What to wear, what to wear…
All women dream of wearing ball gown style wedding dresses complete with layers of tulle, dozens of crystals, and Princess Diana-esque trains, right? False. For Sarah, a no-frills kind of girl, this description is the epitome of what she didn’t want. Instead, her only specifications were a simple halter or strapless gown with some flair at the bottom.
David’s Bridal was the first stop on the search for Sarah’s perfect gown. With just a few short months before her wedding, Sarah knew there wouldn’t be enough turn around time to order a dress if she found one that they didn’t have in-store in her size. Further restrictions came per suggestion of her dress consultant, who reminded Sarah to keep Saphire Estate in mind when picking her dress. Since Sarah knew she would be having her ceremony outdoors in the Saphire Estate courtyard and wanted to be able to dine and dance at her reception comfortably, she immediately knew an ornate dress wouldn’t do.
One of the several dresses Sarah tried on that night was a David’s Bridal discontinued model, which just so happened to be in her size and a perfect fit off the rack. She didn’t buy the dress on the spot, but tried it on each time she returned to the store for bridesmaid fittings. While Sarah journeyed to three other boutiques, the original dress continued to stick in her mind and so she returned to claim it from the spot on layaway where she left it.
Though Sarah describes the dress selection process as the most tolling and least enjoyable part of all her planning, she ultimately chose the dress she felt most comfortable in. The gown, according to Sarah, is a satin and lace “very full A-line or princess gown”, strapless with a simple, yet elegant cut. Without a train, the dress isn’t entirely traditional, but it is floor length and everything she was looking for.
By: Kelly Hamilton