Along my endless search for the gown of my dreams, there were several things made me smile. Though it was stressful, it wasn’t all bad!
Definitely making the “good” list were cupcakes! Like I mentioned, dress shopping was a bit of a beating for me. Because I’m five, I bribed myself (and my companions) with cupcakes after most of the store visits. They were delish, and did a great job of distracting me from the fact that I was still hunting fruitlessly for the dress of my dreams.
OK, enough about cupcakes…mmm. Back to the topic at hand—dresses. Along the way, I found some dresses that had the potential to contend for THE dress.
Ramona Keveza, style unknown
This was the very first wedding dress I ever tried on, and I was positively giddy! I really liked the shape, and it kind of reminds me of Mrs. Snapdragon’s pretty, now that I think of it! Obviously, there were many more dresses to come, but this was so exciting for me!
Winnie Couture Adoria, Style 9139
I thought the 3D floral detailing on the bodice of this was so lovely. It’s hard to tell in this picture, but it was made up of lace, chiffon flowers, tiny rosettes, and some delicate beading. The skirt was a simple chiffon mermaid with a little puddle train.
Monique Lhuillier, Candy
Above is a tiny (against the rules) picture of the beautiful beading on Candy. I decided that the bling and price tag were over the top for me, but the workmanship was exceptional, and the dress was incredibly comfortable to wear.
I loved the look of a more voluminous sheer tulle overlay with a more fitted silhouette underneath. It felt super dreamy and moved so beautifully.
Winnie Couture Zaria, Style 3142
This dress was flowy and light—it bustled so prettily and I could see myself dancing the night away in it. It was the first dress I seriously considered, but when I got home and looked at pictures, I was not as lovestruck. It may have just been the tight sample, but I thought the silhouette made my figure look bottom heavy (which it IS, but that’s not really the look I am going for on my wedding day).
Oscar de la Renta, style unknown
I tried on about 20 (no exaggeration) different versions of the lace gown with open back, since it was originally the look I had envisioned for myself. This Oscar de la Renta was my hands-down favorite. The lace had one of the prettiest patterns I had seen, elegant but not overwrought, and the shape was flattering on my body. I also liked the way there were peeks of just the sheer lace.
Oscar de la Renta 12E04
I wasn’t thinking I was a ball gown kind of girl, but I adored this one! The cut-work and embroidery lacework were simply exquisite, and I felt so pretty in it. Dare I even say it…almost like a princess bride.
Was anyone else surprised by some of the dresses they found themselves favoring? If you were me, which of these would you have chosen?