October/December 2014

Pick Up A Copy

SlideshowSlideshow Loading
previous next
  • CBM

  • CBM

    Emily Chidester Photography

Pretty Little Details

Posted: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013

Share Share
Samantha is a writer and stylist with a love for pretty details. She took her trip down the aisle in June 2013 and is now living the married life in Charlotte's South End. Samantha can be reached here.

The first wedding dress I ever saw was on a Barbie. It was a crisp white ball gown, complete with puffy sleeves and a bustle in the back. It was made out of scratchy cheap tulle, polyester and couldn't be without a healthy dose of glitter. It was the most beautiful dress I have ever seen and my 4-year-old self wondered if I would ever get to wear something so fancy.

While I didn't have an ornate ball gown, I did have my mother's old white slips and some glass slippers, which may or may not have been jellies. And I would throw on some beaded necklaces, dust some pretend blush across my cheeks and head off to the ball.

20 years later, on a warm June day, my mother was helping me slip into my own wedding gown. It was strapless, with a soft tulle overlay complete with delicately embroidered flowers. My veil was trimmed with a bit of sparkle and my cheeks were dusted with real blush. With a bouquet in one hand and my father's arm in the other, I headed down a grassy aisle dusted with rose petals towards the love of my life. It was the most beautiful I had ever felt inside and out and it was much more than I had ever dreamed.

Marrying someone, of course, isn’t about the dress or the veil but they were like adding the finishing touches on a work of art. Some people may not notice the small details of a bridal look but they make the moment. I mean, Cinderella didn't have those mice helping her for nothing.

Bustle & Blush is a blog about those little details from the dress to the eyelashes. And if you decide to stick around each week; get ready to gush about gorgeous brides, chat about our favorite beauty products, check out new hair ideas, and get real with how-to's. If there's one thing in the world I love (besides my husband, of course) it's fashion and beauty, and I'm so excited to share my passion for pretty things with all of you.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.

Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email local@charlotteobserver.com to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.

  Read more