Real Sophia Tolli Bride Jessenia & Aaron

Real bride Jessenia wore the perfect timeless dress for her modern wedding! Find out about how she made her dress her own and the moments that made her wedding day special.

The Endearing Proposal

The goal to have Jessenia completely surprised when Aaron proposed was the plan from the start. It made for a long wait for Jessenia, but it was extra special when it came to the day!

“The stars finally aligned on February 23, 2019. Aaron invited his family to come to Dallas and hang out with us at our apartment, which was not out of the ordinary. I did not suspect anything. Aaron called my parents to ask for my hand in marriage. His entire speech was memorized and delivered in perfect Spanish. However, he failed to prepare for the follow-up comments and questions from my mom. All of which were also in Spanish. He says he left the conversation knowing that they approved but not knowing what else he agreed to.

 

man and woman kissing

Aaron and his family prepared a beautiful proposal setting at the apartment resort-style pool surrounded by fountains and water features. A walkway lined with candles and pictures filled with memories with music in the background created a beautiful intimate setup.

Meanwhile, all that was going on downstairs, I was napping on the couch upstairs in our apartment, completely unaware. Aaron called me to meet them all downstairs to eat dinner, play pool and hang out. Little did I know my life was about to change.

A few minutes later, I came downstairs and heard music but thought it was coming from the speakers in the outdoor lounge area. When I saw Aaron standing there surrounded by those candles and pictures, it hit me it was happening, and the first thing that came to my mind was: Omg, finally!!! Wait, I am not wearing any makeup, my nails not manicured, and I have on a huge coat that looks like a blanket, but finally!”

Man & woman standing outsideoutside

Finding the One

Jessenia always dreamt of finding the dress of her dreams and that moment when she knew. She would watch “Say Yes to the Dress” and would cry when brides would find the one! After going to several different stores, she fell in love with dress style 12026 by Sophia Tolli.

“I wanted sleeves, modern, cool-girl vibes, but overall, modest. I also knew one thing: I DO NOT WANT STRAPLESS. When the consultant brought in this Sophia Tolli strapless gown, I immediately was like, no. But I guess I will try it on for fun.

 

 

Man and woman outside

 

I. Felt. Like. A. Bride! Immediately. The curtains opened, and all my sisters and best friend gasped. They said, OMG this is so you! The consultant put a veil on my head, I turned and looked in the mirror, and I saw a bride, not just me wearing a white dress. I cried, and yes, the feeling is real! I could picture myself walking down the aisle to my fiancé. No need to try on anything else. No fear of missing out. So, it just goes to show, you do not immediately dismiss a dress until you try it. Trust your consultant!”

 

Wedding Plans 

“Our theme was modern, clean, minimalist. It was at the Nasher Sculpture Center, and it was supposed to be an outdoor affair. The weather had other plans, so we had to scramble at the last minute to move it indoors. In the end, the weather cooperated, and we had our dinner outside on the terrace. It all turned out amazing!”

Real Bride Jessenia and Aaron holding an umbrella

Special Moments to Remember 

The first look was a special moment to remember between Jessenia and Aaron!

“There is so much anticipation for months leading up to your wedding day. So many decisions to make, and you worry about everything being perfect. I felt like I was holding my breath for so long, and my heart was pounding as I stood behind him, waiting for him to turn around. As soon as we saw each other and said a few private words with just the two of us, I immediately felt a sense of calm and peace. I could breathe! At that moment, nothing else really mattered, the rain, the decor, the flowers. The only thing that mattered was that I was finally marrying the man of my dreams.”

man and woman outside

 

My Signature Style

“My wedding dress was modern, elegant, simple. And I loved it, but I wanted a wow factor too. I had so much time to spare because of Covid. I spent hours on Etsy looking for the perfect add-on to achieve a unique, one-of-a-kind look. I decided on detachable statement sleeves, and added them on after the ceremony and once the veil came off. They were so fun and such a hit! Everyone loved them.”

Real bride wearing Sophia Tolli

 

We love Jessenia’s personal style! Comment down below and tell us what you think!

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Vendor Team:

Venue: Nasher Sculpture Center

Bakery: La Casita Bakeshop (bridal cake), Bronwen Cakes (grooms cake)

Florist: Luxe Petals

Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals, Center Stage Floors, Mirmir Photo Photobooth

Photography: Laning Photography

Makeup & Hair: Alayza Casey Makeup, Modern Hairstylist

Music: LeForce Entertainment

 

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Wedding Gown: LuLus Bridal Boutique

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Amidst a rainy and dreary day, Caroline and Knox tied the knot in one of the most beautiful settings we could have imagined!  A translucent tent ceremony, allowing full view of the inclement weather, ultimately provided the perfect backdrop for this classic, vintage, yet modern styled celebration.  With rich, lush floral arrangements in various hues of peach, merlot and plum against a bricked architectural masterpiece of the Mopac Event Venue, this room transformation set the tone for an incredible reception and evening of festivity. Congratulations to the beautiful couple!

PS: Check out their adorable dogs that made their way down the aisle as well!

Wedding Gown: Mori Lee from LuLus Bridal Boutique

Photographer: Christina Childress Photography | Venue: Mopac Event Center | Ceremony Music: Gyros String Quartet | Florals: Pam Wright, Pam’s Ribbon and Roses | Beauty: Makeup by Wendy Zerrudo | Entertainment: In10City Band | Caterer: City Kitchen | Wedding Planner: Stay Hillstead, Maxwell & Gray Studio | Cake: Wonderful Kakes | Stationery: P.S. The Letter | Favors: The Photo Bus | Rentals: Coral Lane Rentals, Sandone Productions| Videography: Thompson Pictures | Lighting: Beyond 

 

Real Bride: Caroline + Kyle

Caroline is the epitome of pure, timeless elegance in her Pronovias bridal gown customized with lace train detailing by our friends at Altered for Altar. A chic and clean modified a-line gown with bateau neckline, covered buttons and tailored bow at back waist exude nothing short of classic beauty for our exquisite LuLus bride.  The bridesmaids are just as graceful in a mix of floor length and hi-low gowns in a hue of soft blue paired with stunning ivory and sage green florals. The Adolphus Hotel, known for resplendent grandeur, is the perfect setting to complete this dream of a wedding!

Wedding Gown: Pronovias from LuLu’s Bridal Boutique

Wedding Planning: Hitched Events – Weddings & Celebrations | Photography: Perez Photography | Hair & Makeup: Something You Beauty, Shannon Caldwell Dowling | Floral: Garden Gate Dallas | Cake: Dallas Affaires Cake Company | Alterations: Altered for the Altar | Reception: The Adolphus Hotel

 

Real Bride: Britney & Doug

Wedding gown: Maggie Sottero from LuLu’s Bridal Boutique | Veil: Bel Aire from LuLu’s Bridal Boutique

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Images by: Jenny Bright Photography  | Bridal Gown: LuLu’s Bridal Botique | Bakery: Delicious Cakes | Macaroon Cake: Savor Patisserie | Venue: Feragne Villa | Floral: Details Dallas |

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Emily glowed in her Maggie Sottero Noelle gown.  Surrounded by her maids in Hayley Paige Occasions style 5612, and all her loved ones she said “I do” to now husband Kyle.

Photography: Blackall Photography |  Wedding gown: Maggie Sottero from LuLus Bridal Boutique  |  Bridesmaids: StarDust Celebrations  |  Floral: Everly Alaine  |  Venue: McKinny Cotton Mill