Finding My Wedding Dress (The Pictures!)

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Well not of the dress… I am going to have to wait 6 more months for that one and you all and Jon have at least a year and a half ahead of you… SORRY GUYS! I did want to take a minute and to go into more depth about the process of shopping for a wedding dress than I was able to fit into my vlog - see here if you have yet!

All images were captured by Katie Corinne Photography!

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I have to thank The Bridal Collection and Justin Alexander for setting all of this up. I know I was beyond spoiled in my appointment and I would’ve been happy without all the extra champagne, food and photographers but it will now forever be in my top few days. Ok now into the real business…

First of all - I did NOT know what to expect. I had purchased a debutante dress so I had been in wedding dresses before but never for my own wedding. I still can’t even wrap my head around the fact that I am getting married FOR REAL. So going into this experience it still all didn’t feel real.

Second - I am a super duper emotional person so I expected to be a wreck. Honestly when there weren’t massive tears flowing I started to get worried - am I doing something wrong?? did I not actually find THE one?? Ultimately I think I was so laser focused on designing my dress (yes that’s right my bad boy is custom designed - pinch me now) that I didn’t even have time to break down. Also I felt SO comfortable that I didn’t even think I had time to feel out of my body - I was just soaking it all in.

Thank you so much Justin & Team!

Thank you so much Justin & Team!

There is no right or wrong way to find your wedding dress - especially if you are like me and don’t even have a date or venue!

If I had to do it again I would 100% be at the Bridal Collection and trying on those beautiful Justin Alexander gowns. Learning the history about the line and how Justin is part of the family business was awesome. It was so cool to have the design team there telling me what they were thinking when designing the dress and being able to find a piece of the story that was special to me.

I can’t wait to wear this dress and marry you Jon Kelley, but we’ve got a longgg road ahead of us. This is all for wedding/engagement posts for now but don’t worry once we are settled I will have LOTS to tell you all about. I graduate in two months and we move four days later - AH! I can’t believe this is my life I am so happy.

Justin Alexander gowns can be found here // The Bridal Collection here


My Engagement Ring Details & The Process

Finally I have this post ready for you guys! I wanted to wait until The Diamond Reserve launched their new (gorgeous) website to share all about my ring and the process of talking about engagement to actually wearing this beauty everyday. Of course this ring is just a material item and being engaged to Jon tops everything but I must say - it doesn’t hurt to look down and see this everyday ;).

When Jon and I first discussed engagement I knew that we should go to see my friend Kaleigh from The Diamond Reserve because I had worked with her in the past and knew she did custom rings. This means whatever Jon’s budget was she could work with it and make a totally custom ring of my dreams! On top of this The Diamond Reserve works really hard to educate diamonds buyers and only provide top of the line diamonds and rings - if you are thinking about buying a diamond watch this video!

Everyone is different and honestly I don’t know what is “typical” but Jon and I decided to go hear what Kaliegh had to say and learn as much as we could before Jon went off on his own to work with Kaleigh on my ring. I didn’t know the budget, timeline or anything besides that I strongly encouraged a round diamond and gold band! They came up with the most precious ring I could imagine.

I am such a simple girl when it comes to jewelry and I knew that anything with a halo is not my type of ring. I have a stunning round solitaire sitting high enough that my wedding band will go flesh against it. The detailing of the band makes it more than just a solitare ring and was actually featured in Popsuger as a trend for 2019 (yes that’s my exact ring EEK!). Overall there is no where else I would go in Denver or anything I would’ve done differently & Jon agrees. He was so confident working with Kaleigh and was even able to ship the ring to Tulsa so I never had a chance to see it before the big day!

I am no expert so seriously please inform yourself before shopping at a big box retailer for a ring because nothing is worse than a yellow diamond or something that will fade and is SO upcharged!