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Real Wedding: Justine & Freddie

Justine & Freddie - Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely LA - Photo by Carl Zoch Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.
I started my wedding dress search with Pinterest and put in the search “flowy wedding dress” and came upon Leanne Marshall’s Julie dress and absolutely loved it! It was exactly what I wanted, simple, beautiful and timeless. So, I research stores that carried her dresses and found Lovely Bride in Los Angeles. I highly recommend this place for future brides! This place is not your typical bridal store. It has a modern twist, the place is gorgeous, and the customer service feels like you’re their friends. I tried on maybe about 5 potential dresses. Leanne Marshall’s Julie dress was the first dress I tried on and I loved it so much, but I left empty handed because I told myself there’s no way that I could have looked online and found the dress…then it was the first dress I tried on and then I’m going to buy it. No way it could be that easy! I tried one more store and it was a disaster, came back to Lovely and bought the dress a week after.

Justine & Freddie - Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely LA - Photo by Carl Zoch Photography

Justine & Freddie - Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely LA - Photo by Carl Zoch Photography

Justine & Freddie - Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely LA - Photo by Carl Zoch Photography

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

In the beginning process of our planning I was going through some wedding blogs. I love looking at real weddings and I came upon one that stood out to me. It was an elopement in the Columbia River Gorge photographed by Carl Zoch and we fell in love with the idea! We had just went on a trip almost a year ago to Oregon and loved the Columbia River Gorge, and Oregon is only a 2.5 hr flight from southern Cali which was great because it meant that our parents could still make the travel. So, even after putting down quite a big deposit on a venue with an ocean view in La Jolla, CA we made the decision together that this would be way more fun, more “us”, and less expensive then our original plans. We wanted our immediate family to be there, so we talked to both our parents about the idea and they all supported us. I remember being so nervous to tell my mom because my mom is a traditional and hoped we’d get married in church, but when I showed her the pictures by Carl Zoch of the elopement by a waterfall, she smiled with wide eyes and said “that is beautiful.” With our parents’ blessings we were thrilled to start planning.

Justine & Freddie - Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely LA - Photo by Carl Zoch Photography

Justine & Freddie - Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely LA - Photo by Carl Zoch Photography

We did a lot of DIY projects not only due to our budget, but we love creativity. This was our favorite part of the whole planning process. It was so fun to be creative together as a couple with both our ideas collaborated. We designed the invitations on the computer ourselves, bought paper and envelopes from paper source and printed them at home. Since all our guests were all traveling to Oregon we included a booklet that Freddie bound by sewing it together which included places to go, our wedding party, map and directions for the ceremony and reception. Our invitations included name stickers we had everyone wear to help them all mingle during the dinner rehearsal.

Justine & Freddie - Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely LA - Photo by Carl Zoch Photography

Justine & Freddie - Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely LA - Photo by Carl Zoch Photography

What was the most memorable moment?

It’s really hard to pick a favorite part of our wedding day because all of it was so great. I always thought brides said their wedding day was the best day of their life because they were marrying their soul mate, and this is true!! But also the day is magical because you get to spend this day with the people you love the most all at one time especially since out wedding was on the smaller side. I want to relive this day, and it’s so awesome to know how much our guests had fun too. My favorite moments were exchanging our vows with each other, hiking just the two of us with our photographer, the dance offs, our first dance and wedding party dance, and dancing with my dad.

 Justine & Freddie - Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely LA - Photo by Carl Zoch Photography

Justine & Freddie - Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely LA - Photo by Carl Zoch Photography

Justine & Freddie - Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely LA - Photo by Carl Zoch Photography

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

Don’t let anything stop you if it’s what you want. If we decided to postpone the wedding we might have not gotten to have the adventure that we had. Even if it seems like the end of the world with whatever you’re going through, you can get through it together not just with your husband, but with the help of your family and friends. Freddie’s parents threw us a second reception in San Diego for everyone who couldn’t make it out to Oregon, so it all worked out.

Justine & Freddie - Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely LA - Photo by Carl Zoch Photography

Justine & Freddie - Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely LA - Photo by Carl Zoch Photography

Plan your wedding exactly how you and your soon to be husband want it to be. Don’t try to please anyone. A lot of times, your family and friends might try to make the wedding about themselves—giving advice about how they would want things, but it’s your special day and you want to enjoy it and remember it as something you don’t regret. A lot of weddings I’ve been to were so generic…just doing things and including things in their wedding because they think that it’s what you “have to do.” It’s not like you follow what people say when they tell you how to live your life, so why should it be any different for your wedding day? We look back at our wedding day and just want to relive every moment of it. Half jokingly, I’ve even asked Freddie if we can renew our vows next year ;)

Justine & Freddie - Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely LA - Photo by Carl Zoch Photography

Justine & Freddie - Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely LA - Photo by Carl Zoch Photography

Don’t be afraid to be different, and just don’t mind what other people think altogether! So many people thought our idea of getting married at a waterfall we never been to was crazy. We did a lot of non-traditional things (no seating at the ceremony, bridal party wearing ivory, dance offs for the garter and bouquet, wedding pie instead of cake, hiking for wedding pictures), but almost all of my guests told me that it was the best and most fun wedding that they have ever been to. It also allowed my guests to take a trip and enjoy Oregon. We all spent time with each other exploring Portland the day before and after the wedding. The morning after we all had brunch together.

Justine & Freddie - Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely LA - Photo by Carl Zoch Photography

Justine & Freddie - Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely LA - Photo by Carl Zoch Photography

Don’t be afraid to ask for help or take the help that is offered to you. Your family and friends are there for you and want to help. Our wedding day was so special because everyone was involved. Our processional song played by Freddie’s cousin. Our wedding officiant was our best friend. The best men were the djs. Our friends Ana and Jojo did our wedding video. My uncle and auntie hosted the dinner rehearsal. Our friend Tasha coordinated things for the day of the wedding. My cousins all helped with the decorations for the reception. Everyone helped us, and it helped us really enjoy our wedding day. Don’t stress out. Focus on what really matters, and that is that you get to marry your best friend/adventure partner! Enjoy ☺

Justine & Freddie - Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely LA - Photo by Carl Zoch Photography

Justine & Freddie - Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely LA - Photo by Carl Zoch Photography

Justine & Freddie - Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely LA - Photo by Carl Zoch Photography

Dress: Julie by Leanne Marshall from Lovely LA
Hair Piece: Twigs & Honey
Photographer: Carl Zoch
Ceremony: Wahkeena Falls, Oregon in the Columbia River Gorge
Reception: The Cleaners, Ace Hotel Portland
Shoes: Dolce Vita
Jewelry: Thread & Stone
Hair and Makeup: Ebel Artistry
Videographer: Jojo Jalapit
Florals: Anna Mara Flowers
Groom’s Attire: JCrew
Bridesmaid Dresses: Free People

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Real Wedding: Caryn & Zane

Caryn & Zane - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Becca Rillo Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

For my wedding dress I had two requirements: 1. It had to have lace and 2. It had to be easy to dance in. Sarah Seven met both of those requirements. Her dresses are effortlessly beautiful and really made me feel like a bride.

Caryn & Zane - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Becca Rillo Photography

Caryn & Zane - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Becca Rillo Photography

Caryn & Zane - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Becca Rillo Photography

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

I planned my own wedding and absolutely loved the process. However when planning a wedding, every single detail seems so important but on the actual day it doesn’t matter what the flowers look like or how the cake tastes but the most important detail is the people there who are giving you so much love and support. They are the most important detail.

Caryn & Zane - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Becca Rillo Photography

Caryn & Zane - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Becca Rillo Photography

Caryn & Zane - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Becca Rillo Photography

What was the most memorable moment?

My most memorable moment was walking down the aisle with my dad. When the French doors opened into the courtyard where the ceremony was being held and I saw all of our family and friends I was so overwhelmed with love. And then to see my future husband waiting for me at the end of the aisle, there is no better feeling in the world.

Caryn & Zane - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Becca Rillo Photography

Caryn & Zane - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Becca Rillo Photography

Caryn & Zane - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Becca Rillo Photography

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

Take a couple of moments during the big day to take mental pictures. Ones with not just images but also sounds and feelings of love. The day goes by so fast so don’t forget to cherish every second.

Caryn & Zane - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Becca Rillo Photography

Caryn & Zane - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Becca Rillo Photography

Caryn & Zane - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Becca Rillo Photography

Dress: Sarah Seven from Lovely LA
Shoes:  BHLDN
Photographer: Becca Rillo Photography
Venue: The Villa San Juan Capistrano
Florals: Sweet Blossom Designs
Hair & Makeup: Designed Elegance 

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Real Wedding: Genna & Anthony

Genna & Anthony - Dress by Katie May from Lovely NYC - Photo by Melissa Kruse Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look. 

I knew I wanted a backless wedding gown (that’s about the only thing I knew for sure), and that I wanted my look to be timeless and effortless. I originally wanted to use flowers in my hair, but fell in love with a studded head chain that I decided to wear instead. Given I was having a summer wedding, I wanted the fabric to be light, and the ability to easily walk and dance.  Finding a backless wedding gown in my price range, however, was proving to be a challenge.  I had tried on several dresses at Lovely NYC before they carried Katie May gowns.  I left my name and number, hoping the gowns would arrive before I found another dress.  A few months later, already having found a dress, I got a call from an associate at Lovely saying they had received the dresses and would love to schedule an appointment.  Even though I had a dress, I had to try on the Katie May gowns.  I made an appointment for the following day, tried on the Barcelona gown with my mother and father present; we all knew it blew the other gown out of the water. Decision made.

Genna & Anthony - Dress by Katie May from Lovely NYC - Photo by Melissa Kruse Photography

Genna & Anthony - Dress by Katie May from Lovely NYC - Photo by Melissa Kruse Photography

Genna & Anthony - Dress by Katie May from Lovely NYC - Photo by Melissa Kruse Photography

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

Atmosphere and music. I wanted to create a very romantic and relaxed vibe for my guests.  A soft color pallette, lots of candles and drapey fabric helped to create that look. I am a music lover and believe that music sets the tone for the entire party.  Music selection can say a lot about the couple.  I had non-stop music from the end of the ceremony through the very end of the evening, and opted against a formal sit-down dinner. Our goal was to have everyone up dancing and having a good time, which we definitely accomplished!

Genna & Anthony - Dress by Katie May from Lovely NYC - Photo by Melissa Kruse Photography

Genna & Anthony - Dress by Katie May from Lovely NYC - Photo by Melissa Kruse Photography

Memorable Moments?

There were a few. After we said our “I do’s” and my husband, myself, and the bridal party had exited the ceremony space, I found my dad. We hugged and cried; happy tears, mixed emotions, but memorable nonetheless. Another memorable moment for me came after the toasts.  Anthony and I were sitting together and he took my hand.  We looked around the room and smiled at one another.  At that moment, we felt the enormity of what we had just done and the love of our family and friends surrounding us. We took that moment to be present.

Genna & Anthony - Dress by Katie May from Lovely NYC - Photo by Melissa Kruse Photography

Genna & Anthony - Dress by Katie May from Lovely NYC - Photo by Melissa Kruse Photography

Genna & Anthony - Dress by Katie May from Lovely NYC - Photo by Melissa Kruse Photography

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

Take the majority of your photos before your reception.  That allows you the time to enjoy the party you put together with your family and friends.  It’s a once in a lifetime event and you will most likely never get the opportunity to have so many people close to you all in the same place, at the same time, ever again. Anthony and I were present for our entire cocktail hour and reception, which allowed us to greet all of our guests and then let loose! And yes, as most everyone would say, please do enjoy it and cherish every moment… it really does go by too fast!

Genna & Anthony - Dress by Katie May from Lovely NYC - Photo by Melissa Kruse Photography

Dress: Katie May from Lovely NYC
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Photographer: Melissa Kruse Photography
Venue: The Loading Dock in Stamford, CT
Florals: Forever in Bloom
Videography: OakJo
DJ: DJ MarvL

 

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Real Wedding: Leah & Craig

Leah & Craig - Dress by Claire la Faye from Lovely NYC - Image by Michelle Gardella Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.
The dress just FELT good. From the moment I put it on, it felt not only right, and me, but also comfortable, and light. It felt like wearing nothing at all. It seemed perfect not only for me and my taste, but also for the venue. The dress had no train that I had to worry about dragging on grass and sand and rocks (I put it to the test), it was light for an outdoor July wedding, it peaked up in the front to show off my shoes, it moved beautifully in the wind.

The look was inspired by me and my husband and by the place we got married. The wedding took place at my parents’ home – the ceremony was on grass in front of the bay and photos were taken on the beach and jetty. We often head up to Massachusetts to see both my, and Craig, my husband’s, family, and Craig proposed to me on the jetty in front of the house. The setting is low key and natural, but special. The shoes were not wedding shoes, but shoes that I will wear again and again. All of the jewelry was borrowed from my mother and mother in law, most of it hand me downs from grandparents, which was important to have family elements including. I went without a veil to avoid being windblown, and veils just felt wrong on me.

Leah & Craig - Dress by Claire la Faye from Lovely NYC - Image by Michelle Gardella Photography

Leah & Craig - Dress by Claire la Faye from Lovely NYC - Image by Michelle Gardella Photography

What were the most important details to pulling off your dream wedding?
The most important aspect in planning and pulling off our dream wedding was to never lose sight of us. Every aspect came from a place near and dear to both of us, from the food, to the flowers, to music, to extras, it all was meant to showcase us and our passions to our friends and family. It was also incredibly important for us to be relaxed and spend time together during our wedding, doing what we wanted to do most. Laugh and dance and be together with each other and the ones we loved. We enjoyed every moment to the fullest, dancing till the end with friends and family, eating all of our food and hors d’oeuvres, playing with our nieces and nephews by the water, and stealing some alone time to be with just each other.

Leah & Craig - Dress by Claire la Faye from Lovely NYC - Image by Michelle Gardella Photography

Leah & Craig - Dress by Claire la Faye from Lovely NYC - Image by Michelle Gardella Photography

Leah & Craig - Dress by Claire la Faye from Lovely NYC - Image by Michelle Gardella Photography

Leah & Craig - Dress by Claire la Faye from Lovely NYC - Image by Michelle Gardella Photography

What was the most memorable moment?
The reception kicked off with a bang – the band was fantastic and every single person was on the dance floor from the get go. They started with the hora, and Craig and I were up in the chairs. But it was a moment after they put us down, where everyone we knew and loved was dancing around us, and Craig picked me up and danced with me in his arms that was so memorable and magical. It truly was a moment where everyone and no one was there at the same time. In that moment, we were surrounded by so much love, and yet it was just the two of us as well. A similar moment happened at the ceremony. We both wrote our own vows, and read them aloud for the first time at the ceremony. Again, we were surrounded by our nearest and dearest – and again, it was just him and me.

Leah & Craig - Dress by Claire la Faye from Lovely NYC - Image by Michelle Gardella Photography

Leah & Craig - Dress by Claire la Faye from Lovely NYC - Image by Michelle Gardella Photography

If you could give future brides any advice, what would it be?
Be you. And your future husband. If you want to wear flats, wear flats. If you don’t like dessert, don’t have dessert. The day is about you and him. No one else. And it’s the only day, meant to kick off the rest of your life together. So it should celebrate you as a couple for everyday, not just for the one day. And make sure the day is not just you. But him. So often the bride steals the show, but my favorite touches from the day were the ones that reflected him. I would see the little reference to film or Philadelphia, and smile, “Oh right, that’s what I love so much about him. Today and always.” To be reminded of those things on your wedding day really is just icing on the cake.

Leah & Craig - Dress by Claire la Faye from Lovely NYC - Image by Michelle Gardella Photography

Leah & Craig - Dress by Claire la Faye from Lovely NYC - Image by Michelle Gardella Photography

DRESS DESIGNER: “Love Me Do” Gown by Claire La Faye from Lovely NYC
PHOTOGRAPHER: Michelle Gardella Photography
WEDDING PLANNER: Wendy Joblon
VENUE: Bride’s parents family home in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts
FLORIST: Green Lion Weddings
VIDEOGRAPHER: Aaron Bean Cinema
CATERER: Chanterelle Boutique Catering
BAND: The Sultans

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Real Wedding: Jett & Ryan

Jett & Ryan - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Steve Cowell Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.
This dress was the first dress I tried on. The sweetheart top and ethereal layers of chiffon screamed 1950s to me, and I knew with a short veil it was the perfect look.

Jett & Ryan - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Steve Cowell Photography

Jett & Ryan - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Steve Cowell Photography

Jett & Ryan - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Steve Cowell Photography

What were the most important details to pulling off your dream wedding?
Hiring a killer team of vendors! From our DJ to our videographers to our florist, everyone we worked with totally blew us away with their talent and helped us pull off our epic wedding. Also, if it’s in your budget, hire a wedding planner. My awesome planner, Amber, from ‘The Love Riot’ did all of the leg-work (except for the really important jobs, like cake tasting) and helped me have a truly carefree bride experience.

Jett & Ryan - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Steve Cowell Photography

Jett & Ryan - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Steve Cowell Photography

Jett & Ryan - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Steve Cowell Photography

What was the most memorable moment?

Ryan and I jumping in Frank Sinatra’s piano shaped pool (him in his suit, me in my dress) at the end of the night. We had originally decided we weren’t going to do it because I didn’t want to ruin my dress. But once we were in the moment, we just went for it!

Jett & Ryan - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Steve Cowell Photography

Jett & Ryan - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Steve Cowell Photography

Jett & Ryan - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Steve Cowell Photography

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

Go into your dress shopping with an open mind! I went in thinking I wanted a tea-length, long-sleeved lace dress and I ended up with a strapless gown. Also, keep dress accessories in mind. I loved the dress and I knew I didn’t want a ton of bling, but the rhinestones on the ‘Bailey’ sash gave my look the perfect amount of sparkle to complement my bridal ensemble!

Jett & Ryan - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Steve Cowell Photography

Jett & Ryan - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Steve Cowell Photography

Jett & Ryan - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Steve Cowell Photography

Jett & Ryan - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Steve Cowell Photography

Dress: Watters “Norma” from Lovely LA
Veil: Erica Koesler from Lovely LA
Sash: Untamed Petals from Lovely LA
Photographer: Steve Cowell
Coordinator: The Love Riot
Venue: Twin Palms Frank Sinatra Estate
Wedding Designer: Jesi Haack
Invites: Pitbulls and Posies
Hair & Makeup: Katie Mua of 1011 Makeup
Florist: Honey and Poppies
Videographers: Max and Molly Films
Catering: Huntington Catering
Libations: Pharmacie
DJ: Dart DJ
Dessert: Sweet and Saucy Shop
Rentals: YEAH Rentals

 

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