By: Taylor Clark

Happy New Year, loves! We were blessed in 2017 with so many beautiful brides and exciting opportunities that we are positively giddy for all that 2018 will bring to our sweet little shoppe. Thank you for your continued support, love, and promotion! To kick off the new year, I interviewed the girls of Twirl and MTB to compile a list of our overall staff favorites. There’s no better way to start the year off than with these personal tidbits about our diverse inventory!

Emily: Blush by Hayley Paige “Opal”






“I love Opal because of the detail around the neckline and the soft organza flowy skirt. The belt adds just enough sparkle to add some pizazz while staying sweet and delicate!”

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Jillian: Mori Lee 2886





“I love this gown because of the beautiful sweetheart neckline and decadent beading. It’s so romantic and glam! The beading through the illusion train adds a fun factor, and the dress as a whole screams confidence and sophistication.”


Alli: Stella York 6157






“This is one of my favorites gowns because it’s summery while still feeling very bridal! It’s also very simple but has fun details, so I feel like it has a little bit of everything to offer.”


Madi: Watters “Greta”






“I chose this dress because it looks super similar to my own wedding dress. I love the cap sleeves and the keyhole back. And the lace gives it that romantic southern feel!”


Ashton: Bliss by Monique Lhuillier 17106




"I chose this Monique Lhuillier as my favorite gown because it is the definition of a fairytale dress. There's nothing like the quality of a Monique gown. The delicate, soft tulle and beautiful lace make this dress luxurious to wear. The latte color allows the lace to stand out and gives it such a feminine touch. While this dress is a total classic with its simple details and traditional shape, it also has a wow factor. It just looks like it should be worn while running through a field to jump into the arms of your true love. This dress is perfect for the bride who wants to feel like she stepped out of a storybook on her wedding day."


Taylor: Sky by Eddy K 101




“Working as a bridal stylist and writing for MTB's blog, I am exposed to a variety of styles and designers. I have many loves among our extensive inventory, but I am most drawn to this ballgown from Eddy K's new Sky collection because it is so different from any other bridal gown I've ever seen. I literally dream of this haute couture gown! The scalloped hem and plunging illusion neckline are both exquisite and alluring. This dress is completely covered in dramatic beading that effortlessly catches the light. It’s as tantalizingly unique as it is tastefully timeless!”


The new year will likely bring new challenges and adventures for all of us, but it’s comforting to know that many things will inevitably remain the same. Among these are our fervent love for our MTB brides and staff as well as our everchanging couture inventory. Hopefully, the insight of our staff has intrigued and enlightened you. If you’re interested in exploring more of our inventory, hop on over to our Pinterest page and choose your own batch of favorites. From there, feel free to schedule an appointment either through our website or via phone. We look forward to hearing from all y’all and becoming a part of y’all’s love stories!





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Real MTB Wedding || Kathryn + Seth

by: Ashton Cude

"She keeps it simple, and I am thankful for her kind of lovin,' cause it's simple. No longer do we wonder if we're together, we're way past that. And I've already asked her, so in January we're gettin' married." -The Avett Brothers, January Wedding

Happy New Year, friends! What better way to kick off the year than with a real Meant to Be bride? Kathryn and Seth technically tied the knot New Years' weekend of 2016, but I just couldn't resist those Avett Brothers lyrics because they fit so perfectly. Kathryn and Seth's story is so romantic. I truly found myself gasping and squealing as I read it. They could make the best rom com you've ever seen! Combine that with earthy florals, muted blues and greens, and gorgeous photography by Killian Rose, and this blog post is a real treat to start your 2018. Keep reading to hear Kathryn and Seth's love story, see photos from their beautiful day, and learn the vendors who made it all happen!


Can you give us a glimpse into your love story?

Seth and I met during our freshman year at Asbury University during orientation. We became great friends and were practically inseparable.  People were always encouraging us to date, but through the awkwardness of that age, we just never took that next step.  The following year our friend group spread out and we were left with a friendship that had reached its capacity. We started hanging out less and less, but knowing there was always something unresolved. Frankly, we knew we both had feelings for each other, our timing just never matched up.  We drifted apart and didn't speak to each other but once the rest of our college years.  In fact, it would be over 5 years later, through the window of a restaurant, that we would see each other again, and our story would pick back up. When we finally had the chance to catch-up it was overwhelming and everything we both had hoped.  Three months after that we started dating; three months later we were engaged; and 6 months later I became Mrs. Seth Earnest. 


What was it about your dress that made you realize it was "the one?"

I came into the boutique planning to try on and fall in love with a long sleeve lace dress. However, after trying one on and not being very comfortable in it, I decided to try something different. I love unique things, so the fact that the dress I ended up purchasing was light pink had me very excited. I tried it on and was sold, it was perfect! I am so glad I got my dress from Meant to Be- the girl who helped me that day was so sweet and really made me feel special and excited about the whole process. Being the only one in the store makes you feel like you aren't just another customer, but a real bride planning her important day.


What is your favorite memory from your wedding day?

The whole day was so special but I'd have to say the best surprise was during the ceremony. We had just finished praying and when I opened my eyes, Seth was standing there holding a guitar. I had no clue he had been planning to sing to me at our wedding. (Swoon!)


What has been the best thing about marriage so far?

The best part about it so far has just been being together.  It sounds so simple but from being out of each other's lives for so long and then to be so blessed to spend each day together, it really has made the day-in and day-out so very sweet. Our marriage is a sign of just how faithful and good God is.


Any pieces of wisdom or advice you'd like to share with future brides, engaged gals, or newlyweds like yourself?

The biggest thing I've learned is that marriage is about two people being one, not two individuals living together. So there isn't room for selfish each other selflessly.


I mean...don't you just have ALL the heart eyes over this precious couple? We love that serendipity brought these two back together and that they were able to see God's faithfulness in that. We're so grateful to be able to celebrate our couples and to play some small role in their love story. Below is the list of vendors who brought this wedding to life, as well as more pretty details from Kathryn and Seth's wedding day. Keep checking back for more Real MTB Weddings!

Wedding cake- The Sweet Shoppe by Beth Ray
Florist- Elizabeth Earnest Floral Designs
Make-up- Dolled up by Natalie Rathbun
Hair- Kaitlin Watts
Venue- The Livery
Photographer- Killian Rose
Catering- Gourmet Goodies (Thelma Johns)
Rentals- Goff Tents and Events


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Wedding Wednesday || Dress Shopping FAQ

By: Ashton Cude

We're five days away from Christmas! I'm as excited as Buddy the Elf meeting Santa Claus! We know the holidays are a time when many people get engaged (yay!), so we thought it might be a good time to share some frequently asked questions about wedding dress shopping. No matter how many advice posts we do, it seems there is always more to share. Keep reading as I drop some knowledge that can help make your dress shopping experience smooth and stress-free! For questions more specific to our store, click the link at the top of the page to read store-specific FAQs.


1) What does "special order" mean?

Special order gowns are gowns that are ordered especially for you. If you shop at a special order boutique, like our sister store, Twirl, they will have to order your dress. Once you say yes to the dress, you will be measured and compared with the designer's size chart. A dress will be ordered as close to your measurements as possible. Dresses take five to six months to come in, because they are made to order. Once your dress comes in, you will likely still need alterations to get it to fit perfectly. Most seamstresses prefer at least an eight-week window before your wedding to work on your dress.


2) How soon do I need to start shopping for my wedding gown? that we know what special order gowns are and how long they take to come in, the next question is always, "When do I need to start shopping?" If you plan to special order, you will need to have your dress chosen and ordered eight months before your wedding. This gives the dress time to come in and get altered without there being any time crunch. If you are someone who has a hard time making decisions, we advise that you start shopping about ten months ahead of time in order to avoid any stress.

3) Do you all do alterations?

At Meant to Be, we do not do alterations. However, Michelle Meissner, a wonderful seamstress with international and custom design experience, uses our shop for fittings on the days we are closed for appointments. Michelle was kind enough to answer all of our burning alterations questions in this post.


4) What does "off the rack" mean?

In contrast with special order gowns, off the rack gowns are sold just as they sound, off the rack. At Meant to Be, we sell exclusively off the rack. This means that we cannot place special orders for other sizes, colors, or styles. We have a uniquely curated collection of dresses from many different designers. The dresses are discounted from their retail price, sometimes by thousands of dollars. It also means that you can take your dress with you the day you say yes. This is really important for our brides to keep in mind. If you are shopping at Meant to Be, you need to be prepared to find and pay for your dress that day. If you find the dress of your dreams, make sure you're able to walk out the door with it!

5) Can I find a dress I love and then take time to think about it?

Something we hear over and over again from our brides as they're standing in a dress they love (and may have even shed tears over) is, "I didn't think I was going to find a dress today!" I cannot stress enough, if you are walking through the doors of a bridal shop, expect to find your dress. At the very least, be open to the possibility. We see a lot of stress take place because brides have come in with really negative expectations and then don't have a game plan when they find a dress they love. If you are coming shopping at Meant to Be, you need to be prepared to make a decision that day. This is because we only have one of each dress. In many cases, the dress is a discontinued style, so we are quite literally the only place you can buy it. For our brides who have circumstances that require them to leave the store before they can buy the dress, we do offer a hold policy which we explain to our brides if they express interest. So the short answer is, yes, you can take time to think about it, but make sure you come in with an intentional mindset in order to save yourself a fitting room panic attack. :)

We hope these nuggets of wedding dress wisdom will empower you to have a stress-free shopping experience. And...we wish you a Merry Christmas!

P.S. Photos in this post are from my wedding, shot by Heather Todd Photography.






You all! How on EARTH are we already celebrating our 2nd year of business?!?! Some days it feels like we've been open for a million years but most days it feels like this dream of ours became a reality two seconds ago. Our hearts are OVERWHELMED with how much this sweet little shoppe has blessed us. The opportunities and lives we've had the joy of being a part of truly leaves us speechless. We are grateful beyond measure to each of you who have been a part of this journey with us and are the reason why we can continue to celebrate another year of wonderful business. We're sending you the biggest virtual hugs imaginable right now!

We thought it would be fun to highlight some of our favorite memories from 2017 with y'all and remind ourselves of all the Lord has blessed us with during our second year! Join us as we walk down memory lane. :)

1. We were awarded The Knot's Best of Weddings for 2018!! Thank you to everyone who left kind words on The Knot and helped us achieve this honor. So so thankful!


2. We added our incredible consultant, Taylor Clark, to our team! So dang grateful for this girl and all she brings to our MTB family. She & Ashton are quite the dynamic duo and are what keep this shoppe thriving and full of love.


3. We had really fun features in Southern Weddings, Original Makers ClubKentucky Bride Magazine, and Bridal Bliss Magazine. We absolutely loved being a part of these publications!

4. We met so many amazing couples/brides through different bridal shows and speaking at Simply Love Studio's Vacation Bridal School. Always such fun times!

5. We took a road trip to North Carolina and celebrated the 10th Anniversary issue of Southern Weddings as a Blue Ribbon Vendor. So many of our vendor friends (both local & national) were there as well as girls in our Twirl/MTB family! What a gift to celebrate that night together.

6. Happy Camper Films created the most amazing promotional film for us! We couldn't be more grateful for the way it captures our story & hearts. We will treasure it forever! Thank you, Allison & Tyler for this incredible gift!!

7. We partnered with 10 incredible stores/designers to bring in the best of the best sample gowns for our brides. It's been such a sweet way to create even more community in this industry! To each of you that have partnered with us, THANK YOU!! You have been a part of making our brides' dreams come to life and for that we are deeply grateful.

8. We had the opportunity to attend the Making Things Happen conference back in March and it revolutionized the way we do business and ultimately, our lives. Such a game changer for us. We would encourage anyone & everyone to attend if they can. To read more about our experience, go check out our post about it on Twirl's blog HERE.


9. We traveled to New York for bridal market in April and October! We added Sara Gabriel veils to our inventory and added a few more partnerships with stores from those trips.

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10. Most importantly, over the last two years we have had the complete joy and honor of helping hundreds of brides find their dream dress that was "meant to be" and because of that, we are brought to tears (happy ones of course). What a tremendous blessing it is for us to be a part of your lives in this small way. We are blown away every day that this is the path the Lord took us down. We pray that we never take this journey for granted and our souls will always be fired up by celebrating people well and loving them in their precious season of life.



THANK YOU. Our brides, our friends, our families, our community -- all of you. YOU are the reason we get to toast to another year of business and do so joyfully. This dream would not be a reality if it weren't for you and truly, there are not even words to express how deeply, deeply grateful we are for that. Your love and support humble us, encourage us, and remind us of what matters most in this life. So from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU! We love you more than you will ever know.

And with that, CHEERS TO TWO YEARS & may there be many more to come!!



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By: Ashton Cude


It's the most wonderful time of the year, y'all! Can you believe there are only 12 days until Christmas? This season goes by so fast. Today I'm sharing about the importance of establishing traditions in your marriage, as well as the traditions that have made an impact in our home. As you merge two lives into one, it's important to create new norms that represent who you are and what you value as a couple. Keep reading to see what that has looked like for me as a young wife.

Decorating the tree: Even as an adult, I get so giddy thinking about decorating the Christmas tree. I can remember gingerly unwrapping the ornaments and being flooded with memories as I unveiled each one. My mom would make a feast of finger foods, with Christmas music playing in the background. After we had decorated, we would sit down and watch a Christmas movie as a family. I told Andrew about those childhood memories. We're a military couple, so we get a real tree each year. The thought of lugging a fake tree around through all our moves just doesn't put me in the Christmas spirit. The night we got our tree, I came home to a beautiful spread of the very same foods my mom used to serve! Andrew had prepared everything. That small, simple gesture meant so much to me. Remember that when incorporating traditions into your life as a married couple, you don't have to reinvent the wheel. You can borrow from your childhood, and the simplest gesture can mean the most.

Honoring family: As a newlywed, I remember feeling like we were being pulled in so many different directions for the holidays. Even when your families are understanding, there are just so many people you want to please. We made an effort to spend quality time with both our families, and tried to prioritize what was most important. It's a juggling act, but ultimately you have to do what works best for you as a couple, and honor your families as best you can in the process. I treasure the memories of our first Christmas, making Christmas dinner with my mom and grandma, having all the recipes passed down to me, and having our tiny house filled with family. Keep in mind that you can take turns. This year, we are deferring more to Andrew's family because last year we deferred to mine. As a couple, you can advocate for one another and not just for your individual families.

Alone time: Our first married New Year's Eve, we spent at home, just the two of us, in our jammies. We were so exhausted from traveling, helping my parents move, and hosting family in our home. Going out was the last thing we wanted to do. I anticipate that will be a tradition we continue this year. In the midst of the hustle and bustle, it's important to take a time out for your spouse. For us, that time was an opportunity for reflection and stillness that the holidays season rarely offers. 

Those are the traditions that have emerged in our year and a half of marriage. I hope this glimpse into my life will encourage you to create patterns in your home that will foster sweet memories for years to come. Happy Holidays!