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Our Favorite Winter Wedding Cakes
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Everything That Sparkles

Getting married on or near Valentine's Day? Turn to this two-tiered J'aime Cakes dessert, which embraced the holiday beautifully, for inspiration.

 
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Wedding Cake 101: How to Make a Buttercream Cake
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Buy Foam Board for two tiers

1. Each cake layer needs a sturdy base. Trace cake pans onto a piece of foam board three-sixteenths of an inch thick. Cut out the rounds (available at art-supply stores). Bake cakes in parchment-lined cake pans, and let them cool slightly. Remove from pans. Do not peel off parchment. Once completely cool, place each cake right side up on a foam-board round, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for at least 6 hours; this makes the layers firm and easy to handle. They can also be frozen at this...

 
 
 
 
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23 Delicious Ways to Serve Donuts at Your Wedding
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Late Night Snack The coffee and donuts thing is so cool and so unexpected, people will love this tiny detail.

Late night coffee and donuts! Neat idea for shower or wedding!

Late night coffee and donuts; don't like coffee but this would be cute with hot chocolate too!

Late night coffee and donuts. Perfect at the end of the reception or in the middle for a pick me up!

After dinner, set up coffee service to include the breakfast treats as an additional dessert, either skewered on coffee spoons or set in dainty piles.

 
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A Flower-Filled Spring Wedding in Texas
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I like big bouquets and I cannot lie.

A Flower-Filled Spring Wedding in Texas

Gorgeous flowers never go out of style. Get a bit of guidance when it comes to picking the perfect blooms for every element of your celebration, from the bridesmaid bouquets to the centerpieces.

Bursting with LOVE and vibrance is this bouquet!

Ashley wanted to avoid an overly-stylized bouquet, preferring something "more organic, flowing, and cascading." Those were the only instructions she gave Alicia Rico of Bows + Arrows. "Her creation was this giant beautiful bouquet, which was very heavy. Adam took it off my hands a few times during pictures," Ashley says of the arrangement of peonies, muscari, garden roses, and sweet peas, among other spring blooms.

 
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This Couple's Intimate Baltimore, Maryland, Wedding Took Place in Two Different Venues
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This Couple's Intimate Baltimore, Maryland, Wedding Took Place in Two Different Venues

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One couple traveled more than miles from home for a destination wedding in Baltimore, Maryland. Personal touches, golden accents, and beautiful flowers made this intimate celebration extra special.

 
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The Prettiest Peony Wedding Centerpieces
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We've rounded up the best peony wedding centerpieces. The lush bloom is the perfect add to your spring or summer wedding reception.

Escaping the grey skies of London, this couple chose the stunning backdrop of Provence for their destination wedding. The result is a pink hued garden affair filled with romance and rosé.

Just about every bloom used in this lush centerpiece from Big Day Design was in the pink color family, from the green-flecked hydrangea and blush garden roses to the front-and-center peony.

 
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How to Address Guests on Wedding Invitation Envelopes
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Your etiquette cheat sheet, so you can mail the good news using the correct wording.

Wedding Planning Ideas and Inspiration, Dresses & Jewelry – Martha Stewart Weddings

See the "Spread the Word" in our Your Ultimate Bridal Shower Checklist for Celebrating the Bride-to-Be gallery

Invites -- white with envelope insert, small black and white reply card.

In this case, what’s on the outside counts, too. Here’s how to annotate your envelopes enclosing the invitations to your celebration based on the different attendees who may be joining you.

 
 
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Our Favorite Winter Wedding Cakes
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Everything That Sparkles

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14 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Cake Baker
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Start planning your wedding today with ideas for dresses, invitations, cakes, bouquets, and more from the editors of Martha Stewart Weddings.

See the "Huckleberry Wedding Cake" in our 31 Fall Wedding Cakes We're Obsessed With gallery

Texture- Choose a wedding cake flavor that's inspired by the season—we promise your guests will appreciate it!

These fall-themed wedding cakes will give you plenty of seasonal design and flavor ideas for your September, October, or November dessert.

In-demand cake makers may be booked a year in advance, especially during the height of wedding season, but for most, the sweet spot is between three and six months before your vows. If she's available, ask how many cakes she's booked to create for the same day—a good pro should have ample staff in place to handle multiple deliveries and set-ups.

 
 
 
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25 New Takes on Traditional Wedding Cake Flavors
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25 New Takes on Traditional Wedding Cake Flavors

Serving up multiple cakes on the big day? Make like Amy Cakes and go for flavor variety. The large center cake served as this wedding was a lemon cream cake filled with Meyer lemon curd and iced in Italian buttercream. As for the side cakes? They were both made from strawberry cake layered with a berry purée and blanketed in fondant.

 
 
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Wedding Cakes with Sugar Flowers That Look Incredibly Real
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Style Me Pretty hosted a fake wedding for me & Michael. It was one with a bit of edge: Modern Gothic Romance that breaks the rules in all the right ways.

Red might rarely make its way into a wedding color palette, but when it does—like in this Sugarfine Bakery cake—it can be extremely eye-catching. And with painted and three-dimensional flower accents, this dessert might just be too pretty to eat.

Your wedding cake doesn't need real flowers to make a statement. In fact, you may actually prefer to decorate your dessert with sugar flowers. That's because fake blossoms can look just as pretty as fresh ones. Better yet, they're hardier, which means their petals won't wilt. And if your favorite bloom is out of season (or pricier than your budget can afford), a sugar version can bring your vision to life instead. If you need more convincing that the edible alternatives are worth considering for

 
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8 Ways to Serve Hot Chocolate at Your Winter Wedding
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Here, a quick recipe from Chef Dana Minuta for shortbread cookies and spiced hot chocolate.

8 Ways to Serve Hot Chocolate at Your Winter Wedding

See the different ways you can incorporate hot chocolate in your wedding.

Get unique food bar ideas for your wedding. These interactive food stations are bound to inspire.

Winter weddings are magical, but baby, it's cold outside. As the temperature continues to drop, there really isn't much more for your guests to do to stay warm but wear closed-toe shoes and chic jackets. That's why as the host it's important to think of other ways to keep your guests toasty (and happy) at your winter nuptials. You could opt for a festive cocktail and serve up some seriously delicious drinks, but we think it's more fun to include a beverage your guests wouldn't expect and absolut

 
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6 Unique Fall Wedding Color Schemes
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McKenzie Powell Floral & Event Design -- Powell recommends focusing on the places that all guests will see, such as the entrance or a dessert table, to maximize your budget. Smaller pieces tend to get lost, but one large arrangement will “wow.

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Get inspired by these wedding wreath ideas.

A wreath of pink roses, coral celosia, ornamental peppers, and gray-toned foliage matched the warm palette of the fall wedding.

 
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How to Get Your Wedding Guests to RSVP
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An Eclectic, Vintage-Inspired Wedding in the Catskills

We're sharing tips for getting your guests to RSVP from the beginning, and how to follow-up with anyone who is late.

 
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60 Fall Wedding Cakes We're Obsessed With
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Try decorating a chocolate cake with macrons in a complementary (and autumnal) flavor, a la this Simon Lee Bakery dessert.

 
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From Start to Finish: Here's How Wedding Cakes Are Made
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From start to finish, here's how a wedding cake is made. We talked to wedding cake bakers from around the U.S. to understand how these delicious desserts come to life.

 
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25 Classic Save-the-Dates Ideas
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Love white, but don't want your save-the-date to blend in with the rest of your stationery suite? Pick two different shades. This Minted invite was stark white, while the save-the-date was off-white.

 
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16 Wedding Traditions and Superstitions
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Common Wedding Traditions and Superstitions. You can choose to include traditional wedding protocol or avoid old superstitions. Where didthese superstitions come from?

See the "Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue" in our 15 Common Wedding Traditions and Superstitions gallery

The Brides Baubles

Find out the meaning behind some of most common wedding traditions and superstitions from around the world.

We've all heard this rhyme used when someone gets married, but what does it mean? Wearing "something old" represents the bride's past, while the "something new" symbolizes the couple's happy future. The bride is supposed to get her "something borrowed" from someone who is happily married in the hope that some of that person's good fortune rubs off on her. "Something blue" denotes fidelity and love.

 
 
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Outdoor Wedding Decorations That Are Easy to DIY
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The Wedding is something exciting in life of every girl.

Spell out a warm welcome. Hang signage made from boxwood leaves, which are available year-round, and frame the doorway with sculptural topiaries.

 
 
 
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15 Wedding Guest Dos and Don'ts
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An Elegant Two-Day Wedding in California with Both an Indian and a Western Ceremony

The bride and groom incorporated their heritages into two separate celebrations: a traditional Vedic ceremony at a mountainside ranch, and a Western wedding at the bride's family home.

Being called upon to say something witty, eloquent, touching, and profound to a room full of people can leave even the most outgoing among us tongue-tied. Give yourself some guidelines: Tell one story or convey one message—and make it brief. The point is to say something from the heart, not entertain the masses.

 
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15 Wedding Guest Dos and Don'ts
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15 Wedding Guest Dos and Don'ts

Here's your comprehensive guide to wedding guest etiquette. Find out how to be the best wedding guest ever here.

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Just because you're happily snapping away at the reception doesn't mean that the bride and groom want their faces plastered all over the web. However tempting it is to show off your friends' newly married status, don't post photos or videos of their wedding to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or whatever social-media site has yet to dominate in the future. Many couples now include notes on their website or in their programs to this effect, but if they don't, err on the side of caution and ask the c

 
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15 Wedding Guest Dos and Don'ts
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15 Wedding Guest Dos and Don'ts

Just as your phone can be a major distraction to you throughout the day, it’s going to be doubly so for a bride and groom at their ceremony. The couple wants to look out and see your smiling faces—not the back of your phone or, even worse, your iPad—beaming back at them. Unless otherwise instructed, keep phones and all cameras out of sight until the reception.

 
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15 Wedding Guest Dos and Don'ts
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15 Wedding Guest Dos and Don'ts

The room where the bride gets ready before the ceremony is often off-limits. Most of the time, there is a sign on the door requesting privacy or an usher nearby to keep the area clear. But even if there isn't, resist the urge to pop in for a quick hello. The bride will be busy prepping for her aisle debut. Plus, you'll have her full attention after the ceremony to offer your congratulations.

 
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15 Wedding Guest Dos and Don'ts
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Sonoma Ranch Wedding Inspired by All Things French

15 Wedding Guest Dos and Don'ts

If you have a love for all things French or an affinity for a good glass of bubbly then you will adore this gem to bits. It's French countryside by way of Sonoma captured in such a pretty way by Jose .

Making an entrance after the bride is not acceptable, so plan to be in your seat 30 minutes before official showtime. If there is an unforeseen obstacle preventing you from getting to the ceremony on time—heavy traffic, late babysitter, wardrobe malfunction (they do happen!)—never interrupt a ceremony service. Wait until the I do's are done and guests have left their seats to join the celebration.

 
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Ideas To Wedding Meals Menu Reception Place Setting. Holding a wedding at home is a commonplace and commonly done many people before holding a recepti.

Colorful Iridescent Wedding Shoot With Bubbles

We’re in a tizzy over this rainbow of a tabletop , from its iridescent flatware and colorful glassware to the bold blooms and hand-painted menu, complete with miniature drawings and watercolor calligraphy.

6 Expert Tips to Create Your Spring Wedding Menu

Sometimes an RSVP card, in addition to listing meal options, will include a space for you to write in any allergies or food restrictions you might have. If the one you received doesn't, it is up to you to contact the couple directly and let them know of your severe nut allergy or gluten intolerance. With enough notice, it’s not a big deal for a caterer to arrange an alternative for you. What is a big deal? Demanding on the day of that your alfredo be prepared sans cream and cheese.

 
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15 Wedding Guest Dos and Don'ts
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15 Wedding Guest Dos and Don'ts

Trust us, every couple goes through a painstaking process of deciding how many people they can have at their wedding. If yours is the only name that appears on the envelope, then you are the only one invited, period. If the couple intends for you to bring along a date, the envelope will read "Ms. Jane Doe and Guest."

 
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15 Wedding Guest Dos and Don'ts
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30 Modern Wedding Invitations We Love from Martha Stewart Weddings

Rugged, Relaxed, and Urban: An Autumnal Wedding in a Catskills Lodge - Green Wedding Shoes

Attending a wedding? Here's your comprehensive guide to wedding guest etiquette. Find out how to be the best wedding guest ever here.

A contemporary wedding calls for a just-as-modern paper suite.

Wedding invitations are sent six to eight weeks in advance and the couple will usually ask that you RSVP four weeks before the red-letter date. So when you get one, don't stash the reply card out of sight, thinking, "I have tons of time." Do that, and you'll probably forget all about it. Here's why timely RSVPs are a big deal: Vendors require a final head count a few weeks ahead of time to make sure there's enough seating and food available. Sneak in your response past the deadline, and you're m

 
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15 Wedding Guest Dos and Don'ts
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15 Wedding Guest Dos and Don'ts

Being invited to a wedding means that you have been hand-selected by the bride or groom to attend one of the biggest moments of their lives. When you think about it, that's a pretty big honor—especially if you consider how tight wedding guest lists can be. To make sure you're making the newlyweds proud, you'll want to stick to a few ground rules during all the merriment. From adhering to the duo's preferred dress code to drinking responsibly and everything in between, there are plenty of ways to

 
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The 10 Social Media Commandments for Your Wedding
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The 10 Social Media Commandments for Your Wedding

We walk you through every stage of the wedding-planning process, so that you're prepared for your big day.

 
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5 Tips for Making Sure Your Wedding Buffet Runs as Efficiently as Possible
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A wedding buffet is a great way to ensure guests are able to eat whatever they like best, and however much they want of each item. But they can quickly get backed up if not planned well. Here, tips for ensuring your wedding buffet runs efficiently.

 
 
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Real Brides Wearing Long-Sleeved Wedding Dresses
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Long-sleeved wedding dresses are often associated with a certain kind of look: one that's modest and traditional. That's at least in part due to the fact that the silhouette is beloved by royal brides. In actuality, though, wedding dresses with long sleeves are far from uniform. Take Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle—everyone's favorite British duchesses—for example. Each wore a vastly different take on the style. For more proof that long-sleeved bridal gowns are incredibly diverse, turn to real

 
 
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23 Delicious Ways to Serve Donuts at Your Wedding
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Late Night Snack The coffee and donuts thing is so cool and so unexpected, people will love this tiny detail.

Late night coffee and donuts! Neat idea for shower or wedding!

Late night coffee and donuts; don't like coffee but this would be cute with hot chocolate too!

Late night coffee and donuts. Perfect at the end of the reception or in the middle for a pick me up!

After dinner, set up coffee service to include the breakfast treats as an additional dessert, either skewered on coffee spoons or set in dainty piles.

 
 
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24 Wedding Details with Gold Foil
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Blush Pink and gold bokeh twinkle light wedding invitation with gold tone hand script style font. A bit of sparkle and glam for your wedding or other fine event.

Amid decor inspired by the look of Laduree, the French bakery, the couple dined on foie gras, blini, and lamb listed on custom menus.

These Ceci New York reception menus had the loveliest foil covers.

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These Ceci New York reception menus had the loveliest foil covers.

 
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Meghan Markle Had 8 Wedding Dress Fittings, Designer Reveals in New Interview
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Meghan Markle walked down the aisle wearing a custom silk Givenchy wedding dress - a gown so stunning that it made Prince Harry cry. But how did her dress compare to other royals?

The glowing bride chose an Audrey Hepburn-style gown in a classic style as opposed to the beaded number she was predicted to wear

NEVER has there been so much speculation about a wedding dress, but tonight finally all was revealed after Meghan Markle, now The Duchess of Sussex, wore a stunning Givenchy dress by British designer Clare Waight Keller.

Prince Harry and his bride Meghan married on Saturday in a dazzling ceremony that blended ancient English ritual with African American culture, watched up close by royals and celebrities and from afar by a global TV audience of millions.

Read what Meghan Markle's wedding dress designer, Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy, had to say about the Duchess of Sussex's bridal gown for her royal wedding in 2018.

 
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Here's Why Your Wedding Invites Should Always Include a Self-Addressed, Stamped RSVP Card
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Before you mail your wedding invitations, make sure you've included a self-addressed, pre-stamped RSVP card. Why? Learn about this important piece of stationery here.

 
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Your 6-Month Bridal Beauty Countdown
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This beaded Zuhair Murad dress is the definition of a luxurious gown - 25 Dream Beach Wedding Dresses - Martha Stewart Weddings.

Your Bridal Beauty Countdown

Whether you're throwing a nautical-inspired wedding or a fiesta in the sand in Mexico, you'll want a beach wedding dress that flows and moves easily. Get inspired by these beachy bridal looks from real weddings.

After a long distance romance, Peony and Richard chose the Maldives as their wedding destination for the special meaning it held - it was the first.

You want to look your best on your wedding day, not just for your family, or for your groom, or even for the pictures. When you know all eyes will be on you, there's pressure to achieve flawless bridal beauty. Luckily, we've got you covered. Here, we break down your getting ready guide, starting with what you need to do six months before the wedding straight through to the big day. With these expert tips, you'll definitely be looking your best when you say "I do."   Prepare a Plan   When: 6

 
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How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Subtly Honored Princess Diana in Their Wedding Photos
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r/photography - Duke and Duchess of Sussex release official photos taken by Alexi Lubomirski.

Just when we thought we couldn't be more obsessed with the Royal Wedding, Kensington Palace released Prince Harry and Meghan's official portraits. From Prince George and Charlotte's happy grins to more of that stunning gown — these photos are to die for.

Alexi Lubomirski, shouted 'Who like Smarties?' to get Prince George, Princess Charlotte and eight other youngsters to pay attention at Windsor Castle on Saturday.

They may have looked stunned at Harry and Meghan’s wedding as Bishop Michael Curry delivered his sermon about love. But the Royals composed themselves for Alexi Lubomirski’s lens.

Discover how Prince Harry and Meghan Markle honored Princess Diana with their wedding portraits.