Finding the dress is no small task. I mean the dress, not “a dress”- anyone could find a dress. One that’s sort-of white, not too expensive and looks nice. Sure, no problem.
But aren’t we all looking for that knock-him-dead dress? One that makes the Groom’s heart stop once he finally catches a glimpse of you?
I started with Pinterest, finding the most delectable backless numbers and tried to find bridal shops around the Ottawa area that actually carried these babies.
Unfortunately, although a lot of the shops carry the designer, they only carry their 5 most popular gowns. So if you have unique taste you may want to hunt down a shop that is doing a trunk show where many, many more of that designer’s gowns actually make it to the racks.
I ended up going to FOUR bridal shops. FOUR. Okay, maybe it was overkill but I ended up finding a dress in each of the different places that I could make an argument for it to be “the dress”.
After many, many try-ons I decided was looking for sweetheart, strapless, with a mermaid or trumpet bottom. Dresses like this one from Mori-Lee that I found at Sinders Bridal were beautiful! Bedazzled and full tulle, I loved it. But it didn’t quite fit the bill for my vintage island wedding.
I figured I might look out of place on a rock by the waters-edge. Maybe if I was having a different wedding, I could have donned this beauty as I walked into the Chateau Laurier.
Lace has always screamed BRIDAL to me. I never felt so much like a bride as when I was wearing any of the lace dresses. But I was being picky. I wanted something that looked old and traditional but not heavy. I wanted a pattern that ebbed and flowed- not something sparse.
I stalked all the designers. Heavily.
& then out of the mist, came a dress that embodied everything I was looking for:
Stella York 5840.
Now the task was to FIND IT. Most bridal shops have facebook pages that they use to keep their followers up to date on any new dresses that come into the store. So, naturally I scoured all of the bridal shops pages until I found a hint of Stella York dresses in stock at With Love Bridal in Kanata.
I was deeply in love. I wanted to look at the lace pattern all day. The consultant jacked me up with a veil with delicate lace details and a belt with an invisible band to add a little sparkle to my ensemble. She told me that I could wait and choose these accessories at another time, or find them at another store if I wished.
I appreciated her no pressure sales pitch, but feeling like SuperBride I asked her, “Am I really going to do any better than this?” She laughed and said, “Absolutely not”