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Wedding Excitement: The Dress

Tommy and Me the week after saying our "I do's" in 1997.
I posted a while back that after fifteen years of marriage, my husband and I are finally having the wedding of our dreams.  Having eloped on my lunch break the first go around, we figured it was finally time to do it right and to truly celebrate the love God has given us for one another.

For the past six months, I have scoured the internet searching for ideas for our wedding and having done so, I have learned a lot about myself and my style.  The biggest revelation has been that my taste is very contradictory.  I love rustic and country, and yet adore elegance and all things vintage.

Tommy's style is a lot more simple. He's redneck to the bone.  In other words, if it comes in camo, he'll take two.

Needless to say, finding a balance that reflects our individual styles has been quite difficult.

Early on in my search for the perfect dress, I found one online at David's Bridal that I loved.  I looked the web over looking - literally at thousands of other dresses, but still couldn't get that one dress out of my mind.  Not having a David's Bridal nearby, it being considerably out of my price range, and the fact that I had recently lost 55 pounds, I couldn't bring myself to buy it.  I was afraid of purchasing the wrong size.  I hated to spend that much on a dress.  But still.. it was "the one".  So about a month ago, I found the same dress on eBay for less than half the price.  It was in my new size.  I took a chance and ordered it.  It fits like it was made just for me.  And in my opinion, it is the most beautiful wedding dress I have ever seen.

Tommy was at work when it arrived.  I quickly ran to my bedroom to try it on without telling the kids.  I put it on and looked in the mirror and for the first time ever - I felt like a bride.  There was a knock on my bedroom door.  I opened it to find my oldest son who was quite taken aback not expecting to see me in a wedding gown.  "Wow, " was his only word.  He called his siblings to come see.  My only daughter walked to the door and immediately tears came to her eyes.  She said, "Momma, I couldn't understand why you liked this dress so much online, but seeing it on you, I get it.  It's perfect!"  Then my three sons took turns twirling me about telling me how beautiful it looked.  It was the most perfect moment and one I wouldn't trade for anything!

My six year old son's rendering of the perfect dress for me.

I do think that my wedding dress merges our styles into one beautiful dress.  I can't wait to wear it for my husband on our big day.


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