March 20, 2015

Real Weddings: Morgan & Chandler

Happy first day of spring! Ironically it is still snowing here in New Jersey. But we've got Morgan and Chandler's sunny Las Vegas wedding photos to brighten our day.  Married at the San Diego California LDS Temple, they kept costs down by having their reception at a friend's backyard.

Wedding planning was a team effort, with Morgan imagining a Pinterest perfect wedding and her husband using his work experience in marketing and events to execute her ideas within budget. They were able to get everything they wanted for less than a few thousand dollars!

When asked about her favorite moment, Morgan said that the whole day was just perfect, but her fondest memory is of their "first look," and she gives us a very entertaining description.

"I stood there, smiling, trying to fight back the tears and the excited sobs that came rushing out. I was trying to smile, but the emotions were too strong, and I just started to cry. Fear of ruining my freshly done makeup forced me to choke back the tears and swallow the sobbing. A battle between crying and laughing ensued. I can only describe the noise that came out as boisterous laugh-sobs intermingled with squeaks… What I would do for a video of it all!"

Morgan's bridesmaids wore Alfred Sung D568, a modest style with cap sleeves in the colors Pearl Pink, Dove and Champagne.

"My maid of honor found the bridesmaid dresses. She loved them, and after one look, I fell in love with them too. I wanted something affordable, but because our total engagement was only 16 weeks, I was finding that bridal stores were charging an arm and a leg for not only the dress, but rush creation, rush shipping, rush handling, rush everything! Not only did Joielle have AMAZING customer service, we were able to get the dresses in plenty of time, at an incredible cost! We were even able to get the groomsmen ties to match (which no bridal store in my area carried or was willing to order). I would absolutely recommend Joielle to everyone (and I do!)"

Thank you Morgan and Chandler for sharing your wonderful day with us. Wishing many blessings for your family!

Photographer: Ashlee Raubach

March 13, 2015

Real Weddings: Jean Marie & Tim

Spring is finally in the air here in New Jersey, and looking at photos from our brides who had summer weddings makes us even happier! Jean Marie and Tim were married last July in Livingston, NJ at Saint Mary's Church, followed by a reception at Cedar Hill Country Club.

Jean Marie enjoyed personalizing her wedding with all the little details, from champagne glass decor to signs to making their favors. She also loved having a navy blue and hot pink color scheme, a fun and bright combination for summer.

The bridesmaids wore Alfred Sung Styles D582 and D588 in Midnight. Love that they're rocking the high-low hem and how cute are the little signs that explain how they know the bride!

When asked about her experience working with our store, Jean Marie shared:

"It was simple, easy and the cost of the dress was much cheaper than purchasing the same dress from a local salon. It was also very convenient since I had bridesmaids across four states. Everyone's dress arrived in a timely manner and everyone thought they were comfortable and flattering."

Jean Marie surprised Tim with a New York Mets themed groom's cake and they pulled out all the stops with a photo booth, sparklers, live music, White Castle burgers and ice cream cones and milk shakes on the dance floor. (Can I please go to a wedding like this?!)

Congrats Jean Marie and Tim! May all the fun and joy you brought to your celebration continue for a lifetime!

Photographer: Sherry Sutton

February 27, 2015

Red Carpet Takeaways

Awards season is sadly over, but there were a lot of exciting and beautiful dresses to keep us satisfied until next year. Here are some key trends we noticed that easily translate into bridesmaid fashion.

1. Sexy halters

The halter is quite the chameleon neckline with so many different looks to choose from! It can be conservative, a little daring, or just plain sweet. Check out our entire halter collection here.

After Six 6613, Dessy Collection 2887, Lily Bridesmaid LM214, Lela Rose LR206

2. Classic Two-tone

Black and white will always be the most popular choice, but don't be afraid to try some other combos!

Alfred Sung D699, After Six 6721, Lily Bridesmaid LM117, Synderela SYN0217

3. Subtle Nudes

The nude and blush color palette is still going strong. Luckily our designers love it too! Playing with the texture of the fabric or adding embellishments will keep it eye-catching if you want to add a little flair.

Watters 7540, Watters 7319I, Wtoo 802

4. Plunging (or soft) V-necks.

Strapless will always be a traditional cut, but it's nice knowing it's not the norm anymore. There are plenty of other ways to show some skin or just feel comfortable knowing that you don't have to constantly pull your dress up to stay decent!

Watters 7547, Lily Bridesmaids LM202, Alfred Sung D611, Wtoo 852I

Have fun incorporating these looks into your bridal party!

February 12, 2015

Real Weddings: Amanda & Jiaan

Amanda and Jiaan's dreamy photos are the perfect springboard into Valentine's Day weekend! Taking place at Los Altos History Museum, their wedding had a touch of bohemian, rustic backyard, and enchanted fairytale all rolled into a perfect celebration.

Amanda's favorite part of planning was attending the dinner and cake tastings. On the wedding day, she loved sitting back, seeing all of our guests enjoying themselves and feeling that all of their hard work and planning had paid off.

The bridesmaids wore light purple dresses by Landa Designs and Flounce.

What I loved about the Joielle experience was that I could find dresses for bridesmaids of all different body types that were flattering. Using a different style by the same designer made it easy for them to personalize their dresses.

Thank you Amanda and Jiaan for sharing your special day with us. Best wishes to a bright and magical marriage ahead!

Photo Credit: Scot Woodman
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