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Real Wedding | Samantha & Derek

Bride | Samantha Ziman
Groom | Derek Jacobs
Wedding gown style: | Hilary
Wedding date | June 9, 2012
Boutique purchased | Vera Wang Madison Avenue, NYC
Location | The Grove, NJ
Photographer | Bernardo Restrepo at Infinity Photography Inc.

First things first, where did you meet your husband and was it love at first site? Derek and I met at the University of Wisconsin my first week of college my Freshman year.  We met in a class we were taking together, but, no, it wasn’t all hearts and roses at first. It was a bit of a chase (on his part!) for well…a year. He was persistent, but he “knows a good thing when he sees it”. I finally caved and after our first kiss I knew he was the one.

How did he propose? I came home from work one day and as I jiggled the key to my apartment, the door opened and Derek was dressed up and down on one knee. The apartment was decorated with all of my favorite things – long stemmed pink roses, my favorite wine, buffalo mozzarella, nutella, tons of frames and scrapbooks. It was so me. And so perfect.

Once the wedding plans started, what made you decide on a Vera Wang gown? I am totally the girl who has been thinking about her wedding since she was 8 years old. In my mind, whenever I planned my wedding, I was in a Vera Wang gown, so it was only appropriate to go look at the dresses when I received an email saying the Spring 2012 dresses were in! I made an appointment and called my mom, sister and nana to tell them the date. We were all set to go and on the day, my sister and nana bailed, telling me that I’m so indecisive and that I’d never make the decision that day. Truth is, they were right…I was not prepared to go dress shopping. I always wanted a huge ball gown and the first dress I tried on was the Hilary form fitting dress. My mom gushed, “Oh my gosh, this is the dress!”  The dress was hot off the runway from Bridal Week and I spent the next 48 hours looking at every dress in Manhattan. Nothing compared and I obviously came back to the Hilary lace gown – it was perfect and amazing and everything I could have ever wanted!

How did you accessorize to make your wedding day unique? I wore a long chapel length veil and two different belts throughout the evening. I wanted to show off the beautiful lace on my dress so I didn’t want anything too overwhelming.  The first belt had a triple bow in champagne grosgrain that I wore down the aisle.  For the party, I changed into an all crystal belt, which I thought was so special and more fun.  I wore a gem-encrusted Jimmy Choo heels, and black diamond long hanging earrings with a ruby in the center for a pop of color.

What was the inspiration or theme for your wedding?  I wanted the room to feel like a romantic garden.  The use of moss, hanging candles, and amaranths helped generate a tremendous amount or warmth throughout the room when we walked down the aisle.  The flowers in the room of the ceremony were all white, but the ballroom was decorated in flowers of lavenders and greens. I had a summer wedding and loved this pop of color.  My bridesmaids all wore lavender and the flowers included spray roses, peonies, antique hydrangeas, etc.  It was exquisite.  Our personalized monogram was woven through the entire wedding weekend from our hospitality baskets to our programs, to the s’mores everyone took home at the end of the night.  The evening ended with a breakfast themed after party.  Needless to say, the mini bacon egg and cheese were a hit!

Did you incorporate any other Vera Wang products into your wedding? (I.e. fragrance, fine papers etc.) If so how? My bridal shower invitations were actually Vera Wang and had a lavender bow to match the color/theme of my wedding. I also accessorized with belts by Vera Wang.

Did you stay true to the Old English wedding rhyme: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. If so, what were yours?

  • Old – I was married in my great great grandmother’s ring and wore my great grandmother’s handmade garter
  • New – My beautiful Vera Wang gown, Hilary
  • Borrowed – I borrowed my Veil
  • Blue – My new initials were sewed into my dress in Blue

What tips do you have for new brides picking out their wedding dress?  If the dress fits, buy it.

What was your favorite part of the day? And, are there any other anecdotes you would like to share? There are just so many to choose from! Derek and I each wrote our own vows, which I loved. It was so special and meaningful. I loved this and the “reveal”.  Seeing each other for the first time on our wedding day was amazing – such a rush of emotions and excitement. I must admit that I also loved when my dress entered the bridal suite.  Something just overcame me and it officially felt like my wedding day! Oh, and also spending about 15 minutes alone after we got married just to take it all in…this is so important. I wish I could do it all over again!

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