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New year, new colorful you!

By Stylist sarah and leah
2021 officially goes down in the books as the year of resolutions. Resolving to stay healthy, resolving to get into great shape after months stuck at home, resolving to get better at resisting the pint of chocolate ice cream in the freezer...(one of us might not be doing so well with the latter). We’ve had so much quarantined time to build up resolutions that the list is a mountain high and not getting any shorter. In looking at all my resolutions I decided to parse them down to only one: F...
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Mac and Cheese bar. Disney theme. So much cake. All 3 of those things? Definitely magic.   FIRST DATE SPARKS It didn’t take more than a few hours for Courtney to know Cameron was the one. After a first date at NASCAR, (Courtney had free tickets, neither Courtney nor Cameron had been,) Cameron suggested that they stop for foot massages. That’s right. Foot massages. Of course she knew he was the one. (Does he have a brother? Asking for a friend.)   There were many more dates. And not long ...
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An outdoor setting, a homemade wedding cake, and so much dancing.   After Erin’s first date with James, her next call was to Mom. Erin remembers telling her mother that this date felt different than the others; James was different, in all the best ways. The couple quickly fell into easy, candid conversations, shared common interests, and discovered they truly card for each other. After three years of dating and one year of engagement, they tied the knot!     NATURAL INSTINCTS: THE CEREMO...
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How much does it really cost? As much as you look forward to celebrating your favorite bride’s big day, being a bridesmaid can be a significant financial commitment as well as an emotional one. When you factor in the dress, hair and makeup, showers and bachelorette, the cost adds up. By no means are we suggesting you decline a bridesmaid invite. We’re just here to help you make smart choices when someone in your crew pops the question. You Can Say No Consider the line between accomm...
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HOW MANY BRIDESMAIDS SHOULD I HAVE? We looked at stats across the country to give you the big picture.   If you have 10 bridesmaids, is that a lot? Statistically speaking, it puts you in the 98th percentile for bridal party size in the U.S. Read: just 2% of weddings in the U.S. have bridal parties with 10 or more bridesmaids. When you consider that there is typically one bridesmaid per groomsman, 10 bridesmaids could mean a 20+ person wedding party! (That doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea. We...
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ROSE GOLD: THE COLOR OF CELEBRATION

By Stylist maria stafford
Rose Gold has become an iconic color, from fashion to interior design, and I don’t see it going away anytime soon. Recently my daughter completely re-designed her master bathroom, finished with, yes, rose gold hardware. (It’s gorgeous, btw.)Rose Gold is also remarkably versatile because it includes such an extensive spectrum of hues. You can go super feminine in soft pink tones, or occasion-chic in a metallic, shimmering shade. Rose Gold also carries into every season—bright and festive for...
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The enchanted Scottish highlands, sublime chocolate, and the colors of royalty. Of course you want to hear more… Every wedding is a fairy tale. But Rhiannon and Ryan’s might actually be a fairy tale. They were married at a Scottish castle, Ryan in a formidable traditional kilt and Rhiannon in an exquisite Adrianna Papell Platinum gown. We assume (know) there were bagpipes—one of our favorite sounds in the universe—many, many breathtaking natural settings, emerald green grass, luxe tartan...
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They met on the other side of the world—and came home together. A SHARED PERSPECTIVEJosh and Annastasia met while doing mission work in Uganda. “We pretty much knew from the start that we were meant to be together!” said the bride-to-be. The couple spent two weeks in Africa, and arrived home utterly inseparable. “We felt comfortable together,” Annastasia continued, “and everyone could see how happy we made each other.”  THE QUICK-CHANGEAnnastasia and Josh had originally planned a large and ...
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The New Pretty in Pink

By Stylist sarah and leah
Adrianna Papell’s new rose gold line packs a heavy dose of glam in the classiest of packages. If you’re looking for a dressy holiday number or a special occasion dress, rose gold is THE way to go. 
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With many of us enjoying a quieter holiday at home this year, Adrianna Papell has gowns to add some sparkle and joy to your festivities! I’m Liz of the blog With Wonder and Whimsy, and I’m thrilled to be teaming back up with Adrianna Papell to share five theme night ideas for a magical holiday at home (with the perfect dress to match each theme!).  Family Portraits Your Christmas tree, front porch decorations, and mantle are perfect backdrops for family photos. A lot of why we dress up d...
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