Real Bride: Tamara

Tarmara’s wedding photos are perfect for today’s gloomy weather! Her short dress is just too fun and we adore that they had a taco truck at their reception!!


My husband’s name is Robbie Olsen. We met at Timberline Jr High School. My family moved to Utah when I was 12 and we lived just down the block from each other. We were friend for about seven years before we ever started dating. We were married July 12, 2014 in the Timpanogos Temple (in American Fork, Utah).



I always knew I wanted a knee length dress that had some volume to it. It was the first dress that they brought out for me to try on and I knew it was the one right away.


We are outdoorsy and easy going people and we wanted our reception to reflect that. So we hired a taco cart from Salt Lake to come, Otter Pops and a lot of fun in my back yard!



Avenia was great to work with! They listened to what I wanted and then immediately placed me with the dress. The ordered it perfectly to my size so it hardly needed any adjustments.

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Photography: Brooke Schultz Photography and SamiJo Photography

Wedding Planning: Charming Details

Taco Truck: Dan Rafa Taco Cart

Wedding Band: The Gatsbys 

Videographer: Andrew Wadsworth Videographer

Flowers: Soil and Stem

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Real Bride: Tabitha

Beautiful bride Tabitha wore a lace and tulle ball gown for her and Trent’s big day!


My husbands name is Trent Parry. We met our Freshman year at the University of Utah and became best friends! He is from Colorado and I am from Salt Lake. I wrote him while he was serving and LDS mission in Hong Kong for two years and when he got back we started dating. We were married in the Salt Lake Temple on October 11, 2014.


I wanted a nautical theme, so I went with blues and greens for my color scheme. Our reception was held at Market Street Grill-Cottonwood, it was magical! We had perfect weather and were able to enjoy the fall colors.

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I knew I wanted some kind of lace on my gown. First I tried on full lace gowns and they just didn’t work well with my vision. I also thought I wanted a straight gown, very simple. I ended up trying on this big ball gown that my mom had picked out and it fit perfectly! The only problem I had was how big the skirt was. The assistants at Avenia suggested that I take out some of the poof and I fell in love. It has just enough shape that I feel like I am in a fancy wedding dress but not too much that it is overwhelming on me.

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I was very impressed with how helpful the staff and seamstresses are at Avenia. I ended up purchasing the sample gown because it fit so well. With a few alterations and added beading on the belt I was able to find my dream gown. Getting to wear it twice for my reception in Salt Lake and in Colorado was a bonus!


My advice for future brides would be to keep your mind open! Relax and enjoy spending time with your loved ones while planning your wedding.



Venue: Market Street Grill-Cottonwood

Cake: Leslies Bakery

Photographer: Travis J Photography

Flowers: L Floral Studio

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Real Bride: Meghan

We love the way Meghan’s custom gown came together and I think we can all agree, her sleeves are to die for!


Paul Smout is my husbands name and we met August of 2011. He is from Texas and got home from his LDS mission and followed his buddy to Utah to go to school. When we met I had no interest in him and the same for him to me. We hung out with the same group of people for a bit and he got roped into doing summer sales for Vivint and we went our own way. We then reconnected last summer of 2013 and were inseparable since. We were married on September 6, 2014 at the Salt Lake Temple and our reception was held at The Bungalow in Pleasant Grove

My gown came from 2 different gowns I had found on Pinterest, I tried going to bridal shops to find something I’d love but I kept finding myself going back to the dress I found. My mother was a sweetheart and googled, “Utah seamstress” and Avenia Bridal came up. It so happened as my mother was showing me gowns she had made, that I spotted 2 girls I know and LOVED their gowns. We set up an appointment to visit with Nancy and as I was describing what I wanted she just sketched it out right then and there. All I can say is she NAILED it right from the beginning. I just wanted an elegant, fitted gown that showed off my curves with part lace instead of full gown. I also wanted to bring back the long sleeve look due to me not loving my arms. ha!


I have always wanted a garden reception, I just love the greens with natural lighting. Since my husband is from Texas I wanted to kinda mix it up a little and do a “rustic” theme with the garden so it wouldn’t be too much color with my flowers and the wild flowers of the garden. I had a lot of burlap, lace and creams/peach. Funny story, being a teenage girl I was always “planning” my future wedding. I had a bow from one of my prom corsage that was a pretty shimmery peach color, of course what did I do? I saved it. I put it into a box that I had put other wedding ideas and left it there to sit. When it came to the time to plan my actual wedding I pulled out that box and there was that bow. That bow and a picture of a bouquet I had found inspired my colors!


To all the brides out there I would honestly have to tell them to not stress about your wedding day! Of course we want it to be perfect and be this big deal, because it is! I wasn’t like most Utah brides where I had 2-3 months to plan. I had 8 months. We did it that way because I love September weather and I didn’t know how long it would take to get a dress custom made. Having that much time made it so much easier to plan everything. I instantly looked around for venues for the reception, I looked around for invites and photographer and got the Temple date booked. Everything else came together as it got closer to the date. So don’t stress about the little things….. the day of your wedding you are in lala land, enjoying every blinking second that you just married your best friend!

Oh my I LOVE Avenia Bridal! They got me in when I needed and called me when I should have made an appointment for a fitting but forgot to call! Honestly they want to make your wildest dreams come true in picking the most beautiful dress for that special day! Whether it be you designing your own gown or finding one there in their store. If I had any changes on how I wanted to gown to fit, Nancy listened to me and fixed the dress to be exactly what I wanted it to be. I had so many people tell me how beautiful I looked in my gown and were in awe over the fit and lace long sleeve! Especially the older generation because it was closer to their era. I could just stare at my dress all day and wish I could wear it more often because that’s how stunning it is.unnamed1


Venue: The Bungalow (catered and had a decoration coordinator)
Photography: Chelsie Starley Photography
Videography: Chris McClain Productions
Invitations: Jeneze Designs
Flowers: The Veranda
Cake & Cupcakes: Callie Varner
Suits: Mr Mac
Groomsmen Ties: Bows n Ties

To schedule your appointment with our in-house designer, Nancy Barrus, to design your own custom gown, contact us at 801.373.0194 or

Real Bride: Sabrina

Sabrina was such a joy to work with and looked stunning in her beaded lace wedding dress with a boatneck neckline. 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!

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My husbands name is Casey Messick, we met in April of 2013. Our first date was only one week before he left for an internship in China for the summer. We really liked each other and pursued the relationship across seas for a while.  We were married August 9th at the Mount Timpanogos temple in American Fork, UT.

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When I found my dress at Avenia I was only browsing around. I didn’t plan on choosing one there because I had already ordered one from another vendor. My mother in law saw my dress and urged me to try it on.  When the zipper reached the top and I looked in the mirror I knew it was my dream dress. It made me feel like the most beautiful, and confident bride.

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I didn’t really have a theme for the wedding, my colors were light mint green, yellow, white, and grey. I wanted it to be a very light, and relaxed day.

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The service I received at Avenia was beyond amazing. I loved being treated like a princess and knowing that my dress would the cherry on top of my perfect day.

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Flowers: Campus Floral

Hair and Make-up: Kathy Lynch

Thanks for sharing about your big day, Sabrina! To set up an appointment to find your dream wedding dress, contact us at 801.373.0194 or

Real Bride: Shannon

We were so excited for Shannon to wear this unbelievable Sarah Jank’s dress on her wedding day and boy, does she wear it well!! We’re head over heels IN LOVE with her bridal photos!


What is your husband’s name and how did you meet?
My husband is Mike Norton. Funny story actually- lets just say we did not hit it off great at first! In our first conversation, Mike stated to me (Shannon who lives breathes and sleeps Texas) that he did NOT like Texas girls. After that we somehow managed to become friends again, running into each other at dance parties, football games, and dessert parties. I actually first met him because I was interested in one of his friends. As we started to grow closer and closer, Mike decided to try and win me over and finally take me on a date. How does he win me over you ask? By picking me up for a party on his tiny little moped scooter. Yes, it was pretty cold outside and no, we did not have helmets. After that night, things happened quickly and we instantly fell head over heels for each other, spending every single day together.



When and where were you married?
We were married August 16th in the Timpanogos Temple and reception at Thanksgiving point, Loggia.




How did you choose your gown?
Last minute!! I remember trying on gowns for weeks and loved the one at Avenia. It was a little out of my price range so we kept looking. I ended up picking another dress and the tailor basically destroyed it. It was like a week away from my wedding and I hated my dress. I remembered trying on a dress that fit me perfectly at Avenia and decided to give it a try. It ended up fitting perfectly and was the absolute perfect dress. I am beyond happy with it and so glad I was able to wear this dress instead of my first.

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What was your theme or inspirations for your wedding?
My theme was a Tuscany summer wedding. My inspirations were a garden wedding with beautiful flowers, gelato, and a formal but relaxed feel.



What advice do you have for brides who are currently planning their wedding?
Never settle on your wedding dress! If you love a dress, get it because in the end you will regret it if you don’t pick the dress you want! Make sure you pick a place that is willing to work with you and that you have a good relationship with. Avenia was very accommodating to me and made getting my dress last minute a lot less stressful. I was so impressed with the service and care they provided me at Avenia.


Tell about your experience at Avenia. 
Such a great experience. They were very quick to get things done and custom made my veil to fit my dress perfectly. I felt like they really wanted to help me find the perfect dress and were really willing to help me out. It did not feel like a business but friends who are there trying to help you out. I loved working with Avenia Bridal.

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Photography: Jacque Lynn Photography 

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