Real Bride: Lenora

Lenora’s wedding in the mountains blew us all away! She wore an elegantly simple, organza ball gown with her mother’s lace veil – how special is that!? Wedding-0270

My husband is John Plimpton. We met at an orientation event for our first year of law school at the U. We weren’t interested in each other romantically at first. We became really close friends and bonded over long hours in the library and taking ski trips to Snowbird. Then one day I saw him flirting with another girl and got mad. He was surprised when he saw I was angry. He kissed me that night and the rest is history.

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We were married at Sundance Resort on May 30, 2015 by Senior Judge Ronald Nehring (Former Justice of the Utah Supreme Court and my former boss).

When planning for my wedding, at first I thought I might wear my mother’s gown but it was going to be a real challenge to alter. I went to Avenia on a whim and fell in love with a simple A-line gown with a beautiful train.

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I wanted to let the mountains and the beauty of Sundance be our theme of our wedding. Almost all of our guests were from out of state and I wanted them to see Utah’s incredible natural beauty. We focused first on great lighting, good music, and the food and wine. I kept the flowers simple (except my bouquet, of course!) and we splurged on a string quartet–which I loved.


Advice for current brides – be organized–don’t spend all your time pinning beautiful pictures, actually visualize and plan out how everything is going to go. Figure out your 3 top priorities and just make sure those happen. I found myself worrying about every detail…and then at the event I had my cocktail napkins but the video didn’t get captured. Once it’s a week before just relax and let go, it’s all going to be amazing.

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I had a great experience at Avenia. The only hard part was commuting down there in rush hour traffic. The seamstresses worked hard to make my dress perfect and I appreciate that.
I would like to give a huge shout-out to my amazing photographer Melissa Kelsey. I highly recommend her. She took the most beautiful candid shots, not only of us, but of all of our guests. Tonya Hoopes did our lighting, which was phenomenal, and Baking With Blondie (Mandy Merriman) made our delicious cakes. I’d also like to thank my father and sister for doing SO MANY incredible DIY projects, from the cake topper, to the favors, to hand-painted cornhole boards.


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Real Bride: Brynna

We are so lucky to work with the most beautiful brides! Gorgeous bride, Brynna stunned in her custom lace wedding gown on her Spring wedding day!


My husband’s name is McCoy Stoker and we met my very first day of college at BYU-Idaho. He was my brother’s good friend and roommate. My brother was trying to convince me before we left for school that I was going to fall in love his friend McCoy and I was not convinced until I met him and we went on our first date. After that, I knew I was in trouble… We were married a year and a half later.

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We got married on April 11th, 2015 in the Salt Lake City temple. Temple square in April is unreal. The cherry blossoms were in full bloom and the flowers were gorgeous! It was a dream and I will never forget how beautiful the surroundings were. It was exactly how I pictured my wedding day. The weather was unbelievable; we truly lucked out because April weather can be pretty unpredictable. We had a beautiful luncheon at the Joseph Smith Memorial building after our sealing. And then we partied all night at The Loft at Brick Canvas at Thanksgiving Point. I wanted our day to be fun and to reflect our personalities. It was a perfect combination of the two of us and we had a wonderful day celebrating with our family and friends. We are so happy and thankful to everyone that came to support us and help make our day perfect!




I knew from the start that I wanted Nancy to make my wedding dress. Avenia was the first place I tried on dresses and I didn’t go anywhere else. Nancy made my sisters custom gown 4 years ago so I knew how talented she was. I trusted her to make my dream dress too. I had a few ideas of what I wanted and Nancy helped bring those ideas to life and make them even better. I wanted a dress that was timeless and something I felt was unique. She knew just what would look good on me and what we could do in my price range. Nancy is so sweet and she helped me with everything from my jewelry to how to do my hair. She is extremely talented and knowledgeable. She was also patient with me, as I had to travel from Rexburg for my fittings. The girls at Avenia are so helpful too and they were so fun to work with! I couldn’t be happier with how my dress turned out. Every time I look at pictures I love my dress more. It was truly made just for me.

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My advice to future brides is to relax. It’s your big day and you shouldn’t be so stressed out about it. Listen to advice and try to please others but the truth is you cant please everyone and it’s your day so it’s important that you are happy with it! In the end, everything will turn out perfect. Also, use your resources; there is no need to pay a lot of money for everything. I had so many talented family and friends who helped with a lot of my wedding. It’s okay to ask for help! People are willing to help and they want to help. All that matters is that you are marrying the right person and that you are happy with him because everything else will fall into place. So have fun! And don’t worry too much. On your wedding day take time to take everything in. It comes and goes so fast so try to remember the little details. Like putting your dress on for the first time, and the way your husband looks at you in your dress. I remember as we were taking pictures on the steps of the temple, I couldn’t believe that we were married and my day had finally come! I just remember feeling happy and thinking that I want to remember that moment when all our family and friends were surrounding us and showing their support. As girls, we dream about this day since we are little. So remember to take mental notes and pictures. Then write them all down in your journal so you can always remember them. These are memories you will cherish forever!

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I LOVED my wedding video and had to share it. If you are on the fence about getting a videographer, GET ONE! You wont regret it. It is one of my favorite parts about our wedding and I watch our video all the time.

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Huge thanks to everyone who made my day so special especially to Nancy and all the girls at Avenia and to my mom because she made my dream wedding a reality!




Flowers: L’Arrangement Floral

Photographer: Mandi Nelson

Videographer: David Perry

Necklace: Made by Mary with Love

Hair & Makeup: Jessica Stoker (my sister in law)

Caterer: Lisa Best

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Real Bride: Devanee

Devanee and Montana’s wedding day may have been rainy but they defiantly glowed on their special day! Devanee wore an all lace gown with butterfly sleeves designed by Moonlight Bridal.


My husbands name is Montana Shaum. We met in Provo Spring of 2015, in a pretty unique way…Montana had seen my pictures on Instagram and told himself that he needed to meet me. He ended up messaging me and the next thing I knew we had set up a night to hang out. I invited him to my apartment and meet my dog, Ace! The night was a blast! It felt like we had known each other for months. After that, we didn’t want to go a day without seeing each other. Within 2 weeks I knew I fell in love with my best friend.


We were married on May 9th, 2015 in SLC.


Because we had a short engagement, that meant less time to plan lots of details. First thing first for any bride (and I learned as I went) is to get your dress! While doing research, I had found this darling flutter sleeve dress online, made by Nancy Barrus. To my pleasant surprise Nancy Barrus was located at Avenia Bridal, just a few minutes away from my work! How perfect!


I found a beautiful gown in store, which was tailored perfectly for me by Nancy and her wonderful staff and seamstresses. The style and structure of my dress resembled grace and elegance – what I basing my wedding on! Even though it poured rain on my wedding day I have never felt happier or more beautiful!


Real Bride: Hailey

We adore that more and more brides are embracing the blush pink color in their wedding gowns!
Hailey wore a champagne, lace gown designed by Lis Simon for her big day!
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Josh miller and I met living at the same apartment complex. The first thing he noticed about me was that I had ” the blondest hair he had ever seen” and I noticed that he was new in the ward. We started dating after he asked me to go on bike rides, I was oblivious that they were actually “dates.”
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We were married in the Salt Lake City {LDS} temple on April 18th.
When I saw my gown for the first time I knew it was my dress. Avenia is really great because they let you physically go into the gown room and look through for yourself. Once I tried it on I didn’t want to take it off. The details of my gown were timeless which was exactly what I wanted!
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My theme was “romantic” with pale pinks, gold and navy blues. My main inspiration was my favorite flower, anemones. My dress was a perfect champagne color that went perfectly with my inspirations.
Advice for current brides – choose three things between you and your husband that are most important to you and plan around them. You can’t  control everything, but it’s important to control what you care about most. It also makes it easier to budget around these three things.
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My experience at Avenia was magical. Everyone who works there is so awesome and I felt like I was just dress shopping with all my best friends. They were patient and helpful and accommodating and I would recommend them to anyone!
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Real Bride: Paige

Paige glowed on her April wedding date in a lace Nancy Barrus Couture original!


My husbands name is Nic and I absolutely adore him. As for how we met? Well it is quite the story. His grandma, Nana Pat, as we call her, was talking with his mom about who they could possibly set Nic up with in order to take his dating life into their control and ensure he married someone they “approved.”. One Sunday afternoon I received a call from a lady who I attend church with asking me if I would be willing to go on a date with her grandson. This lady was Nana Pat. Now since I had never met or even seen her grandson I was reluctant. But she assured me he was cute ( as any good match maker grandmother would). So I agreed.

On Nic’s end, he was not very happy with his mother and grandmother for planning this and saw no problem with person he was currently dating. After some protest Nic gave me a call and asked me on date.

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Nic and I went on our first date and the rest is history. We were married in the Newport Beach temple on April 11th 2015. It was the best day of our lives.

The theme for my wedding was a bit rustic and a bit classic. I wanted my kids to be able to look at my wedding pictures and not giggle (too much) at the styles and themes in 10-15 years.


I chose my gown after talking with Nancy Barrus at Avenia and trying on a few different dresses. When I put it on my dress, I loved it. I didn’t ever want to take it off!

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All the ladies out there that are stressed more then they let on about there wedding, I would like to tell you to focus on the most important part of your wedding day- your husband. Just remember no one will remember your wedding day more then you and your husband.

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Avenia Bridal was awesome to work with. I went around to a lot of different places to try on dresses and Avenia Bridal made me feel important and like they were ready to make me a bride.

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Thanks for sharing your story and photos with us, Paige!

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