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Alvina Valenta

Chris and Krisy

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08/24/2013
Jackson, TN, United States
Like most girls, since the age of 15 I began planning my dream wedding. Luckily I also met Chris at that age. Fast forward ten years later, and our wedding day was finally here. The Alvina Valenta gown was the second dress I tried on. I knew it was the one when I walked out of the dressing room and saw my mother crying. My goal was to make Chris and my guest gasp with a dramatic skirt, and this dress did exactly that.

Krisy wore Alvina Valenta bridal gown style 9307 purchased from Arzelle’s Bridal in Nashville, Tennessee.

Starla and Ian Holl  www.starlaphotography.com
Ivery Yarbrough  www.iveryyarbrough.com
Peaceful Oaks Bed and Breakfast  www.peacefuloaksbandb.com

Dustin and Allie

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10/04/2013
Minneapolis, MN, United States
Years ago, my now husband crashed a ladies night. We laughed, danced, and had the most fun we have ever had! When the time came to walk down the aisle, my mom and sisters came with me to try on dresses. My mom immediately spotted “the dress”, it was an Alvina Valenta. It was the first dress I tried on. Not only did I fall in love with my dress, but I fell in love with the store. After my own wedding I started working at Che Bella and now I get to help brides find their dream dress!

Allie wore Alvina Valenta bridal gown style 9258 purchased from Che Bella in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Ash & James Photography  www.ashandjamesphotography.com
The Varsity Theater  www.varsitytheater.org
Henry Girls Floral  www.henrygirlsfloral.com

Paul and Jeanne

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06/29/2013
Wilmington, NC, United States
We were married in the beautiful Airlie Gardens of Wilmington, North Carolina. We fell in love with the incredible 450 year old LIVE Oak Tree as the centerpiece of our wedding reception. My Alvina Valenta gown was the perfect fit for our vintage, rustic theme.

Jeanne wore Alvina Valenta bridal gown style 9102.

Chris Lang Photography  www.chrislangphotography.com
Social Butterfly Events  www.socialbutterflyevents.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/

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

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

Greg and Carissa


03/01/2013
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Greg and Carissa were married in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 1, 2013. The bride wore a lace Alvina Valenta dress to tie in with the romance of the black magic roses and Old San Juan charm. The bridesmaids were complimentary to the bride in their beautiful black sweetheart straplesss Alvina Valenta dresses.

Carissa wore Alvina Valenta bridal gown style 9161 , Carissa’s bridesmaids wore Alvina Valenta bridesmaid dress style 9128 in black dupioni, purchased from The White Flower in San Diedo, CA.

Noel Del Pilar  http://www.noeldelpilar.com
Myrna Serrano  http://www.mserranoevents.com
Hotel El Convento  http://www.elconvento.com

Anthony and Jordan


01/20/2013
Boston, MA, United States
Anthony and I went on a blind date in the winter of 2010 and I never could have imagined how my life would instantly change from that day forward. Anthony was so genuine, sweet, honest, smart, and funny; I had never met anyone like him. Just a few days shy of our one year anniversary Anthony proposed with a stunning ring hidden in my Christmas stocking. We decided to have our wedding in Boston, the city we call home, and knew that the State Room would be the perfect place. On a beautiful, sunny, Sunday in January, Anthony and I exchanged vows in front of our closest family and friends AND in front of the most magnificent view in all of Boston. It was an unforgettable day, filled with lots of laughs, tears (happy, of course), smiles, and most importantly- lots of dancing!

Jordan wore Alvina Valenta bridal gown style 9200 , Jordan’s bridesmaids wore Alvina Valenta bridesmaid dress style 9224 in Graphite organza, purchased from Cristina’s Bridal in Andover, MA.

Benoit & McCarthy Photography;  http://www.benoit-mccarthy.com
Katrina Hess  http://www.katrinahess.com
I Do On-Site Hair and Makeup  http://www.idoweddinghairnewengland.com

Peter and Ashley


07/22/2012
Newport, RI, United States
Peter and I have known each other our whole lives growing up in Duxbury, MA. We were married at Castle Hill in Newport,RI on a perfect summer day surrounded by all our family and close friends. It took me three dresses and three bridal shops to find the perfect dress. I knew I wanted lace, with straps and a fitted gown that hit me in all the right curvy places. It was an instant love affair and I never wanted to take it off. We will never forget that perfectly, magical day that ended firework show!

Ashley wore Alvina Valenta bridal gown style 9209 , purchased from Country Weddings in Hingham, MA.

Lauren Methia  http://www.laurenmethia.com
Chris McClain  http://www.cmcclainproductions.com
Jennie Kay  http://www.jenniekaybeauty.com

Winslow and Nicole


08/18/2012
Falmouth, MA, United States
Our wedding was a dream come true and so is my husband. Winslow and I met online. We were each other’s first date and we never looked back. We were married on a beach in Woods Hole where Winslow’s family made many childhood memories. We then drove in a antique Mercedes Gazelle kit car originally built by Winslow’s father, John, to our reception at the Bourne Farm, Falmouth, MA. Surrounded by our family and friends, we had the time or our life. The belt that was used on my dress was handmade by M&J Bridal in New York City. The veil was handmade by the bride’s mom.

Nicole wore Alvina Valenta bridal gown style 9102 , purchased from Cristina’s Bridal in Andover, MA.

Katie and Max Bittle  http://www.dreamlovephotography.com

Kevin and Caroline


09/22/2012
Bretton Woods, NH, United States
Kevin and I live in Boston, but we knew we wanted to get married in the mountains. As Kevin and I rounded the corner and saw the Mt Washington Hotel we knew nothing would ever surpass this place. With lots of family traveling from London, South Africa and Australia, it was important for us to have a place where our families wouldn’t get bored.

Our day was absolutely perfect. We had a beautiful, warm day, and the beautiful backdrop of the mountains. We were surrounded by everyone we loved, and we could not have asked for more.

Caroline wore Alvina Valenta bridal gown style 9052 , purchased from Country Weddings in Hingham, MA.

Spring Smith Studios  http://www.springsmithstudios.com
Dutch Bloemen Winkel  http://www.dutchbw.com/
Mt. Washington Hotel  http://www.omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/BrettonWoodsMountWashington.aspx

Conor and Kathryn


9-8-12
Door County, WI, United States
We wanted a casual yet elegant wedding with strong hints of vintage. I knew I wanted a lace gown to achieve this look, and finally, after searching and searching, I found the one. This dress is gorgeous, with satin buttons trailing down the back and the perfect-length train. The deep ivory color was ideal for my pale complexion and red hair. And, the open back is an unexpected and fun accent.

Kathryn wore Alvina Valenta bridal gown style 9202 , purchased from Bella Bianca in Oakbrook Terrace, IL.

Emily Steffen of Emily Steffen Photography  http://www.emilysteffen.com/photography
Toni Scott of Toni Scott Vanity Specialist  http://toniscottvanityspecialist.com/

Warren and Amanda


11/02/2012
Cincinnati, OH, United States
Our wedding was held in the historic Hilton Netherland Plaza in downtown Cincinnati on November 2, 2012. The hotel is elaborately decorated in French Art Deco style so we chose colors to compliment it’s beauty. We wanted my girls to have an elegant, classic look which fit perfectly with the Alvina Valenta and Jim Hjelm Occasions gowns. We went with long purple dresses and I loved that all of the girls could select the gown that fit her body and personality best! Our day was perfect and my girls looked amazing!

Amanda’s bridesmaids wore Alvina Valenta bridesmaid dress style 9265 , style 9221 , style 9273 , style 9267 , and Jim Hjelm Occasions bridesmaid dress style 5169 and style 5170 in Purple Mikado.

Michael Bambino & Co.  http://www.michaelbambino.com
Hyde Park Bridal  http://www.hydeparkbridal.com
Courtney Lambert  http://courtenaylambert.com

William and Nicole


08/20/2010
Philadelphia, DC, United States
We met in Philadelphia through a mutual friend. Before our 2nd date, he broke his nose in a charity boxing match. He swept me off my feet (even though he was worried about his nose) and we fell in love. We married 2 1/2 years later in a beautiful ceremony in Philadelphia. I felt beautiful on my wedding day, not only because of the beautiful gown, but because of the way he looked at me. He is my soulmate and the love of my life and I fall more in love with him each day… crooked nose and all.

Nicole wore Alvina Valenta bridal gown discontinued style 9954, purchased from Bridals by Danielle in Philadelphia, PA.

Sean Marshall Lin  http://www.seanmarshalllin.com/
Artesano Iron Works Gallery  http://artesanoironworks.com/gallery/
John Serock Catering  http://www.serockcatering.com/

Hryer and Parisa


06/23/2012
Beverly Hills, CA, United States

Hryer & I had been dating for almost 2 years & I had just finished graduate school. After much planning on Hryer’s part, we took a trip to Venice, Italy where Hryer proposed to me on the terrace of our hotel. Our engagement set the tone for our trip & it was one of the best trips of my life.

My inspiration for the wedding was very much old Hollywood vintage vibes & the color scheme I wanted to keep was a very classic palette of whites, crèmes, matte gold’s, & browns.

Parisa wore Alvina Valenta bridal gown style 9102 , purchased from Lovella Bridal in Glendale, CA.

Duke Images  http://www.dukeimages.com

Chuck and Jillian


09/29/2012
Philadelphia, PA, United States
As my brother in-law & best man stated so clearly in his wedding speech: “Chuck and Jill’s courtship is very much a twenty-first century love story. Girl posts bio on internet, boy clicks on bio. Intrigued, boy asks girl to meet. Boy meets girl over sushi dinner, and love ensues. Boy returns to apartment he shares with brother, and talks about girl non-stop for a week. Brother meets girl a week later…and sees why boy is so excited.” We are a TRUE Match.com success story! Best friends we are-sharing this journey together.

Jillian wore Alvina Valenta bridal gown style 9102 , purchased from La Bella Moda in Conshohocken, PA.

Carley K Photography  http://www.carleykphotography.com
Victoria Roggio  http://www.makemeuppretty.com
Jennifer Zirilli- La’LLi Hair Lounge  http://www.lallihair.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/

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/

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/

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

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

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/

Corey and Jessica


08/08/2011
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

Jon and Jessica


06/11/2011
Augusta, GA, United States
After a storybook proposal at the Palace of Versailles, Jon and I set to planning our unique wedding. First, I found the dress: with its simple silhouette, asymmetrical bow and buttons trailing down the back, it was perfection. And for my accessories, I had a birdcage veil designed by Myra’s Veils. The ceremony was held in the historic First Christian Church and the reception, at the elegant Richmond on Greene, where no detail was overlooked from the rocking band to the savory food to the elegant cake. All in all, our wedding personified us as a couple.

Jessica wore an Alvina Valenta bridal gown, Purchased from House of the Bride in Augusta, GA.

Once Like a Spark  http://www.oncelikeaspark.com/