I bought my wedding dress a month or so ago
I've been holding out on you because I kept falling in and out of love with it.
But its all good now because I am back in love and this time the love is here to stay!
My ambivalence was the result of a couple of things-
The first mistake I made was showing anyone who was interested the unflattering picture of me wearing it in the shop... and then having to deal with a few lukewarm reactions. The majority of folk were overwhelmingly positive, but you know how it's always the no-so-positive responses that stick in your mind.
And so the doubts started to creep in.. mainly centered on the neckline, which is a bit different to what I had been sub-consciously imagining myself in.. a bit more modest and a bit more modern.. and I've had to get used to the idea in something other than what I first thought.
But all the umming and ahhing was resolved simply by going back to shop to try it on again. And instead of going on my own, my darling sister came with me. As soon as I put it on I remembered why I had bought it so decisively in the first place. It is simple, elegant, flattering and relaxed and I felt like myself in it.
My Sis gave it two thumbs up, and when I walked out of there I couldn't care less if the guy from work who wears board shorts with explorer socks doesn't like it.
Now.. I have searched high and low for an on-line picture of my dress. But one doesn't seem to exist.
You have to believe that I would not be doing myself or the dress any favours by posting the photo of me wearing it.. The dress needs to be altered to fit properly and as a general rule I shouldn't let people take my picture if I haven't washed my hair. The change room lighting was harsh and it doesn't do the dress justice
So instead here are three pictures- none of which are of my dress.. but all of which have similarities! So you need to imagine a combination of these styles. (I'm being frustrating I know)From left to right: Matthew Eager, Collete Dinnigan, J.Crew
My dress sort of has the thick straps of the Matthew Eager dress, the draped layers and similar skirt to the Colette Dinnigan one and slouchy goodiness of J.Crew dress.. It's like a hybrid of the three.
It is off the rack from Elle Boutique in Nedlands, where it will live until I get it altered a few weeks before the wedding. After that I will leave it at my Grandmas because she has the cleanest house I know, so I won't have to worry about it getting marks on it.