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Lainie + Keith | Carolina Herrera Wedding from The Mill Photography Studio

Lainie and Keith were married by a friend in a custom wedding ceremony surrounded by friends and family, including their three-year-old daughter. A reception went late into the night, the party fuelled by celebration, champagne, cigars and a live band! Lainie looked stunning in a wedding gown she never expected to love, a sleek Carolina Herrera design.

Lainie + Keith | May 3, 2014 | Austin, Texas | Dress Listing: Carolina Herrera, Heather

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Our ceremony was a beautiful mix between casual and romantic. Casual because we served everyone a glass of bubbles upon arrival to set the tone of the evening. It was romantic because we had the groom’s best friend officiate our ceremony. He had privately asked us to fill out a questionnaire he created, telling stories of our first and most important memories together which he then pulled his favorite pieces from, and used them in place of us writing vows. It was unbelievably beautiful.

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The Reception
The reception I can only describe as the time of my life. I never believed women when they say your wedding is the best day of your life, partly because we had our baby Avery 3 years before we decided to have a wedding, so of course, having her every day is the best day of our lives! However, it truly was something special. We started with a Polaroid camera guest book where all of our guests stopped to take a photo of themselves and pin it up to revisit later. From there, they could stop at our cigar roller to have a cigar made and then unlimited dancing thanks to our 10 piece band. I left a basket of flip flops out for all of the women because I thought it would be a funny gesture but within 10 minutes of the band starting every pair was gone. We never figured out who took two left feet!

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Lainie’s Dress Search
I tried on about 15 dresses in only 3 days. The first day I went in with unbelievable confidence, I knew what I wanted, what it looked like and I was going to get it. I don’t like trying on clothes so I was determined. Once I put that dream dress on I was shocked that one after the other looked terrible on my body! (who would have thought the runway model would wear it better?) Finally, at the last stop I didn’t want to go but we went to Carolina Herrera. My mother-in-law handed me a dress that I would have refused to try on if I had more energy because it looked nothing like what I wanted — it actually was opposite in every way! But I put it on and couldn’t deny it was the most flattering out of every dress I tried. I committed to it, made it my own through a few changes and here we are.

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How Lainie Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Elegant, relaxed and happy. Happy because I knew the meaning was more than the dress, we were making our beautiful little family official.

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Why Lainie Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I decided to sell my dress because I want it to serve more of a purpose than to sit in a box in a closet somewhere for the rest of my life. I find it very romantic that someone else in a completely different life can make new memories in a piece of clothing that gave me such unbelievable ones.

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Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera, Heather | Photography: Tyler Schmitt, The Mill Photography Studio | Ceremony Venue: One World Theatre | Reception Venue: One World Theatre | Wedding Planner: Crystal Marek of Style & Grace Events | Floral Design: Pollen Floral Art | Cake: Michelle’s Patisserie

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