Sara + Brad | Monique Lhuillier Wedding from Robin Proctor Photography


Sara + Brad’s spring wedding in Aspen was a classy black tie affair.  I love the elegance of their white, champagne and ivory decor at Hotel Jerome and Sara looks perfect in her two piece Monique Lhuillier wedding gown with Augustine corset and Magical skirt.  This lace bustier is so delicate and flattering and the lightweight satin trumpet floor length skirt looks gorgeous paired with the bride’s fur shrug – so high impact and an awesome addition for a snowy spring wedding day.  Enjoy!

Sara + Brad | March, 2014 | Aspen, Colorado | Dress Listing: Monique Lhuillier, Magical Skirt + Augustine Corset

The Ceremony
Our ceremony was at the Aspen Chapel, a charming little chapel atop a hill in Aspen. It snowed all day right until we left for the ceremony, then the snow stopped and the sun came out. It was fresh, wintery, and romantic and the fresh blanket of snow couldn’t have been better!

The Reception
The reception was classy. We had cocktails as the sun set over the snowy mountain range at the Jerome. Our color palate was clean – white, champagne, and ivory.

Sara’s Dress Search
I tried on a million dresses in LA, but when I went to Colorado to work on some wedding things, my best friend made an appointment for us and brought some champagne. We tried on a few dresses, but the moment I put this one on, I knew! We agreed it was fate and I bought it. I couldn’t have been happier – it was the perfect mix of elegant, romantic, and feminine, and I still feel like it is part of a fairy tale. I bought the dress before we had even finalized where the wedding would be!

How Sara Felt in Her Wedding Dress
I felt like royalty! And the corset and skirt combination gave me the right level of curvy and svelte.

Why Sara Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I didn’t wear my mother’s dress, and I think my daughter will want to pick out her own dress as well, so I hope this dress makes another girl’s dream come true as well. I’m certain it’s good luck – it was the first big decision I made when planning my wedding, and all the pieces fell into place immediately after I bought the dress.

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Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier, Magical Skirt + Augustine Corset  | Photographer: Robin Proctor | Ceremony Venue: Aspen Chapel | Reception Venue: Hotel Jerome | Floral Design: Harrington Smith | Cake: Hotel Jerome

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Leigh + Joey | Claire Pettibone Wedding from Nirav Patel Photography


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!!!

Leigh + Joey | May 31, 2014 | Hopland, California | Dress Listing: Claire Pettibone, Chantilly

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.

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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.

Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone, Chantilly | Photographer: Nirav Patel | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Campovida | Wedding Coordinator: Kelly and Company Events | Floral Design: Dragonfly Floral | Catering: Alex’s Catering |Cake: Pai-Ye,  Dulcinea Bakeshop

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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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