Shahs of Sunset’s Mike Shouhed Is Married!

A photo posted by Mike Shouhed (@mikeshouhed) on Mar 4, 2015 at 10:08am PST

Mike Shouhed, one of the stars of Bravo’s Shahs of Sunset, married fiancée Jessica Parido Sunday night. The couple, who got engaged in June, tied the knot in a lavish wedding at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles with many of Shouhed’s co-stars in attendance.

Fellow Shahs of Sunset star Reza Farahan Instagrammed a photo (below) of many of the show’s cast members dressed to the nines, including newbie Asifa Mirza. Mirza broke two major wedding-guest wardrobe rules in a plunging, white gown. “@mikeshouhed and Jessica’s wedding with @asasoltan, @bobbypworld and @asifamirza what a beautiful night! #shahs,” Farahan wrote in the caption.

A photo posted by Reza Farahan (@rezafarahan) on Mar 29, 2015 at 10:47pm PDT

The ornate ballroom appears to have been decked out with mini candelabras, lush white centerpieces, and gold place settings. Seems fitting for reality TV royalty!

The past few seasons of Shahs have documented Mike and Jessica’s road to the altar. Jessica, an Italian-American nurse, converted to Judaism for her now-husband, and at the beginning of the current season, he finally purchased a gorgeous engagement ring. Later this season, we’ll get to see Mike’s epic skydiving proposal, which apparently went off without a hitch.

“Right before I jumped — and my heart was beating out of my chest — I yelled to Jessica, ‘I love you! Will you marry me?'” he told Us Weekly. “I had a picnic with champagne and a 4-carat ring waiting. She kept saying, ‘I’m going to be your wife.’ It all worked out perfectly.”


Better Together: 9 Dinnerware-and-Flatware Pairings

Dinnerware and Flatware Pairings, Butterfly Plates with Black Utensils

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Creating your wedding registry isn’t all fun and games (alright, it’s mostly fun!). Before you get zapper-happy scanning any and every item you love at first sight, think about the overall look you’d like to achieve in your newlywed home, and determine which pieces will get you there. One easy way to create a cohesive look? Pair your flatware and dinnerware for a look that’s seamless and chic. Here, we’re sharing nine of our favorite pairings so you can host the most stylish dinner party ever.

We love the whimsical butterfly-patterned dinnerware from Vista Alegre, seen above. Register for modern black flatware to balance out your colorful plates like these sleek utensils from Canvas Home. Dinnerware: “Christian Lacroix Butterfly Parade,” $391 for a five-piece place setting, Vista Alegre; Flatware: “Madrid,” $98 for a five-piece place setting, Canvas Home

Dinnerware and Flatware Pairings, Blue and White Dinnerware with Gold Forks

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Pretty blue-and-white patterned dinnerware never goes out of style. This gold-rimmed option from Bernardaud pairs well with this coordinating set from Yamazaki. Dinnerware: “Prince Bleu,” $550 for a five-piece place setting, Bernardaud; Flatware: “Dome Gold Accent,” $60 for a five-piece place setting, Yamazaki

Dinnerware and Flatware Pairings, Rose Gold

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Rose gold is here to stay. These Lenox plates and utensils share the same pinkish hue and would make for a truly romantic tablescape. Dinnerware: “Gluckstein Audrey,” $200 for a five-piece place setting, and Flatware: “Marchesa Imperial Caviar,” $90 for a five-piece place setting, Lenox

Dinnerware and Flatware Pairings, Modern Black and Gold

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Chic black-and-white dinnerware with a dose of geometric flair, like this set from Sieger by Furstenberg, is perfect for a glamorous couple. It looks cool paired with Cutipol’s black handled flatware. Dinnerware: “My China! Ca’ d’Oro” dinner plate, $190, breakfast plate, $114, and bread plate, $102, Sieger by Fûrstenberg; Flatware: “Ebony,” $79 for a five-piece place setting, Cutipol

Dinnerware and Flatware Pairings, White and Green Pattern

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The green pattern on this dinnerware set from Mottahedeh feels fresh, but still classic. Pair it with a similar patterned flatware set like, this Argent Orfevres gold basket weave option. Dinnerware: “Apple Green Lace,” $225 for a five-piece place setting, Mottahedeh; Flatware: “Broadway,” $115 for a 20-piece set, Argent Orfèvres

Dinnerware and Flatware Patterns, Romantic Florals

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Romantic brides, rejoice! This floral dinnerware set from Bernardaud looks garden-party ready when paired with bamboo flatware from Sabre Paris. Dinnerware: “Jardin Indien,” $270 for a five-piece plate setting, Bernardaud; Flatware: “Bamboo,” $138 for a five-piece place setting, Sabre Paris

Dinnerware and Flatware Pairings, Retro Pattern

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This Ralph Lauren Home dinnerware set is equal parts modern and retro. Pair it with classic silver flatware, like this set from Christofle Silver, to avoid looking too busy. Dinnerware: “Gwyneth,” $150 for a five-piece place setting, Ralph Lauren Home; Flatware: “America,” $486 for a five-piece place setting, Christofle Silver

Dinnerware and Flatware Pairings, Ornate Blue and WHite

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Make at-home dining a formal experience with this beautiful dinnerware set from Philippe Deshoulieres and ornate flatware from Match. Dinnerware: “Arcades Grey & Platinum,” $375 for a five-piece place setting, Philippe Deshoulieres; Flatware: “Violetta,” $270 for a five-piece plate setting, Match

Dinnerware and Flatware Pairings, White Geometric

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Minimalist couples will love the understated look of these geometric plates from Wedgwood. Register for West Elm’s chevron-handled flatware to continue the modern vibe. Dinnerware: “Ashlar,” $90 for a five-piece place setting, Wedgwood; Flatware: West Elm for similar styles

For more great registry ideas, be sure to check out our April/May issue, available on newsstands and for download now!

Watch One Couple’s Romantic Destination Wedding in Tuscany Come to Life

Looking for a major dose of inspiration to gear you up for a weekend filled with wedding planning? Then you need to check out our brand new real weddings video series. Each week we’re spotlighting one of our favorite new love stories, and today we’re bringing you Andrea and Anthony’s incredible destination wedding in Tuscany.

Origami Videography was there for every moment of this romantic outdoor ceremony and reception and expertly captured countless sweet memories from this couple’s wedding day. Set to the tune of Marie Hines “Always Been You,” watch as this couple exchanges vows overlooking the rolling hills of Tuscany and celebrates with friends and family under the setting sun.

See More: 4 Surprising Ways to Save Money on Your Destination Wedding

And it doesn’t matter if you’re not planning to jet across the Atlantic Ocean to tie the knot, there is still plenty to learn from this couple’s big day. From the inclusion of the couple’s adorable pooch as ring bearer (clad in a tiny tux, no less!) to their private walk at sunset, this beautiful wedding is brimming with great ideas.

Watch as the bride gets ready in a historic villa, the couple’s intimate ceremony beneath an airy chuppah, and their dreamy candlelit reception. You’ll surely love how they end the night sending wish lanterns up into the starlit sky!

Want to see more from this gorgeous destination wedding? See photos from Andrea and Anthony’s wedding, be sure to check out our April/May issue, available on newsstands and for download now!

Is Kate Middleton Trying to Tell Us She’s Having a Girl?

Kate Middleton pregnant royal baby 2 gender

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We hope you’re mentally and emotionally prepared for another adorable Royal Baby, because it’s almost here! Earlier today, Kate Middleton made her last public appearance before giving birth to her second child next month — and if her outfit is any kind of hint, we have a future princess to look forward to.

E! News reports that Kate and Prince William visited the Stephen Lawrence Centre, a community place for learning and social research, this morning, where they beamed with happiness as they took a tour. The Duchess of Cambridge donned a hot pink Mulberry coat, the same one she wore during her trip to New York City in December. Maybe we’re reading into it too much, but the double appearance of a girly-colored jacket seems to tell us that she’s preparing to give Prince George a sister.

See more: Duchess Ferguson Says Princess Diana Would’ve Been a “Naughty” Grandma

That all checks out with the betting community in England. According to HELLO!, booking site Ladbrokes says that most Brits are putting money on Kate delivering a baby girl. In fact, Brits are so confident she’ll have a daughter that they’ve bet five times the amount of money on it!

“The betting is certainly heating up with around a month to go now,” Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said earlier this week. “Elizabeth leads the way as the 5/1 favorite for the name of choice, followed closely by Charlotte, Alexandra and James.”

As we wait for the next arrival, we know one thing for sure: If the new baby is anywhere near half as cute as Prince George, we have a lot of squealing to do.

BRIDES Michigan: Say “I Do” to This Lake Huron Wedding Venue

Brides Michigan Wedding Venue Grand Hotel

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The Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, Michigan is the perfect locale for a Michigan bride’s idyllic wedding day. Tucked away on an island in Lake Huron, your guests will be transported into a magical wedding weekend from the moment they set foot on the island. Since cars are not permitted on Mackinac Island, arrange for horse-drawn carriages and bicycles to transport guests to the hotel.

Plan to exchange vows on the legendary Grand Hotel porch, which is lined with beautiful boxes brimming with bright red geraniums, or wed amidst a lush array of flowers in the property’s Tea Garden. For your reception, there are five formal choices as well as four more casual off-site restaurants. That means you can host literally any type of bash at this destination location.

See More: 5 Times You Should Say “No” During Wedding Planning

If the views and endless options aren’t enough to entice you, we’re willing to bet the food will. Start with a cocktail hour complete with drink stations, an ice carving, and hors d’oeuvres like vegetable spring rolls, fajita stations, and a tapas display. Then dine on a variety of dinner options, including cream of lobster soup, diver scallops, strip steak, and crab-stuffed shrimp.

You don’t have to go far to find a cake baker, either. The Grand Hotel offers speciality wedding cakes with tasty flavors like Bailey’s Irish Cream, pumpkin, and banana in addition to classic vanilla and chocolate options.

At the end of the evening you and your guests can retreat to the property’s guest rooms and enjoy a weekend-long celebration on this quaint island.

Get a First Look at Benedict Cumberbatch’s Wife’s Stunning Valentino Wedding Dress

A photo posted by Valentino (@maisonvalentino) on Mar 26, 2015 at 2:06am PDT

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch broke millions of hearts when he married his pregnant fiancé Sophie Hunter in a romantic Valentine’s Day wedding last month, but now Hunter is the one who will be the object of everyone’s envy. Valentino posted the first photo of her in her custom wedding dress to its Instagram account today, and it is a gorgeous sight to behold.

“Beautiful Sophie Hunter with Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli prepping her couture dress for her March wedding to Benedict Cumberbatch. #magicmoment #sophiehunter #benedictcumberbatch photographed by #AnnieLeibovitz for @voguemagazine,” the fashion house captioned the dramatic snapshot.

See More: 61 Colorful Wedding Dresses That Prove You Don’t Have to Wear White

Made out of silver lace, the lovely gown features a high neckline and on-trend long sleeves, which probably came in handy for her chilly February nuptials in England. Not only that, the empire silhouette is perfect for a burgeoning baby bump.

According to Vogue, Hunter designed the dress, which Valentino designers Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri then whipped up in an impressive three months. “It feels very much of nature, and it’s so detailed and extraordinary that I’m still trying to get my head around how beautiful it is,” Hunter said.

Piccoli and Chiuri described the gown as a “high-waisted medieval gown with high neck and long sleeves.”

It’s an absolutely beautiful wedding dress — celebrity bride or no. Perhaps Hunter has an eye on a career in bridal design!

7 Beauty Bachelorette Parties to Book with Your Girls

Beauty Bachelorette Party Ideas

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You could shell out for a bachelorette weekend in Las Vegas — or you could be equally indulgent and book a beauty party. Whether you love blowouts, manicures, spa treatments or all three, there are plenty of ways to get gorgeous with your bridesmaids. Check out some of the country’s best beautifying bachelorette parties.

Hit the spa: With Bliss’s “All ‘Maid’ Up” package, you and your girls can get ultra-relaxing, 75-minute massages, along with manicures and pedicures, which include a luxurious steamed milk and almond soak; Bliss

Beautify your nails: Head to Valley Nails in New York City, where you can either rent out their Chelsea salon or have them come to you to create intricate, creative nail art; Valley Nails

Get wedding-worthy hair: Getting ready for a night out? Stop by DryBar, where you and your girls can get speedy, smooth blowouts. Reserve the VIP room for two hours, and each of you will get a complimentary mimosa or glass of champagne–plus unlimited coffee, tea and cookies; DryBar

Or, if you want something a bit more intricate, head to John Barrett Salon’s braid bar, located at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City. It’s the perfect time to test-drive a romantic style to wear with your flower crowns; John Barrett Salon

See more: Master the Perfect Blowout in 5 Easy Steps

Find your signature scent: Book a session at one of NOVA’s scent bar many locations, where you and your bridesmaids can create a custom fragrance. From fruity and floral to amber, musk, and wood, there are 20 blends and notes to choose from. (Bonus: If there are four or more of you, you’ll get the private party treatment!); NOVA

Spruce up your shower: LUSH, purveyor of yummy soaps, just started offering Beauty School parties, where groups can get the store all to themselves for two hours and choose among facials, makeup consultations, or a make-your-own perfume party; LUSH

Try a new look: Whether you want your bachelorette party to double as a makeup trial or you just love getting dolled up, Blushington’s makeup parties are a beautiful thing. Reserve a private room for you and your girls, or take over the entire salon at any of their California or Texas locations; Blushington

(Don’t live near any of these locations? Call your local spa, nail salon or hair salon to find out if they offer similar group packages.)

Is It Weird to Skip the First Dance?

A lavish, large wedding is all well and good for an outgoing couple, but a timid twosome may find the attention overwhelming. Is skipping the first dance an option for shy couples? Our etiquette experts weigh in.

Your intuition should largely guide how you plan your big day, but take a minute to consider the first dance before completely giving up on it due to your insecurity. Despite your innate shyness, the first dance is a wedding tradition for a reason. Not only does it allow you and your husband-to-be an intimate moment to enjoy your newlywed status and choose a song that best represents your relationship, it also provides an excellent photo opportunity for your cameraman. In addition, your family will likely expect you to take a spin around the dance floor.

See More: How To Pick The Right Entertainer For Your Wedding Reception

If your disco skills are the source of your embarrassment, try taking a dance class with your fiancé to perfect your pirouettes before the wedding. When your wedding arrives, gauge your level of anxiety regarding the first dance and plan accordingly. If the butterflies in your stomach haven’t flown the coop, tell your band or DJ to time your first dance for one to two minutes max before inviting other couples to join you on the floor.

Warm Cold Feet with These 9 Expert Tips

Tips to Solve Cold Feet Before Wedding

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If you find you’re second-guessing decision in the days leading up to your wedding, or even on the big day itself, you’re in good company. “I think most people — right before they make any big decision in life — question themselves, even if just for a moment,” says Jesse Tombs, senior event producer for Alison Events. “It’s usually not that they are not in love with their soon-to-be partner or doubting their commitment — more commonly they are so excited and caught up in the moment they lose sight of what it’s all about.”

Here, Tombs and psychologist Lauren Napolitano tell you how to warm up those cold feet with their top tips.

Cut back.

“The vast majority of ‘cold feet’ is related to anxiety about the enormity of the wedding,” Napolitano explains. “So, if possible, scale back the wedding, or cut out some complications.”


“Try the one-10 breath method, in which you breathe in for one, breathe out for one, breath in for two, breath out for two, etc., until you get to 10,” describes Tombs. “Deep, focused breath helps calm the nerves, center the mind and release the butterflies.”

See More: What’s Really Worth Worrying About

Schedule a relaxing honeymoon.

Your honeymoon is not the time for a rigorous bike tour,” says Napolitano. “It’s time to chill at the hotel pool.” If your feet start to freeze, just picture them stepping into a hot tub. On a beach. With your beau.

Turn to mom and dad.

“Clear the room and let the bride be alone with her mom or dad,” says Tombs. “They always know what to say!”

Get some perspective.

“Talk to other brides or newlyweds to ask about their cold feet,” Napolitano suggests. “Especially, talk to happily married couples with five or more years under their belts to see if they felt cold feet.” Chances are they did, and they don’t regret taking the plunge anyway!

Eat something.

“Often brides get upset because they haven’t eaten all day and need sustenance,” Tombs says. A quick snack (or even a drink) can fill you up and calm you down.


“The best antidote for anxiety is always activity,” says Napolitano. “Take a yoga or spinning class. It will help to slow any racing thoughts that you might have.”

Talk it through.

“Be honest to yourself, and remember who you are and why you are getting married in the first place,” Tombs says. “Never forget that!”

Seek help.

“If your anxiety is causing you to lose sleep or causing you trouble concentrating at work, get help,” says Napolitano. “A therapist can help you to feel less anxious.”

Gowns for Your Girls: 5 Berry Bridesmaid Dresses They’ll Love

Berry Bridesmaid Dresses

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It’s no secret berry colors are big this season. Just look at the Pantone Color of the Year — Marsala suits tons of wedding styles and pairs well with countless skin tones. If you want to incorporate this popular color family into your big day, we love the idea of dressing your ‘maids in these deep red dresses. Here, five universally flattering berry dresses we can’t get enough of right now.

1. Joanna August

The ruffled detail on this floor-length chiffon gown from Joanna August keeps the look fun and casual. Chiffon (available in 20 colors), $285, Joanna August

2. After Six

This strapless option from After Six is as figure-friendly as it is pretty thanks to a sweetheart neckline and softly ruched bodice. Chiffon (available in 20 colors), $175, After Six

See More: A Bridesmaid List of FAQ

3. Wtoo

For a more formal bash, consider this gown from Wtoo. The A-line chiffon dress is a great pick for any time of year, but we especially love it for the cooler months. Chiffon (available in 76 colors), $225, Wtoo

4. Watters

This pretty lace number is perfect for summer weddings. The soft scallop hemline is so feminine and your ‘maids will love the slightly-sweet-slightly-sexy keyhole neckline. Lace (available in 14 colors), $298, Watters

5. Lela Rose

For retro-loving couples, you can’t do better than this asymmetrical tea-length dress from Lela Rose. Your attendants will stand out thanks to the bold berry hue. Gazar (available in nine colors), $270, Lela Rose

For more great fashion ideas, be sure to check out our April/May issue, on newsstands now and available for download.