Blog Posts by Bridal Guide

  • Watch: Al Gore Walks His Daughter Down the Aisle

    While relaxing at Lucky Llama Coffee in Carpinteria, CA, Larry Nimmer noticed a wedding ceremony starting outside - and immediately recognized the father of the bride: former Vice President Al Gore. Nimmer - a reporter who runs headed outdoors to capture some footage of the nuptials.

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    Al Gore walking his daughter down the aisle
    Gore's daughter, Sarah, married real estate agent Patrick Maiani in a low-key ceremony held beneath a historic Torrey Pine tree, the largest in the world. Wearing a lovely boho-inspired gown, the bride stood with her groom inside a heart made of flower petals. The couple enjoyed a lively first dance on the lawn before heading to Crushcakes & Cafe bakery with their guests for a reception.

    Related: 30 Unexpected Wedding Costs Brides Forget to Budget For


    Nimmer had a slightly embarrassing moment when he asked the former VP for some advice on building a successful marriage, forgetting that Gore and his wife, Tipper,

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  • Triumph Over Tragedy at This Year's Boston Marathon

    Last year, the Boston Marathon turned to tragedy for hundreds of participants and spectators. But this year, it turned into a celebration of love and overcoming for adversity.

    Greg Picklesimer proposing to Carla WhiteGreg Picklesimer was among the participants in last year's marathon; he finished the race well before the bombs went off but says the tragedy helped put everything into perspective. He ran again this year, and after completing the race, he proposed to his longtime girlfriend Carla White at the finish line. "After last year, I realized the people you love and your life can be taken so quickly," he told CBS. "I didn't want to lose that, so I decided to come back and seal the deal."

    Tom Louden was prepared to run his seventh marathon in Boston this year, but an injury sidelined him. Since travel plans had already been made, he and his girlfriend, Mary, decided to enjoy the weekend in Boston anyway. On Saturday before the race, they took a walk along the route, and Louden proposed at the finish line "of

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  • 5 Biggest Mistakes Couples Make with Their Wedding Flowers

    Event designer Preston Bailey is known around the world for his exquisite floral designs. From celebrity clients (like Oprah Winfrey, Sean Parker, LeBron James, Donald Trump, and Joan Rivers) to real brides, he's worked on thousands of events over the past 30 years - and here, he shares his expertise on the biggest mistakes he sees couples making over and over with their wedding flowers.

    1. Underestimating the Cost

    Many brides tend to focus on other elements of the wedding, such as the venue and the dress, and then have a bit of a shock when it comes time to decorate the space. Centerpieces are just one aspect of décor, and it's easy to overlook other spaces, such as the entrance, that will look barren if left unattended. Be sure to do your research and share your vision with your florist so that he or she can work with you and help keep your expectations in line with your budget and vice versa.

    Related: 30 Unexpected Wedding Costs Brides Forget to Budget For

    2. Getting

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  • Hilarious Super Mario Bros.-Themed Engagement Photos

    Nathan and Jessica crafted quite the elaborate scenario for their engagement photos! After dozing off in the park, Nathan wakes up alone - dressed as Mario. Jessica is missing, and he quickly realizes she must've transformed into Princess Peach. He sets off on a long journey to rescue her, but he gets a little sidetracked along the way. When he finally reaches her, she's angry that he took so long - but he knows exactly how to cheer her up! He proposes, and the two run back to reality together.

    Plus, see more of the craziest engagement photo themes we've ever seen.

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    By Kristen Klein

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  • Jenny McCarthy is Engaged to Donnie Wahlberg!

    Jenny McCarthy just announced some very special news on The View: She and boyfriend Donnie Wahlberg are engaged to be married!

    Her reaction was ecstatic, to say the least - she sprung out of her seat and ran laps around the studio while embracing her shocked cohosts! Once the excitement died down long enough for her to speak, the comedienne, 41, showed off the enormous yellow sapphire that was gifted to her by the 44-year-old Blue Bloods star:

    Related: Taylor Swift Attends a Fan's Bridal Shower

    The proposal story is just as adorable, with Wahlberg enlisting the help of Evan Asher, Jenny McCarthy's 11-year-old son:

    "This weekend I was sitting with Donnie and he went into the other room and out came Evan with a card that said 'Will.' And he ran away and came back with a card that said 'You,' and I knew what was happening and I just started crying. And then he came out with a card that said 'Marry,' but it was spelled 'Mary,' and the last time Donnie came out

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  • Before & After: Brides' Incredible Shape-Up Stories

    We interviewed brides across the country who triumphed over medical conditions, lifelong battles with the scale and grueling 6 a.m. workouts - even documenting their most challenging moments on national television! - to get fit for their wedding day.

    Whether you want to tone up, slim down, maintain your current weight or push yourself to the next level, these inspiring stories prove that amazing things can happen when you tap into your fitness potential.

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    By Stefania Sainato

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  • Vera Wang Unveils New Bridal Collection in Creepy-Chic Video!

    Vera Wang is renowned for reinventing the status quo - check out last season's "think pink" collection for reference - but just when we thought we'd seen it all, she's pulled yet another surprise out of her ivory web lace sleeve.

    For the first time in over 20 years, the famed designer didn't throw a live runway show during Bridal Fashion Week. Instead, she released a creative video interpretation of her Spring 2015 Collection on her website. Gordon Von Steiner, an up-and-coming fashion filmmaker and photographer, did the honors.

    "The opportunity to create a visual and expressive experience of the clothes, as interpreted by my fashion vision, is a whole new way for me to communicate with not only brides, but women everywhere," Wang explained in a press release. In an interview with Women's Wear Daily, she elaborated that the idea has been percolating for a very long time: "For years, for every runway show I have done, there has been a story and a point of view...But I

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  • Taylor Swift Attends a Fan's Bridal Shower

    The bride-to-be with Taylor Swift

    One more reason to love Taylor Swift - she won't break a promise to a friend.

    Bride-to-be Gena has been a loyal Swift fan since the very beginning. Over the years, the two have met several times and developed a friendship. Gena invited Swift to her wedding in May, but the singer had to turn her down - but vowed to attend the bridal shower. The logistics almost didn't work in her favor, but Swift was adamant about keeping her promise.

    Related: 100 Ways to Throw the Best Bridal Shower Ever

    "Apparently, they told Taylor she didn't have time, and she said 'No, I'm going to Ohio. I can't make the wedding, and I promised her,'" Gena wrote on Twitter. "The driver told my dad she planned the trip at 1 a.m. and said 'I need to be there, and I need to be on time.'"

    But her presence wasn't her only present - Swift also showered the bride-to-be with baking-related gifts, including a KitchenAid mixer and homemade chocolate chip cookies (which she baked with Olympic

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  • Backstreet "Boy" No Longer — Nick Carter is Married!

    Our teenage selves are crushed: The youngest member of "The Boys" is now a married man!

    Nick Carter and his fiancée Lauren Kitt, a fitness expert and actress, tied the knot at the Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara on April 12. Fellow Backstreet members AJ McLean, Howie Dorough and Brian Littrell were among the 100 guests who celebrated the 34-year-old singer's big day. In fact, McLean's daughter, Ava, served as the flower girl!

    The bride stunned in a sexy, strapless mermaid gown with lace accents and upswept locks. Not to be outmatched, the dapper groom donned a custom black Anthony Franco Designs tux with a matching bow tie.

    Related: The Hottest New Gowns from Bridal Fashion Week

    The newlyweds recited their vows underneath a white and purple chuppah overlooking the ocean at sunset. A source tells Us Weekly that the bride was so moved that she reached out and put her hand on her groom's chest: "At the end of the ceremony, they shared the longest wedding kiss I've

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  • Hallelujah! Priest's Amazing Surprise Moves Bride to Tears

    It's not every day that a wedding ceremony receives a standing ovation!

    Father Ray Kelly stunned newlyweds Chris and Leah O'Kane when he broke out into song during their nuptials in Oldcastle, County Meath, Ireland. His sensational, tear-jerking rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" has taken the Internet by storm - as of press time, it's been watched over 2.8 million times since being uploaded on April 7th:

    The tune in question is one of the most covered songs of all time - everyone from Bono to Susan Boyle has put their personal stamp on it - but Kelly customized the lyrics to fit the sacred occasion. Check out more popular wedding songs here ►

    Father Kelly tells BBC News that locals know about his musical talents, but this unsuspecting bride and groom were from different parishes. "We had the rehearsal on Thursday evening and at the end I said, 'sure maybe I'll sing an aul song for you myself' - Leah grinned and said 'OK sure' but I don't think she was taking it

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