I’ll Wear White, Part 2

After my first few unsuccessful experiences with dresses, I was starting to get a little discouraged, but a little closer to knowing what I wanted.

I took a trip to Lewisville Bridal with MOH Ashley, and got a little closer to finding what I wanted. I tried on probably six or seven dresses. They were very helpful, but they didn’t allow pictures. We got some sneaky shots while the attendant was off looking for belts. It came down to these two.


This is La Sposa “Detalle.” It was REALLY close to what I wanted, and the tulle was to die for. I didn’t think the sweetheart was deep enough, and it wasn’t very flattering in the midsection. I could have had the neckline altered, but that would have been another expense. I’ve lost about ten pounds since this picture, so it might fit better now, but it still wasn’t exactly what I wanted.


I’m really glad now that I look at these pictures that I didn’t choose this one. (I can’t remember the designer) I was still trying to make the folds work. You can’t tell, but the neckline had really cool feather details I was really tempted by. My waist was a little more cinched in this, but the folds were still too toilet paper for me. Dang you, mother, for planting that idea in my head!

A few weeks after this visit, I talked to my grandma about what I should look for. She really encouraged me to get something with lace. When else can you wear full lace than on your wedding day? I had to admit she was right! I added it to my list of ‘wants’ for my dress.

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On a last minute whim, my mom and I decided to go dress shopping one Saturday. Lulu’s Bridal in Dallas didn’t take appointments, but we decided to chance it. When we got there, there was a line out the door. While we were waiting, we decided to take a look at the racks…there really wasn’t anything I wanted to try on. We were disappointed, but we were determined not to go home without trying on anything! I decided to try and sweet-talk my way into an appointment at Mockingbird Bridal, and they said if I could get there in the next fifteen minutes, I could slide in. Done and done!

I tried on some really pretty dresses, but I didn’t find anything that really stood out. My mom liked the more old fashioned fabrics, but at this point, all I wanted was tulle. When we were about to leave, I spotted a dress hanging up that another bride had discarded, and I had to try it on. It looked a lot like the Detalle, but better somehow. My consultant slid it over my head, and there she was!

Enzoani Erin–and it was perfect. Well, besides that weird bow on the hip that I had removed. My waist looked tiny, the sweetheart was deep, the lace was perfect, and I was drowning in tulle. The only downside was the price tag…On sale, $1800. My mom, who so far hadn’t really been impressed by anything, declared that this was the one and I needed to go ahead and do this regardless. I couldn’t agree more, and I ran two blocks down the street in the rain to get a cashiers check to pay the 75% deposit. I beamed all the way home, and despite the zillions of dresses I’ve seen in magazines and online, I’ve never regretted my decision!

Just like finding the right man, you see hundreds or thousands, you’ll try on a few, and you might even really, really like some of them… but when you find the one… you just know! And maybe you even find yourself completely emptying your bank account, running through the rain to make it happen.

 I probably shouldn’t make this face at parties.

When you found the perfect dress, did you just know? Was it a long journey to find “her”?


Miss Manatee

Fort Worth, TX
Wedding Date:
June 2013
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    starrynight 896 posts, Busy bee @ 8:30 am

    I bought the third dress I tried on and yes, I just knew. Immediately. Oddly, it was at the Bridal Boutique in Lewisville. :-) I loooove your dress.

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    MooseMeese11 2734 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:32 am

    I love your dress! It is beautiful 😀
    I knew what I was looking for when I walked into the shop. I told the attendant “asymmetrical rouching, strapless, mermaid, sweetheart” and pulled out a picture of a few dresses, but one was the Allure 8705, which turned out to be my dress! I only tried on about 4 before that one and through I had some fit problems with it, I still loved it so much and wore it on the big day!

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    otter 1321 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:40 am

    I LOVE YOUR DRESS! You look absolutely stunning!

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    Mrs. Charlotte 100 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:43 am

    perfect! really beautiful. This is one of my fav. enzoani dresses!

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    shaynapunim 654 posts, Busy bee @ 8:58 am

    The dress looks beautiful on you!! I love the story of running through the rain to buy it, ha ha!! 😀

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    Almost Mrs.P 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:07 am

    This is gorgeous on you!

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    texasaggiemom 595 posts, Busy bee @ 9:10 am

    Gorgeous dress, and you’re going to look so beautiful in it!

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    debeachgirl 543 posts, Busy bee @ 9:11 am

    I knew when I tried it on. It was the 2nd dress I ever tried and the one I had saved photos of before shopping. I tried 4 more on after but knew it was the one.

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 9:19 am

    OMG, gorgeous!!!!

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:33 am

    What a gorgeous dress! You look beautiful, Manatee!

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    Miss Care Bear 193 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:37 am

    The feather dress looks like Pronovias Benicarlo, which was my almost dress. My MOH called it the swan lake dress bc of the feathers 😉 The dress you picked is stunning! Perfect combination of lace and tulle. You look beautiful :)

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 9:40 am

    Beautiful! I love the bottom of it.

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:42 am

    This took my breath away! I die for lace dresses. They are so beautiful and timeless!

    I’m wearing Maggie Sottero’s Bernadette. <3

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    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:47 am

    Love love love! I, like you, just knew when I had found my dress. :)

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:52 am

    omg you look gorgeous, so pretty

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 9:58 am

    Your dress is gorgeous, it looks perfect on you!

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:23 pm

    looks amazing on you! Great choice!

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    Sept Bride, Guest @ 1:46 pm

    I’m an Enzoani bride too! I got mine at Lewisville bridal. They must have just changed their picture policy because I took a ton!!

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    superduperbrit 2466 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:29 pm

    Oh wow you look amazing in that dress. It was def the one for you!

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 8:27 pm

    That is breathtaking on you…what a perfect fit!

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:17 am

    Oh… oh wow! That dress looks amazing on you! Good on you for holding out for the one!

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 7:20 am

    LOVE! that neckline is super flattering!

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