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Real Wedding: Ericka & Emily

Ericka & Emily - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Bryan Sargent Photography

Ericka & Emily - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Bryan Sargent Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I wanted to look elegant and funky! Wedding dress shopping was a little difficult for me because I am a bit of a perfectionist, so I had to let go of the idea of THE dress being perfect and just focused on feeling beautiful and being comfortable.

Ericka & Emily - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Bryan Sargent Photography

Ericka & Emily - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Bryan Sargent Photography

Ericka & Emily - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Bryan Sargent Photography

Ericka & Emily - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Bryan Sargent Photography

Ericka & Emily - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Bryan Sargent Photography

Ericka & Emily - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Bryan Sargent Photography

Ericka & Emily - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Bryan Sargent Photography

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

Music, good food, and looking amazing. My wife and I wanted to throw a really good party while looking #flawless in the process.

Ericka & Emily - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Bryan Sargent Photography

Ericka & Emily - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Bryan Sargent Photography

Ericka & Emily - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Bryan Sargent Photography

Ericka & Emily - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Bryan Sargent Photography

Ericka & Emily - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Bryan Sargent Photography

Ericka & Emily - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Bryan Sargent Photography

Ericka & Emily - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Bryan Sargent Photography

What was the most memorable moment?

Probably dancing into the reception for the first time and having all the people cheering for us and excited to celebrate our marriage.

Ericka & Emily - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Bryan Sargent Photography

Ericka & Emily - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Bryan Sargent Photography

Ericka & Emily - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Bryan Sargent Photography

Ericka & Emily - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Bryan Sargent Photography

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

The dress you choose will be the perfect dress. Just choose and keep it moving! Do NOT look at wedding dresses after you have purchased your dress!

Ericka & Emily - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Bryan Sargent Photography

Dress: Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC
Accessories: Anthropologie belt and attached straps from local fabric store in NYC
Photographer: Bryan Sargent Photography
Ceremony Venue: Prospect Park
Reception: The Bat Haus
Flower crown: Greenery NYC

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Real Wedding: Nicole & Chris

Nicole & Chris - Dress by Anna Campbell from Lovely NYC - Photos by Dean Sanderson

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I stumbled across Anna Campbell while looking on Pinterest a few months into wedding planning. After stalking her site and finding that the Lovely stores in Philly and NY would soon be stocked, I couldn’t wait to try them. Her dresses were the perfect mix of bohemian/ethereal/vintage that I was imagining for our beach wedding. The first weekend they were in the NY stores I got the last appointment, headed up and fell in love with them all, but the Miranda was unlike anything I had ever seen with all the embellishments and the lace and the back!

Nicole & Chris - Dress by Anna Campbell from Lovely NYC - Photos by Dean Sanderson

Nicole & Chris - Dress by Anna Campbell from Lovely NYC - Photos by Dean Sanderson

Nicole & Chris - Dress by Anna Campbell from Lovely NYC - Photos by Dean Sanderson

Nicole & Chris - Dress by Anna Campbell from Lovely NYC - Photos by Dean Sanderson

Nicole & Chris - Dress by Anna Campbell from Lovely NYC - Photos by Dean Sanderson

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

We had always known we wanted a destination wedding since Chris’ family is from MN and mine are all in PA. We just wanted to have our friends and family around us and have a relaxed memorable day/weekend. It was hard to reel myself away from Pinterest and Etsy and just pick a few things to focus on to make special. You really get flooded with ideas and it can be overwhelming. We already had a gorgeous setting and we were lucky there was not much else to add. But the poof backdrop (which involved a puff party in our hotel room the day before) was one of my favorite DIY details, I loved the bright colors.

Nicole & Chris - Dress by Anna Campbell from Lovely NYC - Photos by Dean Sanderson

Nicole & Chris - Dress by Anna Campbell from Lovely NYC - Photos by Dean Sanderson

Nicole & Chris - Dress by Anna Campbell from Lovely NYC - Photos by Dean Sanderson

Nicole & Chris - Dress by Anna Campbell from Lovely NYC - Photos by Dean Sanderson

Nicole & Chris - Dress by Anna Campbell from Lovely NYC - Photos by Dean Sanderson

What was the most memorable moment?

Walking down the aisle and seeing how beautiful everything came together. I was just full of love and happiness and surrounded by our best friends and family on such a beautiful day. I could not have asked for a better day. Also, two days after the wedding we drove to a private cenote near Tulum and did an unforgettable Trash the Dress session (which I think is very popular in Mexico given the cenotes and beaches). It was not the easiest going underwater with no air (as to not be bouyant) and in a gown and I felt like a drowning blowfish but somehow they turned out really beautiful and was an experience we will not forget!

Nicole & Chris - Dress by Anna Campbell from Lovely NYC - Photos by Dean Sanderson

Nicole & Chris - Dress by Anna Campbell from Lovely NYC - Photos by Dean Sanderson

Nicole & Chris - Dress by Anna Campbell from Lovely NYC - Photos by Dean Sanderson

Nicole & Chris - Dress by Anna Campbell from Lovely NYC - Photos by Dean Sanderson

Nicole & Chris - Dress by Anna Campbell from Lovely NYC - Photos by Dean Sanderson

Nicole & Chris - Dress by Anna Campbell from Lovely NYC - Photos by Dean Sanderson

If you could give future brides any advice, what would it be? Don’t drive yourself crazy with Pinterest and etsy, you can search and Pin forever! Try and enjoy yourself as much as possible and everything will work out. Just enjoy the day with your loved ones and soak it all in. It goes by fast!

Nicole & Chris - Dress by Anna Campbell from Lovely NYC - Photos by Dean Sanderson

Nicole & Chris - Dress by Anna Campbell from Lovely NYC - Photos by Dean Sanderson

Nicole & Chris - Dress by Anna Campbell from Lovely NYC - Photo by Dean Sanderson

Dress: Anna Campbell from Lovely New York
Photographer: Dean Sanderson
Venue: NOW Jade Riviera Cancun
Bracelet: AmieNoelDesigns

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Real Wedding: Erica & Joe

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I had no intention of trying on the Mulberry gown while I was browsing the racks at Lovely Philly. I had been in a few months before and fallen in love with a different dress, and had actually come back to have a final look before purchasing it. Ivy encouraged me to try on a few of the dresses I hadn’t seen the last time I was in and she put the Mulberry into that pile. As soon as I put it on, I was sold! It was the perfect combination of free-flowing and comfortable, while still being elegant and having the feel of a truly bridal look. I loved the asymmetrical cut of the bodice, but my absolute favorite part of the dress was the back – low-cut while remaining tasteful, the most gorgeous half-bow, and finished with just a few buttons. I kept my hair pulled back because I wanted those features of the dress to be the focus, and chose jewelry that wouldn’t draw attention away.

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

The most important detail to us was not seeing each other before the ceremony. The only day-dreaming I had done about my wedding was the moment when I would appear at the top of that aisle and I would see Joe’s face as I made my way to our chuppah. Thinking about walking towards him that night still gets me choked up! Besides the ceremony, we wanted all of our guests to have fun and that meant good music, great food and a fun atmosphere. We were so lucky to have the vendors we worked with because they made all of that happen – and more!

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What was the most memorable moment?

There are so many! The night flew by for us – 6 hours felt like 45 minutes, but the few things that stood out for me were:

Doing a first look with my Dad.  Throughout the whole planning process, my dad was adamant about not seeing me in any of the dresses or being around for my hair trial. He wanted everything to be a surprise, and the sentiment behind that was so sweet. Our photographer had us do a father-daughter first look and captured my Dad’s face as I was coming towards him and it’s one of my favorite photos from the evening.

Being alone with my parents right before walking down the aisle:  Having that time to just be with them was really special for me. We laughed and we cried, and I was able to spend those last few moments with the people who brought me into this world and raised me to be the woman I became.

The ten minutes Joe and I spent alone right after the ceremony: There is so much emotion wrapped up in the moments before and during the wedding ceremony, and being alone in the bridal suite to just relax, be together and hear about each other’s days was the best possible way to spend the time right after all that. Jaclyn made sure we had champagne and a cocktail, plus all of the hors d’oeuvres we would be missing from cocktail hour while we took pictures!

The last moments of the reception: Joe and I ended up in the middle of this big, tightly packed circle of our friends and close family all singing along and they continued to sing after the band stopped playing. There was so much love and energy coming out of these people we cared so deeply about and it was a moment I’ll never forget.

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

Don’t sweat the small stuff while planning. Remember to take a deep breath and think about your end game. At one point during the reception, I thought about how worked up and stressed out I had gotten at times during our 18 months of engagement, but sitting there and looking out at all of our friends and family, I remembered that Joe and I were now married, and that’s all that really mattered in the end.

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Dress: Mulberry by Carol Hannah from Lovely Philly
Photographer: Pete Malone from 217 Photography
Rings: I. Gorman (engagement ring, diamond wedding band, Joe’s gold band.) I used a plain band for the ceremony (necessary for a Jewish wedding to be legal) bought from Israel
Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Videographer: First Floor Films
Wedding Planner: Jaclyn Fisher of Two Little Birds Planning
Venue: Fairmount Park Horticulture Center
Catering: STARR Events
Florist: Beautiful Blooms

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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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