This is indeed a close up of me in my dress!!!!!
Last weekend, the 12th of September I had booked myself into a boutique not too far from my house and set off with my Mum and her friend in tow to just browse. I can't stress enough how utterly uninterested I was in trying on dresses. There'd been a few fittings here and there that were nothing special and fuelled my disenchantment for dress shopping. Being pretty small, and babyfaced (I get mistaken for a teenager all the time, just a couple days ago a lady though I was sixteen) nothing felt right for me. Trying clothes on in shops is something I avoid, and I'm not a big fan of having my outfit scrutinised. Yes yes, I understand I post outfit pictures but a wedding dress is so much more. It's special and symbolic, and really my only time to actually dress like a real princess.
Driving to the boutique I felt sick and nervous and very self conscious, not at all excited. The bridal shop was so warm and welcoming inside that I instantly felt perked up! The amazing girl that helped me was an angel, she knew exactly what style would suit me and with my weary nod of approval started pulling dress and whisked me off to the fitting room. My dress was the second one I tried on, an instant hit that I could feel was right, before I even saw it. It hugged and shaped all the right places, and turned my petite young looking self, into a mature beautiful looking (princess)bride.
Another lady there to try on dresses called over how much she loved it and how much it worked with my figure, the designer of the dress was also in the store and she said she loved how it looked on me and had thought it up with someone of my small frame in mind. I'm 5'2, size 8 but curvy. My waist edges towards a six so my figure does look quite exaggerated, but it gets lost more often than not in whatever I'm wearing. This wedding dress though clings and glides perfectly.
It's a very over the top mermaid shape in a gorgeous antique lace. I'm having a few alterations made to the shape and design but they're a secret!
It was absolute fate that I got this dress- they only made one of each size for all of their dresses. Earlier in the week my size had been returned (clearly a sign right?!!) and was the only size of this dress left. Because it was a return and had some imperfections from where the previous owner had transported it back, they agreed to let me have a new one made. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world!
So here it is, my 'yes to the dress' story. From being completely underwhelmed and overly self conscious, to feeling amazingly beautiful and special. Any guesses as to what the rest of the dress looks like and what alterations I'm having made to the design?