Thursday, June 18, 2009

Dresses =)

Just a few shots and details about "the dress".....

I found my dress the day BEFORE we got engaged {completely clueless he was about to ask}! I made an appointment just for fun at a few local bridal shops. Just to check them out....since I was just soooooo anxious =) I made an appointment at Ocone's on August 22nd. {great place by the way!} I had no intentions of finding anything or trying anything on. I KNEW whatever I bought had to be Pronovias or Watters&Watters. My two most favorites. I had never been dress shopping or even so much as seen one of these two in person. I strolled through the Pronovias and Watters gowns just about ready to fork out $2K for one of them! They were so beautiful......but after finding a handful of gowns I liked.....the consultant suggested I look in the clearance section. Rarely do I pass up a clearance section in any store, being the clearance rack magnet that I am. They just seem to find me.

So I found this beauty....100% silk shantung gown by Watters & Watters {forgot the style number} for $499! I couldn't be more extactic. But it was a size 10!....and the bridal shop wanted to charge me over half the price of the gown for alterations! So I took it to a friend my wonderful Sis-in-love found out about, a mutual friend who had worked in a bridal shop for years! =) I paid only a third of what the bridal shop wanted. And it fit like a glove, I couldn't be happier! Also it was perfect for a bolero jacket that I wanted, it had a plain bodice so it came together beautifully. I ordered extra material from Watters & Watters and had another lady make my jacket. I couldn't have been happier with the way it looked!

once again...photography by Sam Hassas....check out his blog too =)

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Remember the last post, I mentioned we got ready at Stephen's house {now our house}. The shot above was taken in our bedroom =)

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The patch I had made to put in the dress.....LOL I totally forgot about it until the last minute so I had to barely stitch it in there myself!

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LOVE the detail!

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I like this one.....you can see the beautiful texture of the silk.

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I did alot of this that day- laughing! This broach was a true beauty. I was at my seamstress's house trying the jacket on, and I mentioned how I can't wait to see how it looks with a broach... y'know the "full effect". She came in with a box of her own and pulled this one out and voila! It matched perfect and complemented the diamond shaped applique on the waist. My "something borrowed" =)

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A shot of the dress and purse in action =)

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The evening bag I used at the reception, and when we went downtown for pictures. Probably my favorite accessory of the day. My mom & I searched everywhere for a bridal clutch until she finally found this one the week before the wedding at Forever 21! It carried my iPhone, camera, lip gloss, and a few other necessities. Perfect!

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My beautiful shoes. Comfortable enough, considering all the running around outside we did after the ceremony! {for pictures} This shot also shows the beautiful bridesmaid's dresses. I loved the material, it glistened in the light and complemented my dress well. I had them custom made, and ordered the material from Silkbaron.com {based in LA}. I HIGHLY recommend this website for any kind of silk, especially dupioni! BEST customer service and gorgeous silks. Also their prices are fantastic. The silk I used {antique blue} was only $10.50/yd! They are overall an outstanding company.

Here are a few more pictures of the girl's dresses.....

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These were the flower pins I had made for the girls to wear on their dresses. They looked adorable!

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Not professional of course....but the closest shot I could find! These were the BM shoes! So adorable., and only $5 each {clearance...and could you believe it...they had ALL 7 pairs in exactly every size I needed} at Baker's!!! Something everyone loved and could wear again!

Photobucket Flower girls were adorable! =) I LOVED the dresses! I about flipped when I saw them! I had them custom made too.....the style fit so well with a winter wedding! =)

Next in line: solo shots! =)

News Flash! The ugly $5 orange-padded yard sale chairs have been finished! I will post pictures and step-by-step how I did it....hopefully the beginning of this coming week! Also in the cooker I have more wedding stuff, and a few other crafty things I have been doing around my house. Fun stuff!