Monica + Tim | Rivini Wedding from Paul Barnett Photography

Playful, fun with just a touch of vintage, bohemian flare…Monica + Tim’s Ranchos Santa Fe wedding is stunning! I love the use of succulents, the ornamental plant, for the bridal bouquet and floral arrangements.  The thick cacti-like leaves in combination with the succulents’ muted colors is such a refreshing choice for a September wedding.  And I am such a fan of all the candles! But my favorite is how it all comes into focus with Monica in her Rivini silk and organza dress with the most inviting ruffles at the bottom, modern with just a hint of vintage…perfect!

Monica + Tim | September 1, 2012 | Villa de Flores, Rancho Santa Fe, CA

The Ceremony + Reception
Our ceremony was very intimate with 3 and 4 seats in a row and than people on the side. It was an outside garden catholic ceremony. We had a solo guitarist and candles and white petals lining the aisles with chiavari chairs and floral accents everywhere. We had an outdoor-tented reception with a blue palette and blankets of candles everywhere.

Monica’s Dress Search
I saw my dress in a magazine I was in for my business Pure Barre Newport Beach. I was flipping through and wasn’t even engaged yet and saw it and thought it was so cool. It was modern and sexy yet had that girlie feel that you wanted when you were little. It wrapped the multiple personalities of me into one dress. It was the 2nd dress I tried on and my girlfriends wouldn’t let me try anything else on. When I tried it on for my parents my dad got all teary and my mom couldn’t stop smiling. So I knew it was the one.

How Monica Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Sexy, Beautiful and Fun.

Why Monica Decided To Sell Her Wedding Dress
We live in a very small house and we just got our offer accepted to buy a house. We are trying to make cuts and I thought selling my dress so I can move onto the next chapter of my life would be a great idea. I would love to wear it again but really…where would I wear it? I felt so amazing in it and it was the best day of my life so far but its unrealistic to have it in the closet when I can sell it to help make another girl feel beautiful in it.

Monica’s Wedding Dress: Rivini Lismora Spring 2010 | Photography: Paul Barnett | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Villa de Flores | Event Planning: The bride’s cousin! Liz Beck Events | Floral Design: Annette Gomez | Cake: Sweet Cheeks

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Lindsey + Jesse | Vera Wang White Wedding from John Rozier Photography

This is such a pretty wedding from the Knowlton Mansion in Philadelphia in a lovely soft palette of ivory, champagne, blush, and dusty rose.  I love that the bride let the the bridesmaids choose their dress using the soft blush tones as their guideline.  The result gives the perfect sense of style and personality for each member of the bridal party, not to mention compliments Lindsey’s dusty rose sash and airy organza layering of her Vera Wang White fit-to-flare gown.  And it is no surprise that the way Lindsey felt in her wedding dress is once again, a perfect description for this exquisite day: Feminine, Lovely, Ethereal. Enjoy!

Lindsey + Jesse | June 2, 2012 | Knowlton Mansion, Fox Chase, Philadelphia

The Ceremony
William Rhawn bought the 13 acres of ground and built the mansion, carriage house and stables and gatekeeper’s house as their summer estate in the late 1800s. The project was designed by Victorian architect Frank Furness. The ceremony took place outside in the garden and was surrounded by boxwood and hydrangea bushes. The bridal party stood under a large white pergola wearing mismatched dresses they picked themselves. The girls chose dresses according to a palette of champagne, blush, and dusty rose. The groomsmen wore charcoal grey suits with matching grey ties. We had a string quartet perform as my bridesmaids and I processed to an adaptation of “Sweet Disposition” by the Temper Trap. The quartet also played a mid-ceremony song entitled, “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, as well as our recessional, which was “Beautiful Day” by U2.    

The Reception
Guests were ushered into a cocktail hour that took place both within the main conservatory of the mansion as well as out on the flagstone patio adjacent to the conservatory. The string quartet played for this hour and wait staff served hors d’oeuvres and drinks. The conservatory features the same architectural vision present in the rest of the mansion. It has 30-foot vaulted timber ceilings with glass skylights, poured concrete floors and a beautiful wooden cupola in the center. Jesse and I danced to “Everything” by Michael Buble for our first dance and hosted a cigar bar on the patio for our guests throughout the evening. The mansion also features a wine cellar that we chose to open for our guests. It’s located just off of the main conservatory extension and was part of the original design of the building. Staff of Knowlton Mansion paired chocolates, fruits and cheeses with selected wines for guests when they entered the cellar. We also had them prepare a whiskey tasting for those inclined to try!

Lindsey’s Dress Search
I had found a picture of the Vera White collection in a bridal magazine and really loved it. We shopped around at 2-3 stores (on the first day of the process) before making our way to David’s Bridal. I honestly didn’t have an idea that the White collection was distributed by David’s Bridal. I didn’t pay much attention to the clipping other than I loved the dress design and that it was by Vera Wang. In the end, I didn’t get the dress I had clipped from the magazine; it did come down to it and the one gown I did buy (both were strapless, and drop waist ball gowns). I knew the dress I ended up with was likely “it” from the moment I slipped into it – this gown flowed, bounced and moved in such a way that it made me want to dance right out of the store. It is a fun dress in addition to it being a beautiful dress.

How Lindsey Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Feminine, Lovely, Ethereal

Why Lindsey Decided To Sell Her Wedding Dress
Pictures are sentimental enough for me. I love this dress and loved wearing it, but I don’t need to keep it boxed up in our attic. It should continue to be admired!

Lindsey’s Wedding Dress: Vera Wang White | Photography: John Rozier Photography | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Knowlton Mansion | Event Planning: Knowlton Mansion | Floral Design: Brittany Gillespie, owner of Petals Lane | Catering + Cake: Conroy Catering

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Janette + David | Kenneth Pool Wedding from Veronica Lola Photography

In a word, Janette + David’s peacock inspired wedding from Point Pleasant, New Jersey is iridescent! The duchess satin and the Swarovski crystals surrounding the bust of Janette’s Kenneth Pool gown ‘Romantic’ makes today’s featured bride perfectly radiant and glowing…not to mention so glamorous.  Don’t miss the very fun and playful bridal shoot that was taken at Point Pleasant Jenkinson’s Boardwalk just a couple of months before Hurricane Sandy devastated the Jersey Shore.  Janette explains: Everyone on the boardwalk was so friendly and welcoming! The game attendants let us play the games for free for the photos and the ocean was the perfect backdrop. It was a great experience.

Janette + David | August 25th, 2012 | Point Pleasant, NJ

The Ceremony
The ceremony was located at Bay Head Chapel in Bay Head, NJ. I fell in love with this chapel and knew that I had to be married there. The 120 yr old chapel is located a block away from the beach and looks like it could be right out of Nantucket. It had all the charm and beauty that I dreamt of as a little girl. I did not use many decorations inside the chapel as the interior was stunning in itself and I did not want to take away from its natural beauty.

The Reception
We chose The Lobster Shanty Sunset Ballroom in Point Pleasant, NJ. Situated right on the Manasquan inlet, it was the perfect backdrop to an even more perfect day. It was slightly overcast with a wonderful breeze, which for August was a gift from the Wedding Gods!!! Everyone enjoyed cocktail hour outside on the deck to watch the sunset over the water. We were sold once we saw the view and the stunning chandeliers that lit the room. We always knew that we wanted to get married at the beach, as I grew up on Long Beach Island and Dave spent his summers in Point Pleasant. The banquet room is lined with windows so that the view is never missed from any angle.

We chose a peacock themed wedding as the colors are bright, vibrant, and really stood out in the photographs. Everything was peacock; from the bridesmaids dresses, clutch bags, boutonnieres

, invitations, programs, menus, centerpieces, and color of the flowers. My flowers were truly the most beautiful flowers I had ever seen. The day was everything I had imagined, and more.

Janette’s Dress Search
I had searched online endlessly for dresses! I had a Lazaro in mind when I went to my first dress shop, I was certain this beaded sheath dress was my gown… that is until I tried it on. It just was not for me. I had never thought that I would want a drop waist/mermaid style gown. However the bridal consultant encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and try a mermaid style dress on. It was from that moment that I knew I had found my shape, now I just needed to find the right dress.  The day I found my perfect dress I went on my own. With just the bridal consultant and me I had found the one! When she pulled the dress, I did not even want to try it on, but she convinced me. I put on my ‘Romantic’ Kenneth Pool gown and immediately fell in love. I knew from that moment that this dress would make me feel like the most beautiful bride in the world. From the Swarovski crystals surrounding the bust, the luxurious duchess satin, the beautiful bustled skirt, the sweetheart neckline, I wish I could wear it everyday!

How Janette Felt in Her Dress
I felt like the elegant princess I had always dreamed of! It was old Hollywood glamor at its best!

Why Janette Decided To Sell Her Wedding Dress
I decided to sell my dress because I wanted to give another bride the opportunity to feel as beautiful as I did on my wedding day. I made sure that no fabric was cut so that it would not limit the brides who might want to wear it. It makes me feel good that another bride will hopefully get to wear this unbelievably beautiful designer gown for just a fraction of the cost.

Wedding Dress: Kenneth Pool ‘Romantic’ | Photographer: Veronica Lola Photography | Ceremony: Bay Head Chapel | Reception: Lobster Shanty Sunset Ballroom | Floral Design: Purple Iris Flower Shop | Cake: Mueller’s Bakery of Bay Head | Centerpiece Design: Amore Event Design

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Kerri + Hugh | A Monique Lhuillier Wedding from Gina Munda Photography

It was love at first sight when Kerri discovered her gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown. But, the high price tag had her thinking twice about walking down the aisle in her dream wedding gown. Luckily, she found just what she was looking for on Now, she’s ready to pass this amazing gown on to another special bride. Now that’s a great love story!

Kerri + Hugh | September 12, 2012 | Squaw Valley, North Lake Tahoe

The ceremony

The ceremony took place at the Painted Rock Lodge.  We rented the lodge for the week and had the wedding in the front yard on the Truckee River.

The reception

Our reception was held in the back yard of the Painted Rock Lodge that backs up to the National Forest.

Kerri’s dress search

I had no idea what kind of wedding dress I wanted.  I started at dress shops and quickly became discouraged because even simple dresses were $3000!  Of course I fell in love with Monique Lhuillier dresses …which were all priced at six to eight thousand.  There was no way I was going to spend this much money on a dress, but after visiting a few bridal shops, I had my mind set on a romantic lace dress with an open back.  I found out about and found several all lace Monique dresses.  I bought my dress for half the retail price and the previous owner had only worn the dress for a few hours.  The dress was in perfect condition when I received it.  We did the transaction through Escrow so that both the seller and myself felt secure in making the transaction.  It was so easy, I just had to fill out the escrow paperwork, make the wire transfer at the bank, and wait for my dream dress to arrive.  Two days later, I had my dress, loved it, accepted the transaction on Escrow and the money was wired to the seller.

The way Kerri felt in her wedding dress

Elegant, classic, beautiful

Why Kerri decided to sell her wedding dress

I will never wear it again, why not?

Kerri’s wedding dress: Monique Lhuillier, Ingrid

Photography: Gina Munda PhotographyCeremony & Reception Venue: Painted Rock LodgeCake: Tahoe House


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