Vickie + Ben | Vera Wang Wedding from Brett and Jessica Arthur Photography

Vickie + Ben’s rustic and modern flair wedding is simply delightful. With a garden ceremony amidst crab apple trees, I am completely charmed by the subtle lace edging of the bride’s veil and the way Vickie’s Vera Wang gown draped over the brick steps of the altar. Don’t miss this couple’s beautiful barn reception complete with twinkle lights, burlap table runners,  a rich array of forest and garden greens of cedar, fern, sprigs of rosemary and just a touch of succulents…or my favorite, the playful pops of yellow from the round little flower you have always wondered about, Craspedia, aka Billy Buttons! So sweet, enjoy!

Vickie + Ben | September 8th 2012, The Fearrington Pittsboro, North Carolina

The Ceremony
We got married in the beautiful gardens under crab apple trees at The Fearrington. The design was simplistic, allowing the natural beauty of the garden to shine. A good friend married us in a ceremony he wrote along with vows from both Ben and I.

The Reception
Our reception took place inside the beautiful barn at The Fearrington. The design was rustic with a modern flair. We had burlap runners made by the bride’s mom and the rest was designed by Mary, the florist at the Fearrington. There were lots of small touches added from many Etsy purchases! The goal was to have a very custom wedding, that spoke to who both Ben and I are as a couple.

Vickie’s Dress Search
I knew I wanted a mermaid dress with hints of lace. So yes – I knew exactly what I wanted!

How Vickie Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Special, Beautiful, Proud

Why Vickie Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I want someone else to be able to enjoy what took us 5 months to create. It will just sit in a box for another 30 years – and that is a waste of a wonderful dress!

Wedding Dress: Vera Wang Fawn | Photography: Brett and Jessica Arthur Photography | Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Fearrington, Pittsboro, NC | Event Planning: Gilda McDaniel | Floral Design: Mary Stevens | Cake: Jill Leckey

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Tina + Peter | Ysa Makino Wedding from Duke Photography

Lush, glamorous and dripping with roses…Tina + Peter packed their day full of romance for all 480 of their guests! No detail was spared: an entire banquet hall draped in white silk, the most elaborate 7 tier wedding cake I have ever seen and a birdcage gifting box with two real doves nesting inside. And to top it all off, when Tina went in for her final fitting of her original dress (the satin beauty worn at the ceremony), she fell in love with this Ysa Makino gown that she just had to have for her reception.  Tina explains, ‘This is a bold, trend setting, high impact centerpiece, not just a dress! It was a show stopping statement dress that insured  I was the bride that stole the show!’ You are so right Tina.  Enjoy!

Tina + Peter | September 28th, 2012 | Renaissance Banquet Hall, Glendale CA

The Ceremony
Our ceremony took place at a Christian orthodox church. The church was very romantic with rose pedals on a runner down the aisle, flower hanging balls at the end of each bench, with two large centerpieces at the end of the altar. We had large, medium and small glass holders and candles all down the aisle as well.

The Reception
We had a 480-person banquet style reception at a venue called Renaissance. The theme was traditional, romantic and elegant in a scheme of creams, gold and whites. We piped and draped the entire banquet hall with white silk drapes with lights to illuminate the room as if it was lit by candles. We had an 8 ft centerpiece as guests entered the venue where we had a cocktail reception before the banquet reception begun. Special décor details included: A birdcage gifting box with two real doves, we had a 7 tier wedding cake, and our wedding party walked in and made a hockey bridge with hockey sticks and we entered under the bridge as my husband was a hockey player all his life.

Tina’s Dress Search
I actually started my dress search completely lost.  I was never that girl growing up that had her dream wedding or dress in mind. I knew that I wanted a statement dress. When I first began looking I was leaning toward the mermaid silhouette most but then after trying a few ball gowns realized I just felt better in the ball gown, it was so grand and I figured what other time in your life are you going to get away with wearing a ball gown?  

How Tina Felt In Her Wedding Dress
Elegant, Stunning, Confident

Why Tina Decided To Sell Her Wedding Dress
My husband and I are planning to purchase our first home and after a lavish wedding that was paid for mostly by him,  I would love to be able to use the money I would get from my dress sale toward contributing to our down payment for our home.

Wedding Dress: Ysa Makino | Photography: Duke Photography | Ceremony Venue: St Peter Armenian Church | Floral Design: Shirvan Design, Haute Events & Florals | Cake: Royal Cakes

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Katie + Jason | Anne Barge Wedding from Jim Kennedy Photographers

Katie + Jason’s interfaith wedding was fresh, bright and completely charming.  I love that Katie admits, after trying on three mermaid style gowns, that she “gave-in” to her childhood fantasy of wearing a ball gown.  And what a perfect gown to fall in love with?! An Anne Barge, complete with an Alencon lace bodice, a champagne ribbon detail at the waist extending into a full asymmetrical layered tulle skirt with horsehair trim and Alencon lace appliques.  Don’t miss the stunning array of fresh white rose decor throughout the ceremony and reception or all twenty-two very photogenic members of Katie + Jason’s wedding party. Enjoy!

Katie + Jason | September 8, 2012 | Dana Point, CA

The Ceremony
Our ceremony was held on a cliff over looking the ocean.  Since we had an interfaith wedding, the cliff was located on the property of St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church. We had 200 guests seated facing the spectacular ocean view.  We were married by a Catholic priest and a Jewish Rabbi under a gorgeous chuppah while incorporating both catholic and Jewish traditions.  

The Reception
Our party continued at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott in Dana Point, CA, which is also located on a cliff overlooking the ocean.  We started with an outdoor cocktail hour gazing at the pool and ocean.  During the cocktail hour, we had our DJ play the electric violin to entertain guests while the last minute preparations were made in the ballroom. Our reception was located in the main ballroom.  With purple up lighting flooding the room, our guests were seated at tables of 10 with a beautiful centerpiece of manzanita branches and white flower balls made of roses.  We had 4 serving stations including, grouper fish tacos, prime rib, pasta, and a clam chowder bar.  Our guests ate, drank, and danced all night!!

Katie’s Dress Search
When I originally started my wedding dress search, I wanted a mermaid gown.  I tried on about 3 mermaid styles before I gave into my childhood fantasy of wearing a ball gown.  The second I saw my dress I knew it was the one.  I never wanted to take it off!  

How Katie Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Beautiful, Elegant, Amazing

Why Katie Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I decided to sell my wedding dress because it brought me so much joy and I want another bride to feel as happy and beautiful as I did on my wedding day.  I know this particular design is a little pricy, so I want to give someone else a chance to experience the magic this dress can bring to her big day.

Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Photography: Dawn Lowrey from Jim Kennedy Photographers | Ceremony Venue: St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, Dana Point CA | Reception Venue: Laguna Cliffs Marriott, Dana Point CA | Floral Design: 800 Rose Big | Cake: Its All About the Cake

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Sadie + Austin | Monique Lhuillier Wedding from Captured With Love Photography

The two-piece dress solution from Monique Lhuillier was a lifesaver for Sadie.  Being 6 feet tall, she explains, “It allowed me to size each part of my body equally (top & bottom).” Such a gorgeous and flattering choice! And equally stunning, was Sadie’s heirloom jewelry bouquet made of silver and clear rhinestone jewelry, freshwater pearls, glass beads and Swarovski crystals.  Wow! Congrats to Sadie + Austin, you two look fantastic!

Sadie + Austin | September 29, 2012 | Chicago, IL

The Ceremony
Our ceremony was at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Formerly a historic Polish Catholic Cathedral, the feel was very historic, and we felt God’s presence in this space.

The Reception
Formerly a dancer, I’ve always wanted to include the arts in our wedding. We wanted the reception to feel swanky and classy and fun, and we think the Joffrey Ballet Studios on State Street created an environment that helped capture that feeling.

Sadie’s Dress Search
My vision for my gown was to have a ball gown skirt that filled an entire room with pouf. The more I tried on gowns, I found fitted was much more flattering. Also, having a two- piece dress was key for me: I am 6’0″ tall, so fitting my proportions would have been impossible without a mix & match skirt.

How Sadie Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Ethereal is the only word that perfectly describes how I felt in my dress. I can say in complete honesty it is the most flattering piece of clothing I’ve ever put on my body.

Why Sadie Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I have student loans I still need to pay off!

Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier Magical | Photography: Captured with Love Photography, Toledo OH | Ceremony Venue: Covenant Presbyterian Church, Chicago IL  | Reception Venue: The Joffrey Ballet Studios, State St & Randolph St, Chicago IL  | Floral Design: Noaki Jewelry on Etsy  | Cake: Sprinkles Cupcakes of Chicago 


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