Dora + Nathan | Enzoani Farlow Wedding from Joe TickNow

We all know that it’s the little details that make the difference when planning a wedding. From the venue, to the flowers, to the DIY touches, Dora and Nathan got all the little things right, planning a once-in-a lifetime celebration with family and friends. And, it was the little details adorning Dora’s Enzoani Farlow wedding gown that made it absolutely amazing. The lace overlay and delicate jeweled bow at the waist made this dress totally unique, and completely fabulous. Prepare to fall in love with this gorgeous gown, and today’s Real Wedding. Cheers!

Dora + Nathan | August 4, 2012 | Garrison, New York

The ceremony

We had an outdoor ceremony located at the Highlands Country Club. It was on the green of the 9th hole, aligned with the tree line. We had a brass quintet. Our ceremony was non-denominational with an ordained minister and we made it as creative and personal as possible.

The reception

Our reception was an elegant affair with a touch of modern and traditional elements. It was held in a turn of the century ballroom with a gorgeous chandelier in the middle of the room. Artwork by local artists for sale was displayed on the walls. Mahogany floors and oval dining tables lined the room. Cocktail hour was held on the patio with tables stretched onto the lawn in the back of the country club.

Dora’s dress search

I originally wanted a ball gown with natural waist. I did end up changing the style from natural to dropped waist because it flattered my body more and just looked better on me. It was the fourth dress I tried on and the first that I really liked.

The way Dora felt in her wedding dress

Sharp, elegant, enchanting

Why she decided to sell her wedding dress

I know that styles change, and I am keeping the veil as a token. I want someone else to share in this fabulous dress and its classiness.

Dora’s wedding dress: Enzoani Farlow

Photography: Joe TickNow Photography

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Highlands Country Club

Floral Design: Verde Flowers

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Jessy + Mike | Lazaro Wedding from Inku Photography

The forecast called for rain…and even after half their ceremony decor was being moved indoors for plan B, Jessy and Mike made a game-time decision just as the clouds parted and the sun came out for their Addison Park outdoor ceremony. But thank goodness they took a chance with the weather, because the outcome was so worth it: white draped fabrics with dramatic pillar backdrop, rose petaled aisle and an exquisite Lazaro gown that made Jessy feel like a “Beautiful, couture princess”.  I love that! Congrats to the beautiful couple and don’t miss all of Jessy’s DIY’ed details for their reception.

Happy New Year Everyone!

Jessy + Mike | September 8, 2012 | Addison Park, Aberdeen New Jersey

The Ceremony
Our wedding was held in the afternoon, outdoors at Addison Park. We were very lucky to have it outdoors considering we encountered a major rainstorm that morning. By 10:30 in the morning, our ceremony set-up was in the process of being moved to an indoor ceremony when suddenly, the rain stopped.  So at the very last minute I took a chance and had everything moved back outside! We were so glad the sun came out for a good hour. We had rose petals down the aisle with six hydrangea balls set up by the aisle and white drapes around the area. It was a modern, classic wedding with a touch of vintage.

The Reception
Although, it was a day wedding, we had up lighting done in the reception room to create a romantic atmosphere. We had two different centerpieces. We reused the centerpieces from the ceremony and put them in a different vase. The other tables had three different cylinder vases with roses, calla lilies and hydrangeas in each of them hanging over the vases surrounded by petals and candles. Fun DIY touches included at the reception were: place cards, menus (designed with a lace background to have that vintage look), table numbers, the jars of honey that said “Meant To Bee”, our moneybox, sign in poster and “Mr. & Mrs.” feather signs by our chairs (made by our friend).

Jessy’s Dress Search
I started looking for dresses in bridal magazines and saw the one I actually bought. I knew I wanted a sweetheart strapless gown. Once I tried on the dress, I knew that this was “THE” dress right away.

How Jessy Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Like a beautiful, couture princess

Why Jessy Decided To Sell Her Wedding Dress
I’m selling my dress because when I first found out the price of my dress, it was over my budget.  So I said to myself if I sell it, I can hopefully get some money back, share my beautiful dress with someone else who doesn’t want to pay full price for it and in the end I still wear the dress I fell in love with! I originally had tried looking for the dress on, but it wasn’t available yet since the dress was in a new season.

On a separate note, we are Chinese, so I had a traditional red dress that I wore as well. I wanted to keep my culture to wear a red dress, but I wanted a modern twist, so I had someone custom make me a red mermaid satin dress with lace embroidery and diamond back, which I am selling on your site as well. I loved it!

Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Photography: Inku Photography  | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Addison Park | Floral Design: Marquis Florals  | Cake: Addison Park

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Meaghan + Alan | Christos Wedding from Peter Coombs Photography

This Chicago wedding is traditional with a twist! Keeping the classic wedding elements at the heart of Meaghan + Alan’s special day, upon second glance there are some lovely details that give this wedding a fresh approach…really flattering pink bridesmaid dresses in alternate styles…a reception inspired by Chicago’s Latin motto, “City in a Garden”…and my favorite, Meaghan’s Christos gown called Maribel.  I am in love with how this dress maintains a traditional style while showcasing some really unique design details – dotted silk organza with hand pleated bust, full A-line skirt and a soft bow in the back. So romantic and so sweet. Congrats to the happy couple!

Meaghan + Alan | September 29, 2012 | Chicago, IL

The Ceremony + Reception
We had a traditional Catholic ceremony at St. Josaphat Parish in Lincoln Park.  Our reception was held at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park, with a cocktail hour, sit down dinner and dancing late into the night.  The vibe of the reception was inspired by Chicago’s latin motto “Urbs in Horto – City in a Garden” because we wanted to both celebrate our city and feel like we were having a destination wedding at the same time!

Meaghan’s Dress Search
Mostly I knew a lot about what I didn’t want: no lace, no “bling”, no pick-ups…all in all, I wanted something classic with a twist, and that is exactly how I would describe my dress.  All my guests said they had never seen anything like it.

How Meaghan Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Graceful, Radiant, Comfortable

Why Meaghan Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
Despite all my guests saying I should keep it as an heirloom, I neither have the space nor the desire to make my daughters (if any) wear it.

Wedding Dress: Christos ‘Maribel’ | Photography:  Peter Coombs Photography | Ceremony Venue:  St. Josaphat Parish | Reception Venue:  Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Event Planning + Caterer: J&L Catering and Evelyn Hitchcock | Floral Design:  Ashland Addison | Cake: Luscious Layers

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A Sweet DIY Christmas Keepsake

There’s so much to look forward to when you begin creating your own traditions as a couple. Whether newly engaged or newly wed, the holidays are an exciting time to celebrate ‘firsts’.

Take that lovely holiday tree you have decorated and set up in your home. It’s a symbol of beauty, strength and the cycle of life. Inspiring, isn’t it?

When the time comes to take it down, before you throw away (or recycle) it, try this simple but sweet way to create your own everlasting memory for years to come:

You’ll Need
Tree Trunk
Sharpie Marker
Thin rope, twine, or ribbon

How To:
Make straight cut from the bottom of a small tree (perfect if you are discarding your holiday tree at the end of the month). About 1/2 inch thickness.

Allow it to completely dry (we recommend 3 weeks as tree trunks retain water for a while)

Write a commemorative message with a Sharpie,

Seal it with Verathane and let dry overnight

Once dry, if you wish to use it as an ornament or hanging keepsake, drill a small hole and loop wire, twine or ribbon through.

Keep Forever.

Wishing you the happiest of holidays and many merry adventures ahead, from all of us at

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