March 25, 2016

Real Weddings: Cindy & Nigel

Living overseas in Kenya, Cindy decided to book a long distance wedding on the other side of the world! She and Nigel were married in Taos, New Mexico with a gorgeous mountainous backdrop. Nigel is from the UK and had never been to New Mexico, while the bride and her father traveled to New Mexico 6 months before the wedding date to begin the planning.

As a touching tribute to her mother who passed away in 2013, Cindy wore her mom's wedding dress and got married on her birthday.

Her 3 nieces were in the bridal party and wore Alfred Sung dresses in Cerise, a vibrant dark pink color.

"My sister-in-law suggested Joielle for the dresses for the nieces. They turned out perfect and it was easy to make it happen from afar. The three girls picked a dress that complemented the other dresses perfectly."

Cindy's favorite moments of the day were seeing Nigel cry when he saw the photographer taking her bridal photos and observing all the people she loved most having a wonderful time with each other, dining and dancing.

Congrats Cindy and Nigel! May you cherish your bright and adventurous life together.

February 12, 2016

Real Weddings: Sarah & Scott

Happy Valentine's Day weekend! What better way to kick things off than with a vibrant red wedding in a rose garden? Sarah and Scott's ceremony took place in Canberra, Australia in the Senate Rose Gardens at Old Parliament House.

Sarah enjoyed the entire wedding planning process, including sourcing her suppliers and pulling the whole day together.

The bridesmaids wore different Dessy Collection chiffon styles in the color Claret and the groomsmen wore matching Dessy skinny ties.

Dessy Style 2894, 2886, 2905, 2907

"Joielle was fantastic from start to finish. The ordering process was easy, Tammy and Julie were available on email to answer any questions and the dresses arrived in perfect condition. I was a bit anxious ordering over the internet but the dresses were amazing quality! We went with Joielle because all my bridesmaids had different bodies and I needed dresses that would suit each of them. Best decision I made! My sister is getting married next year and is using Joielle for her bridesmaid dresses also!"

Congrats Sarah and Scott! We wish you a lovely first Valentine's Day as a married couple with many more celebrations to come!

Photo Credit: The Robertsons Photography

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 
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