The Wedding Dress Hunt Is On!

Karis Renee finding the perfect wedding dress

If you know me, then you know that sometimes I struggle just to figure out what I'm wearing to work on Monday... HOW am I going to find the perfect wedding dress?!
Well, to start, I'll work with what I know. I've only been to one bridal shop (that I could afford) since being here in Dallas. When my friend Whitney got married, as her maid of honor, I went with her to try on dresses here, there, and everywhere! The bridal shop that stood out the most to me was the *ever so unique* A & Bé Bridal.

As the self-proclaimed "haven from the same old, same old", I immediately felt like they were speaking my language! See, the only thing that I really know about my wedding dress is that I don't want it to be like everything else out there. Uniqueness is the theme of my entire style existence! If I see something that I once loved now redone by every couple on Instagram or Pinterest... well, now I hate it. Thankfully, the team at A & Bé  has a strong collection of emerging designers and unique, fresh bridal styles that you won't see every day (PLUS a staff of women who really dedicate themselves to making sure you feel like a special bride).

Texture Is Key

One of the things that I learned during my 1st try-on session is that I really gravitate toward dresses with a lot of lace, beading, or both. (Jane Hill is the perfect designer for that!) Something about the extra texture is just really flattering for my body. HOWEVER, that side-boob situation is NOT cute for the big day!

This Jane Hill "Dolce" beaded gown was beautiful, but I think a more soft style from her line might be a bit better. I could see myself in an hourglass silhouette OR a fluffy ballgown, but not really a straight cut for my body type. Straight angles like this are not the most flattering for my short & curvy frame. It's the softer, more rounded lines that are better on me!


a&bé was born out of a desire to support the creative vibe and the community of brides who are looking for anything but the ordinary. a&bé is for the modern brides who relate to the indie aesthetic, the wandering vibe, the bohemian ethos, and the romantic spirit.

a&bé bridal shop is a small family of stores with locations in denverminneapolisdallasmiamiportland, and seattle. Each store is rooted in its local community, but as a family, they share a common desire and goal to ensure that across the country their brides have the best experience, a genuine connection with the stylists, and that they find her unique wedding dress! Check out their upcoming events or click here to make your appointment today!

// a&bé bridal shop //

Stay tuned for my next dress shop visit to see what else I find on the wedding dress hunt!


Photographer: Kristina Avila Photography

3 Replies to “The Wedding Dress Hunt Is On!”

  1. Geraldine Rand says:


    What a beautiful website you have made, nice design end dresses.
    I am going to marry soon in 2 months.
    I saw a beautiful wedding dress last week on your site,
    but I can not find the dress anymore in your shop,
    it looks like this on this site
    I hope you will sell the Wedding dress again soon,
    mail me if you are going to sell it again,
    I’ll wait.


    1. Hey there! Congratulations on your upcoming wedding 🙂 Your link shows several different dresses, so I’m not sure which one you’re looking for. Let me know what size you wear, and I’m happy to send you some suggestions!


  2. Valorie Gabel says:


    I have enjoyed your blog & look forward to more posts.


    “Sent from my iPhone”

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