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February Real Bride | Celine Says Yes To The Dress

Celine said yes to the dress on May 5th 2016 and Once Upon A Time Weddings was her first stop for dress shopping! She trusted her gut and knew she had found the one! Celine also came back for her maids gowns and says this about her second experience, "My second experience was really helpful, accommodating and I felt like I trusted the staff to find what style I was looking for." We love seeing you brides more than just once! Enjoy reading all about Celine's experience saying yes to the dress below!

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About how many dresses did you try on before you found 'The One'?

"Technically one, because the first dress I tried on was the one I came specifically for and ended up saying "Yes" too, but about 3-4 others afterwards."

Was the dress you bought similar to what you came in thinking you wanted?

"Yes, just like I envisioned!"
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Were you expecting to purchase your dress when you came in for your appointment?

"It was still early in our engagement so I wasn't even planning on shopping yet, but OUATW uploaded a picture on their facebook page of a brand new gown that I happened to see. I was gushing with joy, and I just knew it was "The one" and so I called the next day to make an appointment for that following Saturday. I wasn't expecting to purchase that day, but my mind was so set on the dress I seen that I just needed to know for sure. They say that most brides don't end up with a dress they always vision themselves in, but I've always been the type of women to just know. Poofy, princess, bling and ball gown is what I always seen myself in, and I got it!"
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Who was with you at your appointment?

"My mom, Grandma, MOH and aunt."

Did anyone have extra influence on helping you say yes to the dress?

"My Grandma. As she was helping me in it for the second time, she silently told me how I wouldn't find anything better as mine was so unique, and gorgeous."
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How was your experience at Once Upon A Time Weddings?

"Amazing! I'm the type who likes personal experiences, and needs to connect with others. I enjoyed the laid back, not rushed atmosphere where I felt like the center of attention. (I waited 10 years for this day, I wanted my moment) haha!"
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Is there anything else you want to tell us about your story to finding the dress?

"I knew about OUTW before being engaged from other brides going there, and their great experiences so I was always excited at the thought of getting to go there myself one day. Leading up to dress shopping, I of course had pictures saved on what styles I wanted but nothing stood out to me like seeing the one OUATW posted that one magical night."
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Join us next week to see the maids gowns and hear all about Nate and Celine's wedding day! 

Photography: Lolaz Snaps Photography

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August Real Bride | Alexa's Dress

Alexa said yes to the dress on January 30th, 2016 for her May of 2017 wedding {which just so happens to be Erin's birthday}. We loved having her in our store, not just once, but twice because she brought her girls back to find their bridesmaid dresses here too! We hope you enjoy reading all about her experience and the wonderful advice she gives to future brides at the end is something you don't want to miss!

About how many dresses did you try on before you found 'The One'?

"Only one, my dress was the second one I tried! But I did try on about 4-6 more after my dress."

Were you expecting to purchase your dress when you came in for your appointment?

"I was ready to buy, but also prepared not to get down on the experience if I didn't find my perfect dress."

Who was with you at your appointment?

"My Mom, my Aunt Dana and my Matron of Honour Michele."

Did anyone have extra influence on helping you say yes to the dress?

"Michele, my MOH definitely helped me settle on my decision! My Mom wasn't on board right away because my dress was so different from what she, or myself, pictured me in!"

Was the dress you bought similar to what you came in thinking you wanted?

"I had honestly always pictured myself in a trumpet or mermaid, because I'm so petite I didn't think I could ever wear a ball gown for fear it would just swallow my frame. I had literally so many photos of trumpet and mermaid gowns and only one ball gown, with pockets no less, and that's what I ended up getting!"

How was your experience at Once Upon A Time Weddings?

"It was so lovely, Erin was so attentive and never rushed us and it was very personal. She listened to what I was envisioning for my day, and I was really open to trying colour and a lot of options so it was a really fun experience shopping! I got the veil and my belt and the whole look there too, they are just amazing there!"

Is there anything else you want to tell us about your story to finding the dress?

"I would say just be open and try on different styles and colours, but trust in your gut, even if it isn't what you yourself pictured! As soon as I tried on my dress, I looked down at myself in it and knew, I hadn't even seen myself in a mirror yet! And while I had wanted to get my dress that day, I tried not to get my hopes or expectations up in case I didn't like anything. Just trust in the experience and enjoy it, it only happens once!!!"

Join us next week to see the bridesmaids dresses Alexa and her girls picked from Once Upon A Time Weddings to compliment her gown and see how the whole wedding day came together!

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Photography: Mariangelica Photography