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Our engagement photos arrived! And I absolutely love them. I knew I would though, working with the incredibly talented Kelly Sweet. We rescheduled something like three times due to weather and ended up having a rainy day anyway! It seriously started pouring right as we left the house but both Chris and I were so eager to get the photos taken and tired of postponing that we just went with it. I grabbed my Gina & May umbrella (thank goodness I own a reasonably attractive umbrella) and watched the sky intently the whole drive to the park. Mercifully, the downpour broke while we were on the road and patches of blue sky and sun appeared. A few minutes into shooting it started drizzling again but only briefly.
I’m really glad we got engagement photos. It seems like a bit of a luxury since it’s certainly not a necessary expense when wedding planning, but we’ll treasure these photos just as much as the wedding photos. It’s great to have some shots of us looking basically like we do everyday, messy hair and all thanks to the humidity. :)
All photos by Kelly Sweet.
As you may know, I am engaged and consequently wedding planning takes over my brain some days. Check out my wedding tag for more wedding related posts. Something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately is flowers. Folks, I love flowers. And I’ve found that I have pretty specific preferences. I went through all of the inspiration photos I’ve saved (there’s easily over a hundred) and made note of recurring themes to try to form a clear direction.
Peonies and ranunculus are clearly favorites, though there’s all sorts of flowers mixed in with them. More often than not I’m drawn to looser arrangements that have a textural, almost wild quality. Pink, coral, white, cream, dusty greens and blues and an occasional hit of orange-yellow. I’ve been asked several times what my color scheme is going to be and I never know how to answer because I want all the colors I just listed plus gold and maybe some deep maroon-blacks. I really don’t want to restrict myself to one or two chosen colors, that’s not how I roll. Obviously it isn’t just going to be a rainbow explosion either. There’s many colors, but it’s still a specific palette.
Slowly but surely progress is being made with this wedding. It truly is astounding how many different elements to such an event there is. Chris and I were supposed to have our engagement photo session tonight but we’ve postponed it for a second time due to stormy weather. Hopefully next week Tuesday is the winner. I can’t wait to see the photos and they haven’t even been taken yet!
Actually, I found my wedding dress back in December. Only a couple months after getting engaged, if you can believe it. It is ordered and should arrive in early June, nearly a year before we’re actually getting married! I am generally a very indecisive person, but somehow when it came to dress shopping I was able to really hone in on what I liked. I went to two different boutiques within a few days of each other (I wanted to go while my sister was in town for the holidays). The second boutique had something like 1,500 dresses, which could easily be completely overwhelming, but there I was flying down the rows of dresses. “No, no, mmmmm-no, yes, no, like it but too expensive…”
I had done a lot of browsing online before going shopping, which both helped and didn’t really. Most of the dresses I’d bookmarked were sheath or A-line, and it became very apparent at my first appointment that sheaths didn’t really flatter me and the A-lines weren’t grabbing my attention. Then I put on a ballgown and felt like a gorram princess, in a good way. I never thought I would go for a ballgown; all that poof seemed unnecessary to me. Well I’m a total convert now. Ballgowns are fun and dramatic! At the second boutique I tried on almost all ballgowns. There were several I liked but I hadn’t had that “Yes!” moment. (Which, for the record, not every one has and that’s totally okay.)
I was in the changing room when I could hear my mom and future mother in law talking about a dress they just saw being hung up across the room. The boutique had just gotten it in, and I was the first one to try it on. I didn’t have an immediate “Yes” moment when I first put it on, but I absolutely loved it. The kicker was when I got home and looked at the photos my sister had taken of me. I was positively beaming in that dress, and even though the sample didn’t fit I loved how it looked on me. I went back to try it on one more time and that was that!
Obviously I can’t divulge which dress I chose, even though my fiance rarely reads my blog (poop head). But regardless I thought it’d be fun to share all the beautiful dresses I happened upon throughout the process. The dress is in this collection, but I’m not telling which one! :)
Even though it’s a sheath silhouette and therefore probably wouldn’t feel right on me, the above dress is possibly the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. Anna Campbell’s whole Gossamer collection is absolutely stunning. You must check it out!