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From all of us at Bridal Traditions, we want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
What makes this time different than March 2nd or September 29th? Only the season, really. At our boutique, we feel gratitude for our friends, family and community 12 months of the year.
We appreciate our vendors, our community neighbors, and our customers who come to us for the big milestones in life. It goes without saying, but WE LOVE WHAT WE DO and we especially love that we get to serve you all day-in and day-out.
Celebrate the year the passed and let's get ready for 2024!
The entire BT Team; Kelly, Caylen, Misty, and Karlee
While we are all celebrating the holidays and enjoying colder weather, brides are getting married. Yes, in the winter. Winter weddings may not be as common as summer weddings, but they are no less beautiful, fun to plan, and a blast to attend. And let's face it, they are novel. Winter weddings are more memorable for the simple reason that we're usually in holiday mode. A union of two souls during the holidays though, is a pretty special. If you are a bride with time to plan your winter wedding, consider these ideas and let your imagination take it from there!
Moody Color Palettes: Winter weddings generally employ darker and richer hues like deep reds, burgundy, navy blue, emerald green, and plum to create an elegant and dramatic atmosphere. Don't be bound by these though. Make sure that your particular passion and palette come into play.
Seasonal florals, textures & Candlelight
Consider Seasonal Florals. Incorporating winter blooms like amaryllis, anemones, poinsettias, pinecones, and evergreen foliage in bouquets and decorations adds a wintry touch to weddings during this season.
Warm Textures, like velvet, faux fur, and woolen elements in attire or decor bring a coziness to the celebration. Think about using these in areas where guests will sit, dine and gather. And of course, remember these elements for your attire!
Candlelit Ambiance enhances the romance of the season by illuminating your wedding and reception spaces. We're accustomed to twinkling lights during the winter, so adding candles, lanterns, and fairy lights for a soft, warm glow is a great idea.
Unique Food and Drinks during the holidays can offer comfort. Consider serving foods like gourmet soups, hot cocoa bars, mulled wine, or signature winter cocktails to keep guests warm. If your wedding has a theme, the food can be transporting for your guests too. Most will have tired from the usual holiday fare, so mix it up, be inventive and use the seasonal ingredients that are available.
SEasonal Outerwear for Winter Weddings
Stylish capes, faux fur stoles, or jackets for the bride and bridal party not only add warmth but also make a fashion statement.
Unique Venue Choices like cozy cabins, barns, or historic buildings complement the winter theme and make everyone involved or attending feel like they've been whisked away.
Embracing the Season by using items like sleds, skis, or snow-inspired decorations to embrace the winter theme and create memorable photo opportunities.
If you're a bride looking for ideas, we hope this is a start. And if you are a bride looking for a gown, Bridal Traditions has got you! Make an appointment to come in and start thinking about what you want to wear this time next year.
Sarah Livermore and Austin Myers may have said their vows in Wisconsin, but Wilmington, NC is where they met, and NC is where they stayed. Sarah grew up in Wilmington and when Austin arrived in town - newly stationed as a marine - they met randomly at a coffee shop. He asked Sarah if she wouldn't mind giving him a tour around his new home, and Sarah obliged. After a long day exploring Wilmington together, with Sarah showing him the sites outside of the base, they realized that they never wanted to be apart.
In September of this year, they said their I Dos at Foundry 45 in Kewaskum WI. The couple have a daughter together and both love running, spending time with their dogs and friends, and going to the mountains to get away from time to time.
The Gown Suits the Girl
Some brides come to Bridal Traditions knowing exactly what they want, while others have a vague sense and an eagerness to narrow down the search. What's more important than knowing exactly what type of gown you want is actually knowing who you are, what you like, and then having an open mind.
Sarah tried on gowns with us, always knowing that she wanted to wear black.
Sarah: "Having black dresses and the ability to dye a dress was so helpful.* The staff at BT helped me view my dress since I didn't see it in black. We grabbed several dresses to overlay onto each other and that gave me the best vision."
*Note to brides: Bridal Traditions does not dye wedding gowns. Sarah's gown was a custom order and handled at the factory.
Sarah loved the off-the-shoulder sleeves, the covered buttons, intricate lace, fitted body and flared skirt, and the gown looked like it was made for her. On the day, her long hair was braided and adorned, and her jewelry, makeup and florals completed the look.
For brides unsure of trying a black wedding gown, we hope you'll consider how beautiful Sarah looks next to the autumnal colors of her florals and along side her gorgeous bridesmaids, decked out in corals and pinks (image below).
If this look suits you, we support you! Just curious about your options? Make an appointment to come see us.
Kaylee Brooks and Austin Adams were married at Timber Rivers in Lansing, NC in October of 2023 at what was a gorgeous wedding. The venue was beautifully decorated and the day was a celebration of these two individuals who actually first met when they were only 12 years old. Their friendship from youth ultimately became romantic much later in 2018 when they started dating. Once they became inseparable, they never wanted to be anything else.
Timber River Barn Wedding - A Classic
Kaylee: "Our wedding was held at the most beautiful mountain barn venue during peak fall leaf season. The weather was a perfect 60 degrees and sunny, and we hosted around 115 guests. My bridesmaids didn't walk down the aisle with bouquets, but instead they carried memorial photos of loved ones that later sat on a custom-made table thanks to Austin’s grandfather."
The bride's parents surprised her with a horse and carriage that took her around the ceremony space and then dropped her at the aisle. It was magical. After the ceremony, the newlyweds were able to take a ride in the carriage as husband and wife, that gave them a minute or two to breathe and savor the moment and rush of emotions.
We love an autumn wedding, if for no other reason than the color palette can be so exquisite in the right hands. Kaylee and her team nailed it. Lots of evergreen, coral, burgundy and tan were used, the floral greenery and pampas grass were perfect choices, and the venue interior provided texture and warmth galore. Photographers Jill and Amber from Waterhouse Studios captured the setting and decor beautifully.
The Wedding Gown for Kaylee
Kaylee originally thought she would wear a gown with long sleeves, maybe a little lace, and no extra layers or long train. She was going to keep it simple and unfussy. She ultimately chose something completely different. She found a sleeveless gown with plenty of lace, lots of movement in the skirt, and a texture she said she fell in love with. With her bouquet, happy smile, and hair in boho curls, she was a stunner.
Whether you are a bride who is certain of the designer or style of your gown, or you feel as though you're "going in blind," Bridal Traditions is here to help you achieve your vision or get you unstuck. We love what we do and are proud of the gowns and designers we stock. Like many BT brides, Kaylee found her perfect gown and we couldn't be happier for her. Congrats to the newlyweds!
Are you ready to shop for your perfect gown? Book an appointment and let's get started.