This was it!
I purchased this dress for our May 2015 wedding, and it turned out to be a perfect fit. The wedding ceremony is outside, and this dress will be perfect because it isn't too heavy (unlike many other wedding dresses I tried on). It's also a gorgeous ivory color, which I found more flattering on my lighter skin tone. If you are petite and thin, keep in mind that you will likely need alterations done. For reference, I am 5'3" ~107 lbs 32C; I will have to have the dress taken in at the sides and up at the shoulders (which will also help to bring the waist to the correct spot) and the bottom hemmed. If you are small-chested like I am, you can easily have cups sown into the dress so you don't have to worry about a bra. I feel beautiful and classy in this dress and can't wait to wear it next May.
July 23, 2014
My sister told me about BHLDN, and the second I visited the site, I knew I'd find my dress here. I initially passed over this dress because it seemed a bit formal, but once I started looking at it, decided to give it a try. (I mean, why not? They have an awesome return policy!) I'll be completely honest, the second that I pulled this dress out of the garment bag, I knew. I had ordered another dress with it to try, which was very pretty, but it didn't come close. The contrast between the cream gown and the white lace is lovely and it hugs you in all the right spots. It was a bit large at the top and very long, but with minor alterations it will be perfect. I'm going for more of a bohemian feel for the wedding, and though this dress is more on the soft, feminine side, I think paired with some fun colors and flowers, it will be perfect. I'm in love with this dress and can't wait to wear it for my outdoor wedding next April!
July 22, 2014
I ordered this dress online and, after reading the reviews, I opted to order a 4 over my normal 6. I'm super, crazy curvy (34-27-39), but since things are almost always large up top, I figured the 4 would be fine. It arrived, absolutely perfect with a lovely buttercream color and true white lace, and, well, the 4 was not fine. I was in it and zipped, but breathing was completely out of the question (and yes, the top was a bit big at the shoulders). So, while most suggest this dress runs large, I'm going to argue that if you are at all hippy, then order true to size. The straps can easily be shortened if necessary, but there's very little forgiveness (read: none) in the hips or fabric (it's truly form-fitting). I'm exchanging for a 6, which I'm guessing will be spot on, and I cannot wait to wear it for my garden wedding next May!
July 16, 2014
I went in just to browse, as it was my first time even trying on wedding dresses, and much to my surprise ended up actually buying this one! It is absolutely gorgeous!! I really liked this one and the Seraphina gown, but the Odessa just had something elegant and a special something about it. It's funny because it wasn't really the style I had in mind when I was initially looking at dresses online. The back part of the dress is so incredibly beautiful. Overall, the dress fit true to size except for the top part. It's not that the chest area was too large, just the sides needed to be taken in a touch (but only at the very top). Waist and hips were perfect for me. I got my usual size 4. All in all, I am SO happy to call this my wedding dress! I didn't expect to fall in love so quickly with a dress. And it was on sale, so you can't beat that.
June 27, 2014