I still remember the great hunt for the perfect wedding dress. I quickly learned that I did not like traditional styles and that vintage styles would suit my personality much better. Plus, I scored my one-of-a-kind dress for $195. Not bad.
My very first dress shopping event was at a just-opened vintage bridal boutique in Portland called Xtabay Bridal Salon. A luxe upstairs addition to their already swoon-worthy vintage shop street-level, Xtabay was the perfect first stop for its ultra girly princess feel and individual, one-bride-at-a-time appointments.
I’d spotted it pre-grand opening and timed my fitting perfectly: just one week after they opened. Since every dress was one-of-a-kind, this was a big bonus, as they’d spent ample time collecting gowns for inventory.
It was on that first visit I found My Dress. The dress that made me squeal and jump. But oh, did I try on a few! And they were vastly different in style. I got a few pictures from the event, and I think I definitely chose correct.
Some close and not-so-close runner ups:
In the end, I found THE perfect dress for me. I second-guessed myself time and again. But I should have just looked back at those instant smiles. That was my dress. No questions asked.