Friday, September 25, 2009

My Wedding Day Ensemble


I plan to have lots more wedding goodness to share with you next week, including more photos of the day and some of the DIY projects I cooked up, but in the meantime, here is a peek at my bridal ensemble!


Where else to start but with the dress, of course! I received many sweet compliments about it after my last post so here's the scoop. Some of you may remember my initial dress hunt where I found three dresses that I liked, but didn't love. There were a few things I knew I wanted – something different, a vintage feel, not too fancy and not too big, lots of tiered ruffles and an inexpensive price tag. Not too much to ask, right?! I believe it was a great act of fate that I eventually stumbled upon the dress I wore, which I truly believe was made just for me.


It is the Rebecca dress by Jessica McClintock and was a very friendly $400. I first saw the dress in it's original colors of ivory and black, which I thought was pretty and unique. Then I discovered that it also came in pink and black, which almost sold it for me. But in the end, I opted for classic ivory on ivory (which is so unlike me!). Turns out they made a slightly modified version of the dress when I went to buy it, which had a beige lace corset and came with a pink sash - sold!


I decided the pink sash wasn't right and that a splash of bronzy champagne was the added vintagy touch I needed. I picked up the sash from Jessica McClintock also (the color was Gold) for $29.


I knew I needed an accent of some sort and I immediately turned to the talented JoAnn of refashioned to create a custom brooch for me. After searching and sending me pics of all the old buttons she had, I picked my fave and she whipped up this beautiful piece in the size and color I requested. It was perfect, wouldn't you agree?


On a side note, the new sash I purchased ended up being way too long and I needed to shorten it, so I'll have a little tutorial for you next week on how I did it and one way to finish the ends to prevent fraying.


When it came to my hair, I really had no idea what I was going to do with it, but decided that a half up do would suit the casual look I wanted best. I created a few different hair pieces (you know I'm all about options!), but in the end, the simplest one I made won out.


I deconstructed a small silk rose and then reconstructed it to be a little flatter, in the shape I wanted, and used a little rhinestone studded bead as the center. I was really pleased with the look of it.


For my jewelry, I mentioned earlier this week that I had just a bit of a hard time deciding! After creating four bracelets and four pairs of earrings, I ended up adjusting my colors a bit and whipped up this one the night before the wedding!



The bronze pearls pulled out the color in my sash perfectly and the pink accents were just the right amount of color for me.

You can also see some pics of my wedding ring here.


The earrings I decided on, however, were actually the first pair I made!


I originally envisioned myself wearing something longer, and never really thought of a post style earring, but in the end I was thrilled with the look and feel of them.


Im a shoe maniac. I don't even know if maniac can describe it, but someday maybe Ill show you just how many pairs I own. But I guess my frugality is my most dominant characteristic because oddly enough, when it came to shoes, I was just going to wear some I had in my closet. With such a tight budget, I just couldn't bear the cost of spending so much on something else I would only wear once.


But when I went on a hunt for shoes to wear in my cousin's upcoming wedding, I changed my mind and knew I needed pink. The shoes are Abby by Benjamin Walk Touch-Ups, died Primavera Rose, and those darling accents, well those were custom made just for me by the sweet and talented Chelsea of Oh My Deer. There isn't much to see in her shop as she is usually busy with custom orders but you can check out her sold section and her blog to see all the amazing things she creates!


Almost done! What ensemble is complete without the perfect clutch? This was actually the first piece of my wedding attire that I picked up, almost a year ago now! I had no idea what else I would be wearing, but knew this is what I would be carrying.


Made by the fabulous Rowena of Red Ruby Rose, my clutch featured a waterlily on one side and lily of the valley on the inside. With a pink silk interior, could it have been any more Lillyella? I think not!

So that covers it! Or should I say covers me. The only thing I didn't share was my undies, and if they had been ruffly, cute and handmade, I probably would have. Stop back next week for more pics from the big day and lots of crafty DIY wedding goodness!

34 comments:

Sherry said...

Everything is so lovely. It looks like it was the perfect day.

Polka Dot Moon said...

Gorgeous bride! What a beautiful wedding!!

BelaDonna said...

You make a beautiful bride! Everything looks so perfect. Congratulations!

random moments said...

This post made my heart happy! I love how everything ties together. Just gorgeous!!

Whimsical Creations said...

Just perfect! Makes me want to do it all over again.

karuski said...

So very beautiful, love your dress! This should be linked to Etsy's Handmade Weddings series on the Storque, just an idea...:)

. Phydeaux . Phydelle . said...

You are absolutely beautiful and your ensemble lovely and SO perfect! What a gorgeous brooch! Everything is perfection. Can't wait to see more photos! xo

Cottage In The Sun said...

Thanks so much for sharing all of your photos. Everything is stunning! I agree with Whimsical Creations - makes me want to have my wedding all over again!

!Tb0n3! said...

Everything was so perfect! I loveee your dress

alteaperle said...

Everything look so beautiful! Love the brooch and the shoes!

fleurfatale said...

You made the perfect choices for a perfect day!! "
All looks so pretty together, and I must say, you have a pretty handsome partner too!!!! :-)

photoadele said...

i adore your dress and all of the added extras! congrats on everything! be healthy and happy!

LilithEvy said...

It is BEAUTIFUL! You looked so sophisticated and chic!

UnaOdd -Lynn said...

Stunning and sweet! Congratulations!!!

JennTRC said...

love the dress and all your accessories! :)

Shrimp Salad Circus said...

Oh my gosh. Everything is just amazing and very inspiring! I swear you make me want to have a wedding, even though I have no intention of getting married anytime soon!!!

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

uncorked said...

You look just beautiful Nicole and all the perfect little touches you put together! You two are a gorgeous couple! And is that your dad in the first pic?

xo- Cat :)

n i l e e y said...

simply beautiful, love the colors and accents that made the difference!

Red Ruby Rose said...

Simply stunning! Now I want to get married too :) Also, I can't tell you how happy I am that the lotus and lily clutch accompanied you on your big day - I'm so tickled about that. Yay you!

mint said...

that's a beautifully match set. looks perfect! <3

Nicole said...

love the look. what a great find with the dress. congratulations!

Serene said...

Everything looks so perfect put together. And it's even more special cos you handmade some of the stuff. It's really wonderful and pretty, great job!

Jacky said...

Absolutely LOVE it! I am amazed. I can't wait until I can pull together my own wedding ensemble...=)

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I rock on said...

wow beautiful! Love the dress and all the accessories!! great job!

Amy (the b-line) said...

SO fun and just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing all of the details, Nicole!

HUzzah! Vintage said...

gorgeous dress! thought it was vintage 'til i scrolled down and saw the maker!

alexkeller said...

simply love the dress. love the brooch on your sash, and the little poofs on your shoes are adorable~

Linda @ The Silver Acorn said...

You look gorgeous! Everything is so beautiful and so you. It's very touching to see your father so proud and you so happy. Looking forward to more pictures of your special day. Congratulations!
Linda
The Silver Acorn

shopPOPKO said...

gorgeous gorgeous! this was actually the FIRST wedding dress i picked out, in the black and white. i decided on something different in the end, but those ruffles were SO SOFT! you look amazing in that dress, the sash is so pretty.

ThePeachTree said...

Oh, you gorgeous lady you! All of these little handmade touches look absolutely glamorous :) The pink accents especially really POP!!

Congratulations again!

VerreEncore said...

so super beautiful :)
congratulations!!!

Lara Lewis said...

oh gorgeous! i've had my eye on that wedding dress so it's wonderful to see how it looks in "real life." you look positively radiant and i love you pulled it all together with those accessories!

Gifted Designs said...

I for some reason never got to see this and now I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who thinks everything for a wedding needs to be white! If I ever get married, I'll be dressed in pale primrose yellow with silver accents...no white for moi!

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

Everything looks so lovely, especially you! You were a beautiful bride!