Real Bride: Madison

Madison came to Avenia Bridal with a dress that wasn’t quite perfect for her…yet. She had a vision for what she wanted the top of the gown to look like and Nancy made it happen. The beaded sleeves and gorgeous waist trim are stunning. We love her peplum dress and were so happy to add some fun finishing touches to make it her own!

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My husband’s name is Brett. We met just over a year and a half ago. Our friends set us up and we went on a blind double date. I wasn’t too sure about it after our first date but we hung out a few times after and we just clicked. We dated for just over a year, got engaged in April 2014 and got married in June.

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I found a gown I liked at a different store and bought it. It was classic and had a peplum, and that is what I was looking for. I needed sleeves added to the dress and I really wanted beading. I did lots of research for alterations and beading and was led to Avenia for custom design. I brought my dress in to Avenia and they built a whole new bodice, including a beautiful beaded belt and incredible beaded sleeves!!!

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We got married June 27th, 2014. We were sealed in the St. George LDS Temple and had our reception at the Ledges Golf Club.

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The theme of our wedding was classic but I also LOVE a good party! Our reception was so much fun! It was great to see and spend time family and friends.  The food was delicious and we had donuts for dessert!  Our colors were navy and gold along with the browns and neutrals of the golf club house. I had navy sequin runners with gold vases and beautiful white florals. The best part about the reception was the music and dancing!  We had a flashmob that my friends did with me and then friends and family danced all night!  We also had a confetti send off! I was so happy on the wedding day! My fiancé and I were excited that it was finally happening!  Everything was perfect!  The venue and set up was taken care of by the Ledges and Forevermore Events and I had nothing to worry about. My dress was perfect and I felt great!

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My experience at Avenia exceeded all of my expectations. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Living out of town I had to travel for fittings. They were always able to make my fittings work when I was in town and everyone was so accommodating! Everyone is kind and the team is SO talented!! Nancy was great to work with and I was able to have input on my dress. I was able to add my special touches and help design the sleeves and neckline along with her. I also got my shoes, earrings and headpiece with Avenia. Everything from head to toe tied together perfectly. My dress could not have been more perfect and I could not have asked for a better experience!!!

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Advice for other brides…start planning soon!  Hire a coordinator. There are tiny details that can be forgotten and everything will be taken care of for you so you don’t have to worry. Don’t overstress things. Get your dress at Avenia!!

Vendors:

Photography: Gideon Photography (Bridals at Utah State Capitol Building, SLC) and Transcendent Productions (Wedding/Reception) | Hair & Make Up: Patty Schiffman at The Ruby Slipper | Wedding Coordination and Design: Forevermore Events | Venue and Catering: Ledges Golf Club | DJ: Festival Sounds

 

We would love to help make all your wedding dress dreams come true – schedule an appointment to try on designer gowns, or meet with our artistic director Nancy and build a gown from scratch!

801.373.0194 | consultant@aveniabridal.com

Real Bride: Annie

Annie wore a gorgeous lace Rosa Clara gown for her wedding complete with a customized neckline and sleeves. We asked her to tell us all about her fun love story, how she found her dream gown, and her favorite moments of her wedding day. Enjoy! (She is adorable!)

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The Boy:

My husband’s name is Thomas Nielsen and we met when he visited my apartments with his friend one night. He asked me to go on a date with him the next morning at 8am for breakfast and a hike to bridal veil falls. It was the most unusual date I’d gone on. Ever. He asked me the traditional questions of where are you from, what’s your major etc. But then he followed up with questions of how I got to my decisions, why I made those choices, how I would like to progress those choices. I felt both intrigued and intimidated so I started firing back as bold of questions and answers as was given. At the time we first met, I had planned on serving an lds mission so we became great friends and he helped me learn how to ski, fly a plane, hike mountains, and swim while also helping me prepare for an lds mission. Little did I know that a little over a year later we would finally realize that we were having way too much fun and just give in to another “M” word. Marriage. I started looking for my gown right away.

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The Dress:

I knew I wanted lace, but that was it. I went to the South Town Bridal Expo and within five minutes found my gown. It was from Avenia Bridal Boutique. It was a sleeveless down with a plunging V in both the front and the back… I didn’t know how I was going to make that work because I was absolutely not going to put a shawl or jacket over my gown. I immediately spoke with one of the specialists and they told me up front that they customize the gowns and have the designers send in extra material so they can do so. I was relieved and knew that I needed that dress. When I finally settled on the dress, I went in for the fitting and three sessions later, they had pieced my three quarter length sleeves on to my gown and sewed on my customized scalloped edged boat neck. Avenia Bridal created the gown I felt like a queen in. Once I had my dress, I knew every other detail I needed.

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The Wedding:

My reception was very woods based, lots of oak and pine with all sorts of shrubbery. My flowers had all of those added in as well. I decided to have my reception at The Bungalow in Pleasant Grove, Utah and it was perfect for that setting. They catered to my every need and they even provided the decorator to, again customize to what my night ought to look like.  When time came to put on my dress and become Mrs. Nielsen, I felt confident, nervous, excited etc. But I knew when Thomas saw my dress there would be no mistaking it as mine. As nervous as I was, I knew that I had made two perfect decisions that day. One, to marry my absolute best friend, and two, my customized 100% me dress. With both in hand, our wedding day went beyond all we had hoped. For any and all brides to be, I would tell you not to settle for anything. It is the one day you get to reflect back on with your spouse and children on when two people chose each other over anyone and everything else forever. Where you two are the only thing that really matters, how you choose to represent your relationship and life with each other for a day creates an incredible bond with your spouse and those who came to support you. Every single detail is worth it. Take your time and love the process!  If you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong.

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If you are interested in trying on our lovely designer gowns please schedule an appointment with us – we can’t wait to help you find your perfect gown.

801.373.0194 | consultant@aveniabridal.com

Real Bride: Kait

Kait is the sweetest bride and she looked stunning in her boho lace wedding gown that was custom altered to fit her personality perfectly! We hope you enjoy her fun love/wedding story!

 

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My husbands name is Nolan Wilson Myers. We met at Golds Gym in American Fork Utah *cough lame* I promise we’re not “those kind” of people, haha! A little about us – we love the outdoors and go camping almost every weekend. We are adrenaline junkies, we went bunjee jumping together for my birthday the year we met. Nolan proposed to me in Park City on February 3, 2014. He got down on one knee in the middle of main street while my sister was taking pictures (I thought I was posing for a  photo).

 

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Avenia was actually the first and only place I ever looked. My gown was the first wedding dress I ever tried on. I came into the store because I had the biggest crush on the Tregan gown I saw on Pinterest. I fell in love with the first sample gown I tried on but only from the waist down. We then rebuilt the top half pulling inspiration from the Tregan gown and my boho theme.

 

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We were sealed for time and all eternity on June 5, 2014 in the Draper Utah Temple. The theme of my wedding was very bohemian/rustic. My husband and I both love the outdoors and are a wee bit on the hippie side, we wanted our big day to reflect that. Hence why we choose the Draper Temple set back in the mountains and an outdoor reception.

 

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The reception was held in the backyard of my childhood home. My parents just sold their house and moved to Alabama so it was very special to us to get to have it there right before the big move. We had cake pop cakes for guests, a s’mores bar and stood under a flower covered arch to greet everyone. The soundtrack was very mumford and sons-esque and the weather was to die for! Nolan threw my garter in a little less than traditional way, on a football. I didn’t do a color scheme – mostly neutrals, creams and ivory’s with a touch of lavender. The boutonnieres were a simple sprig  of lavender and the bridesmaids each had a darling lavender flower crown to match. We exited the reception through a tunnel of sparklers. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. Overall the entire reception was very laid back which is just how we wanted it to be.

 

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Avenia was awesome. They worked with me to give me exactly what I wanted in the limited amount of time I had. I have a design background so knowing what I want is a blessing and at times a curse (when it doesn’t exist). Avenia worked so hard to build the dress of my dreams and it was gorgeous, everything I wanted. The staff was so helpful and made me feel like a million bucks every time I came in for a fitting.

 

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Advice for other brides – I know it sounds crazy at the time (especially while your in wedding mode) but do you and don’t stress. As long as you have a beautiful dress and a good photographer that’s all that matters. I was so worried about reception details, if people would like my style, bridesmaids dresses, flowers,where the canoe with the drinks was going to be, how to display the cake and what song was I going to dance to and when it came to the big day I could honestly care less. I married my dreamboat of a best friend and that’s all that mattered, of course my unreal dress helped too – but the reception was just the icing on the cake.

 

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Vendors:
Costom Flower Crowns: Stevi Marie // on Etsy and instagram @missstevimarie
Photography: Lexi Pierson www.sincerlylex.com
Ring: Costom made at Saratoga Jewelers in Lindon

 

Follow our sweet bride Kait on instagram @kaitlynmariedix

 

If you would love to find your dream gown, don’t hesitate to call and schedule an appointment to try on gowns at Avenia Bridal!801.373.0194 / consultant@aveniabridal.com

Happy Labor Day!

As summer comes to a close and school starts up again we can’t help but be a little sad that the beautiful summer weddings and warm nights filled with ice cream, watermelon, and s’mores will be winding down until next year. In honor of Labor Day we will be enjoying the last bit of summer and hope that you will all be doing the same!

Avenia Bridal will be closed on Labor Day / Monday, September 1st.

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If you would like to make an appointment for later this week please call and leave us a voicemail or email us!  801.373.0194 / consultant@aveniabridal.com

Meet the Consultants: Lizzy

We have recently had a few new faces join the Avenia team and we couldn’t be more excited! Lizzy is one of our new consultants and she is absolutely adorable. We’d love for you to get to know her, you’ll instantly love her too!


Alizabeth (Lizzy) Rinner Wheatley


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What brought you to Avenia/Why do you love being a bridal consultant?
I actually applied to work at Avenia twice before there was finally an opening! I have always loved sewing, fashion, and weddings, and Avenia seemed to have all three. I got hired after I got my beeeautiful gown there, and I was so excited! I love being a bridal consultant because I am a totally a girls girl. I love weddings and love stories and it makes me so happy to hear about other people’s road to love. Getting to meet and work with amazing women is the best part!


What are your favorite gown at Avenia right now?
My favorite gown is currently the Daisy gown by Sarah Janks. I’m a huge sucker for floral (see my wedding gown for evidence) and this dress is the perfect lightweight gown. It’s just so chic and flattering!


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What is your favorite wedding gown trends?
 I’ll admit… I’m sort of a lace hater… so whenever a gown has something really different than that traditional fitted lace look I’m immediately interested. If a gown has unique beading or layers of netting- I’m totally in. I’m loving blush and flowy wedding gowns right now- especially with lots of ruching on the top that goes into a sweetheart neckline.


What are some of your likes/dislikes? Talents/hobbies?
I’m obsessed with Harry Potter, cows, old people, dogs, sewing, my husband (what? he’s adorable!), and home decor projects. My mom owns a vintage furniture and decor shop, and so I’ve been raised to be pretty crafty and into projects. I always have to have a to-do list! Being busy is the best.


What is your favorite down-time activity?
Down time? What’s that? Actually, I’m unhealthily obsessed with TV in my down time, especially Veronica Mars. I was sick last weekend and literally watched TV for three days straight- it was glorious and I’m not ashamed.


What is your favorite place traveled?
My favorite place I’ve traveled to is Cape Cod. I absolutely love the east coast. But I’m also pretty in love with Northern Michigan. We have a little lake house up there and I think I could spend out the rest of my days there eating s’mores and living the lake life.


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Please call or email today to schedule an appointment to work with one of our wonderful consultants – let them help you find your dream gown!
801.373.0194 // consultant@aveniabridal.com