T h i s M a g i c
M o m e n t
There is absolutely no way to know how you are going to react or feel when trying on wedding dresses. In movies & shows like Say Yes To The Dress, there are usually tears from either the bride, the family, or both. It’s portrayed as a very emotional experience, but it is not always that way. Let yourself feel any emotion that comes your way. For me, I had only a couple happy tears but not even associated with the dress I chose. I guess what I’m trying to say is that don’t expect a huge rush of emotions or “that feeling” to come that is going to help chose your dress. Choose the one you feel your best in. The one that you know you will love looking back on for years to come.
W h a t I T h o u g h t
I W a n t e d
Before I went to try on any wedding dresses, I was convinced I wanted a flowy dress with lace long sleeves. I mean, my Pinterest board was covered in them! I knew I wanted to try on other styles like a classic ballroom style just to be able to have that experience, but I thought I would end up in a long sleeved dress.
My family lives in Oklahoma, so before they came for me to officially say, “Yes” to a dress, I booked my first round of bridal appointments in the D.C. area with my friend & one of my maid of honors, Melissa. We first went to BHLDN where I tried on almost every single one of their dresses. It was here where I had my first bit of bridal tears. There’s something about seeing yourself in a veil for the first time. It got me. I actually ended up ordering their Perdita dress & thought it could be the winner. However when it arrived, I found that it just didn’t fit me right, so I sent it back.
We then visited another bridal salon, but found nothing noteworthy. Finally, we went to Love Couture Bridal. This place is the real deal. They are always burning the most amazing Nest candles inside & the people who work there are so genuine & helpful. I was helped by a lovely lady named, Francoise, who actually used to be a ballet dancer as well! She pulled so many incredible dresses in my price range to try on.
My runner up dress was the West gown by Hayley Paige. I’m actually shocked that I didn’t end up choosing this dress just because of how sparkly & stunning it is! Melissa & I drove home that night & I was so torn between Perdita, West, & what we called “The Jackie-O” dress. Guess which one I woke up thinking about the next day…
W h a t I C h o s e
Yep! I woke up picturing myself walking down the aisle in that simple & elegant, “Jackie-O” dress. When I finally went back to Love Couture with my family, I tried on both the West & the “Jackie-O” dress, but there was no question that the Romy gown by Anne Barge was the dress I would marry my husband in.
This dress is just so classic & timeless. I knew that I would show it to my grandkids in pictures someday & still love it. It’s never going out of style, & it fit just perfectly. The dress gave me all the bridal feels, & even though it is quite simple, the details are quite memorable. There are buttons that go all the way down the back of the dress which immediately made me think of Pippa Middleton’s dress at the royal wedding. I love the off the shoulder sleeves, the low back, & the unique cross in the back. Overall, this dress was so perfect for my wedding day, but you know I couldn’t have said yes without a little sparkle…
A c c e s s o r i e s
Francoise knew what she was doing when she paired the Romy dress with the incredible Tippi veil. Oh-my-goodness. Not only is it long & dramatic, but it has the most beautiful flowers with delicate pearls fluttering along the bottom of it. It’s such a special piece & makes quite the statement, which of course I love.
I knew that I would only wear the veil for the ceremony, so I wanted to look at some options for adding some sparkle to my dress for the reception. I swore I would never wear a belt, but I changed my mind once I saw how good the Marian belt looked wrapped around my waist. It also went so well with my Art Deco earrings & my bridal heels I found on sale at Nordstrom Rack. (These helped be be able to wear my heels in the grass!) This combination was like a match made in heaven.
On the actual day, I didn’t know if I would want to wear my heels for the entire night or not, so I got this pair of pearl slides just in case. They actually saved my feet & allowed me to dance the night away pain-free. I even ended up wearing them to the rehearsal dinner the night before.
One last & very important accessory I thought I’d mention is my choice of undergarments with this dress. I chose to get my first pair of SPANX to go under my wedding dress & it worked out perfectly. There were no lines & I felt very covered!
W o u l d I C h o s e
I t A g a i n ?
Yes, yes, a million times, YES! I felt so beautiful & so bridal in this dress. I’m so happy with my choice even though it’s not what I thought I would choose. You really just never know until you go & try things on what you are going to fall in love with. Ben absolutely loved this dress too. I’ll treasure my memories in it forever.
All photos for this post were taken by our incredible wedding photographer: Emily Delamater.
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This is just post #2 of an entire week of wedding content! Come back tomorrow to read everything to do with my bridesmaids!