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The 911 Dress 411

April 7th, 2009 @ 11:03 am by Emilie @ Emilie Inc. Photography

I never thought I’d be the type of bride to cry in the fitting room after a dress fitting. But on Friday, that was me.

When J and I started to map out our wedding plans last fall, the dress was a piece of the puzzle that I wasn’t terribly concerned with. Photos? Yes. Location? Yes. And so on. Dress? Not so much. Or at least that is what I thought.

You see, I waited until January to start my dress hunt, certain that I would have better luck finding something for a destination wedding after the new year and perhaps new stock (little did I know dresses come and go quite often). But when I arrived to try on dresses at a well-known local shop on New Hampshire’s seacoast with my entourage (mom, sister and BFF Kara), the sales associate informed us I was quite late and would have to choose a sample dress from stock. With a limited selection and waning enthusiasm from said associate- let’s call her Nancy- I tried dress after dress without success, and my hopeful disposition was quickly challenged. Frustrated, I left and decided to return a few days later when Nancy wasn’t working.

This time I was paired with Michelle (again, names have been changed), who I immediately liked much better. She, too, paraded dress after dress into my fitting room and we soon had a rhythm as I dove into and out of taffeta, silk, chiffon and lace. Two hours later, I was again frustrated and my mom suggested I revisit a dress I had vetoed from our initial appointment. I liked it much better this day, when compared to my other options, and decided to pull the trigger after the seamstress pinched and pinned the oversize sample so I could get a better idea of the magic she planned for my soon-to-be custom-fit look. I didn’t love the dress. But again, it needed a lot of work. I had a vision she (let’s call her Karen) seemed to understand, and I was convinced I could now check another item off the massive bridal To Do list.

My dear mom and I made the hour drive to the bridal shop f-o-u-r times for fittings, each time the vision I had for the dress lessening (and the pit of uncertainty in my stomach growing) as it seemed Karen just wasn’t able to make it happen. I was having trouble sleeping. I was irritable with everyone. And imagining our wedding day was becoming harder and harder as I hated picturing myself in a dress I didn’t love. How interesting that the one thing I really wasn’t all that concerned about out of the engagement gate was suddenly casting an awful shadow over all of the very, very good things about our plans.

On Friday, I put out an SOS midnight call to my friend Rebecca Grinnals of Engaging Concepts and host of the engage!08 seminar I went to in Orlando last fall. She is like the cheerleading captain of the wedding world, and knows everyone who needs to be known in the wedding biz. Within minutes she replied with a calming, yet concerned, email saying she would see what she could do. Saturday morning, I received a phone call from Randy Fenoli at Kleinfeld Bridal in New York. You know, “the” Kleinfeld’s and Randy Fenoli, host of TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress.” This sweetheart was racing around for Bridal Market Week but walked me through our emergency steps to take… email him a photo of myself, my measurements, and my top dress choices from their website. Done. His assistant checked the stock and he got back to me with what was available, and how we could make this happen if I wanted to fly to NYC this week. Amazing. Simply amazing. There’s a reason why that store, and Randy, are known for their greatness!

Meanwhile, I had been emailing with Traci Romano, of Traci Romano Events, in South Norwalk, Connecticut, about purchasing a Sara Gabriel cage veil. She sent me an email this morning with a few more details, and I replied explaining my latest dilemma with Friday’s fitting and that I thought I should start looking for another dress altogether and wasn’t sure if a cage veil might match what I find, so we should wait to place my order (I know that’s a run-on sentence, but that’s kinda exactly what my scatty email sounded like, I’m sure). She wrote back right away, saying I was welcome to any dress in her store if I wanted to drive to her shop in Connecticut. 30 minutes later, I was packed and on the road.

It was a perfect day for the 4-hour trip to Connecticut, and I was feeling hopeful as I watched spring blooming much faster the further south I drove. The green grass and budding trees made me happy. Boy, was I on a little adventure!

Traci left her family gardening while she scooted over to meet me at her darling waterfront boutique with open arms. And hallelujah, wouldn’t you know, the first dress she showed me I loved and… is now mine. It was that easy! Seriously! Can you hear my sigh of relief?

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I’ve learned a lot of things through this planning process, both about being a bride and a business owner. In retrospect, I wish I had given greater importance to finding the right dress initially and trusted my instinct on the second fitting, not waiting until two weeks before our wedding at the fourth fitting to realize my 911 dress emergency. Dress #1 is just a dress. Dress #2 is an experience. I feel amazing in my new dress- my dream dress- and I cannot wait to marry J wearing it (For the record, I never thought “my dream dress” would ever part my lips, either, without being followed by a finger-down-the-throat puking motion). Feeling beautiful shows.

I can’t say enough about Traci as a model businesswoman. She made me feel like the most important person today. She showered me with the kindness and grace that I can only hope my clients feel, but that is missing from too many other bridal appointments. I could go on and on about the other dress shops I visited in between or the other vendors I have interacted with, but I’m going to assume you can guess that exceptional customer service is lacking in most. Today’s adventure goose chase, however, most certainly also reaffirmed my belief in the human spirit. Traci is one in a million (she even had a friend with another boutique in town on stand-by if I couldn’t find anything at her shop! And her seamstress, too!), and I cannot wait to send brides her way:

Traci Romano Events
www.traciromano.com
203-354-9791Just 10 hours later I am home and I can now, most contently, return to normal, minor last-minute wedding chores. 2 weeks til we leave for St. John, 20 days til the wedding!

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Thank you, Traci! xoxoxoxoxoxo

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7 Responses to “The 911 Dress 411”

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Miss Peep Toe

So glad you found something!! Now I totally want to see it!! 20 days to go- so excited for you!

 
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Doctorgirl

I was hoping to get a glimpse too! I think it’s great that you were able to use your connections in the industry to find what you loved!

 
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BeachBrideT

Eeeeeeek! That sounds very stressful but I’m so happy to hear that you found a dress that you LOVE! And it seems like you found a few different people that were willing to help, which is great!

 
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Loralie

Sara Gabriel’s flagship store is in Denver, and I met her early on in my planning process. You couldn’t ask for a nicer person - when I was unsure if I should go with a birdcage or traditional veil, she gave me her email and offered to take a look at a photo of my dress to give me her opinion. And on top of it all, her veils are all absolutely gorgeous! Did you end up ordering one after all?

 
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Vendor Tour: Traci Romano Events Hosts Sara Gabriel Veiling & Headpieces » Weddingbee PRO » The Wedding Vendor Blog

[...] Romano, you’ll recall, is my guardian angel who saved me from my wedding dress emergency by graciously offering me anything in her store in Connecticut last weekend. This weekend, I drove [...]

 
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We’re Married: The Details » Weddingbee PRO » The Wedding Blog

[...] ($2800) You all know the dress drama (and if you don’t, it’s worth the time- and a few gasps- to read this post and learn of my incredible dress angel Traci), and I’m thrilled to share the happy result! I [...]

 
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Jill and Bob » Weddingbee PRO » The Wedding Blog

[...] up with Whitney, and continued to track her progress online (even calling her in a pinch during my dress nightmare after having messaged about how much she adored her own [...]

 

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