My Wedding Gown

When I was younger I always pictured myself in a ball room gown on my wedding day. Something so large and fluffy, people would have to step aside when I walked by. Something that would make me lose my legs in a mess of tulle. Something very Cinderella-esque. 
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When I got a little older {and well, actually up till a few days ago}, I pictured myself in something more fitted and sultry. Maybe with an elongated waist to give me more height.
Photo via Pinterest
All I really knew was that on my wedding day, I wanted to look and feel more beautiful than I ever have before. I wanted to capture the look on my grooms face as he sees me walking down the aisle, and hold that moment close forever. I wanted to take the guests breath away. I wanted to be a memorable bride.

Wedding gown shopping is a weird thing. The first thing they ask is "How do you envision yourself on your wedding day?" Well, I envision myself exactly how I depicted in the paragraph above. What exactly does that look like though?? So, I said I wanted to look classy, elegant, romantic, blah blah blah. Every girl wants to look like those things on  their big day and each of us have a different definition for just what those things look like! I felt slightly panicky. What is she going to pull of the rack for me? What if they don't have what I'm looking for in a dress? What am I looking for in a dress? And lastly, why am I so stressed out about ONE STINKIN' DRESS!?

I tried on dress number one. Didn't like it. Tried on another dress. It was okay. Tried on another dress. Third time definitely wasn't a charm. And then I tried on dress number four. And I was quite smitten. I got teary eyed because it was everything I could have possibly hoped for in a dress.

Women and our emotional involvement in clothing. It's kind of embarrassing, honestly. 

I ended up leaving the store empty handed though. I thought, since it's my first time trying on dresses I needed to sleep on it --because this whole wedding dress business ain't cheap! I woke up the next day and went to a smaller bridal boutique. I found a beautiful dress much more reasonably priced {similar to the style of the second photo above} but couldn't get dress #4 from yesterday out of my mind!  And I just knew when I walked out of that store empty handed again, dress #4 was the one.

I wish I could show you all the dress! But since Steven reads my blog it is absolutely out of the question. Let's just say it is nothing like either of the dresses above, and so so sooooo perfect! It is not the style/material/look I always had in mind for my wedding, but I've definately never felt more beautiful in my life! 

It's a darn shame you only get to wear it once...


Michelle (michabella) said...

Awwww yay for saying yes to the dress!!!! Went wedding dress shopping with my sister recently (for her) and such a fun experience... def got teary eyed when she found the one. <3

Amira said...

Mine was the 3rd or 4th dress I tried on too!! And I left empty handed because I felt like "who finds their wedding dress the first time they go?" And I went to a couple more places, but couldn't get her out of my head. A few weeks later, I was back. And I've had no regrets!

Rustic Living said...

Oh, I'm so excited for you! And yes, it is a BIG shame you only get to wear it once! Glad you found your dream dress :)

Elle said...

How fun!!! I didn't find my dress on the first, second, or even fourth trip. But after a trip to Atlanta where they do "Say Yes to the Dress" I knew exactly what I wanted. That ah-ha moment is priceless!

Daisy said...

I was the same way! Everyone kept telling me other dresses looked better but I was set! I ended up finding the same dress on craigslist!

sea to shining port said...

Yay! I'm so excited you found one!! Now if you HAVE to email me a picture of it, I completely understand :)


Holly said...

Yay for finding your dress! I found mine at the third store I went to - I slept on it for a week but I just couldn't get it out of my mind! I still wear mine every now and then, just for fun - I watch TV in it :D

Meghan Goheen said...

That's how it was for me too. I went in with this image in my head of what I wanted and I walked out with a dress I never even imagined myself trying on. I almost walked out not even trying it on because I "knew" I would hate it. The minute I stepped into it and laced it up. I got a huge smile on my face. I loved it.
Go with that feeling. You will be beautiful

Shane said...

Both of these gowns are simply stunning!

xo Shane

Gail @ Sophisticated Steps said...

When you know, you know. You know?

Stephen should be like my husband and NOT read my blog. Or your blog. You know what I mean. Of course, maybe he secretly reads my blog, my hub, not Stephen, but whatever...this is about you, not me. (I'm so confused. Are you confused?)

I'm so happy you found THE one! Wish we could see it! And who says you can't wear it more than once? I clean the house in mine. ;) (Yes, after three kids, it still fits.)

You do realize I'm joking about the cleaning the house part, right? But it really does fit. ;)

Gail @ Sophisticated Steps said...

You should know I was literally mid-post about how your power went out and the rotting chicken was hanging from Huck's puppy teeth, when I realized I mispelled SteVen's name above. Twice. Oops. Sorry!

And to think I am college educated.

Now back to Huck and the smelly mess...

Jennifer Leible said...

It sounds fantastic! I can't wait to see it!! Your wedding sounds like it's going to be beautiful!! Just started following you, found you at Rustic Living! Looking forward to reading more posts!

Kindra Leomiti said...

I think choosing a wedding gown is one of those dreamy moments in a woman's life that she will not be able to forget. I can't wait to see you wearing your wedding gown and hear your story on how you chose it.