All of us at The Gilded Gown were absolutely thrilled when Edwards Photography shared their breathtaking images with us of one of our brides’ weddings. We wanted to find out more, so we approached gorgeous bride Brittany to see if she would share details of her special day with us. We are so thankful we did because this is probably the most romantic thing we’ve ever heard…
This is an amazing love story that was ten years in the making. You see, for all those years Brittany and Randy were best friends. Brittany didn’t realize that early on in their friendship Randy had fallen in love with her. Because Randy kept his feelings quiet, content to be a supportive friend, just so he could be around her. His devotion brings to mind one of the most beautiful Bible passages: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Through the years Brittany met and married someone else, but her friendship with Randy continued. Randy patiently remained a faithful friend, never letting her know his feelings. Then Brittany went through a horrible divorce. Randy was there, by her side, the entire time. She says, “He was always trying to uplift me, cheer me up and over-all just take away the pain.” Randy was a true friend, who took her places, did silly things to make her laugh and let her vent about her problems. But Randy’s feelings were getting stronger, and after awhile he decided he had to let Brittany know just how much she meant to him.
One day as they were sharing a meal at Chili’s Randy professed his love. He told Brittany just how much he loved her and that he had been in love with her for all those years. He explained that he had respected her marriage, and her, too much to confess his true feelings. But now that she was free he wanted to date her. He took out a promise ring and said, “Let me make a promise to you that all men are not the same.”
From that moment on, Brittany knew that she wanted to spend the rest of her life with her best friend. As their new relationship began Randy proved his character by helping Brittany care for her grandfather with Alzheimer’s, and her grandmother! As time went along, she kept falling for him, watching how he would care so lovingly for her relatives. She knew he would do anything for her. And she loved how Randy could always make her laugh and smile. She knew that she wanted to, “snatch him up!”
A few months later the couple made a trip to Kingsport and visited Brittany’s favorite ring shop, Fred Meyers. Randy picked up two rings and asked her, “Which one do you like?” Brittany picked one, and Randy said, “Well, let’s get married!” He purchased the ring, and let Brittany wear it. (She was too excited to wait!) But, he wanted to make his formal proposal on a picturesque spot on a little white bridge with a creek underneath it. When he did, she said, “Yes!”
After that, the wedding planning was ON! The date was set for February. She knew she wanted a snowy, Christmas themed winter wedding and she had a blast collecting decor. She used tons of Christmas Trees and twinkle lights. They even got their hands on a snow machine!
Finding the perfect dress proved difficult at first because Brittany started her search for a dress online. She didn’t LOVE anything she saw, plus she was worried that she wouldn’t like it in person, she couldn’t determine the quality of the fabric through a computer screen, and there was a good possibility that anything she purchased online might not fit right. She was getting down and out about the dress search until one day she found out about The Gilded Gown. Brittany recalls, “It was breath taking! I walked in & fell in love!!! Everyone there was so, so, so nice! We started pulling dresses! I thought I was a princess and felt right at home!! I didn’t know what I wanted!! We tried on dress after dress, and I loved them all!!! Then as we thought we had picked one, my aunt went and looked one more time and she found “THE DRESS!” Everyone at the shop loved it!! I had that glow! It was perfect!!! It was over all so fun!! I thank you guys so much for helping me make my perfect day, even better!!!
We were thrilled when Brittany shared her wedding story with us. We hope this touches your hearts like it did all of ours. Brittany & Randy all our best to you. Your beautiful love story is an inspiration!
Photography: Edwards Photography
Dress: The Gilded Gown