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BHLDN Set to Open in Georgetown This Spring

Vintage-loving brides will now be able to buy the bridal designs in person.

By Irina Grechko Photographs courtesy of BHLDN.

Exciting news for bohemian-leaning brides! BHLDN, Anthropologie’s wedding brand, known for its ethereal and vintage-inspired bridal designs, is set to open its first location in Washington this spring. The bridal retailer will set up a permanent shop inside Georgetown’s Anthropologie space and stock an assortment of bride and bridesmaid dresses, jewelry, accessories, and decor. Even better: Brides-to-be can expect exclusive-to-Washington items as well as one-on-one consultations with BHLDN stylists. Stay tuned for opening date and more details.

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Dresses We Love From BHLDN’s Spring 2014 Collection (Photos)

Celebrity Weddings

Wedding Bells: LeBron James Gets Hitched, Chrissy Teigen Shows Off Her Gown

This week’s celebrity wedding and engagement news.

By Irina Grechko John Legend and Chrissy Teigen. Photography via Rena Schild / Shutterstock.com

John Legend married model Chrissy Teigen on Saturday. The bride used Instagram to show off one of her three Vera Wang wedding dresses. [E! Online]

Another celebrity wedding dress is revealed. What do you think of reality star Holly Madison’s custom-made Greg Barnes gown? [Us Weekly]

The Miami Heat’s LeBron James tied the knot with his high school sweetheart, Savannah Brinson, this weekend. Read on for details of the three-day celebration. [Brides]

You will never guess where Jimmy Fallon got his wedding ring. [Glamour]

Sci-fi fans will love this wedding! Sir Patrick Stewart of Star Trek and X-Men got married to Sunny Ozell. None other than Ian McKellan, also of X-Men, officiated the Lake Tahoe ceremony. [The Knot]

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4 New Dresses We Love From White by Vera Wang Fall Collection

Made exclusively for David’s Bridal, these weddings gowns scream high fashion—for under $750.

By Irina Grechko From left: Bobbin net halter gown with pleated circle and chiffon one-shoulder gown with draped tiers.

Good news for brides on a budget: White by Vera Wang just dropped its first online-only bridal collection, showcasing wallet-friendly wedding dresses and bridesmaid styles. Available exclusively through the David’s Bridal website, the four-piece line features a slimming halter-neck gown with a drop waist and a one-shoulder gown with waistline detailing for soon-to-be brides, as well as a V-neck column maxi dress and an asymmetrical one-shoulder knee-length frock for the bridal party. Both wedding dresses run for $728 (a steal for those who have been doing their wedding math), and the bridesmaid dresses, available in three on-trend fall colors, range from $168 to $178.

From left: Mikado V-neck column dress with front slit and one-shoulder dress with asymmetrical pintucking.

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New Product Launch: Moleskine’s Wedding Journal

Make your wedding planner jealous with this new bridal organizer from the iconic notebook brand.

By Irina Grechko Photograph courtesy of Moleskine.

Newly engaged brides, mark your calendars. Moleskine just unveiled a brand new journal, and it includes everything a bride could possibly need for nuptial organization. Passions Wedding Journal—or as we like to call it, the Bridal Bible— is divided into useful sections such as Inspiration and Ideas, Ceremony, Reception, and Flowers and Visuals.

The journal features an elegantly decorated white cover, silky violet bookmark ribbons, and 162 wedding-themed stickers and labels, making it easy to keep track of every detail. A 12-month foldout timeline will also remind you to check up on everything from ordering save-the-date cards to packing for your honeymoon; an extra Bridal Book booklet in the notebook’s back pocket will keep hidden all of the “shh!” details you don’t want on display.

For $19.95 a book, you know that these organizers will be flying off the shelves like hot wedding cakes—so don’t wait to order yours online.

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Wedding Survey Reveals 82 Percent of Newlyweds Sell Their Gifts Online

Don’t be surprised to find your gift on eBay.

By Irina Grechko Image via Shutterstock.

If you’ve been putting a lot of thought into what to get for a soon-to-be married couple, apparently you might not want to waste the time. Earlier this week, One4all, a British gift card company, conducted a survey that revealed a whopping 82 percent of newlyweds end up selling their gifts online.

According UK’s Daily Mail, the survey also found that more than one in ten wedding guests said they were often embarrassed by their gifts and one in five expect that their selected gifts will be left unused, returned, or sold.

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Hitched Salon on TLC’s “Randy to the Rescue”

In Friday’s episode, Randy Fenoli partners with the Georgetown bridal salon.

By Irina Grechko Hitched Owners Julia Lichtman Kepniss and Carin Rosenberg Levine. Photograph by Astrid Photography.
Graphic courtesy of Hitched Salon.

The last time we caught up with Randy Fenoli, star of TLC’s Randy to the Rescue, he partnered with Hitched Salon on a pop-up bridal shop to rescue some local brides. After Randy, with the help of the Hitched consultants, helped 40 Washington brides narrow down their wedding-dress options in a huge bridal trunk show, the bubbly wedding genius went on to offer three lucky women one-on-one appointments—which viewers can see of more in tonight’s episode.

Tune in to TLC at 10 for the full episode, and read on for our conversation with Carin Rosenberg Levine and Julia Lichtman Kepniss, the fashionable duo behind Hitched Salon, who got to spend an entire weekend in March getting to know Fenoli.

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Launch We Love: Guesterly

The first of its kind, this glossy booklet is guaranteed to melt the ice between your wedding guests.

By Irina Grechko All photographs courtesy of Guesterly.

Awkward small talk at your wedding is a thing of the past thanks to the launch of Guesterly. The new company creates a tongue-in-cheek take on a wedding yearbook with a glossy booklet that features guests’ photos as well as their bios so they can skip uncomfortable introductions (and the desire to beeline for the door after the last plate is taken away) and go straight to making friends and connections.

The idea was generated while founders Rachel and Lorne Hofstetter were planning for their 2012 wedding. Having grown up and gone to colleges on opposite sides of country, the New York City-based couple knew that most of their 125 guests would be meeting for the very first time—introductions Rachel and Lorne would be too busy to make on their big day. Inspired by Lorne’s old Freshman Herald, a book he received as an incoming freshman at Princeton that introduced each of his classmates, the couple set out to create a similar journal including all their guests. When they couldn’t find a service that would do it for them, the duo made one from scratch themselves and sent it to their guest list a week before the wedding. The result? Thrilled guests who were talking and celebrating like old friends all weekend long.

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Celebrity Weddings

Wedding Bells: Jimmy Kimmel Ties the Knot, Kelly Osbourne Gets Engaged

This week’s most buzz-worthy engagement and wedding news.

By Irina Grechko Jimmy Kimmel and Molly McNearney tied the knot last Saturday. Photograph via Jaguar PS / Shutterstock.com

Jimmy Kimmel married Molly McNearney, a head writer on his late-night show, with lots of celebrity pals in attendance. Find out why two brides showed up at the ceremony. [Daily Mail]

Kelly Osbourne is engaged to Matthew Mosshart. Read about the romantic proposal. [Hello!]

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Viktor & Rolf Launches a Bridal Collection

These avant-garde wedding ensembles are perfect for the nontraditional bride.

By Irina Grechko All photographs courtesy of Viktor & Rolf.

The experimental duo behind contemporary label Viktor & Rolf have added a bridal line to their existing fashion house. Known for cutting-edge designs, the Dutch label has produced a six-piece capsule collection simply called Marriage, geared toward brides who want to buck tradition. The avant-garde gowns range from a high-low shirtdress to our fave, a tuxedo-inspired jumpsuit. For brides who would rather wear something more classic on their big day, these wedding ensembles will make for chic and fashion-forward rehearsal and wedding shower outfits.

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DC Native to Star on TLC’s New Wedding Reality Show

Sandy Malone dishes on filming “Wedding Island,” planning a successful destination wedding, and what it’s like to work on island time.

By Irina Grechko Sandy Malone acting as minster on one of the weddings filmed for Wedding Island. All photographs courtesy of TLC.

Sandy Malone, a Washington-area native and the owner of Weddings in Vieques, the only wedding-planning company based in Vieques Island, is set to star in TLC’s new wedding reality series Wedding Island. Set to premiere tonight, the show follows Malone and her crew, which includes her SWAT team commander-turned-wedding-staffer husband, as she navigates through the challenges of planning a successful destination wedding on an island where “nothing is simple and everything is complicated.”

Following a successful career in political journalism, public relations, and public affairs, Malone switched to wedding planning after her own nuptials on Vieques in 2004. When the event planner she hired let her down, Sandy took matters into her own hands and did it herself in under three months. “We didn’t get to relax and have fun the way brides and grooms should,” says Malone, who bought a home in Vieques and founded her company soon after. Since then, Malone has launched Weddings in Culebra, an event planning company on Vieques’s sister island; Flowers in Vieques, a floral firm; and Boutique in Vieques, a clothing and home decor store, becoming one of the largest employers on the island.

We caught up with the wedding-planning guru, who now splits her time between her home in Vieques and her condo in Germantown, Maryland, to get the scoop on the new show and how to plan an incredible destination wedding.

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