Category Archives: The Dress


Today is a big wedding milestone day! I got my shoes and picked up my wedding dress.

I was really inspired by this post over on The Budget Savvy Bride. I really feel like this bride’s style is close to mine. Elegant, but fun. I immediately fell in love with her shoes and she was kind enough to let me know where she purchased them and that they were still available.

I jumped onto and purchased the shoes right away.

Peeptoes are my favorite style of shoe. I think it gives that perfect glimpse of toe cleavage and is super flattering. I will definitely move into flip-flops as the night progresses, but as you can probably tell from our engagement photos, shoes are a major part of my wardrobe.

Picking up my wedding dress was a lot less eventful this time. This dress fits perfectly (despite the cookie diet I’ve been on lately) and is not missing any eye hooks.  I really do love my wedding gown and can’t wait for Travis to see me in it!

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Trash the Dress

Trash the Dress is a new phenomenon in wedding photography where brides have photos taken in their wedding gown, sometimes days after the actual wedding, in situations where the dress is most likely going to get dirty or destroyed.

Here’s a great slideshow of Trash the Dress photos.

What do you think about Trash the Dress?

I never thought I would be one of those girls who gets completely invested in my wedding gown, but after spending all that money and falling in love with a gown I can’t imagine myself rolling around in the surf just to get some unique photos.


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Operation Second Wedding Dress

Mmmmmkay. So the second wedding dress did not go as planned. It arrived from David’s Bridal – beautifully packaged, surprisingly. I tried it on and immediately realized that there was a little too much decolletage showing. I’m not scared of cleavage, but this dress is not something that I would have felt comfortable dancing in around my parents, brother, grandparents and various other family members and friends who don’t need (or want, for that matter) to see the Ta-Tas.

So now I’ve got to find another second wedding dress.

Also, I should admit that I did read the reviews about this dress on Davids Bridal and many, many women wrote about how low this V-Cut dress is. I however, in all my stubborness, decided that this would not apply to me.

Yeah, about that.

I should have taken heed. It was a gorgeous dress and would have been perfect except for the part where my boobs were barely covered. That was a small problem.

I’ll be looking for something similar, in the same price range, and more coverage for the, ahem, girls.

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Second Wedding Dress

Prepare for wedding gluttony.


I bought a second wedding dress.

My wedding planner had suggested I think about a second dress because brides on St. Croix often opt for a traditional gown only to be overcome by the heat about halfway through the reception. At first, I thought this sounded a tad too much.

Truly? A second wedding dress? Possibly a way for the wedding industry to find just one more way to separate me from my hard earned dolla dolla bills?

Then I tried #1 dress on again and boy, was it heavy! Heavier than I had remembered.

Not my first or second wedding dress, but perfect for a NASCAR theme

Not my first or second wedding dress, but perfect for a NASCAR theme

Of course, my wedding budget is not gigantic and I’m a bargain shopper so I started looking around with the mindset that I would only purchase a second dress if it was a deal.

Ta-Da! David’s Bridal delivered an amazing bargain from their sale section. A much less formal, less traditional gown for only $110! Now that was a deal I could get behind. Plus, the second dress is something that I may be able to wear again.

Did I mention the dancing? No? Well, I fully intend on shaking my moneymaker (but not in a dirty, trashy way – Wedding Pet Peeve #3) at our reception. I’m thinking the light weight dress will make that a lot easier.

I’m still waiting for the dress to get here so I can try it on. Crossing my fingers that it fits!

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Dress Update

Yesterday, I headed down to Alfred Angelo to pick up my dress. It took about 2 1/2 months for it to be made and shipped.

In my mind I had built up trying my wedding dress on like it was going to be magical. Like I would walk into the store and there would be my dress. The train flowing across the floor, the beautiful fabric glowing as an aura of light shined from above.

Huh. Dis-a-ppointment.

The store lady brings my dress out. It is wrapped in a normal looking plastic garment bag. It is surrounded with tissue paper and has been wrapped around itself so it would ship better (I’m assuming). It comes out of the bag and it is a wrinkly, gorgeous mess. Like really wrinkly. No, really.

The store lady leaves me with Sylvia (my future sister in law) who helps me into the dress.

Two initial thoughts:

A) It is heavier than I remembered.

B) I’m still completely in love with it.

Then we got to play with my veil. Yes, I overpaid and got suckered in, but the veil really tops it off.

After copious amounts of brainstorming hair styles with Sylvia, fidgeting with the veil and getting the oohs and ahhs from the bridal store ladies, it was time to take the dress off. Back in the dressing room, Sylvia noticed that there was something funky with the built-in corset.

The culprit

The culprit

On one side there were 11 eye hooks and on the other side there were 12. I didn’t think much of it. To be honest, I was secretly hoping that they would give me a discount for the minor mess up. When we showed the ladies in the store they were outraged and insisted that the dress be sent back and possibly even remade.

To me that kind of seems silly, but the ladies were insistent. My dress got zipped back in it’s bag and is being sent back to the factory or wherever they mass produce Alfred Angelo dresses.

At least I got to try it on.

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