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That gorgeous red head is Emily Wyatt and she married her ONE in December of 2019 in a lovely and Winter-y wedding ceremony. She didn't want something strictly Christmas related and they achieved it. She and Tyler LaPrad tied the knot at Flint Hill Baptist Church and then held their reception at Mt. Zion Baptist Church's Fellowship Hall.
After meeting at Wilkes Community College while working on the Fall Festival, they became Facebook friends and started dating just 2 days after Christmas in 2014. The Christmas holiday is THEIR time.
Emily: "We had a traditional church wedding. There were probably 100-125 people there, so it was not too big. Even though it took place in December, I didn’t want it to be Christmas themed. I went with a winter theme instead. We used ice blue, silver, and white as our colors. Our wedding day went by so quickly! For the ceremony we exchanged traditional vows and had a unity candle for our unity ceremony."
Here is a fun note that you won't see in any of the images in this blog: this sweet couple had to take their get-away truck to a cash wash because it was destroyed by their nearest and dearest. Baby powder, yellow glitter, dog food in the floor boards, vaseline wiped everywhere, they couldn't possibly leave for a honeymoon. Emily said that she was standing at the car wash IN HER GOWN holding up the train and laughing while Tyler was trying to vacuum out and wipe off all of that "love" from their friends.
Emily's was a case of gown finds girl. She knew that she didn't want a strapless gown and that, with a church wedding, the sleeve question was not going to be a big deal. She wanted beads and lace and ended up with a bit of both. Her gown looked absolutely amazing on her. The fitted elements accentuated her figure and looked both demure and modern.
Emily: "As soon as I put on my dress, I knew it was the one for me. I loved how it made me look and especially how it made me feel. I instantly knew it was the one that I wanted Tyler to see me in when I came down the aisle. I couldn’t stop smiling while I had it on. It also had all of the details that I had always wanted."
"The lace was beautiful, I loved the beading all over the dress, especially the belt. I also loved how the lace came down in the back into a deep 'v'.
BT was absolutely wonderful when I came in to buy my gown. I didn’t feel any pressure to go with a certain dress or to buy before I was ready. It was a very laid back and relaxed atmosphere which made it a pleasant shopping experience."
Emily and Tyler's tribe also worked with BT. The ladies and maid of honor bought their gowns and Emily let them pick out the style within the palette that they wanted. The fellas rented their suits from us and everyone was happy and looked crisp and handsome.
Congratulations to Emily and Tyler on pulling off a winter wedding that has all the brightness and flair of any season. Cheers to you both!
Covid-19 has affected us as individuals, as families, as communities and in our respective industries. At BT, we're holding you all close in our thoughts, prayers and hearts and that is sincere. It's a scary time, but we are not scared. We feel that if we are all smart, vigilant and optimistic, we will not only get through this, but we will come out on the other side stronger than ever. We wanted to share a short update with you all, so here is our current status so that you have what you need to keep interacting with us!
Our Current Policies and Plans
While we at BT know that we play a significant role in certain life events for you, we do actually fall into that non-essential business category in times like these. So we are closing the store until further notice per the Governor's directive.
Your Items from Bridal Traditions
Our manufacturers are still in production and shipping is running on time. All of the items we sell and rent are still available. If you have items on lay-away or special orders, they are safe and will continue to be held for you. We will continue to accept payments online, by phone (336-667-5423) and you can certainly reach out to us via our social media channels, Instagram and Facebook if you have questions. You may also email owner Kelly at email@example.com. If there are ANY changes with regard to special orders, we will reach out to you individually with details and in a timely fashion.
Gang: we love you. While you're busy washing your hands, try not to wring them with worrying. Count your blessings, show small kindnesses, check on those most vulnerable in your area, play a game, learn a new skill, catch up on books, movies, projects and know that iron sharpens iron. We will prevail, but right now, we have to be careful. Hang in there and we look forward to serving you as always.
Some of the best wedding trends and ideas we've come across lately emphasize spring (and it's licking at our heels), but there are purposes for many no matter the season or theme. At BT, we're already in love with some of these trends. Oh to get married more than once...
wait...... that's not what we meant... Just do it well the first time.
Put 'em on the salads, on the wedding cake or cupcakes, freeze them in ice cubes or sprinkle them everywhere, but gorgeous edible flowers are not only a trend, they are easy on the eyes.
Get the Details Just Right
Lanterns, lighting, wreaths, a weird little corner for people to gather for cigars or horseshoes, the details around your wedding can be a way of making your day memorable and a way of getting to orbit around your guests.
Barrettes and Combs Are In
This little update makes us so very happy, because Bridal Traditions loves hair accessories. While veils are not going anywhere, there is room for more hair jewelry, more dazzle and more retro gorgeousness.
Instead of Goodie Bags … Charity
Brides and grooms often give little goodie bags to their guests, but some have decided that instead of more commercial treats, they would prefer to make a donation to a charity or cause they love on behalf of their guests. It's way to avoid the obvious consumerism and still show love and gratitude for those closest to them.
Interesting and Interactive Food
The donut wall is all the rage these days, but so are "lazy susans" on tables with cheese boards, bowls of nuts and sweet treats. Interactive food gives strangers seated together something to talk about and engage over, plus they are fun!
Heard of a wedding trend that you'd like to know more about? Let us know and we'll look into it!
Bridal Traditions loved contributing to a styled photo shoot at the beginning of the winter in late 2019. This particular shoot took place at The Emerald Hill, and BT provided the bridal gowns and accessories. You will find the entire vendor list is at the end of the blog.
The setting this day was foggy and cool, but the team took advantage of the mysterious winter light and fog, the beautiful property at The Emerald Hill and all of the indoor and outdoor locations available and in keeping with the winter theme.
The Bride and Gown
Model bride Amber had a variety of gown styles to choose from including off the shoulder, lots of lace, trendy black thread, tulle and ballgown shapes. BT's Kelly also provided veils and head pieces to accent the bride's wardrobe.
The Emerald Hill is located in the foothills of NC and has lots to recommend it including gorgeous suites for the bride and groom to use while getting ready, lots of rolling hills and a rustic but chic reception area with wood panelling that seats plenty and still allows room to dance.
From the desserts, to the rings, to the vows, candles and invitations, the set up was elegant and spot on.
The Vendor List
Bridal Gowns and Accessories - Bridal Traditions (Kelly)
Model Bride - Amber
Cake- SugarRush Bakery (Jolie)
Calligraphy and stationary - Calligraphy by Carrie
Coordination - Embellished Events for You (Kelli)
Hair and Make Up- Adore & Co. (Meredith)
Florist- Wildflowers (Darlene)
Photography/Videography- Weathered Lace (Grace)
Venue, furniture, and all the details- The Emerald Hill (Ashley)
These never happen, so you should be fine.
Said no mother or wedding planner or bridal boutique EVER.
We are not in the business of scaring or scarring, we want to be helpful. So heads up darlings!
These are the mistakes that can get you in trouble on the day you want to be happiest.
Mistake 1: You Don't Put Yourself First
We're taught humility, and that is a good thing. But this is not the day to put everyone else's wishes above your own. Check out BT Owner, Kelly Shumate's thoughts on this from the perspective of buying a gown. There are lots of voices, but there is only one you.
If food is your bag, talk to foodies.
If you love the outdoors, choose a place that is gorgeous and meaningful.
If you want to wear a ball gown and not your grandma's veil, use your voice.
Prioritize! You'll be glad you did, but more importantly, respectfully as for what you need and from whom and make it your day.
Mistake 2: You Don't Take Care of Your Guests
If you've invited an enormous set of folks in various groups - friends, family, coworkers, etc. - to come to your wedding, then you need to make sure that you show them that you SEE them and care. They marked off the day, got a sitter, bought a dress or new shoes, drove, flew, whatever. But they did it because they love you and want to see you get married. Treat them with love and if there is a budget, show that love with little goodies at the hotel or reception or in your Thank You notes.
Mistake 3: You Decide you can do it all Yourself
No one is doubting that you are formidable. But wedding planning is a professional undertaking, especially if you are doing more than an intimate affair. Consider hiring a planner to guide you through all the stages, even if you can pull off the execution yourself with the help of your maid or matron of honor.
We'll continue this instructive lesson in another blog! In the meantime, get organized and lean on those you trust.