I have been looking forward to sharing my wedding experience with you all….. It is an exhilarating and Rugged Glam journey going to Antarctica to get married, and – as we speak – traveling to all seven continents in 2016 for our honeymoon (we are half way there!)! This incredible journey is what inspires me to share my story with you all. I will break it up into several parts – first because there is too much to share, and second because I am still on my seven-continent honeymoon journey! I am writing about this experience while I am still on it, so follow along and ask me any questions if you aspire to do something similar!

Like any Rugged Glam Bride, let me begin with the dress. Oh the Dress! I love it so much!

THE DRESS

My dress on my wedding day was a  beautiful, handcrafted J’Aton Couture wedding gown. The custom design is made of the most luxurious materials. Everyone loves their wedding dress – and so do I…. so much so, that I am considering ways to display it as an art masterpiece in my home. I really do see it as a work of art. This J’Aton Couture Gown is a dress that has been around the world – literally – and will evoke the most magnificent memories for me! It also symbolizes the possibilities in life.  And of course, it is esthetically GORGEOUS! Like straight up – the best dress I have ever seen!

I knew from the moment I laid eyes on the J’Aton Couture Label – (they are not widely known in the US yet, however that is quickly changing after opening a New York Boutique) – that their unique, art-deco designs and style was exactly what I wanted. However, any couture service by Jacob Luppino and Anthony Vittorino (J’Aton Couture designers) requires 8 months MINIMUM to be hand made prior to an event, so be prepared and give yourself enough prep time. I wish I had known that; nonetheless, I managed to find the dress of my dreams.

My art-deco J’Aton gown has the most intricate details. Tastefully adorned with diamontes, lace and pearls, its scalloped design stands out beautifully against any background. The corseted bodice is made of ivory silk, with many sexy illusions due to the nude undertones. It has a long and heavily layered silk tulle bottom in blended colors of ivory, champagne, and nude which flow throughout its many layers. Lastly, it’s long train swept along the pristine Antractic Ice like nothing I have ever seen before! I am so in love with and will forever admire the craftsmanship of J’Aton Couture’s luxury design.

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The dress shape is an A-Line drop waist style which hugged my upper body perfectly and then dropped at the waist to the dress’s many layers. It flowed beautifully. I had a strapless, sweetheart neckline which showed off my “best assets”.

THE SHOES

To go with the dress, I initially purchased the Sergio Rossi Crystal Mermaid Heel (Cage Bootie) which was a perfect match to my dress because of the matching scalloped design and crystals! But then, after deciding on Antarctica and knowing where on the Antarctic Continent (In the Polar Circle) we wanted to get married, I frantically searched the internet for a pair of Hunter Boots in Tiffany Blue (Limited Edition) to match the crown molding at the research base we hoped to reach on our wedding day (It is also an Antarctic Heritage Site – amazing story of the Research Base where we got married to follow in future parts of this story)! Anyway, I managed to find a pair of the Wellington Boots I wanted, but they were the LAST Pair and in two sizes too big! I wanted them so badly that I bought them anyway! Surprisingly, it worked out well in the end because I wore two pairs of socks and had a polar insert in my boots for the cold Antarctic ice. It worked out perfectly – and I didn’t “have cold feet on my wedding day”! All I can say is Thank you God!!!

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(Wedding Photographer: David Harvey)

THE VEIL

My veil was a cathedral length (120 inches) in ivory, matching the ivory silk tulle of my J’Aton Couture gown train. It was a single layer and was very simple so it didn’t distract from the dress.
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(Wedding Photographer: David Harvey)

THE FLOWERS

Finally, my bouquet was very sentimental. They are artificial damascene Roses in cream with light realistic pollen centers. IMPORTANT NOTE: In Antarctica, you cannot take anything agricultural on land. Therefore, I was only permitted to use artificial flowers. The ones I had were perfect for the occasion and here is why: although they are artificial, they look VERY real. I had purchased them several years back as decor for my office. My cat had knocked over the decorative flowers and shattered the glass vase all over the floor. I loved the bouquet so much though that I held on to it and thought I’d find a use for it later. Well two years later, and after my sweet kitty passed away, I found it would be the perfect bouquet to carry on my special day to remind me of her (she would have been my maid of honor!)…So I had my Angel there in spirit =^.^= (She was always on a mission to make sure my husband and I’s love stays strong)… The bouquet was purrrfect. Another plus is that I get to keep it forever!

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(Wedding Photographer: David Harvey)

THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

Okay so let’s address the elephant in the room…. who the hell takes a J’Aton Couture Wedding Gown to a rugged, remote place like Antarctica?!!?! I do. It’s precisely what makes me Rugged Glam. And if you are following me, you would do it too!  A Rugged Glam-er would not hesitate to explore the ends of the earth… At the same time, a Rugged Glam-er loves life’s luxuries.

THE DREAM

I’ll be sharing more photos from our wedding day and journey with you all soon in future parts. I am so happy to share this special day with all my Rugged Glam-ers out there and if you are planning anything similar or have any questions about my experience, please comment below or email me by filling out the contact form. I will happily answer any questions you have!

And lastly, please share this story with any other Rugged Glam-ers you know. I am trying hard to grow my blog and would love for you to help me grow it while I continue on this dream journey. Thank you all for stopping by and please like/share/follow/etc!

Make magic happen and remember to always follow your Rugged Glam dreams!

Much Love,

RGxx

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