Real Weddings

Normans Bridal Shoppe has celebrated with thousands of brides since opening in 1980.


Leann and Jordan’s Story Book Love~5-19-18

I want to share my entire story with you just so you know how much I truly love and appreciate Norman’s Bridal. My sister-in-law, Chelsea Patterson (Kloiber)  and I got engaged around the same time. My parents had just recently moved to Springfield and we had googled Norman’s and had read all of the stunning reviews. I am originally from Wichita, KS and everyone goes to the same store and buys the same dress.. and I wanted something different!

Chelsea asked me if I wanted to come to Norman’s at the same time and try on wedding dresses together. At first I hesitated 1. I had no idea what kind of dress I wanted (my wedding was 1.5 years away) 2. I did not want to take away from her special moment or day of picking out her dress. I ended up scheduling an appointment for the afternoon and she had one in the morning. My mom and mother-in-law tagged along and we were just going to go and see and have a fun day of looking at wedding dresses. No intention to find “the one” that day….

Immediately when we walked in, I was speechless. As soon as Chelsea started trying on dresses, we were crying. The staff were the most genuine, caring and talented people I have ever met. She looked like the most beautiful bride I had ever seen. Everything she had dreamed of was coming true with each dress she tried on. Chelsea picked a stunning new Essence of Australia trunk show dress and made it her own! We all cried joyful tears and I was already looking forward to seeing my brothers reaction to his stunning bride walk down the aisle.

After witnessing this incredible process with Chelsea, I looked at my mom and she looked at me, and we realized that I was probably going to find the dress of my dreams that day…

I didn’t have a large board of saved dresses. I didn’t really know what I wanted, nor did I have the venue picked to help my decision. Instead I just said I wanted to feel beautiful and we went from there. Every single dress I tried on at Norman’s Bridal that day did just that. Until Miss Brenda and her daughter brought this absolutely stunning dress into my room. It had delicate beading and detail and a long train that was absolutely breathtaking. They already knew that this was my dress and allowed me to put on a cathedral length veil before I walked out of the dressing room. As soon as I walked out and made it to the mirror and stood on the step, I cried. I have never felt so beautiful in a dress before in my life. I was speechless and so was everyone else in my party. I knew it was the one, but my wedding was 1.5 years away, I didn’t have a venue, I had nothing else planned. But everyone else reassured me it didn’t matter.

I was so incredibly grateful for that magical day of picking out my wedding dress. When I came to pick up my dress I was able to FaceTime my Grandma as if she was there with us. The staff helped me pick out my veil, jewelry and completed my look.

Since then I have referred all of my friends to Normans so that they could experience the same feeling, and they all did.

The day of my wedding I can truly say I have never been so blessed and grateful to feel the way that I did. My dress was felt stunning and fit me perfectly. It was everything and more that I could have dreamed of. I will cherish the memories of feeling like a bride to becoming a wife in that dress. I will hold on to these special pictures for the rest of my life! And more importantly I will send anyone I know to Norman’s so that they can go through this magical process.

Photographer: Stephanie Nachtrab Photography
Venue: K-State Alumni Center, Manhattan, KS

Our Story:
Jordan and I have known each other for quite some time. He is my brothers best friend and college roommate. 10 years ago he asked my dad if he could marry me, and we have been calling each other husband and wife (as a joke) since. 4 years ago he asked my brother if he could date me and the rest is history. This man completes me. He is the patience when I am anxious, the deep breath when I am stressed and the best friend that I am so grateful I get to call my husband. For the first time in my life he was speechless when he saw me on our wedding day, and I will cherish that moment for the rest of my life. To everyone at Norman’s Bridal, thank you for finding me the perfect wedding dress and becoming a family to me. Our wedding truly was the best day of our lives!