I was flattered to be invited to participate in the Second Annual Solutions Bridal Real Woman Photo Shoot. The woman behind this fabulous campaign is the Solutions Bridal Salon manager, Roberta Norohna. Roberta’s vision for this campaign is to show how all women are beautiful. She invited me and 7 other bloggers (Abigail Petite, Ananda Saba, Ashley Brooke Nicholas, Kristie Cohen, Missy Damon, Shannon Jenkins, and Stephanie Ziajka) to the bridal salon for a fun afternoon of having our hair and makeup done and trying on beautiful gowns while sipping champagne and enjoying the beats of a DJ. She had me at champagne and trying on gowns. What girl doesn’t love to try on wedding dresses? Something about a wedding dress just makes a girl feel special – even if she’s not getting married.
I met Roberta and her fabulous team last year when I was searching for the perfect vow renewal dress. You might recall the beautiful navy blue Rivini dress with the Carmen Steffens pink shoes was the reader’s favorite, but as my husband said, “there are about 5,000 reasons (aka dollars) why you cannot get that dress.”
Since I wasn’t looking for a traditional bridal gown for my vow renewal, this photo shoot was my first opportunity to try on traditional bridal gowns in over 10 years. Roberta and her team selected a Suzanne Neville ball gown dress for me. The dress was beautiful and it was a style that I had never considered wearing before. The dress made me feel like a princess. While I didn’t have glass slippers to wear with the dress, I’m completely in love with the shoes I did wear. The Carmen Steffens’ shoes are unique and are perfectly paired with this beautiful gown. Roberta and her team did an amazing job. I truly appreciate the opportunity to have been a part of this event.My Look – Shoes: Carmen Steffens; Dress: Heather by Suzanne Neville; Bracelet: Paris Accessories by Debra Moreland. Kristie’s Look – Dress: Morning by Ines Di Santo
Here’s a video that captures all of the fun!
Thank you to everyone who made this fun event posssible: Kristen Weaver Photography, Makeover Station, Jeffrey Stoner Video, Solutions Bridal, Carmen Steffens USA, Jacob & Courtney Music & Lighting, In Bloom, Nespresso, and Wyndham Grand Catering.