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Here’s a pretty Nevada wedding with a lovely Casablanca gown that was purchased here on PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com. Lisa + Ray’s outdoor ceremony was rustic and contemporary and their I Do’s were said in the nick of time…as a flash thunderstorm hit immediately following the ceremony! Don’t miss the pretty pops of yellow wedding decor, like the string of lemons hanging from the flower arrangements at the altar, the playful use of lemon slices on the wedding cake (with an awesome ‘love’ cake topper), or my favorite: the cute canvas chevron print tote carried by an equally cute flower girl. Enjoy!
Lisa + Ray | August 9, 2014 | Reno, Nevada | Wedding Dress: Casablanca
The Ceremony Our wedding took place at an events center called The Grove at South Creek with a contemporary, rustic ambiance in Reno, Nevada. We had a non-traditional, secular ceremony for 270 guests, held outdoors during the early evening and was officiated by Ray’s father. We had our grandparents, parents, and godparents all process down the aisle, and the bride’s two year-old goddaughter was the flower girl. It was a family oriented ceremony where we wanted our loved ones to participate. We participated in a tree planting ceremony, and we plan on planting the tree in the yard of our new home in the coming months. On the day of our wedding there was a 1% chance of rain according to the weather forecast and within one minute of our wedding ceremony ending, a downpour ensued! We were really grateful to have had an indoor-outdoor venue, as well as a tent for our guests to enjoy the sudden thunderstorm.
The Reception We really wanted our reception to be guest centered, and less about us. It was such an honor to have had so many people from different facets of our lives, present for our wedding day. Most of our guests had traveled a significant distance to Reno, and we wanted our guests to have a great time from the moment they arrived at The Grove. An open bar, a buffet of delicious west coast grub, endless cake and a DJ to play non-stop really helped our guests feel accommodated and gave them the best experience. The dance floor was packed for five hours, and we don’t think our guests could’ve had a better time.
Lisa’s Dress Search I tried on one dress – the one I purchased from PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com. I knew I didn’t want to try on very many dresses, nor participate in the typical wedding dress purchasing experience. I had a pretty good idea of the type of dress I wanted, and it was just a matter of time before I found one I really loved. I chose the dress I did because I had wanted a dress that had some lace details and was unique but not too fashion forward. I wanted a dress that represented my style and was something I could dance in. The dress was also affordable, and the seller gave me a week to return it if it didn’t suit my needs.
How Lisa Felt in Her Wedding Dresses Confident, Unique, Timeless
Why Lisa Decided to Buy a PreOwned Wedding Dress I wanted to buy a pre-owned dress for many reasons, but the main reason being cost. I find it hard to justify a purchase of several thousand dollars for a dress that I will wear one time. Buying a pre-owned wedding dress is also more eco-friendly than purchasing a new one. I would recommend buying a pre-owned dress to anyone!
There is so much to love about this charming wedding. From the intimate setting, to the beautiful decor (styled by the bride!) to the wedding dress that was beyond meant to be, this wedding is brimming with inspiration. But what we love most is a bride and groom so clearly in love and and happy to celebrate their Day with family and friends.
It was simple, potent and profound. We chose to have a Blessing Ceremony held by a friend and teacher we hold close to our hearts. A special moment was when Keith and I were looking into each others eyes, we were ever present and committed to the moment as we came together; at which point several of our guests mentioned that they could feel the love between us permeating the room and touching their hearts.
Our Reception was a combination of two of our favorite things, good food and good people. It was heaven on earth (or at least it felt like it). Our caterers Field & Fork delivered excellent seamless service to all of our guests, which helped Keith and I stay focused on our guests and our impending speeches. I styled the tables with vintage lace, unique vintage copper frames (with photos from our engagement photo-shoot), large vintage troughs with flowers pouring over, small jars filled with flowers that we too small to go in the boutiques, Keith’s old dj records which were hand painted with copper paint to tie in with the other details, along with our gift to everyone which was a piece of art that I designed to compliment the colours of the wedding, that I individually stamped with our wedding date, initials and hand wrapped with paper and twine. It pulled together the whimsical, romantic, boho look we were looking to create.
Kyla’s Dress Search
I started my dress dreaming process on-line, which is where I first came across Claire Pettibone’s ‘Genevieve’ and thought if I could have any dress in the world I would choose that one! (when I discovered how much it was I continued my search in hopes of a cheaper alternative).
I went onto Claire Pettibone’s website and saw that Leonie Claire Bridal in Brighton would be holding a Claire Pettibone’s Trunk Show! I couldn’t believe it. When I arrived at Leonie Claire Bridal Boutique in Brighton, Leonie (aka the bride whisperer & owner of the boutique) let me walk around to begin selecting the dresses I wanted to try on, however, I only had eyes for Claire’s pieces. She started to remove each dress I had chosen off the rail, as she came to take Genevieve off the rail I started to cry- yep cry (!) When I put Genevieve on it was as if everything made sense, the wedding, me, it was the ONE! Eek! At a loss of how to extend a £1,500 – £1,800 budget to £4,310 wasn’t the biggest challenge, it was how to tell my soon-to-be husband that I was willing to pay over £4,000 dress I was only going to wear once! Saying this I had absolutely NO idea how I was going to make it happen?!
So I did it, I took a leap of faith and trusted that the abundance would come in and that I would be provided for because in my heart I knew it was the ONE – and to my surprise it did!
How She Felt In Her Wedding Dress
At-one-with-myself, Blessed, A Queen
Why Kyla’s selling her wedding dress:
To be honest I never thought I would be able to bring myself to sell it. But then I realised that a dress this beautiful deserves to be worn time and time again, in a sense it feels like that’s why it has been designed, to radiate it’s beauty, to allow others to enhance their beauty through wearing it. So I have now arrived at feeling that it would be wrong to keep it, knowing that someone else could receive as much pleasure, joy and compliments as I have wearing it!
Don’t you just love long sleeved wedding gowns? They are demure, romantic and just so feminine. Before Kate Middleton’s Alexander McQueen gown, brides had few long sleeved wedding dress choices. But today, there are so many pretty options available. Here are just a few of our favorite PreOwned choices.
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