Ok peeps it's DRESS TIMEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
I got my dress hanger from my sister for Christmas. She purchased it from LilaFrances on Etsy. Who now has a serious wait list.
Look at those gorgeous details!
My dress was less than $400 bucks and from a random tiny shop in southern Indiana. I would NEVER do it differently. Before the wedding, I wondered. Was it THE dress for me? After wearing it to marry my man, there is NO question. I just adore it.
Look at her!!! Paige the dress! (Read here if you don't know why I just called her Paige.) I had a bolero commissioned on Etsy but ended up not wearing it (I wanted to wear it to church for modesty) since it was HOT in our church.
Remember how I said I looked super-special "diving" into my dress? Here's proof...
I even told Erin that I wasn't sure I wanted these pictures. There are multiple ones of me with a bag over my head to protect my makeup and dress from each other. They will not be shown. I'm not graceful.
My bestie H helping me... isn't she seriously gorge?
These next few black and white pictures are from Bridesmaid A. I was pretty intense.
Sister/MOH R helped as well. And I sipped water.
It's hard work getting into a dress.
Our photographer Erin had to step in and help. My amazing wonderful seamstress begged me to have someone come to a fitting to learn how to lace me up. I didn't have anyone... the only people I wanted to get ready with were my family, best friends, and bridesmaids. Who all live in NJ or similarly far from Indiana. Sooooo I was SOL. Luckily Erin has done like two gazillion weddings and was really helpful.
Once that dress was on, I put on my jewelry...
(Putting on this bracelet solo is HARD!)
Here's my necklace WITH EXTENDER for my sausageneck!!!!!!
This pic is from A as well... it's us with Crystal. Seriously we all LOVED her!
Back to professional photos... here I am with Bridesmaids L and A. I didn't get the memo as to who was taking the picture.
More paparazzi... my beautiful amazing sister M:
And my fantastic greeter/guestbook gals, AP and Em. Who are both Jewish (I attended both Bat Mitzvahs! Way back when I was EVEN MORE awkward!!!!!) which made me giggle when I asked them to be the smiling faces at the church :)
Guess what happened next? Well first I dealt with a frantic phone call (not photographed, but you'll find out soon...) and then, our first look photos!