Why Solange Knowles Is the Ultimate Offbeat Bride
Brides-to-be, if you’re looking to throw a wedding that feels non-traditional yet is still totally chic, just turn to Solange Knowles for inspiration. After her wedding to longtime boyfriend, video director Alan Ferguson, in New Orleans on Sunday, Vogue released the official wedding portraits, snapped by photographer Rog Walker, and at a glance, the singer became our official offbeat bridal muse.
The ceremony was full of eclectic details that were all flawlessly refined. In other words, the nuptials were so Solange, from the glamorously gothic setting of the Marigny Opera House, where 200 close family and friends, including Beyoncé, Jay Z and Blue Ivy, watched the singer say “I do” to the bride + groom’s low-key arrival — together, they rolled up on white-painted vintage bicycles, for which the singer wore a cream jumpsuit with a plunging scoop neck and cape-like sleeves. Ferguson wore an all-white tux.
The bride then changed into a white minimalist Kenzo gown for the ceremony, complete with a floor-length circular cape in place of a veil, and accessorized with matching gold wrist cuffs and a bright orange lip — an ensemble that made her a standout among the 10-strong bridal party who also wore all white, a wedding trend everyone from Kate Middleton to Kim Kardashian has embraced. The Knowles’ version was hands-down the coolest, with bridesmaids in white satin pant suits, crop tops + matching midis and body con slip dresses — the latter reserved for Beyoncé, who dressed it up with t-strap platforms, a gold choker, dark purple lips and long, dark blonde curls. Mama Tina Knowles stood next to the sisters in the front row of Solange’s wedding pix looking impossibly gorgeous, too. Basically, the Knowles’ have once again raised the bar. In lieu of throwing rice in honor of the happy couple, we’ll just bow down.
Who’s your celeb bridal muse? Does Solange take the (wedding) cake? Tell us in the comments below!
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!