Pearl Rose Bridal Gown

CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY?

We were married in my parents garden on Smith Mountain Lake in Penhook, Virginia. My family and I have been spending summers and weekends at Smith Mountain Lake since 2001, and it has always been a special place for us. My husband (then boyfriend) knew I dreamed of getting married on the property and he proposed there in 2019. As it turns out, 2020 was not the best year to plan a wedding. In March, we made the decision to pivot a large-scale wedding to a three-day celebration with just 25 guests - as even though we couldn’t celebrate with everyone, we knew we still wanted to be married. We pushed the big wedding back to 2021 and changed it to a vowel renewal celebration instead and moved forward with our small and intimate wedding weekend. We hosted a beautiful lakeside rehearsal dinner alongside a dream outdoor wedding ceremony and reception. We still wanted the same atmosphere that we planned for the large wedding - whimsical, dreamy, romantic and blissful but with an intimate feel. A lot of the details became more personal, really focusing on Sean and I. While we were sad not to have everyone there, we were excited for a more relaxed day.

Pearl Rose Bridal Gown

YOU WERE A BEAUTIFUL BRIDE! WHY DID YOU CHOOSE NEEDLE & THREAD FOR YOUR WEDDING DRESS?

Thank you! I discovered Needle & Thread years ago through a styled wedding shoot on social media and I instantly fell in love with the brand. The attention to detail of each piece - the soft colours, the intricate design artwork, and the flattering silhouettes keep me coming back to Needle & Thread every time I have a special occasion. I purchased my first dress in 2017 and wore it in 2019 for our engagement photos. When I began searching for my wedding dress at various ateliers, I could never find anything that felt unique enough or that was at a price point I felt comfortable with. I searched Needle & Thread and spotted the Pearl Rose Bridal Gown. I love pink and knew that the dress was perfectly “me” and that it would certainly leave an impact on those who saw it.

Pearl Rose Bridal Gown

HOW DID THE DRESS MAKE YOU FEEL?

As soon as I put it on, I felt the magic of the ‘wedding day’ become reality. Wedding days are often very hectic and somewhat stressful, but wearing a dress that I felt comfortable in and was proud of, helped me embrace my role as a bride. It also brought me a lot of joy to wear something on the non-traditional side. Few (if any) of the guests had ever seen a pink and white wedding dress, and many complimented my choice to wear something unique that really represented who I am. On a practical note, the dress was very flattering for wedding photos, and it was easy to move around in.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES WHEN PLANNING A WEDDING?

Think outside the box. There has become a “wedding formula” that people feel they have to stick to, but every couple is different and every wedding celebration is unique. If a tradition is not serving you, then you should do away with it.

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