Our NOLA Nuptials: The Bridals

June 17, 2009

Thanks to all of you who have been following me and have patiently awaited posts about what the dress looked like. I was really worried that Mr. Ballet Flat would accidentally come across a post, and I wanted to keep the dress a complete surprise! You will definitely see the details of the dress in the bridal pictures. 🙂

So, I’m from the New Orleans area, and it was hard to choose a place to take pictures. The city is so gorgeous to me, but since it was the Spring, I decided to take advantage of the beautiful New Orleans City Park.

That morning, I had a bit of a snag in my plans. I currently wear contact lenses, and I’m pretty blind without visual assistance. That morning, my contact tore. So, I was walking around the park with very blurred vision, and I was worried that the pictures would look weird since I had trouble focusing on where the camera lens was. (For what it’s worth, I did wear glasses that day. I wasn’t walking/driving around blind!)

Thankfully, my photographer, Amanda Meyer, came to the rescue and really helped me out! Amanda, if you are reading this, thanks for kicking away spikey black caterpillars that I couldn’t see and for leading me around the park!

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the session. I have them in black and white as well, but I think it gives you a better idea of why I chose City Park with all of the colors. 🙂

Images credit: Amanda Meyer Photography

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As you can probably tell, I had my hair/make-up trial done that day. I ended up LOVING the first look they came up with for my make-up, and the photo of inspiration was the “sweet” one from this entry I posted a while back. Thanks to everyone for your help with choosing the look!


I got my BLUE!

March 3, 2009

Of course we hear it from our grandmothers and mothers that we need Something OLD, Something NEW, Something BORROWED, Something BLUE. I was thinking this would be pretty simple, because I have my great-grandmother’s rosary as my OLD, my dress as my NEW, my jewelry (hopefully) will be BORROWED but I just couldn’t think of a visible blue. I wanted it to be visible too, just so my family is like ah, there’s her blue. I had thought about dying my crinoline, a la Avocado’s post, but I was afraid of messing up a $90 (I didn’t pay for this…it was store credit in negotiations, I swear!) crinoline! So, I thought about my garter. I originally wanted an LSU garter, since that’s Mr. BF and I’s alma mater. I went online and nothing was grabbing my attention. I’m really not much of a lace fan, so I knew I’d have trouble with lacy garters.

Out of boredom, I went to Etsy and found Garter Lady. She has CUTE garters, oh my gosh and at really reasonable prices! Check out some of what she has!

I immediately thought of Mrs. Seabreeze with her purple wedding day accessories when I saw this one!

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This set grabbed my eye for a second, as I could request my college in a garter form, but I thought about how I needed my something blue and passed on this type of set.

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For the brides who happen to LOVE lace, she makes garters with them as well!

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And finally, here is what I decided as my something BLUE!!

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Another great thing? She makes plus-sized garters for no extra charge. (I think that’s a first for me!) I really didn’t think about how my thunder thighs would need a different size garter but it makes perfect sense haha!

Have you found your something blue yet? What did you choose?


I’m so backwards!

February 25, 2009

I’m totally backwards, I know. When I went for my dress fitting, I was told by the lady that I wouldn’t need a bra. The corset type dress would hold me in well. I’ve never NOT worn a bra, so I was skeptical. I’m not top heavy by any means, but I do have ladies that cannot (in my opinion) go braless. I trusted them, though, went to my alterations and the lady basically told me my boobs would not be held in by this dress alone. I needed a bra. UGH, I knew it!!!

See, plus-sized ladies are expected to have plus-sized boobs in the bridal world. Well, let’s just say I’m nowhere NEAR expectations, so it looked like you could literally fit a purse and a six pack of beer in my bust. It was sad. So, needless to say, they are taking my dress in a LOT in that area.

The problem that you guys probably already know is, you need your bra so they can properly fit you in the dress. Well, the bridal shop is taking a chance, estimating what I would need taken out for me to fit in my dress. *sigh* I will find out next Friday if they did things right or even close to right.

In the meantime, I had to find a bra. It wouldn’t come easy, so I went to a local boutique in Baton Rouge that specialized in bras. Unfortunately, I did this after all of the Mardi Gras balls happened this year and MOST of the long line white bras were gone, my size included. They told me it would take 2-4 weeks to get my order in….say what? For a bra I need in a week and a half?? So, I was sneaky and stared at the tag. I remembered my size (don’t want to share that online right now) and the brand (which, by the way, is Goddess), searched online (after 2 sites were out of my size) and found the same bra! I placed my order yesterday, and I’m hoping it comes in before the 6th.

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Plus sized brides, oh my gosh! This bra is FABULOUS! I usually don’t go for bras like these because I prefer padding (in case it gets cold in a room haha!). However, I know the beading on my dress and how thick the fabric is will cover up any reaction to a weather change.

I do recommend that you get professionally fitted in one of these bras though. I ended up being 4 inches bigger than my measurement, which they said is standard for a long line bra. However, if you are in the same pickle as me and need to order it last minute, here is where I found the bra. Also, this website will tell you where a retailer near you is.

I did learn a good trick about push-ups too, since I need a little push up in my dress. The lady told me to raid mom’s closet for shoulder pads and those are long enough to stick in your bra for an easy (and cheap) push-up!! 🙂

Did you hit any snafus in your dress fitting?


For the budget friendly plus sized brides…

September 15, 2008

I love looking for a bargain, as you may already know. Being plus sized, I’m always limited in my choices because the market for plus size isn’t as big as it needs to be! (pun…sorry)

Anyway, I love that some plus size stores are starting to show off some bridal styles at non-bridal prices now. The wedding industry is far too expensive and we brides could use all the help we can get!

Check out these gorgeous styles I found on a couple of popular plus size apparel stores online!

This is a real beauty off of www.torrid.com. It’s on sale right now for $165!!!


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Here is another one from www.igigi.com for $275. With the growing trend of those gladiator sandals, a girl could really pull this look off!


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If you’re a plus sized bride, are you going the more budget friendly route for the dress or are you feeling the need to splurge?


Gustav made me do it!

August 27, 2008

Gustav…you are evil evil evil! Threatening my hometown like Katrina did. Why do you have to come 3 days after the 3 year anniversary since she hit?? UGHHH…

Anyways, beginning of the month, I got a call from my consultant at the bridal shop, and she told me, hey, Maggie’s dresses are rising in price September 1st. You may want to place your order…

So, I figured I’d go Thursday before the 1st. Well, with Gustav, I went yesterday…I didn’t want to forget in the mumbo jumbo of a hurricane en route to New Orleans. I’m super happy it’s now ORDERED! Now, it’s a waiting game…Gustav didn’t push me to go like 4 months early, but hey, I’m gonna blame Gustav for the early order. I wanted to lose more weight! 😦 Ah well, c’est la vie, right?


Simply Stunning Looks…

May 15, 2008

Being that the wedding is in Louisiana, in what is our early Summer season, there is no way you will see this future bride in heavy beading, an overly poufy Cinderella dress, etc.

Looking at Jenna Bush’s beautiful ranch wedding, I love how comfortable and beautiful she looks in her dress. Of course, her dress was thousands, probably, but at the same time, I would love a look similar to that. I would love to be comfortable, elegant and of course, in budget.


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When I started dress shopping, I had a certain look in mind. I wanted sleeves because I need something to hold the dress up so I’m not pulling it up to keep the gals in check all day. I also felt that I couldn’t pull the look off well either (thinks nightmarish senior prom). I also wanted little to no beading, because beads add weight, and in the summer, who really wants that?

Here were the styles I had in mind when I started dress shopping.

Option 1:

I’m not in fashion but no beading screams my name here. While this isn’t like Jenna Bush’s dress, this quickly became my front runner. It’s just so simple with a bit of volume, but not too much. I love the neckline and the way it bunches up in all the right places. Simple and beautiful!

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Option 2:

This gown looks like something that would be worn to an outdoors wedding. It’s a dress with really the same volume as option 1, but the lightness of the dress looks like something that I could walk around all day in, but still feel like a bride.

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Option 3:

This dress is very similar to the option 2 dress above, however, I think the fabric looks nicer, and I like the neckline more. It also looks to flatter the model a lot more, but they have different bodies so I’m not sure. Very springy/summery and light but elegant as well!

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Did you have a look or dress in mind when you went dress shopping?