I’m not surprised that this Nova Scotia born and raised girl found her dream wedding dress in Nova Scotia at San Lilies Bridal & Ladies Wear in Amherst, Nova Scotia. San Lilies boutique is a one of a kind bridal boutique located in an updated Victorian house. So me! Brightly painted, with turquoise highlights, I couldn’t help but fall in love with San Lilies. Dress after dress, I knew that I would find my dress at San Lilies, which has the most beautiful dresses I have ever seen. They’re all so spectacular, feminine, original, and with so many of them being a mix of an antique, vintage, and modern style. Just what I was looking for. When I put my dress on, it was then that I realized I didn’t want to take it off. It was nothing like what I had been trying on or thought I wanted. I tried it on in the first place because I was being open to what Sandy had in the store and was having fun trying on the different dresses. This dress topped all others and made me feel special–beautiful. For the first time, I felt like a bride. There were no tears in this dress like there were in a few others only because I was shocked and speechless. I fell in love with the dress while staring at myself in the turquoise painted mirror with wide eyes
It was this dress that didn’t make me cry, but smile from ear to ear. It was this dress that had me visioning of walking down the isle to my Corey. It would be this dress that would make Corey feel the way I felt when he showed me the perfect ring he had designed for me for the first time. This is the dress that would not make me tear up, but my fiancé and everyone else. This is the dress that will make my fiancés heart skip a beat. This is the dress that I’ll be getting married in and it’s perfect! When I first tried it on, it fit me like a glove, no alterations needed. I bought the dress right off the rack that day. Sandy had just ordered it in and I was the first person to ever try it on. It’s as if that dress was meant just for me. It was meant to be.
I never expected to enter San Lilies on that dreadfully cold winter February day and leave with my wedding dress in hand after being engaged for only a month and a half. But I did. I found my perfect dress! The way I feel in the dress is exactly what I hoped it would be like…heavenly bliss. Unfortunately, my mother was not with me when I found the dress, but when saw the pictures of me in the dress she immediately teared up and said ‘that’s what you’ve been looking for all along’. ‘It’s perfect’. That’s what we were hoping to find when we went wedding dress shopping together. When my younger brother who has special needs saw the pictures of me in the dress he said ‘yup, that’s the one, you look like a Disney princess. He has been surprisingly interested in the wedding planning process and has been asking my mother regularly if I had found my dress. He has seen me in other dresses and always said I looked pretty, and great, but when he saw me in this dress and said I looked like a Disney character it made me tear up instantly. I couldn’t contain the tears of joy any longer. In that special moment, I knew that I had found the one. It was possible.
I feel exactly like a Disney princess in my dress and that’s how I should feel. I can’t wait to show my prince.
Stay tuned for my next post when I reveal my dress designer…