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The Bridal Party: What They Wore

I've had a lot of people ask me how I chose my bridesmaids and if I was afraid I would offend anyone by not choosing them. 
Hunter and I both decided we would stick with strictly family.
Using family alone, we had 6 bridesmaids and 6 groomsmen. 
I could have kept adding on, but then Hunter would have had to add more as well.
It seemed easier to keep it just family and I really love each person we had in our bridal party.
Family members are always willing to help, and want the best for you. 
We had a group message going between the bridesmaids discussing things from nail polish to hair and each time they were all so willing to help and excited for Hunter and I. 
The pairing of bridesmaids to groomsmen worked perfectly because most of the bridesmaids were married to the groomsmen and the ones that weren't, were siblings!
No awkward picture taking involved :)
Everyone was so comfortable around each other already and it made for some fun memories :)
Let's talk about what the bridal party wore.

Bridesmaids:
Oh bridesmaid dresses...
I didn't want them too fancy, but I didn't want them too casual either.
We went from a pencil skirt option that ended up only having large and xl by the time I said yes to them, to a dress that looked nothing like it did online, in person. 
One day my Sister in law, Michelle came across a dress on Jane that I absolutely loved and it was bought within 15 minutes. 
I LOVE those dresses!
I wish I would have gotten one for myself 
They looked flattering on everyone and were paired perfectly with the necklaces I gave them as their gift. 
They each wore Essie's Fashion Playground on their nails and chose any style nude shoes they wanted. 
I wanted each of them to do their hair and makeup as they felt best and it all worked perfectly. 




Groomsmen:
In the very beginning I wanted charcoal suits. 
Hunter switched it up to light grey suits.
Then he got a suit that so wasn't light grey at all.
Men's warehouse tried to sell me on tuxedos.
I don't like tuxedos, and they're overpriced.
So, we went with black suits because it was 10 times easier, looks classy, and just made sense. 
All they really had to worry about was bringing a white shirt and getting their peach bow tie we ordered off amazon. 
Life is so much easier as a guy.





Flower Girls:
Oh man, I gained the cutest nieces in the world.
These 5 pretty little girls wore mint and white striped dresses from Carters.
Their mommies put them in white tights and had them in white shoes.
Michelle, my talented sister in law, made their cute bows.
She has an etsy shop that you should check out! 




Ring Bearer:
Landon was a heart stopper in his khaki suit from Target.
Everything on him was actually from target and he looked SO precious.
Michelle made his cute bow tie.
Adorable. 


The Bride:
My dress, oh my dress...
I thought I knew what I wanted, but I guess I had no idea.
The day my ring was purchased I walked into a bridal shop.
Everything with lace caught my eye but sleeve length, gown shape, and everything else was up in the air.
One of the first things my mom and I did was go to David's Bridal. 
Since I was getting married in such a short amount of time we had to purchase a dress off the rack.
I got SO lucky with that.
I only tried on 4 dresses. 
All of them were completely different.
I wasn't sold on the one I chose at first, but as I kept looking in the mirror I couldn't get myself to take it off. 
It was strapless and trying to envision it with sleeves was hard, but lucky for me my best friend's mom is a seamstress and said she would work her magic. 
It had a corset, some beading, and of course lace!
Not to mention, it fit perfectly and all that had to be altered was the length. 
I rang the bell as I said yes to the dress and both my mom and I cried.
Once it came back from alterations the jacket was underway.
I was terrified of a jacket.
But, I LOVE the way it turned out.
The sleeve length was perfect and I personally loved it paired with the dress.
I wore a pearl and rhinestone headband with a matching bracelet. 
My earrings were teardrop rhinestones with little rhinestones outlining. 
My shoes were the same ones I wore to prom my junior year.
I wore all MAC makeup and my hair was done by the lovely Karen Mace that works out of her home. 
I felt like a princess :)






MY Groom:
I couldn't stop staring at my new husband on our wedding day.
I was in newlywed bliss as the thought "he's finally all mine" kept reoccurring. 
He wore a 3 button black suit, with a bow tie, no vest, and of course his new ring ;) 
It was simple, and that's what I loved about it. 
His bow tie was amazing, if I do say so myself.
I knew I wanted him to have a polka dot bow tie pretty much forever.
When I found this one from OTAA I died.
When I saw it on him, I swooned.
It was perfect, and it's from Australia!




And there ya have it!
Great Success :)

All my love,
Aleigh Joy





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