So! When we left Lovely Bridal Shop, we were feeling pretty pleased with ourselves, knowing that (even though we had yet to try on our Dream Dress, henceforward known as the DD) there was something pretty exquisite in the shop that would be a more-than-suitable wedding frock. And knowing that, it was much easier than anticipated to walk into the mothership of all bridal salons, the wedding dress Mecca to which starry-eyed brides fly from all corners of the U.S., the one, the only… Kleinfeld.
I was a little intimidated.
Kleinfeld is more commonly known as the salon where TLC films the TV series “Say Yes to the Dress.” I made an appointment there with trepidation, because while they stock almost every dress known to man, the budget is a little more champagne than Kool-Aid, if ya know what I mean. But I was determined to try on the DD, and I knew they had it, so in we went.
I walked in and witnessed a cavernous, glowy, golden-white well-oiled machine, with happy black-clad shopping consultants running every which way, ferrying dresses to and from brides-to-be. They were filming that day (NOT me, thank goodness – you have the option to say “no thank you” to that circus when you make your appointment), so there was quite a bit of subdued hubbub.
The girls and I were escorted back to our private dressing room, where a consultant and I chatted a bit about what I envisioned. She scurried away to find some things for me to try, and came back with the coolest assortment of dresses ever, among which was the DD. We tried them on one by one, saving my favorite for last. They were all gorgeous, of course, even those that I never would have imagined liking. But when I put on the DD, I was done for.
It was better than all of the pictures. I was kind of prepared to have built it up so much in my head that I would get it on and hate it, but it was perfect. The color, the shape, the fit, the style – perfection. And while I still think the dress at Lovely is, well, lovely – this dress just made me forget all about it.
So I said yes to my dress, and the DD became a reality. I couldn’t wait to blog about it, but for some reason I’m hesitant to post pictures! It seems like it should maintain an air of mystery, no? You be the judge — keep it a mystery, or post photos for all the world to see?