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       I remember sitting in the back of my grandfather’s convertible sports car, drinking a red slurpee, enjoying the breeze blowing my hair, when the unfathomable occurred. I spilled my red slurpee all over my favorite Cinderella dress. This may as well had been the end of my four year old world as I knew it. That blue tulle dress was practically the first love of my life, and a .99 cent drink from Seven Eleven completely desecrated it.

     At that point in my life my family understood that I strictly wore two types of outfits: ballet costumes and princess gowns. Anything else was  blasphemy. My mother and grandmother spent the better part of that afternoon slaving in the laundry room to revive the Cinderella dress. Several spot treatments and washes later, the dress was salvaged. Crisis averted. Cinderella dress saved.

 Although my personal style has expanded from my four year old wardrobe of princess dresses and tutus, I still have a whole lot of love for princess gowns and tulle. So naturally I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this bridal styled shoot organized by my long time friend, Connie . The wedding gown featured, designed by Chantel Lauren, was literally a grown up, sophisticated version of the Cinderella gown I was obsessed with as a four year old.  Don’t worry, I promise I kept a football fields length away from all food and drink (especially red slurpees) this time. I learned my lesson the hard way as a four year old.

Thank you to the talented ladies involved in this shoot! It was named one of the top styled shoots of 2016 by Utah Valley Bride Magazine and I’m  lucky to have been a part of this fun project! Where do I sign up to do this every day?

Photography: Connie Balluf

Hair and Makeup: Hair and Makeup By Stephanie

Dress: Chantel Lauren Design

Calligraphy Suit: A Piece By Elyse

Ring: Olive Avenue Jewelry Company 

Florals : Mila Adams

Cake: Sugar Rush Custom Cake

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