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Real Wedding: Leah & Craig

Leah & Craig - Dress by Claire la Faye from Lovely NYC - Image by Michelle Gardella Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.
The dress just FELT good. From the moment I put it on, it felt not only right, and me, but also comfortable, and light. It felt like wearing nothing at all. It seemed perfect not only for me and my taste, but also for the venue. The dress had no train that I had to worry about dragging on grass and sand and rocks (I put it to the test), it was light for an outdoor July wedding, it peaked up in the front to show off my shoes, it moved beautifully in the wind.

The look was inspired by me and my husband and by the place we got married. The wedding took place at my parents’ home – the ceremony was on grass in front of the bay and photos were taken on the beach and jetty. We often head up to Massachusetts to see both my, and Craig, my husband’s, family, and Craig proposed to me on the jetty in front of the house. The setting is low key and natural, but special. The shoes were not wedding shoes, but shoes that I will wear again and again. All of the jewelry was borrowed from my mother and mother in law, most of it hand me downs from grandparents, which was important to have family elements including. I went without a veil to avoid being windblown, and veils just felt wrong on me.

Leah & Craig - Dress by Claire la Faye from Lovely NYC - Image by Michelle Gardella Photography

Leah & Craig - Dress by Claire la Faye from Lovely NYC - Image by Michelle Gardella Photography

What were the most important details to pulling off your dream wedding?
The most important aspect in planning and pulling off our dream wedding was to never lose sight of us. Every aspect came from a place near and dear to both of us, from the food, to the flowers, to music, to extras, it all was meant to showcase us and our passions to our friends and family. It was also incredibly important for us to be relaxed and spend time together during our wedding, doing what we wanted to do most. Laugh and dance and be together with each other and the ones we loved. We enjoyed every moment to the fullest, dancing till the end with friends and family, eating all of our food and hors d’oeuvres, playing with our nieces and nephews by the water, and stealing some alone time to be with just each other.

Leah & Craig - Dress by Claire la Faye from Lovely NYC - Image by Michelle Gardella Photography

Leah & Craig - Dress by Claire la Faye from Lovely NYC - Image by Michelle Gardella Photography

Leah & Craig - Dress by Claire la Faye from Lovely NYC - Image by Michelle Gardella Photography

Leah & Craig - Dress by Claire la Faye from Lovely NYC - Image by Michelle Gardella Photography

What was the most memorable moment?
The reception kicked off with a bang – the band was fantastic and every single person was on the dance floor from the get go. They started with the hora, and Craig and I were up in the chairs. But it was a moment after they put us down, where everyone we knew and loved was dancing around us, and Craig picked me up and danced with me in his arms that was so memorable and magical. It truly was a moment where everyone and no one was there at the same time. In that moment, we were surrounded by so much love, and yet it was just the two of us as well. A similar moment happened at the ceremony. We both wrote our own vows, and read them aloud for the first time at the ceremony. Again, we were surrounded by our nearest and dearest – and again, it was just him and me.

Leah & Craig - Dress by Claire la Faye from Lovely NYC - Image by Michelle Gardella Photography

Leah & Craig - Dress by Claire la Faye from Lovely NYC - Image by Michelle Gardella Photography

If you could give future brides any advice, what would it be?
Be you. And your future husband. If you want to wear flats, wear flats. If you don’t like dessert, don’t have dessert. The day is about you and him. No one else. And it’s the only day, meant to kick off the rest of your life together. So it should celebrate you as a couple for everyday, not just for the one day. And make sure the day is not just you. But him. So often the bride steals the show, but my favorite touches from the day were the ones that reflected him. I would see the little reference to film or Philadelphia, and smile, “Oh right, that’s what I love so much about him. Today and always.” To be reminded of those things on your wedding day really is just icing on the cake.

Leah & Craig - Dress by Claire la Faye from Lovely NYC - Image by Michelle Gardella Photography

Leah & Craig - Dress by Claire la Faye from Lovely NYC - Image by Michelle Gardella Photography

DRESS DESIGNER: “Love Me Do” Gown by Claire La Faye from Lovely NYC
PHOTOGRAPHER: Michelle Gardella Photography
WEDDING PLANNER: Wendy Joblon
VENUE: Bride’s parents family home in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts
FLORIST: Green Lion Weddings
VIDEOGRAPHER: Aaron Bean Cinema
CATERER: Chanterelle Boutique Catering
BAND: The Sultans

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Real Wedding: Jett & Ryan

Jett & Ryan - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Steve Cowell Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.
This dress was the first dress I tried on. The sweetheart top and ethereal layers of chiffon screamed 1950s to me, and I knew with a short veil it was the perfect look.

Jett & Ryan - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Steve Cowell Photography

Jett & Ryan - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Steve Cowell Photography

Jett & Ryan - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Steve Cowell Photography

What were the most important details to pulling off your dream wedding?
Hiring a killer team of vendors! From our DJ to our videographers to our florist, everyone we worked with totally blew us away with their talent and helped us pull off our epic wedding. Also, if it’s in your budget, hire a wedding planner. My awesome planner, Amber, from ‘The Love Riot’ did all of the leg-work (except for the really important jobs, like cake tasting) and helped me have a truly carefree bride experience.

Jett & Ryan - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Steve Cowell Photography

Jett & Ryan - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Steve Cowell Photography

Jett & Ryan - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Steve Cowell Photography

What was the most memorable moment?

Ryan and I jumping in Frank Sinatra’s piano shaped pool (him in his suit, me in my dress) at the end of the night. We had originally decided we weren’t going to do it because I didn’t want to ruin my dress. But once we were in the moment, we just went for it!

Jett & Ryan - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Steve Cowell Photography

Jett & Ryan - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Steve Cowell Photography

Jett & Ryan - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Steve Cowell Photography

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

Go into your dress shopping with an open mind! I went in thinking I wanted a tea-length, long-sleeved lace dress and I ended up with a strapless gown. Also, keep dress accessories in mind. I loved the dress and I knew I didn’t want a ton of bling, but the rhinestones on the ‘Bailey’ sash gave my look the perfect amount of sparkle to complement my bridal ensemble!

Jett & Ryan - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Steve Cowell Photography

Jett & Ryan - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Steve Cowell Photography

Jett & Ryan - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Steve Cowell Photography

Jett & Ryan - Dress by Watters from Lovely LA - Photo by Steve Cowell Photography

Dress: Watters “Norma” from Lovely LA
Veil: Erica Koesler from Lovely LA
Sash: Untamed Petals from Lovely LA
Photographer: Steve Cowell
Coordinator: The Love Riot
Venue: Twin Palms Frank Sinatra Estate
Wedding Designer: Jesi Haack
Invites: Pitbulls and Posies
Hair & Makeup: Katie Mua of 1011 Makeup
Florist: Honey and Poppies
Videographers: Max and Molly Films
Catering: Huntington Catering
Libations: Pharmacie
DJ: Dart DJ
Dessert: Sweet and Saucy Shop
Rentals: YEAH Rentals

 

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Real Wedding: Paulina & David

Paulina & David - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Onelove Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.
I chose the “Cascade” gown by Sarah Seven. I wanted something very natural and flowy, but also very romantic. It was so fitting to our location and overall design.

Paulina & David - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Onelove Photography

Paulina & David - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Onelove Photography

What were the most important details to pulling off your dream wedding?
1. Flowers! Since the venue landscape was so natural and green, we needed a pop of color. 2. Lighting! Bistro lighting was a must in order to create a more romatic vibe. Oh and lets not forget candles!

Paulina & David - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Onelove Photography

Paulina & David - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Onelove Photography

Paulina & David - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Onelove Photography

What was the most memorable moment?
The first look was hands down the most memorable moment for me. It was a moment shared between just us to take in everything that was about to happen.

Paulina & David - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Onelove Photography

If you could give future brides any advice, what would it be?
Enjoy the planning process as much as possible. Family will have their say about certain details, but just remember that this is a representation of you and your fiance, no one else. Have fun with it! I miss it already!

Paulina & David - Dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely LA - Photo by Onelove Photography

Dress: Sarah Seven “Cascade” Gown from Lovely LA
Sash: Sarah Seven “Gilded” belt
Photographer: Onelove Photography
Coordinator: XOXO Bride
Venue: Calliote Canyon
Florals: Della Dowler from The Growing Company

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Real Wedding: Annie & Gabe

Annie & Gabe - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photos by Marble Rye Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.
I knew I wanted something with a natural waist, but beyond that I liked almost everything I saw online. I had Gabe take me shopping at another store near where he was living at the time, and the first dress I tried on was the one I ended up buying. The stylist there picked it out, but I wasn’t ready to buy a dress yet because I felt like I should look more. I ended up getting my dress after trying like 10 more at Lovely in LA and it was still my favorite. I had so much fun wearing it at the wedding!

Annie & Gabe - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photos by Marble Rye Photography

Annie & Gabe - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photos by Marble Rye Photography

Annie & Gabe - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photos by Marble Rye Photography

What were the most important details to pulling off your dream wedding?
The most important thing for us was being able to invite everyone we wanted to invite, and then figuring out how we would make it work with our limited budget afterward, instead of the other way around. (In hindsight I would have invited even more people, but it was tough to figure out like 6 months in advance.) My family and friends were key to pulling this off. I was super lucky to have a brother who works for a wedding company and he was a huge help with rentals, and his amazing girlfriend did all the flowers. A ton of my friends pitched in to help as well: making invitations, baking cupcakes, ceremony music, being the day-of-coordinator, bartending, etc. I was so grateful for all the help we had; we definitely would not have been able to do it without our people.

Annie & Gabe - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photos by Marble Rye Photography

Annie & Gabe - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photos by Marble Rye Photography

Annie & Gabe - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photos by Marble Rye Photography

What was the most memorable moment?
Saying our vows.

Annie & Gabe - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photos by Marble Rye Photography

Annie & Gabe - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photos by Marble Rye Photography

Annie & Gabe - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photos by Marble Rye Photography

If you could give future brides any advice, what would it be?
The small decisions really don’t matter that much. I am terribly indecisive when it comes to insignificant things, and planning a wedding involves so many little choices! I spent more hours than I’ll admit looking at earrings, headbands, and shoes online, but all those decisions basically made themselves: I got a great pair of earrings as a Christmas gift, wore an old pair of shoes, and our friend/florist made a headband of flowers (and it turned out better than I could have imagined!). Also, florists are really good at making decisions if you are flexible and pretty much like all flowers- I told Emily that I liked “white, green, and colors” and the rest was all her and it was amazing.

Annie & Gabe - Dress by Ivy & Aster - Photos by Marble Rye Photography

Dress:  Ivy & Aster “Lumiere” gown in blush from Lovely LA
Photographer: Marble Rye Photography
Earrings: Smart Couture
Flower Headband: Emily Martinez in San Clemente
Venue: Ole Hanson Beach Club
Flower Girl Dress: Nellystella
Florist: Emily Martinez
Rentals: Archive Rentals 
Gelato Cart: Gelato Paradiso, Newport Beach
Invitations: Cardtorial
Videographer: Lili Gu
Caterer: Casablanca Catering, Venice

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Real Wedding: Lee-Ann & Sean

Lee-Ann & Sean - Dress by Elizabeth Dye - Photos by Alexander Smith Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look. 

When we first started planning our wedding I had no idea what I wanted! After a couple of dress ideas and numerous fittings I felt hopeless! I wanted to find something that I was so comfortable in I could have fun with my husband and guests at our wedding, something I could throw my hands up in the air and dance without being afraid my dress would fall down or I would have to pull or tug on it to keep it up. So when my sister and I went to Lovely in New York and spotted the Lewisia gown by Elizabeth Dye I immediately fell in love! After I tried it on we both just looked at one another and that was my dress!! The simple flowy cut and beautiful lace bodice fit so well that the rest just came together easily. My headpiece took weeks to stitch, but I was determined and the results were so beautiful!! I wanted to add some glamour to the bohemian look and strangely ended up with an elegant fairy tale. My bridesmaids all wore simple white picnic dresses and we dressed them up with some sparkly hairbands. We all decided to wear flats so we could dance the night away, fortunately four days before the wedding I finally found a pair that I loved!

Lee-Ann & Sean - Dress by Elizabeth Dye - Photos by Alexander Smith Photography

Lee-Ann & Sean - Dress by Elizabeth Dye - Photos by Alexander Smith Photography

Lee-Ann & Sean - Dress by Elizabeth Dye - Photos by Alexander Smith Photography

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

My husband and I agreed early on that one of the most important details would be to have fun! We wanted everyone to share our happiness and remember the day as one filled with laughter. Also for ourselves, we wanted a relaxed romantic atmosphere and so very important was the venue. When we walked into Vivere we immediately knew this was it! It was so beautiful with a green meadow, a large pond and the deck that our ceremony was held on was beneath a canopy of lush trees! We even ended up signing out marriage papers on a tree trunk. The wine (of course) was also important to Sean and so he chose a South African vineyard La Motte, and we had Magnum bottles of their Millennium Red on every table. My husband is a great photographer so I really wanted to bring something into our wedding that would show his awesome talent, we ended up using his photographs from our travels around the world as placemats!

Lee-Ann & Sean - Dress by Elizabeth Dye - Photos by Alexander Smith Photography

Lee-Ann & Sean - Dress by Elizabeth Dye - Photos by Alexander Smith Photography

Lee-Ann & Sean - Dress by Elizabeth Dye - Photos by Alexander Smith Photography

What was the most memorable moment?

My most memorable moment was seeing my husband when I walked down the aisle! His smile was huge and I felt so incredibly lucky! Another funny moment was when all of a sudden we had over nine people making speeches! Even our beautiful flower girl wanted to speech! She got a bit shy and only ended up with a very cute “lets get the party started”! Having my Father walk me down the aisle and give me away was also such a memorable moment.

Sean’s most memorable moment was our guest group photo with red heart balloons. It’s definitely going up on the wall! Another for him was the cigar lounge with whiskey, cognac and Cuban cigars. We had cute matchboxes made that said ‘the Perfect Match’, corny but we loved the idea so much we couldn’t resist!

Lee-Ann & Sean - Dress by Elizabeth Dye - Photos by Alexander Smith Photography

Lee-Ann & Sean - Dress by Elizabeth Dye - Photos by Alexander Smith Photography

Lee-Ann & Sean - Dress by Elizabeth Dye - Photos by Alexander Smith Photography

Lee-Ann & Sean - Dress by Elizabeth Dye - Photos by Alexander Smith Photography

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

I would definitely involve the groom as much as you can! Decide what aspects of the wedding means the most to him and let him make major decisions. Sean is a foodie so it was important for him what we ate. He chose the caterers and selected the menu. It was great to realize how much we wanted the same things! Also we sat with our guests instead of having a bridal or main table, although its rather unconventional for some, its become really popular and makes for so much more fun when your actually sitting with everyone! Also I learned the hard way that too much ‘googling’ makes for one indecisive bride!!! My advice would be that once you and your hubby have decided what you want, stick with it! There are millions of amazing wedding ideas all over but go with your gut! Let what you think is beautiful guide your planning and not what is modern at this moment. And don’t regret a single thing! We as woman are programmed to think that we should have done this or that, but in the end the real event is you and your husband tying the knot!!

Lee-Ann & Sean - Dress by Elizabeth Dye - Photos by Alexander Smith Photography

Lee-Ann & Sean - Dress by Elizabeth Dye - Photos by Alexander Smith Photography

Dress: Elizabeth Dye from Lovely NYC
Veil: Erica Koesler
Jewelry: Tiffany & Co.
Hairpiece: Handmade by the bride
Photographer: Alexander Smith Photography
Venue: Vivere Country House
Band: The Oh So Serious
Make up & Hair: Terri Cole
Flowers: Ultimate Flowers

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