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This lovely woman is Noel Armstrong, and she and Groom Chase Johnson pulled off a perfectly amazing wedding (with some terrific and poignant DIY) in September of last year and BT was thrilled to play our part.
Noel met Chase at work, and if you've seen the series "The Office" you know that those relationships can not only be adorable but successful. Once they began talking, conversation led to meeting at the gym after work to then love and engagement.
Due to Covid, these two decided to have their moment in their backyard and the weather supported that decision 100%. Noel and Chase want to be financially free and able to do what they want by the time they are 30 years old (several years away), so having friends and family contribute talents and offerings to the wedding, while scaling back the scope, made perfect sense. Decorations, food and centerpieces, the wedding cake and even their wedding rings were all part of the collaborative contributions.
Preparations and Details
The rings were incredibly special as they came from both Noel and Chase's families.
Noel could be a model for wedding gowns and she made that clear on her wedding day and when she visited our shop. Her gown's lace and pale fabric underlay worked perfectly with her skin tone and created a gorgeous silhouette.
What can we say about the back of this dress? It's epic, it's modern, it's tasteful but cool. Noel looked amazing. This bride knew what she wanted and after trying a suggested gown that had the styling details she wanted (lots of lace and no big poofy ballgown), she knew it was the one. It fit her figure and her budget.
Her favorite details on her gown were "the back and the train. I still am in love with the train because of all of the details. The craziest part of the dress is that the trim formed to my body as if the dress was made exactly for me."
Of course we love positive feedback and Noel was the best:
"OMG KELLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! K-E-L-L-Y!!!!!! Kelly was and is AMAZING!!!!!! She made the experience so simple and seamless! I am from out of the city and she made me actually enjoy the dress buying process. I was dreading it because there are so many choices, but she helped me find my dress because she actually picked my dress out for me!"
We're so happy for these two and hope that as soon as possible they can board a plane and head to their postponed honeymoon in Thailand! Congratulations and much love.
*Photo credit: Katelynn Glenn
99% of dresses that you see in bridal magazines or online are not true white. We know, we know, it sounds like someone's advertising agenda or maybe a tricky use of photoshop. The truth is that "pure white" or "high white" wedding gowns are not as popular, and there are some legitimate reasons for this. You may think the bride is wearing white, but chances are, she's in ivory.
Bright white gowns represented purity for centuries, but that mandate has all but gone out of style for good. Believe it or not, true white wedding gowns are simply TOO BRIGHT, especially with outdoor weddings. Pure white gowns actually have a blinding effect on the eyes, leaving guests and photographers squinting to view. We expect the groom to be blinded by his wife-to-be's beauty, not her gown.
Wedding photographers have told me that in photos, the bright white dresses do not photograph as well. They "blow out" in images and all of the garment's details are lost. With ivory, or a softer hued cream, you can see shadows in the folds of the fabric, small embellishments and all those lacey, beaded and special details that the bride chose specifically. Bright white lace can look blue next to other fabrics. Basically, bright white doesn't represent as well as well as some other options. As lace became more popular in gowns, choosing ivory made more sense in terms of matching and rendered well in photographs.
Ivory & Cream
The demand we've seen from brides who come to Bridal Traditions is actually for ivory, and there are many variances of ivory from super light almost white, to deeper and creamier warm champagnes and even the palest hint of pink. These are a gorgeous and truly inspired option.
Mocha & Latte
You hear the name, picture a coffee drink and think "Mother of the Bride" maybe. The fact is, these colors often act as the underlayer for lace gowns or as an elegant option for brides who want to mix it up. Don't forget that skin tone plays its part, so these gowns offer a sense of the nude sheath underneath the decorative elements of the gown itself.
None of the dresses in this blog are pure white and yet each in the selection is completely elegant, memorable, gorgeous, and entirely bridal.
The bridesmaids all in a row help anchor the bride - not just with love, support and encouragement, but in alllllll of those photos you're going to get before and during the wedding. While the bride may be the star, an elegant line of similarly dressed maids completes the picture.
Some of the tried and true jewel and middling color wheel tones are still favorites. If you can name your palette, we can probably find the collection for your girls. Love a color and want to mix and match the styles? Totally doable with some of these new collections.
Styles & Features
Most of the creativity with bridesmaids gowns happens at the neckline and there are options for all body types. With spring and summer weddings on the horizon, these gowns are sleeveless, but provide interesting bodice details, deep necklines, a variety of strap styles, structure and either detailed open backs or plenty of coverage if you're going traditional and modest.
And yes, ladies, pockets are still popular as are lovely front and side slits,
Fabrics, colors and features... all of these gowns will make bridesmaids feel as special as the bride and they look beautiful on. Come see us at Bridal Traditions as you plan for your girls!
These two darlings above - Whitney and Logan - were married in September of 2020 at Williams Farm. They met in high school, but Whitney fell in love long before graduation. She told us that she watched him laughing at a party and knew he was the one. Sometimes that is all it takes. 5 years later, they said "I Do."
The Wedding Day
Whitney chose Williams Farm for the roaming horses, acres of beauty and rustic charm. She loved the location and especially working with Williams Farm's Sandra and Amanda, who helped her plan the entire year prior. The views were gorgeous for this outdoor wedding and for photos and wandering guests.
Whitney also worked with Dom's Bakery, Shew Ridge Photography and Brookside Flowers and praised each vendor's efforts to make the day perfect.
Whitney wanted a gown that was off white and would work with a September wedding when the temps are still warm, but not hot. She ended up with a different style than she anticipated and was thrilled. She asked the bridesmaids who came to BT with her to each choose a gown (a fun idea by the way if you have trusty band of bridesmaids with good taste) and she would try them all on. It was BT's Owner Kelly who ultimately chose a gown, passed it to Whitney and described it as "royal." She told us that royal was exactly how she said she felt when she put it on. Of course, it WAS the one.
She told us that she loved the lace and the sleeves, but that it was the veil that she drooled over. Whitney selected a cathedral length with lace that matched her gown and she'd never seen anything so long or so elegant.
"BT has always been close to me. I’ve been to Kelly many times throughout the years for prom and it was always a good experience. So of course I chose them when it came to my wedding! We got all of the bridesmaids dresses, the Maid of Honor's dress, Mother of the bride dress and all the tuxedos, ties & shoes were bought from BT."
Congratulations Whitney and Logan! Here is to a glorious 2021 and first year of marriage.