Emily + Solomon | Vera Wang White Wedding from John Park Photography

Soft peach tones and blooming flowers kept Emily and Solomon’s wedding super romantic. You’ll see Emily in two different gowns, an ethereal tulle gown from Vera Wang White for her first look and ceremony, and a Jenny Yoo lace sheath for her reception. It’s hard making up your mind when you’re dress shopping (as Emily explains, below) but both gowns suit this wedding perfectly.

Emily + Solomon | February 1, 2014 | Pasadena, California | Dress Listing: Vera Wang White, VW351065

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The Ceremony
My husband and I wanted a super classy yet simple wedding. We wanted every part of our wedding to be heart-warming but not overbearing. We figured that if we wanted a wedding that was just for the two of us, we would have simply eloped somewhere to get hitched. But instead, we recognized that it’s bigger than that. We told ourselves that this wedding is not for us, but for our family and friends, for those who we love and loves us the most.

Our wedding was bright and early in the morning. At 9:30 a.m. the two doors to the old chapel opened and I walked down the aisle with my father towards the man whom I now call my husband. My walk was gently led by Solomon’s beautiful John Mayer voice as he serenaded the entire chapel with his song. The ceremony was quick and light-hearted. We managed to worship, listen to the words of blessing, say our I do’s, exchanged rings, share our first kiss, light our unity candle, and thank our parents all within half an hour. Exactly what I wanted. Traditional, but not so long and dry it puts my grand uncle to sleep.

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The Reception
Our reception was held in the Piazza Ballroom and Justine’s Room at Sheraton Pasadena. The room was beautiful enough on its own (with its wooden ceiling and rustic chandeliers) that we decided we wouldn’t decorate it any more than setting up some simple flowers pieces and hors d’oeuvres on the sides. The tables and seating areas were decorated with the feeling of a countryside brunch party. The entire wedding looked like it may have been a nicely organized backyard event.

Friends are still writing us today (months later) on how our wedding have really touched their hearts and telling us how much they love the simplicity of it all. One of my best girlfriends said in her email, “You guys have something truly unique and I can’t grasp exactly what it is but I can only use one word to describe it: your love is simple. It might seem underwhelming but I think it truly hard to find in the world we live in. Something out there has created this magic and I can’t stop thinking about how beautiful it is.”

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Emily’s Dress Search
I not only tried on many dresses…I purchased quite a few. The first dress I bought was a Marchesa. It was a beautiful tulled grey dress that felt like feather on the skin. The second was a Carolina Herrera. A fairytale dress that was 4 sizes too big, but I loved it so much I had to own it. The third was a Melissa Sweet, which I had purchased with another dress from David’s Bridal. I also purchased a Monique Lhuillier. On top of that, I’ve got close to purchasing a Reem Acra.

Of all these dresses that I’ve owned and tried on, however, I ended up with my two favorites: the ceremony dress from Vera Wang White, and my reception dress from Jenny Yoo’s 2014 collection. The moment I put these two dresses on, I knew I had found the ones. There was no going back after that!

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How Emily Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Comfortable, In-Love, and Womanly.

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Why Emily Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I really wanted to keep both my dresses, but I also wanted to bless another bride with this magnificent dress that accompanied me on the most important day of my life. I’ve decided to sell my ceremony dress because it is such as classy and elegant dress that I think it will suit any bride out there.

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Wedding Dress: Vera Wang White, VW351065 | Photography: John Park Photography | Ceremony Venue: First United Methodist Church | Reception Venue: Sheraton Pasadena Hotel | Wedding Planner: The Bride with WhiteCarpetEvents | Floral Design: Wen Floral | Cake: Merengue Bakery | Photobooth: Mebe Photo | Bridal Shoes: Prada

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