My dress is here! My dress is here!

3:00 PM

My dress shopping experience was long and arduous but I'm happy to have waited a bit longer and found the perfect dress. I finally had my "moment" with this one and just knew it was the one. Here it is!

Not the best picture but not much space in our loft to take a picture of a huge wedding dress!

It's an Alvina Valenta and it's a pretty light ivory color. I love that it's a dropped waist as I don't see that style too often. I tried on a lot of A line's and loved the shape, but most of the time the dresses ended up swallowing me up and you could barely see me. And then I loved mermaid style dresses because it was form fitting and more my style. So this ended up being the perfect combination of having that poofy gown on the bottom but the structure in the chest to waist that I don't get lost in.

Here it is on the model so you can see what I mean.

And my favorite part, the buttons all the way down the back of the dress.

So I know that this is not really a "destination" type dress as most destination brides go for the more simple, sheath type dress but I just knew that I had to have this dress. Besides, I'm getting married on a cliff overlooking the ocean so this is appropriate for that right? :)

Picture 1, 3: styleish
Picture 2: Brides.com

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  1. that dress is gorgeous! absolutely stunning! I bet you're relieved to have it picked out now, right? :) That's how I was!

  2. I love the dress! How exciting that it has arrived! Just beautiful you will look lovely. My dress is also not "destination" it is a "real" dress either but I happened to choose one without alot of embellishment. Love it , love it!

  3. stunning! it was hard to tell in the first pic what it would look like on but the 2nd pic shows that it is just gorgeous! very nice choice! and the button detailing? fab-u-lous!!!

  4. Just enough glam and just enough modern to be gorgeous! It's very, very style-ish! ;)

  5. Hooray! My fellow Alvina bride has her beautiful dress!

    I love the way those drop waist numbers look over the bum - so sexy!

  6. Oh! I LOVE the dropped waist. I bet it feels so good to have THE DRESS!!! It really is gorgeous and I can just see it hanging over the cliff side..HA!

  7. Morgan - So relieved! The minute I paid for it, the stress went away!

    Aricka - I can't wait to see yours. The whole time I was looking for a dress I was looking for something without embellishment also, but this one won me over.

  8. Kay - It's true, when it's just hanging, you have no idea what it would look like. I'd put the picture up of me in it when I tried it on at the bridal salon but I look like a dork. :)

    Kate - you always know how to sum it up just right. Thanks! :)

    Guilty - I know right? I need all the help I can get in the bum area cuz I don't have any. HA!

    Millie - that's awesome, I'm going to get a picture of my dress hanging over the cliff just for you :)

  9. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the style of the dress. You are going to look stunning! Can't wait to see the pictures!

  10. love love love. you will be gorg!

  11. wow, AMAZING!! Did you find locally in Seattle? Any recommendations on dress shops?

  12. Lyndsy and Diabolina - Thank you, thank you!

    Sarah - I did, I found it at Belltown Bride, which I highly recommend. Also, Marcella's and La Belle Elaine's are great!

  13. Oh the buttons. You just reminded me how much I love cloth covered buttons running down the back of dresses (and my dress!) You are the cutest little thing and I know you are going to look gorgeous in it!

  14. Congratulations! What a wonderful moment and incredible dress. Thanks for sharing! I did not enjoy dress shopping so I actually teared up a bit after finding mine!

  15. Jenna - Yes! Another button lover :) Gotta love the little details. Thank you! You are too sweet.

    Tina - ugh I hear ya, I was hating dress shopping and seriously stopped looking for 2-3 months and then when I decided to jump back into it, I found this one immediately!



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