Kate + Robb | Lazaro Wedding from Colin Lyons Photography


We are abuzz here over Kate and Robb’s gorgeous Chicago wedding. Their architectural bridal portraits against the background of the Nature Boardwalk structure are breathtaking, aren’t they? The rest of the wedding is just as beautiful, with a palette of soft mint and baby pinks, accented with stunning chandeliers for the perfect mix of urban and vintage.

Kate + Robb | May 18, 2014 | Chicago, Illinois | Dress Listing: Lazaro, 3818

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The Ceremony
Galleria Marchetti is located in a beautiful garden tucked away in the middle of downtown Chicago. I felt very at ease during the ceremony because a judge who had been my boss for over 5 years married Robb and I, making it much more personal. 

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The Reception
Our reception was at the same venue as our ceremony, but in a brand new white tent with draping curtains in the middle of the garden, with crystal sconces and chandeliers to accent it. We chose the venue because it used to be an Italian restaurant featuring a large outdoor garden, which is pretty rare to find in the city, and I would dine there with my parents when I was younger so it had special meaning to me. I was going for a soft and romantic theme for the wedding. A variety of pink flowers accented the light sage green and ivory colors seen throughout the décor.  

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Kate’s Dress Search
I probably tried on about 20 dresses before I found “the one.” I’m not a crier, and was pretty apathetic with all of the other dresses I’d tried on prior. This one was so gorgeously designed I had tears down my face when I looked at it on myself.

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How Kate Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Romantic, elegant, extraordinary.

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Why Kate Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
There was a girl who saw me try on my dress and asked to try it on after me, she loved it too but sadly had to put it back due to the cost. I would love someone else in the same position to be able to have it.

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Wedding Dress: Lazaro, 3818 | Photography: Colin Lyons Photography | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Galleria Marchetti | Wedding Planner: Onsite from Galleria Marchetti | Floral Design: Fragrant Design | Cake: Alliance Bakery

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Maia + Mike | Monique Lhuillier Wedding from Steve Koo Photography


There is a wonderful sincerity about Maia + Mike’s Chicago wedding.  I love the eclectic surroundings at the Cafe Brauer in the Lincoln Park Zoo and this couple’s ‘first look’ photo montage is super sweet!  Don’t miss Maia’s beautiful Monique Lhuillier wedding gown, aptly named Promise.  This a-line dress has an equally sincere quality to it…made of silk and lace in shades of ivory with delicate and feminine lace straps – perfect!

Maia + Mike | May 24, 2014 | Cafe Brauer, Chicago, IL | Dress Listing:  Monique Lhuillier, Promise

The Ceremony
Our ceremony and reception were both held at Cafe Brauer in the Lincoln Park Zoo. This allowed us to have the outdoor wedding we dreamed off on the Loggia and then move indoors for the reception. The ceremony itself combined elements of Jewish and Lutheran tradition. We had the moms light a unity candle as a remembrance/memorial, incorporated a beautiful lace chuppah, signed an interfaith kettubah, and broke a glass (actually a light bulb) at the end. Everyone asked if I cried but actually it was my husband who cried! We also took 15 minutes after the ceremony, per Jewish tradition. Apparently, it was originally to consummate the wedding but it was a nice chance to take a breath before the ceremony and recognize together that we had finally tied the knot! We were actually up on a balcony behind a pillar so we could see the guests but they couldn’t see us, which was really fun.

The Reception
The reception was held in the main room of Cafe Brauer, which is this gorgeous Arts and Crafts style building that at one time was actually used for park storage! We used long tables and while we had a fantastic 5-piece band the emphasis was on the dining experience and the 5-course tasting menu we had planned out and which emphasized local, seasonal ingredients. Since our names both start with M we had little tins of M&Ms as party favors which we customized with the wedding date and colors. We made sure that guests didn’t walk away hungry although despite the intermezzo of lemon basil sorbet, the candy/popcorn table, and the dessert table with three types of mini cupcakes, we ran out! The caterers literally told us they had no more desserts in the back! We skipped a cake in favor of a sweets and candy table although we did have a small cutting cake and a birthday cake for one of the bridesmaids.

Maia’s Dress Search
I can’t remember exactly how many dresses I tried on, but probably close to 10 or 12. It was more about finding something I liked then finding ‘The One’. The one thing I had wanted was straps or sleeves. But the salons assured me that any of the dresses I tried on could incorporate sleeves, which made it more complicated when choosing. I wanted something that was an A-line without being a meringue and that still allowed me to use the bathroom without assistance. Ultimately, I picked the one I did because I could see that all the elements were there and that I could make the appropriate alterations to it to make it exactly what I wanted. I was sort of in a hurry when I picked it too because I was leaving right after and knew I wouldn’t have a lot of time to find anything after that. So I really only had a weekend to get it all done. The process itself was uncomplicated although I remember being disappointed because they didn’t offer us champagne like in Bridesmaids or even allow us to take pictures! I had to go on PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com to find a picture of an actual person wearing the dresses I was thinking about! I also looked a lot on PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com and really wanted to purchase a previously worn dress but wasn’t able to find anything in the exact style and size that I wanted.

How Maia Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Comfortable, Timeless and Elegant.

Why Maia Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
As much as I wish there was an occasion I could wear it to again, there isn’t. Especially after telling everyone else not to wear white to my wedding! I don’t have a romantic gene (the one time my husband tried to do something spontaneous and romantic I started laughing) and the practicality of needing to store it for years upon years also seems a bit senseless. I also believe in reducing, reusing, and recycling and did that with my bridesmaids’ bouquets as well, using them as centerpieces for the head table. I truly hope that whoever buys this dress enjoys it as much as I did and is able to pass it on to someone else. A wedding dress should be worn more than once.

Wedding Dress:  Monique Lhuillier, Promise | Photography: Steve Koo Photography | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Cafe Brauer | Event Planning: Clementine Custom Events | Floral Design: Revel Décor | Cake: Limelight Catering

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Reem Acra Angel Hair | Luxe for Less


Talk about romantic!  Reem Acra’s Angel Hair dress is simply divine.  Created in silk charmeuse the dress almost floats.  The elegant twist draped bodice and gorgeous beaded sleeves make this dress truly beautiful.

Reem Acra Angel Hair retails at $5000. PreOwned pricing starts at $2800. Similarly styled Martina Liana 520 retails at $2100.  PreOwned pricing starts at $1500.

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Sarah + Jon | Ulla-Maija Wedding from Preston Ultey Photography


You can almost smell the fresh mountain air when looking at the photos of Sarah and Jon’s Vail wedding. Although the spring weather wasn’t what they had hoped for their outdoor ceremony, a post-snow walk through the woods captured the romance of the forest for their wedding portraits. Didn’t Sarah’s lace Ulla-Maija wedding gown look absolutely stunning in the natural setting? A perfect choice!

Sarah + Jon | May 10, 2014 | Vail, Colorado | Dress Listing: Ulla-Maija, Lyon

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The Ceremony
We hoped to have our ceremony outside, but knew it was a gamble in early May in the Rockies. Sure enough, it rained and snowed all weekend, and we were so relieved we had the weather backup! Our ceremony was in a ballroom at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa and it was gorgeous. We had an Aspen tree chuppah (courtesy of Vintage Magnolia) and the staff at the Marriott made the ballroom a spectacular setting, second only to being outdoors mountainside! 

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The Reception
Our reception was at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, which is a stunning building owned and operated by the Town of Vail. Our reception was understated, with minimal flowers and tons of tea lights for natural lighting. The gorgeous architecture of the Donovan Pavilion doesn’t need any dressing up at all! 

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Sarah’s Dress Search
I tried on maybe a dozen dresses at three different shops, and the Ulla-Maja Lyon was perfect from the moment I tried it on. The way the dress hung on me – so weightlessly and naturally – and the way I felt comfortable and un-constricted in it made it the perfect pick for me.  

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How Sarah Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Elegant. Classic. Comfortable. 

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Why Sarah Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I loved the dress and realized that it would bring more joy to another bride than it could ever generate sitting in a closet. I wish I had been one of the savvy brides out there who are considering a pre-owned wedding dress, knowing what an amazing deal they can get for the dress of their dreams! 

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Wedding Dress: Ulla-Maija, Lyon | Photography: Preston Ultey Photography | Ceremony Venue: Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa | Reception Venue: Donovan Pavilion | Floral Design: Vintage Magnolia

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