Saturday, January 13, 2018

A Letter From The [New] Owner

Hey, Kansas City!

For those who don’t already know, I’m Paige. Until a few days ago, I was a sister, a friend, a student, a dog mom & a lead bridal consultant at Something White Bridal. Today, I get to upgrade one of those titles to “owner” (because it’s not official until it’s on the internet, right?) & that’s pretty surreal.

So I bet you’re wondering how I stumbled into the role of owning Something White Bridal. I could tell you it’s been my dream for forever to own a bridal store, but then I’d be lying to you. The truth is, when I moved away to college, I thought I wanted to be an interior designer, then I wanted to be a teacher, then maybe even a spy… & then one day I ended up at a bridal shop & I fell in love. I mean seriously. I fell hard. I fell for the love stories I got to hear about. I fell for the moment when a bride finds her gown & her mom is crying and her girlfriends are squealing with excitement. I fell for the fashion aspect, the small business standpoint & everything in between. I can honestly say that one of the coolest feelings in the entire world is connecting with a complete stranger & then celebrating when you help find her dream gown. While I can’t say I’ve always wanted to own a bridal store, I can say that I’ve always wanted to own my own business & HERE WE ARE. Does life get any cooler than that?

I want to pretend like I’m accepting a Grammy here for a second & acknowledge some of the supportive people that have helped make this transition possible. So here goes, thank you to my family, my friends & my boyfriend for putting up with my crazy over the past couple of months. Thank you for supporting me & for pushing me to reach for the stars. Thank you to Brittany for growing something I could never have dreamed I’d be so lucky to call mine. Thank you for being my friend & my mentor & for trusting me with the shop you began. Finally, thank you to the strong & motivated wedding professionals of Kansas City & the past, present & future Something White Brides. Thank you for letting the little shop on Walnut Street create memories with you & be a small part of your big day.


Friday, January 12, 2018

A Letter From The [Old] Owner

I am the first to admit that I am a terrible writer and oftentimes what I know I want to say I can’t portray on paper. I have written, deleted, written, and edited this post so many times, but I’ve decided to just go for it, so here it is...after four amazing years of making my small dream become a big reality I oftentimes sit back and am in awe of where Something White Bridal Boutique has come.

I have been lucky enough to be a part of so many women’s love stories. I’ve laughed with brides and their families. I’ve cried with brides who have lost a family member who couldn’t be there to dress shop with them. I’ve prayed over future marriages. I’ve helped hundreds of brides find their dream wedding gown. I’ve smiled so hard that my face hurts for an entire day. People always say, “you must have the most fun job in the world” and to that my answer is yes, but I want to let you in on a secret - owning a business is hard. So to all you business owners out there I want to give you a shout out because you are amazing. You are strong and you are making it happen even when you don’t feel like you have any pieces of the puzzle matching up.

So why the sentimental post? Because as of today, I have passed the torch of Something White Bridal Boutique onto another. I will still be a familiar face in the future, but I will be stepping back to rekindle my own marriage and to spend more time with my daughter. I could go on and on and become a complete blabbering mess, but I will spare you. Instead I want to thank you. Thank you to all of the brides who have trusted me to be a part of your wedding day. Thank you to all of their friends and families who have referred us. Thank you for all of the vendor support from an amazing community of wedding professionals in Kansas City. Each and every one of you is responsible for changing me in some way or fashion. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for the memories that I will cherish forever.

This announcement is bittersweet, but I am excited for this next chapter not only for Something White Bridal Boutique, but for me personally as well. I know you’re dying to know who the new beauty and brains behind the boutique is, but you will have to come back tomorrow to read a welcome post from the new boss babe herself.


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Real Bride: Cassie

Trent & Cassie Ireland


Today's rustic Weston, Missouri wedding pulls at our heartstrings! The sunflowers, the Timber Barn, the cake, the biggest smiles you ever did see - yes please! Adding all of this to our Pinterest board dreams, seriously. These two are the epitome of cool bride & cool groom & we're taking all of the notes.

Did you have a specific theme in mind while you were planning?
"Our theme was kind of rustic & vintage. With us both being farm kids we wanted a classic yet country feel. Our venue had some whimsical features too with hanging string lights & a gorgeous chandelier! Our colors were wisteria purples with pops of sunflower yellows - Trent's favorite color - & some pinks!" 

What made you decide to get married on August 5th?
"After our engagement we knew we wanted to be married within a year! When you know, you know, right?! So upon deciding on our venue, it came down to what dates were available at the end of summer timeline we were looking at! We ended up with a 9 month engagement and chose August 5th, 2017 as our wedding date! BEST. DAY. EVER." 

What was one of your favorite moments from your wedding day?
"I love photos! So taking pictures & being able to look at the pictures now are one of my favorite things about the day. I would say my very favorite moment would be a toss up between our first look moment or the moment we first made eye contact as I walked down the aisle. It's an indescribable feeling to see the man of your dreams near tears looking at you, about to commit his entire life to you!" 

Tell us about your love story!

"Our love story... where do I begin?! A bit of a whirlwind romance at first! We are the true 'twin flame' scenario - if you aren't familiar, research it - as far as not being fully 'ready' for each other when our paths first crossed. We met in 2013 & started officially dating in 2015. Our feelings for each other have always been strong, it was just a matter of maturing enough to channel those feelings in the right way! Coming up on our two year official anniversary, Trent proposed in the most perfect way! He, of course after asking my father, decided to propose during his family pictures - which means I will have those pictures to look back on & take me back to that moment for life."

What advice would you give to other brides in regards to dress shopping?
"My advice to other brides when it comes to dress shopping is not to settle! Wedding dress shopping can be stressful & make you feel pressured for sure, but stay positive! I'm sure I tried on over 20 dresses before I found the one. Make sure you choose the dress that makes YOU feel like a rock-star & don't be afraid to keep looking until your heart is set! Something White Bridal was the MOST amazing experience. They were so patient with me, didn't rush me & allowed me the flexibility to come back after thinking on it! A wedding dress is a big purchase & I'm very thankful to have found mine at Something White!" 

How did the two of you meet?
"Trent & I met while he was in college. We were initially introduced through our mutual friends while we were out together one night!"

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Ireland!
Wishing you the sweetest forever.

Bridal Look:
Gown | Paloma Blanca
Hair & MakeupChandlar Smith 

Wedding Professionals:
Ceremony & Reception Venue | Weston Red Barn Farm - Timber Barn
Videography | M&C Videography
Florist Treasure Gardens, LLC
Menswear | Men's Wearhouse
Cake | Amy Owens