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BG Bride: Lindsay

Studio Phrené Photography

Studio Phrené Photography

Wedding date: July 8, 2017

"Our wedding day was filled with blessings! Our venue was Kent Country Club, which is where I spent my summers growing up, and I always imagined getting married there someday. The weather was perfect on July 8, low 70s and breezy—wonderful weather for an outdoor ceremony. Our ceremony was very special to us, as we wrote our own vows, and our pastor read our top ten reasons we love each other during his message."

"My something borrowed was a rose gold cross necklace, which belonged to Chris’s paternal grandmother. She wore it for her First Communion, and the cross has been offered to her granddaughters, and women who have married into the Monette family, to wear on their wedding day. My florist wrapped the cross into my bouquet, and it meant so much to have a symbol of my faith with me as I walked down the aisle.

"Probably the most hilarious moment was when one of Chris’s groomsmen fainted during the “I do” part of our ceremony. Our pastor had sternly reminded us during the rehearsal not to lock our knees at any point. This groomsman locked his knees for five or so seconds, and his 6’5” frame fell to his knees and then the rest of his body crumbled to the ground. Chris’s friend in the first row is a former cop and sprang into action, getting a chair for him to sit on, while two other groomsmen helped him up. He was absolutely fine and even did a fake fainting spell—which drew a roar of laughter—when he was later announced before dinner, so he had a great sense of humor about the whole incident."

"One moment really stands out because there was so much preparation and anticipation for it on our wedding day. My dance with my dad was one I’ll never forget and always treasure. We secretly took dance lessons months earlier and had a dance routine choreographed to “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” from the movie, Dirty Dancing—we didn’t do the famous lift, but we included the big dip! We had a lot of time to practice before the big day, so we added a few of our own steps."

Lindsay's shopping experience:

"Having already visited a few bridal shops before going to Bridal Gallery, I was feeling restless and a little hopeless about finding my dress. I thought I knew what I wanted: a lace gown with straps, not too form fitting. However, nothing I was trying on in that style convinced me I had found my dress. After trying on a number of dresses, Rachel brought out a strapless, mermaid-style gown with shiny beading. She told me she thought I wanted a little bit of glam, so I tried it on and—I was wearing my wedding dress! So my advice would be that while you may have a clear idea of your wedding dress style, think a little outside of the box and try on some different styles because your perfect dress may not be what you imagined—and even more beautiful than you could have dreamed.

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Photography: Studio Phrené 

Venue: Kent Country Club

Floral: Posh Petals

Hair and Makeup: Design 1 Salon and Spa

Cakes: Holland Cakery

Dress: Allure Bridals from Bridal Gallery

Cookies: Sugar Momma's Bakery and Café

Carly Garvelink