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Real Wedding: Sheldon & Houston

Sheldon and Houston had a romantic, intimate destination wedding in St. Barths that turned out so gorgeous and sweet! Sheldon wore the adorable Powdered Sugar shortie by Sarah Seven and paired it with a delicate sparkly sash by Untamed Petals, both from our Lovely DC store. The palms, the white sand, the beautiful smiles…every detail was just perfection and we are so happy for these two love birds!

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired the look:
After deciding that we were going to do a destination wedding venue I knew I wanted something that would be light and airy but not your typical beach gown. I wanted a look that would be practical for a ceremony on the beach but would still mirror the chic style of St. Barth. When I found the Sarah Seven gown I knew that was the exact gown I had imagined for my big day. The short cut of the dress and the structured material were an exact match for what I had envisioned.

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What were the most important details to pulling of your dream wedding?
Because our wedding ceremony was literally a “party of two” including only my husband and myself I was able to really focus on the details that were most  important to me. I was lucky enough to be able to spend a year and a half choosing the perfect gown, shoes, photographer, and bouquet. I was able to put all of my time and energy into perfecting these aspects of the wedding day and never had to bother with any of the not-so-fun parts of planning a wedding. I have to say that everything turned out better than I ever imagined.

Sheldon & Houston

Sheldon & Houston

Sheldon & Houston

What was the most memorable moment?
We did a first look before we went to the beach for the ceremony and that was by far my most cherished memory. Being able to have an intimate moment with my husband-to-be prior to our ceremony was to me far more important than a grand entrance.

Sheldon & Houston

Sheldon & Houston

Sheldon & Houston

If you could give future brides any advice, what would it be?
My best advice is to not sweat the miniscule details of your wedding. Big or small, every wedding planning process can be overwhelming, but as a bride you should not forget that the wedding day is about you and your husband and that your day will be perfect even if a few things do not go according to plan.

Sheldon & Houston

Sheldon & Houston

Dress: Powdered Sugar by Sarah Seven from Lovely DC
Venue: Hotel Le Toiny in St. Barth
Photographer: Pierre Carreau
Wedding Planner: Nelly Roussel
Shoes- Mimosa T-Straps from BHLDN
Sash: Untamed Petals 
Bouquet: Bloomy Fleuriste Sur Mesure

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Real Wedding: Casey & Jason

This particular wedding is a bit near and dear to our hearts…Casey was our first ever bride to purchase her dress from Lovely Philly after we opened last year! She finally walked down in the aisle in her beautiful Sarah Seven “Cherry Blossom” gown and we just love how she styled her whole look.

 

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.
I knew I wanted something simple, but different. I was tired of seeing the same dresses on EVERY bride. Lovely had so many different styles and it made the decision-making process hard, but in a good way! The other bridal salons seemed, for lack of a better word, “crunchy”. All the dresses were in bags and so heavy and the materials were so bleh! When I put on the Sarah Seven dress it was just perfect. Unique, soft and beautiful and having her there sweetened the deal! Not just because you get a discount when you buy a dress from the featured designer, but it was really special to have her there to see her design and we both teared up when I “said yes to the dress”!

 

Casey & Jason

Casey & Jason

Casey & Jason

 

What were the most important details to pulling off your dream wedding?
I just wanted my wedding to be fun for everybody. I didn’t want to waste time or money sweating the small stuff that ultimately no one would even notice. We DIY’d what we could and called in friends and family for a little help when we needed. It was about the big details and not going over the top. It was perfect for us and everyone told us it was all the best parts of weddings without all of the filler!

 

Casey & Jason

Casey & Jason

Casey & Jason

 

What was the most memorable moment?
For me hands down the best moment was seeing Jason for the first time. I wasn’t expecting my nerves to get the best of me, but they did. I was in full on panic attack when all the attention was starting to get to me. My mother and sisters were there to talk me down a bit, but I eventually had to lock myself in the bathroom and call Jason. He was feeling the exact same way and just told me to hurry up and get ready so we could just be together. Once I saw him, all the nerves literally melted away!

A close second was our ceremony. One of my best friend’s and I wrote out the whole ceremony and he officiated it. It lasted about ten minutes, but covered all the important stuff. I had my college roomies do a quick reading (A Lovely Lovely Story – if you have never read it, you should if you are looking for something a little non traditional, but sweet and to the point! http://www.eclectic-unions.com/2011/01/reading-idea-a-lovely-love-story/) Another quick note- Pennsylvania is weird about non-clergy or official officiants not doing the wedding. My friend was licensed online, but it wouldn’t be legal in PA for him to marry us. A super easy way around that is a self uniting certificate. You get it at City Hall instead of the normal marriage license. It costs like $10 more, but once you sign it, you’re married – so we just incorporated it into our ceremony.

 

Casey & Jason

Casey & Jason

 

If you could give future brides any advice, what would it be?
I work with brides on a regular basis in my line of work and the best advice I can give as someone who has been through it herself and works with brides regularly is not to fixate on the little details. You will drive yourself (and everyone you’re working with) crazy! And seriously – no one will even notice that you have ivory table cloths and not white or even purple for that matter. If you have food, booze and music to dance to – people are going to have a blast! And people say it all the time, but soak it in as much as you can, because it really does go by in a flash. Enjoy the day and don’t look for things that could or are going wrong – it will just ruin your time and everyone else’s who is trying to make sure you’re having a perfect day.

 

Casey & Jason

Casey & Jason

Casey & Jason

 

Dress: Cherry Blossom by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly // Photography: Joe Longo Photography //Venue: Top of the Tower //

DJ: Perry Angelozzi // Shoes: JCrew // Earrings: Kate Spade // Belt: Similar

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Real Wedding: Alicia & Brian

Alicia and Brian’s Los Angeles wedding at Marvimon was such a dream! From the lush greenery to the pop of red in the florals, everything was sophisticated, elegant, and modern. We asked the bride to tell us some of her favorite details about the day and why she chose her fabulous Watters gown.

Lovely Bride Alicia in a Watters gown | www.lovelybride.com

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.
I knew I wanted something simple and feminine. When I saw it I fell in love instantly with the sheer lace top, embroidered beading, and plunge back. I loved the way the layers of the skirt flowed when I moved and the how the amaretto colored slip gave the perfect nude peak-a-boo color underneath. What sealed the deal was how comfortable and light it was! It was love at first sight.

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Lovely Bride Alicia in a Watters gown | www.lovelybride.com

What were the most important details to pulling off your dream wedding?
It was definitely incorporating goofy and fun details into the wedding that made it so us. For example we have a weird love for all things bunny rabbits, so there were gold bunny table numbers and ceramic rabbit people as our cake topper. There were napkins with fun facts like “Sharks eat people for fun” because if you know Brian, you know that he is convinced that if he goes in the water, a shark is going to find him. We had movies we love playing in the background – Moulin Rouge during dinner, and Tron during the dance party and also handed out glow sticks, blinky light glasses and foam light sticks. We love a great party!

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Lovely Bride Alicia in a Watters gown | www.lovelybride.com

What was the most memorable moment?
For both of us, it was when I walked down the aisle. We played our song, “Such Great Heights” by Iron and Wine, and walking past all the important people in my life was incredible. Plus we had left noise makers like little trumpets, cow bells, tambourines, and maracas on the chairs and everyone was going  crazy with them as I walked! It was so cool!

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Lovely Bride Alicia in a Watters gown | www.lovelybride.com

If you could give future brides any advice, what would it be?
Plan your wedding like a big party! We have an annual Halloween Party every year and our goal is for people to have a great time with friends and family and we planned our wedding with the same idea, just with a lot more people invited. It made the planning a little less stressful

Lovely Bride Alicia in a Watters gown | www.lovelybride.com

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Brides Dress: Watters Brides from our Lovely Los Angeles shop | Headpiece: A Stitch in Time | Photography: Ashley Kelemen | Coordinator: TACTco | Floral Design: Sweet Marie Designs | Cake:Wonder Bakery | Cupcakes: My Sweet Cupcake | Brides Shoes: Steve Madden | Catering: Huntington Catering | Bartender: Huntington Catering | DJ & Lighting: DJ Twigz | Film Lab: Indie Film Lab | Hair + Makeup: 10.11 Makeup | Linens: La Tavola | Other Desserts: The Swiss Colony | Photo Booth: Mobile Photo Booth | Photography Assistant: Ryan Johnson Photography | Rentals: Huntington Catering | Wedding Venue: Marvimon | Bracelet: Cara Accessories | Earrings: Erickson Beamon | Clutch: Henri Bendel

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Real Wedding: Ulana and Marco

Ulana is our first Lovely Bride to be married after buying her gown at our new Phildelphia Lovely. We love how she styled her Sarah Janks gown from head to toe. This couple just screams fun. You’ll believe us after you look through what might be the cutest progression of first look of photos ever. From the beach photos to the reception festivities, this day was stunningly gorgeous.

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

My fiance and I spent a lot of time at my family’s vacation home in Miami Beach and always dreamed of getting married there. We checked out a bunch of venues in the area, but when we saw The Raleigh Hotel, we knew that was it. The hotel exuded beach elegance with its classic art deco design that stood against a backdrop of striped furniture, outdoor string lights and lush gardens. It was perfect for creating a classy, but laid-back vibe.

I searched far and wide for a dress that would fit The Raleigh’s theme, but kept striking out. When I stepped into The Lovely Bride Philadelphia, I knew right away I’d find my dress. It was a romantic dress heaven full of flowy, etheral gowns with elaborate details. My consultant, Ivy, immediately understood the look I wanted to create. She pulled a blush-colored Sarah Janks gown with gorgeous embroidery and flowing layers. It was perfect for beach chic.

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

For us, it was the location. We knew we wanted to get married in Miami, but we struggled with asking our guests  to travel far for our wedding as most of our friends and family were from the Northeast. Once we made the final decision to move forward with Miami, all the other details fell into place. By the time February rolled around, our guests were grateful to get away to a sunny spot during one of the harshest winters.

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What was the most memorable moment?

My husband and I are both Ukrainian Catholic, where traditionally the bride and groom will see each other before the ceremony. Our photographer wanted to get some “first look” shots for us and found a beautiful spot. She was able to capture a series of shots that show every single emotion we were feeling at that exact moment -nervous, excited, relieved and happy. After spending the night and morning apart, it felt great to reunite with him during the all craziness. We knew we had each other for support that day and every other day after that. It was a great moment.

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

Be prepared for things to go wrong and try to keep your head. One Ukrainian tradition requires the bride and groom to wear wreaths of myrtle on their heads during the ceremony. A family member got stuck in traffic with these wreaths and there was no way we could wait. Our fathers saw a bush by the church and made new wreaths on the spot. They turned out to so unique, lush and green, and provided a great story.

Also, this may seem like an obvious one, but try to delegate some “day of”details like food and music while getting ready. We were so caught up in the bigger events of the day that we scrambled last minute to pick some good songs and buy alcohol for the limo, and also make sure everyone ate throughout the day.

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DRESS DESIGNER: Sarah Janks purchased at Lovely Philly.

ACCESSORY DESIGNERS: Givenchy earrings; Betsey Johnson Something Blue wedding shoes

PHOTOGRAPHER: Moriah Cuda Photography 

VENUE: The Raleigh Hotel, Miami Beach,Florida

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Real Wedding: Meryl and Brad

This couple wanted to have a classic, and intimate wedding. With that idea they concocted the perfect destination wedding accessible to closest family and friends at a beautiful resort that felt like a big family vacation. Meryl paired her stunning Lea Ann Belter gown with an Untamed Petals sash for just the right amount of glam.

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I had no idea what I wanted in a dress and was somewhat dreading the process. I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived at Lovely Philly. The décor was just my style and there wasn’t an overwhelming amount of all things bridal. My mom and I picked out a handful of dresses of course ladies at Lovely really know their stuff and the dress I fell for was one of their picks. The Lea-Ann Belter gown was simple with just enough details to make it feel special. I especially loved the bow on the back that added a touch of femininity but wasn’t too frilly. Since it was my first shopping trip I wasn’t ready to commit – but sure enough we returned later that day to purchase the dress. I enjoyed visiting Lovely throughout the wedding planning process and purchased both my veil and belt from Lovely on separate occasions.

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

My vision for the wedding was for an intimate, classic and fun affair. It was important to me to have time to spend time with all of our guests. We decided to have a destination-esque wedding at The Raleigh in South Beach. The setting was classic, simple and truly perfect. The boutique hotel was filled with our guests, which made it feel like one big family vacation.

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What was the most memorable moment?

The weekend was so incredible it’s hard to pick just one moment. One of my favorites was signing the ketubah (Jewish marriage contract). Keeping with our theme of classic yet savvy, we signed the signed the ketubah in The Martini Bar – a South Beach institution that has been around for more than 70 years. The ketubah signing occurred before the ceremony with just our immediate families, witnesses (a couple of our best friends) and the Rabbi. We gathered around the mahogany bar, which was adorned with all the classic fixings for a drink, and shared a simple yet highly sentimental moment. After that rush of emotions I was elated and ready for the walk down the aisle!

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

The best advice we received, and would pass on to all brides to be, is to have a date night before the big day. Brad and I went out the Wednesday before the wedding festivities started. Guests had started to arrive but we made it a point to carve away some time for just the two of us.

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DRESS DESIGNER: Lea-Ann Belter purchased at Lovely Philly.

ACCESSORY DESIGNERS: Belt: Untamed petals, Shoes: Badgley Mischka

PHOTOGRAPHER: Heather Funk

 

WEDDING PLANNER: We didn’t have a planner but the event coordinator at The Raleigh, Jessica Burks, was immensely helpful.

VENUE: The Raleigh, Miami 

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FLORIST: Kitanim

HAIR & MAKEUP: Carolyn Jones 

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