With the wave of celebrity betrothals last year and this year (already!), it looks like we've got a lot of weddings to look forward to soon. Jennifer Aniston was one of the biggest names (and most hotly-anticipated) to confirm an engagement, and the huge ring that Justin Theroux presented to her made his feelings very clear indeed. Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis announced their engagement in January of this year, and her ring is one of the most unique we've seen. We also did some drool-inducing research so you can check out the best rocks around, from Princess Grace of Monaco to the Victoria's Secret angels, plus Aussies Miranda Kerr, Rachael Finch and Jen Hawkins. And if the man in your life needs a subtle nudge (or kick) in the right direction, why not pass the link on . . .
We’re wrapping up our Sugar Awards with the biggest celebrity news headline of 2011 — and just like us, most of you picked Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal wedding as the story of the year! There was so much to love about their fairytale nuptials, and we soaked up every detail: Kate’s stunning Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown; Pippa Middleton’s headline-making turn as bridesmaid of the year; Prince Harry getting a cheeky glance at Kate’s entrance as he stood alongside his brother at the altar of Westminster Abbey; William and Kate’s two balcony kisses, and so much more. The young couple have been in the spotlight since their engagement last November, and continue to be charming at the many events they attend. You can be sure that all eyes will be on William and Kate in 2012 as they approach the first anniversary of their marriage!
2011 was definitely the year of the celebrity wedding. Of course in April it was all about the royal wedding, and Kate kept her stunning Alexander McQueen gown under wraps until her big day. The other Kate (Moss, that is) stayed loyal to designer pal John Galliano, even after all the controversy, marrying beau Jamie Hince in an embellished, bias-cut gown in August. Whilst the marriage may not have lasted, Kim Kardashian's Vera Wang dress (number one of three) was a keeper, in a princess-perfect kind of way. Last but not least, Lily Allen indulged her love of retro in a vintage-inspired lace gown by Delphine Manivet. So, it's time to put bride against bride! Which celebrity do you think made the most stylish bride in 2011?
Natalie Bassingthwaighte is a married woman! The multi-talented star wed her long-time partner Cameron McGlinchey yesterday at the Stokehouse restaurant in St Kilda, Melbourne. She was dressed in an embellished one-shouldered J’Aton gown with a short veil, and arrived at the ceremony with the couple’s adorable 16-month-old daughter Harper, who was wearing blue for the occasion. Nat said on the way in, "I am feeling kind of nervous, but in a really joyous way [I] am very emotional." Among the guests were some of Natalie’s former Neighbours co-stars, as well as members from Rogue Traders, which is how Natalie and Cameron met when they were both part of the band. The wedding tops off a big year for Natalie, who joined the judging panel of The X Factor and released new solo music. Congrats to Natalie and Cameron on their big day!
Summer is a beautiful time of year to get married. The sun is shining, the weather is warm. To celebrate Australian wedding season we've rounded up ten of the most stylish gowns that we found online, all for under $5000. The Aussie dollar is still almost at parity — making buying your dress from an overseas e-tailer a trés clever move. We found ten gorgeous gowns (via Shopstyle) that tick all the boxes. Just think; what you save on the dress you can spend on the honeymoon!
Joanna Hillman oozes style from every pore, so when we spotted pictures of her recent NYC wedding to Aram Green, we zoomed in for a closer look. The woman lives and breaths fashion, so we couldn't wait to see how the US Harper's Bazaar senior market editor styled her own big day. It was sublime, of course, with the bride showcasing her impeccable taste in a bias-cut sheath from the Rochas archives. We collated some of our favourite snaps from Joanna's wedding album, but you can see the whole thing here. Take a look! Photos courtesy of Harper's Bazaar and Michael Falco/Christian Oth Studio.
Next to Kate Middleton, the two most talked about and most hyped bridal looks of the year have got to be Kristen Stewart's Breaking Dawn gown, designed by Carolina Herrera and Pippa Middleton's Alexander McQueen bridesmaid dress. Both designs have inspired a slew of copycats, but the real deals (or as close as you can get to them) are now available for sale. Net-a-Porter has just released the cowl-neck, silk-crepe McQueen gown - so you can steal some Royal wedding style for yourself for about $3,367 (killer butt not included). If Twilight is more you thing, the mega-movie franchise has teamed up with US bridal designer Alfred Angelo to produce a reproduction of the Herrera wedding dress worn by Kristen Stewart (with the Carolina's blessing, and input apparently), which will go for a much more affordable $800 (USD). We've asked this before, but are still curious to know . . . would you wear a replica wedding dress down the aisle? Speak up!
Now this is the wedding dress we've been dying to see for about, oh — only THREE years! There's about five seconds worth of footage of Beyoncé wearing the frock (designed by her mom mum) in the video for I Was Here (Live at Roseland), and we had to hit the 'print screen' button a couple of times to capture B in this gorgeous gown. Beyoncé and Jay Z have never released photos from their wedding, making this sneak-peek all the more special. The dress itself is giving us flashbacks to the Vivienne Westwood designed gown that Carrie Bradshaw donned to (almost) marry Mr Big. Can you see the similarities? Either way, it's gorge, and we're glad that B gave us a look-see! It's so fab in fact, we're thinking of adding it to our 15 Most Iconic Celebrity Wedding Dresses list, do you agree?
Blair Waldorf is among the lucky ladies who get to wear Vera Wang on her wedding day, but if Wang's signature line is too heavy on the purse strings, there's no need to fret. The designer's White by Vera Wang line, exclusively designed for David's Bridal, is quite amazing, offering up a bevy of trademark Vera Wang style — without the designer price tag. The new Spring '12 collection was designed for every bride in mind, ranging from minimally modern gowns to frothy strapless confections. But there's more: Vera Wang also recently launched a diamond engagement and wedding ring collaboration named Vera Wang LOVE, with Zales. Like her bridal collection, the dazzling collection, priced from $700 to $16,000 (USD), varies from simple wedding bands to more intricate designs. Now, we don't mean to burst your bubble, but neither of these lines ship down under — but, we thought you may want to peruse the line books regardless. Inspiring? Just a bit.
Pippa Middleton's bridesmaid dress almost upstaged her big sister's at the Royal Wedding (we didn't see Catherine — or her bum — getting its own Facebook page!), so it's no surprise that it spawned a plethora of copycat styles. Whilst we approve of the super flattering, figure-hugging gown designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, we're wondering how many brides will snap up the latest inspired-by style released by UK chain Debenhams. True to the original, the dress features a cowl neckline, pearl buttoned back and short train and retails for a very affordable $261 (approx). Debenhams ships down under too, good news for Aussie brides who want some royal-inspired style for their walk down the aisle. The question is — is this wedding dress a bit too literal of an interpretation? Tell us what you think!