No Preacher at the Wedding?  No Problem.

by Azure

Special Feature by Jeff Haden of BlackBird Images No wedding goes perfectly – but some go less perfectly than others. Say you’re getting married on a beautiful hilltop situated 400 yards from the main house… and the best man forgot the rings. No problem – someone runs back to the house, you smile sheepishly, and everyone remembers how gracefully you handled the moment. (Plus it’s a story you can tell your grandkids.) But what happens if months of planning come...

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The one time it’s OK to bug each other at your wedding

by Azure

I'll admit it: I can't resist a good cake topper. These love bugs are such a fun, quirky blend of old-fashioned and modern that I immediately started wondering if I knew any engaged entomologists. ...Or, of course, you and your honey might prefer beebots instead. Because why not? I love how odd yet instantly appealing these are. They're definitely a great way to show you're a couple with love in your hearts and something different up your sleeves. Not into bugs but like the...

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I see success written in the stars for designer Junko Yoshioka

by Azure

We need not feel ashamed of flirting with the zodiac. The zodiac is well worth flirting with. ~D.H. Lawrence Judging from her Spring 2010 collection, Junko Yoshioka has no qualms about flirting with the zodiac! While Carolina Herrera drew inspiration from famous artists and beautiful works of art, Yoshioka created "a unique collection of 12 astrologically inspired couture gowns." Can you match any of these stunning gowns with the sign that inspired its design?

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Designer Anne Bowen goes bridal!

by Azure

How many times have you been watching the Oscars, SAGs, or Grammy's and absolutely died over one of the evening gowns floating down the red carpet? For me, its been one time too many! Enter designer Anne Bowen. Known for her stylized evening wear, use of luxurious textures and fabrics, and simple, fresh, no-frills drama design aesthetic, Bowen is the latest eveningwear designer to apply her luxury red carpet sensibility to a range of wedding dresses, with prices starting at...

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Carolina Herrera’s Spring 2010 Collection: van Gogh, Monet, Matisse, oh my!

by Azure

This past weekend at New York's Bridal Market, Carolina Herrera wowed fashionistas and artistas alike when she unveiled her Spring 2010 Collection. Each gown that floated down the runway was a true piece of art, from the Henri Matisse dress inspired by the famed artist's paper cutouts, to the Georges-Pierre Seurat gown which used pointillism as its starting point with a polka-dotted theme. Oh, and I can't forget to mention the fabulous hat the model donned, which was straight out...

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The Man Registry: Grooms- Know Your President’s Birthdays

by Azure

About The Man Registry You probably think that you know everything there is to know about the groom’s wedding planning duties and responsibilities. • Rent a tux– check • Book the honeymoon – check • Do a keg stand during your bachelor party – check • Know the birthday of Harry S. Truman……wait a minute, that wasn’t on the list Confused? Let me paint a picture for you... It was Thursday May 8th of 2008 and I was two days away from my wedding. One of our last...

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Featured Wedding: Starlet and Tim

by Azure

Special Feature by Claire Copeland of Simple Treasures Photography. Q. Why did you choose a beach wedding? A. I have always wanted a beach wedding. I originally wanted to take a cruise and have the wedding in the Bahamas or Mexico, but Tim got orders to Iraq and has to leave in early June, so our time to save up money for our fabulous wedding in paradise was nixed. Tim’s sister called one day and said she and her husband and kids were going to St. Petersburg for vacation in March...

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One, Two, Dye My Wedding Shoe?

by Azure

Although there are alternatives, most brides expect to spend money on a wedding dress they’ll only wear once. But what about shoes? Shoes don’t really become heirlooms, and I haven’t seen anyone successfully pull off white heels and jeans since the 80s, so what exactly are you supposed to do with wedding shoes? Here’s an idea, don’t buy white ones. I bought blue shoes for my wedding and let them do double duty as my “something blue.” I don’t feel bad that they’re...

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Hostess with the Mostess: A Modern Spin on the Traditional White Wedding

by Azure

by Morgan Spenla - the Creative, DIY Bride! via Hostess with the Mostess.com The Vibe: This contemporary ‘White Wedding’ took a spin on the traditional to feature creative designs by a do-it-yourself bride. The goal was to create an atmosphere that captured a whimsical and romantic feel within the clean look of a contemporary celebration. The dreamy backyard venue featured an ideal garden setting and 360-degree view of the Pacific Ocean, rolling meadows and brilliantly green...

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Rock ‘n Roll Bride: Glam’d Up Wedding

by Azure

About Rock 'n Roll Bride Why hello, fancy seeing you here! How has everybody’s weekend been? Rock n Roll Bride has decided to go all glamorous this week – it’s not all about tattoos, pink hair and punk rock over here you know! I was sent a selection of amazing weddings shot by the fabulous Joy Marie this week. She knew how much I loved this (celebrity) wedding she photographed so was quick off the mark to send me a plethora of more of her amazing work! It was a tough...

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Wedding-Day Make-up tricks from Richard Class of bluemercury!

by Azure

This week’s Savvy Steal comes from Chicago-based make-up extraordinaire, Richard Class, manager of Bluemercury apothecary and spa in Lincoln Park. Richard has been making women look stunning for over ten years and continues to spread the lovely beauty trends with one-on-one appointments and consultations. To purchase the Laura Mercier Bohemian product line or schedule an appointment with the fabulous Mr. Class (he's done my makeup, and it was literally to DIE for!), please call...

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“New York Fashion Week: Front Row To Priscilla of Boston Spring 2010!”

by Azure

About It's A Jaime Thing Hot Trends, Interviews & Dresses Galore... New York Fashion Week is in full swing! If you're not in New York to see the new styles hit the runway, fear not ~ the Priscilla of Boston Group Runway Shows can be watched on video, as they streamed live this year for the very first time! I was so thrilled to attend the fabulous show...even if it was from that "VIP" seat in front of my computer - ha! Hey, it's all good. I still got to see some of the hottest...

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How many hits did your proposal get?

by Azure

Mommypie and The Boy are both bloggers... Not to mention head-over-heels in love with each other. So when The Boy decided to pop the question, he knew he wanted the whole blogosphere involved. With a little help from Marcy at The Glamorous Life Association, he set up a blog... And links to his proposal blog from hundreds of fellow bloggers with romance in their hearts. Mommypie posted a little summary of the whole crazy, romantic, very digital day if you want the full story....

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A feather-light touch of class

by Azure

That sleek new bridal hairdo of yours deserves the perfect finishing touch. We love this Breanna feather hair pin from The Left Bank. It's made by Sara Gabriel, and, yes, that's a Swarovski rhinestone center. ...And if it happens to draw everyone's eyes up to your lovely face, well, that's a hazard you'll just have to deal with. Tell us in the comments: What's your favorite knock-'em-dead accessory?

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Savvy Steals Weekly Giveaway- Laura Mercier Bohemia Collection Makeup!

by Azure

“The best thing is to look natural, but it takes makeup to look natural” Calvin Klein Product Description: To help you look absolutely ravishing on your wedding day and after, our Savvy Steal for the week is from makeup guru Laura Mercier. From her new Bohemia line (dubbed her most exotic collection ever), one fortuitous Savvy Scoop reader will win three fantastic, limited-edition items! Whether you desire desert or marine inspired shades for your pretty peepers, Laura...

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Bubbly Bride: The Morning After

by Azure

About Bubbly Bride Trust me...I know the first thing you are thinking when the wedding and reception are over is get me on the Honeymoon! After a year of planning every detail of your wedding - so that your friends and family can fly from all over the country to come and join you celebrating, why be in such a rush? Between the wedding and the reception you rarely have a free moment to spend quality time with those you love. My suggestion is to relax and set aside the morning after...

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Destination Wedding Deal

by Azure

Happy Monday Savvy Scoopers! If you’re having a destination wedding, this is a scoop you don’t want to miss. From now until December 18, 2009, couples who book a destination wedding of $10,000 or more at The Cove (Eluethera, Bahamas) will receive a free, five-night honeymoon at The Cove's waterfront penthouse suite, The Point House. The spacious suite is situated on a peninsula over the Caribbean and features 180 degree views of the crystal-clear turquoise sea. Whether...

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Bridesmaid beauty cubed

by Azure

Special Feature by Zirconique Jewelry can be the perfect gift for your bridesmaids – you know they will love it and re-use it. If you’re concerned about the cost, you should consider getting cubic zirconia, an inexpensive alternative to traditional diamonds. There are many grades of cubic zirconia. As a rule, the more facets a stone has, the more it will look like a real diamond. When high-grade cubic zirconia is set into real gold or platinum, it can be hard for some jewelers...

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Wedding Wrap-Up: Week of March 30, 2009

by Azure

Welcome, Weekend Wedding Warriors! Are you worried you missed something in this week’s scoop? Here’s your weekly round-up. On Monday: • Dr. Taffy Wagner shared some important information on your financial wedded bliss. • We looked at a great treat to help your groom look his best. • Wedding Paper Divas shared 2009 invitation trends. • Bubbly Bride gave some ideas for late night wedding snacks. • As always, Rock and Roll Bride shared some fantastic photos. On...

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Savvy Steals Giveaway: We have a winner!

by Azure

Announcing the winner of 50 Hello!Lucky digital invitations- mrslaytay! Congrats, mrslaytay-to-be, you are one Lucky gal! So jump on Hello!Lucky and start picking out the invites of your dreams! And if you didn't win this week but love the Hello!Lucky design aesthetic, head on over to your free wedding website and chose the "Cherry Blossom" theme. This is our first wedding website theme provided by Hello!Lucky, but don't you fret, there will be many more to chose from very...

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2009 Wedding Dress Trends: Floral Details

by Azure

I've been wanting to post about 2009 wedding dress trends for some time now, but there are so many fabulous looks this season that I didn't know where to start! I decided to bite the bullet today and share with you some of my favorite dresses with eye-catching floral embellishments. This feminine and sophisticated trend took the Spring '09 catwalks by storm, as some designers added subtle, delicate rosettes to inconspicuous places, while others went bold with massive corsages at the...

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Ever After Wedding Market: Garden Party Inspiration Board

by Azure

About Ever After Wedding Market Enjoy the budding plants and blooming flowers of spring with this garden theme suggested by Daisyblu. The beauty of nature is apparent in these wedding invitations and accessories. For your bridal shower, serve tea and sweet treats at a botanical garden. At the wedding, decorate your venue with brightly colored paper lanterns and spring flowers. Give small potted plants as favors or use packets of seeds as seating cards. Try decorating your cake with...

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Bride Chic: NEW DIRECTIONS IN HEAD CHIC

by Azure

About Bride Chic Here are some of the finest designers of head wear in the world and they're taking us down a new and exciting path to 2010 and beyond. Since bridal fashion is moving toward breaking tradition these days, alternatives to the veil are found everywhere. While veils are still in vogue and ever traditional, the new head options are definately worth checking out. Some brides bypassing the veil are going for wide brimmed hats, fresh flowers or jewels in their hair. The...

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Tips for Buying or Selling a Pre-Owned Wedding Dress

by Azure

Special Feature from Josie Daga, of PreOwned Wedding Dresses.com Tips for Buyers: • Research the gown’s retail price online and in bridal boutiques. Knowing the market value will help you in your negotiations. • Whenever possible, try on the gown at a local store so you can see how it fits your figure. • Ask detailed questions: when and where the gown was purchased, the fabric, detailing, alterations, flaws, cleaning, and storage. If the gown is over two years old, ask...

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