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Real Wedding: Jessika & Keegan

Jessika & Keegan - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely LA - Photo by The Marin Studio

Jessika & Keegan - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely LA - Photo by The Marin Studio

After we got engaged, it took a long time before we decided to have a wedding. From the beginning, we wanted the day to be very personal and to really reflect us as a couple, and so we tried to add personal touches throughout the entire day. We also wanted to be sure our wedding was casual and intimate, and most importantly for or guests to have a great time.

Our families are spread across the west coast from Alaska to California, so deciding on a location was tough initially. We were on an impromptu trip through California and immediately decided that wine country was the perfect fit for our laid back wedding. Given our budget, we knew we were going to have to do a lot of things ourselves and thankfully our families and friends were very much willing to help out.

Jessika & Keegan - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely LA - Photo by The Marin Studio

Jessika & Keegan - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely LA - Photo by The Marin Studio

Jessika & Keegan - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely LA - Photo by The Marin Studio

Living in Alaska and planning the wedding in Sonoma was not easy, and so we enlisted Leslie Struble of Dandelion Events to help out during the month leading up to our wedding. From the moment we first spoke with her over the phone, she was very helpful and amazingly calm, and kept us calm and collected throughout the whole process. She even helped us decide on Ramekins as our venue and worked with us throughout the year.

Once we had our venue, the next step in our planning was to find my dress. Although we had an idea of how the whole wedding would look, I wanted to let the dress set the tone. I not only found my perfect Carol Hannah dress at Lovely Bride LA, but I was lucky enough to work directly with Carol Hannah to customize my look. I had a tough time choosing between two dresses and so she helped me to combine both looks into one dress with a tulle skirt overlay and gave me an easy transition from ceremony to reception by simply removing the tulle skirt and adding a beaded belt. She also customized the appliqué on my dress to fit our aesthetic.

Jessika & Keegan - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely LA - Photo by The Marin Studio

Jessika & Keegan - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely LA - Photo by The Marin Studio

Jessika & Keegan - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely LA - Photo by The Marin Studio

Jessika & Keegan - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely LA - Photo by The Marin Studio

Our unity ceremony was also a personal touch that we both very much enjoyed. We wanted to get away from the classic unity ceremony ideas, and do something that was unique to us, and that was genuine and thoughtful, but still represented the blending of our two families. We had branding irons made and branded a custom cutting board with our initials. The cutting board was given to us as a wedding gift from Keegan’s cousin. Cooking represents the values of my Spanish culture – which are surrounded by the importance of food and family. The brands represented Keegan’s family, which are cattle ranchers. This was a special moment for us because it was during the cocktail hour, we were already married, and it felt more authentic to share that moment with everyone in a more casual setting.

Jessika & Keegan - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely LA - Photo by The Marin Studio

Jessika & Keegan - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely LA - Photo by The Marin Studio

Jessika & Keegan - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely LA - Photo by The Marin Studio

We wanted to make sure we captured every moment of the day, and working with Ramin from The Marin Studio was simply amazing. He was so comfortable and fun to work with, and he truly captured the essence of the day. From the moment we met him we knew his comfortable and humorous attitude would be a perfect fit for us. We also had a semi-DIY photobooth – we used our iPad and a tripod, rented a backdrop, and purchased the props – it was a money saver and everyone loved it! The photos turned out great and using SmugMug was a great way to share not only the photobooth photos but also the Instagram hash-tagged photos that all our guests took throughout the weekend!

We are so grateful for all the love and support we received not only on our wedding day but in all the days leading up to it. Our wedding was a truly magical experience that wouldn’t have been made possible without our friends and family!

Jessika & Keegan - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely LA - Photo by The Marin Studio

Jessika & Keegan - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely LA - Photo by The Marin Studio

Jessika & Keegan - Dress by Carol Hannah from Lovely LA - Photo by The Marin Studio

Dress – Carol Hannah from Lovely Los Angeles
Photography – The Marin Studio
Day Of Coordinator – Leslie At Dandelion Events
Reception Venue – Ramekins Culinary Institute & Inn
Ceremony Venue – The General’s Daughter
Bride’s Hair – The Groom’s Mother, Jana Fleming
Bride’s Makeup – The Couple’s Friend, Kierra Manion
Rentals – Wine Country Party and Events
Favors – Logo Lenses
Videographer – The Bride’s Cousin, Michael Rodriguez – Wedding Video
Catering – Ramekins Culinary Institute & Inn
Bride’s Shoes – Tory Burch
Invitations And Programs – Love VS. Design
Groom’s Attire – Hugo Boss
Music – AMS Entertainment
Flowers – The Monkey Flower Group

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Real Wedding: Rachel & Justin

Rachel & Justin - Cascade Gown by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Sweetwater Portraits

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

The Cascade dress by Sarah Seven was EXACTLY what I was looking for. The dress maintains a certain ethereal quality with the golden lace detail, which hangs from the bodice and the romantic silk skirt that was unlike any other dress I had seen. The dress was also so comfortable and light which allowed me to dance the whole night long.

Rachel & Justin - Cascade Gown by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Sweetwater Portraits

Rachel & Justin - Cascade Gown by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Sweetwater Portraits

Rachel & Justin - Cascade Gown by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Sweetwater Portraits

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

We wanted our wedding to be a big party with family and friends. We focused the initial planning on finding an awesome band and venue . To keep costs down, we made a lot of the décor items ourselves and found an amazing flower vendor at a local farmer’s market who supplied bright, seasonal blooms. All of the planning came together in the end to create an unforgettable night.

Rachel & Justin - Cascade Gown by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Sweetwater Portraits

Rachel & Justin - Cascade Gown by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Sweetwater Portraits

Rachel & Justin - Cascade Gown by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Sweetwater Portraits

Rachel & Justin - Cascade Gown by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Sweetwater Portraits

What was the most memorable moment?

The most memorable moment for us was definitely our ceremony. We had planned on having the ceremony outdoors at our venue. Unfortunately, it poured the entire day and an outdoor ceremony was not in the cards for us. Our reception space then became our ceremony space and all of our guests sat at their party tables. Our chuppah was set up in the middle of the dance floor and our bridal party walked right through all of our family and friends. This created such a warm atmosphere and we were surrounded by so much love.

Rachel & Justin - Cascade Gown by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Sweetwater Portraits

Rachel & Justin - Cascade Gown by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Sweetwater Portraits

Rachel & Justin - Cascade Gown by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Sweetwater Portraits

Rachel & Justin - Cascade Gown by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Sweetwater Portraits

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

Do not get bogged down in all of the minor details that can absolutely take over during the wedding planning process. It’s easy to lose sight of what’s important but on the day of your wedding, there is no time to worry about all those little things.

Rachel & Justin - Cascade Gown by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Sweetwater Portraits

Dress Designer: Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly
Sash: Untamed Petals Poppy Sash from Lovely Philly
Photographer: Sweetwater Portraits
Venue: Pomme
Flowers: Triple Tree Flowers
Super8: Sweetwater Portraits
Day of Coordinator: cHill Weddings
Band: Carnivale
Make-up: Cheekadee
Hair: Platinum Hair Company

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Social Media Sweetie Giveaway!

We love our Lovelies, and nothing makes us happier than seeing photos on Instagram of brides visiting our stores or fabulous ladies wearing their Shop Lovely purchases! With our #socialmediasweetie giveaway, you can win amazing goodies just by tagging us in those photos! So get to gramming and don’t forget to tag us!

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This month our winner is @shannypants! She posted this amazing photo from her super glam wedding wearing a beautiful Anna Campbell gown that she purchased at Lovely LA, and as easy as that and she won a gorgeous silky robe from Shop Lovely. You could be our next #socialmediasweetie so show off your gorgeous wedding photos wearing a Lovely gown, your trip to a Lovely shop, or your goodies from Shop Lovely on Instagram!

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Real Wedding: Julia & Christian

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I LOVED this dress by Theia. It was only by luck that I even got to try it on, however. The polar vortex had hit the northeast just as we were traveling back from vacation. Our flight was cancelled and we ended up laid over in New York for 5 days. I decided to make the most of it and go dress shopping, already having staked out Lovely Bride and their designers online. Most likely, I never would have made a designated trip from New Mexico to New York just to find a dress so it was completely by chance that I had this opportunity and I’m, obviously, so glad I got to visit the shop! The thing I loved most about this dress was the blush petals that appear to bleed up the dress. I wanted something more unique than the white, strapless dresses peppering my Facebook feed and this was it. I knew we were having an outdoorsy wedding and this dress, looking so much like a beautiful hydrangea (one of my favorite flowers), would both fit in and stand out in the incredible Rocky Mountain setting. I kept the rest of the look—hair, make-up, jewelry—incredibly minimal, it would be easy to over-do it wearing such an incredible gown.

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

To us, the most important part of the wedding was having an amazing photographer (and, as it turns out, videographer) to capture everything. It is easy to allocate the least amount of money in your budget to these because it’s not anything you actually “see” on the day of the wedding, but when it’s all said and done the photos are what you will have to look back on. You’re not just paying for pictures, you’re essentially buying your memories—and that is something I would pay a premium for over and over again.

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What was the most memorable moment?

Our cake cutting is not to be forgotten. As background information, the groomsmen received amazing Best Made axes as gifts (which were hand-painted by the groom). Anyways, we did the nice and dainty cutting, but that was quickly over and before I knew it the axe was in Chris’s hand and with a mighty swing sheer destruction befell the frilly tiers. There was so much cheering and laughing—and possibly some screaming. That cake didn’t stand a chance, those axes are insanely sharp. It was all very spur of the moment and I’m happy that something that could have been mundane was turned into something we won’t soon forget.

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

Make decisions and stick to them. It’s easy to falter back and forth between colors and flower, etc. but it only makes it harder for you in the long run. Flip-flopping on one thing can change ten others. It will look great no matter what, and chances are that even if something isn’t quite right you’re probably the only one that stands a chance at noticing (because the day is so busy anyways that things are an incredible blur). Also, maybe more importantly, be nice—seriously, to everyone. From your coordinator to the cashier at the salon. No one wants to deal with a bridezilla and people are a lot more willing to help you and make accommodations if you’re reasonable to deal with than if you’re nasty and demanding. Just take a deep breath and remember that a lot of things aren’t quite as big a deal as they seem at the time.

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Dress: Theia Emma Gown from Lovely NY
Hair Accessory: Cécile Boccara
Shoes: 
Badgley Mischka
Photographer: Jennifer Emerling of YEAH! Weddings
Cinematography, DJ, Photo Booth: YEAH! Weddings
Wedding Coordinator: The Main Event
Venue: Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado
Stationery: Letterpress Made
Cake: Sugar Breck
Flowers: Petals & Pours
Hair & Make-up: Bloom Spa at The Sebastian Vail

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Real Wedding: Coryn & Jake

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

Having a New Year’s Eve wedding, I knew I wanted a gold dress. I had always looked around online and found gorgeous gowns, none of which I thought I would have the opportunity to even try on in Omaha. Once I found Sarah Seven, and all her gold dresses at the time, I was obsessed. Luck had it that my best friend lived in Brooklyn and worked in the bridal industry. So when I showed her my favorite Sarah Sevens, she immediately set me up for the Sarah Seven trunk show at Lovely, where her roommate worked at the time. Once there, the hardest part was picking between all of her amazing gowns!

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

For us, it was about making it feel like one big NYE party with a wedding squeezed in.  This lead us to lots of gold and glitter, cheesy New Year’s favors, and a champagne pass at midnight.

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What was the most memorable moment?

The most memorable moment of the whole day was when Jake and I got 30 minutes to sit and eat dinner together at our sweetheart table. It was the only time we were together alone to really just take in the moment. It was incredible to sit and overlook a room full of all the people we love.

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

The best money we spent was for our awesome photographer and videographer! The day is such a blur and being able to look back and see our happiness in pictures and hear our vows on video is something we will be able to cherish for years to come.

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Dress Designer:  Sarah Seven from Lovely NYC
Photographer: Christine McGuigan
Venue: Livestock Exchange Building, Omaha, NE
Florist: Marcia Spilker 
DJ: James Cloyd with Complete Music
Videographer: Digital Solutions
Cake: The Cake Gallery

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