Real Bride: Katie

Bride Katie radiates in her textured satin ball gown and customized beaded bodice from her January wedding day! Designed by the oh, so talented Lazaro Perez, this Tara Keely gown is the epitome of grace and class!

My husband Taylor and I met last January through a mutual friend, we had hung out a few times but nothing really happened between us. We then went on a road trip with a group of friends to St. George and that is where we initially developed feelings for one another but again things did not work out at that point. We ended up dating other people but remained friends throughout that time. Eventually we both became single and he asked me out on a date. I was so shocked and I actually at that point did not have any feelings for me. He fought hard for me and I decided to give him a chance and I am so glad that I did!

We were married on January 17th in the Denver, Colorado Temple

My older sister bought her wedding gown from Avenia and I loved it so I knew that I wanted Nancy to do my dress. But as for my wedding dress specifically, when I tried it on I loved it and no other dresses compared. I was lucky and I found it on the first day after about an hour. It was so easy. I loved working with Nancy on designing the alterations and it became the perfect dress for me.

My advice for current birds is to enjoy the experience and don’t get too stressed. Your wedding day will turn out absolutely perfect because you will be marrying your best friend, all other little details won’t matter.

My experience at Avenia was truly amazing. It was very enjoyable and all the people that I worked with were so fun and nice. They listened to exactly what I wanted and they gave me great tips. Working with Nancy was also wonderful, she is a great designer and will create it exactly the way you want it. My dress was originally strapless but once it was finished you would never be able to tell. She made it look like it was made with sleeves.  I recommend Avenia to everyone buying a wedding dress.


Gown Designer : Tara Keely 

Photographer: Rachel Havel

Flowers: European Flower Shop

Reception Location: The Stanley Hotel

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Real Bride: Hannah

Hannah designed her beautifully elegant wedding dress to match her classic wedding. We love how everything came together along with her mantilla style lace veil!

Creating a custom gown is the perfect way to ensure you are getting your complete dream dress! For more than thirty years, brides have entrusted our custom designer Nancy, supported by her expert design team and seamstresses, to design and tailor their wedding gowns.


Josh Pyper and I first met as teenagers and then again in our twenties at church. His Dad had suggested two years earlier that we go on a date but it didn’t happen until Josh and I met on our own.

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We were married in the LDS Draper Temple on February 28th 2015.

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I saw a simple form fitting designer dress that I loved and then asked Nancy to follow that design and add sleeves.

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I wanted a very classic wedding look, nothing trendy.  The idea was the less the better so every design was as simple as it could be.

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My advice for current brides is to pay people what they are worth for the things you really care about. Don’t cut cost on the most important things.

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Nancy, the custom designer at Avenia Bridal, was great to work with. She knows what she is doing and offers solutions to any problems that may come up.

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Florals: Blossoms and Company – Marynika Miche

Photography: Stephanie Sunderland Photography

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Real Bride: Cindy

Working with Cindy was such a treat for us! She was the sweetest and always came to her fittings with a big smile on her face! She chose an amazing Mikado wedding gown with Venise lace accents by Tara Keely. Upon its arrival to our boutique, our skilled seamstresses modified the gown to be modest exactly how Cindy wished. Could you tell her dress was originally strapless?? No? We’re telling you, our seamstresses are absolutely amazing!! img-279

My amazing husband’s name is Matthew Alex Palmer but everyone has always called him Lex. We met in a basement… well more because of a basement. I had just moved back to Utah and needed a place to live. This place happened to be a basement apartment in Orem, UT with Lex’s cousin (my friend Megan) and Lex’s grandpa. During one of the family dinners Grandpa Chamberlain liked to host, Lex came and found me. It had been a while since Lex and Megan had seen each other so Megan ran to greet him the moment she saw him. I sat on a couch behind them and watched them catch up. At one point, something was said and I couldn’t resist sharing my opinion. Lex heard me. He turned around and saw me- “the most beautiful girl”, he says- and that was our beginning.

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We were married on December 5, 2014 in the Salt Lake City,UT LDS Temple. It was a beautiful, sunny winter day!

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I knew I wanted a fitted gown and also knew that I wanted something different and, of course, beautiful; something that complimented me as a bride. I chose my gorgeous Tara Keely silk Mikado gown because it was everything I wanted and more- lovely venise lace details that add to the elegance of the gown; a beautiful shape and train; an incredibly talented build-up done by Nancy and her amazing staff. All the intricate details added up for me and made me feel at home in my gown.




Lex and I love the outdoors which is why I was inspired to blend a color palette with natural foliage and flowers to our winter wedding; I liked the contrast of winter’s white with green and florals. I worked with midnight blue, grapefruit red/pink tones, neutrals and gold accents. The green was brought in with garlands, leaves, succulents. I felt like it was more of a whimsical style with a modern vibe.



For brides currently planning their wedding, savor every moment. I think it’s natural to stress, worry, or feel overwhelmed by all the planning at one point or another. But even in those tough moments, try to look for the details that are coming together and remember that there’s a special someone who is loving and supporting you through it all.



I LOVED my experience at Avenia. I felt taken care of throughout the entire process by all the wonderful people who work there. I really appreciated the love and care that was evident in everything Nancy did during build up and alterations to make sure that the final product was a masterpiece.



Photography: Mad Marie Photography

Floral Design: Calie Rose

Hair: Enizio Hair and Makeup Artistry

We would love to help you find your dream gown at Avenia Bridal. Contact us to make your appointment!

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Real Bride: Laura

Laura radiates in her Audrey Hepburn inspired lace and tulle wedding dress. The high neckline with her long lace sleeves creates a classic look we will always remember!


I met my now husband, Brik Hatch five years ago. We were friends for four years before we started dating. We were married December 6, 2014 in the SLC temple and held our reception at the McCune Mansion in downtown SLC that evening.



The McCune Mansion had that “classic, vintage feel” that I thought would be perfect for my winter wedding.


They say the dress is most important in a bride’s wedding day so I knew I wanted to find something unique and that would fit with my personality.  When I was looking at dresses I knew I wanted sleeves with a high collar, a Audrey Hepurn feel to it, and leaning towards a light blush color. I couldn’t find what I was looking for anywhere, until I came into Avenia Bridal and talked with Nancy, their in-house designer. She knew exactly what I was envisioning and said they could do a custom dress. She was very confident and made me feel good about having my dress custom made for me.  Everyone there was always so sweet to me and made me feel very special. The dress turned out perfect and Nancy helped my pick out earrings that matched perfect.



Photography: Darby Ann Photography

For more than thirty years, brides have entrusted Nancy, supported by her expert design team and seamstresses, to design, tailor and alter their wedding gowns. We would love to help you create your custom wedding gown for your wedding day! Contact us to set up an appointment with our in-house designer, Nancy Barrus. 

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Real Bride: Melissa

Classic bride Melissa stuns on the California coast in her lace and silk wedding dress!avenia 8

Luke and I are both from Carlsbad CA and we met in high school. We became best friends who genuinely enjoyed being around each other. We laughed so much together and had a lot of fun that we decided to start dating our junior year. After 2 years of dating in high school, we both left to serve LDS missions. In those two years that we were apart, we wrote letters and sent packages to continue our friendship.

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In September of 2014, we reunited for the first time in what seemed forever. Being apart really helped us realize how much we truly loved each other and we were quickly engaged just a month later. After many proms, football games, and trips to the beach, we tied the knot in the San Diego temple on December 27th 2014. Luke and I couldn’t be happier to call each other husband and wife.


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When it came to finding a dress, I knew I wanted lace and for it to be “flowy” to best fit my body type. I went to a couple bridal shops around the Salt Lake area but wasn’t finding anything that I felt was “MY dress”. I heard about Avenia Bridal from some friends who couldn’t stop saying enough good things about the service and the dresses so I figured I would try it out and boy, am I glad I did! I knew when I put on the dress and saw tears in my mom’s eyes that I had found the dress I had always wanted (also the pockets, sealed the deal for me!).  Nancy was truly a blessing in helping me find the perfect dress and helping me feel so comfortable in it. I can now echo my friends’ words and say that the service at Avenia bridal is some of the best and their dresses are absolutely gorgeous!

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We would love to help you find your dream wedding dress! Contact us to make an appointment with one of our skilled bridal consultants!

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