Ok, so maybe it didn’t really cost $1 million BUT it definitely made me FEEL like a $1 million dollars! My dress also has a very unique story and the journey was half the fun. Today is my 3rd wedding anniversary and I couldn’t help but dream about wearing my beautiful dress again. I wasn’t one of those girls that planned her wedding from age 5, so you can imagine the learning curve I had when looking for the perfect wedding dress. If I had any advice to a future bride, it would be to look around in a ton of magazines and Pinterest to find what you are attracted to. I always told myself I would never wear a strapless gown, but as you can see-that’s what I fell in love with! When looking though the magazines, I found myself always attracted to the heavily beaded gowns with tons of intricate detail. I felt pulled toward the romantic and flowy types without over the top princess. I started tuning into “Say Yes to the Dress” because that also gave me insight to how dresses fit on real life women as opposed to the models in the magazines. Finally, when I started seeing a pattern of what type of dress I liked, it turned out they were mainly all from one designer- Lazaro.
My next step was to make an appointment at the largest bridal store in the world- Kleinfeld!! It was so surreal getting an appointment and being shown around to all the amazing designer dresses you had only seen on TV and in magazines. Since I had narrowed down my love for Lazaro that was what I told my consultant I wanted to try on. I had also seen a couple of Amsale I wanted to try on. Funny enough, I found myself adding a blingy Lazaro belt to one of the Amsale dresses because it felt too plain when I put it on. I am all about the pizzazz and sparkle! My mom and I were the only ones at my appointment so we were allowed to do something most people aren’t. My consultant allowed us in the back room and let me pick out every single dress that I wanted to try on just by looking at it and thinking it was pretty. I think I may have tried on 50 dresses! It was a dream. Their selection there is unbeatable and I even tried on a Pnina Tornai that I am sure cost half of a house. As much as I thought that dress was beautiful, I also tried to imagine myself dancing away the night in it. It was super heavy and I was not able to move as freely as I would have liked. It came down to my top 3 dresses. The top 2- both Lazaro, and the 3rd was the Amsale with the Lazaro belt. They always say you have found your dress when you are crying etc. Well, if you are anything like me and not a crier, I was wondering how I was missing the typical bridal milestone so many others experienced. After a few minutes, I kept going back to the one dress that I wanted to put back on and never take it off. This was my personal sign of finding my dress. I felt beautiful, I felt elegant, I felt like a million bucks! This was definitely the dress for me. Imagine my surprise when they told me- we can order it, but you may not get it on time for your wedding. WHAT?!? I had NEVER heard of not being able to get a wedding dress after trying it on and asking to buy it. I mean, that’s why I am here, right?! Well ladies, take note. Apparently unless you buy something off the rack, it takes up to 6 months to order one. That also didn’t include the alterations you would need and the timing for that before the wedding. Most brides need two to three fittings. So if I wanted the dress of my dreams, I would have to give a deposit I wouldn’t get back and hope I didn’t have to go buy something at the last minute in case my dress never came in. They said it would be a rush order for 3 months and 6 months was normal. I couldn’t take that chance and so we left NYC empty handed.
Fast forward to my mom calling every bridal store in America (literally). No one had the exact dress I wanted. I shopped on bargain sites, resale sites, bridal sites, it was nowhere. Then one day my mom received a call back from a bridal store in Birmingham, Alabama called Bella Couture. They had gotten her call and wanted to let her know- they had the dress on hand!!! YES!!! They had a Lazaro trunk show and were willing to sell us the dress off the rack. They were the most delightful people and even asked to see pictures when I was married because how happy they were to help make my dress dreams come true. I was living in Savannah, Georgia at the time and finding an alterations place that would touch a designer dress was hard to come by. Most bridal shops only alter dresses they sell. I found a place called Stitch in Savannah and it was the best person I could have asked for. The French bustle was perfect and she did not cut my dress, but was able to alter it by tucking the material. Considering the beading, this was a daunting task! In the end, I felt like a beautiful princess and am still swooning over my dress. I hope if you are looking for that special dress, my story has helped you on your journey! Any questions? Please email me anytime!! I would love to help anyone on their special day feel as beautiful as I did. Also, please check out Bella Couture Bridal! I could never say enough great things about them and their ability to make bridal dreams come true!! xoxo, Brooke
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