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Another Kind Of, Sort Of Wedding Update

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You know what gets me excited about weddings?

The dress.

The right dress, of course.

Like most girls I’m very specific. I know what I like & what I don’t like.

About a week ago I decided to go downstairs. By downstairs I mean to the wedding boutique underneath my house.

Yes, I have a wedding boutique under my house. Random, but convenient, no?

Very spur of the moment but that’s how I thrive.

Anyway, I didn’t have to look too far because there were three dresses that spoke my language.

The first dress was from Essense of Australia & it was super simple. Think lace, spaghetti strap, & long/flowy. Their international design team, including founder Martine Harris, is taking lace to the NEXT level with its Spring 2016 collection.

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Look 1: Essense of Australia D1981

Next, I tried on a Martina Liana dress ( Essense of Australia’s sister label ) & it was very, VERY flattering. Honestly, I feel like it made me ten feet taller. No sleeves, simple with buttons down the back with the most beautiful silhouette.

Oh so couture!

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Look 2: Martina Liana 775

The last & final one was definitely my favorite. Aussie designer Martine Harris, has taken her favorite design elements and created a brand new couture experience for brides – allowing them to customize the wedding dress of their dreams with Martina Liana SEPARATES: Together.Forever.


Like a top & a bottom instead of one full dress, sassy right. It had long vintage-ish lace sleeves that were just so delicate & dainty. The back was open besides a tiny row of pearls down my backbone. It’s probably the most excited I’ve been about our wedding thus far.

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Look 3: Martina Liana Separates Blake+Sanja

Really beautiful, different but not too different, chic but not overly chic, delicate but not overly feminine. Simple, romantic, glamorous, & different all at the same time.

You guys know how I love contrast.

Side note: if you follow TSC on Snapchat & Instagram you saw a lot of the experience. It was SO fun to take you guys along, like SO, SO fun. Expect me to bring you along for the whole wedding ride.

Anyway, a lot of you asked for details on the wedding dress so I figured I’d do a whole post on it. I found all three of them at The White Flower in San Diego.

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FYI, the Martina Liana Separates: Together.Forever. line includes bodysuits, corsets, & even jackets. I die for different so I just love the whole concept really. Very custom. The sister label, Sorella Vita, also does some fabulous bridesmaids dresses ( will try to do a post on these too because they’re phenomenal ).

Overall the experience was quick ( it took me 20 minutes, like I said, I know what I like! ) & there was no champagne involved ( boo, SOBER January! ). I’ll keep you guys updated on what I end up deciding.

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If you have any tips/tricks/advice on weddings, please leave it below! Would love to hear your personal experiences.

That’s all for now! Stay tuned for more wedding posts.

The very decisive bride, lauryn x

+ this post is in collaboration with Essense Designs.
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  1. This is fascinating you love wedding dresses so much and I must say all the dresses you look adorable in all the dresses you show here! My wedding dress was a simple white Traditional Bavarian Costume 🙂
    xx Rena

  2. Those dresses are gorgeous and you look stunning in them! I can’t wait for more updates!

  3. So beautiful!! Love the long sleeves, so classic and chic. Can’t wait to see what you decide!

    xo Annie

  4. I absolutely love the idea of separates! That top is absolutely perfect {I have a thing for buttons down the back} but I love that in a sense, you can customize your dress from top to bottom. The lace details are all so gorgeous. Whatever dress you choose will be beautiful and it’s so rad to take us all along!! xx

  5. I love them all….your figure is so perfect for this type of dress!! So funny like you said we all know what we wanted…for the first 3 wedding gown appts I had, I only tried on ball gowns because I was obsessed with that idea. Then my sister made me try a trumpet gown…I fell in love and ordered it! Amazing! Love your pics and love the idea of separates! Xo


  6. Loooove all these dresses, but really, you are going to be the most beautiful bride! Its a given! I have looked following your wedding journey! Probably even more than my own! Cant wait to see how everything comes together!!! EEEEP!

  7. Those dresses are stunning. I love the sleeves!!! My dress was sort of similar to your style, (I think). I wore a Pronovias dress called “Land.” Had them alter the straps, so they met in a “V” in the back instead of normal straps.

  8. Aw girl you look incredible!

    I love the lace and separates look – it’s so classic and sexy yet unexpected.

    You are going to be THE most gorgeous bride.

  9. The 3rd one is my favorite although they are all beautiful! I can’t wait to see the wedding photos, we all know your wedding is going to be magazine worthy xo C

  10. ugh I totally failed there… the picture 3rd from the top with the low back. Amazing. Though, let’d be honest, you could get married in a paper bag and still be stunning!

  11. These all look beautiful! Such a fun decision to make! 🙂 I actually bought my dress at The White Flower — it’s such a cute boutique and they are so helpful and sweet there. xoxo

  12. It is essential to find a wedding dress that fits your personality and suits the venue as well. Very beautiful dresses, thank you for sharing.

  13. Obsessed with all three looks!!! I’m a bridal consultant at The Bustle Bridal Boutique in Del Mar. We carry Stella York which is another sister company to Essence of Australia. We would love to have you and be part of your special day?

  14. What are your wedding colors!? That’s the hardestest thing for me when starting to plan a wedding any tips? I really like the all white wedding but I feel like finding bridesmaid dresses would be difficult because I don’t want to blend in with the wedding party.

  15. Those dresses are absolutely stunning! I especially love the open back and long lace sleeves of the second dress, not to mention the silhouette! Great update, thanks for sharing!

  16. Hi, One of the Awesome dress collection Love the long sleeves, so classic and chic. Can’t wait to see what you decide! kindly shares bridal shower gifts ideas. thanks a lot

  17. Yes, it’s a very beautiful wedding dress, what I like so much is the pearl design from the back, is’t so special. Great post!

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