Adventures in Wedding Dress Shopping Part Two: Solutions Bridal to the Rescue!

Here comes the EXCITING part. Oh, I get so giddy wanting to tell you all how I found “the one”—the dress which set my little heart a flutter! It all started at the Solutions Bridal in Gainesville, FL. I walked in one (seriously HOT) afternoon to just ‘browse’ their selection of dresses.

Solutions Bridal

Photos of the Gainesville Location; taken from Solutions Bridal’s blog The Bridal Closet; look at the detail on those dresses! Oh my!

I was by myself and had no intention of trying on any dresses. Well… that plan lasted for all of 5 minutes. Kari (who later became my super awesome bridal consultant!) listened carefully for everything I was looking for in a wedding dress. For those who didn’t read Adventures in Wedding Dress Shopping Part One, here’s a recap… the criteria for my dream dress is:

Sweetheart Neckline

Mr. Knight’s criteria: butt touch-ability (so big fluffy gowns are out!)

Kari was right on key and pulled a beautiful Wtoo by Watters gown for me. My first instinct was to politely decline trying on the dress until my parents were with me, but, once this beautiful dress was staring me right in the face, I just couldn’t say no! So off I was to the dressing room where I would soon realize this dress would be the dress of all my Gator Bride wedding dreams {blissful sigh} ♥

As I turned the corner and stepped up onto the platform in front of the mirror, a sudden rush came across me. Now, I’m not a ‘crying’ bride—you will not catch me in a bridal gown crying over finding ‘the One.’ That just isn’t this girl’s style. I knew this dress was ‘the One’ because of how fast my heart was beating and the huge-gigantic-enormous smile I had plastered across my face.

Watters gowns are known for their impeccable designer detail and their low cost. The price of my dress was well below any dress I had previously tried on or even remotely considered. It also has the most detail. While I will absolutely NOT reveal my awesome dress (as Mr. Knight is an avid reader), I will show you some carefully-blurred images from a Champagne celebration one of my awesome bridesmaids and I had while visiting my sweet dress!↓


I apologize for the hot mess that I am in these photos. It was about a bazillion degrees in Gainesville.

Now for the all and important PRICE $$$…

My beautiful dress was $877. The Lori London flower hair piece (seen up-close here) I’m considering is $110 and the Lori London veil I am also considering is $260. Those two accessories are still up in the air. I have a few others I have been considering but I will save that fun discussion for another post (hip hip hooray!). You will just have to stay tuned my sweet sweet Gator Bride Readers!

8 Comment

  1. Congrats on finding your gown! I came across your cute blog while reading The Bridal Closet blog. I worked at Solutions for a long time before planning weddings and can vouch that they offer the very best service and selection. Congrats again on your engagement and have a great time with the whole experience!

  2. Katie Sandy says:

    Ahhhh Kim you look GORGEOUS!!! I’m so glad you finally found “the one”!!! I love your website and you’re doing an awesome job! I know you’ll keep this positive outlook throughout all your wedding planning! Good luck and I know your special day will be The Day of Your Dreams ♥

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  6. Weird….I am looking for the exact same kind of dress, and I want it tight on my butt because I don’t have a lot up top.

    I can’t wait to see the big reveal!

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