Kate + Cory | Reem Acra Wedding from White Loft Studio

Croquet, bocce and blankets…Kate + Cory’s waterfront wedding in Edgecomb, Maine was relaxed, summery and charming.  I love this “sit-where-you like” kind of day, set on the groom’s family property with nuptials amidst the trees and a tented reception.  Kate looks so natural in her floral crown and Reem Acra sheath gown…not to mention she looks totally in love! Don’t miss the delightful table decor or all of the really beautiful people that graced this darling wedding. Enjoy!

Kate + Cory | August 25, 2012 | Edgecomb, Maine

The Ceremony
We were married on the water at Cory’s parents house on the coast of Maine, a special place to us. We spent many of our first dates there. Our dear friend Liz officiated the ceremony and family and friends contributed to the entire day, from singing during the ceremony to helping us arrange flowers. We both wrote our own vows and waited until that very moment to read them to each other. They were so heartfelt & we both teared up. And at the end we sped away in a boat for a few moments alone – so glamorous!

The Reception
Our vision for the wedding reception we wanted people to feel like they were at a home, not at a formal sit- down dinner. We had a long, relaxed cocktail hour. Guests played bocce and croquet while listening to the amazing fiddle music of our band while enjoying dark & stormies and delicious appetizers. Dinner was a sit-where-you like at long tables, and the Good Food Store cooked up the most amazing barbecue and fixings. I had a fun time working on decorations with my mom and maid of honor, but we mostly kept it simple because the setting was so beautiful. Later in the night family & friends surprised us with a display of real fireworks and we danced the night away under the stars. It was such a perfect day to share with the people we love.

Kate’s Dress Search
I knew from the start that I wanted a simple but elegant dress that fit the beautiful outdoor setting of our wedding. My taste runs to the timeless and classic and I was looking for a dress that would feel breezy and natural. I tried on many dresses, but when I saw this Reem Acra dress pop up on the Gilt Groupe site, I knew it was the one! Not only is it beautifully constructed, but it was so comfortable to wear and I felt like a goddess.

How Kate Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Beautiful, Lucky & In Love

Why Kate Decided To Sell Her Wedding Dress
It makes me a little sad to see it just hanging in my closet; I’d much rather see the dress bring another bride joy on their wedding day.

Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Photography: Heidi Murphy of White Loft Studio | Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Groom’s Family Property in Edgecomb, Maine | Event Planning: Beautiful Days Events | Floral Design: Beautiful Days Events & DIY | Catering: Good Food Store | Cake: Pies from Treats of Maine | Band: Tricky Britches


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Agnes + Ludwig | Vera Wang Wedding from Anna and Spencer Photography

Elegant and captivating…Agnes + Ludwig’s Atlanta wedding has an ethereal quality that whisks you away like a ballet.  And artistic too.  Today’s featured bride not only walked down the aisle while her groom played the violin, but she also is an event planner and designer in her own right; responsible for the gorgeous array of flowers, stunning table displays and a beautifully themed wedding fit for royalty.  I couldn’t agree with you more Agnes, you truly are, “Incredibly beautiful and impeccable, like a princess bride.” Enjoy!

Agnes + Ludwig | November 10, 2012 | Atlanta, GA

The Ceremony
We had a traditional, religious ceremony at the Peachtree Road United Methodist Church and a Chinese Tea Ceremony at St. Regis, Atlanta. For the church ceremony we had huge flowers as centerpieces that gave that final touch to the ceremony.  And when I walked down the aisle, my husband was playing violin. It was so touching.

The Reception
Atlanta was the perfect city for our reception because it is home to one of my favorite hotels, Mandarin Oriental. It is such an intimate space with the most delicious food and elegant modern style. For our décor theme, we used white, gray and pink, involving different textures and florals. For a sophisticated look throughout the reception we used big crystal trees, crystal flower vases and peonies and ranunculus flowers as centerpieces. For the finishing touch, we had candles at the corridor that guided our guests to the banquet hall.

Agnes’ Dress Search
Whenever I thought of my wedding dress, Vera Wang was the only option – I swear there was no other choice!  So the day after the engagement, Vera Wang was the first website I went to.  I wanted my ceremony gown to be traditional, classic and elegant for the exchanging of vows and my evening gown to be modern and romantic. My tulle ball gown made me feel like a queen and it matched my pearl earrings perfectly.  For the banquet reception I went for modern and romantic gown, that went perfect with my Tiffany jewelry.

How Agnes Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Incredibly beautiful and impeccable like a princess bride

Why Agnes Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
Simply put…because my closet so tiny!

Reception Wedding Dress: Vera Wang Farrah | Photography: Anna and Spencer Photography | Ceremony Venue: Peachtree Road United Methodist Church  | Reception Venue: Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta | Event Planning + Design: Agnes M Event Planning & Design,  (Today’s Featured Bride)



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Jessica + Thomas | Romona Keveza Wedding from Virgin Portraits

Jessica + Thomas’ destination wedding to Peter Island in the British Virgin Island’s was an intimate get away for two…or as Jessica said it, a “a private island paradise”.  So good! Jessica looks lovely in her Romona Keveza gown.  I love her simple yet timeless single pearl earrings and matching necklace and the fresh white tropical flowers in her hair.  May this beautiful wedding utopia wedding stay with you all week, enjoy!

Jessica + Thomas | May 8, 2012 | Peter Island, British Virgin Islands

The Ceremony
There are some places on earth that simply must be experienced to fully understand. Peter Island is one of those places. While words and images can stir the imagination, you will never know the true magic of this private island paradise until you feel it beneath your feet. This true island paradise provided the perfect backdrop and venue for our intimate wedding ceremony. We started our wedding day with morning snorkeling at the mouth of the Bight near Norman Island. Then we sailed to Peter Island to prepare for our late afternoon nuptials. With only two friends by our side, we were married by Reverend Myron Stevens in the Coconut Grove overlooking the beach and Deadman’s Bay.

The Reception
Immediately following the ceremony, we were presented with our marriage certificate and posed for pictures on the beach with the sun setting in the background. After sharing a bottle of champagne with our friends and a few phone calls to immediate family, we enjoyed a private dinner on the beach. The next day, we rejoined our friends on our sailboat to continue island hopping throughout the British Virgin Islands.

Jessica’s Dress Search
I always pictured myself wearing an ivory, lace dress with minimal details on my wedding day. The Romona Keveza dress fit this vision perfectly. The beaded belt was a bit of a surprise but added the right amount of detail to my gown and was complete perfection against the ivory lace.

How Jessica Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Timeless, Romantic, Beautiful

Why Jessica Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I only wore the dress for 2-3 hours for our destination wedding including ceremony and dinner. The dress is practically brand new; it is immaculate with no stains, rips or tears.
With the exception of our wedding video and photos, very few have seen me in this dress. It would be a shame if this dress were not worn again, especially considering its like new condition. A remarkable value for any bride-to-be!

Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Photography: Virgin Portraits and Personal Images provided by Today’s Featured Bride | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Peter Island Resort and Spa, BVI | Cake: Peter Island Resort and Spa, BVI

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Brooke + Jon | Monique Lhuillier Wedding from Meg Perotti Photography

Rustic, relaxed and natural…Brooke + Jon’s wedding in Northern California was elegant and full of charm set upon Marin Headlands’ former military barracks turned Center for the Arts. I love the little bits of bohemian meets vintage style: wood flooring, mismatched dining room chairs, cracked yellow walls and exposed lights with embroidered linens, roses, peonies, candles and strings of lights to fill the space. And my favorite, Brooke’s soft flowing locks and her delicate and feminine Monique Lhuillier gown called ‘Aspen’. Divine!

Brooke + Jon | May 19, 2012 | Marin Headlands, California

The Ceremony
We were married in the Marin Headlands, located on Northern California’s Pacific Coast just north of San Francisco. Our ceremony was in a beautiful lush field and was the perfect romantic setting.

The Reception
Our reception was exactly what we had wanted. Former military barracks that are now used as artist studios surrounds the park we were married in and our reception was in The Center for the Arts. We had a family style dinner in the Mess hall with ingredients fresh from the Farmer’s Market. We ended the evening dancing the night away to an 80’s cover band that got every one of our guests on the dance floor! The space is beautiful with its wood flooring, mismatched dining room chairs, cracked yellow walls and exposed lights so we kept the decorations to a minimum. Cream peonies embroidered linens, roses, peonies, candles and strings of lights filled the space to create the most unique and special place for us to celebrate with our friends and family.

Brooke’s Search Dress Search
I started my dress search not having a clue of what I wanted and quickly became overwhelmed with so many options. I knew I didn’t want a ball gown and that I loved lace but that was about all I was sure of. I actually originally purchased a different dress and realized quickly it was not the right dress for me (big time buyers remorse). All of the gowns at Monique Lhuillier are stunning but the dress I ultimately choose was perfect for me. It fit me like a glove and could not have been more perfect for our romantic wedding. I’m so glad I went with my gut feeling and got the wedding gown I truly loved.

How Brooke Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Timeless, Sparkling, Perfect

Why Brooke Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I decided to sell my wedding gown partly because it’s the practical thing to do and because I want someone else to enjoy wearing it as much as I did! I hate the idea of such a beautiful gown sitting in a box in storage. I decided to save my veil so if I have a daughter I can pass that on to her.

Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier ‘Aspen’ | Photographer: Meg Perotti | Ceremony Venue: Marin Headlands | Reception Venue: Marin Headlands Center for the Arts | Event Planner: Cassandra O’Gara at Downey Street Events | Florist: Natalie Bowen | Dessert: Pies from Pietisserie

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