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Sarah + Jon | Ulla-Maija Wedding from Preston Ultey Photography
By Kelly on August 27th, 2014
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You can almost smell the fresh mountain air when looking at the photos of Sarah and Jon’s Vail wedding. Although the spring weather wasn’t what they had hoped for their outdoor ceremony, a post-snow walk through the woods captured the … Continue reading

Sarah + Jon | Ulla-Maija Wedding from Preston Ultey Photography


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You can almost smell the fresh mountain air when looking at the photos of Sarah and Jon’s Vail wedding. Although the spring weather wasn’t what they had hoped for their outdoor ceremony, a post-snow walk through the woods captured the romance of the forest for their wedding portraits. Didn’t Sarah’s lace Ulla-Maija wedding gown look absolutely stunning in the natural setting? A perfect choice!

Sarah + Jon | May 10, 2014 | Vail, Colorado | Dress Listing: Ulla-Maija, Lyon

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The Ceremony
We hoped to have our ceremony outside, but knew it was a gamble in early May in the Rockies. Sure enough, it rained and snowed all weekend, and we were so relieved we had the weather backup! Our ceremony was in a ballroom at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa and it was gorgeous. We had an Aspen tree chuppah (courtesy of Vintage Magnolia) and the staff at the Marriott made the ballroom a spectacular setting, second only to being outdoors mountainside! 

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The Reception
Our reception was at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, which is a stunning building owned and operated by the Town of Vail. Our reception was understated, with minimal flowers and tons of tea lights for natural lighting. The gorgeous architecture of the Donovan Pavilion doesn’t need any dressing up at all! 

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Sarah’s Dress Search
I tried on maybe a dozen dresses at three different shops, and the Ulla-Maja Lyon was perfect from the moment I tried it on. The way the dress hung on me – so weightlessly and naturally – and the way I felt comfortable and un-constricted in it made it the perfect pick for me.  

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How Sarah Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Elegant. Classic. Comfortable. 

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Why Sarah Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I loved the dress and realized that it would bring more joy to another bride than it could ever generate sitting in a closet. I wish I had been one of the savvy brides out there who are considering a pre-owned wedding dress, knowing what an amazing deal they can get for the dress of their dreams! 

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Wedding Dress: Ulla-Maija, Lyon | Photography: Preston Ultey Photography | Ceremony Venue: Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa | Reception Venue: Donovan Pavilion | Floral Design: Vintage Magnolia

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Who is the 82-year-old “Guru of Glamour” that designs some of the most classically bridal wedding dresses in the market today? None other than Oscar de la Renta. His decadent wedding gowns are made of all the best things in bridal fashion: flattering silhouettes, luxurious fabrics and beautiful craftsmanship.

 

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De la Renta’s designs have been a mainstay on the red carpet for decades, but he has also dressed celebrity brides such as Katherine Heigl, Kate Bosworth (who wore not only one, but two of his designs on her wedding day) and presidential daughter Jenna Bush Hager. Even Anna Wintour’s new daughter-in-law Elizabeth Cordry chose Oscar de la Renta for her summer 2014 wedding.

After designing bridal looks privately for years, Oscar de la Renta’s bridal line was launched in 2006 and quickly became one of the most sought-out labels by traditional brides in the salon. The wedding dresses de la Renta designs are enduring classics with a touch of nostalgia, made with modern materials and shapes.

 

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Textured ornamentation and layering figures highly and adds luxury to the dresses without distracting. The wedding dresses are refined and minimal, but far from simple. The effortless looks allow the addition of dazzling jewellery and accessories to balance them.

Oscar de la Renta’s classic old-world craftsmanship combines with just a hint of current trends to create a timeless wedding day look for today’s sophisticated bride. Instead of glitzy embellishment, light Chantilly lace appliques and embroidered floral accents extend down onto the skirt in many styles, appearing often in the 2014 and 2015 collections.

 

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The designer creates gowns for almost any body type, including fitted mermaid styles, ball gowns and flattering A-lines. Playful shorter wedding dresses or a hint of blue or pink color are perfect for more experimental brides. Oscar de la Renta’s wedding dresses are sure to make you feel like a woman, not just a princess, no matter which style or length you choose.

If you are a bride who seeks quality and understated glamour with a touch of trend, the legendary Oscar de la Renta may be the bridal designer for you. His wedding dresses satisfy the desire to be a traditional brides with a romantic wedding day look, without compromising on style. Perfect for the modern princess bride!

 

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Megan + Calvin | Vera Wang Wedding from Gwendolyn Tundermann Photography


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What better place to have your wedding than a favorite restaurant? Following their garden ceremony, Megan and Calvin hosted a vintage glam themed reception that was packed full of delicious food and some serious party people. Megan’s Vera Wang ruffled “June” gown was certainly a show stopper through the day, though! What a stunning bride she was in that dress.

Megan + Calvin | July 19, 2014 | San Diego, California | Dress Listing: Vera Wang, June

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The Ceremony
We chose Balboa Park for our ceremony because we both really love being outside and it’s one of the most beautiful parks in the country so the choice to have the wedding there was an easy one. We both live in D.C. and we had the wedding in San Diego for my dad. He had a heart transplant a few months prior to the wedding and has been really sick for the past few years, which is why he so generously bought me a Vera Wang gown. He was unable to travel due to his health so San Diego was the place we had to have the wedding at but it could not have been a better location. Half of my husbands family are talking about relocating now! I felt really calm the day of the wedding because we had been together for 5 years so it already felt like we were an old married couple. The man who married us is one if our dear friends, Chris Marohn. 

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The Reception
The reception was full of food, dancing, and love. Rather than a guest book, we had mad libs at every table and asked for the truth to come out as to why guests really came; was it the food or the free drinks!? We had tall romantic centerpieces of hydrangea, roses, and ranunculus. The best memory my husband and I have is my mom dancing until we had to shut the wedding down. With my dad being so sick, she needed a day to cut loose and did she ever! It was so nice to see her have this really special memory and day. The other memory was our first dance. It was as if no one else was there except for us.

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Megan’s Dress Search
I tried on one dress, the dress I bought. I knew from the second I saw it, the dress was for me. I felt the same way about my husband: love at first sight! I was so happy that despite the mermaid silhouette, I could move in it! I think the key for me was knowing my body type and what dress would look good with my shape, not just what I thought would look good.

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How Megan Felt in Her Wedding Dress
I felt beautiful, sexy, and romantic. 

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Why Megan Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I decided to sell my wedding dress because it took me 18 months to save the money for a wedding and it was so hard to wait that long for the big day! My dad bought me the dress because I couldn’t afford an extravagant dress plus the wedding. When he bought me the dress, he made me promise I would sell it to someone else so they too could have the dress of their dreams without the extravagant price tag that he so graciously paid.

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Wedding Dress: Vera Wang, June | Photography: Gwendolyn Tundermann Photography | Ceremony: Balboa Park | Reception Venue: The Prado at Balboa Park | Floral Design: Suzan M. Florals | Cake: Extraordinary Desserts

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Katie + CJ | Peter Langner Wedding from Gino Creglia Photography


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Katie + CJ’s small town wedding in Elk Grove, California is the perfect picture of young love and big adventures.  When CJ joined the Air Force and was stationed in Germany, this sweet bride and groom went about hosting one last hometown hurrah before moving to Europe. Don’t miss the fun DIY wedding decorations, the pretty individualized bridesmaid dresses in peachy pinks…or my favorite, Katie’s charming Peter Langner, Iris wedding gown made of silk taffeta fabric that has the most whimsical horizontal stripes in it!

Katie + CJ | June 7, 2014 | Elk Grove, California | Dress Listing:  Peter Langner, Iris

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The Ceremony
Our Wedding was on June 7, 2014 at the church I grew up in – St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. More than anything I wanted our wedding to feel personal and for our guests to see us in every detail. C.J. and I met in high school and have so many memories growing up and falling in love in our small town of Elk Grove. C.J. joined the Air Force just over a year ago and he is now stationed in Germany so it was especially wonderful for us to come back to Elk Grove to be married before moving across the world.  

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The Reception
Our reception took place in my parent’s backyard. I knew it would be a tight squeeze with the 150 guests we wanted to host but I loved the idea of complete creativity and control over our venue and thought it would reflect the intimate gathering we wanted. I started working on some special decorations almost a year in advance. When I look back on the photos the things we made by hand are my favorite details because they photographed beautifully…like the marquee “Cheers” sign over our bar, the string lights and a backdrop made of tiny wax paper cones for the “staging area” where my bridesmaids and I got ready. My dad carved a large wooden arch for over the open fence and we painted “This Way to Dinner and Dancing” across it.  I did all my own flowers, which was probably my biggest fear leading up to the wedding. Everyone kept telling me it was a giant mistake and that assembling 11 bouquets, corsages and 33 centerpieces the day before the wedding was crazy. I have to admit it ended up being a little stressful but I enlisted some bridesmaids and family to help with the assembling and the groomsmen picked up all the flowers from the San Francisco Flower Market for me at 4:30 am that morning. In the end they turned out better than I could have imagined and I only spent about $700 to have my wedding dripping in fresh peonies and other gorgeous blooms.

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Katie’s Dress Search
I tried on about ten dresses before I tried on “my dress”.  I knew I wanted something that made a statement with a classic look and an A-line silhouette. The first two salons I visited had some beautiful dresses but up close the fabric looked cheap so I kept looking. I tried on a few different styles at the suggestion of the bridal salon attendants but I knew what I wanted and the other silhouettes just weren’t me. The moment I stepped onto the platform in my Peter Langner, Iris dress I knew it was the dress I wanted to wear on my wedding day – it was made of the most gorgeous Italian silk taffeta with tiny stripes subtly gracing the entire dress.  Fabric was one of the most important elements for me.  I wanted something rich and supple that looked expensive and unique, this was all of those requirements and more. The bodice of the dress is what really sold me, a full corset is hidden inside, built into the dress. When the corset is fastened with all its tiny hook and eyes and one strong strap it completely holds up the dress and brought my waist in very small. The outer layer of silk taffeta buttons easily over the corset layer creating the illusion that the dress fit easily as the pearl buttons lay gently without any pulling. It was clear that the dress was made exceptionally well and it proved itself on my wedding day with many hours of dancing I never once had to pull it up or adjust anything – it stayed completely secure.

How Katie Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Stunning. Classic. Secure.

Why Katie Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I am moving to Germany with my husband and I am trying to really limit what I’m bringing. I want someone else to feel as beautiful as I did in this dress and it seems sad to have it sit in a closet when it looks brand new (after a professional cleaning of course) and it is so gorgeous.

Wedding Dress:  Peter Langner, Iris | Photography: Gino Creglia Photography | Ceremony Venue: St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Elk Grove | Reception Venue: Home of the Bride’s Parent’s | Floral Design: San Francisco Flower Market | Cake: Family Friend

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Mara + BJ | Jim Hjelm Wedding from Russell Martin Photography


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Mara and BJ were married at a historic venue that brought in some Spanish style to their wedding. Mara wore a glorious Jim Hjelm lace wedding dress that looked gorgeous in the gardens of this property. A playlist personally selected by the groom set off an amazing reception that kept people dancing into the wee hours!

Mara + BJ | May 25, 2014 | Orange Park, Florida | Dress Listing: Jim Hjelm JH8904

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The Ceremony
Both our ceremony and reception were at The Club Continental which is a Spanish style club house built in 1923 as the winter home of Caleb Johnson, heir to the Palmolive Soap Company. The ceremony was at sunset on the stone terrace facing the river. Since the grounds have such natural beauty, we had simple and elegant decor. There were beautiful vases filled with white peonies and candles that lined the walkway of the ceremony. 

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The Reception
The simple and elegant decor carried over into the reception, and included floating candles with small centerpieces on each table. There was a photo booth with props set up for our guests that doubled as a party favors as well as our guest book. Dinner was buffet style with lots of delicious options. Dancing started almost immediately after dinner. BJ had spent months picking out the music for each part of the wedding. We really wanted to incorporate as much of ourselves into the wedding as possible. Our cake was key lime pie flavor with no leftovers! We rented the boathouse behind the club so everyone was able to dance the night away. It was one of the best nights of our lives!   

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Mara’s Dress Search
I only tried on three dresses.  As soon as I put on the Jim Hjelm dress I knew that it was the dress I was going to get married in! 

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How Mara Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Romantic, timeless and perfect.

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Why Mara Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I know that I will never wear it again and I would love if someone had the opportunity to feel the way I did on my wedding day.  

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Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm JH8904 | Photography: Russell Martin Photography | Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Club Continental | Wedding Planner: Trish Bruno of Simply Weddings and Events | Floral Design: Simply Roses | Cake: Edgewood Bakery

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Maira + David | Hayley Paige Wedding from Ever & Anon Photography


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A touch of lace, pastel colors and a gorgeous Hayley Paige wedding dress completed the vintage look Maira and David were after for their wedding. Following the ceremony with an ocean view, guests moved to the elegant ballroom decorated with burlap, mismatched chairs and touches of baby’s breath and long low florals that softened the space. So romantic!

Maira + David | May 17, 2014 | Miami, Florida | Dress Listing: Hayley Paige, Carrie

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The Ceremony
We could not choose better place for our half-Brazilian and half-American wedding than the Grove Isle Hotel & Spa in Miami.The hotel was located in a private isle with a gorgeous outside area surrounded by the water. The intimate ceremony was in front of the ocean decorated by a vintage arch and flowers, witnessed by 75 guests.

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The Reception
The cocktail hour was also outside, in an area called Ship Deck were the guest could enjoy the drinks with a beautiful view. The reception was in the hotel’s ballroom where we brought a vintage look in, trying to keep it simple but with very special details for a waterside wedding.

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Maira’s Dress Search
From the first time I tried this dress on I knew it was the one. I was a little skeptical at first, so I tried a few more on in other boutiques, but then I returned to the “Carrie Dress”.

I chose this dress simply because it is the perfect combination of a romantic, vintage and chic. Being a designer myself, I didn’t want to wear something other brides might. This dress is the perfect fit for the new standard of brides who want to have a touch of modern to their romance. 

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How Maira Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Fashionable, delicate and unique

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Why Maira Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I had so much happiness in the day I wore that dress and I believe happiness is worth more when you share it! So I want the next bride who will wear it to feel the same way I felt and be unforgettable for our generation because this is our moment and no one else’s!

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Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige, Carrie | Photography: Ever & Anon | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Grove Isle Hotel & Spa | Wedding Planner: Janette Alix, Grove Isle Hotel | Floral Design: Studio APD | Cake: Elegant Temptations Cakes

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Five Tips to Help You Sell Your Wedding Dress. Fast.


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Modern brides know that selling their wedding dress is better than keeping it.  Not only do they get back 50% (or more!) of what they paid, they know another bride can love their beautiful dress again.  If you’re considering selling your wedding dress, here are 5 tips to get it sold. Fast.

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1) Price It Right
Online brides do their research and know a good and great deal when they see one.  Use our Wedding Dress Value Calculator to get an estimate for your gown’s worth and then set your price accordingly.

2) Let The Pictures Do The Talking
There’s a reason people love to look at wedding dresses  – they’re gorgeous!  Show the beauty of your dress with great photos. Select images that show the front, back and any detail and any others that help tell the “story” of your dress.

3) It’s All In The Details
Of course you know everything about your wedding dress, but buyers may not. Take the time to add rich detail to your listing. Describe the designer and the dress itself (the fit, the fabric, the embellishments etc).  For dress descriptions, more is definitely better than less.

4) Be Social
Once you’ve listed your dress, share it socially.  Use your Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or whatever social channels you use to let your circles know your amazing dress is available.  You never know which friend of a friend would love to own it next.

5) Safety First
Selling a wedding dress online, bride to bride, can be safe and easy when you use a protected payment method.  Only sell your dress using paypal or escrow.com and you’ll have a smooth sale.

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Estefania + Frank | Claire Pettibone Wedding from Blue Lens Photography


I love it when a girl has a special connection with a wedding dress. Estefania spotted her dress right around the time she started dating her future husband, Frank. When the couple got engaged a few years later, she found the dress again and knew it was meant to be.  It was the perfect gown for their intimate sunset wedding in Mexico.

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The Ceremony
Our ceremony took place at sunset under a beautifully decorated gazebo surrounded by the ocean and exotic flowers while in tune with a guitar trio that serenaded as I walked down the isle.  Originally, the plan was to get married barefoot on the beach, but due to the forecast on our wedding day we had to relocate to the gazebo three hours before the ceremony was scheduled. What we thought a catastrophe, turned out to be perfectly magical.  Our day was shared with 40 of our guests who came from New York and Argentina to witness our union.

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The Reception
Following the ceremony the amazing staff at Paradisus escorted our guests to the outdoor cocktail hour for refreshing cocktails and delicious hors d’oeuvres. The indoor reception hall was perfectly decorated in tones of gold, blush and sangria setting the ambiance for an elegant and romantic evening.

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Estefania’s Dress Search
I saw my dress online by chance a few months after my husband and I began dating. Almost two years later when we got engaged, I remembered that dress from two years earlier and began to look for it.  I was glad to learn that Cloisonné was still part of the continuing collection and would be present at the Claire Pettibone trunk show at Kleinfeld in NYC the following month. I made an appointment and tried on seven dresses that day since I was already there, but I knew the second I tried on the Cloisonné–of course–that I’ve found the one.  As an added bonus, I got to meet lovely Claire Pettibone in person.

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How Estefania Felt in Her Wedding Dress 

Stunning, Elegant, Romantic

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Why Estefania Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress

I fell in love with my dress the moment I saw it. On our wedding day I felt so beautiful that at the end of the night I didn’t want to take it off. I keep telling my husband to marry me again as an excuse to wear my dress once more, ha! I would rather see another bride wear the dress and feel as special as I did on her wedding day, than keep it in a box. I believe that something as beautiful as this dress should not be kept in the dark, much less only to be worn once.

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Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone, Cloisonné | Photography:  Blue Lens | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Paradisus, Playa Del Carmen | Event Planning: Paradisus Playa Del Carmen, Romance Team | Floral Design: Alquimia  | Cake: Paradisus, Playa Del Carmen

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Carolina Herrera | Designer Profile


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When it comes to wedding gowns, sometimes nothing can beat that classic bridal style. The beautiful wedding dress creations by Carolina Herrera capture a traditional wedding day look by combining classic chic silhouettes with elegant, ladylike tailoring and detailing.

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Fashion great Carolina Herrera has dressed First Ladies from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to Michelle Obama as well as celebrity brides like Christina Hendricks, Jessica Simpson, Caroline Kennedy and Renee Zellweger. Herrera herself comes from a great design heritage. She landed on best dressed lists from an early age, and is known for her signature look of a tailored white shirt.

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It was friend Diana Vreeland, editor-in-chief at Vogue at the time, who suggested Carolina begin her own fashion line. She hasn’t looked back since, with 280 stores in over 100 countries carrying her label.

Carolina Herrera has been designing bridal wear since 1988, and has stated that when it comes to her wedding dresses, “less is more.” Her timeless looks are refined, almost regal. No single element overwhelms the bride who wears a Carolina Herrera wedding dress, everything works together in concert to create an elegant, uncomplicated look.

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Sexy trumpet, classic ball gown and slim sheaths are commonly spotted silhouettes bearing the Carolina Herrera name. Materials range from rich embroidered brocade to laser cut leather or Chantilly and Guipure lace, organza and silk mikado. Surprises like see-through backs, striped trains and hand-painted gold leaves embellish, but do not distract, from that bridal glow.

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Brides seeking a timeless trip down the aisle should consider a Carolina Herrera gown. Herrera’s romantic bridal gowns work equally well at casual ranch weddings and country clubs as formal black tie affairs and church ceremonies.

If you are a sophisticated bride who believes less really is more, Carolina Herrera may be the designer for you!

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Lauren + Mark | Ulla-Maija Wedding from Golden Hour Studios


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A chic palette of silver, creams and neutrals accented the major theme of Lauren and Mark’s wedding perfectly: a serious dance party! Not much stopped this couple and their guests from getting down as the night went on. Seems like this dynamic duo barely paused for the cake cutting before heading back out onto the dancefloor. Looked like an incredible night!

Lauren + Mark | May 17, 2014 | Long Beach, New York | Dress Listing: Customized Ulla-Maija, Lyon

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The Ceremony
Our wedding ceremony was on a rooftop overlooking the ocean. The ceremony itself was romantic and lighthearted. In fact, my personal favorite part of the whole wedding was the ceremony. It felt so special, and personal, and Alice, our celebrant did an INCREDIBLE job. Everyone was laughing the whole time, it felt perfect. We chose the venue because of its simplicity. It was a one stop shop! We felt like it was a vacation destination even though it was still in NY. It felt like we were in Miami or something amazing. When we first started dating, one of our favorite vacations together was Miami, so I’m sure there was some nostalgia in the decision. 

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The Reception
I have two words: DANCE PARTY!

The reception was incredible. We wanted a sexy romantic vibe, and boy did we get that. Owen, our DJ made sure the dance floor was packed the entire time. Literally everyone danced the entire time, and we played music from all generations, including Motown which got everyone super excited right off the bat. We served farm-to-table fresh food, a spin on traditional wedding fare. Steak, chicken and fish were served but they were incredible, and different. We felt really proud of the food being served! Of course, the cocktails were flowing! We even had an after-party that isn’t pictured where we served mini finger foods and more drinks back on the roof, with some hand-rolled cigars. 

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Lauren’s Dress Search
I tried on about 100 dresses. This one just felt right. It was a little traditional and a little sexy. The lace detail has little stars on the lace, and it felt traditional with a twist — just like me. The dress is the Lyon style, but the top was custom designed with Anna Maier’s head designer in NYC and is different from the runway look. 

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How Lauren Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Sexy, confident, beautiful

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Why Lauren Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I want someone to feel as special as I did that day.

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Wedding Dress: Custom Ulla-Maija, Lyon | Photography: Golden Hour Studios | Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Allegria Hotel | Wedding Planner: Laura Remmert Events | Floral Design: Laura Remmert Events

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