31 July 2012

Wedding Retake: Dress

This weekend we went over to our friends Dom and Michelle's house for an early supper and some long over due catching up. I've mentioned before but Michelle is an amazing chef. We had pasta, salad, garlic bread and peach and raspberry sangria. It was delightful.

Dom and Michelle recently got married in a sunrise ceremony on the beach in North Carolina. Naturally we talked about our wedding days and the planning process while hanging out.

Now, Michelle and I aren't psychopaths, so neither of us have been planning our wedding since we were three years old like some brides have. We didn't turn into demanding divas or rude bridezillas and just wanted simplicity.

We were both just so ecstatic to tie the knot with the men we love.

That's not to say we didn't get stressed out and wish we knew then what we know now about weddings. You live and learn though.

I''m not saying I regret a thing about my wedding day but if I could make some different choices I certainly would.

I really haven't talked much about my wedding on here and decided it would be fun (for me, not you) if I did a series of posts on it and what I'd do differently. So let's begin...


When I was deciding on a wedding dress my goal was to keep it simple and elegant. Something timeless and not at all trendy. I wanted something that when I looked at in ten years I wouldn't wonder why the hell I chose it. I was really defiant on not spending a lot of money on a dress I was only going to wear once, even if it was for a once in a lifetime event. (Crossing fingers.)

The dress I chose is definitely simple, maybe even too plain. It's a sheath gown with a lace overlay. It had some beading under the bust. The neckline was originally straight across but I asked the seamstress to make it a sweetheart instead. The reason I didn't like it so much may be because I didn't like how I looked in it.

I was a few months pregnant when I got married, and my dress was fitted for my pre-pregnacy breasts. Those suckers ballooned up in the first trimester and I had to squeeze them into it. The dress was also pretty form fitting to my torso and I felt huge. Fortunately most people knew I was pregnant, so they couldn't think of me as fat. (They could think I was a whore, but that's a different story.)

I definitely would have gone with something that had straps and was looser around my belly. I've decided I don't really like lace gowns and would have chosen a different material as well. I'd still like a little bit of embellishment but overall similar to what I picked in the simplicity department.

What I wore

 What I'd choose now

11 Thoughts :

Jillian July 31, 2012 at 7:20 AM  

aw you looked beautiful. And there is no shame in pregnancy... no matter the timing. Baby's are precious!

By the way, I am going to record the interview so I will be sure to post it!

Shannon July 31, 2012 at 9:14 AM  

I think you're dress is beautiful and you do not look fat at all. I can't even tell you're pregnant.

Silly lady. You are your own worst critic.

Fun blog idea. Looking forward to it! :)

Stephanie July 31, 2012 at 9:14 AM  

I love the dress you chose and you in it! I think it's definitely one you can look back on and will still be a classic look. It's interesting how your likes have changed so much in such a short time. I have a friend getting married next year and she mentioned taking me dress shopping soon - I'll have to keep in mind if there is anything I see now that I like better than my own dress.

Sean Marie July 31, 2012 at 9:32 AM  

Thanks guys. I know you can't tell I was pregnant but like most brides I had bridal body syndrome and thought I looked fat. I know now that I didn't but I would have chosen a different dress that I felt more confident in because of that. :)

Jazz July 31, 2012 at 1:02 PM  

OOO I loooove your dress! I'm not even just saying that to be nice either. That's exactly the type of wedding dress I like, even check my pinterest! I love simple lace dresses. They're so elegant! You really do look absolutely stunning. Again for like the 50billionth time, I'm jealous of your hair. It always looks so neat and in place.
Like two years ago I'd have gone for a huge puffy dress (yes, I would have liked to have been a 15 year old bride), but being only 4ft11, I'd look like a crazy child beauty queen thing in one of those. I'm just too short to get married, I'll need like 7inch heels. I have the most awkward body, nothing suits me. Grr.
I do love the one you've picked now, it looks like it's the type of dress that would do amazing things to a woman's boobs if she had big ones, hahaha!

Caiti July 31, 2012 at 1:24 PM  

I am catching up on all of your posts. My child won't nap. It's a sad state of affairs. Regardless, you looked beautiful in your dress. I often think of what I would change about my wedding day too but I try not too because it just makes me crazy. ;)

Krista July 31, 2012 at 2:10 PM  

I think you look rockin' in YOUR dress! Can't wait to hear more about your wedding. I've been married 8 years and still love talking about mine even though it was a pretty simple affair.

Mama July 31, 2012 at 3:13 PM  

I laughed out loud when you said.... "they could think I was a whore." Hysterical .... I love how you just out with stuff!

Melanie August 1, 2012 at 3:36 AM  


I ADORE your dress. It's exactly what I would choose now. LOVE it.

Holly August 3, 2012 at 5:52 AM  

Wow, I think the dress you chose is gorgeous! I was scrolling down to post pretty much what Melanie above me did! If I was getting married now, I'd choose something pretty similar to that dress! :)

I love the one you'd pick now too, but I don't think I would wear it.

ana August 3, 2012 at 9:10 PM  

I LOVE your dress! B-E-A-U-tiful! Why would you change it? ...then again, we just got married in March... so I will probably be thinking the same thing a few years from now lol ;)