A Wedding Dress Story
By Marissa McGann
My gown has a neat story behind it. I had seen a picture of it about 4 years before I got married, which was 3 years before I was engaged! I was never the type to fantasize about my wedding, so when I came across the picture of this particular dress I was shocked at just how much I loved it – I even thought to myself if I never got married, I would consider buying it to turn it into a cocktail dress. Fast forward several years, I got engaged to my college sweetheart and began shopping around the Washington, DC area for my wedding gown. After trying on about 10 dresses, there were several I liked but I knew I couldn’t purchase one without trying on the dress I had seen years before.
I silently prayed the dress was still being made when I called the only store that ever stocked it, and to my relief they still carried it! So I booked an appointment at Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City and organized a trip up there with my mom, sister, and two bridesmaids. After meeting my consultant we headed back to the dressing area, and that’s when I finally got to see it in person – it was more perfect in reality than in the pictures. As I was zipped up, the sample fit perfectly from top to bottom and I knew without a doubt in my mind that it was going to be the dress I got married in. The rest of the appointment was a blur, I barely remember getting measured or ordering the dress – but I do remember my consultant telling me I was one of her easiest appointments ever!
Marissa was able to find her dream dress at Kleinfeld Bridal.
Marissa and her husband celebrated with guests, including their parents.
After the wedding, I knew I needed to have the dress cleaned and preserved. I told my husband if I had chosen any other dress, I wouldn’t have felt so sentimental and would likely not have kept it. He told me he never even entertained the thought of possibly getting rid of the dress – keeping it was the only option in his mind! I guess I was lucky to come away from the wedding with two definite keepers 🙂