Unlike “colors” and decorations and awkward slow-dancing, one aspect of wedding planning I can totally get in to is fashion and style. And although I’m not having bridesmaids or flowers, I’ve been very excited about finding a wedding dress and choosing my own hair, makeup, and accessories. Because I’m a girl and I’m getting married and sometimes it’s okay to forget about things like drug cartels and ISIS and refugee crises for a minute and just have fun getting pretty!!!
I would never, ever wear a long, white dress to anything. Especially not on a day when I want to look my best. There are some beautiful white wedding gowns out there, but I don’t find the combination of the color and the length to be very flattering on me. (Maybe if I was blonde and skinny and tan, but I am not any of those things.) So, as I am wont to do, I started thinking a little bit outside the box.
Full disclosure: I found my wedding dress before Scott and I even got engaged. We had been talking about getting married (obviously), and I was just curious, so I hopped on Nordstrom’s website and found a gorgeous Adrianna Papell gown in about five minutes. They had my size, I ordered it, I tried it on, and it was perfect. BAM. Done.
I love the blush color and the sequin details on my dress, and the best part is, it’s something I could wear again if I wanted to.
I wanted my wedding day accessories to scream “I’m a white girl in 2015” so naturally I chose rose gold, the big trend these days. All joking aside, I do think that rose gold is stunning, and it’s the color of my engagement ring so I decided to go with it. I got some rose gold Steve Madden strappy sandals which are sooooo uncomfortable yet sooooo beautiful and a pendant from this darling Etsy shop to match.
I don’t think I’m going to get a wedding band. I love the unique shape of my engagement ring, and it looks great alone. Scott has plans to get a matte rose gold band for himself.
For my “something old,” I’m wearing my mom’s diamond stud earrings which were given to her by her mom. And for my “something borrowed/something blue,” I was graciously lent my late great-grandmother’s aquamarine ring for the occasion. See?! I don’t hate all wedding traditions!
My hairstyle was somewhat of a controversy in my family. My mom insisted that I get a fancy updo, “because it looks more bridal.” However, I almost never wear my hair up because I have a round face and having my hair gathered away from my face makes it appear fuller and, in my mind, chubbier. So, with the support of my dad and my fiancé, I chose to leave it down in waves, but as a nod to the wisdom of my mother, I did elect to try something new. I’m in love with this “side-swept” style and have chosen a rose gold comb studded with rhinestones in order to, as she suggest, make it look “more bridal.” 🙂
Although I’m notoriously cheap when it comes to beauty (for example, I’ve never ever had a pedicure), beauty rockstar and high school friend Brooke has agreed to do my hair for me, because I don’t want to deal with the stress of doing my own hair on my wedding day. Best to leave this stuff to the professionals.
I am awful with makeup. I wear the same combination of BB cream, eyeshadow, and drugstore mascara every day. When I do try to implement a full makeup regimen, the result is full-blown blackface that rubs off on peoples’ sleeves when I hug them. So, like my hair deal, I enlisted the help of friend and co-worker Rachel to remove any fretting about my face on the big day as well. I picked a light, classic look because 1) it goes well with the rest of what I’ve got goin’ on and 2) whenever I try to “highlight and contour” or a “bold lip” or a “smoky eye” I end up looking like somebody put a Barbie in the microwave.
What do you think of my choices? Any advice? What did you look like on your wedding day?