First Look: Amsale's New Bridal Collection

Sleek lines, smooth fabrics, and fashion-forward silhouettes usually mark Amsale's collections, but texture played a big role in the bridal fashion house's latest designs.

"Luxurious textures run throughout the Amsale collection," the label's inspiration statement explained. "From Lyon Lace to floral jacquards to metallic Chantilly lace. The richness in mixing refined fabrications with Amsale's simple and elegant aesthetic creates a modern regal mood."

Amsale Fall 2015 Floral Wedding Dress

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A sweetheart ball gown and three-dimensional floral jacquard walked the runway and a ruffled mermaid bottoms with silk flowers on the skirt also made an appearance. Plus, we spotted a voluminous a silk organza ball gown with a lace bodice and blooming appliqués on the skirt.

Another fresh take that surprised us (aside from the prevalence of ball gowns as opposed to Amsale's standard sheaths) was another big-skirted number fashioned from metalic lace. The tiers, gilded exterior, and heavy dose of lace was something we haven't seen from Amsale recently.

From some seriously bridal blooms to the big-time skirts, Amsale took a bit of a turn this season. Want to see the rest of the exciting looks? Be sure to check back later for the complete collection in our full slideshow. And, to appease you in the meantime, be sure to follow Brides on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google + for more front-row photos and exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of Bridal Fashion Week.

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Can We Have a Civil Ceremony Now and a Traditional Wedding Later?

There are many reasons why some couples need to have a quick civil ceremony, without the pomp and circumstance. Everything from immigration constraints to military benefits can put a rush order on your "I do." But when you have to hurry the ceremony there's a few people — namely your parents and closest friends — who will likely feel left out. So, what exactly are the rules pertaining to needed legal marriages? Our etiquette experts weigh in to let you know how to handle this logistical necessity.

What should we do if we legally need to have a civil ceremony now, but can't afford a proper wedding? Can we go to city hall but throw a big wedding later on?
You wedding is whatever you want it to be. Because of finances, timing, and life getting in the way, many more couples are holding a civil ceremony, just them two (just look at Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard!), and throwing a larger wedding later on. While a traditional ceremony, after you've already been legal wed may feel like a farce to some, it's of course possible — especially if you'd like to say your vows in front of family and friends, not just in front of the judge at town hall. Just remember, if people begin nagging you about when you're getting married and what your status is, just tell them that you're married but you will be throwing a celebration later on. Some may feel tempted to lie so that the big day feels like the real deal for guests, but you'll inevitably just make them angry. Again, your marriage is whatever you want to make it, having a ceremonial vow-exchange and reception later on is totally acceptable for those with financial or situational constraints.

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First Look: Monique Lhuillier's New Bridal Collection

Monique Lhuillier is known for her ultra-romantic bridal collections, so if you're a fan of the perennially popular designer's dresses, her latest styles will not disappoint. Her Fall 2015 wedding dress collection is reminiscent of her Spring 2015 looks, but features more of an emphasis on the label's classic ladylike vibe.

While yesterday's sneak peek of the collection showed us a draped, white mermaid wedding dress, colorful fabrics and airy silhouettes made an appearance on the runway, too.

This ethereal light purple ball gown, seen above, is the perfect play off of Monique's pastel palette from last season. But along with the non-traditional bridal hue, the dress features gorgeous embellishments and a modern neckline.

The designer's latest offerings prove that two-piece wedding dresses are still ruling the runways (and aisles)! This lace crop top and tea-length skirt are feminine and romantic, but feature just the right amount of edge.

Peach-hued tulle, tons of glimmering embroidery, and a gorgeous illusion back make this one of our favorite gowns that was sent down the runway.

Excited about Monique Lhuillier's Fall 2015 collection as well? Make sure to check back for all of their latest looks in the complete slideshow! And don't forget to follow Brides on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google + for more front-row photos and exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of Bridal Fashion Week.

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See the Pics: Go Inside Blake Lively's Baby Shower!

Blake Lively Baby Bump

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Earlier this week, Blake Lively announced a big update on her end: The former Gossip Girl star is pregnant! And now, she's talking all about having a baby-on-board and the excitement of becoming a mother.

In an essay called "Bringing Up Baby" on her lifestyle-meest-ecommerce site Preserve, Lively shared more photos of her adorable baby bump all the while indulging in all that a first time mother-to-be has on her plate.

Blake Lively Baby Shower Photos

Photo: Eric Lively via Preserve

Blake Lively Baby Shower Photos

Photo: Eric Lively via Preserve

"With a new baby on the way there is so much to do!" Mrs. Reynolds wrote alongside a stream of photos from her baby shower. "But before experiencing the joy of 3am screams, seemingly impossible amounts of poop and having a favorite shirt covered in reflux... there are presents to open, onesies to dye, there is cake to serve, advice to be shared and all around celebration to be had. And that we did..."

See More: Wait. Did We Just See Blake Lively's Wedding Dress?

Blake Lively Baby Bump Photos

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Then, came a flood of pictures detailing their party. Sparkly apples (just like at Lauren Conrad's wedding) decorated the table, alongside an autumnal bundt cake, orange-and-yellow roses, and multicolor leaves. Lively was all smiles with her friends — two of which are also pregnant — and their children. The friends tie-dyed and decorated onesies together, noshed on delicious eats, and opened presents full of vintage-looking wooden toys. As Lively also mentioned, it looks like they all shared advice to calm any of this first time mom's nerves.

While it seems like Lively is getting ready for baby, we wonder what Mr. Reynolds has been up to?

Read more: See the Pics: Go Inside Blake Lively's Baby Shower!

First Look: Naeem Khan's New Bridal Collection

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Naeem Khan has a way with wedding dresses — particularly making each piece look like its one of a kind. And for his Fall 2015 show, which he titled "A Winter Garden," he continued to pull out all of the stops. This year, fringe played a major role in his range. Whether it's the Ostrich feather-hemmed bottom to a beaded mini dress, the silver beaded fringe shift with an illusion neckline, or the scalloped white fringe dress with yet another illusion neckline.

Aside from the dangling metallic beads, though, were plenty of his famed floral motifs — in the form of beads, and threadwork — and intricate embellishments. This collection was a bit more romantic, with twinkling lace bodice topping a tulle mermaid skirt and another drop-waist trumpet with baroque-style beading and, again, the nearly standardized illusion neckline.

And while many of the flower and vine details created a whimsical air, there was plenty of glam in this collection, too, including modern takes on flapper-esque styles (as in, the fringe we raved about above), the many mini Ostrich feather skirts, and the dazzling metallic vertical and circular beads that make us reminisce about the Roaring '20s.

If you want to shimmer and shake in Naeem's latest iteration of gorgeous gowns, check back soon for the complete collection. And while you wait, be sure to follow Brides on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google + for more front-row photos and exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of Bridal Fashion Week.

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Everything You Need to Know About Eloping

Wedding planning can be overwhelming, which is why more and more couples are choosing to elope. But gone are the days of young couples sneaking out in the middle of the night to secretly wed. These days, elopements are planned weddings with just the two of you. Many brides choose to still hire photographer, buy their dream dress, and jet off to an alluring locale with the officiant of their choice. So what are the rules for this new-found form of nuptials? Our etiquette experts are here to answer all of the common questions about eloping.

If I choose to elope, can I still celebrate with family and friends afterward?
If you're family and friends really want to celebrate with you following your elopement, there's no reason why they can't throw you some sort of reception. However, usually people elope to avoid a big party, so maybe convince your parents to do something more low-key and intimate. If not a formal reception, a house party or nice dinner could be a good way to ring in this new union.

Is it rude to have a small, city hall wedding with no reception if we can afford a bigger celebration?
Not at all, especially if that's what you want! Remember, this is you and your groom's day, it should be about you two and what you want, not what your friends or family are pressuring you to do. If you don't want to field questions from family and friends, though, don't mention until anything after your "I do," and be sure to mark in your announcements that it was an elopement rather than a traditional wedding. This way, they'll feel less left out.

Read more: Everything You Need to Know About Eloping

Front Row at Bridal Fashion Week: The Best Looks from Day One

Angel Sanchez and Theia Fall 2015 Wedding Dresses

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Bridal Fashion Week kicked off in New York City! Designers like Monique Lhuillier, Marchesa, Reem Acra, Carolina Herrera, Amsale, and more will debut their latest wedding dress collections, and Brides Fashion Director Rachel Leonard will be in the front row for every single show. As part of an ongoing fashion week series, Rachel will spotlight her favorite looks from the day to give our readers insider access to the wedding world's most gorgeous gowns. Angel Sanchez, Houghton, Delphine Manivet, and Theia were some of the standout shows on day one. Here are Rachel's favorite looks from each collection.

Angel Sanchez (Above, left): This gorgeous ball gown wedding dress stood out not only for its illusion lace details, but for the unique take on the twisted bodice. Like the rest of Sanchez's collection, this look demonstrates how to turn a classic style into something entirely fresh and contemporary.

Theia (Above, right): With Mongolian-inspired styles, Theia's latest collection is the epitome of winter chic. Filled with cable knits, cashmere, and cozy separates, this collection is ripe for cold-weather nuptials.

Delphine Manivet and Houghton Fall 2015 Wedding Dresses

Photos: John Aquino

Delphine Manivet (Above, left): The entire '70-chic collection is filled with plenty of capes, boho-inspired styles, and simple yet gorgeous looks for the boho bride including this delicate sheath topped off with a statement hat.

Houghton (Above, right): Like Delphine Manivet, Houghton brought us back to the '70s with cool-girl bridal looks. Case in point: This fluttering pink sheath, paired with a motorcycle jacket.

For more front-row photos and exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of Bridal Fashion Week, follow Brides on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google +.

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Wait, Is Cameron Diaz Engaged to Benji Madden?

Are Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden Engaged

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Could Cameron Diaz finally be settling down with Good Charlotte's Benji Madden? In July we reported that rumors were swirling that the unlikely (but totally adorable!) duo were considering marriage, and now it seems like the couple is officially ready to take the plunge.

According to the Daily Mail Diaz has been spotted twice this week with a diamond ring on the fourth finger of her left hand! While it's not necessarily the most traditional looking engagement ring, the figure eight shaped yellow gold and diamond ring, seen in the photo above, feels like the type of bridal bling the blonde beauty would rock. It's a little unconventional but still romantic — just like her relationship with Madden.

See More: From the Red Carpet to the Aisle: Steal Cameron Diaz's Wedding-Worthy Emilio Pucci Dress

Although they've only been dating since April, Diaz and Madden have been moving their relationship along rather quickly. But even their closest family and friends have nothing but good words to say about their relationship. In July, Nicole Richie, Madden's sister-in-law, spoke about the budding relationship on Watch What Happens Live. "I approve of anything that's going to make Benji happy. I'm a devoted sister-in-law," she said. "I'm happy for anyone who is happy, and I want everyone to be surrounded with love."

It wouldn't be a total surprise if the singer did pop the question. Just last month Madden made it no secret that he's ready to start a family. He told Details that a family is "what every man wants, whether they admit it or not."

"I did relationship damage to myself in my twenties. That's what your twenties are for. You learn, and then you apply it in your thirties," Madden said.

Whether or not a wedding is in their immediate plans, it seems like this couple is doing everything right!

Read more: Wait, Is Cameron Diaz Engaged to Benji Madden?

First Look: Marchesa's New Bridal Collection

Forever feminine, Marchesa is built on girly details and stylish silhouettes. For Fall 2015, the brains behind the bridal brand (Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig) introduced new cuts such as dropped-waist tea-length numbers and high-low hems, plus colors like rich champagnes and ombré flowers.

"Re-embroidered crystal tops layer tulle bustiers and full flowing tulle skirts," the collection statement described of the elegant range. A few other fun additions? Peplum jackets with a regal, high collar, and our favorite: detachable capes worn over dainty sheaths.

For the bride looking for a second dress or a LWD, Marchesa offered ruffled tea-length shifts and flouncy high-low hems fastened in silk organza and chiffon.

Chapman and Craig, though, stuck to their classic aesthetic, too. One sweeping embroidered lace mermaid with short sleeves would make any Marchesa bride happy, as would it's counterpart, a strapless lace mermaid with a voluminous tulle trumpet skirt.

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The finishing touch? Flowers! Marchesa adorned the models' hair with dainty baby's breath blooms. Watch the look come to life in the above video!

Want to see more from Marchesa's Fall 2015 collection? Be sure to check back for the complete slideshow! And don't forget to follow Brides on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google + for more front-row photos and exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of Bridal Fashion Week.

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10 Minutes with Rita Vinieris of Rivini

10 Minutes with Rita Vinieris of Rivini

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Rita Vinieris debuts her new Spring/Summer 2015 collection for Rivini this afternoon at the Park Hyatt in New York City as part of Bridal Fashion Week, and we sat down with the designer before the show to hear all about her inspiration, her unique in-house embroideries, and what to expect from the exciting new collection.

The designer is inspired by all things beautiful.
"I'm always inspired by the social, cultural moment in which I create a new collection," Vineris says. "Anything beautiful that my eyes come across can inspire the collection — architecture, travel, an accumulation of everything I see in my life." Vinieris designs for a particular bride, describing her customer as, "confident, with her own personal style, she's quite cultured, and she's got a bit of an edge. She's looking for a gown that expresses her personal style."

The new season is all about "quiet seduction, mixed with architectural romance."
"At the moment I love working with all the light and airy fabrics, I love all the different types of organza — everyone thinks there is only one kind of organza! Everything we do is silk, so I like mixing different fabric weights with beautiful French laces and nets," says the designer. "

See More: Browse Rivini's Latest Bridal Collection

You won't find Rivini's embroideries anywhere else.
"We do all of the embroideries for Rivini ourselves, through a combination of threadwork and mixing different elements, like some chalky stones and irregular beads, and unique crystals woven into the embroideries," explains the designer.

Vinieris celebrates the sleeve.
Asked about her favorite bridal trends, the designer exclaimed, "I love that sleeves have come back!" She called sleeves, "refreshing," noting that designing around the perennial strapless trend had become a bit tired.

See More: Watch: Our Past Interview with Rita Vinieris

Her top styling tip? Step away from Pinterest.
"Take a step back and think about who you are, and what your personal style truly is," recommends the designer. "It's really easy to get carried away with different wedding hairstyles and makeup for weddings that you might see on Pinterest." She adds, "Don't get carried away by a trend. If you don't typically put your hair up when you go to a formal event, I would leave it down for your wedding."

Your color theme should be an expression of your personal style, not just a color story.
The designer's style logic about wedding hairstyles also applies to bridesmaids dresses, too, "If you don't wear pastels when you go out, don't put your bridesmaids in pastels. Your color theme should also be an expression of your personal style, not just a color story. If you typically are into wearing beautiful neutrals, put your bridal party in a beautiful neutral palette, or if you love to wear bright colors yourself, consider putting your bridesmaids in your favorite shades. It's about carrying your sense of style in every detail you do throughout your wedding day."

Read more: 10 Minutes with Rita Vinieris of Rivini

First Look: Claire Pettibone's New Bridal Collection

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"Gothic Angel" couldn't be a more apt name for Claire Pettibone's latest wedding dress collection. The queen of bohemian couture looked to the heavenly skies for inspiration this season, drawing inspiration from iconic cathedrals like Notre Dame, Westminster Abbey, and St. Patrick's.

For her 20th anniversary runway show, Pettibone played with a lot of delicate metallic details. Gold tasseled fleur-de-lis's and silver sequins added some glam, while sky blue and black lace added depth to the looks, creating a similar effect to stained glass.

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Pettibone's range, though, remained inherently ethereal. Angelic ribbons trailed one lace sheath, while many of the dresses looked as though they had wings thanks to voluminous sheer sleeves. A cathedral-length veil was paired with one shimmering lace mermaid number, and three other silver-spotted lace creations glistened down the runway. But it wouldn't be a Claire Pettibone show without some insane backs, which the designer delivered in the form of opulent lace appliqués over illusion backs.

Love Claire Pettibone's latest collection? Check back to see each look in our complete slideshow! In the meantime, follow Brides on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google + for more front-row photos and exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of Bridal Fashion Week.

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The Best Celebrity Bridal Beauty Looks of the Week

Best Celebrity Beauty Looks Gwyneth Paltrow, Keira Knightly, Emmy Rossum

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Emmy Rossum rocks a statement lip, Gwyneth Paltrow has the beach blonde look down pat, and Keira Knightley is the epitome of a glowing, shiny-haired bride. Here, the red carpet beauty looks we loved this week.

Emmy Rossum at the Los Angeles Premiere of You're Not You: Want to venture beyond the classic red lip for your big day? Try Rossum's black-tie hair and makeup with a twist: magenta lips. (We also love this bold color juxtaposed with her jaw-dropping purple chandelier earrings — a great way to infuse color into an otherwise all-white ensemble.) Brown, smoky eye makeup intensify her eyes, and glossy, side-swept waves make her ready to walk down the aisle, er, red carpet.

See more: 4 NYFW Hair & Makeup Looks to Steal For Your Big Day

Gwyneth Paltrow at the Hollywood Costume Luncheon: Planning a laid back, destination wedding? Take a tip from Paltrow and go for sleek, easy locks, bronzer, and light pink lipstick. (She even shows us what it will look like with a white dress!) A quick tip? Use a frizz-fighting serum on damp locks to ensure your hair doesn't curl up halfway through the ceremony.

Keira Knightley at the London Film Festival: It's not hard to tell that Knightley's warm, luminous makeup was inspired by her gold Valentino Haute Couture gown. (Side note: That's exactly how you should create your big-day look, too! Start with your wedding dress and then find hair and makeup ideas that work with it.) Knightley's thick, Audrey Hepburn-like eyebrows are played up to frame her face, and gold eye shadow applied from her upper lids to her inner corners create a bright, wide-eyed effect. Blush concentrated on her cheekbones gives her complexion a burst of warmth, and rose-tinged lips perfect her pout. Oh, and if you look closely, you can see a few strategically placed golden highlights in her hair, which add depth to her voluminous waves. Perfection.

Read more: The Best Celebrity Bridal Beauty Looks of the Week

An Unexpected Wedding Color Palette: Desert Neutrals

Desert Neutral Wedding Color Palette

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It's no secret that casual, rustic weddings have become increasingly popular amongst brides and grooms-to-be. But say you favor that laid-back aesthetic but prefer to channel it in a more refined style, then you should consider a wedding color palette (and theme) that showcases desert neutrals.

This blend of southwestern details and the prettiest palette of barely-there hues in shades of beige, gold, peach, and cream makes for a chic affair. To help inspire your own bash of desert neutrals, we pulled together an inspiration board that will help get your creative juices flowing. From dusty colored accessories, like a suede bootie and dainty wedding bands in shimmering rose gold, to desert-inspired reception details, like a three-tiered wedding cake and feather coasters, we have everything you need to get your planning off on the right foot.

See More: 5 Pretty Ways to Decorate Your Bride and Groom Chairs

Don't be scared to go bold with these details — a cool tepee at cocktail hour or as your photo backdrop may feel like overkill in theory, but when you see just how gorgeous it looks in your wedding photos, you'll be glad you took our advice.

Want even more genius wedding ideas? We partnered with Gartner Studios to create gorgeous (and shoppable!) inspiration boards that will help inspire your own wedding style. Check them out here!

Above: 1. Cake, $11 per slice (serves 80), Wild Orchid Baking Company; 2. Bracelets, gold-plated with cubic zirconia, $248 each, Melinda Maria; 3. Metal Hurricanes, from $7.99 each, Target; 4. Wedding Bands, from $495 each, Anna Sheffield; 5. "Piper" wedding invitation, $1,240 for 100, Bella Figura; 6. Lipstick in Delight, $33, Dolce & Gabbana; 7. Wedding Dress, raw-edged organza gown, price upon request, J. Mendel; 8. Earrings, rose-gold-plated, $225, Arme De L'amour; 9. Arrows, Cody Foster & Co.; 10. Bouquet, $250, Paz Gaete for Jenevieve LLC, 646-298-4832; 11. Coaster, $15 for a mixed set of 16, Haute Papier; 12. Calligraphy, from $1.50, Everly Calligraphy; 13. Naked Flushed Makeup Palette in Strip, $30, Urban Decay; 14. Suede Heels, $995, Alejandro Ingelmo

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First Look: Reem Acra's New Bridal Collection

The name of the game at Reem Acra this season? Flower power, and lots of it. Of course, it wouldn't be a Reem Acra show without lovely lace and feminine silhouettes — which, this Fall 2015 collection, had plenty.

Called "Let There Be Light," Reem Acra infused current trends (such as crop tops and a touch of color and even a metallic strapless dress, with an Angelina-style slit) with tried-and-true classics. A traditional element, which was a bit surprising from the designer of soft intricately embellished pieces, was richer ball gown skirts. Yet, even for the fuller pieces crafted from thicker fabrics, there was a delicate finish with petals of flowers and shimmering trains made of silk georgette trailing behind.

Every detail was as intricate and ornate has her past collections. The laces were re-embroidered and hand-stitched throughout the bodices and along the hem's edges, while crystal beads created a beautiful bridal glow. Shapes were a bit more revealing, with the slit, as mentioned above, sheer cutouts and exposed corsetry.

Flower crowns took new meaning with the 'dos at this runway show. Each look was not only outfitted with a plethora of pretty petals, blooms were pinned in the hairdo and as a halo around an actual crown. Even belts were made from the cascading florals!

If you want to see this collection in full bloom (sorry, we had to!), make sure to check back for the complete slideshow! And, while you're at it, follow Brides on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google + for more front-row photos and exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of Bridal Fashion Week.

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What Honeymoon? George Clooney Crashes Comic Con and Talks About His New Wife Amal Alamuddin!

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin wedding

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Did you really think that George Clooney, the renegade actor, humanitarian, and newlywed, would really go on a honeymoon? Even though he married barrister fiancée Amal Alamuddin a mere 12 days ago, he's since jumped straight back into work.

First up: A surprise appearance at New York Comic Con during a panel for his next movie, Tomorrowland! Clooney wasn't expected to attend the event due to his recent nuptials and presumed honeymoon, something he referenced after an ovation ended. "It is not lost on me that I'm spending my honeymoon at Comic Con," he joked. "On top of my honeymoon, it is my first Comic Con," he added.

Though it's unclear if his appearance interrupted his post-wedding getaway or if he and Alamuddin even had a honeymoon. There's no word on his new wife's feeling on the work-related trip, but with her equally busy schedule, we're sure she didn't mind!

See More: Check Out Amal Alamuddin's Oscar de la Renta Wedding Dress!

Speaking of Alamuddin, her makeup artist recently spoke out on how the newlywed got the perfect legs and beauty looks that she showed off all wedding weekend. London-based celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury dished the secret to Us Weekly. "I used Supermodel Body [shimmer lotion] on her legs, which looked amazing in the pictures," Tilbury said. "It really sort of shapes and contours and highlights her incredible limbs that she has and that worked amazingly because we had quite a few short dresses."

As for Alamuddin's picture perfect smile? "We used a lot of my revolutionary matte lipsticks; we used (a fiery red) Bond Girl, and (a berry tinted rose) Walk of Shame," Tilbury shared.

Tilbury explained the other products she used for the big day. "We used the blushes, the Love Glow blushes to really contour her face and highlight her cheek bones. I gave her a dusty, bronzy kind of glow. We used a little bit of my Sophisticate palette on the eyes and my Full Fat Lashes mascara."

Read more: What Honeymoon? George Clooney Crashes Comic Con and Talks About His New Wife Amal Alamuddin!

4 Ways to Celebrate Your First Wedding Anniversary Like a Celebrity

4 Ways to Celebrate Your First Anniversary

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There is an entire list of traditional gifts you can give your spouse for your wedding anniversary, but why not celebrate the momentous occasion in a way that is as unique as you are as a couple? Whether you decide on a grandiose gesture or something a bit more private, here are four ideas for wedding anniversary celebrations with a little help from some of our favorite celebrities.

Throw a themed party with your closest friends and family.
Everyone loves a good party and if your wedding reception was even the least bit fun, we guarantee that all those in attendance will want to do it again — in a smaller capacity of course. Nothing says celebration like a theme, so pick something lively and easy to plan with your spouse and make dressing up for the moment mandatory. The guest list can be short comprised of your closest friends and family who you know will get into the mood. Mandy Moore did just that for her 5th wedding anniversary to Ryan Adams — they threw a '50s-prom themed bash with fun hats to top off their ensembles.

Go for bling.
Diamonds aren't just a girl's best friend — men happen to really love them too. Though a pretty penny has already been spent on your engagement ring and wedding bands, jewelry is always an amazing gift. For their first wedding anniversary, Chad Kroeger gifted Avril Lavigne with a 17-carat emerald cut stunner. No need to go that big the first time around, but if you can, show how much you care with a piece that sparkles just as much as your love. Your spouse will be able to wear it everywhere and remember you wherever he or she goes.

See More: Grandma Knows Best: Wise Women Reveal Their Secrets to Staying (Happily) Married

Bring the pampering into your home.
Anniversaries are personal, thus leaving the hustle and bustle of a public celebration behind is more than warranted. There are so many ways to keep the moment private, especially when you consider a bit of in-home pampering. Hiring a masseuse or chef for some quality time spent together is a great way to relax and unwind and begin your next year of marriage peacefully. Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson hired a chef for his and husband Justin Miskita's first anniversary — a delicious gift!

The sky is the limit.
Go above and beyond when it comes to celebrating your love! The sky is truly the limit and you can take it there with a hot air balloon ride or by taking a cue from Portia de Rossi who hired a skywriter to sprawl "Six" across the sky for her sixth wedding anniversary with Ellen DeGeneres.

How are you celebrating your wedding anniversary this year? Tweet us @BRIDES!

Read more: 4 Ways to Celebrate Your First Wedding Anniversary Like a Celebrity

Puerto Vallarta: Romantic Wedding & Honeymoon Destination + Giveaway

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A destination that offers everything from gorgeous beaches to a beautiful city full of charm and history. Sounds like a pipe dream? You might want to check out Puerto Vallarta!

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is one of those truly unique places on earth that offers a winning combination of breathtaking natural scenery, exciting activities and rich culture. Add to the mix spectacular sunsets and you’ll see why Puerto Vallarta is the perfect place for an unforgettable destination wedding, honeymoon or dream vacation. Speaking of dream vacations, how does a romantic getaway to this tropical paradise sound to you? Read on to see how you can win a holiday for two at the excellent Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort.

What to do in Puerto Vallarta

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Located in one of the most beautiful bays in the world, Puerto Vallarta is a vibrant destination with something to offer for everyone. From exhilarating daytime activities – including the latest in ecotourism and extreme adventure — to lively nightly entertainment, there is a host of wonderful experiences to be had in Puerto Vallarta.

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The Sierra Madre Mountains and sparkling emerald green waters of the Pacific Ocean provide a stunning backdrop for visitors to enjoy thrilling beachside activities or a leisurely stroll along the Malecon promenade, where shops, sidewalk cafes and restaurants abound.

If you’re a fan of art, check out the charming Old Town (Zona Romantica), which is dotted with art galleries. For an outstanding dining experience, book a table at the renowned Cafe des Artistes by Thierry Blouet, which dishes out gourmet delights in a lush setting.

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From golf to snorkeling (the beautiful Bay of Banderas is teeming with marine wildlife), whale watching to sunset sailing, you can look forward to a memorable, fun-filled time in Puerto Vallarta.

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And to top it all off, Vallarta’s endless beaches mean that there’s always a spot for you and your partner to chill out and enjoy an incredible view of the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean.

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Hilton Puerto Vallarta

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Hilton Puerto Vallarta is an all-inclusive beachfront resort, ideally located just minutes away from the airport, city center, and the cruise port. Guests at the Hilton Puerto Vallarta can enjoy panoramic views of Banderas Bay and the Sierra Madres while taking advantage of a range of activities and entertainment options included with their stay at the resort. There are four on-site dining outlets and two bars, including the striking adults-only O’West lounge. To unwind, guests can book a spa treatment at Spa Ki or simply soak in the views of the beach and the Pacific Ocean from the infinity-edge pool.

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Weddings in Puerto Vallarta

Weddings in Puerto Vallarta are always a beautiful affair (the stunning locale helps!), but if you need help with the planning, you can always engage in of one of Vallarta’s experienced wedding planners, who will look after every detail, including the caterer, musicians, photographer, justice of the peace, and paperwork. Read more about Weddings and Honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta.

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Giveaway: Puerto Vallarta Romantic Getaway

We’re really excited to announce that the good people at Puerto Vallarta are giving away a romantic 4-day/3-night stay for two adults at the Hilton Puerto Vallarta. For a chance to win this amazing prize*, you simply need to enter your details using form below by October 30 2014. Good luck!

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Pallas Couture 2015 Wedding Dresses

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Happy Friday! International fans of Pallas Couture, have we got some exciting news for you!

Pallas Couture, one of Australia’s top bridal couturiers, is debuting their 2015 ‘La Promesse’ bridal collection at the New York International Bridal Fashion Week this weekend. The showcase will enable retailers from both America and globally to stock the brand, meaning brides from around the world will now have access to Pallas’ signature gowns for the very first time.

Founded in 2001 by Joy Morris, Pallas Couture is renowned for luxe gowns with feminine silhouettes and intricate lace and embellishments, which combine traditional elements of bridal couture with a high fashion sensibility. The latest collection is absolutely stunning!

“The 2015 collection has drawn inspiration from the captivating yet fragile beauty of iconic English model Jean Shrimpton, channeling her beautiful softness with an ethereal-like strength hidden beneath, exploring the idea of transparency but with a luminescent glow.” All the gowns in this collection are handcrafted in-house using the finest quality French laces, silks and Italian embroideries.

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Million Dollar Listing Josh Altman Reveals the Real Reason He Postponed His Wedding

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Don't fret, Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles fans! While Josh Altman and fiancé Heather Bilyeu may have recently postponed their wedding, they are by no means having relationship troubles.

In an interview with Us Weekly, the reality couple revealed the real reason they called off their wedding. "You won't hear this very often, but it was probably the best thing for our relationship," Altman, a superstar realtor and one of MDLLA's leading men, told Us. "At the end of the day I think we kind of forgot who the wedding was for, and when you have cameras following you around most of the year — for the last four years — you forget that at the end of the day that's gonna live a lot longer than Million Dollar Listing. It's about us, and at the end of the day, that's what was most important to us."

"Yeah, it turned into a story line as opposed to a wedding, and that didn't sit well with us. It's about a marriage, not just a wedding," Bilyeu, also an agent, added.

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Since calling off their July 2014 nuptials, they haven't set a new date yet. But they're still very much in love and Bilyeu is still very much toting that gigantic rock Altman presented her last year. They'll likely opt for a smaller, private celebration, but also haven't completely ruled out televising their "I dos," either.

"We first met on the show so we really owe Million Dollar Listing and Bravo so much for introducing us and our fans have been so good to us and really supportive and love watching the little bit of our personal life on the show," Bilyeu said.

"People heard that our wedding was postponed and immediately it went to, 'They're done, they broke up,'"Altman explained. "We just didn't have the time. We were trying to fit it on to the show because we love the show."

One thing they are very much ready to do? Have babies! Well, at least that's what Altman constantly asks about. "This guy is trying to hit me up for babies. Left and right," Bilyeu confessed.

Read more: Million Dollar Listing Josh Altman Reveals the Real Reason He Postponed His Wedding

The Best Nail Polish Shades for a Fall Wedding

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Getting married this fall? Save the hot-pink nail polishes for your honeymoon. Instead, try one of these cool new autumnal shades. From moody neutrals to shimmery metallics, we've got the perfect shade for your wedding manicure.

Essie Nail Polish in Take it Outside: This sleek, cool-girl taupe looks flattering on any skin tone, with any color of gown. $8.50, available at Essie

Michael Kors Sporty Coquette Nail Lacquer: Think of it as nude 2.0: The neutral rose-gold shade has hints of shimmer, which catch the light beautifully. Get ready for that ring selfie! $18, available at Michael Kors

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OPI Nail Lacquer in Thank Glogg It's Friday: Upgrade your everyday red to this deep berry shade, which pops big-time against a fall bouquet. $9.50, available at Ulta

Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Take the A Train This opaque, sparkly pewter is right at home at a glam wedding. Think of it as the perfect accent for that show-stopping gown. $20, available at Deborah Lippmann

Dior Vernis Gel Shine and Long Wear in Carre Bleu: Classic, versatile navy works equally well at a yacht club wedding, a colorful garden affair, or a modern, whimsical bash. For extra wow factor, paint a thin strip of white along the tips for an unexpected reverse French mani. $25, available at Sephora

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Sonia Kashuk Nail Colour in On the HuntL If you've been rocking pastels all summer, give hunter green a try: It feels just as fresh, but with an edgy fall twist. (Bonus: It looks especially amazing when you're holding pink flowers!) $5, available at Target

Smith and Cult Nailed Lacquer in Tenderoni: Move over, greige! Raisin-hues are the perfect compromise for offbeat brides who love purple, but don't want to go too deep for their wedding day. $18, available at C.O. Bigelow

Read more: The Best Nail Polish Shades for a Fall Wedding

First Look: Zac Posen's New Bridal Collection

If there's one thing you can count on from Zac Posen (who's pictured above with Brides Editor in Chief Keija Minor), it's an impeccably tailored, ultra-glamorous gown. For his third season producing a coveted wedding dress collection for David's Bridal, Posen continued to incorporate the best from his red carpet tenure into stunning aisle-ready gowns. The finished product, unsurprisingly, is ultra-sophisticated, timeless wedding dresses that incorporate some art deco details and classically feminine lines.

While his overall, instantly recognizable aesthetic remained the same, there were some new details to note. He took his signature visible seams to the next level with cross-diagonal ribbons on the bodice of one gown, and an incredible amount of converging lines another lace one. If it weren't for the romantic florals underneath, you'd think the triangular piping was a close-up look at the Chrysler building. The pin-tucked, geometric tailoring provides a vintage air with the added, flattering bonus of texture.

It was exciting to see the king of satin play around with lace this season, too. Of course, while he dabbled with the oh-so-popular illusion necklines and soft, flowing lace mermaids, he stayed true to himself: Even the most bohemian of his designs featured plenty of 1930s-inspired elements such as a bustier-style bust, pin-tucked pleats, and architectural lines featured throughout. 

It wouldn't be Zac Posen, though, without one satin stunner. This season, it came in the form of a bustled ball gown with a corset-like bodice. Show-stopper, indeed.

Love what you're seeing so far from Zac Posen's latest wedding dress collection for David's Bridal? Be sure to check back for our complete slideshow! And don't forget to follow Brides on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google + for more front-row photos and exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of Bridal Fashion Week.

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First Look: Theia's New Bridal Collection

When Don O'Neill, the Creative Director of Theia, told us that his upcoming collection would feature lots of luxe Mongolian wool and cashmere, we knew we were in for a treat. And we couldn't have been more right.

At the start of the show, O'Neill told us that his bride was set in the Mongolian mountains and was a daughter of a shepherd, bundled up in textured layers of the warmer weather fabrics such as felted wool. Turns out the cashmere in his Fall 2015 collection came from a company called Naadam, which sources socially responsible cashmere straight from Mongolian shepherds.

As for the dresses themselves, they evoked nothing short of a winter wonderland with a few special on-trend twists. A few highlights included a cashmere crop-top sweater, embellished with beads, atop a flowing silk chiffon skirt, and a cable-knit turtleneck gown. The embellishments made each model look like a snow queen, with thin crystal beads, fringe, and sequins creating the illusion of icicles. Any lace used wasn't your average romantic bridal fabric — this season, Theia went with heavy, Venice winter lace to make its wintry range even warmer.

@theiaprchick's #BridalFashionWeek show mixed snowy Mongolian elements with traditional Irish flair, and we think this cozy #winterwedding dress shows it perfectly! Photo: @laurenfrankfort #BridesBFW #BridesFashionWeek

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Aside from including contemporary faves like crop tops, there were also plenty of ethereal trailing sheer trains and colored dresses like a blue set of separates and a printed purple and gray chiffon stunner. And we can't forget the finale, a voluminous Mongolian lamb poncho worn over a Venice lace mermaid gown for an ultra chic (and cozy!) finish.

Did we mention there were crazy fishtail braids too? That's a hairstyle definitely worthy trying for your wedding.

Want to see more of Theia's wintry collection? See the complete slideshow here! And don't forget to follow Brides on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google + for more front-row photos and exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of Bridal Fashion Week.

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Is Snooki Finally Getting Married?

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi of MTV's Jersey Shore fame has been engaged to fiancé Jionni Lavalle since March 2012, and after the birth of her two children (Lorenzo, 2, and Giovanna Marie, 1 month) these two proud parents are ready to make their union official.

In April, the Daily Mail reported that Snooki and Jionni had set an October 2014 wedding date, meaning these two will tie the knot within the next three weeks! "Basically, me and Jionni are doing what people do in a lifetime in four months," Snooki told NJ.com in August. "With getting married, having a baby... a second baby. Moving into our dream house. It's just insane."

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After Snooki's Great Gatsby-inspired bridal shower, it's clear that the couple is still planning to host a '20s-themed wedding day. NJ.com reports that the bride will don a "a classic, vintage-type look" without even a hint of her signature leopard! "I know a lot of people when they thought of me getting married or when they heard it for the first time, they were like, 'Okay, she's probably going to wear a leopard dress or something very gaudy. And to be honest with you, I'm kind of over that leopard stage," the pint-sized reality star said.

As for their venue, it appears the Venetian in Garfield, New Jersey will be the site of their ceremony and reception. Although Toniann Bottignoli, the Venetian's Director of Dales, would not confirm whether or not the duo would tie the knot there, city officials for the town accidentally did. In early September, Garfield drafted a new ordinance that regulated filming in the city, which outlines that permits need to be obtained in order to film on any sidewalk or street within the town's jurisdiction. And, as luck would have it, MTV Productions reportedly approached the town earlier this year to get permission to shoot.

It sounds like we won't have to wait much longer to see what Snooki and Jionni have in store for their wedding day after all!

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A Wedding Reception Trend We Love: Long, Banquet-Style Dinner Tables

The vibe of your wedding reception greatly depends on how the evening is organized, and one of the easiest ways to make your party feel welcoming and warm is with your wedding tables. The trend of long, banquet-style tables has gained popularity amongst brides and grooms. Not only do they look absolutely stunning, but they're also a great way to make even the largest wedding feel super intimate. There are countless ways to bring this trend to life at your wedding reception, but we found six examples we really love.

Nestled under twinkling café lights, the neutral-hued, long table seen above is as inviting as it is romantic. Centerpieces play off the lush greenery that bookends the space, and simple dinnerware paired with dark wood chairs keeps the eye moving along the length of the table.

This couple decorated their long, winding table with tons of colorful accents, like multicolored blooms, bright glassware, and custom sun-dyed placemats. One perk with going with a super-windy style? It means each guest has a few more people in their eye-line to chat with over dinner. This gorgeous reception table was tucked around the bend of a private road and hidden from guests during the ceremony so the picture-perfect space would be a complete surprise.

This gorgeous long dinner table doesn't need much to dress it up — the couple stuck with simple arrangements of airy baby's breath and mismatched vintage plates for a casual-chic look that feels fitting for an inclusive table design.

If keeping your guests closely aquatinted with nature is key to your wedding aesthetic, consider a table like this Ohio couple did. Wound through trees and set with neutral white linens and dinnerware, this gorgeous table is a winner. Still a little fearful of having just one long table during your reception (or feel like you have too many guests to seat at just one table)? Consider several longer tables like this couple did. Decorated with floral table runners, this is a way to make the trend work even if you prefer your tables broken up.

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