Vera Wang’s Lark wedding dress is an absolute show-stopper. This gown is both delicate and dramatic. The lace, created with over-sized roses and tulips give the bodice a feminine and romantic quality. And the table pleated organza mermaid skirt gives the dress a high fashion flair. Vera Wang Lark is for the bride who has dreamed of her wedding dress since she was a little girl.
Vera Wang Lark retails for $8,000. You can find it PreOwned starting at $3,900.
Kristen + Matt’s spring wedding in Sarasota, Florida was sweet and sunny complete with lovely babies breath bouquet’s and a beautiful Oscar de la Renta, Dorian wedding dress. We love the details of this light and flowy strapless ball gown…Chantilly lace bodice with embroidered lace petals and subtle pearl seed beads and an enchanting tulle skirt and long sweeping tulle train. Enjoy!
The Ceremony Our ceremony was on a perfect spring afternoon on the portico entrance to a country club. We were married under the roof where the roof came to a point and light came in from all sides, but the guests didn’t have sun beating down on them from above. My mom wove a rug in our wedding colors for us to be married on. A family friend officiated. Our procession song was “Olsen Olsen” by Sigur Ros.
The Reception Our reception was inside the country club and we opened up to cocktail hour where we had bride and groom ginger themed drinks (we’re both redheads). We had a DIY photo wall with bar stools and ginger themed props of red hair, burly red beards and beard mustaches. Matt’s sister DJ’d. The first dance song was “You’ve Got a Friend In Me” from the Toy Story movie soundtrack. Our wedding favors were orange vanilla bean macaroons and purple rose petal macaroons from our favorite macaroon shop.
Kristen’s Dress Search I tried on about 18 dresses. I picked my wedding dress because I felt most like a bride in it. It was beautiful, flattering, classic and not too trendy or revealing – all around just really special for a special day. The designer was Oscar de la Renta, and I’ve always loved him. Plus, it was kind of an ode to him since the designer has passed away. It did take some convincing for me to keep the long train, and I’m glad I did.
How Kristen Felt in Her Wedding Dress My dress made me feel awesome! I felt gorgeous and comfortable and ready to get married to the man I love. I felt pretty and like jumping up and down and being a pretty princess all night.
Why Kristen Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress Everyone deserves to be happy and I also feel strongly about doing your best to be green. I want to pass along my dress so that it can be used again and another bride can feel happy and gorgeous in a designer dress.
Lilly and Handi chose to marry in Handi’s home country, opting for the exotic island of Bali, in a ceremony and reception that seemed to hover over the Indian Ocean. Soft peaches and corals were a gorgeous complementary palette to the ocean and green jungle setting. As you would expect, the florals were perfectly suited to the tropical location, combining modern geometric shapes with a little touch of vintage romance in the details. (We love the totally stealable puzzle piece guestbook, too!) Lilly wore a stunning Ines Di Santo gown with an illusion back which fit her like a glove.
The Ceremony Handi is from Indonesia and I am from the US and we both currently live in China. With our family and friends located a world apart, we had two weddings so we could celebrate with everyone – one in California and another in Bali.
In Bali, we were married on a private cliffside estate located on the southern tip of the island. Khayangan Estate offers breathtaking, unobstructed views of the Indian Ocean and we feel so lucky to have had this picturesque setting for our ceremony, reception and post wedding pool party and BBQ. We also stayed at the estate throughout the weekend and I can’t tell you how amazing it was to wake up every morning in this spectacular place!
We chose to have our wedding in May because it is generally dry season in Bali and it was – up until our wedding weekend. The days leading up to the big day and even the night before, there were torrential downpours and I was really worried for the event. Our wedding planner suggested we hire a “rain stopper” to try to tame the skies. Generally, she told us, he is effective, so we decided to give it a try.
Magically, on the day of, the rain stopped at mid-morning and Merlin-esque man arrived to finish his ritual to cease the rain for the rest of the day. And it worked! We had sunny, blue skies the entire day!
The Reception Handi was actively involved throughout the planning process and he had a strong stance about the color theme. He was very adamant about not using pink, so we compromised with a peach, mint and gold palette with pops of coral. We felt we needed to inject some tropical color to fit the Bali setting. I really like unusual flowers and our immensely creative florist really delivered against that desire. Many of our arrangements contained unexpected surprises like exotic fruit.
I scoured the web fanatically for ideas when we started the process, so I was able to craft a pretty clear vision of what I wanted. I actually created a 40-page presentation brief for our planner and florist to work against. I provided them with visual examples inspired from other weddings so that they could really see my aesthetic taste as sometimes words can be visualized differently.
At the time, chandeliers were a big trend, but I wanted something different and was inspired by the use of geometric shapes in one wedding I found online. I worked with our florist to conceive these diamond shaped lanterns and she actually custom constructed all 36 of them for our wedding.
My sister-in-law also surprised us with Polaroids of every guest with their wedding message to us. The amazing thing was she captured all 116 guests and compiled them all onto a large heart all within a two-hour time frame.
Lastly, I think the sign of a good party is when non-drinkers start to drink and when the stories of mischief from the night before escalate into crazier levels with each person’s recap. We had the venue for another day and were able to gather many of guests again at the venue for a BBQ and pool party the day after.
All in all, our wedding was beyond my craziest girlhood dreams of what my wedding day would be like and I feel incredibly lucky to be able to live such an amazing day and truly grateful for all the people who helped make it that way.
Lilly’s Dress Search I had to find my dress within a week’s time during my annual trip home. Within three days, I visited eight boutiques and tried on close to 50 dresses before finding the dress at The White Dress in Corona Del Mar, California.
You know how everyone always says you just know when you have found the right dress? I finally believed in that statement when I put on this dress. I’m not a particularly emotional person, but I actually teared up because I just couldn’t believe I found the perfect dress, especially because I didn’t envision myself in a strapless gown initially.
I was a bit late in the process and was prepared to pay a rush fee, but this dress had arrived in the store just a couple of days prior to my appointment and since I was the first one to try it on and it was the right size, I was able to buy it right off the rack. It worked out so nicely that it just felt meant to be.
How Lilly Felt in Her Wedding Dress Unforgettable, perfect, happy.
Why Lilly Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress It is such a beautiful dress — it would be such a waste for it to just hang in my closet! I think another woman should have the opportunity to live one of life’s most memorable moments in it.
Does it get more romantic than eloping? How about eloping to Paris and having a just-the-two-of-you wedding in the halls of the Palais-Royal? Jennifer and Andrew’s elopement will charm you with it’s chic simplicity. And her sensual Berta Bridal wedding dress will absolutely dazzle you.
Our wedding was a true elopement. Only our officiant and photographer (and her assistant) were in attendance. We were married in the spectacular halls of the Palais-Royal. It was an intimate and surreal experience. After our ceremony, we wandered Paris like tourists, enjoying the day and taking photos. The photos are spectacular and unique. Once we decided to elope to Paris, the wedding itself came together so quickly. It was a challenge to plan a wedding from a world away with no in person meetings or dry runs, but it was so much fun.
Our wedding was different and is a viable alternative for brides who don’t want a traditional wedding, but don’t want to do a destination wedding and favor intimacy over a large event. Our wedding had all the style (and more) of a traditional wedding. It was classic, modern and unique at the same time. My husband and I wanted a memorable and different way to get married and I think we achieved that!
Jennifer’s Wedding Dress Search
I knew I wanted a Berta dress, so I only had to try on two! The dress I chose fit me and my style better than I could have imagined. It was like trying on Cinderella’s slipper. By the time the zipper was completely done up, I was sold on the dress. My dress is fashion forward, sexy and different. It is a dress meant to go to Paris! This dress has gotten so many comments and attention, including many saying it is the most beautiful wedding dress they have ever seen! I tend to agree.
Why She’s Selling Her Wedding Dress
I have decided to sell the dress because it makes me sad to think it will have to sit in my closet for the rest of its days. This dress is an attention-getter and it deserves to be in the spotlight again! I hope it makes another bride as happy as it made me.