Cascading Goddess Gown
I am 5'5 34-26-36 34C and the 2 fits most almost perfectly. The size chart made me think I needed to upsize to a 4 but I went with my intuition. I will have to shorten the straps and hem the bottom. I will be wearing 5inch wedges and need a few inches off the bottom. Lucky Brand Riedel wedges match the color perfectly if you are looking for a wedge sandal.
Being made in China is my only disappointment.
The dress is light weight and flowy. I would totally recommend it!
June 12, 2013
Even Better Than I Expected
According to the size chart, I was between a size 0 and 2 (32/25/35). A BHLDN stylist informed me that this dress runs large for sizes above 6, and small for those smaller. I ordered the 2 and it's almost perfect (just a little wiggle room). It does need to be hemmed and I need the straps taken in, but the dress is even more beautiful and unique in real life than it appears online. One thing I did not think of was that it comes in a box, so it's wrinkled, but that's an easy fix. The only negative thing I noticed was that it is made in China.
I really had a hard time finding anything I liked in conventional bridal shops with all the sparkles, ball gowns, and overwhelming boning. The boning in this dress is barely noticeable. It is extremely comfortable and lightweight.
June 6, 2013
I wore this dress for my beach wedding.
I picked this dress for my beach wedding because I knew that it would look beautiful blowing in the wind. Even though it has many layers, it was very comfortable even in the heat of the Riviera Maya. I had no alterations done and the size 2 fit me perfectly. I am 5'7" and a 34B. I wore 4 inch heels and the dress just touched the ground in the front.
March 6, 2013
~ Meant to Be ~
This dress was simply meant to be. Nothing else compared, once I laid eyes on it. I was engaged early in 2011, only a couple of months after BHLDN's launch. I started looking at wedding dresses right away, tried a couple on at a local salon, had a picture in my head of what I was looking for, and wasn't finding a dress that matched my mind's eye. I came across BHLDN by accident in an internet search for "vintage wedding dresses", ..vintage, romantic, flowy, ethereal being key words in my search. Catherine Deane's Cascading Goddess Gown was one of the first few dresses I saw on this site and I couldn't believe someone actually made a dress that completely fit every detail I could have dreamed of in a dress. I am totally not the 'wedding dress' type, and am not easily impressed by them, but this one was so breathtakingly gorgeous, unique, feminine. Nothing else even came close to comparing once I saw this one. I went with my faith and ordered it in a size 0, following the size chart provided. I've never been so excited to get a package than when it arrived the very next day. I have to say that this dress is even more breathtakingly beautiful in person. It is the perfect creamy ivory color, and hand stitched..I mean the detail in this dress is incredible. The roping on the bodice, and the long chiffon layers, there's a softness to the dress and even a shimmery sheen. I tried it on, and it fit PERFECTLY, like a glove. I only needed to alter the length and that was it! The seamstress who did my alterations told me that she'd never seen a dress so gorgeous in her whole career and that mine was her most favorite to have worked on. She said that it was pretty easy to alter the length, she was able to take it apart at the waist and pull it up a few inches, so as not to disturb the chiffon layers. She also put a simple hook and eye bustle into the back which was gorgeous and billowy as well.
When my wedding day finally came, on December 15th, 2012, the week before Christmas, I could not wait to show everyone, especially my husband. He was dumbfounded when we had our 'first look' shoot, told me that I looked like an angel, and that it was perfect and completely nothing he'd ever seen before. The entire night was filled with gasps and asking me where I got my dress, and how unique and gorgeous it was. I literally want to wear this dress every single day! It is so comfortable, there is a layer of silk that touches your skin first, so soft. The next layer of tulle gives the dress just the right amount of volume, and lots of warmth (I was married on the Delaware River in December and was completely warm outside taking pictures), and the strands of chiffon do actually float when you move, walk, and dance. Very angelic and ethereal feeling. I danced all night in this dress, very easy to move in! The bodice has boning inside so you don't need to wear a bra if you don't want to, however, it is comfortable if you want to wear one, like I did. It's true waisted, so the bodice starts at just the right spot at your waist and the layers begin at just the right spot, so your slimmest area is accentuated. I wore the Beaming Blossoms Sash, as shown in the model's picture, and also the Auroral Vapor Heels, and got just as many compliments on them as well. The entire ensemble together was beyond perfection, and helped to create the "vintage, ethereal, feminine, romantic" vision for my wedding into reality. I wouldn't change a thing, and could not recommend this dress, or BHLDN more. So many thanks BHLDN! You gave me my dream wedding vision come true! My new favorite store!! :*)
March 2, 2013