It's 6 a.m. and I'm sitting here in my car in the parking lot at work. I got to work super early today and I'm just not ready to walk into the office yet so I've decided to share a few photos with you while I wait it out.
Back in October, before Danielle was even engaged to Chance, we went wedding dress shopping. You see Danielle had just received her school money for the semester and she had about $1500 set aside just for her dress. Danielle invited her best friend, her little sister, her grandmother, and me to go with her. We went to several places here in Mesa all of which promised to offer modest dresses. None of the shops had a blush pink dress. Everything was off white or white and Danielle had her heart set on a blush pink dress. After striking out at all the shops in town we were beginning to think our only option was going to be risking it by ordering a dress online or making a trip to Utah. Before we did that we decided to try one more place. This shop was located in Arizona Mills Mall and was more of a special occasion dress shop and not so much of a wedding dress shop. Sure they had wedding dresses but their selection was limited. The store was Group USA. When we started looking at dresses we really didn't think we were going to find one. Danielle didn't want a mermaid shaped dress and she certainly wanted sleeves. So when we finally found a blush pink dress we all just had to see her in it even though it didn't have sleeves and it wasn't the shape she thought would look good on her. Well, to our surprise the dress looked amazing on Danielle. We could tell Danielle loved the dress because that smile never left her face. She just beamed with it on. She was surprised that she actually liked the mermaid style on her body too. She was certain it wouldn't look right. How wrong she was. All the other dresses she tried on at all the other shops in other styles did not look right on her, in my opinion. So, as Danielle was standing on the platform in front of all those mirrors we were all brainstorming together to figure out how we were going to add sleeves to this pink dress. None of us knew how it was going to happen but we knew this dress was the one for Danielle. Then when we saw the price tag we were sold! This was a beaded dress with boning in the bodice so we thought the price was going to be high. To our surprise it was a $1900.00 dress reduced to $499. We figured with the money Danielle saved on the dress she could surely pay someone to add sleeves and take in the dress a little. Below are the photos we took when Danielle tried on her dress for the first time.
See that smile!
Below is my favorite photo of Lexi and Danielle that day. Silly sisters.
After Danielle and I thought about it and took the dress to a seamstress we learned that it would be a lot of work to build up sleeves on this dress not to mention to find the right color of fabric to match. So Danielle was determined to find a shrug to go with the dress even if we had to make one. Well, then it hit me. Why not find a top to wear underneath the dress? Once the lightbulb turned on in my head, the search was on. I started to check every clothing store in town. Then I started looking on line. Danielle wanted something with 3/4 length sleeves. I happened to find the perfect blouse on the Macy's website and immediately told Danielle. Danielle ordered the blouse, had the dress altered or taken in by a friend who is an amazing seamstress by the way. The alterations and the blouse cost Danielle another $100.00. Danielle also ended up replacing the black zipper on the back of the blouse with an off white zipper and adding lace to the sleeves and the collar. The only other things she bought for her dress was a veil and a slip. Below is one of my favorite photos of Danielle in her dress and it shows the detail on her blouse so you can see it. Take a look.
Along with decorating for the wedding I also did all the wedding flowers. Thankfully my daughter was sold on silk flowers because she wanted to keep her bouquet instead of fresh. This made it nice because I could get all the flowers done early and then I was less stressed the week of the wedding. Take a look at the bridal bouquet below. The bride wanted a lot of green in her bouquet. Take a look.
These are the photos that make me laugh out loud. Chance having some fun with the parasol doing his version of singing in the rain. So funny!!!
Then there are these photos of the groom sneaking a few peeks of the bride. Love it! He is such a funny kid!
This next photo was taken on Saturday. See how the weather changed? It was rainy the day we arrived. In fact it snowed on the other lake in the area.....the one the groom's parents live on which is a few miles down the road.
These other photos are of the mountains. My photos don't do them justice. They ran along the entire length of Flathead Lake and were absolutely breath taking! Then to see them with the snow too....it was beautiful!
These next few photos are from the backyard of the Bishop's home. He is a surgeon and they have a beautiful home.