Metal and Lace Inspiration Shoot

Set against Longue View House and Gardens in historic New Orleans, this inspiration shoot covers everything from some of our most feminine gowns, to an exquisite wedding cake, and vintage cars and umbrellas. We love the gold antique dinnerware, the dreamy flow of lace and tulle, and giant blooming peonies. With Photography by Jen Huang Photography and Marissa Lambert Photography and design by Davia Lee Events, this shoot is one you will not be likely to get out of your dreams.

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Photographer: Jen Huang Photography and Marissa Lambert Photography /Designer: Davia Lee Events /Rentals: Mrs. Vintage Rentals /Florals: Kim Starr Wise Florals /Sweets: Melissa’s Fine Pastries /Accessories: My Olivia Nelson /Shoes: Emmy London /Gowns: Onyx Gown by Catherine Deane from BHLDNAnna Campbell from Lovely BrideClaire Pettibone from CLD PR  /Hair Accessories:Emmy LondonMy Olivia Nelson Marlene crystal combMy Olivia Nelson Helena crystal halo  /Jewelry: L’Dezen from CLD PR /Venue: Longue View House and Gardens /Mixologist: Heirloom Cocktail /Hair: Kelly D Hopper /Makeup: Ashley Sievert Beauty and MeLissa Vaccaro /Umbrellas: Bella Umbrellas /Vintage Car: All Southern Livery


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Trunk Show Tuesday: Claire La Faye at Lovely New York July 11-13

A Claire La Faye trunk show does not come around very often, so when it does, take advantage brides to be! Her one of a kind designs will have you feeling like a goddess with lush chiffon and exquisite lace. Not to mention we love that you can get her gowns in colors ranging from blush, to gray, to powder blue. You will definitely be a unique bride in a Claire La Faye gown.

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Schedule your appointment for the trunk show here!

Photography by Anja Verdugo via Claire La Faye.

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Real Wedding: Lane and Luke

I don’t know if we’ve ever seen a happier bride than Lane. The pure joy emulating out of her and her hubby on their big day is palpable. With simple vintage details, and one cute pup, this makes for a wedding to remember. We love the quirky details from the minister’s shirt, to the escort cards. Lane was breath taking in her Elizabeth Dye creation.

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Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

I had decided to go into the process of finding my wedding dress with an open mind. I am a big fashion lover and appreciate all kinds of styles that I had seen. I was really open to anything…short, long, sleeves, formal, casual, cream, pink, etc. I had no agenda. I first scoured the internet and came across Lovely’s website and instantly knew that this was my type of store. It was small, had young designers and reasonable prices. I made my appointment and my instinct came true the second I walked into the adorable Los Angeles boutique. It had an intimate and welcoming energy and oh, the dresses!!!!!  As my mom and I looked through the racks, I pulled a variety of different dresses that caught my eye. There was also a trunk show going on for Elizabeth Dye, in which I found a dress of hers to add to the bunch. I started to try on the dresses and came to the realization that I really liked all of them for different reasons. There was not one of the 5 that I didn’t like or couldn’t have been happy with. But then….I fell absolutely in love. I tried on the Elizabeth Dye dress and immediately knew it was the one. I finally knew what everyone had talked about in finding, ‘the one’ and I had found it. The minute I zipped it up, it felt like me. I had sworn it had been hanging in my closet already. It didn’t feel like a costume or wasn’t me playing dress up…it was just me.  I was overwhelmed and extremely excited and could not wait until I had my own in my hands. To my surprise, Elizabeth was actually at the store, so she came over and fitted me for it along with offering suggestions for accessories and shoes. I walked out of Lovely beaming and counted the days until I would return to pick it up. I am still trying to find another occasion to wear it too…I just love it that much.

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

The most important thing to Luke and I was to make sure it was personal. At the end of the day, this wedding was about us, our love and being able to share that with everyone. We made sure every detail had personal touches; everything from being officiated by one of our best friends, to live music by one of our favorite local bands we had seen out and about, to a hand picked menu with some of our favorite food items, to hand-made center pieces that each had a story to go with it,  it was a perfect reflection of who we are as a couple. If you didn’t know who we were when you showed up that day, you sure knew a lot about us by the time you left.

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What was the most memorable moment?

Our ceremony was the best part of the whole day. Luke and I’s mutual friend, Nima, got ordained and married us. He originally introduced us in the hope that we would hit it off, and indeed we did. After we got engaged, we asked if he would do us the honor, and gave him free reign to wear and say whatever he wanted. We figured, if he saw something enough to introduce us and set us up, we wanted to hear his side of the story of what it meant that we were now getting married. The 40 minute (yes 40 minutes!) ceremony flew by and had us and everyone else laughing, crying and cheering. He spoke of very personal stories of us, shared in his own words why he wanted to set us up and how he concocted that plan, included lyrics from one of our favorite artists, Prince, included a flow chart under every guests seat, and even had Luke and I play a rock paper scissors game to who would say the vows first. It was truly a magical ceremony and I still smile and think about it every day.


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

The biggest piece of advice I would give to future brides, is to have fun with the planning process along the way. The fun part shouldn’t be just the big day, but the process to get there as well! Luke and I picked vendors and surrounded ourselves with people who also felt the same. We kept stressful people at an arms length and asked for help from friends that were willing to pitch in and get involved…(ie. our DJ!). I had 12 months to plan, and truly enjoyed each part of it. Knowing that this was a one-time experience, I soaked it up and made sure to create good memories of the whole process. Having a fiancé that felt the same was a big help and when things did become too stressful, we would check in with each other and remind ourselves to what really mattered…us, (not cocktail napkins).


DRESS DESIGNER: Elizabeth Dye  purchased at Lovely LA.

ACCESSORY DESIGNERS: Various…mixed and matched.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Marianne Wilson Photography

WEDDING PLANNER: Dana Gabriel with Orange Dove Events

VENUE: Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve with Diablo Dormido

ANYONE ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO CREDIT Yes! Lovely suggested ‘A Stich In Time’ to me for my alterations. Thank you to Olivia Vaatete with ‘A Stitch In Time’ for her amazing alteration work for my dress! She took a lot of time with it to make sure it was perfect with every detail. I couldn’t have been happier with my experience with her and the outcome of the fit of my dress. She was also extremely affordable and made a stressful event, enjoyable.

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The Lovely List: Friday Wrap Up


Have you seen both of Poppy Delvingne’s wedding gowns? They were both so different and original, we are in love. Here is gown #1 and gown #2.

This inspiration shoot is to die for.

This simple engagement shoot is just the sweetest.

This is such a classic and romantic wedding.

But of course we are obsessed with blush and rose gold!

Loving this round up of gifts to give your bridesmaids.

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New Shop Lovely Arrivals for Your Maids

We have so many new options for bridesmaid dresses on Shop Lovely right now! Whether you want your maids to be prim and polished, boho chic, or fun and flirty, we have the perfect dresses for you.

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Check out Maddy, Rose, Sierra, Rene, and Evie here! Not to mention all of our other gorgeous options for maids, and little white dresses for all of your bridal needs.

Rose Cake / Mismatched Maids / Bohemian Bride / Striped Table Settings / Glittery Ampersand

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