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Brides Magazine December 2014/January 2015 Archives - New Orleans Weddings - Reception, Venue & Planning

See Elyse Taylor’s Most Gorgeous Moments from Our Cover Shoot

 Brides Behind the Scenes, Brides Magazine December 2014/January 2015  Comments Off on See Elyse Taylor’s Most Gorgeous Moments from Our Cover Shoot
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Brides December 2014/January 2015 Cover

Photo: Derek Kettela

Supermodel (and newlywed!) Elyse Taylor is our December 2014/January 2015 cover star. And one of the perks of having such a gorgeous girl front our latest issue is that we got to shoot her in some of the finest wedding dresses the bridal industry has to offer. On the cover, Taylor rocks side-swept hair and fresh-faced makeup, plus an ethereal flower crown and a ruched column Oscar de la Renta gown, but inside the issue she wears even more stunning bridal looks.

Here, some of our favorite shots from our time with Elyse Taylor (or should we say the new Mrs. Campbell...).

Elyse Taylor Brides Cover Shoot

Photo: Derek Kettela

It's hard not to cozy up to this shot of Taylor in a sparkly Inbal Dror for Mark Ingram gown with a super deep V-neck and luscious grey Giacobbe fur stole at her side. The look is absolutely perfect for a winter wedding.

Elyse Taylor Brides Cover Shoot - Raphael Cennamo

Photo: Derek Kettela

For the more glam winter weather brides, there's always a bolero — namely this incredibly luxe Charlie Brear feather jacket. The chic cover-up is paired with a silk faille gown featuring an illusion back by Rafael Cennamo White Couture.

Elyse Taylor Brides Cover Shoot Behind the Scenes

Photo: Nicole Hyatt

We can't forget this graphic asymmetrical Giambattista Valli gown, seen in this behind-the-scenes snap from our cover shoot, either. It's a definite show-stopper.

Want more of Elyse and Brides December 2014/January 2015 issue? Don't forget to pick it up on newsstands now or download it here!

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DIY Project Brides

Photos: Tara Sgroi/Utopia; Finished Crafts: Cathy Crawford; Illustration: Christina Park

Not sure if you're ready to go the DIY-route for your own wedding? Good Morning America correspondent and bride-to-be Sara Haines tries out four at-home big-day projects to see which ones are actually worth tackling.

1. The Cut-Out Table Number
What you'll need: Magnetic acrylic picture frames, gold wrapping paper, stencil kit, pencil, straight-edge ruler, and paper craft scissors or X-Acto knife.
Estimated time: Four minutes per frame.
How to make it:
1. Cut the decorative paper to fit a frame.
2. Place the number stencil on top of paper, and trace it onto the paper.
3. With a ruler and knife, carefully slice out the number.
4. Put the paper with the stencil cutout into a picture frame.
Sara's verdict: "A little tricky, and I doubt I could make them all look great. I think the last time I stenciled was in art class! I do love that you can reuse the frames after the party, though."

2. The Favor Box
What you'll need: Pyramid boxes (try bayleysboxes.com), truffles or other treats, and ribbon.
Estimated time: Three minutes per box.
How to make it:
1. Fold a box along prescored lines, fill it with candy, and close the top to form a pyramid.
2. Thread ribbon through the holes and tie it into a bow. (Silk ribbon looks best, but acrylic ribbon and colored twine are much easier to thread.)
Sara's verdict: "I'd totally DIY these. We're having only 70 guests, so I can see my five bridesmaids, my man of honor, and me getting together to bang these out assembly-line-style."

Sara Haines DIY Project Brides

Photo: Tara Sgroi/Utopia; Finished Crafts: Cathy Crawford; Prop Stylist: Leah Brisby

3. The Stamped Save-the-Date
What you'll need: Colored paper, white adhesive paper, white square cards, custom rubber stamp, ink pads, hot-glue gun, straight-edge ruler, and paper craft scissors or X-Acto knife.
Estimated time: Five minutes per card.
How to make it:
1. Cut colored paper into five-inch squares.
2. Then cut white adhesive paper into four-inch squares.
3. Rotate an adhesive square 45 degrees so it looks like a diamond, and stick it to a colored square.
3. Trim the excess adhesive paper.
4. To get the octagonal shape, measure a half-inch in from each corner of the colored paper and snip off a triangle.
5. Create ombré text by covering the top half of your stamp in green ink and the bottom half in blue.
6. Stamp the white card once, let it dry, then glue it onto the center of the adhesive paper.
Sara's verdict: "There's no way I could make five of these, let alone 35! But maybe someone slightly higher on the crafty scale could. I'd say I'm a five out of 10. I'd give my fiancé, Max, a two or a three just so he shows up to marry me."

4. The Wrapped Candle Holder
What you'll need: Seven-inch votive holders, votive candles, vintage maps, ruler, hot-glue gun, and paper craft scissors or X-Acto knife.
Estimated time: Three minutes per holder.
How to make it:
1. Cut a map into 3.5-inch-wide strips.
2. Place glue dots on the corner of each strip and a few in between, then wrap the paper immediately around each holder. (The glue dries instantly.)
3. Place a candle inside.
Sara's verdict: "This one's pretty easy. I'd definitely do it for my reception, except I'd use antiqued black-and-white maps of our setting: The Bahamas."

For more with Sara, be sure to pick up our December 2014/January 2015 issue on newsstands today or download it here! Plus, follow Sara's wedding-planning journey here!

Our Cover Girl Elyse Taylor’s Effortlessly Glamorous Wedding in Bridgehampton, New York

 Brides Magazine December 2014/January 2015, Real Weddings  Comments Off on Our Cover Girl Elyse Taylor’s Effortlessly Glamorous Wedding in Bridgehampton, New York
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Model Elyse Taylor, 29, didn't have to look far to find the man of her dreams. "Seth and I were friends for years before it turned into a romance," she says. Two years later, when Elyse was four months pregnant with the couple's daughter, Seth decided to pop the question. "We were all in Southampton, and he asked my mom for permission to propose," she says. "We went for a drive, and Seth wanted to go down to the beach, but he got so nervous that he pulled the car over and proposed right there on the side of the road!"

Nearly a year later, six months after their daughter, Lila, was born, they went back east to Bridgehampton to say "I do" at Campbell Stables, Seth's family's horse farm, on August 23, 2014.

Keep reading for the gorgeous details, photographed by Mackler Studios, and pick up the December 2014/January 2015 issue of Brides to see even more!

Elyse wore a stunning silk-and-lace gown, custom-made by Zac Posen, down the aisle.

"Every girl gets nervous about her wedding dress," says Elyse. The bride brought the designer photos of gowns she loved, but felt badly because some of them weren't his creations. "Zac told me to relax. He understands women's bodies, and figured out what I wanted from the very beginning."

Elyse paired her gown with white leather pointed-toe flats by Nicholas Kirkwood. "I didn't want to tower over my husband!" she laughs.

Seth and Elyse's daughter, Lila, was the flower girl. "She was with me while we were getting ready," says the bride. "She wore an adorable little white Ralph Lauren dress, and my father carried her down the aisle."

The ceremony took place beneath a tent on the farm's polo field. The couple combined Catholic and Jewish traditions, including the traditional breaking of the glass.

"My mom walked me down the aisle," says Elyse. "I couldn't think of anyone better to have that honor."

After the ceremony, Elyse and Seth, in a custom navy tuxedo, strolled the grounds while guests sipped cocktails and ate mini lobster rolls and baked oysters.

A-list guests included Heidi Klum and Vito Schnabel, Jessica Hart and Stavros Niarchos III, and Heidi Harrington Johnson (who was also one of Elyse's three bridesmaids).

The reception took place in the barn, with two long tables flanking the dance floor and two shorter tables at one end. Light linens were topped with hydrangeas and white roses and accented with gold chargers and flatware for a touch of glam.

Fabric and lights hung from the ceiling, giving the huge space a cozier feel. For dinner, guests dined on local duck breast, sea bass beurre blanc, and Australian rack of lamb (a nod to Elyse's home country).

The bride and groom cut into a white chocolate cake decorated with fresh roses and hydrangeas. "We had French macarons and mini flourless chocolate cakes served at the table," Elyse says.

Later in the evening, the cocktail space was transformed into a lounge, where a DJ spun late into the night.

The couple headed straight for their honeymoon, five days at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France. "It was the first time Seth and I had been alone since Lila was born," says the bride. "We spent the whole time relaxing and catching up on sleep, it was so nice to have that time just the two of us."

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Campbell Stables || Wedding Planner: Roberta Meadow, (917) 923-9069 || Bride's Wedding Dress: Zac Posen || Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood || Hair: Jenna Perry || Makeup: Munemi Imai || Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew || Groom's Attire: Martin Greenfield Clothiers || Florist: Dieter van Beneden for Vert-de-Gris, (917) 664-5068 || Invitations & Paper Goods: Blacker & Kooby || Music: Soul Street featuring Reggie Woods || Catering: Sydney's Taylor Made Cuisine || Cake: Have Your Cake, Ltd. || Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. || Lighting: Luminous Designs || Photography & Videography: Mackler Studios

Brides December 2014/January 2015 Cover

Photo: Derek Kettela

For more with Elyse, pick up our December 2014/January 2015 issue starring the supermodel on newsstands today or download it here!

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Brides December 2014/January 2015 Cover

Photo: Derek Kettela

We enlisted the help of supermodel Elyse Taylor to make our wintry December 2014/January 2015 cover extra warm. Sporting a fresh-picked-from-the-garden flower crown over a glistening Kenneth Jay Lane crystal-studded headband, Taylor is absolutely radiant as our latest cover star. (Who said flower crowns only belong in spring or summer weddings?)

To complement her lush blooms, provided by Ariel Dearie Flowers, our leading lady is the epitome of elegance in an ivory stretch trumpet gown with ruffle back from Oscar de la Renta. Taylor rocks an on-trend ear cuff from Repossi and an ultra-natural Neutrogena beauty look to contrast her classic dress.

See more: Behind-the-Scenes at Our American Ballet Theatre Photo Shoot

Inside the new issue, you'll get an exclusive look at all of the details from the supermodel's black-tie-meets-barn Hamptons wedding (which included model guests like Heidi Klum). Plus, there's plenty of other wedding-planning tips and inspiration such as some seriously sexy wedding dresses with deep V's, genius pre-wedding waist-whittling tricks, and an extra-special DIY challenge. Not to mention private island honeymoon ideas and amazing real fêtes from coast to coast!

Also, get your groom ready, because we've put together the ultimate guide for him. That's right: Everything from his big-day duties and style tips to grooming advice, we've got your man (and, let's face it, you) covered.

Ring in the new year by picking up our December 2014/January 2015 issue, which hits newsstands nationwide November 4th!

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