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Real Wedding: Allison and Jordan

Allison is one cool Lovely Bride. Her wedding day style was perfectly put together with her Ivy and Aster gown graceful and simple against a colorful palette of her rainbow hair and tattoos. We’re enamored with her whole look and aura, especially with her hubby! These two could not have had sweeter photos captured of them, or a more personalized, memorable day.

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I had seen the Ivy & Aster Duchess dress long before we had ever talked about getting married. I was really enamored with its perfect shade of pink and the fact that it has straps! It’s classy, but not just a white wedding dress, it had personality.

Originally I thought I would end up with a different dress (a Sarah Seven dress), but the moment I put on the Duchess dress I knew I had to have it. My maid of honor immediately started crying and it was the only dress my mother asked me to put on it again. I’m not an overly girly girl and I’m definitely not traditional and this dress was perfect for me to play dress up in but still feel like myself.

I don’t think I had any exact inspiration for my look. I just wanted to have fun and look pretty. I died my hair like the desert sunset, in purples and pinks. Wore really fun coral Jeffery Campbell shoes that matched my husband’s tie, and some very simple rose gold knuckle rings. My makeup was done with a bit of vintage cat eye but kept modern with some hot pink lipstick.

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

Not breaking the bank! I really wanted to have a party where everyone would have fun and it would look great without getting ourselves into debt. We set a budget and we stuck to it! It forced me to really think about what I needed for the day to go right and what details I HAD to have (like that taxidermy mice cake topper and the temporary tattoos that were our guest gifts). It ended up being a lot of fun getting to do so much DIY and creating for the wedding. My girlfriends and I would have craft days and make bouquets or puff balls, and paint little signs that by the time the wedding was a month away I had nothing else to worry about.

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What was the most memorable moment?

Gosh, that’s hard. The whole weekend of our wedding was just the most incredible I often find myself looking at our hashtag (coulcat2013) so that I can remember it all. But really, I don’t know if it was our first look in the Moorten garden, or the amazing speech that my very shy father gave, or seeing all these people from literally all around the world show up just to celebrate with us. It was all such a great experience I don’t think I can pick just one, I just know I would happily relive it all over again. Not a single moment was stressful or negative!

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What was the most memorable moment?

Gosh, that’s hard. The whole weekend of our wedding was just the most incredible I often find myself looking at our hashtag (coulcat2013) so that I can remember it all. But really, I don’t know if it was our first look in the Moorten garden, or the amazing speech that my very shy father gave, or seeing all these people from literally all around the world show up just to celebrate with us. It was all such a great experience I don’t think I can pick just one, I just know I would happily relive it all over again. Not a single moment was stressful or negative!

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

Don’t forget to have fun. You hear about so many brides just being so anxious for it to be over, but (hopefully) you’re only going to do this once, it should be magic the whole way, not just on your wedding day!.

DRESS DESIGNER: Ivy & Aster found at Lovely LA.

ACCESSORY DESIGNERS:

Belt- Amanda Judge

Shoes- Jeffery Campbell

Knuckle Rings- Glam Rock Designs

PHOTOGRAPHER: Josh & Monica’s Photo Studio

WEDDING PLANNER: The bride and her awesome group of gal pals.

VENUE: The Alcazar Palm Springs

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Real Wedding: Aline and Brian’s Vineyard Wedding

A scenic setting, a gorgeous Carol Hannah gown, and stunning blends of lilac, fuchsia, and scarlet will all make your jaw drop. Aline and Brian did an amazing job of bringing their closest family and friends together to share their love. The romance of the day is exuded in these photos, and every meticulous detail stands out.

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I initially wanted something elegant but very simple.  I didn’t want to wear anything that looked like a traditional wedding dress.  When I first saw THE dress, I thought it looked extra special and gorgeous, but certainly not the simple style I was looking for.  I tried it on just for fun and I felt amazing in it.  My mom and dad were with me and convinced me that for the one special day in my life, “simple” was overrated and this dress was something out of a movie, which is what I should have on my wedding day.  I went back the next day and bought it!

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

Every detail was personal, which was very important to me and my fiancée.  Again, we didn’t want it to be just another wedding, we wanted the details to be based on our personalities.  We made “words of wisdom” of important advice we have received regarding marriage and displayed them near our wedding album.  We displayed old photographs of our parents and grandparents.  We hand-picked each song that was played at the wedding.  We made sure that only our close friends and family members were present to make our intimate wedding very special.  I also wore my grandmother’s engraved wedding band, which is exactly what I had envisioned.

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What was the most memorable moment? 

It’s hard to pick one moment, but stealing a kiss with my husband on the dance floor was a highlight.  Another highlight was the speech that he gave during dinner.

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

Don’t get caught up with the check list of everything you HAVE to do and only focus on those details that are important to you.  It really is a magical day and it does go by so quick so I wanted to enjoy every minute.  I also think it’s important to not worry about anything on the day of, which is why I gave my cell phone to my sister the day before, which was really “key” to my stress free day!

 

DRESS DESIGNER:  Carol Hannah

PHOTOGRAPHER: Jennifer Wiley

FLORIST: Nina Kincaid Designs

WEDDING PLANNER:Zohe Felici

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VIDEOGRAPHERS: Redmond Digital Media

CATERER: Lorraine Lim Catering

RECEPTION SITE: Gainey Vineyard

A huge thank you to Aline and Brian for sharing their day with us!

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Real Wedding: Wendy and Sean’s Most Intimate Elopement

Get ready to fall head over heels for Wendy and Sean’s Elopement. Looking through these photos you will see a couple so in love, relaxed, and having the absolute time of their lives. Wendy wore a gorgeous Shop Lovely dress that couldn’t have suited her better. This couple truly exudes what a wedding is really about, and it is such a gift that they were willing to share their special day with us!

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I wanted a dress Sean would love me in. I pictured a vintage inspired dress with sleeves that was a little flirty, but also sophisticated. After months of shopping, I discovered Shop Lovely. I knew right away that I had found THE dress. It had sleeves, lace, a vintage ivory color and a flirty little key hole in the back. It was love at first sight.

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

The most important detail was keeping the wedding a secret, we eloped. We are planning a destination wedding in July. Planning a big wedding can get a little stressful and it’s easy to lose sight of the real meaning of a wedding, which is love. We decided to elope on 11/12/13 to keep the day very intimate. It was just the two of us and it felt like we were in our own world floating on love clouds. It was exciting, meaningful and emotional, the perfect day! We are looking forward to our destination wedding but it’ll be more of a fun and easy going party.

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What was the most memorable moment?

There were three. We wrote our own vows and it was extremely special. After we got married, we took our tripod and camera to a County Agricultural Park and had a photo-shoot. It was 32 degrees. We were freezing but we had a blast! I got some pretty awesome pictures in my dress and we created some fun memories. I also surprised Sean with a cake I ordered. We picked it up after the wedding.

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

Don’t lose sight of the reason for having a wedding. It’s all about love. Don’t stress, everything will turn out beautifully. If you’re feeling daring, consider eloping before the wedding day. It’s a lot of fun and it takes the edge off .

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DRESS DESIGNER:  Shop Lovely 

ACCESSORY DESIGNERS: Headband: Urban Outfitters

Shoes: Kenneth Cole Reaction

Earrings: Mervis Diamonds

PHOTOGRAPHER: Our good ole tripod. We set up a camera on a tripod and took some awesome pics

FLORIST: Trader Joes, I bought flowers and made my own bouquet!

ANYONE ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO CREDIT: Cake: Cake Dream

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Real Wedding – Love At Thistle Springs With Meagan & Steven

Look at this beautiful couple. A lovely moment in time, and such love in the air. Maybe I’m a little partial because Meagan and her girls are from Texas, but I remember very well the day they came into Lovely LA.

The flight had been delayed, and we got a call saying that they wouldn’t be able to make the scheduled appointment. A few hours later, these wide-eyed Texan beauties come in just wanting to look around at our gowns, just to see them. There wasn’t any other time for them to come in, but my heartstrings were pulled as Meagan told me she had come to LA specifically to see Lovely and Sarah Seven gowns. I told them if they could come back later that evening after my last appointment, we would try on some dresses. They were ecstatic!

They came back as promised and low and behold, Meagan fell in love with Sarah Seven’s “Practically Perfect.” She had this glow that came over her and she looked all the more stunning. Congratulations Meagan, and to your honey Steven too!

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I knew I wanted something strapless, romantic, unique, yet classic. I wanted something that could blow in the wind outside during our ceremony and something I could feel like myself in. When I stumbled upon Sarah Seven’s dresses I fell in love with all of her designs. They were exactly what I had been picturing in my head for so long! I had two of my best friends do my hair and makeup. (They were actually two of the bridesmaids that helped me pick out my dress at Lovely!) To finish the look I added a beautiful belt and hair accessory! Thanks to Lovely Bride my wedding day look was exactly what I had always dreamed of!

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

I would say the two of the most important details would be choosing the dress and the venue. We absolutely fell in love with our venue and it created the atmosphere we wanted. From the music selections to the décor, I feel like every detail that went into planning made the day perfect to us.

What was the most memorable moment?

I would say the most memorable moment would have to be the moment I stepped outside to walk down the aisle. Seeing Steven at the end of the aisle waiting for me was such a special moment! It was such a surreal feeling knowing with my dad by my side, our closest friends and family surrounding us, I was about to marry the love of my life!

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

My advice to brides is to enjoy the process and when the day comes, enjoy every second of it. While planning, I would always remind myself that every bride gets overwhelmed and stressed at times but when the day arrives, all of the planning is totally worth it. Looking back we are so glad to say it was the best day of our lives!

DRESS DESIGNER: Sarah SevenACCESSORY DESIGNERS: Hair Accessory – Tessa Kim Belt – Untamed Petals PHOTOGRAPHER: Stephanie Rose PhotographyFLORIST: Friou FloralVENUE: Thistle Springs Ranch

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Introducing Shop Lovely!

We’re so over-the-moon excited to introduce Shop Lovely, our new ready-to-wear online shop. The idea for Shop Lovely came to be after so many of our brides came to us looking for more than just bridal gowns. Our answers to that? Shop Lovely! An online shop where brides, FOBs (friends of brides) and really just any girl in love with all things pretty can shop there little hearts out. Starting with a curated collection of dresses, jumpers, and separates, Shop Lovely is a haven for all things unapologetically pretty. Of course, we Lovely ladies couldn’t wait to get our hands on these pieces so we decided to try out some of the looks around town.

Top photo of model Caroline in Bank Street Dress by Brooke & Sam Photography

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