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March 2015 - New Orleans Weddings - Reception, Venue & Planning

WATCH: Get a Glimpse of Jessa Duggar in Her Wedding Dress Moments Before She Walked Down the Aisle!

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Mar 312015
 

Jessa Duggar's wedding to Ben Seewald may have happened this past November, but it's continued to capture 19 Kids and Counting fans' attention ever since. The most popular detail from her big day? Her pink Allure Bridals dress with an embroidered bodice and sweeping skirt, of course!

Coming from such a conservative family, people were surprised to see that she wore a less traditional blush gown — but because it veered away from custom is exactly why the now Mrs. Seewald opted for the pink-hued number.

After months of staring at photos of her in her dress, we finally have a look at how it moves — tonight's the night that Jessa and Ben's wedding will finally air on 19 Kids and Counting and People has a preview of the big day with a look at Jessa putting on her dress before she says "I do."

See more: Go Inside Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald's Romantic Getaway

Gathered in a back room with her siblings and mom, Jessa goes to put on her blush wedding dress. When she comes out, the whole room gasps with joy. "When I put it on, I was like, 'This is it. I don't need to try on any other dresses — this is my dress.'" Jessa described of finding "the one" right after she got engaged to Ben. Sister and BFF Jinger Duggar says when she walks out, "When I saw Jessa come out in her wedding dress I was just stunned. It was amazing. She is a beautiful bride."

Ben's sister, Danielle Seewald, chimes in: "Jessa looked amazing in her dress, it was just perfect for her."

And of course, it wouldn't be a wedding without a few happy tears! At the end of the clip dad Jim Bob comes out and laments that he can't believe his little girl is all grown up. He shares a hug (and a few tears) before she heads out to her ceremony.

One Couple’s Snowy Destination Wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado

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Mar 312015
 

When Anna Owen, 28, and Eric Hollingsworth, 32, met in 2009 at a dueling piano bar in Nashville, Tennessee, neither realized less than four years later they would be on their way to becoming husband and wife. On May 4, 2013, Eric woke Anna up early to paint his townhouse — an effort to make his bachelorette pad more couple-friendly. "He asked me to grab a paint brush from a toolbox in the master bedroom, and I opened the box and the ring was there with a note," Anna recalls. "I turned around and Eric was on one knee."

When planning their December 13, 2014 nuptials, Beaver Creek, Colorado quickly became the obvious choice. During their first year of dating, the pair vacationed to the snowy town for the first time as a couple. "We fell in love with the mountains and began falling in love with one another," Anna says. "We got engaged and decided we wanted a destination wedding that would be both magical for our guests and sentimental to us. Beaver Creek was the perfect location."

Keep reading to see their wintry Colorado wedding at SaddleRidge, photographed by
Megan W Photography.

Anna walked down the aisle in a lace wedding dress designed by Maggie Sottero. She selected a strapless white gown with pewter and blush undertones, but ultimately worked with the designer to add a custom three-quarter sleeve lace bolero. "When I put the dress on for the first time, I felt so beautiful in it," Anna remembers. "I had no desire to try any dresses on after I tried on 'the one.'" To keep warm in the chilly Colorado air, the bride also purchased a tan vintage fur from a local furrier.

The bride accessorized her look with vintage diamond earrings that were a gift from her groom and Jimmy Choo pumps. She selected a lush, textural bouquet comprised of white peonies, garden roses, hydrangea, ranunculus, and gold roses, and accents of seasonal greenery.

Anna's maid of honor wore a blush-colored dress from Watters while her five bridesmaids donned black dresses from Rent the Runway. Each important lady wore a gray fur that the bride sourced from Etsy. Bridesmaids carried similar, smaller bouquets with hints of champagne as a contrast to their dresses.

Eric wore a black suit from Jos. A Banks and a blush rose boutonniere. To complete his look, he added custom engraved locket cufflinks that were a gift from his wife. Each held a photo of his late aunt and grandmother was a way to honor them during the day.

Anna's father walked her down a candle-lit aisle to the sounds of "Ave Maria" performed by a three string quartet.

The bride's uncle performed their traditional ceremony. While they chose not to write their own vows, they did feel strongly about incorporating a special reading called "Blessing of the Hands."

Following the ceremony guests moved to a romantic-yet-rustic reception space filled with glowing candlelight.

Tables were decorated with greenery runners that were accented with garden roses and plenty of mercury glass votive candles. At each place setting guests found a miniature pinecone and sprig of fresh greenery. After the reception, Anna and Eric's friends and family were gifted similar glass pinecone ornaments with a handwritten note from the bride and groom.

Instead of creating a signature cocktail, the bride and groom set up a hot toddy bar, complete with spiked hot chocolate, coffee, and cider that guests could prepare themselves. Each custom cup sleeve was decorated with the couple's new monogram.

After a formal three-course dinner of cream potato soup, cornmeal crusted trout, buffalo steak, and chicken, guests enjoyed slices of the couple's three-tiered chocolate-and-vanilla wedding cake.

As a nod to how they first met, the couple hired dueling piano performers for the evening's entertainment, which kept guests dancing all evening long.

Anna and Eric's wedding day ending on the perfect note as snow began to softly fall just as guests left the reception. "It was a magical ending to a perfect night," the bride says. "We had a great time and our guests walked away from the weekend with some amazing memories."

Ceremony & Reception Site: SaddleRidge || Wedding Coordination: Kelly Karli Weddings and Events || Officiant: Wayne Owen (Bride's Uncle) || Bride's Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero || Veil: Allure Bridals || Jewelry & Engagement Ring: Genesis Diamonds || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Hair: Hayley Styles || Makeup: Makeup by Heather Baker || Maid of Honor's Dress: Watters || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Rent the Runway || Groom's Attire: Jos. A. Bank || Wedding Bands: Tacori || Florist: Cori Cook Floral Design || Invitations: Pepperite || Ceremony Music: Lea and Kari Matison || Reception Music: Dueling Pianos Roadshow || Catering: SaddleRidge || Cake: Cornerstone Chocolates and Confections || Rentals: Alpine Party Rentals || Favors: Peppermint Pony || Transportation: Colorado Mountain Express || Videographer: Larisa Graham || Photographer: Megan W Photography

Can't get enough of the wintry details at this couple's wedding? Then watch another bride and groom tie the knot in a winter-inspired bash in the video below.

WATCH: A Cancer-Stricken Bride Gets a Surprise Wedding (Get the Tissues Ready!)

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Mar 312015
 

Forget what you think about pranks being exclusively in the immature, mischievous realm of George Clooney and Punk'd. Humor website Break.com recently pulled off one of the most romantic, meaningful ones we've ever seen as part of its "Prank It Forward" campaign to raise awareness for homelessness and poverty.

The website tracked down New Jersey-based couple Mario and Elaine, who had been putting off their wedding for six years due to Elaine's Hodgkin's Lymphoma diagnosis. The film buffs got engaged shortly after meeting on the set of a zombie movie she was directing, but her disease drained their bank accounts and their spirits.

See more: Watch a Pilot Propose to His Flight Attendant Girlfriend Midair!

That's where Break.com stepped in — the good-hearted jokesters rented out a movie theater, where a seemingly mundane date would be the scene of Mario and Elaine's surprise wedding! Watch the the video to see Elaine's reaction as she realizes that the movie trailer is actually telling her and Mario's love story!

After the surprise unfolds, Elaine gets a wedding dress chosen by her sisters, as well as a wedding ceremony that made us run through an entire box of tissues. Break.com assembled an impressive impromptu wedding, complete with a cake, flowers, dancers, and even a photo booth. Though the couple seemed overwhelmed with joy throughout the entire event, one moment very clearly hit home right away — they received a $20,000 check, one that will clearly make a huge difference in their hopefully healthy and happy future.

How to Create Your After-Party Guest List

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Mar 312015
 

When planning your perfect wedding, it's easy to forget that the big day is also a chance for your friends and family to celebrate. However, not all wedding venues are equipped to accommodate the number of late-night revelers who wish to join in the festivities. How do you decide who should stay at your party until the wee hours, and who to cut from the guest list? Our etiquette experts weigh in.

Before descending into panic over whom to trim from your late-night list, first take a moment to count your lucky stars that your after-party venue is the only space limiting your guest list. Your friends and family will be present at the most important moments of your wedding from vows to cutting the cake, and most guests will simply be delighted to be included in those key experiences.

See More: Brides Live Million Dollar Weddings

When you do sit down to taper the after-party list, first think about your personal VIPs. There are undoubtedly several guests who you wouldn't think of celebrating without at your small gathering, and often they are family members, your maid of honor, and members of the wedding party. If you wish to keep hurt feelings at bay, close your guest list there. Your other invitees will respect your decision if only family and members of the wedding party are included in the after-party.

What We’re Pinning This Week: Bride and Groom Chair Ideas to Shoes!

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Mar 312015
 
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Every week, we round up our favorite Pinterest pins of the week, from helpful visual guides to gorgeous wedding-dress inspiration, to show you what's popular in the bridal world right now. Read on to see everything we're currently pinning, repinning, and obsessing over.

Well, if this set of bride and groom chairs isn't the sweetest thing we've ever seen, we don't know what is. It's no wonder the couple looks so in love!

We'd like to extend a big thank you to spring for overloading our Pinterest feed with tons of bright, playful wedding details. This purple ombré cake particularly caught our eye. It's so unique and beautiful!

How fun would it be to walk down the aisle with a printed message like this on the soles of your shoes?! You'd better believe we pinned this to our "wedding shoes" board faster than you can say "stiletto."

'Tis the season for bright, fresh daffodils, and Pinterest is giving us tons of ideas for how to use them in a wedding. This bouquet is the epitome of spring — soft, full, and with a much-needed pop of daffodil.

Ever wondered what makes two seemingly identical pairs of wedding shoes so drastically different in price? Us, too! Turns out, tiny details, like the type and size of beads, can make a huge difference between a splurge and a relative save.

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Nightmare Scenario: A Groomsman Has Gone Rogue!

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Mar 312015
 
Can I Veto Groomsmen

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If you think the men in your wedding party would never misbehave, think again. There's the nervous groomsman who, dreading a toast, drinks too much during the reception and the groomsman who gets too crazy on the dance floor. And who could forget the groomsman who had a little too much fun the night before and shows up late to the big day? "I've seen this often," admits Melissa Samek, senior event consultant at Clementine Custom Events.

The key to keeping your guys in check, of course, is picking a responsible lot from the get-go. "The selection of the groomsmen is key," says Jesse Tombs, senior event producer for Alison Events. "You don't want to select a person that has a past of acting out or getting too carried away. Stick to safe choices you know you can trust and those who will behave."

See More: How to Include Loved Ones Who Aren't In Your Wedding Party

It's also important to limit their access to alcohol before the big event starts. "Lots of grooms want copious amounts of alcohol available prior to the wedding," says Tombs. And that can be bad news for men with a proclivity to let loose when they're tipsy. "My recommendation is to have the ceremony in the late afternoon, and allow the wedding parties to take part in a healthy physical activity such jogging, yoga, biking, or fly fishing, to help them blow off steam."

If the worst happens and a groomsman goes rogue on the wedding day, "always have someone other than the bride and groom intervene," advises Samek. "If you don't have a planner, look to a close family member or friend to handle situation. It is important to remind them it's an honor to be a groomsman and that it's disrespectful to the bride and groom to take part in any shenanigans on the wedding day."

A Very Pregnant Jill Duggar Says She’s “Feeling Great” 6 Days Past Due Date

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Jill Duggar Dillard 6 Days Past Due Date

Photo: Duggar family via Facebook

No news is good news, except when you're a newlywed anxiously anticipating the arrival of your first child! Jill Duggar is now six days past her March 24 due date, but the 23-year-old first-time mom is taking it all in stride.

According to People, Jill and her husband of nine months, Derick Dillard, aren't too anxious about the their sons late arrival. "I'm feeling great," Jill said in posted to the Duggar family's Facebook page yesterday. They are, however, monitoring her activity level and diet. "I'll try and add up her protein every day, make sure we're getting 60 to 80 grams of protein," Derick shared. "At the same time you don't want to get too much because you don't want to have a 10 lb. baby."

See More: Jill Duggar Is Still Pregnant! But the Mom-to-Be Isn't Letting It Get Her Down

Although their days are likely fraught with excitement about when they will finally get to meet Baby Dilly, the pair had something else to celebrate yesterday. "One year ago I got down and proposed to Jill," Derick explained in the video. "And now, nine months later, we're expecting our first, and we're actually five days overdue. He could come at any moment. It's a matter of time right now."

The social media-loving mom-to-be took a break from posting baby bump selfies on her Instagram to share a photo of the day Derick popped the question. "One year ago today, the sweetest man in the world asked me to marry him! I said "yes, totally!"... now, 9 months into marriage we await the arrival of our little #babydilly," she captioned the photo.

Whenever their baby does arrive, we know these new parents are ready for the challenge! Last week Jill shared a photo of Derick installing a car seat and both parents were gifted all the baby necessities at their joint shower last month.

11 Romantic Sayings That You Haven’t Heard at Every Other Wedding

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Mar 312015
 
Romantic Sayings for Your Ceremony That Aren't Overused

Photo: Laura and Gennia of Docuvitae

Love is patient and love is kind, but if you want to deliver a message your guests haven't heard at every other wedding, you might want to look beyond 1 Corinthians. From quotes on love to what it takes to have a happy marriage — gathered from our favorite movies and the most eloquent poets, thinkers and writers — here are 11 unique selections for your invitations, programs, ceremony and more.

"We need a witness to our lives. There's a billion people on the planet — I mean, what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you're promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things — all of it, all of the time, every day. You're saying, 'Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go un-witnessed because I will be your witness.'" — Shall We Dance?

"You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough." — George Moore

"Love doesn't sit there like a stone. It has to be made, like bread; remade all of the time, made new." — Ursula K. Le Guin

See More: 14 Wedding Details That Are Almost Too Easy to Forget

"Marriage: If you want something to last forever, you treat it differently. You shield it and protect it. You never abuse it. You don't expose it to the elements. You don't make it common or ordinary. If it ever becomes tarnished, you lovingly polish it until it gleams like new. It becomes special because you have made it so, and it grows more beautiful and precious as time goes by." — F. Burton Howard

"Love me and the world is mine." — David Reed

"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person." — Mignon McLaughlin

"Love is a partnership of two unique people who bring out the very best in each other, and who know that even though they are wonderful as individuals, they are even better together." — Barbara Cage

"You meet thousands of people and none of them really touch you, and then you meet one person and your life is changed forever." — Love and Other Drugs

"There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage." — Martin Luther

"Sometimes I do wake up in the mornings and feel like I've just had the most incredible dream. I've just dreamt my life." — Richard Branson

"To love abundantly is to live abundantly, and to love forever is to live forever." — Henry Drummond

6 Things You Should Never Do on Your Wedding Day

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Mar 312015
 

By the time your wedding day rolls around the only thing you should have left to worry about is getting gorgeous and walking down that aisle. To avoid turning into a total bridezilla or, worse, risk ruining those wedding photos you paid a pretty penny for, may we highly suggest not doing these six things the day you say, "I do." You'll thank us later, we swear!

1. Don't drink like there's no tomorrow
Because tomorrow you might have a post-wedding brunch to attend! Seriously though, a small glass of champagne is fine pre-ceremony, but too much alcohol too early on in the day is just a recipe for disaster, warns celebrity wedding and event specialist Donnie Brown. "You definitely don't want to be that bride projectile vomiting all over the dance floor." Plus, have you ever seen drunken photos of yourself? Our guess is it's not your best look.

2. Don't let the little things get to you
Frown lines are so not becoming on a bride! As much as we'd love to promise you that everything will go exactly according to plan on your big day, the likelihood of that actually happening is slim to none. Sit back, relax and just trust that your wedding planner, maid of honor or someone else in your bridal party will handle any hiccups that may occur with your best interest in mind. Oh, and smile...you're about to marry the love of your life!

3. Don't overschedule yourself
Your wedding will be hectic enough as it is so hosting your bridesmaid luncheon or tea the day of probably isn't the smartest idea. "There's really too much to do and staying on schedule is critical," points out Brown. "You simply don't have the time to allocate to an event other than the wedding on your big day." Of course, you should feed your bridesmaids, but you girls can always munch on mini sandwiches while you get ready.

See More: What to Expect When You're Expecting...to Plan a Wedding

4. Don't skip breakfast
Speaking of food, please don't "forget" to eat breakfast simply because your gown is form fitting. "You need energy to make it through the day, and good nutrition will give you stamina," notes Brown. "It doesn't have to be anything heavy. A little protein like egg whites will go a long way without affecting your silhouette."

5. Don't go commando
Put some panties on, brides...like, for real! After all, you never know if someone will have to get underneath that skirt to tie your French bustle. "It happened to me once," says Brown. "And it lives on in my nightmares!" On the flip side of things though, make sure you don't rock undies that give you a panty line.

6. Don't test out new beauty techniques (or products!)
If there's one day you leave things up to the professionals, it's definitely your wedding day. "I know this seems ridiculous and an incredible thought that someone would do such a thing, but I've personally seen a bride try to repair her broken false eyelashes with super glue to ensure that they stayed in place," tells Brown. "She was rushed to the emergency room, and it took a scalpel to cut her eyelids apart." Needless to say, you're better off playing it safe when it comes to beauty, brides!

BRIDES Beauty Awards 2015: The Best Eye & Lip Products

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Mar 312015
 
Brides Beauty Awards 2015 Best Makeup Eye Lip Edition

Photo: Courtesy of vendors; Illustration by Christina Park

Beauty products are a big investment, and when they don't live up to their hype, you'll find yourself seriously let down — especially if you're stocking up to look your best on your wedding day. To help you create a flawless look on your big day (and beyond!), the editors at BRIDES tested hundreds of products to bring you the best for all things beauty in 2015.

We already shared our favorite skincare products and face makeup, so this week we're bringing you our editor-approved picks for eyes and lips.

1. Waterproof Mascara: Trish McEvoy High Volume Mascara, $31
The "tube" formula leaves lashes thick and ready to take on the most heartfelt toast. Says our tester, "It won't smudge even if you sleep in it. Which you shouldn't do, but still!"

2. Lip Balm: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, $23
This salve wooed testers with its yummy scent and ability to take lips from parched to kissable in just a few swipes. (You're welcome, fiancés.)

3. Brow Pencil: Chanel Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil, $29
Terrified of fake-looking brows? So was our tester until she tried this smudgy, goof-proof pencil. "It looks totally natural," she says. We love scoring a convert.

4. Lipstick: Chanel Rouge Allure Intense Long-Wear Lip Colour, $35
Miracle! A long-wearing lipstick that feels good on. "You get lots of pigment without feeling like there's gunk on your lips," says our tester.

See More: 4 Eye Creams We Love for Brides-to-Be

5. False Lashes: Kre-at Beauty Sweet Individuals Lashes, $18
Each kit has three different sizes of individual lash clusters. "It made for a dramatic but realistic look," says our tester.

6. Liquid Eyeliner: Surratt Autographique Eyeliner, $42
The markerlike design and razor-thin tip make it a cinch for even shaky hands to draw a steady line. And unlike many others, "the jet-black shade stays jet-black for hours," says our tester.

7. Lip Gloss: Maybelline New York Color Elixir, $8.99
The user-friendly angled applicator and richly pigmented formula won high marks. "The gloss is really shiny, and it's amazing in photos," says one tester.

See More: 4 Tips for Cry-Proofing Your Wedding-Day Makeup

8. Mascara: Benefit They're Real! Mascara, $23
While testing this mascara, our editor was stopped twice on the street — twice! — by strangers complimenting her long, dark, Kardashian-like lashes.

9. Eye Shadow: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Eye Shadow, $26
It comes in 19 shades (we're partial to Sand Dollar) and "stays in place all day without flaking or caking," says our tester.

10. Eyeliner Pencil: CoverGirl Liquiline-Blast Eyeliner, $7.99
Our tester raves about this soft pencil's staying power: "So many liners disappear by lunch, but this one isn't going away until you take it off."

For more great beauty advice, and to find out which other beauty products made our list, be sure to check out our April/May issue, available on newsstands and for download now!

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