I couldn’t figure out what to title this because there are SO many great milestones/goals/accomplishments I’ve had recently that I’d like to write about. So, this is part 1 of at least 4. Honestly, though- goals don’t have to be HUGE to be significant. Crushing any goal is worth celebrating or writing about! However, this one is big.
A few months ago, my fav, fav, fav (sorry, I’m partial) photog messaged me about re-shooting my bridals as a ra-ra-go-girl-you’re-killing-it-celebration. Obviously, I jumped on this (if you know me, you know not to offer anything you’re not serious about because I’m takin’ you up on it).
Things to know:
–Alex and I have been planning our skinny wedding since we had our fat one. We LOVED our wedding. I wouldn’t have changed anything except that we were both heavy and uncomfortable. We’ve always joked about getting married again when we lose weight and have fun future plans for our “skinny wedding”.
–I took exactly three bridal photos on our wedding day. I wanted lots of photos at our wedding, just not necessarily of me. I was proud that I was able to squeeze into my dress and loved my hair and makeup (thanks for the face, Rachel and for the hair, Annabel!), but wasn’t dying to take an hour of pictures of JUST me. That felt weird.
-I loved my wedding dress, but wouldn’t pick it again. Styles change. I found my dress online and went in the store, tried it on, liked it and bought it. Boom. Is it what I’d pick today? Not even close. Do I think I chose the wrong one? No! I’d just have chosen something different if I was getting married now. I’ve seen too many dresses… I know too much- haha!
Fast-forward to the end of March. Rachel (Check her out here!) came up from Austin to get me all gussied up (but not before doing a day of shopping and then eating our way through the entire menu at my favorite sushi spot in McKinney. They do rice-less sushi and that honestly deserves it’s own blog). I LOVED that Rachel offered to do makeup/hair for the shoot because she’d done my wedding day makeup too! I think it’s extra special that she was able to be a part of both. She’s been such a great cheerleader through this entire surgery experience. Thanks, Rachey!
The queen, Laura (Check her out here!) who is VERY pregnant with two SUPER EXCITING LIL BEEBS, made me ultra comfortable and, as always, told me what to do with my hands… because aside from a solid thumbs up, I’m never really sure what to do with them in pictures. Laura always knows exactly how to get your best side and not make you feel dumb while posing you! Laura did our engagement photos, so again- just a HUGE, HUGE deal to have her be a part of this! Laura is my gal Friday in this weight loss thing. She’s been so encouraging and by my side through all of it! Not to mention, she’s killed the keto game so she totally gets how it feels to have a huge weight loss and what a wild ride it is!
The absolute freaking icing on the cake and crown jewel in this was another vendor friend, Kristen of Haute Floral (last check her out here, I swear). Kristen made the GORGEOUS greenery bouquet and crown. I LOVE ivy. I love greenery. She killed it. Kristen designs the absolute most dreamy of floral arrangements EVER and having her create a natural, green, gorgeous, glorious (adjective, adjective, adjective) bouquet and crown was PERFECT. I still have my greenery crown hanging on the wall in my bedroom. -swoons-
Ok, I know y’all are ready for photos but let’s take a brief look back at one of my three bridal photos for comparison.
Look at me not having a melt down on my wedding day. You go, girl! *honorable mention: that rooster in the background
On to the good stuff!
That’s ME. WEIRD! Real, real, real weird. Looking at these, it’s still hard to put 2 + 2 together that it actually is me. That still blows my mind and feels super surreal. Can you believe what a genius Laura is with the camera and light? And the MUAH and the florals. GAH! I’m in love. Liking, no… LOVING photos of yourself is such a strange new thing I’ve gotten to enjoy over the last several months. I can’t tell you how much I felt like a princess. I’m so, so thankful.
And just for good measure- my other favorites:
I like reading, doing my best Marilyn Monroe impersonation and most of all my ride-or-die Charlie girl.
*surprise bonus for making it to the end of this… cupcake bride:
So puffy. So princess. So cupcake. So thankful for good changes.