Melissa & Kendall: a #gildedbride story

We are OVER THE MOON y’all! Melissa was our first #gildedbride – that’s right, she bought the very first dress we sold at Gilded right after we opened our doors almost a year ago. We have been waiting to share these photos from her amazing wedding to Kendall in Riviera Maya, Mexico, and the day has finally arrived. We asked Melissa to share some of their modern day love story with you – enjoy!

Melissa & Kendall | May 6, 2017 | Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Photography: Natali Leguizamon – Adventure Photos

GILDED: How did you and Kendall meet? What’s your story?

MELISSA: We met online – OKCupid to be exact. After a few messages back and forth, we arranged to meet for coffee.  I had only planned to spend about an hour with him; however, we ended up talking for 3 hours! It felt so natural. As we were leaving the coffee shop, he asked if he could take me to dinner the following night. I agreed and the rest is history! I have never been confused regarding how he felt about me. He has always made his feelings perfectly clear and I love him for that.

GILDED: What did you love most about your wedding celebration? What are some of your favorite details or special moments?

MELISSA: Honestly, the best part was seeing it all come together beautifully. We had a friend perform our wedding ceremony. Together we wrote our own wedding script and it was truly wonderful to have the opportunity to make our ceremony so personalized. Standing at the altar reciting our own vows in that dress was incredible. We selected At Last by Etta James as our first dance song. Toward the end of the song, Kendall whispered in my ear that he was going to spin me. He knew I was nervous about stepping on his feet or falling down. It was a precious moment that was executed perfectly.

GILDED: Did you have a honeymoon? Where did you go and what was your favorite part?

MELISSA: We decided on a destination wedding and rolled our wedding and honeymoon all together. Most of our guests decided to make a vacation out of it, which was terrific. We spent 7 days on the Riviera Maya in Mexico where the weather was perfect, the views gorgeous, and the food phenomenal. Once the wedding was done, we devoted the remainder of our days to sipping drinks by the pool with our family and friends.

GILDED: What advice do you have for brides looking for their wedding dress?

MELISSA: The best advice I have is to know your personal style and to get clear about the details/features you absolutely want. I knew I wanted something non-traditional, I knew I wanted color. I saw the Sierra dress by Truvelle on Pinterest in the early stages of wedding planning and I fell in love with it.  When Instagram suggested I follow Gilded Bridal, I was thrilled to discover the exact dress was in stock.

Congratulations to Melissa and Kendall!!

Gilded brides – send us your photos and we’ll feature you on our blog too!

Melissa’s dress: TRUVELLE

Melissa’s hairpiece: TWIGS & HONEY