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Pretty in Pink, Pt. I – Carrie & Mike Get Married

Celebrity Wedding Profile:  Carrie Underwood & Mike Fisher

Who:  Carrie Underwood, darling songstress of the country music scene, and Mike Fisher, center for the NHL’s Ottawa Senators

What:  A wedding celebration tickled with pink

When: July 10, 2010

Where: Georgia’s Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation Resort – ceremony in a white tent on the lawn, reception in the ballroom

Why:  “We could not feel more blessed to have found each other.” – Carrie & Mike, as told to People Magazine

 

The Newlyweds -- photo courtesy of People Magazine

Ever since she found success on American Idol’s stage, I have been a big Carrie Underwood fan.  From her catchy music to her trademark rhinestone-studded microphone, everything about her screams sheer femininity and Southern charm.  Carrie is the kind of celebrity everyone roots for, so, when it was announced that she and Canadian hockey star, Mike Fisher, were to wed, I immediately looked forward to the celebration!  After checking out the recap of the event, which was held on the tenth of July, I was not disappointed.   This has been one of my favorite celebrity weddings of late!

For such a high-profile celebrity as Carrie, the wedding itself had a humble charm despite the reported 5,000 crystals that were present in the decor.  While surely expensive, the ceremony and following reception were stunning and elegant without being over-the-top and tacky as many celeb weddings so often are.  The affair was dotted with a number of personal details that illustrated the love between Carrie and Mike – things like painted hockey pucks that served as name cards with table assignments and the reading of favorite biblical passages during the ceremony itself.

Escort cards accompanied by painted hockey pucks -- image courtesy of People Magazine

Carrie wore a Monique Lhuillier gown for the ceremony that most definitely suited her soft, girlie style.  While the dress was a little too frilly and reminiscent of a cupcake for my tastes, Carrie most definitely wore it well and it reflected her personality quite accordingly.  Despite my lack of excitement about the gown itself, I love, love, loved the party dress which was another Monique Lhuillier confection.  This number was flirty, feminine, and perfect for dancing the night away.  To complement Carrie’s wedding wardrobe, bridesmaids were clad in floor length blush colored gowns.

Carrie's Ceremony Dress -- courtesy of People Magazine

Carrie's Party Dress -- courtesy of People Magazine

Carrie's sisters, Shanna & Stephanie, in their bridesmaid dresses -- courtesy of People Magazine

Other details of the wedding reception included a beautiful tiara that Mike gave Carrie as a wedding present, a ballroom swathed in crystals and the color pink, a cupcake tower as opposed to a traditional cake, and my favorite detail of all: Ace, Carrie’s Miniature Pinscher, who walked down the aisle clad in a pink tux adorned with Swarovski crystals.

Carrie's tiara -- courtesy of People Magazine

Cupcakes furnished by IveyCake Bakery in Tennessee -- courtesy of People Magazine

Ace all dressed up for the wedding -- courtesy of People Magazine

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Back in Black

This fall, Jenny Craig’s most adorable spokesperson, Valerie Bertinelli, will be heading to the altar for the second time to wed her boyfriend, Tom Vitale, a businessman with whom she has been involved since 2004.  The pair plans to wed in Italy with only one witness in an intimate, private ceremony.  Bertinelli has told People magazine that she will “be wearing black” in contrast to the white confection that she wore to her 1981 wedding to Eddie Van Halen.

Bertinelli in her first wedding dress, image courtesy of strangecosmos.com

As a huge fan of Audrey Hepburn, I am also a huge fan of the classic little black dress (like the ones she so often donned on and off the big screen).  So, hearing that Ms. Bertinelli was in the market for a little black dress of her own, I took it upon myself to choose a few pieces that I think will suit her well.  I decided to pick out some dresses from the Jim Hjelm Occasions collection since the pieces are sweet, fun, and all short in length, so as to flatter the petite 5’2″ figure of Bertinelli.

This simple, strapless look will accentuate Bertinelli's trim figure with a sweet bow detail at the waistline -- courtesy of jlmcouture.com

Ruffles add a flirty, feminine detail to this flattering, empire waist dress -- courtesy of jlmcouture.com

A lace bolero jacket adds formal yet girly flair to a simple strapless a-line look -- courtesy of jlmcouture.com

This style would be my choice if I were to get married in a little black dress. However, with Bertinelli's figure, I would lean towards the other more form-fitting pieces that will better showcase her figure -- courtesy of jlmcouture.com

Jim Hjelm Occasions pieces generally start at $250 and tend to hover around the $300 mark.  For a cheaper solution for bridesmaids, I suggest Wtoo Bridesmaids collection by Watters.  Pieces start around $180.  The look shown below can be purchased for $192 at bestbridalprices.com.

This piece is a great alternative to the Jim Hjelm pieces. The dress comes in at the waistline and includes plenty of figure-flattering tucks -- courtesy of bestbridalprices.com

These pieces are not only great options for Valerie Bertinelli’s wedding attire, they are also perfect for the bride who wishes to outfit her bridesmaids in black  — be it for a black & white themed wedding or just because black truly does look great on everyone!