Category — Real Weddings

Real Wedding: Daryl and Kyle’s Whimsical Sedona Wedding

Daryl and Kyle’s Sedona Fall Wedding will take you back in time with these warm, vintage inspired photos that perfectly captured this old fashioned love story. Daryl’s Sarah Seven dress added such an elegance to the day, with pearl accents and blush roses that enhanced the femininity of her look. The reception decor was inspired by the couple’s travels together throughout the years. Too sweet!



Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

We wanted our wedding to be timeless.  We wanted it to feel vintage and yet of today.  My bridesmaid Jackie brilliantly took me to Lovely Bride NYC and I fell in love with the quaint old brownstone boutique and the unique quality of the designer dresses. The last thing I wanted was anything too “bridal” and Lovely was a perfect fit for me. I knew when I put on the Sarah Seven dress “Graceful” that it was the one.  And it was the DETAILS that captured my imagination.  The delicate pearl beaded sleeve that draped over the shoulders, the gentle fabric tucks at the waist, the ethereal sheer layers of the skirt.  I WAS IN LOVE!  The dress was plucked out of a fairytale and fit in perfectly with our “timeless” theme.


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

The most important details were the details.  It’s the little things we did to personalize and make the day unique that we will never forget!  Using personal photographs of our favorite cities in white washed frames, handmade wood and mirror signs indicating our ceremony and our favorite cocktail “the Bees Knees,” taking the time to personally write our ceremony and vows, using geodes that we found with my maid of honor as part of the décor, faux fur blankets for guests when the temperatures dropped at night, and a “GORP” table for guests to make their own trail mix throughout the evening.



We also feel that utilizing our talented friends and family made the day feel incredibly special.  One of my bridesmaids led a fitness class with the bridal party the day before the wedding.  A friend and hair designer created the hair pieces and birdcage as well as crafted the hair itself.  A photographer that I work with often shot the wedding.  Two friends sang “One Hand One Heart” during the ceremony.  Another friend helped with the guest book by manning the polaroid camera and making sure everyone had fun pictures to sign.  Also, our Officiant was a mentor of the groom.  I’m so grateful to have such lovely and giving friends and this is a huge part of what made the wedding weekend so special.

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What was the most memorable moment?

Listening to my dearest friends, Stephane and Molly, sing “One Hand, One Heart” from West Side Story during our ceremony.  I was facing away from Kyle, but reached my hand back and he grabbed it as we listened to the duet.  Perfect.

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

Try to enjoy the “creating time” leading up to the wedding and don’t be afraid to do your own thing!  If you look at “wedding planning” as less planning and more creating, allowing your vision and ideas to come to life, it becomes an enjoyable experience.  I never thought I would say this, but I wish I could do it all again.  Everything from the weeks leading up to the wedding, to the wedding weekend itself with our closest friends and family.  It was hands down the most memorable time in our lives together!

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Jonathan Sharpless Hair Pieces and Design

LaDuca Shoes


FLORIST: Bliss Extraordinary Floral

WEDDING PLANNER: Margaret Van Damme


L’Auberge de Sedona


A big thank you to Daryl and Kyle!

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Real Wedding: Lovely’s Own Vanessa and Andrew

Nothing thrills us more than to be able to share one of our own’s wedding with the world. Lovely ladies bring something truly special to the bridal world, and Vanessa is no exception. A gritty Brooklyn background created some spectacular photos starring this gorgeous, polished couple, and a hint at a nautical theme was perfectly suited to their venue.



Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I wanted something simple, but elegant and light feeling since it was an August Wedding.  A train was something I also really wanted because how many times in your life do you get to wear a dress with a train!





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

Our venue is really what we were most excited about and really just let it speak for itself.  Photos were also very important to us and we loved working with Chellise and her now husband Mike.  Working with another young engaged couple really made it fun, we were so comfortable with them and they are so talented.  I also loved the flowers and thought our florist did an amazing job!




What was the most memorable moment?

At the end of the ceremony we exited to the song “Wouldn’t it be nice” by the Beach Boys, played acoustically by our good friends that are in a band, we ran directly into an elevator to go up to the bridal suite to sign our Marriage License.  The doors closed and the music faded and it was suddenly so quiet and it was just he and I.  We looked at each other and screamed “We’re married!” and we both burst into tears of joy, it was amazing to have this moment of solitude that day for just the two of us.  It was a moment of pure happiness I won’t forget for the rest of my life!


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

Enjoy every second, be in the moment, you’ve planned everything you could up to that point so it’s time to just enjoy the ride!




Jeweled hair clip: J.crew

Sash: Vera Wang

PHOTOGRAPHER: Chellise Michael Photography

FLORIST: Sprout Home

For dress inspiration check out Lea Ann Belter’s Tess gown. Lea Ann Belter is carried at all four Lovely locations.


Thank you Vanessa and Andrew for sharing your love with us!



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Real Wedding: Valerie and Corey’s Vintage Vibe Wedding

Valerie and Corey were married this Fall in their home state of Florida after kindling their romance in New York City. The fusion of their urban city style blended with their gorgeous setting created a beautiful day full of friends and family they will cherish forever. Valerie wore her gorgeous Wtoo Siara dress with a bohemian twist on this traditional style.


Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

Dress shopping was one of my favorite wedding planning memories. My first appointment was at Lovely NYC. I imagined my dress to be lace with a romantic, vintage feel to it. It was the very first dress, and as soon as I put it on I knew it was the one! I went to a few more dress appointments, yet nothing came close. So that evening we went back to Lovely and I slipped into that first gown again. It was the only dress that not only made me feel like a bride, but Corey’s bride. I loved it and I knew he would love it too. As soon as I tried a veil on, my mom and aunt were in tears, which was another sure sign that it was my dress. It was perfect.



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

The most important detail to our wedding was that we wanted it to reflect us and the things we loved. I wanted to make everything and do everything, but luckily we were blessed to have so many helpful and creative family and friends to help pull off our dream day. My mom helped me make so many things and come up with so many ideas. There’s no way I could have done it without her. Her and my aunt made cakes and cheesecakes for each individual table. They were so beautiful and it was a such special touch to the table decor. To hint at our shared love for photography, our guest favors included photographs that Corey and I took throughout our adventures together. There were old cameras, photos, and flowers everywhere. Everything just reflected the things we loved and the whole day was filled with such a romantic yet totally fun vibe.

We also just wanted the people we loved to have the best time ever. Corey and I chose a BBQ themed dinner, complete with mac n cheese and root beer, because who doesn’t like that?! We had yard games outside and tons of dancing inside. It was one big party. From our bridal party being such a fun group of people, to our families and friends traveling from afar just to celebrate and support us as we started our marriage. We felt so loved and celebrated.

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What was the most memorable moment?

The most memorable moment would have to be when we saw each other before the ceremony. I met Corey out on the dock for our first look and it was so overwhelming. We both were just so excited and couldn’t stop smiling. We took some time to pray together and just take it all in. It was so romantic and special, and one of the things I remember most vividly about that day.



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

Don’t let the little things hinder you from what is actually important. You’re marrying your best friend, everything else is just extra! No matter what goes wrong, it’ll still be the best day ever, I promise!

Also, bridesmaids are the greatest! I chose the most rad group of girls to stand by my side, 8 to be exact. They helped me so much and kept me calm when I needed it. Some people say having a lot of bridesmaids is crazy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Corey & Valerie Smith’s // Wedding Trailer // 11-17-13 from Caleb Pierce on Vimeo.


Check out the couple’s “Day in their NYC Life” save the date!

Corey & Valerie’s save the date from Kevin Smith on Vimeo.


DRESS DESIGNER:  Watters Wtoo Siara at Lovely NYC


BRIDAL HEADPIECE/ FLORIST/DECOR- Christine Clark at Mégan K Events

VEIL- David’s Bridal

BRIDESMAIDS HEADPIECE- Goldsmith Collective 


VIDEOGRAPHER: Caleb Pierce & Colby Shelton


Sarah Peake- Makeup Artist


Thanks to Valerie and Corey for sharing their amazing day with us!

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Real Wedding: Aline and Brian’s Vineyard Wedding

A scenic setting, a gorgeous Carol Hannah gown, and stunning blends of lilac, fuchsia, and scarlet will all make your jaw drop. Aline and Brian did an amazing job of bringing their closest family and friends together to share their love. The romance of the day is exuded in these photos, and every meticulous detail stands out.


Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I initially wanted something elegant but very simple.  I didn’t want to wear anything that looked like a traditional wedding dress.  When I first saw THE dress, I thought it looked extra special and gorgeous, but certainly not the simple style I was looking for.  I tried it on just for fun and I felt amazing in it.  My mom and dad were with me and convinced me that for the one special day in my life, “simple” was overrated and this dress was something out of a movie, which is what I should have on my wedding day.  I went back the next day and bought it!

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

Every detail was personal, which was very important to me and my fiancée.  Again, we didn’t want it to be just another wedding, we wanted the details to be based on our personalities.  We made “words of wisdom” of important advice we have received regarding marriage and displayed them near our wedding album.  We displayed old photographs of our parents and grandparents.  We hand-picked each song that was played at the wedding.  We made sure that only our close friends and family members were present to make our intimate wedding very special.  I also wore my grandmother’s engraved wedding band, which is exactly what I had envisioned.


What was the most memorable moment? 

It’s hard to pick one moment, but stealing a kiss with my husband on the dance floor was a highlight.  Another highlight was the speech that he gave during dinner.

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

Don’t get caught up with the check list of everything you HAVE to do and only focus on those details that are important to you.  It really is a magical day and it does go by so quick so I wanted to enjoy every minute.  I also think it’s important to not worry about anything on the day of, which is why I gave my cell phone to my sister the day before, which was really “key” to my stress free day!



PHOTOGRAPHER: Jennifer Wiley

FLORIST: Nina Kincaid Designs



VIDEOGRAPHERS: Redmond Digital Media

CATERER: Lorraine Lim Catering

RECEPTION SITE: Gainey Vineyard

A huge thank you to Aline and Brian for sharing their day with us!

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Real Wedding: Wendy and Sean’s Most Intimate Elopement

Get ready to fall head over heels for Wendy and Sean’s Elopement. Looking through these photos you will see a couple so in love, relaxed, and having the absolute time of their lives. Wendy wore a gorgeous Shop Lovely dress that couldn’t have suited her better. This couple truly exudes what a wedding is really about, and it is such a gift that they were willing to share their special day with us!


Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I wanted a dress Sean would love me in. I pictured a vintage inspired dress with sleeves that was a little flirty, but also sophisticated. After months of shopping, I discovered Shop Lovely. I knew right away that I had found THE dress. It had sleeves, lace, a vintage ivory color and a flirty little key hole in the back. It was love at first sight.

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

The most important detail was keeping the wedding a secret, we eloped. We are planning a destination wedding in July. Planning a big wedding can get a little stressful and it’s easy to lose sight of the real meaning of a wedding, which is love. We decided to elope on 11/12/13 to keep the day very intimate. It was just the two of us and it felt like we were in our own world floating on love clouds. It was exciting, meaningful and emotional, the perfect day! We are looking forward to our destination wedding but it’ll be more of a fun and easy going party.


What was the most memorable moment?

There were three. We wrote our own vows and it was extremely special. After we got married, we took our tripod and camera to a County Agricultural Park and had a photo-shoot. It was 32 degrees. We were freezing but we had a blast! I got some pretty awesome pictures in my dress and we created some fun memories. I also surprised Sean with a cake I ordered. We picked it up after the wedding.

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

Don’t lose sight of the reason for having a wedding. It’s all about love. Don’t stress, everything will turn out beautifully. If you’re feeling daring, consider eloping before the wedding day. It’s a lot of fun and it takes the edge off .



ACCESSORY DESIGNERS: Headband: Urban Outfitters

Shoes: Kenneth Cole Reaction

Earrings: Mervis Diamonds

PHOTOGRAPHER: Our good ole tripod. We set up a camera on a tripod and took some awesome pics

FLORIST: Trader Joes, I bought flowers and made my own bouquet!


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