A Grace woman to you is...
Effortless, romantic, and natural. No fuss, timeless. I loved GLL because their designs follow a “less is more” aesthetic. Nothing is overdone or over-structured, the fabric and design speaks for itself and doesn’t distract from the woman wearing it.
WHICH GLL DRESS DID YOU CHOOSE AND HOW DID YOU KNOW IT WAS ‘THE ONE’?
The Rosa was that dress that kept lingering in the back of my mind, even though it was not what I’d originally gravitated toward. I thought I wanted something long sleeved, and almost nearly went for The Verdelle, but I added Rosa at the last minute during my first fitting. It just felt right from the first moment I tried it on. The gorgeous fabric, flattering shape, and stunning train ticked all the boxes.
Tell us about your experience when you found your dress, did you buy your wedding dress online or in one of our showrooms?
I bought my dress through the Venice, CA showroom. I was a little anti the “say yes to the dress” stereotypical bridal shopping experience. I went alone! Best decision ever. The vibe was much more my speed. The showroom was lovely and open, with an earthy, serene feel. I drank rose tea and relaxed. All of the dresses were gorgeous and my style. I had options – the decision making was the toughest part. For my second fitting, I had narrowed it down to two dresses (The Rosa and Verdelle 2.0). I brought my mom along to weigh, in and after much deliberation, we agreed the Rosa was the one.
HOW DID YOU FEEL IN YOUR DRESS ON THE DAY?
Comfortable! Beautiful and authentically myself. The Henri Veil was the perfect dramatic touch for the ceremony. For the Reception, I ditched the veil for the flowers in my hair. It was a relaxed romantic vibe.
WHERE DID YOU GET MARRIED? TELL US ABOUT THE LOCATION & THE STYLE OF YOUR WEDDING DAY.
We got married at a medieval castle in Castelnuovo Berardenga outside of Siena in Tuscany. We wanted a fun and relaxed, ethereal, classic romantic outdoor vibe for the ceremony, cocktail, dinner, and reception. The entire event took place on the grounds. The ceremony was on the front lawn with the castle and an arc of roses as the backdrop, the cocktail hour was in the intimate upper courtyard, and the dinner was held in the main courtyard area with long candlelit tables under a starry, string-lit sky.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR HAIR AND MAKEUP LOOK AND THE ACCESSORIES YOU CHOSE…
I wanted a classic glamorous look with an ethereal twist (just like the theme of our wedding). I knew I wanted to wear my hair down with waves and flowers. For makeup, I chose to accentuate my eyes but keep everything else fresh and natural. I kept the accessories simple. I wore these fun statement gold flower earrings from Anthropologie (a gift from my husband’s grandmother) that matched the floral theme and my grandmother’s vintage diamond watch. I am not a fan of heels, so I opted for some basic white block heels for the ceremony and quickly replaced them with these gorgeous (and comfortable) handmade Greek sandals from Etsy.
WHAT MADE YOUR DAY EXTRA SPECIAL?
The intimacy and the location. Our 45 guests all stayed in different wings on the castle grounds. We had the entire place to ourselves. We shared meals together in the dining hall, went on walks around the estate, and explored nearby towns. It was surreal getting to spend quality time with our loved ones in that incredible setting.
The funniest moment on the day was…
Three moments stand out. Our SENSATIONAL day-of coordinator who runs everything at the venue piled myself and my parents into the back of her SUV and off-roaded through the olive orchards where we hid before I walked down the aisle between rows of olive trees. My parents speech was a singing duet to the tune of “Mrs. Robinson” (my husband’s last name) with their own lyrics. At the end of the evening, a surprise appearance was made by the castle dog, Ariel, sporting a serious underbite. He was the hit of the party and cleaned up the crumbs.
WHERE WILL YOU BE HONEYMOONING?
We went straight on our honeymoon after the wedding, traveling throughout Italy. Primarily we spent time in Manarola in Cinque Terre on the coast traveling between the five towns by train. We also spent time in Florence, Montepulciano, and Trastevere in Rome.
Any last advice or words of wisdom that you can share WITH FUTURE GLL BRIDES…
Do what feels right to you. Don’t feel pressured to follow rules, trends, and traditions when it comes to planning your wedding. Make decisions based on what resonates with you as a couple. On the day – let go, be present, and enjoy the moment together with the ones you love.