- 5 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
Ok, so I’ve been wanting to do one of these for a while and now that dress shopping is done I’m so excited to do so. I seriously tried on a million dresses and never thought it was going to be as hard as it was to find somthing that was “me”.
My first time out shopping I was extremely nervous. I had an idea of what I liked but was unsure of what would look good on my body. I knew I loved the look of lace and grecian draping and asked the consultant if she had anything like that. She then showed me all of her lace dresses (no grecian). Most has sparkle and we immediatly vetoed anything with sparkle. I tried on 6-7 dresses and only the second one made the cut. (sorry some dresses are the stock pics because I was unable to take pictures unless I had purchased the dress)
Sottero and midgley chelsa
I liked it but I felt it was too stark white and not exactly me… too traditional… So on to the next store..
This place was quite awesome. We were offered champagne which was great because I was still a babbling nut with my nerves. This place had more of a variety in their selection and I was able to go around and look at everything and choose what I wanted to try. I tried on a few to get the idea of what shape I liked….
The poof was not for me…
A-lines didn’t wow me but my waist looked tiny… But then…..
Romona Keveza happened and I loved it… like almost went home with it… But something in the back of my head said nope, not it, but keep this one as a possibility. We went home and I looked back at my photos. Everyone agreed that mermaid/fit and flair/ sheath did the most for my figure but that this dress was too stiff and still too traditional for my taste. My wonderful mother wanted to go to kleinfeld and there was a place in Connecticut that after more research I desparatly wanted to see. So we planned a huge dress shopping extravaganza weekend with 5 shops and 3 more people to our party.
What I didnt realize is that you should plan more then 2 months ahead if you wanted a weekend appointment at kleinfelds… So the only one we could get was a hour and a half after we got off our plane … that was fun…
Kleinfelds was amazing and disappointing all at the same time… as the last appointment of the day we were maybe just a tad rushed… my consultant was sweet and cheerful but I’m not sure she understood my vision. All dresses she showed me were very traditional, stiff, matronly and A-LINE. I think she just thought it looked better on me but both me and my mom were unimpressed… But I did request one dress that I knew they would have and that was…
I had seriously obsessed over this dress for a while and it was very beautiful…
the sample size was an 8 and I was able to get it on but it was hard to see the final idea of it. The sample was also horribly discolored from dirt and you could see from the hem how different the color was. I still was swooning and with a velvet belt over the beading I was close to saying yes but there were a lot of buts and what ifs and possible changes to this dress to make it the one… so I walked away to sleep on it… I made another appointment knowing that I had 3 other shops to go to and if this was still my #1 I would come back and put the money down.
The second day was to try on some enzoani dresses. Specifically Dakota and Diana. Now seriously enzoani knows how to make some beautiful gowns. The lace is amazing. I tried on the Diana but my hips wouldnt allow for the sample to sit right…dissappointment.
But the Dakota (same size) some how fit… and was amazing….
But HEAVY… and I was reminded that an outdoor wedding in Florida …even in October …would still be warm. The corset would do amazing things for my shape once fitted completely but I would sweat like crazy and would totally be uncomfortable… So it was a no … sadly.
Day 3 of dress shopping extravaganza. All the way to Connecticut we trecked… boy was that a drive. To one of the most beautifully decorated bridal studios ever… Everthine bridal. I cannot say enough about this place. We had the place to ourselves for a hour and a half on velvet couches in an old colonial. The dresses here we bringing me back to what I had originally envisioned myself in. I told my consultant what I was looking for and she said I know exactly what you are looking for and ran off to bring me dresses. All of them were amazing…
The first was a few nicole miller dresses
beautiful and dreamy but not as special as the lace on the lazaro…
Every one loved this dress but the fabric had small barely noticable beading all over that was scratching agains my arms… so to eveyones dismay I vetoed this one just because of that…
Then some sarah seven gowns
The consultant brought this one out because she said it looked killer on redheads… I’m not really a fan of pink but it was fun to try…. It was a huge no as soon as they saw it…
Practically Perfect lived up to its name… I loved the neckline and my bestie (moh) was swooning …. mom was hating… and after all the lace I just couldnt do without the lace …. so on to the next.
And thats when it happened… I saw it and couldnt believe it was in the try on selection that my consultant had brought in… Claire Pettibone’s Kristene. She was my first designer crush but thought she was out of my price range… I was informed that this dress was in my range and that I could get a small discount due to a recent trunk show promotion… so I held my breath and tried her on….
Even with the sample being an 10 (Im a 12) it made me go WOW! It was the perfect color… just enough lace and shape. It made everyone in that room cry. All other dresses were out of my head and I said to my mom this is it … I found my dress.
Thank you for reading!