Alyson Hannigan & Alexis Denisof
This couple makes me sooooo happy and not just because Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel rock my world, which they do, but because they both seem unbelievably genuine and happy. Hannigan and Denisof celebrated their happy day at the Two Bunch Palms resort outside of Palm Springs in October of 2003. This silly couple had a reception complete with photo both and trampoline...that’s right, I only write what I read.
The Bride. Hannigan has only gotten hotter since her days as Willow Rosenberg and she was nothing short of beautiful on her special day, where she rocked a stunning Badgley Mischka gown. To find similar gowns, look for sweetheart necklines, slim silhouettes, and cap sleeves. Hannigan’s gown has an ethereal quality which is achieved by the whimsical overly. The base of her gown is a shiny satin muted by the beaded Chantilly lace cover. This type of gown is perfect for the hopeless romantic, even Jane Austen would be proud. Like most brides, Hannigan kept her wedding day look simple. Her fiery red hair was pulled half up for the ceremony and by the reception was up in a loose up-do. Her ivory skin was flawlessly matte, to achieve this look use your favorite foundation and finish with Bare Minerals Mineral Veil, $19, which is a feathery-light powder that absorbs oil and softens your face. For the lips, instead of a super pigmented red, look for sheer lipsticks, that go on softer yet still give you the pop of color you need. I like Bobbi Brown’s lip sheers that come in two almost reds, cranberry and ruby, $22. To rock similar eye makeup, keep the eye neutral, but instead of lining with black or brown, change things up and line your eyes with a navy liner, I’m a fan of Clinique Quickliner for eyes in Navy, $14.
The Ceremony. The couple exchanged vows under two intertwining trees, ah symbolism, growing and loving together. STEAL THIS IDEA: The ceremony and reception sites were both strung with hundreds of white Christmas lights, something a girl on a budget can really get behind. I love when they are strung dangling down like curtains of lights. The couple mixed in hanging strands of flowers and if that is in the budget then by all means do it, but it is not at all necessary. Trust me, add enough twinkle lights and no one will even notice the absence of flowers. After the ceremony, the couple escaped to a private tent complete with caviar and champagne, now this isn’t very budget friendly, but I love the idea of having some alone time before the reception begins. Soak in as much as you can of one another before the madness begins.
The Food. Patina of Los Angeles created an lovely Autumnal menu complete with a pumpkin, squash, and pomegranate salad. This is a great money saving tip, use seasonal produce. The folks over at Perfect Endings have done it again creating the couples simple 4-tiered cake. STEAL THIS IDEA: A simple white cake can still cost a fortune if you a re getting it from a premiere baker. What’s wrong with Publix? Their cakes rock and if the snobbiest, money grubbing, most hateful person I have ever met can serve a grocery store cake at her money explosion wedding, than so can we. She really is evil, trust me, but her cake was delicious. I often wonder why I was even invited...hmm. Save money and forgo the sugar flowers, ask the florist from some extra buds of your chosen florals and simply arrange them on the cake.
The Reception. I really have been looking for weddings that take place indoors, but I guess with LA’s perfect weather what celeb wouldn’t want to get married outside? Just remember that with a bit of creativity any outdoor event can be translated to an indoor space and vice-versa. The colors and flower choices created fun and eclectic decor that the groom deemed “elegant bohemian.” Look for table linens in rich golden yellows and to anchor the centerpieces, use tall glass vases with another smaller vase to contain the flowers at the top of vase. I like this idea because you are able to have a large arrangement while still being able to see through to your neighbors across the table. To finish the look, add vibrant flowers in various shades of red and orange. Look for interesting mixes of wildflowers which can cost a lot less than the couples orchids.
How cute is this couple? They really created a interesting and elegant bohemian chic wedding. I hope that you can take borrow some ideas to use in the planning of your wedding. Even if you don’t dig their style, at least take Hannigan and Densof’s laid back wedding day attitude. Enjoy each other and really take the time to appreciate your special day, you can never have it again...well, we hope ;)