Pre-Wedding Spa Day

Before I share our wedding adventure in Costa Rica, I wanted to post a few photos on my pre-wedding get together with some of my  girlfriends that live in LA.  My good friend Danielle, put together a nice spa day for me as a wedding gift.  Now, none of my bridal party attended because they all live in Texas, BUT having these few ladies around definitely put a huge smile on my face.  I am so blessed to know these girls, because not only are they awesome, they know how to have a really great time!!  Soooo thanks to Danielle Fiorito for organizing it!  Also, thank you  Jamie Bruton and Breanna Jensen for coming out and being a part of it.

We had massages, manicures & pedicures at Alchemie Spa in Santa Monica.  And Let’s not forget our private room with amazing appetizers and endless bottles of red and white wine!!!  It was awesome!

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Danielle, Jami, Me, and Breanna
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Sleep over at Danielle’s!  A table full of girl stuff.  Not sure if we were sober enough to paint our nails or read a magazine, but it was a great set-up. 😉
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My lovely card from the ladies.  Thank you to Brooke, Lori, and Amber for contributing.  Sorry you gals couldn’t make it!  Wish you were there.
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Bridal Dress Shopping

 

It was definitely an experience at each one of these bridal places, which I’ll explain later.  I was really not in any mood to try on dresses for the fact that I just had a baby and still trying to hit my goal weight. Yay! :/ Ugh, the pressure.  Our wedding is about 5 months away and I found out that you have to order the dress at least 6 months in advance.  Great, now I have to pay a rush order fee.  Also, this means I need to start trying on dresses and make the decision pronto!

Day 1

This was definitely impromptu with no appointments.  Figured I could just look and not try on any dresses just so I have an idea for the second time around.  It started with a lunch at my favorite lunch spot in West Hollywood  at Urth Cafe with my Man of Honor, Richard.  Perfect way to start looking for dresses…bloated and full. Ha!

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The easy way to try on dresses.  Just hold it against you and take a photo.  I did find out later that there are some places that won’t let you take photos. Bummer.
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Day 2

I had several appointments scheduled.  This time without Richard, so I didn’t have someone else’s opinion, but the wedding stylist herself.  I first started at Monique lhuillier.  I can’t explain how beautiful these dresses are. You have to see them in person yourself.  I was in awe!

Since It was my first stop, I tried on every type of gown you could imagine; ball gown, Empire waist, A-line, skirts for rehearsal day.  Just for the fun of it.   Well, little did I know that it was going to be a bitch putting on those dresses.  One, all dresses are sample sizes.  So if you are not a size 6 or smaller, your screwed.  I was exhausted after the 3rd dress and over it.

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Second stop was Brides by Liza.  I couldn’t take any photos there, but found a few dresses that were good.  Moving on….

3rd Stop, Winnie Couture.  This was one of my favorite places!  Not only because they offered free champagne ( winner!), but because they were really nice and the place was so fun!  From the hanging chandeliers to the oversized mirrors, this place was awesome.  Plus, it smelled like fresh roses!

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Day 3

Richard joins me for another day of shopping.  We started out at Brides by Liza.  I was still not sure about what I wanted.  I had an idea, but couldn’t find that one dress that was similar to one that I found on pinterest.  I showed a photo to Liza of a dress that I was in love with.  It was a silk flowy dress with an extremely low v-neck.  She said she could make that exact same one for me.  I was so excited to hear that she could do this!  My dream dress custom made!  The only problem is, I can’t try it on.  So I have no idea what it’s going to look like.  Of course, it looks supberb on the runway model.  Duh! But on me?  Yeah right!  I have a lot to think about here.  Do I want a custom made dress that I can’t try on or do I just settle with a dress that I have to rush order.  I was so confused.  I needed food.  So we went to lunch!!
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Last stop, Panache Bridal!  Wow! The dresses here were even better!  We couldn’t take photos of the dresses either.  I let Richard pick out all the dresses to try on.  I didn’t want to think at this point because Liam was getting fussy and I had no energy to decide on what I wanted.  He picked out several amazing dresses.  One style that I was very opposed to was the mermaid dress.  I decided to try it on anyways just to see what it looks like.  Well, guess what?!  I fell in love with the dress of course.  Ugh, now I am between a silk flowy dress or a fitted mermaid one.

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I had 3 days to decide…