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Real Wedding: Rachel & Justin

Rachel & Justin - Cascade Gown by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Sweetwater Portraits

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

The Cascade dress by Sarah Seven was EXACTLY what I was looking for. The dress maintains a certain ethereal quality with the golden lace detail, which hangs from the bodice and the romantic silk skirt that was unlike any other dress I had seen. The dress was also so comfortable and light which allowed me to dance the whole night long.

Rachel & Justin - Cascade Gown by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Sweetwater Portraits

Rachel & Justin - Cascade Gown by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Sweetwater Portraits

Rachel & Justin - Cascade Gown by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Sweetwater Portraits

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

We wanted our wedding to be a big party with family and friends. We focused the initial planning on finding an awesome band and venue . To keep costs down, we made a lot of the décor items ourselves and found an amazing flower vendor at a local farmer’s market who supplied bright, seasonal blooms. All of the planning came together in the end to create an unforgettable night.

Rachel & Justin - Cascade Gown by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Sweetwater Portraits

Rachel & Justin - Cascade Gown by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Sweetwater Portraits

Rachel & Justin - Cascade Gown by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Sweetwater Portraits

Rachel & Justin - Cascade Gown by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Sweetwater Portraits

What was the most memorable moment?

The most memorable moment for us was definitely our ceremony. We had planned on having the ceremony outdoors at our venue. Unfortunately, it poured the entire day and an outdoor ceremony was not in the cards for us. Our reception space then became our ceremony space and all of our guests sat at their party tables. Our chuppah was set up in the middle of the dance floor and our bridal party walked right through all of our family and friends. This created such a warm atmosphere and we were surrounded by so much love.

Rachel & Justin - Cascade Gown by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Sweetwater Portraits

Rachel & Justin - Cascade Gown by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Sweetwater Portraits

Rachel & Justin - Cascade Gown by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Sweetwater Portraits

Rachel & Justin - Cascade Gown by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Sweetwater Portraits

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

Do not get bogged down in all of the minor details that can absolutely take over during the wedding planning process. It’s easy to lose sight of what’s important but on the day of your wedding, there is no time to worry about all those little things.

Rachel & Justin - Cascade Gown by Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly - Photo by Sweetwater Portraits

Dress Designer: Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly
Sash: Untamed Petals Poppy Sash from Lovely Philly
Photographer: Sweetwater Portraits
Venue: Pomme
Flowers: Triple Tree Flowers
Super8: Sweetwater Portraits
Day of Coordinator: cHill Weddings
Band: Carnivale
Make-up: Cheekadee
Hair: Platinum Hair Company

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Social Media Sweetie Giveaway!

We love our Lovelies, and nothing makes us happier than seeing photos on Instagram of brides visiting our stores or fabulous ladies wearing their Shop Lovely purchases! With our #socialmediasweetie giveaway, you can win amazing goodies just by tagging us in those photos! So get to gramming and don’t forget to tag us!

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This month our winner is @shannypants! She posted this amazing photo from her super glam wedding wearing a beautiful Anna Campbell gown that she purchased at Lovely LA, and as easy as that and she won a gorgeous silky robe from Shop Lovely. You could be our next #socialmediasweetie so show off your gorgeous wedding photos wearing a Lovely gown, your trip to a Lovely shop, or your goodies from Shop Lovely on Instagram!

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Real Wedding: Julia & Christian

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I LOVED this dress by Theia. It was only by luck that I even got to try it on, however. The polar vortex had hit the northeast just as we were traveling back from vacation. Our flight was cancelled and we ended up laid over in New York for 5 days. I decided to make the most of it and go dress shopping, already having staked out Lovely Bride and their designers online. Most likely, I never would have made a designated trip from New Mexico to New York just to find a dress so it was completely by chance that I had this opportunity and I’m, obviously, so glad I got to visit the shop! The thing I loved most about this dress was the blush petals that appear to bleed up the dress. I wanted something more unique than the white, strapless dresses peppering my Facebook feed and this was it. I knew we were having an outdoorsy wedding and this dress, looking so much like a beautiful hydrangea (one of my favorite flowers), would both fit in and stand out in the incredible Rocky Mountain setting. I kept the rest of the look—hair, make-up, jewelry—incredibly minimal, it would be easy to over-do it wearing such an incredible gown.

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

To us, the most important part of the wedding was having an amazing photographer (and, as it turns out, videographer) to capture everything. It is easy to allocate the least amount of money in your budget to these because it’s not anything you actually “see” on the day of the wedding, but when it’s all said and done the photos are what you will have to look back on. You’re not just paying for pictures, you’re essentially buying your memories—and that is something I would pay a premium for over and over again.

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What was the most memorable moment?

Our cake cutting is not to be forgotten. As background information, the groomsmen received amazing Best Made axes as gifts (which were hand-painted by the groom). Anyways, we did the nice and dainty cutting, but that was quickly over and before I knew it the axe was in Chris’s hand and with a mighty swing sheer destruction befell the frilly tiers. There was so much cheering and laughing—and possibly some screaming. That cake didn’t stand a chance, those axes are insanely sharp. It was all very spur of the moment and I’m happy that something that could have been mundane was turned into something we won’t soon forget.

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

Make decisions and stick to them. It’s easy to falter back and forth between colors and flower, etc. but it only makes it harder for you in the long run. Flip-flopping on one thing can change ten others. It will look great no matter what, and chances are that even if something isn’t quite right you’re probably the only one that stands a chance at noticing (because the day is so busy anyways that things are an incredible blur). Also, maybe more importantly, be nice—seriously, to everyone. From your coordinator to the cashier at the salon. No one wants to deal with a bridezilla and people are a lot more willing to help you and make accommodations if you’re reasonable to deal with than if you’re nasty and demanding. Just take a deep breath and remember that a lot of things aren’t quite as big a deal as they seem at the time.

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Dress: Theia Emma Gown from Lovely NY
Hair Accessory: Cécile Boccara
Shoes: 
Badgley Mischka
Photographer: Jennifer Emerling of YEAH! Weddings
Cinematography, DJ, Photo Booth: YEAH! Weddings
Wedding Coordinator: The Main Event
Venue: Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado
Stationery: Letterpress Made
Cake: Sugar Breck
Flowers: Petals & Pours
Hair & Make-up: Bloom Spa at The Sebastian Vail

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Real Wedding: Coryn & Jake

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

Having a New Year’s Eve wedding, I knew I wanted a gold dress. I had always looked around online and found gorgeous gowns, none of which I thought I would have the opportunity to even try on in Omaha. Once I found Sarah Seven, and all her gold dresses at the time, I was obsessed. Luck had it that my best friend lived in Brooklyn and worked in the bridal industry. So when I showed her my favorite Sarah Sevens, she immediately set me up for the Sarah Seven trunk show at Lovely, where her roommate worked at the time. Once there, the hardest part was picking between all of her amazing gowns!

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

For us, it was about making it feel like one big NYE party with a wedding squeezed in.  This lead us to lots of gold and glitter, cheesy New Year’s favors, and a champagne pass at midnight.

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What was the most memorable moment?

The most memorable moment of the whole day was when Jake and I got 30 minutes to sit and eat dinner together at our sweetheart table. It was the only time we were together alone to really just take in the moment. It was incredible to sit and overlook a room full of all the people we love.

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

The best money we spent was for our awesome photographer and videographer! The day is such a blur and being able to look back and see our happiness in pictures and hear our vows on video is something we will be able to cherish for years to come.

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Dress Designer:  Sarah Seven from Lovely NYC
Photographer: Christine McGuigan
Venue: Livestock Exchange Building, Omaha, NE
Florist: Marcia Spilker 
DJ: James Cloyd with Complete Music
Videographer: Digital Solutions
Cake: The Cake Gallery

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Real Wedding: Lisa & Ed

Lisa & Ed - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Photo by Juliana Laury Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I was looking for a simple but unique dress; I’m not the typical bride. I knew I wanted a head piece and not a veil. I also knew I wanted turquoise earrings as a pop of color, I love turquoise. I wanted to be as natural as possible but also looking and feeling my best.

Lisa & Ed - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Photo by Juliana Laury Photography

Lisa & Ed - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Photo by Juliana Laury Photography

Lisa & Ed - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Photo by Juliana Laury Photography

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

The venue (Crossing Vineyards) was unbelievable and we fell in love with it right away. The catering company they use (Grand Cru Catering) is amazing and does all of their events. They are a well-oiled machine and were willing to work with us on every aspect of our wedding until we were completely happy. Also my now husband Ed was a huge help throughout the whole process. He took care of a lot of the planning, which I easily relinquished to him. We work really well together and have very similar tastes, so our whole wedding felt so genuine to who we are as individuals and as a couple.

Lisa & Ed - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Photo by Juliana Laury Photography

Lisa & Ed - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Photo by Juliana Laury Photography

Lisa & Ed - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Photo by Juliana Laury Photography

Lisa & Ed - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Photo by Juliana Laury Photography

What was the most memorable moment?

Our wedding day was slightly overcast and chilly; it had actually rained that morning. But just after we had read our vows and were officially married we went straight into the vineyard to take some shots, the sun came out right in that moment and shined down beautiful and bright for us. The photos came out amazing because of it and it felt so real and perfect in that moment.

Lisa & Ed - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Photo by Juliana Laury Photography

Lisa & Ed - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Photo by Juliana Laury Photography

Lisa & Ed - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Photo by Juliana Laury Photography

Lisa & Ed - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Photo by Juliana Laury Photography

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

As someone who procrastinated doing a lot of my planning, I became very stressed by outside opinions on finding the “right” photographer and “right” florist, etc. That quickly went out the window when I let fate take over and went with my gut instinct on individuals/companies. Also reviews online are everything!!!  So are word of mouth suggestions. I came across my amazing photographer Juliana via a suggestion on Facebook from a friend of a friend and it was the best decision I ever made. I also didn’t do a trial run for my makeup or hair and I couldn’t believe how happy I was with how it came out. I was a pretty easy going/relaxed bride and it truly paid off. Know what you want but be flexible and open to others ideas, especially the professionals. That is what I did and it all came together perfectly!!!

Lisa & Ed - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Photo by Juliana Laury Photography

Lisa & Ed - Dress by Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly - Photo by Juliana Laury Photography

Dress Designer: Nicole Miller from Lovely Philly
Headpiece: Ti Adoro from Lovely Philly
Photographer: Juliana Laury Photography
Venue: Crossing Vineyards
Beauty: Blush Hair Salon and Make-Up Studio
Florals: Ye Olde Yardley Florist
DJ: Eric Akselrad at Pulse Entertainment
Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Musician: Kwesi K

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