Beautiful #BTbride Brittney (say that 3 times fast) married Avery Blevins almost a year ago at Chapman Farmstead, Traphill, NC in a lovely, rustic and autumnal wedding. They met in high school and started dating in 2018. Shall we say that "the rest is history"? Why not?
Brittney: "Our wedding was unique. We used our own song choices instead of traditional music. It was a small wedding with family and friends. My Bridesmaids and I ate gummy bears and enjoyed punch before the wedding."
... was fabulous, with delicate straps and cut out lace details, a flowing skirt and details at the hemline. It was the right combination of graceful and sweet, with a little modern flair. Brittney shared with us that the season wasn't an issue; finding the right gown was the most important thing and she would make it work.
"I really didn’t know what I was looking for. Nothing too poofy or Cinderella-like. I wanted a dress that wouldn’t swallow me but wasn’t so tight I couldn’t move. I didn’t want strapless. I ended up trying it on and knowing it was the one!"
We helped Brittney with some of her choices, and offered selections, pinned and adorned for her, as we do with all of our bride. She knew the dress she chose was the one though and once she'd made up her mind, that was that.
The couple also got their groomsmen's vests, shirts, and ties from Bridal Traditions.
As you approach your first anniversary, Brittney and Avery, everyone at BT is wishing you continued health and joy as you work, play and grow together. Cheers to you both and many happy returns.
Bridal Traditions is always happy to contribute gowns, dresses, suits and accessories for stylized bridal photo shoots and this modern boho session had all the elements of bohemia with elegance, softness and the chic details that you have come to expect. For this one, we loaned the dress, and we must say, the model looked amazing in it. Enjoy! For the list of vendors, read all the way to the end of this post.
Floral & Styling: @goldenthistledesign
Hair & Makeup: @canvasbeautybar
Invitations/Paper Goods: @champagnemaker
Envelope Calligraphy: @kristenhendersoncalligraphy
Cake & Chocolates: @devorahchocolate
Courtney and Dylan went to high school together, but ran in different circles. Neither associated with the other and were particularly aware of the other.
A couple of years out of school, Dylan reached out via social media and the rest is history. The couple were married in June of this year at Jubilee Farms and had a gorgeous summer wedding, outside, in 95 degree heat and everyone was all smiles. They relied on friends and family during this season of pandemic and worry and it paid off.
The images, by photographer Emily Smith, say it all.
Courtney shared that her favorite memories of the day and of the weekend were around how everyone pulled together to make it happen - even with Covid, even with heat and even in "a two week scramble" to pull it off. During the rehearsal dinner, there was a short rain shower that forced everyone under tents. After it passed, there was a rainbow - visible from end to end. "It was if God was telling us that everything was ok, that He had this, and we didn’t need to worry about a thing. I felt as if a weight was lifted off my shoulders. He was telling us that this was how our wedding was meant to happen."
Courtney's description is the best:
"I had an idea of what I wanted, and got nothing even close to that!! I never wanted a strapless dress: got strapless. I never wanted something tight, got something tight. Thought I wanted something white or off white, got a very dark champagne. Didn’t want a veil, got a veil. Literally got the exact opposite of what I thought I wanted, but MY DRESS WAS PERFECT. I loved everything about it. The belt that I picked to go with it and the buttons down the back were my favorite parts about the dress. I loved the color. I hadn’t seen anything like it before, and as my grandma so kindly pointed out, white looked horrible on me. So this dark champagne dress was absolutely perfect."
"I am so glad that I got my dress from BT. Y’all were AMAZING!!! I feel like at the end of that first day I already had a new friend. We came and tried on dresses, left to see a venue, then asked if we could come back to try on some more! BT accommodated all of this. You guys were also honest about what looked good and didn’t look good. I valued those opinions. I wanted to look beautiful on my wedding day, and if there was something that needed to be altered or changed then I wanted to know. BT was there to give me professional opinions, and I appreciated it so much! They also accommodated the things my mom wanted to see, while making sure I wasn’t being pushed into something I didn’t want."
Music to our ears!! This is what we also strive for: happy bride who has been guided gently, honestly and - when the dress is right - enthusiastically. We want all of our brides to look as lovely as Courtney and to be as happy as she was.
Bridesmaid's also purchased their gowns through Bridal Traditions and we worked with them to ensure all was just right and properly sized. "I talked on the phone to Kelly numerous times to make sure things were working out, especially with Covid starting. I can’t say enough good things about working with BT and Kelly!!"
So many congratulations to this sweet and handsome pair. Cheers to you and to decades upon decades of happiness.
These first photos say it all. This was a Covid-19 wedding.
You can listen to the noise or you can stay true to your sense of hope and joy in the world. Allison and Joshua chose the later for their June wedding in Lenoir, NC.
Allison and Joshua met while she was a student at Wilkes Community College and he was an instructor. CALM DOWN, their age difference is only 5 years and they were collegial the whole time. They saw each other in the hallways and would chat about classwork, the news and what was going on at WCC. They became comfortable friends after a while. Allison shared that when summer rolled around she knew that she would miss seeing him, so she wrote him a note and shared her telephone number. They began dating and were engaged a year later.
A year after that, they were married.
Josh is still a math professor and Allison is studying graphic design at Liberty University. They love their families, church family, playing drum (him) and painting, art, and gardening (her).
Like all well-planned things, this one was sidelined when the pandemic hit. What began as a wedding to be held on the Watson stage at Wilkes Community College and a reception for 150 turned into a small venue - The Chapel of Rest - with only close friends and family - about 40 people. These two just rolled with the punches, sending out updated invitations and cancelling items left and right.
Allison shared that her favorite moment was saying their vows. She'd waited for nearly two years and was ready for the I Dos with Joshua.
This bride knew that she didn't want poofy, but definitely wanted something that would make her look like a princess and a bride. She'd found her perfect prom dress with us back in the day and returned. We're so glad that she did, because she found her wedding gown too.
"It had the perfect amount of poof without being too much and it had just enough sparkle on top to give me the amount of bling I wanted. The back had buttons all the way up (and bonus that the back actually zipped up but it looked like it was buttoned). I loved the button detail on the back and the long train."
"Bridal Traditions really helped me find a selection of dresses that fit the style I was looking for and ultimately helped me find the perfect one. They even helped me to find the perfect veil to match. The signs made the experience even more special. I love that they do that. I got to hold up the 'I said yes to the dress' sign and take pictures with it. It made it a really fun experience."
You two kids did well! Congratulations and best wishes to you both and thank you for including BT in your day.