Thanks for being patient with me guys—I never anticipated I’d have so much to say about dress shopping, but I guess when you’re an indecisive girl it takes a lot of explaining! I promise to (partially) reveal to you my final dress choice in this post! So you know what that means…
“Thous shall not pass!” / T-shirt image via Tshirt Laundry
If you are MR. ORCHARD—stop reading immediately. Do not collect two hundred dollars, do not pass go, and do not for the love of God scroll down any further! XO
When I returned to Classic Bridal for my final visit, I knew I wanted Mama O and MoH M to see the Casablanca dress right away. Until I had laid eyes on the dress at Coni and Franc I was fairly confident that I would go with it in the end. Still, while I loved the CB 1900, I did have some concerns. The beading was beautiful, but I was worried it might be too much for me. I was also worried my arms would rub on it all night and that that might eventually become annoying or painful, even. I noticed when I tried it on that the beading was kind of itching my arms and then, being who I am, I sort of fixated on it mentally. I also wondered if I would love the dress less if it had the corset back—I love the clean lines of a zipper, but then that put me back to possible costly alterations if my size changed at all.
I tried on a few more dresses at Classic Bridal that day because I didn’t want to miss anything I might love. Bre showed me some of her favorite new dresses from their new David Tutera line.
Including this one—whoa poof! Mama O loved this one, but it wasn’t very flattering on me and it was just too fancy for Jackson’s Mill! But someone please buy this dress because it is seriously beautiful and I want to live vicariously through you! / personal photo
When none of those struck my fancy, it was time to get back into the Casablanca…
Reunited, bra straps (nude this time) and all! Ignore the weird claw hands—what are you supposed to do with your hands in these photos!?! / personal photo
Mama O looked carefully at me in the dress, instructing me to twirl and move this way and that. MoH M seemed very smitten, but everyone was careful with their words not wanting to sway me. It was the moment—I was a girl torn between two beautiful dresses. And I’m going to be honest with you—writing these posts has been hard because sometimes when I look at these photos I wonder if I made the right choice.
Unable to decide at that moment, I walked away. M had to get her adorable toddler down for a nap and Mom had to get home to finish some work. We parted ways with M and I started to drive Mama O home and while we were in the car, she suggested I list what I liked most and least about each option. I listed all the things I loved about the CB 1900. She was lovely and ivory/champagne colored. She sparkled without being over the top. The neckline was flattering. She was popular…really popular. While I’d never seen it on anyone I knew personally, I knew that the 1900 had shared days with a lot of gorgeous brides and I didn’t know how that made me feel. The 1900 was also $250.00 more than the other dress.
I started talking about the other dress and I mentioned that it reminded me a lot of a dress I’d been wanting to try on early on in the process, but ever got around to visiting…Alfred Angelo’s original Snow White dress.
Alfred Angelo Snow White gown/ via For the Love of Weddings
I really wanted to try this dress on, but after reading about it I had the strong suspicion it would be too bejeweled for me and also that it was just a little too springy with all those pretty flowers, so I never made the trip up to Pittsburgh.
As I described what I loved about the gown at Coni and Franc, I could feel my excitement mounting. The dress was really different (I mean, as different one big, white, poofy dress can be from the next one!), but it was also really me. And wasn’t that what the focus of our whole wedding was going to be, us being us? I looked at my mom and told her that I wanted to go back to Coni and Franc right then. She grinned at me and nodded. We drove back downtown and I scurried in to find the sales associate I had been working with. I told her that I just had to have the dress, but that I wanted to make a couple of changes. She called Coni (the owner) over and Coni proceeded to call the company directly to see if they could do what I wanted. They could and it would only cost me about $100 more. The dress was STILL cheaper than the 1900 and was still very much under budget, which is good because in exchange for me not having a train on my dress, Mama O requested a cathedral length veil for the ceremony. I could get with that (and I’m going to attempt to get crafty and make my own I think!). The girls asked me if I’d like to put it on again and I just had to be near her one more time. Even though the dress was too small in the bust, I just felt how right it was…It included my favorite elements of the best dresses I’d tried on and lusted after and most importantly, it had my very favorite thing in this world…polka dots!!! Yes…my wedding dress had polka dots on it.
Jessica Day (played by Zooey Deschanel) is seriously my fictional soul mate. We share so many things, including a love of polka dots and glitter. / via Youtube
So…I’ve debated about what to do—to show the dress or not…and while I don’t want to give everything away, I definitely feel like those of you who have read ALL my rambling deserve to see this beauty and I’ve made some big changes to it so I think it’ll be different on me on the big day anyways. So, without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to the stock image of the Moonlight T577…
Ta-da!!! / via Moonlight Bridal
It still has a few of the flowers I loved from the Snow White, the skirt of a very little ball gown, a soft sweetheart neckline, no train, no flashy beading/glitz, and it makes me smile every time I see it!
How did you know your dress was the one?! What makes your dress you?