Oh the choices, the choices! The ring is on, the feverish calls and excited “Congratulations” are rolling in! That dreamy fantasy that was once reserved for your mother’s closet and vanity has now come alive with websites, stores, and bridal shows as you piece together the look of a lifetime. For some women, it’s all about the deep desire to be “The Bride,” the replica of the holiday-edition Barbie’s from childhood complete with dazzling jewelry and lush fabric. For other women, the idea of being over-the-top sexy and glamorous, the intensity of his gaze, is her only objective. However you visualize your wedding day look, it always comes from the feeling you want to create when you first glimpse at yourself in the mirror, fully ready to make the vows that last a lifetime.
I can tell you with absolute certainty that a woman is at her most beautiful two times in her life: When she is madly in love, and when she is excitedly expecting. After doing thousands of weddings, I’ve learned that there’s one thing above all else that makes a woman beautiful- that is being in love. It’s not the blush or the necklace or the flowers or the cocktail napkins- it’s the feeling you get when your lipstick is being applied, when you tap the water off your bouquet, that fills-your-soul breath you take right before you walk down the aisle. That’s what you’ll remember. You’ll remember that feeling. You won’t remember the lip color used, but you’ll remember how pretty you felt. You won’t remember the name of the designer dress, but you’ll remember the thrill of slipping it on. When you’re daydreaming about your ultimate bridal fantasy, leave room to daydream about the feelings that come with it, all in anticipation of marrying the love of your life. Use those feelings as a starting point when you’re looking at hair styles, makeup ideas, wedding gowns and jewelry. When the cakes been cut, the bouquet has been tossed, the last dance danced… that feeling will stay with you long after. There isn’t a potion in the world that can duplicate the glow that comes from the heart, flushes the cheeks and brightens the eyes. Love really is beautiful, in every way.
Amelia C & Co