Increasingly Clear

It’s becoming increasingly clear that I have found my wedding dress. I am in looooove!

After work yesterday, I met my mom at Something Blue, a bridal boutique in Orlando to try on two very different dresses. (Ryan, do not clickย  any of the upcoming links, just in case!)

The front runner is a James Clifford dress. It’s wonderfully romantic with lace and a classic feel. (Sorry, no pictures or links directly to this one because I really think it is the one and I can’t risk Ryan seeing it! Also, when I asked him if he would be too tempted to look at the dress if I put a link up, he said, “Yeah, bad idea,” and added, “That’s not fair anyway! They should have to wait to see it just like I have to wait!” ๐Ÿ˜€ Feel free to get mad at him… but not too mad. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Also,ย for those of you “in the know” about wedding dress designers… did you know James Clifford and Jim Hjelm are the sameย person? It’s a fact! ย 

The other dress is a Justin Alexander gown. It’s a much “bigger” dress with more of a princess look. Though you can’t see the detail in the picture I linked to, the bodice has beautiful lace all over it.

Here’s the way I described the two gowns to my friends: The James Clifford dress is me. The Justin Alexander dress is who I want to be. ๐Ÿ™‚ I know it’s silly, but I’ve always been a more “classic” dresser… nothing too showy or funky. The James Clifford dress is pretty, simple, soft, classic and will still be gorgeous in 50 years. I guess it’s pretty apparent which one I like more, huh?

Now I just need a man’s opinion! My dad will see me in the dress over the first weekend in March, and with his thumbs up, the dress will officially be the one! AHHHH! I’m so excited. I’ve visited a bunchย of bridal boutiques without much luck and it feels good to finally feel excited about such gorgeous dress.


After wedding dress fun, my mom and I drove to the Hilton Bonnet Creek hotel to meet up with my dad for dinner at La Luce.

In Front of La Luce

Our waitress brought out a bread bowl filled with doughy bread. I ate a couple slices of the olive loaf, which was delicious.

For my main course, I ordered the marinara pizza. Hey, sometimes lamb chops or sea bass just won’t do! ๐Ÿ™‚

Pizza, Pizza

The pizza was very tasty and the crust was my favorite part. Yum.

My dad’s dish was the “pick of the night” though. His seared citrus salmon was amazing!

For dessert we split warm berry cobbler with vanilla ice cream. When I say we “split” it, I mean my mom and I dominated this dessert.


Watch out for a woman with a sweet tooth! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m off to hop in the shower… see ya in a bit for breakfast!

14 Responses

  1. How exciting!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. So exciting that you think you’ve found “the one!” You definitely know when it’s the one!!!

  3. I can’t wait to see it!!

  4. Yeah for finding your dress!

  5. Both dresses are gorgeous! It sounds like you made your choice….that is SO exciting!!

    Your pizza looks yummy and the berry cobbler too!

  6. I would definitely go with the “you” dress! You would want to look back on your wedding day and know you were as natural and as you as possible. Besides, “you” are the one Ryan fell in love with, not a possible future you =) I hope its THE ONE!

  7. congrats on finding THE ONE! ๐Ÿ™‚ you must feel so exciting and relieved all at the same time ! I cant wait to see pics from your wedding day ๐Ÿ™‚

    that pizza looks phenom! I would be all over that crunchy crust mmm

  8. Aw, that’s so exciting! Finding the dress makes it all so real!

  9. I’m excited for you! Even though I just found your blog yesterday, I’m already a RSS-Google reader, and I’m so happy for you all already! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Yay, wedding dress!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. YAY! I am excited you think you found the dress! My advice would be to get the dress that is most you! I know what you mean about one dress being you and the other being who you want to be. But in the end go with who you are because when you look back on the day through pictures you will always remember how great you FELT in a dress that made you feel like the beautiful person you already are! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Congrats on your upcoming wedding. Both dresses are gorgeous but I too like the first ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for coming out to La Luce for dinner and posting pics! We’re delighted you chose to eat with us on such a special day! We hope to see you again soon.

  13. Congrats on finding the one and the shoes are super cute. I am wearing non traditional pink wedding shoes!

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