Her name was Norma. I fell in love with her the moment I laid eyes upon her. She was everything I had dreamed of, since about the age of five. Sophisticated and elegant, she had a sort of grace about her. You see, Norma was the first wedding dress I fell in love with exactly three years ago. Of course, I didn’t name her Norma. The bridal gown was designed by Watters, and I first met her at Lovely Bride, now located in Tribeca. Many girls dream of their wedding dress, their entire lives and of course I was one of those girls. Norma had me at hello. I wanted a dress that I could twirl in, and Norma sure took me for a spin. She was the very first gown I tried on, and the one that walked me down the aisle on my wedding day.
I remember our wedding day like it was yesterday. Memories have had a way of flooding back to me recently, and feel like I’ve floated back to that glowing, chandelier filled ballroom all over again. When I flash back to that day, I remember it as if I was a twirling ballerina in a music box. The people I loved swirled around us, as Grant and I moved as one, across the dance floor. The lights twinkled in the crystal candelabras, and the music played into the night. I remember twirling, and oh did Norma let me twirl. The evening came to an end, and I had kicked off my crystal wedding shoes (similar here). I stood in the middle of the dance floor and twirled, just Norma and I. My aunt asked me what I was doing and I told her I needed to twirl. I had dreamed of that day, my sweet husband, and of course the dress my entire life. I’d never get to twirl with Norma again, and so I cherished the last few moments.
This week, on September 1st, Grant and I will celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary. I can hardly believe how quickly the time has gone; and while sweet Norma is tucked away, in my parent’s closet back in Ohio, I found it only appropriate to fill the week with a few white, twirl worthy dresses in honor of the occasion.
I found this stunning organza, fit and flare dress by Tracy Reese (currently on sale), and fell in love. Don’t get me wrong, this dress is no Norma, and of course Norma will always be my first love, however this embroidered beauty did allow me twirl. I had my eye on this dress all season long, and it finally went on sale, so I snatched it up. The black and white combination of the print is sophisticated, yet playful. This look could be dressed up with black satin heels, and an evening bag, or you could go for an easy breezy look with summer sandals and a shoulder bag. The full skirt in this dress is perfection. The dress felt glamorous, and as I walked through the streets of the city, I felt many eyes upon me. The fabric moved beautifully and I felt as if I was wandering the streets of Paris. Wouldn’t that be lovely?
I accessorized the dress with a black clutch (similar here), Christian Louboutin Pumps, and my favorite Valentino Round Stud Sunglasses. The black accessories perfectly complimented the dress. I chose white chandelier earrings (similar here), and crystal coil bracelets.
Now since I’ve got this beauty, maybe it calls for a fancy trip! Alright, so we’re not going to Paris, but we are traveling somewhere exciting soon (stay tuned). We spent the weekend celebrating with drinks at Tavern at the Green, and explored the Cloisters today. Our actual anniversary will be spent at home cooking together. One of my absolute favorite anniversary traditions (beware…here comes the cheese), is dancing together. Our apartment has big, beautiful windows overlooking the city. Every year, we come home, turn off the lights and I kick off my heels. We dance barefoot, in the darkness to our wedding song. The city lights twinkle through the window, and once again I’m twirling. It’s simple, sweet, and purely magical.
Whether your married, single, dating, or just out there loving life, every girl needs a dress to twirl. It doesn’t need to be a wedding gown of course, but find your own Norma and take her for a spin. Remember that celebrating each moment, makes life worth living. Don’t save your fancy favorites for the perfect day. “Life is short. Wear sequins (or wear Norma), and enjoy the party.” Now, go out there and make Norma proud. Happy 3 years to us, and happy everyday to you. Lots of love. xx
- Tracy Reese: Fit and Flare Dress
- Christian Louboutin: Bianca Pumps
- Valentino: Round Stud Sunglasses
- Earrings: similar here
- Envelope Clutch: similar here