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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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Real Wedding: Natasha & Matthew

Natasha & Matthew - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Richard Fusillo Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I am a marine biologist, so our wedding had an ocean theme and took place cliff side, overlooking the beach. I envisioned myself feeling like a mermaid in a flowy, yet feminine dress to match the décor and vibe of our wedding. As soon as I tried this Watters gown on, I knew it was “the one”. It had delicate lacework throughout the gown, adorable buttons down the back, and a tiny bit of a train. It was form fitting, and also had a bit of a lower back. I felt sexy for my groom, but not too sexy to make the grandmas faint!

Natasha & Matthew - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Richard Fusillo Photography

Natasha & Matthew - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Richard Fusillo Photography

Natasha & Matthew - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Richard Fusillo Photography

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

The location was perfect, and essential for us to pull off my ocean themed wedding. Most of our decorations were DIY, and they were definitely noticed and talked about by our guests. One of our groomsmen even had custom mermaid/captain handles made for our beer on tap! My grandmother, who I was very close with, unfortunately passed away a month after Matt and I were married. She let us borrow some of her vintage sea captain figures to decorate the venue with, which was so special for us. These personal touches were absolutely the most important details necessary to pull of my dream wedding.

Natasha & Matthew - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Richard Fusillo Photography

Natasha & Matthew - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Richard Fusillo Photography

Natasha & Matthew - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Richard Fusillo Photography

What was the most memorable moment?

The entire day was such a dream; it’s hard to pick one moment as the most memorable! Seeing my groom for the first time all day was incredible. However, I think one of the coolest moments of our wedding was when humpback whales starting breaching and playing in the ocean below us while we exchanged vows ☺

Natasha & Matthew - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Richard Fusillo Photography

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

Don’t stress too much about having everything be perfect on your wedding day. Things are bound to happen that were not planned for- just remember to roll with the tide and try to relax. Most importantly, enjoy every minute of your beautiful day with your partner!

Natasha & Matthew - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Richard Fusillo Photography

Natasha & Matthew - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Richard Fusillo Photography

Dress Designer: Watters from Lovely Los Angeles

Photographer: Richard Fusillo Photography

Venue: Seacrest Oceanfront Hotel Pismo Beach

Catering: Thai Elephant Restaurant 

Florist: Albers Florist 

Live Band: Driftwood Brothers

Videographer: EEFX (Jon and Nacoree Elsdon)

Cake: Arroyo Grande Bakery

Bridal makeup: Amanda Olson

Bridal party hair: Kelly Waage

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Real Wedding: Tera & Jeremy

Tera & Jeremy - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Wildflower Studio

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

My husband and I decided that our wedding would take place by the shore, so I knew that I was looking for a very simple, yet elegant dress that would easily flow and move freely outdoors.  I tried on several dresses, ranging in very different styles, but I kept thinking about this one Sarah Seven dress.  When I couldn’t stop thinking about it, I knew that was the one!

Tera & Jeremy - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Wildflower Studio

Tera & Jeremy - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Wildflower Studio

Tera & Jeremy - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Wildflower Studio

Tera & Jeremy - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Wildflower Studio

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

We decided to keep our wedding very small and simple, and I think that made all the difference in pulling off our dream wedding.  We decided to opt out of having bridesmaids or groomsmen…just the two of us under the arch.  We also wanted our wedding to take place at my parents’ home, which allowed our ceremony and reception to be completely relaxed, comfortable, and meaningful for us.

Tera & Jeremy - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Wildflower Studio

Tera & Jeremy - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Wildflower Studio

Tera & Jeremy - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Wildflower Studio

Tera & Jeremy - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Wildflower Studio

Tera & Jeremy - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Wildflower Studio

What was the most memorable moment?

No other moment could compete with walking down the aisle and seeing my husband standing at the arch, waiting for me.  He took my breath away and we were both swept up in a storm of emotion.  I’ll always remember how magical that moment was for us.

Tera & Jeremy - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Wildflower Studio

Tera & Jeremy - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Wildflower Studio

Tera & Jeremy - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Wildflower Studio

Tera & Jeremy - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Wildflower Studio

Tera & Jeremy - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Wildflower Studio

Tera & Jeremy - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Wildflower Studio

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

Savor every single, glorious moment because the day will go by in a flash!  Be completely present in and grateful for the love that is surrounding you.  Be right next to your partner for the entire reception because you’ll want to look back on your wedding day with the same experiences, conversations, and memories.  Your wedding day will be magical, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s only a single day.  What matters most is the happiness in your marriage.  Cheers to you!

Tera & Jeremy - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Wildflower Studio

Dress:  Sarah Seven from Lovely LA

Photographer:  Shell Dransart – Wildflower Studio Photography

Day of Coordinator:  Jessie English from Gourmet Galley Catering

Venue:  My parents’ home on the Connecticut shoreline.

Florist:  Elisabeth Zemetis – Blush Floral Design

Musicians:  NY Ceremony Music

Tent Rental:  Sperry Tents

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Real Wedding: Priscilla & Justin

Priscilla & Justin - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Park Ave Studios

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

In general, I am inspired by anything that isn’t “cookie cutter”. At my wedding I wanted to be comfortable, unique but timeless, and most of all I wanted to have just the right amount of sparkle. It was important to me to find a dress that was a representation of me, not something I was hiding behind. The Olivia by Nicole Miller was the perfect dress for me because it had all of the elements I was looking for. My accessories also played a key role in my look for the big day. My beautiful halo headpiece was designed and created by Thomas Knoell. The veil I wore made by Toni Federici completed the exact look I imagined for our wedding, and its unique trim allowed for the veil to flow without getting stuck to my sleeves. Lastly, I wanted my flowers to be completely different than anything anyone had ever seen before. I remember calling my incredible florist Pola to tell her I wanted my bouquet to be “horizontal and earthy”, and boy did she deliver.

Priscilla & Justin - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Park Ave Studios

Priscilla & Justin - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Park Ave Studios

Priscilla & Justin - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Park Ave Studios

Priscilla & Justin - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Park Ave Studios

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

Overall, I wanted our wedding to be beautiful and fun. I have a deep appreciation for small details that make a big difference. At our wedding we had a wonderful band that played all of our favorite music, and all night the dance floor was packed.  I also wanted to have a ceremony that was very personal. Rabbi Paris and Reverend Kessler provided us with a beautiful interfaith ceremony that completely captured the uniqueness of our relationship and our love for one another. All in all, I wanted the day to be a celebration of love.

Priscilla & Justin - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Park Ave Studios

Priscilla & Justin - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Park Ave Studios

Priscilla & Justin - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Park Ave Studios

What was the most memorable moment?

The most memorable moment at our wedding was walking down the aisle towards Justin. During the ceremony we had a flute quartet that played “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” as I walked down the aisle. I remember looking around and seeing all of our family and friends. I remember feeling overwhelmed with appreciation for all of my guests, parents, and wonderful husband to be. It was a moment that took my breath away.

Priscilla & Justin - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Park Ave Studios

Priscilla & Justin - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Park Ave Studios

Priscilla & Justin - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Park Ave Studios

Priscilla & Justin - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Park Ave Studios

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

My advice for any future brides is to live in the moment. Keep to your wedding day schedule as best as you can but don’t stress, and after the ceremony don’t ever look at the time. Enjoy every moment. Laugh about something funny with your bridesmaids, dance a lot, and kiss your husband as much as you can. Take a moment to look around at all of the people who love and support you and your partner. All those people are there for you, and you made your wedding a beautiful event for everyone to enjoy. Smile until your cheeks hurt. Most of all only cry a few happy tears you don’t want to smudge your makeup.

Priscilla & Justin - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Park Ave Studios

Priscilla & Justin - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Park Ave Studios

Priscilla & Justin - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Park Ave Studios

Dress: Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC

Accessories: Headpiece by Thomas Knoell and Veil by Toni Federici

Photographer: Park Ave. Studios 

Venue: The Chateau at Coindre Hall 

Cake: Fatty Cakes NY 

Florist: Rosehip Social 

Band: David Clark and the Renegades 

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