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  • Boy Passes Away After Being Parents' Best Man

    Bride Christine Swidorsky carries her ill son down the aisle at her wedding.Bride Christine Swidorsky carries her ill son down the aisle at her wedding.

    Two-year-old Logan Stevenson wasn't your typical best man. Instead of holding the rings for safekeeping, he clutched his favorite teddybear, "Bun Bun," during the ceremony; he couldn't give a toast at the reception, and in fact, he slept through most of it. But his presence alone surpassed all of the bride and groom's hopes.

    You see, Logan is terminally ill and suffers from a rare disease called Fanconi anemia, along with leukemia and other medical complications. His parents, Christine Swidorsky and Sean Stevenson, originally planned to wed in July 2014. However, after receiving a diagnosis that their precious son has a mass in his only remaining kidney (and weeks to live), they decided to get married as a family - while Logan is still with them.

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    In just a week, they organized their new backyard nuptials - which took place in Jeanette, Pennsylvania on Saturday, August 3 - thanks to a tremendous outpouring of support from their

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  • What Real Brides Did with Their Dresses After the Wedding

    After poring through bridal magazines, trying on countless gowns in the fitting room and potentially spending more on one item of clothing than you ever will again, you finally found The Dress. Your husband swooned, your mother cried, and your friends couldn't stop telling you how gorgeous you looked on the big day. Your dress is so pretty that you wish you could wear it every weekend! Unfortunately, you can't. Well, you could...but you might get a raised eyebrow or two. So now what?

    Real brides let us in on what they did with their wedding gowns after the big day. Read all of their responses, then tell us what you plan on doing with yours once you're married!

    1. Save your dress as a keepsake.
    "Growing up, very little, if anything, was ever saved in our family since we moved around so much, so I figured I was starting a new tradition by holding on to my dress as an heirloom. Of course, I had no idea then if I would even have girls in the future." -Cathe Holden

    "It's been

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  • This Year's Hottest Wedding Date Is..

    As of July 1, approximately 1,650 brides will be married on 11/12/13.As of July 1, approximately 1,650 brides will be married on 11/12/13.

    Brides love choosing unique dates for their weddings. Last year, 10/11/12 and 12/12/12 were popular choices and this year, the frontrunner is, hands down, 11-12-13 according to the David's Bridal "What's on Brides' Minds 2013 Survey." As of July 1, approximately 1,650 brides will be married on that day and you can bet that number will increase as the date nears.

    We were curious as to why some of these brides opted for a mid-week wedding (11/12/13 falls on a Tuesday) and reached out to a few of these engaged ladies. All had purchased their gowns at David's Bridal to wear on this special date. You'll love their answers and some of the creative ways they're incorporating the 11-12-13 date into their weddings.

    1. Mona Abdi & Her Fiancé Mark
    "We chose this date for a few reasons: We are both finance/accounting people so numbers are our lives! Second, I knew that Mark would never forget the date! We actually got engaged on a Tuesday and will be married in Aruba so the date works

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  • Childhood Sweethearts' Wedding Photo Goes Viral

    Childhood sweethearts recreate carousel photo from when they were just three years old.When we see an adorable little boy and girl holding hands, declaring that they're going to get married, we usually chuckle and think nothing of it. In fact, decades later, they'd probably roll their eyes when reminded about this memory. But for Jake Kantrowitz and Sarah Truitt, both 26, this childhood fantasy actually came true. They met when they were just three years old, and tied the knot on July 27 this year in Boston.

    In honor of their roots, they used a nostalgic photo taken on a carousel for their save-the-date. Off-the-charts cuteness, right? It gets better: The newlyweds recreated the picture on their wedding day! When Levi Albert, their best man, saw the new photo, he was inspired to create a then-and-now composite using Photoshop. "I thought it would be instant karma on Reddit," he told Good Morning America.

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    It wasn't long before the photo went viral, receiving more than 41,000 "upvotes" and 1,830 comments on the social media site. One

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  • Wedding Do-Over: If I Could Plan it Again

    Brides are planners. They craft color schemes, decode guest lists, crunch numbers, and plot for weeks to pull off the ceremony and party of a lifetime. And almost universally they succeed. Still, no matter how many times a bride crossed her T's and dotted her I's, inevitably, there are details she wishes she'd handled differently: missed photo opportunities, vendor mix-ups, decorating delays.

    To help you avoid these snafus, recent brides have shared their big-day regrets. We then asked wedding pros to examine what went wrong so you don't wind up repeating their mistakes.

    1. I'd lock in a venue before the other details - like my dress!
    "You'd think in the city of New York finding a venue would be easy," says Danielle Fernandez, "But we didn't nail down the space until September and our wedding was in December. Meantime, I'd found my dress in June, and had moved ahead with many other details. I'm just lucky the dress I picked worked for a wedding in a modern space: the Trump

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  • One Bride's Quest for Kate Middleton Hair

    After a series of four harrowing hair trials, I'd love to share my experience with other brides in case anyone is going through the same thing (you're not alone!) or in the process of scheduling their beauty appointments for the big day. This is my story about the connection between hair and self-image - including a few hard-earned lessons I learned along the way.

    A retro-inspired wedding hairdo.A retro-inspired wedding hairdo.

    I looked into the mirror and saw an imposter staring back at me in a haze of hairspray. I recognized the wide Katy Perry-like eyes, but everything else about her was foreign. She had a retro bouffant 'do warped from the '50s, with boho braids wrapped around the sides of her head. I could barely make out the sparkling headpiece on top because it was drowning in a nest of curls. (Learn how to choose a wedding hair accessory, here.)

    This wasn't exactly what I had in mind when I showed the hairstylist my inspiration photo of Kate Middleton (my fashion hero!) at a royal gala, looking resplendent with her updo and amazing

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  • This Father/Daughter Dance Will Make You Cry

    Rachel Wolf's touching last dance with her father.Rachel Wolf's touching last dance with her father.Rachel Wolf's father/daughter dance on Saturday, July 20th was everything she hoped it would be - the only thing missing was a groom to watch on.

    Her dad, Dr. John Wolf, is losing his battle with terminal pancreatic cancer, but that didn't stop the determined 25-year-old from Auburn, California from making their wedding wish come true. Regretting that he would never get to take part in her big day, yet not wanting to pressure her current boyfriend to propose, she came up with the idea to host a special dance now that she can record and play at her future nuptials someday.

    "My greatest sadness of you not being here is that you won't get to walk me down the aisle or have a special father/daughter dance," she told him through tears in a video posted online by News10/KXTV. "So I'm inviting you to my 'wedding.'"

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    In an interview with The Today Show, her "ultimate hero" reveals just how much the staged event meant to him: "Each

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  • Amazing Wedding Invitations Inspired by Movie Posters

    Photographer Joshua Watson and his wife Rachel, a film and television producer, infused both of their passions in their ingenious wedding invitations. With the help of photographer friend Jordan Nakamura, the pair re-created a selection of movie posters; then, they made DVD invites for friends and family, using the images as covers on the DVD cases. "We tried to choose a variety of films that we both enjoy," said Watson. "We also wanted to choose posters we felt had iconic designs." Take a look!

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  • A High-Flying Bouquet Toss and Garter Toss

    The bouquet and garter toss are time-honored traditions, but these days, more than half of Bridal Guide brides skip at least one of the tosses.

    One couple decided to put a new twist on the tradition that was anything but stale - Natasha and Jake Johnson launched themselves in a human slingshot before making their tosses! Their venue, Hobble Creek Lodge, already had the slingshot on premises; after taking turns going up in it the night before the wedding with their bridesmaids and groomsmen, they decided to do it during the wedding as well.

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    "Jake and I joked around about me doing the human slingshot in my wedding dress but I thought, 'No way, it will ruin my dress,'" Natasha told HuffPost Weddings. "Well, I changed my mind the night before the wedding and said, 'Why not!'"

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  • Adam Levine is Engaged!

    The "Love Somebody" singer has found the one! Maroon 5 frontman and "The Voice" coach Levine, 34, proposed to girlfriend Behati Prinsloo, 24, a Victoria's Secret Angel, over the weekend.

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    The notorious playboy is finally settling down!The notorious playboy is finally settling down!

    First spotted together at a friend's wedding in Hawaii last June, the pair split briefly earlier this year before rekindling their romance. Last month, during an interview on Oprah's Next Chapter, Levine hinted that he had marriage on the mind:

    "I'm a fan of marriage. People think that I keep pooh-poohing marriage, but I love it," he said. "I want to probably be married at some point. I don't feel pressured to get married. I think that when it's the time, it's going to be obvious, and I'm going to do it, and I'm going to really enjoy it."

    We can't argue with that logic! A source shared to Us Weekly, "He realized he really does love her and she was the one."

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