Nicole + Matthew | Ines Di Santo Wedding from The Studio Photographers

Nicole + Matthew’s Philadelphia wedding was a glamorous, shimmering downtown affair.  I love this couple’s choice of reception venue, The Franklin Institute in a grand room where Ben Franklin’s National Monument lives – really striking.  Other details not to miss, Nicole’s high impact Ines Di Santo gown, sweetheart neckline with a rouched bodice, dropped waist with a gorgeous flower to the side.  Nicole explains: “I removed the silk covered buttons down the back and added Swarovski crystal buttons…My dress also has a Swarovski crystal belt attached under the bust for an extra pop!” That sounds and LOOKS amazing.  Enjoy!

Nicole + Matthew | June 2nd, 2012 | Philadelphia

The Ceremony + Reception
We had a traditional Catholic Church ceremony.  Our reception was held at The Franklin Institute, in the room with Ben Franklin’s National Monument – A beautiful museum.

Nicole’s Dress Search
I knew the style I wanted and bought that style although it took me many places and many dresses to find the right one.

How Nicole Felt In Her Wedding Dress
Beautiful, Stylish, Glamorous

Why Nicole Decided To Sell Her Wedding Dress
This dress was very expensive…actually it was out of my budget but I had to splurge because I loved it so much. I will never wear it again so I hope I could sell it to someone who would love it as much as me with added bonus of it being a fraction of the price.

Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo Turquoise | Photography: The Studio | Ceremony Venue: St Patricks Church | Reception Venue: The Franklin Institute  | Event Planning: DFW Planning  | Floral Design: June Florist  | Cake: Breadenbecks

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Kelly + Adam | Christos Wedding from Kim Box Photography

Music, soft-feminine floral arrangements, a stunning wedding party and an outdoor tented reception that Kelly + Adam aimed to be  “comfortable and fun!“. Kelly explains, “Weddings can be so scripted and stuffy, which is not us as a couple. So we threw tradition to the wind in just about every aspect… from the music to the food, to the arrangement of furniture.” I love that! Fun details not to miss: real southern fair (served throughout the entire night), a simple, yet truly enchanting floral altar for the I Do’s, and Kelly’s Christos sweetheart strapless lace gown with an illusion one-shoulder sleeve style and crystal beading at the waist. Perfect!

Kelly + Adam | October 20, 2012 | The Waters, Pike Road, Alabama

The Ceremony
Our goal for our wedding was three-fold: that everyone feel a part of this great love that we have been blessed with, to feel a part of the worshipful experience of joining our lives together, and that everyone have fun! Weddings can be so scripted and stuffy, which is not us as a couple. So we threw tradition to the wind with just about every aspect… from the music to the food, to the arrangement of furniture. What I was most proud of was the music. The bridesmaids walked down the aisle to my favorite song “Love Is Not a Fight” sung by one of my best friends, Tiffany McCauley. The whole congregation took communion to the song “Wonderful, Merciful Savior” sung by Tommy Newman. Adam and I walked out to the song “Oh Happy Day” sung by Troy University’s Gospel Choir.

The Reception
The food was all very real, southern, identifiable food that we like to eat. We had a southern station with fried chicken fingers, mac n cheese and fried pickles. We had a shrimp and grits station with different types of salads. There was a Mexican station with made to order fajitas and chips and cheese dip.  Adam is a professional baseball player so we had a baseball table with hot dogs and hamburgers and a server dressed in Adam’s Troy University baseball jersey. At cocktail hour there was an old-fashioned popcorn maker and toppings station and BLT’s and Conecuh sausage. We had cupcakes and later in the night the caterers brought out ice cream stations and passed out ice cream sandwiches and more on silver platters. The furniture, all centered around the dance floor (so as to encourage people to dance) varied from tables and chairs to hay bale couches with old handmade quilts on top.  It was just comfortable and fun! The photo booth was also the hit of the night! I, along with my bridesmaids had to be kicked out so that more people could get in!

Kelly’s Dress Search
I knew that I did not want a strapless dress and I knew that I wanted something unique. I never thought I would choose a lace dress, but I knew when I saw this dress that this is what I was looking for without even knowing it.

How Kelly Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Beautiful, Comfortable, Elegant

Why Kelly Decided To Sell Her Wedding Dress
I adore my dress and the way I felt in it, it really helped make my day the beautiful day it was. Thus, it felt almost unjust to store the dress in a box and stuff it in a closet. This dress is just too beautiful and should be worn by another who will create more memories wearing it.

Wedding Dress: Christos | Photography: Kim Box Photography | Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Waters Meeting House | Event Planning: Evan & Co | Floral Design: Evan & Co | Cake: Alyson Gramley

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Yvette + John | Enzoani Wedding from Jesse Leos Photography

Today’s featured wedding is an exquisite example of a modern-elegant event! With an eye for design, architecture and the power of color and light, Yvette + John’s Dallas ,Texas wedding is playful, inviting and oh so tasteful.  And how exactly does one piece modern design and elegance together so succinctly you ask? The clean lines and vaulted ceilings at the church…the unexpected raw-industrial loft space of the reception…combined with a soft palette of white-gray and vibrant yellow lends itself to modern touches.  While the bride and groom are dressed in classic formal style in wardrobe choices that say – fresh, fashionable and elegant. Wow, really beautiful and so inviting!

Yvette + John | June 30th, 2012 | Dallas, Texas

The Ceremony
The ceremony was located at All Saints Catholic Church. It was a very traditional classic ceremony. The church was beautiful with stained glass windows and magnificent architecture!

The Reception
We chose The Filter Building on White Rock Lake to host our wedding reception, a gorgeous venue!  The beautiful 1920s historic building with stunning terraces and sweeping views just take your breath away. The venue’s vintage industrial interior served as the perfect backdrop to carry out any theme. The amazing view of White Rock Lake coupled with red brick walls, original iron trusses and lots of windows gave the space that urban industrial style we were looking for.  Our theme was a modern but elegant. Everything from my lace wedding dress, modern bridesmaid dresses, invitations, place cards, cake, centerpieces, signature cocktail, all reflected our contemporary modern style.  We chose gray and yellow as our colors because to us they represented summer with a modern vintage twist! The room was very spacious and had a simple but elegant look and feel!

Yvette’s Dress Search
When I first started searching for a wedding dress I really had no clue what I wanted.  I was so overwhelmed with all the different styles, cuts, textures, etc.  It took about 3 months until I finally figured out what I did not want.  I crossed out several styles; BIG ball gown dresses, sleeves, beads mixed with rhinestones, fit-and-flare, etc. And not because they were ugly but because they just weren’t me. Once I realized this, I knew what I was looking for: something classy, modern, flattering and fitting, vintage and lacy, sleeveless, and something that would be comfortable because Texas summers can be brutal and I am wearing this for 8-10hrs.

How Yvette Felt In Her Wedding Dress
Stunning, Classy, Elegant

Why Yvette Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
People ask me all the time why I want to sell my dress, especially because it was the most gorgeous dress they’ve ever seen. My response is, “I want other brides to feel how I did every time I put on that special dress, only for a fraction of the cost”.

Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Photography: Jesse Leos Photography | Ceremony Venue: All Saints Catholic Church | Reception Venue: The Filter Building on White Rock Lake | Floral Design: Haute Floral | Cake: Romano’s Bakery

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Barbara + Aaron | Jim Hjelm Wedding from Lisa Hancock Weddings

Here is a really lovely, quaint and intimate wedding from Chappaqua, New York to start off your week! Focusing on the history and charm of their venue allowed Barbara + Aaron to host a fall wedding for all 50 of their guests full of music, a delicious five-course meal and rustic atmosphere. I love that today’s featured couple composed the music together for their processional and that they used old sheet music to make paper cones filled with rose pedals for the ceremony. Don’t miss Barbara’s tips for picking out your perfect gown. Cheers!

Barbara + Aaron | October 8, 2011 | Crabtree’s Kittle House, Chappaqua, New York

The Ceremony
Our intimate ceremony – only 50 guests – was held in a private outdoor garden bordered by manicured rows of greenery and autumn leaves. Rather than lay a runner down the center aisle, we walked on the existing stone pathway. A longtime friend married us and a pianist performed an original song composed by us (we’re both in the music business) as a processional. For additional personal touches, we created paper cones made from the sheet music of classic love songs and filled them with rose petals for tossing; we also wrote our own vows and chose to do a wine/love letter unity ritual, which we placed in a custom made wine box engraved with our wedding date and the words, “love conquers all.” The overall look was rustic chic with modern elements for a timeless and elegant feel.

The Reception
We carried the theme of our ceremony into our reception, which was held in the main room of the venue. Our dining room was full of charm with old, wooden beams complemented by pale grey walls and whitewashed chair rails, French doors, and velvet curtains in deep chestnut. Off the dining room was the taproom, where we held our cocktail hour and kept an open bar, which boasts a tin roof, large stone fireplace that we had filled with lit candles, a baby grand piano, and velvet chairs. Our first dance was to “Everything” by Michael Buble and we enjoyed a five-course meal with friends and family. The Kittle House was amazing — the concierge made sure that I had a glass of champagne in-hand at all times! We combined our favors and table cards by tying name tags/table numbers to wrapped caramel apples. For the centerpieces, we used deep orange and deep red flowers (no greenery!) in a modern wooden cube vase and glued metal numbers onto the wood. My goal was to keep the reception very clean and simple so as not to take away from all the character of the venue.

Barbara’s Dress Search
I knew that I wanted a lace gown, and I also knew that I wanted it to be fitted. It was very tempting to go with a ball gown and I did try some on (loved them!) but I stayed true to my original vision. One funny thing in particular, however, is that I’m not a fan of empire waists and with the inclusion of the satin/rhinestone sash, my gown is exactly that. It was the last gown that I tried on because I didn’t like that aspect of it and it turned out to be the one! Now my advice is to always try on a couple of gowns that you aren’t sure about.

How Barbara Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Elegant, Feminine, Beautiful

Why Barbara Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
While my gown was everything that I dreamed of for my wedding day, I won’t need to wear it again and let’s face it — if I ever have a daughter, I’m sure she’ll want to choose her own dress! That said, there is someone out there who will love this gown as wholeheartedly as I did for that one special day and this gown is so beautiful, it deserves to be worn again. I know that it can make another girl (and groom!) very happy!

Wedding Dress:  Jim Hjelm | Photography: Lisa Hancock Weddings | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Crabtree’s Kittle House | Event Planning: All done by bride! | Floral Design: Four Seasons Flowers | Cake: Brittany Zachos, a cousin of the bride

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