While couples planning their weddings had to hold off temporarily from researching potential vendors via Instagram on Wednesday, March 13, increasingly, more celebs are using social media to help supplement the wedding planning process.
The latest star to be introduced to a key vendor for their wedding day on Instagram, in fact, is Glee actress Lea Michele, who married Zandy Reich this weekend in Northern California. The couple exchanged vows in Napa at the Carneros resort, according to People. To fit the elegant setting, Michele wore a custom, silk gazar gown by Monique Lhuillier.
“I get chills when I think about Monique, and how much I love her,” Michele told the magazine. “I’d seen a dress on [the brand’s] Instagram from the Spring 2019 collection—the Lunathis link opens in a new tab—and I was like, ‘That’s my wedding dress.’”
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Nine months ago this beautiful soul came to me to design her dream wedding dress. The journey with Lea was an absolute dream. I’ve had the pleasure of dressing her through the years, but creating a wedding dress is a truely special process. Lea is a fashion girl and knows what works on her. She came with a vision and together we made it a reality. Lea wanted a classic elegant silhouette and was open to trying on different gowns before making a final decision. Once she put it on, we knew. Joyful tears followed. Lea’s custom, strapless, silk white, silk gazar gown was hand draped over a corseted bodice. Her sculptural neckline highlights Lea’s décolletage while the voluminous hand tufted skirt creates a grand silhouette. We paired her timeless look with a Cathedral-length veil with hand appliquéd lace border. Thank you Lea for letting me be a part of this milestone in your life. You are beautiful inside and out my friend. May your life continue to be blessed with love and happiness xoMonique #moniquelhuillier #leamichele
The piece is a strapless gown that includes a sweetheart neckline. The skirt itself was hand-tufted and supplemented by her cathedral-length veil. The end result, according to the actress, was a “very classic” silhouette and overall bridal look.
“It’s important to [Zandy and me] that we look back on our photos, and that they’re classic,” she said. “I wanted to stay away from a lot of current trends.”
Lhuillier herself posted a sentimental note about the custom design process. “Nine months ago this beautiful soul came to me to design her dream wedding dress. The journey with Lea was an absolute dream,” the designer revealed. “I’ve had the pleasure of dressing her through the years, but creating a wedding dress is a [truly] special process. Lea is a fashion girl and knows what works on her. She came with a vision and together we made it a reality.”
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Michele isn’t the only one to use the social media platform to come across a wedding planning professional. Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle also found her wedding and engagement photographer, Alexi Lubomirski, via the app.
“It was nutty,” Lubomirski previously told E! News. “It was a very surreal end to the year because it came out of nowhere. I think one of Meghan’s friends saw on Instagram that I was in England during the announcement of the engagement. And I was told later that this person said to her, ‘You should meet Alexi. He’s great. You’d love him.’ And that was it.”
Finally: The Knot recommends using our marketplace to check out reviews and receive a broader scope of the vendor’s work if you come across their profiles on social media.
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