Alison tells us her sweet love story—from a St. Valentine’s Day “date” to her dream wedding!
My husband, Scot, and I met through mutual friends. It took us a while to warm up to each other, but one Valentine’s Day, we found ourselves alone at happy hour, where Scot made sure he clarified, “We are not on a date!” I agreeably responded, “Of course not!” Six hours of chatting and countless glasses of wine later—and a couple more un-dates over the next few months—and the rest is now history.
A whirlwind romance and a year later, and we were engaged at the end of winter. True to our relationship timeline, we didn’t want a long engagement, so we decided to plan a wedding for early the next fall.
The Scene: 9.22.12 at the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain in Avon, CO
Leading up to the wedding, I was so stressed out over the final details. However, when the day arrived, all of the logistics and material details of the day just faded away. I just look back on the day and remember the amazing amount of love and happiness I felt at marrying my best friend and being able to celebrate with those we love most in the world.
My Wedding Stylist: Stacey Kallenberg at the Nordstrom Wedding Suite at Park Meadows in Littleton, CO
My Look: My gown was by Theia, with a belt by Nina. For the ceremony, I wore a veil by Nina, and for the reception, I wore a flower headpiece by Tasha.
I found my wedding dress much like I found my husband–in a complete whirlwind when I was least expecting it!
I was completely overwhelmed with the idea of wedding-planning, especially when it came to the thought of a dress! So many options! Without an official date set or any idea of venue, my matron of honor convinced me to go wedding dress-shopping on a whim one afternoon.
We dropped in at the Nordstrom Wedding Suite and made an appointment with Stacey. While waiting for our appointment, my friend pulled a gown she thought would be perfect. It was a mermaid style, and I just didn’t see how it’d work for me, but I promised to humor her and try it on. Much to my surprise, when I looked in the mirror, we all couldn’t help but squeal uncontrollably! The first dress I tried on was The One, and there was no turning back!
To finish the look, Stacey helped me pick the perfect accessories for the dress. I never imagined being so excited about my bridal look! It was then that the whole vision of the wedding came together, thanks to the dress—a classic, romantic look with a fun, modern twist!
A few months later, I brought my mother-in-law back for a styling appointment with Stacey.
That was the first afternoon I had spent with my mother-in-law, and we bonded while getting her fitted for a sparkly number for the wedding and picking out some fun cocktail dresses I could wear to other wedding events.
What with how incredibly overwhelming the wedding process can be, it’s invaluable to be able to meet with a personal stylist who takes the time to create a true bridal experience and who can help you complete your entire bridal look!
Our Special Moments: Some of my favorite moments of the day include a Breakfast with the Bride that my matron of honor hosted on the morning of the wedding. It allowed me to spend the morning relaxing with all of the women I love most in my life, all in the same room at the same time–it was so special!
Also, Scot and I decided not to do a “first look.” Our friends and photographers spent the day carefully crafting our movements so we didn’t run into each other on the property. It all made the build-up to the ceremony even more special. The moment we first locked eyes as I came down the aisle was priceless.
Photography by Anna Jones
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