After interviewing dozens of amazing brides, this week, now that I'm a newlywed, I'm sharing my own bridal style with you!
Bridal StyleMountain elegant, which to me meant a fur throw and booties.
Dress by Monique Lhullier, from L'Elite. I loved the whole L'Elite experience. The owner Salwa is so hands on, she helped me decided between two dresses I was torn between, and Lina the seamstress was an ace! I just loooved her. You can check out my review here.
Shoes by I wore two different pairs because we were on the mountain in the snow, and then indoors in a ballroom. For the chairlift, ceremony and cocktail hour, I wore a pair of white fur booties that were either Loubiton knock offs from China or the best deal on Loubitons a bride could find. My sister sourced them online and at $150, I was sold. For the reception in the hotel ballroom, I wore sparkly silver Stuart Weitzman heels. I wasn't sold on them until I saw them with the dress- I loved the way you could only see the silver sparkle at the front of the heel. It picked up the beading on my dress and the shoes also worked for the rehearsal dinner. Most importantly, I actually didn't need to take them off and go barefoot until 10:30pm, a feat for me.
Accessories by I bought vintage-style drop down earrings from L'Elite and a crystal headband from L'Elite.
Health Secret I went to Barry's Bootcamp three-four times a week for month leading up to the wedding, and then I varied my workouts the other days: spin class at Recycle whenever I needed a big endorphin rush, Everybody Fights for boxing classes, and Baptiste Yoga to clear my head. I got a little more aware of my insatiable appetite for ice cream in any form; wine in any color; I cut out the chai lattes I had every morning and replaced them with tea (boring but so much less sugar), and I drank lots of water.
Beauty Secret It is true what they say, being truly happy is the best beauty secret there is. The morning of the wedding, my best friends and I went to the hotel spa and did a steam room, hot tub, and cucumbers on our eyes. It was heaven and we laughed so hard. Those were all the endorphins I needed. Leading up to the wedding, I was very on top of water, working out, and got a few facials at Skoah to combat dry skin.
Makeup By Katrina Hess, a Best of Boston winner. I went to her for a lesson because I didn't find anyone I loved in Colorado, and then she volunteered to come to the wedding and make it a ski trip. You can read my review here. I adored working with Katrina.
Hair By Bliss Studio in Edwards, CO. I worked with their stylist Amber and she was fun and cool.
Best Moment(s) As every bride before me has said, it is impossible to choose one, so here are many:
1. I thought I would start the day with a workout because I wanted to feel as great as possible, but I was so exhausted from days of parties and very little sleep that instead, when I woke up at 5am with total excitement, I went to the hotel's spa with my best friends who I knew would be up. We did a steam, sauna and whirlpool, then sat on the floor with cucumbers over our eyes and laughed our heads off. It was perfect.
2. Getting on the chairlift with my sisters and father. We waved to the skiers below us, played music from my phone and took it all in.
3. Walking down the aisle was incredible -- our wedding was unconventional so I felt like I was walking into a massive concert; it felt like a dream. People were cheering and shouting. A sax was playing a beautiful piece from our favorite party song, Happy Endings by Faul...it was everything I thought and more and I was so excited to see Garrett.
4. Our vows. We wrote our own and I could not get through them without crying. We had everyone we loved supporting us, the mountains behind us, a bluebird day, birds chirping... it felt like time froze and everything was just right.
5. Taking the chairlift back down with Garrett, knowing we had 8 minutes of alone time as newlyweds, trying to process how much we were blown away by what had just happened, looking at the most beautiful view on earth and feeling total excitement for the dance party that we were about to walk into!
6. Literally everything about the reception - we had all kinds of craziness: human bicycles, limbo contests, headbanging... but most importantly, I have never felt so loved or laughed so hard.
Advice for Brides-to-be Try to remember it's unusual to plan a wedding without family differences in some shape and form. Yes, it's your wedding but chances are your parents and future parents-in-law are almost equally excited and invested. I tried best I could not to fall into the trap of me, me, me. When I put the relationships before the wedding, I was much happier. I can promise that the day of, all of those silly disagreements about flowers or table seatings will seem so unimportant when you're celebrating something so momentous.
Also, perhaps of most relevance to brides planning destination wedding, we hosted our rehearsal dinner on Thursday night partly because we knew it would be out of control! It was. I loved that we could party as much as we wanted without worrying about looking or feeling hungover at the wedding on Saturday. Finally, we hosted a welcome party on Friday day, but left Friday night wide open. With destination weddings, it is easy to over schedule; we definitely had a lot of events but we also built in down time so we could unwind and so our guests could explore the destination on their own. So many people told us they really appreciated that.