I never really thought of myself as an anti-bride, but I'm starting to think that title might be appropriate. My first wave of panic happened recently when I was supposed to go dress shopping with a bunch of girlfriends. It was all set up: we were going to drive up to DC for the day, run around the city trying on dresses, and then head back home. It sounds fun on paper, but then I ran through all the "what ifs" (I'm a planner, I can't help it). What if traffic was terrible? What is all the sample sizes were too small and immediately made me angry? What if my lunch lady arms made every dress impossible to work with?
And just like that I cancelled the trip. To be honest, I'm a bit of a lone ranger. So much of my life is spent orchestrating large events so I tend to keep my personal circle pretty small (mainly my fiance and dog). Without telling anyone I made an appointment to try on dresses at Milk & Honey Bride in Virginia Beach. It felt right. No entourage, no traffic, and I know the samples they carry in stock will easily slide over my curves vs. making me want to starve myself. Plus, Karen and Brooke just seem like fun people to hang out with. It was a no brainer!
I show up on Thursday at 10:00 AM and we hit the ground running. We animatedly chatted about the details my fiance and I have been dreaming up over champagne and next thing you know I was in my first dress.
It's important to mention here that I've never tried on a bridal gown before. Not even for fun. My work is shaped around weddings and brides and dresses, but I've never been a model or had a wedding before. Karen and Brooke knew I liked tutus in my everyday life and pulled dresses within my budget before I even got there. This made the whole experience so easy!
Four dresses were on the rack but I was done after number three. It was perfect. Classic, simple, felt like me and fit like a glove. It might have been the champagne or maybe the fact I just didn't want to take it off, but I knew it was the one. To humor myself I tried on the other dress, but I was just playing around at that point.
So much of the experience is really thanks to Karen and Brooke. The whole concept of their "curvy couture" business is genius and they genuinely love what they do. Their store is so light and bright, and you instantly feel at home there (it's gorgeous, you'll want to move in). Between their years of experience and high emotional IQ's, I highly encourage all brides, curvy or not, to make an appointment at Milk & Honey. If your experience is anything like mine, you'll be tempted to stop telling people you're an anti-bride.