One store. One hour. One majuh love affair.
In a nutshell, I found my perfect wedding dress in less time than it takes Heidi Klum to say Auf Wiedersehen.
As I handed over my credit card, (and tried not to think about the price tag- O.M.G!), I wondered, was it supposed to be this easy? Wasn't I meant to try on dress after dress after dress, always wondering if a better one could be around the corner?
I called Liz to tell her I'd found the dress of my dreams at my first appointment on my first day of shopping and asked her if she thought that was that okay. She didn't skip a beat. "Lisa, you worked your f***ing ass off to find the perfect man. You shouldn't have to work that f***ing hard for your dress too."
And she was abso-f***ing-lutely right.
The search for your dress is exactly like the search for your husband. When you know, you know. So why keep looking when you've already found him? Or why stop looking when you know in your heart you haven't?
I could win some sort of contest for spending years trying on more than my fair share of ill-fitting, uncomfortable, "one-off" men. They weren't a fit, but I kept them in my wardrobe anyway. Eventually, I would realize most of them were like skinny jeans-- a really bad decision.
Until I found Matt-- who is like my favorite, most comfortable jeans. He is the perfect fit. (I know, I know... gag me with some harp strings!)
And now I have the perfect dress to marry him in...
Marilyn was dress number two and yes, she's so amazing she has a name.
When Jane, the, um, actual DESIGNER, brought Marilyn into the dressing room, I had a gut feeling that she was the one. Then I stepped in, pulled the dress up around me and looked in the mirror.
It. Was. Love.
Marilyn is a show stopper. Marilyn is the really good kind of drama. Marilyn will make your mother cry and your groom thank his lucky stars he found you. Marilyn knows how to command a room. And, well, she's just pretty damn unforgettable. Marilyn is so awesome she makes you forget how much money you paid for her.
But then I met Cate.
Cate is another gorgeous dress. She's amazing. She's beautiful and the really good kind of subtle. She knows how to work a room and charm you. She'll also make your mother cry (but face it-even a potato sack could probably do that) and your groom might just cry too!
And for a few minutes, I was torn. There was something about Cate that I really, really loved. I felt romantic and light and the good kind of bride-y.
But in the end, I chose Marilyn for the same reason I chose my fiancee. When you know, you know.
Oh, and because, as Rachel Zoe would say, Marilyn is BANANAS!
Tell us YOUR wedding dress story! How did you find "The One"?