Category — Real Weddings

Real Wedding: Stefanie and Toni’s Glamorous Croatian Soiree

This wedding set against a beautiful old city in Croatia, is so incredibly glamorous. Stefanie evoked romance in her Anne Barge lace gown, paired with retro waves, and pastel peonies. Her Ivy and Aster cape was perfect for the cathedral ceremony, and she kept her veil simple to let the dress shine on its own.

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

THE dress was the most beautiful thing I have ever worn. The lace detail was so classic, and the dress itself had a gorgeous silhouette. My look was most inspired by the romantic essence of the city of Zadar, Croatia. Both my husband and I are Croation, and Zadar is where we fell in love. As soon as I put THE dress on, I could picture myself on my wedding day and the first time my husband to be would see me in it. I could automatically envision the moment.

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

The most important detail to pulling off my dream wedding was the help of my family and friends. Without them I would have never been able to have this dream wedding. They made planning a wedding in Croatia from New York possible.

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What was the most memorable moment?

The most memorable moment would have to be when my husband and I first saw each other that day. In Croatia the groom and his friends and family come to pick the bride up. So they arrive in a procession singing with musicians. We then join, groom’s side and bride’s side and walk in a singing procession through the old city to the church.

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

My advice to future brides would be that you are most likely going to stress while planning your wedding. Just let it happen, and don’t stress about being stressed. Just enjoy the magical ride!


DRESS DESIGNER: Anne Barge purchased at Lovely New York

CAPE: Ivy and Aster

PHOTOGRAPHER: Pro-foto, Zadar, Croatia

WEDDING PLANNER: Maja Starek, Showroom Design and Events

VENUE: Tented at Club Blue

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Real Wedding: Lauren and Brian

No one can top what a bride has to say about her dream dress and her wedding day, so we thought we’d start this post off with the wonderful story behind Lauren and Brian’s big day!

“I love my Briana story. I was having trouble finding a dress that spoke to me. Then I came upon Briana while scrolling though That was it, I was smitten. But where would I find her? There were no Sarah Janks stockists in New York City in December of 2012. Then I saw that a Sarah trunk show was coming to Lovely Bride NYC in March of 2013, just enough time to get the dress ordered for our August 17th wedding! Lovely already had a special significance to us. My future fiancée lived directly across the street from the boutique when we met. I would stare out the window wondering that I was missing out on inside that beautiful brownstone building (this was before the store moved to TriBeCa), and knew it was the only place where I could find MY dress, and in the nick of time! A perfect coincidence. I made my appointment. When the day came the sales assistant asked, “What kind of style are you looking for?” and I blurted out, “I’ve been waiting months to get my hands on Briana!” She was a little taken aback by my enthusiasm, and I learned that I was the first person to come in and request the dress by name. Everything went according to plan, and Briana looked beautiful next to my husband’s three-piece gray suit at our perfect Long Island vineyard wedding. She will be worn again at a reception in Scotland this July, when we go to celebrate our marriage with his extended family who could not make the wedding. Can’t wait to wear her again!”
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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted, but I knew what I didn’t want. I didn’t want white. I didn’t want strapless. I didn’t want poof. I wanted something that would be light and flowy for the summer. It wasn’t until I stumbled on Brianna that I KNEW what I wanted.


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

Wow, that’s a hard one to answer. Putting together a wedding by yourself is not easy, so staying disciplined and organized was key to getting everything done. Especially since it was a destination wedding that required finding venues and coordinating the logistics for 3 days of festivities.

Not only were we blessed with the beautiful landscape of Bedell Cellars, but we also found the PERFECT house to stay in and get ready in, AND were able to rent the house next door so that the guys could get ready separate from the girls. We were blessed with an amazing caterer who also coordinated our party rentals for us. Our florist did a beautiful job. But I think the most important thing to us was the music. We had a great cocktail hour band that learned some songs that we requested, and our DJ was patient enough with me to let me micromanage the playlist beforehand.  The only drawback was that I danced so much, I hardly ate any of the wonderful food! We didn’t even make it to the dessert table!

Also, as you can see from my credits, Etsy was key to the wedding. I could find basically anything I wanted, and if I couldn’t find it, I’d have it custom designed.

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What was the most memorable moment?

Dancing to ‘Unchained Melody’ with both my husband and my father.



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

Something will probably go wrong on your wedding day, and that’s ok. Don’t let it get to you. You’ve spent months, maybe years, carefully planning. Trust that you’ve done the best you can, and don’t let little things that might not go the way you planned detract from your day. And wear shapewear! Wearing nothing but undies was my biggest regret.

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ACCESSORY DESIGNERS: Amanda Judge – Untamed Petals

Flower Girl headpiece: Sparkle and Posy


VENUE: Bedell Cellars


Makeup: Sharon Becker

Hair: Maysoon Faraj

Flowers: Karen Lenahan

Caterer: Fresh Flavors

Wedding certificate 

Table number spoons 


Ring bearer’s pillow 

Dog’s tux 



Shoes: Badgley Mischka

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Real Wedding: Robyn and Dean’s Floral Wedding

When looking through Robyn and Dean’s wedding photos we couldn’t help but notice not only her gorgeous dress, but the explosion of color that was happening in all of the florals! From wildflowers to dahlias, they accented the bride’s accessories perfectly. Robyn’s Wtoo Jasmine dress was so gorgeous against the backdrop of their charming farm setting.

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

Nature, garden flowers, farms, Italy, dinner parties.

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

For us, it was location, great food and wine, and photography. We spent the bulk of money on those things and pulled everything else together ourselves. DIY is a lot of work, but in the end, it reflects love and detail you can’t buy. Printing and designing my own paper goods was really easy and saved hundreds of dollars. My brother was the DJ, but he had so much fun in lugging the speaker around and was proud to do it. The challenges and stresses of the DIY projects were definitely there, but they were all overcome by love and support from friends and family members. Isn’t that what a wedding is really about anyway? A big family get together!

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What was the most memorable moment?

There are so many! Besides the classics: Wedding photos with chickens and goats. It was so much fun and perfect for who we are. They also made for some great renditions of American Gothic. A chorus of local church bells broke out in song during our service. I remember thinking money couldn’t buy that moment. Our nieces and nephews dancing around us on our first dance. They were squealing with delight and seemed almost like fairies. Lighting our wishing lantern. Dean picking me up to carry me across our yurt threshold. I started to cry because I had completely forgotten about that since I was a little girl.

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

Go with your gut, and don’t second guess yourself. There are so many choices and decisions involved in wedding planning, you’ll drive yourself (and everyone else) crazy if you change your mind. We planned our wedding in three months and everything turned out better than we both imagined. Just do it! Also, my one regret was not getting a videographer, or even just asking a friend to shoot it on their iPhone.


DRESS DESIGNER: Jasmine by Wtoo


Earrings: Dana Kellin

Shoes: Jcrew

PHOTOGRAPHER: Cappy Hotchkiss Photography

VENUE: Liberty View Farm


Floral Designer: The Green Cottage

Hair and Makeup: Tressol Mi

Thank you to the happy couple for sharing their special day with us!



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Real Wedding: Kirsten and David’s Beach Wedding

Kirsten is a perfect example of how to plan a wedding in a short amount of time gracefully while making it look effortless! With only a few months before the big day, Kirsten did her research and found Lovely was the perfect place to find her dream dress! She looked chic in a Nicole Miller gown, which paired perfectly with her beach setting! She finished her look with an Untamed Petals sash and headpiece from Lovely LA.


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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I was getting married two months and three weeks from the day I got engaged so there were limitations to the dresses I could look at.  Fortunately, a coworker had just done a similarly short timeline and recommended Lovely Bride.  They had a great selection of all the Nicole Miller dresses that I could get in a short timeframe, including the one I loved online.  The staff at Lovely was great and my mom, my sister and I had a great time getting to try on all the dresses.  However, the most important part was when I put on my favorite dress it didn’t get the standing ovation I was hoping for, until my stylist brought over a sash to put with it that made the look and we were all sold!




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

Being flexible.  With less than 3 months to pull it off you have to be willing to be flexible; I only looked at dresses that I could get within a week so I had time for alterations and I had to let my matron of honor (recently married and 3 month pregnant sister) wear her choice of dress that would not have been my choice.



What was the most memorable moment?

Our photographer, Ben, whisked us away during the cocktail reception and we ran down to the beach and got the most amazing photos I could imagine.  I still can’t believe they aren’t photo shopped they look so amazing.



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

Make it the day you want.  We had less than 30 people and while it was hard to exclude many dear family and friends, it was exactly what we were hoping for.  The guests appreciated the intimate atmosphere and we were able to stay (mostly) within budget.

DRESS DESIGNER:  Nicole Miller 


Untamed Petals Siri Sash.

Untamed Petals Gabriella Hair Comb.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Benjamin Hoffman of Two Sparrows Photography

FLORIST: Commerce Flowers 

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Real Wedding: Jen and Johari’s Palm Springs Affair

Jen and Johari were married on a gorgeous October day at The O’Donnell House in Palm Springs. Giant sunflowers, travel themed tables, and romantic dresses graced the day. Jen looked perfect in Pemberley by Carol Hannah paired perfectly with 20′ style finger waves and deco accessories and shoes. This sweet couple and their amazing day is sure to make you smile.

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I didn’t’ have any specific vision for what my dress would look like.  I just knew that I didn’t want a super traditional ball gown.  I wanted a dress that would work with my body and reflected my “uptown-boho” style (yes, I just made that up).  We were also planning a vintage/romantic-style wedding, so I was hoping to find a dress that would work within that theme.  After dragging friends and family to countless bridal salons and not finding “the one,” I began to fear that the dress I was looking for just wasn’t out there. I decided to take a different approach and started looking at smaller bridal salons that carried more independent designers since I’ve found some of my favorite pieces of clothing at small, hidden boutiques.  I happened upon Lovely’s website, and I’m so happy I did!  The Pemberley was one of the dresses featured on the first page of the website at the time and it was love at first sight.  I immediately booked an appointment, and once I tried on the dress I fell even more in love (if that’s possible).  The cut of the dress worked great for my more petite frame and hugged the few curves that I have; the cutout back gave the dress a sexy edge; the embellished sleeves gave the dress a delicate and classy detail to add a little vintage glamour, and the train added the dramatic, show stopper element that most brides want on their special day.

Because of the higher neckline and beaded sleeves, I thought a less is more approach was best for the accessories.  I wore a tennis bracelet my mom gave me years ago (it also served as my something old), crystal tear-drop earrings that I borrowed from my bride (serving as my something borrowed) and a gorgeous hair piece/comb that closely mimicked the shoulder detail that I also found at Lovely.  For the shoes, I wanted something a little different from the traditional white shoe, but I didn’t want a shoe that distracted from the beauty and sleekness of the dress, so I chose pale grey Badgley Mischka with a jeweled toe. To compliment the vintage style of the dress, I put my hair up in a bun with soft 1920’s-style finger waves.

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

The personal details were most important to us.  We wanted our wedding to feel like “us” and to reflect our personalities and who we are as a couple.  We wanted to give our closet friends and family a small glimpse into our life as couple.  So, we incorporated little sayings and inside jokes into some of the details.  We used the phrase “what’s cookin good lookin?”, something we say to each other almost daily to one another, as the title of our dinner menu.  We also chose signature cocktails for the reception.  Johari, who is somewhat of a bohemian, chose an Old Fashioned, which we called “The Hippy.”  And I, the fashion-lover, chose a French Gimlet, which we called “The Hipster.”  We love to travel and some of our favorite memories as a couple are from trips we’ve taken together.  So instead of using plain old table numbers for the reception tables, we named each table after a place of importance to us and used pictures that we’d taken at each location with a “description of its significance as table markers.  For the escort cards, we used vintage-style luggage tags.

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What was the most memorable moment?

Our vows.  We had not heard each other’s vows.  Without even planning it, they were similar in tone—we each had a mix of serious and funny.  My vows started with “Dear Chipmunk,” one of my nicknames for Johari.  Johari vowed to keep tickling me, even though I hate it, because, according to Johari, my laugh is just so adorable.  It meant the world to us to be able to stand in front of the closest people in the world to us and proclaim why we love one another and why we have pledged to continue to support and love one another forever—and to do it in a way that felt like us, like how we are when we are alone together.

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

Have fun and enjoy the day!  During the planning it can sometimes feels like the big day can’t get here soon enough, but your wedding day will go by in a flash.  Try as best you can to be present in the moment and to soak it all in.  You may not get another chance to celebrate such an amazing occasion with all of the people in the world who are closet to you.  Try not to stress and just have an amazing time!


DRESS DESIGNER:  Carol Hannah 

ACCESSORY DESIGNERS: Hair comb by Ti Adoro Jewelry

PHOTOGRAPHER: Micah & Megan Photographers

FLORIST: Jensen’s Florals

WEDDING PLANNER: The Events Department 


Invitation Suite: Le Papier Studio

Save the Dates: Serendipity Beyond Design

Thank you to Jen and Johari for sharing their gorgeous day with us!

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