Everybody has at least one thing about their body that they simply don't like. For me... I don't like my arms.
There are times when I'm really proud of my large shoulders and arms! When I'm lifting more weight than any other girl in the gym and when I'm leading a swim clinic as Chloe Sutton the Olympian, I appreciate my incredible body for all that it has allowed me to do! However, I just don't like the way my arms look in pictures.
When I first started going wedding dress shopping, I was looking for a long sleeve dress that would hide my shoulders. I also am the type of person who really appreciates simplicity. My Pinterest board was full of sleek and simple long sleeved dresses that would hide my shoulders, yet hug my curves.
My mom scheduled me for several really fancy wedding dress shops where I tried on dress after dress with long sleeves and sleek skirts while sipping champagne. I loved many of them, but they just didn't feel like wedding dresses. They were the type of dresses that I would wear to any formal dinner. On my wedding day, that's my one chance in life to go big.
One day, my mom and I decided to stop at a Bridal Consignment Shop with discounted dresses: The Alter. We were the only ones in the store and the shop owner, Mary, was helping me put on all the long sleeved dresses she had.
Eventually we ran out of long sleeves, but we were having too much fun! We decided that I would try some things that I would have never tried on before. We started getting goofy and trying on weird and silly dresses, when I tried on the most beautiful and expensive feeling strapless dress. The body hugged me in all the right places and I felt like a princess. I fell in love. The best part was that it was on sale for about 20% what it was worth and about 30% of my budget.
So, through my expeirence, my best advice for brides is:
Jake, if you're reading this - I picked a red potato sack for my dress! (shhh... nobody tell him)
In all seriousness, I can't wait for Jake to see me in it. :)