Dec 042014
 
The Chapel at Palmetto Bluff

Photo: Perry Vaile

The last person Victoria's Secret Angel Lindsay Ellingson expected to meet at Jay Z and Kanye's launch party for Watch the Throne in 2011 was her future husband. "Someone bumped into me on the dance floor," says Lindsay. "I turned around and saw tall, dark, and handsome." That someone was Sean Clayton, and after the pair ran into one another again the next day, they knew it was meant to be.

Two years later, Sean proposed near his family's home on Thanksgiving morning. "A storm had just passed through, and there were two feet of snow on the ground," Lindsay remembers. "We went for a walk and got to a little wooden pavilion where his parents had carved their initials when they were in high school. I looked up and saw 'Lindsay will you marry me?' written in chalk!" The couple planned a wedding down south at The Inn at Palmetto Bluff. "Sean and I love it there," says Lindsay. "The first time we ever talked about getting married was during a trip there, so it was only fitting that we go back for our wedding."

Keep reading to see all of the rosy-hued details, photographed by Perry Vaile.

Gold Wedding Invitation

Photo: Perry Vaile

The cream-and-gold invitation featured the couple's ornate monogram and a soft pink belly-band, created by Emily McCarthy.

Rose Gold Jimmy Choo Sandals Pin and Lily of the Valley Bouquet

Photo: Perry Vaile

The bride chose rose gold Jimmy Choo sandals — to match her engagement ring, of course! Inside the strap of her dress, she wore a blue pin that belonged to her late grandmother. She carried a bouquet of sweet pea and lily of the valley. "I wanted something really classic, and every picture I pinned on Pinterest had them," says Lindsay. "My florist said we were breaking every rule by using them in July, but she got them for me anyway!"

Lindsay Ellingson in a Sophie Theallet Wedding Dress Lindsay Ellingson in a Sophie Theallet Wedding Dress

Photo: Perry Vaile

Having spent enough time on the catwalk to know what she likes, Lindsay commissioned a wedding gown by French designer Sophie Theallet for her July 12, 2014, nuptials. "It's so special to wear a gown no one else will have," she says of the silk-and-lace dress. "Sophie knows how to make a woman feel beautiful." Her favorite detail was the crisscrossed open back. Instead of a veil, the dress included fabric and ribbon draping from the shoulder, creating a veil-like effect.

Bridesmaids in Blush Joanna August Dresses Groom and Groomsmen in Tuxedos Lindsay Ellingson and Sean Clayton

Photo: Perry Vaile

Lindsay's bridesmaids were her two sisters, who wore pale pink wrap dresses to complement the color scheme.

Sean and his groomsmen looked sharp in classic black tuxedos. The groom's was a timeless Tom Ford design.

Aisle Decorated with Rose Petals

Photo: Perry Vaile

"The chapel is so beautiful on it's own, so we didn't want to add too much," says the bride. The aisle was simply lined with blush and white rose petals.

Wedding Ceremony at the Chapel at Palmetto Bluff

Photo: Perry Vaile

At 6 p.m., the bells rang and Lindsay headed to the chapel for the ceremony. "Sean and I locked eyes as I walked down the aisle," says Lindsay. "It felt like we were the only ones there."

Bride and Groom at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff Smoked Strawberry Margarita Cocktail

Photo: Perry Vaile

The couple's signature cocktail matched the color scheme, as well. Guests sipped on smoked strawberry margaritas, served with gold sugar rims.

Rose Gold Wedding Reception at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff Rose and Hydrangea Centerpieces with Glitter Table Numbers

Photo: Perry Vaile

The blush-and-gold reception featured soft pink linens, sequined runners, gold chairs, and lush arrangements of roses and hydrangeas.

Blush and Gold Wedding Cake Tuxedo Groom's Cake

Photo: Perry Vaile

The couple served not one, but two, cakes. The bride's cake was a pale pink confection of almond frangipane and white cake with key lime curd. The groom's cake, designed to mimic his tuxedo, was rum-soaked Bananas Foster, topped with a dog inspired by the bride and groom's pup, Carly.

Lindsay Ellingson and Sean Clayton at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff

Photo: Perry Vaile

A sparkler exit led Lindsay, Sean, and their guests to Palmetto Bluff's fire pits, where late-night s'mores and dancing awaited. "We partied all night with our friends and family," says the bride. "It was the best day of my life!"

Ceremony Venue: The Chapel at Palmetto Bluff || Reception Venue: The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, A Montage Resort || Wedding Planner: Ashley Rhodes of The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, A Montage Resort || Bride's Wedding Dress: Sophie Theallet || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Accessories: Wendy Nichol, Kwiat || Hair: Dominick Pucciarello || Makeup: Meredith Baraf || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August || Groom's Attire: Tom Ford || Groom's Wedding Band: Van Cleef & Arpels || Floral Design: em creative floral || Invitations & Paper Goods: Emily McCarthy || Music: ceremony - Hilton Head Entertainment, reception - Epic Charleston || Catering: The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, A Montage Resort || Cake: Signe's Heaven Bound Bakery & Cafe || Rentals: Snyder Rental, La Tavola Fine Linen Rental || Favors: Corey Alston Gulla Sweetgrass Baskets, Emily McCarthy || Videography: Life in Rewind || Photography: Perry Vaile

10 Minutes with Sophie Theallet (Who Designed Our Cover Girl Lindsay Ellingson’s Wedding Dress!)

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Oct 172014
 

Sophie Theallet is known for her feminine collections that are sexy, yet beautifully easy to wear. The French designer trained first under Jean-Paul Gaultier, and later under Azzedine Alaïa, before moving to New York City and launching her eponymous label in 2007. Only three years later in 2009, Theallet won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award, and since then, her unique style has continued to thrive. We sat down with the designer to discuss launching her brand, her top style tips for brides, and the beautiful custom wedding dress that she created for Brides cover girl Lindsay Ellingson's southern wedding.

Dabbling in the bridal world makes sense for the designer; Sophie Theallet began her line with a focus on romantic dresses.
"I started the company from our living room in Brooklyn, after gaining a lot of experience, but we didn't have much backing," explained the designer, reflecting on the early days of her line. "We focused on dresses first, and the response was amazing! We rapidly garnered momentum, and then the collection grew organically to become a lifestyle brand."

Lindsay is a longtime fan (and friend!) of the designer.
Theallet and Ellingson met at the designer's studio some time ago, when the model came by for a fitting for an event. "Lindsay has been wearing my clothes for some time now, so when she approached me to design her wedding dress, she knew exactly she wanted," said the designer. "We went from there, and I created lace embellishments to enhance her natural beauty." After four wedding dress fittings, the friends decided to skip the veil they originally discussed. "Lindsay wanted something really down to earth, and in the end she did not feel the need for a veil."

Cross your fingers — Sophie Theallet may design a bridal collection in the future.
When asked about the possibility of a Sophie Theallet bridal line, the designer replied, "Eventually! At the moment, I am happy to do custom work, and have the freedom of choosing the brides we would like to work with." The designer is able to create custom gowns rather quickly, noting that she needs only "a few weeks," depending on the design and fittings.

The designer's top style tips for brides are simple, but important.
When asked about her styling advice for brides on their big day, Theallet advised, "Wear a dress that you feel comfortable in, and that fits your personality, and make sure to be surrounded by people you love, who can also take care of some of the details!" The designer continued, "Stay calm, and enjoy the moment. And of course, make sure you choose a good husband!"

To see more photos from Lindsay's wedding, pick up the October/November issue of Brides on newsstands now!

5 Things Every Bride Can Learn from Cover Star Lindsay Ellingson’s Sweet Southern Wedding

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Sep 182014
 

The last person Victoria's Secret Angel Lindsay Ellingson expected to meet at Jay Z and Kanye's launch party for Watch the Throne in 2011 was her future husband. "Someone bumped into me on the dance floor," says Lindsay. "I turned around and saw tall, dark, and handsome." He turned out to be Sean Clayton, and after the pair ran into one another again the next day, they knew it was meant to be. Two years later, Sean proposed near his family's home on Thanksgiving morning, and the couple began planning a wedding down south at Palmetto Bluff. "Sean and I love it there," says Lindsay. "The first time we ever talked about getting married was during a trip there, so it was only fitting that we go back for our wedding."

For the full scoop on Lindsay and Sean's big day, as well as the other bridal looks she donned for our shoot, pick up the October/November 2014 issue of Brides (on newsstands now!). As a bonus, we've got five tips every bride-to-be could use from this couple's rosy-hued South Carolina celebration.

Give yourself time
"The best advice I got was to slow everything down," says the bride. "We started getting ready as early as possible, and I still ended up feeling rushed!"

Remember your scent
While she was shopping for shoes, Lindsay spritzed on the Jimmy Choo fragrance. "Sean had never noticed my perfume before, but he told me he loved this one," she says, "so I went back and bought a bottle. Now the scent will always remind me of our wedding day."

Trust your style instincts
Lindsay, inspired by Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and Grace Kelly, knew that she wanted a classic wedding, and her bouquet was no exception. "I realized every picture on my Pinterest board included Lily of the Valley," she says. "So even though it's not the most practical choice for July, my florist made it happen!"

Take lessons
Instead of slowly swaying for their first dance, Sean and Lindsay hired a pro to teach them some moves. "We wanted to give your guests something fun to watch," says Lindsay of their spins and dips.

Don't rush to leave
Though the reception officially ended at midnight — complete with a sparkler exit — the couple and their guests stuck around for a couple more hours, roasting marshmallows and dancing by the Inn's fire pits.

Sep 102014
 
Lindsay Ellingson La Sposa Spring 2015 Campaign Lace

Photo: Courtesy of La Sposa

If our October/November cover and her wedding proved anything, it's that Lindsay Ellingson knows how to work a wedding dress. Need further evidence? The stunning Victoria's Secret Angel was just named the face of Pronovias's La Sposa Spring 2015 campaign and the photos are too beautiful.

For their Spring 2015 collection, La Sposa focused on texture and volume with skirts featuring layers of tulle, ruffles, and cascading details. In addition to the extra movement, the design house utilized draped fabrics, bustiers, and belts to help emphasize a bride's silhouette. For an extra-special touch, the gowns also feature dainty pearl-embellishments and various floral embroideries.

See more: Spring 2015 Wedding Dress Trends

In a very Kate Moss-like snap, above, our cover girl rocks a ruffled lace La Sposa number with a group of adorable flower girls surrounding her. The whole bohemian spread is set the green flower-dotted gardens and rooms of a classic 16th century country building blurred in the background.

Lindsay Ellingson La Sposa Spring 2015 Campaign Ball Gown

Photo: Courtesy of La Sposa

The next photo, shot in black and white, takes a regal turn with its crystal-studded sweetheart bodice and voluminous tulle skirt.

Both of the looks Ellison is modeling are a pretty far departure from her sleek V-neck Vera Wang sheath on the front of our latest issue, Angel Sanchez cutout mini on our special flip cover, and, of course, her romantic Sophie Theallet custom-creation with a unique bow-tied back that she wore for her very own big day. Despite the differences, one thing's for sure: We can't get enough of Ellingson in wedding dresses!

Sep 092014
 
Brides Magazine October/November 2014 Cover

Photo: Matt Jones

Our 80th anniversary issue of Brides starring newlywed and Victoria's Secret Angel Lindsay Ellingson officially hits newsstands today! And the October/November issue is brimming with useful wedding advice from the moment you say "yes" to "I do."

Along with featuring exclusive photos from Lindsay's South Carolina wedding to Sean Clayton, we're also counting down the 33 most iconic brides ("Eight Decades of Unforgettable Brides," page 128) of all time. And for the bride-to-be who needs some sage planning tips, we compiled a complete list of our best advice ever ("80 Years of Great Advice from Brides," page 374).

Plus, we included a flip side, which features our ultimate beauty guide, including week-by-week countdowns to help you get perfectly glam before your big day ("Beauty Countdown," flip, page 4).

But before you dive into our 80th anniversary issue, take a trip down memory lane and look back at a few vintage Brides covers to celebrate our major milestone!

Brides 1934 Issue

Photo: Matt Jones

In the fall of 1934, our first ever issue, seen above, hit newsstands under the name So You're Going to Be Married, before quickly being renamed The Bride's Magazine.

Brides 1952 Issue

Photo: Matt Jones

Our spring 1952 issue features an illustration of a classic bride, complete in a ball gown with a sheer high neckline. What's old is new again, with this trend becoming a huge hit on the latest bridal runways!

Brides 1955 Issue

Photo: Matt Jones

In autumn 1955, our cover starred a groom, who was helping the blushing bride cut their wedding cake.

Brides-1958-Issue.jpg

Photo: Matt Jones

The winter 1958 edition is one of our favorites. The sleek black backdrop and colorful balloons look modern enough to sit on the newsstands now!

For even more wedding-day inspiration, fashion-forward advice, and helpful planning tips, be sure to pick up our October/November issue, available on newsstands today and for digital download here!

Sep 042014
 
Lindsay Ellingson Brides October November 2014 Cover

Photo: Matt Jones

Brides turns 80 years old this month! And to celebrate our milestone, just-married Victoria's Secret Angel Lindsay Ellingson is covering our October/November issue.

The Angel models two separate cover looks: a plunging V-neck Vera Wang gown slip dress and a short Angel Sanchez number with back cut-outs.

Inside our brand-new special issue, Lindsay (who has walked the catwalk for designers like Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior, and Valentino) rocks more wedding-ready looks including a chic white jumpsuit from Monique Lhuillier's Ready to Wed collection (below).

Lindsay Ellingson Brides Photoshoot

Photo: Matt Jones

In addition to sporting several bridal looks, Lindsay also gives readers an inside look at her own wedding dress (below). The newlywed shares never-before-seen photos from her intimate July wedding in South Carolina to longtime love Sean Clayton. "Sean and I locked eyes as I walked down the aisle," Lindsay tells Brides of her ceremony. "It felt like we were the only ones there."

Lindsay Ellingson Sean Clayton Wedding

Photo: Perry Vaile

Lindsay was every bit the blushing bride in a stunning V-neck Sophie Theallet sheath complemented with a classic chignon hairstyle, while her bridesmaids wore pale pink Joanna August dresses (below). On her custom wedding dress, Lindsay says: "It's so special to wear a gown no one else will have. Sophie knows how to make a woman feel beautiful."

Lindsay Ellingson Wedding and Bridesmaids Lindsay Ellingson Wedding Dress Back

Photo: Perry Vaile

Along with dishing wedding-day details, Lindsay opens up about her husband, who is a medical sales rep. "I turned around and saw tall, dark, and handsome," she says of their initial meeting at an album-launch party for Jay Z and Kanye West in 2011. The next day, she ended up running into him in New York's Union Square, and from that moment she said, "I knew it was fate."

Yes, their romance is as amazing as it sounds. "Sean is everything I ever looked for," Lindsay adds. "I never thought I'd be so lucky."

For more on Lindsay's storybook romance and photos from her Southern wedding, be sure to pick up our October/November issue on newsstands Tuesday, September 9! And stay tuned for an exclusive behind-the-scenes video of the Victoria's Secret Angel's wedding-dress fitting with fashion designer Sophie Theallet.

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