Katie + Jason | Anne Barge Wedding from Jim Kennedy Photographers

Katie + Jason’s interfaith wedding was fresh, bright and completely charming.  I love that Katie admits, after trying on three mermaid style gowns, that she “gave-in” to her childhood fantasy of wearing a ball gown.  And what a perfect gown to fall in love with?! An Anne Barge, complete with an Alencon lace bodice, a champagne ribbon detail at the waist extending into a full asymmetrical layered tulle skirt with horsehair trim and Alencon lace appliques.  Don’t miss the stunning array of fresh white rose decor throughout the ceremony and reception or all twenty-two very photogenic members of Katie + Jason’s wedding party. Enjoy!

Katie + Jason | September 8, 2012 | Dana Point, CA

The Ceremony
Our ceremony was held on a cliff over looking the ocean.  Since we had an interfaith wedding, the cliff was located on the property of St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church. We had 200 guests seated facing the spectacular ocean view.  We were married by a Catholic priest and a Jewish Rabbi under a gorgeous chuppah while incorporating both catholic and Jewish traditions.  

The Reception
Our party continued at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott in Dana Point, CA, which is also located on a cliff overlooking the ocean.  We started with an outdoor cocktail hour gazing at the pool and ocean.  During the cocktail hour, we had our DJ play the electric violin to entertain guests while the last minute preparations were made in the ballroom. Our reception was located in the main ballroom.  With purple up lighting flooding the room, our guests were seated at tables of 10 with a beautiful centerpiece of manzanita branches and white flower balls made of roses.  We had 4 serving stations including, grouper fish tacos, prime rib, pasta, and a clam chowder bar.  Our guests ate, drank, and danced all night!!

Katie’s Dress Search
When I originally started my wedding dress search, I wanted a mermaid gown.  I tried on about 3 mermaid styles before I gave into my childhood fantasy of wearing a ball gown.  The second I saw my dress I knew it was the one.  I never wanted to take it off!  

How Katie Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Beautiful, Elegant, Amazing

Why Katie Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I decided to sell my wedding dress because it brought me so much joy and I want another bride to feel as happy and beautiful as I did on my wedding day.  I know this particular design is a little pricy, so I want to give someone else a chance to experience the magic this dress can bring to her big day.

Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Photography: Dawn Lowrey from Jim Kennedy Photographers | Ceremony Venue: St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, Dana Point CA | Reception Venue: Laguna Cliffs Marriott, Dana Point CA | Floral Design: 800 Rose Big | Cake: Its All About the Cake

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Sadie + Austin | Monique Lhuillier Wedding from Captured With Love Photography

The two-piece dress solution from Monique Lhuillier was a lifesaver for Sadie.  Being 6 feet tall, she explains, “It allowed me to size each part of my body equally (top & bottom).” Such a gorgeous and flattering choice! And equally stunning, was Sadie’s heirloom jewelry bouquet made of silver and clear rhinestone jewelry, freshwater pearls, glass beads and Swarovski crystals.  Wow! Congrats to Sadie + Austin, you two look fantastic!

Sadie + Austin | September 29, 2012 | Chicago, IL

The Ceremony
Our ceremony was at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Formerly a historic Polish Catholic Cathedral, the feel was very historic, and we felt God’s presence in this space.

The Reception
Formerly a dancer, I’ve always wanted to include the arts in our wedding. We wanted the reception to feel swanky and classy and fun, and we think the Joffrey Ballet Studios on State Street created an environment that helped capture that feeling.

Sadie’s Dress Search
My vision for my gown was to have a ball gown skirt that filled an entire room with pouf. The more I tried on gowns, I found fitted was much more flattering. Also, having a two- piece dress was key for me: I am 6’0″ tall, so fitting my proportions would have been impossible without a mix & match skirt.

How Sadie Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Ethereal is the only word that perfectly describes how I felt in my dress. I can say in complete honesty it is the most flattering piece of clothing I’ve ever put on my body.

Why Sadie Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I have student loans I still need to pay off!

Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier Magical | Photography: Captured with Love Photography, Toledo OH | Ceremony Venue: Covenant Presbyterian Church, Chicago IL  | Reception Venue: The Joffrey Ballet Studios, State St & Randolph St, Chicago IL  | Floral Design: Noaki Jewelry on Etsy  | Cake: Sprinkles Cupcakes of Chicago 


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Real Wedding | Alicia + Brian | Alvina Valenta Wedding from Taylor Swedberg

If you’ve been dreaming of a garden-party inspired wedding, you are going to absolutely fall in love with today’s Real Wedding. It’s so incredibly gorgeous, it’s hard to know where to begin! The flowers are over the top beautiful, and the creative shabby chic décor at the reception blew me away. But I think my favorite design elements are the stylish centerpieces at the reception. Fresh lemons and greenery – so simple, yet so elegant. What will be your favorite? Let us know!

Alicia + Brian | July 1, 2012 | Lairmont Manor in Bellingham, Washington

The ceremony

We were married by my cousin and my husband’s best friend. What was said in the ceremony was very important to me so I selected passages from some of my favorite books, including “The Mystery of Marriage” by Mike Mason.

The reception

Gosh, the whole day was beautiful, it was even sunny, which is rare in Bellingham! The reception was tented in the garden of the manor and there was a seating area to the side with beautiful white couches, candles and peonies everywhere all under the shade of a beautiful tree. The seating area was framed by these free-standing, salvaged, white framed windows-it looked like a gorgeous living room. There were candles and lanterns everywhere, and lemon branches with full, ripe lemons as the center pieces for the tables. There was a dessert bar with what seemed like 20 different desserts, my personal favorite was the macaron tower. All of the linens were made by Steven Moore, and he purchased the fabrics in New York, but they happened to be the same fabric as napkins I have from Anthropologie-it was a beautiful coincidence.

Alicia’s dress search

I started my dress search wanting a sheath silhouette, satin, lace and buttons all the way down the back. But that dress didn’t exist. So, after trying on every dress in San Diego and Bellingham, I found this Alvina Valenta at the very last boutique I went to. The dress was out of my budget, which is why I’m selling it, but it was well worth the price. I tried to find this dress on preownedweddingdresses.com but I am 5’8 and the two that were for sale were for girls who are 4 inches shorter.

The way Alicia felt in her wedding dress

I felt like a bride, this was the only dress that made me feel like a bride and not just a prom queen. I also felt very romantic, and of course, I felt beautiful.

Why Alicia decided to sell her wedding dress

The dress was more than I wanted to pay for a gown, so I justified purchasing it with the idea that I would sell it later to some hopeful bride. I also believe that every girl should get the dress that makes her feel like a bride, and I know this dress will be that dress for another lucky bride!

Alicia’s wedding dress: Alvina Valenta, 9102

Photographer: Taylor Swedberg

Ceremony & Reception venue: Lairmont Manor, Bellingham Washington

Wedding/Floral designer: Steven Moore

Cake: Judy Tallant

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Jolee + Jonathan | Lazaro Wedding from Nina Sutherland Photography

It was the event designer that perfectly coined the phrase “Bluegrass Bling” to describe Jolee + Jonathan’s sparkling and glamorous Atlanta wedding.  I love that! And I totally agree with Jolee’s sentiment for her dress choice when she said: “This is the ONE DAY you can have a huge, crazy, beautiful dress!” It’s no wonder, today’s featured bride was a perfect candidate to be featured on TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress – Atlanta.  As for Jolee’s Lazaro gown, in all it’s ivory tulle glory – don’t miss Jolee’s subtle hair and accessory changes for the ceremony and reception…same dress, with soft long locks for the ceremony and hair up with an added satin black sash for the evening.  Beautiful!

Jolee + Jonathan | September 22, 2012 | Atlanta, Georgia

The Ceremony
Jonathan and I exchanged vows at second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Its historic roots gave a nice southern touch to our day. The pipe organ, mid-morning light, and acoustic music (by award winning artist Seth Condrey) created the perfect relaxed setting for walking down the aisle. We had a traditional ceremony with our fantastic pastor and incorporated the traditional Filipino cord that gave our parents a big role, which we liked.

The Reception
Our reception was at the W Hotel in Buckhead. My event designer, Janis, and the W’s one and only Lindsey Meyer who coined the event “Bluegrass Bling”. We had the fantastic Packway Handle band lead the tunes with some alt-bluegrass originals. It was a fun contrast against the W’s usual energetic, modern ambiance. Some of the servers even stopped and commented on how unique and fun the music was! The ballroom was dripping with crystals that reflected beautifully off the soft white up lights. It was a brunch wedding with chef-attended egg, waffle, and quesadilla stations.

Jolee’s Dress Search
My dress selection was featured on TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress – Atlanta”. It was the third dress I ever tried on. I didn’t have a dream dress in mind, I just had a budget and the idea that this was the one time in life I could wear a really wild, big, crazy dress. I wanted everything: lace, ruffles, etc. What really sealed the deal for me was when the bridal consultant said how beautiful tulle looked in pictures. I’m so glad I took that advice!! I bought the dress a year before the ceremony – and I never regretted it. It’s definitely a dress that’s classic enough to enjoy looking at years from now.

How Jolee Felt In Her Wedding Dress
Glamorous, Confident, Fun

Why Jolee Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
Instead of having the dress sit in an attic, I’d rather another gal get the chance to make memories in it!

Wedding Dress: Lazaro LZ3955 | Photography: Nina Sutherland Photography | Ceremony Venue: Second Ponce De Leon Baptist Church | Reception Venue: The W – Buckhead | Event Planning: Janice at Eventscapes | Floral design:  Eventscapes | Cake: Celso’s Cakes | Cinemetographer: Rodinis Films | Band: Packway Handle | Hair: The Dry Bar | Makeup: Marisa Ross Makeup

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