Apart from the fact that I included a Stephanie Allin dress in my first novel (sorry for the spoiler), this challenge is far more personal.
My Mum set aside a ‘wedding dress fund’ for her three daughters from the money that she inherited from my grandfather. I have two younger sisters who have both now married. One sister married in 2011 and wore a beautiful dress that my mum helped to choose. My youngest sister married at the end of October 2015, sadly just one week after mum’s funeral. It was a bitter-sweet day, as not only had my mum bought my sister’s stunning gown, but she had also chosen and purchased all of our bridesmaid’s dresses and jewellery, as well as the flower girl dresses. She never had the chance to see all of us wearing them on the day.
For me though, it is sad that she will never see me in a wedding dress, not even to try one on, and she will never have met my groom (as I don’t have one yet!). However, when she was visiting me in 2014, I happened to be flicking through a magazine which had a summer feature on wedding dresses. I’ve never previously fussed about weddings or seen a dress I like, but a particular dress by Stephanie Allin stood out on the page. I showed my mum and she agreed that it was definitely me, and if I ever found the love of my life and got married, that may well be the dress we choose.
I can’t post a picture of it here (it’s bad luck for even just a potential groom to see it 😉 ), but hopefully if a wedding day ever arrives during the next 62 months, I’ll achieve this challenge and that will be the gown I wear – and I will know that mum approves.