Memory Lane…the Dress

Here we are in the middle of summer and with all the weddings that come with the sunshine and clear skies, seeing these beautiful brides makes me reminisce about my own gown. I just have to say that I LOVED my gown. I truly felt like the most beautiful woman. I distinctly remember shopping for my gown and the list of features my gown had to have:

-NO embroidery or embellishments on the skirt

-NO plunging necklines or exposed cleavage

-It had to be strapless

-Had to have a train

-Had to have lace on the bodice

-I wanted an a line skirt that I could wear a hoop or petticoat underneath to give it that princess vibe

My friends from college came in from Chicago and we made a day of dress shopping. I had three stores selected, a high end store, a mid range store and a budget store. I did not want to limit myself to any store “type” and potentially miss my dress. And what do ya know? When we walked into the “budget” store, which was our second stop, my sister pointed to a dress and said “Shereena is going to get that dress.”

She came and found me and told me she found my dress, I came over and saw it and fell in love. I tried it on and it was EVERYTHING I was looking for. Diamond white, sleeveless, with silver lace over the bodice, empire waist with a satin band under the bust with a jeweled broach in the center. An a-line, bustled skirt with a train. It was perfect, but there was one problem, the fabric was not the quality I was looking for.

The sales woman told me it was a knock-off of a Maggie Sottero gown. With that information I went in search of the real thing. I found the Maggie Sottero version of the dress at a beautiful bridal boutique called Elizabeth’s Bridal Manor in Northville, MI.

The day of my wedding, when I put on my gown, tiara, cathedral length veil, and crystal earrings, I felt gorgeous. To top it off, a family friend brought her five year old little boy to the wedding. When he saw me he exclaimed with shock “You’re a princess?! I didn’t know you were a princess!”

Ladies, post fond memories of your big day and how you felt wearing your wedding gown. OR post what you want in a gown when your time comes.

-Shereena Monique

2 comments on “Memory Lane…the Dress”

  1. I remember trying on so many dresses and styles because I didn’t know what I really wanted. When I put on THE dress I couldn’t stop staring! I put it on the day of my wedding and felt like a queen. My dress also came with a jacket and that really set it off! I loved my dress and wouldn’t change it for anything in the world.

  2. Aww that is great Dara! You looked so beautiful at your wedding!


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