Real Bride Stories – Stacey & Tom

We love hearing all about our real brides and the experience of buying their Morilee Wedding Gown, we are so glad you chose one of our dresses for your special day! Can you tell us all about how you met Tom?

“I moved to England in 2014 to travel and work, and that is when I met Tom who is from Bristol. We moved into our own flat in Bristol in 2015 and travelled Europe and worked in England  for 4 years before moving to Ontario, Canada – which is where I’m from, in 2018. We’re now living in Canada for the foreseeable future.”

Tell us about the dress you chose for your special day…

I knew I for sure wanted a lace gown, something flowy, nothing too poufy and it needed to be able to match my boho theme. I went to about 5 different dress shops and tried on about 20 dresses before I found the perfect one. The dress I chose is the Morilee dress Laverna (style 3244) from the Julietta line.

The thing that made me choose this dress was the vintage style Chantilly  lace and beautiful lace train. The A-line outline of this dress was so flattering, and it had just the right amount of sparkle. My Seamstress was able to add lace flutter sleeves to give it the perfect boho look that I was going for.” 

Did you accessorize your wedding day look? 

“My jewellery consisted of my engagement ring, a beautiful vintage style ring my dad bought me as a wedding gift, a gold bracelet leant to me by my mom, an anklet with that Tom gave me as my something blue, and a garter handmade for me by my aunt with pieces of fabric from family members past wedding outfits which was very special for me to be able to have. I added a cream floral/sequin belt to my dress and I completed my look with a large flower crown created by my florist.”

So, tell us all about the wedding…

“Both of us being music fans we really wanted to go big with the ‘Wedstock’ theme. We were married on August 18th, 2019 – the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock. We created our entire wedding around this ‘Wedstock’ theme. We all arrived to the ceremony in 1960s VW buses and we walked down the aisle to Beatles songs, our officiant even wrote our ceremony to match our theme. Our invitations were ticket stubs, and when guests arrived, they received a festival wristband. Our wedding was held at Steckle Heritage Farm on the Woodstock anniversary.

Some budgeting ideas I came across while wedding planning is to search locally for decor items especially if you’re going for the “DIY” vibe. I joined tons of local wedding Facebook groups where brides shared their advice, vendor information and sold their decor. A lot of times brides will sell their decor such as table runners, signs, and centrepieces at a fraction of the price, even cheaper than renting and these items were only used once, sometimes for only a couple of hours! Afterwards you can sell them again at a discounted price to another bride.

The best advice I can give to brides is: On the day of, try not to stress, take it all in and enjoy the day. Chances are there will probably be things that don’t go as planned, but no one will notice them but you.  I also loved collecting ideas on Pinterest and visited a wedding expo in the lead up to the big day.

Our officiant Sassan Sanei personalized our ceremony and made it extra special and memorable for us and our DJ was amazing. We had so many comments from guests telling us it was the best music they had ever heard had a wedding and had so much fun at our reception. Another memorable part of the day was being able to have all our family and friends from both Canada and the UK in one place at the same time to celebrate with us. It made the day extra special for us.”

Photography by  Christina Stirpe photography