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10 wedding moments that participants and guests dread


Cue the urge to leave a wedding; bathroom break, anyone? These moments are ones brides, grooms, guests and wedding planners all told us they encounter with a roll of their eyes. Among their most dreaded ceremony or reception moments:

Cake cutting: Jennifer Harrup of Jennifer Laura Design in Houston says some of the brides she works with nix things like a big, showy cake cutting, not wanting another moment of all eyes on them. "Private cake cuttings have become pretty normal with my clients," she said. "They do an intimate cake cutting with the photographer but don't announce it to the entire room." We won't even get into that part where the bride and groom smash cake into each other's faces.

Reception speeches: "Too many speeches and toasts can be disruptive to the overall flow of the evening, as guests end up spending more time in their seats than on the dance floor," said Jess Levin, founder of Carats & Cake ,an online source for hiring local wedding vendors.

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Bad toasts: Omaha, Neb., photographer Phil Jarrett on toasts: "Hands down, the single greatest source of dread for me as a guest and as a regular hired hand at weddings is the toasts. I can't even tell you how many times I've heard best men bring up ex-girlfriends, fathers wax poetic about the importance of outdated gender roles and bridesmaids mention that they Googled how to give a toast."

Bouquet toss: Many single women dread the moment they're called to line up and attempt to catch flying flowers. Deborah Simmons, wedding planner at event organizer Signature Occasions in Ridgeland, Miss., said brides often scratch the bouquet toss. Instead, she said, "some casually toss the bouquet as they are getting in the car."

Garter toss: Harrup said the garter toss is awkward. "If you think about it, it really is strange that the groom is sticking his hands up the bride's dress in front of her grandmother."

Hours between ceremony and reception: Some weddings include lag time between the ceremony and the reception. Many might use this time to catch up with friends, but other guests say it's a huge drag and stalls festivities.

Cash bar: Arriving at a reception to find you'll have to pay for your drink can be added to the list of wedding bummers, many guests told us.

Deejay calling everyone to the dance floor: No one likes being forced to dance; that's why it always looks awkward. So the DJ asking all the "single ladies" to come up might not work. "I've been at weddings that were so coupled up that when the song came on, only two girls went up to dance," Khalil said.

Hours of photos: The bride, groom, family and wedding party often spend hours away from the fun, being snapped.

Presentation of the bride: Some brides don't want the spotlight or the pressure of a huge, must-be-perfect moment at the beginning of the day. Washington, D.C., bride Hannah Romero opted to be present instead with her husband to mingle with guests as they arrived for their wedding. "There is so much pressure on the entire day already, and so much weight in what the wedding stands for, that I did not need the extra pressure of everyone gasping at me when I appear," she said.

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Karen and Kevin Clifton


Karen and Kevin Clifton are back in the studios rehearsing for the next series of Strictly Come Dancing, where sequins, spray tans and sensational costumes await them. But the newlyweds, who married in mid-July in awedding exclusively covered by HELLO! magazine, have just returned from an equally starry world.

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Kevin and Karen Clifton honeymooned in Mauritius

The professional dancers spent their dreamy honeymoon in Mauritius – their first proper holiday together and also the chance to relax before hitting the dancefloor and training up their celebrity partners.

"We just wanted to enjoy every second of being together in the sun and not moving," said Karen, 33.

"Some people said we should go into the main city and do touristy stuff, but we wanted to be lounging outside, taking in the view, drinking a cocktail... and just looking at Kevin – and my ring every five minutes, playing around with it, checking it was still there."


The Strictly Come Dancing dancers married in July

Waking up on the first morning of their honeymoon, the newlyweds could scarcely believe how breathtaking their surroundings were.

"Our suite was stupendous," said Karen of the five-star The Residence Mauritius. "It was bigger than our house and overlooked the beach and pool. It had a beautiful tropical garden and palm trees. It felt like we were watching a movie from our terrace."

"I felt like I've been married to Kevin since day one," she added. "We've never left each other's sides, but getting married is life changing. I feel more confident as a woman. Now I'm like, 'Oh my God, I'm a wife.' It's exciting and very romantic. I feel like I've changed in a good way."


Having returned to their home in London, the couple, who met on Burn the Floor, have their eyes set on winningStrictly. "Now the dream is just the glitterball itself," said Kevin.

"At least if it comes home I can say it's mine because everything that's Kevin's now also belongs to me," laughed Karen.

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Here comes the beautiful bride


Louise, whose successful battle against the disease inspired the nation, admitted she was excited by her special day, and the weather played along, thanks to prolonged sunny spells.

Louise McSharry

The presenter was overwhelmed with messages of congratulations and best wishes throughout the day.

She revealed she even slept in her ‘Yes Equality’ T-shirt the night before her wedding.

“It only seemed right,” she wrote on Twitter.

She further joked that she had to spend the morning of her wedding watching Magic Mike XXL.

Louise McSharry

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3Louise McSharry

“This day last year I was diagnosed with cancer. Today I’m starting my wedding celebrations. What a difference a year makes,” she said.

Louise paid a moving tribute to the medical professionals who helped her, and all those who supported her throughout her cancer battle.

“People have been so amazing since I’ve been sick. I have been so lucky with the support, from people I don’t know and people I do,” she said.

“The whole thing is a changing experience, but receiving that kind of kindness will have a lasting impact on how I feel about pretty much everything.

“Yeah, I had cancer. But I didn’t have any complications. It wasn’t easy, it was hard. Chemo is hard.

“But at the same time, I have friends who had to have surgery and radiation. I just did six months of chemo, and now I’m grand.”

After the ceremony yesterday, the happy couple were scheduled to party the night away with family, friends and colleagues at a private celebration in the plush Ballinacurra House Hotel outside Kinsale.

Ballinacurra House is famed as the hideaway where King of Pop Michael Jackson spent time with his children to escape the pressures of fame in 2006.

The house is also noted for the privacy it offers guests.

The beautiful house, set in secluded woodland, was one of the destinations sought by Kanye West and Kim Kardashian for their Irish honeymoon, but it wasn’t available for their chosen dates last year.

Louise, a native of Dublin, ranks as one of 2fm’s most popular DJs.

She spoke repeatedly about her cancer diagnosis and treatment, being hailed for inspiring numerous other Irish people battling the disease.

She chose the Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day last March to publicly confirm her all-clear.

“I genuinely feel really lucky,” she said.

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Pope — Hamill


Brittney Carol Hamill and Jonathan Thomas Pope exchanged wedding vows during a 4 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, June 27, 2015, at Enterprise Baptist Church in Littleton.

The bride is the daughter of Steve and Carolyn Hamill. She is the granddaughter of Mary West and the late Thomas West and Louise Hamill and the late Ferdie Ray Hamill.

The bridegroom is the son of Thomas and Susan Pope. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Davis and the late Mr. and Mrs. John Pope.

Pope — Hamill

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Minister Michael Wollett performed the nuptial ceremony.

A program of wedding music was provided by Holly Pleasant, soloist, Charlie Sieber, guitarist, and Teresa Myrick, pianist.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father.

Her flowers were designed by Denise Beaver of Roanoke Rapids.

Sarah Katelyn Long of Winchester, Va., friend of bride, served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Erica Smith Edmondson of Greenville, Ashley Myrick Vaughan of Elizabeth City, Sarah Strother Peoples of Louisburg and Whitney Rightmyer Williams of Greenville, all friends of the bride, and Elizabeth Pope Vinson of Murfreesboro and Jennifer Pope Disney of Conway, both sisters of the bridegroom. Jordan Lynne West of Littleton, cousin of the bride, served as honorary bridesmaid.

Serving as flower girl was Teagan Rae Hamill of Littleton, niece of bride. Ring bearer was Craven Thomas Pope of Murfreesboro and Camden Scott Disney of Conway, both nephews of bridegroom.

James Thomas Pope of Conway served as his son’s best man. Groomsmen were James Davis Pope of Conway, brother of the bridegroom, Brandon Clark Futrell of Greenville, William Franklin Jones Jr. of Ahoskie and James Blake Lassiter of Jackson, all friends of the bridegroom, and Stephen Brent Hamill and Bradford Thomas Hamill, both of Littleton and brothers of the bride.

Lindsay Michelle Jacob of Roxobel served as bridal attendant. Jessica Dickens Hamill of Littleton and Kristin Hux Hamill of Littleton, sisters-in-law of the bride, served as mistresses of ceremonies.

The bride received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at East Carolina University and works as a registered nurse at Boice-Willis Pediatrics.

The bridegroom has a HVACR degree from Pitt Community College. He works at Department of Transportation in Jackson.

After a honeymoon in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, the couple now reside in Roanoke Rapids.

A reception was held following the ceremony at Chockoyotte Country Club in Weldon, Music was provided by disc jockey Greg Henry of Macon.

An after-rehearsal dinner was hosted by the bridegroom’s parents at Enterprise Baptist Church and catered by Kim Johnson of Jackson.

A bridesmaids’ luncheon was held on Saturday, June 13 at Bay Sire Winery Bistro & Ale House in Jackson.

A miscellaneous shower was held on May 2 at the home of Pam Peedin on Lake Gaston, hosted by friends.

The bride’s family, bridal party and friends hosted a miscellaneous shower on May 31 at Enterprise Baptist Church.

A miscellaneous shower was held on June 7 at Zion Methodist Church, hosted by the bridegroom’s family and friends.

A pantry shower was held on June 10 at Boice-Willis Pediatrics, hosted by co-workers.

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Fall fashions flash back to the '70s


The hottest fashion trend for fall is a fashionista's dream because "anything goes."

That assessment comes from Denise Betts, junior department manager at Dillard's in Hamilton Place.

"Skirts, dresses and tunics with lace and fringe details will be big," she says. "You'll see geometric and paisley prints, tie-dye, flared pants, short skirts, long skirts and hats — lots of hats."

Today's trends are "across the board" and geared to appeal to everyone from teens to baby boomers, she says, but the biggest look channels the 1970s, a trend initiated by baby boomers, who were born between 1946 and 1964.

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Super-flared pants. Think Jimi Hendrix.

Short geometric-print shifts. Think Twiggy.

Tie-dye. Think Grateful Dead.

Sound hippie-esque? Oh yeah.

Other definite "big looks" include head-to-toe black, geometric-print leggings, patterned hosiery, lace and fringe, flared pants and faux fur.

"They say if you've worn it once, you shouldn't wear it again but, the way we are today, everything is out there," Betts says. "Fashion is across the board. There is no wrong, and there is no right. However, you've just got to know that when you put yourself together, you need to look in the mirror from head to toe and ask yourself if you can pull it off."

While the bohemian and hippie look may dominate fashion this fall, classic pieces are also on the forefront.

"Pencil skirts paired with booties, a classic top and blazer is just as trendy this season as geometric print leggings and a tunic," Betts says. "In other words, if you're happy with what you're wearing this fall, you're fashionable."

Suzanne West, owner of Frankie & Julian's boutique on Frazier Avenue and a faithful follower of fashion, says it's going to be a fun season.

"The styles are so wearable and pragmatic as well," she says. "I have turtlenecks, lots of chunky knits, faux fur, flared pants, denim, winter white, brown, lots of black, neons and shearling."

Kate Marchese, a sales associate at Orange Blossom Boutique in Cleveland, Tenn., agrees that winter white is one of the top colors for fall.

"We've got a lot of winter white, as well as gray fashions," she says, adding that the faux-fur vest will also be a hot item.

"The fur vest was a big trend last year, and it's still big for fall and winter. And we're seeing a lot of looks that date back to the 1960s — very much a Boho style. There's something for everyone this year."

Spanx fans will appreciate its fall line that includes colored stockings, embellished knee-high socks and tights, West says. But the embellished knee-high socks, trendy elsewhere, may not show up in Chattanooga, she says.

"It will be trendy to wear thigh-highs over sheer tights or knee high socks over fishnets, but it's not a look we'll likely see here," she says. "We are a little behind in some trends in the Southeast.

"I do think, though, that we will see a lot of opaque and colored tights in neutral or pop colors. I saw a ton of chunky knit sweaters at the last market I attended and peeps in Atlanta were already on trend with those looks.

Accessories are equally important as clothing, Betts adds.

"Accessories are huge this season. From long necklaces to stacked bangles, statement earrings and hats, accessories complete your outfit," she says.

In years past, gold and silver have alternated in popularity, with a little rose gold and pewter thrown in now and then. "This season it's all popular," Betts says. "Again, anything goes."

If you're looking to add just one piece to your existing fall wardrobe, the go-to piece is an ankle- or mid-calf length kimono, she says.

"It's that one piece that changes the whole look of an outfit and makes it fun," she says. "You can even wear it right now with shorts and carry it into the fall with shorts, leggings, high boots with a long necklace and a tee. It's a very sexy look."

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