A Tale of Two Wedding Dresses

I haven’t really ever shared the story of my wedding dress. The dress I wore on my wedding day was very much me, full of little details with lace appliques, asymmetrical pleated skirt, bias organza pleating, and a soft illusion edge. It was also the second dress I purchased.

Wedding Dress I

Photo by Ella B. Photography

The first dress was from Kirstie Kelly and gorgeous. Unfortunately, it wasn’t flattering on me and I was devastated. There are a lot of lessons to learn from that experience. Such as try on the exact dress you’re ordering, not one similar and pay more attention to your body shape than the model’s. Four months before my wedding I was without a dress and my crazy was starting to show.

Wedding Dress III

Photo by Ella B. Photography

While panic searching through Pinterest, I realized that my options were incredibly limited with the wedding only a few months away. After clicking on a few dresses on Pinterest that I loved, I compiled a list, and walked into the one place I swore up and down I would never buy my wedding dress. I walked into my local David’s Bridal store on a Tuesday afternoon and asked to try on dresses. There were a lot of duds and several of my fears were realized, but the moment I tried on the Vera Wang White Satin Organza Fit and Flare Gown, I lost it. There was an incredible amount of tears and I knew it was the one. I just needed a bigger size than the store had in-stock.

Dress IV

Photo by Ella B. Photography

Since the dress was a few seasons old and none were left in the warehouse, the hunt began. By the time we tracked down one that would fit (with a bit of alterations) in Austin, Texas, the $99 Dress Sale had started and by some miracle, my dress was included. So my wedding dress was from David’s Bridal, $99, and perfect for me.

Wedding Dress II

Photo by Ella B. Photography

Unfortunately, the bustle didn’t quite hold and my dress is sitting upstairs in my office, a torn and muddy mess. I’m not even mad. What did survive though, were these amazing knock-off Something Blue Manolos. Which you can find here. Because not all of us have Big’s credit card.

Vendor Information

Ella B. Photography

Wedding Dress & Shoes

Vera Wang White Satin Organza Fit and Flare Gown

Knock-Off Manolo Blahnik Something Blue Satin Pumps


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    […] end well for anyone but Goodwill or a ten-year old. But since I had a good amount of luck with the Something Blue Mano-fauxs that I wore at my wedding, I listened up when a friend who use to sell Younique stated that some […]

    April 22, 2015 at 7:26 pm
  • Reply Ruth

    Your dress is beautiful.

    May 3, 2015 at 9:03 pm
    • Reply Monograms & Margaritas

      Thank you so much Ruth!

      May 8, 2015 at 6:48 am

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