Sep 19, 2009
Well, it turns out the Dessy dress we liked online...not so cute in person! Actually, it was terrible. So my maids of honor and I decided to leave our list of online favs at home and just go to the bridal store and try on all the dresses. Try on dresses we did, about 25 of them. We gathered so many to try on, I started modeling them myself. As we went through the dresses, a front runner definitely emerged. After we found the one we liked, the others just didn't compare. This was a good thing b/c we breezed through the last ten dresses still left to try on! Here is the dress we chose! It is a WTOO by Watters, style 451 in Fudge. The funny thing about the dress, both of my maids of honor were able to try on the sample; one is a size 8 and the other a size 12. hence, the name the "magical dress." Upon hearing this, I think all of the bridemaids were confident we had found a dress that would flatter everyone!
The Dress :) Ahhh, I love my dress!
I have always had a picture in my head of what I wanted in a dress...fun, modern, no beading, no lace. I wanted the material (the folds, gathering, layering etc) to make the dress. After only two dress shopping trips with my mom, I found THE dress! It is a discontinued Paloma Blanca. So the bonus...it was on sale! I also bought the sample (it fits almost perfectly) so double bonus...more on sale!!
I don't want traditional bridal shoes because I love shoes and want something I can wear again!
I was initially hoping to wear green shoes, but I did not realize the colored shoe craze had resulted on a run on cute green shoes.
I also need a shoe with a little support so I hopefully will not kill myself walking down the aisle (which is a series of uneven granite steps and about 30 feet of grass). Good thing I will have my dad to hold me up!
For the bridesmaids, we are leaning towards this dress by Dessy:
Michael is still not completely sold on a brown tux, so that is still up in the air :)
Our venue and wedding date sort of created our wedding theme for me: rustic elegance!
Our colors are chocolate brown, chartreuse and ivory.
We are going to have two different centerpieces, flowers downstairs and lanterns on the two mezzanines.
Here is the inspiration for the floral centerpieces for the tables in the main area:
The flowers will be green/white hydrangeas instead of the yellow orchids.
I have already found a company to make the rustic boxes.
Here is the indpiration for the tables on the mezzanine levels:
Michael and I had been dating for all of five minutes when my mom first sent me a link to the Barn at Gibbet Hill. Her good friend had attended a wedding at Gibbet Hill and could not stop raving about the venue, the food, the service, the unique setting...I checked it out purely for "research purposes" and loved it.
Fast forward two years later, Gibbet Hill was the first and only venue we looked at for our wedding. It is even more beautiful in person. From the minute I saw it, I knew that this was where Michael and I should get married. Although I tried to play it cool and said "we would think about it," I ran back in five minutes later and booked it!
As described on its web site:
The Barn at Gibbet Hill offers spectacular scenic views. The elegantly restored New England barn sits on conservation land overlooking a working farm. Traditional New England abounds from this venue. The breathtaking vistas on top of the hill and the rolling pastures lend themselves to the most charming country setting in the area.
But words don't do it justice!
Michael and I are getting married on September 19, 2009 in Groton, Massachusetts. I cannot wait! Ever since I knew he was the one, I have been impatiently waiting for our wedding day! Now it is only nine short months away!
We are getting married at the Barn at Gibbet Hill. It is beautiful. The ceremony will be on the grounds and the reception in the restored barn/function room. The best part of the place-part of it is still a working barn and they have cows!