Real Bride: Alyson

We truly enjoyed working with cute Alyson on such an important dress for a special day! We asked her to tell us all about her fun love story, how she found her dream gown, and her favorite moments of her wedding day. Enjoy!
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Sean Bullock and I met on a blind date. I had seen Sean around campus and found out who he was. One of his friends caught me Facebook-stalking him and then set us up on a blind date! We dated for a couple months and then Sean waited for me while I went to Italy on an LDS mission. He had served in the same mission a few years earlier, so we both speak Italian!

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We were married in the LDS San Diego Temple on June 13th, 2015.


I fell in love with my gown the first time I tried it on. My friends actually thought I was joking at first, and then I put a down payment on a different dress but couldn’t get the first one our of my mind so I came back and bought it! It made me feel like I was ME. You can’t fake how you feel in a wedding dress.

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We had a little bit of a Tuscan theme for the reception but mostly the theme was just LOVE! The colors were peach and coral themed.

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Advice for future brides: I would say pick your bridesmaid dresses FIRST and then base your color scheme off of those. It’s way harder to pick colors and then try and find dresses that match them perfectly. Make a thorough list of names and addresses as soon as you start receiving gifts. Update it all the time so that writing Thank You’s will be so much easier. Spend money on photography, it’s so worth it! Don’t sweat what you can’t control, and let your fiancé HELP you plan!


I had a great experience at Avenia. They were really understanding with my time frame and rushed everything with no charge so that I would have my dress on time. Nancy was really helpful with alterations and everything on the dress turned out perfectly. I loved working with the girls too, they always make you feel beautiful.

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Dress Designer: Lis Simon 

Phototgarphy: De Falco Photography and Proudfit Photography.

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Real Bride: Emily

We are so thrilled to feature ravishing Emily on our blog today! She wore an all lace custom gown with butterfly sleeves made custom just for her! Enjoy!


My husband, Cody Dennis, and I met at the end of May in 2014. I was a waitress at Wild Mustang Grill & Bakery and his family came in to eat during my afternoon shift. I thought he was so cute, but for sure thought he was married or dating someone. During the course of their meal his dad made it clear to me that he wasn’t dating anyone with little jokes here and there about Cody spilling on his shirt and asking me if I was dating anyone. Cody left early (he had to go back to work), but his Dad ended up asking me what i like to do for fun and if I would go on a date with their son. I ended up leaving my number on their check when I brought it out to them, but wasn’t sure if Cody would call me or not. 2 days later he called me…I didn’t answer, so he texted me and he ended up asking me out on a date! We went on that first date and just hit it off….the rest is history!


We were married about a year later on May 20, 2015 in the {LDS} Draper Utah Temple. We had our reception at Wadley Farms in Lindon. It was such a beautiful day and place to have our reception.11748686_10204823081876408_489611379_n11756666_10204823082116414_744157191_n

All throughout high school and college I would pin different wedding things and dream about the one day I would be able to actually plan my own wedding! One of the things I pinned was this dress that I was in love with. When I got engaged I researched where this dress was and how I could have the same one. I found out it was made at Avenia Bridal right in Provo where I live, so it couldn’t have worked out better! I made an appointment with them, found out it was custom made and decided to make my dream dress! I am so thankful I did because I wouldn’t have been able to get my mind off that dress. I felt so good in it on my wedding day and I was so happy I got to wear my dream dress that day!


To any brides planning a wedding my advice to you would be to choose what is most important to you and go for it! However, don’t lose sight of what is most important during your engagement and what will be most important to you on your wedding day. And that is the love you and your husband share and being able to celebrate being together forever! The dress is just the cherry on top of your wedding day…and when you look back at your pictures you will want to remember how beautiful you felt and how gorgeous you looked!


Thanks so much to Nancy Barrus for custom making my gown to be exactly what I dreamed it to be! She was wonderful to work with and has so much talent. Thank you to all those that contributed to make my wedding day a dream…



Photographer: Brooke Stapleton

Makeup: Hailee Day

Cake: Cassidy Budge of Flour and Flourish

Videographer: Jared Wortley, Emily and Cody’s Wedding Video Here

Flowers: Flower Patch

Food: Marvelous Catering

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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!