The Search For That Perfect Dress

I don’t think it’s any secret that the most fun part about wedding planning for a newly engaged woman is shopping for the dress. Because my parents live in Dallas, I was so excited that I could spend time with my mom and search for gorgeous fashion in the South’s most fashionable city.

I made appointments at Patsy’s Bridal, Warren Barron Bridal, Saks Fifth Avenue, Stanley Korshak, and Neiman Marcus. We decided not to set a budget for the dress until we could shop around and see what I liked and what seemed to be reasonable. I’m not a label snob, but I really wanted to wear a dress that made a statement and one that I’ve always dreamed of wearing. I didn’t know if I wanted lace, beading, no lace or beading, ballgown, trumpet, or A-line because I just didn’t know what would like best on me. Even after I thought I’d found the dress I wanted to keep shopping because I knew I’d never get to do it again.

The saleswoman at Patsy’s helped me determine very quickly that ballgown was the right look for me. My waste is so small compared to my hips and ballgown really accentuated that. Here are a few of my favorites from the weekend.

wedding dress shopping in dallas
{Author’s personal collection, 2007}

These were all beautiful, but I never felt quite like myself in them. I definitely felt beautiful, but I was looking for something simple, structured, tailored without being tight, with clean, lovely lines. And I found it. It’s a Carolina Herrera with no embellishment at all. I found it at Warren Barron Bridal in Highland Park Village in Dallas where the ladies are wonderful! We paired it with the Angel Sanchez veil to bring in a little of my love for things that are old/look old.

carolina herrera wedding gown