Thursday, February 5, 2009

Getting Ready Part 2: "You're Never Fully Dressed without a Smile...and Some Fabulous Shoes"


There are three girls in my family (my poor father), so when it came to all aspects of wedding planning, I had to be very creative in finding deals and saving money. I really wanted our wedding to have cute, personal touches, but I had a very limited budget to work with. This is where etsy, online shopping, and the fabulous state of Delaware, "The Home of Tax Free Shopping," came in handy.

I figured I'd start these pics from the bottom up. First up the shoes. Oh my goodness did I L.O.V.E. my shoes. I wanted something non-traditional, but colored shoes didn't look right with my dress. I thought these fit the bill perfectly for a summer wedding. They are Charles David Fizz. I bought them of amazon.com for 75% off. Score! They are currently on sale in black if you are looking for some new shoes!


sweet sweet yumminess.
















Bridesmaids shoes. My friends Laura and Stephanie picked these out. I think they look fabulous. I heart bows. Kenneth Cole Reaction Rich n Post.







Bridesmaid dress. It was very hard to pick out bridesmaid dresses due to the fact that my bridesmaids lived in 4 different states, with one even living out of the country. Aria Dress fit the bill. The dresses were pretty much true to size, and the material was extremely light (a requirement for an outdoor reception in the summer). Here is the style the girls chose. I think it looked amazing on everyone. The dress company offered a discount if all of the dresses were shipped to one address. I chose my parent's house in Delaware, so that we not only got the discount, but all dresses were tax free. Every little bit helps!






Bouquet Charms. I got this idea from Miss Magnolia on Weddingbee.com. I worked with oliviamoon on etsy to customize different fonts and backgrounds. The best part about these charms (other than the fact that it allows everyone to remember which bouquet is theirs) is the fact that there is a mirror on the back of the charm. I love how they turned out, and Susan was absolutely wonderful to work with.








Dress Label. Most brides choose to do their new initials on their dress label. Since my initials stayed the same, and due to the fact that the hubs put the kibosh on the Hokey Pokie and a maroon and orange color scheme, I decided to surprise him with this. I love it. Ordered from The Gartermaker. They were so easy to work with and even emailed me back with a, "Rock Chalk Jayhawk KU!" I love that they got into the spirit of it :0)







The Dress. I walked into the dress store without a clue as to what I was looking for in a dress. When the salesperson asked me what styles I liked, I literally replied, " I want to be able to use the bathroom on my own." Umm yeah, probably not what they were used to hearing. It was the bow and the back that sold me on the dress (and the fact I could use the bathroom without assistance of course). I found the dress in Virginia, but found a store that sold it in Delaware, so again I could take advantage of some tax free awesomeness. Yay Delaware!!!














Bridal & Bridesmaid Jewelry. It can be very hard to find ivory wedding jewelry. Once again, I hit up etsy, and made a fabulous find. I worked with the amazing Kim at KYM Jewelry to customize my bridal necklace and earrings, along with necklaces and earrings for my bridesmaids.




Youngest sis models jewelry with her classic spunky look






Bridal Necklace









Bridal Earrings






Putting on the finishing touches.







The Veil. I have no idea who made my veil, but I absolutely adored it. It was the accessory I spent the most on. For some girls it's the shoes, others the jewelry, but for me it was all about the veil. I just love the way it photographed!



Enjoy!

All pictures courtesy of Kate Leigh

23 comments:

Ashley said...

LOVE your shoes! and the bridemaid bouquets are so fresh and bright! pretty!

Sarah said...

oh wow!! All of those pics are great!! And the little details are just wonderful! I love the charms!

Jenny.Lee said...

Everything is so gorgeous!

Annie Peterson said...

Everything is stunning, but I agree that I LOVE your shoes!

Jules said...

Very pretty. I love the shoes and what a deal. I also used the gartermaker to do my dress patch. I loved it!
I am really into details and you did a great job.

Freck said...

Oh my goodness! I LOVE these pictures!!! So pretty!

Living for the Little Moments said...

Such beautiful accessories!

The Polka Dotted Owl said...

You are my frugal wedding hero. If I ever attempt down the aisle, I am hiring you as my wedding planner:) I especially love love love your bracelet. Where did you get that one? Everything was so LOVERYLY!!!!

d.a.r. said...

I love, love, love all of the gorgeous little details you put into your wedding!

KAG said...

Love your pics! AMAZING!Hope you'll head over to my blog and enter my fun giveaway! xoxo KAG

Beyond the Rockz said...

Somehow I made it here, and so enjoyed peeking in the window of your exquisite wedding.

So beautiful!

Beyond the RockZ

RachelAnn said...

Everything was so beautiful!! I am in love with your shoes!!!

Peppermint Bee said...
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Peppermint Bee said...

Wow, what beautiful pictures! YOu did a wonderful job!

Aliya said...

thanks for following, too! i adore your shoes and color combo.. i think the bridesmaid charms are SUCH a fab idea!!

Southern Bride To Be said...

Those shoes are amazing!

The Polka Dotted Owl said...

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Mrs. Cup said...

Oh my gosh!! What beautiful pictures!

jlc said...

WOW!!

Those shoes are like little works of art to put on your feet!!! I want! Haha.

And yeahhhhh tax free! Jersey used to be that way until 2 weeks ago. Yuck! :(

Missy said...

Oh my goodness! I just found your blog - we have such similar tastes! In fact, I ordered that exact bridesmaid dress style, in bright pink! I also LOVE your wedding shoes!

Belle on Heels said...

your shoes were AMAZING and i'm glad to know someone else is as obsessed with etsy as i am!!!

The Ross Family said...

Just found your blog - very cute! I got married in Oct. of 2007 and also ordered my bridesmaid dresses from Aria. I loved them! Looks like you had a beautiful wedding.

Ally said...

I must say I just LOVE LOVE your taste. I was showing all the different aspects of your wedding to my hubs and he thought it looked very expensive! Good for you for getting creative and working within your budget. I am one of 4 kids (3 girls, 1 boy) so I definitely had a limited budget...how many people were at your wedding?