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GG + Ricky | Vera Wang Wedding From Angel Eyes Photography
By Josie on April 16th, 2014
This Chicago wedding is full of charm.  We love the gorgeous flowers, the pretty pale pink bridesmaid dresses and the bride’s stunning Vera Wang Ghillian. But most of all, we adore how radiant the couple looks and the happiness you … Continue reading

GG + Ricky | Vera Wang Wedding From Angel Eyes Photography


This Chicago wedding is full of charm.  We love the gorgeous flowers, the pretty pale pink bridesmaid dresses and the bride’s stunning Vera Wang Ghillian. But most of all, we adore how radiant the couple looks and the happiness you can feel through the pictures.

GG + Ricky | August 31, 2013 | Chicago, IL | Dress: Vera Wang Ghillian

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The Ceremony
We wanted to get married outside, and the Herrington has the perfect courtyard setting alongside the Fox River.  It was idyllic!  We walked down a rose petal aisle and got married underneath an arbor cascading with flowers.

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The Reception
The reception was also at the Herrington, which made it quite convenient for the guests.  The food is delicious and it is delivered to each guest with white glove service- a nice touch!  Our band, Red Wood, kept the dance floor packed all night!!

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GG’s Wedding Dress Search
I didn’t have a vision for my wedding dress.  My best friend and I decided to try looking when I was visiting her in North Carolina.  In our usual fashion we were being ridiculously goofy at this fancy bridal salon, when we found the PERFECT dress!  Naturally it was out of my budget, so I tried to put it out of my mind.  But every dress I tried on I compared to that dress!  Finally I brought my mom to the Vera Wang store in Chicago, and once I tried it on and saw her reaction, I knew I had to have this dress!!

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How She Felt In Her Wedding Dress
Ethereal, Breathtaking, Incandescently happy!

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Why She’s Selling Her Wedding Gown
This dress was one of the highlights of the wedding!  I absolutely LOVE it!!  Before the wedding I would look at pictures of the dress and it would immediately make me happy, and now I love all of our wedding photos.  I want to share that happiness with another girl who may not be able to afford the dress!

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Wedding Dress: Vera Wang Ghillian | Photography:  Angel Eyes Photography |  Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Herrington | Floral Design: Elizabeth Wray Design

Ruthie + Boris | Monique Lhuillier Wedding From A Day of Bliss Photography


If you’re looking for gorgeous all white wedding inspiration, look no further than today’s wedding.  From the white bouquets to the stunning tall centerpieces to the beautiful cake (designed by the bride no less), this wedding has it all. And the brides Monique Lhuillier Forever gown was the perfect choice for this elegant affair.

Ruthie & Boris | November, 23rd, 2013 | Addison Park, NJ | Dress: Monique Lhuillier Forever

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The Ceremony:
We had a traditional chuppah with a reformed rabbi. There were candles and white rose petals down the aisle. The chuppah itself had ivory drapery with a full top of ivory roses and orchids cascading down. Beautiful crystal balls with candles inside hung behind us.

A string trio played our songs. He came down the aisle to The Verve- Bittersweet Symphony, and My mother walked me down the aisle to Snow Patrol- Chasing Cars. We said our own vows which we both laughed and cried to. It was magical.

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The Reception:
We had a full ballroom for our 300 plus guests. The floors are black and white, and our tables were adorned with black candelabras and ivory roses. Our first dance was to John Legend, All of Me.

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Ruthie’s Wedding Dress Search:
I tried on 4 dresses all in one boutique. However I had come in with a photo of the Monique Lhuillier Forever dress, and knew that if it fit the way I imagined it would, that would be the dress. So I saved it for last, and when I came out of the dressing room and looked at my mom, we both knew.

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How She Felt in her Monique Lhuillier:
Surreal, eloquent, perfect

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Why She’s Selling Her Wedding Dress:
I decided to sell my wedding dress because I want someone else to enjoy it too. It seems foolish to have spent so much money on my dress for it to collect dust in an attic. I want my dress to experience another night full of love and happiness. I want my dress to become your dress, for a much cheaper price!

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Wedding Dress, Monique Lhuillier Forever | Photography: A Day of Bliss Photography | Floral design: Metro Floral Designs

 

 

Vera Wang Spring 2015 Wedding Dresses


Vera Wang Spring 2015

Proving herself always the innovator, Vera Wang showcased a daring new collection of gowns with her Spring 2015 bridal line. The dress are very Vera, but different from her usual aesthetic. They are, as Vera describes,  “Lightness of Being: Delicate and Disciplined. Sensual and Seductive.”

And innovating even the gowns’ presentation, Vera Wang debut them with a short film titled “Chasing Alix” instead of a runway show.

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Monique Lhuillier Spring 2015 Wedding Dresses


Monique Lhuillier Spring 2015 Bridal Collection

Quintessential Monique Lhuillier.  Debuting her Spring 2015 bridal collection at New York Bridal Week, Monique Lhuillier’s latest gowns showcased her signature style: romantic, feminine, lace gowns for the sophisticated bride.

The Spring 2015 show was titled My Ethereal Daydream and drew inspiration from American portrait painter, John Singer Sargent. The collection included an array of necklines and beautiful shades of hydrangea, pistachio and mist.

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Brittany + Mike | Hayley Paige Wedding from Del Sol Photography


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Brittany + Mike are such an endearing couple celebrating in Cancun, Mexico with their super cute son and 58 of their closest friends and family.  I’m such a fan of destination weddings, especially in January…the perfect escape and an awesome way to kick off a new year.  Don’t miss Brittany’s Hayley Paige strapless chiffon bridal ball gown called Coco, the Swiss dot and lace corset bodice with pleated detail is so romantic. Enjoy!

Brittany + Mike | January 23, 2014 | Cancun, Mexico | Dress Listing: Hayley Paige, Coco HP6205

The Ceremony
We got married on January 23, 2014 at the amazing Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort in beautiful Cancun Mexico!  The Ceremony was a relaxed ceremony on the beach looking out on the ocean. We were surrounded by 58 of our closest family and friends, and Mike’s aunt performed the ceremony for us. The groomsmen looked handsome in their grey pants, white shirts and suspenders and the bridesmaids were glowing in their off white dresses, turquoise jewelry and they carried gorgeous bouquets of anemones and ranunculus. Our son was by far the star of the show as he carried the rings down the aisle in his adorable suit with vest and bow tie. My dad walked me down the very long sandy aisle and as the wind blew my veil and dress flowed beautifully.

The Reception
The Reception was even better than I always dreamed. With clear acrylic tables, silver chiavari chairs and the most amazing tall centerpieces made of all white flowers, all on a terrace overlooking the ocean, it was stunning. We added some Mexican touches with papel picado above the dance floor and custom maracas to shake. Before we kicked off the dancing we took turns smashing the “i do” piñatas; so much fun!

Brittany’s Dress Search
I always thought I wouldn’t be one of those brides who knew when she found the dress; I thought I would love every dress I tried on. My sister, my sister-in-law, my mom and I headed on a girls weekend to the city for wedding dress shopping. The first day we headed to our first appointment of the day, when we walked in I spotted the Hayley Paige Coco dress; it was so unique and beautiful. I thought there was no way it would be in my budget but I just had to try it on! I tried on a few dresses and as I expected I liked every one of them. At this point I was worried “how am I ever going to choose just one” but then I tried on Coco and I just knew this was it! I looked like a bride, it had lace, Swiss dot (which I absolutely love), it was the ball gown I always wanted without any hint of princess and to top it all off the beautiful flowing layers made it completely appropriate for a beach! I was so completely sold! I told my mom to cancel all of the other appointments this was the one. In the months following I looked at a million more dresses and not once did I find anything comparable for me.

How Brittany Felt in Her Wedding Dress
My dress made me feel gorgeous with a little bit of sexy…but most of all it made me feel  like a real bride while still being comfortable and easy to wear.

Why Brittany Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I have decided to sell my wedding dress because I would love another bride to be able to feel as beautiful as I felt on my wedding day. My dress was over my budget which made me have to readjust my spending, I hope by selling my dress someone will get to have the experience I had even if they couldn’t afford it brand new.


 
Wedding Dress:  Hayley Paige, Coco HP6205 | Photographer: Sol from Del Sol Photography | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort | Flowers: Mayafloral | Wedding Planner: Karen Garcia from Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort

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Danielle + Casey | Romona Keveza Wedding from Jen Philips Photography


Imagine one day marrying someone you first met in preschool?! For Danielle + Casey their relationship is twenty-two years strong, so finally tying the knot near the place where they first met was so fitting.  This is a beautiful vineyard wedding at sunset and Danielle is such a pretty bride in her Romona Keveza fit-to-flare gown.  It’s all in the details…made of French net, re-embroidered with delicate organza flowers and tiny crystals…and my favorite, a couture dropped waist, flared ball gown skirt with chapel train.  Gorgeous! PS – apparently this gown was featured on the cover of a romance novel and Danielle happens to have an extra copy of the book to throw in with the sale of her dress.  Pretty cute, enjoy!

Danielle + Casey | October 6th, 2012 | Maroon Vineyards & Winery, Napa Valley | Dress Listing: Romona Keveza, RK137

The Ceremony
Our wedding was held on Saturday, October 6th, 2012 at Maroon Vineyards and Winery in Napa Valley. It is a private winery and residence. My husband and I met in preschool and wanted to get married close to where we had met 22 years prior. We met on September 4th, 1990 and when we decided we wanted an October wedding, the first weekend was our only choice. Maroon Vineyards has a private residence with 7 bedrooms and two smaller cottages with 3 additional rooms so we could have most of our family and friends stay on site.

Our ceremony was held literally in the middle of the vineyards right before sunset. It was an intimate ceremony with only family and a few close friends. We decided to have a solo guitar player as the only background music. As guests arrived they sipped on pink lemonade or our favorite rose champagne as they waited for the ceremony to start. Our ceremony was lead by my husband’s best friend (who doubled as his best man). Corey got ordained a few months prior to marry us. We wrote our own vows instead of doing the traditional ones.

The Reception
Our reception started on the terrace of the private residence overlooking Napa Valley at sunset. With the solo guitarist playing music, our guests nibbled on small bites and sipped cocktails while we finished photos. Dinner was held on the lawn on the lower level of the terrace. We decided to host a southern dinner with friend chicken, BBQ shrimp, grits, cornbread etc. After dinner we danced around the candle lit pool and had a photo booth to help capture our guests’ enjoyment of the evening. At midnight we had a taco truck come to ensure no one left hungry. We moved the music inside at midnight and danced away late into the morning.

Danielle’s Dress Search
I tried on about 10 dresses in total. The dress I ended up choosing was by accident. I had decided on a dress that was over my budget and wanted to sleep on it before purchasing. I called my best friend and asked her to come with me in the morning to help me decide. The next morning when I went to get the dress, the one I had my heart set on was gone and my second choice was being purchased by another woman right in front of me. I was devastated. I ended up trying on ‘the dress’ just because I was there and fell in love instantly. I hadn’t previously tried it on because I thought it was going to be too girly for me, but I knew it was the one as soon as I put it on.

How Danielle Felt in Her Wedding Dress
I felt stunning, graceful, and more beautiful than I had ever felt in my life.

Why Danielle Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I decided to sell my dress for two reasons. I know that if I should ever have a daughter she will not want to wear my dress. Although it is every mothers dream, I want to be realistic. J Also because I know in all honesty I will never wear it again so it would be a shame for a dress this beautiful just to waste away in a closet.

Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza, RK137 | Photography: Jen Philips | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Maroon Vineyards | Event Planning: Jennifer Stone | Floral Design: Freya Creative Floral Design | Cake: Cups and Cake Bakery

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Apollina + Brad | Romona Keveza Wedding from Chrisman Studios


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I am loving the energy, emotion and explosion of colors at Apollina and Brad’s destination wedding in Mexico! The tropical feeling extends to the floral arrangements, bridal party outfits and even the late night pool party. Add in windswept palm trees, traditional architecture and romantic outdoor dining for the perfect ceremony and reception. Such a stunning spot for a wedding — Todos Santos is definitely a spot to add to the must travel list!

Apollina + Brad | June 30, 2012 | Todos Santos, Mexico | Dress Listing: Romona Keveza, RK130

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The Ceremony
We love Mexico and we found a gorgeous location for our wedding, Hacienda Cerritos, in Todos Santos, Mexico.  All of our friends and family stayed there for the week so it was one non-stop party. Our wedding was in the romantic courtyard, in front of the fountain.

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The Reception
Our reception was also at the Hacienda, out by the pool.  We had amazing food provided by renowned caterers in Cabo, Lazy Gourmet. Our planning company, Sunset Weddings, provided everything, including the flowers and the cake. Our photographers, Ben and Erin Chrisman of Chrisman Studios, were nothing short of amazing!  Not only incredibly talented but also the kindest, most sincere people you will ever meet and we are in LOVE with our photos.  Erin’s brother Michael Reed of Michael Reed Films, was our videographer and our video is something we absolutely cherish.

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Apollina’s Dress Search
One of the craziest things about the wedding was how I came to wear my dress, a lovely Romona Keveza I purchased from Riziks in Washington, D.C. I actually planned on designing my dress and having it made.  When the seamstress I hired finally showed me the progress pictures of my dress (two months late and two weeks before my wedding!) I realized there was no way I could wear this dress, as it didn’t fit my vision at all.  

That same afternoon, I made an appointment to try on a dress (for the first time!) and the next day, I was twirling around in my wedding dress — it was perfect.  It was different from what I planned on wearing but it was perfect nonetheless. Embellished, feminine, flirty, mermaid shape, blush color… I loved it.  So we put a rush on the alterations and it was delivered the day before we left for Mexico!

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How Apollina Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Exotic, Romantic, Beautiful.

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Why Apollina Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I decided to sell my dress because although I love my dress, I want to let go of it.  It should be worn again and enjoyed, it will make someone feel very special on her perfect day.

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Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza, RK2010130 | Photography: Chrisman Studios | Ceremony Venue: Courtyard of Hacienda Cerritos, Todos Santos, Mexico | Reception Venue: Poolside at Hacienda Cerritos, Todos Santos, Mexico | Event Planning: Sunset Weddings | Floral Design: via Sunset Weddings | Catering: Lazy Gourmet | Cake: via Sunset Weddings | Videography: Michael Reed Films

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Plan Like A Pro | Cindy Skanderup from Bliss & Bone


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For wedding stationery that is as unique as you are, look no further than Bliss & Bone. Headed by creative duo Cindy and Carl Skanderup, Bliss & Bone creates stationery that is flat out breathtaking.  Whether you choose from their seasonal collections, which are only available for one year, or select completely custom work, you can be assured your your wedding stationery will be exclusive, fashion-forward and make a lasting impression.

We are excited to share Cindy’s thoughts on creating amazing wedding stationery….

What trends are you seeing for 2014?
We look for our inspiration everywhere – and especially outside of bridal.  We look at fashion, product design, textiles, and interiors to see what’s trending there. We find that trends really run the gamut, but two things we consistently see, and are bringing into our work for this year are:

Neutrals
We’ll pull out neutral tones and pair them with subtle hints of color.  We recently did this gorgeous invitation that was black, white and gold and the envelope lining was a bright pop of fuchsia.

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Leather
Leather is prominent in fashion right now.  You’ll see leather in sweatshirts or paneling in pants.  Bliss & Bone is known for our work with leather, and it’s something that we’re continuing focus on this year.

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If you could pick an invitation that’s your personal favorite, which would you pick and why?
I get asked that question all the time and usually it’s the most recent invitation I’ve worked on, because it’s the most fresh and exciting in my mind!

I recently worked with a dream client who wanted her wedding stationary to be definitely more edging and out of the box than normal bridal. Her invites were concrete, metal and splatter and totally amazing.

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We did this invite for a bride with a very unique style.  Her invites were a bit Christian Lacroix meets Jewish mysticism.

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A third invitation that sticks out for me was one that was all white and cream and very textural.

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Bliss & Bone really caters to the bride who wants beauty and classic style without the fluff of bridal.  These three invitations really exemplify that to me and is what we really love doing.

What’s an example of a “Splurge” and a “Save” invitation from Bliss & Bone.
We’re all splurge at the moment!  We love collaborating with brides to create different, one of-a-kind pieces to for their weddings.  It’s definitely a luxurious wedding spend.

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That being said, we do custom work at variety of budget levels and are currently developing some more accessibly priced pieces which will be available in June.

What advice do you have for a bride starting her invitation search?
No matter where she is in the design process, if she needs save the dates, invitations or day of paper – focus on the basics.

Educate yourself
Spend time learning about the differences between letterpress, foil or flat printing.  Learn about the process and the feel of different textures to see what appeals to you.

Find Inspiration in the little bits
Your wedding and invitations are a reflection of who you are as a couple.  You can pull design inspiration from the colors and textures of the wedding, the brides dress, even the groom’s shoes.  Each of the bits works to tell a part of the couple’s story, which can be translated into the wedding paper.

Uncover the personal aspects
Look at your life and your life as a couple’s to see what is meaningful and personal to you. We recently designed for a bride in Texas who loves romance novels, quilting, and beautiful fabrics.  We created a romantic invitation with a pocket in it, which was perfectly matched to her personal style and interests and a great reflection of her.

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Mina + Jake | Elie Saab Wedding from Ugly Duckling Photography


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Mina and Jake are a very international couple, both hailing from and living in different countries around the world before finding each other in Australia. As you might expect for such a well-travelled pair, their wedding was a jet set affair, with a ceremony in Australia followed by a wedding reception and celebration in the UAE. Touches of lavender and purple shone at the reception, and the details included heartfelt and thoughtful touches carefully chosen and coordinated by Mina.

Mina + Jake | October 4, 2013 | Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Dress Listing: Elie Saab

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The Ceremony
We had no ceremony as we had to get married in Australia and had to travel the next day to set up the wedding reception in Dubai. All my friends and family are overseas.

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The Reception
Our venue was at an oasis of calm and tranquility in the middle of the glitzy city, just a stroll away from the Arabian desert mystique, at the Ritz Carlton in Dubai’s Marina. One of the things that we had in common is that we both love travelling and love Dubai, therefore, it was a no brainer for us. When we decided to get married it was our first choice for our wedding venue.

I wanted our wedding to be elegant with class and glamour. I planned most of the wedding from overseas myself and every piece was unique starting from the invitations, the centrepieces, menus cards and favours, music & entertainment, guest signing table and the the menu selection. I did hire a wedding planner to coordinate with the hotel and vendors for further details. I had my invitations designed by Lela New York, centrepieces shipped from the States, customised M&Ms favours in small silk boxes made in India with matching menu card holders, and the guest book from the UK. The party & entertainment was a celebration of the mix of culture between the east and the west and everyone had a great time.

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Mina’s Dress Search
All I knew when I started my dress search was that I didn’t want to have a strapless dress. I walked into the Elie Saab boutique in Dubai when I was visiting, 10 months before my wedding. They showed me the catalogue for their exclusive bridal collection and I liked only one dress which they had in store, in my exact size. I tried it on but I wasn’t sure that this was it.

I returned to Australia and continued my search, however, after trying the Elie Saab dress it was very hard for me to compare it with any other. I did like the Monique Lhuillier Eternity skirt with Magical top and it was a very hard choice between the two. I finally decided to go for the Elie Saab dress, as the fabric was incomparable, the style was classic and elegant, and fitted my personality more. It just made me feel like a princess.

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How Mina Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Royalty, graceful and beautiful.

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Why Mina Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
It is a very pretty dress and in very good condition, I feel the dress deserves to be worn for more than four hours. I would love to see another girl that shares my idea of how a bride should look like. Also, I would like to pay some of those wedding debts. 

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Wedding Dress: Elie Saab | Photography: Ugly Duckling Photography | Ceremony Venue: Civil Ceremony in Australia | Reception Venue: Ritz Carlton at Dubai Marina | Event Planning: Marriagement | Cake: Ritz Carlton | Invitations: Lela New York

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Isabelle + Carlos | YSA Makino Wedding from Marie-Jose Hains Photography


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This is a fun and super glam wedding that comes to us from Laval, Quebec.  Diamond encrusted rose bouquet, modern-chic all white reception decor, a night filled with dancing and Isabelle + Carlos centre stage as such a vibrant and happy couple!  It’s pretty great that Isabelle can tell you without a doubt that this YSA Makino princess ball gown with basque waist was her absolute dream dress…a dress search that was finally complete only a month before the big day and six, count it, six dress purchases later. That’s incredible.  Congrats to the beautiful couple!

Isabelle + Carlos | September 21, 2013 | Laval, Quebec | Dress Listing: YSA Makino

The Ceremony
Carlos is a professional Salsa dancer and owner of a dance school. I am a National sales account specialist. We met four years ago and it was love at first sight. From the first moment that we met, we knew that we were meant to be together. In honor of the groom’s Mexican heritage and my French Canadian background we had a traditional Latin ceremony in both Spanish and French. We chose a big beautiful church with music by a violinist and a wonderful singer.

The Reception
We wanted the reception to be unforgettable, the guests to be entertained and the food to be excellent.  We had a five-course menu, a candy bar, a midnight table and open bar. The hall was decorated in all white, with a mix of modern and classic décor.  Each table showcased a huge vase with a hydrangea bouquet.  And to ensure that guests could take pictures and relax we had two lounge areas.  During dinner guests were treated to some dance performances; five-time Canadian champion in Rockabilly Jive (Dan & Gab) and the three-time World Champion in Salsa (David & Paolina).  We also had a Mariachi band. When our guests wanted us to kiss they had to come and dance all together on Dansa Kuduro in front of our table. We booked two DJ’s to ensure that everyone could dance the night away. Family and friends said that they never experienced such a fun wedding.

Isabelle’s Dress Search
I wanted a princess gown that was unforgettable, with a long train and a Mantilla veil. Along my journey to find ‘the’ dress, in total I bought six wedding dresses. One in Mexico from a local designer which turned out to be a disaster at the dress fitting…Three others that I didn’t see myself wearing as none of them had the effect I wanted…One dress for the evening for me to be able to dance in and then one month before the wedding I found my dream wedding dress. The dress that makes you cry the moment you try it on: my YSA Makino dress.  My husband cried like a baby when he saw me walking down the aisle at the church.

How Isabelle Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Like a princess, beautiful, in a dream.

Why Isabelle Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
The dress is so beautiful that it would be a shame to leave it in my closet forever. I want to share the feeling I had when I wore this dress during the most beautiful day of my life.

Wedding Dress: YSA Makino | Photography: Marie-Jose Hains | Ceremony Venue: St-Vincent-de-Paul, Laval | Reception Venue: Embassy Plaza | Event Planning: Today’s Featured Bride | Floral Design: La grace des Fleurs

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