Saturday, February 14, 2015

I took a long break from blogging last year to plan the biggest day of my life. I got married to my best friend of six years, this past August in Kona, Hawaii. We were surrounded by close family and friends as we said “I Do” on the beach. It was everything I could have dreamed of and more! Marriage isn’t for everyone, but for those who believe in the institution, I truly hope your special day is complete bliss. I’ll never forget the huge smile on my husband’s face as he watched me walk down the aisle, and I felt as if no one else in the world existed as we exchanged vows. I won’t get into too much detail since weddings are very personal events, but I will share some photo’s to talk a bit about the style I chose. I love the tradition of “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” My “something old” was extremely special to me. My parents have been together since my mother was 15 and my father was 17 (they married 4 years after they started dating.) My mom has hundreds of momento’s of their relationship over the past 40+ years. She gave me a love letter my Dad wrote her when they were very young. I attached it to my bouquet as my way of honoring their commitment to each other and to literally carry their love into the beginning of my marriage. The idea for my “something new” came from my dear friend Elizabeth while we were brainstorming wedding ideas on holiday in Paris. She suggested I buy a new perfume to wear that day so every time I wore it, I would be reminded of my wedding. I instantly loved the idea and searched for weeks until I discovered “Saks Fifth Avenue” by Bond No. 9. This scent is like Hawaii in a bottle so I figured it would be the perfect reminder of my tropical nuptials. My “something borrowed” were a pair of gorgeous earrings from a dear friend, and my “something blue” was the inside lining of my Christian Louboutin wedding heels. My dress is by Israeli designer Inbal Dror. It was the third dress I tried on and I knew as soon as I looked in the mirror that it was the one. The lace detail is so delicate and the train made my heart flutter. So after 30 minutes and a champagne toast, my dress was ordered and my mom, girl friends and I were off to lunch. The best advance I can give to any bride to be is that when you look at too many options for anything the dress, the flowers, the cake… suddenly you become overwhelmed. Have an idea of what styles you like best and trust that when you see something that you like, it will be beautiful. Don’t continually second guess things. You are going to look gorgeous and everything will work out. I should include that I altered the last tier of my dress’s train train to detach for the ceremony since we were walking on sand & reattached it for photos. I kept my hair down and beachy with some orchids pinned in, to keep my look less structured. Also, I did my own makeup. I wanted a pretty natural look and I realized that every trial run I had with a professional, I felt like someone else’s version of me. Throughout my modeling career I have had plenty of opportunities to be made up to look completely different. I love talented makeup artists, don’t get me wrong, but for my big day it twas important that when my husband saw my face, I looked like the same woman he fell in love with. Wishing all those brides-to-be out there the perfect wedding day that is only filled with joy and thoughts of love for your honey!

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