Just engaged: Ariel Lin says ‘I do’ on her 32nd birthday

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Taiwanese actress Ariel Lin got engaged to her boyfriend Charles Lin, on her 32nd birthday in Taipei on Wednesday (Oct 29). The 50-table dinner event was held at the Ambassador Hotel, reported Taiwan media.

The actress, who has starred in numerous popular idol dramas, told reporters at the event that she had “never been so nervous” and could not sleep the night before. It was the first time the public had a look at the TV sweetheart’s fiance, Taiwanese-American businessman Charles Lin, who admitted during a press conference in the afternoon that he was “very nervous”. The Lins have known each other for 14 years but only started dating in 2012. The couple will hold their wedding on Dec 24.

The star-studded guest list included Taiwanese celebrities including Chen Bo Lin, Kai Ko, Christine Fan and husband “Blackie”. Many celebrities took to social media to extend their congratulations.

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Fashion: Inbal Dror Fall 2015 Collection

Israeli designer Inbal Dror is known for her form-fitting designs that are anything but conservative. The designer showcases the same knowledge towards cutting flattering silhouettes for female bodies in her latest Fall 2015 collection, which features a mix of sleek flowing dresses, dramatic mermaid trains, and a more regal look with full ball gowns.

On the whole, we think the collection is modern and sexy, without losing its sophistication. We are loving the use of champagne in the colour palette, and the simple but elegant styling with polished up-dos styled with tiaras and a clean face with just a tinge of coral in the lip. Check out Inbal Dror’s Fall 2015 collection below!

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We are loving this updated take on Inbal Dror’s signature form-fitting dresses. The use of fringe on top of the base of a simple sweetheart neckline fitted dress is just so on trend.

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These two dresses embody much of what Inbal Dror does best — form-fitting dresses in glamorous silhouettes. These two dresses in the mermaid and trumpet silhouettes are simply beautiful.

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Look all regal in these two dresses that draw inspiration from royalty. The first features a high neckline that is reminiscent of Victorian courts, while the second pairs a sweetheart neckline mermaid silhouette dress with a beautiful beaded sheer cover-up with a mandarin collar.

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Illusion details are all the rage this season and these two dresses are executed to perfection. We love the first dress’s illusion neckline which cuts to a deep-V and is embellished with luxe feather details. The second dress mimics the same neckline, but comes with sheer lace sleeves — great for brides who are mindful of their arms!

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We always love a designer who does great bridal separates that can be worn again after the wedding, and this look in Inbal Dror’s Fall 2015 collection is right on our hit list. Inbal Dror softens an otherwise conservative jacket by designing it in lace. The piece paired with a ball gown skirt creates a regal and formal look.

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For another interpretation of the ball gown skirt, Inbal Dror paired it with a top cut in a sleek and minimalist silhouette. The two different uses of the ball gown skirt showcases how versatile the collection is.

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Definitely not for a shy bride, these two dresses manage to be sexy and bold without showing a whole lot of skin. The first dress is the classic embodiment of “peek-a-boo sexy”, with its sheer panels that give away a hint of skin, and its bold use of not one but two slits to give a generous amount of leg. The second dress is slightly toned down while still maintaining the same sheer details and slits.

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Another thing we love about Inbal Dror’s Fall 2015 collection is how she thoughtfully designed a range of beautiful cover-ups that are absolutely practical for the regular bride. This look pairs a deep-V sleeveless dress with a sheer beaded cover-up that adds a touch of luxe to the overall effect.

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Inbal Dror shows us simple is best with this simple but charming look. We love the pleated skirt, and the subtle shimmer that is bound to be beautiful under the lights!

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Last but not least, we thought it was notable that the collection also featured a classic tea-length dress!

(All photos from The Knot)

George Clooney, Amal Alamuddin’s wedding celebrations continue…

Nearly a month after their lavish wedding in Venice, the celebration of George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin’s union hasn’t ended. This time round, the gorgeous couple held their second wedding party in England on October 25 at the Danesfield House in Buckinghamsire.

DailyMail said the couple were holding the huge bash for family and friends, including those who were not at the London civil ceremony or the lavish Italian bash.

About her daughter’s marriage to the 56-year-old actor, Amal’s mother reportedly told The Telegraph: “We are all very happy. We’re so looking forward to celebrating Amal and George’s marriage here. This is a lovely place for it. It will be very special.”

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Fashion alert! Amal Alamuddin-Clooney has done it again! With her long dark locks perfectly tousled for the special event, Amal wowed the crowd in a stunning gold gown designed by the late Oscar de la Renta, complemented with a bold red lip that popped against the gold. (Picture credit to here)

La Valencia’s US$1 Million Wedding Package

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With its ocean-front location, La Valencia can provide the ultimate luxury beach wedding. (Photo from Yahoo, courtesy of La Valencia)

For couples who are dreaming of your one and only luxury wedding, the La Valencia Hotel in California has just the package for you — a whooping US$1 million wedding package that will have you feeling like an A-lister Hollywood celebrity.

The extravagant wedding package comes with top-class perks such as use of a private yacht, five-star chefs, premier florists, and of course, your own couture wedding gown designer and Hollywood make-up artists. For transfers for the bridal party, La Valencia will provide use of private business jets and luxury cars. We can only describe this mind-blowing package with one word — wow!

Apart from the bridal party, your guests will also feel like total VIPs as the hotel can provide accommodation for up to 125 guests, complete with housekeepers, concierge services, and full access to the hotel’s facilities and activities such as yoga, kayaking and golf.

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Couples can have their wedding dinner on La Valencia’s private yacht. (Photo from Yahoo, courtesy of La Valencia)

“From the big picture to the tiniest details — luxury invitations, guest welcome notes, picnic baskets, excursion maps, bespoke furniture, custom place settings, and even parting gifts at the Farewell Brunch — everything will be designed to express your wedding vision,” said Rita Moore, La Valencia’s Director of Sales & Marketing. “All you’ll need to do is arrive and enjoy.”

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The menu for your wedding dinner will be served up by five-star chefs at La Valencia.(Photo from Yahoo, courtesy of La Valencia)

While this wedding package is currently only available at La Valencia’s California property, the hotel has plans to expand it to its properties at Monaco, Tuscany, St. Tropez, Ibiza, and St. Barths as well. Sounds like a great destination wedding already!

Well, not all of us can afford such a wedding package with this astronomical price tag, but we sure can dream about our superstar wedding! What do you think?

(Read the original article on Yahoo.)

Cool Weddings: A bouquet made out of Harry Potter books?

Going by the popularity of the Harry Potter movie series, it’s pretty natural for fans to want to incorporate the book into the most magical day of their lives — their wedding. Which is exactly what this bride did- by transforming pages from “Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone” into her wedding bouquet

As the Huffington Post reports, Veronica Garcia first got the idea when she saw book page bouquets on Etsy. “While weddings are about “two people coming together… I wanted to carry something that stood for me and me alone.” I’d say she accomplished that pretty well, wouldn’t you?”

The flowers, made from pages taken from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, were fashioned at a stationary shop, and Garcia arranged the bouquet herself. The results, I think, are just as enchanting as anything you’d find at Hogwarts.

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Fashion: Pnina Tornai Fall 2015 Collection

Israeli bridal designer Pnina Tornai is famous for her foxy designs, and fans will be delighted to know that her Fall 2015 collection delivers the same glamourous pieces that the label is loved for. Inspired by butterflies and the intricate patterns on their wings, Pnina Tornai’s Fall 2015 collection features gorgeous use of symmetry and bold inserts of sheer panels that give the dresses a sexy edge. While the dramatic gathers and trains might be a little over the top on the first look, rest assured as these details are detachable, which make these dresses instantly more ready-to-wear for every day brides. Check out the collection below!

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The first of many dresses in this collection that features Pnani Tornai’s signature structured corset, this short dress with an asymmetrical long train at the back is a darling to wear.

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Feel gorgeous like a Grecian goddess in this one-shoulder toga dress with sheer panels to turn up the sex appeal.

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We love these two dresses for different reasons. The first dress looks fit for a Broadway musical with its generous use of sequins and ultra dramatic train. On the other hand, the second dress looks like a more ready-to-wear version of the first — while it retains the structured bodice and generous shine, the second dress has a classic and flattering silhouette, and a bold slit placed in the middle of the skirt. Definitely a head-turner!

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These two dresses give us a little of the ballerina vibe with their thin straps (a hot trend from the 2015 runways) and short skirts that are accentuated with dramatic and voluminous train.

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We love the subtle off-shoulder design (another hot trend from the 2015 runways!) and clever drapes at the waist that help to create a slimming illusion. On the whole, we think this silhouette and design will be great for brides who are inspired by the vintage aesthetic.

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This is no doubt a dress for the glamorous and daring bride — we reckon you’ll feel like a celebrity in this dress with its sexy deep-V neckline and the high amount of shine.

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Last but not least, this is the dress where you can easily see the source of Pnani Tornai’s inspiration for this collection — butterflies. We love the use of the exaggerated symmetry on the sleeves, and the intricate lattice work on the dress are an obvious reference to the patterns on the butterflies’ wings. Love it.

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#sg50: A special memento for Singaporean couples who wed in 2015

To celebrate the nation’s 50th anniversary, not just babies who are born next year will receive a commemorative gift. Couples who get married in the Singapore Jubilee year will also get a special memento – an SG50 marriage certificate holder.

According to Channel NewsAsia, Low Yen Ling, Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Social and Family Development, said: “We think this represents their wedded bliss as well as the nation’s joy of turning 50. So in a way, 2015 is a wonderful year, not just for the nation, but for Singaporean couples who are starting their married life together.”

The initiative was inspired by members of the public who had suggested commemorating significant family milestones as part of the nation’s 50th birthday. Earlier this month, it was revealed that all Singaporeans born next year will receive a commemorative birth certificate placed in a golden SG50 folder, with several other jubilee gifts such as a special medallion and a diaper bag.

Oscar de la Renta’s Wedding Advice

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Just one day after we blogged about Oscar de la Renta’s new Fall 2015 collection where he launched an almost identical skirt to the one he designed for Amal Alamuddin (read it here if you haven’t already), we heard the unfortunate news of Mr de la Renta’s departure. Today, we pay tribute to the iconic designer who has dressed countless fashionable women (Jackie Kennedy, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Bosworth and the list goes on), and look at some of the wise advice he dished out to brides on finding the perfect wedding dress in his interview with Martha Stewart Weddings.

Q: Why did you decide to add a bridal collection in the spring of 2006?

A: I had always done bridal for family and private clients through the years, and I had done bridal through a licensee. But I wanted to do my own collection so I knew the quality was up to my standards.

Q: What should the bride consider before she embarks on her search for her wedding dress?

A: You have to think practically. The type of wedding and time of year are the most important things to consider first. What kind of wedding is it going to be? Is it out in the country, casual, a European wedding, a city wedding, or a destination wedding? Also, the time of day should be considered. Is it an evening wedding or daytime garden wedding?

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Q: Why is it often such a struggle to find the right wedding dress?

A: I think this is the first time in a woman’s life that she might hesitate in choosing what to wear. It is easy for her to know what to wear to work each day or out to dinner, but a wedding is specific and a bride wants to look special. When brides come in to try on dresses, and they do have an idea of what they want to wear, they usually stick with it. If I think this is not the best style for them, I give them my best argument for another one.

Q: When choosing a dress, should a bride go for a style that’s similar in spirit to her everyday look?

A: A wedding dress should be a reflection of the bride’s own individuality and personal style. If she has a more romantic style, she may want something more classic. If she is edgier, she may want a cocktail-length dress. Ultimately, she will want to look back on this day and know she looked her most beautiful.

Q: What should a bride consider if a wedding is held outdoors?

A: No raincoats! When my stepdaughter Eliza was married at our country house in Connecticut, the tent was at the far end of the property. The event planners wanted a tented walkway leading from the house to where the ceremony would be. I said no. It not only rained the day of the wedding, it poured. We had to run out and buy as many umbrellas as we could for the guests. We took Eliza in a golf cart with an umbrella to the ceremony. I always like layers for every day or for a bride. For outdoor events, I like to do lightweight cashmere boleros for spring and Alençon or guipure lace coats for winter.

Q: Destination weddings in warm climates are becoming more popular. What type of dress travels well?

A: Silk chiffon is the best for an island wedding. It is light, has great movement, and can be easily packed or hand-carried onto a plane.

Q: Now for the opposite scenario. What should a bride wear for a city wedding that’s held in the evening?

A: You should rise to the occasion and do something fancier for an evening wedding. A ball gown or something with a train is wonderful yet classic. If the bride is more fashion forward, silk brocade is a very modern choice.

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Q: Who should she bring along on her shopping excursion?

A: It would be cruel not to bring your mother along. The wedding is almost as important to the mother as it is to the bride. But brides should prepare their mothers for what they are thinking of wearing. The mother always has a notion of what she wants her daughter to look like, but the daughter is a woman now and she wants to look like one. If I feel like the bride is holding back on choosing something she really wants because she doesn’t want to hurt her mother’s feelings, I ask the mother if I can talk to the bride alone.

Q: Have you noticed a change in bridal wear through the years?

A: Brides today are not as conventional with regard to purity. They are showing more skin. Almost every woman wants a strapless dress now. They are also open to things like splashes of color. Women are more in control of their destiny than they have ever been, so I have to keep challenging myself to keep up with their demands and wishes.

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Blue dress from Oscar de la Renta’s Spring 2014 collection. (Photo from Huffington Post)

Q: Is color appropriate for a wedding?

A: Absolutely. In pre-Elizabethan times, women wore color to get married. It really is prudish to think a bride should have to wear white only. I am known for color, and I like to bring it into my bridal line, whether it is a waist draped in pink taffeta or a sterling sash that picks up on the silver crystal bodice of the dress. I did an embroidered gown framed in powder-blue silk organza. I like to say it is the perfect “something blue.” When I dressed my wife’s younger sister for her wedding in Canada, she wore a ruby-red dress with a big skirt. I added a little bit of white around her neck with a lovely collar. It was beautiful.

Q: What fabrics would you recommend for spring and summer weddings? And fall and winter?

A: I like texture in a dress — beautiful laces and embroideries. Anything textured looks wonderful in photographs, and since you are dealing in mostly white and ivory, texture adds another element to the gown. For spring and summer, I would advise staying away from satin or anything shiny. I love cotton organdy — it is so beautiful and fresh — but it is not quite right for a city wedding. I also love silk chiffon and lightweight laces for spring and summer weddings. For fall and winter, I like silk faille and silk brocade.

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A short wedding dress from Oscar de la Renta’s Spring 2015 collection. (Photo from Huffington Post)

Q: When is a short dress or great little suit a better choice than a gown?

A: The second time around. [He breaks out into the Frank Sinatra song.] “Love is lovelier the second time around. Just as wonderful, with both feet on the ground.” Actually, more women are going for a more playful, modern look. The short cocktail dresses I have in the collection are definitely for the less traditional, more adventurous bride.

Q: Should a more mature bride choose a certain silhouette?

A: I don’t want to force anyone into one style, but I find the A-line is the most flattering style in general because it’s elongating.

Q: What silhouettes are best for a bride if she is not statuesque?

A: I love narrow dresses because they lengthen the body. And I like a train on a dress: It adds to the elegance of the look. There is a perception that a train might interfere with dancing, but we have ways of looping up the dress so the bride looks fabulous and can still move around and dance. If a bride doesn’t want a train, we have a strapless dress in our collection that features a removable skirt. You wear the skirt, which acts like a train, for the ceremony. At the reception, you take it off and you have a beautiful fitted dress so you can dance. It’s a way of giving you drama without being cumbersome during the party.

Q: When choosing a shoe to go with the dress, are there any rules?

A: Most of the time, the dress will determine the shoes. If a bride is wearing a silhouette that shows her shoes, like a tea-length dress, she will need something more stylish, perhaps with lace or crystal embellishments.

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Q: Once a bride has decided on the dress, how does she select the veil?

A: You know, brides will often ask me, “Do I have to wear a veil?” I think it adds mystery to the whole look and it finishes her ensemble off. I love veils—just remember to choose one that does not overpower you. I like to use embellishments on my veils. I have one that has beautiful lace trim and another that has crystals sprinkled all over it.

Q: You have featured several hats in your collections. When is a hat appropriate instead of a veil?

A: A hat can be a really great option for an outdoor wedding; it can act as a block against the sun or wind. And like a veil, a hat can also add a beautiful element of drama when the bride walks down the aisle.

Q: What would you say to someone who says she is hesitant to splurge on her wedding dress?

A: A bride should treat the purchase of her wedding gown as an investment. It is the strongest representation of a woman’s personal style she’ll ever have—and the most important gown she’ll ever wear. You have to remember the wedding day is also a moment captured forever in photos. It’s something you will look back on forever.

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Q: Are there any historical or famous weddings that have inspired you?

A: Grace Kelly was very much a timeless bride. From her elegant pearl- and lace-trimmed veil to her romantic gown with its beautiful lace bodice and rich silk-taffeta skirt, she was truly the essence of femininity.

Q: You’ve attended plenty of weddings. What part of the ritual do you find you enjoy most?

A: When they say, “I do.” I still get teary at weddings. I’m a very sentimental person.

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Read the original interview at Martha Stewart Weddings.

Just Married: Korean actress Chae Rim weds Chinese actor Gao Ziqi

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South Korean actress Chae Rim and Chinese actor Gao Zi Qi tied the knot in the former’s birth country and held a private wedding ceremony on October 23.

South Korean media reported that around 100 friends and families attended the low-key ceremony, including celebrities like Jang Hyuk and Kim Won Hee. Chae and Gao first met on the set of a Chinese drama “The Lee Family” where they played a married couple.

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Prior to the ceremony in Korea, the lovely couple already celebrated their wedding in the actor’s hometown of Taiyuan in China’s Shanxi province on October 14. The South Korean actress followed Chinese customs, wearing a red, embroidered qipao and offered tea to her elders.

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Wedding Tips: Social Media Hashtags

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Are they in or are they out? Some of you couples out there might be having mixed feelings about social media use at your wedding (unglam photo fears, anyone?), but like it or not, chances are, your guests will be happily snapping away at your wedding anyway. (That is, unless you’re specifying it as an unplugged wedding.) And as they say, if you can’t beat them, join them! To save you the trouble of visiting each of your friends’ pages to see the photos, encourage your guests to hashtag your wedding photos so that you can find all of them at a breeze later. Here are a couple of tips to help you manage your photo hashtags!

Think of something unique

There are a million weddings out there every day, and if you’re just going for the plain #ChrisLiz tag, we won’t be surprised if tons of photos from other couples’ weddings turn up in your search. A simple way to make your hashtag instantly more unique is to add a date behind your names, for example, #ChrisLiz2014. Some couples also enjoy coming up with a special hashtag based around the love theme (e.g. #ChrisLizforever) or based on an “inside joke” (e.g. #doubleTanwedding)!

But keep it short and simple

Yes, you need a unique hashtag, but it shouldn’t be so long or complicated that your guests have difficulties remembering the correct hashtag! Long hashtags also invite trouble in the form of typos, so do be mindful. For couples with names that are hard to spell, coming up with an abbreviated version for your hashtag is definitely a good thing to do.

Skip the punctuation

Here’s something that’s more technical — do remember that punctuation doesn’t work in hashtags, meaning, if you’re thinking of using anything like #Chris+Liz or #Chris&Liz, your hashtag will get cut off at #Chris! Bummer!

Encourage, encourage, encourage

Well, there’s no point to having a hashtag if your guests are not going to use it. Do spend some effort in encouraging usage, and ensuring that your guests remember the hashtag. First, you can start priming the idea among your guests when you send out your invitation cards. More importantly, ensure that your guests are reminded of the hashtag at your venue. You can set up a small board at the venue entrance reminding your guests to hashtag all photos. In addition, if you’re having menu cards for your guests at the table, you can add a small reminder for the hashtag there as well, so that your guests can conveniently recall what needs to be done.

Do you have any tips on managing social media at your wedding? Let us know!