Well, I got a wedding dress. The big elephant, the once-in-a-lifetime gown, the jewel of every bride’s eye has been purchased.
Is it what I thought it would be? No. Is it better? Yes!
I started looking at dresses about two months after we got engaged. My sister was in town and we thought it would be a great idea to check some things out while she was here. We did what many people do: set up appointments and tried on about 20 dresses in one day. After the initial shock of seeing myself in a wedding dress wore off, I got tired. All the dresses started to look alike and I couldn’t remember what I had liked or disliked about certain dresses.
The best thing we did that day was take photos. That way we could go back through later and compare. Still, after trying on that many dresses (most of which looked nearly identical to what I thought I had wanted) I didn’t buy anything. At one point both my mom and sister thought we had found “the dress,” but I didn’t feel like “me” in it, so we walked away.
Then I got really lucky. My friend, who was soon to be married, got a tip from her dress designer and friend, the amazing Tara LaTour, that she was about to have a sample sale. My friend mentioned that I was looking for a dress and set up a time for me to come in and meet the designer.
I will forever be in her debt for that, because the day I went to meet Tara (pictured below) and try on dresses was about as special a day in the wedding planning process as a bride could hope for.
My friend, my mother, my sister and I went to Tara’s studio—a beautiful loft building in Northeast Minneapolis. Already wowed, and feeling slightly in shock, I then got to meet Tara and her team! The world-renowned couture designer actually sat with me and my entourage and hand-picked items from her collection that I could try on. Since we were at her work studio and not a dress salon, she had graciously prepared a small nook for me to try things on. She even had a full-length mirror set out in the middle of the room so we could get a good look.
I tried on two dresses, both beautiful, but one that I loved. Next Tara asked me to try on a dress I never would have picked out myself. It wasn’t anything I expected or thought I wanted. She insisted it would be a good fit for me, and I trusted her enough to try it on.
Man am I glad I did. It fit. I looked like me, but I finally felt like a bride. I felt like the woman I wanted Chris to marry. It even got the attention of the ladies working in Tara’s studio. Tara went on to tell me the history of the dress, the story, the thought, the passion. I fell in love with the story and feeling almost as much as I did the dress. The day was so special for all of us that when we left my mom even gave Tara a hug.
I can’t share too many details now, since I plan on surprising my guests, but I couldn’t ask for anything more. Thank you to Tara and thank you to all who helped make me feel like a bride.