Puppy Love: Dress Me Up

After running through the rehearsal (literally, I think it took about five minutes), it was time to get dressed. I could not get into that beautiful bridal suite fast enough. What was waiting for me in there? My wedding dress, of course!

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But before I slid into my gown, I helped my lovely ladies slide into their bridesmaid dresses.

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Once the girls were dressed and situated, it was time to take my dress off of the hanger and put it on. I was so giddy I’m surprised I didn’t spontaneously combust from over-excitement right then and there. My sisters did a majority of the heavy lifting (well, not so heavy—the thing is all lace and tulle, after all) in getting me properly assembled.

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Once the dress was on, I slid into my shoes”¦

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”¦and got a work-out doing squats while my veil was properly positioned.

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And with that, I was all dressed up and I definitely had someplace to go! Like most of the day, getting dressed went by in a flash and is honestly a bit of a blur. What I do remember is a giant tornado of positive emotions. I felt excited, overwhelmed (in a good way), relieved, grateful, happy and pretty. The last one may sound superficial, but I think it is significant. There are a lot of things about which I am very self-conscious (including, but not limited to, physical appearance) and self-confidence has not always been my strong point. So for me to feel beautiful inside and out, and not have a single ounce of self-deprecation clouding my emotions, was a little bit magical.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not saying “look how pretty I look” or claiming that my appearance was perfect (trust me, when we get to what my hair looked like after a night of humid weather and vigorous dancing, it will be apparent that it was not). Rather, I am saying that I gained a better understanding of the bridal madness. Maybe the reason we try on dresses until we find one that makes us cry, and flip through magazines for hours on end examining hairstyles, and take excessive advantage of the free-shipping free-return policy at Zappos.com—maybe the reason we do this is that we are reaching for this magical feeling. So that on the day that we take the most important step in life, we have a sense of peace with ourselves. So that when we vow to love our mate forever, we are moved by the gravity of that promise, and not concerned about whether or not we look fat. I sincerely hope that every bride—regardless of the label on her dress, the size she wears, the make-up on her face or the hairdo on her head—feels beautiful inside and out on her wedding day.

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Did you get ready with your bridal party?

What do you think about all the bridal beauty madness?

*All photos by Lotus Blossom Photography

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Girls Get Ready

Arriving at the Venue

The Dalmatians Rehearse

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Mrs. Dalmatian

Location:
Nashville, TN
Wedding Date:
May 2012
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    kaepo1, Guest @ 10:05 am

    That last photo is amazing, you look beautiful!

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:08 am

    You make a gorgeous bride!

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    dcgirl655 113 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:14 am

    You look absolutely gorgeous, and I love the sentiment of this post!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 10:38 am

    You look absolutely stunning! What a great message!

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:01 pm

    I just think you looked gorgeous, even before you put your dress on.

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    Mrs. Dragon 813 posts, Busy bee @ 12:20 pm

    You were a beautiful bride! Love this post.

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    scepter 333 posts, Helper bee @ 2:54 pm

    Love the last paragraph of this post. Such a good message.

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:57 pm

    Love your words – beautifully written advice and perspective! The getting ready shots are one of my favorite moments so I appreciate all those pics. (I did a little exercise too… during the bridal shots holding a squatting yoga pose plus heavy bouquet!)

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    panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:49 pm

    You were a gorgeous bride. Love the post, very beautifully put.

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 8:40 pm

    You look absolutely wonderful.

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:08 am

    You look stunning! Thanks so much for the kind words at the end! It makes me feel better for my wedding next weekend!

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    MrsCov 50 posts, Worker bee @ 6:25 am

    I definitely had a moment on the day of my wedding when I was in the dress, had my hair and make up done, when I looked at myself in the mirror and thought, “Wow, I don’t scrub up too badly!” I’m not used to seeing myself as an attractive person, so that was a big deal for me. I definitely think it’s difficult during the planning process to see how all the pieces will fit together in the end – even after my hair and make up trial and my final dress fitting, I was never confident on my “look” until the day.

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