November 29, 2011

Real Weddings: Sarah and Michael

All of the photos that we receive from our awesome brides make me smile, and today's featured real wedding hits a soft spot for me, combining home-made goodness and historical charm.

Sarah & Michael were married at the Musee Conti Historical Wax Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana. Situated right in the French Quarter, the museum has exhibits depicting the history of the state. There were plenty of photo ops with the wax people and out in the sun-kissed streets.

Sarah's bridesmaids wore Dessy Collection Style 2808 in the color Oasis, a fun little satin number with a pencil skirt and ruffled bodice.

Using a color palette of turquoise, ivory and gold, Sarah DIY-ed all the flowers for the wedding using pages from Pride and Prejudice. As an English major, I was delighted with this small detail! The wedding favors, Mardi Gras beads with memento tags, were also handmade.

Towards the end of the wedding, the brass band played as they did a Second Line, a local tradition where the couple dances with umbrellas and everyone else follows behind.

"We live in New Orleans, but most people at the wedding came from out of town. Everyone said they had a great time, which we were super happy about because we believe we live in the best city in the world."

Congrats Sarah and Michael, what a great way to celebrate in your beloved city. We hope that the party continues in your wonderful life together!

Photographer Credit: Maile Lani Photography

November 11, 2011

Real Weddings Round-Up

Happy Friday! Today we kick of our real weddings round-up with one of our our favorite bloggers, A Practical Wedding's Meg Keene.

Meg wore Lela Rose's Style LR136 for a recent wedding and gave us the play by play of her Joielle shopping experience! We love that she highlighted the fact that so many styles can be easily re-worn as cocktail dresses.

Photo Credit: Rory Gordon Photo, Emily Takes Photos, A Practical Wedding

Next we found this fabulous outdoor wedding with bridesmaids in mixed Alfred Sung styles in Firecracker. The coral and teal combination is always a hit, and the wedding's intricate DIY elements are fun and beautiful.

Photo Credit: Colby Elizabeth, Style Me Pretty

Chiffon and the color gray are perennial favorites, both shown in this California wedding with a vintage and Spanish-style twist. The bridesmaids are wearing After Six Style 6610 in Platinum. The dress comes with optional straps which some girls took advantage of.

Photo Credit: Melissa Brandman, Style Me Pretty

Finally, a simply divine rustic wedding from Ontario with bridesmaids in Dessy's silk shantung Style 2816 in the color Surf Spray.

Couldn't resist including a shot of the bridesmaid rocking the pockets!

Photo Credit: Nikki Mills, Style Me Pretty Canada

November 8, 2011

Real Weddings: Vanessa and Leonard

Venues can really bring the wow factor to a wedding, and today's is a perfect example. Vanessa and Leonard were married in La Jolla, CA, at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. The combination of gorgeous architecture, artwork, and the beach simply can't be beat!

Vanessa promised Leonard that she wouldn't be one of those blubbering brides with tears streaming down her face while stammering through her vows.

While we were getting ready, I had my bridesmaids read through the ceremony script with me, including the vows. Kate played the role of the groom and Teresa played the role of the officiant. While doing the "repeat after me" parts, Kate and I had to look each other in the eye and recite every vow. We kept doing it until the words no longer made me tear up. But during those 3 or 4 takes through the script, we kept bursting out laughing trying to keep a straight face!

Vanessa chose After Six Style 6574 for her 4 bridesmaids and Style 6575 for her Maid of Honor.

My maid of honor was 8 months pregnant at my wedding, so having the matching dress with an empire waist was exactly what I needed. The Persian Plum color matched my flowers perfectly! I couldn't get over how great it all looked when everything came together.

It's important to note that Style 6575 isn't even a maternity dress, but many of our girls order empire waist styles 1 or 2 sizes up to accommodate their baby bump, which works great! For styles without flowing skirts, you can also order an extra yard of fabric to alter the skirt, as seen in a previous real wedding.

Vanessa recalled peeking into the reception area and seeing the tables, centerpieces, photo booth and dance floor all set up. When she saw that everything looked exactly how she envisioned, she felt a rush of pride that all the hard work paid off.

Two weeks before the wedding, Vanessa and Leonard decided that they wanted to do something more than just sway back and forth during their first dance. They found a local dance studio to teach them some moves to Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are". They enjoyed it so much that they're hoping to go back for more lessons just for fun!

Congrats Vanessa and Leonard! May your marriage continue to be as vibrant and joyful as your wonderful wedding day.

Photo Credit: True Photography

November 1, 2011

Sweet on Sweetheart Necklines

With more variety in dresses than ever before, non-strapless styles such as bateau and one-shoulder continue to show their staying power. But there is one strapless style giving them a serious run for their money, the sweetheart neckline! Sweetheart necklines are ultra-feminine, and for a lack of a better word, sweet! They are flattering to all body types and exude a softer look.

One of our brides Mary Brooke sent us some beautiful outdoor photos from her wedding. The bridesmaids wore Alfred Sung's Dupioni Sweetheart Dress with Draped Bodice, Style D445 in Watermelon, and in her words, "they all looked fabulous"! We love how the dark pink and lime green combo really makes both colors pop. Thanks Mary Brooke for sharing with us!

Photo Credit: Alyona Photography

You can browse all of the sweetheart dresses in our Shop by Style "Sweetheart" category. Here are some of our most popular picks:

Lela Rose LR149, After Six 6574 , Alfred Sung D496
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