Love at The Ranch: Too Soon?

It’s only been three months since our rustic, ranch affair, but I think I might be ready to say goodbye. No, not to you, hive, and certainly not to Mr. Cowboy Boot, but to Julianna, my beloved, floating pool of ivory tulle. She originally came into my life in the Beverly Hills Saks Fifth Avenue and made me tingle, flit, and giggle like a school girl.


I love her and adore her, but alas, she hangs there so lonesome and without any future plans in sight. In fact, I don’t really want to wear her again for fear of shaking off the significance of her debut.


It’s hard to write this and face letting go of The Most Beautiful Dress I’ve Ever Owned. I feel like a little girl releasing her mother’s hand on the first day of Kindergarten–the separation anxiety is tangible.


The reality is that my dress, by Christos, has been documented in the most meaningful way on my wedding day and nothing can change that. Not only has it been photographed with me in it as a blushing bride, but Mr. Cowboy Boot has painted me in it on a three-times life-size canvas which I promise to share with you upon its completion.


It would make me happy to see another bride have her own blissful day in this ballerina-like dress and I would also find some peace of mind to know that I’d be lessening the impact on the planet (even if it’s just one dress). Not to mention my credit card will smile.


To be honest, I’m scared. I’m nervous to watch her float out of my grasp, like a balloon slipped from its string. But, I’m also scared of the financial debt she’s incurred (even if it’s minimal over a lifetime). I tripled my dress budget when I found her, agreeing to pay the extra myself, but I never did. I never had that extra cash flow.


So, hive, tell me: would you sell your dress to make up for a few grand or would you keep it for a sentimental twirl down the road?


Mrs. Cowboy Boot

Santa Fe
Wedding Date:
October 2009
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    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:12 pm

    I would totally sell my dress if I didn’t think Mama Frenchie would be crushed.

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    abbersnail, Guest @ 12:12 am

    Mrs. Cowboy Boot, if you’re looking for a buyer who would be in love with your dress, email me. I’ve swooned over it on this site and Tec’s.

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    KellyV 2520 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:39 pm

    I can NOT part with my dress. It wasnt ever an option for me, Ill grasp teh “maybe my daughter will wear it” idea until she (if I even have one) says no. I know the feeling though. Sigh

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    voomie24 101 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:20 pm

    I definitely can’t part with it. I love it and I want to do another photo shoot with the husband in our wedding gear (it was rainy the day of our wedding so we didn’t get any fun outdoor shots). Plus my lovely niece has already said she would love to have a dress like mine someday …. thats enough justification for me. : )

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    binza14 341 posts, Helper bee @ 3:08 pm

    I’m too sentimental. I already dream of my (yet non-existent) daughter wearing it someday.

    I think I’m going to fall on the floor dead when I see the painting your husband is doing. I already can’t even look at any of your pictures without crying, so that really will be the end of me. But I can’t wait.

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    sbeedesign 130 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:56 pm

    Gorgeous dress! I would love to purchase the floral sash if you decide to sell. Thanks!

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    Watercooler | Weddingbee, Guest @ 10:01 am

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    Gingers 55 posts, Worker bee @ 11:24 pm

    love your dress, I was wondering if you decided to sell it or keep I will be very interested.

    please let me know

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    cowboyboot 434 posts, Helper bee @ 9:12 am

    @Gingers: Hi Gingers. I have decided to sell my dress. Thank you for checking in. She’s listed on OnceWed: Let me know if this sounds like what you’re looking for.

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