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#AlfredAngeloBride Samantha

Brides-Like-Us---2015.pngFavorite thing about our brides? How they bring our dresses to life with their style and personality. 

Today's post comes from JWirth Photography, who photographed a styled shoot with newlyweds Samantha and Justin. Samantha wore her wedding dress: Modern Vintage Style 8545

We love how Samantha's hair and edgy styled complemented the dress, and the photos turned out absolutely dreamy.

Special thank you to JWirth Photography for sharing!

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Topics: BridesLikeUs

Real Wedding: Jennifer + Andrew

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

Jennifer and her husband Andrew met on OkCupid. "He sent me a message telling me how much he liked my profile, and I messaged him back," Jennifer recalls. "We exchanged several emails that first night, and we made a plan to meet the next day at noon at a local Barnes & Noble. We ended up walking around the bookstore for four hours talking and look at books. From that point forward we were together every weekend and then soon, every day." 

While wedding planning, Jennifer casually mentioned to Andrew about wanting a dress that wasn't white, and he loved the idea. Looking for a unique wedding dress led her to the Alfred Angelo website. She zeroed in on Cinderella live-action Style 252 but also saw a "vision in red" staring out at her from the computer. "To be honest, I didn't get my hopes up at first," says Jennifer. "Being a plus-sized individual, I had long since learned that wedding designers don't make pretty dresses for the big girls, but I soon found out that Alfred Angelo does! All of the dresses in every collection can be designed in any size you need. I fell in love with the red Snow White dress, and I tentatively began to dream about a wedding based around that spectacular dress." 

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Jennifer and Andrew dreamt up a non-traditional Parisian wedding. Their venue, Paris on Ponce in Atlanta, had a very Moulin Rouge feel to it, and it lent itself perfectly to the couple's vision--and Jennifer's red dress. Their wedding cake was in the shape of the Eiffel Tower, their favors were given out in Eiffel Tower shaped boxes, and they had Eiffel Tower toasting glasses. "Andrew is from Australia, so we also had little Australian touches throughout, including Vegemite on toast points during cocktail hour," says Jennifer.

From the bride: "Our wedding was not what one would consider traditional. When I walked down the aisle I started to the strains of the typical wedding march, which quickly faded away into the opening of Rammstein’s Freur Frei, and with my fist raised in triumph at the top of the aisle, I gave a rebel yell and made my way toward Andrew. My brother was our officiant, and Andrew and I wrote our own vows, including our separate versions of how we had met. We were very committed to making sure the day was what we wanted and not someone else’s idea of perfection."

Jennifer and Andrew's goal was to throw a huge party that their friends and family would have fun at and enjoy. The DJ kept guests dancing all night, and everyone sipped on the couple's signature drink, the JenDrew, which was a pink lemonade margarita. 

"Sadly, maybe even poignantly, my wedding reception and breakfast the next day would mark the last time I saw my mother alive," says Jennifer. "She had been battling cancer all year but was determined to be at our wedding, and thanks to our amazing photographer we have beautiful family photographs to treasure. My mother returned home to New York after our wedding and lost her battle on August 10, 2016. No one was a bigger fan of our theme and my dress than my mom, Deborah Ann Bulck." 

Photography by: Molly Weir Photography 

 

Topics: Real Weddings

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

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