- 9 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
Well, it’s been a crazy last few months. The last time I posted, the dress I fell in love with was being discontinued so my wedding dress dreams were kind of in limbo. Today changed everything. Here is my dress journey, pictures included! Please share your stories as well!
My first dress shopping experience was with 2 friends. I wanted to get the first trip out of the way without the craziness and heavy emotion of my family/best friend entourage.
First dress was Allure 8901:
Being a petite girl, 5’2 and around 110lbs, the ballgown was quickly dismissed as I felt like it swallowed me whole. Very pretty dress with gorgeous craftsmanship, but it just wasn’t for me.
The second dress I tried was Allure 8862. I don’t actually have a photo of myself in the dress because I didn’t really like it, but here it is on the model.
Dress #3 was Sloan by Sottero and Midgley. I let the bridal attendant pull a dress herself as I wanted to try a fit and flare style. Just seeing the dress on the rack I would NEVER have picked it, but once I had it on I found that I really liked it!
I went home from that trip happy that I got the initial shock out of the way and excited that I actually liked Sloan. (I’m not a very girly bride, or at least I don’t feel like one. I’m more of the girl who hates everything.)
A few months later I went home to visit my family. On this trip, I went with my mom, cousin, and two of my best friends to a high-end bridal salon specifically to try on Pergola by Pronovias. I had been obsessing over this dress for months. It reminded me of my grandmother’s wedding dress, which I absolutely love. While meeting with the bridal consultant, I gave her my likes and dislikes and allowed her to pull some dresses for me. She put me in Pergola first, dress # 4 for those of you counting, and here she is:
As gorgeous as it was, I knew Pergola was not THE dress. It just didn’t look right on me.
I continued to try on the dresses the attendant pulled, most of which were unflattering, so pictures weren’t taken. I didn’t want pictures of me in the dresses I wasn’t considering; that would just clutter an already difficult project!
The last dress she pulled had intrigued me while on the rack. As it turns out, it was by Pronovias. Over the course of my research, I had really fallen in love with many Pronovias styles. I was rendered speechless when put into this gown. Here is Pronovias Adela:
I thought it was love at first sight! And in a way it was. I left the bridal salon that day thinking that I had found my wedding dress.
The universe had other plans for me.
Right before I went to visit my family, our new puppy had fallen ill. When I arrived home after my trip she was still very sick, and after $1700+ in vet bills she still didn’t make it. I was devastated, not to mention the $1700+ that was spent was the money set aside for my dress, so ordering it had to wait. As it turns out, Adela was discontinued, and I saw this as a sign that my journey was to continue.
My online research for similar dresses prevailed. I had tried on Cobalto by San Patrick, a dress VERY similar to Adela but with lower quality lacework, but it seemed so cheaply made in comparison that I didn’t like it at all (hence no picture). After many hours searching, I discovered that there really wasn’t a suitable alternative to Adela, but when the thought of getting married in something else didn’t break my heart, I knew it wasn’t meant to be. The search continues!
Today, I went with a very good friend to give dress shopping another go. I’m going to visit my family again in 2 weeks, and again I wanted to check out some styles before diving into the emotional ordeal that will ensue with my mother.
In an entire store I picked only 3 dresses to try on, having already known what I liked and didn’t like, what looked good on me and what looked bad, and of the 3 dresses, I immediately discarded one without it ever leaving the plastic covering.
I loved Sottero and Midgley’s Kendall on the mannequin, but once it was on me it looked quite plain and I didn’t bother taking a picture, so here it is on the model:
Last, but certainly not least, I chose a dress that was displayed in the window at the shop. It was absolutely stunning. As soon as I stood up on the platform, I knew I found something special. The lace was gorgeous, there was just enough sparkle but not too much, I loved the dramatic flare at the bottom, and the light gold color looked great with my strange, olive-light skintone. Even my non-wedding-ey friend was crazy about this dress, and so was I.
It’s taken a long time to get here, but FINALLY, I present to you THE ONE, the end of my dress journey… Allure 9018. 😀
(Excuse my black bra, I was clipped into a size 10 and started to fall out of it.)
Here’s a close-up of the lacework:
I got home and immediately texted these pictures to my mom, cousins, and best friends to get input, and they ALL responded that this dress was much more “me”, which really reassured my choice because I felt exactly the same way when I put it on. I’ll be returning in a few days to order the dress, and I couldn’t be more excited.
Sometimes it doesn’t come as easy for some of us, sometimes there are bumps along the way, let-downs and disappointments, but in the end you’ll find that you end up with the dress you were meant to wear on one of the best days of your life.
Does anyone else have a dress journey they’d like to share? I’d love to hear from others! 🙂