Picture this: an autumn wedding - October. Both the ceremony and reception are outside and it's 65 degrees and clear. Already one prayer has been answered and anyone married outdoors can attest to that. Ariel and Seth tailored their ceremony to fit their desires and their personalities.
They met online, knew what they wanted in a life, a partner and a marriage and wrote their own vows. Ariel is a medical assistant and Seth is a recruiter, they live in Winston-Salem and married just outside in Kernersville, NC at the WillStella Farm. Her parents inspire them with their over 30 years of marriage and his parents in that he knew what he wanted in his own married life.
Ariel came to us to buy her gown and had her mind set on "something simple." Kelly helped her try on dresses, she said, "were not necessarily the styles I might have chosen and that helped me find what I really wanted and looked good in."
We often do this with brides - and prom-goers - because you may have something planned in your mind's eye, but haven't conceived of yourself in a different look or in a different way. Some brides stick with their vision, but others find themselves shifting. We just want them to find what they look amazing in, will love seeing themselves in and love.
Ariel: "We did write our own vows and did not hear them until the day; they were
very similar! We did a unity ceremony, but used a wine box, bottle of wine, and two
letters for our version. We both wrote letters to one another that explained why we fell in love with each other. Our plan is to open them whenever we have a big disagreement or if we fall
into a rough patch. If those things don’t happen (and we hope they don’t) then we can
open them on an anniversary."
Ariel told us that she ultimately chose her dress from us because she felt both comfortable and beautiful in it and that is was a perfect fit for the ceremony and location. And she does look amazing and happy!
Store owner, Kelly has been in the bridal industry since 2000, when at the ripe old age of 20 she opened her first little store front on a wing and a prayer. She is a certified wedding planner (no, she does not plan weddings), and everything she knows about bridal and formal wear has come from, gut instinct, trial and error, and watching LOTS of What Not to Wear.