When I see this picture, taken just a few moments before Ben and I walked down the aisle, hand in hand, to be married, several thoughts immediately come to mind.In no particular order:
Why hadn't anyone told me about eyebrow pencils?
We look so young.
There is such a thing as too blond.
So glad we took the leap.
I adore that pink dress in retrospect every bit as much as I did on July 13th, 2002.
I struggled to find a dress. I knew I didn't want to spend a lot of money, and that I didn't really want to wear white. White is not my color. I'm sure if I had walked into a decent bridal store - something I never once did during our engagement - a salesperson well-versed in the infinite shades of white could have come up with just the right ivory hue, but I just wasn't into it.
I still have wedding dress #1, purchased at Bebe in Hollywood when I was on my seminary visitation weekend. It was champagne-colored lace, and altogether too short. Not like, "oops, my ankles are showing" short. Short. I only just started wearing it last fall, thanks to the addition of leggings in my wardrobe.
On to wedding dress #2. Light pink. Delia*s. Fifty bucks. I loved it. Loved it. The dress itself, and the fabulously low price tag.
A couple months ago I received a marketing email from Anthropologie about their new wedding dress line. I'm not especially into fashion these days. I did do a bit of shopping last fall when I realized I did not really have a lot of professional Midwestern clothes in my closet, and I do love a good Anthropologie sweater clearance.
I did not expect to be utterly transported by a wedding dress line. I, who never so much as read a wedding magazine in the public library.
But, oh, BHLDN is so lovely.
Their catalog isn't as cheap as my bridal gown, but $50 is admittedly hard to beat. Especially almost nine years later. But they're moderately reasonable, probably in the same ballpark as the gowns at David's Bridal. And they have so much spunk.
I think I would have picked this one, had it been an option.
And this one... um, if I ever officiate a wedding and the bride is wearing this, I might be the one to pass out.
Their bridesmaid dresses are fab, too. So maybe there's still hope for me yet...