When I walked into the store, I wanted a different type of dress than what I actually ended up picking out. I thought I wanted something flowy, kind of bohemian. Still, I didn’t know what options they were going to have, so I wanted to be flexible and let the staff use their expertise to find something that was best for me. The whole process was very fast paced. If something doesn’t work, they’re going to find another dress. They are problem solvers. My consultant, Debbie, brought in five dresses for me to try. I thought they were all cute, but I needed to see them on my body. And I didn’t want to get too excited because I knew they weren’t my exact size. That dress looks great on a hanger, but I’m not a hanger. I have a human body.
But then, the very first dress I tried on was the one. When I walked out to show my sister and best friend, they were like, “Oh my God.” I was crying. It was the emotional moment you hope to get from trying on your wedding dress. It’s a really unique dress. It has flutter sleeves off the shoulder, which I don’t think you see often on wedding gowns. It’s also form fitting—that’s not something I would have pictured myself in, but I love it.
I decided to try one more dress just to see. They put an A-line gown on me, and it was hideous. Just disgusting. I thought, “Wow, I could not look worse.” So I put the first dress back on, and it was perfect. That was it for me.
The biggest thing, though, was getting a good bra to go with my dress. That’s something my mom taught me. She would always say, “Your cleavage is too much. Get a good bra. Pull it up. No one needs to see that.” But I hate bra shopping—and shopping in general—so I wore this horrible strapless bra to my appointment. Even my consultant was like, “Girl, you need a better bra.” That’s 100% something my mom would have said. Randy and Debbie were like, “No, you’re not walking out like that.” They had one at the store they made me change into before I even showed my family. But I was grateful for it because my mom would have done that. Randy told me that’s why he picked Debbie for me: She has two daughters, and she was very motherly toward me. She helped give me the best experience possible.
And even though I missed my mom while I was at Kleinfeld, we found other ways to incorporate her into the wedding. I have a necklace that matches one she wore every single day of her life, and I have a pair of her diamond earrings to wear as well. That’s her representation. I know her spirit’s there. And this show is her spirit, I think.
Overall, I’m grateful for the experience. Who does this? Who flies out to New York for a giant ceremony and a free wedding dress? A lot of people go to Kleinfeld Bridal just to have the experience, so getting a VIP appointment all about me was really cool. I’m not used to being the center of attention or having the focus, so that was really fun. But most of all, I’m just so excited to get married. I told Randy, as long as this ends in my fiancé and I getting married, you really can’t complain.
Say Yes to the Dress: America airs Saturdays on TLC.