All right, you lovelies. It's time to tell you the story of my wedding dress.
Once upon a time, I was watching the news and saw a story about free wedding gowns for military brides. I immediately jumped on the website, saw that there weren't any locations giving away gowns near me, and then saw that I could apply online and win a gown if I were one of the first 100 applicants.
Imagine my surprise when I got the email back, saying I was one of the first 100 and I would be receiving a wedding gown!
All I had to do was send in my measurements, photos of the style dresses I liked, and proof that Joshua was active duty and had served in either Iraq or Afghanistan. I also had to pay shipping once the dress was selected.
And this part, you'll never believe. Do you know what day I got the call that my dress was chosen, and would be shipping out to me? The day Joshua deployed to Afghanistan. Isn't that nuts? Amidst all the goodbyes, tears, and fearing that he'd never come home... hearing that a dress had been selected for me made my day!
As a romantic, I'd obviously been dreaming about my wedding dress from the day I was old enough to realize what a wedding was. So selecting styles of gowns that I was interested in was the best part of the process. I knew I wanted it strapless, layered, possibly with different tiers, not too poofy, simple but with a little glitz... anyway, these are the photos I sent to the contest, giving them ideas of the gowns I was interested in.
The two in the center are the ones I was most obsessed with. The center left image is a Kleinfeld Exclusive by Pnina Tornai (Style 31574544). The center right image is by Pronovias (Style Olga). This style is discontinued but similar Pronovias styles can be found here. The rest are all images from The Knot that are either discontinued or no longer have working links.
Are you ready to see the dress I won?