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So, I went back to Anthropologie to try on the dress that I blogged about before– you know, the turquoise number? However, when I got to the store, I was disappointed to find that my memory failed me. It wasn’t turquoise at all, but emerald green. Pretty dress, but I’m really not feeling the color. So, I’ve done some more internet searching, via Nordstom and Bluefly– and I still haven’t given up on Anthropologie. Here’s a few of my favorites!

This first one is from Anthro, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned from shopping at Anthropologie, it’s that you need to try their clothes on before purchasing, unlike perhaps Gap.

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My eyes are blue, so I’d really like to wear a blue dress. This one, however, from Nordstrom, is not blue, but I love it. This is my sister’s vote.

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While I also like this dress, my fear is that it may look like an Easter dress from middle school when it’s actually on me. This Betsey Johnson dress from Bluefly, while whimsical, would have a different affect:

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I will certainly continue looking, but I wanted to leave you with perhaps my current favorite dress from Bluefly. Wouldn’t you know it– I showed it to my sister, and she said, “That’s the dress that I wanted to buy!” I pulled the bride card, which I’ve only done on a few occasions, and told her that I  think I win when it comes to the rehearsal dinner. : ) I love it because I can wear those awesome yellow shoes I liked.

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I love daisies. Absolutely love them! And while I didn’t want to wear a black dress, the very bright color in this one is beautiful. I love it! Perhaps I might be making a purchase very shortly. We’ll have to see!

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I’m joining the ranks of brides who have a few personal achievement goals to meet before the big day. Since before B and I got engaged, I’ve been growing out my hair. I’ve worn it short for the past four or five years, and so I’m ready to have it long again. I know that bridal experts suggest wearing your hair in a similar fashion to your everyday style. But, for our August affair, I’d really like to wear my hair up and off my neck. I don’t want a stiff-looking updo, definitely something loose and natural looking. But it still requires long hair. Here’s the progress so far!

Last March with two of my bridesmaids (Christie and Lauren)– ignore the flannel-ware.

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You can see that my hair barely touches my shoulders. OK, so a little bit of work to do.  By the time I was in my friend and bridesmaid Melissa’s wedding in June, my hair was looking like this. This picture was taken on the way to her bachelorette party in Atlantic City.

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Despite its very short length, a hairdresser was able to make it look like this…

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Photo by Exposure Photostyle

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Photo by Exposure Photostyle

Isn’t she just a beautiful bride?!

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On the day we got engaged at the end of July, my hair looked like this…

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(Brandon was excited in this picture, because he knew we were getting engaged and I still didn’t. How silly.) At engagement shots in November…

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Photo by Kamila Harris Photography

And most recently, it looks like this!

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I was very intent on making a hat at my cousin’s shower. Anyway, at this point, it’s past my shoulders in the back, but I feel like I have big swathy-chunks of hair from the front layers. What should I do about this? Is it OK to cut and put layers in, or should I just let it grow for the big ol’ day? I know it’s a small inconvenience– that is, hair that’s a bit of an awkward length at the moment– so I need to keep the end goal in mind. Any suggestions?

And, for those of you brides who have joined the Post-Wedding Chop club, is it worth it? Do you wish you’d kept it long? Recommend a new cut for a new life?

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At the last wedding I was at, my aunt leaned over to me and said, “Don’t have kids in your wedding! They steal all of the attention!” as the adorable ring-bearers were walking down the aisle (one with a pacifier). My response? “Only if they do their job right!” I’m so excited for my adorable child attendants! They’ll steal the show, I hope, and I’ll love every minute of it!

One of my earliest posts chronicled my search for the elusive flower girl dress. So, I caved. I went with the Jim Hjelm for our lovely flower girl, Paloma.

The dress on the left, with the pleated skirt, will be in sage, with celadon accents.

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I was thinking of ballet flats like these, from JCrew, for her tiny feet.

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I was also hoping she’d wear this adorable clip in her air, from Banner Boutique. Her hair is a short, flapper style cut, stacked in the back. il_430xn_58471751

 And, like I’ve already mentioned twice, she’ll carry a pomander. Like this. Oh, have I mentioned that I’m a rockstar and making it myself? Cause I’m a rockstar and making it myself.

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When I’d first posted, I wasn’t planning on having a ring-bearer. But, I’ve done what I do best, and I’ve changed my mind. I am a nanny for an 18-month-old. Ciaran, the little boy, and I have quite a great relationship; I love him dearly, and had been good friends with both his parents prior to his birth. So, when it came to thinking about a little boy to walk my adorable cousin down the aisle, B and I didn’t look far. Ciaran is young, however, so we’re not expecting him to walk down the aisle; that said, we don’t want his parents to go out of the way to buy him a baby-tux, so we’re suggesting that they look for a cute blazer, instead. Something like this, also from JCrew.

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With cute little khaki pants, a green shirt, and a boutonniere (that I’ll also be making by myself), I think he’ll make quite a fetching ring-bearer. Also, if he decides not to walk, then he’ll just be a very well-dressed 2 year old. Yes, he turns 2 the week before the wedding. I’m hoping that we’re safe from the Terribles, and that he peacefully decides whether or not he’d like to participate, without tantrums of any sort involved.

Fingers crossed!

Are you opting to have children in your ceremony?

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Mama Mia!

My mother bought her dress! I’m so excited about it, I just had to show off my hot mama!

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This is my mom, my sister (Rachel, Maid of Honor) and I at my cousin Melissa’s bridal shower last month. She’s so pretty!

The dress that she picked is by Cameron Blake, an affiliate of Mori Lee. It’s so her! The lace detailing on it is really delicate and lovely. She wanted to cover her arms, but was having some difficulty because the wedding is in August. This lace bolero jacket, however, will work well in August. The assymetrical bodice is so flattering.

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This picture is great, because my mother has the same sort of coloring as the model pictured here. And, she’s considering wearing her hair in a similar style updo! How coincidental. The color of this dress is aqua, which my mom tried on. It looked nice on her, but “aqua” is quite the misnomer. It’s irridescent, and almost bronzey in some lights. The dress that the bridal salon was so gracious to special order (at very little extra cost) comes in this color, Wedgewood Blue

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It will look so pretty on her with her bright blue eyes and blondey-blond hair. She’s going to pair it with silver accessories, which I fully support. I’m not sure what her plan is for jewelry– maybe pearls? She doesn’t feel like she needs a lot, just a nice pair of drop earrings.

My hair stylist, who I simply adore, was talking about her own wedding experience as we were talking about my impending nuptials. She told me to take the time to appreciate the small stuff. While we’re getting dressed, she said the bridesmaids will require a lot of attention. “Take some time just to notice how lovely your mother looks,” she suggested. That will be a very special moment, the time with my Mom and I.

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The final bridesmaid dress has been chosen. My dear friend, Lauren, chose this Jim Hjelm design. It has pockets!!

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It’ll be so cute on her– I love the babydoll waist, the assymetrical bodice. Each one of my bridesmaids is so unique– I’m so excited to see each of them in their dresses together!

I must say, I’m a huge proponent of asking each woman to choose her own dress. It really diffused the stress; I just hope I didn’t transfer too much of it onto them. I just couldn’t justify putting my 6’1″ bridesmaid in the same dress as my 5’1″ bridesmaid, or my double zero yogi in the same dress as my voluptuous double D bestie. It just wasn’t going to work. I asked them each to pick their own gold shoes, with a bonus prize going to the lady who picked the least expensive option. When it comes to the shoes, I was thinking:

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(Promiscuous, from Zappos.com)

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NO, thank you! We are not going for a “Gladiator-chic” look, thank you very much! I think they’ll get the point… 🙂 I love my friends.

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OK, one more down! My cousin Alison picked her bridesmaid dress recently. Here it is, another beautiful Jim Hjelm, from the Spring 2009 line.

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Oh, goodness, what attractive attendants I’ll have!

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Well, I thought I’d try my hand at an Inspiration Board. While most ideas that I have for my own wedding are solidified, I really enjoyed working on this! I responded to a post on Style Me Pretty, entering to win $500, should my board be picked. Here’s what I’ve come up with in response to the following query:

I am getting married May 1, 2010 in Charlottesville, Virginia.  I am a woman who has been dreaming about her wedding her entire life.  Now that the time has come for me to plan I have begun to feel very overwhelmed.  Specifically, I am having a hard time editing myself.  I see all of these ideas and details that I like and I am not quite sure how to incorporate these ideas into my special day.  The weddings that stand out to me (and I think most others) is the ones that work in small, unexpected details.  The details are what I am getting lost in.  So, I come to you for help. 

I know that I my wedding colors are going to be a bright pink (more raspberry) and white. I will be married in a vineyard and the ceremony will be outside.   I am a girl who is attracted to shabby chic styles. I see myself using more vintage chic/rustic type of details and designs.  My friends and family would describe me as very preppy and not as trendy as other 25 year olds.  While I am not desperate for penny pinching ideas, I also do not have an extravagant budget to work with. Can you help me figure out where to begin?

SO, here’s what I’ve come up with. I wanted to use the raspberry shade, but offset it with shades of paler pink. As this bride is getting lost in the details, I chose some detail-oriented options, rather than some big-picture items.

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Inspiration Board: Raspberry, Pink and White

First Row: Hershey Kisses Ring Photo by Kamila Harris Photography; wine cork placecards by LeapFrog photography; Cake table by MK Photography; shoes by Christian Louboutin, from Bluefly; Wine label by LeapFrog photography

Second Row: Flower girl picture by MK Photography; Centerpiece and tablescape arrangement by In Full Bloom Floral Design; bouquet by Kamila Harris Photography

Third Row: Personalized fans picture by MK Photography; raspberry checkerboard chocolates from Etsy; Invitation Suite by Bird and Banner; Dress featured in Martha Stewart Weddings;

Fourth Row: Champagne toast with Raspberries from MK Photography; dress by Vera Wang on Bluefly; Seating card, chair wrap and boutonierre from Martha Stewart Weddings

Fifth Row: Bridal Party and Flower cones by MK Photography

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