I liked this one because--need I say it?--it has pockets. Actually, a bunch of dresses I tried on had pockets. I also liked the sweetheart neckline, the beading at the waist, and how small it made my waist look. But I hated that big bow it had in the back. I was told I could get it sans bow, but I felt I shouldn't have to totally alter a dress I love. Next.
Some sample sizes fit me, some didn't. Apparently this one had trouble zipping all the way, but I loved how it looked on me. It did all the right things for my curves, and it was my favorite one that I tried on that day. That's my friend Aimee in the mirror taking pictures of me. She made things fun instead of stressful. I tend to stress unnecessarily.
This one was also a bit tight, but I liked the interesting neckline. I was also really liking all the lace that I tried on that day.
Okay, this one I really loved. I added it to a "favorites" list at this place my mom and I went to, Catan Fashions in Strongsville, Ohio. By the way, the girl who helped me there was named Olena and she was wonderful. If you're in the area and looking for wedding dresses, bridesmaids gowns, or formalwear, give her a call. She was great. Anyway, I loved how romantic this dress felt. It has layers and layers of tulle in the skirt, with different things on each layer--lace applique or sequins. I liked the neckline, but I thought it was a little too boob-revealing. Also I didn't like the spaghetti straps much.
I loved this one, too. It's the J.Crew Miranda Flower gown. I really loved the simplicity of this dress. First, it's cotton, so it's light. The silhouette was beautiful, and I loved the pleating at the bust. It comes with a white sash, but I opted to try it with a black one.
My mom took this picture of the gowns in our dressing room at Catan and I thought it was kind of cute.
Last Monday Aimee and I went to a little place by her apartment in Columbus. When we walked in they sort of just let us pick out the things that I wanted to try on. I saw one dress hanging there that I recognized. I bought one bridal magazine when Hurricane Sandy hit New York, and I tore out the page that had that gown on it. When my consultant put it on me I knew it was it. It was fate! Aimee loved it (which is important to me), and after trying on like five or six other dresses I put the first one back on. This past Saturday my mom and I went to the same store so she could see me in the same dress. I never imagined how it would be when my mom saw me in the dress that would be my wedding dress, but she reacted in a satisfying way--although she didn't cry. But she told me she loved it and it was beautiful, etc. Which made me feel so nice! And then after about an hour of standing around in the dress, trying on different accessories, we finally said yes to the dress. No, really. My consultant said, "so...are you saying yes to the dress?!" Now I don't even have to go to Kleinfeld. I feel like I've ALREADY BEEN THERE.
You can't see the dress. Nor will I describe it other than to tell you that it's a dress. My mom actually said, "DON'T BLOG THE DRESS" on our ride home from the store. She knows me so well. So, that's one big thing that I can check off my list. Uh, I don't actually have a list. I should probably make a list and then check this off. Truthfully, this wedding has been A HUGE SOURCE OF STRESS for me because I haven't been able to do anything from New York. Not really. So to have this done, and to be absolutely sure that this is the dress I want to get married in, feels pretty good. You all know how I just love dresses. I thought I could try them on forever and ever, but after I knew this was the one I pretty much just wanted to stop looking. Good sign.