April 29, 2015

{LIFESTYLE} All is Full of Love


Though the past month has seen a lot of grief and sadness, these last couple of weeks have been filled overwhelmingly with so much love, support, and gratitude. It has been such an incredible time - from strangers and acquaintances sending notes to say hello, or thank you, or other well wishes - to gathering with friends and family to celebrate all the good things in life. Last week, my mom and sister hosted a small gathering for friends and family in Los Angeles to begin the celebration for Ali & my upcoming wedding, and a few days later I celebrated my birthday, and again this weekend I got together with some of my closest friends in New York to dance and sing and share some version of a "bachelorette" party. I've had a smile stretched across my face the vast majority of these past two weeks, and cannot begin to express my gratitude for all the positive energy, celebration, and love!



I was so excited to have the opportunity to wear a custom dress made by my friend and brilliant designer, Christian Siriano. I met Christian about 5-years ago during an interview for Vogue Italia, and we've been close friends ever since. When Ali and I got engaged, there was no question or hesitation that I'd be working with Christian to create something special for the occasion. It's such a privilege to be able to create a memorable piece that is made specifically with me, my body, and my tastes in mind - and with Christian at the creative helm, it has truly been an incredible experience. We even conceived of creative details - like using a stretch mesh panel at the back, since the rest of the dress was made out of silk organza, to give a little more comfort and flexibility to the silhouette. I also splurged on a couple more special accessories. It's amazing how much I've been able to justify for the sake of having a special fashion moment in the celebrations surrounding our wedding! I fell in love with this quirky, playful bag (a flower pot -- which had a little April Showers bring May Flowers play on it) that I could not resist. And then these shoes - which, shockingly, were incredibly comfortable - but the real deal-closer was the inscription of "Wifey for Lifey" stamped in light blue metallic foil on the bottom sole and a stacked-heart heel. 



It was such an amazing day - I honestly felt like a princess the whole time. My sister made me a fresh flower crown with pink ranunculus and dusty miller (some of my favorites), and MCed a series of games that had us all laughing. My mom created a candy table with cake pops and cupcakes and other pink treats (touchΓ©), and potted small succulents for each of the ladies to take home with them. It was so great to have family and friends come together - including Ali's mom and grandma - to celebrate. Even writing this over a week later, I can't help but have that mega-smile plastered across my face again. We're officially less than a month away from our wedding... I can hardly believe it! 

72 comments:

  1. Congrats! I wish you all the happiness, always! And I really like the photos with that pink wall =D

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  2. Oh Nicolette you looked gorgeous, and it looks like such a lovely day! I adore the pictures of you and Ali at the beginning, you'll treasure them for many years to come <3

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  3. Nic you look stunning! I wish you and Ali all the best in your new life as Wife and Wife! I love seeing people in love! You dress looks stunning and Ali is rocking that suit it looks tailored to her perfectly.

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  4. Love it! The dress is stunning, and the elastic panel in the back is brilliant.


    I'm planning a wedding now too, and although our tastes are very different, I know I'll be totally inspired by what you come up with. Does that sound creepy?

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  5. You look absolutely beautiful!

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  6. This looks beautiful from beginning to end! I'm glad it was such a wonderful affair. You looked gorgeous Nicolette! I love Christian's work! I can't wait to see how amazing the actual big day will be!

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  7. Everything is so perfect - your dress, the set up and those smiles you're wearing :) I hope you're really able to soak in the last month before the big day!

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  8. Beautiful pictures. You both looked amazing. So glad you captured the day you were both showered with love so beautifully. May you feel and keep the same Joy and love for each other and life forever my love. Mom

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  9. It's such a treat to read about all the amazing things happening in your life. I'm so glad you share so candidly and can't wait to see what's next for you. I comment very occasionally but I'm always reading and enjoying - thanks!

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  10. Aw!! Yay the wedding day is so soon and this day looks like it was perfect! Love the photo of you + your mom + sis ;) xx

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  11. Best wishes- you look so so very happy, and I'm happy for you! Love the dress :) can't wait to see something from your wedding. Ps I'm getting married on Sunday! <3

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  12. congrats congrats !!!! so happy for you two !!! gorgeous pictures.

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  13. Your entire outfit it TO DIE FOR. Absolutely stunning.

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  14. Beautiful Nic, so so beautiful! Love you much!

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  15. I'm so happy your back! I had been checking every day and was getting worried! I am delighted to read such a happy post. You look marvelous my dear:-)

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  16. You look stunning!! That dress is gorgeous and I love your accessorising, really happy for you guys! xo

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  17. Looking at this post my heart is full. You are such a vibrant, fiercely intelligent person and I'm so happy watching and reading along on your road to your wedding <3

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  18. ZombieWaylandFlowersApril 29, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    Mazel tov! That dress looks like a million dollars on you. Love Ali's suit as well, very dapper.

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  19. Oh, everything looks so lovely! I have a thing for dusty miller too, though I've always been told it's an old lady plant, but I like to stay at home and drink tea while I cross stitch, so I guess I'm an old lady at heart!

    I cannot wait to see photos from your wedding!! Eeeeps!

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  20. I never really knew Dusty Miller. Now I am in love particularly now that I see how long they last. Had a bunch from the shower almost 2 weeks ago and they still look fresh and beautiful 😊😊🌱🌱

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  21. You represented everything in your blog in a great way been following you on twitter, great way to show positive side of plus size.


    Regards,
    Khurram
    www.lovefashion.co.uk

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  22. I love the Bag!!! And everything else of course...j

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  23. Congrats! You look AMAZING, and I love how happy you are - just as it should be <3

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  24. Congratulations! I hope you have many wonderful years together!

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  25. Thank you so much :) I hope to look and feel this happy every day!

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  26. Rickety Rack has the world's best fashion → www.ricketyrack.com

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  27. isn't it fun?! just a tad ridiculous, but that's how i like it....!

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  28. Congratulations on your anniversary!!! Are you doing anything special to celebrate??


    xx

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  29. Hahaha I had no idea dusty miller was an "old lady" plant! I love it. I think it has the nicest color and texture!

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  30. Thank you so much! I think Ali should wear suits all the time, haha

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  31. <3 <3 <3 <3 this is the BEST COMPLIMENT!!!

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  32. It's been a rough month, I'm not going to lie! Thank you very much!

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  33. OMG!!! Congratulations!! If you end up sharing any photos from your wedding I'd love to see!!

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  34. Thank you darling!!! Miss you!

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  35. Thank you so much!! I really appreciate this :)

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  36. Thank you for the special day mommy :)

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  37. There are so many little things left to do, but I'm feeling good about it!!

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  38. Thank you so much! The wedding dress is INCREDIBLE... in my humble opinion.

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  39. Not creepy at all! Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials!

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  40. Thank you! It's probably the most photographed wall in LA! hahaha

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  41. Congratulations! What a beautiful celebration, and your look is so lovely and romantic! Wishing you much happiness and many memorable adventures together!

    <3 Liz
    www.withwonderandwhimsy.com

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  42. Haha I never thought of ridiculous you wear it naturally maybe that's why ;) it's fun and cute.

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  43. Congratulations Nicolette! You looked absolutely amazing, and the setup was beyond beautiful. Wishing you much love and light on your big day. :)

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  44. Thank you so much!!! We'll be spending a long weekend in Copenhagen! ;)
    xx,
    E.

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  45. Scarlett BallantyneMay 4, 2015 at 1:29 PM

    Gorgeous! I love the photos.

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  46. Little Lola SunshineMay 4, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    You look like you are having the time of your life. Live it up! And don't forget, the best is yet to come...

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  47. Such a beautiful set up and you look so, so happy!!! Congrats, Nicolette! <3

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  48. Jordan - Queen of LAMay 6, 2015 at 12:49 AM

    this makes me so happy. my bridal shower was at fig & olive too and it was great - but yours looks even PINKER and SPARKLIER! i am so very happy for you and ali. you look beautiful and truly happy.

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  49. HUGE CONGRATULATIONS! What phenomenal news - may you both have years of love and laughter!

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  50. Those shoes are so perfect to wind up with you. Everything and everyone looks amazing. Congratulations. <4

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  51. You looked amazing! Those shoes are to die for!

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  52. It took me a while but the photos of the wedding are online! https://www.theknot.com/us/cassandra-gustafson-and-matthew-russell-may2015/photos/136077 I know your day is super soon now - so exciting!

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  53. I know it took a while but I finally have the photos online! https://www.theknot.com/us/cassandra-gustafson-and-matthew-russell-may-2015/photos/136077 I know your big day is super soon now- so exciting! i know it will be the best day ever, and that both of you will be so happy in your lives together :D

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  54. You look like a princess! What a gorgeous look--the dress, the shoes, flower crown. Perfect in every way.

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  55. Congratulations! You two look amazing!
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