- 5 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013 - Lake Taghkanic State Park
Just yesterday I posted in my thread here: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/did-any-bees-wearbuy-a-tea-length-wedding-dress/page/2 about how after trying on dresses at David’s Bridal I was positive I wanted Tea Length, that I didn’t like any of the full length dresses I tried on… and then just a few hours later after visiting another store I had bought a full length gown!
Overall I had said I wanted something vintage looking or retro/50s inspired, classic but a little bit non-traditional, I wanted tea length, something with straps or sleeves, I didn’t want a train, I wasn’t sure if I’d wear a veil, etc etc. Especially because our whole wedding is outdoor I wanted something low maintence and comfortable. In a lot of ways I still feel the same, but I love this dress.
I went to a store called Camille La Vie because my name is Camille and ever since I was in High School I joked about how funny it would be if I got my wedding dress there. After looking at their website and how they only had full length dresses, I kind of resigned that I wouldn’t find anything there, but I wanted to go anyway just for fun. So I took two of my bridesmaids that have much different taste than I do, told them something with lace or something with straps and then mostly just let them pick dresses.
This dress caught my eye because of the color. I loved how different it was than anything else in the store. I put it on once with all the other dresses I tried and then we put it on again after I was done with everything and I didn’t want to take it off! Then they put the veil on me and I started crying and I called my mom. And that was it.
Ps. I love that you can see one of my bridesmaids crying in the background in that picture, so cute!
This is a better picture of the color, it’s a little hard to tell under the store lights. It’s champagne and beige.
The only other thing I was concerned about was the train, because the one thing I said was if it’s full length I don’t want a train. It’s too high maintenence and I don’t want it dragging through the grass at the state park. But once she showed to to me bustled I loved it even more! I might take it down for a few pictures, but I’m definitely leaving it bustled for the ceremony and reception. It changes the whole look of the skirt from the front as well. 🙂
I was really nervous to buy it because I really wasn’t planning on getting anything that day, but it seemed like fate. The store had the same name as me, it the only one left and it was in my size, it was still vintage looking with the lace, the color was a bit nontraditional, and it was black friday so I got an amazing deal on it. I really couldn’t pass it up.
I am still a little bit nervous/worried because it is SO different that what I had in mind, but I think I will just shop for two nice tea length dresses for the rehersal dinner and my going away outfit. Since I got such a good deal on my dress I have a little wiggle room in my budget. Also one of the big things that ultimately made the decision for me is that even though I LOVED the tea length dresses (the style, the fit, the feel of the dress, how much it felt like me, how fun they are) I didn’t really get emotional or feel like a bride in them.
I only get one opportunity to go all out and wear a big goregous dress, and this one does still feel like me (MUCH more than any other traditional dress I put on), it’s just in a different way. It’s more mature and less playful, it’s like a different side of me. And I am also so excited and can’t wait to put it on again!
What do you think? Did anyone else buy a dress that wasn’t what they were originally expecting to get?