Our bridals look like a dream.

Our outfits were fabulous

and our photographer is the best of the best.

Here’s the details behind the design of my dress and where we got everything else.

Lets start with Jamel.

He absolutely loved this designer suit coat but we didn’t love the price.

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The original was $7,000…

So I did some digging and found Studio Suits.

They have incredible stylish suits that are well made and are custom fit to your exact sizing.

All we had to do was select the suit, send in his measurements and it was perfect.

Click on the picture below and it will directly take you to their online store.

They have all of the trendy designs right off the runway as well as all of the classic cuts you love.

They come in all different colors and fabrics.

We got his suit for only $80.00!!!

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He paired it with black tuxedo pants that he ordered from Express, a white Oxford shirt from H&M & black and white Oxford shoes.

He of course had to do his own thing to be unique and decided to buy some batman cuff-links to add some flair.

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I had such a childlike nostalgia growing up and watching animated princesses with their beautiful ball gowns.

So I decided to honor the little girl inside and create something with all of my favorite dresses combined into one.

I wanted the ultimate of happily ever after wedding gown.

These were my various inspirations.

Odets’s wedding dress in The Swan Princess.

The sheer neckline and the long sheer sleeves.

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Thumbelina’s wedding dress.

The full bottom, the sheer neckline with the deep V neckline, the satin pleats in the center and a sheer single layered veil.

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Ariel’s white tear dropped pearl earrings.

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I added pockets into the side seams because hi I’m a Mom and I had one pocket for Jonathan and one for Jordyn.

Which worked out perfect the day of.

I love white and I look better in it rather than Ivory.

I know the traditional rule “virgins wear white”…

that’s crap, outdated and out the window.

I chose white satin because it holds its shape better.

White sheer 3/4 length sleeves, a deep V neckline and s sheer back as well.

I added buttons all down the back of the dress where the zipper laid.

Those same pearl buttons I put on the inseam on the arms almost like Victorian times.

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Then I wanted a HUGE bow on the back of the dress just above my bum and at the end of the sheer back.

Almost like Marilyn Monroe’s pink dress she wears in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

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I ordered white satin shoes just like Sarah Jessica Parker’s Manolo Blahniks in Sex and The City.

I could never afford the real thing but I found a close replica on a great website.

Click on the shoes below and it will take you directly to JJsHouse.

They are the most beautiful shoes I’ve ever worn and they were only $60.00!!!

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I wore some tennis bracelets that Jamel had gotten me over the years.

As you can tell Jamel and I share a love for old-fashioned 1950’s glam and wanted that to be emulated in our wedding.

We went and took pictures up Guardsman Pass just outside Park City.

It was the blood moon that night so there was a lot of good energy.

We drove up, parked and I hiked… in this dress.

At one point I was bleeding and I had a tree branch stuck in my petticoat that was contentiously scratching at my ankles.

At the end of all our shooting it was time to go and I was calling for Jamel… he was nowhere to be found and then I looked far into the trees to find him carving our initials into a tree.

Nobody’s ever done that for me. It was so romantic and special.

These pictures were captivated perfectly.

If I can say one thing about pictures, don’t go cheap on photography.

You’re wearing the dress once and the pictures you’ll look at forever so be a realist and go with what you’ll have forever.

You can still have your dream dress.

It just may take some digging, price matching and inspiration.

I’m so proud to say that in all my dress only costed $400.00 to design and the extra materials.

Jamel is half Filipino and we wanted to honor his heritage and traditional customs.

In the Philippines the men wear dress shirts called a barong.

They have a sheer appearance and the best are custom embroidered in delicate patterns.

They are made from hand-loomed from pineapple leaf fiber, banana silk and banana fiber.

Jamel’s was bought back from the Philippines.

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The dresses for women there are very similar to ours here except they have a lot of high shoulders on their designs.

Padded shoulders that go vertically upward.

The filipiniana wedding dresses look like this.

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I was wearing the dress for pictures so I decided to do a short one.

It was a taffeta buttercream ivory.

I added a long, ivory, satin bow in the front that draped down.

It had the high shoulders and a beautiful neckline.

A few years back I bought a freshwater pearl Asian wedding set.

I’ve never worn it and decided it was fate.

It was perfect and it meant so much to Jamel and his family.

Honoring your cultural heritage in your wedding is so special and if you don’t want to do it for the wedding I suggest doing it for the pictures because they are so special to look back on.

My bouquet was done by Lynette LaPoint owner of Vintage Day Rental.

It was stunning, the perfect arrangement and it matched my burgundy lip like a dream.

I hope you enjoy our stories and pictures as much as we do.

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