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Not Your Typical Wedding Dress

My courthouse wedding dress

My courthouse wedding dress

My courthouse wedding dress

My courthouse wedding dress

My courthouse wedding dress

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A few outfit posts ago I mentioned that I didn’t wear a traditional white wedding dress when I was married. In fact, my wedding dress is so far from traditional that I can still actually wear it for events! I had a couple readers ask to see it… so, here it is! Not what you expected, I bet? Haha.

My husband and I were married on super short notice (in a courthouse) and my friend, Shannon, and I went shopping for a dress at our local mall the night before. This was the only one I liked in my 2ish hour shopping trip to Macy’s and White House, Black Market. So, I went for it! I won’t go into the big long story of the events of why I was married on such short notice…because I did a separate post explaining that ordeal a while back (you can click here to read that story).

The photo below is from our little courthouse wedding over three years ago! It’s awesome to think we have been married for 3 years already. 🙂 And I honestly would take our little impromptu courthouse wedding over a great big fancy wedding any day. (Thinking about a big wedding actually gives me panic attacks, haha. I’m not a fan of crowds.)

And speaking of impromptu, my husband and I are actually taking an impromptu vacation to New Orleans this weekend! (What an awesome segue, right? Haha.) We’ve always wanted to go and now that we know roughly how long we are going to be in one area for, we figured we would use some of our hotel points and get the heck out of Dodge! We’ve had such miserable weather in Wisconsin, we needed a little break. (Although, this weekend is supposed to be beautiful in Wisconsin, now – go figure!)

So, as you’re reading this post, I’m actually on a plane headed to The Big Easy until Tuesday night! I won’t be terribly active on social media as a result. (Sorry!) But I will be posting photos to Instagram & Twitter if you want to follow along. (There will still be a post on Monday morning!)

If anyone has any suggestions for places to visit in New Orleans – let me know in the comments! I’ve done very little in terms of planning for this trip…because we decided to go 2 days ago! And if you’re married, did you have a big or small wedding? Let me know in the comments too!

Where to find it:

Dress: White House, Black Market (Old. Similar here.)
Bolero: White House, Black Market (Old. Similar here.)
Pumps: Amazon (They are SO comfy!)
Necklace: Gift from my husband (Similar here.)
Earrings: Icing
Headband: Forever 21 (Old. Similar here.)
Purse: c/o* IfChic (Sold out. Similar here.)

*c/o = courtesy of, meaning the company gave me the product to be used on my blog, and I did not pay for it. All opinions are my own, and I am not being compensated for a positive review.


  1. You look gorgeous in this dress!!! This was such an awesome flashback wedding photo to share. I am not married yet. Hopefully, one day.


  2. I can’t believe you picked out this outfit the night before, you look amazing!! It took me months to find the right dress, and months worth of panic attacks planning the whole thing. I would have rather had a small ceremony like you did. It’s much more meaningful.

  3. Wow that is so cool that you did something a little different for your wedding! What a beautiful dress, too. Have fun in NOLA!

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  4. I think that dress is awesome and somehow wedding dress appropriate, even if not conventional! Love that you wore it on your wedding and love that you shared that pic! I think I read the original post a while back, but I know you better now so it’s nice to see this flashback pic 😉 XO

  5. Oh what a beautiful ceremony! It was obviously a really special, intimate time. Love your dress!


  6. I think this dress looks beautiful, even if it’s not your traditional wedding dress. After seeing my gf get married and spending so much money, I really want to just order a dress online for a fraction of the price.


    1. Thank you so much, Ela! Haha, agreed! My dress was less than $100…and I can still wear it. I couldn’t imagine spending thousands and never being able to wear it again!

  7. I love seeing an old photo from your wedding! The dress is beautifully stylish and the black and gold go so well together. Have an amazing time in New Orleans!


  8. I love that dress. It’s so beautiful and classy! You look like such a lady in it – it’s really elegant!
    Why have a traditional dress when you can wear what ever you want! haha!
    You looked gorgeous then and now.
    Hope you have an amazing weekend in New Orleans!
    Much love,

    1. Thank you so much, Mona! New Orleans was wonderful! I ran into many Cancer Researchers while I was there. 🙂 Much love to you too!

  9. That dress is beautiful!!! I love the idea that you can wear your wedding dress again.

    New Orleans is AMAZING!! oh man I am jealous. You HAVE to eat at Cafe Du Monde! I also just love walking around New Orleans. It’s a really beautiful city so its really fun to get a little lost.

    Lee – leethrifts.com

    1. Thank you so much, Lee! I totally went to Cafe De Monde after reading your comment – loved the beignets! Thank you for the recommendation! 🙂

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