The One and Its Sister


With what felt like a hundred dresses behind me, I found “The One”! It was a normal day. I was busy checking every wedding blog under the sun, tee hee, and I came across an absolutely adorable wedding on Style Me Pretty. What really struck me was the bride’s dress! Like a good stalker, err, detective, I found a link to the bride’s profile through the comments section. I was able to get an email and crossed my fingers for a response. Sadly she said she didn’t know the make of the dress! I thought she was blowing me off, and I was really bummed.

Then, a second email arrived! She had scoured the internet trying to find dresses like hers to help me out! How sweet is that? Here is what we found, and what I will be donning the day of our wedding:

Mr. Sunbeam, don’t you dare go any further!! Not even a peek, mister!!!

I had found the dress on the designer’s site, but finding it in a store was impossible! It’s called Monica, by La Sposa. Since this all happened around November, I called every state I’d be near from November to New Year’s Eve, which meant CA, PA, DC, NJ, and MD! Nobody had it.

On my last call to a tiny shop in MD, M’Jourdelle, the seller said she had a ‘sister’ dress that was cut to the same form but was different style. I mentioned that I’d heard from other stores that the dress was the same fit, even though it was an ’08 dress. She called the designer to confirm that placing the order over Christmas would be fine, and to confirm that the ‘sister’ dress would be the same fit.

The sister, Match by La Sposa (source)

Everything checked out. I couldn’t take any pictures, but I wasn’t trying on the Monica, anyway! The fit was perfect, so I took a leap and ordered the dress, which she was willing to sell me for $500 less than any other shop I called. I couldn’t be happier. In fact, I wish I could be wearing it right now!

It has two sheer layers of lacy goodness that gives it a vintage feel, a v-neck, a short train, a bit of a mermaid cut – just a enough for a bit of sexiness! Best of all, it’s 100% within my actual budget, and my mom loves it! Please excuse the chicken wings! I’m convinced the top was size double D upon arrival. Here is a closer look at the bottom of the dress. I had to set the timer, then scramble onto a chair for this shot!

Would you take a leap and buy a dress that you technically never tried on?


Mrs. Sunbeam

San Francisco/Grove City, PA
Wedding Date:
September 2009
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  1. bearcub Member
    bearcub 1561 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:20 pm

    OMG your dress is SO beautiful!!
    srsly. Yours is the only dress envy I’ve had in almost a year!

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    KellyV 2520 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:21 pm

    AH GORGEOUS! I was wondering when we’d get to see THE ONE. All the teasers were killin me woman! It is so beautiful. I was thisclose to being a La Sposa bride (Faro), but in a bout of bridal infidelity I tried on my Amsale and never looked back. I am in love with yours its so beautifull! I actually didnt end up with a certain Romona Keveza because they didnt have it. they had the exact same one but without the cap sleeves, and I couldnt bring myself to do it. youre a brave soul! (PS-I did end up trying it on…after I bought my Amsale..I know I know…and lucky for me although it was a damn close second, it was still a second 😉 )

  3. joey Member
    joey 1078 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:23 pm

    I LOVE your dress!

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    dewdrop 381 posts, Helper bee @ 3:24 pm

    Your dress is gorgeous! I’m really loving that lace.

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    Headuh 204 posts, Helper bee @ 3:25 pm

    So pretty! Excellent choice!

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    MrsWoohoo 656 posts, Busy bee @ 3:26 pm

    It’s BEAUTIFUL! Personally, I’m not as brave as you are. I’m even hesitant with online purchases because I can’t see/feel it first. But if my purchase was that gorgeous, I don’t know if I’d still hesitate…

  7. bearcub Member
    bearcub 1561 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:26 pm

    wow the wedding of the girl who helped you find your dress is also stunning! thanks for linking to it!

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    Jessie516 5480 posts, Bee Keeper @ 3:27 pm

    Your dress is gorgeous! Your risk paid off!! You look stunning!

  9. stiletto Member
    stiletto 903 posts, Busy bee @ 3:29 pm

    Oooh just lovely!! Love the lacey tiers :)

  10. sunbeam Member
    sunbeam 545 posts, Busy bee @ 3:31 pm

    Thanks Ladies! I just got it back from the seamstress, so I’ll have some pictures of it actually fitting soon too :)

  11. bruschetta Member
    bruschetta 5565 posts, Bee Keeper @ 3:34 pm

    Beautiful! Can’t wait to see more pictures!

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    cheerful 1563 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:36 pm

    It’s so lovely and it suits you perfectly. I bought my dress without trying it on: Pronovias sample dress from an internet seller. I did spend a lot of time in front of the mirror with my tape measurer though!

  13. msswan Member
    msswan 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:38 pm

    Sigh…it’s beautiful. I love it.

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    pinky44 2262 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:38 pm

    Gorgeous!! And it suits you perfectly. You look amazing.

  15. gloss Member
    gloss 1249 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:39 pm

    SOOO pretty! great choice :)

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    allison, Guest @ 3:39 pm

    Check you out in that dress! So beautiful and your figure is perfect for it. Congrats!!

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    LovestheBear 1250 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:39 pm

    WOW, what a beautiful dress!

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    Melissabegins 3340 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:46 pm

    i love it!

  19. spaniel Member
    spaniel 6778 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 3:48 pm

    Beautiful! I love La Sposa. :)

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    emerald 1057 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:56 pm

    i’m in love love LOVE with that flouncy lace on the bottom!!! AGHHHHH!!! Ridiculously. Gorgeous. *sigh*

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    tessabella76 3143 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:56 pm

    Gorgeous dress!!!

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    mdarrah 1205 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:03 pm

    Even though you havent got any fancy hair or make up going on, you look GORGEOUS in that dress! I’m not sure I would have had the guts to order one I hadnt tried on, but I’m sure glad you did! You look RADIANT! Congrats!

  23. dachshund Member
    dachshund 291 posts, Helper bee @ 4:13 pm

    Ohh! Beautiful dress! And it looks so pretty on you!

  24. perfume Member
    perfume 82 posts, Worker bee @ 4:15 pm

    I LOVE IT!! The soft drapiness and the lace is SOOO vintage and you look great in it!

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    MeredithN 110 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:16 pm

    no wonder you knew it was THE ONE. so freaking GORGEOUS! and fits you perfectly! i love i love i love!!!!

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    ES123 1020 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:19 pm

    I love how it’s fluffy, but not poufy if that makes sense. It’s b-e-a-uitiful!

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    skibobrown 1681 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:33 pm

    I love it! This one is super flattering on you — exactly as a wedding dress should be (even with the chicken wings) 😉 I’m sure it’s going to look absolutely stunning after the seamstress is done w/ it.

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    LatteLove 5567 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:33 pm

    wow, that is lovely!

  29. moonbeam Member
    moonbeam 1711 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:55 pm

    I was so waiting for the reveal, it’s great. The vintage look of lace with a modern fit. I’d be scared to order without trying it on, but more power to ya!

  30. quiche Member
    quiche 3150 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:58 pm


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    caitlanc 2121 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:59 pm

    Stunning! I’m so glad you took the chance!

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    Miss Chicken 365 posts, Helper bee @ 5:00 pm

    So beautiful! Great choice :)

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    Vic004 804 posts, Busy bee @ 5:12 pm

    Your dress is so beautiful I love it!! Looks so good on you!

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    mkat88 289 posts, Helper bee @ 5:27 pm

    This dress looks amazing on you!!! Aren’t you glad you didn’t settle for one of the other dresses?

  35. taffy Member
    taffy 3081 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:38 pm

    oooh, it is STUNNING!!!!!! :)

  36. frenchbulldog Member
    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:54 pm

    OMG that dress is GORGEOUS! WOW! You look stunning!

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    Serendipity 10356 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 5:59 pm

    Beautiful…so green with envy, it’s stunning!

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    Cole B 1367 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:57 pm

    Your dress is gorgeous! I really love the bottom detail!

  39. argyle Member
    argyle 2519 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:29 pm

    Way to have guts! You knew what you wanted!

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 9:08 pm

    oh wow! i love the lace!

    my dress was custom-made, so that meant i never got to try it — only sketches, fabric swatches and my imgaination!

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    ms boardwalk 356 posts, Helper bee @ 9:16 pm

    so pretty!

  42. cloud Member
    cloud 800 posts, Busy bee @ 10:56 pm

    that dress is stunning and looks beautiful on you!

  43. msbuttons Member
    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:01 am

    Gahhh I’m loving it! You have some guts for ordering it without actually seeing it in person first…I’m envious!

  44. mouse Member
    Mrs. Mouse 5761 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:26 am

    So beautiful! It looks amazing on you. I also bought a dress I never tried on. Still haven’t tried it on, in fact!

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    nicole83 42 posts, Newbee @ 3:52 am

    gorgeous dress!! the other bride was so sweet!! wow i cant believe you bought a dress without trying it on, im so tempted to do the same, but not sure if I will have the same results as you.

  46. poodle Member
    poodle 3386 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:38 am

    Aww it’s so PRETTY!!! looks amazing on you :)

  47. msgiraffe Member
    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 6:46 pm

    That lace is so so so pretty. Good choice!

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