I bought my dress at a store called One Night Affair. The total cost was $1400, which included the dress, veil, alterations and additional train. I’ve always hated white dresses, they look cheap to me. My dress was an ivory St. Pucci designed dress with a ball gown princess look. It was so simple and sexy with a sheer and embroidered corset top with pearls and small rhinestones. The dress had the most beautiful big Cinderella-like ball gown bottom! My favorite part of the dress was my corset of course! It gave me the vavavoooom I was looking for, while still remaining traditional and classy.

I really don’t understand the importance of shoes that will never be seen under such a large dress, but my shoes were nonetheless gorgeous. I wore a very low heal with rhinestones covering it. But for the majority of the ceremony I wore “something borrowed” from one of my bridesmaids; cute Tori Burch ballerina shoes. :) My jewelry was purchased the day of the wedding by my grandmother. She bought a simple drop necklace with a pearl with matching earrings. Loved them! My hair was once again, “princess-like.” I had a small portion up in the front, with cascading curls down my back. Everyone said I looked like a cake-topper. I believe I looked like a Queen fit for the prince in a Disney movie since my hubby to be looked like a King in his military tux.

This was definitely the dress of my dreams! I only wore one dress because I felt that was all I needed. I wouldn’t have changed a THING about my dress. I didn’t tell anyone how much it really was going to cost. I just MADE it fit into the budget.

Do you like to read inspiring stories before you go to bed at night, or in the morning before you start your day? Well, each month, Ladies Home Journal, a We Volunteer Partner, is publishing stories about people making a difference.

This month’s issue features these do-good stories:
* Let’s Pitch In: 7 Volunteering Activities to Do with Your Family
* Fair Winds Trading: Helping Rwandans Build Their Lives
* The Do Good Tour 10,000 Miles of Good Deeds

They’ve also created monthly Good Deed Challenges for you to join:

* August – Donate Your Shoes
* July – Make Your Voice Heard
* June – Support Locks of Love
* May – Donate Your Glasses

For this month’s challenge, Donate Your Shoes, the folks at the LHJ offices are collecting shoes for Soles4Souls, a nonprofit that facilitates the donation of shoes to people who need them. You can support Soles4Souls by donating your own shoes, or hosting a shoe drive in your community. Soles4Souls even has people available to answer your questions about donating shoes via live chat.

If you would prefer to make a cash donation, Zach Braff and Donald Faison of Scrubs are helping Soles4Souls raise enough money to purchase 50,000 pairs of shoes in 50 days at www.50000shoes.com (the promo video on the site has some, err, guy humor, so be forewarned).

Another celebrity who is supporting Soles4Souls is Green Day’s bassist, Mike Dirnt. According to The Shoe Dish post, flat tuesday: mike dirnt teams up with soles4souls, the musician will, “donate all the proceeds from his 45 RPM shoe, created in collaboration with Macbeth Footwear’s Studio Project, to Soles4Souls.” An extra plus is that the shoes are vegan, so no animal products are used in their construction.

You can find out more about Soles4Souls on their website, soles4souls.org and follow their up-to-minute news on their blog, soles4souls.blogspot.com.

To learn more about Ladies Home Journal’s inspiring stories, monthly Good Deed Challenges, online Do Good groups, and Do Good Stamp Program go to lhj.com/volunteering