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Real Wedding: Allison and Jordan

Allison is one cool Lovely Bride. Her wedding day style was perfectly put together with her Ivy and Aster gown graceful and simple against a colorful palette of her rainbow hair and tattoos. We’re enamored with her whole look and aura, especially with her hubby! These two could not have had sweeter photos captured of them, or a more personalized, memorable day.

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I had seen the Ivy & Aster Duchess dress long before we had ever talked about getting married. I was really enamored with its perfect shade of pink and the fact that it has straps! It’s classy, but not just a white wedding dress, it had personality.

Originally I thought I would end up with a different dress (a Sarah Seven dress), but the moment I put on the Duchess dress I knew I had to have it. My maid of honor immediately started crying and it was the only dress my mother asked me to put on it again. I’m not an overly girly girl and I’m definitely not traditional and this dress was perfect for me to play dress up in but still feel like myself.

I don’t think I had any exact inspiration for my look. I just wanted to have fun and look pretty. I died my hair like the desert sunset, in purples and pinks. Wore really fun coral Jeffery Campbell shoes that matched my husband’s tie, and some very simple rose gold knuckle rings. My makeup was done with a bit of vintage cat eye but kept modern with some hot pink lipstick.

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

Not breaking the bank! I really wanted to have a party where everyone would have fun and it would look great without getting ourselves into debt. We set a budget and we stuck to it! It forced me to really think about what I needed for the day to go right and what details I HAD to have (like that taxidermy mice cake topper and the temporary tattoos that were our guest gifts). It ended up being a lot of fun getting to do so much DIY and creating for the wedding. My girlfriends and I would have craft days and make bouquets or puff balls, and paint little signs that by the time the wedding was a month away I had nothing else to worry about.

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What was the most memorable moment?

Gosh, that’s hard. The whole weekend of our wedding was just the most incredible I often find myself looking at our hashtag (coulcat2013) so that I can remember it all. But really, I don’t know if it was our first look in the Moorten garden, or the amazing speech that my very shy father gave, or seeing all these people from literally all around the world show up just to celebrate with us. It was all such a great experience I don’t think I can pick just one, I just know I would happily relive it all over again. Not a single moment was stressful or negative!

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What was the most memorable moment?

Gosh, that’s hard. The whole weekend of our wedding was just the most incredible I often find myself looking at our hashtag (coulcat2013) so that I can remember it all. But really, I don’t know if it was our first look in the Moorten garden, or the amazing speech that my very shy father gave, or seeing all these people from literally all around the world show up just to celebrate with us. It was all such a great experience I don’t think I can pick just one, I just know I would happily relive it all over again. Not a single moment was stressful or negative!

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

Don’t forget to have fun. You hear about so many brides just being so anxious for it to be over, but (hopefully) you’re only going to do this once, it should be magic the whole way, not just on your wedding day!.

DRESS DESIGNER: Ivy & Aster found at Lovely LA.

ACCESSORY DESIGNERS:

Belt- Amanda Judge

Shoes- Jeffery Campbell

Knuckle Rings- Glam Rock Designs

PHOTOGRAPHER: Josh & Monica’s Photo Studio

WEDDING PLANNER: The bride and her awesome group of gal pals.

VENUE: The Alcazar Palm Springs

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Real Wedding: Lane and Luke

I don’t know if we’ve ever seen a happier bride than Lane. The pure joy emulating out of her and her hubby on their big day is palpable. With simple vintage details, and one cute pup, this makes for a wedding to remember. We love the quirky details from the minister’s shirt, to the escort cards. Lane was breath taking in her Elizabeth Dye creation.

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I had decided to go into the process of finding my wedding dress with an open mind. I am a big fashion lover and appreciate all kinds of styles that I had seen. I was really open to anything…short, long, sleeves, formal, casual, cream, pink, etc. I had no agenda. I first scoured the internet and came across Lovely’s website and instantly knew that this was my type of store. It was small, had young designers and reasonable prices. I made my appointment and my instinct came true the second I walked into the adorable Los Angeles boutique. It had an intimate and welcoming energy and oh, the dresses!!!!!  As my mom and I looked through the racks, I pulled a variety of different dresses that caught my eye. There was also a trunk show going on for Elizabeth Dye, in which I found a dress of hers to add to the bunch. I started to try on the dresses and came to the realization that I really liked all of them for different reasons. There was not one of the 5 that I didn’t like or couldn’t have been happy with. But then….I fell absolutely in love. I tried on the Elizabeth Dye dress and immediately knew it was the one. I finally knew what everyone had talked about in finding, ‘the one’ and I had found it. The minute I zipped it up, it felt like me. I had sworn it had been hanging in my closet already. It didn’t feel like a costume or wasn’t me playing dress up…it was just me.  I was overwhelmed and extremely excited and could not wait until I had my own in my hands. To my surprise, Elizabeth was actually at the store, so she came over and fitted me for it along with offering suggestions for accessories and shoes. I walked out of Lovely beaming and counted the days until I would return to pick it up. I am still trying to find another occasion to wear it too…I just love it that much.

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

The most important thing to Luke and I was to make sure it was personal. At the end of the day, this wedding was about us, our love and being able to share that with everyone. We made sure every detail had personal touches; everything from being officiated by one of our best friends, to live music by one of our favorite local bands we had seen out and about, to a hand picked menu with some of our favorite food items, to hand-made center pieces that each had a story to go with it,  it was a perfect reflection of who we are as a couple. If you didn’t know who we were when you showed up that day, you sure knew a lot about us by the time you left.

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What was the most memorable moment?

Our ceremony was the best part of the whole day. Luke and I’s mutual friend, Nima, got ordained and married us. He originally introduced us in the hope that we would hit it off, and indeed we did. After we got engaged, we asked if he would do us the honor, and gave him free reign to wear and say whatever he wanted. We figured, if he saw something enough to introduce us and set us up, we wanted to hear his side of the story of what it meant that we were now getting married. The 40 minute (yes 40 minutes!) ceremony flew by and had us and everyone else laughing, crying and cheering. He spoke of very personal stories of us, shared in his own words why he wanted to set us up and how he concocted that plan, included lyrics from one of our favorite artists, Prince, included a flow chart under every guests seat, and even had Luke and I play a rock paper scissors game to who would say the vows first. It was truly a magical ceremony and I still smile and think about it every day.

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

The biggest piece of advice I would give to future brides, is to have fun with the planning process along the way. The fun part shouldn’t be just the big day, but the process to get there as well! Luke and I picked vendors and surrounded ourselves with people who also felt the same. We kept stressful people at an arms length and asked for help from friends that were willing to pitch in and get involved…(ie. our DJ!). I had 12 months to plan, and truly enjoyed each part of it. Knowing that this was a one-time experience, I soaked it up and made sure to create good memories of the whole process. Having a fiancé that felt the same was a big help and when things did become too stressful, we would check in with each other and remind ourselves to what really mattered…us, (not cocktail napkins).

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DRESS DESIGNER: Elizabeth Dye  purchased at Lovely LA.

ACCESSORY DESIGNERS: Various…mixed and matched.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Marianne Wilson Photography

WEDDING PLANNER: Dana Gabriel with Orange Dove Events

VENUE: Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve with Diablo Dormido

ANYONE ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO CREDIT Yes! Lovely suggested ‘A Stich In Time’ to me for my alterations. Thank you to Olivia Vaatete with ‘A Stitch In Time’ for her amazing alteration work for my dress! She took a lot of time with it to make sure it was perfect with every detail. I couldn’t have been happier with my experience with her and the outcome of the fit of my dress. She was also extremely affordable and made a stressful event, enjoyable.

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Real Wedding: Katie and Scott’s Simple Vintage Wedding

Katie and Scott had a truly DIY, one of a kind wedding. With a mustard, grey ,and mint color story, every decor detail of the wedding was thrifted or made by the bride and her friends and family. Katie looked so ethereal and from another time in her Elizabeth Dye Honeychurch gown. She knew the dress had to have a vintage vibe, and of course Elizabeth Dye delivered the perfect design for her big day.

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

THE dress, my Elizabeth Dye Honeychurch dress was the first dress I saw on the Elizabeth Dye blog and I fell in love. I requested to try it on when I went in for my first appointment. It was the first of 7 dresses I tried on. I came back two hours later and said yes. The delicate lace sleeves are my favorite part. Growing up I loved the series “Anne of Green Gables” and I love anything with lace and sleeves. When I saw the dress online with a redheaded model wearing it, I was instantly in love. It was the perfect combination of vintage meets danceable.

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

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I was very simple with flowers, my bridesmaids had their own choice of dresses and shoes, hairstyle etc, groomsmen didn’t wear matching suits. I wanted the wedding to be “us” as much as possible, and that meant simple vintage. All the centerpieces and other design items were either found on Etsy or flea markets or borrowed from family. Our favors were simple bags with coffee beans in them (Scott and I both work at Starbucks so we pulled together our free pounds of coffee we get every week and used those). The area we spent the most time, energy and money on was the music. We wanted a really, really good DJ. Scott and I are huge music lovers. We wanted to design every song for the wedding. We were so meticulous about what song played when….it was probably really annoying for our DJ! Even the pre ceremony music, was in order down to even some theme music from “Lost” and “Out of Africa” that was specifically chosen.

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What was the most memorable moment?

I have TWO. One, when Scott said his vows. He had been writing me love letters since we met. He managed to include quotes from some of my favorite movies and songs. One being from “Love, Actually.” He said, “and during weddings you tell the truth, to me, you are perfect.” You could hear our guests laugh and sigh. Who doesn’t recognize that quote?? Two, being when Scott and I were waiting to be introduced as husband and wife, were trying to figure out what song we told the DJ we wanted to be introduced to. We had picked Hall and Oats “Making My Dreams Come True” for the bridal party, but for the life of us couldn’t remember, then it began, “If You Leave” by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark. The end song from “Pretty In Pink”. The look on our faces was awesome. It was the perfect song to be introduced to. Brocoff Photography got a great shot of us, looking at one another like, “yeah, we are pretty awesome at picking out music!”

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

Making sure you stay on top your planning and scheduling. Since I did most of the planning and organizing myself, it was crucial to make sure that I had set dates, times and an itinerary for everything. I love lists, and I am lucky to have had a wonderful bridal party, and very patient and understanding fiancé and parents. Make a list and then take advantage of people offering, “can I help?” LET THEM. Along with my excellent bridesmaid Dani, we did all the bouquets and centerpieces in my hotel room the morning of! AND they turned out lovely. Also, just take ten minutes with your new hubbie and enjoy the wedding alone together. Just look around and soak it all up, it truly is a once in a life time moment.

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DRESS DESIGNER: Elizabeth Dye “Honeychurch” from Lovely LA.

ACCESSORY DESIGNERS:

Veil: Erica Koesler

Sash: Handmade by my Aunt Kathleen

Earrings: My Grandmas

Shoes: Seychelles

PHOTOGRAPHER: Brocoff Photography

WEDDING PLANNER: Myself with day of assistance from venue

VENUE: Green Gables Wedding Estate, San Marcos, Ca.

Thank you to Katie and Scott for sharing their wedding with us!

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Real Wedding: Stefanie and Toni’s Glamorous Croatian Soiree

This wedding set against a beautiful old city in Croatia, is so incredibly glamorous. Stefanie evoked romance in her Anne Barge lace gown, paired with retro waves, and pastel peonies. Her Ivy and Aster cape was perfect for the cathedral ceremony, and she kept her veil simple to let the dress shine on its own.

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

THE dress was the most beautiful thing I have ever worn. The lace detail was so classic, and the dress itself had a gorgeous silhouette. My look was most inspired by the romantic essence of the city of Zadar, Croatia. Both my husband and I are Croation, and Zadar is where we fell in love. As soon as I put THE dress on, I could picture myself on my wedding day and the first time my husband to be would see me in it. I could automatically envision the moment.

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

The most important detail to pulling off my dream wedding was the help of my family and friends. Without them I would have never been able to have this dream wedding. They made planning a wedding in Croatia from New York possible.

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What was the most memorable moment?

The most memorable moment would have to be when my husband and I first saw each other that day. In Croatia the groom and his friends and family come to pick the bride up. So they arrive in a procession singing with musicians. We then join, groom’s side and bride’s side and walk in a singing procession through the old city to the church.

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

My advice to future brides would be that you are most likely going to stress while planning your wedding. Just let it happen, and don’t stress about being stressed. Just enjoy the magical ride!

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DRESS DESIGNER: Anne Barge purchased at Lovely New York

CAPE: Ivy and Aster

PHOTOGRAPHER: Pro-foto, Zadar, Croatia

WEDDING PLANNER: Maja Starek, Showroom Design and Events

VENUE: Tented at Club Blue

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Real Wedding: Lauren and Brian

No one can top what a bride has to say about her dream dress and her wedding day, so we thought we’d start this post off with the wonderful story behind Lauren and Brian’s big day!

“I love my Briana story. I was having trouble finding a dress that spoke to me. Then I came upon Briana while scrolling though weddingwire.com. That was it, I was smitten. But where would I find her? There were no Sarah Janks stockists in New York City in December of 2012. Then I saw that a Sarah trunk show was coming to Lovely Bride NYC in March of 2013, just enough time to get the dress ordered for our August 17th wedding! Lovely already had a special significance to us. My future fiancée lived directly across the street from the boutique when we met. I would stare out the window wondering that I was missing out on inside that beautiful brownstone building (this was before the store moved to TriBeCa), and knew it was the only place where I could find MY dress, and in the nick of time! A perfect coincidence. I made my appointment. When the day came the sales assistant asked, “What kind of style are you looking for?” and I blurted out, “I’ve been waiting months to get my hands on Briana!” She was a little taken aback by my enthusiasm, and I learned that I was the first person to come in and request the dress by name. Everything went according to plan, and Briana looked beautiful next to my husband’s three-piece gray suit at our perfect Long Island vineyard wedding. She will be worn again at a reception in Scotland this July, when we go to celebrate our marriage with his extended family who could not make the wedding. Can’t wait to wear her again!”
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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted, but I knew what I didn’t want. I didn’t want white. I didn’t want strapless. I didn’t want poof. I wanted something that would be light and flowy for the summer. It wasn’t until I stumbled on Brianna that I KNEW what I wanted.

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

Wow, that’s a hard one to answer. Putting together a wedding by yourself is not easy, so staying disciplined and organized was key to getting everything done. Especially since it was a destination wedding that required finding venues and coordinating the logistics for 3 days of festivities.

Not only were we blessed with the beautiful landscape of Bedell Cellars, but we also found the PERFECT house to stay in and get ready in, AND were able to rent the house next door so that the guys could get ready separate from the girls. We were blessed with an amazing caterer who also coordinated our party rentals for us. Our florist did a beautiful job. But I think the most important thing to us was the music. We had a great cocktail hour band that learned some songs that we requested, and our DJ was patient enough with me to let me micromanage the playlist beforehand.  The only drawback was that I danced so much, I hardly ate any of the wonderful food! We didn’t even make it to the dessert table!

Also, as you can see from my credits, Etsy was key to the wedding. I could find basically anything I wanted, and if I couldn’t find it, I’d have it custom designed.

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What was the most memorable moment?

Dancing to ‘Unchained Melody’ with both my husband and my father.

 

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

Something will probably go wrong on your wedding day, and that’s ok. Don’t let it get to you. You’ve spent months, maybe years, carefully planning. Trust that you’ve done the best you can, and don’t let little things that might not go the way you planned detract from your day. And wear shapewear! Wearing nothing but undies was my biggest regret.

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DRESS DESIGNER: Sarah Janks

ACCESSORY DESIGNERS: Amanda Judge – Untamed Petals

Flower Girl headpiece: Sparkle and Posy

PHOTOGRAPHER: W. Studios

VENUE: Bedell Cellars

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Makeup: Sharon Becker

Hair: Maysoon Faraj

Flowers: Karen Lenahan

Caterer: Fresh Flavors

Wedding certificate 

Table number spoons 

Menus 

Ring bearer’s pillow 

Dog’s tux 

DJ 

Band 

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

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