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Ava Laurénne Bride on TLC's 19 Kids & Counting

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The stars of TLC’s reality show, “19 Kids and Counting” have spent 2014 excitedly planning the wedding of Jill Duggar (23) to Derrick Dillard (25) since the two were engaged.  Jill is the first Duggar daughter to get married and many experts speculated about what style dress Jill would wear.  The staff at Ava Laurénne Bride in Fredericksburg, Virginia knew before anyone else, exactly what Jill would wear.  “The secret was safe with us!” said Wendy Rivera, who is co-owner with her sister Christy Stutzman.  Gabe and Wendy Rivera have operated the shop in partnership with the Stutzman’s for 3 years. “This is a family business,” Gabe said, “So it was a special honor to serve the Duggar family.”

The sisters were thrilled that Jill Duggar found her gown at Ava Laurénne Bride.  Christy Stutzman added, “We were so excited to offer Jill a package that we regularly provide to brides, called a ‘Princess Treatment.’  It’s a very girly, special and sweet time every time we do it!”  Accompanied by several family members, Jill arrived at the beautiful space in old town Fredericksburg in late April of 2014 and then the dress shopping party began.  The new season of “19 Kids and Counting” will feature Jill’s Ava Laurénne Bride experience in a one hour special airing September 23, 2014. 

The stars of TLC’s reality show, “19 Kids and Counting” have spent 2014 excitedly planning the wedding of Jill Duggar (23) to Derrick Dillard (25) since the two were engaged.  Jill is the first Duggar daughter to get married and many experts speculated about what style dress Jill would wear.  The staff at Ava Laurénne Bride in Fredericksburg, Virginia knew before anyone else, exactly what Jill would wear.  “The secret was safe with us!” said Wendy Rivera, who is co-owner with her sister Christy Stutzman.  Gabe and Wendy Rivera have operated the shop in partnership with the Stutzman’s for 3 years. “This is a family business,” Gabe said, “So it was a special honor to serve the Duggar family.”


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Reviews of Jill's Dress

"The Jill Duggar wedding dress was gorgeous with a relatively modest neckline, a cinching style for its waistline, a long train, and cap sleeves." 


Adriana Velez at The Stir

"Jill Duggar’s Wedding Dress Is More Stunning Than We Imagined... And the bride's dress was everything you'd expect it to be: White, feminine, and modestly glamorous. No floozy cleavage here!  Jill Dillard's wedding gown was perfect for her. And going by the way she glows in it in the photo, she must have felt like a princess on her big day. " 


"...Fit For a Princess! The wedding of Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard finally arrived on Saturday, and it featured the princess dress to end all princess dresses..." 


 

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