Monday, September 10, 2012

Inside Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds' chic Southern wedding - Los Angeles Times

For their Sunday wedding, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds created a celebration both highly stylish and homespun.

Details are pouring in from the picturesque grounds of Boone Hall plantation, the sleepy South Carolina property where Lively and Reynolds reportedly married in a low-key, private ceremony followed by a reception that boasted A-list talent. 

"Ryan and Blake wanted the event to look and feel like home," wedding planner Tara Guerard revealed to E! News. "With decor and live music, we all created the charm, elegance and magic of times passed."

But before the party: a bridal procession that was more Parisian runway than Southern farm. Lively and her bridesmaids all wore custom Marchesa, co-designed by Harvey Weinstein's wife Georgina Chapman.

The bride's dress was "a hand-draped silk tulle bodice adorned with crystal and rose gold embroidery," according to People. The ladies all donned custom Christian Louboutin shoes (the designer is a longtime Lively pal).

For Reynolds and his groomsmen, bespoke Burberry suits with handcrafted leather suspenders from his friend and creative director of the brand, Christopher Bailey. Finally, the couple exchanged rings from jeweler to the stars Lorraine Schwartz. 

Wedding plans have been in motion since June at very least, when Guerard said she accompanied the couple on a venue-scouting trip. It's no surprise Boone Hall spoke to them: It was used as a location in the romantic tearjerker "The Notebook." 

Florence Welch performed three songs at the reception, which kicked off with a carnival themed cocktail hour. Bette Midler is also said to have provided music for the crowd, which included Lively's mother and sister.

The couple remains on site and will depart for their honeymoon this week, Guerard said.

Blake and Ryan met on the set of 2011's "The Green Lantern." He'll presumably carry his new bride across the threshold of their recently acquired Bedford, N.Y., home upon their return.  


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