my wedding: the dress
We are celebrating six years together this month. They have been beautiful, ugly, and everything in between. Together my beloved and I have endured one another, loved one another, birthed two babies together, parented together, fought with one another — we have so much to still learn.
I have wanted to share my wedding for a while and I thought this would be the perfect time. I will share my dress, my flowers, and my love.
My Israeli wedding dress. It just makes me smile. I bought it before we were engaged, when I visited The Land for three months after I received my bachelor’s degree and didn’t know what I was doing with my life. It was truly the trip of a lifetime (more here).
I certainly didn’t expect to find my dream wedding dress in a little shop on Dizengof Street in Tel Aviv, but I happened to walk in to one of many wedding dress shops in a beautiful district of the city. There, on a mannequin, hung the dress of my dreams.
Lace, simple, to the floor, v-neck, beautiful back. I was with a friend for this part of my trip and she convinced me to try it on. I fell in love. I bought it and the shop owner (pictured below) created a new dress, perfect to my measurements. I never thought I’d buy or have a custom-made wedding gown, but the price was oh so right and this was fate.
One hiccup — I wasn’t engaged to my love (yet). Of course this is kind of “crazy girlfriend” behavior, but we were very serious and I already knew that God had chosen him for me — (we had been dating for two years already).
When he picked me up from the airport and asked, “What’s in the big box?” (I had hand-carried the box through two long flights and the stewardesses all were excited that I had my wedding dress in tow — I didn’t have the heart, or nerve, to tell any of them that I wasn’t actually engaged.) I just answered, “Souvenirs!” Yes, the ultimate souvenir, my beloved wedding gown.
When he proposed, about a month later, I blurted out to him, “I already have my dress!” He wasn’t the least bit surprised.
It hangs in my closet now. I never cleaned it, so the bottom still has dirt from the beautiful March day that we became man and wife. I don’t mind that. I lived and loved in this dress.
More wedding photos to come later this week….
Thanks for sharing. The dress is beautiful and fits you perfectly.
Thanks Danielle! And the commentluv worked perfectly :)
What a beautiful gown! You look radiant! That’s a very cute story about your dress. When you know, you know.
My husband and I recently celebrated five years :)
Oh, Yuliya, you are so sweet! Congrats to you too :)