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Maggie Bride: Desiree Hartsock’s Gorgeous Outdoor Wedding

Today, we're thrilled to share a wedding from a bride very close to our hearts... Desiree Hartsock's wedding, a romantic outdoor affair, has our wedding-loving hearts racing. Bachelorette sweetheart Desiree married Chris Siegfried in January, wearing a custom made wedding dress designed by Desiree Hartsock with Maggie Sottero. In an intimate ceremony held at the Wayfarer's Chapel, a scenic glass church atop the rock cliffs of Rancho Palos Verdes, Desiree and Chris exchanged personalized, heartfelt vows in front of a small gathering of family and friends. Desiree looked radiant in a form-fitting one-shoulder gown of embroidered ivory lace cascading down the bodice and into a full blush tulle skirt.  A dramatic lace illusion neckline dropped over her shoulder, and gave way to a sexy bare back. Des wore her hair parted to the side and loosely curled, accented with a crystal clip. Want to recreate Desiree's wedding dress look? Try Eve from our Desiree Hartsock with Maggie Sottero collection.

Following the ceremony, Desiree donned a red-carpet worthy reception dress. The reception dress, an elegant ivory chiffon sheath with a deep V-neckline, sheer cap-sleeves, and a stunning illusion keyhole back, all adorned with elaborate Art Deco crystal beading and finished with an ivory ribbon belt. Looking to recreate Desiree's reception look? Try Zarina! Desiree designed both dresses for her big day. "I knew both dresses were complete when I felt like a bride in them, and wanted to share them with Chris on our wedding day," Desiree said. We can't get enough of this stunning outdoor wedding.. See more photos, and read more about Desiree's wedding day below!

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Photography by Brandon Kidd Photography

Favorite wedding day moment: "Aside from dancing at the reception, my favorite wedding day moment would definitely be seeing Chris for the first time as I walked down the aisle. There are no other words to describe that moment other than magical."

Advice for future brides: "Don't stress the small stuff. A wedding day should be relaxed and memorable, not stressful and high anxiety. Something is sure to not go as well as you wanted, but that's ok because overall it all works out in the end."

Your wedding in one word: "Romantic."

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Friday Favorite: Glamorous Illusion Back Wedding Dress

For a gown that will make your exit as breathtaking as your entrance, try today's Friday Favorite, a glamorous illusion back wedding dress. Quinlynn, from our Sottero and Midgley collection, is the perfect combination of subtle glamour, fusing a classic lace silhouette with an updated touch... Stunning illusion tulle drapes a scoop neckline, and accents a dramatic back. This stunning sheath wedding dress is equally befitting for an extravagant ballroom wedding, or a subdued summertime soirée. For this glamorous illusion back wedding dress, keep all the attention on the intricate back detail, styling hair in a chic bun or tousled updo, pictured below. Cater your wedding day makeup to suit your venue... A dramatic venue calls for equally dramatic makeup... A smoky eye, contoured cheeks, and a bold red lip. For a garden ceremony, keep makeup light, natural and dewy. What do you think of this glamorous illusion back wedding dress? How would you style Quinlynn?

Sottero and Midgley's Maurie wedding dress is our Friday Favorite!Quinlynn, a glamorous illusion back wedding dress by Sottero and Midgley

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Maggie Bride: Rustic Romantic Wedding

Maggie Bride Danielle's love story is one for the books. Danielle and her husband met at a 3-day country festival, and in a crowd of over 10,000 people, they stumbled into each other. The rest is history. The couple, who said their "I Dos" at Wedgewood in San Clemente, California, wanted to incorporate their country beginnings into their rustic romantic wedding. "My husband and I met at a country concert, and going to country concerts is our favorite thing to do together," Danielle said. "We wanted to tie in what brought us together with a romantic touch." When Danielle slipped into Eden, our stunning lace fit and flare, she knew it was the one. "When I put on the dress and walked out of the dressing room, my mom, sister and friends had tears in their eyes," she said. "When I looked in the mirror to see myself, it was the prettiest I had ever felt, and it made me cry."  We're absolutely in love with Danielle's rustic romantic wedding below!

Maggie Bride, Danielle, wearing Eden by Maggie Sottero for her rustic romantic wedding.Maggie Bride, Danielle, wearing Eden by Maggie Sottero Maggie Bride, Danielle, wearing Eden by Maggie Sottero Maggie Bride, Danielle, wearing Eden by Maggie Sottero Maggie Bride, Danielle, wearing Eden by Maggie Sottero Maggie Bride, Danielle, wearing Eden by Maggie SotteroMaggie Bride, Danielle, wearing Eden by Maggie SotteroMaggie Bride, Danielle, wearing Eden by Maggie Sottero Maggie Bride, Danielle, wearing Eden by Maggie Sottero

Photography by Shauntelle Sposto of Sposto Photography

Dress: Eden

Favorite wedding day moment: "Approaching my husband with his back turned to me for our first look before the ceremony. I have never been so nervous in my life. Seeing each other for the first time and having that emotion and excitement, just the two of us, is something I will never forget."

Advice for future brides: "Don't sweat the small stuff. No matter what happens on your wedding day, it's always the same result. You are marrying the love of your life. Throughout your day, step back and look around. Soak in every single moment you can."

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