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Nurturing Your Soulmate, Living and Loving Through Virtues

by Mark Douglas June 06, 2018

Andrew and Kaleigh Branham at Howe Farms w/ All Dressed Up Chattanooga, TN | Christan C. George Photography

Whether we meet on a blind date or over the backyard fence, love happens all around us. Finding a life-partner to build a future with is a possibility for each of us. But building a joyful, committed relationship with a soulmate requires a deep understanding of the many virtues that nurture and strengthen a couple's love for one another throughout the years.

Love With All of Your Heart

Christan C George Photography

(Mr&Mrs Andrew and Kaleigh Branham | Christan C. George Photography)

Bridesmaids Dresses by All Dressed Up, Style #146

(Kaleigh's Bridesmaids are wearing our Morilee BM Dresses, #146)

Every single day brings with it an opportunity to express love. Embrace this opportunity by demonstrating love freely. Show that you care by helping each other with day to day tasks. Demonstrate gratitude for the smallest of gestures and show affection by simply being kind. A day that goes by without at least one "I love you" is a missed opportunity. Take advantage of every second and love all day long with all of your heart.

Embrace Imperfections

As grounded as true soulmates may be, differences and imperfections will be a part of daily life. Each partner's unique spin on the world is cause for celebration. Don't try to change each other, embrace differences by practicing acceptance. Work through your disagreements by using patience, understanding and calmness. A soft answer turns away wrath; this ideal truly works.

Find Grace

Sophia Tolli Wedding Dress Style #Y11632

(Kaleigh is wearing our Sophia Tolli Riona Y11632.)

Stephen Geoffrey Tux Rental, Slate Blue #382

(Andrew and crew are wearing our Jim's Formal Wear Tux Rental, a Stephen Geoffrey, Slate Blue #382.)

Anyone who has been in a relationship knows that right after "I love you", "I'm sorry" is probably the most frequently spoken phrase. Grace comes to us through forgiveness, patience, and mutual respect. "Grace in a marriage means that we learn to love the highs…which is easy…and the lows…which is hard…and the mundane…which is sometimes…for some people…the hardest of all." Virtues are the universal truths in successful relationships. Embrace your universal truth as soulmates and celebrate the joy you receive as your relationship continues to soar.

Mother of the Bride Gown, Cameron Blake Style #117614

(Kaleigh's Mother wore our Cameron Blake Dress, Style #117614)

If you're thinking about celebrating your love through marriage, vow renewals or a special anniversary gathering, contact us for event guidance and formal wear. We are waiting to celebrate alongside you. (ADU owner Cheron J. Douglas had the pleasure of performing Kaleigh's Day-Of Coordination. Cheron is a Certified Wedding Planner w/the Association of Bridal Consultants.)

Andrew and Kaleigh Branham w/All Dressed Up, Chattanooga, TN | Photos by Christan C. George Photography

Above I've sprinkled in a few Christan C. George photos from the fabulous wedding of Mr and Mrs Andrew and Kaleigh Branham's Wedding on October 14, 2017 at Howe Farms. Kaleigh sat down for an in-depth interview with me where we discussed their love and connecting virtues. Drum Roll Please! ;)

This week's corresponding Video Bonus just went LIVE!: #14 Finding My Soulmate, The Kaleigh and Andrew Story | 'Puttin On The Ritz w/ DJ Mark!'  

Video Dialogue:

Mark: Today we are blessed to discover the love between two soul mates, Kaleigh and Andrew. And presenting, the superb photo talents of Christan C. George Photography. Cheron and I are privileged to know this young lady, Mrs Kaleigh Branham as she's blessed us with her formal wear purchases right here at All Dressed Up. Welcome Kaleigh! Kaleigh: I'm so glad to be here. Mark: Kaleigh, October 14, 2017 you and Andrew tied the knot. I'm excited to get into all those awesome details, including highlighting and rating your Wedding vendors, but first, let's start with your story, tell us how you two met. Kaleigh: So Andrew and I are actually high school sweethearts, we met through a mutual friend. We met a Hixson High School, so this year we'll be together 8 years. Mark: Tell us about the proposal, and where you surprised? Kaleigh: The proposal actually took place at my mamaw's house. My brother who is in the Air Force came down, I really wanted him to be a part of it. So, his family, my sister in law, my niece and nephew all came down and we had Christmas in February because my brother is stationed in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and that's a far ways out. So they came in to my mamaw's house and everyone sat down. It was after we opened up all of our pictures. And he was like, 'I have one more thing for you.' I was, 'Okay.' So he walked down and came back up. He actually made a photo album with our very first pictures all the way up to our current ones that we had. And at the very end he wrote me a cute little note. And so it was a little photo album. I kind of expected it afterwards because I actually walked in on him making the photo album the night before so... Buy yeah, it was perfect. It was awesome. Mark: Great, well let me ask about your relationship virtues. Clearly there's a lot of history there. Beyond instant chemistry, beyond looks, beyond the superficial, what are Andrew's top 3 virtues that helped you know for certain Andrew would be your significant other? Kaleigh: Humility. He's extremely humble. He's the hardest working person I've ever met in my life and takes no credit for it, and he's just amazing. He's encouraged me so much. He's my best friend. He's my cheerleader through everything. And his humor, oh my gosh. It's probably cliché to say but he's hands down probably the funniest person I've met in my life. Mark: Alright, we're gonna have to have him on the show, clearly. And, what are your top three virtues? Kaleigh: I would say encouragement as well. I'm pretty optimistic. I would like to say I'm funny as well so humor. I think we're compatible in that way. And just, accountability. I keep us together and make sure we're on the right path. At least I think that we are. So, I would say those would be my top three. Mark: Awesome, I'm actually gonna put a link to these 30 virtues in our corresponding blog. Please be on the lookout for that. Now, Let's talk marriage bliss: Now that you're married what types of plans are you making for the near future, say 5, 10, 15 years down the road? Kaleigh: 5 to about 10 years honestly, waiting for the children. We're not in a rush for that. Mark: Alright mom and dad wanna know, how many kids are we talking here? Kaleigh: Andrew wants four, I say zero to two. Mark: Zero to Two! Kaleigh, thank you for sharing your Finding My Soulmate story! We're now ready to talk about your actual Wedding Day! The planning, the vendors, the details, and your overall assessments. She's had a chance to work that wedding gown, enjoy that venue's amenities, eat that caterer's food, dance to that DJ's music, see if the cake is as sweet as they promised, smell those fragrant flowers, view those beautiful pictures, and test the coordinator's will to live... We'll get Kaleigh's real feedback on exactly how her vendors said it would go down, compared to how it actually went down. I'll ask if there was anything she'd do differently what would it be? So join us next time as for My Wedding Day, The Kaleigh & Andrew Story Kaleigh: Ladies, ADU is interested in your Love story! Would you like to be featured in one of our blogs or episodes? Share your event directly from the website, alldressedup.me. It's easy to find in the footer section, and Mark will place a link to it in the corresponding blog. Keep up with All Dressed Up! It's easy to Subscribe, Like, Comment, and Share. And make sure you get those notifications! Mark: What She Said! Both: And we will see you, next time!

Photography by Christan C. George Photography

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Size Guide

MOST Professional Boutiques will size you at no cost; simply call and set an appointment. Of your 3 measurements: ALWAYS go with the dress size aligning w/ your higher dress measurement.

For example: If a size 10 calls for a 37 Bust, 29 Waist & 40 Hip 

Discover your measurements with this All Dressed Up Size Guide pic.

Morilee - "New" Bridal Gowns and Bridesmaids Dresses Sizes

     *This chart is for all items listing sizes 0-28. See "Designer Gallery" size chart below for items listing sizes 2-28.

     *See below for Julietta Bridal Gowns and Bridesmaids Women Sizes.

Size Bust Waist  Hips
0 32 23.5 35.5
2 33 24.5 36.5
4 34 25.5 37.5
6 35 26.5 38.5
8 36.5 28 40
10 38 28.5 41.5
12 39.5 31 43
14 41 32.5 44.5
16 42.5 34 46
18 44.5 36 48
20 46.5 38 50
22 49.5 41 53
24 53 44.5 56.5
26 57 48.5 60.5
28 61 52.5 64.5

 

Morilee - "Designer Gallery" Bridal Gowns and Bridesmaids Dress Sizes

     *This chart is for all items listing sizes 2-28. See "New" size chart above for items listing sizes 0-28. 

     *See below for Julietta Bridal Gowns and Bridesmaids Woman sizes.

Size Bust Waist  Hips
2 32 23.5 35.5
4 33 24.5 36.5
6 34 25.5 37.5
8 35 26.5 38.5
10 36.5 28 40
12 38 29.5 41.5
14 39.5 31 43
16 41 32.5 44.5
18 42.5 34 46
20 44.5 36 48
22 46.5 38 50
24 49.5 41 53
26 53 44.5 56.5
28 57 48.5 60.5

 

Morilee - Julietta Bridal Gowns and Bridesmaids W Dresses - Women's Sizes

     *This chart is for all Julietta items. It's also for Bridesmaids Women Dresses with the following style numbers: 21601W - 21626W

Size Bust Waist  Hips
16W 43 35 46
18W 45 37 48
20W 47 39 50
22W 49 41.5 52.5
24W 51 44 55
26W 53 46.5 57.5
28W 55 49 60
30W 57 51.5 62.5
32W 59 54 65

 

David Tutera, Martin Thornburg and Enchanting - Wedding Gown Sizes

Size Bust Waist  Hips
0 32 23.5 35
2 33 24.5 36
4 34 25.5 37
6 36 26.5 38
8* 36 27.5 39
10 37 28.5 40
12 38 29.5 41
14 39.5 31 42.5
16 41 32.5 44
18 43 34.5 46
20 45 36.5 48

 

David Tutera and Martin Thornburg - W, Women's Wedding Gown Sizes 

Size Bust Waist  Hips
18W 45 38 49
20W 47 40 51
22W 49 42.5 53.5
24W 51 45 56
26W 53 47.5 58.5

 

Enchanting - W, Women's Wedding Gown Sizes 

Size Bust Waist  Hips
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22W 49 42.5 53.5
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Sophia Tolli - Wedding Gown Sizes

Size Bust Waist  Hips
0 31.5 23.5 34
2 32.5 24.5 35
4 33.5 25.5 36
6 34.5 26.5 37
8 36 28 38.5
10 37.5 29.5 40
12 39 31 41.5
14 41 33 43.5
16 43 35 45.5
18 45 37 47.5
20 48 40 50.5
22 51 43 53.5
24 54 46 56.5
26 57 49 59.5
28 60 52 62.5

 

Sophia Tolli - LS, Large Size Wedding Gown Sizes

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22LS 51 43 53.5
24LS 54 46 56.5
26LS 57 49 59.5
28LS 60 52 62.5

 

Joan Calabrese - Flower Girl

Size Bust Waist
2 22 21
3 23 21.5
4 24 22
5 25 22.5
6 26 23
6X 27 23.5
7 28.25 24.25
8 29.5 25.25
10 30.75 26.5
12 32 27.75
14 33.25 29
16 34.5 30.25

 

Joan Calabrese - Half Size, Flower Girl

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10.5 36 32
12.5 38 34
14.5 39 36

 

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6m 20.75 20
12m 21.25 20.5
18m 22.25 21.5
24m 23.25 22.5

 

Little Black Tux, by David Tutera - Jacket & Pant Sizes

Size Bust Waist  Hips
0 31 24 33
2 32 25 34
4 33 26 35
6 35 28 37
8 37 30 39
10 39 32 41
12 41 34 43
14 43 36 45
16 46 39 48
18 49 42 51
20 52 45 54

 

Cameron Blake - Special Occasions

     *W=Women's P=Petite WP=Women's Petite

Size Bust Waist  Hips
4 34 27 37
6 35 28 38
8 36 29 39
10 37.5 30.5 40.5
12 39 32 42
14 41 34 44
16 43.5 36.5 46.5
18 48 38.5 48.5
20 48 41 51
16W 45.5 39 48.5
18W 48 41.5 48.5
20W 50.5 44 53.5
22W 53.5 47 56.5
24W 56.5 50 59.5
26W 59.5 53 62.5
4P 34 27 37
6P 35 28 38
8P 36 29 39
10P 37.5 30.5 40.5
12P 39 32 42
14P 41 34 44
16WP 45.5 39 48.5
18WP 48 41.5 51
20WP 50.5 44 53.5
22WP 53.5 47 56.5
24WP 56.5 50 59.5
26WP 59.5 53 62.5

 

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Size Bust Waist  Hips
00 31 23.5 34.5
0 32 24.5 35.5
2 33 25.5 36.5
4 34 26.5 37.5
6 35 27.5 38.5
8 36 28.5 39.5
10 37 29.5 40.5
12 38.5 31 42
14 40 32.5 43.5
16 42 34.5 45.5
18 44 36.5 47.5
20 46 39 49.5
22 48.5 41.5 52
24 51 44 54.5

 

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Size Bust Waist  Hips
0 32 26 36
1/2 33 27 37
3/4 34 28 38
5/6 35 29 39
7/8 36 30 40
9/10 37 31 41
11/12 38.5 32.5 42.5
13/14 40 34 44
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16W 45 38 48
18W 47 40 50
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Size Bust Waist  Hips
00 32 24 35
0 33 25 36
2 34 26 37
4 35 27 38
6 36 28 39
8 37 29 40
10 38 30 41
12 40 32 43
14 42 34 45
16 44 36 47
18 46 38 49
20 48 40 51
22 50 42 53
24 52 44 55

 

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Size Bust Waist  Hips
00 32 24 35
0 33 25 36
2 34 26 37
4 35 27 38
6 36 28 39
8 37 29 40
10 38 30 41
12 40 32 43
14 42 34 45
16 44 36 47
18 46 38 49
20 48 40 51
22 50 42 53
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Zoey Grey - Prom

     *For styles 30614, 30693 & 30701 see size chart below.

Size Bust Waist  Hips
0 32 24 36
2 33 25 37
4 34 26 38
6 35 27 39
8 36.5 28.5 40
10 38 30 42
12 39.5 31.5 43.5
14 41.5 33.5 45.5
16 43.5 35.5 47.5
18 45.5 37.5 49.5
20 47.5 39.5 51.5
22 49.5 41.5 53.5
24 51.5 43.5 55.5
26 53.5 45.5 57.5
28 55.5 47.5 59.5
30 57.5 49.5 61.5

 

Zoey Grey - Prom - for styles 30614, 30693 & 30701

Size Bust Waist  Hips
0 32 23.5 35
2 33 24.5 36
4 34 25.5 37
6 35 26.5 38
8 36 27.5 39
10 37 28.5 40
12 38 29.5 41
14 39.5 31 42.5
16 41 32.5 44
18 43 35 46
20 45 37.5 48