wedding wednesday: dress details & how I found my dress

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So I'll admit it: I have always been one of those girls who planned their wedding from a very early age. Basically, as soon as I realised wedding dresses existed, I was on board. I don't even care if it makes me sound shallow! Heck...I'm writing a beauty blog. The "shallow" ship has clearly already sailed.

It took me 24 years to find the right guy (and I actually "found" him when I wasn't even looking--more on that in another wedding wednesday). But it took me a fraction of that time to find the right dress.

All of the photos in this post are taken by the amazing Anna Urban.

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After we got engaged

Josh and I got engaged when we were living in Tel Aviv, Israel for work. It was thunder-storming and we were out on the balcony when he popped the question. It was perfect.

For the next few weeks, I spent more time than I'd like to admit browsing Pinterest and bridal boutique websites looking for the perfect dress. But it wasn't actually me who found it!

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Moms are always right

I *always* thought that I would go with a long-sleeved lace dress with minimal volume in the skirt. But one day, I opened up my email to see a message from my mom. She'd found a bunch of Nouvelle Amsale dresses that were available at a bridal boutique in Washington. As soon as I saw the pic of the  Nouvelle Amsale Erin, something inside of me clicked. That was my dress. And it wasn't that long-sleeved lacy number I'd had my heart set on. It was a ballgown!

When we got to Hitched Salon, the Erin was the first dress I tried on. It was pretty much love at first sight. It was a size too big, so I had to do some imagining. I was really nervous that the dress would have too much volume in the skirt. I really didn't want to look like a cupcake. But the boutique assured me that if I loved everything else about the dress, they could remove some layers of petticoat.

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The dress details

The Erin is a strapless ballgown with a sweetheart neckline. One of my favourite details is the delicate piece of tulle that covers the bodice/neckline area. It also features lace appliqu├ęs in various places on the bodice and waistline.

The skirt is so unique: it has a really interesting, romantic, flowy structure, with lots of sort of disorganised pick-ups.

Thank you all so much for reading! Have you been planning your wedding since you were a little girl? What's your favourite style of wedding gown?

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  1. Awwww! I will never forget how you looked when you came out of that dressing room! It truly was THE dress. xoAE

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