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Utterly Romantic Ballroom Wedding at the St. Regis

Eleni and Brett’s 12-year love story deserved a wedding day of epic proportions. And thanks to a vendor crew including A. Dominick Events and Edge Flowers, that’s exactly what they got. Bonnie Sen photographed their perfectly classic celebration at the St. Regis and the bride’s most memorable moment of the evening included asking her new husband how much time they had left of the perfect day. “Without pause, he replied, all the time in the world.”


“I turned to my husband and asked how much time do we have left?

Without pause, he replied, all the time in the world.

-Eleni, The Bride


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From the Bride…When you’ve been together with someone for twelve years, marrying your best friend and planing your dream wedding is pretty easy and really fun.

Our wedding day was exactly what we wanted and hoped it would be. The love, kindness, and company of our family and close friends made the weekend truly special and unforgettable. We started the wedding celebrations with an intimate rehearsal dinner at a Greek restaurant followed by a roof deck welcome cocktail party for all of the out of town guests. We cherished every moment of that weekend including getting to spend as much time as possible with the people we love. Our guests made the trip from all over the country; the farthest distance traveled was my family from Greece. My Godfather, who traveled from Patras, Greece, married us. We were the first couple that he ever married and didn’t rehearse a single line with him. His script and performance were both charming and heartfelt.

While most of the month was unusually rainy, our wedding day had pristine weather. Luckily we were able to enjoy the hotel’s beautiful courtyard for our wedding ceremony which was perfect for our adorable flower girl, Olive, who ran down the ceremony isle barefoot wearing a flower crown. Our Dad’s and my brother gave beautiful wedding toasts that left guests in tears. Family and friends danced the night away to our favorite tunes taking breaks to pose for the photo booth and snacking on passed donuts and treats from the candy bar.

At the last minute we decided to do a sweetheart table so that we could share our first meal as husband and wife, but also so that we could cherish a room filled with those we love the most. Time truly flies on your wedding day.

My most memorable moment of the wedding was when we were sitting at our sweetheart table sometime after dinner and before dancing. I turned to my husband, Brett, and asked how much time do we have left? Without pause, he replied, all the time in the world.

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Photography: Bonnie Sen | Event Planning: A. Dominick Events | Floral Design: Edge Flowers | Wedding Dress: Carine's Bridal Atelier | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Hair + Makeup: Carola Hair And Make Up | Groom's Attire: Bloomingdales | Venue: St. Regis, Washington, DC | Bridal Boutique: Carine's Bridal Atelier

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She Wrote a Year-Long Journal to Surprise Her Groom on Their Wedding Day

Every day for a year Valerie wrote a letter for her love, Michael. Come wedding day he got the romantic surprise of his life with a leather bound journal containing 365 pages filled with beautiful words from his bride. Luckily Pat Moyer came along to photograph and we’re thanking our lucky stars to share their incredible love story on our pages.


“My goal was for it to be a source and constant reminder of

why I love him so that even on our hard days he will always

have 365 reasons why I love the man who he is.”

-Valerie, The Bride


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From Patrick Moyer PhotographyOne year before the wedding. Valerie began writing a journal for Michael to open on their wedding day. For each day of the year leading up to the big day, Valerie wrote one page for him to read and had it bound with his initials burnt into the leather.

From The Bride…After Five years dating, Michael took me on a surprise “birthday trip” to Belize. While on the beach he asked me to be forever his.

In each new entry I wrote about a reason I love him, my hopes for the future, I documented the milestones in our engagement, and reflected on marriage and scripture passages. My goal was for it to be a source and constant reminder of why I love him so that even on our hard days he will always have 365 reasons why I love the man who he is.

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Photography: Pat Moyer Photography | Coordination: Bash Please | Floral Design: Twig & Twine | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Brown Linen Design | Engagement Ring: Tiffany & Co. | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Whoa Nelly | Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | DJ: Vox DJs | Band: Jason Sulkin | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Venue: Malibu Rocky Oaks | Beverage Services: Pharmacie | Rentals: Town And Country | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Rentals: borrowed BLU | Veil: Erin Cole

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10 Tools You Need for a Perfect Pizza + Ice Cream Date Night

If you ask me, there’s no better food combo than pizza and ice cream. Pizza is one of my husband and I’s favorite meals to make together during the summer and is actually pretty easy to master once you get the hang of it and have the right gadgets. But the pièce de résistance? Is the ice cream (or in our household, gelato) that follows. Find the recipes and all the tools you need from Macy’s to conquer this winning combo below!

Whether you and the new hubs want to enjoy a romantic date night alone at home chef-ing it up together or you decide to host your closest friend for a weekend gathering, this BBQ Short Rib Pizza from Abby is where it’s at. You only need to equip your kitchen with a few simple tools from the Macy’s Registry to enjoy this meal time and again.

BBQ Short Rib Pizza Recipe


Sweet Tomato BBQ Sauce
BBQ Short Ribs
Store bought pizza dough
1 russet potato per pizza
Buffalo mozzarella
Salt and pepper
Extra virgin olive oil
½ stick of butter
¼ cup of flour
1½ cups of warmed whole milk
¾ cups shredded smoked gouda


  1. Preheat oven to 425°
  2. Mix up your Sweet Tomato BBQ Sauce and spread a thin layer on your rolled out pizza dough.
  3. Cook your potatoes about halfway through so they are a bit tender. This will allow you to easily slice your potatoes into thin slices. Season your slices with salt and pepper.
  4. Start topping your pizza, first with your potato slices.
  5. Layer on slices of buffalo mozzarella.
  6. Layer on your pulled BBQ Short Ribs
  7. Season your assembled pizza with salt and pepper and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.
  8. Depending on the thickness of your crust, you’ll want to cook your pizza anywhere from 10–20 minutes. Less time for thinner crusts and a bit more time for thicker crusts.
  9. While your pizza is cooking, prepare your smoked gouda cream sauce that you’ll drizzle over the pizza when it’s done.
  10. Melt a ½ stick of butter and add in a ¼ cup of flour, stirring for 1 minute.
  11. Add 1½ cups of warmed whole milk, stirring continuously.
  12. Add ¾ cups shredded smoked gouda, stirring until totally melty and delicious.
  13. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  14. Remove your pizza from the oven, drizzle with smoked gouda cream sauce and serve!

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Coconut Gelato with Sea Salt Caramel Popcorn


2½ cups whole milk
1 cup coconut milk
¾ cup cream of coconut
½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
½ cup coconut sugar
1 tsp coconut extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp cornstarch
¼ tsp salt


  1. Combine milk, coconut milk, coconut sugar and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a low boil, but be careful not to scorch. Combine corn starch and cream of coconut and add to saucepan.
  2. Cook on low and whisk often so that clumps do not form. The mixture is cooked when you can run a line on the back of a spoon without the mixture coming back together.
  3. Pour mixture in a glass dish and let sit until at room temperature. Once it has cooled, chill in the refrigerator for 12 hours.
  4. Add mixture to an ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s directions. Half way through, slowly add the coconut flakes. Transfer to a container and freeze until desired firmness.
  5. Serve topped with Ava’s sea salt caramel popcorn and enjoy!


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Photography: Leila Brewster Photography | Video: Elysium Productions

15 Fabulous Outfits to Wear to Any Wedding This Fall

Everyone loves Fall for its crisp air, changing leaves and snuggly sweaters. But the layers of sweaters, jackets and booties you love in your everyday life don’t really work when you’re a guest at an autumn wedding. So, how do you dress for the changing seasons and the celebration? We’ve got you covered with outfit ideas for every wedding on your social calendar. Take a peek — you can thank us later!

Fall Wedding Guest Outfit Ideas
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