Strathroy bride

The Story Behind Ashlan's Dress - February Real Bride -

Here, at Once Upon A Time Weddings, we truly believe that magic does happen, no two people's love story is the same and that's the same when it comes to finding your gown! Some brides try on multiple dresses then go back to their first one before realizing that's their dress. Other brides know from the moment they step into that gown that it's theirs. We love experiencing all these moments + emotions with our brides and Ashlan had her magical moment on April 25, 2015 when she said yes to the dress!

How many dresses did you try on before coming to Once Upon A Time Weddings?


Who came with you to your appointment?

"My first appointment was myself, my mom, my MIL, and my husband. My second appointment it was just myself, my mom and my sister. 

Were you expecting to buy your dress when you came to our store?

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

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

"My husband :) I loved that he came with me to some of my appointments. Seeing his reaction to some of the dresses are memories I will cherish forever!"
Ashlan + Paul's first look.

Ashlan + Paul's first look.

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! I had visions of an off white, high neck ball gown with pockets. I got married in the most stunning, champagne, fitted, strapless sweetheart neckline dress. I have never felt as beautiful, feminine, or confident as the day I said, "I do" in the dress of my dreams."

"My experience at Once Upon a Time was like nothing I had experienced at other bridal salons. It was so warm, and welcoming. Erin reached out to me ahead of my appointment to understand what I was looking for, and made me feel at ease about all of the options. When we arrived, I was pleasantly surprised at how lovely the shop was. You really feel so special in your time there; private appointments ensure that you have a unique dress buying experience. Erin was so knowledgeable, friendly and patient. She worked with me, offered really great insight, and helped me each step of the way through finding the perfect dress!" -Ashlan Potts

Photographer: One-12 Photography

Venue: Arrowwood Farm

Dress: Once Upon A Time Weddings

We're not really sure how the magic happens, but we do know that it does!  If you're ready for it to be less of a decision and more of an experience, then Click here to book your magical moment!

2017 Wedding Trends

Happy New Year & Happy Wedding year to all you brides tying the knot in 2017!

Thinking back to the trends of 2016 weddings--metallics, sequins, long-family-style tables, that rustic barn venue, budget-friendly centre pieces, and more personalization in the details. Are these trends going to continue into the new year and what are we going to see more of? We have compiled some of the top predicted trends for 2017 weddings.

Garden-Inspired Florals

"With florals, we're going to keep seeing garlands, as well as organic bouquets and centrepieces, all of which have had tremendous staying power among brides."
—Jamie Chang

Virtual Planning

"Couples have gone fully mobile with their wedding plans. Millennials are all about instant gratification, so they want their wedding planning right at their fingertips at any given moment. There's going to be a continued increasing in seeing the whole planning process online." —Li Zhou

Going paperless has many benefits; not loosing documents, carrying one mobile device instead of a whole stack of papers, etc. We suggest you keep a folder in your email of all wedding related conversations, along with a folder on your desktop dedicated to wedding ideas and documents! We are seeing a lot more people buying their accessories and decorations online; more options than what you could possibly visit in person.


Velvet Bridesmaid Dresses

"...with the current '90s revival in fashion and trends, it shouldn't come as a huge surprise that velvet has started to make a reappearance. And just in case you're too young to remember the '90s let me tell you - velvet dresses were big. They actually work pretty well for bridesmaids dresses in a classic, wintery way, and the colours are rich, from emerald to sapphire to ruby to classic black." -The South Bound Bride
We don't have any velvet dresses in our store, but we have plenty of other options to choose from to fit your personal style!

We don't have any velvet dresses in our store, but we have plenty of other options to choose from to fit your personal style!

Guest Interaction

"Couples are looking for ways to engage their guests throughout the wedding day. Interactive food stations and lawn games are great for fostering engagement, as is unique entertainment (think fire eaters or contortionists!), which will give everyone something to talk about. We also love the idea of guests walking into a photo wall, either stationery or as a slideshow."     —Fabrice Orlando

As a family boutique we are loving this trend! The buffet style appetizers, serve yourself refreshments, and fun lawn games! This really helps keep your day laid back and inviting for your guests if that's what you're going for!

Doubly Gorgeous Gowns

"One thing I've seen for the first time this year that I expect to see more of are removable skirts. The bride can have a sheath dress look and a ball gown look for much less than the cost of two dress." —Ann Oleinik

We LOVE our two pieces here at Once Upon A Time Weddings! We have multiple different skirts and tops that can be mix and matched along with the option to put a skirt over a tighter fitting dress to give you two different looks on your wedding day!


From DIY guest gifts to watercolour place holders, we are loving this trend that allows brides to put their own special touches on their wedding.

First Looks

"These are a keeper. I love first looks, I think they're brilliant. It takes me forever to convince a bride and groom to do that, but they're more personal -- I love them." -David Tutera

This is the perfect time for your fiancé to see you in your dress and not hold back his emotions; just you and him for a moment on your wedding day.



We can't wait to see all the trends you follow and all the ones you set on your own this wedding season!

Click here to book your 2017 appointment with us!

Inspiration and quotes pulled from: BRIDES, Pinterest