Photoshoot: Cemetery Bridals

Happy Halloween! In honor of the haunted holiday, we hope you enjoy these photos from a Halloween themed photoshoot taken a few years back.

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Photography: Camilla Binks

Planning and Florals: Branches Floral Design

Real Bride: Lindsay

We love this flowy and ethereal gown by Rivini that Lindsay chose to wear on her wedding day! She customized the dress to have longer sleeves to be exactly what she wanted!

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My husband’s name is Willem Kampenhout (very Dutch) and we met on a film set in Orem. We are both film students at BYU and we coincidentally were both asked to help with a short film being shot outside of the school program. Willem was the cinematographer (camera man) and I was a production assistant. I was the only person on set that he hadn’t met previously so that immediately made me “mysterious”. I thought he was pretty cute too, so I wasn’t opposed to the invitation to go see a movie with him and a group of friends. I officially got the hint though when he paid for my ticket, the sneaky devil.

We were married on August 8th in the Oakland California Temple.

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The experience of choosing my dress still boggles my mind. My mom and sister came into town from California to go dress shopping with me. We saw many pretty dresses that required build-ups or just didn’t feel right. Once we got through all of the appointments I had scheduled, my mom suggested Avenía Bridal. We walked in and they were flexible and took us immediately. All of the dresses were gorgeous and I even saw a version of my dream dress. A-line, natural waste, scoop neck, 3/4 sleeves, shantung silk, jeweled neckline, with pockets. It belonged to another bride, but Nancy assured me that they could make it. I decided to try on the other dresses that I had picked out just for fun. My mind felt set. I then tried on a dress from the sale rack called “Angel” by Rivini. It had organza layers that made me feel like I was floating on a cloud. It was nothing like what I thought I wanted. I wanted cute and fun, but this dress made me feel ethereal and soft. I had an inner struggle between my dream dress and this new contender. I eventually chose “Angel” and my mother and sister agreed with my decision. I have never regretted it.

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I knew my reception would be in the backyard of the house where I grew up so a whimsical garden theme was already decided. My husband is of Dutch decent so we wanted to center pieces to feature dutch china (delft) and then we would fill them with orange, white, and yellow flowers. Our colors ended up being royal blue and orange with yellow accents. With a large white tent and twinkle lights throughout, it was quite magical. After I got my dress, the motif of layers was featured in the cake and the bridesmaids’ dresses.

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I wish I knew how much work planning a wedding was going to be beforehand. I also wish I knew that the stress wasn’t worth it. Everything turned out how it was supposed to and there slip ups and mistakes that happened on the day of the wedding, but I didn’t find out about them until long after. My advice is to take the time to enjoy your day. My favorite part of my reception was when my husband pulled me aside and said, “Let’s take a walk around and just look at everything.” It allowed us to see all of the hard work that had been put into it and it allowed us to enjoy those efforts. We didn’t stand in a receiving line all night. We got to eat some of the food. And we participated in the dance party that ensued after the traditional dances. We made sure we enjoyed our day and our work.

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When I first came into Avenía, my consultant was Ashley. She was extremely helpful in helping me stay level headed and making me feel comfortable with this weighty decision. She and Nancy worked together to get me the best deal possible on my dress and I will forever be grateful to them. Nancy was a joy to work with in my fittings. She talked about my dress and cared about it like it was a person. We both had a love for it and I wanted to reassure her that the dress would be in good hands. The dress already had a build-up, but I wanted to have longer sleeves. Nancy sacrificed a lot to get the same material and sun-dye it so it would be the same color. The result is breathtaking. I was very impressed.

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Contact us if you are interested in trying on our sample sale gowns as well as other gowns! 801.373.0194 / info@aveniabridal.com

Real Bride: Ashley

Ashley chose a classic, but very modern, Tara Keely ball gown for her wedding day. The texture on this wedding dress make it one of our favorites!

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  • What is your husband’s name and how did you meet?

My Husbands name is Aaron. We actually met on while serving in the same LDS mission in Yerevan, Armenia. We didn’t start dating until we had both been home a while. He asked me to help him plan our mission presidents homecoming party, which turned out to be a lot of work! We texted and called each other quite a bit while planning the party. After the party, our close contact turned into dating! He is my best friend and the love of my life. We are so happy.

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  • When and where were you married?

We were Married at the Salt Lake Temple on August 9th, 2014.

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  • How did you choose your gown?

Originally I had brought my mom and sister-in-law to come see a different gown that I had tried on. We decided to try on a few more that were in the Avenia Bridal store! I found a few others that were different that I also liked. My mom and sister-in-law picked another dress that I never would have picked to try on. But I did, and I fell in love! It had a unique and elegant look to it that I was looking for. We knew it was the dress!

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  •   What was your theme or inspirations for your wedding?

My wedding was a very ‘city’ themed wedding. We had our engagement pictures in the city and our reception was on the porch at the condo’s in the downtown mall. It was at sunset and night time reception. The decorations were fun and had lights everywhere! The colors were gray, pink, ivory and gold.

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  •    What advice do you have for brides who are currently planning their wedding?

For me it was all about planning well in advance. It made it less stressful. The other thing that was super helpful for me was asking other people for help! For example my cater, helped me find someone to do my wedding cake at a very decent price!

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  •   Tell about your experience at Avenia. 

I love my wedding dress from Avenia Bridal and that I was able to customize the top to be exactly how I wanted! They were so willing to help me in every way to make it perfect. Their selection of dresses are so unique and beautiful. It doesn’t surprise me that I found my dress there! And what won me over was their ability to alter the dress in almost anyway possible! My favorite part, was that they made it special to me. They made this dress that I had chosen, be completely mine. They are so profession and sweet!

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  •    List any vendors you’d like to credit.

Flowers: The  Flower Grotto – Elizabeth Berezay

Wedding Decor and Linen: Tying the Knot – Kerry Taylor

Cake: Sugar Kisses Cakes

Photography: Morgan Leigh Photography

Cater: Brown Brothers Catering

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Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos with us, Ashley!

To find your dream wedding gown, contact us to make an appointment! We’d love to help you try on our wedding gowns! 801.373.0194 / info@aveniabridal.com

 

Real Bride: Jill

Jill was such an adorable bride to work with and she looked beautiful in her Moonlight, lace wedding dress with longer sleeves!

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My husband’s name is Mark MacKay. We were married in the Washington, D.C. LDS Temple on December 28, 2013. It was a fairly warm day luckily and it was so amazing to be surrounded by so much love and friends and family.

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We met in New Testament class at BYU. I had just barely broken my ankle skydiving, so that was an easy conversation starter when I sat down next to him. We quickly found out that we’re both from Virginia and both love to play basketball. We started dating a little while after that and 6 months later he met my family and proposed! He is the nicest person I have ever met, kind blue eyes, and just has a way of calming me down and making me happy no matter what.

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Honestly, I had no idea where to look for a wedding gown but my friend Annie (who was going to get married a week before me) told me she found her gown at Avenia Bridal and loved it. So, along with my mom, sisters, and friends, I went to Avenia. It was the first bridal store I went to and I ended up choosing the first gown I put on! It was perfect. Everyone was so helpful, friendly, and seemed to genuinely care about my happiness. The atmosphere of Avenia and the feeling I got when I had the dress on was exactly what I hoped it would be. I’m so thankful for all of the support and love my family and friends have given me. Our wedding day was amazing and so special, and I have them and Avenia to thank!

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To schedule an appointment to find your perfect wedding dress, contact us at 801.373.0196 / info@aveniabridal.com!

Real Bride: Devyn

Devyn was married in a stunning Rosa Clara wedding gown with an absolutely show stopping train!

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My (new) name is Devyn Jones and me and my husband, Kyler, got married on August 9th of 2014. We were married in Salt Lake City at Tuscany Restaurant, and it turned out so beautiful!!

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Tuscany is very garden-y and green so we didn’t have to use a ton of decoration, which was nice! In planning my wedding, I took ideas that I really liked and made them my own and to fit what would work with our venue.

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I have to say that I had THE BEST experience with Avenia Bridal. I went in because I followed them on Pinterest, and I saw their gold ombre gown and I had to go check it out!! I didn’t end up even trying that one on, but when I put on the Rosa Clara gown I fell in love. The lace was absolutely gorgeous, and the train was definitely what sold me! Everyone there is SO nice, and Nancy is the sweetest ever. I had lost weight (every brides dream) after purchasing my gown, and when they took it in it still looked beautiful. You honestly couldn’t even tell; they’re THAT good!! I highly recommend Avenia to everyone and anyone who asks me where to dress shop.

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Advice for brides: VENUE VENUE VENUE!!! The first thing you should do (in my opinion) is choose your venue and book it ASAP. Go in with a couple dates in mind, that way you have a better chance at booking your dream venue before someone else does… especially where the average engagement in Utah is 3 months! Second… Find your dress. I purchased my dress in March and it didn’t even get here until the end of June! Not all places are like this and not all gowns are either, but just a fair warning!

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Huge thanks to Avenia Bridal for helping me find my dream dress, and to Candace at Tuscany for helping me put together the best day of my life!

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We would love to help you find your dream wedding gown! Contact us to set up an appointment to try on our beautiful designer wedding dresses. 801.373.0194 / info@aveniabridal.com