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Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2019 12:57 pm

MT. STERLING Renee Cunningham went from working out of the trunk of her car to designing luxurious wedding dresses fit for any bride at Renee's Bridal. 

Cunningham opened her store in 2017 to focus on selling one main thing- lifetime moments to brides of any background. 

“I aspire daily, that whoever walks through that door that I can fulfill their dreams,” she said. “If I accomplish that, day in and day out, to the time I retire, then I will say that I have accomplished my goals.”

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Renee Cunningham watches excitedly as a bride sees herself in a wedding dress picked by Renee on November 4, 2019, at Renee's Bridal in Mount Sterling, Ky. Photo by Alyssa Allen / The Trail Blazer. By Alyssa Allen

Her love of design began when she was a little girl using her father’s handkerchiefs to design wedding dresses for her Barbie’s weddings. 

When she grew older, she realized that there was an issue. She didn’t have the technical skills required to transfer her designs from her head to a tangible creation. 

Her solution was to be self-taught. 

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Renee Cunningham hand stitches a bead onto a custom dress on November 4, 2019, at Renee's Bridal in Mount Sterling, Ky. Photo by Alyssa Allen / The Trail Blazer. By Alyssa Allen

“No one taught me,” said Cunningham. “I’m very thankful that I didn’t go to design school because then I would be maybe not as creative and willing to say ‘Why, sure, I can do that.’”

Cunningham began her first shop in Florida after temporarily selling out of her car, but has since closed that location to focus on her shop in Kentucky.

“Going back to where I grew up, it was a small town, so I think that’s why I love Mount Sterling so much is because it gets me back to my roots of that small, friendly, but big dreams kind of town,” she said.

Because of these small-town roots she said she works to make every dress a dream come true for each bride that walks through her door. 

“We’ve had some very powerful people walk through that door, but I look at them the same as I look at the bride that comes in from down the street that lives here in Mount Sterling,” said Cunningham. 

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Leslee Toy, employee at Renee's Bridal, adjusts Grace Fryer's veil as she prepares to see herself in a veil for the first time on November 4, 2019, at Renee's Bridal in Mount Sterling, Ky. Photo by Alyssa Allen / The Trail Blazer. By Alyssa Allen