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Patrick J. Adams, star of the popular legal drama Suits, wed actress Troaian Bellisario of Pretty Little Liars in a beautiful rustic ceremony in California.

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The handsome Hollywood duo tied the knot on December 10 in an outdoor oceanfront ceremony at Rancho Dos Pueblos. They had been engaged for three years.

Their 200 guests included Bellasario’s co-stars such as Lulu Brud and Keegan Alllen and Adams’ co-stars Brendan Hines. His rather famous co-star Meghan Markle did not attend but went shopping with a friend instead, due to her fears of overshadowing the newlyweds. (Due to Meghan’s romance with Prince Harry, she has been dogged by the paps for some weeks.)

Apparently the three-day event was “camping themed” and very boho. Patrick drove guests to the wedding himself in a vintage white bus.featuring a sign that read “almost married,”

Troaian wore a beautiful Cortana gown with a gold crown while Patrick wore a navy suit by Ralph Lauren. Troaian’s father is famous producer Donald Bellisario and was on hand to walk her down the aisle..Guests cheered when the pair were announced man and wife, and the happy couple headed to the beach for some wedding photos.

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Their first dance was romantic and sweet and they are clearly over the moon with happiness. Instead of gifts the couple asked guests to donate to designated charities. Extra sweet!

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If you loved Troian’s bohemian chic look, BunchesDirect has some gorgeous ready-made options. Or you can always buy in bulk and DIY! Try a Puppy Love, Oriental Lily Magic, Blush Glow or Picnic Island bouquet. More at BunchesDirect.com!

Oriental Lily Magic

Or order flowers like peonies, garden roses, calla lilies and seeded eucalyptus — all of these would coordinate perfectly with a bohemian theme!

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We wish Patrick and Troian all the best of health and happiness!

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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Everyone wants their wedding or event to be memorable and special. Flowers are a perfect way to add unique touches that will truly take your event to the next level! Most people think of the customary flower centerpieces for the tables, bouquets for the attendants, and perhaps some added vases of flowers for a welcome table or the buffet.

Don’t stop there! We’ve gathered some remarkable ways to use flowers in more unexpected places to give you big impact. Adding a few of these flower details is sure to take your event way above the ordinary.

1. Frame a Doorway. If you are marrying in a church, adding fresh flowers above the church doors is a beautiful touch that will personalize the venue and truly set your day apart from the rest. You could also add flowers above the entrance to the reception hall or other venue. They provide a gorgeous frame to make a lasting first impression!

Photo from Paul Underhill Documentary Wedding

2. Flowers along the Aisle. Don’t just tie small sprigs to the chairs, adding flowers all along the edges of the wedding aisle will create a very lush and memorable frame for the bride and her wedding party.

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3. Garlands for the Tables. We have all seen vases or containers of flowers dotting the tables, but for even more “next level” impact, you can create DIY garlands with bulk flowers to create a big visual impact. Use a reputable online vendor like BunchesDirect for big savings.

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4. Creating an Entrance for the Bride. Use flowers to frame an old doorway, archway or another landmark item to create a memorable “grand entrance” for a bride or the most important person at the event.

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5. Guest flowers. A thoughtful touch that will make your guest feel welcome, special and part of your day: Have a selection of beautiful fresh flowers available so they can add one to their outfit and join in your celebration.

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6. Signs. Include a special quote, a welcome messages, directions to the bar, or guest seating charts on a pretty sign. The possibilities are endless, but ALL of them are better with fresh flowers!

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7. Look Up:  Don’t forget the ceiling in the reception venue. Hang fresh flowers on fishing twine or pretty ribbons and your guests will be buzzing! This is a unique and truly gorgeous addition to any space. Order bulk flowers online and you can actually do this, even if it’s on a smaller scale.

Photo from Elizabeth Lloyd

8. Bride and Groom Chairs. Don’t forget to adorn the special places where the married couple will enjoy their first meal.

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9. Place Settings. Setting fresh flowers at each guest’s place is a very elegant touch and the perfect way to make each guest feel very special. Flowers at each place also provide extra touches of your wedding or event colors at what could otherwise be a bland spot.

 

 

 

 

 

Let your own imagination go! If you have any extra ideas, we would love to hear them! Feel free to send a note to [email protected] Happy Wedding Planning!

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Age is no detriment to love and romance, and we definitely saw this with the very chic and simple wedding of former supermodel Jerry Hall to Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

Jerry Hall, 59, was well known for her glamorous modelling career and her relationship with Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger, with whom she shares four children. Rupert Murdoch, 85, was born in Australia to a family that owned several newspapers. He is best known for his global media empire and his creation of FOX Broadcasting in 1986, to name only one of his larger American conquests. He has six children and has been married three times previously.

At the Golden Globe Awards/ Photo Rex Features

The somewhat unexpected couple met last summer in Australia and apparently “clicked” immediately. They began to share increasing amounts of time and were spotted together at several key events during the fall. They spent New Year’s Eve together on a yacht in the Caribbean together with some of their children.

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Their wedding took place on Friday March 4, in a small ceremony attended by only a handful of close friends and family. The second event took place Saturday with a private civil ceremony at the beautiful St. Bride’s Church in London. Guests included Sir Bob Gelfof and Sir Michael Caine as well as various members of Mick Jagger’s extended family. The couple’s various daughters served as bridesmaids and flower girls and wore different shades of blue. Wedding flowers were white, with the groomsmen sporting white rose boutonnieres. Rupert’s two youngest daughters, Grace and Chloe, carried charming wicker baskets that included ivy, white roses, white spray roses, and delicate white stephanotis.

Georgia May Jagger, Photo from Getty Images

 

Chloe Murdoch, Photo from Getty Images

Jerry wore a lovely ice blue silk gown by Vivienne Westwood and carried a simple bouquet of beautiful lily of the valley.

Photo from Jerry Hall Instagram, by David Bailey

The family wedding portrait includes Jerry’s children Georgia, Lizzie, James and Gabriel Jagger, as well as Rupert’s children Prudence, Lachlan, Elisabeth, James, Grace and Chloe.

If you loved Jerry’s wedding flowers, try Vintage White, Dreamy Cloud or Pretty in White bridal bouquets from BunchesDirect. You could pair these with some beautiful Trinity Triumph or Scents of Spring Centerpieces to complete the look at your own reception or event (and you don’t need to be a billionaire to fund this!).

Scents of Spring Centerpiece

Together We Stand Bouquet

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When you envision your wedding day, you usually picture a relatively tranquil day. There might be a few minor snags and stressful moments, but by and large the day proceeds through its timetable of events without anything getting seriously messed up. You hope for the best and try to plan for the worst and generally everything gets done, with the result being a wonderful celebration with family and friends that ends with you blissfully married.

Unfortunately not every couple is so lucky. We’ve all seen the videos on television capturing sticky moments and embarrassing mishaps on wedding days. Sometimes the completely unexpected occurs and shoves its way rudely into center stage at your wedding. Users of the social media sharing platform Reddit have submitted some of their most awkward or horrible wedding moments, and the results are pretty hilarious. We share the top ones here.

1. “I got hypothermia during the outdoor photography and missed the reception because I was in the hospital — with my brand new wife, who was still in her wedding dress.”

2. “My mum’s best friend (and maid of honour) showed up the day of my mum’s first wedding with her head shaved. Apparently she was in love with the groom and this was her silent protest. The marriage only lasted 2 years and the groom eventually married the maid of honour.”

3. “My Dad played in a band at a wedding where the bride’s uncle dropped dead in her arms on the dance floor. Talk about bringing the party to a halt.”

4. “The only mishap at my wedding was a friend videotaped the whole thing, but accidentally used the night vision feature. The video is pretty surreal, with everything super overexposed. With my pale skin, I ended up looking like aliens.”

5. “I worked as a wedding decorator for 5 years, and while this is not my own wedding, it’s still pretty bad. Two years ago we did the decor for a really pretty ceremony, and halfway through the day we found out it was a ‘surprise wedding’. Basically, they were not engaged, but the bride planned the whole thing and the groom showed up at the golf course thinking he was just playing a regular round of golf. Nope. He walked into his own wedding, saw her standing at the altar, and peaced the f*** out. I’ve also seen weddings where fist fights break out and we’ve had to call the cops. There was another where one of the guests was smoking inside and caused a fire, causing the entire wedding to evacuate into the rainy parking lot. Those, and countless glasses of wine spilled on wedding dresses. That happens … a lot.”

6. “My 3-year-old brother got loose and pulled the fire alarm during the ceremony. They definitely got their ‘memorable’ moment.”


7. “My wife and I eloped overseas, but there was a party for family and friends when we got back. My family insisted on traditional speeches, which was our downfall. My father repeatedly called my wife by my ex’s name and had to have it repeatedly pointed out to him before he corrected himself.”

8. “Not me but my wife’s sister … Her new mother-in-law dropped dead of a brain aneurism during the best man’s toast. It was one of the worst things I’ve ever experienced. They served food for those who wanted to stay but it pretty much ended there. Sadly they never got a proper wedding reception.”

9. “When my mum and dad were set to marry (before I was born), my dad got there early to make sure everything was setup and to help with final prep of everything and my mum was sent to pick up the cake. She says that when she got to the church and saw all the cars and people, she couldn’t handle the pressure and just drove home without saying anything. Dad comes home, after the wedding had been called off due to her no show, to see mum in the kitchen eating the wedding cake. They didn’t last long after that.”
10. “I was hospitalised and in emergency surgery 3 days prior, which is only a funny hurdle that’s now a great story. As for ruined? I eloped in jeans in a bar and my mum was, and is, still pissed. No regrets except telling her when I did.”
11. “50% of the people who RSVP’d didn’t come. My brother-in-law who volunteered to DJ didn’t actually bring any DJ equipment, so our reception was powered by Pandora [a free music-listening service]. He also said he would video the ceremony and highlights of the reception but didn’t bring his video camera. My immediate family was late to the wedding, including my sister who was a bridesmaid, and my mother and father. The florist forgot to deliver about 50% of the flowers. It didn’t go great, but my husband and I ended up married and we’re still very happy together, and that’s the most important thing.”

12. “The worst thing I saw was the wedding planner showed up drunk and/or high and disappeared with the best man (brother of the groom) to go hook up. So no one was in charge and the ceremony had to be delayed while people went to find the best man. He also couldn’t be found for his speech. The DJ delayed several times.”

Laughing yet? If you need more you can always view the full thread at Reddit.

What’s your wedding horror story?? Bunches Direct and I would like to hear about it! Submit your description to [email protected] We will share the best ones in a follow-up blog and on our Facebook page. Can’t wait to read them!!

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All Wedding Photos courtesy of Nick Breedlove Photography

This month takes us to North Carolina, for an insider look at the beautiful beach wedding of Charidy and Rob! The bride is aptly named: Charidy is similar to “charity” and that’s what led to her meeting her future husband. In 2011, Hurricane Irene hit Hatteras Island in North Carolina. Charidy’s mother Linda went to volunteer in the rebuilding efforts and ended up staying. In 2013, Charidy followed her mother to the Island, and met future husband Rob at a Fourth of July picnic. The initial spark of friendship blossomed rapidly into love; their engagement lasted only three months as both agreed “when you know, you know.” How romantic!

The Outer Banks already held special meaning for Charidy. For years the family had vacationed along this beautiful coast, and when Charidy’s father passed away they gave him a burial at sea near the spot where he loved to fish. Rob is a romantic and wanted to honor this memory. For his proposal to Charidy, he chartered the same boat the family had used during her father’s burial and took her to the same spot off the coastline. (For Rob, this was the closest he could get to asking for her father’s permission to marry Charidy.) For further romantic touches he also sent loving texts and flowers to Charidy on their wedding morning (nice work, Rob!)

To announce the engagement, Charidy’s mom selected photos of the happy couple and had them made into confetti. She included the special “photofetti” inside velum envelopes and was able to create their “Save the Dates” for less than $100 total using online services. A cute idea for a smart price!

The couple chose a beach wedding. Rob had always wanted one and loves to surf, and the pair had first met at the beach. His friends and family are from the eastern part of North Carolina, while Charidy’s were coming from the western mountains, so a week-long wedding celebration was arranged. The pair rented a beach house in Corolla, NC and this is where the entire celebration took place.

 

Talk about a wonderful “something blue”- the ocean! The ocean backdrop inspired Charidy’s choice of a “wave cut” on her invitations, and the choice of blue for her main wedding color. She complemented the blue with touches of yellow.

The wedding invitations were professionally printed and cut, but the card stock, envelopes and paper for inserts, plus the wedding programs were ordered online and personally assembled. Another amazing way to cut a few costs!

 

 

 

 

 

Now for the flowers! Charidy had a vision of what she wanted, including white flowers for herself and bouquets of sunflowers with touches of red and purple flowers to create beautiful impact for the bridesmaids bouquets. Beach florists were proving very expensive (a friend has just ordered flowers for a wedding from a local florist and the cost was over $4000). The couple had heard about negative experiences with other online vendors, but Rob’s aunt Debra had found Bunches Direct and its great reviews (thanks, Debra!). Debra is not a florist but had done some flower arrangements and bouquets for family and friends and volunteered to do the same for Charidy and Rob. Amazing job, Debra!

Charidy found a photo of a cascading bouquet on Pinterest. Debra found a video on how to make one, and her mother ordered pearl and crystal picks online for a low price. Debra assembled the bouquet from white roses, white mini calla lilies, white Asiatic lilies and Israeli Ruscus. She was able to create this entire stunning bouquet less than $25! The bouquet was on proud display during Charidy’s romantic carriage ride to the ceremony.

The bridal bouquet included an origami locket with a photo of Charidy’s father in it with two charms, one saying “Dad” and the other engraved “In Memory of” as a tribute to her father. Charidy’s “something old” was a handkerchief made from a baby bonnet she wore home from the hospital, which was in turn made from a family bridal handkerchief.

We love these beautiful dresses! Charidy’s amazing wedding dress included a stitched inscription inside the lining with a personal message that Rob had sent to the dress designer! Love this amazing extra touch! She also wore a blue garter from her parents’ wedding (“something blue”). A friend had the engraved heart from the original garter engraved on its flip side with Charidy and Rob’s names and date. The bridesmaids wore gorgeous strapless navy blue dresses and pretty sandals that were perfectly suited to the beachside venue.

The beautiful and relaxed sunset ceremony took place by the beach at Sound Front, before approximately 150 guests.

Rob looked relaxed and handsome in sand colored trousers and vest, with a white shirt and navy tie. His groomsmen had no vest or tie, and wore sandals to suit the location.

 

White roses were placed on the altar in memory of Charidy’s father, with white gerberas placed in memory of Rob’s sister.

 

 

First kiss as husband and wife, just before the sunset.

The reception took place back at the Beach house, in a wonderful and relaxed celebration enjoyed by all. For the father-daughter dance, Charidy danced with Rob while photos of she and her father played on screens to the song “I Loved Her First.” There were also continued special touches to decorate the venue.

Later in the reception Charidy changed into a knee length white lace dress, to better enjoy the party. The party was so good in fact, that both bride and groom ended up in the pool!

Best wishes to Charidy and Rob! With the love and support of family and friends your beach wedding was absolutely spectacular. We know this is the beginning of many happy years together. Thank you so much for sharing your day with us!

For those of you who want to see more, click to enjoy Rob and Charidy’s complete and sentimental wedding video. All wedding photos courtesy of Nick Breedlove Photography.

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Often we get so focused on the myriad large scale plans for the wedding—the dress, the flowers, the food, the ceremony—that we may not think of personal touches to welcome the most important people at the event: your guests! Friends and family have gone out of their way to attend your special day and support you as you start a new life chapter. Making everyone feel welcomed and comfortable should be part of every couple’s list of desired goals. Here are a few extra touches to pamper your wedding guests; include as many as you like depending on your time, budget and venue needs.

1. Provide a “bathroom kit” with thoughtful essentials to make your guests more comfortable. Ideas might include bandages, makeup towelettes, a small sewing kit for emergency repairs, hair pins, lip balm, hair spray, first aid remedies for indigestion or headache, safety pins, stain remover, body spray. You can even do “His” and “Hers” versions. Your guests will love the pampering touches!

2. Set up a refreshment stand for pre– or post– ceremony with a few drinks or light snacks (such as popcorn, pretzels or crackers) that guests can sip and nibble while they wait for the big event, or for your photos to be taken.

3. Ensure guest comfort during the ceremony and reception. If you are having an outdoor wedding in cooler temperatures, consider having pretty pashminas or throws available. If it is an outdoor wedding in summer, fans, parasolas, sunglasses or sun lotion might be thoughtful choices.

4. Let guests have a say in the music, by providing them with song request cards in your invitations or DJ request cards at the tables during the reception. People are most likely to get up and dance if there is music they really enjoy.

5. Create custom coloring books for the children.

6. Provide extra welcome for out of town guests by reserving a block of rooms at a local hotel. Many hotels offer discounted rates for this. You can also provide a welcome basket in their hotel room with simple snacks, maps, and a list of recommended sights or restaurants.

7. Personalize the glasses at the reception so that guests can keep track of their beverages (and you reduce the number of glasses that you go through). Our own “Bunches Bride” did this—read all about it at Cam & Becky’s Wedding blog.

8. Provide flip flops or stretchy ballerina flats for guest comfort as they dance the night away at your reception.

9. Leave thoughtful notes or thank you cards at the guest place settings. You may not have a lot of time to visit with each guest, but this way all will feel remembered. Be sure to follow up by mailing out thank you cards that are personal and timely, right after your wedding.

10. Provide a list of cabs or driver services to ensure your guests a safe ride home, or consider providing taxi chits if budget allows.