Since I had a ball gown, I was tempted to downsize and bring my reception dress instead. But I wanted the shoots to be authentic. I never got around to wearing my reception dress at my wedding, so these shoots wouldn’t be a true depiction of our wedding day. Don’t get me wrong, there were several times during our trip that I’d wished I’d swapped the ball gown for the reception dress, but the moments where it felt like we were getting married all over again were well worth the hard times. When get got back home and I saw our photos, I had such a deep appreciation for all that we had gone through to get these shots. Even after the sweating, the hustling, the tripping, the extra baggage fees, and the steep dry cleaning bill, I had no regrets leaving my reception dress at home.