Welcome to Alicia's Bridal & The Formal House

Alicia's Bridal and The Formal House have been the Bellingham tradition for over 50 years.

We have had the pleasure of dressing brides and grooms worldwide. We pride ourselves in providing Bellingham, Seattle, Vancouver B.C. and surrounding areas of the Northwest with the most up to date fashion trends. We search to find the most attractive designs to flatter all figures in all price ranges. Together, Alicia's offers bridal gowns in a moderate to couture selection that you can afford and The Formal House offers the only in stock inventory in the area with over 4000 tuxedos and the a great selection of the hottest new styles on the market. We also take care of the rest of your wedding party with several lines of bridesmaid dresses and mother's gowns as well.

We offer experiences, not just apparel! The perfect partners for your wedding!

Vanessa & James

March 1, 2014

Vanessa and James were married surrounded by family and friends on a chilly March day that the bride described as “joyful, blessed, and memorable”.

James popped the question in November which gave the couple just four months for planning, and with both bride and groom working full-time, meant weekends and evenings were filled with decision making. Vanessa shared that James was involved in “nearly all the details! Willingly, he helped through many components . . . Otherwise I would have melted into an overwhelmed puddle.”

Having grown up with a soft spot for pink and pale green, an appreciation of the antique, and a love of all things elegant, Vanessa found choosing her wedding theme to be easy. “I majored in History; thus, I value antiques and items from the past. This love seeped into my décor theme” and old fashioned keys, yards of ivory lace, strands of pearls, faded books, candles, and silver teapots abounded both in the ceremony venue—Vanessa's home church—and at the reception at Fox Hall at Hampton Inn.

Even with the abbreviated timeline, Vanessa found time to add special and creative details, like sewing sage green fabric and ivory lace banners to hang in the sanctuary, and scrapbooking a custom guestbook. She modified the bouquet toss—she threw a collection of loose stems with handwritten notes attached--and James fired off nerf darts instead of the traditional garter.


"No other location carried the elegant, detailed dress style I desired."

Vanessa had started looking at bridal gowns before engagement, and fell in love with a Maggie Sottero gown whose lace and beaded bodice with a Queen Anne neckline and billowing satin skirt suited the elegance of her theme. After James proposed, she did some more dress shopping with her sisters and returned to Alicia's and the ivory and alabaster ballgown, and upon trying it on again, knew it to be the one.

On the big day, the bridesmaids wore sage green lace and chiffon dresses and the groomsmen were outfitted in Romano tuxedos from the Formal House.

When asked what the best moments of the day were, Vanessa replied, “So many moments! How to choose?” Some of her favorites included getting ready with her mother and sisters--”they are a special part of my life and I loved having them there”--, the first look, and of course, walking down the aisle.


“I slipped through a side entry and tried to tiptoe up to him. I came up behind James and whispered, “You can turn around now””. The couple then read selected Bible verses and prayed for blessing on the day.

Walking into the church sanctuary on her father's arm and seeing her soon-to-be husband was “a moving and beautiful part of our ceremony—I could not keep from looking up at my man watching, smiling, tearing up. It was priceless”. James and Vanessa had each remained single to ensure their first love would be a forever love, so on that March day, “we were both so grateful and in awe of the fact we were getting married!”

For their first dance, James and Vanessa chose Bryan Adam's “Everything I Do [I Do It For You] followed by a selection from the Anne of Green Gables soundtrack. “Growing up, I always wanted to incorporate that piece into my wedding. I was thrilled to dance it with my very own “Gilbert”.

Though the day was cold and wisps of snow fell throughout the afternoon and turned into a layer of white by the time the newlyweds drove off, “it was a special day that highlighted God's faithfulness in answering our prayers.”

A note from the Mother of the Bride - Just wanted to add to the Vanessa & James post that we received very good service from Alicia's Bridal and Patty did and an amazing job with the alterations and gave us exceptional service. Thank you Tiffany for this
wonderful post and all your help!

Vendor List
Wedding Gown: Alicia's Bridal
Tuxes: The Formal House
Venue: Spring Creek Bible Church and Fox Hall at Hampton Inn
Coordinator: Lisa Stevens
Photographer: Ben Bender
Hair/Makeup: Angela Iwanowycz [The Purple Door Beauty Lounge] and Mary Kay
Music: Ruth DeWaard

Want to see your wedding featured on the Alicia's blog? Email Tiffany at tiffanyholden@aliciasbridal.com.
 

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