My Wedding Dress Story

houseofcb-arossa-all-white-wedding-dress-city-hall-courthouse-wedding-florida-natashaleedsA few days before my wedding, my grandmother asked me what kind of bride do I hope to be. I wasn’t quite clear on her question so I asked her to further clarify, and she said… “well do you hope to be traditional and elegant, romantic, glamorous, beachy or laid back?” She then went on to say that a brides dress usually dictates the type of bride they will be on their big day.

I told her…unconventional!

Typically I don’t like being put into a category because I feel like I always share a mix of more than one thing, and since my wedding didn’t technically fit into one box, the easiest way for me to describe my overall style was unconventional. I must admit, she did look a little unsettled and later asked if she could see my dress. This made things a bit harder for me because she was expecting a princess style gown, filled with layers of tulle and instead I showed her ‘a plain, long, white dress’. Her response… “well you sure are an unconventional bride,”

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For starters, I never was the “poofy” ball gown type of gal. I’ve always seen myself in a soft, delicate and feminine silhoutte accented by lace and sheer detailing. Unfortunately, finding a dress that I liked within budget was much harder than expected. When I exhausted the search bar in google and skimmed through all the wedding blogs and dress websites I sort of gave up for a while and decided I would continue my hunt later.

A few weekends later I went on to one of my favorite shopping websites [HouseOfCB] to order a dress for an all white event I had to attend. While skimming through HouseOfCB my heart literally skipped a beat! There it was…staring right back at me in a place I would least expect to find it. That night I found my wedding dress!

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I didn’t think about it. I didn’t give myself time to question anything. I purchased it the same night my eyes saw it because I loved the dress and at the time that’s all that mattered to me. It was a very understated dress but it hit the perfect balance between sexy and elegant while tying in perfectly with our style of a more intimate wedding at the courthouse. Plus, the price was perfect….actually it was more than perfect in comparison to the USD$4000 dress I originally had my eye on.

The silhouette of the dress offered a super modern alternative to frilly, poofy and lacy frocks that the typical bride would wear and something about being different sparked a fire inside of me. After all, who ever said a long, flowing gown is a must-have on the big day? As far as I know there is no wedding rule book that says this—so why not switch things up a bit to make my wedding unique? I told myself that I just needed to find something that made me feel absolutely gorgeous on my special day, and the dress I went with did just that!

I once read that style, class and good taste does not yell, it whispers. That was my outlook on my wedding dress and my wedding in general. I went with a minimalistic dress instead of a wedding gown, a courthouse instead of a mansion and side swept curls instead of a sophisticated hairstyle with a bridal veil. Yep! I think there is a refined simplicity that speaks far louder volumes than fussy and over-the-top. [BTW…I love the grande weddings and poofy wedding dresses, I’m just saying it isn’t for everyone…it isn’t for me.]

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I absolutely loved my super-romantic without all of the fuss dress, that is bound to look classic years from now, way off in the future. The figure-skimming shape of the dress kiss my curves in all the right places and the hint of skin on the dress revealed a subtle sexiness. Although I wore a dress that covered almost every inch of my body, the sliver of exposed skin above my shoulder revealed a much sexier side of covered up. To top it off, the high neck helped to add loads of personality to my overall look and played off my side swept curls [click HERE for hair details].

All in all my dress still felt elegant and feminine and added a touch of glamour to my special day, but it gave the impression of unforced elegance. I hope I’ve changed your hearts and opened your minds to see that there is nothing wrong with going simpler on your big day. If you happen to be a bride on a budget or perhaps you and your spouse are pretty low-key, always remember it’s just as beautiful and romantic to take the simple route.

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Tip 1: Stay open minded when looking for your wedding dress. You never know where you may find your dream dress, so don’t limit yourself to just searching bridal stores because your dream dress may be online at your favorite shopping website, in a department store, or even at a vintage flea market. Anything labeled wedding typically dictates a higher price tag. So as soon as something is called a ‘wedding dress,’ the price goes up which can get pretty tough when on the hunt for a budget friendly wedding dress. So when you’re out shopping always be on the look out for that dress. You may surprise yourself with what you find.

Tip 2: You’re probably going to wear your wedding dress once in your lifetime (though not always). I know, I know, pictures last a lifetime and that’s probably why you’re willing to spend a few thousand dollars on a dress you’ll only wear for a few hours. BUT, your ability to afford it is something both you and your spouse should consider because it’s important for your future together. The last thing any couple wants is to start off their future together in debt. I suggest to go dress shopping with a realistic, budget in mind and stick to that budget no matter what. Plus, I’m a firm believer in getting the most out of a purchase and I see nothing wrong with going with a dress that you can wear on your wedding day and way beyond the ceremony [that’s what I plan to do #NoShame].

Dress: HouseOfCB [sold out]

Manny: ♥ Button-up Shirt: Express ♥ Pants: American Eagle ♥ Shoes: Toms ♥ Belt: Express

Talk Soon. Nuff Love, Natasha ♥

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10 Comments

  1. cristsllina
    April 15, 2016 / 7:57 am

    You should see my face while reading this post. I kept smiling right through. I love your outlook because that’s exactly how I feel. My thoughts- “Finally someone who agrees with me” Ha. I love your spirit. Tbh, when I first saw your dress I immediately thought it was personally customized for you. The simplicity & uniqueness it portrays is just “WOW”…. The night I saw the post I ran to my sister and said “look at deh dress yah, it shot nuh true” she agreed with me. I’m all for unconventional and everything that falls outside the box. I haven’t been blown away by a bride in a long time because everything seems so familiar. But you, you killed it and you did so gracefully. Big up yourself Tasha and continue to be beautiful.

    Still think you should be styling people and giving professional advice when it comes to style & decor. (While of course fulfilling your other goals) side job maybe lol me gone now 👀. Have a beautiful day darling. 😊

  2. Andreanna
    April 15, 2016 / 8:43 am

    I agree with cristsllina i thought this was a custom made dress. I think you may be my favourite bride. Everything that you’ve said I totally agree with, I’ve always seen myself as a real simple lowkey person. And who says lowkey has to mean no style? You are fabulous Natasha in every sense of the word. Please keep blogging <3

  3. Beverley
    April 16, 2016 / 6:58 pm

    Your dress looks like it was tailored made at a shop just for you I wouldn’t have guessed it was bought online it fits so well

    • April 16, 2016 / 8:02 pm

      thank you so much Beverly. Ordering online can definitely be a daunting task. I was so worried it wouldn’t fit well, so I’m so happy it turned out as I imagined.

  4. Aline
    April 18, 2016 / 3:43 am

    Your dress is absolutely stunning; I can identify with everything you mentioned & your husband is so cute!

    • April 18, 2016 / 11:26 am

      thank you so much Aline. and the hubby says thank you too.

  5. oneka
    April 22, 2016 / 2:24 am

    Girl you’re just simply amazing….your wedding dress is gorgeous…and your story?….wow!!!….you’re so unique makes me love u more….cute hubby btw

    • April 27, 2016 / 7:09 am

      Aweeeee jeeeeez. Thank you huni. And the hubby says thank you too ❤️

  6. April 24, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    gurl, your man is cute
    hair is on point
    that dress is goals
    and your nails are awesome

    • April 27, 2016 / 7:05 am

      Hahaha! Thank you love