Jenny + Kevin | Romona Keveza Wedding from Ian Riley Photography

In the words of today’s featured bride: “This is a dress meant to be celebrated, a dress that embodies love and vitality and what it means to be a woman!” I love that. It’s such a meaningful perspective that set the tone for Jenny + Kevin’s thoughtful and intimate Nashville winter wedding. And Jenny looks stunning in her structured and elegant Romona Keveza gown. Congrats to the beautiful couple!

Jenny + Kevin | December 28, 2012 | Nashville, TN

The Ceremony
For our ceremony, we chose to keep it intimate, inviting out-of-town friends and our immediate family members to participate in our bond. We wanted the ceremony to be for us, something quiet and special. We took formal photos at the Scarritt Bennett Center on the cold and rainy day, which made for great lighting as the clouds filtered the December sun. Our bridal party was our family members, including my daughter given to an open adoption almost 10 years ago. Her family is now incredibly close to mine, and I couldn’t imagine my wedding without her family being a part of it. The bridesmaid’s dresses came from Etsy in an infinity style, so that each bridesmaid could wear her dress the way she felt the most beautiful. A mutual friend and pastor conducted our ceremony, forgoing traditional robes and rocking some gorgeous hair and a cute mod style dress. My dad, though weak from the flu, still walked me down the aisle.

The Reception
While the ceremony was for us, the reception was for our friends and family! Community is important to both of us, and we wanted to treat them like the treasures we believe them to be! The reception site, Ruby, was transformed with Italian style wedding lights and gorgeous pale roses in several shades. The main flower pieces were two large candelabras supporting an overflow of these roses. We chose bistro tables to give the room more flow and movement than traditional large round tables.

Jenny’s Dress Search
I knew I wanted something timeless when I started my hunt. Growing up with pictures of my gorgeous mother’s wedding day, I wanted a dress that my future daughters would love as much as I did. The dress I chose was the 3rd one I tried on at B Hughes, a bridal boutique in West Nashville. Like all the other choices I had to make for the wedding, I knew that there were many beautiful and acceptable options. But when I put on the Romona Keveza dress, I knew that that one was mine. I felt like I was stepping onto the red carpet at the Oscars. It was structured enough for me to feel safe in (the corset keeps your waist nicely tucked in), but it showed me. Like great makeup, it allowed me to be my most beautiful me, but still me.

How Jenny Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Sexy, Confident, Classy

Why Jenny Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
To preserve this dress and tuck it away has got to be a sin! This is a dress meant to be celebrated; a dress that embodies love and vitality and what it means to be a woman! I would never deny another woman the chance to feel as confident and beautiful as I felt in that dress. I mean, look at the booty that dress makes!  On the practical side, I don’t see the use in wrapping it up and lugging it around for decades in hopes that a future child of mine might want to wear it and might be anywhere close to my size.

Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Photography: Ian Riley Photography | Ceremony Venue: Wightman Chapel – Scarritt Bennett Center | Reception Venue: Ruby |Event Planning: Michelle Soll of Burlap and Brooches Events | Floral Design: Joan Presley of Geny’s Wholesale | Cake: Nicole Wolfe of Wolfe Gourmet Cakes

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Leilah + Jason | Lazaro Wedding from Cindy Guessford Photography

Attention all lovers of fairy tale brides, Leilah + Jason’s “Wow Factor” themed wedding is the fairy godmother of all weddings! Century old Cathedral church complete with stained glass windows and marble decor…bubbles and 12 doves released as the bride and groom walked out of the church (seriously!!!)…a reception at the Cescaphe Ballroom in Northern Liberties in Philadelphia…and wait, here is the best part: TWO Lazaro wedding gowns.  Sparkling, glamorous and full of grandeur – and they lived happily ever after…Enjoy!

Leilah + Jason | September 1, 2012 | Philadelphia, PA

The Ceremony
Our ceremony was held at Saint Rita of Cascia Catholic Church on Broad Street in South Philadelphia.  The cathedral church is over 100 years old with beautiful stained glass windows and gorgeous marble decor.  The life of the15th Century Saint (from Cascia, Italy) obviously inspires and attracts all the worshipers and visitors to her Shrine.  We had the Fairmount String Quartet play during our ceremony.  Their music was so beautiful and heartfelt and really set the mood for our fairytale wedding.  We also had 12 doves released after the ceremony was finished as Jason and I exited the church walking down the stairs outside.  It was one of the best moments of my life seeing all my family and friends blowing bubbles and cheering for us and seeing these amazing doves released.  All I can say is, it was breathtaking.

The Reception
Our reception took place at the Cescaphe Ballroom in Northern Liberties in Philadelphia.  If I could describe our reception in two words it would be “Wow Factor!!” This over the top wedding venue features a warm and inviting lounge area with a 35-foot-long bar, an outside brick courtyard with bar and hibachi grill, a separate hors d’oeuvres and cocktail room, and a grand ballroom that features a 30-foot-high bar, elegant chandeliers and a grand entrance staircase leading from the cocktail area. My guests are still talking about how it was by far, the best wedding they have ever been to in there lives and how amazing the food was.  I’ve never eaten so much lobster tail in my life!

Leilah’s Dress Search
I fell in love with Lazaro when I first started looking at wedding dresses.  His creativity combined with how formal his gowns were, absolutely won me over from day one.  I had it in mind from the beginning that I was going to pick a tulle ball gown.  I was having a fairytale wedding and that’s what the princess was supposed to wear. However, things came to a halt when I tried on a second Lazaro gown and fell in love with it.  It was not a ball gown at all but a tight, form fitting trumpet gown that had the most intricate beading on the bodice.  It reminded me of old time Hollywood. It was stunning.  I struggled for weeks over which dress to pick and finally I decided that I needed them both.  They both described the two different sides of my personality.  I wore the first for the ceremony and the beginning of the reception (cocktail hour) and I changed into the second gown when we were introduced into the ballroom as Mr. and Mrs.  I stayed in the second gown for the remainder of the night and boy was I glad I made that decision.  It really was a dream come true.

How Leilah Felt in Her Wedding Dress(es)
The three words that best describe how I felt in my wedding dresses are “Fairytale Princess Bride” because that’s how I felt.  I was speechless when I wore those gowns and felt absolutely gorgeous.  I wouldn’t have changed one thing.  Having the two gowns and changing during the reception really added to the “wow factor” concept of my wedding.  Guests were so surprised.   It added to the grandeur of the event and because my second dress was just as formal as the first it wasn’t tacky or more casual at all.

Why Leilah Decided To Sell Her Wedding Dresses
From day one, my husband and I thought we were going to do a trash the dress photo shoot, probably with my first dress (the tulle ball gown).  After I wore those gowns I changed my mind though.  I couldn’t bear to destroy them.  I wanted another lucky bride to feel as flawless as I did in them.  Everyone deserves to have that feeling, especially on their wedding day, and to ruin that breath-taking gown for a photo shoot would have been a crime.  I decided to sell my gowns for that reason.

Ceremony Wedding Dress: Lazaro 3152  | Reception Wedding Dress: Lazaro 3052 | Photography: Cindy Guessford Photography | Ceremony: Saint Rita of Cascia Catholic Church | Reception: Cescaphe Ballroom | Event Planning: Meagan and Michael from Cescaphe Ballroom | Floral + Lighting Design: Beautiful Blooms | Cake: Cescaphe Ballroom

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Kara + James | Monique Lhuillier Wedding from Lina Jang Photography

Kara + James’ travel inspired wedding, is sure to make you smile as the bride and groom were not the only ones to live happily ever after.  Kara’s dress called Candy by Monique Lhuillier had a happy ending too! Kara explains: “I sold my dress to a lovely girl that has now become my friend. We have gone out for dinner, and literally text each other every other day.  I am so excited for her wedding!” Oh my goodness, I love that!! Other things to love: a wedding cake designed in the shape of vintage suitcases…super fun and flattering little black dress bridesmaid dresses that have a multiple wear appeal…equally fun bubblegum pink pumps for the gals…and Kara as the most ‘whimsical, feminine and beautiful’ bride.  Just perfect, Enjoy!

Kara + James | September 15th, 2012 | Battery Gardens, New York, New York

The Ceremony
Our ceremony took place at Battery Gardens.  The room was aglow with candles and we had panoramic views of the New York Harbor and Statue of Liberty.  We were surrounded by our friends and family as we pledged to spend the rest of our lives together.  It was truly romantic.  After the ceremony, we invited our guests to join us for cocktail hour on the patio.  We were greeted by a spectacular sunset and soft flamenco music strung by a guitarist. 

The Reception
We kicked off our reception by dancing a lively rumba that we had been practicing for months.  We wanted our first dance to inspire our guests and set the tone for some serious dancing.  Our efforts were effective as the crowd was cheering and the dance floor was packed the entire night.  One of our shared passions is traveling so we themed the reception around all of our travels.  The guest tables were named after places we have been, and each guest received a postcard that detailed our experiences there.  Our cake, shaped like vintage suitcases, topped off the theme. 

Kara’s Dress Search
I began dress shopping with my mother and girlfriends and decided that it was too important of a decision to make without James.  We always do everything together so why should this be any different.  Therefore, I arranged for him to see my top picks.  The first dress that he saw me in was Candy by Monique Lhuillier.  When I stepped out of the fitting room the look on his face said it all.  He told me that I was beautiful and that he was SOLD.  I was thrilled, as it happened to be my favorite as well. 

How Kara Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Whimsical, Feminine, & Beautiful

Why Kara Decided to Sell Her Dress
I loved my dress from the moment I put it on.  Candy’s light, whimsical style complimented my shape and made me feel beautiful.  I was able to dance the night away and everyone kept telling me how amazing my dress was…and I believed them. Since this dress brought me so much pleasure, I though why not share it with someone else.  I have had the best experience with the PreOwnedWeddingDresses site.  I sold my dress to a lovely girl that has now become my friend.  We have gone out for dinner, and literally text each other every other day.  I am so excited for her wedding!

Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier ‘Candy’ | Photography: Lina Jang Photography | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Battery Gardens | Floral Design: Ariston Floral Boutique | Cake: Elegantly Iced

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Cathy + Craig | Rivini Wedding from Studio Castillero

Gorgeous flowers and a soft pink and grey color scheme create an ultra romantic atmosphere at today’s Real Wedding. Cathy and Craig said “I Do” under picture perfect California skies, surrounded by family and friends.  A stylish event space and spirited details (love the awesome groom’s cake!) made this celebration a night to remember. At the center of it all, Cathy looked simply stunning in her elegant Rivini gown. It was truly a dream come true for this beautiful bride and her handsome husband!

Cathy + Craig | July 8th, 2012 | Livermore, California

The ceremony

Our wedding ceremony was held on the lush patio at the Palms Event Center. It was a beautiful day in July. Blue skies, breathtaking views of the vineyards and the gently sloping foothills were our backdrop. Our florist had done a fantastic job and created four gorgeous and elegant arrangements of peonies, orchids, and hydrangeas in shades of cream, white, and soft pink that framed the isle. We had all our loved ones in one place and we couldn’t have asked for more.

The reception

For our reception we dined and partied the evening away in the Palms grand estate room which was lined with wine barrels and over 200 tea lights. I wanted to have the room be soft and romantic and exude what I wanted the night to be about: romance and love. Our wedding colors were white, a light and airy grey and soft pinks. We had white draping put behind the head table along with behind our dessert bar. We also had a gorgeous large accent mirror placed behind the dessert bar that had writing on it that read “All you need in life is love and…. a little dessert”. We place a white dance floor in the middle of the room and framed it with some lounge seating. It was important to us that our guest had a great time so what better way to do that then to dance the night away? All in all, from our wedding planner to our amazing florist to the staff at the Palms and our fun loving photographers, our vendors went above and beyond and gave my husband and I a wedding that surpassed what we could have ever dreamed of.

Cathy’s dress search

When I started my wedding dress search I had intended on a lace style gown, but as I started trying on dresses, I realized that they did not flatter me. The longer I searched the more confused I got. I tried on over a 100 dresses but at some point I saw the Lismora on a wedding blog and fell completely in love with the dress (but not the price tag). I tried to put it out of my mind but could not. I thought I could order it in at a local bridal salon to try on so that I would find out that maybe I didn’t love it. Well I was wrong there. I tried it on and I loved it just as much as when I had seen it on the blog if not more. I gave myself another month to try on similar styles but nothing compared so I ended up buying my Lismora, and I couldn’t have been happier.

The way Cathy felt in her wedding dress

Elegant, Beautiful, Glamorous

Why Cathy decided to sell her wedding dress

Wedding gowns are a thing of beauty and it saddens me to think that they are only worn once and then put away somewhere in a dark closet. I want someone else to be able to feel the same way I did on my wedding day in a gorgeous couture wedding dress, but without having to spend all that money.

Cathy’s wedding dress: Rivini, Lismora

Photography: Rachel and Rico from Studio Castillero

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Palms Event Center 

Event Planning: Kristen of Sugar Rush Events 

Floral Design: Vo Floral Designs 

Cake and Cupcake Tower: Beth at Studio Cake 

Other Desserts and Grooms Cake: Rachael and Kyle, Sweet Tooth Confections 

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