Penelope + Brian | Reem Acra Wedding from May Carlson Photography


We are smitten with Penelope’s Reem Acra gown, Roses.  The capped sleeves detailed in pearls and Swarovski crystals is such an artful touch in an equally artful atmosphere.  Penelope + Brian combined traditional and modern venues for their special day with a Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony and a contemporary reception held at the McNay Art Museum…why yes we would love to take in the art exhibits over cocktail hour, that sounds lovely!

Penelope + Brian | August 2014 | San Antonio, Texas | Dress Listing: Reem Acra, Roses

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The Ceremony
Our beautiful ceremony was held at the St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church. It’s a historical church built in 1926 with special meaning to me because my grandfather was a founder. There were over 200 guests and two priests officiating. One of the priests was my cousin who traveled from Michigan. The ceremony was a traditional Greek ceremony comprised of The Betrothal, The Rite of Crowning, Prayers, The Crowning, The Drink from the Common Cup and the Dance of Isaiah.

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The Reception
Our reception was held at the picturesque McNay Art Museum. This place also has a special meaning to me because my uncle’s architecture firm designed it. Guests were able to browse the art gallery during cocktail hour or sit outside and enjoy drinks while listening to the Monte Vista strings performing in the beautiful Blackburn Patio. The beautiful auditorium was illuminated with purple script side wall lighting, pin lights cascading on all the tables, three classy chandeliers, and our scripted initials on the back wall behind the authentic Greek band. There was plenty of Greek food and music that began with the guests participating in the traditional Greek dancing that circled in between all of the tables. We took dancing lessons to learn how to Two Step, which paid off when we had our first dance to “When You Say Nothing At All” by Alison Krauss.

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Penelope’s Dress Search
A week after I got engaged, I flew to San Antonio because my mom found a dress she wanted me to try on. Our first stop was Nordstrom’s bridal shop followed by several small boutique stores in San Antonio. I tried on several dresses but ended up purchasing the first one, the one my mom had seen and hoped I would choose. I wanted a dress that was different and one of a kind. When I put the dress on I felt like a Greek goddess and fell in love with the sleeves that were made of beautiful Swarovski crystal and pearls. The dress was made of tulle, which was elegant and very comfortable. A must have for all the dancing at our big fat Greek wedding!

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How Penelope Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Greek goddess, Beautiful, Excited

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Why Penelope Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I felt like a princess the entire evening, so I don’t want my stunning dress to sit in our closet and never get worn again. Knowing how much weddings cost, I would love for another bride to have the opportunity to wear such a gorgeous dress that looks brand new but not have to pay retail price.  There is no need to spend your entire wedding budget on a dress. I hope to make another bride’s wedding dress dream come true!

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Wedding Dress: Reem Acra, Roses | Photography: May Carlson Photography | Ceremony Venue: St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church | Reception Venue: McNay Art Museum | Event Planner: Weddings by Diana Boucher | Floral Design: Uptown Flowers | Cake: Cakes by Cathy Young

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Leslie + Martin | Rivini Wedding from JSPStudio


Doesn’t it look like Leslie and Martin’s wedding was in some secret, tropical hotspot? And while their wedding wasn’t far off as it was held in Miami, it’s the little touches that really take us away when we look at these photos. From Leslie’s striking bouquet to their orchid and driftwood wedding pergola overlooking Biscayne Bay, this wedding took glam beach style to the next level.

Leslie + Martin  | March 2, 2013 | Miami, Florida | Dress Listing: Rivini, Rosalie

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The Ceremony
We did a non-religious ceremony but mixed elements from both of our religions/cultures. We incorporated both Catholic and Jewish elements. I said my vows in Spanish and Martin said his in English. It was very intimate.

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The Reception
When we saw the spectacular Indian Creek Country Club on the small, exclusive island of Indian Creek, we knew it had to be our wedding site. The grounds are stunning yet intimate and definitely had the “wow factor” we were looking for.

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Leslie’s Dress Search
No one believes me but I tried on one dress! It was the first dress and I knew it was the one. Having worked almost my entire life in the fashion industry, I knew I wanted a spectacular, “statement” dress that was unique from any other I had ever seen. My dress happened to be a sample that a representative from Rivini was travelling with and, as luck would have it, he happened to be in the boutique the day I came in. If I had come in a day earlier or later, I never would have seen it. I saw it and was immediately blown away. I tried it on and ordered it that day on the spot.

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How Leslie Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Gorgeous, unique and comfortable.

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Why Leslie Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
We live between the U.S. and Argentina now and are constantly on the go, so quite honestly we just don’t have the space to store it. Otherwise I would have loved to keep it.

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Wedding Dress: Rivini, Rosalie | Photography: JSPStudio | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Indian Creek Country Club | Floral Design: Parrish Designs London

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Lazaro LZ3100 | Real Brides


Lazaro LZ3100 is such a dramatic wedding dress! Waves of organza bring both fullness and lightness to the ball gown skirt, and the alencon laced bodice is accent at the natural waist with a stunningly jeweled ribbon belt. It’s perfect for the bride who wants both glamour and romance on her wedding day.

Lazaro LZ3100 retails around $5,600.  PreOwned pricing starts at $2,500.
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Lauren + Philip | Lela Rose Wedding from Libby Photo


Nuptials under a pecan tree, an elegant reception in an old converted barn and a Lela Rose wedding gown called, The Farm – what an amazing and romantic name for a dress! Lauren + Philip look lovely and their rustic, vintage inspired decor is so well curated. Don’t miss the playful mix of antique chairs used for the outdoor ceremony, the beautiful collection of lace on the dinning tables (all belonging to the mother of the bride, of course) or the whimsical display of white baby’s breath and peachy-pink rose floral arrangements.  Perfect!

Lauren + Philip | April 26, 2014 | Vinewood Plantation, Atlanta, Georgia | Dress Listing: Lela Rose, The Farm

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The Ceremony
We had an intimate outdoor ceremony under an old pecan tree on a sunny April day. We both love nature, so it was important to us to have a ceremony that reflected our appreciation for the outdoors. We worked with an interfaith minister to write our own vows, so the entire ceremony was very personal to us. We also had a few funny moments, including when Lauren couldn’t get Phil’s wedding band on his finger!

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The Reception
Our reception was at a converted barn called Vinewood. All of the tables were decorated with lace that Lauren’s mother collected for years. Lauren’s mother also made an incredible light fixture with draping fabrics over the dance floor. After a fantastic dinner and some heartfelt speeches, we reminisced around an outdoor fire pit and danced the night away with 90 of our closest friends and family.

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Lauren’s Dress Search
I tried on over 20 dresses! I thought I had wanted a certain type of dress, but when I started trying them on, something wasn’t quite right. Lela Rose’s, The Farm gown caught my eye and as soon as I had it on, I knew it was the one! The dress is elegant and timeless but also has a touch of uniqueness with the organic lace that fit perfectly with our wedding theme.

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How Lauren Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Graceful, Enduring and Joyful

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Why Lauren Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I would love for another bride to feel as amazing as I did on my wedding day in this beautiful gown! It is truly a special dress and is meant to be shared and loved.

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Wedding Dress: Lela Rose, The Farm | Photography: Libby Photo | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Vinewood Plantation | Event Planning + Floral Design: Signature Weddings and Events | Cake: Endive Catering

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