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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"[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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"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."