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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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Real Wedding: Allison and Jordan

Allison is one cool Lovely Bride. Her wedding day style was perfectly put together with her Ivy and Aster gown graceful and simple against a colorful palette of her rainbow hair and tattoos. We’re enamored with her whole look and aura, especially with her hubby! These two could not have had sweeter photos captured of them, or a more personalized, memorable day.

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I had seen the Ivy & Aster Duchess dress long before we had ever talked about getting married. I was really enamored with its perfect shade of pink and the fact that it has straps! It’s classy, but not just a white wedding dress, it had personality.

Originally I thought I would end up with a different dress (a Sarah Seven dress), but the moment I put on the Duchess dress I knew I had to have it. My maid of honor immediately started crying and it was the only dress my mother asked me to put on it again. I’m not an overly girly girl and I’m definitely not traditional and this dress was perfect for me to play dress up in but still feel like myself.

I don’t think I had any exact inspiration for my look. I just wanted to have fun and look pretty. I died my hair like the desert sunset, in purples and pinks. Wore really fun coral Jeffery Campbell shoes that matched my husband’s tie, and some very simple rose gold knuckle rings. My makeup was done with a bit of vintage cat eye but kept modern with some hot pink lipstick.

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

Not breaking the bank! I really wanted to have a party where everyone would have fun and it would look great without getting ourselves into debt. We set a budget and we stuck to it! It forced me to really think about what I needed for the day to go right and what details I HAD to have (like that taxidermy mice cake topper and the temporary tattoos that were our guest gifts). It ended up being a lot of fun getting to do so much DIY and creating for the wedding. My girlfriends and I would have craft days and make bouquets or puff balls, and paint little signs that by the time the wedding was a month away I had nothing else to worry about.

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What was the most memorable moment?

Gosh, that’s hard. The whole weekend of our wedding was just the most incredible I often find myself looking at our hashtag (coulcat2013) so that I can remember it all. But really, I don’t know if it was our first look in the Moorten garden, or the amazing speech that my very shy father gave, or seeing all these people from literally all around the world show up just to celebrate with us. It was all such a great experience I don’t think I can pick just one, I just know I would happily relive it all over again. Not a single moment was stressful or negative!

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What was the most memorable moment?

Gosh, that’s hard. The whole weekend of our wedding was just the most incredible I often find myself looking at our hashtag (coulcat2013) so that I can remember it all. But really, I don’t know if it was our first look in the Moorten garden, or the amazing speech that my very shy father gave, or seeing all these people from literally all around the world show up just to celebrate with us. It was all such a great experience I don’t think I can pick just one, I just know I would happily relive it all over again. Not a single moment was stressful or negative!

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

Don’t forget to have fun. You hear about so many brides just being so anxious for it to be over, but (hopefully) you’re only going to do this once, it should be magic the whole way, not just on your wedding day!.

DRESS DESIGNER: Ivy & Aster found at Lovely LA.

ACCESSORY DESIGNERS:

Belt- Amanda Judge

Shoes- Jeffery Campbell

Knuckle Rings- Glam Rock Designs

PHOTOGRAPHER: Josh & Monica’s Photo Studio

WEDDING PLANNER: The bride and her awesome group of gal pals.

VENUE: The Alcazar Palm Springs

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Real Wedding: Lane and Luke

I don’t know if we’ve ever seen a happier bride than Lane. The pure joy emulating out of her and her hubby on their big day is palpable. With simple vintage details, and one cute pup, this makes for a wedding to remember. We love the quirky details from the minister’s shirt, to the escort cards. Lane was breath taking in her Elizabeth Dye creation.

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I had decided to go into the process of finding my wedding dress with an open mind. I am a big fashion lover and appreciate all kinds of styles that I had seen. I was really open to anything…short, long, sleeves, formal, casual, cream, pink, etc. I had no agenda. I first scoured the internet and came across Lovely’s website and instantly knew that this was my type of store. It was small, had young designers and reasonable prices. I made my appointment and my instinct came true the second I walked into the adorable Los Angeles boutique. It had an intimate and welcoming energy and oh, the dresses!!!!!  As my mom and I looked through the racks, I pulled a variety of different dresses that caught my eye. There was also a trunk show going on for Elizabeth Dye, in which I found a dress of hers to add to the bunch. I started to try on the dresses and came to the realization that I really liked all of them for different reasons. There was not one of the 5 that I didn’t like or couldn’t have been happy with. But then….I fell absolutely in love. I tried on the Elizabeth Dye dress and immediately knew it was the one. I finally knew what everyone had talked about in finding, ‘the one’ and I had found it. The minute I zipped it up, it felt like me. I had sworn it had been hanging in my closet already. It didn’t feel like a costume or wasn’t me playing dress up…it was just me.  I was overwhelmed and extremely excited and could not wait until I had my own in my hands. To my surprise, Elizabeth was actually at the store, so she came over and fitted me for it along with offering suggestions for accessories and shoes. I walked out of Lovely beaming and counted the days until I would return to pick it up. I am still trying to find another occasion to wear it too…I just love it that much.

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

The most important thing to Luke and I was to make sure it was personal. At the end of the day, this wedding was about us, our love and being able to share that with everyone. We made sure every detail had personal touches; everything from being officiated by one of our best friends, to live music by one of our favorite local bands we had seen out and about, to a hand picked menu with some of our favorite food items, to hand-made center pieces that each had a story to go with it,  it was a perfect reflection of who we are as a couple. If you didn’t know who we were when you showed up that day, you sure knew a lot about us by the time you left.

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What was the most memorable moment?

Our ceremony was the best part of the whole day. Luke and I’s mutual friend, Nima, got ordained and married us. He originally introduced us in the hope that we would hit it off, and indeed we did. After we got engaged, we asked if he would do us the honor, and gave him free reign to wear and say whatever he wanted. We figured, if he saw something enough to introduce us and set us up, we wanted to hear his side of the story of what it meant that we were now getting married. The 40 minute (yes 40 minutes!) ceremony flew by and had us and everyone else laughing, crying and cheering. He spoke of very personal stories of us, shared in his own words why he wanted to set us up and how he concocted that plan, included lyrics from one of our favorite artists, Prince, included a flow chart under every guests seat, and even had Luke and I play a rock paper scissors game to who would say the vows first. It was truly a magical ceremony and I still smile and think about it every day.

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

The biggest piece of advice I would give to future brides, is to have fun with the planning process along the way. The fun part shouldn’t be just the big day, but the process to get there as well! Luke and I picked vendors and surrounded ourselves with people who also felt the same. We kept stressful people at an arms length and asked for help from friends that were willing to pitch in and get involved…(ie. our DJ!). I had 12 months to plan, and truly enjoyed each part of it. Knowing that this was a one-time experience, I soaked it up and made sure to create good memories of the whole process. Having a fiancé that felt the same was a big help and when things did become too stressful, we would check in with each other and remind ourselves to what really mattered…us, (not cocktail napkins).

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DRESS DESIGNER: Elizabeth Dye  purchased at Lovely LA.

ACCESSORY DESIGNERS: Various…mixed and matched.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Marianne Wilson Photography

WEDDING PLANNER: Dana Gabriel with Orange Dove Events

VENUE: Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve with Diablo Dormido

ANYONE ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO CREDIT Yes! Lovely suggested ‘A Stich In Time’ to me for my alterations. Thank you to Olivia Vaatete with ‘A Stitch In Time’ for her amazing alteration work for my dress! She took a lot of time with it to make sure it was perfect with every detail. I couldn’t have been happier with my experience with her and the outcome of the fit of my dress. She was also extremely affordable and made a stressful event, enjoyable.

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