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Kirsten + Chris | Christos Wedding from Barnett Photography
By Holly on April 24th, 2015
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Ocean view, modern glamor and a figure flattering Christos, Scarlett wedding gown…Kirsten + Chris’ beach front wedding in San Diego was breathtaking.  We love the mod decorative touches like the bold print table runners and matching napkins in grey and … Continue reading

Kirsten + Chris | Christos Wedding from Barnett Photography


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Ocean view, modern glamor and a figure flattering Christos, Scarlett wedding gown…Kirsten + Chris’ beach front wedding in San Diego was breathtaking.  We love the mod decorative touches like the bold print table runners and matching napkins in grey and white and the eye catching tall glass vases topped with white hydrangeas and just a pop of purple and light green.  Don’t miss the really cool wood bow ties for the groom and groomsmen or the amazing photo montage of Kirsten + Chris cliff jumping into the ocean in their formal wear, wedding dress and all!  But not to worry, Kirsten spared her Christos gown for the big leap into the water (she’s wearing a stand-in).  Wild!

Kirsten + Chris | October 11, 2014 | La Jolla Shores Hotel, San Diego, California | Dress Listing: Christos, Scarlett

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The Ceremony + Reception
Chris and I have been friends since high school, but we didn’t fall for each other until June 2012 when a group of friends took a trip to Las Vegas to see the worlds best DJ’s at the Electric Daisy Carnival. I’m also blessed to have had the most perfect proposal on the beach in Costa Rica and then the perfect wedding on the beach in San Diego with my love of my life! We were married on October 11th, 2014 at La Jolla Shores Hotel, in San Diego, California.  We had a beach ceremony with a flamenco guitarist, then a garden cocktail hour.  Followed by a warm open patio with string lights.

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Kirsten’s Dress Search
For my dress search I visited six stores in six months and I must have tried on about fifteen dresses.  In the end I chose my Christos, Scarlett wedding gown because it was so flattering and comfortable. I felt absolutely beautiful. Curves and all…It was the perfect fit for my lady lumps. I love this dress!

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How Kirsten Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Romantic, Sublime, Beautiful

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Why Kirsten Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
We have such fantastic photos; I don’t feel the need to hold on to anything else.

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Wedding Dress: Christos, Scarlett | Photography: Barnett Photography, Paul Barnett’s Assistant, Dean Barker | Ceremony + Reception Venue: La Jolla Shores Hotel | Event Planning: Lucy from The Perfect Knot Wedding Planning | Floral Design: Jennifer from I Do Flowers For You | Cake:  Lauren from Sweet Cheeks Baking

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“Modern Fantasy”| Monique Lhuillier Spring 2016 Bridal


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Drawing on Alice in Wonderland, the Monique Lhuillier Spring 2016 collection is rooted in fantasy.  In her inspiration statement Lhuillier says “Following Alice’s path of fantasy and curiosity, my gowns transform into magical imaginations and beautiful enchantments.”

The gowns are classic Lhuillier. Soft, feminine and delicate. And have more sensual features too such as plunging necklines and low open backs.  The embellishments and use of soft fabrics are a beautiful combination of gracefulness and glamour.  And the dresses, as we expect from Monique Lhuillier, are heavenly.

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Vera Wang Spring 2016 Wedding Dresses


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Always the innovator, Vera Wang pushed the bridal boundaries once again with with her Spring 2016 collection.  Seduction and sensuality dominated the line with many gowns that left nothing to the imagination.

Vera’s signature femininity could be seen in soft tulle skirts and grand bow accents and the entire collection showcased her incredible design aesthetic.

If you’re a bride who want to embrace her sensual side, this collection may be just what you’ve been dreaming of.

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Kathleen + Aaron | Oscar de la Renta Wedding from Mary Rosenbaum Photography


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This Oscar de la Renta wedding gown made of silk faille and a grand cascading ruffle skirt has a beautiful sense of drama and structured elegance…such a perfect choice for Kathleen + Aaron’s classic and traditional church ceremony and country club reception in Nashville.  We love the matching sweetheart necklines on the bride’s and bridesmaids dresses.  And the plush bouquets in cream and coral look amazing.  Thanks for sharing Kathleen + Aaron and congrats!

Kathleen + Aaron | October 18, 2014 | Nashville, TN | Dress Listing: Oscar de la Renta, 33N07

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The Ceremony
The ceremony, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, had breathtakingly vaulted ceilings accompanied by a magnificent organ. Hydrangeas on every few rows led the way to an alter filled with hydrangeas and florals of coral and cream. The ceremony was classic and elegant, focusing, primarily on the bride and groom and their dearest friends standing with them. A dear friend, of both bride and groom, Libby Black sang ‘How Great Thou Art’. It was such a sweet celebration of marriage!

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The Reception
The reception at Hillwood Country Club featured a romantic atmosphere with lush florals in coral and cream, antique crystal chandeliers, and a spacious dance floor. The couple’s favorite foods were served from rich southern cuisine to fresh Mexican fare accompanied by an open bar. The glamorous evening concluded with a lively dance party and music by Motown band Higher Ground.

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Kathleen’s Dress Search
I tried on probably thirty dresses. I went to three different places the first day and one the second day. The first day I found two that I loved…but one was SO fashion forward (very Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City) that I was a little worried I might look back at pictures and think it was trendy.  The other dress was gorgeous and SO classic…and I work in fashion, so I kind of wanted something that blended the two…fashion, but incredibly classic…and then I tried on this PERFECT Oscar de la Renta dress that was the perfect marriage of the two.

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How Kathleen Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Classic, High Fashion and like I was made for the dress.

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Why Kathleen Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I was a debutante in college and still have my debutante dress, sitting in a closet. I thought this dress was just WAY too gorgeous to sit in a closet!

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Wedding Dress: Oscar de La Renta, 33N07 | Photography: Mary Rosenbaum | Ceremony Venue: Covenant Presbyterian Church |  Reception Venue: Hillwood Country Club | Event Planning: Marcia Husband | Floral Design: Jim Knestrick of Knestrick by Design | Cake: Dessert Designs

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Lauren + Jonathan | Claire Pettibone Wedding from Jessica Oh Photography


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This boho-chic wedding in Garrison, New York is perfect parts playful and glamorous.  We love the rustic decor details like twig shaped initials for the cake topper, wood slice coasters and matching cake stand and our favorite: a totally unique pergola made entirely of branches and wood found on the property of the Garrison.  Don’t miss Lauren’s stunning Claire Pettibone, Chantilly wedding dress.  The capped sleeves and delicate lace back detailing are breathtaking.  Enjoy!

Lauren + Jonathan | September 20, 2014 | Garrison, New York | Dress Listing: Claire Pettibone, Chantilly

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The Ceremony
The theme for our wedding was what I liked to call bohemian chic. I wanted it to have rustic details but also feel glamorous. Our ceremony was outside on the most gorgeous day, on top of a mountain, underneath a pergola made entirely of branches and wood found on the property of the Garrison. Mason jars full of fresh flowers were placed on the aisle chairs and guests who arrived via yellow school buses were greeted with a ukulele player performing. He played “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” when I walked down the aisle with my Dad. We were surrounded by our closest friends and family and they all threw colorful confetti and blew bubbles when we said “I Do”. This made for the perfect pictures!

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The Reception
During cocktail hour, we had a steel drum band perform so that our guests could all be mentally transported to the tropics. Guests were able to sip cocktails and enjoy the most incredible sunset outside before dinner. The reception room was beyond my expectations. There were floor to ceiling windows so everyone could take in the amazing views and my “bohemian chic” details were showcased in everything from our centerpieces (my Dad cut up hundreds of pieces of wooden branches from our backyard to make coasters for our votive candles to sit on) to the burlap table runners and sprigs of lavender in each of the table settings. We had the best DJ and we danced the entire night.

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Lauren’s Dress Search
I tried on seven dresses before spotting this amazing Claire Pettibone, Chantilly dress. It was actually the second one I tried on so the rest of the dresses could just never compare. I work in fashion so I can really appreciate the details on this dress and the craftsmanship that went into it. It’s a work of art.

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How Lauren Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Beautiful, chic and beyond happy.

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Why Lauren Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I decided to sell my wedding dress to give another bride the opportunity to feel as beautiful, unique and special as I did on my wedding day (and also to put towards our house hunting fund!).

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Wedding Dress:  Claire Pettibone, Chantilly | Photography: Jessica Oh Photography | Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Garrison (Garrison, New York)  | Event Planning: Today’s Featured Bride | Floral Design: Design by Wild Things, Harrington Park, NJ | Cake: The Pastry Garden, Poughkeepsie NY

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“I Found My Wedding Dress in the Men’s Section at Sears”


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Finding your perfect wedding dress is an emotional experience for every woman.  When your wedding planning coincides with a major life challenge, it can be even more so.  Recently, we received an email from a lovely PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com buyer named Katie.  We were so touched by her story we asked if we could share it here.  Read on to find out how she found her dream dress. In the men’s section at Sears.

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I was 18 years old when my oldest sister Julie got married. I remember going with her to the bridal store to help her find a dress with my other sister, Nicki. There were tears when she found “the one.” From that day forward, I waited for my turn – the day I could try on white dresses for my sisters.

I felt like it took an eternity to find myself a husband, then one of life’s curveballs had me planning a wedding in a hurry. Shortly before I started treatment for Stage IV uveal melanoma, my then-fiancé Nick and I decided we just wanted to be married…now. I could get married in jeans and a sweater for all I cared. Meeting him at the end of the aisle was all that mattered.

Okay. I lied.

I increasingly compared the wedding I’d always dreamed of to the wedding we were having. He was all that mattered; that part was true. But there were some little things I still wanted to be just right, like wearing a gorgeous gown – and taking his breath away on our wedding day.

After accompanying me to New York City at the start of my clinical trial, Nick had to return to Denver one Sunday night to go back to work. I wouldn’t see him for 27 days. Upon returning to Denver, we would have two weeks and one day until the big day. We had six weeks to plan a wedding, so I delegated most of the planning to my incredible family and friends. When you have the bride card AND the cancer card, it’s amazing what you can get away with.  

It would be a winter wedding – not what I ever pictured – and small, held in the wine room of a restaurant surrounded by a couple dozen immediate family members and a few close friends. It was much of what I wanted, just on a smaller scale (although not that much cheaper).

“Is it at all possible to find a wedding gown in six weeks?” a voice in my head kept wondering. I had always planned on wearing my mom’s wedding veil. And that would just look silly with jeans.

The night Nick left, I took a gander at dresses online. A bridesmaid seven times over, I had seen my share of brides go through the planning process. I had seen enough to know you can’t find, order, and alter a wedding dress in only six weeks. And even if I did have time, I had no idea what I wanted.

I googled “used wedding dresses.” The results included www.preownedweddingdresses.com. Hmmm. “Well that certainly sounds classier than used,” I thought to myself.

The site allows you to search by size, style, color, location – you name it. So I tested it out. I didn’t limit style or color (mostly because I had no idea of my preference), but I searched my size within a 25 mile radius of Manhattan.

Three dresses appeared. Two of them were an immediate “No.” One of them was beautiful. I messaged the bride, carefully, as my characters were limited. Katie's PreOwned Wedding Dress

My profile listed my location as Denver. Not realizing I was currently based in NYC, the owner of the dress wasn’t quite sure how I would “try it on.” She signed her name, Anna.

My mom’s name was Ann, and in the 18 years since she passed away, I’ve found her talking to me in ways like this – lately, more than ever.

I told this Anna my story.

Anna,

I wasn’t sure if it was possible to see dresses/try on before purchase. I’ve never used this site before. I got engaged on Thanksgiving and was diagnosed with Stage IV melanoma the same week. We are moving up our wedding to Feb 22 (not a lot of time!!!). I still want to have a nice dress, I just don’t have time to order/alter one. I’m living in NYC getting treatment for the month of January, and then will head back home to Denver. Your size/specs would probably fit me (I’m 5’4″ and have a torn ACL, so can’t wear heels – I’m a hot mess :)). Anyway, if that’s not a possibility, then I understand. I just wouldn’t want to buy a dress only to find it doesn’t fit. I did a search by zip code and your dress came up as close by. Let me know if that’s a possibility!

_katie

Christina, my best friend since first grade, was coming out to meet me in New York in two weeks. If I could time it right, it might be possible to meet Anna with Christina by my side. Sarah, my other best friend since kindergarten, was overlapping with Christina for one night. If I could really time it right, I’d have one on each side.

I was also reviewing other options. J.Crew, for example, makes beautiful wedding dresses that you can order in your size and get in a couple days. The company also has three stores in the country – one in New York – where you can actually go in and try on the dresses. Suddenly, getting treated for cancer in
the most populous city in the country had some advantages.

I called the store to set an appointment. “Miss, we don’t have any openings until the end of February.” That doesn’t really help me when my wedding date is February 22. I took a deep breath, and told my story again.

“How about January 24 at noon?”

Perfect. Christina was there that day. 

“I’ll take it,” I said, thanking her profusely.

Meanwhile, Anna had confirmed a Sunday evening meeting for January 25, the day Christina and Sarah’s visits would overlap.

I liked so many J.Crew dresses listed online I even contemplated canceling on Anna. I wasn’t quite sure how we were going to get to her, as she lives outside the city. One additional concern: I had developed a rash on my chest and neck, a lovely side effect of the trial drug. Would a strapless dress even work?

If nothing else, I figured, it would be an adventure.

Christina and I set out on Saturday morning. J.Crew was great. They were very helpful, and it was so fun trying on all the gowns. One dress stood out. It was simple, elegant, and perfect for the venue. And it would go perfectly with my mother’s veil.

They took my measurements and recommended me for two sizes. Again, I found myself contemplating canceling on Anna, but some part of me wouldn’t allow it. I would wait until after seeing her dress before placing my order with J.Crew, I decided.

I still had no idea how we were going to get to Anna. She lives at least 30 minutes north of Manhattan. I told her it would be easiest for us to take the train, and she suggested the mall off the White Plains exit. I think meeting in a public place made us both more comfortable. The total fare was $51 roundtrip for all three of us, and taking the train was way safer than midwestern girls taking to the roads of Greater New York City.

We got to the mall early and wandered around for a bit. At 6:15 p.m., Anna texted us to meet her.

That’s how I ended up trying on my wedding dress in the Men’s Department at Sears.

We popped into a large, stand-alone dressing room. Christina and Sarah helped me get into the dress and as they zipped it up, I looked in the mirror, made a funny face, and started saying, “shit shit shit shit shit…”

Sarah asked, “You don’t like it?”

Christina, who knew I had really liked the J.Crew dress, replied, “I think she loves it.”

We deliberated for probably 15 minutes. I had withdrawn the $300 it was selling for out of my bank account in case I wanted to buy it. The dress was gorgeous. It was me. And it fit me like a glove. No alterations required.

But I wasn’t sure how it would go with the veil, and I still liked the simplicity of the J.Crew dress. Crap.

I decided to go for it. Even though I wasn’t 100% sold, I figured I could always re-sell it online. And if I did end up wearing it, I would have the added bonus of being able to tell people I bought my wedding dress in the Sears Men’s Department. I do love a good story.

Anna came back into the room. When I told her I wanted to buy it, she talked me down to $200. We had made the trip up, she pointed out. I attempted to argue then gave up easily seeing as she was haggling down.

Christina, Sarah, and I giggled like the schoolgirls we once were the entire way home. Sitting on the train reminded us of the eight years we rode the bus together in grade school – only I was towing a giant wedding dress folded up into a Container Store bag.

Still on the fence, I thought: if I buy the J.Crew dress, I could still have the day where I try on white dresses for my sisters. So I ordered the one dress in two sizes and had them shipped to Nicki’s house.

I got home to my honey in Denver, and the next day, we went to Nicki’s. After five long weeks, I was aching to get my arms around my nephews and niece. Nick and my brother-in-law entertained the kiddos, while Julie, Nicki, and I snuck upstairs to try on dresses.

First, the J.Crew dress. The larger size was too big. The smaller size fit, but just okay. It would have required more than just a hem, and Nicki didn’t think it was very flattering. With just two weeks until game day, I didn’t have time for that.

At that point, I had a feeling Anna’s dress was the one. So I grabbed the veil and my cowboy boots and snuck into the bathroom to try on the dress with the full effect. I was so relieved when I walked into the room and saw tears, surprisingly from Nicki, the less sappy sister. Julie was more concerned with getting us all wine to celebrate. In the end, it was no contest.

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I am so grateful to have found my dress and loved the adventure in doing so – first trying it on with two lifelong girlfriends and then getting the stamp of approval from my sisters.

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But the best moment in that dress was seeing the unforgettable look on Nick’s face the first time he saw me on our wedding day.

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That dress was made for me (and Anna).

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Easy conversation, soft lighting and luxurious lines of flowers go together at weddings like cake and champagne. Create a feeling of intimacy and romance at your wedding with elegant low centerpiece designs.  Pick one color and incorporate different flowers to add texture or visual interest, or choose a single flower, like roses or baby’s breath, packed tightly for optimum impact at a budget-friendly price.

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White on white has never looked as glamorous as with these incredible low arrangements. Glowing Wardian cases full of candles add an extra element at just the right height to complete the look at this chic wedding reception. Photos: Jonathan Young Weddings

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Floral garlands are incredibly flexible and can reflect just about any wedding decor you choose. This blush, white and green wedding garland overflowing with garden roses and hydrangea and centered down the table brings in a touch of rustic elegance. Photo: Fernando Weberich, Floral: Maxit Floral Designs

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Circular tables work particularly well with low centerpieces, especially when they are filled with bright and angular flowers to attract your guests eyes, like this tropical design. Photo: James Christianson, Floral + Design: Bill Beers

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Square tables create a modern palette for these eye-catching green and white centerpieces. The low gatherings of tulips, roses and greens work equally well on the larger squares as they do on the long tables. Photos: Bob and Dawn Davis Photography, Floral: Kehoe Designs, Event Planning: Jennifer Anderson Events. See more of this real wedding featured on PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com!

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Baby’s breath has an amazing impact when grouped together in one long line where it looks incredibly full and luxurious. Photo: Mango Studios, Floral: Flower Parade, Planning: Melissa Andre Events

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The combination of long low rows of roses on mirrors creates a floating effect that is completely enchanting. Photo: Monique Simone Photography, Floral: Fleurs des Jardins. See more of this real wedding featured on PreOwnedWeddingDresses!

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You could always skip the candles and flowers and go a little off the beaten path and into the grass! Wheatgrass is a simple, modern addition that is eco-friendly, gorgeously vibrant and very playful, not to mention low and lush! Photo: Donna Souter for Seattle Bride

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Popping up in our favorites again, floral garlands continue to be a growing trend in wedding flower decor and we hope to see more of them in the coming season! These ones are a gorgeous addition to the rustic setting. Photo: Michelle Boyd, Floral: Whim Florals, Styling: Bee Lavish 

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Never underestimate the power of a beautiful table linen paired with simple, soft florals. Mercury glass and a stainless steel tub on top of sequined runners keep things glittery and glam for these wedding centerpieces. Photo: Juliet Elizabeth Photography, Floral: Branch Design Studio, Planner: Yoj Events

 

Lori + Daniel | Romona Keveza Wedding from Steph Photography Inc.


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Tiger lilies, rustic cabin charm and an ocean view of the Atlantic…Lori + Daniel’s maritime wedding in Pictou County, Nova Scotia looked so lovely and relaxed.  We love the pops of coral and orange in Lori’s playful floral arrangements featuring fluffy peach roses and inviting tiger lilies.  Don’t miss this traditional and romantic Romona Keveza wedding dress in ivory Alencon lace over blush charmeuse silk.  Thanks for sharing Lori + Daniel and congrats!

Lori + Daniel | April 8, 2013 | Pictou Lodge, Nova Scotia | Dress Listing: Romona Keveza, L806

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The Ceremony
Pictou Lodge in Nova Scotia was a natural choice for us to have our wedding. I grew up in Pictou County and am a beach girl at heart.  So I have always imagined getting married in a beautiful outdoor venue by the beach. Dan had been to the lodge before for their famous Sunday brunch while visiting my family on a summer vacation, and he is actually the one who first mentioned having the wedding here. It was perfect, at least half of our guests would be coming from out-of-town, whether it was Vancouver or Halifax, and Pictou Lodge could accommodate them all in fantastic cabins. They didn’t even have to leave the lodge all weekend if they didn’t want to, with lots of activities nearby and a restaurant on site. The most exciting part of the day was walking up the aisle and feeling all the love from the crowd, then Dan staring so deeply into my eyes during the entire ceremony before the perfect kiss!

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The Reception
Our theme was an elegant but casual by-the-sea Nova Scotia bash. We had lots of Maritime touches, like a fiddle player for the ceremony, a lobster trap for gift cards, sand dollar chocolates decorated with the Nova Scotia tartan for favors, and seashells in the centerpieces. Our cake was a work of art exploding with edible flowers, seashells and sand. We even had my two nieces do a traditional Irish dance in between cocktail hour and dinner.  Pictou Lodge has such a rustic and natural charm on its own, we didn’t need much to dress it up besides lots of romantic candlelight from lace wrapped mason jars and twinkle lights on the ceiling. My favorite flower is the tiger lily, which my parents had hundreds of around their farmhouse growing up, so the colors we chose were based on this flower, along with other sunset colors – bright orange-coral, with touches of gold and champagne. My earrings, shoes, and sash were all gold-champagne and my bouquet was filled with tiger lily’s and huge peachy roses, accented with orange hypercicum berry, and the guys had the berries as their boutonnière.

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Lori’s Dress Search
I started my dress search in love with Vera Wang’s, Diana. I had visions of walking down the aisle in that dress from day one. However, my mom wasn’t in love with the pouffy and deconstructed style, and since she had offered to help me pay for my dress, I wanted to get something she loved too! This formfitting but flowy gorgeous lace dress was something that made both of us happy. It was a bit more traditional and romantic, and I knew it would suit my seaside venue and rustic theme perfectly.

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How Lori Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Romantic, Elegant, Beautiful

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Why Lori Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
Although I loved my dress and the way it made me feel and look on my big day, I have more than enough pictures to help me remember it! I would love for another girl to feel the same way I did, at a better price so they can spend more on something else they want to include in their budget! I will be giving all the money back to my mom, who retired last year, as a thank-you for her generous gift of this dress to me.

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Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza, L806  | Photography: Steph Photography Inc. | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Pictou Lodge Beach Resort | Wedding Decorating: Susan Colbourne | Venue Coordinator: Amanda Smith | Floral Design: McKeans Flowers | Cake: Bernice Law

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