When Lillywhite Photography sent this wedding our way, we were delighted to read the background story. Not only is the bride in this wedding the photographer’s very own sister, but the siblings actually shared the same Pronovias wedding gown nearly two years apart! All Occasions Event Planning and Knot Just Flowers contributed their incredible eye for design and flowers for a day that’s truly relaxed and breathtaking at the same time.

wedding gown - photo by Lillywhite Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wearing-her-sisters-wedding-dress

From the bride, Jennifer: I wanted our wedding day to feel romantic and natural. I loved our venue and I wanted to take advantage of the natural scenery by focusing my details and decor to match the natural garden setting. We envisioned a romantic, whimsical, garden wedding; I mostly focused on shades of pink (specifically blush and coral), neutral tones, and greenery.

garden wedding invitation - photo by Lillywhite Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wearing-her-sisters-wedding-dress

wedding shoes - photo by Lillywhite Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wearing-her-sisters-wedding-dress

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Lillywhite Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wearing-her-sisters-wedding-dress

bridal jewelry - photo by Lillywhite Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wearing-her-sisters-wedding-dress

pink peony bouquet - photo by Lillywhite Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wearing-her-sisters-wedding-dress
Flower recipe: Peonies, roses, and greenery were primarily used for bouquets and decor.

groom and groomsmen - photo by Lillywhite Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wearing-her-sisters-wedding-dress

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Lillywhite Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wearing-her-sisters-wedding-dress

bridesmaid bouquet - photo by Lillywhite Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wearing-her-sisters-wedding-dress

wedding ceremony setup - photo by Lillywhite Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wearing-her-sisters-wedding-dress

ceremony decor - photo by Lillywhite Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wearing-her-sisters-wedding-dress

bridal processional - photo by Lillywhite Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wearing-her-sisters-wedding-dress

wedding ceremony - photo by Lillywhite Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wearing-her-sisters-wedding-dress

wedding ceremony - photo by Lillywhite Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wearing-her-sisters-wedding-dress

ceremony kiss - photo by Lillywhite Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wearing-her-sisters-wedding-dress

ceremony recessional - photo by Lillywhite Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wearing-her-sisters-wedding-dress

My husband and I made the favors (scented votive candles). I made the wedding invitations myself. My sister and I made the table seating cards, and the labels for the desserts and beverages using watercolor paint and calligraphy. My sister made the bride and groom signs for the sweetheart chairs, she also made the welcome chalkboard sign. I made the remaining various chalkboard decor signs.

bridal party - photo by Lillywhite Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wearing-her-sisters-wedding-dress

wedding bouquet - photo by Lillywhite Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wearing-her-sisters-wedding-dress

watercolor escort cards - photo by Lillywhite Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wearing-her-sisters-wedding-dress

escort cards - photo by Lillywhite Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wearing-her-sisters-wedding-dress

garden reception - photo by Lillywhite Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wearing-her-sisters-wedding-dress

sweetheart chairs - photo by Lillywhite Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wearing-her-sisters-wedding-dress

wedding reception - photo by Lillywhite Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wearing-her-sisters-wedding-dress

garden reception - photo by Lillywhite Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wearing-her-sisters-wedding-dress

coral wedding decor - photo by Lillywhite Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wearing-her-sisters-wedding-dress

coral charm peony centerpiece - photo by Lillywhite Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wearing-her-sisters-wedding-dress

picture centerpiece - photo by Lillywhite Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wearing-her-sisters-wedding-dress

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Stay flexible throughout the process, tastes and styles change and if you have a long engagement yours are likely to shift a little as time passes. Find vendors who you enjoy working with early on, trust their judgment and you will find they do amazing things with the creative freedom you give them. Enjoy the process and the excitement that comes with being engaged.

wedding gown - photo by Lillywhite Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wearing-her-sisters-wedding-dress

unique dessert table - photo by Lillywhite Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wearing-her-sisters-wedding-dress

wedding cake with coral charm peony - photo by Lillywhite Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wearing-her-sisters-wedding-dress

wedding desserts - photo by Lillywhite Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wearing-her-sisters-wedding-dress

wedding gown - photo by Lillywhite Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wearing-her-sisters-wedding-dress

Pronovias wedding gown - photo by Lillywhite Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wearing-her-sisters-wedding-dress

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “Forever Like That,” Ben Rector
Bride’s Processional: “House of God, Forever,” Jon Foreman
Recessional: “Multiplied,” NEEDTOBREATHE
First Dance: “You are Mine,” Spencer Combs ft. Holley Maher
Second Dance: “New York to California,” Matt Kearney (my husband is from NY and I am from CA so it is a meaningful song for our relationship)

From the photographer, Lillywhite Photography: I am a wedding photographer and had the honor of photographing my sister’s wedding :) Little did I know on my wedding day that my sister would be wearing the same wedding gown as I did almost exactly two years later. Dress shopping was pretty hard for me because I had such a strong vision of the dress I wanted. Something lacy, but a different type of lace. Something simple, but that would truly be one of a kind. When I tried on my dress from Pronovias at Pebbles Bridal Shop, I without a doubt KNEW it was the one. When I saw my groom for the first time, I knew that he KNEW it was the one too. I felt so me & absolutely stunning in my dress. When my sister got engaged, we kind of threw around the idea of her trying on my dress too. I knew her wedding would be so different and it didn’t bother me at all to share it. I thought it would be a great way to save money and I wanted to get more use out of a dress so pretty! When she went to Pebbles Bridal Store to try on dresses, we brought my dress along with us. She tried on a few & when she tried on mine, I knew it was the one. She was completely glowing and the dress took on a whole new feel with her in it. Seeing her in that dress on her wedding day was such a full expression of the love we have for each other. Along with sharing the wedding gown, we also shared in being each others’ maid of honor. I really felt our weddings were an example of the sisterly love we have for each other.

1 comments
  • Meg @ GalaPal.com

    This is the sweetest sister story — thank you for sharing!