J’s Everyday Fashion Shops The Collection

We are so excited to welcome J from J’s Everyday Fashion to The Collection blog. J is one of the top fashion bloggers in the country, located right here in the Orlando area, and we are thrilled she made the decision to become a Collection bride. This week, she shares her very first experience with wedding dress shopping after becoming engaged! Take it away, J!

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…

The Vera Wang ‘Lark’ – it’s a beauty, isn’t it? It can be worn strapless with the lace on the neck tucked in, and we added the belt. The soft folds of fabric on the bottom are so pretty and make a swishing sound as you walk. The first dress had a more subdued shape, while this one has a serious wow factor that would look great in wedding photos. If I were having a more formal ceremony this dress would definitely be a contender, but my venue is a bit too casual for this dress, so Jess put me in a softer silhouette next. 

This is a Lazaro dress, Style 3302. The 20’s inspired beading and keyhole back are gorgeous; this is exactly the type of dress I would wear if I were attending a red carpet event. I felt glamorous, and so comfortable. It has a more relaxed vibe that would be perfect for our ceremony. But I couldn’t help but feel like I wanted to one-up that red carpet feeling? Something dressy enough to feel like a bride, but not too overdressed at the same time. 

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!

This dress is by Inbal Dror, the ” It ” designer from Israel that you can only shop at a select few bridal salons here in the States (The Collection being one of them!). I certainly had never seen anything like it. From the dramatic tiered lace skirt, to the sheer lace corset and pleated details, my friends were over the moon. I liked it, but couldn’t shake the feeling of wanting straps. And was the skirt too dramatic for my venue?

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!