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Real Wedding: Amy & Sam

We love hearing the stories behind our real brides’ weddings, and Amy’s had us tearing up it was so romantic! Her most memorable moment was walking down the aisle and seeing her honey waiting for her…how amazing that his expression was captured so perfectly!

 

Amy & Sam - Dress by Tara Keely

 

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.
From the very beginning, my fiancé said that he wanted this to be a very classic, simple and elegant wedding. He kept saying “Think James Bond”. On top of all of that, I was very inspired by the clean lines and simplicity of Amsale’s designs, but definitely didn’t have an Amsale budget. This Tara Keely dress was the first thing I eyed when I walked into Lovely, and I knew it would be the one. It made me feel so elegant and beautiful, and once I felt the pockets, I WAS DONE! They were a game changer.

 

Amy & Sam - Dress by Tara Keely

Amy & Sam - Dress by Tara Keely

 

What were the most important details to pulling off your dream wedding?
Because I’m in marketing and public relations in the music industry, the music was super important to me and my fiancé. I wanted the music to be a part of the experience, and have people leave “Wow, the music was so good at that wedding”. Bridal party walked down the aisle to a mix of Ben Folds’ “The Luckiest” and The Cinematic Orchestra’s “To Build A Home,” I walked down the aisle to Greg Laswell’s “How The Day Sounds,” and we walked back down the aisle as husband and wife to Common’s “The Light”.  For the cocktail hour, dinner and reception, we may have gone a little overboard with a giant spreadsheet  listing our “do play list” and “do NOT play list”. Our DJ must have thought I was a bridezilla. Also because marketing/branding is what I do every day, I wanted to brand EVERYTHING. I had our graphic designer come up with a logo right after we got engaged and I used that on everything from our wedding website, to save the dates, invites, programs, and menus, and we even had it on our hand-rolled cigars and projected on the dance floor that night. I just wanted everything to be super cohesive.

 

Amy & Sam - Dress by Tara Keely

Amy & Sam - Dress by Tara Keely

Amy & Sam - Dress by Tara Keely

 

What was the most memorable moment?
Seeing him smile as I was walking down the aisle was pretty amazing, but I think the most memorable moment was wiping away my husband’s tears as he read his vows (yet another amazing reason to have pockets to keep a hanky!). He was so nervous and worried about trying to find the right words to say from the moment I told him I wanted to write our own vows, but he absolutely nailed it. He had everyone in tears referencing his grandparents’ long lasting marriages and how envisioned and hoped that we would be the same. I will always remember wiping away his tears and knowing that I definitely picked a good one.

 

Amy & Sam - Dress by Tara Keely

Amy & Sam - Dress by Tara Keely

Amy & Sam - Dress by Tara Keely

Amy & Sam - Dress by Tara Keely

 

If you could give future brides any advice, what would it be?
Seriously, do not stress. Every little detail will fall into place. And inevitably, something will go wrong that day. You just have to remember that this is the best day ever and it only happens once, so soak everything in. Oh, and if you’re keeping track of your own RSVPs, use WeddingWire’s resources! I wish I would have found them prior to all of my spreadsheet building. They have some great databases and table assigning tools that blew my mind.

 

Amy & Sam - Dress by Tara Keely

Amy & Sam - Dress by Tara Keely

 

Dress: Tara Keely from Lovely NY
Photographer: Lacey Patton of Anchor & Ivory Photography
Accessories: Sash by Amie Noel Designs
Venue: Gainey Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale, AZ
Cake: Robert’s Catering
Logo Design: Dan’l Linehan

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Real Wedding: Molly & Craig

Molly came into Lovely New York with one dress in mind, the “Carrie” gown by Hayley Paige. She tried it on and never looked back! She knew it was the perfect ensemble for her Philadelphia wedding and we love how absolutely happy she looks in every photo.

 

Molly & Craig - Gown by Hayley Paige

Molly & Craig - Gown by Hayley Paige

 

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.
I fell in love with the Hayley Paige “Carrie” dress when I saw it featured on Lovely Bride’s homepage while I was researching the store before my appointment, but I didn’t think I would be able to pull off all of the sparkling detail and full skirt.  I thought I would probably wear a more simple and classic dress. At my appointment I decided to try it on anyway just for fun and you could tell right away it was the dress. I lit up and just wanted to dance around in it and embarrassingly broke into tears.  The dress was so special and unique – I tried one more on after it, but knew, given my reaction, it was the only dress I wanted to get married in.

 

Molly & Craig - Gown by Hayley Paige

Molly & Craig - Gown by Hayley Paige

Molly & Craig - Gown by Hayley Paige

Molly & Craig - Gown by Hayley Paige

 

What were the most important details to pulling off your dream wedding?
My mom was a life saver – she helped with and planned everything.  Her help was my most important detail!  We decided that good food and beautiful flowers were our priorities.  I didn’t have a real idea of a “dream” wedding in my mind – I just knew I wanted my guests to be well-fed and happy.

 

Molly & Craig - Gown by Hayley Paige

Molly & Craig - Gown by Hayley Paige

Molly & Craig - Gown by Hayley Paige

 

What was the most memorable moment?
The most memorable moment for me was actually after dinner during dancing – out of the corner of my ear I heard Craig yell: “where’s my wife?!”  and watched him run around the dance floor searching for me.  I’m not sure why this sticks out for me so much – except for the first time it hit me that I really was his wife and I was just so excited hearing him say it out loud and seeing how much he wanted to celebrate with me.  It’s a big deal to fill that role and knowing that I was truly his favorite person and he wanted that with me just made me feel so loved.

 

Molly & Craig - Gown by Hayley Paige

Molly & Craig - Gown by Hayley Paige

Molly & Craig - Gown by Hayley Paige

 

If you could give future brides any advice, what would it be?
You must enjoy the day.  Everyone who knows me was worried I would be stressed and worrying, but I was just the happiest bride.  You have to have fun.  Looking back on it now, I know there were things that may not have been perfect, but I did not notice a single one.  The whole day with Craig was a blur and I don’t think I stopped smiling or twirling around in my dress for a second.  You also have to appreciate the people there celebrating with you.  I was overwhelmed with how wonderful and loving my family was welcoming into Craig into our family.  Watching them show love for the guy I loved more than anything meant more to be than anything.

 

Molly & Craig - Gown by Hayley Paige

 

Dress: “Carrie” by Hayley Paige from Lovely NY
Photographer: Emily Wren
Venue: Power Plant Productions
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Rings: LL Pavorsky
Florals: Pure Design
Catering: Feast Your Eyes Catering
Music: Philadelphia String Quartet

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Real Wedding: Cheryl & Dave

When gorgeous bride Cheryl went in search of her wedding dress, she knew exactly what she didn’t want. What she never expected was to fall in love with the very first dress she tried on.
Cheryl & Dave

Cheryl & Dave

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired the look.
I wanted a dress that would complement my body, my taste and make me feel comfortable. I had been looking at dresses online and did not find many that I actually liked. I do not have an hour glass figure like most women and knew I would need something different. I saw a dress by another designer on the Lovely Bride website but it wasn’t in the store yet so I tried on a number of dresses by Sarah Janks. It was actually the first dress I tried on. My friends were pretty psyched. I wasn’t 100 percent sure because I was not able to see what they saw. But after trying on a number of dresses I knew I wanted something with a lot of detail in places that made sense. And when I went back a second time to try on the  dress I realized it had everything I wanted. Even though I still was not 100 percent sure, I knew in the back of my mind this dress would work. I wanted something delicate, with some beading, sexy AND classy and timeless. I wanted something that I would look back at in 20 years and still want to put on. And I think this is that dress for me. I had watched the Great Gatsby recently and I was enamored with the headband Daisy wore. This is sort of that headband in dress form. My mom ended up making me a headband out of some of the extra beads from the dress along with beads she bought. It came out perfectly. I hope others in my family use it in the future. When I was home in Rochester and tried the dress on for a dressmaker, I had that AHA moment, when I knew this was it. It could have been the lighting, or the fact I was with my mom, but I was finally able to see what my friends saw last summer when I first tried it on. I felt amazing.

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Cheryl & Dave

Cheryl & Dave

Cheryl & Dave

What were the most important details to pulling of your dream wedding?
The weather. We had an outdoor wedding and the weather was what I worrying about up until the very moment I arrived at the venue. I like to consider myself practical when it comes to certain life choices, and under normal circumstances I would have had a wedding indoors, to avoid risk. However, we wanted something different and my mom found the Wadsworth Homestead and I sort of knew it would be the perfect place for our wedding. It fit. Everything came together. My mom did an amazing job decorating the tent, it felt like a ballroom. And my florist was able to take the suggestions I gave her and make me exactly what I wanted, from the centerpieces to our bouquets.

Cheryl & Dave

Cheryl & Dave

Cheryl & Dave

What was the most memorable moment?
When my soon to be 98 year old great aunt walked into the Homestead after telling me she probably would not make it. I don’t think I stopped crying until the wedding was over. And second best was taking off my shoes while walking down the aisle because they were getting stuck in the grass.

Cheryl & Dave

Cheryl & Dave

Cheryl & Dave

Cheryl & Dave

If you could give future brides any advice, what would it be?
Listen to other people’s advice when you want to. And when you don’t want to, tell them in a nice way you have everything covered. I let other people take care of a lot of things, because I really don’t like planning, however I was sure to be clear and give direction on those things I wanted, i.e. flowers, menu, etc. And lastly, it is your wedding day, and hopefully it is your only wedding day, so do whatever makes you most happy.

Cheryl & Dave

Cheryl & Dave

 

Gown: Delaney by Sarah Janks from Lovely DC
Photographer: Empire West Photo
Venue: The Wadsworth Homestead in Geneseo, NY
Florals: Sassafras Flowers
Catering: DiPane Catering
Band: Twilight Entertainment
Cakes: Premiere Pastry
Planner: Bride’s Mother
Headband: Made by the Bride’s Mother

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Real Wedding: Sheldon & Houston

Sheldon and Houston had a romantic, intimate destination wedding in St. Barths that turned out so gorgeous and sweet! Sheldon wore the adorable Powdered Sugar shortie by Sarah Seven and paired it with a delicate sparkly sash by Untamed Petals, both from our Lovely DC store. The palms, the white sand, the beautiful smiles…every detail was just perfection and we are so happy for these two love birds!

Sheldon & Houston

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired the look:
After deciding that we were going to do a destination wedding venue I knew I wanted something that would be light and airy but not your typical beach gown. I wanted a look that would be practical for a ceremony on the beach but would still mirror the chic style of St. Barth. When I found the Sarah Seven gown I knew that was the exact gown I had imagined for my big day. The short cut of the dress and the structured material were an exact match for what I had envisioned.

Sheldon & Houston

What were the most important details to pulling of your dream wedding?
Because our wedding ceremony was literally a “party of two” including only my husband and myself I was able to really focus on the details that were most  important to me. I was lucky enough to be able to spend a year and a half choosing the perfect gown, shoes, photographer, and bouquet. I was able to put all of my time and energy into perfecting these aspects of the wedding day and never had to bother with any of the not-so-fun parts of planning a wedding. I have to say that everything turned out better than I ever imagined.

Sheldon & Houston

Sheldon & Houston

Sheldon & Houston

What was the most memorable moment?
We did a first look before we went to the beach for the ceremony and that was by far my most cherished memory. Being able to have an intimate moment with my husband-to-be prior to our ceremony was to me far more important than a grand entrance.

Sheldon & Houston

Sheldon & Houston

Sheldon & Houston

If you could give future brides any advice, what would it be?
My best advice is to not sweat the miniscule details of your wedding. Big or small, every wedding planning process can be overwhelming, but as a bride you should not forget that the wedding day is about you and your husband and that your day will be perfect even if a few things do not go according to plan.

Sheldon & Houston

Sheldon & Houston

Dress: Powdered Sugar by Sarah Seven from Lovely DC
Venue: Hotel Le Toiny in St. Barth
Photographer: Pierre Carreau
Wedding Planner: Nelly Roussel
Shoes- Mimosa T-Straps from BHLDN
Sash: Untamed Petals 
Bouquet: Bloomy Fleuriste Sur Mesure

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Real Wedding: Casey & Jason

This particular wedding is a bit near and dear to our hearts…Casey was our first ever bride to purchase her dress from Lovely Philly after we opened last year! She finally walked down in the aisle in her beautiful Sarah Seven “Cherry Blossom” gown and we just love how she styled her whole look.

 

Casey & Jason

 

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.
I knew I wanted something simple, but different. I was tired of seeing the same dresses on EVERY bride. Lovely had so many different styles and it made the decision-making process hard, but in a good way! The other bridal salons seemed, for lack of a better word, “crunchy”. All the dresses were in bags and so heavy and the materials were so bleh! When I put on the Sarah Seven dress it was just perfect. Unique, soft and beautiful and having her there sweetened the deal! Not just because you get a discount when you buy a dress from the featured designer, but it was really special to have her there to see her design and we both teared up when I “said yes to the dress”!

 

Casey & Jason

Casey & Jason

Casey & Jason

 

What were the most important details to pulling off your dream wedding?
I just wanted my wedding to be fun for everybody. I didn’t want to waste time or money sweating the small stuff that ultimately no one would even notice. We DIY’d what we could and called in friends and family for a little help when we needed. It was about the big details and not going over the top. It was perfect for us and everyone told us it was all the best parts of weddings without all of the filler!

 

Casey & Jason

Casey & Jason

Casey & Jason

 

What was the most memorable moment?
For me hands down the best moment was seeing Jason for the first time. I wasn’t expecting my nerves to get the best of me, but they did. I was in full on panic attack when all the attention was starting to get to me. My mother and sisters were there to talk me down a bit, but I eventually had to lock myself in the bathroom and call Jason. He was feeling the exact same way and just told me to hurry up and get ready so we could just be together. Once I saw him, all the nerves literally melted away!

A close second was our ceremony. One of my best friend’s and I wrote out the whole ceremony and he officiated it. It lasted about ten minutes, but covered all the important stuff. I had my college roomies do a quick reading (A Lovely Lovely Story – if you have never read it, you should if you are looking for something a little non traditional, but sweet and to the point! http://www.eclectic-unions.com/2011/01/reading-idea-a-lovely-love-story/) Another quick note- Pennsylvania is weird about non-clergy or official officiants not doing the wedding. My friend was licensed online, but it wouldn’t be legal in PA for him to marry us. A super easy way around that is a self uniting certificate. You get it at City Hall instead of the normal marriage license. It costs like $10 more, but once you sign it, you’re married – so we just incorporated it into our ceremony.

 

Casey & Jason

Casey & Jason

 

If you could give future brides any advice, what would it be?
I work with brides on a regular basis in my line of work and the best advice I can give as someone who has been through it herself and works with brides regularly is not to fixate on the little details. You will drive yourself (and everyone you’re working with) crazy! And seriously – no one will even notice that you have ivory table cloths and not white or even purple for that matter. If you have food, booze and music to dance to – people are going to have a blast! And people say it all the time, but soak it in as much as you can, because it really does go by in a flash. Enjoy the day and don’t look for things that could or are going wrong – it will just ruin your time and everyone else’s who is trying to make sure you’re having a perfect day.

 

Casey & Jason

Casey & Jason

Casey & Jason

 

Dress: Cherry Blossom by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly // Photography: Joe Longo Photography //Venue: Top of the Tower //

DJ: Perry Angelozzi // Shoes: JCrew // Earrings: Kate Spade // Belt: Similar

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