Does any fabric say bridal quite like lace? Every since Princess Kate wowed the world with her Alexander McQueen gown, brides everywhere have a fallen in love with lace. Lace is elegant, feminine and ultra-romantic. It’s perfect for the bride who wants a beautiful timeless look on her wedding day.
Here are some of our favorite PreOwned lace wedding dresses currently listed for sale.
Attention all Pinterest lovers, today’s Real Wedding is perfectly pin-worthy! This is an amazing wine country wedding, with the most stunning photography, gorgeous setting and a beautiful Claire Pettibone wedding gown, called Chantilly. I’m in love! It is so apparent how much meaningful thought went into Leigh + Joey’s special day…Joey took charge of arranging and writing the entire wedding ceremony, and Leigh made sure to take her time finding the perfect gown for the wedding (8 boutiques and 80 dresses later!). And of course, it’s a safe bet that you’ve found ‘the dress’ when Claire Pettibone herself is there to assist with the process. Swoon!!!
The Ceremony We were married May 31, 2014 at Campovida in Hopland, CA. Campovida is an organic farm and vineyard located just north of Sonoma along the Russian River and is the perfect setting for a wine country wedding.The ceremony was held under a canopy of grape vines known as the Learning Arbor, named for the fact that each row highlights a different varietal. My husband took the lead and wrote the entire ceremony – he worked with the officiant, a good friend of ours, to create a unique and personal celebration that included numerous readings, a wine ceremony, and vows that we each wrote privately and read aloud in front of all our loved ones.
The Reception Following the ceremony, guests continued into the property’s organic garden for cocktail hour where they sipped on our signature cocktails (Moscow Mule and Blackberry Old Fashioned) while snacking on appetizers and listening to a jazz duo. After making their way through the fruit and vegetable garden, guests entered the Tuscan Garden, enjoying dinner at long Calistoga tables under a wisteria and vine covered trellis. We were adamant that the food had to be fantastic and were not disappointed with the brilliance of our caterer and pastry chef, both of whom created custom menus highlighting our favorite foods. Guests were treated to perfectly cooked filet, miso-glazed black cod and multiple desserts including brown butter almond cake with salted caramel butter cream. The band and photo booth got everyone on their feet as we celebrated and danced under the stars.
Leigh’s Dress Search Choosing the dress was definitely the most difficult decision for me. I knew exactly what I didn’t want but not so much what I did want. I probably went to 8 different places and tried on 10 at each – everyone told me that was too much but I just wasn’t ready to make a decision and I’m so glad I didn’t rush into anything. I had my eye on Claire Pettibone gowns from the beginning and absolutely loved Chantilly when I first tried it on but had another dress on my mind, too. I got the opinion of anyone who would listen: my family, my husband (yes, he saw the dress ahead of time!), friends, coworkers, friendly strangers! Chantilly was the clear winner and when I went back to the salon in Beverly Hills to try it on one more time, Claire herself was there assisting me and it just felt right.
How Leigh Felt in Her Wedding Dress Elegant, Sexy, Romantic
Why Leigh Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress I originally looked to buy used but I am 5’8″ and struggled to find a dress that hadn’t been hemmed. I ended up buying new and absolutely loved my dress and how I felt in it. If I can help make someone else’s wedding the day they always dreamed of, I would be honored to do so. Also, I’m in graduate school – there are better uses for my money than keeping a dress for decades that will never be worn again.
It may come as no surprise that Hayley Paige, one of the freshest bridal labels in the market today, is run by one of the youngest designers in the business. In her mid-20s, Hayley Gutman stepped into the role of head designer at Hayley Paige at JLM Couture, creating the flirty, feminine wedding gowns the label is now known for.
Before striking it out on her own, Hayley designed dresses for some of the biggest names in the wedding world, including Melissa Sweet and Marchesa for Priscilla of Boston. Hayley has stated she knew she wanted to be a wedding dress designer from a very young age, and still approaches wedding dresses with a sense of wonder. It’s clear she has a love for that classic fairytale princess look, one that appeals to many brides.
Hayley Paige wedding dresses are modern and feminine at the same time, while showcasing the fun side of bridal: quirky and charming details. A-line shapes with high-low tiered and flounced skirts are a signature look.
The gowns often appear quite traditional, but include whimsical options like mix and match tops and skirts, removable peplums and boleros, all of which allow the bride to individualize her dress. The 2014 collection has some daring looks not commonly seen in the wedding world. “Dori,” for example, is a gown with an option for a crystal-encrusted crop top, perfect for fashion-forward brides-to-be.
Despite their refined look, vintage-inspired beading provides a little glitz and glam. These touches are combined with unusual materials and trims such as moonstone, cashmere and horsehair. Unconventional stripes and layering keep Hayley Paige wedding dresses flirty and fun, and the pretty but polished gowns lean more towards sweet, rather than sultry or sexy.
For brides who are budget conscious but love the Hayley Paige style, you will be happy to know the designer also creates dresses in the more affordable Jim Hjelm Blush line.
A Hayley Paige wedding dress is perfect for the stylish bride who wants to exude youth and innocence on her wedding day and still have fun without straying far from the classic wedding dress look. The dresses are flexible and would suit a variety of venues, including lofts, museums and churches. If you are adventurous, confident and vibrant, you should definitely consider the playful wedding dresses in the Hayley Paige collection!
Timeless romance. Now part of Vera Wang Classics, the Eliza gown is a work of art. The bodice is made with chantilly and alencon lace appliqués and the ballgown skirt is created with organza inserts tucked and pleated to give delicate fullness. The result is an ethereal and romantic gown that’s beautifully feminine and quintessentially bridal.
Vera Wang Eliza retails at over $10,000. PreOwned pricing starts at $2500.
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