My Journey to the Dress

The search for my perfect wedding dress came full circle thanks to Pinterest. I mentioned in my previous post that my dress ended up being one of the first I Pinned. I always had that dress in the back of my mind, but I’m the type of person who needs to see LOTS of options before being sure I’ve found the right one. So after searching the web and probably scrolling through 1,000+ dresses (thanks mostly to Brides.com and TheKnot.com), I Pinned a few dozen of all different styles since I had no idea what would work for me.

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Everyone’s favorite Princess, Kate Middleton / Image via Allure.com

When it was finally time for me to start trying on dresses, I wanted to bring everyone along with me. But after watching one too many episodes of Say Yes to the Dress, it seemed that one of the biggest mistakes was bringing too many people to your bridal appointment (for various reasons, including loss of sanity), so what I did was divide that venture into multiple trips. I would take a few of my girlfriends with me on my first major bridal-shop outing and then would narrow down which salons I would go to with my mom, sister, and FH’s mom. (Since she only has sons, I wanted to invite her to join in on this experience. She will henceforth be known as Future Mother-in-Law, or FMIL for short).

So I went with my GFs to three bridal salons and tried on somewhere between 15–20 dresses. Some were very pretty, but I just didn’t get that “this is THE one” feeling that is often portrayed on those bridal reality shows. I started to figure that maybe this feeling didn’t exist in real life and was just something for the cameras.

Then I remembered that I didn’t yet try on the dress I first pinned on Pinterest. That was at a beautiful salon in Manhattan called Pronovias (it’s a Barcelona-based bridal line), but because it was such an upscale salon (with surprisingly reasonably priced dresses—I’m talking under $2,000; however they also carry gowns that are $15k-plus, which I of course avoided like the plague) I was going to save this experience for when I went with my mom, sis, and FMIL. However, I was feeling kind of disheartened for not having found the dress yet, so I randomly ended up making an appointment there about two weeks after trying on dresses with my GFs.

My cousin Tiffany went with me and I tried on about five dresses, including my Pinned one. They were all absolutely stunning, but when I put on the one I had Pinned, I felt the ground underneath me move. My amazing bridal consultant “jacked” me up with a veil, headband, and blingy belt, and even though I totally didn’t want to be that girl who cries in a bridal gown…I totally ended up being that girl who cries in a bridal gown. It was absolutely 100% how I envisioned myself looking on my wedding day, and I was just so happy! Tiffany and the bridal consultant started crying along with me, and I was SO glad no one else was there to see us being all swoony and girly. So I told the consultant that I knew this was the dress but I would have to wait until my mom saw it to make sure she loved it too.

So I went back to the salon about a month later with mom, sister, and FMIL and tried it on for them, and they were like YES, this is your dress. The thing I loved most was that they were all like “This dress is so you.” And better yet, it somehow matches the overall wedding theme as well (more on that in a later post). My mom was so sweet and offered to buy the dress for me…she said it was something she always knew she would do. I don’t want to post any pictures yet of the dress in case FH comes across this post, but I will definitely share after the wedding. :) Here are some examples of Pronovias’ dresses, though—absolutely swoon-worthy!

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Pronovias Dogma / Image via Pronvias’ Pinterest page

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Pronovias Baile / Image via Pronovias’ Pinterest page

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Pronovias Delicia / Image via Pronovias’ Pinterest page

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Pronovias Uraba / Image via Pronovias’ Pinterest page

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Pronovias Ugalde / Image via Pronovias’ Pinterest page

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Pronovias Ucles / Image via Pronovias’ Pinterest page

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Pronovias Alison / Image via OneWed.com

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Pronovias Dacio / Image via Pronovias’ Pinterest page

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Mrs. Mongoose

Location:
New Haven, CT
Wedding Date:
May 2013
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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 3:28 pm

    So much suspense! I can’t wait to see what you eventually chose (even if that means waiting until after your wedding!) The dress I ended up buying was the very first dress I tried on, even though I was thorough and tried many more on afterwards, just to be sure.

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    ecjohnson 147 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:40 pm

    I almost got a Pronovias…it was one of the first ones I tried on and sometimes I think back about the dress and say “what if…” i can’t wait to see what you chose!

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    Miss Care Bear 193 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:49 pm

    It’s Benicarlo isnt it? I just know it :)

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    prairiedog 455 posts, Helper bee @ 3:52 pm

    the pronovias delicia is a jaw-dropper. i’ll file that baby away for the 1920′s-themed-new-years-eve-vow-renewal i mentally plan all the time…and have never once mentioned to pdog.

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    Miss Circe 2968 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:00 pm

    Sorry my favourite princess is Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden :P

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    AudreyDou 5 posts, Newbee @ 10:32 pm

    Here’s a one pinner I like, it has many wedding dresses and party dress, maybe you’ll be interested in it.
    http://www.pinterest.com/qualitybridals

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    pizzanut111 57 posts, Worker bee @ 1:26 am

    What the hell is this?

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    pizzanut111 57 posts, Worker bee @ 1:27 am

    @那些事: ??

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 8:24 am

    @pizzanut111: Yea I have no idea, that was so weird.

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    HeatherRose, Guest @ 10:42 am

    I have a pronovias dress too :D It was absolutely nothing like what I wanted, and I only tried it on because my grandmother begged and insisted, but it’s stunning and I fell in love with it the second it was on. Congrats on your dress – I’m sure you can’t wait to wear it!

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    bat 285 posts, Helper bee @ 3:40 pm

    Oooh, I LOVE the dramatic skirt on the Allison! They’re all gorgeous and I can’t wait to see the dress you chose!!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 6:29 pm

    I love Pronovias designs, I bet your dress is stunning!

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 11:07 am

    that ucles is amazing!

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