Planning Day 2: The Dresses

Posted: April 29, 2019

Photographs by Kivalo Photography

From Katie:

The second day of planning was one for the books! The day had finally come to pick out my wedding dress, a moment a lot of people dream about for their entire lives. I woke up with humongous butterflies in my stomach, nervous about finding “the one”.

I met my bridesmaids and future mother-in-law and we all packed into one car and made the trip together to our first stop, Maine Coast Weddings and Events in Rockport. We were immediately greeted by Kristin and Linda, who right away helped ease my nerves. Christine from Real Maine Weddings and Patty from Kivalo Photography also met us there. It was so good to see some familiar faces as well. Patty and Christine are so fun to work with and having them there was like an extension of my wedding party.

Linda and Kristin showed me around their adorable shop and took me to a rack of dresses that looked like they came straight from my Pinterest board! I was looking for something whimsical and ethereal with some kind of sleeve for the fall. I felt confident right away that I would be finding my perfect dress that day. 

We took back fists full of dresses for me to try on as my bridesmaids settled in. While I was getting the first dress on in the fitting room, two of my bridesmaids were outside getting my mom and dad, who live in Florida, on FaceTime. It was important for me to be able to have my parents there to be a part of this special day. 

The dresses that Linda and Kristin had picked out for me were the most gorgeous dresses I have ever seen. It was very clear to me that they are pros at what they do and are great at listening to what brides are looking for. They helped make me feel so comfortable and more beautiful than I have ever felt in my life. It was an overwhelming, emotional experience and I’m so lucky to have had Linda, Kristin, my group of girls, Christine, and Patty there to share it with me.

After we picked out the 3 dresses the public will be voting on, we packed our car up and headed to Bangor to The Henry's Bridal Boutique to try on bridesmaids dresses. It was important to me going into this appointment that my girls would be able to pick dresses out that they felt beautiful in. I wanted them to be able to feel as beautiful as I felt, and Molly from The Henry’s really helped make that happen.

My bridesmaids got to look through the endless racks of dresses and pick out their favorites and try any and all of them on. It was so fun to see what each girl picked out and see everyone’s personality come through with their choices.

At one point, I got emotional watching each of them and how beautiful they all looked. I feel so grateful for this experience and for all of the amazing people in my life. It is truly such a blessing.

Each girl ended up with a favorite dress, each unique in its own way and perfect for them. We really couldn’t have done it without Molly and her incredible knowledge and friendliness. It was such a treat to get to work with her and have her on our team. She was so positive and welcoming and her passion for what she does really shined through.

This day was a day I will never forget for the rest of my life. It will forever hold such a special place in my heart and I’m so thankful to have been given the opportunity.

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