For nearly 9 months since the time I had selected my dress, I COULD NOT WAIT TO WEAR IT on my wedding day! It was absolutely perfect…it fit me like a glove and it was so different from anything that I had ever seen with the combination of white lace, rhinestones and an alabaster ivory color…and not to mention, I loved how I was able to add on a bolero jacket to make it my own.
I had originally picked out a now discontinued dress from Sophia Tolli that had the bolero jacket paired with it. Going to my dress appointment, I KNEW that was going to be my dress, but as soon as I put it on, it just didn’t feel right. After I tried on a few different dresses, I came across another Sophia Tolli dress that just didn’t have me convinced on the hanger. Long story short, I tried it on and I knew she was the one, but I was still REALLY torn because I LOVED the bolero jacket. The shop owner at Arnella’s Bridal suggested that I pair it with the new dress and low and behold, it ended up looking EVEN BETTER than the dress it was supposed to go with. To me, it was just proof to never settle and be creative when it comes to finding your dream dress!
My maid of honor made me my “Mrs. Miller” hanger and I love it with the contrast of the wood and stained glass window in the church.
Isn’t she a beauty?!
The hair had been finished and after the makeup, it was finally time to don my gown!
John’s niece who was our flower girl was “really excited” to see my “princess dress” and I just love this picture of her waiting with anticipation. Isn’t she adorable?!
Yes, another picture of the hanger, but I just loved that she took all that time to make it for me!
A dress this beautiful requires a few hands when it comes to putting it on!
A functional corset laced up the back and then it was uniquely covered by a beaded piece of fabric.
Then, I added my personal favorite part of the dress…my lace bolero jacket! There were a LOT of buttons down the back, so I’m glad I had a lot of helpers!
I’m so sad that I will never get to wear this dress again, but am very excited to know that a deserving bride will get her dream dress after I donate it to Brides Across America.
I did, however, choose to keep my bolero jacket. One of my bridesmaids gifted me a beautiful shadow box that looks amazing with the jacket in it, along with my “something old” broach and invitations. I’ll be adding some dried roses soon! Sorry for the poor photo quality on this one. My camera is nowhere near as good as my photographers!
Photo Credit: Malinda Armstrong Photography