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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Trunk Shows: Ivy & Aster, Leanne Marshall, and Hayley Paige

We have some beautiful new gowns from some of our favorite designers making their way to a trunk show at your local Lovely store! Sign up for our newsletters so that you can be the first to know about them and make your appointments before they book up. Head to lovelybride.com to make your appointments for these events now!

IVY & ASTER
New York: October 17-19
Philly: October 24-26
DC: October 31-November 2
San Fran: November 7-9
LA: November 14-16

Ivy & Aster

Ivy & Aster

Ivy & Aster

LEANNE MARSHALL
San Fran: October 17-19
LA: October 24-26
New York: November 7-9

Leanne Marshall

Leanne Marshall

Leanne Marshall

HAYLEY PAIGE
DC: October 17-19

Hayley Paige

Hayley Paige

We also want to take this time to mention how excited we are to head to Bridal Market next week! We will be visiting with all of our Lovely designers and searching for new additions to see the collections that will be coming out next year, and we need your help!!! Follow us on Instagram @lovelybride to weigh in on styles you want to see in the stores!

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Shop Lovely: Metallic Maids

Have yourself a sparkle party and dress your bridesmaids in blingy metallic dresses! Shop Lovely has so many new beauties that are silver and gold, sequined and beaded, shiny and fun! Whether you want your gals in little party dresses or long elegant maxis, we have the metallic for you! Head to the website and get your girls gilded!

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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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Trunk Shows: Rue de Seine in LA & Anna Campbell in NY October 3-5

We have two wonderful trunk shows coming up next weekend on opposite sides of the coast! You LA ladies will be getting the fabulous Rue de Seine gowns in the store while you NYC babes will have all the gorgeousness from Anna Campbell. During the trunk shows, all gowns by that designer will be 10% off so hurry up and make your appointments so you have first dibs on all of the incredible pieces!

 

rue-de-seine-la 310.659.2050 // la@lovelybride.com

anna-campbell-ny212.924.2050 // nyc@lovelybride.com

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