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Real Wedding: Erin + Cameron

Brides-Like-Us---2015.pngIntroducing our real bride of the month, Erin! 

Erin and her husband Cameron met at work at NeoGenomics Laboratories. From the bride: "He works in one of the technical laboratory departments, and at the time, I worked in the quality department. My job allowed me access to the laboratory areas to perform audits, and I would use every opportunity to 'run into' my now husband. It was so bad that I would file papers away in a room that I knew he had to walk by just so that he would hopefully stop and talk to me (which would work!). I finally enlisted the help of his supervisor after helping her with a couple inspections. She thanked me for my help and said, 'If you need my help with anything, let me know.' Now, she meant work-related help, but I couldn’t let the opportunity pass. So I asked her help in getting my now husband to ask me out. His supervisor delivered, and he finally asked me out! We had our first date at Disneyland, where his father works as a Train Engineer. It was the perfect date, which lasted nearly 10 hours of me dragging him on every single ride."

Erin chose Style 973 for her classic, woodland and a bit of boho wedding. "It was the first and only dress that I tried on at Alfred Angelo, and I knew the moment that I put it on that it was my wedding dress," she says. "The staff at the Huntington Beach store were so fantastic in assisting me. My requests were that I wanted lace, a sweetheart neckline, off the shoulders and sleeves. The sales attendant knew that she had the perfect dress, and it was!" 

Erin and Cameron wanted their wedding to be relaxed, classic and beautiful, with bits of woods and natural tones brought into the indoor spaces. Both share a love of history, so they wanted their wedding to have a timeless look. They chose greens, creams and pops of blush to bring their vision to life. Of her planning, Erin says that Etsy was her best friend. "Most of my wedding decor was custom-made, including custom napkins--because why not!" 

On June 26, 2016, Erin and Cameron spent the early morning together packing for their honeymoon. Afterward, they went their separate ways to prepare for the big day. The two did a "first look," which Erin recommends to all brides. "I was feeling a bit nervous and overhwelmed, but after I saw my husband, and we had a chance to talk and laugh, my mind was at ease," she says. Their ceremony was intimate. "There was laughter when I placed the ring on the wrong hand—whoops!," Erin says. "And a lot of tears. It was wonderful being surrounded by family and friends and that they came to share in our wedding day." 

There were plenty of memorable moments at the reception, including the fantastic catering, the beautiful strawberry naked cake and a candy bar and ice cream station. "I still tear up recalling the toast I made to my family, especially my mom, who helped me so much in planning my wedding," Erin says. "It made her cry—thanks, Mom!" 

"When I think back to my reception, I remember laughter," says Erin. "Friends and family letting loose on the dance floor, getting photos taken in the photo booth, enjoying signature cocktails. It was just a joyful celebration." 

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Vendors

Photography: Ashley Paige Photography

Venue: The Chapel of Orange 

Flowers: Oceanic Flowers

Catering: No Leftovers Catering 

Wedding Cake: Great Dane Bakery

Ice Cream Sandwiches: Chunk-n-Chip

 

Topics: Real Weddings

Real Wedding: Jennifer + Tim

Brides-Like-Us---2015.pngIntroducing our real bride of the month, Jennifer! 

Jennifer and her husband Tim met in high school. “He was in a band with a mutual friend, so I would go to their shows,” says Jennifer. The two began spending time one-on-one, and in 2009, Tim asked Jennifer to be his girlfriend. The two have been together ever since, including five years of long distance. “Saying yes [to being his girlfriend] seven years ago was the best choice I ever made,” says Jennifer. 

Jennifer and Tim’s wedding theme was Great Gatsby meets garden party. “I wanted the glamorous, opulent spirit of the 1920s without it being a theme wedding,” says Jennifer. Peonies and ranunculus contributed to a garden party look, while wedding colors of black, gold and blush along with art deco details provided a Gatsby aesthetic. “We really wanted our wedding to be a lavish event with a relaxed vibe, and I think that we captured that,” says Jennifer. 

For her dress, Jennifer wore Alfred Angelo Style 2459 (discontinued, similar styles here and here). “It was completely perfect!” she says. “It was flattering and comfortable, but also totally glamorous and made me feel like a princess from the moment I first put it on.” Her bridesmaids wore an assortment of floor length black chiffon Alfred Angelo dresses. “Each of the maids got to pick the dress that they thought was the most flattering on them, and there were so many options for them to choose from,” says Jennifer.

“Our wedding day was amazing because of all the talented and brilliant people that were involved,” she says. “From the moment that we got up until we rode off through a cloud of sparklers’ smoke, we were surrounded by love. My favorite part of our day might have been the ride to the reception after the wedding. It was so surreal to just be together and finally be married. I wouldn’t change anything about the day, except I would have taken time to eat a piece of our delicious cake!” 

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Photography by: Christian Sampson 

Topics: Real Weddings

We're In Bridal Guide's May/June Issue!

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Bridal Guide’s May/June 2016 issue features senior designer Marian Woolley and the Disney Fairy Tale Weddings by Alfred Angelo collection! 

Get a peek at what’s inside the issue: http://bridalguide.com/sneakpeek

Topics: As Seen In

Real Wedding: Jessica + Jimmy

Brides-Like-Us---2015.pngIntroducing our real bride of the month, Jessica! 

Jessica and her husband Jimmy met online in 2012. The two exchanged messages for over a month, getting to know each other before their first date. “I was immediately drawn to Jimmy’s smile, big heart and sense of humor,” Jessica says. Two years later, Jimmy proposed. 

Jessica and Jimmy’s wedding theme was simple, romantic and rustic with a color palette of navy, sage and gold. “We added a lot of personal touches,” says Jessica. These touches included their new monogram as a cake topper, their initials in marquee lights and a memory table celebrating the lives of lost loved ones. 

When it came to her dress, Jessica had a good idea of what she was looking for: A-line, sweetheart neckline, and pockets would be an added bonus. Style 2119 was the first style she tried on, and it was everything she had been looking for. “I tried about 8 dresses on at my appointment, and every time I came out in another dress, everyone insisted I put the first dress back on,” she recalls. “The dress truly was perfect for my body type and made me feel like a million dollars. I wish I could wear it every weekend!” 

On September 25, 2015, Jessica and Jimmy said “I do” at River House in St. Augustine, Florida. In true Florida fashion, the day began with a light drizzle, but then the skies opened up to reveal a rainbow, just in time for the ceremony. “The day was filled with so much joy and love to celebrate us becoming husband and wife,” Jessica says. 

The celebration continued at the reception, where the maid of honor and best man gave heartfelt and hilarious speeches. “The food and cake were amazing, and our DJ played all of our favorite songs, keeping the dance floor full!” says Jessica. “It truly was a magical night, and we loved every second of it!” 

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Photography: Christina Karst Photography 

 

Topics: Real Weddings

Real Wedding: Paloma + Anthony

Brides-Like-Us---2015.pngIntroducing our real bride of the month, Paloma! 

Paloma met her husband Anthony thanks to her mother and his grandmother. The two worked together to set the couple up on a blind date, which was nerve-racking at first. When he picked her up, however, Paloma instantly knew there was something special about him. 

The two hit it off, bonding over sushi and things they have in common, including their military backgrounds (They both come from military families, and Anthony himself was in the U.S. Army.). “After our first date we decided to be together, and the rest is history!” says Paloma. “He proposed almost two years later on June 4, 2015, at my favorite yoga studio with all of my friends and family there to surprise me and witness the moment.” 

When it came to wedding dress shopping, Paloma went in looking for lace and A-line. “I struggled to find a dress to fall in love with,” she says. “To change it up, I decided to try on a dress I thought I would never choose, Style 2469. As soon as I put it on I knew it was the one… When I stepped out of the fitting room, everyone started to cry—including me—I had found my perfect dress!” 

Paloma’s bridesmaids wore Style 8615L in Morning Fog, which they all felt beautiful and comfortable in. “That was my number one goal,” Paloma says. “They looked stunning on our wedding day.” 

For their wedding, Paloma and Anthony went for a country style and vibe, with blush pink and gray as their colors. “Everything was rustic, handmade and special to us,” says the bride. “Our wedding was very relaxed and sentimental.” 

After getting ready separately, the couple’s wedding day began with a very special first look. Then came the big moment. “As I walked down the aisle to my soon-to-be husband, I was taken by how amazing the moment was, especially since we decided to have an unplugged ceremony, meaning no electronics except for our photographer. This made the moment so special, as everyone was present and feeling the moment.” 

The celebration continued with a great cocktail hour filled with homemade corn hole, drinks and delicious food. One of Paloma’s favorite moments was when the couple ran through the reception site’s barn doors for their grand entrance. “We had a reception filled with love, dancing, emotional speeches and partied into the night before we rode off together in the vintage car.” 

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Photography by: Lauren Jean Photography 

 
 

Topics: Real Weddings

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