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It’s a Love Story: Kim Kardashian Carries a Clutch Featuring Her Famous Wedding Photo

This might just take the cake for most personalized wedding gift ever. Kim Kardashian hit the red carpet at Variety’s Power of Women event in New York City today, where she carried a clutch baring a very familiar image—a stunning photo from her May 2014 wedding to Kanye West.

The custom Olympia Le-Tan accessory featured the phrase “Mr & Mrs West, A Love Story,” along with an intricate and embroidered portrait of Kim and Kanye kissing in front of a wall of white flowers during their nuptials.

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But her clutch wasn’t the only thing that caught our eye: Mrs. West herself wowed in a sleeveless ivory coat, silk top, and chic wide-leg pants all by Narciso Rodriguez that she paired with metallic Giambattista Valli shoes. Kardashian was one of five ladies honored at the luncheon, being recognized for her work with the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

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Happy 67th Wedding Anniversary Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip!

On November 20, 1947, two years after the end of the second World War, the world reveled in the marriage of a reserved, 21-year-old princess to the man she fell in love with at the age of 13. And now, 67 years later, we’re reveling in the still-strong marriage of the pair, now known as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

PHOTOS: Highlights From Our Live Royal Wedding Coverage

Just a few short years ago, the world rallied around another royal wedding, that of Prince William and Kate Middleton, on April 29, 2011. Despite the 64-year gap between the two events, there are many similarities between the two couples, which we’ve rounded up in this slideshow.

Still, as fun as it all is to look at, the parallel we truly hope to see is that Kate and William have just as strong and lasting of a union as the young queen and her prince. All hail to love!

PHOTOS: Kate and the Queen: How Their Moments Match Up!

Ask the Expert: The Wedding Whisperer Jung Lee

When it comes to weddings, Jung Lee, the owner of New York City event-production firm Fête, has organized rock-climbing rehearsal dinners and reception tables the length of city blocks. So when she speaks on all things bridal, we’re bound to listen. Here, she spills her wedding-bargaining tips and why you may want to skip the last cocktail (and it has nothing to do with that grinding groomsman on the dance floor).

InStyle.com: What’s the first thing you need to know about wedding planning?

Jung Lee: Every single thing is negotiable, so never take the first price you’re quoted.

Is there an effective way to haggle with a vendor?

Tell the person how much you love his or her work and suggest a compromise. I’ve seen restaurants agree to provide only a portion of the food if the bride wants to cut costs and bring in some of her own.

What’s the key to throwing a killer at-home reception?

Focus on serving very good wine instead of going overboard with the food. Wine never goes bad, so you can save unopened bottles for your next party.

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The key to throwing an at-home reception is serving very good wine instead of going overboard with food. —@fetenyc

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Is there a chic way to set up the bar essentials?

Mix and match your tumblers, highballs, and champagne flutes atop a beautiful tray near your bar station to make it look like you have a well-curated collection of glassware. Add some peony blooms to the display: It’s the most economical flower, meaning it’s large enough that you’ll need only a few to make an impact.

What often goes unnoticed at weddings?

At most events the caterer will serve the best-quality booze during cocktail hour, then move to the less expensive bottles. Four hours into a party, you’re not going to realize what you’re drinking.

Where can you save a few bucks without your guests knowing?

Do the fake-cake trick. Get a small topper and place it on a pedestal for pictures and the cutting ceremony. Have an inexpensive sheet cake from a bulk retailer in the venue’s kitchen to actually serve to guests.

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Bonus! Lee shares her favorite party-hosting accessories and under-$ 20 wine pick:

1. Glassware, from left: Marta Coolers ($ 3 each), Marta Double Old-Fashioned Glasses ($ 2 each), True Stemless Wine Glasses ($ 3 each), Cylinder Flutes ($ 2 each), Simplicity Flutes ($ 4 each), CB2; cb2.com.

2. Wood and lacquer tray, Pacific Connections, $ 205; pacificconnectionsusa.net.

3. North Coast chardonnay, Clos du Bois, $ 15; closdubois.com.

“Serve this chardonnay alone, or combine with equal parts orange, lemon and lime juices to make punch,” Lee says.

For more pros’ tips, tricks, and best-kept secrets, pick up a copy of InStyle’s July issue, on sale and available for digital download now.

Ready to throw a party? Click through our gallery for 5 summer cocktails perfect for entertaining!

Mara Hoffman’s Coiled Snake Wedding Gown Is Slithering It’s Way Into Our Hearts

If Mara Hoffman’s debut bridal collection of five gowns and two bathing suits wasn’t enough for you, we have good news; Hoffman, known for her bohemian beachwear and graphic clothes, has designed another gown exclusively for online site Bona Drag. The silk “Coiled Snake Gown” (pictured, above left, $ 1,398; BonaDrag.com) features intricate beading around the neckline and is named after the taupe, rose, lavender, and white snake-like beading coiled around the neckline. There’s even two snake heads that come together at the bottom of the low, scooped back.

The dress is part of Bona Drag’s second bridal collection, aptly named the “Ceremonial Collection, and while the collection has its fair share of flowy lace and silk gowns, ethereal kimonos and little white dresses, the bulk of it is made up of a stellar collection of accessories. From white leather gloves and a white pearl labyrinth shoulder piece (pictured, above right, $ 2,390; BonaDrag.com) to rings, cuffs, necklaces, and even white leather moto jackets and lingerie,  this collection has everything you’ll need for what can only be described as the dessert goddess wedding of a lifetime.

“We started the Ceremonial Collection in 2012 as a response to the dire need for bridal for our customer,” Heather Wojner, founder of Bona Drag, told Instyle.com exclusively. “At the time, if you searched online for ‘bridal’ you’d find bland thick tulle white dresses and spiral curl up-do’s. Our customers started asking, ’Could I wear this as a wedding gown?’ or, ‘Am I allowed to have a black diamond engagement ring?’ Yes, if you want to wear a dress made of sterling silver chains or a dress decorated with serpents you’re allowed, and we’ll show you how.”

Take a peek at their lookbook, but be warned that it may leave you with a longing desire to forgo your formal affair and run off to Palm Springs to elope.