No fiancés beyond this point!
This time around, I only had my mom and my sister/ BM Classy with me, rather than the entire gang. It made for a more serious atmosphere where we really evaluated the dresses and I really had to listen to my own opinion of them, rather than just hearing what three or four other girls thought.
Sadly, we were not able to photograph any of the dresses until after I made a purchase…which I did. I bought a wedding dress. I bought a wedding dress!
I don’t want to spoil the surprise by posting a photo of it, but I will give you a few details. It is a Stella York, an a-line, satin with a tulle overlay and with lace appliqué on the skirt and long train, with a modified sweetheart neckline and a bodice with lots of beading and a little bit of sparkle. It’s a little bit of everything, which is why it’s perfect for me!
I tried on quite a few other dresses at Sophia’s, but I kept coming back to this one. It had the lightness of the tulle with the detailing and romantic feel of the lace. The only thing I was unsure about was the modified sweetheart neckline, but I actually love the way it looks in person, it’s softer than a regular sweetheart, but still interesting.
Another push for this dress was the fact that I could special order it to be made in my size (aka short) rather than having to have it hemmed after getting it. For a 5’2″ bride who is looking at chopping a good 6″ off, this was a BIG selling point. I realized that hemming the Enzoani from Nancy’s would drastically change the silhouette of the dress to something I didn’t like. The Stella was still over my budget, but not quite as much, so overall it seemed like the better choice to me.
One thing that also helped me decide on a dress was Andraea, the consultant I had at Sophia’s. She was amazing, which isn’t surprising, because she was the owner! I didn’t find that out until the end of my appointment, but I was amazed that she was helping customers as a consultant. The service was extremely personal and so so helpful! One of the great benefits of going to a smaller salon was the wonderful service I received.
I didn’t have a crying moment where I said “This is my dress, I have to have this one!” but I considered the options and chose this one. It’s not the way everyone does it, and it wasn’t perfect (stay tuned for “My experience with dress regret”) but that’s how it went! And of course the dress is gorgeous. In the end, aren’t they all?