Erin + Mark | Vera Wang White Real Wedding From Emily Gualdoni Photography

There’s a lot to like about this charming Chicago wedding.  But what strikes us most is the story of the dress.  Erin bought a dress but knew deep down, that it wasn’t  “the one.”  So she made a long distance drive to see a second dress, and instantly knew it was hers.  She wore it, looked and felt amazing, and is now selling it for another bride to love too.  How completely perfect is that?

Erin + Mark | September 26, 2015 | Chicago, Illinois

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The Ceremony
The Catholic ceremony was held at the historic French Gothic-style St. James Chapel surrounded by gorgeous stained glass throughout.

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The Reception
The reception was held after at River Roast on LaSalle.  The venue was wonderful, because it provided both an intimate indoor space as well as a scenic balcony overlooking the river for both cocktails and throughout the reception.

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Erin’s Wedding Dress Search
I probably tried on 15 dresses over the course of finding mine.  I originally bought one but just knew right after that it was not it.  After doing a lot more research online, I couldn’t stop looking at this one.  It was more dress than I ever thought I’d want, but something about it just had me, and I knew that I had to find it.  So, I called around and found out the only two left in my size were in New York and Indiana.  So, the next day I loaded up my dogs (so I’d have company) and made the four-hour Saturday road-trip to Indiana to see it.  It was love at first sight, and thankfully, since I bought it from the same location as the original, they were able to exchange the order.  I took home the floor sample that day and never looked back.

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How She Felt In Her Wedding Dress
Stunning, sensuous, enthralling, captivating, powerful….it’s hard to give just three.  This dress made me feel the best I think I’ve ever felt.  I wish I could wear it regularly! :)

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Why She’s Selling Her Wedding Gown
I originally looked on for my dress knowing I wanted something beautiful without paying too much for something I was only going to be wearing a few hours.  So, when I did end up finding mine in a retail location, I knew that someday I would want someone else to be able to enjoy the dress as much as I had without having to worry about the extra cost.  I’m not going to lie, I love this dress so much that it is actually a little tough to sell it, but if I know another bride will have the most amazing day of her life in it, that makes passing it along very worthwhile.

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Wedding Dress: Vera Wang White  | Photography:  Emily Gualdoni Photography  | Ceremony:  St. James Chapel | Reception:  River Roast | Floral Design:  Kim Dunlap   | Cake:  West Town Bakery

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Christal + Tony | Hayley Paige Real Wedding From Nana Kofi Nti

Christal + Tony | June 27, 2015 | Oakland, California

Christal and Tony’s summer wedding was held at the elegant Scottish Rite Temple over looking Lake Merritt in Oakland.  And Christal’s Hayley Paige 6203 was the absolute  perfect gown choice.  With it’s organza-ruffled mermaid skirt and sheer corset back with crystals, the dress was both dramatic and gorgeous.

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Christal’s Wedding Dress Search
I tried on 12 different dresses and knew that I wanted a mermaid style dress. The Haley Paige dress was the 2nd dress I tried on and every dress after just didn’t compare.


How She Felt in Her Hayley Paige Gown
Glam, Classic, Couture!


Why She’s Selling Her Wedding Dress
I would love to be able to save it for my daughter, but the reality of it is that she’s probably going to be much taller than   Also, I would love for someone to be able to have it and love it for their special day as much as I did.


Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige 6203 | Photography: Nana Kofi Nti | Venue Scottish Rite Temple |  Cake : Minia’s Bake Shop

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Erin + Adam | Carolina Herrera Real Wedding From Laura and Donny Pedrino

We adore this California wedding!  It’s full of understated elegance and beautiful detail (like amazing florals and a perfectly charming wedding cake).  But what really catches our eye is the couple’s absolute joy.  It radiates in every photo and makes us smile every time we take a look.

Erin + Adam | October 17, 2015 | Santa Monica, California

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The Ceremony
Our ceremony took place under a grove of Sycamore trees just outside of the mansion. Our 5 groomsmen wore black tuxedos with gold accents, and the 5 bridesmaids each chose their own unique long gown in the palette of gold and blush. The groom wore a dark navy tuxedo.  The ceremony featured a beautiful piano and cello recording of “A Thousand Years” by the Piano Guys, and the bride walked out to a violin quartet of “Pachebel’s Canon”. A family friend and minister performed the ceremony.The overall palette of the ceremony was blush, gold and ivory with black accents, and the florals, bouquets, and programs reflected these themes.

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The Reception
The reception took place in the formal dining room of the Victorian, which extended onto a large porch covered in white drapes and white lights. Guests enjoyed steak, fresh salmon and agnolotti, followed by a dessert of vanilla cake with coconut frosting. The bride and groom cut the custom-designed cake under a sycamore tree draped with lights, toasted champagne, and then headed up with their guests up the stairs to dance the night away!

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Erin’s Wedding Dress Search
I tried on about 7 or 8 dresses. It was my very first day trying on dresses, and I had only planned to go to look at different shapes. Initially, I had envisioned myself in a more traditional A-line, but the bridal consultant pulled this gorgeous Carolina Herrera fit-and-flare style. As soon as I put it on I knew it was the one – it was incredibly flattering, giving me a defined waistline and adding all the feminine detail of the lace and tulle. I loved it! I decided that minute that it was time to stop looking and called my mom to tell her the news. She told me if I love it, go for it – so I did!

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How She Felt in Her Carolina Herrera Gown
Glamorous, radiant, and beautiful


Why She’s Selling Her Wedding Dress
I loved the dress and the style and can’t wait for someone else to enjoy a designer dress at a lower cost. Also, both my mother and I each have our own unique tastes and big personalities – I can only imagine that my future daughter will one day be similar and want to pick her own dress!

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Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera Alexis | Photography – Laura and Donny Pedrino  |  Venue – The Victorian | Event Planning:  Samantha Hall Events  | Floral Design: Flowers by Dana | Cake: Susiecakes

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Casey + Terry | Monique Lhuillier Wedding From Aihara Visuals

Casey + Terry | March 12, 2016 | Maui Hawaii

Small weddings are so warm and personal. And when they’re held at a breathtaking venue, they’re even more amazing.  Casey and Terry chose Olowalu Plantation House, a private ocean front estate with stunning views for their nuptials.  The picture perfect weather, charming decor and thoughtful details created a beautiful start to their marriage.

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The Ceremony
Reverend Tino Rosete performed our ceremony. It was non-religious, but there were traditional Hawaiian Elements woven in (Conch shell blowing, ring blessing, etc). He is such a well-spoken man, it was very heartfelt and meaningful.

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The Reception
Since our wedding was on the smaller side, details mattered! We put a lot of effort into our look (flowers, signage, lighting, flatware, etc).  Our overall vibe was classic to withstand the test of time, but also had an air of vintage/shabby chic. I also knew we had a diverse group, so we tried to tailor things that would suit a variety of different personalities. There were lawn games for those who didn’t want to dance, an amazing DJ for those who did, photo booth and a fun optional dessert bar- Ululani’s Shave Ice, which is a MUST HAVE when you’re in Maui!

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Casey’s Wedding Dress Search
I knew from the start that I was a Monique Lhuillier kind of girl. I absolutely love her designs. I also didn’t want to overwhelm myself with so many dresses and designers, so I did a lot of research before I even started the dress buying process. So I only tried on dresses from her collection. That being said, I was dead set on a mermaid, more fitted kind of look. However, nothing was really working on me. I passed over my dress that I wound up buying. It wasn’t until a super helpful sales associate forced me to try on the “Reese” that I fell in love with it. Girls in the store were coming up to me and insisting that the dress was perfect on me. It was also comfortable, which was important to me since I love to dance and knew I’d be bopping all over the place at our wedding. The Reese was a perfect balance of being fancy and beautiful, but not fussy, which is rare.  I also thought the soft pink would look perfect in Hawaii. My husband teared up seeing me in my dress- it was so special and really pulled the look together of our wedding so perfectly.


How She Felt In Her Monique Lhuillier
Ethereal, stunning and comfortable!

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Why She’s Selling Her Wedding Dress
I love my dress, but I am averse to keeping things that I don’t use. How tragic for something so gorgeous to hide away forever! I have beautiful photos and a wedding video that I will keep forever and will always have a reminder for how I looked and felt on our wedding day. I think it’s such a special, high fashion dress, but it comes with a price tag. I would love nothing more than to help another bride feel as magical as I did on my wedding day, at a reduced price no less.


Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier Reese | Photography: Aihara Visuals | Venue: Olowalu Plantation House | Event Planning: Tropical Maui Weddings | Floral Design: Lois Hiranaga Floral Design | Cake: Sugar Beach Bake Shop | Other Dessert: Ululani’s Shave Ice |

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