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Bliss by Candlelight

The outer candles were lit and the wax dripped down the tapers.The one candle in the center of the candelabra stood dark. A wick unlit. The bride and groom each took their candles, lit the one in the middle, blew out their candles and left only one glowing in the center. A sign of their union and eternal love. How do you capture that setting and recreate it in a bridal shop?  Walking in the door of our friend, Katie Ward’s, shop – Bliss Bridal in Fairhope, AL reminded me of this very scene in my own wedding 34 years ago.

Bliss Bridal

Without a single candle to be found in her shop, there is a golden glow of incandescence that resembles the soft glimmer of candlelight. The white gowns reflect a prism of lustrous colors where light bounces off of sequins, beads, pearls and rhinestones. The dresses form their own constellation among the silk, satin and chiffon that line the walls.

Bliss Bridal

As I walked around snapping photos, every where I looked, the romance of the shop seemed to radiate the splendor of the day. After all, this is the most important garment a girl will ever wear. From elegant, comfortable seating to spacious dressing rooms, Katie has thought of everything. The gown selection is wide and varied, with both short and long gowns. She also offers several choices of Mother of the Bride and Bridesmaids’ gowns with accessories for all. If you are thinking of renewing your vows anytime soon, you’ll find just the right dress for rekindling those flames as well.

Bliss Bridal

Picture a bride dancing until the first crown of light in this gorgeous knee-length dress.

Bliss Bridal

Bliss Bridal

An elegant tissue box is strategically placed to capture Mom’s tears when the perfect dress is modeled.

Bliss Bridal

An orchid whispers sweet suggestions for a fragrant bouquet.

The gown selection is wide and varied, with both short and long gowns. She also offers several choices of Mother of the Bride and Bridesmaids' gowns with accessories for all.

Light seems to reflect everywhere in this shop, including the dressing rooms.

Bliss Bridal

The waiting area (white room) where dresses are modeled.

Bliss Bridal

Bliss Bridal

This painting reminds us that a bride glows with the same intensity whether entering the church or exiting the party. Bliss Bridal has that same soft sparkle. If you’ve ever watched a Doris Day movie and noticed how the camera lens softens as it focuses on Miss Day, you’ll know exactly what I mean.

Bliss Bridal

Can’t you just imagine that first blush of the groom as he sees his bride for the first time in this gown?

Bliss Bridal

We met Katie in Fairhope a few weeks ago, while waiting for a table at a local restaurant. We realized that our husbands work together and struck up a conversation. They are the cutest couple, so as we passed by her shop on our anniversary, we just had to stop in to say hello. It was appropriate, don’t you think, to visit a bridal shop on our anniversary?

We found that in addition to being a beautiful young lady, Katie is doing what she was called to do. Finding each bride that brilliant gown that will hold her groom mesmerized until he can mutter those two little words that transform her from bride to wife. All beginning with a little candlelight.



  • Charlotte

    09/30/2014 at 9:12 am

    What a gorgeous shop! With your great photos, I believe you captured its beauty. Nice job.

  • Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co.

    09/28/2014 at 9:08 pm

    Oh, how I love wedding dresses! Who is the artist who painted the dress? So lovely! Even though I’m not in the market for a wedding dress, I need to stop by and take a look at this romantic corner of Fairhope!

  • Pam Hardison

    09/26/2014 at 11:09 am

    Bliss Bridal is where my daughter Claire Hardison Brown bought her wedding gown and it was a fairy tale moment. This is the most special place and they are wonderful! Katie gives each bride special one on one attention. Thank you for blogging about such a special place.

  • Marcia Pilar

    09/26/2014 at 10:16 am

    What a beautiful bridal shop, it truly does glow. Seems so personal and intimate, just as marriage, I like that.

  • Celestina Marie

    09/26/2014 at 8:50 am

    Hi Kim, such a lovely and inspiring post filled with beauty. Love your photos. Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment. It is so nice to meet you and visit you back here on your lovely blog.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

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