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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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Real Wedding: Erin & Paul

Erin & Paul - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Ashley Ludaescher

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I’m a Southern California native, but I live with my Australian partner in Berlin, Germany.  Planning most of the wedding from afar, I was adamant that I would pick out my dress with my two sisters, mother and grandmother.  Complicating this desire was the fact that I am only home for a short time in the summers, and one of my sisters lives in Texas.  There was only one weekend that summer when were all going to be in California, so I made an appointment at Lovely LA ages in advance.  I couldn’t believe my luck when I heard that a Sarah Seven trunk show was occurring on that day!  I LOVED her dresses, so I was very hopeful. 

I had originally envisioned myself in a strapless number, but that was until Sarah, herself (!), brought over Mademoiselle.  It felt sophisticated and ethereal, demure and a little sexy.  It was me, but turned up a notch. However, I was unsure that I could pull it off.  With encouragement from my sisters, and Sarah (again!) assuring me that I was workin’ it, it all fell into place.  It was a serendipitous moment- finding THE dress with my family, on our one weekend together. 

Erin & Paul - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Ashley Ludaescher

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

My husband is Australian, but we live and work in Berlin, Germany where he plays professional volleyball.  Also, his mum is Dutch, so half of his family lives in the Netherlands.  This meant that we were going to have guests from all over the world coming in for the big day.  It’s probably true for every couple, but this would really be the only time in our lives that our families would be all together in one place.  With this in mind, Paul and I decided early on that we wanted to create an intimate, welcoming celebration where everyone felt like family.  When we found a house in Long Beach available as a wedding venue, we jumped at the chance.  It offered us the intimacy of a backyard wedding, with a beautiful space, and the freedom to truly make the place our own. 

Erin & Paul - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Ashley Ludaescher

We tried to create a garden wedding with a few personal touches.  For example: we named our tables after different cities around the world where we have lived and traveled.  I wrote the seating chart on beautiful doors that my late grandfather made.  We included our families in a handfasting ceremony.  We also created our own floral arrangements, and when I went to the flower market, I had only one demand: Eucalyptus.  The Australian native that has made itself at home in California-what could be more perfect? 

Erin & Paul - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Ashley Ludaescher

Erin & Paul - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Ashley Ludaescher

But perhaps most important were the people who actually made this event happen.  Our family showed up on Friday smiling and ready to work to set up, put together floral arrangements, and transport all of the stuff we needed.  It was well and truly a Do-It-Together affair.  Plus, our venue coordinator, Diana, was SO clutch and SO zen. Everything ran smoothly, and that is due in no small part to her awesomeness. 

Erin & Paul - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Ashley Ludaescher

What was the most memorable moment?

I have two:

1) The entire ceremony was overwhelming, transcendent, and joyful.  We wrote the ceremony ourselves, and it was truly surreal hearing the words we’d chosen so carefully being brought to life.  The best part was when we kissed at the end.  It was one of those crazy moments when we were aware of our friends and family cheering, completely enveloped by their love and support, yet simultaneously absorbed in one another-completely in our own world.

Erin & Paul - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Ashley Ludaescher

Erin & Paul - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Ashley Ludaescher

Erin & Paul - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Ashley Ludaescher

2) Paul’s Dutch mother was very concerned about the lack of tent at our outdoor California wedding given the Netherlands’ propensity for wet weather.  After assuring her over and over that “It NEVER rains in southern California in August”, the unbelievable happened: it rained.  In the last fifteen minutes of our reception, with everyone dancing around with glow sticks-it began to drizzle.  It just felt magical.  The bottom of my dress is totally trashed now!

Erin & Paul - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Ashley Ludaescher

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

I got a great reality check from a European friend when I first got engaged.  In the US, the first question we ask brides is usually about the details of the wedding: “Have you picked a venue?” “Which flowers will you use?”, etc.  The first thing my German friend asked was, “Are you so excited to make this commitment with your man?!”.  Never lose sight of why you and your partner are doing this.  It’s a crazy, wonderful promise you’re making.  If your priorities are sorted from here, you’ll be much less stressed over the details ;) Also, don’t be like me and beat yourself up for weeks after the wedding, because you felt like you didn’t spend enough time with every single person.  It is impossible.   Do your best, enjoy the day, and let it go. 

Erin & Paul - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Ashley Ludaescher

Dress Designer: Sarah Seven from Lovely LA
Belt: Untamed Petals
Hair Vine: Rosyln Harris Designs
Photographer:  Ashley Ludaescher
Venue:  The Devon Estate, Long Beach, CA
Wedding Coordinator: Diana Hutchinson
Videographer: Jonathan Chou
DJ: Kyle Taylor

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Real Wedding: Genevieve & Alan

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.
Initially my love for another designer brought me to Lovely Bride in LA. After trying on three of her gowns, I was having a difficult time deciding. At the suggestion of my sales associate, Whitney, I tried on the Norma gown by Watters. I fell in love with it instantly. Soft, romantic and whimsical – it was perfect.

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What were the most important details to pulling off your dream wedding?
Having a wedding coordinator was a huge help. Ashley was professional, positive and a complete dream to work with. Our day wouldn’t have been the same without her.

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What was the most memorable moment?
When our minister announced us as Mr. & Mrs. Garcia, we turned to walk down the aisle together and a warm feeling rushed over me. I had married my best friend and we surrounded by family and friends – old and new. Never before had I experienced so much love all at one time and it was overwhelming. I remember feeling so incredibly lucky and thankful for everyone who took the time to share that day with us. I will never forget that moment.

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

Weddings are meant to be a celebration of love, but sometimes stress can creep its way into the mix and that’s not fun. Take time for you and rely on family and friends to help you gain perspective and balance. You’re getting married! It’s a beautiful thing… enjoy it

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Dress: Norma gown by Watters from Lovely LA
Photographer: Martin Vielma
Wedding Planner: Ashley Speakman with Grand Tradition Garden and Estate
Venue: Grand Tradition Garden & Estate
Videographer: Graham Lovelis

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Real Wedding: Alexis & Bobby

Alexis & Bobby - Dress by Theia from Lovely Philly - Photos by Libby Hilf Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look:

I arrived at Lovely following a particularly horrifying dress experience the previous evening. At that point, I was skeptical that wedding dress shopping was going to be a memorable one. But from the minute owner Ivy Kaplin greeted us at the door, she immediately put my apprehensions to rest.

We tried gorgeous dress after gorgeous dress—and I realized that the only inspiration I needed was to feel like myself. I thought I had found my dress, but Ivy encouraged me to try on one last dress. It was the lace Theia gown that I had emailed her about months before. It was the last one on the rack, and thanks to Ivy’s eye and unbelievable attention to detail, I had found THE dress. 

If a dress could be the reflection of my personality, then I think I found it. The lace gave it elegance, yet it was still casual enough for an outdoor farm-inspired wedding.

Alexis & Bobby - Dress by Theia from Lovely Philly - Photos by Libby Hilf Photography

Alexis & Bobby - Dress by Theia from Lovely Philly - Photos by Libby Hilf Photography

Alexis & Bobby - Dress by Theia from Lovely Philly - Photos by Libby Hilf Photography

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

My husband and I met when living in New York City, so we have friends and family near and far.  It was really important that every detail was thoughtfully crafted with the intention that our guests feel connected to the wedding and to us, as a couple.  

My husband is a chef and we love cooking together, so our save-the-dates were screen printed onto kitchen towels. We loved the idea that our guests would use those towels in their kitchens as they cooked and be reminded that sharing a meal with friends and family is such a soul-satisfying experience.

Our friends designed our invitations, which included hand-drawn illustrations and photos of our grandparents on their wedding days; co-workers at the Mattress Factory museum of contemporary art helped me collect mismatched vintage china from estate sales and flea markets; my mother designed our marriage certificate; my uncle hand cut wood platters for the charcuterie on the tables; and the doilies on the cocktail and dessert tables were crocheted by my grandmother.

Drinks were served with a cocktail napkin that read “life without you is like unsalted food” and the history of the Pittsburgh “Cookie Table” was printed on brown paper lunch bags so guests could fill and take home.

Alexis & Bobby - Dress by Theia from Lovely Philly - Photos by Libby Hilf Photography

Alexis & Bobby - Dress by Theia from Lovely Philly - Photos by Libby Hilf Photography

Alexis & Bobby - Dress by Theia from Lovely Philly - Photos by Libby Hilf Photography

Alexis & Bobby - Dress by Theia from Lovely Philly - Photos by Libby Hilf Photography

What was the most memorable moment?

I really can’t pick just one moment. The entire day was pure magic! But I will say when I stepped in front of my friends and family for the first time—as I walked  toward my husband to be—those were the happiest, most love-filled seconds of my entire life.

Alexis & Bobby - Dress by Theia from Lovely Philly - Photos by Libby Hilf Photography

Alexis & Bobby - Dress by Theia from Lovely Philly - Photos by Libby Hilf Photography

Alexis & Bobby - Dress by Theia from Lovely Philly - Photos by Libby Hilf Photography

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

Allow yourself two things that you absolutely will not concede. ONLY two. (My husband is rolling his eyes somewhere right now!) Yes, every bride wants a perfect, magical day so I know everything is important—but if you pick two things to focus on, then all other decisions will slowly fall into place.

For some, that might be the dress or the flowers. For me, those two things were the printed materials and the food—even if that meant foregoing a magnificent venue because we couldn’t use the caterer of our choice.

Alexis & Bobby - Dress by Theia from Lovely Philly - Photos by Libby Hilf Photography

Alexis & Bobby - Dress by Theia from Lovely Philly - Photos by Libby Hilf Photography

Dress Designer: Theia from Lovely Philadelphia
Shoes: Kate Spade
Belt: Untamed Petals
Photographer: Libby Hilf Photography
Venue: Sand Hill Berries, Mount Pleasant, Pa.
Food & Cake: Bob Sendall, All In Good Taste Productions
Flowers: Le Jardin
Band: Lungs Face Feet
Hair: Eric Smith, Eric Smith Salon
Make-up: Kiss and Make-up
Save-the-dates and wedding programs: (screen printed by the bride and her friends) Artist Image Resource
Hand drawn map & illustrations: Felice Cleveland
Wedding Invitation Design: Shannon Knepper, War Admiral Press
Wedding Invitation printing: Sapling Press

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Real Wedding: Amber & Tobias

Amber & Tobias - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Lisa Hancock

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I wanted a classic lace dress with a train. I wanted something slim fitting, with straps, and an open back. This was the second dress I tried on at Lovely. My dress was elegant without being over the top, which was exactly what I was looking for.

Amber & Tobias - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Lisa Hancock

Amber & Tobias - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Lisa Hancock

Amber & Tobias - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Lisa Hancock

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

Tobias and I wanted a very natural and organic yet classic and elegant ceremony and reception. We are both very laid back people who love being outdoors. We are city people who also love adventuring in the wilderness and seeing beautiful scenery. We chose one of our favorite places- Fort Tryon Park, for our reception and ceremony. Fort Tryon is all the way at the top of Manhattan but it feels like you’ve left NYC. It has amazing views of the Hudson River and the Palisades. It was the same location where Tobias proposed to me the previous fall. We wanted our wedding to reflect who we are and what we love.

Amber & Tobias - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Lisa Hancock

Amber & Tobias - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Lisa Hancock

Amber & Tobias - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Lisa Hancock

Amber & Tobias - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Lisa Hancock

What was the most memorable moment?

My most memorable moment was seeing Tobias for the first time. We planned a First Look before the ceremony because we wanted that moment to be intimate. Our photographer had Tobias standing with his back to me in the flower garden a few steps from where the ceremony would be. I had one of my bridesmaids lead me to the flower garden with my eyes closed. When the photographer told him to turn around and told me to open my eyes, we both started tearing and laughing at the same time. Our day that we had been planning for almost a year was finally here and we were just so happy!

Amber & Tobias - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Lisa Hancock

Amber & Tobias - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Lisa Hancock

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

Someone told me not to worry because everything will work out beautifully. I kept that in mind when I was feeling nervous or stressed before the wedding but that person was right. Everything worked out BEAUTIFULLY. I wouldn’t have changed a thing!

Amber & Tobias - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Lisa Hancock

Amber & Tobias - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Lisa Hancock

Dress Designer: Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC
Photographer: Lisa Hancock
Ceremony: Linden Terrace in Fort Tryon Park, NYC
Reception: New Leaf Café

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