The Diary of a Real BCME Bride | Salwa Chamsi-Pasha – Choosing the Gown
The Diary of a Real BCME Bride
Hello Fellow Brides! I’m currently in the thick of wedding planning and following my first post, I am back with even more to divulge, in my second BCME real bride diary entry. Today, it’s all about THE GOWN!
As I sat in the passenger seat of our 1990s Mercedes, the smell of gardenia wafting through the air, I felt the sun’s warmth on my face. For the first time in a long while, I was basking in the moment.
These past few weeks, the bridezilla virus has been making its way through my being. I have been constantly obsessing over the wedding (a one night affair!) for the past month.
All my time was being taken up planning an event that will only last a mere eight hours. I had stopped living in the present and started living for the future. Instead of spending my last months with my family, I’ve been burying my nose in bridal magazines and websites like Bride Club ME. After an overdue wake-up call, I took the decision to get back to my easy-going self. I’ve been enjoying every single moment of my dress hunt. I headed to Beirut, Land of All Things Wedding, for a stream of meetings with fashion designers with exquisite taste.
Somehow, prepping for a wedding is not like I’d expected. I had my first taste of being a bride as I slid into a white poofy princess wedding dress. I always thought I’d get a rush of emotions when first seeing myself in the mirror. I didn’t. All I saw was a girl wrapped in overwhelming masses of tulle and organza. I enjoyed the experience and some boutiques were truly fun to go to, such as Something Blue Beirut (above). But after trying on several dresses and seeing a stranger instead of my own reflection, I decided to opt for a tailor-made dress. Something more me than your typical girl next door.
In choosing the designer, the biggest factors were communication and chemistry. After sitting down with each one, I explained to them what I wanted and, in turn, heard their views for my ideal dress. Yet what swayed my decision most was the designer’s like-ability. One designer in particular struck me as very talented and in sync with my ideas. Proficient in creating a wedding dress that is not only exquisite, but also very moi! Stay tuned for the Big Reveal!