I Bought THE Dress!

I did it!!! I officially placed a down payment on my wedding dress. 😀 I am beyond excited!!!

Today at Something Blue Bridal‘s veil and headpiece trunk show, I saw my dress in person for the fourth time. It is so beautiful and finally, after four separate appointments to see and try on this dress, I feel 100 percent positive that I found my perfect dress. (Can you tell I am a very thorough person? 😉 )

The women at the boutique said the designer of my dress, Jim Hjelm, will be in town in April and I will get to meet him in person. My dress is actually designed by James Clifford, but he is  Jim Hjelm, so I cannot wait to meet the man behind the masterpiece in couple of months.

Though the trunk show for my dress’s designer isn’t until April, the women still offered me the trunk show discount on my dress, which saved me around $160. For a frugal gal like me, this made my day!

Since I cannot post pictures of my dress since I don’t want my hubby-to-be to see ’em, I hope you’ll enjoy these pictures of me trying on veils today. I want my veil to be a combination of these two veils… long, but with lace trimming that starts around my fingertips and goes to the floor. I love the cathedral veils!

Long Veil

Short Veil with Lace Trimming

Does anyone out there have any tips as to where to look for a less expensive veil?

Any advice is appreciated!

Errands and Eats

Oookay, let’s back up a bit. (I got a little too excited to share my wedding dress news with you!)

After breakfast, Ryan and I headed to Home Depot to pick up a new air filter before stopping by IKEA to check out furniture and brainstorm decorating ideas for our new apartment.

Ryan ❤ Home Depot

We forgot what size air filter we needed so we bought two, figuring one would work. Turns out neither were right! Such is life. 🙂

Ryan and I had a good time in IKEA and found several pieces of furniture (a chair, dresser and bed frame) that we definitely think would make a wonderful addition to our new home. We wrote down all the details and are planning on stopping by again sometime soon.



We came home and immediately wanted lunch. I made two hummus sandwiches… mine with zucchini and Ryan’s with turkey. I used roasted red pepper hummus and it was so tasty! I think I had several servings while I was making the sandwiches…

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus



I also enjoyed a cool and very crisp Jazz apple.


After lunch, Sadie needed some lovin’, so we took her to the dog park.

Sadie Girl

The weather was gorgeous today! Ryan and I both commented on how wonderful it felt to feel the sun on our skin again.

After the park, it was time for me to head out to the bridal trunk show, so I made a quick quesadilla to snack on in the car. Sadie was very intrigued…

"Gimme the 'Dilla"

After the trunk show and officially placing the down payment on my dress (YAY!), I stopped by Fresh Market to browse for a bit.

That store is gorgeous! I was most impressed with the bakery and the large selection of desserts. YUM. I bought a piece of peanut butter Ghirardelli chocolate and some honey roasted nuts to munch on while I drove home.

Peanut Butter Chocolate

I think I ate more nuts than I should have because I wasn’t all that hungry by the time I got home.

Ryan was ready for dinner and talked me into swinging by Chipotle for some grub. I kept my dinner relatively light with a burrito bowl, topped with lots of guacamole.

Chipotle Burrito Bowl

Stirred Up

Guacamole makes great salad dressing!

Ryan and I both also shared a bag of chips and more guacamole. Olé!

When we came home, we took Sadie on a short walk to the grocery store where I bought mix for Jello Oreo pudding. We’re currently waiting for the pudding to set before digging into our dessert. 🙂

Ryan and I are taking it easy and staying in tonight. Today was a go-go-go kinda day and Ryan has a soccer game early tomorrow morning, so an evening of relaxin’, move watching and flipping through our never-ending stack of magazines sounds perfect.

See ya in the morning! 😀

13 Responses

  1. How exciting!!! 🙂 If you’re anything like me, you’ll pull up the picture of it on the internet 1000’s of times before the actual day just to see it! 🙂

    I love fresh market and I’m with ya on the desserts and the CANDY aisle…omg!! I love all of their chocolate covered everything!! So good!! 🙂

  2. What a tease! 😀 I totally understand.

    My dang veil and tiara cost as much as my dress so i’m no help there.

    • hahahaha this literally made me laugh out loud. i can’t believe how expensive veils are! it’s outrageous, huh?

  3. congratulations on finding “your” dress!! you look so cute with the veil, can´t wait to see you in your dress!

  4. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! COngrats on finding your dress love!!! Im so excited for you!!!!!!! I got my dress already, but not getting married til next year!!!

    I know you will look so beautiful!!!! So happy for you!!!!

    Chipotle rocks!!!! xoxo

  5. Try etsy.com for cheaper veils.

  6. CONGRATSSSSS yay! so pretty 🙂

    ahh dont ya love saturday errands at home depot?! my BF loves it there and I am there at least once every couple weeks haha

    cant wait to see you on your wedding day!

  7. Congrats on the dress. You look so pretty in just the veil. You are going to make one very very beautiful bride.

  8. Congrats on finding a dress, such a great feeling!

  9. Congrats!!! You are going to be a beautiful bride, can’t wait to see pictures

  10. congrats on buying the dress!! My dress is sitting in the guest room right now taunting me! I am desperate to try it on every day, but I don’t want to get it dirty 🙂 If you want a lace trim veil they are all going to be pretty expensive. I got a cathedral length single tier basic veil and it was still expensive… $200!!

  11. AW, congrats, honey!! That is soo exciting..Veils, accessories, headpieces, etc SOO expensive BUT just wait til he sees you coming down that aisle!! 🙂

  12. Congratulations on making the big purchase! So exciting!!

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