14 August 2014

Madichard Wedding: What I Wore

All photos by [Amy Allen Photography]

I got my wedding dress for $149 from [Modcloth]. I loved it! We was hot and muggy, so the light fabric was perfect and not clingy. That said, the dress was on the sheer side. I had originally planned to wear a supportive slip or a long-line bra and a slip but nothing looked right under it. Solution? No underwear! It was cooler anyway but it made the removal of the garter a little more exciting for Richard. I did wear one of those [adhesive bras] to keep a bra-like shape. I already had one at home, but they retail for $20-$30 at fabric stores. The dress was also low in the front, so it was nice to be able to stick the bra at the right height and know it wouldn't move.

I got my [shoes] super-on sale at Belk's for about $20. I wanted flats because I have a floor length dress and I think it's cute to be so much shorter than Richard. And I love heels but I didn't want to have to change my shoes if my feet got tired. At my friend Ashley's recommendation, I went with a blushy pink color instead of trying to match the whites and ivories in my dress. I loved them! They're also very re-wearable with jeans and skirts.

I kind of forget to order a garter until the week before. I had originally intended to get a cute one off Etsy, but the window had passed. The ones available on Amazon either looked weird or cheap or completely not in the right size for my luscious thighs. Fortunately, Ashley had given me a ribbon-tie garter when Richard and I first got engaged and it was lovely! Very easy to wear and still elastic. I also got my lace glovelettes and hair band from Ashley's stash and they both fit in so well with my dress! The only jewelry I wore was a mermaid necklace Richard gave me on our six-month mark. I had seen it at DragonCon a few months prior and picked it up for me as a surprise. (I was named after the mermaid in Splash, like so many '85ers.

I have a very short pixie/undercut courtesy of Ellen at [PLUM Hair Atelier], so I did my own hair for the wedding. I painted my own nails with the toes in Zoya's [Beatrix] and the nails (which I keep VERY short) in [Liberty]. Both are textured matte glitters. I did my own makeup as well since I wanted to look like myself. I wear cat-eye style eye-liner very frequently, so I did a think single line in black and a thin line at the lashes in an electric blue (matched my nails!) to end in a double wing. I also used Ardell [#301] accent lashes to compliment my own. False lashes really help your eyes show in pictures! The half-lashes look very natural in person. Pro-tip: do all the eye make-up first in case something goes horribly awry. I'm pretty comfortable doing that sort of makeup, so I didn't hit any snags. I skipped the eye-shadow and opted for layered foundation, creme blush in bright pink, and powder. I went with a sheer coral over my lips for a matte pink effect.

See other [wedding posts]!