Evan + Dina | Pnina Tornai Wedding from Todd Laffler Photography


Featuring bold colors, an unforgettable venue and of course a fabulous couple, Evan and Dina, this wedding was all about the drama. Bringing together friends and family from around the world, these two wanted to give their guests a taste of New York City in an intimate way. We love the way Evan and Dina incorporated classic family photos (their table numbers used their photos, which corresponded to the age they were when the photo was taken) and thoughtful, comfortable hospitality. Dina loves roses, so they made an appearance, not just in the florals but also in her one-of-a-kind Pnina Tornai wedding dress. Personal details are always so fabulous.

Evan + Dina | September 1, 2013 | New York City, New York | Dress Listing: Custom Pnina Tornai

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The Ceremony
Angel Orensanz is an event space that had originally been designed by a German architect in 1849 as a Jewish synagogue on the lower East Side of New York City. It is one of the oldest surviving gothic-revival synagogues in New York, but is longer used for religious services and is mainly an event space. We knew that we didn’t want to get married in any “traditional” space like a church, hotel, or restaurant. When we saw Angel Orensanz, we fell in love with the style, its unique history, and the fact that it was right in Manhattan where met and fell in love.

We held the ceremony on the first (main) floor of the space. We really wanted it to come from us, and to not focus too heavily on religion but rather our views on marriage and our hopes for our life together. We did do the traditional Jewish breaking of the glass, and we invited all of our guests to leave us wishes and advice on paper that was locked in a wine box along with a bottle of wine. We will open the box, read the advice, and drink the wine many years from now, with our family and friends in mind, and memories of our wedding day. We also each wrote our own vows, which we did not share with each other until the wedding ceremony. I thought his were much better than mine!

We also had one aunt from each side do a reading. We chose “Falling in love is like owning a dog” by Taylor Mali and “Blessing for a Marriage” by James Dillet Freeman. We wanted our families to be able to be involved beyond just our parents, who did give their blessings as part of the ceremony as well. The vows were the most personal for me though. I hate speaking in front of crowds so I was a nervous wreck but it was an important detail for both of us, our personal commitment to each other. 

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The Reception

The cocktail hour was on the second floor of the same venue, on large wrap-around balconies that overlook the main floor. We hung sheer curtains throughout so you could still see the gorgeous lighting but couldn’t quite make out that they were turning the space to prepare for the reception. White dahlias floating in tilted glass spheres were on the cocktail tables, and pillar and votive candles at the landings and steps and around the seating areas.

For the reception, we had a photo booth with a ton of props next to the bar. We also had a lounge area just off the dance floor with two vignettes of lounge furniture — one consisted of a tufted sofa, a blue velvet armchair, a gold armchair and a coffee table and the other had a tufted bench ottoman accented with a coffee table and other furniture from the venue for additional seating. After dinner, we had a dessert buffet and a late-night snack buffet that came out around midnight, with sliders and mac ‘n cheese cups. Both tables got devoured!

For table numbers, we used three-panel gold photo frames with the table number in the center panel, with a photo of each of us in the side panel from the age corresponding to the table number. We got a lot of laughs from those and I think the families especially enjoyed those. We kept seeing people taking photos of our photos!

The seating cards were gold Ferrero Rocher candies with everyone’s name inserted through the top attached to toothpicks. I didn’t want any element to be without glamour and fun!

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Dina’s Dress Search
I think I tried on every dress in New York City. I went to every major bridal boutique in the city and tried on every couture gown I could find but no matter the price, it never quite took my breath away, until this one. Wedding dress shopping is a lot like dating!

When I put it on, I looked in the mirror, and just went “wow…..”. It was the only dress that I had that reaction to. But that didn’t keep me from coming back and trying it on twice more on two separate appointments before I finally committed to buying it! I just wanted to be really sure, and in the end, I said yes to the dress!

When I was at Kleinfelds, I saw a bridal sash that Pnina made, and had her sew it onto the dress for me. The center jewel just complemented and offset all of the other beading so flawlessly, it looked like it was made for that dress! I tried on several Pnina gowns and in the end was torn between two. So, I had Pnina make me a custom gown. I liked the top from one dress, the fabric of the skirt from another dress, and the modified A-line shape of the skirt on another dress, so I had her combine all three for me, and add the sash, shorten the train, and drop the waist a bit because I really love her dropped, elongated waist corsets. In the end, it was a truly custom, one-of-a-kind gown that I absolutely feel in love with!

The skirt is a modified A-line with silk organza roses. I love roses, and loved that I could incorporate them on my dress and throughout my wedding. The top is a deeply-detailed, beaded, and jeweled – it’s really one of a kind.

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How Dina Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Beautiful, poised, unique

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Why Dina Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
Dresses are really expensive, and you’re not going to wear it again. I was fortunate enough to be able to afford a dress that cost $14k, but that’s not an option for many people. I wanted to give someone else the chance to wear this gown for a much more reasonable price, and also to give this exquisite gown one more chance at being admired. It’s so beautiful  it shouldn’t be cooped up in a box, it should be worn!

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Wedding Dress: Custom, One-of-a-kind Pnina Tornai | Photography: Todd Laffler | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Angel Orensanz Foundation | Event Planner: Just About Married | Floral Design: Belle Fleur | Cake: Heather Barranco Dreamcakes

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Real Brides | Hayley Paige Dori 6413


Hayley Paige Dori is a showstopper!  The crystal covered bodice and the tulle ball gown bring glamour and romance to your wedding day look.  The Dori wedding dress retails at $5,000.  PreOwned pricing starts at $3,000.

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Deb + Ken | Hayley Paige Wedding from Jen Huang Photography


For those of you planning city hall nuptials look no further than Deb + Ken’s unique and stylish San Francisco City Hall wedding.  Marble floors, grand and majestic pillars, ornate gold detailing…the architecture alone is breathtaking.  And then add today’s featured Hayley Paige wedding dress paired with a stunning crystal bolero and the entire sense of grandeur is complete! PS – we love the Grecian pleated bodice and full silk georgette skirt with cascading ruffle in a soft tulle.  Thanks for sharing Deb + Ken and congrats!

Deb + Ken | February 27, 2015 | San Francisco | Dress Listing: Hayley Paige, Paloma, HP6409

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The Ceremony
Our ceremony was held at the gorgeous San Francisco city hall.  Let’s be honest here – folks don’t always look forward to the ceremony.  People often look forward to cocktail hour or the reception, so we wanted to make the ceremony short, sweet and nothing too formal.  I also didn’t want to deal with the hassle of renting more chairs and having to deal with decorations, so city hall was perfect for that.  Our really good friend, Jeff, officiated our wedding.  We also chose San Francisco city hall because it’s has such wonderful lighting and architecture; I knew it would make a fantastic backdrop.  We’re also not outdoorsy people and Ken grew up in SF, so it was the perfect place. While initially, I was a bit sad that I wouldn’t have a nice “aisle” to walk down, to my surprise, I got to walk through much of city hall on my way to my groom and I think it built up a nice anticipation.

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The Reception
The reception was held at a loft like art gallery called Terra.  We chose Terra because we were looking for an industrial, loft-like space to transform and Terra made that possible.  It has nice floor-to-ceiling windows and exposed grey concrete, so it went really well with our vision.  Our theme was winter-chic, so we decorated with light up birch trees from restoration hardware, European street lamps and hung twinkle lights from the ceiling as if they were a sky of stars.  We also made use of candles to give it that romantic glow.

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Deb’s Dress Search
I tried on about eight dresses, though I had my eye on two or three and I ended up picking the one of the three.  I choose the Paloma by Hayley Paige because it was the perfect blend of comfort, style and also possessed that WOW factor.   I found that the Grecian pleating and boning details that went into designing the dress hide every imperfection.  Sweetheart necklines are flattering on almost everyone, so it makes sense many wedding dresses make use of that type of neckline.  However, I didn’t want my dress to look just like everyone else’s dress, so I really liked the fact that the Paloma had a nice slit in the front of the dress, to show off some pizzazz and personality.  The crystal bolero (part of the design of the dress, but sold separately) was definitely a statement piece…It’s such an eye-catching and commanding piece, no other jewelry was necessary.  You don’t really see brides wear such statement jewelry with their wedding dress so it was nice to have a piece of jewelry that really stands out from the crowd.  I’m also very into anything that sparkles and glitters, so the crystal bolero was a must have for me.

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How Deb Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Powerful and commanding, in a feminine way, very comfortable and like a million dollars.

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Why Deb Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
Deciding to sell my wedding dress was actually quite a very hard decision for me to make.  I went back and forth many times before actually committing to creating a dress listing on PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com.  What made me ultimately decide to post the dress was a combination of things: there’s no point in saving this dress for my future daughter.  Styles change so rapidly and I wouldn’t want her to feel obligated to wear it.  Plus, who knows if I’d even have a daughter later on!  There’s really no other occasion where I could possibly wear the dress ever again. The bolero, yes, but not the dress.  Rather than preserving it and having it tucked away in a box and taking up precious space in my closet, I’d rather have someone else feel the way I felt when I wore the dress on my big day.  While I did consider having a wedding dress party, where all my married gal pals would wear their wedding dresses, I didn’t want to isolate my unmarried gal pals and I think that would’ve scared my husband, if he came home one day and saw a bunch of us in our wedding attire…

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Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige, Paloma, HP6409 | Photography:  Jen Huang | Ceremony Venue: San Francisco City Hall | Reception Venue:  Terra Art Gallery | Floral Design:  Bride’s Friend, Katie Vo | Cake:  Today’s Featured Bride, 350 Degrees

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Nicole + Timothy | Ulla Maija Wedding from Dante Carrer Photography


Today’s featured wedding comes to us from the white sandy beach of Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas. We love intimate ceremonies where shoes are optional and adorable bull dogs are included in the wedding party. Don’t miss Nicole’s lovely lace Ulla-Maija strapless wedding gown and the beautiful floral arrangements in white and light pink peonies, roses, orchids and lots of lush greens. Enjoy!

Nicole + Timothy | November 29th, 2014 | Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas | Dress Listing:  Ulla-Maija, The Vivienne

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The Ceremony
Timothy grew up going to the Bahamas. His family has a home in Treasure Cay, Abaco and has been going there for over 40 years. It is safe to say that Treasure Cay is Timothy’s second home and an obvious choice for him to propose to me and plan a wedding there! The ceremony was elegant but simple. Only 50 people! It took place on the white sands of Treasure Cay where the groom was barefoot and the bride wore Jimmy Choo strappy sandals and their dogs were the flower girl and ring bearer.

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The Reception
The reception was romantic to say the least; candles lit the whole room. The floral arrangements were white and light pink peonies, roses, white and pink orchids and lots of lush greens. The tables were simple and white with touches of silver.

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Nicole’s Dress Search
I tried on seven dresses before I found this one. For me, it wasn’t a hard decision. I was looking for something that felt good on and made me feel like a princess…this dress just did it for me and we all decided that it was the one the moment that I tried it on.

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How Nicole Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Elegant, Beautiful, Effortless

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Why Nicole Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
It makes me so sad to see such a beautiful dress just sitting in my closet, probably never to be worn again by me and so I thought, someone else can get such joy from having this dress and maybe I can help bring them that joy by selling it. I thought about saving it for my daughter one day but who’s to say that I even have a daughter! I love the dress and I am sad to part with it but happy that it can make someone’s wedding day as spectacular as mine.

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Wedding Dress: Ulla-Maija, The Vivienne | Photography: Dante Carrer Photography | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Bahama Beach Club | Event Planning: Patrice Cooper, PF Wedding Planning & Party Rentals | Floral Design: Edwin Reina Decor 1-787-997-0611 | Event Design: The Bride’s Uncle | Cake: Local Bahamian Baker

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