There could be several dozen disgruntled brides- and grooms-to-be roaming the District this week as a result of the government shutdown. Both of the wedding “rooms” at DC Superior Court will be closed, meaning anyone with a planned nuptial celebration scheduled for this week, and into the foreseeable future, will be forced to postpone or cancel their ceremony.
There are up to 22 wedding slots available each day at the courthouse, where ceremonies are held in two dedicated rooms, one of which opened just two weeks ago to accommodate the rise in ceremony requests after the recent ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. DC Courts spokesperson Leah Gurowitz says that on average of late, there are usually around ten wedding ceremonies performed each day, with most couples typically reserving space between one and two months ahead of their planned wedding date.
According to Gurowitz, couples with ceremonies scheduled for this week were notified by telephone of the cancellation due to the government shutdown. However, romance isn’t completely dead at Superior Court: You can still apply for a marriage license or pick up a license for which you have already applied.
Actress Kate Bosworth married writer/director Michael Polish. The bride wore two custom-made dresses by Oscar de la Renta. [Martha Stewart Weddings]
Scarlett Johansson flashed her vintage-inspired, art deco engagement ring. What do you think of the stunner? [Glamour]
Didn’t see this one coming! Actress Zoe Saldana secretly married artist Marco Perego earlier this summer. [People]
Girls Next Door star Holly Madison married Pasquale Rotella. You won’t believe where the ceremony took place. [Us Weekly]
To mark the 60th anniversary of JFK and Jackie’s wedding day, Life offers a lookback at some of Lisa Larsen’s snapshots from the memorable day. [Life]
Hitched Salon is introducing another designer to its fashionable bridal racks with the addition of Johanna Johnson designs. A sensation in Australia, the couture and wedding designer has made a splash with brides stateside, prompting the opening of a studio in New York earlier this year. Johanna Johnson’s gowns, which count celebrities such as Christina Hendricks, Maya Rudolph, and Julie Bowen as fans, will appeal to brides who like their silhouettes classic, their fabrics luxurious, and their embellishments plentiful. The designer’s spring/summer 2013 gowns were inspired by the showstopping Ziegfeld girls of old Hollywood, and feature intricate draping, Swarovski crystal details, and flattering lines. In addition to dresses, brides-to-be can peruse the designer’s relatively new line of accessories, made up of statement cuffs, lavish stoles, and jewel-encrusted headpieces. Check out the designs for yourself below.
We’ve loved Laura Hooper Calligraphy and her whimsical stationery for quite some time, but we love her even more now that she’s joined the local vendor pool. The über-creative designer moved to Washington last month and is now creating her invitations, place cards, menus, and more right in our own backyard, all the better for couples to get to know her talents.
Notable items include heart-shaped drink stirrers, sand-dollar place cards, and fabric totes. Couples with travel-themed weddings should also take note of the vintage-esque compass place cards, adorable boarding-pass wedding invitations, and hand-drawn maps that can be used as save-the-date cards, table numbers, or wine labels. All of Hooper’s work can be customized.
Hooper’s celebrity client list is a veritable who’s who of Hollywood (Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lopez, and Reese Witherspoon, to name-drop a few), so rest assured her work is solid. While she’s still in search of a brick-and-mortar space, she is taking appointments via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, and purchases can be made on Etsy. See samples of her work below.
Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson married boyfriend Justin Mikita last weekend. Check out their adorable cake topper. [Glamour]
Rumor is that Jennifer Aniston married her actor beau, Justin Theroux—and that the wedding happened at a local venue. [The Knot]
Lead singer of Gossip Beth Ditto married her longtime girlfriend, Kristin Ogata, in Hawaii. What do you think of her Jean Paul Gaultier dress? [Huffington Post]
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.
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!]
What better way to announce the celebration of your relationship than with stationery as unique as your love story? By way of England and New York, Tom Hart and Laura Shema—the husband-and-wife team that is Jolly Edition—have recently settled in Baltimore, which is great news for local couples seeking custom invitations, RSVP cards, and save-the-date announcements. All of Jolly Edition’s work is entirely sketched and painted by hand, allowing for truly personalized, beautiful wedding stationery.
More newlyweds live happily ever after in DC than in many other cities, according to a list compiled by Rent.com. Taking a wide array of factors in consideration, such as the number of married couples, families with children under the age of six, mean annual income, cost of living, and rental availability in each city, Rent.com determined which cities are predisposed to marital bliss—and the District made the cut.
“[DC offers] everything from cultural excursions (like the Smithsonian) to political events to walking through slices of history at every street corner. With a high mean annual income, newlyweds are more likely to be able to enjoy all that the city offers,” the company explained in a press release announcing the results.
A dog is a couple’s best friend. Don’t believe us? Just take a look at these four-legged wedding party members—bearing rings, escorting their owners down the aisle, and inspiring signature “pup-tails.” We fell in love with these creative ways to include canines, and we think you will, too.