I got engaged last March and one of the first things that popped into my head: “I can’t wait to go wedding dress shopping!” Thankfully, I didn’t have to wait long as I found myself at The Collection in Winter Park, FL just a couple months later. My consultant was Jess Fama – I know Jess through mutual friends, and I would soon discover that she is amazing at her job! She made me feel really comfortable and immediately got my vision. When we met that day, I told her I was looking for lace or lace details, something with straps, and overall I wanted a unique dress, like nothing I had ever seen before.
The Monique Lhuillier “Giada” (above) is the first dress Jess put me in and it was totally my vision. In fact, I had pinned this dress on Pinterest many moons ago. (Jess, you totally get me!) The beadwork and detailing on this dress is bar none, it is absolutely gorgeous in person. But it didn’t have straps and I wanted to try something with maybe a little more drama in the skirt? So Jess put me in this dress next…
We had come to the end of our selection, but Jess had one more idea in mind. She insisted we pull the next dress off a mannequin, even though I really wanted something with straps. The next one was everyone’s favorite!
Decisions, decisions…. I came back to The Collection at a later date and found my dress then. My final decision is top secret for now (I’m not revealing to any of my friends and family until the big day!), but this first trip to The Collection was so helpful in narrowing down what style of dress I wanted, and I loved all four dresses for different reasons.
I’ll be sharing more of my wedding journey here on The Collection blog over the next few months, including photos of our wedding day. I hope you’ll join me - a huge thanks to my Stylist Jess and The Collection Bridal team for having me!