Meghan + James | A Melissa Sweet Wedding from David & Amy Lau Photography

A warm and romantic style sets today’s Real Wedding apart from the rest.  Meghan and James said “I do” at a charming country estate, where her uncle presided over the ceremony loaded with personal (and hilarious) details. Meghan made her own fashion statement wearing a charming Melissa Sweet gown. The knee length skirt and embroidered detailing make this dress one-of –a-kind. I love Meghan’s elegant birdcage-style veil. It was the perfect compliment to her bold yet elegant look…she was simply stunning! Congratulations to this lovely couple as they start their new life together!

Meghan + James | September 24, 2011 | Perkasie, Pennsylvania

The Wedding

Set in the garden of our venue, my uncle performed our very personal ceremony. He included the piece “Blessing of the Hands” and also imitated the priest in the Princess Bride saying “Mawwage” (hysterical!) out loud a few times.  The ceremony included two readings: “Because” by Steven Reiser and “Benediction of the American Indian”.  My friend, Link, sang the song “Book of Love” a Peter Gabriel cover, with the help of the Rock Strings (string quartet with electric instruments).  It was lovely.

Our reception was highlighted by great people, great food, great music, and a great time!!!  There was a gorgeous sunset on the patio. Plus, hand rolled cigars on the terrace. WOO-HOO!!! Our band learned Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” especially for our wedding. I think every single guest was on the dance floor for that number.

Meghan’s dress search

I saw my dress highlighted in a bridal magazine one weekend at the shore.  I looked it up on-line that Monday and saw that it was available at Priscilla of Boston in Short Hils, NJ.  I made an appointment that week to try it on and bought it 10 minutes after trying it on.  I only tried on one dress!  Wedding dress shopping took me all of 30 minutes, ha!

The way Meghan felt in her wedding dress

Couture, chic & comfortable

Why Meghan decided to sell her wedding dress

I never thought I’d spend as much as I did on my wedding dress (I didn’t know about used wedding dress websites at the time I bought my dress).  I have no regrets, but if there’s a bride-to-be out there who loves the dress as much as me, yet doesn’t want to spend over $3000, I’d love to help her out.

Meghan’s wedding dress: Melissa Sweet 28214

Photography: David & Amy Lau Photography ; Ceremony & Reception Venue: Pearl S. Buck EstateCaterer: Karen’s CateringBand: Philadelphia Funk AuthorityCake: Ciao Bella