Wednesday, February 20, 2013

wedding wednesday: colleen hogue

wedding wednesday is back in action,
and i am excited because i am featuring one of my best friends today.

this was a beautiful wedding with a beautiful bride!

First, it is important to know a little about the bride. Tell us whether you’ve dreamt about your wedding wardrobe all of your life, selected it after your engagement, or something in between? 

I honestly never thought about what my wedding colors or bridesmaids dresses would look like before I got engaged, but I did think that I had a good idea of what my dress would look like. At the time, I was seeing a lot of the wedding dresses that were bunched in the lower half and I thought that I really loved that “style”. As soon as I started shopping, however, I quickly changed my mind and ended up going with the total opposite.

When you went to find your wedding dress, what adjectives or other descriptive terms did you use to explain what you wanted? 

On my first shopping trip, I'm sure I told the lady that I wanted something bunched (haha) and I'm pretty sure I was set on white. After the first white, bunched dress that I tried on, I think I started saying that I wanted something ivory and not bunched at all. I also really wanted a dress with a sweetheart neckline, so I had to actually special order my dress to have that. I ended up being torn between a lace mermaid-style and a smooth mermaid-style dress (which is the one I eventually went with).

And how would you describe the dress you chose? E.g., mermaid, a-line, bateau, lace, chiffon, etc.? 

My dress was ivory, mermaid-style with a sweetheart neckline and had some beading on the top part that kind became more scattered on the way down. 

Did any person or thing inspire your wedding look? 

It's funny because I went in thinking I had the idea of my perfect dress and after trying on so many, I realized that what I wanted was something that I liked after I saw it on.

What was your favorite thing about the dress? Any drawbacks?

 I loved the back of the dress because of the buttons, but (this is awful) I remember crying to my fiance (probably from wedding stress) a few months before the wedding because I didn't feel like I was in love with the dress. I don't even care now and I was happy with it on my wedding day, but there was no such thing as Pinterest back then, so when I see wedding ideas on there now, I so wish that I could have worn one of those dresses instead.

How many did you try on until you found “the one”? 

I'm not sure, but I remember going to one large store first, then two smaller ones closer to home, and finally went back to the first one to buy my dress.

What was your family’s reaction to the dress? 

They loved it. I had taken my mom to each of the places and took a friend, my sister, and my mother-in-law some of the times and they all helped me with my decision.

What was your groom’s reaction to the dress?

 Will didn't see the dress until I was walking down the aisle, but he did the whole, “You look beautiful” thing once I got to him. He's not really one to notice or remember the details of the dress, though. Haha.

What were the bridesmaids dresses like? 

The bridesmaids dresses were long and sage green. They were also mermaid-style and had a sweetheart neckline. I guess that was my obsession at the time. :)

How did you choose bridesmaid dresses? 

I took my mom and my friend, Catherine, to go look and it was an instant decision once she put it on. I first chose a darker green, though, and my mother-in-law talked me into the sage (which I'm glad she did)!

What advice do you wish you had when looking for dresses (yours)? 

“Don't be so set on a strapless dress.”

Describe your accessories. 

I wore a pearl bracelet that Will had given me and some earrings that I bought from a cute, local jewelry store for about $25.00. It was funny because I was asked all night if they were part of a family heirloom  because people thought they were so fancy. My same friend, Catherine, wore them in her wedding!

How did you choose them? 

I'm not sure if I was the typical or atypical bride, but I was only 22 when I got married and I didn't really stress out about many of the details (minus that whole crying incident with my dress), so I used a bracelet I already had and went and bought some pretty earrings to match. I didn't even buy my wedding shoes until the week of the wedding!

In one word, how would you describe how you felt in your dress on your big day? 

I was happy with the dress, but once I put it on, I remember just wanting to start the ceremony. Sitting in my dress for about 30 minutes before was making me antsy. I know it sounds cheesy, but in all honesty, I wasn't very concerned about the details. I just wanted to have fun that day, get married, and head off to our honeymoon. 

dress from low's bridal

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