Bridesmaid Dresses: Day 3

In addition to the happiness of my dance competition this weekend, I had the wonderful opportunity to spend time with one of my bridesmaids, Lauren, who was visiting the Boston area for business this week. What a treat! You see, Lauren and her fiance (who are getting married this October….THIS October!!! 🙂 ), recently moved back to Indianapolis. While I miss her terribly, I”m super excited for the new beginnings the two of them are starting together there.

I digress…we went shopping for bridesmaid dresses!!

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Wedding Venue – Check!

In the past month, Brian and I made two separate day trips to Maine so that we could visit potential wedding venues and find a place to get married.  On our first trip, we visited three venues and on our second, while we had three appointments scheduled, we just knew after our first appointment that our search was over.  Here’s a quick snapshot of everything we checked out.

The Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Conference Center

This is the first venue we visited but was difficult to envision since there was so much construction going on at the facility. While the wedding ceremony sites were quite breath-taking, I wasn’t a fan of the reception hall and it didn’t sound like they had plans to renovate it.  The room was oddly dysfunctional and I really didn’t feel that it would fit our needs. The hotel accommodations for guests were also a bit rustic for my tastes.  I didn’t think it was worth sacrificing high-end rooms for a beautiful view of the ocean.

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Our Short Quest to Find “The Dress”

On April 20th my mom came down for an unexpected visit to Boston. As soon as I found out she would be here I requested a little time off of work.  My parents live about 400 miles north of me a tiny Northern Maine town, so we don’t get the opportunity to see each other very often. This would be the first time I saw my family since the engagement and I wanted to capitalize on every moment! We immediately began calling bridal shops in the area to see if we could get appointments to look at dresses.

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Choosing the Bridal Party

When Brian and I first talked about how we would go about choosing whom would be a part of our bridal party, we definitely thought it would cause a bit of stress.  Once we started talking things out, we realized instead how fortunate we were to have this many people who have supported us over the years, and we wanted to include every one of them! Instead of facing a dilemma, we were facing an opportunity.  An opportunity to say thank you to each of them for being such big parts of our life together to this point.

We’ve taken an nontraditional approach, choosing two best men and two maids of honor – each of whom mean so much to Brian and I.  Without further ado (and in no particular order, as we haven’t decided that piece yet!), meet the bridal party!!

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