You probably won’t be surprised to hear this: shopping for my wedding dress was one of my favorite aspects of planning the wedding (shocker!). While it took six different bridal salon trips, I finally found The One at White Swan Bridal in Vienna, VA. Today I’m continuing my SMT wedding series with a closer look at my dress, shoes, hair, and more!
Finding the dress: I almost overlooked this Luna Novias gown because it was lace and strapless — two things I wasn’t sure I wanted — but after I slipped into it and looked at myself in the mirror, I realized it hit everything I was hoping for: romantic, whimsical, textured, sweet, A-line, and it even had a train and buttons down the back. Throw on a sparkly belt and we had ourselves a wedding dress!
Savvy mother-of-the-bride tip: If your dress has a million buttons down the back like mine, buy a crochet hook to help you in and out of it. You can find crochet hooks at Michael’s — they were a life-saver! Although it did still take 3 sets of hands…
The heels: Let’s talk about the SHOES. I found these Pelle Moda turquoise heels on Zappos after a month or so of getting engaged. I hadn’t been wedding dress shopping and I hadn’t picked bridesmaid colors or dresses yet, but these heels stole my heart and I bought them without looking back. So fun!
Hair: My friend and hairdresser Meghan with PR at Partners gave me a soft updo and instead of a veil, I went with really simple (and affordable!) flower pins by Nina from Nordstrom. PS – Doesn’t the hubs look handsome in his Bonobos suit?
Make-up: I decided to save a little $ and do my own make-up. To make sure I didn’t fudge it up, I had a make-up artist at the MAC counter show me her tips. I felt armed and ready on the big day, and loved knowing I still looked like myself, just amped up a tad.
The perfume: I’ll admit, I picked out this perfume (Philosophy Love Sweet Love) because it smelled good and because of the sweet name.
The bustle: I quickly discovered one awesome perk of a dress with a train: the pretty bustle! I had a French bustle, which held up nicely through a full night of dancing!
Bridesmaids: A bride’s look isn’t complete without a few gorgeous besties by her side. We selected these turquoise J.Crew bridesmaid dresses in silk chiffon. I originally considered grey dresses but am so glad I ended up choosing a bright happy color!
[All photos © Love Life Images]
SMT Wedding Series:
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