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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    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!

  2. sword Bee
    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.

  4. mstoadstool Bee
    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!

  6. painauchocolat Bee
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:01 pm

    Gorgeous gown! Gorgeous bride!

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    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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