Less than a year after we got married, I decided to try my wedding dress on again. Marriage was very... good to me (aka I started to cook REAL food and ate heartier meals than I had been!), and I had gained about twelve pounds. When I tried on my wedding dress, I wanted to cry! I could barely zip it up, and when I did... I could. not. breathe!!! It was SO tight on my body, and I was not comfortable at all. It was sad, but I just brushed it off, dismissing myself.
Fast forward to June of this year, when I actually decided to do something about it. I've been eating a lot healthier than I have been. If I make sweet pork, I eat it in a salad instead of a taco. If we have spaghetti, I cook spaghetti squash for myself. I've been trying to snack on cashews rather than cookies. It hasn't been super easy, but luckily I was able to lose the extra weight I had gained after our marriage.
When we went to my parents' house for Thanksgiving, I decided to pull out my dress again. I was so extremely nervous to try it on! I held my breath as Justin zipped it up for me. I didn't even realize he was done zipping it up, because it zipped much more easily than the previous time I tried it on. I was so happy to be able to wear the beautiful dress again!
Over the past couple years, I have seen amazing Pins, Facebook photos, and Instagram pics of ladies in beautiful wedding dresses. My style has definitely changed some since we got married, and some days I would wish I could go back in time and choose another dress.
However, slipping into my dress again and styling my hair (and adding the perfect floral crown from Miss Stevi Marie) made me realize why I loved it so much in the first place. When I was shopping for my dress, I knew that I didn't want an all-lace dress. They were and are very popular, but I knew I wanted more of a taffeta material. I wanted it to be somewhat fitted, but then flare out as it went down my body. When I saw this dress, I fell in love with the beautiful beading, the pleats, and the ruching. I loved how it was a more simple style with beautiful accents. I loved the train. Trying this dress on brought back a lot of tender memories of our engagement and wedding two years ago. It was so incredibly stressful, but Justin was with me all along the way and was such a big help to plan the special day. Spending the whole day with him and the people we love was truly the best part. I'm glad everything went the way it did. I fell in love with my dress all over again last month. It brought back memories of our perfect day.
And thanks to Justin for being a trooper and taking some photos with me ;-)