Two Things I Never Thought I’d Do: Wear Polka Dots, Get Married

Dress, thrifted via Ramona West; Sweater, Rockit Boutique in Decatur; Necklace, J.Crew; Flower pin (on necklace), “borrowed” from a past ballet costume; Boots, Target.

So here it goes, guys – wedding news! Please, tell me when you get bored. I know I’m not the first person/bride (ack! I’m a bride? That sounds so wrong to me) to feel this way, but hearing what you guys have to say about it has been so helpful and supportive. Thank you, thank you!

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After much debate and a few tears (of frustration), we have decided to… elope! Well, more like “elope” (I do air quotes whenever I’m explaining this in person). And air-quotes-elope actually means “a reallllly teeny tiny wedding.”

We knew it would be too hurtful to not invite our immediate family to our elopement, and we really do want them there! And then we also realized we didn’t have much money. So “eloping” with the family in tow to Barbados or Ulaanbatar or Cyprus was out of the question. So, we are getting married at my parents’ house. In fact, we are having the ceremony in the room where I take my outfit photos (see above). Really! And it’s not a big room, but it just might fit Matt and I and our parents and siblings.

In my dream of dreams, I would have a big gorgeous party for everyone I know and love: lots of cake and delicious food, dancing, sparklers, people carried around on divans or elephants… fountains… you know, the works. We would make Carnival in Italy during the 18th century look like a modest soiree. But because I can’t afford that ever, I will hope that everyone will forgive me for having such a teeny, intimate shindig.

We will have a ceremony, a professional photographer, and food shipped in for the fam the day-of. So in some ways we are like a legit wedding wedding, but I still prefer to think of it as an elopement because it will be so small and not include all of our loved ones.

Most of the decor will be DIY. You might be wondering, does a teeny wedding/elopement need decor? Well, no. But that is the most exciting part of the preparations to me! I’m hoping to style this thing like mad and get some really good pics to share with you all. I want to create an ambiance that makes it feel like we are in fact running off to some place exotic. Cross your fingers that it looks like a bohemian French farm house, rather than the ATL (I love me some Atlanta, but not for an “elopement” – please).

Okay- I’m off to bed before I babble your ears (eyes) off with all this talk. Again, thanks for all the supportive and uber-helpful comments about this daunting process.

Oh! And I will definitely post one of the two dresses soon (the second one will be a surprise until the day-of). I plan to wear the surprise dress during the ceremony, and the other for the rest of the day. Why? Because I can! Muah hahahaha!


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29 Responses to “Two Things I Never Thought I’d Do: Wear Polka Dots, Get Married”

  1. Fallon Says:

    Your wedding sounds like it will be a beautiful day! I was a two dress bride as well and can’t wait to see what you wear.

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  2. April Says:

    Sounds perfect! If and when I get married, I’ll do exactly what you’re doing. That, or have the craziest, super-sweet-sixteen style wedding ever. But the latter requires a fortune, so we’ll see :P

    love the polka dots :)

    ape-z.blogspot.com

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  3. eli Says:

    Aww I hope you have lots of fun (you will of course!) Just remember it you and your future hubby’s special day. Make it your way, and not what makes others happy only. I think people who have those crazy weddings are just in super debt after, they are SO expensive!

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  4. Christy Says:

    I “eloped” as well then came back home and had a party for about 100 people. It is so easy to get caught up in the non-essentials that most people forget the whole reason for celebrating in the first place- each other!

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  5. melissa Says:

    all that matters is you, your man, and love! do what’s best for you, and it will be the best wedding ever! i know you will make it beautiful!

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  6. The Owl's Closet Says:

    Omg, Lar, congrats!!! I’ve been so out of touch with blogging, lately…I have so much to catch up on! I literally scrolled down frantically searching for the engagement post lol This is so exciting!!! I think your “elopement” will be a lovely affair:) DIYs are definitely the way to go, plus they’re so much fun to do! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!! CONGRATS, again!!! *hugs* -AB

    TheOwlsCloset.blogspot.com

    P.S. LOVE the engagement shots! You guys look truly happy:D Plus, the photos are so effortless and natural. I just love the feel of it!

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  7. ediot Says:

    so exited to hear your planning.
    and you look great in polka dots dear
    hope you’re having a nice midweek
    xx

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  8. Aharon Hill Says:

    Love the library… it will make the most amazing backdrop ever! Enjoy planning ;)

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    AsianCajuns Reply:

    Thanks so much, Aharon! I’m so glad you like the library ;) xoxo, Lar

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  9. miss kelly Says:

    First and foremost, Felicitations Madmoiselle!!!

    I must say that this was quite comforting to read. You are not at all alone in the petite wedding planning bit. DIY makes it even better!
    And as long as he is there the day will be beyond magical! Can’t wait to see photos

    BisousBisous
    Miss Kelly

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  10. Snapshot Fashion Says:

    okay first off…let me say that i TOTALLY AM IN LOVE WITH YOUR DRESS! polka-dots rock!!!

    secondly, thanks so much for sharing your wedding…errr…”eloping” plans with us! i love hear wedding plans. it’s been about 2 and a half years since my wedding day, and i still find myself looking on the knot and watching wedding shows (especially my fair wedding with david tutera…that’s my favorite!). so keep the plans coming!!!

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  11. Sally Says:

    You won’t be sorry. I had a TINY wedding, and it was tha best.

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  12. Lesley Says:

    Your wedding sounds amazing! And I love you in that polka dot dress, especially with that flower! Best of lucky lady!

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  13. Lesley Says:

    *luck. I got a little excited! Sorry!

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  14. Heather Says:

    I love the idea of an elopement + immediate family! Good luck creating the perfect ambiance for your big day; I’m sure we’ll all be inspired by the pictures. And don’t worry about not being able to afford a huge party… save it for your 10 year anniversary!

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  15. Clare Says:

    I LOOOOVE hearing the wedding/elopement updates, so keep ‘em coming. A tiny, intimate wedding sounds just perfect. It’s the kind of ceremony I’ve always kind of wanted. Can’t wait to hear/see more!

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  16. FASHIONWITGP Says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    The flower in the picture, is it a necklace? or is it a complement to the dress?
    Very nice
    Kisses

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  17. Twixy Says:

    Congrats on your engagement! Your wedding plans sound like loads of fun and it’s great that you have a twin to help with all the planning! Looking forward to seeing the pic of your wedding dress!

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    AsianCajuns Reply:

    Thanks for visiting, Twixy!

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  18. Kristine [Kristine. Or Polly.] Says:

    LOVE THIS OUTFIT. The polka dots are so cute. And you just look so happy in these photos. And I got married last September. Let me tell you, I totally wish I eloped and had that teeny tiny wedding you are going to have. It will be great!

    Kristine. Or Polly.

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  19. jinah Says:

    Being forever behind in bloggy land means I MISSED ALL OF THESE ENGAGEMENT/WEDDING POSTS!! I’m so so happy for your, Lar!

    And I think the scale you are planning for is just perfect. Can’t wait to see the photos!

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  20. lisa Says:

    It sounds like it’ll be a wonderful wedding! Big or small, all that matters is you’re celebrating your love for one another along and the beginning of the rest of your lives together.

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  21. justagirlLaura Says:

    I LOVE hearing about weddings. Every lil tidbit! This sounds lovely and you shouldn’t be worried about the intimacy of it all — it sounds fabulous.

    And in five or ten years you can throw that big bash you always wanted =)

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  22. lin Says:

    i think that this is wonderful as the next step up from courtroom wedding! this is exciting and i can’t wait to see your DIY decor! i’m pretty afraid of tying the knot too but when it’s right, you know it. when’s the big day?

    xx,
    lin

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  23. Sandy a la Mode Says:

    that sounds absolutely perfect!!! have fun planning your “elopement”!! :)

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  24. ML Says:

    Wow, the boots! Just look at the boots!

    Boy, you look really beautiful in that combination!

    Stay Happy and Positive!

    besos,

    ML

    20 YORK STREET

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  25. sunny Says:

    haha that’s hilarious. same here! never thought I’d wear polka dots or get married. I did the latter, but actually I don’t think I own any polka dots in my closet right now. Hmm. Really cute photos btw! Your outfits are always chic.

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  26. Liv Says:

    You look gorgeous in the polka dots. and i’m sure marriage will look good one you too =).

    what you choose to do for your wedding is such a personal thing and no one can EVER judge that. it sounds like it’ll be just perfect and I can’t wait to see all the little tidbits of decor you conjure up.

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  27. ana b Says:

    I’ve said this before, I think, Lar, but I’ll say it again – Congratulations! You and Cath are so stylish I bet the wedding will be intimate, warm, gorgeous, cosy and beautiful. Some of the biggest weddings around are so tacky I feel like laughing so I tell you, money really doesn’t buy class :)

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