”We got engaged in Oklahoma City on November 9, 2017 over pancakes and french toast at the IHOP where we had our first date 2.5 years before—it was low key and perfect.
We knew we didn’t want to wait long to get married and a few short weeks later, on November 30th, we found the venue and set the date of April 6, 2018.
When it came to dress hunting I knew I didn’t have much time. I also have tattoos on my left arm and across my upper back as well as having a muscular build from years of weightlifting. (I’m an avid crossfitter). I knew I wanted a dress that complimented these features—I didn’t want to hide them but I also didn’t want them to be distracting.
I knew I was in good hands at JJ Kelly Bridal. They had a selection of Olvi’s dresses which quickly became my favorite designer among the many I tried on. When I finally put on my dress it was game over. It fit like a glove, the material and lace was deliciously comfortable, and the hand-painted details tied in with my hair color and tattoos perfectly. Also it made my figure go POW!
Our wedding was very DIY with minimal added decorations to the rustic venue—allowing us to truly be the centerpieces. I wore my mother’s vail from my parents 1984 wedding and I didn’t even carry flowers—the beautiful flowers on my dress were enough.
Despite being one of the coldest, windiest days of the year (including snow flurries) we never stopped laughing and loving every moment.
We kept things traditional and my husband didn’t see me until I walked down the aisle. I loved the way I looked in my dress so much that when I got to the alter I turned around and showed my soon to be husband my backside too.
One of the most memorable (and funniest) parts of the night was my husband attempted to lift me over his head and then I attempted to “deadlift” him off of the floor. All performed in my Olvi’s wedding dress. I don’t know any other wedding dress that would have allowed me to move so freely and still be beautiful.
The compliments were endless about my dress and our wedding. Thank you Olvi’s for making me feel like you made a dress specifically for me-I’m actually still convinced you did. I felt stunning and so special on what was truly the best day ever. Thank you for designing a dress that was literally beyond my wildest dreams of perfection.”
Groom: David Duncan @davie_d_usmc
Photography: Katie Cunningham @cunninghamkatie
Venue: Rosemary Ridge Events Venue @rosemaryridgeeventvenue
Bridal Salon: JJ Kelly Bridal @jjkellybridal