When Susanna came into Lovely a few months ago, she wanted something romantic and ethereal, light and easy. When she tried on Practically Perfect by Sarah Seven she was sold, and walked right out with it that day! We got the scoop on the inspiration for her midsummer’s eve winery soiree.
Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.
The inspiration came from Swedish Midsummer and French country side picnic: had to be outside, summer, simple, elegant, woodsy, and of course LOTS and LOTS of flowers! Flowers you could have picked up yourself on a field, in your garden, especially LAVENDER… YOUTHFULNESS (a key word) French picnic romance (red and white stripes napkins, patchwork runners and blankets) Rustic, travel theme. Vintage maps and globes, exposed rustic wood. The over-sized vintage, hand-made, dotted veil was so much fun to play around with, especially during photography! Also, I knew I wanted an off-white, untraditional, youthful dress that would compliment my body type and that I could actually move freely in.
What were the most important details to pulling off your dream wedding?
The simple flower crown. Lots of wildflowers for decoration. French picnic look. The Orchids at the altar. Rustic wood, mismatched chairs and plates. Family style dinner. The Swedish Princess Cake. The dress and dotted veil. The menu, hand drawn by my mother. Our girl dachshund puppy’s bow tie.
What was the most memorable moment?
Having two of my best childhood friends from Sweden travel from the other side of Earth to be my Bridesmaids. That they flew all the way across the world to spend one of the most important days of my life with me. Having the two of them and the groom’s sister help me get ready just before the ceremony was so fun. We completely forgot about the time.
If you could give future brides any advice, what would it be?
Make it small and personal; about your closest friends and family. Keep the guest list to about 65 people. Remember, you want people there who truly want to see you get married and not simply eat free food and get drunk. If your friends and family can do any of the styling, preparing the day of – let them. Loved hiring one of my friends as my photographer and my sister-in-law as my stylist. And, don’t have many bridesmaids, pick two or three and spend as much time with them before the wedding as possible, let them pamper you and guide you, don’t be afraid to delegate tasks. Never would have felt so calm and happy without them by my side. During lunch, the day of, the couple next to us wondered what three Swedish ladies were doing in Central California. We told them I was getting married in a few hours and they just started at us in surprise, “I’ve never seen a calmer bride in my life,” the older gentleman said.
DRESS DESIGNER: Sarah Seven at Lovely Los Angeles
VEIL: SIBO Designs by Sheila Bobeldijk
SHOES: Call It Spring
LACE LEGGINGS: Urban Outfitters
PUPPY BOW TIE: Shop KCQ on Etsy
PHOTOGRAPHER: Nolwen Cifuentes at Between Lenses and Roses
FLORIST: Denise Benda at Flowers by Denise
WEDDING PLANNER: Nonpareil Event Planning & Design (Alexis Ring & Brook Holton Sheahan)
HAIRSTYLIST: Carrine Zachary at Salon De Ville
LOCATION: Lago Giuseppe Winery, Templeton CA
CATERING: Morgan Aanerud at La Donna Dolce Catering