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Real Wedding: Paulina & David

Paulina & David - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Onelove Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.
I chose the “Cascade” gown by Sarah Seven. I wanted something very natural and flowy, but also very romantic. It was so fitting to our location and overall design.

Paulina & David - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Onelove Photography

Paulina & David - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Onelove Photography

What were the most important details to pulling off your dream wedding?
1. Flowers! Since the venue landscape was so natural and green, we needed a pop of color. 2. Lighting! Bistro lighting was a must in order to create a more romatic vibe. Oh and lets not forget candles!

Paulina & David - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Onelove Photography

Paulina & David - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Onelove Photography

Paulina & David - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Onelove Photography

What was the most memorable moment?
The first look was hands down the most memorable moment for me. It was a moment shared between just us to take in everything that was about to happen.

Paulina & David - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Onelove Photography

If you could give future brides any advice, what would it be?
Enjoy the planning process as much as possible. Family will have their say about certain details, but just remember that this is a representation of you and your fiance, no one else. Have fun with it! I miss it already!

Paulina & David - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Onelove Photography

Dress: Sarah Seven “Cascade” Gown from Lovely LA
Sash: Sarah Seven “Gilded” belt
Photographer: Onelove Photography
Coordinator: XOXO Bride
Venue: Calliote Canyon
Florals: Della Dowler from The Growing Company

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Real Wedding: Annie & Gabe

Annie & Gabe - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photos by Marble Rye Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.
I knew I wanted something with a natural waist, but beyond that I liked almost everything I saw online. I had Gabe take me shopping at another store near where he was living at the time, and the first dress I tried on was the one I ended up buying. The stylist there picked it out, but I wasn’t ready to buy a dress yet because I felt like I should look more. I ended up getting my dress after trying like 10 more at Lovely in LA and it was still my favorite. I had so much fun wearing it at the wedding!

Annie & Gabe - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photos by Marble Rye Photography

Annie & Gabe - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photos by Marble Rye Photography

Annie & Gabe - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photos by Marble Rye Photography

What were the most important details to pulling off your dream wedding?
The most important thing for us was being able to invite everyone we wanted to invite, and then figuring out how we would make it work with our limited budget afterward, instead of the other way around. (In hindsight I would have invited even more people, but it was tough to figure out like 6 months in advance.) My family and friends were key to pulling this off. I was super lucky to have a brother who works for a wedding company and he was a huge help with rentals, and his amazing girlfriend did all the flowers. A ton of my friends pitched in to help as well: making invitations, baking cupcakes, ceremony music, being the day-of-coordinator, bartending, etc. I was so grateful for all the help we had; we definitely would not have been able to do it without our people.

Annie & Gabe - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photos by Marble Rye Photography

Annie & Gabe - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photos by Marble Rye Photography

Annie & Gabe - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photos by Marble Rye Photography

What was the most memorable moment?
Saying our vows.

Annie & Gabe - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photos by Marble Rye Photography

Annie & Gabe - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photos by Marble Rye Photography

Annie & Gabe - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photos by Marble Rye Photography

If you could give future brides any advice, what would it be?
The small decisions really don’t matter that much. I am terribly indecisive when it comes to insignificant things, and planning a wedding involves so many little choices! I spent more hours than I’ll admit looking at earrings, headbands, and shoes online, but all those decisions basically made themselves: I got a great pair of earrings as a Christmas gift, wore an old pair of shoes, and our friend/florist made a headband of flowers (and it turned out better than I could have imagined!). Also, florists are really good at making decisions if you are flexible and pretty much like all flowers- I told Emily that I liked “white, green, and colors” and the rest was all her and it was amazing.

Annie & Gabe - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photos by Marble Rye Photography

Dress:  Ivy & Aster “Lumiere” gown in blush from Lovely LA
Photographer: Marble Rye Photography
Earrings: Smart Couture
Flower Headband: Emily Martinez in San Clemente
Venue: Ole Hanson Beach Club
Flower Girl Dress: Nellystella
Florist: Emily Martinez
Rentals: Archive Rentals 
Gelato Cart: Gelato Paradiso, Newport Beach
Invitations: Cardtorial
Videographer: Lili Gu
Caterer: Casablanca Catering, Venice

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Real Wedding: Lee-Ann & Sean

Lee-Ann & Sean - Dress by Elizabeth Dye - Photos by Alexander Smith Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look. 

When we first started planning our wedding I had no idea what I wanted! After a couple of dress ideas and numerous fittings I felt hopeless! I wanted to find something that I was so comfortable in I could have fun with my husband and guests at our wedding, something I could throw my hands up in the air and dance without being afraid my dress would fall down or I would have to pull or tug on it to keep it up. So when my sister and I went to Lovely in New York and spotted the Lewisia gown by Elizabeth Dye I immediately fell in love! After I tried it on we both just looked at one another and that was my dress!! The simple flowy cut and beautiful lace bodice fit so well that the rest just came together easily. My headpiece took weeks to stitch, but I was determined and the results were so beautiful!! I wanted to add some glamour to the bohemian look and strangely ended up with an elegant fairy tale. My bridesmaids all wore simple white picnic dresses and we dressed them up with some sparkly hairbands. We all decided to wear flats so we could dance the night away, fortunately four days before the wedding I finally found a pair that I loved!

Lee-Ann & Sean - Dress by Elizabeth Dye - Photos by Alexander Smith Photography

Lee-Ann & Sean - Dress by Elizabeth Dye - Photos by Alexander Smith Photography

Lee-Ann & Sean - Dress by Elizabeth Dye - Photos by Alexander Smith Photography

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

My husband and I agreed early on that one of the most important details would be to have fun! We wanted everyone to share our happiness and remember the day as one filled with laughter. Also for ourselves, we wanted a relaxed romantic atmosphere and so very important was the venue. When we walked into Vivere we immediately knew this was it! It was so beautiful with a green meadow, a large pond and the deck that our ceremony was held on was beneath a canopy of lush trees! We even ended up signing out marriage papers on a tree trunk. The wine (of course) was also important to Sean and so he chose a South African vineyard La Motte, and we had Magnum bottles of their Millennium Red on every table. My husband is a great photographer so I really wanted to bring something into our wedding that would show his awesome talent, we ended up using his photographs from our travels around the world as placemats!

Lee-Ann & Sean - Dress by Elizabeth Dye - Photos by Alexander Smith Photography

Lee-Ann & Sean - Dress by Elizabeth Dye - Photos by Alexander Smith Photography

Lee-Ann & Sean - Dress by Elizabeth Dye - Photos by Alexander Smith Photography

What was the most memorable moment?

My most memorable moment was seeing my husband when I walked down the aisle! His smile was huge and I felt so incredibly lucky! Another funny moment was when all of a sudden we had over nine people making speeches! Even our beautiful flower girl wanted to speech! She got a bit shy and only ended up with a very cute “lets get the party started”! Having my Father walk me down the aisle and give me away was also such a memorable moment.

Sean’s most memorable moment was our guest group photo with red heart balloons. It’s definitely going up on the wall! Another for him was the cigar lounge with whiskey, cognac and Cuban cigars. We had cute matchboxes made that said ‘the Perfect Match’, corny but we loved the idea so much we couldn’t resist!

Lee-Ann & Sean - Dress by Elizabeth Dye - Photos by Alexander Smith Photography

Lee-Ann & Sean - Dress by Elizabeth Dye - Photos by Alexander Smith Photography

Lee-Ann & Sean - Dress by Elizabeth Dye - Photos by Alexander Smith Photography

Lee-Ann & Sean - Dress by Elizabeth Dye - Photos by Alexander Smith Photography

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

I would definitely involve the groom as much as you can! Decide what aspects of the wedding means the most to him and let him make major decisions. Sean is a foodie so it was important for him what we ate. He chose the caterers and selected the menu. It was great to realize how much we wanted the same things! Also we sat with our guests instead of having a bridal or main table, although its rather unconventional for some, its become really popular and makes for so much more fun when your actually sitting with everyone! Also I learned the hard way that too much ‘googling’ makes for one indecisive bride!!! My advice would be that once you and your hubby have decided what you want, stick with it! There are millions of amazing wedding ideas all over but go with your gut! Let what you think is beautiful guide your planning and not what is modern at this moment. And don’t regret a single thing! We as woman are programmed to think that we should have done this or that, but in the end the real event is you and your husband tying the knot!!

Lee-Ann & Sean - Dress by Elizabeth Dye - Photos by Alexander Smith Photography

Lee-Ann & Sean - Dress by Elizabeth Dye - Photos by Alexander Smith Photography

Dress: Elizabeth Dye from Lovely NYC
Veil: Erica Koesler
Jewelry: Tiffany & Co.
Hairpiece: Handmade by the bride
Photographer: Alexander Smith Photography
Venue: Vivere Country House
Band: The Oh So Serious
Make up & Hair: Terri Cole
Flowers: Ultimate Flowers

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Real Wedding: Catherine & Christopher

Catherine & Christopher - Dress by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photography by Fabrice Tranzer

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.
I fell in love with the ethereal drapery of the gown and chose my accessories to compliment my 1920s engagement ring. My look was inspired by the natural elegance of the venue, my family’s farm.

Catherine & Christopher - Dress by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photography by Fabrice Tranzer

Catherine & Christopher - Dress by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photography by Fabrice Tranzer

Catherine & Christopher - Dress by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photography by Fabrice Tranzer

What were the most important details to pulling off your dream wedding?
It was most important to Christopher and I that are wedding be a relaxed, fun time for all involved. We wanted it to be a reflection of us and we worked very hard to make every detail special and unique to our style. Featuring my Grandma’s homemade jam as wedding favors and using antiques and handmade items from around the farm added a personal touch.

Catherine & Christopher - Dress by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photography by Fabrice Tranzer

Catherine & Christopher - Dress by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photography by Fabrice Tranzer

Catherine & Christopher - Dress by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photography by Fabrice Tranzer

What was the most memorable moment?
The most memorable moment was my husband and I driving from the ceremony to the reception in my Grandfather’s restored 1953 Ford F350 pickup truck with the windows rolled down. It was a beautiful day and the perfect opportunity for us to relax before the excitement of the reception.

Catherine & Christopher - Dress by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photography by Fabrice Tranzer Catherine & Christopher - Dress by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photography by Fabrice Tranzer

Catherine & Christopher - Dress by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photography by Fabrice Tranzer

Catherine & Christopher - Dress by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photography by Fabrice Tranzer

If you could give future brides any advice, what would it be?
I would encourage brides to not let the wedding become a production. At the end of the day it isn’t about the perfect tablescape, entrance song or floral arrangement…it’s about the commitment to be made and celebrating with those you love most. Also, remember that you can’t control the weather! Plan for the worst and hope for the best, so that you can relax in the days leading up to your wedding instead of stalking the weather channel!

Catherine & Christopher - Dress by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photography by Fabrice Tranzer

Dress: Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY
Jewelry: We Dream in Colour
Photographer: Fabrice Tranzer
Venue: Bride’s family farm The Shops at Jones Farm, Cornwall, NY
Caterer: Pamela’s Traveling Feast
Rentals: Events Unlimited
Desserts: Grandma Phoebe’s Kitchen – The Shops at Jones Farm
Floral Arrangements: Talented family friend Della Melrose
Invitation & Menu Artwork: Bride’s mother artist Terri Clearwater

 

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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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