Meet Our Bride Stephanie

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There are some brides that we never forget and Stephanie is absolutely one of them! We had a great experience helping her put together (or maybe we should say chopping) her dress. Stephanie was a no-fuss bride who had a hard time finding the right combination of things in one dress so she picked a dress where she like the top and literally chopped off the bottom. It turned out just fabulous! Stephanie and her fiance, Clark, were so fun to work with and they share the biggest sense of humor that we’ve ever had in our store. Just look at their clever wedding invite/postcard (below) where they used hidden words to spell out the details of their big day. Our favorite thing about this wedding is that they put so much of their personalities into it-really creating a day that was perfect for the two of them. Since their wedding in 2014 they’ve added a new addition to the family-check out their pictures below!

 

Bride and Grooms names: Clark & Stephanie Davis

Wedding Date: April 26, 2014

How did you and your husband meet?

We were set up on a blind date by a mutual friend that was in my grad program. She warned me that he was a redhead and told him that I “had a hard time being serious.” She knew Clark from the time that he was a teenager and thought we might get along pretty well. She was right J

What was your favorite date together?

Neither of us could think of just one date that really stood out. We both loved the summer when we were dating – going to Zion National Park, swimming, dressing in Western garb and going to a rodeo, cooking together, laying on the grass under the summer stars and talking, tandom long boarding, and just going on adventures with each other. We just loved spending time together and doing spontaneous things.

How did he propose?

Ring shopping was quite the endeavor (we spent about 6 weeks trying to find something that we both liked – I don’t know why, but I wanted him to like my ring, too). Like most of our engagement & wedding details, we were a little untraditional in that we were together when we bought the ring. As we walked to the car, Clark tried to give me the ring. He was like, “Uh, well, here’s your ring.” and I told him he had to propose to me. He asked why and I told him people were going to ask and I couldn’t just tell everyone that he handed me the ring in the car right after he bought it. So, after a little bit of mumbling and groaning, Clark agreed to actually propose to me.

How long was your engagement and how did you handle the stress of planning a wedding?

Our engagement was about 3 months long, which was a good amount of time for us. Enough time to get things done, but not too long. Honestly, the wedding prep and planning wasn’t all that stressful. (The worst part was making a bunch of last minute adjustments when we found out it was for sure going to rain and we had planned an outdoor reception!)

I think there were a few things that made it pretty low stress. We worked on things together, which was fun and made it so that I didn’t feel like all the weight or responsibility was on me. Our announcements were postcard style (and awesome!) so prepping all of them probably took 1-1.5 hrs (no inserts or ribbon or a waxed seal envelope – simple and fun). We also just had a few things that we really wanted and cared about and focused on those instead of a ton of little details. His sisters took care of the decorations, we didn’t care about flowers (but other people did, so I still ended up having some) or chair covers or things like that. We just wanted to have an awesome, fun day and we did!

What are your favorite details about your wedding day?

We had so much fun on our wedding day! A few things that we especially enjoyed were the taco truck that we had “cater” our wedding. Some people thought it was kind of weird, but then they tried the tacos and thought it was great. It was something unique that we both thought would be pretty sweet. People still talk to me about how we had an awesome taco truck at our wedding! It was fun to have something unique and memorable.

We also made our cake toppers out of clay – I made Clark and he made me. They looked awesome and people really liked them. My dress was another favorite part. I totally didn’t expect it to be, but I got a lot of compliments on it and had numerous friends tell me how well it suited me. It was fun to wear and I loved the way it looked. Also, as part of ending up with flowers and not really wanting them, my brother-in-law offered to fire up his potato launcher for me to “toss” my bouquet with. I know that’s pretty unconventional, but it was pretty fun – and it’s another one of those things that my friends still remember and bring up when they talk about the cool things at our wedding.

What did you love most about your wedding dress?

The top half! Haha! Originally, the bottom part had a bubble hem/seam and we didn’t like it, so we chopped it off! And I loved it!

You’ve probably caught onto this by now, but I wasn’t what you might consider a “traditional” bride. I honestly didn’t expect to care that much about my dress, let alone love it, but I totally did. I loved that it was simple but elegant and felt like it fit my personality – I could still move around and be playful in it. I think my favorite thing was that I could do heal clicks in it! The ruching also allowed me to stash some mints and candies for Clark and I to snack on while talking to people at our reception.

What advice would you give to other brides?

Keep it simple. Focus on the things that you care about and really want, and if other people care about other details, let them take care of them. Do what you want to do because ultimately, people aren’t going to remember a whole lot about your wedding, so make it how you want it. That being said, realize that unless you elope, there’s not really such a thing as a “simple” wedding because someone will care about the things that you don’t care about! For us, if someone wanted something that we didn’t really care about and were willing to do something about it, we were fine with it (I finally consented to flowers after saying “no” 12+ times because it seemed really important to some people that we have flowers…)

Also, involved your fiancé as much as possible. I think things weren’t stressful in part because we did things together and generally had a good time being together and working on wedding stuff together instead of me just trying to do it all on my own. We also made sure to take breaks and go do other fun things instead of letting wedding stuff take up all of our free time.

What is the best part about being married?

Oh man, so many things! I am married to my best friend and love it. Hanging out with each other is awesome and it’s fun having someone to build a life with. It’s cool to have someone who knows you so well and really takes care of you – and it’s great to be able to take care of someone that you care so much about. It’s exciting going on adventures together and planning a future together. I especially love it when I think of something that really catches Clark off-guard and gets him laughing really hard.

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This is what Stephanie’s dress looked like before it got “chopped”

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Check out their creative invitation

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Florist: Sego Lily

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Photographer: Christal Albrecht  Anderson photography

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Photography credit to Photography by Kurtis Dallon

Meet Our Bride Sarah

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I don’t think we can express how much we LOVE when brides customize our dresses! Sarah took a gorgeous lace gown that we had in our store and totally re-created it with a few simple alterations. She added longer, lace sleeves, changed the square neckline to a sweetheart and added a colored sash in the perfect cranberry color. We even had the pleasure of outfitting her groom through DC Tuxedos. He picked a dark grey tuxedo with matching vest and a cranberry bow tie for the perfect color pop. You can definitely see how much personality these two have in their pictures! 

Bride and Grooms names: Sarah & Alex Baird

Wedding Date: April 27th 2013

How did you and your husband meet?

Alex and I met at his sister’s wedding, I had roomed with her for 3 months when I moved to Provo from Australia. Alex had been in California doing summer sales. He came home for the wedding we met and he asked me to dance.

What was your favorite date together?

My favorite date, probably the third date, the first time we kissed we went jeeping up Hobble Creek Canyon, packed a picnic and hit golf balls off the mountain, we also kissed on top of the mountain, very romantic.

How did he propose?

He proposed the cutest way. He was not planning on proposing that day. We had just had the perfect day together of hanging out. We had tried to go tubing, and the tube popped the first run down the hill, we went to Costco to try and buy another one and ended up spending an hour and a half eating all their samples instead. We then went to kmart, but ended up just playing in the kids toy section for ages. It was new years eve and we ditched our friends and hung out at home after a long day playing around, we were wearing onesies and just talking about our relationship and he ended up proposing right there!

How long was your engagement and how did you handle the stress of planning a wedding?

We were engaged for four months. Honestly for me planning the wedding wasn’t stressful because my parents were in Australia so I could pick everything that I wanted and didn’t have to discuss it a great deal and worry about pleasing my family (that probably sounds awful but it honestly did help). I also had a pretty easy going job at the time and did a lot of research for wedding stuff while at work so that when I left I could investigate right away what I wanted.

What are your favorite details about your wedding day?

I loved our cake by granite bakery, and our guests presents were a box of Australian candy and chocolates which I thought was  a cool touch. We also had a great entrance, we did not do a procession line. So we entered to the song bad to the bone while wearing sunglasses and walking with swagger.

Our first dance was to let’s get it on by Marvin Gaye. And to get the dancing started for the evening all my Australian friends and family got up and did an Australian line dance which everyone else picked up pretty quickly and joined it.

There’s too many I could go on!

What did you love most about your wedding dress?

I did a few minor alterations to give it a sweetheart neckline and added longer lace sleeves. The beading was so intricate on my dress and it had a great criss cross corset type style in the back.

What advice would you give to other brides?

Something, even if it’s small will go wrong on the day and you just have to try and not worry about it and just enjoy the fact you just married your best friend.

What is the best part about being married?

Having your best friend with you all the time. Laughing with each other and just being able to be yourself.

Credit

Joseph Smith Building was where our reception was and they provided the food and flowers. They were great! http://www.templesquare.com/jsmb-rooms/
Eli Fillmore was our DJ and I would recommend him to anyone that’s seriously looking for a good DJ. http://www.allurish.com/ is his website.
Granite bakery was our cake maker we loved the cake, the look and have bought other cakes from them since. They were  a preferred vendor of JSMB so they delivered the cake for free and there was no cake cutting fee. http://www.granitebridal.com/
The photographer was a friend from Australia, she was great! http://photoswithpop.com/ is her website however I’m not sure she’s really available living in australia 🙂

 

Meet our Bride Kaitlyn

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We absolutely love when our brides take one of our dresses and really make it their own. Let us introduce you to our bride Kaitlyn. She came shopping with her sister who was also getting married, which was double the fun! We loved getting to know these girls and helping them try on dresses. Kaitlyn ended up picking a dress from one of our favorite collections and customizing it! She changed the neckline to a v-neck and added extra lace to the hem of the dress. Her shoes were just phenomenal and she picked the perfect fingertip lace edge veil to compliment her dress.  Here’s a little bit more about Kaitlyn.

Bride and Grooms names: Douglas and Kaitlyn Springer

Wedding Date: April 21, 2015

How did you and your husband meet?

We met on “Tinder” it’s a dating app you download on your phone connected with Facebook

What was your favorite date together?

There are so many dates I don’t think I could name a favorite. One of them was going to frightmare lagoon! Another date that I loved was more of a service type date, but we went to McDonald’s and bought a ton of hamburgers and gave a few homeless people (downtown) food so they would go hungry for the night.

How did he propose?

He proposed skydiving! We both went up in the air at the same time, but he had arranged with the company before hand to jump off the plane first 5 min before I jumped so we was already down at the bottom waiting for me to land so he could pop the question! I had absolutely no idea he was going to propose! I was shocked, on top of I already had so much adrenaline going through me from skydiving!

How long was your engagement and how did you handle the stress of planning a wedding?

We were engaged for 8 months! The wedding planning was stressful, but my mother pretty much did most of the planning! I live in salt lake, my mom lives in Orem so it was hard to get together all the time to plan, so I just put it in her hands and let her do her thing. My wedding turned out absolutely beautiful! It was the most special/amazing day and was more than I had hoped for! Thanks to my mom, she deserves 100% of the credit!

What are your favorite details about your wedding day?

I loved my cake, the little decorations throughout the reception room…. But most of all I LOVED my dress! I felt like a princess all day, and never wanted that day to end because that meant I couldn’t wear my dress anymore!

What did you love most about your wedding dress?

I loved every detail of my dress! I honestly can’t say there is something that I loved most about my dress. The lace, the color, the flow, just everything on the dress is beautiful! I loved every inch of it!

What advice would you give to other brides?

Don’t be so picky and worry about whether or not everything is going to be perfect on your wedding day. No one will remember, and it’s about you and your love. That’s all that really matters. There were a few things that didn’t go as planned for me but I didn’t care one bit because it was MY special day, and I wasn’t going to let anything ruin it.

What is the best part about being married?

I get to have sleepovers every night with my BEST FRIEND!

Ps. I had so many compliments on my dress! I’ve told and sent so many people to sweetheart bridal! Chad was so helpful from day one, and even though there were a few hiccups along the way he was always so kind and wanted to make sure my dress turned out the way I wanted. My dress turned out absolutely perfect, and I couldn’t have dreamed of a more perfect dress! Thank you so much again sweetheart bridal?

Credit

Flowers: Lynsi Pearson

Venue: Sleepy Ridge

Photographer: Melissa Mann Roquemore  “She’s an amazing talented photographer and she was so much fun to work with! I absolutely loved her!”

 

 

 

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Photography by Rachel Johnson of Luminosity Photography

Flowers by Orem Floral & Gift
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