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Wedding Dress Shopping, Part II (Pictures Included)

Thursday, September 08, 2011

So, for those that don't know, my fiance, Justin, and I are getting married April 22, 2012 in Cocoa Beach, Florida on the beach. We are so excited about this new chapter in our life and are working on planning our big day. After picking out our date, location, and booked our wedding company, I began the search... the search for the perfect wedding dress!

I actually found a perfect dress on my second outing, but after telling the boutique that I was ready to order, they informed me that the dress had been discontinued and there was no way to get that dress ordered for me. I was so upset!

Well, today I decided to go out a third time and hope to find something I loved. I wanted to show you all some of the dresses that I really loved (and hopefully get some feed back)... (these are in the order that I tried them on) so without further ado, here they are...

Dress #1 - Casablanca Bridal. Lace and bead detailing across bust with scalloped edge across neckline. Gathered waist with flower. Bubble hem. Button details down back of dress. Only available in ivory.

Dress #2 - Jasmine Bridal. Sweetheart neckline. Gathered pleating across bodice. Waistband with flower detailing. Similar flower detailing in single strap across right shoulder (not shown). Button details down part of back of dress.

Dress #3 - Mon Cheri Bridal. Straight strapless neckline (although could be made into sweetheart - see picture 3). Uneven tiers across entire dress. Tiered train. The sash is not part of the dress. It is purchased seperately. The one I actually liked was just straight across with beading.

So those are my favorites from my shopping trip today. Let me know what you thing :)
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    aha! this is the blog I missed earlier (Just commented on the last one about the one you just bought) . Yea!! You got the best one!!!

    And how awesome is that, going to Cocoa Beach, FL to get married?? I grew up near there, in Cocoa, FL, and we were on the beach nearly every weekend!! Have you two been there yet (before deciding to get married there?)? We love it there - just visited there last fall.

    If I'd been voting, would have said the Jasmine since your coloring is such you will look better in white. I have too much yellow completion so my wedding dresses have always been ivory....and that first dress was only available in ivory. Must have been a tough call for you since it is also beautiful!! However, people will most likely to remember your radiant smiles than they will about any details about the dress.

    2377 days ago

    I love them all, but I agree #1 while beautiful hides your figure. I think #2 is a combo of 1 & 3 so I'd say that is probably my fav. Good luck!
    2378 days ago
    First of all, congratulations on the impending wedding!!! I am about to celebrate my first anniversary with my husband (eek!) and the time just flies :)

    If I may so you looked beautiful in all the dresses, but the second one was absolutely awesome. With a capitol A. Hope you find one you love soon!
    2380 days ago

    Totally agree with the PP. You look stunning in all of them!
    2381 days ago
    #2 is my favorite :)
    2382 days ago
  • FT4EVR
    You look pretty in all of them. I like #2 the best. You look so nice that any of the dresses you have posted would be beautiful on you!
    2382 days ago

    The only thing that sucks is that it's in ivory. Boo...but still....I like it the best! :)

    2382 days ago
    I know I'm in the minority, but I really love #1... though I do agree that it doesn't show off your figure quite as much as #2 does. Maybe that's just the sizing though?

    You will be a beautiful bride no matter which one you pick!!
    2383 days ago
    I loved the second dress, until I saw the 3rd one. There's something about the way it sits on you, idk. So my vote is

    But whichever you chose, will be great!
    2383 days ago
    Beautiful Ellen! My favorite is #2. I think the first one hides your figure that you've worked so hard on. #2 is very flattering followed by #3. Can't wait to see your final choice. emoticon I agree with Chelle too, you'll know when you feel it.
    2383 days ago
    Though you look beautiful in all, but personally I liked 2nd, then 3rd, and then 1.

    All the best.
    2383 days ago
  • FOXY13445
    Alright, I hafta throw my advice out too, I am also getting married in 2012 - July 1st emoticon I got my dress in November and the designer is Casablanca


    That's the blog I posted my pics in!

    At first I was definitley going for #1... than I saw #2 and changed my mind! After I read it was on the beach #2 is def. my choice.

    Good luck with all your planning!
    2384 days ago
    2 is my favorite but I'm not the one getting married. Go with you heart, all three look gorgeous on you!!
    2384 days ago
    You look gorgeous in all of them! I have a feeling you're going to be overwhelmed from all this feedback! So hard to choose, you really look beautiful in all of them! Personally #1 is my favorite, but I really like #3 too!
    2384 days ago
  • BARBARA8541
    I like #2 the best, and #1 the second best. How exciting!
    2384 days ago
    Dress #2 best, then dress #3!
    2384 days ago
  • SOCKS117
    I think 2 is the best :)
    2384 days ago
    So my favorite is #2 but you are smiling so much more in #1 which leads me to believe in your heart you liked it the best. That is something the ladies told us when my daughter was trying on dresses for prom. They insisted we take photos and then look and then when we looked at them and narroewed it to 2 that is what she told us. Just a thought. You look stunning so no matter which one you choose it will be beautiful!
    2384 days ago
    I love the way dress 2 looks on you but think that it being strait on the top would look better on you....honestly the moment you put on the "right" dress you will know. The one I was in for my wedding this last April I knew the moment I walked out of the dressing room that it was my dress. I didn't want to take it off and I felt not only like a princess but a true goddess!
    2384 days ago
    I love love love wedding dress. You look beautiful in all of them. I like number 1 the best. However, I do think when you try on the perfect one that makes you feel like Cinderella you just kind of know it
    2384 days ago
    You will KNOW when you find your dress. It is just something that hits you either when you first see it or the dress you keep comparing the others to...

    One thought. I don't know if you are debating white versus ivory....think of your skin tone and what goes better. I look horrible in white, ivory is so much more complimentary. If unsure (and you are not dead set on white) talk to your photographer if you can and see if they have a suggestion (they usually have a good eye for that sort of thing!)!!

    You are gorgeous no matter what you choose!!
    2384 days ago
    Was there just one of them (from this shopping trip or another) that made you have goosebumps the minute you tried it on...and when whoever went with you shopping saw it for the first time, they cried...and when you saw it on you for the first time, you cried? If not, you haven't found your dress yet:-) They are all gorgeous but I think I liked one from one of your prior shopping trips even better:-) Good luck in finding the dress! (Sorry, I know I'm no help...LOL)
    2384 days ago
    Originally I was going to pick #1. But after looking at them again, I can't decide. I AM NO HELP!
    I like the traditional look of #1.
    I like the bodice of #2, the way it comes over your hips & gathers at the side. It is very figure flattering.
    #3 is soft, airy & reminds me of a classic movie star.
    I can't decide. I like them all. Say yes to the dress - any of them won't be wrong.
    2384 days ago
    As always, you look incredible in every one, but my favorite is #3, to me it seems more light and airy which is perfect for a beach wedding.
    2384 days ago
    I like 2 and 3 the best!
    2384 days ago
    I love #1!
    2384 days ago
    Oh my gosh, you are such a lovely bride! I love them all, but I think #2 is my favorite. Thank you so much for including us. Can't wait to find out what you choose!
    2384 days ago
    Dress #2 Its simple, but elegant...you could dance all night in it, it's not heavy and has a great flower detail...
    2384 days ago
    Dress #1 dear.
    2384 days ago
    Definitely go with the one that makes you feel FABULOUS! I like both #2 and #3, but my favorite on you is #2 because it shows off all your hard work! That being said, I know you will look amazing in whatever dress you choose!
    2384 days ago
  • VEE345
    dress #2!!!! emoticon emoticon
    2384 days ago
    #2 shows off your figure!
    2384 days ago
    Thanks for sharing these photos! Each dress looks great on you. Let us know which one is the one you pick. My personal favorite is #2 but I'm sure you know which one makes you know it's the right one.
    2384 days ago
    Beautiful dresses! Hard to choose because you look great in all of them!

    For me it's between #2 and #3. Love the sweetheart neckline on both.
    2384 days ago
    Oh my gosh! You look beautiful in all three. I have chills and I am so very happy for you!!!!!!!! My favourite on you is # 2. It has the best of all the three dresses - I love the detail at the bodice - you just seemed to glow and seemed at ease...I loved it. However, choose one that reflects who you are and how you feel. AHHHHH, i just love this and thank you for sharing this special moment with us!!! How wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!
    2384 days ago
    I love you in dress 2... you look completely amazing.... emoticon
    2384 days ago
  • RICU1952
    Pretty dresses, beautiful lady
    2384 days ago
    I like number 1 the best, but they are all beautiful, and you will make an absolutely stunning bride in whichever dress you choose!
    2384 days ago
  • SHRINK71
    They are all beautiful!!! Choose the one that YOU feel in your gut is YOUR dress!!! The one you feel most comfortable in... most beautiful in... one you can dance all night in.... This is your most special day - listen to others' opinions, but your opinion should reign supreme over all others!
    Congratulations. You look radiant!
    2384 days ago
    Oh gosh, that would be a TOUGH decision, you look fantastic!! I think #2 is "dainty'er" and I just love the curves of it. I like the lines of #3, but there is something about #2... and I kept doing a double take in the bottom pic, the flower on the wall looks like a cute and wild side 'do ;-)
    2384 days ago
  • BET212
    They're all great but I liked #2 the best. It really does show off your figure.
    2384 days ago
    You look amazing in all the dresses!! But I personally LOVED dress 3 with the sweetheart neckline. Gorgeous!!! I also really liked the first dress. Can't wait to see which one you pick!
    2384 days ago
    You look beautiful in all of them; however, my favorite is number 2!
    2384 days ago
    my favorite dress is #3, because it's really unique looking, but i think that #1 is the most flattering!

    i don't know how much that helps because everyone is saying different things! haha

    my sister just found her dress, and i realized that she looked good in a lot of them, but the one she got was really "her". she posted some pics and people liked other ones better, but they didn't really match her personality!

    i hope you find the one that fits "you" the best! :D good luck!

    2384 days ago
    wow, they are all very different! I like number 2! you have a great body, and that dress really shows it off!
    2384 days ago
    I love #3. I think it looks amazing on you and I can totally see it worn for a beachy wedding! I like all of them but #3 is my favorite.
    2384 days ago
  • KASSAY25
    Dress #2 looks like it was made for your figure! It looks amazing on you!
    2384 days ago
    Beautiful!!! I like you best in 2 and 3, but honestly you are breathtaking in 2!! I agree; it shows your figure so well!
    2384 days ago
    I love #2 on you! It shows off your beautiful figure!
    2384 days ago
    I like 1 best because I think it compliments your figure best, giving you a tiny waist and an hourglass figure. I also like the lace detail. It's elegant. I like #3 second best, although I admit I'm having a hard time imagining how it would fall after it was altered to the right length. It looks dainty. I defitely prefer the sweetheart neckline to just straight. It makes it look more feminine. #2 is a little awkward for me. I think it's the length of the bodice that I'm not too keen on. It breaks the body in an awkward spot, right across the thighs, which isn't the best place to draw visual interest--Otherwise, it's very figure flattering, though. The real question is which do you like best, though.
    2384 days ago
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