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TBT: Looking Back at Jackie Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis’s Big Fat Greek Wedding

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Oct 202016
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Sure, when we think of Jackie Kennedy Onassis and wedding, the former first lady's perfectly classic wedding to president John F. Kennedy is the first thing that comes to mind. Jackie's sweet off-the-shoulder Ann Lowe dress, and heirloom lace veil, have served as iconic inspiration for brides-to-be for decades. But what about Jackie's other wedding day? On October 20, 1968, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy became Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis (aka Jackie O.) when she married Aristotle Onassis, and she did it in impeccable style! We're looking back on the first lady's historic island wedding day for a little dose of perfect fashion.

Both Natalie Portman and Katie Holmes are set to give Jackie the movie treatment this year, and we even saw the former Mrs. Cruise recreate Jackie and Aristotle's wedding day for the small screen earlier this year. But what about the real wedding of former first lady Jackie Kennedy to Greek shipping heir Aristotle Onassis?

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The Engagement
Five years after the tragic death of JFK, Jackie shocked the world by announcing she was engaged to longtime friend Aristotle Onassis, who was 23 years older than her. To celebrate their engagement, Onassis gave Jackie a 40-carat Marquise cut Lesotho III diamond ring from Harry Winston — which she kept in a bank vault. After she passed away in 1996 the ring was sold at auction for $2.59 million.

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The Wedding
It was a "Big Fat Greek Wedding" for Jackie's second time down the aisle! On the groom's private island of Skorpios, Greece, Jackie Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis said "I do" in an intimate Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony surrounded by family — and a little bit of rain. Her children, JFK Jr. and Caroline Kennedy, participated in the big day by holding candles during the ceremony, and Jackie's sister Lee Radziwill served as matron of honor. Around 40 guests (close friends and family) witnessed the 45-minute ceremony. As the new Mr. and Mrs. exited the tiny chapel they were showered with rice (for fertility), and sugared almonds (for happiness). After saying "I do" to her new husband, Jackie told a pool of reporters: "We are very happy." The couple then boarded the groom's yacht "Christina" — which hosted Grace Kelly's honeymoon — for an intimate wedding reception.

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The Dress
Leave it to the woman who set fashion standards for decades to rock the perfect 60s mod look for her wedding day. In a knee-length ivory lace dress designed by Valentino, the new Mrs. O was the picture of stylish bride. The dress featured a mock turtleneck, a nice demure touch, long bishop sleeves — a trend that we saw come down the bridal runways again this season — and a pleated skirt. Topping the look off was a sweet white ribbon accessorizing the bride's iconic bouffant style that set the standard for 1960s hair trends.

Happy Anniversary Tim McGraw and Faith Hill! A Look Back At Their Beautiful Wedding

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Oct 062016
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It's safe to say that Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are always giving us major #marriagegoals. It's been a busy week for the couple who just announced they will go on a joint world tour — Soul2Soul — in 2017, and were announced as key advisors on this season of The Voice. Add to that celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary today and McGraw and Hill are just about having the best week ever. So naturally, it's time to go down our favorite memory lane and take a look back at Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's sweet October 6, 1996 wedding. And of course Happy Anniversary goes without saying to this adorable couple.

The Proposal
The couple fell for each other on tour in early 1996, and by October they were married. On their 19th wedding anniversary, McGraw told his audience in Colorado the adorable story of how he got Hill to marry him. "We were in the dressing room, here, June 26, 1996, and it was raining and stuff and we'd been on tour for a while together, and I joked around with her about getting married. And so I said... I looked at her, grabbed her by the hand, and dropped forward [on my knees] onstage. She had already done her show. And I said, 'I'm really serious. I want you to marry me.'" The songstress laughed in response. "She said, 'We're at a country music festival in a trailer house, and you're asking me to marry you? And I said, 'Yeah.' So I went onstage."

During his performance, McGraw's future wife gave him an answer to his question. "I had in my dressing room... this foldout case that had a mirror in it that was my dressing armoire," McGraw said. "I still have it to this day. When I came back offstage, [I saw] a Sharpie with lipstick kisses all over it, saying, 'Yes! I'm gonna be your wife.' It had, 'I love you' with big lipstick kisses. And this is the place right here."

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The Wedding

Hill and McGraw might have been one of the first celebrity couples to pull off a surprise wedding. The duo invited friends for what they thought would be a softball game and concert in the groom's hometown of Rayville, Louisana, and surprised everyone as they stood under an oak tree with a minister, ready to say "I do."

Wearing a simple slinky white wedding dress, the bride — who was 3 months pregnant at the time — went barefoot and sported some seriously 90s gloves and a simple string of pearls. The groom wore jeans topped with a black coat.

We'll continue to awww at Hill and McGraw's sweet relationship, not to mention their adorable Instagram moments. From stage reunions to family vacations, these two sure know how to make marriage look easy, and there's no shortage of Instagram-worthy moments between these two.

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The Best Wedding Moments from Beverly Hills, 90210

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Sep 292016
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Admit it, you loved Beverly Hills 90210. We understand, our formative years were filled with Brenda, Brandon, Dylan, Kelly, Steve, Donna, David and Andrea. Some of our first wedding memories were even straight from our favorite West Beverly High drama. Remember when Jackie and Mel had to get married at the Walsh house? What about Dylan's unforgettable cliffside ceremony with Toni? And we can't forget that time Kelly and Brandon almost became Mr. and Mrs. Walsh. We're looking back at our favorite TV wedding moments from Beverly Hills 90210.

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Jackie and Mel
The gang took a break from hanging out at the Beverly Hills Beach Club to stir up some serious drama at Jackie and Mel's wedding at Casa Walsh — the first "I dos" to take place in the series. Kelly, Brenda, and Donna were a vision in bubble gum pink halter bridesmaid dresses, and we even got a Brenda and Dylan wedding fantasy that fueled our teenage wedding dreams (above)! Oh yeah, Kelly and David officially became brother and sister.

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Andrea and Jesse
Sure, Andrea and Jessie were a snooze fest of a couple, but there was something sweet about their shotgun courthouse ceremony. Brandon Walsh gave away the bride.

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Dylan and Toni
Spoiler alert: This is the saddest episode of Beverly Hills 90210! Dylan finally escapes the Brenda and Kelly love triangle to find true love with Noxzema Girl extraiordinaire Toni Marchette. She's perfect in a sleek halter gown, with her naturally curly hair beautifully accessorized by a statement veil. Sadly the brides is gunned down by her own father when he mistakes her for Dylan. They didn't even get a honeymoon. Dylan McKay continued to brood until the end of time.

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Brandon and Kelly
The wedding never happened, but you'd be hard pressed to find a more 90s bride than Jennie Garth's Kelly Taylor in a beatau-neck, cap-sleeved a-line wedding dress. Donna's curly tendrils adorned with floral pins was also pretty perfect. They didn't go through with the wedding, but still had the party for their guests We wouldn't have been able to say no to marrying Brandon Walsh, but that's just us.

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David and Donna
It was a classic TV finale wedding for high school sweethearts David and Donna. Donna got the ultimate Peach Pit dream and had Nat walk her down the aisle. Admit it, you still cry at that end scene with the whole gang, including a returning Val and Andrea, dancing in slow motion to the greatest TV theme ever?

TBT: The Grey’s Anatomy Weddings We Can’t Get Enough Of

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Sep 222016
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Welcome back Grey's Anatomy! We're so excited for the return of fall TV, and that especially includes seeing our favorite doctors back in action at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. As always we can hopefully expect loads of romance from those love-starved docs, and hopefully that means adding more to our list of favorite TV weddings. There's been no shortage of couples to ship over the years on Grey's Anatomy, that's for sure! From OG love birds Meredith and Derek, to Izzie and Alex, Cristina and Owen, and Callie and Arizona, romance is always in the air, even through unspeakable tragedy. And for us that means weddings, weddings, weddings! In honor of the show's 13th season premiere we're looking back at our favorite Grey's Anatomy weddings.

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Meredith and Derek
An over the top wedding was planned for Grey's Anatomy's resident love birds, but the duo gave their fancy wedding away to Alex and Izzie when Derek discovered Izzie had another tumor. It's technically not a legal wedding, but Dr. and Mrs. McDreamy's post-it vows were 100% marriage goals: "Love each other even when we hate each other. No running. Take care when old, senile, and smelly." And topped it off with a simple "This is forever." They did get their official city hall wedding later on, but this will forever be the moment MerDer made it "official."

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Izzie and Alex
Izzie gets her fairy tale wedding when her condition becomes worse and Meredith and Derek handover the day she helped plan for them. Knowing Izzie was not long for this world was so heartbreaking, even if we got one of the sweetest wedding vows to grace TV courtesy of Alex: "Today I become a man, a husband. I become accountable to someone other than myself."

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Callie and Arizona
After many ups and downs and family drama — what wedding doesn't have them? — Callie and Arizona got a gorgeous wedding filled with family (even if it was the family they made at Grey Sloan Memorial). Bailey ended up officiating the couple's super touching and traditional wedding ceremony, and Callie's dad eventually showed up to honor her with a father-daughter dance.

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Cristina and Owen
Only Cristina could get away with wearing a red dress down the aisle! The famously non-conformist doc thought wearing white was "sexist and vaguely racist." A far cry from Cristina's first attempt at marital bliss: the wedding that never was with Burke.


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Bailey and Ben
It was a wedding for the Seattle Grace Mercy West books for Miranda Bailey — Callie, Arizona and Meredith even served as bridesmaids. A wrench was thrown into the wedding plans when Bailey and the Chief were en route to the ceremony and got word that Adele's condition had worsened. Bailey immediately swapped her wedding dress for scrubs and jumped in to the O.R. to operate on the Chief's love. Five hours later, Bailey and Ben said their "I dos" and made it official by jumping the broom, and promising to love each other, 5 minutes at a time.

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April and Jackson
How do they manage to keep the drama going on Grey's? With a runaway bride of course!
"I love you, April. I always have. I love everything about you. Even the things I don't like. I love you and I think you love me too," Jackson said. Viewers had to wait 10 weeks of hiatus to see that April eloped with her best friend Jackson. Now here's the important question: do we think perhaps Meredith as bridesmaid is bad wedding day juju? How many weddings have been called off with her at the bridesmaid helm?

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Amelia and Owen
Season 12 of Grey's Anatomy closed with Derek's little sister Amelia and Owen tying the knot. Things get off to a rocky start (Runaway Bride Part 2?), but it's Meredith who manages to get her sister-in-law to come to her senses and stop seeking permission from other people to be happy. Maybe we shouldn't write Dr. Grey off as bridesmaid after all!

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TBT: Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s Italian Wedding Day Photos

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Sep 152016
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Happy 3rd Anniversary John Legend and Chrissy Teigen! The adorable new parents celebrated 3 years of wedded (and social media) bliss this week and we're so excited to finally get a chance to look back on this couple's big day. Lucky for us they haven't been shy about sharing sweet snaps on their Instagram feeds!

The Proposal

The couple met in 2007 on the set of Legend's music video "Stereo." After a long courtship — and a lot of playing it cool on Teigen's end — Legend finally popped the question to on Christmas 2011 in the Maldives. The singer went all out for the fairytale proposal on the beach. "There was no big grand speech or anything, it was just very lovely and sweet," the model shared on her talk show FABLife.

The fabulous cushion-cut diamond engagement ring (set between not one but two eternity bands) almost ruined Legend's proposal. TSA almost spoiled the singer's surprise as they headed through security. "It was in my carry-on bag going through the airport security, and security wanted to look through my bag and they wanted to look in that particular box," Legend told Oprah. Thankfully TSA let him pass and Teigen got the surprise of a lifetime.

The Wedding Day

The rocking couple took a page from George Clooney's book and set their sights on a Lake Como, Italy wedding at Villa Pizzo (planned by event designer Lisa Vorce). The couple reportedly fell in love while on vacation in the area, so it felt like a natural fit for their nuptials.

After the "I dos" Legend and Teigen made their way back up the aisle while being showered by cream-colored rose petals. The Lisa Vorce-designed event took place at Villa Pizzo in the Lake Como region.

At the reception guests, including a Kim Kardashian-less Kanye West, feasted on a four-tiered carrot cake layered with cream cheese frosting. We would expect nothing less from major foodie Teigen. Of course this is John Legend we're talking about so naturally the crooner serenaded his new bride with his hit song "All of Me." Stevie Wonder also took the stage for a live rendition of "Ribbons in the Sky," and guests got on the dance floor with songs spun by famed-DJ Biz Markie.

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The Dresses

As any supermodel is want to do, Teigen went all out when it came to the wedding dress — or should we say, wedding dresses! The Victoria's Secret stunner chose not one but THREE Vera Wang creations for her big day. For the ceremony Teigen clad herself in a dress made for a princess — a daring princess of course! The ivory strapless open back tulle skirted ball gown highlighted Teigen's killer body and made her look straight out of a real-life fairytale. Next she switched things up to a mermaid gown with a micro pleated bodice and sheared organza full skirt for the reception. It was another mermaid gown to keep the after party going all night, except this one was in a gorgeous shade of crimson. Talk about lady in red!

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Teigen's bridesmaids, including fellow model Brooklyn Decker, were clad in blush Amsale gowns.

Teigen and Legend have been giving us major #MarriageGoals ever since and we seriously can't get enough of them. Especially now that they're family is even cuter with the addition of daughter Luna! Keep the sweet Instas and Snaps coming guys!

TBT: Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale’s Iconic Wedding Photos

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Sep 082016
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Don't get us wrong, we're swooning over Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton's genuinely adorable romance — and the many engagement rumors surrounding it — but Gwen's 2002 wedding to Gavin Rossdale was right out of our '90s alt rock dreams! While the couple has very publicly gone their separate ways, we're still dying over the details of their September 14, 2002 wedding — mostly THAT wedding dress. Time to break out that No Doubt and Bush mix CD and look back on Gwen and Gavin's iconic wedding day.

Like other fabulous '90s music couples before them (we're looking at you Jessica and Nick), Gwen and Gavin met while her band No Doubt was opening for his band's 1995 tour. Six years, and many a world tour, later Gwen said "Yes!" to a New Year's Day proposal from the Bush frontman. "She did tell me to say it again, but then she said yes," he told People after the wedding. Gavin presented Gwen with a very punk rock (of course) engagement ring — a thick black band with diamonds running down the middle.

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The couple set a date for September 14, 2002 at St. Paul's Covent Garden in London. Gwen pulled up to the church about an hour late in a 1970 Rolls-Royce, escorted by her dad. One of rock's most famous couples said their "I dos" in front of 150 guests amid gasps and tears of joy. "Gwen was visibly choked with emotion. She cried, he cried — and so did the dog!" John Galliano told People. The dog, Gavin's Hungarian sheepdog Winston, was by his side at the altar naturally.

Guests were shuttled to the nearby reception at Home House, in true London fashion — double-decker buses! — for a six course Italian dinner and dancing into the wee hours.

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The Dress
It doesn't get more iconic than Gwen's custom Christian Dior gown designed by John Galliano. Classic wedding dress elements combined with show-stopping volume and that incredible dip-dyed hand-painted hot pink bottom half — a nod to her early hair look perhaps? — made Gwen's choice for the big day an instant hit! She was one of the first to really rock the colored wedding dress look, and it turned out to be the perfect mix of English tradition and her own individual personality. She topped off the gorgeous creation with an antique lace veil: feel free to begin swooning.


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The Second Wedding
Not content to say "I do" just one time, the rocking couple hosted a vow-renewal ceremony for their L.A. based friends two weeks after the big London affair. Guests, including a still-married Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, were told to "dress romantic" for the Mindy Weiss-planned nuptials. And in case you were wondering, Gwen wore the same dress all over again for the second ceremony — wouldn't you?

TBT: A Look Back at Britney Spears’ Two Weddings

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Sep 012016
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Britney Spears killed it this week at the 2016 VMAs, rocked Carpool Karaoke on The Late Late Show with James Corden, and has a sold out residency in Las Vegas. Needless to say the "Toxic" singer is having a pretty great month. Which of course gives us more than enough reason to look back on her walks down the aisle. From becoming Mrs. K-Fed to a quickie wedding in Vegas (foreshadowing her current stint in Sin City perhaps?), Brit Brit proves she never does what's expected. Let's take a look back at the weddings of Britney Spears.

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Jason Alexander, January 3, 2004
It was a whirlwind marriage for Brit and her childhood friend Jason Alexander (no, not the Seinfeld star). After a fun-filled New Year's Eve week in Sin City, where she partied at Rain and Ghostbar, Brit Brit shocked the world by tying the knot. Like Ross and Rachel before them, Brit and Alexander did the whole middle of the night, drunken, quickie Vegas marriage in a green stretch limo thing.
"It was just so crazy, man," Alexander told Access Hollywood. "We were just looking at each other and said, 'Let's do something wild, crazy. Let's go get married, just for the hell of it.'"

Dressed in a baseball hat and ripped jeans, Brit Brit paid $70 to say her "I do's" in Vegas's A Little White Wedding Chapel at 5 a.m. on Sunday, January 3rd, 2004. "They weren't dressed in wedding attire, but it was very romantic and there was a feeling of love between them," chapel owner Charolette Richards told Rolling Stone. "They appeared to be extremely happy. They were laughing, but crying, too, during the ceremony. I thought it was a marriage that would last forever."

55 hours later, the pop princess had the union annulled. Brit Brit reportedly went out dancing after.

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Kevin Federline, September 19, 2004
Oops, she did it again! It's been almost 12 years, but we can't forget the moment Britney Spears, our sweet girl next door, became Mrs. K-Fed. After meeting on the dance floor — where else! — at Hollywood club Joseph's, the tumultuous couple announced their engagement in July of 2004. Brit famously balked with tradition and popped the question to Federline on her private plane. "Then all of a sudden I said, 'What if you want to get married?' And I kind of went from there to asking him if he would marry me. I asked him... He said no because he thought it wasn't the right way to do it," the singer told People. A week later Federline slipped a 5-carat diamond engagement ring on Britney's finger.


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The pair set off planning a wedding for October 16, 2004, even sending out 100 invitations to the event. After too much paparazzi attention and stress, the couple surprised the world with a top-secret wedding! "It became this huge thing and I was like, 'What are we waiting for? We know this is the real thing, why not just do it now?' That's why I wanted to sneak and do it our little way," she told People.


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The couple surprised 30 of their closest friends and family with a wedding at their Studio City home — guests thought they were attending an engagement party. Wearing a $26,000 strapless Monique Lhuillier wedding dress, accessorized with lace half-gloves and a cathedral-length veil. For the casual backyard reception, Britney changed into another Lhuillier dress, this time a very mini lace number, complete with the traditional garter — which Federline removed with his teeth. After the reception, featuring a very Britney dinner of friend chicken fingers, crab cakes, ribs, and mashed potatoes, the newlyweds and their wedding party — wearing matching sweatsuits — hit up hotspot XES for a late night of dancing.

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Two kids, one reality show, and three years later the couple would call it quits. After one annulment and one divorce it's no wonder Brit Brit is skeptical about taking the plunge again. "I think [I won't] ever do the whole men thing anymore, or get married. I'm just done with men — I may French kiss someone, but I won't ever get married," she told James Corden during Carpool Karaoke last week. That doesn't mean she shouldn't make an appearance on every wedding playlist.


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TBT: Inside Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s Over-the-Top Wedding Day

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Aug 252016
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What kind of a wedding would you expect when two billionaire heirs marry? Only the best. Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, wed her media mogul fiancé, Jared Kushner, on October 25, 2009 at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ. In true Trump fashion, no expense was spared for the Preston Bailey-designed event, which was put together in three months. Ivanka and her vendors gave BRIDES a glimpse at what went into the big day and we're looking back on all the over-the-top moments of one of 2009's most opulent weddings.

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The Reception
"I've always envisioned myself having a traditional and elegant wedding, even before the engagement. Once I met with Preston Bailey and his team, I was confident he would take my vision and make it a reality," Ivanka told BRIDES about planning her 500-guest wedding.

"Every week my mom would call me with a new guest list," Ivanka told BRIDES. "We had five hundred guests, but if we'd taken another month to plan, it would have been six hundred."

The bride killed any wedding morning jitters with a hike. Tweeting to her followers, "Just finished a gorgeous hike. The leaves are spectacular and the sun is shining. Everything is simply perfect! I'm getting married today!" But the nerves soon melted away. "As soon as I started walking down the aisle toward my husband, everything else just melted away," she added.

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The Dress
For Ivanka's wedding dress, she turned to Vera Wang to create a custom gown, inspired by Grace Kelly's iconic bridal look. The sophisticated and ladylike gown featured layers of Chantilly and Lyon lace. "I would say I am a traditional/classic bride. This style is translated in my dress and jewelry choice," the bride told us exclusively before the wedding. When asked what was most important in choosing her wedding dress, Ivanka told us she prioritized comfort. "I plan to dance all night!" she added.

"She was actually very much about being covered and I seized on the chance to do a dress that wasn't naked and very Hollywood," Vera Wang told The New York Times shortly after the wedding.

For jewelry, the desinger looked to her own collection — Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry — for a platinum, mized-cut diamond hair piece for $45,000, a platinum, art deco link diamond estate bracelet for $90,000 and mixed-cut platinum cluster earrings for $130,000. The bridesmaids, including sister Tiffany Trump, wore dresses by Carolina Herrera.

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The Cake
Famed wedding cake artist Sylvia Weinstock created the over-the-top 13 layers of cake that stood 70 inches tall. "Each layer was ringed with flowers. We had lisianthus, roses, peonies, Lilies of the Valley, baby's breath — all in the coloring of whites, creams, pinks ivory and flush tones," Weinstock told People. Guests were given several options when it came to flavor: chocolate, carrot, almond and yellow cake.

A Look Back at Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s Wedding

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Aug 172016

Happy anniversary Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi! One of our favorite funny women married the Scandal star 8 years ago in spectacularly understated fashion — setting the tone for intimate weddings to come. Here, we look back on Ellen and Portia's August 16, 2008 wedding.

The brides chose to forego a traditional big Hollywood wedding and instead had 19 close family and friends to their home to celebrate their wedding (the couple's beloved dogs included).

For their big day attire, the brides chose custom-made Zac Posen creations. Portia got ahead of the trends in a dress featuring a blush tulle skirt and halter neckline. Ellen went for all white tailored pants and a vest. As they said their wedding vows in front of their closets family and friends, Ellen and Portia exchanged platinum Neil Lane wedding bands — to match Portia's engagement ring, no doubt."

Celebrity wedding planner Mindy Weiss designed the elegant affair — floor pillows and one long table decorated with Ecuadorian roses and dahlias (the work of florist Mark's Garden) set the tone for the intimate affair. The couple's personal chef David Silberkleit created a vegan menu for the reception, and L.A.-based bakery Sweet Lady Jane provided the red velvet cake — also vegan. Stevie Wonder's "Ribbon in the Sky" was the song of choice for the brides' first dance.

"I'm the luckiest girl in the world," Ellen told People after the wedding. Portia shared the sentiment, telling People, "I was already planning on spending the rest of my life with her. But until you're married, you just don't know. It feels wonderful."

Naturally Ellen and Portia celebrated their 8th wedding anniversary by shouting sweet nothings at each other from the Twitter rooftop! "Best thing I ever did," Ellen shared with her Twitter followers, giving us all sorts of #MarriageGoals.

Here's to many more anniversaries for this adorable couple.

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TBT: Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo’s Super-Secret Mexican Wedding

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Aug 112016
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Ever since Behati Prinsloo and Adam Levine married over three years ago in a top-secret wedding, they've been giving us serious #MarriageGoals. The picture perfect couple has spent the summer adorably awaiting their baby girl, and we're still awwing at how sweet they are. Even cuter than their Instagram baby bump shots? Their perfect, under-the-radar, destination wedding! So of course, it's time to look back on the Victoria's Secret stunner and Maroon 5 crooner's festive wedding day.

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The Proposal:
After a quick breakup, followed by a quicker reunion, Sexiest Man Alive Levine took himself off the market in July 2013 and proposed to his supermodel girlfriend in romantic fashion — but not without losing a bit of his trademark cool. "Doesn't matter how certain you think you are. You still get down on that knee and you just get woozy and you're like, 'I'm doing this. Oh my God.' And you can't be confident about it. It's impossible," Levine said on the Live with Kelly and Michael. "I'm a confident person, but I got down on that knee and everything changed immediately. I lost my equilibrium. I had to get on the other one," he said.

"[The ring is] from the 1930s. It's vintage and he picked it out," the model shared with ABC News shortly after her surprise proposal.

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The Wedding Details:
Celebrity wedding planners Yifat Oren and Stefanie Cove designed and coordinated the destination nuptials, held at Flora Farms in Los Cabos, Mexico. Oren and Cove organized large circular tables around mango trees for the reception (which followed a 20-minute ceremony officiated by Jonah Hill), and strung tiny white lights and long garlands of flowers from Arete Florals, according to People.

Their 275 A-list guests (fellow Victoria's Secret models, Erin Heatherton, Candice Swanepoel, and Coco Rocha, Jason Segel, Hill, Robert Downey Jr.) dined on organic pork chops, fresh fish and beet salads, alcohol-infused paletas (Mexican popsicles), and treats from an organic ice cream cart while at those tables, though they didn't stay seated for long. "Most people finished eating in under an hour and were ready to party," a source told People.

"This was a dancing crowd," the source added. "Everyone was dancing late into the night." And with musical guests like theirs, it's no wonder. Guests took in multiple sets from world-
class musical entertainment, including Maroon 5 (Levine's band), Stevie Nicks, Sublime, and Prinsloo herself! The Namibian-born model dedicated the Bright Eyes song "First Day of My Life" to her groom; she reportedly told Levine early in their relationship that she wanted to sing the tune to her future husband.

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The Dress:
Photos of Prinsloo's wedding dress have never been made public, but the supermodel reportedly donned a custom Marchesa creation in blush, the fruit of a 4-month partnership with the brand's designers. The inspiration? A dress straight from Marchesa's fall 2011 runway the model fell in love with (above). She did make some alterations to the style, opting for a sleeker silhouette, and thin spaghetti straps instead of embroidered bold shoulders. Christian Louboutin was the man on her feet.

After the wedding the couple jetted off to the bride's homeland for a South African honeymoon.

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