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February 18, 2014

Tips and Tricks for finding Your Perfect Dress

{ FINDING YOUR WEDDING DRESS }

Authored by: Heather Kane

#WGx

 

You said, “Yes!” with a big eager smile, and now your hand is decorated with the most beautiful and sentimental piece of jewelry you have ever worn. So, now what?

For most brides, the dress is the next priority!

Wedding Dresses on a rack

You gather together your mother, sisters, friends, and cousins and make a mad dash to any bridal store that will allow you to walk in without an appointment. You try on as many dresses as you possibly can and take as many selfies as possible to help document the fun time had for looking back on years from now.

Actually, if this is your plan, I highly recommend that you take a moment to read this and reconsider how you plan to begin the journey of finding the right dress for YOU.

Having worked in a bridal salon for years, I’ve seen many successful and unsuccessful attempts made by brides to find their dream dress. I have seen what should be a happy and exciting moment turn into an event more stressful than required. This is precisely why I would like to give you a few pointers on what to (and not to!) do:

1) KNOW YOUR BUDGET

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Everyone has a budget.

Even Donald Trump!

So before you begin to shop for a dress, determine who will be paying for it and how much is agreed upon to spend.

I recommend having a lower budget with an extra amount you would be willing to spend if it is the right dress for you.

Be firm and make sure your bridal consultant and any others helping you pick out a dress are all aware of your budget before you start rocking pricey frocks int he fitting room.

Nothing is more heart-wrenching than seeing a bride fall in love with a dress and then having to watch her walk away from it because, in the end, she isn’t able to buy it.

 

2) KEEP IT EXCLUSIVE

One of the most exciting and important moments of planning a wedding is going gown shopping, and no moment between saying, “Yes!” and “I Do!” is more magical than when a bride finds her dress! It is for this reason that everyone will want to come with you and offer their “help”.

The truth is, each person who comes with you will have an opinion. They’ll get confused between finding a dress that they, themselves, like versus one that’s perfect for you. These are two VERY different things!

So who should you invite?

Let’s start with the person whose opinion matters to you the most. In most cases, this is the bride’s mother or guardian. Regardless of who it is, it should be someone who knows you best. Even though this person may have a different style in mind than what you’re looking for, they should be willing to compromise their own personal opinions for the bride’s dream of her perfect gown.

Your Maid of Honor, a woman you’ve decided is closest to you of all your friends, is another great companion for dress shopping. You’ve designated her a role that requires her help, and you already trust that she will always have your best interest in mind. Your “MOH” is the perfect candidate to share your wedding dress adventures with!

Some brides choose to bring old family friends, grandmothers, or other bridesmaids. This is understandable. However, my advice would be to take as few people as possible while you search for your main dress contenders. Once you’ve narrowed down your selections to the final few, then book another appointment and come back with the rest of your entourage to help make the final decision. Or if you’ve already made the choice yourself, bring in the gang to show off your final selection (but make it clear that you will not be trying on any other dresses).

This way you are still completely in control of picking your dream gown but you can include all those who matter to you in the special moment(s).

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3) PLAY THE PART

You are a bride.

And whether or not you decide you want to go with a full-blown ball gown or a knee-length, white, summer dress, you must still look the part of a bride. This means preparing yourself before you go trying on dresses!

Freshen up.

You may need help in the change room and don’t want to be caught wearing your lucky field hockey socks that you haven’t washed from your first winning game!

If you are planning on wearing a fitted gown, be sure to wear appropriate under garments required to achieve a flawless, seamless look.

Style your hair similar to what you have in mind for your wedding day. It can be tricky to picture yourself with a tiara and veil in a pretty dress when you have a messy ponytail that’s greasy and falling out of your ratty hair elastic.

Don’t forget to touch up your make-up and consider waterproof mascara just in case you have one of those sentimental Hollywood moments that you may or may not have been expecting. Just be careful not to go overboard with the glam and avoid caking on foundation that will most likely get all over those beautiful white dresses you’re styling! Nobody wants to see skin-coloured smears left behind by previous brides.

The dresses you try on while you’re wedding gown shopping are most likely the single most expensive articles of clothing you will ever wear. Please remember to take extra care! Take your time and be sure to not get any deodorant or makeup on them. Be careful not to snag zippers. Lift the dress up when you walk out of the fitting room so that the delicate late trim doesn’t get caught on the door hinges or your stiletto heels.  - the Bridal Stylists will thank you!

 

4)  TRUST THE EXPERTS

Speaking of those Bridal Stylists, they are there to help you. Trust them!

If you are anything like me, you have been dreaming of what your wedding dress will look like since you were a little girl. Perhaps you have even stashed a few pictures of your favourites in a secret gallery on your smartphone or Pinterest.

I definitely recommend bringing those pictures in with you when you go wedding dress shopping. They’re a great starting point in describing to the bridal consultant what details you like most about the dresses you’d like to try on.

Oftentimes,  a bride knows that she likes a dress but it takes a bit more time for most to realize what it is, specifically, that they like about it. A good bridal stylist will ask you questions about your wedding so that she can have a better idea of what kind of dress would be best suited to the overall style of your event. If she doesn’t ask, offer up the information yourself!

Most importantly, trust the expert.

I can’t emphasize this enough.

Stylists know their inventory better than you could.

They have seen how each dress looks on every body shape.

Be open minded and be willing to try what they suggest, even if it is not a style you were considering before. A dress they suggest may have some element to it that you didn’t realize would look really, really flattering on you!

 

5) HAVE FUN!

Shopping for your wedding gown is supposed to be one of the most exciting adventures you will embark on while being engaged.

Have fun with it!

Bring some snacks with you to munch on in between store visits to help keep your energy high.

Trying to find the right dress can be an exhausting task, both physically and emotionally. Stay positive and enjoy the time spent together creating memories with those you love most.

Each dress you try on brings you closer to “The One” so do your best not to stress about the ones that don’t give you goosebumps.

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They say that finding the perfect dress is like finding the perfect man; when you think you have, stop looking!

One of the biggest mistakes a bride can make is trying on too many dresses. Ten is plenty, 20 is average… anything more and you’re asking for trouble. Consider the weather, think about the terrain you’ll be trudging, and be genuine and authentic to your own personal style. If you’ve never been the ballgown-type, don’t think your wedding day calls for Cinderella style.

You know you’ve found “The One” when you start comparing all others to it.

And don’t let those wedding dress reality shows trick you… it’s okay if you don’t cry!

All that matters is that your wedding dress makes you feel beautiful. It’s being in love that will make you sparkle.

Rick Denham Photography

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So I would like to wish you a big Congratulations! – and all the joy you can have while hunting for your special dress!

If you think you have some specific questions before heading out to begin your search, feel free to email me: heather@weddinggirl.ca

Personal styling consultation and shopping service is also available. Make sure to get in touch!

Happy Dress-ing!

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:: Blog Photo Credits (in order of appearance)

VanCityBride.com

SheFinds.com

Taylor Jackson Photography

Rick Denham Photography

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February 10, 2014

fraîche Floral Atelier :: by WeddingGirl.ca

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Atelier is the French word for a workshop.

A studio.

A place of creation for an artist or a designer.

And at fraîche, it’s no different.

WeddingGirl.ca has been styling, planning, and coordinating weddings for years. And what does every single one of these Happily Ever After’s have in common? A bride and groom looking to make their day as gorgeous as humanly possible, without breaking the bank.

A couple of years ago, The Flower Shop @ WG was born; styling beautiful bridal blooms for all our couples looking to tie their knots  on a budget. Last summer we stepped outside the WG box and began to offer Flower Shop stylings to non-WG couples, and this year we’ve taken the lovely to a new level…..

Introducing ….. fraîche for WG:

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:: custom-designed floral fashion

:: styled exclusively on a budget

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{ bridal bouquet fashion }

As a wedding planner, Mary has spent countless hours working alongside hundreds of brides looking to outfit their wedding day in floral frocks that accessorize their I Do‘s in much the same way as a killer tote or a stylish new pair of shades.

Flowers aren’t meant to be the showpiece of your big day; you are.

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A bridal bouquet is a lot like that stunning set of gorgeous chandelier earrings that you pair with your favourite little black dress every single time you wear it. 

Sure, the dress makes a statement on its own….  but it’s that last little hint of sparkle that instantly turns said little black dress in to nothing short of a masterpiece.

It’s the single royal purple anemone purposefully positioned, asymmetrically, in to a “starry night”-inspired arrangement.

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It’s the gorgeous succulent placed perfect in the center to give depth and character to a vintage, shabby-chic design.

That’s what it means to fashion flowers.

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Just as brides come in different shapes and sizes, so should bridal bouquets. And just as every bridal gown and wedding day boasts patterns and textures hand-chosen with love, so should flowers be styled to seamlessly incorporate all the elements of your picture-perfect day.

The romantic hue of your bridal gown, the grape vines among which you’ll be wed, the vintage cameo locket your grandmother gave you when you were a little girl – your wedding day is a colourful tapestry of moments and memories immortalized forever in the photos you’ll show your grandkids one day. Why should the bouquet you’re holding in those photos be designed with any less love?

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No, we won’t re-create “that one bouquet {you} saw this one time on Pinterest”. But we will ask you to bring a photo of it, as well as pictures of other all-things-wedding that you love!love!love!…. and somewhere between those, plus the story of how you fell in love, a budget-savvy approach to design, and a tiny touch of je ne sais quoi - together we’ll set out to style.

At fraîche, floral fashion is about ensuring that a bride is wearing her flowers, and not the other way around; that her custom-crafted blooms aren’t just a mindless replica of another Pinner’s blushing dreams, but styled just like the love she’s celebrating: magical, unforgettable, and, without a doubt, once in a lifetime. 

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To follow all our latest and greatest fraîche stylings, check us out on Facebook and Twitter.

To make a date to sketch out your own wedding day designs with us, make sure to get in touch!

We can’t wait to make things gorgeous with you!

 

 

{ blog love :: sending out photography credit to Serena Swan, Taylor Jackson, and Holly Thomas }

 

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October 8, 2013

:: Tara Keely designer wedding gown for sale

 

{ Previously – Loved }

This stunningly beautiful Tara Keely Bridal gown is far too gorgeous to only grace the world with her presence one time.

Her classic ivory lace and soft tulle are accentuated perfectly with a timeless, lace-trimmed sweetheart neckline; strapless with a plunging back and sweep train.

A super-secure zipper closure is elegantly covered by satin buttons and the gown is tailored with a bow at her natural waist.

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{ the Details }

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Purchased as a bridal size 8, this wedding dress is the perfect fit for a street-size 6, 5’11″ in heels.

Alterations include the bodice, added cups, added bustle.

Of course, she’s only been worn once and has been dry-cleaned and perfectly preserved while she waits to meet her new blushing bride.

Paid: $2,700 + alterations.

Asking: $1,500 OBO

For additional information or to contact the seller directly,

Please feel free to get in touch!

 

{ Photography Credit :: Taylor Jackson }

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April 16, 2013

{WG Media} :: Persona :: trendy bridal jewelry

{ Persona :: stylish bling for the modern bride }

(and for all her bridesmaids too!)

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We just got back from a super-swanky media event at the gorgeous Windsor Arms Hotel in Yorkville. Invited by the lovely Jennifer and Astrid of PersonaWorld, we had the opportunity to learn more about Persona jewelry, styled by a group of Toronto-based designers that draw inspiration from fashion runways and use only the finest materials from around the globe.

Persona is a collection of chic and unique jewellery comprising of interchangeable beads and charms that can be worn on bracelets, earrings and necklaces – and we even got to take a bit of sparkle home with us!

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Thanks to the girls at Persona we indulged in some delightful afternoon tea treats, and even had our fortunes told by a Tea Leaf Reader!

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These uniquely designed and personalized pieces are the perfect way to showcase your story with your wedding day frocks, or express your gratitude and sentiment towards bridesmaids and special women in your family.

We’re looking forward to showcasing more of Persona’s beautiful designs and collaborating on a WG giveaway soon!

Stay tuned!

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March 25, 2013

{ Designer Wedding Dress, Toronto – Amsale Asha online }

 { Amsale, Asha – Brand New, Never worn! }

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Sometimes our plans for Happily Ever After don’t work out exactly as expected – we change our minds and choose something else…. and that means seriously saving on some designer couture!

This gorgeous Amsale dress, style Asha, is a strapless sweetheart organza gown that features beautiful ruching in the bodice with stunning floral detail at the hip. It’s lightweight and breezy but structured with two layers: boning with zip closure and organza over top. It hides all imperfections and is incredibly flattering.

Details: Ivory in colour, size 4 – unaltered.

This beautiful Asha gown is currently being safely stored at the bridal boutique to keep it in flawless condition until she meets her new owner.

If you’d like to try her on, feel free to Get In Touch for additional details!

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February 26, 2013

{ winter love } :: Chateau Le Jardin, Toronto

{ a snowy Happily Ever After }

Jessica and George got married on a snowy Saturday afternoon. This classic and timeless wedding was styled in eggplant + blush tones with romantic ivories and soft champagnes inspired by the Bride’s one-of-a-kind couture gown designed just for her on Slice Network’s Wedding Dress Wars. Even an unexpected morning snow storm couldn’t put a chill in this love story.

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Swarovski Wedding Bride Accessories

Gold Jimmy Choo Bridal Wedding Shoes

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Taylor Jackson Toronto Wedding Photographer

 

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Toronto Wedding Photographer Taylor Jackson

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Couture Bridal Photography Taylor Jackson

 

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Vintage Winter Wedding Bridal Party Bridesmaids

 

Couture Vintage Winter Wedding Bride

 

Couture Wedding Cake The Luvvly Cake Co Toronto

 

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Le Jardin Winter Wedding Eggplant Ivory Design

 

Greek Orthodox Wedding Reception

 

{ blog love }

Ceremony: Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, Mississauga

Reception: Chatea Le Jardin, Woodbridge

Photography: Taylor Jackson Photography

Cinematography: Elle & Be. Lifestyle and Wedding Cinematography

Bridal Gown: Ryan Joelson, Wedding Dress Wars on SLICE

Floral Styling: the Flower Shop @ WG

Reception Decor: Decor With Grandeur

Wedding Cake: The Luvvly Cake Co.

Event Design + Planning + Coordination: WeddingGirl.ca

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February 25, 2013

Pure Magnolia Couture :: Cabaret Vintage trunk show, Toronto

{ Pure Magnolia Couture }

Written by Courtney, Social Media Stylist @ WG

 

We were recently introduced to the lovely ladies over at Pure Magnolia Couture and we’re so excited to be featuring their stylish designs on the WG site!

If you’re an eco-bride, or lover of all things vintage, then this event is definitely for you!

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All the way from Vancouver, British Columbia, Pure Magnolia will be bringing their entire collection (as well as some one-of-a-kind surprises!) to Cabaret Vintage  in Toronto! This fabulous event that you do not want to miss is taking place March 5th & 6th – so mark your calendars!

Pure Magnolia has everything from beautiful ball gowns to simple frocks and all of their dresses are made from sustainable fabrics that are both beautiful and kind to the planet. They’ll be bringing along their designer to help you find the perfect fit for your style and shape will be on site to answer your questions about eco-fashion. They can even custom-design your dream dress on the spot!

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Cabaret Vintage, Toronto specializes in vintage dresses & accessories and carries their own vintage-inspired cocktail collection. If you are looking for a short wedding dress you will be sure to find it here!

So if you’re a bride-to-be with a flare for fashion and a concern for the environment you do not want to miss this incredible showcase.

We hope to see you there!

 

{ Blog Love – Photog Credit }

In order of appearance:

Vixxi Pix Photography

Brendon Purdy Photography

FRESH Photography

Vanessa Voth Photography

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February 12, 2013

Random WG Love :: Custom Bridal Headpiece :: Blair Nadeau Millinery

{ #RandomWGLove }

Blair Nadeau Millinery Toronto

Last year we featured the beautiful Blair Nadeau on our blog and shared her 2012 collection with our readers. This year, not only were we excited to feature the Blair Nadeau 2013 style book on the WG blog, we have real-life experience working with the amazing Blair herself! A few months ago she outfitted one of our WG brides with two unique headpiece designs for her couture summer wedding.

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Not only is Blair insanely talented to work with, she’s also incredibly generous. To help introduce her 2013 Look Book to WeddingGirl.ca readers, Blair has offered one lucky bride a $75.00 credit toward a custom-designed bridal veil or fascinator. All you need to do to enter is follow us on Twitter and watch for the #RandomWGLove post that will go up in the next few days. We’ll be picking a winner on Friday morning!

Good luck!

 

{ Vendor Love }

Blair Nadeau’s photo courtesy of Tara West Photography

WG Bride photography courtesy of Fisher Fotographic 

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February 11, 2013

Blair Nadeau Millinery | 2013 Style

{ look book }

The insanely stylish and super-talented Blair Nadeau isn’t new to our WG site. We featured her gorgeous 2012 collection last year and are so excited to welcome her fresh 2013 looks to our  blog.

All photography credit love is going over to the talented folks over at JnK Imagery :: beautiful designs deserve the most beautiful pictures!

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Lady Athena Floral Headpiece

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Whimsical Crystal Lace Fascinator

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Whimsical Crystal Lace Fascinator

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Grecian Jewel Leaf Fascinator

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Lady Athena Floral Headpiece

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Grecian Jewel Leaf Fascinator

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Picasso Crystal Veil

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Lady Aurora Lace Cap

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Manet Pillbox French Veil

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Woodland Nymph Floral Crown

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Gilted Sprite Braided Crown

Blair Nadeau 2013 wedding gold crown

Aphrodite Gold Crystal Crown

 

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Lady Atheia Peau de Soie Floral Fascinator

 

Blair Nadeau 2013 wedding hair style 2

Monet Double Layer Silk Tulle Veil

 

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Aegean Lace Leaf Fascinator

 

Blair Nadeau 2013 wedding hair style 4

Matisse Double Layer Silk Tulle/French Veil

 

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Lady Aurora Lace Cap

 

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Renoir Crystal Russian Veil

 

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Picasso Crystal Silk Veil

 

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Helene Silk Crystal Headsash

 

Blair Nadeau 2013 wedding lace headsash

Sarra Crystal Lace Headsash

 

Blair Nadeau 2013 wedding leaf crown

Corinthian Leaf Crown

 

Blair Nadeau 2013 wedding silver crown

Olympia Silver Crystal Circlet

 

Not only is Blair incredibly talented, she’s one of the sweetest wedding vendors we’ve ever had the distinct pleasure of working with. This past summer, Blair styled a number of different looks for one of our WG brides to wear with both her daytime and evening couture looks.

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Thinking of having a custom-designed veil or fascinator for your wedding day? Get in touch with Blair ASAP (and make sure to send us photos afterwards!)

Happy Styling!

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January 5, 2013

Sottero & Midgely :: Adorae :: for sale

 

{ Previously-Loved Wedding Dress for sale }

We don’t believe in any kind of wedding dress superstitions. When a dress is this gorgeous, it SHOULD be worn more than once!

A recent newlywed wants another bride to feel as beautiful on her wedding day as she did. She got in touch with us to share the details of her stunning wedding dress.

Ivory Sottero Midgely Adorae Dress For Sale Toronto

{ the Details }

JSM1307 Used Sottero Midgely Adorae Toronto

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Designer: Sottero & Midgely

Style: Adorae, JSM1307

Season: Spring, 2013

Size: 6

{{ Bride’s measurements are: Bust 34, Waist 27, Hips 38, Height 5’6″. The bust currently has cups stitched in that could be removed to accomodate a bigger bust. The corset back will also allow it to accomodate a slightly bigger/smaller waist. The bubble hem style allows for a simple length adjustment. }}

Colour: Ivory

Condition: Immaculate (and dry-cleaned!)

Design: Simply elegant. Designed with rich Soft Shimmer Satin in a relaxed mermaid silhouette. Features a ruched bodice with a sweetheart neckline, bubble hem, and Swarovski crystal motifs. Finished with a zipper over inner corset closure with bow and crystal button details. Accented with a stunning crystal “belt” and side gather with a built-in bustle.

Price: Asking $800.

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Sottero Midgely Adorae Dress For Sale Toronto

For more details, additional information, or to contact the seller, give us a shout!

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