Country Wedding

March Real Bride | Heather's Dress

We love all of our brides at OUTW!  Heather heads a special place in our hearts as we have known her for several years & been able to watch her grow up and mature in the beautiful woman she is today.

So we were so excited when she came to OUTW to find her gown.  She came in hoping to find a beautiful experience, unsure if she would purchase that day and she left with a beautiful gown + an equally beautiful grin!  Let's journey together through her appointment where Heather said YES to the Dress!!


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

It was the first day trying on dresses, I was not expecting to buy my dress that day

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

Around 10 dresses. My dress was the last one I tried on

Who was with you at your appointment?

My mom and 2 sisters

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

My mom, sisters and Sharon. Sharon convinced me to try on the dress that became my dress.

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

Nothing at all like I had in mind, this dress totally exceeded my vision!

Did you try on dresses before coming to OUTW?

Yes I did.

How was your experience at Once Upon A Time Weddings?

It was perfect! Sharon made me feel welcome, wanted to know all about Jamie, how long we had been together, how he proposed, when our wedding was, what I was looking for in a dress. She sat down with me and asked to see pictures of what I was thinking, she asked my mom and sisters what they wanted to see me in. I had it in my mind I did not want a ball gown because it was too much dress. Sharon brought me a few options and let me pick what to try on. She convinced me to try on the ball gown which I was avoiding. It was the last dress I tried on, she said that I could custom my dress and take away some of the skirt and change the top. I really wanted lace on the top of my dress, Sharon showed me some options of different options. I picked out the one I wanted and then the skirt. I ended up going with the ball gown. I loved it without all the skirt! I was the last one to realize that it was my dress. My mom was the first one as she got teary, then my sisters, then me. I loved my dress and going to Once Upon a Time Weddings. It was the third store I went too and I was super nervous I had a feeling that my dress would be there and that I would find my dress.

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

I would recommend Once Upon a Time Weddings to anyone looking for a wedding dress, bridesmaid dress or even a mother of the bride/groom dress. It was such a great experience, and made me feel special. I was hoping for the experience I had seen on TV and it was so much better! Thank you for helping me find my dress it was beautiful!

Heather, it was such a pleasure creating your Say Yes Story here at OUTW and we hope you loved reliving it through our blog.  You wish you & Jamie many, many years of health, happiness & love.  Thank you for choosing OUTW for your wedding gown.

Owner of Once Upon A Time Weddings

Owner of Once Upon A Time Weddings

All photographs of Heather & Jamie's beautiful day were captured by Latte Productions

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!