In October, after we signed our catering contract, James and I literally halted all wedding planning. It wasn’t intentional, but I will be honest, it’s intense and I am incredibly relieved that we have (had) a long engagement. But with that being said, there has inevitably been a few wedding updates to share before full fledged planning starts again in January.
1. Our engagement pictures came in! They are absolutely stunning and breathtaking. If anyone is looking for a fabulous photographer who has ties on both the east and west coast, I recommend Mary Costa. She captured our relationship so perfectly. This is one of our favorite:
You can view more at: http://marycostaphotography.com/blog/engaged-sara-james/
2. My dress came in! Alterations won’t start until the summer, but clearly I wanted to try it on beforehand. Compared to the sample dress, this one just fits so much better. And trying it on put to bed all the nightmares I had that it was black or had spikes sewn down the side (who knew I would actually dream about that!). However, the dress JUST fits. So I will definitely need to maintain my current weight (and maybe lose a pound or two).
3. James “proposed” to all of his groomsmen. If I can, I will make him post about this. If I can’t, hopefully I get around to sharing!
Pinterest, Say Yes to the Dress and many other bridal websites and magazines make dress shopping nearly impossible. At least for me that is. I liked so many styles and was left completely clueless, the opposite of what I was trying to do by looking! A few months ago I fell in love with a Justin Alexander tea-length gown. It was a little above my price point, but I was enamored.
I finally found a shop that carried the dress and made a journey to Danvers, Mass. to try it on. The dress itself was gorgeous. On me it was a bit of a let down. I hated it. I ended up pulling 8 bridesmaid dresses to try on instead, the only sheath style the store carried, and the style I realized looked best on me. Bridesmaid dresses are appealing because of their price as well. I fell in love with this one.
Flash forward a couple of weeks and I decided to check out a bridal shop in Hyannis. I walked in, expecting to just see some additional dresses and try on the coveted bridesmaids dress. The shop owner listened to what I didn’t like in a dress, my vague sense of what looked good on me and got to work. She pulled many beautiful, simple dresses, and then she pulled a Casablanca. I wasn’t too sure of it. It had a shoulder, and didn’t have a sweetheart neckline. But I agreed to try it on because what’s the worse that could come of it?
This one-shouldered dress was the first I tried on and nothing compared to it. It was BEAUTIFUL on me. I was shocked. Other dresses looked amazing, and were flattering, but nothing compared to this. I kept coming back to it. It even paled in comparison to the bridesmaid dress. Without having any intention of buying a dress, I put half down. I could continue to go dress shopping (which I really dislike!). I could continue to find dresses online that were similar, and probably more expensive. Or I could stop here, with the perfect dress and move on to the next part of planning.
Now we’re waiting to hear back on the exact date that the venue is available for us, and everything will start to fall into place.