Real Wedding | Hannah + Eric

Here is a lovely spring wedding that comes to us from California that took place at the original Nixon family home.  As Hannah explains, their wedding was traditional with a twist...nixing the full suit, the groomsmen wore cardigans, the mothers wore traditional Korean silk dresses and the ceremony reading was from the Velveteen Rabbit.  This wedding is elegant and tasteful and I am in love with Hannah’s up-do.  The subtle placement of flowers in her hair is the perfect nod to their gorgeous rose garden ceremony.  Enjoy!

Hannah + Eric | April 7, 2012 | Richard Nixon Library, Yorba Linda, CA

The Ceremony
The ceremony was held outdoors in the rose garden with the original Nixon home in the background. It was a mostly traditional ceremony with a few twists. The groomsmen wore cardigans, the reading was from The Velveteen Rabbit, and the mothers wore traditional Korean silk dresses.

The Reception
The reception was held in the East Ballroom at the Nixon Library – a replica of the East Ballroom in the White House. The couple kicked off the reception with a quickstep first dance to the Plain White T’s Rhythm of Love.

Hannah’s Dress Search
I started with a White by Vera Wang design from David’s Bridal – what a steal. But the dress, as beautiful as it was, was not right for our wedding. I loved the concept of it and bought it without thinking about how it would fit into our wedding. I ended up thinking that it would be too much for an outdoor ceremony and the casual details that we wanted. So… I had to go shopping again and I actually sold that first dress. I was reluctant to try on my gown because it seemed too form fitting, but my consultant practically forced me into it and it was love at first sight. This is why you listen to the professionals. It was amazing!

How Hannah Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Statuesque, Elegant, Sexy

Why Hannah Decided To Sell Her Wedding Dress
I tried to buy a used dress myself, but it was difficult to find the exact dress that I wanted in the right size. Hopefully, this will help a bride who is similar sized to me to make her wedding day picture perfect.

Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Photography: Jennifer Roper | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Richard Nixon Library | Event Planning: Yoleine Dumarsais @ Yellowbird | Floral Design: Honey & Poppies | Cake: Cake House

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Real Wedding | Meghan + Andrew

There is nothing quite like a diamond white tulle gown with natural waist, jeweled silk organza embroidered bodice accented with an ivory satin ribbon and a sweep train…And to think this Alvina Valenta almost didn’t even get tried on as Meghan was certain, a strapless dress was not for her.  But thank goodness Meghan experienced the power and the beauty of this dress, and I love that she felt “LIKE-A-BOSS”.  I mean, who wouldn’t in all that gorgeous tulle and organza amidst a stunning arrangement of roses and hydrangeas at sunset saying “I Do” in an outdoor garden ceremony with peacocks and all…Boss, indeed!  PS – Don’t miss the cakes, amazing.

Meghan + Andrew | September 17, 2011 | Audubon Tea Room in New Orleans, Louisiana

The Ceremony
I was never one of those girls who dreamt about their wedding day, but when my husband proposed I knew immediately that I wanted it to be outdoors. We were married at sunset underneath the oak trees of the Garden at the Audubon Tea Room, in New Orleans, Louisiana. As our guests arrived they were welcomed by the visiting peacocks from the adjoining Audubon Zoo and serenaded by the acoustic musings of Simon & Garfunkel and James Taylor. It was very important to me that both my father and my stepfather had active roles in our wedding ceremony, so while my father walked me down the aisle and gave me away, it was my stepfather who officiated our wedding. Ave Maria played softly as we exchanged our vows, adding a hint of tradition to a very nontraditional ceremony. After being introduced as husband and wife to our family and friends, the guitarists struck up an acoustic version of the Beach Boys’ “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and we made our way back down the aisle to begin our lives together.

The Reception
FUN. That was our only criteria for the reception. In college, where we met, we had a tradition of going to a local weekly “80’s Night” where we would dance the night away with our friends. Both of us are a little self-conscious about our dance moves but that all goes out the window when the 80’s are involved! We have such fond memories of those nights that we had our DJ arrange an all 80’s play list for our wedding. Keeping with this theme, we gave sunglasses out to our guests as favors to wear during the reception, which kicked off after our first dances with “I Wear My Sunglasses at Night.” Needless to say, it was a blast!

Meghan’s Dress Search
The one thing I knew when I began searching for THE dress was that under no circumstances was I going strapless. I snubbed every strapless dress I saw refusing to even try one on. In my mind I imagined myself wearing something with a sweetheart neckline and spaghetti straps or with some sort of sleeves, virtually anything but strapless! Well, that dream was quickly thwarted by the reality of having a 36 C bust. So I bit my tongue and swallowed my disappointment and allowed my mother to bring in a strapless selection for me to try on. The moment I saw myself in the mirror I was in awe. Immediately my mother, my grandmother and godmother began crying and well, I couldn’t help myself after that – I started crying too. It was perfect.

How Meghan Felt in Her Wedding Dress

Why Meghan Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I loved the idea that some girls have to shorten their wedding dress after the big day so that they can wear it again on their anniversary. However, because my dress is tulle this simply isn’t an option for me. I’d hate to think of it stowed away somewhere for decades not being used so now I hope to pass it on to another bride who will feel as beautiful as I did when I put it on.

Wedding Dress: Alvina Valenta | Photography: Kristin & Heather Photography | Ceremony Venue: The Garden at the Audubon Tea Room, Audubon Zoo | Reception Venue:  Audubon Tea Room, Audubon Zoo | Floral Design: NOLA Flora | Cake: Melissa’s Fine Pastries

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Real Wedding | Susie + Dan

There’s no better way to celebrate a New Year, and a new life together, than a wedding. Susie and Dan married in style at a posh downtown restaurant and rang in the New Year as Mr. & Mrs. surrounded by friends and family. As a fashion student, Susie had always dreamed of saying “I do” in a couture gown created by a well known designer. Her Oscar De La Renta gown was absolutely amazing…and so perfect for this city-chic celebration. Cheers to a new beginning for this lovely couple, and a new beginning for this one-of-a-kind gown!

Susie + Dan | December 31, 2011 | Melbourne, Australia

The ceremony

We were married at the stylish Comme restaurant, in an intimate candle-lit ceremony on New Year’s Eve at the top of a grand staircase.

The reception description

Our reception included a stunning candle-lit dinner at ‘Comme’ which transformed into a rocking New Year’s Eve party ringing in 2012 with all our family and friends.

How Susie found her dream wedding gown

All I knew was that I wanted to wear a designer dress! I studied fashion and now work in fashion so I knew I wanted to wear a beautiful and extravagent couture dress by a designer that I have admired my whole life. That pretty much narrowed it down to Vera Wang and Oscar de la Renta! And so the search began….When I tried on this Oscar de la Renta dress, that was it, I never tried another wedding dress on again.

How Susie felt in her wedding dress

Beautiful, confident, lucky

Why Susie decided to sell her wedding dress

It took me a while to feel ok with it, but I decided that it would sit in a box for the rest of my life so I would prefer someone else to have it and experience the happiness it bought me on my special day.

Susie’s wedding dress: Oscar De La Renta, 22E335

Photography: Leo FarrelCeremony & Reception venue: Comme; Floral Design: ‘Koko Lane’ Melbourne, Victoria; Cake: ‘Little Cupcakes’ Melbourne, Victoria (100 mini cupcakes) and ‘La Belle Miette’ Melbourne, Victoria (200 handmade macaroons)

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Real Wedding | Kaitlin + Kevin

Prepare to fall in love…with this amazing fall wedding! This gorgeous New Hampshire wedding leaves me longing for a New England holiday. Kaitlin married her sweetheart Kevin in an intimate celebration that included loads of charming touches: fall colors on display, adorable pumpkin “placecards”, sweet miniature bottles of maple syrup as favors, a beautiful cake & cupcake display featuring a fall motif. But the true centerpiece of this celebration was Kaitlin, in her amazing Vera Wang gown, complete with an oh-so-chic lace bolero worn at the ceremony…absolutely stunning!

Kaitlin + Kevin | October 7, 2011 | Bedford, New Hampshire

We were married last fall, in a quaint ceremony in Bedford, New Hampshire. There were less then 100 people at our wedding, which was quite a feat because we both have large families and plenty of friends, but both wanted a smaller more intimate wedding. We chose New Hampshire because it is where I grew up and is far away from the hustle and bustle of our New York City lifestyle.

The ceremony

The ceremony was held in the garden of the Bedford Village Inn, which is a bed and breakfast style Inn about a quarter of a mile from where I grew up. The ambiance was what I would describe as rustic elegance. It is an old barn that was transformed into a luxury venue, which fit our theme perfectly. My husband and I knew right away that we would be married there and didn’t even bother looking at other venues.  My husband’s cousin married us, which is tradition in the Okumoto family. It was the perfect day, a modest 69 degrees with plenty of sunlight and a slight breeze. The leaves were starting to turn, but the grounds were still green and plush. In the garden at the Inn there is an elegant fountain elevated near a small gazebo. This is where we were married while our guests sat comfortably below watching the ceremony from the lawn.

The reception

The inside off the Inn has a barn like feel to it, with exposed beams and rustic lighting. It also has an elegant feel with candlelight and fine china and linens. We sprinkled the rustic theme throughout the wedding, using mini pumpkins as place card, branches with hanging candles as centerpieces and fresh maple syrup as gifts for our guests. We also insisted on having the reception be a fun party like atmosphere. We had the coveted Boston based band Eye 2 Eye perform. They were a huge hit with both families and provoked our guests to dance the night away.

How Kaitlin found her dream wedding dress

I knew that I wanted the Vera Wang Ethel dress from the start. I was a little spooked by the price tag of nearly $6000! But, In the beginning I ended up buying a dress that was similar, but could not get this one out of my head. When the dress I bough came in, I knew for sure that it was not the one for me. I ended up selling in on your site and buying this one instead. I absolutely loved it! I wore a lace bolero over it for the ceremony and removed the bolero to reveal the strapless feature at the reception. I also purchased a Priscilla of Boston Vineyard Taylor dress for the reception. This dress was purchased pre-owned and was the perfect dress for dancing the night away!

How Kaitlin felt in her wedding dress

Glamorous, Beautiful, Special

Why Katilin decided to sell her wedding dress

I know that I will never wear it again and did’t have room in my condo in Hoboken, NJ to store it. Also, I know someone out there will love it as much as I did!

Kaitlin’s wedding dress: Vera Wang, EthelPhotography: Bob Perachio PhotographyCeremony & Reception Venue: The Bedford Village InnFloral Design: JP FlowersCake: Chickadee Hill CakesBand: Eye 2 Eye

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