our wedding: the dress and getting ready

September 12, 2011



dress Lazaro, shoes Badgley Mischka, belt homemade by my Mom, pearl necklace my Grandma’s that my mom wore on her wedding day too, hair clip Downtown LA, Matthew’s suit Theory, shirt Nordstrom, tie Burberry, socks Bloomingdales, belt and shoes Ted Baker
I’m so happy I was able to keep my dress a secret from Matthew. I had two truths and a lie: my dress was poufy and my dress was short and my dress wasn’t white. He couldn’t figure it out because they all sounded wrong. While I wasn’t ever interested in the poufy ballgown dress I pretty much fell in love with this one. After taking out a couple bottom layers of fluff it was perfect. Also, the color is considered “sherbet.” While it looks like a cream color, it definitely has a hint of yellow. I wanted a pretty belt to give it a little sparkle and my mom actually made this one for me. I had the idea and she made it happen! Love my Mommy so much. She’s amazing!
I am lucky to have a husband who has such great style {haha he made me say that!}. But really, Matthew went out and found his suit, tie and shoes all by himself. The only thing I made him take back were the socks. He had these yellow and brown striped ones that didn’t look so good {think monkey socks}. But one trip to Bloomies and I found the perfect pair! I think it totally tied the look together.
So in all honesty, getting ready was definitely not my favorite part of the day. You know how they say something always goes wrong. Well something did go wrong. A BIG thing went wrong. You see I had this friend who I’ve known since I was 16. She kindly offered to do my hair and makeup months before the wedding, but long story short she flaked the morning of my wedding. She said she couldn’t get a ride and when my best friend suggested a cab or a subway {one goes right by her house and mine} she said no. By the way, the friend didn’t even show up to the wedding. Can you believe that?!  I was thinking she’d at least find a ride for the ceremony 6 hours later. Honestly, sometimes you need these situations to realize who your real friends are. Luckily my amazing bridesmaids got me into Dry Bar and they did my hair and I did my own makeup. I am by no means a makeup girl. As you know from my outfit posts, I rarely even put any on! I don’t know how! But knowing that natural is best I thought I could definitely do it. My advice for future brides: no matter how confident you are in your makeup abilities..don’t do it! Your morning will be chaotic and crazy with nerves and stress and the last thing you want to worry about it finishing your makeup so you can make it to the church on time. Yes, that happened. Also, spilled eyeshadow powder all over my best friend’s carpet. Yikes! Nevertheless, everything worked out and walking down the aisle towards Matthew my mind was focused totally on him. The way it should be 🙂
Tomorrow: the ceremony!
  • i'm in love with your photos already! Love your hair!

  • you are gorgeous! what an amazing wedding mara. so happy for you (: can't wait to see more.

  • You look beautiful! I love your dress. I knew you'd be the perfect bride. Xo, Rae


    Belly B 🙂

  • You look gorgeous and your hair looks amazing! I can't believe she flaked on your big day! I'm looking forward to seeing even more pictures 🙂

  • My goodness sweetheart, you have an old-world meets the future look….timeless and delicate and beautiful….


  • Great pictures, Mara! You were a beautiful bride!

  • The details are all so beautiful… And you were a stunning bride.


    you look so beautiful!

    sorry about your friend.


  • Gorgeous from head to toe! And I can't believe your 'friend' did that to you! Sounds like you handled it as best you could. You definitely don't look stressed which is good. And yes, your man did a good job with his attire!

  • you look impeachable, soo beautiful! I can't believe your friend missed your wedding and canceled on the last minute.

  • Ohhhhh boy oh BOY these are DELISH!!! Beautiful beautiful and beautiful can't wait to see more!!

  • Your dress (and you) are absolutely stunning!! And those shoes are perfect. You guys look amazing.

  • Stunning!

  • Beautiful! And I'm so so sorry your "friend" flaked on you on such an important day! But you still look absolutely stunning 🙂

  • sigh…you look absolutely stunning mara! Your dress is gorgeous and Matthew's socks and shoes omg love!! WOW i can't believe she would flake last minute…eeek!! thank goodness for best friends who you can count on in times of need! Your makeup looks flawless and I'm so excited for tomorrows post on the ceremony!! <3

  • Wow, Mara you are such a beautiful bride!! You totally look like a model in one of those wedding magazines!

    Your friend sounds like a total jerk. I'm glad you realized she is not a true friend but I'm even more glad that you didn't let her ruin your day. Can't wait to see more!

    Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

  • gorgeous girl, you are stunning and I knew you would look amazing! I was really looking forward to seeing these!

  • What a lame friend! Urgh, makes me mad just thinking about it.

    I did my own make-up and I am so sad and I wished I had it done professionally. But, you're right ,in the end it didn't really matter.

    These photos are gorgeous!

  • love his socks.
    love how feminine your look was.

  • You look stunning! I can't wait for the rest of these!

  • You look so gorgeous, Mara. I can't believe your 'friend' didn't come. Maybe she was struggling with something that she didn't want to tell you and that prevented her from coming. I'm glad it all turned out well in the end. Afterall, when it comes down to the nitty gritty, you and Matthew are the ones sharing the life together. The wedding is just a few hours, but the marriage is a lifetime and only includes you and your spouse. 🙂

  • your dress is gorgeous! cannot wait to see the rest of the photos.

    ps love the crazy socks on matthew, such a great touch!

  • Loving these photos! Matthew's socks are AWESOME! I hope my future husband is as fashionable 😉
    And ugh! That really stinks, I hate "friends" like that…but at least it all worked out

  • yay! i have been waiting for you to post these and they do not disappoint. i am so sorry to hear about your "friend" flaking. i am glad it all worked out and you look absolutely beautiful

  • aww you both looked so great. :] I love Matthew's striped socks. and your shoes! b-e-a-utiful.

  • boo on bad friends!! but so glad it all worked out anyway. you look gorgeous!! and your hair turned out fabulous 🙂

  • You both look wonderful! Love your dress choice! 🙂 And what a frustrating thing to go wrong 🙁 Yay for utter gorgeousness resulting anyway!!

  • you are so lovely. Congrats on your wedding!
    I can't believe someone could do that on their friends wedding day.

  • Your dress! So beautiful! And your heels to match are adorable. I CANNOT believe your friend didn't show up to do your hair and makeup. NOT COOL. That's a bride's worst nightmare. And then she skips out on your wedding too? Grrrr. But you still looked gorgeous nonetheless! I'm glad you didn't let it ruin your special day : ) And yes, your hubby has a great sense of style! I was admiring his outfit : )

  • absolutely gorgeous,darling! xoo

  • Mara…your dress is fantastic!! Love the pics and how you put them all together. Matthew's socks are fabulous, and I am sorry that friend of yours failed you and your friendship. How incredibly sad. Especially on a day like this, but as you said, you realized who your real friends are.

    Can't wait for the ceremony.

  • Wow I cannot believe your friend flaked like that! Are you still friends now? Did she apologize?

  • You are STUNNING!! I never would've guessed that you hadn't planned your hair and makeup like that all along! I'm glad everything worked out okay in the end, and you both look perfect–stylish, natural, and fun! 🙂

  • Your dress is amazing MARA! And your make-up and hair…flawless!

  • your gown is so beautiful and I love your shoes and hairdo. Your hubby looks awesome too those socks are rad. You have an awesome talented mother because that belt is so gorgeous!

  • Ana

    Love your dress! You look so pretty! Can't wait to see more pictures!

  • Mara, your dress is PERFECT! It looks absolutely amazing on you. And that belt that your mom made adds the perfect touch. Just like Matthew's fun socks!

    On another note, I can't believe that your friend flaked! That's horrible. But you really do look beautiful; your hair is perfection and I think you did an amazing job with your makeup!
    xo Josie

  • Congratulations! I love both of your outfits. You're dress and shoes are beautiful and I loved the belt. Awesome that your mom made it for you. And last, but not least… great job on the socks. 🙂

  • Who does that?! Amen sistah, not a friend.

    You look absolutely amazing and the hair is awesome. Maybe all for the best that she flaked.

  • WOW. Totally blown away right now. If this is just the beginning I can't begin to imagine the rest. No wonder your photographer submitted your photos to a magazine – you two are such a S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G couple!

  • despite the makeup/hair concerns, you look fresh and beautiful! i'm so excited to see more. and i loved the "monkey socks" comment- so funny. 🙂

  • You looked beautiful, Mara. I couldn't have imagined a better dress for you. I cannot believe that your "friend" flaked on you like that.. that's so awful.

  • um that is so insane! what a nightmare. your hair & makeup turned out absolutely BEAUTIFUL though – amazing job. 🙂

  • Oh! & PS – I CAN'T BELIEVE your friend flaked on the morning of your big day.

    I had one of my bridesmaids do my makeup & my mom's hair dresser did my hair. I pretty much hated both. My bridesmaid was too busy flirting with the best man the day before to do a practice run & my mom's hairdresser was too concerned with achieving her own agenda. I wanted my hair down with loose curls & she kept telling me it wasn't formal enough for a wedding. Um….who's getting married here?

    My advice to all future brides: DO NOT choose your hair & makeup person/people because you want to be nice or because someone is owed a favor. These are the two most important things about getting ready on your day & if they go wrong, it's awful…as I'm sure Mara can agree.

    Sorry for the rambling… :o)

  • Hooray, you looked beautiful. 🙂 .


  • ahh so beautiful!

  • Kae

    oh mara! you stunning girl! you looked so so perfect and relaxed (despite the big getting ready issues). I kept trying to imagine what kind of dress you would wear for your wedding and that dress is perfectly you!

  • Amy

    So, so beautiful! I can't wait to see more photos!

  • So excited for the rest of the week!! I'm so sorry about your hair. The lady who did mine for my wedding couldn't figure it out so after she curled it I ended up doing the rest… and I still had to pay her lame!

  • I cannot believe your 'friend' flaked out on your the morning of the wedding. That is awful! My wedding actually had a lot of flakes, the person who did my hair was an hour late, and this girl who made me promise not to use 'her colors' for my reception texted me that morning to say she wasn't coming. People sometimes are…ridiculous. All's well, though, since you looked GORGEOUS for your wedding, and you don't look stressed in the photos- you look so at ease and happy.

    Lauren @ See Parrot

  • omg you just took my breathe away! so so gorgeous. can't wait to see more photos xx

  • Mara, your pictures are so gorgeous! My husband and I got married in June, and we are still waiting for our pictures, so I am living vicariously through yours! It looks like everything was absolutely perfect: so happy for the two of you!

  • Hi M!

    i love your pictures
    you look adorable in your
    wedding dress!

    so sad to hear what your "friend"
    did .. but like you said
    it takes situations like those to
    realize who are your true friends.

    🙂 Matthew looks very handsome
    in his suit .. you both are
    very stylish i love that!

    happy monday!

    kisses and hugs

  • You are GORGEOUS! I am so excited for more and more pictures. I am in love with everything about your wedding so far. And Matthew's socks are awesome. :] Also, I can't imagine how stressful your friend {?} made your morning! I can't imagine having to do my own makeup for my wedding. I also don't wear much makeup and would not want to be stressing about that right before getting married. At least it all ended well! :]

  • Stunning photos, you were a beautiful bride. I love the colour and length of the bridesmaids dresses. Are you going to be one of those people who keeps her dress or goes out and does something crazy in it?

  • Despite all the hiccups, you looked stunning! And Matthew was dashing! I cant wait to see more pictures!!!

  • I am a true believer in "less is more", and I think your makeup looked beautiful and natural. Your hair looks very elegant as well. Sometimes those little dilemmas end up being blessings in the end! Can't wait for more!

  • BEAUTIFUL dress, photos, wedding…everything. <3

  • You look so beautiful! My dress is a secret from my future husband and I can't wait until he sees it. that was pretty funny that you told him two truths and a lie, I think I'm going to do something like that too!


  • Mara you made such a gorgeous bride! Love all your pictures! Even though your friend flaked on you, your hair and makeup are stunning! Can't wait to see more 🙂

  • Beautiful!

    I had my makeup done by my "little sister," a girl who I grew up across the street from. (She was like 4 when I was in middle school, and turned 21 the week after my wedding.)

    And yep, something ALWAYS goes wrong, but you still look AMAZING.

  • your mom made that belt?! it looks like it was especially made for the dress! beautiful! and i love the way your hair turned out 🙂 i would be so bummed if my friend canceled on me like that, but it's true, you find out who your true friends are when stuff like that happens!

    Libby on the Label

  • Gorgeous! Can't wait to see more!

  • So beautiful!! Love seeing the behind the scenes!! So cute!! And love that you wore so many things with a lot of history. Gorgeous! Have you ever made blackberry ice cubes? I did and it's my new fav idea!!

    Recipes Fashion Marriage

  • oh my goodness, so pretty 🙂 but no i cannot believe your "friend"!!! what the heck?! i'm a really laid back person, but even i'd be freaking out a little bit if my hair/make up girl ditched at the last second. but you still looked beautiful regardless 🙂

  • You're the most beautiful bride I've ever seen. Such a great sense of style. Wow! And your husband's shoes – and socks – are amazinh. You seem to be the perfect couple. I wish you alle the luck. Greetings from Germany, Lidia

  • Amazing photos… you are so pretty! Your dress and his suite are so stylish I love it. Especially loves your shoes.


  • You look absolutely stunning!!! What a beautiful day.

    I can't believe your "friend" either. That is just crazy! A similar thing happened to me on my wedding day and it's really true- situations like this help you know who your true friends are.

    Best of luck in the future to you and Matthew!

  • your hair looks perfect! i love how simple and natural it looks


  • Yay!!! FINALLY wedding pics!!!! So excited!!

    The story of your "friend" is almost unbelievable >.< Jeez!!! You looked very good though, so never mind her 🙂




  • Beautiful pictures! The same thing happened to me on my wedding day, although my friend couldn't make it because her son fell down the steps and she had to rush him to the ER. My bridesmaids were awesome and came together to do my hair & make-up. You have some true friends!

  • SO beautiful!!! 🙂

  • I love the dainty, delicate and classic feel of your dress. I also love that your hair is so simple 🙂 BEAUTIFUL!

  • So beautiful !! 😡 , both of you look amazing ! and Im sorry about what your friend diid … :/

    Bisoux 😡

    Doudinou <3

  • I'm so sorry about what your friend did, but your make up looks amazing and you look beautiful! What a stunning bride you were! I LOVE your dress, and Matthew looks so dapper 😉 Yay for wedding week! Eee! Can't wait to see the rest.

  • Mara, you look absolutely beautiful. Thank goodness your "friend" flaked as you did a wonderful job on the makeup yourself!! Congratulations:)



  • You look incredible and so in love! I love looking at my wedding photos and remembering all the sweet moments from the day. I love these and can't wait to see more!

    Come visit me over at http://alwaysamrsforeverakidd.blogspot.com

  • aww Mara, yay, yay for wedding week! What a fun idea and I'm so glad that we can all share a bit of your day with you!! You look absolutely gorgeous & your dress is seriously divine. I love, love the hint of pleats and that lace -wow! Also, sorry to hear that your friend flaked on you that is so crappy. Sheesh! xo veronika

  • LOVE your dress! It is gorgeous. And love your hair and makeup!
    Also, love your husband's shoes and socks(nice pick!).

  • so gorgeous! I love your dress

    xo Julia

  • Hi Mara, I'm so in love with your wedding pictures!! I absolutely LOVE your hair & makeup I think you look beautiful and naturally stunning. I'm really sorry about what your friend did to you but I wanted to let you know that I had a similar thing happen to me 🙁 About 1 day before we left for Italy where we were getting married, one of my friends & bridesmaids sent me a text telling me she didn't want to be bridesmaid anymore because I hadn't taken her dress shopping even though I had told her months in advance that everyone could pick their own dresses so long as it fit into the colour scheme. I had already organised her lantern & bridesmaid gift, I felt so disappointed and betrayed which I'm sure is exactly how you felt too! But like you said, it's actually a blessing to have these things happen because it truly lets you know who your real friends are! <3 <3 <3

  • Your makeup looks fabulous! You did a great job and I love you hair!!!!


  • Yay! Wedding pictures. I usually hate them, but yours are gorgeous.

  • You looked amazing! I can't wait to see more posts 🙂

  • You look absolutely gorgeous.

  • I adore your blog so much! Keep the great posts coming! The sneak peek from your wedding reminds me a ton of our wedding pics! Love the style so very much. Congrats!! 🙂 Some of our wedding pics are posted here under the tabs..


  • i have probably looked at your blog 5 times already today! i think your dress is incredible and you look so stunning! can't wait for tomorrow's post!


  • Absolutely beautiful Mara, you two are the most wonderful couple and you both looked like a dream. Congratulations, darling. 🙂 xxx

  • Yeap, totally agree with you that such situations often sift out the true friends from fair weather ones.

    Lovely photos 🙂 Can't wait to see the rest!



  • My sister had a similar hair/friend disaster at her wedding. Your hair looks great!

  • These pictures are incredible. I've really been enjoying these peeks into your special day. The two of you make such a gorgeous couple.

  • AHHH love your dress and those boys socks 🙂 so cutee!!!

  • yayyy finally!!! Your dress is breathtaking. What a beautiful bride you were Mara! Matthew looks like the happiest man on the planet which is how it should be!

    And I love that you had a traditional ceremony. They are seemingly more rare these days. It makes everyone remember how sacred marriage is!

    Thanks for sharing with us!

  • What a panic mode, your 'friend' flaking!! I'm sorry to hear that… in any case, you looked breathtaking!! I love love love your dress…

  • I love your wedding dress!!! Your mom did great on that belt!

  • You look beautiful! Gorgeous photos!

  • Ahhh Mara you both look so amazing! I absolutely love your dress – that's so cool that your Mom made the belt.

    That's so disappointing about your friend that didn't follow through, that's unbelievable! 🙁 I can't even imagine what that must have felt like, not only the stress of having to find a new hair/makeup solution, but to lose someone whom you thought was a good friend. But Drybar did a fabulous job regardless, I love how your hair came out!!!

  • Mara! you looked stunning! and I love your tip about make up! I originally was having a friend do it but decided to go with a pro to take that pressure from my friend.

    I can't wait to see the rest of your wedding!

    xo Kirby

  • i love those shoes!!

  • I am loving this. You looked fabulous!! Your dress? SO perfect!! You and matthew seriously looked stunning. I hate how something always goes wrong on the wedding day, but it's good that you were able to get someone to do your hair last minute, it looked great.

  • Your dress is gorgeous and I love the belt! Well done to your mom!

    I can't believe your "friend" flaked out on you like that. That's horrible. It sounds like you had great bridesmaids though!

  • Wow. Just … wow.

    You look incredible.

    x Jasmine

  • Oh my gooddd I am SOO excited to see all your wedding pictures! Your dress is GORGEOUS & so are you! & that is AWFUL about your friend. Goodness me! Who would do that??

    M x

  • oh my goodness, all your weeding photos are just lovely & so dreamy. You two are beautiful together! I loved all your details, the photography style and how personal everything was 🙂

  • Omg that so called 'friend' is such a horrible person? Who does something like that u_u

    Nevertheless, you looked AMAZING! ♥

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