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I finally did it… I finally picked a wedding dress (and somehow it seems wonderfully appropriate that my first post of 2012 has to do with the wedding)!!
This was the third shopping trip and you know what they say, third times a charm!! Kara kept saying to me (over the course of 2 months and my other 2 shopping trips) that once you find the dress everything seems to start to fall into place. You define how formal your event will be, you suddenly have a vision for your flowers and your centerpieces, you even start to think about the reaction of others as they open your invite and especially what they will say when they see you walk down the aisle. She was right!
This dress shopping trip was with both of my parents. If you remember from dress shopping trip #1 I did that with just my mom and dress shopping trip #2 was done with my mom and Tim’s mom. Since my dad was off work I decided that I would love for him to join me as well. It’s always nice to get a father’s opinion don’t you think? So my parents picked me up at home and we headed to Akron, OH to Coming Attractions Bridal salon. Jill Garmin led the way and we decided to make a quick pit stop at the local pub nearby for substance before the potentially very long day started. My mom and I enjoyed a grilled cheese to the extreme loaded with bacon and egg (a delicious breakfast grilled cheese- try it) and my dad had a burger. The key to our pub stop was not, however, the delicious meal that we devoured but rather the tasty drinks we inhaled. My mom and I enjoyed a screw driver (ok fine she enjoyed two) and my dad had a beer (ok fine he had 2 as well haha)…. hey it’s 5 o’clock somewhere right? Don’t judge us! The other 10 people in the bar certainly were not! We even managed to get our waitress to snag this pic before we headed out.
Why thank you nice waitress (Debbie was her name)! It was great to capture the moment!
So at Coming Attractions we met Bailey who worked there and was so sweet helping me get in and out of those crazy heavy dresses! We laughed at a few, made some pretty nasty faces at others and finally settled on 4 to try. 3 of which were very similar to what I had put on before and 1 which was totally different.
It was funny to have my dad there because as a dad, well as my dad, he did such a good job thinking about my personality and my general demeanor every time I put on a dress. He really put into perspective what was important in a dress, one that really is a direct reflection of who I am. My mom and I are girls and we think all of those beautiful white gowns are perfect so it meant a lot to me and was totally necessary to have dad there to help!
We left Coming Attractions and headed over the Elyses which is also in Akron. We took a quick glance around and didn’t see anything we liked so we headed out…. the woman who worked there seemed very sweet and wonderful to work with though so take a look there if you are getting married in Akron!
We then headed out to Catans in Strongsville (longer journey) and got stuck un traffic before making it to the bridal store. The women that work in that store just treat you like you are on 27 dresses and do such a nice job that is a great experience to shop there! After trying on 10 or so dresses there I finally picked THE ONE… which was the same one I had just tried on at Coming Attractions. I think I had fallen for it right away but being the prepared and totally knowledgeable shopper I am, I made certain I LOVED it before the purchase!
So after another round of drinks to be certain that I was ready to “Say Yes to the Dress” my dad drove us back to the bridal store, I got measured, and TADA… my dress is currently being worked on!
Sorry no pictures but the fiance is a supporter of the blog and I can’t have his eyes wandering around trying to find a picture of the dress!! But you know what thought literally just came to me.. isn’t it interesting that finding a dress takes multiple trips, sometimes frustration, and is one of the biggest decisions you make during your wedding… okay maybe it’s not funny yet but when I think about how easy it was to fall in love with Tim (you can read our romance story here) and how I didn’t even have to think twice about marrying him because he is such a wonderful man it is funny! My dress experience was harder than finding a husband… now it’s funny and ironic right?
Big thanks for my friends and my family who have already been so fantastic throughout this wedding process! Now that the dress is picked out we are ready to start with all of the fabulous planning!! and special thanks to my parents who drove around all day long helping me to find “the one!”
Sunday was the first day that the wedding finally felt real! My mom and I headed off around 11 for a full day of mother daughter wedding time! Our first time (well actually our second because we stopped at TJ Maxx to find a few good deals) was David’s Bridal. I decided that I wanted to head to the big places first so I could get a better handle on the type of style I wanted to wear. So we pulled in and headed in and waited for my “room” to be ready. Then Kate greeted us.
Kate was great! Kate reminded me so much our a very close family friend so it was sort of a match made it heaven. Kate and I started off by just talking about what my thoughts were about my perfect wedding dress. I didn’t really know but she was kind enough to step me through the process and just starting bringing lots of dresses!
In the meantime my mom walked around and took a bunch of pictures! She was looking at shoes, bras, and lots of headpieces for me! I’m not sure if she has her heart set on any of them but she jumped right in to get both feet wet! We started with the short dress since I want to get a long one for the wedding and a short one for the water pictures on the beach. I walked out of the dressing room that had my name written on it and then…
The tears started! “It’s just the cheap throw away dress mom” is what I said but she didn’t care. As funny as it was I really glad this moment meant so much to her. I can imagine it is a weird moment for a mom to see your youngest daughter in a wedding dress but I thought it was a weird moment for me. It was like the moment was for me but I also wanted it to be for her. It was like saying that all of her hard work and constant support and love for me has come full circle and now I get to share all of that with a man who loves me very much and maybe even my own daughter some day. It was an interesting feeling and I loved every minute of it!
I can’t post pictures of the dresses but I did find one that I liked veeery much for the ceremony and I bought one for the short beach pictures!! It was a great deal and will work perfectly for water pictures so we just bought it! TADA one dress down!
After David’s we were tired and had some time before lunch so we headed to Panini’s for some good. We decided to split a salad and we both indulged in a chocolate martini. DECLICIOUS!
It was a fun mother daughter outing for sure!
After lunch we went to Catans to look at more dresses and found a BEAUTIFUL one! It was actually the first one my mom picked out when we walked into the room so go figure right? We didn’t buy it but I foresee us going back in the near future!
On our way out we decided to make a pit stop at the bridesmaids dresses so look at colors. I love the idea of like a deep purple and green so we’ll see. The best part was on the way out my mom found the perfect dress for her! SO PRETTY! She tried it on and it fit like a glove so it couldn’t have been a better day.
I guess all this means wedding planning is underway! Besides the wedding dress shopping I thought it was just a really fun day to spend with my mom… we should do it more! Even if we aren’t talking about wedding planning it is nice just to be together =)