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REAL WEDDING | DESIREE & STEPHEN

Bride’s Name: Desiree René Buchanan

Spouse’s Name: Stephen James Buchanan

Gown Style: Ethel

Boutique: Vera Wang Bride on Madison Avenue 

Wedding Date: October 5th, 2013

Location: Rancho Mirage, CA.

Photographer: Michelle Mosqueda Photography

Tell us your story! How did you and your spouse meet?

Stephen and I met in New York City in the spring of 2010. I was living there at the time, working in magazines and he was in town working on a music video for his newly started production company, More Media, which is based out of California. 

He had seen a few photos of me on Facebook and inquired to our friend, Nikki, about “this interesting girl,” as he likes to put it. Nikki connected us both and we met up at a friend’s birthday party in the Lower East Side. We connected instantly and had tons of mutual interests and friends in common. From there on out, we began dating long distance –New York to L.A. and L.A. to New York – every 2 weeks. Early morning and late night phone calls to stay connected everyday (brutal!).

There were a few break-ups in between, but we soon figured out we simply couldn’t live life without each other. We gave it our all and got engaged last May of 2013. Soon after, I moved to Los Angeles so we could get married that following fall!

Selecting a wedding dress can be quite a process. How did you know Vera Wang was the right choice for your big day?

For me, it was not a difficult process. I knew there was only one designer I wanted to wear on this incredibly momentous day—Vera Wang all the way. It was such a great experience working with the Vera Wang Bridal team on Madison Ave. They were so kind and excited for me!

How did you accessorize your wedding-day look? What bridal accessories did you wear and why did you choose them?

I kept it very simple. I wanted the dress to say it all with no distractions, so I kept it to just light blue studded ear rings from J.Crew, put my hair up, and let the dress do the magic it was supposed to do.

Was there a theme or palette you were working with for your wedding? What was the inspiration behind it?

Stephen and I were inspired by the desert—its mysterious yet warm beauty. He is from Arizona and I have always had an affinity for the desert’s unique color palette, so we decided to have the wedding in Rancho Mirage, California. We wanted turquoise and blues to stand out with little pops of bright orange throughout the day.

We chose a combination of succulents and white wild flowers to be dispersed throughout the ceremony and reception. We hoped for a very fresh, clean, yet warm and whimsical effect for the wedding. We were very happy with the outcome. 

Did you incorporate any specific traditions into your wedding? Such as the old adage “Something old, new, borrowed, and blue?

We included a Mariachi band at the reception, a tradition in my family for many generations. Since a Mariachi band symbolizes festivity, excitement and all things celebratory, we hired one to kick off our party and dancing.

Any advice to share with women who are about to embark on this incredible journey of planning their wedding and selecting their wedding dress?

This time is a very, very special moment in life that you can’t take back. It’s important for the engaged couple to sit together and ask themselves what are the most important elements they can’t live without for that day, so they are on the same page. Once they agree on those crucial elements, it’s important to remind themselves of that agreement, so they don’t sweat the small stuff.

The planning time eventually flies by and the stress can pile up but it’s important for the engaged couple to remember why they are doing this in the first place—because they love each other! So, take time out of the busy week and remember to just spend time with each other, laugh, go on a date and take a breather from all the planning.

Lastly, nail down your location first, next the date, and then the dress! Very vital, as the rest can come together if you have those crucial elements finished first!

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