Erin + Mark | Vera Wang White Real Wedding From Emily Gualdoni Photography

Vera Wang White | Real Wedding

There’s a lot to like about this charming Chicago wedding.  But what strikes us most is the story of the dress.  Erin bought a dress but knew deep down, that it wasn’t  “the one.”  So she made a long distance drive to see a second dress, and instantly knew it was hers.  She wore it, looked and felt amazing, and is now selling it for another bride to love too.  How completely perfect is that?

Erin + Mark | September 26, 2015 | Chicago, Illinois

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The Ceremony
The Catholic ceremony was held at the historic French Gothic-style St. James Chapel surrounded by gorgeous stained glass throughout.

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The Reception
The reception was held after at River Roast on LaSalle.  The venue was wonderful, because it provided both an intimate indoor space as well as a scenic balcony overlooking the river for both cocktails and throughout the reception.

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Erin’s Wedding Dress Search
I probably tried on 15 dresses over the course of finding mine.  I originally bought one but just knew right after that it was not it.  After doing a lot more research online, I couldn’t stop looking at this one.  It was more dress than I ever thought I’d want, but something about it just had me, and I knew that I had to find it.  So, I called around and found out the only two left in my size were in New York and Indiana.  So, the next day I loaded up my dogs (so I’d have company) and made the four-hour Saturday road-trip to Indiana to see it.  It was love at first sight, and thankfully, since I bought it from the same location as the original, they were able to exchange the order.  I took home the floor sample that day and never looked back.

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How She Felt In Her Wedding Dress
Stunning, sensuous, enthralling, captivating, powerful….it’s hard to give just three.  This dress made me feel the best I think I’ve ever felt.  I wish I could wear it regularly! 🙂

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Why She’s Selling Her Wedding Gown
I originally looked on for my dress knowing I wanted something beautiful without paying too much for something I was only going to be wearing a few hours.  So, when I did end up finding mine in a retail location, I knew that someday I would want someone else to be able to enjoy the dress as much as I had without having to worry about the extra cost.  I’m not going to lie, I love this dress so much that it is actually a little tough to sell it, but if I know another bride will have the most amazing day of her life in it, that makes passing it along very worthwhile.

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Wedding Dress: Vera Wang White  | Photography:  Emily Gualdoni Photography  | Ceremony:  St. James Chapel | Reception:  River Roast | Floral Design:  Kim Dunlap   | Cake:  West Town Bakery