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Elliot and Nina

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12/1/12
Chicago, IL, United States
After dating a decade, Elliot and I were married at St. Vincent DePaul Parish, the church of our alma mater. Our cocktail hour was at the Wit’s ROOF, showcasing unparalleled views of the city during the holidays. We were then transported to a winter wonderland in the Wit’s ballroom where crystals dripped and candles twinkled from manzanita trees, cobalt blue lighting warmed the room, pictures of Chicago landmarks adorned tables, and a lush cloud laced with crystals and candles hovered over the dance floor. It was truly our happiest day!

Nina wore Lazaro bridal gown style 3050.

Nina’s Bridesmaids wore Noir by Lazaro bridesmaid style 3185.

Nina’s Junior Bridesmaid wore Lazaro Jr Bridesmaids style J656.

Deonna Olson  www.georgestreetphoto.com

Brian and Shannon

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09/28/2012
San juan Capistrano, CA, United States
I first came across Alvina Valenta dresses in 2005 while helping a girlfriend shop for her gown. I had never seen such beautiful dresses, and knew immediately that the delicate lace, vintage charm and touch of sparkle were exactly my style. Fast forward 7 years, and I couldn’t wait to find my very own AV dress. Sure enough, just as fate brought me the man of my dreams, it also brought me my perfect dress.

Shannon wore Alvina Valenta bridal gown style 9051.

Lane Dittoe www.lanediottoe.com/

Talley and Ashley

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05/26/2013
Scottsdale, AZ, United States
Talley and I took our first trip away together Memorial Day Weekend of 2011 to The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. The resort was amazing and it kind of became “our place.” Exactly one year later, Talley surprised me with a trip back to that resort where he proposed on top of Camelback Mountain. So it was an easy decision where to have the wedding – The Phoenician Resort. We loved the desert luxury ambiance of the resort, and the cactus garden provided an unusual but beautiful backdrop for photography.

Ashley wore Lazaro bridal gown style 3213 purchased from Stardust Celebrations in Plano, Texas.

Whitney Bower Imaging  http://whitneybower.com/
After Yes Weddingswww.afteryesweddings.com
The Phoenician Resort  http://www.thephoenician.com/

Levar and Sherane

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06/29/2013

Ocho Rios, AL, Jamaica

We met 16 years ago as teenagers, growing up in Jamaica. We both left Jamaica to pursue a college education, he went to the UK and I to the US. Two years ago we were reconnected by the same friend who introduced us as teens. Immediately a romance blossomed and flourished in-spite of us still living in two different countries. It became immediately apparent that we were meant to be together as not even the Atlantic Ocean could keep us apart. Excitedly, we both returned home to Jamaica to tie the knot in front of family and friends. Sherane wore Lazaro bridal gown style 3259.

Ryan Lue-Clarke www.ryanlueclarke.com/
Jodi-Anne Murdock  www.zedojevents.com/
Karl Hart  www.karlhart.com

Chris and Elizabeth

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04/27/2013
Springtown, TX, United States
I knew what I envisioned in a dress: lace, classic, delicate, lovely, buttons–a must. I thought it might be difficult to find, not wanting any glitz or glimmer, so to say. However, as soon as I slipped into the AV gown, there was no question. The sweetheart neckline covered in lace overlay, delightfully low back, and eyelash lace immediately had me smitten, and of course, the buttons!! Needless to say, this dress far exceeded my desires. Our wedding day was absolutely wonderful and joy-filled, and I felt the epitome of lovely and beautiful in my Alvina Valenta gown.

Elizabeth wore Alvina Valenta bridal gown style 9258 purchased from Stardust Celebrations in Plano, Texas.

Meredith Bacon  www.meredithbacon.com
Oak Knoll Ranch   www.oakknollranch.com
Events by Kristin   www.eventsbykristin.net

Rawiri and Christina

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06/29/2013
Universal City, CA, United States
Our wedding was a dream come true! We loved the idea of having a romantic and traditional wedding. Our colors were a classic ivory – ivory linens, roses, orchids, dance floor – with accents of gold – gold chiavari chairs, chargers, table number frames. Our focus was to incorporate USC, where we met, and both the New Zealand and Armenian cultures. When I saw this Jim Hjelm gown, I knew that was the dress for me. After meeting the very sweet and talented designer, Francesa, it was a done deal! It was the most wonderful day that we will never forget!

Christina wore Jim Hjelm bridal gown style 8214 purchased from JLM Couture Flagship Salon in West Hollywood, California.

Duke Khodaverdian  www.dukeimages.com
Susan Tosounian  www.especially4youevents.com

Jesse and Leah

 

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07/05/2012
New York, NY, United States
Shopping for my dress was exciting and effortless. When I tried on my Alvina Valenta gown, there was no question that I had found “the one.” Lace, sweetheart neckline and fit-and-flare – the dress was classic, fresh, romantic, mature, sexy and just perfection. I have never felt more beautiful than I did on our wedding day.

My husband and I were married at The Palm House at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and are thrilled that the joy we shared that day was so beautifully captured in our photographs and remembered by our families and friends.

Leah wore Alvina Valenta bridal gown style 9102 purchased from Wedding Atelier in New York, New York.

Lev Kuperman  www.levkuperman.com
Rita Madison  www.ritamadison.com
Rebecca Shepherd  www.rebeccashepherdfloraldesign.com

Seth and Michelle

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05/10/2013
Palm Beach, FL, United States
To get straight to the point, it was love at first sight. I was an ob nurse and he was the sexy, handsome doctor delivering the babies. We have been through thick and thin, blending two families and having a son of our own in April of 2011. We have been best friends for 15 years and run an ob/Gyn practice together. He the owner and I his dedicated side kick helping other families share the joy we have already found. Our wedding was a true fairy tale and my dress was AMAZING!

Michelle wore Lazaro bridal gown style 3259 purchased from Chic Parisien Bridal in Coral Gables, Florida.

Alexi Shields  www.alexishields.com

Adam and Kaiti

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06/08/2013
North Wales, PA, United States
Chef, Adam Tyler and Corporate Event Planner, Kaiti Mahady, finally let someone else do the cooking and planning for their beautiful, rustic wedding weekend in North Wales, PA at the Joseph Ambler Inn. Kaiti enjoyed their big day wearing a stunning, two-piece, Tara Keely gown (style 2210), while Adam and his groomsmen looked incredibly handsome in tan Michael Kors suits.

Kaiti wore Tara Keely bridal gown style 2210 purchased from Exquisite Bride in Princeton, New Jersey.

 

Douglas Nevick  www.djnphotography.com
Janel Stys
Jill Kozar   www.upyourdo.com

Refugio and Angelica

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05/04/2013
Fischer, TX, United States
We married in the beautiful hill country at Rancho Mirando. Both from Mexican decent, we had a Latin themed wedding with blush & gold shades. Our ceremony was outdoors with music played by mariachis. Cocktail hour featured signature cocktails & a tapa bar. We met salsa dancing so we had one of our favorite Austin Latin bands Charanga Cakewalk play for our indoor reception & gave personalized maracas as favors. Our floral was a mix of succulents, peonies, and pink roses. We had a 4 tier lace tres leches cake with an assortment of Mexican pastries. It was a fairytale come to life!

Angelica wore Lazaro bridal gown style 3167 purchased from Serendipity Bridal in Austin, Texas.

 

Sunny16 Photography  www.sunny16photos.com
Rancho Mirando  www.ranchomirando.com
Wild Bunches Floral  www.wildbunches.org

Andy and Ashley

 

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04/09/2011
Lakeland, FL, United States
My wedding dress was actually the very first dress I tried on! It had every element I wanted in a wedding dress…tulle, lace, buttons, and it fit our vintage/romantic setting perfectly! We wanted every detail in “Our Story” theme to be a reflection of how our love story unfolded! We had our first kiss under a tree with a chandelier hanging in it, so naturally our wedding reception would have chandeliers hanging in trees! I handmade everything…the bridesmaid jewelry, the boutineers, & the paper flowers in my bouquet It was truly the most magical night of our lives!

Ashley wore Lazaro bridal gown style 3962 purchased from The Collection Bridal in Winter Park, Florida.

Robert Madrid  www.rmadridphoto.com
Indie Atlantic Films  www.indieatlanticfilms.com
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Terrence and Molly

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06/01/2013
Baltimore, MD, United States
I will always remember the first time I saw Terry. We were both attending law school at the University of Baltimore, and from the first time I saw him, I had an overwhelming feeling that he was someone who was going to be a big part of my life. We had an instant connection, quickly began dating and almost instantly fell in love. Our first date was at a wonderful tapas restaurant and three and a half years later, Terry proposed at the same restaurant. Terry is my best friend, my soul mate and the love of my life.

Molly wore Tara Keely bridal gown style 2052 , purchased from Garnish Boutique in Towson, Maryland.

Krista A. Jones Photography  www.kristaajones.com
My Flower Box Events  www.myflowerboxevents.com/
Behind The Veil, LLC  www.behindtheveilbeauty.com

Troy and Kelley

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04/27/2013
La Jolla, CA, United States
I spent months looking for the perfect dress, I wish I could wear it again ; it fit like a glove and I’ve never felt more beautiful in my life, Troy couldnt stop telling me how gorgeous I looked! Our wedding took place at the beautiful La Valencia Hotel. The theme was “key to my heart” with soft colors of mint, rose, silver and cream. Troy and I wrote our own vows and just loved sharing the words of our promises for the future with our family and friends. It was the best day of our lives.

Kelley wore Tara Keely bridal gown style 2052 purchased from Here Comes the Bride in San Diego, California.

Lunaphoto  www.lunaphoto.com
Elegant Touch Floral Designs  www.sdweddingflowers.com/
KTappero Designs  www.facebook.com/KTapperoDesigns

Matthew and Helen

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05/31/2013
Ravello, Italy
After a blind date 5 years ago, followed by the birth of our son Freddie 3 years later, we were married in the beautiful town of Ravello on the Amalfi coast of Italy.

Helen wore Tara Keely bridal gown style 2200 purchased from Bride to Be by Hannah Lois in Manchester, England.

Alfonso Longobardi alfonsolongobardi.com

Joey and Emily

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03/23/2013
Winter Park, FL, United States

We met in high school but did not date until after college. We remained friends and started officially dating after we rung in the NY on Beale Street in Memphis, TN.  We immediately became each other’s soulmates and knew we were determined to be together forever.  At the time, I was in Tallahassee finishing up my degree at Florida State University while Joey was living in Memphis starting his career.  We both then reached a new beginning in our careers and headed to Orlando, FL where we now call home. He proposed in the privacy of our own home during the Christmas holidays of 2011.  We married March 2013 at a historic home called Casa Feliz in Winter Park, FL and had the best day of our life!

Emily wore Blush bridal gown style 1057 purchased from The White Magnolia in Jacksonville, Florida.

 

Kristen Weaver  www.kristenweaver.com

Nathaniel and Amy

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10/21/2012
Audubon, PA, United States
We wanted our autumn wedding to be a rustic yet sophisticated one.

I wanted an antique-looking lace dress. My mom came for the weekend and after one exhausting day shopping, I almost gave up. The first dress I tried on the second day was “the one.” I got teary, and even my mom (who had been disagreeing with me) said it was perfect!

For the bridesmaids, I wanted muted colors to represent fall without being too Thanksgivingy. Because Nate and his groomsmen all hate wearing suits, I chose khakis- with a vest for him and suspenders for the guys.

Amy wore Blush bridal gown style 1057 .

Jodi Miller Photography   www.jodimillerphotography.com
Moda Botanica  www.modabotanica.com
John James Audubon Center  www.partyspace.com/facilitypages/audubon/

Nathan and Jenna

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05/04/2013
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Jenna and Nathan tied the knot on the beautiful beaches of Playa del Carmen. Everything was amazing, including the dress! This dress was the perfect combination of elegant and beach-y.

Jenna wore Jim Hjelm Blush bridal gown style 1057 , purchased from Stardust Celebrations in Plano, Texas.

Aravaggio Photography  http://aravaggio.com/

Bennett and Dana

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05/04/2013
New York, NY, United States
Our wedding was hosted on May 4, 2013 at the Yale Club in NYC. Bennett and I rented an old fashion checker cab to do our first look outside of the Yale Club and then took it for a ride down to Madison Square Park to Shake Shack (our favorite date spot). We then met back up with our bridal party at the Yale Club and took photos in Grand Central. Our ceremony was hosted in the library at The Yale Club and our reception in their Grand Ballroom.

Dana wore Lazaro bridal gown style 3006 , purchased from Jaehee Bridal in Englewood, New Jersey.

Carolyn Beaudreau  www.carolynbeaudreau.com
The Yale Club  www.yaleclubnyc.org
Film Cars  www.filmcars.com

Wes and Alexandra

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Nashville, AL, United States
Wes and Alexandra met at work and have been inseparable every since!

Alexandra wore Jim Hjelm bridal gown style 8211 , purchased from The Bride Room in Nashville, Tennessee.

Erick Anderson  http://www.eafoto.com/

W. Jerrod and Kelli

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03/22/2013
San Juan, MD, Puerto Rico
We met through a mutual friend on the campus of Florida State University. Over the course of a few years, a friendship grew into love and five years later we wed in the beautiful city of San Juan, Puerto Rico in the company of family and friends.

Kelli wore Lazaro bridal gown style 3207, purchased from The Collection in Winter Park, Florida.
Kelli’s bridal party wore Jim Hjelm Occasions gowns style 5257.

Cendino Teme  http://www.cendinoteme.com
Chezelle Rodriguez  http://www.chezelledezines.com

Graham and Sandy

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04/06/2013
Houston, TX, United States
We met in high school but did not date until after college. When he asked to officially date on NYE 2010, I thought if I was lucky enough, I’d be with him forever. At the time, I was in Austin applying to law school. I attended University of Houston, where we grew up and now call home. He proposed mountaintop in Vail, CO. We married 5 weeks before graduation. Our first dance was “Lucky” by Jason Mraz.

Sandy wore a Hayley Paige bridal gown style 6205 , purchased from Now & Forever Bridal Boutique in Houston, Texas.

Ashley Gillen http://www.ashleygillen.com
The Magnolia Hotel http://www.magnoliahotels.com/houston
Brickhouse Bridal http://brickhousebridal.com/

Keith and Kaitlin

Kaitlin and Keith smooch at their reception

06/16/2012
Ottawa, Canada
Keith and I met at a mutual friend’s BBQ in the Fall of 2008. He was only supposed to be stopping by to drop something off but when we started chatting he decided to stay all night.

We were married in my childhood church on June 16, 2012. Our reception was held at a family member’s venue, Saunders Farm. It was lovely and casual and we had a ton of fun.

Kaitlin wore Jim Hjelm Blush bridal gown style 1104 , purchased from With Love Bridal Boutique in Ontario.

Blair Gable  www.ottawaphotographer.com
Saunders Farm  www.saundersfarm.com
The Cake Whisperer   www.cakewhisperer.ca

Mark and Alexis

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03/22/2013
Central Valley, NY, United States
Friends and family of Mark and Alexis gathered on a snowy day in New York to witness the enchanting, ethereal nuptials of this beautiful couple.

Alexis wore  Tara Keely bridal gown style 2161 , purchased from Michael Wade Bridal in Garfield, New Jersey.

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Entertainment Sounds Unlimited  Entertainment Sounds Unlimited

Michael and Amy

 

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11/17/2012
San Francisco, CA, United States
Our wedding was a beautiful and classic San Francisco day; full of fog! We would not have had it any other way in our city by the bay. We  were blessed to be surrounded by our family friends in our church ceremony at Saint Ignatius Catholic Church. We wanted our wedding to be timeless and simple and on my search for my dress those were the words I used. When I found my dress I knew instantly that it was the one for me. It made me feel beautiful and I was literally glowing.

Amy wore a Tara Keely bridal gown style 2155 , purchased from Pearl & Penna in Medford, OR.

Lily Yip & Benson Lew  bllew.com
Church Street Flowesr  churchstreetflowers.com
PDArtistry  pdartistry.com