Real Stella York Bride

After a whirlwind romance, Stella York bride, Petya, and her husband tied the knot in a romantic destination wedding. The Dominican Republic nuptials – complete with a fire show, cigar rollers, and carnival dancers – was more perfect than the couple could have imagined, and Petya looked absolutely amazing in her tulle Stella York wedding dress for the beachside celebration.

From the bride: We knew we wanted a small destination wedding where we could spend a few days with the people we loved the most. We wanted the Caribbean, as it was close but far enough. We were looking for a type of hotel, not a specific destination. I wanted the place to scream, “romance!” It took us about two weeks to find the place – a resort with an old Spanish town feel, a castle actually, surrounded by beaches, and more affordable than we could’ve hoped for. We booked the venue immediately. We didn’t go down to see it and we didn’t read many reviews. We just trusted our intuition.


On our way there, I was an absolute bridezilla! I had to check in my wedding dress, which made me feel beyond uncomfortable. I was so obsessed with my dress. The idea that it will not make it down there was driving me crazy. The possibility of the resort being a total dump was also creeping in my mind. The brutal turbulence wasn’t helping either. We arrived in Punta Cana, and there I was, lined up first on the luggage belt, impatiently waiting for my suitcase. The dress never came! The belt stopped, people had gotten their bags and the airport was half empty. In the midst of a mini panic attack, I saw it – My suitcase! It had fallen off the belt and it was pushed all the way by another flight’s line. I immediately started to wonder if this is how the whole trip was going to go. And then something happened – I looked around me and I was surrounded by 20 of our closest family and friends, all trying their best to make me smile. We were in 85-degree weather and I had my dress! I put a smile on my face and told myself that this will be the best weekend of my life, and it sure was.

The resort surpassed our wildest expectations. It was paradise. We felt like we entered into another era. It was peaceful and it was beautiful. 60 people came to our wedding, and after three days of being beach bums together, we were all family. Wes and I stayed in separate rooms the night before and I didn’t see him until the wedding ceremony the next day. We got married on a Saturday on a private island of the resort. The weather was perfect. We had a pre-ceremony cocktail hour, which our guests absolutely loved. We had a flamenco guitar player during the ceremony, who filled the air with love. We had a sand ceremony at the end. Another cocktail hour followed, while Wes and I went to take pictures by the beach. Our reception lasted five hours, and it was filled with dancing and entertainment. We had a fire show, cigar rollers, and carnival dancers. Our music was modern and a mix between the cultures. Wes’ grandma had choreographed a dance to “All About That Bass,” which turned out to be one of the highlights of the night. Most importantly, Wes and I spent the whole night focused on each other, not catering to anyone else, but truly enjoying every moment with each other in mind.


Outside of the fact that I married my soulmate, one of my most special memories was that every single person (including men) was obsessing over my dress. I heard repeated compliments about how gorgeous it was, how they have never seen a dress like this, how it shined, and a few girls even asked me to borrow it! Random guests of the resort we were staying in were approaching me the day after the wedding to ask me who the designer was. I was approached from friends of friends, saying that they saw my wedding pictures and wanted to know where I got the dress from.

This was a particularly special moment for me because, to my surprise, buying the wedding dress was the fastest, and easiest, decision I made during the entire wedding planning process. I am not an easy shopper and I am very indecisive (to say the least!). This was the third dress I tried on and I was in love! I felt myself in this dress. My whole family cried when I walked out of the fitting room. I bought it that day and never thought twice if I had made the right decision or not. Receiving so many compliments on my wedding day made me feel incredible about the power of trusting your intuition. If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing.

1Tips for Choosing Informal Wedding Dresses

Informal wedding clothing offers a modern twist to the occasion. Style and glamour can easily be found in beautiful designer gowns, cocktail dresses and beach attire. More casual clothing is ideal if you are planning an outdoor wedding ceremony or a beach wedding event. No one wants to be weighed down with heavy fabrics on a hot day!

Wedding dresses are often extremely expensive, so if you are looking to save money opting for informal wedding clothing is a great choice. Read the following tips if you are looking for inspiration on choosing your informal wedding dresses, and achieve a sophisticated and chic look at a fraction of the price.
Informal Wedding Dresses
Buying an Informal Wedding Dress

Informal cocktail receptions with elegant drinks and a grazing menu are ideal for encouraging guests to mingle and chat. You can find a huge array of cocktail dresses and evening gowns either online, or in department stores. The added bonus of buying a dress like this is that you get to wear it again. A wedding dress is usually only worn once. After that, it has no real value to the wearer.

If a cocktail dress or a ball gown is not your style, you can opt for a long evening dress instead. There are also plenty of shorter evening options to choose from in flattering bridal shades of cream, champagne, ivory and whites. Choose a shade which suits your skin tone the best. Of course, there are no rules about which colour you should be wearing on your wedding day. You can pick your favourite shade of scarlet, jade or magenta to wear.

Informal Bridesmaids Dresses

When you visit your local department store or high street, note down any ideas you have which stand out. You can ask your bridesmaids for advice if you are not confident shopping for their figures. Opt for a style of dress which is going to suit all your bridesmaids. This ensures the best photographs of your wedding party.

As your bridesmaids are going to be able to wear these dresses again, they will make great gifts to your special ladies. If you are on a tight budget, you can ask your bridesmaids if they mind buying the dresses you suggest, or alternatively hire gowns at a fraction of the cost of traditional bridesmaids dresses.

Beach and garden weddings

Summer beach and garden weddings lend themselves perfectly to sun dresses and lighter fabrics. No one wants to be weighed down with heavy clothing when the weather is warm. Be kind to your guests and tell them to wear something comfortable instead.

Wedding Venues

There are a variety of wedding venues in Melbourne which are perfect for celebrating outside during the summer months. Not all wedding venues have 2 acres of grounds to explore! Ascot house has a long history of being a top location for ceremonies and receptions. The Victorian mansion house has an expert team of caterers.