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

The 10 Best Wedding Instagrams of the Week

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Apr 302015

Spring wedding season is here, which means we're more inspired than ever by all of the usual Instagram photos of amazing wedding moments. This week, our favorite photo-sharing app opened our eyes to shots of an awesome recessional to a pretty petal toss, and more.

To start: How fun is this bridal party?! The caption says, "Joy is contagious," and that's pretty obvious here. We just love seeing happiness radiate from our Instagram feed.

Pardon the TMI, but our mouths started watering the second we saw this super-cute idea for a passed dessert. Who could resist mini ice cream drumsticks arranged in a bowl of sprinkles? Exactly.

Getaway cars don't get much prettier than this. The flowers, that couple — it's the picture of wedded bliss.

The soft tones of this springy bouquet are absolutely gorgeous. It's a mix of blush pink and white anemones, garden roses, and other assorted blooms, and it's just lovely.

Instagram is great for wedding décor inspiration, as shown by this snap. A long banquet table, tapered candles, and simple centerpieces are all you need to complement a stunning reception backdrop.

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Planning a wedding in Hawaii? You're welcome for unearthing this killer menu idea — it's printed on a banana leaf!

According to this Instagram's caption, this military couple had to postpone their wedding date, and when it arrived, the groom surprised his bride with a song. Does it get any more romantic? We don't think so.

Yes to beach weddings, yes to summer weddings, and yes to this gorgeous, simple-yet-rustic, tablescape!

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This shot of adorable flower girls holding up the bride's veil as she gets ready is just too sweet. We couldn't help but like it immediately.

Capping off this post with an exuberant petal toss!

Royal Baby Watch: Prince Charles Says He Wants a Granddaughter!

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Apr 302015
Prince William Kate Middleton Royal Baby 2 Name Bets

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Kate Middleton is past her due date, and the fourth anniversary of the Royal Wedding was yesterday — we think it's time that she has that Royal Baby Number 2 already! So does Prince William's father, Prince Charles, and like us, he's predicting that Prince George's younger sibling will be a girl! Or, rather, that's what he's hoping for at least.

While meeting with a 100-year-old veteran today to celebrate the centenary of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, People reports that Charles exclaimed: "We're hoping for a granddaughter!"

This isn't the first time the royal made it known that he'd like to have a granddaughter. Right after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced that they were expecting, Charles let it be known that he hopes they have a girl.

See more: Duchess Sarah Ferguson Says Princess Diana Would've Been a "Naughty" Grandma

When speaking to Eric Jones, the oldest surviving member of the Welsh Guards, Lynda Bateman, Jones's daughter, told reporters earlier today: "My father introduced me as his daughter and Prince Charles asked how many daughters he had. My father said 'One — and that's enough' and Charles laughed and said 'And we're hoping for a granddaughter!' "

Prince Charles isn't the only one hoping for a granddaughter. All odds point to a little girl for Wills and Kate. Most of Great Britain has been placing bets on the baby's gender, and they're putting their money behind a new little princess. Kate, too, toyed with the idea of a little girl by wearing a hot pink coat during her last official public appearance.

Whether or not the world gains a new princess, we hope Royal Baby Number 2 arrives soon!

This New York Couple’s Elegant Affair Is Filled With White Orchids

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Apr 302015

Lisa and Brian can't quite agree on the first time they met. He swears they met while he was in medical school, but Lisa's sure they didn't cross paths until a dinner party she hosted in 2011. Either way, they remember when Brian proposed three years later, especially because it took him three tries! He bought the ring in early fall 2013, but when he tried to pop the question in Central Park, Lisa insisted they hurry because they were late to brunch. Then, a few weeks later, he tried again outside Lincoln Center, but Lisa was feeling cold and again rushed them off to a restaurant. It wasn't until Brian's 30th birthday party, with the couple's nearest and dearest gathered around, that Lisa could stand still long enough for him to pop the question. A year later, the two tied the knot at the ultra-romantic Saint James Cathedral in New York, followed by a classic, opulent reception at the Pierre Hotel, designed by Andrea Freeman Events (who also just planned Nikki Reed's wedding to Ian Somerhalder!). Their big day was complete with hundreds of white orchids. Click through Shira Weinberger's photos of their affair below!

The removable overskirt on Lisa's Monique Lhuillier gown lent it a bridal, princess-y feel for the ceremony, she says. Then, she took it off and paired the gown with a chic cape to get into dancing mode at the reception. She paired the gown with an all-white bouquet of mini calla lilies, dahlias, hydrangeas, spray roses, and orchids, wrapped in a swatch of her mother's wedding dress.

Lisa's bridesmaids wore J.Crew dresses in deep blue, and carried bouquets of white freesia, hydrangeas, orchids and roses.

Lisa and Brian love romance and tradition, and they knew they wanted a classic ceremony in an old-world location. The perfect spot? New York's St. James' Cathedral, with soaring ceilings and gilded details.

Lisa and Brian have lived in New York for a decade, but their wedding at the iconic Pierre, overlooking Central Park, still felt like a destination wedding to them. Their favorite city inspired the romantic, timeless details of their wedding, as did Lisa's favorite childhood movie: Sabrina, starring Audrey Hepburn. "The movie takes place in New York, and the song La Vie En Rose plays a few times in the film," she says. She loves it so much, she and Brian danced their first dance to the romantic Edith Piaf tune.

The piece de resistance to Lisa and Brian's reception? The escort card table, where an 8-foot Manzita tree was draped with white orchids on every branch, accented by hanging lights in glass orbs. After guests found their seats, they danced and dined on lobster, filet mignon and halibut among towering arrangements of white orchids.

Ceremony Venue: St. James Church || Reception Venue: The Pierre || Wedding Planner: Andrea Freeman Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Hair: Ellie Camoro for Frederic Fekkai || Makeup: Danielle Librizzi || Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew || Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren Black Label || Florist: Tantawan Bloom || Invitations and Paper Goods: Village Invites || Catering: The Pierre Hotel || Cake: Sylvia Weinstock || Music: Hank Lane Music || Photography: Shira Weinberger

Did you love this elegant city wedding? Then see another glamorous ceremony and reception in New York City!

The Real Reason Amal Clooney Always Looks So Flawless

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Apr 302015
George Clooney Amal Alamuddin date night Babbo

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After a little more than six months into George and Amal Clooney's marriage, these two seem to have their husband and wife dynamic down pat. Apparently, all of the enviable designer outfits she wears (hello, Giambattista Valli and Oscar de la Renta!) are pre-approved by her A-list movie star husband.

"George is very involved in selecting her looks," a source close the couple revealed to Us Weekly. "He'll watch her try on clothes and will say, 'I like that. You should get it,' or 'No, not that.'"

Judging by Amal's date-night wear and all of her to die for wedding-weekend attire, George is an impeccable stylist. And just like how they installed a panic room in their England mansion to protect Amal for her high-profile law career, they have a tricked-out closet in their Los Angeles-area home designed specifically to accommodate her fashion needs.

See more: The Best Celebrity Wedding Moments of 2014

"He installed a runway, floor-to-ceiling mirrors, and a crazy light system in their closet," the source added of George's alterations their wardrobe. "Amal can see every single angle and tell if her outfit is see-through!" Okay, now we're getting a little jealous.

Though it would seem as though the human rights barrister-turned-Columbia Law School professor might be too strong-willed to listen to her Tomorrowland star hubby's sartorial advice, the opposite is true. "Amal loves it!" the source continued. "She shops a lot because she needs her lawyer looks and then street clothes."

Whatever they're doing, they should keep it up — Amal has never looked better!

The Best Wedding-Dress Style for Every Body Type

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Apr 302015

Let's face the reality: No bride will look amazing in every single style of wedding dress. It's just not how the world (or wedding dresses) works. For as many body types as there are out there, there are silhouettes and details to complement them. Here, we break down the best wedding-dress styles by body type, to ensure you're feeling your most confident and beautiful on your big day! Plus, this should help you narrow down all of the options once you start dress shopping (trust us, there are a ton of options).

Your Shape: Apple
A deep-V neckline cuts into your midsection, making it look slimmer. Plus, it pulls eyes up toward your décolletage.

Your Shape: Pear
A corset bodice draws attention to your narrow waist, and a skirt that's fuller or in a structured fabric will help balance out your bottom half.

Your Shape: Petite
A trumpet or modified A-line with a raised waist is super elongating. Just be wary of excessive layers and ruffles, which can bury a slight build.

Your Shape: Tall
Play to your height with a minimalist, linear look, and go easy on the embellishment, as it can be too much on a longer frame.

Your Shape: Athletic
Add curves to your hard-won angles with a body-con fit-and-flare design in a gathered, fluid fabric.

Your Shape: Hourglass
Any waist-cinching silhouette will suit your enviable assets. Look for a sweetheart neckline, which mimics your curves.

For the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES June/July 2015 issue, which hits newsstands on May 5 and is available for download here!

White-Hot Rehearsal Dinner Dresses for Plus-Size Brides

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Apr 302015
White Plus Size Rehearsal Dinner Dresses

Photo: Courtesy of vendors; Illustration by Christina Park

Typically a bride's rehearsal dinner dress is totally different from her wedding dress. Enter the little white dress. But there are so many different styles to the LWD: You can go short or long, flowy or body hugging, it's all about your style. Here are a few options for you that will flatter any body type, but would look especially amazing on curvier brides-to-be.

1.The fit-and-flare style is always an ideal style for a plus-size bride-to-be. It hugs in all of the right places. Embellished Dress With Angel Sleeve, $45, ASOS.

2. This dress has perfect amount of support and coverage with it's cap sleeves but yet just the right amount of sexy with the keyhole cutout in the back. Lace Print Skater Dress, $58, Torrid.

3. Embellishments are always a great way to draw the eye up from other areas you might not want them to be. And this dress flows for days, so that's an added bonus for a fuller-figured body shape. Swing Dress, $50, ASOS.

See more: The Trick to Finding the Perfect Plus-Size Wedding Dress

4. This elegant chiffon gown features a ruched waistline so it accentuates the bodice. Plus, it's floor length so it's a great option for brides who want more coverage. "Julie" Silk Chiffon Long Dress, $149, Donna Morgan available at Nordstrom.

5. This design's pleated details bring the eye up and takes it away from other areas. And the waistline is great, too, because it is full and hides so much. Short Cotton Sateen Dress, starting at $59.99, David's Bridal.

Pretty Pear Bride is the world's only magazine for plus-size brides. As a certified wedding and event planner and a gal with a serious love of all-things weddings (and a former bride herself), Shafonne understands the unique challenges curvy brides face.

A Registry Trend We’re Loving: Faceted Designs

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Apr 302015
Wedding Registry Trends Faceted Designs

Photo: Courtesy of vendors; Illustration by Christina Park

This one's for the math lovers out there! Geometry is on trend right now in the world of home goods and we're loving all of the latest offerings. While faceted items definitely skew towards a modern aesthetic, with the variety of options available right now this look can be easily incorporated into any style of home.

For the bride that loves everything soft and feminine, these adorable porcelain ice cream bowls come in a variety of pastel colors. Beautiful, yet unpredictable — they'll be the talk of the brunch table!

See more: Style Expert Emily Henderson's Top 5 Tips for Decorating Your First Home

Of course, a registry isn't just about the bride. This black faceted vase is the perfect masculine accouterment for your new home (plus it will look amazing filled with bright poppy flowers). If you and your hubby tend to steer towards a minimalist vibe, these West Elm glasses are an absolute must have. Use them for their intended purpose, or as bud vases along your kitchen windowsill.

Last not least, if contemporary décor is your thing — this trend was made for you. Faceted designs mixed with metal, makes for the perfect marriage, as evidenced in this breathtaking light fixture and openwork trivet that is so beautiful you can leave it on the counter as a decorative objet when not in use.

Ready to register? Shop our favorite pieces below.

Above: 1. "Rhombus" Granada Lantern, $565, available at L'aviva Home; 2. Faceted Geo Ice Cream Bowl, $30, Bean and Bailey available at Etsy; 3. "Cassiopeia" Glassware, $30 for 6, Bormioli Rocco available at West Elm; 4. Faceted Black Vase, starting at $12.50, Dwell Studio; 5. Bone Trivet Brass, $230, Tom Dixon.

From the Venue to the Guest List: Get All of the Details on Nikki Reed & Ian Somerhalder’s Wedding

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Apr 302015
Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder Fight About Eye Color

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Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder got married on April 26 after dating for just nine months, and based on the photos released earlier this week of their Sunday ceremony and reception, the two hosted one stylish fête. And now, we're getting more details about their big day!

According to Us Weekly, the Twilight alumna and her Vampire Diaries star husband wed at the Tuscali Mountain Inn in Topanga, California. The Italian-style B&B is set on three acres of gorgeous gardens and sits just six miles from trendy Malibu beach — no wonder it was the perfect choice for their A-list, bohemian-meets-beachy day!

See More: See Nikki Reed's Engagement Ring!

"Nikki originally wanted a small wedding," a friend told Us. "But Ian envisioned a big wedding. She was happy to let him call the shots."

They ultimately hosted a rustic bash in which the bride wore a custom three-quarter-sleeve lace Claire Pettibone wedding dress (that Somerhalder chivalrously held up as they took photos so that the white gown wouldn't get dirty). Guests included the groom's CW costars Kat Graham, Paul Wesley, Matt Davis, and Phoebe Tonkin. Their reception took place outside and the couple's friends and family dined at long tables beneath glowing café lights.

But there was one invited guest that (understandably) didn't show up on the big day. According to Bustle, the happy couple extended an invite to Somerhalder's ex-girlfriend (and co-star), Nina Dobrev, but she ultimately skipped their open-air celebration. "She was invited. She actually thought about going, but in the end Nina decided it would just be too awkward," a source said. "She truly does love Ian with all of her heart, but watching him marry Nikki would have just been too painful. She's now closed two doors in her life and just wants to move forward."

The couple didn't let it ruin their fun, though! They're now headed on a romantic honeymoon that will reportedly take them across the globe. "Both of their schedules are pretty clear for a while," Us Weekly reports. "They're planning an extravagant trip around the world!"

4 Pastel Wedding-Dress Colors That Look Good on Everyone

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Apr 302015
Flattering Pastel Wedding Dress Colors Monique Lhuillier

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From Jessica Biel's blush Giambattista Valli gown to Anne Hathaway's pale pink Valentino number, the colored wedding dress trend has taken Hollywood by storm — and by extension, brides throughout the rest of the world. However, a peach or baby blue gown may be more difficult to rock than your average white wedding dress. So what pastel shades are the best choices for a fashion-forward bride? David's Bridal Divisional Merchandise Manager Lori Conley and designer Anne Barge shares their top picks for an ultra-flattering pastel wedding gown.

1. Iterations of Ivory
Though you may not think of ivory as a pastel, the color absolutely qualifies as a pastel in many of its iterations, and an extraordinarily complementary one at that. “Ivory is by far our most popular shade,” Conley reveals. “Ivory looks universally flattering on everyone!” Whether you choose a gown in muted buttercup ivory or an ivory with coral undertones, the color lends radiance to every skin tone. Barge prefers a more multi-dimensional interpretation of the average ivory gown, explaining, “I like using transparent layers of pastels and pearl tones so subtly that they read ivory from a distance, but reveal a natural hue up close.”

2. A Pop of Champagne
Don't limit champagne to your engagement toast, as the color happens to be another favorable shade for many brides-to-be. “Neutrals like champagne and blush have increased in popularity over the last few seasons,” says Conley. “These new neutrals are the ideal tones to help pop a beautiful lace pattern or to offer up a soft romantic vibe.” Champagne-hued wedding gowns contain golden undertones, which further enhance a bride's newlywed glow.

See More: 6 Things To Remember Before You Go Wedding-Dress Shopping

3. Warm Blush and Mauve
Any gown with rose or blush undertones has the remarkable ability to brighten a brides's cheeks-just ask Kaley Cuoco, whose pink Vera Wang gown perfectly accented the bride's blond locks and sun-kissed skin. “Blush tones are so often more flattering than stark white,” Barge insists. However, Conley advises that brides with naturally rosy skin tones will find blush gowns more flattering than brides with cooler undertones in their complexions. “Pastels in general can be tricky — the key is choosing one that flatters the undertone of your skin. Brides with warm skin tones look best in blushes or mauves,” Conley elaborates.

4. Soft Dove Gray and Muted Blue
Brides with cool undertones in their skin will look their most dazzling in cool toned colors to complement their complexion. “If you have a cooler skin tone, stick with pale grays or dusty blues,” Conley suggests. Shades such as dove grey, powder blue, and soft steel blue are particularly beautiful against complexions with cool undertones.

You Hurt Your Guy’s Feelings, Now Do This

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Apr 302015
What To Do When You Hurt Your Guy's Feelings

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You crushed him. Whether or not you were intentionally out for blood, you can clearly see that you really hurt your guy's feelings. In crinkles in his forehead, the shock in his eye, the hurt in his heart, it's undeniable that you did some damage. It happens, to every couple. The question is: how best to handle it?

Your instincts may be to get some space away from each other. Go to separate rooms. Take a walk to cool off. Take time to think things through, solo. Then reconvene hours later, cool, calm, collected and ready to discuss. An extended break might be the worst thing you can do for your fiancé in this instance. Because if you let the hurt fester, this brief but painful moment will move out of his short-term memory and get lodged in his long-term memory. Not what you want. Instead, make a quick repair. Say something like this: "Oh, baby, I'm so sorry. Did that just hurt you?" Or this: "Hey, I blew it. That did not come out the way I intended, and I see that it hurt you." Even better: "I know what I said hurt you, and I'm sorry. But it's the truth for me, and I want you to know that we are in this together to work this out."

See more: 5 Things You and Your Fiancé Must Agree On to Ensure a Happy Marriage

Let him know that you see his distress. Demonstrate how important his feelings are to you, how important it is to work it out, to find a way through that you both can live with. Empathy, compassion, and taking responsibility for your words can go a long way in preventing the unpleasant encounter from permanently lodging in your fiancé's long-term memory.

When is it okay to retreat to your separate corners? Only when you both agree you need a brief breather. Neither of you should unilaterally stomp off in a fit. Instead, decide upon it together, and agree to reconvene in 20 to 30 minutes to continue the discussion. When cooler, less hurt, move loving, compassionate, and understanding heads can prevail.

Allison Moir-Smith, MA, is a bridal counselor, creator of How Brides-To-Be REALLY Feel videos, and author of Emotionally Engaged: A Bride's Guide to Surviving the "Happiest" Time of Her Life.

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