I'm married. That still feels weird to say. I said the vows, got the husband, and moved in with him. The other day I received my first piece of mail at my new address with my new name on it. I'm a Mrs. now. It's sinking in.
So, now that it's all official and I have begun my married life with this man, it's time to start sharing that thing I know you've all been waiting for since I became engaged about 5 months ago. My Wedding Dress!!!
Of course, there is way more to this dress than I can fit into one post, so today we're going to start at the beginning. About 10 years ago, give or take a few.
There are two things I have long known I wanted for my wedding dress.
#1 I wanted to wear the hoop skirt my mom made and wore for her wedding. Thus, my wedding dress was going to have a very full skirt.
#2 I wanted my dress to fasten with a long row of buttons down the back. My mom's wedding dress has buttons down the back and I've always loved the look of that. Unlike on my mom's dress however where half the buttons were decorative, used to cover up a zipper, I wanted all of my buttons to be real. I wanted my husband to have to undo every last button to get the dress off of me on our wedding night.
Hoop skirt and buttons, that's what I've known I wanted on my wedding dress since childhood. (Though don't worry, I'm sure I didn't think about the husband removing the dress when I was a child, I just liked buttons. The unbuttoning fantasy came later.) Now when did I decide I was going to make my dress? It's hard to pinpoint an exact time, but it was probably my senior year of high school. I sewed my prom dress that year, and it turned amazing! After this sewing success, I felt like I could make anything - even a wedding dress. One day.
Like all the other girls in the late 2000's and early 2010's, I kept a secret Pinterest board full of wedding ideas for my happily ever after, which of course I hoped would come sooner rather than later (Dear 18 year old me, be patient. It'll be worth it.) One day, while scrolling through Pinterest and pinning anything of interest (on a computer of course, as these were the days before everyone had a smart phone), I came across the most beautiful picture.