Being a bride was a wonderful experience and I am so happy to have had my day. I loved my dress and the way I felt in it. We had our ceremony and reception at the Art Gallery of Calgary. We loved the contemporary feel of the high ceilings and open stairwell. We were very focused on the flow of the wedding and the layout of the gallery seemed to complement our ideas beautifully. The ceremony for me is a blur of emotions but I loved walking back down the aisle as Mrs. Armstrong. It was truly an amazing day.
Lauren wore Jim Hjelm bridal gown style 8050 , purchased from Cameo & Cufflinks , in Calgary, Alberta Canada
Waitsfield, VT, United States
My wedding took place during peak foliage season in Vermont, which was the perfect destination getaway for our family and friends. The vintage, romantic style of Jim Hjelm and the timeless French lace wonderfully complimented our rustic and autumnal wedding décor. My wedding dress was also the perfect canvas for the few heirloom items I wore to represent the strong women in my family. Without a doubt, my Jim Hjelm wedding gown was THE best investment. It truly made me feel like the confident and classically elegant bride I always dreamed of being on my wedding day!
Amanda Herzberger http://www.orchardcovephotography.com/
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Tony and I are busy resident physicians so for our wedding we envisioned something relaxing, personalized and unique. We very infrequently get vacation time so the thought of a destination wedding with our close family and friends in attendance was a logical choice. We got married on April 26, 2011 on the beach on the grounds of the fabulous Cabo Surf Hotel. Our wedding day far exceeded our wildest hopes and dreams and was a truly memorable event that we will never forget!
Monica Hines http://mohinesphotography.com/#/special/splash/mo-hines-photography/
Jenn Elliott Blake http://www.bowtieandbustle.com/index2.php#/home/
Cabo Surf Hotel http://www.cabosurfhotel.com/en
Santa Maria , CA, United States
Traditional with equal measures of country and Chic:
For long time sweethearts and Santa Barbara locals Rosana and Adam they envisioned for their day something very traditional. A day like the many family weddings they had been to growing up. An event blending Rosana’s very traditional first generation Mexican-American upbringing and Adam’s more relaxed 4th generation experience. Of course their shared love of everything country would have to come through and a prominent position for Gunner their beloved four legged companion would have to be arranged.
EVENT PLANNING & EVENT DESIGN: Armando Martinez – Alegria by Design
CUSTOM VEIL & HEADPEICE: Mercedes Trump
FLORAL DESIGN: The Village Gardener
MAKEUP: Romina Negron
HAIR: Lucy Salgado (Salon U)
CEREMONY: Old Mission Santa Inés
RECEPTION: Tres Hermanas Winery
Washingtonville, NY, United States
After much debating about where to get married, we finally decided on a quaint, NY winery close to my parents home, the Brotherhood Winery. It tied in with our California roots, but allowed us to have our wedding so that family and friends did not have to travel far! I tried on dresses when we first got engaged and fell in love with a lacey Jim Hjelm dress. Not having a date, I walked away. Three and a half years later (and a ton of rain) we finally tied the knot! I wore my dream dress and married my prince!
Dana wore Jim Hjelm bridal gown style 8763 , purchased from Bridals by Roma Clifton, New Jersey.
Chattanooga, TN, United States
My husband and I met in 2003. Four years later, on July 27, 2007, we had our first date. Tucker was deployed to Iraq September,2007-November,2008 and Afghanistan February, 2010-February, 2011. Through dedication and persistence we maintained a strong connection and grew in our relationship. Although Tucker was away he was helpful in planning our dream wedding. Choosing our date was a challenge due to not knowing when Tucker would return home. We had a long journey to get here…eight years of friendship, four years of dating, and two deployments later we are happily married.
Meriah Mozingo http://mozingophotography.com
Warrenton, VA, United States
We dated in high school but growing pains began sneaking in, and we broke up after 7 years. My heart was truly meant for Van though and realized you don’t realize how much something means to you until you set it free. We reunited and Van proposed and we were officially engaged 2 days before Christmas. Our venue, Airlie, was stunningly beautiful! I fell in love with my Jim Hjelm dress the moment I put it on and knew that was the only designer I wanted to try on. I and it truly was my dream dress!
Lexington, KY, United States
Julie and Tony were married at the historic Bodley-Bullock House in downtown Lexington. The whole day shown with sophisticated southern details that enhanced the bride and grooms infectious attitude for fun and togetherness. Julie wanted to plan a wedding that felt, “sophisticated and classic, but not pretentious or overdone”.
New York, NY, United States
Ed and Julie had one goal while planning their wedding, and that was to make it FUN! The wedding ceremony was scheduled to take place in Central Park, but days before the wedding they were forced to change the ceremony location due to weather conditions. Fortunately their alternative location (The Divine Studio) provided a stunning, light filled back drop for their wedding photo’s. For the reception they chose their favorite spot in Brooklyn, The Gutter. Ed and Julie’s guests danced to a New Orleans Jazz band, while feasting on BBQ and bowling all night.
Portland, OR, United States
Darren and I went to the same high school and let’s just say I was dying to know everything about him. We had mutual friends and so we began to hang out often. Years went on, I moved on from my high school crush, we stayed friends…best friends. Skip ahead to November 2008. We slowly began to date, but both didn’t say a word because we didn’t want to jinx it… 1 month later (Okay so maybe more like 3 days!), I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him!
Yasmin Khajavi Photography http://ykvision.com
Paradise Valley, AZ, United States
Dave and I had a “destination wedding” in my hometown, Phoenix, Arizona. We were married at Saint Mary’s Basilica in downtown Phoenix and then held the reception at the Sanctuary Resort on Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley which was also where all of our guests stayed during the wedding weekend.
Melissa Jill www.melissajill.com
Sarasota, FL, United States
We wanted our wedding to reflect us in as many ways as possible. We used handmade, vintage, and well-loved elements in as many aspects as possible. The dress worked perfectly for a simple and elegant feel. It also matched the handmade veil beautifully. Above all, we wanted to have a good time surrounded by our loved ones: dancing the night away was the best way we knew how!
Kate wore Jim Hjelm bridal gown style 8859
Jessica Lorren JessicaLorren.com
Powel Crosley Estate http://www.annamariaisland-longboatkey.com/crosley-estate/
Charlotte, NC, United States
William and I had a year and half engagement which gave me more than enough time to plan my perfect wedding. I scoured magazines and blogs for inspiration. After doing much research I learned: I love glamour and glitz, I love draping, I love the colors black, gray, blush and ivory, I love big flower arrangements and I love ruffles and bows. Fashion is a passion of mine so searching for bridesmaid’s dresses with my mom and maid of honor was a blast. After months of trying on many dresses we discovered the stunning graphite Jim Hjelm dress. Perfection.
Kristin Vining http://www.kristinvining.com/
Morristown, NJ, United States
Our goal was to throw an amazing, “funky garden party.” Throughout the planning, everything seemed to fall into place. My Jim Hjelm dress was everything I could have ever dreamed. The Conservatory was the perfect décor to carry out our theme. We chose to have a day event, which allowed the room to really shine, and thanks to the florist, it was bursting with color! The reception lasted until 5 p.m. at which point, we had transportation from the hotel into the town center, where we extended the party to a fun bar!
Kingsport, TN, United States
Getting married outside in Tennessee’s amazing autumn weather was obviously an easy choice! Other than an outdoor wedding, lace dress, and cowboy boots, we were up for just about anything. After choosing my ivory Jim Hjelm dress, Corral boots, and handmade jewelry, I was set. The handsome groom debuted in a brown pinstriped suit, cognac striped tie, and Ariat boots. The weather was perfect, my make-up was still shine free by aisle time, and the groom was amazing….what more could you ask for?!
Picsee Studio www.picseeweddings.com
East Greenwich, RI, United States
Rebecca Tull and TJ Guarino met in 2007. TJ asked for Rebecca’s hand while in PR for her brother’s wedding. After closing on their home TJ proposed. As part of the celebration the couple spent the 4th of July week with family and friends in Newport, RI. On July 9th Rebecca and TJ were married at Our Lady of Mercy Church in East Greenwich, RI. An incredible reception at the Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown followed. Rebecca and TJ honeymooned in Santorini, Greece. They live in West Boylston, MA with their two dogs Beau and Bella.Bridemaid dresses were in varying styles, three in wine, and four in sage, all the dupioni fabric.
Rebecca wore Jim Hjelm bridal gown style 8800, purchased from Country weddings in Hingham, Massachusetts. Her bridal party wore various JLM Couture bridesmaids styles including style 5051, style 5114, style 5009, style 5104 and her maid of honor wore style 3021
Stonington, CT, United States
Frank and I were married on a summer evening at the Jonathan Edwards winery in Stonington , CT. Everything looked so beautiful that day, such as the winery, the weather, my gorgeous flowers, the tent, and best of all my handsome husband ! I just floated around the whole evening absolutlely glowing wearing the gown of my dreams holding the hand of the man of my dreams! If I could relive that night, the only thing I would do differently is remember to eat something !
South Haven, MI, United States
We were married in South Haven, Mich. in the garden of a family member’s home, off of the lake. The setting was ideal – a warm sunny day, a yard full of beautiful flowers, and a sparkler “toast” to end the night. To complement our rustic garden theme, I wanted an ethereal gown and fell in love with the combination of lace and tulle of this style. It was clear this was the perfect choice for me the moment I tried it on. Our favorite wedding day moment was our “first look” which brought tears to both of our eyes!
Nicole Haley Photography www.nicolehaleyblog.com
My husband, Rich, and I got married on May 28, 2011 in Philadelphia. Luckily, we had a gorgeous day because my parents had worked for months to make their backyard look like paradise and they succeeded! It was the perfect setting to take pictures with my bridal party before leaving for the church. It just so happened that BOTH dresses were Jim Hjelm! It was obvious I was naturally drawn to the style. My wedding dress and the bridesmaid dresses complimented each other perfectly.
Abby wore Jim Hjelm bridal gown style 8007, purchased from Bridals by Danielle in Philadelphia, PA.
Her bridesmaids wore Jim Hjelm Occassions style 5030 in raspberry, purchased from Country Way Bridal in Haddonfield, NJ.
Philip Gabriel Photography http://www.philipgabriel.com
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
I can honestly say that my wedding gown found me… my wedding gown was the first and only dress I tried on. The minute I had it on I just knew “this was the dress for me”. The luxurious fabric and delicate embroidery was so unique, yet had a traditional look with a modern edge to it. I can only describe it as “romantic” and that became the theme for my wedding.
The bride wore Jim Hjelm bridal gown style 8962.
Rachelle Rousseau http://www.rachellerousseau.ca
Walker, MN, United States
My mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer shortly after Ben and I were engaged. Although we had not made any wedding plans yet, I knew I wanted my mother with me when I found the dress of my dreams. We went to Raffine in Stillwater, MN and my mom selected several gowns, but all along I knew which one I wanted – I saved it for last. When I came out in the bridal gown (Jim Hjelm 8011) my dad started to tear up-that was all it took for us to know that it was the one. I absolutely love it and could have tried on 100 more and not found something so perfect!
Verna Pitts http://www.vernapittsphotography.com/
Films by Francesco http://www.jlmcouture.com/blog/2011/01/28/real-wedding-monica-ben/www.filmsbyfrancesco.com