#dgbride: Gabriela

August 24, 2018

Gabriela, affectionately known as Gabie, married her high school sweetheart Anthony on June 3rd, 2017, at St. Mark Catholic Church in Colwich, Kansas. Their reception site was at Villa Luna in west Wichita.

Gabie knew instantly she wanted bright colors for her summer wedding, choosing blush, golds, and navy as her color palette for an “Elegant Italian”-themed wedding. St. Mark’s was the perfect choice for their ceremony venue, as the couple shared a history with the church and also loved the cathedral-inspired architecture. She kept the floral and decor within the church neutral and light to highlight the already breathtaking construction. A friend helped with all the wedding decor at Villa Luna – including set up!

“She set up our reception with a group of people that offered to help and Anthony and I did not get to see the venue at all until we walked in for the party on our wedding day. It had all come together way better than we expected and it was an awesome surprise!”

Even with some slight rain on their wedding day, these two did not let the weather get their spirits down. A few well color-coordinated umbrellas shielded them from the rain but also added a unique feature to their wedding photos! Plus, did you know it is good luck to have rain on your wedding day?!

When it comes to picking a favorite memory, Gabie listed two special wedding day moments that tugged at our heartstrings. The first was opening the church’s beautiful double doors to see her anxiously awaiting husband at the end of the aisle – “My heart was pounding and I wanted to run to him!” 

The second favorite memory is one we don’t hear constantly, but one we all personally love. “Another great memory for me was having my mom and sisters help me put on my wedding dress and shoes,” Gabie said. “I am the youngest of the family and having the women I look up to most being with me for that moment was everything and one of my favorite things our videographer captured.”

When it comes to choosing a dress, Gabie did things the hard way – with appointments at over 8 bridal stores, a trip to Kansas City, and trying on hundreds of dresses, it was during a return appointment to Dress Gallery where she finally said “Yes!” Gabie initially thought she wanted a strapless mermaid dress with minimal bling or lace – almost the opposite of what her actual perfect dress ended up looking like! After trying on a dress like she described, Gabie found herself underwhelmed and lacking the emotional connection to the dress she wanted.

“It was pretty discouraging. How could the dress I described not be the one? Then, my dress consultant brought a dress that she knew was the total opposite of what I said I wanted and my best friend just told me to go for it. I reluctantly put it on and when I walked out, I was blown away. My breath was literally taken away! I was in shock but knew instantly no dress had given me this feeling before and wouldn’t again.”

Planning a big day, especially when you come from two large families, can be super stressful. Gabie’s advice to new brides is to not sweat the small stuff! We love her simple, classic advice that every bride should follow: “Take a deep breath and follow your heart on what will make you and your fiancé happy on YOUR special day.”

Having a great group of vendors, along with a supportive group of friends and family, on your side also changes the wedding game for sure. A lot of the actual wedding day logistical work can often be picked up by enthusiastic and willing family members in order to help with your big day. Ask friends & family to do the menial tasks for you, if they’re available – picking up flowers or dry cleaning, creating easy centerpieces, helping with set up and tear down the day of the event. Most people will be excited you asked them to help in your big day and it also relieves some stress off your shoulders!

Gabie gave us one last little piece of advice for new brides that we love so much, we’d make it mandatory for everyone if we could. It’s the simplest, littlest thing to make a lasting impact on your day – schedule private time post-ceremony to cuddle with your fiancé.

“Even if it’s just ten minutes to take some private photos,” Gabie said. “The reception will be crazy and lots of fun, so some quality time to just soak up your ceremony and spend a few quiet moments together makes the chaos worth it!”

Thank you so much, Gabie, for being a #DGBride and letting us have a sneak peek into your big day! We were so happy to be a part of your journey; we wish you and Anthony all the love and happiness.

All photos courtesy of Emona Hennen Photography.

Check back next week for another featured #DGBride!

Welcome to DG’s World.

August 23, 2018

Here at Dress Gallery, we love love. We celebrate it everyday. Our entire mission is to provide a unique bridal experience unlike any other – and then get your girls and guys hooked up with their snazzy attire, too. We’re the only private bridal suite boutique in the state of Kansas, making the appointments focused entirely on you, the bride – not the entire store’s appointments. Our consultants ask direct questions in order to eliminate dresses and empower you to find the absolute best gown for your special day. And when the time comes, we love having our brides show off their chosen dresses on our runway to show them off in the best possible lighting, surrounded by friends, family, and excited store associates ready to celebrate your big choice.

There’s more to #DGWichita than brides saying “yes” to their dresses, however. Behind the scenes, our boutique is constantly buzzing with new inventory, upcoming designs, beautiful photos of our brides and grooms, exciting new prom and homecoming styles, and the most exclusive and trendy menswear. There’s so much to Dress Gallery, we wanted to give everyone a resource to some our knowledge, exciting news, upcoming arrivals, and more. We hope to create a curated space where brides and grooms alike can gain inspiration, seek advice, find potential vendors, and also just understand the big wide world of weddings a little bit better.

Throughout the blog, we will be hosting different series in order to highlight our brides, grooms, and their parties. We hope to include useless advice, wedding inspiration, and more background into what makes Dress Gallery the highest rated bridal boutique in the state. We’re proud of our business and our brides; we want you to be empowered to make the best decisions possible. Our first, and ongoing, series is #DGBride, a feature on brides who purchased their wedding dresses and more from Dress Gallery. We will unveil more over time, including features on our grooms, special behind the scenes information, introductions to our consultants, and also #DGGirl, dedicated to our prom and homecoming styles. We hope to feature helpful articles, links to local and national resources for brides, and also giving well-deserved shout outs to Wichita vendors. We hope you use this blog as an opportunity to connect with other brides and gain some perspective on what you’d like for your big day!

#DGBride features will publish weekly, while other articles and content will simultaneously pop up throughout the week. Consistently check back to our blog to make sure you haven’t missed any new styles or upcoming promotions. Welcome to #DGWichita. Have you ever seen anything so full of splendor?

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