Brittany + Matthew | Vera Wang Wedding from Curtis Round Photography

Here is a glamorous and fun winter wedding from Edmonton, Alberta with a ceremony held at the same downtown cathedral where hockey hero, Wayne Gretzky was married! I love how pretty and playful Brittany looks in her Vera Wang ball gown called Hayley. Her loose up-do and long lashes work effortlessly with the gown’s ‘theatrical cascade of organza petals…and pleated honeycomb tulle’ (to quote the designer herself)…Don’t miss Brittany + Matthew’s fun hockey themed bridal photos or the velvety blue, white and silver color scheme throughout their ballroom reception, so grand and luxurious. Enjoy!

Brittany + Matthew | February 2nd, 2013 | Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

The Ceremony

We had a winter wedding in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on February 2nd, 2013. We both had a bridal party of 12 (including ourselves), a ring bearer, and 2 flower girls. We tied the knot at St. Josephs Basilica in downtown Edmonton.  The ceremony was a large catholic wedding in the same church Wayne Gretzky got married. We had approximately 220 guests at our ceremony. The isle was decorated with snowy pine cones down the pews.

The Reception
The reception was at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald in Edmonton. It took place in the Empire Ballroom. The ballroom was decorated with Navy Blue and Crystal through out. We had winter trees brought in to decorate and make it more wintery.

Brittany’s Dress Search
My mother, myself, my maid of honor, my grandmother, and my aunt flew to Los Angeles to search for a dress. In my mind I knew I wanted a ball gown and we had a few appointments made with designers: Winnie Couture and Vera Wang. The last day in LA before we flew home we had lost hope until my aunt got a last minute appointment with SAKS 5th Avenue bridal department. I found the Hayley Vera Wang gown and fell in love, more so I knew my husband would love it.

How Brittany Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Elegant, Beautiful, Loved

Why Brittany Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
Hopefully someone out there can enjoy my dress as much as I did on my wedding day instead of my dress sitting in my closet. 

Wedding Dress: Vera Wang ‘Hayley’ | Photography: Curtis Round Photography | Ceremony Venue: St. Joseph’s Cathedral Basilica | Reception Venue: The Fairmont Hotel MacDonald | Event Planner: Karen Booth | Floral Design: Callingwood Flowers | Cake: Bee Bell Bakery | Vera Wang Quote: Behind The Dress, Hayley

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Amber + Jordan | Elizabeth Fillmore Wedding from Angelica Glass Photography

You always hear stories about last minute changes due to weather, but what about when a tropical storm hits the night before an art deco garden party wedding? With the help of a flexible florist, Amber + Jordan, were able to move their ocean bluff ceremony in-land to create a ‘a garden-like outdoor stage’ to tie the knot.  I love that!  Other details not to miss: a big brass band playing “Here Comes the Bride” Orleans-style as Amber walked down the aisle or Amber’s Elizabeth Fillmore gown called ‘Deco’…a dress suggestion made by the designer herself when today’s featured bride had the opportunity to meet Elizabeth Fillmore at a trunk show.  That sounds perfect and totally meant to be!

Amber + Jordan | June 8, 2013 | Ram’s Head Inn, Shelter Island, New York

The Ceremony
A tropical storm hit the night before the wedding.  The ceremony was planned for a gazebo overlooking an ocean bluff, but due to the residual wind from the storm, we opted to move away from the water.  Our florist improvised and created a garden-like outdoor stage to hold the ceremony.  My now-husband loves big brass so our band, Hoo Doo Loungers, play me down to a new Orleans-style “Here Comes the Bride”.  It immediately calmed my nerves and reminded me this was a celebration.

The Reception
Our theme was art deco garden party.  It took place at an inn from the 1800’s with a sloping, grassy landscape with mature flowers and foliage.  We played off the ‘old’ feel and tried to add some deco glamor with dove grey linens, lots of mercury glass, silver, romantic white flowers with pops of peach.  We hung grapevine lanterns from the oak trees to play up the garden party feel and set up a lounge area under the striped awning to enjoy the evening setting. As a DIY bride you never know if it’s going to look as good in real life as it does on your Pinterest board, but we were thrilled with how it all came together.

Amber’s Dress Search
I originally set out to get a Jenny Packham dress that I had my eye on ever since I got engaged.  I tried it on and though it was a beautiful dress, it just wasn’t ‘the one’. That leveled the playing field and opened me up to try most styles. My mom and sisters came to town to go dress shopping with me.  My first appointment was having an Elizabeth Fillmore trunk show.  The designer was there and I told her about my theme and vision for the big day.  She said she had ‘the dress’.  She brought out the “Deco” and it was “the one”.

How Amber Felt in Her Dress
Glamorous, Unique, Comfortable

Amber’s Dress Search
I’m very sentimental and will have my photos and memories of how that dress made me feel forever.  The thought of it sitting sealed up in a basement would break my heart.  I want another ‘deco’ lover to have her perfect dress.  I hope this amazing dress makes many more brides swoon on their wedding day.  

Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore ‘Deco’ | Mother of the Bride Dress, Watters 71832 | Photography: Angelica Glass | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Ram’s Head Inn, Shelter Island, New York | Floral Design: Sag Harbor Florist | Paper Goods: Invited Design on Etsy


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Anne + KK | Vera Wang Wedding from Matt Lein Photography

Calling all fashionistas, this boutique wedding is an instant favorite complete with a couture Vera Wang gown called ‘Joelle’  in black + blush! This dress is totally unexpected, dreamy and sensual…I love that Anne wanted to express her love of fashion and sense of style in what she wore. Don’t miss the really playful photo shoot element of Anne + KK’s reception, the brides contrasting plush pink bouquet of roses, or my favorite: Anne’s description of how she felt in her wedding dress, ‘Gorgeous, sophisticated and fashion-forward”. I totally agree Anne! So good!

Anne + KK | September 29th, 2012 | Le Méridien Chambers Hotel, Minneapolis, MN

The Ceremony
Anne and KK connected over a love of fashion, music, great food, being active, and health/well-being.  Both come from tight-knit families; Anne is the oldest of three daughters, and KK is the youngest of four (and has a twin brother!)  Met through a mutual friend, who is now married to Anne’s sister.   The wedding took place on September 29th, 2012 at Le Méridien Chambers Hotel in downtown Minneapolis, a contemporary luxury boutique hotel with over 200 original pieces of modern art throughout guest rooms and public space.  Ceremony and cocktail hour were held in the outdoor at Le Méridien Chambers, which features vine-covered brick walls, cabanas, and an outdoor fireplace.

The Reception
Held in the indoor/outdoor rooftop bar of Le Méridien Chambers.  Floor to ceiling windows on three sides, two bars with modern chandeliers, and white leather lounge-style seating.  Decor included over 1,000 white pillar and votive candles.  Both cocktail hour and dinner included butler passed signature cocktails, wine, champagne and hors d’oeuvres for the entire night, as well as a full bar.  Late night butler passed snacks included mini burgers, french fries, mini corn dogs, mini ice cream cones, mini milk shakes, mini tacos, etc.

Anne’s Dress Search
I started my search looking for a fit and flare style gown.  I knew from the beginning that I didn’t want a gown that looked like everyone else’s gown – so many weddings are so similar and unmemorable!  I also knew I wanted to express my love of fashion and sense of style in what I wore.  I hadn’t even considered that a wedding gown could be anything other than white or ivory until I accidentally got a sneak-peak of Vera Wang’s Fall 2012 look book. Her whole line was black & blush!  I immediately fell in love with the color pallet and the gorgeous fabrics, and I pretty quickly knew I wanted to try the Joelle gown.  The Vera Wang Fall 2013 line was not yet available in sample form, so I worked with the bridal salon to rush a sample from her runway show.  I knew right away after trying the gown that it was exactly what I wanted (and nothing like I thought I wanted!)  It was gorgeous, sophisticated, and showcased the unbelievable attention to detail and slight edge for which Vera Wang is known.  The Fall line wasn’t in production yet, so the salon wasn’t sure they could get the gown in time for my wedding.  But thanks to their hard work and the help of the Vera Wang team, they made it happen!  Vera Wang even created a custom black veil for me to wear with the gown!

How Anne Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Gorgeous, Sophisticated, Fashion-forward

Why Anne Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I love this gown so much, and I hate the idea of such an unbelievable piece of couture fashion being boxed up forever!  I know someone else will love and appreciate it as much as I do, and that makes me feel good.  

Wedding Dress:  Vera Wang ‘Joelle’ | Photography:  Matt Lein  | Ceremony Venue:  Le Méridien Chambers, Eden Courtyard |  Reception Venue:  Le Méridien Chambers, Rooftop Bar | Floral Design:  Sadie’s Couture Floral & Event Design 

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Tess + Rob | Monique Lhuillier Wedding from Juliet Elizabeth Photography

This southern wedding overlooking the Ashley River in Charleston, South Carolina is so charming and pretty! I am in love with Tess + Rob’s choice of venue, the Lowndes Grove Plantation…as Tess explains, ‘with the breathtaking views of the water and the charm of the property it epitomizes the many reasons why we love the South.’ Don’t miss the tasteful mix of elegant meets rustic decor throughout this couples tented reception or my favorite, Tess’s really exquisite Monique Lhuillier gown called ‘Sunday Rose’. This dress looks like it was made for today’s featured bride designed in ivory silk satin organza featuring a strapless sweetheart neckline, pleated bodice, and rose embroidered a-line skirt. Enjoy!

Tess + Rob | September 24, 2011 | Lowndes Grove Plantation, Charleston, SC

The Ceremony
Our ceremony took place on the front lawn of the beautiful, quintessential southern mansion at Lowndes Grove overlooking the Ashley River. My husband and I met and fell in love in Charleston, SC and we knew we would eventually get married there. Lowndes Grove was the perfect location for us to get married; with the breathtaking views of the water and the charm of the property it epitomizes the many reasons why we love the South.

The Reception
Our reception was also at Lowndes Grove and immediately followed the ceremony. We wanted our wedding to embrace the South, particularly since many of our guests were from out of town. Our guests were transported to the venue prior to the ceremony by trolleys. We had a cocktail party with a jazz band playing on the balcony and passed hors d’oeuvres of fried green tomatoes and other southern inspired fare. Our signature drink, a ginger-apple mojito, was served in mason jars. Dinner and dancing took place in a tent draped with white fabric and lined with chandeliers. For dinner, the rustic wood tables were adorned with burlap runners, candles, and organic arrangements of white and plum colored flowers. There were flare bartenders tossing bottles and juggling at the bar and a cigar roller to entertain those guests not on the dance floor. We even had late night fare with mini corn dogs, chicken biscuits, and root beer float shooters. It was a pretty incredible night!

Tess’s Dress Search
My parents, sister, and I went to Kleinfeld’s in NYC and were really just planning for me to try on a few dresses to get a sense of what I liked. While waiting for our appointment, I was flipping through a magazine and the first page I opened up to featured the ‘Sunday Rose’ gown by Monique Lhuillier.  That was the one! We bought it the same day.

How Tess Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Beautiful, Timeless, Distinctive

Why Tess Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
It would be a shame for a dress this beautiful to only be worn once! This dress is so fabulous and I know it will make someone else’s day just as special as mine was.

Wedding Dress:  Monique Lhuillier ‘Sunday Rose’  | Photography: Juliet Elizabeth Photography | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Lowndes Grove Plantation | Event Planning: Michele Damon Events | Floral Design: Branch Design Studio | Cake: FISH Catering

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