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Max + Brandi in the Sloane gown

A fun-filled Californian wedding featuring our Sloane gown.

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What is it you loved about your GLL gown and accessories?

The moment I put on my Sloane gown, I knew it was everything I had wanted all along.  The dress was bold, light and airy.  The silhouette was clean, but striking with the unexpected drama of the sleeves.  It showed off my figure and I could move naturally and freely.  My husband told me I looked like an angel.  I danced all night in confidence, and I truly felt like a gorgeous bride.

 

Max’s grandmother made my 9ft long veil, and I wore my grandmother’s ring.  She had purchased it with her first paycheck working at a sewing company and I wear it only on the most important occasions.  I’m a very sentimental person, so having these personal mementos made me feel like I was wrapped in their love and support while walking down the aisle.

 

Did you go to a GLL showroom or purchase your gown online? Tell us about this experience.

I purchased my Sloane gown online – sight unseen!  I’m six hours away from the LA Showroom, so I worked with the online Stylists. After giving them some details about the wedding, and providing example photos of my personal style, they recommended gowns that would fit the venue, theme, and my body type.  They were SO NICE and transparent about the entire process. I was still afraid to order a dress without ever having seen it in person, but there was something about the Sloane that I just kept coming back to! One morning, four months before the wedding, I decided – it’s now or never! I took a deep breath and purchased my gown online. The dress is part of the ready-to-wear capsule collection, so it arrived quickly. It fit like a dream and only minor alterations needed to be made to the length. My seamstress added cups and a finger loop for the train, and it was ready!


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Describe your wedding day look…

Sultry, Impactful & Expressive.

 

How did he propose?

We were on vacation in Puerto Rico. To celebrate our 9th anniversary, Max planned for us to spend the day on the island of Vieques. That morning, we rented a car from Old San Juan to Fajardo, and took a 1 hour ferry to the island. We rented bikes, but after a failed attempt at biking uphill across the island with the high temperatures and humidity, a local tour guide drove us to the South Side to the most gorgeous and serene beaches.


Neither of us had seen water so clear.  Nearly every beach we had to ourselves. Always exploring, Max suggested we walk a secluded dirt road to Playa Navio, known for its hidden caves. We set up camp in a shady hideaway sheltered by palm trees, and that’s when Max made his move. He held me close and said, “Do you know you’re the best thing that ever happened to me? Then this should come as no surprise…” He went down on one knee, and I will never forget his beaming smile and the amount of love in his eyes.


As we sat together on the sand, newly engaged, we talked about all the planning Max had done leading up to this moment, including asking my parents for their blessing, and picking out the ring. It was so romantic knowing we were the only two people in the whole world who knew that we were engaged to be MARRIED!


It would be a long walk back to the nearest town, Esperanza, for lunch. Luckily, a local named Luis “Ras,” offered us a ride in his big red truck on his way to work. As we blasted reggae in his car and admired all of the wild horses hanging out on the beach, he was the first person we told about our engagement.  He dropped us off at a restaurant called Duffy’s, where he worked as a cook. Naturally, we stayed for some fish tacos and a drink to celebrate. As the ferry to take us back to Fajardo drew near, we walked along the water at Esperanza, trying to savour every last moment on this beautiful island.


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What was your goal for your wedding / what was the most important aspect to you?

We really wanted our wedding to be a celebration of love and family, and a reflection of our personal style. At the forefront of our minds during the planning phase was that this is the one day both of our families would be together in one place. So we wanted our guests to have an absolute blast with feel good music and a delicious meal. We also wanted to pay tribute to those that were no longer with us – particularly Max’s mother Melissa. Instead of a traditional mother-son dance, we invited all of our guests with their mothers in attendance for a group Mother’s Dance to Prince’s “1999.”

 

The funniest moments on the day were…

On the dance floor! Our family and friends are vivacious, and they love to celebrate. Watching everyone happily enjoying the music and showing off their uninhibited styles was the BEST! Towards the end of the evening, our DJ and family friend BigBody Cisco called everyone over for a “special dance” by the groom. Naturally, there was no special dance planned, but with a little improvisation, everyone was treated to a show!


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What was the most stressful part to planning?

Managing expectations of how a wedding should be versus what is truly important to you as a couple, and orchestrating all of the different moving parts.  Our venue gave us the freedom to choose our own vendors and really put our own personal style into the day, but to do so required a lot of additional effort and patience. In the end, it was so worth it.

 

Any top beauty/health/fitness or wedding preparation advice that you can share…

Leading up to the wedding, I added Megaformer classes to my fitness routine, tried my best to drink a lot of water and did weekly masks.


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A GLL woman is to you…

Bold, free-spirited and unconventional.

 

Any last advice or words of wisdom that you can share…

Keep a wedding planning journal. My best girls suggested I do this, and already a month after our wedding, it has been so sweet to look back on the milestones and little moments that otherwise would have been forgotten.

So much time, energy, and heart goes into planning your wedding day, and it’s over in an instant. Every so often, stop for a quiet moment to look around and appreciate it all.  Lastly, invest in a great photographer! Ours, (Jonathan and Jo of Encarnacion Photography), did such a phenomenal job of capturing the spirit of our wedding day through their photographs. Looking at them transports me back into that exact moment.



 VENDORS:

Photographer: Encarnacion Photography

Videographer: Imaginem Productions

Venue:  Camron-Stanford House

Florist: Flower Girl Em

DJ: BigBody Cisco

Hair: Ashley SadeHair By Stacy

Makeup: Makeup by Tre

Catering: Asena Restaurant and Catering

Cakes & Desserts: Behind the Sweets 

Month of Coordination: Mariee Weddings

Bartenders: At Your Service Bartending

Photobooth: Exposure Photo Booths

Rentals: Pleasanton Rentals

Shuttle: Fast Limousine Company


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