Tesori Bride standing in decorative doorway on her Fayetteville Wedding day.

Hello! I’m Diana, a documentary wedding photographer in Fayetteville, AR, specializing in capturing real emotions and connections through my lens. Today, I’m excited to share with you my top picks for modern wedding dress shops near Fayetteville, AR. Whether you’re looking for something unique, trendy, or timeless, these boutiques offer an array of choices that I believe will resonate with your individual style.

1. Tesori – Fayetteville, AR

First up is Tesori, located right here in Fayetteville. My experiences with Tesori have been nothing short of amazing. Their approach to modern wedding dresses aligns perfectly with my photographic style – genuine, emotive, and detail-oriented. What sets Tesori apart is their exceptional personalized service for all of their brides. They also offer an upgraded shopping experience. When you upgrade to a private wedding dress experience you’ll have a one-on-one phone consultation to discuss your dream dress. This leads to a curated collection of gowns waiting for you upon your arrival.

Their 2-hour private appointment is an exclusive experience including a personal stylist, sole access to their boutique, and extra treats like tasty snacks, drinks, and music. And let’s talk about their dresses – modern, elegant, and ranging from $1,800 to $10,000, with most gowns falling between $2,200 and $4,500. What’s more, they have an amazing alterations partner, Material Concepts, located right next door, ensuring your gown fits you perfectly.

Address: Single Tree Plaza, 577 E. Millsap Road, Fayetteville, AR
Contact: (479) 966-4622, caio@tesoribridalformal.com

Image of ethnic african american modern bride with natural curly red hair.

2. Bryde – Tulsa, OK

A bit of a drive from Fayetteville, but absolutely worth it, is Bryde in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As a curvy Latina bride myself, I was thrilled to find that Bryde offers a wide range of sizes, ensuring every bride finds her perfect fit. The boutique’s warm and friendly atmosphere, coupled with a carefully curated collection of modern designers, makes it a must-visit. The dresses range from $2,100 to $5,000, and they also have a chic collection of short white party dresses perfect for receptions, bridal showers, and rehearsal dinners.

Address: 2409 E Admiral Blvd, Tulsa, OK
Contact: (918) 221-6800, @shopbryde.com

Modern Bride in short wedding dress with bow.

3. Emily Hart Bridal – Overland Park, KS

Last but certainly not least, Emily Hart Bridal in Overland Park, KS, is a gem for brides seeking luxury and exclusivity. This boutique has been serving Kansas City brides for over 65 years and offers upgraded appointment options and a vast selection of designer dresses. For those desiring a bespoke gown, Emily Hart Bridal is the place to go. Their dress range is $2,000 to $12,000+, catering to diverse budgets and styles. They carry sizes 4 to 26, making it an excellent option for plus-size brides. Additionally, they provide gown preservation services, starting at $275, ensuring your cherished dress stays as beautiful as on your wedding day.

Address: 12450 Blue Valley Parkway, Overland Park, KS
Contact: (913) 681-1500, info@emilyhartbridal.com

A Photographer’s Tip:

Selecting a dress that you feel great in is crucial. A well-tailored gown that you’re comfortable in ensures your wedding photos capture you at your most radiant. Remember, I’m all about capturing real emotions and connections, and feeling confident in your dress plays a huge role in this. 

Final Thoughts:

Remember, your wedding dress is more than just a garment. It’s a reflection of your personality, a symbol of your love story, and a cherished memory captured in photographs. Each of these boutiques – Tesori, Bryde, and Emily Hart Bridal – offers something unique, ensuring you find a dress that embodies your spirit and style.

And, if you’re looking for someone to capture your wedding journey with empathy, attention to detail, and a documentary style that focuses on genuine interactions, I’d love to be part of your story! I would love to come along and document your dress shopping experience! Connect with me for more tips or to discuss photographing your unforgettable wedding journey.


*All of the wedding dresses featured in this blog are courtesy of Tesori Bridal. Photography by Joy and Light Photography in Fayetteville, Arkansas. 

Joy and Light Photography is a wedding and elopement photographer based in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Servicing the local area of Fayetteville and the surrounding NWA areas. Often provides services for weddings across the U.S. and Oaxaca, Mexico. Specializes in candid, documentary style wedding portraits that are real, emotional, and natural.  Northwest Arkansas is home but available for travel worldwide.