Nick and I got engaged, with plenty of time before our big day. Between researching venues, churches, photography, bridal gowns, it can be overwhelming. Luckily there are so many great tools that help keep you organized, such as Plan the Day.
After you get engaged, it seems that everything happens so fast. First, you are dreaming about when “he will ask”, and the next thing you know, you are putting on the wedding dress of your dreams. At least that is what it felt like for me.
Walking into Marie Gabriel Couture with my mom, maid of honor, and sister-in-law by my side, my eyes scanned the room. It’s something you dream about; each dress holding the potential to make a girl feel incandescently beautiful on her wedding day.
I have to say, it helps to have a fabulous consultant throughout this process. The consultant can really make you feel special, and Celeste did nothing short of that. Going into bridal shopping, it’s hard not to be critical of yourself about your body, wanting to avoid highlighting any problem areas.
I told Celeste before we got started that I was not going to have a “3rd and 4th appearance” above and beyond what already exists in my upper half (considering I like strapless styles).
Needless to say we all laughed over that!
After going through dress after dress, willing to try on various styles, it was time to head to the dressing room. I had previously shown Celeste the dress styles I really tended to lean towards. Celeste asked me if I was ready to begin. Eagerly grinning, I looked over at the dresses. “I think you should try this on first”, she said. It was everything I have ever dreamed of, hanging on a hanger. With no mirror in the dressing room, I made my way to stepping up on the platform in front of the girls. Finally seeing myself in the mirrors, I had never felt more beautiful in my life.
Celeste added a special accessory, upping the “wow” factor. We all knew this one would be difficult to beat. Moving on, we tried on various styles from ballgowns, to satin, to wild lace designs. Each dress was beautiful in its own way, but they just weren’t for me. They were either too gaudy, too heavy, or too ‘va va voom’. I wanted to feel romantic and beautiful. Knowing what it all came down to, we knew nothing was going to beat the first dress. Back to the dressing room we went.
Celeste “jacked me up” from adding a diamond headband, to a bouquet, and a beautiful matching veil. Just know, that if you are getting butterflies in this moment, it’s the one.
Needless to say, it was the one, and I wish I could try it on every day before the big day. You see, to me, it’s not just a wedding dress. This dress signifies a future. A future that is bright and beautiful. Because when you love someone so much, what can be more beautiful?
Until next time,