December 31, 2014

Real Weddings: Shantel & Dave

To bid farewell to 2014, we are sharing Shantel and Dave's stunning wedding photos from Australia. We've had the pleasure of working with so many amazing brides and their bridesmaids this year and getting to see photos from the special day is icing on the cake!

Their beachfront outdoor ceremony almost didn't go as planned, with constant rain in the days leading up to the wedding. Shantel had the Bureau of Meteorology phone number on speed dial to get regular forecast updates and she jokes, "let’s just say they knew me very well". Thankfully the clouds parted and the sun was blazing on the wedding day!

The bridesmaids wore Watters' Tulip (Style 2595) in the color Coral.

When asked about her experience working with Joielle, Shantel shared:

"Very quick response, competitive pricing and very professional service even down to the condition the dresses were packed for delivery. The touch of a personalised card was also very nice from the Joielle Team."

The reception took place at Nautilus Restaurant in Port Douglas, an idyllic tropical setting. Reminds us of a secret garden!

Congratulations Shantel and Dave. We hope 2015 brings even more joy and laughter to your marriage!

Photo Credit: Daniel John Bilsborough

December 5, 2014

Real Weddings: Adrienne & Brandon

Today we are featuring Adrienne and Brandon's Chattanooga wedding! Mixing in their personal style with heartfelt tributes to their families, it was truly exquisite and touching. Adrienne always knew she wanted a very thought out, detailed wedding with pieces to represent her and Brandon and where they came from. This included everything from a customized menu to their best friends performing the wedding music to their dads performing the ceremony.

When asked if she recalled a funny moment, Adrienne shared that right before they walked down the aisle, her dad said "Wanna not do this and go grab a burger?" Given that Adrienne had barely eaten that day, a burger sounded so delicious that the whole time she walked down the aisle, she was having trouble fully focusing on Brandon because she kept thinking about juicy cheeseburgers!

Brandon is a graphic designer, so he created all printed material for the wedding day. They also used keepsakes from their families. Adrienne especially wanted to honor her grandparents who passed away when she was in high school. She used some of her nana's brooches and lace to decorate her bouquet and carried her popa's handkerchief down the aisle. They placed their deceased grandparents' Bibles on the seats they would have been sitting in had they been alive. They also had their parents' and grandparents' wedding pictures displayed as people walked in with a sign that read "How It All Started".

Adrienne's bridesmaids wore dresses by Dessy Group in Midnight, mixing strapless sweetheart and ruffled one shoulder styles.

I loved getting our bridesmaid dresses from Joielle! Not only are the prices great, the process is easy. Any time I had a question, I received a response promptly. The instructions were easy to follow and the dresses came in right on time. I would advise anyone to order from Joielle if they're looking for high end bridesmaid dresses found in bridal boutiques.

When asked about her favorite moment, Adrienne shared that as the guests were arriving, she secretly watched from the balcony and listened to her friends sing songs before the ceremony started. She felt like she was watching a movie of their lives play out as people from their pasts and present were coming together to celebrate their marriage and new beginning. At that point, she had never been so sure of her decision to marry Brandon and felt so thankful for the paths that led them to each other.

Congrats Adrienne and Brandon. Just as you honor your past, we wish for even more memories to cherish in your future!

Photo Credit: Sara Renee

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
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