Our Bridal Market Favorites!

Bridal Market ended last week but we can’t stop looking at all of the new collections from our Lovely designers! It’s so much fun to shop the latest looks and decide what gowns to bring you darling brides. We saw every silhouette from sleek and fitted to grand ballgowns, strapless to lace sleeves, illusion necklines to down-to-there backless gowns. There were even a few amazing two pieces that we are obsessed with! It was hard to choose but we put together a few of our favorite looks from market, tell us which one you would wear down the aisle and you just might see it in one of our Lovely shops!

 

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Real Wedding: Caryn & Zane

Caryn & Zane - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Becca Rillo Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

For my wedding dress I had two requirements: 1. It had to have lace and 2. It had to be easy to dance in. Sarah Seven met both of those requirements. Her dresses are effortlessly beautiful and really made me feel like a bride.

Caryn & Zane - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Becca Rillo Photography

Caryn & Zane - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Becca Rillo Photography

Caryn & Zane - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Becca Rillo Photography

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

I planned my own wedding and absolutely loved the process. However when planning a wedding, every single detail seems so important but on the actual day it doesn’t matter what the flowers look like or how the cake tastes but the most important detail is the people there who are giving you so much love and support. They are the most important detail.

Caryn & Zane - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Becca Rillo Photography

Caryn & Zane - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Becca Rillo Photography

Caryn & Zane - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Becca Rillo Photography

What was the most memorable moment?

My most memorable moment was walking down the aisle with my dad. When the French doors opened into the courtyard where the ceremony was being held and I saw all of our family and friends I was so overwhelmed with love. And then to see my future husband waiting for me at the end of the aisle, there is no better feeling in the world.

Caryn & Zane - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Becca Rillo Photography

Caryn & Zane - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Becca Rillo Photography

Caryn & Zane - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Becca Rillo Photography

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

Take a couple of moments during the big day to take mental pictures. Ones with not just images but also sounds and feelings of love. The day goes by so fast so don’t forget to cherish every second.

Caryn & Zane - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Becca Rillo Photography

Caryn & Zane - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Becca Rillo Photography

Caryn & Zane - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Becca Rillo Photography

Dress: Sarah Seven from Lovely LA
Shoes:  BHLDN
Photographer: Becca Rillo Photography
Venue: The Villa San Juan Capistrano
Florals: Sweet Blossom Designs
Hair & Makeup: Designed Elegance 

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Trunk Show: Watters Spring 2015 Collection

Bridal Market may be over but we are still drooling over all of the amazing new gowns that our designers have created! We are so excited that in the next few months, Watters will be sending their Spring 2015 collection to all of our Lovely locations so that you brides can have a first look before this line is even sold in stores! In addition to getting first dibs on new styles, you will also get 10% off if you buy a Watters gown during the trunk show! So hurry up and book your appointments, you don’t want to miss out on the fun!

Philly: November 7-9
DC: November 14-16
NY: November 21-23
SF: December 5-7
LA: December 12-14

Watters Spring 2015

Watters Spring 2015

Watters Spring 2015

Watters Spring 2015

And don’t forget we have a few more trunk shows coming up in the next couple of weeks!

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A One of a Kind Shoot from Jennie Love

The darling Jennie Love, owner and creative director at Love ‘n Fresh Flowers, created a gorgeous shoot based around one of our favorite ensembles: Kensington by Carol Hannah. We asked her about the inspiration and how she put this loveliness together!

One of a Kind Shoot - Designed by Love n Fresh Flowers - Photos by Maria Mack Photography

Over the past 12 months, I’ve watched  wedding trends shifting from rustic-vintage to a more raw, earthy, One-of-a-Kind (OOAK) look.  I find it really exciting to embrace this evolution and wanted our styled shoot to reflect an “earthy/OOAK/artisan” approach.  I immediately drew inspiration from Carol Hannah’s Kensington skirt.  What amazing texture and form it has!  It’s romantic, yet a bit raw and undone, with a decided OOAK approach. Exactly the look I was seeking for our model to wear!  

One of a Kind Shoot - Designed by Love n Fresh Flowers - Photos by Maria Mack Photography

One of a Kind Shoot - Designed by Love n Fresh Flowers - Photos by Maria Mack Photography

I paired the Kensington with elegant-yet-raw jewelry by Philadelphia-based designer Doreen of  Asarum Designs.  The raw fluorite and quartz stones hugged by copper were the perfect match to the Kensington.  Doreen also made beautiful OOAK wedding bands for the couple out of silver and copper.  Her work is truly inspirational! 

One of a Kind Shoot - Designed by Love n Fresh Flowers - Photos by Maria Mack Photography

One of a Kind Shoot - Designed by Love n Fresh Flowers - Photos by Maria Mack Photography

Let me tell you, I had a lot of fun designing a bridal bouquet to go with the Kensignton gown!  Clean white peonies were a romantic, billowing and fragrant base, but I wanted a bit of wildness to match that of the skirt so I added more delicate blooms like agrostemma, astilbe, astrantia, maple leaves, and ferns.  The little slender white buds of the agrostemma in particular always delight me as they remind me of tiny tubes of lipstick!  All the flowers were grown organically at our own urban flower farm in Philadelphia.  The bouquet was wrapped in long tails of OOAK hand-dyed raw silk ribbon from the crazy-talented Shellie at Silk & Willow.  That ribbon and that dress…. m’wah!!  They should always be together!

One of a Kind Shoot - Designed by Love n Fresh Flowers - Photos by Maria Mack Photography

One of a Kind Shoot - Designed by Love n Fresh Flowers - Photos by Maria Mack Photography

The venue, Pomme, is a bit of a blank slate, but beautiful with its clean white walls, hardwood floors, and stone fireplace.   It was the perfect space to hone in on the details that make an event like a wedding memorable.   We crafted a custom-built aged oak branch chuppah draped with organic ivory raw linen and tied with more Silk & Willow ribbon out on the sloping front lawn along the winding little stream.  The maple leaves that adorned the corners echoed the rich burgundy and purple hues in the ribbon.  

One of a Kind Shoot - Designed by Love n Fresh Flowers - Photos by Maria Mack Photography

One of a Kind Shoot - Designed by Love n Fresh Flowers - Photos by Maria Mack Photography

One of a Kind Shoot - Designed by Love n Fresh Flowers - Photos by Maria Mack Photography

One of a Kind Shoot - Designed by Love n Fresh Flowers - Photos by Maria Mack Photography

The dinner tables were draped in luxuriant Irish linen and flanked with wooden cross-backed chairs that elevated the thoughtful tabletop decor.  Copper chargers brought in some shine yet avoided being too glam.  Each place setting was given a tiny fern and a raw piece of fluorite.  The centerpiece florals again were from our own flower farm.  They were designed in OOAK floral-textured ceramic bud vases made by Philadelphia-based ceramist Chase Brown.  Bits of raw fluorite ran down the center of the table.  Peachtree & Ward’s chef plated some beautiful seasonal food for us, including fiddlehead ferns, salmon and spring edamame. 

One of a Kind Shoot - Designed by Love n Fresh Flowers - Photos by Maria Mack Photography

One of a Kind Shoot - Designed by Love n Fresh Flowers - Photos by Maria Mack Photography

One of a Kind Shoot - Designed by Love n Fresh Flowers - Photos by Maria Mack Photography

I was so lucky to have the super talented Maria Mack Photography to work with for the shoot.  Maria’s natural style was perfect for the earthy organic details.   And make-up artist, Beke Beau, is a true magician with her brushes!  I am constantly in awe of her ability to draw out each of her brides’ natural beauty, making them all OOAK masterpieces.

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Real Wedding: Genna & Anthony

Genna & Anthony - Dress by Katie May from Lovely NYC - Photo by Melissa Kruse Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look. 

I knew I wanted a backless wedding gown (that’s about the only thing I knew for sure), and that I wanted my look to be timeless and effortless. I originally wanted to use flowers in my hair, but fell in love with a studded head chain that I decided to wear instead. Given I was having a summer wedding, I wanted the fabric to be light, and the ability to easily walk and dance.  Finding a backless wedding gown in my price range, however, was proving to be a challenge.  I had tried on several dresses at Lovely NYC before they carried Katie May gowns.  I left my name and number, hoping the gowns would arrive before I found another dress.  A few months later, already having found a dress, I got a call from an associate at Lovely saying they had received the dresses and would love to schedule an appointment.  Even though I had a dress, I had to try on the Katie May gowns.  I made an appointment for the following day, tried on the Barcelona gown with my mother and father present; we all knew it blew the other gown out of the water. Decision made.

Genna & Anthony - Dress by Katie May from Lovely NYC - Photo by Melissa Kruse Photography

Genna & Anthony - Dress by Katie May from Lovely NYC - Photo by Melissa Kruse Photography

Genna & Anthony - Dress by Katie May from Lovely NYC - Photo by Melissa Kruse Photography

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

Atmosphere and music. I wanted to create a very romantic and relaxed vibe for my guests.  A soft color pallette, lots of candles and drapey fabric helped to create that look. I am a music lover and believe that music sets the tone for the entire party.  Music selection can say a lot about the couple.  I had non-stop music from the end of the ceremony through the very end of the evening, and opted against a formal sit-down dinner. Our goal was to have everyone up dancing and having a good time, which we definitely accomplished!

Genna & Anthony - Dress by Katie May from Lovely NYC - Photo by Melissa Kruse Photography

Genna & Anthony - Dress by Katie May from Lovely NYC - Photo by Melissa Kruse Photography

Memorable Moments?

There were a few. After we said our “I do’s” and my husband, myself, and the bridal party had exited the ceremony space, I found my dad. We hugged and cried; happy tears, mixed emotions, but memorable nonetheless. Another memorable moment for me came after the toasts.  Anthony and I were sitting together and he took my hand.  We looked around the room and smiled at one another.  At that moment, we felt the enormity of what we had just done and the love of our family and friends surrounding us. We took that moment to be present.

Genna & Anthony - Dress by Katie May from Lovely NYC - Photo by Melissa Kruse Photography

Genna & Anthony - Dress by Katie May from Lovely NYC - Photo by Melissa Kruse Photography

Genna & Anthony - Dress by Katie May from Lovely NYC - Photo by Melissa Kruse Photography

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

Take the majority of your photos before your reception.  That allows you the time to enjoy the party you put together with your family and friends.  It’s a once in a lifetime event and you will most likely never get the opportunity to have so many people close to you all in the same place, at the same time, ever again. Anthony and I were present for our entire cocktail hour and reception, which allowed us to greet all of our guests and then let loose! And yes, as most everyone would say, please do enjoy it and cherish every moment… it really does go by too fast!

Genna & Anthony - Dress by Katie May from Lovely NYC - Photo by Melissa Kruse Photography

Dress: Katie May from Lovely NYC
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Photographer: Melissa Kruse Photography
Venue: The Loading Dock in Stamford, CT
Florals: Forever in Bloom
Videography: OakJo
DJ: DJ MarvL

 

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