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A guy was the 'flower man' in his cousin's wedding


When his cousin Andria wanted Patrick Casey to be involved in her wedding, he offered to do so in the most adorable way possible by acting as the wedding's "flower girl." And he went all out.

28-year-old Casey, who BuzzFeed reports runs his own PR firm in Wisconsin, walked down the aisle spreading petals using the same basket that Andria used 20 years before in a wedding they were both in together.

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A video of Casey's walk down the aisle, which has already racked up thousands of views, shows his dignified flower tosses and ends with him pulling more petals out of his pockets to perform a "Lebron powder toss" at the end. The crowd totally ate it up, clapping for him as he joined the rest of the wedding party at the alter.

And while you might think such a stunt would upstage the bride and groom, Casey told BuzzFeed that the couple loved his flower man performance and that it added some levity to their big day.

"They FULLY encouraged me to do all of this. I would have never done anything to take attention away from them if they didn't want me to," he said.

An article from The New York Times said that Casey is not alone: the "flower man" is becoming more and more common as couples break out of traditional gender roles. So if you're planning a wedding, you may just want to expand your search.

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An Elevated Backyard Wedding in Georgia


Sherita Starks and Dion Watkins go back—way back, actually. “Dion and I met in Mrs. Early’s fourth grade class in 1987,” Sherita says. “Dion was my first crush!” The two were friends for years and even dated briefly in college, but they finally made it official when Sherita moved to the West Coast to pursue her acting career. Seven years later, they found themselves back in Atlanta and bumped into one another at a local bar. Can you say “fate”?

After almost two (more) years together, Dion wanted to propose to Sherita, and knew just how to do it. “We were home to celebrate Dion’s grandmother’s 100th birthday,” she remembers. “We went for a walk together on the Beltline, and he proposed underneath a gorgeous tree.” The timing was especially fitting since the ring Dion slipped on Sherita’s finger belonged to her grandmother.


With a love story that dates back to childhood, it was no surprise that Sherita and Dion chose the groom’s childhood home as the venue for their May 13, 2017 backyard party. “We wanted something simple and intimate, and Dion’s parents’ home was just the place,” Sherita explains. It also meant they could limit their guest list to 100 people, making sure their families and closest friends really felt the love.

Photographed by Kelly Anne Berry, this spring wedding outside of Atlanta will have you looking at your childhood backyard in a whole new light.

As soon as Sherita found her wedding dress, everything else fell into place. “I became obsessed with the designer [Rime Arodaky] and followed her closely on Instagram," she says. "That’s actually how I found our photographer!” The bodice featured a bateau neckline and cap sleeves, which lead to a plunging open back. But the best part? That veil!

Sherita added a rich pop of color with her bouquet, a combination of spirea, blush garden roses, burgundy ranunculus, hellebores, sweet pea, astilbe, and eucalyptus.

Sherita and Dion kept their wedding party small, each tapping a single friend to stand up front during the ceremony. They added a personal touch by inviting a group of friends to serve as their unofficial wedding party and asked them to walk down the aisle ahead of the maid of honor and best man. “We had them each wear boutonnieres so they would stand out,” Sherita says. And of course, they had the cutest flower girl and ring bearer, ever.

Dion rented a navy suit from The Black Tux and added a ranunculus boutonniere to his lapel. “We had all of our guests wear black and white, so Dion popped a little bit more in navy,” Sherita says.

You won’t believe it, but Sherita and Dion’s ceremony took place in the groom’s driveway! They set up a wooden mantle, flanked by candles in modern hurricanes and an array of midcentury furniture. “I wanted it to feel like a living room,” says the bride. “We had our families take a seat on the lounge furniture so they would be a part of the ceremony.” The mantle was topped with a garland of burgundy and blush dahlias, ranunculus, hellebores, and roses, finished with eucalyptus and other branches. Instead of a runner, the aisle was lined with oriental rugs.

Sherita walked down the aisle with her mother, but honored her late father when she selected her wedding date: his birthday!

“We wrote our own vows, but wanted to keep them to ourselves, so we exchanged notes with one another while we got ready that morning,” Sherita says. After the first kiss, guests showered the newlyweds with white rose petals. When the pastor asked Sherita if she took Dion as her husband, the bride said more than “I do.” “I looked at him and exclaimed ‘I sure will,’” she says, laughing.

"Our wedding was more than I ever could have imagined,” Sherita says. “At one point Dion looked at me and said, ‘Babe, let’s just look around and take all of this in.’ I’m so glad we paused to really absorb it.”

The reception took place around the pool, with a mix of high and low tables topped with burgundy centerpieces. The florist mixed dahlias, roses, ranunculus, and hellebores in burgundy, peach, blush, and cream, then scattered votive candles in metallic holders. Even the pool itself was decorated with floating flowers and candles.

The dance floor was buzzing as soon as the DJ got started. Sherita and Dion danced to “Spend a Life” by Jamiroquai and “Love Makes Things Happen” by Pebbles and Babyface for their first dances, and then invited their mothers to join them for “Before I Let Go” by Frankie Beverly and “My Girl” by The Temptations.

“The hit song of the night was definitely ‘Swag and Surf,’” says the bride. “The best man started rapping!”

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Pippa O'Connor and Brian Ormond


Celebrity couple Pippa O'Connor and Brian Ormond celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary with sweet tributes to each other.

Social media star Pippa (33) and her business manager husband (37), who have sons Louis (14 months) and Ollie (4), married in 2011 in Co Wicklow and had a big celebrity bash in the Powerscourt Hotel.

They both posted throwback pictures of their wedding over the weekend, with Brian calling Pippa "the most amazing wife".

"You to me are everything," he wrote.

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Blogger Pippa, who hit the town to celebrate on Saturday night, told the Diary that their time as a married couple has "flown by".

"We've packed a lot in between having the boys, starting a business. It's been a busy six years," she said.

The couple met through a mutual friend in Dublin's Krystle nightclub in 2008 and have become one of Ireland's best-known celebrity couples.

But Pippa admits that, like any other busy working mum, she needs time away from her family too sometimes.

Last week saw her flying to Ibiza for a few fun-filled days on the party island, but this time around with a different Brian.

She was joined by her best pal Brian Dowling and three other buddies as they hit some of the island's hottest spots.

However, Pippa revealed that there definitely wasn't any clubbing involved, as TV presenter Brian reckons they're too long in the tooth.

"It was so fun. It looked like we were absolutely mad, but we weren't doing the typical Ibiza thing, going to nightclubs," she said.

"Brian was like, 'Darling, we're too old for nightclubs!' So we were in amazing restaurants and nice bars and that was it.

"There were five of us, but it was the best fun. I feel like I need to go on a retreat afterwards."

Pippa also said she doesn't buy into any notion of "mummy guilt" about leaving her two boys, as it's good for her to have some quality time away from the house as well.

"I've never done more than three nights away from them in a row, but I think whether you get to go away on a break or go out to an event for the day with a friend, I think it's so important for everyone to take time out," she said.

"That's whether you're a working mum or a stay-at-home mum. I don't feel guilty because it's good for them and I think it's good for me.

"I know they're at home with their dad and they're being looked after.

"I think it stands to you when you're a mum to remember that you're not just a mum and you can go and do different things."

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Wedding day for Virginia couple


With all the planning that goes into a wedding, every bride wants to have the perfect day, but there were several hiccups along the way for one Hampton Roads couple.

Many people may have seen the wedding party standing along Interstate 264 near the Witchduck Road exit on Saturday. That’s because the bus carrying the entire party — including the bride and groom — broke down.

“We’re about 37 seconds into the trip and all of girls are like, ‘Something is burning,’” Chelsie Schrum, the bride’s sister-in-law said.

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The wedding party had left the hotel, and was heading to the wedding venue when they started seeing smoke.

“The bus driver, she felt horrible. She was about to cry,” said Chris Schrum, the bride’s brother.

Off the bus and all smiles, what do the girls do? Take pictures, of course. Meanwhile, Chris Schrum got the dress.

“We’re on the side of the road for about a couple minutes, VDOT gets there, Trooper Don — we love him — he gets there and then Legacy came through like Johnny on the spot, got us a huge bus,” Chelsie Schrum said.

Trooper Don Thornton said he thought there was a serious issue when he saw the group.

“I just had finished up with another disabled vehicle and I saw their vehicle — the bus — at the emergency pull off with a wedding party that was standing outside of it with 12 to 15 people with gowns and tuxedos,” Virginia State Trooper Donald Thornton said.

Once the new ride arrived, they were off, with the help of Trooper Don.

“He turned his lights on so that we could scootch into traffic,” Chelsie Schrum said.

But the bumps in the road didn’t stop there. After the ceremony, there was another issue.

“We get in there, the power is out for two hours. They can’t make the food, the drinks are getting warm. The cake is melting,” Chelsie Schrum said.

Through it all, Chris and Chelsea Schrum said the couple, Casey and Scott, weren’t fazed.

“Nothing has bothered her. We’re like, ‘Casey, the bus is broken down.’ She’s like, ‘Fine.’ Then we’re like, ‘There’s no power’ and she’s like, ‘Fine. I’m still getting married,’” Chelsie Schrum said.

And that they did.

Chelsea and Chris thanked Trooper Thornton, VDOT and the bus company for helping them get to the ceremony.

“It’s an unfortunate incident that occurred but in the end it was, looking at the pictures, it seems to be a happy bride and a memorable moment for them and their future,” Trooper Thornton said.

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Easy hairdos for instant wedding plans


New Delhi, June 10 (IANS) Go for low bun, hairband braid or just accessorise your hairdo right to get ready for an instant wedding plan, say experts.

Sidhika Gupta, Fashion Head, ROPOSO – a social media fashion platform, and Javed Khan, Creative Head, Be U Salons, share some easy to make hairstyles.

* Low bun: Tie the hair close to your nape in a ponytail, then roll your hair upwards in a bun and fix it with U-shaped hairpins. Fan the hair-bun evenly on both sides using your fingers tips.

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* Hairband braid: For braiding, try skipping conditioning after shampoo. It might seem odd, but it makes a lot of difference in holding the braid better. Hairband braid is the sleekest way to keep your locks away from your face. Create tight braids with under each ear, wrap it across the edge of your hairline, and secure to back of the neck with bobby pins.

* Pixie: A pixie cut is a hairstyle generally short on the back and sides of the head and slightly longer on the top. You can accessorise this haircut with a headband.

* Double French twists: If you have thick hair make it a double with the double French twist; pump up the volume with a sock French twist; or take the easy route and do a messy French twist. Accessorise with fresh or silk flowers.

* Princess braids: A simple yet elegant way to make your hair look fresh. Just take a small front section on the right and braid back close to the head. Anchor the braid to your hair with a bobby pin and repeat on the opposite side. Accessories with hair pins to cover up the bobby pins.

* French braid: French braid hairstyles are timeless classics and they’re picture perfect for so many occasions. From classy affairs in the evening and weddings to relaxed days around town, French braids will accompany and complement your every outfit.

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wedding market


An exciting international collaboration is set for 8th June 2017, as The Wedding Bliss Thailand, Sandra Aberg Photography, IAMFLOWER and Firenze Convention & Visitors Bureau come together for inspirational styled shoot promoting destination weddings in Tuscany, Italy.

Following fruitful connections built at Destination Wedding Planners Congress (DWP) 2016 hosted in Florence, Italy, and DWP 2017 hosted in Phuket, Thailand, this collaboration has a paramount importance. Giving a chance to further promote Tuscany as an exclusive and exceptional destination for weddings, it also allows for Thailand-based The Wedding Bliss and IAMFLOWER to extend their creative portfolios to a new market.

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With Castel Monastero, a stunning historical villa located in Siena, as the main venue sponsor, the shoot will aim at creating classy and sophisticated wedding look, at the same time showcasing the raw natural beauty of Tuscan countryside. The Wedding Bliss, a leading wedding planner in Thailand, who have been in love with this region forever, are excited at the opportunity to bring their aesthetics to such an exquisite setting. With a recent success of DWP Congress 2017 in Phuket, where TWB stepped in as the official event partner, and IAF implemented impressive floral arrangements, both teams look forward to extending their portfolios to the European market.

Sandra Aberg Photography, famous for her wedding fashion editorials frequently featured in Vogue Japan, Vogue Sposa Italy, Brides and many other magazines and blogs is sure to create yet another magical series this time, with visionary ideas flowing. Her work is often admired for its dreamy, romantic, pastel coloured and ethereal aesthetic.

A further list of partners includes Sandra Lovisco as MUAH artist, Savio Firmino for furniture rentals, The Wedding Letters di Laura Mazzetti taking care of stationery, Galia Lahav providing amazing bridal gowns and Le Spose di Mori stylish men suits, jewelry from Fratelli Piccini, JD Events providing models, Sugar & Spice Bakery taking care of sweet things, and others.

Tuscany is already an extremely popular Italian destination for weddings, but knowing that competition is strong around the world, Firenze Convention & Visitors Bureau – Tuscany for Weddings division, a project in partnership with Toscana Promozione Turistica, Tuscany Region Tourist Board, always works hard to showcasing the best of the region and this inspiration shoot is just a perfect opportunity to do this.

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How to get the best value on your wedding finance


Last weekend’s wedding of the year saw Pippa Middleton marry James Matthews in a celebration that is estimated to have cost anywhere between £250,000 and £700,000, depending on which newspaper you read.

Even a relatively low-key wedding is far from cheap these days. The average cost of a wedding is £27,000, according to Bridebook, rising to £38,000 in London - and 4 per cent of weddings cost more than £100,000.

How are people funding these extravagant celebrations?

According to Moneysupermarket it is increasingly with a loan. The comparison website has recorded a 53 per cent increase in customers applying for wedding loans of more than £30,000 this year.


Over 50,000 people have applied for a wedding loan since January, reports The Times, with 10 per cent requesting more than £20,000. That seems like madness when you consider that 247,372 weddings took place in 2014 and there were 111,169 divorces.

It means there is a reasonable chance you would still be paying for your wedding after you had divorced.

Thankfully, it seems most engaged couples are more sensible. The average wedding loan people apply for is £8,497 and some wedding costs are falling.

The average amount spent on a wedding dress has falling from £1,329 to £832, according to online fashion retailer Lyst. While an engagement ring is typically worth 19% less now than 10 years ago with an average value of £1,080, reports the BBC.

If you do need to borrow money for your wedding then make sure you shop around for the best deal.

M&S Bank offers the lowest-rate personal loan of 2.8 per cent for £10,000 over five years. But, think hard about whether you want to still be paying for your big day in five years time when you may have other demands on your income such as a mortgage or children.

If you don’t need to borrow that much then see if you can put elements of your wedding on a zero per cent credit card. That way you can spread the cost of your wedding for free. Sainsbury’s Bank has the longest zero per cent deal for new purchases, giving you 31 months to clear the debt.

Finally, if you are planning to spend a large sum on your wedding day make sure you are insured. Wedding insurance has become big business in recent years and it is certainly worthwhile if you are spending thousands of pounds.

“Venue cancellation and supplier failure are the main things to consider when buying wedding insurance,” says Ben Wilson of Go Compare, in The Times.

“This ensures that you’re protected should the venue cancel your wedding, or if one of your pre-booked suppliers, a caterer for example, is unable to fulfil your order. To make a claim, you’ll need to have a written agreement or contract with the supplier.”

Just be aware that wedding insurance won’t pay out if your wedding doesn’t go ahead because one of you gets cold feet.

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Pippa Middleton


From all accounts of Pippa Middleton's weekend wedding to James Matthews, the night was an affair to remember. According to royal insiders, every detail of their ceremony and reception was choreographed to a T -- and that, not surprisingly, included the seating chart. However, instead of seating couples next to one another, as is customary, Pippa and James had everyone spread out. And this of course means that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry sat separately at the reception. That's a little awkward for Meghan, no?

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Sources told the Telegraph that Pippa arranged the seating chart for the reception so that every couple sat apart. Apparently, separating couples at formal events, weddings in particular, is an age-old rule people once followed, but it's not usually implemented at modern events. Pippa and James are one of the exceptions, obviously.

On the one hand, it's a nice notion to separate couples, as it forces everyone to mix and mingle with people they otherwise wouldn't. But it may be better served for more intimate events, like dinner parties. There probably were many people there -- like Meghan -- who really only knew the person they came with.

Of course, it's doubtful that this was sprung on Harry and Meghan when they walked into the reception, so surely they were prepared. But still. Definitely makes things slightly awkward -- especially when Meghan was thee wedding guest everyone has been talking about.

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Norman-Goodman exchange vows at Campbell University


Kerry Branon-Mock Norman and Amanda Elizabeth Goodman were married on April 8 in Butler Chapel on the campus of Campbell University, Buies Creek. At the celebration of the presentation of Mr. and Mrs. Norman, the campus bell tower marked the occasion by peeling joyously campus wide as the newlyweds marched down the aisle.

Kerry Norman is the son of Julia Norman-Denis and Gary Denis and the Late Kenneth Norman, all of Yadkinville. Dr. Amanda Goodman is the daughter of Chris and Maude Goodman of Jefferson. Mr. Norman holds a B.A. in business and a B.A. in healthcare management from Campbell University. Dr. Norman holds a PharmD from Campbell University.

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The bride wore a white dress by designer Mori Lee which had a lace bodice with a cap sleeve. There was a satin waist band with beaded appliqués, a full tulle skirt that ended in a scalloped lace border and chapel train. She carried a daisy nosegay. The groom wore a silver gray tux with a white shirt and ivory tie and vest.

The seven bridesmaids wore varying styles of dresses, all being dark purple while the maid of honor wore a spring green dress. All of the bridesmaids carried nosegays of fresh daisies. The best man and the seven groomsmen wore silver gray suites with a variety of spring green and purple shirts, ties and vests.

The bride was given in marriage by her father, who wore a silver gray suit with a spring green shirt, tie and vest.

The wedding party, family and friends were entertained at a rehearsal dinner hosted by the grooms parents. The dinner included homemade pork BBQ prepared by the groom’s stepfather and a groom’s cake designed by the groom’s mother that was highlighted with chocolate trumpets echoing the trumpets the couple played in the Campbell University band, where they met.

A reception following the wedding was hosted by the bride’s parents and was held at the Chicora Golf Club in Dunn. There was a buffet dinner with BBQ chicken and pork and long-neck Nehi drinks from Jefferson as a sentimental request of the bride.

The groom’s grandfather, George Bissette, designed and created the wedding cake which was highlighted with purple heather flowers.

After a honeymoon to Disney, the couple will be completing their work contracts with Harnett County School System and Rite Aid.

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Kim Kardashian West's assistant missed her wedding


Kim Kardashian West's former assistant Stephanie Shepherd didn't get to watch her wedding ceremony because she was "busy filming".

Stephanie - who was recently promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Kardashian West Brands, after previously serving as Kim's assistant - has revealed she missed brunette beauty's marriage to rap star Kanye West in Florence, Italy, in May 2014 because she was trying to capture footage for 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians'.

Recalling her own memories of the romantic occasion, she shared: "I didn't even get to watch the ceremony because I was also filming - I often producer-cam the more personal moments for the show, when they don't want full-on cameras around - so I was filming everyone getting ready.

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"And then Caitlyn lost her suit, so I had to locate it; all the girls are getting ready, we're getting Kim together, we're in this castle; Kanye is down rearranging the floral arrangements and all this stuff, all while I'm trying to film."

Kim currently employs a personal assistant, a house assistant and two nannies, but when Stephanie started working for the reality TV star back in 2013, she was her only full-time member of staff.

Stephanie has admitted to being rushed off her feet trying to arrange Kim's jet-set lifestyle - especially after the arrival of Kim's daughter North in June 2013.

She told Refinery29: "I was doing her whole schedule, doing her laundry, booking travel, putting the stroller together and all of these things. But I wasn't nervous. I was just excited, always staying longer than I needed because I was trying to prove myself - and then North came early!

"I was a brand new assistant who had no idea what to do with a baby, but we all moved into Kris' house, and she was the one who made it all feel OK and moved mountains for us."

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