BRIDE VIBES WITH OAK CITY BRIDAL

Before you say anything about me already being married, just know that if I had to do it all over again, I’d be getting my gown from Oak City Bridal. This was by far one of the best bridal experiences EVER, minus the fact that I’m not getting married and this was just a shoot to showcase some of the amazing gowns from the Oak City Bridal Collection. I mean come on, who doesn’t want to get all dolled up with make-up and hair and prance around in pretty white gowns for a day? LOL. 😂

For those wondering about Oak City Bridal, they are a fairly new bridal shop in the downtown Raleigh area. They have some of the best bridal gowns and accessories in town and there is literally something for every bride out there with bridal gowns ranging from sizes 0-30. I was surprised to hear about their size selections as this was definitely not a range you would have seen when I got married back in 2011. Not gonna lie, my own bridal gown shopping experience wasn’t really the best, but I really think I’ve made up for it by trying all these mezmerizing gowns from Oak City Bridal that day.

Every bride wants to look and feel their best and most importantly, brides want to have a comfortable, stress-free bridal shopping experience. I’m almost positive you will get that from Oak City Bridal. I stopped in a day before this fun shoot to get fit for the gowns I’d wear for the shoot and Oak City Bridal owner, Stacia, was the sweetest, kindness soul EVER. She really made me feel right at home, we had great conversation and the shop had an array of gown options for me to try on in my size. Never have I ever been somewhere where I fit almost ALL the sample sizes. When I was planning my wedding, I remember that there weren’t many options in my size. As a curvy girl, with curvy friends, I’m so happy to have found a bridal shop that is inclusive, so I can recommend to all my friends who are getting hitched.

Need I say more?

Now, you know I can’t end this post without sharing the IG handles and contact information for the amazing photography, hair and make-up team. They were a dream and I felt like a queen. It really does take a village, huh, LOL 😂 Check out all the amazing talent that made this day possible at their IG handles below:

Photographer: @arikashelest
Venue: @norris.house
Dresses: @oakcitybridal
Hair and Makeup: @wedded Kiss  (Hair Sarah/ Makeup Nina)
Models: @kgazda6889 @sincerelydeidra @withlove_ema
Till next time.
Sincerely,
Deidra Marie 😊

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Just dropping in to share a few photos from this past Sunday. Charlie and always take a few pics on this deserted road when we go home to visit his family. Father’s Day was pretty chill. We ate Charlie’s mom and step dad and went to church too. Good food and good vibes, what more could a girl want. I’ll be hanging with my dad this weekend since we spent last weekend with Charlie’s dad. I’m thinking about cooking him a big seafood dinner, but we’ll see. #tobecontinued

Lipgloss is Central Perk by OuiFresh. This is one of my fav colors. It’s a neutral and their lipglosses are ultra moisturizing! Get up on this, you won’t regret it.

Jumpsuit by New York and Company. I just LOVE their jumpsuits. They fit me so well.

Anywho, I’ll be back with some dope content soon so keep your eyes peeled.

Till next time.

Sincerely,

Deidra Marie

FARMERS AND FRIENDS

Just when I thought grocery shopping was boring, here comes Charles kid cousin and my favorite hairstylist to lighten the mood. This weekend was a whole mood, chilling in Raleigh, shopping the city malls and going on the hunt for green tomatoes with these pretty ladies was my Sunday in nutshell. One of my favorite things to do in Raleigh is shop at the farmers market. The food is always fresh, they have the best homemade jelly and I love the overall chill vibe. Prices on the food is not half bad either. One more thing, visiting the farmers market is an opportunity support local. What more could a girl ask for? By the way, we found the green tomatoes after much searching. We were looking for them because Charles kid cousin, Niya had a craving. She’s staying with us for the summer while she’s in summer school in Durham and what kid cuzzo wants, kid cuzzo gets. Isn’t she the cutest? 🙂

Anyway, the cute curly girl with the hippie romper on is none other than my good friend and hairstylist Jamika. We partnered together on some photo projects to get her brand out there. She’s an up and coming hairstylist in Raleigh, new to the area and seeking out new clientele. If you’re interested in booking one of her fab services, you can check her out: https://allaboutflair.com. She specializes in color, cuts, natural hair, weaves and clip-ins. Well, basically she does it all, and for a reasonable price. Long story short, my hairstylist bailed on me a few days before I competed in my regional pageant. I know, it sucked. Thankfully, an amazing blogger connect recommended Jamika for a walk-in service and bam, the rest is history.

Anyway, I’m going stop yammering and let you check out the dope pics from our Raleigh Farmer’s Market adventures. Enjoy.

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Till next time.

Sincerely,

 

Deidra Marie