Happy Monday, friends! Today’s post is really exciting (and emotional) for me because I’m sharing my experience trying on wedding dresses for the first time! Some girls know EXACTLY what style of wedding dress they want from a young age, but I was quite the opposite – I had no earthly idea what I wanted the dress to look like. So on Monday of last week, I ventured into J. Major’s Bridal Boutique with an open mind, and my mom by my side.
Although I ended up trying on dozens of dresses, today I’m showing you the gowns I tried on from the couture brand Martina Liana. Each Martina Liana gown is customizable, so you can pretty much create a gown that’s unique to you. With a mix of silhouettes and a range of fabrics, there truly is something for every bride in this collection. And at the end of this post, I would actually love to get YOUR opinion about which style you can see me getting married in!!
The first one I tried on is this trumpet silhouette Luxe Vintage Wedding Gown (Style 904). This dress has a vintage feel with lattice detailing, lace and tulle over Dolce Satin. I really liked this gown because a trumpet skirt helps creates an hourglass silhouette, so I felt very womanly and confident in this one. And, just look at the skirt – have you ever seen such pretty lace detailing?! This dress comes in four different fabric colors and two different beading colors.
The next style I tried on is this Illusion Lace Long-Sleeved wedding gown (Style 870). Ever since Kate Middleton got married in a long-sleeve dress, I have thought they were SO beautiful and elegant. This one has skin-colored mesh on the neck and sleeves, so it appears that the lace is “floating” over the skin. Embroidered French lace and a mix of pearl and bugle beads make this gown truly unique, and a soft, lace train extends from the skirt. The only reason I am questioning this one is because I think the long sleeves might be too hot for a Charleston wedding!
The next style is a high-neck wedding gown (Style 874) with a fit-and-flare silhouette. I fell in LOVE with the back of this one! The lace racer back design is the highlight of this dress and is perfectly complemented with a multi-layer tulle and organza skirt and train. Plus the pearl buttons on the back are so beautiful. I thought the fit-and-flare silhouette was figure-flattering, and there are semi-sheer, side cutouts that add a little bit of sexiness to the style, too.
Next up is another fit-and-flare silhouette, the gorgeous French-Inspired Lace wedding dress (Style 905). This one has a delicate linear paneling that really highlights curves (I look like I actually have hips, woohoo!). The bold lace adds dimension to this silhouette, and the fabric has a soft sparkle which adds a hint of glam. I feel like any bride who wears this should be getting married in the French countryside, haha!
This dress (Style 694) is a little more simple than the other ones, but the lace detailing is so intricate and beautiful, it still makes a statement. I really love the sweetheart neckline on this one and the nude fabric with white lace overlay. Because the dress is more simple, I feel like you could really get creative with a gorgeous hairstyle!
The last dress I tried on is this ball gown style Princess wedding dress (style 902). I wasn’t expecting to like this style, but I really loved it when I put it on – I felt like a “bride!” It truly is a princess’ wedding dress, yet it has a semi-sheer bodice that adds an unexpected element of sexiness to this style. Plus, the full skirt helps to create the illusion of a small waist. The skirt is made of multi-layer tulle and the dress has a deep V-back with pearl buttons.
As you can see, each and every Martina Liana gown is so beautiful, and also completely customizable (so you can change different parts of the dress to create your unique dream dress!). I tried these gowns on at J. Major’s Bridal Boutique in Charlotte but click here to find where Martina Liana gowns are available near you.
And finally, I’d love to know… which style was your favorite?! Please comment below and let me know! My mom and I both liked a certain style best, and I’d love to see if you guys are thinking the same thing! 🙂
*Thank you to Essense of Australia for sponsoring this post