Last Wednesday I wanted to let you in on the news that I was going dress shopping this past weekend. But I was nervous. I didn’t want to jinx the experience and so I kept quiet and shared other wedding stuff. But the secret is out of the bag – this past weekend I went home to Charlotte so that I could finally try on white dresses. I finally feel like a bride.
Now, I’m not going to tell you anything about the dress (except it’s strapless) because this is one aspect of the wedding that I want to remain a secret until I walk down the aisle. This is one tradition that is super special to Big Guy and me. And honestly, all Big Guy knows is that it’s strapless. I won’t even talk on the phone about the dress if Big Guy is in the same building with me. My lips are sealed.
But, I will tell you about the experience. (I apologize in advance that there aren’t a lot of pics.) On Saturday morning we headed out to our first appointment bright and early. Hayden Olivia was my first stop with a 9am appointment. I was nervous but excited. I also knew that I had another appointment at 2pm at J. Majors. When we arrived on the 2nd floor and the elevator door slid open, we were welcomed by Heather and offered mimosas (they know a way to my heart). We were seated and then briefly chatted about what I was looking for – I was open to trying on anything.
With the help of my Momma, Maggie (my sister and MOH) and Terri (Big Guy’s mom and my future MIL) we walked around the boutique and “pinned” dresses that I was interested in trying on but that also fit in the budget. Let me tell you – it’s hard to judge a dress on a hanger!
All of those dresses made it to the dressing suite and then it was time to try them on! It’s an experience that I’ll remember forever. Three of the most important ladies in my life were waiting for me. For me! Heather did ask if I would be okay with her grabbing a few dresses that she thought might work on me. And of course I was open to that.
Honestly, every dress I put on was gorgeous. I think by the end of the appointment I had tried on 8 gowns. But it came down to two dresses. And the dress I picked was actually there as part of a trunk show and it was not a dress I had originally pinned. But it’s gorgeous. It makes me feel like a bride. In fact, it was so perfect that I refused to leave the store without committing. I made the executive decision not to think about it over lunch and not to go to my second appointment (I was polite and called to cancel).
I can’t go on any more because well, that’ll ruin it for Big Guy.
Did I cry? No. But I just knew it was “my” dress. I can’t wait to put it on again for fittings (I didn’t take it off for quite awhile – in fact, I sipped champagne in the dress.)
I loved every minute of trying on wedding dresses. I wanted the bridal “experience” and I got just that. I honestly couldn’t ask for more right now!