Wedding Dress Experience

Hi, Friends if you are new to the site or don't follow me on Instagram you may not know that I am currently wedding planning and getting married November 2018! I wanted to share my story with you about getting my wedding dress and some advice I think I have to share because the process wasn't easy by any means to me but it was worth it I will say that! 

To give a little bit of background, my family is scattered throughout the country and its just Henry and me in Cincinnati (which has a very well known bridal district).  So in order to have my mom with me, my sisters and some bridesmaids while I go dress shopping I had to plan far in advance so that plane tickets could be purchased.  My mom and I picked two weekends in January just in case I didn't find something the first so that way we could keep shopping.  

Also, I've heard of 3 friends now that have purchased dresses and then a few months later changed their mind, so I thought even if I did find MY dress the first weekend I still wanted time to think about it. 

My mom made SEVEN appointments the first weekend since we were short on time.  It was A LOT but its sort of the cards we were dealt with, and I didn't find the dress in all those shops.  I did however very much narrow down what I was looking for there just wasn't a lot of it. 

I was extremely discouraged, I felt like I kept saying I liked things I didn't to make everyone happy, I had rude sales ladies that made comments, ultimately making me tear up at one point.  Guys, dress shopping is exhausting.  I felt so discouraged and so I went to Instagram to share my story.  I was met with great response and a follower gave me the advice to take my time, maybe even go by myself so I didn't have outside pressure. She told me she didn't cry when she tried on her dress but she didn't want to take it off. 

I felt so much better, and there was one dress I had in mind I wanted to try on that I didn't and because my mom was coming back, I tried it on without her.  Because if I didn't like that one we were going to head to a different city.  I took a good friend with me, one that would be honest, but listen and respect my opinion.  And I feel so lucky that I tried it on and loved it!  It was different than what I went in thinking I wanted, but yet very me.  I looked at myself and heard the words "I don't want to take this off" and I teared up.  Seriously if I hadn't gotten this advice from Rosemary, I may have never found my dress because I felt confident in my choice.  Even though dress shopping wasn't how I imagined, my mom and sisters weren't there, it was really the only dress I wanted to try on but her words made me feel so relieved. 

The second weekend my mom came out, unfortunately, the others couldn't join but I got my mom's approval and some happy tears. The weekends weren't what I expected AT ALL, I think Say Yes to the Dress tricks us.  You think you are supposed to have 10 people go with you fall in love with the first dress because it is just perfect and cry immediately.  That's not everyone story and that's okay, as long as you look at the dress, feel beautiful and don't want to take it off,  I think you're golden! 

So here are some of my words of wisdom:

1. Go in with an Idea - I think this helps to narrow things down and not be too overwhelming.  With that said try on different shapes, sometimes you never know whats going to look amazing on you!

2. Stop trying on a dress you don't like - The sales people just wanted to put me on anything, even if I said I didn't like.  They just wanted to make a sale and I feel like I left frustrated and wasted time.

3. Pick the right people to come - I brought my mom, her friend, and one of my friends.  They got my vision, and knew me and what not only fit me best in my body but in personality.  And they were happy for me when I was happy.

4. There's a lot of emotion that surrounds your dress - I didn't get how much emotion, good and bad, would be surrounding this weekend, its okay to take breaks and think about things. Don't let people push you into something either.

5. Take your time - Like I said a lot of people I know picked a second dress, so even if you find the one there's no harm in waiting a few days before making the decision.

6. HAVE FUN! This is supposed to one of the most magical times ever, don't let anyone get you down and have hope you will find the one.  When in doubt always accept the free champagne! 

I hope this helps you and you keep this in mind when it's your special day!

Engagement Story

AHH! I can't believe it, Im engaged! If you haven't see from Instagram this past weekend, Henry and I got engaged! I am just over the moon so excited. So I just had to share the story with you! (There's going to be a lot of exclamation points :))

So I work from home on Friday's and Henry called me at 2 which isn't like him at all.  So of course at first I thought something was wrong, but he told me to sign off work and I have 30-45 minutes to get ready.  My response "No I couldn't possibly leave work!".  He told me my boss was aware and would cover my work.  I literally couldn't believe it but I started getting ready (and continued working).  He came to pick me up and I figured something was going to happen but I was running around like a crazy person. 

He took me to a rooftop bar and as we went up to the stairs I heard our song "Mess is Mine" by Vance Joy playing and I started to tear up.  Henry guided me to this spot where you can see all of Downtown Cincinnati and told me how much I meant to him.  (To be honest we were so nervous we don't remember what was said.) He got down on one knee and said "Will you marry me?". I said YES! The ring was more than I could ever imagine and that's my reaction!

He had rented the rooftop so it was ours for an hour and David from David Stephen was there. We got some amazing photos taken.  It's seriously so amazing to have photos of that moment.

And THEN our whole family flew in to be with us, from California, Florida, Chicago and Mexico City!! We are very lucky, my pregnant sister was able to come and Henry's brother surprised us. 

We got to spend the weekend with them, and I didn't post anything for 24 hours.  It was fun to be engaged and have no one know but our families. He then arranged to have all our friends come in town for Saturday to celebrate more with them.

We are so grateful and lucky to everyone that has congratulated us.  We are so excited for this next chapter of our life and I can't wait to bring you along with me! 

 I hope you enjoy the photos!