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Of the many things a bride has to check off her wedding to-do list, there is arguably nothing more exciting than finding a wedding dress.

Now, don’t get me wrong — there is a fair amount of stress involved in picking a dress, but it is bittersweet that I have checked this off my list.

My first words of wisdom: Have your dream dress in mind, and then be willing to throw it out the window.

If you’re anything like me, I had my Pinterest boards decorated with gorgeous women all wearing versions of a very similar dress. (I can’t share too many details — my fiancé, Jeremy, is an avid reader of my blog and I wouldn’t want to spoil my first look moment!) My vision was clear as I went to my first appointment, on the hunt for this particular look.

My first stop was Rhylan Lang. As I browsed racks upon racks of dresses, I bypassed everything that wasn’t exactly what I had pictured. My stylist was very accommodating and listened to my every wish. None of the dresses I pulled gave me or my entourage a "wow" feeling. I left still feeling confident in finding the exact dress I had pictured.

Off to appointment No. 2: Ready or Knot {Wedding Chic} in Rockbrook Village. My stylist asked me a question that I wasn’t prepared for: "What three or four words describe how you want to look on your wedding day?"

I stared at her, likely looking as dumbfounded as I felt. After looking to my entourage, who were all staring back at me with beaming smiles, awaiting my response, I took a deep breath and replied, “Well, I hadn’t thought about it that way. But I want to feel romantic, classic, timeless yet … sexy." I shrugged as I said the last word, even though it was true. I wanted nothing more than to be drop-dead gorgeous and sexy for Jeremy on my wedding day. The stylist glanced at my Pinterest board but seemed more focused on my chosen words.

My next piece of advice: Allow the professionals to pick dresses for you. Just do it.

Before I knew it, I was whisked into a dressing room with a dress she pulled for me to try on. I was hesitant — it was NOTHING like the pictures I showed her, except that it was white. But I had nothing to lose and trusted her expertise. The minute I put it on, I knew we were on the right track.

Finally, a couple of dresses later, we had a winner. I had chills the second I put it on. My face lit up in the dressing room mirror, and my best friend’s jaw dropped to the floor and her eyes filled with tears (she’s always been a crier).

I felt romantic, classy, timeless and sexy, even though it wasn’t the dress I had all over my Pinterest boards. I would have never in a million years picked it off a hanger for myself.

I would be lying if I said I had my "Say Yes to the Dress" moment right there, but my analytical brain just couldn’t commit without exhausting all my options. Over the next couple of weeks, I went to more dress salons, trying on countless other dresses — all the while going back to the dress and professional experience that made me feel like the most beautiful bride.

I returned to Ready or Knot with my best girlfriends and revisited that winning dress. We all agreed the search was over — I had landed the dress in which I would say, “I do” in front of everyone I loved most. It was truly a special moment I hope every bride gets to experience and cherish.

To wrap it up, enjoy the dress-shopping experience. And while it’s OK to start shopping with a style in mind and pictures to match, be open to a professional's opinion and see what else is out there. Like me, you may be happy you did.

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