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Ryan + Emily in the Nia 2.0

An intimate wedding in New York featuring our Nia 2.0 gown.

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How did you decide on your GLL gown and accessories?

I was not a girl who grew up fantasizing about her wedding and had no vision for my dress prior to getting engaged. I did one day of dress shopping with my mom and a few family members, which proved to be helpful as I learned my measurements and narrowed down dress styles, but trying on dresses in front of a bunch of people wasn’t really for me. Shortly afterwards, I came across Grace Loves Lace on Instagram and proceeded to visit the website. The Nia 2.0 was the perfect mix of simplicity and elegance – I loved the silhouette, the lace, and especially the open back. While I didn’t live even remotely close to any of the GLL showrooms, I knew my measurements after that day of dress shopping, so I took a chance and ordered the dress online without ever having tried it on ahead of time. It arrived quickly in beautiful packaging, I tried it on in my apartment by myself, and it fit perfectly. The whole experience was amazing and I knew right away that it was ‘The One’. I accessorised my dress with black suede block heel sandals and crystal hair pins.


Describe your look in three words…

Simple, elegant, feminine.


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How did he propose?

Ryan proposed on September 17, 2016 in Avalon, New Jersey. It’s a small beach town that’s very special to me and my family, as we had a house there for over 50 years. We were in Avalon that weekend to visit my cousins, planned far in advance so I was never suspicious, and he proposed to me on the jetty by the ocean at sunset.


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

Our overall wedding goal was a relaxed yet fun celebration with our closest friends and family. The most important aspects to us were our guests, music, and booze. When you have all of your favourite people in one room, dancing to good music and enjoying delicious drinks, you really can’t go wrong. My dad’s band played our cocktail hour and one of our mutual friends from college was our DJ. The best music memory from the day was our ceremony kiss / recessional to “Heroes” by David Bowie. It’s such a majestic song and was truly one of the happiest moments of my life.


The funniest moments on the day were…

One of mine and Ryan’s shared favourite songs is “Rocket Man” by Elton John. When my cousin and Maid of Honour, Abby, was giving her toast, she confessed that she had emailed Elton about performing it at our wedding, which he obviously was not able to do, and proceeded to read the rejection email she received from the editor of his website.


What was the most stressful part to planning?

Finalizing the guest list was definitely one of the hardest parts of planning for us. Ryan and I both have large families and groups of friends but we simply couldn’t invite everyone and it was difficult to cut the list down.

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

I already ate pretty clean prior to getting engaged, but in the final months leading up to our wedding, I majorly cut down on alcohol, sugar, salt, dairy, carbs, and red meat. As for fitness, I did some light weight training, yoga, and just tried to get my steps in every day. Wedding planning is crazy enough as it is so just do what you can to stay healthy, both mentally and physically, and don’t beat yourself up over not meeting unrealistic expectations. 


A GLL woman is to you…

A GLL woman is authentic, independent, and true to herself.


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

Remember to focus on the big picture and keep everything in perspective – you’re marrying the love of your life and that’s really all that matters. Also, your guests will remember how your wedding made them feel – not whether or not you got extra lights for the dance floor or added another flower arrangement to the bar.

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GLL gown: Nia 2.0

Groomsmen Tuxedos: The Madrid by Menguin

Photographer: Elizabeth Tsung Photo

Venue: 26 Bridge

Florist: Edelweiss Floral Atelier

Hair & Makeup: WarPaint International Beauty Agency 

Catering: Creative Foods Catering

Cake: L’Arte della Pasticceria

Officiant: Alice Soloway

Band: Red Label

DJ: Allison Kinney

Lighting: Universal Light & Sound

Stationery & Print Collateral: V23 Creative Co.

Day Of Coordinator: Alexandra Townsend

Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulus

Groomsmen Tuxedos: The Madrid by Menguin

Bride’s shoes: Sam Edelman

Bride’s hair accessories: BHLDN

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