Looking Back on Our Wedding: My Big Surprise!

In the year leading up to our wedding, I had a plan. A secret plan that only I knew about. Eventually, that secret was shared between me and my wedding planner, who also happens to redesign vintage wedding gowns. She was my perfect partner in crime for my big surprise!


Since I was engaged for 20 months, I didn’t figure out my dress situation immediately. Two weeks after getting engaged, I was at my parents for Thanksgiving and pulled my mom’s Priscilla of Boston dress out of the preservation box for the first time since 1978!! She brought the dress down to North Carolina later, in case I decided to wear it. I told her I wasn’t, as I eventually got my heart set on Needle and Thread’s designs. Which I thought was true…


Until I decided to surprise her by wearing it during the ceremony!


My planner, and dress alterations master, knew what I was doing, as she was altering the dress for me. (The only change I made to the dress was to take in the bust because… #teammosquitobites.)  But I told no one else until a month before the wedding when I realized I needed help to pull off the surprise!


The plan I came up with was to give both my dresses to my planner to bring to the site on Friday. She placed my blue dress in the barn, where I was getting ready, so it was waiting for me on Saturday morning. Mom’s dress went to the on-site home of Reeb’s event coordinator, Katie, for safe keeping and steaming! During the First Look, my planner hung the dress up at the entrance of the barn apartment, so when we came back for our pre-aisle-walking champagne, my mom and sister and I would come upon it. My bridesmaids made sure my family didn’t go to Katie’s house or back to the barn during the First Look. As you can see in the photo montage below, I was pumped about the surprise! This detail is one of my favorites from the wedding.








I love this last moment when my Dad saw me for the first time in his bride’s dress! And then we were off to the ceremony, which will be my next post.

**Edit from my Dad: It was 40 years ago that he first saw this dress on my mother. Happy anniversary you crazy kids!!

Other wedding posts:




Bridal Shower


Bachelorette Party


Bridesmaids Gifts


Rehearsal Dinner


Post-Wedding Snippets

Wedding Day: Getting Ready

Wedding Day: First Look



Vendors and Links:


Venue: Reeb Ranch, Brevard NC


Photography: Second Street Photography


Planner: Foskey & LoveLace


Hair: Sarah Smith


Makeup: Ali Lawless


Catering: Olive Catering


Dress: Needle and Thread


Jewelry: Earrings made by Heather


Hairpiece: Pearlized orange blossoms, taken from my mom’s wedding hair pieces


Flowers: Kaylee Dunn



  1. Courtney Masters
    June 19, 2018 / 1:04 am

    Best surprise ever!

    • aebcreative
      June 20, 2018 / 6:24 pm

      Thanks for your help with it!!! 🙂

  2. Abbey Gleason
    June 19, 2018 / 1:56 pm

    This is so beautiful!!!

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