- 9 years ago
- Wedding: October 2011
So, as you ladies know from my post/poll from last week , I was having trouble picking a dress and had not had “the” moment.I kept trying on more and more dresses, because I felt like alot of them were beautiful but mine was still out there waiting for me. But being Squeezed for time,being told I was being too critical and nitpicky, and exhausted from the endless amount of bridal shops and travelling I had done lookng for a dress, I had decided to just make a rational decision over some of my favorites. So yesterday , I was on my last trip, I was going to try on both Mori Lee’s that I loved ( #1 and #3 from my poll) one last time and just decide off of which one felt closest to my “Dream dress” list. My dream dress list is as follows:
Tight ruching on the bodice
a flower detail
buttons down the back
something young, but also timeless, something I can hand down to my daughter and something my grandmother would approve of.
Something to show off my hard earned curves, but something elegant with a small train and “bridal gown poof”
something lightweight and appropriate for my outside August wedding.
Somthing with great detailing but no flashy or gaudy embroidering.
Lace , but not grandmothers tablecloth lace. (no offense grandma 🙂 )
The god of Mori Lee dresses must have heard my plee because when I walked into bridal store #1 a miracle happened.
The bridal consultant remembered me and pointed me towards the Mori Lee’s and stated that I may want to take a look at the 2011 line they just got in. The very first dress on the rack both me and my Maid/Matron of Honor reached for at the very first time. I held my breath as I looked over this beauty.
It has ruching down through the hips and a button back. It is covered in Chantilly lace from the top of the bodice to the very bottom of the hem, but with a light layer of organza on top of it ( hence the ruching on the bodice). There was the flower detail and the sweetheart neckline. We grabbed that dress of the rack without looking at the size, price, and I had already forgotten about my “favorite”.
I had my clothes off almost before my Maid/Matron of Honor had the door closed. Well low and behold the stock dress was a 4. I am a 6/8 in street clothes and a 8/10 sometimes 12 in wedding gowns. But somehow we squeezed my hips into the dress and had it zipped up enough to where it the dress would stay up on it’s own.
Here she is :
I walked out and everyone made oohs and awws , I stepped in front of the mirror and couldn’t believe it. IT was perfect, I looked at every angle and detail and could not find a single thing wrong with it. I instantly had this odd possessive trait run through me where I felt like this was MY DRESS. mine. And I said the magic words “I do not want to try on a single other dress, EVER!” ( the wrinkles in the midsection are because this dress was only zipped up that far in the back haha, thus my chicken like pose, I was holding the dress tight around my chest.)
IF you look towards the end of my dress you can see the beadwork and lace peeking through. This is what the ENTIRE dress is covered in , you just can’t see it in my full body pictures. I really hope the photographer can catch it in pictures, and it’s much easier to see in person.
Then I looke at the pricetag. OOPS it was $798 :(.. My dad is a strickler and a military man and would not budge from his dress budget of $350. He said that was already too much for a dress . So my wonderful Fiance said he would throw in $250 making my budget $600. Still tough, but manageable. I talked to the bridal consultant and she said she could give me a 10% discount , bringing the dress down to $718 but that ‘s as low as she could go being as it is fresh off the 2011 line.
Well I told my Fiance my problem and he said ” Honey, if this is the dress that makes you happy then we will find a way.” God love him!!! He is not the type to throw money around, we live a very tight lifestyle as he is the only one working while I go to nursing school. But he had heard my frustration after every visit to a bridal shop that failed and could tell from my voice how I felt about this dress.
So , next week we are putting half down on this dress and it’s being ordered in a size 10. We will make monthly installments until that baby is payed off!
My dress story ends with an unexpected happily ever after 🙂