i’m not a huge follower of prince william or any other celebrity (would you call him that?) for that matter, but i found this interview very transparent and refreshing. did you know kate’s dress (the one by issa which she wore during this interview) sold out just hours after the engagement was announced in london?
the wait is over! if you’re a bride-to-be, and you’ve been following 100 Layer Cake’s blog, falling in love with the photos of their real weddings and unique diy ideas, then you have to check out their new website – 100layercake.com. it’s awesome.
one of the most useful resources on the site is the marketplace in which brides and grooms can post requests and vendors can bid on them. genius!
dear friends! please excuse the lack of blogging this past week. i had the most relaxing time at home in chicago with my family. i have to take a moment here and say i LOVE going home. wherever home happens to be – chicago, virginia, chicago again – my mom knows how to make any house feel comfortable and familiar. home will always be where my family is. we had the best time this week going about our annual traditions (stay tuned for an upcoming post!), reading by the fire, playing silly board games, watching Father of the Bride (yes, my dad and i cried – we love that movie!), AND wedding dress shopping!
and, sweet readers, i found THE one!
to be honest, i was pretty nervous about the whole experience. i love fashion and wanted something romantic and different from most of the gowns i’d seen in all the bridal magazines – but i still wanted to look and feel like a bride. that and a pretty strict budget had me worried that i might have trouble finding a dress in just one week’s time (the length of time i was home with my mom and sisters).
so with head held high and armed with my notebook of every inspiring photo, fabric swatch, magazine cut-out, wedding detail or whimsy that caught my eye, i braved my first appointment… and, it went incredibly well! the bridal consultants were cheery, my mom, sisters, and aunt were wonderfully supportive, and it was just plain fun to play dress up for an hour!
a couple pieces of advice for all you sister brides-to-be (hi ladies!) -
1. take photos of what you like (and perhaps, what you dislike) with you. this proved extremely helpful for me as i met with each consultant in an overwhelming sea of satin, tulle, and lace. knowing what i liked help cut down on wasted time trying on bedazzled ballgowns.
2. then stick to your guns! if you know you don’t want a mermaid gown, let the consultant know (and then tell her again, nicely, when she brings you three mermaids she just thought you’d adore).
3. bring only the few, the trusted, the smiling. as much as i wanted all my bridesmaids to participate in dress shopping, i really loved sharing the experience with just a few women from my family – my mom, my sisters, and my aunt. i purposefully wanted to go with them because i knew they’d make our time special. i brought my mom because, well, she is my mom and i couldn’t imagine trying on a wedding dress without her and because i trust her ability to tell me the truth in the most loving way (whether good or bad!). my sister Kirby because she is a protector of me – not only from others but also from myself. i knew if i started to freak out or feel ugly, she’d be the one to encourage me. my sister Audrey because she is hilarious and brings a necessary lightness to things. my aunt Carol because she has impeccable taste. seriously, the woman has incredible style.
4. take photos. at one point, i had one sister snapping away on my phone and another on the camera. at the time i thought it was overkill, but a few days later when i couldn’t remember if the dress i thought i loved had buttons in the back, they were a great help!
5. play! but don’t be afraid to make a decision. dressing up should be fun – so twirl, try on a veil, and enjoy feeling beautiful. but, and i wish i didn’t have to say this, you must know that the gown shopping must come to an end. it must. or you risk walking down the aisle in spanx and heels. let yourself choose and then never look back. i was so glad to only have one week to find a dress, especially after witnessing the complete meltdown of a bride in the room next to me who had been trying on gowns for over 6 months. the poor girl could not make a decision and was tearfully calling anyone who would listen to ask if she should go with the birdcage or elbow-length veil. she’d tried over 100 dresses. no girl needs to put herself through that kind of agony.
standing in front of the mirror in my dress, i could imagine walking down the aisle to this wonderful man i am so blessed to be marrying. i needed nothing more to convince me it was the one. now, if only june weren’t so far away!
unfortunately, because m checks this little blog of mine from time to time, i cannot post a photo of the dress i chose. i will have to reveal it post the big day!
in honor of the premier of Harry Potter 7 (which i may be attending tonight at midnight… fully decked out as a house elf), i had to post these striking photos of emma watson. can you believe this beauty couldn’t cut her hair for 9 years?! i think i would have gone pixie-short too once given my freedom. emma graces the covers of both the december issues of vogue uk and marie claire. isn’t the short hair fabulous?
Green Wedding Shoes had an amazing post about a do-it-yourself cupcake topping bar. i couldn’t resist re-posting. i love diy wedding food. the more choices for guests, the better. m & i are thinking of doing a mashed potato topping bar, complete with sweet potatoes, brown sugar, butter, white potatoes, cheese, bacon, you name it!
check out the entire post here!
i LOVE this dress from lela rose. it reminds me of royalty somehow. gorgeous.
i probably won’t wear a full skirt for my wedding, but i couldn’t help gawking at the beauty of the above lela rose gown. i love the tulle straps, don’t you? above two dresses are sarah seven, one of my favorite designers. would you wear a short gown for your wedding? it’s pretty trendy. i’m considering trying one for a getaway dress – i love that old tradition!
i’d love to know your thoughts!
just a few favorite dresses from Delphine Manivet. i am loving lace, backless, slouchy dresses lately. i will be wedding dress shopping next week in chicago, so check back in for some more wedding dress inspiration!
i adore this handwriting, perhaps more than any other. and these short quips are just so sweet, aren’t they? the calendar for april, may, june reads: “what if the stars began to shout their names.”
these posters are more iconic and modern. i can imagine hanging one in a guest bedroom. do you have any paper favorites i should know about?
i’ve been eyeing these sewn prints from etsy seller tastes orangey for quite some time now. i’d love to hang a few grouped together in my bedroom. just the right amount of delicately elegant, don’t you think?