Anna + Eric's Story and Photography by Mad Chicken Studio

Married in the fall of 2010, our Wedding Shoppe, Inc. Bride Anna shares her thoughts and experiences on My Wedding Chat.

Real bride's story.

Wearing an off-the-rack designer wedding gown from the Wedding Shoppe St. Paul, Anna looked as gorgeous as she felt in her San Patrick Bridal Gown Calais.  Check out her wedding photos by the talented photographers at Mad Chicken Studio and the story she shares about finding her dream wedding dress.  This story is adorable, and so is how thoughtful her fiancé was on the day she visited the Wedding Shoppe Inc.  Kudos to Eric! 88 days and counting. I arrived at the Wedding Shoppe determined to find the one.

Our story.

Just twenty days earlier on June 9th, my now fiancé Eric had dropped to one knee and popped the question. In love and ready, we decided a year of planning was not for us; we picked the date, September 24, 2010. As romantic as it seemed we quickly realized there was much to do and not much time to do it. At the top of the list was my wedding dress. I knew that I was well beyond the traditional timeline for ordering a dress and off-the-rack would be my only option. I called the Wedding Shoppe, made my appointment, and hoped for the best.

Dress shopping.

Before I knew it I was with my mom and sister at the Wedding Shoppe. To my surprise, Eric had also been there that day. When I checked in, I was given a bridal bouquet of pink peonies and told Eric had dropped them off. Peonies are my favorite flower and he knew that I would have had them as our wedding flower if they weren’t out of season in the fall. If we couldn’t have them for our wedding he thought I should at least have them while I tried on dresses. The appointment was off to a great start.

Finding "the one."

I had always had it in my head that I would buy a lace trumpet style gown, but once I started trying dresses on I felt like I had already seen that look and I quickly realized I wanted something different, something unique. As I was telling the consultant this, she goes, “That’s perfect, because I just pulled a dress that I think you’re going to love. It’s really different.” It was perfect. It was romantic, flowy, and had the most beautiful detail of petals on the skirt. It was the one. And the best part, I got to take it home with me. 88 days later I put on a dress that was more than I ever could have imagined and walked down the aisle to Eric – all in an off-the-rack dress. Isn't that adorable?  Congratulations from all of us at the Wedding Shoppe on your beautiful wedding, Anna and Eric! Thank you for sharing your story with us, Anna!  You can learn more about Mad Chicken Studio in the Wedding Shoppe Inc. Vendor Locator or on their website. We love to hear from our brides!  If you'd like to share your wedding experiences and photos on My Wedding Chat, e-mail Other Posts You'll Love: Wedding Planning Update - Featured Bride Nikki S Jen + Cory. Pretty in Pink. Rachel & Josh : The Best Day of Their Life Falling in Love: Jill and Justin's Wedding Shoppe Inc. Story

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