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Real Wedding: Austin & Brandon

Austin & Brandon - Dakota Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Photos by M2 Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

Prior to finding “the dress” I had visited one other bridal salon and tried on about five or six dresses. I left empty handed but with a clear vision of what I wanted: something simple but with a great shape. I had admired the New York and LA Lovely Bridal Salons from afar and when I found out the Philly salon was opening, I made my appointment right away. I came with a list of dresses I wanted to try on and the Nicole Miller Dakota gown was the first one I slipped into. After my mom and sister cried, I knew it was the one.

Austin & Brandon - Dakota Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Photos by M2 Photography

Austin & Brandon - Dakota Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Photos by M2 Photography

Austin & Brandon - Dakota Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Photos by M2 Photography

Austin & Brandon - Dakota Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Photos by M2 Photography

Austin & Brandon - Dakota Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Photos by M2 Photography

Austin & Brandon - Dakota Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Photos by M2 Photography

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

We wanted our wedding to reflect the both of us – a mix of vintage details for me and industrial details for him. We wanted the day to be full of romance and love. Most of the details had meaning for example the brass candlesticks I had collected for a year at various flea markets, now they will hold a special place in our home.

Austin & Brandon - Dakota Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Photos by M2 Photography

Austin & Brandon - Dakota Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Photos by M2 Photography

Austin & Brandon - Dakota Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Photos by M2 Photography

Austin & Brandon - Dakota Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Photos by M2 Photography

Austin & Brandon - Dakota Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Photos by M2 Photography

Austin & Brandon - Dakota Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Photos by M2 Photography

What was the most memorable moment?

Can I say the whole day? However, my favorite moment of the day was our first dance to Magic by Colbie Calliat, our song. It felt like we were the only two people in the room, and the first time it set in that we were husband and wife. Also you’ll notice my then fiancé crying in the photographs while opening the gift I gave him. For the wedding, I found an old cigar box during one of my flea market trips. The box has our last name on it and the words “Te Amo” which mean I love you in Spanish. I filled the box with over 100 cards I had given him over the past six years of our relationship – birthday cards, Christmas cards, ‘Just because’ cards.

Austin & Brandon - Dakota Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Photos by M2 Photography

Austin & Brandon - Dakota Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Photos by M2 Photography

Austin & Brandon - Dakota Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Photos by M2 Photography

Austin & Brandon - Dakota Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Photos by M2 Photography

Austin & Brandon - Dakota Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Photos by M2 Photography

Austin & Brandon - Dakota Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Photos by M2 Photography

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

Start planning early…the sooner you knock out the big stuff, the more enjoyable the planning will be. I felt no stress throughout the process and have the fondest memories from planning. Also, invest in a great photographer and videographer. After all the confetti has settled, you’ll only be left with memories, photos and the video.

Austin & Brandon - Dakota Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Bridesmaid Gowns from Shop Lovely - Photos by M2 Photography

Austin & Brandon - Dakota Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Bridesmaid Gowns from Shop Lovely - Photos by M2 Photography

Austin & Brandon - Dakota Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Bridesmaid Gowns from Shop Lovely - Photos by M2 Photography

Austin & Brandon - Dakota Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Bridesmaid Gowns from Shop Lovely - Photos by M2 Photography

Austin & Brandon - Dakota Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Photos by M2 Photography

Dress: Dakota Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly
Bridesmaid Dresses: Gansevoort Gown from Shop Lovely (get it here!)
Accessories: Loren Hope
Photographer:  M2 Photo
Ceremony: St. Marks Church
Reception: Front & Palmer
Flowers: Belovely Florals

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Real Wedding: Brittany & Bryan

Brittany & Bryan - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Adam Naples Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

Well, my dress actually came as a surprise to me. I can’t lie, I have one of those “went in wanting something completely different” stories. I knew that my designer HAD to be Sarah Seven, I had been obsessing over her gowns since before I was even engaged, so I headed to the only place that had them, Lovely Bride Philadelphia. I went in thinking that I wanted a strapless simple gown, but with some last minute suggestions from my consultant she brought in the Mademoiselle dress and I put it on and I was in love! My eyes lit up and I couldn’t keep a smile off my face. It was comfortable, which was very important to me, and perfect and I knew I couldn’t leave with out it. My look was definitely nature inspired, I knew I wanted to keep it simple with large beautiful details, like the lace on my dress and my gold floral head piece.

Brittany & Bryan - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Adam Naples Photography

Brittany & Bryan - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Adam Naples Photography

Brittany & Bryan - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Adam Naples Photography

Brittany & Bryan - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Adam Naples Photography

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

Most important details to me were the pieces my now husband and I found while antiquing, like our vintage mismatched wine glasses and all the little brass animals for our tables. 

Brittany & Bryan - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Adam Naples Photography

Brittany & Bryan - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Adam Naples Photography

Brittany & Bryan - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Adam Naples Photography

Brittany & Bryan - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Adam Naples Photography

Brittany & Bryan - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Adam Naples Photography

Brittany & Bryan - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Adam Naples Photography

Brittany & Bryan - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Adam Naples Photography

What was the most memorable moment?

The most memorable moment for me was seeing Bryan for the first time at the end of the aisle, definitely something that will make me have butterflies for the rest of my life.

Brittany & Bryan - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Adam Naples Photography

Brittany & Bryan - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Adam Naples Photography

Brittany & Bryan - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Adam Naples Photography

Brittany & Bryan - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Adam Naples Photography

Brittany & Bryan - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Adam Naples Photography

Brittany & Bryan - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Adam Naples Photography

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

It’s your wedding, do it your way. There will be lots of people trying to give you advice, make sure you stick to your ideas not theirs. And one last thing, something will go wrong and it will be okay, no one will even notice, just sit back and take in every perfect moment of your day! 

Brittany & Bryan - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Adam Naples Photography

Brittany & Bryan - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Adam Naples Photography

Brittany & Bryan - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Adam Naples Photography

Brittany & Bryan - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Adam Naples Photography

Dress Designer: Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly
Photographer: Adam Naples Photography
DJ: DJ Salinger
Rentals: LoveBirds Vintage Rentals
Venue: Prospect Valley Farm

Click here to watch their beautiful wedding video!

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Real Wedding: Jackie & Keith

Jackie & Keith - Siara Dress by WToo from Lovely NY - Photo by Tina Elizabeth Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.
I have always been drawn to classic, sophisticated looks. I knew when my mother and I went to try on dresses that I wanted something a bit more form fitting and a cleaner silhouette. When we arrived at Lovely, I was up for anything. I kept thinking “you never know” then after trying on 8 to 9 dresses, one of which was a top contender, I tried on the Siara dress by WTOO and the moment she zipped up the back I had a feeling it was the one. It fit in all the right places and had everything I was looking for, including a belt. As I started to tear up, I realized this is the dress I am going to marry Keith in.

Jackie & Keith - Siara Dress by WToo from Lovely NY - Photo by Tina Elizabeth Photography

Jackie & Keith - Siara Dress by WToo from Lovely NY - Photo by Tina Elizabeth Photography

Jackie & Keith - Siara Dress by WToo from Lovely NY - Photo by Tina Elizabeth Photography

What were the most important details to pulling off your dream wedding?
Since we were having only 45 guests, we wanted a place that was intimate and cozy and had a great flow for everyone to mingle together at the reception. As much as the day is about us, we wanted our family and guests to have fun and enjoy some great food. The Fig Tree was great since it had an outdoor patio/garden that opened into the dining room. It was just what we wanted and fit the tone of the day.

Jackie & Keith - Siara Dress by WToo from Lovely NY - Photo by Tina Elizabeth Photography

Jackie & Keith - Siara Dress by WToo from Lovely NY - Photo by Tina Elizabeth Photography

Jackie & Keith - Siara Dress by WToo from Lovely NY - Photo by Tina Elizabeth Photography

Jackie & Keith - Siara Dress by WToo from Lovely NY - Photo by Tina Elizabeth Photography

Jackie & Keith - Siara Dress by WToo from Lovely NY - Photo by Tina Elizabeth Photography

What was the most memorable moment?
The whole day was an amazing but the moment that we love the most was seeing each other for the first time during our First Look. We both had been nervous/ excited to see each other all day; finally to have the moment just the two of us for the first time was breathtaking. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the look on his face.

Jackie & Keith - Siara Dress by WToo from Lovely NY - Photo by Tina Elizabeth Photography

Jackie & Keith - Siara Dress by WToo from Lovely NY - Photo by Tina Elizabeth Photography

Jackie & Keith - Siara Dress by WToo from Lovely NY - Photo by Tina Elizabeth Photography

If you could give future brides any advice, what would it be?
Towards the end of planning, don’t go crazy over all of the little details. Just focus on a few that are important to the two of you; the rest will fall into place.

Jackie & Keith - Siara Dress by WToo from Lovely NY - Photo by Tina Elizabeth Photography

Jackie & Keith - Siara Dress by WToo from Lovely NY - Photo by Tina Elizabeth Photography

Dress Designer: WTOO from Lovely NY
Jewelry: Vintage from Grandmother
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Photographer: Tina Elizabeth Photography
Ceremony: St. Francis, Hoboken, NJ
Reception: The Fig Tree Hoboken, NJ
Hair & Make-up: Bbride professionals
Florist: Flowers by Diane
Music: Vogue Music Events 

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Real Wedding: Heather & Philip

Heather & Philip - Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photography by Wasuck Photo

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

My vision was a simple lace dress. I had liked a few, but nothing felt right nearing the end of my appointment my consultant pulled down the Watters Davenport and I thought it was going to be too much, as the skirt was much larger than ones I had tried on previously, however it was absolutely perfect! My mom, aunt, now mother and step mother in law and I all started tearing up and I knew this was the dress. The perfect amount of structure, lace and most of all made me feel like a bride! I customized it a bit and added some lace to the top to turn it into a boat neck which truly made it my dress.

Heather & Philip - Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photography by Wasuck Photo

Heather & Philip - Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photography by Wasuck Photo

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

Phil and I met at summer camp ten years ago. We wanted to make it a fun outdoor rustic wedding showcasing just how beautiful Vermont is. We picked the Highland Lodge as it had a wonderful homey feel to it and most of the guests were able to stay right on property either in cabins or inside the Lodge. I asked guests to bring their wedding pictures so we could decorate the living areas with everyones wedding, the perfect personal touch. 

Heather & Philip - Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photography by Wasuck Photo

Heather & Philip - Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photography by Wasuck Photo

Heather & Philip - Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photography by Wasuck Photo

What was the most memorable moment?

Having all our friends and family come together to celebrate our love was simply amazing. At the end of the night the last song we played was Home by Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros. All our guests surrounded us on the dance floor and Phil and I were spinning around in the center. I could not believe how lucky we were to have everyone we cared about there. It truly was spectacular.

Heather & Philip - Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photography by Wasuck Photo

Heather & Philip - Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photography by Wasuck Photo

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

Remember at the end of the day it is your wedding, do what you want! Spend the extra money on a photographer; it truly is worth every penny. Also learn to delegate, you dont want to spend your wedding day rushing around trying to get things done. Allow others to help, it makes it all the more magical when you see your plans come together.

Heather & Philip - Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photography by Wasuck Photo

Dress Designer: Watters from Lovely NYC
Shoes: Toms
Bridesmaid Dresses: JCrew
Photographer: Isaac Wasuck with Wasuck Photography
Venue: Highland Lodge in Greensboro, Vermont
Florist: Blomma Flicka Flowers
DJ: Top Hat Entertainment
Catering: Worthy Catering

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Real Wedding: Cara & Tim

Cara & Tim - Soledad Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photo by Jessica Ames Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

There are so many beautiful wedding dresses.  I was looking for something a little unique and fun without going over the top.  As I was trying on dresses at Lovely, I kept looking at this blush colored dress hanging on the rack.  I had never considered any color other than white, but my mom, sister and I agreed that I might as well try it on.  I loved it!  It was colorful, whimsical, and most importantly comfortable. As I was debating between this dress and another Lovely dress, my sister pointed out that throughout my dress shopping, I had maintained a straight face thinking and pondering each dress.  But when I was wearing the Watters Soledad dress I had a big smile on my face.  That made my decision easy!

Cara & Tim - Soledad Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photo by Jessica Ames Photography

Cara & Tim - Soledad Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photo by Jessica Ames Photography

Cara & Tim - Soledad Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photo by Jessica Ames Photography

What was the most memorable moment?

Tim’s uncle sang a beautiful rendition of John Legend’s ‘All of Me’ during the ceremony.  During these few minutes I was able to look around at the crowd and took note of Tim standing across from me and all of our family and friends together under one roof.  I felt so honored and grateful that each of them took the time to travel and witness our special day.

Cara & Tim - Soledad Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photo by Jessica Ames Photography

Cara & Tim - Soledad Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photo by Jessica Ames Photography

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

Since both Tim and I went to Penn State, the campus holds a special place in our hearts.  We were able to blend my dream wedding of romance and an abundance of flowers by holding the ceremony in the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens and his passion for sports, especially Penn State football, by holding our reception in Beaver Stadium.  We incorporated some other details so our guests could share in the Penn State experience.  Some of these included tailgate themed welcome bags upon arrival at the on-campus hotel, The Nittany Lion Inn, using the Blue Buses for transporting our guests (the buses that the football team uses to travel to the stadium), access to the All-Sports Museum in the stadium before cocktail hour, and a bottle of local wine from Mt. Nittany Vineyard and Winery as a wedding favor.

Cara & Tim - Soledad Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photo by Jessica Ames Photography

Cara & Tim - Soledad Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photo by Jessica Ames Photography

Cara & Tim - Soledad Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photo by Jessica Ames Photography

Cara & Tim - Soledad Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photo by Jessica Ames Photography

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

Planning a wedding can feel like a balancing act at times between trying to figure out what you want while weighing the opinions of others close to you.  Weddings are about love, so treat everyone with love.  If you’re unsure of what to do, go with your gut and feel confident in your decision.  It will be a beautiful, magical day with your loved ones.  Enjoy every minute of it!

Cara & Tim - Soledad Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photo by Jessica Ames Photography

Dress Designer: Soledad by Watters from Lovely NYC
Shoes: J.Crew
Earrings: Nadri
Floral Headpiece: Cécile Boccara
Photographer: Jessica Ames Photography
Ceremony Venue: H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens in the Arboretum at Penn State
Reception Site: Mount Nittany Club in Beaver Stadium
Videographer: Birdhouse Productions
Florist: Avánt Garden
Ceremony Instrumentals: Allegria Ensemble
Reception Band: John Parker Band
Invitations, Table Numbers, and Place cards: Rifle Paper Co.
Alterations: Sew Elegant

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