The search for the dress was very, very hard (isn’t it always?). I knew I wanted a tea length dress which turned out to be nearly impossible to find. I found something very close to what I wanted at Monique Lhuillier, but the price of the dress and the lace on the bodice were just not for me.
For a while I considered having a dress made and I found one of Monique’s dressmakers to do this for me. During this time, I went home to visit my parents and went dress shopping with my mom. By a pure fluke we found a Lea-Anne Belter dress (top photo) that was very close to what I wanted. The only problem was it was long and with a train. They offered to sell me the sample which I jumped at because I knew I was going to end up cutting half the dress off.
I took it to Mercedes Trump and she transformed the dress, cutting it to the perfect length, taking in the bodice, adding a slip, and then she made my veil and sash.
Accessories were much easier to find. I found my shoes at Nordstrom’s about a month after I got my dress. I loved the rhinestone detailing and they were also only about 2″ high which was very important to me since I never wear heels. The bracelet was my great aunt’s, the earrings I found at Macy’s, and my mom found the vintage purse.