Since I kept Evie (remember how I named her?) a secret from all of you until after our wedding I figured it’s only fair to explain how I found her, and most of all share photos of our alterations journey together!
To recap, I bought her at the Wedding Shoppe, Inc., back in June of 2012 with Mom Sword, Sister Big Eyes, Auntie B, and BM L Dawg in attendance. There were some tears and I had the “this is the dress” feeling so I considered it a successful day! After a week of disappointing appointments and knowing I was heading back home to Chicago in two days, I was so thrilled to have found my wedding gown!
This dress is the epitome of glamorous in my eyes. It’s sexy on top and fit for a princess on the bottom. It’s dramatic and a little crazy (like me) and it was actually really easy to wear all day! It was very comfortable and my favorite part was lifting up the bottom of the dress and feeling like I was being swallowed up by the ruffles.
Naturally everyone wanted to get in on the lifting of the ruffles, or make fun of me, either way I didn’t mind. I’d found my dress! So you can imagine my surprise and frankly, disgust, when I first tried it on again in October. It was so wrinkled and ill-fitting (hard to tell in the photo below), and it was far from glamorous.
This is one of the few pictures taken from my first fitting and there’s no need to go into all that again. You can tell by my face in the mirror that I am NOT happy.
Fast forward to my fittings with our family friend L, a five-pound weight loss, a steamed dress, and you’ll see me as a happy bride-to-be!
We ended up taking in the sides where it hit my legs and everyone warned me that dancing would be difficult but I’ve always preferred my clothing to be body hugging and I’m here to report I danced the entire night without a problem in my tight fit and flare gown! 🙂
The second fitting (first time looking at alterations) was where we discovered the veil I’d borrowed from Mrs. Archer didn’t match my ivory dress at all (I was so sad)! Luckily, L had a bit of ivory tulle lying around her sewing room and she ended up making me the beautiful veil you’ll see in all of my photos. We did something a bit different by making a small poof at the top of the veil to sit behind my tiara. I can’t wait to show you guys the way it looked in the professional photos!
I chose to do a three-point bustle. It was pretty simple (or so I hear), the most difficult part being finding where the hooks were located. The best part about having a jagged, ruffled bottom was that I could bustle my gown for our rainy pre-ceremony photos without wrinkling my dress, which was then un-bustled for the ceremony and then bustled again for the reception. Phew, that’s a lot of bustling!
I practiced walking down the hallway and family friend L told me to remember to keep my head up anytime I was walking, she said it’s so awkward when brides stare at the ground the whole time worried about tripping on their dress. The many layers of my gown made walking tricky at first but by the end of alterations it was the perfect length.
I could stare at the back of my dress forever but alas it’s time to say goodbye… for now… I am so incredibly LUCKY that I get to do a wedding gown photo shoot with my sister after her Big Day in June. I can’t wait to wear Evie in some warmer weather and take some cool shots next to my lovely sister. And don’t worry I’ll definitely be sharing our Rock the Frock Sister Shoot with the hive!
(all photos personal)
Did you go through a love/dislike process with your wedding dress too? How did your alterations go? Who else is obsessed with RUFFLES!?!