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BTS of My Wedding

The most highly anticipated, dreamed about day for any girl is most definitely... her wedding day. I was no different. I knew from the beginning of wedding planning that I wanted to have a (small) common outfit theme throughout my 8-month engagement. I got the idea to incorporate the color pink into all of my outfits as a way to tie in my original wedding dress design (keep scrolling). You see, when I first saw my wedding dress it was originally designed in two shades of pink and I fell absolutely head over heels in love with this dress. Like, I had a panic attack and had to FT my mom and make her sit down to show her what I had found- She was OMG, too. When we took our engagement photos, I suddenly found this amazing pink dress on Shopbop by No. 21 and it was another instant "must have or will die" moment for me.... I was a tad dramatic, but for a good cause. Once I established my color theme.... it was on.

Wedding week came fast and before we knew it, we were jetting off to Cali - my dress was finally getting her time to shine! We had dinners and parties leading up to the weekend and I made sure to keep my theme (silently) running strong. I love a good combo of fancy formal/casual with any outfit so that you always look like you fit with any crowd. I loved this pink Marques' Almieda (Sold Out- Similar) top from Net-A-Porter with its low, yet tasteful, neckline and exaggerated ruffle trim paired with a cropped black jean. The Manolo Blahniks were a total nod to every bride that followed in Carrie Bradshaw's footsteps and paired this beautiful shoe with their wedding dress. It really has become such a special shoe and I thought it was a fun touch to add in to my wedding week wardrobe.

Bridal luncheons, in my opinion, are some of the most special times you have with all of your close friends before everything gets too serious. I chose to not have bridesmaids, and instead just have my sister (and sis in-laws) stand by my side. So, the time I got to spend with my friends needed to be really fun. I had this Attico feather top picked and was dying to finally get my hands on it! Like everything else that week, I had fallen so hard for this top and had it waiting in my closet for months. I originally had a very polished pant for the bottoms, but last minute I decided to really be true to my style and pulled out a pair of loose, high waisted, camo pants (similar) that I had in my closet! I topped off the outfit with some sparkle and shine and paired my favorite Rene Caovilla shoes (similar) to bring a little glamour to the bottom half. The crowd went wild!

Tip: Stay true to your style and you'll always feel confident.

I ended up straying from my pink phase because...Chanel, duh. This is one of those "I didn't pick the dress, it picked me" scenarios. I still wanted to draw in part of my earlier outfit inspo, so I added this stunning Johanna Ortiz Ostrich feather belt (similar) to bring some texture. I love to belt almost everything and anything I can, so I knew at some point we would be adding this piece. Here the idea introduced itself and paired beautifully with the sleek dress! I paired this all-black look with a summer Oscar de la Renta clutch for my "white" (because no bride can go without white) and my favorite Jimmy Choo heels. Aside from Christian Louboutin, I think Jimmy Choo is one of the most stunning wedding shoe designers. Add Rene Caovilla to that list... and Manolo Blahnik. Can you tell my list is long?

We are finally here! The big day is here, and I have a few hours with just my girlfriends and a bottle of champagne to make sure my stress is low and my drink is high- trust that we love a boujee bride, but not a drunk bride. I wanted to wear white as I was getting ready for my wedding, but I still had this idea to tie everything together, so I had to go with Sleeper to make sure the ostrich feather saga continued! I absolutely loved this set and the color combo (Milk Punch) was perfect with a white silk blend set with ivory feathers on the end for a fun pop. 10/10 would recommend. The pajamas are all had sewn and took a few weeks to get in, but very worth the wait! Sleeper emailed me updates on production and made sure to deliver them before I left for Napa- can you say lifesaver!

Now, a little background on my wedding dress. When I pictured my wedding day, I always pictured Vera Wang. So, when I saw Vera's Spring line come out and my fingers were scrolling through the images at rapid speed to find 'the dress", my heart stopped... I stumbled upon a pink dress and my jaw hit the floor. I knew instantly that this dress was made for me. Warren Barron Bridal, in Dallas, got the dress shipped in and within days I tried that one on, the only dress I tried on, and bought it on the spot. That's right, I tried one dress on and that is what I wore down the aisle. I went with the white/ivory version because I wanted that traditional feel. Since the original was designed in pink, we added a blush veil to tie the pink back to the original design Vera intended the dress to be. My in-laws gave me the most beautiful sapphire and diamonds earrings as my "something blue" and I made my "something borrowed" a diamond ring from my mom. The dress, named "Vera", was the most magical dress I have evvvver put on. My shoes were a simple white, strappy Prada sandal that I knew wouldn't hurt my feet all night. It was so magical and I really felt the way I hope every bride feels on her wedding day.

And we lived Happily Ever After...

XX, bailee

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