A Wedding Dress Story

By Dorothy N.

On October 6, 2012, I visited TLC Bridal Boutique with my mom in my Maryland hometown. I went in thinking this would be one of many dress shopping appointments, but boy was I wrong! I tried on a number of dresses that day and fell in love with one in particular, but I wanted to shop some more before making a final decision. I went to two stores (one discounter, one boutique) back in North Carolina with my friend Lauren, who was more than gracious in helping me with the yards and yards of tulle and lace! That day, I found myself comparing everything I tried on to that dress, so I knew it was the one!

The dress I chose was from the Casablanca Bridal Spring 2012 line. With delicately draped organza, a ruched bodice, and a sweetheart neckline, the pick-ups on the skirt created the illusion of a rose motif. It was the last dress I expected I would fall in love with. I had gone in thinking I wanted a vintage-style lace dress, but it turns out that style looks horrible on me! When I tried on the Casablanca dress, everything changed. We added a rum pink appliqué belt by Gisele Bridal, which just completed the gown. It was that little bit of vintage and lace that I had wanted.

I was so excited to take my gown to Olga Samarskaya for alterations. She is one of the most reputable seamstresses in the Triangle area of North Carolina. The bustle she created ended up having 19 points! It was just beautiful. She called it “a cloud.”

The dress shopping experience was a special time I got to spend with my mom. Since we planned a bit of a destination wedding, and my mom lives in another state, I didn’t get to do a lot of wedding planning with her. Dress shopping was a special day for us, where we got to spend time together and really treasure the moment. It was just the beginning of a very special season in my life.

Dorothy loved the bustle that Olga Samarskaya created.

Dorothy loved the bustle that Olga Samarskaya created.

More to Dorothy’s Wedding Dress Story

A rum pink appliqué belt by Gisele Bridal made the gown perfect.

A rum pink appliqué belt by Gisele Bridal made the gown perfect. (Click for large view)

Dorothy’s veil was from JL Johnson.

Dorothy married David N. on October 20, 2013 in Pinehurst, NC in the Pergola Garden at the Village Arboretum. The reception was held at The Fair Barn.

Dorothy also wrote a blog post about her experience with her Museum Method™ wedding dress preservation.

Photos courtesy of Brian Mullins Photography.

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