Monday, April 22, 2013

on my weekend in pictures.

this weekend was a good one, a big one - that's right, i went wedding dress shopping. it took four dresses and we were in and out in about 45 minutes. we still went to kleinfeld's the next day because - hello - they have 2,000 dresses (i asked, it's true). you know, just in case we missed anything.
and now, a few words on wedding dress shopping.
there are, obviously, a lot of dresses out there. they run the whole gamut, and within all those thousands of dresses are probably hundreds that you like. i tired on around ten dresses and almost every single one was fun to wear, made me feel beautiful, made me ooh and aah. and ultimately, the one i decided on made me ooh and aah just a little bit more, and it was nothing like the dress i thought i would buy. (and it made my mom and aunt ooh and aah quite a bit, so they were happy). and while you're trying on all these gorgeous gowns, you're telling yourself to hold on to this moment, savor it forever - the day you go wedding dress shopping is one you've thought about for awhile, hold on to that moment! but you know, we can't hold on to and memorize every moment. and we can't buy every pretty dress we see, or hem and haw and hem and haw about whether we picked the right dress or if we should try on just one more. at some point you just have to enjoy it, embrace it and, quite simply, live it. it was, in fact, quite an apt metaphor for weddings and love in general. we can't snap a picture of everything we do on our wedding day, we can't date every single guy or gal to be totally 100% sure we didn't miss out on anything - we just have to embrace each day, the love we have, and enjoy the hell out of it. which i made sure to do with a glass of champagne after i found the one (and boy oh boy i can't wait to share it with you guys when the time comes!)

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  1. I can't wait to see it. I'm sure it's gorgeous. You're very lucky to have found your dress so quickly!

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    1. thanks lady! I felt lucky too, but there are so many gorgeous gowns with so many different details you start toget a sense what's more important to you. for example lace with a little beading or a lot of beading and one has a tulle skirt or a satin skirt - if you really want a lot of beading, even though you kind of like the tulle skirt more, you'll go with a lot of beading - plus awesome accessories can make it all come together, and I can't wait to get those too ;)

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  2. So sweet! And I couldn't have said it better myself! Love that you picked yours out so quickly, so did I and I never regretted it. Funny thing though the one I picked out wasn't at all what I was thinking either. So glad you had a good time, it's a special memory for sure! :) Can't wait to see it!! xo

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    1. we're like twins! I can't wait to show it to everyone - it's like damn, too bad I can't Instagram this (the mind of a bride who blogs).

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  3. Very Exciting!!! I remember wedding dress shopping...I only went to one store and tried on about ten dresses and picked the last one! I loved planning my wedding...enjoy every minute of it!!! (blairsays.com)

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    1. thank lady! we're definitely trying to make the most of it.

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  4. SO. MUCH. FUN. I'm sure you looked gorgeous in every single one! Congrats on finding your dress!

    I agree that the best way to hold onto a moment is simply to embrace it and enjoy it, even if it's not how you pictured it or even if you didn't get to try on every single dress in the store. Side note: my sister was in a bad mood on the day we went to look for my wedding dress & bridesmaid dresses, but I still had a good time with my mom and I found a dress that I loved, so in my mind it's a good memory. It really is what you make of it.

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    1. Looking at the other comments - I also picked something that I didn't think I originally wanted, and I also bought it the day after I found it, which for me felt like a big impulse and I worried I would second-guess my decision later on. But I love my dress & I'm so glad I picked that one! Sometimes when you know, you know. And like you said - there are tons of dresses out there that can make you feel beautiful, which is why it's so much fun to go dress shopping!!

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    2. thanks - it was so much fun! no bad attitudes would have stopped my fun either. and it's kinda sad that it's all done but of course i still have to wear it ;) I felt the same - perhaps I bought it too quickly, but I keep falling in love with it when I look at pictures. I remember looking at pics of your wedding - the dress was gorgeous! so many beautiful dresses so few husbands ;)

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  5. This is exactly how I felt on Saturday! I tried on five dresses at J.Crew but there was just one that made me feel more special. And that was just it. I can't wait to hear about yours!!

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    1. and I can't wait to hear about yours - yay for beautiful dresses!

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  6. ahh you bought your wedding dress!! What a fun weekend and a fun memory. I probably tried on about 12 dresses and fell in love with the one that I didn't think I would like. I'm so glad your mom was able to shop with you and ooh and ahh over how beautiful you looked in them. You can't hold onto moments for forever but I love remembering how I felt in a moment. Like just feeling so beautiful when I tried on "the one", feeling like I was going to pass out right before I walked down the aisle to marry Caleb, feeling so relieved when we finally drove away from our reception and it was just the two of us... all of these glimmers of feelings that I remember about falling in love and planning our wedding and our wedding day, they have just been the foundation for our lives together. And it just keeps getting better!

    p.s. I can't wait to see your dress!!

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    1. oh man I loved this comment. I love all the moments you talk about - I can almost see them in my head (I can particularly relate to feeling like I'll pass out when I walk down the aisle - I definitely feel like that will happen to me). thank you for sharing all these thoughts Sherri - it makes me even more excited for our wedding.

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  7. Ooooh this is exciting! I felt so relieved after I found my wedding dress and found I could really get excited about it because I had something tangible. Can't wait to see it (oh yes, AND the shoes)!

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    1. yes oh yes the shoes! I think those will be good, too ;)

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  8. How exciting! I'm glad you were able to enjoy the day and pick a dress without any agony. I'm very excited to see the final product. I'm sure it will be gorgeous! BUT I am more interested to see your SHOES! Can't. Wait. :) A new shoe story for sure!

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    1. haha I know! lets be honest - I've known what shoes I will wear on my wedding day for awhile now. and can't wait to show those to you either!

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  9. I love this Colleen! So wise. There's so much pressure put on evey little detail and you really do just have to trust you've made the best decision sometimes. And hooooorrrraaayy for having picked your dress. That's such a fun milestone.

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  10. Finding the dress is such a fun experience. I can't wait to see it!

    aLSO, i REALLY NEED POINTY SILVER SHOES ALL OF A SUDDEN.

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