Reflecting on How We've Changed + How We've Stayed the Same!

What in the actual world you guys!?

Eight years ago I chased my dreams. I was so young and so naïve. But I had a big dream. I wanted to change the way brides in this area shopped for wedding gowns. I wanted to create something that mattered. 

 

I believed that buying a wedding gown could be different.

 Photograph by  Soul Photography

Photograph by Soul Photography

 

And so I created that place.  And on September 20th, 2010 I opened the doors to Once Upon A Time Weddings for the very first time.

And while I’m a totally different person than I was that day, I still firmly believe that saying yes to your dress should be like writing a story. It should be fun, relaxing, comfortable and did I mention fun?!

Since those doors opened for the first time, we’ve encountered three moves, two very difficult landlord situations and a whole host of other life lessons we’ve been handed.

I’ve become a mom and adopted two children.
I have become vocal in my fight to bring endometriosis awareness + change in Ontario. 
My husband and I became home owners.

My life feels different now, not in a bad way, just different. But one thing that has remained the same over the last eight years is my love of working with brides.

I love picking their gown before they come.
I love that moment when you just know that this is the one.
I love that anticipation of asking the question.
I love that I get to meet so many cool and interesting people.

 Photograph by Amanda Kopcic Photography

Photograph by Amanda Kopcic Photography

I’ve grown up in this store. I really have.

I thought I knew a lot when I first opened up a store, after all they don’t let just anyone take out loans and get approval to open a bridal store! {have you met some of my competitors, clearly they do, Jk well kind of}

I am the person that I am because of the lessons that I have learned while running this business.

I am so, so grateful for all of our customers.  For everyone who has trusted me, supported me, shared about OUTW, any of it and all of it.  I wouldn’t be where I am without you.

What dream do you need to chase? What idea have you been sitting on? What are you going to do about it?

To celebrate our anniversary with us, please join us at our fall fashion fundraiser on September 23rd. And of course, we wouldn’t be us if we didn’t have some amazing anniversary things coming for you this month!! So make sure you follow us on FB + IG for those!