celebrity wedding recap of 2014

There were some great celebrity weddings this year. Here are a few of our favorites and some that just needed to be commented on.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie


Source: Hello!

The Brangelina brand tied the knot! After a dozen or so kids and almost nine years, they made it legal. Look at her dress.

(Can you see my raised eyebrow?) I love a good doodle and couples that include children in their ceremony. But on the dress? Seriously, the dress? We couldn’t doodle on shoes, bouquet holder, a ceremony stand? *sigh*

I believe that they are both non-traditionalists and would not have gotten married if their children had not asked them to. So this doodle dress was kind a snub to the ceremonial wedding dress that bride’s usually gush over.

(FYI I heard that there was a strict prenuptial adultery clause. *hmph*

Solange Knowles and Alan Ferguson

Photographed by Rog Walker

Anyone else want to admit that Solange was not even on your radar before this now, infamous photo, was taken of her wedding party? Just saying. This photograph did go crazy viral, for sure. Love they all wore white, hoping this is a trend that will catch on here locally. I guess the objective is to find a run down building and not smile at the camera. Or stand close to your wedding party.

If you’re thinking of copying this style, be aware. Social media fans might backlash on you.

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin


Source: People

George is off the market? This was definitely the shock of the year. She must have magic powers. Haters wrote about how this relationship was a “step down” for Amal. If waking up next to Clooney every morning is a step down, then please give me directions to the gutter.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

kardashian west

Source: Instagram user kimkardashian

Look at the custom rose backdrop! It’s breathtaking. Kim looked incredible in her dress that accentuated her der·ri·ère perfectly. This couple though…. *oy veh*. But let’s face it, they are social media attention whores. Well Kim is, Kanye is along for the ride.

Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy



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I was secretly excited about this wedding. They are so darn cute together and I wish them years of happiness! I personally adore Jenny, she is a fabulous mother and a creative person. And she protected her son appropriately when dating (not bringing in a man too early to meet her son). Well done!

Lauren Conrad and William Tell



Source: Elizabeth Messina / Getty

A little stretch on the celebrity part, but I have liked her clothing line at Kohl’s and love her hair. Everyone should have natural beautiful hair on their wedding day.

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka


Source: Twitter user ActuallyNPH

Neil Patrick made it official with his long-time partner this year!! This was the social activist wedding of the year as well. Neil and David have been engaged for five years and refused to make it official until the Supreme Court overturned same sex marriages.

Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald


Source: Instagram user jessaseewald

I’m confused why this couple even made the “celebrity list”. It’s  a total stretch, for sure. People are curious about couples that can completely abstain before marriage. They didn’t even kiss before their wedding. I believe they are still locked in their honeymoon suite.

They had 1,000 of their closest family and friends attend their wedding. 950 of them were siblings, I’m guessing.


Sooooo, which one was your favorite of the year?

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a wedding rewind…

I have the smartest and creative friends.

Just take a look at my friend, Monica Richard (owner/event planner of Mon Amie Events in Indianapolis, Indiana), planned when they celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary with her husband. Seriously wish I had thought of this when I celebrated our 20th anniversary a few years ago.

It was a “wedding rewind” (her coined-term). Not a vow renewal, but instead revisiting her wedding and sharing it with their children and parents. Brilliant.

take a moment and watch their video:

Monica & Paul’s 15th Anniversary – 4.17.14 from IndyVisual on Vimeo.

featured photo credit: pfe iphone

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a wedding planner’s review of grammy’s “same love” performance

Two blogs posts in one day, is it in the end of the world? Ha, not really just wanted to get a few thoughts down after reading and watching so many tweets, blog posts and interviews about “one of the best and most powerful performances ever” (said Jeff Probst @JeffProbst) on last night’s 2014 Grammy Awards.

It was the Same Love song performed by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, which is an AWESOME song. Rap, singing, great message … three good combinations. During this performance, 33 couples were married, and the officiant was none other than, Queen Latifah. Let’s not forget Madonna who showed up at the end to sing a portion of her “Open Your Heart to Me”.

Take 7 minutes and watch it …

I congratulate all of the couples, same and opposite sex couples on getting married. And I don’t want to down play that all, but I have a few thoughts about last night’s performance.

My personal recap and suggestions:

1. I think the Grammy’s had a real opportunity to take a moment to reflect the true emotion that this song evokes and with all those couples, who are in love, take their vows in front of millions of viewers. So why have them standing in the aisle way? I know logistically it’s an easier in/out situation. And from everything I read, the people that were in the audience (well near the aisle) were truly moved.

I would of loved to see perhaps a little less of close up of Macklemore (sorry Mac Mac) and have the couples on the stage! That stage can hold 33 couples, staggered in a formation. This was an opportunity to gift to the real couples, a little less Mac Mac and more love.

2. The vows were, um, strange. But I’ll cut some slack on that because they don’t have a lot of time and Queen Latifah is just cool. Question: When did she become ordained to marry people?

3. A moment of pause, regarding Madonna. Why did she come in looking like she stole the costume from Big Daddy in Django Unchained? It was Grammy tasteful, but not wedding tasteful.

Again, I’m sure the couples are extremely happy to be married and have a marriage license signed by the Queen (how cool is that?). And more importantly, for many of the couples to have the right to marry. This is just one wedding planner’s opinion on how it could of been, a little, better.

A little less about the stars and a little more about the couples.

Your thoughts?

ps Props to our friend Jacque Riehl with Riehl Events who is actually planning a reception for one of the couples who was married last night.

featured photo credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

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