The wedding world stands on its own. New trends and concepts are always on the horizon. To stay in the know, gain some insight into how the top celebrity wedding planners work their magic!
1. Preston Bailey
Preston Bailey creates innovative experiences for his clients. Bailey is known for his floral masterpieces, which are nothing short of spectacular. His philosophy involves bringing the outside world to indoor space. At one wedding, he built a stunning floating butterfly centerpiece for the dessert table. Bailey also loves to integrate images of trees in his designs. During a ceremony, he used lighting & projection technology to depict trees on walls. Once the couple said their “I dos,” the trees lit up and blossomed.
Marcy Blum, a Culinary Institute of America graduate, is recognized as the foodie-wedding planner. She executes her plans with a bang, whether it’s a gondola ride in Aspen or a wheeled burrata cart served with an assortment of toppings, her events are memorable. When it comes to party favors, Blum suggests giving items guests will actually use. A favorite of Blum’s, bloody mary mix and coffee cake for post wedding breakfast.
Imagine a wedding designed to heighten your five senses. This is Colin Cowie’s famed method. He takes vision, sound, touch, taste, and smell through a unique experience. A Tuscan wedding under the sun, an enchanted themed wedding in the Midwest, and a romantic style wedding in an urban city are just a few of the events he has created. Cowie views weddings like a story. They have a start and finish with equally important pieces in between. The final chapter usually ends with a wow factor leaving guests wanting more.
Headquartered in Savannah, Georgia, and New York, Rebecca Gardner is one of the top wedding planners in the world. She likes to add surprises here and there to keep guests engaged. Her style is traditional and inventive rather than flashy. Gardner’s talent lies in lighting design and uses candles to break up a classic look. She often tells the bride and groom to add their own individual touches to make it one of a kind.
English celebrity planner, Sarah Hayward, works with the most elite and affluent citizens of the world. Since her clients have a generous budget, every aspect of the event is crème de la crème. Her weddings are tasteful and luxurious. After all, the Dutch and Duchess of Cambridge requested Hayward’s expertise for their royal wedding. Hayward’s book, Wedding Bible, gives us ordinary folks a peek at her lavish style as well as ideas for a small budget.
Remember the wedding coordinator, Frank Eggelhoffer, in Father of the Bride, who brought in swans to roam around the tulip bed for the big day? The character was actually inspired by the SoCal-based wedding designer, Kevin Lee. His love and passion for event planning shine through in his work. Lee’s portfolio consists of Drew Barrymore, Wolfgang Puck, and Liz Taylor. He has also thrown parties for both the Oscars and Emmys. Lee’s overall approach is traditional with his own imaginative twists. Lee has also been seen on several episodes of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Wedding master, Yifat Oren, based in Los Angeles, is known for bringing ideas to life and the high quality of her work. Oren “breaks the rules” and embraces imperfections to give events a little spice. She is fond of an all white attire wedding, especially in the summer. Oren recommends hiring a lighting designer to create the perfect ambiance. Visually, her weddings exude elegance and charm. About half of her weddings are destination, which has led Oren to form strong working relationships around the world. She also helps the world by supporting a charity annually.
Clients of Los Angeles wedding planner, Mindy Weiss, are drawn to her composure. She maintains cool and calm throughout the wedding process. Weiss can also make dreams come true. At one of her weddings, the bride and groom climbed a ladder to cut their oversized cake. She also arranged for an elephant to greet the guests at Nicole Richie’s wedding. Did I mention the Hydration IV trucks at Sophia Vergara’s wedding? Weiss ensures her client’s personality is well represented throughout the day.
Wedding designer and trendsetter, Sasha Souza, raised in San Francisco Bay Area, has planned events around the world and numerous weddings in the Napa and Sonoma regions. Her experience as a stage manager has given her that extra leverage to execute events flawlessly. Souza incorporates fun and originality. One of her brides walked down the aisle with a gospel choir. She also likes the idea of additional space for guests to relax and hang out during the reception. Souza managed to transform a barn into a cozy lounge space for guests, a perfect place to take a dance break.
You may recognize David Tutera from his reality hit show, My Fair Wedding, now on its sixth season! In addition to his TV show, Tutera has a bridal line for Mon Cheri and a jewelry line at Sears. Talk about celebrity status! He appeared on Shannen Doherty’s show to assist with her wedding in Malibu. Tutera has a skill for introducing vintage pieces to a classic or modern style. He used antique birdcages for one event. Tutera will use flowers and petals to line serving platters, an inviting touch.
If you are in the process of planning a wedding or helping a friend or family member prepare for their big day, borrow a couple tips from the celebrity planners who helped revolutionize the wedding industry.
Celebrity weddings are where countless couples the world over draw inspiration when planning their own nuptials and 2015 was a year that offered a plethora of inspiration. From lavish, elegant affairs to low-key beachside ceremonies, here are the twenty best celebrity weddings of 2015.
Celebrity Weddings of 2015
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux
Ever since her famous split from Brad Pitt, the world has been waiting for Friends alum Jennifer Aniston to walk down the aisle again. In August, Jennifer finally got her happy ending when she tied the knot with writer and actor Justin Thereaux in Bel Air.
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis already had a baby girl together before tying the knot on the Fourth of July. The couple, who’ve kept their relationship notoriously private, first met when they co-starred on That 70’s Show together.
Matt Dallas and Blue Hamilton
Love won when TV star Matt Dallas tied the knot with his longtime boyfriend Blue Hamilton, a singer and songwriter. The couple tied the knot in July, shortly after same-sex marriage was made legal nationwide.
Billy Joel and Alexis Roderick
Billy Joel wed his expecting girlfriend, Alexis Roderick, in a Fourth of July ceremony on Long Island. The couple opted for a surprise affair, with their guests arriving under the assumption that they were simply attending a July 4th bash.
Amy Adams and Darren Le Gallo
Darren Le Gallo and Man of Steel star Amy Adams had been engaged for a whopping seven years before they finally made it official in May. The couple cited Amy’s packed filming schedule as the reason behind the long wait.
Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed
The Vampire Diaries and Twilight Saga stars married in August in an outdoor ceremony after a much-publicized courtship. The couple, who are both huge social media users, graced their fans with tons of pics on Instagram and Twitter.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter
Female hearts were breaking all over the world when the much-loved Sherlock star wed his longtime girlfriend, stage director and playwright Sophie Hunter. The couple kept photos of their February wedding, which took place on a small English island, out of the papers.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
After a much-publicized and dramatic love affair, superstar Johnny Depp made it official with Amber Heard in February. The couple opted to wed on a beach, with Amber wearing a stunning, flowing ivory gown.
Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy
The kooky Full House alum married Olivier Sarkozy, half-brother of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, in November. The New York ceremony followed with a reception which reportedly featured bowls of cigarettes that guests were encouraged to smoke while they celebrated the new couple.
Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried
Most reality show love affairs don’t result in a real-life happy ending. However, this can’t be said for Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried. The former Bachelorette broke the mold and actually married her suitor of choice in January.
Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden
The Bad Teacher star finally settled down when she married the Good Charlotte rocker in January. Cameron made no apologies for waiting until she was 43 to wed for the first time, stating, “I waited because I didn’t want to settle.”
Allison Williams and Ricky Van Veen
On the hit HBO series Girls, Allison Williams plays a girl who’s chronically unlucky in love. However, life doesn’t always imitate art. Allison showed that she was nothing like her TV counterpart when she married her longtime boyfriend in September. She was walked down the aisle by her father, newscaster Brian Williams.
Geri Halliwell and Christian Horner
The gossip sites were abuzz when Geri Halliwell wed businessman Christian Horner in a lavish ceremony in May, as none of her fellow Spice Girls were in attendance. Geri maintains that their absence was due to conflicting schedules, rather than a feud.
Nicky Hilton and James Rothschild
Socialite Nicki Hilton married businessman James Rothschild in July in London. Naturally, big sister Paris was her maid-of-honor, donning a Pippa Middleton-inspired white gown.
Heather Morris and Taylor Hubbell
Everyone was saying “aww” when Glee star and former Beyonce back-up dancer Heather Morris chose to marry her high school sweetheart instead of a fellow celeb. The couple had a low-key May wedding, with their infant son, Elijah, in attendance.
Zooey Deschanel and Jacob Pechenik
New Girl star Zooey Deschanel was pregnant when she wed longtime boyfriend Jacob Pechenik. The wedding came just in the nick of time, as she gave birth to the couple’s first child, Elsie, shortly after.
Vanessa Williams and Jim Skrip
Fourth of July weddings were all the rage for celebrities in 2015. Ugly Betty star and singer Vanessa Williams was no exception. She chose the Fourth as the perfect day to marry her fiance Jim Skrip. The couple chose an Egyptian theme for their reception, with Vanessa changing into a sparkly gold gown.
Tracy Morgan and Megan Wollover
Nothing can stand in the way of love if it’s really meant to be. After recovering from a harrowing bus accident that nearly cost him his life, 30 Rock star and SNL alum Tracy Morgan wed his girlfriend in what was reported to be an extremely emotional ceremony.
Bryan Greenberg and Jamie Chung
Real World star turned actress Jamie Chung wed How To Make It In America star Bryan Greenberg in October. Although the wedding took place on Halloween, there was nothing spooky about their elegant beach ceremony.
Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello
The Modern Family bombshell married the Magic Mike hunk in Florida after a year-long engagement. It was a lavish affair, which Sofia would go on to jokingly tease Ellen DeGeneres for missing on her talk show.
With the recent divorce announcements of celebrity couples Miranda Lambert/Blake Shelton and Jennifer Garner/Ben Affleck, my heart breaks for them. Being a celebrity and having your life under a microscope by paparazzi photo seekers, media and the powerful public opinion MUST be extremely difficult.
Needless to say, I would not want to switch places from my unknown life with that of a celebrity and there constant attention. However, whether a celebrity likes it or not, they are role models to the many people of the world. Yes, it is understood that we all have our faults, as a result, we must all work through them.
The current divorce rate in America is between 40-50%. However, the divorce rate percentage increases as individuals re-marry in their second and third marriages. The good news is that in recent years the divorce rate is decreasing. The one fact of reality is that same-sex marriages are not included in these statistics. It will be very interesting to see how the statistics change over the next few years now that same sex marriages are legal nationwide.
What Marriage Should Be
As to the main point of this article, what marriage should be. Lets discuss this further. When couples enter into a marriage, they are in love and think the marriage will last forever. Why else get married if it is not forever? But do people really put 200% into their marriages? Yes, 200%! 100% from each spouse.
Lets set aside moral reasoning as we do not want to judge others on morality such as infidelity, abuse and addictions. Each spouse must look within and decide for themselves if each wants to or is able to forgive, heal and change. On the other side, I would like to speak of the other, non-moral reasons for divorce.
No one said life would be easy. Each and every day has its own struggles whether at work, at home, with the kids, etc. Couples must work together as a team and communicate your thoughts and feelings in order to have a forever bond with each other and enjoy the good times and work through the bad times. Love can conquer all as a couple no matter how “bad” things may seem. God does not give you anything you cannot handle.
So, as celebrity marriages progress through time, I hope they are able to work through their issues and stay together until death do they part. We only wish the best for celebrity couples like Beyonce/Jay-Z and Faith Hill/Tim McGraw as they continue to be marriage role models for the masses.
Here is a list of the most talked about 2014 Celebrity Weddings.
2014 Celebrity Weddings
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Wedding
Wedding Date: May 24, 2014
Kim is a TV actress from the show Keeping Up with the Kardashians. She is also a model and social media personality. Kanye West is a Hip Hop star with hits like Gold Digger, Stronger and Heartless.
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin Wedding
Wedding Date: September 27, 2014
George Clooney is an American actor starring in films such as Three Kings, Ocean’s Eleven, Syriana and The Descendants. He is a TV star in the TV show ER. George is also a film director/producer including Argo. Amal is a lawyer and author.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Wedding
Wedding Date: August 23, 2014
Angelina Jolie released her first film as a director, Unbroken at the end of 2014. She also has starred in films such as Wanted, Salt and Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Brad Pitt has made a name for himself as an actor is such films as Fight Club, Legends of the Fall, Troy and Moneybag. Brad and Angelina also acted in a film together, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, released in 2005.
Jill Duggar and Derrick Dillard Wedding
Wedding Date: June 21, 2014
Viewers of the TLC TV show 19 Kids and Counting watched Jill grow up as the fourth child of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. The buzz around the wedding reception centered around their mass amounts of cupcake, cookies and root beer floats.
Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker Wedding
Wedding Date: April 4, 2014
Kandi Burruss is a former member of the R&B group Xscape. She also starred in the TV show The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Todd Tucker is a TV producer for shows like Run’s House and The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Lauren Conrad and William Tell Wedding
Wedding Date: September 13, 2014
Lauren Conrad is a reality TV star from the show Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County. William Tell is most notably is a former member of the rock band Something Corporate.
Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo Wedding
Wedding Date: July 19, 2014
Adam Levine is the lead singer of the rock band Maroon 5. Being a guest judge on TV show The Voice has also propelled his stardom. Behati Prinsloo is a model and became a Victoria Secret Angel in 2009.
Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson Wedding
Wedding Date: July 5, 2014
Jessica Simpson is a pop artist with hits including I Wanna Love You Forever, I Think I’m in Love with You, and Where You Are. Jessica also has a TV and Film acting repertoire including That ’70s Show and The Dukes of Hazard. Eric Johnson is a former NFL tight end for the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints.
Solange Knowles and Alan Ferguson Wedding
Wedding Date: November 16, 2014
Solange Knowles is the sister of Beyonce Knowles. Solange is an R&B artist with solo albums. She also has had acting roles in films such as Bring It On: All or Nothing. Alan Ferguson is a video music director.
Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting Wedding
Wedding Date: December 31, 2013
Kaley Cuoco is an actress on the mega hit TV show The Big Bang Theory as Penny. Ryan Sweeting is a professional tennis player.