I wish I had seen this before I posted my own thread asking for wedding hair help, whoops. I think I am in the same boat here (also a 2cish,coarse and dry!) and am deciding whether or not do do my own hair or straighten it and let a pro style it from scratch. I have no advice yet of course but I will gladly take in the advice already given!

kaysara you look lovely! yay for glasses, too. :] I'll be wearing mine as well.
scientist, cat owner, hobby photographer
2b-c, medium porosity, medium texture, protein-indifferent
former straightening junkie; CG since August 2011
conditioners: V05 Kiwi Lime, Garnier pure clean, Renpure Keratin
products: FSG, LALSG, AIF, BRHG, Tresemme hair spray
styling tools: microfiber towel for plopping, diffuser