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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

 

 

31 Mar

Kirstie Kelly Gown Collection

KIRSTIE KELLY GOWN COLLECTION

MON 10 MAR / LOS ANGELES FASHION

BY SHAUNNA NYGREN

EDITOR IN CHIEF / PACIFIC WEDDINGS

At times, it is all about the wedding dress and we've seen our fair share of gorgeous, tulle laden frocks over the years. Sometimes its the more understated, classic silhouettes that catch our eye. The latest bridal offerings from couture designerKirstie Kelly are far from simple with intricate beaded detailing and fine tailoring skills. Yet they are classic in spirit, much like the designer herself. Photographer Elizabeth Messina captured her latest collection in California.

12 Mar

Trezzi Farm Wedding by Kimbry Studios

Posted by Kirstie Kelly in Blog, Bridal, Kirstie Kelly, Signature

Megan and Ben were inspired by the gorgeous landscape of Eastern Washington and the Palouse when they came up with their country chic wedding theme. They chose bright colors, burlap, lace and the incredible backdrop of Trezzi Farms on Green Bluff to tie it all together, with Kimbry Studios there to capture it all.

Megan wrote all about her planning process and gives some great advice (like did you know Costco has wedding dresses?!?!) at the bottom of the post, so be sure to check it out!

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From Megan….

How did you know GreenBluff/Trezzi Farm was your wedding location?

I spent many weekends in college north of Spokane, a short drive away from Trezzi Farm. All those weekends were spent with an axe or chainsaw in my hand, since I was a competitive lumberjack during my years at WSU. Those years were very formative in my life, and since the Palouse and eastern Washington was so important to both Ben and I, it seemed like an easy decision to get married in a region we both had such strong connections too. Stephanie and Davide were very welcoming, and wanted to make sure that the space they created, with big barns and red tin roofs felt like a joyful place to spend our special day. Davide took great care in preparing delicious, home cooked, authentic Italian food that wafted in and out of the barn doors, and made made wine that was a true testament to his Italian roots. And if those factors weren’t enough, the giant metal chickens placed around the property sealed the deal.

What was your favorite element of the planning process and of the wedding day? 

My favorite part of the planning process was picking out wedding colors and the bridesmaids dresses. I went to the hardware stores and picked up gobbs and gobbs of paint chips, scattering them all around the floor of our apartment, picking and choosing and throwing out all sorts of combinations until I reached our final decision – poppy, dark teal, and tan. Trezzi Farms bright red barns needed wedding details to match – so bright, bold colors with a dusty tan was where it was at.

The next challenge was finding bridesmaids dresses to match. We lucked out at Nordstrom’s where we found the perfect shade of teal dresses that looked great on all the girls. I wanted to avoid the typical one-time-wear bridesmaid dress, and opted for something that would work great for a night on the town as well. This fit the bill, and I even bought the tan version myself as my rehearsal dinner dress. Needless to say, all four of us girls have worn our dresses on multiple occasions, so my mission was accomplished. 

Shopping for my wedding dress was EASY. I found it right after we got engaged through, of all places, COSTCO! Yeah, I know. The do limited time tour in major cities, with a small line of dresses from Kristie Kelly. I saw it online, tried it on when the dress tour came to Seattle – and when it came time for my mom and Beka to see me in it – they cried. It was clearly the winner, hands down.

Of the wedding day – My favorite element was the wild field flowers. Our florist worked wonders that incorporated a wide range field flowers in various oranges, reds and yellows and had stalks of wheat thrown as a tribute to our love of the Palouse. She understood every detail and took it to a whole new level. They were perfection.

How did you come to your wedding theme?

 Our wedding theme was easy to come by. We wanted it to be simple and country-chic because of our love for Eastern Washington and the wheatfields of the Palouse. The color scheme included lots of texture and pops of color. Because the wedding was outdoors with a country-type setting, we used burlap and lace for the table runners, faux-tiqued mason jars for the vases and lots of candles to provide nice lighting when the sun started setting. The colors of the flowers looked great with the bright orange sunsets eastern Washington typically has. It fit us both and the area we loved.

Vendors

Photographer: Kimbry Studios
Venue & Caterer: Trezzi Farms
Cake: Love @ First Bite Desserts
Dress Designer: Kirstie Kelly
Flowers: Half Moon Blooms
Groom’s Attire: JCPenney
Jewelry: Forever 21
Stationery: BRIDES Invitation Kit – Blue Birds from Micheals
Bridesmaid Dresses: Suzy Chin from Nordstrom
Vases: The Bride
Hair & Makeup: Bridesmaid Corinne

11 Mar