December 16, 2009


Posted in Attire, Planning at 5:33 pm by Andrea

One wedding dress.

Colour: Ivory

Fabric: Satin

Feeling: Perfection

Our dress hunt began in earnest on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. when I arrived at Ritché for my appointment. My consultant, Sonya, chatted with me and got a good idea of what I was looking for (buzz words “elegant,” “classic,” “not too much embellishment,”) and headed off to the stock room (with my list of dress styles in hand) to pull some gowns.

She came back with a few gowns from my list, as well as a few of her own picks.

I was very happy that Ritche was cool with us taking photos. We only took photos of those dresses that were somewhat interesting.

I present you with a random smattering of the rejects:

Maggie Sottero – Janelle

Pronovias – Genova

Enzoani – Not sure of style name

Turns out nothing even came close to comparing to the first dress I tried on (not pictured above…wait for it).

We left Ritche, went downtown, grabbed some lunch at Cafe Nervosa (my close friend and BM Emily joined us):

I ate a whole thin-crust pizza. Who knew that trying on dresses caused so much hunger?!

We thought that it would be great to fit in one more store in the afternoon so that Em could see me in some dresses, and also so that I could try some totally “out there” things on to make sure that the dress I LOVED was the right one. Didn’t want to leave any stones unturned. (I should note that after we left Ritche I spent about 98% of my time talking about how much I loved dress number 1. How stunning it was. How it hugged me in all the right places. How I LOVED the heavy fabric. How The Guy would like the cleavage. Etc. Etc. You could say I was a little annoying).

So we headed down to Spadina and found a shop where we didn’t need an appointment. Let me tell you, it was nothing fancy! The fitting rooms were small and basically created out of bright pink shower curtains. But the store seemed to carry a lot of nice lines. When we walked in we saw “my” dress on a mannequin. We asked the sales associate to take it off the mannequin so that I could try it on (wanted Emily to see it).

I tried on a HUGE variety of dresses at store #2. A STUNNING Pronovias mermaid dress (remember how I said I thought mermaids would looks horrible on me? Yeah, I was wrong). It didn’t feel “wedding-ish” though. I think I would wear it on the red carpet at the Oscars though! I tried on ball gowns and froofy gowns that looked like they were made of meringue. I even tried on a Paloma Blanca number that looked like it was better fit for someone attending a ball at the White House (I’m sure it would be very lovely on a lot of people — on me it was matronly).

And then, after rejecting all of the above, they brought out “my” dress. I put it on and everyone — including the sales associate — couldn’t stop talking about how perfectly it suited me. So at that point I was 99% decided that it was the one.

I was standing on the pedestal in front of one of those giant mirrors and then, all of the sudden, the radio that had been playing top 40 music, started playing Ave Maria. My mum and I instantly burst into tears and couldn’t even talk. It was my grandma’s favourite song. Just as we pulled ourselves together, an old version of Silent Night, my grandma’s favourite Christmas song, came on. We knew immediately that it was the dress. As my mum said, “Grandma walked into the room.”

We went back to Ritche on Monday and bought “the one.”

I present to you….my wedding gown!:


December 13, 2009


Posted in Attire at 4:53 pm by Andrea

Dress shopping was a success and there’s a great story to go along with it.

More to come when I have some photos uploaded!

December 11, 2009

And so the search begins…

Posted in Attire, Planning at 7:23 pm by Andrea

Tomorrow I will set out on the odyssey that so many brides before me have attempted: the search for the dress.

Am I excited? Absolutely! Do I know what I want? Not entirely. Do I know what I don’t want? Without a doubt!

Let’s start with the stats: I am 5’10”, a street size 10 and have the quintessential hourglass figure.

Ideas of what I like: lace, gathering, pleating, v-necks, minimal embellishment, slim a-line silhouettes.

Ideas of what I dislike: mermaid dresses, ball gowns, excessive poofiness, pick-ups, too much beading, anything from this line, which frankly scares the bejesus out of me (anyone who’s read bridal magazines know exactly what I’m talking about, right?!)!

Having said all of that, I’m very much open to trying a variety of gowns on this weekend, because you just never know. I do, however, want to avoid anything tight around the hip/thigh region (hence my dislike for mermaid gowns) as that is definitely my “problem area.”

My style is classic and elegant, with a bit of a modern edge. There are a number of dresses I’ve bookmarked and am eager to try on. My absolute favourite at this point is the Pronovias Goleta:


One of my friends took one look at the above dress and instantly proclaimed it “SO you!” So, it will be interesting to see how it actually looks on my frame.

The others that I’m hoping to try on, in no particular order:

Maggie Sottero, Karena Royale


Maggie Sottero, Janelle


Allure, C153


Pronovias, Menta


Pronovias, Medina


Pronovias, Respiro


It will be interesting to see when I return from my shopping outings if I stuck to these sorts of looks or got my head turned from something entirely different.

Stay tuned to hear the rest of the story!