The Wedding Gear

I got this dress maybe a month before the wedding off the clearance rack at Dillard's.
I think I paid $106 with tax.

I kind of had another dress but at the last minute, decided to see what else was out there.
This dress was absolutely what I needed...Short and Sassy!
Juanette let me borrow her much coveted crinoline to give it some fullness and voila...a wedding dress was born!

(Sorry for the bathroom shots...I hate those...but they will have to do)

I get alot of questions about what kind of strapless bra I wear all of the time...so I thought I would let you see it.
I love this particular brand of bras because I'm top heavy and I need support but I don't need extra padding.
I get these bras from Macy's.
The brand is Lilyette.

(I'm obsessed with bangles. I found these bangles at Aldo Accessories)

I wore both shoes...I wore the Leopard LAMB heels most of the day and switched into the pink Steve Madden heels for the last few hours because they had a lower heel:)

(We were super non-traditional in the sense that we saw each other before the wedding...and might have even had a drink or two...to calm our nerves of course:)

One thing we both knew is that we both wanted to look the most like ourselves.

The hubby wears bowties regularly and I wear leopard print shoes just to go to the mail box, so we were determined to be us!
The whole feel of our wedding was laid back so a suit wasn't right.
2 or 3 weeks before the wedding, we went to Zara's and found everything he needed...ON SALE!

The vest was about $23 and the matching pants were under $50.
We all know I love tailored clothing, so his pants were altered for the perfect fit.
He has TONS of bowties but we found the red bowtie at Marshall's for $10.

The custom Chucks were the biggest expense for him but they were worth every penny ($88).
He went to the Converse website a few months ago and designed the colors and had them customized with our names on the side.
They were perfect!

As you can tell, we were not trying to go into debt over our wedding gear. But I loved every piece of both of our outfits!

(When we get our official wedding pics from the ever talented Nathan Russell Photography, I will be sure to link them:)

My Gear:
Dress- $106
Shoes- $145
2nd Shoes- $30
Bangles- $28 (for 2 sets of bangles)
Crinoline- Borrowed

His Gear:
Custom Shoes- $88
Vest- $23
Pants- $50
Bowtie- $10
Shirt- Express (it was already in his closet)

Honeymoon: Puerto Reiko post coming next!


Bajan Beauty said...

Congrats, stylish and budget friendly!

ShandyLand said...

You both look so awesome! This was unique, stylish and just beautiful!!

Dee said...

I love that you both stayed true to yourselves with this wedding. So often people do what's "traditional" and lose themselves in the process.

Ro said...

Yaaaasssssss I love that budget but you both looked like a million bucks!
and the pic with him on the mic and you pointing is my fav. You both look HAWT...
yes yes yes :-)

Sing said...

I have that same strapless and it works really well, I agree.
Loved your dress!

narcissaqtpie said...

You two looked awesome! Love that you two stayed true to "the cause"

Inez of Style Chic 360 said...

I love it! You've inspired me!
You guys did great looking the part and not breaking the bank. I love it!

LA Lynn's said...

The budget is bangin'!!!!! I LOVE everything about your special day!!!! *Simply Stunning*

Life with Kaishon said...

I am so happy for you. I wish I could have shot your wedding!

Traci said...

I love what you both wore, very nice. I have a question. How do you go about finding someone who will tailor for your needs? My biggest problem is I don't know who to go to. Also thank you for posting the bra, I tend to hate strapless bras but that one looks so comfortable and I wouldn't of known it, had I not seen it.

Kenya said...

Yay! Congrats to you both! You were a beautiful bride..looking forward to seeing the rest of your blog

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Shante said...

Congrats again! I love tht you made it about the love and not about the show of spending waaayyy too much for one day. Yes it's your wedding, but it's one day!

Cudos sista!

CayceShea said...

OMG I love you guys looks! So modern and fabulous...plus it looked like you stayed true to yourselves!! *sigh* LOVE IT...

Piper Alexander said...

I love love love both your looks, and especially that you kept is inexpensive and non-traditional.

Manecoarse said...

You look absolutely stunning. Congratulations, and thanks for posting about that bra. Girl, you just don't know... or maybe you do. :)

Moni @ CL Journal said...

I'm still on vacay and for the first time in three weeks I'm online (I really needed to give it up) and I'm IN LOVE with your wedding! You guys are so damm cute!!!

*teary* Congrats Reiko! I'm really happy for you!

lalaG said...

you look amazing.
love love love

Jamie @ Rural Glamour said...

Everything was just gorgeous!! Love it!

Where's Gaia? said...

Your dress is adorable and you both seem so laid-back and relaxed in the pics. I'm so glad I found your blog!

. said...

The wedding attire was gorgeous! I love your dress..You are really making me want to get married again. You made a good point about looking like yourself on your wedding day. Very important. And L.O.V.E. the converse sneakers

...love Maegan said...

oh this is fabulous. I LOVE your leopard heels and that dress is perfection on you!! Congrats to you both and may you live happily ever after :) xoxox

Toria said...

You all are too fly and fabulous!! Congrats!! :)

fshnonmymind said...

Congratulations!! I love how you kept it low-key and still managed to look so beautiful.

I've been contemplating a short wedding dress too, but I haven't even started shopping yet so who knows what I'll end up in.

Katie Mac said...

Congratulations on your big day!

Adey said...

What?! This makes me so happy! A budget conscious wedding that still satisfies one's personal taste?! You go girl :) What a gorgeous dress. See this is how I get excited daydreaming about a wedding with nary a prospect in sight. LOL I'm a new follower to this blog but I'm loving your style & presentation thus far!

Kerissa said...

Finally getting around to commenting even though I saw this on my app the day you posted it but you did the damn thing better than those who overspend to impress other when the day is about or should be about the two people becoming one. When he finds me I'll be emailing you. Beautifully done and so you!

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