The next post if my wedding series is going to be all about my dress! I've never been one to dream about the perfect dress. You see all these wedding shows where they know exactly what they want, but I really didn't. I liked the look of lace and knew I didn't want sleeves - but that was about it!
I went to my first bridal shop back in October 2014 with my two sisters. I picked out a lot of dresses, in lots of different styles to see what I preferred. I avoided anything too big and poofy as I thought it would make me look smaller (I didn't want to get lost under my dress haha). However my sister's persuaded me to try on the dress on the mannequin - a big, poofy number with lots of layers!
The second I had the dress on I knew it was 'the one'. I was in love and didn't want to take it off again! It made my sister Gemma cry and I knew that sealed the deal, and it had to be mine haha. The dress was a Justin Alexander, style 8690. The body had a sweetheart neckline and was runched in silk chiffon with a pearl and crystal band at the natural waist. The skirt was silk and chiffon and had A LOT of layers! It did up with a zip which was covered by silk buttons, and ended with a semi-chapel length train.
I ordered the dress that day and didn't even feel the need to look anywhere else! The top half of the dress was the part I loved the most. It really sucked me in and gave me a figure which I was actually proud it. Then the fact it went in at the natural waist, meant it skimmed over my stomach - result!
We found out we were expecting Parker just over a month later - que me getting into a huge panic over whether the dress will fit or not! My bridal shop were amazing and reassured me they could work their magic if it didn't; phew!
Parker was born 8 weeks before the big day, so I had my first dress fitting just a few weeks after he was born! I definitely wouldn't recommend it haha, but it was actually ok. The dress still fit, and the design of the dress made me look and feel amazing - not like I just had a baby! The only adjustments it really needed was in the length. I'm very short so it had to be taken up quite a bit. I actually had to go back twice for this - meaning I only collected my dress the day before the wedding (very Don't Tell The Bride haha).
I completed my outfit with ivory ballet pumps from the BHS Wedding Collection - I'd definitely check them out, they have some great things, and great prices. I wore Pearl studs, and then my sisters bought my a single drop pearl necklace to match the band. I kept to it simple, as I really wanted the dress to be the star of the show.
If I had one piece of advice for any bride to be, it would be to go in with a completely open mind. Try on dresses in every style and don't say no to anything. That one dress that looks awful to you on the rack, could turn out to be amazing on, and your perfect dress!