I think many people here read my ridiculous dress shopping experiences so, after much ado and about 50 gowns, I purchased mine finally!
The story is a bit different than the usual "I went to the boutique, I knew it was the one, and I bought it...and I loved it 8 months later". I WISH it would've been that way to keep me from pulling my hair out and stressing eating fudge.
I first tried on this gown back in October during a trip to Chicago for my Matron of Honor's baby shower. My Matron of Honor, my mom and I went dress shopping which lead a nightmare experience of basically not being able to get into any of their teeny tiny samples and being SO embarrassed until they lead me into a "plus size" room of 15 samples which were 10 or more sizes larger on me (you can read the entire saga here: http://singlegirlineverybodysweddingworld.blogspot.com/2014/11/wedding-dress-saga-part-ii-saying-no-to.html )