Friday Favorites: Stella York

By: Taylor Clark

Y’all, it’s Rebecca Black’s and our favorite day of the week: Friday! Our Friday Favorites features one of our beloved designers, Stella York. A week ago, MTB and Twirl participated in a private training seminar given by our lovely representatives at Stella. We feel incredibly blessed to have such a solid friendship with these ladies and to grow from their knowledge. It’s such a privilege to promote Stella York’s gorgeous designer gowns at both of our stores, and we are absolutely smitten with our three picks this week. So here’s to another week of couture-for-less gowns and your favorite amateur models!

Stella York: 5840 (Noelle)

 The slimming vertical lace of this fit-n-flare makes it uniquely stunning.  Scalloped lace trims the bust and hem, keeping this style flirty and timeless. Perfect for a bride with curves, Noelle is the wedding gown of our dreams!

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Stella York: 6249 (Victoria)

Romantic and classic, this off-the-shoulder lace gown is equal parts sassy and traditional. Victoria stuns from all angles with a beaded illusion back and scalloped sweetheart neckline.  This gown shines brighter than the stars at night!

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Stella York: 6269 (Brooklyn)

This fit-n-flare blends tulle and organza effortlessly and features a sweet illusion back and neckline. Throughout this champagne masterpiece, translucent beading catches the light ever-so-softly. We are in love with Brooklyn and simply cannot wait for the bride who says yes to this gown!

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Full disclosure, both of my sisters are Stella Brides, so I’m definitely partial to this week’s post! Stella York’s style is timeless, diverse, and affordable. We can’t get enough of this collection, and we think you’ll love it, too! True to name, our Stella Brides are the stars of their wedding shows, and we can’t wait to find the perfect star to shine in each of these gowns! Book an appointment with us soon, though - Saturdays are filling up three weeks in advance!





Styled Shoot || Winter Wedding Inspo at Warenwood Manor


Styled Shoot || Winter Wedding Inspo at Warenwood Manor

Happy December! The countdown to Christmas has begun! Since we're in the holiday spirit, we wanted to share a beautiful winter wedding shoot we styled with Keith & Melissa Photography and Warenwood Manor. One of the things we love about this industry is being able to collaborate with other creatives. Keith & Melissa had a beautiful concept for this shoot and Brittany at Warenwood Manor helped expand on it. We were so excited that they reached out to us to find the perfect gown to pull it all together. Sugared berries, bright citrus fruits, deep jewel tones, and Kentucky elements are all present in this shoot. Enjoy all the pretties they captured, and scroll all the way to the end to see the other vendors that contributed to this shoot.


Aren't they gorgeous? For the record, this particular gown has sold at Meant to Be, but we have lots of dresses that would be perfect for a winter wedding. Reach out by phone or online if you'd like an appointment, and keep checking back in with us on the blog for more wedding inspo and a little extra beauty in your day. 


Photographers:  Keith & Melissa Photography

Venue:  Warrenwood Manor, Danville, KY

Florist:  Fields in Bloom

Bride's Attire:  Meant to Be Boutique

Bride's Jewelry:  Southern Belle Glitz

Hair & Makeup:  Emma Eliza

Groom's Attire:  Goff Club Collections

Groom's Socks:  Kentucky for Kentucky

Catering:  Type A Catering

Cake:  Tinker's Cake Shop

Mini Red Velvet Cakes:  Sweet Lilu's

Paper Products:  Simply Done Invites

Rentals:  Purdon's

Glassware:  Forever Lasered Memories

Bourbon:  Four Roses

Chocolates:  Rebecca Ruth

Models:  Jeff & Anna Duncan





Friday Favorites: Mermaid Mania

By: Taylor Clark

Happy December, friends! Mermaid mania has taken over Meant To Be, making us feel like a certain princess who lives under the sea. We just had to show off some of our favorite couture gowns that would fit perfectly with Ariel’s closet. The mermaid silhouette is ideal for brides with hourglass figures and curves-for-days. While some may fear that this style restricts movement, it’s all about how you get it altered. A well-altered mermaid can be the perfect attire for busting a move with your new spouse!

Blush by Hayley Paige: Orion

Contemporary and classic, this taffeta mermaid is a chic option for the couture bride. The cascading skirt is complete with horsehair trim while the sweetheart bodice is ruched to elongate the torso. Simplicity has never looked so elegant!

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Justin Alexander: 8776

This mermaid is a dream for any sparkle queen. The soutache lace overlays an entire layer of opalescent sequins, which subtly catches the light and adds dimension. Flaunt those curves and shine!

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Allure: 8966

Our last mermaid features an intensely ruffled skirt, asymmetrically ruched bodice, and sassy sweetheart neckline. This gown is all sorts of feisty for the bride with personality and spice.

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These gorgeous gowns are just a taste of the variety of mermaid silhouettes we currently have at MTB. Head over to our Pinterest page to see these and more; we keep our inventory up-to-date under the Bridal Gowns board. And as always, make an appointment with us to see our gowns in person!

Xo, Taylor





Real MTB Wedding || Meghan + Danny

Hello friends! We hope you all had a Thanksgiving holiday full of joy and grateful hearts. Can you believe it's almost December? We're kicking off the month right with another Real MTB wedding. Keep scrolling to read all about Meghan and Danny's love story, their special day, and the vendors who made their vision a reality. Plus, try to keep your jaw in place over these gorgeous photos captured by our friends, The Malicotes!




Can you give us a glimpse into you & Danny's love story?

Danny and I went to middle school together but we didn't really know each other. We re-met in 2013 at our local dog park. When I first got there, he was at the other end of the park, shirtless and tanning himself. My initial reaction was "OMG, who does that?!? Ew. Please don't talk to me." But of course, my dog goes over to him and catches his attention and he starts walking toward me. I really didn't want him to talk to me at all, but he did. He was so confident and funny. I couldn't help but be captivated by him.  We have been inseparable since that day. We dated for 3 years before he proposed. I went to the Biltmore Estate for spring break with my parents. He told me that he had to work and wasn't able to make it. But he drove down there separately and completely surprised me! We toured the house and there was a photo shoot opportunity during the tour. He told the photographer that he was going to propose and to keep taking photos. I thought he was going to pass out when he asked me! He was mumbling and put the ring on the wrong finger. I have never seen Danny nervous! I couldn't help but laugh and cry at the same time. I know that life gets hard at times, but being with Danny is easy. That's how I know he is my soulmate. 


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

When I was looking for the perfect dress, I had one thing in mind. Classic. We had a winter wedding and I imagined having a long-sleeved lace dress. I'm modest and would have never expected to wear the dress that I did. I had tried on about 6 dresses and still had not found "the one." One of my bridesmaid insisted that I try on the last dress. Looking at it on the rack, I told myself "There is no way I could pull this off. It's!" And that is exactly what it did. It made me feel classy and sexy at the same time. I definitely went out of my comfort zone with this dress. But it felt amazing! 


What is your favorite memory from your wedding day?

My favorite memory from the wedding is that it snowed the day before. We had the perfect landscape for photos. I'm pretty sure it was the coldest day of the year. It was only 8 degrees outside! I just remember constantly laughing and smiling because we were so cold taking photos outside. But you can't even tell because they turned out fabulous!


What has been the best thing about marriage so far?

The best part about marriage so far is that we are growing together. It has been funny, messy, crazy and amazing all at the same time.

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

An older couple gave us great advice when we first got engaged. They said " You know nothing about being a husband and she doesn't know how to be a wife. Don't give up when times get hard."  Danny and I live by that everyday. We are learning new things about each other everyday. We can't wait to see where this journey takes us!



Y'all. I truly cannot cope with how sweet this couple is and how STUNNING these photos are. Keep scrolling to see more details from Meghan and Danny's wedding day, and to find out which vendors made it all happen! Congratulations to this precious couple. We are so happy to have you as part of the Meant to Be family. 



Photos- Malicote photography

Wedding dress- Meant to be Boutique 

Bridesmaid dresses- Twirl Boutique

Flowers- Stems LLC

Chairs, linens, chargers- Goff tents

Venue and catering- The Barr House in Paris KY

Stationary- Paperless Post

Hair- Cary Lusk Mann and Amy Keys from Miles Salon & Spray Tanning 

Makeup- Courtney Clark from Ulta

Alternations- The Needle's Eye





Friday Favorites: Baby, It’s Cold Outside

By: Taylor Clark

Happy Friday, everyone, and Happy Thanksgiving, as well! We hope that your holiday was spent with those you cherish and an abundance of yummy food. Now that Turkey Day has passed, the winter season is creeping evermore closely. The chill of the air is apparent, and the leaves are slowly descending. This seasonal change has us thinking about which gowns would be especially magical during this time of year. A couple of weeks ago, Ashton introduced you to some fabulous Winter Wedding Trends, so I thought that I would follow up her jolly post with an equally festive Friday Favorites. 'Tis the season, after all!

Hayley Paige: “Dori”

Much like a snowflake, Dori is unique and delicate. With hushed lavender and blush tones as well as an absolutely breathtaking crystal bodice halter top, this tulle ballgown was made for an ice princess with a spunky attitude.

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Justin Alexander: 8726

Justin Alexander perfectly captures winter elegance with this tulle ballgown that features a classic button-up illusion back. The Sabrina neckline is classic and sophisticated, and the intricately hand-stitched beading mirrors the sparkle of freshly fallen snow.

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Mori Lee: 2725

There’s something so comforting about a sleeved gown in a winter wedding. Timeless and practical, this fit-n-flare sleeved gown is the perfect choice for brides choosing to wed during the approaching season. It also features subtle beading on the illusion back that twinkles like the stars on a clear December night.

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To close out this Friday Favorites, I thought that I would share just a few things for which we here at MTB are thankful. First and foremost, we are grateful for our brides, without whom we would just be a bunch of ladies with a few-too-many wedding dresses. Our hearts burst with joy each time we help our brides feel beautiful, so thank you for making us a part of your wedding experience. Secondly, we are thankful for each other. Founded in love, the sisterhood of Meant To Be and Twirl is wholesome and unconditional. And last but not least, we are thankful for the community of which we are a part. As a small business, it feels so rewarding to be welcomed and nurtured by such wonderful people. Thank you to all who support our dreams. In doing so, you have allowed us to make, and to continue to make, the dreams of hundreds of brides come true!  

Xo, Taylor and the MTB Family