1. Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California
As part of the 2014 Brides Best Honeymoon awards, we’re counting down the best places for newlyweds to stay in the Mainland U.S. From luxe resorts in the Napa Valley to hotel oases in the Sedona Desert, you’re guaranteed a memorable stay no matter which resort you choose.
From villas on stilts to suites with wildflower-carpeted roofs, every room feels as much a part of the landscape as the redwoods that surround it do. No wonder Anne Hathaway got hitched here.
Lanette and Cain
The proposal-filled site How He Asked has shared its top 10 most emotional proposal photos with us, so have your tissues handy. We’re suckers for a good proposal story, and these ones are truly tear-worthy. Check them out now, and watch your heart grow (at least) three sizes!
When a local photographer ran a workshop and needed a couple to model for it, Lanette volunteered herself and her boyfriend. Little did she know that her boyfriend, Cain, had something else brewing with the photographers, too.
(Newser) – This happens to be one of the top weekends of the year for weddings, notes Business Insider, which picks up on new rankings from Spotify of the most popular first-dance songs. And the winners are:
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a viral photo of a groomsman kicking a bridesmaid while doing a mid-air split that also ripped his pants could fill a novel.
Learn the phases every relationship takes and how to get through them.
Dr. Rita DeMaria for YourTango.com
All marital unions are not created equal; but they all go through some predictable stages. The timing may differ, and the way a couple manages the phase they’re in varies widely, but most of the stages happen, to most of us. Understanding the stages gives you the tools you need to move through with your loving union intact. Here ‘s what you need to know.
Sure, being single has its perks—but all the excitement and uncertainty can’t beat the comfort of knowing that the man you’re with is the real deal.
By Brie Schwartz
By Rochelle Bilow for YourTango.com
According to a survey of mental health professionals conducted by YourTango.com, the No. 1 way to divorce-proof your marriage is to improve communication followed by making your spouse a priority — even over kids.
Not surprisingly, “communication problems” is cited as the most common factor (65 percent) that leads to divorce, followed by couples’ inability to resolve conflict (43 percent). The top communication complaints when considering divorce: 70 percent of men blame nagging/complaining, followed by their spouse not expressing sufficient appreciation (60 percent). 83 percent of women cite a lack of validation for their feelings and opinions, followed by their spouse not listening or talking about himself too much (56 percent).
A limo and a few measly sparklers just weren’t flashy enough for these couples’ grand wedding reception exits.
A Paper Airplane Exit
For a retro spin on confetti, this couple gave their guests pre-made paper airplanes to toss as they made their escape.
Photo: Embrace Life Photography / The Knot
George Clooney isn’t the only one—and with good reason.
The ultimate bachelor of Hollywood first met British lawyer Amal Alamuddin when they were working on a Syrian human-rights project. He’s dated many famous women before, but he seems lately to have had a change of heart regarding his privacy.
For example, he’s very anti-Twitter, stating, “I don’t think you need to be that available.” And Amal, a brilliant lawyer, takes him outside of his very public Hollywood realm.
“On an intellectual level, they are equals,” George’s mom, Nina, told the Daily Mail. “That is very important to him. Amal’s world couldn’t be more different from the Hollywood lifestyle.”
Pull out the tissues for these personalized wedding vows.
By The Knot editors
Whether you want to get your guests giggling or grabbing for the Kleenex, penning your promises will truly personalize your wedding. Steal ideas from these self-written vows from couples who crafted custom ones.