January 20, 2016

Real Weddings: Brooke & Matthew

Happy January! It's an exciting year ahead for newly engaged couples coming to our site, but we're just as happy to hear from our previous brides and see how their dream weddings came together.

Brooke and Matthew had a December wedding at The Stockroom at 230 in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. They worked with close family friends and family members to get all the special details just right. Going with a Christmas-themed wedding, they incorporated their favorite cakes made by  family members, live greenery, and a candlelit ceremony.

A few years back, both Brooke and Matthew lost grandparents whom they considered their "best friends." The whole wedding planning process was emotional for Brooke because she wanted her grandmother there to help her pick out my dress, bake her cakes, and most importantly, watch her get married. As Brooke's father gave her away and she took Matthew's hand, it started to rain outside. She knew that their deceased grandparents were there in spirit to see them get married. Brooke gave Matthew his grandfather's pocket watch personalized with his grandparents' wedding day and theirs, and her aunt and uncle made her grandmother's special Red Velvet cake that was enjoyed by all of the guests.

Brooke's bridesmaids wore Alfred Sung dupioni dresses in the color Barcelona.

The dresses were absolutely gorgeous, and we received the most compliments on them. I was very hesitant in the beginning because I did not know about the quality of dresses, colors, or fit. I consulted with Joielle, and they were very quick to respond. They shipped the Barcelona duponi swatch promptly and upon receiving, I knew that this was the color that I wanted. The consultants worked with each of my bridesmaids individually to help them with their sizing and ordering. The whole process was smooth. I would highly recommend this company to any bride.

Congrats Brooke and Matthew! We know that your loving grandparents are smiling down on you as you embark on a joyful life together. 

Photographer: Laura Harris Photography 

December 29, 2015

Spring 2016 styles are here!

What better way to spend the holiday break (especially you newly engaged brides-to-be) than browsing Dessy Group's new Spring 2016 styles! Here are a few trends that we look forward to seeing more of in the new year.

Bold Prints - Going full out with floral prints is quickly catching on, especially for outdoor weddings. Nostalgic yet modern, print dresses are romantic and unique.

Alfred Sung D722FP and D724FP

Textured Accents - As if all the new lace options aren't enough, Dessy is kicking it up a notch with embroidery, beading, and sequins to add that extra pizzazz.

Dessy Collection 2961, 2949, JY Jenny Yoo JY513 , After Six 6743

Maternity Options - While empire waist dresses can be relatively simple to convert to accommodate baby bumps by sizing up or ordering extra fabric, Dessy just made things a lot easier for your expectant bridesmaids with their new maternity line that coordinates with existing regular styles.

Dessy Maternity M426 and M428

Fun New Fabrics - Be sure to check out Lux Shimmer, which adds a gold or silver sheen to select lux chiffon colors, and Florentine Lace, a softly pressed subtle pattern. You can order swatches here.

Dessy Collection 2955 and JY Jenny Yoo JY519

We're ringing in 2016 with 10% off sitewide (use code NEWYEAR). Contact us for any help we can provide and happy shopping!

December 3, 2015

Real Weddings: Erin & Ben

Fall is my favorite season, so I loved seeing Erin & Ben's seasonally inspired October wedding, which took place at the Jefferson Country Club in Blacklick, Ohio.

Erin was glad when the planning was over and they could just enjoy the day! She loved how everything came together on the wedding day, thanks in large part to the help of her family and  bridesmaids.

The bridesmaids wore Alfred Sung full length dupioni dresses in the color Mandarin.

Joielle was fantastic to work with. I had bridesmaids from Texas, Kansas and all over Ohio. Ordering dresses was a breeze and everyone looked AMAZING. I received so many compliments on the bridesmaid dresses!

Erin shared that there were many things they simply "forgot" to do; they didn't make programs, her stepdaughter didn't bring her bridesmaid shoes, and they didn't even cut the wedding cake at the reception! But none of it mattered and she declared that they couldn't have asked for anything more.

Nothing beats a bride with an amazing attitude because weddings never go exactly as planned. Congrats Erin and Ben, may your lovely family continue to be blessed with peace and joy!

Photo Credit: Carrie Bandy Photography 

October 30, 2015

Real Weddings: Kirin & Andrew

On a bright and glorious spring day, Kirin and Andrew were married at Ceresville Mansion in Frederick, Maryland.

The best part of wedding planning for Kirin was working on the decor and little pieces that represented her and Andrew. She created a monogram that was a large part of their theme.

Kirin's favorite part of the day was the ceremony. The forecast said there would be rain and be a washout, but it turned out to be a beautiful day!

The bridal party was dressed in Alfred Sung, with the bridesmaids wearing Style D440 in Electric Blue and the groomsmen wearing matching neck ties.

Joielle was wonderful. The ability to order to dresses in bulk was really easy and we got them in time for the girls to get their dresses altered together. The guys ties made for a great combination for the bridal party.

Congrats Kirin and Andrew! May your lives continue to shine with love and joy.

Photographer: Kalik Housen, ShutterDC 

September 11, 2015

Real Weddings: Lindsay & Barry

Hard to believe, but warm weather will be ending soon here in the Northeast. We're glad for pictures like these from Lindsay and Barry to remind us of the breathtaking beauty of New England summers!

Married in Saco, Maine, Lindsay shared that it was so windy at the beach, her veil flew off at a very dramatic moment during the ceremony!

Lindsay's bridesmaids wore Alfred Sung Style D624 in Firecracker. The color really pops against the summer greenery.

My bridesmaids were spread out across the country - NH, MA, NM, LA, WA - so it was great that they were all able to submit their measurements, order their dresses online, and have them shipped directly to them. And it was all at a reasonable price! Once we had decided on the dress, Joielle made it so easy for me. It was great knowing I didn't have to do all of the coordinating with my bridesmaids - it felt like I had someone else on my wedding planning team, so thank you!

Lindsay's favorite wedding day moment was standing in front of her soon to be husband in a beautiful grove of pine trees, waiting for him to open his eyes and see her for the first time.

Congrats Lindsay and Barry! May your marriage continue to grow in deep love and beauty.

Photographer: Kendra Jones Morris and Michelle Bozeman
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