(I) Do // One dress to rule them all

She tentatively stepped into the bridal boutique, out of the pouring rain, and nervously shook the hand of the owner.

“Perhaps,” she thought to herself “I will find my dress today. Perhaps, in this beautiful store, I will discover my one.” 

Looking around she examined the dresses on the rails. So many to choose from. How would she know?

Then one caught her eye.

It was different. Unique. So much so compared to the other dresses.

She knew she didn’t want to be a “normal” bride; never having been normal in her life, why start now?

So she asked to try it on.

In the changing room they weren’t sure whether it would fit. It was a small size. Christmas had not been kind to her body.

But as the owner zipped her into it she knew.

It fitted like a glove (maybe a slightly tighter glove than one would usually wear, but she assured herself and the owner that the wedding diet would soon deal with that).

And as soon as she saw herself in it, for the first time, she was sure that this would be the dress she would wear on her big day.

She would marry her best friend in this beautiful gown.

She felt like a princess. Like a swan. Finally, it all made sense. Even with her lank, tired hair and hormonal skin, she could see it; in 9 months time. Made up. Glowing. Beautiful.

About to start the next chapter of her life.

And when her Mother started to cry, she was certain this was her one dress to rule them all.

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  1. Franki

    6th January 2014 at 8:30 am

    How exciting! I’m so happy for you, can’t wait to see pictures of you in it! πŸ™‚

    1. Hannah

      8th January 2014 at 1:24 pm

      Thanks Franki πŸ™‚ It’s so pretty!! xx

  2. Morgan Prince

    6th January 2014 at 1:43 pm

    What a great post! Good luck for your big day, I’m sure you’ll look fantastic in your ‘one dress’. xx

    Visiting from #MagicMoments

    1. Hannah

      8th January 2014 at 1:24 pm

      Thank you Morgan πŸ™‚ Fingers crossed! xx

  3. Chelle McCann

    6th January 2014 at 1:46 pm

    aww am so please for you. Bought a tear to my eye that did!

    1. Hannah

      8th January 2014 at 1:27 pm

      Oh bless you Chelle xxx

  4. Vivienne

    6th January 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Yay! How wonderful – when you know, you know…..:)

    1. Hannah

      8th January 2014 at 1:28 pm

      Definitely! It’s a beauty πŸ™‚ xx

  5. Jaime Oliver

    6th January 2014 at 11:54 pm

    wow this is so exciting i so cant wait to see it Hannah!!

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments x

    1. Hannah

      8th January 2014 at 1:28 pm

      Thanks Jaime πŸ™‚ xx


    7th January 2014 at 1:04 am

    Ah wow such a lovely post. Amazing words * #magicmoments

  7. Emily Foran

    7th January 2014 at 11:33 am

    I’m beaming for you, absolutely a #MagicMoment xx

    1. Hannah

      8th January 2014 at 1:29 pm

      It was so magical πŸ™‚ xx

  8. Franglaise Mummy

    7th January 2014 at 2:58 pm

    GORGEOUS post! But now I’m dying to see it…..!! I’m so glad you found your one πŸ™‚

    1. Hannah

      8th January 2014 at 1:29 pm

      Haha – it’s a stunner Sophie!! xx

  9. Californian Mum in London

    7th January 2014 at 7:43 pm

    How exciting! I remember once I had my dress, I really felt like I was going to get married.

    1. Hannah

      8th January 2014 at 1:29 pm

      Yes it does feel a little bit more real now! xx

  10. greatbritishfamily

    7th January 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Great news. I still remember finding my dress, such a great feeling.

    1. Hannah

      8th January 2014 at 1:29 pm

      Thank you πŸ™‚ it really is xx

  11. Becky Cowley

    8th January 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Fantastic! I remember finding my dress. My mum had picked it out & I thought it was hideous on the hanger but once it was on I knew it was the one!

    1. Hannah

      8th January 2014 at 1:30 pm

      Oh how wonderful! πŸ˜€ xx

  12. Danielle Askins

    9th January 2014 at 10:52 am

    What a beautiful post, so glad you have found a dress. I’m yet to find one yet! Looking forward to seeing in a post later in the year πŸ™‚ x

  13. La Vie Sophie

    9th January 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Hannah I actually just started crying reading this!!! So happy you’ve found ‘the one’ xx

  14. Shemi Dixon

    10th January 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Your in very exciting time:) Congrats. I wish you every happiness. Please be sure to share picture of this beautiful dress. I would love to see it.

  15. brummymummyof2

    10th January 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Oh how lovely. Congrats. My wedding day was the happiest day ever xxx

  16. mrstuteyblog

    11th January 2014 at 7:12 am

    Lovely post. I remember trying on what i thought would he my dress to find it didn’t suit me and looked awful. My sister chose my dress. Like you describe. You know when it’s the one. πŸ™‚ #pocolo

  17. AedΓ­n Collins

    11th January 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Lovely post-congrats!Wishing you all the best for your big day.

  18. Victoria Welton

    16th January 2014 at 2:55 pm

    If there is one thing I LOVE it’s wedding dress shopping. Its my favourite part of ‘Don’t Tell the Bride’ I can’t wait to see you in it – I bet it’s gorgeous πŸ™‚ Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

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