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Real Wedding: Claire and Mike’s Rustic Ontario Wedding

Claire and Mike were married on her parent’s scenic farm in Canada at an intimate ceremony. The simply gorgeous details of this wedding will truly make you feel the love between this adorable couple. The mason jar cocktails and soft lilac pastels perfectly complemented this bride’s classic lace Nicole Miller gown.

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

The first decision Mike and I made after getting engaged was that we wanted to get married on my parents’ farm in Ontario, Canada. So, right away I knew that a big ballgown was out of the question, and that I would be looking for something with a more rustic feel in order to fit the venue we had chosen.

I was drawn to THE dress immediately because of the pretty lace detail and simple shape – it was the first dress I tried on! As soon as I had it on, I thought “this is exactly what I want,” but I felt like I had to keep looking. Although there were other contenders, none of them felt quite as perfect, and on my third visit to Lovely I told my (very patient) consultant that it was the one.

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

Well, we wanted to have an outdoor wedding in Canada – a risky proposition at any time of the year – so the weather may have been the most important detail! Luckily we had near-perfect weather that allowed us to have an outdoor ceremony, hold the cocktail hour on the lawn, and leave the sides of the tent open during the reception so we could take advantage of the beautiful view.

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What was the most memorable moment?

There were so many! I loved the whole day and I would do it again in a heartbeat. The most memorable moment was probably walking down the aisle. Coming out of the house and seeing all the people who had come together to support us, not to mention seeing my husband waiting for me, was totally overwhelming and I broke down crying (and not just a few tears, it was a full-on ugly cry). I also loved the speeches, and dancing the night away with our friends and family to the awesome band!

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

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Involving friends and family in all aspects of the wedding really made it feel personal and special for us – my aunt was our officiant, another aunt was our emcee, our friends read at the ceremony, and the whole event took place at my parents’ house. Also, my husband had the idea of using a Google Docs form for collecting people’s addresses, and it made that annoying task SO much easier.

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DRESS DESIGNER: Nicole Miller Purchased at Lovely.

ACCESSORY DESIGNERS: My shoes were by Rampage, purchased at Macy’s in LA. My earrings are an heirloom from my grandmother, and my necklace and right-hand ring were gifts from my mother. Our wedding rings were from Tiffany.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Ron Wood of Heartline Pictures, Toronto.

FLORIST: Eileen Holton in Port Hope, Ontario.

WEDDING PLANNER: Elena and Bella at Your Effortless Event, Toronto

ANYONE ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO CREDIT: I got my alterations done at A Stitch in Time in LA, and they did a great job.

Thanks so much to Claire and Mike for sharing their special day with us!

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Awesome Gifts For HIM – The Lovely Gift Guide

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Finding the perfect holiday gift for HIM can be intimidating. Sometimes, girls are the easy ones and then we have no idea what to do for the boys in our lives. Well I’m hoping that this guide of “Gifts For HIM” will give you some inspiration. And don’t forget to check out yesterday’s post on gift giving for the ladies and Monday’s post on A Few Of Our Favorite Things!
 
1. The Art of Shaving Sandalwood Essential Oil & Brush: $80 Can’t go wrong with a man smelling divine after he shaves. And I think there’s something very sophisticated about doing it somewhat old school.
 
2. Timex Striped Band Weekender Watch: $45 I don’t think he’ll need to wait for the weekend to wear this watch. I think it’ll quickly become a staple in his everyday wear.
 
3. Kindle Fire HD Tablet: $139 This has all the bells and whistles and a fraction of the cost of an iPad. Has ultra-fast web browsing, and a 7″ HD display for all his movies and TV shows that he likes to watch.
 
4. Apple iPhone 5: $199-$399 You know he wants one, and I have to say they are pretty cool. If you want him smiling ear to ear, this is a sure bet.
 
5. Guy Gourmet Cookbook: $21 Want your guy to be able to eat all the hearty things he wants, but also want to make sure that he stays lean and mean? This cookbook has been overseen by healthy food enthusiasts from Men’s Health and is sure to win him (and you!) over.
 
6. Always Perfect Chef’s Fork 3-Piece Set: $110 Speaking of food and perhaps that means grilling too, make sure your guy has the best of the best, with this grilling set. Everything he needs besides the food.
 
7. Wine & Cheese Cooler with Accessories: $35 Want him to take you out to the beach or to a park to wine and dine you? Here’s a hint hint for him, but I’m sure he will love it too.
 
8. Classic Backgammon Set: $34 Have him test his gaming skills not with a video game, but a classic one on one match. Let’s all increase our brainpower. I’d also like to think this would likely be a favorite of men like James Bond.
 
9.VANS® For J.Crew Suede Chukka Boots: $70 Available in Dress Blues or Camel, your guy can pretty much wear them with anything, not to mention I’ve been told how comfortable they are. Your guy will definitely appreciate your taste in style and an eye on a relaxed fit perfect for the weekend.

Time to go shopping!!

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Guess Who’s Having A Grand Opening? …Lovely Philly!

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It’s going to be quite the event, and if by chance you can make it over to the Lovely Bride in Philadelphia, you are sure to have a grand time. There will be some yummies catered by Birchtree Catering, AMR Catering will be bringing some delicious desserts, Belovely is doing the floral decor (gorgeous!), and Love Me Do Photography is setting up a photo booth for all our lovelies to enjoy.

BONUS: Any first time users of the car service Uber for the Lovely Philly event with promo code LOVELYBRIDEPHL will receive $25 off.

Oct 4th is the day, so set your reminders on your iphones, ipads, droids, or the old school written day planner, for a party at Lovely Philly starting at 6pm and goes to 8pm.

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Featured Vendor – Brooke & Sam (Awesome Photographers!)

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“…go for beautiful, fun, and spontaneous photography” is what Brooke & Sam Photography is all about. For our Featured Vendor, we have this wonderful kind hearted duo, and their love story is just as unique as their photos. Lovely interviewed the cute couple so our brides could get to know them!

LOVELYWhy wedding photography?

B&S: Because photographing weddings is incredibly fun! Every time you turn around you see beauty, laughter, happiness, and emotion. What’s not to love about photographing all of these things? It’s a privilege to to document such an important day for two people and their families AND have a great time doing it.

LOVELY: What is it like working with your spouse?

B&S: Working with Sam is a dream; we are totally in sync. I know instinctively what and how he is going to photograph something. We bring our own distinctive photographic strengths to the wedding and complement each other. It is always fun for me to see what he has photographed after the wedding. 

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B&S: We traveled to Italy for a destination wedding that took place in a beautiful, renovated convent outside of Florence. The festivities included a Catholic and a Muslim ceremony. Lucky bride, she wore a beautiful white dress AND a gorgeous sari. Our favorite places to travel are Mexico and India. We’re big on ancient cultures and architecture.
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LOVELY:  Is there one photo that you have taken that you will always remember?
B&S: On a travel assignment to India, I was photographing an ancient fort where a newlywed couple was visiting. They were young and dressed in beautiful, traditional clothes that a couple wears after they are married. In the portrait, the husband looked very proud and the young girl was happy, yet a bit shy. It was a beautiful moment that ended up in the pages of Travel & Leisure.
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Visit our featured vendor at Brooke & Sam Photography. Maybe they are the perfect photographers for you?!
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Bridal Fashion Inspiration from NYFW

New York Fashion Week is moving full speed ahead, and the shows are better than ever!  With the economy on the upswing, the energy is high, the clothes are gorgeous, and the parties are lavish.

White is still a major trend for S/S 2014, which is great for all of your bridal fashion Pinterest boards!  Take a looksy, you won’t want to miss these stunners.

Shorties, by Kate Spade & Alexander Wang (not two names you will likely ever see in the same sentence again!)

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Embroidered lace and flamenco inspired hemlines, by Tracey Reese

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Boho ensembles by The Row and Joseph Altuzarra

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Deep v-necks are back!  Starring Carolina Herrera and Diane Von Furstenburg

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AND the finale.  A beautiful blush ball gown, and floaty floral chiffon number, both by Zac Posen

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All images courtesy of Style.com

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