The Planning of a Wedding: The Gown, Dresses and Suits

It's officially been five months since our beautiful fall wedding...and after a much-needed vacation from anything that has to do with wedding planning, I’m ecstatic to share some details with you.

Jared and I said all along the way that we wanted our big day to scream us. No matter what others thought or what Pinterest suggested, it had to do just that. And it did. This week, I'm going to share some of the background to the attire we chose.

THE WEDDING GOWN.

Oh my. What an experience! I had four months to find my dream dress...the one that I had never dreamt about until the day Jared proposed. I searched high and low for a dress that would fit my personality. Bohemian? No. Modern? Maybe. Simple? Perhaps. Extravagant? Nope.

I quickly realized -- the dress I envisioned didn't fit into one category and it wasn’t even made yet! It was actually in my head. I gained inspiration from the classic, yet gorgeous Houghton and Inbal Dror's ability to mix textiles, but I needed to put my own touches on it. I envisioned a long sleeved, low back lace crop top with a beautiful, smooth silhouette bottom. Not just any lace top though. Instead of the typical lace look - I wanted something that looked more like a white tattoo.

So on to the next search, a seamstress.

I was told to visit Maria of Romantic Creations Bridal Couture and I knew that I instantly had found my match. She has 30+ years of exquisite experience so I walked into her studio, explained my vision and she got it...instantly! She understood that lace just wasn't me, so she decided to cut each piece of lace out and place them by hand to create the tattoo look. Success!

She used a stunning 100% silk crepe for the bottom and even lined the inside with silk charmeuse to make it smooth and exquisite on the inside. The thought that went into this dress blew me away.

I can’t say enough about my dress. While having one made was a stressful experience at times, it was well worth it. The dress showed just enough skin, hugged me just right and most importantly...it was unique and I felt beautiful in it.

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I hadn't told anyone but three people in my life what my dress looked like so I gathered everyone outside the bridal suite for the big reveal. It was such a highlight to the day!

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THE EXTRAS.

Picking the jewelry and shoes was a cinch. I wanted neutral shoes with a thick heel and unique design . As soon as I saw the limited edition of Anthropologie’s Zari heel (with only my size left) I knew those were it. I also picked my necklace out in one day and found my gold and pearl bracelet at a vintage store in Louisville. I decided that morning to wear it.

The fur. It was given to me a few months before the wedding. It didn't even cross my mind until the day before and it ended up being a perfect fit.

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THE SUIT.

Unlike the pursuit of the perfect dress, Jared’s beautiful wool suit was found in five minutes at H&M San Francisco. The slim cut was perfect for him and his groomsmen and the color was timeless. We accented it with a crisp white French cuff shirt from Banana Republic. I wanted a monochromatic look so we styled it with a simple tie bar, a unique pocket square and the cuff links I gave him before the wedding. It was all brought together by the camel colored shoes and belt. Easy!

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THE BRIDESMAIDS.

There's a few ways to pick out bridesmaids dresses:

1. Pick out the exact dress and ask them to buy it.

2. Pick out the style of dress and let them be creative. 

3. Pick out the color and let them find a dress that fits them individually.

I chose the second option. Kinda. I watched every wedding around me pick blush or a neutral for their bridesmaid dresses and I wanted to go against the grain. So, I picked an ombre of colors including forrest green, teal and mint. They looked beautiful together and I'm a huge fan of pairing colors within a family.

I assigned each girl to a color according to their coloring and position in the line and said "Go!" But, quickly realized it was more of a "Go! Oh wait...come back. I want to pick which color and shape looks good on you. I'll pick options and you let me know what you think. Must be approved." Oh my.

Because of what I do for a living, what everyone was wearing ended up being a huge deal to me. So, after providing examples on a Pinterest board, encouraging one girl to design her dress and pushing another girl into a jumpsuit (my personal staple), everyone represented their style perfectly. 

And all the colors looked great with the Groomsmen's suits.

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THE FABS. (I HATE THE NAME "HONORARY BRIDESMAID")

I quickly ran into a dilemma because I also have a dear group of girls that I've grown up with since I was five years old. We call ourselves "The Fab Five". Although we don't see each other on a regular basis because of our different locations, we've been through everything in life together. I needed a special spot for the Fabs. And they were not to be called "honorary bridesmaids". What is that anyway?!

After much thought, we found their role. Both Jared and I lost our moms to cancer. The Fab Five was dearly loved by my mom and they understood her crazy fun ways. I chose these girls to open the ceremony by having them walk before the bridesmaids and by closing the ceremony - symbolizing their friendship from the beginning to the end. 

But even more importantly than that, we chose two of them to lay their flowers on our mother's open seats and the last fab put her flower in a vase in front of the alter symbolizing our family unity. We wanted to honor our moms in a unique way, but knew we couldn't do it ourselves. The Fabs did it perfectly for us!

The shade of orchid with red accent shoes complemented the Bridesmaid's dresses. I later found out that all the color combinations of my wedding matched Burberry's Spring/Summer 2015 line. Woohoo!

One of the Fabs live in Nashville so she was a Matron of Honor. Another lovely name, eh?

One of the Fabs live in Nashville so she was a Matron of Honor. Another lovely name, eh?

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THE LITTLE FOLKS.

I wanted my nephew, the ring bearer, to have the same color combination as the groomsmen. I reversed the look by putting him in a dark dress shirt, light blue suit jacket, light blue bow tie and the cutest camel colored shoes. I designed the flower girl's dress and a dear friend, Joan, made it for me in record time. I gave it a vintage look with the cut and the knee highs, but added a modern flair with gold oxfords and a top bun.

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Be sure to stay tuned for the next post that includes invites, programs, wedding food, alters, flowers, and all of our personal touches!

All photos taken by the one and only Teale Photography

 
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