Bridal Traditions was again asked to be a part of a themed wedding photo shoot and, again, we were happy to comply. This forest wedding held all of the magic of an outdoor wedding, along with the class and creativity that these vendors bring to the table. The list of contributing wedding industry pros is at the end of the blog.
Bridal Traditions' contribution to this styled shoot was the model/bride's gown. She looked gorgeous against the greens and autumnal colors in the palette.
Photographer: A. June Photography
Bride: Rachel Williams
Groom: Ethan Williams
Rentals: Signature Wedding & Event Rentals and Country Porch Rentals
Wedding Dress: Bridal Traditions Wedding & Prom Attire
Florals: Creative Designs Flowers & Gifts and Wildflowers Floral Design
Cake: Holly Colbert Brewer
Invitations: K. Rossier Customs
Reception Table Place Holder: Macy Grace Frazier
Hair & Makeup: Alexandria Greer Brinegar
Ladies: these are decidedly NOT your granny's Mother-of-the-Bride dresses of "way back when,"or "olden days," or "yesteryear" ... choose your reference point. The gowns we've ordered for Moms who come into Bridal Traditions have an elegance and updated elements that will make your mom look and feel amazing.
This gown is heavenly with a lace bodice, cap sleeves, and a flowing and forgiving skirt. You can find it in silver and platinum.
Another showstopper from La Femme is this short sleeve, wide neck, synched waist gown in pewter. The tulip hemline with side-slit makes it easy to move and to sit. Another way to look part of the bridal party without dressing exactly like them.
Blues are always popular and navy is an understated way to look elegant without the fireworks. Cap or 3 quarter sleeves, the ruched waist and pin-tuck details are beautiful.
We also have gowns in black, cocoa and emerald with classic, flattering details that invite you to wear jewelry, look great with a pashmina thrown over during evening and can be worn again and again.
Moms, The Days of Dowdy are over. These dresses can be ordered in different sizes and colors pending warehouse availability. The retail price is $318-$378 and if you are attached to a BT Bride wedding party, you get a 10% discount. Stop by and see our selection of dresses chosen with you in mind.
In July of this year, Dan and Viri were married at Sky Retreat in Purlear, NC. The setting was spectacular and the mountain air was teaming with love. While the setting was indeed gorgeous, the weather was not. No sooner were the couple outside, then the rain began and they went to plan B. So underneath the patio, Viri's soon-to-be father-in-law walked her down the aisle in front of 80 guests.
While Viri shared that she laughs when she thinks about it, her fondest memory of the ceremony was everyone running with their chairs to take cover when the rain started. Ultimately, their atmosphere was relaxed and chill and no one minded.
While Viri didn't have a specific vision, beyond looking beautiful and feeling comfortable, she ended up choosing something perfect for her. The belt and bling, the lace and train were her favorite aspects of the gown.
"I loved working with BT and Kelly because she was so easy to work with. She was honest in her feedback and wasn’t there to sell you the most expensive gown. She was genuine and was simply trying to help me choose the dress that best fit me and my style"
Congratulations to Dan and Viri! Bridal Traditions was so happy to have been part of your day!
Photo credit: Kristina Lynn Photography
Afton Nelson and Jamison Hiatt were married in August of 2021 in Charleston, South Carolina.
"Jamison and I met at church when we were 9 years old! We were friends almost instantly (but I always had a little crush on him). I finally mustered the courage to ask him to Elkin High School's Homecoming dance in 2015 . We dated throughout high school until our senior year. After high school, Jamison made plans to serve a two-year mission in Chile for our church and I went to college."
After serving his God, Jamison then decided to serve his country and decided to join the Navy. But first, these two got engaged.
Due to Covid and the Navy's timeline, the couple had a small, intimate and elegant ceremony at The Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Only parents, grandparents and family made up the guest list of ten (yes, 10). For those who weren't able to be there, the couple live-streamed a ring ceremony on their wedding website and during it, Jamison dropped the ring. Afton shared that it took everything she had not to burst out laughing.
According to the couple, there were many "tiny miracles" that occurred leading up to their wedding, from figuring out the scheduling to Jamison's grandmother's ability to make it to the ceremony. Everything worked in their favor!
At 5, Afton fell in love with Julie Andrews' wedding gown in The Sound of Music and continued to gravitate toward classic silhouettes, satin and simple elegance. Sure enough, even with an August wedding in Charleston, SC, she stuck with that choice and has no regrets. She looked incredible!
"I’m a sucker for buttons! I LOVE the buttons on the back of the dress! It adds a vintage vibe to the dress. The bodice has an interesting neckline, which I think adds to the elegance of the dress. It’s simple without being boring."
"No matter what dress I picked, I knew I wanted it to have sleeves. I wanted a dress that was modest without being matronly. Bridal Traditions went above and beyond to help me find the dress of my dreams. They even had extra fabric on hand to show me what the dress would look like with sleeves. Their service was excellent! They answered all my questions, helped me brainstorm solutions, and even made sure the dress was custom made to my specifications!"
The bridesmaids also purchased their dresses from BT and we loved the mix of blues in the dresses and bouquets.
We are so happy to have been a part of Afton and Jamison's day. Here's to many, many years of happiness!
*Photo credit: Emily Gibby Photography
As new arrivals come in, the skirts on our gowns get a lot of attention. But the top of a gown is often the deciding factor, because it leads to the bride's face and will be in more images from the day than, say, her hemline. The veil, hairpieces and clips, earrings and makeup are important, but the finishing touch is what frames a brides face and the bodice can make a difference.
And then there are other considerations:
> does the bride prefer sleeves?
> is a V-neck flattering?
> does the bride want something provocative or modest?
> does she like her arms and neckline?
> is it a seasonal wedding?
And so on and so on!
Bodice styles include: halter, plunging, strapless, spaghetti strap, bateau, sweetheart, scooped, sheer to name a few.
There are many types of bodice and only a few are shown here, but you should be confident about trying on multiple styles before saying that you don't look good in one or another. We never run out of Surprised Bride Stories here at BT. Come see us!
Gentlemen: start your engines! It's time to make sure that your order for a wedding suit or tux from Bridal Traditions is in. If your wedding is taking place the first 2-3 weeks of November, PLEASE order your tux or suit today.
During this post-Covid season, couples who've postponed their weddings are now having fall ceremonies. At BT, it feels like we are squeezing TWO wedding seasons into one and it's a season that is exciting and jam-packed. We don't want you to be forgotten and have to panic later.
We have been working with Jim's Formal Wear for nearly two decades and their selection is incredible and vast. They are the largest menswear retailer for weddings in the nation. BUT, you cannot take advantage of their collection, UNLESS YOU PLACE YOUR ORDER.
We love it when a bride shares images from her bridal portrait session or her wedding with us. Sometimes, we get a full run down of every detail of the day, but occasionally a bride - like Tabitha - will just kindly send us images and we get such a kick out of seeing The Final Product!
When a bride says "Yes" to a dress, there is excitement and anticipation. And there may also be alterations, waiting for adjustments, adding bling, considering her hair and the gowns of her bridesmaids. Tabitha looked amazing in her sleeveless, lace, fit and flare gown.
Shot is a rustic setting, this gown - and bride - absolutely shine.
Congratulations to the happy couple and thank YOU, Tabitha for choosing us to be a part of your wedding day!
Ladies: we have them... the sandals with bling that we just need sometimes. Getting married? We have options! Just want a new pair of sparkly shoes for an event coming up? We've got you too!
Open toes, sparkle, small or no heel, we've got them and more styles on the way. Stop by to see us!
Bridal Traditions is currently receiving daily and showcasing some of the most gorgeous Arielle J Bridal gowns. It felt like time to give you all a taste of what's available, and frankly, absolutely dazzling!
This gown below is breathtaking for any season, although you may want to don a wrap if you wear this gown below in December. The details, the lace that pools, the deep V front .... this gown is epic.
If simplicity and elegance is your jam, this gown with its long row of covered buttons down the back, and pintuck folds, is an instant classic.
If you haven't been to Bridal Traditions yet to see what is fresh and new, now is a great time to pop by. We would love to help you say Yes to your dress!
At BT, we love it when bride's share their wedding day story with us, or even just some images from the day. Recently, photographer Becca Mayberry (@picsbybecccc) sent gorgeous shots from the wedding of Emily and Gavin Huffman.
Emily's gown was a lace affair, with a fitted waist and a flared skirt. The off the shoulder bodice was exquisite with a deep V in the back and a bit of bling added by her belt. She chose a delicate veil with lace trim to complete her look.
Add sparkling jewelry, twinkly lights and a beautiful girl and you have an heirloom photo.
If you are a BT bride, like Emily, we love and appreciate you. Congrats to this new wife and this lovely couple. Many happy years of marriage.