Wedding Day

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!


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!"

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!"

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."

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!"

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."

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 | Ryan and Alexa's Wedding

Alexa was such a wonderful bride to work with and we are so grateful she chose us at Once Upon A Time Weddings to fall in love with her lace ball gown. Alexa, you looked absolutely stunning! We are so excited to show you all their beautiful wedding day, their bridesmaids dresses, and the love these two share, enjoy!

What's your favourite memory from your wedding day?

"Our whole day was honestly the best, our ceremony had personal touches with Ryan's sister and father doing readings. We absolutely loved our cocktail hour though, we didn't have a receiving line or the big entrance at the reception, so when we finished photos, we showed up at the start of cocktail hour and mingled and had drinks with our guests; it was so relaxed and such a great way to see everyone and start off the night!"
It was so fun having Alexa and her girls back in the store to purchase their maids dresses!

It was so fun having Alexa and her girls back in the store to purchase their maids dresses!

Who were your favourite vendors from your wedding day?

"Our coordinator Alysha at Revival House (and their whole amazing staff!) honestly became friends towards the end of the whole planning process, they made everything so easy and were such a joy to work with. Designs by Cate did our amazing floral and she exceeded our expectations, I honestly met with her once to discuss ideas and just trusted in her to do her thing and it was amazing! Our lovely Pastor did such a great job personalizing our ceremony and with our marriage prep in the months before the wedding, after serving at Ryan's family's church for 13 years he is enjoying retirement currently! And lastly our photographer Mariangelica, she's just a rock star and we feel so fortunate to have worked with her and got to know her well over the last couple years."

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

"He liked it and thought I looked pretty. He doesn't know one dress style or shape from another, so he just knew I'd look nice!"

We love our brides! If you got married in a Once Upon A Time Weddings dress, please contact us about being featured on the blog!

If you're newly engaged and haven't found your dream dress, don't hesitate to book your appointment with us, we can't wait to give you the experience of a life time!

Photography: Mariangelica Photography 

Venue: Revival House

Something Blue

"Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue." This old rhyme is something that has been passed down for decades, and is known as the things a bride 'should' carry with her on her wedding day. Did you know that 'something blue' stands for purity, love, and fidelity? We thought that was a fun little fact and whether you're a bold bride or a more traditional, reserved bride there are so many unique ways that you can include that 'something blue' into your wedding day! We have put together a few different categories for how you bring the blue with you!

1) Blue on you. This can be a very subtle, even hidden, way to have some blue somewhere on you throughout your big day.

2) Accessorize in blue. We think this is probably one of the most popular ways to incorporate blue into your day but, here are maybe some unique ideas to get your blue on! ;)

3) Blending in the blue. Here are a few ways you could have blue be a part of your day that doesn't scream 'something blue'.

Put your maids in blue!

Put your maids in blue!

Make your signature drink blue!

Make your signature drink blue!

4) Blue on the dress. Of course, our favourite! We love these little hints of blue that brides add to their wedding gowns.

Leave us a comment and tell us how YOU used blue on your wedding day!

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As always, if you're still looking for your dream dress you can book your wedding gown experience here!