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December 3, 2010

Remember when I posted on Facebook last week that I was going to put myself in my brides’ shoes for 2011? Literally? Yeah, well, I didn’t really mean that…about the shoes, I mean. But I did mean it about the dress. I told everyone that I had ordered a wedding dress online (I’m telling you, it was a deal!) and each month, I would do a series of self portraits in the dress for a couple of reasons: first, because I’m pretty good at self-portraits (as my old Flickr friends know) and they’re fun; but secondly, I wanted to put one of those fifteen-pounders on and have to walk around in it and get my picture taken in it for an hour or so. You know, if you want to understand the bride, you have to be the bride!

So that’s what I’m doing with the dress that arrived today. Um, yay! I put it on right away, freaked out the dogs and had a very, very difficult time setting up the bare essentials to take the shots above. And now that I’ve been a bride for 20 minutes, I can tell you…O.M.G.! That thing weighs a ton, it’s very hard to walk even barefoot; I cannot imagine how you guys are doing it in heels. And it’s tight. I mean, it’s my size, but because it’s strapless it has to be kind of tight and there I saw it for the first time ever in my proofs…back fat. Awesome. Now that I have a wedding dress I have to fit into every month, not just once like y’all, I’m going to have to check myself with the mini Snickers and drink more water.

I thought for a few minutes on what shoes I should wear; I have one pair of high heels (literally, one pair, I swear!) so I grabbed the next best thing: my new harness boots from Zappos.

Enjoy this for as long as you can, make all the jokes you like (yes, you know who I’m talking to), but you’ll see me in a different setting every month in this dress throughout 2011. Consider this one, shot today (um, that would be 2010) on the house.


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I really LOVE it! I can’t wait to see all the other shots!

Melanie Groover

December 3, 2010

LOVE! Great idea! One of these days I SWEAR I’m going to get back into my wedding dress!

Nicole Glazier

December 3, 2010

You’re the coolest.


December 3, 2010

🙂 I’m glad you guys are into it. At the end of the year, after the last portrait, I’m going to put it on eBay in a private auction to raise money for a local animal rescue (more on that later). The winner will get the dress, fully cleaned and ready to go, and prints of all the portraits.

susan sabo

December 3, 2010

So looking forward to this :))
I’m going to send you some proper chocolate so I can watch you have to squeeze that already far too skinny arse into the big frock 😉


December 3, 2010

and that’s without a crinoline! this sounds like such a fun project!


December 3, 2010

Ange, LOL, “proper chocolate.” Ok, if you send me some proper chocolate, I’ll send you some proper food. 😛

Eva, this thing has it all built it. It’s amazing! It’s actually a pretty cool deal. Cost about $150 and comes ready to go. It’s pretty well made from what I can see, and the color of the little sash thing is something you can choose from a whole list. But I do have a whole new respect for brides who can stand for 30+ minutes for the ceremony AND pose for pictures AND spend the reception in a dress than weighs over 10 pounds!

susan sabo

December 3, 2010

smalls, you are my inspiration 🙂

Cindy Dobe

December 5, 2010

So, like, this will be our wall calendar for next year, right?

Nicole Harlow

December 11, 2010

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