My Engagement Story & Shopping for Dresses
This post is in collaboration with and sponsored by David's Bridal. As always, all opinions are honest and my own.
When it comes to engagements, I know almost nothing about them. Mainly because none of my close friends had been engaged before. I didn't have anything to judge an engagement off of, when it came down to it. Engagement was a magical fairytale, for me.
The Engagement Story
Our engagement is a bit different from many. We weren't up in a hot air balloon, we weren't with our family or friends, and we weren't doing anything super cliche. We were driving up a fjord in the middle of Norway, and we had been driving all day. It rained all day. After all that driving in the dreary weather, we were tired and it was Aaron who suggested we stop and pull off to the side of the road. He was a fan of having a picnic off to the side of the water, along the water. After the rain subsided, we noticed a rainbow as we drove through a lot filled with several businesses. Mandalen, Norway. I just took a peek at a webcam in Mandalen, and the weather definitely changes the look of the spot we got engaged in; no doubt about that.
It's been several months since our trip to Norway, and that magical rainy day driving up the fjord. I still think about the setting, and how it all came together perfectly. After the engagement, the question every asked was "when is the wedding?" That's been the instant question, which I guess means no one can think of anything original to ask. Why not "where do you think you'll have it?" or "any ideas on the dress?" but it's always "when is the wedding?" and "how many people are invited?"
Well step is picking a place. Destination or at home? I'll keep this one a secret, because today is all about dresses.
As soon as I walked into David's Bridal, I was welcomed and greeted into the store. They asked if I had an appointment or needing help browsing. Luckily, I did have an appointment scheduled so they got me situated right away and introduced me to my changing room.
I was measured in the first few minutes, and my stylist and I talked about the styles I adore. In addition, I showed her my Pinterest board so she could see some inspiration from over the years. We all seem to change our minds in various scenarios, whether it's because we're 23, or we end up meeting someone and our style changes, but I showed her a reel of all the various Pinterest ideas I've had over the past 5 years. In addition to that, I had some wedding dress inspiration. I have a feel for classy and chic, but not extravagant or ball gown style. I don't want to do it over the top, as that's not who I am.
As we tried on four dresses at David's Bridal, understand that I am not "loud" about most things so these dresses would need a bit of alteration simply because they're not modest enough for me. I want to keep it much simpler.
This is an Oleg Cassini design. The top of this dress really suits me, and it's classy. It's truly along the lines of what I'm looking for; however, the bottom (skirt) portion is just a bit too much for me. I want this skirt to be much less poofy, and I want less layers. With this particular dress, it seemed possible to shed a few layers to make it the dress that I want.
When it comes down to it, I love the lacey top middle or full sleeve because I like that classy element to the dress. While I love my arms, and I do want to flaunt them, there's something so classy and beautiful about this top and covering the arms in lacey material.
After trying on the first two dresses, I was really happy with the results. Something I noticed as I walked around a few corners of the store, was that there was a discount section for dresses under $100 (what a deal!)
Needless to say, there were hundreds of options and after looking through a detailed bride book, I was able to narrow down to my specific preferences for a wedding dress.