(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. 6th January 2014 / 8:30 am

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

    • 8th January 2014 / 1:24 pm

      Thanks Franki 🙂 It’s so pretty!! xx

  2. 6th January 2014 / 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

    • 8th January 2014 / 1:24 pm

      Thank you Morgan 🙂 Fingers crossed! xx

  3. 6th January 2014 / 1:46 pm

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

    • 8th January 2014 / 1:27 pm

      Oh bless you Chelle xxx

    • 8th January 2014 / 1:28 pm

      Thank you 🙂 xx

  4. 6th January 2014 / 9:24 pm

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

    • 8th January 2014 / 1:28 pm

      Definitely! It’s a beauty 🙂 xx

  5. 6th January 2014 / 11:54 pm

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

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments x

    • 8th January 2014 / 1:28 pm

      Thanks Jaime 🙂 xx

  6. 7th January 2014 / 1:04 am

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

    • 8th January 2014 / 1:28 pm

      Thank you Cara xx

  7. 7th January 2014 / 11:33 am

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

    • 8th January 2014 / 1:29 pm

      It was so magical 🙂 xx

  8. 7th January 2014 / 2:58 pm

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

    • 8th January 2014 / 1:29 pm

      Haha – it’s a stunner Sophie!! xx

  9. 7th January 2014 / 7:43 pm

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

    • 8th January 2014 / 1:29 pm

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

  10. 7th January 2014 / 9:59 pm

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

    • 8th January 2014 / 1:29 pm

      Thank you 🙂 it really is xx

  11. 8th January 2014 / 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!

    • 8th January 2014 / 1:30 pm

      Oh how wonderful! 😀 xx

  12. 9th January 2014 / 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 🙂 x

  13. 9th January 2014 / 12:40 pm

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

  14. 10th January 2014 / 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. 11th January 2014 / 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. 🙂 #pocolo

  16. 16th January 2014 / 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 🙂 Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

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