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Posted by Cayla Capri
t hink Phantom of the Opera-level mystique, without the nasty surprise at the unveiling. In fact, those hiding behind the sequined, feathered masks, elaborately embellished gowns and Venetian wigs are all friendly faces – mom, dad and grandma all decked out on the dance floor. Hosting a masquerade wedding is a great way to celebrate your high-profile love, because masquerades are, by nature, endowed with regality. Most recently, actress Salma Hayek and billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault held a pre-hitching masquerade ball. If you want to do it up right too, infusing mystery and provocative allure into your evenin
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l ove looks not with the eyes, but with the mind. Why not cast a spell of metaphorical context upon your wedding nuptials? You and your king may be titan royalty like Oberon and Titiana, enraptured sweethearts, Hermia and Lysander, or violently lustful like Helena and Demetrius. You may even be two giggly, mischievous Pucks. Whichever literary pairing you emote to the most, explore the boundaries of your imaginations through wedded thematic elements, pulsing with empyreal rhythms, coercive lyric sensibility, and decadent swags of moss and dewdrop.
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y ou’ve heard the rumors: DWs are real steals, easy on the nerves and clubby affairs for bosom-buddies only. If you’re going to deliberate over anything, it’ll be the where and not the how inciting great debate. Provence or Tahiti? Napa Valley or Fiji? A tough call and an even tougher job, no doubt. With no further ado – and no implied hierarchy – here are the top ten destination wedding destinations, ever, of all
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a Girls-Only Bridal Shower may sound redundant, but it’s meant to evoke the kind of treehouse mentality where girlfriends are held above all else. No one would ask you to throw a teddybear tea party, but it’s hard not to smile for valentine cupcakes and sequined dresses. Think of it as your Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice party where strawberry milkshakes trump cosmos.
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s purred by an artisan vision of romance, vintage-princess Claire Pettibone’s 2010 Spring collection pairs gossamer philosophy with zen-like esthetics. Drawing inspiration from that ephemeral space between petal and sky, Pettibone’s illustrious designs shimmer and sing with the mystique of a Ming dynasty empress.
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Posted by Cayla Capri
f eathers en bloom sparked a generation of flowerless bouquets, including wires, weeds, pinwheels, balloons and paper carnations. Of course, actual flowers have stepped up their game as to not be eclipsed. Sometimes they work in tandem with the artificial accoutrements; sometimes they are just so beautiful. A top ten list barely grazes the great field of posy-bilities, but it’s a start.
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Posted by Cayla Capri
y ou don’t need a riot of color to get cheeky on your wedding day. A subtle tint or pop of paint is enough to make any grrl weep. Designers are beginning to favour off-off-white hues like pink and grey, though color is still somewhat scarce in the realm of gowns. Best to shop for dresses eith
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Posted by Cayla Capri
d aydreaming on your ideal wedding dress allows for momentary blips of bliss, much like a hypothetical version of window shopping: you spot something pretty, get flooded with blithe yearning, and move along with that jilted feeling of a satisfaction stifled. But once real life kicks in with in-the-flesh proposals and certified diamonds, you get to play dress-up with purpose. This is a task both beautiful and daunting, what with choices ranging from off-the-rack to custom-tailored, from mom’s attic to bridal bout
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Posted by Cayla Capri
c all it Byzantium, Constantinople, The City on Seven Hills, The Door to Happiness – call it a history-buffed honeymooner’s dream come true. Apocryphally, the city’s location actually did come to Constantine in a prophetic dream. Legend or not, after centuries of ruling the roost as the centre of capital and culture, Istanbul bears this awesome, phantasmagoric quality. Now it’s your time to doze, carouse and dilly-dally in a city with such a fantastic lineage of boom. Lap up the sights, the aromas and the culture with as much veracious, barefaced enthusiasm as you would a nice cold raki.
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w hether it costs you an arm and a leg or just a night of baking with the gals, a midnight sweet table just might be the ultimate in feel-good decadence. The combination of the dark sky and the dark chocolate is bound to make you feel sumptuously romantic. However, a nice way to set your table apart is by adding a touch of exoticism. Whether you’re looking to appease your Canadian in-laws, harmonize your Hawaiian motif with the cuisine, or satisfy your love-affair with French desserts, as long as it tastes heavenly and creates a visually unique display, it has its proper place at your midnight sweet ta
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