November 14, 2014

Real Weddings: Lindsay & Jeff

Lindsay and Jeff were married in San Marcos, California at the Twin Oaks House and Gardens Estate. The soft neutral color palette and earthy venue contributed to a picture perfect wedding day.

Enjoying her role as bride to be throughout the planning process, one of Lindsay's favorite moments was when she first arrived at the venue: "I was in complete awe walking around looking at everything. It all turned out even better than I imagined."

Lindsay's bridesmaids wore a mix of styles in the color Taupe from Dessy Collection, After Six, and Lela Rose, and the guys wore Dessy Men's satin tuxedo ties.

"It was great that all my bridesmaids could order different dresses that fit them best and worked for their body type. Our groomsmen even bought matching taupe ties - it was perfect. Thanks Joielle - it was a seamless process."

Styles 2829, 6613, 6666, LR163, 6638, 6662

Thanks Lindsay and Jeff for sharing your memories with us. We wish you a blissful life together!

Photographer: Paul VonRieter 

November 5, 2014

Real Weddings Round-Up: Blues and Grays

As the temperature starts to drop with the fall weather (hard to believe we're already into November!), we're in the mood to highlight some cool blue and gray bridal parties!

First up, Ann Marie and Christopher were married at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Maryland, followed by a reception at Antrim 1844, a charming country house hotel. Ann Marie said her favorite moment was seeing her husband at the end of the church aisle and feeling like the luckiest lady.

The bridesmaids wore After Six Style 6611 in Stormy, and the flower girls wore Dessy Girl Style FL4021.

When asked why Joielle worked for her, Ann Marie responded:
"You all worked with all of my crazy requests and helped track down my dream dress. You were able to accommodate my 11 bridesmaids and 3 flowergirls!"

Photographer: Megan Beth Photography

Next up is Sarah and Rick's wedding which took place at Hotel Monaco in Baltimore. Love these profile photos of the bride and groom!

Sarah's bridesmaids wore Alfred Sung Style D532 in Midnight.

"Joielle experience: personalized attention without having to go to a salon. Worked very well for me since my maids lived all over. Also, a bit less expensive than the bridal salons, so that was important. Bridesmaids spend so much as it is, so saving them some money was great!"

When asked for a favorite moment, Sarah said it was when the band busted out "Blurred Lines" and all of our guests went crazy! It definitely looked like everyone was having a great time.

Photographer: Elisha Maria Coleman, Love Life Images

Last but not least, Omega and Brian incorporated both blue and gray (pops of red!) in their bridal party.

Taking place at Pin Knob Mansion in Michigan, their wedding was subtly Dr. Who and library themed and Omega wasn't sure exactly how many people would catch this. To her surprise, her grandfather came up to her at the reception to rave about the Dr. Who theme. She had no idea he was a huge fan!


Omega's bridesmaids wore mixed Alfred Sung styles in Royal Blue and Quarry. She also knit her own wedding shawl, which was her favorite part in wedding planning.

Styles D586D528, D476, D448

"I planned my entire wedding while I was teaching English in Korea. So I couldn't really meet with my bridesmaids for dress shopping. Also my bridesmaids were all different sizes and body shapes and sort of on a budget. I got to pick a dress line I liked and they could then choose a specific dress that worked for their style and budget.

Photographer: Heather Kanillopoolos

Congrats to all of our lovely brides and their dapper husbands!

October 2, 2014

Real Weddings: Lydia & Andrew

Gently tying in many exquisite personal touches, Lydia and Andrew were married at Benmaryl Winery in Marlboro, New York. As Andrew is a wedding photographer himself, it's no wonder that their pictures were nothing less than gorgeous!

When Lydia found out that Andrew's last name meant "House of Wood", it was the perfect launch into a rustic chic decor. They used wooden logs in centerpieces and to label the table names from specific trees, not to mention this original cupcake stand.

One of Lydia's favorite moments was their "first look". They were nervous about seeing each other, but as soon as they did, all of their anxieties fell away. Lydia also cherished having her sister and maid of honor there to hold her train and witness the moment with them.

Andrew's grandmother had recently passed away, so Lydia chose to wear her light pink vintage shoes to remember her and be the "something old". She also wore vintage earrings from her aunt that had been in the family for years. They happened to have an aquamarine stone, hence her "something borrowed and blue".

The bridesmaid wore After Six Style 6666 in Celadon.

"I went back and forth a lot trying to please opinions and body types, but at the end of the day you just have to make an executive decision. This dress I chose from Joielle was PERFECT. I ordered it sight unseen from the website and the girls looked fabulous - the color was perfect, it complimented every body type and I couldn't have asked for more. Simple, elegant, classic."

Congrats Andrew and Lydia! May all this beauty and joy continue to thrive in your future together!

Photographer: Richard Israel

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!
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