A little bit of vintage and a whole lot of love…Andrea + David’s nuptials in Vancouver were so pretty. Andrea is such a beautiful bride channeling a delightfully vintage-royal look, in her Cymbeline gown called Antibes; complete with polka-dot capped sleeves and satin dress with layered polka-dot lace overlay. I love Andrea’s side-swept long locks and her Juliet cap veil. And the best part, the next lucky gal to fall in love with this vintage inspired gown will also receive Andrea’s pretty veil included in the purchase. Yes please!!
Andrea + David | August 3, 2013 | Vancouver, British Columbia | Dress Listing: Cymbeline, Antibes
We had a large traditional wedding at a local church with around 350 of our closest friends and family. We wanted our ceremony to be intimate, simple, elegant…and us. It was a labor of love with the help of our family and friends who we must give most of the credit to. The theme of our wedding was an English garden wedding with an Asian twist for our multicultural background – lots of roses, lace & vintage crystal vases; it was so much fun choosing the flowers & decor for our ceremony and seeing it altogether on the day was magical.
Continuing with our theme, our mountaintop reception (at the university where we met – Simon Fraser University) was decorated with watercolor Chinese lanterns, doilies, dahlias & vintage vases/frames. My favorite moments of the dinner were the speeches by our closest friends, family and a surprise performance of a song that my husband wrote for me.
Andrea’s Dress Search
I knew I liked lace, vintage styles and really loved the illusion neckline look but couldn’t find anything in bridal stores with that style so I started searching online. When I found the Cymbeline, Antibes dress on their website, I knew I had found my dress. It had everything I was looking for.
How Andrea Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Gorgeous, Elegant and Swanky
Why Andrea Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I felt the most beautiful I have ever felt in my dress and veil saying my vows to my husband. It’s difficult to part with it but I want to share the gorgeousness of this Cymbeline dress.
Wedding Dress: Cymbeline, Antibes | Photography: Andrea Ball Photography | Ceremony Venue: Tenth Church | Reception Venue: Diamond Alumni Centre at SFU | Event Planning: Personal Friend | Floral Design: Celsia Florist | Makeup Artist: Radiant Beauties – Krista Rand
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This Jim Hjlem wedding gown made of champagne silk with lace overlay is so enchanting for Lindsay + Alex’s intimate backyard garden wedding. I love the bride’s satin sash in blush with peony inspired flower detailing pinned at the bride’s natural waist. Or how about Lindsay’s pretty side-swept fishtail braid? Such a feminine, yet relaxed look that compliments the couple’s natural garden decor…like nuptials under a willow tree, moss + succulents arranged in books, the playful use of artichokes displaying the cake flavors…all tied together with the romantic glow of bistro lights. Enjoy!
Lindsay + Alex | May 25, 2013 | Sandy, Utah | Dress Listing: Jim Hjelm, 177150
The ceremony was in the back yard under an arbor, lined with greenery, and willow tree where we hung mason jars with tea lights. The groom’s sister married us under the arbor with our family and friends surrounding us in white chairs.
The reception was also held in the back yard. The guests were seated half under the willow tree and half under the sky with cafe lights overhead. The tables had white linen with vintage jars, books, succulents and herbs. The theme was all about greenery and vintage, like you were in an old fashion secret garden. There were two gardens that surrounded the yard. One vegetable garden and a garden of roses. The yard is lined with trees, an old shed and a pasture where the horses graze.
Lindsay’s Dress Search
I started my search with a bohemian garden idea in mind. I went to San Francisco for my search of Sarah Seven dresses which were beautiful. I ended up choosing a Jim Hjelm dress because it had a vintage lace style to it and it made me look and feel like a woman. I knew my husband would love the dress as well.
How Lindsay Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Like a beautiful, joyful woman…
Why Lindsay Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I decided to sell my dress because I would rather have someone be able to love and wear the dress on their special day than have it sit in my closet collecting dust. I have wonderful pictures to remember my wedding by. I don’t need to keep my dress. I’d rather share the joy of wearing my dress with someone else.
Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm, 177150 | Photography: Alixann Loosle | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Private home of the Mother-of-the-Bride, Janna Ford | Floral Design: Janna Ford and Ginger Romreill from Bed of Roses Cottage | Cake: Sister of the Bride, Karlee Ford
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The ethereal summer setting of a family farm nestled in the foothills of the Berkshires of western Massachusetts was the perfect venue for Morgan and Daniel’s romantic, homegrown wedding. Friends and family played a role in so many parts of the planning and execution of this wedding, from the stationery and florals to the cake and music. Even their wedding officiant was a close personal friend who helped shaped and personalize their ceremony and vows. This is an elegant fête under the stars you will not want to miss!
Morgan + Daniel | June 22, 2013 | Mill River, Massachusetts | Dress Listing: Amsale, Bali
The whole wedding was a fantastic, collaborative group project involving our friends and family. We staged the ceremony on my cousins’ landscaped stone patio overlooking a hay field with a spectacular view of woods and the Berkshire mountains. The ceremony was a production, including an extended processional accompanied by the mischievous harmony of David Byrne songs played by the groom’s cover band.
My bridesmaids wore a range of dresses and accessories in peachy-corals, including watermelon, blush-rose, pink prosecco, and champagne. We included readings from the Bible, Shakespeare, and the writer Louis de Bernières. Our friend Kim married us with a personal address, as our guests looked on with a spectacular view of hayfields that met the forest at the base of the Berkshire mountains and late afternoon sky beyond.
The reception was a feast and an outdoor party that unfolded in the late-staying light of the solstice. We set up a big tent next to my cousin Liz’s pumpkin patch. She and her husband Don spent loads of time preparing their property to host the event—it was a huge gift. There were paper bag lanterns lighting the way to the tucked-away toilets and fruit trees draped in Christmas lights.
There was lots of summery grilled food, locally brewed beer and refreshing rosé. We had a funky, bluesy band that got everyone dancing. Our friends made the delicious homemade wedding cake, the party favors, and the bunting in the tent. Dan made a late-night playlist and set up laser lights for a raucous finale. A big, full strawberry moon added to the dreamy fairy-castle feeling of the tent that lingered on into the wee hours.
Morgan’s Dress Search
I had planned for a designer-friend to make my dress, and had some silhouette and material ideas in mind. I knew the dress would play a critical role in the overall aesthetic we wanted to create, and I was also inspired by the history of theatricality in weddings – I knew I wanted a real gown. Dan and I wanted to create a ceremony that was unique to us and full of meaning.
Why Morgan Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
There are a couple of reasons. First, the experience of wearing such a special gown should be shared! I enjoy taking care of beautiful things, but I also believe in sharing beauty–it’s not as good when boxed up. Second, Dan and I are mapping out a plan to move towards the next phase of our marriage, and recouping some of what I invested in this dress would be very helpful.
Wedding Dress: Amsale, Bali | Photography: Studio Foto | Ceremony Venue: Private Residence | Reception Venue: Private Residence | Catering: Route 7 Grill | Bridal Party Bouquet Floral Design: Kristine Emprino and Wild & Cultivated Farm | Boutonnières and Centerpieces: by the Bridesmaids | Cake: Marissa Grace Desmond | Bridal Shoes: J. Crew | Menswear: Hugo Boss | Tie: Paul Smith | Bridal Jewelry: Jane Diaz | Wedding Bands: Leo Carroll Jewelers | Stationery: DIY with Watercolors by Hariet Dixon
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Tavia + Walk’s special day is such a treat, it’s hard to string it all together without simply blurting out all the amazing goodies about this gorgeous real wedding! Where to begin? Scallop laced bridesmaid dresses, delightful fairytale inspired color palette in soft pinks and pale green mixed with creams and ivory…succulents in vintage teacups, embellished picture frames with vintage postcard table numbers, milk glass vases…or how about the ballerina flower girls?! But the icing on the cake is Tavia’s Monique Lhuillier blush gown, with its breathtakingly detailed bodice. And speaking of cake, the shell detailing from the gown is perfectly echoed on the icing of the wedding cake. So good!!
Tavia + Walk | July 12th, 2013 | San Rafael, California | Dress Listing: Monique Lhuillier, Candy
Our wedding ceremony was set in the lush gardens of Falkirk Cultural Center in San Rafael, California with the rolling hills of Marin County as our backdrop. I always knew that I wanted my friend’s mother, who is a teacher of awareness and gratitude, to be my wedding officiant. She met with my fiancé and I before the big day for a guided meditation to help us visualize the wedding ceremony of our dreams. We wrote our own vows and had nearly the whole crowd laughing and crying. We received more compliments on our vows than anything else.
The reception was held at Falkirk Cultural Center, a beautifully restored Queen Anne Victorian mansion. We had looked at dozens of venues, in search of something within our budget yet elegant and picturesque. We live in San Francisco and love Victorian architecture, so when we visited Falkirk, we found our perfect place. We dined and toasted with old-fashioned champagne coupes on the veranda and danced the night away in the main parlor.
Tavia’s Dress Search
I must have tried on over one hundred dresses. At first, my vision was a sheath lace dress with capped sleeves and a low back. I discovered that on my petite frame I looked lost in this type of material and silhouette. I needed a gown with some structure like a corset and realized that I preferred strapless. Above all, I wanted a gown that was unique and absolutely stunning, something that would take my groom’s breath away. When I found the Monique Lhuillier, Candy dress in blush I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I fell in love with the layers of tulle and how they capture the light in photographs. The corset bodice fit the Victorian mansion setting and the blush color was that unique special-something that I was looking for. When I tried on the gown a wave of emotion came over me, I felt like a bride and I knew it was the one.
How Tavia Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Ethereal, Elegant & Stunning
Why Tavia Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I have decided to sell my dress because I believe in reusing and recycling, especially with clothing. A dress as beautiful as this one should be worn by another bride and not just tucked away in my closet. I want another woman to experience the joy of wearing this gown.
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