****I hope you guys enjoyed all my twitter postings over the weekend!!****
Friday morning I woke up at 6:30…and I fairly sure I took a shower…although I’m pretty sure I slept through it. I quickened my pace at 6:45 with a much needed iced coffee and hopped in the car to pick up my Mom and then head towards my bestie sister’s house.
I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again. I HATE waking up before the sun, but I do love a good sunrise.
Even when it’s in my rearview.
We had a FULL day of wedding dress shopping planned. Which, if you follow me on twitter, then you know that Day One was MORE than unsuccessful. However, there was a silver lining in the cloud:
I googled ‘gluten free charlotte’ and this restaurant, though a chain, was recommended. Here’s why:
Gluten Free Menu Items! I asked the hostess for their gluten free menu, and this is what she handed me! I used it when I walked through the salad bar, and choosing was such a breeze! I typically AVOID salad bars. Dressings are like a mine field…and don’t even think about soup! I was SO excited by how easy this was!
Tasty, tasty green stuff.
After lunch I renewed my hatred for David’s Bridal. I hated it the first time and I REALLY hated it the second time. Rude sales people, stupid procedures…ugly dresses. I was nearly in tears in the dressing room, I kid you not. We rode back to my sister’s house in near silence. I felt defeated.
Saturday I woke up feeling renewed. And excited! It was my other sister, Susan’s baby shower, and I was meeting a new buddy to look at jewelry for the wedding!
If you follow me on twitter, then you saw the bridesmaid earrings I chose…and it was SO hard to choose!
Look at that spread! I read about Kathleen’s jewelry on Bites and Bowls. I was immediately in love! Then I perused her website – and knew. This was it. Her designs are STUNNING! Affordable. Timeless. And meeting her was amazing! She’s energizing, gorgeous, and quite possibly one of the nicest folks I’ve met! I’m so excited about having her jewelry be a part of the wedding!
After meeting her in the morning, I helped my bestie prepare for the shower and before we knew it, the guests had arrived! It was a super fun shower. We played a game where anytime someone said “baby” then you took their necklace. The person with the most necklaces at the end won a prize. At first my bestie was winning:
But then my Auntie took the lead! She had EVERYONE’s necklace!!
She had her game face on, and didn’t say “baby” once! I made the Strawberry gluten free cupcakes,
which everyone enjoyed! Even…
Lil’ Gluten Loves Me !!
The cupcakes were just as good as the last time I made them! I’m not even sure anyone noticed they were gluten free!
After the shower, my bestie suggested we try one more bridal store she had thought of. I wasn’t feel enthusiastic, but I agreed. We headed to Group USA, and I’m SO glad we did!
It was an amazing experience! We were allowed to choose our own dresses to try on, and the salesperson only checked on us once and let us know she was there if we needed her. The dressing room was big enough for all three of us! It was…the best. Trying on dresses became fun…
Joan helped me get into the dresses and my Mom helped hang them up. It’s amazing how much fabric is used to make a wedding dress! You could get lost in there!
I tried on one dress that was TRULY fairy tale-esque.
And I tried on a dress…that was different.
The front was pretty, but then I turned around and…
Oops! I pooped a bow!
Then I tried on what has became quite possibly…THE dress.
I love it. I can tell that I really loved it, because I didn’t want to take it off. It was flattering and form fitting. The material has a raw feeling to it…and I wouldn’t have to get it steamed! It’s a crinkled taffeta. Love it. The more I think about it…that MORE I love it! It’s a good sign. I’m so thankful my sister made me go! And made me try dresses on! Two thumbs up to Group USA. HIGHLY recommend going there!
I went back to my sister’s house happy. And sleepy. I slept so hard last night and woke up this morning to make the drive home. It has been a long weekend. And definitely a roller coaster, but I’m so happy to be one step closer to finding my wedding dress.
Now…back to packing up boxes…because we’re buying a house…