Before the Store
I started my search at two nearby boutiques, The Lovely Bride in Philadelphia and La Belle Mariee Bridal in Langhorne. I brought along my mom and two best friends for support and opinions. Prior to my appointment at The Lovely Bride, I was able to use their online catalog to “favorite” gowns that fit my style and budget. Upon arriving, we met stylist Kendall and had a few moments to look around the shop. I loved the aesthetic here and knew it was going to be a great time! While trying on dresses, we mostly stuck to the designs in which I had already shown interest, but Kendall added in a few that I may have overlooked as well. I had my friends take a ton of pictures so that I could go back and reference at a later time; this was a tip given to me by a close friend who suggested I may get caught up in the moment! We left the shop with some great contenders and headed over to La Belle Mariee Bridal next.
At La Belle Mariee, we met with Sarah who was a familiar face I know from the dance world! We browsed the racks and started a collection of gowns to try on. This boutique is gorgeous and I loved the large fitting room and pedestal that had mirrors from all angles that could really capture all the details of the dresses! At this fitting I felt like I really got a hold of exactly what it was that I wanted but was starting to feel it may be out of my budget. I didn’t find the winner at this shop but still had a great time playing dress up!