Jun 25, 2011
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
The Groomsmen wore Black Tuxedos from Black & Lee with silver vests, tie and pocket square. Their boutioneers were silk anemones I ordered from Aloral.com and a friend assembled them.
THE BRIDESMAID DRESSES
Here are the BM dresses in Action!
FINDING THE BM DRESSES
YAY! Dresses finally picked! We are going with a local bridal salon that custom makes dresses, Style Bridal in Vancouver BC. (No Website)
The girls have actually all chosen the same style. An empire waist chiffon dress with a sweetheart neck. The dress will be in a deep eggplant coloured chiffon and the beading under the bust is going to be silver. Some girls will have straps, some will keep it strapless.
The purple is the material the dresses will be made out of. The silver material is the pashmina each girl will wear, and then of course their silver pearl necklace!
For jewellery the girls will be wearing silver grey shell pearl necklaces, with matching dangle earrings. This is part of their gift!
I strung the pearls myself with silk pearl thread, and the clasps are Sterling Silver, Total cost $12 each! The Fiance and I are thinking about starting up an ETSY shop to sell these. They came out so nice!
- Silver Pashminas
- Shell Pearl Necklaces & Earrings (see above)
- Glamnoir compacts mirrors plated in 14 karat gold for MOHs and
- Black Compacts that looks similar to the MOHs' for the rest of the bridesmaids
- Monogramed Jewellery Rolls
MY BOUQUET IN ACTION
Done by Quality Foods in Qualicum Beach, BC.
My boquet smelled SO GOOD! I think it was the Peonies! I had purchased 5 silk cream color anemones from www.afloral.com, and supplied the florist with the pink spray roses (we purchased these from costco for our centerpieces and thought it would be nice to tie them into my bouquet) The rest of the flowers were; Peonies, cream roses, cream hydrangea.
The Brooch was my something borrowed / blue / old (from my mom.)
My Bouquet is going to look exactly (or as close as possible) like this bouquet. I am supplying the florist with silk anemones as they are are delicate flower when cut and there is a strong possibility they will be out of season by the end of June, (unless we continue to have a very cold spring)
These are the silk anemones that I ordered from www.afloral.com
BRIDESMAIDS BOQUETS IN ACTION
The Bridesmaids Boquets came out really nice. The hydrangea wasn't quite the colour I was expecting, but still happy with out they turned out. They had 3 silk purple anemones that I ordered from www.afloral.com and had Purple lisianthus, and lavender hydrangea.
This idea but less Anemones and more lisianthus
These are the silk Anemones I also purchased from afloral.com
GROOM's BOUT IN ACTION
A family friend assembled them for me. She also put a pink spray rose from my bouquet with his boutioneer. I was origianlly worried they'd be too big but I think it came out just right.
GROOMSMEN's BOUT IN ACTION
The moms and grandmothers had Cymbidium Orchid wrist corsages. The florist is lightly tinted the orchids so they were more of a lavender colour. Word of warning, have some paper towl handy to blot them dry, as ours was wet and the colour was coming off on our hands. Luckily nothing got onto any clothing, and once they are dry the colour stays just fine.
The moms and Grandmother's were all the same.
The Dads and grandfathers matched their spouses with Cymbidium orchid boutonnieres, also tinted lightly lavender.
The pastor had a simple white rose boutonniere, with some greenery.
We used the white stands from the gardens and my mom just purchased some hanging baskets of purple 1000 bells, then removed the hook. I think they were a nice subtle touch. It wasn't as elaborate as I had envisioned but the view was so beautiful we didn't really need much else.
My Mom and I found these FANTASTIC purple vases at WINNERS and our family friend (that did the bouts) arranged the flowers for us. She used some artificial Peonies and Dogwoods that my mom bought from michaels ages ago, and then used the left over white and pink roses from our centerpieces. The greenery is chalel she cut from her garden.
OUR TABLES IN ACTION
This is a very, very, very basic mock-up of our table scape, using a white blanket and a coffee table. LOL don't laugh! The tables are rectangular banquet tables, we are putting two of them together to create a larger "squarish" table.
There is going to be three separate small arrangments as pictured, except with purple water pearls lit up but sumbersible LEDs, and then we are putting fresh greenery into the centerpiece ! ^_^ I don't know why the image shows the pearls as blue, because they are clearly purple in real life.
- I purchased the damask table runners from www.efavormart.com
- The flowers were purchased from Costco we got 15 bunches of 2 doz.
- I purchased LED submersible lights and purple water beads from www.100candles.com
- The candles have a flocked damask pattern on them, and we purchased them from various dollar stores.
- The table number I DIY'd
- The table linens are going to be white, and we rented them from the reception hall.
Close up of the centerpiece We used 6 roses for each vase. Five on the edges and one in the middle.
Place-card holders, they actually ring! Kissing Bells! Purchased from a local dollar store. We are putting them at the ends of each table as we don't want to TELL people which exact seats they need to be in. We are having a table number board in the lobby that will direct them to the correct table.
17" x 17" EGGPLANT POLYESTER NAPKINS, that I purchased from www.linentablecloth.com, I purchased 180 of them. I'm crossing my fingers the colour comes out right, the reviews seemed to be really positive on the colour.
**Update, The napkins are SO PERFECT, the colour is amazing!
This is our official Monogram. I made it using Adobe Photoshop.
We are putting this on various stationary items, invitations, ceremony programs, favor tags etc... Monograms are a great way of personalizing your wedding and with a little practice are easy to make.
We actually made a custom stamp of our monogram using www.rubberstamps.net. I highly recommend them as they were quick, professional, and the outcome of the product was fantastic. See our invitations to see how the stamp turned out!
I purchased the frames Ikea and I spray painted them purple, with the Violet Spray Paint from Michaels.
I then cut out the number shapes in the purple cardstock, and then put a sparkly black cardstock behind the silver one to create a contrast colour and a layered effect.... SUPER HARD ON YOUR HANDS!
CAKE TABLE LETTERS
I purchased these from Michaels and spray painted them silver, and used quick dry adhesive glue to add the bling!.
The "I DO" will be on the ceremony program table at the ceremony
The "WE DID" will either be on the guestbook table or the cake table
Big shout out to MissHammy for her great DIY instructions on these puppies! I think they'll look super cute in photos! We only made enough basically for the people on the aisle seats. I got the ribbon from Michaels and the Balloon straws from the Party Bazaar in Vancouver.
I went to a local bead store to learn how to string these properly, it is actually super easy to string pearls. I got the pearls from a wholesale pearl website www.cnepearls.com, and then I used silk bead cord and a sterling silver clasp. The earrings I'm going to have my friend make into dangle earrings as i'm not very good with wire work.
Very easy DIY, All you need is cardstock, straws and double sided tape.
Brady spent HOURS folding these. We were planning on using all 300 but I think we only ended up using about 100 to hang from the celing as we just ran out of time.