Nicki + Ben | Claire Pettibone Wedding from Jesse Kitt Photography

This fall farm wedding comes to us from Asheville, North Carolina complete with  a stunning autumn backdrop and artistic DIY touches. Nicki and Ben were married along the river’s edge with a very cool paper flower installation as the alter and the theme continued with the paper ball decorations in vibrant pops of color in the reception tent.  I love that! Don’t miss the really yummy spread of desserts including wedding pies…or my favorite: the detailing on Nicki’s silk wedding gown called Genevieve from Claire Pettibone with handmade European lace and velvet appliqué. So stunning!

Nicki + Ben | November 3, 2012 | Hidden River Events in Asheville, NC

The Ceremony
We had an outdoor ceremony along the river’s edge. It was preceded by a cocktail hour (and followed by one, too!) and started at 4 pm. Our good friend, Christie, was the officiant. The flowers in the background were handmade from poster board and shower poufs. The ceremony was short and sweet. Ben and I wrote our own vows and danced our way out to James Brown “I Feel Good.”

The Reception
The reception was in a large outdoor tent on the farm field. After dinner, Ben danced with his mom, twirled me around the dance floor, and then the wedding party surprised us with a small flash mob to “Let’s Get the Party Started.” It was fantastic and certainly got the crowd dancing for the evening. We finished the night with a local hot dog cart for a midnight snack.

Nicki’s Dress Search
I was completely open to the style of dress. I knew I wanted it to be “different” or non-traditional. I only went to independent bridal studios, and I only tried on a handful of dresses before I tried on the Genevieve dress. The vintage look was perfect for a fall farm wedding, and I had not seen another dress quite like this one.

How Nicki Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Sexy, Majestic, Surreal

Why Nicki Decided To Sell Her Wedding Dress
A slinky silk dress with handmade European lace and velvet applique – I have never put something so amazing on my body in my whole life. I felt so very lucky to be able to afford this dress. It is absolutely silly for it to sit in a closet for years to come when someone else might be able to feel the same way that I did for half the price.

Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone | Photography: Jesse Kitt | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Hidden River Events, Asheville, NC | Floral Design: Blossoms at Hidden River Events | Cake: We had pies by Auntie M’s Pies


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Hilary + Matt | Vera Wang Wedding from Our Labor of Love Photography

Fun, edgy and as Hilary explains, today’s Real Wedding was ‘NOT traditional‘. And what better way to stand out from the crowd, than wearing an ethereal and unique Vera Wang gown in dusty blush?! That’s right, Hilary was pretty in pink! I love that the groom picked out the bride’s wedding dress and that Hilary + Matt made sure to make their day packed full of really fun details.  Like featuring a string quartet that played The Killers and Lady Gaga, temporary tattoos as party favors, New York Metro themed table decor as well as ‘morbid but true’ skulls with ribbon that said ‘Til DEATH Do Us Part’ for the younger tables.  Such an awesome wedding. Enjoy!

Hilary + Matt | August 25th 2012 | Orchard Vali Golf Club, Lafayette, NY

The Ceremony
Our ceremony was set in gazebo outside the golf club, with majestic hilltops, apple orchards and a rolling green scape in the background. We had microphones for our vows, not the prettiest, but we wanted everyone to hear our promises and our great sense of humor!  We also combined religions with candle lighting and glass stomp – which we both participated in. Again, NOT traditional.

The Reception
The reception was laid back with a large outdoor patio featuring a string quartet playing The Killers and Lady Gaga, inside a belly dancer entertained, buffet style eating and our guests danced for 6 hours. Home made seating cards, table numbers and center pieces gave it a personal touch (metro cards and subway signs, we’re from NYC). For the younger tables, we put skulls on them with ribbons that said “til DEATH do us part,” morbid but true. We ordered temporary tattoos with our names emblazoned on hearts and also a goofy worried photo of us on water bottles that says “what did we just do?” with our wedding date as favors. We also offered glow sticks and mardi gras beads and a photo booth with props to really get the party started. My dad sang me a song, and my husband, also a singer sang many songs. Two words can describe the reception: House Party.

Hilary’s Dress Search
I started my dress search nearly a year in advance because I knew I would be hard to please. I was looking for something that would flatter me but that wasn’t the boring usual dress. My idea was a short or cap sleeved dress, Monique Lhuillier appealed most to me, but was of course way out of my price range. I searched high and low for anything with sleeves (not a Princess Kate style though!). I even went as far as looking on religious based wedding websites for something more conservative, but alas they were all drab. I tried this pink dress on just for fun after seeing it (and nearly gagging) a few times. When I looked in the mirror it was magical, and my fiancé’s eyes confirmed it when I walked out to show him (taboo I know!!). At the beginning, I absolutely swore against something sleeveless, but in the end this dress proved that although it was sleeveless it hardly blends into the crowd.

How Hilary Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Powerful, Feminine, Royal

Why Hilary Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I decided to sell the dress when I starting thinking about it’s lonely fate in the back of my parent’s closet. It is too beautiful to only be worn once and for such a short time (I changed into a cocktail length dress for the reception). I received so many compliments, and still do, and I just want to see it worn again. It definitely belongs to someone with a flair for style that is a bit rebellious. Hence why I let my husband choose the dress.

Hilary’s Party Dress for the Reception
I am keeping the white dress, it was a super deal for only $200 by Galina purchased at David’s Bridal and I am thinking of dying it a pale pink so I can wear it again. It was the best idea to have a party dress for the reception, I was really able to let loose… though I do wish I could have worn the big dress longer.

Wedding Dress: Vera Wang White | Photography: Heidi assisted by Jen at Our Labor of Love and Smilebooth | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Orchard Vali | Floral Design: Hoover Flowers by Dan Hoover | Cake: Creative Cakes by Sharon Kieffer

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Jessamyn + Steve | Lazaro Wedding by Nicole Caldwell

What makes a modern wedding so much fun?  A unique sense of style  and creative  touches that let the bride and groom’s personalities shine through. Jessamyn’s bold color scheme and fun DIY accents (love the “ball & chain cake topper!) set the stage for a fabulous celebration. Jessamyn’s Lazaro gown makes a statement too. The full organza skirt is flattering, fun and flirty. Cheers to this gorgeous bride and her handsome husband!

Jessamyn + Steven | August 19, 2012 | Laguna Beach, California

The ceremony

We had our lovely ceremony at the outdoor terrace of Seven Degrees, which is a modern multimedia art gallery. I had the chuppah decorated with paper flowers, made by a lady I found on Etsy. To add a touch of whimsy and we had orchids and crystals at the backdrop. There was a swirl of rose petals running down the aisle. Steven’s cousin, Jason, married us after getting his license as a minister, especially for our wedding. Our colors were white, tan, and orange, perfect for a summer wedding! Steven walked down the aisle carrying our daughter, Zoey, who was not yet able to walk. It was a picture perfect moment and our other daughter Jacelyn, who was 6, was a flower girl as well.

The reception

Our reception was held at Seven-Degrees. It was completely untraditional and modern, just like us! The lighting changed all across the room to whatever color we chose. People were able to tweet their photos and they would appear on the monitors all over the room. We had our cake topper made to our likeness with the ball and chain that added our sense of humor. Again we had paper flowers that hung about our cake and lanterns all around.

The room also was filled with artwork by an artist we love named Michael Phillips (aka Durden). It was “us” written all over that room. For our first dance, we went from a traditional slow dance to trick our guests and busted out with the lindy hop ….How’s that for original?! The crowd roared for that one! It was everything we wanted and more. We wouldn’t have changed a thing!


Jessamyn’s dress search

I started off thinking i would like the trumpet style but the more I tried it on…I realized the dress wasn’t dramatic enough. I ended up with a big ball gown — very dramatic indeed!

The way Jessamyn felt in her wedding dress

Stunning, unique, and playful

Why she decided to sell her wedding dress

Weddings are expensive…Honestly, we need the extra cash, but i really do love my dress and would love to pass it down to my daughters but I don’t want them to feel obligated to wear it since I would like for them to choose their own. I think it takes a very unique individual to wear this dress…someone with that playful fun personality!

Jessamyn’s wedding dress: Lazaro, LZ3108

Photography: Nicole Caldwell Photography

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Seven Degrees

Make-Up: Brandi McMillan

Hair: Mish mucho

Flowers: Flower Allie

Videographer: Alex Yane

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Jenny + Kevin | Romona Keveza Wedding from Ian Riley Photography

In the words of today’s featured bride: “This is a dress meant to be celebrated, a dress that embodies love and vitality and what it means to be a woman!” I love that. It’s such a meaningful perspective that set the tone for Jenny + Kevin’s thoughtful and intimate Nashville winter wedding. And Jenny looks stunning in her structured and elegant Romona Keveza gown. Congrats to the beautiful couple!

Jenny + Kevin | December 28, 2012 | Nashville, TN

The Ceremony
For our ceremony, we chose to keep it intimate, inviting out-of-town friends and our immediate family members to participate in our bond. We wanted the ceremony to be for us, something quiet and special. We took formal photos at the Scarritt Bennett Center on the cold and rainy day, which made for great lighting as the clouds filtered the December sun. Our bridal party was our family members, including my daughter given to an open adoption almost 10 years ago. Her family is now incredibly close to mine, and I couldn’t imagine my wedding without her family being a part of it. The bridesmaid’s dresses came from Etsy in an infinity style, so that each bridesmaid could wear her dress the way she felt the most beautiful. A mutual friend and pastor conducted our ceremony, forgoing traditional robes and rocking some gorgeous hair and a cute mod style dress. My dad, though weak from the flu, still walked me down the aisle.

The Reception
While the ceremony was for us, the reception was for our friends and family! Community is important to both of us, and we wanted to treat them like the treasures we believe them to be! The reception site, Ruby, was transformed with Italian style wedding lights and gorgeous pale roses in several shades. The main flower pieces were two large candelabras supporting an overflow of these roses. We chose bistro tables to give the room more flow and movement than traditional large round tables.

Jenny’s Dress Search
I knew I wanted something timeless when I started my hunt. Growing up with pictures of my gorgeous mother’s wedding day, I wanted a dress that my future daughters would love as much as I did. The dress I chose was the 3rd one I tried on at B Hughes, a bridal boutique in West Nashville. Like all the other choices I had to make for the wedding, I knew that there were many beautiful and acceptable options. But when I put on the Romona Keveza dress, I knew that that one was mine. I felt like I was stepping onto the red carpet at the Oscars. It was structured enough for me to feel safe in (the corset keeps your waist nicely tucked in), but it showed me. Like great makeup, it allowed me to be my most beautiful me, but still me.

How Jenny Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Sexy, Confident, Classy

Why Jenny Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
To preserve this dress and tuck it away has got to be a sin! This is a dress meant to be celebrated; a dress that embodies love and vitality and what it means to be a woman! I would never deny another woman the chance to feel as confident and beautiful as I felt in that dress. I mean, look at the booty that dress makes!  On the practical side, I don’t see the use in wrapping it up and lugging it around for decades in hopes that a future child of mine might want to wear it and might be anywhere close to my size.

Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Photography: Ian Riley Photography | Ceremony Venue: Wightman Chapel – Scarritt Bennett Center | Reception Venue: Ruby |Event Planning: Michelle Soll of Burlap and Brooches Events | Floral Design: Joan Presley of Geny’s Wholesale | Cake: Nicole Wolfe of Wolfe Gourmet Cakes

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