WATCH: Hollywire TV Star Chelsea Briggs Stops by BRIDES in Brides Live Wedding’s Series Premiere!

Now that you’ve voted on and selected all of the exciting details in this year’s Brides Live Wedding, it’s time to follow along as our dream nuptials for Katie and Sean come together! In our exciting web series, host Chelsea Briggs, of Hollywire TV, will be walking our bride through every aspect of her big-day — from trying on her wedding dress to looking at elements of the décor. Watch along as all of your planning culminates into Katie and Sean’s dream destination wedding!

In the first episode of Brides Live Wedding, Chelsea crashes the BRIDES headquarters to get the scoop on all-things bridal. Arriving in style, Chelsea makes her way to our offices to explore! Once she gets to the office, she pops into our fashion closet, where all of the wedding magic happens. With walls and walls of dress racks and shelves of shoes, it’s no wonder Chelsea becomes wide-eyed when she makes her way inside!

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First, she goes right for the accessories and tries on a veil, which she admits, she’s never worn before. Then, Chelsea dives into the dress rack, only to be greeted by a BRIDES staffer who’s going to show her the ropes. We walk her through the four options for each Brides Live Wedding category, curated by our own editors. And at the end, Chelsea decides to have some fun with all of the gorgeous gowns and accessories hanging in front of her (how could she not?)!

Watch the first episode of our exciting series to get acquainted with Brides Live Wedding, and don’t forget to stay tuned for Episode 2, airing next Friday, June 5!


WATCH: Justin Bieber Serenades a Newly-Engaged Couple!


Justin Bieber: Not the romantic serenader you’d expect, but the romantic serenader you might get. A newly-engaged couple discovered the wonders of the Canadian singer’s dulcet tones as they had a chance run-in with him in Los Angeles last night.

According to TMZ, Bieber spotted the future bride and groom as he left The Grove and struck up a conversation, in which he found out that they’d just gotten engaged. The man asked Bieber to sing to his fiancée, and he agreed. The Biebs broke out into the Boyz II Men hit “I’ll Make Love to You,” which he’s been working into his public appearances recently. Adorably, Bieber asked the man to sing the chorus to his future bride, and he did!

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The whole performance was sealed with applause and a kiss. Who knew Bieber could set such a mood?! If he really wanted to shower the newly-betrothed duo with love, he could offer to be their wedding singer — as he rehabs his damaged public image, it would be a great way to regain some public goodwill. Besides, he’d be just the latest in a long line of celebrity wedding singers. Tony Bennett (Lady Gaga’s wedding singer), Lana Del Rey (she performed at the Kimye wedding), Florence Welch (sang a song for BFF Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds), and Ellie Goulding (the official Royal Wedding performer) aren’t such bad company, are they?

How to Get Away With Murder Star Charlie Weber Is Married! Go Inside His Super-Secret Ceremony

Charlie Weber How to Get Away with Murder Is Married

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About a year after popping the question to his longtime girlfriend in a secret proposal, Charlie Weber, who plays Frank Delfino on How to Get Away with Murder, is married! The actor tied the knot in a discreet Cabo San Lucas, Mexico wedding on April 25, Us Weekly reports.

The marriage has been kept hush-hush for a little over a month and the star’s wife’s name has yet to be revealed. But despite the super-secret ceremony, Weber did invite a few of his HTGAWM cast members, including Matt McGorry and Katie Findlay.

I sat and for waited 12 hours, 48 minutes, and 12 seconds to get this shot #mexico

A photo posted by Matt McGorry (@mattmcgorry) on Apr 25, 2015 at 2:23pm PDT

While Weber and his bride kept their nuptials out of the spotlight, McGorry and Findlay took to Instagram to share photos of their time in Cabo San Lucas on the day of the ceremony — but were still super secretive about the actual event. On the day of the wedding, Findlay posted a photo of her champagne glass with her name card and table number with the cryptic caption: “Somewhere special today in the sun.”

Somewhere special today in the sun.

A photo posted by katicatronica (@katicatronica) on Apr 25, 2015 at 6:15pm PDT

WATCH: Chris Pratt Teaches His Son Jack the Pledge of Allegiance — and the Video Is Adorable

The cuteness levels in this video are record-breaking! Chris Pratt posted a video to Facebook for Memorial Day of himself teaching son Jack the Pledge of Allegiance. As you can imagine, this lovable-goof-turned-hunk and his little one make for a heartwarming break this afternoon.

“Meant to post this on #MemorialDay but I was in China and my phone wasn’t working. I’m proud to be American. I’m blessed to get to travel the world! #IPledgeAllegiance,” Pratt wrote about his video on Facebook.

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Standing on their large wraparound porch and facing an American flag, the elder Pratt begins “I Pledge Allegiance…” with little Jack repeating exactly as his dad says right after him. All goes well until the end, when the Jurassic World star had to prod his two-year-old to say the ending. The Pratt men could’ve been speaking nonsense, though, for all we care, and we would’ve still watched this ultra-sweet father-son moment!

We’re not at all surprised that it was this father-and-son pair that produced such a heart-meltingly cute clip, though. The Guardians of the Galaxy star and wife Anna Faris have already stolen our hearts when it comes to cute celebrity couples. During a recent Reddit AMA session, Pratt couldn’t help but gush about his romance with his wife of six years.

“Anna and I are meant to be together,” he wrote of his relationship. “Our relationship has made me believe in divine intervention and destiny, just as much as my crazy career and the way I fell into this life.”

This Couple Turned a Working Farm into a Foodie’s Dream Wedding

James and Zhenya dated for five years in San Francisco, New York, and Skype calls between the two. But no city united them like Canaan, New York, where the two spent countless hours gardening, exploring, and de-stressing at their country house in the mountains. They decided to get hitched during an early-spring ride to the Berkshires, and they knew they wanted to get married there, where they first fell in love.

The two foodies (and would-be mixologists — they met when Zhenya was tending bar at a party and James tried his hand at mixing drinks!) also knew they wanted to highlight their love for farm-fresh food, herbs, and inventive cocktails.

They found everything they loved at Hancock Shaker Village, a living museum in a Massachusetts Shaker community complete with a spectacular, 200-year-old round barn, working farm, and roaming livestock that is just a short ride away from their upstate New York home. The result? A timeless country affair filled with plenty of fresh produce, flowers, and more than a little room for fun. Check out Elena Zhukova‘s photos of their bash below!

In lieu of an official wedding party, James and Zhenya asked seven of their closest male friends to be ushers, and seven female friends to choose readings for their Jewish ceremony.

James and Zhenya walked down the aisle together to a classical medley, recited identical vows they’d written themselves, and walked out together to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

Hancock Shaker Village had never hosted a wedding before, but with the help of Lyndsey Hamilton events, James and Zhenya were able to make their dream barn affair a reality without sacrificing a thing. The venue even let livestock roam the grounds before the ceremony; two baby lambs were the belles of the ball!

James and Zhenya wanted their guests to be prepared to party all night long and still wake up for brunch the next day, so they stocked their custom-printed welcome bags with herbed almonds, Emergen-C and pain relievers — just in case!

Between rounds on the dance floor, guests tucked into a family-style meal of lamb and herb stew, mushroom risotto, pork belly, and cod. The barn was filled with grey-clothed round tables, decorated with arrangements of sage, herbs, and local flowers.

The dance floor of Hancock Shaker Village’s large barn was packed all night long, the couple says. They didn’t plan on doing a first dance song, but when DJ Gary Ames played Bruno Mars’ “I Think I Wanna Marry You,” the two knew they had to take the floor.

The best part of the wedding for James and Zhenya? “Looking at our guests from under the chuppah and seeing that remarkable scene from that perspective,” they said. “There was so much love, support, and joy at every moment.”

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Hancock Shaker Village || Wedding Planner: Lyndsey Hamilton Events || Grooms’ Suits: J.Crew || Florist: Crocus Hale Flowers || Invitations & Paper Goods: Maple and Belmont || Catering: SoMa Catering || Ceremony Music: Karen Marie || Reception Music: DJ Gary Ames || Rehearsal Dinner: The Wheatleigh || Photography: Elena Zhukova Photography

Did you love this farm wedding? Then watch another rustic bash at a barn in Washington in the video below!

Getting Married In: Austin

Austin is becoming a popular destination for weddings and for good reason — this Texas town has a myriad of beautiful wedding venues to choose from as well as a delicious food scene. If you’ve decided to tie the knot in Austin, here are some of our favorite ways to pay homage to your favorite city.

Greetings from Austin Portraits (above): Set the tone for your Austin nuptials by sending photo save-the-dates taken at the iconic mural on South 1st Street.

Austin wedding ideas

Photo: The Nichols

Hot Sauce Favors: Texans love their Tex-Mex, so pass out bottles of your favorite hot sauce as a tasty, enjoy-at-home wedding favor.

Austin wedding ideas

Photo: Taylor Lord

Food-Trailer Catering: Austin has a buzzing food-trailer scene so why not book your favorite mobile restaurant to serve dinner from their truck?

Table Numbers: Show some local pride by naming your reception tables after your favorite Austin landmarks or events.

Topo Chico Vases: Austin denizens loves this extra-fizzy brand of sparkling water — you’ll find it at pretty much every restaurant and convenience store in town. Repurpose the iconic yellow-labeled bottles by turning them into bud vases for your reception tables.

Breakfast Tacos Late-Night Snack: Breakfast tacos are an Austin institution and everyone has an opinion on which restaurants serve the best. Book your fave spot to deliver wrapped breakfast tacos that you can offer to late-night revelers on the dance floor or as a delicious departing snack.

Taylor Swift Goes Wedding-Dress Shopping with Her BFF — Get the Details

Taylor Swift Goes Wedding Dress Shopping

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Looks like Taylor Swift is already fulfilling her MOH duties! In February, Swift’s childhood BFF Britany Maack tapped the pop star for the position in a super-cute way. And Swift is taking the job seriously. The “Bad Blood” singer accompanied the bride-to-be to Reem Acra‘s New York City showroom on Tuesday to tackle the ultra-important task of finding a wedding dress.

“I’ve never been a maid of honor before. This is my first time, and it’s really, really important to me because this is my best friend, who I’ve known since I was born. And she’s marrying someone I’ve known since I was 4,” Swift told PEOPLE.

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Reem Acra is one of both Swift and Maack’s “favorite designers,” Swift said. “Reem does the most amazing bridal designs, and Britany and I were looking through Vogue, and she pointed to this one gown, and I was like, ‘I wonder if we could go to the showroom…'”

Just one of the perks of having a celeb as your bridesmaid? They can pull some serious strings. Case in point: Swift made a few calls to the showroom “and sure enough, it was the best day ever. It was so amazing.”

Even though Swift is no a stranger to weddings — remember when she famously crashed a fan’s bridal shower? — this is the pop star’s first stint as a MOH. And now that wedding-dress shopping is underway, we have a feeling the singer is already getting a head start on a few more maid-of-honor to-dos like planning the bridal shower and writing a memorable maid-of-honor speech!

4 Times You Need to Take It All in on Your Wedding Day

If you don’t watch it, your eight-hour wedding could fly by in a flurry of activity, people, emotion and excitement. It’s important to take a few private moments to help you be fully present for this life-changing event. Here, four times it’s okay to call “time out” on your big day.

Before the ceremony

As they say in Hollywood, “Can I have the room?” Before the ceremony, ask your bridesmaids to give you a moment alone. Look into the mirror — and really see yourself. Take in your beauty (you’ve worked your butt off to look this good). But look deeply within yourself, too. Take this moment to mark this transition in your life, just before you walk down the aisle to get married.

After the ceremony

There will be ketubahs to sign and photos to take. But there are only a few minutes of your lives during which you and your husband are absolute newlyweds. So take a moment — in the limo, or go for a walk away from the crowd — just the two of you.

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Before the reception

Ask your wedding planner to give you and your husband five minutes alone in your reception hall — before the guests enter and crowd the space. You’ve worked hard to make a statement for everyone’s first impression, and you need to see your vision come to fruition.

At the reception

Grab your girlfriends — the ones who’ve had fun pouring over wedding boards on Pinterest, who love the details of planning your wedding, who helped tie bows — and go on a tour together of all your special details at your reception. You’ll have more fun seeing your hard work and creativity that you put into your reception with your girls at your side.

Allison Moir-Smith, MA, is a bridal counselor, creator of How Brides-To-Be REALLY Feel videos, and author of Emotionally Engaged: A Bride’s Guide to Surviving the “Happiest” Time of Her Life.

Actress Nia Long Is Engaged to Ime Udoka!

A photo posted by Nia Long (@iamnialong) on Aug 23, 2014 at 6:57pm PDT

Actress Nia Long is engaged to Ime Udoka, her boyfriend of five years! Long, known for her role in Boyz n the Hood, stirred up engagement rumors when she was spotted wearing an engagement ring on her left ring finger recently.

She’s been mum about the exciting news, but a source close to her cleared up any confusion yesterday, confirming to Us Weekly that Long is engaged to the former NBA player and San Antonio Spurs assistant coach. Though she hasn’t shown off a close-up look at her rock, it looks like an emerald-cut diamond on a pave band.

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Long has spent most of her life building up her career in Hollywood, something she told Rolling Out in 2013 got in the way of her personal life. “I think that women who are extremely driven to success, ambitious, I think they get to a point in their lives where they’re like, ‘Uh oh. I am 30-something years old, and I don’t have a husband and I don’t have children yet and what does that mean?'” she told the magazine.

Though she has a three-year-old with Udoka named Kez and another son from a previous relationship, this will be her first marriage. “I think what it means is stay in your course because it’s going to happen when it’s supposed to happen,” she told Rolling Out. “It doesn’t happen for everyone at the same time, so you can’t compare your life to someone else’s.”

Cocktail-Hour Food Ideas: Creative Crudités

Crudités are a tried-and-true cocktail-hour staple, but instead of serving carrot and celery sticks on a basic (boring!) platter, it’s time to step up your veggie game. Here are six elegant and unexpected ways to display vegetables during cocktail hour — incorporate one of these ideas at your wedding and chances are it’ll be the chicest crudité display your guests have ever seen.

Vintage Wood Crates (above): Repurpose old wooden crates and boxes to create a rustic-yet-elegant hors d’oeuvres table where guests can help themselves.

cocktail-hour food ideas crudities in a library card catalog

Photo: Ray Kang

Library Card Catalog: This couple had the clever idea to turn a vintage card-catalog draws into a creative self-serve crudité display.

Crudités Skewers: Serving guests fresh veggies on individual skewers is a fun and whimsical twist on the traditional crudité platter.

Farmers Market Display: If you and your groom are big foodies and cooks, have your caterer create a bountiful fresh-vegetable station designed to resemble your favorite farmers market stand.

Shot Glasses: During cocktail hour, have waiters pass out individual portions of sliced veggies and dip served in easy-to-eat shot glasses.

cocktail-hour food ideas crudities in baskets and pails

Photo: The Mullers

Baskets & Pails: If you’re hosting a more casual celebration, designate a cocktail-hour table for crudités and display the different veggies in assorted woven baskets and pails.