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Wow. Serious red alert here. I’ve always had a soft spot for bright wedding dresses. The first dress I tried on was a vibrant yellow dress at Luly Yang. It was a little more drama than I was going for, and I ended up falling in love with a dress in a more classic shape, but I still dream about it!
And these gorgeous, rich reds are equally swoon worthy. Vera Wang always does bridal perfectly. Would you wear a bright wedding dress?

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What a weekend! And I mean that in the best sort of way. I didn’t make much of a fuss about buying my wedding dress, but I’m so glad my sister did. She found the most amazing vintage shop down in Portland Oregon, Xtabay. We drove down for the weekend with our mom and a couple of my sister’s closest friends. We came, we mimosa-ed, we shopped. Then we had a little more fun.

I highly recommend Xtabay for the quintessential wedding dress shopping experience. Every detail was perfect. And when we’d finally seen enough, we hopped down to the main store downstairs and shopped a bit more. It was curated perfectly, every piece was a dream. I held back and just picked up a sweet, short yellow jacket for myself, but my sister really cleaned up.

After exploring a little more of Portland, we wined at dined at the Zeus Cafe (delicious! love those McMenamins spots!), hit the photo booth at the Ace Hotel, and danced the night away at Kell’s.
I’m thinking we should have ladies weekends more often.

My sister is getting married next summer and she’s been pinning away wedding ideas. Next month we’re hitting Portland together to scour the vintage shops for bridesmaid dresses, but more recently I’ve been dreaming of wedding hair. I’m thinking something slightly messy to go with her vision of the day. Honestly, I am completely incompetent when it comes to hair styling myself, but I’m determined to track down the perfect picture to show my favorite hair gal!

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My little sister just got engaged (hooray!) so we’ve started pinning away all our ideas on a mutual Pinterest board. She’s thinking vintage-esque, which is so fun to research, since it’s a different direction than I took (just last year!)


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Aren’t these dresses just gorgeous? I can hardly wait to see my sister in one of them!

What a blur! What a beautiful tangle of emotions and moments!
How many times in your life will you have almost every single person you care about in one room?

Marriage never looked likely for me. At least not to me. It was never something I had fantasized about, until it suddenly made sense. We were already building a life together. It makes me think of Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks, “I’d never had so much pleasure with another human being. It was that simple.”

And so, we threw a party. Yes, it was a wedding, and there was a ceremony. A short, sweet, silly, very us, kind of ceremony. More than anything, it was a celebration, of what we had become and what is to be.
There were so many amazing moments. On stage during the ceremony, not seeing anyone except my husband-to-be.The fantastic, hilarious, heart-felt speeches from my sister and brother-in-law. The dance party with all the ladies on my mom’s side and some of my oldest closest friends.

At the time it felt like the climax of so many things, of our struggles and triumphs.
My heart bursts knowing it’s just the beginning.
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