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Real Wedding: Ellen & Conor

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I had a very tough time finding the right gown for me. I tried on a ton of dresses at numerous stores and ended up going into Lovely Bride which is in our neighbourhood to try a few and I immediately loved the fit and the backless style of the Katie May gowns but felt like none of them were “me”. I really loved a couple of Katie May’s new gowns I had seen online but not on any other brides and Ivy was so amazing and actually brought in a couple sample gowns for me to try. I fell in love with the Monaco gown and loved that it had the modern styled lace as well as a gorgeous chiffon train. I chose to do a classic look with vintage waves for my hair and a dark lip to really tie in with the old hollywood feel that Palm Springs and our hotel had. I never thought I would want a veil let alone a long veil but I chose an “understated” (as I joked) cathedral length veil with an added foot of tulle to top off my look. Simple nude heel sandals and gold accents for jewelry brought everything together with our modern and neutral florals and decor.

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

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

The most important thing for us planning our wedding was making sure we had a lot of personal touches and details even though we were planning a destination wedding. We really wanted to make sure it was original and fitted our style and personalities.

Conor left the planning process all to me and I loved getting creative with Cecilia here in Philadelphia at Casa Papel to create our custom invitations which incorporated vintage black and white photos of our Palm Springs hotel and all of our paper goods which were so modern and fun with black and white striped accents and gold foil.

We were also able to send DIY items to our day of coordinator in Palm Springs. Our two favorite handmade items were the gold dipped feathers and the gilded antlers. Conor and I painted around 500 feathers which were used to line our ceremony aisle, and the gilded antlers which were incorporated in our tablescapes my father, grandfather and family friends collected, sanded, and painted for us leading up to the wedding.

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

What was the most memorable moment?

The most memorable moment would have to be our first look. My bridesmaids and I drove out with one of our photographers before our ceremony about a mile north of the hotel to the desert at the side of the highway where Conor and his groomsmen were already waiting. Conor had his back to us when we were pulling up and our amazing photographers Roger and Nate captured me walking up to him and when he turned around and we saw each other for the first time was such an incredible moment. We then did such a fun shoot with our bridal party in the desert with a more editorial feel and I’m so glad we chose to do photos before the ceremony because once we said our I do’s we were really able to enjoy our time as newlyweds with our guests during the cocktail hour.

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

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

When we look back on our day we have no regrets and nothing but the most amazing memories. Although it is a lot of stress planning a destination wedding I feel like all of the extensive early planning really payed off and once we arrived to Palm Springs the week of the wedding everything fell into place. My advice to future destination wedding brides would be to get your vendors locked down as soon as possible and really try to make the day your own by putting in those extra touches that will incorporate you and your groom’s personal style and personalities. Happy Planning!

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Ellen & Conor - Dress by Katie May from Lovely Philly - Photography by EPlove

Dress Designer:  Katie May from Lovely Philly
Veil: Erica Koesler from Lovely Philly
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Clutches: Zara
Photographer: Roger Ellsworth EPLove
Day of Coordination, Floral & Decor Rentals: Artisan Events
Venue: Riviera Palm Springs
Makeup: Cheriene Galley
Hair: Kira Pinksi
DJ: James Gonzalez
Cake & Desserts: Over the Rainbow Desserts
Live Musician: Martin Ross
Invitations and Paper Goods: Casa Papel

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Real Wedding: Samantha & Matt

 Samantha & Matt - Nina Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely NY - Photo by Rebecca Yale

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I was looking for an old Hollywood glamour look, something classic but sexy. Most of all I wanted to feel comfortable and like myself throughout the day. I loved all the simple details of the dress, from the scallop lace trim and ruched stretch fabric to the train and draped cowl back. I’ve never felt more beautiful and feminine then I did in that dress on our wedding day.

Samantha & Matt - Nina Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely NY - Photo by Rebecca Yale

Samantha & Matt - Nina Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely NY - Photo by Rebecca Yale

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

Food, style, music, wine.  We wanted the wedding to feel like a dinner party in a setting that glowed with old New York City glamour. The ceremony and reception took place in the cellar of Lafayette in a candlelit room that dripped with romance. The bottles of wine lining the walls, gem toned flowers, and live jazz quartet provided an unbelievable and intimate setting.

Samantha & Matt - Nina Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely NY - Photo by Rebecca Yale

Samantha & Matt - Nina Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely NY - Photo by Rebecca Yale

Samantha & Matt - Nina Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely NY - Photo by Rebecca Yale

What was the most memorable moment?

The most memorable moment of the day was hearing the sounds of laughter, cheers, and weeping during the ceremony of our family and friends. Our ceremony was so very heartfelt and a real celebration of all the family and friends that traveled all over the world to be part of the occasion. There was so much love and joy in that room.

Samantha & Matt - Nina Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely NY - Photo by Rebecca Yale

Samantha & Matt - Nina Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely NY - Photo by Rebecca Yale

Samantha & Matt - Nina Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely NY - Photo by Rebecca Yale

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

Trust your instincts and the artistic skills of the people you choose to work with. Part of the reason I was so over the moon with the day was because we trusted the talented, professional, and creative vendors to do their thing, and they did. In my experience, it’s a good way to go through life but is especially useful for planning a wedding!

Samantha & Matt - Nina Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely NY - Photo by Rebecca Yale

Samantha & Matt - Nina Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely NY - Photo by Rebecca Yale

Dress Designer: Nina Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely NY
Shoes: Kate Spade Gold Brushed Karolina pumps
Clutch: BHLDN Deco Beaded Clutch
Bracelet: J.Crew crystal bracelet
Earrings: Perfect Details La Vie Parisienne Vintage Earrings
Photographer: Rebecca Yale
Venue: Lafayette
Accommodation: Bowery Hotel
Floral Design: Raquel Corvino
Stationary: Antiquaria
Groom’s Suit: Proper Suit
Groom’s Shoes: Alden
Rings: Anna Sheffield
Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Antoine Brechu
Calligraphy:  A Fablous Fete

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Real Wedding: Brittany & Jon

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I wanted a dress that felt like summer.  We used the phrase “festive not fancy” countless times to describe the feel of our outdoor ceremony and reception, and my dress from Ivy & Aster fit the bill perfectly.  It was simple, light, and crisp with just the right amount of soft, beautiful ruffles and a short train.

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

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

Our most important goals were to have a meaningful ceremony and to throw a reception that we’d love to attend even if it wasn’t our own.  As far as design details, we purposefully chose venues that were beautiful without much adornment.  The city skyline spoke for itself during our ceremony, and the restaurant featured a lush backyard garden and a completely charming indoors.  My favorite little detail was our custom cake topper – which actually sat atop a pile of doughnuts rather than cake – that included a miniature rendering of our dog (who was our ring bearer!) and a banner that matched the handmade papel picado strung over the garden.  

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

What was the most memorable moment?

I’ll never forget how I felt as Jon turned around during our “first look.”  My nerves melted away as I felt the gravity of the day wash over us.  Another moment I often think back on was right after our ceremony.  My brothers sang “June Hymn” by The Decemberists as Jon and I walked hand in hand leading what was essentially a parade of our guests on a short walk to our reception, with park-goers and even an entire tour bus cheering their congratulations along the way.  My brothers unexpectedly changed one piece of the song’s lyrics to refer to Brooklyn, and I remember squeezing Jon, letting out a laugh, and just feeling so happy.

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

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

There are so many traditions, but feel free to put your own twist on them to fit your budget, your logistics, and most importantly, your personalities.  For example, we eschewed expensive stationery, opting instead to invite our guests through Paperless Post, and our rehearsal dinner consisted of our favorite Brooklyn pizza in the park.  And I didn’t have bridesmaids!  Instead, my best girlfriend helped me get ready and gave a hilarious toast during the cocktail hour, yet I still had two of my favorite people stand up next to me — my brothers.  Jon and I felt lucky that our parents supported our choices large and small, and particularly our craziest idea of them all — to have THREE weddings!  A second wedding complete with a Chinese tea ceremony was held in San Francisco so that we could include Jon’s huge family and friends, and my parents hosted a lovely picnic at their Wisconsin home so that my grandparents were able to be a part of the festivities.  We were so happy to find a way to celebrate with everyone important to us.

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

Brittany & Jon - Anemone gown by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY - Photo by Chellise Michael Photography

Dress: Anemone by Ivy & Aster from Lovely NY
Earrings: BHLDN by Ben-Amun
Hairpiece: Paris by Debra Moreland
Shoes: Kate Spade
Hair & Makeup:  Mitchell Rodrigues and Mayumi Abuku of Michael Angelo’s Wonderland Beauty Parlor
Photographer: Chellise Michael Photography
Ceremony: Brooklyn Bridge Park
Reception: Gran Electrica
Ceremony Musicians: Trapper Schoepp & The Shades
DJ: Con Ptohos from 74 Events
Florals: Opalia Flowers
Cake Topper: Itty Bitty Wood Shoppe
Papel Picado: AyMujer

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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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