In picking out my dress, I did a lot of research prior to starting my search. I read bridal magazines, browsed online at designer websites, and followed countless Instagram accounts to get ideas. One thing I knew for sure was my desire to go to Kleinfeld to look at wedding gowns. After watching Say Yes to the Dress for so many years, I was convinced that I wanted to have the Kleinfeld shopping experience. I knew I would only be a bride once! In order to prepare for my shopping experience at Kleinfeld, I did schedule two appointments in local salons around Chicago to begin to narrow my search. I thought it would make my experience at Kleinfeld more targeted. It certainly helped. By the time I got to Kleinfeld, I knew I wanted more of a ballgown silhouette with a very detailed top – something with lace, beading, and a little sparkle. I also knew I wanted a long train and veil. After all, I was getting married in a cathedral! What I wasn’t sure was if I wanted a tulle skirt or satin for the skirt and exactly what designer would be perfect for me. My consultant, Rachel, listened so well and brought me some options that I quickly liked. We started with a gown that I had seen and liked in Chicago to give a baseline. From there, we knew that wouldn’t be the one, and I tried on two more before putting on the one I chose. My mom, sister, and fiancé’s mom knew the moment I walked out in that Danielle Caprese dress that I had a different confidence about me. It was perfect, and the more I wore it around the salon, the more I knew I had found my dress. The dress was a perfect mix of modern and classic with a full satin skirt and train with a beautifully embellished lace bodice that had a right mix of pearl and crystal beading. The veil Rachel chose for me was cathedral length and the beading truly complemented the dress so well. I was also so happy to learn that the cost was slightly below my budget, too. When Rachel asked if I was saying yes to my dress, I emphatically said yes and the entire salon clapped for me…even other brides! It was an overwhelming moment for me, and I actually shed a few tears. This is uncharacteristic of me, but I was just so happy. I was now a Kleinfeld bride! Coming back to Kleinfeld for my alteration appointments was a wonderful experience as well. My seamstress, Maria, was fantastic. She did a great job making sure that everything was perfect for my big day. If I had to describe my overall look in one word, I would say regal. That’s exactly how I envisioned I would look on my wedding day, and the Kleinfeld team played a major role in bringing my vision to life.