Sarah LIncolmfelt married Taylor Brunson in September of last year at Marler Road Baptist Church in Hamptonville, NC. These two met at a summer Christian camp in Brevard called The Wilds. She waitressed and scooped ice cream and he was a counselor. One afternoon, he brought his campers to get ice cream, but ended up flirting with her more than anything. Flirting led to more ice cream and friendship, and the rest is history. BT had the fun of dressing this beauty for her wedding day!
Theirs was a very tender and teary affair, but included a song sung and played for Sarah by Taylor and a secret handshake. While camp counselors, these two weren't allowed to show affection, so they created a handshake that was incorporated into their ceremony and vows. It was a really sweet and special touch.
"I loved being able to have a first look on my wedding day. It was one of the moments that I believed eased my nerves before the wedding. No one had to hide from anyone and it was great."
Sarah came into BT with a knowledge of our shop and a lot of ideas in mind for her gown . She had options! On the day of her appointment, she asked us for a specific gown she'd seen and we had it. She pretty much knew it was the one. Her gown had long sleeves, something that was on her list, beautiful lace around the neckline, and a swooping open back detail. She looked gorgeous in it. We love seeing traditional gowns on modern brides.
Congratulations to Sarah and Taylor and here's many, many decades of happiness!
Photo Credit: Olivia Shay Photography
When things don't go right for our brides or clients, we are heartbroken. That isn't marketing speak: that is the truth. If you know us at all, in the 20+ years we've been serving this community, thank goodness we can count on a few fingers the number of times when something hasn't worked out for a bride. Our vendors are sharp and great at what they do. Our processes at BT come from years of experience and best practices, and we are devoted to the girls and ladies who come in looking for inspiration, something gorgeous to wear, timeliness and quality. But we all know ....
We live in an age where complete transparency is applauded because people are human, life has its challenges and businesses fumble the ball. People want the truth and then how to fix the problem. We also live in an era of "well, that's good enough." This leaves our team at Bridal Traditions trying to (A) provide clarity and honesty with regard to the wedding dress industry and how long it takes to get your gown into your hands, and (B) our professional desire to be the best at everything we do. "Just good enough" is NOT good enough for us. That's why we've been around for more than two decades.
Recently, a wonderful BT bride was disappointed when her dress arrived and the factory made a mistake with the sizing. We normally (if not always) ask that brides provide us with a minimum of 6 months to get the dress delivered to us and then to the bride. If you need alterations, those will add more time. When this bride's dress arrived and there was only a week before the wedding - and the factory got the sizing wrong - we were stuck. Her seamstress was left with no wiggle room and we felt rotten. Honestly, everyone felt rotten. As we've said before: cases like this one are rare, but that doesn't mean that they aren't shattering for the bride. Please know: it was shattering for us too. We aren't here for retail experiences, we care about EVERY SINGLE BRIDE. To that end, we are here to provide a little counsel and clarity.
Words of Advice
Ladies, take note, because more than anything our mission is to make you feel spectacular, ridiculously happy and absolutely thrilled that you came to BT.
A Happy Outcome
This story ultimately had a happy ending. We were able to provide a replacement gown out of our inventory (not her original design, but one we think she loved more), and the bride enjoyed her dress and her day.
Our Goal: make sure that you have a wonderful experience with us, find the garment you need and have a wonderful wedding.
Your Goal: get married in a dress that makes you blissfully happy on the day and wistful every time you think about it. If those things can happen and all that is needed is a little planning and forethought - WE'VE GOT THIS.
Tamara and Jason were married in September of 2021 in Boone at a friend's house overlooking Grandfather Mountain. They had tons of helps from friends and family, gorgeous wedding on the day and a beautiful, intimate ceremony. Tamara said this was her first "and only" wedding and that she felt so blessed to have her four grandchildren with her on the day.
Theirs was a colorful wedding with amazing bouquets of gemstone florals and bridesmaids in the same jewel tones. The weather, the flowers and palette were perfection.
Like most brides, Tamara came to Bridal Traditions with an idea and a few concerns. She knew that she wanted to look like a princess and she wanted to make sure that her dress fit her short frame. The second gown turned out to be The One. With her daughter Amber to help, Tamara also chose her train and petticoat. She loved the way everything came together for her. And so are we!!
Congratulations Tamara and Jason! Here's to many happy years ahead!