Bald Bride Planning Honeymoon After Beating Cancer – ABC News

Looking back on her wedding day, Shannon Jones said she wouldn’t change a thing — including her bald head.At the time of the wedding last July, the kindergarten teacher from Redding, Connecticut, was fighting cancer. Now, nearly a year later, she’s finally planning her honeymoon to celebrate both her marriage and her survival.“It’s wonderful to be healthy again and to feel like a human again,” Jones told ABC News.Jones was just four months from her wedding when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system. She was 27 years old at the time, and thought a cold or allergies were to blame for the swollen lymph nodes in her neck and chest.“We originally thought it was nothing,” Jones said of her mild symptoms, which included night sweats and itchiness. “It turned into appointment after appointment.”PHOTO: The couple was married in Washington D.C. last July. Jones has been in remission since late last fall.Courtesy Andrea Jacobson for The ObservatoryPHOTO: The couple was married in Washington D.C. last July. Jones has been in remission since late last fall.By the time Jones was diagnosed with cancer, she said her oncologist wanted to postpone the wedding. But with the guest list set and the venue picked, she wanted to keep the date the same — even though it fell in the middle of chemotherapy appointments.“I heard you will lose your hair in the next two weeks,” Jones recalled. “You don’t envision getting married without any hair. I had envisioned my wedding since I was 2.”Part of Jones’s dream wedding involved wearing her mother’s veil, but her balding head made things tricky.“I wanted to feel beautiful and like a bride. I was worried I wouldn’t feel like a bride,” she said.PHOTO: Shannon Jones was diagnosed with lymphoma just months before her wedding.Courtesy Andrea Jacobson for The ObservatoryPHOTO: Shannon Jones was diagnosed with lymphoma just months before her wedding.Even though her hair fell out, Jones was able to wear her mother’s veil after seamstresses sewed it into a special lace cap.Jones worked with her doctors to schedule her chemotherapy appointments so that wedding would fall into an off-week when she would be feeling healthier.“I was feeling as good as I could feel,” she said. “It was a nice break and something nice to look forward to.”When Sickness Speeds Up Wedding PlansAs the big day approached, Jones said the flurry of medical appointments and chemotherapy sessions made her stop worrying about small details and focus on what mattered.“Nothing could have taken away all the joy,” she said of her wedding day. “I know what’s important know and what’s something that doesn’t mean that much…It put into perspective the marriage and what’s a wedding celebration means.”Despite being midway through chemotherapy treatments, Jones said nothing besides her hairstyle was changed for the wedding. Looking back, she said her favorite moment was when the doors opened and she saw her fiancée, Jeff O’Hara, standing at the end of the aisle with tears in his eyes.“When we said our vows in sickness and health it really meant a lot,” Jones said. “At that time in our lives being sick and [trying to be healthy]…we both got so emotional and choked up.”PHOTO: Jones married Jeff OHara last July between cancer treatments.Courtesy Andrea Jacobson for The ObservatoryPHOTO: Jones married Jeff O’Hara last July between cancer treatments.Jones’ cancer went into remission at the end of last year. And while she still has to go in for check-ups and scans, she said all her results have turned up clear.“I wouldn’t have changed a thing,” she said of her wedding, calling it the “light at the end of the tunnel” during months of grueling treatment. “It was the best celebration I could possibly have.”

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Wedding dress trends from Bridal Market | Perfect Wedding Guide

Brides-to-be who are planning a wedding are likely thrilled to choose that perfect, beautiful wedding dress. Before hitting that first boutique, some may be interested in the latest fashions and trends, and the . Brides can get plenty of inspiration from the Bridal Market in New York, an event that took place last week and features the best wedding dress designers. According to The Huffington Post, many of the designers shared their viewpoints on their collection and the latest trends after the show.The iconic Monique Lhuillier mixed elegance and romance in her collection with floral appliques, lace and various embroideries. Lhuillier talked all about her designs, and how some could easily transfer into two looks.”I think the overskirt is going to be a very popular accessory,” Lhuillier told the news outlet. “These girls love to transform their gowns, so this is just having two looks in one night. All of the overskirts [on my dresses] come off, so you can have two looks.”Fashion designer Vatana Watters said one of the biggest trends she has seen is women shying away from the everyday strapless gown and opting for different varieties in necklines.”One [trend] that kind of stands out is the ladylike look, versus the daring, the overt,” Watters told the news source. “[That translates into] more varied necklines, even though over 70 percent of the girls wear strapless dresses. But with the ladylike look, you’ll see the bateau, the capped sleeve, the V-neck – so you’ll see more variety of necklines. I think that’s something that’s going to be very important and continuing for the next season.”Reem Acra brought her capped sleeves to the runway, and she believes this will continue to be a hit in the bridal world for the seasons to come, the media outlet reports.According to Women’s Wear Daily, other collections that brides were eagerly waiting to see included Vera Wang, who was all about the drama with high-volume cascading tiers and elaborate lace. Also, Amsale Aberra for Kenneth Pool kicked up the glamour with trumpet dresses and dramatic ballgowns, whereas Claire Pettibone went for elegance and a subtle beauty. Pettibone also believes that this designs with romantic lace and delicate sashes will be the new trend of the upcoming year.”I would say a little bit of modesty is happening, an understated quality, but still very opulent and beautiful,” she told HuffPost.

via Wedding dress trends from Bridal Market | Perfect Wedding Guide.

Karl Lagerfeld shows support for gay marriage through fashion show | Perfect Wedding Guide

Chanel fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld recently sent two models down the runway for Paris Grand Palais fashion show this past Tuesday, and both were wearing a beautiful wedding dress. Many assumed he sent both models down the runway at the same time in order to show his support for legalizing gay marriage, according to The Associated Press. President of France, Francois Hollande, plans to legalize gay marriage, but many people in France do not agree with the decision and are protesting against it. During the fashion show, Lagerfeld had the women hold hands as they strutted on the catwalk, the media outlet reports. When asked if he was using lesbian couture in order to show his support to gay marriage, and he was quick to answer. “Of course it was.” Lagerfeld told The Associated Press. “I don’t even understand the debate. Since 1904 [in France] the church and state have been separate,” Lagerfeld told The Associated Press. He went on to say that people who consider marriage as a sacred religious experience should get married wherever they deem fit but that everyone should be able to support gay marriage, regardless of personal beliefs.

via Karl Lagerfeld shows support for gay marriage through fashion show | Perfect Wedding Guide.

Wedding Advice – Planning a Wedding | Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette | Bridal Guide Magazine

When you’re dealing with guest list drama, having trouble sticking to your budget, or trying to diffuse bridesmaid blowups, it can be hard to keep the big picture in mind. You’re certainly not alone if you’ve fleetingly considered just throwing in the towel and eloping instead during those challenging times. But planning a wedding isn’t always a major pain in the neck — some parts are just downright fun. Here, our five favorite parts of the planning process.

Telling everyone you’re engaged

Sure, some people ask annoying questions. But there’s nothing quite like hearing the excited shrieks, seeing the happy tears, popping champagne with your loved ones, and getting 100+ “likes” on your Facebook status update.

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Photo Credit: Sweet Little Photographs

Touring venues

This is the moment when the wedding starts to feel real. When you find the right venue, you’ll start envisioning yourself actually walking down the aisle and making your first twirl around the dance floor as a newlywed.

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Photo Credit: John Labbe / Wedding Planner: Preston Bailey

Shopping for the gown

Yes, it can also be a stressful experience, but how often do you get to try on so many beautiful gowns in one day? And the moment when you find “the one” and start to really see yourself as a bride is simply the best.

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Cake tasting

It’s the one time you won’t feel the slightest bit guilty about cheating on your pre-wedding diet — it’s important research, after all. Don’t be afraid to ask for seconds!

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Photo Credit: Nikki Stroud

The night before

After months and months of planning, you’re bound to be feeling a number of different emotions on the night before, from panic-inducing nervousness to can’t-sleep excitement. But the moment when you say goodnight to your fiancé, knowing that you’ll wake up the next day as a bride, is indescribable.

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Photo Credit: Ciara Richardson

via Wedding Advice – Planning a Wedding | Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette | Bridal Guide Magazine.

Styling woes to avoid on your wedding day

A wedding day comes just once in a lifetime, meaning you have a lot of wedding planning to do to ensure they momentous occasion goes off without a hitch. While you might be worried about seeing your creative wedding ideas shine through, it’s just as important to consider your look on the big day. You might think you have your hairstyle, beautiful wedding dresses and makeup all picked out, but there’s no way to tell if all of these things will stand up on the wedding day. Luckily, a few been there, done that brides recently discussed what they would have changed on their day in terms of style, so you won’t have to face the same challenges. 

Cute (uncomfortable) shoes
Sure, that pair of sky high stilettos might look fabulous with your gown, but if your feet start aching and throbbing within five minutes of wearing them – you need to put them back, one bride shared with Huffington Post. Even though you will likely slip into flats or flip flops at the reception, it’s just as important to feel comfortable as you make your way down the aisle at the ceremony. Let’s face it – you won’t want your biggest memory of the event to be your sore feet. 

According to It’s a Bride’s Life, there are a few styles you might want to look into as they tend to offer the most support. Sling backs are a great option as they leave little change of heel rubbing, while the strap could help keep you balanced throughout the long day. Picking up items like heel liners can also make wearing higher-than-normal heels more comfortable.

Heavy gowns
You might be crazy about that custom ball gown you tried on, but before saying yes to the dress, you might want to consider your wedding date and how well you tolerate being hot. For example, if you’ve been looking at garden wedding venues for spring or summer, it may not be the best idea to opt for a heavy gown as you’ll likely start sweating in a flash. Instead, you could consider a lighter option, or look into getting two dresses – the one you’re crazy about and a shorter reception gown – to have your cake and eat it too.

Hair in the face
Gorgeous soft curls are a common trend for bridal looks, but if you’re the type of girl who likes to throw her hair up as soon as it gets hot, a fully down look might not be the way to go. Instead, you could decide to go for a half-up style that will keep your locks out of your face, or even a more dramatic updo to ring in your new life.

The Biggest Wedding Gown Trends for 2015

After 37 runway shows, 400+ Instagram shots, our first foray into Google Glass, and more espressos than we care to admit, we’ve compiled the standout trends from Bridal Fashion Week. Overall, we saw gowns take on a much more fluid shape than past seasons, making effortless elegance that much easier for brides to achieve. There were plenty of wow-worthy details to gush over, our favorite of which included sheer panels and glam necklines.

Let the wedding dress search begin!

1. Light-As-Air Ball Gowns 

Ball gowns are taking on a softer look thanks to breezy fabrics and a more relaxed silhouette. (Marie Antoinette would be jealous!) Designers including Vera Wang, Marchesa, Monique Lhuillier and more all went with a lighter approach this season.

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2. Modern Minimalism

Bling will always have a special place in our hearts but some of this season’s most inspiring looks are tailored with clean lines, like this Amsale style pictured below. (They reminded us of Caroline Bessette and Cindy Crawford’s aisle style). This Americana aesthetic is ideal for the bride who wants to be comfortable yet chic on her wedding day.

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3. A Cut Above

Cut-outs and crop tops are trending not just for the big day, but also for pre-wedding events like the bachelorette party and bridal shower. This risk-taking style first came to our attention back in the fall, when trendsetter Hayley Paigedebuted a gorgeous lilac version, and now more designers like Theia and Houghton Bride are following suit. 

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4. Ultra-Dramatic Necklines

Looking for something a little more unique than strapless or sweetheart necklines? High-neck styles and plunging V-necks were equally prominent at shows including Rivini, Marchesa, Kenneth Pool and more.

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5. Sheer Magic

We were mesmerized by optical illusions like bodice netting (to look like skin) and overlays (perfect for showing a peek of leg). Keep the look PG-13 by opting for one or the other — not both. Reem Acra, Watters and Carolina Herrera all toed the line between sophisticated and sexy this season.

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Reem Acra

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6. The Cold Shoulder

We spotted more off-the-shoulder styles than ever before and it’s no wonder why: they’re sexy yet romantic and above all, supremely figure-flattering. This sleeve treatment creates a triangle shape and whittles the waist. Maggie Sottero, Jenny Packham and Romona Keveza all featured this style at their runway shows.

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Jenny Packham

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7. Capelets Are Cooler Than Ever

Beloved by the vintage-inspired and boho set, there were some really interesting takes on capelets this season fromTheia, Angel Sanchez, Ines Di Santo and more. This accessory is perfect for brides who are getting married in a religious house of worship and are required to cover their arms but may not necessarily want to commit to sleeves.

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Ines di Santo 

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8. Color Code

Who says you have to wear white? Blush was a favorite with girlie brides last season, but this season’s rainbow of gowns included more unexpected choices like pistachio at Monique Lhuillier, silvery purple at Kelly Faetanini and more.

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Hayley Paige


How to choose the right wedding dress for your body type

Congratulations, you are getting married! In all the excitement and stress of planning your wedding over the next few months, one of the most important things you will purchase is your wedding gown. The first thing you should do before actually heading to the bridal shop is get an idea about which style of wedding gown you prefer. You will need to get familiar with wedding gown terminology and styles. Here are some general guidelines to help you get started on the road to wedding day bliss.

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The A-line or princess dress has no marked waist and the vertical seams flow from the shoulders down to a flared skirt, creating an “A” shape. If you carry your weight in the middle, this silhouette is a nice choice.

Ball gown

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These gowns are normally quite formal, reminding you of Cinderella. The bodice is fitted with a very full skirt. Ball gowns can be long-sleeved, sleeveless or anywhere in between. The full skirt of a ball gown can hide large hips and thighs.


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Empire gowns have a raised waistline that starts right under the bust, flowing to a skirt that skims over the hips then flairs slightly to the floor. This romantic silhouette is flattering to most body types and is particularly flattering to small-breasted women.


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As the name indicates, the mermaid dress is contoured against the body then the gown flows out beginning around the knees. This is the sexiest of the styles. If you’re confident in your body, a mermaid dress can show off your curves.

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The sheath or column dress has a slim shape that follows close to the line of the body. The straight design doesn’t allow for many body flaws. The long lines of a sheath gown can elongate the look of your body. Therefore this type of dress can work well for short brides.


  • Bateau — Close to straight across from the tip of the shoulder. Gives plenty of coverage.
  • Halter — Wraps around the back of the neck to create deep armholes. Often also a backless style, which is very sexy.
  • High — Covers most of the neck. Creates a formal, somewhat stiff look.
  • Jewel — Similar to that of a t-shirt. Creates a bustier look.
  • Off-the-shoulder — As the name indicates, the top of the shoulders are bare. Showcases your collarbone and shoulders.
  • Portrait — A very wide scoop from the tip of one shoulder to the tip of the other.
  • Scoop — Classic U-shaped neckline. Can be cut low for a sexier look.
  • Square — Squared neckline, often associated with empire gowns.
  • Strapless — Normally straight across. Not recommended for women with small busts.
  • Sweetheart — Shaped like the top half of a heart. Emphasizes the cleavage.
  • V-Neck — Dips in the front into a V-shape. Can be very deep.


  • Street length — Hem falls just past the knee.
  • Intermission (or tea) length — Hem falls between the knees and ankle.
  • Ballet length — Hem falls just to the ankles.
  • Floor length — Hem barely touches the floor on all sides.


  • 3/4 sleeves — End between the elbow and wrist.
  • Bell — Long sleeves that flare out toward the wrist creating a bell shape.
  • Cap — Rounded sleeves, just covering shoulders.
  • Fitted point — Long, fitted sleeves that come to a point over the hand.
  • Juliet — Long, fitted sleeves with puffy shoulders.
  • Long sleeves — Extend to the wrist and are normally form-fitting.
  • Off-the-shoulder sleeves — Cover the upper part of the arm but leave the tops of shoulders exposed.
  • Poet — Long sleeves, fitted to the elbow then flared.
  • Pouf — Short sleeves, gathered to create a puffy look.
  • Short sleeves — About the length of t-shirt sleeves.
  • Sleeveless — Strapless with no sleeves.
  • Spaghetti — Thin spaghetti straps with no sleeves.


The bodice refers to the portion of the dress between the neckline and skirt.

  • Corset — A form-fitting bodice with boning and lace-up closures.
  • Halter — Sleeveless bodice that wraps around your neck, normally backless.
  • Midriff — Fits very closely around the mid-section, accentuating your waist.
  • Surplice — Sections of fabric cross-wrap in the front or back.
  • Tank — Sleeveless with wide armholes like tank top.


  • Sweep — 8 to 12 inches in length, just a few inches longer than the gown.
  • Court — Extends about 3 feet from the waist.
  • Chapel — Extends about 4 feet from the waist.
  • Cathedral — Extends about 6 to 9 feet from the waist.
  • Royal — Extends more than 9 feet from the waist.


  • Birdcage — Falls right below the chin, usually attached to a headpiece.
  • Flyaway — Falls to the shoulder.
  • Blusher — Worn over your face, about 28 inches long.
  • Elbow — Falls to the elbow or waist.
  • Fingertip — Falls to the finger tips or just below the waist.
  • Ballet — Falls to the ankles.
  • Chapel — Falls slightly longer than floor length.
  • Cathedral — 9 feet or longer.

Up next: Selecting a wedding gown for your body type


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