My Wedding Details. Part Two.

If you’ve come today because you thought my wedding would debut today, you have to scoot back a few days because we had an early launch!  Make sure you catch up so you don’t miss the big debut!

Now onto the details!

All photos by Ryan Ray.

The Dress

I fell in love with this dress by Tadashi this past summer. Remember, I knew I was going to marry Benjamin early on.  I showed one of my best and long time friends Jackie when I saw her over the summer (she lives in LA) and she gasped.  Then, I knew I had to get it from the Nordstrom Wedding Suite. I love Tadashi and had actually wore one of his gowns when I competed at the Miss Arizona pageant back in my college days.  I wore an ivory sash from J.Crew and switched to a black sash from BHLDN. The fur coat believe it or not, is from Forever 21 I bought a few years ago.  My sweet friend JMar let me wear it after I sold it to her at a garage sale (my garage sales are upscale) and she let me keep it!

I did get the dress tailored, because every dress needs to be fit perfectly – thank you to Rita’s Custom Dress and Tailor in Chandler and one of my bests, Rachelle for coming to me to all three fittings until it fit like a glove.  Of course I took my beauty queen friend and current Miss Arizona United States with me!

The Invitations

I know you all know me as a photographer, but I started creatively as a graphic designer.  I knew I had to design my own invitations.  As for selecting colors, I decided that the classic black and white would be perfect for an outdoor winter wedding.  Just because a wedding is small and intimate doesn’t mean it has to be casual.  And as for a small pop of color, we added yellow, but the primary colors were black and white.  With 23 guests, we were also able to communicate to our guests our request to wear black and white, a touch that would make photos look lovelier, and go with our theme.  The invitation was tucked in a lace cut out pocket, and a RSVP card with details of champagne and cake to follow was tucked behind the main invitation.  Printing was done at Biltmore Pro Print.

The Shoes

I love metallics.  Gold is my favorite, hence my toe nails covered with Deborah Lippmann’s Shake Your Groove Thing.

I wanted metallic heels, but the heel had to be just right, there were so many versions of this glittery heel, but I knew that Badgley Mischka’s Humbie II was exactly what I was looking for.


The Accessories

I don’t wear Vera Wang’s Princess because I was named after a Princess.  I was given this scent years ago as a birthday gift by my friend Marisa for my birthday and I fell in love with the fragrance.  I had to use it on my big day, but my current one was beat so I bought a smaller version.  The gold sequin clutch is from Nordstrom, as well as my accessories, bangles and earrings by Nadri.  All gold, of course, my favorite metal.

His Suit – Zegna

I’m speechless.  I’ve been staring at this photo for I’m not sure how long.  My husband is so smokin’ hot.  We found his suit in less than 30 minutes, because that’s the maximum amount of time he likes to shop.  It’s a good thing everything looks good on him and he knew exactly what he wanted.  Suit was done, black skinny tie, white pocket square, and French cuff shirt by Thomas Pink.

I squealed when I saw him in his suit and felt like it was a bit unfair for me to see him already.  He asked me to take a photo of part of my dress, just so he could “see the color of it.”  Um, no.

The Wardrobe Change

At first I bought a black sash, then I wanted ivory.  Then I thought, I want more photos in different wardrobe with different looks!  So, I got married wearing all white, wore a white fur coat during our ceremony, and after, changed into my black silk sash and bought Benjamin a scarf and he kept his Kenneth Cole peacoat on.  I always knew I’d have to add a little something after the wedding after all the styled shoots I’ve participated in.

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Diana Elizabeth is actually believe it or not, going to sell her gown and accessories.  She doesn’t get attached to things she just needed them for the photos – the true life of a model!  She knows her daughter will never want to wear it, and she will never want to wear it again. The photos are the most important!

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party. She continues to blog weekly.


  • Mailinh

    Love how you’re sharing your wedding story post by post! :)

  • Amy

    You know me, love, love, love your design and the invites!!! Where did you find the lace cut out pocket?

    Next time you need anything I would be happy to do your printing :)


  • krystal

    Oh my! I’m shocked you are getting rid of the dress and accessories so soon! Ahhh! I guess I keep my things more out of sentiment, but one of these days, my Bible study is going to do a wedding party and we are all gonna try to wear our dresses again (those who are married). I can’t part with my gown and shoes or jewels yet! haha!

  • amy

    amazing job with your invitations!


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