Lauren shows us a few of her bridal fashion picks for her big day.

The last time I saw my wedding dress was about nine months ago! Soon, I will be attending my first dress fitting where I will begin to see the whole look come together. This first fitting will primarily be to hem the dress for my height and take in the midsection. The second fitting is to ensure a proper fit and to determine if the dress needs to be adjusted one last time.


My wedding gown is a strapless, satin, trumpet style dress that has beautiful beading around the bust, waist, and right around the area where the dress begins to flare out. The "trumpet" part of the dress has box pleats that go all the way around, which make it really interesting and unlike anything I have seen before. My mother is anxious for the first fitting to find out from the tailor how to bustle the train (the box pleats make her nervous). The dress also has a long train and small buttons that begin at the top of the back and flow all the way through the train. I will also be wearing a tulle ruched bolero jacket with embroidered and beaded cap sleeves, which will be attached to the inside of the dress with snap buttons. This is so that I have the option of taking it off or leaving it on. I'm not quite sure what type of style this dress would be considered-I really don't think it falls into the "traditional", "modern", or "vintage" categories. I don't think there is any one feature of the dress that is my favorite; all of the little details it offers make it truly unique.

I chose a chapel length European-style veil, which is made of thicker tulle than a lot of American-made veils. It has crystals adorned throughout and looks great on top of the stain train of the dress. For the reception, after the veil comes off, I chose an Art Deco-style crystal barrette to place on the lower part of my updo. My shoes are satin, platform, peep-toe pumps with intricate crystal brooches around the toes. For jewelry, I will be borrowing a pair of earrings and a bracelet from one of my sisters, as my "something borrowed." Come to think of it, I'm going to have a lot of sparkles going on when it's all said and done!


After having a hair and makeup trial, I can really envision the entire look coming together and am very excited! My new smile will only make the entire look that much more perfect. I can really notice a huge difference in my teeth since I began treatment. I'm so glad that I went through the Invisalign treatment in time for the wedding. I already feel more confident smiling in front of cameras and know that I won't have anything to worry about on the special day.

Disclosure: I have received complimentary Invisalign treatment from Align Technology, Inc. in exchange for blogging about my bridal journey and treatment, and all opinions expressed are my own.


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