Wedding: Getting Ready

I was so nervous when I got my wedding pictures in the mail last week. I have total confidence in the awesomeness that was our photographer Jose Villa, but even so was paranoid that I would be blinking or chewing or looking generally loony in all of them. I was really happy though with the result and want to share some with you all – am going to split up the posts week by week so I don’t go into wedding overload. I tried to caption each one so you could see what the experience was like:

Sitting by the tub in our suite at The Fairmont. I originally was actually sitting here reading US Weekly while one of my bridesmaids made a McDonald’s run – however I threw it in the bathtub for this photo so it looks like I am doing some deep introspective thinking!

A view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

My little Temperley reception dress.

The bridesmaid dresses (one is missing) and my reception dress.

My wedding dress! It was from Vera Wang and felt like it weighed a gazillion pounds.

My bridesmaids zipping me up. This photo always makes me laugh because I didn’t think to watch my weight in between my final fitting and the wedding date. As a result, I must have gained a few pounds because the zipper wouldn’t go up. Seriously. It was about 5 minutes of concentrated chaos with various bridesmaids yelling out, “SUCK IT IN! SUCK IT!”

In the end the inside zipper actually broke in the heroic effort but the outside zipper stayed intact so you couldn’t tell.

Tying the bow to my dress – in this photo you can see more of the lace overlay detail of the dress (which gets bigger and bigger towards the hem) which is a big reason why I bought this dress in the first place! This was also the time when my bridesmaids and I all realized that none of us knew how to tie a pretty bow. In the end our photographer’s lovely assistant did it.

The shoes I wore – I really wanted to get these sparkly Louboutin shoes that cost like a bajillion dollars, but in the end opted to get ones I thought I could wear more often. The black lace ones are the only ones I actually bought for the wedding – the rest are older.

Putting on the shoe. They are beautiful but dear lord did they hurt ~4 hours later.

all photos from Jose Villa

Finally – in the dress!

Thanks so much for reading along with me on all my wedding progress – I felt so loved getting so many emails to see wedding pics so I hope you like them. Have a wonderful week!

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    October 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    woooooow you look amazing!!!

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    October 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Wow Ms. Kat you looked amazing. I LOVE those Valentinos you wore. You looked flawless! I love your captions, especially the first one! You blog makes me smile. I can't wait to see the rest!

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    October 7, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Katherine, you looked absolutely beautiful!
    I can't wait to see the rest of the pictures…

    I don't care if you said they hurt, the fact that they're so darned gorgeous (picture-wise ..considering that you must've not been able to see much of them under that stunning dress) must be worth it.



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    October 7, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    You look absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing your wedding photos and again congrats!

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    Elaine A (TOBeautyReviews)
    October 7, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Absolutely STUNNING!!!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing, I love seeing bridal and wedding photos and sharing in your moment πŸ™‚

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    October 7, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    So, so beautiful. I absolutely adore your reception dress, and of course your real gown πŸ™‚

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    October 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Awwww wonderful photos! And i think this is the 1st time i see ur photos without ur sunnies! Hehe
    Thats a really eautiful dress!:)

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    October 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    wowwww you look absolutely stunning!!!! as are these photos, well worth the wait I'd say πŸ™‚

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    Rod and Alex - aka: "Rolex"
    October 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    You look amazing! Such a beautiful bride!

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    Heather Sario-Mahi
    October 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    GORGEOUS PICTURES!!!!!!!! I'm sure mr feather must've had tears in his eyes when he saw u walking down the aisle. stunning! πŸ™‚

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    amy b.s.
    October 7, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    so beautiful.

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    October 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    you looked gorgeous! can`t wait to see more photos!

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    October 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    you look GORGEOUS in this dress and what a funny story about getting it zipped up! can't wait to see more pics!

    cute & little

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    October 7, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Gorgeous pictures! You're so beautiful!


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    October 7, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Beautiful wedding pictures! Thanks for sharing them with us. You looked gorgeous!!

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    October 7, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    you look absolutely lovely in these pictures and the valentino shoes are my favorite! I want a pair with the studs from nordstroms last fall but they didn't have my size =(

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    October 7, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    these are beautiful, you truly look stunning and these pictures have this serene elegance to them πŸ™‚

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    Gabrielle - I LIKE IT FAST
    October 7, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Stunning photos! So beautiful

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    Grace - Stripes and Sequins
    October 7, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    WOW – what amazing photos! I loved your bridesmaid dresses. And those shoes! It looks like it was an amazing day… congratulations!

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    Mary Ann
    October 7, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Wow Katherine – these pics are so beautiful…you look fabulous. Can't wait to see more.

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    Lindsay @ A Walk in the Closet
    October 7, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    You look stunning Katherine! Going with Jose Villa was an excellent choice. Not that the bride wasn't already beautiful to begin with. πŸ˜‰ But he really captured the details perfectly!

    What amazing dresses and accessories. Great taste, as always! I particularly love your Valentino bow heels. I wanted to get the patent red ones for my wedding but ended up going with a pair of Sergio Rossi I already had….procrastination never works. Lol!

    Can't wait to see more photos! Congratulations!!!

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    October 7, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Everything is beautiful- your black lace shoes were a perfect choice! Can't wait to see more.

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    Annemarie @ Brunch at Saks
    October 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    You are stunning!!! And I love Jose Villa. Gorgeous photos and an even more gorgeous bride πŸ˜‰ xoxo

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    October 7, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    oh just gorgeous! i cannot wait to see more pics!

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    October 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I've been following you for a while now but I never comment.

    BUT! I really had to comment to say that I love your dress & the pictures! :]

    Btw, I think I like it more when you smile w/ your teeth showing. :]

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    October 7, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Love Love Love your dress! I so wanna get one of the white lace wedding gown just coz I love them.. maybe for our 10th Anniversary πŸ˜‰ You look beautiful and the Pic of you sitting by the bathtub is my fav!

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    October 7, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    you look absolutely gorgeous! the gown is beautiful! and the shoes are too adorable!

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    DSK Steph
    October 7, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    You look so beautiful Kat!! Your dress is incredible!! I can't wait to see more from your special day. πŸ™‚

    Happy Friday!!

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    October 7, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    You are so lovely! The pics came out so wonderful! FYI for my wedding-we're eloping in Australia. Just decided this week and we booked our celebrant(officiant) today! πŸ™‚

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    October 7, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Thank you for sharing!!!! you make such a beautiful bride πŸ™‚


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    Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    October 7, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Size triple 0??!! That'll fit my thigh! You are such a beautiful bride. Your dress is simply breathtaking and don't let me get started on your droolworthy shoes.

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    Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    October 7, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Size triple 0??!! That'll fit my thigh! You are such a beautiful bride. Your dress is simply breathtaking and don't let me get started on your droolworthy shoes.

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    October 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Oh K, you look like an absolute dream!

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    Something About Kerri
    October 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    you look so heavenly in your dress.

    nice choice on shoes and yay for practicality =) the lace valentinos are shoes that i will be wearing for my wedding as well in the future.

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    Trips & Treasures
    October 7, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Beautiful photos, I love the fact there are photos of everything ( clothing, location, getting ready,details, ..) not just the couple posing

    i haven't seen a weddingdress i like as much as yours since a long time , but the reception dress is very cool aswell

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    Trips & Treasures
    October 7, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Beautiful photos, I love the fact there are photos of everything ( clothing, location, getting ready,details, ..) not just the couple posing

    i haven't seen a weddingdress i like as much as yours since a long time , but the reception dress is very cool aswell

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    October 7, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Gorgeous! You look amazing! Photos are so beautiful!

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    October 7, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Oh Katherine, you looked absolutely stunning. And your dress and shoes leave my heart pitter pattering πŸ™‚

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    October 7, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    You looked stunning and Jose Villa is one of my most favorite wedding photographers!

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    October 7, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    These are such beautiful shots! the dress is beautiful!! Congrats πŸ™‚

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    Chic in Vancity
    October 7, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! The Valentino's are gorgeous >.<
    Bella xo

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    October 7, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Just curious…did you really order a size triple 0?! Sorry if I missed the humor…oops!

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    October 7, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    i'm kinda dying over these photos. you know how much i love a good wedding. you look so SO pretty and chic. brilliant choice of shoes btw, they may have hurt a bit but they are so beautiful and you'll get tons more wear out of them. my wedding shoes were while silk. i bet you can guess how many times i've worn them since W day. (hint: 0)

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    October 7, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    OMG, you looked absolutely stunning…like a real princess!
    Love the shoes, love the dress… everything!

    hugs and kisses by Mani.

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    October 7, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    @AnonymousHaha no I did not! My cheesy humor misses its mark a lot πŸ™‚

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    Bravoe Runway
    October 7, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    You looked absolutely beautiful, I liked both dresses and great choice on the shoes! You'll be able to wear these selections again, the sparkly Louboutins as gorgeous as they are…require a grandeur event.

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    tracy keren
    October 7, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    beautiful dress, you looked stunning!

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    October 7, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Beautiful! I love all of it- right down to the hurtful shoes. Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us!

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    October 7, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    So gorgeous! Thanks for sharing this with us. πŸ™‚

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    October 7, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    You look amazing! Gorgeous Vera Wang πŸ™‚

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    Lilian Harlow
    October 8, 2011 at 12:08 am

    You look so gorgeous! Congratulations πŸ™‚

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    October 8, 2011 at 12:18 am

    you were an absolutely stunning bride and your dress and shoes and everything were perfect!

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    October 8, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Love love love the pics! They are beautiful, because you're beautiful! Very nice memories.

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    October 8, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Your dress if absolutely perfect, and if possible, you look even more perfect in it! congratulations on your wedded bliss! πŸ™‚

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    October 8, 2011 at 1:58 am

    The black bow is to die for. And I love the Fairmont!

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    Make Mommy Chic
    October 8, 2011 at 2:05 am

    Katherine, thank you for sharing these memories with us. I echo everyone's comments regarding the gorgeous dress and more importantly, you, as a gorgeous bride and can't wait to see more!

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    Wendy's Lookbook
    October 8, 2011 at 2:37 am

    You look GORGEOUS! I love all of the beautiful pictures, especially the first one. There's a vintage quality about it that I love. You're too beautiful for words Kat! <3

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    Musings by Di
    October 8, 2011 at 3:39 am

    wonderful photos~ the shoes all look stunning (my fave fashion photos :p). And you make a beautiful bride!

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    October 8, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Lovely photos! Lol @ the background story re: the first picture. Everything looks beautiful, from the dress to the shoes…and of course, you look fabulous!

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    October 8, 2011 at 9:06 am

    You look so beautiful πŸ˜‰ And I love those shoes of yours!

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    October 8, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Beautiful dresses and great post! It made me lol πŸ˜€

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    October 8, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    The photos are stunning, as are all of the dresses and shoes!

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    October 8, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    You look STUNNING! Love the dress and the lace shoes! Looking forward to more pictures!

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    October 8, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    The number of kind comments is a testament to your wonderfully simple style and down-to-earth, readable writing style! =) You made a lovely bride!

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    October 8, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Thank you so much for your sweet comments! WOW- your dress is STUNNING! I love lace wedding dresses that have a black sash! Vera Wang certainly knows what she's doing! I wore a silk chiffon Monique Lhuillier gown for my wedding πŸ™‚ Love your style..following you! xo

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    October 8, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    You look so beautiful! Thank you for sharing these with us. I love every detail – the multiple dresses and shoes…love!

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    October 8, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Yes, yes, yes! I love these!!! What a gorgeous and happy bride. Your photographer did a fabulous job capturing so many details. Those lace shoes are divine, and work so well with your phenomenal dress. πŸ˜‰

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    Haus and Home
    October 9, 2011 at 3:02 am

    Beautiful photos! Loved your 2 dresses and your shoe collection! Thanks for sharing.

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    October 9, 2011 at 3:37 am

    You are so beautiful Kat! These photos came out great. I love the one of you sitting by the bathtub in "deep thought" hahahaha. Love the lace detail on your dress so pretty. Thank you for sharing these with us and can't wait to see more! Have a great weekend.

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    Agora tΓ΄ pronta
    October 9, 2011 at 4:48 am

    Hi honey, love the blog.
    Very good!
    What do you think of following each other?

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    October 9, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    I can't wait to see my pictures.

    Just Better Together

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    Chic 'n Cheap Living
    October 9, 2011 at 8:50 am

    You are one stunning bride and I love your dresses and shoes! I also had a silk sash (Monique lhuillier gold) and loved the contrast with the dress. Ooh and those valentinos are keepers! Another
    Blogger buddy got Valentino bow pumps with her dress and they are timeless ad versatile!

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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    Miss Kwong
    October 9, 2011 at 11:54 am

    breath-taking in the valentino and vera wang dress……u are glowing…..

    Follow me on:
    Miss Kwong – Art and Fashion

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    October 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    OMG seriously. Words can't describe how beautiful your dress was and the gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing these photos with us! Makes me excited for my big day… whenever it comes. lol

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    October 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Absolutely stunning! You looked absolutely incredibly and the photographer got some great shots! Hope to see more soon!!

    – Chelsea

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    christine brightside
    October 9, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    absolutely beautiful!!! <3

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    Black is the New Black
    October 9, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    gorgeous, can't wait for the rest! gosh, both of your dress as so fab (would expect nothing less from you!).

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    October 10, 2011 at 2:16 am

    Katherine, your wedding and reception dress were both beautiful! I love Vera Wang and she makes awesome wedding dresses. Your pictures were beautiful. You had me laughing at your loony comment. I love those bow heels! GORGEOUS!!!! Looks like a beautiful event and can't wait to see more. I'm following. Thank you for your kind comments on my blog. Glad we found one another!
    SassyUptownChic xoxo Kim

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    Agora tΓ΄ pronta
    October 10, 2011 at 2:55 am

    I loves your pics!

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    Ale e Elis
    October 10, 2011 at 3:13 am

    You look absolutely gorgeous!!!!

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    October 10, 2011 at 6:15 am

    Thank you for visiting my blog and for your kind comment πŸ™‚ Your pictures and the dresses are beautiful. The Temperley looks so unique.

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    bedazzles after dark
    October 10, 2011 at 6:21 am

    Thanks for visiting my blog!! πŸ™‚ I LOVE your dress and the Valentino Bow shoes – congratulations on your wedding!!

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    October 10, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Lovely pics! You look beautiful!

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    Love Sushi and Fashion
    October 10, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Congratulations! So beautiful! <3<3

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    Love Sushi and Fashion
    October 10, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Congratulations! So beautiful! <3<3

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    October 10, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Wow, what's left to say?! I knew it had to be Vera and the lace is irresistable! I love, love the sash and your lace shoes too! The d'orsay style is hard to wear for even short period in my own experience so how you must have suffered!

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    October 10, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    absolutely beautiful! Jose Villa is one of my dream wedding photographers and your photos are nothing less than amazing. I can't wait to see more! ADORE your dress and shoes, so pretty!

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    October 10, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Congrats! I love the dreamy white washed feel of the photos. You certainly engaged a great photographer! Thanx for providing the captions. It really allows us to understand the photos.

    My wedding gown has a black ribbon too but nope, not Vera Wang like yours. =) And another similarity was I could not zip up my gown during my final fitting and the zipper actually broke and flew off. The attendant hinted I must be pregnant which got me so mad coz he went on saying it's very common nowadays to be pregnant before the wedding. Grr~

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    October 10, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Oh yes, I just become your newest follower. Would like to follow up on your life after marriage and before having kids coz I'm also in that stage too.

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    My Dressy Ways
    October 10, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    SOOOOO beautiful! Hilarious story!

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    October 10, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    OMG! such a stunning bride! your dresses!! your shoes!! oh my. so pretty!

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    October 11, 2011 at 2:19 am

    absolutely stunning… i would loveee to get married in a vera wang too!! congratulations (very belated!)

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    Veronica of Best of Palm Beach Consignment
    October 11, 2011 at 2:36 am

    Amazing. Thank you sharing these intimate shots with us. I love the shoes and the dresses are fantastic. My fav pic of you is the first one, your caption made me laugh.

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    October 11, 2011 at 3:29 am

    Wow you look beautiful in your dress! Hilarious zipper story, I guess even a few pounds count for wedding dresses haha.

    Belated congrats πŸ™‚

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    October 11, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Such a pretty bride πŸ™‚ I love the black shoes, think they go well with your dress!!

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    October 12, 2011 at 10:33 am

    oh you look so beautiful!!!! Congrats Kat!!!!

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    Tara @ Haute Lunch
    October 12, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    These photos are gorgeous! I love your dress and everything is just so pretty! I can't wait to see more!

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    October 12, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    SOOOO freakin gorgeous katherine!

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    signature mix
    October 12, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    You make a beautiful bride and you have exquisite taste. The gown is lovely and the reception dress is adorable. What a genius option for dancing the night away. Congratulations.

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    cheryl denise
    October 13, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    gorgeous!!!! i typically don't like the ribbon, but i love it on you, and you may be swaying me to change my mind on the whole thing πŸ™‚ can't wait to see more!!

    a peek of chic

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    Lindsay K
    October 14, 2011 at 2:09 am

    You look STUNNING and so happy. Thank you for sharing the wedding pics. Love, love, love your dress, hair, those Valentinos. Everything is perfect!

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    October 14, 2011 at 4:40 am

    you look gorgeous

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    October 14, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    just absolutely breathtaking. I can't barely breathe looking at these!

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    October 14, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    ^^ i can't barely breathe either!!
    everything is absolutely beautiful.
    kudos to jose for capturing all in most exquisite presentation!

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    The Blonde @ Stylish3
    October 14, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Gorgeous! Looks like you were a stunning bride, although I never had any doubts about that.

    I love all the shoes you picked. I wanted some sky high Louboutins for my wedding, but opted for something with a low heel so I'd be more comfortable.

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    October 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    You look beautiful! Congratulations!! I love shoes too but something they are way to expensive. An alternative to making them fabulous on a budget is adding a very glamorous shoe clip.

    Be happy!!

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    October 19, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Beautiful wedding photos! I LOVE Jose Villa's work!

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    October 20, 2011 at 2:48 am

    congrats on your wedding!!! You look absolutely gorgeous in that Vera Wang and I love your Valentino heels

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