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Real Wedding: Jeana & Dan

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

Dan and I wanted our wedding day to be laidback and fun, yet sweet and classy. Kind of how we are as a couple! We accomplished that by choosing a naturally gorgeous venue with lots of outdoor components, and incorporating fun details from the cocktail hour corn hole, to the open-air photobooth, and post-reception firepit with s’mores. When searching for a dress, I wanted it to have a personality similar to the vibe we were creating for the whole day. I also wanted to feel like myself! I knew I wanted something simple with a hint of vintage-charm, and the Watters Belize gown was a perfect match ☺

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

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

Making it OURS: We wanted to step away from what is “supposed” to take place at a wedding, and format the day the way that felt right to us and our relationship.

The DETAILS: We worked hard at the details that made the day special to us and our closest friends and family. Curated indie-rock music, popcorn programs, signature drinks, polaroid guest book, vintage props Dan and I collected over our engagement (including 200+ bottles and jars used for the flowers!) family-recipes for appetizers. and farm-to-table dinner at family-style tables, for examples.

Being a TEAM: We worked as a team through the whole process, and always kept perspective on what we were doing it all for. We didn’t let the stress that can come with weddings step into ours.

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

What was the most memorable moment?

I have a few!

Seeing Dan for the first time on our wedding day during our “first look” prior to the ceremony was amazing. We rented an old Stone House for the weekend near our wedding venue, and that is where we first saw each other deep into a wildflower patch. It was surreal and incredible. We both cried like babies.

Walking down the aisle, taking it all in, looking at this day we worked hard to put together to showcase and celebrate our love, and seeing all of our friends and family that have been so instrumental in both of our lives looking at me and smiling…and getting to the arbor where my soon-to-be husband was waiting for me… were moments I will never forget.

Our first dance as husband + wife was sung live by one of our favorite Artists, Mat Kearney. His music has been a large part of our 7+ year relationship, and to have him there was an amazing treat.

My siblings and I lit a chinese lantern at the end of the night as a way of honoring our Mother who passed away and was massively missed on my wedding day. As the lantern hit the top of the sky, an enormously bright shooting star jumped across it. It was magical.

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

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

Enjoy the entire process and don’t sweat the small stuff. I heard so many horror stories from other Brides about how stressful planning your wedding could be. We really kept a laidback approach to the whole thing and always kept our eyes on the bigger picture, which was a day celebrating US.

Make it about you! Step away from the way its supposed to be and enjoy the details.

Enjoy the time with your best gals getting ready before the wedding! This was so memorable and enjoyable for me. We rented a beautiful house to do this at, made mimosas, nibbled on local donuts, and hung out while the record player spun classics like Fleetwood Mac on repeat.

Take moments throughout the day to take it all in. It goes by so fast, and I cherish the mental photos I took from that day that will stay with me forever.

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

Jeana & Dan - Belize Gown by Watters - Photos by Sloan Photographers

Dress: Belize Gown by Watters from Lovely NY
Accessories: Ivy & Aster Heirloom Belt, Badgley Mischka shoes
Photographer: Sloan Photographers
Wedding Planner: Myself! I plan events for a living, and was beyond excited to take this one on myself
Venue: Red Maple Vineyard, Hudson Valley NY
Florist: Anne Wenniger
DJ: DJ Prostyle
Vintage Rentals: Sassafras Vintage Rentals
Lighting: Vivid Events

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Real Wedding: Jessica & Scott

Jessica & Scott - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely Philly - Photo by Dove Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look. 

My overall goal for my look was to make sure that I still looked like myself.  I knew I wanted an elegant dress that wasn’t over the top or really form-fitting.  I wanted it to show off my figure but be comfortable and, of course, really pretty.  Once I put on the dress I was smitten.  It was classic but had the fun flare up the right side.  My maid of honor said “that’s so you” and that helped seal the deal!  I had the same approach with my hair and makeup.  My hair is naturally curly so I found a salon that could work with that, and my stylist had me come in with my hair done “my way” and then she worked that into the updo.  It was perfect.

Jessica & Scott - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely Philly - Photo by Dove Photography

Jessica & Scott - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely Philly - Photo by Dove Photography

Jessica & Scott - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely Philly - Photo by Dove Photography

Jessica & Scott - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely Philly - Photo by Dove Photography

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

Since my teenage years, the only thing I knew I wanted for my wedding was a different cake for every table.  I pictured Scott & I walking around greeting our guests, and getting to sample a different cake as we stopped at each table.  We ended up with 13 different cakes in all, including a small one for us to cut, and it was fantastic.  Our guests loved it and used it as an opportunity to get up and try different things themselves.  I also wanted to blend some of my favorite holiday traditions into the wedding, since it was only 5 days before Christmas, without being too kitschy.  The church was decorated with poinsettias and garlands, we had all guests hold a lit candle during a part of the ceremony, and guests took home glass suncatchers with poinsettias on them.   We hand made traditional British Christmas Crackers, which had table assignments on the tags, and included things like chapsticks, paper hats, and local saltwater taffy. 

Jessica & Scott - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely Philly - Photo by Dove Photography

Jessica & Scott - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely Philly - Photo by Dove Photography

Jessica & Scott - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely Philly - Photo by Dove Photography

Jessica & Scott - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely Philly - Photo by Dove Photography

What was the most memorable moment? 

Scott & I did a first look on the porch of the hotel by the ocean before heading to the church and it was the best decisions that we made!  It helped to calm our nerves and was one of the few moments that we had just for us during the entire day.  It was a really special moment and made for some great photos as well.

Jessica & Scott - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely Philly - Photo by Dove Photography

Jessica & Scott - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely Philly - Photo by Dove Photography

Jessica & Scott - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely Philly - Photo by Dove Photography

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

Figure out what is most important to you and focus your attentions there, let others help with details that aren’t as important to you.  For example, my mom has impeccable taste and offered to be in charge of the flowers.  I gave her a few pictures I liked and let her run with it.  I didn’t even know what was in my bouquet until it was handed to me on the day of the wedding.  It turned out beautifully and was one less thing that I had to worry about.  Also, the best advice I was given was to not sweat it if things didn’t go to plan on the big day, since as far as 99% of our guests knew, it was all supposed to happen that way!

Jessica & Scott - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely Philly - Photo by Dove Photography

Jessica & Scott - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely Philly - Photo by Dove Photography

Dress: Carol Hannah from Lovely Philly
Veil: Dana veil by Untamed Petals from Lovely Philly
Hair Clip: Fiberstone
Shoes: Tieks by Gavrieli
Photographer:  Scott & Cat of Dove Photography
Venue: The Breakers on the Ocean
DJ & Photobooth: Chris Garrow of Unforgettable DJ’s
Hair & Makeup: Jackie at Salon Cartarae
Florist: Narcissus Florals

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Real Wedding: Ellen & Conor

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I had a very tough time finding the right gown for me. I tried on a ton of dresses at numerous stores and ended up going into Lovely Bride which is in our neighbourhood to try a few and I immediately loved the fit and the backless style of the Katie May gowns but felt like none of them were “me”. I really loved a couple of Katie May’s new gowns I had seen online but not on any other brides and Ivy was so amazing and actually brought in a couple sample gowns for me to try. I fell in love with the Monaco gown and loved that it had the modern styled lace as well as a gorgeous chiffon train. I chose to do a classic look with vintage waves for my hair and a dark lip to really tie in with the old hollywood feel that Palm Springs and our hotel had. I never thought I would want a veil let alone a long veil but I chose an “understated” (as I joked) cathedral length veil with an added foot of tulle to top off my look. Simple nude heel sandals and gold accents for jewelry brought everything together with our modern and neutral florals and decor.

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

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

The most important thing for us planning our wedding was making sure we had a lot of personal touches and details even though we were planning a destination wedding. We really wanted to make sure it was original and fitted our style and personalities.

Conor left the planning process all to me and I loved getting creative with Cecilia here in Philadelphia at Casa Papel to create our custom invitations which incorporated vintage black and white photos of our Palm Springs hotel and all of our paper goods which were so modern and fun with black and white striped accents and gold foil.

We were also able to send DIY items to our day of coordinator in Palm Springs. Our two favorite handmade items were the gold dipped feathers and the gilded antlers. Conor and I painted around 500 feathers which were used to line our ceremony aisle, and the gilded antlers which were incorporated in our tablescapes my father, grandfather and family friends collected, sanded, and painted for us leading up to the wedding.

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

What was the most memorable moment?

The most memorable moment would have to be our first look. My bridesmaids and I drove out with one of our photographers before our ceremony about a mile north of the hotel to the desert at the side of the highway where Conor and his groomsmen were already waiting. Conor had his back to us when we were pulling up and our amazing photographers Roger and Nate captured me walking up to him and when he turned around and we saw each other for the first time was such an incredible moment. We then did such a fun shoot with our bridal party in the desert with a more editorial feel and I’m so glad we chose to do photos before the ceremony because once we said our I do’s we were really able to enjoy our time as newlyweds with our guests during the cocktail hour.

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

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

When we look back on our day we have no regrets and nothing but the most amazing memories. Although it is a lot of stress planning a destination wedding I feel like all of the extensive early planning really payed off and once we arrived to Palm Springs the week of the wedding everything fell into place. My advice to future destination wedding brides would be to get your vendors locked down as soon as possible and really try to make the day your own by putting in those extra touches that will incorporate you and your groom’s personal style and personalities. Happy Planning!

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Dress Designer:  Katie May from Lovely Philly
Veil: Erica Koesler from Lovely Philly
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Clutches: Zara
Photographer: Roger Ellsworth EPLove
Day of Coordination, Floral & Decor Rentals: Artisan Events
Venue: Riviera Palm Springs
Makeup: Cheriene Galley
Hair: Kira Pinksi
DJ: James Gonzalez
Cake & Desserts: Over the Rainbow Desserts
Live Musician: Martin Ross
Invitations and Paper Goods: Casa Papel

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Real Wedding: Samantha & Matt

 Samantha & Matt - Nina Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely NY - Photo by Rebecca Yale

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I was looking for an old Hollywood glamour look, something classic but sexy. Most of all I wanted to feel comfortable and like myself throughout the day. I loved all the simple details of the dress, from the scallop lace trim and ruched stretch fabric to the train and draped cowl back. I’ve never felt more beautiful and feminine then I did in that dress on our wedding day.

Samantha & Matt - Nina Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely NY - Photo by Rebecca Yale

Samantha & Matt - Nina Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely NY - Photo by Rebecca Yale

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

Food, style, music, wine.  We wanted the wedding to feel like a dinner party in a setting that glowed with old New York City glamour. The ceremony and reception took place in the cellar of Lafayette in a candlelit room that dripped with romance. The bottles of wine lining the walls, gem toned flowers, and live jazz quartet provided an unbelievable and intimate setting.

Samantha & Matt - Nina Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely NY - Photo by Rebecca Yale

Samantha & Matt - Nina Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely NY - Photo by Rebecca Yale

Samantha & Matt - Nina Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely NY - Photo by Rebecca Yale

What was the most memorable moment?

The most memorable moment of the day was hearing the sounds of laughter, cheers, and weeping during the ceremony of our family and friends. Our ceremony was so very heartfelt and a real celebration of all the family and friends that traveled all over the world to be part of the occasion. There was so much love and joy in that room.

Samantha & Matt - Nina Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely NY - Photo by Rebecca Yale

Samantha & Matt - Nina Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely NY - Photo by Rebecca Yale

Samantha & Matt - Nina Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely NY - Photo by Rebecca Yale

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

Trust your instincts and the artistic skills of the people you choose to work with. Part of the reason I was so over the moon with the day was because we trusted the talented, professional, and creative vendors to do their thing, and they did. In my experience, it’s a good way to go through life but is especially useful for planning a wedding!

Samantha & Matt - Nina Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely NY - Photo by Rebecca Yale

Samantha & Matt - Nina Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely NY - Photo by Rebecca Yale

Dress Designer: Nina Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely NY
Shoes: Kate Spade Gold Brushed Karolina pumps
Clutch: BHLDN Deco Beaded Clutch
Bracelet: J.Crew crystal bracelet
Earrings: Perfect Details La Vie Parisienne Vintage Earrings
Photographer: Rebecca Yale
Venue: Lafayette
Accommodation: Bowery Hotel
Floral Design: Raquel Corvino
Stationary: Antiquaria
Groom’s Suit: Proper Suit
Groom’s Shoes: Alden
Rings: Anna Sheffield
Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Antoine Brechu
Calligraphy:  A Fablous Fete

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Real Wedding: Brittany & Jon

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I wanted a dress that felt like summer.  We used the phrase “festive not fancy” countless times to describe the feel of our outdoor ceremony and reception, and my dress from Ivy & Aster fit the bill perfectly.  It was simple, light, and crisp with just the right amount of soft, beautiful ruffles and a short train.

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

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

Our most important goals were to have a meaningful ceremony and to throw a reception that we’d love to attend even if it wasn’t our own.  As far as design details, we purposefully chose venues that were beautiful without much adornment.  The city skyline spoke for itself during our ceremony, and the restaurant featured a lush backyard garden and a completely charming indoors.  My favorite little detail was our custom cake topper – which actually sat atop a pile of doughnuts rather than cake – that included a miniature rendering of our dog (who was our ring bearer!) and a banner that matched the handmade papel picado strung over the garden.  

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

What was the most memorable moment?

I’ll never forget how I felt as Jon turned around during our “first look.”  My nerves melted away as I felt the gravity of the day wash over us.  Another moment I often think back on was right after our ceremony.  My brothers sang “June Hymn” by The Decemberists as Jon and I walked hand in hand leading what was essentially a parade of our guests on a short walk to our reception, with park-goers and even an entire tour bus cheering their congratulations along the way.  My brothers unexpectedly changed one piece of the song’s lyrics to refer to Brooklyn, and I remember squeezing Jon, letting out a laugh, and just feeling so happy.

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

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

There are so many traditions, but feel free to put your own twist on them to fit your budget, your logistics, and most importantly, your personalities.  For example, we eschewed expensive stationery, opting instead to invite our guests through Paperless Post, and our rehearsal dinner consisted of our favorite Brooklyn pizza in the park.  And I didn’t have bridesmaids!  Instead, my best girlfriend helped me get ready and gave a hilarious toast during the cocktail hour, yet I still had two of my favorite people stand up next to me — my brothers.  Jon and I felt lucky that our parents supported our choices large and small, and particularly our craziest idea of them all — to have THREE weddings!  A second wedding complete with a Chinese tea ceremony was held in San Francisco so that we could include Jon’s huge family and friends, and my parents hosted a lovely picnic at their Wisconsin home so that my grandparents were able to be a part of the festivities.  We were so happy to find a way to celebrate with everyone important to us.

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

Dress: Anemone by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY
Earrings: BHLDN by Ben-Amun
Hairpiece: Paris by Debra Moreland
Shoes: Kate Spade
Hair & Makeup:  Mitchell Rodrigues and Mayumi Abuku of Michael Angelo’s Wonderland Beauty Parlor
Photographer: Chellise Michael Photography
Ceremony: Brooklyn Bridge Park
Reception: Gran Electrica
Ceremony Musicians: Trapper Schoepp & The Shades
DJ: Con Ptohos from 74 Events
Florals: Opalia Flowers
Cake Topper: Itty Bitty Wood Shoppe
Papel Picado: AyMujer

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