Real Wedding: Meredith & Shawn

Meredith & Shawn - Anna Campbell "Lucinda" Dress from Lovely Philadelphia - Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

The look I was going for for my entire wedding was a vintage-romantic theme. I felt that Lovely Bride embraced that look perfectly. The minute I walked into Lovely Bride Philadelphia, I knew I was going to be leaving with my dream dress. I was so inspired by the detail in every dress hanging in front of me. It was obvious that each dress had so much thought and precision put into it. The moment I tried my wedding dress on I truly died and went to heaven. I had never seen a dress so incredibly detailed. The beaded cap sleeves and full lace train took my breath away. I had done a lot of research before I went dress shopping, but when I tried on this Anna Campbell dress, it was perfection. The dress had an elastic waist, making it super comfortable and easy to move in. Comfort, along with beauty, was an important factor in finding THE perfect dress. The cap sleeves covered my shoulders with the most insanely beaded detail. The same detail wrapped around my rip cage and tied into a gorgeous bow in the back. The whole dress, top to bottom, was made of beautiful scalloped lace. It was fitting yet flowy in all the right places. The thought of having to take the dress off and hang it in my closet for the next 9 months was devastating to me! I wanted to wear it all day, every day.

Meredith & Shawn - Anna Campbell "Lucinda" Dress from Lovely Philadelphia - Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

Meredith & Shawn - Anna Campbell "Lucinda" Dress from Lovely Philadelphia - Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

Meredith & Shawn - Anna Campbell "Lucinda" Dress from Lovely Philadelphia - Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

After saying yes to hands down the most gorgeous wedding dress ever made, I began choosing details to pair with my gown. I paired my beautiful gown with a Lovely Bride cathedral veil edged in lace, along with sparkly Benjamin Adams shoes and drop earrings from BHLDN. On the day of my wedding shower, my mother surprised me with a blush pink clutch, made from my grandmother’s dress she wore the day my mother was married. Hanging from my bouquet, was a pendant of both sets of my deceased grandparents. There were so many memories with me on my wedding day.

Meredith & Shawn - Anna Campbell "Lucinda" Dress from Lovely Philadelphia - Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

Meredith & Shawn - Anna Campbell "Lucinda" Dress from Lovely Philadelphia - Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

Meredith & Shawn - Anna Campbell "Lucinda" Dress from Lovely Philadelphia - Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

Meredith & Shawn - Anna Campbell "Lucinda" Dress from Lovely Philadelphia - Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

What were the most important details to pulling off your dream wedding?

The most important detail of my dream wedding was our reception venue. Our wedding venue – The Windrift in Avalon, NJ – has a lot of meaning to my husband and I. Four years ago, Shawn captured my heart behind the bar on a busy Saturday night in the summer. Apparently, I captured his as I patiently waited for my drinks to be made to take to my tables. Before this night, we were fellow employees working a summer job for some extra cash. That July night, we fell for each other. Today, we are husband and wife, who wed in the same exact place we first fell in love four years ago. The Windrift will forever hold a special place in both of hearts. I wanted to put a ton of detail into our reception, since we would be welcoming 185 guests into the place we first fell in love.

Meredith & Shawn - Anna Campbell "Lucinda" Dress from Lovely Philadelphia - Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

Meredith & Shawn - Anna Campbell "Lucinda" Dress from Lovely Philadelphia - Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

Meredith & Shawn - Anna Campbell "Lucinda" Dress from Lovely Philadelphia - Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

What was the most memorable moment?

The very beginning of the ceremony – Looking into the pews at all of the people there to see my husband and I wed, holding my father’s arm tightly, and gazing into my soon-to-be husband’s eyes at the end of the aisle. It was a moment that literally lasted less than 2 minutes. I wish I could relive that moment over and over again.

Meredith & Shawn - Anna Campbell "Lucinda" Dress from Lovely Philadelphia - Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

Meredith & Shawn - Anna Campbell "Lucinda" Dress from Lovely Philadelphia - Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

Meredith & Shawn - Anna Campbell "Lucinda" Dress from Lovely Philadelphia - Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

If you could give future brides any advice, what would it be?

Live in the moment. Smile. Laugh. Don’t stress on the little things. Embrace every single minute of the day. Invest in a videographer.

Most importantly, relax and concentrate on what really matters. No one remembers the favors, the flavor of your cupcakes, or your linen colors. What do they remember? Seeing you marry the man of your dreams.

Meredith & Shawn - Anna Campbell "Lucinda" Dress from Lovely Philadelphia - Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

Meredith & Shawn - Anna Campbell "Lucinda" Dress from Lovely Philadelphia - Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

Meredith & Shawn - Anna Campbell "Lucinda" Dress from Lovely Philadelphia - Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

Dress: Anna Campbell “Lucinda” Gown from Lovely Philadelphia

Photographer: Kaitlin Noel Photography 

Earrings: BHLDN

Shoes: Benjamin Adams

Clutch: handmade from my grandmother’s dress on my mother’s wedding day

Garter: handmade from my mother’s wedding dress

Venue: The Windrift, Avalon, NJ 

Florist: Primrose and Co.  

Videographer: CPV Weddings    

DJ: Dinardo Brothers    

Bridesmaid dresses: Bella Bridesmaid 

Cake: Chester’s Bakery

Groom’s Attire: Vera Wang   

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Trunk Shows: Nicole Miller & Temperley London

Calling all classic brides! Two fabulous designers are sending their gowns to a Lovely store near you! Nicole Miller is known for her sleek silhouettes, elegant details, and timeless styles. Temperley London is sophisticated and timeless, with modern twists that will make you swoon! To schedule your appointments for either of these wonderful events just head to www.lovelybride.com

Nicole Miller Trunk Shows at Lovely

Temperley London Trunk Show at Lovely

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Fun Boho Shoot by The Melideos

Have you been thinking about rocking a white jumpsuit for one of your wedding events? We think it’s the perfect way to keep the bridal look while having fun with your style, whether it’s for your rehearsal dinner, your getaway outfit, or just for your honeymoon! Our Chena Jumpsuit from Shop Lovely looks fabulous in this shoot from The Melideos, we think every bride needs one!

Shoot by The Melideos - Jumpsuit from ShopLovely.com

We also love how they styled the stunning Mojave gown by Elizabeth Dye! The lace fabric, the plunge neckline…it’s the perfect dress for you boho brides out there!

Shoot by The Melideos - Dress by Elizabeth Dye from Lovely Bride

We just envision the most amazing destination wedding where the bride rocks this Elizabeth Dye gown for the ceremony then changes into the jumpsuit for getting down on the dance floor during the reception! Can we please be invited to that wedding? Please?

Shoot by The Melideos - Dress by Elizabeth Dye from Lovely Bride

Shoot by The Melideos - Dress by Elizabeth Dye from Lovely Bride

Shoot by The Melideos - Dress by Elizabeth Dye from Lovely Bride

Shoot by The Melideos - Jumpsuit from ShopLovely.com

Shoot by The Melideos - Jumpsuit from ShopLovely.com

Shoot by The Melideos - Jumpsuit from ShopLovely.com

Shoot by The Melideos - Jumpsuit from ShopLovely.com

 

Photographers: The Melideos

Dress: Mojave by Elizabeth Dye from Lovely NY

Jumpsuit: Chena from our online store Shop Lovely

Model: Gabrielle Kniery

Makeup: Christina Delfino

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Real Wedding: Becky & Brandon

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I wore a custom Lea-Ann Belter dress. While getting married in the islands, I didn’t want the typical island wedding that a lot of people from St. Thomas have. From the second we started planning, we knew we didn’t want to get married on St. Thomas. We wanted to do something different and started working with Caneel Bay. They have such a classic and elegant resort – we knew it was the perfect place for us. We also knew that we didn’t want a beach wedding. While it’s so easy to pick a beautiful beach at Caneel, we wanted to use Turtle Point so I could wear a more elegant formal gown.

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

I was inspired by A Midsummer’s Night Dream and rose gold. I knew I wanted everything to be soft and come from the rose gold palette. We chose the dress almost 13 months before our wedding as I wanted my family from Canada to be involved, as well as his family from the islands. With both moms by my side, we tore through Lovely Bride DC and I tried on almost 30 gowns. I knew I wanted a low back, but I was never a bride that dreamt about that special dress. All I knew was that I wanted it to be different, romantic, and me. As I was going through the racks – I picked up this blush gown with flower straps. The moms weren’t so sure, but I was adamant that I was trying it on. It fit me perfectly. I just knew this was the dress. Everyone kept telling me it might be too much for an island wedding, but I was determined to wear an elegant piece of art and that’s what this dress was. As we began to purchase the gown, Lovely Bride DC mentioned that it was a gown on loan and that I had just lucked out on walking in when this dress was on display. After a few more minutes, we realized the dress was from a Canadian designer and even better – it was from my hometown of Toronto. I couldn’t have been more ecstatic. It was my little piece of home away from home.

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

What were the most important details to pulling off your dream wedding?

For me, it was all about the atmosphere. I wanted beautiful candles and long wreaths of flowers strung together across the tables. It needed to feel like a magical forest on this beachfront property. Once I started searching for rose gold decorations, I landed on these long chevron table runners that fit perfectly. They were my starting point and every other decoration was made by me by hand. I knew I wouldn’t be able to purchase everything I was looking for so I spent my weekends at Michael’s flying through the aisles and spray painting everything I needed. From rose gold mason jars, to wooden B&B decorations – everything was pulled together by me. When it came to the flowers, the Caneel Bay florist Felipe is one of a kind. He is a dear family friend and went above and beyond for us. He understood my soft palette and my desire for succulents and green vines with touches of soft pinks and whites. I also located a designer on Etsy (theFindSac) who was able to design all of our artwork that I put into frames I found myself. Everyone kept telling me to stop working so hard on the decorations – that the beach was enough, but I knew in order for this to be special, it had to be something I created by hand.

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

The final touch was candles – I located almost 100 metallic rose gold and soft gold votive holders. Inside, I placed soft pink votive’s that erected a smell of spring throughout the terrace where we had our reception. It was absolutely perfect. I also wasn’t one for having everything match – the groomsmen wore navy suits from Brooks Brothers, and the bridesmaids each picked out their own gowns. I gave them a large color palette and let them run wild. They all came back with these beautiful vintage designs that worked out perfectly. Every girl is made differently and only they knew what they would feel most beautiful in – I had to let them go find that on their own. I knew they would do a great job!

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

What was the most memorable moment?

At sunset, we walked back to the beach with our photographer for a few final shots. They are some of my favorites. We were both giddy and excited that we were married, that all our family and friends were in one room, and that we were finally married! It was a bit of a farewell party for us as well as several days after the wedding, we were packing our bags and leaving DC for a new adventure in California for a new job I had. Standing on that beach looking out at the water, we knew it had turned out beautifully and we couldn’t be more proud of what we created! My husband is a wonderfully planner and helped equally with everything that took place that day. From the schedule to the music, he played a large part in every detail and it truly was our first big adventure as a team. We were finally embracing the beauty of the island and soaking it all in – it was perfect.

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

If you could give future brides any advice, what would it be?

Go with your gut. I was told a million times that this formal, elegant dress wouldn’t fit in the islands. That it would be too hot, too cumbersome. I ignored. I wanted to get married in the islands because of the beauty that is Caneel, but I didn’t want to give up the things I would have enjoyed if we were to have married in Canada – rustic elegance, as I call it. I wanted a formal dress with a church veil to represent my Canadian heritage. I wanted the groomsmen in more formal navy outfits and the bridesmaids to wear long dresses. And most importantly, I didn’t want to fall into the trap of the typical island wedding. I learned that you can make anything happen anywhere as long as you’re committed to it. From my Louboutins to my dress – I didn’t give in to anything just because I wasn’t getting married at home. Yes, it was a little more stressful sending hundreds of packages to the islands with our supplies, it was worth it in the end because the design and elegance of the event really represented us to a tee.  Wear any dress you want! It’s your big day and you only get it once. I was so honored to wear a little piece of home on my special day and my now husband absolutely adored it!

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Dress: Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC

Photographer: Elisha Orin Photography

Wedding Planner: Weddings the Island Way, and Allison Sells from Caneel Bay

Venue: Caneel Bay

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San Francisco Sample Sale!

Lovely SF Sample Sale

Calling all Northern California brides! Lovely San Francisco is having their first ever, sample sale on Friday July 31st from 10am to 7pm! Yes, it’s only for ONE DAY! We have so many sample gowns in wonderful condition that will be up to 50% off and veils and other accessories too, so you don’t want to miss this chance to put together your entire bridal look for a fraction of the price!

No appointments are necessary, but if you plan on coming please RSVP to sf@lovelybride.com so that we know to expect you and your entourage. At this time, ONLY sample sale dresses will be available to try on. If you’d like to make an appointment to view our regular collection, please use our online appointment system at www.lovelybride.com. We look forward to seeing all of you lovelies there!

Lovely San Francisco Sample Sale
Friday July 31st : 10am – 7pm
2266 Union Street – San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 962-7415 – sf@lovelybride.com

Lovely San Francisco

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