I Went Wedding Dress Shopping.....
This weekend was a weekend full of so many emotions and events. Our moms and my sister were here for a visit, Justin had a show, we explored the city and last, we went wedding dress shopping. I've watched all the shows and movies - all the girls who've found the dress of their dreams, cried and knew that it was "the one". I never thought that could happen to me. I was sure I would find a dress I loved, I just didn't think the emotional part would hit me until my wedding day. But I was so wrong.
We had two salon appointments - one at a place down the road from our house and one at LVD Bridal. The first appointment was okay - the place had beautiful dresses but nothing felt right. We left there, picked up some champagne, and headed to our appointment at LVD. As soon as we walked in it was like the atmosphere and attitude of everyone shifted. We were immediately greeted by my consultant, Ila, and the smell of an amazing candle on her desk. She sat me down, asked me a few questions based off of pictures I had previously sent to her, and we went down the rack to pick out some dresses to try on. A little back story on LVD (pronounced loved), the dresses are either sample dresses, consigned dresses, etc. There is one of everything and you take it home that day. They have gorgeous designer dresses at half the cost.
Once we choose a few to start with, I slipped into the first gown and went out to see my girls (my mom, Justin's mom, my sister and one of my best friends). This first dress spoke to me. It was a beautiful dress that hugged me in all the right places and was untraditional and different like I wanted. Ila asked if I could see myself getting married in it and I definitely could! But I wanted to try on a few other dresses we choose because there were others I was also excited to see. After trying on about 4 dresses, two I felt I could see myself getting married in but I didn't get that feeling I thought I should feel. There was one dress left and knowing my appointment time was almost over, I asked Ila if we could try one more thing since the last dress was very similar to one I already tried on. As soon as I stepped into this last dress we went back to find, something just - changed. I walked out to show everyone and I knew they were feeling how I was. When Ila asked me how I felt, I couldn't respond because I was so overwhelmed with how much I adored this dress. Everything about it - head to toe - was everything I had ever wanted. In that moment, looking at myself in the mirror, I couldn't stop thinking about Justin and his reaction when he finally sees me in this dress. Tears immediately filled up my eyes and when I looked around, everyone else was crying, too. I had found the dress - the dress that made me feel beautiful and the dress I want to be wearing when I marry my best friend.
I can't explain the feeling - it's a mixture of excitement, happiness, and overwhelming love. It makes being engaged feel more real than ever. I was so glad I got to have that moment with our moms. But nothing was better than coming home and telling Justin I found the one through tears and him starting to tear up, too. Now I have a wedding dress sitting in my closet that I have to wait a whole ten months to wear. HOW DO YOU WAIT?! Knowing the next time i'll be wearing it is on our wedding day makes it even harder and makes us want our wedding day to be here sooner. But in the blink of an eye, it will be here, and in an even quicker blink, our wedding day will be over. I want to make sure we're soaking in this time of planning and anticipating for that reason.
I am overwhelmed with gratitude for Ila and LVD Bridal for making my wedding dress shopping experience absolutely perfect. I could list out a million amazing things about them, but I truly think it makes the experience better if you find out for yourself. Just know if you do go to LVD, you won't regret it. I CAN'T BELIEVE I FOUND MY DRESS and I can't WAIT to be able to share it with you all in 10 months and 2 days!