This Is What A Real-Life J.Crew Wedding Looks Like

We've had an obsession with the J.Crew wedding collection for years now. At first, it was just exciting to flip through the catalog until we reached the page with the lady in white. She's always been the anti-ball-gown, anti-over-the-top bride, surrounded by her gorgeous girlfriends in non-nightmare bridesmaid dresses. But, the story ahead is the tale of a true J.Crew — not J.Crew Wedding — bride.
Sporting the classic mall brand's pieces from head to toe, Karley Mackler and her now-husband, Mattias, ditched what may be considered wedding-day "norms" and chose to elope, opting instead for an intimate service at City Hall. Two months later, when it was time to throw the big celebration with family and friends, the Brooklyn couple once again chose J.Crew to outfit the affair. You could say they're partial to the company — the bride does work at the corporate office. But, overall, the final looks are nothing short of inspiring — the brand makes some killer menswear, and Karley's outfits were perfectly casual yet elegant, effortless yet special. In short: These two are as picture-perfect as the catalogs we love so much — except their story's much better. Click on for all the seriously sweet snaps from the two-day, all-J.Crew affair.
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"When I was in college (Mattias was in graduate school), I lived in a loft in Brooklyn with three guys — one of my roommates, Ryan, was best friends with Mattias, who hung out at our place a lot — mostly to watch really important shows, like The Hills."
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"We were in Quebec City and Montreal for the holidays, and Mattias asked me [to marry him] Christmas day, just the two of us exchanging gifts by the fire."
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Karley is the executive assistant to the CEO at J.Crew, and Mattias is the lead designer at ?What If! Innovation.
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"We wanted the actual ceremony to be just us and about just us, so our only witnesses were our photographers. It was a really easy, peaceful day — we weren’t nervous about anything or anyone, and [we] were able to focus completely on each other and on the commitment we were making."
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"We got ready together at home, took the subway to City Hall, and, afterward, we took a train to Montauk for the weekend."
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The full looks for the elopement day couldn't be better, even if they were actually pulled from a J.Crew catalog.
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"Having it just be the two of us, we were able to focus more on the actual event and each other rather than worry about everything that comes with typical wedding planning."
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"It was overcast that morning, but after officially getting married in City Hall, we walked the Brooklyn Bridge, and the sun was shining. It was a beautiful day in every way."
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"We are very laid-back and easygoing, which came through at both events, as there weren’t details to get caught up in."
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"[As for our outfits,] it was all J.Crew everything, but arguably not 'traditional' bridal wear. For Mattias, it was pretty simple. We went for a classic navy suit and had his accessories complement mine. Dressing men is pretty easy — you just have to make sure the fit is perfect!! Of course, I work at J.Crew, but I honestly did look elsewhere for both my dress and outfit for our celebration dinner. I really appreciate that some women want to wear a big, white dress, but it just wasn’t for me and wasn’t especially fitting for either of our celebrations. One of the associates at J.Crew told me that our children would look at our pictures years from now and say how chic we looked, and I was completely sold. Not only do I believe that, but I loved carrying that sentiment with me on our wedding day."
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Pretty adorable, right?
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"It is cliché to say, but go with what you feel comfortable and beautiful in. For the celebration dinner, I wanted something in all white to signify I was the 'bride,' but it was a party at a French bistro in Brooklyn, so I also wanted something fun and not too dressy. I had a small, white M monogrammed on my white T-shirt, which was a nod to my new last name."
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My ultimate wedding "do": "Marry the person who brings out the best in you."

My ultimate wedding "don't": "Don’t bow to pressure from anyone else about what you and your fiancé want from your wedding day."
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The wedding celebration was two months after the elopement at Juliette in Williamsburg.
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"We had our celebration dinner over Labor Day weekend, where we could then focus on family and friends and sharing our love with them. Each event was so special to us individually, and looking back, we wouldn’t change a thing."
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