Andrea and her husband Ryan met while on the track team in college, and after three years of friendship, six years of dating, and one beach proposal in the Bahamas later, tied the knot in April! The bride chose an extremely elegant Madison James gown for her special day.


Bride and groom both wanted to keep the wedding planning as simple and stress-free as possible, and ended up choosing a date almost two years after they got engaged for the maximum amount of planning time. Andrea started actually trying on gowns at that perfect bridal gown sweet spot of a year ahead of time, but had spent countless hours of research on Pinterest to find the right dress.


In a twist of fate, the Madison James gown she ended up falling in love with in person was also the very first gown she had found and pinned on the website, and it turned out we were the only store within 50 miles to carry it as a sample. Before visiting us, Andrea says of her bridal gown shopping experience “I went to three stores before going to Le Bella Donna and found some dresses that I liked, but nothing that truly moved me.” A few days to think about it, and Andrea cam back to get her dream dress and the perfect veil!


The bride and groom got married in the spring at the gorgeous Crystal Tea Room in downtown Philadelphia, and in all of their photos from the nearby Independence National Park, Andrea says her gown was the focus of every picture, and she got compliments all night, even complete strangers on the street, about how elegant and beautiful she looked! We certainly agree!


As far as advice for future brides, Andrea’s thoughts are short and sweet:  “Do what you want.  It is YOUR wedding day!”

Congratulations Andrea and Ryan! We wish you many years of happiness together!


Photos by John Barone Photography