Planning day at Andrea’s Bridal, One Stop Party Shoppe, and Village Paperie

Posted: May 06, 2013
By Tiffany Vasquez
The fun filled day had finally arrived and I couldn't believe I was headed to Andrea's Bridal to try on wedding gowns. I was so ecstatic because I was lucky enough to have those close and dear to my heart there for this special moment.

Upon arriving at the boutique, we were greeted by the delightful Julia Irace, owner of Andrea’s Bridal. I had such an incredible time with her. I didn't think it was possible, but she made me even more excited about finding my wedding dress. Her radiant personality and enthusiastic demeanor set the tone for a wonderful experience.

While Julia was getting things sorted, I handed out the sashes my sister bought, which included one for the bride, one for the mother of the bride, one for the mother of the groom, and one for the maid of honor, three bridesmaids, and two flower girls.

Once Christine from Real Maine Weddings and Amber from Sweetest Thing Weddings arrived it was time to head upstairs and get started. Everyone was so thrilled and there was such a happy energy in the room. Julia and Amber started picking out gorgeous dresses by Allure Bridals for me to try on. Some were dresses in the style I was interested in, and others were ones the ladies thought I should try. I was ready to try on any style because you never know what you might fall in love with until you try it on and see how it looks and feels.

I tried on so many gorgeous gowns, but there were three in particular that captivated me. It was funny, because two of them were dresses that Amber and Julia picked out for me! The details on each dress were stunning, but there was one in particular that I just fell in love with. When I knew it was my perfect gown, Christine said go put it back on. I'm so happy I did that! I'll never forget the feeling I got when Julia completed the look by putting the on the headpiece and veil. I could envision myself walking towards my future husband in that dress and it just brought me to tears.
Next on the agenda was One Stop Party Shoppe. They have everything you could imagine for an event…and more. I thought that, with my indecisive nature, I would spend half the day there trying to figure out what china, silverware, and glasses to pick, but Amber and Lynne, from One Stop Party Shoppe made it so easy. I don't know how Amber did it with all of the choices Lynne has to offer, but Amber effortlessly put together beautiful presentations, making it fun and simple to pick out our three table setting designs for the public to vote on. I was glad to have Amber and Lynne helping me out—or I really would have been there all day!
Our next stop was Village Paperie to choose three invitation designs from William Arthur. The quaint shop is so warm and inviting, and it was such a pleasure to meet Jean, the owner of Village Paperie, and Gabby, from William Arthur. They are so incredibly passionate, knowledgeable, and kind. Looking through the William Arthur invitations was like looking at pieces of art. It was so hard to choose, but Jean had the perfect system to help me narrow it down to the top choices. I felt especially lucky, because one of the styles I was drawn to was designed by Gabby and I was able to hear the story behind her creation.

There was one more aspect to this amazing day—the welcome cocktail party at On the Marsh Bistro. Russell Caron and Patrick McNamara, my awesome photographers, took so many great photos, that I'll save them for their own blog post. Check back tomorrow!
To see more of Russell Caron's photos from this planning day, visit our facebook page!
To see more of Russell Caron and Patrick McNamara's photos from this event, visit our facebook page.

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