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Elizabeth + Andrew | Oscar de la Renta Wedding from Amy Deputy Photography

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Elizabeth + Andrew’s traditional Jewish wedding at the National Museum of Women in the Arts was a beautiful and formal affair complete with marble architecture, a breathtaking chandelier and an exquisite Oscar de la Renta wedding dress.  This is a beautiful gown made of layers of silk with an all over swirl pattern detailed in beads with a lace trim. Thanks for sharing your special day Elizabeth + Andrew and congrats on your recent nuptials and the birth of your baby boy last month!

Elizabeth + Andrew | December 6, 2015 | National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC | Dress Listing: Oscar de la Renta, 44EO7-HRT

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The Ceremony
We had a traditional Jewish ceremony whereby we were each walked down the aisle by both of our parents.  My Rabbi married us under a magnificent willow “chuppah” studded with orchids and fairy lights.  In addition to the traditional Hebrew prayers, he was wonderfully personal having met with us several times prior to our marriage.  He described in a charming and comical way how we met pointing out that in life, it is “who you know” that sometimes makes the difference.  I descended a magnificent grand marble staircase before walking down the aisle and in truth fear of tripping was my major source of anxiety.  A string quartet played while guests were seated and throughout the procession and recession. Andrew was nervous that when he stepped on the glass after our Rabbi concluded the service, it wouldn’t break.  All went exceptionally smoothly and we were overjoyed to be married!

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The Reception
We had a formal wedding reception at the same location as our ceremony at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. It was drizzly outside but inside the Museum, all was perfect.  Everyone, especially Andrew and I  were joyful; love truly filled the air.  Our brothers gave wonderfully humorous toasts.  The dance floor was rocking and we took time to do the Hora, a traditional Jewish celebratory dance replete with the bride and groom raised on chairs.  As Andrew — and the large Boston contingency present– are AVID Red Sox fans, we had the band play “Sweet Caroline”. Oh what a night!

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Elizabeth’s Dress Search
I tried on 22 dresses at a variety of different bridal boutiques…in the end it was between a Vera Wang gown and an Oscar de la Renta gown. I finally decided on my Oscar de la Renta wedding dress, it was indescribably gorgeous and the most perfect for my figure…I know I made the right choice – it was absolutely THE ONE!

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How Elizabeth Felt in Her Wedding Dress
My exquisite dress made me feel truly “beautiful” and emphasized the how special this occasion was.  Being a bride in this dress was a “sublime” dream-like experience.

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Why Elizabeth Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I have decided to sell my dress in hopes that another woman will have the privilege of being married in the most elegant and magnificent of dresses ever created.  The original price makes it unattainable for most and I recognize that.  In addition, I want my daughter, should I be so fortunate to have one, to have the opportunity to choose her own dress and not feel obligated to wear mine.  My Mom preserved her dress for me but understood my need to choose my own in a very different style for a very different type of venue.  However, I was very sad that she did not keep her veil; I will have my veil available should a daughter or future daughter in law wish to use it.

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Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta, 44EO7-HRT | Photography:  Amy Deputy | Ceremony + Reception Venue:  National Museum of Women in the Arts | Event Planning:  Michele Hodges Events | Floral Design:  The Ociana Group | Cake:  Marilyn Mueller of Terracocoa

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Heidi + Andrew | Hayley Paige Wedding from The Schultzes Photography

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Heidi + Andrew’s wedding was a delightful and down to earth affair complete with crisp white decor, whimsical cursive stationary and a gorgeous off-white Silk georgette Grecian draped bridal gown called Nina by Hayley Paige.  We are in love with the details of today’s featured wedding dress – crystal floral beaded straps and crisscross tulle detailing at the back with a chapel train. Put together with a pretty fascinator, Heidi’s bridal look is beautiful and feminine with a touch of glamor.  Enjoy!

Heidi + Andrew | October 4, 2014 | Vesuvius Vineyards, Iron Station, NC | Dress Listing: Hayley Paige, Nina

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The Ceremony
Andrew and I wanted to keep our ceremony incredibly personal and fresh. We asked our good friend Jeff to get ordained and marry us. He was super excited and did an amazing job. I worked with him to write our ceremony. We tied a true lovers knot and it now hangs in our living room. Andrew and I exchanged vows we had written for each other. In true Andrew/Heidi fashion, he made everyone laugh and I made it sappy!

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The Reception
Thankfully our reception and ceremony were at the same location. Everyone had a very short walk up a few steps to our cocktail hour. The bar was stocked with beer brewed especially for us by Andrew’s dad and lots of wine! Andrew and I painted corn hole boards with our names and sewed bags with our wedding colors. Our food was served from a local group that has a food truck! The taco station was seriously amazing! We danced the night away and had the best time. Whenever I am feeling a little down Andrew plays our first dance song and swings me around our kitchen!

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Heidi’s Dress Search
In college, I briefly worked at a bridal boutique and tried dresses on for fun all the time! It was awesome! I did spend a little time thinking maybe I was jinxing myself. When the time did come for me to go shopping, I waited until a local boutique was having a trunk show for my favorite designer. I went in a week early with one of my bridesmaids and tried on a few dresses, saving my number one choice for last. Needless to say, I bawled like a baby! The weekend of the actual trunk show, I grabbed my other girls and went again. I let them pick out the dresses they wanted me to try on and had the consultant stash the winner in the fitting room for last. I put a veil on and walked out in the winner, my girls all knew! The bubbly was popped!!

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How Heidi Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Gorgeous, Timeless and Original

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Why Heidi Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
My dress was perfect for me, but I also know that she will sit in the back of my closet, start to turn yellow and lose the perfection that is currently in my mind. If I have a daughter, I know she will have her own taste and won’t want to wear my dress. I think my dress needs another day in the lime-light! She’s too pretty to sit in bag!

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Wedding Dress:  Hayley Paige, Nina | Photography: Geoff & Cheyenne Schultze | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Vesuvius Vineyards |  Event Coordinator: Kat Bruce, Best Day Ever Events | Cake: Desserts by Tizz

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Kristen + Matt | Oscar de la Renta Wedding from Kendra Elise Photography

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Kristen + Matt’s spring wedding in Sarasota, Florida was sweet and sunny complete with lovely babies breath bouquet’s and a beautiful Oscar de la Renta, Dorian wedding dress.  We love the details of this light and flowy strapless ball gown…Chantilly lace bodice with embroidered lace petals and subtle pearl seed beads and an enchanting tulle skirt and long sweeping tulle train.  Enjoy!

Kristen + Matt | May 2, 2015 | Sarasota, Florida | Dress Listing: Oscar de la Renta, Dorian

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The Ceremony
Our ceremony was on a perfect spring afternoon on the portico entrance to a country club. We were married under the roof where the roof came to a point and light came in from all sides, but the guests didn’t have sun beating down on them from above. My mom wove a rug in our wedding colors for us to be married on. A family friend officiated. Our procession song was “Olsen Olsen” by Sigur Ros.

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The Reception
Our reception was inside the country club and we opened up to cocktail hour where we had bride and groom ginger themed drinks (we’re both redheads). We had a DIY photo wall with bar stools and ginger themed props of red hair, burly red beards and beard mustaches. Matt’s sister DJ’d. The first dance song was “You’ve Got a Friend In Me” from the Toy Story movie soundtrack. Our wedding favors were orange vanilla bean macaroons and purple rose petal macaroons from our favorite macaroon shop.

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Kristen’s Dress Search
I tried on about 18 dresses. I picked my wedding dress because I felt most like a bride in it. It was beautiful, flattering, classic and not too trendy or revealing – all around just really special for a special day. The designer was Oscar de la Renta, and I’ve always loved him.  Plus, it was kind of an ode to him since the designer has passed away. It did take some convincing for me to keep the long train, and I’m glad I did.

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How Kristen Felt in Her Wedding Dress
My dress made me feel awesome! I felt gorgeous and comfortable and ready to get married to the man I love. I felt pretty and like jumping up and down and being a pretty princess all night.

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Why Kristen Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
Everyone deserves to be happy and I also feel strongly about doing your best to be green. I want to pass along my dress so that it can be used again and another bride can feel happy and gorgeous in a designer dress.

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Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta, Dorian | Photography: Kendra Elise  | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Stoneybrook Golf & Country Club | Event Planning: Kathleen at Stoneybrook Golf & Country Club | Floral Design: Beneva Flowers | Cake: Publix Bakery

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Laura + Edward | Naeem Khan Wedding from Jose Villa Photography

 

In the words of today’s featured bride, Laura + Edward’s wedding in Ojai Valley, California was ‘simple, elegant and romantic’.  We love the off-white florals, enchanting leafy greenery, the beautiful wedding cake topped with peaches and peonies…and our favorite, Laura’s romantic Naeem Khan, Portofino wedding dress.  And we totally agree with you Laura, the delicate details of this gown are just breathtaking!

Laura + Edward | April 18, 2015 | Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, Ojai, California | Dress Listing: Naeem Khan, Portofino

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The Ceremony
We were married under a gorgeous old oak tree, a beautiful floral chuppah with lanterns and flowers lining the aisles.  It was a very sentimental and traditional ceremony, we wrote our own vows and a life long family friend officiated.

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The Reception
Our simple, elegant and romantic theme continued from the ceremony to the reception.  But the reception was also wild and fun. We had a 10 piece band that was outstanding and they set the mood for a high energy party.

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Laura’s Dress Search
I must have tried on over 60 dresses in both NYC and LA.  When I tried on this Naeem Khan, Portofino gown, it lit up the room.  It outshone all the others.  The fit was absolutely perfect, I barely had to do any alterations.  And it fit my personality to a T – simple silhouette, romantic sweetheart neckline and flow of the gown, and the sparkly excitement from the embellishment, but done so subtly that it just whispers.  And best of all, it was comfortable!

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How Laura Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Gorgeous, Elegant, Myself

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Why Laura Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I know I won’t wear it again and I want someone else to enjoy it.  I felt so lucky and hope to pass that along to the next owner of the dress.

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Photography: Jose Villa  | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa | Event Planning: La Fleur Weddings + Events | Floral Design: Fiore Designs  | Cake: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa