What's not to love? To-die-for party ruffles (that remind me of my years in Spain), a really flattering silhouette, lightweight material with a nice sheen, and built in boning and detachable straps (for use after the ceremony when you're partying on the dance floor). Also, the designer Dahlia McPhee is local, uses only vegan materials in her dresses, and plants a tree to reforest Lake Tahoe (a California locale I know and love) each time a dress is purchased, making my eco-friendly, local-love heart glow.
In the photos you'll notice a lot of ruching: while it's true that there is very flattering ruching on the dress, the dress I ordered was one size too large and you can see the extra fabric bunching in the photos. If you go for this dress option, ignore the reviews that tell you to buy it a size larger - it runs true to size. I would still have needed some minor alterations to get the exact fit, but I'd need that with any dress. Ultimately, I thought it was a little too diamond-white for my incredibly pale skin tone, but I can only imagine how fabulous this dress would be for someone else's wedding, and all for $300.
Here's the model (via Nordstrom):
Seriously, if you don't kick up your heels in this dress and twirl, there's something wrong with you.
This was probably the most "weddingy" dress I tried on from the department stores, and I loved it. Both my Mom and Jason were leaning towards this dress over any of the others (though we were all pretty muddled about which dress was the right-est). It didn't look like a $2,000 salon dress (no, the material isn't salon-level gorgeous, but it's normal people pretty and doesn't feel cheap), but it looked a heck of a lot more expensive than $300. It just looked fabulous and festive and like I was ready to have the most fun wedding party in the history of wedding parties. And with such a great cut and superfun ruffles, I really hope one of you gets this dress for her wedding and then emails me the sure-to-be amazing photos.