September 4, 2014

Real Weddings: Brandy & Alan

Bridal parties are usually good sports for wedding photos, but Brandy and Alan's wedding really pushed the limit! The ceremony took place in Fairbanks, Alaska in the Warballow Air Hanger, followed by a reception at the Birch Hill Ski Center and photos in sub-zero temperatures.

Alan is a Medivac pilot who was deployed to Afghanistan during their engagement, so they planned the wedding through Skype and Google docs. Although challenging, it gave them a project that helped the time apart pass quicker.

Brandy's bridesmaids wore Dessy's Long Twist Wrap Dress in Clover.

We LOVED the convertible dresses the bridesmaids wore. It was great that everyone could pic their own style and would actually be able to wear the dress again unlike most bridesmaids dresses. The color was perfect for our theme and everything arrived just as pictured!

The bridal party braved -25 F weather outside! They jumped into a car between the shots while Alan tried to warm Brandy's frozen toes.

Brandy had two favorite moments, the first being the airplane ride after the ceremony. Alan's ATC pilot friends changed their plane call sign to "Newlywed 1". They also worked on a choreographed first dance for a month prior to the wedding and nailing that dance at the reception was a wonderful feeling.

Congrats Brandy and Alan! May your love for each other always fly high.

Photo Credit: Maureen McCombs 

August 5, 2014

Real Weddings Round-Up: Summer Lovin'

With long days, gorgeous seasonal flowers and guests in the mood to travel, summer will always be the most popular time for weddings. Today we're highlighting photos from brides who were married under the bright hot sun!

First up, Karla's wedding party busted out the shades for outdoor photos with clear blue skies and a waterfront view.

The bridesmaids rocked Alfred Sung Style D523 in Ebony, and in Karla's words, "I couldn't have asked for better dresses."

Photo Credit: Danielle Maheu Photography

Next up, Courtney-Rose and Adam's Maryland wedding at the Strong Mansion in Sugarloaf Mountain. We love the choice of a pale pink and cream color palette surrounded by the venue's lush greenery.

Courtney-Rose's bridesmaids wore Alfred Sung Style D448 in Quarry.

"All of my bridesmaids lived in different cities, so coming together for traditional dress fittings wasn't an option. I appreciated that the staff at Joielle were a pleasure to work with and made the process very seamless."

Photo Credit: Erin Wheeler Photography

Cities can be equally gorgeous as summer wedding backdrops, evidenced by Amanda and Joseph's Chicago wedding.

The bridesmaids were dressed in Alfred Sung Style D458 in Seaside.

Lastly, Hope and Jeremiah were married at the Rosemont Manor in Virginia. Hope enjoyed wedding planning with her friends, mom and sister because everyone pitching in made the day even more special for her.

Hope's bridesmaids wore After Six Style 6620 in Midnight lux chiffon.

"Joielle went above and beyond to make sure that I received the dresses that I wanted. At first I had picked out a dress that I really loved for my girls to wear, however the designer of the dress discontinued the dress in the color I had wanted (this was not Joielle's fault at all). They sweetly apologized and covered the cost of the difference when I picked a more expensive dress for my girls to buy. And it turned out that the new dress was even BETTER than the original dress I had chosen. During the entire process, Joielle's customer service communicated so well and in such a timely fashion. I would definitely recommend Joielle to all brides!"

Hope's favorite moment came at the end of the evening when the guests cleared out the reception venue to prepare for the grand send-off. The bride and groom shared a private dance before they left, giving them a special time to soak in the entire day.

Photo Credit: Stephanie Messick Photography

Warm wishes and sunny days ahead to all of our beautiful summer brides and their dapper husbands!

July 8, 2014

Real Weddings: Olivia & Neil

No detail was missed in Olivia and Neil's perfectly planned vintage style wedding set in old San Juan Capistrano, California. Olivia put a lot of effort into achieving her dream wedding and seemed to have a lot of fun doing it!

The bride's favorite moment of their wedding day was walking down the aisle with her wonderful dad and turning the aisle corner to see her future husband with the look on his face of true happiness and love.  She also enjoyed walking into the reception garden before guests arrived and seeing her vision and hard work come to fruition. With the help of friends and family, she tirelessly made many DIY projects including lavender satchel favors, table backdrop and lace overlays, vintage key place cards and centerpieces, and ceremony programs.

The bridesmaids wore mixed Alfred Sung dress in Pearl Pink dupioni and chose their own shoes to complete the outfit.

Styles D468, D496, D458, D480

Olivia also wanted to encourage future brides in what is often a very challenging process of wedding planning:

"Stay true to yourself and make sure that the dreams you have for your wedding do come true on that day because anything is possible and you just have to follow through with your ideas. Use your friends and family to your advantage. They are there to help you and it never hurts to ask! Most importantly, enjoy the entire process. Don’t get stressed out…and if you start to, just remember that this is you and your husband’s day and it will end up being the most memorable, special, romantic day of your life. "

Thank you for sharing your experience Olivia. We hope that you and Neil enjoy a marriage full of precious moments!

Photographer: Tara Sieling

June 12, 2014

Real Weddings: Patti & Tony

A gorgeous city backdrop can really add an extra wow factor, and today's wedding from San Francisco proves just that. Winner of our Once Wed gift card giveaway contest last year, Patti and Tony were married at Grace Cathedral, followed by a reception at Park Tavern.

Planning was pretty stressful and last minute as Patti was finishing up her PhD and Tony had just started a company. But the best part of the day was that after four years of long distance and three years of being engaged, they finally made it official and were back together in the Bay Area where they first met.

Patti's sister picked out her wedding dress, and her two best friends from grad school were both in the wedding party - one as a bridesmaid and one as a groomsman. The bridesmaids wore Lela Rose Styles LR153, LR178, LR179 in Charcoal Gray.

It was a pleasure to work with Joielle - I never win anything so it was a wonderful surprise! The fitting advice you gave was spot on and I really loved the color choice and different styles that made it possible for each of my friends to choose something for themselves.

Congrats Patti and Tony! May your journey together be cherished and sweet!

Photographer: Jessica Burke Photography

May 16, 2014

Real Weddings: Perennial Purples

Today we're excited to feature some lovely purple themed weddings. Purple is a color that's perfect for any season and can be regal, romantic and fun. You really can't go wrong!

Katelyn and Keebie were married in Huntington, WV at Heritage Farm. Katelyn's favorite part of planning was being able to make the wedding reflect her style perfectly, going with "rustic chic".

The special moment that stood out for Katelyn is when Keebie had tears streaming down his face during the ceremony. He's a tough guy and she's never seen him cry before!

Katelyn's bridesmaids wore Dessy Collection Style 2821 in African Violet, a tulle and satin gown, and added a flower belt for extra panache.

"Ordering from Joielle was great. The fact that with every purchase, even fabric swatches, a handwritten letter thanking me for the purchase was included showed the owners really cared about their customers."

Photo Credit: Meredith Dickens

Fara's wedding took place at Molly Pitcher Inn, a scenic waterfront hotel in New Jersey. Her bridesmaids and flower girl wore Dessy dresses in Persian Plum. We love that the photos really reflect the cheerful sentiment of the special day.

Photo Credit: Philip Alan

Finally, one of the most memorable wedding stories we've heard in a while. Dawn and Andrew were married at Living Word Lutheran Church with a reception at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott in Texas.

Dawn wore her mother's veil and re-combed it with the help of one of her bridesmaids, which involved very carefully snipping threads.

The bridesmaids wore mixed Alfred Sung styles in Italian Plum.

"I had six bridesmaids with different body types and needs. Joielle had a great selection of the dresses I wanted people to select from. It was affordable and easy as my bridesmaids were spread across the country."

If you thought you dealt with pre-wedding drama, Dawn actually broke her back sledding two weeks before the wedding! She flew in from Madison into Houston with her TLSO brace on, had to get emergency alterations on her gown and adjust some of her expectations (that's putting it lightly in our opinion!). Luckily, Dawn didn't let it stop her from enjoying her wedding day.

"I chose to walk down the aisle without my brace on, which my doctor did not recommend, but I decided it was worth it. As soon as the ceremony was over, my bridesmaids pulled off my dress and my maid of honor sister helped put on the brace. I'm laying on the floor in a church office thinking to myself "well I never thought this would happen!" as she tightens the Velcro as much as she could on the brace before trying to lift me off the ground. My other favorite moment was sitting with friends I hadn't seen in months, taking a breather from dancing (yes, I totally danced in a bulky brace!) and watching how much fun everyone was having."

Photo Credit: Make My Day Photography; Kreative Angle Photography 

Thanks to our lovely brides for sharing your precious memories with us. We wish you and your husbands long and joyful lives together!
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