Wedding Wowza: Well, Isle be!
On Saturday I had an appointment at a bridal salon in the tiny town of Loomis, Nebraska which is about 45 minutes away from where I live. The reason I was willing to make the drive is because unlike the two shops in my town, these lovely people actually carry dresses in my size. It's really a gem in the middle of nowhere, a real life diamond in the rough. The first time I had visited Bridal Isle, my mom and I just showed up without an appointment on a Saturday and had a wonderful time. Up until that point, I had tried on very few dresses. That day I tried on something like five and I really felt like a bride for the first time. Since then, I knew I had to go back there and find The One.
My mom, my sister and a good friend of mine drove down together after having brunch. We found a few of the dresses I tried on before, but not my favorite that I had been looking forward to trying on again. This stressed me out but my pal hugged me with words then was even kind enough to help me in and out of dresses for the day. When I stepped out in my first dress, a lace A line with a pretty train, I had a surprise guest waiting for me, my brother's girlfriend. That morning she had told me she wouldn't be able to make it but promptly got in contact with my mom for directions. I tried on a handful more dresses after that. That more than anything made me feel like I was on a TV show or at least super important. I got my moment that I never thought I'd have: I walked out in pretty dresses and there were people oohing and aahing. The people that I brought with me thought I looked wonderful in everything; they were unbelievably supportive. When I got into The One for the first time, I had no idea. As I was being laced up my friend gasped, "Gayle, you look so beautiful." When I looked at her, her face was red. I told her not to cry but she didn't listen.
Later, my mom would tell me that she knew as soon as I walked out that it was my dress. My face was beaming and my friend was crying and it was an awesome moment. Best of all, my dress was on sale and I'm all about getting a bargain. My ornery sister, in giggles, had to ask "Are you saying Yes to the dress?" when I made my decision. I just rolled my eyes but everyone got a good chuckle. I'm still planning to make some alterations to the dress; I really want to cut it to tea length and probably add some straps but that's a piece of cake for a talented seamstress. It just so happens I have a very talented seamstress that's like a second mom to me. I've got some great ideas and I can't wait to see (and show off) the finished product.
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