A One of a Kind Shoot from Jennie Love

The darling Jennie Love, owner and creative director at Love ‘n Fresh Flowers, created a gorgeous shoot based around one of our favorite ensembles: Kensington by Carol Hannah. We asked her about the inspiration and how she put this loveliness together!

One of a Kind Shoot - Designed by Love n Fresh Flowers - Photos by Maria Mack Photography

Over the past 12 months, I’ve watched  wedding trends shifting from rustic-vintage to a more raw, earthy, One-of-a-Kind (OOAK) look.  I find it really exciting to embrace this evolution and wanted our styled shoot to reflect an “earthy/OOAK/artisan” approach.  I immediately drew inspiration from Carol Hannah’s Kensington skirt.  What amazing texture and form it has!  It’s romantic, yet a bit raw and undone, with a decided OOAK approach. Exactly the look I was seeking for our model to wear!  

One of a Kind Shoot - Designed by Love n Fresh Flowers - Photos by Maria Mack Photography

One of a Kind Shoot - Designed by Love n Fresh Flowers - Photos by Maria Mack Photography

I paired the Kensington with elegant-yet-raw jewelry by Philadelphia-based designer Doreen of  Asarum Designs.  The raw fluorite and quartz stones hugged by copper were the perfect match to the Kensington.  Doreen also made beautiful OOAK wedding bands for the couple out of silver and copper.  Her work is truly inspirational! 

One of a Kind Shoot - Designed by Love n Fresh Flowers - Photos by Maria Mack Photography

One of a Kind Shoot - Designed by Love n Fresh Flowers - Photos by Maria Mack Photography

Let me tell you, I had a lot of fun designing a bridal bouquet to go with the Kensignton gown!  Clean white peonies were a romantic, billowing and fragrant base, but I wanted a bit of wildness to match that of the skirt so I added more delicate blooms like agrostemma, astilbe, astrantia, maple leaves, and ferns.  The little slender white buds of the agrostemma in particular always delight me as they remind me of tiny tubes of lipstick!  All the flowers were grown organically at our own urban flower farm in Philadelphia.  The bouquet was wrapped in long tails of OOAK hand-dyed raw silk ribbon from the crazy-talented Shellie at Silk & Willow.  That ribbon and that dress…. m’wah!!  They should always be together!

One of a Kind Shoot - Designed by Love n Fresh Flowers - Photos by Maria Mack Photography

One of a Kind Shoot - Designed by Love n Fresh Flowers - Photos by Maria Mack Photography

The venue, Pomme, is a bit of a blank slate, but beautiful with its clean white walls, hardwood floors, and stone fireplace.   It was the perfect space to hone in on the details that make an event like a wedding memorable.   We crafted a custom-built aged oak branch chuppah draped with organic ivory raw linen and tied with more Silk & Willow ribbon out on the sloping front lawn along the winding little stream.  The maple leaves that adorned the corners echoed the rich burgundy and purple hues in the ribbon.  

One of a Kind Shoot - Designed by Love n Fresh Flowers - Photos by Maria Mack Photography

One of a Kind Shoot - Designed by Love n Fresh Flowers - Photos by Maria Mack Photography

One of a Kind Shoot - Designed by Love n Fresh Flowers - Photos by Maria Mack Photography

One of a Kind Shoot - Designed by Love n Fresh Flowers - Photos by Maria Mack Photography

The dinner tables were draped in luxuriant Irish linen and flanked with wooden cross-backed chairs that elevated the thoughtful tabletop decor.  Copper chargers brought in some shine yet avoided being too glam.  Each place setting was given a tiny fern and a raw piece of fluorite.  The centerpiece florals again were from our own flower farm.  They were designed in OOAK floral-textured ceramic bud vases made by Philadelphia-based ceramist Chase Brown.  Bits of raw fluorite ran down the center of the table.  Peachtree & Ward’s chef plated some beautiful seasonal food for us, including fiddlehead ferns, salmon and spring edamame. 

One of a Kind Shoot - Designed by Love n Fresh Flowers - Photos by Maria Mack Photography

One of a Kind Shoot - Designed by Love n Fresh Flowers - Photos by Maria Mack Photography

One of a Kind Shoot - Designed by Love n Fresh Flowers - Photos by Maria Mack Photography

I was so lucky to have the super talented Maria Mack Photography to work with for the shoot.  Maria’s natural style was perfect for the earthy organic details.   And make-up artist, Beke Beau, is a true magician with her brushes!  I am constantly in awe of her ability to draw out each of her brides’ natural beauty, making them all OOAK masterpieces.

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Real Wedding: Genna & Anthony

Genna & Anthony - Dress by Katie May from Lovely NYC - Photo by Melissa Kruse Photography

Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look. 

I knew I wanted a backless wedding gown (that’s about the only thing I knew for sure), and that I wanted my look to be timeless and effortless. I originally wanted to use flowers in my hair, but fell in love with a studded head chain that I decided to wear instead. Given I was having a summer wedding, I wanted the fabric to be light, and the ability to easily walk and dance.  Finding a backless wedding gown in my price range, however, was proving to be a challenge.  I had tried on several dresses at Lovely NYC before they carried Katie May gowns.  I left my name and number, hoping the gowns would arrive before I found another dress.  A few months later, already having found a dress, I got a call from an associate at Lovely saying they had received the dresses and would love to schedule an appointment.  Even though I had a dress, I had to try on the Katie May gowns.  I made an appointment for the following day, tried on the Barcelona gown with my mother and father present; we all knew it blew the other gown out of the water. Decision made.

Genna & Anthony - Dress by Katie May from Lovely NYC - Photo by Melissa Kruse Photography

Genna & Anthony - Dress by Katie May from Lovely NYC - Photo by Melissa Kruse Photography

Genna & Anthony - Dress by Katie May from Lovely NYC - Photo by Melissa Kruse Photography

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

Atmosphere and music. I wanted to create a very romantic and relaxed vibe for my guests.  A soft color pallette, lots of candles and drapey fabric helped to create that look. I am a music lover and believe that music sets the tone for the entire party.  Music selection can say a lot about the couple.  I had non-stop music from the end of the ceremony through the very end of the evening, and opted against a formal sit-down dinner. Our goal was to have everyone up dancing and having a good time, which we definitely accomplished!

Genna & Anthony - Dress by Katie May from Lovely NYC - Photo by Melissa Kruse Photography

Genna & Anthony - Dress by Katie May from Lovely NYC - Photo by Melissa Kruse Photography

Memorable Moments?

There were a few. After we said our “I do’s” and my husband, myself, and the bridal party had exited the ceremony space, I found my dad. We hugged and cried; happy tears, mixed emotions, but memorable nonetheless. Another memorable moment for me came after the toasts.  Anthony and I were sitting together and he took my hand.  We looked around the room and smiled at one another.  At that moment, we felt the enormity of what we had just done and the love of our family and friends surrounding us. We took that moment to be present.

Genna & Anthony - Dress by Katie May from Lovely NYC - Photo by Melissa Kruse Photography

Genna & Anthony - Dress by Katie May from Lovely NYC - Photo by Melissa Kruse Photography

Genna & Anthony - Dress by Katie May from Lovely NYC - Photo by Melissa Kruse Photography

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

Take the majority of your photos before your reception.  That allows you the time to enjoy the party you put together with your family and friends.  It’s a once in a lifetime event and you will most likely never get the opportunity to have so many people close to you all in the same place, at the same time, ever again. Anthony and I were present for our entire cocktail hour and reception, which allowed us to greet all of our guests and then let loose! And yes, as most everyone would say, please do enjoy it and cherish every moment… it really does go by too fast!

Genna & Anthony - Dress by Katie May from Lovely NYC - Photo by Melissa Kruse Photography

Dress: Katie May from Lovely NYC
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Photographer: Melissa Kruse Photography
Venue: The Loading Dock in Stamford, CT
Florals: Forever in Bloom
Videography: OakJo
DJ: DJ MarvL

 

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Shop Lovely: Crisp Fall Whites

The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler…fall has definitely arrived! We have the perfect little white dresses to transition you into the new season. Just add cardigans, tights and boots and you are all set! Shop our Crisp Fall Whites collection here and don’t forget to post your pictures on Instagram and tag us @lovelybride so that we can see your fall style!

Crisp Fall Whites

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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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