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Martha Stewart Weddings:  Real Weddings Special Issue

Martha Stewart Weddings: Real Weddings Special Issue 2nd Print

Martha Stewart Real Weddings is packed with all the fresh ideas you’ve come to expect from Martha Stewart Weddings, plus page after page of timeless inspiration from our favorite celebrations. Order this special issue and start planning today!

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in this issue

2 min.
let’s get real

This special issue has a focus on real weddings. That phrase, by the way, always strikes me as a bit funny. As opposed to . . . unreal weddings? Surreal weddings? At some point during your planning, your event might feel a bit like that, but of course what we mean is that the celebrations you’ll see on the following pages feature not models and staged settings, but actual brides and grooms who put all their love, creativity, hopes, dreams, and countless hours into planning their weddings. Just the way you are now. Weddings in a magazine always look picture-perfect. And the nine included in these pages are indeed amazing, and full of ideas to inspire you. But it’s important to remember that every wedding is perfect in its own way…

2 min.
in love with travel

1. Too busy with the wedding to plan every honeymoon detail? Let Luxe City Guides lead the way, with short, digestible blurbs that cover where to stay, eat, and shop in more than 30 cities around the world. Bonus: These booklets are great in welcome bags for destination nuptials ($12 each, luxecityguides.com). 2. This one-shoulder bathing suit by Lisa Marie Fernandez will have you feel -ing bridal—and sexy—on a beach vacation ($430, net-a-porter.com). 3. Ask your friends to be your ’maids by tucking a note inside Lizzie Fortunato’s colorful leather passport case ($138, souchi.com). And pick up a Kate Spade version for yourself to show off your Mrs. status ($78, katespade.com)! 4. Keep everyone cool at a balmy destination ceremony by handing out cheeky Sunnylife ice-cream-cone fans ($14 each, sunnylife.com). 5. In sunny climes,…

3 min.
spotlight on bridal fitness

Everyone wants to look her best on her wedding day, and let’s face it—when will you have more motivation to shape up than you do right now? But to me, it’s most important to start with how you feel. Are you staying calm and balancing the busyness of wedding planning with stress-reducing activities you enjoy? And are you getting plenty of rest? (Some brides I know won’t do any planning tasks late at night; they’re aware that avoiding screen time means a better night’s sleep.) Do all that, and looking good will be a happy side effect. Of course, if improved fitness is your goal, exercise needs to be part of the equation. I’ve met many brides who don’t even want to go dress shopping until they’re “in shape.” And I…

3 min.
good things

PETAL-PERFECT EXIT AND THEY’RE OFF! Take this idea for a spin: Fashion the getaway-car sign from flowers. Use faux blooms for sturdiness, securing them to lightweight wooden letters with hot glue. Order a precut sign in one of 18 fonts, decorate it with your favorite flora, and attach it to the back of the car with satin ribbons. SMART SAVE-THE-DATES KNOW WHEN TO FOLD ÕEM With just a few creases, these clever cards become festive shapes—no origami skills required. READY TO MAIL These cards fit in standard rectangular or square envelopes you can pick up from your local stationery store. POLISHED POM-POMS THE RIGHT PUFF Pom-poms in all the colors of the rainbow are usually the stuff of arts-and-crafts tables. But switch to neutral hues and use them cleverly, and they become unexpectedly chic wedding accents. Choose storebought balls, or…

3 min.
leah wayne & mickaël hanany

The first time Mickaël Hanany saw Leah Wayne, he stopped in his tracks—literally. A French high jumper studying at the University of Texas at El Paso, Mickaël was in the middle of practice when he spotted Leah, who worked in the athletics department. “This is my wife,” he remembers telling his track coach. They went on their first date in July 2008, just before Mickaël left to train for the Beijing Olympics. The mother of two girls, Leah was struck by his intelligence, his commitment to his sport, and how well he treated her. “He’s very thoughtful and sweet,” she says. But it was a difficult time to start a relationship. Leah’s 2-yearold daughter had been diagnosed with cancer, and Leah was spending most of her time at the hospital. “My…

3 min.
shima baradaran & ryan baughman

In her vows, Shima Baradaran admitted that her romance with Ryan Baughman had been a whirlwind: “If someone had told me I’d start dating and marry anyone within four months, I would have laughed,” she said. “But I can honestly say that I loved you immediately.” It was a sentiment shared by Ryan, who at 38 was teased by buddies about being a perennial bachelor. It turns out he just hadn’t met the right girl yet. After chatting with Shima, a law professor, at a mutual friend’s party in April 2015, “I was smitten,” says Ryan, a real estate investor. He asked Shima and her two young sons to a movie the very next day and, just seven weeks later, proposed while the couple were in Paris for a friend’s wedding. The…