Post # 1
Like many brides I have struggled with body image issues. I grew up dancing, playing tennis, and softball. I was always fit and healthy. As a teenager I had a surprisingly healthy body image. After high school I had a major operation on my ankle and became pretty depressed which lead to weight gain. Blah blah blah….I’m sure you guys have heard stories like this.
Anyway I’ve lost a significant amount of weight..still a few more pounds to go but overall I have a much healthier opinion of myself and my body. But I’ve been struggling with wedding dresses. All those old insecurities have been at the for front of my mind…until today.
I went with my mom and Maid/Matron of Honor to a bridal shop. Tried on a few dresses I liked then pulled this sample sale dress by Essence of Australia. It blew my mind away. It’s like nothing I have looked at or tried on. It’s strapless, more traditional and has a train but it’s me. For the first time I looked in the mirror I felt like a beautiful bride. I was sold.
So here she is the dress that I have fallen in love with. Sorry for the low quality, dark camera phone pictures. I was so excited to buy the dress I forgot to take pictures in the store. Other than the typical alterations the only major detail I’m changing is adding in a more pronounced sweetheart neckline. That neckline flatters me more.
Beautiful beaded/lace scallop detail on train…kind of blurry
Dress on model
Post # 3
That is the best feeling to find a dress that makes you feel like a bride! Congratulations on finding your really pretty dress. I really like the top beading.
Post # 5
It’s beautiful! Congrats!
Post # 6
Congratulations! The dress is pretty, and it looks good on you (I love your story., and I’m glad you’re feeling better, and that you had “that moment” with the dress..congrats again)
Post # 7
My dress is by Essence too and looks really similar to yours so I’m biased but it looks beautiful!
Post # 8
Great dress. Congrats on the find.
Post # 10
It’s such a relief to find a dress that says “me”!
Post # 11
Congrats! Your dress is beautiful!
Post # 14
Congratulations!! Lovely dress. =)
Post # 16
Thanks ladies! I REALLY wish I had better pictures because the stock model photo is very bland and boring but my horrible camera phone pictures aren’t great either.
I’ve really struggled with this. I haven’t felt truly beautiful in quite some time. It came down to Justin Alexander-8626
And the dress I purchased. In the stock pictures the JA dress is the clear winner. It’s everything I set out to get. Beautiful lace, no beading, sleeves, and mimimal train. But the EoA dress is just understated, elegant and not what I expected in a million years. But I guess that’s how it goes sometimes. Up until this point everything else has been wearing me. For the first time I’m wearing the dress and it’s highlighting the positives.
Oh and did I mention the 85% discount? Yep…85%. After I put the veil, the jewelry, dress and shoes on my consultant and the manager came over and told me they will no longer be carrying that designer so if I wanted the dress they were prepared to significantly cut the price since they were looking to finishing clearing out the rest of the stock. I was floored since it was marked regular price and they already knew I was commitment to the dress so they could have just left the original price on there and made some extra money. That just sealed the already air tight deal.
Anyway, thanks again ladies for all the kind words.