The Unexpected Way I Found My Wedding Dress

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Kyle Deleu for Grace Loves Lace

Despite my overwhelming love of pretty dresses, parties, sparkles, champagne and my fiancé, I’ve never been the girl that has her wedding day planned out before her engagement. There has never been a secret planning scrapbook under my bed, or a secret Pinterest board.

My engagement was a total surprise, so the planning well and truly started from scratch. There was a big, looming mountain of decisions, and at the very top, my imaginary wedding dress, which stood there, laughing at me.

Maybe it’s because I’m a stylist by day, or maybe it was the pressure of expectation, but for me, I didn’t think I’d be able to find a dress I even sort-of liked in time for the wedding. I had visions of having to wear a dress made of toilet paper, or worse—something I already own in my wardrobe.

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Kyle Deleu for Grace Loves Lace

Pinterest was too daunting, and thanks to too many car-crash episodes of Say Yes To The Dress, I wasn’t anywhere near ready to try on any real-life dresses. So, I started safely in my comfort zone: on Instagram. Some people like to go for a light walk, other people like to Google pictures of Channing Tatum with his shirt off. For me, scrolling through my feed is therapeutic. Plus, I thought, Instagram won’t make me put on an ugly dress and walk out in front of all my bridesmaids.

I’m a true believer that the universe wants to help you. Within a day of very casual browsing, I came across a label that caught my eye. It just screamed me, and I screamed right back. I mean, it styled its wedding dresses with Converse! I found one particular dress that made my heart do a little skip in my chest.

Then, the label started following me. I’d walk past a bridal shop window and there it was. I’d find a dress on Instagram, tap for deets, and there it was again. I’d comment on bridal blogs asking for dress details and… Can you guess? It was basically stalking me, like a big fluffy meringue lurking around every corner.

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Kyle Deleu for Grace Loves Lace

When I finally tried on my favourite dress, my mum and sister said I lit up like a Christmas tree—that magical feeling that I’ve heard you get when you find your dream dress (or $10 in your pocket)—that happened to me. It was the very first dress I tried on, and although I tried a couple after that, I was only doing it because I was being polite to the other dresses. I went back and paid the deposit and now I only have to wait a painful 379 days to wear it again.

My point? Stay calm. Utilise social media. Be open-minded. And admit when you find The One, even if it was the first dress you laid eyes on. Love at first sight sometimes applies to dresses too, you know!

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