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Sarah Perry said "I Do" to Jacob Fulp in November of last year at Red Cedar Farm in Granite Falls. These two met while Sarah was in college and months later realized that they had so much in common. They both love video games and creative projects, and own an online jewelry business that they run together. Jacob is the creative force and she assists him. They are an adorable couple and we were so happy to help outfit them.
Sarah shared that the wedding day was fun, if not perfect, but their smiles say it all. She and Jacob laughed a lot, especially with their photographer Sarah Huffman while cutting the cake. These two know how to enjoy the little moments encased in the big moments.
This bride didn't have lots of requests when she came to us. They were getting married in November, on the anniversary of when they first met, so one would expect a gown with sleeves or something autumnal, but the weather turned out to be warm and sunny. She chose well!
Sarah: "I ended up with a strapless dress I fell in love with! If it wasn't suggested, I never would've even tried it on! I also wasn't planning on a veil, but once it was placed to finish the look, I almost cried. I knew I wasn't leaving without it."
Sarah: "The team at Bridal Traditions was as easy-going as I am, helping every step of the way and explaining all the attachments of the dresses. I didn't even need to alter the dress after ordering it!"
Congratulations Sarah and Jacob!! Cheers to many, many years of happiness!
We recently shared our Bride Guide with you and now we want to make sure that the guys know that they aren't just wanted at the altar. All during the wedding planning process, there are opportunities to help the bride. A variety of the work will be negotiated by her, but fellas: don't absent yourselves from this chapter. You also have some stuff to take care of, and this pre-married period is an opportunity to show who you'll be as a husband.
Help with the Guest List
We'll start with the easiest task: helping create the guest list. You know your people and she knows hers. Combine them and compare them against your budget and vision and you're off to the races. Knowing the headcount and budget will allow you to plan well and will reduce stress. Reducing stress is a big deal.
Help her hire a Dream Team
Help your bride hire vendors who understand you, know what you want, are supportive and great at what they do. This is the team that will show up for you and bring their best, so do this together.
Be of Service to your Wife-to-Be
Take any items off her list that you can tackle. Doesn't matter how small the task, if getting it done matters to her, then shoulder in, grab your car keys or internet connection and knock it off of the to do list.
Weddings are stressful. Go ahead and prepare for some stress, coordination and crazy schedules as you start gearing up for the day. The closer you get to the day, the less time you'll have for planning. And doing even a short list of easy tasks will make you a winning groom.
Handle the Rehearsal Dinner
Not only is the rehearsal dinner your responsibility - according to the social contract we all signed - but it's actually one of the most memorable parts of the wedding weekend.
It's a party! Ask her best friend or yours, reach out to your classiest and most organized pals, and plan a dinner that is (1) a night off for her, and (2) a celebration of how you got here, and what's to come in your lives together.
Provide Emotional Support
Whether you know exactly what is wrong, or how it happened, or who caused it - BE THERE. Just listen and let her talk through it. Absorb the anxiety and release it for you both. Try to remind each other not to sweat the small stuff.
Help your Groomsmen
Whether you are renting or buying, have chosen suits or tuxes, prefer crazy socks or cowboy boots, YOU have to get your own wedding clothes pulled together and help your best man and groomsmen through this process. The bride and her bridesmaids will have their hands full with their own attire, so lean in and take this task on.
Try on your wedding attire
....THE MINUTE IT ARRIVES. You can thank us later, because this #protip will save you, guys.
We are living in a golden era of overnight, if not immediate, delivery, items arriving via drone, and rushed ordering. That does not mean that mistakes won't be made. Grooms: try on your wedding attire the minute you get it. Finding out that your shirt is two sizes too small on wedding day is not only going to cause acid reflux while you scramble to make things right, it may not be fixable. Try on every item as if that day was THE day and if you're satisfied, hang them up to keep them clean and you're good.
Remember that this is about your marriage...
... not your wedding. The wedding is months of planning executed on one day. Your marriage is for life, so relish the little moments, and let this time be one where you bond more, fall more in love and learn how to plan, solve problems together and make the day about you and your future.
Kassandra Cook married Noah Bowman in November of 2021 at The Twist Mule in Morganton, NC. She and Noah have a sweet back story that only started in college, despite the fact that they spent 4 years of high school together and never spoke, never had a class and never knew each other. In college, they became friends and ultimately fell in love.
Preparing with her Ladies
"Our wedding day was everything we wanted it to be, although it was very cold and windy But
beautiful! The ceremony was outdoors, with a breathtaking view of the mountains. The setting tone and palette were casual and earth toned, very natural. I’m not a fan of flowers, so everything was dried. I used pampas grass, dried eucalyptus, and other dried or wooden flowers. My colors were pinks, brown, creams, and wines. The whole day was very emotional. As my hairdresser was finishing my hair, I started crying because I couldn’t believe I was actually getting married to my best friend!"
"The most memorable part of my day was seeing Noah waiting for me at the end of the
aisle. I knew I was looking at my forever. We chose to read each other our hand written vows in
private with each other and it was much more intimate and emotional that way."
Kassandra knew she would need sleeves for her early November wedding, and that she didn't want a super white dress. She saw her gown in a Facebook ad and found it at Bridal Traditions. She wanted something beautiful that didn't come from a big chain store. That's why we're here, and she looked gorgeous!!
"BT had exactly what I wanted. The staff was so friendly, helpful and honest. Plus it’s a small
business which I am always supporting. They also didn’t try to push a sale, they cared if I was
really happy or not!"
Much love and congratulations to this newly married set of best friends. All the best to you both, Kassandra and Noah!
*Photo credit: (wedding pictures) Taylor Houston Photography
(Bridals) New Heights Media Photography and Videography
Amber Argabright married Billy Troglin at Rustic Ties in Rockwell, NC in September of 2021. After growing up as a friend of her family, Billy asked Amber out and after 5 years of dating, they got engaged. These two professionals love sports of all kinds, yoga and hunting.
It was warm on the day of their ceremony, so Amber was pleased that she'd chosen a sleeveless gown. The couple looked amazing.
Amber: "We felt so loved and so much happiness from everyone around us. It was such a special time despite how busy and crazy we were running around and trying to speak to everyone. Our end of wedding private dance under the outdoor lights was the most special part. It was quiet, only us and the photographer."
Amber's first and second requirements were sparkle and glitter and her gown delivered on both. Every layer in the tulle skirt just sparkled and with the beautiful lace bodice and her auburn hair, she was a princess.
Congratulations Amber and Billy! Thanks for letting us be a part of your day.
Photo Credit: Courtney Fletcher Photography