Playing Dress Up…I’ll Be the Bride!

When I left off, my dress was in progress, or in limbo, as I called it. Right after that last picture was taken, my mom drove me to the airport to catch my flight home to Los Angeles and Mr. Archer. Then, I waited (not so patiently, tbh) for just over a week while Momma Archer’s nimble fingers worked their magic to finish my dress. I was so excited when that big box was delivered, to see my dress completed and have it in my possession. I definitely had a moment of OMGSOSOON, and must admit that I did a little dance—thorough testing, you know. And that weekend, I played dress up at a friend’s gorgeous home in the Hollywood Hills and had my bridal portraits made.

A confession—we shot these the day after my shower and our joint bachelor(ette) here in LA, and after excessive amounts of revelry and champagne, I was feeling rough. I was not in love with the idea of getting done up, a photo shoot, or anything but sleeping it off, really. It is a testament to Jhovany’s skill that he managed to hide the hot mess. I mean, I even forgot to wear my engagement ring—who does that? Regardless, my mom was really pleased with these pictures, so mission accomplished.

All bridal session images by Jhovany Quiroz, Monstrous Joy Photography.

How did you feel when your wedding dress was delivered? Did you have a bridal session, or another photo shoot in it?


Mrs. Archer

Los Angeles/New Orleans
Wedding Date:
October 2012
Married Melodies: Feeling Very Bridal
I Dream of Genies: The Processional
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  1. mstreasure Member
    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:15 pm

    You looks GORGEOUS, Archer!!!

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    scottishmrs 3213 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:17 pm

    Such a gorgeous dress! Your mother is a talented woman! You look so beautiful!

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    pinkmoon 10748 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 3:45 pm

    Wow your mom is amazing! It looks so good.

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:38 pm

    Pics of your dress and you in it!!! Looking amazing too, I might add. Love the hair flowers and your adorable dimples! You look joyous in these pics.

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    goldie602 529 posts, Busy bee @ 4:56 pm

    Amazing!!! I can’t believe your mom made that. And you look gorgeous!

  6. mswallaby Member
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:36 pm

    Awww you look gorgeous!!! I LOVE those last two especially, you look like you’re genuinely grinning

  7. otter Member
    otter 1321 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:49 pm

    Between your dress and headpiece, my jaw dropped! You look absolutely gorgeous!

  8. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:53 pm

    Simply stunning, your mom did a wonderful job on your dress!

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    pinkpre 132 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:57 pm

    OMG! You’re the cutest. Kudos to your mom – she is an amazing seamstress! Your dress is gorgeous.

    I’m loving your recaps because you were one of the first Miss Bee’s I started following when I found the ‘bee.

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    MaggieL 494 posts, Helper bee @ 7:06 pm

    Seriously LOVE your dress. Your mom is amazing! My mom made my bridesmaid dresses…but wouldn’t even think about my wedding dress!

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    Almost Mrs.P 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:57 pm

    OMG, so beautiful! I can’t get over your dress- your mom is so talented!

  12. camel Member
    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 8:38 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! So lucky that you have such an incredibly talented mother! You look stunning.

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    cinderella92 278 posts, Helper bee @ 9:30 pm

    Wow!! You are BEAUTIFUL!!

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    tawnyab90 13 posts, Newbee @ 11:40 pm

    I love these pictures! I actually bought the same dress and haven’t had the alterations done yet. I love seeing how it looks when it is all done and you look gorgeous in it! Your groom is going to die when he sees you!

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    wedding invitations india, Guest @ 12:48 am

    Wow! I love the pictures, bride looks beautiful.

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    RapunzelRapunzel 812 posts, Busy bee @ 6:28 am

    SO STUNNING! These pictures are beautiful and it’s so great your mom made your dress: my mom made mine, too, and it’s so special to me!!

  17. graywolf Member
    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 6:59 am

    insane. that dress is insane. amazing!

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    Red Poppy 31 posts, Newbee @ 7:31 am

    I love the flowers in your hair. Gorgeous!

  19. castle Member
    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:36 pm

    You look so beautiful! The dress is amazing!

  20. mstoadstool Member
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:39 pm

    You look gorgeous in those pics, really it seems you can’t take a bad picture.

  21. msarmadillo Member
    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 5:24 pm

    Sooooo pretty! And you are TOTALLY rocking that floral crown!! Flawless, dahling.

  22. beanstalk Member
    Mrs. Beanstalk 770 posts, Busy bee @ 8:34 pm

    Mrs. Archer, you look so beautiful! These photos and the setting are stunning! Your mom did an amazing job on your dress!!!

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 6:53 pm

    The dress is lovely, as are you!

  24. msfox Member
    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:22 am

    Oh my gosh, totally gorgeous!! The dress is beyond amazing – all the more so seeing as your mom made it for you. I simply adore the pictures with the flower crown, too!

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:36 am

    Your dress is absolutely amazing, stunning, awesome, fantastic, and all other crazy adjectives! I am absolutely stunned that your mom made it, because it looks completely designer, and it looks gorgeous on you! I absolutely love it! You are so lucky!

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