This Pence & Panache Bride picked out an Allure Exclusive gown that fit beautifully into her wedding style and venue. The bloggers of Pence & Panache want to say thank you again for choosing one of our gowns, and for sharing about your amazing day with our readers!
The Bride and Groom
How did you meet your fiancé? I met Ricky in Oct. 2007. My best friend played matchmaker and set me up without my knowledge. I invited her out to dance one night, and she brought a couple of cute Italian guys with her. Ricky stood out from all of the others in my eyes, and we just clicked from that moment! I didn’t even find out that I was set up until the next day!
How did he propose? We got engaged on December 30, 2009 in New York City. Ricky spent Christmas in Italy with his family, so we traveled separately to New York. I got to the hotel hours before he did, so I waited anxiously for him to arrive! When Ricky finally got there, I wanted to exchange Christmas presents since he was teasing me for so long about what he was getting for me!
When he gave me my present, it was a little red bag with a jewelry box inside. While I was opening it, I figured it was probably a necklace or earrings. I opened the box, and staring back at me was a beautiful, sparkling ring! I was a little shocked. Ricky was silent. I looked at the ring and asked him if it was a ring with a diamond, or a diamond ring (yes, just like Samantha in Sex and the City). It was a diamond ring, but Ricky was having trouble explaining that to me. I basically had to ask him if he was asking me to marry him! I think he got nervous!
The Bridal Gown
What was your favorite feature about your gown? I love the pleated train that starts at the right hip and flows around to the back. It was amazing for pictures.
How did you know your dress was “the one”? It didn’t take me long to find “the one.” I only tried on about 10-15 dresses in total, and the dress I chose made me feel the most beautiful and confident. I knew it was the one as soon as I tried it on.
How would you describe your experience at Pence & Panache? I had a wonderful experience at Pence & Panache. The boutique was the first and only place I went to find my dress. I loved the decor and the ambiance, and there was a large selection of dresses to choose from. I was initially worried about finding a dress, but It was actually a lot easier and less stressful than I thought! I love how the dresses are displayed along the walls of the boutique, and it was very easy to move quickly while choosing dresses to try on.
What accessories did you choose to accent your dress? I accented my dress with only a few accessories. I chose a hair comb with crystals and beads from Pence & Panache, and I wore a simple blusher as a veil. My dress had crystals and beads at the sweetheart neckline, so I wore a simple pair of crystal drop earrings and a crystal and pearl bracelet.
The Wedding Day
What was your wedding venue? Villa Regina Teodolinda. Laglio, Italy. Lake Como
What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”? Something old- The ring cushion we used is very old and has been passed down throughout the history Ricky’s family. Something new- my shoes. Something borrowed and blue- a sapphire and diamond tennis bracelet borrowed from my sister.
What is your #1 tip for brides in the planning process? Let others help you in the planning process. Don’t be afraid to be in the dark about some things. Since my wedding was in Italy, I didn’t get to have control over most of the planning. Instead of worrying about it, I helped where I could, and it turned out to be more beautiful and amazing than I expected.
How would you describe the theme of your wedding? We didn’t really have a theme. It was in Italy and full of Italian food, music and people, so I guess it was Italian themed!
What color palette did you select and how did you choose? I chose different shades of purple, and it was easy to choose because I love purple!
Do you have any advice for brides who are still searching for their perfect bridal gown? If you find a dress you love, stop looking. I know a few girls who chose their dress and kept searching and trying on other dresses. You will only add more stress and lose time by doing this!
What was your favorite part of your wedding day? I loved every moment, but my favorite part was making my surprise entrance to the ceremony. At Lake Como, there is a historical tradition for the bride to arrive in a small boat to surprise all of her guests. I was a little scared of falling in the lake at first, but it turned out to be a nice ride. It was so beautiful riding through the lake surrounded by mountains, and it was amazing to dock and see my groom and guests waiting for me at the entrance to the villa. I will never forget that moment!