Shing-Hwa + Andy | Carolina Herrera Wedding from Andria Lo Photography

This is a lovely wedding set in Carmel, California on a Clint Eastwood property called Mission Ranch. How cool is that? Overlooking a farm pasture of sheep and the Pacific Ocean, Shing-Hwa + Andy tied the knot and celebrated with a reception amongst friends and family in the heritage property barn. Not only does this couple possess a lovely relaxed and comfortable quality about them, they look really elegant in their wedding attire. I love Andy’s gray suit and how it perfectly compliments Shing-Hwa’s blush gown by Carolina Herrera. Such unique details: bronze gold sequins in a delicate vine pattern…in layers of silk, horsehair netting, silk blush organza, with a top layer in blue gray tulle. Wow!

Shing-Hwa + Andy | October 28, 2012 | Carmel, CA | Dress Listing: Carolina Herrera

The Ceremony
An expansive green lawn overlooking a field of fat sheep, mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

The Reception
A historic barn at Mission Ranch, a Clint Eastwood property.

Shing-Hwa’s Dress Search
When it came time to pick to a pick a dress, I was open-minded as long as it was elegant. What I did know was that I wanted a blush gown because I wanted it to be more unique. It didn’t hurt that the color is great on Asian skin tones too.

How Shing-Hwa Felt in Her Wedding Dress

Glamorous, unique and light

Why Shing-Hwa Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
It would be a shame to keep it in a box. A pretty dress should always be given an opportunity to be admired. 

Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Photography: Andria Lo | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Mission Ranch | Day of Event Planning: Mission Ranch | Floral Design:  Kathryn Smith | Pies: Gizdich Ranch

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Daralyn + Cody | Pnina Tornai Wedding from Bobbi Rattai Photography

Growing up in a small town does not always mean a gal wants to plan a rustic, charmer of a wedding.  For Daralyn, saying ‘I do’ to Cody meant creating a celebration full of sparkle, tulle, pink roses and a Pnina Tornai princess ball gown absolutely dripping with Swarovski crystals. To think too, that Daralyn originally bought an Allure wedding gown (but staying true to her vision of wearing a Pnina Tornai gown), Daralyn sold the Allure gown on, found her own Pnina and suffered zero buyers remorse. Such a dream come true for today’s featured bride, I love that!

Daralyn + Cody | June 1, 2013 | Portland, MI | Dress Listing: Pnina Tornai

The Ceremony
Our ceremony was held in my hometown Portland, MI at the Portland St. Patrick Catholic Church. The same church my parents and grandparents were married in, so it was important to me I was married there too.

The Reception
The reception was held in Eagle, MI (7 miles from Portland) at the Eagle Hall near both family’s home towns. It was the perfect open space that we could decorate however we wanted and could bring our own alcohol and caterers in. This was important for budget reasons because my dress was so expensive!

Daralyn’s Dress Search
I knew I wanted a huge ball gown and I KNEW I had to have a Pnina Tornai…Originally, I purchased the Allure C186 ball gown, then realized it would not do and that I would not feel complete without a Pnina Tornai gown.  So I sold the Allure dress on and then purchased my very own Pnina.  I have absolutely NO regrets on this purchase. You can thank “Say Yes To The Dress” for that one.

How Daralyn Felt in Her Wedding Dress
I felt like a real life princess and was given my dream wedding I’ve dreamt about since I was a little girl. We had a bling/whimsical theme and it was perfect!  I felt flawless, whimsical, and like a princess!

Why Daralyn Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I decided to sell my dress because of how much I spent on it.  When I bought the gown, I promised myself I would resell!  Also it would be such a waste for this dress to just be sitting there in my closet (in which it would take up too much space) not being used. It’s too beautiful to be in a closet. I watched my mom keep her dress for years and even though she had it preserved, it still yellowed with time. As a result she ended up tossing it out. Ultimately, someone else needs to feel how I felt in this dress!

Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai | Photography: Bobbi Rattai Photography | Ceremony Venue: St. Patrick Catholic Church, Portland, Michigan | Reception Venue: Eagle Park Reception Hall, Eagle, Michigan | Floral Design: Nick VanderBrink – a family friend | Cake: Cloud Nine Cakes



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Jane + Trevor | Vera Wang Wedding from Jonathan Gibby Photography

This is an absolute sweetheart of a wedding…intimate, simple and elegant!  I love Jane + Trevor’s choice of venues for all 22 of their guests: nuptials in a butterfly sanctuary and an ‘old-school Chicago’ steakhouse where their closest friends and loved ones could share stories, raise a glass and pay tribute to the union of today’s featured couple. Don’t miss Jane’s stunning Vera Wang gown that comes with already pre-loved, positive vibes.  As it turns out, Jane purchased this dress from another bride on after falling in love with the dress from a photograph on Facebook…and ‘gawking at it for almost three years‘. Pretty great!

Jane + Trevor | June 21, 2013 | Chicago, IL | Dress Listing: Vera Wang 2G144

The Ceremony
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Butterfly Sanctuary – 22 of our closest friends and family, sister stood by my side, his brother his, sister’s life partner married us, my best friend since kindergarten was the vocalist. I’ve been in 12 weddings in my time and have been in bigger wedding parties than our entire wedding!

The Reception
Gibson’s Steakhouse – most famous steakhouse in Chicago, “old school Chicago”.  Housed in the space made famous by Mr. Kelley’s, where Streisand and Sinatra performed, and later occupied by 70’s and 80’s hot spot Sweetwater, Gibsons continues the star studded tradition with a nightly procession of the famous and powerful. You can trace our history pictorially throughout the restaurant where autographed photographs of athletes, politicians, movie stars, rock stars, entertainers of all kinds, and of course the diehard Gibsons “locals” appear.

Jane’s Dress Search
Actually, I saw a friend of a friend’s wedding photos on Facebook two and a half years ago and was infatuated with that dress since.  Upon getting engaged, I was in search of the dress, typing the description into Google, trying to find the designer, a photo even so I could photo match it and hours and hours of searching, I was at a loss.  One day, I was on Pinterest looking at wedding ideas and there it was!  And thank God the photographer named the gown designer, Vera Wang.  I went to the Vera Wang salon here in Chicago and they still had it, but it would take 4 months to even “rush” it and nearly $5k.  I didn’t have that time or that money, I had 6 weeks so I sought out other options, AKA and holy cow, it was there!  I went back and forth with the woman who sold it to me on the phone, text and email.  I could tell she was hesitant about letting it go and I was hesitant about purchasing it sight unseen but I had a good vibe about her and remembered this was THE dress I’ve been gawking at for almost three years now, it was my only shot.  When it arrived, I texted her and let her know it was in my hands safely.  I tried it on, it fit like a glove, no alterations needed, not a one.  I was teary, she texted back that she was just as emotional and was happy it went to a “good home” – I promised her I was going to wear it as beautifully as she did and to go buy a new bag or pair of shoes with the $.  It was a great moment, I felt like it could be from a movie. 

How Jane Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Timeless, Elegant, Undeniable

Why Jane Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
The experience I had when finally found it, purchased it, when it arrived (I stayed home from work until UPS delivered it) I wanted to pass it on because it was one of those “moments in life”.  It was me and my dress, which was the only material item associated with our wedding.  I want someone else to experience the beauty I did in it, and I know they will. 

Wedding Dress: Vera Wang 2G144 | Photography: Jonathan Gibby | Ceremony Venue: Peggy Notebeart Nature Museum – Butterfly Sanctuary | Reception Venue: Gibson’s Steakhouse, Chicago | Floral Design: Halsted Flowers | Cake: Gibson’s Key Lime Pie

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Elizabeth + Daniel | Amsale Wedding from Mischa Photography

Elizabeth + Daniel’s Sacramento wedding is traditional with a modern twist!  Such a seamless look using a crisp white and grey color scheme, baby’s breath, Chiavari chairs, mixed with bold stripped and ikat fabrics in silver…means you might not even blink when you see lampshade centrepieces with a crystal base. I love that! Don’t miss Elizabeth’s Amsale trumpet wedding gown called ‘Hampton’, also the perfect mix of classic and contemporary. The sleek, structured look of this silk wool gown and the cathedral veil are a nod to the traditional.  While the one shoulder, architectural folded design of the asymmetrical neckline is deliciously unexpected and modern.  Add Elizabeth’s gorgeous and glossy, side-swept old Hollywood glamor hair and there you have it – absolute perfection!

Elizabeth + Daniel | October 27, 2012 | Sacramento, CA | Dress Listing: Amsale, ‘Hampton’

The Ceremony
The Cathedral of Blessed Sacrament – very traditional, European looking, grand cathedral in downtown Sacramento. Very old world.

The Reception
Crocker Art Museum – modern art museum with floor to ceiling windows, various art and super contemporary.  The two perfectly describe us – traditional in a modern way.

Elizabeth’s Dress Search
Originally, I was thinking of an A-line dress or even doing tea-length.  I always knew I didn’t want strapless.  In terms of style I did a 180, when I found “the dress” a trumpet style, at Saks 5th Ave in Beverly Hills. It was the last dress of the day and I was super tired of trying on dresses.  I just loved the simplicity of it and it’s architectural design and they way it fit my curves.

How Elizabeth Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Glamorous, one of a kind and happy!

Why Elizabeth Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I realize that it will just sit in a box and I have all the pictures of my day for the memories. I’m not one to be too emotional or hold onto things so it seemed best to let another bride get the same excitement I did over the dress.  I just can’t see myself ever wearing it again and if we ever renewed our vows, I would just go buy another up to date dress!

Wedding Dress: Amsale ‘Hampton’ | Photography: Mischa Photography | Ceremony Venue: The Cathedral of Blessed Sacrament | Reception Venue: The Crocker Art Museum | Day of Coordinator: Lora Ward, A Day To Remember | Floral Design: Philip Rice, East Sac Florist | Cake: Freeport Bakery

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