Posts from — September 2011

Real Wedding- Happy Anniversary!

This week we have a very special wedding to feature. Elisse is a brilliant fellow blogger, and friend of one of our own Lovely bloggers, so we thought, what better way to celebrate her two year anniversary than to relive her fabulous day! Let’s let these photos by RAD Studio take us back to that day, exactly two years ago when this sweet couple tied the knot! Between Elisse’s two fabulous looks, and the cute little quirky design details, this wedding is sure to make you smile!

Lovely: Tell us about THE dress, and what inspired your look.

Elisse: Simplicity and tradition.  I love the tiered look to the dress, and it was long enough to have the slight bustle.  And I knew for a long time that I had to have a long, cascading cathedral veil.  No ifs, ands, or buts about that.  As soon as I tried on my veil, it perfected the classic, timeless look I had envisioned. As far as choosing THE Dress, originally I was looking for a one shoulder-styled look, and had this fantastic Alfred Sung dress in mind.  My mind was completely changed when shopping with 2 of my girlfriends (Hannah and Jen), and Jen held up what ended up being THE dress. When I first saw it on the hanger, I thought, “Eh, it looks alright, but I guess I’ll try it on still.”  I put it on, opened the curtains, and just like people say, I knew it was THE one.  We all teared up, and I was ecstatic! When I saw that the shoes were named the “James” style, I knew it was meant to be (James is my hubby’s name!)  In designing my necklace with Aileen, I asked for three rubies to dangle on the back to represent me and my parents.  The single crystal quartz on the front represented my new union with James.

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

Elisse: Intimate, Thoughtful and Personal.  Whether it was our comic-themed reception guide, photobooth, or the photos of us we used as table centerpieces, I wanted guests to come out of the wedding learning something new about us. Also, great rapport with vendors.  I was very particular with choosing our vendors, selecting ones who could keep my anxiety levels low leading up to the wedding.  Especially in choosing our photographers, who spent the whole day with us.  Thankfully Ral and Danelle were a breeze to work with – they were able to capture our “it” factor and what makes me and James so geeky and goofy.  Everyone we chose were very professional, grounded, and exceeded our expectations.

Lovely: What was the most memorable moment?

Elisse: I can think of a couple of my favorite moments: LOVE songs – in order to get us to kiss at the reception, we asked guest tables to stand up and sing a song that contained the word “love.”  Almost every table got up to serenade us – some even twice.  A couple guests came up to the microphone and did solo numbers.  We were so touched by the joy and happiness that our guests shared with us.  Needless to say, I didn’t get to eat much of dinner because James and I were too busy smooching! Also, in a coming of age moment, I was heading out to do a dress change before the start of the reception and ran into my bestie, Sindy.  She grabbed me into the biggest, tender hug, and with tears in our eyes we reveled at the excitement of James and I starting our new life together.

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

Elisse: Release stress. Let go of any last minute stresses the night before the wedding.  There’s no use in stressing on your wedding day, and to be honest, your guests can tell by your expressions when you’re not happy.  Savor the moment and enjoy your wedding day!  It’s true that it goes by quickly!


DRESS/Veil: Bello Wedding World


Custom Crystal Quartz and Ruby Necklace:  Aileen Lau of Aria Industries

Shoes: Nine West

Floral Fascinator: Kasia Fink

Engagement Ring and Wedding Bands: MJ Jewellers 

PHOTOGRAPHER: Ral and Danelle Nicanor of RAD Studio

FLORIST: Proline Trading International


Make up : Tracy Lai

Hair Stylist: Louie Eng

Decorator: Tanya Peters of Milestone Events

Reception Venue: University Golf Club

Photobooth Vancouver

Cake: Anna’s Cake House

Be sure to check out all things Elisse here.

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One Great Dress – What a Steal!

This week tea length dresses reigned supreme on the blogosphere, but this particular vintage find stood out among the others. Not only was this couple’s entire wedding adorable, but the bride found this stunner at a vintage warehouse for only twelve dollars! Can you believe it?

Photos by Steven Michael Photography

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You Light Up My Life!

Listen up, brides! Take a cue from the runways and steal the season’s hottest trend…neon! Don’t be overwhelmed, this isn’t a look only for the bold and daring. Here’s the key to remembering the Lovely way to incorporate this roaring craze into your big day: a minimal clean slate with splashes of highlighter!

Use a simple design with a pop of orange (Image via Cheree Berry Paper via Oh So Beautiful Paper)

Could you imagine a crisp white table lined with these brilliant candles? We can! (Image via rock that horse)

This neon tablescape looks absolutely stunning due to the minimal flower arrangements and the lack of knick knacks crowding the table (Image via Brooklyn Bride)

Not into the extreme table runners? Make a statement by dipping antique untensils in sunset hues
(Image via Sania Pell At Home)

These bright jewels have your guests names and table numbers written all over them! Don’t they look like stained glass chandeliers? (Image via Ruffled for Martha Stewart Weddings)

These neutral napkins are livened up with a bit of bright painted flowers (Image via The Purl Bee)

A gorgeous white dress with just a hint of highligther…THAT’S how a Lovely bride rocks a trend!
(Image via Brooklyn Bride)

These flashy kicks will shock and awe your guests when they peek out from under your white dress as you walk down the aisle (Image via Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography for Style Me Pretty)

How delicious does this clean white cake look atop this punchy stand!? One slice or two? (Image via A Fabulous Fete)

Your bridesmaids won’t stop beaming if you gift them one of these beautiful glowing satchels
(Image via Bohemia Design)

When it comes to your wedding favors, you can wrap your goodies up using cute paper, fancy doilies, and a little piece of washi tape (Image via Decor8)

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Bridal Stylist-From Runway to Aisle

As you probably already know, New York Fashion Week began last week. And while fashion week isn’t even over yet, we’ve already spotted a few amazing looks we think would make for a perfect transition from the runway to the aisle. Okay–maybe more than a few!

Why not go against tradition and wear this Cushni Et Ochs suit to your wedding? Or perhaps this absolutely stunning Derek Lam gown? Yes, please!

We’re absolutely loving the flowing layers of this Doo.Ri gown. We love it almost as much as the beautiful yellow ombre Jenny Packham.

Both of Zac Posen’s dresses have an amazing array of texture while Victoria Beckham and Rachel Roy’s dresses are simple yet elegant enough for your big day.

Okay, you didn’t think we’d forget about the bridesmaids, did you? Our favorite is definitely the Honor dress which is almost as perfect for a bridesmaids as it is for high tea with the Queen! But honestly, how amazing are both those Diane von Furstenberg dresses?

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Real Wedding- That’s Amore!

Need inspiration for a cute, DIY, backyard wedding? Look no further my lovelies. Jessica and Michael pulled off an effortless and intimate soiree, where they got to spend their happiest of days dancing, eating, and celebrating with their closest family and friends. The darling photos taken by Fueza Reis Photography really captured the idea that less can really be more. Who doesn’t love a summer, backyard party with all of your favorite people? We sure do!

Lovely: Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

Jessica: I had a vision in my head from the minute I began looking: simple yet elegant; a form fitting dress with a mermaid flare. I was drawn to this designer’s incorporation of vintage and modern in one dress. I paired antique drop earrings and a crystal brooch, along with my great aunt’s diamond and sapphire wedding band.

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

Jessica: Keeping it intimate and reflecting our personality as a couple was key. When Michael and I bought our house last April, we turned to each other and said, “We could get married here!” We dreamed of a small wedding with close friends and family, fun music, and great food and drinks,and we were able to make that happen. Being that the wedding was at our home, there was a sense of comfort in the day. It was a warm and welcoming environment to us and to our guests. We had many personal embellishments that really added creativity. From incorporating pieces from within our home as props, home brewed beer by Michael’s Uncle, the handwritten words in Italian we painted on pieces of wood, and my favorite, centerpieces consisting of fragrant potted herbs in wine crates. Our photographer really captured the emotions of the day. Our pictures are very authentic and bring the day back to life for me every time I look at them, and our caterers were so knowledgeable yet friendly. Guests were over the top pleased with their conversation and warmth.

Lovely: What was the most memorable moment?

Jessica: The ceremony was my favorite part of the day. We created a special place in the yard where everyone casually gathered around for the ceremony. Our band played a beautiful acoustic song (Angel Dream, Tom Petty) as I walked down the aisle. One of our close friends read a poem (I Carry Your Heart, E.E.Cummings).  The transition from the ceremony to the reception was perfect.

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

Jessica: I kept a scrapbook of ideas. I would keep anything that gave me inspiration. As I look back into that scrapbook now, I realize I incorporated many of them. Also, find a wedding planner that you connect with and who understands you as a couple. Christine Hyder and I developed a great relationship and she brought this vision to life. And finally, during the months leading up to the wedding, find alone time for you and your fiancé. It gets hard to remember to enjoy each other in the midst of planning.

DRESS DESIGNER:  White One: Pronovias

ACCESSORY DESIGNERS: Vintage drop earrings and crystal brooch from Aphrodite’s Antiques, New Paltz, NY.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Feuza Reis Photography

FLORIST: Metropolitan Plant Exchange, West Orange, NJ

WEDDING PLANNER: Christine Hyder Events


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