Finding My Dress

Image from MichelleBrusegaard on Etsy

When everyone kept asking me what type of dress I had in mind for my wedding I kept on thinking about my favorite Barbie doll when I was a child. I didn’t tell anyone at the time but that is my little truth! It was the 1985 Peaches & Cream edition–yes, I’ve done my research for this post–you know, the one with the ruffly peach ball gown and the strapless opal bodice (well it was only strapless because my straps wore off after too much play). She was the epitome of beauty. She was Hollywood glamour before I even realized it! I loved the way the colors in her skirt changed colors with the layers of peaches and pink chiffons (or whatever light fabric it was). I even thought about having a wedding dress made so it could be similar. But quickly in that next moment I knew I wasn’t that much of a fanatic! With my luck it would probably look more beauty queen than Veronica Lake.


So while I wait for our professional photographs to come in I wanted to tell you about the journey (okay, long journey) finding my dress. I know I was always searching to see real women (not models in ads) in the gowns I coveted.  So hopefully this will help some of you as you find yours.

I had two requirements for my dress: I had to feel beautiful in it and it couldn’t cost more than $1500. So in the coming posts I am going to show you pictures from my outings to Saja and Jenny Yoo (both boutique-y alternatives to fluffy gowns), The Wedding Garden (an upscale thrift store with big designer names), and J-Crew (and I’ve already posted about Oleg Cassini at Dillard’s and David’s Bridal). To finally decide on Maggie Sottero and then ultimately Allure at RK Bridal (a no-frills shop with thousands of dresses that you choose yourself). So get ready for bad pictures!!

Did you have hidden inspiration behind your gown selection? Did you visit a number of stores before you found the one?

Inspiration: Pink & Peach Garden Wedding

Image from Style Me Pretty.
Image from Style Me Pretty.

Yes, peach, blush pink and coral are my the main colors to my own wedding. So I have pretty much been obsessed with anything that captures these colors plus the feeling that I want for my own wedding. All the romanticism, all the softness, all the outdoor garden loveliness. This inspiration board is just dreamy in my eyes!

As a bohemian bride I am someone that loves whimsical weddings that combine vintage elements in a relaxed way that brings in nature. I love the crates filled with ruffled flowers. The apricots that overflow. The bride’s Saja wedding gown. It is all so yummy. So feast for yourself, Boho brides.

Image from Style Me Pretty.

Vintage Rustic Romantic Affair

Image from Style Me Pretty.
Image Style Me Pretty
Image from Style Me Pretty

This beautiful and delicate wedding is perfect for the city girl who loves being a little bit country. Yep, that is me. I love strolling through the oak groves in Southern California. This wedding reminds me of Socal Country Chic. And I totally recognize the location.

The Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse, is an Appalachian home transported to Southern California wine country. When I first got engaged I inquired about this place thinking it would be perfect. And it was, but at the time the rental fee was a bit high. But, having known now what I know: most place are the same, I would have gone ahead and booked.

I love the way the tablescape is decorated with tea cups, birch wood table numbers, red and white straws. It is perfect for my peach color schemes and my vintage vibe. So much rustic ambiance! So much country flavor! A just perfect romantic affair! Perfect inspiration!

Soft Summer Palette

This inspiration board from 100 Layer Cake is helping to fuel my wedding color palette.

Muted Jewel Tones? is the title of this color combination. I prefer to think about it as a lazy summer afternoon. When you are laying on the beach everything looks a bit washed out in the afternoon sun.

These are the warmer shades of the pinks, peaches, and aquas that I am working with. I find it helpful to use these inspiration boards as brackets for my wedding palette. If it goes with this board or my brighter inspiration board then I can be a little bit more sure that it will work with my vision.

How do you focus your vision, Boho Brides?

Coral and Aqua

A few weeks past I blogged about my wedding color palette. It is grounded in shades of peach with more of an organic stance towards accent colors (marigolds, dusty rose, mint, aqua).

Yesterday Style Me Pretty featured a beautiful photo shoot using coral and aqua for what could be a wedding in any season. My wedding is in the summer but the flowers they use look as if it would be from late autumn to early spring. For the bouquet velvety and bold anemones, for the tabletops crisp peach tulips. I absolutely love the soft shades but still playful use of color.

I am trying to get ideas for alternatives to the traditional rice toss after the ceremony. The satin ribbon keeps it youthful while remaining elegantly detailed. Perhaps this is a solution to my problem — my venue does not want rice or petals to be thrown. What do you think Boho Brides?

P.S. Brava, Millie Holloman and team!