MelvinSaidJess #18: The Dress

MelvinSaidJess #18: The Dress

I am an emotional person. Ask anyone that knows me. I cry about sad things. I cry about happy things. I could cry on command if I wanted to (teary-eyed crying, not sobbing).

So, it honestly took me by surprise when I didn't cry when I said "Yes" to the dress.

Prior to finding "The One", I had tried on maybe about 8 gowns. I didn't go to very many places. I went to a few different David's Bridals (ones in California, Minnesota, and Hawaii) and Bijou Bridal in Hawaii.

My experiences at each of the David's Bridals were vastly different.

Round 1 - David's bridal: colma, ca

The stylist assigned to help me was really no help at all if I'm being completely honest. She, in fact, looked really sullen about helping out. Thankfully, I had a few very helpful hands (my younger sister and a couple of colleagues) with me to help me narrow down the style of dress I wanted to go with.

When trying on dresses for the first time, stylists will warn you that the dress you have in mind for yourself, might not be the best dress for your body type. (They, of course, don't say it like that, but that's the general idea.) I was pleasantly surprised to know that what I wanted and what I liked on myself were one and the same.

I came out of this round knowing that I wanted lace, something off-the-shoulder, and a trumpet/mermaid fit. I loved the dress in the last photo because of the top portion of it. I loved the dress in the 3rd photo because of the lace sleeves, the sleeve length, and the overall elegance it had. The tulle ballgown was just too much for me. Haha. 

Round 2 - David's bridal: maple grove, mn

I absolutely loved the stylist in the Maple Grove location. She was incredibly helpful in picking out dresses, letting me know how they might be altered, and being super excited with me as I tried on dress after dress.

She pieced together the exact look that I was going for. See picture 3. She found a beautiful lace strapless gown with a train and added an off-the-shoulder lace sleeve top that buttoned up at the back. If that dress didn't require impossible alterations to make it work in the back—it was a mess of buttons and lace-up corset—I would've said "yes" to the dress right then and there. I remember not wanting to get out of it. I knew then that I had found the look.

Round 3 - David's Bridal: Pearl City, HI

I apparently didn't take photos at the Pearl City, HI location... Can't even remember much of it...

Round 4 - bijou bridal: honolulu, hi

What I was most excited about was the fact that this round was the first round where my family was there with me. I loved getting their opinions and seeing the looks on their faces when I came out in something beautiful.

It was here at Bijou Bridal, that I found the dress. The main part of it anyway. See picture 6. The sweetheart neckline and lacy train got me. When they put on the veil to complete the look, I was done.

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FYI, I didn't originally plan to wear a veil, but my mom wanted me to, so I did. :)

Oh, and remember that off-the-shoulder lace top from my second round of trying on dresses? I got that too.

See how it all came together on wedding day...

 Photo by Amber Schoniwitz at Schyne Photography

Photo by Amber Schoniwitz at Schyne Photography

 Photo by Amber Schoniwitz at Schyne Photography

Photo by Amber Schoniwitz at Schyne Photography

 Photo by Amber Schoniwitz at Schyne Photography

Photo by Amber Schoniwitz at Schyne Photography

 Photo by Amber Schoniwitz at Schyne Photography

Photo by Amber Schoniwitz at Schyne Photography

 Photo by Amber Schoniwitz at Schyne Photography

Photo by Amber Schoniwitz at Schyne Photography

 Photo by Amber Schoniwitz at Schyne Photography

Photo by Amber Schoniwitz at Schyne Photography

 Photo by Amber Schoniwitz at Schyne Photography

Photo by Amber Schoniwitz at Schyne Photography

 Photo by Amber Schoniwitz at Schyne Photography

Photo by Amber Schoniwitz at Schyne Photography

Also, I love these photos that my older sister took right before I went out to see Melvin for our First Look.

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It still gives me heart-eyes to see that dress. :)

Also, I think wanting lace wedding dresses runs in the family.

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Until next time...

Bright Side Jessica

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