Now that you've seen my bouquet, I guess a word or two (or many more) about the dress might be in order.
Y'all may remember this post when I told you how ridiculous I found the whole dress shopping experience to be.
I went to exactly two bridal salons, both on the same afternoon, and I think I probably tried on about ten dresses total. The prices of the dresses were outrageous; the rhinestones and layers of tulle were enough to make me break out in hives; and the salesgirls were, let's just say, not nice.
So anyway, I ended up right back where I'd started because, you see, I'd already seen the dress I wanted on Etsy, but I guess I felt like before I ordered a dress sight unseen--and unmade actually since it would be custom-made for me by someone I'd never even meet--I had to at least go to a bridal store and try on real life dresses (gowns even). Because isn't that like a thing brides are supposed to do? I'm going to blame Hollywood for that misguided notion. I should have just ordered the amazing knee-length, portrait-collared, silk wrap dress that I saw on Etsy from the start, because from the second I saw it, I couldn't forget it.
And I did order that dress eventually, because after several emails back and forth with the designer's assistant, I felt confident that it would be well-made, appropriate for an afternoon beach wedding, and, most importantly, something I'd absolutely love. I even talked the designer into adding pockets for me, and you know how I feel about a dress with pockets!
Because we were doing this whole dress-making thing long distance, it was definitely an exercise in trust. The designer's assistant first mailed me some fabric swatches so I could choose the shade/weight of silk dupioni that I preferred. I actually didn't choose one of the swatches she sent me; I told her I wanted something in the shade of one of the swatches but that I wanted something a bit thicker and more textured. I trusted her to choose great fabric, and she did. Next, I asked a co-worker, who is herself a great seamstress, to come to my office and take my measurements. I emailed my measurements to the designer and then sat back and waited--a bit nervously of course--for the dress to arrive in the mail. The box weighed next to nothing when I received it, which was worrisome, and when I opened it I was surprised to find a dress with sleeves since I thought I'd ordered a dress without sleeves. My reaction was something like, "huh." But in the end, the sleeves were a very lucky mistake because they were beautiful and I loved them. Not to mention the fact that I probably would have been chilly without them.
So here you go: the dress.
Between the wrap feature (no Spanx required!), the flattering portrait collar, and the hidden pockets, I think my dress deserves some kind of award for being the most comfortable wedding dress ever. Thank you so much, Katherine and Maria. The dress was absolutely perfect.