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Gracilynn’s bridals

Who was with you throughout the process of finding your wedding dress?  Mom and 2 sisters.

Did you know exactly what you were looking for in a wedding dress?  No! I had a list of ideas…  I wanted it fitted and I wanted a different look for the ceremony and the reception.

How many dresses/locations had you tried before you finally found the perfect dress?  Just two – and really, I knew after the first place. I cancelled all my other appointments.

Describe the moment you realized “this is my dress.”  My heart skipped a beat when I slipped into the gown. Then, the consultant opened the curtains, and my mom and both sisters gasped. We all knew. It was a really sweet moment.

What do you love about your dress and how does it make you feel?  I love the flow of the silk crepe and the deep V of the lace in the back. The lace is sweet and fine, perfect with the silk crepe. I felt elegant and sophisticated without looking stuffy or 

Colleen’s bridals

Who was with you throughout the process of finding your wedding dress? Mom

Did you know exactly what you were looking for in a wedding dress?  I knew I wanted long sleeves, but I kept going back and forth on if I wanted a wow! dress with embellishments and some sparkle or if I wanted a classic, timeless dress. 

How many dresses/locations had you tried before you finally found the perfect dress?  Way too many! Probably 10-15

Describe the moment you realized “this is my dress.”  I loved my dress because it didn’t look like much on the hanger and I almost passed it by, but then I tried it on because it had long sleeves. As soon as I put it on at Mia, it came to life and it was the most flattering fit of any dress I’ve ever put on. I originally tried it on with one of my bridesmaids there and then had to think on it for a bit. I eventually came back with my mom and dad and tried it on again and knew that this was the one!

What do you love about your dress and how does it make you feel?  I love the way my dress fit me and the amazing, fun bustle. I love that it is timeless and that I’m still going to love it in 20 years when I look back on the pictures. I love that it was super comfortable and easy to move in. I love that it seemed to just highlight me instead of drawing a lot of attention to the dress. It made me feel beautiful! 🙂

 

Tori’s bridals

Who was with you throughout the process of finding your wedding dress?  My mom, sister, birth mom, and half sister.

Did you know exactly what you were looking for in a wedding dress?  Not really. I just kept googling romantic dresses- I knew I wanted something feminine and soft, but with a little bohemian flair.

How many dresses/locations had you tried before you finally found the perfect dress?  It was the first place we looked, the third dress I tried on. Then we went to another place the next day and went back to the first place for the dress.

Describe the moment you realized “this is my dress.”  I loved it the first time I tried it on with just my mom and my sister. When we went back the next day I came out of the dressing room and everybody’s face lit up and I cried and they cried and it was a done deal!

What do you love about your dress and how does it make you feel?  I love my dress! I felt so beautiful and so myself. The white floral lace was amazing on top of the latte body. And I loved all of the tulle! When else do you get to dress up in so many layers of tulle?! I really felt like the dress was perfect in our venue. Also, my golden retriever, Moose, is super into the dress- when I took it off he threw himself down on it and was rubbing his face in it!

Kate’s bridals

Who was with you throughout the process of finding your wedding dress?  Mom, Friend, Kelsey, Sister, Margaret, Sister-in-Law, Brittany

Did you know exactly what you were looking for in a wedding dress?  I went in thinking I wanted something fitted with delicate lace. I was willing to try on any and every dress. I told those that were with me to bring me anything they liked and I would try it on. I did not say “no” to anything before trying it on. I was very open minded!

How many dresses/locations had you tried before you finally found the perfect dress?  I went to two locations and tried on maybe 10-15 dresses.

Describe the moment you realized “this is my dress.”  I walked into the first bridal shop and saw a girl wearing a strikingly gorgeous dress, I knew it was a bit extravagant for me, but wanted to try it on anyways, because why the heck not?! I excitedly asked the stylist if I could try it on after the other bride and she said “of course!” While waiting for that dress, I put on a few styles that my friends and family suggested. Liked some, did not like others. Even though I had originally thought I wanted a fitted and delicate lace dress, none of them looked quite right. None of them were “me.” I was looking for some type of “wow factor,” that I know almost every bride struggles to find. Then I saw the smiling stylist bringing around the dress I had wanted to try! Once on, I just knew it was perfect! However, I had my reservations, because I never wear anything flashy. The exquisite applique, layers of lace and the sparkle made this dress that from a fairy tale, but I took it off thinking “I can’t pull off something this wonderful.” Even my sister, said “It’s amazing! I just never imagined you liking something so sparkly.” I am not a sparkle kind of girl and I tend to stick to dark colors and simple patterns in my wardrobe.

We then moved onto our next salon appointment. Again, I was willing to try on anything and everything, but nothing compared to the dress from the first store. I kept thinking about the big skirt, unique neckline, beautiful details and the sparkle (ohh the sparkle!) After a little bit of counsel from my friends and family, I went back to the first salon to try it on one more time. When I got into the dress for a second time, there were no more doubts! It seemed to be kismet because the dress designer happened to facetime my stylist, while I was saying that this was my dress! I got to talk with him and he was so excited to see an excited bride in one of his gowns. We called my dad to come to the salon for a final decision, and he loved it as well! Everything was falling perfectly into place. If someone were to describe what they imagined me walking down the isle in, no one would say big skirt, sparkles, or even unique appliques. However, while this dress was so different from my normal style, it was also just so perfect. It was the dress that made me feel like a bride. It made me feel so gorgeous and so uniquely me. I may not make bold wardrobe decisions in my every day life, but I was ecstatic with my bold, fairy tale dress. I felt so beautiful on our wedding day.

What do you love about your dress and how does it make you feel?  I love every detail of this dress! The “swan lake” neckline, as I like to call it, is one of my favorite parts. However, it is hard to say that with the amazing layers of lace and sparkle! I think the best way to summarize how I feel in this dress would be with two words… BEAUTIFUL AND UNIQUE.

 

Rachel’s Bridals

Enjoy our favorites from Rachel’s bridal session, shot at the Julia Ideson Library, and then read below for how the process went in her own words!

Who was with you throughout the process of finding your wedding dress?  I took the woman who knows me the best, my mom. It was extremely special to share it just the two of us.

Did you know exactly what you were looking for in a wedding dress?  I knew I wanted something with straps, timeless, elegant and sophisticated. At first, I wasn’t trying on ball gowns and once I tried one on I knew I was going to be a ball gown bride. I described what I wanted as Grace Kelly meets Jackie Kennedy.

How many dresses/locations had you tried before you finally found the perfect dress?  I went to 4 different stores before I found “Berkeley,” that’s my dresses name. I tried on more dresses than I can remember, if I had to estimate over 50.

Describe the moment you realized “this is my dress.”  I put on the dress, looked in the mirror, and I knew. I locked eyes with my mom from the pedestal, and we both without saying anything at first knew it was my dress. I had a feeling when I first saw the dress it might be the one, but not until putting it on did I know. I couldn’t stop smiling, felt like a bride, and was so comfortable that I was walking around the store in the dress. I didn’t want to take it off!

What do you love about your dress and how does it make you feel?  What I love most is the beauty in its simplicity and the timelessness of my gown. It is elegant, classic, and refined. My mom had a fantastic idea to finish off the dress, and we added buttons all the way down the back to the end of the train. As well as, the addition of the belt for a bit of sparkle. It had pockets that came in so handy on the wedding day. The dress made me, and will always make me, feel on top of the world. I’ve never felt more beautiful and full of joy! I love it so much that after our wedding I put it on one Saturday, sat down and watched TV for a bit.

Sharla’s Bridals

Sharla was our first bride of 2017!! Check out her gorgeous bridal shoot that we did last year, and then read below for an inside look at her gown shopping experience in her own words.

 

Who was with you throughout the process of finding your wedding dress? Mom, Aunt, Sister and Mother-in-Law

Did you know exactly what you were looking for in a wedding dress? For the most part I knew what I was looking for in a dress. It was more I knew what I didn’t want.

How many dresses/locations had you tried before you finally found the perfect dress? About seven stores with about 10 dresses at each store…

Describe the moment you realized “this is my dress.” The moment I knew it was “the dress” was not wanting to immediately take it off to try the next one. Also… everyone crying behind me was a clue.

What do you love about your dress and how does it make you feel? My dress is glamorous but also very comfortable. I could breathe and relax! We moved around a lot at my bridal portraits so it made it easy not to look as awkward. Besides the spinning in circles photos, I wrapped my train around my ankles and almost fell over every single time. Comfort was important to me on my wedding day because I spent the entire reception on the dance floor.

Matti’s Bridals

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Kala Bridals – Houstonian

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