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Real Wedding: Emily and Jesse

Bride: Emily Lindmar
Groom: Jesse Lindmar
Wedding gown style: Deidre
Boutique purchased: Madison Avenue Flagship Store, NYC
Wedding date: July 18, 2011
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Photographer: Emily Brown

Did you have a certain style in mind when you started your search for a dress? Actually, originally I wasn’t thinking I would purchase an actual wedding gown. However, when I started looking at dresses I thought it would be a crime not to peek at Vera Wang. When I saw the Diedre online I knew instantly it was the one. I called and made an appointment for the following day.

What made you decide on your Vera Wang gown? As soon as I put it on I just knew it was right. It made me feel so beautiful and brought another element of excitement for the big day.

Did you bring anyone along dress shopping? If so, did their opinions influence your final decision? I went alone to try the dress since my bridal party and family are not in NY. As a special treat, my bridal party flew out for my first fitting and as soon as I put the gown on and saw the looks in their faces I knew I had made the right choice; they all agreed it was perfect.

How did you accessorize to make your wedding day outfit unique? I changed the sash to a simple vanilla grosgrain, wore a pair of gem-encrusted Jimmy Choo heels and, most importantly, a necklace that has been in my family for many generations.

What was the inspiration or theme for your wedding? I wanted everything to be about my husband and I. We skipped the traditional flowers and opted for artichokes that had been grown and dried in my Mother and Aunt’s garden for the ables and used farmers market fresh artichokes for the cake, boutonniere and bouquet. We also incorporated our nicknames of ‘Hot Sauce’ and ‘Armadillo’ into the table settings and take-aways.

Did your gown style relate to any other design elements of the wedding? It wasn’t intentional, but everything fit and flowed together very nicely. We kept the invitations to a very classic style and the cake (made by my Aunt and Uncle) was beyond beautiful and decorated in colors that complimented every other part of the wedding.

Did you incorporate any other Vera Wang products into your wedding (ie. cake, invitations, etc.)? I wore a separate sash for the ceremony. I liked the soft contrast of vanilla on ivory.

What was your favorite part of the day? Feeling all the love that surrounded us. My husband and I waited 10 years to get married and through that built mutual loving relationships with everyone that was there. It was truly a ceremony of love.

What tips do you have for new brides picking out their wedding dress? Follow your gut. Look around until you see something that grabs you!

Are there any other anecdotes you’d like to share? I know everyone says this; but, take a moment to breathe and look around. Things move so fast on the big day and it’s nice to just hit pause to slow yourself down and enjoy the day.

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