Hoppily Ever After: Dressing Up (Va-Va-Voom!)

Liz, I love you and good morning…”


…And so began Mr. W’s note that he sent up with Bridesmaid K, along with a pretty little teal box wrapped up in white ribbon. Swoon.

(I am absolutely mad for any movie starring Audrey Hepburn, but especially Breakfast at Tiffany’s…When Mr. W and I were in New York, right before he engaged me, we had breakfast at Tiffany’s. Well, I did, and Mr. W went along with it. What a man.)

Everyone made me read the note aloud, and soon we all let out the first round of tears of the day.


I wiped away my tears and opened the tiny box. Mr. W had gifted me a dainty little bracelet from Tiffany designed by Paloma Picasso. The bracelet spells out “Love” in her beautiful swirly handwriting.


My sweet little gift from Mr. W / Photo via Tiffany & Co.


 I am completely helpless when it comes to putting bracelets on myself, so Mama Wallaby stepped in and lent a hand.


Little C, Mr. W’s niece and our totally adorbs flower girl, ran upstairs to say hi. I gave her a big hug and promised to show her my princess dress soon. (She’s in that four-year-old princess phase, and she was very excited to see me dressed up like her Disney icons. Awww.)


Mama Wallaby and the bridesmaids changed into their dresses, and suddenly everyone was haranguing me about putting my own dress on. (Dammit, I was enjoying just chillin’ in my comfy robe and sipping mimosas.) And so, with the help of my beloved ladies, I climbed into the charmeuse slip, and then the lace overlay. We have, like, 100 photos of this happening, so I’ll do my best to summarize.





My dress had buttons down the back (va-va-voom!) and so it took four grown women to get me all buttoned up and ready for show time. I just grinned helplessly.



And then Orlando and his crew arrived, so our full-fledged wedding paparazzi was on the job. I am the world’s worst actress, so I got a little nervous once the video cameras were pointed at me.


With my pretty white dress on, hair and make-up did, and veil secured, it was time to accessorize. Between my finger bling, my sparkly hair comb, and the very busy details on my dress, I chose to keep it simple with just a pair of art deco-inspired earrings. But I couldn’t get the price tag sticker off for the life of me. $&*#@.


Before too many expletives were uttered, Mama Wallaby gracefully stepped in and worked her mama magic. I don’t think I’ve ever had someone else put my earrings on, but it was kinda nice to not lift a finger. I think I could get used to this 😉 .


To complete the transformation into Mature Soon-To-Be-Married Woman, I needed a spritz of sophisticated eau de parfum. I had wavered between several different perfumes, but the weekend before the wedding, I made a solo trip to Sephora and finally decided on Miss Dior Cherie.



I pulled my garter up my leg…


 And I slipped on my lovelies…


…and I was ready to go meet my groom. Enough about me – let’s see what kind of trouble Mr. W was stirring up downstairs!
*All photos by the fabulous, top-drawer Mustard Seed Photography, except where noted.


Miss a recap? Previously:


Mrs. Wallaby

Wedding Date:
November 2012
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  1. Member
    mrshollinger 1109 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:18 am

    Where did you get your robes? Beautiful!

  2. mssquirrel Member
    mssquirrel 276 posts, Helper bee @ 7:36 am

    Gorgeous!! You are stunning in these pics! Also, go Mr. Wallaby…the note and bracelet are perfect! I might have to accidentally leave this post open on the computer so Mr. Squirrel stumbles across it :)

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    shaynapunim 654 posts, Busy bee @ 7:42 am

    Absolutely love these pics!! And yay for Miss Dior Cherie!! 😀

  4. sunhat Member
    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:43 am

    I love the getting ready photos! Your robe is beautiful.

  5. msarmadillo Member
    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 7:52 am

    Beautiful! And Miss Dior Cherie is the best decision ever! And I second (or third?) the comments on your robe. Where on God’s earth did you get that? Because I want one!

  6. msmongoose Member
    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 8:01 am

    I love everything about this post! The note and present from Mr. W is so freakin’ sweet! Did you guys plan on exchanging gifts and notes beforehand or was this a surprise?

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    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:07 am

    @mrshollinger: Aw thanks! My robe is from Pretty Plum Sugar – it’s the knee-length kimono in Beckoning Creatures. I saw it on a wedding blog and fell in love. Haha!
    @Miss Squirrel: Lol!!! Mr. W is a sweetie. Men are pretty thick, so you might need to give Mr. Squirrel some good hints!
    @shaynapunim: I loved the perfume! I wear it every day now and think of our wedding!
    @Miss Armadillo: See above – it’s from Pretty Plum Sugar. Get one! They’re beautiful in person!!
    @Miss Mongoose: We talked about exchanging gifts in advance. I did a boudoir session and created a photo book for Mr. W (I didn’t blog about it because it’s, ahem, NSFW). That wasn’t a surprise – because I wanted to make sure he was okay with it, it was pretty expensive – but his bracelet was definitely a surprise!

  8. trailmix Member
    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 8:32 am

    Your dress is just delicious!!

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    N, Guest @ 8:33 am

    I looooove your dress on you!

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    christinamarie980 761 posts, Busy bee @ 8:46 am

    Beautiful gown!

    Great photographer! I love the photo of perfume bottle in your hand. :)

  11. camel Member
    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 9:56 am

    Man lucky girl — opening a Tiffany’s box on her wedding day. Everything about this post is just BEAUTIFUL.

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    t3al3af 61 posts, Worker bee @ 12:41 pm

    I am in LOVE with your dress!! It’s gorgeous! And you look fabulous in it :) The bracelet is a lovely touch to the entire ensemble. I am so excited to see the ceremony and everything else!

  13. graywolf Member
    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 3:28 pm

    you look BEAUTIFUL. and print that garter pic out for mr W to keep in his wallet! ;0

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    bluebelle23 854 posts, Busy bee @ 3:32 pm

    Oh wow! Such great pictures! I don’t know if it’s the Houston connection or not, but you Wallabies are my favorite Bee Blog! And thanks to your previous post and wedding teaser, I literally just got off the phone with Orlando from A Sweet Film. I want them so bad. I need a second job for all these new must haves… :/

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    lovebirds08 320 posts, Helper bee @ 5:54 pm

    Such a beautiful bride!

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:12 pm

    Such a stunning wallaby bride! I love the note and the bracelet!

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    cicijapan 263 posts, Helper bee @ 3:07 am

    Beautiful pictures!! Wow!

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    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 7:10 am

    I just love how dainty your dress looks!

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    mzjynxie 783 posts, Busy bee @ 2:19 pm

    I love you mother’s dress…gorgeous

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    mzjynxie 783 posts, Busy bee @ 2:19 pm

    I love your mother’s dress…so gorgeous

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    Schneewittli 56 posts, Worker bee @ 9:16 am

    I’m already so much in love with your wedding!! Can’t wait for the rest of the recaps. And you look sooo beautiful, I love your dress and your style.

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    notbridey 728 posts, Busy bee @ 4:46 pm

    I gotta agree your mom’s dress is stunning! Designer? Style?

    also who did your dress? It’s AMAZING! It fits you perfectly! wowzer bowzer Mr. W is one lucky dude! :)

  23. mswallaby Member
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:14 pm

    @notbridey: Aw I’m sure my mom would be so happy to hear that!! I just checked – it’s Kay Unger New York. She bought it at Nordstrom about 6 months ago. If your mom is interested and can’t find the dress anymore, PM me – my mom’s dress is a size 10 and I’d guess that she might be okay with parting with it :)
    My dress was Allure 8800. I tried on about 90% Allure dresses – I love them all!

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    diana, Guest @ 1:13 pm

    love your dress! i have a similar dress (v neck front/low back) and was wondering what you did for a bra solution (if you dont mind sharing). i’m leaning towards a ‘braza bra’ since it was recommended to me by the lady at the fancy bra store. the stick ons are just sort of intimidating!

  25. mswallaby Member
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:16 pm

    Thanks! :) I had cups sewn into my dress. I don’t have a huge chest – I’m a 32B/C – so I got plenty of support from the cups. And honestly, I was way more comfortable than I would’ve been with any strapless/alternative bra situation…I hate the feeling of underwiring in strapless bras, and I didn’t want to worry about having to pull anything up while we were dancing.

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    diana, Guest @ 1:20 pm

    @Mrs. Wallaby: @Mrs. Wallaby:

    thank you! i have my first fitting this weekend so i’ll talk to the tailor.

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    Rebecca, Guest @ 7:24 pm

    Did you have the cafe color slip or ivory? I’m getting the same dress love it! :)

  28. mswallaby Member
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:53 am

    @Rebecca: I ordered the cafe-colored slip. It’s such a pretty dress, you’ll look amazing!!

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