Wedding-dress shopping was something I feared for a while, mostly because I hate having a lot of attention but also because there is so much pressure. What if I don’t have that moment? What if I don’t know when I found the right dress? What if I hate everything and have to travel out of Tallahassee to get my dress?
I started (and ended) my search at Tallahassee’s best bridal salon, Vocelles. I know the owner Kristen through Bridesmaid Lemon, and I had already been into the store a few times for various reasons. When I saw they were having a Wtoo trunk show one weekend, I knew that would be my first wedding-dress experience. On Friday afternoon last November four of my bridesmaids brought champagne and cupcakes (it was my birthday weekend!) to Vocelles and we got down to business.
I knew I wanted something relatively classic and with straps—I hate pulling strapless dresses up all night and I did not want to do that on my wedding day. I thought I wanted a fit-and-flare or something along those lines, meaning no ball gown for me. We pulled a lot of options and I started trying them on. It was so much fun! I was amazed by how much I liked things I pulled “just for fun” and I came very close to saying yes to something strapless and full! I tried on eight or so dresses before I put on Greta by Watters.
Ahhhhh, this was it!! I knew pretty much from the moment I put it on that this would be my dress. When I came out to show my friends they all knew, too. Kristen put a veil on me and it sealed the deal.
The plain satin belt that comes with it wasn’t quite enough for me, so we tried on a few different options before settling on this belt with Swarovski crystals.
I am probably going to start wearing that belt to work. Normal?
I said yes to the dress! If that doesn’t deserve a toast, I don’t know what does.
I had so much fun with my bridesmaids that day and it was a lot less stressful than I thought it would be. If you live anywhere near Tallahassee, I cannot recommend Vocelles enough. I ended up getting the bridesmaids’ dresses and earrings from them as well, and they have been a pleasure to work with.
Did anyone else buy their dress on their first shopping trip? Does anyone else love the little pink cans of Sofia champagne as much as I do?
All photos courtesy of Vocelles