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Reese & Jim’s Down Home Delight

Reese's pink gown featured a corseted lace bodice and elegant floral-detailed bow at the waist, which complemented her daughter's gown. -- imgs courtesy of People magazine.

On March 26th at her Ojai, California ranch, Reese Witherspoon followed her two children, Ava and Deacon, down the aisle on her father’s arm to meet her loving groom, talent agent Jim Toth atop a bed of fragrant lavender.  The foursome looked stunning, with Jim and Deacon in dapper gray suits by Rag & Bone and Reese and Ava in soft blush gowns which were custom made by Monique Lhuillier.  The ceremony was set to the strum of a bluegrass band that played the traditional bridal march in addition to twangier tunes such as “Tennessee Waltz” and “Keep on the Sunny Side of Life.”

The reception, planned by Yifat Oren, was described by a guest to be “down-to-earth and beautiful.”  From the wooden farm tables topped with cream runners and wildflowers to the flickering glow of candles in mason jars, there was plenty of country charm to be found.  The menu included down-on-the-farm favorites as well as Orange Mint Juleps, which gave a nod to local Ojai citrus and Reese’s Southern roots.  Keeping in line with the down-home feel, dessert included s’mores and late night snacks included pizza and grilled cheese.

Though plenty of a-listers were present, Reese and Jim’s celebration remained simple and sweet without the fussiness that is soften a trademark of Hollywood weddings.

Click on the image above to learn how to make orange mint juleps similar to the ones served at Reese & Jim's wedding -- img courtesy of recipe.com.

Reese opted to wear these elegant platform "Macy" sandals by Jimmy Choo for her walk down the aisle. -- img courtesy of Glamour Weddings.


Sheerly Stunning

Sometimes the best fashion statements are the ones that we borrow from the past.  The currently trendy illusion neckline is a look that was popular in the 1950’s and now seems to be sticking.  Created using a sheer fabric, often organza or tulle, the illusion neckline shows skin without being overtly and brings to mind a classic, antique feel.

This vintage style has been updated by bridal designers to fit the needs of the modern brides while still maintaining the elegance of its original incarnations.  The look has been adapted to suit a number of gown silhouettes including v-necks, one-shouldered looks, or even three-quarter sleeved gowns.  Some more provocative gowns even include sheer backs, carrying over the illusion style.

While many brides opt for the traditional unadorned illusion neckline, there are also plenty of options for those with a more contemporary aesthetic.  For a touch of whimsy, the Christos collection offers a v-neck style with polka dots coating the sheer straps.  On the sexier side, Monique Lhuillier created a figure-hugging off-the-shoulder gown with sheer, ruched three-quarter length sleeves.

So whether you’re interested into paying homage to antiquity or adding a fresh twist of modernity, take a look at the options that are out there and see if an illusion neckline could be the perfect detail for you.

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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