Real Wedding: Jeana & Dan

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

Dan and I wanted our wedding day to be laidback and fun, yet sweet and classy. Kind of how we are as a couple! We accomplished that by choosing a naturally gorgeous venue with lots of outdoor components, and incorporating fun details from the cocktail hour corn hole, to the open-air photobooth, and post-reception firepit with s’mores. When searching for a dress, I wanted it to have a personality similar to the vibe we were creating for the whole day. I also wanted to feel like myself! I knew I wanted something simple with a hint of vintage-charm, and the Watters Belize gown was a perfect match ☺

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

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

Making it OURS: We wanted to step away from what is “supposed” to take place at a wedding, and format the day the way that felt right to us and our relationship.

The DETAILS: We worked hard at the details that made the day special to us and our closest friends and family. Curated indie-rock music, popcorn programs, signature drinks, polaroid guest book, vintage props Dan and I collected over our engagement (including 200+ bottles and jars used for the flowers!) family-recipes for appetizers. and farm-to-table dinner at family-style tables, for examples.

Being a TEAM: We worked as a team through the whole process, and always kept perspective on what we were doing it all for. We didn’t let the stress that can come with weddings step into ours.

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

What was the most memorable moment?

I have a few!

Seeing Dan for the first time on our wedding day during our “first look” prior to the ceremony was amazing. We rented an old Stone House for the weekend near our wedding venue, and that is where we first saw each other deep into a wildflower patch. It was surreal and incredible. We both cried like babies.

Walking down the aisle, taking it all in, looking at this day we worked hard to put together to showcase and celebrate our love, and seeing all of our friends and family that have been so instrumental in both of our lives looking at me and smiling…and getting to the arbor where my soon-to-be husband was waiting for me… were moments I will never forget.

Our first dance as husband + wife was sung live by one of our favorite Artists, Mat Kearney. His music has been a large part of our 7+ year relationship, and to have him there was an amazing treat.

My siblings and I lit a chinese lantern at the end of the night as a way of honoring our Mother who passed away and was massively missed on my wedding day. As the lantern hit the top of the sky, an enormously bright shooting star jumped across it. It was magical.

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

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

Enjoy the entire process and don’t sweat the small stuff. I heard so many horror stories from other Brides about how stressful planning your wedding could be. We really kept a laidback approach to the whole thing and always kept our eyes on the bigger picture, which was a day celebrating US.

Make it about you! Step away from the way its supposed to be and enjoy the details.

Enjoy the time with your best gals getting ready before the wedding! This was so memorable and enjoyable for me. We rented a beautiful house to do this at, made mimosas, nibbled on local donuts, and hung out while the record player spun classics like Fleetwood Mac on repeat.

Take moments throughout the day to take it all in. It goes by so fast, and I cherish the mental photos I took from that day that will stay with me forever.

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

Dress: Belize Gown by Watters from Lovely NY
Accessories: Ivy & Aster Heirloom Belt, Badgley Mischka shoes
Photographer: Sloan Photographers
Wedding Planner: Myself! I plan events for a living, and was beyond excited to take this one on myself
Venue: Red Maple Vineyard, Hudson Valley NY
Florist: Anne Wenniger
DJ: DJ Prostyle
Vintage Rentals: Sassafras Vintage Rentals
Lighting: Vivid Events

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Trunk Show: Theia in San Francisco and Philadelphia

The beautiful, classic designs of Theia will be heading to Lovely SF and Lovely Philly for trunk shows this May! With gorgeous quality fabrics, intricate beading, and elegant silhouettes, this line is for the goddess bride that wants to show off her flawless confidence. Book now by heading to our website here!

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Lovely San Francisco : May 1-3
Lovely Philadelphia : May 8-10

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Shop Lovely: Pretty Pastels

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Pretty pastels just in time for spring! We’re hoping the Easter Bunny puts some of these little frocks in our baskets! Head over to Shop Lovely to see all of the new pieces that would be perfect for your blushing bridal party, your floral girl gang, or your minty maids. Whatever look you want your gals to rock, we have them over at shoplovely.com!

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Real Wedding: Jessica & Scott

Jessica & Scott - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely Philly - Photo by Dove Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look. 

My overall goal for my look was to make sure that I still looked like myself.  I knew I wanted an elegant dress that wasn’t over the top or really form-fitting.  I wanted it to show off my figure but be comfortable and, of course, really pretty.  Once I put on the dress I was smitten.  It was classic but had the fun flare up the right side.  My maid of honor said “that’s so you” and that helped seal the deal!  I had the same approach with my hair and makeup.  My hair is naturally curly so I found a salon that could work with that, and my stylist had me come in with my hair done “my way” and then she worked that into the updo.  It was perfect.

Jessica & Scott - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely Philly - Photo by Dove Photography

Jessica & Scott - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely Philly - Photo by Dove Photography

Jessica & Scott - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely Philly - Photo by Dove Photography

Jessica & Scott - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely Philly - Photo by Dove Photography

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

Since my teenage years, the only thing I knew I wanted for my wedding was a different cake for every table.  I pictured Scott & I walking around greeting our guests, and getting to sample a different cake as we stopped at each table.  We ended up with 13 different cakes in all, including a small one for us to cut, and it was fantastic.  Our guests loved it and used it as an opportunity to get up and try different things themselves.  I also wanted to blend some of my favorite holiday traditions into the wedding, since it was only 5 days before Christmas, without being too kitschy.  The church was decorated with poinsettias and garlands, we had all guests hold a lit candle during a part of the ceremony, and guests took home glass suncatchers with poinsettias on them.   We hand made traditional British Christmas Crackers, which had table assignments on the tags, and included things like chapsticks, paper hats, and local saltwater taffy. 

Jessica & Scott - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely Philly - Photo by Dove Photography

Jessica & Scott - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely Philly - Photo by Dove Photography

Jessica & Scott - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely Philly - Photo by Dove Photography

Jessica & Scott - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely Philly - Photo by Dove Photography

What was the most memorable moment? 

Scott & I did a first look on the porch of the hotel by the ocean before heading to the church and it was the best decisions that we made!  It helped to calm our nerves and was one of the few moments that we had just for us during the entire day.  It was a really special moment and made for some great photos as well.

Jessica & Scott - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely Philly - Photo by Dove Photography

Jessica & Scott - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely Philly - Photo by Dove Photography

Jessica & Scott - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely Philly - Photo by Dove Photography

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

Figure out what is most important to you and focus your attentions there, let others help with details that aren’t as important to you.  For example, my mom has impeccable taste and offered to be in charge of the flowers.  I gave her a few pictures I liked and let her run with it.  I didn’t even know what was in my bouquet until it was handed to me on the day of the wedding.  It turned out beautifully and was one less thing that I had to worry about.  Also, the best advice I was given was to not sweat it if things didn’t go to plan on the big day, since as far as 99% of our guests knew, it was all supposed to happen that way!

Jessica & Scott - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely Philly - Photo by Dove Photography

Jessica & Scott - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely Philly - Photo by Dove Photography

Dress: Carol Hannah from Lovely Philly
Veil: Dana veil by Untamed Petals from Lovely Philly
Hair Clip: Fiberstone
Shoes: Tieks by Gavrieli
Photographer:  Scott & Cat of Dove Photography
Venue: The Breakers on the Ocean
DJ & Photobooth: Chris Garrow of Unforgettable DJ’s
Hair & Makeup: Jackie at Salon Cartarae
Florist: Narcissus Florals

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Trunk Show: Leanne Marshall in NY and Philly

Leanne Marshall - Photo by Emily Soto

Everything Leanne Marshall does is just pure magic, and we can’t wait to have her new collection coming to Lovely in the trunk show circuit! The sophisticated designs are known for their light, flowing lines, feminine details, and timeless elegance. The Leanne Marshall Brand is a staple for the bride who wants a dress that will showcase, not overshadow, her beauty. Attention to high quality standards, proper flattering fits and silhouettes, and her unique ethereal approach to bridal have made Leanne a go-to for the modern bride. Come to the trunk shows and find your perfect dress, we guarantee you will fall in love with every piece! Schedule your appointments by clicking here!

Lovely New York : April 3-5
Lovely Philly : May 1-3

Leanne Marshall - Photo by Emily Soto

Leanne Marshall - Photo by Emily Soto

Leanne Marshall - Photo by Emily Soto

Leanne Marshall - Photo by Emily Soto

Leanne Marshall - Photo by Emily Soto

Leanne Marshall - Photo by Emily Soto

Leanne Marshall - Photo by Emily Soto

Leanne Marshall - Photo by Emily Soto

Leanne Marshall Gowns - Photos by Emily Soto

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