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July 22nd

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Tip of the Day: Be mindful of the weather conditions during the date of your wedding, especially if you will be outdoors. “In the heat of mid-summer, some flowers will not hold up well in a bouquet and/or boutonniere as they won’t have a water source,” says Tara Grand, the floral designer and owner of By The Bloom. Work together with your florist to choose blooms that will fare better in those conditions.

Plus, find out Which Flowers Are in Season.


Summer Wedding and Honeymoon Beauty Essentials

An early-spring press trip to the glorious Grace Bay Club on Turks & Caicos was a welcome change from the polar vortex of 2014, but with the fabulous invitation came panic: which beauty products to pack? I decided to road test some of the latest offerings that had landed on my desk. Here, some favorites that proved to be not only Caribbean beach worthy — they’ll also stand up to what promises to be a steamy summer back home in NYC.

Say Yes To Cucumbers Natural Sunscreen SPF 30
This brand says yes to natural ingredients like green tea and shea butter and no to petroleum, phthalates, silicones and chemical sunscreen ingredients (which are unstable, and can break down in sunlight!). Zinc oxide and titanium oxide are the natural skin protecting stars of this water-resistant Skin Cancer Foundation-approved broad-spectrum formula ($11.99,

say yes to cucumber sunscreen

Mosquitno Bandz
Now here’s a concept: chic, waterproof silicone wristbands infused with enough mosquito-repelling citronella oil to keep the bugs at bay for up to six days ($3.99 each,

mosquitno bands

Chanel Les Beiges All-in-One Healthy Glow Fluid SPF 15
Tinted moisturizer sounds great in theory, but is so often a disappointment — too thick, not enough coverage, etc. Chanel gets it right with Les Beiges, with just enough coverage to perfect and even out skin tone without that “I’m wearing makeup” look or feel. Bonus beauty points for the SPF 15 ($45,

chanel les beiges

Sole Goddess Blister Protection Foot Balm
Great for the dancing the night away at your reception, of course, but keep this clever product in mind for your honeymoon, too, since hot humid weather can bring on sticky footwear and the blisters that follow ($18.75,

sole goddess foot balm

René Furterer Vegetal Styling Straightening Gel
Heat and seawater signal a need to step up the styling-product game stat. Applied to damp hair and air-dried, Rene Furterer Vegetal Styling Straightening Gel keeps strands safely in beachy, wavy territory. When coupled with a dryer, sleeker looks are achieved with ease ($26,

straightening gel

Clinique Even Better Essence Lotion
So-called “watery lotions,” long a fixture in the Asian skincare market, are popping up on our shores. To which I say: hooray! That I can apply a serious moisturizer without feeling as if every pore were about to clog is a miracle. The light, silky formula leaves skin feeling hydrated and fresh, rather than slick and weighed down. Available in two formulas: Skin Type 1 & 2 for extra hydration; Skin Type 3 + 4 for oil control along with lighter hydration ($32,

clinique lotion

Bronze Buffer Self-Tan Remover
Even the best faux glow application can go awry, whether salon-applied or DIY. To the rescue: a star-shaped sponge designed to get to work wherever needed, whether to even out streaks or buff away too-dark spots on knees or elbows or between fingers and toes ($10 for two,

bronze buffer

Klorane Makeup Remover Biodegradable Wipes with Soothing Cornflower
My eyes feel extra-sensitive upon arrival at my destination (thank you, dry aircraft-cabin)—with redness and stinging further exacerbated by strong sun and saltwater in the days that follow. It’s not a pretty sight (no pun intended). With a pH identical to that of tears, these wipes thoroughly soothe, depuff and cleanse in a few deft swipes ($12.50,

makeup remover

Tell us: What are your go-to summer beauty essentials?

Mary Clarke


The Most Flattering Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses

There's no question that all eyes will be glued on you as you walk down the aisle in your beautiful wedding dress and take it for a whirl during your first dance. However, the second most fabulous woman in the room will be the person who helped you get to this point — your mother.

MOBs and MOGs (mothers of the groom) have tons of great options available to them while shopping for their child's big day. Check out some of our favorite on-trend styles to help Mom look and feel her best!

This sophisticated and versatile silhouette can be adjusted to suit different body types. Accentuate Mom's waistline with a belted look or try a dropped torso if she's slightly short-waisted. Most importantly, make sure that the dress still allows for plenty of movement so she can dance the night away!

mon cheri mother of the bride dressmontage mon cheri dress
Dress pictured at left by: Special Occasions by Mon Cheri (Style 213895) / Dress pictured at right by: Montage by Mon Cheri (Style 214953)

Peplum and Separates
Instead of the age-old sash, have Mom try on a peplum top, which has a more fresh and modern feel. Both styles featured below are great for elongating the torso. For a daytime wedding, skirts to the knee or to the ankle are appropriate, whereas if you're having an evening affair, she may want to opt for a long gown. (A long trumpet skirt helps to balance out the severity of the peplum.)

Bonus: Separates are a great choice for moms who are different sizes on the top and bottom since they can purchase these pieces separately. (We suggest choosing them from the same designer so that her look is cohesive.)

Dress pictured at left by: Rose Taft (Style 7001) / Dress pictured at right by: Melanie Harris (Style Rhony)

If your mom loves glamorous looks, consider outfitting her in an off-the-shoulder dress. This neckline shows off her collarbone and shoulders, and she can easy accessorize it with her favorite jewels. Try a three-quarter length sleeve or one that hits slightly above the elbow in order to avoid showing too much skin.

Dress pictured at left by: Melanie Harris (Style Catherine) / Dress pictured at right by: Terani (Style M3496)

Moms, don't be afraid to go bold with beading and embellishments — accents are there to accentuate! Lace inlays draw the eye to her favorite qualities whereas draping and ruching helps smooth everything out.

watters mother of the bride dress
Dress pictured at left by: Watters (Style 72257) / Dress pictured at right by: Daymor (Style 707)

Dresses with a dark, contrasting color on the sides create the illusion of a slimmer midsection. Conversely, if your mom has a pear shape, she might want to try a lighter color on top, rather than on the skirt. Using color-blocking is an effective way to give Mom that coveted hourglass shape.

terani mother of the bride dress
Dress pictured at left by: Terani (Style M1818) / Dress pictured at right by: Daymor (Style 818)

Vertical Lines
Horizontal styles tend to make women look a little bit wider, whereas vertical stripes lengthen a torso. Steer clear of horizontal drop-waist styles that cut Mom off at her widest point. The editor-approved picks below are not only figure-flattering but they also feature beautiful embroidery detailing.

rina di montella dress
Dress pictured at left by: Rina Di Montella (Style 1501) / Dress pictured at right by: Terani (Style M2214)

Empire Waist
An empire bodice cuts right underneath the bust, slightly above the waist, which emphasizes décolletage and helps to camouflage the tummy. This look is perfect for a beach or garden wedding, especially when paired with a flowy chiffon or georgette skirt.

mon cheri mother of the bride dressalyce paris mother of the bride dress
Dress pictured at left by: Cameron Blake by Mon Cheri (Style 212694) / Dress pictured at right by: Alyce Paris (Style 29634)

Tell us: Which style do you think would look best on your mom?

—Samantha Silverman


Get the Look: Rapper Eve's Gorgeous Wedding Gown

Eve tied the knot in a romantic beach ceremony over the weekend! The 35-year-old rapper/actress wed 41-year-old fiancé Maximillion Cooper in Ibiza, Spain.

The groom is the CEO and founder of the British Gumball 3000, an annual car race, and he is also a fashion designer. In an exclusive interview, he told E! News that “I'm so happy to make Eve my wife. The whole experience has been amazing and we are both so happy to have tied the knot.”

eve wedding
Photo Credit: Photo Graffiti

The pair met in 2010 at the Gumball motor rally so they decided to make it official at the final stop for this year's event. They dated for three years before getting engaged on Christmas Day.

rapper eve wedding
Photo Credit: @_FemaleRappers_ on Twitter

eve wedding
Photo Credit: Tony Hawk's official Instagram account

Although the bride's stunning Temperley London gown isn't available on the designer's website, we've rounded up some of our other favorite high-neck styles:

Mia Solano, Style M1421L:

mia solano wedding gown
See more gorgeous Mia Solano styles in our gown gallery ►

Jasmine Couture, Style T162064:

jasmine couture wedding gown
See more gorgeous Jasmine Couture styles in our gown gallery ►

Madison James, Style MJ18:

madison james wedding dress
See more gorgeous Madison James styles in our gown gallery ►

Marchesa, Look 12:

marchesa wedding dress
See more gorgeous Marchesa styles in our gown gallery ►

St. Patrick, Style Samira:

st patrick wedding dress
See more gorgeous St. Patrick styles in our gown gallery ►

Oscar de la Renta, Look 27:

oscar de la renta wedding dress
See more gorgeous Oscar de la Renta styles in our gown gallery ►

Enzoani, Style Isla:

enzoani wedding dress
See more gorgeous Enzoani styles in our gown gallery ►

Tell us: Which dress featured above is your favorite?

— Stefania Sainato


Celebrity Chef Catered Weddings


Jimmy Im

pool at dorado beach ritz carlton
Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton

José Andres at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Once the vacation stomping ground of the Rockefellers, the ultra-glam hideaway of Dorado Beach continues to lure the jet setters with the glittering Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. Located just outside San Juan, Puerto Rico, the exclusive oceanfront retreat sprawls across a whopping 1,400 acres of natural beauty. The resort is equipped with 100 ultra-luxe guest rooms and 14 suites, a breathtaking treehouse spa and the culinary offerings of acclaimed celebrity chef José Andres. His prolific background includes working at El Bulli in Spain and opening award-winning restaurants including Minibar in Washington D.C. and Bazaar at SLS Hotels.

Here, wedding menus (serving groups of 11 to 200) catered by the resort’s restaurant, Mi Casa by José Andres, are customized for each couple. They often include a variety of signature sea-inspired tapas (shrimp and grapefruit salad with frisée, arugula and chayote and liquid-center conch fritters) and simply prepared plates like salmon filet and Maine lobster (wedding packages start at $4,500 and include the ceremony, some decor, a musician, bouquet and boutonniere, a champagne toast and more;

deck at dorado beach
Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton

Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air
Stretching over 12 acres, the idyllic Hotel Bel-Air in Beverly Hills, has served as a haven for the rich and famous since opening in 1946. The sun-kissed grounds are romantic and embellished with 1,000 plant species, as well as a towering, 100-year-old sycamore tree. Thanks to its picturesque setting and history, Hotel Bel-Air hosts 30 to 40 weddings a year for groups and guest lists ranging from 30 to 250. Wedding ceremonies take place by the iconic Swan Lake (home to three of the graceful birds). Guests then congregate at the elegant Garden Foyer and Courtyard for cocktails and end the night in the Garden Ballroom with its soaring domed ceiling and starburst chandeliers.

Adding to the memorable wedding offerings are the Wolfgang Puck catered event menus. Puck, with his eponymous international restaurants, cookbooks and licensed products, is synonymous with the term “celebrity chef.” The master is often on site, so he could personally oversee your big-day meal. A sample menu includes Maryland crab cakes with tomato relish and basil aioli, as well as Mediterranean sea bass with Spanish chorizo, fennel confit, artichokes, saffron and piment d’espelette and an Austrian chocolate cake with pudding filling (wedding packages start at $450 per person and include site fee, the cocktail hour, dinner, a bar package and wedding cake;

hotel room at hotel bel-air
Photo courtesy of Hotel Bel-Air

gormet sandwich
Photo courtesy of Hotel Bel-Air

Art Smith at Intercontinental Buckhead
The Intercontinental Buckhead, in the tiny Atlanta neighborhood called Buckhead, has long served as the event space for society affairs, including birthday parties for A-listers like Usher and Ted Turner and over-the-top, star-studded weddings, including NeNe Leakes’s celebration last year. The indoor/outdoor 25,000-square-foot function space encompasses a gorgeous garden oasis Buckhead’s largest ballroom.

Foodie couples love the catering by celebrity chef Art Smith, who opened Southern Art restaurant at the hotel in 2011. The James Beard award winner has a notable resume (Oprah’s personal chef, cooking with Lady Gaga) and is a regular face on TV. The restaurant serves up regional Southern comfort food with fresh ingredients from local farms. And the dishes can be custom-catered for weddings. A popular option is the signature ham bar experience (specialty hams and local Georgia cheese) and sweets like cake pops, caramel pretzel chocolate pie and bourbon pecan tart (wedding packages start at $160 per person and include passed hors d’oeuvres, a seated dinner or four reception stations, a wedding cake and a five hour beverage package;

ceremony space at the Intercontinental Buckhead
Photo courtesy of Ettinger/Fischer/


45 Emotional Grooms' Reactions

Although “first look” photo sessions are growing in popularity, plenty of couples still choose to save that special moment for the walk down the aisle. Judging from these photos, it's easy to see why! From adoring gazes to emotional breakdowns, here are our favorite reactions from grooms seeing their brides for the first time during the wedding ceremony.


Kristen Klein