Bride To Be

November Real Bride | Erin's Dress

On November 11, 2016, Erin found her gown & said yes to the dress!  Today she dishes all the details of that experience! She'll also share how she came back a second time to say yes to her maids and flower girl dresses too! We loved seeing all of the dresses she choose come together on her wedding day!


Did you try on dresses before coming to OUTW?


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

"The one I bought was actually the very first dress I tried on! I put on a few different styles, so maybe 6, but I always went back to that first one."

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 parents: Jerry & D.Kathy Hendrikx and my sisters: Emily and Meghan Hendrikx."

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

"I wouldn't say anyone had extra influence, I just wanted everyone to love what I said yes to."

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

"I didn't really know what I wanted."

What did your (now) husband think of your dress?

"He thought it was stunning. 'I couldn't have picked a better dress! It really made my wife glow.'"

How was your experience at Once Upon A Time Weddings?

"It was perfect! We had our own space, I didn't feel like they were pulling dresses for 10 other people. It was very personal, everything I said was taken into account with the next dress that was pulled. My family and I all agreed it was such a great day."

How was your second experience here with us?

"The second experience was really good! All of the bridesmaids were there, they got to try on different styles and show them off at the same time. We were the only people in the store with that appointment. Again, very personal!"

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

"I want to compliment the staff, Erin was so helpful. Everyone made sure things ran smoothly. I would definitely recommend Once Upon A Time Weddings - a space that takes the time to help you find your dream dress, friendly staff...just a great experience to have had."

Join us next week as we take a look into Erin and Jeff's wedding day!

If you're still searching for your dream gown or maybe your bridesmaids dresses, book your experience today because we can't wait to make magic happen with you!

Photography: One-12 Photography

Vendor Interview with Willow Creek Barn Events

Happy Friday brides! This month we chatted with Kim Vlasman over at Willow Creek Barn Events in Ailsa Craig (about 20 minutes outside of Strathroy). Her venue is breath taking - from the gorgeous rustic barn to the land itself you'll find so many beautiful places for couples photos and options for your ceremony spot! We hope this Q+A will help some of you brides who are still deciding on a wedding venue!

How did you start out? What's your story on becoming a wedding venue?

"Short form....Friends kept asking to get married at our barn. So we decided to make it a business 😊"

How far in advance do you like the bride and groom to book with you?

"One year."

What kinds of wedding packages do you offer?

"All of our wedding day packages are completely customizable."

How far in advance are you usually booked?

"8 months to a year."

Can the bride and groom have their rehearsal dinner at the venue the night before?

"If it is a simple meal like pizza yes!!!"

Can the bride and groom choose from different areas on your property to have there ceremony and reception?


Can couples book year round or do you have a designated wedding season?

"We are open for weddings from end of May to first week of October."

What is included when a couple books with you? (IE: catering on site, chairs, tables...?)

"Tables, chairs, washroom trailer, rental from Friday noon till Sunday noon."

What do brides and grooms say about your venue that sets you apart?

"Beautiful setting and excellent customer service."

Is there anything else you'd like to say about your business?

"We are the entire package. Hundreds of beautiful spots to take pictures after your incredible outdoor ceremony. Then enjoy a rustic barn dinner and dance with a separate bar area. A relaxed country wedding."

Thank you Kim for taking the time to talk with us about your venue, what a beautiful spot for beautiful weddings! We can already see lots of our dresses feeling right at home here! :) 

If you have any questions or want to book Willow Creek Barn Events, you can reach Kim via Facebook or their website here.

Maybe you already booked your wedding at Willow Creek Barn and are looking for the perfect gown to compliment the venue, look no further! Book your wedding dress experience with us today!