I can’t believe I’m even writing these words but this weekend I found my wedding dress! I am so, so, so in love with it and can’t believe I have to wait another 550 days to wear it. 🙂 I obviously won’t be sharing the exact dress I chose but I did want to let you in on a bit of the process and show you some of the runners up because I easily could have walked out with ten dresses… All of them were lovely in their own way but the one I chose is just so me and absolutely perfect for how I want our wedding to feel.

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{We all loved the top of this Tara Latour dress! The tulle skirt underneath had me feeling like Scarlett O’Hara… not quite right for a Nantucket wedding but beautiful all the same!}

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There’s one designer I found right when I started blogging (now 6+ years ago!) and always had tucked in the back of my head for someday long into the future. Well, the time came and there was exactly one bridal shop in Dallas that carried the line I was most interested in. So I made an appointment for a weekend when my family would be in town for our engagement party, pinned a bunch of dresses to a private Pinterest board, and counted down the days until I could see how they’d look on me!

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{I loved the thick waistband and covered buttons on the Rue de Seine Sophia dress but it wasn’t quite right for me up top.}

I had the best experience at A & Bé Bridal Shop and truly couldn’t recommend it more highly. It’s a loft-like space in Dallas’s design district (they also have locations in Denver and Minneapolis) with great natural light (especially relevant since our reception will be outdoors!) and so many beautiful dresses to choose from. But easily the best part was our consultant Bethany, who instantly understood the look I was going for and asked me all the right questions when I started to feel a little overwhelmed with feedback from the rest of my group.

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Speaking of the group, I invited my mom and dad, Grandy, my sister Reilly, and Will’s mom (and my cousin Emily whose flight was delayed but who arrived just in time to celebrate that night!). It was definitely a large group (which a lot of people advised me not to do) but I had done a fair amount of research beforehand and had a good idea of which styles I wanted to try on. I narrowed it down to three or four of my picks and then let everyone else choose one dress that they thought I might like. When I tried on the sixth dress (which was my favorite going in!), I just instantly knew. (I thought for sure I’d be the girl trying on four dozen dresses at six different bridal shops so I was very pleasantly surprised!) After that, we played around with embellished belts, different types of veils, and cheers-ed with a glass of champagne!

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{This Sarah Seven dress was an all-around favorite, especially once Bethany added grosgrain ribbon at the waist… but as much as I loved it, we found one I love even more!}

It was truly the most fun day I’ve had since I first said yes on Christmas Eve. It was so special to try on dresses with so much of my family present and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. I keep staring at the photos of my dress (many thanks to Reilly who played iPhone photographer for the day!) and can’t wait until the day I get to wear it and marry Will!


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  1. Hey Mackenizie,

    Now that you have picked a dress, any chance you will make your pinterest board public (minus your actual dress choice, of course!) I am helping a bride pick a dress now and you and her have very similar, excellent styles!

  2. Congratulations! I just found my dress last week and am so in love with it. Can’t wait to see which dress you chose 🙂

  3. You look beautiful in all of them! I Hope you share wedding pictures! Can’t wait! Enjoy your blog so much!

  4. So fun! Oh my gosh, can I please just go wedding dress shopping again?! This is one of the most fun parts. I picked out my dress super early and was obsessed with it and knew I made the right choice the day of – BUT, I second guessed it quite a few times in the many days before my wedding because you see so many gorgeous dresses all the time during planning. If you ever get like that, stick to your guns and remember this feeling! CONGRATS!

    Erin, Attention To Darling

  5. I loved this post! Thank you so much for sharing your wedding dress shopping experience!! And congratulations on finding your dress!!!

  6. Congratulations Mackenzie! All of the dresses are so beautiful on you and I can’t wait to see the final choice. Thanks for sharing all the steps leading up to your wedding!

  7. Yay!! Congratulations on choosing your dress! Mine was Sarah Seven that I added sleeves and a ribbon to and I absolutely loved it! I can’t wait to see which dress you went with 🙂 xoxo Audrey

  8. You’ll be a beautiful bride! Glad to see you had such a lovely experience shopping for THE dress. 🙂
    Wanted to drop by because I saw a pair of shoes that instantly reminded me of you. Chances are, you’ve already spotted them (and probably mentioned them on the blog and I missed it), but here they are:

    Blue and white stripes seem to be your ‘thing.’

    Happy wedding planning! XO

  9. I’m so happy for you! You look lovely in all of these. Doing research and picking the right salon makes all the difference 🙂

    You and I have similar style, so you can imagine how my first bridal appointment went at an over the top “princess” dress place. My mom made the appointment and neither of us looked into what the salon carried ahead of time. There wasn’t a single dress that wasn’t huge, had sheer panels (?!) or covered in a ton of lace, rhinestones, pick ups, and “extras.” I didn’t even last the whole appointment in there! Eventually I found my dress at J Crew, and it looked similar to the Sarah Seven one you tried on. Way more me!

  10. Congratulations! It’s one big to do item you can cross off your list. I’m sure your final selection is beautiful and perfect for you!

  11. OMG they look so beautiful on you!!! I can’t wait to see the final pick.

    I’ve been a mix of anxious, nervous, stressed, and excited to go try on dresses next weekend when our parents come to town to meet each other, but this makes me SUPER excited to go!!!! Thanks for the inadvertent pep talk 🙂

  12. Yay! Isn’t it exciting? I also thought I would be the girl who would end up going to 6 bridal salons, trying on hundreds of dresses- not that I would have complained. But it is indeed pleasantly surprising to find the one on your first go. I think it was about the 8th dress for me when I started falling in love. So excited for you!