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November 16, 2016


I can easily claim that wedding planning is truly a stressful activity. However, there is one part that has been delightful- gown shopping:) It has taken me over two months to find my gown. Throughout the process I have been phtotographng my favs, both as a reminder in case I wanted to purchase it and in order to create this post. Since I FINALLY found my gown, which I will not be revealing until the big day, I can share the many styles that did make the final cut.

I went to at least six various stores in search for the perfect gown. Plus, being in New York, the plethora of options are endless. You can be a boho bride, rustic bride, glam bride, chic bride, beach bride, the list goes on.  The gowns below are some highlights of my shopping experience. All of them are beautiful and it was an extremely difficult decision to make, as you only have one chance to wear the perfect wedding dress.

1. Monique Lhuillier:

While I ultimately did not buy my gown here, the ethereal and dreamy styles are fantastic. I loved the blush color of this one below. The frothy concoction of pink tulle was adorned with sparkling crystals throughout. I initially thought I wanted long sleeves, being my wedding is in the winter, but alas, the sleeve length was not my favorite.

Another Monique, this style was fully embellished with paillettes, crystals and sequins. The dress is aptly named Sugarfina for a reason. The A-line silhouette features ornamentation resembling falling sugar crystals on both the bodice and hem.

2. Inbal Dror

I really thought I would end up with an Inbal Dror. Her designs are incredible! Truly works of art. So much so, Beyonce wears her creations on stage during performances. The bead work on these gowns is breathtaking. I went to Mark Ingram to try them out, but sadly her gowns are mostly fitted styles and I was on the hunt for a gown with a fuller skirt. 

3. Lazarro

If Lazarro sounds familiar to you, it's because he is always mentioned on the hit show Say Yes to the Dress. His designs are truly bridal. You immediately feel like a bride when you put on one of his creations. In addition, there are so many different types of brides he caters to in his work, that I guarantee almost anyone could find a gown for their wedding day. I was not in love with the taffeta silk bottom from the dress below, but I thought the illusion top with stunning. 

This Lazarro was tried on at the famous Kleinfelds. No, I did not say "yes to the dress" here, but I loved the bottom of this gown. It came straight from the runway, as I went to the Fall 2017 Lazarro trunk show to try on this dreamy dress. It was definitely a front runner in my decision making process. However, ended up not being the one. 

4. Carolina Herrera

Oh man did I love this wedding dress. That dopey smile was in full form the whole time I had this gown on. The floral applique throughout and peplum detail was perfectly bridal. I just loved this style. However I am a winter bride, and I felt the flowers were too spring for me. 

That floral applique on the veil is just beyond!

5. Marchesa

When I started shopping for my wedding dress I always looked to Marchesa gowns for inspiration. Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig have their pulse on the dreamiest of gowns and appropriate their red carpet designs into their bridal collections. Another trunk show I went to, this came straight from the Marchesa Fall 2017 show. I tried on a lot of gowns from this trunk show at Saks. I was in love with all of them. Truly a dream come true for any girl to walk down the aisle. 

While I will not tell you what I ended up with, I can guarantee it is amazing and a dream dress. So excited to take you on my journey while I plan my New York City wedding.

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  1. You look beautiful!!! I loveee the last dress. Congratulations!


  2. These are all so gorgeous!

    1. Thank you so much Taylor! It was so hard choosing between all of them!

  3. Beautiful choices :) Can't wait to see your final one!

    1. Thank you! I am so excited to wear my gown! Too bad I have to wait a full year:(

  4. Wow, beautiful gowns! Can't wait to see you in the final pick!

    1. Thank you! I am so excited to unveil my gown, but I have a full year still!!!

  5. Number 1 & 5 - GORGEOUS! Definitely something close to what I am going to pick for my wedding. Iga x

    1. Ohhh, so exciting! Dress shopping is so fun. Looking forward to seeing what you choose!!! xox

  6. I just attended a wedding here and despite my absolutely strict taste, I had an amazing experience here and I thought to myself that these Chicago wedding venues are perfect! Their food is delicious and the ambiance is elegant.


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