Sarah + Jon | Ulla-Maija Wedding from Preston Ultey Photography


You can almost smell the fresh mountain air when looking at the photos of Sarah and Jon’s Vail wedding. Although the spring weather wasn’t what they had hoped for their outdoor ceremony, a post-snow walk through the woods captured the romance of the forest for their wedding portraits. Didn’t Sarah’s lace Ulla-Maija wedding gown look absolutely stunning in the natural setting? A perfect choice!

Sarah + Jon | May 10, 2014 | Vail, Colorado | Dress Listing: Ulla-Maija, Lyon

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The Ceremony
We hoped to have our ceremony outside, but knew it was a gamble in early May in the Rockies. Sure enough, it rained and snowed all weekend, and we were so relieved we had the weather backup! Our ceremony was in a ballroom at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa and it was gorgeous. We had an Aspen tree chuppah (courtesy of Vintage Magnolia) and the staff at the Marriott made the ballroom a spectacular setting, second only to being outdoors mountainside! 

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The Reception
Our reception was at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, which is a stunning building owned and operated by the Town of Vail. Our reception was understated, with minimal flowers and tons of tea lights for natural lighting. The gorgeous architecture of the Donovan Pavilion doesn’t need any dressing up at all! 

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Sarah’s Dress Search
I tried on maybe a dozen dresses at three different shops, and the Ulla-Maja Lyon was perfect from the moment I tried it on. The way the dress hung on me – so weightlessly and naturally – and the way I felt comfortable and un-constricted in it made it the perfect pick for me.  

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How Sarah Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Elegant. Classic. Comfortable. 

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Why Sarah Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I loved the dress and realized that it would bring more joy to another bride than it could ever generate sitting in a closet. I wish I had been one of the savvy brides out there who are considering a pre-owned wedding dress, knowing what an amazing deal they can get for the dress of their dreams! 

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Wedding Dress: Ulla-Maija, Lyon | Photography: Preston Ultey Photography | Ceremony Venue: Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa | Reception Venue: Donovan Pavilion | Floral Design: Vintage Magnolia

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Oscar de la Renta | Designer Profile


Who is the 82-year-old “Guru of Glamour” that designs some of the most classically bridal wedding dresses in the market today? None other than Oscar de la Renta. His decadent wedding gowns are made of all the best things in bridal fashion: flattering silhouettes, luxurious fabrics and beautiful craftsmanship.

 

 

De la Renta’s designs have been a mainstay on the red carpet for decades, but he has also dressed celebrity brides such as Katherine Heigl, Kate Bosworth (who wore not only one, but two of his designs on her wedding day) and presidential daughter Jenna Bush Hager. Even Anna Wintour’s new daughter-in-law Elizabeth Cordry chose Oscar de la Renta for her summer 2014 wedding.

After designing bridal looks privately for years, Oscar de la Renta’s bridal line was launched in 2006 and quickly became one of the most sought-out labels by traditional brides in the salon. The wedding dresses de la Renta designs are enduring classics with a touch of nostalgia, made with modern materials and shapes.

 

Textured ornamentation and layering figures highly and adds luxury to the dresses without distracting. The wedding dresses are refined and minimal, but far from simple. The effortless looks allow the addition of dazzling jewellery and accessories to balance them.

Oscar de la Renta’s classic old-world craftsmanship combines with just a hint of current trends to create a timeless wedding day look for today’s sophisticated bride. Instead of glitzy embellishment, light Chantilly lace appliques and embroidered floral accents extend down onto the skirt in many styles, appearing often in the 2014 and 2015 collections.

 

The designer creates gowns for almost any body type, including fitted mermaid styles, ball gowns and flattering A-lines. Playful shorter wedding dresses or a hint of blue or pink color are perfect for more experimental brides. Oscar de la Renta’s wedding dresses are sure to make you feel like a woman, not just a princess, no matter which style or length you choose.

If you are a bride who seeks quality and understated glamour with a touch of trend, the legendary Oscar de la Renta may be the bridal designer for you. His wedding dresses satisfy the desire to be a traditional brides with a romantic wedding day look, without compromising on style. Perfect for the modern princess bride!

 

 

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Megan + Calvin | Vera Wang Wedding from Gwendolyn Tundermann Photography


What better place to have your wedding than a favorite restaurant? Following their garden ceremony, Megan and Calvin hosted a vintage glam themed reception that was packed full of delicious food and some serious party people. Megan’s Vera Wang ruffled “June” gown was certainly a show stopper through the day, though! What a stunning bride she was in that dress.

Megan + Calvin | July 19, 2014 | San Diego, California | Dress Listing: Vera Wang, June

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The Ceremony
We chose Balboa Park for our ceremony because we both really love being outside and it’s one of the most beautiful parks in the country so the choice to have the wedding there was an easy one. We both live in D.C. and we had the wedding in San Diego for my dad. He had a heart transplant a few months prior to the wedding and has been really sick for the past few years, which is why he so generously bought me a Vera Wang gown. He was unable to travel due to his health so San Diego was the place we had to have the wedding at but it could not have been a better location. Half of my husbands family are talking about relocating now! I felt really calm the day of the wedding because we had been together for 5 years so it already felt like we were an old married couple. The man who married us is one if our dear friends, Chris Marohn. 

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The Reception
The reception was full of food, dancing, and love. Rather than a guest book, we had mad libs at every table and asked for the truth to come out as to why guests really came; was it the food or the free drinks!? We had tall romantic centerpieces of hydrangea, roses, and ranunculus. The best memory my husband and I have is my mom dancing until we had to shut the wedding down. With my dad being so sick, she needed a day to cut loose and did she ever! It was so nice to see her have this really special memory and day. The other memory was our first dance. It was as if no one else was there except for us.

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Megan’s Dress Search
I tried on one dress, the dress I bought. I knew from the second I saw it, the dress was for me. I felt the same way about my husband: love at first sight! I was so happy that despite the mermaid silhouette, I could move in it! I think the key for me was knowing my body type and what dress would look good with my shape, not just what I thought would look good.

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How Megan Felt in Her Wedding Dress
I felt beautiful, sexy, and romantic. 

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Why Megan Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I decided to sell my wedding dress because it took me 18 months to save the money for a wedding and it was so hard to wait that long for the big day! My dad bought me the dress because I couldn’t afford an extravagant dress plus the wedding. When he bought me the dress, he made me promise I would sell it to someone else so they too could have the dress of their dreams without the extravagant price tag that he so graciously paid.

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Wedding Dress: Vera Wang, June | Photography: Gwendolyn Tundermann Photography | Ceremony: Balboa Park | Reception Venue: The Prado at Balboa Park | Floral Design: Suzan M. Florals | Cake: Extraordinary Desserts

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Katie + CJ | Peter Langner Wedding from Gino Creglia Photography


Katie + CJ’s small town wedding in Elk Grove, California is the perfect picture of young love and big adventures.  When CJ joined the Air Force and was stationed in Germany, this sweet bride and groom went about hosting one last hometown hurrah before moving to Europe. Don’t miss the fun DIY wedding decorations, the pretty individualized bridesmaid dresses in peachy pinks…or my favorite, Katie’s charming Peter Langner, Iris wedding gown made of silk taffeta fabric that has the most whimsical horizontal stripes in it!

Katie + CJ | June 7, 2014 | Elk Grove, California | Dress Listing:  Peter Langner, Iris

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The Ceremony
Our Wedding was on June 7, 2014 at the church I grew up in – St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. More than anything I wanted our wedding to feel personal and for our guests to see us in every detail. C.J. and I met in high school and have so many memories growing up and falling in love in our small town of Elk Grove. C.J. joined the Air Force just over a year ago and he is now stationed in Germany so it was especially wonderful for us to come back to Elk Grove to be married before moving across the world.  

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The Reception
Our reception took place in my parent’s backyard. I knew it would be a tight squeeze with the 150 guests we wanted to host but I loved the idea of complete creativity and control over our venue and thought it would reflect the intimate gathering we wanted. I started working on some special decorations almost a year in advance. When I look back on the photos the things we made by hand are my favorite details because they photographed beautifully…like the marquee “Cheers” sign over our bar, the string lights and a backdrop made of tiny wax paper cones for the “staging area” where my bridesmaids and I got ready. My dad carved a large wooden arch for over the open fence and we painted “This Way to Dinner and Dancing” across it.  I did all my own flowers, which was probably my biggest fear leading up to the wedding. Everyone kept telling me it was a giant mistake and that assembling 11 bouquets, corsages and 33 centerpieces the day before the wedding was crazy. I have to admit it ended up being a little stressful but I enlisted some bridesmaids and family to help with the assembling and the groomsmen picked up all the flowers from the San Francisco Flower Market for me at 4:30 am that morning. In the end they turned out better than I could have imagined and I only spent about $700 to have my wedding dripping in fresh peonies and other gorgeous blooms.

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Katie’s Dress Search
I tried on about ten dresses before I tried on “my dress”.  I knew I wanted something that made a statement with a classic look and an A-line silhouette. The first two salons I visited had some beautiful dresses but up close the fabric looked cheap so I kept looking. I tried on a few different styles at the suggestion of the bridal salon attendants but I knew what I wanted and the other silhouettes just weren’t me. The moment I stepped onto the platform in my Peter Langner, Iris dress I knew it was the dress I wanted to wear on my wedding day – it was made of the most gorgeous Italian silk taffeta with tiny stripes subtly gracing the entire dress.  Fabric was one of the most important elements for me.  I wanted something rich and supple that looked expensive and unique, this was all of those requirements and more. The bodice of the dress is what really sold me, a full corset is hidden inside, built into the dress. When the corset is fastened with all its tiny hook and eyes and one strong strap it completely holds up the dress and brought my waist in very small. The outer layer of silk taffeta buttons easily over the corset layer creating the illusion that the dress fit easily as the pearl buttons lay gently without any pulling. It was clear that the dress was made exceptionally well and it proved itself on my wedding day with many hours of dancing I never once had to pull it up or adjust anything – it stayed completely secure.

How Katie Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Stunning. Classic. Secure.

Why Katie Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I am moving to Germany with my husband and I am trying to really limit what I’m bringing. I want someone else to feel as beautiful as I did in this dress and it seems sad to have it sit in a closet when it looks brand new (after a professional cleaning of course) and it is so gorgeous.

Wedding Dress:  Peter Langner, Iris | Photography: Gino Creglia Photography | Ceremony Venue: St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Elk Grove | Reception Venue: Home of the Bride’s Parent’s | Floral Design: San Francisco Flower Market | Cake: Family Friend

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