Real Wedding: Ulana and Marco

Ulana is our first Lovely Bride to be married after buying her gown at our new Phildelphia Lovely. We love how she styled her Sarah Janks gown from head to toe. This couple just screams fun. You’ll believe us after you look through what might be the cutest progression of first look of photos ever. From the beach photos to the reception festivities, this day was stunningly gorgeous.

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

My fiance and I spent a lot of time at my family’s vacation home in Miami Beach and always dreamed of getting married there. We checked out a bunch of venues in the area, but when we saw The Raleigh Hotel, we knew that was it. The hotel exuded beach elegance with its classic art deco design that stood against a backdrop of striped furniture, outdoor string lights and lush gardens. It was perfect for creating a classy, but laid-back vibe.

I searched far and wide for a dress that would fit The Raleigh’s theme, but kept striking out. When I stepped into The Lovely Bride Philadelphia, I knew right away I’d find my dress. It was a romantic dress heaven full of flowy, etheral gowns with elaborate details. My consultant, Ivy, immediately understood the look I wanted to create. She pulled a blush-colored Sarah Janks gown with gorgeous embroidery and flowing layers. It was perfect for beach chic.

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

For us, it was the location. We knew we wanted to get married in Miami, but we struggled with asking our guests  to travel far for our wedding as most of our friends and family were from the Northeast. Once we made the final decision to move forward with Miami, all the other details fell into place. By the time February rolled around, our guests were grateful to get away to a sunny spot during one of the harshest winters.

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What was the most memorable moment?

My husband and I are both Ukrainian Catholic, where traditionally the bride and groom will see each other before the ceremony. Our photographer wanted to get some “first look” shots for us and found a beautiful spot. She was able to capture a series of shots that show every single emotion we were feeling at that exact moment -nervous, excited, relieved and happy. After spending the night and morning apart, it felt great to reunite with him during the all craziness. We knew we had each other for support that day and every other day after that. It was a great moment.

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

Be prepared for things to go wrong and try to keep your head. One Ukrainian tradition requires the bride and groom to wear wreaths of myrtle on their heads during the ceremony. A family member got stuck in traffic with these wreaths and there was no way we could wait. Our fathers saw a bush by the church and made new wreaths on the spot. They turned out to so unique, lush and green, and provided a great story.

Also, this may seem like an obvious one, but try to delegate some “day of”details like food and music while getting ready. We were so caught up in the bigger events of the day that we scrambled last minute to pick some good songs and buy alcohol for the limo, and also make sure everyone ate throughout the day.

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DRESS DESIGNER: Sarah Janks purchased at Lovely Philly.

ACCESSORY DESIGNERS: Givenchy earrings; Betsey Johnson Something Blue wedding shoes

PHOTOGRAPHER: Moriah Cuda Photography 

VENUE: The Raleigh Hotel, Miami Beach,Florida

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Shop Lovely: Green Wedding Shoes Retro Tropical Shoot

Did you see the gorgeous Tropical Inspired feature on Green Wedding Shoes yesterday? We were so honored to have one of our Shop Lovely dresses featured, and we absolutely love how it was styled! The Austin shortie is a vegan leather shift with floral lasercut details, and it’s perfect as a reception dress, rehearsal dinner dress, or even as the dress for your big day! Here are a few of our favorite photos showing off this sassy little number!

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Our Shop Lovely "Austin" dress featured in a Tropical shoot for Green Wedding Shoes shot by Amber Gress shoplovely.com

The ceremony dress they used was such a stunner and worked perfectly with all of the palm frond and pineapple details.

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Love the idea of a Little White Dress? Ya, we do too! Here are some similar styles that we are totally digging for summer. And check out our section on Shop Lovely featuring the perfect white dresses for any occasion!

 

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Retro Tropical Wedding Shoot: photography: Amber Gress // planning + design: Jove Meyer Events // venue: 26 Bridge Brooklyn, New York // florals:Blade // videography: Valerie Barnes // accessories + shoes: Hushed Commotion // ceremony dress: Synderela Story // reception dress: Lovely // suit: A suit that fits // paper goods: Katie Fischer Design // rentals: Broadway Party Rental // cake + cupcakes: Lael Cakes // hair: Styles on B // makeup: Morgan Gates // catering: Pok Pok // jewelery: Anna Sheffield // bar cart: Society Social // palm couch: Patina Rentals

 

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Shop Lovely’s Newest Little White Dresses

Whether you are looking for a rehearsal dinner dress, a reception dress, or a wedding shower dress, Shop Lovely has the LWD for you! We’ve just added some fabulous new styles, and thought we’d share a few with you today! And the best part? They are all right around $100!

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You can shop all of these, and more LWD’s on Shop Lovely here!

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Trunk Show Tuesday: Nicole Miller at Lovely Philly July 18-20

Nicole Miller will be bringing her Fall 2014 Bridal collection to Lovely Philly July 18-20. Nicole Miller’s gowns always boast simple silhouettes, with the best detailing in the business. We love her accessible collection for all of our brides, whether they’re going for a bohemian, vintage, or glamorous vibe. Schedule your appointment for the trunk show here.

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Images via Nicole Miller.

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Real Wedding: Meryl and Brad

This couple wanted to have a classic, and intimate wedding. With that idea they concocted the perfect destination wedding accessible to closest family and friends at a beautiful resort that felt like a big family vacation. Meryl paired her stunning Lea Ann Belter gown with an Untamed Petals sash for just the right amount of glam.

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I had no idea what I wanted in a dress and was somewhat dreading the process. I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived at Lovely Philly. The décor was just my style and there wasn’t an overwhelming amount of all things bridal. My mom and I picked out a handful of dresses of course ladies at Lovely really know their stuff and the dress I fell for was one of their picks. The Lea-Ann Belter gown was simple with just enough details to make it feel special. I especially loved the bow on the back that added a touch of femininity but wasn’t too frilly. Since it was my first shopping trip I wasn’t ready to commit – but sure enough we returned later that day to purchase the dress. I enjoyed visiting Lovely throughout the wedding planning process and purchased both my veil and belt from Lovely on separate occasions.

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

My vision for the wedding was for an intimate, classic and fun affair. It was important to me to have time to spend time with all of our guests. We decided to have a destination-esque wedding at The Raleigh in South Beach. The setting was classic, simple and truly perfect. The boutique hotel was filled with our guests, which made it feel like one big family vacation.

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What was the most memorable moment?

The weekend was so incredible it’s hard to pick just one moment. One of my favorites was signing the ketubah (Jewish marriage contract). Keeping with our theme of classic yet savvy, we signed the signed the ketubah in The Martini Bar – a South Beach institution that has been around for more than 70 years. The ketubah signing occurred before the ceremony with just our immediate families, witnesses (a couple of our best friends) and the Rabbi. We gathered around the mahogany bar, which was adorned with all the classic fixings for a drink, and shared a simple yet highly sentimental moment. After that rush of emotions I was elated and ready for the walk down the aisle!

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

The best advice we received, and would pass on to all brides to be, is to have a date night before the big day. Brad and I went out the Wednesday before the wedding festivities started. Guests had started to arrive but we made it a point to carve away some time for just the two of us.

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DRESS DESIGNER: Lea-Ann Belter purchased at Lovely Philly.

ACCESSORY DESIGNERS: Belt: Untamed petals, Shoes: Badgley Mischka

PHOTOGRAPHER: Heather Funk

 

WEDDING PLANNER: We didn’t have a planner but the event coordinator at The Raleigh, Jessica Burks, was immensely helpful.

VENUE: The Raleigh, Miami 

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FLORIST: Kitanim

HAIR & MAKEUP: Carolyn Jones 

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