This Chicago wedding is full of charm. We love the gorgeous flowers, the pretty pale pink bridesmaid dresses and the bride’s stunning Vera Wang Ghillian. But most of all, we adore how radiant the couple looks and the happiness you can feel through the pictures.
GG + Ricky | August 31, 2013 | Chicago, IL | Dress: Vera Wang Ghillian
We wanted to get married outside, and the Herrington has the perfect courtyard setting alongside the Fox River. It was idyllic! We walked down a rose petal aisle and got married underneath an arbor cascading with flowers.
The reception was also at the Herrington, which made it quite convenient for the guests. The food is delicious and it is delivered to each guest with white glove service- a nice touch! Our band, Red Wood, kept the dance floor packed all night!!
GG’s Wedding Dress Search
I didn’t have a vision for my wedding dress. My best friend and I decided to try looking when I was visiting her in North Carolina. In our usual fashion we were being ridiculously goofy at this fancy bridal salon, when we found the PERFECT dress! Naturally it was out of my budget, so I tried to put it out of my mind. But every dress I tried on I compared to that dress! Finally I brought my mom to the Vera Wang store in Chicago, and once I tried it on and saw her reaction, I knew I had to have this dress!!
How She Felt In Her Wedding Dress
Ethereal, Breathtaking, Incandescently happy!
Why She’s Selling Her Wedding Gown
This dress was one of the highlights of the wedding! I absolutely LOVE it!! Before the wedding I would look at pictures of the dress and it would immediately make me happy, and now I love all of our wedding photos. I want to share that happiness with another girl who may not be able to afford the dress!
If you’re looking for gorgeous all white wedding inspiration, look no further than today’s wedding. From the white bouquets to the stunning tall centerpieces to the beautiful cake (designed by the bride no less), this wedding has it all. And the brides Monique Lhuillier Forever gown was the perfect choice for this elegant affair.
Ruthie & Boris | November, 23rd, 2013 | Addison Park, NJ | Dress: Monique Lhuillier Forever
We had a traditional chuppah with a reformed rabbi. There were candles and white rose petals down the aisle. The chuppah itself had ivory drapery with a full top of ivory roses and orchids cascading down. Beautiful crystal balls with candles inside hung behind us.
A string trio played our songs. He came down the aisle to The Verve- Bittersweet Symphony, and My mother walked me down the aisle to Snow Patrol- Chasing Cars. We said our own vows which we both laughed and cried to. It was magical.
We had a full ballroom for our 300 plus guests. The floors are black and white, and our tables were adorned with black candelabras and ivory roses. Our first dance was to John Legend, All of Me.
Ruthie’s Wedding Dress Search:
I tried on 4 dresses all in one boutique. However I had come in with a photo of the Monique Lhuillier Forever dress, and knew that if it fit the way I imagined it would, that would be the dress. So I saved it for last, and when I came out of the dressing room and looked at my mom, we both knew.
How She Felt in her Monique Lhuillier:
Surreal, eloquent, perfect
Why She’s Selling Her Wedding Dress:
I decided to sell my wedding dress because I want someone else to enjoy it too. It seems foolish to have spent so much money on my dress for it to collect dust in an attic. I want my dress to experience another night full of love and happiness. I want my dress to become your dress, for a much cheaper price!
Brittany + Mike are such an endearing couple celebrating in Cancun, Mexico with their super cute son and 58 of their closest friends and family. I’m such a fan of destination weddings, especially in January…the perfect escape and an awesome way to kick off a new year. Don’t miss Brittany’s Hayley Paige strapless chiffon bridal ball gown called Coco, the Swiss dot and lace corset bodice with pleated detail is so romantic. Enjoy!
The Ceremony We got married on January 23, 2014 at the amazing Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort in beautiful Cancun Mexico! The Ceremony was a relaxed ceremony on the beach looking out on the ocean. We were surrounded by 58 of our closest family and friends, and Mike’s aunt performed the ceremony for us. The groomsmen looked handsome in their grey pants, white shirts and suspenders and the bridesmaids were glowing in their off white dresses, turquoise jewelry and they carried gorgeous bouquets of anemones and ranunculus. Our son was by far the star of the show as he carried the rings down the aisle in his adorable suit with vest and bow tie. My dad walked me down the very long sandy aisle and as the wind blew my veil and dress flowed beautifully.
The Reception The Reception was even better than I always dreamed. With clear acrylic tables, silver chiavari chairs and the most amazing tall centerpieces made of all white flowers, all on a terrace overlooking the ocean, it was stunning. We added some Mexican touches with papel picado above the dance floor and custom maracas to shake. Before we kicked off the dancing we took turns smashing the “i do” piñatas; so much fun!
Brittany’s Dress Search I always thought I wouldn’t be one of those brides who knew when she found the dress; I thought I would love every dress I tried on. My sister, my sister-in-law, my mom and I headed on a girls weekend to the city for wedding dress shopping. The first day we headed to our first appointment of the day, when we walked in I spotted the Hayley Paige Coco dress; it was so unique and beautiful. I thought there was no way it would be in my budget but I just had to try it on! I tried on a few dresses and as I expected I liked every one of them. At this point I was worried “how am I ever going to choose just one” but then I tried on Coco and I just knew this was it! I looked like a bride, it had lace, Swiss dot (which I absolutely love), it was the ball gown I always wanted without any hint of princess and to top it all off the beautiful flowing layers made it completely appropriate for a beach! I was so completely sold! I told my mom to cancel all of the other appointments this was the one. In the months following I looked at a million more dresses and not once did I find anything comparable for me.
How Brittany Felt in Her Wedding Dress My dress made me feel gorgeous with a little bit of sexy…but most of all it made me feel like a real bride while still being comfortable and easy to wear.
Why Brittany Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress I have decided to sell my wedding dress because I would love another bride to be able to feel as beautiful as I felt on my wedding day. My dress was over my budget which made me have to readjust my spending, I hope by selling my dress someone will get to have the experience I had even if they couldn’t afford it brand new.
Imagine one day marrying someone you first met in preschool?! For Danielle + Casey their relationship is twenty-two years strong, so finally tying the knot near the place where they first met was so fitting. This is a beautiful vineyard wedding at sunset and Danielle is such a pretty bride in her Romona Keveza fit-to-flare gown. It’s all in the details…made of French net, re-embroidered with delicate organza flowers and tiny crystals…and my favorite, a couture dropped waist, flared ball gown skirt with chapel train. Gorgeous! PS – apparently this gown was featured on the cover of a romance novel and Danielle happens to have an extra copy of the book to throw in with the sale of her dress. Pretty cute, enjoy!
Danielle + Casey | October 6th, 2012 | Maroon Vineyards & Winery, Napa Valley | Dress Listing: Romona Keveza, RK137
The Ceremony Our wedding was held on Saturday, October 6th, 2012 at Maroon Vineyards and Winery in Napa Valley. It is a private winery and residence. My husband and I met in preschool and wanted to get married close to where we had met 22 years prior. We met on September 4th, 1990 and when we decided we wanted an October wedding, the first weekend was our only choice. Maroon Vineyards has a private residence with 7 bedrooms and two smaller cottages with 3 additional rooms so we could have most of our family and friends stay on site.
Our ceremony was held literally in the middle of the vineyards right before sunset. It was an intimate ceremony with only family and a few close friends. We decided to have a solo guitar player as the only background music. As guests arrived they sipped on pink lemonade or our favorite rose champagne as they waited for the ceremony to start. Our ceremony was lead by my husband’s best friend (who doubled as his best man). Corey got ordained a few months prior to marry us. We wrote our own vows instead of doing the traditional ones.
The Reception Our reception started on the terrace of the private residence overlooking Napa Valley at sunset. With the solo guitarist playing music, our guests nibbled on small bites and sipped cocktails while we finished photos. Dinner was held on the lawn on the lower level of the terrace. We decided to host a southern dinner with friend chicken, BBQ shrimp, grits, cornbread etc. After dinner we danced around the candle lit pool and had a photo booth to help capture our guests’ enjoyment of the evening. At midnight we had a taco truck come to ensure no one left hungry. We moved the music inside at midnight and danced away late into the morning.
Danielle’s Dress Search I tried on about 10 dresses in total. The dress I ended up choosing was by accident. I had decided on a dress that was over my budget and wanted to sleep on it before purchasing. I called my best friend and asked her to come with me in the morning to help me decide. The next morning when I went to get the dress, the one I had my heart set on was gone and my second choice was being purchased by another woman right in front of me. I was devastated. I ended up trying on ‘the dress’ just because I was there and fell in love instantly. I hadn’t previously tried it on because I thought it was going to be too girly for me, but I knew it was the one as soon as I put it on.
How Danielle Felt in Her Wedding Dress I felt stunning, graceful, and more beautiful than I had ever felt in my life.
Why Danielle Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress I decided to sell my dress for two reasons. I know that if I should ever have a daughter she will not want to wear my dress. Although it is every mothers dream, I want to be realistic. J Also because I know in all honesty I will never wear it again so it would be a shame for a dress this beautiful just to waste away in a closet.
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