Real Wedding: Katie & Nick

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I knew I didn’t want to wear a traditional white dress, but there weren’t a ton of options out there for colored dresses that would still make me look like a bride. After trying on DOZENS of dresses and not finding anything even remotely close to what I was looking for, I ended up at Lovely Bride in Philadelphia. Not only did I find a dress I liked..I found three!  I ended up choosing the Carol Hannah Kensington skirt with a corset top. I loved the layering, textures and colors of the skirt. I added a belt to top off the look, and wore a flower crown during the reception.

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

I think the key to pulling of the wedding was that I didn’t put a huge emphasis on the details! As long as I had my friends, family and fiancé there, I was good to go. 

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What was the most memorable moment?

The most memorable moment for me was looking around the ballroom during the reception, and realizing that everyone I loved in the world was in one room to celebrate Nick and me. It was a great feeling.

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

No one will remember if your centerpieces were perfect, or if your bridesmaids weren’t all wearing the right nail polish. They’ll remember how happy you and your husband looked, and the fun they had. Try to relax and appreciate everything that’s happening around you, because that’s what you’ll remember for years to come. Also, pack a pair of flip flops. I can’t stress that enough.

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Dress: Carol Hannah separates from Lovely Philadelphia

Photographer: Douglas Benedict Photography

Venue: The Historic Hotel Bethlehem

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Trunk Shows: Elizabeth Dye, Hayley Paige, and Leanne Marshall

Three fabulous designers are getting their new collections ready for some Lovely trunk shows and we can’t wait to see what’s in store!

Elizabeth Dye’s “Painted Hills” Collection
Trunk Shows at Lovely
New York City : July 10-12
San Francisco : August 14-16
Philadelphia : August 23-25
Rochester : October 23-25

Elizabeth Dye "Painted Hills" Collection

Hayley Paige “Blush” Collection
Trunk Show at Lovely
New York City : July 24-26

Blush by Hayley Paige

Leanne Marshall Trunk Show
Lovely Los Angeles : July 10-12

Leanne Marshall

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Coney Island Inspiration Shoot

This fun Brooklyn shoot has us dreaming of summer weddings on Coney Island! Bring on the cotton candy, the delicious candy treats, and of course the gorgeous dresses. Here is a great inspiration editorial using two dresses from our Lovely NYC shop designed by Kerry Ann Stokes and shot by The Melideos!

Vintage Coney Island Shoot // Designed by Kerry Ann Stokes // Photography by The Melideos

Vintage Coney Island Shoot // Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely NYC // Designed by Kerry Ann Stokes // Photography by The Melideos

Vintage Coney Island Shoot // Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely NYC // Designed by Kerry Ann Stokes // Photography by The Melideos

Vintage Coney Island Shoot // Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely NYC // Designed by Kerry Ann Stokes // Photography by The Melideos

From Kerry Ann Stokes “This shoot was inspired by a vintage, and wildly inspiring Brooklyn neighborhood, Coney Island, and it was brought to life by a variety of Brooklyn & New York City vendors.

The story began from a collection of photographs that I have of my grandparents in the 1940’s on the beach at Coney Island. They were young Brooklinites in love…and that was enough inspiration to begin telling a story. The mood of the shoot is light, dreamy, and whimsical for a present day (and REAL!) Brooklyn couple. Pinky pastels and cotton candy blues are accented with gold throughout the shoot. Being an accessories designer, I knew that I wanted the details to tell the story—this is where Coney Island shines through.”

Vintage Coney Island Shoot // Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely NYC // Designed by Kerry Ann Stokes // Photography by The Melideos

Vintage Coney Island Shoot // Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely NYC // Designed by Kerry Ann Stokes // Photography by The Melideos

Vintage Coney Island Shoot // Dress by Sarah Janks from Lovely NYC // Designed by Kerry Ann Stokes // Photography by The Melideos

Vintage Coney Island Shoot // Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely NYC // Designed by Kerry Ann Stokes // Photography by The Melideos

Vintage Coney Island Shoot // Dress by Sarah Janks from Lovely NYC // Designed by Kerry Ann Stokes // Photography by The Melideos

Vintage Coney Island Shoot // Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely NYC // Designed by Kerry Ann Stokes // Photography by The Melideos

 

Vintage Coney Island Shoot // Dress by Sarah Janks from Lovely NYC // Designed by Kerry Ann Stokes // Photography by The Melideos

From Kerry Ann Stokes – “When pulling inspiration from a vintage amusement park that had everything from freak shows to classic carousals, I wanted to maintain a kitschy and playful look to some beautiful elements. I think it’s great for people to see these quirky details in a lovely and delicate way. We added a gold cat-eye to the bride when she transitioned into her reception look. I incorporated nostalgic treats, like cotton candy, salt-water taffy, popcorn, and rock candy to nod to a good ole’ fashioned boardwalk date night full of sweets. The shoot took place at a Wine & Cheese Bar in Williamsburg full of vintage details that suited the shoot perfectly. I found paper mache animals and painted them gold, along with the cotton candy cones that I added some sparkle to.

The tables were decorated with circular confetti, which matched the pink and gold letterpress invitations and was combined gorgeously with the whimsical flowers. The bridesmaids wore matching 14k yellow gold elephant necklaces. The rings are gold + rose gold and custom engraved, one with the date and the other with names. The “His, Hers & Ours” decanter set uses a vintage inspired engraving and classic rocks glasses. The macaroon tower was decorated with abstract gold brush strokes across the tops. Vintage plates and glassware were collected from thrift shops around the neighborhood. The groom wore a handkerchief embroidered with the bride’s initials in his pocket. It’s so wonderful to see what all of these details created when combined!”

Vintage Coney Island Shoot // Dress by Sarah Janks from Lovely NYC // Designed by Kerry Ann Stokes // Photography by The Melideos

Vintage Coney Island Shoot // Designed by Kerry Ann Stokes // Photography by The Melideos

Vintage Coney Island Shoot // Dress by Sarah Janks from Lovely NYC // Designed by Kerry Ann Stokes // Photography by The Melideos

Vintage Coney Island Shoot // Dress by Sarah Janks from Lovely NYC // Designed by Kerry Ann Stokes // Photography by The Melideos

Vintage Coney Island Shoot // Dress by Sarah Janks from Lovely NYC // Designed by Kerry Ann Stokes // Photography by The Melideos

From Kerry Ann Stokes – “This shoot was an amazing project to pull together—mostly for working with so many crazily talented vendors. I feel like it embodies a Brooklyn spirit, and am so excited to share it with you. This inspiration shoot highlights a nostalgic real life present day couple. They are modern-day, bohemian and sentimental. The shoot values the locally created and handmade, along with a sense of community. It’s so important to know where different pieces of your wedding day come from, and to know that they come from a creative environment and are well made is a beautiful thing!”

Vintage Coney Island Shoot // Dress by Sarah Janks from Lovely NYC // Designed by Kerry Ann Stokes // Photography by The Melideos

Vintage Coney Island Shoot // Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely NYC // Designed by Kerry Ann Stokes // Photography by The Melideos

Vintage Coney Island Shoot // Dress by Sarah Janks from Lovely NYC // Designed by Kerry Ann Stokes // Photography by The Melideos

Vintage Coney Island Shoot // Dress by Sarah Janks from Lovely NYC // Designed by Kerry Ann Stokes // Photography by The Melideos

Photography: The Melideos // Planning, Styling, Design, hair Accessories & Veil: Kerry Ann Stokes // Florist: Rosehip Social // Wedding Dresses: Leanne Marshall & Sarah Janks from Lovely Bride // Groom’s Attire: Bonobos // Bridesmaids Dresses: Alice & Olivia + Erin Fetherston // Jewelry + Liquor Decanter: Love & Victory // Invitations: Sesame Letter Press // Makeup: Ivey Haber // Hair: Nora Croft of Foxy Salon // Macaron Tower: Sugar Couture // Cotton Candy + Vintage Candies: Handsome Dan’s// Venue: Tuffet in NYC.

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Urban Garden Inspiration Shoot from Weddings Unveiled

We were so excited to see one of our dresses featured in Weddings Unveiled! It’s such a beautiful publication and they always use the cream of the crop for their inspiration shoots…so of course we were thrilled to loan out one of our own Hayley Paige dresses from Lovely DC! Here’s what they had to say about the shoot:

“There’s so much gorgeousness in this wedding inspiration planned by Bella Notte and captured in stunning images by the talented Michelle Lindsay! Soft textures, romantic lighting and luxe details contrast beautifully with the cool industrial aesthetic of Dock 5 at Union Market in Washington, DC. Spectacular florals by Petal’s Edge Floral Design add dramatic focal points to the urban space, including a lush floral centerpiece garland and a dazzling bouquet. We love the selection of modern chairs, the whimsical polka dot china and the suspended picture frame floral installation. Don’t miss the bride’s sweet dress by Hayley Paige from Lovely Bride in Washington DC and the pretty cake by Julia Bozzolo’s Distinct Cakes. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for a list of the amazing vendors and creatives who worked together to produce this editorial. Enjoy!!”

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Photography: Michelle Lindsay Photography    |    Event Planner: Bella Notte    |    Venue: Dock 5 at Union Market    |    Florals: Petal’s Edge Floral Design    |    Stationery and Calligraphy: Meant To Be Calligraphy    |    Cake: Julia Bozzolo’s Distinct Cakes    |    Tabletop Rentals: DC Rental    |    Furniture Rentals: AFR Event Furnishings    |    Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental    |    Dress: Hayley Paige from Lovely Bride DC    |    Hair and Makeup: Alison Harper & Company

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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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