Just 80 miles north of Seattle, Christy and Mitch’s wedding in Roche Harbor was an intimate celebration for 40 of their closest friends and loved ones. I love the tasteful choice of words described on the couples wedding invitation: Because you have shared in our lives by your friendship & love… What a lovely message, simple, elegant and thought provoking and such was the theme of their special day: beautiful flowers, classic Washington state with all of it’s coastal charm, a divine Melissa Sweet lace gown and a very happy and beautiful couple. Congratulations Christy + Mitch!
Christy + Mitch | April 27, 2012 | Roche Harbor, Washington
Our ceremony was intimate and elegant. There were 40 people seated in the gardens overlooking the ocean. The ceremony was written by both Mitch & I and given by a close friend.
The reception had an hour of cocktails outside on the patio next to a roaring grand fireplace. We went inside for dinner and the night was filled with laughter, tears and smiles. Mitch & I danced our foxtrot that we had been practicing for months. He then gave a speech that brought tears to my eyes. The night ended with dancing inside, cigars out on the patio with the fireplace and mingling throughout.
Christy’s Dress Search
I knew I wanted a dress with lace and a natural waistline. I wanted it to be elegant and last the test of time. I thought I wanted short sleeves, but when I tried on the strapless sweetheart I fell in love with it.
How Christy Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Perfect, Magical and Radiant
Why Christy Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I want someone else to feel as stunning as I did on my wedding day and it made me sad to think of the dress staying in my closet.
“Welcome friends! Eat, drink and be married!” D’Anne’s adorable hand-painted sign welcoming guests says it all. This charming South Carolina wedding is loaded with chic style and Southern hospitality. I am loving D’Anne’s beautiful bridesmaids dresses…the vivid blue shade looked amazing against the soft pink peonies carried by her attendants. And, her romantic farmhouse-style reception, complete with soft candlelight and vintage accessories, won me over entirely. Cheers to this lovely couple, and their sweet Southern style!
D’Anne + Patrick | April 15, 2012 | Charleston, South Carolina
A garden setting on a plantation with Oak Trees, Spanish Moss and a view of the Ashley River in the backdrop.
The reception took place in a indoor pavilion on the Middleton Place Plantation within walking distance from the cocktail reception and ceremony. Romatic candlelight, chandeliers, lit fireplace, farmtables, peonies and soft shades of dusty blue and soft pink completed the vinatge, chic look.
I tried on several styles of dresses but the trumpet flair just felt the most like me.
Gorgeous, simply elegant and classicly chic
I want someone else to feel as gorgeous and special as I did when I wore this extraordinary dress.
D’Anne’s wedding dress: Romona Keveza, L111
Photography: Leigh Webber Photography
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Middleton Place
Floral Design: Stems
Savvy brides pre-sell their wedding dresses.
Wondering how to score the hottest dress of the season and still keep within your wedding budget? Today’s smart brides are choosing to pre-sell their gowns to ensure a sale (and savings) before they even walk down the aisle.
Pre-Sale is listing your gown before your wedding date. With pre-sale, a buyer and a seller agree on the transaction before the first bride wears it. Negotiating the selling price and other terms of sale in advance means you can walk down the aisle knowing that your dress has been sold (and part of your expense recouped). At the same time, the next happy buyer knows exactly when her dream dress will be available – at a fraction of the retail price. Both brides win!
We first spotted the pre-sale trend in spring 2009. At that time, Vera Wang’s Audrey was one of the hottest gowns. As such, it was one of the first gowns we noticed being pre-sold. Since then, Vera Wang’s Diana and Gemma, and Monique Lhuillier’s Candy and Sunday Rose have been listed as pre-sale dresses on multiple occasions. (And a first for this season, we just noticed a pre-rental listing for Vera Wang Holly).
Sellers listing their gowns as pre-sale report multiple inquires to their listings and positive experiences about selling their dresses in advance of their big days. As one pre-seller remarked to us, “I had my dress sold before my wedding day which was a huge relief.” (She recouped $4000 – more than 70% – of her gown purchase).
1) List it early. As soon as you’ve purchased the gown, it can be listed for sale with the “dress available” date noted. The longer your dress is on the market, the better your chances of finding a buyer.
2) Alter your gown with resale in mind. Your seamstress can leave additional fabric in the seams, or save extra material. Both are extremely helpful for the next bride.
3) Price it right. Used wedding dresses typically sell for about 50% of their retail price. Super hot styles with fetch a bit more. But the more attractive your price, the faster your sale.
4) Be flexible. Since pre-sale is still a new concept, be flexible on the terms of your sale so that both you and the buyer are comfortable with it. Full payment in advance is probably not acceptable to both sides, but a deposit to confirm intent can make sense.
Thinking of buying a pre-sale dress? Here’s what to keep in mind:
1) Negotiate all of the terms of sale. Negotiate the price, but also who is responsible for cleaning, and shipping costs. You’ll want to confirm the ship date and shipping method too.
2) Timing. Be sure to leave enough time between the ship date of the dress and your wedding date to allow the dress to be pressed and altered if necessary.
If you’ve got your heart set on a specific dress, but it’s stretching the limits of your budget, pre-sale might be the perfect option for you. Either as a buyer or a seller!
Kathleen and Grant dreamed of a wedding that was festive and fun, but felt personal and meaningful too. Their gorgeous Florida ceremony and reception was all that, and more. They found a gorgeous natural setting at a local country club, and even wrote their own vows. Don’t miss the amazingly beautiful canopy under which they said “I do.” The crystal beads and natural wood structure is awesome inspiration for couples looking to add a romantic element to their celebration.
Kathleen + Grant | March 5, 2011 | Sarasota, Florida
Our ceremony and reception were held at the beautiful University Park Country Club. It was a very short ceremony. The ceremony was officiated by my cousin who became ordained while he was a sniper in the Marines. We both wrote our own vows.
I wanted the reception to be very romantic and elegant but lots of fun so we did lots of candlelight, low lighting, crystals, and swag fabric. We went with an open bar for the fun factor. At one point there was even a dance off!
I had no idea what type of dress I wanted. I knew I definitely didn’t want a princess-type ball gown because I’m so small I would drown in it. My dress was actually the first dress I tried on and my bridesmaids were the ones that found it. I didn’t think I would like it at all, but after trying on many more dresses I found myself constantly comparing it to this one.
The way Kathleen felt in her wedding dress
Gorgeous, glowing, confident
I don’t plan on using it again and I would like someone else to feel the way I felt.
Kathleen’s wedding dress: St. Pucchi
Photography – Jamie Lee Photography
Ceremony & Reception venue – The University Park Country Club
Floral Design – Flowers by Fudgie