My name is Alix Faulhaber. I am a Performer, Director, Opera Singer and I work as a Musician. I am getting married on April 20th, 2018. My fiance’s name is Norval and we met for the first time when I was 9 years old. I just got a brand new Hawaiian Barbie. I had gone downstairs to play and when I returned, there was a man in a dress and a wig clutching my brand new barbie in his fists. He twisted her torso in half like a lobster and threw the pieces to the ground. I looked around the room and surveyed the wreckage. He had destroyed ALL of my Barbies! I swore to myself that day that I would exact revenge. That man, of course, was Norval. At the time of the incident, he was a 14 year old friend of my sister.
We had met a few times in passing over the coming years. He was the frontman of a much-beloved local punk band called “The Scams”. I’d go see them (mock them from the back because I had a crush on Norval) and hang out with our mutual friends. It was about 5 years later when things started to change. Norval and I had separate romantic interests at the time, which ended around the same time. We started to stay up all night laughing and watching movies. We courted that way for weeks and it was at the end of my street that we had our first kiss. That was 16 years ago and during our first anniversaries, Norval got me Barbies.
Our wedding is going to be a music festival. Norval is a sound engineer and owner of NorvalSound Studio in Florida. We will have a bunch of great local bands during our wedding show. Norval and I will be performing as well. We’re going to have Food Trucks, an Ice Cream Bar, a photo booth and a polaroid scrapbook/guestbook. The wedding will be held at the State Theatre in downtown St. Petersburg. In lieu of a bridal party, we’re doing VIPs and they will have personalized lanyards! It will be a glamorous yet, edgy affair where the area’s artist will come together to cavort and canoodle. They say that your wedding is meant to be the greatest night of your life. So, when I thought about what that would entail, I realized it would be playing music with Norval and all of my friends.
My father will not be at my wedding. My father, Fritz Faulhaber, died in February of this year after a brief but intense battle with Cancer. He will not see me in my extraordinary dress. I know that all I have to do is close my eyes, take a moment and I can feel him supporting me. I can hear him laughing and singing. I can hear him say, “I am immensely proud of you.”
I am a Say Yes to the Dress fan, it’s hypnotic! My Mom got the idea to come [to Bridals by Lori] when we decided it was time to find a dress. I thought I wanted a Lavender gown with a nude illusion top, lace everywhere, ¾ sleeves, deep v, and a flowy Georgette skirt with a high slit. I was pretty indecisive. My consultant was Maureen. She was very helpful, knowledgeable, and sweet. She didn’t give me any grief or side- eye about being plus sized. She helped me look and feel fabulous. Also, she found THE ONE. So, Maureen is basically my hero.
When I tried on my first dress, I was amused. I affectionately refer to my shape as a “tater on twigs”. I don’t really have hips or a booty. However, my legs are shapely and the “ladies” are just lovely. I just happen to lack some womanly curve in between. My first dress was fitted past the hip and it made me feel, well, like a sexy potato. A very sexy potato. I was very keen on trying on dresses I wouldn’t necessarily pick. It is not a moral failing that your body is shaped differently from someone else’s. I ended up liking something way different than I had anticipated! I was a little apprehensive because I had flown in to Atlanta in the morning with several appointments lined up. Even though, I knew I tried on something special, I felt I had to do my due diligence and try a few more. It was a sad comparison. Now that I found MY dress, no other will do. I looked at other dresses and thought “yup, that’s a wedding dress.” But mine? Mine is something altogether different. It’s another species. My jaw had hit the ground. My mom cried which is a feat and I didn’t want to take it off. On the hanger, it was lovely but on me? It’s alive. When I looked at myself in it, I could see the whole night and it definitely looked like the greatest night of my life.
Since I got “her” I looked her up online and I am amazed to see that she looks better on me that on all of these supermodels. I finally understand that your brain can conceive of a dress but it’s about what the garment does on YOUR particular, spectacular body. When I first tried the dress on, it was about 12 sizes too small and still looked amazing! I am still surprised at how different the gown is from what I was expecting, but she is perfection.
As I wait for my gown to come in, I am going to focus on other things for a while. After some time, I will get back to the photographers and such. For now, I feel peaceful because I checked off a huge item on my list. Everything is going to be amazing.
Stay tuned for more with Alix as we follow her on her Bridals By Lori Journey! She brought such joy to the store with her presence that we absolutely had to share her with our audience!