If you are looking for a feminine, romantic bridal gown with some modern elements, this is the perfect dress. Maggie Sottero is a designer that really understands how to compliment and celebrate a woman's bodies. When I tried this dress on, my heart melted. I instantly felt beautiful and feminine that I knew this was the one. There is the faintest hint of a pink blush lining below the layer of ivory graphic lace that really worked well with my skin tone and added a nice aspect of color. Official Maggie Sottero description: Gorgeous in lace, fit and flare wedding dress is the epitome of beauty with bold lace appliqu?s laying atop tulle, cascading to a subtly flared skirt. Finished with sweetheart neckline and corset closure. This is a link to the Maggie Sottero gallery: https://www.maggiesottero.com/maggie-sottero/rosamund/9524 Here is a detailed breakdown of the gown costs: Dress retail price: $1,680 Tax on dress: $131 Alterations: $280 Professional cleaning: $300 Total paid: $2,391 DRESS ALTERATIONS SIZE: I originally purchased the dress in a size 16, weighing about 150 pounds. I lost weight for the wedding (~25 pounds) so the dress was taken in a bit along the bodice and across the cups. However, because of the corset back, the dress can be tied to fit many shapes and sizes. I tried my dress on 3 months after the wedding, weighing 135, and it still fit perfectly. My measurements were 39.5? bust, 33.5? waist, and 40? hips. I would approximate this dress to fit any bride between a dress size 8 and 10 (don?t forget that bridal dresses run small, so bridal dress sizes are always larger/higher than a typical dress size). HEM: I am 5'3", and I ordered the dress with a pre-adjusted hemline so I would not have pay for the dress to be hemmed. I wore a 3.25" wedge (the Tahlia ankle strap wedge from Badgley Mischka) and the length was perfect. A shorter heel or even a flat would work for a taller bride. BUSTLE: The bustle includes 3 points within the dress skirt and 5 on the outside (artfully hidden behind lace flowers that blend in with the lace pattern), which creates a really nice finish to the dress skirt once the train is hooked in. I have a video to demonstrate exactly how the bustle should be arranged. INCLUDED: 2 satin corset sashes, one thick and one thin 1 ?cheater? sash used to help tie the waist 36b bra cups sewn in. These can easily be cut out or replaced, and aren?t 100% necessary given the boning in the dress bodice.
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The look on my soon-to-be husband's face during our first look!