You guys are going to looooove this story from the girls at Hitched!

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Contrary to popular belief, we rarely encounter “bridezillas” at Hitched… in fact, our brides are usually the complete opposite. We love our brides and always feel so honored to be a part of their special day – but there are some brides who we REALLY get to know because they do everything at Hitched (wedding gown, bridesmaids, invites, etc.) and we affectionately call those ladies FOH— Friends of Hitched.

One of our favorite FOH’s is Kimberly Joy Brown (now Moore J), who walked into our store for an appointment this past March and told us she needed a dress in two weeks (!). The Howard University med student went on to explain that she had just discovered she had breast cancer. Because she would be undergoing surgery, she wanted to bump up her Fall 2008 nuptials in order to have her dream wedding before she began treatment.

One small catch– she had no gown, no venue, and no photographer…. just a date in mind, and, of course, her wonderful groom, James! The Hitched team swung into action and started placing phone calls to some of our favorite vendors, all of whom were ready and willing to pull through in a pinch for Joy and James! While Joy happily chose the perfect gown and veil, a team of DC’s top wedding vendors were assembled to create Joy’s wedding vision. No one thought twice about making this wedding happen in just two short weeks.

We have to share some photos from the event— doesn’t it look like it took years to plan? Joy’s cherry blossom theme was perfect for springtime in the nation’s capitol. Check out the emotion that photographer Ralph Alswang captures in each photo… you can see why we love him so much!

It’s quite a rarity that we visit brides on their wedding day, but Hitched ladies Carin, her daughter Leia, and Lynette couldn’t resist stopping by to see the final outcome!

Joy’s bridesmaids wore adorable dresses from Simple Silhouettes in Strawberry Ice Silk Shantung. Simple Silhouettes is based in New York, and owner/designer Christina was able to have the dresses made and shipped in just a few days so the girls had time to get them altered before the big day.

We always loved Modern Trousseau for their beautifully unique use of lace. Now we love designer Callie Tien even more, because she created Joy’s stunning custom gown, matching bolero, and cathedral length veil in record time!

The folks at the Fairmont (a gorgeous hotel right in the heart of DC) really took care of Joy and James. Alice and Bob pulled the whole event together with total professionalism and the results were incredible.

We’re so glad to end our story on a happy note– Joy is doing well and her surgery went smoothly. She’s enjoying being married to “the love of her life”, James, who’s been so supportive throughout the past year. We still hear from Joy and think of her often…she will forever be a Friend of Hitched.

Thank You, thank you, thank you to the girls at Hitched Salon for sharing this amazing story with us! And for spending the day talking shop on SMP!!