I was the bride that literally tried on 100 dresses before I found “the one”. The moment I put on my AV gown I pictured myself waking down the isle and knew I had finally found it. One of the biggest highlights of the evening was that we surprised the entire wedding with a stupendous full firework show from the cliffs below! It was truly the best week of our lives and the wedding of our dreams.
Cold Lake , Canada
Although it was pouring buckets outside, I had calmness upon myself knowing that everything would unfold perfectly. We had a whimsical, soft and airy feel to the day. We exchanged vows overlooking the lake with all our family and friends present. There are no words for the amount of love we felt that day. Since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted a lace wedding dress. I was flipping through a bridal magazine one day and came across this stunning delicate gown. From that moment, it was love at first sight. I contacted the nearest retailer and tried on the dress and was overwhelmed with complete love and certainty. The eyelash lace, the illusion neckline, the low back and the top to bottom satin enrobed buttons, together, was absolutely perfect. I chose the dress in Rum Pink and paired it with custom pink jewellery and pink suede Jimmy Choo pumps.
Cleveland, OH, United States
A few years ago before I even met my now husband, I saw a picture of a bride in the 9102 dress and knew that was going to be my wedding dress one day. Designer Jessica Williams was going to be in Chicago for a trunk show and I knew I had to meet her and try on my dream dress. It was the first dress I tried on, and I knew right away that it was the one. It was perfect! The dress is timeless, romantic & matched our venue perfectly.
Tyler, TX, United States
Our wedding took place in an Italian inspired surrounded by 60 acres of open land, beautiful east Texas trees, fresh cut grass, and some livestock not too far from the garden the wedding ceremony took place. All bridesmaids were in Alvina Valenta.
Allison Lezon http://daisy-photography-studio.photosit.es/
Palm Desert, CA, United States
Jesse and I met through a mutual friend, so we wanted our wedding to be all about love, fun and friends! We wanted it to be a big, fun party so we made sure the tunes were going all night long. We vacation every year in Hawaii and wanted to bring the casual vibe of the tropics to the desert! Our guests were treated to an ice cream bar with several different flavors of gelato and ice cream with all the fixings to go on top. Everyone had so much fun, they are still talking about it!
Langley, WA, United States
Our wedding day was the most joyful start to our lives together that we could’ve imagined! Surrounded by our closest family in friends, we wed in a garden on Whidbey Island, a beautiful island near Seattle. I loved the neckline of the dress, its beautiful fabric, and the lace detailing along the bottom. It’s classic yet modern, a dress that will still be considered beautiful when I look back on our wedding photos years from now!
Molly wore Alvina Valenta style 9002.
Chantal Andrea www.chantalandrea.com
Detroit, MI, United States
Brendan and I have been writing our love story for over ten years, so when it came time to plan our wedding, I had dreamt up worlds of ideas to choose from! Dress shopping was number one on my priority list, and I already had a style and designer in mind. I went straight for Alvina Valenta and never looked back. Although our wedding didn’t have an official theme, it definitely followed suit to the gown, timeless with a touch of vintage and a lot of lace.
Kate Cho Photo katechophoto.com
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.
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!
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.
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.
Lane Dittoe www.lanediottoe.com/
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Katie and Max Bittle http://www.dreamlovephotography.com
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.
Spring Smith Studios http://www.springsmithstudios.com
Dutch Bloemen Winkel http://www.dutchbw.com/
Mt. Washington Hotel http://www.omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/BrettonWoodsMountWashington.aspx
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.
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!
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.
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.
Duke Images http://www.dukeimages.com
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.
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?
Kurt Gerber http://www.gerberscarpelliweddings.com/