My Wedding Dress Story

In the fall of 2016 Columbia, SC had the worst flood they had ever seen. I blogged about it here. Later that fall I got engaged to Joshua, on November 25th to be exact.

I knew I was going to marry Joshua early on and while he was asking my parents for their blessing, I was shopping for my wedding dress. No really, on the same morning I was picking out my dress in secret!

A friend of mine was taking a wedding planning class at U of SC and was working at a large Flood Relief bridal sale. A local bridal shop had discounted hundreds of their past seasons dresses to $199!

They put all of these dresses outside under large white tents. It was a beautiful day. I wasn’t even engaged so I felt a little guilty and silly looking for a dress.

I looked around and one ivory dress caught my eye that had a high lace neck and A-line skirt.

An employee suggested I try it on and because these was part of a special sale, while the store was still open, I had to try it on in a back room…of a warehouse. Not the bridal boutique imagery I had in mind.

I tried the dress on by myself and fell in LOVE. It fit nearly perfectly (just a little too long). I adored the buttons up the back.

I took it off and put it on hold to think about it. Was I really going to by a wedding dress before I was even engaged? What would my mum think? Was this my dress? The price was hard to walk away from!

Then my friend from the wedding class arrived and told me to put the dress back on. She didn’t like it, but her teacher was there and could tell I absolutely loved it.

They brought me a Grecian style dress to try on, which was horrible and I said I didn’t want to try on any more dresses. I had found my dress! It was the first dress I tried on and I only tried on one other dress.

With tax it rang up as $209! (Cost of alterations is a different story) And the funds went to Columbia flood relief.

Do I regret not having the whole bridal boutique experience with my friends and family? A little bit.

But I always felt like it would not be a good idea to shop with my mum for my wedding dress. She hates to shop and I like to look at everything before I even try anything on. It possibly would have been a negative experience for both of us.

I do look forward to having that experience with someone else though, but I’ll be sitting on the couch giving feedback.

I still love my dress and it was so fun to wear on my wedding day. I think it absolutely stayed true to my style.

Allison York Photography 

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