The perfect day deserves the perfect dress. Here’s how I found mine and why I loved it…
I wish I could wear it everyday
The first question people always ask me when it comes to my wedding dress is “How many did you try on before finding the ‘one’”?!
The answer? Atleast 30, probably more. Wish I had kept count.
I tried on princess dresses, boho dresses, dresses without straps and those with sleeves. When I walked in each wedding dress shop, I had a very precise wishlist and still left with something totally different. In my mind, I wanted something really bohemian, long lace sleeves, slightly flared, delicate lace and perhaps a low neckline. Every time I thought I had found this dress on the hanger, they didn’t work so well once on and then came plan B – go for something totally different to every Pinterest board I have ever made.
The dress I actually chose for my day was one of the first dresses I saw as it was in the window display. Slightly put off by this, I avoided it and it was one of the last dresses I tried on, after three shop appointments. I’m not sure how I knew it was “the one” but I just did. I felt comfortable and it suited my body, the lace had the ‘vintage’ element I was after and the high neckline made it quirky. My dress was by Sottero and Midgley (via Grace & Lace)
I went for ivory because I didn’t fancy bright white and this was just a little more subtle. The neckline worked perfectly with statement earrings and the boho hairstyle I was after. Also, even though the dress had a very low style neckline, the lace kept this tasteful and well.. there’s not much there, so atleast it made them appear slightly bigger.
My biggest piece of advice for dress shopping is to be open minded. I have spoken to so many brides and they all go in a wedding dress with one idea, and leave with a dress that’s totally different. It’s good to have an idea of what you would like and of course, if you’re lucky sometimes they will have the exact dress of your dreams and it will work perfectly on you. However, sometimes (like me!) it isn’t always the case. It’s good to try on every shape, every colour variation and allow your mind to start from scratch.
Photography – Kathryn Hopkins | Flowers – Rebecca Avery | Dress – Sottero and Midgley via Grace & Lace | Shoes – Rachel Simpson (use the code tinytwisst for 10% off, valid until end of June 2017!) | Bridesmaid Dresses – Maya Boutique via ASOS | Groom & Usher’s suits – Moss Bros | Groom’s Shoes – Howick | Makeup & Hair – Amy Lawrence | Band – Jupiter Ray | Marquee Laterns – Complete Entourage