Dress, Given XII

After this morning’s post, I thought we all could use a really direct example of spreading love around the world, and how our interconnectedness is a beautiful thing. So I’m delighted to pass on Drea’s beutiful, last minute dress to Andee. Drea asked us how to choose a recipient, and we said to follow her gut, and she did. I think you’ll agree she picked exactly the right person.

Hi Drea and all the APW Readers!
I would LOVE to be considered for this dress. I’m in a bit of a dress mess if you will. I can’t fathom spending anything more than $150 on a dress I will wear only once. I also want a short dress because we are getting married outside on a mountain side. I don’t wear long dresses in my everyday life and I’m not fuffy. We are going for a vintage feel, and this dress felt very vintagy. I previously purchased a dress for $30, and called it good. I’ve lost some weight and I can’t get it to fit properly now and I’m debating how much do I struggle at fixing it before I just look for something else. Also my Mom saw the dress for the first time this weekend, and she hated it. She didn’t say she hated it but I could tell. More to the point I broke down in a hardware store while getting parts to fix my toilet with my fiance. He comforted me and held me while I cried in the hardware store because my Mom didn’t like my wedding dress. This is hands down my favorite memory from wedding planning so far. My fiance is so kind and generous that I realized it doesn’t matter one bit what I wear. So if this dress needs a home where it will be appreciated but not idolized – I’m your girl! I would of course pass the dress along after I wear it! Congrats on your baby!

So Andee, email me! We’ll put you in touch with Drea and make the magic happen. And we can’t wait to see you in the dress as a wedding graduate (pretty please?)

And one final note: Anne’s dress didn’t find a home on APW, so she’s donating it to Brides Against Breast Cancer. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Dress takes many forms, all of them wonderful.

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  • Kristen

    I’m sorry your dress didn’t find an APW home. This seriously went up mere weeks after I ordered mine. Otherwise I would have been all about it. It’s a perfect simple elegance and shows off your shape beautifully. It’s not that lots of people didn’t love it! It just has a fate as a dress for some girl who hasn’t yet been fortunate enough to find APW. Maybe you should embroider apracticalwedding.com in the dress somewhere. :)

    • marbella

      love that idea! attach it as a tag or something! lol!

  • marbella

    yay! can’t wait to see this hot dress on another lady!

  • well that is just awesome. brides against breast cancer! absolutely perfect. I was sad nobody snatched up that gorgeous dress, so this is great news.

    but also yay for Drea’s dress! can’t wait to see Andee’s grad post, she seems like she’d write a good one.

  • I wish I had known about Brides Against Breast Cancer when I was searching for my dress … totally would have done that.

    • Kim

      I got my dress from Brides Against Breast Cancer. It’s like a sample sale, but with none of the competitiveness. I went with my mom and we had two awesome volunteers help get me in and out of the dresses. I was free to try on as many dresses as I wanted – which was great, because I had no idea what style I wanted and what looks good on my frame. All in all, I tried on about 25 dresses, and found one that was a perfect hybrid of all sorts of styles.

      And, unlike the bridal boutiques, the dresses are in actual sizes, so you don’t have to walk around with those chip-clip things holding the wrong-sized sample dresses up.

      The best part – when you go to “check out,” there’s a book of thank you letters from all the women with stage 4/terminal breast cancer, describing what their Brides Against Breast Cancer grants (like Make A Wish foundation) brought to them…they have photos from a last hurrah in Hawaii, etc. So when I handed over a check (the suggested donation for my dress was $500), my mom and I shed some tears of joy. And walked home with a dress that felt right in so many ways.

      I highly encourage brides to check it out. They travel the country, so register for a stop near you. Even if you don’t walk out of there with the perfect dress, you’ll know what styles work and feel good for supporting a great cause.

  • Tonia

    this was my all time favorite dress ever on APW!

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  • wow, crazy and sexy!