Olivia Palermo’s Most Wedding-Worthy Looks Ever

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Jun 052014
 
Olivia Palermo Wedding-Worthy Look - Louis Vuitton Shift

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When it comes to our June/July cover girl Olivia Palermo, there's one thing that no one can contest: The reality star-turned-fashion icon has a serious sense of style.

Aside from her expertly layered day-to-night dressing, Palermo often wears items that could easily translate to weddings (as she should — not only is she our cover star, but she's engaged as well!). From a blush ruffled top and a chic white shift to an ivory boho maxi, many of her ensembles could easily fit the dress code at an engagement party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner or even a wedding. So, naturally, we sifted through all of her most stunning red carpet dresses and picked her five most bridal looks.

If your personal style could be described as girly-girl-meets-city-slicker, consider wearing a shift like the one Palermo wore to the opening of Louis Vuitton's Frankfurt store last month (above) for your rehearsal dinner. Follow the star's lead, and pair your white mini with a colorful shoe.

Olivia Palermo Wedding-Worthy Look - Short Ruffled White Dress

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Calling all beach brides! This sleeveless ruffled wrap dress is perfect for an event — be it your rehearsal, an oceanside elopement, even your honeymoon — held in a warmer climate. Palermo's punchy layered turquoise necklace ties the light look together.

Olivia Palermo Wedding-Worthy Look - Ivory Peplum Sheath

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Boho brides, take note: This V-neck ivory maxi dress is breezy and stylish. You'll look comfortable, carefree, and most importantly on-trend in a dress similar to this chiffon stunner.

Olivia Palermo Wedding-Worthy Look - Blush Floral Dress

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Give off a whimsy style vibe at one of your showers or pre-wedding parties by rocking a floral print dress with playful sheer sections. We love this romantic long-sleeved Valentino number, which was crafted in a very bridal blush tone.

Olivia Palermo Wedding-Worthy Look - Silver Sweetheart Sheath

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Last but not least, Palermo's metallic gown speaks to the many silver-and-gold-hued dresses that walked on recent bridal runways. She and fiancé Johannes Huebl look like they could have said "I do" right then and there thanks to their dapper red carpet ensembles.

For more Olivia scoop, pick up the June/July issue of Brides!

Jennifer Aniston’s Favorite Florist Is Here to Help You Upgrade Your Wedding Flowers

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Jun 052014
 
Wedding Planning Tips from a Pro Florist

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No wedding day is complete without an abundance of beautiful flowers. From bouquets to centerpieces, selecting the right blossoms makes a major impact on the overall feel of your celebration. To ensure your big-day blooms are up to par, botanical stylist to the stars Kimm Birkicht — beloved by Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, and the Fanning sisters — is spilling how to get gorgeous wedding blossoms.

Bring a list of questions to your first meeting.
Ask: "What's readily available on my wedding day?" (You'll save money by sticking to seasonal blooms.) "Which flowers match my style?" "Which come in my wedding colors?" "How would you decorate my venue?" (Show up with photos in case she's unfamiliar.) And, of course, "Can you work with my budget?"

Go for baroque!
Elevated ranch and bohemian chic are beautiful styles, but isn't it time we moved on? Look up "Dutch masters flowers" or "Gothic romance at Valentino" and you'll see a new mood unfolding: It's painterly, luxe, and incredibly feminine. For a wedding, this translates to a burgundy, aubergine, and chocolate palette with pops of white and gold. Ask for arrangements of fritillaria, open pomegranates with black callas, figs, gardenias, and champagne grapes in gilded urns. Candelabras, yes! Skulls, no.

See More: Every Single Question You Need to Ask Your Florist

Embrace gold.
It's not gaudy if it's done well. I love a centerpiece with gold-leaf-dipped magnolia-tree blossoms or painted Bosc pears. Or cover a cake in glitter-dipped feather butterflies! I once trailed them from the cake down to the tablecloth to the floor. It looked like they'd flown in and swarmed onto the dessert table.

Choose bouquet flowers that age well.
Peonies and anemones are the most in demand, and they look great out of water for a while. I can't say the same for lovely-but-wilty hydrangeas, dahlias, and viburnum.

If you're doing a single flower en masse (stunning!), do all roses.
Just not Ecuadorian roses; I have an aversion. Ask for Patience and Vendela, and if you can't get your hands on roses, use equally ruffly ranunculus, which come in a wide spectrum of hues. For the ceremony, create a super-lush carpet of rose petals and throw in a few open garden-rose heads. With petal-strewn aisles, if you're going to go for it — go for it.

Skip flowers altogether if you really want to make a statement.
Maiden ferns, moss, and succulents are sophisticated on their own. I wish more brides would ask me to go all green!

Want a wow factor? Do flower sculptures.
Carnations are best for this. If your venue has a pool, float your monogram in blooms! It's not the easiest thing to do, and two people will always have to get wet.

Two Place Settings, Two Budgets: Splurge vs. Save Wedding China

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Jun 032014
 
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A gorgeous set of china is an essential part of any wedding registry, but costly options are often out of guests' gifting budgets. To accommodate every budget, we found four beautiful styles of place settings at two different price points.

True Blue
A geometric design in a rich, saturated hue looks great at any price point. Both sets, seen above, are made with porcelain, but the higher-end one at left is hand painted while the pattern below is made using stencils.

Pictured above: Splurge (left); "Bleus d'Ailleurs," Hermés, $565; Save (right), "Blue Star," Timothy Corrigan for Royal Limoges, $325

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Photo: Cathy Crawford

Precious Metal
Want a timeless white-and-gold-rimmed style? Choose delicate dishes with hand-carved darts (left) or a pretty scalloped set made using a textured mold (right).

Pictured above: Splurge (left), "Colette Gold," Robert Haviland & C. Parlon, $535; Save (right), "Corail Gold," Medard de Noblat, $270

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Photo: Cathy Crawford

Exotic Blooms
A Park Avenue favorite, the 18th-century pattern on the left includes 27 colors created by firing minerals at different temperatures. The vintage-inspired fine bone china to the right is printed, which is a less labor-intensive process.

Pictured above: Splurge (left), "Tobacco Leaf," Mottahedeh, $575; Save (right), "Butterfly Bloom," Wedgwood, $230

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Photo: Cathy Crawford

Leafy Greens
The fine bone china on the right — made with clay and actual animal bones — is less expensive than porcelain from France's Limoges region (left), which is crafted from an ultrafine, more durable blend of clay.

Pictured above: Splurge (left), "Olivier Green," Royal Limoges, $380; Save (right) "Gardner Street Green," Kate Spade for Lenox, $139

Ask Drew: Drew Barrymore Answers Your Bridal Skincare & Fitness Questions!

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Jun 022014
 
Ask Drew June 2014

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Do you have any burning bridal beauty questions? Brides beauty columnist Drew Barrymore — actress, producer, and founder of Flower Beauty — is here to answer all of your pressing skin care, fitness, and makeup application concerns. From her Hollywood cover-up secrets to her favorite workout (that would be fun for the most gym-averse) and necessary diet additions, here's what she's recommending this month.

Q: How do I use concealer on my dark circles without it emphasizing my lines?
Drew Barrymore: This is my Hollywood magic trick: I put a light and white base under my undereye concealer. One great product is Serge Lutens Quant-á-Soi Makeup Base. (It's expensive, I know!) Take a makeup brush and lightly apply a little bit of this brightening miracle over your dark circles, covering only the purple. Blend out the edges. Then layer a liquid foundation or a smooth concealer that matches your skin tone over it. (Anything that's too rough will scrape off the white, so use something super creamy.) Then do the rest of your makeup as you normally would — and you'll love your new look, sans dark circles!

Q: I want to tone up for my wedding, but I'm seriously allergic to the gym. How do I motivate myself when it's the last thing I feel like doing?
Drew: I'm allergic to the gym too, so I feel ya, sister! But I found a workout with my girlfriends that I do post pregnancy, and I actually look forward to it: Zumba! You sweat, it's great cardio, and it really is an effective workout. Plus it's so happy, humbling, and spirited that it makes you feel as good as it makes you look. Find a local class and I swear you won't dread it like every other workout.

Q: I'd like to work juices into my wedding diet (in the name of clear skin and a leaner physique), but I don't know where to start. Got any advice?
Drew: Yes, I have a great juice to recommend. It's called the Glowing Green Smoothie, a specialty of Kimberly Snyder, my favorite L.A.-based nutritionist; you can find the recipe in her book, The Beauty Detox Solution. I don't recommend a full juice diet, especially right before your wedding. But if you do just this green drink in the morning, it will help you get glowing skin and balance your diet. When I'm not pregnant, I have one every day. Enjoy!

Watch: Go Behind-the-Scenes at Our Olivia Palermo Cover Shoot!

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May 292014
 

When she's not busy stealing the spotlight with her street style, running her eponymous website, and planning her pending wedding to model fiancé Johannes Huebl, Olivia Palermo is gracing the cover of our June/July issue! And lucky for fans of this stunning bride-to-be, we have an exclusive, behind-the-scenes video and photos from our shoot with the reality-star-turned-fashion-maven.

Olivia rocked a number of stunning wedding dresses (from Marchesa and Monique Lhuillier to Elie Saab) inside our latest issue, but one thing readers won't find in her spread is this bridal tip from the trendsetter: "Dress for your body type," Olivia exclusively tells us. "Really understand proportions, what works for you, you have to feel comfortable."

She also suggests personalizing your wedding day look. "Always [wear] a fabulous shoe, not necessarily a wedding shoe, and great accessories because again that adds your own personal touch, too." Olivia suggests "costume jewelry, art deco clips, and vintage jewelry" for your own big-day statement piece.

Another surprising tidbit? An unexpected visitor showed up to the shoot: her fiancé Johannes! "We're a wonderful team, we work really well together, we're always bouncing ideas off each other, work wise," she says of her six-year relationship. "I think it's important to be a unit and to be supportive of one another."

Here, a few more fun stolen moments behind-the-scenes at Olivia's cover shoot:

Olivia kills it in a frothy blush Monique Lhuillier gown paired with an unexpected oxford.

Olivia Palermo Behind-the-Scenes Cover Shoot

Johannes wasn't the only surprise guest — Olivia's pup, Mr. Butler, swung by as well. P.S. He'll be in the wedding!

Olivia Palermo's Dog Behind the Scenes at Cover Shoot

This is just a few of the 50 gowns and 30 pairs of shoes we called in for this shoot.

Olivia Palermo Behind-the-Scenes Shoes and Gowns

Want more with Olivia? Watch the whole video, above, and don't forget to pick up the new issue of Brides June/July issue, on newsstands now!

Apr 222014
 
Olivia Palermo Brides Cover

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Fashion icon and bride-to-be Olivia Palermo has yet another title to add to her resumé: Brides' cover girl. We're so obsessed with our upcoming June/July issue starring Olivia that we couldn't resist sharing a few shots of the trendsetter before the magazine hits newsstands nationwide on May 6.

On the cover, Olivia stuns in a strapless silk-mesh-organza wedding dress by Marchesa, paired with a wool-crepe Marcelo Giacobbe jacket. A lush, white bouquet, a perfectly-tousled ponytail, and her signature red nail polish act as the finishing touches.

Olivia, who's been engaged to German model and photographer Johannes Huebl since January, is keeping mum about what exactly she'll wear down the aisle, but she is sharing some tips on how to channel her chic style for your own wedding.

"Check out the Marchesa, Oscar de la Renta, or Carolina Herrera shows online," Olivia tells us. "And even if your dream dress comes right off the rack, add your own touch. Play with color. It's all about the styling!"

Olivia Palermo Brides Cover in Elie Saab

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Inside our new issue, Olivia dons even more gorgeous gowns including the one pictured above: a lace fit-and-flare wedding dress with sheer ruffle skirt and long sleeves from Elie Saab. Another one of the stand out looks? The ruffled blush tulle Monique Lhuillier ball gown offset with a Brooks Brothers Oxford shirt (below).

The star, who runs her own e-commerce site oliviapalermo.com, also drops a hint that a head-to-toe white wedding look might not be in her future. "I always like to incorporate pops of color," Olivia notes.

Olivia Palermo Brides in Monique Lhuillier

Photo: Matt Jones for BRIDES

Olivia opens up about her handsome fiancé (who makes an adorable cameo in our photo shoot!), too. "Friends set us up, and it just fell right into place. We're a great team." Olivia says. "We understand and respect each other, and we make each other better people. It also helps that we both work in fashion and can travel the world together. We get to see the world through each other's eyes."

For more of our cover story with Olivia, be sure to pick up the new issue of Brides available nationwide on May 6!

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