Friday, March 28, 2008

My Wedding Dress

Show and Tell

I am having a hard time with my show and tell today. :( I wanted to show you the cakes that I decorated. However, we switched computers and I think that many of our old pictures are still on the old hard drive and I don't know how to get to them.

So, change of Plans. Today I will be showing my wedding dress. :)

My anniversary is in 3 months. Hopefully, I will have actual wedding pictures scanned in. We don't have a scanner, so I can't show them yet. Daddy has a scanner at work, that we can use, but we need to find a slot of time when he isn't working to go and do that. Which isn't the most exciting and fun thing to do. ;-)

Well, my wedding dress is very special to me. I am sure most brides think their wedding dress is special. :)



I had *very* specific things I wanted in my wedding dress. I wanted a tulle poufy skirt, I wanted it to be simple, yet elegant. I wanted the back to be high, and the neck line to be modest.



Very hard to find a dress with all of the specifications. I found one on the Internet that I loved, but my mom didn't trust ordering things over the Internet at that time.

My husband's good friend had gotten married the previous summer. His bride's wedding dress was very beautiful, and modest. She had told me that she found a bridal salon that had altered her dress to be modest. She said that it was a dipping sweetheart neckline, and they were able to take it up to her collar bone.



My mom and I then went to look at this bridal salon two hours away. We had little success in our town's bridal salon. In fact, my mom and I visited it one time. When I asked the owner if she had more modest gowns, she sort snorted, and laughed saying I wouldn't find one. That the style was strapless, and gaping necklines. She was no help at all, and very rude to say the least.



We walked into this other bridal salon, and the owner was *so* nice and helpful! You could tell she loved to dress brides, and made us feel so comfortable and at ease.



I will start showing pictures now. My Sister-in-law is modeling the dress. There is a reason as to why, which I will share in a moment. :)

But for now here are pictures.



I am not sure if my sister in law would like to be on the world wide web, so I blocked out her face. I can assure you she is very pretty. :)



But as you can see this dress had everything I wanted. A big poufy tulle skirt, simple, yet elegant, and a nice high neckline. Thing was, this dress had a terrible plunging neckline to begin with. I mean horrible! I think it went down to the middle of my stomach!

But I *loved* the skirt, and I couldn't find another one like it. So the sweet lady of the bridal salon said she had the best ever seamstress working for her doing alterations.

She brought out the seamstress to see what she could do with the gown. She was German, or Swiss or somewhere from that part of Europe. She told me she could remake the entire boddest for me. She also said, with my body shape, and face, a square neck line would be the most flattering. So this is the work of the seamstress.

The gown also did not come with a train. I wanted at least a *little* one. No problem, the seamstress could help with that too! She would design the train with elements in the gown. She took her inspiration from the gowns hem...


And this is what she came up with this... The seamstress also told me if I added a cathedral length veil on top of the train, it would give more dimension and depth. As you can see, I took her advice. I found the *most* beautiful veil there at the salon too. It went *perfectly* with the dress.

Now my sister in law is modeling it because, she was trying it on to see if it fit her for her own wedding. She was looking and looking and trying to find a gown within her budget. If she did find one, she still would have to pay to have it altered.

I then got the idea to let her use my wedding gown. I didn't know if she would like that idea, because many brides want their *own* gown. But she seemed liked she wanted to use it. She looked *beautiful* in it too. In fact, it seemed that it was an entirely different dress on *her* wedding day. She wore her hair differently. She had a different tiara, and I honestly forgot she was wearing my dress. It was her dress that day. :)

Plus I was tickled that it got more use out of it than just one time. :)

To see what other's are showing and telling, please visit Kelli's by clicking on the show and tell button above. Have a wonderful day!

14 comments:

Hootin' Anni said...

It's beautiful!!!

My show n tell is posted....drop by if you can, I'd love to have you visit, if you haven't already!!!

Nora Lee said...

What a beautiful dress. You are right all of the dresses now are not modest. The trim is beautiful. Thanks for sharing. My daughter is getting married in June, so I am really interested in anything "wedding" right now!

Sandra

Barbara H. said...

How gorgeous!!

Simply Heart And Home said...

Your dress is so lovely! I can see why your sister-in-law would like to borrow it!

Shame on those other bridal salons. I'm so glad you found one that was willing to wok with you!

Blessings,

Gina

Penless Thoughts said...

Truly a beautiful wedding gown and I think it's wonderful that it has been special to 3 of you in the same family :o)
Susan

Jewelgirl said...

Love the dress, I like the details
on the bottom skirt. It really
added a lot to the dress.

Bunny Chic Boutique said...

Oh that dress is GORGEOUS!! I love the design and I can't wait to see your wedding pictures.

Bunny Blessings ~

Jayne

Constance said...

Very pretty dress! Our youngest daughter is getting married in October and has her dress and accessories completed already! (Think she's excited?) That's one of the few days it gets to be "all about you" and so your dress should reflect who you are! Glad you were able to have what your heart desired!
Connie

Kindra said...

What a beautiful wedding dress! So nice that your sister got to wear it on her special day! I just love the detail in it. Thanks for sharing!

Kelli said...

What a beautiful and elegant wedding dress, I love it! How special that your sister-in-law is going to wear it on her wedding day!
Hugs,
Kelli

Totallyscrappy said...

Stunning! Most wedding dresses fade into your memory as pouffs of white. With that elegant trim on the skirt your dress "sticks out" in my memory. And, personally, if I "had it to do all over again..." I would choose a dress without a train and then add a train length veil. Much more "user friendly".

BrineS said...

I wore my sister-in-law's wedding dress for my wedding. I wanted to wear my mother's, but didn't fit into it. I wanted my wedding to have lots of family heirlooms in it. I had both my parents and my grandparents wedding cake toppers on display at my wedding. I had my parents knife and cake server, too! I even set up family wedding photos of my brother, parents, grandparents and those of the groom's side,too. So, wearing my sister-in-law's dress was perfect for my wedding. It came with a lace jacket, which I didn't wear. So, that made it different. I still took my sister-in-law with me to try on gowns, but went with wearing hers. You're only a bride once...so I had lots of fun trying on the beautiful dresses!

A Romantic Porch said...

Oh I LOVE that story. I truly believe that every bride should have the dress of their dreams. Thank you for commenting me when I told about altering wedding dresses, to come over and read this. It is a perfect story, and how sweet of you to let your SIL borrow it. Love,Rachel

MrsMomma said...

Beautiful dress! They did a great job on the top, too! My sister is getting married next month and she had a time finding a reasonable priced dress that didn't have a neckline cut down to the belly! small exaggeration there, but you get my point. *sigh* And the bridesmaid dresses aren't much better. Anyway, thanks for sharing! I love looking at wedding dresses. I never had one of my own. *sigh*

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