Real Bride: Carli

We loved working with Carli to customize her lace wedding dress to be exactly what she wanted!

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I met my husband Josh in September of 2013 at King Henry apartments in Provo. We started becoming friends that winter and the weekend of Presidents’ Day in 2014 we started really to get close. Not too long after that, Josh and I began dating and were engaged on September 26, 2014.

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We were married in the San Diego (LDS) Temple on December 23, 2014 and had our reception at the Admiral Kidd Club.0232

When looking for my wedding dress I knew I had always wanted a lace gown that wasn’t going to drown me since I’m pretty small. To compromise with my mom, I added a small beaded belt because she really wanted something sparkly.

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The theme for my wedding was kind of rustic. A lot of wood and flowers. A natural feel. 0366 0384 0286

Avenia was so helpful in making my dress exactly how I wanted it to be and customizing it by adding long sleeves and adjusting the neckline.

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Real Bride: Stacie

Stacie wore a beautiful lace and chiffon wedding dress while her husband wore a terrific green suit on their October wedding day!

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My husband is Christian Richard Jacobson. We met in high school. He was the way cool kid in a rock band.. AND had a giant fro in high school. I was on the opposite end of the spectrum as a state champion basketball player (sorry, couldn’t help myself). Even though we knew who the other was, I don’t think we had a single conversation in high school. When he came home from his mission I met him while I was working at the Awful Waffle in Provo. A few months later we sparked up a conversation at an old friend from high school’s home and things took off from there!

***Fun fact : We ended up having our reception at our old high school friend’s home where our story really took off.

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We got married on October 10, 2014 in the Salt Lake Temple. Best day of my life. I wish I could “groundhogs day” it and relive it over and over again!

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Honestly, choosing my gown was difficult until I walked into Avenia. I had someone make a dress for me and it completely fell through three days before our bridals. I called in sick from work and had one day to find a dress. I was freaking out because THE dress is one of the most important parts of the wedding day! We looked all day and could not find anything close to the style I wanted. I was tired and ready to be done looking for a dress when we checked out Avenia. The dress I chose was the first and only dress I tried on. It fit perfectly and I’m completely obsessed with it. I felt absolutely beautiful and when I’m having a bad day I put it back on. That dress NEEDS to be worn more than once!

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Our wedding day was perfect and even better than I had ever expected. I loved my dress, the flowers, and everything involved in our reception. My only advice to brides is to focus on your husband on the wedding day. He definitely should be the reason you are getting married after all. The best way to make it YOUR day is to focus on why you are there with him. I promise if you focus on that, there is nothing that can damper your wedding day.

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We’d love to help you find your wedding dress for your big day! Contact us to schedule your appointment!

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Real Bride: Jinni

Striking bride Jinni wanted something far from traditional and worked with our in-house designer, Nancy Barrus, to design her RED & GOLD wedding dress! We may be a little biased, but we are kind of obsessed!!

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My husband’s name is Chris Kay and we met when I first moved to Utah for graduate school at USU, winter 2011. He was my insurance agent! We didn’t connect until a year later through mutual friends; we became close friends and one thing led to the another. We’ve really pulled through a lot of tough times and built a strong foundation for our family. He is the most genuine man with a heart of gold. I couldn’t be luckier to share this walk in life with him.

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We were married October 12, 2014 in Logan Canyon, Utah. Having our ceremony outdoors was extremely important to us but we knew it’d be a risk being the middle of October. And seeing how cold August was, I was convinced we’d have snow on our wedding day. Luckily, the weather was beautiful but there was definitely an autumn chill. We actually did not know exactly where we’d get married in Logan Canyon until 3 weeks before the big day! Crazy right? I dreamed of yellow leaves, mountains and water, and there was no other place more beautiful than Logan Canyon. Chris knew of someone who owned a cabin just below 2nd dam and it was absolutely perfect with beautiful trees and a lawn for days. We set up the ceremony site the day before the wedding and we raked leaves to make the aisle I walked down. It was such a dream.

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Chris and I are anything but traditional. I knew immediately that I did not want a white wedding dress. Red to me is everything, it is the color of passion and life, two things that define Chris and I. I started my extensive search by googling “red wedding dress” and stumbled on this jaw dropping inspiration shoot by Lindsay Madden using a custom Claire Pettibone dress. I started there and then found work done by Nancy Barrus. Keeping every piece of this wedding local to Utah was extremely important to us and when I saw just how beautiful Nancy’s dresses were I knew she could bring my vision to life. With me being a completely non-traditional bride, I knew this dress was going to be a challenge. Nancy was incredible to work with and extremely patient. I always felt like we were on the same page throughout the entire process. The original drawling of the dress design looks nothing like the final product but that’s what I loved about Nancy the most. We figured out how the dress fit my personality, style, and body at every single fitting. The final product exceeded my vision. It was perfect.

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Our vision for our wedding was to just be ourselves. I’m so inspired by life, the outdoors, and bright, vivid colors. I was a complete DIY bride. Everything had to be local! I even picked up flowers from the farmers market the day before our wedding and my friends and I put together the center pieces at midnight. I handmade our beautiful flower chandeliers we hung at the reception with a dear friend of mine. We set up the entire reception the day of our wedding with all of our family and friends. My theme was to be fully engaged in every piece of our day to make sure it expressed exactly who we were. We couldn’t have pulled it off without the help of all of our family and friends, everyone played such a big part in our day. We are forever grateful.

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The advice I have for other brides is to relax and never sacrifice your vision for what you think you should do. You cannot fully express yourself and vision by living up to some “standard.” You will either be another page in a book or write the book yourself. The more pinteresting and blog reading I did the more I second guessed myself. You have to seek these outlets with an idea of what you want to help guide you. I cannot begin to tell current brides or future brides how everything seems to fall into place on your big day. I couldn’t breath through my tears looking at all of the pictures. Also, including your partner in all of your planning is key! This day is about celebrating your love as a couple as you embark on your joined journey of life. It has to be about the two of you and no one else. Trust me. Enjoy and feel every moment.

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I have to mention the vendors I used because without them our day would not have happened. Using the right vendors is so important for your day. Every vendor we used besides the dress and Chris’ suit (J.Crew) were local to Cache Valley, Utah. We fell in love with Sami Jo from Sami Jo Photography, because she was so easy to work with and so fun. Her photos took our breath away. Andi Saxton from Sego Floral designed and made my flower crown and bouquet as well as all the boutonnieres for the guys, corsages for the mothers and hair pieces for all of my girlfriends. She also provided us with green fern plants that we decorated the tables at the reception with. Alexis Goble from Fine Details rented us the beautiful red benches and whiskey barrels for our ceremony and furniture accents for our reception. The Fool’s Progress provided our reception with high energy blue grass music, as we all love to dance, and even learned 2 songs for us that I surprised Chris and my father with. Jesilyn Nielson from Serendipity Salon pulled my entire look together with hair and makeup. She is incredibly talented and has one of the sweetest souls. Fernando at Factory Pizzeria provided the catering with our favorite pizzas, even my own pizza creation that I order every time we eat there! Fernando calls Chris a son, we wouldn’t have had anyone else in the world cater for us. We rented beautiful dinnerware from The Bluebird restaurant, a place Chris once worked at. Our delicious cake came from Grace, The Graceful Baker. Lastly, to tie our day together perfectly, our reception was held at the beautiful Riter Mansion – John and Arlette were exceptional to work with and helped us in so many ways!

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I’ll never forget Nancy and all of the wonderful ladies at Avenia. I was always so welcomed at every dress fitting even though I had them flipping fabrics, ripping off sleeves, adding more lace, adding a belt, taking off the belt, you name it! I’m sure I was a handful but they did not mind one bit! :-) If you want a custom dress, Nancy and the ladies of Avenia will make sure your vision is brought to life!

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Real Bride: Anne Marie

Bride Anne Marie absolutely radiates in her lace and tulle fit to flare wedding dress!

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My husband’s name is Clark Harrington. We were set up on a blind date by my cousin, who was also Clark’s best friend, 4 years ago. Timing is everything, and we briefly dated after being set up. However, it just wasn’t “our time” yet. Four years later, my same cousin asked me again (thankfully) about dating Clark at a family reunion, then secretly told Clark to give me a call and ‘try again’. After one month of reconnecting through calls and text, Clark and I both knew that this time things were different between us. We had both grown through life experiences in our years apart and quickly began to fall in love. He and I Skyped and flew cross-country for dates for 6 months, as he was finishing school in Idaho and I was working in Boston.  In March of 2014, we both moved to his hometown Las Vegas to date like normal people, and see if what we had come to feel for the other was the same when dating face-to-face. It was 100 times better.

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We were married in August of 2014 in the Oakland Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

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I chose my gown through years of watching TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress”, and taking mental notes of fabrics, cuts, and colors I especially loved. I found Avenia Bridal through a friend who had worked as a bridal consultant for many years. She was confident we could find (or create!) a dress I would love, and I was pleasantly surprised from the moment we walked into the Orem location. We had an initial visit scheduled where my mom and I were able to browse the gowns and discuss with a consultant my visions for my wedding day and wedding dress.

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I envisioned a theme of classic elegance with a fun edge of style, as the wedding would be held at a formal temple and the reception on a casual lavender farm in the country. The consultants and seamstresses at Avenia Bridal were amazing. They helped me quickly sort through the things I didn’t want, thought I wanted, and for sure “had to have” in a wedding dress… then began to create with me a gown and veil custom designed how I always dreamed. Every fitting and appointment with Avenia Bridal was personalized and allowed me to feel the excitement of finally being ‘The Bride’!

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The best advice I could give to brides looking for a gown would be to begin compiling basic ideas of fabrics, cuts, and ‘emotions’ you want from you wedding day/dress, recognizing you may not know what will look best on you until you try things on yourself. Bring to your appointment a few friends or family members who understand your true personality and who will support you in finding or creating a gown that is perfect for your day and your dream. With support and basic ideas of where to begin, I can attest that the girls at Avenia Bridal will listen to you and help you in creating wonderful wedding memories.

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We have had so many great new wedding dress grace us with their arrival! Contact us to schedule your appointment!

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Real Bride: Rachel

Congratulations to our beautiful bride Rachel and her new husband, Austin! Rachel chose her unique and natural wedding dress from one of our custom samples in store which was then made specifically for her with the customizations she wanted!

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I met Austin, my husband, when I moved Massachusetts for a job with Teach for America and for graduate school. We met in a church group in Boston. At first, I did not like him because he made a comment that I thought was insensitive. It took us another six months before we were at a party and we had a chance to talk more. He said “you and I should have a long, philosophical conversation,” and that is what we have been doing ever since.

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We dated for almost two years by the time we got married on August 15, 2014 in the Salt Lake City temple. We also held a full ring ceremony afterwards in the Lion House Garden. Later that evening, we had an outdoor reception with a travel themed wedding in Orem, Utah. Our reception had a travel theme, since we have been saving for the entire time we have dated to travel the world together for a year right after the wedding. We are still on the road now, currently in Thailand.

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One of the most important parts of the day was picking the right gown. I spent months looking through Pinterest and other online images to try and get the idea of what style I wanted. I didn’t want a cookie cutter dress. I was looking for something that was unique and very natural; that was hard to find in the price range I was looking for. One weekend when I was in Utah I set up a bunch of appointments with eight bridal shops in the region. None of them really offered what I was looking for. I saw some pictures of amazing dresses on Avenia so I stopped in there and was not disappointed. Nancy talked me through a dress idea and we customized it together. She made the dress from scratch, so it was perfectly tailored to me and what I wanted. I loved the dress, and I went in five times for fittings during the creation process to make sure it was what I wanted throughout. Avenia Bridal had amazing service. So much can go wrong on wedding days, but the dress was not one I had to worry about. They took care of me and made sure the dress was everything I wanted.

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The day would also not have been possible without some incredible vendors. Our photographer Kate from EK Studios was absolutely amazing, and she took all the pictures featured here. We also used MNM Video for videography at an affordable price. The flowers and the flower crown, which I was especially excited about and knew I wanted from the very beginning, was put together by Flower Patch’s wedding center.

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We would love to help you find your dream wedding dress! Contact us today for your appointment!

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