Real Wedding | Dana + Adrian

Talk about a wedding rich in tradition! Dana and Adrian were married in the very same church as her grandparents! Classic style was on display at the reception, too. I love the chocolate brown linens and pearl white accents on the tables…so warm and inviting. Best of all, Dana’s show-stopping gown had classic styling and timeless glamour. A beautiful bride who absolutely shines on her wedding day…now there’s a tradition that will never go out of style!

Dana + Adrian | March 25, 2011 | Ardmore & Villanova, Pennsylvania

The ceremony

Our ceremony was a traditional Catholic Ceremony; my grandparents were married in the very same church!

The reception

My vision for the day was to try to combine modern and traditional elements in the decor.  I went with all white flowers and threw in cherry blossoms to bring in the modern element.  I also did a chocolate shimmer linen on the tables with a pearl charger for a bit of contrast on the tables.

How Dana found her dream wedding gown

I started my dress search with the vision of looking like Melania Trump- I wanted a fit and flare show stopper.  And as you can tell by the pics, it’s is far from what I ended up wearing that day!  My mother was with me the first time I went dress shopping and as soon as we walked in she said I had to try on “that dress”.  I dismissed her suggestion because it was not the look I was going for and it was more than I wanted my parents to spend on a dress.  So I did not try it on that day, much to her dismay, but we had scheduled a follow up appointment for a new dress that was featured in the store but not yet available.  So, a few weeks later we were back to try on the dress we were waiting for, which turned out to be a disaster, and my mother was still nudging me to try on “that dress”.  So to humor, I had my consultant grab it so we could try it on.  And that was all it took… the consultant started crying, then my mom started crying, and my sister… and I then fell in love with it too:)

How Dana felt in her wedding dress

Like a princess…beautiful…fun

Why she decided to sell her wedding dress

I have decided to sell the dress because of the way it made me feel wearing it.  It is such a unique dress, and I know that not a lot of people can either afford or would actually spend the amount that we did on the dress, so it is time to share it with someone else. Also, I just can’t bring myself to put it in a box on a shelf and I can’t imagine my daughters ever really wanting to wear it.  Every bride has their own vision for the day, so if I am blessed with daughters, I am sure they will have their own as well.

Dana’s wedding dress: Pricilla of Boston, PL 246

Photography: Mike Smith of Ash Imagery