So many months ago, I first told you about my dress. A quick synopsis—I never went dress shopping and my girlfriends coerced me into one David’s Bridal dress that I didn’t like. I didn’t want to spend thousands of dollars on a dress, but I love designer dresses.

Enter—Church Street Bridal and their shipment of dresses from Kleinfelds last January.

I was simply perusing the selection on my phone during my lunch break when I saw “the one.” I knew immediately it was my dress, and bought it online without ever having tried it on, or trying on any styles like it. Lucky for me, I LOVE my dress.

Finally! Here are the pictures from CSB’s Facebook album that I totally fell in love with:


Front / Photo via Church Street Bridal


Front Detail / Photo via Church Street Bridal (photo no longer online)


Back / Photo via Church Street Bridal (photo no longer online)

What’s not to love here? This is a Monique Lhuillier Bliss dress (style 0915), originally marked at Kleinfeld at $4,000. Church Street Bridal got this baby to me for a mere $500, with $50 shipping. I know it’s from their original Bliss collection, not a current one, which is why Kleinfeld was getting rid of their samples—but it was in PERFECT condition. No tears, stains, dirt or anything. It even still had the tags still intact. This dress was as good as new, and I felt so beautiful in it. It’s a size 20, and I typically wear between a 16/18 street size, so a size up was perfect. It fit more like a size 14 dress when I tried it on at home, but the place where I get my alterations done is a godsend and worked some magic on my lovely dress.

I did almost all my fittings by myself (yep, like shopping alone—I prefer to try on dresses and have them fitted in front of psuedo-strangers alone as well.) My mom did come to the final fitting, but I haven’t seen any pictures if she took any at all. Sadly, there are no pictures of me in the dress before the wedding, but here are a few of me in it the day of:

First bridal portrait of the day—courtesy of Bridesmaid Debbie
Posing with my parents—courtesy of Bridesmaid Debbie

Overall, I am so happy that I trusted my gut and bought this dress impulsively online without ever seeing it in person or trying it on. I am also very, very lucky that it all worked out so easily and I had very little dress drama to contend with.

There you have it, guys. Sorry to keep you in the dark on my dress for so long. Mr. Ly does occasionally read the blog and I didn’t want to chance him seeing it before the wedding day! Besides I wouldn’t have had any pictures to show you besides the ones on the mannequin.

Anyone else get really lucky on their dress search?


Mrs. Lyre

Wedding Date:
January 2013
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  1. panda Member
    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:14 am

    you look so beautiful in your dress! I would never have guessed you bought it online without trying it on!

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    shaynapunim 654 posts, Busy bee @ 7:14 am

    So gorgeous!! I’m glad everything worked out. :)

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 7:24 am

    this is the definition of a perfect fit – your alterations were perfect and you look amazing. the ruching with the flower is super flattering!

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 7:37 am

    I bought mine online without trying it on too! Way to get a designer dress at a great deal :)

    By the way, LOVE your mom’s dress. She looks fantastic!

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    mssquirrel 276 posts, Helper bee @ 7:39 am

    You look absolutely incredible! I LOVE the flowers. I am not normally into pick-ups, but they really look beautiful on your dress.

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 7:41 am

    It’s perfect!

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    Ummmmm....., Guest @ 7:50 am

    You guys are crazy. What a MESS! The dress looks soooooo sad, wrinkled, bunched in all the wrong places. And mom….YIKES…prom gone bad, tight in all the wrong places.

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    buffalo 178 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:07 am

    You look so pretty! I’m glad the dress worked out for you! And at such a great deal, too!

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    sunnybrook 369 posts, Helper bee @ 8:20 am

    Yay! I’m a Church Street Bride myself! I live close enough that I could go try things on, though. They are AMAZING, and not just because of the discount they offer. All of the money from sales of the dresses goes to benefit abused women. So not only do you get to look amazing (and you really do!), but you are helping others, too.
    Also, the folks that work there are so great. I thought that I wouldn’t get five star service, since they’re not an upscale boutique… but I felt every bit the princess-y bride when I was there!

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    Carmen, Guest @ 8:22 am

    @Ummmmm…..: if you don’t like it, that’s fine. but there is no need to hate on a beautiful woman!

    i think you look beautiful and you can tell from your face how happy and incredible you feel! i am so impressed that you got a designer dress for $500 and it’s awesome that it fit without trying it on! i also think your mom looks lovely and happy- what a fun mother-of-the-bride dress!

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    sunnybrook 369 posts, Helper bee @ 8:23 am

    @Ummmmm…..: Uncalled for, and just plain wrong. She looks great! And so does her mom!

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    Reeniero 939 posts, Busy bee @ 8:43 am

    Miss Lyre, I think you (and your mom) look beautiful! Don’t listen to the haters. Haters gonna hate. :-(
    As a fellow Philly/Cescaphe bride, I can’t wait for your recaps!

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 9:39 am

    I think you look like SUCH a Bride, Mrs. Lyre – and I don’t mean that offensively. I mean it in the best way possible: your hair, your dress, your makeup. . .you just look so bridal. I love it. And SO awesome about your dress! Serendipity for sure.

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    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:12 am

    Sigh…Such a beautiful dress! I love all the details, and the creamy color, and you are positively glowing in it. I can’t wait to see how it photographs in your pro pics :)

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    bridesmomma 476 posts, Helper bee @ 10:52 am

    LOVE your dress!!! It’s gorgeous!

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:02 am

    Wow! What a deal! I’m glad it worked out for you. I’d definitely be more than a little nervous ordering a wedding dress without seeing it in person or trying it on. You’re brave!

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    Almost Mrs.P 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:10 am

    It’s so beautiful!! How lucky without even trying on. Great choice.

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    fronkinzankinsbride 46 posts, Newbee @ 11:20 am

    Excellent shopping (non-shopping), Lyre!

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    kimmysumshuga 2102 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:09 pm

    Ah! I love it!
    I got my $4400 Priscilla of Boston Platinum Collection gown for $500 from their Beverly Hills location when they were going out of business. I did get to try her on first but I was soooo glad the beautiful fabric and tailoring of a high end brand could be mine for such a reasonable cost!

    I “ooh” and “ahh” over CSB dresses in their fb album all the time and have thought about buying one or two more than once! I love that they will ship it to you!

    Great dress, GREAT PRICE and Great Cause!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:17 pm

    Gorgeous, and what a great steal!

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    texasaggiemom 595 posts, Busy bee @ 7:44 pm

    I love the way your dress and your mom’s are so compatible in style, and you both look lovely. Congratulations on getting a dream dress at such a steal!

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:46 pm

    Awww great dress at a great price! Everyone’s experience is different.. Glad to hear you found a dress the way that worked for you!

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    Miss ABC 208 posts, Helper bee @ 8:03 pm

    Wow, what a steal! So glad that you found the dress of your dreams. You look lovely in all of the photos, and I love the color of your mother’s dress.

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:35 am

    Wow, that was a very lucky strike. I am glad it fitted, because it’s beautiful.

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    Ms Kit, Guest @ 1:02 pm

    W.O.W. Spectacular fabric, and you looked amazing!

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:01 pm

    Gorgeous gown! Gorgeous bride!

  27. msmongoose Member
    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 10:33 am

    Wow that was amazing deal you got for a Monique Lhullier–you look stunning! Cannot wait to see the rest of the pictures from your big day!

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    dustywrath 95 posts, Worker bee @ 7:10 am

    Ooh! I love how your mom’s dress coordinates with your dress’s style!

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