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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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Real Wedding: Alexis & Bobby

Alexis & Bobby - Dress by Theia from Lovely Philly - Photos by Libby Hilf Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look:

I arrived at Lovely following a particularly horrifying dress experience the previous evening. At that point, I was skeptical that wedding dress shopping was going to be a memorable one. But from the minute owner Ivy Kaplin greeted us at the door, she immediately put my apprehensions to rest.

We tried gorgeous dress after gorgeous dress—and I realized that the only inspiration I needed was to feel like myself. I thought I had found my dress, but Ivy encouraged me to try on one last dress. It was the lace Theia gown that I had emailed her about months before. It was the last one on the rack, and thanks to Ivy’s eye and unbelievable attention to detail, I had found THE dress. 

If a dress could be the reflection of my personality, then I think I found it. The lace gave it elegance, yet it was still casual enough for an outdoor farm-inspired wedding.

Alexis & Bobby - Dress by Theia from Lovely Philly - Photos by Libby Hilf Photography

Alexis & Bobby - Dress by Theia from Lovely Philly - Photos by Libby Hilf Photography

Alexis & Bobby - Dress by Theia from Lovely Philly - Photos by Libby Hilf Photography

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

My husband and I met when living in New York City, so we have friends and family near and far.  It was really important that every detail was thoughtfully crafted with the intention that our guests feel connected to the wedding and to us, as a couple.  

My husband is a chef and we love cooking together, so our save-the-dates were screen printed onto kitchen towels. We loved the idea that our guests would use those towels in their kitchens as they cooked and be reminded that sharing a meal with friends and family is such a soul-satisfying experience.

Our friends designed our invitations, which included hand-drawn illustrations and photos of our grandparents on their wedding days; co-workers at the Mattress Factory museum of contemporary art helped me collect mismatched vintage china from estate sales and flea markets; my mother designed our marriage certificate; my uncle hand cut wood platters for the charcuterie on the tables; and the doilies on the cocktail and dessert tables were crocheted by my grandmother.

Drinks were served with a cocktail napkin that read “life without you is like unsalted food” and the history of the Pittsburgh “Cookie Table” was printed on brown paper lunch bags so guests could fill and take home.

Alexis & Bobby - Dress by Theia from Lovely Philly - Photos by Libby Hilf Photography

Alexis & Bobby - Dress by Theia from Lovely Philly - Photos by Libby Hilf Photography

Alexis & Bobby - Dress by Theia from Lovely Philly - Photos by Libby Hilf Photography

Alexis & Bobby - Dress by Theia from Lovely Philly - Photos by Libby Hilf Photography

What was the most memorable moment?

I really can’t pick just one moment. The entire day was pure magic! But I will say when I stepped in front of my friends and family for the first time—as I walked  toward my husband to be—those were the happiest, most love-filled seconds of my entire life.

Alexis & Bobby - Dress by Theia from Lovely Philly - Photos by Libby Hilf Photography

Alexis & Bobby - Dress by Theia from Lovely Philly - Photos by Libby Hilf Photography

Alexis & Bobby - Dress by Theia from Lovely Philly - Photos by Libby Hilf Photography

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

Allow yourself two things that you absolutely will not concede. ONLY two. (My husband is rolling his eyes somewhere right now!) Yes, every bride wants a perfect, magical day so I know everything is important—but if you pick two things to focus on, then all other decisions will slowly fall into place.

For some, that might be the dress or the flowers. For me, those two things were the printed materials and the food—even if that meant foregoing a magnificent venue because we couldn’t use the caterer of our choice.

Alexis & Bobby - Dress by Theia from Lovely Philly - Photos by Libby Hilf Photography

Alexis & Bobby - Dress by Theia from Lovely Philly - Photos by Libby Hilf Photography

Dress Designer: Theia from Lovely Philadelphia
Shoes: Kate Spade
Belt: Untamed Petals
Photographer: Libby Hilf Photography
Venue: Sand Hill Berries, Mount Pleasant, Pa.
Food & Cake: Bob Sendall, All In Good Taste Productions
Flowers: Le Jardin
Band: Lungs Face Feet
Hair: Eric Smith, Eric Smith Salon
Make-up: Kiss and Make-up
Save-the-dates and wedding programs: (screen printed by the bride and her friends) Artist Image Resource
Hand drawn map & illustrations: Felice Cleveland
Wedding Invitation Design: Shannon Knepper, War Admiral Press
Wedding Invitation printing: Sapling Press

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Real Wedding: Amber & Tobias

Amber & Tobias - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Lisa Hancock

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I wanted a classic lace dress with a train. I wanted something slim fitting, with straps, and an open back. This was the second dress I tried on at Lovely. My dress was elegant without being over the top, which was exactly what I was looking for.

Amber & Tobias - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Lisa Hancock

Amber & Tobias - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Lisa Hancock

Amber & Tobias - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Lisa Hancock

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

Tobias and I wanted a very natural and organic yet classic and elegant ceremony and reception. We are both very laid back people who love being outdoors. We are city people who also love adventuring in the wilderness and seeing beautiful scenery. We chose one of our favorite places- Fort Tryon Park, for our reception and ceremony. Fort Tryon is all the way at the top of Manhattan but it feels like you’ve left NYC. It has amazing views of the Hudson River and the Palisades. It was the same location where Tobias proposed to me the previous fall. We wanted our wedding to reflect who we are and what we love.

Amber & Tobias - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Lisa Hancock

Amber & Tobias - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Lisa Hancock

Amber & Tobias - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Lisa Hancock

Amber & Tobias - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Lisa Hancock

What was the most memorable moment?

My most memorable moment was seeing Tobias for the first time. We planned a First Look before the ceremony because we wanted that moment to be intimate. Our photographer had Tobias standing with his back to me in the flower garden a few steps from where the ceremony would be. I had one of my bridesmaids lead me to the flower garden with my eyes closed. When the photographer told him to turn around and told me to open my eyes, we both started tearing and laughing at the same time. Our day that we had been planning for almost a year was finally here and we were just so happy!

Amber & Tobias - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Lisa Hancock

Amber & Tobias - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Lisa Hancock

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

Someone told me not to worry because everything will work out beautifully. I kept that in mind when I was feeling nervous or stressed before the wedding but that person was right. Everything worked out BEAUTIFULLY. I wouldn’t have changed a thing!

Amber & Tobias - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Lisa Hancock

Amber & Tobias - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC - Photos by Lisa Hancock

Dress Designer: Nicole Miller from Lovely NYC
Photographer: Lisa Hancock
Ceremony: Linden Terrace in Fort Tryon Park, NYC
Reception: New Leaf Café

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Real Wedding: Volney & Jason

Volney & Jason - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely LA - Photo by Megan Kuethen Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I knew it was THE dress the moment my stylist Whitney drew the curtain and revealed it to my mom and sister.  They had seen about seven dresses which had received the same “it’s nice…but” reaction.  When they saw the simple, fitted silhouette and the clean lines of the Nicole Miller dress, they both leapt to their feet, informing me there were “no buts” about this dress! I wanted to look elegant on my wedding day, and this dress made me feel that and more.  Its simplicity allowed me to accessorize with sparkly details and accents while still letting me shine through.

Volney & Jason - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely LA - Photo by Megan Kuethen Photography

Volney & Jason - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely LA - Photo by Megan Kuethen Photography

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

The most important detail was having our friends and family at the wedding.  There were lots of details that helped make the day special and uniquely ours, but celebrating with our family and closest friends is what we will remember forever. 

Volney & Jason - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely LA - Photo by Megan Kuethen Photography

Volney & Jason - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely LA - Photo by Megan Kuethen Photography

Volney & Jason - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely LA - Photo by Megan Kuethen Photography

What was the most memorable moment?

Walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing Jason at the altar was my favorite moment of the day.  I couldn’t stop smiling and was so excited to be marrying the love of my life!  Jason kissed my hands as the ceremony started and everything in that moment was absolutely perfect. 

Volney & Jason - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely LA - Photo by Megan Kuethen Photography

Volney & Jason - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely LA - Photo by Megan Kuethen Photography

Volney & Jason - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely LA - Photo by Megan Kuethen Photography

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

Enjoy every moment of your day!  Take a moment to appreciate that everyone is there to celebrate your love and commitment.  Try not to get caught up in the little things, as hard as it is, and don’t worry about every detail- everything will come together perfectly as long as you are enjoying your wedding day!

Volney & Jason - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely LA - Photo by Megan Kuethen Photography

Volney & Jason - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely LA - Photo by Megan Kuethen Photography

Volney & Jason - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely LA - Photo by Megan Kuethen Photography

Dress: Dakota Gown by Nicole Miller from Lovely LA
Sash: Untamed Petals “Poppy”
Shoes: Kate Spade
Photography: Megan Kuethen
Venue: Calamigos Ranch

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Real Wedding: Sara & Marcos

Sara & Marcos - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely Philly - Photos by Love Me Do Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I wanted a simple, classic look. I wanted to look like myself but at the same time feel like a bride. When I put the dress on, it just felt right. I loved the flow and relaxed feel of the dress and when I looked in the mirror, I couldn’t help but to be SO excited to get married to Marcos.

Sara & Marcos - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely Philly - Photos by Love Me Do Photography

Sara & Marcos - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely Philly - Photos by Love Me Do Photography

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

Marcos and I were really looking forward to having a big party with all of our friends and family that we love so much. Most of Marcos’s family lives in South Florida or Puerto Rico and we were excited to show them Philly and of course, a great time! I wanted to really make the wedding our own so my mom and I added a lot of personal touches with a travel theme (Marcos and I LOVE to travel). My mom is so creative so it was amazing to work with her to make our wedding so special.

Sara & Marcos - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely Philly - Photos by Love Me Do Photography

Sara & Marcos - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely Philly - Photos by Love Me Do Photography

What was the most memorable moment?

When Marcos and I walked back down the aisle…back into the horticultural center and it was just the two of us. We both broke down. There were so many amazing emotions that had been bottled up and neither of us could keep them in any longer. It was one of those moments I will never forget.

Sara & Marcos - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely Philly - Photos by Love Me Do Photography

Sara & Marcos - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely Philly - Photos by Love Me Do Photography

Sara & Marcos - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely Philly - Photos by Love Me Do Photography

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

Relax. Of course you want to have an amazing time and you want your guests to have an amazing time…and they will. It’s the most wonderful party to start a new life together and try to treat it just as that- the best party you’ll ever attend.

Sara & Marcos - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely Philly - Photos by Love Me Do Photography

Sara & Marcos - Dress by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely Philly - Photos by Love Me Do Photography

Dress: “Lucy” by Lee-Ann Belter From Lovely Philly
Photographer: Love Me Do Photography
Planner and Florist: BeLovely
Venue: Horticultural Center Philadelphia
Band: CTO park central
Photo Booth: The Little Picture
Videographers: Be Films

 

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