27 May, 2010

my dress!!! (levi, DO NOT read this post!)


levi really doesn't want to see my dress before i walk down the aisle, so if you know him, don't show him any pictures! :)

i started shopping last weekend and found my dress on tuesday!

i thought it would take me FOREVER.

but as soon as i put it on, i knew. i thought people were full of crap before when they said that, but you really do just get a feeling. and you may even cry...

my dress search started at mon amie in costa mesa with my mom, sister, and one of my bridesmaids, kathleen. nina helped me there. she was fantastic. i seriously loved her. she let me try on a $14,000 st. pucchi just for fun! ask for her if you go there. she's awesome.


i found a look that i LOVED there, but wanted to keep looking...especially since the look i loved was expensive.

next, i tried one night affair on tuesday with my mom & sister. yuck! i really hated this experience. it's a store where you can rent your wedding dress. i honestly wouldn't mind renting my dress, but all the ones i tried on were so beat up looking. and i wasn't exactly getting personalized attention. not fun.

i was a bit depressed after that store. i have a tendency to go into hopeless, discouraged, eeyore mode pretty quickly. so we made a quick stop at my favorite place in the world, paulette, for some macarons.

then we headed over to glamour closet. i highly recommend this place. it was clean, nice, and pretty. the selection was good. the prices were heavily discounted (they sell sample dresses from tons of designers and get new shipments in monthly). the dresses were in great condition. the salesgirls were nice and gave me personalized attention. they were organized. it was fantastic. and that's where i found my perfect dress! (for more than half off the original retail price!)

the sash is black velvet. very elegant and very wintery. keep in mind - the dress is huge and sliding off. please note: the jumper cables holding it on in the back. i may add straps to the dress because i always said i didn't want to wear a strapless wedding dress. i will definitely add a bolero. i found one i love, but it's soooo expensive. we'll see. and i will definitely wear a cathedral length veil with a blusher. i didn't think i wanted a blusher 'til i tried one on. don't you just wish we could wear wedding veils all day, every day?? i love them.

(i might be crying in the photo above.....)


me and caitlin, my sales consultant. she was really sweet and very helpful. she was the one who chose my dress for me after getting an idea of what i wanted!

i love this picture of my mom looking at me in the wedding dress she bought for me. it makes me tear up a little bit. thank you so much for my beautiful dream dress, momma. i feel like a bride. i can't wait to marry levi in this thing!

36 comments:

  1. Jasmine, you look gorgeous! That dress is stunning. I'm so excited for you!

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  2. that's so beautiful jasmine!!

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  3. Oh my- you look even more amazing than you usually do- I wish I had your sense of style!!! You look stunning in that dress- I honestly can't say enough about how lovely you look- so happy for you!!!

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  4. i love that dress on you!! its definitely you!

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  5. I just got the chills reading this! You look gorgeous - even if it's held together with those things (if you're this cute now then imagine when it actually fits!!)!

    You're going to be stunning in that dress!!

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  6. Your mom looks SO much like you. I think it's a perfect dress. I like it OH so much.

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  7. The dress is so beautiful when you wore it. I think Levi might cry when he sees you in it.

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  8. The bottom photo is just perfect! I love the dress! xo

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  9. It's beautiful!! You look amazing in it! :) Buying my dress was like my favorite thing EVER too... so much fun!! Congratulations!!

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  10. that photo of you and your mom *might* have made me want to tear up a little...so sweet. and your dress is absolutely lovely - congrats! :)

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  11. I am so happy that you are sharing this experience with your readers. It's so nice to read about joyous events in life....can't wait for the baby adventure some day.
    Congratulations!

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  12. Dang, girl, you have some great genes! I thought your mom was you, and I was really confused for a sec as to why you were looking at someone else wearing YOUR dress. I love that dress on you - and I love how simple, yet elegant it is. I am not a big fan of the super princessy-poufy-overly sequined dresses. Love this classic look, and you will never regret it when you look at photos 30 yrs from now.

    p.s. I totally get you on the macaron break. Shopping for a specific item like that can make me grumpy, too, or just plain overwhelmed. Hello - especially when nearly all wedding dresses are some form of white/cream??

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  13. Hi Jasmine! I've been quietly following for several months now... went back and read all your archives. You and Levi are the most adorable couple! I just got serious chills when I read your proposal post...It's so cool that you have the whole day documented with pictures!

    Anyways, I had to un-lurk today when I saw your veils! I am engaged and getting married this summer. I had the hardest time deciding on a veil style... but when I tried on the cathedral veil I felt like I was Maria from The Sound of Music! You know... the overhead shot of her walking down the aisle with that loooong veil!? Ahhh. Then the consultant put a blusher on me... holy cow! Bring on the tears! How neat that we are wearing the exact same styles!

    Savor and enjoy every minute of planning... even the stressful parts. :) It goes by so quickly! If you still need some mags I have several gently used winter issues.

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  14. it's lovely! can't wait to see you with it all taken in properly for you!

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  15. you got good genes girl! Your mom is gorgeous and looks so young! Beautiful dress!

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  16. OH MY GOSH! most beautiful dress i have ever seen! EVER! :)

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  17. WOWWWWWWWWWW-- is really all I can say... and then ... stunning!! Soooo happy for you both!!

    Hugs from France,
    Leesa

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  18. oh yeah, I completely agree that we should wear veils every day. I was veil shopping/invitation shopping with my cousin's then-fiancee and I put a veil on in the shop. My aunt burst into tears and I wore it the entire time we were there. Everyone looks better and more angelic with a little blusher. :)

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  19. I'm usually not into veils, but that long gorgeous thing makes me want to prance around in one all the time.
    yay!

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  20. You look so pretty! Thanks for sharing.

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  21. So beautiful. Gave me chills reading this. so happy for you.

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  22. I can.not. wait to see photos of your big day :)

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  23. such a lovely dress, you look stunning :)

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  24. wedding dress shopping is so fun! I'm so happy you found the right one. It's so classy and elegant. I'm having a winter wedding too. :) Word of advice, avoid looking at anymore dresses or you might second guess yourself!

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  25. I honestly think that finding "the dress" is one of the best parts of wedding planning. It took me 6 months to find the right dress, and after that, I just relaxed.

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  26. I'M SO HAPPY FOR YOU! I want to hear about it ALL before I leave for Africa!

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  27. I keep thinking of all the reasons why I love love this dress, and it stuck me on why I like it the best... you have the most gorgeous shoulders, arms, collar bone area I have ever seen, and this dress makes it even more beautiful!!

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  28. It's beautiful and fantastic!!

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  29. Ahhh so beautiful! I love that dress! :)

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  30. Wow..you look gorgeous and i love the black velvet sash.

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  31. wow that is soooo beautiful!!!!!!

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