Laura + Edward | Naeem Khan Wedding from Jose Villa Photography

 

In the words of today’s featured bride, Laura + Edward’s wedding in Ojai Valley, California was ‘simple, elegant and romantic’.  We love the off-white florals, enchanting leafy greenery, the beautiful wedding cake topped with peaches and peonies…and our favorite, Laura’s romantic Naeem Khan, Portofino wedding dress.  And we totally agree with you Laura, the delicate details of this gown are just breathtaking!

Laura + Edward | April 18, 2015 | Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, Ojai, California | Dress Listing: Naeem Khan, Portofino

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The Ceremony
We were married under a gorgeous old oak tree, a beautiful floral chuppah with lanterns and flowers lining the aisles.  It was a very sentimental and traditional ceremony, we wrote our own vows and a life long family friend officiated.

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The Reception
Our simple, elegant and romantic theme continued from the ceremony to the reception.  But the reception was also wild and fun. We had a 10 piece band that was outstanding and they set the mood for a high energy party.

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Laura’s Dress Search
I must have tried on over 60 dresses in both NYC and LA.  When I tried on this Naeem Khan, Portofino gown, it lit up the room.  It outshone all the others.  The fit was absolutely perfect, I barely had to do any alterations.  And it fit my personality to a T – simple silhouette, romantic sweetheart neckline and flow of the gown, and the sparkly excitement from the embellishment, but done so subtly that it just whispers.  And best of all, it was comfortable!

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How Laura Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Gorgeous, Elegant, Myself

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Why Laura Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I know I won’t wear it again and I want someone else to enjoy it.  I felt so lucky and hope to pass that along to the next owner of the dress.

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Photography: Jose Villa  | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa | Event Planning: La Fleur Weddings + Events | Floral Design: Fiore Designs  | Cake: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

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Amy + Brian | Oscar de la Renta Wedding from Ira Lippke Studios

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For those of you hoping to achieve a couple different looks for your ceremony, reception and a night of dancing, today’s featured bride is a wonderful source of inspiration! Amy + Brian’s traditional Catholic church ceremony was the perfect setting for a beautiful shoulder swept lace bolero and satin sash. While at the couple’s Metropolitan Club reception complete with marble walls, chandeliers, gorgeous glass wear and candle light…Amy went for a sleek and fun, hair down, strapless look in the same Oscar de la Renta lace wedding gown.  We love that Amy managed to make a brief appearance in her traditional Korean wedding Hanbok too.  Perfect!

Amy + Brian | March 22, 2014 | Metropolitan Club, New York | Dress Listing: Oscar de la Renta

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The Ceremony
We had a traditional church ceremony at an Episcopal church on Madison Avenue and we didn’t do a “first look” before the ceremony so the walk down the aisle was the first time we were seeing each other on the wedding day.  We had the church choir, organist and a string quartet that made the ceremony sound amazing.  We loved the traditional aspect of the church wedding.

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The Reception
Our reception was at the Metropolitan Club, where we held the cocktail hour in the grand foyer with the large fireplace.  The guests were ushered to the third floor ballroom where we all had dinner and dancing where the entire room was lit by candles and decorated with orchids.  Our favorite part of the reception was the amazing band, the antiqued mirror dance floor and some amazing toasts from our bridal party.  We served chocolate milk shake shots, and had boxes of pizza delivered from the local pizzeria down the block, served with beer straight out of the bottle as a late night snack.

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Amy’s Dress Search
I tried on about 15-20 dresses with my friends and family.  I ended up stopping by an Oscar trunk show at Saks alone, and bought it on the spot.

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How Amy Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Classic, Modern, Chic

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Why Amy Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I love my dress and I thought I would want to keep it forever as a keepsake for my daughters down the line.  But I realized that everyone has their own unique taste and I don’t want to see this gorgeous dress sitting in my closet for years and years.  Someone else should enjoy this gorgeous piece.

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Photography: Joanna Toto for Ira Lippke Studios | Ceremony Venue: Church of the Incarnation | Reception Venue: The Metropolitan Club | Event Planning: Fete NY | Floral Design: Fete NY | Cake: Lady M Confections

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Alexandra + Jonathan | Rivini Wedding from Jill Doty Photography

 

Long before the wedding vows and first dances, there are meetings and first kisses. For Alexandra and Jonathan, what brought them even closer was a health scare for Alexandra. This couple certainly had a lot to celebrate at their wedding, which they pulled off with sophisticated style. Fluffy pink florals, classic candlelit ambience and their closest friends and family made this romantic wedding most memorable indeed. Alexandra’s A-line Rivini wedding dress was a stunning addition, perfectly suited for the occasion and for her glowing smile.

Alexandra + Jonathan | August 9, 2014 | Atlanta, Georgia | Dress Listing: Rivini

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The Ceremony
Jonathan and I met on October 15, 2011 volunteering at the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes in Atlanta’s Centennial Park. We started dating shortly thereafter. On February 2, 2012, I had a seizure while at dinner and was diagnosed with stage three brain cancer two days later. Jonathan was there for my craniotomy, drove me to daily radiation and sat by my side through each round of chemotherapy. He provided so much joy, laughter and love through such a difficult time. After nine months of treatment and a year of utter bliss, we got engaged in Atlanta on November 21, 2013. He’s truly my best friend and love of my life. We’re so blessed to have found one another!

Our ceremony was at Druid Hills Presbyterian Church. I fell in love with the church’s stunning stained glass windows that let in so much light. It has such a clean, yet traditional, look with hardwood floors, pews and unbelievable stained oak ceiling. The bridal suite was enormous! The entire bridal party was able to get ready on-location. The staff was so nice and accommodating. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to get married there.
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The Reception
Our reception was at Summerour Studio. We went with a modern-romantic vibe. I wanted a very clean look with lots of candles and fluffy white flowers. We focused the entire layout around the dancefloor because we wanted our wedding to be a celebration with all of our dearest family and friends.

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Alexandra’s Dress Search
I tried on about four dresses at one bridal salon. I fell in love with my dress because it looked like a cloud. It was so light and delicate with a cinched in waist.

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How Alexandra Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Beautiful, dreamlike and like a Disney princess.

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Why Alexandra Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I didn’t want such an incredible dress to sit in storage for 50 years. I want another bride to get to experience the same joy I felt on my wedding day.

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Wedding Dress:Rivini | Photography: Jill Doty Photography | Ceremony Venue: Druid Hills Presbyterian Church | Reception Venue: Summerour Studio | Wedding Planner: Chancey Charm Weddings | Floral Design: Bold American Events | Cake: Bold American Catering | Band: A-Town A-List | String Quartet: Piedmont Strings | Photobooth: Famous William | Videography: Carlisle Videography

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Annika + Justin | Danielle Caprese Wedding from Dubrovnik Weddings

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Complete with a romantic Mediterranean backdrop and a beautiful Danielle Caprese wedding dress, today’s featured destination wedding comes to us from the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia.   We love the eye-catching beaded neckline and low back of Danielle’s gown…and the form fitting lace and chapel train are breathtaking.  Congrats Annika + Justin on your recent nuptials and thanks for sharing!

Annika + Justin | September 11, 2014 | Dubrovnik, Croatia | Dress Listing: Danielle Caprese, 1130445

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The Ceremony
Justin is from Australia and I am from Finland and we met in New York where we started a life together. We wanted a destination wedding, since all of our friends and family live in different parts of the world, and we liked the idea of everyone traveling and spending some time in a beautiful place together. We picked Dubrovnik, Croatia, because it was a destination neither of us had been to before, which looked stunning and a bit less of a “typical” wedding destination than say Italy or France. After looking at a number of different venues together with the wedding planners, we decided to hold the wedding at the gorgeous Palm Terrace at Hotel Excelsior, overlooking the old town of Dubrovnik.

There were about 90 people who attended the wedding. The ceremony was very personal, we wrote and read our own vows, and added little touches like a rose ceremony where roses were given to the mothers of the bride and groom, a grandmother and an auntie. Friends of the bride and groom performed a song that had been a part of Justin’s proposal video to Annika.

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The Reception
After the ceremony, we walked over to the little harbor in Dubrovnik with our wedding guests, where we boarded a boat and had champagne together for a couple hours. After that, the guests walked back to Hotel Excelsior where hors d’ouvres were served along with drinks, and photos were taken, before the start of the official dinner reception. At the dinner reception, eight speeches were held and there were some games, delicious food, wedding dance, bouquet throwing, wedding cake, and later an after party at a centrally located, popular club.

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Annika’s Dress Search
I tried on about 30 dresses before the wedding. The dress I picked, however, was the FIRST dress I tried on, at Kleinfeld’s in New York. My girlfriends and I all agreed that nothing else compared to this dress, which was exactly what I was looking for, and more! I knew I wanted a fitted dress in lace, with a low-cut back, and on top of that, this one had beautiful sparkly details around the neck and back line. It literally took my breath away!

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How Annika Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Radiant, Confident and Unique

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Why Annika Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I had such a beautiful and special wedding in this incredible dress…I would love to be able to pass on that feeling to someone else.

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Photography: Dubrovnik Weddings | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Palm Terrace at Hotel Excelsior, Adriatic Luxury Hotels | Event Planning, Flowers + Cake Design: Dubrovnik Weddings

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