- 3 years ago
- Wedding: November 2014
Let me preface this by saying no I am not filthy rich or a brat or a diva.
Now for the story: I bought my dress, it is gorgeous and I love it. I also live in the tropics, and as gorgeous and amazing as my dress is, it is HOT and HEAVY (15-20 lbs). I was on the hunt for the perfect reception dress.
I felt guilty, but I had bought my dress preowned and was at half of my dress budget so I figured it wasnt so bad.
In this dress hunt I discovered Church Street Bridal, a truly wonderful little store in Virginia that has wedding dresses donated to them by Kleinfelds and the such and sells them for a reduced price. All profits go to help battered women and children. Let me just preface this by saying that this place has some serious eye candy, think Lazaro, Pnina Tornai, Kenneth Poole, Alita Graham, Allure. I must admit I had pretty much talked myself out of buying a reception dress, it’s a waste of money and tons of brides wear their dress all night. Mainly I stalked them for the eye candy 🙂
On a glorious Saturday morning I open facebook and lo and behold: Monique Lhuillier Candy is for sale. Let me give you some background info about this dress and myself. I was the crazy woman who secretly planned her wedding after dating for a year, and I saw this dress. I gasped and stared at the screen for minutes. “And we forgot the taste of bread… the sound of trees… the softness of the wind. We even forgot our own name. My Precious” It was perfect, gave me butterflies and it was pink. I would also have to sell a kidney to afford it new, even preowned it was a stretch. I stalked wedding blogs of brides wearing the dress and sighed. I moved on and found my dress and loved it just as much, I guess some things are meant to be though 🙂
Going back to that glorious saturday morning though, I was at school, had slept about three hours studying and I was on my fourth cup of coffee and on my newsfeed appeared that dress. I had to have it. It was dirty (all the dresses are samples), it was missing some sequins and it was 8 sizes too big. 8. I didn’t care, it had to be mine.
I braced myself to pay $800 and double my reception dress budget and bees…. wait for it………… it was $200. My jaw DROPPED. I was under budget, and it was Candy (we’re on first name terms now, we’re close). I cried a tiny bit. Thirty minutes later it was mine. I had to wait almost three months though to have FI come visit and bring it for me.
He has come and gone and the dress is hanging next to mine and it is perfect bees. I am happy to report I still love my wedding dress more, but this dress is the perfect reception dress. I plan on cutting off the train and that should make it less a-line and wedding-ish. It is pink and light and airy and cool. It is amazing. Excuse the hair and the mess… It is huge on me and pinned in the back (however it fits my 32 D-DD’s almost perfectly, I guess 8 sizes too big is perfect lol)
Without further ado: