Meet the Bridesmaids.

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These lovely maidens have stood beside me my whole life, and it was amazing to have them stand beside me on my wedding day. I wanted to take a moment to introduce them. I could write pages and pages on each one, but I’ll try to narrow it down to a paragraph.

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Mia, Maid of Honor

Mia is my only sister & best friend. She is talented, smart, loving, and loves to laugh. I can’t even begin to say the reasons I love my pretty sister. She is growing up so quickly, and I’m always trying to be like her. One lady recently asked us in the store if we were twins and that was a huge compliment to me! She prays to Heavenly Father like he is there with her in the room. She is full of humility and great potential. I can’t wait to see where life takes her. I’m just excited that I get to be with her forever. I love Meme!

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Whitney

Whitney was one of my first friends in college. We lived right across from each other & helped each other get through freshman year by laughing together and going on crazy adventures. She is still one of the funniest people I know. We went to many dance parties and once got a ticket for ticket fraud that we bribed the security guard to take away! Her spiritual side is something I still strive to have. She is so in tune with the spirit and can articulate words and feelings like few can. I love Whitney!

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Charity

Charity and I met when we were in middle school. We were in the same ward & I thought she was amazing. She is so athletic and funny and talented. We then got to room together at BYU and she would always bring home fresh food that she would find in gardens, trees, and yards. Still amazed by her hunting/gathering skills. You could frequently find us staying up late making music videos or jamming on our ukes. Also, she is and was one of my biggest cheerleaders! She is so easygoing that everyone loves to be around her. I love Charity!

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Kelsie

Kelsie and I also met in middle school. Her family has been so amazing to me and to my brother, Samo. I am so protective of Sam that anyone who willingly loves and reaches out to my brother, I will automatically have a special bond with. We, along with sweet Jessica who did my hair/makeup for my wedding, would constantly make home videos (that hopefully are buried deep somewhere). We have worked through many trials together and I love her for it. I love Kelsie!

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Heidi

Heidi and I met in 7th grade and quickly became best friends. She is so tender-hearted and fun! She makes me feel so good inside because of the way she cares about other people. We would ride to and from high school together everyday, we were in before-school choir together, the same ward for many years, student council, math, financial literacy, leadership, after-school dance, and many more things together. So many hilarious and fun memories. I love Heidi!

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Kendra

Kendra is such a sweetheart. Some would say us being roommates was coincidental freshman year, but I think it was meant to be! She naturally loves and takes care of people, which is why she makes an amazing nurse and will be an even-more amazing mother one day. She makes me feel hilarious because she’s always laughing at my stupid jokes. I love Kendra!

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Jennie

Jennie and I were also roommates freshman and sophomore year! She loves dancing as much as I do, and we have gone to so many fun dances together. Also, we have gone to The Creamery every Friday since 2009….well, almost every Friday. 😉 She has great taste in food and loves to live life. Also, I think we’ve probably been to DI more times than I can count. She always makes me laugh and is always down for an adventure. I love Jennie!

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Andee

Andee and I have known each other since 7th grade. We’ve been in a million classes together in high school and a few college classes together. In fact, her and I walked to our first college class ever together. She’s super smart and funny! I miss hearing her laugh all the time. She always dreams big. Also, since I moved to Texas, she sent me a giant package for my birthday and for our wedding embroidered the St. George Temple- so thoughtful. I love Andee!

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Cecily

Cec is my sweet cousin! Her and her cute sister, Carly, are the only cousins my age, and I always loved the chances we got to be together despite being across the country. She has the biggest smile and I love it and a big heart to match it. She loves taking pictures like I do! What an easy person to be around. Also, she is athletic and was on the BYU Track Team. Pretty neat. I love Cecily!

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Becca

I love my sweet new sister-in-law, Rebecca. Being the only girl with 4 brothers, she’s had to deal with a lot. I’m so grateful that she has kept Nick in line. She is always giggling, and it makes me happy. She works hard to get good grades and to do what is right. This transition has been easy to join the Blair family because Becca and everyone else has been so welcoming and nice. I love Becca!

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Kaylee

Kaylee and I met in 7th grade, but became really good friends when we did cross country together in high school. We also did choir together for years. We decided in high school that we were going to be roommates (soonges) at BYU and we did just that. We have great memories throughout college. Planning pranks, getting locked in our room, etc. She wrote me love letters to make me happy when I was going through hard times. I’ve seen her a lot since moving to Texas, which has been a blast. I love Kaylee!

 

There are many other wonderful women who have shaped me into the person I am today, but it was fun for me to think about these wonderful ladies. Keep supporting and loving your friends. You’re helping them more than you know. I am truly blessed with so many loving friends in my life.

XOXO,

Alyse

The Dress

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A little girl dreams of her wedding dress from the first moment she can remember. As you grow up, you watch aunts, cousins, and your mom’s friends get married and you dream of the day and you love their dress. You imagine the day when you’ll get to pick out your own wedding dress. Then, as you get older, your friends start to get married- people your age and people younger than you. The number one question is still- what will her dress look like?

I always wanted a ball gown wedding dress, so I was worried when “fashion” the last few years have gone away from the ball gown style. People have told me because I’m tall and slim that I should definitely get a sheath or form-fitting wedding dress. In fact, they almost had me convinced. I felt like I had to get one of those because everyone told me that is what would look good on me and that is the “in” style nowadays. I finally realized that although those dresses are stunning, it is not what I’ve always wanted. I have always wanted a fairy tale wedding where I looked like a freaking princess. So I FINALLY pushed other people’s opinions to the side and set sail for the dress of my dreams.

While I had a vague idea of what I wanted- I tried super hard not to be set on the details or even a certain style. Basically, I knew that much like searching for a guy, there was a list of things that I wanted that I would not compromise, but I wanted to be open to various styles. If I had the exact dress picked out in my mind, I knew I would NEVER find it. Having this attitude helped me immensely!

Here is what I wanted:

  • Modest Dress
  • Boat Neck
  • Cap Sleeves
  • ….aaaaand to look like a princess.

Because I was living in Texas, but getting married in Utah, I had basically one day to look for a dress in Salt Lake City if I wanted my mother and grandma to be present. I got into town super early and while I waited for my mom and grandma to arrive, I decided to look by myself. I know, so weird to go wedding dress shopping ALONE, but given the circumstances, I realized it was okay. I first went to Alta Moda Bridal. I have seen a lot of friends get their dress from there and the dresses were seriously stunning. I tried on a million different kinds, and it was nice because I was able to see what I looked like and how I felt in them and start to narrow it down before my mom and grandma got there. I found one in particular that I really liked. It was satin, sheath, ivory, and puddled at the bottom. However with the alterations and bead work, it was going to be way over my price range. Discouraged by their prices, I decided to keep looking.

Both of my married cousins referred me to a place called The Perfect Dress Bridal. I decided to check that place out. It was a cute, little shop, and the workers were so nice. My eye was immediately drawn to a specific dress. I picked it up, along with about 7 other dresses. She helped me change into the dress, and then she let me out into the main room and walked away. I was alone, and as I walked onto the pedestal, so many emotions came flooding in. I had always dreamed of this moment, and it was here. My eyes filled with tears. I felt beautiful! I felt like a princess, and I felt like a daughter of God. While I have endured many hardships in my life, in that moment I felt immaculate peace. It was an amazing spiritual experience that I never will forget.

Just then, the lady came back into the room, and I quickly blinked back the tears so that she wouldn’t see. How embarrassing is that? I’m like by myself in a room crying and trying on wedding dresses alone. Hahaha, but I was so grateful and wanted to show my mom this dress as SOON as she got there. I finished trying on all 7 dresses, but still absolutely was in love with the first I tried on in that store.

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When they arrived, we stopped at one place, but nothing seemed to fit or seem right. I personally didn’t want a stark white dress, and the most hilarious comment of the day was when I was trying on champagne or ivory dresses and my grandma said, “It used to be back in the day, if you didn’t get married in a white dress, you weren’t a virgin anymore!” Lolling forever. Anyways, The Perfect Dress Bridal was closing, so we sped over there as quickly as possible! I didn’t let my mom see the dress until I had it on. She (and my grandma) absolutely LOVED it. And that is the dress we got! My sweet Mama got it for me. 🙂 I truly felt like a princess, the daughter of a King.

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My Dress.

  • Modest
  • Lace top
  • Diamond beadwork
  • Ballgown
  • Blush
  • Cap sleeve
  • Boat neck
  • Tulle bottom
  • Longer Train
  • Buttons & beadwork up train to bodice
  • Zip dress
  • Princess? Definitely.

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We said YES to the dress. 🙂

Xoxo,

Alyse