Category — Lovely Brides

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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Honeymoon Diaries – An Indian Adventure!

I thought it would be fun to do a little recap of my honeymoon thus far. As most of you know, I got married last month (wedding photos coming soon, I promise!)! For our honeymoon, we knew we wanted to go somewhere different – somewhere that would be new and adventurous. Why not India?! While Nicholas (my husband) has been to India before, I haven’t and that made me scared. All my travels thus far have been in places that aren’t so different from America and I knew India would be very different. And boy, was I right!

Our first stop was in Udaipur, India. Udaipur is a lake town that consists a town and a bunch of really nice palaces (all which have been converted to hotels!) I called this our “soft landing” into India because although the streets were packed and my senses were blown, I’ve was told this was nothing compared to the big cities like New Delhi and Mumbai. Our days in Udaipur consisted of chai teas (yummy!) and lots of Indian food.

Me with my hand henna!

Oh yeah, did I mention we’re kind of on a couples honeymoon? We’re with our best friends who also just got recently married!

Udaipur reminded me a lot of Lake Como in Italy.

I can’t wait to share the second leg of the trip! Until then, namaste!

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