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TJ + Ashley in the Gia

A gorgeous Californian wedding featuring our Gia gown & Henri veil.

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

 I loved how natural the Gia gown and Henri veil felt. I had tried on several dresses at a few other boutiques the day before my appointment at Grace Loves Lace and I felt like I didn’t even recognize myself in the mirror when I was wearing them. The Gia was the first dress I put on at the LA showroom and an immediate sense of calm and happiness fell over me when I saw myself in it for the first time. I felt both comfortable and beautiful at the same time and I knew it was the one for me.


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

I went to the LA showroom in Venice and had the greatest experience. My stylist, Meagan, was so incredibly sweet and helpful, and she did an amazing job of navigating me through my entire appointment. Every dress I tried on was more beautiful than anything I had seen at other bridal boutiques, but in the end it was always the Gia, and it was one of the easiest decisions I made throughout the entire planning process.

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Describe your wedding day look…

Classic and simple. I wanted to feel like a bride, but most importantly I wanted to feel like myself.


How did he propose?

We were on vacation in Switzerland and he had surprised me by making reservations at Hotel Villa Honegg because he knew I had always wanted to stay there. After checking in, we went for a hike along Lake Lucerne. We stopped next to the cutest little chapel in a clearing above the lake under the pretence that he wanted to get his drone out to film our hike. I was admiring the view while he rummaged through his backpack, and when I turned around he was down on one knee. It was more perfect than I could have ever imagined.

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

Our goal for our wedding was for everyone to have the time of their lives. We wanted everyone to be on the dance floor the entire time and that’s exactly what happened. Friends and family from both his side and mine, many of whom had never even met before, came together and danced the night away. Even my three year old niece/flower girl was partying until midnight!


The funniest moments on the day were…

Hands down the funniest moment was the best man speech. It was so unexpected and hilarious, and everyone was dying from laughter.


What was the most stressful part to planning?

The most stressful part was planning our wedding from across the country. I didn’t have a wedding planner and did everything on my own. I had no idea everything was going to come together as well as it did and I was absolutely blown away.

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

I’m a Pilates instructor and former collegiate hurdler so I am very big on a well balanced fitness routine of strength training and cardio. I am constantly preaching the benefits of Pilates because not only is it a killer butt workout, but it is so so good for your body. Above all else though, is diet. Eating clean is a huge priority to me and it’s the only way to truly achieve your health and fitness goals. Cheat meals are allowed though!


A GLL woman is to you…

A woman who is confident in herself and what she wants. She’s romantic and is always true to herself no matter what.

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

The greatest advice I can give is to enjoy every moment of your big day. There were parts I barely remembered because it was all such a whirlwind. The day goes by incredibly fast, so take the time to step back and take it all in.

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GLL gown & accessories: Gia gown & Henri veil

The Groom wore: Hugo Boss

Photographer: Jen Rodriguez

Videographer: Estrella Films

Venue & Catering:  Nicklaus Club Monterey

Florist: City Blossoms

Hair: Corryne Musumeci


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