So, the three of us piled into the car, and drove an hour and a half to the bridal shop. Now, if you are wondering, Rhody has quite a few bridal shops for being such a small state, however, I have had my eye on gowns by specific designers for a few years now, and the closest place to us that carried that designer was in Connecticut, so we took the plunge and drove over.
Having blog-stalked and designer-stalked for a few years now, I knew the general style and details that I did and did not want. I loved some beading, but did not want the traditional "Church dress beading," as I called it. I also did not want pick-ups, no halter tops, no lace, no satin or other shiny fabric, and not heavy. Aside from those not-so-minor requirements, I also wasn't so sure I was comfortable with strapless, so I was also looking for non-strapless options.
The first thing I decided was to try on different dress styles to figure out what looked best and was the most comfortable. I tried on probably fifteen dresses that day, but the unfortunate thing was that the salon did not allow pictures until you chose a dress. I was able to sneak a few with terrible lighting though, and I'm not afraid to break the rules every now and then (when they don't hurt anyone; that's important to mention).
I tried on a trumpet style dress with a lot of detailing on the bottom and decided that while I loved the way the dress looked, I wasn't all that keen on how it looked on me. I tried on a v-neck dress and really liked that shape on the bust, but then I tried on a ball gown.
This dress was gorgeous! It was strapless, and while I wasn't really that comfortable with the way my shoulders looked, it didn't give me the armpit-boob-fat that I thought it would. That's when I started reconsidering strapless dresses.
Personal Picture / Kenneth Pool "Amour"
Please ignore the face - was trying to get a picture before the consultant returned!
Now while this dress was gorgeous, it wasn't really fitting for a outside/backyard tent wedding, so while I liked the shape and the tulle made it very light, it wasn't the one.
The next one I tried on was more A-line and had some nice detailing that made it a little different than some of the other dresses.
Personal Picture / Watters "Lasara"
I really liked the weight of this one a lot and I think it's a beautiful dress, but this still wasn't the one.
The last one I tried was another A-line, very simple, and by one of my favorite wedding dress designers. It was light and airy, fell nicely, and it came in white - which was another requirement I had.
Personal Picture / Jim Hjelm Blush 1103
This one was the favorite of the day, however, with this being my first appointment, I did not want to commit. So, we wrote down the style number and price thanked the salon and consultant, and drove back to Rhody.