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I’m happily married, and I never plan on donning a wedding gown EVER again, but I still gave a little squee of delight when I received an email from Free People introducing their new wedding line Ever After. Lace and bows and billowy fabric, oh my!
I LOVE that these dresses still maintain the bohemian Free People aesthetic while still being undeniably wedding-y. I am a huge fan of people wearing whatever they want when they get married, but it should feel special. Fingers crossed, you only do this once. Side note: can we talk about how gorgeous the flower anklets in photo number 2 are? I may need to make some for myself and then find somewhere to wear them. Too much for the grocery store?
I like the idea of clothing that requires a wearer. Tulle ballgowns and sharply tailored suites look stunning on a hanger, but there are lots of clothing that look like a lumpy mess until they find someone to “activate” them. More of a symbiotic relationship than a partnership. This gorgeous wedding dress is one of those items.
It reminds me of a quote from the Secret Lives of Dresses:
“I didn’t really didn’t know that I was a dress built for dancing, though, until she started dancing by herself. She’d put me and the music on and just spin and spin…A knife cuts and a hose waters and I help her dance. That’s how it is”
And yes, like I said, I know this is supposed to be a wedding dress, but it would be shamefully limiting – that dress was made to dance.
All images from oncewed.
To all my wonderful friends planning a wedding, look at all the pretty things! A few weeks ago I got an email from Anthropologie introducing BHLDN Weddings; a combination website and traveling trunk show (check locations here). I wish this had been around when Andy and I were tying the knot, so many pretty things.
They’ve got a little bit ever everything wedding dresses, non-wedding dress, decor, keepsakes, shoes and even stationary. Even if you aren’t getting married it’s worth taking a look since many of the items don’t have to be “wedding only”. Oh, and they have inspiration pages as well.
All images from BHLDN Weddings.
I have to admit, I am a bit of a chicken when it comes down to making decisions that will upset the people I care about. For years I only got tattoos in places that could be easily covered, removed some of my piercings before going to certain events, and even kept my clothing choices a bit more sedate than I would probably like. I’m not blaming my loved ones, nobody can make these decisions but me, but sometimes I wish I had more guts.
When Andy and I got engaged my first instinct was to elope or have a very very small wedding. After a few long talks and much consideration, we both realized that our discomfort at being the center of attention for a day would be a small price to pay for the chance to celebrate and make memories with so many of the people we love, and to have them all in one place at the same time.
What does all this have to do with the striped wedding dress below? Well, more than you’d think actually.
Choosing a wedding dress was probably the most stressful decision I had to make throughout the entire wedding process. I had to factor in potential weather conditions, the fact that we were having an outdoor ceremony, body issues, and all sorts of other things that had to be balanced ultimately with what I wanted. Seeing this striped wedding dress made me think about how much things have changed over the years and how amazing it is that brides today have the option of not only unconventional colors but patterns as well. It makes finding the dress all the more special.
I feel like a princess in my wedding dress, to me it is the perfect combination of traditional and modern, even though the dress I picked up after my last fitting was back to the more sedate ivory (A long story with deception and intrigue I will tell you all about as soon as I can post the dress pictures).
Images from here.
The last few days have been really rough. We had our crazy 14 hour Atlanta wedding dress trip this past weekend. My dress is beautiful, the wrong color and about 6 inches to large in the bust and about 4″ in the waist, but beautiful. Remember Friday how I was sort of wishing that I had a blush colored gown? Well, now I do. The champagne and ivory color combination we ordered came back decidedly blush toned, and the consequently the veil that we had paired with it doesn’t really match anymore. So now I am stuck trying to find new shoes(my darling little blue ones are going to be part of the “going away” ensemble) revising my hair and make up and still trying to make all of the last minute details fit together with yet another tax deadline looming. Bonus, i’m sick and not able to sleep more than four hours a night.
However, all that being said, we met with our wedding florist last night and she did not disappoint. Edna spent more than an hour talking to us about her ideas, our ideas, and how to get the most for our budget. I think by the time we were done Andy was even a little excited. Working with Edna has been the high point of our planning process. It is really wonderful to get the chance to work with someone who is still completly in love with their craft.
Below are some detail shots of the roses that will be the centerpieces on the buffet tables. The rich velvety blooms weren’t part of our initial plan, but with some revisions they’ll blend in nicely with the profusion of purples and pinks we have planned. Oh, and i’m even going to get my thistles for the bridal bouquet!
Tomorrow i’ll post the photos we have of the centerpieces, sans muffins of course, but still. Edna’s flowers were so fresh and lovely and she was kind enough to send up home with several of my new favorite rose.
Photos by Vylette
Flowers by A Touch of Class Florist