Three weeks.

That’s how soon Jennifer’s wedding was when she called. I remember trying to be cool during her call to schedule an appointment at the beginning of February for her wedding at the end of the month. But that’s our job. We take on the nerves and stress, remaining calm, so our brides don’t have to worry.

We are definitely used to close wedding dates, but this one was close. Jennifer’s stylist would have to find her a gown that had minimal alterations so a seamstress could work within her timeline, would be comfortably under budget, and in great condition off the rack, all without sacrificing her vision.

“I knew I wanted a dress that was pretty simple and that flattered my figure,” said Jennifer. “When picking a place to shop I knew I wanted a place that offered a wide range of curvy dresses and someone who understood some of my discomfort when trying on dresses.”

We were determined to help this bride and I knew exactly who to have help her: our stylist Kylisha. If Kylisha couldn’t help Jennifer find the gown, I don’t think anyone could.

Serendipity really was at play here because between the bride’s vision and Ky’s hard work narrowing things down, there was one gown in the store that was truly perfect for this bride. Jennifer said yes to a timeless off-the-shoulder princess cut dress by Stella York. And thankfully, Fashion Stitch was able to get her gown ready for the big day with alterations in a week and half!

“I never felt pressured to try anything on that I didn’t want to and every dress I tried on was beautiful. When I found ‘the one,’ I knew instantly because I felt so confident and pretty in it,” said Jennifer.

But at the end of the day, the gown is not the only thing to worry about with wedding planning. And while I LOVE wedding dresses, they are not the most important thing for a wedding. The whole day is about the couple. And this couple really deserved the perfect day.

Their wedding planning story started out the way it should: with a super sweet proposal.

The bride’s then fiancé (now hubby), Erik, took her to the super adorable New Hope and Peddler’s Village areas for a fun day out.  

“When we got to Peddler’s Village I could tell he was nervous, we walked around for a while until the sun started to set and he asked if we could get a picture together in the gazebo,” recalls Jennifer. “A nice woman offered to take our picture for us, and we took a few photos. Next thing I knew he was down on one knee next to me and asked me to marry him.”

When she responded with a big yes (obviously), the whole area celebrated and cheered with the happy couple. It wasn’t long before this sweet couple would plan their super sweet wedding.

Unsurprisingly, planning a wedding during a pandemic isn’t easy. Jennifer and Erik decided to make it somewhat easier on themselves and celebrate with an intimate event with plans to maybe do a larger celebration when things are safer again.

“We ended up doing a very small wedding with just our parents, grandparents, siblings and our two best friends. We rented a private room at a local restaurant that would give us the space we needed to socially distance each family from one another,” said Jennifer. “Luckily one of our family members had done some photography so we got some beautiful photos.”

To make sure to include other people safely, they offered their guests a livestream. The guests who did attend quarantined and took Covid tests, to ensure everyone was kept safe during a year where risk isn’t ideal.

For Jennifer and Erik, the best part about planning their special day was adding special touches with things that were special to them as a couple, like picking their first dance song and setting up an area with a candle to reflect on those they lost. Family was such an important part of their wedding.

“Spending time with all of our family to plan out each part was such an amazing bonding experience,” said Jennifer.

Planning a wedding during a pandemic wasn’t easy, but this couple was able to pull it off quickly and have an amazing day, building up to the moment Jennifer looked forward to most: when Erik would get to see her walk down the aisle.

Jennifer’s Advice for Future Brides:

Don’t sweat the small stuff, you’ll always notice things you think could be better but really to everyone else, it’s perfection.

Jennifer’s Look:
Gown: Stella York
Veil: Bel Aire Bridal

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