Last Sunday, I had the fortune of meeting one of my favorite people in the fashion world, Randy Fenoli. Randy has been inspiring women of all ages prepare for their wedding day on TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress. I have always admired his passion, enthusiasm, and dedication to making others feel special.
The Houston Bridal Extravaganza Show is one of the biggest wedding events in the US and for good reason. The George R. Brown Convention Center is literally filled to the brim with everything from dance lessons to, of course, the wedding dress.
While I may not be preparing for a wedding, I have given advice to a fair share of brides (37 to be exact). I was so excited to hear Randy speak about everything from building confidence to finding the best styles for your body type. Promoting his book It’s All About the Dress, Randy talked about the importance of highlighting and featuring “real women”. Virtually every bridal photo shoot in mainstream media highlights brides ranging from sizes 0-4, but Randy features women of all shapes and sizes in his book, including one lucky lady from Houston.
There were two especially poignant moments for me during his talk. First, I was amazed by the struggles he conquered to get to where he is today. We often see successful people and assume that they had a cake walk to the top. He reminded his captivated audience of the importance of recognizing that everyone has a back story that may not be so evident, but those trying and difficult facts are molding us and shaping us for the unexpected. I was quite surprised to learn that when TLC first approached him about Say Yes to the Dress, his first reaction was to say “no”. My second highlight of the day was his emphasis on his three E’s:
The second “E” especially spoke to me. Whether you are getting married or not, one of the biggest and most important challenges we face is finding ways to elevate ourselves. I think this is especially challenging for women. He goes through each “E” in detail in his book, and I highly recommend you snag a copy!
As I absolutely love Randy (even more so after witnessing his hilarious and self-deprecating talk), I naturally jumped to be the first in line to meet (and hug) him. I had to ask what tips he had to elevate to help in self-elevation. His answer? Trust your instincts and don’t beat yourself down.
Here are some of the dresses featured:
Then there’s the fun cakes:
And fun with friends:
Enjoy the weekend!
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