You know the saying, the smaller the wedding, the better it is and real Stella York bride Valerie proved our point at her wedding to groom Kevin. Decked out in his military uniform, Kevin vowed to love Valerie in front of just 50 guests. The bride wore a stunning blush wedding dress from designer Stella York and looked absolutely gorgeous.
Kevin was super nervous (which was silly because OF COURSE, I was saying yes). He took me to the zoo and proposed on our way to get sushi!
Finding the perfect Stella York wedding dress
Since our wedding was in the winter, I was looking for a moody, romantic feel but I also wanted to be really comfortable. I had been stalking the Stella York website since before Kevin proposed and had a few styles in mind. I was pretty set on not getting a white dress when I started looking online and then I found the moscato color and fell in love with it.
I went to New York Bride and Groom in Garner, North Carolina and they gave THE BEST experience ever. The shop is super cute and all of the girls are so helpful. I tried on a dozen dresses at least. I narrowed it down to two dresses, Style #6490 and one that was more fitted, but everyone knew #6490 was the one. I was so nervous ordering it in the moscato without seeing it in person, but when it came in it was even more gorgeous than I expected!
The wedding details
Our wedding was smaller, about 50 people in total. It was in an old industrial building with concrete floors, big metal beams and a huge stained wood door (that was our ceremony backdrop). My colors were gray, copper and greenery with a touch of white. Kevin is a Green Bay Packers fan, while I am a Chicago Bears fan and we found out after picking our wedding date, that our teams played each other that day. So we had koozies made that said “we interrupt football season to bring you this wedding”, half in Packers colors and half in Bears colors.
We had amazing food, beer and donuts all night long. And our friend proposed to his girlfriend during our bouquet toss!
I loved every minute of our wedding. But if I had to pick my top three I would say they would be our vows (we wrote our own), my father/daughter dance where my dad (who NEVER cries) started to cry and the time between our ceremony and reception where my husband and I stuffed our faces with appetizers while my mom tried to remember how to bustle my dress.
Photos by Lotus artistry