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A Sleek and Contemporary California Wedding at the Andaz San Diego

 Blue, California, Fall, Glamorous, Modern, Pink, Real Weddings, Romantic, White by Vera Wang, Yellow  Comments Off on A Sleek and Contemporary California Wedding at the Andaz San Diego
Nov 092013
 

What could be better than a romantic trip to the historic mansions of Newport, RI? How about a trip that ends with a surprise proposal on one of the mansions' sprawling lawn? This was just the moment that awaited Faye when she and Rich took a trip to visit his family in June of 2012. The couple spent the next 15 months planning a downtown San Diego wedding that brought friends and family from near and far to celebrate in contemporary style. With a muted but playful palette of yellow and gray, Rich and Faye's wedding on September 7, 2013, was fresh, fun, and everything they'd dreamed of.

Bride getting her makeup done at the Andaz San Diego.
Bride in an empire-waist ball gown from White by Vera Wang.

Says Faye of her empire-waisted ball gown from White by Vera Wang, "I fell in love with how the dress felt light yet it had the fullness that I was looking for." A bonus? The dress had pockets and an oversized bow at the waist.

A self-described minimalist, Faye paired her gown with a simple tulle veil. She wore her mother's earrings as her something borrowed, and Rich gifted her a bracelet for the perfect finishing touch.

Shimmering Enzo Angiolini pumps peeked out from beneath Faye's gown, adding a touch of shimmer to her classic bridal look.

Rich and his groomsmen all wore charcoal gray 3-piece tuxedos. Rich paired his with a light gray tie and gray argyle socks, while his groomsmen wore soft yellow ties and sunny socks to match.

Bride and groom at the Andaz San Diego.

Rich's gray tuxedo was the perfect match for Faye's beautiful ball gown. The Andaz San Diego was the ideal venue, allowing Faye and Rich to say I Do in modern San Diego style.

Faye's bridesmaids wore floor-length chiffon gowns in platinum from the Dessy Group. She had each woman pick out a style she loved, and tied their look together with bouquets of yellow peonies and roses.

The ceremony was held on the rooftop of the hotel. Simple white dcor was accented with oversized arrangements of white and yellow hydrangeas. The rooftop location gave the couple's guests, 80% of whom were from out of town, a great view of the city. Each guest received a packet of confetti to toss after Rich and Faye had said "I Do."

The ring bearer, wearing a gray suit and yellow tie to match the groomsmen, was escorted down the aisle by Faye's daughter Mailynn. Faye's goddaughter was their flower girl. During her walk down the aisle, she took her responsibilities a playful step further, tossing petals at the guests instead of on the aisle.

Bride, groom and bride's daughter braid a unity rope during the wedding ceremony.

As a symbol of their new family, Faye, Rich, and Mailynn braided a unity rope. The bride and groom wrote their own vows, allowing them to speak directly to one another as they became husband and wife.

Escort cards featured Faye and Rich's simple monogram and a pop of yellow.

Gray, white and yellow modern wedding cake.

The pièce de résistance was a gray square cake with white and yellow stripes, topped with white flowers. The flavor was a crowd-pleasing carrot cake with cream cheese buttercream. A candy bar, featuring gray, white, and yellow favorites like marshmallows and chocolate drops, served as both a sweet treat and favors for the guests.

For the first dance, Rich and Faye danced to Ingrid Michaelson's version of "Can't Help Falling In Love". Faye and her father shared their father-daughter dance with Rich and his new stepdaughter. They danced to "My Girl" by The Temptations, an upbeat way to celebrate the new family. Finally, Rich danced with his mom to Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World"–the two of them danced to the same song when his mother married Rich's stepfather.

So what's next for the happy couple? Rich and Faye are planning their honeymoon for the spring of 2014. In the mean time, they're getting used to calling one another "husband" and "wife".

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Andaz San Diego || Coordinator: Mel Montoya of Something Blue Wedding Coordination || Bride's Wedding Dress: White by Vera Wang || Veil: David's Bridal || Shoes: Enzo Angiolini || Hair: Florence Pacho of Pikku Salon || Makeup: Lindsay Lloyd || Wedding Bands: Robbins Brothers || Bridesmaids' Dresses: The Dessy Group || Groom's Tuxedo: Black by Vera Wang || Invitations: MagnetStreet || Florist: Bloomeria Floral Design || Catering: Andaz San Diego || Cake: Crumb Fairy Bakery || Music: Eddie Palma || Photographer: Renee Clancy Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Formal Spring Wedding at The University Club of Chicago

 Blue, Classic, Formal, Jenny Yoo, Monique Lhuillier, Purple, Real Weddings, Spring, Traditional  Comments Off on A Formal Spring Wedding at The University Club of Chicago
Aug 262013
 

Danielle and Michael, hip thirty-somethings who call Chicago home, wanted a "classic but comfortable" wedding. They also loved the idea of incorporating a wine and cheese tasting into their reception, as the duo met while at an event dubbed "Pinot Days." The University Club of Chicago provided the ideal venue, and on April 13, 2010 the couple celebrated with 250 of their friends and family.

Inspired by the venue's regal atmosphere, the couple selected navy blue and plum as their wedding colors. Danielle's four bridesmaids wore long Jenny Yoo gowns in navy.

Bridesmaids carried mostly-white peony and anemone bouquets accented with a touch of lavender.

Danielle and Michael live just five blocks from St. Clement Church, making the bride's childhood chapel an easy choice for their ceremony space. The traditional Catholic ceremony was "brought to life" by the priest, the bride says, who "made the ceremony accessible for all guests, Catholic or not."

The priest "read aloud from letters that we had written to him about our relationship," Danielle says. "We didn't know they would be made public, and they got quite a few laughs."

The bride wore a strapless silk Monique Lhuillier wedding dress paired with a two-tier cathedral length veil.

A formal reception followed the couple's traditional wedding ceremony. "We went to the reception room to see the space about 10 minutes before our guests arrived," says the bride. "When we walked in, you could smell the beautiful flowers and the sun was still streaming into the room showing off the stained glass. By the end of the night, you could see the lights of the city."

Two types of floral centerpieces, each in keeping with the couple's blue and purple color palette, were used throughout the reception space. One centerpiece mixed fluffy white hydrangea and peonies with lush pink and purple buds.

Cut-glass vases filled with small-but-vibrant blooms in hues of ivory, purple and blue were also used as centerpieces.

Custom calligraphy by Stacey Shapiro Calligraphy tied the couple's cocktail hour offerings, including an enviable cheese table, together.

Danielle DIY-ed the couple's escort cards: Ivory tags tied to miniature compasses with velvet blue ribbon.

Purple menu cards were tucked into linen napkins and accented with sprigs of lavender.

"Our absolute favorite part of the planning process was the cake tasting," the bride says of the couple's three-tier chocolate fudge cake with crème brûlée and salted caramel filling.

Apothecary jars filled with moss and white tulip blooms decorated the bar area.

Danielle and Mike selected Otis Redding's "That's How Strong My Love Is" as their first dance song.

"Mike got on his knee and proposed, and the whole restaurant joined us in celebrating, opening up the case of champagne that Mike had sneakily dropped off earlier in the day," Danielle recalls of the night her groom proposed.

Danielle and Michael stole away for 10 minutes during their reception, sneaking off to a balcony with a view for a few couple-only photos. "But those 10 minutes away from the reception with just the two of us was a very fun, private moment to take a time-out and realize what an amazing night we were having," Danielle says.

"One piece of advice that we were given and would pass on was to try to spend as much time together during the reception as possible," Danielle advises. "We wanted to be together in our first hours as a married couple and wanted to have shared memories of our reception, so for nearly the entire reception we held hands and stuck together, whether it was on the dance floor or walking around talking to family and friends."

—Jillian Kramer

Wedding Planner: Anne Book Signature Style || Ceremony Venue: St. Clement Church || Reception Venue: The University Club of Chicago || Bride's Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Bride's Veil: Ultimate Bride || Bride's Shoes: James Ciccotti || Bride's Accessories: Gabrielle Sanchez || Bride's Wedding Ring: Harold Burland & Son || Groom's Tux: Hugo Boss || Groom's Wedding Ring: Harold Burland & Son || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Neiman Marcus || Florist: Hello Darling || Caterer: The University Club of Chicago || Stationery: Magnificent Milestones || Favors: LH Calligraphy || Rentals: Tablescapes || Entertainment: Colby Beserra and the Party Faithful || Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie

Wedding Registry Inspiration: Modern Blue and White Table Settings

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Jul 172013
 
Registry Inspiration Blue and White Table Settings

Photo: Aaron Dyer

Registering for your wedding and having trouble deciding which direction to take your table top? Try a clean, crisp blue and white color palette—it's a timeless combo that always feels fresh. And the dishes above, with their bold, graphic indigo patterns, will even appease couples with a more modern aesthetic. Get these blue-hued registry picks, here:

1. Salad plate, $95, Marie Thurman available at Bergdorf Goodman; "Braid Cobalt" dinner plate, $58, Terrafirma Ceramics; "Ruffle Cobalt" charger, $70, Terrafirma Ceramics; "Mitra" stainless-steel flatware, $120 for a five-piece place setting, Georg Jensen;"Woodblock" napkin, $85 for a set of four, Oscar de la Renta

2. "Wunderkammer" creamer, $164, Sieger by Furstenberg available at Gump's San Francisco; "Echappee Belle" saucer, $81 (includes cup), Medard de Noblat;"Indigo Bloom" platter, $70, Mikasa available at Bed Bath and Beyond; tray, $35, Duro Olowu available at JCPenney

3. "Blue Sorrentino" teacup, $50 for a set of two cups and two saucers, Noritake; "Mediterraneo" soup plate, $56, ISI Collection available at Treillage LTD. NY; "Blue Fluted Mega" cake plate, $195, Royal Copenhagen

4. "Water's Edge" coupe glasses, $28 each, Anthropologie

5. "Perlee Bleu" espresso cup and saucer, $70, L'Objet

6. "Toile Tale" accent plate, $17, Scalamandré by Lenox; "Pavilion" dinner plate, $38, Oscar de la Renta; "Honeycomb Cobalt" charger, $70, Terrafirma Ceramics; "Jubilee" napkin, $77 for a set of four, Lulu DK for Matouk available at Matouk

7. "Somerset Island Floral" soup bowl, $70 for a four-piece place setting, Lauren Ralph Lauren Home available at Macy's; "Dot Cobalt" tray, $87, Terrafirma Ceramics

8. "Lismore Cobalt" glass, $295 for a set of two, Waterford

9. Salad plate, $95, Marie Thurman available at Bergdorf Goodman; "Somerset Island Woven" charger, $70 for a four-piece place setting, Lauren Ralph Lauren Home available at Macy's; Enamel flatware, $55 for a five-piece place setting, Billy Cotton; "Fleur" napkin, $80 for a set of four, Les Indiennes

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A Striped Bridesmaid Dress with a Bow by Kirribilla

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May 302013
 
Kirribilla Lola striped bow bridesmaid dress

Photo: Courtesy of Kirribilla

If you're planning a wedding with pretty, preppy details, this bow-backed bridesmaid dress by Kirribilla might just be for you. With summery stripes and a structured fit, we envision this sweet little shift at a backyard wedding blow-out. Pair with a bold-hued pump and polished 'do and your bridesmaids will feel (and look) oh-so-cute.

"Lola" strapless dress with pleated skirt and back bow, $365, Kirribilla

—Lauren Frankfort

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A Striped Bridesmaid Dress with a Bow by Kirribilla

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May 302013
 
Kirribilla Lola striped bow bridesmaid dress

Photo: Courtesy of Kirribilla

If you're planning a wedding with pretty, preppy details, this bow-backed bridesmaid dress by Kirribilla might just be for you. With summery stripes and a structured fit, we envision this sweet little shift at a backyard wedding blow-out. Pair with a bold-hued pump and polished 'do and your bridesmaids will feel (and look) oh-so-cute.

"Lola" strapless dress with pleated skirt and back bow, $365, Kirribilla

—Lauren Frankfort

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A Cheery Wedding with a Turquoise, Orange and Yellow Color Palette

 Blue, Casual, Connecticut, Melissa Sweet, Orange, Real Weddings, Romantic, Summer, Whimsical, Yellow  Comments Off on A Cheery Wedding with a Turquoise, Orange and Yellow Color Palette
May 202013
 

"Aaron asked me out in the most romantic way possible," Christina pretends to brag, then deadpans, "via text message." Yet despite a less-than-script-worthy start, the Connecticut couple took off and two years later, Aaron proposed.

Surrounded by friends and family at a surprise birthday party for the soon-to-be bride, Aaron dropped to one knee and presented Christina with a square-cut diamond ring. "Aaron and I had the tightest embrace ever," Christina recalls, until an excited Aaron attempted to slip the ring on her finger and instead accidentally tossed the diamond onto an outdoor patio, complete with cracks. "After a few seconds of panic, one of my girlfriends found the ring and I was finally able to wear it as an officially engaged woman," Christina laughs.

Working with wedding planner Ambiance Luxe Wedding Designs, Christina and Aaron crafted a quirky September affair held in rustic Deep River. With vibrant turquoise accents offsetting an otherwise neutral palette, the couple's wedding took on an atmosphere that Christina describes as "light, fun and lively."

Christina spotted her Melissa Sweet gown online—and was crushed when she discovered the dress had been discontinued. "It had caught my eye online, and I was dying to try it on. Unfortunately, the designer had stopped production of the dress and a single sample was the last of it's kind at The White Dress by the Shore. By some stroke of luck or fate, someone had actually purchased the gown but changed their mind and brought it back.. Once I put it on, it was love. We purchased it on the spot," Christina says. "It's so true when they say that it's just a feeling. When you know, you know."

Christina adored the gown's silk organza overlay, accented with delicate polka dots and tied with a matching sash. "I loved how it was so simple, yet had these amazing and fun details that made it so romantic," she says. Plus, "it hugged my curves in all the right places, but was comfortable at the same time. Comfort is key."

A champagne-colored faux floral hairpiece by Mignonne Handmade softened Christina's half-up-half-down hairstyle.

Kendra Scott's chunky turquoise necklace accentuated Christina's collarbone. "I tend to gravitate towards a statement piece here and there, so decided to go with a couple of accessories to make my overall look pop," Christina explains.

Aaron and his groomsmen donned slim-fit ties by Forage Haberdashery, which crafted the neckpieces from limited-edition blue and orange fabric.

Bridesmaids selected from two knee-length Ivy & Aster dresses in hues of rosemary and grey. "I loved the fun and flirty feel of these dresses," the bride says.

Florists wrapped bright orange ranunculus, white anemones, succulents and a few sprigs of leafy green filler with white lace to create Christina's bouquet. "Just For You Floral Design Studio translated our vision into exactly what we were looking for," the bride gushes.

Dusty miller, wide green leaves and Billy Bobs were mixed with berries and small bright flowers for the groom and groomsmen's boutonnieres. "We loved how non-traditional these were and how each one was different from the next," Christina says.

Boutonnieres were pinned to the lapels of light gray suits, which the men picked out at : Macy's.

Christina and Aaron exchanged vows on the grounds of Mount Saint John, a high school for at-risk boys set on 80 acres of rustic Connecticut real estate. "It had a wonderful vintage feeling," Christina says of the space, "with the actual school serving as a backdrop during the ceremony."

"Short, sweet and non-traditional," the bride says, Christina and Aaron's wedding ceremony included a reading from I Corinthians and humorous dialogue from their officiant—a cousin whom the couple convinced to become a justice of the peace especially for the occasion.

While the couple purposefully kept the ceremony space sparse, "the one thing we did splurge on were two large, beautiful arrangements that stood on each side of the front of the aisle," Christina says.

Trolleys transported guests from the school grounds and to The Lace Factory, where the couple would host their indoor dinner reception. "We were looking for something non-traditional, something that was an arms length away from the typical hotel ballroom," Christina says. Constructed in 1875, the former shipbuilding-yard-turned-event-center combined the historical character and modern amenities the couple craved. "We loved its exposed brick walls and beams, the large bright windows that extended across every wall, the vintage bar," Christina explains.

Christina and Aaron "loved the raw space of our reception venue," so they "tried to use details that would accentuate the space rather than cover what was already there," the bride says. The couple's color palette shown through in bright blue Chiavari chairs and vibrant orange flower arrangements—a nice "pop here and there," Christina describes.

Sheer white swag hung from the building's exposed beams, flanked by sparkling twinkle lights, "adding a touch of softness and elegance to the space," the bride says.

"My absolute favorite?" Christina says. "Two funky, ocean blue chandeliers were hung overhead just below the swags on each side of the room. Love, love, loved these."

A mixture of orange, coral and yellow blooms filled pedestal and bowl-shaped pots, creating a mish-mash of tablescapes across the entire dining room. "We loved how no two tables were alike," Christina says.

Lace overlays laid across champagne linens paid homage to The Lace Factory's name, Christina said. Blue and mercury glass candle holders were scattered across each tabletop.

Neutral-toned tented cards bore table names and numbers.

The couple left a heartfelt thank you to guests at each place setting. The blue-striped Chevron patterned cards were designed by Patti Murphy Designs.

Personalized pint glasses from online retailer Grandstand served as the couple's favors.

Dubbing him their "flower boy," the couple asked a young man to carry a turquoise wood sign that read Here Comes The Bride down the aisle. "As we exited, it turned around to say, 'Hooray!'" Christina says.

Because she wanted to "cut a rug," Christina slipped into a short-and-sassy Ivy & Aster dress during the reception. "I'm still waiting for an occasion where I can recycle this dress," Christina says. "I absolutely love it."

Christina's advice to other couples? "Forget the stress," she says. "Enjoy every second, and be kind along the way. And to remember to stop, take a breath and smell the roses. I found that everything went by much too quickly."

—Jillian Kramer

Wedding Planner: Ambiance Luxe Wedding Designs || Ceremony Venue: Mount Saint John || Reception Venue: The Lace Factory || Bride's Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet from The White Dress By The Shore || Bride's Shoes: Steve Madden and Ashley Brooks Designs || Bride's Accessories: Kendra Scott and Mignonne Handmade || Bride's Wedding Ring: M.K. Winston Jewelers || Groom's Tux: Macy's || Groom's Wedding Ring: M.K. Winston Jewelers || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ivy & Aster from The White Dress By The Shore || Groomsmen Attire: Macy's || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Macy's || Florist: Just For You Floral Design Studio || Caterer: Cloud Nine Catering || Stationery: Patti Murphy Designs || Cake Baker: Cloud Nine Catering || Favors: Grandstand || Rentals: Ryan Designs and Rentals Unlimited || Entertainment: Power Station Events || Photography: Michelle Gardella

A Cheery Wedding with a Turquoise, Orange and Yellow Color Palette

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May 202013
 

"Aaron asked me out in the most romantic way possible," Christina pretends to brag, then deadpans, "via text message." Yet despite a less-than-script-worthy start, the Connecticut couple took off and two years later, Aaron proposed.

Surrounded by friends and family at a surprise birthday party for the soon-to-be bride, Aaron dropped to one knee and presented Christina with a square-cut diamond ring. "Aaron and I had the tightest embrace ever," Christina recalls, until an excited Aaron attempted to slip the ring on her finger and instead accidentally tossed the diamond onto an outdoor patio, complete with cracks. "After a few seconds of panic, one of my girlfriends found the ring and I was finally able to wear it as an officially engaged woman," Christina laughs.

Working with wedding planner Ambiance Luxe Wedding Designs, Christina and Aaron crafted a quirky September affair held in rustic Deep River. With vibrant turquoise accents offsetting an otherwise neutral palette, the couple's wedding took on an atmosphere that Christina describes as "light, fun and lively."

Christina spotted her Melissa Sweet gown online—and was crushed when she discovered the dress had been discontinued. "It had caught my eye online, and I was dying to try it on. Unfortunately, the designer had stopped production of the dress and a single sample was the last of it's kind at The White Dress by the Shore. By some stroke of luck or fate, someone had actually purchased the gown but changed their mind and brought it back.. Once I put it on, it was love. We purchased it on the spot," Christina says. "It's so true when they say that it's just a feeling. When you know, you know."

Christina adored the gown's silk organza overlay, accented with delicate polka dots and tied with a matching sash. "I loved how it was so simple, yet had these amazing and fun details that made it so romantic," she says. Plus, "it hugged my curves in all the right places, but was comfortable at the same time. Comfort is key."

A champagne-colored faux floral hairpiece by Mignonne Handmade softened Christina's half-up-half-down hairstyle.

Kendra Scott's chunky turquoise necklace accentuated Christina's collarbone. "I tend to gravitate towards a statement piece here and there, so decided to go with a couple of accessories to make my overall look pop," Christina explains.

Aaron and his groomsmen donned slim-fit ties by Forage Haberdashery, which crafted the neckpieces from limited-edition blue and orange fabric.

Bridesmaids selected from two knee-length Ivy & Aster dresses in hues of rosemary and grey. "I loved the fun and flirty feel of these dresses," the bride says.

Florists wrapped bright orange ranunculus, white anemones, succulents and a few sprigs of leafy green filler with white lace to create Christina's bouquet. "Just For You Floral Design Studio translated our vision into exactly what we were looking for," the bride gushes.

Dusty miller, wide green leaves and Billy Bobs were mixed with berries and small bright flowers for the groom and groomsmen's boutonnieres. "We loved how non-traditional these were and how each one was different from the next," Christina says.

Boutonnieres were pinned to the lapels of light gray suits, which the men picked out at : Macy's.

Christina and Aaron exchanged vows on the grounds of Mount Saint John, a high school for at-risk boys set on 80 acres of rustic Connecticut real estate. "It had a wonderful vintage feeling," Christina says of the space, "with the actual school serving as a backdrop during the ceremony."

"Short, sweet and non-traditional," the bride says, Christina and Aaron's wedding ceremony included a reading from I Corinthians and humorous dialogue from their officiant—a cousin whom the couple convinced to become a justice of the peace especially for the occasion.

While the couple purposefully kept the ceremony space sparse, "the one thing we did splurge on were two large, beautiful arrangements that stood on each side of the front of the aisle," Christina says.

Trolleys transported guests from the school grounds and to The Lace Factory, where the couple would host their indoor dinner reception. "We were looking for something non-traditional, something that was an arms length away from the typical hotel ballroom," Christina says. Constructed in 1875, the former shipbuilding-yard-turned-event-center combined the historical character and modern amenities the couple craved. "We loved its exposed brick walls and beams, the large bright windows that extended across every wall, the vintage bar," Christina explains.

Christina and Aaron "loved the raw space of our reception venue," so they "tried to use details that would accentuate the space rather than cover what was already there," the bride says. The couple's color palette shown through in bright blue Chiavari chairs and vibrant orange flower arrangements—a nice "pop here and there," Christina describes.

Sheer white swag hung from the building's exposed beams, flanked by sparkling twinkle lights, "adding a touch of softness and elegance to the space," the bride says.

"My absolute favorite?" Christina says. "Two funky, ocean blue chandeliers were hung overhead just below the swags on each side of the room. Love, love, loved these."

A mixture of orange, coral and yellow blooms filled pedestal and bowl-shaped pots, creating a mish-mash of tablescapes across the entire dining room. "We loved how no two tables were alike," Christina says.

Lace overlays laid across champagne linens paid homage to The Lace Factory's name, Christina said. Blue and mercury glass candle holders were scattered across each tabletop.

Neutral-toned tented cards bore table names and numbers.

The couple left a heartfelt thank you to guests at each place setting. The blue-striped Chevron patterned cards were designed by Patti Murphy Designs.

Personalized pint glasses from online retailer Grandstand served as the couple's favors.

Dubbing him their "flower boy," the couple asked a young man to carry a turquoise wood sign that read Here Comes The Bride down the aisle. "As we exited, it turned around to say, 'Hooray!'" Christina says.

Because she wanted to "cut a rug," Christina slipped into a short-and-sassy Ivy & Aster dress during the reception. "I'm still waiting for an occasion where I can recycle this dress," Christina says. "I absolutely love it."

Christina's advice to other couples? "Forget the stress," she says. "Enjoy every second, and be kind along the way. And to remember to stop, take a breath and smell the roses. I found that everything went by much too quickly."

—Jillian Kramer

Wedding Planner: Ambiance Luxe Wedding Designs || Ceremony Venue: Mount Saint John || Reception Venue: The Lace Factory || Bride's Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet from The White Dress By The Shore || Bride's Shoes: Steve Madden and Ashley Brooks Designs || Bride's Accessories: Kendra Scott and Mignonne Handmade || Bride's Wedding Ring: M.K. Winston Jewelers || Groom's Tux: Macy's || Groom's Wedding Ring: M.K. Winston Jewelers || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ivy & Aster from The White Dress By The Shore || Groomsmen Attire: Macy's || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Macy's || Florist: Just For You Floral Design Studio || Caterer: Cloud Nine Catering || Stationery: Patti Murphy Designs || Cake Baker: Cloud Nine Catering || Favors: Grandstand || Rentals: Ryan Designs and Rentals Unlimited || Entertainment: Power Station Events || Photography: Michelle Gardella

A One-Shoulder Bridesmaid Dress with a Modern Floral Print by Jenny Yoo

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May 162013
 
Jenny Yoo one-shoulder floral bridesmaid dress

Photo: Courtesy of Jenny Yoo

Putting your gals in floral gowns doesn't necessarily require you to plan a girly, uber-romantic wedding celebration. The soft silhouette and flirty, ruffled neckline of this Jenny Yoo one-shoulder bridesmaid dress is offset by a bold, geometric floral print in a cool color combo. A shift like this will appease both your fashion-forward and hopeless romantic 'maids. Better yet, your girls can just as easily wear this little number with a cropped denim jacket as they could with sky-high heels at another spring or summer celebration.

"Lulu" knee-length bridesmaid dress with an asymmetrical shoulder with a soft flutter drape, $265, Jenny Yoo

—Lauren Frankfort

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A Floral Bridesmaid Dress with a Bow by Monique Lhuillier

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May 072013
 
Moinque Lhuillier floral bridesmaid dress with a bow

Photo: Courtesy of Monique Lhuillier

Your gals are bound to break out this adorable Monique Lhuillier bridesmaid dress for future summer cocktail parties! The sleeveless stunner is slim-fitting enough to showcase your girls' figures, but the strategically placed ruching helps mask any areas they'd prefer to hide. Plus, this frock rocks some major girl power with its over-sized bow and muted floral print. It's a surefire favorite!

Style 450092, faux wrap side drape printed taffeta dress with sash, $298, Monique Lhuillier

—Lauren Frankfort

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A Periwinkle Luminescent Taffeta Bridesmaid Dress by Wtoo

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Apr 252013
 
Wtoo Brook bridesmaid dress

Photo: Courtesy of Wtoo

"Our Luminescent taffeta mini ball gown with pockets is the perfect little number for a outdoor wedding," says the Wtoo design team. And we couldn't agree more! This bridesmaid dress—complete with delicate spaghetti straps, flirty sweetheart neckline, adorable floral appliqué, and laid-back pockets—would look lovely at an elegant, backyard celebration. The flared skirt gives this dress undeniable charm while the shimmering fabric will give your girls a goddess-like glow.

Style 722, Wtoo luminescent taffeta A-line dress with a sweetheart neckline and spaghetti straps in brook, $188, available at Weddington Way

—Lauren Frankfort

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