Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wedding Wednesday: Saying Yes to the Dress

It's been an exciting few days of wedding things! Last week, I was able to pick up my wedding dress and see my veil for the first time, and this week, I had my bridal portraits done with the fab Kate Supa! I can't wait to see them, and even more, I can't wait for August 5th when I get to walk down the aisle to Stephen in my dress.

My wedding dress shopping experience was such an easy one, and I know I'm fortunate in saying that. I think so much of that had to do with the fact that I went shopping so early in our engagement, so I wasn't pressured into finding a dress because I had a lot of time if my shopping trip didn't work out. Mom and I had talked about taking a trip to New York or Atlanta to shop, but before we did that, I wanted to check out a few of the bridal boutiques that are in Wilmington. I made two appointments about two weeks after we got engaged, and my sister, mom, one of my Matrons of Honor and one of my bridesmaids went along for the day. 

At the first shop, I found a dress that I thought I loved. I tried on a variety of things - strapless, high neck, cap sleeve and ballgown, mermaid, and a-line. At the first store, the dress I thought I found was gorgeous, but I decided to go to the next appointment just to be safe. At Coastal Knot, I met with consultant Kirsten and she had pulled dresses based on my Pinterest board, which was awesome. I told her that I had found a dress earlier in the day that I really loved, and she showed me one that was similar. As soon as she pulled it off the rack, I knew it could potentially be the one. I ended up narrowing it down to the dress we purchased and another that I absolutely loved as well, but when I had on a veil, saw the look on my friends' and family's faces, and looked in the mirror, I knew that was it! 

One tip I have for a bride searching for her dress? Never say never. I picked out the exact wedding dress that I never said I would wear. So stay opened-minded! You just never know what you may fall in love with!
I also can't say enough about Coastal Knot Bridal and the team there. From start to finish, the wedding dress process has been seamless. From picking out my dress to alterations to creating a custom veil, they were able to do everything in house, which made it super easy for this bride. If you're local to the North Carolina area or just passing through, I would highly recommend at least stopping in.

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  1. Definitely sounds like a fun experience!! I also got my wedding dress very early on in the planning and it was such a relief!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. It sounds like you had such an amazing experience and I cannot wait to see what you chose!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  3. Such a fun experience, Zelle! I, like you, ended up with a dress I never thought I would wear! Can't wait to see yours!!!!!

  4. I absolutely cannot wait to see your dress, I'm sure it's going to be STUNNING! And this sounds like such a great experience, the shop is gorgeous and so glad they took care of you! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  5. Nothing I love more than a good wedding wednesday! I can not wait to see your dress I seriously bet it is so so so gorgoeus! So happu for you pretty lady!

  6. The never say never piece of advice is so true! I ended up with the exact style of dress that I said I 100% did NOT want. Good thing that they convinced me to try it on!

  7. I'm glad you had an easy wedding dress shopping experience! I was the same way - I bought the first dress that I tried on, which was the dress I picked out in a magazine. This boutique looks so cute, too. You're going to be a gorgeous bride!

  8. Yay for getting your portraits done! I cannot wait to see. I know you are stunning in your dress. Isn't it funny how you often end up in what you didn't think.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  9. Such a pretty shop! And love the advice to never say never! I went into wedding dress shopping convinced I wanted a certain style, and ended up picking a dress that the stylist pulled and made me try out <3
    Green Fashionista

  10. Everything at that boutique looks so beautiful! I love it. You are right about being open minded too. I wanted a ball gown and when I tried one on I looked ridiculous haha. You are going to be a gorgeous bride though!! :-)

  11. Glad to hear that it was easy for you. This sounds like such a fun experience! :)

  12. Amazing pictures and great post!! Everything is so elegant!
    Mónica Sors

  13. This post is at a perfect time! I am getting married in Wilmington next May and am about to start wedding dress shopping! I was trying to figure out between shopping in Wilmington vs Raleigh, but I may have to start out there first! I am glad to see such a great review!!

  14. I cannot wait to see you in your beautiful dress on your big day!

  15. Dress shopping was my favorite part of planning our wedding! And you're so right about staying open-minded because I also chose a style I never thought I'd wear. I can't wait to see what you chose! You are going to be a beautiful bride:)

  16. I LOVE THIS. So excited for you and I can't wait to see it on you! Those earrings selections are so cute too... that is on my to-do list now and I wish my shop had that many cute accessories!

    xo, Shelby


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