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September 2014 - New Orleans Weddings - Reception, Venue & Planning

Exclusive: See Little People, Big World’s Jeremy Roloff and Audrey Botti’s Entire Wedding Album!

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Sep 302014

Last week, Little People, Big World star Jeremy Roloff wed Audrey Mirabella Botti on his family's farm in Hillsboro, Oregon, and we've got the exclusive photos of their outdoor celebration!

Six months after Jeremy popped the question to his girlfriend of three years with a custom-designed engagement ring, the pair made it official, walking down the aisle on September 20th, 2014 at Roloff Farms and celebrating with nearly 300 guests.

From the hay bale pews to the mismatched china and everything in between, this one's a stunner. Read on to see all the seriously sweet — and exclusive — details, planned by Mandi Wiley of Champagne Wedding Coordination and gorgeously captured by Christianne Taylor!
(Plus, get an exclusive sneak peek of their wedding special airing tonight!)

The creative-minded bride designed her own wedding dress, purchasing a preowned gown and working with a seamstress to make it truly one-of-a-kind. She topped off her bridal ensemble with a yellow rose crown created by Vanessa Schmidt.

Audrey's neutral-hued bouquet included garden roses, ranunculus, lavender, and stalks of wheat.

Jeremy wore a made-to-measure suit by PROPERSUIT. He had 11 groomsmen, with his brother, Zach Roloff, serving as best man. The groom and groomsmen's ties were made of the same floral material as the bridesmaids' dresses.

The ceremony took place at the farm's chapel, decorated with vines and flanked by arrangements of dahlias, hydrangeas, and grasses. Guests sat on hay bales topped with quilts as the couple exchanged personalized vows.

Audrey's 12 bridesmaids wore floral dresses by the Lauren Graebner of EVA's by Reclamation and crowns of baby's breath.

Before the reception, the newlyweds took to the fields for a few photos.

Round tables were topped with lace overlays and lush arrangements of dahlias, hydrangeas, and roses, while the wedding party was seated at a long wooden table decorated with a runner made of fresh blooms, created by Kelly of Blooming Bouquets. Places were set for dinner with mismatched china and glassware. On the menu? Chicken Mirabella (Mirabella is Audrey's middle name!), polenta, and grilled vegetables.

The couple decided to skip the wedding cake, instead serving guests a seasonal selection of berry, peach, and cherry cobblers baked by Mindy of Decadent Creations.

Audrey and Jeremy's first dance was to "I Don't Dance" by Lee Brice. The groom danced with his mother, Amy Roloff, to "You Are My Sunshine," a choice with sweet sentimental value. When Jeremy and his twin brother, Zach, were little, that was the song she sang to them as she put them to bed. Audrey and her father danced to "Together At Last" from the musical Annie. She and her father performed the song together when she was in third grade!

After the wedding, the pair took off to Jamaica for their honeymoon, where they're enjoying sun and sand.

Watch all of these details come to life during Little People, Big World wedding special airing tonight at 10/9c on TLC. Can't wait 'til then? Brides.com has an exclusive sneak peek of Jeremy and Audrey's wedding-planning process — watch it below!

Beyond the Thank-You Note: People You Definitely Need to Thank

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Sep 302014
wedding thank you notes

Photo: Julie Song Ink

As you write thank-you notes after your wedding, remember that not all gifts come wrapped in pretty paper! Though most, if not all, guests will surely give you a present from your wedding registry, there are other loved ones who have go above and beyond with support during wedding planning that definitely deserve some extra-special appreciation. The following categories include both gift givers and the people who make a wedding special through their efforts and goodwill.

People who do kindnesses for you
The neighbor who accepts delivery of your gifts when you're at work, the cousin who supervises guest parking at the reception — anyone who assists you during your preparations, the wedding itself, and after the big event should be graciously thanked. It's also nice to send notes to your officiant and anyone else (the organist or music director, for instance) who worked with you on the ceremony, even though you've paid them the customary fee.

Suppliers and vendors
You don't have to write everyone you hire for services, but anyone who exceeds your expectations will appreciate a courteous note of thanks.

People who entertain for you
When there is more than one host for a shower or party, write to each person or couple. These notes should go out no later than two days after the event. The one exception is when a large number of people in your office or workplace host a shower or party in your honor and give a group gift. While it's preferable to thank everyone with an individual note, it is acceptable to write to the organizer or organizers only. Be sure your note includes your appreciation for everyone's participation. The person who receives your note should forward it to coworkers or post it in a common area. But if individual presents are given, write individual notes.

BRIDES Investigates: Did Angelina Jolie Really Gift Brad Pitt a 3 Million Dollar Watch for Their Wedding?

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Sep 302014
Brad Pitt Angelina Jolie Wedding Gift Rumors

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Ever since their late August wedding, it's impossible not to hear how much Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are loving newlywed life. Now, just over a month since the celebrity couple finally tied the knot, we've learned about nearly every detail of their romantic and intimate French countryside wedding. One thing we hadn't heard about, though, was whether or not the new Mr. and Mrs. Pitt exchanged gifts to commemorate the occasion.

As of yesterday evening, the rumor mill was churning with news that Angie did, in fact, gift her new husband with an amazing present in honor of their wedding: a coveted, 1952 "JB Champion Observatory" platinum watch, which the Daily Mail reports is worth more than $3 million. According to reports, the rare timepiece from the esteemed Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe was inscribed with a short love note from Angie to Brad — "To Roly from Nessa," a nod to their characters in their upcoming drama By The Sea.

See More: Brad Pitt on His Marriage to Angelina Jolie: "It's More Than Just a Title"

So did Angie really drop a small fortune on a watch for her new husband? We thought the spendy present seemed out of character for the philanthropic actress, so we investigated the story.

And it turns out our suspicions were correct: Brad is not the proud new owner of the pricey watch. Forbes is debunking the rumor, saying that while the watch did recently change hands, it was not sold to the high-profile actress. "Only moments ago was this confirmed NOT TRUE, though the watch has indeed been privately sold," Forbes reports.

Sorry, Brad, maybe you'll get a rare watch for your first anniversary!

Jewelry Designer Kendra Scott’s Glam Wedding in Sedona, AZ

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Sep 302014

The theme of jewelry designer Kendra Scott and now-husband Matt Davis's wedding, kisment, or fate, was incredibly fitting. "From the moment we met, we knew it was meant to be," says Kendra. "We were at dinner with separate groups of friends, locked eyes across a crowded restaurant, and took each other's breath away." And when Matt took Kendra back to the doorway where they'd shared their first kiss and got down on one knee, she didn't hesitate to say yes. "It was perfect!"

Even the venue was destined. Matt and Kendra were in Sedona after she opened a store in Scottsdale, and fell in love with Enchantment Resort while sitting on the balcony of their hotel room. Inspired by their location, Kendra's design aesthetic, and the joining of the couple's families, they hired Amy Mancuso Events to handle the details and Katrina Wallace Photographers to take the gorgeous photos on June 6th, 2014.

After hunting for a wedding dress from New York to Los Angeles, Kendra finally struck gold when she called up Claire Pettibone and found out they happened to be having a bridal trunk show the next day. The timeless vintage feel was exactly what she was looking for and — a major bonus — was totally comfortable.

Kendra's built a career on her passion for jewelry design, so there was no question that she'd be wearing pieces she'd created on her wedding day, including statement earrings and the wedding band she'd designed. "I wore my best friend's wedding band on another finger as my something borrowed," she says. To complement her embroidered and lace gown, Kendra carried a white bouquet with hints of yellow, made up of roses, lisianthus, and cattleya orchids.

The Moroccan-inspired flower petal carpet down the aisle mimicked the inspiration for the Kendra Scott logo, and incorporated the bride's favorite colors, white and yellow.

Her two oldest sons walked her down the aisle. "There wasn't a dry eye in the house when our guests saw the two of them next to me," Kendra remembers.

In addition to writing their own vows, Kendra and Matt had their closest friends read "I Carry Your Heart" by e.e. Cummings during the ceremony.

The reception took advantage of the gorgeous Arizona weather, with tables set up in front of the red rock cliffs. Tables were topped with arrangements of lilies, roses, and lush greenery. The menu? All local. "I'm still dreaming about the salad," Kendra says. Guests sipped on Kismet Cocktails, a mix of Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka and lime soda.

The couple shared their first dance to "All of Me" by John Legend before inviting guests to join them on the dance floor. They'd planned to choreograph a dance, but realized that it wasn't quite them only a few minutes into their first lesson and ended up improvising. "My favorite memory," says Kendra, "is of Matt and my 10-year-old son having a dance-off. They weren't even on the dance floor, but everyone stopped dancing to watch."

Matt and Kendra, who honeymooned in the Maldive Islands, advise couples to keep sight of who they are. "After all, this night is about celebrating the beauty of your relationship," she says, "no matter how silly, imperfect, or uncoordinated you might be!"

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Enchantment Resort || Wedding Planner: Amy Mancuso Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Jewelry: Kendra Scott || Hair & Makeup: Alyssa Garcia || Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew || Florist: Events by Show Stoppers || Invitations: Paperless Post || Music: ceremony - Miguel de Maria, reception - Desert House Productions || Catering: Enchantment Resort || Videography: Keith Pitts || Photography: Katrina Wallace Photographers

Our Favorite Newlywed Celebrity Couples to Follow on Instagram Right Now

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Sep 302014
Newlywed Celebrity Couples to Follow on Instagram

Photos: via Instagram

A whole host of celebrities got married this year and so many of those couples are documenting their newlywed lives on Instagram. From trips abroad to sweet moments spent together, they are giving us glimpses into their everyday lives with each post. Check out these photos from our favorite newlywed celeb couples for a sweet addition to your day.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West: After the most talked about wedding of the year, the selfie queen and rap mogul have finally embarked on married life together. As you might have guessed, it's mighty stylish! From tour stops to vacations in far-flung destinations, the power couple are taking the world by storm.

Behati Prinsloo and Adam Levine: Models and musicians have been falling in love since the beginning of time, thus it only makes sense for Behati Prinsloo and Adam Levine to get together and tie the knot. Though we're still waiting for the pair's wedding photos to emerge on the photo sharing site, we love their fun snaps of their red carpet appearances, style choices, and special moments spent with friends.

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka: As you can see, this couple loves quality time spent with their adorable children! We've all loved Neil Patrick Harris for years, but it's clear that husband David Burtka loves him just a bit more than us Doogie Howser and How I Met Your Mother fans. Family photos and lots of smiles are always present in this twosome's pictures, which brings us all a lot of joy.

Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson: Jessica Simpson, takes pleasure in showing love for her husband, Eric Johnson on the 'gram with sweet family portraits and even a few silly snaps. With two beautiful children already, we cannot wait to see how the newlyweds expand their household.

See More: Newlywed Jessica Simpson Reveals She's Happier Than Ever

Ted Gibson and Jason Backe: Love beauty? Well, so does this couple! Ted Gibson and Jason Backe are the co-owners of Ted Gibson salons all over the country and do the hair of the world's most gorgeous celebrities. If you love behind the scenes pictures, video, and funny moments, you'll love the musings of this pair.

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent: When these two got hitched, we knew it was a match made in interior design heaven. The happy couple loves to travel and frequently posts snaps of themselves at stylish parties: both of which serve as daily inspiration.

Olivia Palermo and Johannas Huebl: On the list of the most stylish couples of this decade, our former cover girl Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl will definitely be in the top five. They're both incredibly good looking and frequent fashion shows, movie premieres, and red carpet affairs arm in arm — always looking chic.

Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade: Another sartorially-savvy duo makes our list! Union and Wade had one of the most fashionable weddings of the year and though they've just tied the knot, we've already been following them both on Instagram way before they were engaged.

Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting: The last name "Sweeting" is absolutely befitting of these two as they just cannot get enough of one another — always taking the sweetest and most affectionate snaps. The Big Bang Theory actress and pro tennis player are clearly still madly in love, which gives us all a bit of inspiration.

What We’re Pinning: Amazing Honeymoon Ideas!

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Sep 302014

Follow BRIDES's board Honeymoons on Pinterest.

Let's be honest — the honeymoon is what most grooms (and brides!) look forward to the most during wedding planning. It's where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy each other's company in a location you've probably only dreamt of previously. But first, you have to figure out where to go! As couples get more adventurous with their destinations (African safaris and jungle adventures in Central and South America are becoming wildly popular), the choices can get downright overwhelming.

Enter Pinterest. The very same site that likely helped you pick out wedding details is also a hotspot for honeymoon content. We constantly search for wanderlust-inducing photos of far-off destinations where newlyweds can really feel alone, as well as more practical ideas, like where to stay and what to do. Not only are the pictures pretty, but they're a great way to discover that tropical island you'd never heard of but now have to go to. We plucked three of our favorite pins off of our "Honeymoons" board to show you exactly what we mean. Read about them below and don't forget to follow us on Pinterest for more wedding ideas of all kinds!

Most popular honeymoon destinations PinteresT

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First things first: Where on earth do you go? Generally, couples flock to the same places over and over again — Fiji, Italy, Hawaii, the usuals. This pin, for instance, shows the number-one destination for 2014, French Polynesia. With that picturesque scene taken on its isles, it's no wonder why.

Bali honeymoon

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Once you pick a destination, it's crucial to find a hotel that you'll enjoy and that will provide the best possible honeymoon experience. This pin leads to a slideshow of the best honeymoon resorts in Asia and Australia. From seaside spas in Thailand to rustic hideaways in New Zealand, it's a goldmine of information that you'll definitely want to pin.

10 Must-Read Books for Your Honeymoon

Illustration: Christina Park

Finally, you need to round out your packing list! You'll obviously need cute clothes and maybe a passport, but don't forget that travel and relaxation often entail a good book. That's why this graphic is so great — it's filled with honeymoon-friendly reading material you'll want to check out (if you can steal away time from your new husband, that is!).

Like what you see? Check out all of our honeymoon pins on Pinterest and don't forget to follow BRIDES

NBC Sports’s Josh Elliott and Eyewitness News’s Liz Cho Are Engaged!

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Sep 302014
Josh Elliott Liz Cho Engaged

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Separate networks couldn't keep these two anchors apart: Eyewitness News's Liz Cho and NBC Sports's Josh Elliott are engaged!

According to the New York Daily News, the two TV vets — Elliott is known for his time on ABC's Good Morning America, and various spots on ESPN — got engaged while on vacation in Europe this past summer and have kept quiet since.

Page Six reports that the proposal was "spur of the moment." "He gave her a simple gold band that was a family heirloom and meant a lot to him," a source says. "It's been very low-key, and people may not have even realized she was engaged, because she's not wearing a standard diamond engagement ring." The insider adds: "They had been so discreet about the engagement, they have just started revealing the news to close family and friends.

See more: The Best TV Proposals Ever

And while sources close to the couple confirmed their pending wedding, it was Elliott's former colleague, Sam Champion, who first broke the news via Twitter. "Im not going to b at work tomorrow. @JoshElliott32 and @LizCho7 announced their engagement tnite!!" the weatherman tweeted.

He also posted a photo of a large group celebrating the exciting news, including newlywed Katie Couric.

This will be the second marriage for both Elliott and Cho who each have children from their previous marriages. They've together since 2012, once Cho called it quits with her first husband Evan Gottlieb. Both the bride-to-be and groom-to-be's children reportedly get along. No word yet on the wedding plans, but we're sure it will be small and family-oriented.

How to Plan the Perfect Late-Night Snack Menu

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Sep 302014
late-night snacks wedding menu

Photo: via Colin Cowie Weddings

We've all been there. You're at a wedding and you've been drinking and dancing for the last three or four hours. The party's winding down and the hunger pangs are setting in and, much to your dismay, you realize you missed dessert and all the slices of cake are gone. Almost in a panic, you're half-considering a fast-food run when suddenly, you spot waiters making their way to the dance floor, carrying trays of sliders and piping-hot french fries. In an instant, it's become the best. wedding. ever.

There's no better way to keep the party going than to surprise guests with a delicious, late-night snack. More and more couples are adding an end-of-night treat to their wedding menu, and while there really are no hard and fast rules, here are a couple of suggestions to make sure everything goes smoothly:

See More: Can I Host a Cake-Only Wedding Reception?

1. Keep 'em bite-sized.
When it comes to late-night snacks, think mini. Anything larger would seem too much like an hors d'oeuvres or appetizer. Keep it small—just enough to satisfy without having to use any utensils.

2. Serve something sweet or savory (or one of each!).
Choose your favorite sweet or salty snack to serve. If you decide to offer one of each, start with the savory treat then finish up with the sweet one. Here are some of our favorite tasty ideas:
Sweet: Ice cream cones, popsicles, donuts or donut holes, mini milkshakes, milk and cookies, s'mores, root beer floats, churros
Savory: Sliders and fries, hot dogs, corn dogs, pizza, Chinese noodles in mini takeout boxes, mini tacos, soft pretzels, mini ramekins of mac 'n cheese, nachos, mini grilled cheese sandwiches

3. Time it right.
Have your caterers set up a late-night snack station next to the dance floor or send servers out with trays of treats about an hour or hour and a half before the end of the reception.

4. Order enough food.
Since many guests will begin to leave long before the last song is played, you should aim to order enough snacks to feed about half of your guest list. However, this depends on your specific crowd, of course, so if you know most of your guests will stay to the very end, then you'll need to up the quantities.

Get a Look at Amal Alamuddin’s Oscar de la Renta Wedding Dress!

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Sep 302014
Amal Alamuddin wedding dress picture

Photo: Courtesy of Hello! Magazine

Amal Alamuddin paraded around Venice, Italy, in some gorgeous couture during the festivities surrounding her wedding to George Clooney last weekend. From Giambattista Valli minidresses and Stella McCartney pantsuits to Dolce & Gabbana frocks, it was the kind of attire you'd expect from the wife of a mega A-list actor. But now we finally get a glimpse of her most important big-day ensemble: her wedding dress!

Oscar de la Renta designed the bateau-necked French lace wedding dress, which had a princess-y feel to befit the Cinderella-like story we've all seen her enjoy over the past year. According to Hello!, the gown was embroidered with pearls and diamanté accents and featured a lace overlay.

See more: 98 of the Most Bridal Red Carpet Looks Ever

Luckily for us, Vogue snagged a behind-the-scenes look at her dress fitting with the iconic designer, which she attended with her mother and sister.

Clooney and Alamuddin released their official wedding portraits to Hello!, as well as People, and gave some exclusive details and quotes on their big day. Marriage, Clooney says, "feels pretty damn great."

The magazines reported that Clooney was a stylish match for his bride at the altar. His black tux was designed by friend Giorgio Armani, and he wore it with a white shirt, black bow tie and black leather oxfords and the finishing touches were cufflinks gifted from Alamuddin, with "George" inscribed in Arabic.

If it all sounds impossibly romantic and personal, it's because it is — but who wouldn't want it that way when exchanging vows in the international spotlight?

Your Second Wedding 101: An Expert Answers Your Top 5 Questions

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Sep 302014
Tips for Your Second Wedding

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If you're entering into your second marriage, there may be things you are totally sure about — like your choice of groom! But there may be things that you wonder whether you can repeat, get away with or should even consider doing. And if that's the case, we're here to answer five questions that are likely giving you pause.

Is it alright to have a big church wedding?
"If it's all right with you, your groom and the church, by all means," says etiquette expert Diane Gottsman. "While in the past second weddings have usually been smaller, more discreet affairs, there is no rule preventing you from a bigger, more traditional wedding if this is your preference." If you didn't get your large, elegant affair the first time around, this is your chance! Of course, this could be your groom's first wedding, too, and he may want the whole she-bang.

Should the bride wear white?
"Ivory is a good option," suggests Gottsman, "but white is not out of the question these days. It's entirely up to the bride."

See More: How to Avoid Annoying Your Wedding Planner

Should the bride have another wedding shower?
"For a second wedding, a shower is more about celebrating the impending nuptials rather than giving the bride things she'll need for her new married life," says Gottsman. "Again, follow the bride's wishes; some second-time brides prefer to keep things low-key, some want to go all out." If you don't want a traditional shower, consider other ways to mark the occasion, such as a lunch or spa day with friends, a gift-free recipe shower, or even a co-ed couple's party.

If you are close friends with your ex or his or her family, should they be invited?
"The right answer here can only come from a conversation between the bride and groom," says Gottsman. "If you all have a good relationship and the new spouse is in truly favor of — and not just tolerant of — inviting the previous one or his family, by all means, invite them."

We have everything we need for our household; can we ask for money?
"Some people opt to set up honeymoon funds, or some other type of monetary gift, however, the best choice when soliciting monetary gifts, or any other specific gift is to communicate your wish to family members or close friends so that they can answer questions from other guests," suggests Gottsman. But just know that "there will always be guests who prefer to give a wrapped present, not cash and those that prefer the opposite."

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