Real Wedding: Anna & Andrew

Anna & Andrew - Dress by Watters from Lovely Philadelphia - Photos by Lindsay Docherty Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

Everyone always told me that no matter how many dresses I dreamed of and pinned, I would never choose the dress that I had been imagining. That being said, I like to prove people wrong. THE dress was the first dress I tried on, at the first wedding salon I went to. It also happened to be the exact dress I always imagined wearing while I married my best friend. For my (first) look, I wanted classic and wintery. For my reception dress, the Theia gown was like a dream. It could shine in a room that was dripping in chandeliers, candles, and history and it made me feel like the bombshell I always wanted to be. They were the perfect mix. The dresses truly represented my personality – I was able to be classic and timeless and then feisty and sparkly. In my dresses, I was me.

Anna & Andrew - Dress by Watters from Lovely Philadelphia - Photos by Lindsay Docherty Photography

Anna & Andrew - Photos by Lindsay Docherty Photography

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

The most important detail for us was to make sure everyone had a great time. I was personally inspired by the parties that my grandparents used to throw for birthdays and anniversaries. From the moment you walked in, you had a drink in your hand, delicious food around you and never stopped dancing to the best music around.

Besides making sure the food, drinks and band were on point, we really focused on making sure that our own personalities were infused into the big day. Everything from writing our ceremony to include the participation of our loved ones to using a world globe as a “guest book” had “us” in it.

Anna & Andrew - Dress by Watters from Lovely Philadelphia - Photos by Lindsay Docherty Photography

Anna & Andrew - Dress by Watters from Lovely Philadelphia - Photos by Lindsay Docherty Photography

Anna & Andrew - Dress by Watters from Lovely Philadelphia - Photos by Lindsay Docherty Photography

Anna & Andrew - Dress by Watters from Lovely Philadelphia - Photos by Lindsay Docherty Photography

Anna & Andrew - Dress by Watters from Lovely Philadelphia - Photos by Lindsay Docherty Photography

What was the most memorable moment?

For my husband (still so weird to say that!), it was the first look. He says that he remembers every single moment. For both of us, it was almost necessary to do that first look because when you’re that anxious and nervous, you want and need to see your best friend. For me, it was in the middle of the reception. We both took a moment (a very quick moment!) and snuck to the back of the room. We just paused and looked out onto the room and dance floor and took it all in. I always think of that moment and realize how lucky we are and were to be surrounded by the people that we love the most and how much fun everyone was having.

Anna & Andrew - Dress by Watters from Lovely Philadelphia - Photos by Lindsay Docherty Photography

Anna & Andrew - Dress by Theia from Lovely Philadelphia - Photos by Lindsay Docherty Photography

Anna & Andrew - Dress by Theia from Lovely Philadelphia - Photos by Lindsay Docherty Photography

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

I would say first, don’t be nervous if you have doubts about your dress. I was so nervous after my first fitting with my Watters dress because I had spent so much time and energy exercising, and I felt like I didn’t show off that hard work with the dress. Instead of talking to someone about it, I kept it inside until a month before the wedding. Thankfully, I had a friend going through something similar and she encouraged me to come back to Lovely Bride Philly (like I needed an excuse to hang out with Ivy and the lovely ladies of Lovely Philly) and just see what was out there. Ivy never made me feel guilty or bad, instead she welcomed me back in and helped me find the missing piece of my personality and my second dress.

Secondly, I would go back to my favorite part of the evening. The day and night are so hectic and crazy that it’s hard to find time to take it all in. Take 30 seconds, grab your husband and sneak off to watch everything you put your heart and soul into, and how all of the blood, sweat and tears (sometimes literal, if you make your own DIY hot cocoa favors like I did) was worth it.

Anna & Andrew - Dress by Theia from Lovely Philadelphia - Photos by Lindsay Docherty Photography

Ceremony Dress: Watters // Reception Dress: Theia // Both from Lovely Philadelphia

Accessories: Vintage hair brooch from bride’s grandmother

Photographer: Lindsay Docherty

Wedding Planner: Caitlin Maloney of Proud to Plan

Venue: Union League of Philadelphia

Florist: Robertson’s Flowers

Hair: Jill Kozar of Up Your Do

Makeup: Beké Beau

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Trunk Shows: Watters and Hayley Paige at Lovely

Trunk shows are a fabulous way to see more from a designer than we regularly carry at the store. Since our shops are small, we really love to focus on bringing you select styles that we know you will love! So during a trunk show, we get more from your favorite designers so that you can have a better chance of finding your dream dress. And the best part is that during the trunk shows, the dresses will be 10% off! You can’t beat it! Here are some upcoming events, just head to www.lovelybride.com to make your appointments!

WATTERS TRUNK SHOW
at Lovely Philly July 24-26

Watters Trunk Show at Lovely

HAYLEY PAIGE TRUNK SHOW
at Lovely New York July 24-26Hayley Paige Trunk Show at Lovely

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Shop Lovely: 30% Off Summer Sale!

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Flirty dresses for summer are so hot right now, and we have so many new and adorable frocks over at Shop Lovely! Our online store is chock full of darling florals, perfect bridesmaid dresses, and of course all the little white dresses you could ever want. Get 30% OFF anything in the store by using code WHITEHOTSUMMER from now until Friday July 4th, yes that even includes our already marked down sale items! We’ve got some ridiculous deals so head to www.shoplovely.com and get to shopping!

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Real Wedding: Vanessa & Ken

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

My wedding dress was a fitted, strapless mermaid gown with a crystal embellishments on the sweetheart neckline. I love how I could move in the gown, as dancing was a top priority for the night!

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

A few of my favorite details from our wedding included the Slow-Mo Video Booth provided by Cinemacake and Spiked Hot Chocolate Station. As a final touch, we gifted our guests with hot chocolate to enjoy during their ride back to the hotels. Truly You and Starr Events filled Maggpie’s Asher Cabinet with the hot chocolate urns, mini bottles of Bailey’s Irish cream, custom coffee cups and delicious toppings like chocolate shavings, whipped cream and crushed peppermint. Leftover wedding cake was bagged and placed on this station, too.

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What was the most memorable moment?

Retreating to the bridal suite for champagne and appetizers immediately following our ceremony. The Horticultural Center has a wonderful bridal suite that was perfect for taking a time out from the festivities to relax and enjoy a few private moments together. Ken and I loved being able to have that time to ourselves to really reflect on how special the day was.

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

If I could offer words of wisdom to couples planning their wedding it would be to hire the right professionals and go with the flow. Put the work in ahead of time, do your research and get recommendations so you don’t have to worry about follow-through or results on the day of. There will always be things that are out of your control (for me that was a major snowstorm over my wedding weekend) but do your best to remain calm and keep things in perspective.

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Dress Designer: Georgina Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philadelphia

Hair Comb and Earrings: Ti Adoro from Lovely Philadelphia

Birdcage Veil: Erica Koesler from Lovely Philadelphia

Fur Shawl: Adrienne Landau from Rent the Runway

Photographer: Peter Van Beever

Wedding Planner: Christiane “Chrissy” Lehman from Truly You Events

Venue: The Horticulture Center

Hair: Jenn Macrina from Happily Ever After Hair

Makeup: Casey Dickerson from I DO Hair and Make-up

Bridesmaids’ dresses: A mix of different Adrianna Papell dresses from Nordstrom

Groom’s attire: Bespoke Tuxedo from Commonwealth Proper

Groomsmen’s attire: Rented Tuxedos from Black Tie Formal Wear

Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Custom Tacori Ring from HL Gross & Bro. Jewelers

Florist: Margaux St. Ledger from Fleur De Lis

Invitations: Botanical Wreath from Minted

Music (ceremony and cocktail hour): The Elegance String Quartet

Music (reception): DJ D Scott from Scratch Weddings

Catering: Stephen Starr Events

Cake: Eileen Gray from Cake Art Studio

Favors: Spiked Hot Chocolate in Customized To-Go Paper Cups from Truly You

Slow Motion Video Booth: Cinemacake Filmmakers

Lighting and Chandelier Rental: Eventions Productions

Vintage Furniture Rentals: Magpie Vintage Rentals

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Trunk Show: Elizabeth Dye at Lovely NYC!

Elizabeth Dye Painted Desert Collection

The dreamy new Painted Desert collection from Elizabeth Dye is definitely something to swoon over! Billowing fabrics, sexy details, romantic embellishments…it is every boho bride’s perfect bridal inspiration! These gowns will be at a Trunk Show at Lovely NYC July 10-12, so head to www.lovelybride.com to make your appointments!

Elizabeth Dye Painted Desert Collection

Elizabeth Dye Painted Desert Collection

Elizabeth Dye Painted Desert Collection

Elizabeth Dye Painted Desert Collection

Elizabeth Dye Painted Desert Collection

Elizabeth Dye Painted Desert Collection

Elizabeth Dye Painted Desert Collection

Elizabeth Dye Painted Desert Collection

 

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