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December Real Bride | Brianne's Dress

Brianne said yes to the dress on October 4th of 2015. Once Upon A Time Weddings was her first dress shopping experience but she didn't buy until her second visit,  We love getting to share that every wedding gown shopping experience is unique but just as perfect. We hope you enjoy reading all about Brianne's experience today!

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Did you try on dresses before coming to OUTW?

"No."

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

"I tried on 5 dresses at OUTW the first time I visited and then tried on 5 at Davids Bridal before returning to OUTW and trying on the one!"

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

"Yes, I was determined to find my dress!"
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Who was with you at your appointment?

"My mom - my sister and my best friend."

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

"Yes! Sharon was absolutely amazing to work with!"

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!"
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How was your experience at Once Upon A Time Weddings?

"The first time I went to OUTW I had absolutely no idea what I wanted - poor Sharon started asking me questions and I had no answers except White/Ivory - I wanted nothing to do with crazy colors - My first visit we focused on trying on different silhouttes and narrowing down the options - My mom fell in love with a Lace A-Line dress and Erin even called the designer to ask if it could come in covered in sparkles and they agreed - but I wasn't sold and despite my moms pestering I left empty handed. A few weeks later we went to Davids Bridal and I tried on a few dresses and really liked a fit and flare ivory dress with beading and bling covering the whole thing (it was very heavy on the hanger) - we called OUTW and said we'd love to come back before I decided on a dress and we went in the same day. I showed Sharon the dress I had liked and she started pulling a Blush Lace Dress off a maniquin (my sister and I were giving each other the 'she has no idea what shes doing' look) and the second I was in the dress I couldnt stop smiling and I didnt want to take it off - my loved ones knew then that it was the one! I also went back in a few other times to discuss accessories (jewellery and veil) with Erin and even fell in love with a belt I added to the dress."

Join us next week to hear all about Brianne and Ambrose's wedding day!

If you're still searching for your dream dress, book your experience with us today! We can't wait to create a magical experience for you.

Photographer: Creative Inspirations Photography

September Real Bride | Jordan's Dress

We love sharing stories of our brides who customized their dresses! Jordan fell in love with her dress but wanted to add/change a few things to it and totally had the faith to do it! We love these leaps of faith in making your dress your own. Jordan added cap sleeves and man did it look amazing!

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Did you try on dresses before coming to OUTW?

"No."

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

"It was the first one I tried on! I tried on about 4 others after but none of them stole my heart like this one did."
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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, maid of honour, cousin and two aunts."
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Did anyone have extra influence on helping you say yes to the dress?

"They all loved the dress just as much as I did! :)"

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

"A few similarities."
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How was your experience at Once Upon A Time Weddings?

"Wonderful! I would recommend it to any future bride. Erin asked me all the right questions to really figure out what I wanted out of my wedding gown, when I didn't even know myself!"

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

"It was the perfect moment I could have had with my family when saying "yes" to my dress. It was private and intimate which you don't find anywhere else at local wedding dress stores - I won't forget my experience here!"
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If you're looking for a one of a kind dress shopping experience, don't hesitate to book your appointment right here, right now! We can't wait to meet you!

Photography: Haley Thuss

September Real Bride | Jordan + Andy

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Hello September! We are excited to announce our September Real Bride Jordan Freitas and her hubby Andy. You can just see the love these two share in their gorgeous engagement pictures, we hope you enjoy reading about their love story just as much as we did!

How did the two of you meet?

"On St Patty's Day at a friends party."

How did you know Andy was the one?

"As soon as he came in my life, he changed it for the better. It was like a switch went off "so this is what love is supposed to feel like". I knew I wanted to spend all of my days with him, good or bad. We share the same values, he makes me laugh, and loves all the parts of who I am, as I do for him."
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How did Andy propose? (Brides point of view)

"(Backstory) When it got to that point in our relationship to start talking about the next step and living arrangements, I had told Andy that I've always wanted be married before moving in together. I liked that old-fashioned aspect. As time went on I realized it wasn't that important to me as long as we were together, whether we were engaged or just dating. We ended up finding a home together, and a thought of a ring had completely left my mind as we were saving up for the move into our first home. We hadn't even talked about it. So it came to an absolute surprise to me that as I opened the door into my house, there was a row of rose petals leading up the stairs and into our soon to be bedroom, with "Will U Marry Me" painted on the wall, and Andy down on one knee!"
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Andy, how did you propose? (Grooms point of view)

"We had just bought a house and got the keys for the first day. Jordan was working so I picked up the keys and headed over to the house. We were gonna paint the walls of some rooms so I decided to write on the bedroom wall "Will you marry me?". She came home and I had put rose pedals in the entrance leading to the bedroom where I was waiting."
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Next week we'll be chatting with Jordan on how she said yes to the dress!

If you're still trying to find your perfect gown, book your appointment with us today, we'd love to give you the dress shopping experience of your dreams!

Photography: Haley Thuss

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!

Book your experience here too say yes to your dream dress.

Photography: Mariangelica Photography