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Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
Inspired by the sweet strawberry cakes that Swedes make during their Midsummer holiday each year, we came up with this festive wedding cake! It's perfect for an outdoor, rustic wedding. You can make the cake yourself, or simply embellish a store bought cake using our styling inspiration. It's easy and such a unique idea!
First you'll need a white dome cake. We used a citrus flavor dome cake filled with whip cream, from a small family bakery, and it was delicious. We just took off the doily and cardboard it came on and slid it onto a rustic wooden board. You could also make your own. Here are instructions on how to make a dome cake.
You will need around two pints of strawberries per cake.
Cut the stems off and slice the strawberries in half.
Lay the strawberries flat side down, all over the cake.
Keep the cake in the fridge until just before the reception.
A tour of Secrets The Vine, Cancun's premium spa resort (expert advice)
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Does a luxury spa honeymoon sound right up your alley? It sounds like perfection to us, which is why we took a dreamy photo tour through Cancun's ultimate spa resort, Secrets The Vine- an incredible locale for romantic and relaxing honeymoons.
This contemporary, adults-only resort is situated along a white sand beach with crystal clear views of the Caribbean Sea. Offering an adults-only Unlimited-Luxury® experience with gourmet dining, top-shelf spirits, 24-hour room service, daily activities, nightly performances, elite services and superior amenities, this elegant haven is the ideal escape for honeymooners.
Honeymoons are about relaxing and being pampered – and Secrets The Vine accommodates. The exquisite, 12,580 square foot Secrets Spa by Pevonia is boldly inspired by cave-like structures and natural cenotes of the area and hosts fourteen treatment rooms with spa suites for couples. A full-service beauty salon provides haircuts, styling, manicures, pedicures and make-up application for a romantic night out.
And, like the name implies, Secrets The Vine Cancun’s signature element is wine. Enjoy Sommelier-led wine tastings and infused spa treatments. The Spa carries a line of products made from the finest wine and grape seed essences, evoking the richness of a vineyard.
Specialty treatments include The Vine’s Diva Ritual Spa Package: a Bordeaux manicure, a facial, a massage with a blend of antioxidants, and a mélange of pomegranate and grape wine.
Talk about a toast-worthy honeymoon!
DestinationWeddings.com gives us the inside scoop on five resorts off the beaten path (expert advice)
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Searching for the perfect, out-of-the-way location for your destination wedding? We chatted with the experts at DestinationWeddings.com to discover five incredible resorts that you've likely never heard of. From boutique hotels to private islands to luxe villas, put these on your list to explore before you make your final decision.
Hidden Gem no. 1: Petit St. Vincent
When we say hidden, we mean really hidden. Why not say 'I do' on the private island of Petit St. Vincent? This tiny Grenadine Island is home to lush rolling hills and white sand beaches. Think seclusion and serenity, a perfectly suited paradise for taking vows.
Hidden Gem no. 2: El Dorado Maroma
Go for intimacy and relaxation by choosing El Dorado Maroma to host your big day. This boutique hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico is surrounded by secluded beaches and awe-inspiring views.
Hidden Gem no. 3: Curtain Bluff in Antigua
Sit in the lap of luxury at Antigua's Curtain Bluff Resort. The setting is pure magic with private pools overlooking the ocean and the finest of simple pleasures. Depending on the number of guests attending, you may even opt to rent out the entire resort!
Hidden Gem no. 4: Azul Villa Carolla
The Azul Villa Carola is a well-kept secret just waiting to be discovered. Located next to the Azul Beach Boutique Hotel on a stretch of pristine, white-sand beach, you'll enjoy the privacy of a luxe villa vacation, with the service of a five star resort and in-house butler. If you're jetsetting with just a few close friends to bear witness, up to twelve guests can spread out in this 10,700 square foot haven with an idyllic master bedroom and dozens of fabulous amenities.
Hidden Gem no. 5: Sugar Ridge in Antigua
If breathtaking views paired with the charm of a boutique hotel sound right up your alley, Antigua's Sugar Ridge is a must-see! This stylish and romantic setting features an Aveda Concept Spa and special perks for brides, grooms, and honeymooners.
Learn more about booking a destination wedding at one of these hand-picked venues over at DestinationWeddings.com.
By: Sarah Zlotnick
Glam South Beach wedding coming up? Nothing flatters quite like flirty, ruffly fuchsia on sun-kissed skin. Take a tip from local ladies and keep jewelry to a minimum—a few sparkly gold pieces (and sexy, strappy heels to match) are all you need to keep the focus on the dress. Well, that and a pop of bright pink lipstick.
Credits: Rachel Rachel Roy pave hoop earrings ($42) • Marchesa Notte Faille cocktail dress ($695) • YSL Lipstick ($34) • Gorjana Pristine bar necklace ($100) • BCBG Senna sandal ($225) • Matthew Williamson clutch ($1450)
If you're looking for timeless dinnerware that can become a part of your formal or every day dining, we've chosen a few options that stand out.
1. Vintage floral archetypal pattern, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
2. Embossed whiteware with shark's tooth gold banding. Available at Bloomingdales.
3. Elegant lace pattern with platinum accent band. Available at Kohl's.
4. Simplicity is key with this bright white, crisp porcelain set. Available at Crate and Barrel.
5. A classic set that is popular in Parisian bistros. A white porcelain with a red fillet border. Available at Williams Sonoma.
By Project Wedding staff for our sponsor, Blue Nile
One of the wonderful things about choosing your wedding bands: there are no set rules! (expert advice)
One of the wonderful things about choosing your wedding bands: there are no set rules! You can be as creative as you like and it's all about what speaks (or shines) to you!
Remember that this ring is forever -- so choose a style that you could envision wearing 20 years from now. That said, here are some stylish and popular options of bands that will look fantastic with your brand new engagement ring!
When it comes to wedding bands, you can never go wrong with the traditional, smooth-lined band. This classic style looks amazing and fits snugly with nearly any style of engagement ring, including solitaire, three-stone or five stone engagement rings. You will love this band for years to come!
This pave-set diamond band is another heartwarming option, which looks stunning when accompanying a pave diamond engagement band of the same size. There are all different shapes and sizes of pave diamond bands to match your unique engagement ring. There is always the option to add some sparkle to a plain engagement ring setting as well!
It's the blingin' band that really makes a statement! Brides love this eye-catching diamond eternity ring, with its sculpted-edge band. It looks gorgeous when paired with a plain engagement band, and could clash a bit with certain pave-style engagement rings so make sure you try it on first to see the set together.
Brides, including actress Zooey Deschanel, are opting to bring a burst of color to their ring fingers with this channel set, sapphire and diamond ring. It's a great compliment to either a channel-set or plain band engagement ring.
Similar to the pave-setting, the diamonds are placed differently into thischannel-set diamond wedding band. It has a very polished appearance and looks best when paired with a channel-set engagement ring. It also works beautifully with a plain band as well.
If you want to go "custom," this prong-set diamond curved wedding ring is made specifically to align with your engagement diamond. It looks amazing when paired with a plain banded engagement ring.
The whimsical, starlight diamond eternity ring is creative, playful and adds personality to a traditional engagement ring.
We are in love with these radiant rubies in this channel-setting ring!
This trio micropave diamond band, with three rows of diamonds, is to die for! We love that you could wear this without the engagement ring and it is simply stunning.
Images courtesy: Blue Nile
A pre-wedding facial may not be high on your priority list, but here are a few reasons why you may want to bump it up. (expert advice) As your wedding day approaches, you want to be sure that you look your best. For this reason, many brides book a facial appointment to get their skin in tip-top shape for the big day. While a facial may not be high on your priority list, here are a few reasons why you may want to bump it up. Fresh, Glowing Skin One of your skin specialist's jobs will be to remove the dead skin from your face. This is done by exfoliation and will get rid of the dull, tired look that can often result from dead skin. The result is fresh, glowing skin that is naturally you - not from a bottle! He or she will also apply a moisturizer that will keep your skin soft and supple - even through all the stresses that wedding planning can bring. Close-Ups If you want close-up wedding pictures, you should probably not forget to book your facial. The specialist will remove any blackheads, dirt and oil that may be clogging your pores. These things are not attractive in a close-up wedding photograph - which is why so many women get them done! In addition to removing this gunk from your pores, your facial expert will apply a toner or mask to help your pores close and your skin look stunning. Cost of a Facial The typical cost of a facial depends on your specialist. If they are an excellent skin care expert and are in high-demand, it could cost up to $300 - and you'd better book well in advance. However, most typical facial specialists will charge around $50 for the full treatment. Helpful Tips to Remember when Booking Your Facial If you've never had a facial before, you should probably have one well in advance. The last thing you want is to have an allergic reaction to something used on your face right before your wedding day. Make an appointment a month in advance to have the regular treatment and make sure all goes smoothly. If it works well and you're happy with the look of your skin, you can make a second appointment a few days before the wedding. Not only is a facial great for the health of your skin, but it's also relaxing and can be very helpful for the stress of wedding planning. Whether you're getting a facial massage or just enjoying the typical gossip of the specialist's office - it's a nice break from wedding planning.
They brought you into the world, now show them you care with these creative ways to say thank you! (expert advice)
photo by: Gifts for the Good Life
Your parents have played a very big role in making your wedding spectacular. Not only did they raise you into the beautiful bride-to-be that you are, they've stood beside you through all your planning stress, offered their suggestions, and they may be funding the affair. Your parents, and your fiancé's, definitely deserve a huge thank you. Set a Budget I don't have to tell you that weddings are expensive - I'm sure you're learning that! It's important to include gift giving in your original wedding budget. There are no rules specifying an amount you should spend on gifts for your parents, but it's best to spend the same amount on both sets and to choose gifts that are somewhat similar. Some couples decide to give their parents a gift for the two of them while others select 2 separate gifts for mom and dad. Thank You Gifts for Two Giving your parents a thank you gift to enjoy together can be very meaningful and can also allow you to spend a little more on each gift. Depending on your budget, consider: Travel. Cruise tickets, hotel reservations for the weekend, or a romantic retreat to a local resort are all possible gift ideas. An evening out. Whether it's a gift card for a favorite restaurant, tickets to a show or a complete night of pampering including the limo, your parents deserve a night out to unwind after the wedding. Gift baskets. Wine baskets, gourmet food collections, or personalized his and her gift sets are terrific ways to say thank you and can fit into most any budget. Something personal. Creative gifts often hold the most meaning. Consider making a personalized video or slideshow for each set of parents, presenting them with a family photo calendar, or framing your favorite wedding pictures for a sentimental touch. Digital photo frames with a personal message are big hits with parents. For Him, For Her You may decide to honor your mom and dad with individual gifts rather than a joint thank you. If you've set a large budget, you could even do both! Ideas for dads: Personalized cufflinks to wear on the wedding day. Gift certificate to a favorite store. Wine and cheese assortment. Personalized golf accessories. Pens, intriguing paperweights, monogrammed money clips or key chains. Mothers may enjoy: Spa certificates. Earrings or a necklace for the wedding day. Bath soaps, candles, and fragrances in an elegant gift basket. Personalized photo albums, frames, or a jewelry box. Charm bracelet or necklace with a family theme. Consider your parents' interests and you'll be sure to choose thank you gifts that your parents appreciate and remember for years to come - whatever your budget.