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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Real Wedding | Jenn + Brian

This sweet and relaxed, Chicago loft wedding is a real charmer.  The loft space combined with the little bits of Indian and Moroccan decor gives Jenn + Brian’s wedding a lovely bohemian-chic vibe, and perfectly suited to their wedding theme: “Things We Like”.  I love that the same rug that Jenn and Brian stood on and said “I do”, now sits in their living room where their one-year-old daughter plays every day.  And the simple guidelines for the bridesmaid dresses: black dress and red shoes is such a great idea, thematic yet unique and tastefully textured.  Perfect!

Jenn + Brian | June 26, 2010 | Chicago, Illinois

The Ceremony
Both our ceremony and reception took place in a gorgeous loft space in the West Loop of Chicago. We loved it because it had a city feel without being stuffy. Our ceremony was short, unique and sweet. I walked down the aisle to Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” which set the tone for a personal and casual ceremony. There was a lot of laughter and just a little bit of crying. My bridesmaids (and two grooms-maids) picked their own outfits with simple guidelines: black dresses and red shoes. Those girls did an awesome job. One of my favorite things about our ceremony is that we bought the rug we were standing on when we got married – it now sits in our living room and our one-year-old daughter plays on it every day.

The Reception
Our reception was fun! The unifying theme was things we like. We had comfort food, great dance music and the “Ultimate Photo Booth.” Our venue had a built in photo studio complete with hats and props. People could pop in all night long. It made getting group shots a breeze and our wedding photos have tons of personality. Our décor was a little bit Indian and little bit Moroccan. I made our table clothes from sari fabric bought in little India. Our favors were sets of brightly colored bangles. We love barbequing in the summer and served locally sourced favorites like mac and cheese and amazing mini burgers. Our caterer designed two signature drinks using some of our favorite ingredients like blood orange soda from Trader Joe’s. My brother and one of our grooms-maids did a cover of Liz Phair’s “Polyester Bride.” Our first dance was to Alexi Murdoch’s “All My Days” from the Away We Go soundtrack – our favorite movie. We topped the night off with a tower of cupcakes and dance favorites from the 80s and 90s. One of my favorite things about our reception was that we had no seating chart. People actually mingled and we weren’t tied down to a table. Our friends and family are scattered all over the globe and we knew this would be our one chance to bring them together. So we basically threw a big party and had a blast.

Jenn’s Dress Search
I knew I wanted something with a vintage and glamorous feel. I had started out looking at Jenny Packham styles, but when I tried on this Lazaro it was all over. I think this dress was in the neighborhood of what I wanted but with a twist.

How Jenn Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Confident, Special, Myself

Why Jenn Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I like the idea of passing it on to someone who will get as much joy out of putting it on as I did. It’s been hermetically sealed in my closet for almost two years now and I think it deserves at least one more spin on the dance floor.

Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Photography: Steve Ewert and Jamie Davis | Ceremony + Reception Venue: West Loop Studio (a marvelous location that is no more, the owners have moved to an awesome space called the Greenhouse Loft) | Caterer: City Provisions | Event Planning: Cleetus Friedman at City Provisions and Jamie Davis at the West Loop Studio | Floral Design:  Esther Galantowicz at Scarlet Petal | Cupcakes: Phoebe’s Cupcakes

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Real Wedding | Ganya + Sam

Talk about being swept away by love! Ganya and Sam braved a gusty, yet sunny, day to say “I Do” at their wine country wedding. Ganya’s flowing (and flying!) veil provided comic relief to an emotional ceremony, where the bride and groom read personal and heartfelt notes to one another. Later, friends and family enjoyed a chic and exotic vibe at the Moroccan inspired reception.  Don’t miss the adorable handmade cake topper at the reception – it’s one of the cutest I’ve even seen. Cheers!

Ganya + Sam | June 8, 2012 | Sonoma, California

The ceremony

Our ceremony was on the vineyard lawn, an amazing space at CornerStone Gardens. It has vineyards on one side and a lily pond on the other.  We wanted our ceremony to be light and heartfelt, and to really reflect our personalities.  Our officiant asked us each to write a story for him to read during the ceremony, but to keep it a surprise from each other.  That was my favorite part of the wedding.  I loved seeing Sam’s reaction when he heard my story, and I loved hearing what he had written.

All Photography by IQ Photo

It was crazy windy that day, so I have some hilarious photos of my veil flying around behind me.  When I was standing there I could feel the wind tugging at the comb, so a lot of my facial expressions are priceless.

The reception

For our reception we had dinner in the wedding garden under a big ivory zephyr tent.  The garden was in full bloom so the air was scented with flowers, and was the perfect setting for our whimsical affair.  After dinner we moved to the barn for dancing, more desserts, and photo booth fun.  Sam and I went to Morocco over Christmas and fell in love with the decor, so we turned the barn into a Moroccan themed lounge.  We had bench style loungers with colorful silk throw pillows, and decorated the tables with dozens of candles, Moroccan lanterns, and Moroccan tea glasses moonlighting as votive holders.

How Ganya found her dream wedding dress

I had browsed through wedding dress galleries online, and went to my first dress search appointment totally set on getting an A-line dress.  I ended up with this amazing mermaid, fit-and-flare gown of silk organza with a show-stopping romantic ruffly bottom!

The way Ganya how felt in her wedding dress

Gorgeous, Ethereal, Fun!

Why Ganya decided to sell her wedding dress

This dress is so incredibly beautiful and painstakingly handmade by the designer.  I absolutely love it, and don’t want it to be hidden away in a garment bag.  Although it’s difficult to part with it, I really want the dress to make someone else feel as gorgeous and happy as I did when I wore it.

Ganya’s wedding dress: Rivini, Tahlia; Photography: IQPhoto; Ceremony & Reception venue: CornerStone Gardens, Sonoma; Event Planning: DOC Brandy Cabral of Bliss Event Productions; Floral Design: Michael Daigian Design; Cake: Perfect Endings

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