Kelly + Alex | Claire Pettibone Wedding from Neil Slattery Photography

Linen, lace and vintage whimsy…Kelly + Alex’s wedding overlooking the Okanagan Valley channeled the romance of a Jane Austen garden party and the sass and decadence of the Great Gatsby.  I love Kelly’s Claire Pettibone gown called Cloisonne; so feminine and delivers that special quality Kelly describes as something she had not seen on ‘Say Yes to the Dress’.  Don’t miss the rich array of  lush floral and vintage decor throughout the ceremony and reception or the cake made by the bride and her mom – a replica from the BBC motion picture ‘Emma’. Enjoy!

Kelly + Alex | June 29th 2012 | Summerhill Winery, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia

The Ceremony
The ceremony was outdoors, overlooking the Okanagan and a vineyard. Mason jars with a single hydrangea adorned the end of each aisle. On both sides of the arch, there were wine barrels filled with beautiful floral arrangements, which the venue provided. The signing table and the program chest were both vintage pieces decorated with floral arrangements in milk glass, thanks to the amazingly talented owner of Vintage Origami. The bouquets were simple and elegant, made up of pink peonies. The men wore light linen pants with a white shirt, and the girls wore an assortment of different dresses. One even sewn by my lovely mother!

The Reception
The reception was even more beautiful, also decorated by Vintage Origami and a few little snippets from me here and there. When you walked in, there were vintage mirrors that displayed the table settings. To the left of that was a vintage vanity where we posted pictures of us growing up, as well as all of the happily married couples in our family and from our ancestry. There was a seating area to the left, where we had little tags used as our guest book. The tables each had a unique floral arrangement in different pieces of milk glass. No one table was the same. Each table also had doilies, hand sewn linen napkins (that my mother once again toiled over) in a pale pink and pale greyish blue. The napkins were then wrapped with a vintage style key and a nametag, handwritten with ink and dip pen. The tea candles were wrapped in lace, and the whole venue gave a Jane Austen/Great Gatsby feminine romantic garden party vibe. The cake was actually a replica my mother and I made from the BBC motion picture Emma. While we were off taking pictures, we provided a wine tour, and a wine tasting for the guests with some delicious hors d’oeuvres. When we came back we did a saboring (opened a few bottles of champagne with a sword), yes totally cool! The dad’s loved it.

Kelly’s Dress Search
My dress search was long and tedious, because Edmonton definitely did not have the dress I had in mind. I wanted something different and unique…something I had never seen on “Say Yes to The Dress”. So my mother and I drove off to Calgary, where I knew they carried Claire Pettibone dresses. I knew I wanted a dress from her because they gave off such a romantic vibe with so much detail and handwork done in the dress. Without really having a particular style in mind, I ended up getting exactly what I wanted.

How Kelly Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Elegant, Beautiful, Classic

Why Kelly Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I decided to sell my wedding dress, quite frankly because I won’t be able to wear it again. I had also looked at this website, in my desperate times to find a dress that I liked within a reasonable budget. My dress was certainly not inexpensive, and I would like another person to get the chance to wear it for less!

Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone ‘Cloisonne’ | Photography: Neil Slattery  | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Summerhill Winery | Decorator: Yuriko Larson, Vintage Origami | Floral Design: Christina Jenion , Classic Creations Floral Designs | Cake: Today’s featured bride and her mom, and Sweet on you Cup and Cakes | Hair: Melissa Dacre

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Dana + Bennett | Lazaro Wedding from Carolyn Beaudreau Photography

Dana + Bennett’s New York wedding was an elegant black tie affair complete with vibrant peacock feathers throughout, bold blues and golden hues and a really beautiful venue to boot.  I love that today’s featured couple held their nuptials in the library of The Yale Club, followed by a beautiful reception in the venue’s ballroom.  Don’t miss all the really great ‘text-as-art’ stationary, table cards and decor tidbits all beautifully designed by the bride (so talented!) or her ornate fit and flare lace detailed Lazaro gown.  Enjoy!

Dana + Bennett | May 4, 2013 | The Yale Club, NYC

The Ceremony
Our ceremony was in the library at the Yale Club. It was a very intimate ceremony with a poem read by the bride’s nephew and two best friends. The poem was beautiful and they got a lot of compliments from the guests. The bride and groom added something not so traditional to their ceremony it was called the hands ceremony. To tie in the library theme to the wedding the bride handed out bookmarks in lieu of programs. The bride also surprised the groom with having her nephew walk down the aisle with a sign saying “last chance to run”. Everyone thought it was hysterical.

The Reception
The reception was in the grand ballroom at The Yale Club. It was beautiful with antique touches. The bride carried her peacock theme through out the event. The band played all night long and guests didn’t leave the dance floor.

Dana’s Dress Search
I love Lazaro! I had a certain dress in mind and I went to Kleinfelds in NYC to try it on. I liked it but actually when my consultant took me to the stock room I picked another Lazaro gown off the rack and I NEEDED to try it on. Once I put it on I knew it was the one. I LOVED my dress. It made me feel like a model, I looked sexy, elegant and sophisticated all at once. I topped the dress off with wearing my mother in law’s veil. Everything went so perfectly together.

How Dana Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Sexy, Elegant and Sophisticated

Why Dana Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I went to Kleinfelds for FUN. Not with wanting to pay a ton for a dress I was going to wear once. Well I ended up trying on a dress that was out of my budget and then fell in love. I left Kleinfelds without the dress. I then found a Lazaro sample sale and even thou they didn’t have my dress they were willing to order it for me and give me the trunk show price. Even with the discount it was out of my budget but I was willing to splurge. Not many brides have that option to splurge on a gown for their big day. So I would love to give another bride the opportunity to wear a Lazaro gown. It isn’t going to do any good sitting in a closet at my parent’s house (let’s be honest who has room in their apartment for a wedding gown).

Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Photography: Carolyn Beaudreau | Ceremony Venue: The Yale Club Library of NYC | Reception Venue: The Yale Club Ballroom of NYC | Floral Design: Spitz and Peck | Cake: The Yale Club | Stationary: Dana Rose Designs (Designed + Printed by today’s featured bride!)

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Claire + Tim | Vera Wang Wedding from Nato Tuke Photography

For Claire, she knew she had that “bride-like feeling” in her Vera Wang gown called Ethel when she felt, “A full heart, happiness, jitters, teary-eyed, overwhelmed with joy, thankfulness”.  I really love that.  But truly, what’s not to love about Claire + Tim’s big day at the Brooklyn Arts Center in Wilmington, North Carolina?  Charming groom adorned in his traditional Hawaiian lei, really elegant floor length gowns for the bridesmaids, woodland themed decor and Claire, who looks stunning in ‘Ethel’…made of Mikado silk, with a flange style skirt complete with hand-cut swirling tissue organza.  Enjoy!

Claire + Tim | April 6, 2013 | Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrew’s, Wilmington, North Carolina

The Ceremony
The weather could not have been more fantastic for our outdoor ceremony, held in a quaint, rustic-like courtyard.  Guests sitting on white benches facing large, over-hanging trees with candle-lit lanterns dangling, I walked down a staircase to my almost-husband wearing his traditional Hawaiian lei.  I couldn’t get to him fast enough.

The Reception
Post-ceremony, the guests walked right next door into the Brooklyn Arts Center for cocktail hour.  The venue was splashed with woodlands themed decor, and Edison lights hanging over the entire room.  Even though cliché, romantic would be a perfect way of describing it. Everyone ate, drank and we definitely celebrated getting married.  The dance party didn’t end until 11:30pm!  We even danced out of the building, into our old-fashioned ride.

Claire’s Dress Search
I was never the girl that envisioned her wedding dress.  I have always obsessed over how gorgeous everyone always looks on their wedding day, but never what I would look like on mine.  When I started the search I was thinking corset top, big skirt.  Well, that didn’t work out because I went with a form-fitting, mermaid style gown.  To me, it’s all about the girl and the dress together at that moment.  This dress brought on the butterflies.  I tried on many different styles of dresses, including dresses that were not in the white/ivory family.  I truly felt like a bride in this dress.  I felt that years from now, even on my 50th anniversary, that I would look back and still get that bride-like feeling.  What is a bride-like feeling?  A full heart, happiness, jitters, teary-eyed, overwhelmed with joy, thankfulness…I could go on and on.

How Claire Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Beautiful, Classic, Joy

Why Claire Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I wanted to sell my wedding dress because I couldn’t stomach the thought of it just sitting in my closet for the rest of its life (yes, my wedding dress has a life).  Why not share it with someone else, and make someone else feel like I did on my wedding day?  Getting to wear your dream dress makes your wedding day that much more amazing, including viewing the pictures afterwards.  That part is SO fun!

Wedding Dress:  Vera Wang ‘Ethel’ | Photography: Nato Tuke | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrew’s in Wilmington, NC | Event Planner: No official event planner…just the brides wonderful Mother (Leslie King)! | Floral Design: Christy Micham | Cake: Whole Foods

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Christina + Diton | Rivini Wedding from Tom Daly Photography

Christina + Diton’s wedding was “an elegant, evening event in late winter in the rolling hills of the Shenandoah Valley.” I love the intimacy and richness of a winter wedding, as it’s such a wonderful opportunity to incorporate textures, candle light, lace and special details like an Irish blessing, a Spanish poem and traditional Albanian dancing to reflect the bride’s Mexican background and the grooms Albanian heritage.  Don’t miss the beautiful detailing of Christina’s Rivini sheath gown in French Chantilly Lace with boat-neck overlay, 3/4 length sleeves and custom base sweetheart neckline.  Enjoy!

Christina + Diton | February 23, 2013 | Charlottesville, Virginia

The Ceremony
My godparents served as the officiants of our ceremony – it was fitting because they’ve shared over 30 years of marriage! Behind them, serving as a backdrop, was a gorgeous candle wall that was installed that day. As the night grew darker, they stayed in place, and looked like little stars in the background. Our wedding was a blend of cultures, and the flower girl and ring bearer walked down the aisle in traditional Albanian dress, there was an Irish blessing and a poem in Spanish. I walked down the aisle with both of my parents. The ceremony was held at the same location as our reception, and during the cocktail hour, the room was flipped. We could not believe the quick transformation!

The Reception
Our reception was an elegant, evening event in late winter in the rolling hills of the Shenandoah Valley. My mom arranged the gorgeous red roses on each table and made champagne colored overlays to be spread beneath. The guests had several dinner options for the three-course meal. Everybody was surprised when we started our first dance to La Bamba (my family is Mexican) and then when we changed outfits for the Albanian wedding dance. The toasts were extremely memorable as our fathers come from such different worlds yet echoed the same wedding message. The dancing continued into the night.

Christina’s Dress Search
I was pretty set on what I wanted: lace, sleeves, simple & elegant lines. I already had the venue (a manor-like space) and time of year (late February), so I really found a perfect dress.

How Christina Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Beautiful, classic, and very, very happy.

Why Christina Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
This dress is so gorgeous – a once in a lifetime memory – but it can’t be kept in storage. I really believe another bride would be so happy to wear this most beautiful French lace gown.

Wedding Dress: Rivini | Photography: Tom Daly | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Keswick Hall | Event Planning: Keswick Hall | Floral Design: Christina’s Mom | Cake: Keswick Hall

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