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360 MAGAZINE , Vaughn Lowery

Capturing the Best Memories: 9 Wedding Photography Tips for Brides and Grooms

With all the planning that goes into your wedding, the actual day often goes by in a flash. The best way to remember it all? Photographs. Getting the perfect photos can feel like a hugely important thing, as they capture all the wonderful elements and details of the big day, and the emotion on everyone’s faces. They are a keepsake you will treasure and something for everyone to look back on. So how do you make sure your photography is done perfectly? Here are a few tips to get the best shots of your big day:

Find the Right Photographer

Possibly the most obvious in this list, finding the right photographer will guarantee you get the lovely photos you want. Any photographer should be skilled and understand what it takes to get good shots, but like all creative jobs, different people create different things. You should look thoroughly at their portfolio to see what kind of style they have and think about the kind of photos you are looking for. You should also look through other people’s wedding photos to see how differently their days have been captured; if there is a particular set of photos you love, you could even hire the same photographer. Go with what speaks to you.

Relax

For some people, being in front of the camera is intimidating and uncomfortable. It can seem unnatural to pose in front of a camera, but you will have to do your best on the day. Some photographers are good at taking photos unnoticed, so you will most likely appear natural in the shots anyway, as you might not even notice your picture being taken. When it comes to getting photos lined up with your friends and family, or side by side with your partner, you might start to feel more pressure. The best thing to do is to focus on your partner and your emotions. Try not to force yourself to pose if it doesn’t come naturally to you. Just pay attention to your partner and you will end up smiling naturally. If you are nervous about it, there are some useful guides on how to pose ‘naturally’ so you can practice a little before the day. Your photographer will probably provide you with some direction too, so once again, try your best to relax.

Plan Ahead

It’s a really good idea to have another visit to your venue and taking your photographer along is even better, as it will give you a chance to take a second look at the space before the big day. You can think more carefully about where your décor will be going, and you can communicate with your photographer about where the best photos can be taken. Remember that lighting changes quite dramatically between day and evening, so you will also have to make sure you plan the timing well. Some people even get their photos taken before the ceremony, to guarantee perfect couple-shots.

Photo Opportunities

Getting the photos that you want may also mean choosing the right venue. If you know you want photos with a natural backdrop, you need a venue that has gardens. If you want a city backdrop, then you need an inner-city venue. You are sure to get beautiful wedding photos at NYC’s Tribeca roof if a backdrop of the city is what you want. When picking your venue, make sure you consider the potential for great photography. Having great views in the background will make your photos even more special.

Bring Props and Get Creative

If you know you want to have some more playful shots, plan ahead and bring along items you may want in your photos. If your partner is an avid cyclist, perhaps you could get a fun shot of you both on a bike? Once again, think carefully and discuss these ideas with your photographer. There will already be lots of great photo opportunities within your venue with all the décor and things going on, but it doesn’t hurt to prepare some extra scene-setting extras too.

Photo Booth

Some people like to set up a makeshift photo-booth or space where your guests can take silly or fun shots together, which will add another set of photos into your album. It’s a good idea to get some extra photos taken from the perspective of your friends and family, and they can be included in the guestbook as a personal touch. Leaving a polaroid camera by the guestbook will give your guests a chance to take a fun snap to go with their messages.

Enlist Family and Friends

Another idea is to give a camera to each of the bride or groom’s parties, to document the ‘getting ready’ process. Try not to rely on one specific person, as this will put pressure on them to work rather than enjoy the day. But having cameras available lets people have fun and get involved, some of your friends and family members may love having an opportunity to pick up the camera and take their own shots.

Sharing Photos

Setting up a space for all the photos your guests do take makes it easier to collate them all together. You should try setting up an online place using a sharing platform such as Dropbox or Google Drive. This will allow people to upload their photographs and videos into one album and it can be viewed by everyone. It will mean you get to see everything from the day, and no photos get lost or disappear.

Keepsakes

The photos you have from your big day will be super special and a great way to keep them together is by creating an album. There are some great companies that can print your photos into a photo-book or album so that you can flip through your favorite shots. They would also make a lovely gift to parents if you think that’s something they would appreciate. Getting a book or film made from your photos from the day could also be something your photographer offers, so make sure to ask them about this. They may be able to recommend their favorite companies too.

Any photos that are taken of your big day will be special, but these tips should help you make sure you get those perfect pictures worth framing. With the day being so busy, you may not even get the chance to take everything in, so having those photos to look back at is such an important and meaningful thing. With all of these things taken care of, you can just enjoy your day and trust that your photos will turn out beautifully.

360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

7 Styles for all the Brides to Rock your Winter Wedding

Winters are the best season to get married! Do you know why? There are multiple reasons to go for a winter wedding. Firstly, you don’t sweat or you don’t have to worry about your makeup wearing off (let’s be honest, no matter how great your makeup is heat and sweat just don’t let it stay). Secondly, you can experiment with your outfit or play around some fabrics. Winters are probably the best time to bring out beautiful wedding styles. Here are some ideas for you to style your bridal look and nail your winter wedding the best way!

1. Go for a Double-Dupatta

You can never go wrong with a double dupatta for your winter wedding. You can always team up your second dupatta in a contrasting color. Find creative and different styles of wearing dupatta on lehenga to get that millennial bridal look!


2. Wear full-sleeves Blouse

Full-sleeve blouses are always a hit when it comes to winter wedding bridal look. Along with your heavy makeup, team it up with a full sleeves blouse. You can also wear a light lehenga skirt with a heavily embroidered full sleeve blouse.

3. Add a furry element to your look

Make your bridal look chic with a furry element. Go for a furry stole or have a faux-fur. Doesn’t it sound like an interesting idea to make your bridal look the best trendy way!

4. Velvet Lehenga – For the WIN!

Velvet is always a classy choice for winters. Velvet adds warmth to your bridal look and give you a complete breathtaking look. If you do not want to wear a complete velvet lehenga go for a velvet dupatta.

5. Cape your look and be a Superwoman for the night

You can always add a cape to your bridal lehenga. You can make yourself look like a superwoman for the night with an added cape to your bridal outfit.

6. Get yourself a higher Neckline

A lot of brides do not experiment with their neckline of the blouse but you can always be the trendy one and give your neckline a different touch. Higher neckline keeps you warm and stylish too! You can go for something like a Chinese collar or keep it a simple with a boatneck for your blouse.

7. Be a trendy bride and go for a Pant Lehenga

Pant lehenga is probably the talk of the town. It will not only keep you warm but keep your style up to date.

Party dresses: Tips for achieving homecoming dresses look!

I bet one of the first things you think about when you receive an invitation: “What clothes will I wear?” After all, there are so many choices for party dresses, each with style, neckline, length, color and prints … It seems impossible to know which marriage is the best for you, right?

It turns out that the answers to your questions are simpler than you think. It’s even in your own hands: in a wedding invitation.

The invitation informs the location of the ceremony, time and even party style. From this information, you can choose a suitable and extraordinary model.

Want to see how easy it is to get it? Here are some examples of clothes that will be worn for each type of wedding. But…whatever your choice, you should buy from the right place. If you want to buy online, JJ’s House should be one of the best places.

Classic Wedding Party Dresses

Because it is at night, the classic wedding asks for a long party dress, but nothing is too flashy. It must be elegant and sophisticated in the smallest detail. You can use from the most vibrant tones to paste. The important thing is that the dress attracts attention by itself. You can use brightness, but without excessive. You can use accessories only, more than that it is not elegant. Other guests will pay attention to you and the bride does not like it.

Party Dresses for Modern Weddings

Because of its modern wedding, you can bet calmly on fashion models, with different pieces and bright colors. Lengths range from short, approximately knee height (shorter than this is considered inappropriate for marriage). The choices change according to your style and what’s fashionable.

Party Dresses For Rustic Weddings

Light dress, with prints and lace. Nothing is too flashy, but be different and cheerful – just like a rural wedding. Think of it this way: if it’s a long party dress, you can use a fine bright color print or model. In short, choose a knee-high model, with different pieces or even lace.

Also, prefer skirts that are lighter and slimmer. What about investing in trends?

Tips for printing: Don’t buy a knit dress. Never! They are not elegant enough for a wedding. Models with more floral or embroidered fabrics are the best choice.

Wedding Party Dresses in the Field

For rural weddings, choose dresses that are light and elegant. Flat models with different cutouts, even clothes, are the best choice. The length of the dress varies according to the time of the celebration. Remember: during the day, short clothes. In the afternoon and long afternoons it is better. This party is closer to the classic. Many brides bet on weddings in the field with luxurious details.

Wedding Party Dresses on the Beach

Beach weddings can have models of all types, provided they do not have brightness. Short and transparent models are the best. Because the weather will be very hot, you need to choose a “fresh” model to enjoy the party without feeling hot.

If in doubt, bet on a simple party dress

This is the joker for any wedding. Simple party dresses are suitable for all types of parties. We suggest you to consider two piece homecoming dresses. You can also distinguish through accessories. For example, the better the party, the brighter and more sophisticated your accessories. And more simply, fewer accessories. Balance style and that’s it!

Tips To Get Wedding Ready

By Beachbody Super Trainer and creator of Ultimate Portion Fix, Autumn Calabrese

When deciding on a nutrition program to follow to slim down for your wedding there are a few key things to keep in mind. The first being how much time you have till the big day and how much time you have till your final dress fitting. Once you’ve had that final dress fitting its ideal to maintain your weight so that your dress fits on the big day!

Following the Foundational Fix plan of Ultimate Portion Fix is a great way to get wedding ready.

  • Start by eliminating highly processed foods from your diet, this includes, sodas, sugary coffee drinks, cakes, candy, and any other foods you might be consuming that contain excessive amounts of sugar (anything over 8 grams per serving is high). If it has a laundry list of ingredients you can’t pronounce its go to go.
  • Stick to whole foods, things like, fruit, vegetables, lean proteins (chicken, fish, turkey, tofu, tempeh, occasional red meat) and healthy carbohydrates like brown rice, quinoa, beans, potatoes, lentils and oats.
  • Watch your portion sizes. You can overeat on healthy food as well.  You don’t need as much as we tend consume to fuel your body. Ultimate Portion Fix shows you exactly how to portion out the foods that you love with its color coded, portion control containers.  
  • Balance your macronutrients. Again this is something Ultimate Portion Fix does for you.  No counting calories, carbs, protein or anything else. Fill your containers and enjoy your food knowing that you’re getting a perfectly portioned, balanced meal every time.
  • Make water your new best friend. Water is so important to the function of your body so stay hydrated, it also helps flush toxins out of your system. Make drinking half your body weight in oz of water a day your number 1 priority.
  • Practice self care. Planning a wedding can be stressful, that stress can start to take a toll on your waistline if you’re not careful. So find ways to relax like taking an epsom salt bath, getting in a good sweat session, journaling, and most importantly getting enough sleep at night.

In addition to implementing Ultimate Portion Fix and these 6 tips, load your diet with foods that support a healthy weight.  

  • Apples not only provide a healthy, natural sweetness to your diet they are loaded with fiber to help you feel fuller for a longer period of time.
  • Avocados have a monounsaturated fat called oleic acid which provides a slow burning energy source for the body.  Its been shown to fire up the metabolism and healthy fats help you feel satiated.
  • Beans are a great source of healthy carbohydrates.The are loaded with fiber and it takes our bodies a long time to digest. This again means you will feel full longer.
  • Eggs are a great source of protein. I know they’ve gotten a bad wrap in the past but they are low in calories and high in protein. Increasing protein in ones diet has been shown as a effective form of weight loss.
  • Chia Seeds try adding these little guys to a salad or smoothie. Chia seeds have been shown to help with endurance, energy and decreasing hunger. They are also high in omega – 3 fatty acids ( a good fat that we need) and protein.  

Looking your best on your special day is a big deal and can stress a lot of people out. Take the stress away, follow a program that isn’t a diet, doesn’t leave you starving or feeling deprived, has been proven to work long term for hundreds of thousands of people.  If you want a program that is effective and will have you feeling like your best self on your big day check out Ultimate Portion Fix.

About Autumn Calabrese

Celebrity trainer, best-selling author, and working mom Autumn Calabrese has created  breakthrough fitness programs 80 Day Obsession®, 21 Day Fix®, 21 Day Fix EXTREME®, The Master’s Hammer and Chisel® and Country Heat®. She’s revolutionized the Beachbody fitness model with her simple approach to healthy eating.

Together with her chef brother, Bobby Calabrese, she authored the portion-control cookbook, FIXATETM and hosts the cooking show by the same name that streams on Beachbody® On Demand. FIXATE features simple, delicious recipes, all perfectly portion-controlled and easy to make. Her goal as a health and fitness expert is to motivate and inspire people to make the lasting changes that will serve them and their families for the rest of their lives.

Learn how to walk and dance in a saree like an expert

Are you new to sarees? These outfits are beautiful, but they can come with some obstacles to first-time wearers. If you have bought a saree for a special occasion such as a wedding, you may have difficulties learning how to walk comfortably in it due to the length. Washroom visits can also be a challenge when wearing a saree for the first time.

Fortunately, you can quickly solve these inconveniences and learn how to walk or even dance like a pro in a saree. Here are some few tips that make a big difference in increasing your comfort level when it comes to walking in a saree. Read on!

Select your petticoat wisely

Though petticoats are not mandatory for a saree, a good one can make it easy for you to walk easily. Some of the petticoats that go with sarees include A-line, paneled as well as side gathered types. A first-time wearer should choose a petticoat that contains gathers on its side inserts. This can prevent you from tripping since it provides sufficient space to move and secures your saree in the right position.

Make sure that you have at least one-finger space when tieing the petticoat. Petticoats also come in different fabrics since some are made from polyester while others from satin. When you are nervous about how to walk in a saree, you should avoid a petticoat that is likely to stick on your skin. You can prevent the fabric of the petticoat from sticking on your skin by applying talcum powder on the legs before dressing.

Pick comfortable shoes

You should also avoid adding more inconveniences such as uncomfortable shoes. Though the length of your saree may cover your shoes, they should be comfortable so that you can walk with ease. If you prefer heeled sandals, wear them before you start draping your saree.

Put your shoes on after wearing your blouse and petticoat then tie the saree in position. Draping the saree after wearing your heels allows you to get the right length for your outfit so that it is not too long or too short. It also prevents you from making adjustments later during the day. You can also choose heels that have a broad base so that your feet do not wobble when you are walking on a surface that is not regular.

Practice on walking

You should also try to master how to walk in your outfit. Start with short strides when wearing heels. If you feel like you might step on the hem of your outfit, kick the pleats as you take your step. Put the front foot forward and try to walk with a poise. Maintain stable postures and remain confident as you move.

Make use of safety pins

Safety pins can come in handy to help you attach pleats in the right position. Use one pin to attach the pleats and another one to prevent the pleats from shifting after tucking them in. You can also utilize another pin behind your pallu to fasten your saree to your blouse.

Pinning the pallu at the back of the blouse ensures that it remains secure to prevent it from moving even when you bend to adjust the strap of your heel. The pallu can also stay in place when you are walking fast or tackling complicated dance steps. Be careful not to overdo the pins. The right number of pins ensure that no part shifts even if you keep on moving or dancing a lot.

Pleat the saree right

Leave one part of the saree hanging and tuck the other pleats a bit deep. Tuck the pleats such that no part slips out to prevent you from tripping as you dance. You can also drape the saree using front pleats at your shoulders to have enough room to move easily. This ensures that your saree is fixed like a ready-made saree so that it does not move a lot. You can do this with the help of a lady who is not new to wearing sarees.

Drape your saree well

How you drape your saree also affects how comfortable you move and dance in it. You should ensure that it does not feel too loose or tight. Most people assume that draping a saree tight makes body curves stand out. This may not necessarily be true since a tight saree can lock your knees and prevent you from walking well. A loose saree, on the other hand, keeps on shifting on the body and makes one uncomfortable.

After draping, you should test it by moving around to ascertain that it feels comfortable enough. It is advisable to wear the saree and drape it before the day when you intend to wear it to ensure that the style feels comfortable on the body.

Select the right fabric of the saree

You should also select the right fabric of your saree. When you are new to this style, you should go for lightweight materials that don’t restrict your movement. Feel free to compare fabrics from Stylecaret and choose one that is light such as georgette or chiffon. Stiff fabrics can give you problems in movement when you are a beginner.

Avoid cluttering your look

Are you attending a wedding in your first saree? You should carry small things that don’t interfere with your movement. For instance, a big bag or putting on complicated jewelry can be a burden when you need to move around. You should choose a small clutch bag to complete your look and make it easy for you to move. A simple bracelet or necklace will also not interfere with your dancing.

Final thoughts

Though sarees look elegant, they may come with a few complications. The above tips can increase your comfort level and make it easy for you to move and dance on a special function. Do not let manageable issues prevent you from enjoying these glamorous outfits.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta

Bravo Media is spicing up Sunday nights when “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” returns for an unforgettable eleventh season on Sunday, November 4 at 8pm ET/PT. Favorite Southern sophisticates Cynthia Bailey, Kandi Burruss, NeNe Leakes and Porsha Williams are all back and will be joined by newest housewives Eva Marcille and Shamari DeVoe. Marlo Hampton and Tanya Sam join the season as friends. For a sneak peek at this season, visit http://www.bravotv.com/the-real-housewives-of-atlanta/season-11/videos/your-first-look-at-the-real-housewives-of-atlanta

Fresh off her stand-up comedy tour, NeNe is busier than ever with the opening of a new location for Swagg Boutique. Business as usual comes to a halt however, as Gregg faces a cancer diagnosis. Cynthia struggles with the idea of becoming an empty nester, but is excited about the new man in her life. Kandi decides to launch a risqué burlesque show while she and Todd explore the idea of expanding their family yet again. Porsha is over-the-moon excited to welcome her first bundle of joy and finally have the family of her dreams. Meanwhile, Eva and her fiancé Michael welcome a beautiful baby boy and are busy planning a fairytale wedding. Shamari DeVoe, known from the multi-platinum R&B group Blaque, is new to the mix and is planning to launch new music with her husband Ronnie DeVoe, formerly of New Edition. Marlo Hampton is back on the scene, joined by newcomer Tanya Sam, a tech savvy business woman who enjoys the finer things in life.

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” is produced by Truly Original with Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh, Lauren Eskelin, Lorraine Haughton-Lawson, Ken Martinez, Anne Swan and Glenda Cox serving as Executive Producers. Erika Bryant and Kenny Loeliger-Myers serve as Co-Executive Producers. Anthony Sylvester serves as Consulting Executive Producer. Andy Cohen also serves as an Executive Producer.

About Bravo Media:
Bravo Media is the premier lifestyle and entertainment brand that drives cultural conversation around its high-quality, interactive original content across all platforms. The network has a diverse slate of original programming that includes scripted series “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” and the recently announced anthology series “Dirty John,” along with unscripted favorites such as Emmy Award-winning “Top Chef,” “Vanderpump Rules,” “Below Deck,” “Southern Charm,” and the popular “Million Dollar Listing” and “The Real Housewives” franchises. Bravo also boasts the only live late-night talk show on television with the critically acclaimed “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” which has become a nightly destination for A-list celebrities. Available in 87 million homes, Bravo is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Watch Bravo anywhere: on demand, online, or across mobile and connected TVs. Bravo has been an NBCUniversal cable network since December 2002 and first launched in December 1980.

Ryan Lochte and Kayla Rae Reid Wedding Rehearsal Photos

Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte married model, Kayla Rae Reid last weekend in Palm Springs, California and the happy couple celebrated their rehearsal the night before at the Morrow Ranch in La Quinta.

The bride shined in a custom Rime Arodaky jumpsuit which she worked with the designer to create after seeing a similar piece in her 2018 collection.  The model paired the jumpsuit with silver pumps from ShoeDazzle and finished the look with natural makeup, diamond earrings and a classic ponytail.

 

Trend Alert: Wedding Dresses with Pockets!

When it comes to choosing a wedding dress, today’s brides are living their best life and opting for function over formality.

Still a trending feature in bridal, pockets bring a cool and contemporary vibe, even to the most formal of gowns.

Laure de Sagazaan

From traditional floor-length gowns to short dresses and jumpsuits, this French designer runs the gamut.

Rime Arodaky

For the bride searching for an ensemble that is both elegant and effortless, look no further than Rime Arodaky.

Wtoo by Watters

From the aisle to the dancefloor, Wtoo by Watters has got you covered with wedding day attire that’s chic and modern.

Alexandra Grecco

Sometimes, less is more – we love these simple and feminine silhouettes by this NY-based designer.

SONNENALP HOTEL × ROMANTIC WEDDINGS

Romantic Mountain Weddings at the Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail

The Sonnenalp Hotel is a premier wedding destination in Colorado and their professional event team is committed to providing customized elegant celebrations.  Ludwig’s event venue boasts floor to ceiling windows offering stunning views and can accommodate up to 150 guests in its 1100 sq ft. space.  The Sonnenalp Hotel offers a gorgeous blend of European charm and stunning resort luxury with three restaurants, a full service spa and solarium and oversized hotel rooms. Nestled in the heart of Vail Village across from the Vail Chapel, the impressive property is an ideal place to tie the knot.

Five reasons to plan your wedding at The Sonnenalp:

A Sonnenalp Wedding Weekend Experience

The staff at the family owned Sonnenalp Hotel is prepared to treat you and your guests with the warmest European hospitality. The award-winning team provides a full menu of amenities and services to ensure guests’ expectations are exceeded. From assisting with the menu creation to booking group rates and planning group activities, they will provide everything you need for an unforgettable wedding. Your guests are encouraged to join you for an extended stay before or after the wedding. From unique, oversized rooms to a spa and yoga experience to golf with the Rocky Mountains as your backdrop-your wedding weekend can be exactly what you imagine it to be.

Perks for the Bride and Groom

As a token of congratulations, The Sonnenalp offers a complimentary night for the bride and groom to celebrate and enjoy the hotel’s amenities.

Winter Weddings

The Sonnenalp Hotel is a magical location for a winter wedding as the entire hotel will already be adorned for you. The Terrace at Ludwig’s is used for winter ceremonies and looks like a snowglobe. The entire space is instantly enhanced by the property’s seasonal decor including greenery, twinkling lights, and holiday accessories. Live music is played during cocktail hour in the King’s Club all winter long.

Summer Weddings

Warm summer nights are the perfect excuse to get some fresh air and take the party outside. This is easy with The Terrace at Ludwig’s, which has a retractable ceiling and walls. Your cocktail hour will be lit by the early evening Colorado sunshine and the creekside lawn is perfect for photos. Guests can dance the night away under the starlit skies.  Known for their summer florals, there is no need to bring your own outdoor decor as the entire hotel will be covered inside and out with vibrant window boxes and potted plants.

Getting Ready for the Big Day

The Sonnenalp will make sure you are well prepared for your walk down the aisle. Spend time with your bridal party getting your hair and makeup done while you enjoy an assortment of snacks catered to your suite. Tea sandwiches, fruit and cheese displays, petit fours, fresh squeezed juice and champagne can be made available for your group. Your on-site wedding planner will ensure you have everything you need to enjoy this time with your family and friends.

About The Sonnenalp Hotel:

The Sonnenalp Hotel is a member of Leading Hotels of the World (LHW) and Virtuoso. The property offers a number of accommodation options, all designed to ensure the ultimate in comfort, leisure and luxury in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. During the winter months, The Sonnenalp Hotel proudly offers guests an enhanced ski experience through an exclusive Sonnenalp Ski Concierge. In the summer, Vail is the place for hiking tours, horseback rides, stand up paddle boarding, biking and golf. Enjoy a meal at one of the hotel’s three on-site restaurants or after-dinner entertainment at the Sonnenalp King’s Club. When it’s finally time for some R&R, The Sonnenalp Spa is an exquisite resource to rejuvenate body and mind with an extensive treatment menu, complete with a grand fireplace, steam room, Tranquility Pool, and oxygen bar. The Sonnenalp is also proud to offer a recreation program for kids with exclusive activities arranged weekly.

To plan your wedding at The Sonnenalp please contact:

Amy Lilyquist

Event Sales Manager

alilyquist@sonnenalp.com |  970-479-5417

BRAVO MEDIA’S “SHAHS OF SUNSET” RETURNS

NEW YORK – June 18, 2018 – Bravo Mediagets turned up whenShahs of Sunsetreturns for an epic seventh season beginning Thursday, August 2 at 9pm ET/PT. Though feisty best friends Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi, Mercedes “MJ” Javid, Mike Shouhed, and Reza Farahan have gone through just about everything together, the adventure is only just beginning as they each embark on the newest chapter in their lives. Familiar face Destiney Rose is back and when Mike introduces Branding Executive Nema Vandto the crew, the self-professed “white-washed Persian” wastes no time shaking things up. Still reeling from last year’s pitfalls, these tight-knit Shahs must confront deep-rooted issues – both within themselves and amongst the group – in order to lift each other up and take the next steps toward their future. For a sneak peek at the upcoming season, please visit: http://www.bravotv.com/shahs-of-sunset/season-7/videos/the-shahs-are-back-for-season-7

This season, MJ is poised to marry her Prince Charming Tommy in true Shahs fashion, but her pre-wedding glow is dulled when her opinionated mother Vida gets involved and her father’s health begins to rapidly decline. When MJ finds herself plagued by indecision and self-doubt, the whole crew must come together to keep her steady and help get her down the aisle. Well into the second year of wedded bliss, Reza and his husband Adam are in the process of renovating their brand new house and settling down, but tensions build when one of Reza’s investments interferes with Adam’s surrogacy plans. Mike, ever the alpha-male with unrealistically high expectations, is determined to find the next Mrs. Shouhed, but does not take well to bestie Reza’s input on his dating choices, leading to a heated standoff during MJ’s bachelorette party in Vegas. Destiney is eager to dip her toes into the dating pool, but realizes she must confront her own trust issues first. In an attempt to find peace, she hires a private detective to track down her absentee father, but what she finds leaves her questioning whether she can handle the truth.

After a recent failed marriage, GG is on a quest for independence, but rethinks her decision to remain single and try for a baby on her own when newcomer Nema showers her with attention. Joining this audacious crew is never easy, but Nema manages to hold his own and quickly finds himself in a complicated love triangle. Looking to get to the root of his ongoing relationship struggles as an adult, the group bands together to help Nema gain the confidence to confront his unconventional family about his broken upbringing.

Tonight, Monday, June 18 at 8pm ET/PT, tune in to the half-hour special “Shahs of Sunset: How They Got Here” to revisit highlights from the past six seasons with best friends Reza, MJ, GG, Mike, Asa, and newcomer Destiney. Get a refresher on the series’ juiciest moments – from Reza’s on-again, off-again marriage, to MJ’squest for love, GG’s anger issues, and more – as the gang travels the world while navigating their loyalties, romances, and above all, their friendship.

“Shahs of Sunset” is produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions with Ryan Seacrest serving as executive producer & Truly Original with Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh, Lauren Eskelin, Lorraine Haughton-Lawson, Eric Gardner, Lauren Weber, and Kit Gordon serving as executive producers. Hunter Braun serves as co-executive producer.