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Real Wedding: Allison & Jon

Allison & Jon - Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely LA

 

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.
I wanted a dress that was comfortable and effortless. I was going for a “flower child” kind of feel because my style is really casually and laid back. The wedding was going to be on a lake with cabins so I wanted a dress to reflect that type of environment. I came to Lovely with my friend Lauren and my family on FaceTime and it was the 2nd or 3rd dress I tried on. After getting everyone’s approval, I think my exact words were “alright, ring it up!” It was one of the easiest decisions I ever made!

 

Allison & Jon - Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely LA

Allison & Jon - Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely LA

Allison & Jon - Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely LA

 

What were the most important details to pulling off your dream wedding?
The most important things to both me and my husband were that we had good food, good friends, good music, and strong drinks! I didn’t worry a ton about the other details. I will say, we did a lot of things ourselves to save money. I hand painted all my table numbers and place cards, my mom made my invitations and card box, my sister made welcome bags and chair decorations and my Dad hand carved our place card holder. It was definitely a family effort! :)

 

Allison & Jon - Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely LA

Allison & Jon - Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely LA

Allison & Jon - Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely LA

 

What was the most memorable moment?
The ceremony was the best part of the day but I’d say the most memorable was my husband’s reaction when he saw me for the first time. He was adorable and so emotional. It was a really sweet moment when my dad gave me away too. I’ll never forget it.

 

Allison & Jon - Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely LA

Allison & Jon - Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely LA

Allison & Jon - Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely LA

 

If you could give future brides any advice, what would it be?
I just gave this advice to a newly engaged friend today… There are going to be a thousand things people ask/complain/forget about during the planning process. Choose which ones (if any) are important enough to argue about! Compromise is key. Trying to control every last detail will drive you nuts. It’s good to delegate and ask for help. Everything turns out completely fine in the end. Oh…and join Pinterest and stock up on alcohol before you begin planning…always helps ;)

 

Allison & Jon - Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely LA

 

Dress: Leanne Marshall from Lovely LA
Florals: Jerad Karcz at Buds n’ Bloom in DePere, WI
Belt: Aimee Sash by Untamed Petals
Photographer: Laura Busse
Venue: The Gordon Lodge in Baileys Harbor, WI

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Real Wedding: Kristin & James

The Sweet Pea gown by Ivy & Aster has always been one of our favorite gowns because it has just the right combo of casual charm and classic elegance. The sweetheart neckline, the velvet swiss dot fabric, the pockets…it’s a dream! Our darling bride Kristin chose the gown for her special day and we loved hearing the wonderful details of her wedding to the man of her dreams.

 

Kristin & James - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photo by Off BEET Productions

 

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.
I think dress shopping was one of the experiences I was most excited about. We made an appointment at Lovely New York for a Saturday morning in July and my mom, sister Lexi & I drove into the city and we all fell in love with the first dress I put on: Ivy & Aster’s “Sweet Pea.”  She was certainly sweet, and she was different, she was casual yet had so much character, she was the one.  I added a sparkly chevron ribbon belt that had just the amount of pizzazz that I was looking for and I was so blessed & honored to wear my sister’s veil.  There were tears, of course, and moments of “I can’t believe I’m getting married!!!” We celebrated with champagne and brunch and cheers’d to saying yes to the dress!! It was one of those perfect days; a day that will always make my heart smile.

 

Kristin & James - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photo by Off BEET Productions

Kristin & James - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photo by Off BEET Productions

Kristin & James - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photo by Off BEET Productions

 

What were the most important details to pulling off your dream wedding?
The most important details to James and I were staying true to ourselves. We wanted to make our wedding personal and we wanted to have FUN.  James was a very active groom through the whole process; which I loved – we were a team. Once we found the venue; which had so much character on its own, we knew it was the little things we could do to make our wedding “us.”

 

Kristin & James - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photo by Off BEET Productions

Kristin & James - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photo by Off BEET Productions

Kristin & James - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photo by Off BEET Productions

Kristin & James - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photo by Off BEET Productions

Kristin & James - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photo by Off BEET Productions

Kristin & James - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photo by Off BEET Productions

 

What was the most memorable moment?
Ah, there are so many!!!  Here are some highlights – (but again, I could go on and on the whole day/night was the best kind of memorable). First has to be the moment my mom put on my veil – telling me to “be happy, just be happy, ok?” Seeing all of our nephews (we have six nephews!!! And at the time, were all under the age of five) dressed up and looking so handsome – they were certainly a crowd pleaser, all of them walking hand in hand down the aisle…James and I were so proud of them. Seeing James at the end of the aisle. Best.feeling.ever. During the last 15 minutes of cocktail hour our photographer, Kate, took James and I to take pictures on the boardwalk (those are some of my favorite pictures). As we were walking back to the party, cocktail hour was still going on and a lot of our guests were out on the balcony, above us.  As we were walking, Aunt Janie yelled down “Heyyy there they are!! Mr. & Mrs. Schmitt!!!!!!”  and everyone cheered. It was a pretty amazing feeling.

 

Kristin & James - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photo by Off BEET Productions

Kristin & James - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photo by Off BEET Productions

Kristin & James - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photo by Off BEET Productions

Kristin & James - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photo by Off BEET Productions

Kristin & James - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photo by Off BEET Productions

Kristin & James - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photo by Off BEET Productions

 

If you could give future brides any advice, what would it be?
You do all this work and put all of this effort months in advance that you have to trust that you’ve thought of everything and that you’ve done everything you possibly could to make it your best day ever.  So the day of, just let it happen. But for some legit advice: I had a spreadsheet listing every part of our wedding. I kept track of all of our payment balances, who we needed to pay and the due dates.  I had checklists of things we needed to do/buy/brainstorm about, etc. Be overly organized with the finances because that can easily get overwhelming.

 

Kristin & James - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photo by Off BEET Productions

Kristin & James - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photo by Off BEET Productions

Kristin & James - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photo by Off BEET Productions

Kristin & James - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photo by Off BEET Productions

 

DRESS DESIGNER:  ”Sweet Pea” by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY
PHOTOGRAPHER: Kate Connolly from Off Beet Productions
DJ: Denny Testa from Off Beet Productions
CEREMONY: St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Ocean Township, NJ
RECEPTION: The Berkeley Hotel in Asbury Park, NJ
FLORIST: In the Garden

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Real Wedding: Sarah & Jacob

This wedding has completely stolen our hearts. We love the ethereal whimsy of the bride in her Watters gown, it complements her sweet curly locks adorned with florals and the tumbling wisps framing her face. We love the personal approach that Sarah and Jacob took…every details is special and has meaning, making memories that they will treasure forever. And we love these dreamy photos from Katch Silva Photography!

 

Sarah & Jacob // Dress by Watters from Lovely Philly

 

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.
Lovely was the first place I went to try on wedding dresses. I described what I thought I wanted, but was open to surprises. I knew I was looking for something vintage looking, or something that had an old world feel. After three dresses I put on my dress. It was just right. It was classic, elegant, a little sensual (but not too much) and just felt right. I am SUPER indecisive and did not buy it that day. Instead I tried on a ton of other dresses and nothing was right… it felt too easy but that was just the right one.

 

Sarah & Jacob // Dress by Watters from Lovely Philly

Sarah & Jacob // Dress by Watters from Lovely Philly

Sarah & Jacob // Dress by Watters from Lovely Philly

Sarah & Jacob // Dress by Watters from Lovely Philly

 

What were the most important details to pulling off your dream wedding?
We are both makers (a cook and an artist) and the importance of building the ceremony and reception out of our own work, and the work of friends was very important. We wanted to make, build, collaborate on as much as we could. We wanted to keep the “hand made” in mind. It really made every moment resonate.

 

Sarah & Jacob // Dress by Watters from Lovely Philly

Sarah & Jacob // Dress by Watters from Lovely Philly

Sarah & Jacob // Dress by Watters from Lovely Philly

Sarah & Jacob // Dress by Watters from Lovely Philly

Sarah & Jacob // Dress by Watters from Lovely Philly

 

What was the most memorable moment?
The whole ceremony was really beautiful. Each moment was so very full – I am glad it didn’t just zip by too fast. We both really took it all in.

 

Sarah & Jacob // Dress by Watters from Lovely Philly

Sarah & Jacob // Dress by Watters from Lovely Philly

Sarah & Jacob // Dress by Watters from Lovely Philly

Sarah & Jacob // Dress by Watters from Lovely Philly

 

If you could give future brides any advice, what would it be?
Try to stay sane! Remember what is most important to you and hold that close.

 

Sarah & Jacob // Dress by Watters from Lovely Philly

 

Dress: Watters “Kerry Gown” from Lovely Philly
Shoes: Vintage Ferragamo
Photographer: Katch Silva Photography
Ceremony: Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting House, Sky Space
Reception: Material Culture
Flowers: Old City Flowers

 

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Real Wedding: Melissa & Rob

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.
At the start, I had a vision for a champagne colored gown. I saw THE dress in a CA bridal magazine..I wish I could recall which one, but it was an offbeat publication or at least the feature was. At first glance it did not look like a wedding gown (which was ok by me as I was seeking an atypical dress). I identified the designer, went online, and discovered the material and color.. from what I could see…captured my heart immediately: GOLD SPUN LACE. I did not know a gold dress existed in the bridal world. That was when I knew it was gold I was seeking and not champagne! I adore the color and I also love nature so I was seeking something that felt beautiful and organic. I needed a dress that was also comfortable and not too fussy. We wanted to get married outdoors and in the woods, so I was looking for something whimsical, fairy- like, but not fairy princess- over the top. I found the dress quickly..in fact it was the first thing that just sort of fell in to place!

 

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What were the most important details to pulling off your dream wedding?
We wanted the celebration to be deeply meaningful. We spent a lot of time hand-crafting a ceremony that was personal to our relationship and spiritual paths, but also honored our love for the earth and gratitude for all that we have in our lives including loved ones. We also wanted the wedding day itself to give a nod to our Irish ancestry, so we had a harpist and the bagpiper as part of the ceremony. My husband wore a kilt with the tartan fabric for his family name: Murphy. We had several other personal touches that were influenced by our love of Ireland and the Irish culture and people. We love the outdoors (we were engaged while backpacking in Yosemite), so we looked at places that would be beautiful, yet not too “public,” because we appreciate the quiet aspects of nature. We also wanted the event to feel intimate so we kept our invites to immediate family and close friends. We held events before and after the wedding so that we could enjoy more time in celebration and with those that traveled to be with us.

 

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What was the most memorable moment?
There were so many, but the first thing we tend to talk about is the surprise weather we had! We were blessed with some rain- and springtime snow! It was a surprise that we couldn’t have planned if we tried, but it was beautiful and added to the intimacy of the ocassion..it even enhanced our photos. Our guests loved it and we found out later that a few even joined in a snowball fight! Another favorite was when our officiant and harpist (dear friends of ours) surprised us with a personalized song just prior to start of the ceremony. It was gorgeous- we laughed, cried, and we were overjoyed!

 

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If you could give future brides any advice, what would it be?
I felt blessed as a bride because my hope was that my groom would be involved in the planning process (it’s his wedding too!) and he totally was! It was definitely a team effort, but that’s what worked for us and made us happy. I would also say do whatever is in alignment with how you both TRULY want to celebrate your marriage- I love that anything goes these days. (It almost makes me want to plan another wedding with a totally different feel just for fun…guess we will save it for renewing our vows in the future!) Lastly, if you start to feel overwhelmed, and several people gave me this advice, remember what it’s all about- celebrating this love you’ve both found. Someone else told me, this love doesn’t happen for every one, and it doesn’t happen every day, so surrender and embrace it. So true!! Some stress is to be expected with such a huge milestone, but I found that the more happiness and gratitude I had, the more I was present for and enjoyed it all..including the planning. Oh and a wedding coordinator is WONDERFUL!

 

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Dress: Goldie by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA
Headpiece: Twiggs and Honey
Earrings: Kendra Scott
Photographer and Videographer : Candice Learned and Dottie Bates with Gold & Dust Studios
Coordinator: Maya Radisich with Clementine Creative Events
Venue: Calaveras Big Trees State Park and Villa Vallecito Vineyards
Officiant: Jeanne Burke with Circle of Life
Musicians: Have Pipes Will Travel and Harpist Kathleen Hartshorne
Cake: Butter and Cream
Flowers: Shonna Lewis Designs
Catering: Lunch Lady Catering

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Real Wedding: Amy & Sam

We love hearing the stories behind our real brides’ weddings, and Amy’s had us tearing up it was so romantic! Her most memorable moment was walking down the aisle and seeing her honey waiting for her…how amazing that his expression was captured so perfectly!

 

Amy & Sam - Dress by Tara Keely

 

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.
From the very beginning, my fiancé said that he wanted this to be a very classic, simple and elegant wedding. He kept saying “Think James Bond”. On top of all of that, I was very inspired by the clean lines and simplicity of Amsale’s designs, but definitely didn’t have an Amsale budget. This Tara Keely dress was the first thing I eyed when I walked into Lovely, and I knew it would be the one. It made me feel so elegant and beautiful, and once I felt the pockets, I WAS DONE! They were a game changer.

 

Amy & Sam - Dress by Tara Keely

Amy & Sam - Dress by Tara Keely

 

What were the most important details to pulling off your dream wedding?
Because I’m in marketing and public relations in the music industry, the music was super important to me and my fiancé. I wanted the music to be a part of the experience, and have people leave “Wow, the music was so good at that wedding”. Bridal party walked down the aisle to a mix of Ben Folds’ “The Luckiest” and The Cinematic Orchestra’s “To Build A Home,” I walked down the aisle to Greg Laswell’s “How The Day Sounds,” and we walked back down the aisle as husband and wife to Common’s “The Light”.  For the cocktail hour, dinner and reception, we may have gone a little overboard with a giant spreadsheet  listing our “do play list” and “do NOT play list”. Our DJ must have thought I was a bridezilla. Also because marketing/branding is what I do every day, I wanted to brand EVERYTHING. I had our graphic designer come up with a logo right after we got engaged and I used that on everything from our wedding website, to save the dates, invites, programs, and menus, and we even had it on our hand-rolled cigars and projected on the dance floor that night. I just wanted everything to be super cohesive.

 

Amy & Sam - Dress by Tara Keely

Amy & Sam - Dress by Tara Keely

Amy & Sam - Dress by Tara Keely

 

What was the most memorable moment?
Seeing him smile as I was walking down the aisle was pretty amazing, but I think the most memorable moment was wiping away my husband’s tears as he read his vows (yet another amazing reason to have pockets to keep a hanky!). He was so nervous and worried about trying to find the right words to say from the moment I told him I wanted to write our own vows, but he absolutely nailed it. He had everyone in tears referencing his grandparents’ long lasting marriages and how envisioned and hoped that we would be the same. I will always remember wiping away his tears and knowing that I definitely picked a good one.

 

Amy & Sam - Dress by Tara Keely

Amy & Sam - Dress by Tara Keely

Amy & Sam - Dress by Tara Keely

Amy & Sam - Dress by Tara Keely

 

If you could give future brides any advice, what would it be?
Seriously, do not stress. Every little detail will fall into place. And inevitably, something will go wrong that day. You just have to remember that this is the best day ever and it only happens once, so soak everything in. Oh, and if you’re keeping track of your own RSVPs, use WeddingWire’s resources! I wish I would have found them prior to all of my spreadsheet building. They have some great databases and table assigning tools that blew my mind.

 

Amy & Sam - Dress by Tara Keely

Amy & Sam - Dress by Tara Keely

 

Dress: Tara Keely from Lovely NY
Photographer: Lacey Patton of Anchor & Ivory Photography
Accessories: Sash by Amie Noel Designs
Venue: Gainey Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale, AZ
Cake: Robert’s Catering
Logo Design: Dan’l Linehan

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