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01 Apr

Romantic Tacoma Wedding of High School Sweethearts

If you need a little warm and fuzzy infused in your day, you know you’ve come to the right place because we have the most beautiful outdoor wedding Washington has ever seen, and the couple? High school sweethearts. I know. It doesn’t get much cuter than that. Alante Photography was brought in to capture the whole thing, and this gallery needs a few tissues. 

 

From the stunning bride… My husband, Derek, and I are high school sweethearts from the suburbs of Seattle, going on 11 years together and both pursuing acting careers in New York. He proposed in October of 2012 in the beautiful Conservatory Gardens in Central Park, followed by a surprise party with all of our friends and parents flown-in from Seattle. I didn’t stop crying happy tears all day!

With 9 months to nail down a summer wedding, we started planning right away. While I love hosting and styling, I wasn’t a girl who dreamed about my wedding day since childhood, so I had my work cut out for me. I kept thinking “You only get to do this once! You don’t want to look back and wish you could do it over.” I was determined to make every last detail unregrettable. I changed my mind hundreds of times before making any decisions, and often times after making decisions.

We knew we loved the elegant architecture we saw every day living in New York, and were determined to find a venue with the same feeling in Washington State. This proved to be very challenging until I found the Weyerhaeuser Estate and signed a deposit check on the spot.

I also knew I wanted a big, fluffy dress, pretty chairs and great photography. Visual elements were our financial priorities. After all, the pictures are what last!

Once the budget was made around these things, I realized we had hardly any money left for other décor. It was time to get my DIY on. I hand wrote all of the calligraphy throughout the event, muscled out the wire name hangers for bridesmaids and assembled the foliage halo for the ceremony. My mom sewed the bridesmaid robes, my talented artist aunt made our light-up marquee “L-O-V-E” lights and table numbers, and I bargained shopped like crazy for everything else from my shoes, to the once-broken antique chandelier that I re-wired myself.

For my processional I found a young Australian singer on youtube, Shannon Dooks, who recorded a ballad version of “Today I Met the Boy I’m Gonna Marry”, and my dear friend and bridesmaid who is a singer/songwriter, Gavrielle, arranged and recorded a piano version of “You’re Still the One” for the bridal party processional.

Derek and I agreed we wanted to promise the same set of vows to each other, but we also liked the idea of writing our own, so in addition to our mutual vows for the future, we each wrote 10 “thank you’s” for the past. It ended up being my favorite part of the day.

Throughout the whole process of pinning and planning, my biggest struggle was making decisions. I found myself wanting to plan four completely different weddings and I had a hard time making all of my ideas feel cohesive for a single event. Am I allowed to have classic bowtie tuxes and burlap table runners?

A stylish friend of mine once told me while decorating a new apartment, “If you love each piece, it will naturally all go together.” So I just picked each thing that Derek and I loved on its own and trusted that it would all just work. On the big day we were thrilled with how everything looked and felt because it was a true reflection of our personal style.

The best part is, most of our leftover wedding décor translates beautifully into home-décor! For example, the chandelier that we shared our first dance under is going to hang in our bedroom, and the frames from the calligraphy signs will hold pictures of detail shots from the wedding.

We were incredibly lucky with weather in that hit-or-miss Seattle August, and the day couldn’t have been more perfect. We made a big effort to be present and enjoy the party to the fullest and I’m so glad we did. That’s my best advice! Once the ceremony starts, just breathe, smile, look around at all the people who love and support you and cherish the moments! It’s the only time in your life you get to have everyone you love most in one place.

Photography: Alante Photography | Videography: Bogle Productions | Wedding Dress: Kirstie Kelly | Flowers: Blue Ribbon Events | Cake: Blue Ribbon Events | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alvina Valenta | Catering: Blue Ribbon Events | Make Up: Kristen Nicole Lawson Project Makeup | Hair: Pacific Avenue Salon And Spa | Ceremony Music: Gavrielle | Ceremony Music: Shannon Dooks | Alterations: Fragile Fit | Bride's Earrings & Bracelet: Faded Elegance | Cake Table Runner:Anthropologie | Chandelier: Antique Warehouse | Clutches: Anthropologie | Groom's Watch: Hugo Boss| LOVE Letter Installation: Laurie Schwartz Custom Designs | MOB Dress: David Mesiter | Photobooth:Seattle Photo Booth | Reception Dress: Top Shop | Rentals: ABC Rentals | Table Number Gate: Queen Bee Home And Garden | Tuxedos: Vera Wang | Veil: Fragile Fit | Wedding Rings: Kogita Jewelers

31 Mar

How to Buy a Wedding Dress Online

How to Buy a Wedding Dress Online

 

 

 

While most women are comfortable shopping online these days, many brides still stop short at the thought of buying a wedding dress off the web. Wedding gownsare certainly different to wear and to buy than regular dresses, but purchasing a gown online can be simple if you know where to start. If you're feeling ready to give it a go, read our tips below then start browsing wedding dresses on Lover.ly!

 

1. Use a try-on service. Some bridal designers, like Kirstie Kelly, allow brides to "borrow" gowns and try them on at home before placing a final order. For $35 (which includes shipping both ways) the designer will send you the dress of your choice to borrow for 48 hours. You can try as many dresses as you'd like and get a sense of the styles and silhouettes that suit you.

 

2. Get measured by a seamstress before placing an order. Most gowns aren't sized the same way everyday clothes are, so it's important to know your measurements before you place your order online. It's possible to take your own measurements, but a local tailor should be able to do it for just a few dollars -- and it's best to get it right the first time.

 

3. Try on gowns in a salon before ordering online. Trying on gowns at a bridal salon will help you get a sense of the styles and silhouettes that suit you best. Once you have a good sense of what works for your body type, browse the web for a dress you love.

 

4. Buy from a retailer with a solid return policy. There are a lot of websites out there that sell discounted bridal gowns with an "All Sales Final" policy, but since this is probably your first time buying a wedding dress, you might not get it right on the first try. We recommend shopping with retailers like BHLDN or Nordstrom Weddings that have solid return policies. If something goes wrong, you should be able to send your dress back without hassle.

 

5. Buy from a reputable source that offers a secure payment gateway. Skip the sketchy websites claiming to sell designer gowns at heavily reduced prices. The savings aren't worth it! You may end up with a half-finished dress or worse, you may never even receive your dress. Only order gowns from retailers you trust, or sites you've used before that offer secure payment gateways and accountability for products ordered.

 

6. Order a nontraditional dress in a style that suits you. You know your body and sense of style best, so consider buying a ready-to-wear dress from a brand you love, and wear that on our wedding day instead of a traditional bridal gown. You'll find great deals online, and there's no shortage of stunning non-bridal dresses available in white and ivory.

 

7. Buy a slightly larger dress and have it tailored. If you know you want a simple, streamlined dress, buying a slightly larger-sized gown and having it tailored to your exact shape can be a great way to get the dress of your dreams. Just keep in mind that this can be difficult if you opt for a dress with boning or lots of beading, so be mindful of the style of dress you purchase and talk to a tailor first.

 

8. Buy a custom-made dress. With so many talented designers selling their creations on sites like Etsy, buying a custom wedding gown is not as expensive as you might think! Read the designer's reviews and get yourself measured by a pro before placing your order, and you may find that buying a custom gown online is the best dress-shopping experience you've ever had!

 

XO,

 

The Lover.ly team

 

 

04 Mar

Classic Romantic LA Wedding

Today I’m sharing this romantic and chic LA Jewish wedding from Love Light Images. I love all the chic, elegant, and timeless details. How stunning is the bride’s custom gown? Those delicate lace sleeves are too lovely!

The inspiration for our wedding was the California Club. The venue was chosen before everything else because Adam is a member and always dreamed of getting married there, so we let it guide our design decisions. We learned a lot about the history of the California Club throughout the wedding planning, and wanted the wedding to blend in with the elegant ambiance.

classic romantic wedding | Love Light Images | Glamour & Grace

classic romantic wedding | Love Light Images | Glamour & Grace

classic romantic wedding | Love Light Images | Glamour & Grace

classic white bouquet | Love Light Images | Glamour & Grace

red bridesmaids | Love Light Images | Glamour & Grace

classic white bouquet | Love Light Images | Glamour & Grace

classic romantic wedding | Love Light Images | Glamour & Grace

classic romantic wedding | Love Light Images | Glamour & Grace

signing the ketubah | Love Light Images | Glamour & Grace

laser cut ketubah | Love Light Images | Glamour & Grace

classic romantic wedding | Love Light Images | Glamour & Grace

classic romantic wedding | Love Light Images | Glamour & Grace

classic romantic wedding | Love Light Images | Glamour & Grace

classic romantic wedding | Love Light Images | Glamour & Grace

classic romantic wedding | Love Light Images | Glamour & Grace

classic romantic wedding | Love Light Images | Glamour & Grace

classic romantic wedding | Love Light Images | Glamour & Grace

classic romantic wedding | Love Light Images | Glamour & Grace

classic romantic wedding | Love Light Images | Glamour & Grace

We chose long tables because it promoted conversation and allowed us to use tall candelabras (which I’d fallen in love with at a prior event), and we chose a live band because we wanted the reception to be a party above all else (that’s the reason I had a “short” dress, too! No getting stepped on for me). We wanted our wedding to set a tone for who we’re going to be as a family, and if we came across as fun-loving, elegant, and respectful, then mission accomplished. 

romantic white centerpieces | Love Light Images | Glamour & Grace

romantic white centerpieces | Love Light Images | Glamour & Grace

classic white cake | Love Light Images | Glamour & Grace

classic romantic wedding | Love Light Images | Glamour & Grace

Photography | Love Light Images | Venue | The California Club | Florist | Tommy Farmer Studios | Cake | portos bakery | Gown | Kirstie Kelly Couture | Shoes | Kate Spade | Make Up | Be.NYLA | Band | Earl Alexander Band

17 Feb

Inspired by This Colorful Destination I Do Shoot

This was such a fun shoot to be a part of!  Not only was the team of vendors we collaborated with beyond incredible and talented, but the inspiration was so bright and playful that we couldn’t wait to see what Beth Helmstetter came up with!  We headed up to Malibu to shoot on the sand with one of our faves, Braedon Flynn, who captured everything on film.  The entire shoot had a cool vintage, Endless Summer vibe with colored adirondack chairs, huge yellow striped beach umbrellas, and the perfect turquoise beach cruiser.  The bride wore one short and one long Kirstie Kelly wedding gown and the bridesmaids wore fun, mismatched ModCloth dresses that went along perfectly with all the bright, gorgeous florals by Dolce Designs Studio.  We can never get enough of big, beautiful peonies over here!

Be Prepared to Be Inspired…

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11 Feb

Surprise Wedding by Stephanie Williams

Surprise Wedding by Stephanie Williams

If you’re new to Magnolia Rouge or missed the fact that we launched our first issue of the Magnolia Rouge Magazine a few weeks back, you may not have seen our incredible cover story as shot by the amazing Stephanie Williams of This Modern Romance. Produced by Be Inspired PR, the shoot took place at Carondelet House which provided the perfect backdrop for the Urban Issue. The super talented Laura Hooper hand drew the beautiful calligraphy aisle runner creating such a pretty ceremony backdrop. And the gorgeous, gorgeous cover model was made up by Erica from 10.11 Make-up… doesn’t she just look divine? And ever so perfect for the Urban cover! Styled by Sterling Social and featuring the stunning gowns of Kirstie Kelly and accessories of Erica Elizabeth Designs it really was the perfect start to this new venture!

 

Click here to see the entire first issue of Magnolia Rouge Magazine.

 

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Photography | Stephanie Williams for This Modern Romance, Production | Be Inspired PR, Florals | The Hidden Garden
Planning & Design | Sterling Social, Venue | Carondelet House, Furniture | Form Décor, Desserts | Cupcakes Couture
Stationery | Cherish Paperie, Champagne | One Hope Wine, Guest Ceremony Shelving | Revelry Event Designers
Hair & Make-up | 10.11 Make-up and Hair, Cocktail Dresses & Gowns | Kirstie Kelly Couture, Models | Quench
Accessories | Erica Elizabeth Designs, Aisle Runner | Laura Hooper Calligraphy, Lighting | Lighten Up Inc.
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