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Politics, Schmolitics! Let’s See Their Wedding Photos!

The election is over. We’ve cast our votes, the winners have been declared and now it’s time to let go of party animosity and find ways to work together. And you know what always makes me feel good? A wedding!

The only president ever to marry in the White House was Grover Cleveland, when he married twenty-one year old Frances Folsom. There may have been (and in fact, there was) a twenty-seven year age gap between them, but they had a happy marriage by every account I’ve heard or read.

But while other presidents did not marry in office, most of them did marry at some point before getting elected. In fact, the only lifelong bachelor to serve as president of the US was James Buchanan. His neice, Harriet Lane, was his official hostess. Several others were widowers when they took office, such as Thomas Jefferson who depended on his older daughter, Martha, and his good friend Dolley Madison to handle the particulars of the social side of things.

So what did some of our most famous leaders look like on their wedding days? Take a look and see!
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Will You Think Pink?


I assume all of you have heard about Jessica Biel’s pink gown that she wore when she married Justin Timberlake.

Pink wedding gowns tend to cause a bit of a stir, but they’re hardly something new.

After all, this wedding gown dates from 1877.

Just a month before my own 1993 wedding, I attended one where the bride wore bright rose pink.

It’s not for everyone, of course. I’m not a pink lady, and never was. But if you look good in pink, and you like it, and it feels festive to you, why not?

In Arlo’s Darkest Hour

I’m not in the obituary business here at Manolo for the Brides. Death rarely gets a mention around here, and rightly so. We’re here to talk about weddings, and all the hopeful stuff around that grand institution of marriage.

But sometimes death brings perspective. Yesterday, I was saddened to read of the death of Jackie Guthrie, wife of folksinger and all around fabulous entertainer Arlo Guthrie. This is what they looked like at their 1969 wedding:

… held on their front lawn with Judy Collins serenading them.

Forty-three years later, she’s gone from liver cancer, but the love remains.

Here’s what Arlo had to say about their marriage:

“We didn’t always like each other. From time to time there were moments when we’d have our bags packed by the door. But, there was this great love that we shared from the moment we met – a recognition – It’s YOU! And we would always return to it year after year, decade after decade and I believe life after lifetime.”

I can tell you from experience that you won’t always like your spouse. If one of you is a performer, spending weeks, even months at a time on the road, the hardships are even harder. There are moments when I look at Mr. Twistie and wonder what the hell I was thinking all those years ago.

But when it’s right, when there’s true love, you get past those moments. You find ways to appreciate one another and you reconnect.

For Arlo and Jackie, it worked for forty-three years and four children (as well as her child from a previous liason with David Crosby) and ten grandchildren. That’s not a bad legacy to leave behind.

So the next time you don’t like one another very much, take a moment and see if you still love one another. Sometimes that’s all it takes to get past the moment.

Anne Hathaway Ties the Knot


sunset at Big Sur was the backdrop for Anne Hathaway’s wedding to longtime love and Ryan Gosling lookalike Adam Shulman on saturday.

Guests to the extremely private ceremony were shuttled in by bus… and needed special bracelets to board. No bracelet, no wedding. No exceptions. Apparently some 180 people did wear their bracelets.

Rumors say that the wedding was designed and planned by Yifat Oren who recently worked the magic behind Natalie Portman’s wedding.

What is definite is that the bride’s gown was specially designed for her by Valentino, who considers her ‘like a daughter.’

I hope you’ll all join with me in wishing the happy couple every joy and many delightful years together.

Bet There’s a Lot of Gossip About This


Here’s wishing every happiness to Gossip Girl Blake Lively and her new husband Ryan Reynolds.

The two were married quietly in a private ceremony at Boone Hill Plantation in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina on sunday.

I wasn’t there, but the Martha Stewart Weddings team was. They report that the bride and her maids wore gowns custom designed by Marchesa and – no surprise – Louboutins on their feet. The gentlemen wore Burberry suits with custom leather suspenders.

Between the ceremony and reception, the happy couple opted out of having a cocktail hour in favor of a ‘carnival hour.’ I don’t know about you, but that sounds like an idea I’d like to explore further.

Here’s wishing the happy couple every joy.

I Hope It Was a Big Night


Well, well, well. It seems the latest celeb to get quietly married in secret is none other than one of my favorite actors of all time, Stanley Tucci.

He and Felicity Blunt (sister of Emily) have known one another since they met while he was making The Devil Wears Prada back in 2006. The couple has been engaged since October, and now she’s wearing a wedding ring. The couple reportedly are planning a more public, more formal celebration later on.

This is the second marriage for Tucci, whose first wife, Kate, died of breast cancer in 2009.

I hope you’ll all join with me in wishing the happy couple every possible joy.

LOVE/HATE: Natalie’s Understated Gown


The first blurry pics are available from Natalie Portman’s August 4 wedding to dancer/choreographer/baby daddy Benjamin Millepied in a moonlight ceremony in Big Sur. As you can see, the bride looks as happy as every bride should feel inside. As you can also see, Natalie went for a simple look for her outdoor wedding.

Opinion is divided on the dress, And I am nothing if not opinionated.

My take? I LOVE this dress. It’s the right sort of length and level of formality for an out of doors wedding. No train to get full of twigs, no flashy rhinestones to look just a bit out of place amidst Mother Nature’s bounty. Just a wreath of flowers and a short veil on her head, flat shoes on her feet, and nothing to distract from her brilliant smile. And yet there are some nice design details that probably looked even better close up (or at least with a better focused camera), such as the layering of the skirt and the contrast fabric used for the sheer sleeves.

But that’s my opinion. What’s yours?

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