We also bought a bunch of lights to hang at the wedding. Except instead of expensive garden lights, we got regular white Christmas lights. I think they look just as good. Plus, half as expensive.
I found it a couple weeks ago. I went down to Seattle with my mom to go to Davids Bridal and JCrew. Davids Bridal had some nice dresses that didn't quite fit the bill. It also had a bridal consultant from another decade who told me that my father would lift the veil from my face like a most precious gift. .... I can't even tell you how many things are wrong with that sentence for me. I'm all kinds of horrified just thinking about it. It's also seriously funny, because who says that? Thank goodness my actual consultant was very good.
Then we went to JCrew where my consultant was fantastic. She had a good head on her shoulders and emphasized the importance of how the dress made you feel without going over the top. I had gone to JCrew to see a few in particular and I tried on a bunch. When I tried on the dress though, i totally had the moment. I didn't think i would but I just felt different in my dress. As soon as I put it on, I felt happy and excited and feminine and delicate. It was hard to explain but I just felt like a bride. I tried on a bunch more afterwards that I also liked and spent time trying to narrow down those options before I tried the dress on again. As soon as I tried it on again though, I just knew it was the one. It was how it made me feel. And yes, I teared up a bit. My consultant said when she was choosing her dress she imagined herself in the dress walking towards her groom and that was how she knew if the dress felt right. Well let me tell you, imagining that in the wedding dress that is right for you is guaranteed to make you emotional. It was kind of a wonderful moment. Actually, I'm really looking forward to trying the dress on again this weekend, although I don't know how I'm going to stop myself from trying it on again and again once it's hanging in my closet. Hmmmm.