My HUSBAND and I met in 2016 in college (Santa Barbara). We were introduced by mutual friends, my roommate was dating his best friend. They kept teasing that they knew my boyfriend, even though I had never met him. Skip to January we went out for college bowling night and I met him for the first time in my kitchen and it was truly love at first sight. After that we got to know each other and fell in love. We did long distance shortly after, as he went into the Coast Guard. After I graduated, we made it even longer as I worked in Spain for 6 month. Finally when I got back, he got stationed to Maryland where I made the jump to follow him. 5 years later, we took a trip back to Santa Barbara where we met and met up with our friends who introduced us from the beginning. We took a walk down the beach and popped the question!
I found my dress in April and actually went to 6 stores, Flares was my last stop. I always pictured myself in something chic, elegant, classic, with a hint of sexiness. I didn’t want any cleavage in the front, and wanted to show off my back instead. When I tried on my wedding dress I instantly knew it was the one, but something was missing. I told my stylist and she said “oh we can add it!” So I added off the shoulder sleeves and I LOVED it! So I had the off the shoulder sleeves for the ceremony, and for the reception I took it off and had the original straps! I loved it because it was essentially 2 dresses in 1 and just showed who I was.