My Wedding Dress: Grace Loves Lace

An iphone picture one of our friends took!

Since it’s now 2 months after my wedding and I’ve had some time to process all the madness (good and bad) that is wedding season and I’m ready to share it with you!

Tip: This was done during “the golden hour” which makes for the best light and I love it but mentally prepare for leaving the party, your friends, and food because if you don’t it can be a moment of should I? Is it worth it? And you don’t want to have to be thinking about that and setting time aside when you are already a few drinks in and wantIng to enjoy! Completely prepare for it or don’t!

First things first: The dress!!!

Drinks and pictures the morning of our wedding!

I did a previous blog post on this without posting the actual dress so now I can! This dress is so popular now and so is the designer: Grace Loves Lace (If you haven’t heard of them do yourself a favour and give the Australian designer a follow for some major daily inspiration!) I legit posted a picture of it on Instagram with the designer tagged and had a lovely bride to be offering to buy it off of me days later! I actually knew I wanted to sell it after because I’m what I would call an anti-hoarder! And it truly brings me joy to think of someone else enjoying it! After selling it to her I’ve had multiple other girls write me asking if I’m thinking of selling it (sorry ladies it’s long gone)! I think the reason for its popularity is girls are moving away from the standard ball gown look in favour of a dress that represent more of their personality. I also think this dress in particular was insanely comfortable compared to many of the more bulky dresses.

I did the medium train length for those of you asking, it comes with a finger loop which I used all night.

I also think girls want to match their venues more so and when barn, vineyard, and country themed weddings are on the rise I can see how your standard poof dress could be on the decline. However, if a ball gown suits you most! If that is YOU! And speak to who you are when it comes to style then it’s the right dress for you regardless of venue! Be True to yourself!

To veil or not to veil? At first I thought no and then I changed my mind and wanted to have a more bridal look for the church and fun look at the reception!
Tip: do your pictures in the MORNING so your makeup and hair is fresh and you can just enjoy after!
Details! I could post the back of this dress endlessly!
Hate to see you go but love to see you leave. lol The oldest saying ever!

Wedding: Buying your wedding dress online!

This dress was gorgeous but slightly heavy on the bottom for me.

So, to be honest the first time I went wedding dress shopping was ONLINE! I had laid eyes on a Grace Loves Lace wedding dress before I was even engaged and it was everything I could ask for in a dress and more ( I knew I didn’t want poof, frills, sparkles, or TYPICAL. I did know I wanted comfortable, classic, stylish, sexy, slightly boho, and for it to go with my venue which is a vineyard in Niagara on the Lake. Maybe this sounds like a tall order but when I saw MY GLL dress it was everything I had dreamed up in my wedding vision of what I would look like as a bride one day! Grace Loves Lace designs all their wedding dresses with French lace and is handmade in Australia (how amazing and unique for those of us in North America!) But I couldn’t exactly make it to their store (they recently opened one in L.A. too)!

So, this one isn’t done justice by the picture. I actually loved it! It was slightly ripped and make-up smeared but a new one would have been perfection! It was just too fancy for my venue and not completely ME!

This is why I opted to hit BUY on an online wedding dress instead of going into a tradition-wedding boutique. I actually got all the feels and even called my mom crying and gushing over how lucky I felt to have purchased my DREAM dress! I never once looked back or felt nervous! When you know, you just know! Grace Loves Lace was it for me!

This dress has all the wow factors but I felt like I had seen it before and it was not the relaxed style I was going for.

However, just because I got the dream dress does not mean I felt like I got the dream girls day out! When I was home for a few days one of my amazing bridesmaids who loves wedding dress shopping enough to work at Kleinfeld’s suggested I get the real bridal experience of wedding dress shopping! So, my Mama, my besty, and I went to one of the biggest bridal stores in Canada! I have to say this was a nice amount of people to have, as it wasn’t too many opinions (We have all seen those episodes of ‘Say Yes to the Dress’)! Tip: Do your hair and makeup the day you go wedding dress shopping! You want to feel beautiful and to be able to picture the way you will look on your wedding day!

This is one of Grace Loves Lace gorgeous wedding dresses to give you an idea of their designs but is not THE ONE I went with. See my whole look come together in July! How effortless and classic is the lace? The split? The draped sleeves? I picture some exquisitely interesting bride wearing this at a wedding in Italy, sipping the finest red wine, while lost in the energy of the evening!
For some reason this wedding dress really made me smile! If I was having 10 dresses this would be 1 of them! I loved the different take on the typical ballgown and every girl who is anti-ballgown (me) should try one on just to see! But make sure you take a picture because I felt like a princess in this dress but it was not the original vision I had set out on and when I saw this picture I could tell the dress wore me.

I did inform the girl I already had my dream dress but I was looking for something similar to see what it would look like on and that I also still truly needed a veil. We had an amazing day of trying on dresses, taking pictures, and me feeling spoiled with love and everything bridal! The BEST part was none of the dresses compared to what I feel for my Grace Loves Lace wedding dress, so I was still sure I had purchased the perfect one!

I had to try this dress on because I LOVE long sleeve wedding dresses but my wedding is in July so it just won’t work. Stay tuned to see what my alternative was to this due to my obsession with beautiful sleeves on brides!

Moral of the story: You can have it all!