Kristi + Christopher | Vera Wang Wedding from Craig Photography


Kristi + Christopher’s Pittsburgh wedding is a perfect display of classic and traditional elegance…A ceremony held in a neo-gothic cathedral with dramatic sky-high ceilings, a warm and inviting reception hosted in a historic Pittsburgh mansion and a lovely looking wedding party wearing a beautiful mix of black evening gowns and matching black suits.  Such grandeur! Don’t miss Kristi’s soft mermaid-style Vera Wang gown, Gemma.  The combination of French tulle and organza is so ethereal and feminine with a lovely bit of drama for such an elegant affair.  Enjoy!

Kristi + Christopher | August 31, 2013 | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | Dress Listing: Vera Wang, Gemma

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The Ceremony
The ceremony took place in a gorgeous neo-gothic cathedral on the University of Pittsburgh’s campus. It has sky high ceilings, beautiful stained glass and a majestic aura and was the perfect venue for our wedding. It is also located down the street from my high school so being able to showcase a neighborhood to my friends and family that has so many memories for me was really special.

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The Reception
The reception was held at the Mansions on Fifth, a restored mansion and historic structure originally built in the early 20th century. It was a great compliment to the grandeur of our ceremony.

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Kristi’s Dress Search
I was very thorough during the dress selection process, however it took me a while to identify which silhouettes looked good on my figure. I found myself attracted to dress designs I would see online and in magazines but when I tried them on the effect wasn’t the same. Also knowing our ceremony was going to be held in such a stately venue, I wanted a dress that could hold its own in the space. When I tried on Gemma I knew I had checked all these boxes. It was the one for me!

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How Kristi Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Regal, Elegant, Beautiful

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Why Kristi Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
My wedding day was so special and I never before felt so beautiful. I want another bride to be able to experience that same kind of joy.

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Wedding Dress: Vera Wang, Gemma | Photography: Craig Photography | Ceremony Venue: Heinz Chapel | Reception Venue: Mansions on Fifth | Event Planning + Floral Design: Bill Chisnell | Cake: Prantl’s Bakery

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Penelope + Brian | Reem Acra Wedding from May Carlson Photography


We are smitten with Penelope’s Reem Acra gown, Roses.  The capped sleeves detailed in pearls and Swarovski crystals is such an artful touch in an equally artful atmosphere.  Penelope + Brian combined traditional and modern venues for their special day with a Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony and a contemporary reception held at the McNay Art Museum…why yes we would love to take in the art exhibits over cocktail hour, that sounds lovely!

Penelope + Brian | August 2014 | San Antonio, Texas | Dress Listing: Reem Acra, Roses

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The Ceremony
Our beautiful ceremony was held at the St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church. It’s a historical church built in 1926 with special meaning to me because my grandfather was a founder. There were over 200 guests and two priests officiating. One of the priests was my cousin who traveled from Michigan. The ceremony was a traditional Greek ceremony comprised of The Betrothal, The Rite of Crowning, Prayers, The Crowning, The Drink from the Common Cup and the Dance of Isaiah.

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The Reception
Our reception was held at the picturesque McNay Art Museum. This place also has a special meaning to me because my uncle’s architecture firm designed it. Guests were able to browse the art gallery during cocktail hour or sit outside and enjoy drinks while listening to the Monte Vista strings performing in the beautiful Blackburn Patio. The beautiful auditorium was illuminated with purple script side wall lighting, pin lights cascading on all the tables, three classy chandeliers, and our scripted initials on the back wall behind the authentic Greek band. There was plenty of Greek food and music that began with the guests participating in the traditional Greek dancing that circled in between all of the tables. We took dancing lessons to learn how to Two Step, which paid off when we had our first dance to “When You Say Nothing At All” by Alison Krauss.

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Penelope’s Dress Search
A week after I got engaged, I flew to San Antonio because my mom found a dress she wanted me to try on. Our first stop was Nordstrom’s bridal shop followed by several small boutique stores in San Antonio. I tried on several dresses but ended up purchasing the first one, the one my mom had seen and hoped I would choose. I wanted a dress that was different and one of a kind. When I put the dress on I felt like a Greek goddess and fell in love with the sleeves that were made of beautiful Swarovski crystal and pearls. The dress was made of tulle, which was elegant and very comfortable. A must have for all the dancing at our big fat Greek wedding!

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How Penelope Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Greek goddess, Beautiful, Excited

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Why Penelope Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I felt like a princess the entire evening, so I don’t want my stunning dress to sit in our closet and never get worn again. Knowing how much weddings cost, I would love for another bride to have the opportunity to wear such a gorgeous dress that looks brand new but not have to pay retail price.  There is no need to spend your entire wedding budget on a dress. I hope to make another bride’s wedding dress dream come true!

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Wedding Dress: Reem Acra, Roses | Photography: May Carlson Photography | Ceremony Venue: St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church | Reception Venue: McNay Art Museum | Event Planner: Weddings by Diana Boucher | Floral Design: Uptown Flowers | Cake: Cakes by Cathy Young

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Leslie + Martin | Rivini Wedding from JSPStudio


Doesn’t it look like Leslie and Martin’s wedding was in some secret, tropical hotspot? And while their wedding wasn’t far off as it was held in Miami, it’s the little touches that really take us away when we look at these photos. From Leslie’s striking bouquet to their orchid and driftwood wedding pergola overlooking Biscayne Bay, this wedding took glam beach style to the next level.

Leslie + Martin  | March 2, 2013 | Miami, Florida | Dress Listing: Rivini, Rosalie

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The Ceremony
We did a non-religious ceremony but mixed elements from both of our religions/cultures. We incorporated both Catholic and Jewish elements. I said my vows in Spanish and Martin said his in English. It was very intimate.

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The Reception
When we saw the spectacular Indian Creek Country Club on the small, exclusive island of Indian Creek, we knew it had to be our wedding site. The grounds are stunning yet intimate and definitely had the “wow factor” we were looking for.

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Leslie’s Dress Search
No one believes me but I tried on one dress! It was the first dress and I knew it was the one. Having worked almost my entire life in the fashion industry, I knew I wanted a spectacular, “statement” dress that was unique from any other I had ever seen. My dress happened to be a sample that a representative from Rivini was travelling with and, as luck would have it, he happened to be in the boutique the day I came in. If I had come in a day earlier or later, I never would have seen it. I saw it and was immediately blown away. I tried it on and ordered it that day on the spot.

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How Leslie Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Gorgeous, unique and comfortable.

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Why Leslie Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
We live between the U.S. and Argentina now and are constantly on the go, so quite honestly we just don’t have the space to store it. Otherwise I would have loved to keep it.

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Wedding Dress: Rivini, Rosalie | Photography: JSPStudio | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Indian Creek Country Club | Floral Design: Parrish Designs London

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Lazaro LZ3100 | Real Brides


Lazaro LZ3100 is such a dramatic wedding dress! Waves of organza bring both fullness and lightness to the ball gown skirt, and the alencon laced bodice is accent at the natural waist with a stunningly jeweled ribbon belt. It’s perfect for the bride who wants both glamour and romance on her wedding day.

Lazaro LZ3100 retails around $5,600.  PreOwned pricing starts at $2,500.
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