Blake Lively, in a Marchesa dress, in Allure (Carter Smith/ALLURE)
Now we know why. With the help of Martha Stewart's team and planner Tara Guérard of Soiree in Charleston, SC, Lively, 25, had quietly been orchestrating her perfect nuptials, which included a "heartfelt ceremony," "fun-filled carnival hour," and "elegant reception," according to Martha Stewart Weddings magazine, which will run exclusive photos of the ceremony in its December issue. But leading up to Lively's big day — which took place at Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens — she skillfully evaded questions about her romance during her sit-down with Allure, coyly telling the magazine, "I'm a very shy person. I can be outgoing, but I'm also very private."
Settling into her new domestic life with Reynolds — with whom she recently purchased a home in Bedford, New York, a tony Manhattan suburb — will be not problem because she never was much of a party girl. "I don't drink. I've never tried a drug," she told the mag. As for clubs, "The music is so loud, you can't have a conversation with somebody." She added, "It's not like I decided on these strict lifestyle choices and I'm enforcing them. It's just something that I genuinely don't have a desire for."
For the Allure shoot, Lively posed in a tulle dress by Marchesa — the label which created custom gowns for her and her bridesmaids. According to the fashion house, co-founded by Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, Lively wore a one of a kind couture bridal ball gown for her southern wedding. The dress featured a hand draped silk tulle bodice, which was adorned with custom crystal and rose gold embroidery. Each member of her bridal party sported a unique custom dress — with crystal embroidered detail — made of blush silk chiffon. As for Reynolds, he and his groomsmen wore custom Burberry suits.
And since "Gossip Girl" will come to an end after its upcoming sixth season, Lively is looking ahead to the future, as well as focusing on herself. "I've worked on a lot of characters in the past five years, but I haven't had time to work on my own character," she told Allure. "That's something that I'm really excited to do."
We assume she's also excited to start working toward that goal of 30 children …
Read Lively's full interview in the October issue of Allure, on newsstands September 25.
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