Wedding Dresses & Style

Lisa M. Interview

posted: 01/17/11
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Lisa M from Say Yes to The Dress. See more pictures from Say Yes to the Dress.
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Q: When and where was your wedding?

A: Sept. 2, 2007, a beach setting in Montauk, N.Y.

Q: How did you meet your fiance?

A: We met on an online dating site in 2005. It was love at first type ... he sent me a virtual "smile," and I "smiled" back. The first time we spoke, we were on the phone until 2 a.m. - it was like we had known each other our entire lives.

Q: How did he propose?

A: Frank took me for an impromptu romantic getaway weekend in Montauk (the same place where we got married) on July 28, 2006. The proposal took me completely by surprise. He drove me to a secluded beach, where he proposed to me on one knee by the ocean.

Q: What were you looking for in a gown?

A: I was looking for something simple and elegant. I wanted to feel like a princess, but with no beading and no lace.

Q: Did you know anything about gowns before you had to shop for one?

A: I had no idea what to expect when gown shopping, but I did learn a few things along the way - such as that one size does not fit all. All the samples were too small, and my maid of honor, Julia, usually had to hold the dress together in the back.

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Lisa M from Say Yes to the Dress.
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Q: Why did you pick your gown?

A: I picked it because it had no beading and no lace. It was absolutely beautiful, with a long train and buttons along the back. I was totally into the little details.

Q: Did you stay within your budget?

A: Umm ... no!

Q: What was the hardest part about shopping for a dress?

A: The fact that none of the samples fit. Other than that, it was also hard to stay within my mantra (no beading/no lace).

Q: Did you have any meltdowns?

A: I only had one quasi-non-bridezilla breakdown when shopping for my gown. My father was diagnosed with cancer at the same time that Frank proposed to me. As a result, my mom wasn't able to come shopping with me - and she has always been my shopping companion. So, when I found "it" (the perfect dress), it broke my heart that she wasn't there with me.

Q: What tips would you give to brides-to-be?

  1. If you are bigger than a sample size, be sure to bring two binder clips and a shoelace. That's the only way to hold the dress up!
  2. Start out with an open mind, and try on all the types of dresses (mermaid, A-line, etc.), just to confirm what style you are looking for. Once you've decided, don't go back!
  3. Go to Kleinfeld in New York City! The service is outstanding, and the selection is unmatched.
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