I’d been to a million weddings by the time I got married, and had seen every style of wedding dress. Still, when people asked me what kind of wedding dress I wanted, I had no clue! I’m a big fan of telling people, “you will literally have no idea what kind of dress you want until you put it on!” Honestly, I pictured myself in something more form fitting, since I’m “pocket-sized” as my friend Brittany likes to call me, standing at the height of 5’2″ :)
I remember the weekend my mom came to shop for wedding dresses with me. I had watched enough “Say Yes to the Dress” to know that I didn’t want a big entourage. In fact, I only wanted her there to share that moment with me. I remember how weird it was putting on that first dress. Thinking, “whoa, this is real!” I don’t even remember what number dress this one was, and I picked it out on a whim. Most of the other dresses I chose were more form fitting, and honestly, I think I just chose this one because of the sparkly top. But as soon as I put it on, I started crying. Which is WEIRD, because I DON’T cry.
For some reason, it was the first dress that I put on that I could picture myself walking down the aisle in. My mom started crying, probably because I was crying, but I wasn’t ready to say that was the one. It was only the first store we had been to! So, we went on to our other appointments, and I tried on some really gorgeous dresses. But all in all, I knew it was that dress in the first store. Part of me still thinks I wanted it just so Drew would laugh when he saw me and say, “How did I know you would get something with sparkles all over?” And that’s pretty much what he did :) All photographs courtesy of my wonderful wedding photographers, Paper Antler
Gown courtesy of one of my favorite Charleston bridal shops, Bridals by Jodi