Megan + Jordan | Jenny Packham Wedding from COJO Photo


Today’s featured wedding comes to us from the outskirts of Winnipeg, complete with rustic charm, woodsy and vintage touches and a beautifully detailed Jenny Packham, Esme wedding dress. Kudos to Megan for leaving no stone unturned in Winnipeg searching for her dream dress before finding ‘The One’ in Vancouver.  This gown is love at first sight for us too – hand sewn bead work, a figure flattering sheath silhouette with a delicate and feminine open draped back. Just perfect!

Megan + Jordan | August 31, 2014  | Ile Des Chenes, Manitoba | Dress Listing: Jenny Packham, Esme

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The Ceremony
Our wedding was a whimsical, rustic, celebration in my parents backyard. The color palate included a variety of whites, creams, blushes and beiges, along with accents of burlap and wood elements for texture. We wanted a soft and relaxing feel for our guests. It was a stunning contrast with the bright green grass and backyard setting. We also could not have picked a more perfect venue than my parent’s backyard – over the years they have hosted numerous occasions for family, friends and almost every guest at the wedding. It was definitely a location close to our hearts.

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The Reception
We had a tented reception in my parent’s back yard for 150 of our guests. The backdrop to the head table and the poles were made of full size trees to add to the rustic atmosphere. Our MC led an open mic roast of the bride and groom for speeches. Summer Bounce Entertainment led a variety of group dances way into the night, dancing all night until only candlelight was left.

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Megan’s Dress Search
I went to every single (not an exaggeration) dress shop in Winnipeg. I did not leave a stone unturned. I knew my “must haves” were a sheath style dress with some form of sleeves. That was my criteria. I lost count; I must have tried on at least 100 dresses in Winnipeg before visiting some family in Vancouver and decided to give dress shopping a whirl out there. My best friend had sent me a “pin” on Pinterest of Jenny Packham’s,  Esme gown. I never thought in a million years I would have a chance to try on that dress. Once I booked my flight to Vancouver I discovered one of the stores out there had the gown in stock. I went to one dress shop in Vancouver and all I could think of was just at least trying on “that dress” to see if it was as beautiful in person as it was in print. I had an appointment the next day but I could not wait, I went into Bliss Bridal and begged them to let me just try on that one dress, even without an appointment. I got the dress on  – it took me less than five seconds to cancel all the rest of my appointments in Vancouver, forget the endless amount of dresses I had tried on in my journey and say yes. It truly did feel much like a fairy tale.

I feel like “why choose this dress” does not require an explanation. I can honestly say it is truly the most beautiful dress I have ever seen, tried on and could ever imagine wearing for my wedding day.

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How Megan Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Timeless, Elegant, Gorgeous.

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Why Megan Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I have decided to sell my dress because our photographers and videographers did such an amazing job capturing our day I feel like I have every memory of the dress I want. If I do not get to sell it I would be happy to hold on to it but I would be thrilled to see another bride enjoy this gown as much as I did. I’m happy to pass along the opportunity!

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Wedding Dress:  Jenny Packham, Esme | Photography: COJO Photo, Corey & Amanda Jonasson | Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Bride’s Family Home | Cake: Cakes by Meghan  | Caterer: All Seasons Catering  | Music: Summer Bounce Entertainment, DJ Bryer and DJ Bretton | Florist: Little Flower Shop | Videography: Mindscape Studios

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Nicole + Gabriel | Monique Lhuillier Wedding from Roey Yohai Photography


Nicole + Gabriel’s November wedding in Connecticut was a rustic and elegant affair complete with a tented ceremony and a lovely barn reception.  We love the mix of romantic off white floral arrangements enveloped in beautiful green leaves and the charming cedar chuppa where today’s featured couple said their I Do’s.  Don’t miss Nicole’s Monique Lhuillier, Madison wedding dress in pink silk Gazar.  The modified trumpet shape, with hand tufted skirt and tulle underlay evokes a perfect sense of modern style but with a classic silhouette.  Enjoy!

Nicole + Gabriel | November 8, 2014 | Winvian, Morris, CT | Dress Listing: Monique Lhuillier, Madison

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The Ceremony
Our ceremony took place in a sailcloth tent on the Winvian lawn, just after sundown in November. Though it was chilly outside, the tent was heated to create a cozy and intimate environment for the ceremony. Our guests and bridal party were seated for the ceremony, so that we could share this special moment together, just with our Rabbi – who had flown out from from our synagogue in San Francisco to be with us. Our chuppah was built from white birch, a tree native to Connecticut; the state where both the wedding took place, and where the bride’s family has resided for more than 50 years. On top of our chuppah, we had a tallit (jewish prayer shawl) from Gabriel’s grandfather, and table cloth crocheted by Nicole’s maternal great-great-grandmother. It was important to us that our wedding canopy reflected the history of both of our families as we committed to sharing our futures together.

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The Reception
Our reception was in a converted barn called the Gordon Brown House. The space was naturally beautiful, so we kept decor simple with wood farm tables, low ivory bouquets and mercury glass votives. We wanted to make sure that our guests felt cared for, so we paid close attention to details, like our personalized menus for each guest. Dinner was concluded with a dessert bar, featuring a variety of pastries from Winvian’s award winning pastry chef, Jim Hutchison. While all the desserts were delicious, our favorite was our red velvet wedding cake topped with two personalized puffin birds! We finished the night with hours of dancing, some apple cider donuts and a sparkler farewell…before heading to the after party!

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Nicole’s Dress Search
I probably tried over 20 dresses over the course of two days. I loved my dress because of the warm blush color and that it made me feel glamorous but not over the top.

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How Nicole Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Comfortable, Elated and Glamorous

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Why Nicole Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I wanted to give someone else the opportunity to experience this wonderful dress!

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Wedding Dress:  Monique Lhuillier, Madison  | Photography: James Watson of Roey Yahoi Photography | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Winvian Farm | Event Planning: Stacie Shea Events | Floral Design: Hana Floral Design

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Stacey + Pat | Oscar de la Renta Wedding from Robert + Kathleen Photography


Marrying the glam touches of a black tie wedding with preppy elements, Stacey and Pat’s wedding day was full of fun, personal touches. Glittering gold and bold black details brought in a modern Hollywood feel, keeping this theme super sophisticated. The bride, who works in the fashion industry, had a lot of fun searching for her wedding dress, finally finding perfection in her Oscar de la Renta gown. We love that the ruffled, feminine dress was even duplicated in the wedding cake design, with their puggle Tate making a surprise appearance.

Stacey + Pat | August 30, 2014 | New Haven, Connecticut | Dress Listing: Oscar de la Renta, 92E25

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The Ceremony
We searched far and wide for a wedding venue and fell in love with the old world feel of the New Haven Lawn Club. As a Jewish girl, marrying an Irish guy we decided not to incorporate much religion into our ceremony, and instead paid tribute to what we both feel strongly about – traditions. We dedicated our ceremony to our grandparents, which meant more to us than any religious ceremony.

As expressed in our ceremony, “Family are the people we look like, the people we act like, and the people that teach us our values. It is these shared values of family and tradition, rooted from our grandparents that shaped us into the individuals we fell so in love with.”

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The Reception
I’ve spent most of my career in the fashion industry working at Ralph Lauren and Tiffany & Co. What I love about these companies is their long history of being timeless but finding ways to stay modern. In many ways this is what I love about Pat too. He’s an old school gentleman on one hand, but has such a passion for life, that can only be defined as modern. I adapted this concept as I came up with my vision to craft a look that would withstand time but with a modern twist. Think Gatsby meets Kate Spade.

The style for our wedding day truly reflected the two of us, combining New York glam with Connecticut prep. We kept the color palette black and white with gold accents and pops of red. We incorporated elements from our parent’s weddings by mixing a timeless look of bow ties, suspenders and top hats with modern patterns of stripes and polka dots.

Every detail had a significance behind it, which made it so much fun to plan – from Pat’s black Sperry’s and our vintage ski guest book, to the puggle peeking out of our wedding cake, and the late night snacks passed around in Mets/Yankee hats. The ruffles in my wedding dress were the inspiration behind the design of our wedding cake. We had a vintage milk glass cake stand with a base of dots and ruffles, which tied into the theme of my dress. A sketch of my dress rested next to the cake.

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Stacey’s Dress Search
By far my favorite part of the planning process was searching with my mom for the PERFECT wedding dress. We probably tried on every dress in Manhattan, and for a woman of many words, it was when my mom was finally drawn speechless that I knew we had found “the one.” My Oscar De La Renta gown had the most impeccable construction and remarkable textured ruffles and is truly the definition of haute couture. We kept the dress a secret from everyone until the day of the wedding, where we had so much fun with the big reveals!

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How Stacey Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Magical, Glamorous, Loved

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Why Stacey Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
No reason in particular! 

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Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta, 92E25 | Photography: Robert & Kathleen Photography | Ceremony + Reception Venue: New Haven Lawn Club | Cake: J. Cakes

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