Real Bride: Stephanie and John's Naples, Florida Wedding

From the Bride: 

What drew me to this particular St. Pucchi dress is how intricate and delicate the details on the dress are. The satin fabric and design of the dress speak class and elegance. The delicate hand-sewn flowers are the perfect touch of femininity and romance. It's truly a timeless design with the perfect touch of drama.  St. Pucchi dresses embody this, and I believe this is what makes the brand spectacular. 

My husband John and I got married at the Ritz Carlton of Naples Florida. It was a gorgeous day! My dress was the first item I purchased for the wedding, before planning anything--choosing a venue, colors, etc. What I didn't know at the time was that it was the dress that would bring inspiration for planning and speaking to the look and feel of the celebration.

Romance, class, elegance and femininity were all words I wanted to reflect my wedding celebration, all words that described my St. Pucchi gown. 

Vendors:

Photography: Jason Mize Photography

Wedding Planner: Party Rox Events

Fall 2016 Wedding Dress Trends

From sheer and sexy silhouettes to clean and minimalist designs, this fall’s bridal trends are definitely wow-worthy. If you’re still on the hunt for your dream wedding dress, try one of these fashion-forward frocks, all inspired by the fall 2016 wedding dress trends. 

Fall 2016 Wedding Dress Trends

Sheer Silhouettes

Cutouts and sheer designs are having a major fashion moment, so it’s no surprise the trend has trickled into bridal wear, too. Although wedding dresses tend to be modest in nature, a hint of sheer (in the right place) is quite lovely. This St. Pucchi gown features a slightly sheer corset bodice and a full tulle ballgown, perfect for the fashion-forward fairytale bride. 

3D Florals

Florals on wedding dresses isn’t something new, but this season’s looks takes the trend to a new level with beautiful floral appliqués, which results in a 3-dimensional appearance. This St. Pucchi Avine Perucci gown is a perfect example of the floral appliqué trend, which really brings the dress to life. The tulle ballgown is hand embroidered and features crystal-beaded floral appliqués that scatter from the bodice onto the tulle skirt.  

Modern Minimalist

Sometimes, less is more. And one of the top 2016 wedding dress trends is a modern approach to minimalist design. These two St. Pucchi Mila gowns are sophisticated and elegant, without incorporating over-the-top embellishments. (For even more sleek and sophisticated wedding gowns, check out this post.) 

Tiered Skirts

Big flouncy skirts are a wedding day classic, and this fall we’re loving the tiered wedding skirt trend. Whether you want just a few tiers, like on this Duchess satin St. Pucchi wedding gown, or want a full skirt with tiers all the way down, there are lots of options to embrace this beautiful wedding dress trend.

You can shop any of these St. Pucchi wedding gowns at the ongoing sample sale where you’ll find gorgeous dresses that embrace this season’s hottest wedding trends at a fraction of their retail price. Shop the St. Pucchi sample sale here. 

 

What’s your favorite wedding dress trend of the season? 

Six Elegant & Sophisticated St. Pucchi Wedding Gowns

When it comes to wedding gowns, sometimes less is more. And that's absolutely the case with these gorgeous St. Pucchi wedding gowns. Though wedding dresses full of tulle, tiers and drama tend to take centerstage, we think a simple, elegant and sophisticated wedding gown is just as beautiful. And these six St. Pucchi wedding gowns--which you can find in the sample sale!--are absolutely wow-worthy.

Six Elegant & Sophisticated St. Pucchi Wedding Gowns

Sheath dresses are flattering to most body types, and this pure silk Charmeuse wedding gown does just that. The body skimming sheath features a bateau neckline adorned with French Chantilly lace, delicately beaded with crystals.

Elegant details are what this wedding gown is all about, which features shimmery pearls that adorn the shoulders like jewelry. This St. Pucchi wedding gown features a sheath silhouette and sweep train.

For a romantic wedding gown that's not heavy or full of ruffles, try this St. Pucchi wedding gown. This spaghetti strap dress has an embroidered Ricamo net which flows over the silk charmeuse gown. 

This St. Pucchi wedding dress is all about the sleeves and features a sheer net overlay that's hand-embroidered. (For more longsleeve wedding gowns, check out this post.) 

Absolutely lovely in lace is what this Thai silk and Chantilly lace mermaid dress is all about. The plunging low V-neckline is beaded with Swarovski crystals, while the bodice has a cutout sheer lace panel on one side. Scattered crystals adorn the flared skirt.

This St. Pucchi gown embraces the glitzy Gatsby-era style, perfect for the glamorous bride. The satin duchess wedding dress features a V-neckline that's embellished with crystals that also adorn the waist. 

Will you be wearing a simple yet elegant wedding gown on your wedding day? 

Beautiful Butterscotch Wedding Gowns

The traditional white wedding dress has long been a custom in Western culture, but that's no longer the case as more and more brides are embracing wedding gowns in a variety of colors! Around the world, colored wedding dresses reign supreme and its long been popular in many Eastern cultures. And since bright white isn't flattering on all skin types, it's nice that brides now have options to choose from. 

If you're looking for a stunning wedding dress that isn't quite white (but still pale in color), you'll love this roundup of beautiful butterscotch wedding gowns. You can shop them now on our ongoing sample sale

Beautiful Butterscotch Wedding Gowns

This St. Pucchi butterscotch wedding gown features a silk organza dropped waist and halter-style top. It also has a lovely Chapel train and is hand-beaded throughout the bodice and skirt.   

 If you love ruffles, you'll love the tiers on this gorgeous butterscotch wedding gown. This A-line gown is made of silk taffeta and the bust features a heart-shaped crystal motif.  

For something flirty and sexy, a fit and flare wedding gown is still a classic choice. This beautiful butterscotch wedding gown features a halter neckline and a ruched bodice with silk piping and hand-embroidered motifs. The tulle skirt features a chapel train. 

Empire waist gowns are flattering on many body types and this beautiful butterscotch wedding gown has a light and airy feel. The A-line organza skirt flares out from the waist and a crystal motif adorns the bodice. 

 

If you've always dreamt of a ballgown wedding dress this butterscotch wedding dress wows. The strapless bodice features a figure-flattering pleated design that flows into the silk taffeta skirt. A silk taffeta hem borders the bottom and a matching hand-embroidered mantilla is also available. 

This silk Dupioni gown is unforgettable with its strapless sheer corset bodice that's hand-beaded across the bust and waist. Silk flowers adorn the skirt, which features a semi-chapel train. 

 

Packing for Your Honeymoon & Beyond

Whether you’re planning your honeymoon, off on a weekend jaunt or are a frequent jetsetter, we can all use some tips on how to pack lighter (and better!). And that’s exactly what you’ll find in our designer, Rani Totman’s, latest book "Your Body Your Style: Simple Tips on Dressing to Flatter Your Body Type”, which is available now on Amazon.  

This week, we’re sharing an exclusive excerpt from her book with tips she shares on packing for your honeymoon and beyond. For more fabulous style tips like this, check out the book here. 

Packing for Your Honeymoon & Beyond

Check the Weather, First

First thing’s first, check the weather first! You’ll want an umbrella and some cardigans if it’s going to be rainy, and a hat if you’re headed somewhere hot and sunny. Make a list so you don’t forget anything. Your list should include: clothes, shoes, workout clothes, swimwear, evening wear, toiletries, a camera and anything else you use on the daily. 

For a Long Weekend

If you’re headed out with the fiancé for a long weekend, you’ll want to pack mix and match pieces. Pack three tops, two bottoms and one dress in coordinating colors. You’ll be able to create at least six different outfits with this mix. Don’t forget to pack a light cardigan for indoor dining or airplanes where temps can often be quite chilly! 

For a Tropical Honeymoon

Sunny days are ahead for you, so bring two sun hats, an umbrella (just in case!) and plenty of sunscreen. You’ll also want to bring and roll up a beach bag that can stow your towel, book and other beach essentials.  As far as outfits, a few swimsuits and tunic dresses that can transition to evening are the way to go. Pack sandals and a nice pair of wedges for the evening and a lightweight sweater since island nights can often get chilly. 

Extra Packing Tips

Accessories take up little space yet can make a drastic impact on your outfits, so pack several! Try everything on before you pack so you’re certain you love all of your looks, that includes ensuring what you’re bringing is comfortable and makes you feel confident. When in doubt, take a few pics so you can be sure you love your look and can recreate it at your destination. 

For even more fashion tips like this, check out the book here

The Best Clothes for Your Body Type

This month, the bridal designer behind St. Pucchi, Rani Totman (a.k.a Rani St. Pucchi), published a brand new book unveiling her style secrets learned from years in the fashion business. "Your Body Your Style: Simple Tips on Dressing to Flatter Your Body Type is available now on Amazon. 

In this exclusive blog post, we're sharing with you one of the topics covered in Rani's book, the best clothes for your body type. Because from your rehearsal dinner and engagement party to the honeymoon and beyond, there are plenty of occasions when you'll want to look, feel and dress your best! Here, a few guidelines on the best clothes for your body type.

The Best Clothes For Your Body Type

Hourglass Shape

Do: Focus on your waist and flatter those curves! Waist-cinching belts, V-neck dresses and and tops are your friend.

Avoid: shapeless boxy items. 

Apple Shape

Do: Accentuate your bust and hips in long sleeve and V-neck tops. Dark colors help camouflage heavy areas. For your pants, make sure they sit below the hip bone. 

Avoid: Waist-cinching dresses. Skinny pants, flare pants will balance wide shoulders 

Pear Shape

Do: Off-theshoulder blouses and other tops that accentuate your upper body. Straight leg pants with heels are also fun and fashion-forward. 

Avoid: Flare-legged pants or other styles that may narrow your legs. 

Ruler Shape

Do: Create curves by cinching your waist and trying flared skirts. Ruffled tops will help add volume to your chest. Show off your legs in skinny jeans, miniskirts and bright tights.

Avoid: Boyish clothes like track pants & baggy boyfriend jeans. They’ll do nothing to flatter your figure. 

Inverted Triangle

Do: Wear flares on bottom with snug tops to draw attention to your hip area. 

Avoid: Items that will make you look top-heavy like ruffled and embellished tops. 

Many women are a mix of body types, so mix and match different styles until you find what’s right for you. You can purchase Rani Totman's book, Your Body, Your Style, here. 

Stunning Untraditional Wedding Veils

When brides think of wedding veils, a long pouf of tulle is what often comes to mind. But these stunning untraditional wedding veils are far from ordinary; their beauty lies in intricate and elaborate designs that are handmade and truly luxurious. 

While a wedding veil can make a statement on its own, these untraditional wedding veils are designed to complement the wedding dress for a full head-to-toe look that’s absolutely wow-worthy. For the fashion-forward bride that’s looking for something unique, consider one of these untraditional wedding veil ideas. 

Stunning Untraditional Wedding Veils

Like the gold wedding dress, this full-length wedding veil truly stands out and mimics the dress design with floral motifs. (For even more statement making wedding veils, check out this post.) 

This St. Pucchi wedding dress features beautiful piping, a detail that is carried into this untraditional wedding veil. 

Beautiful, lace handwork adorns this wedding veil which perfectly complements the lace and flowers featured on this ivory wedding dress. Love this lace look? Check out even more beautiful lace wedding dresses here.    

A wedding veil doesn't have to only incorporate floral or lace detailing; this untraditional wedding veil mirrors the detail on the wedding dress with a beautiful circle motif.

Keep things simple yet statement-making with a short and sassy wedding veil. The gold color on this wedding veil picks up on the hint of gold at the top of this wedding dress. (For even more short wedding veil ideas, check out this post. )

Would your wear an untraditional wedding veil? 

Stunning Short Wedding Veils

A stunning short wedding veil is a great way to embrace the bridal look without having a long, traditional veil. These custom-made short wedding veils are all a variation of the cage veil, with a beautiful and elaborate twist! If you're thinking about a short wedding veil for your wedding day, check out these options for some inspiration. 

Stunning Short Wedding Veils

This couture St. Pucchi wedding veil features flowers rolled into the veil for a romantic, feminine feel. 

A short wedding veil can be as simple as a pop of tulle and sparkle worn as a headpiece with an elegant updo. This handmade beauty perfectly complements the elegance and simplicity of the wedding dress.

For the bride looking for something short, sweet and sans embellishments, this beautiful French tulle wedding veil is fun and sassy.  It also complements the tulle on the skirt of her wedding dress. 

Experiment with proportions and make a statement with an even bigger wedding veil that's full and voluminous but still short on length. 

For a bit of glamour, this antique French mesh wedding veil features dripping crystals that sparkle in the light, mirroring the beautiful hand-embroidered crystals featured on her St. Pucchi wedding dress.

Looking for even more wedding veil ideas? Check out this post for gorgeous statement making wedding veils.    

Would you wear a short wedding veil on your wedding day? 

 

 

Summer Wedding Ideas

It's summertime and the perfect time for celebrations. Looking for ways to add a splash of the season into your wedding day? We rounded up a few of our favorite summer wedding ideas, from fun dessert activities to keeping guests cool during the summer heat.

Summer Wedding Ideas

Kick off your summer wedding with a midi length floral affair. This wedding dress is perfect for looking stylish while beating the summer heat. Treat your guests to a s'mores treat by the fire for your ceremony.

Get inspired by the countryside. Pick a dress with lace and floral appliqués, and wed with a backdrop that compliments the dress. Wildflowers used as a bouquets and table decorations make for a summer country-chic affair. 

Summer calls for a cool glass of rosé, embrace the theme with rose-tinted nuptials. A rose-colored wedding dress and beautiful rose decor are romantic and perfect for a summer wedding. 

Flower crowns aren't just for the Coachella girl in us; they're gorgeous as updos for your big day. Incorporate your wedding colors and flowers into the perfect wedding hairstyle and pair it with a short and sweet wedding dress. A short wedding dress is perfect for taking the party into the early hours without a wardrobe change. (For even more short wedding dress looks, click here. ) 

Are you having a summer wedding? Which idea will you incorporate? 

Perfect Destination Wedding Dresses

Planning a destination wedding can be tricky, but finding the perfect destination wedding dress doesn't have to be! The key to finding the perfect destination wedding dress is to find something that fits the venue and is easy to travel with. Think light and airy dresses that are easy to pack, hard to destroy. Here, we've rounded up some of our favorite destination wedding dresses that are perfect for your out-of-town wedding. 

Perfect Destination Wedding Dresses

St. Pucchi 706

St. Pucchi 706

For a destination wedding, pick a wedding dress that embraces the laid back beach vibe. This St. Pucchi lace is dress is perfect for that and has a light and airy feel. (For even more St. Pucchi lace dresses, click here.) 

St. Pucchi 544

St. Pucchi 544

The soft organza scales on this St. Pucchi wedding dress perfectly mimic the rolling beach waves that will be at your nuptials. This flirty look is one of our favorites for a destination wedding.   

St. Pucchi 18

St. Pucchi 18

When it comes to a destination wedding, you won't want to be traveling with an oversize ballgown so try a short wedding dress, instead! It's the perfect way to show off your gams and stay cool while dancing the night away. Plus, a short wedding dress is easy to carry on the plane and can look just as sophisticated as a traditional wedding dress. (For even more short wedding dresses, click here.) 

We also love the idea of incorporating the beach theme into your beauty look by using pretty seashells in your hair! Go for an updo to give the short wedding dress a more formal feel. It’s also a handy way to make sure your hair is off your face for all those wedding photos! 

St. Pucchi 722, Beach wedding

St. Pucchi 722, Beach wedding

A destination wedding doesn’t always mean beachside; that’s why we love this St. Pucchi dress which won’t crumple on your flight yet is sophisticated for a seaside or city affair.  

 

Are you thinking of having a destination wedding?

When to Wear a Short Wedding Dress

Traditionally, wedding dresses have been long. They’re generally perceived to be both more formal, and more conservative. But a gorgeous short wedding dress can be just as glam, not to mention, fitting for a variety of occasions. Here are 7 occasions to wear a short St. Pucchi wedding dress. 

7 Occasions For a Short Wedding Dress

Wear a Short Wedding Dress to the Reception

That big and beautiful ballgown may be beautiful for your I Dos, but it may not be practical for dancing the night away! Slip into a gorgeous St. Pucchi short wedding dress so you can enjoy the reception in something short, comfortable and fuss-free

Wear a Short Wedding Dress to a Beach Wedding 

If you’re having a beach wedding, a short wedding dress is totally appropriate. You’ll keep the sand off your feet and the more laid-back vibe fits in perfectly for a beach wedding. (We have even more beach wedding ideas here). 

Wear a Short Wedding Dress to Your Anniversary Party

Already married? A short wedding dress is a fabulous frock for celebrating your anniversary party. Whether it’s your 10 year wedding anniversary or your 25th wedding anniversary, a short white wedding dress is a stylish way to celebrate the occasion

Wear a Short Wedding Dress to a Daytime Wedding

Hosting a casual daytime wedding like a beautiful brunch? Consider a short wedding dress for the affair. It’s just as festive as a traditional wedding dress and the perfect way to fit into your daytime theme, without being over-the-top.

Wear a Short Wedding Dress for Your Destination Wedding 

Besides being completely impractical, hauling a giant wedding dress to your destination wedding is just an absolute pain. For a no fuss, no muss solution, travel with a gorgeous short wedding dress for your destination wedding.

Wear a Short Wedding Dress to Show Off Your Gorgeous Gams! 

If you have legs to days and bridal shoes that are just as stunning as your wedding dress, show them off with a short wedding dress! A high-low dress like this St. Pucchi wedding dress is a great way to show some leg while tk drama. 

Wear a Short Wedding Dress Later On

The fact of the matter is, you likely won’t wear your wedding dress ever again. But if you invest in a short wedding dress, you can absolutely wear it to another soiree in the future! Whether it’s an all-white party, a summer affair or even your anniversary party, a short wedding dress can come in handy for a future event.

Would you wear a short wedding dress?  

Real Bride: Janie & Ozzie's Maui Wedding

From the Bride: Jubilance, elation, and sheer excitement consumed me from the moment I put on my St Pucchi wedding dress on August 20th, 2015!  Since I was “Maui’d” in Hawaii I really didn’t need much to make my wedding look beautiful. Maui has the most gorgeous scenery, and I incorporated it into my decor: pineapples painted gold with tropical flowers for centerpieces and a surf board for my seating chart. Wearing my stunning St Pucchi dress made me feel like a Hawaiian mermaid, and with my handsome groom by my side my wedding was truly the most magical day of my life. You can feel the happiness and sense the romance; Melissa McClure Photography captured it beautifully.

Vendors:

Photographer: Melissa McClure Photography
Bride's Attire: St. Pucchi Sposa Z348
Groom's Attire:  United States Air Force Mess Dress & tan suit by Jos. A. Bank
Flowers: Dellables Wedding Design & Florals
Cake: Cake Fanatics
DJ: Barefoot Minded Band & Clarity Entertainment 
Ceremony Venue: Sacred Hearts Mission Church. Reception: Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

Easter Wedding Ideas

Springtime and Easter is upon us, and what better way to celebrate the new season than with these Easter wedding ideas!

An Easter wedding is the perfect occasion to break out all things pastel, and a great way to celebrate the spring season. Not sure how to incorporate this spring theme into your wedding day? Here are some of our favorite Easter wedding ideas.

Easter Weddings Ideas

Pastel everything? Yes, please! Pastels and tulips are the essentials of Easter, so they are a must for any Easter wedding. Use tulips as centerpieces or your bridal bouquet. Treat guests with takeaway desserts that double as decor items with these pretty pastel macarons. 

White wedding dresses may be traditional, but spring is the perfect time to break the rules and try something pretty in pink. We love the idea of incorporating the color throughout the wedding decor, too. 

If you are having a wedding on a beautiful Easter Sunday, why not take the unconventional route and incorporate staples of the holiday in the decor? Use Peter Rabbit in your table settings and take risks with your bouquet. No need to stick to typical flowers for your big day, grab something that screams spring.

Even bigger bonus? Grab this dress as part of our ongoing St. Pucchi sample sale.

Now that the weather is warming up, try a wedding dress that's short and sweet. Keep with the Easter theme and incorporate bunnies and Easter eggs throughout the room. Still a kid at heart? Top your cake with your favorite Easter candy!

What do you think? Would you incorporate any of these Easter wedding ideas into your Big Day?  

Real Bride: Nicole and Eric's San Francisco Fairmont Wedding

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The Story:

Nicole Grover and Eric Taylor met at their private high school while on the same chapel worship team. After dating for four years, Eric popped the question on their annual family trip to Santa Cruz, California. Her family was awaiting nearby and caught the entire proposal on camera! The couple had a gorgeous, fairytale wedding in The Fairmont San Francisco's glamorous ballroom, which was outfitted with cream and gold floral centerpieces and elegant gold chiavari chairs. Nicole looked ravishing in her cream St. Pucchi ballgown made entirely of sumptuous Thai silk and featuring layers of crystals and a bubble skirt. Congratulations to Nicole and Eric, your wedding was absolutely breathtaking! 

VENDORS: 

Photography: BOGDAN CONDOR PHOTOGRAPHY

Venue: THE FAIRMONT, San Francisco

Florist: TWIGS AND STEMS

Wedding gown: ST PUCCHI

DJ: SOUNDS IN MOTION / Jason

Hairstylist: Chris Kelsey

Make-up: Josie Houlihan

18 Success Principles of Relationships

This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post

"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it." (Rumi)

When it comes to relationships many of us are on the constant search for "the one" so that we may live "happily ever after".

The truth is that we are looking at all the wrong places because, believe it or not, the answers are inside each of us. The myth that "My happiness is dependent on my partner" is just that: a myth. It means that you are giving away your power and living your life by someone else's standards for you.

The following principles will encourage you to evaluate your expectations, and stimulate you to expand your relationships to heightened levels of enjoyment and increased peace within, by integrating the wisdom into your daily reality.

1. Respect: Without mutual respect a relationship is doomed for failure. Respect each other's ideas and decisions with an undercurrent of love and trust, knowing that you have each other's goodness at heart.

2. Adapt: It is common knowledge that we each grow as our relationship evolves. Don't fight this but embrace each other, giving each other room and keep an open mind and an open heart.

3. Be Courteous: Real happiness has its foundation on the altar of understanding and kind words. Even if you do not agree with your partner, merely displaying calm silence, sincerity and courteous words shows that you care.

4. Listen More: Talking and acting from your own viewpoint most of the time, instead of trying to see the other's side, shows lack of care and understanding. This does not mean that you compromise on your own ideals and inner peace. Agreeing to disagree is a quality that can be cultivated.

5. Stop the Blame Game: When you find yourself in an unpleasant situation it is best to get out of it as graciously as you can. To focus on the issue and blow things out of proportion is fruitless. You can teach people to mend their faults a hundred times better by setting a good example than you can by harsh or self-righteous words.

6. Practice Self-Awareness: It is great practice to reflect once in a while on what you are contributing to your relationship. Look in the mirror and ask yourself if you are being judgmental, hypercritical, unfair, defensive and unkind. Constantly course correct.

7. Admit your mistakes: This is one of the hardest things to do, especially when you know you are wrong. But this simple gesture will bring you peace of mind and increased love and acceptance in your relationship.

8. Celebrate each other: Lift each other up and celebrate the small and large victories together. Sharing is caring. Be happy for each other.

9. Forgive Often: Mark Twain said it best: "Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it". Forgiving, by its very act, makes you the bigger person. Sometimes you forgive even though you know your partner is wrong. You forgive the other not for their sake, but for your own. The inner peace you attain as a result makes it all worthwhile.

10. Love to be Loved: If you wish to be loved, start loving the other first. Whatever you want others to be, first be that yourself, then you will find others responding in like manner to you. When each wants to see the other happy, then loving each other comes naturally.

11. Be Careful How You React: The way you react to a situation determines the outcome. If the outcome is not to your liking, then respond differently. Instead of blaming the event or your partner, look honestly at yourself. The answers may surprise you.

12. Communicate: Sometimes we allow anger and resentment to fester. When something is bothering you, it is best to communicate sooner rather than later. In communicating use the word "I" and not "You". By doing so you are not accusing the other, merely stating how you feel. Such as "I am disappointed that..."; "I resent..."; "I hate it when..."; "I would love it if..." etc.

13. Appreciate Each Other: Make a list of what you appreciate about your partner and your relationship. Read it often. Sometimes it's the little things that we need to be reminded of, that help bring back the reasons and the focus on why we fell in love in the first place. Speak it out and let him know how much he is appreciated.

14. Acknowledge and Let Go of Each Other's Past: We each have skeletons in our closets, instances and events that we are not too proud of, or that have brought us sorrow or shame; relationships that have failed, or people that we would rather not be reminded of. Let it all go. It does not serve your relationship. That was then, and this is now.

15. Exude Peace: To be at peace with one's immediate relations, is the greatest of all happiness next to divine happiness. Unless you are at peace with yourself, you cannot bring peace into your relationship. Meditation, prayer, spiritual practice- each contributes to help us achieve peace in our lives. Pray together and enjoy meals together. The more time you share together, the deeper your love for one another will grow.

16. Share Your Finances: Be willing to share and be truthful and responsible in money matters. Even if one makes more money than the other, each of you has an equal say about joint expenses in the household. You decide to agree on separate or joint accounts from the very get go, so that your mutual decision does not affect your relationship and intimacy in your lives.

17. Be Best Friends First: Life can bring many challenges. One of the most wonderful things about marriage and relationships is that you have each other to share your sorrows and joys with. Keep your friendship strong by going on date nights together, talk and laugh with each other. When you come from a place of true friendship, nothing will faze you because you will always know that you have each other's back, as well as the strength to overcome any adversity that life may bring.

18. Cultivate a Wide, Diverse Circle of Friends: Interacting with your circle of mutual friends, and sharing your time with others together, makes you appreciate your partner even more and can be a source of great joy and fulfillment in your relationship.

.Follow Rani St. Pucchi on Twitter: www.twitter.com/RaniStPucchi

 

Valentine's Day Weddings Ideas

Valentine's Day is upon us, and what better way to celebrate love than with these romantic Valentine's Day wedding ideas!

A Valentine's Day wedding is the perfect occasion to break out all things pink, red and heart-shaped, without that cliché feeling. Not sure how to incorporate the ultimate theme of romance into your wedding day? Here are some of our favorite Valentine's Day wedding ideas.

Valentine's Day Weddings Ideas

Valentine's Day is the perfect time to add a dramatic veil to your big day. We love the playfulness of this arrow cake and chocolate heart candy station. 

 

Decorate the tables with long-stem roses and daisies, all in the perfect bright red color scheme of Valentine's Day. Pair this with a show stopping wedding dress that's classically romantic for all eyes on you.


Valentine's Day is the ultimate romantic holiday, so feel free to go big and go bold. Valentine's Day weddings should never be understated. Think bright colors, an overload of flowers and a ton of sequins. This St. Pucchi dress is perfect for adding that extra sparkle to the big day.

Short and sweet is one of the best ways to celebrate on the day of love. If you are feeling a short dress, try St. Pucchi wedding dress. The flower embellishment perfectly matches the rose textured cake and centerpieces. The blush pink is soft and romantic and the details aren't over-the-top. 

What do you think? Would you incorporate any of these Valentine's Day wedding ideas into your Big Day? 

NEW Sample Sale Gowns + Our Current Favorites

We are kicking off 2016 in style with some brand new additions to our ongoing St. Pucchi sample sale! This week, we've rounded up the new St. Pucchi sample sale gowns and some of our current favorites. Through February 28, 2016 take an extra 50% off already discounted wedding gowns! That means a total savings up to 80% off a gorgeous St. Pucchi wedding gown. You can shop the St. Pucchi sample sale here. And, read on to see some of our favorite picks! 

St. Pucchi Sample Sale Couture

St. Pucchi couture wedding gown 9399 features a figure flattering A-line cut silk organza dress. It's hand embroidered and features a delicate sheer jewel neckline. 

St. Pucchi couture wedding gown 9407 is a classic ballgown style in pure silk organza. The bodice is beaded in crystals and pearls and the full skirt features beautiful silk swirls. 

Make a statement in this pure silk Dupioni dropped waist gown. The Queen Anne neckline with a plunging V-neck features gorgeous hand-embroidered details.  

For the untraditional bride, this beautiful black and white St. Pucchi wedding gown is a lovely choice. This silk organza gown features a jaw-droppingly gorgeous cathedral train. 

Shop more of the St. Pucchi Couture Sample Sale here

St. Pucchi Sample Sale Sposa Collection

At just under $1,500, this St. Pucchi wedding gown is an unbelievable steal. This A-line dress features bands of clustered piping at the  neckline, waist and along the skirt.

This St. Pucchi wedding gown has a soft, ethereal feel and features hand-embroidered flowers with Alencon lace. 

Ball gown wedding dresses never go out of style, and this St. Pucchi wedding gown is a classic choice. The gown features a dropped waist bodice lined with silk piping and scattered crystals. 

The fashion-forward femme fatale will love this St. Pucchi mermaid gown. The mermaid skirt features a bubble hem and crystal detailing along the neckline. 

Shop more of the St. Pucchi Sample Sale Sposa Collection here

St. Pucchi Sample Sale Avine Perucci Collection 

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We love the sassy feel of this St. Pucchi gown from the Avine Perucci collection. Featuring Silk shantung and a fit & flare draped bodice, the full skirt has a bubble hem with tiered organza.  

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This gorgeous St. Pucchi silk organza mermaid gown features a sweetheart neckline with criss-cross halter straps which are crystal embellished. The bodice is hand embroidered in a floral and leaf motif. Silk organza fitted mermaid dress has a sweetheart neckline and crystal criss-crossed halter straps. 

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The organza ruffles that adorn the front of this St. Pucchi wedding gown make a gorgeous statement. This romantic wedding gown has a detachable train and delicate pearl beads at the edge of the ruffles.  

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Top 10 Pantone Spring 2016 Wedding Colors

If you're still deciding on the color scheme for your wedding, take a cue from this list of top 10 Pantone spring 2016 wedding colors. These gorgeous colors run the gamut from soft and feminine to bold choices, and many of them pair quite beautifully together. What we're most inspired by this year, however, is the top two color choices: Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue. These classic pastel hues make absolutely gorgeous spring wedding colors! 

Rose Quartz Wedding Inspiration

Both Rose Quartz and Serenity were named the top two colors of the year, and these pretty pastels make gorgeous wedding colors! Try a Rose Quartz and gold combination for a girly and glamorous feel. It all pairs perfectly with this blush St. Pucchi wedding gown

Serenity Blue Wedding Inspiration 

Soft, romantic and definitely timeless, we can't help but adore Serenity Blue as a wedding color. Not to mention, it's a great way to sprinkle "something blue" throughout your wedding! Try a beautiful blue accent, like the powder blue sash used on this St. Pucchi wedding gown.  

Want even more wedding color inspiration? Here is the full list of top 10 Pantone Spring 2016 Wedding colors. Many of them would look beautiful for a summer or fall wedding, too! 

Top 10 Pantone Spring 2016 Wedding Colors

What do you think? Would you incorporate any of these colors into your wedding day? 

Gorgeous New Year’s Eve Wedding Ideas

What better way to kick off the new year than with a new marriage? A New Year's Eve wedding is the perfect time to celebrate your love; here are a few ideas to make the day uniquely yours. 

Why save the Champagne toast solely for the reception? Have a toast ready for partygoers when the ball drops, and with a dress that is sure to be the center of any extravagant affair.

New Year's Eve is the perfect time to try something out of the ordinary, like a blush dress for the ceremony. For the reception, slip into something short and sassy to dance the night away! The occasion calls for something fun and different.  

A New Year's Eve wedding is a great time to embrace classic colors, like a black and white theme. A beautiful black and white wedding dress will wow guests and makes a statement.

St. Pucchi 9457; Mask

St. Pucchi 9457; Mask

There's no better occasion for something truly glamorous like a New Year's Eve wedding. We love the drama of this St. Pucchi stunner. 

What New Year's Eve wedding trends will you try?

Thanksgiving Wedding Ideas

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we've got fall themed weddings on the mind. Many brides take advantage of the long weekend to celebrate their nuptials on or after Thanksgiving Day. If you're having your ceremony Thanksgiving weekend, you'll definitely want to keep these Thanksgiving wedding ideas in mind for your wedding day. 

Thanksgiving Wedding Ideas

St. Pucchi Z266, Pie Bar, Invite,  Card holders

St. Pucchi Z266, Pie BarInvite,  Card holders

Thanksgiving Inspired Wedding Decor

One of the easiest ways to incorporate a fall theme into your Thanksgiving wedding is with the overall decor! Acorn place settings, festive foods like a pie bar and autumn leaves all bring a touch of fall to this wedding. A St. Pucchi lace dress perfectly pairs with this rustic glam wedding theme.  

St. Pucchi 9430, Table decor: Indeed Decor

St. Pucchi 9430, Table decor: Indeed Decor

St. Pucchi Z290, Floral Arrangement, Boutonniere 

St. Pucchi Z290, Floral Arrangement, Boutonniere 

Fall Florals for Your Thanksgiving Wedding

Another simple way to bring a Thanksgiving feel to your wedding is by incorporating fall florals. We also love the idea of bringing in some prints; the dots on this groomsman's tie perfectly coordinates with the bride's gorgeous St. Pucchi wedding gown. 

Give Thanks

Lastly, give thanks to your guests for taking time out of the holiday weekend to celebrate with you.