WE LOVE When she says #YESTOTHEDRESS @TheGildedGown

We are celebrating our Gilded Gown Girls “YES” Moments!

So many happy cries of “YES!” have been heard every day at the Gilded Gown in recent months. In fact, we’ve had more brides find their dresses than ever before! We think that is because we are focused on providing the absolute best service, the finest products, the biggest selection in every size AND the friendliest atmosphere — at reasonable prices.

All of us at The Gilded Gown are thrilled when we hear a “Yes!” Because we know that the affirmation is confirmation that another Gilded Gown Girl has found her dream dress. She feels beautiful, confident and excited. She has checked off a major t0-d0 from her Wedding Checklist, and made a huge step forward towards her happy future.

Yes, we are in business to sell dresses and we need to pay the bills. BUT truly we are more interested in promoting joy and happiness. The greater good is to focus on love. And we absolutely, one hundred percent, LOVE to play a part in helping make our brides’ dreams come true.

Seeing the happy faces and huge smiles of our brides, and then watching the reflection of that happiness on their friends and families’ faces is a gift for us. So thank you beautiful Gilded Gown Girls! We love you!

Please enjoy some of our recent “Yes To The Dress” pics.

If you are still searching for your “YES” Dress, please make an appointment to come see what we have in stock just for you, by calling 865-329-4905 today. We are open seven days a week: Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm and on Sundays from noon to 6pm.

The Gilded Gown in located in Knoxville Center Mall, Downstairs near Sears.

We offer an easy, no-stress layaway program to help you finance your purchase. And, when you purchase your Wedding Gown from us you always receive a 50% discount off all accessories including veils, tiaras, jewelry and more. We offer wonderful sales each month and new gowns arrive all the time. Come on down and say “YES!”

Meet Us In the Mountains for A Refreshing, Simple & @PracticallyFreeWedding!

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Meet Us In The Mountains

for a Refreshing, Relaxed & Practically Free Wedding

On a recent glorious fall day The Gilded Gown and friends staged an adorable faux wedding at Mynatt Park in Gatlinburg, TN. We wanted to showcase a no-fuss, simple and carefree wedding. The premise: a young couple texts and emails their family and friends to “Meet Us In The Mountains for a Hodge Podge Wedding.” Everyone is invited to bring a covered dish to share. and meet in a park for a casual, yet meaningful ceremony. Using thrift store finds, a relaxed attitude and the beautiful mountain setting we feel like we achieved a stylish, fun and basically FREE wedding. And if we can pull this off, anyone can!

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The invites cost nothing. The location, a public city park, was free. Mynatt Park offers a covered pavilion for rent also, but we wanted to be outside. If you want a roof over your head it is a mere $25 for four hours. So far this wedding is proving cost effective!

We envisioned a cozy & carefree but also cute wedding. Since we knew the day would be chilly, we had a row of flannel shirts on hand for guests. Stacks of cozy plaid throws were also available. These items were all purchased from Community Shares Thrift Store on Chapman Highway for less than $15! Everyone looked so cute in their mismatched plaids. Theron McKenry, our “groom”, rocked an awesome Austrian Plaid Jacket from Goodwill on Kingston Pike. This vintage gem set us back a whooping $4.99. Our “bride,” Grace McRae Alexander, made the sweet chalkboard sign. If you want to plan a themed park wedding for yourself and don’t want to spend any money on decor, you can always ask your guests to bring blankets, flowers or props to enhance the style you are going for. People love to pitch in! We had a blast sourcing our plaid/flannel/vintage vibe items at local thrift stores!

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Grace, who loves the Avett Brothers, took inspiration from one of their songs for her “wedding” day. The sentiment of their lyric “i brought you to the mountains to watch the clouds go by” perfectly captured the relaxed and loving feeling we wanted for the wedding.

The chalkboard heart was $1 at Community Shares Thrift Store on Chapman Highway. This simple sign tied to a tree with twine made a perfect photo backdrop. The blanket of fall leaves and crisp fall air added a festive feel to the day.

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The guests all took pics of the day using their assorted Ipads and phones. The spectacular scenery & the beauty of the young couple provided some amazing shots. No professional photographer = FREE!

 

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Grace personalized her stunning Justin Alexander gown from The Gilded Gown with a hair vine, feathers and twigs. Her bouquet was courtesy of the grocery store floral department, coming in at $3.99.

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Our friends and family had a blast pitching in for the day. The lovely Cheryl McKenry, mother of the “groom,” helps Theron prepare for the ceremony!

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All the guests brought homemade dishes, which were laid out on a hodge-podge plaid tablescape. The succulents were 3 for $12 at Whole Foods and served double-duty as table decor and bridesmaid “bouquets.” The vintage dishes were sourced at local thrift stores and garage sales for under $10.

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One of the guests brought old-fashioned soda (from Cracker Barrel) displayed in a vintage Royal Crown Cola crate. So fun!

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The food was simple and perfect for easy snacking. With everyone bringing something, the food costs were minimal. Plus the pot-luck atmosphere added to the sense of a community wedding. Everyone lent a hand and therefore felt invested in the day. Mesh food covers are a good idea if you have a food-laden table in the middle of the woods! Nobody wants bugs in the dip!

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The desert table was particularly appealing as we had a cake and our brand new invention: THE DONUT TREE! This adorable station took just a few minutes to set up. We love our donut tree: a thrift store candle holder stacked with yummy Dunkin’ Donuts. The lovely, lovely fall cake was purchased for $20 from Whole Foods and displayed on a bed of moss and fruit on a wooden pedestal thrifted for just $2. The vintage cameras are also thrift store finds.

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The wedding party was also fuss-free with no matchy-matchy dresses or tuxes. Everyone was encouraged to just show up with love in their hearts, comfortably dressed for a fun day in the mountains. Easy on the pocket books and low on the stress level.

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We feel like a real couple could easily replicate this wedding with almost no expense. Which is kind of refreshing considering the amount of time and money that goes into a typical wedding. Even if you don’t have a fortune to spend, you can have a day to remember. What matters most is sharing the day with loved ones and creating memories for a lifetime.  Love and laughter and sunshine. Majestic trees and babbling creeks. Commitment. Fresh air, Moss and the crunch of leaves underfoot. Hugs and support. The Mountains. Watching the Clouds Go By….These things are free….but priceless.

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Heartfelt thanks to Grace, Cheryl & Theron, Todd, Joan, Jill & Uncle Ed, Suzanne, Morgan, Bef & BigLilWonder, Heather, Drew, Hannah & Mia, and Cassy & Rebel & Penelope!

 

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All of us at The Gilded Gown have Hearts Full of Love for Havyn Adams and Isaac Tinsley

Please watch the heartfelt WATE TV Coverage here

HEARTS FULL OF LOVE

Kristy Myers, owner of Margaret Claire Wedding Events called us last week with a story that absolutely filled our hearts with love. She told us about meeting a bride named Havyn Adams at the recent Pink Bride Show. Kristy said, “I asked the bride tell me about your groom and I watched her little face just fall with a little bit of anguish and just had a little tear in her eye and I just knew the good Lord laid it on my heart to just bring her in the back of our booth and talk to her a little bit,” Myers recalls. Touched, Myers asked Havyn for more details. She discovered that in January, Havyn’s fiancee, Isaac Tinsley, was given a diagnosis of leukemia. Then Isaac was in remission for awhile and the young couple rejoiced, but he recently relapsed and is now receiving care at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Undaunted the couple wanted to go ahead with their wedding plans, but the day seemed out of reach due to financial burdens and illness. Havyn also has a family member with a brain tumor. The wedding plans grew heavy on their hearts.

The young groom said from his hospital bed, “All I’ve been doing is praying and praying every day that God would provide this wedding somehow and make it happen. Because it’s been so stressful.”

Kristy, with a heart full of love, decided to take action. She offered her services for free to the young couple. Then she took the time to reach out to many other vendors in our area to see if they wanted to participate and help this lovely family too. Well, they did. In a big way. She says, “I called them and kind of spilled my heart through my tears and all of them called me back within an hour with ‘we’re in,’” said Myers. “I feel honored and very blessed to be part of an amazing wedding community in Knoxville and to all of them for helping me out with my little bride.”

Kristy planned a meeting Tuesday evening with Havyn and her family at Margaret Claire Wedding Events. Havyn had no idea what Kristy had planned. All the vendors along with news cameras from WATE were there to surprise her with a bounty of wedding gifts:

 

 

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Our owner, Jacqui Wadsworth donated a dress of Havyn’s choice plus all accessories from the Gilded Gown. Hunter Valley Farms donated a $10,000 venue for the wedding and reception, complete with tables and chairs. Lisa Foster Floral Design donated flowers, White Table Linens will be providing tablecloths, Jason Mullen offered to photograph the entire event, Relic Video Productions agreed to video the wedding, Lamon Jewelers donated wedding bands, Rose’s Catering  will be providing catering, Ogle Entertainment offered up a DJ and sound equipment, Sweet Beginnings by Elaine is making a gorgeous cake and the Stables at Strawberry Creek donated a place for the couple to stay on their wedding night.

“I love Jesus and I know he brings people into our path that we’re supposed to encounter,” said Myers. “It’s not a chance or a fluke that Haven walked by and I was just introduced to her that day and I know she was strategically placed in my life at that moment.”

If you watch the WATE TV COVERAGE  of vendor after vendor presenting their gifts to Havyn and her family I guarantee you will be needing as many tissues as Hayvn. She couldn’t believe so many people came together to answer her prayers.

“I knew Kristy having the big heart that she had, but I didn’t know exactly what and I never would have imagined that it would have been this big,” said Adams.

The couple’s wedding date is set for March 10, 2017.

The real gift is for all of us to enjoy: the spirit of generosity and love in our community. Our hearts are full of love for the young couple, their family, all the vendors who so generously stepped up to provide their services and for Kristy having the beauty of spirit to see a need and to address it so graciously.

 

Ms Wheelchair Tennessee 2016 Carly Pearson Found Her Dress at The Gilded Gown <3

We absolutely love meeting new people and finding out their stories. Yesterday we were thrilled to meet a beautiful, vibrant lady named Carly Pearson. She came in looking for a formal gown. She described herself as a tomboy who doesn’t like to wear dresses, but said she urgently needed a long dress. And, it needed to be beautiful. Oh, and another thing….Carly Pearson uses a wheelchair. Turns out she needed a very, very beautiful gown because she is Ms Wheelchair Tennessee 2016 and she is going to represent Tennessee in the national pageant NEXT WEEK in Grand Rapids, Michigan to compete for the crown of Ms Wheelchair America 2017. Our reactions: Wow that is cool! YAY Carly! So glad she is at The Gilded Gown! Ummm, wait. did she say Next Week??? and OK WE NEED TO HELP HER FIND THE PERFECT DRESS STAT!!!

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Carly, a healthy, extremely fit and beautiful mother of two, would much rather be participating in sports than rocking a long dress on a stage. However her mission is to help other people with disabilities live active and healthy lives and she knew participating in the Ms Wheelchair Events would help promote her platform.

Carly sustained a spinal cord injury in 2002, when she fell while heroically fighting wildfires in Oregon as part of her work with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She currently works as an independent distributor for Advocare International and a motivational speaker.

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Vote for Carly here!!!

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Bridal Stylist Grace kept Carly busy trying on lots of gorgeous options. Everyone in the store admired the different dresses as Carly came out to look in the big mirror. The choice was obvious when Carly came out in this Nina Canacci Royal Blue Gown:

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Carly, thanks for making our day! We know you are going to do great in Grand Rapids!

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Join the LOVE train! Let’s focus on LOVE!!!!

 

In this crazy world we are all saddened by the violence and discord which seems to be everywhere.

But LOVE far surpasses the bad.

Please enjoy the O’Jays awesome song Love Train and some photos of Love in the world. More of that please.

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Love Train by The O’Jays

People all over the world (everybody)
Join hands (join)
Start a love train, love train
People all over the world (all the world, now)
Join hands (love ride)
Start a love train (love ride), love train

The next stop that we make will be soon
Tell all the folks in Russia, and China, too
Don’t you know that it’s time to get on board
And let this train keep on riding, riding on through
Well, well

People all over the world (you don’t need no money)
Join hands (come on)
Start a love train, love train (don’t need no ticket, come on)
People all over the world (Join in, ride this train)
Join in (Ride this train, y’all)
Start a love train (Come on, train), love train

All of you brothers over in Africa
Tell all the folks in Egypt, and Israel, too
Please don’t miss this train at the station
‘Cause if you miss it, I feel sorry, sorry for you
Well

People all over the world (Sisters and brothers)
Join hands (join, come on)
Start a love train (ride this train, y’all), love train (Come on)
People all over the world (Don’t need no tickets)
Join hands (come on, ride)
Start a love train, love train

Ride, let it ride
Let it ride
Let it ride
People, ain’t no war
People all over the world (on this train)
Join in (ride the train)
Start a love train, love train (ride the train, y’all)
People all over the world (come on)
Join hands (you can ride or stand, yeah)
Start a love train, love train (makin’ love)
People all over the world (’round the world, y’all)
Join hands (come on)
Start a love train, love train

 

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