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Real Wedding: Bridget and Elliot

Bride: Bridget Graf Pope
Groom: Elliot Pope
Wedding date: May 22, 2010
Vera Wang wedding gown: Stephanie
Boutique purchased: B. Hughes Bridal (Nashville, TN)
Location: Memphis, TN
Photographer: Ramblin Rose Photography

Did you have a certain style in mind when you started your search for a dress?
I knew I wanted something that would make me feel very special – after all, you only get to wear a gorgeous wedding gown once!  I also knew I wanted something traditional – no rhinestones or trendy gowns for me!  I am also 6′ tall and knew that an A-line cut dress would probably be the best style for me.

What made you decide on your Vera Wang gown?
Early on in my search I decided I wanted to wear lace, but I was having a hard time finding a lace dress that was also an A-line with a full skirt.  I saw the Stephanie dress in a boutique in Nashville and as soon as I put it on I knew it was the one.  It fit me like a glove and had just the look I was going for – traditional and romantic yet like nothing I had ever seen before.

Did you bring anyone along dress shopping? If so, did their opinions influence your final decision?
My mom was there with me and gave the final approval.  I trust her judgment and she was just as in love with the dress as I was.

What was the inspiration or theme for your wedding?
Our wedding reception was held outdoors under a tent at the Dixon Gallery & Gardens in Memphis.  The gardens are absolutely stunning in May and I wanted to play off of the garden atmosphere.  The bridesmaids dresses were a beautiful shade of celadon green and the flowers were a variety of spring blossoms like hydrangea and peonies, all of which complemented the dresses and the venue.  Creams and golds played a big part in the tent and the tables were decorated with lanterns and candles.  I tried to keep the theme like a romantic and elegant garden party.

Did your gown style relate to any other design elements of the wedding?
Yes – I worked with Shara Danziger of Shara’s Paperie in Memphis and she helped me design the invitations based on the floral lace pattern from the dress.  Shara’s designers copied the pattern and it was used as a border on the invitations and a background on the reception and reply cards.

Did you incorporate any other Vera Wang products into your wedding?
My best friend and one of my bridesmaids is also a very talented artist and she purchased two Vera Wang crystal champagne glasses.  She used rhinestones to decorate the bottom rim of the glass and also put “Mr. Pope” and “Mrs. Pope” on each glass.

What was your favorite part of the day?
It’s hard to pick just one part!  I had so much fun all day long, from the minute I woke until I fell asleep exhausted after the reception.  But my favorite part was the moment before I walked down the aisle with my dad – it was a very poignant moment and I will never forget waiting in the back of the church clutching my dad’s arm knowing that I was about to get married.

What tips do you have for new brides picking out their wedding dress?
Don’t rush your choice and try on as many gowns as you can!  I went to five different boutiques and tried on at least 50 dresses before I found “the one”.  It sets the stage for the rest of your wedding so it’s one of the most important decisions you will make!

Are there any other anecdotes you would like to share?
I received so many compliments on my gown.  It is truly the most beautiful and meaningful thing that I own!  I wish I could wear it again!

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