Sarah + Gehrig | Winnie Couture Wedding from Marinkovich Weddings


The Croatian coast is incredible; it’s no wonder Sarah and Gehrig decided to host their week-long wedding there. In another great choice, Sarah’s tiered, scalloped custom Winnie Couture wedding gown was perfect against the backdrop of the ocean and rocks. Such romantic sophistication — this European destination wedding will have you swooning.

Sarah + Gehrig | June 23, 2014 | Dubrovnik, Croatia | Dress Listing: Winnie Couture, Custom

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The Ceremony
Our intimate ceremony was on the cliffs of the Hotel Palace Dubrovnik overlooking the Adriatic Sea and Dalmation Islands. When Gehrig and I got engaged, my parents gave us a budget and told us we could use it however we wanted. As a current 4th year medical student, my first instinct was to pocket the cash for a down payment on a house and elope just the two of us.

However, the more we discussed things, the more we wanted to be able to share this exciting time with our friends and family. Last year, my brother was diagnosed with metastatic thyroid cancer for the second time in two years, While the idea of planning a big wedding seemed overwhelming, the thought of planning a weeklong vacation somewhere beautiful for the people we love the most sounded a lot more fun.

Gehrig and I are both avid travellers and visited several countries over the past few years. However, I had been to Croatia a few years before we met and had been dying to return. Between the Dalmation Islands sprinkled along the coastline, wild peacocks, stunning turquoise water and seamless blend of Old World architecture with modern night life, to me, Croatia was nothing short of magical. After discussing our thoughts with friends and family, we decided that spending a week sailing the islands, celebrating our wedding, several birthdays and a 40-year anniversary, was the perfect way to kickstart our life together.

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The Reception
The week was filled with more love, laughter, tender moments and heartfelt stories than we could have hoped for. Upon seeing our photos, a friend who wasn’t able to attend the wedding remarked, “‪Sarah and ‪Gehrig – it was like Christmas in July this morning finally getting to see all these gorgeous photos capturing your incredible wedding! My favorite part wasn’t the epic setting, the pictorial-esque composition of each frame, or the dramatic beauty of either the bride or the Croatian coastline…it was that I could see how insanely HAPPY both of you were on this day, surrounded by everyone you love. Such joy, such love!”

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Sarah’s Dress Search
This dress was the first one I tried on. Originally, I was going for a completely different style and silhouette but as soon as I put it on, I fell in love with the delicate detail and cascading skirt. I thought it would add the perfect amount of contrast to the jagged rocks of the ceremony’s backdrop. 

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How Sarah Felt in Her Wedding Dress
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Why Sarah Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I think beautiful things are meant to be worn and appreciated. Since I don’t think I’ll be wearing the dress again, I want someone else to be able to enjoy all the time and craftsmanship that went into making this gown in the first place.

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Wedding Dress: Winnie Couture, Custom | Photography: Marinkovich Weddings | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Hotel Palace Dubrovnik | Floral Design: PatRea Flower Design | Cake: Hotel Palace Dubrovnik

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Daphne + Graeme | Vera Wang Wedding from Limeleaf Weddings


Sometimes wedding photos will just take you away, as is the case with Daphne and Graeme’s modern-glam wedding. The reception featured centerpieces exploding with roses and crystals, flickering candlelight and a dramatic fireworks display. Daphne said it was love at first sight when she tried her Vera Wang gown on, and after seeing these photos it’s hard to imagine she ever had another dress in mind. This wedding is pure sophisticated perfection.

Daphne + Graeme | June 14, 2014 | Wirral, United Kingdom | Dress Listing: Vera Wang, Lark

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The Ceremony
Our ceremony was a civil marriage ceremony performed in the idyllic surroundings of the Great Hall within Hillbark Hotel, Wirral. The elegance of the surroundings was a perfect complement to the intimate, warm and joyous atmosphere of the ceremony.

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The Reception
The reception was within the same venue as the ceremony and allowed a seamless transition into an afternoon and evening of black tie and ball gown. My dress made an exquisitely simple transformation for the evening’s celebration.

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Daphne’s Dress Search
I tried three dresses at Brown’s Bridal in London followed by three dresses at Vera Wang. I was not pleased with the alterations of my initial selection and therefore changed the dress two weeks prior to the wedding day!! When faced with the dilemma I was devastated. However as soon as I stepped into my Lark wedding dress I knew that it was “The One” as I felt like a true princess.  

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How Daphne Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Elegant, Beautiful and Dreamlike

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Why Daphne Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
Knowing I would never use it again in its existing form I hope to purchase a lasting piece of jewelry with the sale proceeds. One that I could cherish as a constant reminder of how wonderful the dress and the day was.

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Wedding Dress: Vera Wang, Lark | Photography: Limeleaf Wedding Photography | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Hillbark Hotel & Spa | Floral Design: Redfloral Design | Cake: Cakes2Remember | Videography: Philip White Weddings

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Designer Profile: Claire Pettibone


Are you a bride with vintage romance on her mind? Claire Pettibone may be the dream wedding designer for you. This designer started her career creating ultra-pretty lingerie, but found herself enchanted by wedding dresses. Looking at her elegant lingerie and fantastic wedding dresses side-by-side, you would see there is a lot more in common than you might think!

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Claire Pettibone Brigitte

Pettibone’s style is most easily seen in the first wedding dress she ever designed. “Kristene,” so named for the friend she designed it for, has all the details that would later become Pettibone signatures. English lace, tiered layers and touches of fringe; an illusion back with perfect little cap sleeves and a whimsical heart-shaped train are featured.

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Kristene (and most of the dresses designed since) are nostalgic, with a touch of bohemian style. Since launching her bridal line in 2005, Pettibone has been designing her enchantingly romantic wedding dresses in this style.

You will not find any ball gown shapes here. Instead, tulle and sheer voile fabric create gauzy layers and a dreamy feeling on A-line and sheath silhouettes. Ribbons and sashes soften the dresses and create flowing, romantic movement.

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A Pettibone design looks like an heirloom wedding dress, but has a much more modern shape. Yet these dresses would fit right in on the set of Downton Abbey or Jane Austen film.

Much like that first wedding dress she designed, antique lace and soft embellishments still figure highly in each collection. Also in starring roles are long rows of Victorian-style buttons, sleeves, and elaborate embroidery. These detailed touches of vintage glamour perfect the already beautiful dresses.

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Beautiful from every angle, Claire Pettibone designs often feature an intricately embroidered back, heavily inspired by nature with flowers, foliage, fruit and animals appearing.

If you are an artistic bride planning a romantic garden or vineyard wedding and would like a vintage gown while retaining your own sense of style, a Claire Pettibone wedding dress may be the perfect choice. Graceful, feminine brides who find romance in the past will also love these highly creative wedding dresses.

Claire Pettibone Mademoiselle
Claire Pettibone Mademoiselle

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Tatyana + Michael | Romona Keveza Wedding from Readyluck Photography


The combination of old world tradition and contemporary wedding style at Tatyana’s marriage to Michael is unforgettable. A historic American city hosted their nuptials in an event that included touches of nostalgia like Russian matroshyka dolls and glamorous tablescapes. Tatyana’s stunning mermaid Romona Keveza wedding gown was the perfect finishing touch!

Tatyana + Michael | May 24, 2014 | Washington, D.C. | Dress Listing: Romona Keveza, RK533

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The Ceremony
The wedding was on May 24, 2014, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC. Both the ceremony and the reception were held at the Mayflower. There is something special about getting married in our nation’s Capitol, especially at such an amazing venue with so much history. The Mayflower was the venue for multiple presidential inauguration balls. We had a Jewish ceremony in the Chinese Room. DaVinci Florist designed a beautiful round wedding canopy which was set up in the middle of the room right under a big chandelier. The guest seating was set up in the round, so all our friends and family surrounded us on all sides. Of course no Jewish wedding ceremony is complete without the groom stomping on a glass.  

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The Reception
Our reception was in the Grand Ballroom of the Mayflower. The best decision we made about our wedding, besides buying my beautiful wedding dress, was hiring an amazing band. Our band really kept the party going and made sure all the guests were up and dancing. For our first dance, Michael and I prepared a choreographed routine to a medley of three different songs, including a national Russian song. The band learned the Russian song and played it live while we danced; our guests were shocked! Our wedding favors were Russian nesting dolls, matryoshkas. Our cake toppers were also matryoshkas that were custom made to look like us, and they were placed on top of our Russian-themed wedding cake. To go along with the Russian theme, instead of a champagne toast, we handed out shots of vodka to our guests. After dancing the night away, we continued the festivities at a nearby Russian bar, Mari Vanna.  

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Tatyana’s Dress Search
I tried on many many wedding dresses and actually ended up buying two dresses. At first I was trying to save money, so I settled on an inexpensive dress from a local bridal shop. I kept having second thoughts about the dress, I just did not think it was special enough. So I made an appointment at Saks Jandel during their Romona Keveza trunk show. Wow, these dresses were on another level. I loved a few of the dresses I tried on, but my dress was the most unique one I had ever seen. It had the sexy mermaid silhouette as well as a full organza ballgown over-skirt: two dresses in one. I loved everything about the dress, so I knew I had to get it. The little guilt I had about buying a second dress melted away after I realized how great I felt in the Romona Keveza dress.

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How Tatyana Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Sexy, stunning, unique.

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Why Tatyana Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I decided to sell the wedding dress because it is just too beautiful and one of a kind to be put into a box and never taken out again.

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Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza, RK533 | Photography: Shane Carpenter, Readyluck | Ceremony Venue: Chinese Room, The Mayflower Hotel | Reception Venue: Grand Ballroom, The Mayflower Hotel | Floral Design: DaVinci | Cake: Patisserie Poupon

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