During 4th of July 2013, Sam and I went to Kentucky Lake with his family. Although we weren't technically engaged yet, I knew it was right around the corner. I asked Sam's sister and mom to go wedding dress shopping while we were all together because I knew it would be a while before we would all be in the same place. We went to Anne's Bridal in Paducah, KY.
I didn't care for the store much at all. I walked in and there wasn't anyone there to greet the customers. I wasn't really sure where to go, so I just stood in the store for about 10 minutes, until a women with a broom comes up to me and asks if I've been helped (I had an appointment). The broom lady ends up being my dress consultant, and I felt really rushed through the appointment. As a side note, can they not afford cleaning staff?? I was confused about why a dress consultant would also be cleaning the store?
I found this Allure Bridal dress on Pinterest and I just KNEW it was The One. I was able to try it on at Anne's Bridal (sorry, I couldn't find the photo) and it just wasn't right at all. So disappointing.
About a month later I made an appointment at Finery with my mom during a Watters trunk show. First of all, I LOVED Finery! They only make appointments for one person at a time, so the bride can have one on one time with the salesperson. It was such a nice experience! I felt like I was real person to the staff, not just another appointment. They actually took time to get to know me.
The Watters San Francisco dress was the last dress I tried on, and I told my mom I felt like a bride in the dress. I wasn't 100% sure it was The One, so I went back two more times before buying it.
All photos below were taken by White Rabbit Studios
And here I am in my dress on the wedding day!
In alterations I had the big bow added on the back. The owner of Finery came up with the bow idea, and I think it just made the dress!
I loved my dress so much that I've ordered a custom painting of my dress. I went through Laura Harris Weddings on Etsy, and here it is! I think she did an amazing job!
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