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Real Wedding: Jackie & Keith

Jackie & Keith - Siara Dress by WToo from Lovely NY - Photo by Tina Elizabeth Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.
I have always been drawn to classic, sophisticated looks. I knew when my mother and I went to try on dresses that I wanted something a bit more form fitting and a cleaner silhouette. When we arrived at Lovely, I was up for anything. I kept thinking “you never know” then after trying on 8 to 9 dresses, one of which was a top contender, I tried on the Siara dress by WTOO and the moment she zipped up the back I had a feeling it was the one. It fit in all the right places and had everything I was looking for, including a belt. As I started to tear up, I realized this is the dress I am going to marry Keith in.

Jackie & Keith - Siara Dress by WToo from Lovely NY - Photo by Tina Elizabeth Photography

Jackie & Keith - Siara Dress by WToo from Lovely NY - Photo by Tina Elizabeth Photography

Jackie & Keith - Siara Dress by WToo from Lovely NY - Photo by Tina Elizabeth Photography

What were the most important details to pulling off your dream wedding?
Since we were having only 45 guests, we wanted a place that was intimate and cozy and had a great flow for everyone to mingle together at the reception. As much as the day is about us, we wanted our family and guests to have fun and enjoy some great food. The Fig Tree was great since it had an outdoor patio/garden that opened into the dining room. It was just what we wanted and fit the tone of the day.

Jackie & Keith - Siara Dress by WToo from Lovely NY - Photo by Tina Elizabeth Photography

Jackie & Keith - Siara Dress by WToo from Lovely NY - Photo by Tina Elizabeth Photography

Jackie & Keith - Siara Dress by WToo from Lovely NY - Photo by Tina Elizabeth Photography

Jackie & Keith - Siara Dress by WToo from Lovely NY - Photo by Tina Elizabeth Photography

Jackie & Keith - Siara Dress by WToo from Lovely NY - Photo by Tina Elizabeth Photography

What was the most memorable moment?
The whole day was an amazing but the moment that we love the most was seeing each other for the first time during our First Look. We both had been nervous/ excited to see each other all day; finally to have the moment just the two of us for the first time was breathtaking. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the look on his face.

Jackie & Keith - Siara Dress by WToo from Lovely NY - Photo by Tina Elizabeth Photography

Jackie & Keith - Siara Dress by WToo from Lovely NY - Photo by Tina Elizabeth Photography

Jackie & Keith - Siara Dress by WToo from Lovely NY - Photo by Tina Elizabeth Photography

If you could give future brides any advice, what would it be?
Towards the end of planning, don’t go crazy over all of the little details. Just focus on a few that are important to the two of you; the rest will fall into place.

Jackie & Keith - Siara Dress by WToo from Lovely NY - Photo by Tina Elizabeth Photography

Jackie & Keith - Siara Dress by WToo from Lovely NY - Photo by Tina Elizabeth Photography

Dress Designer: WTOO from Lovely NY
Jewelry: Vintage from Grandmother
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Photographer: Tina Elizabeth Photography
Ceremony: St. Francis, Hoboken, NJ
Reception: The Fig Tree Hoboken, NJ
Hair & Make-up: Bbride professionals
Florist: Flowers by Diane
Music: Vogue Music Events 

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Real Wedding: Heather & Philip

Heather & Philip - Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photography by Wasuck Photo

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

My vision was a simple lace dress. I had liked a few, but nothing felt right nearing the end of my appointment my consultant pulled down the Watters Davenport and I thought it was going to be too much, as the skirt was much larger than ones I had tried on previously, however it was absolutely perfect! My mom, aunt, now mother and step mother in law and I all started tearing up and I knew this was the dress. The perfect amount of structure, lace and most of all made me feel like a bride! I customized it a bit and added some lace to the top to turn it into a boat neck which truly made it my dress.

Heather & Philip - Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photography by Wasuck Photo

Heather & Philip - Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photography by Wasuck Photo

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

Phil and I met at summer camp ten years ago. We wanted to make it a fun outdoor rustic wedding showcasing just how beautiful Vermont is. We picked the Highland Lodge as it had a wonderful homey feel to it and most of the guests were able to stay right on property either in cabins or inside the Lodge. I asked guests to bring their wedding pictures so we could decorate the living areas with everyones wedding, the perfect personal touch. 

Heather & Philip - Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photography by Wasuck Photo

Heather & Philip - Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photography by Wasuck Photo

Heather & Philip - Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photography by Wasuck Photo

What was the most memorable moment?

Having all our friends and family come together to celebrate our love was simply amazing. At the end of the night the last song we played was Home by Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros. All our guests surrounded us on the dance floor and Phil and I were spinning around in the center. I could not believe how lucky we were to have everyone we cared about there. It truly was spectacular.

Heather & Philip - Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photography by Wasuck Photo

Heather & Philip - Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photography by Wasuck Photo

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

Remember at the end of the day it is your wedding, do what you want! Spend the extra money on a photographer; it truly is worth every penny. Also learn to delegate, you dont want to spend your wedding day rushing around trying to get things done. Allow others to help, it makes it all the more magical when you see your plans come together.

Heather & Philip - Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photography by Wasuck Photo

Dress Designer: Watters from Lovely NYC
Shoes: Toms
Bridesmaid Dresses: JCrew
Photographer: Isaac Wasuck with Wasuck Photography
Venue: Highland Lodge in Greensboro, Vermont
Florist: Blomma Flicka Flowers
DJ: Top Hat Entertainment
Catering: Worthy Catering

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Real Wedding: Cara & Tim

Cara & Tim - Soledad Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photo by Jessica Ames Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

There are so many beautiful wedding dresses.  I was looking for something a little unique and fun without going over the top.  As I was trying on dresses at Lovely, I kept looking at this blush colored dress hanging on the rack.  I had never considered any color other than white, but my mom, sister and I agreed that I might as well try it on.  I loved it!  It was colorful, whimsical, and most importantly comfortable. As I was debating between this dress and another Lovely dress, my sister pointed out that throughout my dress shopping, I had maintained a straight face thinking and pondering each dress.  But when I was wearing the Watters Soledad dress I had a big smile on my face.  That made my decision easy!

Cara & Tim - Soledad Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photo by Jessica Ames Photography

Cara & Tim - Soledad Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photo by Jessica Ames Photography

Cara & Tim - Soledad Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photo by Jessica Ames Photography

What was the most memorable moment?

Tim’s uncle sang a beautiful rendition of John Legend’s ‘All of Me’ during the ceremony.  During these few minutes I was able to look around at the crowd and took note of Tim standing across from me and all of our family and friends together under one roof.  I felt so honored and grateful that each of them took the time to travel and witness our special day.

Cara & Tim - Soledad Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photo by Jessica Ames Photography

Cara & Tim - Soledad Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photo by Jessica Ames Photography

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

Since both Tim and I went to Penn State, the campus holds a special place in our hearts.  We were able to blend my dream wedding of romance and an abundance of flowers by holding the ceremony in the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens and his passion for sports, especially Penn State football, by holding our reception in Beaver Stadium.  We incorporated some other details so our guests could share in the Penn State experience.  Some of these included tailgate themed welcome bags upon arrival at the on-campus hotel, The Nittany Lion Inn, using the Blue Buses for transporting our guests (the buses that the football team uses to travel to the stadium), access to the All-Sports Museum in the stadium before cocktail hour, and a bottle of local wine from Mt. Nittany Vineyard and Winery as a wedding favor.

Cara & Tim - Soledad Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photo by Jessica Ames Photography

Cara & Tim - Soledad Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photo by Jessica Ames Photography

Cara & Tim - Soledad Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photo by Jessica Ames Photography

Cara & Tim - Soledad Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photo by Jessica Ames Photography

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

Planning a wedding can feel like a balancing act at times between trying to figure out what you want while weighing the opinions of others close to you.  Weddings are about love, so treat everyone with love.  If you’re unsure of what to do, go with your gut and feel confident in your decision.  It will be a beautiful, magical day with your loved ones.  Enjoy every minute of it!

Cara & Tim - Soledad Dress by Watters from Lovely NYC - Photo by Jessica Ames Photography

Dress Designer: Soledad by Watters from Lovely NYC
Shoes: J.Crew
Earrings: Nadri
Floral Headpiece: Cécile Boccara
Photographer: Jessica Ames Photography
Ceremony Venue: H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens in the Arboretum at Penn State
Reception Site: Mount Nittany Club in Beaver Stadium
Videographer: Birdhouse Productions
Florist: Avánt Garden
Ceremony Instrumentals: Allegria Ensemble
Reception Band: John Parker Band
Invitations, Table Numbers, and Place cards: Rifle Paper Co.
Alterations: Sew Elegant

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Real Wedding: Erin & Paul

Erin & Paul - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Ashley Ludaescher

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I’m a Southern California native, but I live with my Australian partner in Berlin, Germany.  Planning most of the wedding from afar, I was adamant that I would pick out my dress with my two sisters, mother and grandmother.  Complicating this desire was the fact that I am only home for a short time in the summers, and one of my sisters lives in Texas.  There was only one weekend that summer when were all going to be in California, so I made an appointment at Lovely LA ages in advance.  I couldn’t believe my luck when I heard that a Sarah Seven trunk show was occurring on that day!  I LOVED her dresses, so I was very hopeful. 

I had originally envisioned myself in a strapless number, but that was until Sarah, herself (!), brought over Mademoiselle.  It felt sophisticated and ethereal, demure and a little sexy.  It was me, but turned up a notch. However, I was unsure that I could pull it off.  With encouragement from my sisters, and Sarah (again!) assuring me that I was workin’ it, it all fell into place.  It was a serendipitous moment- finding THE dress with my family, on our one weekend together. 

Erin & Paul - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Ashley Ludaescher

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

My husband is Australian, but we live and work in Berlin, Germany where he plays professional volleyball.  Also, his mum is Dutch, so half of his family lives in the Netherlands.  This meant that we were going to have guests from all over the world coming in for the big day.  It’s probably true for every couple, but this would really be the only time in our lives that our families would be all together in one place.  With this in mind, Paul and I decided early on that we wanted to create an intimate, welcoming celebration where everyone felt like family.  When we found a house in Long Beach available as a wedding venue, we jumped at the chance.  It offered us the intimacy of a backyard wedding, with a beautiful space, and the freedom to truly make the place our own. 

Erin & Paul - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Ashley Ludaescher

We tried to create a garden wedding with a few personal touches.  For example: we named our tables after different cities around the world where we have lived and traveled.  I wrote the seating chart on beautiful doors that my late grandfather made.  We included our families in a handfasting ceremony.  We also created our own floral arrangements, and when I went to the flower market, I had only one demand: Eucalyptus.  The Australian native that has made itself at home in California-what could be more perfect? 

Erin & Paul - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Ashley Ludaescher

Erin & Paul - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Ashley Ludaescher

But perhaps most important were the people who actually made this event happen.  Our family showed up on Friday smiling and ready to work to set up, put together floral arrangements, and transport all of the stuff we needed.  It was well and truly a Do-It-Together affair.  Plus, our venue coordinator, Diana, was SO clutch and SO zen. Everything ran smoothly, and that is due in no small part to her awesomeness. 

Erin & Paul - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Ashley Ludaescher

What was the most memorable moment?

I have two:

1) The entire ceremony was overwhelming, transcendent, and joyful.  We wrote the ceremony ourselves, and it was truly surreal hearing the words we’d chosen so carefully being brought to life.  The best part was when we kissed at the end.  It was one of those crazy moments when we were aware of our friends and family cheering, completely enveloped by their love and support, yet simultaneously absorbed in one another-completely in our own world.

Erin & Paul - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Ashley Ludaescher

Erin & Paul - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Ashley Ludaescher

Erin & Paul - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Ashley Ludaescher

2) Paul’s Dutch mother was very concerned about the lack of tent at our outdoor California wedding given the Netherlands’ propensity for wet weather.  After assuring her over and over that “It NEVER rains in southern California in August”, the unbelievable happened: it rained.  In the last fifteen minutes of our reception, with everyone dancing around with glow sticks-it began to drizzle.  It just felt magical.  The bottom of my dress is totally trashed now!

Erin & Paul - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Ashley Ludaescher

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

I got a great reality check from a European friend when I first got engaged.  In the US, the first question we ask brides is usually about the details of the wedding: “Have you picked a venue?” “Which flowers will you use?”, etc.  The first thing my German friend asked was, “Are you so excited to make this commitment with your man?!”.  Never lose sight of why you and your partner are doing this.  It’s a crazy, wonderful promise you’re making.  If your priorities are sorted from here, you’ll be much less stressed over the details 😉 Also, don’t be like me and beat yourself up for weeks after the wedding, because you felt like you didn’t spend enough time with every single person.  It is impossible.   Do your best, enjoy the day, and let it go. 

Erin & Paul - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Ashley Ludaescher

Dress Designer: Sarah Seven from Lovely LA
Belt: Untamed Petals
Hair Vine: Rosyln Harris Designs
Photographer:  Ashley Ludaescher
Venue:  The Devon Estate, Long Beach, CA
Wedding Coordinator: Diana Hutchinson
Videographer: Jonathan Chou
DJ: Kyle Taylor

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Real Wedding: Genevieve & Alan

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.
Initially my love for another designer brought me to Lovely Bride in LA. After trying on three of her gowns, I was having a difficult time deciding. At the suggestion of my sales associate, Whitney, I tried on the Norma gown by Watters. I fell in love with it instantly. Soft, romantic and whimsical – it was perfect.

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What were the most important details to pulling off your dream wedding?
Having a wedding coordinator was a huge help. Ashley was professional, positive and a complete dream to work with. Our day wouldn’t have been the same without her.

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What was the most memorable moment?
When our minister announced us as Mr. & Mrs. Garcia, we turned to walk down the aisle together and a warm feeling rushed over me. I had married my best friend and we surrounded by family and friends – old and new. Never before had I experienced so much love all at one time and it was overwhelming. I remember feeling so incredibly lucky and thankful for everyone who took the time to share that day with us. I will never forget that moment.

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

Weddings are meant to be a celebration of love, but sometimes stress can creep its way into the mix and that’s not fun. Take time for you and rely on family and friends to help you gain perspective and balance. You’re getting married! It’s a beautiful thing… enjoy it

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Dress: Norma gown by Watters from Lovely LA
Photographer: Martin Vielma
Wedding Planner: Ashley Speakman with Grand Tradition Garden and Estate
Venue: Grand Tradition Garden & Estate
Videographer: Graham Lovelis

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