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Real Wedding | Dori & Robert

Bride: Dori Goldstein
Groom: Robert Rothschild
Wedding gown style:  2g119
Wedding date:  June 29, 2013
Boutique purchased: Vera Wang Bride chicago
Location: Chicago
Photographer:  Phil Farber, Photo Images

First things first, where did you meet your husband?  How did you know he was the one?

I met Robby our Freshman year of College. His sister was in my sorority and she set me up with him. We dated a bit in college but actually became great friends. It wasn’t until about 7 years after college we re-connected. I ran into him at Barneys in Chicago and I was so nervous! I called my mom and told her “ I just ran into Robby, I think I am going to marry him”. We went out that night and have been together ever since!!

How did he propose? Tell us the story!

It was a perfect proposal! Robby tricked me into thinking we were going to dinner with friends. We were all supposed to have cocktails first so he had me meet him at his place first. When I got there he was all dressed up. I sat down and he said “hold on I got you a present. “ He walked in with a shoe box and surprised me with a pair of Christian Louboutin pumps that I had been dying for! I was so excited about the shoes I started screaming! He said “wait what is that little red bag?”… He had taped a little bag to the inside of the shoe. He took the bag, opened it, got down on one knee and said “ Will you marry me?”

Once the wedding plans started, what made you decide on a Vera Wang gown?  

I always dreamed of wearing a Vera Wang gown! Its all I ever really wanted to wear. I had my first wedding dress appointment at Vera Wang. I tried on so many dresses that I loved. But that night I went home and was so excited about the Baby Calla Lilly dress I think I must have finally gone to bed at 5am. I had two more dress appointments at other boutiques the next day. I was so bored at them that I knew I HAD to have that dress.  My mom and I literally ran back to Vera Wang that next day and bought it right then and there. There was just something about my whole experience at Vera, I knew it was the one.

 How did you accessorize to make your wedding day unique?

I actually was extremely lucky and had a local jewelry store, CD. Peacock of Chicago, sponsor my diamonds! I went to the store and picked out a couple different options. Then we had an accessory fitting and got to try the dress on with the diamonds. Talk about feeling like a princess. I think that was pretty unique!


What was the inspiration or theme for your wedding?

The Ritz Carlton Chicago’s ballroom is stunning. They have a huge crystal chandelier that is out of this world. Once we picked the venue I had a vision of what I wanted.  I was named by my venders as  “ The Sparkle Bride.” Everything was tastefully sparkly. I wanted a fairy tale night and everything glistened and shimmered.

Did you incorporate any other Vera Wang products into your wedding? If so how?

When I was registering I wanted to pick something out from her household goods collection to make sure I had something after my wedding from Vera. I fell in love with the Vera Wang silverware.  All my place settings are from her collection.

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

Yes I did!  Something old- I used my Grandmothers broche and had my florist put it on my bouquet.  Something new- My dress was brand new and made for me.  Something Borrowed- The diamonds I got to borrow for a night!  and finally soemthing blue- I wore baby blue Jimmy Choo shoes at my rehearsal dinner.

What tips do you have for new brides picking out their wedding dress?

I am 5’2 and 100lbs so even though there were so many stunning dresses I didn’t want to buy a dress that would over power me. I think it’s so important to find a dress that suits your body type.  Every time I tried my dress on I felt 6 feet tall.


What was your favorite part of the day? And, are there any other anecdotes you would like to share?

My absolute favorite part of the day was walking down the aisle. I have never been so excited in my entire life. If I could have ran down that aisle I would have. We had 330 people at our wedding and as I was walking down the aisle it just felt like Robby and I were the only ones in the room.

My biggest piece of advice is to remember why you are doing this. It should be a day full of love, family and friends. My theory was, just have fun planning the wedding because you only get to do it once.  From the second I got engaged, I had the best time planning every detail of my wedding!


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