Bridal Spotlight: Chris Leighty

For the consultants at Rebecca's there is nothing sweeter than sharing the moment a bride finds her dress. Our brides are what make our job so meaningful and special,

so it is our pleasure and privelege to share their stories and advice in what we are calling our "Bridal Spotlight".

For our first installment it made sense to begin with the wisdom of one of our own.

Chris began working for Rebecca's in 2013,

with her sweet spirit and loving attitude she quickly became a very intregal part of our staff.

We are honored to share some of her breathtaking images and sage advice.

When was your wedding?

March 1, 2014.

How many dresses did you try-on before you found "the one"?

I saw my dress one afternoon while pulling gowns for another bride (one of the many perks of being a bridal consultant), and I had a feeling that it was the dress for me.

However, for the sake of my mom and sister I tried on about 20 gowns before I made my decision. I wanted them to feel a part of the process and included in the decision.

How did you know that it was the dress for you?

I have always loved the drama of a ball gown, but thought I would wear one that was made of lace and absolutely devoid of beading. Once I started seriously looking at dresses and making decisions about our ceremony and reception though, I started to gravitate toward more beading and a very princess-like look. With a fully beaded bodice and a long satin train, there was nothing else I could have bought that fit the look I wanted to create more than my dress did. Also, it made my waist look smaller than it is---always a plus!

What was your favorite thing about your dress?

That’s a toss-up between my train and my veil.

They are both are so grand and full of drama, which is always appropriate for a bride!

What was the highlight of choosing Rebecca's Wedding Boutique?

I might be a little biased, but I think the customer service and care the consultants show always makes the bride (in this case me) feel appropriately special and beautiful. Also I was thrilled to join the 25 year tradition of being a Rebecca’s bride.

There’s something uniquely personal about boutiques and small businesses.

How did you narrow down the choices?

I was down to my dress by Maggie Sottero and a lace gown by Essense of Australia. My sister took pictures of me in both dresses and I compared them side by side at every angle.

I felt like my dress was more flattering on a whole.

How many people would you advise other brides to bring to their apointment?

It depends on how you make decisions and how well you know your own style.

If you will be too easily swayed by other people, then just bring one or two people who know you well and will encourage and affirm you. Don’t sabotage your appointment by inundating yourself with diverse and conflicting, loud opinions.

What advice would you give brides currently looking for a gown?

Keep it simple and enjoy the experience.

The bride is the tone setter for the day and for the whole planning process.

If you stress, others stress, but if you are loving and joyful, others will respond in kind.

You’d be surprised by how your attitude affects your dress shopping experience.

What was your favorite part of your wedding day?

My husband is a trained opera singer and I’ve been known to belt out a line or two in the shower, so music was a big part of our ceremony. Over 350 people attended and sang with us praises to God for the sweet gifts of marriage and friendship. When we sang the first hymn, the room filled with the voices of the people who know and love us best. It was the most exciting and emotion-filled moment of the night for me.

How did your groom react to seeing you in your dress?

He beamed with joy and teared up a bit. He is just the sweetest man!

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