the most beautiful wedding dress

When I first saw this Pnina Tornai wedding dress, I seriously got butterflies. It’s the most beautiful dress I’ve ever seen. (That’s a bold statement, especially for me: Miss Picky Paula.) And then I realized it was from the wedding of the amazingly talented photographers davina + daniel and it made me love it even more. Makes me want to get married all over again, but this time in Mexico.

(Photos by Ben & Erin Chrisman via Style Me Pretty.)

feminine springtime dress

I’ve been surprisingly busy this week. I’ve been working on a residential project in Central Jersey, so a lot of my time has been spent picking out the right greige paint, or the perfect buttery leather to go on a vintage club chair. I am really loving collaborating with the designer I’m working with, and it’s given me a whole new appreciation for my peers in the industry.

I’m happy to have something to keep me occupied so I don’t go totally wedding crazy. There’s about 2 and a half months left and I can’t stop thinking about everything that needs to be done. For someone who didn’t get the wedding gene, I am very much enjoying it. (shh.. don’t tell anyone!) Today I bought this flirty, feminine dress (on eBay!) for my bridal shower and/or rehearsal dinner. I love the feminine neckline that dresses up a more casual knit material. I have a lot of Banana Republic dresses because they just fit me so well. I can’t wait to pair it with my nude patent pumps!

i found my wedding dress!

I am very particular and indecisive when it comes to insignificant things. For instance, a few years ago my parents gave me a digital camera for Christmas, but I wasn’t sure if I liked it because the corners were a little bit rounded. There’s also a specific wooden spoon that I like to cook with, but only because it has a thin handle. See? Told you. Insignificant.

So, can you image how long it took me to find a wedding dress? I think I started about 5 months ago, and after almost 50 dresses, I’ve finally found “the one”. I didn’t cry, or jump up and down. But as soon as they cinched in my waste with the standard bridal-salon-home-depot-clips,  I knew it. It’s a fitted mermaid gown with a rouched bodice and simple, classic train. Here’s a sneak peak.

Every bridal consultant looked at me like I was nuts when I said I wanted little to no glitzy beading, and no tulle. Isn’t that what all bridal gowns are made of?! It was like a needle in a hay stack, but I found it.

I’ve been to “just a few” places to try on dresses and I put together a list of tips to make the experience more enjoyable:

1. Even though it’s tempting to show up on Sunday in your comfy yoga pants and a pony tail, I’ve found that when I did my hair and make up it gave me a better outlook on dress shopping.

2. If you’re being negative about the process, reschedule your appointment. I needed to be positive and patient to enjoy the experience.

3. DO NOT GO WITH TOO MANY PEOPLE. It’s temping to invite every woman you know, but you’re the only person who knows what you like. Trust yourself, and do not listen to others opinions. I learned this the hard way.

4. Wear cute undies. You spend a good part of the appointment in your skivvies, and it’s easy to feel vulnerable. Wearing something cute makes it much less awkward.

5. Do not try on dresses outside of your budget. Even if it’s $500 over and you think this could be an issue. You’ll end up crying in the fitting room… while in your cute undies.

the girl in the purple dress

Somewhere along the many sites I visit, I came across ModCloth and I’m loving their inventory! I love this dress  for my four bridesmaids as a sexy and sophisticated cocktail dress. (The only negative is that you can’t really wear a bra and it doesn’t look like it has much support.) We’re having our wedding in a non-traditional location, so I’m thinking that a shorter flirty number similar to this would be perfect for the occasion!

modcloth

modclothe

Check out that back! It’s so sexy!

all things white

So the “blizzard” over here on the east coast didn’t amount to nearly as much as the bundled up weather people anticipated. (Shocker!)  We only got about an inch or so where I live, so this didn’t stop me from going wedding dress shopping with Dana. She’s pretty hard core and is really excited about having all things wedding surround her. (It’s almost as cute as she is!) I found two really great options, and I think I may have found “the one”. It didn’t make me cry, but it made me feel like myself, only sexier.  It’s going to take some time to think about it, but I think I’m in love with the strapless, mermaid dress. Sigh.
Baum an Feldweg im Winter

(mandr.)

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