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Jun 25, 2011

bradyandstacey

HERE COMES THE BRIDE

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THE DRESS ON THE BIG DAY

 

GETTING INTO THE DRESS 

 THE SHOE SHOT

THE FIRST LOOKS

Seeing myself for the first time in my full bridal look

My Mom seeing me for the first time in the full ensemble.

My Dad seeing me for the first time in full ensemble

DH seeing me for the first time

DH seeing me for the first time (up close), can you see his red eyes?  That's cause he Bawled the whole time!

BRIDAL PICTURES

I actually didn't get as many shots of these as I'd like, but that's okay, I like having DH with me in the photos!

 

 

 

THE PLANNING PROCESS!

THE VEIL

This was my very first wedding purchase and it wasn't planned at all.  I was in a bridal shop that was closing out, looking for a dress to wear to my MOH's wedding as I was her MOH and was told I could get whatever dress I wanted as long as it was brown.  So my mom and I went into this close-out sale and couldn't find any dresses.  So our eyes wandered over to the bridal section (even though I wasn't engaged at this point)  I was a bad girl and tried on one dress, (you'll get the full story on that a little later on) as well as a veil.  The veil was so beautiful, I had never seen anything like it, and it was marked down from $350 to $60, I couldn't say no!  So I bought the veil a full seven months before i was even engaged!

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THE DRESS

I AM SO IN LOVE WITH MY DRESS!  IT'S EVERYTHING I EVER IMAGINED IN MY DRESS! It's not what I had expected to buy though.

 For those of you who don't know the whole story....

Just like all little girls when they dreamed about their wedding day, I wanted a pouffy, sparkly wedding dress fit for a princess!  As time goes by, tastes change, I thought I wanted something more simple, elegant, clean and modern. 

By chance I fell in love with a jim hjelm ages ago, I even tried it on before I was officially engaged!  At the time I thought it was THE DRESS.  So I waitied and finally when I was officially engaged I went and tried the dress on again. It wasn't the way I remembered it, so I continued to try on some more dresses. 

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Then I found Jim Hjelm 8857, a simple trumpet dress with a sash and no embellishment.  Alot simpler than I had envisioned.  So I got my mom to come to town to see me in it, I was so excitied!!!!  She loved it as well, but encouraged me to try on more dresses. 

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LOL so THEN I tried on Jim Hjelm 8597 again, WE LOVED IT!  I was twirling around in the store, giggling like crazy.  My mom was going OOOHHH AHHH!  It was so fabulous we thought we had found the dress.  But the price was ALOT over $5000, about $2000 more than my absolute maximum budget.  So we decided to keep looking as we had another appointment that day at a different salon.  This would be the dress we would compare all others to. 

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The appointment at the other salon went terribly, horrible service, horrible dresses.  My heart was excited by the fact nothing came close to the jim hjelm we were in love with, but then it sank, because we knew we couldn't afford it.  We are walking back to our car and saw another HUGE bridal shop called LISA'S BRIDAL.  We weren't expecting to be allow to look at anything as we didn't have an appointment, but the salespeople were more than accommodating and encouraged us to come in and try stuff on.  The selection they had was fantastic!  There were lots of beautiful dresses that were elegant and in my price range.  I started picking up dresses to try on and giving them to my mom to take to the dressing room.  The third dress I picked up I knew it was the one.  But I kept looking and picking out other dresses so I wouldn't be biased.

I started trying on the dresses loving lots of them but saving the one that caught my eye on the rack to try on in the middle.  Well... i knew it was the one on the rack, and I knew it was the dress when i put it on.  But despite that I forced myself to finish trying on a few more.  I finally reached the end of my pile of dresses and went back to the one i loved.  The sales associate told me that the dress was a sample and that they couldn't order another.  This was because it was a "ONE-OF-A-KIND" sample, which she proceeded to tell me meant it never went into true production, and was likely the run-way dress.  Well... that cinched it!  So I bought her right away!

I have my sparkly, somewhat pouffy princess dress, but I still find it elegant and modern at the same time. Funny how I was able to mix my little girl dreams with my modern day tastes!

DRUMROLL PLEASE.................................................
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I went back with my FMIL and FSIL to show them, I brought my veil to this appointment.  My veil is the shorter one, I decided not to put the cathedral underneath it like I was planning on.
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BRIDAL SHOES
pan style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">Martinez Valero Ozzie Purchased from Zappos.com 
They are so incredibly beautiful... and incredibly painful!  I have a wide foot, and the toe-box is quite narrow. I'm in process of breaking them in right now, so cross your fingers ladies.  They are going to only be used for the ceremony, then i'll be switching to other shoes.
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These are Jimmy Choo shoes that i fell in love with and my co-workers decided to purchase for me as my wedding gift!  I'm so lucky.  I"m going to wear these all day (except for the ceremony, see above shoes!)
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BRIDAL JEWELLERY
My beautiful Bling!
My fiance did such a good job, i'm so proud of him!
I can't wait to get a better ring shot from our Photographer, this picture does it no justice.
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My Something Old - 1940s Sherman Broach
My mom bought this broach for me as it is a piece of Canadian history.  Sherman was a famous Canadian costume jewellery designer from the 1940s to the 1970s.  His jewellery is collected all over the world.
The stones used in all his pieces are Swarovski crystal.  My broach is small but it contains some of the hardest stones to find in Sherman jewellery, the blue stones actually change colour in the light to a light lavender colour these are the hardest to find and most valueable stones in Sherman jewellery.  The purple stones are an amethyst colour. 
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My something new is the jewellery given to me by my Mom and FMIL.
My FMIL bought these for me when she came to see me in my wedding dress, she was sneaky and bought them while I was changing and gave them to me for christmas.
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My mom bought me this bracelet for my 26th birthday from a little gift shop in Port Alberni, it goes perfectly with the earrings my FMIL bought for me! 
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My toss garter.  
Despite being born and raised in British Columbia, my roots are actually in Nova Scotia.  My mom and dad were both born and raised there, and it's where the majority of my extended family lives.  On a recent trip to Nova Scotia with my mom, we picked up a Nova Scotia Tartan garter!  A little NOD to my NS relatives who won't be able to make it to the wedding.
Still on the hunt for a keepsake garter

 

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lol  That's quite a dress hunt you went through, but it was all worth it!  Your dress looks stunning on you!  :)