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If you are a follower of Bridal Traditions, then you know that we pride ourselves on curating selections of gowns priced at or under $1,000. It's true: you can fall in love with and look amazing in a gown that is not the price of your first car. Ladies say yes to their dress at our boutique every day.
Well, we've added three new collections that not only meet that same criteria, but are absolutely elevated in their style, detail, structure (we don't "DO" online gowns that fall apart) and elegance. Take this gown below from the Omelie collection. Does it not look like modern Grace Kelly or something a modern European bride would wear? It's demure in neckline, but it could go to church buttoned up, or become boho with its floral pattern. SWOON!
Omelie is a private collection with uniquely styled gowns priced just under $1K. These dresses are not only beautiful, they look way more expensive than they are.
The lace details in the Metropolitan are far from traditional, the cut-outs, short fluttery sleeves and long sweeping medieval sleeves show that the bride wanted her gown to be out of the ordinary. Each dress looks and feels custom.
Finally, there is the most traditional of the three new collections - Oreasposa. These dresses, like Metropolitan are from a division of Demetrios Bridal and have a price range from $640 to $865.
We don't throw around the word perfect, because weddings - much like gown shopping - have elements of the unexpected and can be fraught with problems, indecision and lots of changing your mind. That said, this lovely person and bride we're featuring - Sequoia - told us her wedding was a close to perfect as she imagined.
Sequioa and Wendal met in college at UNC-Greensboro in 2012 and became fast friends while living in the Honors Dorm. It was not long before they were going out together in groups and then just the two of them. During their junior year, they had the opportunity to study abroad and took advantage of it, with Sequoia in Northern Ireland and Wendel in Scotland. During that year, they were able to visit each other in the UK and also travel to France, Spain and all over England as well.
After graduation, they started three years of a long distance relationship when Wendel moved to Connecticut to work for Traveler's Insurance. Now, they are located in Charlotte, with Wendel at Traveler's and Sequoia training to be a Registered Dietician.
Sequoia chose burgundy and gold as her colors and coordinated the gowns, men's accessories and decorations accordingly. Everything was sleek, streamlined and elegant for the 90 or so attending friends and family. The couple were married in June of this year at The Colonnade at Revolution Mill. It was lovely, intimate and rustic.
"I walked down the aisle to Always & Forever (by Kevin Simm) and Wendel and I chose to have a sand ceremony. Honestly, I got nervous right before walking down the aisle, but once I did that, I could breathe. When I started walking down, my now-husband began tearing up and he almost made me cry! I can’t wait to get my video back so I can rewatch that moment."
that looks like it was made for her. We lost count of how many people commented to us that her dress looked as though she were the only bride for it. Slim, capped lace sleeves, elegant with the right amount of sheen. Sequoia is a goddess in that dress!
This bride came to us knowing that she wanted satin, no sleeves, but not strapless and a dress that she could dance in that was both fitted and flattering but not heavy. She wasn't interested in lace for the same reason some girls don't want it. They think that it's too old-fashioned. Ladies, those days are over. The right lace on the right dress can be an absolute game-changer and we have story upon story of brides who've changed their mind about an idea after trying on a gown.
"My gown was the second one I tried on, and when I did, all my close girlfriends (who I brought with me) had “the gasp”. “The gasp” means that dress was the ONE. I felt beautiful in it and their reaction told me that it was perfect! I also love the diamond brooch in the middle of the dress near the belly button, but I also love the satin. Satin is one of my favorite types of fabric, it’s just so smooth and flattering!"
Congratulations to Sequoia and Wendel and all the best in your new adventure in life together!
We would like to interrupt your previously scheduled time allotted for gown shopping, venue searching, DJ vetting, hors d'oeuvre tasting and Pinterest pinning to show you what could possibly be your wedding, yes YOUR WEDDING, if you so choose.
All it takes is imagination, will power, convincing your parents (or paying yourself), and a penchant for going your own way. These folks did and so could you.
We'll start with the completely expected outdoor Star Wars wedding, where super villain Darth Vader officiates the ceremony. The bride and groom are adorable and the storm trooper look ready to pounce on anyone who cuts the buffet line.
But seriously, Darth Vader gets to say, "man and wife." With a show of hands - who saw that coming?
We're not sure which volume from Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings this is from, but the Wizard Gandalf not only marries Aragorn and Arwen in The Return of the King, but apparently he also hitches Elfin Lady Galadriel and Hobbit Frodo.
You have to love this one. Shrek and Fiona! If we had a nickel for every time a bride came into Bridal Traditions and wanted to know more about green face paint, we'd have ...... exactly no nickels. #GUTSY
When Zombies Attack, ... or The Walking Wed. We're not sure we get this one, but for Halloween, yes! Here's the little secret: if you're going to do it - commit totally.
Above - the over-the-top Baroque era. Think of Versailles and the French Revolution .... right before the lower classes rose up and beheaded them all. Nothing says "wedding" like excess... and a guillotine. Seriously though, these two look pretty amazing.
Below - inspired by David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly in the 1986 movie Labyrinth. We'll just call it fantasy and leave it at that.
When it comes to themed weddings, Disney has nearly cornered the market. The Little Mermaid below, complete with shocking red hair, mermaid style gown and groom holding a trident.
Comic books, Comicon festivals and conventions, ... say what you will, but graphic novels and comics have taken over theaters and our imagination. If you feel heroic, just go ahead and embrace your comic spirit animal, like Captain America.
Below, in the same vein are video games and these two chose a wedding based on the World of Warcraft. And let's face it: they both look like they won.
Finally, nothing puts the fantasy in a themed wedding like Lewis Carroll and his iconic, if not trippy "children's" novel, Alice in Wonderland. This couple nailed it, from the hats, to the clock and flowers to the mushrooms. As The Queen says, sometimes, you have to "believe as many as six impossible things before breakfast" to make magic.
For your wedding, you decide if a theme is impossible or a dream!
Welcome to El Morro in Old San Juan, where this gorgeous couple below became Emily and Kyle Weatherman in late June of this year. Their wedding pictures are beautiful and we couldn't be more excited to celebrate their marriage and highlight bride Emily.
El Morro is a National Monument that protects over 2,000 inscriptions and petroglyphs, as well as Ancestral Puebloan ruins. They chose this spot because of its beauty and since it is a national monument, with a fort and tons of eucalyptus, there was no need for decor or a theme. The place spoke for itself.
"We got married at 8:30 AM- the fort is now a government park which opens to the public at 9Am so we got married before hours for more privacy. I was told by the park ranger we were the first and only couple he knew of to get married before hours, which I thought was pretty neat. Most people get married after hours but I wanted us all to beat the heat and humidity and also for our guests to have the rest of the day to enjoy their time in PR. We had a small brunch reception to follow back at the Caribe Hilton (where we were all staying) and when we finished with our reception we all met at the pool and spent the rest of the afternoon celebrating."
Brides-to-be: take note! If you don't want a fully traditional wedding where the day or evening is dominating by a schedule, this is the way to go!
The spot is gorgeous and so was the music. As Emily walked down the aisle, her best friend, Michaela Cockerham sang, “I can’t help falling in love with you” and "made the guests tear up and have cold chills." Apparently, several people thought it was a recording until they noticed her up front singing. Emily shared that this was one of her favorite moments from the ceremony. The other was when her new husband tried to "dip her" for the first kiss at the alter and almost fell over with her. The preacher ran over to assist and all ended well, but the crowd thought this was hilarious.
These two met in the 7th grade and shared mutual friends and moved through high school together. After graduation, Kyle joined the navy and was stationed in Jacksonville FL. while Emily attended college. An out of the blue FB message reunited them in 2013 and they turned a few messages into an ongoing conversation. In December of that same year, Kyle returned home and asked Emily to be his girl friend. 3 weeks later he was deployed for 7 months but they have been together since.
Emily came to Bridal Traditions with a specific style of gown and tried on that style multiple times before she told us she realized that it was not the style that fit her the best. Owner Kelly actually recommended the dress that ended up being the one she chose. "Kelly has a great eye for what would look best on someone! I really didn’t factor in my location for the dress I wanted, but luckily my dress traveled well on the airplane, and didn’t hold wrinkles! It was pretty heavy, but I loved it and it was totally worth it!
"I purchased a second dress that was on sale and I plan to wear it for the reception we are having on Aug 3rd. Kyle purchased a linen suit for the wedding and looked about as chill and place appropriate as possible. This couple has style.
Many happy returns you guys and much love from the gang at BT!