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Hello my lovelies! I could not be happier to share this with you today. Let’s just say I’m feeling generous. :)

Today is a wonderful day because:

A: I have pics of my wedding dress (in rough form) to show you

B: I am giving away a prize to my 1000th commenter!

AND

C: It’s my friggin’ 25th birthday! :)

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For the pics, just click HERE

Now I dunno how often E actually reads my blog here, but to be safe, I am not going to post the pics directly on the blog. If you want to see them, you can click here to view a very short slideshow of the progress thus far. I can tell you this much: the fabric is deliciously beautiful and it looks even more fabulous in person… (my flash on my camera makes it look really shiny.) Also, the dress pretty much has no bones in it what-so-ever… it’s just fabric and a liner with some seams. When I tried it on it came as a great surprise to me that I have lost a few inches since I was measured back in early December. A few… as in 8.5!!!! I have gone down 8.5 inches total between my bust, hips and waist in a little over a month and I have no idea how. I guess it’s just this little thing called STRESS! Anyway, this was the first fit so it is in very rough shape right now- she had to figure out how much fabric she needed to leave for the bust area, so next time I will actually have my sweetheart neckline. She also played with the rouching around my waist and added little pickups to the skirt. I’m SOOOO excited! If you’re real nice I just might share pictures from my second fitting in 3 short weeks. Y’all be on your best behavior and leave me lots of sweet comments, k? ;)

Speaking of comments, I am coming up in the numbers and will (most likely) receive my 1000th comment today! When that 1000th comment is left I’m gonna send that person a lil’ somethin special- so include your email in your comments! Told ya I’m feelin’ generous. :)

And lastly, happy birthday to me! I am a quarter-century old today- holy moly! For some reason 25 really does seem old-ish to me. When people ask me my age my mind automatically goes straight to 22. I could have been 22 forever… but I’m happy to be 25 and starting these new and hopefully best chapters of my life. I saw on my facebook page that there are less than 100 days till our wedding. Whoa. And the venue is still up in the air. Yeeeeeah… I’ll fill y’all in on all that later. For now, I’m gonna go find something decadent, fabulous and chocolatey to eat, because I deserve it. I’m thinking something worthy of a Bakerella style photo shoot. Yummmm. :)

from Bakerella via Flickr

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About Jessica

Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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  • http://marie-evelaforte.blogspot.com Marie-Eve

    This is so, so, so gorgeous!!!
    You look awesome and congrats on the weight loss.
    And most important of all happy birthday! I wish you plenty of wonderful things! And come on, at 25 you’re still a baby!

    And I’m not doing this for the prize, just because I wanted to say I’m happy for you, but anyway you know my e-mail…

  • practicallymarried

    You look beautiful! This is a lovely dress, and you’re going to be a gorgeous bride! Have a happy, happy birthday, and enjoy your last one as a single girl!!

    Good luck on the venue confusion — I know it will work out for a wonderful day!!

  • http://soontobemeltons.blogspot.com Brittney

    oh it looks so great!! We’re almost at the 100 day mark and I can’t wait to say we’re in the double digits. The venue will come… and it will be GREAT! good luck :)

  • http://www.heidzillas.com Heidzilla

    Happy Birthday!!!! <3 :)

  • http://www.globetrottingbride.com Globetrotting Bride

    You look great!!! And, happy birthday!!!

  • Becky

    Hey there! The dress looks great! I read your blog (subscribed through goole reader) however I’ve never commented-maybe I’ll be lucky 1000!

  • Becky

    oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  • http://aglimpseofthegirlnextdoor.blogspot.com Abbie

    YAY! What a fun day… turning 25 AND being able to show off that amazing dress. LOVE IT! I hope you have a wonderful day!

  • Jessica

    I love your dress!

    And I wished you happy b-day on FB, but here it is again: happy birthday! :) Hope you have a great one!

  • http://intercontinentalwedding.blogspot.com/ anat

    You look lovely! Happy quarter century!

  • http://www.theadventuresofmrsreagan.blogspot.com Pam

    Happy Birthday! The dress is Beau-t-ful! Congrats on the possible 1000 comments today.

  • Meghan

    It looks fabulous! So pretty!

  • http://wemetinabar.com Heather

    happy birthday! And your dress is gorgeous!!!

  • JoVonn

    Looks great and Happy Birthday!

  • Elana

    The dress looks great!!! Happy birthday :)

  • http://www.fehrtrade.com melissa

    Happy birthday!! I love the dress – the one shoulder is just fabulous!

  • http://lovestained.wordpress.com jenifriend

    your dress is beautiful, already! and happy birthday to you! please post your second fitting pictures; i’m aching to see them!!

  • koandpo

    First of all, that cupcake looks soooo good.
    Secondly, your dress is going to be amazing.
    Thirdly, happy birthday!

  • http://thegooseandus.blogspot.com/ Steph

    Happy Birthday!!! Enjoy it today!

    Your dress is beyond gorgeous! I wish I could see the fabric in person, it looks so decadent in the pictures. Fabulous!

    I hope we’ll be lucky enough to see pictures from the next fitting too!!

    ~Steph

  • Karen

    Your dress is just beautiful, it really shows off your great figure. And happy birthday!

  • MsTeacherLady

    The pics are blocked my my school’s filter, but I can’t wait to look when I get home! So exciting! And happy birthday to you!

  • MsTeacherLady

    Hmmm… that should have said “by my school’s filter”. Oops!

  • Emily

    Happy Birthday and beautiful dress!
    -Emily

  • ringo

    Your dress is very pretty! The cupcake looks delicious right now!

  • Ashley

    you weren’t kidding about that dupioni. it’s fabulous. and i think that the sweetheart is going to be great for you. (i have never been a fan of strapless, but sweetheart seems to not even be in that category, so you’re safe!)

    congratulations, jessica. : )

  • http://un-bride.blogspot.com un-bride
  • Leonor

    Hello.Miss SaVy Bride!!
    First off, I must say that this is my first time commenting any blog…[Glad It Was Yours]
    I’ve been Secretly Stalking your blog for a couple of weeks now…
    and I Just wanted to say Congrats and that its cool to see
    Cute Humble people nowadays =)
    Your Beautiful
    =)
    and expect some more stalking =)Heehe

  • Cheryl

    Happy Birthday Jessica! Dress looks awesome :) It was nice to see you by Dina’s house the other day

  • Marianne

    Happy birthday Jessica!

    The dress is looking good!

  • aribabybug

    What’s up with the trend of keeping the dress a secret? I’ve never heard of this before this week, and now it’s everywhere.

  • Michelle

    I’m surprised that 25 seems “oldish” to you, but I guess I can understand it. I’m 28 and I tell people that I’m an old woman all the time.

  • http://preppybride.blogspot.com Annie

    You are going to be beautiful in your dress!! :)

  • Shamika

    You look amazing in your dress. You are always smiling too! You brighten the day. Good luck with your plans. Please dont leave us hanging 99 more days before we see the finished dress.

  • kay*

    oh congratulations! and happy 25th! wow – two biggies :)

    the dress is beautiful – you’re going to be a stunning bride!

  • http://becomingmrsjones.com future Mrs. Jones

    Thanks for giving us a sneak peak!!! You look great and are going to blow him away when you walk down the isle.

    And happy belated birthday! Ahhh, to be 25 again.