Our beautiful bride Janine looked stunning in her lace and chiffon wedding gown!
What is your husband’s name and how did you meet?
Justin Halversen, Justin and I met my first semester, freshman year at BYU. We were in the same physics class and I just decided to sit by him one day. He was super nice so we continued to sit together and then study together. Long story short, we dated for 2 years before getting engaged this past Christmas Eve!
How did you choose your gown?
I had an idea of what I wanted after being a bridesmaid in 4 lace-dress weddings. I love the look of the all lace dress, but I wanted something different. I had shopped at other wedding boutiques, but Avenía was the one I was most excited for since I knew they could do custom gowns. I was trying on a few dresses and on my way back to the changing room for (what seemed like) the 100th time, I noticed a dress hanging in the back rom that was gorgeous! I then asked my consultant if I could try it on. She said they actually just got that dress that morning and it wasn’t even priced yet, but I was welcome to try it on. I put it on and I knew it was my dress! It had the flowing fabric that I loved, but was still elegant and classy!
When and where were you married?
I was married in the morning at the Salt Lake Temple, on May 2nd.
What was your theme, or the inspiration, for your wedding style? Tell us about your reception.
The theme for my wedding was fun. I wanted all of my guests to feel comfortable and a part of the party, but have it still feel like a wedding reception. We did this by having an amazing DJ that played current music and not your typical stake dance mix (heaven help me if Cha-Cha Slide or YMCA were to play). I was inspired by a few pictures I found in bridal magazines that helped me to design my wedding. I wanted it to stay simple (no coral and Tiffany blue) so my colors were neutrals and gold. It turned out looking super classy and I have actually rented my table runners out 3 times since my wedding in May!
How did you feel on your wedding day?
My wedding day was a blast, I felt amazing! It was such a happy day full of nothing but good feelings!
Tell us about your experience at Avenía.
Working with the bridal consultants at Avenía was a breeze! I never felt pushes or that they were trying to make some sort of sales quota. They truly felt like a friend that gave their honest and helpful opinion! Going back for the fittings and alterations war always exciting because I knew any changes made were going to be top-quality, and exactly what I had envisioned. Nancy was so easy to work with; she wants your dress to look perfect. She listened to all of my concerns, she is an expert! After getting my bridals taken at the Salt Flats, the bottom of my dress was filthy! I took it to two different places that either refused to clean it or would have charged me over $300. I called Avenía and they said to bring it in! They cleaned it all by hand at a fraction of the cost the cleaners had quoted to me! I have recommended Avenía to so many of my friends because of the incredible service I received.
What advice do you have for brides who are currently planning their wedding?
My advice is to stay calm. If you feel you are getting overwhelmed or stressed out by vendors, remember that you and your husband being married is all that truly matters. Keeping that perspective allowed me to truly enjoy the wedding planning process.
Hair and Make-Up: Lovely Lips & Locks -Ariel Lunt
DJ: Hayden Harman
Flowers: Nannette York
Photography: Katie Farnsworth/Morley
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