Friday, July 24, 2009

Show Us Your Life: Wedding Dress

So, Kelly over at Kelly's Korner is hosting a Show Us Your Life series and this week is 'show us your wedding dress' week. I absolutely LOVED my wedding dress, so I'm all too happy to oblige. (Next week is wedding party and flowers, so I'll be happy to play along then, too!)

After being vehemently opposed to David's Bridal, guess what? I found my dream dress there. It was an ivory all-over beaded lace trumpet-style gown with an illusion halter neckline, matching sash and chapel train (yes, I got that description off of the DB website). 

I always knew that I wanted a halter neckline, but I had pictured a more full A-line skirt. But after trying many dresses of this style on, I realized this wasn't the most flattering style for me. So when I came across my dress I fell in love with the slimmer trumpet style.

Here's a shot of my dress monogram, with my new initials and wedding date. I loved this little detail. You can get these from a variety of places now, but my mom got mine through the J. Crew wedding site. It was my "something blue" and such a sweet little extra:

 Here's a picture of my sis putting on my garter:

And one of my dad walking me down the "aisle":

One of the things I loved most about the dress was the lace work. The pictures really do not do it justice. I never considered my self a lace girl, but this dress had me at hello. It reminded me of some of the much more expensive Monique Lhuillier-style dresses.

Another thing I loved about my dress was the way it bustled. Because the beaded lace was SO heavy, the alterations lady recommended a double bustle - an over bustle AND an under bustle. I loved the way it turned out, even though we did have to re-tie it a few times throughout the night (I don't think even the strongest bustle had a chance with all of the moves I was busting). Here's a good shot of the dress bustled:

And finally, here's a shot of my bridal portrait:

But where is my dress now? Hanging in a closet at my mom's house. On a regular 'ole hanger. Still dirty from too much dancing and biodegradable rice. Exposed to all types of dust and damaging materials. I need to get it cleaned and preserved. Just one more thing on my post-wedding To Do list (9 months later). 

I've thought about selling it. I'm under no illusions that a daughter might wear it 25 years from now. And I could possibly get some decent money for it (not to mention saving the $150 it costs to have it cleaned and preserved). But, I'm just not sure I can part with it.

What do you guys think? Preserve it and stick it in a closet forever? Or sell it and possibly regret it later?

**All images taken by the lovely Leslie of Leslie Ann Mills Photography.


  1. I love your gown, it's gorgeous!!!

    I'm all about preserving it, personally...but I am a little biased since I just got married this past week! :-)

  2. First off, I am still bummed that we were not able to come to your wedding due to the fact that Em decided to show up a little early. I heard it was perfect and absolutely beautiful.

    Secondly, I wish you had posted a picture of the inside of your dress. The picture of your new initials and the date (I think). I remember seeing it somewhere and thinking about how neat that was. I love that idea.

    Lastly, do not get rid of your dress! It is absolutely beautiful and even if it just hangs in your closet, at least you will have it. You never know, one day you might have a daughter and you might even let her play dress up in it. Ha! At least that is a way you can get a little more use out of it.

    I can't wait to see next weeks pictures! The next big party I have, I might just hire you to plan it for me.

  3. Thanks for reminding me of the monogram Hailey! Yes, I loved that detail. I'm going to update to add that!

  4. Ha! Thanks! I think that is soo neat!


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