Having met while on a co-ed football team, Natalie was drawn to Mike's patient, fun-loving personality. That connection soon turned into a beautiful love story that resulted in their chic wedding day that was everything imaginable and more. From the upbeat, live band to her stunning, unique wedding dress, their big day was filled with delicious food, an abundance of cocktails, and wonderful family and friends that joined in their celebration.
Q. How did Mike pop the big question?
A. Mike bought a cabin with a few of his buddies and he surprised me with an intimate date night our first weekend there alone. We walked down to the end of the dock to fish, but once there, he pulled out a little box and got down on his knee. It was so surreal and wonderful! Like many ladies, I don’t recall exactly what he said, but I remember realizing what was happening and so much excitement came over me! I think I started planning the wedding the next day I was so excited!
Q. What made you choose your Kennedy Blue gown?
A. I probably tried on about 8-10 wedding gowns and there were many dresses that I liked but I would easily tie something about each dress to a friend’s or family member’s gown who had recently gotten married. I wanted to find a unique wedding dress that was classic and romantic. When I tried on the Kennedy Blue gown, something just felt different and in a great way! I had been told by others that I will just know when I try on “the dress” and I completely felt that with this dress.
Q. What part of planning did you find to be the most difficult and why?
A. The original planning of our seating chart started off easy, but as the time drew closer to our day, it caused the most stress. We had a few people cancel who had already RSVP’d and I got a little ahead of myself and had already printed the table cards. This caused a little coordination and re-work, plus we wanted to ensure everyone sat by people they’d enjoy spending time with.
Q. What advice would you give to other brides?
A. Don’t get too caught up in the planning. Look to your bridesmaids for help – believe me, they will be happy to take some stress off your plate! The time goes by quickly for both the planning as well as the actual wedding day so take it all in and remember at the end of the day, it’s about you and your hubby-to-be.
Photography: La Vie Photography
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Taking Your Measurements
For the most accurate measurements, do not measure over your clothing. Your measurements should be taken while wearing undergarments similar to the ones you will wear with your dress. The measuring tape shouldn’t be pulled too tight or have too much slack, and should always be parallel with the floor.
Wedding apparel is typically sized differently than retail clothing, so keep in mind that it’s not uncommon to find yourself requiring alterations.
Wrap the tape around your back and under your arms at the fullest part of your bust (not underneath the bust).
While standing up straight, bend at the waist to one side. Take the measurement where the natural crease happens in your side. This should be a few inches above your belly button. Stand up straight and do not “suck in” when taking this measurment.
Standing with your feet together, wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips and butt to get this measurement.
Compare these three measurements to the Kennedy Blue size chart above. It is very important that you order the largest size that corresponds to your measurements. For example, if your bust measures 40.5” (size 12), your waist measures 31” (size 10) and your hips measure 41.5” (size 8), we advise that you order a size 12, and get your dress altered down to custom fit your body.
Depending on the fabric, a dress can be altered down up to 2 full sizes, but can be very difficult to let out as there is only about .5 inch of fabric to do so at the seams.