CB's Wedding Vision {4 Years Later}: What I'd Do Differently

Oct 29, 2012

After I shared our wedding post last week on the day of our 4th anniversary, it got me thinking ... Would I plan a different wedding as a 2012 bride than the wedding I had as a 2008 bride? The short answer? YES! So I thought it would be fun to re-imagine the sort of wedding I'd plan as a bride today ...

Looking back on our 2008 wedding, I'm truly thrilled with how everything came together. So this post is not to say how I wish I had done things but rather how I would do things differently 4 years later. :)

I'd keep some things the same.
I'd keep that same handsome groom. Duh. :)
And I think I'd keep the same color palette - almost all white with hints of natural greenery. I really feel you can do no wrong with such a simple yet gorgeous palette.
I would also keep our wedding guest number around the same. I absolutely loved having such an intimate wedding.

So what would I change?
I have long been charmed by the idea of a winter wedding. It just sounds beyond romantic, no?
I would love a wedding on New Year's Eve! {which I'm sure is highly impractical but that may be why I love it so.}

I'd also want even more of a destination wedding than what we had. This may border on fantasy but I would want to host our wedding in the South of France and make it a wedding week. J&I fell in love with Provence two years ago and we really loved Arles and St Remy. I think it would be insanely romantic and relaxing to rent a chateau for a week and host the wedding on the premises. I would imagine the ceremony starting around sunset and the party lasting until dawn.

Photo I took during a trip to St. Remy + Provence
Provence-themed Wedding Board I created a few years ago :)
I'd also want my wedding day hair very different than what I had. I'm thinking maybe a fancy ballerina bun with a long, vintage veil.

I'd also want a very different wedding dress: A blueish/greenish grey or dove grey Elie Saab dress. My top contenders would be:

Above three dresses from Elie Saab's Spring 2012 Couture Collection
 I also still really like this J. Mendel dress from the Spring 2010 Collection:

Instead of the gorgeous beaded bolero I wore, I think I would opt for a cozy grey fur stole like this beautiful  J. Mendel one {see the full wedding here}. And it would fit the winter wedding theme fabulously, right?:
Photo: Patricia Kantzos
And, yes, that exquisite necklace from Erickson Beamon
in East Hampton would be on my must-have checklist, too! ;)
Next thing I'd change? Shoes! I would go bigger, badder and bolder with my shoes. I would want super sparkly or super feather-y ... or maybe both!

Sparkly Manolo's ... 

... and I think these sequined heart shoe clips 
would be too much fun for late-night fun!

Next thing I'd change is pretty minor but it's one of my few wedding regrets.
I wanted to wear these dramatic faux lashes:
... but I was convinced to wear a different, more "natural" set. I wasn't as happy. So in my re-imagined 2012 wedding, I'd go all out and wear the "spider-y" lashes and bat those beauties all night long!

I loved having wedding wands but I'd make the ribbon length at least double so they'd be more prominent in the photos:
Photo: Look Photography
I would place mini pineapples {as favors/place card holders} by each plate as a nod to Southern hospitality {and my heritage}.

I've become smitten with the idea of a send-off dress ... and I'd want something slightly outrageous like this feathery Nutcracker-worthy Angel Sanchez {from Fall 2008} dress:

So now that I've shared a few of the things I'd "re-do" as a 2012 bride, tell me if your wedding vision has changed ... or if you think it might years from now. :)


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