Lovely Long-Sleeved Wedding Dresses

Did you guys watch the royal wedding? I didn’t wake up, but have it DVRed and plan to spend tonight catching up on all the moments I missed.

One thing that could not wait was getting a look at Kate Middleton’s wedding dress! I expected something classically beautiful and she definitely delivered. Doesn’t she look breathtaking?

Kate Middleton Wedding Dress

(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

I didn’t think that I would like such a classic dress so much – especially with the long sleeves. But the silhouette and feminine lace captured my heart.

Kate’s dress made me curious about other long-sleeved wedding gowns out there. I spent some time Googling and found some other fabulous long-sleeved dresses I had to share.

Maggie Sottero Long-Sleeved Dress
Maggie Sottero Long-Sleeved Dress
Long-Sleeved wedding gown
Aire Barcelone Long-Sleeved Dress
Sleeved Wedding Dress
Pronovais Gown
Sleeved wedding dress
Priscilla of Boston Wedding Dress
Long Sleeved wedding dress
Monique Lhuillier Dress
Off should wedding gown
Alma Novia Sleeved Gown
Sleeved wedding dresses
JCrew Duchess Satin Dress
Wedding dresses with long sleeves
Jenny Packham Long Sleeve Dresses 2011

I have a feeling we’re going to be seeing a lot more sleeved wedding dresses in the years to come. Would you ever choose to wear sleeves on your special day?

One Year As “Mrs. Batman”

Well, one year of wedding bliss is behind us. This past Sunday was one year to the day from when we said “I Do” in downtown Chicago. And what a whirlwind year it’s been!

St. Vincent DePaul Chicago Wedding

Before I got married people told me that the first year was the hardest, so I braced myself for an adjustment period and maybe a few arguments. Looking back on this year though, I must say this year has been nothing but happiness!

In fact, it dawned on me when a friend was telling me about her relationship woes, that I have not cried once this entire year. And I am a pretty emotional person who used to have a good cry about once every 1-2 months. Realizing that I have not shed a single tear (and it wasn’t an “easy” 12 months with our move and starting a new job)  just shows me how truly happy Luke makes me.

The same friend who was crying to me about her guy asked me for my one year of marital “wisdom.” I thought this was funny. What could I possibly know of value after just one year? But I thought about it and decided that my advice would be this:

Marry the right person.

Vauge, I know. So how do you know when it’s the right person? Well in my opinion, it’s about three things:

1. Sharing similar values and interests and dreams.

2. Finding someone who compliments your strengths and weaknesses and personality.

3. Choosing someone who you genuinely love to be around…. a lot. Someone you can have interesting conversations with, who makes you laugh, who is kind, considerate and who you don’t argue with often.

Oh, and it also helps if you think they’re super hot. :)

Now thinking back on our wedding, there’s one part that I smile most when I remember that day….our wedding swing dance! Here it is again for your viewing pleasure- don’t miss Luke’s big moment around 1.18.

Happy anniversary Luke! I am the luckiest girl in the world to have spent even one year as your wife. Love you to pieces.

Columbus, OH Engagement Session

You may remember a couple months ago I blogged about my dear friend Kelly and Steve’s (AKA Schmidtty) engagement. He asked her to marry him in Las Vegas. Soon after the couple relocated to Australia of all places for jobs.

Before they took off down under, they went back to Kelly’s hometown in Westerville, Ohio, outside of Columbus. I love their photos! The small downtown is such an adorable backdrop and it also helps that they are both super photogenic.

Aren’t they an adorable couple? And more important- don’t they both look SO deliriously happy?! :) Congrats Kelly & Schmidtty!

Their photographer was Lotz Studios – if you’re in Ohio, look them up!Don’t miss Kelly’s blog too.

5 Things You Learn About Your Spouse During an Engagement

The engagement period, before you officially become husband and wife, is filled with fun things like trying on pretty dresses, tasting delicious food, celebrating with friends/family and planning what you hope is a perfect day.

It is also a time when you will learn more about your future-spouse than you likely ever have before. Sure being engaged is fun, but it’s also a time when you’ll face more decisions, stressors and financial worry than you probably have as a couple before.

I like to think of this time as a practice run for what your marriage could look like. Here are five things I think you can learn about your spouse throughout your engagement.

The list is written as what you can learn about your groom, but these easily could be switched to embody a bride as well.

1. You learn how you handles stress and anxiety as a couple. Even if you’re a seasoned event planner, creating your dream wedding undoubtedly brings a lot of stress, which can put your “fighting style” as a couple under a microscope. How you work through wedding stress together is pretty telling as to how you’ll handle issues in your marriage.

2. You learn how he manages his finances, and if his money-style matches with yours. Sure your parents may be footing most the bill, but almost any couple will face big financial decisions when planning their wedding. If you think dropping $200 per table on flowers is perfectly fine and your groom would rather spend $200 total, then you should probably sit down and discuss your financial expectation and goals for your life together.

3. You learn how he deals with your emotions. There was a time during my engagement when I felt overwhelmed and a little scared of the magnitude of the commitment marriage means. I didn’t have many friends going through the same thing, so I turned to Luke. He could have been defensive or misconstrued the feelings I was having as a dig at him, but instead he listened, empathized and let me know what I was feeling was totally normal.

How your guy handles the emotions you surely will be feeling leading up to your wedding is a great indicator as to how he’ll support you during you as your husband.

4. You learn how “involved” his family will be in your life. You’ve all heard the horror stories of the mother-in-law who completely takes over the wedding planning- steamrolling the bride. Hopefully none of you ever have to go through that (so glad I didn’t!) but if you do, I’d take this a definite sign as to how involved your husband’s family is going to be in your life and the influence they’ll have over the decisions you’ll make as a couple.

5. You learn if he has traditional or modern view on  male/female roles. I anticipate I could get some flack for this one, but I think that if your groom is resistant to helping you plan your wedding, it could be a sign that he has traditional views of what his role as a man is in your day-to-day life. This is the guy who could also think that laundry, cooking, cleaning and child-rearing are a “woman’s job” (which isn’t always a bad thing if you have the same views).

Of course there are exceptions, like if you and your mom don’t want his involvement, or if he’s crazy-busy with his career at that time, but if you try to involve him during the engagement and he shows no interest, you may want to have an open discussion with him about his expectations for your roles in your marriage.

Those are the big areas I felt like I learned more about Luke during our engagement. Luckily they were all positives that helped prepare us to be happy in our marriage.

What else do you think you learn about your significant other during the engagement period?