Toadtally Us: Becoming a Bride

I arrived with my parents and siblings at the venue at 2:00 PM.

Since we didn’t have a wedding planner or DOC, everything was up to us. The day before, Mr. Toadstool and I took my dress and all the decorations and store them at the venue, so I had to take everything out and tell my mom and sister how to set some things up, tell the people setting tables which table linens I wanted, and figure out a table for our fingerprint guestbook.

Meanwhile our photographer Alberto and videographer David started working on something I really, really wanted, getting pictures of my dress. So we took it out of the bag and they proceeded to shoot it while I ran around directing the people setting the tables.

At one point, my dad, who was looking at Alberto and David work, asked me (with a crazy laugh): “Are you that ugly, they’d rather photograph the dress without you in it?” Leave it to Daddy to make the joke of the day.

*All photos by Alberto Alcorta Photography

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It was time to put that baby on.

I put on my crinoline and carefully slipped into the dress, and then my mom and sister got to work.

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Have you ever been laced up into a wedding dress? It takes forever! Sure, at first we started joking and laughing:

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But then things got tense as they didn’t know what to do—my seamstress, Marisol, told them the basics about this, but it took them a long while to figure it out. The mood progressed into confusion, and then frustration:

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There was a lot bit of yelling and pulling and pushing as they figured the thing out, and once they figured it out, they took my breath away—literally; it was like they didn’t want me to breathe for the rest of the day.

As I stood there waiting for them to finish—and it took them a LONG time—it all started feeling surreal. Is THE day really here? I mean, am I really getting married today? OMG I have a wedding dress on! I might have hyperventilated here, or maybe it was the tight dress, but I definitely got dizzy.

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Once we they found the perfect balance between keeping the dress up and a breathing bride, we were done. I had my veil, jewelry, and shoes on already, but there was not even a mirror in the room so I couldn’t look at myself. I had to ask Alberto to show me a photo on his camera so I could see the final product. There was nothing left to do.

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OK, we could do one more thing: get the first cry of the day.

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Alberto told me and my mom to hold hands—this is not going to end well—then, asked us to look into each other’s eyes.

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Keep it together!—and then he told us to say something sweet to each other.

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Aaand I lost it. We couldn’t make a sound; we were trying too hard not to start bawling right then and there. It was a very emotional moment, but man it made for great pictures.

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My mom gets all sappy every time she looks at these, and then follows it up with a comment regarding her looking too fat, too old, or too wrinkled”¦way to kill the moment, Ma!

*All photos by Alberto Alcorta Photography

How many people helped/will help you get into your dress? Does your dress have a zipper or does it lace up?

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Mrs. Toadstool

Location:
Obregon, Mexico
Wedding Date:
December 2012
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    softm 51 posts, Worker bee @ 7:55 am

    Touching scene

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    sharonmariep 382 posts, Helper bee @ 10:03 am

    i love all the pictures,you are so beautiful.
    love love the picture of you and your mom.makes me miss my mom so much♥

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

    Wow Mrs. Toadstool! They are amazing! You look so incredibly beautiful.

  4. msmongoose Member
    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 1:03 pm

    What a great story!! I love the photos of you and your mother.

  5. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 3:34 pm

    You look beautiful, and the pictures with your mom are so sweet!

  6. graywolf Member
    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 6:47 am

    you look stunning!

  7. genie Member
    genie 723 posts, Busy bee @ 10:52 am

    I love those pictures with your mom!

  8. msbicycle Member
    msbicycle 718 posts, Busy bee @ 8:28 am

    So sweet! You look gorgeous and so happy!

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