FRIDAY FAVORITES || ELEGANT SIMPLICITY

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FRIDAY FAVORITES || ELEGANT SIMPLICITY

Friday Favorites: Elegant Simplicity

By: Taylor Clark

Happy Friday, Meant To Be family! This week’s Favorites post is dedicated to a cause near and dear to my heart – the elegance of simplicity. Many times, brides will get on a dress and critique it for being “too simple” or “too plain.” Bridal gowns have become very elaborately designed in recent years, with designers such as Hayley Paige showcasing their artistic abilities in elaborate and adventurous new ways. While this craze has helped produce truly magnificent wedding dresses, it has also created this false idea that simplicity is undesirable. Hopefully, this post helps you see that there is a sophistication in the effortless beauty of a “plain” gown. I’ve also curated some accompanying Pinterest pages to show you how you can carry this elegant simplicity throughout your wedding theme.


Nouvelle Amsale "Bonnie"

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Y’all, I simply had to start out this post with my absolute favorite Nouvelle Amsale gown currently at Meant To Be. Bonnie is a BABE, and you’ll instantly feel like a Hollywood starlet when you slip into it. The slinkiness of crepe paired with the softness of Chantilly lace is absolutely impeccable. And that illusion back with those buttons?! I’m seriously still in awe that I got to model this masterpiece.

For wedding ideas to compliment this dress, follow this link to our Pinterest page:

https://www.pinterest.com/MTBboutique/friday-favorites-elegant-simplicity-nouvelle-amsal/


Nouvelle Amsale "Audrey"

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Audrey takes simple elegance to a whole new level. This purely crepe gown can only be described as chic minimalism. The ballerina neckline and racerback cut of the bodice keep this dress modern while the dramatic train and buttons that extend the entire length of the back maintain a traditional balance. We can’t stop fawning over this simply stunning work of art.

For wedding ideas to compliment this dress, follow this link to our Pinterest page:

https://www.pinterest.com/MTBboutique/friday-favorites-elegant-simplicity-na-audrey/


Bonny Bridal: 6614

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This simple little chiffon A-line from Bonny Bridal captured our hearts the moment we unwrapped it. It’s A-line silhouette and deep V bodice figure flattering for a variety of body types. The open back is embellished with the absolute sweetest jewels that add just enough bling to keep us completely enamored. One of our brides once described this gown as having a Marilyn Monroe vibe to it, and we could not agree more – this gown is iconic!

For wedding ideas to compliment this dress, follow this link to our Pinterest page:

https://www.pinterest.com/MTBboutique/friday-favorites-elegant-simplicity-bonny-bridal-6/


Nouvelle Amsale "Berwyn"

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Berwyn is a tiered tulle ballgown with an illusion lace bodice that is just as sweet as its sweetheart neckline. This Nouvelle Amsale proves that even ballgowns can be simple and elegant. We think that this dress will be the perfect compromise for the bride who fears going “too plain” on her wedding day but is also looking for the sophistication of a simple dress.

For wedding ideas to compliment this dress, follow this link to our Pinterest page:

https://www.pinterest.com/MTBboutique/friday-favorites-elegant-simplicity-na-berwyn/


As you venture out into the world of wedding planning, you will cultivate a wedding aesthetic that is genuine and true to your taste. And while your wedding is a reflection of your love story, a “simple” wedding does not mean a boring love story. Find the elegance in simplicity and utilize the sophisticated vibe that accompanies this timeless trend. Whether your bridal taste is plain or elaborate, we wish for you the gown of your dreams that makes you feel as uniquely you as possible. Please contact us for an appointment if you think that we could help you on this journey of bridal self-discovery!

Xo, Taylor

PHOTOS BY LAURA BODNAR PHOTOGRAPHY

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FRIDAY FAVORITES || SLEEVED GOWNS

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FRIDAY FAVORITES || SLEEVED GOWNS

Friday Favorites: Sleeved Gowns

By: Taylor Clark

It’s Friday, which means we hope that y’all are snuggling up in your comfy pajamas, sipping your beverage of choice, and relaxing from all of the hard work you’ve put forth this week. This week’s Friday Favorites is dedicated to the comfy, cozy classic that is a sleeved wedding gown. As cooler temperatures creep ever-closer, we feel incredibly blessed to be able to provide our autumn and winter brides with a variety of sleeved dresses from which to choose. Our Pinterest is kept up-to-date with all of our new arrivals, so please feel free to scroll through our lovely selection of gowns while you’re unwinding from the work week, especially if you’re in the market for a sleeved gown.


Maggie Sottero: “Deirdre”

This ivory and light gold beauty is one of our favorite Maggie Sottero gowns to ever arrive at MTB. Its natural waist and sheath silhouette have us absolutely smitten, while its illusion lace bust and chiffon skirt keep us swooning. And, y’all, that V-back is seriously stunning!

For wedding ideas to compliment this dress, follow this link to our Pinterest page:

https://www.pinterest.com/MTBboutique/friday-favorites-sleeved-dresses-maggie-sottero-de/


Allure: 2910

The three-quarter length sleeve on this gown is the perfect compromise for the bride who wants a sleeved gown but doesn’t want to feel overwhelmed by her dress. Complete with a sweetheart neckline and lace illusion overlay, this elegantly simple sheath gown can be comfortably worn both indoors and outdoors. And whether you want to bling-it-up or wear it as-is, you can customize this Allure gown to your liking! 

For wedding ideas to compliment this dress, follow this link to our Pinterest page:

https://www.pinterest.com/MTBboutique/friday-favorites-sleeved-dresses-allure-2910/


Maggie Sottero: “Roberta”

Maggie Sottero strikes again with another breathtaking sleeved gown. Roberta features a sheath silhouette complete with an embellished lace illusion that lends an effortless sparkle in the sunlight. The delicate scalloped edging helps maintain a subtle sweetness that balances out the otherwise alluring deep illusion back.

For wedding ideas to compliment this dress, follow this link to our Pinterest page:

https://www.pinterest.com/MTBboutique/friday-favorites-sleeved-dresses-maggie-sottero-ro/


The demand for sleeved gowns has never been higher, and we are so pleased to have numerous gowns at MTB that cater to this timeless trend. Our hearts are never fuller than when we welcome a new bride into our Meant To Be family, so please make an appointment with us if any of these gowns, or those on our Pinterest boards, have piqued your interest. We can’t wait to be a part of your bridal story!

Xo, Taylor

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MARRIAGE MATTERS || ONE YEAR

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MARRIAGE MATTERS || ONE YEAR

Marriage Matters: One Year

by Ashton Cude

We’re diving back into our Marriage Matters series this week with something to celebrate. Andrew and I celebrated our one year anniversary last month! I am so grateful to have reached that milestone. The year went by so quickly. The cliché is true: the days are long, but the years are short. As I reflected on our first year of marriage, I came up with some truths that have impacted me as a wife and as a young woman. I’m sharing them here with you today in hopes that they will encourage you where you are.

It’s not that hard.

During our engagement and in our newlywed days, I felt like in order to be ready for marriage I had to prepare for battle. The generation before us often went into marriage with idealistic expectations and an alarming number of their marriages failed. As a result of that, most marital advice given to young couples seeks to prepare them for harsh reality. On days when we didn’t have any conflict or even during really easy weeks, I would feel like we might be doing something wrong it if didn’t feel like an uphill battle. The truth is: LIFE is hard. Like any great undertaking in life, your experience depends on your expectations and effort. Going through life with the person you love most is fun, rewarding, and joyful. Of course, deeply difficult days will come, but your spouse is not the cause of that difficulty. Keep that in perspective and you’re golden.

Men are truly from Mars.

I think we’re all aware that men and women think differently. I’ve seen that play out so much over the last year of marriage. Andrew thinks I’m insane for keeping our home décor in a constant state of revision.  I think he’s insane for being in such a hurry all the time. Not only are men and women on different wavelengths at all times, but we also all have our individual quirks. Learning to accept one another as we are has made our marriage more enjoyable, and at times, more humorous. As a spouse, I also get to work with Jesus in helping Andrew to become the best version of himself. Andrew does the same for me. We could spend a lot of energy being frustrated with one another, and every marriage is going to have those days. But when it’s all said and done, you love your spouse for all of them, not just the parts you agree with.

The best is yet to come. 

While it’s true there is nothing quite like the “honeymoon phase,” I look forward to the future with Andrew. Dreaming together has been such a strength builder for our marriage. We know we can’t get preoccupied with what’s to come or put too much stock in our plans. We just enjoy hoping for what the future might hold. So much of the day-to-day nitty gritty of marriage is about forgiving and forgetting—not dwelling on the past—and being willing to start again and again with a clean slate. Andrew has awakened dreams in me that I would never have opened up about before. I know that I’m more capable with him by my side than I would have been on my own. Remaining hopeful and excited for the adventures ahead keeps us sane on those days when it all gets overwhelming.

So there you have it! Obviously with only one year under my belt, I’m far from a marriage expert. However, I hope the truths that stood out to me from my first year of marriage will be an encouragement to you. Happy Wednesday, friends! By the way, the photos in this post were taken by Laura Bodnar Photography. You may recognize her name from our Friday Favorites posts. She’s a former Twirl Girl and a recent UK grad. Check out work on her website.

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FRIDAY FAVORITES || UNTRADITIONAL WEDDINGS

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FRIDAY FAVORITES || UNTRADITIONAL WEDDINGS

Friday Favorites: Nontraditional Weddings

By: Taylor Clark

Happy Friday, friends! We’re kicking off your weekend with some gowns that are the perfect fit for the growing number of alternative brides we have waltzing through our shoppe every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Every bride wants something different for her big day depending on her body type and personality, and we pride ourselves at Meant To Be in being able to provide the Lexington area with a multitude of unique couture gowns at an affordable price. We hope that one of our gowns is the dress for you, but even if we don’t have the right one, always remember to stick to what makes you feel the most confident and gorgeous on your wedding day, even if it is a nontraditional choice.


Sherri Hill 21248

This Sherri Hill gown is a new consignment and an ivory beauty. Though its A-line silhouette and satin material would generally land this gown straight in the traditional category, its unique beaded illusion neckline tells a different story. Perfect for the bride who only wants to stray from tradition slightly, this gown is an ideal compromise. And with this much bling, you can allocate your jewelry fund to other areas of your wedding!

For wedding ideas to compliment this dress, follow this link to our Pinterest page:

https://www.pinterest.com/MTBboutique/friday-favorites-nontraditional-weddings-sherri-hi/


Donna Morgan "Gigi"

Y’all, I am OBSESSED with this Donna Morgan dress. Gigi caught my eye the moment I walked into Meant To Be, and I have been trying my darndest to find a bride who will love it just as much as I do. Its beaded striped pattern puts the fun in funky! And if you’re not sold on it as a ceremony gown, perhaps you would consider it as a glamorous reception dress. Either way, I can’t wait to find the bride for whom this dress is meant to be. 

For wedding ideas to compliment this dress, follow this link to our Pinterest page:

https://www.pinterest.com/MTBboutique/friday-favorites-nontraditional-weddings-donna-mor/


Blush by Hayley Paige "Sunny"

It’s always “Sunny” in Lexington ever since this Blush by Hayley Paige graced us with its bright and beaming presence. Although a ballgown is one of the most traditional silhouettes, Hayley Paige revolutionized this bridal staple. Sunny features a full tulle skirt and a scallop lace crop top that is fun, flirty, and fanciful. This edgy style is sweet and sassy and perfect for the bride looking to bend tradition!

For wedding ideas to compliment this dress, follow this link to our Pinterest page:

https://www.pinterest.com/MTBboutique/friday-favorites-nontraditional-weddings-blush-by-/


As you can see, wedding dresses have evolved from the simple cookie-cutter white gowns we have grown accustomed to seeing on brides. There are numerous options for brides-to-be who hope to incorporate their alternative taste into their gown while still feeling bridal. We fully believe that the bride makes the dress so don’t be afraid to be a little adventurous; just stay true to your vision and rock your unique wedding gown! If you’re stumped as to how to incorporate nontraditional aspects into your wedding day, browse our Pinterest page for some quirky and fun-filled ideas. We hope to see y’all back here next week for another Friday Favorites!

Xo, Taylor

ALL PHOTOS BY LAURA BODNAR PHOTOGRAPHY

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WEDDING WEDNESDAY || HAIRPIECES

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WEDDING WEDNESDAY || HAIRPIECES

Wedding Wednesday: Hairpieces

Happy Wednesday, friends! Today we’re talking about a common question we hear from our brides: to veil or not to veil? We just welcomed some gorgeous Sara Gabriel pieces to the shop so we have veils on the brain! Like many aspects of the modern wedding, the choice is yours when it comes to headpieces. We are firm believers that a good headpiece is what separates a girl in a white dress from a bride. Below, we break down the options and give some tips for how to rock each style.


Veils: We’ll start with the most obvious choice: the classic veil. I personally am #TeamVeil, but every bride has her own style. Sara Gabriel’s tagline is “The veil makes the bride” and truer words have never been spoken. If your style is classic, traditional, retro, or romantic, a veil just might be for you. If you choose to wear a veil, you have a whole host of options. Long veils work best with simple, classic gowns. They can also add drama to a dress with little to no train, or elongate a medium-length train. Shorter veils (usually fingertip length) work well for detailed gowns or for brides who want a veil but nothing too fussy. If you’re taking tradition all the way, you can opt for a blusher. A blusher is a second, shorter layer that goes over the face as the bride walks down the aisle. If the unveiling tradition is important to you, a blusher is the only way to go. However, a blusher will tend to conceal the back of your gown, so keep that in mind. A blusher can also serve to add texture to a simple veil if you feel you need some additional oomph. Pictured above are Sara Gabriel veils that now call Meant to Be home! We collected these photos from Pinterest and love that some of these wedding were featured by our friends at Southern Weddings!

Flowers: For the free-spirited bride, flowers are a timeless option. Flower crowns have taken the wedding world by storm since the advent of the rustic theme. Live flowers can also be incorporated into your hairstyle by being pinned in without a full-blown crown. Flowers make the most sense at an outdoor wedding or reception. If you can’t possibly choose between flowers and a veil, consider having some small flowers pinned in with your veil, or choose a flower crown that can have a veil attached. I collected some Pinspiration above, and included a photo of my own wedding hairstyle. I had leftover flowers from the florist who assembled my bouquet pinned into the comb of my veil. Fairy princess vibes for the win!

Bling: Pearls and crystals and beading…oh my! Bridal bling can truly take you down a yellow brick road of endless choices. In order to avoid looking like a human chandelier, it’s best to keep it simple. A beautiful comb can make a big statement. Small but sparkly clips can be strategically placed to photograph beautifully. Headbands can tie your look together, whether you’re going traditional or boho. These Pinterest photos show examples of various ways you can style bridal bling.

We hope this gives you some insight into the seemingly endless options for bridal headpieces. As always, no matter what you choose, you will be a beautiful bride if you radiate joy on your big day! We hope this Wedding Wednesday finds you in the midst of a good week and, if not, the weekend is oh-so close. Contact us for an accessories appointment if this post has given you a sudden urge to accessorize!

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