Real Wedding: Daryl and Kyle’s Whimsical Sedona Wedding

Daryl and Kyle’s Sedona Fall Wedding will take you back in time with these warm, vintage inspired photos that perfectly captured this old fashioned love story. Daryl’s Sarah Seven dress added such an elegance to the day, with pearl accents and blush roses that enhanced the femininity of her look. The reception decor was inspired by the couple’s travels together throughout the years. Too sweet!



Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

We wanted our wedding to be timeless.  We wanted it to feel vintage and yet of today.  My bridesmaid Jackie brilliantly took me to Lovely Bride NYC and I fell in love with the quaint old brownstone boutique and the unique quality of the designer dresses. The last thing I wanted was anything too “bridal” and Lovely was a perfect fit for me. I knew when I put on the Sarah Seven dress “Graceful” that it was the one.  And it was the DETAILS that captured my imagination.  The delicate pearl beaded sleeve that draped over the shoulders, the gentle fabric tucks at the waist, the ethereal sheer layers of the skirt.  I WAS IN LOVE!  The dress was plucked out of a fairytale and fit in perfectly with our “timeless” theme.


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

The most important details were the details.  It’s the little things we did to personalize and make the day unique that we will never forget!  Using personal photographs of our favorite cities in white washed frames, handmade wood and mirror signs indicating our ceremony and our favorite cocktail “the Bees Knees,” taking the time to personally write our ceremony and vows, using geodes that we found with my maid of honor as part of the décor, faux fur blankets for guests when the temperatures dropped at night, and a “GORP” table for guests to make their own trail mix throughout the evening.



We also feel that utilizing our talented friends and family made the day feel incredibly special.  One of my bridesmaids led a fitness class with the bridal party the day before the wedding.  A friend and hair designer created the hair pieces and birdcage as well as crafted the hair itself.  A photographer that I work with often shot the wedding.  Two friends sang “One Hand One Heart” during the ceremony.  Another friend helped with the guest book by manning the polaroid camera and making sure everyone had fun pictures to sign.  Also, our Officiant was a mentor of the groom.  I’m so grateful to have such lovely and giving friends and this is a huge part of what made the wedding weekend so special.

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What was the most memorable moment?

Listening to my dearest friends, Stephane and Molly, sing “One Hand, One Heart” from West Side Story during our ceremony.  I was facing away from Kyle, but reached my hand back and he grabbed it as we listened to the duet.  Perfect.

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

Try to enjoy the “creating time” leading up to the wedding and don’t be afraid to do your own thing!  If you look at “wedding planning” as less planning and more creating, allowing your vision and ideas to come to life, it becomes an enjoyable experience.  I never thought I would say this, but I wish I could do it all again.  Everything from the weeks leading up to the wedding, to the wedding weekend itself with our closest friends and family.  It was hands down the most memorable time in our lives together!

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Jonathan Sharpless Hair Pieces and Design

LaDuca Shoes


FLORIST: Bliss Extraordinary Floral

WEDDING PLANNER: Margaret Van Damme


L’Auberge de Sedona


A big thank you to Daryl and Kyle!

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Throwback Thursday to Lovely NYC’s Holiday Party!

This year’s Holiday party in NYC was one to remember! From fantastic vendors providing make-up tips to cupcakes, and DJ Matty laying down some jams on the dance floor, there was not a dull moment. The talented Sarah Seven was in attendance as well as our whole Lovely NYC crew. It was such a glitzy way to kick off the Holiday season!



 HanaKyle was on hand for her gifted massages and she brought an array of fabulous scented oils to complete the experience. She specializes in wedding day massages, what an amazing gift to give your bridesmaids (or yourself) on your big day. This would also make an amazing shower activity, who needs games when you could indulge in a little pampering amidst the planning?

Beautiful wreathes and floral arrangements were from the wonderful Rebecca Shephard Foral Designs. For more of her inspired creations and for information on having her on your wedding team check out her blog.



The tastiest mini winter wonderland cupcakes from Madison Lee graced the table. Believe us when we tell you, these little guys were way too delectable and we have tasted her full on cakes which are the best! And we should know, we practically taste them for a living.

Diptyque provided the gifts, the most blissful candles in the world. They offer little scent creation classes. If you are lucky enough to be in the vicinity of one of their locations we love the idea of starting your bachelorette party here. Get your best scent on before heading to the dance floor!


DJ Matty from Jarrell Entertainment spun just the right tunes into the night. Seriously, he knew exactly what the crowd needed and kept us all dancing with his mad skills.

We must send out a huge thank you to ELAN ARTISTS who put us in touch with our DJ.  They are the best when it comes to linking you with just the right artist for your event!




On the search for the coolest girl to hang out with and do your make up for your big day? Found her! Kristen Therese matched Cassandra’s lipstick to her dress perfectly!

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Beautiful Images thanks to Jorge of de la Barra Photography.  You can contact to him to document your day. We are in love with him! He got all of the best shots and was so fun to have around. Nothing was missed!

Thank you again to all of our vendors, and everyone who attended that made it a fabulous night!

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Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party NYC Ticket Giveaway!

We have a sweet giveaway for you this morning, Lovelies! Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party NYC, produced by Claudia Hanlin’s Wedding Library, will be held this year at Gotham Hall from 10am-3pm on Sunday January 26th. 

We are giving away two pairs of tickets to the event!




·         This 5-hour long event will feature over 100 premier wedding vendors showcasing bridal and bridesmaid fashion, entertainment, floral designers, photographers, gourmet wedding cakes and more, along with expert writers and bloggers.

·         Exhibitors will include Bloomingdale’s, Amsale Bridesmaids, Lenox, Suzanne Kalan, Ron Ben-Israel Cakes and more!

·         A can’t-miss celebrity speaker panel will feature Martha Stewart Weddings’ Darcy Miller with Amsale, Preston Bailey, Marcy Blum, Sylvia Weinstock, Peter Callahan and

·         Learn about honeymoon destinations including Nantucket, the Caribbean, Napa Valley, Thailand and beyond.

·         Peruse dresses from designers like Monique Lhuillier, Lela Rose and Milly for your bridesmaids.

Enter to win by sending us a pdf of your wedding style inspiration by Friday January 24th at 4pm CST. Email your submission to with the subject: I want to go to the Martha Stewart Wedding Party! Winners will be announced Saturday morning.

In case you don’t win, you can purchase general admission and VIP tickets here.

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Real Wedding: Lovely’s Own Vanessa and Andrew

Nothing thrills us more than to be able to share one of our own’s wedding with the world. Lovely ladies bring something truly special to the bridal world, and Vanessa is no exception. A gritty Brooklyn background created some spectacular photos starring this gorgeous, polished couple, and a hint at a nautical theme was perfectly suited to their venue.



Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I wanted something simple, but elegant and light feeling since it was an August Wedding.  A train was something I also really wanted because how many times in your life do you get to wear a dress with a train!





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

Our venue is really what we were most excited about and really just let it speak for itself.  Photos were also very important to us and we loved working with Chellise and her now husband Mike.  Working with another young engaged couple really made it fun, we were so comfortable with them and they are so talented.  I also loved the flowers and thought our florist did an amazing job!




What was the most memorable moment?

At the end of the ceremony we exited to the song “Wouldn’t it be nice” by the Beach Boys, played acoustically by our good friends that are in a band, we ran directly into an elevator to go up to the bridal suite to sign our Marriage License.  The doors closed and the music faded and it was suddenly so quiet and it was just he and I.  We looked at each other and screamed “We’re married!” and we both burst into tears of joy, it was amazing to have this moment of solitude that day for just the two of us.  It was a moment of pure happiness I won’t forget for the rest of my life!


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

Enjoy every second, be in the moment, you’ve planned everything you could up to that point so it’s time to just enjoy the ride!




Jeweled hair clip: J.crew

Sash: Vera Wang

PHOTOGRAPHER: Chellise Michael Photography

FLORIST: Sprout Home

For dress inspiration check out Lea Ann Belter’s Tess gown. Lea Ann Belter is carried at all four Lovely locations.


Thank you Vanessa and Andrew for sharing your love with us!



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Meet the Stylist: Lovely DC’s Katie

Katie is the most recent addition to the DC team. She is one of sweetest girls you will ever meet. Katie takes the time to really get to know every bride and is sure to help you find exactly what you are looking for in a dress. Katie is about to celebrate her second wedding anniversary on New Years Eve! Be sure to ask her advice on how to make your wedding sparkle.



Tell us a little about yourself…


I am a Jersey girl born and raised!  I came to DC for college and it wasn’t long till I had a Capitol crush on my now husband and this great city!  While planning my own wedding I fell for everything bridal. Lovely has been my first experience working in the wedding industry and I’m loving every moment of it.


Favorite DC hangout…


Acqua al 2 is a great little Italian restaurant in Eastern Market (Capitol Hill). It has an adorable patio and a cozy bar.  Perfect for meeting friends for drinks or an intimate dinner.


Who is your favorite wedding dress designer…


I am really loving Hayley Paige right now. Her designs are so creative with unique embellishments that you don’t see from other designers. She really knows how to work the WOW factor.


Anything you wish someone had told you while you were planning your wedding…


My advice to brides would be: when shopping for your dress, its best to work with a small group of people whose opinions you trust. Dress shopping is such a special part of the wedding process and you want to feel your best and really enjoy the moment.

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