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Real Wedding: Danielle and Jon’s Friday the 13th Wedding

With so many sweet little heart details, this Real Wedding is the perfect fit to get you in the Valentine’s Day spirit! Danielle and Jon were married at a historic home in Philadelphia with their absolute closest family and friends. A Sarah Seven dress and quirky colorful details were perfectly draped across their landmark venue.

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look. 

I had just gotten home from a disastrous dress shopping experience at a local bridal shop.  Every dress I tried on was big, heavy, and completely not me. When I got home I started scouring the internet for dresses. I somehow stumbled upon Sarah Seven. I don’t even know how I found her. I swear it was fate.  I instantly fell in love with her gowns. They were pretty, ethereal and had a touch of vintage flair. They were everything I wanted. Magically, Sarah was having a trunk show at Lovely Bride NYC just a month later. After stepping into Lovely I knew I would find my dress. ‘Even So’ had every detail I wanted. It was so comfortable and classic but was still completely unique. I left without making a decision but couldn’t get ‘Even So’ out of my head. I called the next day and ordered. It was truly the best thing I’ve ever worn.

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

We wanted a unique experience and not a cookie cutter wedding. We knew we just wouldn’t be comfortable in a church or a banquet hall with hundreds of eyes on us. We decided on a small affair with just 22 guests consisting of parents, siblings, and a few of our closest friends. We planned everything ourselves, stayed within our budget, and feel our day really reflected who we are. We were married by a close friend in the garden of an old historic home in Philly, had dinner at a nearby iconic hotel, and then danced like crazy at a ridiculous club. The day was really stress free and relaxed.

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What was the most memorable moment? 

Walking back down the aisle with Jon after just being announced husband and wife.  It was pure joy. Our photographer snapped a picture that really shows how much fun we were having and it’s my favorite photo from the day.

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

Don’t be afraid to break the “rules” and stray from tradition. We had an uneven bridal party and got married on Friday the 13th. We didn’t cut the cake, toss a bouquet, or have a rehearsal. We loosely followed a timeline on the day and just let things happen in a more natural way. Don’t be afraid to do what makes you happy. The day was perfect because it was exactly what we wanted.

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DRESS DESIGNER:  Even So by Sarah Seven

ACCESSORY DESIGNERS:

Belt: Anthropologie 

Shoes: Chelsea Crew 

Jewelry: J.Crew and BHLDN.

Veil: Nilah and Company

PHOTOGRAPHER: Love Shack Photo

FLORIST: Falls Flowers

WEDDING PLANNER: Me

HAIR & MAKEUP: Salon Fiber.

VENUES: The Samuel Powel House and The Hyatt at the Bellevue

Thank you to Danielle and Jon for sharing their wedding with us!

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Real Wedding: Kelly and Dave’s North Carolina Wedding

Kelly and Dave’s wedding day was serene after a quick rainstorm. The clouds created a day with gorgeous hues of blue, green, and of course, ivory. Kelly’s Watters gown was classic and elegant against the nautical backdrop.

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

From the very beginning of the wedding planning process I knew I wanted a dress that would reflect a vintage/rustic style, while also keeping true to the season and location of our wedding – a late September, outdoor celebration in North Carolina. After researching designers and styles online, I discovered Lovely NYC. One step in the door, a peek at the dress selection, and hearing my favorite Ben Harper song playing in the background, I felt certain THE dress was there somewhere. I tried on five or six dresses, including one that quickly became my favorite, the Watters Pasadena. Although I didn’t get it that day, I couldn’t stop thinking about the dress, and was back at Lovely a couple weeks later to make it the one.

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

It was important that our wedding be relaxing and fun for all of our guests who traveled near and far to be with us on our special day. Instead of going overboard with flowers or décor, we focused on the details we knew everyone would appreciate: good food and plenty of beverages! We added personal touches like the wine cork place card holders that were created from a collection of corks we’d been saving for several years, along with additional corks contributed by my mom, friends, and coworkers. All of these details came together to make our big day exactly as we’d envisioned it.

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What was the most memorable moment?

There were a couple memorable moments. The first was the torrential rainstorm that popped up about ten minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Since it was an outdoor ceremony, everyone ran for cover while I climbed off the shuttle wrapped entirely in trash bags! The storm passed through quickly and all thoughts of the rain were washed away the moment I walked down the aisle with my dad at my side. Seeing our closest friends and family all in one place, then looking up to see Dave at the end of the aisle with a huge smile on his face is something I’ll never forget.

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

The whole day goes by so quickly. Take a moment with your husband to step back and soak it all in. You’ve worked so hard to make this day special. All the photos or videos in the world can’t possibly capture the excitement and emotion that you’ll feel in that moment.

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DRESS DESIGNER: Watters

ACCESSORY DESIGNERS:

Necklace & Hair Pin: BHLDN

Sash: Etsy seller BridalBouquetsbyKy

PHOTOGRAPHER: Terry & Sarah Photography

FLORIST: Renee Landry

WEDDING PLANNER:Brenda Zeigler, To Have and to Hold OBX

CAKE: Just Desserts

VENUE: The Whalehead Club, Corolla

Thank you to Kelly and Dave for sharing their day with us!

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Real Wedding: Daryl and Kyle’s Whimsical Sedona Wedding

Daryl and Kyle’s Sedona Fall Wedding will take you back in time with these warm, vintage inspired photos that perfectly captured this old fashioned love story. Daryl’s Sarah Seven dress added such an elegance to the day, with pearl accents and blush roses that enhanced the femininity of her look. The reception decor was inspired by the couple’s travels together throughout the years. Too sweet!

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

We wanted our wedding to be timeless.  We wanted it to feel vintage and yet of today.  My bridesmaid Jackie brilliantly took me to Lovely Bride NYC and I fell in love with the quaint old brownstone boutique and the unique quality of the designer dresses. The last thing I wanted was anything too “bridal” and Lovely was a perfect fit for me. I knew when I put on the Sarah Seven dress “Graceful” that it was the one.  And it was the DETAILS that captured my imagination.  The delicate pearl beaded sleeve that draped over the shoulders, the gentle fabric tucks at the waist, the ethereal sheer layers of the skirt.  I WAS IN LOVE!  The dress was plucked out of a fairytale and fit in perfectly with our “timeless” theme.

 

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

The most important details were the details.  It’s the little things we did to personalize and make the day unique that we will never forget!  Using personal photographs of our favorite cities in white washed frames, handmade wood and mirror signs indicating our ceremony and our favorite cocktail “the Bees Knees,” taking the time to personally write our ceremony and vows, using geodes that we found with my maid of honor as part of the décor, faux fur blankets for guests when the temperatures dropped at night, and a “GORP” table for guests to make their own trail mix throughout the evening.

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We also feel that utilizing our talented friends and family made the day feel incredibly special.  One of my bridesmaids led a fitness class with the bridal party the day before the wedding.  A friend and hair designer created the hair pieces and birdcage as well as crafted the hair itself.  A photographer that I work with often shot the wedding.  Two friends sang “One Hand One Heart” during the ceremony.  Another friend helped with the guest book by manning the polaroid camera and making sure everyone had fun pictures to sign.  Also, our Officiant was a mentor of the groom.  I’m so grateful to have such lovely and giving friends and this is a huge part of what made the wedding weekend so special.

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What was the most memorable moment?

Listening to my dearest friends, Stephane and Molly, sing “One Hand, One Heart” from West Side Story during our ceremony.  I was facing away from Kyle, but reached my hand back and he grabbed it as we listened to the duet.  Perfect.

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

Try to enjoy the “creating time” leading up to the wedding and don’t be afraid to do your own thing!  If you look at “wedding planning” as less planning and more creating, allowing your vision and ideas to come to life, it becomes an enjoyable experience.  I never thought I would say this, but I wish I could do it all again.  Everything from the weeks leading up to the wedding, to the wedding weekend itself with our closest friends and family.  It was hands down the most memorable time in our lives together!

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DRESS DESIGNER:  Sarah Seven

ACCESSORY DESIGNERS:

Jonathan Sharpless Hair Pieces and Design

LaDuca Shoes

PHOTOGRAPHER: Matt Simpkins

FLORIST: Bliss Extraordinary Floral

WEDDING PLANNER: Margaret Van Damme

ANYONE ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO CREDIT:

L’Auberge de Sedona

 

A big thank you to Daryl and Kyle!

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Real Wedding: Lovely’s Own Vanessa and Andrew

Nothing thrills us more than to be able to share one of our own’s wedding with the world. Lovely ladies bring something truly special to the bridal world, and Vanessa is no exception. A gritty Brooklyn background created some spectacular photos starring this gorgeous, polished couple, and a hint at a nautical theme was perfectly suited to their venue.

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I wanted something simple, but elegant and light feeling since it was an August Wedding.  A train was something I also really wanted because how many times in your life do you get to wear a dress with a train!

 

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

Our venue is really what we were most excited about and really just let it speak for itself.  Photos were also very important to us and we loved working with Chellise and her now husband Mike.  Working with another young engaged couple really made it fun, we were so comfortable with them and they are so talented.  I also loved the flowers and thought our florist did an amazing job!

 

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What was the most memorable moment?

At the end of the ceremony we exited to the song “Wouldn’t it be nice” by the Beach Boys, played acoustically by our good friends that are in a band, we ran directly into an elevator to go up to the bridal suite to sign our Marriage License.  The doors closed and the music faded and it was suddenly so quiet and it was just he and I.  We looked at each other and screamed “We’re married!” and we both burst into tears of joy, it was amazing to have this moment of solitude that day for just the two of us.  It was a moment of pure happiness I won’t forget for the rest of my life!

 

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

Enjoy every second, be in the moment, you’ve planned everything you could up to that point so it’s time to just enjoy the ride!

 

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ACCESSORY DESIGNERS:

Jeweled hair clip: J.crew

Sash: Vera Wang

PHOTOGRAPHER: Chellise Michael Photography

FLORIST: Sprout Home

For dress inspiration check out Lea Ann Belter’s Tess gown. Lea Ann Belter is carried at all four Lovely locations.

 

Thank you Vanessa and Andrew for sharing your love with us!

 

 

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Real Wedding: Valerie and Corey’s Vintage Vibe Wedding

Valerie and Corey were married this Fall in their home state of Florida after kindling their romance in New York City. The fusion of their urban city style blended with their gorgeous setting created a beautiful day full of friends and family they will cherish forever. Valerie wore her gorgeous Wtoo Siara dress with a bohemian twist on this traditional style.

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

Dress shopping was one of my favorite wedding planning memories. My first appointment was at Lovely NYC. I imagined my dress to be lace with a romantic, vintage feel to it. It was the very first dress, and as soon as I put it on I knew it was the one! I went to a few more dress appointments, yet nothing came close. So that evening we went back to Lovely and I slipped into that first gown again. It was the only dress that not only made me feel like a bride, but Corey’s bride. I loved it and I knew he would love it too. As soon as I tried a veil on, my mom and aunt were in tears, which was another sure sign that it was my dress. It was perfect.

 

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

The most important detail to our wedding was that we wanted it to reflect us and the things we loved. I wanted to make everything and do everything, but luckily we were blessed to have so many helpful and creative family and friends to help pull off our dream day. My mom helped me make so many things and come up with so many ideas. There’s no way I could have done it without her. Her and my aunt made cakes and cheesecakes for each individual table. They were so beautiful and it was a such special touch to the table decor. To hint at our shared love for photography, our guest favors included photographs that Corey and I took throughout our adventures together. There were old cameras, photos, and flowers everywhere. Everything just reflected the things we loved and the whole day was filled with such a romantic yet totally fun vibe.

We also just wanted the people we loved to have the best time ever. Corey and I chose a BBQ themed dinner, complete with mac n cheese and root beer, because who doesn’t like that?! We had yard games outside and tons of dancing inside. It was one big party. From our bridal party being such a fun group of people, to our families and friends traveling from afar just to celebrate and support us as we started our marriage. We felt so loved and celebrated.

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What was the most memorable moment?

The most memorable moment would have to be when we saw each other before the ceremony. I met Corey out on the dock for our first look and it was so overwhelming. We both were just so excited and couldn’t stop smiling. We took some time to pray together and just take it all in. It was so romantic and special, and one of the things I remember most vividly about that day.

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

Don’t let the little things hinder you from what is actually important. You’re marrying your best friend, everything else is just extra! No matter what goes wrong, it’ll still be the best day ever, I promise!

Also, bridesmaids are the greatest! I chose the most rad group of girls to stand by my side, 8 to be exact. They helped me so much and kept me calm when I needed it. Some people say having a lot of bridesmaids is crazy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Corey & Valerie Smith’s // Wedding Trailer // 11-17-13 from Caleb Pierce on Vimeo.

 

Check out the couple’s “Day in their NYC Life” save the date!

Corey & Valerie’s save the date from Kevin Smith on Vimeo.

 

DRESS DESIGNER:  Watters Wtoo Siara at Lovely NYC

ACCESSORY DESIGNERS:

BRIDAL HEADPIECE/ FLORIST/DECOR- Christine Clark at Mégan K Events

VEIL- David’s Bridal

BRIDESMAIDS HEADPIECE- Goldsmith Collective 

PHOTOGRAPHER: Cook Images

VIDEOGRAPHER: Caleb Pierce & Colby Shelton

ANYONE ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO CREDIT:

Sarah Peake- Makeup Artist

 

Thanks to Valerie and Corey for sharing their amazing day with us!

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