Maxine and her husband Yegishe got married in early last fall in a two-part celebration both here in Phildelphia and out in California. Maxine wore a Stella York soft fit and flare with a beautiful intricate keyhole back.


Maxine and Yegishe met at Penn State, though Maxine went to school at Temple. She would often go up to State College to visit her cousin who was attending Penn State, and her cousin introduced the two of them to each other. Shorty after both had finished, they started dating! Yegishe popped the question in June of 2016, flying out secretly from California to surprise Maxine on her birthday. The two lovebirds were in Media for their Dining Under the Stars events during the summer, where he proposed in front of a large crowd of others enjoying the beautiful weather and great food.


When it came to dress shopping, Maxine knew she wanted a traditional dress fit for a church wedding that could serve double duty for a fun reception with their friends and family. She knew she loved lace and the color ivory, and she did not want a strapless dress. Fortunately, Sara was able to help her find a Stella York with delicate straps, and detailed back, and beautiful lace with just enough sparkle to be befitting a wedding gown. It may have been a bright pink in our salon, but Maxine was able to picture it in ivory and say yes to the dress!


Of the experience, Maxine says that her favorite part of dress shopping was “finding the perfect dress and not having to worry about it anymore.” She says “wedding planning can be so time consuming and stressful and it was great to be able to have one less thing to do.” Since we pride ourselves at Le Bella Donna on making the experience as simple and enjoyable as possible, it’s always great to hear we helped to make a special day that much more relaxing!

Maxine and Yegishe certainly had more than enough stress already, as their wedding was combining two very distinct cultures in two locations on two entirely different sides of the United States! The wedding was held in California while their reception was a month later back in Philadelphia, and combined Yegishe’s Armenian cultural traditions with Maxine’s Chinese-American traditions. What made Maxine most nervous was flying with her dress, but as she found out if you check in with the airline ahead of time, they’re usually very accommodating. Fortunately, she says “all went well and the dress never left my side on any of the flights!”


In terms of advice for other brides, Maxine suggests having an open mind and a solid support system to help you make the difficult decisions. She also mentions trusting your support system and your bridal consultants about what types of styles look good on you, noting that when a bride is self-conscious, having other people to help you decide can be easier.


Congratulations Maxine and Yegishe! We wish you many years of love and happiness!