In the end, I chose the Expo dress because it accentuated all the right feminities and took my style up a notch, as should be the case on that One Day 'you're supposed to be the star.' It has a 50's Hollywood Glam thing going on and after deliberation with friend and hired seamstresses, alterations came easily. [Alterations by Leanne in Lacey was well worth the drive to Olympia, btw. She's a bit of an odd bird, but she was a more than fair price and is really talented]. And, as you can tell, with this beauty, I'd still have to find myself some shoulder covering, which just takes away from the dress. But doesn't it just hang so beautifully?
A month before the wedding I set an appointment with the woman who has done my mom's hair for years, and mine intermittently as I've been around. I needed a trim anyway and thought it would be a good time to talk out some ideas about how to go glam without having finger curls shellacked to my forehead. The haircut was a bust, as was the planning conversation, and my sister reminded (slash scolded) me on my vent home that I always regret going to this stylist because she always gives me the same haircut (some variation of 'the Rachel') and I only like it when I've styled it myself, at least 3 weeks after the original cut (the cut looks great today, for what it's worth).
Enter Christie, my beloved cousin, honorary sister (because she's got 6 brothers) and in this case, personal hair stylist. Christie beyond saved the day with curlers, spray, and hair pins. I've gotten more compliments on my hair than anything else, I think. Because it looked awesome and perfect, that's why.
As for other primping, Seretta got me a gift card for a massage, which I took the Wednesday prior, I got a mani-pedi with Christie, and of course, make-up at Neiman Marcus.
It was surprisingly difficult to set an appointment at the makeup counter for me, Brooke, and Maria. They expect you to know the companies and which lines you want. Honestly, don't they all have eyeliner and a 30 shades of red lipstick? I opted for Bobbi Brown, mostly because I've heard of her and think she's known for a natural look. My makeup artist was also a bride-to-be, though she and her fiancee were opting for a just them Vegas wedding because her family is Luxembourgish and her man is from South Africa (wtf, I know) so they'll be celebrating on those other continents later this summer. Totally normal.
I worried less about accessories than I probably should have (or maybe just the right amount since it all turned out). Mia made me some silk hair fascinators to go behind my vision of a sideswept bun. They were vetoed last minute for being too white against my ivory gown, but the gem center was the perfect bling, hot glued to a chiffon flower I had originally purchased with the intention of sending all my friends coordinating flowers to accessorize with (you know, one on a headband, one on a necklace, sash, shoe piece, etc.) but that didn't quite come to fruition in the busyness of other planning.
For jewelry, I seriously lucked out with a very last-minute run to Macy's 10 minutes before they closed. 40% off and just perfect. I matched my mother-in-law's tennis bracelet (not sure if it's real or not but it sure is sparkly!) and opted out of a necklace.
I forgot my bridal bouquet at home the entire time.