Via Style Me Pretty.
Shaner was in town last weekend. Thank god. I needed to have some time with her in the worst way. We had a ton of fun … maybe too much (ha! Just kidding. Impossible).
Anyway, we got to play dress up for a hot second. I finally got to try my entire outfit on together. Veil, dress, shoes, jewelry. All at once. For the first time.
No, sorry, you don’t get pics. This one’s actually a surprise. (I know! How could I do that to you?!? The nerve.)
But, let me tell you …
IT’S FREAKING AWESOME.
Also? Screw the pinwheels. I can’t pick. What about ribbons on dowels?
*** DISCLAIMER: IF YOU DON’T WANT TO SEE THE DRESS, STOP HERE ***
I got it back from the tailor. Calla did a fantastic job, and quite speedily. And I can’t be thankful enough for Lana and her generosity.
We decided the light was a bit bright, so Lana moved me to in front of a grey drape.
The petticoat is the exact same length of the skirt, so you can see it a bit when I move … but it’s especially amazeballz when I twirl.
So, I’ve thought and then unthought about doing a Trash the Dress sesh. I think it’s cool to be that ballsy, but I don’t like the idea of wasting the money that was spent on my dress, nor the time that was spent on it.
I mean, sure there are cool shots that can come of it,
And it may be cathartic in some ways. But it just seems like … a waste. In fact, when I first began mulling this over, Ariel wrote a very timely post that summed up they way I was feeling (here). But, still, it would be cool to do SOMETHING.
And then, I was reading through some various bride-y blogs and stumbled upon the term “Rock the Dress.”
Yep. Rock the dress. It’s essentially a day-after sesh, but rather than trash the dress, you ROCK the crap out of it.
After spending some time Googling the term, the fave description I came up with was from Classic Photographers out of Boston (yeah, Beantown!) who said:
“Rock The Dress? Trash the Dress? Is that what it sounds like? Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like! After the ceremony and all the festivities are done you slip into that beautiful dress one last time for a little photographic mischief making. The idea is to rock that dress one last time in a location that presents a contrast to its beauty, formality, and design – a lakeside dock, a city street, a rooftop, or even the ocean. The wilder the better – fields, alleys, abandoned buildings – go for it.
You can rock it with attitude like you’re doing a high concept shoot for French Vogue or trash it like a rock diva doing promos for your next music video – whether you ruin it by getting it wet, dirty, or tearing it up, or just stand in the water looking gorgeous in it the photos of you “Rocking” or “Trashing” will be memorable.“
I mean, yes, they were talking about both rocking AND trashing, but it’s a pretty rad concept. Like … hullo cover of Rolling Stone in my awesome attire. Shit yea.
Now to go work on my poses.
So, I was thinking about the petticoat on my skirt. You know, how I was going to get the ribbon trim? Kinda like
But, I was thinking, especially since I have the dress I have, maybe I should just cut out the existing petticoat and replace it with a blue one? I dunno, what do you guys think?
Ok, so horrible stuff aside, we’ve made some great strides in Weddingland.
I got the dress. I got the shoes. And they fit!!! But …
We’ve also booked our wonderful, amazing, fantastical photographer. Introducing …
The lovely Kat and her equally awesome husband, Justin, from Persimmon Images. Check ’em out:
I found Kat via The Broke-Ass Bride thebrokeassbride.com/, which is one of the awesome sites that have helped me maintain sanity.
Alllssssoooo … I’ve gotten some more brooches, which the beyond-all-amazingness Kath (aka Leigh’s mum) has been working on for me. But, my darlings, I need more. Keep those eyeballs peeled!!!
I’ve decided I’m doing a veil (gasp! shock!) and am still looking for a tiara.
Aaaaannnndddd … get readdy to dance everyone. And yes, girls, that means you. You’ll be shakin’ those boootttaaaayys down the aisle with Leigh’s homeboys. Song shall be determined at a later date, but I promise you’ll be OK with it. And yes, Jelly, we will drink beforehand. Don’t you worry.
I’m still working on hair ideas, and makeup … because, let’s face it, I’m NO pro with those face shades. And we’re finding Leigh SHORTS (yes, he’s decided shorts. I win?).
Get ready for some fun, Kids. And bring the Advil.
So, while down in SLC for the wretched hospital stuff, I was whisked away for an afternoon of distraction in the way of trying on wedding dresses. I had resigned myself to not trying them on because a) I figured I wouldn’t be able to afford anything; b) I hadn’t left Jackson in 2 years and figured I probably wouldn’t until the wedding; and c) I hate trying stuff on, I hate feeling under pressure and dress shopping seemed like the worst of both worlds. However, it was a way better experience than I had anticipated. So, I tried a few different styles on:
Then I ran into trouble. I had two dresses I really liked … one was ivory, which was my preferred color. And the other was white … but almost exactly like the Dolly Couture one I wanted. I was stuck.
When I put this one on … even with a veil and all … I had a total SQUEEEEEE moment. I knew it … and it was totally on the cheap, yo.
Isn’t it pretty????? I need to get a few things done to it, maybe shorten it a bit, add buttons, etc. But it came in WAYYYYY under budget and is PERFECT!!!! I even kinda like the veil. I dunno. But I also found my shoes! They aren’t exactly what I wanted, but pretty damn close.
So, as some of you may know, or some of you may not, I’ve been debating about the style of sweetheart neckline I want. Dolly seems to have two styles, one “standard” and the other a “modified”. I hadn’t seen pictures of the modified one, which is really just a bit of a tuck, a touch of rouching and voila! I originally liked the standard, but as I’ve seen more pics of it on real people, the more it looks like I would need glue to keep the girls in place. Plus, it kinda ‘folds’ at the top? weird.
While these are all beautiful brides and their dresses look fab on them, I just knowwwww this would drive me absolutely mad. Cuz, let’s face it, I’m a bit self-conscious about my jugs.
So, as luck would have it, I stumbled upon another bride who got the ‘tucked’ neckline and I was able to better suss out the particulars of that nuance.
so there ya have it!
It’s actually cut lace and appliqued on to the skirt. Specifically, it’s the lace on her sleeves. Freakin rad!