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Real Wedding: Meredith & Shawn

Meredith & Shawn - Anna Campbell "Lucinda" Dress from Lovely Philadelphia - Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

The look I was going for for my entire wedding was a vintage-romantic theme. I felt that Lovely Bride embraced that look perfectly. The minute I walked into Lovely Bride Philadelphia, I knew I was going to be leaving with my dream dress. I was so inspired by the detail in every dress hanging in front of me. It was obvious that each dress had so much thought and precision put into it. The moment I tried my wedding dress on I truly died and went to heaven. I had never seen a dress so incredibly detailed. The beaded cap sleeves and full lace train took my breath away. I had done a lot of research before I went dress shopping, but when I tried on this Anna Campbell dress, it was perfection. The dress had an elastic waist, making it super comfortable and easy to move in. Comfort, along with beauty, was an important factor in finding THE perfect dress. The cap sleeves covered my shoulders with the most insanely beaded detail. The same detail wrapped around my rip cage and tied into a gorgeous bow in the back. The whole dress, top to bottom, was made of beautiful scalloped lace. It was fitting yet flowy in all the right places. The thought of having to take the dress off and hang it in my closet for the next 9 months was devastating to me! I wanted to wear it all day, every day.

Meredith & Shawn - Anna Campbell "Lucinda" Dress from Lovely Philadelphia - Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

Meredith & Shawn - Anna Campbell "Lucinda" Dress from Lovely Philadelphia - Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

Meredith & Shawn - Anna Campbell "Lucinda" Dress from Lovely Philadelphia - Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

After saying yes to hands down the most gorgeous wedding dress ever made, I began choosing details to pair with my gown. I paired my beautiful gown with a Lovely Bride cathedral veil edged in lace, along with sparkly Benjamin Adams shoes and drop earrings from BHLDN. On the day of my wedding shower, my mother surprised me with a blush pink clutch, made from my grandmother’s dress she wore the day my mother was married. Hanging from my bouquet, was a pendant of both sets of my deceased grandparents. There were so many memories with me on my wedding day.

Meredith & Shawn - Anna Campbell "Lucinda" Dress from Lovely Philadelphia - Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

Meredith & Shawn - Anna Campbell "Lucinda" Dress from Lovely Philadelphia - Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

Meredith & Shawn - Anna Campbell "Lucinda" Dress from Lovely Philadelphia - Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

Meredith & Shawn - Anna Campbell "Lucinda" Dress from Lovely Philadelphia - Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

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

The most important detail of my dream wedding was our reception venue. Our wedding venue – The Windrift in Avalon, NJ – has a lot of meaning to my husband and I. Four years ago, Shawn captured my heart behind the bar on a busy Saturday night in the summer. Apparently, I captured his as I patiently waited for my drinks to be made to take to my tables. Before this night, we were fellow employees working a summer job for some extra cash. That July night, we fell for each other. Today, we are husband and wife, who wed in the same exact place we first fell in love four years ago. The Windrift will forever hold a special place in both of hearts. I wanted to put a ton of detail into our reception, since we would be welcoming 185 guests into the place we first fell in love.

Meredith & Shawn - Anna Campbell "Lucinda" Dress from Lovely Philadelphia - Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

Meredith & Shawn - Anna Campbell "Lucinda" Dress from Lovely Philadelphia - Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

Meredith & Shawn - Anna Campbell "Lucinda" Dress from Lovely Philadelphia - Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

What was the most memorable moment?

The very beginning of the ceremony – Looking into the pews at all of the people there to see my husband and I wed, holding my father’s arm tightly, and gazing into my soon-to-be husband’s eyes at the end of the aisle. It was a moment that literally lasted less than 2 minutes. I wish I could relive that moment over and over again.

Meredith & Shawn - Anna Campbell "Lucinda" Dress from Lovely Philadelphia - Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

Meredith & Shawn - Anna Campbell "Lucinda" Dress from Lovely Philadelphia - Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

Meredith & Shawn - Anna Campbell "Lucinda" Dress from Lovely Philadelphia - Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

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

Live in the moment. Smile. Laugh. Don’t stress on the little things. Embrace every single minute of the day. Invest in a videographer.

Most importantly, relax and concentrate on what really matters. No one remembers the favors, the flavor of your cupcakes, or your linen colors. What do they remember? Seeing you marry the man of your dreams.

Meredith & Shawn - Anna Campbell "Lucinda" Dress from Lovely Philadelphia - Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

Meredith & Shawn - Anna Campbell "Lucinda" Dress from Lovely Philadelphia - Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

Meredith & Shawn - Anna Campbell "Lucinda" Dress from Lovely Philadelphia - Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

Dress: Anna Campbell “Lucinda” Gown from Lovely Philadelphia

Photographer: Kaitlin Noel Photography 

Earrings: BHLDN

Shoes: Benjamin Adams

Clutch: handmade from my grandmother’s dress on my mother’s wedding day

Garter: handmade from my mother’s wedding dress

Venue: The Windrift, Avalon, NJ 

Florist: Primrose and Co.  

Videographer: CPV Weddings    

DJ: Dinardo Brothers    

Bridesmaid dresses: Bella Bridesmaid 

Cake: Chester’s Bakery

Groom’s Attire: Vera Wang   

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Real Wedding: Becky & Brandon

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I wore a custom Lea-Ann Belter dress. While getting married in the islands, I didn’t want the typical island wedding that a lot of people from St. Thomas have. From the second we started planning, we knew we didn’t want to get married on St. Thomas. We wanted to do something different and started working with Caneel Bay. They have such a classic and elegant resort – we knew it was the perfect place for us. We also knew that we didn’t want a beach wedding. While it’s so easy to pick a beautiful beach at Caneel, we wanted to use Turtle Point so I could wear a more elegant formal gown.

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

I was inspired by A Midsummer’s Night Dream and rose gold. I knew I wanted everything to be soft and come from the rose gold palette. We chose the dress almost 13 months before our wedding as I wanted my family from Canada to be involved, as well as his family from the islands. With both moms by my side, we tore through Lovely Bride DC and I tried on almost 30 gowns. I knew I wanted a low back, but I was never a bride that dreamt about that special dress. All I knew was that I wanted it to be different, romantic, and me. As I was going through the racks – I picked up this blush gown with flower straps. The moms weren’t so sure, but I was adamant that I was trying it on. It fit me perfectly. I just knew this was the dress. Everyone kept telling me it might be too much for an island wedding, but I was determined to wear an elegant piece of art and that’s what this dress was. As we began to purchase the gown, Lovely Bride DC mentioned that it was a gown on loan and that I had just lucked out on walking in when this dress was on display. After a few more minutes, we realized the dress was from a Canadian designer and even better – it was from my hometown of Toronto. I couldn’t have been more ecstatic. It was my little piece of home away from home.

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

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

For me, it was all about the atmosphere. I wanted beautiful candles and long wreaths of flowers strung together across the tables. It needed to feel like a magical forest on this beachfront property. Once I started searching for rose gold decorations, I landed on these long chevron table runners that fit perfectly. They were my starting point and every other decoration was made by me by hand. I knew I wouldn’t be able to purchase everything I was looking for so I spent my weekends at Michael’s flying through the aisles and spray painting everything I needed. From rose gold mason jars, to wooden B&B decorations – everything was pulled together by me. When it came to the flowers, the Caneel Bay florist Felipe is one of a kind. He is a dear family friend and went above and beyond for us. He understood my soft palette and my desire for succulents and green vines with touches of soft pinks and whites. I also located a designer on Etsy (theFindSac) who was able to design all of our artwork that I put into frames I found myself. Everyone kept telling me to stop working so hard on the decorations – that the beach was enough, but I knew in order for this to be special, it had to be something I created by hand.

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

The final touch was candles – I located almost 100 metallic rose gold and soft gold votive holders. Inside, I placed soft pink votive’s that erected a smell of spring throughout the terrace where we had our reception. It was absolutely perfect. I also wasn’t one for having everything match – the groomsmen wore navy suits from Brooks Brothers, and the bridesmaids each picked out their own gowns. I gave them a large color palette and let them run wild. They all came back with these beautiful vintage designs that worked out perfectly. Every girl is made differently and only they knew what they would feel most beautiful in – I had to let them go find that on their own. I knew they would do a great job!

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

What was the most memorable moment?

At sunset, we walked back to the beach with our photographer for a few final shots. They are some of my favorites. We were both giddy and excited that we were married, that all our family and friends were in one room, and that we were finally married! It was a bit of a farewell party for us as well as several days after the wedding, we were packing our bags and leaving DC for a new adventure in California for a new job I had. Standing on that beach looking out at the water, we knew it had turned out beautifully and we couldn’t be more proud of what we created! My husband is a wonderfully planner and helped equally with everything that took place that day. From the schedule to the music, he played a large part in every detail and it truly was our first big adventure as a team. We were finally embracing the beauty of the island and soaking it all in – it was perfect.

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

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

Go with your gut. I was told a million times that this formal, elegant dress wouldn’t fit in the islands. That it would be too hot, too cumbersome. I ignored. I wanted to get married in the islands because of the beauty that is Caneel, but I didn’t want to give up the things I would have enjoyed if we were to have married in Canada – rustic elegance, as I call it. I wanted a formal dress with a church veil to represent my Canadian heritage. I wanted the groomsmen in more formal navy outfits and the bridesmaids to wear long dresses. And most importantly, I didn’t want to fall into the trap of the typical island wedding. I learned that you can make anything happen anywhere as long as you’re committed to it. From my Louboutins to my dress – I didn’t give in to anything just because I wasn’t getting married at home. Yes, it was a little more stressful sending hundreds of packages to the islands with our supplies, it was worth it in the end because the design and elegance of the event really represented us to a tee.  Wear any dress you want! It’s your big day and you only get it once. I was so honored to wear a little piece of home on my special day and my now husband absolutely adored it!

Becky & Brandon - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC - Photo by Elisha Orin Photography

Dress: Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely DC

Photographer: Elisha Orin Photography

Wedding Planner: Weddings the Island Way, and Allison Sells from Caneel Bay

Venue: Caneel Bay

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Real Wedding: Katie & Nick

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I knew I didn’t want to wear a traditional white dress, but there weren’t a ton of options out there for colored dresses that would still make me look like a bride. After trying on DOZENS of dresses and not finding anything even remotely close to what I was looking for, I ended up at Lovely Bride in Philadelphia. Not only did I find a dress I liked..I found three!  I ended up choosing the Carol Hannah Kensington skirt with a corset top. I loved the layering, textures and colors of the skirt. I added a belt to top off the look, and wore a flower crown during the reception.

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

I think the key to pulling of the wedding was that I didn’t put a huge emphasis on the details! As long as I had my friends, family and fiancé there, I was good to go. 

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What was the most memorable moment?

The most memorable moment for me was looking around the ballroom during the reception, and realizing that everyone I loved in the world was in one room to celebrate Nick and me. It was a great feeling.

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

No one will remember if your centerpieces were perfect, or if your bridesmaids weren’t all wearing the right nail polish. They’ll remember how happy you and your husband looked, and the fun they had. Try to relax and appreciate everything that’s happening around you, because that’s what you’ll remember for years to come. Also, pack a pair of flip flops. I can’t stress that enough.

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Dress: Carol Hannah separates from Lovely Philadelphia

Photographer: Douglas Benedict Photography

Venue: The Historic Hotel Bethlehem

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Real Wedding: Anna & Andrew

Anna & Andrew - Dress by Watters from Lovely Philadelphia - Photos by Lindsay Docherty Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

Everyone always told me that no matter how many dresses I dreamed of and pinned, I would never choose the dress that I had been imagining. That being said, I like to prove people wrong. THE dress was the first dress I tried on, at the first wedding salon I went to. It also happened to be the exact dress I always imagined wearing while I married my best friend. For my (first) look, I wanted classic and wintery. For my reception dress, the Theia gown was like a dream. It could shine in a room that was dripping in chandeliers, candles, and history and it made me feel like the bombshell I always wanted to be. They were the perfect mix. The dresses truly represented my personality – I was able to be classic and timeless and then feisty and sparkly. In my dresses, I was me.

Anna & Andrew - Dress by Watters from Lovely Philadelphia - Photos by Lindsay Docherty Photography

Anna & Andrew - Photos by Lindsay Docherty Photography

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

The most important detail for us was to make sure everyone had a great time. I was personally inspired by the parties that my grandparents used to throw for birthdays and anniversaries. From the moment you walked in, you had a drink in your hand, delicious food around you and never stopped dancing to the best music around.

Besides making sure the food, drinks and band were on point, we really focused on making sure that our own personalities were infused into the big day. Everything from writing our ceremony to include the participation of our loved ones to using a world globe as a “guest book” had “us” in it.

Anna & Andrew - Dress by Watters from Lovely Philadelphia - Photos by Lindsay Docherty Photography

Anna & Andrew - Dress by Watters from Lovely Philadelphia - Photos by Lindsay Docherty Photography

Anna & Andrew - Dress by Watters from Lovely Philadelphia - Photos by Lindsay Docherty Photography

Anna & Andrew - Dress by Watters from Lovely Philadelphia - Photos by Lindsay Docherty Photography

Anna & Andrew - Dress by Watters from Lovely Philadelphia - Photos by Lindsay Docherty Photography

What was the most memorable moment?

For my husband (still so weird to say that!), it was the first look. He says that he remembers every single moment. For both of us, it was almost necessary to do that first look because when you’re that anxious and nervous, you want and need to see your best friend. For me, it was in the middle of the reception. We both took a moment (a very quick moment!) and snuck to the back of the room. We just paused and looked out onto the room and dance floor and took it all in. I always think of that moment and realize how lucky we are and were to be surrounded by the people that we love the most and how much fun everyone was having.

Anna & Andrew - Dress by Watters from Lovely Philadelphia - Photos by Lindsay Docherty Photography

Anna & Andrew - Dress by Theia from Lovely Philadelphia - Photos by Lindsay Docherty Photography

Anna & Andrew - Dress by Theia from Lovely Philadelphia - Photos by Lindsay Docherty Photography

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

I would say first, don’t be nervous if you have doubts about your dress. I was so nervous after my first fitting with my Watters dress because I had spent so much time and energy exercising, and I felt like I didn’t show off that hard work with the dress. Instead of talking to someone about it, I kept it inside until a month before the wedding. Thankfully, I had a friend going through something similar and she encouraged me to come back to Lovely Bride Philly (like I needed an excuse to hang out with Ivy and the lovely ladies of Lovely Philly) and just see what was out there. Ivy never made me feel guilty or bad, instead she welcomed me back in and helped me find the missing piece of my personality and my second dress.

Secondly, I would go back to my favorite part of the evening. The day and night are so hectic and crazy that it’s hard to find time to take it all in. Take 30 seconds, grab your husband and sneak off to watch everything you put your heart and soul into, and how all of the blood, sweat and tears (sometimes literal, if you make your own DIY hot cocoa favors like I did) was worth it.

Anna & Andrew - Dress by Theia from Lovely Philadelphia - Photos by Lindsay Docherty Photography

Ceremony Dress: Watters // Reception Dress: Theia // Both from Lovely Philadelphia

Accessories: Vintage hair brooch from bride’s grandmother

Photographer: Lindsay Docherty

Wedding Planner: Caitlin Maloney of Proud to Plan

Venue: Union League of Philadelphia

Florist: Robertson’s Flowers

Hair: Jill Kozar of Up Your Do

Makeup: Beké Beau

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Real Wedding: Vanessa & Ken

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

My wedding dress was a fitted, strapless mermaid gown with a crystal embellishments on the sweetheart neckline. I love how I could move in the gown, as dancing was a top priority for the night!

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

A few of my favorite details from our wedding included the Slow-Mo Video Booth provided by Cinemacake and Spiked Hot Chocolate Station. As a final touch, we gifted our guests with hot chocolate to enjoy during their ride back to the hotels. Truly You and Starr Events filled Maggpie’s Asher Cabinet with the hot chocolate urns, mini bottles of Bailey’s Irish cream, custom coffee cups and delicious toppings like chocolate shavings, whipped cream and crushed peppermint. Leftover wedding cake was bagged and placed on this station, too.

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What was the most memorable moment?

Retreating to the bridal suite for champagne and appetizers immediately following our ceremony. The Horticultural Center has a wonderful bridal suite that was perfect for taking a time out from the festivities to relax and enjoy a few private moments together. Ken and I loved being able to have that time to ourselves to really reflect on how special the day was.

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

If I could offer words of wisdom to couples planning their wedding it would be to hire the right professionals and go with the flow. Put the work in ahead of time, do your research and get recommendations so you don’t have to worry about follow-through or results on the day of. There will always be things that are out of your control (for me that was a major snowstorm over my wedding weekend) but do your best to remain calm and keep things in perspective.

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Dress Designer: Georgina Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philadelphia

Hair Comb and Earrings: Ti Adoro from Lovely Philadelphia

Birdcage Veil: Erica Koesler from Lovely Philadelphia

Fur Shawl: Adrienne Landau from Rent the Runway

Photographer: Peter Van Beever

Wedding Planner: Christiane “Chrissy” Lehman from Truly You Events

Venue: The Horticulture Center

Hair: Jenn Macrina from Happily Ever After Hair

Makeup: Casey Dickerson from I DO Hair and Make-up

Bridesmaids’ dresses: A mix of different Adrianna Papell dresses from Nordstrom

Groom’s attire: Bespoke Tuxedo from Commonwealth Proper

Groomsmen’s attire: Rented Tuxedos from Black Tie Formal Wear

Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Custom Tacori Ring from HL Gross & Bro. Jewelers

Florist: Margaux St. Ledger from Fleur De Lis

Invitations: Botanical Wreath from Minted

Music (ceremony and cocktail hour): The Elegance String Quartet

Music (reception): DJ D Scott from Scratch Weddings

Catering: Stephen Starr Events

Cake: Eileen Gray from Cake Art Studio

Favors: Spiked Hot Chocolate in Customized To-Go Paper Cups from Truly You

Slow Motion Video Booth: Cinemacake Filmmakers

Lighting and Chandelier Rental: Eventions Productions

Vintage Furniture Rentals: Magpie Vintage Rentals

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