Hearing these bride's stories has been so much fun so far and we just started a month ago. What we're learning - more than anything - is the measure of kindness and patience and preparation we at BT provide (WE LOVE YOU TOO) and the amount of hope our brides bring with them. So many have an idea or a loose plan and then, with listening and an open mind, they choose a gown that didn't necessarily fit their initial vision.
Lovely Kayla Hayes Dowell represents that profile. Curve balls in finding your mate and finding your dress are a real thing.
These two had several connections through family and school, but didn't really find each other until Andrew made an impression on Kayla and her parents at a restaurant. She made a mental note and months later reached out to him. The rest is history.
"All along I had asked him what he thought my dress would look like and he always described it with sleeves. Probably because that was my original plan but my mind was quickly changed when I tried on my dress. He was shocked but absolutely loved it. After the initial walk down the aisle with a few tears shed by both of us we could not stop grinning and laughing. We were so happy and giddy."
"We decided we wanted a small private wedding with just close friends and family and then a larger reception for extended family and friends to attend. The wedding ceremony was in a hayfield with hay bales as seats. We had a beautiful arch in the middle of the field that was built by Andrew and his dad. The officiant of our wedding is the same officiant that married my mom and dad."
Kayla did not stick with her original plan, but instead went with an "almost strapless" dress. Sleeves SHMLESSVES!! She choose a dress with spaghetti straps, lace and more beading than she thought she wanted originally and with lovely tulle.
"Once I tried it on I knew it was the dress. I wanted something that was flattering, and would be beautiful and work at an outside wedding. The weather was cooler of course, a November wedding, but I only got cold as the sun went down. I had so many layers of tulle that my legs stayed warm on top of the adrenaline and nervousness, so I was fine."
Bridal Traditions sold Kayla's sister her wedding dress last year and they are two of the sweetest girls we've ever worked with. Their family was also so kind and involved and most of them truly seemed to want Kayla to have the dress that SHE wanted ... not many pushy opinions in that bunch - always refreshing.
One of the things we love about working with brides is making sure that they do get what they want and feel supported. We're confident that this was true for Kayla. She not only looked beautiful, but is surrounded by LOVE!!
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.