Story by JOYCE-LYNN WILLIAMS // Photos by MARCUS OWENS // March/April 2017
Young women dream of having a fairytale wedding. Many decide on the type of dress they are going to wear on that special day even before they pick out the groom. Guilty!
Picking the wedding dress is one of the most memorable moments in planning a dream wedding day! If you have just gotten engaged or if it’s time to renew wedding vows, you need the perfect gown for the perfect occasion.
JoAnn Owers, owner/manager of Brides & Belles in Tyler, Texas, has more than 30 years of experience helping women prepare for their big day! JoAnn says that she has three types of brides: ones who want a Cinderella-look in a full gown, ones who want to show curves in a fitted dress; and ones who want a dress in a vintage theme and with lace.
All three themes are captured in these photos.
Just like any outfit, accessories make or break a wedding dress. If you have a simple gown, then choosing more flashy jewelry is okay. If you’re wearing dramatic earrings, opt for a simple necklace. Depending on the dress neckline, you might not need a necklace at all.
A sash is another accessory that completes the look of a wedding gown. Adorned with pearls and rhinestones, sashes come in many styles and accentuate the waist. Most brides also want to wear a headpiece or veil. These can instantly transform a woman into the look of a true bride!
Whichever accessories you choose, remember that they should complement the dress and not overpower it!
JoAnn always advises a bride-to-be to give herself plenty of time to find a dress. She says sometimes a woman will miss out on the bridal gown that she really wants because she didn’t order it early enough.
She recommends beginning the process at least eight months before the wedding in order to take into account the possible time needed for sewing, alterations and shipping.
Brides & Belles also sells formal wear for proms and other occasions.
Creative director: Joyce-Lynn Williams
Photographer: Marcus Owens
Makeup artist: Keriana Gainer
Wedding Dress and accessories: Brides & Belles of Tyler
Floral Bouquet: La Tee Da Flowers
Venue: Willow Brook Country Club
Models: Dashown Patton-Jacques, Monica Hernandez, Jessica Davis