Jenna + Barry | Rivini Wedding from Caroline Joy Photograph


These pair of lovebirds traveled from Scotland to marry at a rustic Texas destination wedding!  His and hers cocktails, a completely organic menu and a dessert table pleased Jenna and Barry’s wedding guests inside the barn. Touches of the couple’s Scottish heritage were infused throughout: lavender, kilts, bagpipers and Proclaimers song quotes. So delightful!

Jenna + Barry | May 2, 2013 | Austin, Texas | Dress Listing: Rivini, Balia

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The Ceremony
Our ceremony was an intimate outdoor one on the lawn of the Barr Mansion in front of the rose garden at twilight. We had 50 guests: the majority flew in for the wedding from Scotland, England, Canada and out of state.

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The Reception
Cocktails, dinner and dancing were held inside the Barr Mansion’s converted barn. The venue is the first certified organic venue in the country. The cocktail reception was initially supposed to be held in the Barr Mansion’s gorgeous outdoor courtyard however the weather was unseasonably windy and cool so the entire reception was moved inside the barn. The space was decorated by The Nouveau Romantics (who also did the flowers) to be a mid-summers dream filled with flowers and candles.

We served ‘his’ and ‘hers’ cocktails (Jack Daniels & Coke and pomegranate margaritas respectively) followed by passed hot appetizers and an organic three-course sit down dinner on a large banquet table that sat all 50 of our guests. The dessert table was set up on the ‘stage’ area with our chocolate wedding cake with salted caramel filling and vanilla buttercream taking center place. There were multiple options of organic handmade mini desserts from both Barr Mansion and Whole Foods bakery. Music played all night & we were piped in and out of our wedding by bagpipes played by a close family friend who flew all the way from Scotland.

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Jenna’s Dress Search
I tried on about 10 dresses total and I chose my dress because I hadn’t seen anything like it in another store or on another bride. I didn’t think I wanted a “true mermaid” shape with a dramatic flare out but I loved the look and the neckline was unique and flattering. I thought it was classic, old Hollywood-striking but also had a soft, light femininity that would go well for an outdoor wedding in the spring.

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How Jenna Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Graceful, sophisticated, timeless

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Why Jenna Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
It makes me sad to think I might pull it out my closet or a box 10-20 years down the line and see it has lost its lustre. I’d rather remember it in its prime. It’s such a gorgeous gown, someone else should enjoy it too.

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Wedding Dress: Rivini, Balia | Photography: Caroline Joy Photography | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Barr Mansion, Austin, Texas | Floral Design and Event Decor: The Nouveau Romantics | Cake:  Barr Mansion

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Korin + Neal | Monique Lhuillier Wedding by Brilliant Studios


Beach weddings call for a gown that is a little lighter and delicate, but do not mistake that for casual! Korin, the bride from today’s amazing destination wedding, nailed the dreamy beach bridal look with a Monique Lhuillier “Emma” dress made of tulle and lace. Not to be outdone, Neal and his groomsmen looked fab in their linen suits. The rest of the theme created an elegant wedding, taking advantage of the tropical weather for an outdoor reception under glowing bistro lights.

Korin + Neal | April 20, 2013 | Providenciales, Turks and Caicos | Dress Listing: Monique Lhuillier, Emma

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The Ceremony
We were married on the beach in front of 105 family and friends at The Somerset on Grace Bay. I walked down the aisle escorted by my parents to “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” which was my parents wedding song when they were married, 40 years earlier. Their version was by Roberta Flack but I walked down to a remade, more modern version by Leona Lewis.

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The Reception
The reception took place under the stars on the The Somerset’s grass lawn. The reception featured great food, hand-rolled Cuban cigars, unique cocktails, and a lot of dancing! The overall theme of my wedding was relaxed and beachy as most of my guests were coming from New York (including myself and my husband) after a really long and cold winter. My ultimate goal, as the bride, was for everyone to have an amazing mini-vacation with tons of sun where everything was taken care of for an entire three day weekend. Because everyone was flying in to celebrate with us, we wanted their experience to be just as amazing as ours.

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Korin’s Dress Search
I tried on about 15 dresses and the Monique Lhuillier dress fit my body the best and felt ‘right’ for the beach location. It was very comfortable and I could wear it barefoot. 

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How Korin Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Feminine, confident, gorgeous.

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Why Korin Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
Even though I love the dress, I know I will probably never wear it again and would like to give another girl the option to wear it. 

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Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier, Emma | Photography: Brilliant Studios | Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Somerset on Grace Bay | Floral Design: Flowers by Environmental Arts | Cake: Pavilion at The Somerset

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Alina + Todd | Romona Keveza Wedding by Digital Studios


The stunning venue in today’s wedding had long been on our bride Alina’s mind, and it’s easy to see why. With a double staircase and a gorgeous courtyard for the ceremony, it certainly made for a dramatic (and emotional) entrance for both bride and groom! The vibrant colors in the photos, from the bridesmaids in their matching robes and the shades of blue completely pop in the photos for this stunning wedding.

Alina + Todd | April 5, 2014 | Costa Mesa, California | Dress Listing: Romona Keveza, L263

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The Ceremony
I fell in love with Turnip Rose at Grand Newport Plaza in Costa Mesa, California the first time I saw a photo of the two cascading staircases and I was really hoping my fiancé would like it as well and he DID! The ceremony took place in the courtyard of a huge Spanish-style building and instead of walking down a traditional aisle; there was a groom’s staircase and a bride’s staircase where my groom and I made our dramatic entrances.  My dad passed away when I was 12 and my mom raised me, so it was only fitting that she be the one who walked me down and gave me away. During the ceremony, our pastor told our guests a brief story of how we met and fell in love. Instead of doing a sand or candle ceremony, we chose to take communion together as husband and wife and it was one of the most special and meaningful moments of our entire wedding.

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The Reception
The cocktail hour and reception was in the same building complex, but inside and was completely different from our ceremony. The reception room used to be a lounge/club and was transformed into a beautiful and very modern celebration space, complete with 2 bars, 10 flat screen TVs, complete lighting and sound system. My family is Russian and we love toasts so we had eight toasts instead of the traditional four! We laughed, cried, ate delicious food, drank vodka and danced the entire evening. Our desserts included a liquor-infused chocolate covered strawberry bar and it was definitely a guest favorite.

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Alina’s Dress Search
I didn’t know exactly what kind of dress I wanted, but I knew that I wanted a lace, A-line dress with a low back that was light and comfortable to dance in all night long.  I went to four different bridal stores and tried on about 10 dresses and a lot of them were cute, but it wasn’t until I tried on the Romona Keveza Legends gown (L263) that I was really excited. I tried not to like it because it was out of my price range and I knew I would have to spend even more on alterations. So I went back to the bridal salon with my mom, kind of hoping she would tell me she didn’t like it, but she loved it too! 

Reene at In Stitches hemmed my new dress to fit my small athletic frame and created a beautiful and flattering bustle and made a custom gorgeous sash/belt from the left over lace (after hemming) and decorated it with rhinestones. It was so delicate and made specifically for my beautiful dress and added a little bling since the dress was all lace and needed something tastefully sparkly. The dress fit me beautifully! The neckline was gorgeous, the low back was so sexy, but classy, it was so light and comfortable; I was able to wear it for 12 hours without any problems and danced the night away confidently.

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How Alina Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Beautiful, comfortable and classy

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Why Alina Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I decided to sell this amazing Romona gown because wedding dresses are ridiculously and unfairly expensive and I am hoping that there is a petite bride out there that has fallen in love with this specific dress and wants to be smart in how she spends her wedding budget. The less she spends on her dress, the more she has left over for open bar and many other wedding expenses! I love this dress, but it would be a shame to leave it in the closet indefinitely.

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Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza, L263 | Photography: Duane Peck at Digital Studios | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Turnip Rose at Grand Newport Plaza | Wedding Planner: Turnip Rose | Floral Design: Kat’s Creations Floral Design | Cake: Creative Cakes

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Crystal + David | J. Mendel Wedding from Amanda Pomilla Photography


Crystal + David’s rustic autumn wedding was perfectly vintage with tons of antique decor handpicked for their special day…complete with outdoor I Do’s under old oak trees and a gorgeous hanging chandelier (with an authentic ordained cowboy to boot!).  Crystal looks beautiful in her J. Mendel trumpet wedding gown with asymmetrical neckline.  The traditional lace veil, a single string of pearls and dainty white gloves are a delicious touch for this vintage inspired wedding.  And to complete the entire look – gorgeous bouquets and centerpieces made entirely of dusty pale pink roses – perfect!

Crystal + David | November 18th, 2013 | Wimberley, Texas | Dress Listing: J. Mendel, B10G14

The Ceremony
The 18th was important to me as it’s the Hebrew number that represents a blessed life.  We also rushed to say our “I Do’s” just 8 months after the proposal as the year 2013 was also important!  Three is my favorite number, what can I say, I’m a numbers gal!  We had an intimate ceremony of just 43 guests total took place under beautiful oak trees and a chandelier hanging above.  Maid of honor and best man by our sides, we were surrounded by our closest friends and family.  My husbands mentor through his photography upbringing, Carl Deal, was ordained to officiate our ceremony.  Besides the food being left to the professionals, my husband and I created every element to our special day on our own.  We are both creative individuals and it was important that our day reflected us and who we are.  This resulted in months of seeking the perfect antiques to give that vintage touch!  Treasure we will now have forever as a beautiful memory.

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The Reception
Our venue was a beautiful ranch set in the hill country just 40 minutes from Austin.  The cabins were most guests stayed were hand crafted one of a kind and peacocks surrounded the beautiful grounds.  We knew it was perfect the minute we arrived.  The reception was followed at the rustic barn on site of the ranch.  We filled every bit of the space with personalized frames and antiques treasures!  It wasn’t long before everyone kicked off their heels and danced the night away!

Crystal’s Dress Search
Too many to count!  I searched long and hard for my dream lace gown which is what I always pictured myself in.  I bought what I thought was THE dress but like many other brides out there, I panicked and changed my mind.  The lace dress felt too safe and predictable, I wanted more of a statement dress!  Being that my husband is a professional photographer and with all the fashion he is exposed to, I really wanted something that would impress him.  When I put on the J. Mendel dress, it was something different and unique I hadn’t seen before.  It had such a couture feeling and most importantly, it made me feel like a bride!

How Crystal Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Fashionable, Elegant and Beautiful

Crystal Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
To be honest, I never really considered keeping it. Oddly enough, I feel more attached to the items I hand-crafted and searched long and hard for.  It must be my practical mind-set, I know I will never wear the dress again!  I have so much to remind me of that day like the belt and gloves I had made from my great grandmothers wedding dress.  Those items I will treasure forever but the dress, its just a dress to me! Don’t get me wrong I will be sad perhaps even shed a few tears when it comes time to part with it but that’s when I will remind myself why we invested in our fabulous photographer!  I have breathtaking photos to remember it all!

Wedding Dress:  J. Mendel, B10G14  | Photography: Amanda Pomilla Photography | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Red Corral Ranch | Event Planning: Today’s Featured Bride | Floral Design: The Flower Co. styled by the bride’s aunt, Darcy Truehart  | Cake: Whole Foods Tiramisu

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