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Monday, May 6, 2013

I Found the Gown in Wahoo

At the alter with my husband.
This May ushers in our 19th wedding anniversary. Those readers who don’t know; I’m married to population-we’s Food Blogger Brian Brown. I recently found myself watching “I Found the Gown” on TLC and all of the memories of how I found my wedding gown came flooding back to me. Similar to the show, I bought a designer gown at a bargain basement price.

In search for that perfect dress we trekked to a wedding outlet store in Wahoo, Neb., not once but twice. I was not alone on the first trip: my mom, aunt and cousin were all in attendance. Amy Beth (my cousin) was set to get married months earlier -- so we decided to shop for our wedding gowns together. On this trip, I tried on several dresses even a mermaid type, which did not work well with my hips. Amy Beth and I both found our wedding dresses and would put them on layaway. At the time, I was a full-time college student, so funds were low. That is one of the reasons why I picked an outlet. At Nebraska Bridal, future brides can shop for designer gowns at small town prices. I paid less than $300 for my gown.

The gown.
Months later we would be back to pick up Amy Beth’s wedding gown. On this trip my soon to be mother-in-law was also along. I liked my dress that was on layaway, but didn’t love it! So, I decided to try on some more. There it was on the rack, an original designer gown from New York City. I knew it was the one immediately...I found the gown!  I tried it on and everyone’s eyes lit up. Indeed, this would be the wedding gown I wore to marry my best friend and life partner. To this date, it still goes on record as the longest train to usher down the aisles of St. Paul United Methodist Church. I know you’ll fall in love with it. My description would not do it justice so -- I’ve attached a couple pictures courtesy of Prusha Photography-- because a picture is worth a thousand words.

So, if you're in the market for a wedding gown, take a gamble like we did and try a wedding outlet store and you'll find yourself uttering the words: "I Found the Gown," too.

- population-we blog post by Becky Bohan Brown 
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  1. Wow! Beautiful gown and I love the train!

  2. Teresa: The wedding gown was truly a rare find. Thanks & glad you enjoyed the pictures!

  3. That is just stunning! Lovely story.

  4. Nettie: It was fun recounting the events that lead up to finding the gown. The funniest thing is my mom & mother-in-law both have a different version of the whole account. Glad you liked the gown, too!

  5. The only concern I have is the ribbon around the waist is not properly finished, so it may fray. I'm planning to sewn the ends on mine just in case it begins to fray so I don't have any issues.