Choosing My Wedding Dress

Photo by Rachel Red Photography

Choosing a wedding gown was as much fun as I’d always imagined it would be. It was definitely one of the highlights of the wedding planning process!

So many beautiful dresses at White on Daniel Island

Selecting a wedding dress was one of the first wedding planning to-do items I checked off my list! My mom, sister, and I spent a day in January visiting wedding gown boutiques in Charleston. I made only two appointments, as I felt pretty certain that I was going to find my dress at the same place my sister found her dress, White on Daniel Island. We made a fun day out of it! My mom and sister brought some champagne to sip as I tried on gowns, and we had lunch at one of our favorite lunch spots downtown!

My mom, sister, and me on the day I chose my wedding dress!

Our first stop was White on Daniel Island. Betsy at White did a great job selecting dresses for me to try on based on the inspiration photos I sent prior to my appointment. I am a minimalist and was drawn to gowns that didn’t have too much embellishment. Taking into consideration that the wedding was in June, I didn’t want anything that felt too heavy – I wanted a dress that would move with me, if that makes sense. I believe it was the third dress that I tried on that felt like ‘the one’ for me. I loved that it had a simple A-line silhouette, with a low-cut back. The buttons and long train gave it the ‘wow’ factor I was looking for, while remaining simple in design. The dress was actually one that was designed by the owner, Jodi. I loved that it was one of her designs!

We tried on a few veils, and as soon as I saw the cathedral style veil with beautiful embroidered details, I knew I found the perfect pairing! It’s hard to tell from the photos, but the veil had beautiful beading in the shape of small flowers down the veil. It added a whimsical feel, and the embellishments really complimented the minimalistic design of the dress. My mom and sister confirmed that they felt like this dress was perfect for me!

My sister photographing the angles of the gown

While I felt pretty certain I had found ‘the dress’, we did end up visiting the other boutique I had scheduled an appointment with. It didn’t take me long to realize that I was comparing the other gowns to the one that I had found at White, so we called Betsy as soon as we left to order the dress!

My mom and my pup, Beau came with me on my first fitting!
He was a little excited – my mom had to hold him back from running to me!

Leading up to our wedding day, I would have several dress fittings to ensure the dress fit perfectly. Beau even came with me on one of my appointments! From the photo above, I think he loved the dress!

I have a serious face here, but I was actually so excited on the inside!

I could hardly stand my excitement the day that I actually got to take my dress home! It meant that our wedding was just a few days away…

My beautiful mom helping me get ready!
Photo by Rachel Red Photography
Photo by Rachel Red Photography
Heading to our first look

Wearing my dress on my wedding day was just as magical as I had always anticipated it to be. I was so happy with my gown choice!

Photo by Rachel Red Photography
Photo by Rachel Red Photography

I’m having so much fun sharing posts about our wedding with you. I have more in the works, so stay tuned! 🙂

Thank you for reading!



Photography: Rachel Red Photography

Venue: Wachesaw Plantation

Planning: Ash Events

Florals: Greenskeeper Florist

Gown & Veil: White on Daniel Island

Hair: Jimbo Newton

Nails: Lunala Nail Lab

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