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John and Sylvia


08/31/2012
Lindos, Rhodes, Greece
After a long road our dream became a reality on August 31, 2012 and we celebrated our love on the island of Rhodes in Greece. Married at St. Paul’s Church in St. Paul’s Bay in the village of Lindos, my custom altered Lazaro gown couldn’t have been more perfect. I’d wear that dress every day if I could…my husband cried when he saw it. The amazing team at Mariella Creations assisted in adjusting my dress to match my unique vision. The art deco style dress was gorgeous to begin with, and the modifications made it even more spectacular, quite fitting for the beautiful location.

Sylvia wore Lazaro bridal gown style 3059 , purchased from Mariella Creations in Rocky Hill, CT with specialized customizations.

Chrissa From Antonis Giannelis  http://www.giannelis.com

Daniel and Liza


04/28/2012
Chicago, IL, United States
This Tara Keely dress was the first I found online and tracked it down to a store in Chicago. I kept going back to this dress and it was perfect for a long walk down the aisle in the beautiful Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago. We had the reception at the Chicago Yacht Club at sunset which gave us amazing photos!

Liza wore Tara Keely bridal gown style 2108 , purchased from Volle’s Bridal & Boutique, in Lake Zurich, IL.

Dayna Schroeder  http://www.daynaschroeder.com/

Israel and Alyssa


06/23/2012
Chicago, IL, United States
Israel & I have known each other ever since high school. It wasn’t until senior year that we started dating and the rest is history! Our wedding day was perfect and our friends and family danced the night away. We will never forget our special day and we are so grateful to my parents who gave us such an amazing wedding day.

Alyssa wore Lazaro bridal gown style 3157 , purchased from Bella Bianca in Oakbrook Terrace, IL.

Robyn Rachel Photography  http://www.robynrachelphotography.com/

Greg and Mia


06/23/2012
Chicago, IL, United States
Greg and I wanted to get married in the city where we met and fell in love- Sweet Home Chicago. Our venue was a secret garden in the middle of the bustling city so I knew my gown should be appropriate for an outdoor ceremony yet be glamorous for an evening ballroom reception. I knew this Alvina Valenta gown was mine he moment I tried it on. It was timeless, breathtaking, romantic, and made me feel beautiful. Who could ask for more?

Mia wore Alvina Valenta bridal gown style 9102 , purchased from Bella Bianca in Oakbrook Terrace, IL.

Kurt Gerber  http://www.gerberscarpelliweddings.com/

Thomas and Christine


07/14/2012
Warren, NJ, United States
Our wedding was perfect! Tom and I got married on a hot day in the summer. Our ceremony took place at St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral in Metuchen, NJ where we both unknowingly made our First Communion together! Our reception was beautiful at The Stone House at Stirling Ridge in Warren, NJ. My dress was absolutely amazing and I felt beautiful in it!

Christine wore Jim Hjelm bridal gown style 8057 , purchased from The Bridal Garden in West Marlton, New Jersey.

John Arcara Photography  http://www.johnarcara.com
Thomas Knoell  http://www.thomasknoell.com
Rose Petals & Lace  http://www.rosepetalsandlace.com

Michael and Jennifer


06/22/2012
Nags Head, NC, United States
Jen and Mike were married on the beach in South Nags Head, NC with the reception in Manteo, NC. Even though they reside near Pittsburgh, PA, they chose the Outer Banks after several trips there with Jen’s family; the beauty of the natural beaches provided the perfect backdrop for an amazing day! Jen knew right away that she wanted a Lazaro gown, and it couldn’t have looked more beautiful paired with the raspberry Jim Hjelm bridesmaid dresses.

Jennifer wore Lazaro bridal gown style 3018 , her bridesmaids wore Jim Hjelm Occasions bridesmaids dresses style 5002 in raspberry silky taffeta, purchased from Bridal Beginning in Pittsburgh, PA.

Chris Bickford  http://www.chrisbickford.com/
Renee Landry  http://www.reneelandrystyle.com/
108 Budleigh  http://108budleigh.homestead.com/

Matthew and Janica


03/10/2012
Guam, United States
Matt and I met in fabulous Las Vegas. When we decided to get married, Matt’s family’s in Guam and mine in Hong Kong, so we decided to do TWO ceremonies. I looked ALL OVER and thought I might have to have 2 to match with the gorgeous but contrasting settings that Guam’s sunny beaches and HK’s sprawling city-life have to offer. Everything I tried on didn’t feel like “the one” until I noticed the Lazaro 3050. My husband’s jaw dropped seeing me in it. Our ceremonies turned out absolutely beautiful!

Janica wore Lazaro bridal gown style 3050, purchased from The Bridal Collection , in Denver, CO.

David Chow (Hong Kong) and Jeff Tsui (Guam)  http://www.davidchowhk.com
Cherry Yuen and Joe  http://www.makeuprainbow.com/

Jean and Fatimah


04/03/2011
Atlanta, GA, United States
I loved this dress from the moment I saw it in The Knot magazine and put it in my wedding planning book as inspiration. After visiting 2 shops and trying lots of dresses, I wasn’t expecting much from my last appointment of the day. As we walked into the salon to meet our consultant, the dress was on a bustform right in front of us! My mother and godmother insisted I try it on. I knew then that my search was over. It was the only dress I tried on at Bridals by Lori and the most perfect one!

Fatimah wore Lazaro bridal gown style 3052, purchased from Bridals By Lori , in Atlanta, Georgia.

Scobey Photography  http://www.scobeyphotography.com

Nathan and Kristin


05/19/2012
Las Vegas, NE, United States
Our wedding was small & perfect! We had our closest friends and immediate family there to celebrate with us! The ceremony was full of laughs- Nathan likes to tell people we met by me falling off the treadmill and he caught me. This seemed to be the theme in our ceremony. To my surprise, the man who married us included my 11 year old son in the vows. It was very sweet and heart felt. It was wonderful! I wouldn’t change any of it!

Kristin wore Lazaro bridal gown style 3108, purchased from Stardust Celebrations , in Plano, Texas.

Cashman Photography  http://www.cashmanpro.com/default.asp?page=weddings

Joseph and Jessica


06/30/2012
Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Joe and I married on a hot summer day in our hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. The ceremony, held at St. Raphael’s church, took place in the same church my parents were married, by the same two priests that married Joe’s parents some 30 years ago.
For pictures, we decided to go to University of Pittsburgh’s main campus in Oakland. Pitt was not only where Joe attended college, but also where we first met six years ago, where our love blossomed, and where he prosposed. We couldn’t think of a better backdrop for our special day.
The celebration continued with a reception at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres took place in the outdoor courtyard, followed by dinner and lots of dancing in the Grand Ballroom. Our wedding day was nothing but perfect – filled with the love of all our family and friends and will be a day we will remember forever!

Jessica wore Alvina Valenta bridal gown style 9102 , purchased from Kleinfeld Bridal in New York, NY.

Jorge Santiago  http://www.jsphotography.co/
Valotta’s Tuxedo  http://www.valottastuxedo.com/
The Exquisite Bride  http://www.theexquisitebride.com/

Gregory and Kerry


06/08/2012
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, United States

My first time dress shopping turned out to be my last! I went with my sister to a one-day sample sale. Right away, I was drawn to one of the dresses on the rack. Even though I had looked at tons of pictures I had never seen one quite like it, and I fell in love with the circular patterns on the bodice. I also wanted to add a vintage touch to the modern design, and a vintage inspired sash made the perfect accent. My mom was shocked when I called her to tell her the search was over. She did not even know it had started! Finding the dress made planning the wedding so much easier. It cemented our vision of a modern-themed wedding with retro touches. Anytime I needed inspiration, I just thought about how my Jim Hjelm gown stole my heart that day!

Kerry wore Jim Hjelm bridal gown style 8962 , purchased from Maria’s Bridal Couture in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan.

Kate Lees  http://www.kblphotography.carbonmade.com
GlassAction!  http://www.etsy.com/shop/GlassAction

Joshua and Sayoko


06/08/2012
Cherry Valley, CA, United States
I knew I wanted our wedding to be unique to us, and when we first visited Highland Springs Resort I knew it was perfect. I wanted the rustic outdoors to be intertwined with a vintage feel, and as for my dress, I wanted romantic and lace. From the first time I put on the Tara Keely dress, it was like everyone says, I knew it was the one! It was perfect and I felt beautiful. Joshua and I were married on June 8th, 2012 and it was absolutely perfect for us and our intimate group of family and friends.

Sayoko wore Tara Keely bridal gown style 2052 , purchased from Blush Bridal Couture, in Tustin, CA with a blush belt to add her own personal touch.

Bre Thurston  http://brethurston.com/
Kacee Geoffroy  http://kaceegeoffroy.com

John and Katie


07/07/2012
Crested Butte, CO, United States
John proposed to me in the White House Rose Garden last September in a moment that still seems like a dream, so to top it off, it seemed only fitting that we were married in Mother Nature’s garden. Colorado has been suffering one of it’s worst droughts in history but there was no shortage of rain the week of our wedding. The rained stopped and the clouds parted exactly 20 minutes before our ceremony. The whole day was bliss. Pure bliss.Veil – Lazaro (I believe 815)

Shortly, before the wedding, we found out I was expecting and was about 5 months along to boot. In a late night panic, I purchased an Ulla-Maija gown I’d tried on last fall that was in my “top 3″. The consensus from my girlfriends back then was that the empire waist of the Ulla-Maija gown made me look pregnant. Well, low and behold, that very statement came true and the store happened to be selling their sample months later. The thought of not being able to wear my dream gown, the Alvina Valenta, was devastating. We brought both dresses to Colorado for the wedding and decided I’d make a game time decision on which to wear. In what had to have been a miracle and some crazy contortions on the part of our lil’ bun in the oven, I was able to get into the Alvina. Phew! Wedding saved and one happy and pleasantly surprised bride/mother-to-be =)

Katie wore Alvina Valenta bridal gown style 9215 ,her bridesmaids wore Alvina Valenta bridesmaids dresses style 9244 in champagne with silver carolina chantilly lace overlay,purchased from The Gown Gallery in Kansas City, MO.

Alison White  http://www.alisonwhitephotography.com/
Rachael Gardner  http://www.crestedbutteevents.com/
The Woods Walk  http://cblandtrust.org/

Michael and Taylor

06/16/2012
Fort Worth, TX, United States
Our sales associate at Stardust Celebrations, Liz, coordinated an incredible experience for me to meet Lazaro Perez at my initial dress fitting. Liz and my sneaky matron of honor also adorned me with a one-of-a-kind sketch of my dress, signed by Mr. Perez, which they revealed to me on the big day. My dress simply stole the show. A flawless balance of a fashion-forward edge, mixed with swoon-worthy elegance. The look on my handsome man’s face when he finally caught his first glimpse of me in my gown is my most precious memory.

Taylor wore Lazaro bridal gown style 3167, purchased from Stardust Celebrations , in Plano, Texas.

Jennefer Wilson  http://jenneferwilson.com/
The Ashton Depot  http://www.ashtoncatering.com/

Jonathan and Ellie


06/16/2012
Garrison, NY, United States
Jonathan and I met as total strangers 4 years ago in Boston. We wanted a small, simple yet elegant wedding with unique modern elements that fit our individual styles. It was an incredibly special day, with family providing many of the important aspects. My hometown of Garrison, NY was the most beautiful backdrop. I tried on many wedding dresses, but they all had something that I wanted to change. When I slipped the Tara Keely on, my entourage and I were in tears before I reached the mirror. I knew it was the one!

Ellie wore Tara Keely bridal gown style 2108 , purchased from Allegria Bridal in Belmont, MA.

Sara Wight Photography  http://www.sarawightphotography.com/
Flowers By Barbara  http://www.facebook.com/garrisonflowersbybarbara
Just Imagine U Salon  http://www.justimagineu.com/

Stephen and Julie


03/24/2012
Portland, OR, United States
Stephen and I met and married 5 years later on his birthday, 3/24. I was living in Boston, MA and he was on tour for work. We later moved to Portland, OR in 2010 and we feel so blessed that family and friends from around the globe came to celebrate our union. Our wedding day was full of meaningful accents and DIY charm: birthday bunny cake, flower design by my sister, professional lighting and sound, homemade and home found decor, pinball and standup video games. It was SO much FUN! Most of all, our day was ALL ABOUT LOVE. As for our bridal party, we asked ladies in the bridal party to wear jewel toned dresses of their choice. The gentlemen in the bridal party were asked to wear charcoal pants and a baby blue button up. We gifted them a pair of teal suspenders to wear. A friend of ours made up a design based on the lace pattern of my dress and silkscreened this pattern onto tote bags for the ladies and ties for all the guys. Our boutonnieres were felt snowflakes with beaded accents, since we love the snow.

Julie wore Tara Keely bridal gown style 2056 , purchased from Ania Collection in Portland, Oregon.

Alexandra Roberts  http://www.alexandraroberts.com/
Duchess Clothier  http://www.duchessclothier.com/
Austie Eckley  http://austieeckley.com/

Mike and Jessica


05/12/2012
San Diego, CA, United States
Mike and I got married at the Crosby Club, nestled in the hills of Rancho Santa Fe. I wanted the wedding to have a romantic, French garden feel, in all black and ivory. The florals were a mix of peonies, garden roses, hydrangea and tulips, all in ivory and white, with candles everywhere. It was a day neither of us will ever forget.

Jessica wore Alvina Valenta bridal gown style 9161 changed to a strapless sweetheart neckline, purchased from The White Flower Bridal Boutique in San Diego, CA.

John Schnack  http://www.johnschnack.com

Andrew and Erin


07/07/2012
Charlottesville, VA, United States
Growing up, I was not the girl who daydreamed about my perfect wedding but when the love of my life asked me to marry him after 7 years of dating, the ideas and the creativity started flowing! The key for me was creating a day that would be true to us as a couple. The vision for that day began to unfold after finding the PERFECT dress. My style and personality fits so well with Jim Hjelm’s designs, and JH8011 was the perfect centerpiece for the perfect wedding. It was a day I will never forget.

Erin wore Jim Hjelm bridal gown style 8011 , purchased from Destiny’s Bride in Scottsdale, AZ.

JMK Photos  http://www.jmk-photos.com/2012/07/erin-andrew-charlottesville-wedding.html

Kevin and Stephanie


04/14/2012
Columbus, OH, United States
With it being my hometown and where Kevin and I started our story, we wouldn’t have held our vintage wedding anywhere else but Columbus. Our rainy, but-filled-with-good-luck wedding day started at my family’s church and ended with our reception in a historic bank built in the 1920′s. Our day, to us at least, was perfect. Our stained-glass-filled church, our antique reception venue, my timeless all-lace wedding dress and the abundance of love exuded that day from us and from our guests were all essential in creating our perfect memories.

Stephanie wore Jim Hjelm Blush bridal gown style 1057 , purchased from Bridal and Formal Inc. , in Cincinnati, OH.

Kaitlin Kroeger  http://www.kaitlinkroegerphotography.com
Alison Feamster  http://www.alisonfeamster.com
Nurtur the Salon  http://www.nurtursalon.com/

Michael and Kaitlyn



Cedar Grove, NJ, United States
Mike and I were married on May 25, 2012 after nearly 7 years of dating. We picked that date because it was the start of our favorite weekend every year – Memorial Day weekend. We got married at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Cedar Grove, NJ and had our reception at the beautiful Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange, NJ. Our wedding day was even more perfect than we could have ever imagined.

Kaitlyn wore Alvina Valenta bridal gown style 9105 , her bridesmaids wore Alvina Valenta bridesmaids dresses style 9128 in Black Dupioni, purchased from Kleinfeld’s , in New York, New York.

John Bocolo
Gabelli Studio  http://www.gabellistudio.com

Taylor and NIkki


04/29/2012
Charlotte, NC, United States
Our wedding inspiration all started the night Taylor proposed to me. He took me to a quaint, local bed and breakfast and standing right in front of this arbor in the back yard he dropped to one knee and 9 months later we stood in that exact spot to become man and wife. I knew finding the perfect dress was going to be a lot of work but an amazing adventure. I saw the most fabulous Lazaro gown online and right then i called my mom and told her I had found “the dress”.

Nikki wore Lazaro bridal gown style 3167, purchased from J. Majors Bridal , in Charlotte, North Carolina.

alively photography  http://www.alivelyphotography.com
hey love events  http://www.heyloveevents.com/
Nectar Floral design  http://m.nectarfloraldesigns.com/

Greg and Erika


04/28/2012
Cabo San Lucas, MX, Mexico
We had our dream wedding in Cabo last April. A destination wedding was perfect because we were able to spend a whole weekend with the people we love most. I always thought I’ll be trying 100s of wedding gowns for my wedding but to my surprise I tried 5 and the moment I put on my Alvina Valenta I didn’t want to look anymore. I was immediately in love with the different textures, the simplicity and the elegance of this dress. It’s fresh and romantic but at the sametime dramatic. Wish I can wear it again.

Erika wore Alvina Valenta bridal gown style 9060 , Purchased from Bridal Galleria in San Francisco, CA.

Amy Bennett  http://www.amybennettphoto.com/

Tim and Virginia


06/02/2012
San Gimignano, Italy
Tim and I knew we wanted a small and intimate wedding focused on that which was most important to us: family, friends and food! We knew Italy would be the perfect place to exchange our vows, surrounded by the rolling Tuscan hills, and a bounty of magnificent food and wine. We were married within the magical walled medieval town of San Gimignano in the heart of Tuscany, followed by a garden reception on the grounds of a 17th century Villa. I knew that my Jim Hjelm dress was the perfect one for me the instant I saw it. The vintage feel of my gown fit in perfectly with the historic surroundings. iIt was also incredibly comfortable which made it perfect for dancing!

Virginia wore Jim Hjelm bridal gown style 8663 ,purchased from Mariella Creations , in Rocky Hill, CT.

A Simple Photograph  http://simplephoto.ca/
Italy Weddings  http://www.italyweddings.com/

Eric and Lea


05/11/2012
Crestwood, NY, United States
Eric and I wanted a unique wedding that our guests would enjoy and feel welcomed and special. Our venue was a historic tobacco mill in the heart of the New York Botanical Garden. There was no other dress in creation that could match our unique venue other than my fairy tale Lazaro gown. It was one of the highlights of the wedding!

Lea wore Lazaro bridal gown style 3002, purchased from Kleinfeld Bridal , in New York, New York.

Ryan Brenizer  http://www.ryanbrenizer.com
Abigail Kirsch at New York Botanical Garden