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What I Want

Monday, May 18th, 2009

On Saturday… I graduated.

I am now an official alumna of Sam Houston State University. I’m going to miss it.

So, of course with graduating, we had parties all week long that we went too. And from each of these events, I took something away that I want for our shin-dig.

At all of these places, we realized how much we wanted to just relax. At these parties, it was achieved (and brilliantly, might I add!).  At the Stardust Room it was cheap drinks and good friends to laugh with. At Doug’s graduation party, it was a picnic with his family and Chet’s family. Lots of wonderful DIY stuff that made it special. At mine, it was casual and lovely.

My parents (and Aunt and Charlotte) rented a lakehouse and decorated it in a beautiful way. When we walked in, there were candles and family waiting to surprise me.

And all of these atmospheres are what we want to accomplish… somehow.

Don’t know how, but we will.

For now, I am in Indiana with Jan, and we are working on my dress over the next two weeks. Yup, she is creating my wedding dress. I am just avoiding being stuck by pins and making her laugh so much she’s losing her voice. It’ll be a great vacation.

Dress Conundrum

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

So much is going on. The wedding stuff was really quiet, and then all of a sudden… it just took off!

Let’s start with dresses.

On Saturday, two members of my bridal brigade went with me to look at dresses! We went to this cute little bridal shop (with some odd employees) and tried stuff on.

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See these? This was like a $300 prom dress. Jessi (Origami Goddess, the one making the 1000 cranes) had to try it on, and might I say, she looked fabulous! I think I shall make these my bridesmaid dresses.

Okay, for real though. A dress. For me. For the wedding. I suppose I should probably get on that. We found one that I really like:

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That’s not me, by the way. That would be my dear friend Lindsey (aka, hometown support-ress). Doesn’t she look beautiful?! I can’t fit into their god awful sizes. For example, this was supposed to be a size 14. She had to suck in and squeeze to fit.

Anyway, it’s pretty! It’s actually a bridesmaid dress, which  helps make the cost pretty much amazing. I love how it looks; I like the lacy-ness of it, and the detail. I like that the bottom of it (which you can’t really see here) has little crystals attached.

However, before I make my final decision, there are two other dresses that I want to see:

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The Vivian Leigh from Siri

I did try this one on. And it’s super cute. And I could definitely wear it again, which is a plus. And look at that back! I love it! And the cut shoulders… ah love. However, it’s a little bit more than I had planned on spending.

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The Paige by Jenny Yoo

I haven’t seen this one in person yet. I’m actually not sure how I found it, but I do like it. I just want to see it. Again,I could wear it after the wedding (which is awesome!!)

And then, I started looking online…at etsy.com I really like that website, fyi.

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The first one just looks super comfortable. It’s ALOT more than I want to spend, but it just looks amazing. I love the flowy-ness of it. And pairing it with an adorable jacket… I love it. Chet doesn’t.

The second one is über cute too. It’s shorter then I would want, but in the same price range as all the others. Since it’s etsy, the people are willing to work with you. I also like the fact that it’s made by someone here (as in America), and they’re hand sewn by the person I order it from.

Ah, decisions.

So then, I spoke with Angie about looking for a dress. And I told her how Chet and I are wanting to keep things locally done by people we love and care for. For example, a cake by my boss, a friend doing the em-cee-ing, friends doing the music for the wedding, (probably) a dear friend officiating. With that said, we talked about how our tailor won’t make wedding dresses, because they are just so blasted difficult to do. But, when I told her what I was wanting she said “well! ask so and so to do it! she’s a great seamstress, and something simple like that, I’m sure she’d do it!”.

Ah, be still my heart.

I love the idea of keeping things local — whether that may be in Huntsville or Austin.

Ah… Dresses

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

I like dresses. I like the big cupcake dresses with trains that require little children to carry them down the aisle. I like dresses that swish when you walk in them. I like dresses with big designs and colors. I like dresses that are A-line, low cut, empire waist, sweetheart, halter top, etc. etc. etc. I really could go on and on.

However, for me, there is really only one dress.

I’m in love with the 50′s. I may not be the housewife type, but I love the style, the music, the life. Ah, it just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Anyway, I am also addicted to stumbleupon and found a new feature that it has: ‘stumbleupon weddings’!!! So, on Tuesday, after making this discovery, I stumbled onto wedding blogs, ideas, ‘dressmakers’, dresses, cakes, article… everything wedding related that could possible be found on the Internet. I did this for twelve hours (12!) mind you. That was a very long time. When I went to bed, I was dreaming about taffeta, in vivid pastel like colors, diy-ing stuff, and of course about jordan almonds. It was almost nightmarish. So, I stayed away from wedding stuff yesterday, [which coincidentally was a day off of work!]

Okay, so all of this leads me to one gorgeous website I found call Stephanie James Couture. And guess what?! She totally designs 50′s type dresses and accessories! Uh, yeah, sign me up!  I have to say, I flipped when I found her website and subsequently bombarded my dear lover with lots of links and pictures. Ah, it was glorious.

The first dress I came across and loved was the Betty. And then there was the Audry. And then there were suits, and pill box hats with netting, and peacock feathers… oh my! Ah, feel the fuzzies! The tea length would be amazing for our *possible* wedding site, and the look is so classic. Chet and I really like the first one (called Mrs. Kennedy) for various reasons. One being that I could actually wear my wedding dress again… at church, or picnic with kids, or, whatever! ;-)

And then add cute pillbox hats with adorable shoes, and I am in. There are two little insy issues, though: 1. I have a wedding dress 2. SJ Couture dresses range from 1200-4000 a piece… which is about the budget for my wedding. Hehe. Just little problems.

The wedding dress that I currently have [pictures to come later] is beautiful. It really is. But my taste has changed since that dress was purchased for about $150 back in the day. So here are my thoughts: if I want to wear it anyway, it’s gonna need some major tailoring, changing up, and all around alterations. Why not alter it in my 50′s style?! It’ll cost probably around $500 to change up, but I’m good with that. It’s definitely cheaper than $1200.
:)