GOWN OBSESSION | southern bridal session | Dress: Romona Keveza | Photos: inContrast

Hey lovelies!  How were your weekends?  Were they fun-and-firework-filled?  Here’s what mine consisted of: Cheesecake Factory (obvs.), family, rest and relaxation, crazy hot sunshine in our faces, ridiculously awesome fireworks we brought back from a trip to PA (omigod lighting fireworks is my new favorite dangerous experience), and… as many of you already know… Slip N Slide.  That’s right; I wasn’t kidding on Twitter when I said we were having a Slip N Slide competition.  However, the outcome of said competition was not nearly what I expected it to be.  And when I say not nearly, I mean I injured myself on each run.  I didn’t even realize it was possible to injure yourself on a Slip N Slide.  But I have the tummy, left thigh and right knee bruises to prove it.  I’m a wreck.  From Slip N Slide.  Like, my sweetie can’t even hug me without accidentally hurting some part of my body.  It’s a lot like this feeling.  But I came away with some good pointers and general information for those of you who plan to take on the slippery slope:

  1. they don’t make ‘em like they used to.  I suggest lining the underside of the slick mat with old towels, to cushion your ride.  The plastic is waaaaaaay thinner and the slickness is waaaaaaay slicker.  The boy went from start to finish in 1.8 seconds (estimate).
  2. those plastic spikes they include in the box to anchor the mat?  Don’t use ‘em.  Especially if you can’t manage to punch them in far enough so that they don’t stick up out of the ground enough to clip your hip bone and drag along your thigh like it’s their sole purpose on your way downslope.
  3. you know tree roots?  Don’t lay your slide on a section of land where those are.
  4. are you 7 years old?  Me neither.  Unfortunately only one of us was cognizant enough of that not to participate in a Slip N Slide competition this weekend.


Christie, the bride, works for Brides Magazine, so she knows a good dress when she sees one.  And her fine taste in wedding fashion is exemplified here, in her unbelievably perfect bridal session with inContrast Images in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Photography: inContrast / Dress: Romona Keveza / Shoes: Christian LouboutinPura Lopez / Hair: Brittany O’Connor of Studio RK / Makeup: Blush / via Wedding Whims

Soooo, what do you think?  Are you a fan of the one-shoulder?  (Note: if that’s a yes, you’re probably gonna love this and this.  Just sayin’.)

xoxo!  - Alison

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  1. brancoprata on July 6, 2010

    Yes…. i can see why you are obsessed… oh and thanks… thanks a LOT… now I'm drooling all over it… is that for real… i mean… that dress is just…. epic!!!!!

  2. Stephanie Dunant on July 6, 2010

    I understand why you are obsessed with this amazing dress. It has the elegance, the structure, the beauty of an amazing dress AND I love the belt. That almost 1950ies detail bring this modern looking gown all the way to ageless beauty! I love!
    I just love!

  3. Postcards and pretties on July 6, 2010

    that dress is gorgeous!!! i love how it has a belt too!! btw very good points on the slip n slide…thanks

  4. Gigi on July 6, 2010

    Wow. WHat a dress. Haven't seen anything like that one. I love Romona Keveza. Great photos!

  5. Kim @BrideGoggles on July 6, 2010

    I don't know if you know, but I'm totally into asymmetrical dresses. And if you didn't know, now you do. And therefore – I'm totally digging your dress pick.

  6. Sara @ oliveweddings on July 6, 2010

    Absolutely love the one shoulder. It's a sophisticated style!!

  7. Bret Turner on July 6, 2010

    The one-shoulder look says “business on the left, party on the right.” But secretly it says “party on both shoulders” because let's be honest: when you wear this dress, you're going to the best party of your life.

  8. Alicia and Kyle on July 6, 2010

    While I do LOVE the dress, majorly obsessed with one shoulder attire, what I really loved was the slip N slide instructions. I am not sure I would risk a Slip N Slide at this age but if I do I'll refer to your notes.

  9. Naomi on July 6, 2010

    So first let me address Peter's knee…we watch Family Guy religously in our home because Mr. G thinks Stewey is hilarious. I'm partial to Brian. One of our favorites episode is the boob espisode with Lois. She does the seem thing Peter does in the clip you posted. Hilarious! The dress? I guess you know what I am going to say….BANANAS!

  10. Orange & Blossom on July 6, 2010

    Dear Christie, THANK YOU for going beyond strapless and choosing a true, original show-stopper. You look GORGEOUS! xo, Lisa Marie

  11. Super Burbs on July 6, 2010

    Um this dress just made my day. I want it.

  12. goodlifeevents on July 6, 2010

    Slip + slides = awesomeness. This dress = stunning!

  13. Melissa @ The Loveliest Day on July 6, 2010

    What a gorgeous dress!!! I hope your slip and slide boo-boos heal soon:)

  14. TenThouBride on July 6, 2010

    Your gown obsession is my gown obsession 90% of the time. Love this. Feel better!

  15. Brit on July 6, 2010

    I was so close to buying that gown! A CO photographer, Laura Dombrowski, wore that same dress on her wedding day. It's a real stunner!

  16. Lunaandchloe on July 6, 2010

    Oh this is just stunning! Can see why you are obsessed…after the first two pics I think I am obsessed too!


  17. Elizabeth @ Dapper Paper on July 6, 2010

    I'm a little partial to Wilmington, it's like a 2nd home to us! That dress is SO great, it's a mix of fun with the ruffles but so sophisticated structured with that belt! love love love it.

  18. Marie on July 6, 2010

    Every good guide writer must experience the pain of whatever they write a guide on right? I look forward to more summer fun tips! Plus the glory of water slide victory will be around long after the bruises heal. Just don't hurt yourself too bad… we need you around!

  19. Sanebrides on July 8, 2010

    Wow, i totally agree..LOVE this dress…Such inspiration

  20. Sanebrides on July 8, 2010

    Wow, i totally agree..LOVE this dress…Such inspiration

  21. LEAD Project on September 13, 2010

    Love love love. So gorgeous!

  22. Buy Pura Lopez Shoes on November 3, 2010

    Nice, pure white model. Liked this :)


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