I first laid eyes on my dress a few weekends ago when I was in NY looking at venues. We had an appointment at a bridal shop in Saratoga on Saturday, but Friday we were walking downtown and my mother-in-law remembered that a salon was going out of business and having a crazy sale. We decided to stop in just to see! We forgot that a family friend of Dom's who we went to Hawaii with a few years ago worked there, and I was welcomed by a loud scream and lots of hugs and excitement!
Since it was a huge sale, all dresses had to be purchased of the rack, so finding a wedding dress in a bridal size 2 was not possible, but we figured we would have fun and play a little dress up! Tina put a veil in my hair while I was still wearing my street clothes and both my mom and Dom's mom started crying!! I didn't even have a dress on! We knew then it would be a fun day. ;)
I tried on a few dresses that I liked, and the consultant I was working with showed me a dress, but it wasn't really my style so I said no and kept looking. Right before I left Tina told me brides always choose the dress they don't expect, so I figured what the heck, and tried it on!
Once I came out and saw it on (and very clipped to make it look like it fit) I started to get my bridal tingle! It wasn't a crazy "This is it!!!" moment, but more of an "oh my gosh, this could really be it" tingle. ;) With one alteration it would literally have everything I hoped for! Since I couldn't order it from the shop I took down the designer and hoped I could find something like it.
Lo and behold, the designer was going to have a trunk show in a few weeks...in Greensburg, PA! Who on earth comes to Greensburg, PA?! It must have been a sign!
So, my mom and mother-in-law came down for the weekend, we grabbed Tallie and went! Immediately when I walked in I saw it and said "Oh, there's my dress!" You would think that would be enough of a sign, but there were so many gorgeous dresses around!
The consultant stripped the mannequin right away...I couldn't have another bride hoarding it in their room! ;)
We picked about 8 other dresses and brought them in the fluffing room, as I call it! I tried them all on but there was something not quite right about each and every one. I saved it for last and when I put it on I just got a wave of contentment. Yep, it was the one! I put on a veil, Mama played my processional song on her phone and I practiced walking circles around the pedestal. Then I knew it was really the one! The mom's cried, I never wanted to take it off, and still miss it everyday! I cannot wait to see it altered...and show you all next summer! :)