We are so happy to announce two amazing designers bringing their dresses to Lovely soon for fabulous trunk show events! Nicole Miller and Soft by Rosa Clara both have sleek, sexy silhouettes, classic details, and timeless elegance. Make your appointments to see the new collections not yet in stores, try on your favorites, and get 10% off the designer’s gowns during her trunk show! It doesn’t get much better!
Lovely NYC – January 23-25
Lovely DC – January 30-February 1
ROSA CLARA SOFT
Lovely DC – December 12-14 and February 6-8
Lovely Philly – January 23-25
Lovely San Francisco – February 27-March 1
With the holidays just around the corner, we’re getting our wish lists ready! And Shop Lovely has something for everyone…cute bracelets for your sisters, silky boho robes for your bridal party, and hand-stitched hankies for your besties. While you’re at it, nab a few cute things for yourself! We have the perfect party dresses for all your celebrations, from the cookie exchange party to New Year’s Eve, from your rehearsal dinner to your reception. Head to ShopLovely.com to get your shop on and cross it off your list!
Nothing thrills us more than seeing our dresses pop up in fabulous inspiration shoots, and this one certainly made us swoon! In this styled shoot from Events by Melissa McNeeley, Tom Borgese, and Amber Gress at the beautiful Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, our Bella dress from our very own The Lovely One collection takes center stage. Set up like a true wedding from start to finish, there was a ceremony, a yummy looking dinner, a DJ to set the scene, and even a photobooth! Too fun! We love seeing how our dresses fit in with someone’s vision and we certainly think the Bella dress was the perfect complement to this chic Brooklyn wedding!
Dress: Bella from The Lovely One Collection at Lovely Bride / Shoot Location: Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, NY / Photographer: Amber Gress / Event Design and Styling: Events by Melissa McNeeley / Florist: Tom Borgese / Venue: Wythe Hotel / Makeup: Jessa Blades of Blades Natural Beauty / Groom and Best Man’s Suits and Accessories: Against Nature / Catering and Wedding Cake: Reynard (The Wythe’s caterer) / Vintage Furniture, Props and Television: Patina Rentals / Mid Century Glass and Ceramics for bar and dining tables: The End of History / Poetry Book Place Cards: painted by Tiny Victory Designs / DJ: TJ Ryan of Mister Saturday Night / Cellist: Andrew Carter (carter.sounds @ gmail.com) / Wedding Invitations and Change of Address Cards: Alix Sorrell / Models: Melissa McNeeley’s good looking friends
Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.
I’m a Southern California native, but I live with my Australian partner in Berlin, Germany. Planning most of the wedding from afar, I was adamant that I would pick out my dress with my two sisters, mother and grandmother. Complicating this desire was the fact that I am only home for a short time in the summers, and one of my sisters lives in Texas. There was only one weekend that summer when were all going to be in California, so I made an appointment at Lovely LA ages in advance. I couldn’t believe my luck when I heard that a Sarah Seven trunk show was occurring on that day! I LOVED her dresses, so I was very hopeful.
I had originally envisioned myself in a strapless number, but that was until Sarah, herself (!), brought over Mademoiselle. It felt sophisticated and ethereal, demure and a little sexy. It was me, but turned up a notch. However, I was unsure that I could pull it off. With encouragement from my sisters, and Sarah (again!) assuring me that I was workin’ it, it all fell into place. It was a serendipitous moment- finding THE dress with my family, on our one weekend together.
What were the most important details to pulling off your dream wedding?
My husband is Australian, but we live and work in Berlin, Germany where he plays professional volleyball. Also, his mum is Dutch, so half of his family lives in the Netherlands. This meant that we were going to have guests from all over the world coming in for the big day. It’s probably true for every couple, but this would really be the only time in our lives that our families would be all together in one place. With this in mind, Paul and I decided early on that we wanted to create an intimate, welcoming celebration where everyone felt like family. When we found a house in Long Beach available as a wedding venue, we jumped at the chance. It offered us the intimacy of a backyard wedding, with a beautiful space, and the freedom to truly make the place our own.
We tried to create a garden wedding with a few personal touches. For example: we named our tables after different cities around the world where we have lived and traveled. I wrote the seating chart on beautiful doors that my late grandfather made. We included our families in a handfasting ceremony. We also created our own floral arrangements, and when I went to the flower market, I had only one demand: Eucalyptus. The Australian native that has made itself at home in California-what could be more perfect?
But perhaps most important were the people who actually made this event happen. Our family showed up on Friday smiling and ready to work to set up, put together floral arrangements, and transport all of the stuff we needed. It was well and truly a Do-It-Together affair. Plus, our venue coordinator, Diana, was SO clutch and SO zen. Everything ran smoothly, and that is due in no small part to her awesomeness.
What was the most memorable moment?
I have two:
1) The entire ceremony was overwhelming, transcendent, and joyful. We wrote the ceremony ourselves, and it was truly surreal hearing the words we’d chosen so carefully being brought to life. The best part was when we kissed at the end. It was one of those crazy moments when we were aware of our friends and family cheering, completely enveloped by their love and support, yet simultaneously absorbed in one another-completely in our own world.
2) Paul’s Dutch mother was very concerned about the lack of tent at our outdoor California wedding given the Netherlands’ propensity for wet weather. After assuring her over and over that “It NEVER rains in southern California in August”, the unbelievable happened: it rained. In the last fifteen minutes of our reception, with everyone dancing around with glow sticks-it began to drizzle. It just felt magical. The bottom of my dress is totally trashed now!
If you could give future brides any advice, what would it be?
I got a great reality check from a European friend when I first got engaged. In the US, the first question we ask brides is usually about the details of the wedding: “Have you picked a venue?” “Which flowers will you use?”, etc. The first thing my German friend asked was, “Are you so excited to make this commitment with your man?!”. Never lose sight of why you and your partner are doing this. It’s a crazy, wonderful promise you’re making. If your priorities are sorted from here, you’ll be much less stressed over the details Also, don’t be like me and beat yourself up for weeks after the wedding, because you felt like you didn’t spend enough time with every single person. It is impossible. Do your best, enjoy the day, and let it go.
Dress Designer: Sarah Seven from Lovely LA
Belt: Untamed Petals
Hair Vine: Rosyln Harris Designs
Photographer: Ashley Ludaescher
Venue: The Devon Estate, Long Beach, CA
Wedding Coordinator: Diana Hutchinson
Videographer: Jonathan Chou
DJ: Kyle Taylor
Two amazing designers are bringing their gorgeous gowns to Lovely on January 9th – 11th! Elizabeth Dye will be in DC and Claire La Faye is heading to Philly, so make your appointments now to secure your time!