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Real Wedding: Katie and Derrick’s Canadian Fall Wedding

Katie and Derrick were married in their scenic hometown of Edmonton, Alberta Canada last September. These high school sweethearts now call New York City home, so Katie was thrilled when she found her dream dress at Lovely New York! It flew home with her and her hubby to celebrate their love with their closest friends and family in a day filled with happy tears, stunning sunsets, and a sparkler send off.

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I knew from the beginning I wanted something soft, romantic, and strapless. I dove right into researching where to shop for dresses in NYC. I had a feeling about Lovely from the moment I laid eyes on it. It was my second appointment of the day and and I kept thinking to myself how I couldn’t wait to get to the store. I was blown away. Every dress just made me feel beautiful. When my stylist pulled out the Claire La Faye dress everyone’s mouths dropped — especially mine. When I came out of the dressing room everyone had tears in their eyes! I knew this was the dress I was meant to marry Derrick in.

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

I think the trick was staying true to ourselves on the things that mattered most, while letting some of the smaller details be looked after by others. We had a DIY wedding and had many of our family and friends help with some pretty big parts of the wedding. Our arbor was put together from scratch by my Dad, the cakes were baked by my Mom and Mother-in-law, the flowers were selected and arranged and some even grown in their very own garden by my husband’s Grandmother and Mother- inlaw, the list goes on and on… and on! Also, my husband was incredibly helpful with the planning. Among other things, he built our website and made an amazing Google Doc spreadsheet that connected everything together so we had a dashboard for our wedding. It helped keep us sane.

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What was the most memorable moment?

The ceremony! We planned to have it outside, but unfortunately it decided to rain. Our family, friends, and staff were amazing and managed to bring the ceremony inside, transforming the space into something really beautiful. As I walked down the aisle, next to family friends with our string quartet playing, all the worries of the rain left my body, and I couldn’t have been happier to see Derrick at the end of the aisle waiting for me. It was truly amazing to say our personal vows to each other in front of everyone we loved.

We had a lot of fun with our wedding party and photographer running out and snapping pictures in the rain without getting too soaked. When it was time to cut our cake the rain stopped, the sky cleared, and the most beautiful sunset we have ever seen emerged across the sky. We quickly ran out for a photo shoot, along with all of our guests. It was calming to know we’d have such a nice ending to the evening.

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

I don’t think I could have planned our wedding without wedding blogs or Pinterest for inspiration. I saved all of my ideas to one place so when getting help from my family or friends it was easy for them to understand my vision. Also, when Derrick and I first got engaged, we made a list (separately) ranking what was most important to us, whether food was number 1, photographer, or DJ. Then we compared and compromised on what to spend our budget on as we went down our list. Good luck!

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DRESS DESIGNER: Claire La Faye

ACCESSORY DESIGNERS:

Earrings - Lisa D Jewelry Etsy

Hairpiece – LeFlowers Etsy

Shoes- Kate Spade Charm heels in Platinum

Veil – I wore the veil that my mother got married in. It originally had lace around the boarder but we detached the lace and used it as a ribbon to tie around my bridesmaids bouquets.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Kari Burgess with Eternal Reflections Photography 

FLORIST/ GARDER: My husbands lovely Grandmother who is 83 years old (amazing right!)

VENUE : The Glendale Golf and Country Club in Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Thank you to Katie and Derrick for sharing their sweet story!

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Real Wedding: Vanessa and Brian’s Millbrook Winery Wedding

Vanessa and Brian were married in a beautiful outdoor ceremony in the Fall in Millbrook, New York. The bride was beautiful in the Liane gown by Wtoo, and personalized her look with jewelry handmade by her Father. The day featured a romantic playlist tailored by the bride and groom themselves, and sweet little details crafted by the bride!

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

Because I always wear dresses I was going for something big.  I wanted a vintage feel and something different.  When I saw the Liane dress at Lovely Bride I knew right away that there wasn’t any other dress that topped this one.  I put the flower sash from Lovely on the back of the dress draping down.

 

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

COLOR, LOTS OF COLOR!! I wanted A LOT of everything.  There needed to be tons of burlap, lace, and jars that my mother-in-law and I made the vases out of. Brian and I spent months planning the music for the wedding. I am beyond obsessed with Bruce Springsteen and we worked out the most beautiful playlist for every moment of the wedding. It was like a movie soundtrack and the DJ was in love with us because he is a Bruce fan too! I tried inviting Bruce but I don’t know if he ever got the invitation!

 

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What was the most memorable moment?

Walking to the ceremony and seeing Brian waiting for me was so memorable. Also when my mother-in-law and the caterer came into the bridal suite saying that the wedding cake never came!  Then 5 minutes later it showed up, we found out it fell on the way in and it was a MESS!! But it did the trick! Nothing upset us that day.

 

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

The advice I would give to future brides is that everything you go through to get to the wedding day is worth it. When the wedding day arrives take it all as it comes and remember it’s an organic thing that will take on a life of its own, your job is to roll with it and enjoy it! And Dance!

 

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DRESS DESIGNER: Waters Wtoo Liane.

ACCESSORY DESIGNERS:

My Jewelry was made by my father Antoune Wahesh.

And my veil was made by Katy Duncan of Prettyobession.

My garter, Bride & Groom wine glasses, and second belt was made by Shannen Caldone.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Steve Planke

FLORIST: Linda Baldwin

VENUE: Wings Castle and Millbrook Winery.

DJ: DJ David Swirsky of Expressway Music Inc.

ANYONE ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO CREDIT: Penny Steindl my Mother-in-Law and Billy from Slammin’ Salmon.

Thank you to Vanessa and Brian for sharing their big day with us!

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Real Wedding: Liz and Jeffrey’s Brooklyn Bridge Park Wedding

Nothing is more quintessential New York than the Manhattan Skyline as the backdrop for your wedding. Liz and Jeffrey’s wedding boasts a vintage taxi, a backyard Brooklyn reception, and to top it all off, an ice cream truck! These images by Ben of Weddings by Two are to good to be true, it’s impossible to pick a favorite! Did we mention that Liz looked like a Disney Princess in her Sarah Seven Cascade gown? See for yourself!

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

The moment I cast my eyes on the Sarah Seven line, I just knew. Once I put on the Cascade gown, I felt as though I was floating. The draping pieces of soft ivory created such an ethereal quality and the delicate gold thread and floral lace overlay added the perfect touch.

There’s almost nothing in my wardrobe that I wouldn’t belt, and my wedding dress was no exception. I wanted to heighten the gold detailing of the Cascade and when I came across the antique gold gilded belt from Misty Albion on Etsy, I may have stopped breathing. The intricate filigree work mirrored the elegant lace of the dress and the diamantes matched the dusty shale bridesmaids’ dresses serendipitously.  It seems cliché, but I felt like a princess.

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

A great location. A fun atmosphere. And an amazing photographer to capture it all. So needless to say, when we found an incredible Mexican restaurant under the Brooklyn Bridge, we were sold immediately. Our love for tacos and margaritas may be the only rival to our love for each other. Gran Electrica was absolutely the best choice when it came to the aesthetic and ambience we imagined. Ben, of Weddings by Two, captured every perfect moment of our smile-filled day.

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What was the most memorable moment?

Answering this question is like choosing a favorite flavor of ice cream. I think one of my favorite moments was riding around in the back of the vintage checker cab we hired. It was just the two of us in the backseat, riding down the small cobblestone streets before the ceremony. It gave us time to be alone together, dizzy with anticipation.It’s a lot like was A.A. Milne said in The House at Pooh Corner, “Well, said Pooh, ‘what I like best-’ and then he had to stop and think. Because although eating honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.” 

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

Enjoy every tiny moment—of course on the wedding day itself, but also on all the days leading up to it. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the enormity of a bride’s to do list, but at the end of the day, you’re just throwing a party—and the best kind of party, too. A love party!

 

DRESS DESIGNER:  Sarah Seven

ACCESSORY DESIGNERS:

Antique Belt: Misty Albion, Etsy

Hairpiece: BHLDN

PHOTOGRAPHER: Weddings by Two

FLORIST: Van Vliet & Trap 

ANYONE ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO CREDIT:

VIDEOGRAPHER: Mint Wedding Cinematography 

RECEPTION VENUE: Gran Electrica 

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Real Wedding: Brittaney and CJ’s Pine River Ranch Wedding

A bohemian gown, towering Pine trees, and a loving couple made for one spectacular wedding day! Brittaney and CJ were married at Pine River Ranch in Washington with their close family and friends. This blushing bride found her dream dress at Lovely LA, and we can’t get enough of her in it!

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I was inspired by the venue. Everything I did came back to making sure that our wedding was a direct reflection of me and CJ (my husband) so when it came to finding THE dress I wanted it to fit the venue as well as my personal style. The vision I had was flowy and romantic, I mean I was going to be walking down the aisle to Crystal by Stevie Nicks! I wanted to feel like a bride but also be comfortable to stay in the dress all night.

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

Making it PERSONAL! Everyone has been to a wedding, I really wanted ours to stand out to people. I wanted our guest to feel the love that CJ and I have for each other and know that every detail came from us.

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What was the most memorable moment?

Our vows! It was CJs idea to write our own vows and at first I was terrified (little fear of public speaking) but I have absolutely no regrets. It definitely was one of the most memorable and amazing moments of my life. Being able to hold my significant others hand and listen to him say his vows as he held back the tears in front of all of our family and friends was indescribable. Even after 6 years of being together, those vows will always be the most precious words I have ever heard. Also, CJs sister Brandi married us and it was one of the most special gifts we will ever receive. The whole ceremony was very “us”, even including quotes from John Lennon and Marilyn Monroe.

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

A lot of people will have opinions, don’t listen to them. You want your wedding to be YOUR wedding. You only get one dream wedding so make it real, make it you. I never wanted to be stressed out on my wedding day so making the wedding personal and a reflection of who CJ and I were as a couple made things very easy. There will be things that you will need to let go of during the planning process, let people help, let your fiancé be a part of the planning too. Trust me, he will surprise you. Our wedding day was seriously the best day of my life. I still look at our wedding photos and tear up. Because we were able to stay completely true to what we wanted and what was important to us as a couple the day could not have gone any better.

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DRESS DESIGNER: Wtoo by Watters Jasmine

ACCESSORY DESIGNERS:
Headpiece: Abloom New York

Something Borrowed: My Grandma on my Mom’s side Opal ring

Something Old: My Grandma on my Dad’s side opal earrings from the 50′s that were given to her by my Great Grandma

PHOTOGRAPHER: Roseanna & Shane Sales of Picture Perfect by Roseanna

FLORIST: My amazing Grandma and Aunt put together all of the centerpieces and bridal bouquets. We ordered our flowers wholesale through Whole Blossoms.

WEDDING PLANNER: Me

ANYONE ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO CREDIT: The Venue!! We got married at Pine River Ranch in Leavenworth, WA. It was so beautiful, 22 acres of trees and flowers with the most beautiful restored dairy barn that was originally built in 1914. David & Rachel who manage the venue were so easy and amazing to work with.

Thank you to Brittaney and CJ for sharing their amazing day with us!

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Real Wedding: Heather and Tyler’s Michigan Wedding

Between Heather’s gorgeous floral headpiece, their ‘couldn’t be more perfect’ spring weather, and pretty pastel bouquets, this wedding has stolen our hearts! Smiling ear to ear, this sweet couple wed late May in Hartland, Michigan. Heather’s Watters gown fit her so gracefully and was perfectly accented with classic jewelry. She added a more modern edge with funky shoes and her amazing headpiece.

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

While dress shopping, I had initially convinced myself that I wanted something very simple, and would possibly accessorize with bold statement jewelry. My mother, on the other hand, loved all the big, poufy dresses that I just was not into. I started off at Lovely NYC by trying on relatively simple dresses, which I liked, but nothing clicked for me. My stylist at Lovely encouraged me to try on a dress that my mom had picked out, even though I didn’t think I would like it. While that was not the dress, I was surprised that I didn’t hate it, and I became more open to other styles and silhouettes. My stylist at Lovely then came back with the most gorgeous Watters lace dress in a beautiful dark ivory color. The fit and flare cut and the lace detailing instantly made me fall in love! I knew it was The Dress as soon as I put it on, and my mother agreed. I tried on a few other dresses, but I came back to this stunning lace dress when I realized I couldn’t picture myself walking down the aisle in anything else.

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

It was important to me for the wedding to be simple yet still beautiful. Since we had a spring wedding, I knew I wanted to capture a light, fresh, welcoming feeling. The flowers were what helped the most! I hired the most amazing florist, Susan McCleary of Passionflower, to really bring our historic venue to life. I wanted colors like blush pink, peach, cream, and grey against the dark wood of our venue; Susan helped echo and accent my vision perfectly with gorgeous centerpieces and bouquets for myself and my bridal party by using flowers like peonies, astilbe, Juliet roses, sweet peas, and dusty miller. Because I loved my dress so much, I also incorporated lace details on the table settings and the cake. When I look back at my wedding photos, I am still so taken by how beautiful everything looked!

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What was the most memorable moment?

I know this will probably sound cliché, but everything people say is absolutely true. When I walked down the aisle and saw my soon-to-be husband Tyler, everything made total sense. The months of planning and worrying over details totally left me, and I focused on putting one foot in front of the other. When I made it to the end, I finally looked around and was overwhelmed by emotion. My friends and family were surrounding us, the sun was shining, and I was standing in front of my best friend, about to be married. Definitely a moment I will never forget!

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

Everyone will have an opinion (and I did sometimes ask for them!) but at the end of the day, a bride should trust her own aesthetic. I’m glad I am able to look back and remember that I stayed true to what I wanted my wedding day to look like. It was very important to me that my guests have a great time celebrating our wedding, so it made me very happy to see everyone dancing and enjoying the DJ and other details that I picked, like our photo booth, signature cocktail, or our favors, handmade chocolates from Detroit. Watching my friends and family have a good time made all of the planning and deliberating well worth it!

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heather & tyler // wedding highlights from northfox media on Vimeo.

DRESS DESIGNER: Watters Pasadena

ACCESSORY DESIGNERS:

Veil: Love Veils

Floral Headpiece: Susan Mcleary of Passionflower

Shoes: Chie Mihara/BHLDN

Sash: Hitherto/BHLDN

PHOTOGRAPHER: Sandy Morrow of Capturing Subtleties Photography

FLORIST: Passionflower

WEDDING PLANNER: Day of Coordination by Viva la Diva

ANYONE ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO CREDIT:

Videographer: Logan Chadd of Northfox Media 

Wedding Venue: Waldenwoods in Hartland, MI

Hair: Katie Terranova

Makeup: Andrea Duchesneau

A big thank you to Heather and Tyler for sharing their wedding with us!

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