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  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015

    Today we are so excited to share a beautiful story from Liana Östberg. We swooned over Jonatan's and Liana beautiful story of love that spanned across a few different countries, and now we are so excited to see them tie the knot! We love hearing wedding stories, but this story was particularly captivating because both Liana and her now-husband were able to pull off a surprise wedding! Fall in love with their amazing story and be inspired by their lovely, simplistic wedding complete with touches of floral, pink, and intimate settings. Here is her story:SONY DSC

    On December 29 my husband and I celebrated our one-year wedding anniversary and I still can hardly believe it. As the saying goes, “it feels like it was just yesterday.” What’s even harder for me to fathom is that we were actually able to pull it off. See, no one even knew we were getting married until five days before the ceremony. How crazy were we to plan a surprise wedding?! Did I mention it was at Christmas, I was living in Sweden and planning the wedding 6,000 miles away in California and that I even managed to sneak my wedding dresses (yes, I had two!) into my carry-on on the long flight from Sweden to California without anyone noticing?! 

    See, I’m from California, but for the past four years I’ve been living in Sweden. When my (now)husband (who is Swedish) and I decided we were ready to take the plunge, we were unsure of exactly how we wanted to do it. Being a bi-continental family, things can get complicated. Where would we have it? California? Sweden? Somewhere else? Who would we invite? Would everyone even be able to come? It became quite stressful and we almost decided not to do it at all. Well last year, as luck would have it, my husband’s family decided it would be fun to spend Christmas in California (to soak up some sun while Sweden is nothing but snow and darkness). Even better, my family was planning a mini-reunion with my aunts, uncles and cousins. So for the first time, both of our families would be all-together in one country at the same time. We jumped at the chance. SONY DSCSONY DSC

    Instead of making a big hype though and getting too many people involved, we decided to keep our plans secret. We really didn’t want to turn our wedding into too big of an event, and anyways, can you imagine everyone’s faces when we finally reveal to them what we are going to do? Two months before our trip to California we planned everything and did it completely online. I have to say, our wedding is a perfect example of the glories of the internet these days. We picked and organized our photographer, found a restaurant, scheduled my hair and makeup and even ordered my husband’s suit all completely online (I almost ordered my wedding dress online as well but got lucky on a shopping day here in Sweden). 

    The craziest part about all this is that no one even had a clue it was going to happen. This made absolutely no sense to me as our families have been asking us for years when we were going to finally tie the knot. SONY DSC

    It was for the best though, because the day we told them—Christmas Eve 2013—their reactions were priceless. First, we showed my diamond ring and announced our engagement. Then we said the cliffhanger, “We have another surprise…” I thought my dad was going to pass out! Luckily he didn't, but when we told everyone we would be going to the church in five days to say our vows, no one could believe it. “What?! WHAT?!” they kept screaming (or “Vad??” in Swedish). It was awesome. 

    While I was excited to give the news, I was equally nervous and scared. What if my parents were mad about us not telling them? My mom didn't go with me to find my dress—will she be heartbroken? Well I had nothing to worry about because everyone was ecstatic. And the best part—they all jumped on the band wagon and helped us put the finishing touches on our day to make it the best ever: my mom ordered us a gorgeous cake (something I hadn't even thought of), my dad got us a limo, my mother and sister-in-law got me gorgeous gifts at an impromptu bridal shower with my grandmother and best friend and on the day of the wedding, when my pre-ordered flower crown wilted into disarray, my mother banged on the door of the closest flower shop until they let her in and saved the day with a new crown and matching bouquet. 

    Some things are meant to be and sometimes timing just works. Our wedding was one of those times, and it was one of the best, most exhausting and amazing days of my life.SONY DSC

    Not only is Liana's wedding story amazing, we can't get enough of her vintage-inspired bridal gown and reception dress! The touches of pink and lovely use of flowers in her pink rose bouquet and crown are like the sprinkles on top of a cupcake. Want to see what Liana is up to today? You can learn more about Liana and her adventures on her blog

    Photography: Eva Baker Photography, Venue: Postino's Restaurant in Lafayette, CA and Gustafsbergs Badrestaurang in Swenden, Flowers: Forget Me Not Flowers, Cake: Cake, Liana's Dress: Aspera Alicja Eklow and Zara, Hair and Makeup: Juliette Grange-Piccolotti, Jonatan's Suit: Charles Tyrwhitt. 

    xo,
    Ruche

    Do you have "real wedding" photos you'd like to share? We’d love to see them! For your chance to join our Blogger Family and become featured on our blog, send your wedding photos to blog@shopruche.com. Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!


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  • Wednesday, December 4, 2013

    We love when Ruchettes let us be a part of their special day! Ruchette bride Alyssa looked especially lovely in our Angeline dress as the light filtered softly through the trees. The woodland setting along with the rustic touches created the perfect atmosphere for an autumnal wedding. We truly can't think of a more beautiful way to say "I do"! Here is her story:

    I had always dreamed of having a wedding in the woods. The idea of having the trees and the speckled spots of sunshine around us just seemed so romantic to me. So Craig and I were thrilled when we found the perfect setting at a small local ski club just minutes from our house.

    Even though we had 120 people at our wedding, the forest felt so intimate. After the ceremony we had a cocktail reception out on a large deck off of the chalet and dinner in the chalet.

    Craig and I had opted for a late summer wedding because I wanted there to be as little chance of rain as possible and we ended up being very lucky. The day was absolutely gorgeous.

    Picking out the dress was probably the most difficult part of the whole planning process. I knew that I wanted something different in a wedding dress. Since we were going to be in the forest I wanted something soft and whimsical. I went to as many bridal stores as I could find and tried on at least 40 dresses but nothing was even close to what I wanted. When I finally found the Angeline dress on Ruche I knew that was my wedding dress.

    I loved the tulle overlay and the way it sparkled. But I was worried about buying my wedding dress online. What if I was unhappy with the fabric or the fit when it arrived? But watching your bridal video that features all of the dresses (sorry, I can't remember what it's called) gave me a much better idea of the fabric and how it flowed. That video was what really made me buy my dress. And since, you have a 30 day return policy I figured that if I was unhappy with the dress once it arrived then I would just return it.

    But, as fate would have it, the dress fit me absolutely perfectly! I needed to take up the hem slightly but otherwise, it was a perfect fit. 

    We're absolutely swooning over the charming, whimsical details of Alyssa's wedding. From the delicate pink pastel bridesmaid dresses to the ceremony's backdrop, we love the attention she gave to all the little things! We are so happy to have been a part of her lovely wedding.

    Photography: Jenn Huynh, Venue: Chicopee Ski Resort, DJ: Liquid Cube Productions, Photobooth: PhotoBooth2Go, Flowers: Zehrs, Cake: The Cake Tutor, Alyssa's Dress: Ruche, Craig's Suit: Moore's, Bridesmaid dresses: Aritzia and Ruche, Cake Topper: handmade by the bride and groom, Bride's hair piece: Christie Lauren

    xo,
    Ruche

    Do you have "real wedding" photos you'd like to share? We’d love to see them! For your chance to join our Blogger Family and become featured on our blog, send your wedding photos to blog@shopruche.com. Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!


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  • Wednesday, September 11, 2013

    We adore an outdoor wedding full of simple sweetness and country elegance like the one we are sharing with you today! Mary and Thomas tied the knot at Pheasant Field Bed & Breakfast, a lovely historic brick farmhouse in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Mary looked beautiful in our Isla dress, which she had picked it out as her future wedding dress before she was even engaged! We adore the charmingly simple white bouquet of daisies, roses, and hydrangea she carried to wed her love and her simple bridal look with dainty jewelry and her hair swept up in a cute updo. Congratulations, Mary and Thomas!

    We were married on August 10th 2013 at 4pm at Pheasant Field Bed & Breakfast in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. We both wanted a simple, sweet outdoor wedding. We had a quick ceremony and were whisked away to enjoy dinner, dancing, and fun times with our families and friends.

    My husband and his brother, Luke, are identical twins. So, obvious choice, he was also the best man. All of us live together in Carlisle and are best friends. Probably sounds different for most people, but we wouldn't have it any other way. My friend's mom, Therese, is to thank for the photos.

    When purchasing my dress, my friend, Lindsay, originally found your site. She saw a wedding dress for herself on the site but they were ‘out of stock'. I came across the Isla dress. I thought (we weren't engaged yet, but we were at the end of the week) “When we get engaged/married, I must have this dress,” I thought. I have a lot of long dresses and I just love that style. We were engaged on August 9th 2012 and a week or so afterwards, I purchased my wedding dress. It was perfect.

    We took the entire year of engagement to plan the wedding and I couldn't ask for a better partner in life than Thomas. We dated for 4 years. So when we got engaged, it was just magical. We both planned our wedding together which made it easier and less stressful on both of us.

    -- Mary

    Do you have "real wedding" photos you'd like to share? We’d love to see them! For your chance to join our Blogger Family and become featured on our blog, send your wedding photos to blog@shopruche.com. Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!


  • Wednesday, September 4, 2013

    There is something so wonderfully beautiful about a rustic, natural wedding in a Southern Texas city. For Alwyn and her husband, Matthew, they felt at home surrounded by friends and family. It was incredibly important for both the bride and groom to keep their wedding day relaxed with simple elegance. With an ombré blue wedding cake, beautiful tea lights hanging and rustic candle lanterns, this celebration relished in honesty and romance.

    Alwyn looked stunning in our Isla bridal gown along with her bridesmaids. Celebrating their lovely Southern wedding at Pecan Springs, their families and friends gathered from all around town for the sweet event. They wanted a very relaxed and semi-formal look and Pinterest gave them a lot of ideas for a flowy and natural look.

    My husband and I love the southern country feel. For our wedding, we wanted it to be relaxed but elegant. Thus, we wanted a rustic southern wedding theme. I fell in love with my dress and my bridesmaids dresses from Ruche. The effortless flowy look was just what I was looking for. We could not have made our wedding perfect without our family and friends. Almost everyone  pitched in to make it a wonderful day. We could not have asked for more and we are very blessed to have these people in our lives. 

    We didn’t want a cookie cutter hotel reception but instead something that says ‘this is us’. We love the outdoors and Pecan Springs brings that woody country rustic feel that is very organic and fresh. When we first went to the location we knew it was the place to celebrate our marriage and we loved everything about our wedding day.

    -- Alwyn and Matthew

    Photography by Kimberly of Kimberly Chau Photography, Shoes by Cavenders, Suits by Express, Macaron Trinket Box by Two’s Company, Cake Stands by Home Goods, Lanterns by Pier One, Rentals from De’Vine Events, Florals by Conroy Wholesale, DJ and Lighting by DJ Dave Productions, Officiant was Frank Nicolas, Venue by Pecan Springs.

    xo,
    Ruche

    Do you have "real wedding" photos you'd like to share? We’d love to see them! For your chance to join our Blogger Family and become featured on our blog, send your wedding photos to blog@shopruche.com. Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!


  • Wednesday, September 4, 2013

    After waiting days for non-stop rain to clear, Amanda and Steve were graced with a beautifully sunny day as friends and family joined to celebrate their wedding. Looking at pictures, you wouldn't think their magical day was almost entirely made up of DIY ideas and collections from thrift shops. With a little bit of planning and dreaming of their perfect wedding, this beautiful bride and groom made all of their dreams come true for their special day.

    Our wedding and reception were held in a restored bank barn from 1844. Steve and I wanted our wedding to be reflective of our own life, love and style. To keep costs down, we booked our venue three months out. We also made our own invitations, favors, centerpieces, collected China from thrift shops for months, and found a vintage globe to use as our guest book. My talented mother also made our wedding cake and cupcakes.

    The three days leading up to our wedding, it was non stop rain. I woke up on June 8th, to a beautiful sunny day! Walking into our venue that day and seeing everything come together was so incredible. I was in my dress, everything was in its place; it was almost time! Seeing my handsome husband standing at the altar was something I will never forget. I couldn’t wait to be his wife.

    The reception was filled with music, good food and great friends. Our wedding day was perfect. We are so happy that all of our friends and family were able to be there to share such an unforgettable day with us! I don’t think I will ever get tired of looking back at our wedding album.

    -- Amanda

    Photography by Joyeuse Photography.

    xo,
    Ruche

    Do you have "real wedding" photos you'd like to share? We’d love to see them! For your chance to join our Blogger Family and become featured on our blog, send your wedding photos to blog@shopruche.com. Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!


  • Wednesday, August 21, 2013

    If you are going to get married in a historic old castle, you need a dress fit for a princess. And Klara was as radiant as a royal in our Margarete In Sand gown to marry her own Prince Charming, Matej! Even though it had been raining for weeks, when their wedding day came, the sun finally appeared just in time. After the ceremony, Klara and Matej and all their guests celebrated all evening in a rustic wooden barn beautifully decorated with vintage and DIY elements. Hear the story from the bride herself, and get ready to be whisked off your feet and carried away by these romantic nuptials.

    We were married in an old castle and the afternoon reception and party took place in a countryside farm-house with beautiful booming surroundings. Our bar, photo-booth and jazz band were placed in a wooden barn which was decorated by vintage furniture and accessories, gypsophila flowers and a lot of pompoms in salmon pink and vanilla colour. Big thanks goes to my lovely girlfriends which helped me with making over hundred of them from the scratch!

    I combined various handmade and vintage decoration which had a great sentimental value for me. I used my grandma's lace for the bouquet, candle holders, vases and the ribbons for our guests were handmade by my mom.

    After weeks of waiting for the weather to calm down, finally a few days before our wedding day the sky cleared up and the rain and floods were over.

    Our entire wedding day was relaxed and merry. We enjoyed every minute of it.

    -- Klara

    Photography: Jan Hiromadko Photography, Headpiece: Samodiva, Rings: Eva Schreuder, Jewelry: Glitzy Secrets

    xo,
    Ruche

    Do you have "real wedding" photos you'd like to share? We’d love to see them! For your chance to join our Blogger Family and become featured on our blog, send your wedding photos to blog@shopruche.com. Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!


  • Wednesday, July 31, 2013

    Rain or shine we love a good wedding story here at Ruche. We couldn't help ourselves from falling in love with this story of a bride and groom who looked seamlessly happy even underneath torrential downpour! This beautiful bride wore our Gwen In Ivory, and even after withstanding hours of rain, she couldn't have looked more beautiful. Hear the story from the bride herself!

    March 2nd 2013 was a roller coaster for me. A tropical storm rolled in for the 3 hours I was getting prepped, married, and photographed. Still it was a beautiful day. Now that I look back, the dress I almost settled on can't compare to the dress I ultimately chose. It was fate that I stumbled across it a month before I was getting married and it fit like a glove. My mother in law gave me a little bit of Edwardian lace featuring a rose to symbolize the white rose of York, as I was about to become one. It matched the fabric perfectly and was a delicate addition to an already amazing dress. I had to wear a little shawl as a last minute cover up against the torrential rain, which of course ruined my hair, but it managed to work well in the overall look anyway.

    It's such a gorgeous, comfortable dress that I can't believe I only wore it once. My husband keeps telling me we're going out to take proper photos someday when the sun comes out! Truly this dress deserves a few more photos to show case it. Until then, thank you so much for this gorgeous dress for my beautiful day.

    --Julie

    xo,
    Ruche

    Do you have "real wedding" photos you'd like to share? We’d love to see them! For your chance to join our Blogger Family and become featured on our blog, send your wedding photos to blog@shopruche.com. Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!

  • Wednesday, July 17, 2013

    We can feel the romance in the air and the touch of vintage flair at this gorgeous, intimate wedding! After a four year relationship, filled with plane tickets and long distance phone calls, Valerie and her husband finally tied the knot! Wearing a perfect lace dress and our headband fascinator, this beautiful bride shares with us her less-is-more philosophy.

    Every detail that made our wedding wonderful was a combination of serendipitous events along with the labor of love of so many people. With the idea that 'less is more," we planned a wedding wanting for simplicity and love to shine through without compromising elegance. I chose to keep my bridal look as natural as possible and chose a dramatic headpiece that would finish my look and tie with the rest of the decor. We didn't really have a theme except that we were drawn to the simplicity of the rustic feel and gave it a classic vintage twist by adding some key elements.

    We chose to have an outdoor ceremony in a public park. It was a risky choice at first but turned out to be the perfect one. Tall trees, sunshine, nice cool breeze, birds singing, a musical string trio (guitar, violin and cello) playing our favorite songs as we said our vows in the presence of our family and closest dear friends made our day unforgettable. 

    My husband and I were in a long distance relationship for almost 3 years before we finally tied the knot. Because of our jobs we spent most of our relationship traveling and meeting in different cities, which was mostly fun but hard at times. Four years from the day we met (day for day) we ecstatically got hitched and chose to stay together forever, still traveling, but this time with each other.  

    --Valerie

    Take note from this blushing bride and remember, simplicity can be the key to the most elegant wedding! For more whimsical wedding ideas, have a peek at our new  bridal Pinterest!

    xo,
    Ruche

    Do you have "real wedding" photos you'd like to share? We’d love to see them! For your chance to join our Blogger Family and become featured on our blog, send your wedding photos to blog@shopruche.com. Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!


  • Wednesday, July 10, 2013

    We love weddings that are personal, intimate, and a beautiful mix of modern and vintage-inspiration…so when you add a view of the Manhattan skyline, we positively swoon! This gorgeous bride fell instantly in love with our Isla dress, and she looked so lovely in it on her big day. Now, we all know wedding planning can be stressful, but now imagine planning a wedding in just *three months* like this couple did! When you have 90 days to plan a wedding and you want to keep your wedding budget reasonable, it’s time to go DIY and call on your creative friends. Read on for their sweet wedding story!

    Leo and I got engaged in April, so we had only 90 days to plan our wedding. We knew we wanted something small and "easy" (we learned there is no such thing as easy when planning a wedding), but at least we were able to keep it intimate. We decided we wanted to do everything ourselves to save in cost and also to personalize it as much as we could. The first thing I did was to check the Ruche website for dresses. From the moment I saw it, I knew Isla was my dress. I sent the link to my mom and closest friends and the response was "It's SO you" so I didn't hesitate and just bought it. When the dress arrived I tried it on and couldn't believe that it fitted me perfectly. Other than fixing the hem (I'm only 5'2") I didn't need to tailor anything, even the seamstress couldn't believe that an online purchase would be so perfect.

    We then decided that we wanted to do it at home. We live in Brooklyn at a high rise building and we are lucky to count a spectacular view of Manhattan from the building's rooftop, so once we secured the space we started to narrow down the details. I kept looking at the Ruche website and Pinterest for ideas (the rooftop is very modern so I wanted to infuse a little bit of a vintage feel). We picked the colors mint-aqua to complement the existing colors in the rooftop, and yellow because it is Leo's favorite color, and then we reached out to all our talented friends for help. I'm an actor and I also work in the catering business, so I have many creative friends.

    I designed the entire menu and the food was cooked by Restaurant Associates since I work for them. I bought all the dishes for the food (mason jars, turquoise bowls, disposable mini plates) at local stores, Amazon and Target. One of my friends did all the flowers, another one did my hair and makeup, another handled the setup and decor, my mom baked the cake, the cake pops, and designed the color coordinated dessert table, a friend donated the photo booth, another took photos and even one more friend officiated the ceremony.

    Photography by Ivette Mederos and Edwin Pagan

    It was an unforgettable day and all our closest friends and family felt they were part of it. I received and keep receiving compliments about how gorgeous the dress was and I'm just so happy that I didn't doubt in selecting the perfect dress for the perfect day. Thank you!!

    --Ydaiber

    xo,
    Ruche

    Do you have "real wedding" photos you'd like to share? We’d love to see them! For your chance to join our Blogger Family and become featured on our blog, send your wedding photos to blog@shopruche.com. Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!

     


  • Wednesday, June 19, 2013

    Alexandra, of The Phillipses, had a wedding day that vintage-lovers dream of! Her special day was built around a vintage library theme and consisted of darling book decor, typewriters, and the perfect vintage dress. We love how they whole event came together and are swooning over all of her adorable photographs! Scroll down to see and read more about her wonderful day.

    I met my husband when we both worked at a video game store. It was the sweetest (and nerdiest!) thing, with neither of us daring to say anything for over a year! Eventually though, we got together and have been inseparable ever since. He proposed two years later at the bookstore I worked at, unknowingly giving me the perfect inspiration for wedding planning.

    Our wedding was firmly rooted in the past with a touch of library inspiration. It began with our venue in Ormond Beach, Florida: The Casements. It was originally the winter home of John D. Rockefeller, built in the early 1900s, and I'd visited throughout my childhood for community events. It was the perfect spot for our vintage affair. Working in a library now, it seemed natural to me to include books and other library paraphernalia in our decorations--the centerpieces, placecards, favors, my bouquet (my mother made it!), and even our cake! It was all a labor of love, put together by our friends and family.

    Choosing my dress was one of the simplest parts of planning. Soon after getting engaged, I'd gone to an appointment at a bridal store, but nothing really spoke to me. Though the consultant brought me many different styles to try on, nothing seemed to be "me". Soon after, Ruche released their new bridal collection, and I was sold! I ordered the Nadine dress, and it arrived with a perfect fit. It was meant to be.

    -- Alexandra of The Phillipses

    xo,
    Ruche
     

    Do you have "real wedding" photos you'd like to share? We’d love to see them! For your chance to join our Blogger Family and become featured on our blog, send your wedding photos to blog@shopruche.com. Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!

     
     

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