The Wedding Dress Chronicles, Part 2: The Good

Along my endless search for the gown of my dreams, there were several things made me smile. Though it was stressful, it wasn’t all bad!

Definitely making the “good” list were cupcakes! Like I mentioned, dress shopping was a bit of a beating for me. Because I’m five, I bribed myself (and my companions) with cupcakes after most of the store visits. They were delish, and did a great job of distracting me from the fact that I was still hunting fruitlessly for the dress of my dreams.

Photo Aug 5, 2012 12_53 AM

Personal pics—cupcakes, from top via Sprinkles, American Sector, and homemade.

OK, enough about cupcakes…mmm. Back to the topic at hand—dresses. Along the way, I found some dresses that had the potential to contend for THE dress.

Photo Jun 25, 2012 6_38 PM

Ramona Keveza, style unknown

This was the very first wedding dress I ever tried on, and I was positively giddy! I really liked the shape, and it kind of reminds me of Mrs. Snapdragon’s pretty, now that I think of it! Obviously, there were many more dresses to come, but this was so exciting for me!

Photo Jun 25, 2012 6_52 PM

Winnie Couture Adoria, Style 9139

I thought the 3D floral detailing on the bodice of this was so lovely. It’s hard to tell in this picture, but it was made up of lace, chiffon flowers, tiny rosettes, and some delicate beading. The skirt was a simple chiffon mermaid with a little puddle train.

Photo Jun 25, 2012 6_51 PM

Monique Lhuillier, Candy

Above is a tiny (against the rules) picture of the beautiful beading on Candy. I decided that the bling and price tag were over the top for me, but the workmanship was exceptional, and the dress was incredibly comfortable to wear.

Photo Jun 25, 2012 6_39 PM

Enzoani Charleston

I loved the look of a more voluminous sheer tulle overlay with a more fitted silhouette underneath. It felt super dreamy and moved so beautifully.

Photo Jun 26, 2012 12_09 AM

Winnie Couture Zaria, Style 3142

This dress was flowy and light—it bustled so prettily and I could see myself dancing the night away in it. It was the first dress I seriously considered, but when I got home and looked at pictures, I was not as lovestruck. It may have just been the tight sample, but I thought the silhouette made my figure look bottom heavy (which it IS, but that’s not really the look I am going for on my wedding day).

Photo Oct 1, 2011 4_05 AM

Oscar de la Renta, style unknown

I tried on about 20 (no exaggeration) different versions of the lace gown with open back, since it was originally the look I had envisioned for myself. This Oscar de la Renta was my hands-down favorite. The lace had one of the prettiest patterns I had seen, elegant but not overwrought, and the shape was flattering on my body. I also liked the way there were peeks of just the sheer lace.

Photo Jun 26, 2012 12_07 AM

Oscar de la Renta 12E04

I wasn’t thinking I was a ball gown kind of girl, but I adored this one! The cut-work and embroidery lacework were simply exquisite, and I felt so pretty in it. Dare I even say it…almost like a princess bride.

Was anyone else surprised by some of the dresses they found themselves favoring? If you were me, which of these would you have chosen?


Mrs. Archer

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October 2012
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  1. castle Member
    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:38 am

    You look amazing in every dress you try on! I can’t wait to see what dress you chose. :)

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    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 10:03 am

    The Oscars look AMAZING on you. I also love the Enzoani train – so delicate!

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:26 am

    You look gorgeous in all of them! I think my favorites are the Ramona Keveza and the 2 Oscars. Can’t wait to see what you picked!

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    msfairy 976 posts, Busy bee @ 12:24 pm

    You look so pretty in all of them – makes me wish I tried on more designers/styles.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 12:59 pm

    You look amazing in every single dress, how could you possibly choose just one?! For the record, I love the Ramona Keveza on you, and I can’t wait to see your final choice!

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:49 pm

    Oh my gosh! No wonder you had such a hard time choosing you look glorious in them all! My personal favs, are the two oscar de la renta gowns and the winne couture zaria! They all look amazing!

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    SouthernmostBride 111 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:02 pm

    1. Oscar de la Renta 12E04
    2. Oscar de la Renta, style unknown
    3. Enzoani Charleston

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    Red Poppy 31 posts, Newbee @ 2:17 pm

    Hands down, the last Oscar de la Renta!

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:21 pm

    Love the open-backed Oscar. Looks great on you!

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:00 pm

    Oh, wow! I had so much fun “dress shopping” with you just now. :) The Oscars are gorgeous gowns in their own right but even better is that you look lovely in them. Digging the cutwork on the last one! The sheer overlay on the Enzoani gown is nice too.

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    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:48 pm

    How are you not a bridal model?! Amazing, amazing, amazing. I can’t wait to see what your final pick is! My jaw dropped at those Oscars.

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    Miss Ariel 83 posts, Worker bee @ 7:40 pm

    I love the the last Oscar de la Renta you posted. Part of that may be because it reminds me of my dress, but it really is my favorite out of all the ones you’ve posted.

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    Christina, Guest @ 11:42 pm

    Pregnant lady says: Now I want a cupcake!!

    I like the Ramona Keveza and the open back Oscar dress the best.

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    sweetbee29 525 posts, Busy bee @ 6:31 am

    I love Oscar de la Renta 12E04!! I also love Sprinkles, and the other cupcakes look amazing!!

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    jessica.dirr 576 posts, Busy bee @ 7:38 am

    You look beautiful in all of them, and I have to admit I’m not usually one to jump on the ballgown look but I love the Oscar de la Renta 12E04. Its so classic looking, not over the top at all!

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    priyathescientist 1514 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:00 am

    I love me some Oscar De La Rents! You tried on some B-E-A-utiful gowns!

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    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:44 am

    Girl, you’re gorgeous. I LOVE the Zaria on you – it’s so light and romantic and just pretty! That and the last one.. you can’t go wrong with Oscar de la Renta!

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 1:13 pm

    You should be a wedding dress model! You look great in all of them!

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    coyote 1933 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:48 pm

    Okay so… You are absolutely gorgeous and look fabulous in all of these dresses, those last two dresses are above and beyond. You are stunning girl!!

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    pinkprincess1952 15 posts, Newbee @ 3:27 am

    The strapless vintage dress looked good on you, but I still think you should go with the first dress in the bad dress selection….

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    bns gold, Guest @ 7:24 pm

    Hi, just wanted to mention, I enjoyed this blog post. It was practical. Keep on! bns gold

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