Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: My Dress

I am not going to lie, I haven't been this excited about sharing a blog post in a long time.  Today will also sort of be my September Outfit of the Month because what better thing could I have possibly worn that month?!  Yes, sorry, it's a little late, but I had to wait for the good photos, of course :) Here's the story: last October, I went shopping with my mom and 3 of my bridesmaids.  Truth be told, my mom and I had gone shopping the previous week at a couple of little shops, just to see what I liked and I only learned one thing: NO LACE.  Originally I thought I wanted a full lace dress with NO sparkle.  When you go to prom looking like this, you want to get as far away from any of that as possible.  Well, my little 5 foot tall frame tried on full lace gowns, and I looked like a walking table cloth: legit.  Alright, flash forward back to my real dress shopping day.  I tried to pick out dresses for myself and tried on about 10: too much bling, too much cleavage, TOO MUCH POOF.  At about #10, I gave up, and started texting my mom from inside the changing room, asking her to find another place and make an appointment.  I WAS GETTING MY DRESS TODAY, DAMMIT.  I tried on one more, and it was: okay?  [INSERT 30 ROCK JOKE HERE: "That's exactly how you look!   Moving on...]  I walked out, almost ready to buy this dress that wasn't perfect, when my mom suggested that I try on this dress that the store owner had selected a good half hour ago and placed on a hanger outside the fitting room.  It looked fine on the rack, nothing fantastic, but I still agreed.  Well, they laced it up, I walked out, and my mom and I both started crying.  Seriously.  We had one of those moments: that was it.  The dress I chose was Courtney by Maggie Sottero.  I loved the lightweight chiffon, the little bit of embellishment with the Swarovski crystal belt, and the asymmetrical design.  That day, I also selected a veil and hair comb that both coordinated with the beading on my dress.  I was good to go!  Now, flash forward 11 months and a few alterations later to September 20th... 

The extras of the day:

Something old (the blue handkerchief that belonged to my Nona)...
The rose amethyst bangle was also my wedding present from Mike.

Something new from my dad...

Something borrowed from Mike's mom jewelry collection...


Something blue, a new Pandora bead, to go on the bracelet his mom bought me, from Mike...

And it was time to get dressed!
There was one downside to the dress.  The white backing behind the corset (can be seen in the second photo) slid up all day.  My poor MOH and sister-in-law, Laura, spent a good amount of time up my dress, moving it back down.  We're a close family...

 For every downside, there's an upside, right?  I could even swing a golf club in this one! Score!

All the Details:
Dress, Veil, and Hair Comb purchased from: East West Bridal
Shoes: Evelixa in Grape
Rings: Tacori
Bridesmaid Dresses: Long Strapless Chiffon Dress in Oasis
Flower Girl Dress: Tea Length Organza Dress in White with Satin Sash in Oasis
Photographer: Carrie Draghi Photography
Hair and Makeup Artists: Blushing Brides
Flowers: Frugal Flower
Nails: Mamas 'N Divas Nail Lounge
Mike's Tux: Calvin Klein from Men's Wearhouse with vest and tie in Regency (as pictured)
All photos © Carrie Draghi Photography

18 comments:

Jillian Manesh said...

i love your dress! so gorgeous! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

Jen said...

Your dress is amazing!!

Rebecca Jo said...

I've been so excited waiting for wedding pics :)
You look so gorgeous! I love your dress.
It's so funny how you think you know what you want until you start trying on dresses.
That one picture where you & your hubby are looking each other - the guy behind him - his face? I laughed :) haha

Kristina said...

AMAZING! The dress is gorg!!! It fit you perfectly!!! Love the accessories too!!! Pictures are gorgeous!!!

Lisa C said...

Your dress was perfect! And the silhouette is so flattering. Had no idea you're 5'0 in that dress.

Brett Limoges said...

wow, your dress looks amazing on you! And I love your veil.

totravelandbeyond said...

everything looks so beautiful! You really rocked your dress.

Kristyn said...

I love that dress. What a great story too! I need to write up a dress post after all my recaps are done. I ended up with an all lace dress - after I thought I wanted one that had beading all over it. It's funny how that works!

Carly Blogs Here said...

Your dress is stunning, and I can't even get over how beautiful your bouquet is! Isn't it funny how the idea of the type of dress we thought we wanted doesn't always translate to what we really want once we try things on.

Kelcie said...

Love your dress but I love all of your additional touches and accessories. They all seem so special and thought out!

Julie said...

Is your club purple? I love it!!

Alex said...

Love this post! definitely the best post i've read all day :)

- Alex @ Radiating Sunshine
alexmhons.blogspot.com

Vickie said...

LOL. Well my panty hose slid DOWN all day. xxoo

crazyperfectlife said...

I love dress! It looks amazing on you!

Jen said...

Gorgeous dress! You looked beautiful!! The crystal belt is my favorite and I also LOVE your shoes.

Ericka said...

The dress is gorgeous and looks perfect on you! Such a beautiful bride!

Kate @ Daffodils said...

Meg- Embarrassingly, I have not been by in a while- how perfect you looked on your wedding day! I love the dress and all the details so much. I also tried on several dresses and was between two I didn't 'hate' when the shop owner pulled one that had too much sparkle for me...turned out to be perfect! Those ladies know what they are doing for sure.

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