You might be wondering, “what does the wedding dress have to do with the event brand?” And while I do agree that many brides select the dress (or at least envision the dress) prior to selecting the venue, I was not one of those brides. Wedding dress shopping was exciting, don’t get me wrong. Since we had a destination wedding, it was one of the first things I could actually touch and feel about our wedding day. But for me, it wasn’t the first time I have gone through the process of trying on loads of sample-size floor-length gowns and I knew the process wouldn’t be one I got to check off my to-do list that easily. I’ll post some blasts from the past someday, but that would require unpacking boxes and I’ve gotten quite good at ignoring them lately.
I went to four bridal stores in the Houston area based on the designers each carried. I took photographs of every dress I tried on so I could reflect on them once the bright lights and butterflies had worn off. I found that to be really helpful! My top two contenders were from BHLDN and Nashville-based designer, Olia Zavozina, who essentially custom makes each dress to her brides dimensions!
The best part of dress-finding story is that I went to BHDLN and tried it on by myself. It wasn’t completely random, since during my first visit the ladies there told me about a Badgley Mishka dress that was due to come in any day that they thought would be perfect. I could see it online, but the sample had not arrived to the Houston store yet. Sure enough, it came in on Halloween day! I got a call around four and immediately dashed over without really thinking about my family or friends! They were all busy since it was Halloween night by this time and I ended up FaceTiming with my Mom and Grandma followed up with a second FaceTime with Kendra. I kept laughing because I probably looked a little crazy in there all by myself trying on THE dress. The following Saturday my Mom, Grandma, future mother-in-law, Kendra, and roommate, Laura, joined me at BHLDN to show off the dress and pop open a bottle of bubbly! It was a nice relaxed occasion since I had mentally already decided the Odessa was the one!
My gown still required quite a bit of alterations to fit my frame, but that was to be expected. I felt amazing on my wedding day! My dress fit like a glove, thanks to Nhu! (If you are looking for a meticulously altered dress, I would use her again in a heartbeat). I absolutely loved my gown and I was so excited to show Chris on the big day! The Odessa was perfect for Hawaii and wearing wedges underneath was a must due to the venue!
The Odessa had some classic elements, such as, the Chantilly white lace and conservative neckline; however, it was not as traditional with the sheath skirt and keyhole in the back. I shared my dress pictures with Patty very early on! I loved how it reminded me of the vintage feelings of Olowalu! We referenced the traditional but vintage look when deciding on decor and tables.
I felt like a bride and my heart still pitter patters when I look at our wedding pictures.
While I never had that oh em gee moment filled with tears and jumping up and down, I certainly knew it was the one when I tried it on!
If you’ve had your chance to be a bride, did you have that moment? or if you haven’t had your chance yet, do you think you’ll be like me or get more excited?