All About Dresses

When I first started browsing the internet for wedding dresses, I was drawn to whimsical gowns with unique details. Unfortunately, whimsical gowns with unique details are often very expensive. I made this sad discovery early in my dress hunt and it forced me to temper my expectations. But looking around online gave me a good feel for what I was looking for in a wedding dress. It also gave me a feel for what I didn’t want in a wedding dress, namely a dress that is “sexy,” form-fitting, trumpet, mermaid, or fit-and-flare. While these dresses are beautiful, they simply do not suit my style or personality. I was looking for dresses that were playful, fun, and a little different with minimal beading, lace, sequins, or crystals. Well, let’s take a look at what tickled my fancy.

My first love was Amy Michelson’s Grace. I love the romantic, ethereal look of this gown. It looks like it is made of light and air. And this wedding? One of my absolute favorites. I think this is the wedding that got me really excited about actually planning my own wedding.

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Amy Michelson: Grace. / See the rest of this wedding on The Knotty Bride / Photos by Simply Bloom Photography

For a while I was a little obsessed with a 1920s style wedding, complete with a 1920s style wedding dress by Jenny Packham. I’m not usually one for bling, but I love the beaded details on these gorgeous gowns. I desperately would love to pull off a sheath dress (so many of my favorites fit this silhouette), but alas they do not flatter my pear-shaped body.

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Jenny Packham: Foxglove and Willow

Then I turned my sights to the classically clean designs of Saja. I love the natural simplicity of these gowns, and they remind me a little of stepping into a Jane Austen novel. Can’t you imagine these lovely dresses at an outdoor wedding, with a messy bouquet of wildflowers and a halo of blooms in the bride’s hair? Sigh.

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Saja: VN6609 and HB6979

And for a few days I had a moment of total insanity where I was obsessed with Ian Stuart’s Bluebird. Could it be my insatiable desire for a Marie Antoinette themed wedding? I have no idea, but I still love this over-the-top gown. It goes so much against all things I thought I would love, but tell me you wouldn’t feel like royalty wearing this!

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Ian Stuart: Bluebird

But the dress that came the closest to being “THE” dress was BHLDN’s Cascading Goddess gown. In fact, I only viewed dress shopping as a formality because my heart was so set on the Cascading Goddess with its romantic wispy skirt and layers of soft ivory silk. If I hadn’t randomly found a dress I fell in love with (which incidentally reminds me of an amped up version of BHLDN’s dress)—this definitely would have been my top choice.

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BHLDN: Luella and Cascading Goddess

If you didn’t know, BHLDN is Anthropologie’s sister company. I have a closet full of Anthropologie dresses, skirts, and blouses (I have a problem, ask my fiance), so when I found out about their foray into the wedding world I was thrilled. I love their collections so much, especially the bridal accessories and even the guest or bridesmaids’ dresses. Every time I visit their bridal hair accessories section I want to spend an inordinate amount of money. It’s like they have tapped into the fairy world of my bridal imagination and pulled out everything I’ve ever wanted. And seriously, I was incredibly close to owning one of their wedding gowns. Love, love, love.

In the end I didn’t pick a dress by any of these designers! In fact, my dress’s designer is known for more modern-styled wedding dresses. He just happened to have this one dress in ivory silk chiffon that reminded me of a swan princess. And in that moment I was utterly and completely sold, even if the price tag said “NO WAY.” Combine some of the common themes in the dresses above—soft, ethereal, ivory, and dramatic—and you have a pretty good idea of what I will be wearing in May.

Did your wedding-dress vision evolve over time or did you start and end your search with one specific style in mind?

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Mrs. Camel

Location:
Athens, GA
Wedding Date:
May 2013
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    Mrs. Wallaby 2002 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:00 am

    The Jenny Packhams and that first Saja dress were my dress crushes too!!! I’m so curious to see what dress you picked! I’m a huge Anthro/BHLDN lover too.

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    Mrs. Bracelet 1411 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:01 am

    I have a serious BHLDN/Anthro crush going on, too! I was lucky to find a pair of shoes and a great dress for my civil ceremony from BHLDN. If I had a money-growing tree, I’d have to enlarge my closet!

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 11:28 am

    The Foxglove dress is stunning! I love all of your inspiration dresses.

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    rnbwznpuppies, Guest @ 11:30 am

    These dresses are killer. Seriously.

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    Mrs. Pony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 2:06 pm

    I love your dress inspirations, I am so looking forward to seeing your choice!

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    Mrs. Panda 1329 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:59 pm

    I love your dress inspirations. I was pretty sure I was going to pick an bhldn dress when I first heard that Anthro was putting together a bridal line. drools. Alas, the price tag was a little hard to swallow.

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    kbiceling 298 posts, Helper bee @ 4:43 pm

    I know this is a post about dresses but I was browsing some shoes and I happened to see some that reminded me of your theme!

    http://www.amazon.com/Decorative-Fabric-WomenS-Rhinestones-Buckle/dp/B002O5DYSO/ref=sr_1_474?s=shoes&ie=UTF8&qid=1355272822&sr=1-474

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    Mrs. Camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 6:43 pm

    @kbiceling: OMG these are awesome! I kind of want those blue ones. They really aren’t something I would ever wear again outside of the wedding, but I feel like they would make for some epic photos. Thank you for sharing!!

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    simplicitea 95 posts, Worker bee @ 4:55 pm

    These are just the kinds of dresses I’ve been searching for! Now for dresses within my budget!

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