Sharon + Greg | Kenneth Pool Wedding from Joey Ikemoto Photography

Today’s featured wedding comes to us from downtown Los Angeles, full of rich cultural decor and thoughtful details to reflect Sharon + Greg’s love of travel and their engagement story.  Red and gold colors and a traditional Chinese Lion Dance to pay tribute to Sharon’s Chinese culture and a 5 course Armenian meal followed by hours of nonstop Armenian dancing to represent Greg’s Armenian heritage.  I love that!  Don’t miss Sharon’s dream dress called ‘Fabiana’ from Kenneth Pool: a strapless satin ball gown with pleated bodice, beaded Swarovski Crystal accents at the neckline, back and hip sash…Sharon adds, “It is made of Royal Duchess Satin which feels like butter on your skin – you won’t stop touching it!”.

Sharon + Greg | May 12, 2012 | Los Angeles, CA

The Ceremony
Our ceremony was a very traditional church ceremony held at the Church of Christ in downtown Los Angeles. We chose this particular church for their beautiful high ceilings and gold touches that were visible throughout the church. We also had a choir that added the perfect touch of class and elegance to our ceremony.

The Reception
My husband is Armenian and I am Chinese and we had a great time creating a wedding that seamlessly blended our two cultures together. To represent my Chinese Culture, we chose red and gold as our wedding colors. We also had a traditional Chinese Lion Dance and gave away red Chinese to-go boxes with personalized fortune cookies inside. I also included a gold foil sticker that was embossed with our personalized “GS” logo that I had specially created for our special day. Dinner was a 5 course Armenian meal followed by hours of nonstop Armenian dancing and everyone had a blast!! My wonderful husband even sang a few songs that he wrote just for me and sang a popular Armenian song for all the moms since our wedding was the Saturday before Mother’s Day. Our theme was loosely based on “traveling” so each table card was a picture of us in a different city that we traveled to – i.e. Miami, New York, Honolulu, Paris, etc. We LOVE traveling!! We focused a little more on Paris since Greg proposed to me in Paris on the top of the Eiffel Tower! Additionally, our favors were specially created chocolate Eiffel Towers, the table cards were held up with Eiffel Tower stands and our cake topper was an Eiffel Tower as well!

Sharon’s Dress Search
I started off my wedding dress search knowing that I loved drop waist/fit & flare style dresses. I tried on over 50 different dresses and every possible style at the 5+ salons I visited but ended up getting exactly what I envisioned myself walking down the aisle in from the very beginning – a stunningly gorgeous Kenneth Pool “Fabiana”, dropped waist satin wedding dress!

How Sharon Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Beautiful, Elegant & Timeless

Why Sharon Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
At first, I thought I would save it as a keepsake of the best day of my life and even offer it to my future daughter one day. However, I realized that if it could make another bride as happy as it made me, that was a good enough reason for me to say goodbye to the most beautiful dress that I have ever bought and wore so that another bride could feel the same way I did – pure happiness!

Wedding Dress: Kenneth Pool ‘Fabiana’ | Photography: Joey Ikemoto Photography | Ceremony Venue: Church of Christ in Downtown Los Angeles | Reception Venue: Anoush Glenoaks Ballroom | Floral Design: Farabela’s Touch | Cake: Seda Ashikian of Sweet Escape Cakes ( | Chinese Lion Dance: The Immortals Awaken Lion Club

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Valerie + Brian | Pnina Tornai Wedding from Jamie K Photography

Set at The Palace at Somerset Park, Valerie + Brian’s fairytale wedding was in full effect! Jewel encrusted bouquet, a Pnina Tornai diamond white ball gown with signature corset design and genuine Swarovski crystals…embellished white floral arrangements with hanging crystals against a backdrop of lavender drapery and a purple glow.  Wow! It is no wonder Valerie felt like a princess on her special day.  But do not be mistaken, today’s featured bride is no shrinking violet either; Valerie’s statement gown weighs a full 25 pounds (…of absolute glamor!).  I fully agree with Valerie as she points out,  ‘You will have a one of a kind beautiful gown and get a million and one compliments the day of your wedding!’.

Valerie + Brian | June 22, 2012 | The Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, NJ

The Ceremony
Our ceremony was traditional but non-traditional at the same time.  We did have a Christian ceremony however not in a church but rather on a beautiful rooftop at the Palace.  It was so peaceful and beautiful; it felt like we were floating on clouds while getting married!

The Reception
Beautiful white flowers surrounded the reception, the elegance of bling with a purple glow around the room.  It was just perfect for us and everything I imagined.  The venue was absolutely amazing!

Valerie’s Dress Search
I am the type of person that likes to try all different types of fashion…however I am traditional at heart and so is my husband.  When it came to a wedding dress I was looking at all different styles and the two I landed on were ball gown and trumpet.  My husband kind of hinted that he really liked the traditional bridal type gowns so as I was trying on a few gowns I did have that in the back of my mind.  As soon as I tried on a ball gown style I knew that was the style for me.  

How Valerie Felt in Her Wedding Dress
I felt like a princess, stunning and elegant in my dress.

Why Valerie Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I have decided to sell my dress because the wedding was costly however I can’t imagine this dress sitting in a bag somewhere in a closet, it is just toooo beautiful!  I would love for someone else to be able to feel just as beautiful as I did on my wedding day.  I felt like a real princess!

Wedding Dress:  Pnina Tornai | Photography: Jamie K Photography  | Ceremony Venue & Reception Venue: The Palace at Somerset Park  | Floral Design: A Touch of Elegance | Cake: The Palace at Somerset Park

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Andrea + Taylor | Lazaro Wedding from Jim & Kelly Photography

Beautifully braided up-do, chocolate rose bridesmaids gowns and roof top nuptials that look like this couple is floating on cloud nine…I love that Andrea’s exquisite Lazaro gown is the perfect nod to this heavenly, soft and elegant affair!  Other delightful details not to miss, the pop of yellow on the tables provided by the ‘Spread the Love’ preserves (such a sweet party favor) or my favorite, the really cute kids throughout this wedding…so well dressed and clearly digging a simple pleasure all kids at weddings enjoy: drinking as much juice and soda pop out of fancy glasses as possible and playing dress-up for the day – Yes!

Andrea + Taylor | August 4, 2012 | Laguna Beach, CA

The Ceremony + Reception
We were married on the roof top of a Laguna Beach hotel, overlooking the beach. Our reception was at a Newport Coast Club house that included an open patio for dancing.

Andrea’s Dress Search

We decided to buy a house instead of having a large wedding and over a year to plan so I did not have a lot of time to pick out my dress.  Going into my first wedding dress store I thought I would end up with either a lacy dress or a full skirt.  The first dress I tried on was the one I ended up picking, due to the fact that the second time I tried it on and walked down towards the mirror it made me cry.

How Andrea Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Beautiful, comfortable, happy.

Why Andrea Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
My husband and I would like to have children ASAP but have some bills we need to pay off first.

Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Photography: Jim & Kelly | Ceremony Venue: La Casa Del Camino, Laguna Beach, CA | Reception Venue: Newport Coast Private Club House | Event Planning: Amy Reisetter-Kuchta, In The Moment Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Punch, Bellagio Florist Etc. | Cake:  Melanie Hohman, Sensitive Sweets

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Kris + Jeff | Amy Kuschel Wedding from Sara France Photography

Beautiful, romantic, yet effortless‘…what a heavenly way for Kris to feel in her Amy Kuschel gown called ‘Paris’.  I love how this lace gown with it’s feminine capped sleeve, lace scallop detailing and tulle edged hemline perfectly compliments the Spanish-style patio where Kris + Jeff said I do and the rustic-chic theme throughout the reception.  Don’t miss the gorgeous floral arrangements of white roses, hydrangeas, dahlias, peonies and succulents…staged in milk glass and a touch of baby’s breath and voila – the rustic-chic, magically appears!

Kris + Jeff | August 12, 2012 | Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, CA

The Ceremony
The ceremony took place in a beautiful courtyard area at the Rancho Bernardo Inn, in San Diego. The bride-and-groom said their vows in-front of a majestic Italian fountain, surrounded by 150 guests who sat under a canopy of olive trees.  The vows were God-honoring, full of sweet emotion, love and some laughter between the tears. It was magical.

The Reception
The rustic-chic theme of the wedding was in keeping with the ambiance of the Rancho Bernardo Inn. The colors were soft mint green, gray, cream, with accents of gold and yellow. Lovely white roses, hydrangeas, dahlias, peonies and succulents, were among just some of the beautiful flower arrangements that graced the tables. They were framed in distressed wooden boxes and old milk vases, interspersed with mercury vases and votives that were wrapped in lace.  Everything came together beautifully.

Kris’ Dress Search
I knew I wanted a pretty, feminine dress with lace and somewhat of a vintage feel, and I found just what I was looking for at Bliss Bride (in Del Mar).

How Kris Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Beautiful, romantic, yet effortless

Why Kris Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
Such a tough decision, but ultimately it makes me sad that I will never wear it again. It’s just sitting there. I would rather have it live on and bring a little joy to someone else on her wedding day.

Wedding Dress: Amy Kuschel ‘Paris’ | Photography: Sara France Photography | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Rancho Bernardo Inn | Event Planning: Luxe Events | Floral Design: Mae Chan Florals |Cake — Hey There, Cupcake!

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