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Summer is always a peak time for celebrity weddings! With the warmer weather and better travel opportunities we all enjoy more parties, and our DWTS celebrity dancers are no exception. Read on to enjoy the highlights!

Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich

The popular actress and DWTS alumni (and now judge) married her NHL star on Saturday, July 8. Julianne, 29, wed Brooks, 34, in an beautiful outdoor evening ceremony in Idaho. The couple arrived by boat at around 6 p.m.

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Julianne looked gorgeous in her custom $20K Marchesa gown with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry and a cathedral-length gown, while her GQ-worthy groom rocked his Brooks Brothers tuxedo. They couple made their vows in front of 200 family and friends at the Coeur D’Alene Resort and even included their dogs Lexi and Harley (looking dapper in flowered collars) in the celebration.

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And our fave part of any celebration — the flowers — was also spectacular! The couple chose primarily roses and tulips and included flower boxes filled with a flowers and grasses. The flowers were done by Kristen Griffith-VanderYacht of Wild Bloom. The outdoor reception was enjoyed by many guests and featured a cocktail hour, catering by Le Catering, and a special mirrored dance floor. The event concluded with a wonderful fireworks display to cap off the happy celebration.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd

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Dancers Maksim and Peta also tied the knot on Saturday July 8, but in Long Island, New York at the amazing, storybook Cheka Castle. Their ceremony was also outdoor and featured beautiful white flowers and fabric to add a breezy air.

Peta’s beautiful ivory ball gown-style dress suited the castle venue, as did Maksim’s handsome white suit jacket. The couple even got to enjoy a rainbow that miraculously appeared in the sky during the later photographs. Peta made her way down the aisle after the couple’s five-month old son was carried down the aisle as “Prince of Honor.”

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The couple even got to enjoy a rainbow that miraculously appeared in the sky during the later photographs.

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And of course the couple’s first dance was nothing short of amazing!

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We hope that both these couples “dance off” into a blissful wedded future together!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It has been said that there are no perfect weddings, only beautiful ones, and in more ways than one, this sentiment is very much true. Part of what makes a wedding beautiful is its designated venue and how it is being set up. However, instead of incorporating a myriad of elements and cramming them all into your wedding, it would be wise to go with a singular theme and base your wedding décor from that theme. In this way, not only would you be minimize the likelihood of discordant notes and elements in your wedding reception, but your wedding design would have a semblance of cohesion and harmony making the end result look breathtaking.

So, before you start looking for appropriate wedding packages, decide on a wedding theme first. Here is a selection of the top and most popular wedding themes of this year:

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1.) Greenery

There is something subtly elegant and beautiful about a wedding inspired with greenery. It conveys the couple’s love for nature, and it makes for a great backdrop in taking exquisite photos as well! Apart from that, a greenery theme is lush and looks expensive without it actually being one. Although it has been making waves this year, it would give your wedding a classic look as it will never go out of style. Plan with your coordinator as to how you can incorporate the perfect green into your wedding.

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2.) Vintage

Opulent décor, outdated chandeliers, sophisticated masonry on the walls, touches of rust and gold—all of these elements are definitive of one thing: a vintage theme. A vintage wedding theme remains relevant until today as its quaint charm is something most couples would seek for during their wedding. It is beautiful as well as sophisticated without it being over the top. Additionally, it encapsulates all things that are associated with weddings such as lace fabric, the ivory hue and shades of rose and gold—making this theme a lot easier to accomplish.

Daytime Breeze Bouquet

3.) Barn Wedding

Though it is not exactly something you would see every day, a barn wedding has its own distinct charm that no other wedding themes have. While most wedding themes are all about being elegant and sophisticated, a barn wedding is more down-to-earth and simple but that does not make it any less beautiful. Furthermore, a barn wedding is perfect for rustic elements and that warm feel of nostalgia. If these two are crucial elements to you, you might want to consider this theme for your wedding.

 

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4.) Seaside Wedding

Weddings by the sea are particularly popular during the summer season. Not only will your wedding be an event to commemorate, but it would double as a vacation for your guests as well. Getting married by the sea would allow you to have your hair flowing through the breeze and your toes touching the sand. Making this wedding theme beautiful would take minimal hard work as the place you have selected is already exquisite and breathtaking enough. If you want a truly unique approach, utilize seashells into your bridal bouquets and ask your guests to attend your ceremony barefoot so that they can step on the sand as well.

BunchesDirect would like to thank guest author Ashley Keith for this wonderful contribution to our blog.

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When it comes time to seat your guests at your wedding or event, you want to keep things clear to avoid confusion or mismatched placements. (Heaven help us if great aunt Gertrude ended up seated next to her cousin Harry that she has detested since fifth grade) The solution of course is providing tasteful escort cards, but why settle for plain and boring? Your escort or place cards are a perfect way to add some creative flair and beauty to your event, and there is no better way to accomplish both than by using flowers. (Everything is better with flowers, of course!)

Here are some creative and easy ideas for using fresh flowers as part of your escort cards. Most are very DIY friendly! Be sure to order your bulk flowers from a reputable online vendor such as BunchesDirect and save even more.

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DIY Floral Wreaths

What a sweet way to show your guests to their chairs! These adorable miniature wreaths also make wonderful keepsakes for the guests to take home. Choose small grapevine or foam wreaths from your craft store. You will also need floral tape, glue and the fresh flowers of your choice. For a quaint look as shown here, try purple wax flowers with some sprigs of green trachelium. For complete instructions visit ProjectWedding.com

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Billy Ball Escort “Stakes”

This is a cute idea! Buy bulk “billy balls” (also known as craspedia) in sunny yellow and use them to fashion these escort stakes by threading the stem through your paper in two places. You can also use wire to strengthen the stems, or even attach the flowers to wooden skewer sticks or dowel rods. Secure the stems into foam inside your container of choice (such as this wooden crate) and cover the foam with decorative moss.

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Carnation Escort Card Display

Buy bulk carnations in your fave colors and use a simple glue gun to attach them to a framed board for a quick and beautiful way to display your cards or a seating chart. Anyone can do this and yet it looks so amazing when you are done!

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Fresh Flowers and Place Cards

Even if you keep things classy and simple by setting traditional place cards by each guest plate, be sure to order some extra flowers, such as these fresh pink roses, to embellish the display. Coordinate the printed flowers on your cards with the fresh flowers at each place. These can be taken home by the guests for a lovely added favor.

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Wall Display

Set up a foam or craft board that you cover with fancy paper (even old wallpaper sheets work nicely, or sturdy wrapping paper). Attach simple test tubes. Adorn with the fresh flowers of your choice, such as these gorgeous ranunculus. Attach your guest place card and you will have a very memorable display that all the guests will rave about.

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Floral Nest

Another very simple way to add some flair and beauty to your escort card display is to order extra bulk flowers such as pink carnations, set them on your display table, and “nest” the cards instead the petals. It’s so easy and yet so effective! This works especially well for romantic or boho chic style events. Carnations work well as they have delicately ruffled petals, that are still sturdy enough to hold the cards in place.

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Escort Card Flower Pots

For a sweet and creative way to display seating lists, find some budget-friendly pots at the dollar or gardening store. You can always spray paint them using your color of choice. Add some floral foam and fresh flowers such as garden roses, dahlias or peonies for a lovely way to present your cards.

 

 

 

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Popular American Idol alum Colton Dixon married in Nashville this month, to his lovely girlfriend Annie Coggeshall. Chrisitian singer Colton, 24 and Annie, 27, tied the knot in a black tie ceremony on Friday January 8 after three years as a couple. The event took place at the Scarritt Bennett Center before 160 of their friends and family.

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People.com provided several exclusive photos of the wedding, and described it as having both “fantasy” and “fairytale” elements. Apparently the fairytale began with the couple’s romantic September engagement at Disney World (Colton even hid the engagement ring in Cinderella’s glass slipper).

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The “fantasy” element came into play based on Colton’s love for batman and other comic book heroes. Apparently Colton even has a life-sized batman costume at his home. Colton’s mother Teresa gifted her son and his groomsmen with superhero t-shirts to wear under their wedding attire, adding a wonderful playful and personal touch to the couple’s beautiful day.

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Annie wore a stunning strapless organza gown by (who else?) renowned designer Vera Wang, that was truly Cinderella-worthy. Colton’s sister Schyler Dixon shared her own snaps, with the caption ” “Beautiful bride #coltannwedding.” She also performed the gospel favorite How Great Thou Art during the ceremony.

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Colton admits that he wept when he first saw Annie come down the aisle. During the ceremony, romantic Colton then serenaded his new bride with Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling in Love.

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The couple’s exit at the end of the night included another fairytale element: Colton and Annie departed together in (of course) a horse-drawn carriage totally reminiscent of a classic Cinderella coach. If you loved Annie’s bridal bouquet, you can certainly get the look for less with BunchesDirect. Try Together We Stand or Cheerful Blast with Wild at Heart Centerpieces, to complete your own fairytale florals.

We wish Annie and Colton all the best as they start their married lives!

Cheerful Blast Bridal Bouquet

Together We Stand Bridal Bouquet

Wild at Heart Centerpiece

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All of us were surprised (and most of us delighted) by the news that Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux had finally tied the knot. The pair made things official in the backyard of their own home on August 5, 2015.

Every tabloid featured regular posts about the couple’s status, telling us that they were already married, about to be married, planning their wedding, having a baby, breaking up, reuniting, holidaying or other such updates. It’s little wonder that Jen and Justin decided to dupe the paparazzi and media and host a secret ceremony.

They managed to keep it secret from even their closest friends, with Jennifer saying “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” They pulled off the surprise by telling guests they were coming to a birthday party for Justin. They managed to hide the preparations by renting out a nearby mansion and ferrying items over to their home with discreet trips and cover of trees.

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Guests included close friends such as Courtney Cox, Ellen DeGeneres, Howard Stern, Lisa Kudrow, Chelsea Handler, and Emily Blunt among others. Jimmy Kimmel officiated. The backyard was set up with multiple tables and backless chairs, featuring romantic lighting in trees with candles on the tables. Their cake was topped by a funny Muppet version of the couple.

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News broke that Jennifer wore an $8400 Mark Zunino gown when one of the consultants on TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress let a comment slip, but we are still waiting for more photos and official confirmation as to what Jen wore.

 

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The outdoor celebration lasted late into the night. The couple then departed on a romantic honeymoon at the Four Seasons resort in Bora Bora.

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We did get a better look at Jennifer’s wedding ring as she cruised the red carpet for the premiere of her new movie She’s Funny That Way in Los Angeles.

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Jennifer looked glowing and relaxed in a Roland Mouret jumpsuit. Her wedding ring features two bands of gold with a row of diamonds between, in a simple but elegant presentation. What do you think of it? Justin was spotted with his own gold wedding band in place (good man) at LAX earlier in the week.

Jennifer stated that she is “deliriously happy” to be a newlywed after her three-year engagement. We wish them all the best…and we can’t wait to see more photos of the flowers! Our picks for Jen and Justin? A Dreamy Cloud or Simply White bridal bouquet would perfectly suit Jen’s sleek, simple elegance.

Simply White Bouquet

Dreamy Cloud Bouquet

 

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BunchesDirect is always delighted when we receive some lovely photos and feedback from one of our many happy brides. We were so pleased when Ashley contacted us with thanks for her beautiful wedding flowers! Ashley is a savvy D-I-Y bride who used fresh bulk flowers from BunchesDirect to make her own bouquets and centerpieces for her amazing June wedding. Read on to get all the details!

Ashley and Johnny met on an online dating site, and hit it off instantly. Their relationship blossomed and over the next six years of dating they included not only Ashley’s two daughters and Johnny’s son from previous relationships, but welcomed a new son and daughter of their own. Johnny pulled off a romantic surprise proposal on Christmas Eve of 2013. During a gift exchange, Ashley was handed a gift wrapped in multiple layers which led to an empty ring box. Johnny produced another box, with the ring. He popped the big question, and a very surprised Ashley said yes. The kids were part of the proposal and their excited screaming and jumping added to the excitement of this very special memory.

The wedding took place on June 12, 2015, at the beautiful Belvoir Winery in Liberty, Missouri. Ashley had always wanted to have an outdoor wedding and the gazebo at the Belvoir estate clinched it for her. You can see how gorgeous the staircase was as Ashley made her grand entrance. Wedding photos were taken by Jim Powers Powersshots Wedding and Portrait Photography, from Overland Park, Kansas.

The wedding included 50 guests and three attendants on each side. Fifty guests were in attendance. Both Ashley and Johnny have large families, but Johnny’s is located over some distance; luckily two of his brothers were able to arrive and share the day.

The wedding colors were dark purple and white, as purple is Johnny’s favorite color. The white blooms were a beautiful contrast with the purple bridesmaid dresses. The boutonnieres were Dragon Ball Z figurines since Johnny and his brothers loved this cartoon.

Ashley’s sister Amanda was maid of honor, with her daughters Cheyenne and Lily as bridesmaids. Johnny’s brother Joey was best man, with his brother Adam and friend William as groomsmen. Their flower girl was their daughter Abigail, while their son Colton did duty as ring bearer. In a funny anecdote, Ashley relays that Colton had to use the rest room right before the ceremony began, and ended up going behind a tree; Ashley’s brother snapped a cute photo to immortalize the moment!

 

The cute wedding “cake” was fashioned from Rice Krispie treats and garnished with a sheer purple ribbon. What a fantastic idea! For the guest “book,” the couple opted to have guests sign wine corks (appropriate to the venue) which they then arranged in a lovely shadow box to commemorate the special day. Ashley’s brother-in-law Scott married them and got ordained just for the event, as it meant a lot to Ashley to have someone special who knew them well to help marry them—now that is dedication!

 

 

Ashely look gorgeous in her beautiful wedding gown with its lovely high bodice and scooped back. She had actually purchased another dress six months earlier though she hoped to make some improvements to it. One week before the wedding Ashley realized the dress wasn’t really going to give her the thrill she hoped for. Johnny encouraged a worried Ashley to go find the perfect gown (way to go, Johnny). Luckily she found the dress and was able to have it altered, with the finishing touches done just three days before the big event.

 

The wedding flowers were gorgeous! Ashley decided to make her own bouquets and centerpieces, using beautiful bulk flowers from BunchesDirect. She selected roses and carnations as these are affordable, while looking expensive (excellent choice, Ashley!). Ashley surfed on Pinterest and YouTube for some video tips (visit our BunchesDirect channel for great how-to-videos!) and relays that making the bouquets got easier with each one.

The flowers arrived on June 10 and after caring for the flowers, the crew got to work. Ashley, her sister and her mom made 12 centerpieces 4 bouquets and 1 toss bouquet (Ashley’s daughter made her own). They used floral tape, ribbons and pins to hold the blooms in place. Great job!

For the centerpieces, Ashley sourced water beads from Etsy, and submersible LED lights from Micheal’s. The vases she also found from Michael’s on clearance (amazing luck!) and the BunchesDirect flowers were cut to fit the height of the vase. Ashley and her team then arranged the roses and carnations in different colors to create the final gorgeous look. Simple, affordable, and stunning!

Ashley relays that having her kids being part of their wedding day made the event extra special, as did the speeches made by her sister and Johnny’s brother Joey, and having two of his brothers attend. Their goal was to have a fun and easygoing wedding that included children, so they even had a kids’ room with movies, coloring pages and snacks (love this idea). For them, their day was perfect. The BunchesDirect team was happy to lend a hand— we wish them all the best!