton's gorgeous all-ivory bridal party during the Royal Wedding? You're not alone! White weddings are not just for Billy Idol songs anymore, and there are plenty of ways to make it happen for your own big day. But does this color scheme come across as well in photos as it does in person? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your wedding style questions in our daily post.

I am having a white wedding (I'm talking white flowers, white linens, the works) and I want the bridal party and our parents to dress in white, too. Are my wedding photos going to look strange?

Thanks to Pippa Middleton, bridesmaids dressed in white are very au courant. Guys in all white, however, are a little Love Boat. Opt for light khaki suits for the groom, groomsmen, ring bearer, and fathers of the bride and groom instead if you don't want your wedding pictures to look like a cast photo. As the bride, you will want to stand out in pictures, so pick a dress style for your bridesmaids that is significantly different from your own gown. Short dresses as a contrast is an obvious choice, but also consider switching up the necklines and the fabric to really draw a distinction. Last, ensure that your mom and your fiancé's mother are in communication as they go dress shopping. Two middle-aged women in matching Bianca Jagger tuxes will make your pictures feel costumey, not cohesive.

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4 Easy Feng Shui Tweaks to Make Your Home Feel Calmer, Happier

 Happy Bride, Sarah Jio, Wellness  Comments Off on 4 Easy Feng Shui Tweaks to Make Your Home Feel Calmer, Happier
Dec 312013
 
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Wedding-planning can have a way of adding sneaky chaos to your home. Think: the stacks of magazines (including ours!) on the coffee tables; the flyers, brochures and business cards of every wedding vendor in town scattered on your kitchen table; boxes of ribbon and craft supplies for your wedding favors; and the list goes on. And, to top things off, your routines are changing because you're busy, busy, busy, so it's no surprise that your home can feel a little off about now. Whether you believe in the ancient Chinese ideology of Feng Shui (the belief that our space and surroundings can affect our energy flow), you can still benefit from a easy, quick home makeover. And who knows? Maybe the placebo effect will apply here. Try these four easy fixes and see if you feel calmer as a result:

1. Focus on the front entryway: Is your doorway area warm and welcoming? Feng Shui experts often focus on the front entryway first because it's the first point of experience with any home. While there's a lot you won't be able to change (we're not talking about hiring an architect here!), you can buy a cheerful new welcome mat or swap out the withered plants in the flower pot and give some new life to your entryway. If anything, it will make you smile and feel less stressed when passing through your front door each day.

2. Say yes to plants: Feng Shui practitioners often recommend bringing in plant life into the home. Obviously, the burst of green brightens up any room, but you'll also benefit from the way plants can clean your air (mainstream medical experts back this up too!). And, here's something fun, brides: Feng Shui thinking notes that a few extra plants in your bedroom may be a good thing for your love life. (Who knew?)

3. Examine your home office: If you have a desk in your home, check it's position. Is your chair facing the door of the room? If your back is to the door, consider switching things around so you're facing the doorway from your desk. Feng Shui experts say this can set you up for more success (and if it's easy to switch around, why not try it!).

4. Fix what's broken: Maybe it's that dripping sink, or a light bulb in the hallway chandelier that's been out for a while. Believe it or not, rolling your eyes about a small thing like this can zap your energy over time, say experts. So take five minutes and swap out the bulb or call the handyman.

5. Think about mirrors and photos: Family photos are great, but choose their placement wisely, say Feng Shui experts. For example, if you have several in your bedroom, it may be detracting from what matters most: rest and intimacy with your husband. And, think about your mirror placement, too. Decorative mirrors can be a beautiful way to energize a room, but make sure they're placed in the right way. For instance, when you look into one, you should like what it reflects behind you (in other words, if the view is of the kitchen trash can, you might think about shifting the view slightly).

Sarah Jio

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Hair Headaches

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Dec 312013
 
When you have your hair styled for your wedding, don't let your stylist pull it back so tightly that it hurts. You may think you'll get used to the tugging feeling on your scalp, but more likely you'll end up with a headache.


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A Formal Late Fall Wedding at the Berkeley Hotel on the Jersey Shore

 Ceremony & Vows, Elegant, Fall, Formal, New Jersey, Real Weddings, Romantic, Traditional  Comments Off on A Formal Late Fall Wedding at the Berkeley Hotel on the Jersey Shore
Dec 302013
 

When Joe, 32, proposed to Emily, 31, at their NYC apartment in 2011, he knew they were in for the event of a lifetime. Emily's the wedding and events manager of the New York Public Library, host to some of the city's most glamorous and elegant soirees—not to mention, of course, Carrie Bradshaw's would-be wedding in Sex and the City.

Emily's helped coordinate some of the most memorable weddings New York has ever seen, but she knew she wanted something a little different for her and Joe. The two were longtime friends from summers past at the Jersey Shore, and they chose to honor their time there together with a formal, modern reception at Asbury Park's breathtaking Berkeley Hotel. Family heirlooms, personalized details, and organic decor helped make the late fall (November 17, the same wedding date as Emily's parents!) bash feel warm and intimate.

One sunny day in October 2011, Emily's boss told her to take the afternoon off as a special treat. Psyched for a few blissful hours of shopping and pampering, Emily shrugged off Joe's insistence that he wasn't feeling well and needed her to hightail it home ASAP. She strolled in in the late afternoon, laden with shopping bags, to find Joel kneeling on the floor with a ring. "I had no way of knowing, but Joe had called my boss to tell her he was planning to propose and to have her send me home," she explains. "Knowing that he put all of that together for me—on his own—made it truly one of the best days of my life."

"The formality of the venue dictated a very traditional invitation with some modern changes, like custom envelope liners and a laser-cut shape," Emily says. She worked with Adrienne at the Village Invites to create a custom suite that felt both traditional and of-the-moment.

Emily knew right away that a traditional gown with sleeves would look just right in a formal church ceremony. "Finding something with sleeves in a sea of strapless gowns was easier said than done, but I ultimately fell in love with a long-sleeved, high-necked Alencon lace Augusta Jones gown," she says. With a cathedral-length veil, the look was elegant, timeless and breathtakingly beautiful. "I was so sad to take off the veil," Emily says. "The gown—amazing. But the veil was...magic."

Her mother's gown was also made of Alcenon lace, and Emily's seamstress cut out a small piece and sewed it into the lining of her gown, just above her heart. In her black velvet clutch, Emily carried old love letters her grandparents sent to each other—talk about something old!


Emily wanted an unconventional bouquet with lots of texture that spoke to the season. She chose a wintry, organic mix of white kale, artichokes, succulents, pepperberries, seeded eucalyptus and grey craspedia.

Emily's bridesmaids wore slate gray chiffon gowns from Bill Levkoff. Their gorgeous black fur stoles and smoky quartz jewelry were generous gifts from the bride!

Joe looked extra-dapper in a slim fit custom tuxedo from Calvin Klein.

Emily and Joe were married in St. Elizabeth's Church in Avon by the Sea, New Jersey, where they'd spent many summers together with their families. To add to the warm, inviting feel of the evening ceremony, they lined the stairs outside with candle-lit lanterns. The traditional Catholic ceremony was officiated by the Bishop of the Diocese of Metuchen, a friend of Joe's parents.

Emily and Joe planned to have the wedding party arrive to the church via antique trolley, but engine trouble led to some unforeseen circumstances. "After the engine began sputtering and smoking, I still can't believe the boys drove the trolley to the church as it billowed exhaust and fumes and onlookers stared in horror!" Emily says. Her bridesmaids gamely piled in an SUV instead, and Emily made a dramatic entrance in a vintage Rolls Royce.

At their large, formal nighttime reception at the beaux arts Berkeley Hotel in Asbury Park, the couple used organic elements like mercury glass, tall hurricanes, and sprays of white berries to match the height and elegance of the soaring, high-ceilinged ballroom. They incorporated both round and long tables to create a communal feel, even with the 242-person guest list, and added flickering candlelight, lanterns, and dark linens to make the room feel extra-inviting.

They collaborated with Kitschens Catering, a small Asbury Park-based caterer, to create a dream seasonal menu. After hors d'ouvres like mini lobster rolls, shrimp shooters, and cheese-stuffed olives, guests dug into sweet potato bisque, a petite filet, and homemade pasta with veggies.

In fitting with their classic wedding, Emily and Joe chose a traditional vanilla cake with raspberry filling. They had custom cake toppers created to look just like them, and they plan to break them out every year on their anniversary!

Joe plays the drums in a band, and the couple surprised their guests by having him jump on stage to jam out to "Boogie on Reggae Woman" as the evening wore down.

The wedding was held just two weeks after Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey Shore, and though they feared for days the future of the town that meant so much to them, the couple's ceremony and reception venues remained unscathed. In lieu of favors, they made a donation to the Asbury Park conservancy in each guest's name, and a year later, they remember the devastation of those weeks and feel grateful for the perspective the storm offered.

"While the color of the flowers and the flavor of the cake may seem all-consuming, remember that in the end, it is just one day to celebrate a lifetime of love and friendship. It is the people around you and the fact that they may be coming from near and far to celebrate with you that really matters," Emily says.

Ceremony Venue: St. Elizabeth's Church, Avon by the Sea, NJ || Reception Venue: The Berkeley Hotel, Asbury Park, NJ || Day-Of Coordinator: Lisa Archambault and Andy Spray of Palm Productions, Stefani Hanson at the Berkeley Hotel || Bride's Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones || Veil: Kleinfeld Bridal || Hair: Jessica Gere of Simply GorJess Hair || Makeup: Josie Vega || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Lefkoff || Groom's and Groomsmen's Attire: Calvin Klein, Vera Wang at Men's Wearhouse || Wedding Bands: Custom || Florist: Bonnie Capuzzello of Petal Beach || Invitations & Paper Goods: The Village Invites || Music: The Smokin' Section || Catering: Kitschen's Catering || Cake: Roseanna Cobb || Rentals: Party Rental LTD || Photography: Jeri Houseworth Photography

—Amanda First

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5 Fun Date Ideas to Try in 2014

 Married Life, Relationships, Sarah Jio  Comments Off on 5 Fun Date Ideas to Try in 2014
Dec 302013
 
Date Ideas for Couples

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Looking for some fun date ideas to try with your new husband in 2014? Here are some of our favorite ideas for couples this year:

1. Play Picasso: We've been hearing about couples enrolling in art classes together (some, which even serve wine and beer), and we think this sounds like fun! Even if you don't have an artistic bone in your body, you'll bond when you see his masterpiece (and show him yours).

2. Sing It: Karaoke may sound very 1993 to you, but hold on, brides ... it's having another moment. More boutique karaoke bars are popping up in major cites and catering to couples who want to sing together (or to each other!). Even if you're shy about your ability to sing on key, taking a risk and getting up on that stage will show him that you're willing to be vulnerable for him, and you'll grow closer because of it. Bonus: Health researchers say that singing is a big happiness booster.

3. Up, Up and Away: As the weather gets warmer this spring, consider booking a flight on a hot air balloon with your husband-to-be. As you glide over the countryside 1,000 feet in the air, you'll take your love to new heights.

4. Lend a Hand: We continue to hear about couples who use their together time to help others or an important cause, and we think it's a trend worth embracing in 2014. Whether your planting trees in a city park that needs some TLC or dishing up meals at the soup kitchen, your love can only grow when you're doing good deeds together.

5. Release Adrenaline: You don't have to be a daredevil to take a bold risk with your husband-to-be. Think: zipline, a scuba-diving adventure, scaling a mountainside (or just a rock-climbing wall in town). These are all activities bound to get your heart pumping and the two of you in sync, body and mind. (Here are five sports for couples that we love!)

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Vanessa Carlton Got Married This Weekend, and She Had (Maybe) the Coolest Officiant Ever

 Celebrity, Celebrity Weddings  Comments Off on Vanessa Carlton Got Married This Weekend, and She Had (Maybe) the Coolest Officiant Ever
Dec 302013
 
Vanessa Carlton married John McCauley

Photo: Vanessa Carlton via Twitter

Want to know what the coolest, most rocking bohemian wedding ceremony looks like? Look no further than the one singer Vanessa Carlton had on Friday. Carlton hit it big with her song "A Thousand Miles" when it came out ten years ago, and her secret wedding to John McCauley looks like it was just as big of a success!

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Carlton announced the happy news on Twitter just after their romantic outdoor ceremony with a sweet and simple message: "Married this gentleman two hours ago xo," she captioned the above photo.

Her next Tweet, though, was a bigger surprise than the wedding itself—Fleetwood Mac songstress Stevie Nicks officiated the ceremony! Carlton revealed that exciting detail with a photo of the famous rock singer and the caption, "Thanks Stevie for marrying us!" Talk about really personalizing your ceremony. If the ethereal Gold Dust Woman herself was even a guest at our wedding, we'd be pretty honored!

Stevie Nicks officiates Vanessa Carlton's wedding ceremony

Photo: Vanessa Carlton via Twitter

McCauley, who is in the band Deer Tick, was clearly thrilled about their guest of honor. He posted a photo on Instagram saying, "Married! Thank you to the Honorable Reverend Stevie Nicks for doin' us the deed!!!"

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Stevie Nicks aside, we have to recognize Carlton's truly lovely bohemian bridal style. Her flower crown and rustic wedding bouquet were the perfect accents to her long-sleeved wedding dress.

The joyous occasion happened two months after Carlton revealed that she and McCauley lost a baby due to an ectopic pregnancy and had to cancel part of her tour. We're thrilled to see the newlyweds' triumphant love after such a trying time.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

—Terri Pous

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