KARA AND SHAWN – 08.07.10 in Douglas, Wyoming
One of my best girls, Bird, was the Maid of Honor in her sister Kara’s wedding in August. I’ve never met Kara or her husband Shawn, but I love them. Enjoy these lovely photos as Kara tells us about their inspiring wedding.
Bridesmaid Dresses: Choosing the color chartreuse was simultaneously the best and most difficult part of wedding planning. There are A LOT of variations in chartreuse. My jumping off point for the rest of the wedding planning was the discovery of the bridesmaid dresses at ModCloth.com. The dresses were cute and economical for my bridesmaids given that most of them had to foot travel costs to make it to the wedding anyway. These dresses ended up being incredibly versatile and flattering everyone from the tall, twiggy girl down to the 6 month pregnant girl.
**Hey, it’s Noelle again. I’m so excited that Kara got her Bridesmaid dresses at ModCloth. I’ve even suggested getting your wedding dress from them.
My Dress: Was actually a cheap reproduction of a Manuel Mota dress. I had it made by an offshore company in China where I sacrificed details like buttons vs. zippers to reduce the price. I figured I’m wearing it once and it was worth the deficit in quality to spend part of the dress budget on other details of the wedding.
Headpiece: I found the headband on Etsy (Boring Sidney’s Shop) I was bummed out when offbeatbride.com featured a wedding with the same Lanvin right after I picked mine out- but I got over it when I realized like fashion itself, there is no such thing as a truly original wedding trend. For the ceremony I added a couple of cheap veils I had found at HobbyLobby and had the gal who styled me before the wedding add them so they would be easy to remove after.
Shoes: Shoes were another thing I didn’t want to spend a lot of the budget on given I had full intentions of kicking them off and wearing hideous (albeit comfortable) platform flip-flops. The shoes I wore in the ceremony were gold-detailed brocade heels I found on a costume website, stage-fright.com, as part of a Marie Antoinette costume. They were perfect, especially with the rhinestone details which worked perfectly with the Brooch Bouquet I carried.
Rings: The rings were another Etsy find. I knew I couldn’t wear my vintage 30′s old mill cut diamond engagement ring everyday to do hair. Plus that ring is already such a stunner I knew nothing wedding band wise would look right next to it. After a couple of months of my husband going back and forth with “Dude, we need to find rings,” “Yeah I know, we’ll totally look for some rings,” and never producing results we lucked out with these.
Theatre: The Princess Theatre in Douglas, Wyoming
**I just love the idea of the bridal party walking down the theatre aisle AND holding the ceremony on stage. Made for some pretty rad photos.
First Dance Song: “Did I Say?” by Teenage Fanclub
It was kind of hard to pace out a way to actually look cool dancing to this song, but it didn’t really matter because we were so caught up in each other we weren’t paying attention anyway.
Reception: The American Legion in Douglas, Wyoming
Planner: Maureen Morgan
Love this – very Royal Tenenbaums.
Thanks for sharing your wedding with us guys!