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2015年12月30日

Jessica Stevens and Walter MacDonald love to surprise people, and pulled off their greatest shocker last week when they got married in a unique way and kept it a secret for a full day.


The couple hosts a Christmas party for their families on Christmas Eve, and Walter suggested they get married during the party. But the next day he got an even better idea. While visiting his father, a friend stopped in and began talking about the costume portrait shop at the Highland Square Mall.


So on Dec. 23, they got married in a simple ceremony held at Costume Portraits by Miss Emi and Mr. Bill, and surprised their families and friends with the news at the party on Christmas Eve.


“It’s really like us,” said Jessica. “When we moved in together, we didn’t tell anybody, and when we bought our house we didn’t tell anybody, then announced it.”


During the party, with about 50 family members in attendance, the MacDonalds played a video of the ceremony to let everyone know about the wedding. Many thought it was a joke while some realized it was the real thing.



“My mom was in shock right until Christmas Day,” said Jessica, adding that everyone was “ecstatic” when they found out it was a real wedding.


Jessica wore an old west brisbane bridesmaid dresses, while Walter was dressed as a gunslinger. The justice of the peace who performed the ceremony wore period costume as well, and they had two friends witness the exchange of vows and take a video.


The pair has been together for seven years and was fairly certain no one was going to believe them; several years ago when they took a trip to Cuba, they told people they eloped when in fact they hadn’t.


“She’s been joking for years that we should have a surprise wedding,” said Walter, who added that he had previously been against getting married because he wasn’t interested in a big wedding.


Along with informing family members at the party, they changed their Facebook status to “married” and posted an announcement. Many friends didn’t believe them while others offered up congratulations.


The best comment came from a good friend who initially told them that “Santa doesn’t come to liars,” – later posting, “If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn't be more surprised than I am right now.”


They wanted to do something unique, even considering getting married at the Wharf Rat Motorcycle Rally in Digby, so taking their vows at the mall appealed to them.


Walter’s idea for the costume portrait shop nuptials came only three weeks beforehand, and within 48 hours they had the entire wedding planned – rings bought, marriage licence obtained and bouquet ordered.


“I’m the most unstressed bride ever,” said Jessica. “He arranged everything. I just had to get my hair done and show up.”


The only moment of alarm occurred when they went into the mall with Jessica’s hair done and Walter carrying the bouquet in a sweater, and they saw someone they knew. Luckily, he was talking to someone else, and the secret stayed safe. “I panicked a bit about that part,” she said.


While costume portrait shop proprietors Bill and Emmi Bourgeois have taken plenty of portraits of people in wedding attire during their many years in business, it was the first time they had an actual marriage take place at their studio.


“What a thrill to be thought of as the location,” said Emmi. “They thought it was the perfect location for a wedding shoot. The wardrobe is provided, the atmosphere is provided, the photographer comes with it, and it’s all done in an hour.”


The MacDonalds believe they are the only people who have ever held a wedding ceremony at the New Glasgow shopping mall.


“We made it about us. For me it was never about a huge wedding – it’s about the commitment,” said Jessica. “Overall it was wonderful. We wouldn’t have done it any other way. It was unique and different and memorable for us because it was so intimate. We weren’t wrapped up in the stress and planning.”


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Jessica said she also wasn’t interested in a church wedding without her father there to walk her down the aisle, as he passed away in 2014.


“Christmas Eve is extremely significant for me, so to get married around that time is extremely special,” she said, adding that the Christmas Eve gathering was her father’s favourite party of the year.

  
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FEATURE WEDDING

2015年12月26日

Joshua Detko’s out-of-character public declaration of love for Zoe Holden was caught on CCTV camera for the couple to keep as a memento.


Zoe, a PhD research scientist from Leicester, was so overwhelmed by the grand proposal in the middle of all the crowds at Leicester Railway Station that she had to sit down.


She says: “After Josh and I had lived together for almost two years, I temporarily moved to London for three months to work at the Government Office for Science.


Joshua Detko and Zoe Holden married at the Ashton Memorial in Lancaster on November 21, followed by a reception at Forrest Hills. 
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“One weekend, Josh met me at the station and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.


“There was a lot of squealing and jumping, and I was so overwhelmed that we had to sit on the floor for a moment.


“And it was all caught on CCTV which East Midlands Trains sent to us after.”


She adds: “The best thing about the proposal for me was the public declaration – I am quite outgoing, but Josh doesn’t like any kind of public displays of affection.”


Josh, a transport development officer at Leicester City Council, who is from Lancaster, met Zoe in 2010 when they were both at Manchester Met University. Zoe was the president of the Geography Society and Josh was studying geography.


They met at a geography social at the student union bar and got chatting about Josh being from Lancaster.


Zoe had spent a lot of time in Lancaster and Morecambe as a child as a family friend lived there, and had already vowed to marry at Ashton Memorial in Williamson Park, after attending a wedding there when she was just 10-years-old. The pair tied the knot on November 21, followed by a reception at Forrest Hills, Lancaster.


The theme for the wedding was ‘white, gold, maps, glitter and dinosaurs’ and Zoe says, “the wedding was more about fun than decorum”.


The couple, who live in Leicester but hope to move to Lancaster soon, honeymooned in Tenerife.


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The bride's guide to winter weddings

2015年12月17日

This weekend, I attended Telenor Bridal Couture Week with high hopes, expecting some quality fashion, a sizzling red carpet featuring the who’s who of the fashion industry and a star-studded catwalk. Not all those expectations were met.


The bi-annual fashion week TBCW is meant to present designer bridal collections – and big names like HSY, Fahad Hussayn, Nilofer Shahid, Zaheer Abbas, Zainab Chottani and Nickie Nina showed on December 11-13, along with a host of others.


A great disappointment was the lack of quality on the catwalk – outfits showed their cancans under lehngas and shararas, pearls and other embellishments fell off outfits.


While the event itself was glitzy enough, no socialites or A-list celebrities were spotted on the red carpet. However, this is not to say that I didn’t spot any celebrities at all... on the runway, showstoppers like Mira Sethi, Adnan Siddique, Humaima Mallick, QB, Maya Ali, Osman Khalid Butt, Wahab Riaz, Armeena Rana Khan and Resham partly made up for the absence of their peers on the red carpet.


I soon discovered that the lacklustre red carpet only foreshadowed the futility of the fashion week itself.


A great disappointment was the lack of quality on the catwalk – outfits showed their cancans under lehngas and shararas, pearls and other embellishments fell off outfits, unfinished dupattas were all around, and torn and dirty shoes were just the tip of this unsightly iceberg.


Apart from a few designers like HSY, Maria B, Nilofer Shahid, Fahad Hussayn, Zaheer Abbas and Saira Rizwan, most designers devoted their attention to putting on a show, and forgot all about maintaining quality.


Just like every year, TBCW turned out to be a completely entertainment-driven platform and consequently received a lot of public attention. This makes it a valuable forum for designers who are able to get traction as the shows' audience translates into actual buyers. So while there is little I found relevant in TBCW in terms of pushing the proverbial sartorial envelope, it was definitely a live-action performance of a bride's guide to winter weddings.


What to wear?


If there's one thing that Bridal Couture Week is good for, it's giving brides-to-be (and their posse) a decent selection of wedding wear. Here's what caught my eye:


1) Mehndi


There were plenty of options for the traditional mehndi bride, and also for those who wanted something different...


Zaheer Abbas:



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A mehndi is nothing if not festive and that is the exact vibe one got from this ensemble by Zaheer Abbas. It is a beautiful shade of mustard yellow, which is kept light and dreamy without being overwhelmed by embroidery. This ensemble is ideal for a small, intimate mehendi.


Saira Rizwan:


Another outfit that caught my eye was this mehndi green lengha choli by Saira Rizwan. Not only do its accents of maroons make the jora pop, its embroidery is detailed and definitely worthy of a bride. This outfit was an absolute favourite from her collection.


Fahad Hussayn:


If you're a bride who's bored with the signature yellows and greens, Fahad Hussayn sent down this gorgeous ensemble just for your mehendi. Maybe. What I liked is the balance struck in the palette here: the magenta is muted by its contrast with the bronze, making it regal, not OTT girly. The mid-length shirt makes for a comfortable fit – essential for a bride who likes to move on her own mehndi! Fahad has paid exceptional attention to detail in this jora,which makes it a must-have in my book.


2) Barat


Gone are the days when the bride blushed in red on the Barat. TBCW offered plenty of bride-worthy alternatives:


Sahar Atif:


So many brides forgo colour for the sophistication of a metallic palette that this Sahar Atif ensemble had to be recommended. The gharara's bronze embellishment sets it apart from the gilded usual. Nobody will be able to say that they've seen this one before.


Maria B:


Designers sent down numerous pastel options for this winter's brides, but this Maria B ensemble, modelled by the lovely Maya Ali, caught our eye with its feminine appeal. A blush of pink complements the silvery base, and the floral embroidery makes it a good option for the girly girl.


Fahad Hussayn:


With impeccable finish, intricate details and a gorgeous plum color rarely ever seen on brides, this Fahad Hussayn ensembled knocked it out of the park. It's perfect for the bride who'd dare to be different.


3) Valima


Zainab Chottani:


Mint green and baby pink is a winning combination in this Zainab Chottani ensemble, which is perfect for a bride who wants a soft look on her Valima.


Maria B:


Maria B’s sari pants are an excellent choice for someone who is looking for edgy contemporary wear while maintaining their traditional roots.


Nilofer Shahid:


Worn by the beautiful Humaima Mallick, this ethereal sharara by Nilofer Shahid was made for the statement-making bride.


What to Avoid


While there was a lot that looked beautiful, there were some outfits that made us cringe. Today's bride knows not to pile on the embellishment, but it appears that not all designers got that memo!


Lajwanti:


The trickiest colour combination in the book in red and silver, and Lajwanti completely missed the mark with this one. Not only is the combination jarring to the eyes, it is also completely overdone. The silhouette offered nothing new.


Asifa & Nabeel:


We wonder why multi-panelled shirts were 'in' a while ago, and were worn to death with trousers and chooridars. Asifa & Nabeel tried to resurrect the style with little success. While the flared pants is definitely a new twist, the two pieces just don’t get along. Perhaps if the pants and shirt are worn separately, the pieces could be redeemed.


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Sobia Nazir:


This ensemble by Sobia Nazir was another let-down. Hero capes are just not the right kind of cut for bridal wear or wedding wear. I am not sure what the designer was aiming for because the lehnga itself seemed to fall flat with no volume. This indecisiveness of the ensemble made it a complete miss.

  
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Colbert, Tate Wedding

2015年12月14日

Anna Elizabeth Colbert of Dothan, Alabama and Levi Austin Tate of Enterprise, Alabama were united in marriage on December 12, 2015 at 5 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Dothan. Doctor Paul Thompson officiated the candlelight ceremony.


The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kelly Kermit Colbert of Dothan and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Edward Downs and Ms. Dorothy Thomson Colbert of Dothan.


The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Kenneth Long of Enterprise and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Roland Harrell Long of Port Charlotte, Florida, Ms. Mary Quinnie Tate of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Wayne Watson of Hartford.


Colbert, Tate Wedding

A program of music was presented by pianist, Mrs. Cindy Ward and organist, Mrs. Sylvia Thornton, of Dothan, Giddings Strings Quartet of Florida, and the Calvary Baptist Church Choir of Dothan. Vocalists were Mr. Steve Chambers, Mrs. Katie Parrish and Mrs. Melanie Donop of Dothan. Mr. John Watson Downs of Dothan read scripture.


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Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a classic and timeless ball gown with intricate lace sleeves made in traditional Alencon lace, an illusion neckline and open back. Fitted to the natural waist, the silk taffeta skirt was adorned with lace details and swept to an eight foot train. To complete the ensemble, she chose a royal cathedral length veil of ivory illusion and trimmed in Alencon lace.


The bride carried a loose, cascading bouquet of white and blush Peonies, white Astilbe, Veronica, Lisianthus, Ranunculus, Stephanotis and Tulips, peach Juliet Garden Roses, light pink Charity Garden Roses, pink Majolica Spray Roses, seeded Eucalyptus, Dusty Miller and Ivey.


Serving as Maids of Honor were the bride's sister, Ivy Whittington Colbert of Dothan and Kathryn Kori Chirico of Brundidge. Serving as Bridesmaids were cousin of the bride, Mary Grace Downs O'Connor of Dallas, Texas, Claudia Grace Andrews of Rehobeth, Elizabeth Brooke Dillard of Opp, Olivia McCall Guettler of Chipley, Florida, Merideth Kay Thompson of Panama City, Florida, Mindy Brannon Turner of Hartford, Jordyn Paige Clark, Michaela Margaret Fendley, Bailey Elizabeth Halcomb, and Jordan Elizabeth Unger all of Dothan, along with Montana Skye Savage and Jennifer Paige Sormrude of Enterprise. Serving as Junior Bridesmaids were sister of the groom, Elizabeth Grace Long of Enterprise and Alexis Shannon Ramsey of Samson. Serving as the Flower Girl was the little sister of the bride, Mary Alan Colbert of Dothan.


Serving as Best Men were Jake Tanner Harrell of Ashford, and Cody Allen Hughes of Dozier. Serving as Groomsmen were brothers of the bride, Christian Barnes Colbert and John Hunter Colbert of Dothan, uncle of the groom, Timothy Lamar Brannon of Dothan, Gregory Kyle Brown of Alabaster, Phillip William Clowdus of Auburn, Robert Adam Sanford of Troy, Benjamin Alan Tidwell of Ozark, along with John Dalton Dalrymple, Michael Seth McWaters, Gabriel Gilbert Robinson, and Tyler Drake Stump all of Enterprise.


Following the ceremony, the bride's parents hosted a reception at the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens. On Friday night, the groom's parents entertained the wedding party and guests with a rehearsal dinner at The Wise on Foster.


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A perfect Island wedding

2015年12月10日

Over the years the Ritz in Oak Bluffs has been many things to many people: a beloved watering hole for locals to catch an afterwork drink, a stage for bands to perform and promote their music, and recently a go-to spot for foodies looking for a good deal on great food — courtesy of the bar’s newest chef, Ben DeForest of Red Cat Kitchen. Last week the Ritz became yet another destination: a wedding venue.


On Friday, Dec. 4, manager of Chicken Alley Thrift Shop Noavakay “Noava” Wibel Knight of Vineyard Haven and her painter and carpenter fiancéStanislav “Standa” Harag of Litvínov, Czech Republic, were married at the bar and grill, in front of 200 friends, family members, and other bar patrons surprised to be in the presence of a wedding. In the span of only four days, the couple planned the very Vineyard affair, thanks in part to a number of friends, local resources, and the power of social media.


So just how did they transform the renowned dive bar into an appropriate place to exchange their vows? The space just up from the bar, where you’d often find bands performing or a pool table in use, was split in two by several rows of benches, occupied by guests of the couple. At the front of the room, a rustic white screen was placed, adorned with fabric and lights, provided by Ritz owners Jacqueline and Larkin Stallings. In front of the screen stood officiant Seth Gambino, owner of La Choza Burritos in Vineyard Haven, clad in jeans, Converse sneakers, and a newsboy cap. Beside him, the groom — in a v-neck T shirt and jacket — held the couple’s beloved Pomeranian terrier, Providence. Nearby, Kyleen Keenan of Not Your Sugar Mamas passed out sachets of lavender to guests.



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Shortly after 9 pm, the bride entered the door at the front of the room, steps from Circuit Avenue, after being dropped off by a Hummer driven by Bubu Luncar of I’ll Be There Painting, in Vineyard Haven. Guests rose to greet her as she walked the aisle in a long white gown with a high neck and a low back, which the bride herself had made from an Amish tablecloth she found at the thrift shop and previously created for a Martha’s Vineyard Fashion Week event. On her head sat a custom crystal tiara made for the occasion by Jessica Kramer of Hawkhouse jewelry designs, who offered her services to the bride via Facebook. In her hands she held a vintage-inspired bouquet of anemones and snapdragons provided by Morrice Florist, a wedding gift courtesy of Ms. Knight’s boss, Sandy Pratt.


In a short ceremony, the couple exchanged vows and rings, to a room full of cheers and applause. Shortly after, the benches were cleared from the room and the newlyweds socialized with their guests, while musicians Tristan Israel and Paul Thurlow performed a previously planned set, and business as usual resumed at the Ritz.


“It was perfect, simple. I never really imagined what my wedding would be like, so in that way it was even more than I imagined,” said Ms. Knight in a phone interview with the Times. The couple chose to make it official at the Ritz, a spot special to the two, who first started dating there on St. Patrick’s Day in 2011. Ms. Knight has also worked with the bar on various events over the years, including the annual Odd Ball party, which benefits Martha’s Vineyard Community Services.


Why the hurry? “We were looking at buying a home, and my mom said that she would sell us hers if we were married. So we decided and posted our plans on Instagram and Facebook,” said Ms. Knight. While sitting at the Ritz having lunch the previous Monday, they decided on the location after discussing potential last-minute wedding venues, which also included the town hall, the beach, or possibly a wooded site. The social media posts grabbed the attention of many friends and colleagues, who helped the couple pull off the event in four short days.


In addition to providing the space, the Ritz offered up the apartment upstairs from the bar as a bridal suite for Ms. Knight to get ready, and the bar’s “Tiny Baker,” Erica McCarron, constructed a small cake for the couple. Ms. Knight and Mr. Harag’s nuptials marked the first wedding at the Ritz under the new ownership of the Stallings, who were happy to be part of the event. “Larkin and I were so thrilled to be a part of this special couple’s day. Noava does so much for our Island community, and it was lovely to have the opportunity to do something for her. Larkin enjoyed it so much, I’m sure he’ll try to convince our recently engaged daughter, Jordan, and her fiancé, Will, to rethink their Island venue!” said Mrs. Stallings.


Despite the short notice, Ms. Knight’s sister, Dawn Breeze of New York, was able to make the ceremony, as well as Mr. Harag’s cousin, also named Standa, who happened to be in town visiting from the Czech Republic. Most guests heard about it on Facebook or through word of mouth among friends. Ms. Knight is grateful for those who were able to make it, and is OK with the fact that everyone wasn’t there. “We let it be our day and for us, and if it didn’t work around everyone else’s schedule, that’s OK. We still love everyone.”


Ms. Knight credits the short notice with the success of the event — no wild expectations allowed for minimal stress, plus it was cost-effective: “We had the cheapest wedding ever. I recommend doing it in four days for anyone. I can’t imagine planning it for two years. It’s anticlimatic. I’ve done a lot of events. You put a lot of energy into it, and then it’s over and nothing has changed. For us, it was really, really great to do it really quick. We didn’t have to worry about it.”


Ms. Stallings of the Ritz echoed her sentiments. “Only having four days to plan turned out to be all the time we needed. Everyone who we called on to help jumped at the chance to be a part of our first Ritz wedding. As I took pictures, I marveled at how everyone in the room had a big smile on their face as they witnessed the happy couple exchange their vows. Noava and Standa, the gathering of our community, and the genuine spirit of the evening, left the Ritz with a special little glow that, I think, will last a very long time.”


Next, the couple will focus on renovating the Vineyard Haven home they purchased from her mother, the same house Ms. Knight grew up in. Currently renting in West Tisbury, they plan to move into the home this winter, which they’ll share with Ms. Knight’s mother, Leslie Wibel. “We’ll do renovations piece by piece. My dad did a lot of weird renovations to it over the years. My family had five kids. We slept everywhere; it’s a funky little house. We’ll rework it to make it ours.” Once the renovations are complete, they hope to have the groom’s family visit in the spring from the Czech Republic.


As for honeymoon plans, the couple will try to get in a trip in February, “to someplace warm, depends on the cheapest airfare,” Ms. Knight said with a chuckle.


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A perfect Island wedding

2015年12月10日

Over the years the Ritz in Oak Bluffs has been many things to many people: a beloved watering hole for locals to catch an afterwork drink, a stage for bands to perform and promote their music, and recently a go-to spot for foodies looking for a good deal on great food — courtesy of the bar’s newest chef, Ben DeForest of Red Cat Kitchen. Last week the Ritz became yet another destination: a wedding venue.


On Friday, Dec. 4, manager of Chicken Alley Thrift Shop Noavakay “Noava” Wibel Knight of Vineyard Haven and her painter and carpenter fiancéStanislav “Standa” Harag of Litvínov, Czech Republic, were married at the bar and grill, in front of 200 friends, family members, and other bar patrons surprised to be in the presence of a wedding. In the span of only four days, the couple planned the very Vineyard affair, thanks in part to a number of friends, local resources, and the power of social media.


So just how did they transform the renowned dive bar into an appropriate place to exchange their vows? The space just up from the bar, where you’d often find bands performing or a pool table in use, was split in two by several rows of benches, occupied by guests of the couple. At the front of the room, a rustic white screen was placed, adorned with fabric and lights, provided by Ritz owners Jacqueline and Larkin Stallings. In front of the screen stood officiant Seth Gambino, owner of La Choza Burritos in Vineyard Haven, clad in jeans, Converse sneakers, and a newsboy cap. Beside him, the groom — in a v-neck T shirt and jacket — held the couple’s beloved Pomeranian terrier, Providence. Nearby, Kyleen Keenan of Not Your Sugar Mamas passed out sachets of lavender to guests.



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Shortly after 9 pm, the bride entered the door at the front of the room, steps from Circuit Avenue, after being dropped off by a Hummer driven by Bubu Luncar of I’ll Be There Painting, in Vineyard Haven. Guests rose to greet her as she walked the aisle in a long white gown with a high neck and a low back, which the bride herself had made from an Amish tablecloth she found at the thrift shop and previously created for a Martha’s Vineyard Fashion Week event. On her head sat a custom crystal tiara made for the occasion by Jessica Kramer of Hawkhouse jewelry designs, who offered her services to the bride via Facebook. In her hands she held a vintage-inspired bouquet of anemones and snapdragons provided by Morrice Florist, a wedding gift courtesy of Ms. Knight’s boss, Sandy Pratt.


In a short ceremony, the couple exchanged vows and rings, to a room full of cheers and applause. Shortly after, the benches were cleared from the room and the newlyweds socialized with their guests, while musicians Tristan Israel and Paul Thurlow performed a previously planned set, and business as usual resumed at the Ritz.


“It was perfect, simple. I never really imagined what my wedding would be like, so in that way it was even more than I imagined,” said Ms. Knight in a phone interview with the Times. The couple chose to make it official at the Ritz, a spot special to the two, who first started dating there on St. Patrick’s Day in 2011. Ms. Knight has also worked with the bar on various events over the years, including the annual Odd Ball party, which benefits Martha’s Vineyard Community Services.


Why the hurry? “We were looking at buying a home, and my mom said that she would sell us hers if we were married. So we decided and posted our plans on Instagram and Facebook,” said Ms. Knight. While sitting at the Ritz having lunch the previous Monday, they decided on the location after discussing potential last-minute wedding venues, which also included the town hall, the beach, or possibly a wooded site. The social media posts grabbed the attention of many friends and colleagues, who helped the couple pull off the event in four short days.


In addition to providing the space, the Ritz offered up the apartment upstairs from the bar as a bridal suite for Ms. Knight to get ready, and the bar’s “Tiny Baker,” Erica McCarron, constructed a small cake for the couple. Ms. Knight and Mr. Harag’s nuptials marked the first wedding at the Ritz under the new ownership of the Stallings, who were happy to be part of the event. “Larkin and I were so thrilled to be a part of this special couple’s day. Noava does so much for our Island community, and it was lovely to have the opportunity to do something for her. Larkin enjoyed it so much, I’m sure he’ll try to convince our recently engaged daughter, Jordan, and her fiancé, Will, to rethink their Island venue!” said Mrs. Stallings.


Despite the short notice, Ms. Knight’s sister, Dawn Breeze of New York, was able to make the ceremony, as well as Mr. Harag’s cousin, also named Standa, who happened to be in town visiting from the Czech Republic. Most guests heard about it on Facebook or through word of mouth among friends. Ms. Knight is grateful for those who were able to make it, and is OK with the fact that everyone wasn’t there. “We let it be our day and for us, and if it didn’t work around everyone else’s schedule, that’s OK. We still love everyone.”


Ms. Knight credits the short notice with the success of the event — no wild expectations allowed for minimal stress, plus it was cost-effective: “We had the cheapest wedding ever. I recommend doing it in four days for anyone. I can’t imagine planning it for two years. It’s anticlimatic. I’ve done a lot of events. You put a lot of energy into it, and then it’s over and nothing has changed. For us, it was really, really great to do it really quick. We didn’t have to worry about it.”


Ms. Stallings of the Ritz echoed her sentiments. “Only having four days to plan turned out to be all the time we needed. Everyone who we called on to help jumped at the chance to be a part of our first Ritz wedding. As I took pictures, I marveled at how everyone in the room had a big smile on their face as they witnessed the happy couple exchange their vows. Noava and Standa, the gathering of our community, and the genuine spirit of the evening, left the Ritz with a special little glow that, I think, will last a very long time.”


Next, the couple will focus on renovating the Vineyard Haven home they purchased from her mother, the same house Ms. Knight grew up in. Currently renting in West Tisbury, they plan to move into the home this winter, which they’ll share with Ms. Knight’s mother, Leslie Wibel. “We’ll do renovations piece by piece. My dad did a lot of weird renovations to it over the years. My family had five kids. We slept everywhere; it’s a funky little house. We’ll rework it to make it ours.” Once the renovations are complete, they hope to have the groom’s family visit in the spring from the Czech Republic.


As for honeymoon plans, the couple will try to get in a trip in February, “to someplace warm, depends on the cheapest airfare,” Ms. Knight said with a chuckle.


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Reign’s Costume Designer

2015年12月04日

Now that holiday soirée season is upon us, everyone is searching for a gorgeous gown that no one else will have. After all, overlapping at galas is exactly like wearing the same dress to prom—and the “who wore it best” competition isn’t worth it. If you’re looking for unexpected inspiration, The CW has it. The network that’s most famous for bringing teen angst to television with shows like One Tree Hill and Gilmore Girls currently airs the surprisingly chic show Reign, which is far more more Alexander Wang than Abercrombie.


Reign is the most fashionable show on TV, but unless you know a cool teen, you’re probably not watching. Think Game of Thrones meets Gossip Girl, with characters in couture. It follows Mary, Queen of Scots and her ladies-in-waiting (in real life they were all named Mary, which would have made for modern-day Heathershijinks). They experience all the usual CW suspects: sex, drugs (well, technically poison), and rock and roll (courtesy of indie bands like Twin Forks and The Lumineers, who wrote the theme song). It’s a fashion girl’s fantasy and a history nerd’s nightmare.


Adelaide Kane as Mary, Celina Sinden as Greer, Anna Popplewell as Lola and Caitlin Stasey as Kenna. On Mary: custom gown and Deborah Moreland headpiece, On Greer: vintage gown, Moyna pearl shrug. On Lola: Vintage bridal gown, Lulu Frost necklace. On Kenna: Marchesa Notte gown (Photo: Sven Frenzel/The CW).

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Reign’s brightly colored brocades and vintage statement pieces make it the ultimate holiday party inspiration. Much of that is thanks to the supremely talented costume designer Meredith Markworth-Pollack. She began her career assisting costume designer Eric Daman on Gossip Girl, dressing Blair Waldorf, another major style muse for fashion obsessed teens. She then worked on the underrated Hart of Dixie,where Southern styles reigned supreme. The shows have brought her from New York, to Los Angeles, and now to Toronto, where she and the show are based.


For those who are skeptical about binge-watching a show geared towards teen girls, Ms. Markworth-Pollack understands. “You’re playing with history and people don’t always like that, but when you own it like the show does it all comes together and works.”


On the first call Ms. Markworth-Pollack had with execs at Reign, the creator, director and studio execs explained that they wanted to dress the characters in modern pieces while maintaining historical accuracy. They told her that they wanted a 16th century essence, integrated with contemporary pieces that young viewers would respond to. “In a way I think that combining these elements can be harder because the rules are out the door. It’s almost like fantasy instead of historical because you’re coming up with a whole new look and it needs to be believable and something different for the viewers,” she noted. When building the dresses, Ms. Markworth-Pollack often uses a historical painting of Mary, Catherine or Elizabeth, and looks at the elements and fabrics to create the Reign version.


Some 16th century looks did not translate well to teen TV. “They didn’t want the men in pumpkin shorts because it’s not sexy, so we decided to give all of the men custom leather pants. We’ve made probably close to 1,000 pairs. For the women, it’s finding that fine line of gown. I wanted gowns that kept some kind of Elizabethan element, whether it was a nipped waist and extreme silhouette, or if it had a bit of a medieval feel. A lot of it was about keeping the textures and the palettes. I found a lot of off-the-rack pieces that felt bohemian and relaxed or super structured.”


Hip bumps were another vetoed trend, which confirm that women have been using strange style devices for centuries, you know, like the Kardashians and their famous waist trainers. “Women would put hip bumps or hip rolls over their petticoat and then put their skirt on and then their overskirt on to exaggerate the hips and make the waist look smaller.” While it was on-trend back in the day, on screen it looked stiff. Instead, Ms. Markworth-Pollack used pleating at the waist to achieve the same result. It also turned out to be a savior, so actors engaging in sword fights and riding horses wouldn’t be weighed down with pounds of costuming.


In earlier seasons, the actresses in the show looked like Coachella-goers (especially thanks to their Anthropolgie-esque headbands), their style has matured over the last three seasons, which was a conscientious choice. “We wanted to keep it really young and playful and happy in the beginning, and then everything got really serious. Even though it’s really only been two years, especially when you only live to be 40, two years has a lot of impact.”


‘I knew I wasn’t going to have someone as iconic as Elizabeth I running around in a Free People dress.’ — Meredith Markworth Pollack


It helps that now that the show is established their closet of costumes has tripled, which is a major difference from the first season. “When you start a show you’re using rentals mostly. We were renting from Europe, from the studios in Los Angeles, using a ton of vintage and off-the-rack and really only building for our principal characters.” Now Ms. Markworth-Pollack has fabric imported from all over the world, along with vintage dealers in Los Angeles, New York, Canada and Europe.


When Queen Elizabeth I was introduced this season, Ms. Markworth-Pollack knew she’d have to up her style game and build dresses for the character, sharing, “I knew I wasn’t going to have someone as iconic as Elizabeth I running around in a Free People dress.”


Free People is in fact a show staple, which Ms. Markworth-Pollack owes to their gauzy fabrics and lace. She also uses “quite a bit of designer” on Queen Mary, which reads like a red carpet: “Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, Temperley London, Marchesa, Oscar de la Renta, Isabel Marant.” This season she loves Valentino and Alberta Ferretti, saying “their collections have been exactly what Reign is all about.” Instead of focusing on specific designers, she looks for pieces can envision with a custom corset, because it’s all about blending.


Teens are so entranced by the couture clothing that they’ve dedicated Pinterest boards and Tumblr blogs to seeking out the style. Fahima Rakhmatova, the blogger who runs Fashion of Reign, is especially adept at identifying one-of-a-kind and vintage pieces, like this metallic trim used for embellishment. Ms. Rakhmatova says, “Reign‘s mix of contemporary and period pieces had me hooked in an instant. I binge watched the first three episodes and sat down to make the blog about its costumes the same day.”


Ms. Markworth-Pollack appreciates the outpouring of adoration, especially when young fans send her their fashion school thesis or runway show based on Reign. She connects with fans on her incredibly popular Instagram page where she gives them a behind-the-scenes peek. She’s blown away by Ms. Rakhmatova detailed Tumblr page: “Instead of going through all of our continuity I’ll go to the Reign Tumblr. She knows more than I do sometimes!”


When it comes to her own style, she loves mixing unexpected elements. “People have such an idea and connotation of vintage, that you have to wear head to toe vintage, and that’s not true at all.” With the holidays swiftly approaching, she advises utilizing the same ultra-elegant D.I.Y. aesthetic as the show.


“It’s so nice to throw on a silk Armani vintage blouse and pair it with contemporary pieces that you may not think would ordinarily go with it. So many times I was buying vintage or off the rack pieces and I would take it and swap out the bodice and add a lace overlay and make it work.” While you might not want to cut up your Valentino gown without help from a professional, her mix and match advice is sound, as evidenced by the current obsession with all things Reign.


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The Dress I Made for Maya Angelou

2015年12月01日

Lydia Stuckey was designing costumes for Broadway shows when she accepted a gig to occasionally ready Maya Angelou’s Upper West Side apartment with fresh flowers — a simple task that evolved into a 20-year-long position as personal assistant to the author, poet and activist. Stuckey did it all, including sewing custom-made purple bridesmaid dresses australia for Angelou on the tour bus they used to crisscross the country. Now 59 years old and an assistant on theMaya Angelou documentary that is currently raising funds on Kickstarter, Stuckey spoke about what it was like to be Maya’s seamstress, aide, friend, caretaker, chef and mentee.In the first three years that I worked for Dr. Angelou, we traveled by plane but she felt that there had to be a better way. Prince — The Artist Formerly Known as — let her borrow his tour bus. We toured with that bus for quite a minute, and she decided she wanted her own. For 17 years, we traveled on a bus that was like a one-bedroom apartment. Her bedroom was in the back and the living room and kitchen were up front. She’d have her legal pad and write in the front of the bus, she’d sit and think, we’d discuss her next speaking engagement. At first, we did a lot of cooking, probably as a way to pass the time. I’d say, “I’m going to cook beef bourguignon, so let’s get the ingredients while we’re out.” It wasn’t a matter of having to cook, because we’d go to the best restaurants. We’d have to find a Morton’s or a Ruth’s Chris because those were her favorites.



We traveled with a portable sewing machine, which I would set up on a table in the bedroom to do all the dressmaking work, especially if we were pressed for time. For just that reason, on her tour bus I came to make the dress that Dr. Maya Angelou wore to her 80th birthday party. She would joke: “Sewing at 70 miles per hour!”


For her 80th, Dr. Angelou wanted to wear something with a similar off-the-shoulder silhouette to the dress she’d worn in the movie she’d done with Tyler Perry, “Madea’s Family Reunion.” I studied fashion design at Traphagen School of Design in New York City and I’d been building Dr. Angelou’s dresses since 1997 — only the ones for very special occasions — and I can copy something pretty easily. I brought her some swatches from Seventh Avenue in the Garment District and she chose the fabric she liked, a silk crepe de Chine with gold thread stitched in the shape of roses. I custom-made the dress to her measurements on the bus.


Oprah Winfrey threw Dr. Angelou a birthday party every five years. She decided to host this one at Mar-a-Lago in Florida. When Mrs. Winfrey first saw the space — as she recounted at the birthday celebration — she said, “This room is fit for a queen! And what queen do I know?” I had no idea what the room looked like beforehand but when we walked in, it turned out that Dr. Angelou’s dress matched it perfectly.


The party was a three-day affair. About 250 people came from all over the world. The night before was a big meet-and-greet to see who was in town. Then on the day of the party, Mrs. Winfrey had a place for the two of them to sit and they took pictures with every person from the party before we had dinner. And Sunday ended with a gospel service lead by BeBe Winans.


Because of her spirit and who she was, Dr. Angelou could wear a robe and something tied around her head and she maintained a certain presence. Even if we bought something off the rack, once she put it on, the outfit became Dr. Maya Angelou. She brought the things I made to life. She did not turn into Maya Angelou once she put on that beautiful wedding dress adelaide she wore to her 80th birthday party; I’m honored to say that my dress turned into Maya Angelou.

  
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