- 7 years ago
- Wedding: December 2016
Bees, (Sorry, really long…but I finally found it!!)
I know some of you have possibly followed my confusing journey as I’ve battled with my gown dilemma. I have posted, I don’t know HOW many posts, asking “this dress, or this dress? This dress or THIS dress?” and you’ve all humored me and been so kind with your constructive responses. I have so appreciated everyone’s opinions throughout this process!!
A little backstory: I bought a dress April 2010 very hastily, and had regrets almost the minute I purchased it. The regrets only got worse, and since then, I combed the internet, went to every bridal store in NYC and FL, and tried on EVERYTHING. Every type of neckline, train, fabric and silhouette imaginable. I am not even kidding. I think I have been SO afraid to make the same mistake again, that I am having trouble committing to a dress! Even if I think it’s beautiful, I try to find a hundred reasons why I don’t like it, because of the dress regret I’ve already experienced.
I was so distraught by this decision, and knew the time was only ticking if I was going to order a new gown. I tried on what I thought was my dream dress (Lazaro3006…GORGEOUS dress), only to realize every time that something was holding me back from committing. I loved the idea of the dress, and every last detail on the dress, but was it MY wedding dress? I couldn’t decide.
Yesterday marked 6 months until the wedding. Feeling the impending pressure of the deadline quickly approaching, I scheduled an appt today to re-try on the Lazaro3006, and to possibly challenge it with styles I hadn’t yet tried. I was afraid that I had reached “white wash”: the dizzying experience you have when you’ve tried on TOO many gowns. But despite that, I still knew I needed to try more. ( I know, I sound ridiculous!! Make a decision already, right?!? haha)…
We tried on several new styles, and at this point, I’m thinking, my dress count must literally be up to 100 by now! This is ridiculous!!! The more new dresses I try, the more confused I’m going to make myself. But something was drawing me to keep going. I brought in tons of pics this time to my consultant, and mind you, I practically have memorized every designer and every collection in existence. Everything the consultant pulled, I could name. It’s honestly scary. I should probably just apply for a job at the bridal salon (that would also help pay for the new dress, too! ha!)
Anyway, she walks in with this dress, and says, “Ok, can you guess who makes this?” I honestly was dumbfounded, and said, “Um…Lazaro??” She smiled, pleased she had finally stumped me, and said “Nope!” and proceeded to put it on me.
Bees. I have to say. The minute it hit my body, the minute I turned and saw myself, I felt like I lost my breath. I didn’t know what to think, because this dress, out of HUNDREDS of dresses, finally made me stop in my tracks. I didn’t want to jump to conclusions and get all hysterical, because I tend to be an overly dramatic person in general (haha if you haven’t notice already). I wanted to take my time, really breathe this dress in, really figure out, is this it??
My mom and sister were there, and I could see the same struggle in their faces: I think they wanted to jump for joy and ooh and ahh, but did not want to influence my decision. So we all remained very quiet, as I walked down the aisle in the boutique. When I reached the end, and turned back toward them, my consultant asked me what I thought. I looked at the expressions on my mom and sisters face, and as soon as I began talking about the reasons I think I love this dress, I started to cry. I couldn’t hold it in anymore!! 🙂
I could not be more elated, and my mom and sister have been so supportive through this whole thing. I could not be more thankful. We are going back tomorrow to get measured, since we ran out of time tonight! So I don’t want to prematurely post the dress, since it’s not yet signed, sealed and delivered, but once it is a done deal, I will post pics as soon as I can, I promise!!!!!
I just couldn’t contain my joy and had to post immediately. I thought after such a laborious search, I would end up settling, having saturated myself in gowns. I was afraid that I would not be able to experience “that feeling”. But it was very real for me, and I want to encourage those brides out there with dress regret, don’t be afraid to explore those feelings, or try on 1,000 gowns!! Your dress is out there, and from my experience, even after 20 bridal stores, your dress will make itself known. Mine did. And I couldn’t be happier with my experience, because now I know, that out of ALL of those dresses, this one was meant to find ME.