I don’t know about you, but I absolutely LOVE watching TLC’s Say Yes To the Dress. I have watched entire season 1 through 14, every single episode. I watched it since it first came out in my first year in university. I watch it over and over again on Youtube.
Ok, I think that’s enough on how much I love this show. Anyways, I always had this image of myself, wearing A-line to a princess gown dress, with layers of tulle/chiffon/organza, and just looking like a princess. No surprise, one of my favourite designers is Lazaro and he’s known for that kind of romantic va-va-voom. But as I got older, I could see that my taste in wedding dress has changed. I was falling in love with more body-hugging silhouettes, and sexy low backs. So it’s not that surprising that one of the first things I did when I got engaged, was to look up on wedding dresses.
It was quite interesting to see how different it was when I started looking for dresses for myself to actually wear. I created a new pinterest board with dresses that I wanted to try on. I went to total of 6 bridal shops, and tried on probably around 50 to 60 gowns. I always had a favourite from every single store, and all of those dresses are SO different, which made it really hard for me to decide on the silhouette that I really liked. 3 of the 4 dress shop in Vancouver didn’t allow me to take pictures of the dresses, but here are the pictures of some of the dresses that I actually liked:
From The Bridal Gallery: They are the biggest bridal shop in Vancouver, located in New Westminster. Right by the New West skytrain station the whole street is full of bridal shops, and most of them require brides to book appointments. This was the first shop that I went to, and I fell in love with this dress:
This Miela dress by Maggie Sottero is gorgeous – blinged out with delicate beadwork, and beautiful low back. Since I’m petite (barely 5’0) I thought this style would not suit me at all. But it was such a pleasant surprise! This is exactly the reason why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, and a dress on its hanger.
Lisa’s Bridal: This is just half a block up from The Bridal Gallery. A little smaller, but still with a good stock list. My mom loved this dress by Essence of Australia, with gorgeous illusion neckline. You also need to make an appointment.
Next was Frocks on Fraser street. This probably was the smallest shops out of the ones that I went in Vancouver, and dresses are rather on the simpler, cleaner side than the others. Here I found this awesome sexy, slinky body-hugging lace dress by Watters Willowby that I also really liked.
My last stop in Vancouver was Blush Bridal. This store is literally in front of my office in Yaletown, but from their stock list it felt like their dresses are extremely out of budget (i.e. Vera Wang). So I was not really set on going, but oh well, it’s not going to hurt! And they were the only store who carries Hayley Paige, a wedding dress designer that I really wanted to try on as well. At Blush, I actually fell in love with TWO dresses, again completely different. They are the only shop that allowed me to take pictures, so here I have some pictures of the dresses on me!
The first dress was Paris by Ti Adora, which is a affordable line by Alvina Valenta. The lace work is impeccable, and it actually looked so much high quality than Watter Willowby’s lace dress even though it was only $200 more expensive. For under $2000, it is a beautiful dress I really liked it.
The second one, of course, is by Hayley Paige and is a big ball gown. She’s called Londyn, and it is layers and layers of light and delicate tulle skirt. I tried it on with a belt by Vera Wang. This one was the most expensive out of all the dresses I tried on, in stores both in US & Canada.
Don’t worry, my dress is not in this list! I went down to Seattle to try on the dress that I’ve been dreaming of since I got engaged, and I stopped by 2 stores – David’s bridal and BHLDN by Anthropologie. It seems like that is going to be a part 2 for this ‘I said yes to my dress’ posting!
Hope you had/have a great day 🙂