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Tim and Virginia

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

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

George and Krystal

San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
My husband and I were married at Cabo Azul Resort in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico on January 28th, 2012. We honestly had the best week of our lives there! 50 of our closest family and friends came down from all over the United States to celebrate with us. I absolutely LOVED my dress, especailly on the day of the wedding when everything else was done. At the end of the night, I didn’t want to take it off… It was definitely the perfect dress for me!

Krystal wore Jim Hjelm bridal gown style 8763 ,purchased from The Wedding Bell , in Okemos, Michigan.

Bradley Fraser  http://www.bradleyfraser.com/

Justin and Christiana

Orlando, FL, United States
Justin and I both have a love for vintage things. First task was to find my dress. Actually my mom did. It was perfect for what I was going for a beaded sheath dress by Lazaro it was simple yet had a 30′s vintage feel to it. I realized I made the right choice once people at the wedding started asking me if I had used my grandma’s dress for the event.

Christiana wore Lazaro bridal gown style 3064, her bridesmaids wore Lazaro bridesmaids dresses style 3846 in Lilac Chiffon, purchased from CC’s Boutique, in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Binary Flips Photography  http://binaryflips.com//

Jeff and Heather

Austin, TX, United States
We wanted a Victorian wedding with romantic details, like silver platters, lace, soft colors, crystal jewels and black suits. We love the late 1800′s time period. We kept this in mind when creating the look of our wedding with every detail, from decor to clothing. We incorporated old world techniques like hand-painted sign-in scrolls and seating charts done with feather pens and calligraphy. We wanted people to be swept away into another time when they walked into our wedding and the feeling to be ornate but not stuffy; just cozy and romantic, and encourage everyone to have a good time!

Heather wore Lazaro bridal gown style 3161, purchased from Serendipity Bridal , in Austin, Texas.

Caroline + Ben Photography  www.CarolinePlusBen.com
Erin Knipp  http://www.rosehipflora.com/
Word of Mouth  www.wordofmouthcatering.com/

Brian and Autumn

Tarrytown, NY, United States
Brian and I met through a friend and got engaged 8 months afterward. After a 1 year engagement the day finally came and even though I wasn’t controlling every detail, everything went smoothly. It was a small southern themed wedding with everything from brisket to corn bread. The food and close family atmosphere made all 42 guests feel at home. And I felt so special in my elegant and manageable gown.

Autumn wore Tara Keely bridal gown style 2950

Travis Flynn  http://travisflynnphotography.com/

Brendan and Jenna

Sonoma, CA, United States
Brendan and I were friends for many years, first meeting when we were kids at a company picnic. We stayed friends and sometime after college a friend’s birthday party brought us together in Lake Tahoe. We discovered our appreciation of wine and decided Sonoma would be a beautiful place to get married. Our wedding was filled with friends, family, love, and laughter. Francesca Pitera designed a perfect dress for a perfect day!

Jenna wore Jim Hjelm bridal gown style 8057 , her bridesmaids wore Jim Hjelm Occasions bridesmaids dresses style 5661 in Plum Satin Faced Taffeta and Jim Hjelm Occasions necklace’s, purchased from Bridal Galleria , in San Fransisco, California

Jere Visalli  http://www.visalli.com/
Vanda  http://vandafloral.com/

Corey and Jessica

Chicago, IL, United States
As avid Chicago sports fans living in Florida, my husband and I had a wild vision for our special day: that we would celebrate with family & friends back in our hometown of Chicago, incorporating the things we love the most (going to games & rooting for our favorite teams!).
With the historic Chicago venues of Soldier Field and Wrigley Field, gorgeous details including my dress, flowers, and handmade crafts, a wonderful photographer, and the help of many friends & family, our dream became a reality- which we were able to share with those we love.

Jessica wore Alvina Valenta bridal gown style 9860 , Purchased from CC’s Boutique St. Petersburg, FL.

Jeremy Lawson  http://jeremylawsonphotography.com/
Asrai Garden  asraigarden.com
Brixen Ivy  www.brixenivy.com

Phillip and Nicole

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, United States
Our wedding was on St. Patrick’s Day and was everything we hoped for and more. We wanted a garden inspired, vintage style wedding and everything including my dress made that dream come true.
This was the first dress I ripped out of a magazine and once I tried it on I knew it was the one!! It was so comfortable (seriously) and so many of my friends asked me if they could borrow it for their weddings! I added a crystal belt that my twin sister wore at her wedding rather than the platinum sash it came with.

Nicole wore Lazaro bridal gown style 3063, Purchased from The Collection Bridal, in Winterpark, FL

Threaded Together Photography  http://threadedtogetherphotography.com

Juan-Sebastian and Laura

Miami, FL, United States
When I tried my dress on everyone was instantly in love with it. I was told that I could marry a prince or a rock star and still be able to wear this dress. It was so beautiful and fun at the same time which is everything I wanted my entire wedding to be. I felt like a true princess!

Laura wore Tara Keely bridal gown style 2161, With her added touches. Purchased from Allegria Bridal, in Coral Gables, Florida.

Captured Photography  http://www.capturedbyjen.com/

Dylan and Tanya

Santa Barbara, CA, United States
I married my best friend on October 8, 2011 in Santa Barbara, Ca. Our ceremony was held at the Santa Barbara Mission and our reception took place at a beautiful private estate, La Bella Vita Gardens, located in the foothills of Montecito. The Tara Keely dress is a classic silhouette with personality and flair which is the perfect definition of my style! I still look back at our pictures and fall in love with my dress all over again!

Tanya wore Tara Keely bridal gown style 2108 , purchased from Mon Amie Bridal Salon, in Costa Mesa, CA

Joielala  http://www.joielala.com
La Bella Vita Gardens  http://thegardensoflabellavita.com/

Jeff and Valerie

Disney World, FL, United States
Once upon a time our dreams of a fairy tale wedding came true at the most magical place on earth!

Valerie wore Lazaro bridal gown style 3607, Purchased from Ann’s Boutique, in Burke, VA

Marc Harmon Photography  http://www.marcharmonphoto.com/
Disney Event Photography  http://www.disneyeventphotography.com/

Luke and Melissa

Poughkeepsie, NY, United States
We never imagined that when we got married in upstate NY we would have to contend with a hurricane. Enter Hurricane Irene on August 27, 2011. The rain slowed to a drizzle just long enough for us to get some pictures outside on the beautiful golf course. I suppose if rain on your wedding day means luck, well then we won the lottery! My dress weathered the storm beautifully. I ended up choosing Lazaro style 3052, but the decision wasn’t easy as I was torn between several gorgeous Lazaro styles!

Melissa wore Lazaro bridal gown style 3052, Purchased from Angela’s Bridal, in Albany, NY

Danny Kash  http://dannykash.com
Rolling Greens At Dutchess Golf and Country Club

Phillip and Traci

Austin, TX, United States
We were married in Austin, TX at Hyde Park Baptist Church; it is the church I grew up in as a little girl. I wore my mom’s veil that she wore 30 years ago to marry my dad. We added lace to the veil that was from my dress. The reception was at Westwood Country Club. It was a perfect evening leaving in a 1960’s Rolls Royce!

Traci wore Lazaro bridal gown style 3006, Purchased from Julian Gold, in Austin, TX

Jess Barfield Photography  http://www.jessbarfield.com
Westbank Flowers  http://www.westbankflowers.com/
Kendra Scott  http://www.kendrascott.com/

Matthew and Kate

New York , NY, United States
Matt and I knew from the start that we wanted a big, black tie wedding. Since I work in fashion, I knew the dress would be on the most important elements of the wedding. I wanted it to be chic and fashion forward, without being too over the top. I wanted to look very bridal. The Lazaro dress was the perfect fit. The layered organza cut on a bias and the unsual coloring looked unique and ethereal, while the ball gown shape and the beaded bodice kept it very classic looking. It was a perfect balance and the perfect dress!

Kate wore Lazaro bridal gown style 3063, Purchased from Kleinfeld Bridal, in New York, NY

Agaton Strom  www.agatonstrom.com

Ryan and Blaine

Tampa, FL, United States
EVERYTHING about my wedding was designed around my dress. My best friend sent me a picture of this dress 5 months before I was even engaged. It was the first of 12 dresses I tried on, I fell instantly in love…nothing compared. It had a RED CARPET feel, so glamorous. Everything else fell quickly into place. Metallics were our wedding colors, golds, coppers, and silvers. We got married under gorgeous tall trees on the Bay in Tampa in the fall. It was the perfect day set in motion by the perfect man…and of course the perfect dress.

Blaine wore Lazaro bridal gown style 3052, Purchased from CC’s Boutique, in St. Petersburg, FL

Concept Photography  http://cptphotography.com/
Ashly Olivier  http://www.olivierevents.com/

Ben and Emily

Great Diamond Island, ME, United States
The combination of weather with a season may often invigorate a highly simplistic atmosphere by mere fact that the marriage of these elements is unique. Our wedding was just such an event. How often do you experience a warm day at the beach in union with an exploding aura of fall foliage? Our guess is that days like this are one in a million, specially reserved for outdoor weddings like ours. Classic, nautical colors with a touch of autumn flair created a cohesive blend between the participants and the natural cathedral in which we were married.

Emily wore Jim Hjelm bridal gown style 8109 , personalized with an added strap. Purchased from Serendipity Bridal , in Austin, TX

Claire McCormack  http://www.clairemccormack.com

Kerry and Tiffany

Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Dress shopping started with a million wedding magazines looking for a dress to compliment my garden wedding. Then I saw it “the” Jim Hjelm dress it was absolutely perfect. I wanted to see if my Mom loved it too. I did not say a word about the dress, but left the magazine out for her to look through. She loved the same dress!!
After several trips to Destiny’s Bride in Scottsdale, Arizona, Kerry and I were married in a beautiful garden ceremony at Red Butte Gardens in Salt Lake City, Utah on June 25, 2011.

Tiffany wore Jim Hjelm bridal gown style 8002 , Purchased from Destiny’s Bride , in Scottsdale, AZ

Swensen Photography  http://swensenphotography.com/

Stephen and Emily

Westfield, MA, United States
After five bridal salons, multiple visits, and 50+ dresses that I tried on, it was this fabulous Lazaro frock that had me weak in the knees. I was left speechless when I first laid eyes on this beauty…it was literally exactly what I had envisioned. Our wedding day was a day to remember and a dream come true, finally getting to marry my high school sweetheart and best friend!

Emily wore Lazaro bridal gown style 3051, Purchased from Allegria Bridal, in Belmont, MA

Dasha Kazakova  http://photosbydasha.com/
The Riverview  http://www.riverviewcatering.net/

Daniel and Lindsay

Richmond, TX, United States
The most important things to Daniel and me when we set out to plan our wedding were that the Ceremony was about the Lord and that the reception was a big celebration. Briscoe Manor is a good distance from where each of our parents live, but we fell in love with it anyway. We loved the rustic, yet beautiful look and that the chapel and the reception hall are both on site. Also, I had always dreamed of getting married in a chapel that was completely full. So, the venue was absolutely perfect for our wedding.
I really wanted there to be personal touches throughout the wedding so that it was a true representation of us.
We felt like having close friends and family involved in the ceremony would be a good place to start. My mom’s brother is a pastor, so it was extra special to have him marry us. Also, close friends did almost all of the ceremony music. Both Daniel and I wanted to honor our grandparents that have passed away. So, on my bouquet I had by grandmother’s broach and Daniel’s grandfather’s wedding ring tied to it. We also had to have a “BU” ice sculpture at the reception; after all it is where we met! Plus, Daniel worked for the Baylor football team and I was a cheerleader, so the loyalty runs deep.
My wonderful wedding planner suggested in passing the idea of having my bridesmaids hold umbrellas in some pictures, rather than bouquets. It’s something a little different… and kept off some of the heat from taking pictures outside in July!
I also did a lot of little DIY projects such as making signs, bags, and wreaths. It was really fun to see those touches the day of the wedding and knowing that I had made them!
Each detail of the wedding was so important to me. And yes, I did make myself (and everyone else around me) crazy. But, when I think about our wedding and look back at pictures, it was truly perfect for us. It was the wedding of both of our dreams, but we also felt so much love and support from all the family and friends that were there to show support and celebrate with us. We feel like we accomplished both of our goals: honoring the Lord and having a lot of fun!

Lindsay wore a Jim Hjelm bridal gown, Purchased from Weddings by Debbie, in Katy, TX

J. Cogliandro Photography  http://www.jc2photo.com/#/page/3c95/main/

Jason and Franchesca

Nashville, TN, United States
Jason and Franchesca met at a Kingdom Hall building project when they were 18.
According to Franchesca, “We were friends for a while, and later got engaged in Memphis, TN downtown.
We went to the park on Court Street in a carriage ride, and he proposed to me there. We were engaged for a year.”
The theme of this wedding was “springy”, with a fine class stroke.
The bouquet consisted of hydrangeas, white and green roses, calla lilies, and kermits, which were bought from “Emmas”.

Franchhesca wore Lazaro bridal gown style 3110

Matt Phoenix Photography  http://www.mattphoenixphotography.com

Kiel and Cydney

Littleton, CO, United States
Our wedding day was such a beautiful day. We decided to get married in the fall…with the fear of snow…we actually lucked out on weather. It was a beautiful sunny day with lots of wind, which didn’t stop us from having an amazing time! Our guests and wedding party were all so much fun and I couldn’t ever imagine anything better than our wedding day. It was truly a heartfelt wedding with all of our sweat, tears and heart poured into it. It reflected who we were right down to the core.

Kiel & Cydney’s highlight Reel by: InBloom Pictures

Cydney wore Jim Hjelm Blush bridal gown style 1061 , purchased from D’Anelli Bridal , in Lakewood, CO
Cydney’s bridesmaids wore Jim Hjelm Occasions bridesmaids dresses style 5063 and style 5104 all in Chocolate Dupioni.

Volkel Image  http://www.volkelimageblog.com/
Oakes Fields  http://www.oakesfields.com/
Stiletto Events  http://www.stilettoeventplanning.com

Todd and Alissa

palm springs, CA, United States
We were driven to the simple beauty of the desert. We thought the palm trees and the mountains would make the perfect backdrop for our vintage-esque wedding. The decor consisted mostly of vintage knick knacks from our house. We used our own kilim rugs to get married upon. We just really wanted our wedding to look and feel like our home.

Alissa wore Lazaro bridal gown style 3051 with her added touches, Purchased from Mon Amie Bridal, in Costa Mesa, CA

love me sailor  http://www.lovemesailor.com/
anh co tran  http://www.neilgeorgesalon.com/
the flashdance  http://theflashdance.com/

Grant and Chloe

San Diego, CA, United States
Grant and I had been dating for five years when he proposed at Wine Glass Bay in Tazmania, Australia. The day was a dream, from the beautiful backyard, to the magnificent bouquets, everything was even better than I had imagined. The dress was by far the greatest detail. I tried it on once and knew it was the one. We altered the neckline to get the sweetheart look, but even without the alterations the dress was gorgeous. The crochet lace was simple, elegant, and unique, it was everything I ever wanted.

Chole wore Jim Hjelm Blush wedding gown style 1057

Suzanne Hansen and Mike Ofeldt Shewanders Photography  http://shewanders.com/blog
Root 75  http://root75.com/
Brightly Designed  http://www.brightlydesigned.com/