Yesterday was really fun. I was given the opportunity to model wedding dresses at Kleinfeld Bridal, Manhattan’s premiere designer bridal boutique, for upcoming episodes of TLC’s hit television show Say Yes to the Dress! How could I possibly say no?!
I have never shopped for wedding dresses before, so I did a bit of research before I arrived (which I’m really glad I did). You can’t exactly “slip into” a wedding dress; and there is such a wide variety of silhouettes, necklines, sleeves, trains, and other details, so it’s important to arrive at the boutique with some idea of what you think you want.
The first dress I wore was this MZ2 by Mark Zunino Sweetheart Mermaid Gown in Silk Satin. This was the most simple and least expensive of the three. This mermaid gown features a sweetheart neckline in silk satin and beaded embroidery. It has a chapel train and spaghetti straps. It was really large on me so even though it was clipped, it was hard to tell how it would actually look if it was more tailored.
The next dress is by Pnina Tornai, and it was spectacular.
This dress had every feature I intuitively felt I would want in a wedding dress: a mermaid silhouette and a flattering sweetheart neckline; Swarvoski crystal embellishments and capped sleeves, PLUS the gorgeous silk organza train! It’s extremely expensive, but understandably so because it really is a work of art.
The final dress I modeled was this Mark Zunino A-line gown with beautiful flower-shaped organza detailing along the bottom. I love this unique detail on a classic silhouette.
The consultants at Kleinfeld Bridal were all really great to work with. They were so helpful in introducing me to dress designers and styles that would flatter my figure, and selecting all the important details like veils, headdresses, belts and other trimmings.
How incredible is this Pnina Tornai crystal and pearl bouquet? So elegant!
This was such a fun experience! Thank you Half Yard Productions and the awesome staff at Kleinfeld. As an added bonus, I now have a strong idea of the dress I would want for my "big day", which is yet t.b.d...
(All photos © Jaclyn Santos, please credit back.)