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a veil and a rose for my hair


“I’m looking for something in white
Something that shimmers in soft candlelight
Everyone calls us the most perfect pair
Should I wear a veil or a rose in my hair
Well,the train must be long and the waist must be tight
I’m looking for something in white.”

Oh Lorrie Morgan, you take me back . . .

We listened to this song on the way down to Portland.  The fourth line reminded me of the trip so I thought I’d share a little LM with you :). 

Anyway, backtracking a little,  my wedding dress finally came in and I got to go pick it up this weekend! I also got to see the little rose and feather hair pieces we ordered for me and the MOH for the first time 🙂

I ordered my dress back in October from this boutique and it was so good to see my little white lovely again – and in my size.  The dress was just as I remembered and it fit like a glove.  I thought I was going to have to get it altered . . . turns out not.  Good, one less thing for me to worry about.  No gaining weight though, so pressure is on and I am officially at war with the Reese’s Pieces.

While in the dress, we were able to play with the whole veil – jewelry – hair bits and pieces.
Got a good idea for the hair.
Got a good idea for the jewelry (bigger earrings, bracelet, no necklace). 
The veil . . . cost $165. *choke Not a typo either. 
I’m sure there are cheaper places to find a veil, but really, I want a plain one – go figure. A hair pick, a yard of tulle and some thread does NOT have to equal that much.  I’m only wearing mine down the aisle, then it’s coming off.  My dress has enough decoration on it (flowers and feathers) also, so I don’t need any rhinestones, lace or pretty edging on it anyway.
Trying to figure out other budget options, Micah (the FI’s cousin) suggested we look into making the veil ourselves.  My mom is quite the little sewer and so we both loved the idea right away.  Being able to say she handmade a part of my outfit is pretty cool and possibly something I can pass on to my sister or a daughter.  Nothing is better than handmade from the heart.  Anyway, off to the fabric store we went.
While there, we found true veil tulle, a hair pick and some personal instructions from the lady behind the counter.  The price tag, $10. No joke. Now mom just needs to experiment a little and we have ourselves a veil! How cool.
A video tutorial for any other DIY veil enthusiasts from the UK’s SEW magazine
Now, I just need my jewelry, shoes, corset and some lacey blue panties 🙂
I hope to have pictures soon!
Thank you Micah + Todd, mom and dad, T and G for a wonderful wedding weekend!
Looking for a veil too?


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Victory #4: The Dress

Hi readers, thank you, once again, for your patience.  I have so much I want to share with you.  I am going to attempt to post every weekday until I am caught up . . . if that is even such a state of being I’m capable of :)! Anyway. . .

How do you feel about feathers?

hideous feather dress 

Remember this post – about the cute little wedding dress boutique I visited in Portland where I thought I found my dream dress? Well, I re-visited it the weekend of the 10th {with my personal panel of judges} thinking this dress was the one I would be going home with . . . it wasn’t.

My style is simple, I usually have a good idea of what I’m looking for (some may call it picky buuuut whatever.  Tomato, ta-mah-toe . . .right? ).  Well, the dress I purchased wasn’t exactly what I had in mind when I daydreamed of “the dress”, but the feeling — that wonderful, smile-all-over-my-face sensation — when I put it on . . . that was the feeling I was looking for — it just came in an unexpected form.

So let me backtrack a little . . .

Indecisive. Inconclusive. Hesitant . . . whatever you want to call it, that’s me in a nut shell – annnnd I think my “dress panel” from that weekend can attest.  I tried on dress after dress. Same style. Same impression. Then the first few again.  And so on.  All were a different design {though barely} and each time I asked my panel – more than once – what they thought. 

Everyone seemed pleased with the options:

a no 2

  dress from last time   mermaid 

mermaid 2 

pretty lace 

Me, I just stared in the mirror, trying to figure out if I loved them (not like — love). **HINT** If you have to figure out if you love something or not . . . chances are, you DON’T!  I felt defeated and ready to compromise — chalking the feeling (or should I say non-feeling) up to wedding dress overload.

Then, it happened.

I was lucky enough to hit a 2BE Trunk Show at the boutique with the designer –Terri – IN HOUSE and acting as my personal dress-picker-outer to boot — whoa!  Anyway, after seeing my reaction to the current dresses, Terri asked, “how do you feel about feathers?”

. . . ummmm, no.

Feathers = disaster in dress form (i.e. the picture above, it popped in my head right away). Not really me. Not really our wedding vibe.  Not really practical.

Good thing she didn’t listen.

I was pleasantly surprised at the beautiful dress Terri carried in. I had mistaken “feathers” as extravagance, when they conveyed nothing but elegance. And man, when I put it on, that smile-over-my-face sensation hit.  I didn’t feel like I was wearing a prom dress, I felt like I was in a wedding dress . . . to quote Say Yes To The Dress, it had that “wow factor”.  So, check out my little white “wow” 🙂

front view

{“an english garden wedding dress…” – Terri}

side view

{L-O-V-E the bodice — hey Mar :)}

back of the dress

{see the flowers back here}


{bustled — this is what sold it for mom}


{the feathers are perfect}

I’ll admit, I had a little doubt later in the day {did I choose the right one?}, but looking back on the pictures and my options . . . I was happier than ever about my decision. 

Doubts are normal. We all have them.  Have faith in that feeling inside you.  When it all comes down to it, the man you love would marry you in a potato sack if he had to ;).

me and the designer

{thank you Terri}




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